FMCSA orders Utah motor carrier out of service

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 3/30/2012

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered a motor carrier with a history of safety problems and name changes out of service.

Reliable Transportation Services, Inc., of Pleasant Grove, UT, and its principal, Jay Zachary Barber, have been ordered to shut down. FMCSA investigators found the company had hours-of-service and driver qualification violations, including the use of drivers with suspended or revoked CDLs.

Reliable Transportation Services Inc. operated without a driver drug and alcohol testing program, and transported “concealed hazardous material loads without valid federal registration.”

“This finding means that based upon your present state of unacceptable safety compliance, your operation of any commercial motor vehicle poses an imminent hazard to public safety,” the order reads.

Reliable Transportation’s violations were similar to safety violations noted by FMCSA for a previous company Barber ran.

According to the out-of-service order, Barber, who acted as Reliable's transportation operations manager and safety director, previously operated and managed Factory Direct Foods LLC.

In a November 2009 compliance review, Factory Direct Foods was found to have an unsatisfactory safety rating, and was placed out of service in January 2010. The company had received an unsatisfactory safety rating in 2008 when Barber was the company’s owner and manager.

“Factory Direct Foods LLC operated out of the same general area in which Reliable Transportation currently operated and conducted substantially the same business as Reliable Transportation,” the out-of-service order reads.

Jay Zachary Barber’s father, Jay O. Barber, was listed as president of Reliable Transportation Services Inc., although he is a full-time attorney in Florida, the FMCSA order reads. He was not present for a March 2012 compliance review.

The order also said Reliable Transportation attempted to assign “at least 21 roadside inspections” to at least one other motor carrier by using DataQs challenges. The company’s trucks were involved in at least seven crashes since April 5, 2011.

Although its name is similar to several larger motor carriers, Reliable Transportation Services, Inc. employed 12 drivers, according to FMCSA’s SAFER website.

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