FMCSA shuts down two trucking companies, one bus line

| Friday, March 22, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down a pair of trucking companies this week and ordered one driver out of service.

According to the FMCSA, the first company, Highway Star out of Oak Park, MI, and its driver, Ibrahim Fetic, came under investigation after Fetic caused a fatal crash on Interstate 65 in Hardin County, KY, earlier this month.

Fetic rear-ended a passenger vehicle, killing six people and injuring two others. The post-crash investigation found that he had been driving “well in excess of HOS regulations” and had falsified his logbook.

The FMCSA claims that Highway Star not only did not require its drivers to comply with HOS regulations, but also required them to falsify logbooks.

The other company, General Trucking out of Atlanta, GA, was found to be in violation of numerous safety regulations, including dispatching unqualified drivers, inadequate compliance with hours of service, and dispatching unsafe, overloaded vehicles.

Both companies and Fetic have been ordered to shut down and cease operations immediately.

FMCSA also ordered Oklahoma City-based Heartland Charters & Tours to cease all operations effective March 23. The shutdown stems from Heartland’s “failing to adhere to operating conditions” the company agreed to follow in July 2012. They had to adhere to the conditions in order to return to passenger service following an imminent hazard out-of-service order issued in April 2012.

The April 2012 out-of-service order was based on an extensive review of the company's operations that found multiple hours-of-service, vehicle maintenance, controlled-substance and alcohol-testing violations. Safety investigators discovered that the company did not conduct pre-employment drug screenings of its drivers and failed to use properly qualified drivers, putting the public at risk.

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