FMCSA declares Colorado-based trucking company 'imminent hazard'

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Friday, May 24, 2013

A Colorado trucking company has been declared an imminent hazard to public safety by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

GD Cars Inc., of Aurora, CO, was ordered to immediately cease all operations after a May 13 compliance review by FMCSA found the company to be in violation of numerous safety regulations. The company’s primary business is transporting used cars and trucks in interstate commerce.

Those violations included serious vehicle safety deficiencies found during the course of their investigation. The report states that in the midst of the investigation, GD Cars dispatched a truck with a trailer to Kansas to retrieve another GD Cars-owned truck and trailer that had been impounded by the Kansas Highway Patrol for serious safety deficiencies.

After loading the impounded truck and starting the return trip to Colorado, the second GD Cars truck and trailer was stopped and inspected by the Kansas Highway Patrol. Serious safety deficiencies were discovered in the second GD Cars vehicle, and it too was immediately ordered out of service and impounded as an imminent hazard to public safety.

In addition to failing to ensure that its vehicles were properly and regularly inspected, repaired and maintained, FMCSA investigators found GD Cars to be in violation of federal regulations requiring random drug and alcohol testing of its drivers. The company also failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations. On occasion, the company dispatched a driver who did not possess a commercial driver’s license.

A copy of today’s imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed here.

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