FMCSA issues slew of shut down orders for four motor carriers in four states

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Two passenger bus carriers in Georgia and South Carolina and two trucking firms in Massachusetts and Iowa were shut down by federal regulators, who declared all four companies to be imminent hazards to public safety.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a press release on Monday, March 17, to accompany the shutdown orders for all four firms.

The two passenger carriers ordered shut down by FMCSA are:

  • Woodburn’s Tour and Travel, LLC, doing business as Woodburn’s Motor Coach, of East Point, Ga. Federal investigators found that Woodburn’s fleet of 11 motor coaches did not meet minimum safety standards as the company failed to systematically and properly inspect, repair or maintain the vehicles. Investigators also found that nearly 20 percent of all records of duty status reviewed by FMCSA were falsified. Six of nine of the motor coaches inspected were found to have a loose sway bar, a leading contributing factor of motor coach rollovers. Two of the buses had metal on metal brakes, a leading cause of fires. Drivers for the company were employed before receiving negative pre-employment drug and alcohol test results as required by federal law. The company failed to require its drivers to turn in hours-of-service records or other required documentation, such as driving itineraries and fuel receipts.


A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order, issued March 7 is available here:

  • Motts Transportation, Inc. of Cordesville, S.C. Investigators found that this passenger carrier and the company owner, Jerome Carter, Sr., “failed to monitor drivers and failed to ensure that vehicles were systematically and properly inspected, repaired, and maintained.” The company employs only part-time drivers who work for other motor carriers or other employers, and failed to comply with federal regulations which mandate the drivers record as on-duty time the number of hours worked for other motor carriers or employers. The company failed to require its drivers to comply with federal limitations on driving and on-duty requirements. In at least one instance, an unqualified individual was allowed to operate a motor coach.  


A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order, issued February 10, is available here:

The two trucking operations ordered shut-down by FMCSA are:

  • GEG Construction, Inc., of Indian Orchard, Mass. Federal investigators found that the motor carrier and company owner, Gil Gomes, failed to ensure that vehicles were systematically and properly inspected, repaired and maintained, and operated vehicles in an out-of-service condition. The company employed drivers before they received negative pre-employment drug and alcohol test results as required by federal law. In one instance, a driver without a valid commercial driver’s license or medical certificate was allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.  


A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order, issued March 11, is available here:

  • Allen Quandahl, LLC, of Waukon, Iowa. Federal investigators found that Allen Quandahl, LLC, failed to ensure that its vehicles were properly inspected, repaired, and maintained, resulting in systemic accidents. The carrier failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with controlled substances and alcohol use and testing regulations. The company employed drivers before receiving negative pre-employment drug and alcohol test results as required by federal law. Drivers were not required by the company to turn in hours-of-service records or other required documentation such as driving itineraries and fuel receipts. In one instance, a driver without a valid commercial driver’s license was allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.  


A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order, issued February 25, 2014, is available here.

Thus far in 2014, FMCSA has declared five passenger carriers, two property carriers and four commercial drivers to be imminent hazards to the public, prohibiting them from conducting operations in interstate commerce, according to the release.

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