An Ohio trucking company has been shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday. The order was given following a safety inspection that revealed numerous violations, including continuing operations despite two separate out-of-service orders.
On Oct. 4, Missouri enforcement officers stopped a truck owned by Jefferson, Ohio-based Garfield Trucking for an unannounced safety inspection. More than 40 violations were found, including 13 out-of-service violations. Improper brakes, improper load securement and falsified hours-of-service logs were among the violations.
In addition to the inspection violations, inspectors exposed two separate out-of-service orders. Garfield Trucking had previously been directed not to operate a commercial vehicle at the time of the roadside investigation.
FMCSA investigators made an unscheduled compliance review for Garfield Trucking on Oct. 13, only to discover an “out-of-business” notification on the property. Despite demands for access via express mail and a subpoena for documents, Garfield Trucking has yet to adhere to FMCSA’s requests. In result, FMCSA deemed the company an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered them to cease all commercial vehicle operations.
FMCSA documents reveal that Garfield trucking owned three trucks operated by four drivers. During inspections, vehicles were placed out of service 80 percent of the time. The national average is a little more than 20 percent. Drivers had an out-of-service rate of nearly 60 percent during inspections, with the national average at 5.5 percent.
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