FMCSA Shuts Down Chameleon Trucking Company In Alabama

FMCSA Shuts Down Atlanta Chameleon Trucking CompanyThe FMCSA has put the brakes on MTI Transportation, LLC in Alabama, Georgia. According to the FMCSA, MTI is a chameleon company and previously operated under the names BM&L Trucking, LLC, and IDM Transportation, Inc.

CDL Life reported on the closure of BM&L.  At the time of its closure, the FMCSA stated, When commercial truck companies and their drivers disregard the safety rules of the road, they place all motorists at risk, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. We will continue to exhaust every available tool to identify and swiftly shut down unsafe truck companies.

The shutdown order was followed by the  FMCSA’s extensive review of BM&L Trucking’s operations, which found multiple federal safety violations in the areas of hours-of-service compliance, driver qualifications and vehicle maintenance.

According to the FMCSA press release on the closure of MTI Transport, the FMCSA reported, “The agency’s safety audit of MTI Transportation found that three of the company’s drivers were previously employed by BM&L Trucking or IDM Transportation. Additionally, MTI Transportation used two commercial vehicles still registered to BM&L Trucking or IDM Transportation. The May 2012 imminent hazard out-of-service order now also applies to MTI Transportation.”

“The practice of unsafe companies quickly reincarnating as chameleon companies to continue operations is unacceptable. Our agency is constantly doing everything within its current legal authority to keep one step ahead of these illegal actors,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.

The FMCSA report goes on to say the company’s owners, Isaac and Ollie McWiliams, showed a “flagrant general disregard” for FMCSA compliance and the work and resources the company’s owners put into changing company names should have been applied to achieving compliance with the FMCSA’s standards instead.

Should the company continue to operate, they will be fined $16,000 per day.

The FMCSA has made it clear they plan to honor their pledge of putting unsafe trucking companies out of business.