It appears as though it’s going to take more than a slap on the wrist and a hefty fine to put the brakes on an Alabama trucking company.
“Two motor carriers and their owners have been indicted in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, AL, in an apparent chameleon carrier scheme,” Land Line Magazine reported.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, in December 2010, the FMCSA conducted a compliance review of IDM Transportation. During that inspection, several serious safety violations were found. In June 2011, the FMCSA issued the company an out-of-service order.
Additionally, the order prohibited IDM from operating or starting another trucking company.
However, nearly a year after IDM was placed out-of-service, IDM’s owner, Isasc McWilliams applied for a motor carrier authority for BM&L Trucking.
On the application for authority, McWilliams denied any affiliation with any trucking company that is regulated by the FMCSA.
in May 2012, the FMCSA investigated BM&L and found serious safety violations and declared the company an imminent hazard to public safety and placed the company and its owners were placed out of service.
“In spite of this May 2012 imminent hazard order, our investigation found that BM&L and the McWilliamses continued to operate commercial motor vehicles in commerce,” the OIG Office told Land Line.