Last week, the FMCSA announced it has ordered Aurora, Colorado-based carrier GD Cars, Inc.,to immediately cease all operations, declaring the company and its drivers an imminent hazard to the public’s safety.
On or about May 13, 2013, investigators conducted a review on GD Cars Inc. They found widespread violations, including failure to periodically inspect CMVs, failure to maintain maintenance and repair records, failure to require drivers to provide inspection reports, failure to require drivers to keep records of duty status, falsification of records of duty status, allowing a driver without a valid CDL to operate a CMV, failure to establish driver qualification files and failure to establish a drug and alcohol screening program.
On March 29, 2013, a GD Cars Inc., driver was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition, on May 20, 2013, GD Cars Inc., dispatched a truck to Kansas to retrieve another truck that had been impounded by the Kansas Highway Patrol for serious deficiencies. On the way back with the impounded truck, Kansas Highway Patrol stopped the truck and found serious deficiencies. The truck that was transporting the OOS truck back to the terminal was then placed OOS. Both vehicles were then impounded.
“We will not allow unsafe truck and bus operators to disregard our safety regulations,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Safety is our highest priority, and companies that endanger travelers on our highways and roads have no business staying in business – we will shut them down.”
“Any vehicle, but especially a large commercial combination vehicle such as a truck and trailer, that is not maintained or repaired and allowed to become a serious public hazard, is unacceptable,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “The regulations exist to protect everyone. Compliance is not optional. If a motor carrier does not adhere to the safety regulations, we will see that it does not operate.”