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The FMCSA today announced it has ordered a Texas carrier to immediately cease all operations and has declared the carrier, “an imminent hazard to public safety.”

FTW Transport, LLC, USDOT No.1891989, of Forest Hill, Texas, has been ordered OOS after FMCSA investigators found the carrier “failed to require its drivers to comply with federal limitations on driving and on-duty requirements. 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. ”

The FMCSA syas FTW failed to monitor and ensure that the company’s drivers complied with drug and alcohol testing regulations and that FTW’s failed to ensure that the company’s vehicles were properly repaired, inspected and maintained.

In the past 12 months, FTW drivers were involved in 5 preventable crashes– in two of those crashes, FTW drivers were cited with careless driving.

So far in 2014, the FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of more than 75 passenger carriers and trucking companies: eight carriers and 4 CMV drivers have been declared “imminent hazards to public safety.”

“Safety is our highest priority and we will continue to demand that bus and truck companies fulfill their responsibility to ensure that dangerous vehicles and unsafe drivers are not permitted on our highways and roads,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Companies that fail in this responsibility will not be allowed to operate.”

“FMCSA inspectors and safety investigators across the nation are focused on protecting the motoring public from needless harm,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Our goal is to stop a preventable bus or truck crash from ever occurring.”

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order, issued March 19, 2014, is available here: