The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared a Texas-based motor carrier to be an imminent hazard to public safety.
On May 7, 2022, Houston-based carrier Jaypur Logistics LLC was served a federal order to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operations.
The FMCSA says that Jaypur Logistics was targeted for investigation based on the carrier’s widespread violations documented by FMCSA and its partners during roadside inspections.
According to officials, Jaypur Logistics had nearly double the national average vehicle out-of-service rate and over five times the national average driver out-of-service rate.
FMCSA investigators say that Jaypur Logistics was “egregiously noncompliant” with multiple Federal safety regulations, including: Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing, Commercial Driver’s License Standards, Driver Qualification, Unsafe Driving, Hours of Service of Drivers, and vehicle Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance.
During FMCSA’s investigation, Jaypur Logistics demonstrated a severe lack of oversight of its operations. It could only identify a fraction of the drivers and vehicles operating under its authority and was not even aware its drivers had hauled hazardous materials. Jaypur Logistics failed to ensure its drivers were eligible to drive, allowing six drivers who were already prohibited in the FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to operate on its behalf. Twice Jaypur Logistics’ drivers have been cited for operating under the influence and three times its drivers have been cited for on-duty possession of drugs or alcohol. Jaypur Logistics did not have a program to detect and deter the use of controlled substances by its drivers, did not have an effective program to ensure its drivers were qualified and licensed, did not have a program to control its drivers’ hours of service, and did not have a program to ensure its vehicles were appropriately inspected and repaired.
The FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order states that Jaypur Logistics’ “…complete and utter disregard for the [federal safety regulations] substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death for your drivers and the motoring public if your operations are not discontinued immediately.”