FMCSA shuts down seven-truck fleet Bar D Bar Trucking following many preventable violations
Bar D Bar Trucking was ordered on March 11th by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to immediately cease all operations after a federal investigation found the carrier to pose an imminent hazard to public safety.
Glostone Trucking Solutions is committed in helping drivers and fleets to be federally compliant and helps carriers when they face violations from a recent inspection. We imagine that if this company was working with us, many, if not all, of their violations could have been prevented.
This Wyoming based carrier was shut down for violating multiple safety regulations that include:
- Failing to conduct pre-employment background checks on drivers
- Failing to ensure drivers were qualified before dispatching them
- Failing to properly monitor drivers to ensure compliance with hours-of-service requirements
- Failing to conduct random drug and alcohol tests on drivers
- Using a driver who tested positive for a controlled substance
- Failing to ensure its vehicles were regularly inspected, maintained and repaired and that they met minimum safety standards
Additionally, the FMCSA found Bar D Bar Trucking allowed the owner to operate a truck despite not holding a valid CDL and being subject to a lifetime CDL disqualification.
The FMCSA said in its order, “Bar D Bar Trucking’s continued use of unsafe vehicles and its failure to adequately oversee its drivers to ensure compliance with federal safety regulations substantially increases the likelihood of serious harm to its drivers and to the motoring public.”
It is important to note that if a carrier violates an imminent hazard out-of-service order, they may be forced to pay a penalty of up to $25,000. Operating a motor carrier without the proper authority may result in a fine of not less than $10,000 and operating without a USDOT number may result in a civil penalty of up to $16,000. A violation of an imminent hazard out-of-service may also result in a criminal penalty, including a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment not to exceed one year.
If you are worried about what an inspection could reveal, we suggest reaching out to our expert staff at Glostone Trucking Solutions. If you just faced an inspection and now face home hefty fines, we can help you though the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) process that might reduce your fines by 30%. Call us at 503-607-1088.