DOT is serious about shut downs for Drug Testing non compliance
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WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Double Happyness Travel, Inc., of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., to immediately cease all intrastate and interstate passenger service declaring the carrier an “imminent hazard” to public safety. This order follows an extensive review of the company’s operations, which found multiple hours-of-service, vehicle maintenance, and controlled substance and alcohol testing violations,including using drivers before negative pre-employment drug test results were received.
Earlier this month, RC Investments, an Oregon bus company, was ordered to shut down after it was discovered the company didn’t properly implement their drug and alcohol testing program and was using improperly licensed drivers.
In November, Gunthers Transport (a Maryland-based trucking company) and ATA Trail (a North Carolina-based van company) were ordered to immediately cease operations after DOT reviews revealed a number of safety violations.
Before buying a ticket or hiring a bus company for group travel, consumers are encouraged to review the Department of Transportation’s “Think Safety: Every Trip, Every Time” pre-trip safety checklist. The list helps consumers review a bus company’s safety record, safety rating and DOT’s operating authority. The checklist is available online at FMCSA’s Passenger Bus Safety Web site: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/Index.aspx. FMCSA encourages consumers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA’s National Consumer Complaint Database.
The current administration has been cracking down on unsafe motorcoach and trucking companies. In the last two years, more carriers have been ordered off the road due to imminent safety issues than in the previous 10 years combined. Roadside bus inspections rose 100 percent from 2005 to 2010 and compliance reviews were up 128 percent over the same time period.
In addition to the nationwide increase in carrier inspections and compliance audits, the DOT has awarded grants to North Dakota, Kansas and Pennsylvania to shore up their safety programs and increase their audit capabilities.
“From Day One, I have pledged to put public safety above all else, and we will continue to take action when we see carriers placing passengers at risk,” said U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We have seen the tragic consequences of unsafe practices – whether it’s ignoring fatigue regulations, providing inadequate driver training, or failing to conduct the proper maintenance of a bus or motorcoach. We continue using all of the tools at our disposal to get unsafe carriers off the road and hope that Congress will act on our proposal to provide us with the necessary authority to expand our safety oversight.”
So, what does it mean if you have a driver regulated by the DOT? Be compliant. Don’t risk the fines associated with non-compliance or even worse, don’t risk having your company shut down.
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