The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be publishing a final rule that will give the feds additional authority to shut down trucking companies that have been found to show a pattern of “egregious disregard “ for federal safety rules.
The idea behind this final rule is to help the agency to “target high-risk carriers that endanger travelers by avoiding or covering up their negative history of safety compliance.”
At issue is the problem of “chameleon” trucking firms that may have been shut down due to violations, but simply start up again under a new name. These companies may pass a compliance review under their current name, but may be hiding the fact that they were previously shut down because of non-compliance with federal safety rules.
The FMSCA adopted a rule in 2012 that allowed the agency to consolidate the enforcement histories of these reincarnated carriers. The new rule will go one step further by allowing the FMCSA to authorize a complete revocation of a motor carrier’s authority to operate.
Trucking companies that violate federal safety standards, such as hours of service rules, endanger the public by allowing fatigued truck drivers to remain on our nation’s roads and highways. It is estimated that fatigued truck drivers are responsible for nearly 750 deaths and 20,000 motorist injuries each year.
The truck accident attorneys at Farah & Farah in Gainesville applaud any rule that will help keep motorists safe from dangerous truckers and trucking companies. Have you been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of an individual trucker or a trucking firm? Contact us. You may be entitled to receive financial support for medical bills, hospitalization and other damages. Farah & Farah can be contacted online or you can call us at (800) 533-3555. Find out what your legal rights are today.