Feds Shut Down 2 Trucking Companies For Safety Violations

June 17, 2015

The Federal Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ordered immediate shutdown of Rhino Displays of Payson, Ill., and Prudential Carriers Inc. of Hampton, Ga., following investigations that revealed violations of critical safety regulations.

According to a report, safety investigators discovered that Rhino transported fireworks to a baseball stadium in Hannibal, Mo., even though the company informed FMCSA that it closed the commercial fireworks transportation portion of its business in 2010.

In May of 2015, Prudential instructed a driver to continue operating a truck that was transporting a damaged, leaking load of canola oil onto Interstate 75 in Georgia. Four vehicle crashes resulted from the conditions before the driver was arrested.

The violations from this incident include:

  • Failing to ensure its leased and company-owned vehicles were systematically inspected, repaired and maintained;
  • Failing to ensure its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations designed to prevent fatigued driving;
  • Failing to comply with driver qualification requirements and allowing unqualified drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle; and
  • Failing to comply with FMCSA-mandated random alcohol and controlled substances testing of its drivers.