The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it has ordered Gillette, Wyoming-based Bar D Bar Trucking, LLC, to close up shop.
According to the agency, it must cease all intrastate and interstate operations after a federal investigation found the carrier to pose an imminent hazard to public safety. Bar D Bar Trucking was served the federal order on March 11, 2016.
On March 8, 2016, Bar D Bar Trucking was subject to a federal compliance review investigation. FMCSA safety investigators stated that they found the company owner and operator, Gregory Davis, to be in violation of multiple federal safety regulations including:
- Failing to conduct pre-employment background checks on drivers;
- Failing to ensure drivers were qualified before dispatching them in commercial operations;
- 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 controlled substance, and;
- Failing to ensure that its vehicles were regularly inspected, maintained and repaired and that they met minimum safety standards.
“Bar D Bar Trucking LLC is a recognized leader on the local market and a growing company, and we’re proud of that fact,” reads the trucking company’s website. “The driving force behind our reputation is our employees, who have invested a lot of energy in the development of our business.”
The statement seems to almost contradict federal investigators’ recent findings. These investigators say they also found that Bar D Bar Trucking had continued to allow Gregory Davis to operate a commercial vehicle despite Davis not possessing a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) and subject to a lifetime CDL disqualification.
“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,” read a statement by the FMCSA.
Violating an imminent hazard out-of-service order may result in a penalty of up to $25,000, operating without operating 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.