The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered GD Cars, Aurora, Colo.-based trucking company, to cease all operations, stating that its vehicles and drivers pose an “imminent hazard” to public safety.
FMCSA said its investigators found “serious vehicle safety deficiencies” during the course of their investigation. In addition to failing to ensure that its vehicles were properly and regularly inspected, repaired and maintained, FMCSA investigators found GD Cars to be in violation of federal regulations requiring random drug and alcohol testing of its drivers. The company also failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations and, on occasion, dispatched a driver who did not possess a commercial driver’s license, the agency said.
“Any vehicle, but especially a large commercial combination vehicle such as a truck and trailer, that is not maintained or repaired and allowed to become a serious public hazard, is unacceptable,” said Anne S. Ferro, FMCSA’s administrator, in a written statement.