FMCSA safety specialist pleads guilty to bribery

James H. Wood, a former FMCSA supervisory highway safety specialist, recently pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., to bribery.

According to the DOT Office of Inspector General, Wood requested and accepted payments from Canadian trucking safety consultants to postpone safety audits of Canadian trucking companies, provide satisfactory ratings to Canadian trucking companies and supply internal FMCSA information, including lists of scheduled safety audits to Canadian safety consultants.