The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday, Feb. 7, announced that it has ordered U & D Service Inc. of Indianapolis to immediately cease all transportation services in or affecting interstate commerce, declaring the commercial truck company an “imminent hazard” to public safety.
FMCSA said the order follows an extensive review of the company’s operations, which found multiple federal safety violations, including a continuous pattern of using drivers without valid commercial driver’s licenses and using drivers that do not meet federal English proficiency requirements.
“Safety is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highest priority,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We are committed to aggressively removing from our roads unsafe truck companies that place the traveling public at risk.”
FMCSA said the shutdown order was issued after agency investigators discovered that the company was using drivers who did not possess valid CDLs, or read and speak the English language sufficiently to safely operate a commercial vehicle. FMCSA said it also may take enforcement action against the non-CDL-holding drivers, including civil penalties and/or driver disqualifications.
“FMCSA will continue to do everything within its current legal authority to remove unsafe truck companies like U & D Service from our roadways.,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “The traveling public deserves no less.”