The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Friday, Aug. 31, announced that it has ordered Tennessee-based truck company Terri’s Farm to cease all interstate transportation services immediately based on evidence that it was a chameleon operation for a truck company previously shut down by the agency.
FMCSA said that following a thorough review of Terri’s Farm’s operations, the agency found the company was operating the same vehicles and maintaining the same operational and safety management structure as former horse transporter Three Angels Farms.
FMCSA on June 29 had ordered Three Angels Farms, its officers and vehicles out of service after safety investigators found multiple safety infractions, including permitting its drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles without commercial driver’s licenses and not conducting proper controlled substances testing of its drivers. FMCSA said that during the past eight months, the former Three Angels Farms had two accidents involving poorly maintained vehicles and fatigued or disqualified drivers, which resulted in the deaths of four horses.
“Today’s action is another step toward raising the bar for commercial vehicle and roadway safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “It sends a strong and important message that companies who attempt to evade safety regulations by reincarnating will be found and removed from the road.”