Texas fleet shut down for violating hours rules, controlled substance regs

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REDCO Transport out of Laredo, Texas, has been ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to cease its operation after the agency found the company routinely failed to make sure its drivers complied with the agency’s hours-of-service regulations and did not properly test its drivers for alcohol and substance use.

The imminent hazard out-of-service order was announced Sept. 24. REDCO is a 112-truck fleet and hauls general freight.

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In mid-August, a REDCO truck crashed into a van in the shoulder of Interstate 20 in Louisiana, the agency says, killing three people, including the truck driver. The accident prompted an FMCSA investigation, which led to the non-compliance discoveries.

“It is unacceptable for commercial truck and bus companies to disregard critical safety regulations that serve to protect the motoring public,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “Companies that choose to needlessly endanger innocent lives will be blocked from operating on our highways and roads. There is no higher priority than safety.”

This is the 10th trucking company issued an out-of-service order this year. FMCSA has also issued imminent hazard out-of-service orders to seven truck drivers.

“Blatant disregard of federal rules compromises the safety of every traveler on our roadways,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.  “We will continue our vigorous enforcement efforts and our close collaboration with state and local authorities to further improve roadway safety every day, every mile, everywhere.”