Fleet owner sentenced for falsifying FCMSA documents

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Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, June 10, 2021:

Fleet owner sentenced for falsifying FMCSA documents
Michael Chaves, the owner of Rhode Island-based CAT Transportation, has been ordered by pay $424,598 in restitution to his victims and $207,270 to the Internal Revenue Service after using another person’s identification without his or her permission to falsify motor carrier registration documents.

According to the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, Chaves was sentenced on March 10 to two-and-a-half years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $1,000 special assessment.

OIG says Chaves used another person’s identification to falsify Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration documents to hide an affiliation with a company under a federal out-of-service order. He also generated false documents to show compliance with FMCSA rules and regulations, OIG adds.

Great Dane recalls dry van trailers for brakes issue
Great Dane Trailers is recalling approximately 50 model year 2022 Champion dry van trailers equipped with air disc brakes, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents.

In the affected units, the brake caliper mounting bolts may not be sufficiently tightened, allowing the bolts to loosen, which can reduce braking effectiveness.

Dealers will inspect and tighten the caliper mounting bolts for free. Owners can contact Great Dane customer service at 1-877-369-3493. NHTSA’s recall number is 21V-383.

Roberts Trucking, affiliates rebranding to Wavepoint 3PL
Roberts Trucking and its sister companies Roberts Logistics Service, Roberts Warehousing, MooreHill Logistics, Print Media Logistic Solutions and Rise Logistics, will operate as wholly owned subsidiaries of Wavepoint 3PL, effective immediately.

The move is the latest evolution for Roberts, which was founded in 1978 and has added businesses to its organization through the years.

"We've reached a new milestone and are moving all of the companies into a high performing, single source 3PL,” said Kirk Hill, President of Wavepoint 3PL. “With these enhanced synergies, we will continue to expand from a powerful regional presence to a national organization, while enhancing our supply chain solutions from our 3PL mindset. Ultimately, this new organization and system is designed to deliver operational and cost efficiencies to all of our customers in a broad range of industries."

Wavepoint 3PL's infrastructure is designed to reduce complexities that can hamper operations and growth. Its seamless services include LTL and truckload services; asset-based fleet operations and services; warehouse and inventory management in food grade facilities; and technology-enabled omnichannel fulfillment services, among other value-added offerings.