FMCSA shuts down Texas-based carrier following numerous regs violations

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Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022:

Texas-based carrier shut down for numerous safety violations

Houston, Texas-based Adversity Transport, Inc., has been effectively shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after violating a standing out-of-service order issued for failing to allow an investigation into its safety fitness.

According to FMCSA, a subsequent review of the one-truck operation’s roadside safety performance record found Adversity Transport to be “egregiously noncompliant with multiple federal safety regulations.”

These included Driving of CMVs (49 CFR Part 392), Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation (49 CFR Part 393), drivers’ Hours of Service (49 CFR Part 395), and Vehicle Maintenance and Inspection (49 CFR Part 396). Additionally, FMCSA said two of the carrier’s drivers were found to be driving while prohibited or suspended.

Attempts to contact Adversity Transport went unanswered Monday morning.  

Adversity Transport’s vehicle out-of-service rate is 89%, compared to a national average of 21%, and its driver out-of-service rate is 50%, compared to a national average of 6%.

“Adversity Transport fails to ensure its drivers drive safely and its drivers have received numerous citations for violations such as speeding, texting while driving and being in possession of a controlled substance while driving,” FMCSA said. “Adversity Transport also fails to ensure its vehicles are safe. Roadside inspections revealed pervasive vehicle maintenance problems including unsafe tires, unsafe brakes and cracked frames. Adversity Transport also fails to ensure its drivers comply with the requirements to track their hours of service, designed to prevent fatigued drivers from continuing to drive.”

Failing to comply with the provisions of the federal imminent hazard order could result in civil penalties of up to $28,142 for each violation. Adversity Transport may also be assessed civil penalties of not less than $11,256 for providing transportation in interstate commerce without operating authority registration, and up to $15,876 for operating a CMV in interstate commerce without USDOT Number registration.

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3,500 Peterbilt tractors recalled for potential issue with side step

Paccar is recalling approximately 3,511 model year 2022 Peterbilt 579 tractors equipped with chassis fairings.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, the bolts that hold the chassis fairing step assembly in the closed position may loosen and fracture the latch attachment, causing the fairing assembly to flex. A partially unsecured cab step can unexpectedly move while entering or exiting the cab, increasing the risk for injury, the recall states.

Dealers will add new fasteners and a bracket, for free, to fix the issue. Owners can contact Peterbilt customer service at 1-940-591-4220 with recall number 22PBA. NHTSA’s recall number is 22V-016.