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Florida Trucking Company Ordered Out Of Service after Series of Violations

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has declared a Florida-based trucking company as an “imminent safety hazard.” The agency has ordered the company out of service.

The company, Ken’s Trucking LLC, based in Grand Ridge has been involved in at least five accidents over the past 12 months alone. The company operates a fleet that consists of 33 trucker trucks-tractors, and 29 truckers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered the company to immediately stop all commercial motor vehicle operations.

The order came after an investigation that was conducted by the federal agency into Ken’s Trucking operations. That investigation was launched in August. Investigators found that trucks operated by the company were involved in at least five recordable accidents over the last year alone. At least two of those accidents were linked to maintenance problems with the vehicle.

In fact, the owner of the company Ken Branch also seems to have operated as a CDL driver in the company, and he himself was involved in an accident earlier this year that was linked to malfunctioning truck components.

According to the federal agency’s order, the company has a poor maintenance program that does not include regular inspections, repairs and maintenance of its vehicles, increasing the likelihood of accidents and injuries involving its fleet. In fact, many of the company’s violations had the potential to cause serious accidents. The company chalked up a number of violations, including failure to oversee and maintain driver qualification files, allowing drivers who tested positive for drugs, or those with suspended commercial driver’s licenses to operate trucks and failure to monitor drivers to ensure that they complied with the federal Hours Of Service rules, limiting the number of hours that a trucker can drive consecutively.

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