Atlanta Trucking Company Shut Down by FMCSA

When the company failed to comply with request for its safety records, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration put the brakes on the business.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down an Atlanta-based trucking company this week because the company failed to cooperate with safety investigators. Southern Transportation also did not provide its safety records to the FMCSA investigators. A July 2012 law gives FMCSA the authority to shut down a company if it does not provide such documentation.

"Truck and bus companies that refuse to cooperate with safety investigators have no place on our nation’s roadways," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a DOT statement. "We will continue to use our authority to shut down motor carriers that endanger the public."

General Transportation, Inc., a trucking company with the same business model and working out of the same location as Southern Transportation, was shut down by FMCSA last week; the agency declared the company an imminent safety hazard.

"MAP-21 strengthens the ability of FMCSA investigators to take necessary and appropriate actions to protect innocent lives," said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. "We will not allow the safety of the traveling public to be compromised by an unsafe commercial truck or bus company."

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