Massachusetts Trucking Company Ordered to Shut Down by FMCSA

An investigation led to a declaration of imminent hazard to public safety by the agency.

After multiple brake failures in the company's trucks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that Flavio Borges Prado, also known as Golden Eagle Delivery, must stop all intrastate and interstate operations.

In April 2016, the company failed to submit a New Entrant Safety Audit and proceeded to rescind an initial order to stop operations after submitting to the audit, according to the agency's announcement of the action. The brake failures occurred with the investigation ongoing -- one was the failure of the parking brake on a company truck that rolled town a hit and hit a residence.

The FMCSA investigation found the company did not regularly inspect and maintain vehicles or make employees submit safety defect reports to the company.

FMCSA's order says the company's continual and blatant disregard for federal safety regulations "substantially increases the risk of death or serious injury if not discontinued immediately." Violating an imminent hazard out-of-service order could result in a penalty of up to $25,000, according to FMCSA.

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