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FMCSA shuts down 2 related Texas carriers

Houston-based trucking companies ordered to cease operations for numerous safety violations

Two related Houston-based trucking companies have been shut down after being declared an imminent hazard to public safety. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

A Houston-based trucking company that was put out of business for safety violations but reportedly tried resurrecting itself under a different name has been ordered to cease operating, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced.

The FMCSA on Thursday shut down both Pac Express LLC and Texas Interstate Express LLC after federal officials determined the two companies were related. The carriers were served a federal out-of-service order on Nov. 11, according to a news release.

Texas Interstate Express had 10 trucks and 10 drivers, while Pac Express had seven and five, respectively. 

“[Their] … avoidance of compliance with the [safety regulations] and the out-of-service order substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death for your drivers and the motoring public if your operations are not discontinued immediately,” the FMCSA said.

Pac Express began operating in July after the FMCSA began to conduct a compliance investigation of Texas Interstate Express.

“FMCSA had identified Texas Interstate Express for investigation based on the carrier’s widespread violations documented by FMCSA and its partners during roadside inspections,” the federal agency said.

The violations included employing drivers who did not have CDLs and were prohibited from working for carriers in the FMCSA’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, using drivers without any records of duty status and allowing drivers to violate roadside out-of-service conditions.

While Texas Interstate Express was being investigated, the carrier shifted its operations over to Pac Express. 

Texas Interstate Express had already been issued an out-of-service order for failing to comply with an investigation. The FMCSA did not specify when the carrier was issued an out-of-service order.

“In signed statements, two of Texas Interstate Express’ drivers stated to FMCSA that motor carrier officials at Texas Interstate Express and Pac Express instructed them to disregard being placed out of service for hours-of-service (HOS) violations and continue on with trips after the roadside inspectors were no longer monitoring them,” the agency said. “The same two drivers stated that they were also instructed to avoid inspections and bypass scales and that they would be dispatched on trips that could not be made within HOS rules and without speeding.”

FMCSA said Pac Express did not have programs to detect drivers’ use of controlled substances, ensure they were qualified and licensed, control their hours of service and ensure company vehicles were appropriately inspected and repaired. 

Officials for both companies did not immediately respond to FreightWaves’ request for comment.

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  1. Sean Gray

    I would like to report a job I used to work for here in ft worth tx actually he fired me because I didn’t want to drive 5 hrs away with a tag that was on the trailer had a paper plate it rained and filled the bag that the tag was in couldn’t see tag it was in the water and he fired me we weren’t doing our logs they force disp u even after a 12hr day and he’s a real arrogant guy,can someone plz contact me so he can be audited I guarantee he’s not doing federal guidlines

  2. Wayne Dinkle

    The Federal Government and all of its alphabet bureau’s kill, injure, maim and financially ruin hundreds of thousands of lives every year, through unconstitutional behavior and authority.
    It is THEY who should be extinguished.

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Noi Mahoney

Noi Mahoney is a Texas-based journalist who covers cross-border trade, logistics and supply chains for FreightWaves. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English in 1998. Mahoney has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working for newspapers in Florida, Maryland and Texas. Contact [email protected]