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American Shipper

Washington state trucking company shut down by FMCSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found Even Flo Logistics committed numerous serious violations of federal safety regulations, including failing to comply with driver qualification requirements, such as proper licensing.

   Tumwater, Wash.-based trucking company Even Flo Logistics has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to cease all interstate and intrastate operations after investigators found the company to pose an imminent hazard to public safety, the FMCSA said Dec. 7.
   The ban comes following an August 2017 compliance investigation of Even Flo Logistics by the Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division following roadside inspections occurring in multiple states since January that revealed repeated serious safety violations requiring that its truck driver Shawn Roberts be placed out-of-service at rate more than 13 times the national average.
   Numerous serious violations of federal safety statutes and regulations were discovered, including failing to comply with certain driver qualification requirements, such as ensuring that its drivers were properly licensed to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
   Investigators say they discovered that on at least two occasions when Roberts possessed a commercial driver’s license learner’s permit only, the company allowed him to operate a truck without a licensed CDL driver with him as required.
   During October, when Roberts’ CDL had been suspended and/or withdrawn by the State of Washington, Even Flo Logistics allowed Roberts on at least one occasion to operate a truck in interstate commerce, the investigation found.
   The investigation also revealed that Even Flo, was failing to properly monitor its drivers to ensure compliance with maximum hours-of-service (HOS) requirements prohibiting fatigued operation of CMVs.
   Roberts has been subjected to 12 roadside inspections since January and was cited for HOS violations in 10 of them, the FMCSA said.
   Based on the violations discovered during the Washington State Patrol investigation, the motor carrier was issued an “unsatisfactory” federal safety rating of and ordered to cease operations effective Oct. 10. But despite that, the motor carrier subsequently operated on at least two occasions in violation of the federal order, according to FMCSA findings.
   The FMCSA imminent hazard out-of-service order to Even Flo Logistics stated that the carrier’s ongoing noncompliance with federal safety regulations, combined with the company’s demonstrated lack of safety management controls “…significantly increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to its drivers and the motoring public and establishes an imminent hazard.”
   Additionally, a separate imminent hazard order was also served by FMCSA to Even Flo Logistics truck driver Shawn Roberts. The federal order states that Roberts’ “blatant disregard of [federal safety regulations] and continued disregard for the safety of the motoring public …. substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death” to him and/or others.”
   It prohibits Roberts from operating any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.
   Among other driver violations of federal safety regulations, Roberts has been cited for operating a CMV in violation of conditions of his CDL learner’s permit; operating a CMV without a valid commercial driver’s license; being on duty while under the influence of a narcotic drug/amphetamine; and possession of an intoxicating beverage while on-duty or driving.
   Roberts is also facing drug-related criminal charges in both Arizona and Wyoming, and since January 2017, while operating a CMV, Roberts has been involved in four crashes.
   The FMCSA said that Even Flo could be assessed civil penalties of up to $26,126 for each violation of the out-of-service order, as well as civil penalties of at least $10,000 for providing transportation requiring federal operating authority registration and up to $14,739 for operating a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce without necessary USDOT registration.
   If violations are determined to be willful, criminal penalties may be imposed, including a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment for a term not to exceed one year.
   Separately, Roberts is facing civil penalties of up to $1,811 for each violation of operating a commercial motor vehicle in violation of the imminent hazard order. Knowing and/or willful violation of the order may also result in criminal penalties, according to the FMCSA.

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