The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Georgia-based Judson Mobley Logging, Inc. to immediately cease all transportation services, declaring the truck company an imminent hazard to public safety.
The shutdown order follows an extensive review of the company's operations by FMCSA, which found multiple violations of drug and alcohol testing, driver qualifications and vehicle maintenance rules.
"Safety is our number-one priority," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We will not allow commercial truck companies that recklessly disregard safety to continue operating on the nation's roadways."
FMCSA immediately shut down Judson Mobley Logging after safety investigators discovered that the company continued to operate its vehicles in violation of a previous agency order to cease transportation services for an unsatisfactory safety rating. In addition to violating a prior shutdown order, investigators found a range of safety infractions, including driver qualification and vehicle maintenance violations that substantially increased the likelihood of jeopardizing the safety of the traveling public.
"Unsafe truck companies that jeopardize public safety have no place on our roads," said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. "We will continue to do everything within our current authority to aggressively pursue and shut down these illegal actors."
A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2012/Judson-Mobley-IH-order.pdf.