WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered U & D Service, Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., to immediately cease all transportation services in or affecting interstate commerce, declaring the commercial truck company an "imminent hazard" to public safety. This order follows an extensive review of the company's operations, which found multiple federal safety violations including a continuous pattern of using drivers without valid commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) and using drivers that do not meet federal English proficiency requirements.
"Safety is the U.S. Department of Transportation's highest priority," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We are committed to aggressively removing from our roads unsafe truck companies that place the traveling public at risk."
FMCSA ordered U & D Service, Inc. to immediately shut down after agency investigators discovered that the company was using drivers who did not possess valid CDLs, or read and speak the English language sufficiently to safely operate a commercial vehicle on our nation's roads. FMCSA may also take enforcement action against the non-CDL-holding drivers, including civil penalties and/or driver disqualifications.
"FMCSA will continue to do everything within its current legal authority to remove unsafe truck companies like U & D Service from our roadways. The traveling public deserves no less," said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.
A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2012/U-and-D-Imminent-Hazard-Order.pdf.