This month, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shut down two trucking companies for a variety of safety violations.

Rhino Displays

Rhino Displays, a fireworks display company, based out of Payson, Illinois “informed FMCSA in writing that it had closed the commercial fireworks transportation portion of its business,” according to an FMCSA news release.

However, this was not the case.

“On May 30, 2015, FMCSA safety investigators discovered that Rhino had transported fireworks to a baseball stadium in Hannibal, Missouri,” according to the FMCSA news release.

This prompted further investigation, which revealed the following safety violations:

  • Fireworks were opened & improperly secured
  • Vehicle did not have a federally mandated fire extinguisher
  • Alcohol was found inside the vehicle
  • The driver did not have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), a hazmat endorsement, or a valid medical certificate
  • There were no records of duty status or shipping papers

A federal out-of-service order was sent to Rhino on June 4, 2015.

Prudential Carriers, Inc.

Prudential Carriers, Inc., based out of Hampton, Georgia, was investigated in late May 2015 after involvement in numerous crashes, “including a May 12, 2015, incident in which the company instructed the driver to continue operating a truck that was transporting a damaged, leaking load of canola oil onto Interstate 75 in Georgia,” according to the FMCSA news release.

Sounds pretty obvious why Prudential has now been ordered off the roads.

The following safety violations were found:

  • Vehicles were not systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained
  • Failed to comply with hours of service (HOS) regulations
  • Failed to comply with driver qualification requirements
  • Company allowed unqualified drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV)
  • Failed to comply with random, alcohol and controlled substances testing

Prudential’s out-of-service order was dated June 5, 2015.

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