The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Monday, April 9, announced that it has declared New Jersey-based J&A Transportation Inc. an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered the commercial truck company to shut down its operations. FMCSA said it placed J&A Transportation out-of-service after numerous roadside inspections that found multiple hours-of-service, driver and vehicle maintenance violations.
The order also applies to J&A Transportation’s principals and drivers. “Safety is our top priority at the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Commercial truck companies whose disregard of the law places the traveling public at risk will not be allowed to operate on our nation’s highways.”
FMCSA said it ordered the shutdown of J&A Transportation after safety investigators found that the truck company continued to operate without an active USDOT number and valid operating authority. Investigators also discovered that the company operated vehicles that had serious mechanical defects and were not regularly inspected and repaired. Additionally, the company’s drivers had serious hours-of-service and driver qualification violations.
“FMCSA takes seriously its responsibility to remove unscrupulous truck companies off the road.” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “Companies that disregard safety will be shut down.”