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Agency orders shutdown of two carriers, one driver

| March 22, 2013

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 21 ordered Oak Park, Mich.-based Highway Star Inc. and Atlanta-based General Trucking Inc. to immediately cease operations, declaring the companies to be imminent hazards to public safety.

An FMCSA senior official, speaking at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., said to expect more such announcements in the future as part of a broad pattern of focus shifting toward unsafe trucking operations.

One of Highway Star’s drivers, Ibrahim Fetic, was also declared an imminent hazard and was ordered to immediately cease all commercial motor vehicle operations due to his failure to comply with federal hours-of-service regulations.

On March 2, 2013, Fetic caused a fatal crash on Interstate 65 in Hardin County, Ky., when he rear-ended a passenger vehicle, killing six people and injuring two others. A post-crash investigation by FMCSA found that Fetic had been driving well in excess of HOS regulations and had falsified his record-of-duty status log.

FMCSA found that Highway Star failed to require its drivers to comply with HOS regulations. It also allowed or required its drivers operating CMVs in interstate commerce to falsify their records-of-duty status and failed to preserve these records, resulting in the carrier being unable to monitor its drivers’ compliance with regulations setting maximum hours of service and requiring off-duty and rest hours.

General Trucking Inc. was investigated after it was involved in a rash of crashes. FMCSA’s investigation found a companywide practice of violating federal safety regulations, including disregarding driver qualification requirements by dispatching unqualified drivers, inadequate monitoring and controlling driver compliance with hours of service requirements, and dispatching and operating unsafe vehicles which were grossly overloaded.

  • Mike Jones

    Yea sure they are Unsafe and dont have a license..he is wearing a Turban…that might be a CLUE for the highway patrol and DOPES at the weigh station????? many people have to be Killed by these FORIGNERS????

  • Mike Jones

    Go to any truckstop or Shipper…nobody speaks a word of ENGLISH….might be a CLUE they have FAKE license and No training???? Idiot Cops are to blame for these deaths..paid to let the Cheap Labor Drivers alone.

  • Mike Kapustar

    It isn’t the cops fault, its the government for at least the past 10 yrs because they have not enforced the DOT rules about reading, understanding and writing the English language. The companies have found the cheap labor overseas and took full advantage of this lack of enforcement and being politically correct. I remember at least 10 yrs back running into Russian drivers who the consignee had to call their company so someone could tell them what the consignee wanted them to do.

  • martymarsh

    It was predicted years ago that in the end there will only be a handful of trucking companies, and they will be the folks at ATA, it doesn’t take rocket science to see what is going on.

  • martymarsh

    I think it has actually become a joke, we are our own worst enemy, and we are getting exactly what we deserve. This is what happens when you worry about number one only.

  • Mike Jones

    So True…we are totally screwed now.

  • martymarsh

    It doesn’t bother me any more Mike, we have people out there riding around making 24 cents a mile, and after the hey look at me I’m a big rigger wears off, they understand that they can’t making a living at that. So on top of the low lifes paying nothing, we have the government making rules we can’t live with. It is one big disaster.


    i got out 7 yrs ago man there are way to much scary stuff going on these days. the trucking company you work for is your own worst enemy.damn if you do damn if dont screwum all a waste of my 20 years.push push push go farer go faster go cheaper.we will catch up next load.

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  • Mike Jones

    So True…Pathetic Industry..completely destroyed.

  • Mike Jones

    10-4 major disaster and getting Worse…in April the ATA is pushing congress to “Hurry” and pass they can help mega Fleets get more cheap labor!!! CDL’s for every one of Obamas 11 Million illegal aliens!

  • martymarsh

    Hey Mike, you do know that ATA is the mega fleets? CR England CRST just to name a couple are on the board. Talk about them getting things their way.

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  • No Reform

    Mi dribe Trookay… Chofer….mucho trabaho por mi.

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