The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this week it has shut down a the Forest Hill, Texas-based FTW Transport, issuing an imminent hazard out-of-service order for violations related to hours-of-service compliance and drug and alcohol regulations.
FMCSA says the company was involved in the past 12 months five crashes that could have been prevented, and in two of them, FTW drivers were cited for careless driving, the agency says.
Investigators for the agency discovered the carrier did not require its drivers to comply with hours-of-service limits or require them turn in HOS records or required documents like itineraries and fuel receipts.
FTW also did not monitor or ensure drivers complied with drug and alcohol regulations and did not properly drug test drivers, FMCSA says.
This is the third fleet the agency has shut down this year. It has also shut down four drivers.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.