Agency shuts down Texas fleet for disregarding hours of service regs

Updated Sep 25, 2013

A Laredo, Texas-based fleet has become the 10th trucking company this year to be issued an out-of-service order after it was discovered the company was not ensuring its drivers complied with federal hours of service regulations and did not properly test its drivers for alcohol or controlled substance use, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Sept. 24. 

REDCO Transport, a 112-truck general freight hauler, was issued the imminent hazard out-of-service order Sept. 24. One of the company’s trucks caused an accident in mid-August on Interstate 20 in Louisiana when the truck’s driver hit a van in the shoulder. The accident killed three people, including the truck driver. 

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The accident prompted an investigation from FMCSA, who found the non-compliance issues. 

“It is unacceptable for commercial truck and bus companies to disregard critical safety regulations that serve to protect the motoring public,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “Companies that choose to needlessly endanger innocent lives will be blocked from operating on our highways and roads. There is no higher priority than safety.”

This is the 10th trucking company issued an out-of-service order this year. FMCSA has also issued imminent hazard out-of-service orders to seven truck drivers.

“Blatant disregard of federal rules compromises the safety of every traveler on our roadways,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.  “We will continue our vigorous enforcement efforts and our close collaboration with state and local authorities to further improve roadway safety every day, every mile, everywhere.”