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FMCSA Considers Suspension of Registration for Unsafe Bus, Truck Companies
In its latest bid to deal with rogue truck and bus companies who simply emerge under a different name and address after they have been shut down for safety violations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering loss of registration as a penalty for such companies.
In a proposed rule that was posted on the Federal Register earlier this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration signaled its intention of taking stronger action to deal with such companies. Truck accident lawyers and bus accident attorneys in California have been quite familiar with the challenges posed by truck and bus companies who simply reemerge and continue operations under a new identity after they are ordered to shut down by the federal agency for unsafe operations.
Unfortunately, there are too many loopholes in the system that currently allow companies to simply continue operations under a new name and address after they have been shut down for violations.
It is these kinds of companies that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to conclusively and effectively deal with. Towards this end, the agency is proposing a suspension of registration for such truck and bus companies as the ultimate penalty for their violations.
The agency proposes suspension or revocation of the operating authority of motor coach carriers and trucking companies that disregard all safety rules. The rule would also target carrier officers or employees of the companies who disregard these rules, or order other people to do so.
If the company has been found to have failed to comply with safety rules, and has been found to have concealed such failures, the federal agency could suspend or revoke their registration. Companies that frequently flout safety violations, do not comply with federal orders to fix safety shortcomings in their companies, fail to pay fines for safety violations, and do not respond to federal enforcement actions, could find themselves facing a loss of their registration.
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