LEX Express Inc. (DBA Lincolnland Express) of Champaign, Illinois, and Ben Gordon Enterprises LLC (DBA Gordon’s Tree Service) of Slidell, Louisiana, have been shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), due to safety concerns, according to Trucking Info news. LEX Express had been informed by the FMCSA in October that the company would be prohibited from operating its 30 passenger vehicles and allowing its 34 drivers to drive as of December 7 unless the company provided a corrective action plan to comply with federal safety regulations. LEX Express provided a lengthy proposed safety management plan on November 30, and the FMCSA has 30 days to review it. The FMCSA had conducted a comprehensive review of Ben Gordon Enterprises, after it was found to have “willfully violated” a federal out-of-service order by continuing to operate vehicles in violation of that order. Among other failings, the company used drivers who did not have valid commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) or medical certificates, and had been involved in a crash while using a driver who did not have a CDL (commercial driver's license). The FMCSA shut down Ben Gordon Enterprises as an “imminent hazard to the public.” FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro made sure to note that the “FCMSA is very clear about its safety and compliance requirements, investigations and procedures” in order to keep passengers safe and informed while giving drivers greater peace of mind when sharing the road with motor carriers. Sounds as though Ms. Ferro knows how to get the job done—maybe she could save us from the fiscal cliff?
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