The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shut down Atlanta-based trucking company Southern Transportation, Inc. for failure to provide company safety records under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
Under provisions contained in MAP-21, signed into law by President Obama in July 2012, FMCSA may place a motor carrier out of service if it fails to comply with a letter demanding release of company safety records.
“Truck and bus companies that refuse to cooperate with safety investigators have no place on our nation’s roadways,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We will continue to use our authority to shut down motor carriers that endanger the public.”
“MAP-21 strengthens the ability of FMCSA investigators to take necessary and appropriate actions to protect innocent lives,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “We will not allow the safety of the traveling public to be compromised by an unsafe commercial truck or bus company.”
Last week, FMCSA shut down General Transportation, Inc., a trucking company operating out of the same location and with the same business model as Southern Transportation, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to safety.
To view the Southern Transportation shutdown order visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2013/SouthernTransportationInc.pdf.