The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced that it recently shut down Wisconsin-based trucking company WTSA US Express and declared it an “imminent safety hazard.”  The Administration’s investigation of the company revealed numerous, egregious violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, including employing drivers without valid commercial driver’s licenses and medical certifications, allowing drivers to operate without records of duty status, and failing to test its drivers for controlled substances.

While it is encouraging to see that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is actively investigating and shutting down rogue trucking companies, these companies and their drivers frequently reappear on our roadways with the same disregard for public safety.  Harsher penalties for these violators, along with the increased vigilance of Federal and State authorities, are the only ways to ensure that our roadways will be as safe as possible.