The Dangers of Pre-Trip Procrastination

Have you ever said to yourself, “I’ll do a pre-trip inspection next week when I have more time?” Did you get that nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach that you should perform it daily as you’re supposed to? If so, read the story below from CCJ Commercial Carrier Journal – Fleet Management Magazine:

FMCSA Shuts Down Small Reincarnated Carrier
Daya Trucking, a Georgia-based 39-truck fleet, has been effectively shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for reincarnating after being given an “Unsatisfactory” safety rating in 2017. According to FMCSA, Daya was formerly known as Ekam Truck Line. In 2017, Ekam agreed to enter a Consent Order in order to upgrade its safety rating from Unsatisfactory to Conditional. The fleet’s Unsatisfactory rating was the result of a number of safety violations, FMCSA says. The Consent Order required Ekam to take specific actions to improve safety, however, the company performed none of these actions, FMCSA adds, and instead evaded the order by applying for U.S. DOT registration as Daya Trucking. Following an investigation, FMCSA reinstated Ekam’s Unsatisfactory rating and merged and consolidated the safety and enforcement records of Ekam and Daya.

Vehicle Maintenance Violations

In the past 12 months, Daya vehi-cles had been placed out-of-service at a rate of 46 percent and cited for:
1. inoperable lamps
2. exposed tire fabric
3. defective brakes
4. broken or missing axle position components
5. oil or grease leaks from hubs
6. Failing to ensure drivers were properly licensed
7. Investigators found where five drivers without a current CDL or in possession of a suspended CDL had been dispatched

Source: CCJ Commercial Carrier Journal – Fleet Management Magazine