Daya Trucking Ordered By FMCSA Toby Jake Tully - Published: 4/24/2018
The Federal Motor Carrier Association announced today that it has ordered Daya Trucking, an Acworth, Georgia-based trucking company to cease all intrastate and interstate activities immediately following investigations that found the company to pose a hazard to public safety.
Daya Trucking, which hauls generate freight under the operation of 39 trucks was served the federal order on April 23, 2018 from the FMCSA, following information that the company may be an affiliated or reincarnated entity of Ekam Truck Line.
Ekam Truck Line, a company that received several safety violations failed to comply with provisions in the Consent Order from the FMCSA to improve safety conditions, evading the order by applying for United States Department of Transportation registration under Daya Trucking.
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On March 24, 2018, the FMCSA reinstated Ekam’s Unsatisfactory safety rating in which the company was placed out of service.
The FMCSA reports that due to the discovery of the reincarnation of Daya Trucking as Ekam Truck Lines, the government entity has merged and consolidated the federal safety and enforcement records of Daya Tucking and Ekam Truck Lines.
Among the federal safety statutes and regulations that Daya violated, the company reportedly failed to properly monitor the dispatch of drivers in accordance with the hours-of-service limitation as well as the use of a non-compliant automatic on-board recording devices in which 4,802 hours of unidentified driving time was discovered.
The FMCSA reports that its investigation found Daya Trucking’s lack of compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in addition to the effort to avoid to Consent Order in 2017 to Ekam Truck Lines has made the entity, “…substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death for its drivers and the motoring public if the operations of Daya are not discontinued immediately."
According to the FMCSA, if violations are determined to be willful, criminal penalties may be imposed, including a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment for a term not to exceed one year.
The FMCSA is also reportedly considering civil penalties in regards to the safety violations discovered in the investigation and may refer the matter for criminal prosecution.