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Indianapolis-based trucking firm U & D Service Inc. has been shut down by federal authorities after being declared an “imminent hazard” to public safety.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Tuesday that it ordered U & D to immediately cease all commercial motor vehicle operations. The agency said an extensive review of the company’s operations found multiple federal safety violations, including a continuous pattern of using drivers without valid commercial driver’s licenses, or CDLs, and using drivers that do not meet federal English-proficiency requirements.

Some of the company’s drivers may face civil penalties and/or driver disqualifications, the agency said.

The company, which hauls general freight, produce and refrigerated cargo, was founded in May 2011 at 3649 Lafayette Road on the northwest side of the city. It has 44 vehicles and 43 drivers, the FMCSA said.

A phone call to U & D's office Wednesday morning was not answered.

Indiana State Police conducted 26 roadside inspections of U & D vehicles between Nov. 3 and Jan. 27, the FMCSA said in its order. The company’s drivers were cited 21 times for not being proficient in English, 12 times for not having a CDL, 10 times for exceeding vehicle weight limits and eight times for exceeding tire-weight limits.

Transportation officials said the company continued to violate the same regulations after numerous warnings to correct them.

The company faces penalties of up to $16,000 per day if it continues to conduct business. It would be allowed to resume business if it corrects its problems and develops a strict compliance plan, the FMCSA said.

“Safety is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s highest priority,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a prepared statement. “We are committed to aggressively removing from our roads unsafe truck companies that place the traveling public at risk.”
 

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  • trucking
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  • U&D
    If your the owner of UD Trucking and you hired the non engrish speakers, and allowed your trucks to be overloaded and then exceeded the Tire weight ratings, you deserve to be barred from Business, In todays safety concious society and with CSA and the new regs and rules, if you operate equipment in or around Indianapolis your asking for trouble. These types of operations deserve scrutiny and deserve to be shut down as they bring unwanted attention on all of us truckers, using Immigrants who will work for far less and wont roack the boat is a danger to all of us, the driver is responsible, and should speak fluent english and be able to understand wht happens to overweight, overloaded vehicles.
  • Qwners?
    Who owns U & D Trucking? Who are the responsible parties for hiring and checking out the CDL status of their drivers? Who is responsible for the truck weight being checked? These are the people who should be known!

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