The federal investigation uncovered “widespread regulatory violations demonstrating Prudential’s repeated and egregious non-compliance with (federal safety regulations) and a management philosophy indifferent to motor carrier safety,” according to the federal order. “Prudential’s operations are reckless, with almost nonexistent safety management oversight of its vehicles, drivers, and operations.”
Vehicles were not systematically inspected, repaired and maintained; the company failed to ensure its drivers complied with federal hours-of-service regulations designed to prevent fatigued driving; it allowed unqualified drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle; and it failed to comply with mandated random alcohol and controlled substances testing of its drivers, according to the federal agency. The order also accuses Prudential of falsifying records..
Such violations have led to several accidents during the past nine months, FMCSA said. Among them, last October a Prudential driver pulled over on the right shoulder of I-20 in Douglas County because of overheated brakes, the order states. “While waiting for the brakes to cool, the driver fell asleep and another vehicle collided with the Prudential vehicle. The Prudential driver was cited for parking in a prohibited place.”
Note that Gov. Deal recently said he planned to spend $10 million to improve enforcement of commercial vehicles near Savannah.
Trucks line up at a weigh station near Lithia Springs (NICK ARROYO/AJC)