Small trucking company shut down by Feds for 30 days due to 2 defective tires

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The company has 17 trucks and 30 employees. 2 of the trucks apparently had a defective tire on them when inspected and the federal government cited the company and sent a letter demanding a “Plan of Corrective Action.” The letter was sent by regular mail, and was not received. Getting no response from the business owner the Feds shut down the company.

The letter wasn’t even certified. Given that a company and livelihoods were at stake this seems the absolute minimum the government should have to do. This is putting aside the fact that somehow the federal government has the leagal authority to just close up a company because of 2 defective tires.

Do you think that a larger company, one with connections at the statehouse or Washington DC, would ever have these kinds of problems? Would a company whose executives bundled money to the right politicians have to deal with such troubles?

The simple answer is, no.


Imagine Gaddy’s surprise one Monday morning two weeks ago when he learned that the Federal Government had effectively closed his business.

Gaddy had received an early-morning call from a customer in Tennessee who “asked how I intended to deliver his freight.  I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about,” Gaddy recalled.  “I said ‘Just like always – hook-up to the trailer and have it there this afternoon.’” The customer then told Gaddy he had received notice that all Gaddy Logistics trucks had been placed “Out-of Service” (may not operate) by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

A quick visit to the FMCSA website confirmed what Gaddy’s customer had told him.

Understandably confused, Gaddy called the FMCSA office in Atlanta. Officials there told Gaddy that he had ignored a letter from them requiring him to file a “Plan of Corrective Action” to address two roadside truck inspections, each of which had found one defective tire.

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