The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Royal Transport, Nationwide, Freight and Midwest — all trucking companies based in Olathe, Kan. — to cease operations.
The agency claims the four carriers served as chameleons for a company that had previously been shut down.
The four carriers had been operating under common operating and control — using the same drivers and vehicles — so they could skirt compliance rules, according to a FMCSA statement. Freight and Midwest were created to escape a shut-down order levied against Nationwide in 2008.
"Today’s action is another step toward raising the bar for commercial vehicle and roadway safety,” FMCSA’s Anne Ferro said in a statement. “It sends a strong and important message that companies that attempt to evade safety regulations by reincarnating will be found and removed from the road.” - Jon Ross