WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has served an Oregon carrier with $368,200 in civil penalties.
Rudco Transport, Inc., of Clackamas, Ore., was handed the notice for allegedly committing “multiple violations” of safety rules. The violations were discovered during an investigation conducted by FMCSA’s Oregon Division.
The FMCSA says it uses the notices, “to initiate civil actions for violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the Hazardous Materials Regulations.”
FMCSA investigators issued a proposed unsatisfactory safety rating and cited Rudco president, Sergey Rudnitsky, for violations involving drug and alcohol testing, commercial driver’s licenses standards and requirements, qualification of drivers, and inspection and maintenance of motor vehicles.
In addition, it is alleged that Rudco allowed for the falsification of records of duty status and allowed its drivers to drive when they had already exceeded their Hours-of-Service limits.
The company reportedly employs about 88 drivers and operates 64 trucks.