Georgia Trucking Companies Can Escape Scrutiny
Claims Journal-July 25, 2012-According to the article trucking companies in Georgia that run afoul of safety rules can simply shut down and reopen with a name change. According to a review by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution barriers to starting a trucking company are low. Carriers that stay within Georgias boundaries face no minimum insurance requirements. Interstate trucking companies can be dispatching rigs for up to 18 months before getting a safety review, while those that dont cross state lines may never face one.
The article goes onto to say in one particular case, a truck for a Georgia firm run by Devasko Lewis was involved in an Alabama crash that killed seven people in 2008. Transportation officials put the company out of business and told Lewis not to start another. But three years later, Lewis registered again. Inspectors found 129 violations in five roadside inspections, prompting the U.S. Department of Transportation shut him down once more in 2011. He pleaded guilty in May to illegally operating a trucking firm and awaits sentencing.
Georgia was among a handful of state singled out in a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office in May that addressed so-called "chameleon carriers" trucking companies that dodge sanction by shutting down and reforming under a new name.
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