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Motor Carrier Review Board
Minutes
June 8, 2006


The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Mark Hutchins, President.


Board Members present were:

George Parke, Steve Izer, Ron Hutchins, Dale Hanington, Bruce Gray and Alan Quinlan.


Staff:

Garry Hinkley, Francis Fox, Patrick Malloy and Dolores Hayes


Guests:

Also present were: Attorney Bill Laubenstein from the Attorney General's Office and Mike May of Western Express, Inc.


A motion was made to approve the minutes of the March 9, 2006 meeting by George and seconded by Dale. The vote was unanimous.

Garry reported there were no announcements to be made.


"A" Carriers

Lawrence Carr - Lawrence Carr Leasing Inc., USDOT 295286

Lawrence Carr Leasing Inc. of North Miami, Florida is a private carrier primarily in the amusement business. In addition the carrier operates "for hire" from time to time. The carrier failed to return the supplemental questionnaire, although they did sign for it. The carrier operates approximately 10 trucks.

During the review period, the carrier had 29 violations (10 serious) including 5 for operating without duty status log; 5 unqualified drivers; 2 log books not current; 1 inadequate brakes; 1 inoperative brake-away device; 5 no medical certificates; 4 no proof insurance; 5 no operating authority license; and 2 illegal attachment of plates. Total points of 105.6. Maine mileage taken from IRP Clearinghouse with 745 miles. The resulting RSR is over 14,000.

The carrier also had 10 FTA's including 5 operating without duty status; 2 unqualified drivers; 1 operating with no driver's license; and 1 no medical certificate. The carrier is currently under suspension for the FTA's.

Prior to the reporting period, in 2004, the carrier had 7 violations including 1 unregistered motor vehicle; 2 unregistered semi-trailers; 1 failure to comply with IRP; and 2 no operating authority license.

After the review period, the carrier had 3 additional violations; 1 operating after suspension (driver); 1 no log; and 1 failure to stop for a police officer.

The carrier has a driver SEA of 100 and vehicle SEA of 99.9.

The carrier is SAFESTAT category B, MCSIP step 1, and has an ISS value of 98. This is the carrier's first review.

Documents for the record:

  • Motor Carrier Review Board violations summary
  • MCMIS Safety Profile
  • SAFESTAT History
  • DMV Driver Histories
  • Tickets
  • Query Central Carrier Snapshot

After a discussion that Lawrence Carr Leasing Inc. Fed-Ex letter had been returned after being opened with a check mark that the company had moved again and the fact there was no forwarding address, Ron made a motion for a 6 month suspension, Steve seconded.

After further discussion a decision was made to amend the motion.

Ron amended the motion to read recommending a 6 month suspension and they must file the supplement with the staff and appear before the Motor Carrier Review Board before being reinstated. Steve seconded and the vote was unanimous.


Garry reported and updated on the March 9, 2006 meeting "B" carriers.

There were two carriers and both returned their supplements.

  1. Smokey's Greater Shows of Sarasota, Florida and Bangor, Maine. 6 violations (1 serious) RSR 265. No significant change. The Board voted no further action.

Smokey's Greater Shows (US DOT 257476) is a private carrier of machinery and large objects in the carnival business. The carrier is a seasonal operator and operates approximately 8 to 12 trucks of various sizes. This is the carrier's follow-up review based on their supplemental information. There are no significant changes from the information presented in March.

During the review period, the carrier had 6 violations, one severe. Violations include: 1 operating without duty status log; 1 unsafe commercial vehicle; 1 inoperative brake-away device; 2 operating without medical certificates; and 1 failure to provide proof of commercial inspection. The carrier has 21 points, 7900 Maine miles from their supplemental resulting in an RSR of 265.

Prior to the review period in 2004, the carrier had 4 violations including 2 for failure to display valid inspection; 1 missing or broken brake component; and 1 log book not current.

The carrier has a driver SEA of 94; a vehicle SEA of 95; and management SEA of 82. The carrier is SAFESTAT category B, with a MCSIP step of 24. Their ISS value is 99.

  1. Tower Transportation LLC of Scarborough, Maine. 5 violations (1 serious) RSR 31.4. No significant change. Board voted no further action

Tower Transportation Inc of Scarborough, Maine (US DOT 993539) hauls hazardous waste such as asbestos. The carrier reported 5 trucks in the IRP and up to 8 trucks total. The carrier returned their supplemental questionnaire and reported to be out of business as of April 4, 2006. Their DOT number has been inactivated, however the carrier had several vehicle defect violations on May 10, 2006.

During the review period, the carrier had 5 violations including 1 serious violation. The violations included: 1 falsifying log; 1 log book not current; 1 inadequate brakes; 1 operating over width; and failure to provide proof of commercial inspection. Total points 19.8. Maine mileage of 63,000 resulting in an RSR of 31.4. No significant changes as a result of the supplement.

The carrier had a driver SEA of 94, a vehicle SEA of 98, an ISS value of 98. SAFESTAT category B with a MCSIP step of 16. Since deactivating their DOT number, the ISS value has been reduced to 50. The MCSIP score has been reset to 0.

The carrier currently is under suspension in Maine for failure to appear in court.


Top 20 List (actually 18)

Mark Hutchins acknowledged Mike May representing Western Express Inc. to be considered today as one of the Top 20 List and suggested his company be presented first.

  1. Western Express Inc., Nashville, TN, DOT#511412, 18 violations (7 serious) total points 88.3, RSR 10.4. Dale made a motor for No Action, Bruce seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  2. Men on the Move, Young Harris, GA, DOT#1083557, 6 violations (5 serious) total points 39.2. RSR 5227. George made a motion for No Action, Dale seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  3. Glen Raven Transportation Inc., Elon, NC, DOT#1083557, violations (6 serious) total points 48.1. RSR 1176. George made a motion for No Action, Bruce seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  4. Lisa Motor Lines Inc., Fort Worth, TX, DOT#115518, 15 violations (15 serious) total points 112.5. RSR 1125. Bruce made a motion for No Action, George seconded the vote was unanimous.
  5. Felix A Marino Co Inc., Peabody, MA, DOT#192164. 7 violations (0 serious) total points 12. RSR 1000. Dale made a motion for a Letter A, Bruce seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  6. Neutocrete Systems Inc., Milford, CT, DOT#803328, 10 violations (6 serious) total points 19.8. RSR 498. Bruce made a motion for a Warning Letter, Dale seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  7. Larry Cushing Enterprises Ltd., Wilmington, MA, DOT#266492, 13 violations (7 serious) total points 60.9. RSR 265. George made a motion for a Warning Letter, Bruce seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  8. Pinnacle Transportation Systems Inc., Mesa, AZ, DOT#856735, 12 violations (7 serious) total points 65. RSR 175. Dale made a motion for a Letter A, Bruce seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  9. Alan Spencer, dba A&S Transport, Saco, DOT#783569, 6 violations (1 serious) total points 22.1. RSR 109.8. George made a motion for a Letter A, Dale seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  10. Tibbetts Logging & Trucking, Livermore, DOT#754269, 5 violations (0 serious) total points 15.2. RSR 73.1. George made a motion for a Warning Letter, Ron seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  11. Donald Antonelli, dba Express Trans., Marshfield, MA, DOT#1111506, 6 violations (2 serious) total points 23.3. RSR 56.1. Alan made a motion for a Warning Letter, Dale seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  12. County Concrete Co Inc., Columbia Falls, DOT#341336, 7 violations (0 serious) total points 17.5. RSR 33.1. Dale made a motion for a Warning Letter, Bruce seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  13. Whitney Trucking Inc., Northfield, MA, DOT#181975, 7 violations (3 serious) total points 30.3. RSR 29.2. Bruce made a motion for a Letter A, Steve seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  14. TRL Inc., Pittston, PA, DOT#45911, 30 violations (18 serious) total points 172.1. RSR 28.7. Bruce made a motion for it to be Continued, George seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  15. Covenant Transport Inc., Chattanooga, TN, DOT#273818, 15 violations (11 serious) total points 95, RSR 15.7. Dale made a motion for No Action, Bruce seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  16. Judes Trucking Inc., Houlton, DOT#993479, 11 violations (5 serious) total point 50.6. RSR 15.5. Bruce made a motion for a Warning Letter, Dale seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  17. B & J Transportation Inc., Mars Hill, DOT#811511, 40 violations (19 serious) 201.5 points. RSR 5.8. George made a motion for No Action, Bruce seconded and the vote was unanimous.
  18. Swift Transportation Inc., Phoenix, AZ, DOT#54283, 24 violations (9 serious) total points 114.4. RSR 3.4. Bruce made a motion for No Action, George seconded and the vote was unanimous.

New Business:

Francis reported updates in place with the new Motor Vehicle Computer system and Garry thanked both Francis and Patrick for all their good work refining the system to better work in Motor Carrier Services and to aid in better records for the Motor Carrier Review Board.


The Next meeting: September 14, 2006

The meeting adjourned at 11:26 a.m.


 

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