FMCSA Drops the Hammer on Trucker Caught Four Times Operating Without a Valid CDL
Washington D.C. – A North Carolina trucker repeatedly caught without a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) has been declared an “imminent hazard” to public safety by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
On Friday, the Agency said it has ordered Jean Lafortune, Jr., not to operate any commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce after three recent roadside inspections found major violations.
According to the FMCSA, unannounced roadside safety inspections on February 17, 2021, in Connecticut; March 4, 2021, in South Carolina; and March 10, 2021, in New York, Lafortune was determined to be operating without possessing a CDL and had no record-of-duty-status as required by federal safety regulations.
Further, in every instance, officers found containers of alcoholic beverages in Lafortune’s truck cab — also a violation of federal law.
At the scene in each instance, FMCSA said that Lafortune was placed out-of-service.
Additionally, during the roadside safety inspection in New York, the officer found “several mechanical defects” and placed the vehicle out-of-service.
However, the final strike against Lafortune occurred on July 9, 2021.
The Agency indicated that while Lafortune was operating in Pennsylvania, his truck became stuck attempting to turn around on private property.
The investigating state police officer again discovered Lafortune did not possess a valid CDL and had no record-of-duty-status.
He was once again placed out-of-service.
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The truck he was operating was also placed out-of-service for several safety violations, the FMCSA noted.
“In a blatant and egregious disregard of federal safety regulations – and of the safety of the motoring public – despite being placed out-of-service in three states in less than three weeks, Lafortune continued illegally driving a commercial truck in interstate commerce,” FMCSA said in a release.
Lafortune was served the federal order on July 22, 2021.
Failing to comply with the provisions of the federal imminent hazard order could result in civil penalties of up to $1,951 for each violation.
Knowing and/or willful violations may result in criminal penalties.