Activity 3: Driver Policy
Carrier’s lack of driver files lead to lawsuit, loss of business.
A few years ago, one of the largest freight forwarding or brokering companies in North America was sued. They had hired a trucking company to haul some of their freight, and never followed up to see that company’s safety standing. That carrier hired a driver who consistently drove over the allowed hours, and falsified her records. She then had an accident with multiple fatalities. The freight company was found partly liable in the accident, and sued for 23 million dollars. The carrier is no longer in business, and now that freight companies are aware of their liability—they’re checking the safety standing of the carriers they hire.