OOS Has Been Lifted!

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  1. Freightmaster1

    Freightmaster1 Well-Known Member

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: Duane.DeBruyne <Duane.DeBruyne@dot.gov>
    To: Duane.DeBruyne <Duane.DeBruyne@dot.gov>
    Sent: Thu, Jan 7, 2016 3:45 pm
    Subject: FMCSA Statement - Land-Air Express of New England, Ltd., USDOT No.427158, is now authorized to operate

    FMCSA Statement, January 7, 2016, 3:45 p.m. EST
    Effective January 7, 2016, Land-Air Express of New England, Ltd., USDOT No.427158, is now authorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to engage in transportation. On December 29, 2015, Land-Air received a rating of “unsatisfactory,” leading to the prohibition. Based on a negotiated Safety Management Plan, and evidence of actions taken by the company to correct deficiencies in its safety management system, Land-Air’s rating has been upgraded to “conditional,” and the out-of-service order lifted. As part of the negotiated agreement, FMCSA will closely monitor the carrier’s safety performance for the next two years.
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    Suspended Northeast LTL carrier cleared to restart business
    William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jan 07, 2016 4:09PM EST


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    Land Air Express of New England has been cleared to resume operations after U.S. safety regulators lifted an out-of-service order that parked the less-than-truckload carrier's tractor-trailers for nearly 10 days.

    The carrier reached an agreement with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that includes a safety management plan and close FMCSA oversight of the company for the next two years, the truck safety watchdog agency said.

    The FMCSA upgraded the carrier's safety fitness rating from "unsatisfactory" to "conditional." Generally, carriers with an unsatisfactory safety fitness rating are not allowed to operate commercial vehicles.

    Land Air Express of New England President William Spencer was not immediately available for comment.

    The regional less-than-truckload carrier was shut down by an out-of-service order after missing a Dec. 29 deadline to respond to an unsatisfactory safety rating proposed by the FMCSA following an investigation and audit last fall.

    The unsatisfactory/unfit out-of-service order idled many of the Williston, Vermont-based carrier’s 700 employees, and left shippers waiting for freight stuck in the company’s 14 terminals and searching for alternative routes to other regions.

    Partner LTL trucking companies in The Reliance Network, as well as competitors, have helped clear freight from those Northeastern terminals. The Reliance Network is working to keep freight bound for other regions moving.

    “While there have been some service delays this week, we’re doing our best to minimize those,” Geoffrey Muessig, executive director of The Reliance Network and executive vice president of Pitt Ohio, said in an interview Jan. 7.

    Land Air Express of New England's return to service should ease pressure on Pitt Ohio and other TRNet members, including Averitt Express, LME, Peninsula Motor Lines, Mountain Valley Express and Canadian Freightways Kingsway.

    Contact William B. Cassidy at bill.cassidy@ihs.com and follow him on Twitter: @wbcassidy_joc

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    Trucker Land Air Express of New England Reinstated After Shutdown
    Federal regulators had closed the less-than-truckload carrier on Dec. 29 after inspections for drug and alcohol testing violations
    Brian Baskin
    Jan. 7, 2016 5:44 p.m. ET
    Federal transportation regulators allowed Land Air Express of New England trucks back on the road Thursday, more than a week after shutting the company down for violations related to drug and alcohol testing.

    Land Air, which operates about 330 trucks, mostly in the Northeast, was told to cease operations on Dec. 29 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The shutdown came after the company failed to address violations uncovered in an inspection in late October.

    According to agency records, Land Air failed to conduct random alcohol testing at the required rate, or to conduct tests for alcohol or controlled substances after accidents. The company also employed a driver who had tested positive for a controlled substance and a driver who didn't have the proper licenses, the agency said.

    Land Air executives didn't immediately return calls requesting comment.

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    The company can now operate on a “conditional” basis, meaning it must follow a “heightened, stricter, specified set of safety requirements” and close monitoring by the FMCSA, the agency said.

    In the nine months ending June 30, the FMCSA performed 10,963 investigations, resulting in 628 out-of-service orders, according to a report prepared by the agency.

    Williston, Vt.-based Land Air specializes in less-than-truckload service, in which trucks carry goods for multiple customers on routes, and operates out of 13 terminals in New England, New York and New Jersey.

    It’s also a member of the Reliance Network, an alliance of regional trucking companies operating in the U.S. and Canada. In a statement Wednesday, the group said its members “took action to identify resources to deliver freight currently in our system” after Land Air was told to stop operating.

    The SJ Consulting Group, a transportation research firm, ranked the privately-held company as the 44th largest carrier in the U.S. and Canada in 2014, with $83 million in revenue in LTL operations.

    Write to Brian Baskin at brian.baskin@wsj.com
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  4. newpenn22

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    I cant find any article saying there pulling the plug
  5. Bleedblue2015

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    Nothing says they are pulling the plug, but we still havent been paid

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