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ABSURD: Federal bureaucrats shut down Alabama business
yellow hammer news ^ | Nov 5 2013 | Chris Isaacson

Posted on 11/05/2013 5:14:53 PM PST by plain talk

Brad Gaddy owns a trucking company in the little town of Double Springs, Alabama that hauls wood chips, lumber, logs, and other freight for a number of customers in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In fact, with 17 trucks and 30 employees, Gaddy Logistics, Inc. is one of the larger employers in Double Springs, accounting for 4-5% of the total jobs in this small town. Imagine Gaddy’s surprise one Monday morning two weeks ago when he learned that the Federal Government had effectively closed his business.

Gaddy had received an early-morning call from a customer in Tennessee who “asked how I intended to deliver his freight. I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about,” Gaddy recalled. “I said ‘Just like always – hook-up to the trailer and have it there this afternoon.’” The customer then told Gaddy he had received notice that all Gaddy Logistics trucks had been placed “Out-of Service” (may not operate) by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

A quick visit to the FMCSA website confirmed what Gaddy’s customer had told him.

Understandably confused, Gaddy called the FMCSA office in Atlanta. Officials there told Gaddy that he had ignored a letter from them requiring him to file a “Plan of Corrective Action” to address two roadside truck inspections, each of which had found one defective tire. Both vehicles had been placed temporarily out-of-service until the tires were replaced. Because the company was cited two times within a 90-day period, the federal agency required a written plan of “improved maintenance practices” if he was continue to operate.

The problem was, Gaddy never received that letter and the deadline for filing the report had come and gone.

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Long read -- but bottom line is the feds have shut down a trucking business for 30 days for no good reason. This makes my blood boil.
1 posted on 11/05/2013 5:14:53 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Nachum

Ping.


2 posted on 11/05/2013 5:16:05 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: plain talk

Who is John Galt.


3 posted on 11/05/2013 5:17:03 PM PST by cuban leaf
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To: plain talk

Just like all the republican/conservative GM dealerships that they closed.


4 posted on 11/05/2013 5:26:11 PM PST by matt04
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To: plain talk
The case was ultimately appealed to the FMCSA Office of the Secretary (Anne S. Farrow), and later to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Anthony Foxx). Both refused to overturn the ruling and reinstate the company, in spite of the approved plan and the admission that the letter "might not have been received."

A Congressional frog-march is in order. Someone should also ask The Carney. That Farrow and Foxx did not overrule the bureaucratic BS is inexcusable. I'd cut FMCSA out of the next round of funding.

5 posted on 11/05/2013 5:35:56 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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What is wrong with the link - I cannot, for the life of me, get it to load.


6 posted on 11/05/2013 5:37:32 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: plain talk
Cuccinelli most recent results...
7 posted on 11/05/2013 5:46:55 PM PST by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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To: plain talk

Is it time yet?

When do we start the push back? If not now, when?


8 posted on 11/05/2013 5:58:25 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: plain talk

I’m guessing the owner was not an 0bama bundler or large contributor.


9 posted on 11/05/2013 7:16:15 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: plain talk

This guy must be a Republican?


10 posted on 11/05/2013 7:29:15 PM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

I heard this described on a radio show today. My take is this was not so much a targeting (I could be wrong) but rather just stupid rules and bloated processes. That is almost worse because it means this could happy to anyone.

What I heard on the radio show earlier was that they finally cleared up the mess and then the feds said the business still had to stay closed for 30 days because of some stupid rule. That is the part that really ticked me off.


11 posted on 11/05/2013 7:40:28 PM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk

Our standing military is supposed to deal with the District of Criminals’ foreign enemies.

Our standing army of bureaucrats deals with DC’s domestic enemies.


12 posted on 11/05/2013 8:49:58 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: unixfox

It’s past time.


13 posted on 11/05/2013 8:57:50 PM PST by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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