North Carolina Trucking Company Sentenced for Falsifying Drivers' Records
On October 10, 2012, in U.S. District Court, Greensboro, North Carolina, Larry Morris Trucking was sentenced to 60 months of probation for making false statements relating to the falsification of drivers’ hours of service records. On June 20, 2012, Larry W. Morris, President/Owner of Larry Morris Trucking, entered a corporate guilty plea. As part of the plea agreement, the company agreed to install and maintain a computerized monitoring device on all trucks owned and operated by the company.
The investigation revealed that drivers' records were falsified for the purpose of concealing the number of hours driven as required by Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations. These regulations limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate a vehicle in order to prevent motor vehicle accidents caused by driver fatigue. Accordingly, truck drivers are required to record their duty status to ensure they do not exceed the maximum number of allowable driving hours, and that they receive sufficient rest before driving again.
This investigation was conducted jointly with assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.