Tue., July 24, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

Trucking Cos. Can Escape Scrutiny
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found lax oversight in the hauling business. Carriers face no minimum insurance requirements if they travel within state boundaries. Interstate trucking companies face a $750,000 minimum insurance requirement. The newspaper also found that interstate trucking companies can be on the road for 18 months before getting a safety review. Hauling companies that keep their trucks within Georgia aren't subject to such a review. (Photo Courtesy of Caleb Unseth via Flickr.)
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found lax oversight in the hauling business. Carriers face no minimum insurance requirements if they travel within state boundaries. Interstate trucking companies face a $750,000 minimum insurance requirement. The newspaper also found that interstate trucking companies can be on the road for 18 months before getting a safety review. Hauling companies that keep their trucks within Georgia aren't subject to such a review. (Photo Courtesy of Caleb Unseth via Flickr.)
Trucking firms in Georgia that run afoul of safety rules can shut down and reopen with a name change.

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found lax oversight in the hauling business. Carriers face no minimum insurance requirements if they travel within state boundaries. Interstate trucking companies face a $750,000 minimum insurance requirement.

The newspaper also found that interstate trucking companies can be on the road for 18 months before getting a safety review. Hauling companies that keep their trucks within Georgia aren't subject to such a review.

Capt. Bruce Bugg of the Department of Public Safety said there a very few requirements for getting into the trucking business.