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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 6:00am

Trucking Cos. Can Escape Scrutiny

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.

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