FTS Fleet Services officials said the carrier is safe, despite inheriting some bad equipment from Hester Inc.
Accoridng to FTS Fleet Services owner Joe Frederick, he is doing his best to make sure the company meets government guidelines. FTS purchased Hester Inc. earlier this year, drawing criticism from many in the industry. Hester was to be shut down late last spring following an 11-fatality wreck and an unsatisfactory compliance review from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Before Hester could be closed, Frederick obtained federal authority to operate FTS as a property carrier from Hester's facilities with some of Hesters trucks and personnel. Frederick said he was forced to shelve numerous pieces of Hester equipment that were deemed unsafe for the road.
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