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Arrow Told to Retrieve Trucks

From Tulsa World, 1-1-10

Federal authorities have issued an emergency order to executives at Arrow Trucking Co. to retrieve company trucks and trailers from truck stops and parking areas around the country and secure them in “appropriate facilities.”

The emergency order was issued by William Quade, acting associate administrator for field operations of the Department of Transportation’s FMCSA in Washington D.C.

The order directs management and officers of Tulsa-based Arrow “to direct Arrow employees or other responsible and qualified operators to drive Arrow CMVs to appropriate facilities for the safe and orderly transfer of responsibility and control over the vehicles.

“Arrow is also directed to work cooperatively with federal, state and local law enforcement officials to arrange for the orderly and safe movement, parking, attendance and surveillance of its CMVs.”

Arrow executives could not be reached for comment.

The order, dated December 24, was delivered by FedEx courier, e-mail and fax to Arrow President Thomas J. Witt and Vice President for Safety Daniel L. Smith at the company’s offices.  A copy of the order was sent to the Tulsa World Thursday afternoon.

Federal authorities became concerned when the Tulsa World and other publications reported that Arrow drivers were abandoning trucks and freight after the company’s lenders canceled company fuel credit cards Dec. 21.

Neither CEO Doug Pielsticker nor Chairwoman Carol Pielsticker have issued a statement about the company’s future.

In his order, Quade advised Arrow executives that failure to comply with the provisions of the order would subject them to prosecution in U.S. District Court.

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