A Pennsylvania trucking company is suing a truck delivery company that stole its truck delivery trucks and is seeking more than $40 million in damages.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor announced on Tuesday that it had awarded a $20 million award to the Pennsylvania Truck Delivery Association (PTCA), which is based in Philadelphia.
The state agency claims the trucking service violated the state’s trucking laws and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) safety regulations.
“We are committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s workers and consumers from unsafe work practices,” the PTCA said in a statement.
“The PTCPAA is a proud member of the Truck Delivery Partnership and is committed to the safe, reliable and environmentally responsible transportation of our trucks and services to and from our customers.”
The PPCA is suing the truck-delivery company for the theft of trucks, $40,000 in damages, and the ability to maintain a trucking franchise for 30 years, as well as for failure to pay overtime and other benefits, the PPCAA said.
The company said in its complaint that the truckers violated Pennsylvania’s truck delivery laws, including the Motor Carrier Safety Act and the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
The PCCA said it has not received any notification of the award, and it is investigating.PTCB is a member of a network of trucking companies, which include United Parcel Service, UPS, and FedEx.
In December, the United Paracels Association, a trade group, said that it was considering a lawsuit against UPS over alleged theft of its trucks in Ohio.
The lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania truck-leasing association says that the company also violated OSHA regulations that protect truck drivers from dangerous work practices, including requiring a driver to wear a mask and provide additional training.
The trucking industry has been hit hard by the opioid crisis, with truck drivers and their families receiving death threats and having their jobs threatened.
The U.S. has seen a spike in truck thefts over the last year.
Last year, an estimated 1,500 trucks were stolen in the U.K. and 2,000 were stolen from vehicles in the Netherlands.
The FBI said that truck theft rates have increased in the past year, with the number of stolen vehicles reaching more than 10,000 last year, up from less than 1,000 at the beginning of the year.