Safety & Compliance

Canadian Driver Repeatedly Ignores Out-Of-Service Orders

March 30, 2016

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prohibited Ontario, Canada-licensed truck driver Inderjit Singh Gill from operating any commercial vehicle in the U.S. for falsifying records and repeatedly ignoring out-of-service violations.

On four separate occasions in March, Gill was ordered out-of-service by state roadside safety inspectors for falsifying records of duty status and violating hours-of-service limitations by egregious amounts. In each of the first three instances, Gill simply ignored the out-of-service orders and continued to operate his truck. He even went as far as removing his vehicle from a storage facility where it was towed.  For these violations, Gill was declared an imminent hazard and is prohibited form operating a commercial vehicle in the U.S.

On March 4, he was pulled over in New York after the police received complaints of erratic driving in and was ordered out-of-service for violating the 14-hour on-duty limitation. He ignored the ordered and was pulled over 2 ½ hours later in Vermont following more complaints about his driving that included reports that he was weaving across lanes and into the median.

In addition to being ordered out-of-service for the second time that day, Gill was charged with operating a commercial vehicle in a careless and negligent manner and his truck was towed to a storage facility. However, a mere four hours later, video surveillance showed him departing the storage facility in his truck.

A few days later on March 8, during a safety inspection at the Massena, N.Y. Port of Entry, Gill was again placed out-of-service for falsifying his record-of-duty status. As with the previous instances, he ignored the order and continued operating his truck.

Four hours later, Gill was stopped for speeding by New York State Police and was cited again for falsifying records and ordered out-of-service. For his actions, Gill was ordered to appear in a Vermont court for his careless and negligent operation violations and may also be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding for his violation of FMCSA safety regulations.

Violating an imminent hazard out-of-service order may result in penalties of up to $2,500 and disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle for no less than 180 days for a first offense.  A second offense may result in civil penalties of up to $5,000 and disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle for at least two years.  Failure to comply with the provisions of the imminent hazard out-of-service order may also result in criminal charges.

Comments

  1. 1. MC [ March 31, 2016 @ 04:42AM ]

    This is a case where the laws are too lenient. After the second offense that same day, this man should have had to spend 24 hours in a jail cell and his truck impounded. The next offense, he should be deported back to Canada and prohibited from crossing the border for any reason. He is a threat to anyone on the road near him and should be considered dangerous and armed with a deadly weapon (his truck).

  2. 2. Chris Jones [ March 31, 2016 @ 06:27AM ]

    Apparently this driver shows no regard for the rules and regulations. A few days in confinement and the promise of the same for any subsequent violations should be enforced.

  3. 3. Rich [ April 04, 2016 @ 09:01AM ]

    I live in northern WA and every day I see Canadian trucks with a turban behind the wheel, speeding, riding in the hammer lane with no regard whatsoever for our state laws.
    The WA state cops do not pull them over, It is easier to get a local driver for some petty infraction than deal with those from north of our borders.

  4. 4. Bill [ March 31, 2017 @ 07:56AM ]

    I just did a second look at this news item from a year ago.
    Is there any chance we could get an update on it?
    Is this guy still driving?

 

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