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.
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