WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently banned an Ontario-based trucker from operating commercial vehicles in the US, after a series of incidents over four days in which FMCSA says he egregiously and repeatedly violated hours-of-service rules.
Truck News asked the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, through senior media liaison officer Bob Nichols, whether Inderjit Singh Gill will be permitted to resume his trucking career in Ontario.
Nichols said the MTO is aware of this incident and will be looking into it, though it cannot issue a ban on operating a commercial vehicle as was done by the FMCSA.
“This driver is not currently under an out-of-service order in Ontario,” Nichols said. “If the driver is found operating in excess of the hours-of-service limits, they would be subject to the applicable fines and out-of-service orders. It should be noted that while Ministry enforcement officers and police officers have the authority to issue an out-of-service order to a driver found driving in contravention of Ontario’s hours-of-service rules, we do not have the ability to issue a ban on a driver’s operation of commercial vehicles as was done in this case by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).”
Still, it looks like Gill will be facing some heightened scrutiny if and when he resumes driving commercial vehicles in Ontario.
Nichols said the MTO has been in contact with the US Department of Transportation’s New York Office “and is aware of the driver’s actions in the US.”
“Ministry enforcement officials have reviewed both the driver’s and carrier’s records in Ontario and while the carrier’s safety record is satisfactory, the Ministry will conduct an in-depth investigation of this particular driver’s record while driving for the company,” Nichols added. “An in-depth compliance review of the commercial vehicle operator’s records relating to this driver will be conducted.”
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