Ontario trucker offers a blueprint on how to get kicked out of the US

by Truck News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Ontario-based truck driver has earned the dubious distinction of being banned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from operating in the US.

The driver, Inderjit Singh Gill, was declared an “imminent hazard to public safety,” which prohibits him from operating any commercial vehicle in the US.

FMCSA said on four occasions over four days this March, Gill was ordered out-of-service by state roadside safety inspectors for falsifying records of duty status and egregiously violating hours-of-service rules. FMCSA says he continued operating with a willful disregard of HOS rules and even surreptitiously removed his truck from a storage facility where it had been towed.

He was stopped by New York State Police in Clinton, N.Y. March 4 following complaints from citizens that he was driving his commercial truck in an erratic manner. He was found to be in violation of the 14-hour on-duty limit in the US.

He was later stopped by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles in South Burlington, Vermont, after ignoring his previous OOS order. Again, citizens alerted enforcement to his erratic driving, claiming he weaved across lanes and into the median. Gill was again ordered out of service and charged with multiple offenses. His truck was towed to a storage facility.

Four hours later, FMCSA says Gill was captured on surveillance video leaving the storage facility with the truck – again in willful violation of previous out of service orders.

On March 8, during a safety inspection at the Massena, N.Y. port of entry, Gill was ordered out of service for falsifying logs. Again he ignored the rule and continued operating the truck, FMCSA claims.

Four hours later he was stopped for speeding by New York State police – and again cited for falsifying his logs and placed out of service.

He has a court date for the Vermont charges on Apr. 25. But he won’t be getting there by truck. FMCSA also says he may be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding, brought on by the agency.

In its imminent out-of-service order, FMCSA says Gill’s “…continued operation of a commercial motor vehicle substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death to you and/or to the motoring public.”

Have your say

This is a moderated forum. Comments will no longer be published unless they are accompanied by a first and last name and a verifiable email address. (Today's Trucking will not publish or share the email address.) Profane language and content deemed to be libelous, racist, or threatening in nature will not be published under any circumstances.


  • With reciprocal laws can anything be done on this side of the border? How did he manage to get his truck out of a impound lot? They’re usual secured.

  • Tom N, no there can be nothing done about this in Canada as Canada doesn’t have such rules that I am aware of, LOL!!!! It is very obvious that he is just a TRUCKER and not a professional driver. What a joke, now we have this person on Canadian public roads and that puts people at risk. The whole Canadian trucking industry needs to wake up and actually enforce the rules with one Federal rule like the FMCSA or save the tax payers money and disband (dissolve) the Federal Canadian NSC rules because Canada doesn’t have unity for such things as this.

  • Well.Canada better do a audit on him.because I do not want to share the road with him as I’m sure many others do not either.

  • maybe he did not understand English. there is a north American driver out of service law that states that if u can not READ,WRITE,OR SPEAK THE LANGUAGE IN THE JURICE DICKSHION UR IN U CAN NOT HAVE A COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENCE BECAUSE IT IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC SAFETY ON THE ROADS new York anforced it acouple of years ago I took this to a safty blitz 4 yr ago and brought it up and was told by our DOT to get the hell out of there and if I took it to the newspaper the wood make damn sure my federal safty no was pulled

  • maybe he did not understand English.There is a north American driver out of service law that states that if u can not READ,WRITE or SPEAK THE LANGUAGE IN the jurisedickshion ur In u can not have a commercial drivers licence I took this to asaftey blitz at our DOT scale and asked the man in charge .he told me to get the hell out of there and if I sent this off to a newspaper they wood make damn sure I wood have my federal NSC no pulled .lf any body wants to read it it in the federal vehicle inspection book under driver out of service book

  • Just goes to show you that the US takes driver and public safety more seriously than we do. If the public were reporting his erratic driving he must have been right out of it. We should have parity across the border or drivers could use Canadian Roads as a short cut to stay behind the wheel longer with no penalty. I don’t understand why he didn’t just take a nap and start fresh.

  • I’m guessing this is a April fools joke don’t it seem a little weird that there wasn’t a warrant out for him after the first offense I’m having a hard time believing what I’m reading