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.”