Adesh Deol’s second driver back at work

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CALGARY, Alta. – The trucking company involved in the Saskatchewan truck-bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos remains under investigation with a suspended Safety Fitness Certificate – but its only other driver is back at work.

“A numbered company has been registered that is connected to the company involved in the Humboldt incident. It is our understanding that one of the trucks and one of the drivers listed from Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. are operating with this numbered company,” Alberta Transportation said in a response to questions from Today’s Trucking. “The only driver currently employed by the numbered company is not the driver who was involved in the Humboldt incident.”

The Canadian Trucking Alliance reports that while the new company has a different owner, the address is the same as the carrier involved in the crash.

While the government initially suspended the numbered company’s Safety Fitness Certificate, it had no legal grounds to continue the suspension once the carrier showed that it complied with related rules, the ministry spokesman added. So the suspension was lifted June 1.

Conditions have been attached to the certificate, and a follow-up audit is expected over the next three months. “If any significant safety infractions are found during this period of operations, its Safety Fitness Certificate will be suspended immediately.”

Adesh Deol’s certificate remains suspended while the RCMP carries out the crash investigation.

“Alberta Transportation is reviewing its entry requirements for commercial operators to identify opportunities for enhancing safety among Alberta-based carriers,” the spokesman said.

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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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