FMCSA blocks Canadian trucker from U.S., citing violations of out-of-service orders

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Ontario, Canada-based driver Inderjit Singh Gill has been barred from operating in the U.S. by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency says Gill was found to have disregarded out-of-service orders for false logs and hours-of-service violations on four separate occasions over the course of four days.

FMCSA said Gill “willfully disregarded out-of-service order[s]” in three separate instances in four days and continued driving his truck before being shut down after the fourth order. He was also found to have secretly taken his truck from a storage facility where it had been towed, FMCSA says.

On March 4, New York State Police stopped Gill after citizen complaints of erratic driving, and he was ordered out-of-service for exceeding the 14-hour on-duty clock. Ignoring that order, he was stopped in Vermont approximately two-and-a-half hours later after more citizen complaints of erratic driving, and he was again ordered out-of-service. His truck was then towed to a storage facility. Approximately four hours later, surveillance video showed Gill leaving the facility in the truck “in willful violation of the previous out-of-service orders.”

On March 8 during a safety inspection at the Massena, N.Y. Port of Entry, he was again ordered out-of-service for false logs. Then, approximately four hours later, he was stopped for speeding and again cited for false logs and ordered out-of-service.

Gill has been charged in Vermont with the careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and his court date in the Franklin County, Vt. Superior Court – Criminal Division has been set for April 25.  Gill also may be subject to a civil penalty enforcement proceeding brought by FMCSA for his violation of the agency’s safety regulations.