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.”
The agency says the two-truck N.C.-based carrier didn't follow hours of service rules, didn't properly maintain its equipment, didn't drug test drivers and more.
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.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.