Fac­ing eight charges

Court ap­pear­ance for com­pany owner whose truck in­volved in Bron­cos bus crash

The Western Star - - CANADA - BY BILL GRAV­E­LAND

The owner of a truck­ing com­pany in­volved in the fa­tal Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash ap­peared with­out a lawyer at his first court ap­pear­ance Fri­day.

Sukhman­der Singh of Adesh Deol Truck­ing was rep­re­sented by duty coun­sel, who asked the mat­ter be set over to Nov. 30.

Singh, 36, did not speak to any­one on his way into court in Cal­gary.

Six­teen peo­ple were killed and 13 were in­jured in ru­ral Saskatchewan when the Bron­cos ju­nior hockey team bus and a semi-truck owned by Singh col­lided at an in­ter­sec­tion last spring.

Singh faces eight charges re­lat­ing to non-com­pli­ance with fed­eral and pro­vin­cial safety reg­u­la­tions.

There are seven charges un­der the fed­eral Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Trans­port Act: two counts of fail­ing to main­tain logs for driv­ers hours of ser­vice, three counts of fail­ing to mon­i­tor the com­pli­ance of a driver un­der safety reg­u­la­tions, and two counts of hav­ing more than one daily log for any day.

The eighth charge un­der the Al­berta Traf­fic Safety Act al­leges fail­ure to have or fol­low a writ­ten safety pro­gram.

Court doc­u­ments al­lege the of­fences oc­curred be­tween Jan. 1 and March 31 — prior to the fa­tal ac­ci­dent on April 6.

The max­i­mum penalty for a fed­eral hours of ser­vice fail­ing is $5,000 per of­fence. The pro­vin­cial charge car­ries a $310 penalty. A court can, how­ever, use dis­cre­tion to im­pose a penalty up to $2,000.

Al­berta Trans­porta­tion said Adesh Deol Truck­ing re­mains sus­pended.

Jaski­rat Singh Sidhu, 29, was driv­ing the semi unit and was charged ear­lier this year with dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing death and dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm.

Sidhu, who was not hurt, was re­leased on $1,000 bail in July un­der con­di­tion he not drive and that he sur­ren­der his pass­port.

He is to be back in court in Melfort, Sask., on Nov. 27.

CP PHOTO

Sukhman­der Singh, right, owner of the truck­ing com­pany in­volved in the Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash, ar­rives at court to face non-com­pli­ance charges un­der fed­eral and pro­vin­cial safety reg­u­la­tions in Cal­gary, Alta., Fri­day.

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