Owner of truck­ing com­pany in­volved in Hum­boldt bus crash charged

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Ed­mon­ton: The owner of an Al­berta truck­ing com­pany in­volved in the fa­tal Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash has been charged.

Al­berta Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Brian Ma­son said Wed­nes­day that Sukhman­der Singh of Adesh Deol Truck­ing faces charges of non-com­pli­ance with var­i­ous fed­eral and pro­vin­cial safety reg­u­la­tions.

“The charges fol­low an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that was com­pleted by Al­berta Trans­porta­tion into the col­li­sion,’’ Ma­son said. “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion found mul­ti­ple in­stances of non-com­pli­ance of var­i­ous trans­porta­tion reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments in a six-month pe­riod.” Six­teen peo­ple were killed and 13 were in­jured in ru­ral Saskatchewan six months ago when their bus was in­volved in a crash with a semi-truck owned by the Cal­gary-based com­pany.

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

Of­fi­cials with Al­berta Trans­porta­tion said eight charges have now been laid against the truck­ing com­pany owner.

They in­clude seven fed­eral charges: 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 pro­vin­cial reg­u­la­tions al­leges fail­ure to have or fol­low a writ­ten safety pro­gram.

When reached in Cal­gary, Singh said he didn’t have any com­ment.

A de­part­ment spokesman said a fed­eral Crown lawyer will be han­dling the pros­e­cu­tion on the charges against the owner. Singh’s first court ap­pear­ance is Nov. 9 in Cal­gary.

The max­i­mum penalty for a fed­eral hours of ser­vice fail­ing is $5,000 per of­fence, while 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.

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