Owner of truck­ing firm in Hum­boldt crash de­nies open­ing new com­pany

Edmonton Journal - - CITY - RYAN RUMBOLT RRum­bolt@post­media.com Twit­ter: @RCRum­bolt

Alberta Trans­porta­tion says there’s no le­gal rea­son to sus­pend a new com­pany linked to the owner of the truck­ing com­pany in­volved in the Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash.

The safety cer­tifi­cate for Cal­gar­y­based Adesh Deol Truck­ing Ltd. was pulled fol­low­ing the April 6 crash that killed 16 peo­ple and in­jured 13 oth­ers.

And while Adesh Deol re­mains on sus­pen­sion by the province pend­ing pro­vin­cial and RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tions, Alberta Trans­porta­tion con­firmed on Tues­day an­other num­bered truck­ing com­pany has been reg­is­tered at the same Cal­gary ad­dress as Adesh Deol.

“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,” the min­istry said in a state­ment.

Alberta Trans­porta­tion said the only driver em­ployed by the new com­pany, legally named 1929282 Alberta Ltd., “is not the driver who was in­volved in the Hum­boldt in­ci­dent.”

SUS­PEN­SION LIFTED

The min­istry said the new com­pany reg­is­tered with the province on May 9. But the new com­pany was also put un­der a sus­pen­sion when of­fi­cials no­ticed sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween 1929282 and Adesh Deol.

The tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion of the new com­pany was lifted June 1, with the province say­ing it “had no le­gal grounds to main­tain the sus­pen­sion.”

The RCMP said they are pre­par­ing to talk to Crown pros­e­cu­tors about po­ten­tial charges from the crash.

Adesh Deol owner Sukhman­der Singh said Tues­day the new truck­ing out­fit is not his and he is not a driver for the num­bered com­pany.

“(Alberta Trans­porta­tion) do not al­low for me, I can’t open a new com­pany,” he said, adding he is not the only per­son who lives at the ad­dress linked to the new com­pany.

“Lots of guys are liv­ing (at this ad­dress),” he said.

He said he has been work­ing as a dump truck driver “for some­one else” since the Hum­boldt crash and is com­ply­ing with the Alberta Trans­porta­tion’s sus­pen­sion.

“Un­der my name, (Alberta Trans­porta­tion) don’t al­low for any com­pany,” Singh said.

Only Singh’s safety fit­ness cer­tifi­cate — not his op­er­a­tors li­cence — was sus­pended, and Alberta Trans­porta­tion says Singh can work for an­other com­pany while Adesh Deol is un­der sus­pen­sion.

But he’s not al­lowed to be an owner of that com­pany.

No owner, direc­tor or share­holder from a com­pany with a sus­pended safety fit­ness cer­tifi­cate is al­lowed to be the owner, direc­tor or share­holder of a new com­pany, the min­istry said.

There is also a six-month wait­ing pe­riod for any owner, direc­tor or share­holder of a sus­pended com­pany be­fore they would be al­lowed to start a new com­pany.

The min­istry said the new com­pany will be “closely mon­i­tored” over the next three months.

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