Owner of trucking company involved in Humboldt Broncos crash charged

Owner of trucking company involved in Humboldt Broncos crash charged
Owner of trucking company involved in Humboldt crash charged
EDMONTON — The owner of an Alberta trucking company involved in the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash has been charged.

Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason says 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 Wednesday. "The investigation found multiple instances of non-compliance of various transportation regulatory requirements in a six-month period."

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.

Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured when a semi-trailer and the Broncos hockey team bus collided in Saskatchewan last April.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured when a semi-trailer and the Broncos hockey team bus collided in Saskatchewan last April.

The eighth charge under provincial regulations alleges failure to have or follow a written safety program.

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.

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

The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The eighth charge under provincial regulations alleges failure to have or follow a written safety program.

Flowers lie at centre ice as people gather for a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident in Humboldt, Sask. on Sunday, April 8, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

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The owner of the Calgary-based trucking company involved in the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash has been charged. 

Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason says Sukhmander Singh, owner and director of Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd., faces eight counts of failing to comply with various safety and log-keeping regulations. 

"The charges follow an investigation that was completed by Alberta Transportation into the collision," Mason said Wednesday.

"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 when an Adesh-owned semi-trailer and the Broncos hockey bus collided in Saskatchewan last April.

Driver of semi in Humboldt Broncos bus crash faces 29 chargesCBC InvestigatesOwner of company linked to Humboldt crash recruiting drivers amid probeThe semi's driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, was previously charged with multiple counts of both dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing bodily injury.

The case will be handled by a federal Crown prosecutor because it involves both federal and provincial regulations, according to an Alberta Transportation spokesperson.

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. 

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.

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