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Owner of trucking company involved in Humboldt bus crash fined $5,000

Sukhmander Singh owner of Adesh Deol Trucking, whose truck was involved in the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash admitted in court he did not follow provincial and federal safety rules in the months leading up to the collision.

On Wednesday his lawyer pleaded guilty on his behalf to five charges.

Singh, 37, was fined a total of $5,000 and the Calgary-based trucking company is no longer in business.

The convictions include failing to keep a daily driver’s log, neglecting to ensure his drivers complied with safety regulations and having more than one daily logbook.

Singh also pleaded guilty to not having or following a written safety program.

Court documents showed the offences occurred between January 1 and March 31 — prior to the fatal crash on April 6.

Singh’s lawyer said her client needs until the end of next year to pay the fine.

“He is the primary breadwinner for the family. He tells me he’s currently unemployed and unable to get any work because of the media attention from Humboldt,” Sadaf Raja told the judge, who granted the request.

Later, outside court, Raja said her client is remorseful.

“We were all saddened by what took place. Everybody because of the type of case — it’s hockey, it’s Canada — we all related to it in some way.”

The driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison on 29 dangerous driving charges.

There are calls to tighten the laws and close the loopholes because safety cannot be compromised. Truck owners and drivers are more likely to ignore or skirt rules and regulations if they know they can get away with it lightly. Toughening up the regulations could be a more effective deterrent for truck operators and drivers to take safety very seriously. -CINEWS


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