Vermont trucking firm officials sentenced for falsifying logs

| 4/23/2002

Northern Gas Transport, a hauler of hazardous materials in New England, New York and Quebec was fined $75,000 and placed on probation for five years last Friday for falsifying logs.

According to the Rutland Herald, Bruce Grant, owner of Northern Gas was sentenced in federal court to two years probation, 100 hours community service and a $5,000 fine. Bradly Grant, Bruce Grant's son and safety director at the trucking company was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service. Gary Chamberlain, a dispatcher, previously was sentenced in March to four months of home confinement.

The men pleaded guilty to charges that they asked drivers to falsify logs, lied to the U.S. Department of Transportation and concealed documents from the Federal Highway Administration during a 1999 compliance review.

A U.S. attorney reportedly said the review was prompted by an unusually large number of incidents charged to company drivers. During the review investigators found 360 false logs filed by 35 drivers from December 1999 to June 2000.