California trucking company owners booked in log book scam

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, June 24, 2008

One Nijjar Brothers company driver was on the road for at least 19 hours before slamming into a vehicle, killing a father and 13-year old son. As a result, several federal agencies began investigating logbooks for company drivers of the Madera, CA-based company.

Investigators found plenty.

In early June, two co-owners of the company were sentenced to jail and forced to dissolve the company, inactivate their Department of Transportation numbers, and not have any ownership or interest in a trucking company for 36 months.

An investigation by federal transportation officials showed that Surinder S. Nijjar, owner and president of Nijjar Brothers Trucking Inc., and Amritpal Singh, co-owner of Nijjar Brothers, “routinely encouraged its drivers to falsify log books.”

The driver who caused the fatal accident was convicted and sentenced to jail for falsifying logbook entries and served jail time.

Nijjar and Singh each were ordered to pay fines of $50,000 to the U.S. Treasury on behalf of the trucking company, according to the U.S. DOT’s Office of Inspector General.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com

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