A Saskatoon business owner got his dump truck back today but he's still out hundreds of dollars because of the actions of an employee.
Kevin Boychuk, owner of K3 Excavating, is calling for changes in a law that states a vehicle can be seized regardless of whether the offender is the registered owner or not. He believes the changes need to be made so companies aren't penalized for their worker's offences.
"That somehow companies are able to be inside every truck and monitor every driver is not a realistic expectation," he said. "And I firmly believe this was an oversight by the policy makers."
Last week, one of Boychuk's employees was caught by police using a mobile phone while driving a company vehicle. This was the worker's second offence and the vehicle was impounded.
SGI said owners should make sure their drivers have good records. Boychuk said the driver's first offence — which was committed before he was hired — did not show up on the record.
"We conducted all the necessary background checks with this driver prior to his employment with us,"
Boychuk said he's the victim of a technicality and it cost him at least $800 each day the dump truck was impounded, plus hundreds of dollars in towing and impound fees. The truck was impounded for seven days.
SGI said that if someone allows another person to drive their vehicle, and that person commits an offence, is suspended or disqualified from driving, then the vehicle can be impounded. The registered owner of the vehicle is then responsible for the impound and towing fees.
SGI said that employers can always make sure there is Bluetooth or hands free technology installed to ensure workers don't have to pick up the phone.
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