Trucking Company Owner Only Gets Probation After Altering ELD Logs Following Fatal Crash
Providence, RI – The owner of a now defunct trucking company was sentenced only to probation after admitting he altered thousands of electronic logbook entries.
Damir Sisic, 29, of Woonsocket, RI, owner of the now defunct Sisic Transport Service LLC (STS), was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to conspiracy to falsify federal records in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island last year.
Sisic admitted that he routinely altered data collected by electronic logging devices (ELD) installed in his trucks that reflected the actual number of hours his drivers operated the vehicles.
Sisic owned approximately eleven commercial truck tractors and ten box-style commercial trailers, and employed between seven and ten drivers at a time, court records show.
According to testimony in the case, Sisic admitted that he accessed and altered ELD data on thousands of occasions for approximately 20 drivers in order to conceal the actual drive time and “on-duty” time of drivers.
Further, he admitted that he routinely concealed from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that his drivers were frequently exceeding the maximum number of driving hours and “on-duty” hours without the required off-duty hours, in violation of federal HOS law.
According to court documents, Sisic even provided altered driving records to a State Trooper investigating the fatality of an STS driver who was driving an STS truck that occurred in Oklahoma on April 22, 2018.
In addition, Sisic provided altered driving records for numerous STS drivers to an FMCSA investigator during a compliance review, prosecutors said.
FMCSA revoked the carrier’s operating authority in July 2019.
District Court Judge Mary McElroy also sentenced Sisic to six months of home confinement, 50 hours of community service, a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment fee.
Further, McElroy ordered that Sisic “shall not have any type of ownership interest in any commercial truck driving company while on supervised release.”
Photos courtesy of Sisic Transport Service