Jakirat Singh Sidhu, the truck driver responsible for 16 deaths and 13 life-altering injuries to members of the Humboldt Broncos, was recently sentenced to eight years in prison.
According to my math, that’s six months of jail time for every life taken.
Sidhu also faces a 10-year driving suspension, and there’s a good chance he’ll be deported back to India once his prison time is served.
Some might argue it was an accident, but I don’t think so. This tragedy was less due to a mishap and more due to the incompetence of an inexperienced driver who had absolutely no business piloting an 18-wheeler.
While there’s plenty of blame to go around, the Humboldt Broncos tragedy is yet another glaring reminder of a broken truck licensing system.
The problems are set out in a column by Jim Park in industry trade magazine, Today’s Trucking, entitled: “Paying the Piper: There is blame to share in Humboldt tragedy,” and as Park notes, Sidhu himself is the other tragedy in this story because the industry let him down.
How in blue hell did this person ever receive a truck-driving licence to begin with?
We can’t fix the past, but we can and should crackdown on fly-by-night truck driving schools, because if that doesn’t happen, it’s only a matter of time before we bear witness to another Humboldt Broncos tragedy.