Jutt Transport Inc. and 1285291 Ontario Ltd. (operating as Jutt Motors) was recently convicted in Ontario court for failing to comply with ministry approval by failing to notify the ministry of a change to the company’s truck storage yard address/location. A former employee of the company, Akashdeep Singh, was also convicted for depositing, causing, permitting, or arranging for the deposit of waste at a location without ministry approval.

Penalties Imposed

1285291 Ontario Ltd. was convicted of one violation under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), fined $2,500 plus a victim fine surcharge (VFS) of $625, and given one year to pay. Akashdeep Singh was convicted of one violation under the EPA, fined $1,500 plus a VFS of $375, and given one year to pay.

Background

Jutt Transport Inc. and 1285291 Ontario Ltd. (operating as Jutt Motors) provide dump truck services to businesses engaged in the soil transportation and waste management sectors in Ontario.

Beginning in 2021, Jutt Transport was sub-contracted to haul excess soil from a construction site located at 162 Queen’s Quay East in Toronto. On December 22, 2021, Akashdeep Singh, a driver for Jutt Transport, was operating a dump truck on behalf of the company and received a load of soil from the construction site. He was expected to deliver the load to a disposal facility, however this did not occur.

Later that day, an eyewitness reported that a dump truck operated by Jutt Transport had backed into a wetland in King Township and was stuck. The witness reported that the truck had dumped a load of what was believed to be contaminated soil that was emanating a strong fuel odour. These observations were later confirmed by municipal staff who responded to the scene. Akashdeep Singh was identified as the driver of the truck. The dumped load was considered to be waste, and the wetland was not an authorized waste disposal site.

The ministry coordinated site clean-up with a representative of Jutt Transport, who informed the ministry that Jutt Motors had a license to transport waste and contaminated soil under an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA). This was confirmed through ministry records.

The ECA required the company to notify the ministry upon a change to the company’s truck storage yard address and/or location. In December 2022, the ministry attended the company’s truck storage yard in the City of Brampton and confirmed that there were no trucks bearing the name 1285291 Ontario Ltd. or Jutt Motors at the address. Further, the owner of the yard informed the ministry that Jutt Motors had never parked trucks at the property.

It was later confirmed that the company’s truck storage yard is located at a different address in the Town of Caledon.
The ministry’s Environmental Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges which resulted in the convictions.

Source: Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks