Trucking Firm Pleads Guilty to Falsifying H-O-S and Substance Abuse Records
June 25, 2001
Robert DeRose, owner of DeRose Trucking (DT), his son Christopher, also employed by DT, and a DT driver, Robert Ruise, all pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in San Jose, CA to falsifying records of drivers’ compliance with hours of service regulations and compliance with drug and alcohol abuse records. The men altered records to indicate that drivers were off-duty when in fact they were working in violation of Federal hours of service limits. Company officials also failed to enforce the carrier’s drug testing policy as required by Federal regulations and allowed its drivers to continue driving after testing positive for drug use.