Employer parks truck driver with road rage

Arbitration board says corrective discipline would be useless for employee who refused to accept he did anything wrong in two incidents on the road
|employmentlawtoday.com|Last Updated: 01/15/2009

The Ontario Arbitration Board has upheld the firing of a delivery truck driver for unsafe driving because he refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing.

Daniel Mainville was hired as a transport delivery driver by Sysco Food Services in Peterborough, Ont., in 1997. On March 13, 2007, Sysco received a letter from another truck driver about an incident on the highway that had happened six days earlier. The driver claimed Mainville, while driving a double tractor trailor, tailgated him at a speed faster than the speed limit and then tried to pass him on a solid centre line and on a corner. There was another car ahead and the driver said he was forced to drive his own heavy truck onto the right shoulder to allow Mainville’s truck to move over. Mainville continued to follow closely behind him and flashed his highbeams at the driver. When Mainville tried to pass a second time, the driver called 911 with the truck number and company name.