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NY Terror Suspect Had CDL, Long History of Violations

NY Terror Suspect Had CDL, Long History of Violations

A tragic incident that is now being labeled an act of terror occurred last Wednesday in Manhattan.

29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov has been charged with using a rented Home Depot truck to kill eight people. The Uzbek immigrant was found to have a commercial driver’s license, and it was revealed he’d attempted to start his own trucking companies in the past.

The man was successful in entering the US through JFK airport in 2010. He did so by winning a “diversity visa” in a lottery intended to bring in immigrants from underrepresented countries. He lived near Cincinnati with fellow Uzbek natives and obtained a CDL. He also incorporated a trucking company called Sayf motors in Symmes Township, Ohio.

Records show the trucker had a number of violations. In late 2011, he was cited for violating the 11-hour rule in Nebraska. Only six weeks later, he was cited again for weight infractions. It was around this time he had incorporated another Ohio trucking company known as Bright Motors, based in Cuyahoga Falls.

The driver moved to Tampa shortly after, and again incorporated a trucking company. In March of 2014, he was cited once more in Nebraska for blowing through a weigh station. This past year he was fined yet again in Nebraska for another weight violation. The New York governor stated the man did not have a criminal record, but rather only these driving violations which are somewhat common in the trucking industry.

The only warrant ever issued on Saipov stems from his failure to attend a hearing in April 2016 over improper brakes on his vehicle. He had also been driving for Uber in Paterson, New Jersey. He had over 1,400 trips logged when he rented the truck used in his attack.

Reports state the driver had been planning the attack for a year, and had been watching ISIS videos on his phone. He’d been following online instructions on how to weaponize vehicles.

The first truck-based terror attack on record occurred in 2001 in Pakistan.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that these attacks gained popularity because they offer a weapon to those with minimal access to things like firearms and explosives.

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