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An Ontario man whose dump truck “concerned” police has been hit with
$1,000 in fines from an “officer Grinch,” who ticketed him moments after
he dropped off more than 1,000 pounds of food donations.
Mark Hoffman says two officers were watching him while he collected
food donations during the Santa Claus parade in New Hamburg, Ont., and
that the same officers were waiting for him outside the food bank after
he dropped off the donations. Hoffman was issued six tickets totalling
approximately $1,000 in fines for various issues including failure to
surrender an insurance card, failure to surrender an inspection schedule
and improper means of attachment.
“I referred to him as Officer Grinch. I truly can’t understand his
mindset,” Hoffman told CTV Kitchener on Tuesday. He says he’s been
collecting food donations during the parade for 15 years, and this is
the first time he’s ever been ticketed after the parade.
Insp. Mike Haffner, of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, defended
the officers’ decision to ticket Hoffman. “Our officers were concerned
about the condition of the vehicle,” he told CTV Kitchener.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service says it’s inspected approximately
1,800 large commercial vehicles since April, and that 40 per cent of
those inspections lead to vehicles being taken off the road for safety
“We would hate to be on the other side of this conversation, that this
vehicle was deemed unsafe and caused a collision that ended in the death
of an individual,” Haffner said.
Despite the fines, Hoffman says he will continue to help the downtrodden by collecting donations again next year.
“It’s good to reach out and help those people,” he said.
He added that he has only one Christmas wish for the Santa Claus parade
in 2018: “That every officer that goes out to a parade has to have a
cup of cheer before he leaves.”
Toronto man, 56, killed in 'devastating' Highway 401 crash
Highway 401 westbound at Martin Grove Road was closed for morning rush hour
A spokespersion for the OPP's highway safety division said
his initial impression is that it was a "rear end-type crash" that left
the driver of the smaller vehicle dead and the sedan completely
A 56-year-old Toronto man is dead after a sedan collided with a
loaded flatbed transport truck in the westbound lanes of Highway 401
near Martin Grove Road on Monday morning.
The "rear end-type crash" occurred around 5:20 a.m. in the northwest
corner of the city, according to Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry
Just minutes before the fatal collision, two cars got into a minor
crash in the middle lanes. One of the vehicles was able to make it to
the shoulder, however the other driver remained stalled straddling two
lanes. It is not clear at this point if the car was disabled or if the
driver simply stayed parked on the highway, Schmidt explained.
Soon after the first crash, a fully-loaded flatbed transport truck
hauling steel beams slammed into the back of the sedan in the road,
killing 56-year-old Cristinel Murariu, Schmidt said.
The male driver was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived, while
the truck driver was largely unhurt but "very shaken." He
co-operated with police at the scene.
All of the westbound lanes of Highway 401 were closed, as well as the
off ramp to Martin Grove Road, throughout the morning commute. The
closure has since been cleared, Schmidt said, adding that the incident
was "an absolutely devastating crash."
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said it was "an absolutely devastating" collision. (Tony Smyth/CBC)
The OPP's collision reconstruction unit is investigating the
collision. Schmidt said that several witnesses have given statements to
police, but added that officers would like to speak with several drivers
who were supposedly at the scene of the crash earlier but then left.
He advised that drivers should do everything possible to get their vehicles off the road after an accident.
"If you ever have a breakdown, we really need you to get off the
highway ... to avoid this type of situation from happening," he said.
The collision comes as the OPP prepares to begin a weeks-long
transport truck safety blitz following a number of high-profile fatal
crashes in recent months. Officers will be riding in unmarked transport
trucks on 400 series highways so they can better observe other truck
drivers, as well as cars driving dangerously around transports.
Schmidt commended the professionalism of Ontario's trucking industry,
but added that those in the business are held to a higher safety
standard than regular motorists.
"When somebody's not paying attention, that last car in line is
really sitting there with no protection. And when it's a transport truck
driver who's not paying attention, the weight of 80,000 pounds or more
slamming into the back of stopped traffic is just completely
devastating," he said.
The major highway was closed throughout thr morning rush hour.
ON – Just days away, the Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) mandate in
the United States – with a similar law sure to follow in Canada – has
brought important issues to the forefront of discussions in the trucking
Although Hours of Service (HoS) requirements remain the same, ELD
requirements are highlighting a lack of safe parking in areas that line
up with driver’s mandated cutoff times – forcing them to lose productive
hours in search of a place to stop.
A new survey being conducted to provide information to the Ontario
Ministry of Transportation aims to take a look at where parking gaps
exist in Southern Ontario and provide information to help inform future
Funded by the Government of Ontario, and receiving support from the
Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, The Owner-Operator's Business
Association of Canada (OBAC), and The Women's Trucking Federation of
Canada, the questionnaire asks drivers about parking needs both on major
highways in Southern Ontario, and on Secondary roads.
The survey is also asking about amenities drivers would like to see and future or upgraded rest stops.
The survey is strictly confidential and is expected to be available until February to get as many responses as possible.
The Ontario Trucking Associations says it is encouraging drivers who
travel in this area to complete the survey, even if they are based
outside of Ontario.
Flying J's myPilot app now delivers Live Parking for its guests to view
parking space availability in real-time at select locations. Photo
provided by Pilot Flying J
KNOXVILLE, TN – An updated
smartphone application by Pilot Flying J will deliver real-time parking
availability information to the truck stop’s customers.
The app called myPilot, developed the updated capabilities in
partnership with Sensys Networks, which are being rolled out after 18
months of testing for accuracy and durability, the company says.
Thirty Flying J locations across the I-5 corridor from San
Diego to Seattle, and one location in Knoxville – where the company is
headquartered – will feature the sensors that collect and distribute the
parking information to commercial drivers through myPilot.
Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J, says with millions of
truckers on the road and only 300,000 public parking spots in the United
States, the company wants to do everything it can to help drivers find
He says the new functionality will help drivers plan more
efficiently, cut down on wasted fuel costs, and also increase safety and
The new features will not only allow drivers the ability to see how
many parking spots are available at a given location, it will allow them
to secure a spot in advance of arriving at the truck stop.
While the company says it doesn’t have a final timeline yet, it is
looking to add the parking sensors to all 750 Flying J locations across
North America, with a roll-out continuing through 2018.
This article has been edited to reflect that the app is updated rather than a new launch.
Chinese electric truck manufacturer may set up shop in Ontario
TORONTO, Ont. – A Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicles is
considering setting up a plant in Ontario, where it may produce
electric-powered refuse and delivery trucks, among other electric
BYD Company officials recently met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in China to discuss the opportunities.
“The strength of our technology and commitment to localizing the
supply chains explains why we have won over governments and private
consumers from our home base in China to Canada and Australia,” said Ted
Dowling, vice-president of BYD Canada. “We look forward to working
together with the Ontario government to provide environmentally friendly
transportation and energy storage options for its residents.”
BYD said in a press release that it is working on many orders that
will bring final assembly to the province of Ontario. It said it has
partnered with Loblaw to help electrify its fleet. The Globe & Mail reported the
company will start its production in Ontario by shipping technology and
components from China that will allow it to build garbage and delivery
“Ontario is a global leader in the fight against climate change,”
said Premier Wynne. “We have taken major actions to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions, including eliminating all coal-fired electricity in our
province and joining with the state of California and the province of
Quebec to create the largest carbon market in North America and second
largest in the world. All of the profits from that market in Ontario are
re-invested to help families, businesses and buildings become even more
energy efficient. Innovative green businesses like BYD are key to
continuing our progress, so I was pleased to meet with company leaders
today during my third mission to China.”
Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario (middle) and delegation meet with BYD executives.
Logistics giant DHL has pre-ordered the Tesla electric truck unveiled
last month. The new semi is slated for a 2019 rollout, with Tesla CEO
Elon Musk promising up to a 500-mile range on a single charge.
which has already tested some of the semis working closely with Tesla,
has placed an order for 10 trucks which it plans to test out on shuttle
runs and for same-day customer deliveries. Also looking to trial the
vehicles, which are expected to cost between $150,000 and $200,000, are Wal-Mart, JB Hunt Transport and Canada’s Fortigo Freight Services.
remain as to whether Tesla can deliver this electric truck next year.
"Between the Model 3 rollout, the gigafactory, the Semi and the Roadster
– not to mention the upcoming Model Y and pickup, which Tesla also
teased at the event – Tesla has its hands full for the next three
years,” says Morgan Stanley analyst Ravi Shanker.
The company, which has yet to produce its electric cars in significant volume, is currently in ‘manufacturing hell’, according to research firm Loupventures, which points out that Tesla may not be able to ramp up production in a profitable way, and will eventually run out of money.
The driver of a truck rented by
Canada Post for the Christmas rush got the vehicle wedged under a
parkade ramp at the St. Laurent Shopping Centre Thursday morning.
Awaleh Ismael was driving his minivan behind the truck when he heard a
sudden, loud boom as the truck hit the concrete ramp and got wedged
between it and a support column.
A rental truck being used by Canada Post managed to get stuck under a
parking lot ramp at the St Laurent Shopping Centre. The driver was
following a detour around some road construction in the parking area
adjacent to St Laurent Blvd and found himself driving under the ramp
that didn’t have enough clearance. Photo Wayne Cuddington/ Postmedia
Wayne Cuddington /
There it stuck with both passenger-side wheels dangling off the ground.
The driver was able to get out safely, Ismael said.
Canada Post confirmed that one of its employees was involved in the stuck truck mishap.
we’re in our busy time and are expecting a record-breaking holiday
season, we have invested in our transportation and fleet which includes
renting vehicles to help with delivery,” a spokeswoman said.
Ottawa police confirmed that they were called to the mall at 9:48 a.m. and filed a report on the collision.
Effective January 1, 2018, the amount the port authority charges
container trucking companies that are authorized to operate within the
port will be changed to benefit smaller companies.
The changes are being made in response to feedback from smaller
trucking companies and government who said the charges were
“We heard concerns from trucking companies and the Government of
Canada, including Lower Mainland Members of Parliament,” said Peter
Xotta, vice president planning and operations at the Vancouver Fraser
Port Authority. “We took that feedback seriously and believe we have now
addressed the concerns raised.”
About one third of those companies authorized to access the port,
representing the smaller companies, will pay $25,000 per year instead of
the previous $35,000. The port authority’s Truck Licensing System is
operated on a cost-recovery basis, so the savings realized by the
smaller companies will be equally distributed across the largest.
“In setting the new access charges, the port authority proposed three
alternative solutions and presented them to local container trucking
companies and government for review and discussion,” continued Xotta.
”Changes were made to incorporate what we heard, which ultimately led us
to a solution that will benefit the industry overall.”
Image: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Trucking companies were formally advised of the changes to the access
charges and provided with amended access agreements on November 1,
2017, providing 60-days written notice before the new structure goes
into effect on January 1, 2018.
The new figures are charged to cover the cost of the framework – set
up in 2014 by the federal and provincial governments and the port
authority – to address driver concerns including compensation. The port
authority improved its Truck Licensing System and the province created
the Office of the B.C. Trucking Commissioner, including a
whistle-blowing mechanism and an audit program that issues financial
penalties to trucking companies that do not pay drivers according to
Since that time, the port authority has implemented a number of
changes to improve efficiency. Drivers are now compensated by the
terminal operators when they are forced to wait at a terminal above
acceptable limits. According to a recent report, the Port of Vancouver
now has the most efficient container truck operations of any North
American West Coast port, with terminal wait times in the port half the
average of other West Coast ports. Only about nine per cent of drivers
are forced to wait beyond set limits, and since 2014 over $4 million in
wait-time penalties has been paid out to these drivers by port
Xotta went on to say that continued engagement with industry and
government is critical to ensuring fairness for drivers and the smooth
movement of goods throughout the port and the Lower Mainland. “We are
very pleased with the support from our partners in the federal and
provincial governments,” he said.
The container trucking sector falls primarily within the jurisdiction
of the provincial government, while the port authority controls which
trucks can access the port and enforces environmental standards to
control air emissions from those trucks. The Office of the B.C.
Container Trucking Commissioner manages the enforcement of statutory
trip rates, hourly rates and fuel surcharges, the maintenance and
enforcement of B.C. License terms, and the establishment and management
of the number of tags issued to each company and allocated to the
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Manitoulin Transport has made a big move to expand its business in Alberta.
The company announced today that it has acquired Less than Truckload
(LTL) provider Duckering's Transport. The purchase builds on
Manitoulin’s other investments in Western Canada in recent years.
Duckering's International Freight Services was not included in the purchase.
Jeff King, president for Manitoulin Transport said the new addition
was important for the company because it increases their footprint with
over 100 new direct service points, as well as priming them for
Duckering's was founded by Clarence Duckering in 1971 and has
remained a family-owned business for more than 40 years. Headquartered
in Red Deer, it has terminal facilities in Brooks, Calgary, Camrose,
Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat.
PepsiCo makes biggest public pre-order of Tesla Semis: 100 trucks
Tesla's new electric semi truck was unveiled in
mid-November. PepsiCo says it has reserved 100 of the new vehicles.
PepsiCo Inc. has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc.'s new electric
Semi trucks, the largest known order of the big rig, as the maker of
Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet
emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday.
Tesla has been trying to convince the trucking community that it can
build an affordable electric big rig with the range and cargo capacity
to compete with relatively low-cost, time-tested diesel trucks.
Several transportation firms are holding off on the Tesla for now,
citing uncertainty over the time it takes to recharge compared to a
diesel fill-up, range, and payload capabilities and how the market for
electric commercial vehicles will develop.
About 260,000 heavy-duty Class-8 trucks are produced in North America
annually, according to FTR, an industry economics research firm.
Navistar International Corp and Volkswagen AG's Truck and Bus are
working to launch an electric medium duty truck by late 2019, while
rival Daimler AG has delivered the first of a smaller range of electric
trucks to customers in New York.
PepsiCo's 100 trucks add to orders by more than a dozen companies
such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc, fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Inc, and food service distribution company Sysco Corp. Tesla has at
least 285 truck reservations in hand, according to a Reuters tally.
PepsiCo intends to deploy Tesla Semis for shipments of snack foods
and beverages between manufacturing and distribution facilities and
direct to retailers within the 800-kilometre range promised by Tesla
chief executive Elon Musk.
The semi-trucks will complement PepsiCo's U.S. fleet of nearly 10,000
big rigs and are a key part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions across its supply chain by a total of at least 20 percent by
2030, said Mike O'Connell, senior director of North American supply
chain for PepsiCo subsidiary Frito-Lay.
PepsiCo is analyzing what routes are best for its Tesla trucks but
sees a wide range of uses for lighter loads like snacks or shorter
shipments of heavier beverages, O'Connell said.
Tesla declined to comment on its customers and potential customers to date.
Tesla unveiled the Semi last month and expects the truck to be in production by 2019.
O'Connell declined to say how much PepsiCo paid to reserve its
trucks, when it placed the order, or whether it plans to lease the
trucks or buy them outright. Tesla initially asked $5,000 US per truck
for pre-orders but that amount has since risen to about $20,000 US.
When a lost dog is found, most owners feel an immediate sense of
relief. But when a lost dog is found hundreds of kilometres away from
home, those owners are left with a new problem: How do you get them
A national volunteer network has developed a novel way to reunite these
far-flung dogs with their owners -- by harnessing the goodwill of truck
The group, Furry Hobos N Highway Heros,
invites dog-loving truckers to transport missing animals back home.
Trucking can be a solitary job, and the idea is to provide truckers with
canine company while helping out a family in need.
Margaret Foster, a former truck driver herself, started the group in
2013 and says she has reconnected approximately 400 dogs with their
“We call it just paw it forward, eh?” Foster told CTV News, adding that
the service is totally free. “If people can only do it for money than
you're not doing it for the right reason.”
Among those success stories is Frankie, a therapy dog that disappeared
from Spruce Grove, Alta. over the summer. Frankie’s owner, Ashley Power,
was in hospital with pneumonia when a dog sitter let Frankie off his
leash, and he ran away.
Somehow, the dog ended up more than 1,200 kilometres away in Langley,
B.C., just outside Vancouver. It’s unclear how he got that far, but it’s
believed that he likely hitched a ride.
Truck driver Scott Stevens volunteered to pick up Frankie and bring him
home, he says, because he has a “big soft spot for animals more than
humans.” The pair had such a connection that Scott said he wouldn’t mind
“If she doesn't want him back, he's a good truck dog, I'll take him,” Stevens said.
No such luck for Stevens.
Power and her three-year-old daughter were overjoyed when they were reunited with Frankie.
MD – Inspectors issued 59,193 warnings and citations in Canada and the
U.S. during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA’s) Operation
Safe Driver Week, which ran from October 15 to 21. And passenger vehicle
drivers were more likely than their commercial counterparts to be
State and local moving violations represented 84.2% of the 38,878
warnings and citations for commercial vehicle drivers, with speeding
(7.4%), failing to use a seat belt (2.6%), failing to obey a traffic
control device (2.5%), and using a handheld phone (0.8%) rounding out
the top five.
Among passenger vehicle drivers, the 20,315 citations and warnings
involved speeding (43.5%), state and local moving violations (36.2%),
failing to use a seat belt (9.4%), failing to obey a traffic control
device (2.3%), and improper lane changes (1.5%).
Less than 1% of the warnings and citations were for following too closely.
Nineteen commercial drivers were cited for operating a vehicle while ill or fatigue, and 86 received a warning.
“Countless lives are tragically lost on our roadways due to unsafe,
risky, inattentive or careless acts by drivers,” said CVSA executive
director Collin Mooney. “In fact, driver behavior is often the most
important factor in crashes. Operation Safe Driver Week raises awareness
about safe driver operations in and around trucks and buses.”
WINDSOR, Ont. – Morrice Transportation has announced it’s hiking pay rates for drivers.
The increases, set to go into effect Jan. 1, will be about five cents a mile.
“I have had multiple drivers call to ask me about the raise, and are
ecstatic to hear that most drivers will be seeing a five cents a mile
increase to their base wage alone, on top of which our current
accessorial pay and bonuses are factored in,” said Amanda Matalik, human
resources manager. “As I have told our drivers, Morrice appreciates the
hard work that our drivers commit to every day in order to make
operations run smoothly, and hope that their dedication will continue as
we grow and expand in the new year.”
TransCore reports another chart-topping month for load volumes
TORONTO, Ont. – November load volumes are up 57% from last
year, tying it with last month’s record-breaking year-over-year volume
increase, TransCore Link Logistics reported.
November also marks the sixth consecutive month of record-setting volumes on Loadlink’s network.
Intra-Canada loads accounted for 27% of the total volumes and
amounted to a 54% increase year-over-year. Cross-border load postings
represented 70% of the data submitted by Loadlink users. Loads leaving
Canada to the U.S. increased 72% from 2016, and loads entering Canada
went up 57%.
November’s equipment postings dipped six per cent from last month, and were down 20% year-over-year.
November’s truck-to-load ratio was the lowest year-to-date at 1.61
and the lowest since December 2013. When compared to the previous year,
November’s ratios showed a 49% improvement from a 3.18 truck-to-load
After 20 years, Nisku diner cancels famous Christmas dinner
'It just breaks my heart,' Nisku Truck Stop supervisor says
Customers sit for a meal at the Nisku Truck Stop. (Jeff Pedrina)
The phone at the Nisku Truck Stop south of Edmonton used to ring off
the hook at this time of year with customers looking to secure their
spots for Christmas dinner.
"Put me down on the list, Linda," customers would tell the restaurant's supervisor, Linda Dugdale.
Every Christmas Day for the past 20 years, hundreds of locals,
truckers and people with nowhere else to go would line the walls of the
restaurant waiting for fresh turkey topped with gravy and mashed
After Dugdale would put in a six-hour shift serving customers, she
would always meet her family for Christmas dinner at the truck stop off
"This was our Christmas dinner," she told CBC News.
The Nisku Truck Stop is one of the few restaurants in the small hamlet that is open 365 days a year.
But this year, the truck stop is closing its doors for Christmas Day.
Last year alone, the restaurant served approximately 450 people, nearly half of Nisku's total population.
"I don't even know what to say, I have a hard time even thinking about that," Dugdale said. "It just breaks my heart."
Christmas cut because of 'financial difficulties'
The restaurant echoed Dugdale's heartbreak in a statement sent out to
its customers. Management said the Christmas Day tradition is stopping
"because of financial difficulties."
Sales at the restaurant have been dropping since 2015, manager Leo
Koo said. The rising costs of food and delivery, and a crash in the
price of oil forced the restaurant to make some changes, he said.
The annual Christmas dinner was provided on a by-donation basis and
cost the restaurant between $7,000 and $9,000 every year, Koo said.
In an effort to save the day, Dugdale approached her bosses to see if
they would reconsider hosting the dinner, but she said she could not
There are other options for Christmas dinner in Nisku, including
Blackjacks Roadhouse & Games Room down the road, but it also fills
to capacity every year, Dugdale said.
Even though the truck stop won't be hosting Christmas dinner, Dugdale said the community is not giving up.
"We've had a bunch of women come up to us and say, 'We'd cook for
you,' " Dugdale said. "All we need is a little hall to host it."
Dugdale said the truck stop will be making a decision in the next week to see if it can host the Christmas dinner elsewhere.
TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is
urging the provincial government to ensure a zero tolerance enforcement
for truck driver pot use.
In a submission this week to the Standing Committee on Justice
Policy, OTA laid out the potential impacts of both recreational and
medicinal marijuana legalization on the trucking industry.
“Ontario truck drivers have an exemplary safety record and are
statistically far less likely to be driving while impaired than all
other vehicle drivers – and we’d like to keep it that way,” says OTA
president Stephen Laskowski. “Legalization will carry greater risks for
motor carriers and we are asking for the necessary tools to mitigate
OTA supports a strict approach that ensures all six classes of
commercial driver’s licenses and G class drivers operating commercial
vehicles are included in a zero-tolerance policy.
Furthermore, OTA is asking the government to follow the U.S. approach
of not differentiating between recreational and medical use of
marijuana among drivers.
“If the true goal is public safety for all road users then it
shouldn’t matter whether it’s being used for recreational or medicinal
purposes,” says Laskowski. “Commercial drivers are already held to the
highest standards of safety and this shouldn’t be any different.
“It is imperative employers be allowed to apply workplace measures
that will mitigate additional safety risks to employees and the public
that legalized marijuana could bring. It is essential Ontario and Canada
provide employers legislative and regulatory backing for being
proactive and doing the right thing.”
OTA says it looks forward to the government’s response and will
continue working with the Canadian Trucking Alliance to spread a similar
message across Canada.
CTA calls for more oversight for marijuana prescribers
ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is calling on Health Canada
to restrict commercial truck drivers from using medical marijuana while
on the job and says there should be more oversight from the medical
community who are prescribing the drug to workers in safety sensitive
In a letter to Health Canada, the CTA restated its position on that
there should be a zero tolerance policy for drivers when it comes to
operating a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of the
The national lobbying organization said that while truck drivers
already have an exemplary safety record, impending legalization will
carry greater risks for motor carriers and have a significant impact on
society and the workplace.
The CTA is asking the Government of Canada to follow the approach
used in the United States and not differentiate between recreation and
medical use of marijuana when it comes to truck drivers, in addition to
holding prescribing physicians more accountable.
“As we understand it, many prescribing physicians are unaware of what
their patients do for a living,” says CTA president Stephen Laskowski.
“In turn, some people who are medically authorized to use marijuana
might believe this somehow exempts them from impaired driving laws.
Obviously in the case of safety sensitive work, such as trucking which
shares its workplace with the motoring public, this can be of serious
The CTA believes prescribing physicians should be required to sign a
document saying they are aware of what their patient does for a living.
“If the true goal is public safety for all road users then it
shouldn’t matter whether it’s being used for recreational or medicinal
purposes,” says Laskowski. “Commercial drivers are already held to the
highest standards of safety and this shouldn’t be any different.”
TORONTO, Ont. – A Canadian regulation mandating the use of electronic
logging devices (ELDs) can’t come “soon enough,” according to David
Carruth, CEO at One For Freight.
He was speaking on the subject of ELDs and trucking technologies
during a webinar hosted by Omnitracs. One For Freight has already made
the transition to e-logs in advance of a U.S. mandate that takes effect
Dec. 18, and he would like to see Canada move more quickly to pass a
“All of the data is there for us to make the right decision,” he
said. “All the case studies have been done…My question is, why would we
not want to do this and do this sooner rather than later?”
He also said the only resistance will come from “companies that do
not have a commitment to safety, and do not have a commitment to overall
But Stephen Laskowski, president of the Ontario Trucking Association
(OTA), said Canada will not likely have fully implemented an ELD mandate
of its own until the end of 2019. The proposed rule first has to be
published in Canada Gazette 1, which Laskowski said will
hopefully be before the end of the year. Then, a 60-day comment period
will likely take place, followed by another three to five months of
reviewing those comments. The final rule is likely to be published in Canada Gazette 2, sometime in mid-2018 “optimistically,” noted Laskowski, with hard enforcement unlikely to begin before late 2019.
Laskowski said the industry should welcome the mandate.
“The ELD regulation is bringing to head the inefficiencies in the
supply chain, especially those the drivers bear the brunt of,” he said.
“Inefficiencies at loading docks, inefficient loading times themselves.”
Carruth said his company has seen many benefits since adopting
electronic logs. They’ve given him hard data he can use to raise shipper
awareness about inefficiencies, One For Freight’s CVOR violation rate
has been cut in half, and drivers are now more productive.
Mike Ham, vice-president and general manager of Omnitracs Canada,
said customers who switch to e-logs typically free up two to 2.5 hours
of drive time per week for drivers, which was previously spent filling
“There’s an additional, maybe 100 miles a week a driver may get,” he
said, adding time-consuming internal logbook audits are also automated.
Laskowski said an ELD mandate will be “the great cleansing of our
industry,” and will force carriers to compete based on sound business
practices and innovation rather than ignoring hours-of-service rules.
“The ELD mandate will bring a lot of great things for drivers,”
Laskowski added. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the carriers who do
it the right way to thrive, and for those who have not been doing it
(right), to change or to exit the industry.”
Tom Cuthbertson, vice-president of regulatory affairs at Omnitracs,
said ELDs improve communication between drivers and dispatch, and
between carriers and shippers.
“The driver has a tool for planning their day better, their interaction with dispatch is better received,” he explained.
But for fleets just now preparing to comply with the U.S. ELD mandate, Cuthbertson warned training is critical.
“The drivers are important and it’s key to make sure they understand
what is in these mandates and how it will affect them. It’s just as
important that safety managers understand what is in these regulations,
the dispatch people, and even the mechanics,” Cuthbertson warned. For
example, mechanics will need to know a truck cannot operate legally in
the U.S. without a functioning ELD for more than eight days, so repairs
must be handled swiftly.
“This educational process must be on every piece of the organization, not only the driver,” he said.
And when training drivers, Cuthbertson suggested spending some time with them inside the cab for some hands-on training.
“Give drivers 10-15 minutes in the cab, that extra time in the cab really raises their awareness,” he said.
Carruth also spoke of other technologies One For Freight is
deploying, including cameras inside and around the cab, and collision
“All the equipment we are now ordering has the most advanced collision avoidance systems on it,” he said.
The OTA’s Laskowski commended that approach, noting most crashes are still due to driver error.
“If you’re really looking to improve on fleet safety and overall
safety on the roadways, it’s dealing with human error,” he said. “Even
the best and most professional and most committed drivers are still
human beings. We are starting to see more technology out there that
really aids the driver as opposed to supplements the driver.”
It’s also important, noted Carruth, to take data generated by
technology and use it effectively. He cited the example of fuel economy
data generated by two owner-operators who ran similar routes and miles,
with one achieving 8.64 mpg and the other 5.4 mpg. The company was able
to use that data to have a discussion as to what was causing the
variation in fuel economy.
“The difference was $24,000 U.S. a year in their pocket,” said
Carruth. “Without having that information, I can’t sit in front of both
owner-operators and say great work, or this needs to get better. How are
we going to use that data to help all our systems?”