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Truck driver in fatal hit-run gets year in jail - and family's forgiveness
Trucking News

Sebastien Lavertu of Quebec was sentenced to one year in jail for leaving the scene after his truck hit and killed a man walking on Broadway in June.

Sebastien Y. Lavertu wasn't drunk or high on drugs, nor was he speeding or weaving out of his lane on June 21. But he was a little drowsy and when he realized he had struck something on Broadway shortly before midnight,  he later said. He checked his truck, saw a cracked bumper and, afraid of what may have happened, drove away.

Lavertu, 32, of Asbestos, Quebec, was sentenced Wednesday in State Supreme Court to one year in jail for leaving the scene that night.

Ryan Johns, 28, of Depew was struck by Lavertu's truck while he was walking in the road. Johns died  instantly.

Defense attorney Joseph J. Marusak called the incident a "perfect storm" of tragic events.

Lavertu had been driving a long time that day, on his way from Canada to Baltimore, and may have briefly dozed off behind the wheel, he told Justice John L. Michalski.

Johns had been riding in a car with friends when they got into an argument, and Johns demanded to be let out to walk, he said. Johns was on Broadway in Lancaster, near Pavement Road.

"He was walking in the lane of traffic in dark clothes," Marusak said.

Levertu never saw him.

Lavertu snapped awake at the impact, pulled over and checked his truck, finding a cracked bumper, Marusak said. Looking back at the road – but not walking back – he did not see anyone. He later told police he was scared and, hoping it was only a deer, he drove off, and returned to Canada.

His vehicle was identified through videos, and Lavertu was arrested about a week later, crossing back into the United States in northern New York State.

Johns' father, David Niziol, was in court for the sentencing and made a brief and powerful statement to the court about love, the pain of losing a son and forgiveness.

First, Niziol asked that everyone hearing or reading his words become conscious of something they take for granted, "sort of like your eyes blinking."

"Become aware of every time during the day your mind, just for a millisecond, thinks of someone you love ... Just that millisecond when your brain says 'he'd like that' or 'remember when?' or 'we were there'...

"Please, for you own benefit, be aware, appreciate it and be thankful," he said. "Where we are now, each one of those milliseconds is a pin prick, a stab or a bear claw right across the gut."

While Johns' mother still cannot go down Broadway or visit her son's grave, Niziol said he goes to the grave once a week – "sometimes I take a radio and listen to a show we used to laugh about."

Then, with the kind of compassion usually directed to the victims, he addressed Levertu.

"Because we are humans, we understand that humans make mistakes," he said. "Because we are who we are, we bear you no animosity and we forgive, because if we can, imagine what God can do."

Levertu also apologized for his role in the fatality, and said, as he has before, that he would gladly exchange places with Ryan Johns if that were possible.

Although the defense argued that keeping Levertu in jail any longer than the nearly four months he already has served, Michalski could not ignore the fact that he left the scene and it took a week to find him before his arrest.

"You made some bad decision," the judge said and pronounced the one-year sentence. Lavertu also is barred from operating a motor vehicle in New York State.

Source of article click here : The Buffalo News

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Truck West to moderate future of trucking panel during STA AGM
Trucking News

REGINA, Sask. – The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) will hold its annual AGM and Awards Gala this Saturday, Oct. 21, which will include a panel discussion on “The Future of Trucking,” moderated by Truck West magazine, a Newcom Business Media publication.

Panelists will include Randy Fleming, district sales manager for Volvo, Cass Pidmen, a driver for C.S. Day Transport, Heather Day, owner of C.S. Day Transport, Kyle Favel, owner of Favel Transportation, and Brenda Cuthbert, HR manager for Siemens Transportation Group.

Addressing technological and demographic changes in the industry, the discussion will touch upon several issues, including an aging workforce, attracting Millennials to the industry, and strategies and tactics to create a sustainable workforce.

Following “The Future of Trucking” panel, the AGM will continue with guest speaker Meghan McCreary from MLT Aikins, who will talk about the legalization of marijuana from an employers’ perspective, which will be followed by the awards gala and guest speaker Michelle Cederberg on “Energized for Excellence.”

The STA invites all its members to attend the event, which marks the association’s 80th year, and runs at the Delta Marriott Hotel.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Why small labels on big trucks can mean so much to haz-mat teams
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'The challenge comes when we don't know what we're dealing with,' says Halifax Fire division commander

Crews removed objects from a truck that was pulled over on the side of Highway 102 on Oct. 5.

Crews removed objects from a truck that was pulled over on the side of Highway 102 on Oct. 5. (Nic Meloney/CBC)

A series of small signs on transport trucks have a big impact on the way firefighters do their jobs, and without them hazardous materials teams can be put in danger or stopped in their tracks.

The signs are known as dangerous-goods placards, and federal law dictates they be placed on the front, back and sides of a big rig to warn first responders about harmful materials inside.

The 30-centimetre signs can warn about things like explosive materials, poisons and other dangerous goods.

But occasionally a truck's placards are missing or its goods are mislabeled. And that can be a big deal when firefighters are called to the scene of a crash or other emergency.

"The challenge comes when we don't know what we're dealing with and there's potential for hazardous materials that could put our members at risk," said Peter Andrews, a division commander with Halifax Fire and Emergency Services.

Dangerous goods  placards

There are nine dangerous goods placards that cover everything from explosives, radioactive substances and corrosive materials. (Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association)

That was the concern during the recent incident on Halifax's Highway 102, when the driver of a transport truck suffered a medical problem and pulled over. In the back, firefighters found a container full of an unknown substance.

Traffic on one of Halifax's busiest arteries was held up for hours while a haz-mat team tried to determine if the container was dangerous. Ultimately, it wasn't and the substance was identified as a synthetic resin used to repair airplane parts.

'Deliberately and more carefully'

There are a number of reasons why firefighters can be suspicious that trucks haven't been labelled with the proper dangerous-goods placards.

In some cases, firefighters spot potentially hazardous goods that aren't included on the signage. They can also grow concerned when the driver's manifest doesn't match what's on the truck's placard.

Improper signage can cause confusion and a slow down haz-mat teams, but it is necessary to take the extra precautions to make sure no one gets hurt, Andrews said.

"We need to approach more deliberately and more carefully and those things often take much more time because why put ourselves and the public at risk when we can kind of pause and try to track down the information to determine what's on board."

Peter Andrews is a division commander with Halifax Fire and Emergency. (Submitted photo)

Peter Andrews

Dangerous goods are transported each day through Nova Scotia. Everything from propane and paint, to gasoline and oil are on the road.

Under the Transportation and Dangerous Goods Act, every truck driver is responsible for making sure they have the correct dangerous-goods placards on their vehicle.

But four or five times a year, Andrews said his firefighters find themselves in a dangerous situation where they don't know what a truck is carrying.

Transport Truck

If a transport truck is carrying dangerous goods it should have dangerous goods placards visible on its front, sides and back. (The Canadian Press)

The vehicles most often mislabeled are trucks travelling small distances in the municipality or ones carrying a variety of goods, said Andrews. 

Still, truckers have no excuse for not properly displaying their placards, according to Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association.

He said they are all aware of the signs and should use them any time they're transporting dangerous goods.

"At the end of the day they should verify their information twice and they should do pre-trip inspections before they leave, so there are a few occasions where they can double check as well what they're carrying to make sure the placard is correct," he said.

Jean-Marc Picard

Jean-Marc Picard is the executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association. (Submitted photo)

Picard said truck drivers need to manually replace the placards every time they pick up a different load and sometimes mistakes happen — but those instances are rare.

"In terms of major spills or things like that, I mean I can't remember the last time that that has happened," he said. "So we're in good shape as an industry in terms of safety."

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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BC asking drivers to Be Truck Aware
Trucking News
VICTORIA, BC – With one-in-five traffic fatalities in BC involving large commercial vehicles, road safety insiders are calling for drivers to be more careful around trucks.

The Be Truck Aware campaign was launched in time for Operation Safe Driver week, when officers across North America will be ticketing drivers for failing to share the road and follow safe driving practices.

The new BC safety campaign was kicked-off Tuesday, and is aimed at reducing car-truck crashes, which put the passengers of the car at a much higher likelihood of injury. While only 1% of collisions on BC roads involve commercial vehicles, they are involved in 20% of fatal collisions.

Car drivers are being asked to leave space for large trucks that need extra room to stop and turn, ensure they can see both headlights in the rearview mirror before merging in front of a truck, and be visible to trucks by staying out of their blind spots.

Lindsay Matthews, director of road safety for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), said the group wants drivers to take precautions around trucks.

“We’re asking drivers to consider their own driving behavior around large trucks. If we want our roads to be safer, we first need to start with ourselves,” she said.

The group is also putting out safety tips for truck drivers, so they can do their part to help and avoid costly collisions.

Ensuring brakes and tires are in top condition to minimize stopping distances, adjusting speed and driving in poor road conditions, staying sharp and focused by getting plenty of rest and eliminating in-cab distractions, and making sure loads are well-balanced and secure to reduce the likelihood of a crash and its impact on others, are some of the precautions the campaign is hoping truck drivers will take.

The Be Truck Aware website launched with the awareness campaign, and features videos, tips for car and truck drivers, studies, and other resources for road users.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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401 westbound lanes closed at Highway 6 after tractor-trailer collision
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One person taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries

A collision between this tractor-trailer and a car closed all westbound lanes of Highway 401 on Wednesday morning.

A collision between this tractor-trailer and a car closed all westbound lanes of Highway 401 on Wednesday morning

A collision between a car and a tractor-trailer just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning has closed all westbound lanes of Highway 401 near the Highway 6 south exit. 

The driver of the car has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the transport truck was not seriously injured.

The crash crushed the car and sent it into the ditch while the cab of the tractor trailer went up in flames.

"As a result of the collision, there was a fire that consumed the tractor portion of the tractor-trailer unit," Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.

"There's a massive diesel spill across all lanes of traffic and that's the biggest concern right now for reopening because the diesel is eating into the asphalt and there's a chance that we may have to resurface the highway before reopening because it's so slippery right now."

The Ministry of Transportation has been called in to assess the roadway and the Ontario Provincial Police reconstruction team is also at the scene.

There was also a passenger in the car. That person is now in custody "for an unrelated investigation," Schmidt said, although he was unable to give specifics on that case.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Truck that shut down part of Highway 102 contained no hazardous materials
Trucking News
Unknown substance has been identified as a synthetic resin used to make and repair airplane parts

Police blocked part of Highway 102 on Thursday while the truck was examined.

Police blocked part of Highway 102 on Thursday while the truck was examined. (CBC)

Halifax Regional Police say a transport truck that closed part of Highway 102 yesterday over concerns about hazardous materials contained nothing of the sort.

Crews were worried about a container in the truck filled with an unknown substance. Police said the substance was later identified as a synthetic resin used to make and repair airplane parts.

The truck pulled over to the shoulder between the Kearney Lake Road and Larry Uteck Boulevard exits outbound Thursday evening after its driver had a medical emergency. He was taken to hospital.

Haz-mat team

Haz-mat crews remove objects from a truck that was pulled over on the side of Highway 102 on Thursday. (Nic Meloney/CBC)

Police blocked part of the road while the truck was examined. Crews found an unknown substance inside the truck, so Halifax Fire and Emergency's haz-mat team was called in.

A spokesperson for the municipality said first responders treat any unknown substance as dangerous.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Self driving Ubers could still be many years away, says research head
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MONTREAL _ The head of Uber’s new self-driving vehicle lab says a viable, on-demand autonomous commercial transportation service remains a long-term goal.

“Having self-driving cars at a smaller scale, on a small set of roads, we are fairly close,” Raquel Urtasun said Tuesday after addressing a Deep Learning Summit in Montreal

“To see at an Uber scale we are far.”

She said much work remains to ensure the technology functions in all possible conditions and locations.

Urtasun declined to predict how far away research being conducted in Toronto will generate the required results.

She said the biggest challenge is the technology itself.

Mapping also remains a very expensive challenge. The cost in the United States alone is estimated at US$2 billion and a cheaper solution is required, she added.

“Nobody has a solution to self-driving cars that is reliable and safe enough to work everywhere,” she said in an interview.

Automotive manufacturers and tech companies are spending considerable money to develop autonomous vehicles.

Yoshua Bengio, an expert in artificial intelligence and head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, agrees that it’s going to be many years before vehicles are actually autonomous.

“I think people underestimate how much basic science still needs to be done before these cars or such systems will be able to anticipate the kinds of unusual, dangerous situations that can happen on the road,” he said in an interview.

Urtasun told artificial intelligence colleagues that she chose to work for Uber because she wanted to work in Toronto, not in Silicon Valley, the epicentre of technology in California.

“The Silicon Valley should be in Canada,” she said to loud applause.

“(Also), it is transportation for everybody, not just for the rich. I like that idea.”

Uber has fleets of test cars outfitted with cameras and sensors on the streets of Pittsburgh, Phoenix, San Francisco and Toronto that have travelled more than one million miles.

Urtasun said the goal of her work is to improve transportation safety, increase efficiency, reduce congestion and cut the amount the space used to park vehicles.

“The goal is to get to the transportation of the future.”

Uber Freight is working on developing autonomous vehicles for trucking, which have different requirements than cars used in cities.

Urtasun defended the potential job displacement that would be caused by a commercial driverless Uber fleet, even one that works in concert with a service with drivers.

She noted that disruptions in the past weren’t necessarily bad. She pointed to the impact of ATM machines on tellers and tractors compared to horse-drawn carriages.

“There will be a disruption but hopefully there will also be a lot of other new jobs that will be created as well.”

Bengio was more cautious, noting that the risk of job losses due to artificial intelligence is real, and that politicians should plan accordingly.

“I believe that governments should start thinking right now about how to adapt to this in the next decade, how to change our social safety net to deal with that.”

Source of article click here : Canadian Business

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Surrey trucking company ordered to pay $350,000 after underpaying foreign worker
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Canada Border Services Agency said 29 temporary foreign workers were underpaid at Harlens Trucking Ltd.

SURREY — A Surrey trucking company has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay back $350,000 for underpaying 29 temporary foreign workers, the Canada Border Services Agency said.

On Tuesday in Surrey Provincial Court, Jatinder Kang of Harlens Trucking received a two-year suspended sentence with probation conditions, including the completion of 240 hours of community service within the first 18 months of the order. Harlens Trucking Ltd. received a two-year suspended sentence and a $10,000 fine, and was ordered to pay $352,001.83 in restitution to 29 temporary foreign workers (TFWs).

Harlens Trucking, based in Surrey, was granted positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), which permitted the company to use TFWs based on information included in the LMIA applications. With Kang responsible for the company’s operations and hiring, the company hired 30 TFWs through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program between 2011 and 2014.

The CBSA investigated after the Pacific Region Criminal Investigations Section received information two TFWs were not being paid the amount specified in their offers of employment. The employees were originally offered an hourly wage but the CBSA said once they began working, the pay rate was reduced significantly.

Further investigation revealed 29 TFWs were underpaid for work at Harlens Trucking Ltd. and the net amount of underpayment was calculated at $352,001.83.

On June 26, 2017, Kang and Harlens Trucking Ltd. pleaded guilty to two counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in contravention of section 127(a) – misrepresentation and section 124(1)(a) – failing to comply with a condition or obligation of the Act – specifically, the requirement to provide TFWs with working conditions that are the same as, but not less favourable than, those set out in the contract.

Source of article click here : Surrey Now-Leader

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Green rebates should include older vehicles: OTA
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is weighing in on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) draft Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP).

The government announced it was seeking feedback on the proposal in September, with commenting closed as of Oct. 6.

The program is a part of the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan introduced in 2016, and proposes rebates of 15%-50% on fuel-efficient vehicles, or the technologies to make existing vehicles more fuel-efficient.

The expected $170 million for the program will come from Ontario’s carbon tax policy, and be redistributed to the trucking industry to encourage fleets to adopt greener technologies such as electric and natural gas powered commercial vehicles, infrastructure and temperature controlled trailer technology – as well as tractor-trailer aerodynamic devices and anti-idling devices.

The OTA says its submission included feedback suggested by its members that will encourage fleets to invest in greenhouse gas-reducing (GHG) technology, including adding super single tires to the program, rebates for installing telematics systems, and adding an additional 10% rebate for early adopting long-haul fleets. The group also recommended adding more model years to those eligible for alternative fuel rebates to include those older than the currently proposed 2014 model year.

The OTA’s director of policy and industry awareness programs, Lak Shoan, believes the group’s recommendations will offer the greatest potential for reduction in GHG emissions by focusing on the trucks that are on the road the most.

The GCVP is still being finalized by the government, but the OTA says the ministry hopes to have the rebates available to fleets by the end of 2017 or early 2018.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Titanium buys Xpress Group
Trucking News

WINDSOR, Ont. – Titanium Transportation Group has announced its acquisition of Xpress Group, a Windsor-based van and flatbed carrier.

The deal consisted of $3.1 million in cash, $420,000 worth of Titanium stock, and the assumption of $5.2 million in debt. Titanium CEO Ted Daniel said the acquisition complements its Windsor terminal.

“This is exactly the type of acquisition we have been waiting for,” he said.  “Backed by our own recent investments in the Windsor terminal and in BlackBerry Radar, we expect to be able to achieve significant synergies between Titanium and Xpress. In addition, Xpress’s customer base complements the cross-border, full-truckload division that we have focused on growing. We are excited and proud to bring the Xpress team into the Titanium fold.”

Xpress Group was founded more than 30 years ago by Dave Tracey. Its customers are based in southern Ontario and the U.S. midwest.

“In my view, the acquisition represents the best path forward for Xpress, to continue to add value to what we built from the ground up.  I am very excited to now be a part of Titanium’s growth story,” said Tracey.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Want to keep your drivers? Listen to them, advises panel
Trucking News

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – If you want to recruit and retain the best commercial drivers in North America, you better start listening to them.

That was the message given by HR experts in the trucking industry during a panel discussion at this year’s Surface Transportation Summit on Oct. 11.

“Drivers are leaving carriers for other driving jobs,” stressed Tracy Clayson, managing partner of In Transit Personnel. “So the opportunity to retain drivers is there, it’s just understanding what’s happening that disconnecting them.”

Often, Clayson said what makes drivers feel disconnected to the company they are working for is the fact they’re not being heard and what she calls “broken promises.”

“If he was promised to be home every night, or a certain number of miles…and then he doesn’t get that, he has a lot of time to think about the broken promises,” she said.

They best thing to do to retain the drivers, according to Clayson, is to make sure expectations are set from the get-go.

“Orientation is key,” she stressed. “How we hire, give them orientation, how we explain how the processes go is key…we need to really communicate what the job of a truck driver really is because sometimes there are other things involved other than putting your hands on the steering wheel.”

Tim Hindes, CEO of Stay Metrics agreed, saying to ensure the job and expectations are understood by both the employee and employer, it is crucial your fleet does regular driver surveys.

“It’s important to get driver feedback,” he said. “After seven and 45 days – those are critical times for you to get feedback. The seven-day survey that we do…what we want to know is what are those driver’s expectations? It’s important when recruiting is to ask what the driver is looking for, because if you tell them your expectations first, guess what? He’s going to paraphrase it right back. You want to ask him, what was it about the last carrier you didn’t like? Plant a seed that you’re different. The seven-day survey should focus on expectations.”

Without knowing how your new recruit is doing in those first fragile days of employment, you are setting yourself up for turnover, he said.

“The best way to improve driver turnover is getting driver feedback,” he said. “In the U.S., 33% of new drivers will leave in the first 90 days. So you have to ask them, how was orientation? Did you feel engaged? Did you feel like a part of the team?”

Hindes also said your fleet should be rolling out thorough annual driver satisfaction surveys.

“We suggest a deep survey,” he said. “We have one that’s 110 questions. And if the survey is built right, those drivers will complete it. In these surveys you want to focus on pay, respect, and home time.”

He also stressed the importance of exit interviews and said fleets should be getting a third party to do so.

“With exit interviews…don’t do them on your own,” he advised. “Use a third party because (ex-drivers) will tell a third party things they won’t tell a carrier.”

And a final tip given by Hindes to keep your drivers is a simple one. Start a recognition program. Because, he said, as much as drivers like to be heard, they like to be rewarded, too.

“Recognition and rewards programs are a best practice,” he said. “Drivers that engage in a loyalty program are 38% more likely to stay.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Westbound Highway 401 lanes reopen after multi-vehicle crash
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Westbound lanes were closed for most of the afternoon to clean up a fuel spill

A significant diesel spill will keep westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Guelph Line closed throughout Tuesday afternoon.

A significant diesel spill will keep westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Guelph Line closed throughout Tuesday afternoon.

All westbound lanes of Highway 401 at Guelph Line have reopened after a multi-vehicle collision, according to Ontario Provincial Police. 

Police first posted a tweet about the collision just after 9 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

Five vehicles were involved in a collision, including a transport truck that spilled diesel fuel across the highway, said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt. 

He said all injuries reported from the scene were minor. 

Police said westbound lanes would be closed throughout the afternoon while the fuel was cleaned up.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Ford Recalls 1.3M Trucks for Door Latches
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Ford Motor Co. is recalling 1.1 million 2015-2017 Ford F-150 and 2017 Super Duty trucks in the U.S. because of faulty side door latches, according to the automaker

Ford dealers will fix the problem by installing water shields over the door latches. The door latch actuation cables will also be inspected and repaired if needed. There will be no charge for this service.

The door problem stems from a frozen door latch or a bent or kinked actuation cable, which may cause the door to stop opening or closing properly. With this condition, the door may appear closed without the latch fully engaging the door striker. As a result, the door might open unexpectedly while driving, increasing the risk of injury, Ford said.

In addition to the affected trucks in the U.S., this recall covers 222,408 trucks in Canada and 21,090 in Mexico. The recall covers more than 1.3 million trucks in all of North America.

Ford said it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries tied to the issue. The company’s reference number for the recall is 17S33.

Source of article click here : Truckinginfo

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Holiday spirit starts early for 18 Wheels of Christmas
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CALGARY, Alta. – In its 15th year, 18 Wheels of Christmas has officially launched its charitable campaign in the hopes of helping local food banks during what it called an “extremely difficult year for the citizens of Alberta.”

With the economic downturn, high unemployment, and an increase in the cost of living in the Wild Rose province, the organization said the Calgary Food Bank is seeing more people utilize its services.

Last year, donations to 18 Wheels of Christmas amounted to 37,335 lbs. of food, and the organization is hoping to better that mark this year with a goal of 50,000 lbs. to be delivered to the Calgary Food Bank Dec. 20.

Food and monetary donations are always appreciated, and any donation of $1,000 or more will get the company’s name decaled on the 18 Wheels of Christmas trailer for one year.

The campaign, 18 Wheels of Christmas, is not a registered charity, but rather provides a means for donations to reach food banks in various communities.

Organizers say 100% of all cash and check donations go to the food bank in the community where the donation originated, and is also used to purchase essential items for food banks.

Contact Colleen or Janet at 1-800-640-9602 or e-mail to donate.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Highway 15 North fully reopened in Laval following major collision
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Police say tanker truck, 2 other vehicles involved

All lanes on the northbound side of the highway will be closed until at least noon.

All lanes on the northbound side of the highway will be closed until at least noon. (Radio-Canada)

Police and ambulances were on the scene early Sunday after a major collision on Highway 15 North in Laval, near the intersection of de la Concorde Boulevard.

All lanes on the northbound side of the highway were closed until around 1 p.m. and a detour was set up on the service route near Cartier Street, according to provincial police. 

All the lanes have since been reopened.

According to initial investigations by provincial police, one vehicle going south on the highway crossed the median and hit another vehicle, which then struck a third vehicle.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash — a tanker truck, and two small vehicles. 

Three people were injured — one is seriously hurt, but police say the person's life is not in danger.

A small amount of gas leaked out of the truck's motor, and Urgence-Environnement was at the scene, police said.

Source of article click here :CBC NEWS

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American Sikh drivers lining up their trucks at I-465 against ELDs
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HYDERABAD: Over 300 Sikh truck drivers have returned to Indiana from Washington DC and are forming a truck line on Interstate 465 to call attention to a directive from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that poses not only economic threat, but added highway safety threats. These devices can be easily hacked into, is their contention.

This rule will take effect on December 18, 2017, and will require Electronic Logging Devices(ELD) in almost all commercial trucks. The devices will mean not only higher costs on the American consumers but present new and not well-understood threats to highway safety, according to SikhPAC founder and president Gurinder Singh Khalsa.

Indianapolis-based Sikhs Political Action Committee seeks to delay the rule until it can be presented in a more workable fashion.

The Sikh truck drivers went to Washington DC as part of a broad-based national effort and a coalition to inform President Donald Trump and the American consumers of the threat from electronic logging devices.

Their concern is the same as the other members of the coalition and groups against the ELD. The concern is that practices for this new technology vary between manufacturers and FMCSA has not approved devices.

They seek delay in implementation of the ELD mandate so that truckers across the United States understand the law and can follow it accurately, responsibly and with little trouble. As it stands now, the confusion over the mandate and which devices will comply is unfair to the trucking industry and individual small businessmen who own their trucks.

The impact of regulation on the consumer economy may be devastating. Trucks deliver the goods and products just in time. Delays will be costly to businesses, and small business will suffer the adverse impacts the most.

Source of article click here : The Times of India
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Atikokan, Ont., truckers unite to support colleague with 'Load for Toad
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Hundreds unite in support of Todd Zacharias, who's been diagnosed with cance

A convoy of 28 trucks took part in Friday's Load for Toad.

A convoy of 28 trucks took part in Friday's Load for Toad.

When the friends and co-workers of Atikokan's Todd Zacharias heard the 30-year trucking veteran had been diagnosed with cancer, they knew they couldn't stand by and do nothing.

So they organized the Load for Toad, and fundraising and support event for Zacharias and his family, bringing together hundreds of Atikokan residents and truckers on Friday.

"In 15 years of driving truck, that was my proudest day," said Blake Goodwin, an Atikokan truck driver and one of the Load for Toad organizers.

"We just wanted to show our friend, our trucker, our brother, just some support," he said. "And that he has support. There's a trucker's code that you don't leave anybody behind, and we felt that he needed a little bit of our help and a little bit of love, and it turned out."

Goodwin has known Zacharias for about 25 years.

"All he wants to do is go to work and support his family, and that's what he did until he couldn't," Goodwin said. "He's one of the strongest guys I know."

"He's the guy that sort of picks everybody up when you're down."

Todd Zacharias and his co-workers at the Load for Toad event in Atikokan on Friday. (Devan Morden/Facebook)

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At the Load for Toad, hundreds of Atikokan residents came together for a barbecue and auction, and made donations in support of Zacharias and his family.

There was also a truck convoy — it included truckers from as far away as Saskatchewan and Thunder Bay — with some truckers donating the money they made from an entire load to the cause, Goodwin said.

"It was wonderful," Goodwin said. "I can't explain it; there's no words for it."

"It was a community, and a community of truck drivers, that came together and made this happen."

A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up for Zacharias.

Goodwin said all money raised will go to support Zacharias and his family.

Source of article click here :CBC NEWS

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The FBI Group acquires Consolidated Carriers
Trucking News

VAUGHAN, ON – The FBI Group has acquired its third non-asset-based freight broker -- Consolidated Carriers of Markham, Ontario.

Consolidated employees now join FBI (Freight Brokers International) Group at headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario, while Consolidated owner Wayne McCord will join the team in a sales capacity.

“We’re excited to bring Wayne and his staff into the FBI family,” said John Elisio, senior partner, The FBI Group. “As a small freight broker, they’ve built a track record for personal attention, strong professional connections, and innovative approaches to moving freight by any mode, anywhere in the world. We’re looking forward to introducing their customers to our expanded portfolio of services.”

“The FBI Group understands how small freight brokers work,” McCord said. “This is a great opportunity for our staff and customers to benefit from the economies of scale at FBI while maintaining the relationships we’ve worked so hard to build over the years.”

The agreement closed October 1, although terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The FBI Group was founded in 1992

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
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Consolidated Fastfrate now fully Canadian owned and operated
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – Consolidated Fastfrate is once again 100% Canadian owned and operated, the company announced today.

According to Ron Tepper, founder and CEO of Tepper Holdings and chairman and CEO of Consolidated Fastfrate, THI has acquired the outstanding Fastfrate shares held by the New York based private equity firm, Fenway Partners.

Included in the shares acquired are companies Canada Drayage (CDI), Fastfrate Integrated Logistics and Consolidated Fastfrate.

“We have come full circle,” Tepper said. “We sold 75% of the company to Fenway in December 07 and have now bought back those shares in two installments in March 2013 and September 2017…I am very proud it is back in Canadian hands. I am grateful to the 1,500 people employed by Fastfrate and the extreme hard work, through some very trying times to make this purchase possible.”

CDI is the only national drayage company in Canada and serves all ports from Vancouver to Halifax. It employs a total of 400 drayage drivers and is currently experiencing fast paced growth at approximately 100 drivers per year.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Man dead after truck rollover near Trepassey
Trucking News
Accident Wednesday morning closed road into southern shore community

One man is dead after a commercial delivery truck rolled over near Trepassey.

The RCMP were called to the scene around 9:30 Wednesday morning.

Police said the delivery truck was the only vehicle involved. The 36-year-old was transported to hospital in St. John's where he died from his injuries.

The main highway outside the community was shut down for several hours. Officers were still on the scene Wednesday afternoon investigating what led to the crash.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will also be investigating.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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