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Lack of parking affects driver health; survey needs respondents
TORONTO, ON – A lack of truck parking in Southern Ontario is
affecting driver health according to the preliminary results of a survey
on the issue.
More than 1,000 drivers have responded to the survey on truck parking
being conducted for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to asses the
needs of drivers, but the survey’s adminstrator Ted Harvey is hoping
for 2,000 more to answer questions before the Feb. 28 deadline.
With more than 30,000 data points so far, the initial results of the
survey show a significant lack of truck parking in Ontario is affecting
drivers’ health outcomes not only by adding stress to their day, but
through a lack of access to washrooms and water – something workplaces
are mandated to provide for employees.
Harvey says the results of the survey may indicate a need to review
what the definition of what a “workplace” is for the purposes of Ontario
law, and a change to some of the conditions truckers face.
Lack of parking is also contributing to additional costs for drivers
and fleets, with inflated fuel and maintenance costs, as well as lost
productivity. Harvey says this may provide a barrier to entry for some,
keeping would-be drivers off the road.
The survey is aiming to reach drivers from both Canada and the United
States that pass through Ontario, something Harvey says presents a
challenge, as U.S. drivers may not think the survey is for them.
Drivers can take the survey in English or French by following the link here.
One person killed in fatal crash near Vernon, B.C.
Freezing rain and icy roads believed to be a factor in the collision
RCMP in Vernon, B.C., said one person was killed in a
crash between a truck and a tractor trailer on Highway 97A Tuesday.
One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash in icy conditions near Vernon, B.C., Tuesday morning.
At around 11 a.m. PT, police responded to a crash in the
North Okanagan between an SUV and a tractor trailer on Highway 97A south
of Pleasant Valley Road.
RCMP said one of the people involved in the crash has died while a
number of other occupants were transported to hospital by ground and air
The driver of the semi-truck was not injured, according to police.
"Given the road conditions at the time of the collision, it is
possible weather played a role in today's tragic incident and further
details will be released once they become available," said Cst. Kelly
So far, no details have been released about the victim.
An RCMP collision analyst remains on scene to conduct further investigation.
Highway 97A remains closed with a detour available at Eagle Rock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.
TORONTO, ON – The search is on for Today’s Trucking’s 2018 Highway
Star of the Year – the honor reserved for Canada’s top driver or
The search is on for Canada’s top truck driver or owner-operator.
Nominations are now open for the award, which will be presented
during the Truck World trade show that runs April 19-21 in Toronto. And
there’s more than bragging rights at stake. The winner will receive:
$10,000 in cash
A road-ready, trucker friendly laptop from OBAC
Special-edition leather jacket with the winner’s name and HIghway Star of the Year logo
Travel and accommodations for two to Toronto for Truck World 2018.
We’re looking for one driver who embodies the term “professional”. A
driver with that certain outlook on life and the industry that sets them
apart from the rest. A driver who gives to the community, operates with
the highest regard for other road users, and who generally sits tall in
the saddle. In short, we’re looking for someone with Star qualities.
TORONTO, Ont. – TransCore Link Logistics has reported Q4 Canadian and
cross-border load volumes on its Loadlink board broke historical
records, when compared to any previous quarter.
Fourth quarter load volumes were up 51% year-over-year, and 9%
compared to the third quarter of 2017. December had the highest daily
average of load postings compared to any month since Loadlink began
Highlights from a strong 2017 included: the highest load volumes were
in December, and the lowest in February; December marked the second
highest posted load volumes on record; since May, there were seven
sequential months of record-breaking load volumes; the most significant
y-o-y increases occurred in October and December, up 57% both months
year-over-year; and total load volumes in 2017 were up an average of 45%
compared to 2016.
Equipment postings were down in December, by 27% compared to
November. The truck to load ratio in December tightened more than in any
of the previous months. At the beginning of the year, there were two
trucks for each load posted to Loadlink. In December, it reached a near
Trucker follows GPS through unfamiliar road, ends up under low overpass
A truck driver who was traveling in unfamiliar territory got stuck after following his GPS into a low overpass.
The incident happened between Park Drive North and River Drive North in Great Falls, Montana on Friday.
According to local KRTV-3 News, the trucker told police he was
unfamiliar with the area and was following his GPS. He says he didn’t
see the height restriction signs before driving into the 12’6″ overpass
around 1 p.m.
The truck, owned by Red Leaf of Canada, was hauling lumber to Arizona.
“I called dispatch, the company, and the company is probably sending
another trailer, where the load will be transferred. And after
transferring the load we are heading to Arizona. We are hoping that it
will take place today. Hopefully things get better and we are able to
move from here. Hopefully, the sooner the better because the family is
waiting for us back home,” the truck’s passenger (co-driver), Hemsagar
The driver was charged with “failure to pay attention to road signs.”
The road was shut down for nearly 5 hours and has since reopened.
TUKTOYAKTUK, N.W.T. — A new highway in Canada’s north is
expected to have a positive economic impact on the region, including the
trucking industry that services the area.
The gravel, all-weather highway is located primarily within the
Inuvialuit Settlement Region and stretches 138km, linking the
communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk.
Greg Hanna, communications coordinator for the N.W.T.’s department of
transportation, said the new highway means more steady movement of
goods into the region.
“Canada’s first highway to the Arctic Ocean connects the Hamlet of
Tuktoyaktuk to the territorial all-season highway system,” Hanna said.
“Previously, goods could only be trucked in during certain months of the
winter when the ice road was open. This new highway allows for the
movement of goods year-round, while allowing for new economic
According to the “Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk: All-Weather Road Economic
Analysis,” the new highway will reduce transportation costs with the
move from air to truck transport by $456,000. The reduction in costs
will lower the cost of food in Tuktoyaktuk, which will increase the
standard of living for residents and enable the savings in
transportation costs to be redirected to other goods and services, also
The highway essentially allows for the elimination of the food mail
program, which subsidizes the shipping costs of nutritious food by air
to approximately 135 northern communities that have limited access by
The economic analysis concludes that the termination of the food mail
program in the region would have a negative impact on flights and a
slight impact on the local trucking industry, with the net impact a
$500,000 reduction in transportation industry revenues.
The report does state, however, that the majority of Tuktoyaktuk
residents would choose to drive to Inuvik in order to do their shopping,
which would lessen the impact from additional trucking in the area.
Less-costly goods, as well as cheaper services, such as dental care and
restaurant food, would continue to be a benefit to the area.
It is estimated that there are at least 400 pieces of food mail sent
to Tuktoyaktuk each month for a minimum of 4,800 per year, or
approximately 160,000lbs. of food. Transport costs by plane between
Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk are $3/lb., resulting in an estimated $480,000 in
food mail costs. The new highway allows these goods to be transported
by truck at a reduced cost of $0.15/lb., which will bring an addition
$24,000 of revenue to the local trucking industry.
Hanna underscored additional benefits the new highway has brought to
the area and its residents, including training opportunities.
“Examples include training for Class 1 and Class 3 drivers, equipment
operators, summer students, and apprentices,” he said. “Not only was
construction of the highway an economic boon to the region, we also
expect long-term employment opportunities for residents.”
One of those expected long-term employment opportunities is in the oil and gas sector.
Hanna said the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is currently seeking
federal funding to study the possibility of developing gas fields along
the new highway.
Overall, there were four economic impacts assessed with the
construction of the year-round highway: building and maintaining the
road; an increase in tourism; a reduction in the cost of living; and
potential impacts on the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline, including natural gas
exploration and development in the
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Manitoulin Transport announced today that it has acquired Direct Right Cartage.
This is the seventh purchase for Manitoulin in the last 12 months.
According to Manitoulin, the acquisition builds on its existing
intermodal offerings and signifies Manitoulin’s intent to further expand
its capabilities in this service.
“Customer demand is a key influencer in Manitoulin’s business
decisions and this latest transaction further demonstrates that we
listen,” said Jeff King, president, Manitoulin Transport. “This purchase
enables Manitoulin to provide a higher level of service and frequency
of intermodal service within Canada. We will continue to look for
opportunities such as this to build out our services and coverage to
ensure our offerings meet our customers’ evolving needs.”
Direct Right Cartage was founded by Paul Enright and John Farrugia in
1982, initially to serve the time-sensitive transportation needs of
Canada’s entertainment industry. Direct Right has expanded its expertise
and geographic scope to cover all industries, including automotive,
plastic, retail, packaged foods, and other general commodities. It is
headquartered in Brampton, Ont. and has locations in Vancouver,
Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Montreal. Its founders, John Farrugia
and Paul Enright, will continue in their respective leadership roles.
“John and I are both delighted to join the Manitoulin Group of
Companies,” said Paul Enright, co-founder of Direct Right Cartage.
“Manitoulin is one of the more prominent companies in the transportation
industry and we have long admired its history and brand. We are excited
to introduce our customers to the Manitoulin Group, given the holistic
and global supply chain services it can offer. ”
“Through this transaction, customers of Direct Right Cartage now have
more options at their disposal in terms of coverage and supply chain
services,” added Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group
of Companies. “Manitoulin’s ability to extend customers’ reach from
Canada to the rest of the world through multiple supply chain service
offerings, gives them a significant competitive advantage. We look
forward to working with them and contributing to their success as a true
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – CPC Logistics Canada has announced it has acquired In Transit Personnel.
The company says the combined entities will complement services
already offered by CPC Logistics, creating one of the top personnel
service providers to truck fleets of all sizes. It will also tap into In
Transit’s expertise in providing warehouse personnel and management
services, the company announced.
“In Transit is a perfect strategic fit for our company as we look to
grow our service offerings in Canada and the U.S.,” said Doug Crowell,
president and CEO of CPC Logistics Canada. “This move will help us open
new doors for us as we look to help solve our customers’ logistics
“We are delighted to be joining the CPC family of companies to help
grow the base of customers we already serve. We view CPC’s strengths as
having familiarity of the Canadian marketplace, and a depth of support
services to be a major motivator for doing this deal,” added Tracy
Clayson, managing partner of In Transit Personnel.
CPC Logistics will integrate In Transit Personnel staff into its own
office in the coming months. The two companies will continue to operate
separately under their existing brand names.
TORONTO, ON – Today’s Trucking is compiling its annual list of the
Top 100 – Canada’s largest for-hire carriers. And given the
ever-changing size of individual businesses, we want to ensure nobody is
Top 100 carriers
Our callers are already reaching out to gather data, but if you
haven’t heard from us already, please email the following information to
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 30:
Number of straight trucks (Class 5+)
Number of tractors
Number of trailers/intermodal chassis
Number of employees
Number of owner-operators
Equipment, employee, and owner-operator totals should all focus on assets controlled in Canada.
Results will be published in the March edition of Today’s Trucking.
Please note that there is never any charge for listings in the Top 100.
Three Canadian dealerships added to Trail King’s network
MITCHELL, S.D. – Trailer manufacturer Trail King Industries has
announced 12 new dealers across North America, including three in
Canada, two of which are in the west.
Expanding its dealer network, Trail King has added Competition
Trailer Sales in Calgary, Querel Trailers in Winnipeg and Quebec’s
Transit Quebec to its portfolio.
“We view our nationwide network of dealers as one of our most
valuable assets,” said director of sales, Barry Freifeld. “We are
honored to have these new dealers as a part of the Trail King family.
They are our face to the customer and are already well-established
resources in their markets. Because they have gained the trust of their
local customer base, they provide added value to our products when they
are representing and marketing them in their regions.”
Several locations in the U.S. were also added to Trail King’s dealer network, and include:
Young Truck Trailer – Nebraska
Lucky’s Trailer Sales, Inc. – North Carolina
Arrow Trailer and Equipment Company – Illinois
Pee Dee Trailer Sales – South Carolina
Preferred Lowboys, Dallas – Texas
TNT – Missouri
5 Star – New England
Penn Jersey – Pennsylvania
Blanchard – South Carolina and Georgia
TORONTO, ON – Ontario has unveiled a new Workplace Electric Vehicle
Charging Incentive Program to help those that want to install charging
The new initiative will cover up to 80% of the cost of Level 2
chargers, up to $7,500 per charging space. Those stations offer 240-volt
Applications open today and will be reviewed and processed until program funding is gone.
There are currently 1,300 public vehicle chargers in Ontario, while
the province has invested about $2.2 million to help install about 2,600
home charging stations since January 2013.
The number of commercial electric vehicles in the province is
essentially non-existent at this point, but the province does have about
16,000 smaller electric vehicles on the road.
“The electrification of transportation is happening fast, and the
Ontario government is committed to building the necessary infrastructure
to meet this demand,” says Transport Minister Steven Del Duca. “By
building more electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces across
Ontario, we’re also encouraging more drivers to make the switch to an
electric vehicle and building Ontario’s future.
OTTAWA, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has
expressed concerns about a national carbon pricing system, which could
give U.S.-based carriers a competitive advantage over those from Canada.
The draft legislative proposal was issued for public comment today. Public comments will be accepted until Apr. 9.
The CTA has already made its concerns known. It worries about
escalating carbon pricing in Canada, when the U.S. has no carbon tax. It
also worries the carbon pricing system will be administratively
burdensome for Canadian carriers, and that U.S.-based carriers operating
here won’t have to comply at all.
“The key questions moving forward will centre around how the carbon
compliance system will be administered, what price carbon is set at
compared to U.S. markets moving forward and how the federal government
and provinces plan to reinvest in green technology for our industry
using the carbon fees collected,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski.
“Ottawa has been very open to discussing our concerns related to the
implementation of the carbon tax to date. CTA expects this open dialogue
The CTA said it will review this draft federal proposal over the next
few months and update the industry following its board meeting in
Mark Andrews worked as a traffic inspector
for the OPP for 32 years. He now he consults with organizations like the
Traffic Injury Research Foundation on traffic safety. (Supplied)
"I spent 32 years of my life doing everything I could in police work
to reduce and stop these," says Andrews, who now works as a consultant
on traffic safety.
He says distracted driving is one of the biggest safety concerns
right now, adding that it becomes an even bigger problem in this part of
"The highways in our region — in northeastern Ontario and
northwestern Ontario — are two lane highways. You have long distances
between communities because of how the north has been developed,"
"You have everything being stuffed into this pipe."
Driving is becoming more complicated
Although there has been the same conversations about highway safety
happening for the past decade, Andrews says not enough has been done to
"I hear the same issues being raised again and again of the cause [of
collisions]...and ideas being raised that were raised 10 years ago."
At the same time, Andrews says driving is becoming more complicated
than ever before as cars become entertainment systems. Andrews cites one
example of a manufacturer that is developing an app so you can order
coffee from your car.
"The roads haven't been developed, the cars haven't been developed
and the users haven't kept up with what we now have for a vehicle to
drive in," Andrews says.
"We're not going to back up the clock. Technology won't let us do that."
The infrastructure just hasn't kept up with those changes.
Andrews says some quick fixes in the northeast include installing
centre-line rumble strips along two-lane highways and improving winter
He adds more long-term solutions require cooperation between
governments, vehicle manufacturers and other key stakeholders, like the
"How many times do we all get into the same room and talk about,
'Here's the issues. What can you do? What's your role in this to stop
this from happening?' And I have never seen that happen," Andrews says.
"We [have to] get together to move this forward, so that we don't have to go to funerals."
Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau takes a moment to review an Electronic Logging Device with a Kriska Transport driver.
BRAMPTON, ON — It ultimately proved to be just a matter of time. On
December 18, the same day that the U.S. mandated Electronic Logging
Devices (ELDs) to track Hours of Service, Canada’s Transport Minister
Marc Garneau took to the podium to unveil plans to introduce similar
rules on this side of the border.
Draft versions of the rules have been published in Canada Gazette Part 1, and once finalized are to roll out within two years.
“For a number of years, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been
pointing to research that shows a universal Electronic Logging Device
mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviors
strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over [their]
prescribed limits of service, which leads to fatigue,” he told a crowd
of fleet executives and media assembled in a Trailcon Leasing service
“These Electronic Logging Devices can help commercial drivers and
employers comply with existing Hours of Service regulations and help
reduce the potential of driver fatigue. They also help drivers and
employers on the administrative side of their work, and the devices’
electronic records virtually eliminate the need for time-consuming paper
A two-year rollout will allow enough time to deploy the devices,
Garneau added. “If we can do it quicker than that, that would be even
The rules are essentially expected to mirror those that are now in place in the U.S.
“There are almost 30,000 trucks a day that travel between Canada and
the United States,” Garneau said, responding to Today’s Trucking
question about any proposed differences in the mandates. “It helps if we
have the same rules on both sides of the border.”
The new federal rules would only apply to federally regulated
carriers, but Garneau will be encouraging his provincial and territorial
counterparts to enact ELDs in their own jurisdictions.
Ontario Transport Minister Steven Del Duca said his province is
“extraordinarily supportive” of the rule. “Anything that we can do
collectively to make sure that we are supporting and enabling road
safety is something we need to embrace.”
“The time to debate the safety benefit of ELDs is over,” added Scott
Smith of JD Smith and Sons, speaking for the Canadian Trucking Alliance.
“By supporting the adoption of proven technology that will help to
address and reduce fatigue in truck drivers, and help to reduce one of
the main factors that lead to distracted driving. This is a good day for
Mike Millian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, echoed the sentiment.
“Our current system of tracking hours by means of pen and paper is an
outdated one, and one that has too many opportunities for unscrupulous
operators to pressure their drivers to fudge their records. While the
majority of carriers in our industry are safe operators and have
policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance with hours of
service regulations, there are always outliers in every industry,” he
said. “Some operators will low-ball freight rates, and do so on the back
of their drivers fudging their books to make the run possible. We all
pay a price for this. Safe carriers who operate legally end up competing
against rates that can’t be met in a proper operation. The public pays a
price as a result of sharing the road with some of these operators who
may be forcing tired and unsafe drivers out onto our roads.”
Millian rolled out Electronic Logging Devices as early as 2013 when
he was overseeing safety and compliance at a fleet in southwestern
Ontario. Within six months, more than 90% of its drivers were happy with
the shift away from paper logs, he said.
Louis Carette, a driver with Kriska Transport, has used an ELD since
2011 and wouldn’t go back. But acceptance by some of his peers did take
“It was mixed reviews at first because everyone’s scared of change.
They think, ‘Oh, you know I’m going to run out of time to park,’” the
Ontario Trucking Association Road Knight recalls. “If you’re on paper
and running a legal logbook, you should have no kickback or worry on
electronic logs because it’s the same thing. Just electronic. More
He has cut it close on a few occasions, pulling into truck stops with
just 10 minutes left to go, but has yet to see it change the way he
“The Hours of Service rules are not going to change,” Carette
stressed. “If you’re obeying the rules, it really shouldn’t matter.”
Exemptions for the oil and forestry sector remain, adds Stephen
Laskowski, president of the Ontario Trucking Association and head of the
Canadian Trucking Alliance.
Admittedly, the change is first and foremost a compliance issue, he
said. “If we didn’t have compliance issues with paper, we wouldn’t be
doing this.” But Laskowski also says the focus of Electronic Logging
Devices will help to reduce fatigue.
He says the “underbelly” of the trucking industry will fight the
proposed rules, but hopes the government will consider the source of
such arguments. “I have yet to see one logical reason why we shouldn’t
be bringing in ELDs.”
“You’re always going to get some pushback for just any kind of
mandate. People just don’t like being forced,” said Terry Shaw,
executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association. “This is about
Hours of Service compliance management – not about the Hours of Service.
If you need a logbook today, you’ll need an ELD tomorrow.”
But the rollout of ELDs can make a difference in operating procedures.
“It’s as much training and learning for the operations group as it is
for the drivers themselves, as to how you can do it, what you can do,
and what you can’t do,” said Gary Arnold, president of Manitoba-based
Windsor, Ontario-based Onfreight Logistics has had to recover trucks
and drivers who have run out of hours, and customers had to be educated
about the impact of tightly controlled electronic logs, said Steve
Ondejko, fleet president and chairman of the Ontario Trucking
Association. Rack loads and other low-priority loads sometimes have to
be parked in favor of those critical to a company’s production, and the
fleet has also opened additional terminals in Kentucky and Pennsylvania
to support the shift.
“It’s not only putting ELDs in. It’s actually educating the customer.
Educating our operations people to understand the good way of doing
business,” Ondejko said. “It’s really a change in the way you do
"This program will help meet
the trucking industry's growing demand for safe, fuel-efficient drivers
while educating existing operators on improved driving techniques. The
real savings come in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions,
helping meet Canada's domestic and international climate goals," said
Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources.
Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, on Jan. 8 announced a redesigned online SmartDriver
for Highway Trucking (SDHT) program to help the commercial trucking
industry reduce operating costs while decreasing greenhouse gas
emissions. The industry faces rising fuel costs and an increased need
for reduced emissions, according to the Canadian government.
The revised program has been developed in consultation with industry
and is Natural Resources Canada's flagship training program for
commercial truck drivers offers, offered online, in classrooms, and with
on-road training materials help drivers and instructors improve their
SDHT learning materials are available free of charge to drivers, fleets,
and training organizations. For more information, visit the FleetSmart
website at www.FleetSmart.NRCan.gc.ca.
"Natural Resources Canada's SmartDriver for Highway Trucking
program has been a key component of the Ontario Truck Training Academy's
entry-level commercial driver training program for over a decade. This
modernized program will help OTTA continue to outline the benefits of
fuel efficiency and educate drivers on the impacts of safe,
energy-saving driving behaviors," added Yvette Lagrois, president of the
Ontario Truck Training Academy.
LONDON, Ont. – Healthy Trucker has announced a new series of wellness training videos for drivers.
Videos will be released weekly during the Healthy Fleet Challenge,
and will be open to all participating teams. The training videos have
been created to help drivers get the education they need to make better
choices while out on the road.
“Most of the drivers we talk to are willing to do the work and make
the healthier choices, but they simply lack the knowledge of what to
choose,” said Andrea Morley, lead nutritionist and health coach at
The average professional truck driver gains seven pounds a year,
according to Healthy Trucker, which takes an incredible toll on their
health over their lifetime. From limited healthy options available in
truck stops, to a sedentary job behind the wheel, the odds are stacked
against people to wish to maintain or improve their level of health when
they become a driver.
The videos will be hosted in the Healthy Team app, where all Healthy
Fleet Challenges are held. The app is available for iPhone and Android
devices, making it easy for drivers the access the information while on
The videos will be a great complement to the education provided in
the Healthy Fleet Challenge. Videos will be released each week of the
2018 challenge, which will run during the following months:
Leg 1: January & February
Leg 2: May & June
Leg 3: September & October
If you would like your company to be included in the Healthy Fleet
Challenge to gain access to the trainings, email email@example.com.
Ryder's new facility was recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
LONDON, ON – Ryder System has opened a new logistics operating center
in London, Ontario, to serve Eastern Canada and support more than 3,000
cross-border freight moves per month.
The 30,000-square-foot facility at 1205 Green Valley Road includes
offices and cross-docking space, and there’s also parking for 286
trailers and 162 tractors. There are 210 drivers based at the facility,
along with 55 Ryder employees.
Inbound shipments from the U.S. will be unloaded here and sorted before being shipped out within 24 hours.
“This facility is a key element of our cross border operation between
Canada and the U.S.,” said Gene Sevilla, vice president – international
supply chain solutions. “It enables Ryder to continue to grow in the
Canadian market, and further supports Ryder’s handling of cross-border
freight movements on behalf of North American retailers and
manufacturers in various industries.”