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TransCore to deploy innovative electronic toll and border analytics system
Trucking News

New system to process multi-modal tolling transactions along second busiest Canadian border crossing

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority has selected TransCore to develop an integrated electronic toll collection and border analytics system on the Peace Bridge, which crosses the Niagara River, connecting Buffalo, New York with Fort Erie, Ontario.  The innovative approach combines electronic tolling with data analytics to improve mobility and reliability along an important international bridge.  Opened in 1927, more than five million vehicles cross the Peace Bridge each year, making it the second busiest border crossing between Canada and the United States.

“As a bi-national bridge authority, our mission is to ensure the long-term viability of this vital international corridor, which benefits travel, tourism, and trade,” said Chief Operating Officer Thomas A. Boyle.  “We are excited to work with TransCore in delivering smart data solutions that improve travel across the Peace Bridge.” 

TransCore’s long partnership with the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority started in 1996 and continues today with the implementation of TransCore’s flagship Infinity Digital Lane System®, which will enable the Authority to process cash, credit, debit, E-ZPass, and even pay-by-plate transactions.  Infinity integrates automatic vehicle identification, vehicle classification, and video capture and recognition systems specifically designed to automatically and accurately collect transactions in high-volume traffic across a wide variety of traffic speeds and patterns.  Infinity’s fully-integrated digital video audit system also provides agencies with a real-time, user-friendly tool to facilitate true end-to-end revenue traceability and auditability. 

TransCore will also implement a data analytics engine to collect real-time and historical information on toll and inspection lane traffic volumes, inspection times, and regional border crossing wait times.  These data will be used by Authority and Customs personnel to optimize their respective operations at the border.  In addition, TransCore will work closely with the Authority to provide redundant levels of daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance support both on site and remotely from TransCore’s Maintenance Monitoring Centers in New York and Houston.  TransCore’s Insight Maintenance Online Management System also enables authorized personnel to immediately track equipment issues in real-time until they are resolved. 

“TransCore is truly honored that the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority continues to place its trust in our people, our products, and our services,” said TransCore Vice President Sean Persaud.  “We share in the Authority’s mission to provide seamless, reliable travel along the iconic Peace Bridge.”

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Semi-driving instructor says he's been suspended for criticizing Sask. gov
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SGI says real reason for Reg Lewis' suspension is use of profanity and 'instructional style'

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has suspended the semi driving instructor who's been one of the Crown corporation's harshest critics since the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Reg Lewis' one-month suspension took effect Christmas Eve.

According to SGI documents, Lewis breached the Crown corporation's code of conduct with his use of profanity and "instructional style."


Lewis said the suspension forced him to cancel the training courses for more than a dozen students in a province already dealing with a massive driver shortage. Lewis estimates it will cost his small business more than $40,000 as his two trucks and fellow instructor sit idle.

The veteran Swift Current instructor notes there were no safety or competence issues. He says he's being singled out and SGI is simply trying to silence its critics.

"I think SGI is trying to tell me that I should keep my mouth shut — that I shouldn't be speaking up, that we're in charge and you'd better damn well better do it our way or you're going to lose your driving school," Lewis said in an interview this week.


SGI said Lewis is mistaken.

"To claim that a suspension was motivated by anything else would be unequivocally false," an SGI official said in an email Thursday.


Lewis said he was deeply affected by the April 6 crash between the Humboldt Broncos and a semi which left 16 people dead and 13 injured.

Lewis has dedicated his life to teaching truck safety since his own parents were killed in a collision with a semi more than 20 years ago. Following the crash, Lewis spoke publicly about the need for mandatory semi driver training.

At the time, Ontario was the only province that required semi drivers to take any training courses. In most provinces, passing a road and written exam allows drivers to take any sized truck in any conditions onto any road in Canada.

Shortly after the Broncos crash, Lewis blasted SGI and the Saskatchewan government for the lack of training. Fellow instructors, drivers, academics and Broncos' family members agreed.

Saskatchewan and Alberta have since announced training will become mandatory this spring. Other provinces and the federal government are also considering it.

The driver of the semi in the Broncos crash pleaded guilty this week to 29 counts of dangerous driving. His sentencing hearing takes place later this month.


Lewis supplied his suspension letter and roughly 30 other pages of SGI correspondence at the request of CBC News.

Some of the incidents cited by SGI date back to 2014. In one, Lewis yelled and "berated" a student who drove the semi over a curb as he rounded a corner.

When questioned at that time, Lewis supplied SGI with video evidence. SGI said the video "demonstrated multiple missed opportunities for instruction and the use of profanity."

Another SGI document stated a student experienced the worst anxiety of his life this November after Lewis yelled at him to "Put the clutch to the floor and put the truck in gear."

Some students said Lewis was overly negative. A dispute also arose when one student wanted to stop halfway through and asked for a refund to their prepaid, non-refundable fees.

In an email Thursday to CBC News, SGI officials said the Crown only issues suspensions after taking all other steps to address "serious and repeated concerns." They noted Lewis had previously been put on probation, some of which predates his public criticism of SGI.

SGI said instructors can appeal suspensions to the Highway Traffic Board. Lewis did appeal unsuccessfully this month. Lewis said the broad definitions in the SGI code of conduct make a reversal nearly impossible.


Lewis said these and other allegations are a "joke." He admitted to using the "f-word" for emphasis, but said it's common language in trucking and many other industries.

"We're all adults here. Sometimes, it happens," he said.

As for yelling, Lewis said it's necessary when someone drives on a sidewalk or requires immediate correction.

He said many students believe their payment entitles them to their licence and complain when he demands a higher skill level.


Lewis said there have never been issues with the quality of the training or his safety record. Other SGI officials praise his competence.

"I am pleased to report there were no substantive issues identified," an SGI official wrote following a 2016 ride-along evaluation.

In June, another SGI evaluator asked Lewis to adjust his instructional style but told him, "Your dedication and passion for traffic safety is evident."

Lewis will be back in business Jan. 24, but said the suspension could scare others who want to speak out on road safety issues.

"A long time ago I decided I don't care who I upset," he said. "Either you're here to learn how to drive a truck or you're not."

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Designated truck routes won't solve safety issues: OTA
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Organization says city should have implemented community safety zones

A provincial organization that represents transport carriers says Thunder Bay's designated trucking route won't address safety concerns in the city.

City council on Monday approved the creation of a Designated Truck Route (DTR) through the city. The move will effectively prevent transport trucks from travelling on Dawson Road and Arthur Street, instead forcing them to use the Trans-Canada Highway and Thunder Bay Expressway.

But Stephen Leskowski, president of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), says the decision means the city is simply pushing a safety issue from one roadway to another.


He says the issue with the expressway is the traffic lights.

"We've heard reports that compliance with those traffic lights for all vehicles, not just trucks, is an issue," Laskowski said. "Now you're adding all these trucks."

"You're creating a potential safety hazard."

Any changes to the layout of the expressway, such as replacing the intersections with interchanges, should have been done before the creation of the designated truck routes, he said.

Hilly and winding terrain in Kakabeka Falls is also a concern, Laskowski said, especially in wet or wintery weather.

The OTA, he says, would have supported the city implementing community safety zones, which could have included photo radar, in an effort to slow down transports. The city has the power to do that under provincial law, Lawskowski says.

"They could have done it just for commercial vehicles," he said. "We would have supported that."

The truck routes have not been ratified by council yet. Laskowski said the OTA will be submitting their concerns in writing to the city before the ratification vote.

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Andy Transport launches power-only fleet
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MONTREAL, Que. – Andy Transport has announced a new start-up that will provide trucks and drivers to customers with fluctuating transportation needs.

Tristan Cartage is a power-only fleet that will be marketed to for-hire carriers, private fleets, third-party logistics companies, and retailers, manufacturers and distributors.

“We often receive calls from customers and partner carriers, requesting Andy Transport to provide power-only services,” said Andreea Crisan, COO and executive vice-president of Andy. “But cartage services largely differ from Andy Transport’s usual operations, in terms of human resources, assets and dispatching. This is why we have launched Tristan Cartage, a power-only solution, offering a tractor and driver on demand, to counter the fluctuations in capacity, volume, and manpower of partner companies.”

“Tristan Cartage is based in Quebec and covers the Quebec-Ontario territory,” added Ilie Crisan, president of Andy. “We will provide a tractor and driver without any long-term commitment or business interruption. Our customers maintain control over the schedule and the routing, and benefit from cost savings by paying only for what they need.”

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Trucker’s family asks for help finding son who went missing at Flying J
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Missing Teen

A trucking family is asking for help from the public in locating their teen son who went missing while they were at a truck stop in Georgia.

Police say that 14-year-old Elijah Kirchner-Jiron went missing from the Flying J Travel Center in Temple, Georgia, around 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 13. Kirchner-Jiron reportedly exited the truck stop after showering and while his father was still in the shower, leaving the building by a side door.

Family friend Kimberly Czarnota said in a Facebook post that the teen was spotted later in the evening on January 13 with a man in a pickup truck:

Police were notified, he is currently listed on the NCIC national database for missing children. He used our stolen rewards card to purchase items with points at the Pilot across the street on 1/13/19. The evening of 1/13 we spotted him at the pilot in an unknown man’s small, faded, old black pickup truck. He had changed clothes. We tried to get him but he ran on foot (I couldn’t keep up) and the other man sped away almost hitting me. The license plate begins with RLO , i couldn’t get/ remember the rest. This man appeared to be a white Male, approximately late thirties early 40’s. Light brown hair and unkempt. Possibly living in his vehicle and travelling with a small dog possibly chihuahua mix. The pickup was seen circling back around the parking lot we assume to pick up our son before disappearing.

Czarnota said that that Kirchner-Jiron had been “on the truck with his dad and I for the past few months for behavior issues” when he went missing. Temple police say that he has a history of running away.

Kirchner-Jiron is described as a 14 year old male with brown hair and brown eyes who stands 6’2″ and weighs 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and an olive green shirt, but police say that he could now be wearing a blue hoodie and burgundy shorts. Investigators believe he may be trying to to get to Iowa where his birth mother lives.

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Towering snowdrifts shut down Cape Breton's North Mountain road again
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Since November, the road has been closed 17 days, compared to 11 days for the entire winter last year

Snowdrifts have again made North Mountain on the Cabot Trail in northern Cape Breton impassable.

Cars and trucks cannot get from one side of the Cape Breton Highlands to the other because the road is closed between Pleasant Bay and Big Intervale.

"It's really an anomalous year," said Rob Howey, resource conservation manager for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.


"I can say, going back through our records, it's way more than we've had in recent memory."

Since November, the road has been closed 17 days, compared to 11 days for the entire winter last year.

"We were hard at work yesterday, overnight and this morning trying to open up the road and of course overnight there was some wind so it's just filled in again," Howey told CBC Radio's Information Morning Cape Breton on Tuesday.

He said it's difficult to measure exactly how much snow there is because of the drifting.

"It's over 12 feet at this point in time," Howey said.

He said the wind gusts create whiteout conditions and it can be unsafe to try to clear the road.

"You're talking about driving a big six-tonne truck through snowdrifts that are as tall as the truck itself sometimes, with little to no visibility," he said.

"It's a really nerve-racking, challenging endeavour to say the least."

Howey said it's too soon to say how this will affect the park's snow-clearing budget.

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Long Delays For Truck Traffic Into U.S. On Ambassador Bridge
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There were delays of well over an hour, Wednesday evening, for commercial truck traffic heading into the U.S. from Canada on the Ambassador Bridge.

General manager for the bridge Randy Spader said traffic started getting heavy in the morning, and things only got worse into the day. 

As to whether or not there is a problem with border agents due to the ongoing partial U.S. government shutdown, he said he simply does not know. 

"I haven't been given any of that information, haven't been told that at all," he told WWJ Sandra McNeill. "Just basically in our conversations with the facilities they have open (is that) they're going to maintain all facilities until they get he backlog clear."

CTV Windsor reported police noted traffic backups in Windsor along Huron Church Road, and reminded motorists to not block intersections.

Spader said all inspection lanes were open on the U.S. side, as of around 6 p.m.

As to whether some border agents -- who may not be paid this Friday -- have not been showing up for work, he said: "I'm not, you know...We're the operators of the bridge. I don't know."

Several calls by WWJ to  U.S. Customs and Border Protection have not been answered, likely due to the shutdown.

A notice on the CBP website reads: "Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after finding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date."

Meanwhile, all Canada-bound traffic was not affected.

There were no reports of delays at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel. However, drivers should note that the tunnel will be closing Wednesday at 8 p.m. and re-opening Thursday at 5:30 a.m. for scheduled maintenance.

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NYS Thruway near Tappan Zee closes Saturday morning
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Be prepared for some delays Saturday, Jan. 12 if your driving takes you on the part of the New York State Thruway near the old Tappan Zee Bridge.

That part of I-87/I-287 will be closed for at least 45 minutes starting at 9 a.m. as crews use explosives to perform a controlled demolition of part of the old Tappan Zee bridge. The Thruway Authority encourages drivers to avoid the area and find alternate routes during that time.

Crews will close entrance ramps to the northbound/westbound Thruway at:

  • Exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – Route 9)
  • Route 119 in Elmsford
  • Saw Mill Parkway (Exit 22)

Entrance ramps to the southbound/eastbound Thruway will be closed at:

  • Exit 10 (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W)
  • Exit 11 in Nyack (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W).

New York State Police also will stop traffic in both directions on Interstate 87/287 between exit 11 in Nyack (Nyack – South Nyack – US Route 9W) and exit 9 (Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – Route 9) in Tarrytown for about 45 minutes. State police will reopen the ramps and release traffic after demolition is complete.

Motorists are strongly advised to avoid travel in this area during this time, according to the Thruway Authority.

In case of inclement weather, the operation will be postponed until the morning of Sunday, Jan. 13.

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Driver involved in Humboldt collision pleads guilty to all charges
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MELFORT, Sask. – Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the driver of the semi-truck involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus collision, today plead guilty to all 29 charges against him.

Sidhu, 29, was charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Media reports indicate it could take up to five days before sentencing is announced, and the case was adjourned until Jan. 28.

Following the release of a study by McElhanney Consulting Services, which recommended 13 safety enhancements to the intersection where the incident took place, the judge for the case granted more time for Sidhu and his lawyer to enter a plea.

Sidhu, a Calgary resident, was arrested July 6 at his home. He was a driver for Calgary carrier Adesh Deol Trucking, of which the owner, Sukhmander Singh, faces eight charges of not complying with federal and provincial safety regulations.

Sidhu faces a maximum sentence of 14 years for dangerous driving causing death, and a max of 10 years for dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

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Husky Energy considers selling commercial fuels business
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CALGARY, Alta. – Husky Energy is considering selling off its commercial fuels and Canadian retail business, as well as its Prince George Refinery.

The company made the announcement Jan. 8, saying it would undertake a strategic review of the non-core downstream assets, as it increases focus on core assets in its integrated corridor and on its offshore business in Atlantic Canada and the Asia Pacific region.

“Our retail network and the Prince George Refinery are excellent assets, with exceptional employees, which have made solid contributions to Husky over the years,” said CEO Rob Peabody. “However, as we further align our heavy oil and downstream businesses to form one integrated corridor, we’ve taken the decision to review and market these non-core properties.

“We expect the businesses will be highly marketable, attracting strong interest and valuations. Husky delivers value to its customers and we anticipate that high level of quality and service will continue whether or not the businesses are sold.”

The potential sale is being undertaken independent of the outcome of Husky’s proposed acquisition of MEG Energy.

Husky boasts more than 500 stations, travel centers, cardlock operations, and bulk distribution facilities in Canada, with approximately 1.6 million myHusky Rewards members.

The Prince George Refinery churns out 12,000 barrels per day, processing light oil into low-sulphur gasoline and ultra-low Sulphur diesel, as well as other products.

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How jet fuel is transported is reviewed annually: Trucking association president
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Jet fuel spill on 401

50,000 litres of jet fuel spilled onto the 401 on Sun. Jan. 13, 2019 when a tractor trailer rolled over

After Sunday's 401 closure near Cambridge involving a tanker truck rolling over and spilling 50,000 litres of jet fuel, many are wondering if there was a safer alternative for transporting dangerous commodities.

However, Stephen Laskowski the President of the Ontario Trucking Association says the criticism was unfounded when you take the statistics in consideration.

Lakowski told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS the trucking industry was a heavily regulated one.

"Dangerous goods, commodities including jet fuel is reviewed on a annual basis; how it's transported and including the types of equipment that you use to move the fuel."

He compared the trucking industry with airlines. Statistically speaking, airplanes are a safer mode of travel compared to cars, but their crashes are highly publicized.

"Three per cent of collisions on Ontario roads involve commercial traffic. And then when you do have a commercial truck involved in a collision, two-thirds of the time the driver in the vehicle were found to be not at fault." 

In the case of commercial collisions involving dangerous goods, they make up less than one per cent of incidents, according to Lakowski.

He notes Transport Canada requires certain types of training every three years to keep their licence.

"Now that doesn't include the types of training and oversight that their individual companies are doing. And then as well the actual tanker truck designs, so where the fuel is carried, is reviewed on an annual basis."

Currently, dangerous commodities like jet fuel will continue to be transported by truck. Laskowski says the best thing the industry and government can do is continue to maintain a high standard of safety. That means looking for new technology and training and holding the few companies who don't follow the rules accountable.

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TCA Names finalists in driver of year competition
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Grand prize winners in the driver of the year competition will be announced at TCA’s 81st Annual Convention at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort on Tuesday, March 12 during the annual Awards

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Six professional truck drivers — three company drivers and three owner-operators — have been chosen as finalists in the Truckload Carriers Association’s 2018 Driver of the Year contest.

The six will now compete for the grand prize in each division.

The finalists were selected based on their ability to operate safely on public highways, their efforts to enhance the public image of the trucking industry, and their contributions to the communities in which they live, TCA officials said.

Esach grand prize winner will receive $25,000, while the two runners-up in each division will win $2,500.

Finalists in the Company Driver of the Year competition include:

2018 Company Driver of the Year Contest finalists:

  • Don Lewis of Republic, Missouri, who drives for Wilson Logistics of Springfield, Missouri.
  • David McGowan of Marinette, Wisconsin, who drives for WEL Companies of De Pere, Wisconsin.
  • Ester Nemeth of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who drives for Bison Transport also of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Finalists in the Owner-Operator of the Year competition include:

  • Danny Jewell of Nebraska City, Nebraska, who is leased to Warren Transport of Waterloo, Iowa.
  • Kevin Kocmich of Litchfield, Minnesota, who is leased to Diamond Transportation System of Racine, Wisconsin.
  • Robert Roth of Coldwater, Ontario, Canada, who is leased to Erb International of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada.

“Each one of our finalists is exceptional,” said TCA Chairman and Searcy Specialized President Dan Doran. “Regardless of who may take home the grand prize award in March, each driver has made significant contributions to the industry and should be applauded for their efforts as they’re setting the finest example possible.”

Grand prize winners will be announced at TCA’s 81st Annual Convention at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort on Tuesday, March 12 during the annual Awards Banquet.

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Northwest Territories considers following mandatory truck driver training
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'If we have to pay more for this, then the consumer must pay more,' says business owner.

The N.W.T. government has proposed new mandatory training for some Northwest Territories truck drivers, something that could increase fees for customers, according to a local business owner.

The department of infrastructure held a public consultation Monday night at the Chateau Nova hotel in Yellowknife. Representatives from local trucking companies were on hand, giving input on the smoothest transition into this new policy.

The territorial government is proposing mandatory entry-level training for new Class 1 and Class 2 commercial truck drivers. At the moment, the territory does not have any regulated requirements, and private companies like Weatherby Trucking and Manatoulin Transport are responsible for training new drivers.

The push to create new legislation for mandatory truck training comes in wake of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan, which killed 15 people. So far, Alberta and Saskatchewan have begun to adopt new legislation.

Ontario is currently the only province or territory which provides mandatory training for Class 1 and 2 commercial truck drivers. Drivers who take the training in Ontario must complete over 100 hours of road training and complete a written exam. A potential driver pays $7,000 to take the course.

Blair Weatherby, the owner of Weatherby Trucking, said that the change to legislation could leave N.W.T. residents footing the bill.

"If we have to pay more for this, then the consumer must pay more. Or else we don't exist," said Weatherby. "It's going to cost you. Everything comes [to Yellowknife] on a truck."

However, Steve Loutitt, the director of compliance and licensing for the department of Infrastructure, said that the changes will make the roads safer for everyone.

"We're cognizant of what occurred [in Saskatchewan] and we want to make our roads safer for all road users," he said. "Jurisdictions are currently doing their homework and looking at either having a mandatory program or have committed to a mandatory program."

The department is getting input from two other communities before drafting legislation, said Loutitt. So far, there have been meetings in Inuvik and Yellowknife.

The department will next head to Fort Simpson for meetings on Jan. 17, before wrapping up their engagement sessions in Hay River on Jan. 23.

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Canadian spot market load volumes set record in 2018
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TORONTO, Ont. – It was a record year for Canadian spot market load volumes in 2018, but the capacity crunch appears to be easing.

TransCore Link Logistics reported the fourth quarter ended with the lowest load volumes on the year, while truck volumes set a new record for the quarter. Load volumes were down 31% in Q4 compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, and were down 15% compared to Q3 2018.

December load volumes were down 9% from November, but there were fewer shipping days. When taking that into account, the daily average number of loads posted on TransCore’s load board was up 6%.

The best month of 2018 for load postings was January, with the lowest being December. January’s load volumes were the highest in Loadlink’s history. Monthly load volumes from January to July were the highest ever recorded in each of those months, TransCore reports.

The sharpest month-over-month increase took place in January, which was up 41% from December 2017. The year-over-year increase that month was 81%.

As the year progressed, equipment postings increased. January equipment postings were at their lowest levels since 2005, but October and November marked the two highest monthly equipment volumes since Loadlink began tracking this data.

In December, equipment postings were up 52% year-over-year.

The truck-to-load ratio in December was 2.82, down from 3.20 in November, marking a slight tightening of capacity. But the year began with a carrier-favored ratio of about one truck for every load posted, with capacity coming online beginning in the second quarter. The peak truck-to-load ratio was 3.22, reached in October.

Canadian spot market rates were up 8% year-over-year in December, or 17% when singling out cross-border van rates.

“Hard enforcement of electronic logging device (ELD) adoption in the U.S. along with new tariffs would have affected rates more severely compared to intra-Canadian rates,” TransCore concluded.

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Despite pot legalization in Canada, professional drivers reminded trucking still
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Now that Canada has legalized the recreational use of marijuana, professional truck drivers plying highways on both sides of the border are reminded that trucking in North America is still a “zero tolerance” industry.

That’s according to Garth Pitzel, who is director of safety and driver development for Canada-based Bison Transport, a safety award winner for many years.

Neither is Bison going to be involved in transporting cannabis or its derivative products, Pitzel said. “We’re not going to get involved in that; we’ll not jeopardize our employees. A fellow [in another company] was banned from the U.S. for life because he was involved in the cannabis business in Canada.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is warning travelers that pot remains an illegal narcotic in the U.S., noted Joanne Ritchie, executive director of the Owner-Operator Business Association of Canada (OBAC).

And, she told The Trucker, although Canada has no federal/provincial labor rules on drug and alcohol testing outside the military because of privacy issues, “most workplaces, including trucking companies, have their own policies around the use of drugs and alcohol, including an obligation to follow U.S. rules when in the U.S.

“Leading up to pot legalization in Canada there was a lot of emphasis on making sure the trucking industry was ready with updated policies in place.”

In Canada, she said, local provinces and territories are responsible for determining how cannabis is distributed and sold within their jurisdictions. They’re also responsible for how roadside inspections are conducted, with drug-impaired driving offenses treated the same as driving alcohol-impaired, meaning zero tolerance for novice drivers, young drivers up to 22 years of age and commercial drivers.

So far in Canada, Ritchie said, the only federally approved device for testing THC, the psychoactive agent in pot, is roadside saliva testing, which shows if cannabis was consumed in the last 12 hours.

“The issue of roadside drug-testing is still under debate,” Ritchie said. “Most police forces are planning to keep it ‘business as usual’ with sobriety field tests at roadside, but it’s less clear which jurisdictions will be using oral screening devices.”

Unlike tests for alcohol intoxication, the saliva tests don’t show the level of cannabis impairment, according to Pitzel.

He said Canada’s national policy says a person is allowed only so much cannabis in their possession and provisional jurisdictions break it down further as to where cannabis can be consumed, which doesn’t include public places.

“The provinces really clamped down; you can’t do it in any public spots so it’s really only [allowed] in your house,” he said.

There are a lot of professional truck drivers on the roads who are at risk of other drivers’ impairment, Pitzel said, “and we want to make sure they [truckers] get home safely as far as training and procedures.”

He added that penalties for driving while drunk have increased but not for driving while impaired by cannabis.

News sources report Canada law enforcement are wrestling with the sale and consumption of cannabis edible products, such as candy or bakery items infused with cannabis. Those kinds of items are attractive to children but can contain amounts of THC which can be harmful to them.

“One complication is that unlike alcohol, there is no clear consensus on what constitutes marijuana impairment,” Ritchie said, “and current testing methods such as urine and blood tests can be misleading since THC can linger in the body for days or weeks. So the test indicates only prior consumption, not current impairment.”

In short, she said, “it’s not a straightforward issue.”

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Lethbridge police officer kills injured deer by driving over it multiple times
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ASIRT, Alberta's police watchdog is investigating

Alberta's police watchdog is investigating after a Lethbridge officer drove over an injured deer multiple times with his vehicle to try and kill the animal.

Lethbridge Police Service said in a release Tuesday that it was contacted Monday by a local media agency that had obtained a video of an on-duty officer using a police truck to drive over the animal along the 1600 block of Scenic Drive South.

Chief Rob Davis reviewed the video, then notified the director of law enforcement and triggered an Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) investigation.


"After watching the video, I understand the concerns people have and I can assure the community we take this incident very seriously," said Davis in the release.

The officer will continue to work at his usual position while the investigation takes place.

ASIRT will be reviewing the officer's actions, and the police service's policy for responding to injured animal calls.

'Disappointing': SPCA

Dan Kobe, communications manager for the Alberta SPCA, said he's seen the video and was disappointed by the officer's actions.

"As an organization, the Alberta SPCA would expect that any animal, if it's injured and needs to be put down, it would be euthanized in a humane way," he said.

"Certainly, looking at that video, I think everyone can agree that was not a humane way to put down that deer and it's disappointing to see that's the method that was chosen to put the deer down."

The SPCA is only responsible for livestock and pets, so Kobe said it would not be investigating the incident. CBC has reached out to Alberta Fish and Wildlife for comment to see if it will also be investigating the incident, along with ASIRT. 

Lethbridge police said they will not be providing any further details while ASIRT's investigation takes place.

An online petition calling for the officer in question to be fired had gathered thousands of signatures by Tuesday evening.

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The future of trucking in Great Falls
Trucking News

When we're talking about the industry of trucking, the career field itself hasn't seen too much growth, however, their job responsibilities have.

The trucking industry in Great Falls has seen a dramatic increase in importing and exporting goods; especially with our Canadian neighbors to the north.

The Canadian dollar is less valuable than ours, and as a result, there are an abundance of exports.

However, as the Canadian dollar changes, we’ll begin to see more imports as well.  

In fact, Turbo Auto Transport carries anywhere between three to five hundred vehicles a month through Canada, which is not only great business, but good for the economy as well.

"Brings jobs to Great Falls. I mean currently, we’re at thirty employees in our little company right? And a lot of those employees have come on since we’ve started to import and export so it’s good for our economy," explains Aaron Corbett, Transportation Director at Turbo Auto Transport.

Aaron continued to explain that trucking is the main way we're able to receive our goods and merchandise in America. 

With such a promising future, Aaron says becoming a trucker is a great opportunity and career. 

The industry has continued to change for the better and truckers can make anywhere between $70,000-$100,000 annually. 

As for the future of trucking in Great Falls, Aaron believes we'll continue to see more imports and exports within the next few years, and as a result, a growing career field and an even stronger economy.

Source of article and more great articles click here : ABC NEWS

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Heaviest load ever hits Alberta highways
Trucking News

A record-setting mega-load is on the highways of Alberta, Canada. Called a “splitter,” the piece of petrochemical development equipment is 587 feet long x 31 feet wide x 42 feet high and weighs some 903 tons. It started its four-day trip Sunday and is expected at its destination northeast of Edmonton at about noon local time Wednesday, Jan. 9. Organizers say this is the heaviest load ever to traverse Alberta highways. The haul employs four puller trucks and four pushers and is being performed by Mammoet Canada Western Ltd.

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Freightliner shows first electric trucks
Trucking News

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – To build an electric Class 8 truck requires the same battery power as 32 electric Smart cars, but Daimler Trucks North America is forging ahead with an all-electric eCascadia, as well as an electric eM2 medium-duty truck.

The first of these smaller units was delivered to Penske before Christmas, and was the first of 30 electric trucks Daimler will deploy in the coming months. Dr. Andreas Juretzka, head of Daimler’s electric mobility group, said the truck maker is pursuing a “co-creation” strategy with customers, working alongside them to develop the electric models.

As part of this effort, the company established an electric vehicle council in October, consisting of a variety of carriers.

The first of these electric trucks were made available to the trucking press to drive for the first time this week ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show. While drives were limited to a 1.3-mile track, the trucks were extremely quiet and the torque was impressive. In fact, it was difficult to tell if the trucks were even keyed on, as they were completely silent at idle.

Penske and NFI are the carriers who will operate, in their real-world operations, the first Freightliner electric trucks. Daimler plans to commercialize the trucks in 2021. While the company is building a Class 8 eCascadia, Juretzka said “the medium-duty area is probably more fruitful for e-mobility than Class 8 at this point in time.”

While an electric truck requires plenty of heavy batteries, it also is ridded of the engine, aftertreatment, and diesel tanks. But this means accessories normally driven by belt must now be powered by an electric motor, Juretzka noted.

“So, the HVAC and air compressor must now have an electric component to it,” he said. “We tried to figure out how many different cooling systems do we need? There’s a lot of piping that goes on and cooling every little part of the truck differently.”

Batteries work best at room temperature, Juretzka explained, so in hot weather they’ll need to be cooled and in extreme cold, heated. So far, Freightliner has achieved a range of 230 miles for the eM2 and 250 miles for the eCascadia. They can be charged to 80% of their power within 60 minutes for the eM2 and 90 minutes for the eCascadia. Juretzka said traditionally Class 8 trucks would ideally run 500 miles in a driving shift but that it’s not yet realistic to add the batteries needed to meet that range.

“Will there be a time when we go higher? I’d say yes, but at this point in time that’s not economically practical,” he said.

Still, 20 of the 30 trucks in the Freightliner innovation fleet will be eCascadias.

Another challenge is determining what the total cost of ownership will be for fleets. What will their resale value be? Who will perform maintenance on the vehicles? And will charging infrastructure be widely available? These are some of the questions Daimler is aiming to answer along with its fleet customers through its co-creation approach.

It must also develop a strategy to dispose of the batteries, or find a suitable second life for them. Juretzka noted the batteries are no longer useful for transportation applications once they’ve reached 70-80% of their capacity, so there is still plenty of life left in those batteries if they can be repurposed.

Where the trucks are deployed is also important, and may mean adoption rates in Canada will be slower than stateside. Turning the heater on, for instance, can reduce range from 180 miles to 120 miles, Juretzka said.

“If you say, ‘Give me some trucks in Alaska,’ I will say ‘Can do, but range will suffer’,” he explained. “You have to make a decision: Do I make it home or keep my cab warm?”

Source of article and more great articles click here : Truck News

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Love’s merges tire center with Arizona Speedco
Trucking News

The Love’s Truck Tire Care center in Casa Grande/Eloy, Arizona, (Interstate 10, Exit 200) is closing permanently on Tuesday, Jan. 1, and merging with the Love’s-owned Speedco across the street at 8212 S. Sunland Gin Road.

The Speedco in Casa Grande/Eloy will be open 24 hours a day starting Jan. 1 and offer tire, lube and mechanical services for professional drivers.

Most Speedco locations will be closed on New Year’s Day. These Speedco locations that will remain open 24 hours on Tuesday, Jan. 1:

  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Conley, Georgia
  • Laredo, Texas
  • Milan, New Mexico
  • Ripon, California
  • West Memphis, Arkansas
  • Casa Grande, Arizona
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