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Fresh hope for MPI’s truck training program
Trucking News
Manitoba Public Insurance and the Manitoba Trucking Association said preliminary talks are underway with the province to start a new truck driver training program after the 10-year-long previous program was not renewed.

The Manitoba Trucking Association believes there isn’t currently any program covering the $8,400 training tuition of truck drivers now that the Entry Level Professional Truck Driver Training Program is no longer taking new applicants.

The broad strokes of what a new program will look like are expected to take shape this week when the Manitoba Trucking Association meets with the provincial Ministry of Education to speak about “our pursuit of funded industry training via the education system”.

“We’re in discussions right now,” Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association said. “I don’t want to speak for MPI (Manitoba Public Insurance), but industry training isn’t aligned with their mandate and they were looking at working with us more aligned with their mandate regarding road safety and other elements like that. We’ve had initial discussions but it’s very early days.”

Brian Smiley, the media relations coordinator for Manitoba Public Insurance said there will likely be a final annual review of the program prior to an announcement of a potential future one, but not a driver training program. 

“After discussions with the Manitoba Trucking Association, who administered the program, we’ve decided to go in another direction with respect to fleet safety and road safety,” Smiley said.

“(That direction) is going to be determined during conversations with the Manitoba Trucking Association.”

Smiley also said people who’ve received funding will get to continue with their training, covered by the provincial insurer, but no new applicants will be accepted.

There’s a significant labour shortage in Canada’s trucking industry according to the Conference Board of Canada, the Asia-Pacific Gateway Skills Table and Canadian Trucking Alliance, with the latter saying there will be 48,000 fewer truck drivers by 2024.

Shaw said he hopes the Manitoba government is taking those numbers into consideration.

“We’ve provided them a whole host of labour market information, external to us,” Shaw said. “Truck drivers are very much in demand so we would imagine that the government of Manitoba would be factoring that into their conversations, their planning and their decisions.” 

News of the program coming to end after a 10 year pilot project wasn’t formally announced but instead came to light when an applicant to the Entry Level Professional Truck Driver Training Program was informed it no longer existed and contacted the CBC.

Source of article click here : Insurance Business Magazine
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One in five road crashes in Ontario involves a transport truck
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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently issued a release that revealed that about one in five road crashes that occur in the region involve large commercial vehicles.

The release comes as the police force launches its annual Operation Corridor – a 24hr enforcement and education initiative that hopes to encourage all Ontario-based commercial vehicle drivers to keep the roads safe.

“A lot can go wrong when large commercial transport trucks are not driven safely or have unsecure loads and defective equipment,” said OPP Chief Superintendent Chuck Cox, Highway Safety Division commander.

“Our data shows that the outcome for other vehicle occupants involved in transport truck-related collisions is often fatal and catastrophic. For this reason, Operation Corridor is an important campaign to ensure transport truck drivers are safely operating and diligently maintaining their rigs at all times.”
According to data from the police, of the 1,342 fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads between 2012 and 2016, 266 involved transport trucks. In the same period, 330 people perished – most of which were occupants of other involved vehicles. The data also revealed that 44% of the crash victims were transport truck drivers.

More recent data from the police found that over the past three years, a considerable number of collisions were caused by transport trucks in poor operating condition. In the period between July 2014 and June 2017, 344 collisions involved defective transport trucks – six of which were fatal and 37 of which resulted in injuries.

“Damaged axles, blown tires or detached wheels, faulty brakes, defective hitches and unsecured loads are just some of the many factors in truck-related crashes. At times, unsecured loads or truck equipment flying into the path of other vehicles produced tragic consequences,” the police release noted.

Source of article click here : Insurance business Magazine
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Disc brakes for International LT
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International is making air disc brakes standard on all axles for all models of the International LT series.

Available in 6x4, 6x2, and 4x2 configurations, LT-series trucks fitted with Bendix ADB22X brakes are now available for order.

International is the first North American truck OEM to make air brakes standard equipment on all axles of a long-haul tractor, the company notes.

The Bendix ADB22X air disc brake features a patented lightweight design that significantly reduces stopping distance and extends brake system life. Complementing the straight, stable stops that air disc brakes provide is greater reliability, thanks to a design that nearly eliminates brake fade and degradation of stopping power.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Freight Industry Comments Reflect Their Ideal NAFTA
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With the public hearing coming up on June 27, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has received 12,450 comments from individuals and corporations expressing their vision of an ideal North American Free Trade Agreement.

Technology was a big component of the feedback, with stakeholders advocating for e-commerce and more use of technology to speed border crossings.

“The huge potential of e-commerce in North America for U.S. exporters has yet to be fully realized because of the complexity, cost, and unpredictability of moving low-value, individual shipments across Mexican and Canadian borders,” FedEx Corp. wrote.

FedEx, United Parcel Service, the U.S. Council for International Business, and the Express Association of America were among the commenters calling on Mexico and Canada to boost the de minimis threshold, which is the level under which imported products are exempt from certain taxes, and streamlined through customs screenings.

“De minimis has become particularly important with the rapid growth of e-commerce,” FedEx wrote. While the figure is $800 in the U.S., it is about $50 in Mexico and only $15 in Canada.

American Trucking Associations doesn’t want change to NAFTA’s trucking provisions, but does want to see some changes to cargo.

One key change, wrote chief economist Bob Costello, is allowing co-mingling of cargo entering Mexico. Currently, a carrier moving 20 shipments from different brokers must group them into separate trailers when entering the country. And while maintaining cabotage rules, ATA wants foreign truck drivers be allowed to reposition empty trailers, a practice known as “drop and hook.”

New forms of funding, including public-private partnerships, were mentioned in many comments.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is more critical of the trade pact. Specifically, they called for a reversal of the measure allowing Mexican-based carriers from operating in the U.S.

“The United States has much to lose by allowing motor carriers and drivers who are not required to comply with each of our safety regulations or obligated to use equipment that meets our latest [Environmental Protection Agency] rules, to operate on our highways,” OOIDA wrote.

Source of article click here : Go by Truck

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Rest in peace, Larry. Dave has it covered.
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THE BATON PASSES: Larry and Dave Cox

“Rest in Peace, Dad. We have it covered.” With those words, Polaris Transportation Group's Dave Cox winds up his father Larry’s death notice.  The elder Cox, who founded Polaris in 1994, passed away Wednesday, June 14 at 71. 

Dave is Larry's only offspring and is also, now, Polaris' President.

“He," the younger Cox writes, "was the consummate entrepreneur and took many risks that paid off, accelerating our success. Larry was passionate about building Polaris Transportation into a leading LTL Cross Border carrier and I think it’s fair to say he accomplished just that.

“I was fortunate to be able to work with and learn from my father for the past 20 years. Before he passed, Larry shared his vision for Polaris. It’s a vision I agreed with 100% and I gave my solemn promise to carry it through.

“He valued the business relationships he made and truly loved the team he developed on his journey. Though his journey is over, I am committed to lead the team he built and will continue to serve our customers as he intended.”

When contacted Polaris this week, a customer-care representative said the whole staff feels sad but also proud of the business Cox started singlehandedly and grew into a respected international success. Polaris also made the news recently when it acquired another venerable Toronto carrier, J.G.Drapeau and Commercial Warehousing.

Besides Dave, Larry is survived by his wife Geri, Dave’s wife Jacquie, a granddaughter Olivia as well as scores of friends and business aquaintances.

Visitation will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First Street, Orangeville, ON on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (Visitation beginning at 6:00 p.m). 
Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. 

A tree will be planted in memory of Larry Cox in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Semi-trailer flips into ditch, spilling 11,000 litres of oil
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The driver has serious but non-life-threatening injuries; crews are on-scene cleaning up the spill

Boyle RCMP said the truck rolled into the ditch and spilled 11,000 litres of oil.

Boyle RCMP said the truck rolled into the ditch and spilled 11,000 litres of oil. (RCMP)

More than 10,000 litres of oil spilled into a ditch after a semi-trailer rolled into the ditch on Saturday night near Boyle.

Police responded to a call at around 9:30 p.m. of a semi in the ditch 15 kilometres south of Boyle. When they arrived, they found the driver, a 22-year-old woman from Edmonton, with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The truck was towing two trailers of oil. Police said 11,000 litres spilled into the ditch and that cleanup crews were on-scene.

Highway 63 near Township Road 634 has been reduced to one lane as crews continue to clean up the oil spill.

A cause of the crash has not been determined.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Triple semi accident injures 2, snarls truck crossing at Canadian border
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Photo: Washington State Patrol

BLAINE, Wash. -- Three semi trucks collided near the Blaine truck border crossing into Canada, sending one driver to the hospital.

The crash happened just before 4 p.m. on SR-543 near H Street, according to Trooper Keith Leary with the Washington State Patrol. A truck hauling $41,000 worth of paper products had smashed into the back of a car hauler. Another truck carrying $26,000 worth of fish then smashed into the back of the paper truck.

One driver had to be cut free from the semi cab and two drivers in all were taken to local hospitals. Their conditions were not released.

Source of article click here : KOMONEWS

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'Crocodile' spotted in Canada marsh was actually a truck tire
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Another croc sighting called in this weekend in the marsh off of Hwy 17 & 104 Ave. It sure looks like one, but it's commercial truck tire!

June 13 (UPI) -- A menacing truck tire prompted several false reports of a crocodile floating in a marsh in Canada, police said.

Surrey RCMP in British Columbia shared a photo of the long, black piece of trash, which several drivers mistook for a crocodile, floating near the surface of the marsh off of a local highway.

"Another croc sighting called in this weekend in the marsh off of Hwy 17 & 104 Ave," police said. "It sure looks like one, but it's commercial truck tire!"

Surrey police Cpl. Scotty Schumann told the CBC crocodiles and alligators would certainly be a strange sight for the Pacific Northwest and while the idea of the floating, crocodile-shaped garbage is funny, it's become a distraction to drivers.

"It is kind of comical when you do look at it," he said. "It is causing a bit of traffic hazard on the highway."

The police department shared the public warning on its social media to discourage drivers from looking off of the highway to catch a glimpse of the false croc.

"We don't want anyone else to be stopping on the highway to take a look at this piece of debris and mistake it for a crocodile or an alligator," Schumann said.

Source of article click here : UPI

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New inspection procedures for intermodal containers
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GREENBELT, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which sets the standards for roadside inspections across North America, has issued a new bulletin for securing intermodal containers on container chassis.

Canadian National Safety Code Standard 10 requires each lower corner on a container to be secured with an integral locking device, and for the front and rear of the container to be secured independently, CVSA notes.

“To meet these requirements, intermodal containers are most commonly secured to the container chassis with twist-locks or pin-locks meeting the definitions of integral locking device. [National Safety Code] Standard 10 defines an integral locking device as ‘a device that is designed and used to restrain an article of cargo by connecting and locking attachment points on the article to anchor points on the vehicle,’” the bulletin reads.

“There are numerous twist-lock and pin-lock designs. In general, pin-locks connect when the pin is inserted into the container’s casting and lock when the handle is held in position by a latch, gate or similar mechanism. Pin-locks are typically integrated with a bolster holding the lower front of the container. Similarly, twist-locks connect when the pin head is twisted within the container’s casting and lock when the handle is held in position by a latch, gate or similar mechanism. Twist-locks are found in all positions on a container chassis. Many integral locking devices rely on gravity or spring mechanisms to aid in holding the latch, gate or handle in position.”

The standard also requires containers to be restrained from moving forward, backward, vertically, or left or right.

There are some differences between the Canadian standard and its U.S. counterpart. Canada allows chain or wire rope to secure the corner of an intermodal container, but only to replace a defective integral locking device.

Twist-locks and pin-locks normally include a latch or gate mechanism that should be engaged during inspectionsm, CVSA adds. While some carriers attach plastic or wire tie-wraps to a latch or gate handle, that is not required under regulations on either side of the border.

“In all cases, when the latch, gate or similar mechanism that keeps the integral locking device from becoming unintentionally unfastened is broken, ineffective or missing, a temporary method can be used,” the bulletin reads. “This may consist of a tie-wrap. As noted, this type of temporary locking method is not required when the integral locking device is working as designed and intended by the manufacturer.”

Inspectors are being encouraged to download the latest information at “We want to ensure all inspectors are conducting roadside inspections using the most up-to-date version of each bulletin,” the organization notes.

Changes and updates were also introduced for identifying long-stroke brake chambers, inspecting Antilock Brake Systems, the procedures for inspecting hydraulic brakes and trailers, and inspecting vehicles with EPA07 or later engines.

A previous bulletin governing container chassis, as well as Express Brake International segmented brake linings, and Trailer Body Controller on a 2005 Super Duty Vehicle were repealed.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Trucking Alliance cautions Ottawa on carbon strategy
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OTTAWA--The Canadian trucking industry is supportive of current and future carbon reducing regulations, but decision makers should heed lessons from the past when considering future environmental policy direction and regulatory language.

That was essentially the message delivered by Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) President Stephen Laskowski today in Ottawa to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.

“Trucking is currently the only freight mode in Canada using equipment regulated from a carbon perspective,” he explained. “Future rules will reduce our carbon footprint. The Canadian Trucking Alliance is supportive of this path to reduce our sector’s carbon footprint. However, the targets set for future regulations must be based on proven technologies and any carbon pricing system needs to be properly structured and revenues must be funneled to support future green transportation technologies and infrastructure.”

Laskowski said the industry is hopeful the upcoming Phase II GHG-reduction regulations do not introduce equipment with the same reliability challenges that previous regulations forced into the industry, leading some fleets to purchase up to 20% more power units because of breakdowns related to the mandated equipment.

Laskowski specifically pointed to concerns with mandated tire inflation systems on trailers in 2018. While the technology works, it must be built to Canadian standards. The recent recall legislation introduced by Minister Garneau could help in this area, added the CTA president, but only time will tell.

“Governments must do their part by removing regulatory and other barriers that stand in the way of the industry’s efforts to become more fuel efficient when introducing these technologies,” said Laskowski, pointing to the federal government’s cancellation of diesel fuel refunds for fuel-saving devices like electrical temperature-controlled trailers; power take-off units; and auxiliary power units (APUs)/in-cab heaters

While CTA is not conceptually opposed to carbon pricing, Laskowski stressed that if the federal government proceeds with a national carbon pricing system, it must be properly structured, transparent, and easy to administer. Moreover, it needs to be coordinated on a national and international basis to avoid regional competitive disparities. Furthermore, revenues raised from the carbon pricing system should be directed into programs that accelerate investment and industry adoption of environmental solutions.

Fuel is the second largest cost for a trucking company; and, combined with choppy economic growth and a depressed U.S. dollar, it is unreasonable to expect low-margin trucking companies to absorb aggressive carbon price increases without passing them onto customers.

“Since US trucking companies will not face similar carbon pricing pressures, we have concerns with the Canadian trucking industry’s ability to stay competitive in the North American market,” Laskowski told the committee. “When considering carbon pricing mechanisms, it’s essential government at all levels recognize Canada and the Canadian supply chain must still compete globally and our systems of capturing rising fuel prices must be taken into account.”

CTA is also questioning the federal government’s current proposal, which exempts certain sectors. He said if Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan is truly about emissions, then all transportation modes must be treated equally.

Laskowski urged lawmakers to clearly identify a policy purpose for any national carbon pricing system.

“Making diesel more expensive for trucking fleets will not create the emergence of a viable alternative anytime soon,” he said. “CTA believes the only sound policy rationale for mandating carbon pricing on diesel fuel is to assist the trucking industry in introducing proven carbon reducing technologies under Environment Canada’s GHG regulation.”

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Routine truck stop turns up $130K of marijuana
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Provincial police charge 51-year-old North York transport driver with trafficking

OPP charged a North York truck driver with trafficking after a routine stop in Matheson.

OPP charged a North York truck driver with trafficking after a routine stop in Matheson. (CBC)

Provincial police seized over 3 kilograms of marijuana from a truck driver after a routine traffic stop north of Matheson Sunday night.

South Porcupine OPP say the 51-year-old North York man was driving a commercial transport on Highway 11 at the time of his arrest.

The marijuana was found inside the cab, and police estimate its street value at around $130,000.

The driver was charged with trafficking, as well as failing to keep daily logs or operator's records for 14 days.

Police said the accused appeared in a Timmins bail court on on Monday, where he was released on a recognizance.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Tanker truck's unexpected braking triggered fatal Metropolitan highway cras
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Gilbert Prince, 59, was transporting diesel fuel in his truck before he died in the fiery collision

A 59-year-old truck driver died in a fiery crash on the Metropolitan highway last summer. Quebec’s workplace health and safety board revealed the results of its investigation on Wednesday.

A 59-year-old truck driver died in a fiery crash on the Metropolitan highway last summer. Quebec’s workplace health and safety board revealed the results of its investigation on Wednesday. (Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada)

The unexpected activation of a tanker truck's emergency brakes and Bombardier's failure to follow up on similar incidents were key factors in a fatal accident on the Metropolitan highway in Montreal last summer, according to Quebec's workplace health and safety board (CNESST)

Gilbert Prince, 59, died when the tanker truck he was driving, carrying thousands of litres of diesel fuel, collided with a flatbed truck, caught fire and exploded during rush hour on the busy artery last August.

But it was a Bombardier tanker truck, travelling several metres ahead of Prince, that triggered the collision that ultimately led to Prince's death.

In a statement, Bombardier said it has "taken this matter very seriously and implemented steps to prevent similar incidents."

The CNESST released its report into the collision Wednesday morning. It outlines the sequence of events that ended with another driver desperately trying to pry Prince loose from his vehicle, but failing just before the truck exploded.

The heat from the fire was so intense it bent guardrails on the highway, and the plume of smoke was visible from as far as Chambly, 30 kilometres southeast of Montreal.

Gilbert Prince

Gilbert Prince was passionate about truck driving, according to his friend and former colleague Alain Duguet. He died in an explosion on Highway 40 in Montreal last August. (Submitted by Alain Duguet)

'Adequate follow up' on similar events needed

On the afternoon of the incident, a Bombardier tanker truck was travelling westbound on the highway near Lajeunesse Street when its emergency brakes unexpectedly activated.

The report found that the traffic vibrations generated by the truck, coupled with general wear on the braking mechanism and the poor tightening of the bolts, caused the brakes to activate.

That triggered a chain-reaction crash. A cube truck was able to avoid the first tanker. But a flatbed truck hit the cube truck, and Prince's tanker hit the flatbed truck.

Investigators determined that even though he was travelling at a low speed, Prince was following too closely behind vehicle in front of him to be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.

The CNESST also pointed out that the emergency brakes on the same Bombardier truck had activated without warning before.

In two cases, it occurred on the same stretch of the Metropolitan highway.

The report says "an adequate follow up" of those events may have prevented them from reoccurring again.

According to a Bombardier spokesperson, the company is still evaluating the report but it appears "key facts" pertaining to the tanker truck's braking system are "incomplete."

"We intend to work with the CNESST to obtain or provide clarifications to ensure the utmost accuracy of its findings," the company said in its statement.

Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions said Wednesday it hasn't ruled out laying charges in the crash.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Rolls Right Speedee's innovation nets carrier award
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BURNABY, BC--Because of consistency in reducing unnecessary transportation, serious commitment to on-time delivery, excellent customer service and problem solving, Rolls Right Speedee has been recognized as Coca-Cola’s Transportation Short Haul Carrier of the year.

The award is the annual forum for Coca-Cola Refreshment (CCR) and The Minute Maid Company (TMMC) to honor both companies’ innovative suppliers based on five criteria:

* Quality Service;

* Cost & Value;

* Environmental Sustainability;

* Technology Expertise;

* Innovation.

This award encourages suppliers to keep making extra efforts in finding innovative efficient business practices to cut costs while limiting environmental impacts.

Comments Rolls Right Speedee President Daryl Ee: “We’re very happy to contribute to Coca-Cola’s future vision of creating a lasting change in business practices based on environmentalism and cost-efficiency. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the trucking industry without any excuses.”

Established in 1976, Rolls Right Speedee runs more than 205 trucks, 550 refrigerated and dry-van trailers, based out of Calgary and Vancouver.

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Truckers reminding drivers they need more space through roundabouts
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'Turning a corner with a Honda Civic is not the same concept as with a 53-foot trailer'

The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association has notifed its members about new roundabouts under construction on P.E.I. this summer

The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association likes the new Cornwall bypass — but they're warning those who don't drive big rigs that trucks need extra room on the new roundabouts.

jean-marc picard

'It's a learning curve,' says Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, based in Dieppe, N.B. (Skype)

"Turning a corner with a Honda Civic is not the same concept as with a 53-foot trailer," said Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association. "And it's the same for a roundabout, right? It's an education process for every driver out there because safety is our number one concern."

The long trailers need both lanes of the two-lane road to negotiate the turns properly. Cars need to steer clean of big trucks.

'A learning curve'

The association says it's an on-going issue throughout at Atlantic Canada — and especially on P.E.I. where roundabouts are now under construction in Cornwall, Bloomfield and Mount Herbert.

"It's a learning curve but once everybody's comfortable with it, it flows traffic pretty well," said Picard.

​The province says its roundabouts are built to national highway standards, and signs will be posted on the new ones, as they are on all roundabouts, reminding cars to give the big rigs all the room they need.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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MTA and Volvo Trucks Canada name provincial Driver of the Year
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WINNIPEG, Man. – Ronald J. Rodych of Gordon Food Service has been named the 2017 Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA)/Volvo Trucks Canada’s Driver of the Year.

Rodych has been a driver with Gordon Food Service for more than 28 years, and is now eligible for the Canadian Trucking Alliance/Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the Year award.

The Manitoba Driver of the Year is selected annually from 10 yearly Industry Excellence recipients, and is based on commitment to the industry, safety, outstanding acts, and customer service.

Industry Excellence awards were presented to Tim Reimer (Steve’s Livestock); Terry Wright (Arnold Bros. Transport); Marcito Kehler (Steve’s Livestock); Ron Rodych (Gordon Food Service); Darren Bray (Arnold Bros. Transport); Myron Penner (Steve’s Livestock); Cass Nicbride (Bison Transport); Robert Goulet (Arnold Bros. Transport); Sheryl McLean (Kindersley Transportation); and Robert McLean (Kindersley Transportation).

The announcement of Driver of the Year was made by John Mauseth of Beaver Truck Center on behalf of Volvo Trucks Canada at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg June 17.

Commercial truck drivers from throughout the province also recently got together for the 2017 Professional Truck Driving Championships at Peterbilt Manitoba, where winners included:

– Bruce McKechnie (Bison Transport): straight truck
– Brian Hrabarchuk (Canadian Freightways): single-single
– Frank Klassen (Penner International): single-tandem
– Rodney Birdsbill (Bison Transport): tandem-tandem
– David Henry (REK Express): super-B train

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Port Moody police warn of tow truck fraud
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'He tells the resident that he has been in an accident'

Police in Port Moody have received complaints about a man going door to door asking for money to pay for a tow truck.

Police in Port Moody have received complaints about a man going door to door asking for money to pay for a tow truck. (CBC)

Police in Port Moody have been receiving complaints about a man knocking on people's doors to ask for money for his broken down vehicle. 

"He tells the resident that he has been in an accident ... and that he has no more money to pay for the tow," according to a press release from the Port Moody Police Department.

Police say these kinds of solicitations are often deceitful — and that this may not be unlike other door-to-door frauds for products or services that don't exist.

If someone should show up at your door asking for money to pay for a tow truck, police suggest you offer to call police to assist them. 

Sgt. Brad Sheridan says door to door frauds are not uncommon and that you can find more information about prevention on the Canadian Anti-Fraud website.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Truck carrying toxic chemical rolls over on QEW in St. Catharines
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Residents asked to shelter in place, businesses evacuated within 2-km radius of QEW crash

Jessica Troup tweeted a photograph of the truck rollover.

Jessica Troup tweeted a photograph of the truck rollover. (Jessssica00/Twitter)

A single transport truck carrying a flammable, hazardous chemical has rolled over on the Queen Elizabeth Way highway west of Martindale Road in St. Catharines, prompting police to close the road and issue an evacuation order for  a 2-kilometre radius of the site.

Residents are being asked to shelter in place, while businesses are being evacuated.

The 2K radius is an expansion of an earlier 1K evacuation range.

"We're asking people to stay in their homes and shut down their windows. We believe the chemical is contained," said Const. Phil Gavin of Niagara Regional Police Service. "It is not an airborne issue but we don't want people moving around."

Police are also asking people inside vehicles in that area to stay put and are asking those outside of the radius to avoid it for the time being. 

Gavin said if any residents need to be evacuated, a police officer will come to their home to escort them. 

The QEW is closed eastbound and westbound between Highway 406 and Ontario Street in St. Catharines as a result.

The closures will be in place for several hours while the hazmat team determines how to move the truck safely.

Stephanie Sabourin, a media relations specialist with the Niagara Regional Police Service, says they are hopeful they will have the highway reopened for the morning rush, but aren't offering any guarantees.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the truck was hauling phosphine, which is dangerous when inhaled and is flammable. It wasn't immediately clear whether the substance had leaked. The rollover involved just the one transport truck.

The truck is partially over the centre guide rail on both eastbound and the westbound lanes of the highway, Schmidt said.

Fire departments are on scene to manage the hazardous material. Police are escorting cleanup crews to the site as quickly as possible from both the east and the west, Schmidt said.

The OPP is still investigating and trying to determine what caused the crash. 


Jessica Troup on Twitter tweeted another photo once police were on scene at the site of the crash. (Jessssica00/Twitter)

Police released a map of the area under evacuation order.

They say the evacuation is precautionary, with no immediate risk to the public. The wind is blowing eastward, the police said.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Commercial vehicle inspection blitz brings safety to the forefront, agencies tog
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Nova Scotia Radio Operator Colleen Nesseth and Vehicle Compliance Director Raymond Beaton joined a team of inspection agencies during this month’s International Roadcheck put on by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

The 30th International Roadcheck saw a bit of a standstill at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance [CVSA] compliance check is a 60-hour blitz-taking place all across North America. Beginning the first Tuesday of the month, for three days commercial transport vehicles were randomly chosen for compliance inspections. After 30 consecutive years it’s he worst kept secret in trucking, Nova Scotia Vehicle Compliance Director Raymond Beaton says.

“This is our chance for everyone to get together and show what we do,” Beaton said. “At any time during the day an inspector might decide to pull in a truck and do an inspection, so there is always that unknown for the industry to say ‘Oh geez, I could get checked today.’”

Commercial vehicles were directed into the scale-house lane off the TransCanada just after the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border. Some commercial trucks were given the green-light to proceed while every now and then some were directed to pull into the parking yard for a random inspection by a number of participating agencies.

In North America the standards for commercial vehicles are consistent between the United States, Canada and Mexico. A truck inspected here in Amherst will be challenged to prove it’s following the same guidelines in Tijuana and all points in between. With over four million inspections done annually, getting randomly selected and to participate in the annual blitz does come with its benefits, if they pass.  

“If the trucks pass we put on an identifier, a decal , and if the trucks come across another inspection that decal grants them three months [pass from other inspection sites], unless we see a glaring issue,” Beaton said.

Aside from the inspections, the concerted effort offers a team-building opportunity not always available to the many partners involved in the commercial transport safety sector.

“It’s an opportunity to bring all of the staff together from across the province. They don’t see each other, but they’ll hear each other on the radio,” Colleen Nesseth, Radio Operator for the Nova Scotia Government, said. “It is definitely a team builder.”

Those partners at this year’s inspection included Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division of Service Nova Scotia, RCMP, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Transport Canada and The Dept. of Fisheries.

Source of article click here : Cumberland News

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U.S. exporters, truckers exhale as Trump threats to NAFTA ease
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Hearing pleas from the business lobby, as well as individual transportation companies such as UPS and FedEx, the Trump administration has backed off threats to unilaterally sever NAFTA.

It appears the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is safe—for now.

Hearing pleas from the business lobby, as well as individual transportation companies such as UPS and FedEx, the Trump administration has backed off threats to unilaterally sever NAFTA.

Trucking executives, transportation officials and shippers have enjoyed 400% growth in cross-border trade since NAFTA was implemented. But in late April, the tri-nation agreement appeared threatened by President Donald J. Trump, who at the time said he was “psyched” to sever the popular pact among the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

As word spread among the business community, Trump backed down. Now administration officials are sending out signals that NAFTA needs to be tweaked, not trashed.

“The first guiding principle is do no harm,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a Bipartisan Policy Center forum recently. Verbatim, that is was U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue said in May was the Chamber’s goal in lobbying the administration on NAFTA.

David Congdon, vice chairman and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line, the nation’s third-largest LTL carrier which racked up $290 million as the most profitable LTL carrier last year, had said he was “concerned” the new administration would hamper cross-border trade by needlessly scraping NAFTA.

“Global trade is a reality of life these days,” Congdon told LM.

A majority of voters say trade with other countries helps the U.S. economy. A recent survey showed 70 percent indicated that U.S. trade with other countries is likely to strengthen the U.S. economy, and 64 percent said it creates American jobs. Some 62 percent of all registered voters said the U.S. government should negotiate more trade deals – not fewer.

“American voters support trade because they see its effects in their lives every day. From the goods and services their companies produce to the products they buy at the grocery store, trade supports good American jobs, enhances consumer choice, and drives economic growth,” said U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs Myron Brilliant.

NAFTA appeared threatened earlier this year not only by Trump but by some of the isolationists in his administration, specifically aids Stephen Bannon and Peter Navarro, Trump’s chief trade advisor.

But it appears calmer heads have prevailed. Gary Cohn, the president’s chief economic advisor, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin both went to bat for NAFTA. In addition, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also expressed public support for more free trade agreements, not fewer.

They cited that 41 million American jobs depend on trade, and exports support about half of all U.S. manufacturing jobs. Some percent of American companies that export goods are small and medium-size businesses.

“All of our jobs are dependent on global distribution,” says Lynn Cooper, president and CEO of BFW Inc., Louisville, Ky., in a blog posting on the Chamber web site. “Any country we sell to that has a free trade agreement with the U.S. is helpful and allows us to sell competitively in that country.

“Any moves that Washington can make to ease entry the entry of our products into a country and reduce additional costs will be beneficial to increasing sales for our company which means more growth,” Cooper added.

The death of NAFTA would have had major reverberations for many U.S. businesses, especially the fashion industry, retailers and manufacturers, not to mention cross-border transportation providers such as Indianapolis-based Celadon, which earn upwards of 40 percent of its revenue from north-south Mexico and Canada freight.

Servicios de Transportación Jaguar S.A de C.V. is a Celadon-owned carrier based in Mexico. With over 375 trucks in its fleet and growing, Jaguar hauls cross border and domestic Mexico freight. Celadon Canada operates two divisions of Celadon Trucking based in Ontario. Celadon Canada provides seamless transition for crossborder loads. With a fleet of 400, Celadon Canada specializes in inter and intra provincial moves along the east-west Route 401 corridor. Celadon Canada also handles local, regional, dedicated business, as well as crossborder movements.

Julie Gibbs, director of BPE Global, a global trade compliance consulting firm, called NAFTA “the largest free-trade agreement in the world” that has quadrupled the trade among the three countries. Untangling it and getting the U.S. out of it would have been a Brexit-style endeavor that would have involved worldwide complications, she said.

Source of article click here : Logistics

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Atlas Canada van lines buys Connect Logistics
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OAKVILLE, ON--Atlas Canada, a subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc., announces today that it has acquired Connect LogisticsThe deal marks Atlas Canada’s first acquisition and will more than double its logistics business. Connect Logistics will continue operating under its current name and leadership team.

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Mississauga, ON., Connect Logistics offers its more than 200 customers specialized product transportation as well as warehousing and distribution services. In recent years, the company has experienced significant growth due to expansion and vertical market growth.

"We are thrilled with the possibilities of this strategic fit “said Doug Van Fraassen, owner of Connect Logistics. “Our customers will have exposure to the asset-based services and infrastructure offered by Atlas in both Canada and the U.S. Atlas will have the opportunity to leverage the expertise of Connect Logistics’ personnel and incorporate the processes used to deliver our diverse platform of logistical solutions."

The non-asset Connect Logistics was founded by Van Fraassen and has long focused on forging and maintaining strong partnerships with all parties in the supply chain to enable their clients to meet commitments to customers.

“Connect Logistics’ business and operations align perfectly with our current logistics structure and will enhance what our team has worked hard to build,” said Barry Schellenberg, President of Atlas Canada. “We are excited to take advantage of this opportunity to provide additional service capabilities for our current customer base and offer accretive value to our strong network of Atlas agents.”

Atlas provides logistics services throughout North America on a truckload or less than truckload basis with the help of the company’s nearly 500 agents across Canada and the United States.

Atlas Canada has138 agents across every province and territory and a network of 360 agents in the U.S.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
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