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Driver was operating pickup truck while seated in folding lawn chair, police all
A pick-up truck with a folding lawn chair for a drivers seat is shown in this recent handout photo
THUNDER BAY, Ont. -- Police say a driver pulled over in Thunder Bay,
Ont., had an unusual seating arrangement -- a folding lawn chair where a
driver's seat should have been.
They say an officer stopped a pickup truck on Monday afternoon after
noticing the licence plates were allegedly not authorized for that
Upon approaching the driver, police say the officer noticed the
suspicious seating arrangement -- the driver was sitting in a lawn chair
placed in front of the steering wheel.
And investigators say that wasn't the only thing wrong with the pickup.
They say it was impounded for a multitude of defects, including a
broken windshield blocking the driver's view, a defective door handle
that effectively trapped the driver inside the truck, and no seatbelt
Police say a young driver is charged with a number of offences related
to the condition of the truck, as well as driving while suspended, and
operating a vehicle on a highway with no insurance.
Source of article click here : CTV NEWS
Manitoba drivers may have to hold it in as province mulls rest stop cuts
Review of Pine Grove rest stop along Highway 1 is underway, Infrastructure Minister says
Finding a place to stop and go along Manitoba's highways may soon be a bit more challenging.
provincial government is considering whether to close some highway rest
areas where toilets are freely available during tourist season. Drivers
seeking a restroom, or simply a place to pull off and rest, would have
to go to a gas station or other private business.
Minister Ron Schuler says a review is already underway for the Pine
Grove rest area — the only one between Winnipeg and the Ontario boundary
on the Trans-Canada Highway.
The sewage lagoon needs an extensive overhaul, which Schuler said could cost up to $1.6 million.
would point out, 20 kilometres either direction there are gas stations
with food bars, where you can get out, stretch your legs, you can get a
coffee and a doughnut if you want and buy a sandwich or powder your
nose … whatever you want," Schuler said.
Some business owners
don't want truck drivers stopping on their property and many have signs
saying bathrooms are for paying customers only, said truck driver Dave
Many drivers also use the stop as a place to sleep,
and without it, they may be forced to pull over to the side of the road
or into some other parking lot, creating a safety hazard or risking a
ticket, Redl said.
"If they want to make Manitoba highways safer
and not just for truckers too, (but) for car drivers and campers … they
need to start adding rest areas," he said.
petition has been launched to save the Pine Grove rest area, and several
hundred people had signed it within a few hours.
The rest area
"gives people a place to stop without being obligated to buy anything,"
said Wayne Lovenuk, who has operated a food truck at the Pine Grove rest
area for most of the last two decades.
The Trans-Canada Highway
is busy on summer weekends with Manitobans who go to cottages in
northwestern Ontario, and rest areas are much better than private
businesses for sports teams and other large groups that travel together,
Schuler did not specify what other rest areas
might be eyed for closure. He said it would depend on whether there are
private businesses nearby.
"People are gravitating more toward those places to stop where you can get more service," he said.
Progressive Conservative government has been trying to keep a tight
leash on spending to cut a half-billion-dollar provincial deficit. The
Tories have promised to balance the budget by 2024.
Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Canada sees strongest Class 8 order month since 06
COLUMBUS, Ind. – Class 8 net orders totaled 34,735 units in April,
continuing an above-capacity trend, according to the latest figures from
“As has been the case through the past seven months of rising
backlog, the U.S. and Canada were the primary drivers of April’s market
strength,” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst of ACT
“Canada was the only market to experience a month-over-month gain,
and the 5,815 units booked represented the country’s largest monthly
order intake since early 2006.”
Vieth added, “At the North American level, tractors and trucks both
saw net orders decelerate at roughly comparable levels in April, with
tractor orders down 25% from March, while vocational activity slid 26%,
After a strong March, Class 8 production took a step backward in April.”
Medium-duty orders fell 4,500 units from March, to 24,917 units,
according to ACT. Medium-duty orders year to date through April were up
25% compared to the first four months of 2017.
“The heavier end of the medium duty market continues to outperform
the lighter end, with Class 5 orders in April improving 4% year-to-date
and the Classes 6-7 April orders bringing that segment’s year-to-date
rise to 37%,” Vieth said.
Source of article click here : Truck News
CVSA Roadcheck Truck Inspection Blitz Kicks off J
This year's CVSA International Roadcheck inspection event takes place June 5-7 in the U.S. and Canada.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck is
just around the corner, taking place June 5-7 across the U.S. and
Canada, and will focus on hours of service.
CVSA announced that this year’s Roadcheck safety inspections will
focus on hours-of-service compliance. Inspectors will primarily conduct
North American Standard Level I inspections – a 37-step procedure that
examines both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical
A big difference this year is centered on the recently implemented
electronic logging device mandate, and drivers will be asked to provide
their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation. In
addition to ELDs, drivers will also be checked for basic safety measures
such as seat belt usage and alcohol or drug impairment.
Inspections will still include equipment checks, with officers
looking for violations in brake systems, cargo securement, coupling
devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel
systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires,
trailer bodies, wheel ends, and windshield wipers.
If no critical violations are discovered in an inspection, a CVSA
decal will be applied to the vehicle to indicate that the truck has
passed a decal-eligible inspection conducted by a CVSA-certified
Source of article click here : Truckinginfo
'Sharing the pain': Truckers get to choose between 2 residential stree
Ready Street and Harding Street West both set to be truck routes
of Saint John's Harding Street West will likely see fewer trucks in the
future. The city has now designated nearby Ready Street as another
Saint John city councillors have agreed to
steps that will take some transport truck traffic off one west side
residential street and place it on another.
Harding and Ready
streets run parallel to each other — but for decades Harding has been a
designated truck route for transports servicing industries like Irving
Paper and Moosehead Breweries.
Harding residents have long
complained of shaking windows, noisy trucks and ear piercing 'blats'
from engine retarders, known as Jake Brakes.
A survey in June of 2015, found 267 trucks or buses used the short, one-way street over a 24-hour period.
Harding has 53 residential buildings, mostly apartment houses.
what's described as a "short term" plan, the city's traffic bylaw will
be amended to give truckers the option to choose between either Harding
or nearby Ready Street as they make their way to Highway 1.
what it does is it shares some of the pain between the two streets,"
said Tim O'Reilly, the city's traffic engineer.
Ready street has just 11 residential properties, a mix of apartment houses and single family dwellings.
Coun. Blake Armstrong believes most truck traffic will now shift from Harding Street to Ready Street. (CBC)
east end is directly opposite from Moosehead Breweries, and it is
expected trucks servicing that company are most likely to use it.
"This is excellent," said Coun. Blake Armstrong.
now have two options. So the truckers will decide which one they go
to. And I'm telling you most of them will probably go to Ready Street
from my experience because it's easier to go down."
councillors the "sustainable" long-term solution to west side traffic
concerts is a major reconstruction and realignment of Simms Corner,
which would give truckers a straight route to the highway via Fairville
Boulevard, a commercial street with no residential properties.
You'll never get this council to ever vote to spend money on Simms Corner.- Coun. Blake Armstrong
2007 estimate put the price tag for that project at $7.3 million, not
including engineering, land acquisition, contingency or HST costs.
Armstrong says Simms Corner works just fine that way it is and a reconfiguration is not necessary.
"Absolutely not. You'll never get this council to ever vote to spend money on Simms Corner."
Coun. Donna Reardon says city residents should not have to pay for changes at Simms Corner.
"I would like to see that picked up by the industry that's using it and by the industry that requires all the trucks."
were also shown options for short term changes to other city trucking
routes as part of a larger strategy dubbed "Move SJ."
include recommendations that truck route designations be removed from
both Foster Thurston Drive and Churchill Boulevard, and that transport
truck activity be limited to Port activity in the south central
There's also a recommendation to prohibit the use of engine retarder brakes except in emergency situations.
Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Survey of Motor Carriers: Where is More Truck Parking Needed?
Since last Fall, SPR Associates, on behalf of the
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, has been reaching out to trucking
stakeholders to get their views on the availability of truck parking in Southern Ontario.
Initial results from the on-line survey have clearly indicated that
there is a significant need for additional truck parking along Southern
Now stakeholders are specifically asking trucking carriers to provide
input on their experience with truck parking to ensure a full range of
informed stakeholders are having their voices heard,
SPR and the MTO are asking carriers to fill out this survey and tell them exactly where more truck parking is needed. Please fill out the short survey here.
The survey should be completed by someone familiar with the company’s trucking operations.
Source of article click here : OTA
Full Speed Ahead for B.C. Trucking Industry
Full Speed Ahead for B.C. Trucking Industry
The trucking industry is thriving in B.C., with recent growth around
5%, and expected to remain at that level, which is well above the
That’s according to Helmut Pastrick, chief economist for Central 1
Credit Union, who told Truxpo 2018 conference attendees that the
trucking industry would grow faster moving forward than it had in recent
years, with employment numbers also expected to continue to rise.
“It does look promising,” said Pastrick. “As long as we have
long-term growth it should go well. In a growing economy there is a
growing demand for the movement of goods, and that is certainly depicted
Pastrick highlighted that B.C.’s overall economy was much stronger
than the rest Canada, with recent growth around the 3.5%-4% range
compared to 1.5%-2% in the remainder of the country.
He did anticipate B.C.’s economic growth to slow slightly in the
coming years to the 2.5% range, but remain higher than Canada as a
“I expect your industry to outperform the B.C. economy, which has
typically been the case,” Pastrick told trucking industry attendees.
Pastrick also pointed to rising fuel prices and its effect on the
industry, saying prices have reached the highest level since 2014.
Despite an upsurge in demand in emerging markets, such as India and
China, demand has declined in the U.S. and Europe, according to
South of the border, the U.S. economy has seen growth around the 2%
mark and is expected to swell to 3% in 2018 and 2.5% the following year.
Pastrick said 2% growth is historically low for the world’s largest
economy, which is still recuperating from the largest recession since
the Great Depression.
“Whatever happens in the U.S. really matters to us,” said Pastrick,
adding that the U.S. economic recovery could stretch into 2022.
Fiona Famulak, president of the Vancouver Regional Construction
Association, said trucking companies must prepare for the City of
Vancouver and province’s zero-emissions mandate for new construction
Starting in 2025, residential buildings constructed in Vancouver will
be required to emit zero emissions once complete. Famulak said this
version of the mandate is just the beginning, and discussions on a new
version would include carriers bringing materials to site to also be
emissions free, as well as the sourcing of those materials.
Famulak said when changes occur in the construction sector there is a
ripple effect that trickles down to trucking, and zero-emission
buildings were an example of that.
Carriers will see an impact due to the varying types of materials
that will be needed to construct zero-emission buildings, such as the
kind of vehicle and trailer that will be used to haul the freight. The
new buildings will require the use of increased amounts of wood, panels,
and solar panels, as well as modular buildings constructed off-site and
transport to permanent locations.
Buildings in Vancouver emit 57% of the city’s total GHG emissions.
Source of article click here : The Trucking Network
Lessons to Learn: Western provinces review driver training standards
TORONTO, Ont. — Sukmander Singh, the owner of Adesh Deol Trucking,
revealed little about his driver involved in the Tisdale, Sask.
truck-and-bus collision that killed 16. The man he knew through common
friends had been licensed for a year. The month working for Singh’s
two-truck operation reportedly included about 15 days of additional
The cause of the April 6 crash that killed so many members of the
Humboldt Broncos has yet to be determined. No charges have been laid,
although Adesh Deol’s second truck was taken off the road pending an
investigation. But the collision – and the driver’s relatively limited
experience – has spurred discussions about driver training standards in
Canada’s prairie provinces and beyond.
The scramble by regulators looking to take some sort of action became
evident April 27, when Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) hastily
reversed a memo that just days earlier had promised to mandate
entry-level driver training. Ontario is currently the only province to
“No decision has been made regarding Class 1 training,” wrote Kwei
Quaye, vice-president, traffic safety, driver and support services, in
the second memo. “To be clear, mandatory Class 1 training is an option
that has not been ruled out. Along with the government of Saskatchewan,
we continue to work with the industry and other stakeholders to
determine the exact content of the new curriculum, including the number
of hours of training.”
In the original memo to the province’s driving instructors, SGI’s
auto funds division had clearly announced plans to require a minimum of
70 hours of training before securing a licence. A plan to be in place no
later than 2019 was to be implemented “shortly thereafter”.
“As you know, a lot has been in the media following the Humboldt
tragedy and there is a spotlight on Class 1 testing and Class 1 driver
training and that’s OK,” SGI said at the time. “Mandatory means just
that: a driver will no longer be able to challenge the road test to
become a Class 1 driver unless they have completed the mandatory
training at a recognized school first.”
“The training will produce qualified and skilled drivers and it
will eliminate inconsistencies between how people are getting their
training and the content of that training,” the original memo added.
The reversal surprised industry representatives including Susan
Ewart, executive director of the Saskatchewan Trucking Association. But
it wasn’t the first time they had heard a 70-hour limit proposed.
The timeline had already been included in a government bid to update
voluntary driver training curricula, Ewart said, referring to
discussions that began last July. If anything, the proposed limit was
seen by the industry group as falling short of what is actually needed.
By way of comparison, Ontario’s mandatory regime requires 103.5 hours of
training, although schools in that province have an option to credit
trainees with “advanced standing” for experience linked to a lower
The SGI’s proposed training standard included 18 hours in a
classroom, but the Saskatchewan Trucking Association suggested 37.5
hours would be more effective, Ewert offered as an example.
“Even if [students] do take driver training from a driver training
school, they’re still not coming out with an understanding of how to be a
professional truck driver,” she said, referring to knowledge needed
around topics such as weights and dimensions and hours of service.
But the 70 hours was still seen as a step in the right direction, and
was expected to be defined this year for a rollout in 2019.
As for the on-again-off-again discussion of mandating those hours?
“We’d been receiving a lot of questions and inquiries from driver
instructors and driving schools regarding the discussion that’s been
happening in the media,” explained Tyler McMurchy, manager of media
relations for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, referring to how the
original memo came about. But the internal bulletin to driver
development areas “was not clearly written,” he added, suggesting it was
“interpreted in a way that anybody could have.”
“There is going to be something stronger put in place, but exactly
what that will look like has not been determined,” he said. “Mandatory
training has not been ruled out, but it’s just that the decisions
haven’t been made yet. We do intend to have something different in place
in early 2019.”
“Even the number of
hours has not been determined yet,” McMurchy said. “Seventy [hours] is
something we had been looking at. It may have been something different.”
“The work SGI was already doing suggested that the training will
consist of classroom hours, hard hours [where a driver is learning about
the rig and how to inspect it], and then behind-the-wheel hours with
practical hands-on driving,” Quaye writes about SGI’s current position.
“The written, pre-trip, and road tests would be updated to reflect the
enhanced curriculum once it’s developed.”
Manitoba and Alberta, meanwhile, continued on paths of
Alberta Transport Minister Brian Mason said during a meeting of the
Alberta Motor Transport Association that training is now on the “front
burner” for his government. Manitoba is also consulting on a plan to
standardize training and certification for commercial drivers – meeting
National Occupational Standards.
“This is something the trucking industry has asked for and we want
to work together in a collaborative way to see how this would work in
Manitoba,” said Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.
“It is clear that Manitoba needs to start this work to ensure that
all provinces are moving together on a standardized system,” he said.
“There’s work to be done, but I think it’s work headed in a positive
direction,” said Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking
Association. “What we didn’t get from our minister is any commitment to
what a standard is.”
Manitoba currently has a 244-hour voluntary training standard, but
it’s followed by just four of the 18 private vocational institutes
registered for driver training, Shaw said.
Those four schools have curricula that aligns with National
Occupational Standards established by Trucking HR Canada, defining the
knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be a truck driver for
equipment with gross vehicle weights up to 100,000 pounds. Operating a
B-train, such as the vehicle involved in the Humboldt crash, is
identified as a specialty.
“Making it mandatory is just, quite frankly, as simple as the
minister saying, ‘Thou shalt,’” Shaw said. And his group is promoting
the idea of mandatory entry-level training to meet the national
“We’re quite pleased with where everything is going,” said Angela
Splinter, executive director of Trucking HR Canada, noting how her group
is supporting provincial trucking associations in the such efforts.
While it doesn’t define a specific number of training hours, the
National Occupational Standard informs the end goal that trainees are
expected to reach. It also was the foundation of Ontario’s training
“The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) would like to commend the
provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba for their recent
acknowledgement of the importance of introducing mandatory entry level
training for our sector,” said Scott Smith, chairman. “As an industry,
we have confidence our government partners in all provinces currently
without mandatory entry level training will continue to work with CTA
member provincial trucking associations to introduce similar
requirements that raises the bar as it relates to commercial truck
Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
Semi loses load of concrete slabs at Pembina Highway and University Crescent
Roads reopened before rush hour
Pembina Highway was closed at University Crescent Tuesday afternoon
after a semi dropped some of its load of concrete slabs. (Trevor Brine/CBC)
Pembina Highway has reopened after being closed at University Crescent
Tuesday afternoon, when a semi-trailer truck dropped a load of concrete
blocks on the highway, Winnipeg police say.
Police said the semi
was carrying concrete blocks, weighing more than 450 kilograms each,
some of which fell onto the road shortly after 1 p.m. CT.
Several lanes of Pembina were closed but reopened by 3 p.m.
No one was hurt, but police say cranes were needed to pick the blocks up.
A semi-trailer truck was seen at a stop at the closed-off intersection. (Trevor Brine/CBC)
The cause of the accident has not been released.
Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : CBC NEWS
‘Roadmap’ offers direction in distracted driving fight
SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance is defining a “roadmap” to help curb collisions linked to distracted driving.
Underlying ideas were unveiled in Scarborough, Ont. during last
week’s annual meeting of the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving,
which included the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), road
safety groups, police, insurers, and government officials.
“There is no silver bullet to eliminating incidences of distracted
driving. Solutions will need to come from government and industry, so we
are developing a holistic, ‘roadmap’ approach with TIRF and input from
our membership that explores four key areas – prevention and planning,
monitoring, enforcement and evaluation,” said Geoff Wood, the alliance’s
senior vice-president of policy.
Short-term action items identified by the group include adding
distracted driving messages to driver training material, adopting
technologies such as electronic logging devices (ELDs) to help keep
minds on tasks, and focusing on the feasibility of regulations for
forward-facing cameras. The alliance also wants “meaningful, proactive
consequences” for those who are caught driving distracted, as well as
pilot tests and incentives to identify the next generation of advanced
driver assistance systems (ADAS), to ensure they’re ready for Canadian
“We believe there are areas where can have an impact in the shorter term
and we would like to get working on those plans with our road safety
partners as soon as possible,” said Wood.
The CTA is now looking to establish a working group of carriers and
industry suppliers with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, to
produce a related policy paper on distracted driving.
The paper will focus on technologies that can reduce distractions;
identify the returns on investments linked to related technologies; the
feasibility of mandating certain technologies; and recommended best
management practices for drivers, dispatchers, operations teams, and
Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : Truck News
Homes Evacuated Due to Hydrochloric Acid Spill on Alberta Highway
BOYLE, Alta. – A highway detour is in place and homes have been
evacuated due to a crash involing a semi hauling hydrochloric acid
northeast of Edmonton.
RCMP say the rig was the only vehicle involved in the crash and that
the driver is OK, but that some hazardous material has been released.
The crash happened on Highway 831, about three kilometres south of
Boyle, Alta., and traffic is being diverted to other roads to avoid the
Police say that people in several nearby homes were told to leave as a precaution.
Source of article click here : Weather
Overturned truck at Ambassador Bridge entrance prompts delays
Police say there is minimal access through the duty free parking lot
An overturned truck at the Ambassador Bridge entrance on the Canadian side of the border has been causing delays.
say the accident has blocked the main entrance, and there is only
minimal access to the bridge through the parking lot at the Duty Free.
Wyandotte Street can be used to access the bridge, police tweeted.
At about 2 p.m. on Thursday, police said there would be no access to the bridge from Huron Church Road for up to three hours.
It is not clear what caused the turnover.
Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Amherst fire destroys pickup truck and 3 transport truck trailers
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation
fire moved so quickly there was little time for the people on site to
put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, said a news release from the
town of Amherst. (Submitted by the Town of Amherst)
An evening cleaning trailers in a parking lot in Amherst,
N.S., quickly turned dangerous after a trailer containing a pressure
washer burst into flames and burned through three other transport truck
trailers and a pickup truck before it could be put out.
started Monday evening around 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Gordon Food
Service at 38 Industrial Park Dr. according to a news release sent out
by the town.
No one was injured in the blaze.
By the time firefighters arrived, three of the trailers were already burning out of control.
three were fully involved.They all had flames coming out of various
spots within the trailers," said Amherst fire chief Greg Jones.
A contractor hired by Gordon Food Service to clean the trailers
was inside one when a small trailer containing the pressure washer he
was using caught fire. A truck driver saw the flames and told the
cleaner to get out.
The fire quickly spread to three
16-metre-long trailers and a pickup truck towing the trailer with the
pressure washer, all of which were destroyed.
Three other transport truck trailers were also damaged in the fire.
biggest issue was the close proximity of the trailers. It's not
uncommon in a yard where there would be numerous trailers that are being
stored just prior to being used, for them to be parked that close. And
the proximity of the trailers, unfortunately, gave opportunity to the
fire to quickly jump from one to another," said Jones.
said the damage could have been a lot worse had workers with Gordon
Foods not moved some of the other trailers out of the area before they
could catch fire.
The pickup truck towing the trailer with the pressure washer was also destroyed in the fire. (Submitted by the Town of Amherst)
The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.
It took 46 firefighters around 20 minutes to put out the blaze.
Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Keep on trucking: The industry’s booming and that’s good for Paccar
is spendingup to $320 million on R&D this year. It displayed this
zero-emission Kenworth T680 day cab equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell
at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The vehicle,
part of the Zero Emission Cargo Transport (ZECT) demonstration project
managed through Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management
District, is powered by a fuel cell that combines compressed hydrogen
gas and air to produce electricity with only water vapor emitted at the
A strong economy lets those truckers roll. Plus, regional economy notes.
Self-driving trucks may, or may not, be just around the bend. In the
present, the human-driven industry is enjoying its best times in years.
Tonnage hauled is at record levels, thanks to strong economic growth.
As Americans buy more goods in the 10,000-mile supply chain — with the
U.S.-China trade war on hold — some 70 percent of it is carried by truck
once it reaches our shores. Freight rates are up. Shares of most big
haulers are doing well. The industry is struggling to hire enough
cause behind the boom is continued growth in construction, which feeds
on materials hauled by truck. Also, new rules on electronic reporting of
drivers’ hours (capped at 11) forced even small fleets and individual
owner-operators to abide by the same requirements. Higher fuel prices
haven’t crimped the good times.
is having perhaps its best year ever, at least since deregulation” in
1980, according to Steve Gordon, who retired as chief operating officer
of Pacific-based Gordon Trucking two years ago and remains my go-to
source on the industry.
This ought to translate into good times for Paccar, the
Bellevue-based company that makes two of the most legendary nameplates
in trucking: Kenworth and Peterbilt, among a line of medium- and
heavy-duty trucks and parts. It’s the world’s eighth-largest
Paccar shares are around $66. It’s better than a trough of $44 in early 2016 but down from $77.64 in January.
Gordon said truck builders faced a slide in demand two years ago.
Truckers snapped up good-condition used vehicles, leaving manufacturers
and retailers suffering from overcapacity.
“Paccar will certainly benefit
from the strong trucking market,” Gordon said. “When trucking companies
feel good, they inevitably invest in new rolling stock. The revised tax
law certainly helps by allowing companies to write off 100 percent of
Indeed, orders for big rigs shot up to a record in the first quarter. And Paccar’s first-quarter earnings
beat the target of Wall Street analysts, at $1.45 a share, up 88 cents
from a year ago. It delivered a record 44,500 trucks in the quarter. The
company’s balance sheet is solid as ever.
Chief Executive Ron Armstrong told an analysts’ conference call
last month that “Paccar’s strong balance sheet and positive cash flow
have enabled the company to invest $3 billion in new products and
facilities in the last five years.”
Paccar is targeting capital
expenditures of $425 million to $475 million, plus research and
development expenses of up to $320 million this year. The R&D is
aimed at new truck models, plus electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell
technologies, among other advances. Paccar is also working on self-driving truck technology.
Paccar logged more than 30 percent of the heavy-duty truck market
last year in the United States and Canada, up from around 26 percent in
2016. It held 35 percent of the market in Mexico and smaller, but also
significant slices in Europe and Australia.
Talk about a company with a stake in trade stability.
• The Carson College of Business at Washington State University just released a report on the perceived business climate of the Northwest. It’s based on an Edelman survey of 1,000 business leaders in the region.
Among the findings: Nine out of 10 respondents were positive about
growth here, but half were worried about meeting growth or revenue goals
in the next year. Seventy-two percent said they were having trouble
finding qualified job candidates from area universities. Also, “Business
leaders agree innovation will be critical to the future of their
business, with nearly 8 in 10 saying their company needs to step up
innovation efforts to stay ahead in the market.”
Total civilian workforce growth in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue seemed to
be slowing last spring and summer. Now it’s back to 3.1 percent
year-over-year in April, in line with the increases seen since 2014. The
metro hit a record of more than 2 million in April.
Washington saw the third-fastest growth in real personal income
(adjusted for inflation) in 2016. The 3 percent rate was behind D.C.,
Utah and Georgia, according to a new report
from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The national growth
average was 1 percent. Income growth in Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue was 2.8
percent. The growth was not evenly spread statewide. For example, Yakima
increased only 0.5 percent.
Maersk Line expands presence in Canada
Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping company, today announced the expansion of its product portfolio between Europe's Mediterranean region and Canada to cater for the growing demands of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic.
The exclusive, fully Maersk Line-operated weekly service will be a five-vessel rotation stopping in Salerno and La Spezia (Italy), Fos-sur-Mer (France), Algeciras (Spain), Montreal and Halifax (Canada), and Valencia (Spain).
Other Mediterranean markets will also be conveniently connected to the
new service thanks to our integrated transhipment services in Algeciras
and Valencia, with consistent products to/from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The exclusive Maersk-operated service, the Mediterranean-Montreal Express, will have its first sailing on July 2nd, departing from Salerno, Italy, and arriving in Montreal on July 19th.
Jack Mahoney, President of Maersk Line Canada
adds: "with one agreement in effect to fuel Canadian imports and
exports in the Atlantic and another one in the works for the Pacific,
this represents only favourable wind behind the expansion of our
services in Canada and enable our customers to reach new markets in Europe and Asia."
Last year, Canadian imports and exports grew
6.9%, a barometer of economic health and prosperity for the country. For
2018, Maersk forecasts a growth of 7% in maritime container volume with
CETA and CPTPP accords expected to further support this development in
both transatlantic and transpacific trades. In addition, Maersk expects
to see another year of healthy growth for Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Far East imports which grew above 9% in 2017 to Canada's East Coast.
Based on feedback from customers, and its geographic location, Montreal was a natural choice for Maersk Line as a strategic gateway for this service. The Port of Montreal is well positioned to serve consumers in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec where two thirds of the Canadian population reside. "The Port of Montreal serves these two regions via rail and trucking service for this large market, where 49% of discharged cargo go to Quebec and further 29% to Ontario.
The port, therefore, plays a key role in boosting Canadian trade and is
a perfect match for importers and exporters looking for better
transportation solutions with Canada," mentioned Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority.
The new service will call Montreal's
Cast terminal, operated by MGT, which is conveniently located closest
to the ocean and offers easy access to rail and trucking options.
In addition, the service will make an Eastbound call in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
catering for an important Canadian perishable market and facilitating
refrigerated shipments of foodstuff traditionally exported from Canadian
For more information visit us at: www.maerskline.com
SOURCE Maersk Line
All Traffic Lanes on Peace Bridge to be Open for Summer Season
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority has begun the
process of reopening the third traffic lane on the Peace Bridge for the
2018 summer travel season. This re-opening follows a reduction to two
traffic lanes as of October 2017, which was undertaken to accommodate
ongoing construction activities related to the Authority’s three-year
$100 million Peace Bridge rehabilitation project. All three lanes will
be fully functional by the morning of May 16, 2018.
“For the second consecutive year, the single lane closure during the
fall and winter months had little adverse impact on traffic flows,” said
Kenneth Manning, Chairman of the PBA Board of Directors. “Now that
spring is here and summer is nearly upon us, the PBA is re-opening the
third lane to accommodate the many cross-border travelers we expect to
see crossing the Peace Bridge this summer.”
Prior to the single lane closure, the PBA retained Jacobs Civil
Consultants, Inc. to review the impact of operating a two-lane bridge
during the period of a winter lane closure. According to Richard
Gobeille, National Toll and Finance Manager for Jacobs Civil
Consultants, “One lane of traffic in each direction can certainly
accommodate normal traffic flows across the Peace Bridge, both east and
west bound, especially during months when daily traffic volumes are
significantly lower than in the summer season.”
All three lanes of the Peace Bridge will be open throughout the busy
summer season while other elements of the bridge rehabilitation project
continue. The $100 million rehabilitation project is scheduled for full
completion in spring 2019.
Source of article click here : OTA
Road Safety Week is Gearing on Dangerous D’s
Canada Road Safety Week is planned to run May 15-21, as the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police hopes to attract regard for a variety of security related issues.
It’s a battle requesting that individuals take the D’s — as
alcoholic, sedated, occupied, sluggish, perilously, or disconnected –
out of driving.
May 16 will
incorporate an exceptional spotlight on liquor debilitated driving,
while the seventeenth will center around weakness hindered driving.
Diverted driving is the attention on the eighteenth, trailed by
tranquilize hindered driving and forceful driving on the nineteenth and
twentieth, individually. Tenant restriction utilize balances the issues
of the week on May 21.
May 19 is likewise assigned as National Enforcement Day.
The battle is planned as a major aspect of the more extensive
Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which hopes to make Canada’s streets
the most secure on the planet.
As indicated by Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision
Statistics, there were 1,898 engine vehicle fatalities in Canada in
2016, up 2% from 2015. The 10,322 recorded genuine wounds were down 4%
year over year. The 5.2 fatalities for each 100,000 individuals, and 5.1
fatalities for every billion vehicle kilometers voyaged, stayed
In 2015, police announced 72,039 impeded driving episodes, speaking
to a rate of 201 occurrences for each 100,000 individuals. This is the
most minimal rate since information on weakened driving was first
gathered in 1986 (- 65%), and 4% lower than 2014.
Police encouraged by tips as search continues for missing man
Perry Shantz was driving Chevrolet Aveo when he was last seen on May 4
Perry Shantz was last seen driving this car, a red Chevrolet Aveo. It now has a P.E.I. licence plate FM6.
A red car stuck in a muddy dirt road in Dromore, P.E.I., was
not the one belonging to a man who has been missing for 11 days, RCMP
Fifty-year-old Perry Shantz was last seen on May 4 driving a red Chevrolet Aveo with the P.E.I. licence plate FM6.
received a tip last week of a similar car stuck in the mud in Dromore,
but the car was gone when police arrived. They used a drone to search
areas where it was too muddy for police cars to travel, said RCMP Sgt.
"People may have seen the drone overhead or seen police cars there
and we have searched the area and we have determined since that time
that the vehicle that was seen down that road is not the vehicle we are
Butler said P.E.I. conservation officers and volunteers from Civil
Air Search and Rescue have been assisting in the search, and she is
asking the public to keep an eye out for the red Aveo.
Police believe the car is still on P.E.I., and is the key to finding Shantz.
It was last seen on Riverside Drive in Charlottetown, but it had a full tank of gas so "it could be anywhere," Butler said.
could be in any parking lot. It could be or down a back road but it
could just really be parked somewhere that people are wondering, 'Hey I
wonder why that car's been there for a week.'"Started new job
moved to York, P.E.I., from Ontario in April along with his wife and
two kids, and 19 and 22. He had just started a new job as a transport
His wife had told CBC News that Shantz had been
struggling with his mental health and she believes the move had been
overwhelming for him.
"At this point we're concerned for his
safety and his health so that is why we are very seriously searching for
him and his vehicle," Butler said.
Butler said though the tip did not lead to finding Shantz, police find it "very encouraging" when people call.
realize then that the public is trying to help, is out there looking
for us and we don't mind following up on tips that we get. We can't be
everywhere on patrol so the public helps expand that area."
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Failed drug tests high in legalizing states
TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is repeating its
call for rules to guide random drug testing, following research that
shows an increase in positive marijuana tests in U.S. jurisdictions that
have legalized the drug.
Canadian legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use is expected this summer.
Since 2016, the number of safety-sensitive workers who tested
positive for marijuana increased 39% in Nevada, 20% in California, and
11% in Massachusetts, Quest Diagnostics found in a review of 10 million
drug tests conducted in the U.S.
“These increases are similar to the increases we observed after
recreational marijuana use statues were passed in Washington and
Colorado,” said Barry Sample, senior director – science and technology.
“CTA has maintained that if risk is to be downloaded to employers as a
result of legalization, then we need the necessary tools to help
mitigate that risk,” says Jonathon Blackham, the alliance’s director of
policy and public affairs.
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SafetyDriven awards seven trucking companies
LANGLEY, B.C. – Seven transportation companies have been honored by
SafetyDriven – Trucking Safety Council of B.C. – with Bison Transport
accepting the Health and Safety Innovation Award for its leadership.
The recognition is for the companies’ commitment to keeping their workers and workplaces safe from injury, illness, and disease.
Six companies – Canada Cartage, Coast 2000 Terminals, PSL – Par’s
Service, Stk’emlupsemc and Tahltan – Arrow Transportation Limited
Partnership, and E.A.L Truck and Crane – received the Certificate of
Recognition (COR), a designation awarded to employers with a health and
safety management system that exceeds regulatory requirements.
Coast 2000 Terminals also won Best Overall Large Employer COR.
“Receiving COR and being recognized for innovative safety practices
demonstrates commitment to continual improvement,” said Mark Donnelly,
executive director of SafetyDriven. “These employers have worked hard to
build a safety culture that goes above and beyond federal and
“Now they are well on their way to reaping significant long term
savings from driving down their claims costs. We are proud to honor them
for all their efforts.”
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