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Kenworth T880 gets factory fitted AWD option
Trucking News
The Kirkland, Washington-based manufacturer now offers the T880 with a 6 x 6 or 8 x 8 Class 8 axle configuration using a Marmon Herrington MT-22 front driving axle providing additional traction for challenging applications.

The new driven front drive is available up to a 10-tonne capacity and is installed at the Kenworth factory. The manufacturer says this will speed up delivery times and reduce costs for customers.

The T880 is Kenworth's multi-vocational truck. In tractor form its 32-tonne double drive bogie combined with Paccar's MX13 510hp or optional 600hp Cummins ISX15 in-line six diesel engines, the T880 is Kenworth's principle heavy haulage prime mover offering.

The addition of a driven 10-tonne front axle should significantly enhance its performance on rugged or difficult terrain.

"For severe duty applications where the ultimate in traction is required, our new configuration is a welcomed spec," says Kurt Swihart, Kenworth's marketing director.

"We see our all-wheel drive T880 being used in oil fields, configured as an off-road crane. The Kenworth T880 represents the ultimate in toughness and durability for all applications."

The all-wheel drive configuration requires a Fabco transfer case, and can be specified with Fabco's 1-speed TC-142 or 2-speed TC- 143 transfer case, depending on customer requirements.

Source of article click here : Heavy Lift
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OTA to address Ontario Recovery Group
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Recovery Group (ORG) has invited the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) to attend an upcoming meeting of their board to discuss roadside recovery practices and procedures.

The OTA’s recent campaign to help carrier members in managing heavy-duty recovery rates has resulted in OTA members submitting over 70 invoices, totalling over $700,000 in billing, for the OTA to review.

In addition, heavy-duty recovery rates have become of interest to enforcement officials, insurance brokers, and the heavy-duty tow recovery industry.

“This action by ORG shows leadership and a commitment to work with OTA and our members to address concerns regarding roadside recovery business practices,” said Steve Ondejko, chairman of the OTA. “OTA looks forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas with key leaders in the recovery industry to look for solutions and opportunities to create a joint action plan with OTA.”

In an attempt to examine the contrast between roadside business practices with posted regional recovery rates, the OTA says it will continue to compare the heavy-duty recovery invoices it receives from its members. In addition, the OTA will continue to collect invoices from carrier members until this September.

Using data from the invoices they collect, the OTA will produce a public report looking at activity in various regions to try and determine if there are any consistent rate irregularities. The draft report will be presented this November to the OTA Board of Directors, along with any recommended actions. The OTA says the public report will not use any corporate names of carriers or recovery companies.

OTA is asking carrier members interested in assisting with their campaign to scan any heavy-duty recovery invoices or receipts they have received from 2016 to date in 2017 and email them to otatowing@ontruck.ca.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Trucking supports her passion for horses
Trucking News


When you are a young girl who loves horses and is looking to make big money to feed your passion, where do you turn?

For Simmone Fowler, log trucking proved to be the perfect answer.

“I was young and I was into horses and there weren’t a lot of jobs where you could make lots of money without a big education,” Simmone says. “My dad had trucks and the neighbours had trucks so it seemed to be the thing to do.”

When she first started out, Simmone drove logging trucks full time for about 12 years, two, three and sometimes four runs a day depending on where logs were being picked up for delivery to local mills.

Driving logging trucks takes some physical, as well as technical skill.

“Lots of trial and error,” Simmone says of the skill needed to throw the long wrappers over a load of logs to secure them in place for a run.

Being a team roper helped with honing that skill.

Chaining up on icy roads in winter is another valuable skill for truckers, in addition to the general skill needed to handle a fully loaded logging truck.

Hefting the heavy chains over the tires then backing over them to latch them together takes muscle and technique. The day we talked, Simmone had to chain up twice on icy logging roads.

“You get to know the places where you will slide out,” she says.

While some drivers will put chains on their trailers, as well as their trucks, she says she usually only has to put chains on the back wheels of her truck, not the trailer or the front wheels.

“If it’s so bad out that you need steering chains you should stay home,” Simmone says.

She says there have been occasions when she has had to chain up on the highway, but for the most part she only uses the chains on logging roads.

“These trucks have a surprising amount of traction.”

Log hauling paved the way for Simmone to pursue her passion for horses.

“I like fancy horses,” Simmone says. “I’ve had horses since I was little.”

These days she has 20 horses of various ages living on the Sutton Ranch Ltd. which she owns and operates with her partner Rusty Patenaude.

They also own a 2014 Freightliner which Simmone babies as much as she does her horses, and uses to haul for Borland Creek Logging.

These days, Simmone only drives her logging truck for a few months in the winter to supplement her passion for horses which has grown into a business of breeding horses for barrel racing.

She has been a member of the Quarter Horse Association for the past 10 years and operates Diamond 7 Performance Horses at 150 Mile House.

More and more racers in the region are buying and riding her horses in barrel racing competition.

She buys mares from all over Canada and the U.S. and has one special stud in her stable named LK Sunfame to sire the offspring. The young horses are usually sold at about six months old to give their new owners ample time to work with and train them for barrel racing.

She barrel races herself and amazingly rides her stud horse in competition.

“I ride my stud. He is very well behaved,” Simmone says. “A real gentleman.”

LK Sunfame comes from the Dash Ta Fame of Utah and Sunfrost of North Dakota blood line. He is the son of Dash Ta Fame and a daughter of Sunfrost.

Simmone team roped when she was younger and plans to get back into the sport again this year with her friend Carolyn Cook.

She says they rope all of their own calves for branding which should be helpful in preparing her for returning to team roping.

Walking, ranch work, and her work with horses also keeps Simmone in shape for the rigors of log truck driving.

“You have to stay in shape or it would just kill your body,” Simmone says.

This winter Simmone was hauling out of the Horsefly region starting out at 1:30 a.m. and finishing two runs to local mills by about 10 or 11 a.m. in the morning depending on the weather.

At the height of the hauling season she will work six days a week every second week, but these days sticks to a maximum of two runs a day.

“I’ve had my licence for 20 years this year,” Simmone says. “It’s hard to believe.”

Source of article click here : Williams Lake Tribune

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Tallman Group subsidiary acquires Cobra manufacturing rights
Trucking News

MISSISSAUGA, ON – A Tallman Group subsidiary has announced its acquisition of the manufacturer rights to produce and sell the complete Cobra Trailers product line.

Tallman group says the equipment will be manufactured at Peel Truck & Trailer’s Mississauga location.

“We are committed to offering value to our customers with the complete Cobra lineup that has delivered exceptional quality in the industry. We will custom build your Cobra choice to suit your specific application and business needs” says Kevin Tallman, president of Tallman Group. 

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Peel Truck and Trailer was not the subsidiary that acquired manufacturing rights to Cobra Trailers equipment.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
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Fleet Complete acquires BigRoad
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. — Fleet Complete has acquired BigRoad, a provider of hours-of-service (HOS) and compliance solutions.

The acquisition will now enable Fleet Complete to offer an ELD compliance platform, it said.

BigRoad is based in Waterloo, Ont. and was founded to address the new HOS regulations imposed on the trucking  industry. The company released one of the first mobile HOS applications, BigRoad Mobile App, and today, with over 480,000 downloads, it is the most downloaded HOS application available.

“We are very excited about this acquisition,” said Jake McGuire, vice-president of sales, marketing, and customer success at BigRoad, “BigRoad is an established leader in the HOS and ELD compliance space and now, supported by the Fleet Complete IoT platform, I am confident we will continue to exceed customer expectations by providing the best ELD and connected vehicle solution on the market.”

Fleet Complete’s acquisition of BigRoad is part of the company’s explosive growth, following its expansion into Europe in 2015 and Australia in 2016.

“BigRoad is an impressive organization that has had a laser focus on creating the industry’s leading product for ELD compliance,” said Tony Lourakis, CEO of Fleet Complete. “Outperforming the competition in usability and connectivity, BigRoad’s driver-friendly and feature-rich application will be a great complement to our integrated platform, giving Fleet Complete customers the most reliable top-of-the-line HOS solution.”

For more information on Fleet Complete, visit fleetcomplete.com and for more information on BigRoad, visit bigroad.com

Source of article click here : Truck News

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The Sad Truth About the Treatment of Animals on Slaughter Trucks
Trucking News

Imagine the most frigid winter day in January with the bitter, icy wind blowing against your face – it’s only natural to want to take shelter and keep warm, a simple need not afforded to all. Animals raised for food consumption are transported in all kinds of weather conditions, with little to no protection against the extreme cold or heat.

During transportation, animals can also be deprived of the basic necessities of life and kept on the trailer for days on end with no rest period. Canada alone has some of the worst transport regulations in the Western world, falling well below standard.

Whether they are pigs or cows, hens or goats, these sentient beings know nothing but complete misery from the day they are born to the day they are violently slaughtered. They are treated as mere commodities in a profit-driven industry, suffering in silence. There are the lucky few who have miraculously survived their journey to the slaughterhouse and found their way to sanctuary. For most, their short lives are filled with unspeakable cruelty and torment. It is time to change this.

Transportation of “Livestock”

Thousands of animals are transported in overcrowded trucks to slaughter plants on a daily basis. Their journeys can take them hundreds of miles across the country in all kinds of weather. Regulations governing the transportation of livestock vary greatly between countries. For instance, in Canada, the “Health of Animals Regulations” state that cattle may transported for up to 52 hours without being provided access to food, water, or given a rest period. Horses, chickens, and pigs can remain on the trailer up to 36 hours without food or water. This holds true during the hottest of summer days, when the inside of the trailer can reach extreme temperatures causing dehydration and even death. It is estimated that between two to three million animals will die every year during transport – that does not include the number of animals severely injured en route.

Another issue inherent in these so-called humane regulations is the allowance for the use of electric prods at the hands of untrained drivers. These devices are used as a means of forcing animals on and off the trucks. In addition, there is no clause preventing the transport of ill, injured or pregnant animals. They may be transported as long as the trip does not cause “undue suffering.” It is not uncommon to find a downed animal lying on the feces-covered and urine-soaked trailer floor, unable to stand. Recently there have been a number of accidents involving transport trucks – the innocent victims dying without dignity or respect, discarded like trash. It is undeniable that every step of the way is filled with unnecessary suffering.

An Alternative Story

The majority of animals sent to slaughter are only months old – babies crammed in filthy, overcrowded trailers. There have been several instances of animals leaping or falling off of the trucks, such was the case with Cromwell the pig.

Cromwell the pig at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary 









In 2014, a young pig fell out of a transport truck while traveling down a very busy highway in Southern Ontario, Canada. Thankfully, he was rescued by kind people and made his way to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, a family-run sanctuary for animals rescued from abuse, neglect, and slaughter. Today, Cromwell knows nothing but love and understanding. His days on a pig farm are far behind him. He is now free to feel the sun on his back and the grass beneath him – life’s simple pleasures denied to so many gentle animals.

How You Can Help

Animals raised in factory farms suffer unimaginable cruelties their entire (short) lives. They are transported long distances without access to food or water, suffering in extreme cold and heat. Outrage would ensue if companion animals were treated in this manner and yet it is acceptable when they are farm animals.

You can make a difference. Educate yourself and others about what life is like for millions of animals that are killed for consumption. If you’re a Canadian resident, contact your local Member of Parliament and tell them the transportation regulations are failing the animals. You can also make a huge difference by supporting your local farm sanctuaries who are working hard to make the world a better place for the animals!

Source of article click here : One Green Planet

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Know your rights before your vehicle is towed
Trucking News
New provincial regulations came into effect Jan. 1

The Ontario government introduced new rules on Jan. 1 to regulate the towing industry and protect consumers from high fees.

The Ontario government introduced new rules on Jan. 1 to regulate the towing industry and protect consumers from high fees.

After an Ottawa couple ended up with a $4,000 towing bill, the Canadian Automobile Association is reminding motorists that there are new provincial rules in place to protect them from excessive towing fees.

"A lot of consumers were being subjected to excessive costs and very little information, and no access to their vehicles," said Elliott Silverstein, CAA's manager of government and community relations. 

"And as of Jan. 1, the rules have changed that motorists are required to sign authorization before towing commences, and also receive an estimate for the costs that are going to be incurred, and the costs cannot be more than 10 per cent at the end of the day beyond what was initially quoted."

The Ontario government's Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act came into effect Jan. 1. The legislation is aimed at protecting consumers and regulating the towing industry.

New rules for towing companies

If you're in a collision or encounter problems with your vehicle and require a tow truck, the new regulations are in place to protect you. They require tow and storage providers to:

  • Have permission from the consumer/driver or someone acting on their behalf before towing or storing a vehicle.
  • Publicly disclose rates and other information such as the provider's name and telephone number on tow trucks as well as in places of business.

  • Accept credit card payments from consumers.

  • Notify consumers where their vehicle will be towed.

  • Allow consumers to access their towed vehicles to remove personal property at no charge between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all business days.

  • Give consumers an itemized invoice listing the services provided and costs before receiving payment.

  • Disclose if they are getting a financial incentive for towing a vehicle to a particular vehicle storage facility or repair shop.

"At the end of the day the design is to provide consumers with better choice, better information. But also [to] give them the opportunity to know that they're not going to be held for these excessive costs," said Silverstein.

Customer's right to choose
towing bill

The itemized bill sent to Lallier Honda by Big City Towing on March 9, 2017.

Silverstein said it's important for consumers to know they have the right to call the company of their choice to tow their vehicle to wherever it needs to go, whether to a repair shop or their home.

"If you have a preferred vendor — whether it be an auto club or your car dealership having a service — making sure you have that information handy, because letting somebody know that you have that type of service could also save you hundreds of dollars in the end as well," he said.

Also, the right to pay on site by credit card creates a paper trail, which could protect consumers from costs added to invoices after the fact, according to Silverstein.

"When people are involved in a collision, certainly their thoughts are trying to get towards safety, and part of the reason why regulations were brought into effect was to protect consumers in those vulnerable times," he said.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Trucking Association calls for mandatory truck driver training
Trucking News

Jonah Jones’ dash cam was rolling when he and his family were almost hit head on by a CN Intermodal transport truck last Wednesday.

The frightening experience occurred on the Trans-Canada Highway near Salmon Arm when the truck driver attempted to pass another slower-moving commercial vehicle.

“It’s not uncommon and I think that’s why it has struck a chord with people,” said Jones on Thursday.

Now another driver is coming forward claiming he too was forced off the road by a CN Intermodal transport truck trying to pass a vehicle on Highway 97 near Prince George on Mar. 9.

“I basically had to pull over and come to a stop in my lane because the truck was not going to be able to pass,” said Prince George resident Russell Stewart.

Stewart said trucking companies need to take responsibility.

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“I think CN should have a look at what their driver expectations are and possibly timelines. Obviously this guy felt he needed to get in a hurry to get where he needed to be.”

A spokesperson for CN said the company is looking into both incidents and take safety very seriously.

A number of dangerous close calls on B.C. highways is putting pressure on the trucking industry as a whole to address unsafe driving.

President of the B.C. Trucking Association Louise Yako said the majority of drivers do operate safely but she admits inexperience can be a problem.

“In British Columbia there is no training that is required before someone takes a class 1 driver licensing test and in our view there should be a minimum mandatory training standard,” she said.

“Training will not address people who make poor decisions but what training can do is to make sure that people who have taken it understand their responsibility.”

ICBC confirmed training is not mandatory for B.C. Class 1 applicants, with training choices being left to individual applicants to prepare for the two hour road / pre-trip test.

“Any decision about mandatory driver training for commercial drivers (Class 1) would fall under the B.C. government” said spokesperson Sam Corea.

However Corea said most drivers who take the class 1 test, book one through a driving school, so most drivers do take formal training.

The RCMP said it is the responsibility of an overtaking driver to ensure that it’s safe to pass and dangerous driving can result in a ticket or legal sanctions.

The B.C. Trucking Association is asking drivers who obtain footage of potentially dangerous truck driving to send it to their organization.

Source of article click here : Global News

 

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401 closed after pileup involving numerous tractor-trailers
Trucking News

GANANOQUE, ON – Highway 401 has been shutdown in both directions between Mallorytown and Lansdowne after a major pileup involving roughly a dozen transport trucks. 

The Gananoque Police Service are calling this pileup a mass casualty and HAZMAT event, with reports of vehicles being trapped underneath tractor-trailers, and at least one transport unit leaking toxic chemicals at the scene. 

Ontario Provincial Police are currently on scene dealing with the situation. According to a statement from the OPP the initial accident occured around 2 p.m.

It's been reported that a fatality has occured as a result of the pileup. In addition, 29 indivduals were admitted to Kingston General hospital as a result of the incident.

According to Gananoque Police Service’s Facebook page, this event resulted in numerous other secondary accidents.

The Gananoque Police Service say they aren't part of this event, but will continue to provide details. 

In addition, the Leeds Fire Department confirmed one of the transport units in the initial accident was hauling hazardous material, which turns into hydrofluoric acid if exposed to heat and that hydrofluoric acid is a highly toxic, highly corrosive and poisonous solution which is harmful to skin, lungs and eyes. 

In the meantime, a decontamination station has been setup for anyone exposed.

As of Wednesday morning the stretch of highway still remains closed, with OPP saying they're unsure when it will be reopened. 

More updates to follow.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Feds heed CTA advice to strengthen rules for vehicle recalls
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – In a big win for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), the federal government is following its recommendation to strengthen how it manages vehicle recalls.

The CTA met with over 400 members back in 2015 to discuss the upcoming second phase of the greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation, and the leading concern at the time was the matter of equipment reliability and the ability of carriers to have these issues addressed.

In an outline for how the government should address the GHG regulation, the CTA suggested that the integrity of Canada’s vehicle recall system needed to be reinforced, and transport minister Marc Garneau said Bill S-2 (Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act) addresses the concern.

“Bill S-2 will grant the federal transport minister new powers to order manufacturers and importers of the majority of power units and trailers sold in Canada to issue recall notices and order the correction of any issues of non-compliance, which the minister believes is in the interest of safety,” said CTA senior vice-president Stephen Laskowski. “While that suggests the scope of the policy may be somewhat limited to matters of safety, this is a positive development for purchasers of heavy-duty trucking equipment.”

The bill proposes that any vehicle or equipment manufacturer whose product receives a national safety mark, anyone who sells a vehicle or equipment to which a national safety mark is applied, or imports any vehicle or equipment of a class for which standards are prescribed fall under the new rules.

Though the proposed regulation does not define what could be considered ‘in the interest of safety,’ a number of Transport Canada websites and publications do provide guidance.

“There are several factors at play here but it really comes down to a problem that occurs with little or no warning and is not due to everyday wear and tear, a lack of maintenance, or negligence by the owner,” added Laskowski. “This definition appears to be limited in scope to defects that directly endanger the safety of a person, rather than defects that cause some indirect safety-related issue.”

The CTA will continue to work with Transport Canada leading up to the potential passage of the bill.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Balance safety, fuel economy in emissions rules: CTA
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is asking the federal government to balance safety and the environment in proposed emissions rules which credit the fuel economy gains that can be realized with components such as Low Rolling Resistance tires.

“Regulating tire selection is a tricky business,” says Geoff Wood, the group’s vice president – operations. “Tires need to be spec’d for both safety and the environment. No one policy objective should trump the other.”

Environment and Climate Change Canada recently released its plans for Greenhouse Gas limits that will apply to 2018-29 Model Year equipment, effectively mirroring those unveiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But a tire market survey planned by Transport Canada should help find a balance between tire traction and fuel efficiency when finalizing the emissions regulations, the alliance adds.

The CTA is also asking regulators to expand the definition of heavy linehaul tractors in the emissions rules, to include Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings between 80,000 and 120,000 pounds. The rules as currently proposed offer “less-stringent” standards for tractors above 120,000 pounds –- reflecting things like the powertrain needs for the higher payloads.

Canada’s heavier equipment is more efficient than options generally available in the U.S., the alliance stresses.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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City appealing decision to allow Quebec waste to be dumped at Carp facility
Trucking News
Waste Management says it will 'review its decision' after meeting with the city's lawyers

Waste Management said in a letter it would review its position after concerns were raised about increased truck traffic into Ottawa.

Waste Management said in a letter it would review its position after concerns were raised about increased truck traffic into Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa is seeking leave to appeal a recent decision to allow construction waste from Quebec to be dumped at a processing facility in Carp.

City solicitor Rick O'Connor notified members of city council Tuesday that the appeal has been filed with the Environmental Review Tribunal.

The tribunal approved on March 1 the transfer of construction and demolition waste from western Quebec to the Ottawa processing and recycling facility at 2301 Carp Rd., which is operated by Waste Management of Canada. 

But it appears Waste Management could reconsider the decision to go ahead with the plan. 

Don Wright, general counsel for Waste Management, wrote in a letter to the city on Tuesday the company is aware of concerns raised by the city's lawyers earlier this week about the environmental compliance approval, or ECA.

"I can confirm that Waste Management is taking steps to review its position on the amended ECA, and anticipates providing further information to the City as to its position and its next steps in the near future," the letter states. 

Residents fear Ottawa would become 'dumping ground' for other cities

During public consultations on the plan last year, members of the public raised concerns about increased truck traffic flowing over the bridge into Ottawa. There were 12 written comments from the public opposing the plan, including one that expressed fear that Ottawa would become a "dumping ground for the waste of other municipalities." 

'This will increase the already congested streets of the city …' - Member of the public

"This will increase the already congested streets of the city [and] increase the risk of accidents with cyclists and pedestrians and increase the level of pollution in the core," wrote one member of the public.

"Note heavy truck traffic from Quebec on Ottawa downtown streets has long been a problem and very expensive solutions have been are still being proposed. As Ottawa moves to be cyclist friendly the presences [sic] of more heavy trucks in not what we want to see."

Another member of the public said more trucks traveling into Ottawa will increase air pollution. "Please respect our municipality's position to NOT accept waste from western Quebec," the person wrote.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Second police officer relieved of duties, trucker arrested
Trucking News
More than 300 people stranded for more than 12 hours during blizzard Tuesday night

Palwinder Singh Johal (right), shows the receipt for his truck being towed on Tuesday night.

Palwinder Singh Johal (right), shows the receipt for his truck being towed on Tuesday night. (Radio-Canada)

A senior-ranking provincial police officer has been put on administrative duty and a truck driver is facing criminal charges as the Sûreté du Québec seeks to lay blame for the traffic jam that left hundreds stranded overnight last week.

The SQ announced Sunday evening that it has put a second senior member of the force on desk duty amid an internal review of its response to the traffic jam on Highway 13.

More than 300 commuters were trapped for more than 12 hours during a snowstorm on the stretch of highway in Montreal's west end.

The first officer to be put on administrative duty was a captain and the commanding officer of the operation. The officer in Sunday's announcement is a lieutenant. Both officers could face disciplinary action.  

Police wouldn't comment further on why the officers were removed from regular duty, but the officers could face disciplinary action.

Trucker says he was towed willingly
Highway 13 for timeline

Cars on Highway 13 wait overnight Tuesday for help after two trucks collided that evening, blocking traffic. (CBC)

On Saturday, the SQ arrested trucker Palwinder Singh Johal, 57, in his Laval home. He was accused of refusing to allow his truck to be towed, thus holding up traffic overnight, resulting in the motorists being trapped.

Johal has not appeared in court for charges related to the traffic jam, but provincial police said he could face criminal charges including mischief.

However, Johal says he is more of a victim than the culprit.

He said his vehicle was not at the front of the traffic jam. His truck, he says, was about 10th in line.

He told CBC/Radio Canada he was surprised when he was arrested and is still being left in the dark about what's happening in his case.

"We know nothing. They told us nothing," Johal's son Paramjit said. "It's so weird."

Further, he said he was co-operative when the towing company started moving his vehicle. He showed his receipt and the credit card charged for the towing job.

Paramjit Johal said he believes his father was arrested because of the colour of his skin — which is brown.

Johal a scapegoat?

The spokesman for a Quebec trucking association said all blame in Tuesday's traffic jam lands on Quebec's transport ministry, not any of the people who found themselves trapped on the highway. 

On Tuesday night, ministry officials struggled to find snow plows to keep the road clear.

"They found the scapegoat they wanted," said Pierre Aubin, vice-president of the Quebec Trucking Association. "They are trying to take the pressure off the minister of transportation, the snow plow company, the SQ and the [transport ministry staff]."

Charged for unrelated crime

There was also a warrant for Johal's arrest in Ontario, related to a 2012 fraud investigation.

After arresting him on Saturday in connection with the Highway 13 traffic jam, the SQ handed him over to police in Kingston, Ont., and he spent the night in a local jail because of the fraud investigation. 

Johal made a court appearance via video conference on Sunday morning, Kingston police said. He was released following the court appearance. 

Investigators in Quebec are still trying to identify a second truck driver who was also on the road that night. He is considered an important witness.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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CarriersEdge shares trends found in Best Fleets to Drive For surveys
Trucking News

MARKHAM, Ont. – Company drivers and owner-operators working for the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For are making less money year-over-year while driving more miles.

This is according to the results published this week during the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For webinar put on by Jane Jazrawy and Mark Murrell of CarriersEdge.

The awards program recognizes for-hire fleets that provide exceptional workplace experiences for its drivers, and shares that information to showcase to others what successful carriers are doing to attract and keep drivers. The program itself is in its ninth year and is produced by CarriersEdge in conjunction with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).

Compensation

According to the numbers that CarriersEdge gathered through hundreds of corporate questionnaires and interviews and thousands of driver surveys, on average in 2017 company drivers earned a salary of $56,600 US (down from $59,199, in 2016). Company drivers’ average cent per mile was 50.71 down from 2016 numbers at 53.82 cents.

Owner-operators also made a lot less. Results showed that the average salary for owner-operators in the program was $156,619 in 2017, down from $164,936 in 2016. As well, owner-operators are also driving more miles annually, said Jazrawy In total, the results showed that owner-ops in the program are making 5.04% less revenue and driving 3.89% more miles.

“That’s a big year-over-year change,” Jazrawy noted. “And we don’t know if this is an overall trend, but within the Best Fleets in the program this is what we’ve seen.”

What some companies to combat this is having some sort of guaranteed pay, Murrell said.

“There’s been an increase in the number of companies that have started working with guaranteed pay,” Jazrawy said. “What’s interesting to note is, drivers would like more pay…but they are more interested in consistency of pay.”

This year numbers showed that nearly half of the fleets in the Top 20 (44%) had full guaranteed pay program, where drivers make a minimum amount per pay period.

Second class citizens

Another encouraging trend noticed this year by CarriersEdge was the effort fleets are putting forward to create an enhanced and/or equal experience for its driver so they don’t feel like the second class citizens of the company.

“We know that drivers often feel that way through our driver surveys,” Murrell said. “Which is sort of ridiculous because you have no company without them.”

Murrell said that though fleets are getting better at “grand gestures” towards their drivers, like hosting driver appreciation barbecues, many of them are unaware of subtle cues that happen through normal day-to-day operations that can undercut drivers.

“Some of those subtle cues that we see are…having driver windows, where they have to walk up to the window instead of walking in to the building…having places where (drivers) can’t go where regular office staff can,” he said.

Murrell added that often times, sales and office staff are automatically given a cell phone and company e-mail address when they are hired, but drivers don’t get these luxuries.

“We are finding that companies are recognizing these things now and drivers are getting things like e-mail addresses and business cards so they feel like they are part of the company,” he said.

Other things Murrell said Best Fleets are doing to make their drivers feel like part of the team is having an open concept terminal, making sure benefit packages for office staff and drivers are consistent and having a welcome sign at the terminal.

“We are also seeing fleets taking it one step further,” he said. “They look at it as drivers being the star athletes on the team who you want to take care of. Good examples of that are concierge services…driver pulls in and hands the keys to the maintenance concierge and then goes and hangs out in the lounge while someone else does the paperwork. We’re also seeing fleets offer drivers a service where someone runs errands for them while they are out on the road.”

Murrell’s favorite driver perk he’s seen through the program was a currency conversion program. He said one Canadian fleet interviewed this year offered its cross-border drivers a favorable US exchange rate that was “at par or close to par” since drivers pay more for things in the states than they would in Canada.

“Office staff saw that and they wanted in on that, and the answer was no,” he said. “It sends a nice message that the drivers are the stars and they get to participate in the program and the office staff don’t.”

Surprises

Dress codes are something that stuck out during interviews this year as well, said Murrell.

“We didn’t expect to see anything change in this area,” he said. “It used to be that drivers would get a free shirt at orientation and then they could buy more stuff at the company store. But that’s really being supplemented now by companies just handing out a bunch of stuff on regular basis. So four or five shorts at orientation and hats, a voucher for safety boots, and a much more frequent renewal of these things…it’s a nice benefit for the driver.”

Another area that surprised Murrell and Jazrawy was the shift from focusing on driver comforts in terminal facilities to the truck.

“More fleets are recognizing that drivers are spending most of their time on the road and in the truck,” Murrell said. “More fleets are trying to make that truck experience really nice for their drivers. Things like upgraded seats, upgraded sleeper berths and more customization.”

Murrell said this year a number of fleets are bypassing the sleeper berths altogether and putting their drivers in hotel rooms overnight.

“It’s not an industry wide trend, yet,” Murrell said. “But it is noteworthy because if a driver is getting that quality sleep, it’s a benefit to the driver.”

This year CarriersEdge had 140 fleet applications and had 69 finalists. You can see a list of this year’s Top 20 here.

The overall Best Large Fleet to Drive For and Best Small Fleet to Drive For will be announced next week in Nashville, Tenn. at the annual TCA convention.

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Coffee-loving truckers posing safety risk, says Port aux Basques mayor
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Truck drivers reportedly walking across the Trans-Canada Highway for a cup of Tim Hortons

Mayor Todd Strickland says truckers who park their rigs across from Tim Hortons in Port aux Basques may be putting themselves at risk by walking across the highway to get coffee during peak traffic.

Mayor Todd Strickland says truckers who park their rigs across from Tim Hortons in Port aux Basques may be putting themselves at risk by walking across the highway to get coffee during peak traffic.

Thirsty truckers in Port aux Basques are taking a risk when they run to get their Tim Hortons coffee, says the town's mayor.

Some truck drivers are reportedly parking their 18-wheeler rigs along the side of the Trans-Canada Highway and making a dangerous dash across the road near town on foot — all to get a double-double.

Mayor Todd Strickland says he hopes no one gets hurt.

"No doubt it creates a safety issue," he said.

Tim Hortons timbits and cofffee

The love of a double double is prompting some truck drivers to park their rigs and dart across the highway in Port aux Basques, the mayor says. (J.P. Moczulski/Reuters)

For truckers arriving in Newfoundland on the Marine Atlantic ferry, Port aux Basques is the first chance to grab a Tim Hortons coffee before heading across the island.

'Smaller vehicles have to go through a gauntlet of tractor trailers.' - Todd Strickland

But instead of trying to fit into the town streets and the coffee shop's parking lot, Strickland said some truckers are leaving their rigs on the side of the highway.

Strickland said that on some occasions, there are 12 to 14 trucks parked on either side of the road.

"Smaller vehicles have to go through a gauntlet of tractor trailers, not knowing if someone is going to dart out in between vehicles," Strickland told the Corner Brook Morning Show.

No easy solutions

Strickland said the issue comes and goes, but it seems to be on the rise lately — and nobody seems to know how to put the brakes on the problem.

Tim Hortons Port aux Basques

The Tim Hortons in Port aux Basques is located near, but not on, the Trans-Canada Highway. (Google)

"We have 'no parking signs' all over the area, but a sign is, unfortunately, just a sign," he said. "We're a small municipality and we don't have (enough) enforcement."

Besides, Strickland said, the highway falls under the jurisdiction of the Highway Traffic Act, so the town relies on the RCMP to keep an eye on the area.

Todd Strickland Port aux Basques

Todd Strickland is the mayor of Channel-Port aux Basques. (Facebook/Vote Todd Strickland For Channel Port Aux Basques Town Councillor)

"The RCMP is on our side," said Strickland, noting that police are aware of the problem and are doing what they can.

However, he added it can be dangerous for police to patrol or park and ticket that area as well.

Strickland said no one has any concrete ideas yet for a long-term solution, but said people in the community have discussed everything from widening the highway, to making a pull-off area for trucks, to having a skywalk built over the highway so truckers can walk for their coffee safely.

All these things would require federal money, added Strickland, who said Port Aux Basques couldn't afford them alone.

And while the town mayor says he hasn't heard of a close call yet on the road yet, the "possibility is still there."

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Quebec Highway 20 shut down after crashes, massive pileups injure 3, cause chemi
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One trucker suffered critical injuries in a crash, where about seven trucks and their cargo reportedly caught fire. Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries in another pileup nearby, where tanker-truck spilled about 20,000 litres of a toxic substance.

At least three people are seriously injured after poor driving conditions blamed on a major storm led to several highway crashes in Quebec.

At least three people are seriously injured after poor driving conditions blamed on a major storm led to several highway crashes in Quebec.  (Kevin Desjardins-Jean/Facebook)  

MONTREAL—Poor driving conditions caused by a major storm resulted in several highway pileups in Quebec on Tuesday, including two crashes a few kilometres apart that left at least three people with serious injuries.

Quebec Provincial Police say one trucker suffered critical injuries in the first crash on Highway 20 near the community of Saint-Zotique in western Quebec. About seven trucks and their cargo reportedly caught fire in the accident.

Two other people were taken to hospital with serious injuries in a pileup involving about a dozen vehicles a short distance away. In that accident, a tanker-truck spilled about 20,000 litres of a toxic substance called sodium hypochlorite.

Christian Blanchette, a regional environmental emergency co-ordinator, said the substance is similar to bleach, but very concentrated, and was contained in the highway median. He said the snow turned the material into a jelly, making it easy to recover.

Highway 20 in both directions in the area was expected to remain closed for several hours.

The slick driving conditions were also blamed for an earlier pile-up south of Montreal when at least 50 vehicles collided at about 3:30 p.m. on Highway 10 in the Magog area. Twelve people suffered minor injuries.

In another crash blamed on the weather, one man died south of Trois-Rivieres when his vehicle collided with a bridge pillar on Highway 55.

Police were also kept busy with a pileup involving about five vehicles, including a provincial police cruiser, on Highway 10 near Eastman in the Eastern Townships. Police say some people suffered minor injuries.

On Tuesday evening, on Highway 40 westbound in the Assumption area northeast of Montreal, about 15 vehicles were involved in another pileup blamed on poor driving conditions. There were no serious injuries reported in that crash.

The heavy snow caused several vehicles to get stuck Tuesday night on Highway 13 in the Montreal suburb of Dorval. Some drivers abandoned their vehicle and left on foot while others waited in their car for several hours.

Montreal firefighters were sent in to help people get out of their vehicle and buses were used to temporarily house them.

Transit officials say about 100 buses were stuck in the snow and more than 100 drivers have been unable to get to work Wednesday morning.

The accidents and highway chaos were blamed on same storm that buried much of southern and eastern Ontario arrived in Quebec on Tuesday morning. Many areas of southern Quebec were expected to receive 30 to 40 centimetres of snow by Wednesday, with slightly lesser amounts in eastern Quebec.

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4 men charged in $1M Canada Day lobster heist
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RCMP believe theft is connected to larger crime ring targeting cargo shipments in New Brunswick and Quebec

RCMP say a stolen transport truck was used in the theft of a refrigerated unit filled with lobster in Grand-Anse, N.B., on July 1.

RCMP say a stolen transport truck was used in the theft of a refrigerated unit filled with lobster in Grand-Anse, N.B., on July 1.

Four men have been charged in the theft of $1 million worth of lobster in northern New Brunswick company on Canada Day, say RCMP.

Police believe the lobster theft is connected to a larger crime ring targeting cargo shipments in Quebec and New Brunswick, Cpl. Alice Desroches said in a news release on Tuesday.

On July 1, a transport truck was stolen from Eco-Technologies Ltd. in Caraquet, N.B., said Desroches.

The truck was then used to steal a refrigerated unit filled with frozen lobster from LeBreton and Sons Fisheries Ltd. in Grand-Anse, N.B., she said.

One man from New Brunswick and three men from Quebec have each been charged with two counts of theft over $5,000, said Desroches.

A 40-year-old man from Cap-Bateau, N.B., is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Caraquet on June 20.

A 21-year-old man from Terrebonne, Que., is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Tracadie on June 28.

Two other Quebec men, a 42-year-old man from Saint-Benoît-Labre and 52-year-old man from Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, will both appear in court "at a later date," she said.

16 arrested in 6 raids

On March 8, police arrested 16 people, aged 20 to 56, during six raids in New Brunswick and Quebec in connection with an alleged multimillion criminal network.

Ralph Leblanc, 53, of Memramcook

Ralph Leblanc, 53, of Memramcook is one of three men still wanted by Quebec police in connection with Operation Obliger. (Sûreté du Québec)

Seized items included deluxe cars and truckloads of diapers, pork, lobster and sparkling fruit juice.

Quebec provincial police are still seeking the public's help in locating three men wanted as part of the operation, dubbed Obliger: Ralph Leblanc, 53, of Memramcook, N.B., Yannick Demers, 42, of Sherbrooke, Que., and ​Denis Vallée, 35, of Waterloo, Ont.

Operation Obliger began in June 2016 and involved 78 cases of theft representing more than $5.3 million in stolen goods.

The thefts occurred in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, police said.

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Roadcheck blitz set for June 6-8
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GREENBELT, MD – This year's Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) annual Roadcheck inspection blitz will be held June 6-8.

The 72-hour event will have inspectors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico conducting an increased number of inspections on commercial vehicles to “conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives.”

While the event and the particular focus of the inspectors hasn't been formally announced the by the CVSA, the dates have been published on its website. Last year, the inspections narrowed in on tires and level I inspections.

In last year's blitz, 62,796 inspections were performed with 21.5% of trucks inspected being put out of service by inspectors. In addition, 3.4% of drivers were put out of service – which equates to 9,080 trucks or 1,436 drivers. The CVSA says brakes and hours were the top out-of-service violations in 2016.

The CVSA provides a list of what inspectors will be looking for during their inspections on their website.

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Canada's emission goals take center stage
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Canada’s is embracing an “ambitious” climate change objective that by 2030 would eliminate more Greenhouse Gases than come from every vehicle on the road today, according to Jody Proctor, Transport Canada’s director – clean air policy analysis.

Almost ¼ of the nation’s Greenhouse Gas emissions come from transportation, and 80% of that comes from on-road vehicles, she said during a panel discussion at the annual Green Truck Summit. Trucks account for about 30% of that.

“Transportation clearly needs to be part of our climate change solution,” she told the crowd, stressing that climate change will cost Canadians $21-43 billion per year by 2050.

To meet the goals, Proctor described carbon pricing as an “effective, transparent and efficient policy approach”. Referenced options included British Columbia’s carbon tax, the Alberta carbon levy, and cap-and-trade models introduced in Ontario and Quebec. Every Canadian jurisdiction must have a carbon pricing model by 2018, set at $10 per tonne in 2018 and rising to $50 per tonne by 2022.

Last month, the federal government also introduced a discussion paper around pending clean fuel standards to reduce the emissions related to fuel, she added. Related strategies included renewable fuel mandates, their specific Greenhouse Gas performance standards, and limits on the overall carbon intensity of fuels. Since 2008, for example, British Columbia has required diesel to have 4% renewable fuel. Last year, Ontario began requiring 4% of diesel to include bio-based diesel.

But when it comes to alternative fuels like natural gas and hydrogen, there is a need for refueling infrastructure, she said, citing several provincial programs that are looking to make a difference. British Columbia’s natural gas refueling program includes a 20% incentive for those willing to build a station in a specific transportation corridor open for third parties. Ontario is investing $20 million into charging infrastructure and offering a $1,000 incentive for charging stations. Quebec, meanwhile, is running a pilot project to introduce multi-use stations, and GazMetro has announced plans to build its first Compressed Natural Gas station for public use.

The fuel, however, is just part of the equation. While emissions standards are tougher than ever, the median age for a heavy truck in Canada is close to 16 years, Proctor said. Programs like SmartWay have been introduced to encourage fleets to adopt low-emissions equipment. The eco-Technology for Vehicles program is assessing options such as 6x2 axles, platooning, and the availability and option of Low Rolling Resistance tires.

Canada also presents some unique challenges when it comes to Low Emissions Vehicles, however. Electric vehicles in Canada can face ranges that are a mere 70% of those seen in the U.S. because of harsher climates on this side of the border, she observed.

But Proctor points to several gains realized in alternative fuels, by fleets including FortisBC, UPS, FedEx, and many public utilities. Quebec-based-EBI is transforming residential waste into fuel, and Ballard Power continues to advance fuel cells, she says. Even Canada Post is testing alternative fuel options.

“We won’t necessarily get where we need to be overnight,” she says, referring to alternative fuels and Zero Emission Vehicles. “We are really laying the groundwork to get to our 2030 target, and in fact reduce emissions over the longer term.”

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DHL commits to be emissions free by 2050
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BRAMPTON, ON – Mail and logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to eliminate all logistic related emissions to net zero by the year 2050.

The commitment to zero emissions by 2050 is the company’s way of making a meaningful contribution to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference’s goal of limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius.

In addition, DHL wants to evolve into the market leader in green logistics with plans to expand its portfolio of green products and services to aid their customers achieve their own climate protection goals.

"The decisions we make today will determine how our children live 30 years down the line," said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

By 2025, the company’s environmental program GoGreen aims to achieve four interim milestones.

  • Worldwide, Deutsche Post DHL Group will improve the carbon efficiency of its own activities and those of its transport subcontractors by 50% compared to the 2007 baseline. 
  • At the local level, the Group aims to improve the lives of people right where they live and work using clean transport solutions. The Group will operate 70% of its own first and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions like bicycle and electric vehicle delivery. 
  • More than 50% of sales will incorporate Green Solutions, making customers' supply chains greener. 
  • The Group will train and certify 80% of its employees as GoGreen specialists by 2025, and actively involve them in its environmental and climate protection activities. In addition, the company also plans to join with partners to plant one million trees every year.

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