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DRTA reveals details about upcoming annual MTO Information Night
Trucking News

WHITBY, Ont. — The Durham Region Transportation Association (DRTA) has announced  it is hosting its annual MTO Information on March 8, 2017.

The session will feature Joe Lynch from the MTO as the guest speaker who will cover topics like: E-logs, oversized/overweight load permits, LCVs, driver training requirements, and wheel separations. Lynch will also be taking questions from the audience, the DRTA said.

To reserve your spot at this free event for members, email Organizers encourage those interested to register soon as the event sold out last year.

The event is set to take place in the Theatre Room at Abilities Centre at 5 Gordon Street in Whitby, Ont. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the session begins at 7 p.m.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Feds target dirty agents, officers patrolling US-Canadian border
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DETROIT (WXYZ) - Amidst a heated political debate in Washington about how to best protect our nation's borders, federal agencies are turning their attention to ferreting out corruption within their own ranks and other law enforcement.

"We’re speaking of the anomaly here," said Aaron Poyer, who leads the Detroit Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility.  "That agent who succumbs to some life situation that they end up being somehow compromised or enticed by a criminal organization to go to the dark side."

This week, the Detroit offices of the FBI and Customs and Border Protection are launching a campaign against corruption at the US-Canadian border among agents and officers.  While border corruption is most prevalent along the U.S and Mexican border, the head of the Detroit FBI says Michigan's border with Canada faces plenty of serious and unique threats every day.

"It might be allowing someone to bring in illegal aliens," said David Gelios, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit FBI.  "It could even be facilitating the entry of a truck into the United States which might contain the components of a bomb."

Corruption among border agents doesn’t always make news, but it is a well-documented problem nationwide. Since 2004, 197 Customs and Border Protection Agents have faced corruption-related charges. Sometimes, those agents are in Detroit.

Only a few months ago, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Clifton Divers was indicted, accused of conspiring with a Birmingham attorney to allow immigrants to avoid deportation. According to the indictment, Divers falsified official records, claiming that Albanian, Iraqi and Mexican nationals needed to stay in the U.S. because they were assisting in criminal investigations. 

He did it, says the indictment, in exchange for more than $5,000 in free legal work. Divers is still awaiting trial. Last Fall, he entered a plea of not guilty.

"For those employees who are involved in facilitating illegal conduct," Gelios said, "they really erode away at the faith the public has in their government and their government officials."

Detecting border corruption isn’t easy.  Just this month, six current and former TSA agents were indicted for their role in a massive smuggling operation that spanned 18 years—allegedly accepting bribes to help traffic more than 20 tons of cocaine into the US. 

If there are dirty agents or officers here in Detroit, officials are hoping you’ll help blow the whistle. This week, they’re launching a new campaign aimed at soliciting tips. Billboards with the FBI's phone number have been popping up throughout the area asking for information, even if it’s anonymous.  

"Somebody knows something," Poyer said. "Someone in the community, a neighbor, a family member, a co-worker. We’re hoping to reach out to people who sense something is wrong."

To report a tip of border corruption, you can call the Detroit FBI at 313 965-2323 or submit a tip online at

Contact 7 Investigator Ross Jones at or at (248) 827-9466.

Source of article click here : WXYZ

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Highway 3 in Yellowknife reopens after overturned tanker truck cleared
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Road was closed for hours at intersection with Deh Cho Boulevard

N.W.T. Highway 3 was closed for most of the afternoon at the intersection with Deh Cho Boulevard, where a tanker truck overturned.

N.W.T. Highway 3 was closed for most of the afternoon at the intersection with Deh Cho Boulevard, where a tanker truck overturned. (Randall McKenzie/CBC)

N.W.T. Highway 3 in Yellowknife has reopened after a tanker truck overturned near the intersection with Deh Cho Boulevard.

The truck overturned at about 12:15 p.m. Monday. RCMP say the driver of the truck did not require medical attention. 

The tanker truck has since been uprighted. 

Yellowknife RCMP, Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Yellowknife Airport Fire Department, and the Yellowknife Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responded.

RCMP say they are not investigating the rollover but assisted in securing the scene. They also used a drone to conduct a scene survey to help the departments of Transportation and ENR.

Tanker truck rollover Highway 3

An RCMP Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took this image of a tanker truck rolled over on N.W.T. Highway 3 in Yellowknife Monday afternoon. (Yellowknife RCMP)

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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New Milton inspection stations planned
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TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation will need to replace inspection stations on the eastbound and westbound stretches of Highway 401 in Milton, Ontario -- and it’s looking to the Ontario Trucking Association for design ideas.

The new stations, linked to the highway’s widening in 2019-20, are to be located between Highway 6 south and regional road 25.

Members of the Ontario Trucking Association who want to offer ideas on locations or design features have been asked to submit comments by March 9, the group says.

There is no word at this time as to whether feedback is being collected from other sources.

Source of article click here :  Today's Trucking

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UPS reports successful drone delivery
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The tested drone can carry packages weighing up to 10 pounds.

The tested drone can carry packages weighing up to 10 pounds.

LITHIA, FL – UPS says it has successfully tested a drone that launches from the top of one of its famed package cars, delivering a package to a home and returning to the truck while the driver continues along the route.

The test was conducted in Tampa, Florida on Monday with Ohio-based Workhorse Group, which developed the electric truck and drone used in the test.

The Workhorse HorseFly™ UAV Delivery system includes an octocopter delivery drone that docks on the roof of the truck. A cage underneath the drone extends through a hatch in the truck. The driver loads the package into the cage and sends the rechargeable drone on its pre-set autonomous flight. It has a 30-minute flight time and can carry packages that weigh up to 10 pounds.

 “This test is different than anything we’ve done with drones so far. It has implications for future deliveries, especially in rural locations where our package cars often have to travel miles to make a single delivery,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability. “Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are miles apart by road. Sending a drone from a package car to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency in our network and reducing our emissions at the same time.”

Saving each of the company’s 66,000 delivery drivers just one mile per day over the course of a year can reportedly save UPS US $50 million.

 “Drivers are the face of our company, and that won’t change,” Wallace said. “What’s exciting is the potential for drones to aid drivers at various points along their routes, helping them save time and deliver on increasing customer service needs that stem from the growth of e-commerce.”

 “It’s wonderful to see this technology applied in such a practical way,” said Stephen Burns, Workhorse founder and Chief Executive Officer.

Last September, UPS staged a mock delivery of medication between Beverly, Massachusetts and an island three miles off the Atlantic Coast. Drones have also been used to deliver blood and vaccines to remote locations in Rwanda.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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OTA, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce to host town hall meeting
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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) is hosting a trucking issues town hall meeting in order to mark the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the organizations.

The town hall is being held at the Westin Toronto Airport hotel, near OTA’s offices on Wed. Feb. 22 from 6-8 p.m. The event will feature updates on key issues like ELDs, mandatory entry level training, ESDC audits, and other key matters affecting the industry. OTA will have its key staff on hand to answer questions from the audience There will also be plenty of time for OTA carriers to network with leaders from the rapidly growing South Asian business and transportation communities. OTA is expecting between 75 to 100 delegates from ICCC to attend.

The event is open only to OTA and ICCC members and registration is free.

To register, click here.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Toxic Liquid Nuclear Waste Headed for US Roadways
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Less than two ounces, says one analysis, could destroy a city's water supply.

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy, to the consternation of environmental groups, is preparing to transport 6,000 gallons of highly toxic liquid nuclear waste over American roadways.

The liquid waste will be transported in at least 100 to 150 truck trips over a three-year period.

The spent nuclear fuel is "target residue material" containing highly enriched uranyl nitrate—which after processing can be used as fuel. The DOE has spent years planning for the transfer of the waste from Canada's Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario to the Savannah River Site, a reprocessing facility in South Carolina. It will be transported in at least 100 to 150 separate truck shipments over a period of about three years, encased in cannisters normally used to transport solids that have been retrofitted to handle liquids. For security reasons, DOE won't reveal the exact timing or routes of the shipments. But elected officials in states it is likely to pass through are concerned about safety.

Until earlier this month, the transfer was held up by a lawsuit from environmental and nuclear safety groups, including the Sierra Club and Beyond Nuclear. The groups demanded an environmental impact statement, a step typically required in such cases, but a DC district court judge ruled that the plan had received sufficient DOE review and so an EIS was unnecessary. The shipments are now expected to begin this spring.

A spokesman for the Savannah River Site says the DOE will receive $60 million to cover the cost of moving and processing the material, although that figure may have changed. The deal was initiated in 2008 by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, which oversees that country's nuclear waste, because Chalk River doesn't have the means to convert the liquid waste into a solid. The United States originally gave the highly enriched uranium, then in solid form, to the Canadian facility for research and to produce medical isotopes. "Repatriation will reduce proliferation risks by consolidating highly enriched uranium inventories in fewer locations around the world," an AECL spokeswoman said in an email.

Solid nuclear waste is already transported on US roads, as are nuclear weapons, raising concerns about security. But the fact that this material is in liquid form is what makes these shipments particularly worrisome. Despite assurances from the DOE that the liquid is no more dangerous to ship than solid waste, the scientists behind the lawsuit beg to differ. If solid waste material "fell into a reservoir of drinking water or a river, lake, or stream, it could perhaps be retrieved with a minimum degree of contamination," Gordon Edwards, co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, noted in a legal brief. "The situation is very different when the radioactive material is in liquid form. It would be essentially irretrievable."

"People have to really worry...Knowing that accidents do happen, we have to be careful."

Edwards, a mathematician, told me he thinks a leak is unlikely, but the consequences could be dire. By his analysis, less than two ounces of the radioactive uranium liquid could destroy a city's water supply—he used the Georgetown reservoir for his calculations. And since potential shipment routes go over bridges and come close to critical waterways, he and the others are Edwards are pushing for every precaution. "People have to really worry," he said. "Knowing that accidents do happen, we have to be careful."

A bill introduced in the House by Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) would require a risk analysis by the Department of Homeland Security prior to the transfer of any nuclear materials. New York Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins helped craft the bill. He's worried about nuclear materials crossing the Peace Bridge, a likely entry point into the United States, crossing the Niagara River into Buffalo, New York, from Fort Erie, Ontario.

After clearing the House earlier this month, the bill is now with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. "While the Department of Energy may not believe a full environmental review is mandated, it is certainly the right thing to do," Higgins wrote in a statement. "Hazardous materials, never-before-transported, are scheduled to move through our backyard and the communities impacted have every right to demand a full and adequate assessment before that happens."

Source of article click here : Mother Jones

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'We're advising motorists to please hunker down on Thursday,' RCM
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After 75 motorists were stranded in the blizzard this week, RCMP urge drivers to heed weather warnings

RCMP in New Brunswick are asking drivers to stay home during Thursday's expected storm. Sgt. Chantal Farrah said first responders don't want a repeat of earlier this week, when 75 drivers had to be rescued during a blizzard.

RCMP in New Brunswick are asking drivers to stay home during Thursday's expected storm. Sgt. Chantal Farrah said first responders don't want a repeat of earlier this week, when 75 drivers had to be rescued during a blizzard. (CBC)

As another winter storm approaches New Brunswick, RCMP Sgt. Chantal Farrah is asking drivers to heed weather warnings and stay off the highways on Thursday.

When drivers go their own way, regardless of weather and road conditions, it is frustrating and difficult for first responders, she said, pointing to the blizzard Monday.

More than 75 motorists called 911 after becoming stranded on provincial roads.

"We're advising motorists to please hunker down on Thursday ... just so we don't have a repeat of what we just went through," Farrah said.

Environment Canada has issued weather warnings for Wednesday night and Thursday, with 15 to 25 centimetres of snow expected in southern, central and eastern areas.

Gary Howard, a vice-president with CAA in the Maritimes, wasn't surprised to hear so many people ended up stuck in the blizzard.

"There's a good reason for those warnings," Howard told Information Morning Moncton. "It seems like Canadians forget what it's like to drive in the winter."

'Just be nice' 

Howard said that during the winter, drivers should always have at least half a tank of gas and make sure they clear all of the snow from their vehicle.

'[Truckers] want to get to a safe place just as bad as everyone else and they don't go out there thinking, "I can plow my way through whatever I want.''' - Jean-Marc Picard, Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association

"One thing I see quite a bit is people driving quickly through residential areas or through commercial areas and very often ... you're trying to come out of a driveway and snowbanks are so high that you can't really see around," Howard said.

"My rule of thumb is, just be nice."

He also advises drivers to have a survival kit in their vehicle with a retractable shovel, emergency lighting, food, a first aid kit, a blanket and a tuque.

"In the event that you do break down, try to stay with your vehicle. It's safer for you to be in the vehicle than walking down the side of the road — especially in bad weather conditions."

Truckers under pressure 

On Monday at least three trucks were stranded on the Trans Canada between Moncton and Fredericton, according to officials with MRDC, the company that manages the highway.

Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, said most companies did take their trucks off the roads.

"There's always a few stragglers that are on their way home, or at a truck stop ... and they decide to do that last stretch ... but I can tell you most of my members on Tuesday didn't have any of their trucks out there."

transport truck

Most transport trucks were pulled off the roads during the blizzard this week, but at least three were stranded and spent the night on the highway between Moncton and Fredericton. (Roger Cosman/CBC)

Picard said winds have the biggest impact on transport trucks, and companies take their responsibility very seriously.

"You've got to be conscientious of that, so they make the decision themselves to stay off the roads and for that reason they're not risking their drivers' safety, the public's safety and, obviously, damaging the truck or the load."

Picard said the drivers who ended up stranded were likely from out of province and weren't paying attention to the New Brunswick forecast.

"They work long hours, it's not always easy, they want to get to a safe place just as bad as everyone else and they don't go out there thinking, 'I can plow my way through whatever I want.'"

With three storms in less that a week, drivers are under more pressure when it comes to deliveries such as food and medical supplies.

"If you have two to three days of this, back-to-back, there's some loads that are more rushed," he said.

"When you know you're going to be off the roads for 24 hours you plan ahead, you move things around, you get the rush loads out there first and you go from there once the storm is over."

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Canadian truckers want uninhibited cross-border movement
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Trump, Trudeau commit to cargo pre-clearance, international bridge completion


The first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Feb. 13 produced some “substantive issues” of interest to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

The CTA noted that in the press conference following the meeting, Trump spoke about the “outstanding” Canada-U.S. trade relationship.

While there were no specifics provided on the future of NAFTA, instead the leaders affirmed in a joint statement of the “importance of building on (the) existing strong foundation for trade and investment and further deepening our relationship, with the common goal of strengthening the middle class.”

The two leaders agreed that border security continues to be “a top priority,” but struck a balanced tone in terms of security versus trade.

Trump suggested that “tweaks” could be undertaken to improve the border for both countries.

He described the U.S.’ trade relationship between Canada to be “much less severe” than the situation at the southern border with Mexico.

Both leaders said they “look forward to the expeditious completion of the Gordie Howe International Bridge (between Windsor and Detroit), which will serve as a vital economic link between our two countries.”

The trucking alliance took note of the two leaders’ joint statement recognizing “the success of pre-clearance operations for travelers” and their commitment “to establishing pre-clearance operations for cargo.”

Source of article click here : Northern Ontario Business

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Canadian freight volumes off to a good start: TransCore

TORONTO, Ont. – TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian and cross-border loads showed another impressive month for load volumes.

According to the data, January’s load volumes marked the second highest recorded volumes compared to the same month in any year. The record for highest load volumes was set in January 2014, TransCore said.

Compared to last month, January’s volumes were up 10%. Year-over-year, load volumes jumped 43%.

Intra-Canada loads represented 24% of the total volumes and climbed 45% compared to the same period last year.

Cross-border loads averaged 72% of the total data (an increase of five percentage points from December 2016) submitted by Loadlink’s Canadian-based customers. As well, loads leaving Canada were up 35% and loads coming into Canada went up 46% year-over-year.

The narrowing gap in capacity continued in January, tightening even further to 2.10 trucks for every load available. In December 2016, this ratio was 2.26. Year-over-year, the truck-to-load ratio improved 34%, TransCore reported.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Doepker adds new line to its selection of semi-trailers
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ANNAHEIM, Sask. – Doepker Industries has added the Edmonton Trailer Manufacturing line to its portfolio, which include sliding tilt decks, low beds, crane dollies, jeeps and boosters.

Dirk Woestenenk, previous general manager of Edmonton Trailer Manufacturing, has joined Doepker as the companies heavy haul division manager.

“This is a great fit within the strategic growth plan of Doepker,” said Evan Doepker, president and CEO of Doepker. “We have been looking for ways to grow our capabilities and this addition enables us to supply a proven design to both new and existing customers. Dirk brings many years of experience in the industry. Having him join the Doepker team adds to our bench strength and will ensure that the integration process is successful.”

Doepker Industries is a manufacturer of semi-trailers in Canada for the agriculture, commercial, gravel, logging, heavy haul and energy sectors and has a head office in Annaheim, Sask.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Mack Trucks names Vision Truck Group 2016 North American Dealer of the Year
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John Slotegraaf, president of Vision Truck Group (center right), accepts the Mack Trucks 2016 North American Dealer of the Year award from Dayle Wetherell, Mack regional vice president, Canada (left), Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales, Mack Trucks North America (center left), and Dennis Slagle, president, Mack Trucks (right).

Mack Trucks has named Ontario-based Vision Truck Group as its 2016 North American Dealer of the Year. It also received the overall Customer Service Award.

The dealership reached 189 percent of its sales goal for the year and hit 25 percent market share in its respective region, Mack reports. It also marked its 50th anniversary in 2016 and “made significant investments in facilities, services and people.”

“Vision Truck Group exemplifies the kind of organization customers are drawn to, and for good reason,” says Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales for Mack Trucks North America. “The service, support and dedication they provide keeps their customers on the road and earning, and Mack Trucks is proud to be their partner.”

Vision Truck Group has six commercial truck centers in southwestern Ontario, and offers a “certified and solutions-based modification team, enhancing vocational trucks for optimum performance,” Mack says.

The company also named regional sales division winners for 2016 performance. These include:

Northeast Region

Bergey’s Truck Center, Souderton, Pennsylvania


Southeast Region

Transource Truck and Trailer Center, Greensboro, North Carolina


Central Region

M&K Truck Centers, Chicago, Illinois


Southwest Region

East Texas Mack Sales, Longview, Texas


West Region

Mountain West Truck Center, Salt Lake City, Utah


Canada Region

Vision Truck Group, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Nextran Rental and Leasing, Jacksonville, Florida, was named the Mack Leasing North America Dealer of the Year and Mack of Nashville LLC, Nashville, Tennessee, was named the North America Remarketing Dealer of the Year.

Source of article click here : Equipment World

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Close call as fuel tanker truck burns up in Dawson City
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'It could have been a very ugly scene,' says fire chief Jim Regimbal

Fuel truck fire

Quick thinking and a daring act may have saved Dawson City from a major disaster in the town's industrial area on Sunday.

A fire broke out in the cab of a fuel truck that was parked in the area. Fire chief Jim Regimbal says the truck was close to a building and three other fuel trucks — some of them full. 

"It could have been a very ugly scene," Regimbal said. "Bulk fuel all over the area and no hydrants in place. So worst case scenario, you've got four fully-involved vehicles, explosions, a workshop with injuries."

People on the scene quickly called 911.

Instead of idly waiting for fire crews, someone leaped into action to contain the damage. 

"They actually hooked onto the tanker and pulled it back from the building a few feet," said deputy fire chief Dave Taylor. "It wasn't too far away from the building."

Firefighters arrived shortly after and doused the blaze. Nobody was hurt and damage was restricted to the one vehicle. 

"Is it something that I would recommend, that people jump in vehicles and move them away when the vehicle beside them is on fire? No," Regimbal said.

"But fantastic quick thinking probably averted what could have been a much uglier situation."

It's not known yet what caused the fire, but Taylor says fire officials believe it was electrical.

"Not much left of the truck to do an investigation on," he said.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
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Best Fleets leads to better surveys
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MARKHAM, ON – Provider of online safety and compliance training tools, CarriersEdge has introduced a customizable driver survey that can give fleets insight into company performance and driver satisfaction.

“Every year when we produce the Best Fleets to Drive For program with the Truckload Carriers Association we survey thousands of drivers, collecting feedback on what they like and don’t like about their companies,” says Jane Jazrawy, Chief Executive Officer. “Smarter fleets use those results internally in their decision-making processes and the most successful fleets are companies that regularly poll drivers for feedback on various aspects of the job.”

Now CarriersEdge customers can create and customize multiple surveys of their own, and supply drivers with a chance to submit comments as well. Carriers can assign surveys to all drivers, or assign surveys to a specific group or division. Access limits can be set for the surveys and carriers will be able to choose whether the surveys are anonymous or named. In addition, result reports can be viewed in an overall view or by individual responses with multiple filter options.

Carriers will also be able to select from survey templates, some of which were based on concepts collected through the Best Fleet to Drive For program. The template subjects include employee engagement, driver exit and shipping ratings.

For example, the shipper rating survey gives carriers the ability to ask a driver to rate a load or experience briefly after completing a delivery.

“Our customers now have the power to use the same questionnaire we use in the Best Fleets To Drive For program or to create their own surveys about company-specific initiatives as often as they’d like,” Jazrawy says.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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One week left to take the youth in trucking survey: Trucking HR Canada
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OTTAWA, Ont. — Trucking HR Canada is calling on all employers and employees in the Canadian trucking industry to have their say and complete its youth in trucking survey.

The survey is part of Trucking HR Canada’s plan to develop a national employment strategy for youth in the industry.

The short survey covers three main themes, including: attraction, engagement, and challenges. Trucking HR Canada says participation will help in assessing what some of the issues are so it can effectively address them.

“We need to identify ways to better attract, recruit, and retain young people in the trucking workforce,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “We want to hear from industry so that we can assess and ultimately address what some of the challenges are.”

The online survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, is fully anonymous, and is open to anyone with an opinion on this subject matter, including; managers, HR personnel, drivers, young people, etc.

To access the employer survey, click on the following link:

Source of article click here : Truck News

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U-Haul driver alleged to have left scene of collision turns himself in
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Police released video of a man they say left the scene after the U-Haul truck he was driving plowed into cars Monday afternoon.

Police released video of a man they say left the scene after the U-Haul truck he was driving plowed into cars Monday afternoon. (Hamilton Police Service/YouTube)

Hamilton police say a man who is alleged to have left the scene of a crash Monday after the U-Haul truck he was driving plowed into the cars in front of him turned himself in on Wednesday.

The crash, which happened Monday around 3 p.m., involved a U-Haul truck plowing into multiple cars at a traffic light. No one was seriously injured, police said. 

A man was caught on video by a convenience store surveillance camera near the scene of the crash around Wellington and Cannon streets in central Hamilton.

Police also said the driver was seen gathering items inside the truck before walking away from the scene. 

A 32-year-old man from Hamilton, whose name was not released, is facing three charges, including one for driving with a suspended licence. 

He has also been charged with careless driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Police say the man is scheduled to appear in court on March 27, 2017 at the John Sopinka Court House.

On Facebook, police earlier said the man seen in the video was not the one who had rented the truck, and rental company U-Haul had been cooperating in the investigation.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Koroit 2017: One special truck show
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PETERBILT: Robbie Rose's fine masterpiece from Kloss.

PETERBILT: Robbie Rose's fine masterpiece from Kloss.

THERE'S something in the air at Koroit, Victoria. It's not the smell of diesel and oil. It's not the sound of Cummins and CAT motors idling by. It's not even the huge array of highly polished fleets, show and shine or living history.

Now that would be plenty for most truck lovers, but Koroit has added an indefinable ingredient.

It's something palpable in the atmosphere that seemed to affect all those who attended the Koroit Truck Show on January 21.

It's an atmosphere that has put this show right at the top of the trucking tree.

Shirl McCosker, Graeme Morris, Richard Allen, Julie, Janelle, Colin, Robert and Fitzy (who always turns up a couple of days before the event) exceeded all expectations - I suspect even including their own.

Notification of the show was plain for all to see in the form of the 'Hay Truck' positioned on the Warrnambool - Port Fairy road at the Koroit turn off. The local bad-element thought it would be fun to burn it to the ground, but the committee and friends pulled out all stops to resurrect it.

While gate takings are used for the betterment of local charities, donated goods (some $25,000 worth) are used as prizes for the category winners in conjunction with the obligatory dust-gathering trophies.

Fuel vouchers, truck wash, drive tyres and cash are all great incentives for truckies to come along and enter their pride and joy.

"We appreciate the efforts that everyone makes in coming here,” Shirl said.

"We decided from the beginning that we should give back as much as possible.”

Gary Young was there in hope of being one of the lucky ones. Driving for Hamilton based KAC, he drives a 104B Kenworth. Prior to his new-found profession, Gary was a tree arborist for 20 years.

"The change of scenery has been a good move and it's nice to be closer to the ground.”

Source of article click here : BIG RIGS

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Canadian truckers seek permit streamlining
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February 14 - For the past year, Ontario Trucking Association has been working closely with Ontario Ministry of Transport Ministry (MTO) on several initiatives aimed at streamlining the permitting process for oversized and overweight loads in Ontario, Canada.

Last summer the MTO confirmed the first round of changes were being implemented. This included changes to the duration of single trip permits from four to seven days, as well as the extension of weekend travel to include loads over current annual dimensions (excluding superloads).  It also included return empty permits being issued at the same time as the loaded permit.

"There is no doubt these changes were welcomed by the industry and are making a difference for carriers," said Jonathan Blackham, OTA's policy and government affairs assistant. "In a recent meeting with MTO, we were also pleased to hear work will continue to streamline the permitting process in Ontario, which will benefit our carrier members and the overall supply chain."

Some of the 2017 projects being examined include the exploration of the options for electronic single trip permits; the expansion of online capabilities to include self-routing and self-issuance options for single trip permits and a review of the current annual, project and batch permit policies, to develop a better product (simplifying the permit to increase the speed of issuance for all permits).

It was also confirmed that a delivery model for non-police escorting options (including necessary legislative changes as well as training and programme development) is underway.

It is expected that much of the ground work in this area can be completed over 2017. OTA said it will be holding a meeting involving its heavy specialised division and MTO officials, so members can provide direct input.

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B.C. to resurface parts of Highway 19
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COURTENAY, B.C. – As paving season approaches, the stretch of highway 19 between Courtenay and Campbell River, British Columbia will receive a fresh coat of asphalt under two road projects.

Beginning in spring, the slow lanes in both directions of Highway 19 between Comcox Valley Parkway and Jubilee Parkway will be resurfaced using Hot-in-Place (HIP) recycle paving. Sections of the slow lanes between Jubilee Parkway and 14th Street in Campbell River will be repaired and repaved using a mill-and-fill method.

Once complete in the fall, roughly 50 kilometers will have been repaved in both directions. About 15 kilometers of local side roads like Comox Road, Anderton Road, and Ryan Road will also get resurfaced.

The $6.7 million contract for HIP recycle paving was awarded to ARC Asphalt Recycling of Kamloops. The $2.5 million contract for the mill-and-fill resurfacing has been awarded to O.K. Industries of Victoria.

This work is part of the province’s plan to invest $386 million over three years to resurface provincial highways.

Source of article click here : Today's trucking

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Semi truck Fire shuts Down Interstate in Spring Hill
Trucking News

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WZTV) ---- — A portion of Interstate 65 was shut down on Monday due to a tractor trailer that caught fire.

The incident was reported around 5:20 p.m. near Thompson's Station Road.

Spring Hill Dispatchers say crews had to shut down both southbound lanes of I-65 for hours while firefighters extinguished the blaze.

There's no word on whether or not the driver was injured, but the roadway has since reopened.

Source of article click here : FOX NEWS

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