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Canada’s trucking industry is gearing up for the ExpoCam truck show Thursday, April 20 through Saturday, April 22 in Montreal.
The show is located in the heart of Montreal at Place Bonaventure. It has 5,000 parking spaces and is located near two subway stations and a train station.
Exhibitors from throughout North American will be on hand with trucks, trailers, equipment and accessories. Industry professionals will be on hand to answer questions and employers will have recruiting booths.
The show is open Thursday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.
Trans Canada reopens after serious crash near Rogers Pass
A serious crash closed the Trans Canada Highway Tuesday for more than three hours at the Rogers Pass.
Contributed: John Lilley/ Global Okana
Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Golden, B.C., reopened to traffic
around 6 p.m. Tuesday following a serious crash near the Rogers Pass.
RCMP have yet to release information about the accident, one transport
driver travelling through the area following the crash said police were
measuring the scene and continuing to investigate the cause more than
three hours after it happened.
Accident investigators analyze the scene of a crash in detail when there are serious or fatal injuries.
“It happened at the last tunnel going eastbound towards Golden,” John Lilley told Global News.
red vehicle involved in the accident still lay in the ditch beside the
highway when the route reopened. All airbags had been deployed.
RCMP have not released any information about the victims or the cause of the crash.
RCMP are investigating a crash at the Rogers Pass Tuesday.
Contributed: John Lilley/ Global Okanagan
Lilley, who transports goods along the TransCanada for a living, said the road is becoming more dangerous.
scary the way people drive. I had a couple of vehicles pass me on
double solid lines and on a corner,” Lilley said of Tuesday’s drive.
are in too much of a hurry especially when they see a big truck like
mine and they just have to get past,” he said. “Also, I see a lot of
other people texting while they’re driving too, even in the mountains.”
Traffic on the Rogers Pass came to a standstill for more than three hours Tuesday following a serious crash.
DriveBC/ Global Okanagan
The closure was the second on the route through the B.C. Central Interior in less than six hours.
A mudslide closed Highway 1 at Canoe, between Sicamous and Salmon Arm, until Tuesday morning.
Drug-smuggling trucker faces justice after more than two years on the lam
Baldev Singh, 44, walks out of Superior Court after being found guilty on drug smuggling charges, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
Dax Melmer / Windsor Star
Fate has it in for convicted drug smuggler Baldev Singh.
The Toronto-area trucker, who has been on the lam for 2½ years, was
picked up last month in a routine traffic stop. The officer who stopped
him saw the warrant for Singh’s arrest and late last week had him
returned to Windsor to finally face justice.
Singh, 49, of Maple, Ont., was convicted in September 2014 of
crossing the Ambassador Bridge with 69 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a
shipment of oranges. Over the objections of the prosecutor in the case, a
Superior Court judge allowed Singh to remain free on bail until his
Singh never returned to court.
After protracted hearings, Superior Court Justice Renee Pomerance
sentenced Singh in absentia to 12 years in a federal penitentiary.
Singh finally began serving that sentence late last week.
Fate had originally struck Singh on the morning of March 19, 2009,
when his truck was randomly selected for a training exercise with a
drug-sniffing dog at the Ambassador Bridge. The dog handler went about
hiding a dummy stash in a crate in Singh’s trailer. She removed a bag of
oranges to find 21 bricks of cocaine hidden underneath it.
While Singh testified at his trial that he had no knowledge of the
drugs, suitcases in the cab of the truck told a different story. There
was cocaine residue on one of the bags. Impressions left on the top of
the bins containing the oranges matched the wheels of the suitcase.
The trial also heard other suspicious testimony. When Singh crossed
the border in to the U.S., his truck had signs on it that read Omni. On
the way back into Canada, the signs read East West Trucking Inc.
Singh was free on $210,000 bail when he fled after trial. Only
$40,000 was deposited with the court. The rest was pledged. A judge
later ruled that the family member who put up the $40,000 could get her
money back. After Singh absconded, his sureties — the people who pledged
money and promised to supervise him and make sure he showed up in court
when required — argued their financial circumstances had changed and
they were therefore no longer able to keep their commitment to the
At a subsequent hearing over the bail amounts, Pritam Hansra, who had
pledged $140,000, was made to pay $35,000. Singh’s sister, Sarbit Kaur
Cheema, was made to pay $10,000 of the $30,000 she pledged.
At the hearing, both Hansra and Cheema denied any knowledge of Singh’s whereabouts.
Singh will be returned to court in Windsor to face a charge of
breaching his bail conditions by not appearing in court when required.
ATHENS, GA – Carrier Transicold has acquired selected IMPCO product
lines including the ComfortPro Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) from Westport
Fuel Systems – and will now lead related development, engineering and
“These product lines will enable Carrier Transicold to provide a
superior line of APUs and battery comfort systems for trucks and APUs
for locomotives,” said Tom Ondo, vice president and general manager,
Carrier Transicold, Truck/Trailer/Rail Americas. “With this acquisition,
we are expanding our offerings to include anti-idling technologies that
contribute to greater operator comfort as well as reduced fuel
consumption while meeting operational and sustainability goals.”
The acquisition is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.
Montreal, Que. – UAP announced the acquisition of the distribution activities of Service de Freins Montréal Ltée (Freno) today.
The four Freno stores located in Anjou, Boucherville, St-Laurent, and
Mirabel, Que. will be integrated into UAP’s Traction store network, as
well as all of the employees involved in sales, distribution and
In addition, UAP and Freno have concluded a strategic agreement to
accelerate the sales growth of remanufactured clutches and specialized
radiators manufactured by Freno. The agreement also covers parts supply
by UAP’s TW distribution center located in Longueuil, for the needs of
Freno. Freno’s heavy vehicle repair center located in Anjou will join
the TruckPro network, which counts more than 125 repair centers in the
“We are very pleased to welcome the Freno team to our Traction
network,” said Pierre Rachiele, executive vice-president, heavy vehicle
parts division, UAP. “There are numerous synergies between our two
companies and this agreement will allow us to better meet the needs of
our customers and continue our growth.”
The tower had been stolen Sunday from Egg Lake, north of Winnipeg.
Police in Canada are seeking information regarding a stolen tower used to support a cellphone booster and wireless Internet. "The tower was disassembled and loaded onto a trailer, behind a red
Dodge dually truck, last seen heading east on PTH 60 on the afternoon of
April 3, 2017. It is believed the suspects may have spent that night in
The Pas," Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba stated in a message
posted on Facebook.
Police have requested that any citizen with information about a truck
or trailer transporting the tower materials should contact the
OTTAWA, Ont. – Trucking HR Canada announced recently that it is launching a new educational webinar series.
According to the company, the new webinar series is designed for HR
personnel, and anyone in the trucking and logistics sector looking to
learn practical insights and tips to help address key HR challenges.
The first webinar in the series is scheduled for April 26 at 12 p.m.
and will cover youth in trucking. The webinar will include some of the
findings from recent industry surveys on the topic as well as practical
insights that can help you better engage young people in your workplace.
“It is critical that trucking employers have a plan in place for the
recruitment and retention of young people,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of
Trucking HR Canada. “We are working to provide practical and relevant
tips and insights for trucking employers.”
To register for the webinar or to learn more, click here.
PHOENIX, Ari. — Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation
announced Monday morning that they are merging to form a new company
called Knight-Swift Transportation.
According to reports, the merger is an all-stock deal with a combined enterprise value of $6 billion.
The new entity will trade under the ticker KNX, the companies said in
a joint statement, adding the deal “combines under common ownership two
long-standing industry leaders creating North America’s premier
truckload transportation company with $5 billion in annual revenue and a
‘Top 5’ truckload presence in dry van, refrigerated, dedicated,
cross-border Mexico and Canada, and a significant presence in brokerage
The company will remain headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with close to 23,000 tractors, 77,000 trailers and 28,000 employees.
Each Swift share will convert into 0.72 shares of Knight-Swift via a
reverse stock split. Each share of Knight will be exchanged for one
The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.
MONTREAL, Que. – Volvo Trucks North America will debut a new VNR regional haul model at ExpoCam next week.
The truck maker has provided a glimpse of the new truck through two preview videos.
“The VNR is wholly reimagined inside and out. It melds a modern,
connected workspace inside the cab with bold exterior lines and
optimized dimensions for maximum efficiency. This is a truck built to
deliver the versatility our customers need to face the challenges of the
rapidly evolving North American freight network” said Göran Nyberg,
president of Volvo Trucks North America. “We expect that the VNR’s bold,
dynamic appearance will change antiquated perceptions of what trucks
should look like.”
Several people were selected to get a sneak peek at the new truck. Videos of their reactions can be seen here or below.
The truck will make its public appearance Apr. 20 at ExpoCam in Montreal. Truck News will be reporting from the show and will have details and pictures of the new model.
Parkland Fuel buying Chevron Canada fuel business for nearly $1.5 billion
CALGARY — Parkland Fuel Corp. (TSX:PKI) says it will
pay $1.46 billion to acquire Chevron Canada’s fuel business, including
129 gas stations in the Vancouver area and a refinery in Burnaby.
The Red Deer, Alta.-based company says the new stations will
complement its existing 44 Chevron-branded sites in B.C. and cement its
position as one of Canada’s largest fuel retailers, with more than 1,800
The sale also involves 37 commercial cardlock and three marine
fuelling locations, as well as three terminals in B.C. and a wholesale
business that includes aviation-fuel sales to the Vancouver airport.
Parkland CEO Bob Espey says the acquisition will support Parkland’s
existing operations in B.C., leading to between $35 million and $50
million in annual cost savings after closing.
Parkland plans to issue 24 million shares to raise $660 million to
help finance the deal. The deal is expected to close by mid-year.
This is Canada’s sesquicentennial and Peterbilt is helping to celebrate with the new Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition Model 389.
Canadian 150th Anniversary Edition Model 389
The truck is configured with a 131-inch Bumper to Back of Cab (BBC) and can be spec’d in 72- and 78-inch sleeper configurations.
Exhaust stacks are etched with “Canada 150”, and anniversary emblems
can be found on the bright bumper and sleeper sides. Premium leather
seats feature a maple leaf on the headrest. And, of course, it also
comes in a specially formulated Legendary Canadian red paint.
Other special features include a louvered grille sheet that evokes
the Model 351 grille from the 1950s; bright rocker panels, cowl skirt
and sun visor; and polished battery box, fuel tanks and quarter fenders.
The interior includes a platinum-level Arctic Gray interior with a dark
top dash with blackwood finish accents on the dash, doors, manual
transmission shifter knob, and sleeper cabinet.
TORONTO, Ont. – Speedy Transport Group announced today that it
has entered a relationship with Estes Express Lines, where it will
handle Estes’ freight in Eastern Canada.
Speedy Transport will be providing line-haul services for Estes’
freight to Eastern Canada through three strategic gateways in Michigan,
New York, and Massachusetts.
“We share many of the same values as Speedy Transport,” said Estes
president and CEO Rob Estes. “They are proactively customer-focused and
committed to helping their customers achieve the highest level of
success. Their longevity in the industry, coverage area and internal
culture make this a great fit, and we’re excited to move forward with
our new alliance.”
Speedy Transport CEO Jared Martin added: “Estes’ integrity was
evident in the initial meetings with Rob and his team. It didn’t take
long to realize how well aligned Estes and Speedy were and what we could
create together. We look forward to many years of collaboration,
providing industry-leading national solutions to our joint customers.”
Feds urged to rescue Wisconsin dairies imperiled by Canada trade dispute
MADISON – The federal government should act
quickly to save dairy farms in Wisconsin and New York from a trade
dispute, leaders from both states are urging.
top farm leaders in Wisconsin and New York sent the letter Friday to a
top official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture urging the federal
government to step in and help farmers who may go out of business
because of changes in Canadian dairy policies.
The cascade reaction has put dozens of farms in Wisconsin at risk
of losing a buyer for their perishable product since dairy processor
Grassland Dairy Products of Greenwood will no longer be shipping to
Canada. Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Ben Brancel and New
York Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball are urging the U.S.
government to help.
"If these multi-generational farm families cannot
find another market for their milk, they will be forced to sell their
cows and go out of business," Brancel and Ball wrote in their letter to
Michael Young, the acting U.S. deputy agriculture secretary. "We urge
USDA to assist us in our efforts to help our producers by exercising its
authority to purchase cheese and butter in storage and distribute it
through USDA’s nutritional aid programs, including food banks and our
national school programs."
issue is a U.S-Canada trade dispute over what’s called “ultra-filtered
milk,” a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. Grassland said
it lost its Canadian business when Canada changed its policies to give
domestic farmers an edge over the U.S.
75 farms in Wisconsin have already been told that, in less than 30
days, Grassland will no longer buy their milk – leaving the farms
without a place to ship their product in an already oversupplied market.
a problem for the farmers, whose cows must be milked every day and who
don't have the capacity to store the milk being produced by their cows
for more than a short period of time.
only solution for those farmers could be to sell their cattle and shut
down their farms. Milk truck drivers and others face losing their jobs
losses for the dairy industries in Wisconsin and New York alone – in
not having Canada as a market for ultra-filtered milk – could run into
hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the National Milk
Producers Federation, an Arlington, Va., trade group. Wisconsin's
9,200 dairy farms have nearly 1.3 million cows and support tens of
thousands of other jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.
Gov. Scott Walker has been pressing for changes to the Canadian policy
for months, including in a June 2016 letter to then-U.S. Trade
Representative Michael Froman and in a December letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump.
farmer Jennifer Sauer of Waterloo said she and her husband, Shane, are
urgently seeking a processor for the milk from their 120 cows on their
third-generation family farm. The April 1 letter canceling their milk
contract because Grassland lost its Canadian business shook them.
“You open that envelope, and you know that your business could be gone by May,” Jennifer Sauer said last week.
Grassland said ultra-filtered milk helped support more than 700
Wisconsin dairy farms and the company’s plant in Greenwood. For now,
about 75 farms are losing their milk contracts with the company because
of the new taxes, according to the farmers.
Police ID man killed in crash with milk tanker south of Ottawa
The driver of the truck was not injured
A tow truck carries the remains
Ontario Provincial Police have identified the driver who was killed
in a head-on crash with a milk tanker in the Winchester Springs
area, about 65 kilometres southeast of Ottawa.
Neville Vincent, 67, of North Dundas Township was driving a Mini
Cooper heading south on County Road 31 when, for reasons under
investigation, his vehicle crossed into the north lane and collided
head-on with the transport truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A milk tanker lies off the road after it
collided head-on with a car Tuesday afternoon. The driver of the car
died in the crash. (Hugo Belanger/CBC)
The Minnesota Department of
Transportation will end spring weight restrictions in the southeast,
south and metro frost zones on Friday.
Spring weight restrictions will end Monday in the central zone.
Spring load restrictions remain in effect in the north-central and north frost zones.
Road restriction maps indicating the
locations of weight restricted routes and those state highways open to
maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed on the MnDOT Seasonal Load Limits
website at www.mndot.gov/loadlimits. Click on “spring load
restrictions.” Also available is a text list of the restricted segments
along with exceptions to the map.
Permits for over 80,000 pound gross
vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle
and group weights are legal.
Up to full-summer overweight permits can
be issued during the spring load restriction period only on interstate
Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted.
Full-summer overweight permits become
available within each frost zone starting two to three weeks after
spring load restrictions are lifted. For questions about the legal
weight and size heavy haul trucking call MnDOT’s Freight and Commercial
Vehicle Operations department at 651-296-6000 or email
For enforcement questions, call the State
Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement at 651-405-6196 and select
option 3 and then option 3.
MnDOT will report dates on its 24-hour
automated message center at 1-800-723-6543 for the U.S. and Canada, and
locally at 651-366-5400 for the Minneapolis/St.Paul area.
NB – East Coast International Trucks, Inc. (“ECI”) has added Transcraft
and Benson brands to its trailer lineup, and will sell the equipment in
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Transcraft and Benson trailers are manufactured at Wabash National’s facility in Cadiz, Kentucky.
“We are excited to add the Transcraft and Benson trailer lines
to our existing product offerings,” said David Lockhart, president of
ECI. “With four full-service locations to serve our customers, we are
committed to creating partnerships where customers see the value in
doing business with ECI.”
The business has a full-time trailer sale representative who is supported by a full-time trailer parts salesperson.
ECI also distributes Talbert, Stargate, Deloupe, AT, Doepker, Tremcar and Doonan Chaparral trailers.
Ritchie Bros.’ Edmonton auction to offer ‘supermarket of equipment’
EDMONTON, Alta. – There will be no shortage of items to choose
from at this month’s Ritchie Bros. auction in Edmonton, Alta., with just
under 8,000 on the list.
The four-day event will feature more than 210 truck tractors, over 800 trailers, 210 excavators and more than 220 compactors.
“We try to make our auctions as efficient and valuable as possible
for buyers — everyone is welcome, all the equipment is in one place for
inspection, we have no reserve prices and they can bid in person or
online,” said Brian Glenn, senior vice-president of Ritchie Bros. “This
year we have a great selection of equipment from every major industry
along with a wealth of consumer items. At the end of the auction all of
it will be sold to new owners.”
The auction will take place April 25-28, with each day offering a variety of items up for bid.
Ground transportation costs rose slightly in January: CGFI
ON – According to the Canadian General Freight Index, the total costs
of ground transportation for Canadian shippers grew by 0.2% in January
compared to December’s results.
In January, the base rate index decreased by 0.8% while the average
fuel surcharges for January climbed to 14.99% from 13.47% in December.
“Total Freight Costs increased slightly in January driven by higher
fuel cost,” said Doug Payne, president and chief operating officer of
Nulogx. “All segments of the Base Costs decreased. Year over Year, Total
Domestic Truckload Costs remain above last year’s level, and the Total
Cross Border and Total Domestic LTL Costs still remain well below last