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New ONroute Service Centres website shows truck parking info
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[Courtesy ONroute]

TORONTO, ON — Ontario’s ONroute Service Centres have a new mobile-responsive website that shows the number of truck parking spots at each location, and even allows drivers to sort locations by food brands. 

The website offers a location finder map with directions to the 20 plus ONroute Service Centres, where drivers can find operating hours with the nearest food, fuel, and amenity options.   

“Whether on travel for business or leisure, provides an enhanced experience for travellers and guests at our ONroute Service Centre locations and is the go-to website for travellers along Ontario’s Highways 400 and 401,” said HMSHost president and CEO Steve Johnson. 

Through the addition of a customer comment form to the website, guests can also quickly and easily provide feedback on their recent ONroute Service Centre experience. Site visitors can now translate and view the website content in both English and French.

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Lawyer suggests $10M liability if driving in "hellholes"
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BRAMPTON, ON — Runaway jury verdicts over the last five years are hitting even the safest motor carriers, warns a New England transportation lawyer.

Brian Del Gatto, co-chair of Wilson Elser’s transportation, cargo and logistics practice, says that over the last five years he’s seen an average of six verdicts per year in excess of $10 million. Of the 100 largest awards given in U.S. courts last year, 12 were against trucking companies. In most of these cases, the plaintiff’s lawyer has nearly everything to gain, and almost nothing to lose, Del Gatto told guests at a customer appreciation day for Northbridge Insurance on Thursday.

Brian Del Gatto

“If he loses the case, he doesn’t pay anything at all,” Del Gatto explained.

These types of massive verdicts often occur in what Del Gatto calls judicial “hotspots.” For instance, he says a jury’s monetary verdict surrounding a trucking case could end up five times higher in a state like Louisiana versus New Jersey, despite there being very similar facts in the case. Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Buffalo are some examples of cities with sky-high numbers surrounding the findings of damages in a lawsuit, he says, noting that political climate, economic climate and the impartiality of the jury all play roles in a region’s lawsuits.

But it’s not always about the jury, noted Del Gatto, who said there can be a whole range of factors that can go into making a jurisdiction a so called “hotspot”, or “hellhole”, as these regions are sometime called. Some judges can tend to make decisions based on expediency instead of fairness. Meanwhile, some jurisdictions can be plaintiff-friendly, or its laws are simply applied against defendants in unbalanced ways, said Del Gatto.

The biggest piece of advice Del Gattos says he can give is to lawyer-up immediately after a collision. If a carrier doesn't seek legal help, they run the risk of all sorts of documentation becoming discoverable to a plaintiff. 

Another known judicial hotspot in Texas, Dimmit County, resulted in a massive financial verdict against Heckmann Water Resources in early 2014. The jury awarded the verdict of $281 million to the family of Carlos Aguilar, who was killed in May 2012, when the drive shaft broke off the water company’s truck and struck Aguilar’s windshield, killing him instantly. Some $100 million of the verdict was directed towards punitive damages.

In another hotpot, this time in Los Angeles County, Del Gatto described how a jury came to a $178 million verdict in 2009. It was contended by the plaintiff that a driver for Bhandal Bros. Trucking, Rudolph Ortiz, had parked illegally on the shoulder of the highway. Ortiz, 73, claimed to have had a disabling headache. Tragically, a family’s SUV veered off the highway and slammed into the back of the 18-wheeler. The mother, father and one child died. Two children survived.

In the Los Angeles County case, a new trial was granted in 2014, citing inconsistent jury findings and a verdict contrary to law that was given to punish the plaintiff. The case was later settled for an undisclosed amount.

All of this leads to the fact that carriers need to re-evaluate their minimum liability insurance level if they’re transporting good through judicial hotspots. Del Gatto’s advice? A minimum liability level of at least $10 million.

“You can drive for less, but you can get caught,” said Del Gatto. “And when you get caught, it can bring down a company.”

Added Del Gatto: “You’ve got to spend money somewhere, other than dashcams.”

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Gravel haulers protest axle weight crackdown
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Jagroop Singh Bangli, a two-truck owner-operator, calls on the crowd to expand the protest.

Jagroop Singh Bangli, a two-truck owner-operator, calls on the crowd to expand the protest.

OAKVILLE, ON – A longstanding dispute around allowable axle weights has boiled to the surface, with dozens of aggregate haulers protesting at Ontario Ministry of Transportation scales just west of Toronto.

The protesters began parking their equipment at 2 a.m. on September 20 in the facility adjacent to the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near Trafalgar Road in Oakville, Ontario. They were still on site late in the afternoon, and pledged to return, potentially expanding the protest at nearby quarries. Some had already been protesting around quarries in Aberfoyle and Dundas, Ontario.

       “We just want a solution,” said Jagroop Singh Bangli, a two-truck owner-operator who was involved in organizing the fight, as he divided his peers into teams for the next stage of the protest. “We don’t want to take any more tickets.”

The issue can be traced to a harder line on axle weight tolerances that began on September 1, after several years of soft enforcement and education programs relating to the province’s Safe, Productive and Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) rules for weights and dimensions.

“When we go to the pits and get loaded, we don’t know how much they’re loading, how they are loading us,” says Manny Singh, a driver based in Brampton, Ontario. While the quarry operators escape unscathed, those who run the trucks face tickets, fines and unwanted points on Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration (CVOR) records, he stressed.

Many of the troubles involve those who are repurposing used highway tractors to haul gravel. Steer axles can’t take enough weight. Mismatched fifth wheel heights won’t allow the loads to equalize, and self-steering axles are often undersized. To compound matters, the Ontario Ministry of Labor is called if drivers attempt to redistribute the loads with shovels.  

                     Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement teams have reportedly been allowing those with axle weight violations to pull behind the scale and try to equalize the loads by adjusting equipment or calling mechanics.

The education programs included meetings at the Trafalgar scales in 2012 to show operators what they had to do to ensure trucks complied with the latest rules. Posters were also attached to the fence at the time to explain how maximum gross weights had to be distributed.

Ongoing meetings have yet to find common ground, with many of the truck operators insisting that they should enjoy more leeway in axle weights.

“It’s not realistic because we have no control over it,” Singh says of the focus on axle weights. “We have control over gross weight. If we are doing

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The problems with legalizing pot
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The federal government has pledged to introduce legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana (it’s already available by permit for medical use) sometime in 2017.

This is a much more complicated issue than meets the eye and perhaps more than the government bargained for. So, it’s not surprising, I guess, that the cast of people in Ottawa looking into how to accomplish legalization of pot is growing. There are at least three ministers involved. Former Toronto police chief, Bill Blair, now parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Justice, has been appointed to be the government’s “point man” on the file. More recently, Anne McClellan, a former cabinet minister in the Chretien and Martin governments, was appointed to lead a nine-member task force to advise the federal government on the forthcoming legislation. (CTA appeared before the task force in August).

I am not going to debate whether or not legalization is the right thing to do. That’s for society to decide and that horse, as they say, is out of the barn. However, CTA can and should comment on and seek answers to the implications legalization will have with respect to impaired drivers and the rights and obligations of employers of – and employees in – safety-sensitive occupations such as truck drivers, in order that these issues receive due attention during the development of the legislation.

If legalization proceeds as expected, the status of marijuana in our society will change. It will retain characteristics similar to prescription medication, used under a medical document, but will also achieve a status similar to alcohol. And, like alcohol, the consumption of marijuana has certain short-term effects that may decrease concentration and reaction times. In short, the use of marijuana, similar to the consumption of alcohol, is not conducive to the safe operation of a motor vehicle.

The problem with marijuana, compared to alcohol, is that the current state of the law would leave law enforcement agencies in the same position they were in with alcohol prior to the introduction of the breathalyzer in 1952 and the offence of “over .08” in 1969.

Section 253 of the Criminal Code makes it an offence to operate a motor vehicle while ability is impaired by alcohol or a drug. So, law enforcement officers will be able to charge drivers for driving while impaired, even if the impairment is due to marijuana. Impairment will have to be proven in each individual case based on observation. But, in general, impairment from marijuana is less obvious and demonstrates less traditional or consistent symptoms than impairment from alcohol.

Employers attempting to address the problem of marijuana impairment in the workplace will be faced with the same problems as law enforcement. Trucking companies are faced with two dangers posed by the medical or legal use of marijuana: how to continue to oppose operation of vehicles by their own drivers who are under the influence of marijuana; and confronting the likelihood of increased danger on the road, through the presence of an increased number of drivers operating motor vehicles while impaired by marijuana.

The likelihood of increased prevalence of marijuana impairment should be addressed in a two-pronged approach: a legislative amendment to the Criminal Code, to include a “marijuana impairment offence” similar to the “over .08” offence for alcohol; and an enhanced effort to implement drug and alcohol testing in the workplace along with special considerations for safety-sensitive positions. Clear rules of engagement are required.

Regarding the legislative fix, it is imperative the federal government codify a roadside testing protocol and THC cut-off level with respect to impairment on the basis of marijuana consumption. This legislation must be brought forward at the same time as legislation to legalize marijuana. If marijuana assumes a similar status in society as alcohol, it should be subject to a similar testing regime and programs to encourage safety on the roads as exist for alcohol.

All Canadian trucking companies and truck drivers entering the US are subject to drug and alcohol testing – post-accident, pre-employment and random. No similar regulatory requirement exists in Canada. While over time, the human rights folks have come to tolerate drug and alcohol testing for companies and drivers who must comply with the US regulations, the cost to employers created by the lack of clear rules in Canada has been significant. It has also created a place (Canada-only operations) for those with a drug or alcohol problem to go that is not subject to the same screening as for transborder operations. Clear testing rules for safety-sensitive positions in Canada need to be developed and introduced.

Moreover, it has generally been accepted that while .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) is the cut-off for the driving population, the cut-off for employees, particularly in safety-sensitive positions, is .04 BAC. It may well be that employers of safety-sensitive employees such as commercial drivers will want to establish a THC cut-off that is lower than the one established for the general population.

The federal government must work with industries that employ people in safety-sensitive positions to define what that cut-off should be.

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Trucking group helps bring rescue animals to new homes in Canada
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Nearly 300 animals have been moved across Canada with the help of generous truck drivers

Margaret Foster, the founder of Furry Hobos and Hiway Heroes, along with her Ambassador Dog, Pickles pose outside of Thunder Bay, Ont. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Rescue dogs and lost pets who need a ride home have a new group of allies in Canada: truck drivers.

A group based in Thunder Bay, Ont., will help coordinate rides for animals who are heading from one part of the country to another.

Furry Hobos and Hiway Heroes is the creation of Margaret Foster. A former truck driver, she took it upon herself to help coordinate rides for those with four legs.

"It actually gives them something they feel good about. I mean, you go up and down the road here, you see the accidents and everything else that happens," said Foster.

She said nearly 300 dogs have been transported through the group to their new homes, anywhere in Canada. She said some trucks in the United States are also now part of her 'network', allowing for international movement of the animals in need.

Aimee and Sunny

Truck driver Aimee and Sunny the dog, who was reunited with his owners in Kenora, Ont., after being stolen and found in London, Ont. (Facebook)

Foster said drivers are not compensated, but she asks for a donation of home baking, or a gift card for coffee.

Help from the community

Foster said many of the drivers have their own animals in their trucks, that they refer to as 'An Ambassador.'

The one ambassador cat of the group, named Turtle, recently got out of a truck in Granby, QC. Foster said she's overwhelmed, as it seems the whole community wants to find the cat.

She said the Ambassador animals are a key part of the program.

"The dogs are so relaxed, they introduce them before they come into the truck."

"They show them the bunk, like 'this is where we can lay and sleep' and it just keeps them really really calm and collected. And, they enjoy it."

As for continuing to help ferry rescue animals, or those who are lost and found to their proper homes, Foster said most drivers can't get enough of it.

"[One driver], he gets a hold of me all the time and says, 'Margaret, I'm getting tired of laughing at my own jokes, you'd better give me a dog.'"

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Electric reefers running groceries in California
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Two of D&D's trucks outfitted with Volta Air electric reefers. Photo courtesy Second Generation Cooling and Volta Air.

INDUSTRY, CA — California’s continued push toward fewer and fewer emissions has affected all companies that use trucks in the state, and fleets that rely on trucks to deliver products are no exception. D&D Wholesale Distributors in City of Industry, Calif., has been distributing produce, meats, poultry, grocery, non-foods, frozen foods and dairy in the Southern California area since 1979, and it’s responding to the demand by moving to all-electric refrigeration units for its delivery trucks.

“Because of the of the lack of ARB-compliant units in California, we looked really deep into the future and decided we wanted to go battery operated,” explains Frank Ulloa with Second Generation Cooling, also in the LA area, which handles refrigeration needs for D&D’s 40 trucks.

They found a Canadian company, Volta Air, that offers all-electric refrigeration units for vans and medium-duty delivery trucks. Last year they installed a unit it a smaller truck, an Isuzu. It worked “wonderful,” according to Ulloa, so this summer they added a larger-size unit incorporating solar panels on a larger Hino box truck.

Not only will the move make the reefer units eco-friendly, they’ll also save money — Ulloa says $3,500 a year just in fuel, not counting savings in maintenance costs. And, he says, the up-front cost is actually less than a traditional reefer unit.

Peter Johnston with Volta Air explains that the Vancouver, Canada-based company started out with a no-idle electric auxiliary power unit for long-haul trucking, and has been working with the Canadian government and educational institutions on further developing its electric compressor and control systems. The D&D unit installed this summer is the third one they have running in California but they’re ready to do more with the help of Second Generation Cooling.

“If you’re stopped, you leave your engine off and the solar panels kick in to charge the batteries,” he explains.

Solar panels go on the roof of the box, two to four panels depending on the size of the unit and the demand.

New on this unit, Johnston says, is a controller that will send alerts if the power level is getting too low or the refrigeration box temperature is too high, and will monitor the idle time and fuel saved.

“We’re 25 years ahead of the mandate by going this route,” he says. “By 2050 all units have to be zero emissions. By next year all companies have to have plug ins.”

One benefit of the Volta Air system over other reefers that run on stand-by power, Johnston says, is that it requires only a standard breaker. “Some standby units have to run off three phase power,” he says, which can be expensive to install. “These units can run off single phase. Just go buy an extension cord at Home Depot.”

They also are lighter than traditional reefer units, allowing more payload capacity.

Another benefit? The noise level, Ulloa says. “We got a lot of complaints about the diesels making deliveries at 4 in the morning. They won’t even know we’re there” with the electric refrigeration units. “‘Sustainable urban delivery trucks’ is kind of what we’ve been advertising.”

Drivers love them, too, he says. “You can stand next to the unit and have a conversation.”

Volta Air already offered refrigeration units that could be mounted atop delivery vans. But its newest offering, the VAR450DTBLI, which includes a solar system, is designed for medium-duty delivery trucks.

An entirely 12V electric refrigeration unit dubbed the E-Fer, it’s a front-mount electric refrigeration unit that is integrated with lithium batteries and a solar panel charging system.

Ulloa says so far D&D has been impressed by the technology. “D&D wholesale delivers all over southern California. You’re talking the desert where the temperature is 100 plus and we can meet the demands with these units. We challenged Volta Air, and they’ve met the demand.”

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Trailcon opens in BC following Stewart Trailer acquisition
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Randy Drake, left, of Stewart Trailers, and Alan Boughton of Trailcon Leasing commemorate the first days of Stewart Trailers operating as Trailcon.

SURREY, BC — The new Trailcon signs are up at the former Stewart Trailers site in Surrey, British Columbia, marking the beginning of a new era in trailer leasing and servicing on Canada's west coast.

In July, Trailcon Leasing Inc. announced the acquisition of Stewart Trailers, one of the largest welding, mobile service, and trailer repair facilities in the Greater Vancouver Area.

On Sept. 1, Stewart Trailers began operating as Trailcon Leasing Inc. 

"Adding more talented people to our team, along with an impressive facility in an accessible location, strengthens our operation in western Canada in such a concrete way,” says Trailcon founder and president Alan Boughton. “I couldn't be happier about continuing our expansion because it means we are serving more and more customers at the highest level." 

Trailcon's latest location at 17276 104A Avenue is adjacent to the South Fraser Perimeter Road, just north of the Trans-Canada Highway.

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Trucker fined for guns found at Osoyoos border crossing
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Osoyoos border crossing. - Photo courtesy of

Osoyoos border crossing.

A South Carolina trucker is paying a fine and is unable to return to Canada after prohibited and restricted weapons were found in his truck after lying to border agents in Osoyoos.

Marion Furman Taylor Jr., 55, was sentenced to pay a fine of $7,500 after pleading guilty to charges of making a false statement at the border, possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm and possession  unauthorized overcapacity magazines in Penticton Provincial Court on Sept. 12.

Taylor Jr., a U.S. citizen with no prior record in Canada or the U.S., was hauling a load of canoes and kayaks into Canada with his business partner for a U.S. company, Landstar Rover Inc. on April 3.  After an initial inspection by a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employee, the tractor-trailer was given a secondary inspection after Taylor Jr. told border security there were no firearms to declare in the vehicle.

In a duffel bag located under the bottom bunk of the sleeper cab border agents found a loaded Beretta PX Storm pistol, three loaded, overcapacity magazines, a box of 50 rounds of .38 ammunition and a loaded .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver. Also located in the truck were two canisters of mace, a canister of bear spray as well as a switchblade, which are prohibited items in Canada. Taylor Jr. admitted he was the owner of the weapons to border agents after confronted and he was arrested and eventually released — paying $7,000 for the release of his truck.

“It can be taken into account to some extent that the laws in the United States with respect to firearms are significantly different than the laws in Canada. That being said, when Mr. Taylor arrived at the border crossing, I submit, ought to have known that he couldn’t possess those weapons in Canada,” said Crown counsel Ashleigh Baylis.

Taylor Jr.’s counsel Nelson Selemaj argued for an absolute discharge, calling the incident a foolish mistake that would not be repeated by his client — noting that trips to Canada amount to good business for he and his business partner.

Taylor Jr. told the court he had no malicious intent and simply forgot the weapons were in his vehicle, as they were legal for him to possess in the U.S., and as he approached the border it was too late to turn back.

“My intention of having guns in America, with all the things that can happen in America, even though I’d never want to shoot or hurt somebody, I would shoot the weapon to scare them away, as something of a last resort,” Taylor Jr. said. “I sincerely forgot, I forgot all about the guns. When we got up to the border I saw the signs that said guns. Guns, knives, whatever and I turned and said I don’t remember if we took them out. I couldn’t back up, I couldn’t turn around or do anything.”

Judge Meg Shaw believed that Taylor Jr. did not intend to smuggle the weapons into Canada for sale or in connection to more serious offences, but it didn’t take away from the seriousness of the offence.

“I find he has shown remorse and I find it unlikely he will be in trouble with the law again,” said Judge Meg Shaw, however she added she could not grant the discharge.

“It’s extremely serious in Canada to bring guns into this country,” Shaw said.

Taylor Jr. was also given a 10-year firearms prohibition in Canada.

Source of article click here:Penticton Western

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Tractor-trailer driver dead after fiery crash on Highway 401
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Eastbound lanes reopened, westbound lanes still closed from Thousand Islands Parkway to Reynolds Road, OPP say


The driver of a tractor-trailer is dead and Highway 401 remains closed westbound near Gananoque, Ont., after the semi slammed into a stationary truck and caught fire, police say.

The fiery collision happened at about 5:30 a.m. ET Wednesday when the westbound tractor-trailer struck a parked safety truck about three kilometres west of Reynolds Road, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

The truck was sitting in the closed right lane of the highway at the time of the crash. Its arrow lights were flashing, and the vehicle was unoccupied, according to OPP Const. Sandra Barr.

The tractor-trailer then caught fire, requiring several fire departments to respond, police said.

Highway 401 crash Gananoque Ottawa Sept 14 2016

OPP and others examine the crash site where a tractor-trailer driver died after crashing into a stationary safety truck on the closed right lane of westbound Highway 401 near Gananoque, Ont. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

The driver, who was the lone occupant of the semi, died in the collision, police said. The identity of the driver has not been released.

The collision closed both eastbound and westbound lanes on the busy highway early Wednesday morning, though the eastbound lanes opened shortly after noon.

The westbound lanes are expected to remain closed until late into the evening with traffic detours remaining in place.

'Heavy rain' was falling

The cause of the crash is so far unknown but weather may have played a role.

"It could be a number of things. I'm told that there was weather at that point, so we have our technical traffic collision investigators that will attend the scene along with OPP reconstructionists," Barr said.

"From what I understand, at that point there was rain — a heavy rain, in fact, at that particular time."

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Horn blasts from big rigs as massive truck convoy circles Perimeter Highway
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About 200 semi-trailers – hailed as the world's largest truck convoy – rolled onto Winnipeg's Perimeter Highway Saturday morning to raise money for Special Olympics Manitoba.

The charity event started at the recreation centre in Oak Bluff and made their way to circle the roughly 90-kilometre road around the city.

It's the ninth year Joe Calcutt has watched the event and says it has special significance for him as his 21-year-old son, Cody, is a Special Olympics athlete.

"He's in track and field, and anything to support my son, I do," Calcutt said.

The convoy is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Last year the fundraiser netted $60,000 for the cause.

"It's phenomenal," Calcutt added. "The trucking industry has really come together to help the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the last nine years … it's just amazing," he said.

Thank you to the 192 amazing truck drivers for participating in the World's Largest Truck Convoy!

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Saskatchewan rolling out enhanced drivers' licences
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[Courtesy of SGI]

SASKATOON, SK — Enhanced drivers’ licences using facial recognition points are finally rolling out in the province of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Government Insurance, or SGI, began the transition to the enhanced licences on Aug. 24, joining early adopters of the technology in provinces like Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Manitoba.

The licences are most notable for their holographic headshot, but includes three new layers of advanced security features. These features help to prevent identity theft, the creation and distribution of fake ID cards, and stop people obtaining more than one licence.

Only drivers getting a new licence for the first time, or renewing an expired licence will get a new card initially. SGI expects it will take five years to fully roll out the new high-tech cards.

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Home Hardware's Winfield is grand champ at driving nationals
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Bryon Winfield

BRANTFORD, ON — Less than two months after placing first in the single tandem division of the Ontario finals, and despite Saturday's heavy rain, Home Hardware driver Bryon Winfield has earned the title of Grand Champion at the National Truck Driving Championship.

Winfield previously won the single-tandem class at the Ontario level in 2014, 2012 and 2008.

Not only did Home Hardware produce the 2016 Grand Champion, the drivers of the famed yellow trucks also combined to win the 2016 team award.

"I could not be more proud of our professional drivers," said Dennis Shantz, director of Fleet Services for Home Hardware Stores Limited, following the team’s Ontario victory. "Great results do not happen by accident. Our drivers spend numerous hours practicing in the yard during the week and on weekends leading up to the competition.”

[Courtesy: Home Hardware]

Drivers from provinces across Canada competed in the event at the municipal airfield in Brantford, Ontario, which hosted drivers in the nationals for the first time ever.

Rookie of the year at the championship went to Alberta's Robert Smith.

In 2017, the national championship is set to be held in Manitoba.

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Trucker Buddy names officers, directors
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TUSCALOOSA, AL – Linda Coffee has been named president of Trucker Buddy International, to replace the retiring KC Brau, while three new members have also been added to the association’s board of directors.

The group establishes teacher-supervised pen pal relationships between drivers and students from kindergarten to Grade 8.

Henry Albert, Scott Grenerth and Andrew Mitrisin replace Elisabeth Barna, KC Brau, Mark Reddig and Steve Sichterman on the board, as their eight-year terms expire. Albert is an owner-operator, while Grenerth is director of regulatory affairs for OOIDA, and Mitrisin worked at AmeriCorps.

Brand Williamson has been elected vice president and Kate Miller is treasurer.

“We want to thank KC, Mark, Elisabeth and Steve for eight tremendous years of service to Trucker Buddy,” said Randy Schwartzenburg, executive director. “KC was such a tremendous president, working tirelessly behind the scenes promoting Trucker Buddy and conducting Trucker Buddy programs.”

Trucker Buddy International has since 1992 connected more than a million school children to truck drivers. The work is funded entirely by sponsorships and donations.

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Attracting young leaders to trucking
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It is fair to say that attracting youth to the trucking industry has been a long-standing problem. How do we make it sexy? How do we communicate what is good about the trucking industry? Or more importantly, how do we dispel any misconceptions that might exist? It is a challenge for everyone in the industry, and it’s no different for private fleets.
Unfortunately, everyone can recognize it’s a challenge, however we all struggle with what the next steps to resolving it should be.

With the re-launch of our Young Leaders Group (YLG), the PMTC is taking a step in that direction. The YLG’s mandate is to assist in the development of young leaders in the industry. It seeks to provide opportunities for education, networking, business development and personal growth for those seen as the next wave of leadership in trucking. By extension, it will use media and tactics targeted at youth. As the network grows, so will the level of attention for youth both already in the industry, and those who we hope to attract to come into it. The long-term goal is to help create an environment that brings to the forefront what is great about the trucking industry.

The key for the YLG is to keep its presence in the news and on social media, and to target not only those already in the industry, but to get their messages out to those outside of the industry who we need to attract into it. A steady trickle of information and events to keep them in the forefront of peoples’ minds, through the use of different channels of social media, as well as traditional media. Who better to know how to get the message out to the youth, but the youth itself? The YLG already has multiple events and sessions planned.

The first of these is an information and brainstorming session at Sleeman Brewery in Guelph. The event is for YLG members only, and is a first in a series of events hosted by the YLG in the coming months. After the session at Sleeman, the YLG is sponsoring a “Biz and Breakfast” seminar. This event is being held in Milton, Ont. and will cover topics such as fatigue management, sleep apnea and will also present new research which shows correlations between driver-related human errors and personality traits.

After this, the YLG is sponsoring a session on effective social media on Oct. 20. The idea is to help all understand not only how to effectively use social media, but to also understand some of the pitfalls. If we can all become better marketers of the industry, it will go a long way towards ensuring we attract more youth to it.

These are only the first three events planned. The YLG is looking to target its demographic with fun networking and development opportunities moving forward. The goal will be to create a sustainable model of both attracting youth to the industry and helping them grow as well. Another great benefit to being a YLG member is the access that is gained to the PMTC Board of Directors, as young leaders are always invited as guests to our board meetings and invited to attend our conference and seminars. Let’s also remember the YLG Education Bursary, which awards two young leaders with more than $1,500 in funding to complete courses that count towards the PMTC Logistics Management Graduate Program.

Mike Colwell, the PMTC’s new Young Leaders Group chairman, and his executive team of Matt Richardson, Elias Demangos and Mathew Mares, have been working hard over the last year and have done a tremendous job setting forth the vision and mission of the group.

I have complete faith that this group is going to do an amazing job of attracting youth to our industry, and getting the youth that is already in our industry more involved.
If you are interested in learning more about the PMTC Young Leaders Group, or any of the seminars or programs mentioned above, contact our office at, or call 905-827-0587.

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Trucking HR Canada to host event designed for female truck drivers
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OTTAWA, Ont. — Trucking HR Canada is calling all female truck drivers to its latest networking event called Driver Connect & Share.

The event will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, at the Sandman Signature Hotel Toronto Airport.

Joanne Millen-Mackenzie will open the event, sharing her perspectives, knowledge and learnings from close to 25 years behind the wheel.  As Canada’s first female Highway Star of the Year, and champion of Trucking for a Cure, Millen-Mackenzie is a known mentor and leader for others in the industry.  The event will also include a panel discussion, including driver mentors and mentees sharing their experiences and insights.

“The Driver Connect & Share event is a direct response to feedback we continue to receive that female drivers want something specific to their issues,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “The women with drive initiative is delivering on supporting and encouraging female drivers in the workforce.”

The Women with Drive initiative was launched to support the industry in attracting, recruiting, and retaining more women in the trucking workforce. As well, the initiative is guided by a national advisory committee with employer representation from across the country.

To learn more about the Driver Connect & Share event, reserve your seat, and to download additional mentorship materials, visit the Trucking HR Canada website at:

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UPS driver shares tips after 25 years collision-free
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Rohan Stephens was presented with the UPS Circle of Honor blazer Wednesday alongside 17 other Ontario recipients

VAUGHAN, ON — Along with a big smile, Rohan Stephens has a big number 25 patch on his new khaki UPS blazer. It marks the number of years he has driven the courier service’s famous brown trucks without a single collision.

Stephens was presented with the UPS Circle of Honor blazer Wednesday alongside 17 other Ontario recipients. Canada, by year’s end, will have 132 UPS inductees within the Circle of Honor, part of some 8,000 UPS drivers worldwide to claim the 25-year safe driving milestone.

For Stephens, safe driving is all about starting the day off on the righ

Canada, by year’s end, will have 132 UPS inductees within the Circle of Honor, part of some 8,000 UPS drivers worldwide to claim the 25-year safe driving milestone.

t foot, so you don’t end up with a lead one. He makes sure he gets a solid night’s sleep and is fully decompressed by the time he gets behind the wheel for his daily deliveries.

“Don’t let driving be a competition,” suggests Stephens, who lives in Brampton, ON.

Stephens says it’s critical to properly communicate with other drivers on the road by using his vehicle's language: horn, lights and signals. He keeps his phone in the back seat, and only uses it during breaks. Of course, there’s always pressure to rush, but just don’t, he says.

Stephens is a UPS driving mentor and also an instructor with the UPS Road Code program, which aims, among other things, to teach kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada about the dangers of distracted driving. The program even utilizes driving simulators to really drive home the importance of proper training.

New Circle of Honor inductees

Three Ontario UPS drivers were also honored Wednesday for 30 years of accident-free driving.

“Every sports organization has its Hall of Fame. Here at UPS, the Circle of Honor is our Hall of Fame,” said Jerry Iacono, UPS global health and safety project manager. “You exemplify the best of the best, and that is what UPS is all about.”  

UPS’s top safe driver in 2016 is Michigan package car driver Tom Camp, who has now driven for 53 years and delivered more than 5 million packages without an accident.


                                 UPS 10 Point Driving Tips  When stopped in traffic, Have an escape route

When stopped in traffic keep one car length of space between you and the car in front of you. If the car in front of you should breakdown you can safely get around them without backing. 

Starting up at Intersections, Keeps you alive at intersections.

Before entering an intersection look to the left, right, left to make sure no cars or pedestrians are entering the intersection the same time as you. 

1, 2, 3 Second delay at startup, Keeps you away from Billboards.

The car in front of me begins to move I count 1,2,3 before moving forward. This builds in my following distance and allows the cross traffic to clear. 

4-6 seconds speed < 30 mph, 6-8 seconds speed > 30 mph following distance. Buys Time

After the car in front passes a stationary object, I count the time until I reach that same object. This gives you the time to react to situations that occur ahead of you. 

8-12 Second eye lead time, Centers car in traffic lane

I pick an object well ahead of my car, where my eyes are focused most of the time and I count until I reach that object. It's my maintained depth of vision and will center my car in lane and provide safe path on turns. 

Scanning Steering Wheels, Take path of least resistance

When you are approaching a parked car, you want to scan the steering wheel to see if it is occupied. This is because the occupied car may pull out in front or open their door in front of you. 

Stale Green lights, Smooth stops and turns

When approaching a stale green light pick a point of decision between your car and the light, when you reach that point if the light is green proceed without hesitation. If it has turned yellow come to a smooth stop. Prevents getting hit in the rear and prevents running red lights. 

Eye Contact, Establishes eye to eye contact

Use my horns, lights, signals to gain the attention of anyone along the edge of my path. This will make sure they see you so that chances are they will not hit you. 

Pulling from curbside, Communicate in traffic, horns, lights, and signals.

Before pulling away from the curb glance over your left shoulder, this will clear my blind spot and help keep my eyes moving. Signal before leaving curbside. 

Mirrors and Gauges, Keeps eyes ahead of car

Check your mirrors and gauges every 5-8 seconds and bring your eyes front 2 seconds. This will allow you to know the situation that surrounds your vehicle on the road.

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DriverCheck celebrates 20 years
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KITCHENER, Ont. – DriverCheck turned two whole decades this summer and to celebrate it treated its clients, staff and associates to a celebration at its Kitchener location.

The event was one for the books, according to organizers who claimed that there were approximately 200 visitors in attendance. The day saw a food truck serving up pulled pork, poutine and burgers, prizes including a 55-inch flat screen TV, Blue Jays tickets

and more.


“Today is all about thanking all of our staff and our clients that helped us get to where we are today,” explained Dr. Chris Page, DriverCheck’s president and founder. “Because really it’s our staff and our clients that really helped us get to where we are and we have gone from one trucking company – J&R Hall at the beginning – to now 6,000 companies that we do drug and alcohol testing for.”

Today, DriverCheck does a lot more than just drug and alcohol testing. It offers a variety of workplace medical testing and assessments including fatigue management programs and other occupational health services. But despite the array of services it offers, it doesn’t exactly look like a typical walk-in clinic. It actually looks more like a man cave – and that’s exactly what Dr. Page had in mind when he designed the place himself in 2014. It has big screen TVs, a full coffee bar and swanky lounge chairs that creates a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere for drivers to use while they wait for their tests.

“This clinic is medical but it’s not sterile,” he said. “It’s purely for transportation, it’s designed for the truckers. So the drivers can just walk in, they don’t have to call ahead and make an appointment or don’t have to sit beside cough, colds and sore holes.”

Dr. Page said the hope is to replicate these sorts of clinics all across Canada in the future.

Unique to the anniversary event was DriverCheck’s Knowledge Bar, where attendees could walk up and ask questions related to health concerns or about DriverCheck itself.

“This is kind of a niche market and people don’t understand how much we do and sometimes even what we do so it’s a chance for people to ask questions about what we do and understand all the services we offer,” explained Connor Page, DriverCheck’s business development manager.

And though the celebration is a milestone for the company that became a household name in workplace medical testing, the founder is quite modest.

“To me reaching 20 years means we’ve had a good start,” Dr. Chris Page said.

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Ottawa tunnel study to explore banning trucks from core
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Environmental assessment will also explore toll option, council decides

The preferred route for a tunnel under Ottawa's downtown would see traffic go underground in front of the RCMP at Vanier Parkway and emerge on King Edward Avenue at the Ottawa side of the Macdonald-Cartier bridge. (City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa will look at the feasibility of banning virtually all truck traffic from the downtown core if a new tunnel gets the green light.

Ottawa city council directed the mayor Wednesday to approach the province to help fund an environmental assessment of the tunnel, which would stretch from the Vanier Parkway exit of Highway 417, under Sandy Hill and Lowertown, to King Edward Avenue near the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge.

In August, the 3.4-kilometre tunnel was deemed technically feasible, and early estimates put the cost of construction in the range of $1.7 billion to $2 billion.

On Wednesday council also approved a motion by Coun. Allan Hubley directing city staff to "explore the feasibility of banning all trucks from the core, with the exception of those making a delivery inside the core" if the tunnel is constructed. 

The motion also requests that the scope of any environmental assessment for the tunnel explore the possibility of making the tunnel a toll road.

Few alternatives, mayor says

Watson supports the tunnel option, and has asked councillors who opposed the funding request to offer up alternatives, since few options seem to exist.

"It's not a gondola. It's not attaching wings on trucks. It's a bridge or a tunnel," said Watson.

"And we've said 'no' time and time again to the bridge," said Watson, referring to the various studies exploring possible bridge routes that never gained traction, partly because of the many levels of government involved.

Only councillors Riley Brockington and Michael Qaqish voted against the funding request.

Brockington said he wants to be sure there aren't better options to deal with the truck traffic, including a new interprovincial bridge, while Qaqish has concerns about the engineering and cost.

"Sandy Hill is called Sandy Hill for a reason," Qaqish said.

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OTA produces video on how truckers can share road with cyclists
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TORONTO, Ont. – In light of recent incidents involving trucks and cyclists, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) have issued a reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility and sharing the road with different types of vehicles is essential.

To emphasize this point, the OTA has produced a video featuring a professional truck driver, who is also an avid cyclist, sharing safety tips on how to best share the road.

“Mobility challenges in our cities are increasing,” said OTA CEO, David Bradley. “The urban population is growing rapidly which is creating more traffic and more frequent interactions between different types of vehicles.

“More people are turning to bicycles as a form of transportation,” he said. “The inclusion of bike lanes and the promotion of cyclist-friendly strategies is a reality that truck and passenger vehicle operators must respect when traveling in urban locations. But also, cyclists must understand and learn that sharing the road with commercial vehicles on urban streets requires special consideration.”

To view the video, visit

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NBCC Saint John evacuated after transport truck takes down power pole
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Grandview Avenue remains blocked to traffic while Saint John Energy crews work to restore power

Traffic on Grandview Avenue remains blocked as Saint John Energy crews work to clean up the transport truck accident and restore power. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

The New Brunswick Community College in Saint John has been evacuated and traffic on Grandview Avenue is blocked after a transport truck took down a power pole on Thursday morning.

The truck was pulling into the college's parking lot at about 9:20 a.m., when the trailer caught the lines and brought down the pole, said Saint John Police Force Sgt. Tom Clayton.

"Unfortunately, it brought them down across the road on Grandview Avenue and took the power out to the community college," he said.

No one was injured.

Morning classes have been cancelled but the campus could reopen by the afternoon, said Clayton.

Saint John Energy crews are working to clean up the accident and to restore power.

Motorists are being redirected through Champlain Heights or Heather Way.

Hundreds of cars were filing out of the parking lot during the evacuation, said Clayton.

The truck was making a routine delivery, he said.

"We're thinking, through the investigation, that one of the poles, the lines were sagging, because [the driver] goes there every week and he's never had a problem. And the truck's no higher than any other truck that would pull in there."

The investigation continues.

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