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Panel to discuss mentoring during Trucking HR Canada’s Driver Connect and Share
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OTTAWA, Ont. – A panel discussion on mentorship will be a focus of Trucking HR Canada’s inaugural Driver Connect and Share event.

Being held Nov. 12 at the Sandman Signature Hotel in Toronto, Ont. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will be monitored by Trucker Radio’s Stan Campbell, with opening remarks from Highway Star of the Year Joanne Millen-Mackenzie of Highland Transport.

Five new panelists have been added to the discussion: Bill Dejong, a driver and mentor from J.G. Drapeau, who has been behind the wheel for 21 years; Lorraine Lewis, a recent graduate, driver and mentee at J.G. Drapeau; Michele Joslin, a commercial driver trainer for more than 10 years from Humber College; heavy-haul driver and mentor from LCG Equipment, David Henry, with over 30 in the trucking industry; and Shelley Uvanile-Hesch, a commercial driver and mentor from Sharp Transportation Systems, who also recently set up the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada to support women in the industry.

“This panel is a direct response to feedback we continue to receive that drivers want something specific to their day-to-day concerns,”says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Delegates wanted to learn more from drivers; we are delivering on content attendees want to see.”

Visit to register for the event prior to Oct. 27.

Source of article click here: Truck News

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2 killed, 1 injured in Mississauga collision involving transport truck
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Two people were killed and one was seriously injured in a collision involving a transport truck in Mississauga.

Two people were killed and one was seriously injured in a collision involving a transport truck in Mississauga.

Two people are dead following a collision involving a transport truck near Hwy. 401 in Mississauga, Peel Regional Police say.

Officers responded to the crash near Dixie Road and Aerowood Drive shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Police say a 20-year-old woman who was in the back seat of the vehicle that collided with the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of that vehicle, a 22-year-old male, was transported with vital signs absent and pronounced dead in hospital. A third person, a male in the front passenger seat, was injured, but conscious and breathing.

There's no word on the condition of the transport truck driver.

Dixie Road is closed south of Hwy. 401 and north of Matheson Boulevard.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Edmonton buildings evacuated near damaged communications tower that could collap
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Stolen semi collides with tower and snaps support cable, driver flees in stolen car

Police say the communications tower at CTV in west Edmonton is in danger of collapse after a stolen semi-truck hit a support cable Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the communications tower at CTV in west Edmonton is in danger of collapse after a stolen semi-truck hit a support cable Tuesday afternoon. (Peter Evans/CBC)

A man driving a stolen semi slammed into a vehicle in west Edmonton Tuesday before entering the CTV parking lot where it struck and detached a support cable for a communications tower.

The tower is in danger of collapse.

Police have evacuated buildings in the area.

They have closed 184th Street between Stony Plain Road and 104th Avenue.

The road is expected to remain closed for several hours.

The crash happened at about 2:40 p.m.

The driver of the stolen semi truck then stole a car, a 1995 blue Pontiac Grand Am, and fled the area.

A woman driving the vehicle hit by the semi was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Source of article click here:CBC NEWS

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Great Dane commits to North American Commercial Vehicle Show
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ATLANTA, Ga. – Great Dane has announced it will be exhibiting at the 2017 North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show in 2017.

It will not be present at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Great Dane also said it is committing to the 2019 and 2021 NACV shows.

“We support the NACV show’s focus on creating an exhibition that responds to the changing business environment and our customers’ needs. We believe this show will encourage engaging displays of trailer and truck body innovation,” said Dean Engelage, Great Dane’s president. “We look forward to using the show to demonstrate how Great Dane offers innovative business solutions that ensure safety and efficiency, two of our core fundamentals.”

The NACV Show will bring together leading manufacturers of commercial and special vehicles, as well as parts and components.

“Great Dane welcomes the opportunity to participate in a show that is devoted to supporting the transportation industry,” added Brandie Fuller, Great Dane’s vice-president of marketing. “The NACV Show’s commitment to fleets, suppliers and trade media was a major factor in Great Dane’s decision to exhibit at this show. We look forward to showcasing our full product line in Atlanta.”

Organized and produced jointly by Hanover Fairs USA and Newcom Media USA, the NACV Show will be a premier destination for industry participants to get a first look at new products, and to network and form business partnerships.

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Mentorship panel named for Trucking HR Canada event
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OTTAWA, ON – Trucking HR Canada’s first-ever Driver Connect & Share event will include a panel discussion with driver mentors and proteges sharing personal insights on mentoring.

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

David Henry

David Henry

The morning opens with Highland Transport’s Joanne Millen-Mackenzie, our reigning Highway Star of the Year, sharing her perspectives, knowledge and learnings from close to 25 years behind the wheel. Participants in the mentoring panel include:

Bill Dejong, a driver and mentor, at J.G Drapeau -- Dejong his driving career at 21 when he purchased his first straight truck. After obtaining his A license, he started to haul tankers across Canada, and then served clients with flatbed work. He has been running shorthaul runs for a decade.

  • Lorraine Lewis, a recent graduate, driver, and protege at J.G. Drapeau -- For as long as she could remember, Lewis’ dream has always been to become a transport driver.
  • Michele Joslin, a commercial driver trainer from Humber College -- This former long-haul driver turned driver trainer lists hobbies as trucks, trucks and other stuff you drive. Her certifications include: Teacher/Trainer of Adults, defensive driving techniques, and Toastmasters Competent Communicator.
  • David Henry, a heavy-haul company driver and mentor from LCG Equipment – This Today’s Trucking contributor has more than 30 years’ experience in the trucking industry, encompassing all aspects from a company driver, dispatcher and owner-operator to company owner.
  • Shelley Uvanile-Hesch, a commercial driver and mentor from Sharp Transportation Systems. Uvanile-Hesch has been driving a rig for 17 years and recently set up the Women's Trucking Federation of Canada to support and promote women in the trucking industry.

“This panel is a direct response to feedback we continue to receive that drivers want something specific to their day-to-day concerns,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Delegates wanted to learn more from drivers; we are delivering on content attendees want to see.”

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Trucking industry in need of workers in N.B.
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Moncton job fair for trucking companies tries to change industry image

The truck job fair in Moncton was set up because of a number of vacant positions in the industry in New Brunswick. (CBC)

Job seekers lined up outside the door at the Crowne Plaza in Moncton on Wednesday to attend a trucking industry job fair.

The event was organized because the trucking industry has more jobs than it can fill. That's despite the fact 10 per cent of New Brunswickers are unemployed,

Drivers in short supply

Truck drivers are in short supply, according to Kelly Henderson of Trucking Human Resources, but she's not sure what's keeping trucking employers and job seekers from connecting.

"There's maybe an impression or perception of the industry that in my opinion, I don't think is accurate," said Henderson. "It's a place where people would want to be and should want to be and they can make a good living with that."


The trucking industry has been working on diversity, and says more opportunities for women are opening up. (CBC)

Dale Ritchie, chair of the Southeast Industry Education Council, believes people don't know about the jobs available.

"I think it's just a matter of awareness and that's the purpose of this job fair today," he said. "People maybe don't look at that as a career, but the industry has changed."

Diversity needed

One of those changes is in diversity, according to Henderson.

In Canada, women only make up three per cent of drivers and two per cent of mechanics. "We're working on that, the industry is working on that," Henderson said. "There's definitely opportunity to come in for women."

Ayman Kouk is a Syrian refugee who attended the fair in order to resume work in the industry. Kouk worked as a truck driver in his native Syria, in Lebanon, and in Turkey.


Syrian newcomer Ayman Kouk (right), here with interpreter Moaud Farai, has passed the mechanical and written tests, and only needs the road test to get his truck driver's license, a job he did at home, and in Turkey and Lebanon. (CBC)

He's passed the mechanical test as well as his written exam, so all that's left is his road test.

Speaking through his interpreter Moaud Farai, Kouk said he's met some interested employers already.

"When I finish my road test I will contact them and start working in September, maybe."

Speaking about driving in Canadian winter conditions, Kouk said, "I lived in Turkey before, the place I used to live had a lot of snow, so it's similar."

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Raymond James Financial Weighs in on Mullen Group Ltd.’s Q1 2017 Earnings
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Research analysts at Raymond James Financial lifted their Q1 2017 earnings estimates for shares of Mullen Group in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday. Raymond James Financial analyst A. Bradford now expects that the firm will earn $0.23 per share for the quarter, up from their previous forecast of $0.21. Raymond James Financial currently has a “Market Perform” rating and a $16.50 target price on the stock. Raymond James Financial also issued estimates for Mullen Group’s Q1 2018 earnings at $0.31 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.26 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $1.02 EPS.

Other research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada restated an “outperform” rating and issued a C$19.00 target price on shares of Mullen Group in a research report on Friday, July 22nd. CIBC upped their target price on shares of Mullen Group from C$17.00 to C$18.50 in a research report on Friday, July 22nd. Scotiabank restated an “outperform” rating and issued a C$16.00 target price on shares of Mullen Group in a research report on Thursday, July 21st. RBC Capital Markets upped their target price on shares of Mullen Group from C$19.00 to C$21.00 in a research report on Friday, October 7th. Finally, TD Securities restated a “buy” rating and issued a C$18.00 target price on shares of Mullen Group in a research report on Thursday, July 21st. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of C$17.94.

Mullen Group (TSE:MTL) traded down 0.66% on Monday, reaching $16.59. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 5,680 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.72 billion and a P/E ratio of 34.49. Mullen Group has a 52 week low of $13.02 and a 52 week high of $19.29. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $16.15 and a 200 day moving average price of $15.03.

Mullen Group Company Profile

Mullen Group Ltd. is a supplier of trucking and logistics services in Canada. The Company provides a range of specialized transportation and related services to the oil and natural gas industry in western Canada. The Company operates in two segments: Trucking/Logistics and Oilfield Services. Its Trucking/Logistics segment offers a range of truckload freight services to customers in Canada and the United States.

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Petro-Canada’s Duron Lubricants Meet API CK-4, FA-4 Specs
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Petro-Canada’s Duron Lubricants Meet API CK-4, FA-4 Specs

Petro-Canada Lubricants, a Suncor business, has revealed its API CK-4 and FA-4 product line, Duron next generation, which will be available to the market on Dec. 1, 2016.

Duron next generation is Petro-Canada Lubricants’ most durable, high performance line of heavy-duty diesel engine oils. Designed to surpass the demands of API CK-4 and FA-4 (formerly known as PC-11A and PC-11B) the product line will be available in four performance tiers. These include Duron HP (High Performance); Duron SHP (Super High Performance); Duron UHP (Ultra High Performance); and Duron Advanced (API FA-4).

Duron Advanced will stand as Petro-Canada Lubricants’ fully API FA-4 approved product and is specifically designed to maximize fuel economy without sacrificing any engine protection.

Formulated using leading-edge lubricant technology to combine the best additives with the purest base oils, Duron next generation has been engineered to meet and exceed the advanced OEM engine performance requirements for ultimate protection and fuel efficiency.

“We had a clear vision to create the world’s toughest heavy duty diesel engine oils and with Duron next generation we have delivered on that ambition,” commented Howard McIntyre, vice president of lubricants for Suncor. “The product line has been built on our world class technology and with an approach that doesn’t compromise durability, strength and efficiency.”

Source of article click here: Trucking News

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Montreal bans heavy trucks from aging Champlain Bridge
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Rendering of the new Champlain Bridge set to open in 2018. [Courtesy of]

MONTREAL, QC — Heavy trucks carrying more than 66 tonnes have been banned from travelling Montreal’s Champlain Bridge as the aging infrastructure’s durability continues to be threatened by growing traffic volumes. 

Trucks were banned from the bridge — or will now require a special permit — as of Oct. 10, announced a statement from management at Ponts Jacque Cartier+Champlain Bridges. The 54-year-old bridge — one of Canada’s busiest and most studied — spans the Saint Lawrence River to connect Montreal to boroughs on the South Shore. 

Media reports have suggested Montreal's uptick in construction led to the ban because of increased truck traffic carrying large loads.

"There are certainly more prefabricated pieces coming across the bridge, but this is more of a preventative measure as the bridge nears the end of its life," bridge corporation spokeswoman Julie Paquet told Today's Trucking.

Paquet added that each large load that crosses the Champlain Bridge is about 40% more penal on the bridge's system than typical traffic.

“A display and communication plan will be rolled out in the coming days to inform carriers of this new measure and facilitate the planning of their trips,” bridge management announced in a statement translated from French to English by Today’s Trucking.

There are few alternative route options for heavy trucks. With no access to the Southbound Merier Bridge, drivers are likely to select the La Fontaine Tunnel several kilometers away as a longer but guaranteed way to travel.

A new Champlain Bridge worth about $4.2 billion is expected to open in 2018. As it stands, Quebec is spending some $100 million per year to maintain the current bridge.

Bridge management stated that the 5.3 million truck trips across the bridge each year “repeatedly asks the bridge structure to work beyond the loads for which it was designed,” according to Glen P. Carlin, CEO of Ponts Jacque Cartier+Champlain Bridges. 

For Class 5 or higher, it is now mandatory to obtain an excess load special permit issued by the Insurance Company automobile du Québec

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking
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International Trucks introduces new LT Series
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. – International Trucks unveiled its new LT Series offering of Class 8 over-the-road trucks in Las Vegas Sept. 30, touting the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, driver appeal and best-in-class uptime.

“We aren’t producing a truck for the sake of technology or engineering,” said Bill Kozek, president of truck and parts for Navistar, the holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce the International brand. “We’re producing a truck that drivers want to drive, keeps them safe, provides the benefits of remote diagnostics and keeps them on the road the maximum uptime with real bottom line results.”

During a time when fuel efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are at the forefront, International’s new Class 8 truck provides improved aerodynamics, and what the company says is a 7% fuel efficiency improved compared to International’s most recent fuel economy leader, the 2017 ProStar with the Cummins ISX15 engine.

“The new International LT Series reflects our vision for the future of the trucking industry, with a host of advancements that support improved driver safety and productivity, as well as fuel efficiency and uptime,” said Kozek. “This new vehicle reflects our strong belief that integrating the best technology will provide customers with a significant operating advantage.”

International said it has always emphasized the importance of ‘industry-leading aerodynamics,’ and delivers on that emphasis with the new LT Series, providing a 3% improvement in fuel efficiency with improved aerodynamics alone.

“The advanced technologies and exceptional aerodynamics we are offering in the LT Series will deliver an impressive improvement in fuel economy, up to 7% over the 2017 ISX 15-liter engine,” said Jeff Sass,senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Navistar. “Our testing confirms this is the most aerodynamic truck we’ve ever made.”

The new LT Series truck has seen aerodynamic improvements such as an aero-contoured hood, which is four inches lower than the previous model, and fender, wheel opening and chassis skirts and an aero-enhanced three-piece front bumper, with longer side extenders that shorten the trailer gap.

Sass said the LT Series Class 8 truck will be released with the new Cummins 2017 X15 engine with ratings up to 500 horsepower on the efficiency series and 565 on the performance series. The 2017 N13 engine will also be available in the LT series at a later date, offering what Sass said was ‘premium performance in an advanced 13-liter design.’

Driver appeal was also a primary point of focus for International when designing the new LT Series truck.

Sass said when designing the new LT Series truck, helping fleets attract and retain drivers was a primary focus.

“To ensure the new LT Series is the most driver-centric Class 8 vehicle we’ve ever built, we gave drivers a voice in its design,” said Sass. “Many of our customers tell us that their number-one challenge is attracting and retaining drivers, which is why we put so much effort into understanding and responding to drivers’ needs. These improvements also contribute to increased driver ease of use that will boost the vehicle’s productivity.”

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Bridgestone names new president, Commercial Truck & Bus Tire
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Bridgestone Americas announced that Joseph Saoud has joined the company as president, truck and bus radial (TBR), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO).

In this role, Saoud will be responsible for leading the sales activities for the U.S. and Canadian commercial truck and bus tire business, which includes Bandag retreads, according to the company. He will drive the business’ long-term growth strategy and ensure continued value for customers, dealers and fleets, Bridgestone added.

“Joseph is a strong leader who brings incredible business acumen and global perspective to our team,” said Kurt Danielson, president, Bridgestone Commercial Group, U.S. and Canada, BATO. “His insight, collaborative mindset and commitment to innovation will help our team continue to develop products and solutions that maximize uptime, improve efficiency and deliver best-in-class performance for our customers.”

According to the company, Saoud brings more than 20 years of leadership experience. Most recently, he served as president, global construction, agriculture and military for Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. (CVG), a global supplier of a full range of cab and other vehicle related products for the global commercial vehicle market. Prior to his role with CVG, Saoud was president, filtration business unit, Cummins for the last seven years, the global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and service of diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies.

Source of article click here: FleetOwner

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RCMP investigate suspicious death in Bonnyville
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Elderly' man's pickup truck missing from home where body was found Sunday

RCMP have located this truck, which was missing from a Bonnyville home where the body of a man was found Sunday.

RCMP have located this truck, which was missing from a Bonnyville home where the body of a man was found Sunday

RCMP are investigating the suspicious death of an "elderly" man whose body was found Sunday inside a home in Bonnyville.

Police are asking for help from the public in locating the dead man's truck, which is missing from the home where the body was found at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The RCMP's major crimes unit from Edmonton has taken over the investigation, police said in a news release Monday.

Investigators are gathering evidence at the scene to determine the circumstances that led to the man's death.

The man has been identified tentatively. Confirmation of his identity is expected from an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday in Edmonton.

The missing truck is described as a light-green 1974 Dodge D200 pickup with Alberta plate BES-165.

The truck has a large white and green canopy on the back.

Anyone with information about the truck is asked to call Bonnyville RCMP or CrimeStoppers.

Bonnyville is about 240 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Fastfrate investing millions into western Canadian expansion
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WOODBRIDGE, Ont. – Consolidated Fastfrate is investing nearly $20 million to purchase a new $10 million facility in Edmonton, a $1.5 million expansion in Winnipeg and $5.5 million to add 238 intermodal chassis to its container transport operations.

“These are exciting times for our company,” said Fastfrate CEO Ron Tepper. “We believe in our future and continue to invest in our Canada-wide network of asset based LTL road and rail services. But more than that, we are putting our considerable knowledge and experience into creating ‘thinking solutions’ geared to our customers’ more sophisticated transportation and distribution requirements.”

Fastfrate will also soon be announcing its expansion south of the border.

“No privately held transportation provider has our particular combination of facilities, resources and talent,” Tepper said. “We are truly a multi-faceted transportation and distribution network, coast to coast in Canada.”

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Surrey truck parking plan reaches a roadblock
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SURREY, B.C. – Plans for a new 77-acre truck park along the Little Campbell River in South Surrey could be in jeopardy.

Peace Arch News reported that proponents behind the plans have withdrawn their rezoning application, and that the company that owns the land is now looking at other uses for the site.

Environmental groups in the area voiced opposition to the plan for a truck parking area, citing concerns for pollutants near the Little Campbell River. Traffic issues and food security along 16 Ave. near 192 Street were also points of contention against the plan.

Langley Township council voted to delay making a decision on the project until they were presented with a more detailed plan.

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Trucking firm Schneider National plans IPO
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Green Bay-based Schneider National Inc., one of the nation's largest trucking companies, said Friday it plans to go public next year.

Privately held Schneider said in a statement it intended to pursue an initial public offering of common stock in 2017, subject to satisfactory market conditions.

The company said the goals of the IPO are "to facilitate continuity of controlling ownership of Schneider by the future generations of the Schneider family, while continuing forward with its long-standing, independent and professional" corporate governance structure.

"This transaction will allow the company to continue its commitment to Wisconsin and the community, and to maintain and further investments in its long-term positioning," the company stated. "The Schneider family and the board of directors believe the planned transaction is in the best interests of Schneider, its associates, customers and shareholders."

The company said it hasn't yet filed an IPO registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Schneider, which took in $4 billion in revenue last year, is known primarily as an over-the-road carrier. The company has 11,560 company truck drivers and 2, 900 independent operators.

However, the firm also has a large logistics business, runs 6.5 million square feet of warehouse space, handles cross-border shipments to Canada and Mexico, brokers freight and has operations in China.

Schneider National, recognized on the road by its orange-colored trucks, was founded in 1935 by A.J. "Al" Schneider. By 1971, his son, Donald, was running the business and greatly expanded the company. Donald died in 2012.

Chris Lofgren succeeded Schneider as president and CEO.

In June, Schneider National announced its first acquisitions in 10 years, purchasing two companies with experience in bringing bulk, heavy products like furniture and kitchen appliances to consumers who order them online.

The market for home delivery and setup of heavy, over-sized consumer goods, along with delivery of medical equipment to businesses, is worth about $10 billion, according to one expert.

Earlier this week, Schneider was honored as a Wisconsin 75 company.

Source of article click here: Journal Sentinel

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CTA lauds rollover regulations
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Mandatory electronic stability control (ESC) on newly built three-axle truck tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 11,793 kgs to begin in August 2017

Toronto, Ontario—It is estimated there are about 660 truck rollover incidents in Canada every year.

While this represents less than five percent of all truck accidents, when a rollover does occur the potential injuries, or worse, to both motorists and truck drivers can be significant. Rollovers also result in lengthy traffic tie-ups, which leads to lost economic productivity and efficiency.

Therefore, CTA is applauding Transport Canada’s announcement in Gazette I calling for the mandatory installation of electronic stability control (ESC) on newly built three-axle truck tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 11,793 kgs beginning in August 2017.

Over time, this regulation will dramatically reduce these types of incidents occurring on Canadian roadways, says CTA.

According to a 2012 analysis by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, ESC is between 40 percent to 56 percent effective in reducing roll-over incidents. In a separate 2012 analysis performed by American Transportation Research Institute, of which CTA is a member, ESC was identified as 75 percent more effective at jack-knife avoidance than trucks without the system.

It is estimated a rollover can cost a motor carrier on average anywhere between $197,000 and over $1.1 million in repairs, insurance and other costs depending on the cargo being carried and whether the crash results in a fatality.

A fleet operating at a five percent margin would need to increase revenue by 20 times the cost of these accident related losses. For example, a trucking company would need to increase its revenue by $2 million to offset $100,000 in accident costs.

The current purchase price of electronic stability technology is in the $600-$1,200 range. And, it is anticipated that this price will go down once a mandate is introduced.

“This measure introduced by Transport Canada is not only going to improve highway safety and reduce roadway safety incidents involving commercial vehicles, it is inexpensive insurance for motor carriers,” said David Bradley, CEO of CTA.

The regulation is set to come into force for new equipment only, starting with three-axle truck tractors beginning August 1, 2017 and phasing in all targeted truck tractors and motor coaches by August 1, 2019. 

This Transport Canada rule harmonizes the direction taken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which introduced a similar rule in mid-2015.

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Arrest in Toronto trucking company shooting death
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B.C. RCMP have arrested a man in Surrey, B.C. in connected with a murder of a Brampton, Ont. man. The man under arrest will be brought back to Toronto. He is wanted for second degree murder. (CBC News)

Toronto police have announced that a man wanted in connection with the Toronto parking lot shooting death of Maninder Singh Sandhu has been arrested in Surrey, B.C.

The man, 34, of Brampton, was arrested by RCMP on Friday. 

Sandhu was shot last Friday in the parking lot where he kept his truck on Humber College Boulevard at Finch Avenue West, police said. He was discovered the next day by his family and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Later, police said he died of multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. 

The man in RCMP custody allegedly worked with Sandhu, 31, at BTI Cartage, a Toronto trucking company. He will be brought back to the city by Toronto police.

The homicide marked Toronto's 53rd this year.

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Mackie Group honored by American Truck Historical Society
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On Sept. 24, 2016, Ross Mackie and Peter Balan received a 50-Year Founders Award, and the Mackie Group received a 75-Year Business Award.

KANSAS CITY, MO — The American Truck Historical Society has honored Canada’s Mackie Group, and its founders, for being living pioneers who have made trucking their life’s work.

Mackie the Mover was started in 1928 by Ross’s parents Merle and Amanda. In the early 1950s, Ross and his sister Marilyn became involved in the business and were one of the original agents for North American Van Lines Canada Ltd. Ross’s four boys later joined the company in the early 1970s, and have all been actively involved in the business ever since.

[Courtesy of Ross Mackie]


*Mackie Celebrates 80 years of trucking

Now, many of Ross’s 14 grandchildren are also working in various divisions of the Mackie Group.

Peter Balan started in the trucking industry the early 1960s as a driver in northern Ontario. Over the years he has owned and managed several companies serving various market segments. Peter’s son joined him in the trucking business in the mid-1980s and they continue to work together.

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Brampton driver sought in fellow trucker's shooting death
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Police are searching for Pardeep Chouhan, 34, of Brampton.

BRAMPTON, ON — Toronto Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a Brampton-based truck driver accused of fatally shooting a fellow driver at his Humber College Blvd. truck yard in Etobicoke.

When police arrived at BTI Cartage in Etobicoke, ON, at around 3 a.m. on Oct. 1, they found the body of Maninder Singh Sandhu, 31, in the truck yard’s parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

Following an investigation that involved discussions with Sandhu’s family and colleagues, police issued a second-degree murder warrant for Pardeep Chouhan, 34, of Brampton. He is described as having a light brown complexion, 6'0", 180 lbs., black straight hair and a scar beside his right eye. 

Police say Chouhan is believed to be armed and dangerous, and does have access to firearms. Police are advising the public to not approach him, immediately call 9-1-1 and report his location and description to the police. He is believed to still be in the Greater Toronto Area.

Anyone with information on the murder or the whereabouts of Pardeep Chouhan is asked to contact Toronto Police Homicide Squad at 416-808-7400, or Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson directly at 416-808-7400 ext. 77415, Detective Lioumanis at 416-808-7400 ext. 7-7287, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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Quebec goes electronic
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MONTREAL, Que.  —  The province of Quebec announced recently that it will be allocating $8.6 million to five companies dedicated to building electric heavy vehicles.

The province is gathering the $8.6 million from its Green Fund, Quebec’s carbon cap and trade program.

The five companies participating in the project that is estimated to costing $17.2 million are: Lion Bus, TM4, AddÉnergie Technologies, Adetel Solution and Alcoa. The companies are to manufacture four 100% electric prototypes — two buses and two trucks in just three years. In total, 26 jobs will be created in partners during the implementation of the project.

“We all know that Quebec has its own energy in large quantities and at competitive cost. By focusing on the electrification of transport, we want to become a forerunner in sustainable mobility and a leader in the use of means of transport powered by electricity,” said the Quebec’s Minister of Transport, Laurent Lessard.

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