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Transport truck catches fire on Hwy. 427 in west Toronto
OPP say a transport truck caught on fire on the 427 in Etobicoke on Friday afternoon
Police say no one was injured after a transport truck became fully engulfed in flames on Highway 427 in Etobicoke Friday afternoon.
At around 2:30 p.m., Ontario Provincial Police
said both the north and southbound express lanes between Dundas Street
and The West Mall were closed as firefighters and other emergency
responders were called in to tackle the blaze.
In a Periscope video posted from the scene during the cleanup, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said no other vehicles were involved.
around 3 p.m., the OPP said the southbound lanes had reopened, along
with the left northbound express lane. Another left lane reopened before
“The 427 is going to be a place to avoid until this mess gets cleaned up,” Schmidt said.
GUELPH, Ont. – Canada Cartage has announced its acquisition of Doyle Transportation.
Doyle provides dedicated fleet outsourcing, full truckload, and less
than truckload services to customers, both domestically and
The company has a 20,000 sq.-ft. facility in Guelph, which includes
four cross-dock doors, warehouse space, and truck maintenance bays.
Canada Cartage says it is bringing on all 60 Doyle Transportation
The company said in a release the acquisition strengthens its service
in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph areas while
complementing its own southern Ontario terminal and warehouse network.
Loblaw Adds Class 8 Electric Truck To Its Fleet In Canada
This story about a BYD Class 8 electric truck in Canada was first published by CleanTechnica
Canada’s largest retailer specializing in food and pharmaceuticals
has unveiled a 53 foot, fully electric class 8 BYD truck that is the
first in a transition of its company-owned fleet to electric vehicles.
The new semi truck is the first of many, as Loblaw announced a
commitment to move its entire trucking fleet to electric vehicles. The
trucks utilized by Loblaw are more complex than your average semi, as
they utilize onboard hybrid refrigerated trailers that were actually
demonstrated with the fully electric BYD truck as part of the unveiling.
With Loblaw having such an extensive logistics and energy usage
footprint, the move to fully electric vehicles in response to climate
change could indicate a shift in company strategy that could result in
further developments in the space but time will tell.
“As one of Canada’s largest energy
users, given the size and scope of our retail network and supply chain,
we know we have a critical role to play in helping Canada reach its carbon reduction targets,” said Rob Wiebe,
Executive Vice President, Supply Chain, Loblaw Companies Limited. “We
are committed to leading responsibly in this area, working with our
partners like BYD for sustainable solutions to help our company, and our
country, meet those goals.”
Loblaw has made firm commitments to reducing its carbon footprint 30%
by 2030 with a specific commitment to reduce the intensity of
transportation emissions to 0.087 gCO2 e/t-km, which are targets they
will be held accountable to. It has also made it clear that it is
looking to other technologies to reduce emissions across its supply
chain, which nowadays often translates to financial savings — which is
just good business. More and more, business as usual just isn’t good
enough when it comes to energy usage, as there are just too many
cleantech solutions out there that can help out a company’s bottom line,
so clean technologies are almost required anymore just to stay
Development of fully electric class 8 trucks specifically have not
taken off at the same pace as consumer vehicles, but the renewed
competition in the space and the scale being driven by consumer electric
vehicles and stationary storage products has driven prices of the
lithium batteries that power them down as well.
While Tesla gets most of the press for its well branded and much hyped Gigafactories,
Panasonic’s cumulative lithium battery production capacity was 8.5 GWh
per year compared to BYD’s 16 GWh per year capacity as of Q1 2017
(Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance).
Not only is that a telling tale of who the big players really are in
plug-in vehicles, it shows just how much of a powerhouse BYD is in the
new energy space. The same report notes that “demand for batteries from
electric buses far outstripped that of other passenger vehicles in
2016,” which just so happens to be one of BYD’s core competencies.
Western Star extends military veteran discount program into 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. – If you’re a Canadian or U.S. military veteran,
Western Star and Daimler Truck Financial (DTF) has an early Christmas
gift for you.
The company will be extending its Western Star VetStar Military
Appreciation Program, which offers discounts of up to $3,000 for
Canadian and $2,000 for U.S. customers on new trucks to military
The program launched this year and will continue through 2018, and
matches down payments on new Western Star trucks that are financed
through the DTF.
“We owe a tremendous debt to our armed forces members and veterans in
the United States and Canada, and we can think of no better way to show
our appreciation than to make it easier for them to start or upgrade
their trucking businesses with the VetStar discount,” said Samantha
Parlier, vice-president of marketing and product strategy, Western Star.
The program is offered with no limit per customer and can be used in conjunction with other programs.
Highway 17 in northwestern Ontario closed west of Shabaqua
Provincial police investigating serious collision between two tractor trailers
Police say they are investigating a serious collision
between two tractor trailers on the Trans-Canada Highway, 40 kilometres
west of Shabaqua.
Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a fatal collision
involving two tractor trailers on Highway 17, between Shabaqua and
Upsala, west of Thunder Bay.
Police have confirmed that two people died in the crash, which
happened around 8:30 a.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway, approximately 40
kilometres west of Shabaqua. OPP said their identities are being
withheld until the families are notified.
Officials said the highway is completely closed as of 4 p.m.,
Wednesday, however, Highway 11 through Atikokan is available as an
It is not known when the stretch of Highway 17 will be re-opened.
Officials are on-scene, and the investigation continues.
A fatal, 14-vehicle pileup that killed at least three people and left
Highway 400 about an hour north of Toronto littered with "tangled,
twisted metal" may have been caused by an inattentive transport truck
driver, police said Wednesday.
The chain reaction of collisions started around 11:30 p.m. ET
Tuesday, when a transport truck slammed into the back of another large
truck that was stopped at the end of a long line of traffic in the
northbound lanes. Two fully loaded tanker trucks, three other commercial
vehicles and multiple cars were involved in the crash that ensued.
Immediately following the initial collision, a series of explosions sent fireballs into the night sky, witness video shows.
"The vehicles are completely destroyed, melted into the asphalt,"
said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police's highway
Early indications are that "potentially, an inattentive vehicle —
potentially a fuel tanker approaching northbound to slow or stopped
traffic, smashed into the back of the queued traffic," Schmidt said.
At least 14 vehicles were involved in the
deadly collision late Tuesday on Highway 400 about an hour from downtown
Toronto. (Kerry Schmidt/Twitter)
The tanker trucks essentially acted as "bombs on wheels," he continued.
The three people who were killed have not been identified by police.
Multiple other people were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening
On Wednesday afternoon, Hawkes repeated his message about distracted
driving, saying that it was a miracle that more people weren't killed.
"There's really no excuse for that truck to continue down the highway at the speed that they did," he said.
The stretch of Highway 400 between Highways 88 and 89, near
Cookstown, Ont., remains closed in both directions and will likely not
reopen until Thursday morning. Schmidt said the sheer devastation of the
scene is making it difficult for investigators to do their work.
He said first responders thought it looked "almost like Armageddon."
"It's something I have never seen in my life ... absolutely
catastrophic. Twisted, tangled metal, unrecognizable debris and sadly
deceased people in those vehicles as we speak," he told reporters from
the crash site. He added that the coroner will need help from the
victims' next of kin to identify their remains.
"We are working with coroners and forensics to first get into the
vehicles to find out what sort of remains are there, if any. We are not
sure what is inside," said Schmidt.
About 40 minutes before the pileup, another three-car collision had
slowed traffic on Highway 400 northbound. A driver involved in that
incident has been charged with drinking and driving. Police and other
emergency services who responded to the earlier collision were still at
the crash scene when the pileup started about one kilometre down the
road in the northbound lanes.
Robert Bianchi passed the first crash as he drove southbound down
Highway 400. A few hundred metres after that , he saw a "huge"
"I'm still shaking. I can't believe what I saw," he told CBC Toronto.
"So I just stepped on my brakes because I didn't want to pass by that
Other drivers who stopped near the crash site ran from their vehicles as the blaze intensified, Bianchi added.
Highway 400 is closed in both directions from Highway 88 to Highway 89 on Wednesday.
Vincent Di Pinto, another witness, had just left work at York
University and was headed north on the highway when he saw "a large
transport slam nose-first" into the back of another large truck that was
"Basically the second vehicle, the white transport, had literally rode right up the vehicle transport," he said.
"After that I heard some popping sounds, and then a loud explosion
... I got out and looked and it was just explosions, one explosion after
another and orange flames that were starting to go up into the sky."
Di Pinto ended up speaking with the driver of one of the trucks
involved. He said the driver seemed OK, but he was complaining about ear
pain and seemed to be struggling to keep his balance.
"My understanding is by speaking to the driver of the diesel fuel
vehicle that it was laden with fuel and it was just flames shooting out
maybe 200 or 300-plus feet in the air," he said.
The fire burned for nearly three hours before it was extinguished
shortly after 2 a.m. by dozens of firefighters from eight
different local services.
Schmidt said Wednesday afternoon that investigators have determined
molten aluminum has been leaking across the roadway, causing such severe
damage that parts of it will have to repaved. There was also a
significant spill of fuel that has leached down into the fields
enveloping the highway.
Schmidt told CBC Toronto that investigators will consider human and
environmental factors in trying to determine what caused the chain
reaction crash. It appears, however, that conditions were fair when the
first trucks collided.
"There were no environmental conditions I am aware of," Schmidt said.
"It was cool but the road conditions were bare. Environmental
conditions were clear."
The OPP is asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call its Aurora detachment with any information.
B.C. Truckers Association weighs in on how government should handle legal pot
File photo. The B.C. Truckers Association has some suggestions on what it would like to see in pot legislation.
B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is weighing in with four
recommendations on how it thinks the government should handle legalized
President and CEO Louise Yako says the association is
recommending the provincial and federal governments work together to
provide a unified set of rules, and a timeline for implementation.
One recommendation is to modify the criminal code to include a cannabis impairment offence.
It also supports a zero-tolerance policy for ‘safety sensitive’ occupations, such as commercial drivers.
agree on a regulatory framework, to allow employers of workers in
safety-sensitive occupations, to conduct random workplace drug and
alcohol testing, and that’s to ensure both their safety and the safety
of the driving public.”
Yako says the BCTA also wants to see a roadside testing protocol created.
British Columbians have until Wednesday, Nov. 1 to share their suggestions with the provincial government.
Non-medical cannabis is set to become legal in Canada by Canada Day 2018.
OTTAWA, ON – Trucking HR Canada has opened applications for its 5th annual Top Fleet Employers program, recognizing those that demonstrate superior human resources practices.
program is open to any Canadian fleet, and identifies employers that
meet a series of identified standards around recruitment and retention,
compensation, lifestyle, employee engagement and communications, health
and wellness, and professional development. There is no limit to the
size or number of fleets that can be honored.
selection process involves an online application, submitted documents,
employee surveys, and follow-up interviews where required.
fleets are reaping the benefits of being recognized as leaders amongst
their peers,” says Isabelle Hétu, director – programs and
services. “This is critical for an industry that seeks to attract the
skilled labor it needs and showcases the trucking and logistics sector
as a great place to work."
CTA publishes video explaining changing shipper-carrier relations in an ELD worl
TORONTO, Ont. – Mandatory Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) – coming
into effect in the U.S. in December 2017 and in Canada shortly after –
are changing carrier-shipper relations. As carriers gear up to comply
with the rule, shippers need to consider the implications to their own
The Canadian Trucking Alliance has released a white board video and
one-page infographic explaining the implications of ELDs on the shipper
community. Specifically, the video describes how the supply chain has an
obligation to reduce waiting time and ensure truck drivers’ time is
spent driving rather than waiting to load and unload and customers’
“Under an ELD mandate, hours of service rules are not a stop watch
that can be halted and restarted,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski.
“The entire supply chain coming under the microscope. Pushing carriers
and drivers to bend compliance is no longer an option.”
Carriers are encouraged to share the video and infographic with their supply chain partners and customers.
“We’re hopeful this commons sense message will help all parties to
become more flexible and fulfill their responsibility to create a safe
supply chain in an ELD world,” says Laskowski.
CTA anticipates Canada will publish its own ELD proposal later this fall.
REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) celebrated
its 80th anniversary Saturday with a gala dinner featuring the gilded
glamour of the year it was founded – 1937.
In a banquet hall adorned with twinkle lights the association honored its members who have shown exemplary service.
Scholarships were given to students entering post-secondary with
connections to the industry. The top award of $3,000 went to Dylan
Mcleod wasn’t the only young person receiving accolades during the
evening. At just 29-years-old Kristin Finch was given the Driver of the
Finch is a nine-year veteran of the industry, who started driving
because of her dad. The pair now drive as team for Kindersley Transport
group, hauling all over Canada.
“I’d never been outside of Saskatchewan before truck driving,” Finch said.
The Service to Industry Award was given to a woman for the first time in the STA’s eight decades.
After trying other careers, including service with the military,
Brenda Cuthbert started a career in trucking by applying for a human
resources position that set her on the path to a lifetime of service to
Cuthbert works with Trucking HR Canada to help their Women with Drive
initiative to get more women involved in the industry. She was also
named Leader of the Year for 2017.
Cuthbert works with Siemens Transportation Group.
The Dispatcher of the Year award was given to Ian Brown.
Long-haul trucker wants drivers to be more careful after close call on Highway 1
Trucker Paul Beauregard captured footage of another truck swerving into his lane and hitting him on Highway 11 near Kapuskasing.
doesn't take much for a road accident to become fatal. Paul Beauregard
has been driving across the country for 9 years. After a recent close
call, he's warning drivers to be cautious on the roads. 3:31
long-haul truck driver wants people to stay safe on the road this
winter after he experienced a close call this week on Highway 11.
Paul Beauregard said he was driving east of Kapuskasing when he was side-swiped by a passing truck.
Beauregard said the truck was tailgating another vehicle and swerved into his lane, clipping his side mirror.
Paul Beauregard has been a long-haul truck driver for nine years.
He said the incident left him shaken — and thankful to be alive.
know with experience from what I've seen on the road over the last nine
years, what a truck trailer, a semi-trailer can do, the kind of damage
it can cause," he said.
"I could've got killed."
He said drivers need to be cautious when travelling in poor conditions.
you're driving in that kind of weather and you're anxious, you're
nervous, you're better off stopping, taking a break. Go get a coffee,
walk around," he said.
"A nervous, anxious driver in bad weather is a dangerous driver."
Beauregard also encouraged drivers to slow down, keep a safe distance from other vehicles and be cautious when passing.
Alberta truck driver recounts having truck commandeered, being held at gunpoint
‘You have two choices: I drive or you drive’
Robert Price, left, has been driving trucks since he was 13.
Robert Price, of Grande Cache, Alta., was taking a break
during a routine trip, hauling lumber through B.C. on Nov. 6, when a man
approached the driver's side window of his semi-truck.
"I rolled my window down a bit and he said he needed a drive out of there," Price said.
When Price, who is unlikely to pick up a hitchhiker, ignored him, the
man pulled out a gun and said "you have two choices: I drive or you
David Lee Chappell, 33, is facing kidnapping and firearms charges
after he hijacked Price's truck and demanded he drive him away.
Price said there was little conversation between him and Chappell as
they drove down Highway 5. Price told Chappell he was headed to
Abbotsford, but Chappell never said where he needed to go.
RCMP knew Chappell was in the vehicle and managed to reach Price's
boss in Grande Cache, who was able to contact Price on his cell phone.
The police were waiting for the truck near the Kamloops weigh scales.
As Price approached the scales, he said Chappell was asleep.
As Price weighed his truck, he made a comment to his boss that something was wrong at the back of the truck.
"I gotta jump out for a minute," he said.
Price said he casually exited the truck and headed towards the back, where police were waiting for him.
RCMP tried to coax Chappell from the truck. When he tried to drive
away, he ran the truck off the road: an act that not only left Price
with costly repairs, but also deprived him of his working vehicle until
those fixes can be carried out.
Chappell is facing kidnapping and firearm charges.
He has a prior criminal record, including a charge of resisting arrest in Surrey in March 2017.
KITCHENER, ON – Wabash Canada, the Eastern Canada dealership for
Wabash National semi-trailers, is branding its growing fleet maintenance
business as GoRight.
GoRight will support any make of trailer as well as other types of assets.
“Our GoRight brand better represents the diverse products we maintain
for our customers, supporting our growth and our vision for fleet
maintenance management service in the future,” said Brent Larson, Chief
Executive Officer and managing director – Wabash Canada and GoRight.
Wabash Canada was established in 2005, and has a head office in
Kitchener, Ontario, along with locations in Mississauga, Pickering,
Montreal, and the Maritimes.
ON – The smoke pouring into the truck was thick and there were just
moments to act when Ickroop Mangat, just 23-years-old, and his trainer
Dave* were involved in a multi-vehicle collision during a sudden,
zero-viability snowstorm outside Montreal last Winter.
The new driver for Kriska Transportation acted in a heartbeat,
kicking in the driver’s side window and crawling out of the cab before
helping his instructor out behind him. Panicked and on fire, the
instructor ran from the truck, but Mangat tackled him to the ground,
practicing the ‘stop, drop, and roll’ method to put out the flames and
save the man’s life.
His actions on that day earned Mangat the Bridgestone-Ontario
Trucking Association Truck Hero Award at their annual conference last
week, but Mangat says he’s no hero.
“I was thinking ‘I don’t want to die in a truck, and Dave doesn’t either,’” he said. “Never leave a man behind.”
What for one man was a natural reaction, OTA president Stephen Laskowski, is calling extraordinary courage.
“His actions shine a light on all the professional drivers who put their own lives on the line to help those in need,” he said.
Although Mangat graduated from a mechanical engineering program, he
says he is proud to drive for the company his father drives for.
Mangat spent childhood weekends in the shop with his dad and brother,
helping to fix and wash the trucks. Now his dream is to be an
Mangat had plans to buy his own truck in another year, but Mark Seymour, president and CEO of Kriska, was happy to make that dream a reality much sooner for the young hero.
“He could be anything, but he just wants to drive a truck like his dad,” he said. “We need more people like Ickroop.”
Kriska gave Mangat a truck to call his own in a ceremony held at the company on Friday.
With work done by Tallman Truck Group, the 2013 International truck
with a brand new Maxxforce D14 engine, was made shiny and new before the
keys were handed over.
13-liter, 475 horsepower engine has just 40 miles on it, but that
wasn’t the only upgrade the Kriska truck received. With a new coat of
paint, upgrades to the interior, and an all-new chrome package, the
truck only needed a big bow before it was ready for the company’s
Mangat says the truck is similar to what he drives with the company now, but without the chrome – now his favorite part.
Speechless when Seymour handed him the keys – the first time in the
company’s history they’ve given a driver a truck - Mangat said he
couldn’t be more grateful, and plans to drive with Kriska for a long
“I’ve got my father here, and a good company behind me, what more could I want,” he said.
Highway 401 triple commercial truck collision kills one
Two transport trucks and a dump truck involved in a fatal crash on Hwy. 401 at Cedar Creek on Friday, Oct. 27,
CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — A 59-year-old man is dead after a collision involving three commercial trucks on Ontario’s busiest highway.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the crash took place Friday morning on a stretch of Highway 401 near Cambridge, Ont.
He said the collision involved two transport trucks and a dump truck.
It appeared one transport truck ran into the back of another, pushing
it into the dump truck, which had slowed because of traffic in the
area, Schmidt said.
Two transport trucks and a dump truck involved in a fatal crash on Hwy. 401 at Cedar Creek on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
The driver of one of the transport trucks, who was trapped in his
vehicle and had to be extricated, was pronounced dead at the scene,
Schmidt said. He was later identified as Abdual Waheed of Ajax, Ont.
“Absolutely devastating seeing this kind of trauma,” Schmidt said at
the scene of Friday’s collision. “Apparently traffic was moving slowly
prior to the collision taking place.”
The collision comes a day after provincial police announced they were
putting commercial truck drivers “on notice” in the wake of three
crashes involving large trucks that claimed a total of six lives.
OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes had announced Thursday that three
drivers had been charged after their trucks allegedly crashed into
traffic that was stopped or had slowed down due to road construction or a
Two transport trucks and a dump truck involved in a fatal crash on Hwy. 401 at Cedar Creek on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
Two of those collisions occurred on Highway 401, one near Port Hope,
Ont., on Aug. 3, and the other in Chatham-Kent, Ont., on July 30. The
third occurred on Highway 48 in Georgina, Ont., on July 27.
The Ontario Trucking Association said Friday that the industry’s commitment to road safety is at an all-time high.
Between 1995 and 2014 there was a 66 per cent decline in the fatality
rate from large truck collisions, while at the same time large truck
vehicle registrations have increased by 75 per cent, it said in a
“Our industry is committed to safety. The stats reflect that as do
the actions of the vast majority of the professional operators on
Ontario’s highways,” said OTA president Stephen Laskowski.
The OTA is part of an upcoming working group with the Ministry of
Transportation and the OPP to develop strategies to reduce distracted
and aggressive driving, the association said.
Work underway to improve truck parking in Southern Ontario
TORONTO, Ont. — A study into truck parking and rest stops in
Southern Ontario is underway and the findings could lead to the improved
availability and quality of truck stops along major highways.
SPR Associates, a research and consulting firm in Toronto, was chosen
by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to conduct the three-pronged
study that involves consultations with Canadian trucking associations, a
survey with more than 1,000 truck drivers, and a detailed analysis by
traffic engineering experts.
Unsurprisingly, truck parking and rest stop quality has been an issue
for truck drivers across the country, especially in Southern Ontario.
Commercial drivers have groaned about the lack of safe and adequate
parking in the province for years. And it’s only been getting worse over
time as many formerly privately-owned stations have permanently closed,
like the Fifth Wheel truck stops in Bowmanville, Milton, Grimsby, and
In late 2016, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)
estimated that drivers spent about one hour of drive time on average per
day to look for parking – totalling US$4,600 in lost wages annually
because of the truck parking shortage.
According to SPR Associates consultant Ted Harvey, the study hopes to
find details of the inadequate truck parking and rest stops in the
southern part of the province and recommend improvements to the MTO.
“Because of all the truck stops closing and the increasing
enforcement on the hours-of-service regulations, drivers are caught
between a rock and hard place,” he said. “Lack of parking has also been
to blame for instances of fatigue which is a public safety issue.”
The study began in August, and findings are scheduled to be released in April 2018.
The first part of the study involves consultations with key trucking
associations in London, Toronto, and Ottawa in October to help identify
and brainstorm ways to address the shortage of truck parking.
So far, SPR said it has gained support from the Ontario Trucking
Association, the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, the
Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada, Women’s Trucking
Federation of Canada, the British Columbia Trucking Association and the
Alberta Motor Transport Association.
The study will also include a major survey of drivers who frequently travel along the major highways in Southern Ontario.
“Our survey is going to ask truckers to identify specific zones on
Ontario highways where parking is especially insufficient and to
recommend ways to improve that,” Harvey explained, saying the hope is to
gain feedback from more than 1,000 drivers.
The survey is set to roll out online from November to February, and
Harvey said the goal is to reach drivers through reputable longhaul
trucking companies and members of the various provincial partner
associations. Drivers do not need to live and work in the Southern
Ontario area, Harvey clarified saying, “We want to hear from drivers who
use Southern Ontario highways. They can come from Quebec, Western or
Eastern Canada or the U.S., but we want to make sure they use the
Southern Ontario highways frequently.”
The final part of the study is having traffic engineering experts
tally up all adequate truck stop and parking spaces in Southern Ontario
since, Harvey said, there is no definitive list or inventory of how many
stops there are in the province, and what services those rest stops
In the end, Harvey said that so far everything is scheduled to go
according to plan with the study being concluded and findings to be
released in April 2018. He is hopeful the study will provide the relief
many in the trucking industry are all too familiar with.
“Truck drivers are important to us since their work is critical to
the economy,” he said. “We are hoping our work or survey will help to
identify specific areas where parking shortages are greatest and
recommend to the ministry how we can alleviate them.”
ON – Canadian aerodynamic solutions company Transtex announced the
acquisition of fleet safety technology company RM2J, yesterday.
The transaction, completed in July, represents a strategic opportunity for Transtex, the company said in a release.
The acquired technologies will provide products that increase fuel
savings while reducing speeds for improved security, Transtex said.
CEO Mathieu Boivin said Transtex was happy to find RM2J, whose
advances will help to continue a pattern of growth through technological
innovation for the company.
“We were amongst the first to have skirts patented ten years ago.
More recently, we have been exploring opportunities in the technology
sector — namely the IoT [Internet of Things] — that will drive market
growth and allow us to continue evolving within this industry,” he said.
The Internet of Things is the name given to everyday objects that
connect to each other and the internet to create an increasingly
Transtex says the E-Smartdriver, a real-time driver management system
that comes with the acquisition, is a fleet management solution that
will bridge the gap between future autonomous truck technology and
Using GPS technology, the E-Smartdriver system accurately determines a
driver's location in real time and caps the maximum speed that the
vehicle can attain in a posted speed zone.
"We are very pleased and proud to be joining Transtex," said Jean
Poulin, President at RM2J. "Their product mix and business model is a
perfect strategic complement to the E-Smartdriver system.”
STA support safety effort, creates new membership category for vocational members
REGINA, Sask. – A recent inspection blitz within the city of
Regina resulted in 22 of 42 commercial vehicles being placed
out-of-service, with even more failing the examination.
The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) said it supports these
types of inspections and wishes they would occur more in the province,
citing a lack of enforcement as a major issue in Saskatchewan and a
concern raised by its membership on multiple occasions.
To help educate carriers that haul within a 160 km-radius a weigh
less than 11,794 kg, the STA has created a membership category for
vocational vehicles, such as gravel haulers, refuse companies, and
courier trucks, which until this year were unable to gain membership
status with the association.
“We have now opened up the membership to those companies with the
goal of increasing compliance, training, and education,” said STA
executive director Susan Ewart, pointing out that it is up to each
individual company to be in compliance. “The reality is that the while
the STA is the voice of truck transport in Saskatchewan, we work for the
members. Companies that chose to operate outside of the membership do
so without the guidance and benefit of membership and we have no control
The September safety blitz in Regina was conducted by the Regina
Police Service and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) and focused
on several aspects, including weight, dimensions, proper permits, and
safety certificates. The two organizations will collaborate to conduct
additional inspections within the city starting today (Oct. 30) and
continue sporadically over the next year.
The STA said a provincial committee called the Selective Traffic
Enforcement Program (STEP) is a five-year program that was created to
help reduce traffic deaths and injuries. The program identified targeted
enforcement within Regina was needed, which resulted in the commercial
Because the majority of trucks targeted were below the 11,794 kg mark
and remained within a 160 km-radius of their home base, the STA said
they did not require a Safety Fitness Certificate, which includes a
National Safety Code (NSC) number, and were not subject to the NSC
Standard 11 – Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Standards.
“The STA membership is well educated on their safety responsibilities
as trucking companies,” Ewart said. “Commercial, non-NSC number holding
companies with trucks weighing less than 11,794 kg may not be as aware
of those requirements.”
To support its efforts to increase commercial vehicle enforcement in
the province, the STA recently submitted a letter to the Ministry of
Justice addressing the proposed use of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
(CVE) officers as first responders in rural areas.
“Companies invest hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to
recruit, train, and educate safe, professional drivers and maintain
fleets of safe vehicles that meet regulatory standards,” Ewart said.
“Less enforcement on Saskatchewan highways takes the benefit of doing so
away from law-abiding transport companies and gives unsafe,
non-compliant companies the upper hand and contributes to the more rapid
disintegration of Saskatchewan’s roadways.”
One dead after car collides with transport truck in Brampton
One person is dead after a car collided with a tractor-trailer in Brampton early this morning.
Police say an Acura was headed southbound on Airport Road shortly
before 5:30 a.m. when it rear-ended a transport truck, which was stopped
at Intermodal Drive at a red light.
The male driver of the car was pronounced dead following the collision and police say he was the lone occupant of the vehicle.
The victim’s name and age have not yet been released as police are still working to notify next-of-kin.
The coroner and Peel Regional Police's collision reconstruction unit are on scene looking into the cause of the deadly crash.
"As you can see it is significant damage, pretty destructive," Sgt. Josh Colley said.
"Speed will definitely be one of the things that the investigators will
be looking at as well as any road conditions and anything else they can
find out in the investigation."
Police are also asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to come forward.
“If anyone has seen the incident take place, might have some dashboard
or any other video footage available, please contact the major collision
bureau with that information,” Const. Lori Murphy told CP24 early
Roads are shut down in the area for the police investigation.