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Canadian freight volumes off to a good start: TransCore
TORONTO, Ont. – TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian and cross-border loads showed another impressive month for load volumes.
According to the data, January’s load volumes marked the second
highest recorded volumes compared to the same month in any year. The
record for highest load volumes was set in January 2014, TransCore said.
Compared to last month, January’s volumes were up 10%. Year-over-year, load volumes jumped 43%.
Intra-Canada loads represented 24% of the total volumes and climbed 45% compared to the same period last year.
Cross-border loads averaged 72% of the total data (an increase of
five percentage points from December 2016) submitted by Loadlink’s
Canadian-based customers. As well, loads leaving Canada were up 35% and
loads coming into Canada went up 46% year-over-year.
The narrowing gap in capacity continued in January, tightening even
further to 2.10 trucks for every load available. In December 2016, this
ratio was 2.26. Year-over-year, the truck-to-load ratio improved 34%,
Source of article click here : Truck News
North Vancouver drug smuggler gets 12 years in U.S.
A North Vancouver truck driver who worked for the Hell’s Angels,
driving massive shipments of marijuana and cocaine over the Canada-U.S.
border, has been sentenced to 12 years in a U.S. jail.
C. Coughenour of the U.S. District Court of Western Washington sentenced
James Postlethwaite, 60, to 144 months in prison plus five years of
supervised release for his role in what prosecutors described as a
“sophisticated drug trafficking conspiracy.”
Postlethwaite was sentenced Tuesday after being found guilty by a jury in November of conspiracy to traffic marijuana.
He had been in custody since his arrest at the B.C.-Idaho border in March 2012.
handing down the sentence, Coughenour said Postlethwaite had been
involved in the drug smuggling ring for a “significant amount of time”
and was responsible for smuggling “vast quantities of marijuana into the
United States” as well as smuggling cocaine back to Canada.
smuggled the drugs across the border in a tractor-trailer that
contained a sophisticated hidden compartment that could hold more than
600 pounds of marijuana.
Postlethwaite, a truck driver for 30
years, would also carry a legitimate load like scrap paper or other
recyclables placed on top of the hidden compartment, according to court
He would drive through the border, drop off the
recyclables, then continue to a warehouse in Kent, Washington, where the
marijuana would be unloaded.
Money from the marijuana sales would
be used by members of the drug trafficking ring to buy cocaine from a
Mexican drug cartel. Postlethwaite would also smuggle cocaine back into
One person who testified at his trial in co-operation with
authorities spoke about seeing workers loading about 60 kilograms of
cocaine into the secret compartment of Postlethwaite’s trailer for the
return trip to Canada.
“Once in Canada, this cocaine fuelled
addiction, violence and death on the streets of Vancouver and other
cities,” prosecutors said.
Another person who testified during the
trial estimated that Postlethwaite had smuggled about 8,200 kilograms
of marijuana into the U.S. in one year alone.
Postlethwaite is believed to have made the cross-border drug runs for at least seven years.
U.S. agencies including the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task
Force and Department of Homeland Security had been working on the
investigation since 2010. A series of wiretaps revealed the location of
the Seattle-area warehouse where Postlethwaite would deliver the
shipments of “B.C. bud.”
Postlethwaite, listed as the owner of Strive Trucking on Westover Road, has no criminal history.
in the case recommended the sentence of 144 months — the same sentence
handed down to two others found guilty in the conspiracy case.
judge recommended that Postlethwaite be jailed in a medium security
prison in Victorville, Calif., at the request of his defence lawyer.
Source: north shore news
Idle No More protesters make good on threats to shut down Canadian infrastructur
Making good on threats to shut down infrastructure across Canada,
flag-waving, drum-beating protesters marched Wednesday under the banner
of the Idle No More movement as they set up blockades snarling traffic
and halting trains across the country.
In Windsor, Ont., about 600 marchers — one of the largest of the
protests — took to one of the city’s links to Detroit, the Ambassador
Bridge, backing up commercial traffic beyond city limits.
The so-called national day of action created tension outside Edmonton
where protesters blocked the main artery between the Alberta capital
and Calgary. One driver in a large blue pickup truck slowly edged their
way through the blockade as protesters jumped on the truck’s hood before
finally letting the driver pass. No one was injured during the
With minor exceptions, the protests were peaceful and went off without incident.
More than one chief who spoke out in Windsor, however, put the
federal government on notice that, should it not heed the call to meet
and discuss treaty rights with Canada’s indigenous leaders, protesters
would return with much larger numbers.
“Windsor has never seen a gathering of First Nations like this — we
are here to send a strong message that we are united,” said Delaware
First Nation Chief Greg Peters.
Amid pleas from aboriginal leaders for civility on both sides,
peaceful protest appeared to be the order of the day, but motives
varied. Some groups spoke of their own land claims, others decried the
federal government’s changes to environmental oversight. Still others
spoke of the need to honour all First Nations treaties.
In a message on their Facebook page, Idle No More organizers said
their goal was to resist government policies in a peaceful and
“It can be done,” the post said. “It can be done without aggression
or violence. This is an energetic, exciting and transformative time.”
Drivers of vehicles in crash charged
RCMP have laid charges against the drivers of both vehicles involved in a highway collision Friday night.
Early indications are that the driver of a Dodge Stealth failed to
stop for a red light while travelling southbound on Highway 59 and
collided with an eastbound semi-trailer truck on Highway 101 through
the intersection. The truck driver, a 55-year-old man from Mississauga,
Ont., stopped a short distance from the accident but left without
The three occupants of the Stealth received aid at the scene by an off-duty nurse and paramedic and were taken to hospital.
The 20-year-old driver of the Stealth suffered non-life-threatening
injuries and was arrested for impaired driving. She will appear in
court on April 9.
The truck driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
He was later located at Deacon’s Corner on the Trans-Canada Highway.
The front female passenger of the Dodge remains in hospital in
critical condition while the backseat passenger was treated and
The investigation continues.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
US: SPECIAL REPORT: No changes to HOS, 11th hour and 34-hour restart stay
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 – Truckers won’t be
learning yet another set of hours-of-service regulations because there
aren’t going to be any changes to the regs when the “new” final rule
goes into effect in January 2009.
The Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration recently submitted the latest in a long line of
final rules outlining the hours-of-service regs governing the trucking
The new final rule adopts the interim rule that the
truckers are running under right now, according to a copy of the final
rule obtained by Land Line Magazine. The final rule will go into effect on Jan. 19, 2009.
marks yet another attempt by the agency to put the HOS debate to bed.
The embattled regulation has been contested in court numerous times
where it was tossed out entirely in 2004 and with two key provisions
eliminated in 2007 because of procedural problems.
The final rule submitted to the Federal Register
reflects FMCSA’s attempt to rectify the procedural issues it
encountered when it added the 11th hour of driving and the optional
34-hour restart provision.
In July 2007, the U.S. District
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed the
provision that increased driving time to 11 hours from 10 hours and the
34-hour restart provision.
The two provisions were tossed by the court based on procedural grounds – not on safety concerns.
agency sought comments through the early part of 2008 on the interim
rules truckers are currently working under. The interim final rule
posted on the Federal Register Dec. 17, 2007. The agency left
the current hours-of-service regulations as is, including the 11th hour
of driving and the optional 34-hour restart provision.
officials decided to propose keeping the current rules rather than
create confusion within the trucking industry and the enforcement
community by issuing revisions to the rule.
keeps in place hours-of-service limits that improve highway safety by
ensuring that drivers are rested and ready to work,” FMCSA
Administrator John H. Hill said in a press release.
Those sentiments were echoed strongly in the interim final rule.
is the enemy of enforcement and compliance; it can only impair highway
safety,” FMCSA officials wrote in the interim final rule. “This
(interim final rule) will ensure that a familiar, uniform set of
national rules govern motor carrier transportation, while FMCSA gathers
additional public comments on all aspects of this interim final rule.
re-adopting the 11-hour limit and the 34-hour restart, the agency’s
intent is to allow motor carriers and drivers to combine work-rest
schedules that follow the optimal 24-hour circadian cycle (10 hours off
duty and 14 hours on duty) while maintaining highway safety with
– By Jami Jones, senior editor
Courtesy of LandLine Magazine
Behind the Wheel - Speed from Skidmarks
Tire marks left on the pavement at a collision scene tell the
investigator many things about the events involved in a motor vehicle
collision. One of the more interesting involves the calculation of
pre-collision speed. Even more interesting was the opportunity to teach
it to a class of physics students at a Qualicum Beach high school.
My supervisor and I started the class by deriving the slide to stop
formula from the basic equations the students were learning. Simply
put, the speed of the vehicle is equal to 15.9 times the square root of
the skid distance multiplied by the coefficient of friction for the
road surface. This applies to a level surface and will work for both
ABS and non-ABS braking systems.
Next we went to the parking lot where I readied the shot marker on my
police vehicle and had one student sit in the passenger seat to verify
the speed by watching the radar display. After reaching 50 km/h I
braked to create the skid and the shot marker fired a piece of
blackboard chalk onto the ground when the brakes were applied. By
measuring the distance from the chalk mark to the shot marker at the
other end, the exact skid distance was known.
My supervisor led the others through the use of a drag sled, which is
essentially a section of tire weighted with lead or concrete inside.
Weighing it and then measuring the force required to slide it over the
pavement allowed the students to calculate the co-efficient of friction
for the road surface.
Back in the classroom we used the formula, the skid distance and the
co-efficient of friction to calculate the police vehicle's initial
speed when the brakes were applied. The answer was exactly the speed
shown on the radar! While real world collisions are often much more
complicated, this was a great opportunity to show the students an
application of what they were studying in a manner that they had not
US : CVSA schedules nationwide safety blitz for Oct. 19-25
Truckers who drive unsafely and four-wheelers who drive unsafely
around trucks will be the targets of an enforcement blitz beginning
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and law
enforcement are teaming up Oct. 19-25 for what they’re calling
“Operation Safe Driver.”
“Inattention, insufficient awareness
of traffic conditions, and unsafe maneuvers by drivers are far and away
the leading causes of fatal crashes between passenger cars and
commercial vehicles,” said John H. Hill, administrator of the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to the CVSA Web site.
Click here for more information on “Operation Safe Driver.”
Truckers, business owners, consumers gather to protest high fuel prices
A wide spectrum of people – from truckers to business owners to
soccer moms – turned out to protest record-high fuel price at a
day-long rally on Friday, April 11, in Chehalis, WA.
members Sherrie and Bob Bond of Chehalis, WA, own five log trucks.
Sherrie Bond said they organized the event in an attempt to garner
mainstream attention to the fact that high diesel prices are not only
hurting truckers and small businesses, but are also affecting
consumers’ ability to afford the goods they take to stores.
“I am hopeful about this today – everyone has been very positive with their support,” she told Land Line
on Friday, April 11. “We are right here next to the freeway so we have
a lot of support from people that are going back and forth giving us
the thumbs up. You can hear the horns honking in support of what we are
Around 10 a.m., Bond said, there was a convoy of
about 20 trucks on their way from Olympia, WA, to join the rally. At
that point in the morning, she had already been interviewed by local
media and was preparing for radio interviews planned later Friday.
said many log truckers showed up in their pickup trucks instead of
their rigs today because they “just couldn’t afford the diesel to get
their trucks over here.”
The chatter on the CB was positive
from truckers who passed by their rally, which could be seen from
Interstate 5. Many said they are headed back to join the protest after
they delivered their loads.
“We have everyone, I’m telling
you, from a septic tank pumper to some in motor homes to some here
today in minivans, even some soccer moms here supporting us today,
which is great,” she said.
Attendees at the rally were asked
to sign a letter to President Bush in the hopes of making him aware of
the “cross-section of people who are being impacted by these high
prices.” The letter also asks President Bush to cease the diversion of
oil supplies to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and allow that
product to directly enter the marketplace.
Diana and Richard Parker of Moxee, WA, which is about 150 miles away
from Chehalis, put signs up in their yard Friday to show their support
for the fuel protest.
“We are about four miles from Yakima and I’ve been involved in things like this before,” Diana Parker told Land Line
on Friday, April 11. “If anyone asks, I am going to tell them I am
doing this to protest high diesel prices and I also have trucks.”
OOIDA member Felix Ford of Houston, TX, told Land Line
on Thursday, April 10, he fully supports what truckers in the state of
Washington are doing to shine the media spotlight on the problems
truckers are facing right now.
“Granted, it’s a weak economy
right now, but I am seeing extremely high fuel prices and freight rates
that are just too low for me to haul for,” Ford said. “I am an
independent trucker and I am feeling the crunch like most truckers. I
may not make it much longer if this continues.”
Ford said he mainly hauling oil field equipment, but has been sitting
when he can’t get a load that pays him what he needs to run.
almost a no-win situation for me,” he said. “Because if you don’t move
the truck you have no money coming in, but if you move it for the cost
they are offering you are almost working for free.”Courtesy of LandLine Magazine
USA: Record high diesel fuel prices top $4 a gallon; national average $3.81
Rumors have been floating around for weeks that the cost for a gallon of diesel was getting ready to hit the $4 a gallon mark.
became a reality in California on Sunday, March 9, when fuel stations
in the Silicon Valley raised the cost for diesel to $4.01, a jump of
nearly 28.3 cents from two weeks ago. Four other states, according to
ProMiles, saw diesel hit $4 per gallon. They were Connecticut, New
York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
All-time records for
diesel prices are being broken daily across the country, as the weekly
average price has jumped 27.7 cents nationally in the past two weeks –
stunning truck drivers.
The U.S. Energy Information
Administration reported the national average price for diesel fuel as
being $3.819 on Monday, March 10, up more than $1.134 from a year ago.
average price for ultra-low sulfur diesel increased 15.9 cents to
$3.825, while the average price for low-sulfur diesel jumped 17.7 cents
to $3.774 from last week.
While the EIA reports the areas
farthest from the Gulf Coast “tend to have higher prices,” the agency
is reporting that the Gulf Coast region has the most noticeable
increase of 18.9 cents from a week ago. The Gulf Coast region is the
source of nearly half of the diesel produced in the U.S., according to
While the Gulf Coast region reported the
biggest weekly increase, the California region still beat the national
average, reporting an average of $3.955
The Lower Atlantic
region reported the second highest weekly increase of 18.1 cents to
$3.822, while the East Coast region has the third highest increase of
17.1 cents to $3.886.
The Central Atlantic jumped 16.4 cents
to $3.993, while the Rocky Mountain region increased 15.9 cents to
$3.734. Cost for diesel fuel in the West Coast region also topped the
national average price at $3.891 this week.
In the Midwest
region, the cost increased 13.7 cents to $3.789 per gallon. While the
New England region reported the lowest increase of 12.5 cents, the
average price for a gallon of diesel fuel still topped the national
average at $3.938.
Light, sweet crude oil for April delivery
set a record of $107.90 on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Monday
at the close of business after setting a new trading record of $108.21
earlier in the day.Courtesy of LandLine Magazine
December 23, 2007
US : Hours of Service Court Fight Resumes
a legal trifecta, the group Public Citizen has gone back to federal
court to prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from
implementing an hours of service interim rule that will allow truckers
to drive for 11 hours a day. The rule imperils both truckers and the
driving public, Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook told a U.S.
Senate subcommittee last week before her group asked the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to enforce its earlier
decision striking down the rule.
"FMCSA is asleep at the wheel when it comes to truck safety,
particularly in how it ignores tired truckers," Claybrook said. Public
Citizen and some allied organizations have twice sued successfully to
overturn the rule, most recently in July when the court ordered FMCSA
to come up with a new rule. Instead, the federal agency reissued the
rule Dec. 11, with its administrator saying a record-low fatality rate
for large trucks in 2006 proves its safety value. The rule allows
commercial truck drivers to spend seven consecutive days on the road
with a 34-hour break; they can drive 88 hours in an eight-day period.
Joining Public Citizen in the latest court filing were Citizens for
Reliable and Safe Highways, Parents Against Tired Truckers, Advocates
for Highway and Auto Safety, and the International Brotherhood of
"Drivers must have a 'weekend' like most other American workers to
recover from the exhaustion of driving long hours, to spend time with
family, and to enjoy some life outside of the truck cab," Claybrook
"This proposal keeps in place hours-of-service limits that improve
highway safety by ensuring that drivers are rested and ready to work,"
FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill stated when the rule was issued Dec.
11. "The data makes clear that these rules continue to protect drivers,
make our roads safer, and keep our economy moving."By ohsonline.com/
Canadian Driver Takes Top Spot in Photo Contest
Susan De Ridder won the “People’s Choice” award for her photograph entitled “Susie tearing up the blacktop from coast to coast.”
PLOVER, WI – A truck driver for New Brunswick's Armour Transportation
took home one of the top honors in the Women in Trucking association’s “I Heart Trucking” photo contest.
Susan De Ridder won the “People’s Choice” award for her photograph
entitled “Susie tearing up the blacktop from coast to coast” in this
effort to promote a positive view of the trucking industry.
De Redder first became a truck driver in 1984 when she arrived in Ontario and has been with Armour since 2013.
The contest, which ran from June 23 to July 24, received three-dozen
entries from industry professionals in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Professional drivers and other trucking industry contestants, using
their own cameras or phones submitted the photos. Judging was based on
originality, composition, quality, and the “I Heart Trucking” theme.
Below is a complete list of winners. A link to each photo is on each title.
Winner – “Susie tearing up the blacktop from coast to coast” by Susan De Ridder
1st runner-up – “Trucking Alaska” by Peggy Biro
2nd runner-up – “Living the truck experience” by Shantell Zuzueta
Winner - “Rise and Shine” by Kim Grimm
1st runner-up – “The Beauty of Trucking” by Andrea Noto
2nd runner-up – “Car Hauler” by Martha Ibarra
Honorable Mention “May we NEVER forget” by Julie Matulle
The winners received a plaque during the Women In Trucking reception at the recent Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.
Source of article click here: Today's Trucking
Ford Motor Co. is increasing production of Class A motorhome and strip
commercial chassis by 35% to meet renewed demand for recreational
vehicles, the company announced.
Ford Boosts Strip Chassis Output
Ford also is increasing production capacity of its 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine used in the lineup.
news arrived just as aftermarket supplier ROUSH CleanTech announced
that it has developed a propane-fuel setup for Ford strip chassis
The Ford F-53 motorhome and F-59 commercial chassis are
built by Ford partner Detroit Chassis at a facility in Detroit. The
6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine is built in Canada at Ford’s Windsor
engine plant in Ontario.
For the motorhome chassis, Ford
supplies frame rails, suspension, powertrain and steering components to
Detroit Chassis for assembly into motorhomes. Shipments of the chassis
were up 14% in 2012 but growth rose dramatically as the year closed,
according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.
growth hit 33% in December and 43% in the fourth quarter of last year,
Ford said, citing data from RVIA. Ford F-53 commercial chassis
registrations reached their highest levels in 2012 since 2007.
V-10 engine found in both produces 362 horsepower and 457 pound-feet.
of torque, and can be factory-prepped for CNG operation. The engine’s
production capacity will increase 25% by next year to meet strong demand
from commercial customers, Ford said. The engine is also used in
E-Series vans, F-Series Super Duty chassis cabs and the F-650
Meanwhile, an alternative fuel option for the engines has emerged in the aftermarket.
ROUSH CleanTech announced the availability of propane fuel systems for the F-53, F-59 and E-450 stripped chassis models.
company said it has been selected by Ford as a “qualified vehicle
modifier” for the models. ROUSH CleanTech said the systems fulfill
certification requirements in all 50 states by the California Air
Resources Board and Environmental Protection Agency and achieve the same
torque, towing and horsepower as conventionally fueled models.
Source: Transport Tpics
Hasting On Mexico. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.
neighbors to the south play a large role in the ag industry of the
Pacific Northwest. Everything from labor to exports, besides Canada,
Mexico has a major influence on agriculture. Washington Congressman Doc
Hastings has been discussing some of those major issues including
comments made by Mexico’s President, Felipe Calderon about immigration
HASTINGS: There has been no legislation at all introduced
in the House in fact the House in the last 2 ½ years have not even had a
hearing on any pieces of immigration reform so I suspect that will
simply not be the case now. There’s talk in the Senate but even that has
been suggest that there’s simply not enough time before the election to
accomplish that so time will tell, we’ll see.
told Congress that he strongly opposes a tough new immigration law in
Arizona. Calderon said Arizona police can now legally use racial
profiling to enforce the new law and told congress comprehensive
immigration reform is "crucial to securing our common border." According
to Hastings, Calderon didn’t mention the trucking issue.
My understanding was that this is one of the issues that was going to be
talked about, he obviously did not say anything about that in his
speech. Ironically when he did speak he said that there ought to be a
lot of economic activity between the two countries. I find it hard where
there is this tariff facing certain parts of our economy especially the
tree fruit industry and the processed potato industry in our areas so
you know it was kind of a mixed message here but he did not say anything
about it in his speech.
That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m
Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.
Nulogx Inc.: The Canadian General Freight Index
Results published today by the Canadian General Freight Index (CGFI)
indicate that the cost of ground transportation for Canadian Shippers
increased in September for the first time since April; primarily due to
increases in fuel prices.
The CGFI September results show
that Fuel Surcharges assessed by carriers continued their recent upward
trend, increasing eight percent month over month, and 26% since their
lowest point last May. When the impact of rising Fuel Surcharges is
removed from the CGFI findings, Base Rates actually declined slightly, dropping an additional point six percent (.6%) from August results.
"Ground freight costs which have trended down for more than a year
appear to have bottomed and are starting to increase again," says Alan
Saipe, President, Supply Chain Surveys Inc., and long time analyst and
observer of the transportation and logistics industry. "In September,
Less Than Truck Load (LTL) Base Rates reversed their recent trend and
increased. Although Truck Load (TL) rates declined in September, when
Base Rates for all categories of ground transportation were combined,
and the impact of rising Fuel Surcharges was included, total Ground
Transportation costs increased point eight percent (.8%).
The CGFI is sponsored by Nulogx,
a leading Transportation Management Solutions provider used by shippers
and carriers to benchmark performance, develop business plans, and
secure competitive agreements. It was developed with the assistance of
Dr. Alan Saipe. The most recent results are available at the CGFI
US national average drops another 13.5 cents to $2.809 for diesel
While the U.S. Energy Information Administration is again reporting
good news at the pump as the average price for diesel drops to $2.809
per gallon, some truckers are reporting they are having a hard time
finding freight right now.
According to the EIA’s report on
Monday, Nov. 17, the price of diesel dropped another 13.5 cents per
gallon, which is still makes it a little more than 60 cents per gallon
higher than this time frame a year ago.
All nine regions are
again reporting decreases in fuel prices with only two regions still
reporting fuel averages above the $3 range. The Gulf Coast region is
reporting the lowest price for fuel at $2.75 per gallon, while the
highest diesel prices are again being reported in the New England
region at $3.148 per gallon.
Below are the regional prices
reported by the Department of Energy. To see a map of the states in
each of the listed regions, click here.
- East Coast: $2.939
- New England: $3.148
- Central Atlantic: $3.081
- Lower Atlantic: $2.847
- Midwest: $2.788
- Gulf Coast: $2.750
- Rocky Mountain: $2.824
- West Coast: $2.772
- California: $2.754
Energy companies report record income increases
While truckers have been struggling to stay afloat amid slumping
profits and low freight rates, the 19 major energy companies are
reporting record net income increases – up 82 percent from a year ago –
in the third quarter of 2008.
to the EIA’s Energy Finance Report released last week, the major energy
companies’ income netted $48 billion based on consolidated revenues of
$428.8 billion in the third quarter.
In other energy news,
the EIA announced in its Short-Term Energy Outlook last week that it is
sharply cutting its price forecasts for diesel and crude oil for 2009,
citing lower world demand in a sluggish economy.
The predicted average price for on-highway diesel will be $2.73 in 2009, which is down $1.08 from its average in 2008.
officials predict that the price of crude oil will average $101.45 per
barrel for the remainder of this year, down 9 percent from $111.57,
which was previously forecast. In trading on Monday, Nov. 17, crude oil
was trading just under $57 per barrel.
The EIA also announced
it was lowering its forecast to $63.50 per barrel for oil in 2009,
which is down 43 percent from its previous forecast in October.
– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer
Courtesy of LandLine Magazine
Speedskater Clara Hughes asks corporate Canada to step up for 2010
CALGARY — With the economy in a downturn, speedskater Clara Hughes
says there's no better time for Canadian companies to invest in Olympic
The Olympic gold medallist has several companies
backing her, but seeing teammate Kristina Groves, a double Olympic
silver medallist in 2006, with none prompted Hughes to hold a news
conference Wednesday urging corporations to put money into Canada's
athletes as they prepare for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and
Her pitch was that Olympic athletes are cheap labour.
you look at the millions and billions of dollars put into advertising
budgets, the bang for your buck you can get for an athlete, especially
right now with so much exposure in Canada, I think it's very little
money for what you get in return," Hughes said at Canada Olympic Park.
might be a good alternative for big-budget marketing schemes who use
only professional athletes. A lot of professional athletes are used in
advertisements. They're being paid millions of dollars for those and
when you look at turning that into thousands, that's a big jump down
and a frugal way to use advertising dollars."
Hughes took on the
campaign herself as there were no other athletes at her news
conference. Canadian Olympic Committee chief executive officer Chris
Rudge said he was unaware Hughes was planning to make a public plea to
"There's probably no finer person than Clara in
the sport world. She's a conscientious individual and cares an awful
lot about athletes," Rudge said.
"That many of our athletes don't
have personal sponsors, there's probably a lot of validity to that. I
don't think it's untoward to say 'hey, these kids are deserving of
sponsorship relationships and it could be rewarding for a corporation
and we'd like to see more people do it."'
Canada's top athletes for 2010 are funded mostly via taxpayers dollars. They receive about $18,000 a year from Sport Canada.
The Podium, a $120-million, five-year business plan designed to help
Canada win more medals than any other country in 2010, doles out money
to sports federations based on their medal potential in 2010.
Of that $120 million, $55 million comes from the federal government.
so much talk of government funding and the need for more government
funding, that I almost think it becomes a crutch that learned on and an
assumption that "amateur" or Olympic sport will be funded by the
government," Hughes said. "I think the government gives enough and I
think it's time for the private sector to step in and to start giving
the support and just taking pride in athletes."
The OTP money
covers athletes' costs in their sport - travel, training camps,
equipment and medical care - but not their mortgages, car payments or
"Thirty thousand dollars. I've seen that number
thrown around for athletes," Hughes said. "For a corporation, when you
look at a $30,000 sponsorship, that's not a huge amount of money when
you look at the potential return a sponsor can get in terms of exposure
and internal motivation within the company.
"Very little money can go very, very far."
corporations are involved in 2010, but much of it is going to the
Olympic Games themselves and not directly to the athletes.
goal of the Vancouver organizing committee is to raise $765 million in
corporate money to help pay for the Games and VANOC is currently at
$743 million. A portion of VANOC's $55-million contribution to Own The
Podium is also from the business community.
Hughes says athletes don't want handouts from businesses and are willing to work for their pay.
Hughes's corporate backers is the law firm Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt.
She gives motivational talks to employees and writes an in-house,
on-line journal for employees and their families to read.
racer Mellisa Hollingsworth says the money True Energy Trust invested
in her in 2004 turned her from the No. 8 slider in the world to the No.
1 slider by 2006, when she also won an Olympic bronze medal.
didn't have to work my minimum-wage job and I was able to pay a coach
so that I could get quality training in," she explained.
wears the company logo on her skinsuit, posts their logo on her website
and, like Hughes, does public speaking for the company and writes a
journal for its employees.
Teammate Michelle Kelly, a former
world champion who finished second overall on the World Cup circuit
last winter, doesn't have a personal sponsor.
"It's tough as an
amateur athletes in Canada, especially in a sport like skeleton, which
isn't maybe a mainstream sport," Kelly said. "The funny part is when
you talk to any adult or kid, they've all done skeleton in some form.
They've all gone down the hill on a toboggan or a Krazy Karpet. We just
go faster with helmets."
The trucking company Total Line
Transport sponsors Olympic silver medallist Jeff Pain, and a university
friend's Vancouver company Events On The Move has offered to help him
out. Pain is grateful for their support, but says it doesn't come close
to covering his living expenses.
"Struggle, scrape, scrimp," Pain
said. "The income in our family is very non-traditional. You don't get
a cheque every two weeks. We've learned how to be very good budgetters
in my family. My wife works and that brings money in."
actually turned away companies who want to sponsor an Olympic gold
medallist heading into 2010 because she can't sacrifice training time
for those commitments.
But she's appalled no company has seen the value in making Groves their poster girl.
particular Kristina, who won two silver medals for Canada, who is an
eloquent, beautiful human being and has so much to offer, is socially
aware, who works with Right To Play, who goes to schools to share her
Olympic dreams, it blows my mind that somebody hasn't grasped on to
her," Hughes said. "It blows my mind.
"Why should I have this
support and she doesn't? I want to raise awareness because I think it's
important and it's why I've had success for 18 years."
Hughes, whose full-time home now is Glen Sutton, Que., says Quebec is an exception in Canada in funding Olympic hopefuls.
sponsorship levels of athletes from the corporate sector is completely
different than in the rest of Canada," she said. "In Quebec, they
really embrace the heroes and not just in an Olympic years, but the
four years leading in and the four years leading out.
that if the rest of Canada could embrace that, it would be a completely
different story for athletes in this country and we'd have even greater
US Diesel prices average $4.70 nationwide
The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel was
$4.707 for the week ending Monday, June 2, down 1.6 cents from the
previous week according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The average price for the week was $1.908 higher per gallon than the average a year ago.
California ultra-low sulfur diesel averaged the highest by region at $5.027 per gallon, unchanged from the previous week.
The biggest change was a decrease of 2.7 cents in the Lower Atlantic region, where ULSD averaged $4.692 per gallon.
ULSD prices in the East Coast region averaged $4.772, down 1.9 cents from its previous weekly average.
Central Atlantic region averaged $4.911 after a decrease of one-half a
cent, while the New England region averaged a slight increase of
three-tenths of a cent to $4.846.
ULSD in the Midwest region averaged $4.653, down 2.4 cents from $4.677, the EIA reported.
The per-gallon average in the Gulf Coast region averaged $4.666, down one cent from $4.676.
The average for ULSD in the West Coast region was $4.884, down one cent from the previous week’s average of $4.894.
average price did not decrease in the Rocky Mountain region, where the
average increased 2.7 cents from $4.659 to $4.686 per gallon.
afternoon reporting on the New York Mercantile Exchange showed the
price of a barrel of oil trading at $127.76 for July futures. That
price was an increase of 41 cents per barrel from Friday, May 30, when
trading for July futures closed at $127.35.Courtesy of LandLine Magazine
US : Mainstream wakes up to truckers’ plight
Some independent truckers joined in scattered shutdowns nationwide
April 1, as others joined in convoys and slowed their rigs to a crawl
to protest record-high fuel prices. Still other owner-operators made
the decision to keep their wheels moving at their normal pace.
it’s virtually impossible to count the number of owner-operators who
participated in the April 1 protest, mainstream media coverage of it
brought to the forefront the difficult issues truckers are facing with
skyrocketing fuel costs and shrinking bottom lines.
Taylor, OOIDA media spokesperson, said she received more than 140 media
inquiries on April 1 and 2 from major news stations, newspapers and
radio stations around the country wanting to know the Association’s
position on the shutdown.
However, she said the media calls
have been steadily coming in during recent weeks as wildly fluctuating
fuel prices failed to stabilize. Taylor said The New York Times, USA Today and CNN News were among the major mainstream media that contacted her since Monday.
has really been at the mainstream media forefront on the issue of
rising fuel costs and how this issue is affecting our members and all
independent truckers,” she told Land Line on Wednesday. “Our position has been to support our members in whatever decision they felt was best for their businesses.”
Logging trucker Jessie Henley of Dublin, GA, told Land Line Now
on Wednesday that approximately 250 trucks participated in a
slow-moving convoy up Interstate 75 to Atlanta, then looped the city on
Interstate 285. He said the convoy started out with about 55 trucks,
but kept growing.
At one point, Henley said troopers pulled
over the two lead trucks to cite them for impeding traffic. But, when
the entire convoy pulled over behind them, the troopers gave up on the
“Land Line Now” news reporter Reed Black also talked to
OOIDA member Nicholas Rich of New York City, who said 203
owner-operators who haul television and film production equipment voted
to shut down for the entire week. Rich said he and other
owner-operators will meet on Friday, April 4, to decide whether to
start hauling again.
The Associated Press reported
on April 1 that truckers on the New Jersey Turnpike staged a short
lunchtime protest by slowing to about 20 mph near Newark, “jamming
traffic on one of the nation’s most heavily traveled highways.”
Near Florida’s Port of Tampa, The AP
reported, more than 50 tractor-trailers rigs “sat idle as their drivers
demanded that contractors pay them more to cover their fuel and other
Three truck drivers were ticketed for impeding
traffic on Interstate 55, driving side-by-side at slow speeds near
Chicago, according to The AP.
In Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune
reported that a “sprinkling of independent truckers across the state on
Tuesday joined in a loosely organized national strike to protest how
much they are paying for fuel.”
Several truckers in East
Texas also parked their rigs in protest, beginning at midnight Monday,
according to Texas news station KLTV.
In Oregon, KATU-2
news station reported that a reaction to the shutdown “was mixed
Tuesday on a loosely organized protest of steep fuel prices.”
The San Diego Union-Tribune reportedlittle
evidence of a trucker strike on San Diego’s highways, and said the
California Highway Patrol reported “business is more or less as usual
so far on Tuesday.”
Truckers in Indiana are planning to
convoy to the state capitol on April 18, according to organizer Darrell
Breeden of JT Express Trucking in Washington, IN. He told “Land Line
Now” they are hoping to get the attention of presidential candidates
who may be campaigning in the state – and keep the issue of high diesel
prices before the public.Courtesy of LandLine Magazine
Pioneering carrier ends paper trail; but enforcement still catching up
SURREY, B.C. -- Popular opinion is that electronic on-board recorders for the trucking industry are coming.
But one B.C.-based carrier isn't waiting for a government mandate in
the U.S. or Canada. Coastal Pacific Xpress (CPX) in B.C. turned its
back on the old paper system and went wireless last year.
"We did two things at that time," explains Jim Mickey, manager and
co-owner of CPX. "Once we turned on the e-logs in Canada, we went hard
and fast with the new federal hours of service regulations."
The task of equipping all the U.S.-bound trucks with electronic logs
was a little more onerous and has taken a bit more time; but as of this
month, the entire fleet -- more than 300 trucks -- will be running with
An electronic on-board recorder (EOBR) -- or electronic logbook (e-log)
-- is tied into the GPS and the engine's ECM. The truck's positioning,
speed, distance traveled and odometer, are automatically downloaded.
The same display screen mounted in the cab and used to transmit
satellite messages to drivers, doubles as the e-log.
Wireless World: Voluntary adoption of EOBRs allows
CPX to open up the purse strings to get driver home.
entire issue of hours of service and paper logs, is a system that has
bothered us for a long time," said Mickey. "You have to assume everyone
is not honest and use outside auditors to ensure everyone is in
compliance; we find it to be a bit of a farce and it's an industry-wide
The new technology also allowed the company to open up the purse
strings and make it easier to get drivers home more. "We decided, about
two and a half years ago, we would over a period of time reduce the
miles driven in a month and increase pay to accommodate a better
work-life balance," says Mickey. "With electronic logs there's an
absolute line where you're either in compliance or not; where as with
paper logs there's interpretation as to what's in compliance."
As a result, CPX drivers and owner-operators have seen their take-home
pay increase by 45 percent in the last two years, and their time on the
road decrease. Workday targets for drivers went from 13 to 14 hour days
to 10 to 12 hour days, with a target of 500 miles instead of 650 miles.
There are growing concerns, however, that continued adoption of the
technology is causing a log jam -- so to speak -- for the enforcement
The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) recently held a presentation for
the Traffic Safety Committee of the B.C. Chiefs of Police Association
regarding the use of EOBRs. "The problem for our members is technology
has been getting ahead of enforcement," said Louise Yako,
vice-president of policy with BCTA.
Members contacted the BCTA with concerns that officers were unaware of
how the technology worked and were asking drivers to transcribe the
"The RCMP weren't accepting the integrity of the electronic log and
wanted it written out, which is the law, so drivers needed to keep an
empty log book and transpose the e-log onto paper," said Kevin Johnson.
Johnson has met with RCMP officers privately to demonstrate the
transparency of the EOBR system; and admits things are getting better
on the road.
"Once they take time to look at the system and understand -- and I'll
make myself available as a resource -- this will go away and make their
job on the road easier," he explained.
While e-logs have yet to become common practice -- similar to how
e-mail has replaced regular mail -- Mickey is satisfied with how the
technology has penetrated the market so far. And he considers CPX at
"I knew we would be early and I'm okay with it," he says. "We're feeling good about our operation and our compliance."Courtesy of Today's Trucking
Big Rig Rage Ends With One Man Stabbed
The big rig rage started along interstate 40. Police say two
truckers got into it on their CB's, but when it got to be just too
much, authorities say Kerry Inman pulled his rig into the Love's Truck
Stop near Palestine, Arkansas.
- A case of trucker road rage leaves one man stabbed in the chest
- It happened along Interstate 40 outside Palestine, AR
- Police are searching for the trucker who did the stabbing; they now believe he is traveling through Tennessee.
It didn't work, the driver of
the other rig followed, stabbed Inman, and then took off eastbound.
Inman still tried to go on to.
"The victim got into his truck,
we don't know why. He continued going over the overpass to get back on
the interstate when he passed out and lost control," said Major Stanley
Inman then slammed into part of a tire store on the other side of the interstate where you can still see the damage on the lot.
"I don't even know if he had any time to hit his brakes coming down that hill," said Karen Thompson.
saw the accident. She thought the driver had a heart attack, but one
look closer and she was speechless when she saw the driver slumped over
the wheel and stabbed in the chest.
"We've been on the road a
long time. We've seen quite a few crashes but it was kind of a shock
to know that somebody would actually stab somebody over what they said
it was over."
Inman was air lifted to the MED where he was last listed in serious condition, but his attacker took off east bound.
Police say he shouldn't get very far. Authorities know their suspect works for CFI trucking and have a lead on where he is.
of these trucking companies have satellite. They monitor their trucks
and know where they are at all times. I understand the truck we're
looking for is over in Tennessee," said the major.
County Sheriff's Department is working with Tennessee State Troopers
and the trucking company to locate their suspect and bring him in on a
warrant. He will enetually be charged with Battery in the first
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