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Yokohama recalls certain commercial truck tires
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Yokohama Tire Corporation announced this week it is recalling certain commercial truck tires for potential tread separation issues, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The company says approximately 529 Yokohama RY023 tires, size 295/75R22.5 (14G) that have DOT date code 2318 may have the wrong rubber compound, which could cause the tread to separate from the casing.

Yokohama has started notifying owners of affected tires, and dealers will inspect and replace the tires for free if necessary.

Owners can contact Yokohama customer service at 1-800-722-9888. NHTSA’s recall number is 18T-016.

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Police want to talk to driver who got punched in Elmsdale, N.S.
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Suspected road rage incident reported Nov. 29 on Highway 214

Nova Scotia RCMP are trying to find a transport truck driver who was allegedly punched by another driver in a suspected road rage incident last week on Highway 214 in Elmsdale.

A witness called 911 around 1:41 p.m. on Nov. 29 after seeing a man get out of his truck, climb the steps to a transport truck and slug the driver.

Police note traffic in the area was heavy because a section of Highway 102 was closed and traffic was being detoured.

 

The witness followed a suspect to a nearby bank and noted signs of impairment, police said. The witness also managed to get the licence plate and vehicle description and passed the details to police. 

Using the information gathered by the witness, police were able to identify the man.

Now RCMP want the transport truck driver — a possible victim of assault — to come forward. Police are also looking to speak with anyone else who may have witnessed the incident.

East Hants District RCMP can be reached at 902-883-7077 and anonymous tips can be sent to Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers.

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For Mexican fleet, Canada and U.S. represent opportunity and challenges
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PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – The demise of NAFTA was a worrying experience for Fernando Paez, owner and CEO of Olympic Transport, which has built a successful business out of trucking from Mexico to the U.S. and Canada.

But he’s optimistic a new trade deal will be ratified and will keep in tact cross-border business opportunities. Olympic Transport was the first Mexican carrier to be certified to haul freight into the U.S. and Canada. Paez seized the opportunity to provide a single source solution for cross-border shippers, reducing time that came with swapping trailers with U.S. carriers at the border zone.

Fernando Paez

With that opportunity came unique challenges, including training drivers on how to speak English and preparing them for what can be intimidating encounters with enforcement in the U.S and Canada. Part of the orientation at the company involves ensuring drivers have adequate English language skills, and training them on how to communicate with enforcement. This includes rehearsals where drivers are questioned by company staff, posing as enforcement officers.

“When we have a Mexican driver going across the border and there’s an inspection, sometimes the police officers can be a little bit intimidating, because usually they’re taller, they’re very well dressed with their uniforms, and they may be very strict and very rigid,” Paez explained during a Freightliner press event on the Mexican market Nov. 29. “So, if the operator is not well prepared and we haven’t given him the right training, he is going to feel intimidated. I’m talking about any type of authority in Mexico and the U.S. We teach them how to answer, to look into their eyes and say ‘Yes, sir. I speak English.’ The way they introduce themselves to the officer and the way they talk to him is very important. We ask them to be kind.”

The training even involves mock meetings with enforcement officers.

“We attack him about the load: ‘where are you going?’ We want him to feel that pressure so that tomorrow when he goes to a real inspection, he already knows what it feels like and they already received the right training to be able to respond to a real inspection,” Paez explained.

He also dispelled myths about the safety of Mexican operators. Olympic Transport operates new equipment, with an average tractor age of four years. In fact, when the cross-border trucking program between the U.S. and Mexico was in discussion, he sent a truck to Washington, D.C. where it was placed beside a U.S. truck. Enforcement officers were unable to identify the Mexican truck.

The company has been in business for 29 years, and Paez traveled to San Antonio, Texas to make his first truck purchase. He visited all the local dealers and decided on a Freightliner, and has been loyal since. Paez said he likes the Detroit power and the after-sales support he receives.

“If we face a problem with our units, we will have someone we can call who will help us and that will solve the difficulties that may arise. This, for us, is extremely important,” he said.

He also appreciates the spec’ing support the company receives from the truck maker.

“It’s very important for us to have the best spec’,” he said. “There are thousands of combinations you can have with a tractor unit.”

Olympic Transport is a progressive fleet, that operates modern equipment and uses electronic logging devices – even before the requirement in the U.S. As in the U.S. and Canada, a driver shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry. Paez tackles it by offering thorough training, good equipment and attractive pay packages. The company has 140 tractors and 175 employees. The fleet averages 3.5 kilometers per liter, or 8.2 mpg.

As a cross-border carrier, Paez also looks north of the border for inspiration. He recently made a trip to Little Rock, Arkansas to visit a partner carrier and was surprised to see how well drivers there were doing.

“They’re being paid 60 cents a mile – that’s something I’ve never seen before. And the company is guaranteeing 3,000 miles per week, which is a very important number. To see there are not enough drivers is a little difficult to believe,” he said.

At Olympic Transport, Paez focuses on the treatment of its drivers.

“It’s not always about money,” he said. “It’s about how you treat the driver, and the value you are giving him.”

The company recently began a campaign in which it offers drivers special experiences, such as training meetings in nice locales that include entertainment.

“It takes them out of their routine and at the same time we can train them and motivate them,” he said.

As for the trade agreement, Paez is grateful a deal was reached and for good reason – 95% of its business is cross-border.

“I think it’s an important topic, because without an actual free trade agreement for the North American market, we would have lost competitiveness enormously,” he said, adding he’s confident the new Mexican administration will sign the deal. “I believe it will help us grow as a company and a country.”

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'Safety is safety': Canadian Trucking Alliance says Sask. farmers shou
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Sask. government says farm exemption could be reviewed

The President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance says the Saskatchewan government was wrong to grant farmers an exemption from mandatory semi driver training.

Stephen Laskowski said it doesn't matter if you're full-time semi driver or a farmer hauling grain part-time — you should still have to take formal training.

"Safety is safety," said Laskowski, whose alliance represents provincial trucking associations. "Why that vehicle is on the road shouldn't matter,"

 

On Monday, the Saskatchewan government announced mandatory training for new semi drivers. The changes take effect in March.

Drivers will be required to take at least 121 hours of training in the classroom and behind the wheel.

But farmers will be exempt, as long as they stay inside Saskatchewan. SGI Minister Joe Hargrave said most farmers drive semis short distances and aren't on the road full time, so training isn't required.

 

Laskowski disagrees. If you encounter a semi on the highway, it doesn't matter whether it's driven by a farmer or not, he said.

"The Canadian Trucking Alliance believes the application of laws should be applied to trucks regardless of the freight they're hauling," he said.

The Ontario-based Laskowski's comments echo those coming out of Saskatchewan.

Swift Current driving instructor Reg Lewis said the exemption for farmers means there will still be untrained semi drivers on Saskatchewan roads.

"I don't think there should be any exemptions," Lewis said.

Fellow Saskatchewan driving instructor Murray Coleman said if farmers aren't trained, they should at least be restricted to a limited distance from their farm.

 

"Let them do their job, but keep them out of the motoring public," said Coleman, who runs road tests for Bison Transport. "There are good farmers, but if they want to run a couple hundred miles to take their grain, they should have to have a commercial licence."

Todd Lewis, president of the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan, said the new rules strike a good balance. But he's also open to training rules for farmers.

"And if there is an issue for safety for farm driving, let's talk about that, and if we need more training, let's get it," he said.

Laskowski says he's encouraged the government is open to further changes — Hargrave said Monday that the farm exemption was a test case and would be monitored.

Laskowski wants all provinces to bring in mandatory training for all drivers. At the moment, only Ontario does, and farmers are not exempt. Saskatchewan's program starts in March, and Alberta is also starting mandatory training in 2019.

He hopes it will be high on the agenda when premiers meet early in the new year. "Governments need to consult," Laskowski said. "But it's time to move."

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Mission Critical Electronics buys Xantrex
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BURNABY, B.C. – Xantrex, a B.C.-based company that provides onboard AC power technologies, has been purchased by Mission Critical Electronics (MCE).

Xantrex was previously a part of the solar activity of Schneider Electric.

“We are delighted to have Xantrex join MCE,” said Kevin Moschetti, chief executive officer of Mission Critical Electronics. “Xantrex’s products are high quality, technologically advanced, and valued by its customers. Moreover, Xantrex’s portfolio of power products, end markets, and distribution partners are highly complementary to MCE. The synergies that exist between our companies will provide more value for end-users, original equipment manufacturers, and distribution partners. Most importantly, I am excited about the new growth platforms available, the talent level of the Xantrex people, and the new career opportunities that will be opened.”

Richard Gaudet, vice-president and general manager of Xantrex, added: “This is a very exciting juncture for Xantrex. Joining forces with MCE – who are as passionate about high quality vehicle and marine power solutions as we are – is sure to deliver tremendous value for our customers, suppliers and other business partners.  I am excited at the opportunities this will generate to accelerate our combined growth, the career possibilities for employees and our shared top priority of satisfying our customers.”

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Virtual reality system for driver training
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MVR is bringing a layer of virtual reality to the real world of driver training.

Not to be confused with a full-scale driving simulator, the training system and its virtual reality headset immerse users into an animated driving environment in which eye movements can be tracked. Once a simulation is completed, it’s possible to see where someone was looking at specific points in time. The virtual truck’s movements can also be played back and reviewed from six different vantage points.

If a weakness is identified, such as a driver who is not looking far enough up a road, the system’s artificial intelligence will introduce similar scenarios to further analyze a driver’s focus.

Using a subscription to the service, the equipment can access virtual settings include a fleet yard with loading docks, scale and fuel bar; a mall parking lot; highway; urban environment; and mountainous road. A module on impaired driving is to follow, iMVR adds.

The headset itself is wired into a kit that includes a foot pedal, steering wheel, and laptop computer – all of which is stored in a duffel bag and backpack. It also comes with a two-year warranty that covers any hardware upgrades necessitated by changing technology.

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Beep beep, Blitzen! Santa's reindeer apparently lost in Newfoundland
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Truck driver Jason White is used to seeing caribou — just not this close


A crowd of caribou on the road just outside Deer Lake, N.L., on Nov. 22.

A trucker says he may have had a close encounter of the Santa kind after spotting what appeared to be Santa's reindeer on a snow-covered Newfoundland highway.

Jason White says a herd of about a dozen caribou were stopped on the Trans-Canada Highway, a light snow falling around them, near Deer Lake Thursday morning.

"We usually see a lot of moose, but that's the first caribou I've come across, especially in herds," he said Friday morning

White, a delivery driver for Ice Block of Conception Bay South, shot a video of the herd and posted it to his Facebook page so he could show his children — especially his young son, who is almost two years old.

VIDEO

By midday Friday, the video had been viewed about 3,800 times on social media.

White said in the post he thought Santa's reindeer may have been lost on the west coast of Newfoundland.

"That was the first thing I thought. I've got three kids and my youngest is almost two years old, so Christmas is kind of reborn again. So as soon as I saw them I said 'Oh my gosh, I gotta get a video of this,"' he said.

White said there was no other traffic at the time, so he was able to get close.

 

He said his little boy was thrilled to watch the video.

"I had to play it for him about 10 times last night when I got home from work."

White said he's been overwhelmed by the reaction to the video and says some local parents are making sure to show their children.

"A lot of people are showing their kids and telling them you gotta be good because Santa is close … his reindeer are here."

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Tractor-trailer driver drunk behind the wheel, went wrong way on TCH: RCMP
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RCMP officers from two detachments 'intercepted' the truck

Officers arrested a tractor-trailer driver overnight on the Trans-Canada Highway near the turnoff for Bay Roberts.

Police say a 43-year-old man blew three times the legal blood-alcohol limit and his tractor-trailer sat facing the wrong way on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Bay Roberts exit on Tuesday morning.

The RCMP says it was tipped off that the truck was travelling west in the eastbound lane near Salmonier Line at around 2 a.m.

The man was also driving while his licence was suspended, according to police.

 

Police from the Holyrood and Whitbourne detachments say they "intercepted" the truck and officers remained on the scene for several hours throughout the night and into the morning.

The man has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and another licence suspension was issued, too.

He will appear in court in St. John's in February.

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Sask and Ontario to Harmonize on Tires
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The Premiers of Saskatchewan and Ontario have signed an MOU to improve trade between the two provinces.

According to a release from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development, the province is harmonizing its wide-base single tires program with Ontario.

The move comes as part of a recent commitment to improve trade between the two provinces.

The expanded and permanent harmonizing of the tire program will make shipments easier for trucking companies traveling between Saskatchewan and Ontario and will curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The WBST program applies to all 12-month primary weight highways and allows permitted trucks to increase the weight on wide-based single tires 455 millimeters or wider, from 3,850 kg to 4,250 kg per tire.

Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said, "Our provinces are taking action to create a better trade environment in Canada that will result in real benefits to our key sectors and the people who do business in our provinces."

Lori Carr is the Highways and Infrastructure Minister. "With thousands of trucks transporting goods in and out of the province, an increase in fuel economy reduces both shipping costs and carbon emissions. This program shows that provinces can reduce internal barriers to trade and have a positive impact on the environment by working together."

Also noted in the release, regulations will be amended to allow trucks to use the tires without a permit. The New Generation Wide-base Tires are a single wide tire that replaces the traditional dual tires on commercial trucks.

"This announcement is one of several initiatives the provinces are working on to enhance internal trade between Saskatchewan and Ontario," Harrison said.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Ontario Premier Doug Ford recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to improve internal trade within the country.

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Train Trailer expands three facilities
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TORONTO, Ont. — Train Trailer announced this week that it has expanded its head office location in Bolton, as well as its Alberta and Quebec facilities.

All three relocations will increase workshop capacity, allowing Train Trailer to expand its service offerings in the Greater Toronto Area, Montreal and Calgary regions, the company said in a release.

“The decision to significantly expand these three locations was not only the next step in our growth strategy, it was meant to help our customers in the retail, food, construction and heavy machinery spaces meet the ever-changing demands of their respective industries,” said Rick Kloepfer, president Train Trailer.

Located at 9601 Hwy 50, in Bolton, ON, the new head office is in the heart of an emerging transportation and distribution hub and boasts a repair shop that is three times larger than its previous Mississauga location. The expanded space includes 18 service bays and double the amount of technical and maintenance staff.

The Alberta location was moved to a larger, more centrally located facility at 5500 Dufferin Blvd. SE, Calgary, AB, increasing workshop capability and doubling the number of service bays from four to eight. The number of mechanical staff tripled with a second work shift added to speed up repair and maintenance times.

To be closer to Montreal, the Dorval location was moved to 1111 Boulevard Pitfield Saint-Laurent, Que. While the previous facility had no workshop, the new Pitfield location is home to three bays and a maintenance team of six.

“We are always working to better serve our customers and add to our service offerings, based on what they are telling us they need. These moves represent our commitment to future growth and success for both our customers and our team members across the country. There are no signs of slowing down as we are now looking to expand and bring more of our services to the East Coast,” explained Kloepfer.

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First cross-border Mexican fleet updates costs of doing business in U.S.
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Monterrey, Mexico-based Olympic Transport is no stranger to U.S. interstates and highways. In 2007, The 140-truck flatbed fleet became the first Mexican carrier to earn conditional operating authority to haul freight to the United States and Canada.

Fernando Paez, owner and chief executive officer, started the company 29 years ago when he traveled to the United States to purchase his first truck at a Freightliner dealership in San Antonio, Texas.

Today, roughly 95 percent of Olympic Transport’s revenues come from its cross-border trucking operation. Eliminating the chain of custody and providing a one-source transportation solution for freight originating from or going into Mexico has provided the company a competitive advantage, but participating in the cross-border program isn’t without challenges.

Like other Mexican fleets in the cross-border program, Olympic Transport faces the stigma that their equipment and drivers are less safe than those at U.S. and Canadian operations.

“We heard that Mexican transportation wasn’t safe and wasn’t up to U.S. standards and that the trucks were in bad state,” said Paez about the beginning of the cross-border program.” We were asked to take one of our trucks to Washington D.C. and they put it right in front the [U.S. Department of Transportation] building next to an American truck. They asked the department to find out which was a Mexican truck and which was American, and they couldn’t tell the difference.”

Paez says participation in the cross-border program requires a higher level of order, discipline and driver training but said his company and its drivers operate on a level playing field north of the border.

Olympic Transport Training Center

“The requirements are there to be met,” said Paez of the cross-border program requisites. “What we are asked to do as Mexican companies to get into the United States is not different than those asked of American companies.”

Olympic Transport’s drivers are required to meet English language proficiency requirements for commercial driver’s license holders. The company goes to great lengths to ensure its Hispanic drivers are comfortable communicating with U.S. and Canadian law enforcement at border crossings and roadside inspections.

“We have a very comprehensive program that starts with an assessment to see the amount of English the drivers know,” said Paez. Depending on the level of English language proficiency, the driver is placed into programs to learn North American street signs and signals as well as load planning and other daily tasks that require the English language.

Olympic Transport also coaches its drivers on the roadside inspection process. “You have to look at it in context,” explained Paez. “When we have a Mexican driver going into the border or into an inspection in the United States, sometimes the law enforcement officer can be intimidating. Usually they are taller, well-groomed and dressed in uniforms and they might seem very strict. The operator likely will feel intimidated if he is not well-prepared or if we haven’t given them the right training.”

Olympic Transport emphasizes the importance of eye contact and respect. “The way they introduce themselves to the police officer and the way they talk to them is important. We ask them to be kind and to inform the officer that they speak basic English.”

The company also conducts random field tests of its drivers by simulating the roadside inspection process at terminal locations.

“We simulate we are a law enforcement officer (state trooper) and we start asking questions and putting them under pressure,” said Paez. “We will ask him questions about his load and where he is going. With these random field tests, we are teaching them and making them practice, but what we are really doing is training them to feel the pressure of being inspected so that when they get a real-time inspection they are better-prepared to handle it by being trained under similar circumstances.”

Like the North American fleets with which it shares the roads, Olympic Transport is also faced with a severe driver shortage. The company has increased driver pay to remain competitive, but Paez says treating drivers with respect has become more critical.

“We are trying to be competitive with salaries, but it’s not always about money but how you treat the driver and the value you give them,” said Paez.

The company presently operates on a four-year equipment trade cycle and is ahead of the curve for new emissions regulations that take effect in Mexico beginning next year.

“It is important for us to give drivers a good truck,” said Paez. “If they can work comfortably and be more efficient, they can be more productive.”

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WARNING: YETI ON THE LOOSE
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Manitoba paving the way for mandatory training for commercial truck drivers
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Consultation sessions next month in Winnipeg, Brandon

Just days after the provincial government in neighbouring Saskatchewan announced mandatory training for commercial truck drivers, the Manitoba government says it's moving forward with consultations on training requirements here.

The province will seek the industry's input on entry-level training next month, the Manitoba government announced Wednesday.

Educators in Manitoba already provide training approved by Manitoba Public Insurance, but new drivers are not required to take it.

 

The Manitoba Trucking Association has promoted the idea of mandatory training for years. 

"This concept is not novel, it's not radical, it's just long overdue for transport truck drivers," executive director Terry Shaw told CBC News this spring.

On Monday, Saskatchewan Government Insurance — the Crown insurer in Saskatchewan — announced mandatory training requirements in that province for people looking to test for a licence to drive semi-trailer trucks.

Manitoba has previously said the introduction of training here is not due to the April bus crash in Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured in a collision between the team's bus and a semi.

In April, the Manitoba government enlisted Manitoba Education and Training and Manitoba Public Insurance to come up with a driver training foundation for semi-trailer trucks.

Early in the new year, those consultation sessions will expand to include industry partners and other stakeholders, the province announced Wednesday.

The sessions will take place Jan. 7 in Winnipeg and Jan. 10 in Brandon. Times and locations have not been announced.

Manitoba Infrastructure staff will evaluate training standards, approaches to out-of-province drivers and the scope of individuals who require this training, the province said.

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Stay right, chain up, slow down in B.C.
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The B.C. government is banning commercial trucks from the left lane on Snowshed Hill, reducing speed limits, and beefing up the rules on tire chains – all in the name of safety.

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Bad weather has been known to wreak havoc on B.C. Coquihalla Highway’s Snowshed Hill, but the province hopes to keep traffic flowing with the help of a pilot project than bans hill-climbing trucks from the left lane between Box Canyon and Zopkios.

And that’s only one change among a series of recent measures to improve highway safety throughout B.C.’s mountainous interior.

“By restricting trucks from the left lane, we will be better able to maintain traffic flow [including emergency vehicles] and plowing operations, as well as significantly reduce the time it takes to re-establish the flow of traffic after a vehicle incident/closure,” the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure explained in a related statement.

Rick Moore, the owner of Kamloops-based North Thompson Trucking, certainly agreed with the restrictions.

“In the old days, we all just followed the leader up the hills – join the parade, we called it,” said Moore. “But what happens when you get a bunch of trucks coming up a hill is that they’ll be half way up and nobody can really pass anybody and you bugger up the whole hill and nobody can get by. The one guy will spin out, the next guy will spin out, and you’re holding up everything and messing up the hill.”

Moore went so far as to say trucks should be relegated to the right lane on any steep incline in B.C., but added that Snowshed Hill is a good place to monitor a pilot program.

“Half the time when [Snowshed Hill] is all clogged up and closed out it’s because guys are trying to pass each other,” he said. “One guy is going half a mile faster than the other guy and it takes him five minutes to pass the truck.”

B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) president and CEO Dave Earle also applauded the decision to test a left-lane ban on commercial vehicles, but said the overall effort to increase safety was missing one key element.

Chaining up

“While the intent to maintain a clear path in the left lane is laudable, this pilot does not address the primary cause of highway closures during severely inclement weather, which is the failure of some drivers to chain up,” Earle said. “Unless this pilot is accompanied by significant regulatory change and increased enforcement, we are concerned that all the pilot may do is ensure it is only commercial vehicles trapped behind those few drivers who refuse to comply with the law.”

It didn’t take long following the BCTA’s comments for the government to react. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced Nov. 28 that stricter regulations were being placed on commercial drivers when it comes to chaining up as well.

“Last winter, 33 of 35 extended closures on the Coquihalla involved commercial vehicles, and in most cases this was due to truck drivers either poorly installing chains or not using them at all,” said Claire Trevena, minister of transportation and infrastructure. “While most drivers do chain up during winter weather, these new regulations and the stricter fines that will follow will improve safety and hopefully reduce the number of closures.”

Prior to the change, only vehicles over 27,000 kg had to carry and use traction control devices, with only one wheel needing to be chained up when mandated. Now all vehicles over 5,000 kg will be required to carry and use chains when necessary.

Vehicles less than 11,794 kg – like buses or five-ton trucks – must use chains on a minimum of two tires and can use steel chains, cable chains, automatic chains, socks or wheel sanders, if not equipped with winter tires. Vehicles weighing 11,794 kg or more must use steel chains, and the number of tires needing chains ranges from a minimum of two tires for vehicles without a trailer, to six tires on some larger and more-demanding configurations.

To give those drivers a place to chain up, a new Box Canyons chain-up area has also been opened on the Coquihalla before summiting Snowshed Hill. That new location can hold up to 70 commercial vehicles at one time and accommodates oversized loads.

“The BCTA supports the government’s enhancements to commercial chain-up requirements, including the stiffer fines for those not compliant,” said Earle. “Safety of our drivers and all road users is our first priority.”

It’s still unknown how much the fine will increase, however. Previously, drivers faced a base fine of $121 for not carrying or installing chains when required.

Slowing down

Meanwhile, following research by the University of British Columbia, the province is slashing speeds on several highway segments that had their limits increased in 2013.

There had been about 15 fatal crashes per year on the 33 studied segments before the speed limits changed, said Dr. Gordon Lovegrove, a professor at the university. The number of fatalities doubled over three years.

But the Coquihalla keeps its 120 km/h limit between Kamloops and Hope, B.C.

Moore isn’t impressed by that. “Common sense says trucks going 120 km/h is too fast for a truck,” he said. “We never used to think that it was fine for a truck to go 70 mph (110 km/h), so I’m not sure what the conventional wisdom was when they upped the speed limit. You’re hauling 120,000 lb. on a loaded Super-B and going 70 mph, your time to stop … we’re talking hundreds of feet. I don’t think there’s a truck in B.C. that should be going faster than 105 km/h.”

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Healthy Trucker announces 10 Pound Challenge to start 2019
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LONDON, Ont.  – The Healthy Fleet 10 Pound Challenge is back.

During the months of January and February, drivers, staff, and executives from across the industry will buckle down to work towards their weight-loss goals to compete in the 2019 10 Pound Challenge.

The first 10 Pound Challenge in 2017 was one of Healthy Trucker’s most successful challenges since beginning in 2014.

Andrea Morley, nutritionist and health coach at the company said: “We’ve seen incredible results with this type of weight-loss focused challenge, with our last one tallying over 550 pounds lost in just 8 weeks, and we’re looking to surpass that this time.”

The challenge is open to all fleets and companies involved in the trucking industry, and any individuals at those companies are welcome to join. Andrea will be leading the group through their weight loss journey by providing weight loss information, dispelling myths, and clearing confusion.

“The wellness world is really loud right now, so many companies are trying to promote a different diet or supplement that they claim is the ‘best,’ but all they’ve done is created confusion and overwhelm for those who want results. Forget about the paleo, keto, low-carb, no-carb, 2-shakes-a-day types of diets; this will be about eating enjoyable food, helping the body to function its best, and losing weight as a result.”

Glenn Caldwell, v.p. of sales for Healthy Trucker and NAL Insurance added:  “We know that drivers want to improve their health, but two of the biggest barriers to doing that seem to be knowledge and accountability.” He continued, “They want to know what food they should be choosing when they are in a truck stop halfway across the country, what workouts they can do beside the truck, and they need somebody to keep them motivated so they stick to it.”

Any company or individual in the trucking industry are welcome to join in for the free challenge, with all costs covered by Healthy Trucker and NAL Insurance. If you would like to get your company involved, email info@healthytrucker.com. To sign up as an individual, go to www.healthytrucker.com.

Source of this article and other great articles click here : Truck News

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Do you know Canada’s top truck driver?
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TORONTO, Ont. – Newcom Media is looking for Canada’s top truck driver or owner-operator, and is ready to reward them with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes — and the coveted title of HighwayStar of the Year.

The annual recognition will be presented on Saturday, April 13, during the ExpoCam 2019 trade show in Montreal.

The full prize package includes $10,000 in cash, an Eberspaecher heater system, a special-edition leather jacket, and travel and accommodations for two to ExpoCam 2019 in Montreal.

“We’re looking for someone who embodies the best the trucking industry has to offer,” says John G. Smith, editorial director of Newcom’s trucking and supply chain publications. “Our past winners have set themselves apart through skills at the wheel, contributions to the community, and commitments to being strong industry ambassadors.”

Do you know someone who fits that description? Be sure to tell us about them.

Nomination forms are now available online at www.todaystrucking.com/hsoy. The deadline for entries is March 1.

Newcom Media publications include Today’s Trucking, Truck News, Truck West, Transport Routier, Truck Tech, Canadian Shipper, Inside Logistics, and more.

Source of article and other great articles click here : Today's Trucking

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Trucking, the rules have to change
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Saskatchewan seems to be the only place in the world where driving licences are handed out on a silver platter, and it shows in the depressing statistics.

Maclean’s crunched the numbers of casualties per 100,000 people in each province and Saskatchewan came out on top. SGI released its figures last week for the October 2018 Traffic Safety Spotlight. Police handed out a total of 793 distracted driving offences, including 688 cell phone tickets and 105 tickets for driving without due care and attention. That’s the highest number of distracted driving offences ever reported in a single month in the history of Traffic Safety Spotlights. On Nov. 21, a  volunteer firefighter was killed by a semi while attending a scene of another accident involving semis, and on the carnage will go, unchecked.

Trucking is a massive industry in Saskatchewan as was shown when Scott Moe made his bid for the party leadership at Q-Line Trucking in Saskatoon back in 2017. According to the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA), “The United States is Saskatchewan’s most significant export destination; it is also the most significant importer. The movement of these goods relies heavily on truck transport, with 80% of merchandise trade being moved by truck. It is estimated that over 90% of all consumer products are shipped via truck; the trucking and warehousing industries directly employ 15% of Saskatchewan’s 1.1 million residents; is estimated that each truck on the road pays over $60,000 per year in taxes.”

Ever since the Humboldt bus crash, there have been calls to tighten up legislation when it comes to training truck drivers. To date not much has been done. But with the figures presented by the STA,  maybe intervention or change to the industry would be prohibitive and costly, but something needs to be done.

While both Ontario and Alberta have already moved forward with mandatory truck driver training, SGI Minister Joe Hargrave has said that his government is focused on building consensus on regulatory changes across western Canada, but has declined to voice any support for mandatory trucker training, raising questions around whether Saskatchewan itself is the holdout voice on mandatory trucker training.

“This is about safety on Saskatchewan highways,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Legitimate concerns have been raised about drivers getting their licence without having undergone any training, and people are looking to this government to act.

I took the semi driving test in Saskatoon back in December 2005 and, compared to the UK test, it’s as relaxed as Prince Andrew’s official engagement schedule. It did nothing to prepare me – an experienced driver with a million European miles under the belt – for Canadian driving conditions, rules and regulations. I saw numerous drivers with less experience fall victim to crashes and accidents.

I first took my semi-truck, or HGV ( Heavy Goods Vehicle), in the UK back in the early eighties. It was a two-week, eight-hour day, intensive course that cost $1200 ($2,030 Canadian) and in today’s money would be $8275 Canadian.

If I took my test in the UK today, it would take 13 weeks of training from being a car driver to earning a living driving a semi. I would have to pass a test in a 32-tonne rigid vehicle before I could progress to take the HGV Class 1 LGV C+E, or semi licence

Here in Saskatchewan none of that applies. An inexperienced person can take a week’s course at the cost of around $2800, pass the test, and off they go. Alternatively, for a more comprehensive course, pay just over $6000 for a 15-day course.  Or, apply for the test and hope to pass.

I feel the training given to new drivers is atrocious, and the lack of will, vision, or need to do anything is as equally appalling. After driving in every country in Europe, Scandinavia, and eastern Europe, I found that the U.S. and Canada were probably the most dangerous for a truck driver due to the number of accidents and lack of training for new drivers.

Follow Europe’s training schedules and lives will be saved.

Source of article and other great articles click here : Wadena News


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Hamilton truck driver charged after 44K litres of liquid asphalt spilled on Red
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Roadway underwent an emergency resurfacing

Police say a Hamilton man has been charged with careless driving after a crash that spilled thousands of litres of liquid asphalt on the Red Hill Valley Parkway

A Hamilton man has been charged with careless driving, police say, after rolling a truck and spilling 44,000 litres of liquid asphalt on the Red Hill Valley Parkway.

Police say the 34-year-old was behind the wheel of the tractor trailer that struck the CP rail bridge that crosses Red Hill just south of King Street around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 22.

Fire Chief Dave Cunliffe said two people who were in the truck when the crash happened were pulled from the wreck by firefighters using an aerial ladder before being taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A thick, black sludge leaked from the truck's tank, covering the northbound lanes, the centre median and one lane on the southbound side.

City workers chipped and scraped as much of the liquid asphalt off the roadway as possible before starting an emergency "shave and pave" to resurface it that same day.

The section of the roadway is part of a larger resurfacing project on the Red Hill that's slated to happen in July. Though crews milled off the top two inches of existing pavement on the day of the crash and placed new asphalt back on top, the whole thing will once again be replaced this summer.

Source of article and other great articles click here : CBC NEWS

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Trucking in Atlantic Canada Prepares for ’18 Wheels of Christmas’ Food Drive
Trucking News

Trucks for Change Network and The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) are organizing an industry-wide food collection drive called, ‘18 Wheels of Christmas in Atlantic Canada,’ to help fight hunger to the less fortunate this holiday season.

The idea was originally inspired by Rosenau Transport several years ago to support food banks in Alberta and has since developed into a regional initiative for both highway carriers and allied trades.

Non-perishable food items will be collected by a variety of volunteer trucking companies during the week of December 10 and delivered to leading charity food hubs across the region. From there, these food hubs will distribute the items to over 200 food banks.

If you’re interested in participating in this initiative, please contact in Micheline Babineau from the APTA at mbabineau@apta.ca.

Source of article and other great articles click here : Go by Truck

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Day long commercial vehicle check in B.C. Interior yields interesting results
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Multiple different units of the RCMP were on the Trans-Canada Highway near Revelstoke on Tuesday to conduct a commercial traffic blitz.

The blitz was done to provide education and ensure there is compliance in commercial vehicle operations. RCMP were there to ensure things such as log books, driver qualifications, sobriety, insurance, conditions of the vehicles, registration, tires, brakes and lighting were all up to snuff.

As a result of the blitz, over 130 vehicles were examined and a number of actions were taken. RCMP had to make a number of charges, all of which are shown below:

  • One criminal code charge for stolen property.
  • One driving prohibition notice.
  • Two vehicles removed from the road due to safety concerns.
  • 33 violation tickets.
  • Ten written warnings.
  • Six notice and orders for vehicle defects requiring repair within 30 days.
Many commercial operators expressed their support and agreement with the action to keep all commercial truck drivers compliant with the MVA and MVAR.
Further such operations will continue throughout the winter to improve road safety.

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