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Edmonton International Airport to become hub for drone cargo deliveries
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Edmonton International Airport is expected to be the world’s first regularly scheduled drone delivery service from an airport, following a recent partnership with Drone Delivery Canada.

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has entered a new strategic partnership with Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) that will see the airport become a hub for drone cargo deliveries in Western and Northern Canada.

This is expected to be the world’s first regularly scheduled drone delivery service from an airport.

Myron Keehn, VP of Air Service and Commercial Development, EIA, commented: “EIA is proud to partner with industry leader DDC to establish Canada’s first airport drone delivery site and drastically modernise cargo logistics and supply chain solutions. Together with our long-standing partnership with Air Canada, we look forward to expanding DDC’s network of customers at EIA’s Airport City, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, and other strategic partners. DDC’s DroneSpot at EIA elevates intermodal connectivity to support the growing e-commerce, pharmaceuticals, courier and oil & gas sectors. Thanks to our partners like Nav Canada and Transport Canada, our airport is leading in embracing innovation.”

Drone Delivery Canada will deploy its DroneSpot take-off and landing zones as well as additional drone flight infrastructure on EIA sites, and deploy its Sparrow cargo drone with a capacity of up to 10lbs. The first route will be on a defined flight route within EIA’s site.

EIA and cargo partners have already expanded EIA’s cargo infrastructure and the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre, based in EIA, continues to develop a number of cutting-edge technologies. This makes a drone logistic hub a logical next step for the airport.

The agreement has also been assisted by Air Canada through its long-term relationship with EIA. Moreover, in its role as sales agent to DDC, Air Canada has agreed to sell, market and promote DDC’s drone delivery services.

“We are pleased to be working with a leader like EIA to further our expertise in operating at an airport in controlled airspace and this relationship will bring tremendous logistics benefits to the region,” said Michael Zahra, President & CEO of DDC.

DDC expects to begin providing drone delivery services from EIA under the strategic partnership in early 2020.

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Global Freight Trucking Market Research Insights 2019 : Cargo Carriers, UPS, Fed
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The report Global Freight Trucking Market 2019-2023, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. A new market study on Global Freight Trucking Market with 100+ market data Tables, Pie Chart & Graphs is released that will provide complete assessment of the Market and covers evolving trends, current scenario analysis and growth factors, and industry validated market data. The research study provides market breakdown by revenue and volume (if applicable) and price history estimates for Global Freight Trucking. Some are the key players from the coverage that are also part of the study are Cargo Carriers, UPS, FedEx, Ceva Holdings, Tuma Transport, Swift Transport, Interlogix, Kuhne+Nagel, Transtech Logistics, Procet Freight, Concargo, J&J Global.. The report content includes technology, industry drivers, geographic trends, market statistics, market forecasts, producers, and raw material/equipment suppliers. The report encompasses the competition landscape entailing share analysis of the key players in the Freight Trucking market based on their revenues and other significant factors.

What’s more, the Freight Trucking industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed. Industry analysis has also been done to examine the impact of various factors and understand the overall attractiveness of the industry. Also, a six-year (2012 to 2017) historic analysis is provided for Freight Trucking markets. The global Freight Trucking market is valued at XX million USD in 2016 and is expected to reach XX million USD by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX % between 2016 and 2023. Combining the data integration and analysis capabilities with the relevant findings, the report has predicted the strong future growth of the Freight Trucking market in all its geographical and product segments. It offers a comparative study between conventional and emerging technologies and the importance of technical developments in this market. At last, the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years have been added in the research. Factors in relation to products like the product’s prototype, manufacturing method, and R&D development stage are well-explained in the global Freight Trucking market research report with point-to-point structure and with flowcharts.

The Freight Trucking report regulates a complete analysis of the parent market including dependent and independent sectors. The report provides strategic recommendations with the senior analysts’ consultation that gives a clear perspective to clients as to which strategy will help them best to penetrate a market. Further, the report sheds light on the raw material sources, organizational structure, production processes, capacity utilization, value chain, pricing structure, technologies, equipment, product specifications distribution channel, and serving segments. It demonstrates graphical information with figures and pictures for elucidation. The growth trajectory of the global Freight Trucking Market over the assessment period is shaped by several prevalent and emerging regional and global trends, a granular assessment of which is offered in the report. The study on analyzing the global Freight Trucking Market dynamics takes a critical look at the business regulatory framework, technological advances in associated industries, and the strategic avenues. Freight Trucking Market that Includes major types, major applications, Data type include capacity, production, market share, price, revenue, cost, gross, gross margin, growth rate, consumption, import, export and etc. Industry chain, manufacturing process, cost structure, marketing channel are also analyzed in this report.

The scope of Freight Trucking Market report:

— Global market size, supply, demand, consumption, price, import, export, macroeconomic analysis, type and application segment information by region, including:
• Global (Asia-Pacific [China, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Korea, Western Asia]
• Europe [Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Switzerland]
• North America [United States, Canada, Mexico]
• Middle East & Africa [GCC, North Africa, South Africa],
• South America [Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Peru])

— Industry chain analysis, raw material and end users information

— Global key players’ information including SWOT analysis, company’s financial figures, Freight Trucking figures of each company are covered.

— Powerful market analysis tools used in the report include: Porter’s five forces analysis, PEST analysis, drivers and restraints, opportunities and threatens.

— Based year in this report is 2019; the historical data is from 2014 to 2018 and forecast year is from 2020 to 2023.

On the basis of Types, the report split into,
Lorry Tank, Truck Trailer, Refrigerated Truck, Flatbed Truck
Oil and Gas, Industrial and Manufacturing, Defense, Energy and Mining, Chemicals

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7) Provide research methodology and market size estimation of Freight Trucking market.

The research report presents a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data, and statistically supported and industry-validated market data. It also contains projections using a suitable set of assumptions and methodologies. The research report provides analysis and information according to categories such as market segments, geographies, types, technology and applications. The report covers exhaustive analysis on:
• Market Segments
• Market Dynamics
• Market Size
• Supply & Demand
• Current Trends/Issues/Challenges
• Competition & Companies involved
• Technology
• Value Chain

Finally, complete information will help clients to make vital business decisions as well as business strategies and to know the scope of future developments. This report offers a competitive study, demand-side stats for which we interview end-users and structure procedure surveys with the help of secondary research techniques, Freight Trucking company reports, regulatory data, analytical techniques, Freight Trucking production sales volume and expenditure statistics information.

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Brake Safety Week Puts 13.5% of Trucks Out of Service for Violations
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While the vast majority of trucks inspected during CVSA's Brake Safety Week passed roadside inspections, over 4,600 vehicles were placed out of service for critical brake-related violations.

 This year’s Brake Safety Week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual nationwide brake inspection event, saw 13.5% of 34,320 vehicles placed out of service for critical brake-related violations identified during roadside inspections.

On a more positive note, 86.5% of vehicles inspected from Sept. 15-21, 2019, did not have any critical brake-related inspection item violations. The total number of vehicles placed out of service was also down from more than 5,000 in last year’s event to just 4,626, though the number of inspections last year was higher as well.

For 2019, 60 jurisdictions in Canada and the U.S. participated in the Brake Safety Week event, with 31,864 roadside inspections taking place in the U.S. alone. In Canada, 11 jurisdictions conducted 2,456 roadside inspections and 282, or 11.5% were placed out of service.

"Inspectors conduct more than 4 million roadside inspections every year and checking brake components is just one element of the inspection procedure inspectors perform on commercial motor vehicles every day," said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. "This inspection and enforcement event reminds drivers and motor carriers of the importance of properly functioning brakes and spotlights the work done by inspectors, motor carriers and drivers every day to keep our roadways safe by ensuring vehicles are in appropriate working condition."

As part of this year’s Brake Safety Week, inspectors also collected and reported data on brake hoses/tubing.

  • 2,567 units had chafed rubber hose violations.
  • 1,347 units had chafed thermoplastic hose violations.
  • 2,704 violations of § 393.45 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Canadian equivalent violations included chafed rubber hoses.
  • There were 1,683 violations of § 393.45 of the FMCSRs and Canadian equivalent violations that included kinked thermoplastic hoses.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, highway crash fatality data for 2018, there was a 2.4% decline in overall fatalities, the second consecutive year of reduced crash fatalities. However, for 2018, large-truck related fatalities increased by 0.9%.

"While we applaud the decrease in the overall number of fatalities on our roadways last year, we’re alarmed by the increase in the number of large-truck-related fatalities," said Sgt. Samis. "CVSA conducts high-profile, high-visibility enforcement events, such as Brake Safety Week, to reduce the number of fatalities occurring on our roadways. Roadway safety is our number one priority and we will continue our efforts to improve brake safety throughout North America."

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FedEx unit more than doubles early-a.m. transpacific air network
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FedEx Express, the air and international unit of FedEx Corp (NYSE: FDX), said it has more than doubled the number of Asia-Pacific origin markets serving the U.S. and Canada for its early-morning delivery service, FedEx International First.

The unit said it has added 14 originating Asia-Pacific markets, bringing to 25 the number of markets in the region with flights to the U.S. and Canada. 

The unit offers door-to-door service, which includes customs clearance, at a pre-defined delivery commitment for packages weighing up to 150 pounds. U.S. consignees can receive deliveries as early as 8 a.m. in one to two business days. The service is available to nearly 5,000 U.S. ZIP codes. Delivery times to Canada are 10 a.m., also in one to two business days.

“Asia-Pacific remains an engine of the global economy, powering the growth of global trade. The accelerated development of Asia Pacific businesses has spurred increased need to reach global customers in a time-definite manner,” said Karen Reddington, president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express, in a statement.

The statement did not mention the additional markets, and the parent company did not provide that information at the time of the story’s posting.

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Westcan and MADD aim to stop impaired driving
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COQUITLAM, B.C. – With the holiday season around the corner, Westcan Bulk Transport and MADD Canada are shining a light on the perils of impaired driving.

As part of the 2019 effort, Westcan and MADD have made Jeremy Cook the face of the Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign. Cook was hospitalized after being involved in a collision six years ago that was caused by an impaired driver.

“Impaired driving claims lives and causes life-changing injuries every day,” said Cook, who was 15 years old when the collision occurred. “No one should ever have to go through this. I’m sharing my photo and my story so that people can better understand the consequences of impaired driving, and so that they’ll call police if they see a driver they think might be impaired.”

Cook’s photo will be decaled on 40 of Westcan’s truck trailers in B.C. The trailers will include a message encouraging the public to call 911 to report suspected impaired drivers.

The incident that put Cook in hospital happened Oct. 11, 2013. The car he was a passenger in was struck by an impaired driver who ran a red light at a high speed. Cook suffered serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, a collapsed lung, and long-term damage to his eyes.

Westcan and MADD Canada have partnered since 2012 to help discourage impaired driving.

“Road safety is a major priority in our business,” said Howard August, executive vice-president of Canadian operations for Westcan. “This program highlights the very real consequences of impaired driving, and reminds the public about the important role we can all play in helping police take these dangerous drivers off the roads. We are honored to share Jeremy’s story, and the stories of others victims, in the ongoing effort to prevent these senseless tragedies.”

In total, 240 Westcan truck trailers in Western Canada and Ontario display decals as part of the effort.

“Sharing the powerful stories of victims is a crucial way to educate the public about the toll of impaired driving, and emphasize the importance of always driving sober,” said Dawn Regan, MADD COO. “We thank Jeremy for telling his story, and we thank Westcan Bulk Transport for delivering this message to the public.”

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Truck driver facing charges after destructive Scottsbluff pursuit
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A 35 year old Canadian man is facing charges following a police pursuit in Scottsbluff that left swath of damage in its wake Wednesday night.

Scottsbluff Police Sergeant Cody Enlow says officers were called to West 27th Street and Avenue B just after 10:30 p.m. on a report of a truck having hit a pole and fire hydrant.

As they arrived they saw a flatbed trailer at the entrance to a the parking lot between San Pedro Restaurant at The Watering Hole, and gave chase to a semi tractor leaving the scene east on 27th.

Enlow says the semi continued east blowing through a red light at the Highway 26 intersection with speeds reaching more than 65 mph past WNCC.

Officers say the semi caught air east of 21st Avenue, eventually driving through a gate at Western Nebraska Regional Airport. After the semi tore through corn fields and across runways it sheared off a wooden power pole and took out several hundred feet of chain-link fencing and posts before spinning out and overturning on the passenger side.

Enlow says after a brief standoff, Henry George Funk of Alberta, Canada was apprehended, taken to the hospital for medical clearance, then lodged in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center on suspicion of DUI, flight to avoid arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

Scottsbluff Police were assisted by Scottsbluff Fire Dept., Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Scotts Bluff Rural Fire Dept. as well as Airport Fire Dept. and Ron’s Towing.

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Getting more Ontarian women involved in trucking
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Last year, only about 2.5 per cent of the province’s roughly 200,000 trucks drivers were female — here’s how the industry is working to get more women behind the wheel

Hayley Mackay would’ve laughed if someone had told her back in high school that she’d end up becoming a long-distance cattle hauler. “I’d be like, ‘Yeah, right, no way,’” she says. “That just hadn’t been an idea in my head.”

But, just before her 2013 graduation, she found herself doing admin work at the Perth County office of Luckhart Transport Limited, a family-run trucking outfit with a second location in Manitoba. Her co-op teacher had suggested she apply, and Mackay was hired on the spot. She set to work importing livestock trailers from Italy, and Luckhart was invited to show off the new rigs at the 2015 World Pork Expo, in Des Moines, Iowa. As project lead, Mackay wanted to attend. However, the only way she could was by getting the Class AZ licence required to operate tractor-trailers and then driving one there herself — so she did. “I had no intentions on driving for a career,” she explains.

After hitting the road, she didn’t look back. “Once I got a taste for it, it’s hard to put the ice cream down, I guess you could say,” says Mackay. After returning from the 28-day trip, she worked four more admin shifts before requesting a route and becoming one of the roughly 5,000 Ontario women who work as transport truckers.

In 2018, about 2.5 per cent of the 203,321 Class A drivers in the province were women, according to Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation. As the trucking industry contends with a labour shortage and aging workforce, efforts are being made to shed its reputation as a boy’s club — but the road to gender parity is proving bumpy.

“It’s a male-dominated industry,” says Shelley Uvanile-Hesch, a long-haul trucker who, in 2016, incorporated the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada to advocate for women in the business. “Some people are scared to get into the industry because of that fact.” Philip Fletcher, operating manager at Commercial Heavy Equipment Training, agrees. “Probably the number-one [challenge] is perception,” he says.

Financial barriers are a broader issue. Since July 2017, the Ontario government has required truck drivers to complete 103.5 hours of training at an approved institution before taking the Class A road test. The Ontario Student Assistance Program, commonly known as OSAP, doesn’t cover the mandatory training, because it doesn’t meet certain requirements, such as the minimum 12-week program length (training can be completed in under three weeks).

Autumn Phelps, who’s worked for Spring Creek Carriers, in the Niagara Region, for the past six months, says that she took out a high-interest loan to cover tuition at the Stevenson-based Zavcor Trucking Limited’s training academy in May of last year. More than half the loan balance is outstanding, but the mother of five doesn’t regret having gotten her licence. “I’m probably looking at over double what I was making in the retail section,” says Phelps, whose previous jobs include sales consultant at the Brick and housekeeper.

Transport-truck drivers earned an average of $40,846 in 2015, according to the most recently available data from Statistics Canada. However, the data aren’t specific to long-haul operators and include salaries for other drivers, including those handling dump trucks, tow trucks, and moving vans. When they’re starting out, long-haul truck drivers generally earn around $50,000, says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. With more experience, they can take home about $70,000 — some make six-figure incomes. “The salaries compare with the construction industry,” Splinter says. Her organization wants to attract millennials, and women in particular. The industry group hired the Conference Board of Canada to research demographics for its Labour Market Information Interim Report, released in September. The report states that, as of 2018, 22,000 positions had been identified as vacant, and 20,000 truckers were aged 65 and up and could retire at any time.

This year, Uvanile-Hesch launched a scholarship program through her trucking federation to assist women considering a trucking career. Crossroads Truck Training Academy, which has locations in Ottawa and Smiths Falls, came on board to provide training to the winner of an essay contest. “I thought it was a fantastic idea,” says Ken Adams, director of operations for Crossroads. Both Uvanile-Hesch and Adams note that trucking provides an opportunity for women to get well-paying jobs without years of study. “Companies are now offering benefit packages, pension plans, RRSP contribution matching, so it’s a really good career,” Adams says. The next scholarship, valued at $8,300, is set to launch November 12 with CHET, the private-career college that Fletcher oversees, as sponsor.

Mackay sees no downside to the job — not even when it comes to shovelling several thousand pounds of shavings and manure out of her trailer after a cross-border journey. “Honestly, if I didn’t have that part [of the job], I’d probably be a couple pounds heavier,” she says. “The nice part about hauling livestock is we do get the physical aspect, so we keep ourselves in pretty good shape.”

While the percentage of Ontario-issued Class A licences held by women in 2018 was unchanged from a decade prior, anecdotal evidence suggests that more women are climbing into the cabs of 18-wheelers. At Crossroads, enrolment among women is up. According to Adams, the number of female students there grew from 3 per cent in 2016 to 4 per cent in 2017 and then to 7 per cent in 2018. “And, I believe, when I put my number together for 2019, I will not be surprised if I’m around 9 to 10 per cent,” says Adams, who estimates that approximately 200 to 225 complete his school’s program annually. And, at CHET’s parent company, Musket Transport, Fletcher estimates that more than 5 per cent of its over-the-road drivers are women.

Lisa Armstrong, who’s been a long-haul trucker since 1997, has seen the industry change over the past two decades. “Nobody wanted to hire, number one, a green driver, never mind a female driver,” she says of her early years pounding the pavement. Once, she says, a man asked her if she had a husband and kids. She told him she did. “He said, ‘Go home and take care of them,” Armstrong recalls. “I probably wouldn’t have to face the same battles now as I did back then.”

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Women with Drive registration open
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TORONTO, Ont. – Registration is now open for Trucking HR Canada’s 2020 Women with Drive Leadership Summit, to be held March 12.

Organizers say the event will offer new insights into strategies that can help attract, recruit, and retain more women in the trucking industry. The event will be held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.

The theme is ‘Women Driving Innovation,’ and it will look at emerging trends in the industry.

“The representation of women in the trucking and logistics industry remains well below their representation in Canada’s workforce as a whole,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “The issue of recruiting and retaining women is not a women’s issue, it’s an industry-wide issue that we encourage everyone to take leadership on. The Women with Drive Leadership Summit puts the issue front and center; promotes the sharing of ideas, experiences, and leadership practices; and gives us better tools and richer perspectives on the issue.”

This will be the event’s sixth year. To register, visit here.

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Manac buys Cobra Trailers
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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Rush Truck Centres of Canada has sold its Cobra Trailers subsidiary to Manac, the company announced.

Rush Truck Centres will, however, maintain exclusive distributor rights for Cobra end dump trailers and dump bodies in Ontario.

“We chose to partner with Manac to continue the legacy of quality-built Cobra Trailers as they hold a solid reputation as a trailer manufacturer,” said Kevin Tallman, CEO of Rush Truck Centres of Canada. “Manac’s organization adds strength to the Cobra brand and we look forward to continuing to serve our customers in Ontario as the exclusive distributor.”

“The addition of Cobra Trailers to our portfolio of top brands is aligned with our strategy to continue to offer more to our customer base,” added Charles Dutil, CEO of Manac. “We are excited to partner with Rush Truck Centres of Canada to utilize their robust dealership network for sales, parts, service and warranty support for Cobra in Ontario.”

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Newly opened $1.8B Regina Bypass 'will save lives,' premier says
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About 21,000 drivers expected to use route — hailed as Sask.'s biggest highway project — every day

Drivers can now completely avoid the city of Regina when travelling on the Trans-Canada Highway in Saskatchewan.

The Regina Bypass officially opened Tuesday, after about four years of planning and construction.

The roadway, billed as the largest highway project in Saskatchewan's history, came at a cost of $1.8 billion. 

As its name suggests, the bypass diverts traffic from Highway 1 away from the city, so heavy trucks can avoid major roadways like Victoria Avenue. 

It includes 12 overpasses and 40 kilometres of four-lane highway. 

The bypass is expected to speed up the movement of goods and ease congestion on city streets.

Gord Matt, who has been a truck driver for 45 years, hauls freight through Regina four to six times a week. He's looking forward to avoiding traffic in the city. 

"It's a pain in the ass," said Matt. "Victoria Avenue is a nightmare and then trying to turn left onto Ring Road, it's a nightmare. You've got people constantly pulling in front of you hitting the brakes.

"So the bypass will be nice for that."

Lorne McDonald, a trucker of 15 years, had similar concerns. 

"Traffic, like bumper-to-bumper traffic, and the lights … slows you down."

'Cannot put a price on life'

The bypass has been surrounded by controversy, with criticism over how the province purchased and expropriated land to clear a path for it, its cost and its location. 

But during a ceremonial opening Monday, Premier Scott Moe said safety was the driving force behind the project. 

"The Regina Bypass will save lives," he said.

That's the hope of Wanda Campbell, whose 17-year-old son, Lane, died six years ago as he was crossing Highway 1 east of Regina. 

"There's a trail of crosses, a trail of heartbreak and broken lives connected with this part of the highway, and something needed to be done," said Campbell.

"You cannot put a price on life, or a price on what has been lost because of a catastrophic injury."

One fire chief east of Regina said the early phases of the bypass have cut collisions in half.

Premier Moe, a former farmer who holds a licence to drive a semi, drove the first transport truck on the bypass.

The route is now open to all drivers, and is expected to see 21,000 each day.

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Police partner with truck drivers to promote pedestrian safety
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TORONTO – The Toronto Police Service has partnered with city officials and commercial truck operators to promote pedestrian safety.

Sgt. Brett Moore with the Toronto police said the “Safety for Pedestrians” campaign urges truck operators to be alert at all times.

“We want to send a message out to people that might play loose and fast with the rules of the highway traffic act that officers are out paying attention,” he told CTV News Toronto on Friday morning.

“The community has zero appetite for people who operate these heavy trucks that aren’t safe – that don’t follow the rules every day.”

Commercial vehicles make up a large part of traffic in Toronto each day, especially on highways, and present a traffic safety risk, according to officials

Steven Duffy with Cartage Canada said his drivers undertake a thorough safety check of their vehicles daily and use new tools, like a power heated mirror and blindside fenders, to help maintain safety.

But, he said, despite their best efforts, many pedestrians walk behind trucks and don’t pay attention.

“Pedestrians need to stand back from street corners, recognizing these vehicles need to make wide turns,” Duffy said.

Kingsley Anderson, who works for the City of Toronto, said he is happy with the state-of-the-art camera installed in his truck directly above the dashboard, but he agrees that pedestrians need to be more observant.

“You have to make eye contact with the driver, look and make sure he sees you, because you can’t assume that he sees you, if you’re wrong, you might be dead,” he said.

So far this year, eight of all fatal collisions in Toronto (15 per cent) have involved a commercial vehicle. Seven of those eight collisions involved a pedestrian, according to police.

The campaign will run until Sunday.

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Last remaining Centurion tank from the Korean War arrives in B.C.
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What is thought to be the last surviving Centurion tank from the Korean War made it to B.C. in time for Remembrance Day this year thanks to sponsor companies including A.W. Liel Cranes, which hoisted the tank onto a CN Rail car for its nearly 4,500-kilometre transport.

Tank arrived in Surrey the day before Remembrance after a more than 4,500-kilometre transfer

British Columbia is now home to the last surviving Centurion tank with proven combat experience in the Korean War.

“Tina the tank,” as coined by a CN Rail employee, lived on the opposite coast at Nova Scotia’s Cornwallis Military Museum from 1988 until its recent closure in 2019, due to a lack of volunteers.

On Oct. 30, the nearly 50-ton tank was loaded onto a CN Railway car in Dartmouth, N.S.

It arrived in Surrey on Sunday morning to a host of eager witnesses from Langley, just in time for Remembrance Day. CN’s Thorton Yard saw the tank arrive after a more than 4,500- kilometre journey due to generous multimodal supply chain providers.

Initially, the tank was offered through the Organization of Military Museums of Canada to any member museum that was able to transport it, explained CN public affairs manager Josyln Young.

Aldergrove’s Museum of the Armed Forces director retired Major CF Ian Newby jumped at the chance to bring her “home” after almost 40 years.

“It has always been my passion to conserve and save as much of Canada’s military as humanly possible, so I appealed to save at least one for the future,” he said.

Newby, along with Langley Township Coun. Bob Long, made a request in September for the tank that served on the front lines of battle for the Commonwealth.

In 1979, Newby was stationed at an Alberta training base for deployment to Europe later that summer. He found himself enamoured by several Centurions that were parked along the range road, ultimately destined for destruction.

“Canada fielded Centurions as our main battle tank well into the 1970s,” explained retired Major Ken Hynes, curator of the Army Museum Halifax Citadel.

“In Korea, Canadians fought from 1950 to 1953. Their service and sacrifice is an honoured chapter of our country’s military heritage.”

The conflict, originally between North and South Korea, saw more than 26,000 Canadian soldiers battle on land, at sea, and in the air and cost 516 of them their lives.

Aldergrove-based Quiring Towing and Heavy Duty Recovery hauled the tank its final leg of its journey on Nov. 11. The hefty piece of history will be stationed in front of the Aldergrove’s Royal Canadian Legion before its Remembrance Day service at 10:50 a.m.

Others involved in the coast-to-coast tank transfer include A.W. Liel Cranes, Brent Hill from Lumpy’s Lowbed Service in Surrey, John Hunter Trucking Co., and Total Transport and Rigging.

Newby emphasized “his dream has now become a reality” due to the help of Long, the Canadian National Railway, and other devoted truckers and tradespeople.

The tank was welcomed to B.C. by Newby, Coun. Bob Long, Aldergrove legion president Doug Hadley, and vice president Karen Hobbis.

“This project epitomizes what we Canadians can accomplish if we all pull together,” Newby said.

“Perhaps one hundred years from now this will be remembered as our finest hour?”

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Double-trailer trucks could soon be driving during GTA rush hour
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Ontario government proposing changes to current regulations

Rush hour in Toronto might soon include bigger trucks.

Ontario's government wants to let double-trailer transport trucks on the highways during peak traffic times in the GTA.

Currently these trucks, known as "long-combination vehicles," are not allowed on highways between 7:30 and 9 a.m. or 4:30 to 6 p.m.

But the Progressive Conservative government is proposing a change to make things easier for trucking companies.

The government said the change will help the economy, and that long-combination trucks have more safety restrictions and fewer collisions than single-trailer trucks.

The government disputed the idea that allowing double-trailer trucks would make the roads more congested; saying instead that these larger trucks can carry double the goods so there will be fewer trucks on the road overall.

"This will reduce the amount of commercial vehicles," said Kinga Surma, associate minister of transportation.

She also said that allowing double-trailer trucks during rush hour would be "good for the environment" and would reduce emissions.

1,600 double-trailer trucks in Ontario

Long-combination vehicles have been in a pilot phase in Ontario since 2008 and there are 1,600 already driving in Ontario, Surma said.

These trucks already drive during a lot of heavy traffic, said Mike Millian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.

"They've already been sharing the road with these vehicles for eight years," he said.

This change just gives truck drivers "more flexibility in their day."

Drivers worry about congestion, safety

Some Ontario drivers are worried about the plan.

"There's already enough [congestion] during rush hour," said Randy Cox, filling up at one Toronto gas station.

Victoria Crawford said the idea makes her nervous.

"I don't feel safe having any large trucks on the highway during rush hour," she said.

"I don't do highways because I'm afraid of trucks," said Norma Laig.

'Safest drivers on the road'

But Millian said safety won't be compromised with the change. He said long-combination vehicles have lower accident rates, speeds are limited to 90 km/hr, and the trucks have heavy signage.

These drivers have to go through "extensive training," he said.

These are the "safest drivers on the road."

LCVs can now carry some dangerous goods

These trucks would also be able to carry extra materials under the new rules.

Previously, LCVs couldn't carry any dangerous goods. But under the proposed plans, the trucks would be allowed to carry some dangerous goods like cleaning agents and battery acids, Millian said.

Highly explosive materials and tankers would still be restricted, he said.

Surma said the minister has been consulting with the public and small businesses on the decision. The change is part of a package of government plans to "reduce regulatory burdens" in Ontario.

The change is currently before committee, Surma said, and there will be more consultations before it returns to the House.

Matthew Roorda, Canada Research Chair in Freight Transportation and Logistics, agreed that allowing multi-trailer trucks during rush hour may mean fewer trucks on the road overall.

"I don't see it as simply adding more trucks to the road," said Roorda, an engineering professor at the University of Toronto.

"It is changing the configuration of trucks."

Roorda said he believes the number of trucks on the road is based on how much needs to be transported. This change gives companies the option to be more efficient, he said.

Roorda said he would also like to see other changes, such as changing noise bylaws so trucks can operate later in the day and changing parking policies so drivers can have more options for resting.

LCVs are also not permitted to drive in Ottawa during rush hour.

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Purolator opens state-of-the-art Toronto facility
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Toronto Mayor John Tory, left, and Purolator president John Ferguson.

TORONTO, Ont. — The morning after Toronto’s first snowfall, it was only fitting Purolator held the official opening of its new state-of-the-art terminal in the city, part of the company’s network expansion that will help process an estimated 35 million packages this holiday season.

The terminal – the first of five new facilities across Canada – is a complement to Purolator’s national super hub, which it announced in June 2019 and is planned to open in 2021. The company is expected to announce additional phases of its network expansion in 2020.

According to John Ferguson, Purolator’s president and CEO, who was on hand for the opening along with Toronto Mayor John Tory, the expansion will increase capacity, speed and consumer convenience and help the company prepare for future growth.

“We are making generational investments today to revolutionize the customer experience of tomorrow,” said Ferguson. “These investments are a direct reflection of our commitment to support businesses and consumers through dynamic market changes and meet their evolving expectations in a hyper-connected world. Our growth plan will position Purolator extremely well to meet historic volume levels and support even more businesses shipping to, from and within Canada over the long term.”

Tory was enthused that the new facility is home to 200 full-time jobs, with the potential for more in the future, including some of the 1,000 new employees Purolator says it will need this peak season.

“Purolator is Canada’s leading transportation company and I’m so pleased they are investing and expanding in Toronto, where their roots began almost 60 years ago,” said Tory. “These investments will create and sustain jobs, growth and innovation that will fuel the future competitiveness of our city. Their network expansion plans will make it easier for businesses and consumers to connect in an e-commerce driven world and provide even more speed, convenience and sustainability for people shipping goods to, from and within Toronto.”

The announcement is part of the company’s $1 billion “Delivering the Future” growth and innovation plan, which includes investments in network and fleet expansion, job creation and an unprecedented increase in consumer access points.

Purolator said it will expand its consumer access points to more than 1,000 locations across Canada with leading innovations, including Canada’s first self-serve kiosk, parcel lockers and a partnership with stackt, Canada’s largest shipping container market located at 28 Bathurst Street in Toronto. Purolator is also partnering with Canadian Tire to establish Mobile Quick Stops trucks at 18 Canadian Tire locations to provide consumers, online retailers and businesses exceptional convenience and customer service when shipping and picking up packages.

With the busiest week of the year, Black Friday and the week of Cyber Monday on the horizon, Purolator said it expects to process more than five million pieces the week of Cyber Monday and over 35 million parcels leading up to the holiday season.

Last year, shipments to Ontario represented approximately 38% of Purolator’s Canadian business volume – with almost half (46%) delivered to the GTA, where the company has 4,000 employees, 1,400 vehicles and 13 terminals.

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Road conditions worsen across Alberta
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Road conditions around southern Alberta worsened Tuesday afternoon, causing a variety of incidents both in Calgary and in areas around southern Alberta.

Around 3:45 p.m., a semi truck  heading southbound on Highway 2 was spotted flipped on its side

There was no information available about whether there were injuries or traffic being re-routed.

Elsewhere, the Bassano RCMP issued an advisory warning motorists to avoid travel on Highway 1 between Bassano and Brooks, where they said icy road conditions have contributed to to at least four vehicles going into the ditch along that stretch of road.

Another semi jacknifed off the road at Highway 845 and 25.

Medicine Hat Police urged motorists to avoid the area around the Trans Canada Highway at Box Springs Road, where there was a motor vehicle collision, with poor road conditions.

The forecast was for periods of snow ending late Tuesday, with approximately 5 cm forecast to fall in the Calgary area. North winds around 30 km/h gusting to 50 were expected, becoming light early in the evening.

The temperature is expected to dip to -13, with a windchill near -19.

Wednesday's forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud with a 30 per cent chance of flurries early in the morning, before the skies clear.

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Ontario reportedly steps up Driver Inc enforcement
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A truck hauls a vat to a brewery near Toronto. Ontario Trucking Association lauds crackdown by province’s workers’ compensation agency on companies that skirt payroll deductions by misclassifying drivers

Maple Leaf Motoring is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of Canadian transportation. This week: Ontario workers’ comp agency cracks down on Driver Inc carriers; study highlights roadside pollution from trucks; and CN hauls Korean War-era tank across the country.

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) reported that provincial authorities have stepped up enforcement efforts against Driver Inc carriers, which misclassify employee drivers as contractors.

The OTA reported on Nov. 1 that the province’s workers’ compensation board, WSIB, made payment adjustments on “dozens” of additional Driver Inc carriers.

While it was not immediately possible to verify the report with provincial authorities, it is welcome news to many in Ontario’s trucking industry.

WSIB deducts premiums from employers. Under Driver Inc, carriers avoid or substantially reduce those payments as well as larger tax withholdings for drivers. The carriers classify drivers as contractors despite providing them trucks.

The practice allows the carriers to offer artificially low rates. This has been especially damaging in 2019 as Canada’s freight market has seen a reduction in volumes with excess trucks.

The OTA praised WSIB for going after the carriers but called on provincial and federal authorities to push harder.

“Compliant carriers would like to thank the WSIB for being the only agency to date, provincially or federally, to put such a focused effort on ensuring compliance and protecting workers in our sector,” Jonathan Blackham, director of policy and public affairs, said in a statement.

Alain Bedard, the CEO of TFI International (TSX:TFI), singled out Driver Inc multiple times during a conference call with analysts after the company reported third-quarter results, likening it to a “cancer.” He suggested it could hurt TFI Canadian truckload business.

TFI’s Canadian truckload business can most likely withstand the competition, posting an 83% operating ratio during the quarter. But smaller compliant carriers are far more vulnerable.

Study: Heavy trucks emit troubling levels of pollutants near roads

A new University of Toronto study found that diesel trucks are generating disproportionately high levels of harmful pollution near roads.

The study from the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research looked at emissions from six locations near Vancouver and Toronto from 2015 to 2017. 

Researchers found that heavy diesel trucks were generating problematic levels of an array of pollutants near the roads. The study also noted that the very worst polluters had a significantly worse profile than other vehicles.

“If these highly polluting diesel trucks were repaired, retrofitted, removed or relocated, it would make a significant difference,” University of Toronto professor Greg Evans, the study leader, told U of T News. “You can’t move your nearby schools or homes, but we can do something about these highly polluting trucks that are a small proportion of the truck traffic, and yet causing a lot of the trouble.”

CN hauling Korean-war battle tank across the country

A Centurion battle tank deployed during the Korean War began its journey from Nova Scotia to British Columbia on Oct. 30.

Canadian National (NYSE:CNI) is sponsoring the weekslong intermodal transport of the 51-ton piece of military history.

“We have a proud and strong history of moving Canadian military equipment and soldiers,” Keith Reardon, CN’s senior vice president for consumer product supply chain, said in a statement. “During this month of commemoration for the sacrifices made by our veterans and our Armed Forces, we wanted to contribute by doing what we do best. This also serves as a reminder of CN’s role in the supply chain that has shaped our society for over 100 years.”

The tank had been on display at Cornwallis Park in Nova Scotia. Its new home is Langley, British Columbia. The city has a large Korean-Canadian community, and earlier in 2019 a war memorial was unveiled commemorating the Battle of Kapyong.
More than 26,000 Canadians served during the 1950-53 conflict under the banner of the United Nations, and 516 died.

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Goodyear Accepting Highway Hero Nominations
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Goodyear is accepting nominations for its annual Highway Hero Award, which honors truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.

The 2019 Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Paul Mathias, a driver for System Transport of Cheney, Wash., administered CPR to save the life of a young passenger involved in a car accident.

“It’s incredibly humbling to hear story after story of the selflessness of so many of our nation’s truck drivers,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear North America. “Goodyear’s Highway Hero Award gives us an opportunity to share these incredible stories and celebrate the extraordinary deeds of truck drivers in the ordinary course of their work.”

Nomination forms for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award are available here. A copy of contest rules can also be found online.

A panel of representatives from the trucking industry will select the next Goodyear Highway Hero from among three finalists identified by Goodyear. The winner will be announced in March 2020, coinciding with the annual Mid-America Trucking Show, and will receive a cash award, among other prizes. Each finalist will also receive a cash prize and various items.

Nominations must be submitted before Dec. 31, 2019 and meet the following criteria to be considered for the award:

  • A full-time truck driver
  • Residing in the U.S. or Canada
  • The heroic incident must have happened in the U.S. or Canada
  • Nominee’s truck must have had 12 wheels or more at the time of the incident
  • Nominee must have been on the job – or on the way to or from work, in his or her truck – at the time of the incident
  • Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2018 and Nov. 16, 2019

This marks the 37th year Goodyear will be honoring a truck driver with this award.

Past Goodyear Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who ripped the back door from a burning car to save two passengers and a driver who dove into a pond to pull a child from a submerged car.

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Ont WSIB Assesses Dozens More Driver Inc. Companies, But Where is Ottawa?
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Dozens of Ontario-based fleets are learning that the deployment of the Driver Inc. scheme is starting to come with real consequences. As reported earlier in the year, several Ontario-based trucking companies have already received adjustments from the WSIB for over $200,000 for Driver Inc and related noncompliance. Since that time, dozens of other Ontario-based fleets have also received adjustments from the WSIB for Driver Inc. and similar offenses.

“The WSIB uses data-driven approaches to identify Driver Inc. companies and other non-compliance in our sector. We expect these efforts will keep WSIB enforcement personnel busy for some time to come,” said OTA’s director of Policy and Public Affairs, Jonathan Blackham. “Compliant carriers would like to thank the WSIB for being the only agency to date, provincially or federally, to put such a focused effort on ensuring compliance and protecting workers in our sector.”

Earlier in the year, the WSIB committed to the trucking industry it would switch from random audits to focused audits. To assist in the detection of noncompliance such as Driver Inc., the WSIB has a hotline available for drivers to report companies forcing them into the Driver Inc. scheme. Carriers can also use the hotline to report illegal activities, including Driver Inc. carriers.

The WSIB’s confidential tip line is: 1-888- 745- 3237

Before any enforcement action is conducted, the WSIB performs its own analysis to gauge the validity of the tip. This is an excellent way for misclassified workers and concerned carriers to bring noncompliance to the WSIB’s attention, says OTA.

“We believe the WSIB is doing everything in their power to address Driver Inc.,” said OTA Chair David Carruth. “Now that the election is over, we need CRA, ESDC and the federal government to do their part as well.”

The Driver Inc. model is the mechanism through which many unsafe and noncompliant fleets fuel their growth. However, Driver Inc. is not just a tax scam, it’s a truck safety, labour standards, and health and safety issue as well.

Prior to the election, the Minister of Labour, Patty Hajdu, committed to working with the industry on Driver Inc. While announcements by CRA regarding the mandatory use of T4A and the legal implications of Driver Inc. have been helpful in raising awareness, enforcement actions have not met the expectations of Canadian Trucking Alliance member carriers.

CTA conservatively estimates that Ottawa loses at least $1 billion in tax revenue to Driver Inc practices in the trucking industry.

Despite not taking swift action as of yet, CRA itself admits that non-compliance with the Tax Code is a major problem. In a report titled Tax Gap and Compliance Results for the Federal Corporate Income Tax System, the agency reported the corporate income tax gap for 2014 was between $9.4 billion and $11.4 billion.

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Edmonton auctions remain hot for Ritchie Bros.
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EDMONTON, Alta. – Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers continue to see huge success in Edmonton, Alta., selling $101 million during its most recent auction.

Seven weeks after selling more than 10,700 items at a previous auction, the five-day event from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 saw over 8,800 pieces of equipment fly out the door to more than 12,700 people from 51 countries.

“We witnessed strong participation from outside of Western Canada on core construction and transportation assets as Alberta companies continue to right size their fleets for current market conditions,” said Brian Glenn, senior vice-president, head of Canadian sales, Ritchie Bros. “We also sold more than $7 million in commercial, residential, and agricultural real estate in this auction, including a 137-acre property in Olds, Alta., with a home and shop for $1.3 million and a 79-acre hobby farm located near Elk Island Park for $900,000.”

In an auction that had nearly 11,000 online bidders, approximately 91% of the equipment was sold to Canadian buyers, 56% of which to those in Alberta.

“We would like to thank all our consignors for trusting Ritchie Bros. to deliver solid results for their assets—whether it be equipment or real estate—by delivering world class marketing and a truly global buying audience,” said Glenn.

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Canadian truck driver killed in collision on Turner Turnpike
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An Ontario man died following a collision involving two tractor-trailer rigs Tuesday on the Turner Turnpike.

Emergency responders pronounced Sourabh Mehta, 38, of Ontario, Canada, dead at the scene near Stroud, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report.

Mehta was parked on the outside shoulder of the turnpike and outside of his vehicle, a 2020 Freightliner, about 6:20 p.m. 5 miles east of Stroud, according to the report. A 2019 Volvo tractor-trailer rig departed the roadway  and struck Mehta and the Freightliner.

The Volvo driver and Mehta's passenger were not injured in the collision.

Troopers state in the report that the Freightliner was parked on the shoulder for "an unknown reason."

The cause of the collision and the drivers' conditions at the time remain under investigation.

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