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Streamlined border among NAFTA wish list
Trucking News

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. is looking to automate and streamline customs and border procedures among a list of objectives that it has for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The negotiation objectives were released on July 17 by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

The 18-page document asks for “automation of import, export, and transit processes” as well as “reduced import, export, and transit forms, documents, and formalities [and] enhanced harmonization of customs data requirements” for goods crossing the border.

The U.S. was widely expected to ask for restrictions on both Canadian softwood lumber and dairy exports. While neither are mentioned specifically in the summary, there are provisions surrounding food safety and plant and animal health, and a call for solving “unwarranted barriers that block the export of U.S. food and agricultural products.”

The document also contains broad language surrounding the transparency of laws and border regulations, along with autonomy for each NAFTA member in determining and enforcing its own laws and regulations.

The U.S. is also seeking to change the way disputes are resolved.

NAFTA renegotiations are set to begin as early as August 17.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Names of Semi Drivers Involved in Double Fatal on I-70 Released
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Clay County, Ind. - Some of the names have officially been released concerning the double fatal crash on Interstate 70.

That tragic crash took the life of five-year-old and a one-year-old.

Leaving the mother and a three-year-old air lifted to an Indianapolis hospital.
Indiana State Police have released the names of the semi-truck drivers.

The truck driver, who failed to yield to slow traffic in a construction zone is 62-year-old Amritpal Singh of Quebec, Canada.

The other semi driver is 57-year-old Russell Sims of Indianapolis.

This accident occurred at the 16 mile marker of I-70 in the westbound lane, just before the Vigo County Line.

Two children, a five-year-old male and a 1-year-old female died at the scene of the accident.

The mother was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with traumatic injuries.

The three-year-old male child airlifted to Riley Children's Hospital with was is believed to be life-threatening injuries.

It has been released that the family was from the state of Ohio.

Sergeant Joe Watts, with the Indiana State Police, was on the scene.

"The children were pulled from the van. Bystanders were performing CPR, medical first aid when troopers arrived on the scene," says SGT. Joe Watts. "Troopers were on scene within one minute of this crash. That's important to note as well. So all the efforts, area fire departments, area EMFS were deployed, air ambulance was on the scene so all the stops were pulled out for this crash."

Reportedly, one of the semi drivers was also transported to the hospital, with unknown injuries.

We have gotten word that the west bound lanes have re-opened.

Traffic should return to normal very soon.

The names of the children and mother will be released at another time.

Source of article click here : My Wabash Valley
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26 million hours lost in traffic in Montreal
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The motorists in montreal are losing each year, 26.3 million hours in the circulation, which ranks second among canadian drivers.

According to a study of CAA was conducted at the beginning of the year, the traffic in montreal is the worst in the country after Toronto, which generates each year 51.6 million hours of slowing down.

These figures are of concern to the Chamber of commerce of Canada, which denounces the environmental cost and economic congestion in a report made public today.

Billions of dollars

“If we take the example of a driver stuck on the Champlain bridge, this implies several costs : the wear and tear of the truck, the fuel, the wage of the driver and a well delivered late, which always has negative consequences,” said Guillaum Dubreuil, the spokesperson of the Chamber of commerce of Canada.

The exact cost of congestion to the canadian companies is difficult to quantify precisely, ” said Guillaum Dubreuil. He believes, however, in billions of dollars.

“Trucking companies and transport are the first to be affected, but these are not the only ones, he says. A lot of manufacturing companies work on the model just-in-time, that involves receiving parts immediately in case of need. For them, a delay in delivery can have serious consequences. “


In its report, the Canadian Chamber of commerce indicates that the decrease of the traffic in montreal is going through a regular maintenance of the infrastructure. This would avoid the disturbance caused by major construction work.

The institution notes in this regard the efforts of the City which, in its maintenance plan, current plans to work on the maintenance of 676 km of road per year, compared to 295 km by 2015.

“It remains to ensure that the work does not relate only to the sectors the most visible, but all are beautiful and well into an overall plan consistent “, grade Guillaum Dubreuil.

Mr. Dubreuil adds that the City of Montreal could also take inspiration from what is done elsewhere in terms of communication.

He cited the example of the closure of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles in 2012, which the citizens had been warned weeks in advance.

Source of article click here : the Sherbrooke Times

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Rapidly expanding trucking firm
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BSD Linehaul operations manager Carl Gatt, left, dispatcher Sima Chandi and co-owner Sam Chandi, right, go over plans for a huge 150,000 square foot warehouse scheduled to start construction in September of this year. The group were at their Division Road trucking facility Tuesday July 18, 2017

A rapidly growing trucking firm started out of a Brampton basement in 2012 is building a 150,000-square-foot warehouse to take advantage of Windsor’s strategic location at the U.S. border.

BSD Linehaul intends to start construction this fall at its 18-acre site on Division Road west of the CN Rail tracks. It plans on building a $23-million cross-dock facility to take advantage of the fact the U.S. is expected to require trucks be equipped with electronic logging devices by the end of this year. These costly (about $5,500 per truck) ELDs keep track of the hours a driver’s been on the road and start flashing and continue flashing until the driver pulls over and goes to bed.

Though not required yet in Canada, Canadian trucks going to the U.S. have to have them and the device starts recording the trip as soon as you start. The new warehouse will enable a Canadian truck without an ELD to stop and transfer its load at in Windsor and have another ELD-equipped truck take it over to the U.S., or a Canadian truck that’s equipped with ELD and nearing its time limit can drop off its load in Windsor so another truck can finish the job.

Baldev Singh Dhot had been a trucker for 12 years in 2012 when he decided to start his own business and purchased a second truck and hired another driver. Today BSD has more than 100 trucks on the road, all ELD-equipped, said operations manager Carl Gatt. 

“We opened up a Windsor hub, we opened up a Michigan hub and we have the Brampton hub,” said Gatt, who said the company will move its headquarters to Windsor from Brampton once the warehouse facility is finished. At 150,000 square feet, the warehouse will be about the size of three large grocery stores.

“BSD is investing over $20 million in the Windsor economy. There will be jobs — crane operators, warehouse people, probably at least 20 people by 2018 once it’s complete.”

He also said many truckers employed by BSD are deciding to move to Windsor, spurred by the ELD rules that will make it advantageous for Canadian-based truckers to start their journeys as close to the border as possible.

“We’re bringing in a lot of work,” said Gatt. “Not bad for a small trucking company that started in 2012.”

He said the company already has two or three major players in the industry interested in using the warehouse.  The project will include 10,000 square feet of space BSD will rent to other trucking companies that want to create a Windsor hub.

“They can park a couple of trucks, hire some people, hire some more drivers to do their shunting across the border to get their loads delivered on time.”

He said the firm located on Division Road, on the former Hanson Pipe property, well aware of former Mayor Eddie Francis’s vision to transform Windsor airport into an international air cargo hub. The BSD warehouse will be a stone’s throw away from freight arriving or departing by air, and it also has arranged to use the adjacent rail line.

Canada is expected to eventually require ELDs, but that will make the Windsor warehouse an even more lucrative venture, according to Gatt. With manufacturers married to the just-in-time delivery of materials, the warehouse will serve as a place for long-haul truckers arriving early to drop their materials and then have them delivered by a local truck at the correct time. 

“That’s the idea of putting up this warehouse and everything else,” Gatt said. “It’s trying to get a leg up on the industry so we can offer more services and be one of the big trucking companies here in the Windsor area.”

Source of article click here : Windsor Star

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Touch-A-Truck event returns to Oshawa
Trucking News

OSHAWA, Ont. — The fifth annual Touch-a-Truck event is set to take place on August 25 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. outside Oshawa’s Tribue Communities Centre.

The event is presented by Midway Nissan in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham. Entrance to the hands-on, family-friendly event is free. Touch-a-Truck allows children of all ages to get up close and personal with more than 40 vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Vehicle partners include the Oshawa Fire Services, Durham Regional Police, Hard-Co Construction Ltd., Ontario Regiment Museum, and many more.

“We are thrilled to announce the fifth annual Touch-a-Truck event,” stated William Balfour, director of marketing and group sales for Spectra Venue Management, operators of the Tribute Communities Centre. “Over the past four years, we as a community have raised more than $6,200 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham through this event and the level of support we receive from the vehicle and community partners year after year is incredible. Without the support from community partners, this event would not be possible.”

Due to overwhelming demand, this year’s event will start an hour earlier to help make it possible for families to visit more vehicles during the event.

“The crowds continue to grow each year and it is an amazing feeling to see children having so much fun turning on the sirens and honking the horns while they sit in the driver’s seat of so many different vehicles. It’s also great to see the parents participating as well after their children’s turn,” Balfour added. “This year’s event will utilize a portion of Bruce Street and Charles Street as the south suite holder’s parking lot will be under construction and unavailable for the event. The City of Oshawa and Spectra know how much our community enjoy this event so we worked to ensure it could proceed despite the loss of the south parking lot to construction.”

The 2016 event was the largest Touch-a-Truck Spectra had organized at the Tribute Communities Centre with almost 50 participating vehicles and attendance nearing 4,000. The Spectra team aims to surpass last year’s $2,027 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham and encourages all attendees to donate what they can afford to Big Brothers Big Sisters during the event at their booth.

There will also be a charity barbecue for those who attend.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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TransCore Link Logistics launches application to simplify quoting process
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TORONTO, Ont.  —  TransCore Link Logistics announced the release of Rate Index Multi-Lanes, an application designed to ease the process retrieving truckload spot rates from multiple lanes today.

“We launched Multi-Lanes to simplify the time-consuming processes trucking companies and freight brokers must currently undergo to provide their customers with rate quotes on multiple lanes,” said Claudia Milicevic, senior director and general manager at TransCore Link Logistics.

According to TransCore, the process is easy and efficient. Users can drop their requests into a spreadsheet that is delivered through secure communications to produce key data, such as:

  • Variable truckload rates for previous 90 and 365 days to compare user industry knowledge with real-time and historical fluctuations, as well as number of contributors on each lane,
  • City-to-city and market-to-market per mile high, average and low rates to better rate analytics, and
  • Truck-to-load ratio for the previous 7 and 30 days to monitor and identify more recent capacity variances.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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2 dead after dump truck, semi collide on Highway 75
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Crash happened near Highway 247 intersection

The driver of a semi-trailer dump truck and semi-trailer truck died in a crash east of La Salle, Man., on Monday morning.

The driver of a semi-trailer dump truck and semi-trailer truck died in a crash east of La Salle, Man., on Monday morning. (Julianne Runne/CBC)

Two people are dead after a dump truck and semi-trailer truck collided south of St. Norbert, Man.

RCMP responded to the crash Monday morning on Highway 75 at about 7:40 a.m. CT east of La Salle.

Investigators believe the dump truck was travelling northbound on Highway 75 and collided with the semi-trailer truck while trying to turn at the Highway 247 intersection.

Crash on Highway 75 between gravel truck and semi-trailer

Neither of the drivers were wearing their seatbelts, RCMP said. (Julianne Runne/CBC)

Both drivers — a 84-year-old man driving the dump truck and a 58-year-old man driving the semi-trailer truck — were pronounced dead at the scene. The 84 year old was ejected from his vehicle. 

RCMP said alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash, but neither of the drivers were wearing seatbelts.

Southbound lanes of Highway 75 remained closed in the area for hours and remained closed as of 1 p.m. CT.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Truck driver charged after swerving to avoid ducks
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Driver charged with performing an unsafe move after swerving off Highway 401

Drivers should steer straight and slow down if safe to do so if they encounter wildlife on the highway, police say.

Drivers should steer straight and slow down if safe to do so if they encounter wildlife on the highway, police say. (The Associated Press)

The ducks were lucky. The truck driver, not so much.

A Vineland, Ont., transport truck driver has been charged with performing an unsafe move after his vehicle swerved off Highway 401 to avoid hitting a family of ducks.

The crash happened around 9:40 a.m. Monday just east of Prescott, Ont, before the Highway 416 on-ramp.

The truck was travelling east when it swerved across two lanes to avoid ducks that were on the road.

'The consequences could be devastating.' - OPP Sgt. Brian Jones

The driver lost control and the truck struck a guiderail before ending up in a marsh on the south side of the highway, Ontario Provincial Police said.

The driver was not injured and no other vehicles were involved in the collision.

The driver has been charged with performing an unsafe move contrary to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

Police are reminding drivers that when they encounter wildlife on the road they should slow down as much as possible if it is safe to do so, and steer straight. 

"It is so dangerous," said OPP Sgt. Brian Jones. "The consequences could be devastating."

The ducks survived unscathed, Jones said.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Volvo launch showcases new customer center
Trucking News

DUBLIN, VA – Volvo revealed more than a new long-haul truck with the official launch of its VNL on Tuesday.

The event was set against the backdrop of a new customer center as part of the company’s New River Valley plant, and about 3,000 customers and dealers are expected to visit in coming weeks.

About 3,000 people are scheduled to visit the new customer center in coming weeks.

About 3,000 people are scheduled to visit the new customer center in coming weeks.

Part of a broader US $38.1-million manufacturing investment in Dublin, Virginia, the facility covers 36,000 square feet, and features a product showroom, two exhibit rooms, a pair of pilot review rooms, and a central theater with an 82-foot turntable. Much of it is currently staged to showcase features of the new VNL and VNR trucks, complete with cutaways of cabs, and kiosks to demonstrate smart steering wheel controls and a new display that has been added to the gauge cluster.

Customers can take trucks on a related 1.1-mile track with banked corners, numerous surfaces and grades – or view the activities from an observation area.

Look at it from above, and the structure even takes the shape of a Volvo logo, officially known as the iron mark.

“Now, our trucks, engines and transmissions are all spotlighted in one location, in a one-of-a-kind facility designed to offer a unique brand experience that only Volvo can offer,” said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America.

Officials broke ground on the new facility in September 2015.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucling

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Driver seriously injured after transport truck rolls over on Hwy. 427
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Northbound, southbound off-ramps to Hwy. 401 westbound closed

Photo taken from inside a car blocked by the transport truck that rolled over on Highway 427 Monday morning (Provided by Tiffany Sokyrko).

Photo taken from inside a car blocked by the transport truck that rolled over on Highway 427 Monday morning

A transport truck driver was seriously injured after his truck rolled over on Highway 427 around the Toronto-Mississauga border Monday morning.

Peel Paramedics received a call about a collision around 8:25 a.m. and transported a male with serious injuries to a local hospital. There were no other injuries reported.

The collision happened in the southbound lanes of Hwy. 427 with the body of the truck blocking the two right lanes.

The northbound and southbound off-ramps to Highway 401 westbound remain closed.

It is unknown what caused the collision at this time.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
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Brake safety blitz results revealed
Trucking News

GREENBELT, MD – About 12% of the 9,500 vehicles inspected during a surprise Brake Safety Day on May 3 were placed out of service because of brake defects, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says.

The event was part of the alliance’s Operation Airbrake Program, focusing enforcement teams on out-of-adjustment brakes and other points in the brake system.

Of the 4,635 air-braked trucks and tractors that required antilock braking systems, 8% had related violations. Violations were more likely on 3,222 trailers that required antilock brakes, with 15% of those cited for violations. Of the 723 trucks with hydraulic brakes, 6% had antilock braking violations.

Buses didn’t do much better. Of the 57 that required antilock brakes, 11% had related violations.

Canadian enforcement personnel conducted 1,384 of the inspections, while their U.S. counterparts accounted for the rest.

Violations other than brake-related issues were hardly ignored. They placed 21% of the vehicles out of service.

The next brake safety day is scheduled for September 7.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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401 WB in Ingersoll reopens following crash involving Blood Services truck
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The driver of a Canadian Blood Services truck was taken to hospital Tuesday morning following a crash on the 401 in Ingersoll.

Oxford County OPP say a Canadian Blood Services box truck collided with a transport truck at around 7:30 a.m.

Police say the box truck was travelling in the middle lane of the 401 westbound between Foldens Line and highway 19 when it struck the back of the transport truck, lost control, and struck the centre median.

Canadian Blood Services told AM980 the driver of the box truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries.


OPP say it’s lucky no one was seriously injured.

“Luckily in the case we’ve had minor injuries,” said OPP Constable Stacey Culbert. “The driver of the Canadian Blood Services box truck was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. At this time we have no injuries for the other transport truck driver,” she said.

The collision cause significant traffic delays on the 401 westbound, as the highway was closed between Foldens Line and highway 19 for several hours. All lanes were reopened shortly before 11 a.m.


Canadian Blood Services confirmed the truck, which was seriously damaged in the collision, was carrying blood and plasma platelet products but noted the products were contained and no spillage occurred.

Officials said the contents are being disposed of, and replacement orders are currently en route to replenish the loss.

The organization added that with a national inventory, it is “capable of withstanding unfortunate incidents such as these, but the need for blood always remains.”

Police say the driver of the box truck, a 45-year-old London man, has been charged with careless driving.

Source of article click here : Global News



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Roundabout solution
Trucking News
A quick response in Nova Scotia will keep the oversize loads rolling

TRURO, N.S. — After some oversize load drivers found that they could not get through a nearly-finished roundabout just off the Trans-Canada’s Exit 12 between Truro and Amherst this June, a productive meeting with representatives from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) resulted in a simple solution.

“It is excellent that they came forward and that we could react. In this case, we were not made aware of these vehicles. We had the solution, we just had to know where to apply it,” says Keith Boddy, senior highway design engineer with TIR.

The roundabout, the province’s 32nd, is at the junction of the old Trunk 4 and a connector crossing the Trans-Canada. It was installed to slow Trunk 4 traffic to safer speeds and reduce the risk of high-speed collisions. The intersection is near the Double C Truck Stop, a favorite haunt for truckers, and a safe haven for drivers of oversize loads looking for a place to park.

The 60-meter inscribed circle diameter of this roundabout was designed to accommodate a 53-ft. trailer hauled by a tractor with a sleeper.

“We allow for it to be on asphalt all the time,” Boddy says.

While even longer trailers could go ’round and ’round the roundabout all day long, some drivers found that their super long trailers, like those hauling wind turbine blades, could not negotiate the exit that would let them reach the Double C.

While trucks operating with special permits are responsible for scoping out drivable routes, in this case, the Double C got involved, and elevated the problem beyond being just a one-off pain, to a design issue that had to be fixed. Following a meeting this June at the Double C with TIR representatives, TIR staffers went back to their computers and tweaked the exits.

With some truck configuration information in hand from the trucking representatives at that meeting, TIR quickly figured out what to do.

“I think we used a 110-ft. trailer (in the modeling software) as the maximum length usually going through there. They gave us a couple of configurations, and my co-workers built it into the modeling software,” Boddy says.

The solution was to add what is sometimes called grass stone on parts of the exits’ shoulders. These are honeycombed blocks with the strength to handle a lot of weight, but with holes through which grass can grow. It is standard to put grass stone in the center of roundabouts as an override surface for long trucks. Not many were needed, as the computer simulation showed just where the long trailers’ wheels would drop off the asphalt.

After examining how trucks passed through the roundabout, TIR crews applied the grass stone treatment to a number of locations, including two exits and three entrances.

Peter Ross, dimensional load manager for TDR Transport in Dartmouth, N.S., was skeptical that the improvements would do the trick, and sure enough, the rumor mill lurched into gear when, a few days later, an oversize load being delivered by Transport Bellemare International from the Ceres Terminal in Halifax to Ottawa was not allowed in the roundabout.

A quick call to Serge Turcotte, chief dispatch, oversize transport, Transport Bellemare International put the rumor out of its misery. On that day, contractors were diverting all traffic away from the roundabout because they were paving.

“When we arrived at the place, it was in construction,” Turcotte says. The asphalt was really fresh. Every car was routed through the Masstown Market. “For us it went very well.”
Turcotte also noted, “Our guy told us that the roundabout is small…(but) all roundabouts are complicated for us. You can take every roundabout from Halifax to Thunder Bay, and you will have difficulties. We used to pass through Mattawa, in Ontario, without difficulty. Then they built a roundabout and now we have difficulties.”

Truckers in Nova Scotia should not be shy about getting in touch with TIR when they spot issues of concern.

“The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal works closely with industry,” Boddy says. “We welcome the interaction, as a design group and as a department. For us to effectively communicate with (the trucking industry) before a design is very difficult. We are a small shop and can deal with these things quickly, because we do the work in-house. We can take a query, and within a day there are 10 sets of eyes on it, and have a solution out the door.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Canadian shippers recognize top carriers
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TORONTO, Ont. – Thirty road transport carriers have been recognized by Canadian shippers as winners of the 2017 Shipper’s Choice awards.

The awards are coordinated by Canadian Shipper magazine, and recognize carriers that demonstrate performance excellence and regularly exceed shippers’ expectations.

This year’s winners include:

  • All Connect Logistical Services
  • Apps Transport Group
  • Armour Transportation Systems
  • Big Freight Systems
  • Bourassa Transport
  • Bourett Transportation
  • Cavalier Transportation Services
  • CCT Canada
  • Challenger Motor Freight
  • Guilbault Transport
  • GX Transportation
  • Hercules Forwarding
  • MacKinnon Transport
  • Minimax Express Transportation
  • Penner International
  • Polaris Transportation
  • Seaway Express
  • TransPro Freight Systems
  • Western Canada Express
  • XPO Logistics
  • XTL Transport

Courier award winners included: Armour Courier Services; ATS Healthcare; Cardinal Couriers; FedEx; MBW Courier; Midland Courier; Tiger Courier; and TNT Express Worldwide.

Carriers of Choice winners – those that have placed among the winners for five consecutive years or more – included: All Connect Logistical Services; Armour Transportation; Cardinal Couriers; Cargojet; Cavalier Transportation Services; FedEx; Guilbault Transport; GX Transportation; Hercules Forwarding; MacKinnon Transport; Midland Courier; Penner International; Polaris Transportation; Tiger Courier; TransPro Freight Systems; and XTL Transport.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Anderson remembered with 100+ convoy
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STOUFFVILLE, ON – Don Anderson loved trucks, and almost 100 trucks representing friends -- and even some of his competitors -- took a trip down Highway 404 on Saturday morning in a fitting tribute to his legacy.

The founder of Don Anderson Haulage, and a longtime member of the Ontario Trucking Association, died on Canada Day at the age of 80.

The successful entrepreneur began his career with a single gravel truck in 1960, later expanding to specialized industries such as infrastructure, oil and gas, and energy. The business grew to about 100 trucks overall. He earned the Ontario Trucking Association’s Service to Industry Award about a decade ago.

"Don Anderson was the embodiment of everything that is good about the trucking industry -- dedication, hard work, honesty, a loving husband and family man, a sense of humour. Donnie, as he was affectionately known, had the respect of his industry peers and they had his," said David Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, in a statement issued after Anderson’s death. "He and [his wife] Maris, and you couldn't think of one without the other, were a wonderful couple and an incredible team until the very end. Donnie was larger than life -- I wouldn't have wanted to be skating down his side of the ice -- with that huge smile and even bigger presence.”

In recent years, Anderson faced bouts of prostate cancer, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and small cell lung cancer. But even when being treated with chemotherapy and radiation, he was often seen conducting business from his bedside.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Cut off: wildfire road closures prompt 'panic buying' in some B.C. tow
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Supply trucks can't get food shipments into some communities

Roger Brandt, owner of Hagensborg Mercantile, says perishables are going fast as the community panics over a food shortage.

Roger Brandt, owner of Hagensborg Mercantile, says perishables are going fast as the community panics over a food shortage. (Jen Sima)

Some smaller communities in B.C. are claiming they are the "forgotten towns" of the wildfires because road closures are cutting off valuable supplies. 

According to the latest highway closures, supply trucks aren't able to access cities like Horsefly, B.C., northeast of Williams Lake.

Local rancher Santino Marazzo says a number of evacuees are visiting from other communities such as 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Miocene.  

Santino Marazzo, Horsefly Rancher

Santino Marazzo, a rancher from Horsefly, B.C., is concerned for his community as supplies dwindle. (Andrea Parker)

"We have very little food left in our store," said Marazzo. "The other thing that we were in dire need of was medication for those that are suffering from various ailments ... however that arrived [Tuesday]."

The community also had to ration gas supplies until a fuel truck arrived Monday with $50 of fuel per person.

Marazzo says there has been no communication with the regional or provincial district and the community is relying on each other and the local fire station.

"We've been resilient and we've been pulling together. The people of Horsefly have been just unbelievable just helping each other," said Marazzo.

It's a similar situation 500 kilometres west in Hagensborg, B.C., where the city is also feeling the effects of closures on Highway 20.

Since Sunday afternoon, the shelves have been bare at the Hagensborg Mercantile.

Hagensborg Mercantile

The Hagensborg Mercantile is one of two stores in the area. (Jen Sima)

"We're not able to get the trucks through all the roads shut down," said owner Roger Brandt. "There's been some panic buying so the shelves kind of are cleaned off."

"We're very low on perishables. All the dairy products are gone. Many of the produce and meat items are gone," Brandt added.

Around 2,000 people rely on Brandt's store and the Bella Coola Co-op, the other store in the community facing similar concerns.

Although the city does have a local airport, perishables usually arrive on trucks from Vancouver twice a week.

With no word of when roads will be cleared, Brandt is working to get trucks from Vancouver to his store as soon as possible.

In response to the lack of supplies, Kevin Skrepnek, B.C.'s chief fire information officer, says the B.C. Wildfire Service is just ensuring communication continues for the time being. 

"Because they are currently cut off in terms of communications, our ministry has provided them with satellite phones so they can stay in contact. But that is the extent that I know of from the Wildfire Service," said Skrepnek. 

Those in need of food, shelter and prescriptions are encouraged to seek support at local emergency social services reception centres, but some residents in Horsefly and Hagensborg say that's not enough.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Boy, 6, killed in Richmond Hill crash with truck
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CEO of Two Men And a Truck says company 'deeply saddened' by the child's death

York Regional Police say a 6-year-old boy riding his bike was killed when he collided with a moving truck.

York Regional Police say a 6-year-old boy riding his bike was killed when he collided with a moving truck.

A 6-year-old boy was killed on Friday after colliding with a moving truck in Richmond Hill.

Const. Laura Nicolle, spokesperson for York Regional Police, said officers received a call about a child struck by a vehicle on Taylor Mills Drive and Newkirk Road at 12:10 p.m.

She said the child was riding his bike with his mother when he suddenly collided with a moving truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the vehicle for the moving company, Two Men And a Truck, was taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

Officers are speaking to witnesses who were at the scene and are asking for anyone who may have been in the area at the time to call York Regional Police. 

Authorities are looking for dashcam footage or cell phone video from passersbys.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Jardine Transport to buy New Brunswick-based trucking firm R.E.M
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The company's chairman said the deal will scale-up Jardine's operations and increase its network density

DARTMOUTH, N.S.—Nova Scotia trucking company Jardine Transport Ltd. has a acquired Saint Stephen, New Brunswick-based competitor R.E.M Transport Ltd.

Jardine said July 12 it has bought all shares of the long-haul trucking firm, which operates a fleet of about 50 trucks in Canada and the U.S. and employs approximately 70 workers.

It did not disclose the value of the acquisition, but Dean Cull, Jardine’s chairman, said the deal is an important strategic move for the company.

“The acquisition adds scale to our existing operations and increases network density, which will result in improved overall efficiency,” he said in a statement.

Jardine is owned by Halifax investment firm Seafort Capital after being acquired in a 2015 deal.

Source of article click here : Canadian Manufacturing

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Express Mondor raises $27K in breast cancer battle
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LANORAIE, QC Express Mondor gathered almost 200 golfers and guests at the Berhier Golf Club on June 15 for its annual golf tournament and gala evening in support of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. For the last four years, Express Mondor has helped fund the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation’s research and support initiatives for people with breast cancer.

The event raised $27,000 this year, for a total of more than $107,000 donated to the Foundation since the inception of the event.

“My sister Marie-Claude [one of the event organizers] has been working at Express Mondor for several years. I suffered from breast cancer three years ago, and I’m facing this tough challenge once again,” says Martine Leduc. 

“With advances in research, more and more women have seen their life extended. I sincerely thank all those who participated in this Express Mondor Tournament and helped support the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation’s activities”.

“The Foundation is delighted to be able to count on Express Mondor’s support. The amount raised this year once again testifies to its senior management’s commitment to our cause. This gesture, as well as the messages conveyed during the event, contribute to advancing breast cancer research, raising awareness and changing attitudes about this disease,” says Karine Iseult Ippersiel, vice-president, development, partnerships and strategic alliances at the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

“We’re extremely proud to help raise funds for the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation,” says Billy Mondor, vice president of business development at Express Mondor.

“Every year, we are thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response from our employees, our partners and many of our clients who are willing to get involved in our fundraising event. The tournament offers a unique opportunity to rally together to help beat this disease.”

Express Mondor was established in 1995 in Lanoraie by brothers Éric, Dany et Billy Mondor.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Semi-truck fire closes Highway 1 overnight
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Highway 1 near Revelstoke is open to single alternating lanes following a vehicle fire.

Highway 1 was closed near Revelstoke overnight following a semi-truck fire.

The road was closed 35 kilometres east of the city following the fire at about 1:30 a.m., Tuesday.

Witnesses reported seeing flames shoot high into the sky as they drove down Highway 1.

It’s unclear if anyone was hurt in the incident.

Police told drivers it would be hours for the road to open as they assessed damages.

Highway 1 is now reduced to single alternating traffic near Revelstoke.

Source of article click here : Salmon Arm Observer

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