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401 westbound lanes closed at Highway 6 after tractor-trailer collision
Trucking News
One person taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries

A collision between this tractor-trailer and a car closed all westbound lanes of Highway 401 on Wednesday morning.

A collision between this tractor-trailer and a car closed all westbound lanes of Highway 401 on Wednesday morning

A collision between a car and a tractor-trailer just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning has closed all westbound lanes of Highway 401 near the Highway 6 south exit. 

The driver of the car has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the transport truck was not seriously injured.

The crash crushed the car and sent it into the ditch while the cab of the tractor trailer went up in flames.

"As a result of the collision, there was a fire that consumed the tractor portion of the tractor-trailer unit," Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.

"There's a massive diesel spill across all lanes of traffic and that's the biggest concern right now for reopening because the diesel is eating into the asphalt and there's a chance that we may have to resurface the highway before reopening because it's so slippery right now."

The Ministry of Transportation has been called in to assess the roadway and the Ontario Provincial Police reconstruction team is also at the scene.

There was also a passenger in the car. That person is now in custody "for an unrelated investigation," Schmidt said, although he was unable to give specifics on that case.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Truck that shut down part of Highway 102 contained no hazardous materials
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Unknown substance has been identified as a synthetic resin used to make and repair airplane parts

Police blocked part of Highway 102 on Thursday while the truck was examined.

Police blocked part of Highway 102 on Thursday while the truck was examined. (CBC)

Halifax Regional Police say a transport truck that closed part of Highway 102 yesterday over concerns about hazardous materials contained nothing of the sort.

Crews were worried about a container in the truck filled with an unknown substance. Police said the substance was later identified as a synthetic resin used to make and repair airplane parts.

The truck pulled over to the shoulder between the Kearney Lake Road and Larry Uteck Boulevard exits outbound Thursday evening after its driver had a medical emergency. He was taken to hospital.

Haz-mat team

Haz-mat crews remove objects from a truck that was pulled over on the side of Highway 102 on Thursday. (Nic Meloney/CBC)

Police blocked part of the road while the truck was examined. Crews found an unknown substance inside the truck, so Halifax Fire and Emergency's haz-mat team was called in.

A spokesperson for the municipality said first responders treat any unknown substance as dangerous.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Self driving Ubers could still be many years away, says research head
Trucking News

MONTREAL _ The head of Uber’s new self-driving vehicle lab says a viable, on-demand autonomous commercial transportation service remains a long-term goal.

“Having self-driving cars at a smaller scale, on a small set of roads, we are fairly close,” Raquel Urtasun said Tuesday after addressing a Deep Learning Summit in Montreal

“To see at an Uber scale we are far.”

She said much work remains to ensure the technology functions in all possible conditions and locations.

Urtasun declined to predict how far away research being conducted in Toronto will generate the required results.

She said the biggest challenge is the technology itself.

Mapping also remains a very expensive challenge. The cost in the United States alone is estimated at US$2 billion and a cheaper solution is required, she added.

“Nobody has a solution to self-driving cars that is reliable and safe enough to work everywhere,” she said in an interview.

Automotive manufacturers and tech companies are spending considerable money to develop autonomous vehicles.

Yoshua Bengio, an expert in artificial intelligence and head of the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, agrees that it’s going to be many years before vehicles are actually autonomous.

“I think people underestimate how much basic science still needs to be done before these cars or such systems will be able to anticipate the kinds of unusual, dangerous situations that can happen on the road,” he said in an interview.

Urtasun told artificial intelligence colleagues that she chose to work for Uber because she wanted to work in Toronto, not in Silicon Valley, the epicentre of technology in California.

“The Silicon Valley should be in Canada,” she said to loud applause.

“(Also), it is transportation for everybody, not just for the rich. I like that idea.”

Uber has fleets of test cars outfitted with cameras and sensors on the streets of Pittsburgh, Phoenix, San Francisco and Toronto that have travelled more than one million miles.

Urtasun said the goal of her work is to improve transportation safety, increase efficiency, reduce congestion and cut the amount the space used to park vehicles.

“The goal is to get to the transportation of the future.”

Uber Freight is working on developing autonomous vehicles for trucking, which have different requirements than cars used in cities.

Urtasun defended the potential job displacement that would be caused by a commercial driverless Uber fleet, even one that works in concert with a service with drivers.

She noted that disruptions in the past weren’t necessarily bad. She pointed to the impact of ATM machines on tellers and tractors compared to horse-drawn carriages.

“There will be a disruption but hopefully there will also be a lot of other new jobs that will be created as well.”

Bengio was more cautious, noting that the risk of job losses due to artificial intelligence is real, and that politicians should plan accordingly.

“I believe that governments should start thinking right now about how to adapt to this in the next decade, how to change our social safety net to deal with that.”

Source of article click here : Canadian Business

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Surrey trucking company ordered to pay $350,000 after underpaying foreign worker
Trucking News
Canada Border Services Agency said 29 temporary foreign workers were underpaid at Harlens Trucking Ltd.

SURREY — A Surrey trucking company has been fined $10,000 and ordered to pay back $350,000 for underpaying 29 temporary foreign workers, the Canada Border Services Agency said.

On Tuesday in Surrey Provincial Court, Jatinder Kang of Harlens Trucking received a two-year suspended sentence with probation conditions, including the completion of 240 hours of community service within the first 18 months of the order. Harlens Trucking Ltd. received a two-year suspended sentence and a $10,000 fine, and was ordered to pay $352,001.83 in restitution to 29 temporary foreign workers (TFWs).

Harlens Trucking, based in Surrey, was granted positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), which permitted the company to use TFWs based on information included in the LMIA applications. With Kang responsible for the company’s operations and hiring, the company hired 30 TFWs through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program between 2011 and 2014.

The CBSA investigated after the Pacific Region Criminal Investigations Section received information two TFWs were not being paid the amount specified in their offers of employment. The employees were originally offered an hourly wage but the CBSA said once they began working, the pay rate was reduced significantly.

Further investigation revealed 29 TFWs were underpaid for work at Harlens Trucking Ltd. and the net amount of underpayment was calculated at $352,001.83.

On June 26, 2017, Kang and Harlens Trucking Ltd. pleaded guilty to two counts under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in contravention of section 127(a) – misrepresentation and section 124(1)(a) – failing to comply with a condition or obligation of the Act – specifically, the requirement to provide TFWs with working conditions that are the same as, but not less favourable than, those set out in the contract.

Source of article click here : Surrey Now-Leader

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Green rebates should include older vehicles: OTA
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is weighing in on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) draft Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP).

The government announced it was seeking feedback on the proposal in September, with commenting closed as of Oct. 6.

The program is a part of the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan introduced in 2016, and proposes rebates of 15%-50% on fuel-efficient vehicles, or the technologies to make existing vehicles more fuel-efficient.

The expected $170 million for the program will come from Ontario’s carbon tax policy, and be redistributed to the trucking industry to encourage fleets to adopt greener technologies such as electric and natural gas powered commercial vehicles, infrastructure and temperature controlled trailer technology – as well as tractor-trailer aerodynamic devices and anti-idling devices.

The OTA says its submission included feedback suggested by its members that will encourage fleets to invest in greenhouse gas-reducing (GHG) technology, including adding super single tires to the program, rebates for installing telematics systems, and adding an additional 10% rebate for early adopting long-haul fleets. The group also recommended adding more model years to those eligible for alternative fuel rebates to include those older than the currently proposed 2014 model year.

The OTA’s director of policy and industry awareness programs, Lak Shoan, believes the group’s recommendations will offer the greatest potential for reduction in GHG emissions by focusing on the trucks that are on the road the most.

The GCVP is still being finalized by the government, but the OTA says the ministry hopes to have the rebates available to fleets by the end of 2017 or early 2018.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Titanium buys Xpress Group
Trucking News

WINDSOR, Ont. – Titanium Transportation Group has announced its acquisition of Xpress Group, a Windsor-based van and flatbed carrier.

The deal consisted of $3.1 million in cash, $420,000 worth of Titanium stock, and the assumption of $5.2 million in debt. Titanium CEO Ted Daniel said the acquisition complements its Windsor terminal.

“This is exactly the type of acquisition we have been waiting for,” he said.  “Backed by our own recent investments in the Windsor terminal and in BlackBerry Radar, we expect to be able to achieve significant synergies between Titanium and Xpress. In addition, Xpress’s customer base complements the cross-border, full-truckload division that we have focused on growing. We are excited and proud to bring the Xpress team into the Titanium fold.”

Xpress Group was founded more than 30 years ago by Dave Tracey. Its customers are based in southern Ontario and the U.S. midwest.

“In my view, the acquisition represents the best path forward for Xpress, to continue to add value to what we built from the ground up.  I am very excited to now be a part of Titanium’s growth story,” said Tracey.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Semi tractor-trailer unit rolls over on QEII Highway north of Calgary
Trucking News

Traffic was restricted on the QEII Highway north of the city after a semi tractor-trailer unit rolled over on the route on Tuesday morning.

The crash was attributed to the icy conditions plaguing many roads in southern Alberta.

Southbound traffic was reduced to one lane north of Highway 566 while crews cleared the crash scene.

There is no word on any injuries to the driver of the truck.

The crash was one of many incidents on Alberta highways following a winter storm that blew through the province on Monday.

Officials shut down the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary and Bassano just before noon because of hazardous conditions. That closure was partially lifted just before 6:30 p.m., but the highway remained blocked off from Strathmore to Bassano overnight.

Highway 3, between Taber and Medicine Hat, was also closed until further notice and travel along the highway, west of Taber to Fort Macleod, was not advised.

Environment Canada issued a winter storm warning in connection with the weather conditions on Monday, but that advisory has since been lifted.

Keep up with the latest weather conditions with our Sky Watch Weather App. It’s a FREE download HERE.

Source of article click here : CTV NEWS
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11 found hiding in truck on Ambassador Bridge
Trucking News

Two commercial truck drivers have been charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act after 11 foreign nationals were found inside their truck traveling on the Ambassador Bridge. 

The Canada Border Services Agency announced Tuesday that Paul Ngoue-Ngameleu, 42, and Henadez Makia Mbeh, 50, both residents of Quebec, were returning to Canada on Sept. 21 with a load of produce and only declared the commercial shipment. 

The men were away for a week and during the examination of the truck, border officers found 11 foreign nationals hiding behind a curtain in the sleeper area of the truck.

The foreign nationals were refused entry to Canada and returned to the United States. 

Ngoue-Ngameleu and Makia Mbeh were each charged 23 charges by the Canada Border Services Agency, including 11 counts of counseling, 11 counts of misrepresentation and withholding material facts and one count of impeding an officer.

Ngoue-Ngameleu and Makia Mbeh were both released on bail and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor on Oct. 23, according to a Canada Border Services Agency press release. 

“(Canada Border Services Agency) officers are highly trained in interrogation, examination and investigative techniques. This successful interception displays their ability to determine when a secondary examination is required and their commitment to ensuring that our borders are not used for illegal activity," said Rick Comerford, regional director general of the Canada Border Services Agency, in the press release.

Source of article click here : The Detroit News

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North East opens Truro location
Trucking News

TRURO, NS – North East Truck and Trailer Sales has officially opened a new facility in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Part of Valley Equipment, the location is an authorized dealer for Utility Trailers, BWS, Lode King, Mac Trailers, Trail King Industries, and others.

“We’ve moved from an old two-bay service facility on two acres of land into a completely modern facility with eight service bays on 6.5 acres of land,” said Andy LeBlanc, general manager. “Our business has been growing and we couldn’t deliver the kind of productive service that we want to provide our customers.”

The new facility is handicap accessible and includes a driver’s waiting area complete with WiFi. A high-pressure wash is also available to clean the trailers. There's also a 5,000-square foot parts warehouse, 4,200-square-foot parts showroom, and 7,500-square foot service center with four 129-foot drive-through service bays that will hold eight 53-foot trailers.

“Our facility is in a major hub in Nova Scotia,” added LeBlanc. “Visible in all directions, it is at the largest intersection in Nova Scotia on the Trans-Canada Highway. All traffic traveling to and from Newfoundland, New Brunswick and the port city of Halifax travel through here.”

The new facility is located at 83 Hub Centre Drive, Upper Onslow. It is near the TransCanada Highway and Nova Scotia Highway 102, just off Onslow Road.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Sleepy trucker charged after driving wrong way on Hwy. 401
Trucking News
25-year-old transport truck driver told police he'd fallen asleep at the wheel

A transport truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and ended up heading east in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 near Gananoque, Ont., early Thursday morning, Leeds County OPP said.

OPP received a report of a truck travelling in the wrong direction around 12:40 a.m., and found the truck pulled over on the shoulder of the divided highway.

The 25-year-old driver from Brampton, Ont., admitted to police that he'd fallen asleep at the wheel.

The man has been charged with careless driving. 

Police said there were no injuries resulting from the incident.

Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : CBC NEWS

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Highway 15 North fully reopened in Laval following major collision
Trucking News
Police say tanker truck, 2 other vehicles involved

All lanes on the northbound side of the highway will be closed until at least noon.

All lanes on the northbound side of the highway will be closed until at least noon. (Radio-Canada)

Police and ambulances were on the scene early Sunday after a major collision on Highway 15 North in Laval, near the intersection of de la Concorde Boulevard.

All lanes on the northbound side of the highway were closed until around 1 p.m. and a detour was set up on the service route near Cartier Street, according to provincial police. 

All the lanes have since been reopened.

According to initial investigations by provincial police, one vehicle going south on the highway crossed the median and hit another vehicle, which then struck a third vehicle.

Three vehicles were involved in the crash — a tanker truck, and two small vehicles. 

Three people were injured — one is seriously hurt, but police say the person's life is not in danger.

A small amount of gas leaked out of the truck's motor, and Urgence-Environnement was at the scene, police said.

Source of article click here :CBC NEWS

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American Sikh drivers lining up their trucks at I-465 against ELDs
Trucking News
HYDERABAD: Over 300 Sikh truck drivers have returned to Indiana from Washington DC and are forming a truck line on Interstate 465 to call attention to a directive from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that poses not only economic threat, but added highway safety threats. These devices can be easily hacked into, is their contention.

This rule will take effect on December 18, 2017, and will require Electronic Logging Devices(ELD) in almost all commercial trucks. The devices will mean not only higher costs on the American consumers but present new and not well-understood threats to highway safety, according to SikhPAC founder and president Gurinder Singh Khalsa.

Indianapolis-based Sikhs Political Action Committee seeks to delay the rule until it can be presented in a more workable fashion.

The Sikh truck drivers went to Washington DC as part of a broad-based national effort and a coalition to inform President Donald Trump and the American consumers of the threat from electronic logging devices.

Their concern is the same as the other members of the coalition and groups against the ELD. The concern is that practices for this new technology vary between manufacturers and FMCSA has not approved devices.

They seek delay in implementation of the ELD mandate so that truckers across the United States understand the law and can follow it accurately, responsibly and with little trouble. As it stands now, the confusion over the mandate and which devices will comply is unfair to the trucking industry and individual small businessmen who own their trucks.

The impact of regulation on the consumer economy may be devastating. Trucks deliver the goods and products just in time. Delays will be costly to businesses, and small business will suffer the adverse impacts the most.

Source of article click here : The Times of India
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Atikokan, Ont., truckers unite to support colleague with 'Load for Toad
Trucking News
Hundreds unite in support of Todd Zacharias, who's been diagnosed with cance

A convoy of 28 trucks took part in Friday's Load for Toad.

A convoy of 28 trucks took part in Friday's Load for Toad.

When the friends and co-workers of Atikokan's Todd Zacharias heard the 30-year trucking veteran had been diagnosed with cancer, they knew they couldn't stand by and do nothing.

So they organized the Load for Toad, and fundraising and support event for Zacharias and his family, bringing together hundreds of Atikokan residents and truckers on Friday.

"In 15 years of driving truck, that was my proudest day," said Blake Goodwin, an Atikokan truck driver and one of the Load for Toad organizers.

"We just wanted to show our friend, our trucker, our brother, just some support," he said. "And that he has support. There's a trucker's code that you don't leave anybody behind, and we felt that he needed a little bit of our help and a little bit of love, and it turned out."

Goodwin has known Zacharias for about 25 years.

"All he wants to do is go to work and support his family, and that's what he did until he couldn't," Goodwin said. "He's one of the strongest guys I know."

"He's the guy that sort of picks everybody up when you're down."

Todd Zacharias and his co-workers at the Load for Toad event in Atikokan on Friday. (Devan Morden/Facebook)

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At the Load for Toad, hundreds of Atikokan residents came together for a barbecue and auction, and made donations in support of Zacharias and his family.

There was also a truck convoy — it included truckers from as far away as Saskatchewan and Thunder Bay — with some truckers donating the money they made from an entire load to the cause, Goodwin said.

"It was wonderful," Goodwin said. "I can't explain it; there's no words for it."

"It was a community, and a community of truck drivers, that came together and made this happen."

A GoFundMe campaign has also been set up for Zacharias.

Goodwin said all money raised will go to support Zacharias and his family.

Source of article click here :CBC NEWS

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The FBI Group acquires Consolidated Carriers
Trucking News

VAUGHAN, ON – The FBI Group has acquired its third non-asset-based freight broker -- Consolidated Carriers of Markham, Ontario.

Consolidated employees now join FBI (Freight Brokers International) Group at headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario, while Consolidated owner Wayne McCord will join the team in a sales capacity.

“We’re excited to bring Wayne and his staff into the FBI family,” said John Elisio, senior partner, The FBI Group. “As a small freight broker, they’ve built a track record for personal attention, strong professional connections, and innovative approaches to moving freight by any mode, anywhere in the world. We’re looking forward to introducing their customers to our expanded portfolio of services.”

“The FBI Group understands how small freight brokers work,” McCord said. “This is a great opportunity for our staff and customers to benefit from the economies of scale at FBI while maintaining the relationships we’ve worked so hard to build over the years.”

The agreement closed October 1, although terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The FBI Group was founded in 1992

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
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Consolidated Fastfrate now fully Canadian owned and operated
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – Consolidated Fastfrate is once again 100% Canadian owned and operated, the company announced today.

According to Ron Tepper, founder and CEO of Tepper Holdings and chairman and CEO of Consolidated Fastfrate, THI has acquired the outstanding Fastfrate shares held by the New York based private equity firm, Fenway Partners.

Included in the shares acquired are companies Canada Drayage (CDI), Fastfrate Integrated Logistics and Consolidated Fastfrate.

“We have come full circle,” Tepper said. “We sold 75% of the company to Fenway in December 07 and have now bought back those shares in two installments in March 2013 and September 2017…I am very proud it is back in Canadian hands. I am grateful to the 1,500 people employed by Fastfrate and the extreme hard work, through some very trying times to make this purchase possible.”

CDI is the only national drayage company in Canada and serves all ports from Vancouver to Halifax. It employs a total of 400 drayage drivers and is currently experiencing fast paced growth at approximately 100 drivers per year.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Man dead after truck rollover near Trepassey
Trucking News
Accident Wednesday morning closed road into southern shore community

One man is dead after a commercial delivery truck rolled over near Trepassey.

The RCMP were called to the scene around 9:30 Wednesday morning.

Police said the delivery truck was the only vehicle involved. The 36-year-old was transported to hospital in St. John's where he died from his injuries.

The main highway outside the community was shut down for several hours. Officers were still on the scene Wednesday afternoon investigating what led to the crash.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will also be investigating.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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P.E.I. daughter recounts father’s 60-plus year career as truck driver
Trucking News

A procession that included 17 transfer trucks turned out to honour long-time P.E.I. trucker James Deane Johnson who died last week at the age of 80. Johnson spent more than 60 years driving trucks all over North America.

Deana Roberts said it was only fitting that her truck-driving father’s funeral featured a procession of 17 transfer trucks.

James Deane Johnson, 80, died peacefully at home in Cornwall last week following a lifetime of driving his truck all over North America.

Fourteen Midland trucks, two RST trucks and one JTML truck took part in a procession that stretched from Belvedere Funeral Home in Charlottetown to Westmoreland Cemetery, near Crapaud.

“He drove for 60-plus years all across Canada, all across North America,’’ Roberts said. “At the end, he was just doing Saint John, N.B., five, possible six trips week (in his late 70s).’’

His career driving for Midland boasted three million miles accident-free over the past 23 years.

Roberts said it was the people her father encountered in his travels he loved so much.

“He loved the people, and if he didn’t know anybody when he walked into a place he knew them when he left. He always had a smile; always had a story and everyone knew him or knew of him.’’

By the numbers

P.E.I. daughter recounts father’s 60-plus year career as truck driver
James Deane Johnson Submitted

How James Deane Johnson’s safety record compares to other numbers
- Three million: the number of miles Johnson drove accident-free for Midland
- 4.8 million: the number of kilometres that converts into
- 369,000-plus: the number of trips across Confederation Bridge you’d have to make to equal his safe driving record
- 515: the number of times you’d have to drive from the eastern-most tip of Canada, Cape Spear, N.L., to the western most tip, St. Elias, Yukon
- 79,077: the number of trips from Charlottetown to Summerside you’d have to make

Roberts said she can remember plenty of times when winter weather would delay her father’s return home to Cornwall, but she always looked forward to spending time with him on the road in the summer.

“It was a big deal to go with him in the summertime, to go with him for a week because he went away weeks at a time. That was like summer vacation. You got to spend one week with Dad to yourself.’’

Roberts remembers standing at the banana pier in New Jersey observing just how green bananas were coming off the boat

Roberts said her father also taught her all she knows about servicing a truck.

“I can remember Sundays growing up was our day to do service work, so I’m a 48-year-old woman who knows how to change tires. I know how to grease, I know how to grout tires to make them last longer and wash a truck and wax and shine. The truck had to be spotless all the time.’’

Roberts said her father was mingling with friends up to two weeks before he died.

“He had still been going up to the coffee shop every morning at Robin’s Donuts at 8, and a lot of people didn’t even know he was sick. His coffee buddies were as precious to him as his family.’’

As the family mourns his passing, though, it will be the man’s smile that sticks with them forever – and the memories.

“It wasn’t as much the destination; it was the journey to get there.’’

Source of article click here : The Guardian

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Total costs drop in July: Nulogx
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. — The total cost of ground transportation for Canadian shippers went down 0.5% from June to July, according to results published by the Canadian General Freight Index (CGFI).

The base rate index, which excludes the impact of accessorial charges assessed by carriers, also decreased by 0.8% in July.

Average fuel surcharges assessed by carriers decreased this month. Fuel was 12.6% of base rates in July versus 13.0% in June.

“Total freight costs are less than 1% higher than a year ago,” said Doug Payne, president and COO, Nulogx. “Similar to the previous month, in July, cross border LTL and domestic truckload costs increased while domestic LTL and cross border truckload saw a decrease.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Teamsters back Canadian NAFTA labor proposal
Trucking News

OTTAWA, ON – Teamsters Canada president Francois Laporte and Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa are calling for several trucking-related issues to be addressed in ongoing North American Free Trade Agreement talks.

 "Teamsters urged Canadian officials to work with the United States to fix the mistake of including long-haul trucking in the original NAFTA,” the pair said in a joint statement. “U.S. and Canadian negotiators were briefed on suggested language that would provide a level-playing field, ensure a safe trucking fleet on highways, and improve working conditions and wages for Mexican drivers.” 

 Calling the first draft of a proposed U.S. labor chapter inadequate, they are instead backing a current Canadian proposal which they say would improve wages and working conditions, as well as end right-to-work laws in the U.S.

 "Right-to-work laws unfairly subsidize corporations by artificially reducing wages and working conditions. NAFTA countries should compete on the basis of productivity, not labor costs. We must end trade deals that lead to a race to the bottom,” they said.

Teamsters report 125,000 Canadian members across several industries, while the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has 1.4 million members in North America.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Lessenberry: It's been a rocky road to building two new border bridges
Trucking News
The Canadian and U.S. governments hope there will be two new Windsor-Detroit bridges a decade from now. However, so far, getting there has been anything but smooth.

The news came as a shock to those who have been waiting for years for construction on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge over the Detroit River to begin.

Suddenly, seemingly out of the blue, Canada’s government announced Sept. 6 that Matty Moroun, the owner of the aging Ambassador Bridge, had been granted approval to build a new one next to it, something he had wanted for years.

“From the cheap seats, it sure looks like the fix is in,” said Gregg Ward, the owner of a truck ferry service and a longtime opponent of Moroun’s efforts to maintain a monopoly over both nations’ most economically important border crossing.

High officials in both governments indicated, on and off the record that nothing had changed.

Michigan is also certain to have conditions, too.

First, a little background: the Ambassador Bridge between Michigan and Ontario was built in 1929 with private funds, and is currently owned by Moroun, a billionaire trucking magnate. More than $2 billion in heavy manufacturing components move across the bridge every week.

Construction on a new publicly owned Gordie Howe International Bridge is expected to begin next year.

Moroun’s Detroit International Bridge Company argued for years first that a new one was not needed, before saying he should be allowed to build one instead.

 Canadian officials felt this made little sense, since the Ambassador ends in residential neighbourhoods on both sides of the border, and trucks have to go through many before reaching Highway 401.

Finally, Canada made an agreement with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for a new bridge a mile south, which will have access roads directly designed to swoop traffic from one freeway to another. There have been many delays – and many unsuccessful Moroun lawsuits aiming to stop the project,

Officials on both sides of the border say, however, shovels will be in the ground before the end of next year.

But does granting Moroun permission to build a second span threaten to delay or cancel the new bridge?

Officials familiar with the project in both countries say no. “The thing we are trying to convey is that nothing has changed about this project from our point of view,” said Andrew Doctoroff, Snyder’s point man on bridge issues.

Officials familiar with the project in both countries say reporters who automatically assumed this gives Moroun a green light may not have carefully read the detailed schedule of 28 “terms and conditions” Canada attached to their approval.

They include a requirement that the Ambassador Bridge owners get demolition permits for the old bridge from both nations before any construction starts.  

Getting such permits for a major structure is an extremely difficult process in both countries.

The Ambassador Bridge owners, who are chartered as the Canadian Transit Company in that country, have many other hurdles to jump through. They have to somehow buy a portion of Huron Church Road and relocate it at their expense.

They will have to consult with a Native American tribe, the Walpole Island First Nation, about any archeological or other concerns they may have about a new bridge.

Moroun will also have to repair and improve a number of other roads, pay for public utility relocations and easements, and “implement and comply with,” exacting Canadian environmental assessment rules.

Plus, his Canadian Transit Company “shall, at its own cost and prior to commencement of that work, cause Fire Hall No. 4, located at 2600 College Avenue, to be relocated to a location in Windsor,” within certain precise boundaries.

Suffice it to say that construction on any new Ambassador Bridge isn’t going to start any time soon. Echoing Canada, Snyder said construction wouldn’t begin “unless and until further governmental approvals in the U.S. are obtained.”

 You can bet his administration, which has been continually sued by Moroun in an effort to stop the new bridge, isn’t going to be in a hurry to help expedite that process.

Both governments hope there will be two new bridges a decade from now, with the vast majority of heavy transport moving on the much more efficient Howe bridge.

However, so far, getting there has been anything but smooth. Ward, who has been sort of a one-man clearing house for bridge information, thinks there are “more cards to be played.” Past experience indicates he may well be right.

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