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Lack of parking affects driver health; survey needs respondents
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON – A lack of truck parking in Southern Ontario is affecting driver health according to the preliminary results of a survey on the issue.

More than 1,000 drivers have responded to the survey on truck parking being conducted for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to asses the needs of drivers, but the survey’s adminstrator Ted Harvey is hoping for 2,000 more to answer questions before the Feb. 28 deadline.

With more than 30,000 data points so far, the initial results of the survey show a significant lack of truck parking in Ontario is affecting drivers’ health outcomes not only by adding stress to their day, but through a lack of access to washrooms and water – something workplaces are mandated to provide for employees.

Harvey says the results of the survey may indicate a need to review what the definition of what a “workplace” is for the purposes of Ontario law, and a change to some of the conditions truckers face.

Lack of parking is also contributing to additional costs for drivers and fleets, with inflated fuel and maintenance costs, as well as lost productivity. Harvey says this may provide a barrier to entry for some, keeping would-be drivers off the road.

The survey is aiming to reach drivers from both Canada and the United States that pass through Ontario, something Harvey says presents a challenge, as U.S. drivers may not think the survey is for them.

Drivers can take the survey in English or French by following the link here.

 Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Repairs to damaged Surrey overpass expected to take until April
Trucking News
The 152nd Street overpass was damaged by an overheight truck in early December

Repairs to the overpass are expected to be complete in April.

Repairs to the overpass are expected to be complete in April.

It's expected to take another four months before Surrey's 152nd Street overpass is fully repaired, the province has announced.

The concrete structure was damaged on Dec. 4 when an overheight truck slammed into it while heading north on Highway 99.

The ministry of transportation said Tuesday that extensive repairs are expected to begin in the coming weeks and will end some time in April.

The plan is to replace the girders that were damaged in the collision, and demolish and rebuild the bridge deck over the affected area. New girders are expected to arrive in February.

Meanwhile, the overpass is still closed to northbound traffic and the right northbound lane on Highway 99 is also blocked off.

Once the repairs are complete, the ministry plans to begin work on replacing the Bailey bridge on King George Boulevard.

 Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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One person killed in fatal crash near Vernon, B.C.
Trucking News
Freezing rain and icy roads believed to be a factor in the collision

RCMP in Vernon, B.C., said one person was killed in a crash between a truck and a  tractor trailer on Highway 97A Tuesday.

RCMP in Vernon, B.C., said one person was killed in a crash between a truck and a tractor trailer on Highway 97A Tuesday.

One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash in icy conditions near Vernon, B.C., Tuesday morning.

At around 11 a.m. PT, police responded to a crash in the North Okanagan between an SUV and a tractor trailer on Highway 97A south of Pleasant Valley Road.

RCMP said one of the people involved in the crash has died while a number of other occupants were transported to hospital by ground and air ambulance.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured, according to police.

"Given the road conditions at the time of the collision, it is possible weather played a role in today's tragic incident and further details will be released once they become available," said Cst. Kelly Brett.

So far, no details have been released about the victim.

An RCMP collision analyst remains on scene to conduct further investigation.

Highway 97A remains closed with a detour available at Eagle Rock Road and Pleasant Valley Road.

The highway is expected to reopen by 5 p.m. PT.

 Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Do you know Canada’s top driver or O/O?
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON – The search is on for Today’s Trucking’s 2018 Highway Star of the Year – the honor reserved for Canada’s top driver or owner-operator.

The search is on for Canada’s top truck driver or owner-operator.

Nominations are now open for the award, which will be presented during the Truck World trade show that runs April 19-21 in Toronto. And there’s more than bragging rights at stake. The winner will receive:

  • $10,000 in cash
  • A road-ready, trucker friendly laptop from OBAC
  • Special-edition leather jacket with the winner’s name and HIghway Star of the Year logo
  • Travel and accommodations for two to Toronto for Truck World 2018.

We’re looking for one driver who embodies the term “professional”. A driver with that certain outlook on life and the industry that sets them apart from the rest. A driver who gives to the community, operates with the highest regard for other road users, and who generally sits tall in the saddle. In short, we’re looking for someone with Star qualities.

Do you know someone who sounds like this? Submit your nomination form at todaystrucking.com/hsoy.

 Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Spot market freight sets new records: TransCore
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – TransCore Link Logistics has reported Q4 Canadian and cross-border load volumes on its Loadlink board broke historical records, when compared to any previous quarter.

Fourth quarter load volumes were up 51% year-over-year, and 9% compared to the third quarter of 2017. December had the highest daily average of load postings compared to any month since Loadlink began recording data.

Highlights from a strong 2017 included: the highest load volumes were in December, and the lowest in February; December marked the second highest posted load volumes on record; since May, there were seven sequential months of record-breaking load volumes; the most significant y-o-y increases occurred in October and December, up 57% both months year-over-year; and total load volumes in 2017 were up an average of 45% compared to 2016.

Equipment postings were down in December, by 27% compared to November. The truck to load ratio in December tightened more than in any of the previous months. At the beginning of the year, there were two trucks for each load posted to Loadlink. In December, it reached a near one-to-one ratio.

 Source of article click here : Truck News

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OPP identify pair killed in crash involving tractor trailer and minivan near Sar
Trucking News
Police say minivan failed to stop at a stop sign

OPP in Lambton County closed Courtright Line as they investigated a crash that killed two people Tuesday.

OPP in Lambton County closed Courtright Line as they investigated a crash that killed two people Tuesday

Provincial police have identified the two people killed in a collision on Courtright Line in Lambton County Tuesday.

Cheryl Riley, 66, was driving a minivan which failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Courtright Line and Kimball Road around 12:35 p.m., according to police. 

Lambton County Crash, two dead

The collision involved a minivan and tractor trailer. (OPP West/Twitter)

The van was hit by a transport truck, killing the minivan driver, who was from the Walpole Island First Nation, and the passenger, 20-year-old Tahja Cadotte of Wallaceburg.

The 41-year-old driver of the truck was transported to hospital with injuries but is expected to survive.

Police continue to investigate the collision.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Trucker follows GPS through unfamiliar road, ends up under low overpass
Trucking News

A truck driver who was traveling in unfamiliar territory got stuck after following his GPS into a low overpass.

The incident happened between Park Drive North and River Drive North in Great Falls, Montana on Friday.

According to local KRTV-3 News, the trucker told police he was unfamiliar with the area and was following his GPS. He says he didn’t see the height restriction signs before driving into the 12’6″ overpass around 1 p.m.

The truck, owned by Red Leaf of Canada, was hauling lumber to Arizona.

“I called dispatch, the company, and the company is probably sending another trailer, where the load will be transferred. And after transferring the load we are heading to Arizona. We are hoping that it will take place today. Hopefully things get better and we are able to move from here. Hopefully, the sooner the better because the family is waiting for us back home,” the truck’s passenger (co-driver), Hemsagar Sharma, said.

The driver was charged with “failure to pay attention to road signs.”

The road was shut down for nearly 5 hours and has since reopened.

Source of article click here : Live Trucking

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Traversing Canada’s north
Trucking News

TUKTOYAKTUK, N.W.T.  — A new highway in Canada’s north is expected to have a positive economic impact on the region, including the trucking industry that services the area.

The gravel, all-weather highway is located primarily within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and stretches 138km, linking the

communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. 

Greg Hanna, communications coordinator for the N.W.T.’s department of transportation, said the new highway means more steady movement of goods into the region.

“Canada’s first highway to the Arctic Ocean connects the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk to the territorial all-season highway system,” Hanna said. “Previously, goods could only be trucked in during certain months of the winter when the ice road was open. This new highway allows for the movement of goods year-round, while allowing for new economic opportunities.”

According to the “Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk: All-Weather Road Economic Analysis,” the new highway will reduce transportation costs with the move from air to truck transport by $456,000. The reduction in costs will lower the cost of food in Tuktoyaktuk, which will increase the standard of living for residents and enable the savings in transportation costs to be redirected to other goods and services, also benefitting residents.

The highway essentially allows for the elimination of the food mail program, which subsidizes the shipping costs of nutritious food by air to approximately 135 northern communities that have limited access by road.

The economic analysis concludes that the termination of the food mail program in the region would have a negative impact on flights and a slight impact on the local trucking industry, with the net impact a $500,000 reduction in transportation industry revenues.

The report does state, however, that the majority of Tuktoyaktuk residents would choose to drive to Inuvik in order to do their shopping, which would lessen the impact from additional trucking in the area. Less-costly goods, as well as cheaper services, such as dental care and restaurant food, would continue to be a benefit to the area.

It is estimated that there are at least 400 pieces of food mail sent to Tuktoyaktuk each month for a minimum of 4,800 per year, or approximately 160,000lbs. of food. Transport costs by plane between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk are $3/lb., resulting in an estimated $480,000 in food mail costs. The new highway allows these goods to be transported by truck at a reduced cost of $0.15/lb., which will bring an addition $24,000 of revenue to the local trucking industry.

Hanna underscored additional benefits the new highway has brought to the area and its residents, including training opportunities.

“Examples include training for Class 1 and Class 3 drivers, equipment operators, summer students, and apprentices,” he said. “Not only was construction of the highway an economic boon to the region, we also expect long-term employment opportunities for residents.”

One of those expected long-term employment opportunities is in the oil and gas sector.

Hanna said the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is currently seeking federal funding to study the possibility of developing gas fields along the new highway.

Overall, there were four economic impacts assessed with the construction of the year-round highway: building and maintaining the road; an increase in tourism; a reduction in the cost of living; and potential impacts on the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline, including natural gas exploration and development in the
Delta Region.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Manitoulin buys Direct Right Cartage
Trucking News

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Manitoulin Transport announced today that it has acquired Direct Right Cartage.

This is the seventh purchase for Manitoulin in the last 12 months.

According to Manitoulin, the acquisition builds on its existing intermodal offerings and signifies Manitoulin’s intent to further expand its capabilities in this service.

“Customer demand is a key influencer in Manitoulin’s business decisions and this latest transaction further demonstrates that we listen,” said Jeff King, president, Manitoulin Transport. “This purchase enables Manitoulin to provide a higher level of service and frequency of intermodal service within Canada. We will continue to look for opportunities such as this to build out our services and coverage to ensure our offerings meet our customers’ evolving needs.”

Direct Right Cartage was founded by Paul Enright and John Farrugia in 1982, initially to serve the time-sensitive transportation needs of Canada’s entertainment industry. Direct Right has expanded its expertise and geographic scope to cover all industries, including automotive, plastic, retail, packaged foods, and other general commodities. It is headquartered in Brampton, Ont. and has locations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Montreal. Its founders, John Farrugia and Paul Enright, will continue in their respective leadership roles.

“John and I are both delighted to join the Manitoulin Group of Companies,” said Paul Enright, co-founder of Direct Right Cartage. “Manitoulin is one of the more prominent companies in the transportation industry and we have long admired its history and brand. We are excited to introduce our customers to the Manitoulin Group, given the holistic and global supply chain services it can offer. ”

“Through this transaction, customers of Direct Right Cartage now have more options at their disposal in terms of coverage and supply chain services,” added Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “Manitoulin’s ability to extend customers’ reach from Canada to the rest of the world through multiple supply chain service offerings, gives them a significant competitive advantage. We look forward to working with them and contributing to their success as a true business partner.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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CPC Logistics buys In Transit Personnel
Trucking News

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – CPC Logistics Canada has announced it has acquired In Transit Personnel.

The company says the combined entities will complement services already offered by CPC Logistics, creating one of the top personnel service providers to truck fleets of all sizes. It will also tap into In Transit’s expertise in providing warehouse personnel and management services, the company announced.

“In Transit is a perfect strategic fit for our company as we look to grow our service offerings in Canada and the U.S.,” said Doug Crowell, president and CEO of CPC Logistics Canada. “This move will help us open new doors for us as we look to help solve our customers’ logistics needs.”

“We are delighted to be joining the CPC family of companies to help grow the base of customers we already serve. We view CPC’s strengths as having familiarity of the Canadian marketplace, and a depth of support services to be a major motivator for doing this deal,” added Tracy Clayson, managing partner of In Transit Personnel.

CPC Logistics will integrate In Transit Personnel staff into its own office in the coming months. The two companies will continue to operate separately under their existing brand names.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Do you have one of Canada’s biggest fleets?
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON – Today’s Trucking is compiling its annual list of the Top 100 – Canada’s largest for-hire carriers. And given the ever-changing size of individual businesses, we want to ensure nobody is missed.

Top 100 carriers

Our callers are already reaching out to gather data, but if you haven’t heard from us already, please email the following information to johng@newcom.ca no later than January 30:

  • Number of straight trucks (Class 5+)
  • Number of tractors
  • Number of trailers/intermodal chassis
  • Number of employees
  • Number of owner-operators

Equipment, employee, and owner-operator totals should all focus on assets controlled in Canada.

Results will be published in the March edition of Today’s Trucking.

Please note that there is never any charge for listings in the Top 100.

 Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Three Canadian dealerships added to Trail King’s network
Trucking News

MITCHELL, S.D. – Trailer manufacturer Trail King Industries has announced 12 new dealers across North America, including three in Canada, two of which are in the west.

Expanding its dealer network, Trail King has added Competition Trailer Sales in Calgary, Querel Trailers in Winnipeg and Quebec’s Transit Quebec to its portfolio.

“We view our nationwide network of dealers as one of our most valuable assets,” said director of sales, Barry Freifeld. “We are honored to have these new dealers as a part of the Trail King family. They are our face to the customer and are already well-established resources in their markets. Because they have gained the trust of their local customer base, they provide added value to our products when they are representing and marketing them in their regions.”

Several locations in the U.S. were also added to Trail King’s dealer network, and include:

Young Truck Trailer – Nebraska
Lucky’s Trailer Sales, Inc. – North Carolina
Arrow Trailer and Equipment Company – Illinois
Pee Dee Trailer Sales – South Carolina
Preferred Lowboys, Dallas – Texas
TNT – Missouri
5 Star – New England
Penn Jersey – Pennsylvania
Blanchard – South Carolina and Georgia

 Source of article click here : Truck News

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Ontario funding vehicle charging stations
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON – Ontario has unveiled a new Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program to help those that want to install charging stations.

Del Duca

The new initiative will cover up to 80% of the cost of Level 2 chargers, up to $7,500 per charging space. Those stations offer 240-volt power.

Applications open today and will be reviewed and processed until program funding is gone.

There are currently 1,300 public vehicle chargers in Ontario, while the province has invested about $2.2 million to help install about 2,600 home charging stations since January 2013.

The number of commercial electric vehicles in the province is essentially non-existent at this point, but the province does have about 16,000 smaller electric vehicles on the road.

“The electrification of transportation is happening fast, and the Ontario government is committed to building the necessary infrastructure to meet this demand,” says Transport Minister Steven Del Duca. “By building more electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces across Ontario, we’re also encouraging more drivers to make the switch to an electric vehicle and building Ontario’s future.

 Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
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CTA concerned about carbon pricing scheme
Trucking News

OTTAWA, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has expressed concerns about a national carbon pricing system, which could give U.S.-based carriers a competitive advantage over those from Canada.

The draft legislative proposal was issued for public comment today. Public comments will be accepted until Apr. 9.

The CTA has already made its concerns known. It worries about escalating carbon pricing in Canada, when the U.S. has no carbon tax. It also worries the carbon pricing system will be administratively burdensome for Canadian carriers, and that U.S.-based carriers operating here won’t have to comply at all.

“The key questions moving forward will centre around how the carbon compliance system will be administered, what price carbon is set at compared to U.S. markets moving forward and how the federal government and provinces plan to reinvest in green technology for our industry using the carbon fees collected,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “Ottawa has been very open to discussing our concerns related to the implementation of the carbon tax to date. CTA expects this open dialogue to continue.”

The CTA said it will review this draft federal proposal over the next few months and update the industry following its board meeting in March.

 Source of article click here : Truck News

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Truck driver charged after spilling lumber on Highway 401
Trucking News
53-year-old Quebec man faces careless driving charge in crash near Kingston, Ont.

A 53-year-old Quebec man faces a single charge of careless driving after he rolled his tractor-trailer near Kingston, Ont., on Jan. 4, 2018, spilling lumber across the eastbound lanes of Highway 401.

A 53-year-old Quebec man faces a single charge of careless driving after he rolled his tractor-trailer near Kingston, Ont., on Jan. 4, 2018, spilling lumber across the eastbound lanes of Highway 401

A truck driver has been charged with careless driving after he crashed through a steel barrier on Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont., and spilled lumber across the eastbound lanes.

Ontario Provincial Police say the rollover happened shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4.

The man was heading west near the Gardiners Road exit when he lost control and crashed through the barrier separating eastbound and westbound traffic, OPP said.

Lumber spilled from the truck and ended up on the highway, causing traffic to be detoured, police said.

The driver, a 53-year-old man from Quebec, suffered minor injuries.

He was charged with a single count of careless driving and is expected to appear in court in Kingston, police said.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Northern Ontario highways pose distinct safety concerns traffic expert says
Trucking News
4 fatalities from 3 crashes on provincial highways in northeast during first week of new year

One man died in a serious collision on Highway 11 near Earlton, Ont., on Wednesday. Three other people were also killed in collisions in the northeast.

One man died in a serious collision on Highway 11 near Earlton, Ont., on Wednesday. Three other people were also killed in collisions in the northeast.

Highways in northeastern Ontario present distinct challenges when it comes to preventing collisions.

At least that's according to an expert who once helped police roadways in the region.

Four people died in three separate crashes last week on OPP-patrolled highways in the region. Police are still investigating the cause of each collision.

Mark Andrews, a retired traffic inspector, says he's tired of hearing about these kinds of stories in the news.

Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews worked as a traffic inspector for the OPP for 32 years. He now he consults with organizations like the Traffic Injury Research Foundation on traffic safety. (Supplied)

"I spent 32 years of my life doing everything I could in police work to reduce and stop these," says Andrews, who now works as a consultant on traffic safety.

He says distracted driving is one of the biggest safety concerns right now, adding that it becomes an even bigger problem in this part of the province.

"The highways in our region — in northeastern Ontario and northwestern Ontario — are two lane highways. You have long distances between communities because of how the north has been developed," Andrews says.

"You have everything being stuffed into this pipe."

Driving is becoming more complicated

Although there has been the same conversations about highway safety happening for the past decade, Andrews says not enough has been done to prevent fatalities.

"I hear the same issues being raised again and again of the cause [of collisions]...and ideas being raised that were raised 10 years ago."

At the same time, Andrews says driving is becoming more complicated than ever before as cars become entertainment systems. Andrews cites one example of a manufacturer that is developing an app so you can order coffee from your car.

"The roads haven't been developed, the cars haven't been developed and the users haven't kept up with what we now have for a vehicle to drive in," Andrews says.

"We're not going to back up the clock. Technology won't let us do that."

The infrastructure just hasn't kept up with those changes.

Andrews says some quick fixes in the northeast include installing centre-line rumble strips along two-lane highways and improving winter maintenance.

He adds more long-term solutions require cooperation between governments, vehicle manufacturers and other key stakeholders, like the trucking industry.

"How many times do we all get into the same room and talk about, 'Here's the issues. What can you do? What's your role in this to stop this from happening?' And I have never seen that happen," Andrews says.

"We [have to] get together to move this forward, so that we don't have to go to funerals."

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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ELD Day for Canada
Trucking News

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau takes a moment to review an Electronic Logging Device with a Kriska Transport driver.

BRAMPTON, ON — It ultimately proved to be just a matter of time. On December 18, the same day that the U.S. mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to track Hours of Service, Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau took to the podium to unveil plans to introduce similar rules on this side of the border.

Draft versions of the rules have been published in Canada Gazette Part 1, and once finalized are to roll out within two years.

“For a number of years, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been pointing to research that shows a universal Electronic Logging Device mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviors strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over [their] prescribed limits of service, which leads to fatigue,” he told a crowd of fleet executives and media assembled in a Trailcon Leasing service bay.

“These Electronic Logging Devices can help commercial drivers and employers comply with existing Hours of Service regulations and help reduce the potential of driver fatigue. They also help drivers and employers on the administrative side of their work, and the devices’ electronic records virtually eliminate the need for time-consuming paper logs.”

A two-year rollout will allow enough time to deploy the devices, Garneau added. “If we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better.”

The rules are essentially expected to mirror those that are now in place in the U.S.

“There are almost 30,000 trucks a day that travel between Canada and the United States,” Garneau said, responding to Today’s Trucking question about any proposed differences in the mandates. “It helps if we have the same rules on both sides of the border.”

The new federal rules would only apply to federally regulated carriers, but Garneau will be encouraging his provincial and territorial counterparts to enact ELDs in their own jurisdictions.

Ontario Transport Minister Steven Del Duca said his province is “extraordinarily supportive” of the rule. “Anything that we can do collectively to make sure that we are supporting and enabling road safety is something we need to embrace.”

“The time to debate the safety benefit of ELDs is over,” added Scott Smith of JD Smith and Sons, speaking for the Canadian Trucking Alliance. “By supporting the adoption of proven technology that will help to address and reduce fatigue in truck drivers, and help to reduce one of the main factors that lead to distracted driving. This is a good day for road safety.”

Mike Millian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, echoed the sentiment.

“Our current system of tracking hours by means of pen and paper is an outdated one, and one that has too many opportunities for unscrupulous operators to pressure their drivers to fudge their records. While the majority of carriers in our industry are safe operators and have policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance with hours of service regulations, there are always outliers in every industry,” he said. “Some operators will low-ball freight rates, and do so on the back of their drivers fudging their books to make the run possible. We all pay a price for this. Safe carriers who operate legally end up competing against rates that can’t be met in a proper operation. The public pays a price as a result of sharing the road with some of these operators who may be forcing tired and unsafe drivers out onto our roads.”

Millian rolled out Electronic Logging Devices as early as 2013 when he was overseeing safety and compliance at a fleet in southwestern Ontario. Within six months, more than 90% of its drivers were happy with the shift away from paper logs, he said.

Louis Carette, a driver with Kriska Transport, has used an ELD since 2011 and wouldn’t go back. But acceptance by some of his peers did take time.

“It was mixed reviews at first because everyone’s scared of change. They think, ‘Oh, you know I’m going to run out of time to park,’” the Ontario Trucking Association Road Knight recalls. “If you’re on paper and running a legal logbook, you should have no kickback or worry on electronic logs because it’s the same thing. Just electronic. More user-friendly.”

He has cut it close on a few occasions, pulling into truck stops with just 10 minutes left to go, but has yet to see it change the way he operates.

“The Hours of Service rules are not going to change,” Carette stressed. “If you’re obeying the rules, it really shouldn’t matter.”

Exemptions for the oil and forestry sector remain, adds Stephen Laskowski, president of the Ontario Trucking Association and head of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Admittedly, the change is first and foremost a compliance issue, he said. “If we didn’t have compliance issues with paper, we wouldn’t be doing this.” But Laskowski also says the focus of Electronic Logging Devices will help to reduce fatigue.

He says the “underbelly” of the trucking industry will fight the proposed rules, but hopes the government will consider the source of such arguments. “I have yet to see one logical reason why we shouldn’t be bringing in ELDs.”

“You’re always going to get some pushback for just any kind of mandate. People just don’t like being forced,” said Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association. “This is about Hours of Service compliance management – not about the Hours of Service. If you need a logbook today, you’ll need an ELD tomorrow.”

But the rollout of ELDs can make a difference in operating procedures.

“It’s as much training and learning for the operations group as it is for the drivers themselves, as to how you can do it, what you can do, and what you can’t do,” said Gary Arnold, president of Manitoba-based Arnold Bros.

Windsor, Ontario-based Onfreight Logistics has had to recover trucks and drivers who have run out of hours, and customers had to be educated about the impact of tightly controlled electronic logs, said Steve Ondejko, fleet president and chairman of the Ontario Trucking Association. Rack loads and other low-priority loads sometimes have to be parked in favor of those critical to a company’s production, and the fleet has also opened additional terminals in Kentucky and Pennsylvania to support the shift.

“It’s not only putting ELDs in. It’s actually educating the customer. Educating our operations people to understand the good way of doing business,” Ondejko said. “It’s really a change in the way you do business.”

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking



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Canada Introduces Revised SmartDriver Program
Trucking News

"This program will help meet the trucking industry's growing demand for safe, fuel-efficient drivers while educating existing operators on improved driving techniques. The real savings come in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, helping meet Canada's domestic and international climate goals," said Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources.

Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, on Jan. 8 announced a redesigned online SmartDriver for Highway Trucking (SDHT) program to help the commercial trucking industry reduce operating costs while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. The industry faces rising fuel costs and an increased need for reduced emissions, according to the Canadian government.

The revised program has been developed in consultation with industry and is Natural Resources Canada's flagship training program for commercial truck drivers offers, offered online, in classrooms, and with on-road training materials help drivers and instructors improve their driving efficiency.

SDHT learning materials are available free of charge to drivers, fleets, and training organizations. For more information, visit the FleetSmart website at www.FleetSmart.NRCan.gc.ca.

"Natural Resources Canada's SmartDriver for Highway Trucking program has been a key component of the Ontario Truck Training Academy's entry-level commercial driver training program for over a decade. This modernized program will help OTTA continue to outline the benefits of fuel efficiency and educate drivers on the impacts of safe, energy-saving driving behaviors," added Yvette Lagrois, president of the Ontario Truck Training Academy.

Source of article click here : OHS

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Healthy Trucker to release educational videos
Trucking News

LONDON, Ont. – Healthy Trucker has announced a new series of wellness training videos for drivers.

Videos will be released weekly during the Healthy Fleet Challenge, and will be open to all participating teams. The training videos have been created to help drivers get the education they need to make better choices while out on the road.

“Most of the drivers we talk to are willing to do the work and make the healthier choices, but they simply lack the knowledge of what to choose,” said Andrea Morley, lead nutritionist and health coach at Healthy Trucker.

The average professional truck driver gains seven pounds a year, according to Healthy Trucker, which takes an incredible toll on their health over their lifetime. From limited healthy options available in truck stops, to a sedentary job behind the wheel, the odds are stacked against people to wish to maintain or improve their level of health when they become a driver.

The videos will be hosted in the Healthy Team app, where all Healthy Fleet Challenges are held. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices, making it easy for drivers the access the information while on the road.

The videos will be a great complement to the education provided in the Healthy Fleet Challenge. Videos will be released each week of the 2018 challenge, which will run during the following months:

Leg 1: January & February

Leg 2: May & June

Leg 3: September & October

If you would like your company to be included in the Healthy Fleet Challenge to gain access to the trainings, email info@healthyfleet.com.

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Ryder opens facility in London
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Ryder's new facility was recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ryder's new facility was recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

LONDON, ON – Ryder System has opened a new logistics operating center in London, Ontario, to serve Eastern Canada and support more than 3,000 cross-border freight moves per month.

The 30,000-square-foot facility at 1205 Green Valley Road includes offices and cross-docking space, and there’s also parking for 286 trailers and 162 tractors. There are 210 drivers based at the facility, along with 55 Ryder employees.

Inbound shipments from the U.S. will be unloaded here and sorted before being shipped out within 24 hours.

“This facility is a key element of our cross border operation between Canada and the U.S.,” said Gene Sevilla, vice president – international supply chain solutions. “It enables Ryder to continue to grow in the Canadian market, and further supports Ryder’s handling of cross-border freight movements on behalf of North American retailers and manufacturers in various industries.”

The new facility is open 24 hours per day.

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