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CFIA inspects after video shows pigs crammed into transport truck in B.C.
Activist who filmed video says pigs didn't have enough room to stand or lie down comfortably
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will conduct
inspections to gather more information about the shipment of pigs shown
in a video posted online by an animal-rights group in Kamloops, B.C.
video published by Kamloops Animal Rights Movement and Advocacy shows
pigs piled on top of one another in a transport truck on what the group
says was a "sweltering" hot day last week.
Kira Blaise shot the
video and says the pigs didn't have enough room to stand or lie down
comfortably, and were forced to push into and climb on top of one
She adds that one pig's face was being stepped on by another and it was breathing shallowly.
Pippus of the animal advocacy group Animal Justice says federal law
prohibits crowding animals in transport, and guidelines indicate that
animals must be given more space on hot days.
But she says the law
doesn't make clear what constitutes crowding, and pigs can be trucked
for up to 36 hours without a break for rest, food or water.
Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Missing man's truck found badly burned near Stead, Man.
Was only a short distance from his home; disappearance is suspicious, say RCMP
A month after he disappeared, police have found a Manitoba man's truck — badly burned — a short distance from his home.
Karl Otto, 66, was seen driving his truck on May 29. Later that day,
he was spotted out working in a field by his home near Stead, Man.
hasn't been seen since. RCMP say his disappearance is suspicious, and
are renewing calls for the public to come forward with any information
about his whereabouts.
Otto is described as 6-foot-2 and about 200 pounds. He has blue
eyes and grey hair that is balding. Police say he was last seen wearing
black jeans, a gold watch and black casual shoes.
He drove a 2005 White Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended Cab with grey decals on the box.
Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP in Selkirk at (204) 482-1222, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
Stead is located about 78 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Canadian Trucking Alliance Unveils 10-Point Plan to Improve Compliance, Safety
Traffic crosses the Ambassador Bridge into Canada.
In an effort to help trucking groups and government
agencies work together on improving safety, the Canadian Trucking
Alliance has created a 10-point action plan.
The action plan, released July 10, presents ways in which
CTA and provincial trucking associations aim to work with Transport
Canada and local government agencies on strengthening compliance with
issues such as hours of service and distracted driving.
Headquartered in Toronto, CTA represents 4,500 carriers
and maintains provincial outposts in Vancouver, British Columbia;
Calgary, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Montreal and
Moncton, New Brunswick.
“Our board took the position that there were multiple
opportunities to improve truck safety strategically,” CTA President
Stephen Laskowski told Transport Topics. “The fact of the matter is
there are opportunities to raise the bar with truck safety, in
particular if we emphasize those small percentages of carriers and
drivers that don’t embrace the culture of safety or compliance.”
First among CTA’s points is the intention to introduce
regulations mandating that all carriers install electronic logging
devices by the end of 2019. Canada published the first draft of its ELD
rule in December, about the same time that the United States’ ELD
mandate was taking effect. The proposed rule still is in the review
Canada’s proposed ELD rule applies only to federally
regulated carriers, which are defined as those that operate across
provincial boundaries and into the United States. Provincial governments
will have to adopt their own laws for the mandate to apply to carriers
that operate only within individual provinces.
“From an industry perspective, we would like to see that rule enforced by the end of 2019 or early 2020,” Laskowski said.
The plan also includes goals to work with government
agencies and vehicle manufacturers to explore the feasibility of certain
technologies, such as forward-facing cameras, in-cab devices that
monitor distracted driving behavior and advanced driver assist systems.
Additionally, the plan mentions assisting provincial law enforcement
officers with on-road safety pre-screening technology to identify errant
vehicle operators and training such officers to recognize human factors
that contribute to wrecks.
According to the plan, other goals include working with
government agencies to develop a better system to identify trucking
companies and drivers who pose safety risks as well as creating a “best
practices” guide to help those who purchase transportation systems
identify unsafe operators.
CTA’s plan also aims to encourage provinces to introduce
mandatory entry-level training (MELT) for truck drivers. The alliance
plans to work with government agencies and industry representatives to
develop a distracted driving awareness module to be incorporated into
training programs for commercial vehicle drivers.
The unveiling of CTA’s plan coincides with Alberta
government officials announcing an initiative that will explore
establishing a MELT program for commercial drivers.
“Safety on Alberta roads is a top priority and a
commitment of our government,” Alberta Transportation Minister Brian
Mason said in a statement. “We have laid the groundwork for changes that
will enhance safety and improve services for Albertans. Now we need to
hear from Albertans and stakeholders about the best approach.”
Laskowski acknowledged that the April collision between a
semi-trailer and the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey
team, which killed 16 and injured 13, was a catalyst for developing this
A court date for the truck operator involved in the crash
is scheduled for late August. The carrier for which the driver worked
was suspended shortly after the incident, and Laskowski said the Alberta
government’s forthcoming audit of the carrier will be “of great
interest to the trucking industry.”
“The actions in our action plan are in some ways a
reflection on what may have happened and what we know needs to happen,”
Laskowski said. “Just like in the United States, the vast majority of
owners and truck drivers are professionals and they know what needs to
be done. Unfortunately, there is a small segment of our industries that
Source of article click here : Transport Topics
Brake blitz grounds 12.4% in Canada
GREEBELT, Md. – A surprise Brake Safety Day inspection blitz in
Canada and the U.S. put 1,595 trucks out of service for brake
violations on April 25, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
There were 11,531 inspections conducted overall, 1,457 of which were
in Canada. While 12.4% of inspected trucks were grounded in Canada, 14%
were placed out of service in the U.S.
The blitz included 41 states along with 11 Canadian provinces and territories.
Several jurisdictions also focused on antilock braking systems (ABS).
Of the 8,128 air-braked trucks and tractors that needed ABS, 10.2%
Trailers didn’t fare quite as well. Of the 5,331 that were inspected, 14.3% had ABS-related violations.
Of the 1,299 inspected hydraulic-braked trucks that required ABS, 3.5% recorded ABS violations.
“Inspecting, identifying and removing commercial motor vehicles with
brake violations from our roadways is critical to the safety of the
traveling public,” said CVSA president Capt. Christopher Turner with the
Kansas Highway Patrol. “Brake systems that are improperly installed,
neglected or poorly maintained reduce braking efficiency and increase
stopping distances of trucks and buses, posing a serious transportation
Researchers found that 45.5% of trucks involved in brake-critical
crashes had brake violations, compared to 29.9% of the trucks in crashes
of the same type where braking was not a relevant factor, the U.S.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports in its Large Truck Crash Causation Study.
Brake Safety Week blitzes are scheduled for Sept. 16-22.
Source of article click here : Truck News
Alberta company acquires Three Star Trucking
SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. – Vertex Resources Group has acquired Three Star
Trucking, an environmental services company that provides fluid
hauling, pressure truck, hot oilers, and combo vac services in Western
The purchase adds more than 270 pieces of equipment to Vertex’s
fleet, including high-pressure fluid hauling trailers, which enable the
company to offer propane, butane, and NGL fluid hauling services.
“Through acquiring Three Star, we are adding an experienced
management team and operators to Vertex in addition to strengthening our
service lines in Saskatchewan and the United States,” said Terry
Stephenson, CEO and president of Vertex. “Three Star’s proven customer
base, experienced management team, and safety program allows us to
confidently expand this service line. With the completion of this
acquisition, Vertex will be the leading provider of fluid hauling
services in Western Canada and will have the capacity and experience to
continue serving these clients while growing Three Star’s United States
Three Star was established in 1962 and is licensed to haul
condensate, NGL, butane, and propane between Canada and the U.S., with a
federal transportation licence in five states.
Headquartered in Sherwood Park, Alta., Vertex, which completed the
acquisition for $8.9 million, launched in 1976 and is a provider of
environmental services, employing approximately 750 people.Source of article click here : Truck News
Tractor trip for Ontario couple promoting Canadian dairy ends in tragedy
A woman has been killed and her husband injured in Saskatchewan after the tractor they were driving collided with a semi-truck.
The Ontario couple had been travelling across Canada in the tractor to promote the country’s dairy industry.
On Monday morning, Bettina and Henk Schuurmans, both 55 years old, were
driving on Highway 16, just north of Saskatoon, when the crash
Bettina died in the collision and Henk was transported to hospital with
critical injuries. He has since been stabilized, according to a
spokesperson from Medavie Health Services.
SaskMilk said the couple’s family and friends have been notified. The
organization said the couple, from Elmira, Ont., was travelling across
the country in the John Deere tractor to raise awareness about the dairy
“SaskMilk and Saskatchewan dairy farmers were devastated to hear about
the accident,” Joy Smith, from SaskMilk said in a statement. “Henk and
Bettina are not just fellow farmers, but friends, and the loss of
Bettina and the injuries to Henk are very painful.”
The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the crash.
Source of article click here : CTV News
Big Freight Systems to Merge With Kelsey Trail Trucking
Manitoba-based Big Freight Systems, a division of Daseke Inc., on July 5
announced it is merging with Kelsey Trail Trucking, which has locations
in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Innisfil, Ontario.
Kelsey Trail will become a division of Big Freight and
keep operations intact. The operations combined have nearly 750 tractors
“While we will operate somewhat autonomously, we will
share many resources — there is a lot of synergy between the two
companies,” Big Freight President Gary Coleman said. “Big Freight hauls
single flatbed trailers throughout the United States and Canada, while
Kelsey Trail is the largest dedicated B-train operator in Canada, with coast-to-coast truckload and LTL service.
“Kelsey Trail also has a regional B-train operation in
Ontario and Quebec. We’ve never competed for freight, but now we’ll be
able to work together in some creative ways. That’s exciting for both
companies, and it will be a benefit for our customers. It will give us a
competitive edge and more freight opportunities.”
Kelsey Trail Trucking President Jim Clunie said, “We’re in
our 38th year, while Big Freight is celebrating its 70th year. Our
values, passion for the industry and our penchant for customer service
is very much alike. I’ve had others knock on our doors but have never
been inclined to sell or merge. We’ve been very successful.
“But, the opportunity with Big Freight was different, and
what our two companies can do together is very exciting. What’s more,
Big Freight is a part of Daseke, which represents the largest
asset-based flatbed operation in North America. This combination led us
to the merger.”
Big Freight also will have access to Kelsey Trail’s new 42,000-square-foot facility north of Toronto.
Source of article click here: Transport Topics
Truck driver charged in deadly hockey bus crash released on $1,000 bail
Transport truck driver Jaskirat Sidhu walks out of provincial court after after a hearing in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Tuesday.
A Canadian truck driver charged in connection to a horrific bus crash that left 16 people dead was allowed to walk free Tuesday — on $1,000 bail.
“I’d prefer he be kept in jail, but we don’t have a choice in that,”
said Russell Herold, whose son Adam died in the crash. “The process is
what it is.”
Speaking to CBC News on Tuesday after the bail hearing,
Herold was joined by other grief-stricken parents and family members
who also lost loved ones in the April 6 bus accident in Melfort,
Many of the deceased were members of the local Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, whose players range in age from 16 to 21.
In spite of this, a judge released Jaskirat Singh Sidhu — the
29-year-old truck driver — on bail thanks to an agreement between his
defense lawyers and prosecutors. The young man is accused of causing the
fatal bus crash by failing to stop at a flashing stop sign.
“This prevents unnecessary delays in court proceedings,” explained defense attorney and legal expert Brian Pfefferle.
While defendants are typically granted bail in Canada, a judge can
deny their release depending on the circumstances surrounding their
“At least they put some conditions on it,” Herold said, in reference
to Sidhu’s release. “The bail seems low, but I guess if you go by the
law — he doesn’t have a prior record and hasn’t tried to flee so I guess
this is common.”
Sidhu may be a free man at the moment, but he must abide by a number
of rules while his case is being heard. His bail conditions require that
he stay at his home in Calgary and follow a curfew. He must also
surrender his passport — and his banned from driving.
The victims’ families
believe Sidhu was not properly trained to drive, and they’re now suing
both him and the trucking company he worked for. He is due back in court
on Aug. 21.
Source of article click here : New York Post
PIC awarded for use of smart transponders to expand bypass opportunities
EDMONTON, Alta. – Partners in Compliance (PIC) has been awarded for
its use of smart transponders to expand weigh station bypass
opportunities for the Alberta trucking industry.
PIC, an Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) initiative,
received the award from the Intelligence Transportation Systems Society
(ITS) of Canada with its top award for projects on three levels – larger
metropolitan, provincial, and federal levels.
“This award honors the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch (CVEB), Alberta Transportation,
and the Alberta Motor Transport Association for their forethought in
adopting a smart transponder-based system, which allows them to
sustainably grow the Alberta PIC program bypass,” said Janneke van der
Zee, general manager of ITS Canada. “It’s clear from the results that
provincial officials made a good decision in choosing this technology
for providing weigh station bypasses. It fulfills ITS Canada’s objective
in achieving the highest and best possible use of the latest technology
to improve efficiency of the Canadian highway transportation system and
the safety of the motoring public.”
Drivewyze has been a big reason for the expansion of the bypass
program in Alberta. As Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze,
pointed out, the number of weigh stations with bypass have nearly
tripled in the province from 23 to 56, with nearly 56,000 participating
PIC member trucks taking advantage.
“Our technology can stand on its own or as an addition to the
existing technology commercial vehicle enforcement agencies use in
offering weigh station bypass,” Heath said. “By utilizing the cellular
network and the GPS-based geo-fencing capabilities Drivewyze offers, the
Alberta PIC program not only delivers more bypass opportunities at more
locations for members, but also opens the door to other future freight
mobility and safety initiatives.”
Drivewyze is also working toward providing PIC members access to
driver safety notifications and electronic inspections in the near
future, something PIC director Andrew Barnes is looking forward to.
“I think this award confirms and reinforces the belief we held 18
months ago that partnering with Drivewyze would provide our members a
great opportunity to leverage the work they do in meeting the program
requirements,” said Barnes. “With all of the additional technology truck
fleets have had to install with recent changes in HOS compliance, it’s
good to see how Drivewyze can help PIC members and their drivers further
leverage that technology as they work to maintain Alberta’s highest
roadway safety ranking.”
The bypass program also helps those on the enforcement side.
“The addition of Drivewyze will help our commercial vehicle
inspection officers automate the processing of PIC members, so they can
conduct inspections while still lowering the volume of trucks entering
and exiting weigh stations,” said Jacquie Daumont, acting chief of the
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Branch. “As a result, they’ll be better able to deal with
ever-increasing truck traffic in the province.”
Cyclist struck by tractor-trailer driver suffers life-threatening injuries
The cyclist, a man in his 20s, was taken to the trauma centre at Sunnybrook Hospital
The truck driver remained at the scene of the collision.
A male cyclist was taken to hospital with life-threatening
injuries overnight Wednesday after being struck by the driver of a
tractor-trailer, Peel paramedics say.
The cyclist, in his 20s, was southbound on Dixie Road near Derry Road in Mississauga when he was hit shortly before 3:20 a.m.
Paramedics rushed the cyclist to the trauma centre at Sunnybrook Hospital with significant injuries.
truck driver remained at the scene and is co-operating with
investigators, according to Peel police. The force's Major Collision
Bureau has taken over the investigation.
Dixie Road is closed to traffic between Director Gate and Mid-Way Boulevard.
Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Kitchener truck driver charged in drug smuggling case
A Kitchener man was found guilty of importing a substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Drago Knezevic was crossing the border from the United States to Canada driving a transport truck in 2011.
During a secondary inspection at the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit to
Windsor, Canadian border officers found two suitcases containing 39
bricks of cocaine
The estimated street value of the drug was $3.9 million.
Knezevic was shipping raspberries from California to Etobicoke.
He was found not guilty during his first trial, when he denied knowing about the drugs.
The Crown appealed, and on July 16, he was found guilty.
He has not yet been sentenced.
Source of article click here : CTV NEWS
Pedestrian dead after being hit by truck in LaSalle
The 50-year-old man was struck late Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Newman Blvd. and Terrasse Newman
The man died in hospital, hours after suffering very serious injuries to his upper and lower body.
A 50-year-old pedestrian has died of his injuries after being struck by a truck in LaSalle.
The collision happened late Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Newman Boulevard and Terrasse Newman.
to police, the truck was travelling south on Terrasse Newman and was
turning right at the intersection. The driver did not see the man
crossing the street.
He was rushed to hospital in critical condition with injuries to his upper and lower body. He died a few hours later.
The 69-year-old truck driver was treated for shock.
Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
Will in-cab cameras survive privacy challenges?
usually consist of one or two cameras, one facing forward the other
toward the driver. Some systems can accommodate as many as nine camera
at various locations around the truck.
TORONTO, Ont. — Canada has a lot of workplace privacy legislation on
the books, some of which can be applied to driver-facing cameras. Some
jurisdictions seem favorably disposed to the video monitoring of
operators (drivers) in safety-sensitive positions, while others suggest
cameras might be OK, as long as no other reasonable mechanism exists to
achieve the same results.
Tobi Cohen, senior communications advisor for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, told Today’s Trucking
that “video surveillance should only be deployed to address a real,
pressing and substantial problem, and it should be viewed as an
exceptional step, only to be taken in the absence of a less
For example, the Commissioner’s Office made submissions to Parliament
regarding Bill C-49, which mandates voice and video recorders in trains
and became law in May.
“In the context of C-49 we acknowledged the impact of audio/video
recordings on employee privacy but based on the evidence put forward by
the Transportation Safety Board, we generally accepted that their use
for safety reasons was reasonable, provided appropriate controls are in
place to prevent use for inconsistent purposes,” Cohen said.
Policy and guidelines coming from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
through the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
(PIPEDA) apply only to federally regulated business, including
inter-provincial and international trucking.
According to Lyndsay Wasser, a partner the McMillan law firm, several
provinces also have legislation in place regarding employee privacy
that would apply to intra-provincial operators. In Ontario, for example,
there is no legislation in the private sector that applies to employee
“That doesn’t mean there are no laws,” she says. “There are tort laws
relating to privacy, such as ‘intrusion upon seclusion’, which is
invading someone’s privacy in a manner that would seem highly offensive
to a reasonable person.”
Typically, monitoring for safety reasons, to track stolen vehicles,
or to improve client service efficiency is more likely to meet the test
for being reasonable than monitoring for employee performance for
management purposes, she says. Usually, but there are no guarantees.
The Quebec division of an international food service company recently
lost a court challenge to its use of driver-facing cameras as a safety
tool. The action followed a grievance filed by the Teamsters Union. In
its decision the Quebec Superior Court ruled — we paraphrase here — that
installing driver-facing cameras was a “preemptive” measure rather than
a response to a specific risk, such as a pattern of repeated driver
errors, which did not warrant such an invasive solution. Less-invasive
measures were available, such as cameras that face forward only.
“We are on record as opposing driver-facing cameras as they infringe
upon a driver’s right to a reasonable expectation of privacy in the
vehicle,” says John McCann national freight director, Teamsters Canada.
“We are satisfied with the Quebec Superior Court ruling that found there
are less invasive ways of monitoring drivers and improving fleet
Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
TORONTO, Ont. – If trucking wants to take advantage of blockchain, it needs to come together and work as one unified team.
That was the message from panelists at this year’s TransCore Link
Logistics’ 20th annual conference at the Markland Wood Golf Club in
Panelists, that included Dave Brajkovich, CTO of Polaris, Jacoline
Loewen, director of business development at UBS Wealth Management, Mark
Southey, executive v.p. of business development at Traffix, and Moe
Sabry, director of IT at TransCore all agreed that the best way for
trucking to be successful with blockchain technology is to work
The trucking industry is just dipping its toes into the water, so to
speak when it comes to blockchain, because many don’t know much about
it, or, don’t know how to get started.
Blockchain is, in simple terms, a digital ledger where transactions
are made and recorded permanently. It is decentralized, in that
information isn’t going to and stored in one place (like a centralized
system), rather, several places.
The greatest advantage blockchain will bring to the industry that it desperately needs, is trust, panelists said.
“Blockchain will eliminate paperwork because there’s trust,”
explained Southey. “Because we have all these nodes feeding information
into a shared ledger…it means that when a warehouse puts 1000 boxes on
truck, there is no question there are 1000 boxes on the truck. There is
no proof required…and then we have trust between the shipper and the
transporter. This negates the bill of lading. Because of that, we can
automate payment. We can automate transfer responsibility. Half of our
industry (with blockchain) can be automated. That’s where blockchain
will have a fundamental shift.”
He added that the trust between driver and employer will also improve.
“Driver behavior won’t be questioned because it will all be
recorded,” he said. “There is no dispute whether an action occurred or
Brajkovich agreed, calling blockchain an API manager on steroids. He
said the greatest advantage blockchain will offer transportation is
quality, speed, and efficiency.
And while many may be panicking saying blockchain could eminate jobs
like dispatchers or other administration roles within trucking,
Barjkovich says this is not the case.
“Those people that handle paperwork today in trucking, they can be repurposed to do more efficient things,” he said.
He said that banks are the leaders in blockchain right now because
they “are leaders together and understand that these paradigm shifts
Right now only 1% of the supply chain industry is using blockchain.
“The industry needs to come together. If we can’t come up with a
singular composed strategy, it’s going to be difficult to implement
blockchain,” Southey said.
Loewen said to those in trucking who don’t know where to get started
when it comes to trucking, should research groups you can join that are
looking into blockchain now.
“There are all these business incubators,” she added. “There are lots
of tiny companies looking for problems to solve. As individuals, go
meet with these people. Give them problems to solve. They will likely
solve them for you, for free. There’s some out of Ryerson University and
some from Waterloo University. Canada is leading-edge with this
stuff..you could go from a five truck trucking company to the next
Walmart of trucking if you wanted to dream that big.”
Source of article click here : Truck News
1 dead after truck crashes into parked transport truck on Hwy. 403 in Mississaug
A person has died following a collision between two large trucks in Mississauga on Monday afternoon, police said.
Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the crash occurred on the eastbound side of Highway 403 near Mavis Road.
said a septic truck crashed into the back of a disabled transport,
which was parked on the shoulder and being serviced by a maintenance
A 27-year-old old Milton man was pronounced dead in
hospital, police said. Another man suffered serious but
The eastbound lanes of Highway 403
were closed for several hours for an investigation. Police said the
highway reopened at 7 p.m.
Source of article click here : Global News
Greyhound to discontinue service in Western Canada
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Greyhound Canada has announced they will
discontinue service in almost all of Western Canada by October 31, 2018.
The only route still operating in Northeast B.C. is the Edmonton to
Dawson Creek bus, which will be shut down. The only route that will
continue to run in B.C. is from Seattle to Vancouver. After the routes
in Western Canada are shut down, Greyhound will only operate in Ontario
Stuart Kendrick, Senior Vice President of Greyhound Canada, said in a
statement, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce these service
impacts for the end of October. We understand that these route changes
are difficult for our customers. Despite best efforts over several
years, ridership has dropped nearly 41% across the country since 2010
within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation
environment. Simply put, we can no longer operate unsustainable routes.”
Last year Greyhound Canada applied to discontinue routes in much of
Northern B.C. including the routes serving Fort St. John and Fort
Nelson. That route ceased operation as of June 1. The B.C. Government
is now operating the B.C. Bus North with service between Prince George
and Fort St. John. Local shipping company, Willy’s Trucking, is now
handling Greyhound freight.
Source of article click here : Energetic City
Construction to begin on Gordie Howe bridge
WINDSOR, Ont.. – Bridging North America has secured the rights to
design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new Gordie Howe
International Bridge between Windsor, Ont., and Detroit.
Construction on the 853-meter cable-stayed bridge is to begin this
year. It will be the longest such bridge of its kind when completed,
featuring six lanes and a 2.5-km trip to cross.
“With over 2.6 million trucks a year crossing between Windsor and
Detroit, carrying $1.6 million in trade per minute, today’s announcement
is critical to the future success of the Canadian trucking industry as
well as to the economies of both Canada and the United States,” said
Canadian Trucking Alliance president Stephen Laskowski.
“During these current trade tensions, let’s not lose sight of the
fact that without the Government of Canada assuming all financial
responsibility for the construction of this bridge, we may not have had
today’s announcement,” he added. “Ottawa’s leadership is benefiting
citizens and businesses on both sides of the border, especially those
who reside in the 30 US states whose largest trading partner is Canada.
The Gordie Howe Bridge is a symbol of the strength of the Canada-US
Bridging North America includes multiple construction, engineering, architecture, finance, law, and bridge operation businesses.
Source of article click here : Truck News
Michelin applauds B.C. for increasing weight limits on super singles
VICTORIA, B.C. –Michelin North America is lauding the B.C. government for increasing the load limits on “super singles.”
The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure increased the
load limits for new-generation wide-base single tires (also known as
super singles) that are size 455/55R22.5 from 7,700 kilograms to 8,500
kilograms last month – making them equivalent to those trucks using dual
The move brings B.C. in line with other provinces allowing the more
eco-friendly choice in tires. The tires leave less of a carbon footprint
through greater fuel efficiency.
Michelin and the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) made
submissions to B.C.’s Climate Leadership Consultation ahead of the Paris
Agreement highlighting the tires among other technologies as tools for
creating sustainable mobility.
The submission said heavy trucks expend an estimated one in every
three tanks of fuel to overcome the rolling resistance of the tires
alone, which is improved with wide-base, single tires.
“B.C.’s openness to well-founded arguments from knowledgeable
stakeholders, such as the British Columbia Trucking Association, on how
to reduce the carbon footprint of the commercial transport sector
benefits the majority of Canadians. Heavy trucks now have the option to
run competitive loads in an uninterrupted and eco-friendly fashion from
coast to coast,” said Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America.
Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
Trailer Wizards buys Montreal’s CSP
MONTREAL, Que. – Trailer Wizards is expanding.
The Canadian company specializing in all things trailers announced
its acquisition of Canadian Service Plus (CSP), an independent trailer
maintenance repair shop.
The purchase will add seven employees and five mobile service
vehicles to Trailer Wizards’ Montreal location, with the aim of
enhancing their ability to service the Greater Montreal Area.
The company said buying CSP was an easy choice because of their
customer service relationships and ability to complete mobile service
“When the opportunity presented itself to acquire Canadian Service
Plus (CSP) it did not take long to see that this would be a great
benefit for Trailer Wizards and our Montreal location,” said Stephane
Morin, Branch Manager.
Trailer Wizards specializes in commercial trailer rentals, leasing, sales, service, parts, and storage.
Source of article click here : Truck News
Businesses already feeling the change from tariffs
Retaliatory tariffs are in full effect against the United States, as Canada strikes back amid rising trade tensions.
Truck drivers who make a living transporting goods across the border
say they’re beginning to feel the pressure of a trade dispute.
As Canadians celebrated the country’s birthday yesterday, $16.6
billion worth of retaliatory tariffs against the US came into effect.
It comes as Donald Trump, who’s already put tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, threatens auto tariffs.
Chuck Burns, a truck driver for steel distributor Samuel Son &
Co., says he’s already noticed a significant slow down in business due
to the tariffs, and he’s not alone in his concerns.
Other truck drivers making multiple trips across the Canada/US border
each week say they’re beginning to worry about the future of their
An uncertainty that’s heightened by the ongoing NAFTA
re-negotiations, which Trump says he will delay signing until after
This as Canadians online threaten to stop buying American goods and boycott travel plans to the country.
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