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Roadcheck blitz scheduled for June 5-7
Trucking News

GREENBELT, Md. – The annual Roadcheck inspection blitz will run from June 5 to 7 this year, and compliance with hours of service will be a special focus in the wake of a new U.S. mandate for electronic logging devices (ELDs).

“The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours of service violations,” says Christopher Turner, president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), which coordinates the blitz. “Thirty-two percent of drivers who were placed out of service during last year’s three-day International Roadcheck were removed from our roadways due to violations related to hours-of-service regulations. It’s definitely an area we need to call attention to this year.”

While hours of service rules remain unchanged, the ELD mandate that took hold on Dec. 18 places a “spotlight” on compliance, he said. “We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”

During the blitz, inspectors across North America will  largely follow the 37-step procedures for North American Standard Level 1 inspections, examining drivers and vehicle fitness.

Checks will include brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

Inspectors will also be watching for factors including seat belt use and impairment by drugs or alcohol.

About 17 trucks and buses are inspected per minute during the annual event, which includes Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Since 1988 more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during Roadcheck campaigns.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Pooches and pickup truck stolen in Edmonton found in central Alberta
Trucking News

"Rocky" and "Jersey," two Old English Bulldogs stolen recently, are shown in this undated handout photo. Two dogs stolen last Monday were reunited with their owners this weekend after they were located unharmed in Rimbey, Alberta.

RIMBEY, Alta. — Two old English bulldogs named Rocky and Jersey who were in a pickup that was stolen last week have been reunited with their owners after being found in central Alberta.

Jersey, a brown three-year-old female, and Rocky, a six-month-old black-and-white male, were in the cab when the truck was taken from outside a business in Edmonton on March 12.

The owner was inside for about 20 minutes and, when she came out, the vehicle was gone and there was nothing left but glass on the ground.

The truck, which was also hauling an all-terrain vehicle, was found on Friday morning in a rural area by Rimbey RCMP.

Residents found Rocky and Jersey roaming around the next day.

They were unharmed.

No suspects are in custody and police continue to investigate.

They say the stolen ATV has not been found. It's a black-and-yellow 2016 Can-Am DS 90 with Alberta plate GDA50.

Source of article click here : Metro News

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Police seek missing woman
Trucking News

OTTAWA, Ont. – Ottawa Police are searching for an ex-truck driver who has gone missing.

According to reports, Nicole Lenz, 43, was last seen on February 4 at around 8:30 p.m. in Ottawa near Carling Avenue and Merivale Road. She was a patient at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

Lenz is Caucasian, 5’6” with brown hair and brown eyes.

Nicole Lenz

Her husband of 20 years, Ioannis Ziegler, a truck driver, is currently reaching out to the trucking community to help locate her. He has placed missing person flyers with photos of Lenz up and down the Trans-Canada Highway in an effort to help locate her. Ziegler says his wife has no identification, cell phone, or money on her person.

Ziegler added he believes his wife could be with other truck drivers as being an ex-driver herself, she feels very comfortable around big rigs.

Anyone who know where Lenz could be is urged to called the Ottawa Police Service Missing Persons Unit at (613) 236-1222 ext. 2355.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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TomTom Introduces New GPS Device for Truckers in North America
Trucking News

Mid-America Trucking Show -- TomTom (TOM2) today announced the launch of the new TomTom TRUCKER – a GPS navigation device specifically developed to help truckers get to their destination more efficiently. The new GPS device, which comes in two sizes, comes with a Lifetime TomTom Truck Maps subscription for the US and Canada, now updatable over Wi-Fi, as well as tailored routing which guides drivers to carefully selected points of interest (POIs) for trucks such as fuel stops and travel centers. The TomTom TRUCKER is compatible with Siri voice recognition software and Google Now – allowing truckers to access their personal assistant with their smartphone safely tucked away.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

More Efficient Journeys
The TomTom TRUCKER ensures efficient journeys by providing customized routes for a truck’s dimensions, weight, cargo and max speed, while giving a realistic arrival time. The GPS device includes over 1,500 travel center POIs.

Predict and avoid traffic
Traffic – both on highways and secondary roads – can be avoided with the TomTom TRUCKER, and alerts for imminent traffic ahead helps avoid sudden braking. The GPS navigation device also shows how far ahead the stopped traffic or accident blackspot points are, as well as locations where accidents are more common.

Mike Schoofs, Managing Director, TomTom Consumer, comments: "With the new TomTom TRUCKER, life on the road has just got that little bit more relaxed with traffic predictions, alerts and routes tailored to the size and weight of your vehicle – and even the cargo that you’re hauling. Plus, we’ve added Wi-Fi, so keeping your maps up to date is easier than ever.”

The TomTom TRUCKER 620, with its 6” screen is available to purchase on the TomTom webstore, Amazon, and at select National Travel Centers and truck stops. It retails for $329.99 USD / $429.99 CAD. The TomTom TRUCKER 520, which has a 5” screen, is available to purchase on the TomTom webstore and Amazon for $299.99 USD / $399.99 CAD.

Source of article click here : Business Insider
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Ontario Trucking Group Asks to be Considered for Immigrant Workforce Program
Trucking News

The Ontario Trucking Association has asked to be included in a government program that allows immigrants who work in certain sectors to be considered for permanent resident status.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, through which provinces nominate immigrants who contribute to the workforce for permanent resident status, is geared toward jobs requiring “in-demand skills.”

The trucking group needs such skills. It wrote to Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Laura Albanese asking whether trucking could eventually be considered to participate in the pilot.

“I think trucking has as good a case as any for inclusion in this,” OTA Policy and Public Affairs Director Jonathan Blackham told Transport Topics. “I think some will see this as a way to recruit and attract more labor.”

Ontario uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to indicate jobs based on skill level. The main job groups are divided into five levels: 0, A, B, C and D.

NOC level 0 refers to management positions, such as restaurant managers or shore captains. Level A jobs are those that require a university degree, like doctors and architects. Level B encompasses jobs that require trade school, such as chefs, plumbers and electricians. Level C positions require high school degrees and job-specific training and include butchers, food servers and truck drivers. Level D refers to labor with on-site training, such as fruit pickers and oil field workers.

The program, while usually restricted to NOC levels A, B, and 0, is being opened to seven C- and D-level occupations in the agriculture and construction sectors for the pilot.

“The NOC codes selected for this stream were based on labor market needs and input from trade unions, employers and other key partners,” said Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration spokeswoman Sara Amash. “The province of Ontario will closely monitor the pilot and make adjustments as necessary to ensure it meets the needs of employers.”

Trucking, which is classified level C, has had scant access to this program.

Trucking representatives have taken umbrage at the industry’s C-level classification. Blackham said that this classification means “essentially unskilled” is a misrepresentation of what it takes to be a commercial driver.

Blackham said that OTA and its parent group, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, have long argued for truck driving to get upgraded to NOC level B. He noted that, while every province’s immigrant nominee program is slightly different, some provinces allow truck drivers to participate in such programs.

“Our goal as the association has been actively lobbying to have truck drivers upgraded in terms of their skills classification,” Blackham said. “In the meantime, when it comes to [the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program], the fact that they’re now willing to look at class C for some jobs mean we have a glimmer of hope.”

Like America, Ontario struggles with a truck driver shortage. According to the Conference Board of Canada and the transportation research firm Canadian Pacific Consulting Services, the industry is on pace for a truck driver shortage of 34,000 drivers by 2020.

Although Blackham said trucking’s admittance into program probably would not fix the driver shortage completely, he did say it would make an important difference.

“We’ve got a severe driver shortage here. I don’t think this will be the silver bullet to solve the driver shortage here, by any means, but I do think that this is something that companies can take advantage of if they’d like,” Blackham said. “It’s so pronounced that I don’t think that any one program could just solve the driver shortage. I do think that carriers are looking for all the ways to recruit drivers that they can.”

Amash said that the Ministry is engaging with partners and weighing feedback from employers to determine the success of the pilot program. The agency recently hosted its annual Minister’s Employers Tables event to present the pilot program and garner feedback on how to improve the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. Blackham attended and made a case for trucking, mentioning the driver shortage. He said that Albanese and her staff listened and asked questions.

Amash said the administration has not arrived on a decision as to whether the trucking association will be admitted to participate in the program in the future.

“[It’s] too early at [this] stage, but we always consult with various stakeholders through any pilot project,” Amash said.

Source of article click here : Transport Topics

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OPP arrest delivery truck driver with open bottle of liquor in the vehicle
Trucking News
59-year-old St. Clair Township man faces list of charges

A St. Clair Township delivery truck driver who was pulled over by provincial police Sunday did not have insurance or plates, but he did have an open container of liquor.

The 59-year-old was arrested after reports of a drunk driver on Bentpath Line.

Provincial police found the allegedly impaired man behind the wheel of a large Stirling delivery truck and charged him with the following offences:

  • Driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood
  • Driving a commercial vehicle without a commercial vehicle operator's registration
  • Driving a vehicle without plates
  • Driving a vehicle without insurance
  • Driving a vehicle with an open container of liquor

 Source of article click here : CBC NEWS


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Spring truck weight restrictions start in central frost zone
Trucking News

Spring truck weight restrictions in the central frost zone will start Friday, March 16, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Winter load increases have ended and spring load restrictions are already in place in the south, southeast and metro frost zones.

Road restriction maps showing the locations of weight-restricted routes and those state highways open to maximum 10-ton axle weights are listed at Click on “seasonal load limits,” and then “spring load restrictions.” Also available is a text list of the restricted segments and exceptions to the map.

Overweight permits for more than 80,000 pound gross vehicle weight will continue and new permits will be issued if all axle and group weights are legal.

Up to full-summer overweight permits can be issued during the spring load restriction period only on interstate through movements.

Middle-range overweight permits become available within each frost zone when spring load restrictions are lifted. Full-summer overweight permits become available two to three weeks after spring load restrictions are lifted.

Ending dates for spring load restrictions are variable and based on how weather is affecting roadway strength.

For questions about the legal weight and size “heavy haul” trucking call MnDOT’s Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations department at 651-296-6000. For enforcement questions, call the State Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement at 651-405-6196 and select Option 3 and then Option 3.

MnDOT will report dates on its 24-hour automated message center at 1 800 723 6543 for the U.S. and Canada, and locally at 651 366 5400 for the Minneapolis/St.Paul area.

 Source of article click here : Morrison County Record

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OPP begin week-long blitz to curb distracted driving
Trucking News
TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are once again heading out in their Class 8 truck to try to catch distracted drivers across the province.

OPP Superintendent Tony Cristilli said the police service would use every tool available to it to run a week-long blitz to help bring awareness to distracted driving.

Highway Safety Division (HSD) Staff Sgt. Kerry Schmidt posted a video to his Twitter showing the white OPP tractor ready to go out on the road moments before a Monday press conference in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) announcing the campaign.

The OPP has two of the Class 8 tractors. Earlier this year they were unveiled as an additional tool for patrolling highways in the GTA. When they aren’t being used for enforcement, the trucks are normally used to haul police cars between divisions.

Schmidt has said in the past that using the Class 8 trucks as patrol vehicles gives officers the advantage of height, allowing them to see into the cabs of other trucks, as well as giving them a bird’s eye view on unsuspecting drivers in passenger vehicles.

While other recent blitzes have focused on commercial motor vehicles, the current enforcement initiative is not targeting any specific kind of driver, but all road users, Cristilli said.

Police will not just be looking for cell phone users behind the wheel, but for any activity, such as eating or reading, that takes a driver’s focus off the road.

The penalty for being caught driving while distracted is a $490 fine, and three demerit points for a first offence.

“In 2017, the Ontario provincial police investigated 83 motor vehicle deaths in which inattentiveness was an underlying factor,” said Cristilli. “Since 2009 – the year when Ontario’s distracted driving laws took effect – 692 people have died at the hands of inattentive drivers. Distracted driving is a danger to all road users.”

Increasing regular blitzes focusing on distracted driving are one of the methods the OPP is using in its attempt to raise awareness about the issue and bring the number of collisions caused by inattentiveness too zero.

 Source of article click here : Truck News

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Class D renewal requirements change in Ontario July 1
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – Class D license holders in Ontario will have new medical and road test requirements beginning July 1, 2018.

The Ministry of Transportation released its new guidelines for medical reports and testing for Class D license holders, bringing them in line with other commercial driver licenses in the province.

Starting on July 1 Class D license holders up to age 80 will be required to complete a knowledge test and vision test every five years when renewing their driver’s licenses. Previously no knowledge and vision tests were required for drivers under the age of 65, although they’re required for other license classes.

Class D licence holders will also be required to complete a medical report every five years if they are under the age of 46, every three years from ages 46-65, and annually for drivers aged 65 and older. Under the old regulations medical and vision tests were not required for Class D licenses until drivers turned 80.

Drivers operating with their Class D licenses in the United States will see no changes to that county’s regulations and are still required to provide proof of medical certification.

Those drivers who fail to provide the proper medical documentation on time to the Ministry of Transportation could see their Class D license downgraded to a Class G license, the ministry said.

The road test requirements for the license remain unchanged, and will still only be required if drivers accumulate three demerit points or have an at-fault collision until they reach the age of 80, when a road test becomes an annual requirement.

The ministry says the new requirements bring the Class D license in line with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) standards, which are the basis for the Canada/U.S. medical reciprocity agreement.

A ministry spokesperson said ensuring Class D drivers are held to the highest medical filing standards will strengthen road safety.

 Source of article click here : Truck News

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Isuzu Testing Battery-Electric Cabover
Trucking News
Photo of electric plug on NPR courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America showed a battery-electric N-Series cabover at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis that's now serving as a research vehicle to allow the manufacturer to gauge interest from fleets who would use the truck for certain applications.

The regular cab NPR has been equipped with battery technology that's still under development and would be rated as a Class 5 vehicle with a 19,500-lb. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The vehicle at the show was modified by Nordresa, a Laval, Quebec, Canada company that manufactures electrified powertrains for commercial vehicles.

"Isuzu continues to develop and grow in order to support a new generation of transportation needs and address escalating customer requests for a potential electrical truck," said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada. "Commercial truck customer needs vary by market."

The company has begun discussions with its fleet customers who have requested a battery-electric cabover, Skinner said.

"By deploying this truck that utilizes an EV system engineered by one of the North American companies we are working with, and other companies with different electrical systems, we will be able to develop the right trucks for our customers’ needs," Skinner said. "There is no doubt that all-electric trucks are part of the future of commercial vehicles; they are part of our future as well."

Source of article click here : Truckinginfo

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Driver dead after 3-vehicle crash on Route 11 near Six Roads, north of Tracadie
Trucking News
Passenger in the vehicle is taken to hospital with serious injuries

RCMP say the driver of the transport truck went down an enbankment, stopping about 20 feet (about six metres) from a nearby road after being involved in a three-vehicle crash.

RCMP say the driver of the transport truck went down an enbankment, stopping about 20 feet (about six metres) from a nearby road after being involved in a three-vehicle crash

A man was killed in a three-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Route 11 near Six Roads, about 15 kilometres north of Tracadie, police say.

RCMP said it appears the man was driving a vehicle that crossed the centre line and collided with a transport truck hauling logs south on Route 11.

The man, from Cantons-de-Basque, died at the scene. A female passenger in the car was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m.

Sgt. Marc Beaupre said the driver of the transport lost control after the front wheels of the truck came off. The transport went off the overpass across the Chemin Grand Carey and dropped down an embankment about 100 feet (about 30 metres).

Overturned transport

The transport driver suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash. (RCMP)

"The transport finally came to a stop about twenty feet from the road but the transport landed on the snowmobile trail."

Beaupre said it was fortunate no snowmobiles were travelling on the trail.

He said the 43-year-old driver was taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the third vehicle, a 27-year-old woman, could not avoid the collision, but she and her two children, both under the age of five, were not injured, police said. 

An RCMP accident reconstruction team went to the scene.

Traffic was detoured around the area at Losier Settlement on Route 150 until Chemin Grand Carey for most of the afternoon.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
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Thousands of boxes of cereal donated to Glace Bay Food Bank
Trucking News
Donation arranged by Cape Breton native who returns annually for hockey tournament

An 18-wheeler filled with cereal and other Kellogg products was unloaded Tuesday at the Glace Bay Food Bank.

An 18-wheeler filled with cereal and other Kellogg products was unloaded Tuesday at the Glace Bay Food Bank.

A man who left Glace Bay, N.S., as a 16-year-old to play hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League now returns every winter to lace up for the area's annual Vince Ryan Memorial Hockey Tournament.

And Fraser MacAulay doesn't come empty-handed.

MacAulay, 59, is retired from the shipping and receiving department of the now-closed Kellogg distribution centre in London, Ont.

Over the last 22 years, he has arranged for the donation and delivery of thousands of boxes of cereal and other Kellogg's products to the Glace Bay Food Bank.

On Tuesday, he was on hand as about 50 volunteers unloaded an 18-wheeler packed front-to-back with Kellogg products.

"It means a lot, you know what I mean?" said MacAulay. "You can hear about stuff like this here, but when you're actually hands-on and you see it, it's a huge eye-opener, so it's great that Kellogg is great enough to be able do stuff like this here."

Fraser MacAulay

Fraser MacAulay, 59, is retired from the shipping and receiving department of the now-closed Kellogg distribution centre in London, Ont. (Gary Mansfield/CBC)

Food bank co-ordinator Kimberly MacPherson watched the boxes being unloaded.

"It gives so much community spirit and smiles," she said. "Everybody here is laughing, smiling and helping their community.

"We're so thankful for all the cereal for the community. It's not just for us, but it's for other food banks in the community, daycares. It's also for camps in the summertime."

Even the transportation is donated. For more than 10 years, Sydney-based S&M Trucking has been sending an 18-wheeler to Ontario to bring back the donation.

"It's been absolutely amazing to not have to buy it," MacPherson said. "You look at some of the cereals, it can be $5, $6 a box.

"There's some families that can't afford it and they may have six children at home. There's some schools that use it for their breakfast program, so it's just awesome. It's incredible."

Once the food bank donation is wrapped up, MacAulay will turn his focus to the Vince Ryan hockey tournament, billed as one of the largest recreational adult tournaments in the world.

Admittedly, he said, at his age the tournament is more a social than a sporting event.

"It's nice to get back to see your friends," he said. "You kind of feel like a kid again, no responsibilities. Come down, play some hockey, tell some stories, and visit these folks down here [at the food bank.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Life as a Driver
Trucking News
Erb Transport

In previous stories we’ve looked at how to become a truck driver. To recap you need a CDL license available through a school or through a trucking company which operates their own school. Research carefully as Pennsylvania schools are not licensed or regulated so consider those that offer national accreditation or Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) Certification. For more information visit Professional Truck Driving Institute. You’ll receive a combination of classroom/lab hours and behind-the-wheel instruction.

But what’s it like to BE a driver?

Meet Bill Schuler who has worked for Erb Transport in Elverson, PA, since August 2011. This isn’t Bill’s first stint behind the wheel. His previous driving was for his produce business, either hauling his own produce or picking up at the Baltimore docks to sell at farmers’ markets. After closing his business, Schuler wasn’t ready to retire and, with his he CDL license already in hand, was hired by Erb Transport.

Erb Transport is Canadian-based and with most loads going to Canada, this is the start of every run Schuler makes. From there he’ll pick up another load and either head back to the U.S. or elsewhere in Canada. A third load will follow and at that point he usually heads home. Normally he’s on the road anywhere from 12 to 14 days and once in a while three weeks.

Not every load is direct or a full trailer. If he’s hauling LTL – Less Than Load – meaning each shipment is less than a full truckload, he may stop four to six times in a general area before picking up another shipment and heading to a new destination.

In his first year alone Schuler was in the 48 contiguous states and all 12 Canadian provinces, and a trip out west is usually a two-week run. And his 2015 truck? It has over 400,000 miles on it already. “It’s something I enjoy,” Schuler says, “but I understand that not all drivers care for it.”

In that case Erb Transport works with drivers’ preferences for length of time away and distance where possible. As an example the Canadian trips are an option. While many want to go, there is an opportunity to choose as driving to Canada requires additional paperwork and approval to cross the border among other extras. Schuler says, “They’re very workable.”

How long Schuler is home depends on how long he’s been gone. He’s usually home one to two days after a one week trip; for a two week or longer run, it’s three days off, sometimes four.

Life on the road works just fine for Schuler. Figuring out where the truck stops and rest areas are comes with experience (as well a book that details them). This has become more important with the advent of electronic logs as it is harder to find a place to park as more drivers are stopping when they should.

His cab has all the comforts of home. Seriously. Microwave, grill, refrigerator, double bunk, laptop, heat and air conditioning. Even a TV that has its own antenna in the truck. He takes most of his food with him, not only to cut expenses from eating out, but also to have a healthier diet.

So what’s not to like? Schuler as an older driver (he’s 66), prefers day driving. His biggest complaint? “Other drivers that try to take advantage such as pulling out in front of you. Trucks carrying 80,000 pounds driving 60 miles per hour can’t just stop,” he says.

As far as Erb Transport goes, Schuler couldn’t be happier. “They’re very good to work for, very conscientious. The people are polite and courteous.” He feels assured knowing they run excellent and fairly new equipment. His 2015 truck should be replaced with a 2018 soon. His truck is always serviced and ready to go to minimize breakdowns. Any concerns are dealt with quickly.

While Schuler may want to stay closer to home sometime in the future, he has no plans to retire.  “I don’t know what I’d do if I retired,” he says. “I get enjoyment and pleasure from working, but am happy to be home for a couple of days rest in between trips.”

Source of article click here : Lancaster Online
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Challenger joins forces with Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada
Trucking News

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Challenger Motor Freight announced today that it will be covering the cost of any initial 12-month membership to the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC) for all of its female drivers.

“We were very excited when Challenger approached us with this idea. It shows how committed Challenger is in supporting WTFC and women in the trucking industry. The goal of the WTFC is to recruit, support and mentor women in a profession that is overwhelmingly male,” said Shelley Uvanille-Hesch, founder of the WFTC. “I encourage other companies to follow Challenger’s lead.”

Benefits of becoming a member of the WTFC include being part of a social committee where you will help encourage the employment of women and promote their accomplishments, access to helpful perspectives and success stories from other professional drivers, exclusive information on how to live a better life on the road
with health and safety tips.

Kim Gould, recruiting manager of Challenger Motor Freight headed up the initiative.

“At Challenger, we recognize the importance of women in the transportation industry, and understand the obstacles often facing female drivers. Challenger is proud to support their drivers and their involvement with the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada,” she said.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Kenworth La Sarre moves into larger facility
Trucking News

LA SARRE, Que. – Kenworth La Sarre has moved into a new 12,000 sq.-ft. facility to support its customers in Northwestern Quebec.

The dealership sits on 5.7 acres, about six kilometers southeast of its previous site. It offers lots of parking space, a 5,200 sq.-ft. parts warehouse, and 800 sq.-ft. of parts display. It also has a six-bay service department.

Kenworth La Sarre’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The dealership is located at 745 Route 111 East. The phone number is 819-333-2251.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Travel through U.S. border ports at yearslong ebb
Trucking News

Two lines of semi trucks wait to clear customs at the U.S. Border crossing at Pembina, ND, this week.

GRAND FORKS—The loonie isn't stretching its wings quite like it used to.

At least, that's part of the story told by statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and backed up by observers in Grand Forks who say border crossings from Canada have ebbed over recent years as a weak Canadian dollar—known by many in the north as the loonie—has kept Manitoban visitors home.

Chris Misson, assistant area port director for the CBP, has been working on the border for the past two decades. Though he says there are other factors that influence the flow of traffic from Canada into Minnesota and North Dakota, he points to the relative strength of the currency as a strongly correlating variable.

"When the Canadian dollar is strong, car traffic seems to be up—and when it gets fairly weak, car traffic goes the same," Misson said. "Whatever year the dollar started to decline, the traffic started to decline."

The reduction in Canadian visitors, who come to the U.S. border states for recreation, shopping and business, is felt in local economies that have welcomed spending from their northern neighbors. And last fall, CBP proposed reducing hours at two of its Minnesota ports, at Lancaster and Roseau, citing lagging rates of traffic.

Despite the weakening of the loonie, commercial traffic into the U.S. held relatively steady over the four-year period between the start of fiscal year 2014 and the end of 2017.

The port in Pembina, N.D., sees the most truck traffic of all the U.S. ports of entry in the two-state region and logged a total of almost 214,220 vehicles through the most recently completed fiscal year. That's down about 14,700 from the total counted in fiscal year 2014.

The largest declines are in the number of passenger vehicles that move across the border, a statistic that might reflect the more price-conscious mindset of recreational travelers. Those drivers seem to most often enter the U.S. by way of the port in International Falls, Minn.

That port ended 2014 with more than 520,000 passenger cars making the crossing. It closed out the last full fiscal year with just about 413,500, making for a 20 percent decline over the four-year period.

Crossings in Pembina, the second-biggest port for automobiles, saw a decrease in volume of almost 25 percent over that same period, hitting just under 277,250 cars for fiscal year 2017. Traffic through Grand Portage, Minn., the third-largest port, shrank by 24 percent in that time to land at just over 235,000 vehicles.

The close ties between economic trends and cross-border travel isn't a new phenomenon, Misson says, and has been something he's noted throughout his career.

The Canadian dollar can be exchanged now for about 77 cents American. It got up above 80 cents in January but hasn't been at par with U.S. currency since 2013, which is about when traffic started falling off at ports of entry.

The reduced flow of visitors has trickled down Interstate 29 to Grand Forks, which courts both recreational and business interests from Manitoba. The province has been targeted both by local ads and, thanks in part to the strong U.S. dollar, by a statewide push to brand North Dakota as a tourist destination.

Julie Rygg is executive director of the Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, which draws funding from local hospitality taxes. As such, she has a finger well on the pulse of the local tourism scene, which has long benefitted from Canadian residents on weekend getaways.

Rygg says 2015 seems to be the year when metrics like occupancy rates started levelling off in Grand Forks, followed by a steady decline the year after.

She thinks the exchange rate has a lot to do with that.

Barry Wilfahrt, president and CEO of the local Chamber, also points to the loonie when talking about Canadian travel, adding that he believes that 80 cents to the dollar is the price point to watch.

"Whenever it gets below that mark, it has an impact on people coming down," he said. "I'd rather see it at 90 cents, or even at par."

 Source of article click here : The Jamestown Sun

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Insurers’ tips to trucking clients: how not to lose your loads
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If you want to keep your cargo safe, it’s best to keep it moving, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) warns.

Linked to the involvement of organized crime, cargo theft is described as an “epidemic” in Canada, with a total loss of $181 million in stolen cargo and equipment between 2014 and 2017.

“Any loaded trailer with cargo in it that’s sitting is at risk,” says Wayne Hummel, a cargo and auto theft investigator for IBC. “My suggestion to anybody with a load, don’t leave it sitting. If you have to leave it sitting, have some kind of security on it, especially if it’s an expensive load. They will take anything, they can sell anything. They can move anything.”

Many heists occur when trucks and trailers are parked for the night in trucking yards, Hummel says.  While unsecured yards can be “a free-for-all,” thefts can occur in secured yards, too.

Much of what gets stolen does not sit around for long.

“These loads move very quickly,” Hummel says. “We lose loads of meat on a monthly basis. Sometimes they are sold before they are stolen. Or as soon as they see it, they know where to get rid of it.”

To keep things moving, some companies use multiple drivers for the same trip. The drivers rotate or sleep in shifts so that they don’t have to park the truck over long-haul trips. “I can guarantee you, those people rarely lose loads, because they are not unattended,” Hummel says.

Another popular method of theft is to take advantage of a network of companies that bid on contracts to drive loads for clients – and then take off with the cargo.

“Fraud is becoming a bigger part of it — all the online brokerage stuff,” said Hummel. “The brokers put their loads out to be sub-brokered, and somebody will bid on that load. They end up winning the bid, they pick it up, they are a fictitious company, and your load’s just been stolen.”

One of the primary ways to combat cargo theft is to report it, Hummel says. IBC’s investigative services division has been operating the Cargo Theft Reporting program since 2014. Many occurrences of cargo crime go unreported by vendors, IBC notes, because transport companies do not want their insurance premiums to increase if they report a loss.

When cargo has been reported stolen, police have been able to recover the load with a fair degree of success, considering that organized crime rings are able to sell loads quickly, Hummel says.

In 2017, the IBC cargo unit issued 1,632 alerts of thefts to law enforcement. Of those, 445 involved cargo. The value assigned to the stolen merchandise was over $46 million. As for recoveries last year, law enforcement was able to recover 223 loads at a value of over $17 million.

Thieves aren’t discriminating about the loads they sell off, although organized criminals involved in cargo theft like to target grocery or food products. These are the easiest products to offer for resale quickly and efficiently.

That said, with non-perishable products such as brand-name products, the thieves can afford to keep the product stored somewhere and try and negotiate a better price for the load. If it’s a brand-name product, they know somebody is going to buy. “They can unload that trailer into a warehouse and they can keep that property,” Hummel says.

IBC’s Cargo Theft Reporting program is still relatively new, so it will take some time to establish enough baseline information about thefts to be able to identify whether there are any trends up or down.

 Source of article click here : Canadian Underwriter

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OTA implores government to include truck drivers in nominee pilot program
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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is asking the provincial government to remember truck drivers as it reviews its stance on how it classifies certain occupations under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Historically, Ontario has restricted the use of the OINP – which allows workers to be brought in with permanent resident status – to occupations classified in NOC skill level A, B and 0.

With truck drivers being classified as NOC ‘C’, the Ontario trucking industry has had very limited access to this program since it was founded. However, the government has launched a limited trial pilot being conducted with a few select NOC ‘C’ occupations in the construction and agriculture sectors.

The Ontario Trucking Association has written to Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Laura Albanese, asking whether trucking could also be eventually considered since it is currently experiencing an acute driver shortage.

Since the next opportunity to change this classification does not arise until 2021, the OTA said  it is asking the government to include truck drivers as part of the ‘In-Demand Skills’ stream pilot of the OINP.

“While the industry remains committed to our longer-term goal of moving from NOC C to B, access to the OINP could play an important role for some Ontario carriers to bridge their current labour shortage,” said OTA Jonathan Blackham, director of policy and public affairs.

OTA emphasized how trucking is grappling with a shortage of professional workers unparalleled by most industries.

“Unlike other industries, such as manufacturing, truck driving is an occupation that cannot be offshored or shipped overseas. Overall, demand for trucking remains strong, with the industry’s share of the total transportation sector only growing. As well, with one of the oldest workforces in the country, the trucking industry is facing a ‘demographic tsunami,’” the letter points out.

 Source of article click here : Truck News

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Trucking Industry Stakeholders Call for Canadian Govt’s to Move Quickly on ELDs
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TORONTO, March 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teamsters Canada, the Private Motor Truck of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance are calling on governments to move quickly in the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. The major groups representing trucking interests across Canada are asking the federal and provincial governments to all commit to a process that would see a publication of the final rule by June 2018 and the ELD rule enforced in each province by December 2019.

The three groups believe the safety benefits of ELDS cannot be delayed and that an 18-month transition will allow industry and governments to properly transition to the mandate.

The groups issued the following mutual public statement:

The majority of carriers and drivers have and will always put safety first. However, ELDs will end the supply chain encouraging and turning a blind-eye to companies and drivers breaking hours of service rules to meet shipment needs by falsifying paper log books. By forcing all companies and drivers to obey federal hours of service rules we are making Canada’s roads safer. As a result of ELDs, drivers and carriers will be more compliant with HOS regulations, contributing to reduced collisions and other negative activity associated with distracted driving. We are encouraging all levels of government to expedite this regulation through their legislative process by making it a top priority.

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Truck maker Navistar raises 2018 forecast amid strong demand
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Navistar International Corp (NAV.N) on Thursday raised its full-year revenue and truck delivery forecasts amid strong market demand.

The truck maker said it now expects 2018 revenue in the range of $9.25 billion to $9.75 billion, compared with its previous guidance of $9 billion to $9.5 billion.

The company raised its forecast for deliveries of Class 6-8 trucks and buses in the United States and Canada to between 360,000 and 390,000 units, from 345,000 to 375,000 units.

"We expect market conditions to remain robust and we are determined to take advantage of opportunities to grow share while delivering strong margin performance," Chief Executive Troy Clarke said in a statement.

Orders for Class 8 semi-trucks in North America jumped more than 76 percent in February as trucking companies rushed to add capacity in a tight U.S. freight market, FTR, a company that tracks the industry, said on Sunday.

Navistar also said revenue in the truck business, the company’s biggest, jumped 21.8 percent to $1.25 billion in the first quarter.

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The company’s total revenue rose nearly 15 percent to $1.91 billion, but missed the average analyst estimate of $1.92 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net loss attributable to the company widened to $73 million from $62 million. On a per-share basis, the loss was 74 cents in the quarter ended Jan. 31, compared with 76 cents in the year-ago quarter.

Source of article click here : Reuters

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