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1 dead after truck crashes into parked transport truck on Hwy. 403 in Mississaug
Trucking News

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.

He said a septic truck crashed into the back of a disabled transport, which was parked on the shoulder and being serviced by a maintenance worker.

A 27-year-old old Milton man was pronounced dead in hospital, police said. Another man suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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

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Greyhound to discontinue service in Western Canada
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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 and Quebec.

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

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Construction to begin on Gordie Howe bridge
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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 relationship.”

Bridging North America includes multiple construction, engineering, architecture, finance, law, and bridge operation businesses.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Michelin applauds B.C. for increasing weight limits on super singles
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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 tires.

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

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Trailer Wizards buys Montreal’s CSP
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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 repairs.

“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

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Businesses already feeling the change from tariffs
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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 jobs.

An uncertainty that’s heightened by the ongoing NAFTA re-negotiations, which Trump says he will delay signing until after midterm elections.

This as Canadians online threaten to stop buying American goods and boycott travel plans to the country.

Source of article click here : CHCH

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Mullen Group Ltd. Closes Acquisition of Canadian Hydrovac Ltd.
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OKOTOKS, Alberta, July 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (TSX:MTL) Mullen Group Ltd. ("Mullen Group", "We", "Our" and/or the "Corporation") announced today the closing of the acquisition of Canadian Hydrovac Ltd. that was previously announced on June 19, 2018.

The transaction has been conditionally approved by the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") subject to providing TSX with the required documentation.

Mullen Group is a company that owns a network of independently operated businesses. The Corporation is recognized as one of the leading suppliers of trucking and logistics services in Canada and provides a wide range of specialized transportation and related services to the oil and natural gas industry in western Canada - two sectors of the economy in which Mullen Group has strong business relationships and industry leadership. The corporate office provides the capital and financial expertise, legal support, technology and systems support, shared services and strategic planning to its independent businesses.

Mullen Group is a publicly traded corporation listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MTL". Additional information is available on our website at or on SEDAR at

For further information, please contact:
  Mr. Murray K. Mullen - Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President
  Mr. P. Stephen Clark - Chief Financial Officer
  Mr. Richard J. Maloney - Senior Vice President

121A - 31 Southridge Drive
Okotoks, Alberta, Canada  T1S 2N3
Telephone:  403-995-5200
Fax:  403-995-5296

Source of article click here : Markets Insider

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Peel testing off-peak deliveries
Trucking News

BRAMPTON, Ont. – Peel Region, on the western edge of Toronto, will run a pilot project to test off-peak deliveries between July and December – and it has recruited some major operations to participate.

Participants include the LCBO, Loblaw Companies, PepsiCo, Walmart Canada, and Weston Foods. The region’s Smart Freight Centre will support the project with expertise from the University of Toronto, McMaster University and York University. Deloitte Canada will be advisors on the project.

The goal is to help optimize highways and other major arteries in the area, focusing on where freight is moving, maximizing existing infrastructure, and seeing what infrastructure could benefit from new investment.

Other Canadian jurisdictions have tried similar projects. When introduced in Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Games, off-peak deliveries saw total truck volumes drop 37% during congested periods. During the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, about 100 businesses and more than 500 receiving locations participated in similar work.

2009 pilot study of off-peak deliveries in New York City saw participants realize a 30% drop in costs, shorter delivery times, and lower parking fines.

“The region is looking forward to working with these business champions to implement the OPD pilot,” said Gary Kocialek, director of transportation. “Peel Region’s goods movement industry contributes $48.8 billion worth of GDP to the regional, provincial and national economy and recognizes the importance of helping to alleviate congestion within the broader regional transportation system. The off-peak delivery pilot will help understand how using our existing infrastructure more efficiently can reduce congestion, improve business operations, while supporting the quality of life within our communities.”

Financial support is being provided by Metrolinx and The Atmospheric Fund (TAF).

“Transportation is the second largest source of carbon emissions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and unfortunately they keep rising” says TAF CEO Julia Langer. “By shifting deliveries to off-peak hours, the Peel pilot will pave the way to reduce truck-related emissions as well as congestion and travel times for commuters.”

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Eaton forms new eMobility business
Trucking News

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Eaton is banking on an electric future for trucking and has formed a new eMobility business to provided the industry with a wide range of electric power solutions.

Most famous for its transmissions, Eaton is also well established in the electrical field and formed the new business by combining products, expertise and global manufacturing capabilities from its electrical and vehicle groups.

Scott Adams

“We’re known to be more of a mechanical type provider in transmissions, but we really do know electricity and electric power,” Scott Adams, senior vice-president of product strategy and sales for the eMobility business segment told in an interview. “We have a really strong depth of understanding of electricity and with our heritage in the vehicle space, we’re able to blend our electricity knowledge with our vehicle knowledge.”

Eaton is investing about US$500 million into the new business over the next several years. It anticipates the vehicle electrification market will grow to include 15 million pure battery-electric vehicles and another 30 million hybrids by 2030. Its prime focus will be on intelligent power electronics, power systems, and advanced power distribution and circuit protection for both automotive and commercial vehicle customers.

Despite this sharp growth in electrification, Adams said it will be a while before fully electric heavy trucks become the norm. But the journey to an electric future will begin with smaller steps, such as the electrification of certain components, and eMobility has a role to play there as well.

“We believe adoption will happen from a regulatory perspective,” Adams said. “Over time, as they get into the second and third phases of the greenhouse gas (GHG) Phase 2 rules, some electrification will be used to achieve those limits. There are a lot of drivers. There’s a regulatory push and a customer pull.”

The move to full electric power will likely begin with light-duty vehicles and locally driven commercial trucks. Mild hybridization is likely to come first, as battery cost and weight remains a challenge for Class 8 longhaul trucking.

An Eaton on-board charger.

“The challenge, really, is the cost of the batteries and the weight of the batteries,” said Adams. “But we do see adoption happening.”

Adams said the eMobility business is ready to hit the ground running and should generate about $300 million in revenue this year from its current electrified portfolio. It projects revenues to grow to $2-$4 billion by 2030. The business will be headquartered in Southfield, Mich., with design centers and manufacturing locations in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It already employs about 1,200 people.

Existing products offered by the new business include DC/DC converters, power distribution units, hybrid and battery-electric transmissions, and high-voltage fuses.

Eaton says it has more than 15 years of experience developing hybrid systems, with more than 15,000 on the road globally. It also makes the high-voltage, fast-acting fuses found in nearly half of the electric cars in the world.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Ancra International becomes Ancra Cargo
Trucking News

WOODSTOCK, Ont. – Ancra International has changed its name to Ancra Cargo.

The name change went into effect July 2. The company says its core mission remains the same.
“The company will continue to operate in its current structure, and contacts will remain unchanged,” Ancra Cargo announced in a release. “Other than these visible changes, there is no difference in ownership or staff. No adjustment whatsoever will be necessary regarding remittance name and address in our customers’ systems. Office location, email, phone, and fax numbers will also remain the same.”

Ancra Cargo Canada remains based out of Woodstock, Ont.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Tractor trip for Ontario couple promoting Canadian dairy ends in tragedy
Trucking News

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 occurred.

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 industry.

“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

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Big Freight Systems to Merge With Kelsey Trail Trucking
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Big Freight Systems
Big Freight Systems

Winnipeg, 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 and trailers.

“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

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Truck driver charged in deadly hockey bus crash released on $1,000 bail
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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, Saskatchewan.

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 case.

“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

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PIC awarded for use of smart transponders to expand bypass opportunities
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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.”

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Cyclist struck by tractor-trailer driver suffers life-threatening injuries
Trucking News

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. 

The 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

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Canadian town to require daily or annual permits for access to roads
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Trucks will require a permit to operate in the town of Fox Creek in Alberta, Canada. The town’s revised road use agreement will go into effect Aug. 1. Fees range from $35 daily permit to operate off a heavy vehicle route to a $5,000 annual fee for small fleets.

Beginning Aug. 1, truckers will need to purchase a $35 permit for each 24-hour period to operate or park their truck off the designated heavy vehicle route. Fleets consisting of one to 10 trucks can purchase an annual permit for $5,000 or an individual annual permit for $2,500.

For fleets with more than 10 trucks, the annual fee will increase $5,000 for every 10 units. For example, fleets with 11-20 trucks will cost $10,000, and fleets with 21-30 trucks will cost $15,000.

According to Roy Dell, Fox Creek’s chief administrative officer, there are currently no fleets running in the area with more than 20 units. Dell said he does not expect any larger fleets. However, if larger fleets find the annual fees to be a hardship, the town may consider revisiting the bylaw.

Trucks are allowed to access the town only via the designated truck route, which includes these routes:

  • Kaybob Drive from Highway Avenue to Third Street East (Bypass Road)
  • First Avenue from Main Street to Third Street East (Bypass Road)
  • Third Street East (Bypass Road) from Highway Avenue to town boundaries (north of town)
  • Second Avenue from Third Street East to First Street East
  • First Street East from First Avenue to Highway Avenue
  • Main Street from First Avenue to Highway Avenue
  • First Avenue from First Street East to Second Street East
  • B Avenue

Drivers of heavy vehicles are prohibited from operating or parking their trucks on a highway in Fox Creek without first obtaining a permit. A heavy vehicle is defined as a vehicle weighing more than 16,500 pounds or longer than 32 feet in length.

In cases where the gross weight is more than 140 percent of the certificate weight, only an individual permit can be issued. An extra fee of $100 for every 2,200 pounds (1,000 kilograms) above the certificate weight will be tacked on. Amendments to permits will cost an extra $35.

A triaxle group that exceeds approximately 37,500 pounds (17,000 kilograms) will require a Transportation Association of Canada permit at $100. TAC permits are annual permits for a fleet with up to 10 trucks.

For a list of all permits and associated fees, click here.

Fines range from $350 for operating a heavy vehicle off designated routes without a permit to $5,000 for companies that continue to operate in the town without a road use agreement.

Permits are not required for drivers who are passing through. Truckers driving on Highway 43 that need to stop for fuel, food, parts or emergency repairs will be able to do so without a permit.

In a public notice issued June 29, the town of Fox Creek noted consolidation of its traffic control bylaw and an amended road use agreement. Earlier this year, several truckers received a notice about the road use agreement that was to go into effect June 12. Due to confusion and a general misunderstanding of the agreement, the town revised the agreement and moved the effective date to Aug. 1.

In a letter sent to one trucking company earlier this year, Dell noted that over the past few years the town has noticed roads in industrial areas have “taken a harsh beating from all the truck traffic it has encountered.”

According to the letter, 90 percent of trucks operating in Fox Creek are from out of town, making it impossible for the town to collect taxes to repair the roads. Despite money drivers spend in the town for fuel, food and lodging, that tax revenue is not enough to cover the costs of road repairs that the town claims is a direct result of the increased truck traffic.

“We do not want to chase business away from Fox Creek, but we also do not want to create a hardship for our local companies that are paying taxes here in Fox Creek,” Dell wrote.

For more information, visit, call 780-622-3896 or email

Source of article click here : Landline

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Class D changes effective July 1
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TORONTO, Ont. — July 1 marks Canada Day, but in Ontario it will also mean tougher standards for renewing Class D licences, as the province brings related medicals and knowledge and vision tests in line with other commercial classes.

Class D licence holders up to 80 years old will now be subject to a Class D knowledge test and vision test every five years, when they renew their licences. Air brake knowledge tests for a Z endorsement will occur at the same time. Drivers 65 to 79 years old, with three demerit points or an at-fault collision on their record, will have to take a road test as well.

Medical reports will have to be submitted every five years for those under 46, three years for those 46-64, and annually for those 65 and older. Forms will be mailed to licence holders 90 days in advance of the due date.

A Class D licence allows someone to drive any truck or vehicle combination exceeding 11,000 kg, provided that the towed vehicle weighs less than 4,600 kg.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Starship Freight celebrates 30 years in business
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Starship Freight Celebrates 30 Years as a Third Party Logistics Provider

GEORGETOWN, Ont. — Starship Freight celebrated its 30th anniversary on July 1.

The company had modest beginnings with three employees back in 1988 and originally operated in Mississauga, Ont.

The third-party logistics industry was in its infancy. Michael McDonald, the founder and president explains: “It was a relatively new concept then with a low cost of entry. Freight broker operations were starting up and disappearing quickly as many did not have the finances or acumen to run a business properly. That all got sorted out with time. Early on, we initiated our 3C philosophy. A guiding principle that ensured each shipment we accepted was a win for our Customer, our Company and the Carriers we used.”

The move to Georgetown in 2002 allowed Starship to upgrade their facilities and accommodate for future growth. By this time, the firm had developed a strong niche in cross border dry van activity between Ontario and Quebec and to and from U.S. states east of the Mississippi. Longer haul lanes of Texas and California were growing and domestically they served the intra-provincial traffic between Ontario and Quebec and connected those markets to Western Canada by road and rail.

The company is now 24 people strong including many members of the McDonald family. The company has more than doubled in size since relocating to Georgetown. Their future growth plans include the expansion of their specialized services like flatbed and reefer commodities. They see having dedicated Starship teams managing these areas giving customers added comfort and security with their more specialized LTL and truckload requirements.

“The time has gone by quickly and we have come a long way since those early days,” McDonald said. “I’ve found if you take one day at a time, do what you say, do it consistently and stand behind the services you offer, success will surely follow. Having a great team that truly cares about the outcomes we deliver is the foundation this company has been built on.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Peel Region begins Off-Peak Delivery pilot
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BRAMPTON, Ont. —  The Region of Peel will begin its first Off-Peak Delivery (OPD) pilot project running July through December, in participation with LCBO, Loblaw, PepsiCo, Walmart Canada, and Weston Foods.

The objective of the project is to help optimize highways and major road networks within Peel and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

Deloitte Canada will be acting as advisors on the project while the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and York University will contribute their expertise through the Smart Freight Centre, an initiative led by the Region.

“The Region is looking forward to working with these business champions to implement the OPD pilot,” said Gary Kocialek, Region of Peel director of transportation. “Peel Region’s goods movement industry contributes $48.8 billion worth of GDP to the regional, provincial and national economy and recognizes the importance of helping to alleviate congestion within the broader regional transportation system. The off-peak delivery pilot will help understand how using our existing infrastructure more efficiently can reduce congestion, improve business operations, while supporting the quality of life within our communities.”

Metrolinx will provide a financial contribution to support the research and innovation component of this initiative, which aligns with the Metrolinx Regional Transportation Plan.

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) will also provide project funding, supporting the agency’s mandate to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution in the GTHA.

“Transportation is the second largest source of carbon emissions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and unfortunately they keep rising,” added TAF CEO Julia Langer. “By shifting deliveries to off-peak hours, the Peel pilot will pave the way to reduce truck-related emissions as well as congestion and travel times for commuters.”

To learn more about the Region of Peel Goods Movement program, click here.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Volvo Trucks N.A. partners with FedEx to test platooning vehicles in live condit
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Three Volvo VNL cabs equipped with platooning technology get ready to roll on the Triangle Expressway in North Carolina.

RALEIGH, NC — Volvo Trucks North America drove a long-held secret down North Carolina Highway 540 today.

In the first successful on-highway demonstration of platooning technology between a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company, Volvo and FedEx working closely with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) took three trucks on the road to showcase their advanced driver assisted technology.

Volvo has kept its partnership with FedEx under wraps for about a year, using Volvo VNL 300 day cabs and a Volvo VNL 670 sleeper cab first on closed tracks in South Carolina and then for the last three  months on the North Carolina Triangle Expressway — an area designated by the NCTA as a testing place for autonomous vehicles — to adapt its platooning technology developed in Europe for the North American market.

“Traffic’s different here, roads are different here, speeds are different here, so we have to make sure its all working well,” said project manager Franklin Josey.

The testing partnership has involved using regular FedEx vehicles as a control group with the platooning vehicles to measure the fuel savings for the company. Brandis said the fuel savings could be as much as 10%.

The “platoon” consisted of three trained, professional truck drivers in Volvo VNL tractors, each pulling double 28-foot trailers. Through cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC), a wireless vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology, the tractors and trailers remained in constant communication. The tractors and trailers traveled at speeds of up to 62 mph while keeping a time gap of 1.5 seconds, maintaining a closer distance than what is typical for on-highway tractors. Staged and unplanned vehicle cut-ins demonstrated how the technology handles common traffic situations.

Older model Volvo cabs were used in the experiments because Volvo had yet to release its new model VNL cabs when the testing began, but going forward the partnership plans to use the newer VNL line.

Part of the modifications to the cabs  included adding antennas to the front of the trucks to facilitate communication between the lead and the following units. In order to get an accurate line of sight, those pieces need to be high up and as far forward as possible. Additional sensors on the bottom of the bumper work with automatic braking technology to allow the trucks to slow down in tandem.

Keith Brandis, vice president of product planning Volvo Trucks North America, says the technology will be tested in stages, but Northern U.S. states and Canada shouldn’t expect to see platooning trucks on the road soon.

Volvo is aiming to perfect the technology in good weather before it takes on the challenges associated with operating during high winds or ice build-up.

If the trucks lose connection at any point — whether due to debris or car cutting in between — the system is designed to automatically slow the vehicle and signal the professional driver to take over. The truck will then try to re-establish a connection when it becomes possible.

While N.C. 540, with it’s fairly stable climate conditions and proximity to Volvo N.A. headquarters, has proven to be a good start to the testing ground, Brandis says the plan is to work with law-makers to expand testing into adjacent states.

Just 10 states in the U.S. allow platooning vehicles to be tested on live highways. Brandis says one of the stumbling blocks to developing the technology are lagging regulations.

Volvo hopes to work with federal regulators in the U.S., as well as state officials not only to ease the path to testing in more places, but to create federal standards for manufacturers working on the technology.

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