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$10K reward offered in $150,000 maple syrup heist
Trucking News

A trucking company is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of about $150,000 of maple syrup that was stolen from a holding facility in Montreal.

Police say the sticky-fingered thieves made off with the precious commodity overnight on Sunday, using a transport truck to haul the container trailer.

About three-quarters of the world’s syrup comes from Quebec. It’s worth about 25 times the price of oil.

The 20,000 litre-batch of maple syrup was supposed to be shipped to Japan last Thursday, but Mexuscan Transport had been forced to store the shipment at the holding facility due to a delay.

Police recovered the trailer in the west Montreal borough of Saint Laurent, but the maple syrup was gone.

Alfred Monaco, vice-president of the trucking company Mexuscan, says he's offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the maple syrup because trucking insurance doesn't cover the full cost of the theft. He said his policy has a $50,000 deductible.

Although the theft could prove costly for Mexuscan, it's not the sweetest heist ever pulled off in Quebec. That distinction belongs to the massive maple syrup heist of 2011-2012, in which 2.7 million litres of the stuff were stolen from a warehouse in Quebec. The syrup was estimated to be worth $18 million.

More than a dozen individuals were later arrested in the case.

Source of article click here: CTV News

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Highway 3 construction may be done by October
Trucking News

Customers trying to reach Hwy 3 businesses have had to run a gauntlet of orange cones and detour signs this summer.

“It has been a little more difficult for our customers to get to us,” said Stuart Emich, manager of Pellicci Ace Hardware store on Hwy 3. “It has been inconvenient, but the construction guys have been good about keeping part of it open so people can still get to us.”

City engineer Kevin Schorzman said the Minnesota Department of Transportation project is about 60 percent complete, much of it underground.

“The unfortunate thing about projects like this is it’s going to look like nothing much is being done until they do that final mill and overlay,” he said.

Already completed is the storm sewer work, sidewalk ramps and paving of the roundabout at the 194th Street intersection.

Next week, construction workers will focus on the frontage roads, but work on the bike trail and new signals at Ash and Elm Street intersections won’t be happening until the middle of September.

The final step, chewing up the old asphalt and laying new road, should happen in late September, Schorzman said.

Summer of 2017

Looking ahead to the summer of 2017, construction focus will switch to Hwy. 50 between Hwy. 3 and Hwy. 52. The highway serves as an east-west route between Farmington, Hampton, New Trier and Miesville.

Besides milling and overlaying the road, there will be two significant additions.

Five turn lanes will be installed, one of them at the Fountain Valley Golf Club east of the Hwy. 3 intersection. It’s something owner Carole Olson says has been a long time coming.

“We requested one about 20 years ago and they’re finally getting around to it,” she said. “Hwy. 50 is very, very dangerous. So many of my golfers have come in saying ‘boy, I just about got rear ended!’ It is needed.”

Turn lanes will also be added to Blaine Ave., Albatross Circle, Beaumont Ave., and Berring Ave.

The other modification will change how Canada Avenue (Hwy. 81) and 240th Street East enter the highway.

Because Hwy 50 reaches speeds of 55 mph, getting on and off the road can be tricky.

Both of these intersections require the driver to merge with oncoming traffic.

At Canada Avenue, the two connecting roads will be eliminated. A single new road will be installed that forces drivers entering Hwy. 50 to come to a stop before turning left or right.

“It forces the driver to stop and make a decision,” Schorzman said.

A similar change will be made south of Hampton at 240th.

Tom Eilen owns Eilen & Sons Trucking, located between the two curves. He lost his son Jake in a single-car accident in 2008 on that road. He says in his 20 years at that address, he’s seen more accidents at the 240th intersection.

“It’s a bad deal,” he said of how the road merges onto Hwy. 50. “When they come around the corner, it’s kind of a blind intersection.”

Source of article click here: Farmington Independent

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CSX enhances US-Canada service with door-to-door offering
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Shippers can now tap a new door-to-door intermodal rail service connecting the U.S. and eastern Canada, after CSX Transportation beefed up service to its one of its newest terminals outside of Montreal.

The new service should be particularly attractive to shippers moving goods from the U.S. Southeast into Canada, as capacity in connecting trucking lanes has remained tight due to the ongoing trade imbalance between the two North American Free Trade Agreement partners.

CSX’s Salaberry-de-Valleyfield terminal, which opened last summer, is the first of its kind to offer north-south service to intermodal shippers out of Montreal, railway spokeswoman Melanie Cost told JOC.com Tuesday. The terminal allows shippers to bypass longer reroutes through the Great Lakes via Toronto and Chicago with lanes connecting Montreal along the U.S. East Coast to Florida, northwest Ohio — home of a major CSX hub — and St. Louis.

The new service at Valleyfield includes third morning availability to and from Chicago, fourth morning availability to and from Atlanta and sixth morning availability into Florida. But, Cost pointed out, CSX connections to other major Class I railroads will offer access to West Coast destinations, as well.

The door-to-door transit times compare favorably with CSX’s traditional intermodal transit times from the facility. Intermodal transit times from the Valleyfield terminal to Florida terminals in Jacksonville, Winter Haven and Miami are as low as seven days; as low as six days to St. Louis; and three days to North Baltimore, Ohio.

The new service should prove an asset to shippers looking for additional capacity on northbound U.S.-Canada lanes, where truck capacity has been tight. Over the long-term, cross-border truck traffic with Canada has been inching up after falling last year.

In the first quarter of 2016, however, cross-border traffic was up 3.27 percent year-over-year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Between 2014 and 2015, U.S.-Canada truck traffic declined 0.19 percent, or roughly 11,188 tractor-trailers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Those gains have been lopsided, however. While a strong U.S. dollar and weak Canadian loonie has encouraged exports to the U.S., northbound shipments have been harder to find. In 2015 alone, 52,899 more trucks traveled from Canada into the U.S. than in the opposite direction.

Source of article click here: Joc

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US issues Phase 2 of Greenhouse Gas emissions rules
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The changes will be implemented in three stages through 2027, which is the target year for improving tractor fuel efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions, both by 25%.

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. regulators today issued a Phase 2 final rule governing greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling the rule a more “technology-forcing approach” than its Phase 1 predecessor.

Jointly developed by the EPA and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Phase 2 of the proposed U.S. standards aim to lower trucking’s CO2 emissions by about 1 billion metric tons, cut fuel costs by $170 billion, and reduce oil use by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of the vehicles under the program, all by 2027.

The changes will be implemented in three stages through 2027, which is the target year for improving tractor fuel efficiency and cutting CO2 emissions, both by 25%. Trailers are also part of the Phase 2 focus, with the EPA expecting the industry to find fuel and emissions improvement somewhere between 3% to 9% by 2027.  

The EPA states that tractor efficiencies will primarily be found through technologies around the engine, transmission, driveline, aerodynamics, tire-rolling resistance and idle performance. For trailers, the agency says the industry should be considering low-rolling resistance tires and tire pressure systems for most trailers, plus weight reduction and aerodynamic improvements such as side and rear fairings and gap closing devices.

The EPA notes that most of these technological enhancements currently have a low adoption rate in the industry.

Glen Kedzie, American Trucking Associations vice president and counsel for energy and the environment, responded that “while the potential for real cost savings and environmental benefits under this rule are there – fleets will ultimately determine the success or failure of this rule based on their comfort level purchasing these new technologies.”

The U.S. Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) responded to the Phase 2 rule by calling it a "significantly more ambitious and complex regulatory program with increasingly challenging and more stringent requirements" than Phase 1. The association announced that it's currently reviewing the Phase 2 rule to determine if it aligns with manufacturers’ efforts and customer needs. "If not," states EMA president Jed Mandel, "the Phase 2 program would impose enormous costs on our customers, constrain customer choice, and, as a result, impose significant challenges to its successful implementation.”

EPA estimates that Phase 2 could cost the industry more than $25 billion in upfront costs to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles.

The ATA says it hopes the 10-year phase-in period for the newly-approved regulations will not be “unduly disruptive” to fleets and manufacturers.

“ATA developed and adopted a set of 15 guiding principles to serve as our major parameters for inclusion in the final rule," announced Glen Kedzie ATA vice president and counsel for energy and the environment. "We are pleased that our concerns such as adequate lead-time for technology development, national harmonization of standards, and flexibility for manufacturers have been heard and included in the final rule,” added Kedzie.

The ATA also noted that while today's fuel prices are more than 50% lower than 2008 levels, fuel is still one of the top two operating expenses for most trucking companies. Despite fuel savings from technological enhancements, the EPA estimates that Phase 2 could cost the industry more than $25 billion in upfront costs to buy more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Registration open for Toronto Trucking Association’s 2017 convention
Trucking News
TORONTO, Ont. — Registration is now open for the Toronto Trucking Association’s 2017 Annual Convention.

The 2017 Annual Convention is set to take place in Aruba from February 11-18, 2017. Attendees will be staying the Riu Palace Antillas Hotel — a 24 hour all-inclusive resort located in Palm Beach. It is an adults-only hotel with a golf course nearby.

If you are interested in attending or require more information, please email connie@torontotrucking.org.

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Forty new truck parking spots underway in Delta, BC
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Surrey-Fleetwood MLA and Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender addresses a press conference.

DELTA, BC — Construction has started on a new truck parking facility in Delta, British Columbia, to help at least 40 more commercial drivers find a place to store their vehicle in the Lower Mainland.

The site is slated to open in the fall of 2016, but site preparation on the $2.8-million project began last year.

“Parking facilities for commercial trucks are a much-needed addition to our transportation infrastructure,” announced Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “This new parking facility will help support those working in our trucking industry by providing a safe place to park overnight, with amenities like washrooms and convenient access to major highways.”

The new truck parking facility is being built on provincial land on Nordel Way at Highway 91 in Delta, across from the Nordel commercial vehicle inspection facility. The facility will have room for up to 40 heavy trucks to park overnight and will include lighting, washrooms, garbage cans and a sani-dump.

A $1.87-million contract has been awarded to BD Hall Construction to complete the facility.

“This new parking facility will be welcomed by the trucking industry and we look forward to future additions to parking infrastructure around the province,” said BC Trucking Association president and CEO Louise Yako.

The facility at Nordel Way and Highway 91 is the first of at least two new truck parking facilities, a commitment in B.C. on the Move, the province’s 10-year transportation plan. Evaluations for a second facility in the Lower Mainland are underway.

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Canadian ELD mandate could be in place by spring 2017
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – Transport Canada announced Aug. 3 that it would be proposing to amend the hours of service (HOS) regulations to mandate the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by federally-regulated motor carriers and commercial vehicle drivers.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) said Transport Canada would launch a consultation process which should occur in early 2017 and be followed by the 60-day comment period and a final rule, including a compliance date that the department said would be one or two years prior to the mandate’s completion, which could be published as soon as spring of 2017.

“The momentum is clearly building towards a mandate,” said the president and CEO of the Alliance, David Bradley. “CTA will actively participate in the consultations.”

The CTA said the government would like to have the Canadian ELD law fall in line with the one established in the US by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which proposes a December 2017 compliance date for ELDs meeting the new US technical specifications and December 2019 for existing automatic onboard recording devices.

A release by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administration of a draft ELD technical standard and the release of Transport Canada’s cost-benefit analysis, which the CTA said is likely to show a strong net benefit for an ELD mandate by roughly a two-to-one ratio, will both be taken into account during a consultation process.

The CTA said an ELD mandate would come as welcome news, as it has been advocating for the regulation for over a decade. The alliance also said Transport Canada minister Marc Garneau assured the CTA that he supported an ELD mandate.

“Now we’re seeing his leadership put into action,” said Bradley, who called upon all the provincial governments “to get onboard and start preparing for the introduction of a mirror mandate at the intra-provincial level.”

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Easier access to border
Trucking News

Getting to the Canada/U.S. border in the Lower Mainland will soon be a little easier.

The Governments of Canada and British Columbia today announced a joint commitment of approximately $25.5 million to widen Highway 13 from 8th Avenue to 0 Avenue supporting border enhancements the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has recently implemented at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing.

The Government of Canada is committing just over $10 million through the Building Canada Fund and the B.C. government is committing $15.5 million towards the project.

This project will reduce traffic congestion, facilitate better and more streamlined Canada/United States border access for all traffic and mitigate the impact of border crossing activities on the local road system. As local development in the area continues to grow, along with growth in cross-border activity, there is a need for additional capacity at the border crossing.

In the southbound direction, the highway will be widened from one to three lanes, in order to accommodate a separate NEXUS and truck lane. These improvements on Highway 13 are expected to provide significant mobility benefits to travellers in terms of reduced wait times at the border crossing and overall delays on the corridor. These upgrades will also cut down on vehicle idling at the border, providing positive environmental benefits.

In the northbound direction, the highway will be widened from one to two lanes to accommodate a truck climbing lane. In addition, crews will build a new two-lane east-west connection at 3B Avenue, extending from Highway 13 to 264th Street.

The upcoming improvements are expected to provide mobility and safety benefits to travellers and commercial traffic by creating more room to travel and decreasing traffic congestion. Importantly, the highway upgrades will provide additional capacity at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing to improve movement of people and goods, and to increase tourism and trade.

The infrastructure improvement project is in the design phase now, with the tender expected in spring 2017. Construction will start once the contract has been awarded.

Expanding the capacity of our transportation network is critical to improving safety, attracting new investment and supporting economic growth. As outlined in B.C. on the Move, the B.C. government will invest approximately $1 billion over three years to ensure our network has the capacity and reliability to meet transport and trade needs, with maximum safety and minimal delays.

Source of article click here:Castanet

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Highway 40 West to remain closed for unknown period after fatal tanker fire
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Montreal's Highway 40 West will remain closed for an unknown period around St-Denis Street following yesterday's rush-hour explosion that left a truck driver dead and six other people with minor injuries.

At a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said it's unlikely the highway will be open in time for the Thursday morning rush hour.

The results of tests on the concrete on the stretch of highway where the explosion occurred are expected within the next 12 hours, said Transport Minister Jacques Daoust.

Quebec provincial police said the truck had been carrying 45,000 litres of diesel fuel when it collided with another truck.

Ministry of transport spokeswoman Sarah Bensadoun said there are no restrictions for trucks on the highway.

Four vehicles were involved in the crash. Police have not released the victim's name.

Police say a vehicle was stopped on the highway before the crash. Investigators are trying to determine why the vehicle had been stopped and whether charges of criminal negligence are warranted.

Collision reconstruction investigators for the Sûreté du Québec wrapped up their analysis of the scene Wednesday morning and turned it over to transport ministry inspectors, who are working to assess the structural damage to the elevated highway.

Bensadoun said the charred wreckage of the tanker has to be removed so inspectors can get a better sense of both the damage to the roadway underneath and how long the highway will have to remain closed.

"Everything depends on the extent of the damage," she said.

"After that [evaluation] is done, we'll be able to give you more information about the work that is planned to re-establish traffic.

"We will not compromise safety and security of road users, so we will take the necessary time to work, inspect and finalize everything here," Bensadoun added.

Highway 40 fire damage

The intense heat of the fire bent guardrails and melted asphalt and concrete on the Highway 40 West, known as the Metropolitan, during the fatal explosion in Montreal. (CBC)

Highway 40 East reopened

Highway 40 East was reopened Wednesday morning, and traffic resumed on Crémazie Boulevard East in both directions.

However, traffic was backed up as vehicles tried to get around the closed section of Highway 40 West between Christophe-Colomb Avenue and St-Laurent Boulevard.

Montreal police are asking drivers to avoid the area if possible and use an alternate route to travel west.

Crews worked through the night to clean up the highway after firefighters used foam to put out the burning overpass in the wake of the explosion.

An expert in civil engineering, Bruno Massicotte, who teaches at Polytechnique Montréal, said he estimates it will take the government at least a few days to properly inspect the site.

He said the overpass was built with a series of tubes running through it to lighten the structure. He thinks these tubes may have been damaged. 

"Did the combustible material go into those tubes? Was there fire heating them up?" he said during an interview with CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Saskatchewan set for two new highway interchanges
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SASKATOON, SK — Saskatchewan has announced funding for two new highway interchanges in the growing areas of Warman and Martensville, north of Saskatoon, for Hwy. 11 and 12, respectively.

“These new interchanges in Warman and Martensville will move goods to market faster, increase safety for drivers, and better meet the needs of Saskatoon and area residents now and into the future,” announced Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Hwy. 11 and 12 are integral components of Western Canada’s transportation network. They connect natural resource industries and the agricultural community to key economic trade corridors, West Coast ports, and north-south trade routes to the U.S.

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Mullen Group Ltd. (MTL) Given “Sector Perform” Rating at AltaCorp Capital
Trucking News
Mullen Group Ltd. (TSE:MTL)‘s stock had its “sector perform” rating restated by AltaCorp Capital in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday.

Shares of Mullen Group (TSE:MTL) traded down 1.29% during midday trading on Monday, hitting $16.09. The company had a trading volume of 17,588 shares. Mullen Group has a 52 week low of $13.02 and a 52 week high of $19.50. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $15.17 and its 200 day moving average is $14.56. The company has a market capitalization of $1.67 billion and a P/E ratio of 33.45.

MTL has been the subject of several other research reports. Scotiabank dropped their price objective on Mullen Group from C$17.00 to C$15.50 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, April 22nd. Royal Bank Of Canada lifted their price objective on Mullen Group from C$14.00 to C$19.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 18th. Raymond James Financial Inc. lifted their price objective on Mullen Group from C$16.00 to C$16.25 in a research note on Thursday, July 21st. National Bank Financial raised Mullen Group from a “sector perform market weight” rating to an “outperform market weight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 17th. Finally, CIBC lifted their price objective on Mullen Group from C$15.00 to C$16.50 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 18th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Mullen Group presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of C$17.16.

Mullen Group Ltd. is a supplier of trucking and logistics services in Canada. The Company provides a range of specialized transportation and related services to the oil and natural gas industry in western Canada. The Company operates in two segments: Trucking/Logistics and Oilfield Services. Its Trucking/Logistics segment offers a range of truckload freight services to customers in Canada and the United States.

Source of article click here: Unik Info

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PoV: Oil transport needs more restrictions
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Firefighters stand next to a fuel tanker that burst into flames on autoroute 40 during rush hour after colliding with at least two other vehicles Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Firefighters stand next to a fuel tanker that burst into flames on autoroute 40 during rush hour after colliding with at least two other vehicles Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Last weeks’ chain-reaction crash that caused a tanker truck carrying oil to explode in a fireball during rush hour in the centre of Montreal has renewed debate about transporting dangerous goods — oil in particular.

Just like the Lac-Megantic tragedy, this incident focuses our attention on an often unnoticed danger in our midst.

Citizens and policymakers are wondering why two fuel trucks were even on the elevated expressway in a densely populated city at 4 p.m. on a Tuesday. Dangerous goods are everywhere on our roads — 70 per cent of hazardous materials are moved by truck.

Long-distance shipments of oil by rail have surged in the absence of sufficient pipeline capacity. The amount of oil being hauled by tanker trucks remains comparatively low, at 2.6 per cent, but it is rising sharply.

And trucks are needed to get oil to where it needs to be at both the starting point and the destination. Whether travelling long or short distances, oil trucks come into close proximity with people, cars and infrastructure. They also result in more numerous accidents and spills than other shipping methods, though they tend to be less serious.

Forbes contributor James Conca wrote a 2014 article titled Pick Your Poison that looked at whether pipelines, trains, trucks or boats were the safest way to move oil. His conclusion: the answer depends on what yardstick you’re using: “Truck worse than train worse than pipeline worse than boat. But that’s only for human death and property destruction. For the normalized amount of oil spilled, it’s truck worse than pipeline worse than rail worse than boat. Different yet again is for environmental impact (dominated by impact to aquatic habitat), where it’s boat worse than pipeline worse than truck worse than rail.”

Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust is talking about new limits on the transport of volatile substances through Montreal, but it is tricky to implement. While there is little reason a long-haul rig carrying crude should be crossing through the heart of Montreal at the busiest time of day, this truck was making a local delivery. Gas stations and other businesses in the core require replenishing by tankers with volatile cargo. Montreal’s east-end refinery also requires truck deliveries. The trucking association and oil and gas industries warn new restrictions could result in higher costs.

Like it or not, Canada is dependent on oil for the foreseeable future. And like it or not, stricter regulations are needed to mitigate the risks of oil distribution. It’s unfortunate it takes another lost life to bring this calculus into sharper relief.

Source of article click here: IF Press

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Bendix unveils fix for recalled trailer spring brake valves
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ELYRIA, OH – Bendix has unveiled a no-cost permanent remedy to repair Bendix SR-5 trailer spring brake valves included in a voluntary safety recall campaign.

Vehicle owners can work through Original Equipment Manufacturers or an authorized Bendix parts outlet to obtain the related repair kit, depending on how each manufacturer elects to administer the recall.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 10 about the recall for the valves that are both sold outright and included in Antilock Braking System (ABS) kits for trailers.

The recall covers about 200,000 Bendix SR-5 trailer spring brake valves produced between January 1, 2014 and March 4, 2016, including those sold in Canada.

“Under a combination of a unique set of circumstances, it is possible (though not probable) for an internal leakage to develop in the SR-5 unit, resulting in slow-to-apply spring brakes when parking the trailer. The leak is heard or observed at the supply (red) gladhand when uncoupled from the tractor – or, if coupled, from the exhaust of the park control valve,” Bendix reports.

Bendix and Original Equipment Manufacturers will issue instructions in the coming weeks. More information can be obtained by calling Bendix at 877-345-9526, or emailing SRFcampaign@bendix.com.

Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Trailer orders dropped significantly in July: FTR
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — FTR reported today that final July trailer orders came in below expectations at 9,500 units — down 20% from June and down 55% year over year.

Dry van orders were particularly weak, with other trailer segments experiencing noticeable order declines as well. Orders have totaled 260,000 units over the past 12 months. Backlogs dropped 9% and are now 21% lower than a year ago. Trailer build was also down for the month,  down 7% (per day) from June.

Don Ake, FTR vice-president of commercial vehicles, said: “July is typically the weakest order month of the year, still the orders were lower than expected. Freight has been slow to recover from the manufacturing dip and fleets do not need as many trailers as they once forecast. Many second-half orders are being cancelled or moved to 2017. This is similar to what happened previously in the Class 8 market.

“Van backlogs remain viable and there are no significant economic factors driving down the market. The trailer market is highly cyclical and July appears to be the beginning of the decline. Production usually drops somewhat in July due to increased vacation days, so it will be interesting how much the August build numbers recover, if any.”

Source of article click here: Truck News

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Roadrunner, Sameday Worldwide ink U.S.-Canada trucking agreement
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Roadrunner to handle Sameday's U.S. shipments; Sameday to reciprocate in eastern Canada.

Asset-light carrier Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. said today it has agreed with Canadian-based carrier Sameday Worldwide to handle Roadrunner's less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments in eastern Canada while Roadrunner will carry Sameday's shipments across its U.S. network.

Mississauga, Ontario-based Sameday operates out of 32 terminals in Canada. As part of the agreement, Sameday will assist Roadrunner with cross-border management services.

"Our new relationship will strengthen the capabilities of both organizations as it expands Roadrunner's coverage of eastern Canada and will increase our efficiency in cross-border shipments," said Grant Crawford, president of Cudahy, Wis.-based Roadrunner's LTL operation, in a statement.

As an "asset-light" provider, Roadrunner doesn't own its assets but effectively controls them in support of its operations. It generates about twice the revenue from truckload services it does from LTL.

Source of article click here: DC Velocity
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New avalanche control system to reduce BC hwy closures
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[Credit: BC Government]

REVELSTOKE, BC — A new $2.1-million avalanche mitigation system in British Columbia is designed to reduce TransCanada Highway closures near Revelstoke for winter 2017.

The new Remote Avalanche Control Systems (RACS) will be installed near Three Valley Gap outside of Revelstoke, allowing for avalanche control on a 24-hour basis throughout the winter. The systems allow operators to fire charges remotely so that avalanche control can be completed at any time, under any weather condition.

The contract is awarded to Wyssen Avalanche Control Inc. Eight separate RACS will be installed at key locations along the south side of Three Valley Lake.

Currently, avalanche mitigation at this location involves deploying explosives from helicopters to initiate avalanches while the highway is closed. Control can only be done during daylight hours and when weather conditions are favourable, leading to extended overnight closures.

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Source of article click here: Today's Trucking

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Construction begins on Nordel Way truck parking facility
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CONSTRUCTION officially began on Friday on a new truck parking facility in Delta to benefit commercial truckers traveling to or working in the Lower Mainland. The site will open to commercial truckers this fall.

“Parking facilities for commercial trucks are a much-needed addition to our transportation infrastructure,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “This new parking facility will help support those working in our trucking industry by providing a safe place to park overnight, with amenities like washrooms and convenient access to major highways.”

The new truck parking facility is being built on provincial land on Nordel Way at Highway 91 in Delta, across from the Nordel commercial vehicle inspection facility. The facility will have room for up to 40 heavy trucks to park overnight and will include lighting, washrooms, garbage cans and a sani-dump.

“Trucking is essential to our economy, with more than $3 billion in goods trucked between our gateway ports and the rest of Canada each year,” said Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton. “This truck parking facility supports the industry by offering a safe, convenient place to park.”

Site preparation on the $2.8-million project began last year. A $1.87-million contract has been awarded to BD Hall Construction to complete the facility.

“Purpose-built commercial truck parking facilities like this one on Nordel Way are important for the industry, and they’re important for our communities, as well,” said Surrey-Fleetwood MLA and Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender. “These facilities provide parking options for commercial drivers, which will result in fewer large trucks parked on local streets.”

Also in support of the province’s trucking industry, the Government of B.C. recently amended regulations to increase the allowable length of boat tails, which are rear-mounted trailer panels that reduce aerodynamic drag to improve fuel economy. Regulations were also amended to increase the allowable length of “B” train commercial vehicles. These changes harmonize B.C.’s regulations with other Canadian jurisdictions and improve the efficiency of the commercial trucking sector.

“This new parking facility will be welcomed by the trucking industry and we look forward to future additions to parking infrastructure around the province,” said BC Trucking Association President and CEO Louise Yako. “Also of importance to our members are government’s regulatory changes, which will allow them to use more fuel-efficient tractors and maximum-length aerodynamic devices on trailers. These will not only save operators money on fuel, but also help our industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The facility at Nordel Way and Highway 91 is the first of at least two new truck parking facilities, a commitment in B.C. on the Move, the Province’s 10-year transportation plan. Evaluations for a second facility in the Lower Mainland are underway.

Source of article click here: Voiceonline

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Transport truck crash closes Highway 30 access ramp to Highway 40 East
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Driver pinned in cab after truck flips

Emergency personnel had to free the driver from the cab of his truck after it flipped.


Emergency crews had to extract a truck driver trapped in the vehicle's cabin after it flipped while exiting Highway 30 East for Highway 40 East.

The transport truck went into a ditch at the side of the off-ramp around 4:30 a.m. and the truck came to a rest on its roof.

"He was trapped in the cabin for quite a while," said Sûreté du Québec spokesman Sgt. Daniel Thibodeau. 

The driver, who police say is in his 20s, was eventually pulled from the wreckage by firefighters from the Vaudreuil-Dorion Fire Department.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his lower body but police say his life is not in danger.

The access ramp is closed while police investigate the cause of the crash.

Source of article click here: CBC NEWS

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Truck making delivery struck, killed man in Sobeys parking lot
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Death marks Hamilton's 3rd traffic fatality this week

The 20-year-old man who died in the parking lot of a Waterdown Sobeys Thursday was struck and killed by a transport truck making a delivery, police announced Friday.

Emergency crews were called to the grocery store parking lot at 255 Highway 5 around 1 p.m. They found the man on the ground, who had sustained serious injuries.

"He was transported to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries," a police news release reads.

According to the investigators, the man was hit by a commercial vehicle while it was making a delivery to the store. The man who died wasn't a store employee, nor an employee of the trucking company, police say.

The investigators have ruled out speed and alcohol as factors in the collision.

This is the city's third traffic fatality in less than a week. There have been nine traffic deaths in 2016, and three of those deaths have involved pedestrians.

The provincial Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Transportation have both been called in to assist with the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-546-4755.

Source of article click here:CBC NEWS

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Province sets mandatory training course for big rig drivers
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Novice commercial truck drivers will now have to pass mandatory entry-level training before being allowed to take the road test for an Ontario licence.

The new Commercial Truck Driver Training Standard (Class A) was available in early July.

Anyone seeking a Class A licence in Ontario on or after July 1, 2017 will need to successfully complete mandatory entry-level training before taking a road test.

However, individuals who already have a Class A licence before that date will not be required to take training.

The mandatory course will take approximately four to six weeks to complete and the training providers will set course fees.

Schools approved by the province have a year to develop a curriculum using “a consistent provincial training standard.”

This move by the government to address the trucking industry's need for qualified and well-trained commercial Class A truck drivers while eliminating inadequate training through unregistered truck schools has support from the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario and Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.

Mandatory training is to be delivered by private career colleges, Ontario colleges of applied arts and technology and recognized authorities under the Ministry of Transportation’s Driver Certification Program.

Course completion will be recorded by approved training providers on a provincial web-based system and verified by Drive Test Centres prior to allowing drivers to attempt Class A road tests.

Source of article click here:Brampton Guardian

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