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A 48-year-old Sterling Heights man died instantly in a crash Wednesday on eastbound Interstate 94, according to officials.
crash happened at about 2:40 p.m., when the man rear-ended a
semi stopped while waiting to cross the Blue Water Bridge to Canada,
said St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon. He was driving for work,
transporting a truckload of suits.
"That's not uncommon for trucks to be backed up to get into Canada," Donnellon said.
added the driver came up to the other trucks about 50 miles per hour,
with no use of breaks. He tried to swerve, but it was too late.
Two drivers whose trucks were involved in the crash had no injuries.
Investigators are not releasing the name of the man until his family is notified.
The crash resulted in portions of I-94 and I-69 to be closed for several hours.
Three years after the first pre-publication, the regulation
amending the Quebec safety standards for road vehicles have been
adopted. Now the new regulation is aligned with the National Safety Code
In addition, the regulations have the effect of replacing the pre-trip inspection by a safety round.
Gaétan Bergeron, manager of the expertise and vehicle safety
direction of the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec, told
Transport Routier (Truck News’ sister publication) why this process took
“At the first prepublication, we had to rework some details in the
light of comments from industry,” he said. “There is also that this
regulation affects many people: roadside inspectors, driving schools
etc. We had to go back to work with those groups.”
Also, during this period, several transport ministers have succeeded in Quebec, each having different priorities.
The regulations were pre-published again in September.
“Because we had made some changes, and as there was a significant
delay from the first pre-publication, we decided to pre-publish again to
ensure that all those who wanted to comment have the opportunity to do
so,” Bergeron added. “We made some minor changes following the comments
and the regulation was adopted last month in the Official Gazette and
shall come into force on November 20.”
“We give six months for the industry to be aware of new developments and adjust operations accordingly.”
The six-month transition period began on May 20, 2016.
The new regulation contains new rules on summary verification of the
mechanical condition of a heavy vehicle by the driver or the person
designated by the operator to align this standard. This inspection,
conducted until then before every departure of the vehicle, will now be
done on a daily basis. It also harmonizes the mechanical inspection,
preventive maintenance and safety check with the standards of the Canada
“The mechanical inspection and safety round are two different things
across Canada. We have built on the safety standards of the Canadian
Council for consistency and fairness across the country. We tried to
harmonize 100 percent of it, but it is not a copy because some details
are still different,” Bergeron added. “We realized that the same defect
could, for example, be minor in the Canadian safety round , but major in
mechanical inspection. We had to detect all these differences and
decide what was to be major or minor. ”
For more information on regulatory changes, go to saaq.gouv.qc.ca.
Petro-Canada debuts branding for new engine oil categories
CALGARY, AB — Petro-Canada Lubricants has announced the launch of its
new PC-11 branding campaign in advance of debuting two new categories
of heavy duty engine oils in December.
The PC-11 specification will require heavy duty engine oils to offer
enhanced oxidation control, aeration control and shear stability,
delivering increased fuel economy, emissions reduction and engine
protection. The Suncor company’s campaign is built under “The Tougher.
The Better.” It represents Petro-Canada Lubricants’ expertise in
addressing these demands.
PC-11 is represented by two new categories that will define heavy duty engine oils for years to come:
API CK-4 (improved performance and backwards-compatible for older engines)
API FA-4 (for use in the next generation of fuel-efficient diesel engines)
“Durability, strength and efficiency. These are the defining
features of Petro-Canada Lubricants and how we position our PC-11 offer
under The Tougher. The Better.,” announced Howard McIntyre, vice
president of lubricants for Suncor.
“We are scheduled to imminently reveal our PC-11-ready product line,
which we believe is set to be the world’s toughest range of heavy duty
engine oils. The Tougher. The Better. offers a clear statement of intent
to our customers to show we’re PC-11-ready and committed to the changes
The announcement of The Tougher. The Better. follows Petro-Canada Lubricants’ PC-11 educative website, herecomespc11.com,
which will continue to offer guidance to the industry in their decision
making processes ahead of the introduction of PC-11 heavy duty engine
Crab truck overturns, spills near Portugal Cove South
A transport truck overturned on Highway 10 near Portugal Cove South on Monday.
A truck full of crab rolled into a ditch on Monday and spilled crustaceans onto the roadway near Portugal Cove South.
The RCMP said that the driver was carrying approximately 10,000
pounds of crab when lost control of the transport truck on the Southern
Shore Highway. The truck, which was travelling north, rolled into a
The driver - the only occupant in the truck - was taken to hospital
by ambulance, and police say he sustained minor injuries in the
Traffic was impacted on the highway as the road was restricted to one lane of traffic while the scene was cleared.
Garbage-truck-like machine takes stink out of Winnipeg trash bins
A sustainable and lightning-quick method of
cleaning out the perma-stench from back lane garbage carts and dumpsters
is rolling in Winnipeg.
This Facebook user said his bins "look like brand new" after Bin-to-bin was through with them
A couple of Winnipeggers who built a machine
to combat stinky trash bins will demo the sanitation-creation for city
officials next week.
Wayne Bennett, who hails from England where
back-lane garbage carts are sanitized, said it struck him as odd that it
wasn’t common in Canada.
“It’s something that’s kind of in a grey area,
it’s not the city’s responsibility… it’s not the responsibility of the
waste management company, it’s not something residents are doing
themselves,” he said. “But it’s a dirty job—the bins are full of
bacteria, they absolutely stink, they’re gross.”
Bennett said he considered buying a
prefabricated truck capable of going from place to place cleaning stinky
trash receptacles, figuring it would be a decent business, but didn’t
find anything that was perfect.
“So I decided I can design and build one
myself,” he said, noting he has “no engineering background” but has
always been one to “think outside the box.”
“So basically what we’ve done is we’ve
designed and built a mobile pressure washing truck that sterilizes,
cleans and deodorizes garbage and recycling bins and dumpsters,” Bennett
said. “We believe we are the only ones in Canada that have a machine
that can do both (bins and dumpsters).”
The frame of machine he’s dubbed the
“Bin-to-Bin” cleaning system is a heavy duty Ford F350 truck chassis
with an eight-foot by ten-foot flatbed deck on the back.
On that deck is a custom fabricated “wash bay”
he had built in Starbuck Manitoba, and a “lifting mechanism” made by a
Winnipeg-based metal fabricator.
With that, Bennett says he has an efficient system that can sanitize a garbage bin in 45-90 seconds—with a green method to boot.
“We can wash a residential bin with
approximately six to eight gallons of water that is then recycled,
sterilized, and reused continuously,” he said. “We wash them at 185
degrees Fahrenheit and 3,000 PSI.”
He estimates people attempting the feat on
their own use upwards of 50 gallons of water and take longer than 20
minutes, plus since the water usually isn’t as hot or pressurized,
“wouldn’t even get rid of the odour” and also contributes to toxic
He said another business in Winnipeg is
capable of cleaning residential garbage containers, but without talking
trash noted only Bin-to-Bin can help businesses, condos and apartment
complexes with stinkin’ dumpsters.
He said next week his meeting with the City of
Winnipeg at the water and waste plant might be a chance to get a
contract with the city.
“We think we’ve created a machine that is going to be successful in Winnipeg,” he said. “Hopefully the city sees that.”
But failing that, he thinks it can be a scalable business.
First, he’ll keep cleaning individual bins
like he has been doing while testing the technology; But eventually, he
said he’d like to “lock down contracts with various waste management
companies” in Winnipeg and potentially look to other markets as well.
Mix of salad dressing, mayo spills over Toronto highway after truck crash
Single-vehicle crash sent a flood of neon green and white sludge down the DVP ramp Tuesday afternoon.
Sgt Kerry Schmidt via Twitter
A transport truck carrying large vats of salad dressing and mayo
crashed on a major Toronto highway Tuesday, sending brightly-coloured
liquid down the ramp.
TORONTO — Police have charged a 52-year-old
Brampton, Ont., man with careless driving after a transport truck
carrying large vats of salad dressing rolled over on a busy Toronto
highway while making a turn.
The single-vehicle crash caused a flood of
thick neon green and white sludge to spill over the road as the truck
lay on its side.
Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt
says the incident took place at about 11 a.m. on Tuesday and left the
driver of the vehicle with just a few cuts and scrapes.
He says the truck was "fully loaded" with bulk loads of salad dressing, mayonnaise and other food products.
Crews spent the whole afternoon at the scene
of the crash (at the Don Valley Parkway northbound ramp to Highway 401
West) cleaning up the mess.
Cargo theft has created a black market worth between $5 to $6 billion
a year countrywide, according to estimates from police and the Ontario
In York region, alone about 50 cargo thefts are reported each year —
with police recovering $4 to $5 million in goods, said Det.-Sgt. Paul
LaSalle who is part of the force's cargo theft unit.
The majority of what's stolen is food, with LaSalle having seen everything from meat to strawberries go missing.
"It doesn't have serial numbers," he explained. "Those flats of
berries can hit corner stores or markets, consumers are going to buy
them and they'll get rid of them very quickly."
York Regional Police Det.-Sgt. Paul LaSalle
says that his cargo theft team recovers about $4 to $5 million in stolen
goods each year. (CBC )
While historically cargo theft involved hotwiring a loaded truck,
LaSalle said it's now evolved from petty theft into "a complicated shell
Fraudsters pose as shipping operatives, creating a false company name
to bid on the jobs offered online by food producers, Lasalle said.
The false company will then pick up the goods, but never deliver them
— and by the time the manufacturer realizes they've been robbed, it's
often too late.
"They want to be able to unload it fairly quickly," Lasalle said of
the goods. "They don't want the risk of it travelling on a highway for a
long period of time."
Kisko Products has fallen victim to this kind of heist twice in two years, its president Mark Josephs said.
While police were able to track down the missing freezies this time,
they could only put one of the truckloads back into their inventory —
losing about $30,000 in revenue, Josephs said.
"The thieves hacked into the computer system of the trucking company
and stole all their information about all the loads," he said. "This
organized crime is so sophisticated their supply chain would really be
the envy of any of us in the industry."
Skyway Bridge driver jailed with three-year drive ban
HAMILTON, ON — The driver who crashed his dump truck into Ontario’s
Skyway Bridge in Burlington in 2014 was today sentenced to a year in
prison, plus a three-year driving ban.
Sukhvinder Singh Rai’s case garnered major controversy after he
registered almost triple the legal limit of alcohol the day of the
crash, which closed the bridge for four days. But in March 2016, Judge
Fred Campling ruled the test results were inadmissible because they were
collected too long after the crash. The breath test was conducted five
hours after the collision, but the Criminal Code requires such tests to
be completed within three hours.
Following the judge’s finding, Rai pled not guilty to the five
remaining charges, which included dangerous driving and mischief
The July 31 collision caused more than $1 million in damage and shut
down a key link between the Greater Toronto Area and Niagara Region over
a holiday weekend.
VAUDREUIL-DORION, Que. – C.A.T. Inc. will be opening a new
office in Dallas, Texas, which president Daniel Goyette said would help
support the company’s current operations in Laredo, Texas.
“Dallas is already a strategic point in terms of the customer base we
have there, as well as the potential to develop it further,” said
Goyette. “It is with great pleasure that we have added Guy Byars to our
team to help us support this new operation.”
C.A.T. is also touting its green transportation initiative, which will be continued in Dallas.
“In 2015, we became the first company to use trucks powered by
compressed natural gas (CNG),” said Goyette. “We even had our first CNG
public refueling station built at our location in Coteau-du-Lac, Canada,
in collaboration with Gaz Métro, Ryder and Gain Clean Fuel. This is the
first CNG public refueling station in Canada. It is available to
everyone and allows us convert part of our fleet. About a hundred of our
325 trucks are powered by compressed natural gas. It accounts for
almost a third of C.A.T.’s entire truck fleet.”
Quebec’s minister of innovation, science and economic development was also excited about C.A.T.’s new office in Texas.
“The opening of a new C.A.T. office in Dallas will help to further
strengthen trade relations between Quebec and Texas at a time when we
are working to increase our presence in the North American markets,”
said Dominique Anglade. “Note that since 2014, Texas has been Quebec’s
most important business partner. C.A.T. is a true success story in the
green transportation sector and a major asset in achieving our targets
for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
The new Dallas office is expected to employ about five people, and
Sarah Carabias-Rush, vice-president of international economic
development for the Dallas Regional Chamber, said they would continue to
strengthen ties with those who want to expand operations in the Dallas
“C.A.T. is the latest Canadian company to locate an office in the
Dallas Region, and we see lots of opportunities for more to follow,” she
said. “We believe there is no better place in America to live, work and
do business than in the Dallas Region.”
One of the negatives of gridlock (and there
are many) is the large number of transport trucks vying for space on our
Yes, these trucks keep our consumer economy
running, but they are also involved in some horrific accident, too.
In 2014, for example, large trucks were
involved in 105 deaths, accounting for 22 per cent of all road deaths in
Still, there was the comforting notion that truckers on our roads were well-trained professionals.
In some cases, that is just not true.
Some behind the wheel were products of
“licensing mills,” unregulated truck training schools that taught
students just enough to pass their driving test and get their Class-A
In some cases, these newbie drivers didn’t
even have to go onto expressways to see if they had a requisite skill
The growth of these licencing mills was
exposed in a Toronto Star investigation a while back, and perhaps that
led to a recent announcement at a DriveTest Centre in Brampton.
Transportation Steven Del Duca unveiled new
mandatory entry-level training standards for future tractor-trailer
drivers. All new drivers will be required to study at provincially
This should put an end to unregulated training schools across the GTA.
This is also the first of its kind legislation in Canada.
The new training requirements are being
hailed by most in the trucking industry, and David Bradley, CEO of the
Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), calls the announcement a
game-changer. “The days of basically being able to walk in off the
street and take the tractor-trailer test with no training whatsoever are
over,” he said.
While training hours will increase, they
will be held at institutions that qualify under strict government
guidelines. Schools approved by the province have a year to develop a
curriculum using a consistent provincial standard.
The courses will be available at private
career colleges, Ontario colleges of applied arts and technology, and
recognized authorities under the ministry’s Driver Certification
Many legit institutions already practice
these solid training procedures – some even exceed the new baseline
Gridlock will continue to infest our roads,
and by sheer numbers, multi-vehicle crashes will involve the big rigs.
But by shutting down rogue training schools,
this should help lessen the carnage, and increase the professional
standards for truckers.
New standards should also be applied right across Canada.
It will be comforting to know that the
person behind the wheel of the big rig in the lane right beside you is a
well-trained professional who has met the highest standards the
industry has to offer.
The new requirement comes into force on July 1, 2017.
Roadside saliva testing set for Michigan pilot program
Canada's federal government is set to release legislation in spring 2017 to legalize marijuana.
LANSING, MI — Michigan lawmakers have approved a one-year roadside
drug testing pilot program that will use saliva tests to determine if
there are drugs in a driver’s system.
The pilot program will kick off in five counties, with the tests
administered by state troopers who have undergone training for the
roadside drug tests. The test can determine the presence of Schedule 1-5
controlled substances, much like a breathalyzer detects alcohol.
A spokesperson for the Michigan State Police said that trained troopers will also utilize indicators such as blood pressure, respiration, and pupil deviations.
The law, dubbed the Barbara J. and Thomas J. Swift Law, comes after
the senior couple were killed in a 2013 crash with a logging truck. The
driver of the truck was found to have marijuana in his system after the
Whether the new roadside testing will be hold up in court remains to
be seen, particularly in light of the fact that marijuana tends to stay
in a person’s system for up to a month.
Canada's federal government is set to release legislation in spring 2017 to legalize marijuana.
P.E.I. trucking industry wants more women behind the wheel
Industry facing a shortage of 30,000 by 2020 nationwide
Amy Herring loves driving a truck because, 'You see a lot,
and every trip is different.'
The Island's trucking industry is facing a major shortage of workers,
and officials hope women will step up to help fill the gap.
According to the P.E.I. Trucking Sector Council, truckers are aging and many are set to retire in the next several years.
Executive director Brian Oulton says approximately 30,000 truck
drivers are needed nationwide by 2020, several hundred on Prince Edward
Jobs 'everywhere' on the Island
Oulton said many trucking jobs on the Island go unfilled, and getting more women behind the wheel would make a big difference.
"In the past, I think a lot of women thought they had to be rough and
tough, because steering these trucks is tough and there's a lot of
lifting, and that's really not the case," said Oulton.
"What we're really looking for in this industry is someone with a
good head on their shoulders. It's about problem-solving on the road,
and that is way more important than how physically strong you are."
Oulton said times have changed, and truck drivers no longer need to spend weeks on the road away from home.
The vehicles are solid and safe to drive, he said, the industry is heavily regulated, and the job pays well.
But the best part about trucking? You can be yourself.
"You can be real in trucking, and you can act like yourself."
According to the P.E.I. Trucking Sector
Council, approximately seven per cent of employees in the trucking
industry are women. (CBC)
Championing female truck drivers vital
Oulton said the council is doing what it can to encourage more women
to give truck driving a try — and the best way to do that is championing
female truck drivers.
Amy Herring has a business degree from UPEI, but she wanted a job that got her out of the office.
"You can be real in trucking, you can act like yourself."
- Brian Oulton, Executive Director, PEI Trucking Sector Council
"I think just the freedom of not being stuck behind a desk everyday." said Herring.
"I wasn't sure what I was going to do but I was hoping to travel a little bit and be able to kinda be my own boss."
'Something for everybody'
Since becoming a truck driver several years ago, Herring said she's
travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States — and she
loves the flexibility of the job.
"You can basically do whatever you want to do," she said.
"If you want to go long haul and see the world, or do local and be
home every night, or kind of a mix of both, there's something for
Herring said it's a career with potential for growth as an owner/operator, dispatcher, or fleet manager.
According to the P.E.I. Trucking Sector Council, approximately seven
per cent of employees in the trucking industry are women, up from
three per cent in 2007.
Report: U.S., Canadian truck sales continue downward slump
Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks at Rush Truck Center - San Antonio.
U.S. sales of Class 8 trucks "plummeted" in June by nearly a third —
30.4% — compared with sales in June 2015, Ward's Auto reports, and sales
are down for other classes as well. It's a similar story for sales in
So far this year, Class 8
sales in the U.S. are down 15.5% vs. sales for the half-year point in
2015. In the class, International lost the most ground, with
year-over-year sales down 55.3%, according to Ward's Auto. Others with
notable declines were Freightliner (-31.1%), Kenworth (-29.4%), Volvo (-27.6%) and Peterbilt (-23.6%).
7 fared better in U.S. sales: the segment was down the least of any at
only 1.7% below sales a year ago. Freightliner gained 3.0% share for a
total of 47.0%, Ward's Auto reports, while Kenworth saw 25.3% higher
sales compared with June 2015. Class 6 wasn't far behind and was down
only 2.1% vs. sales the prior year. Ford
gained a big 32.8% and claimed 32.5% of total sales, not quite as high
as Freightliner's 32.8% share — but that brand's sales were down 4.7%
compared with a year ago.
truck sales in the U.S. picked up somewhat with a 3.4% gain vs. June
2015 sales. There were some big shifts in Class 4 sales, however,
according to Ward's Auto: with a year-over-year 20.5% decline for the
class, Isuzu and Mitsubishi Fuso were down 50.1% and 69.4%,
respectively, while Hino sales leapt 146.7%.
Canada, Class 8 sales fell less compared with a year ago than they did
in the United States but are down more for year-to-date totals, Ward's
Auto reports. Sales declined by 26.2% in June 2016 vs. the year before,
and Class 8 sales so far this year are down by 22.1%. All brands were
down by double-digit percentages in June except for Western Star, which saw a 2.0% gain in year-over-year sales.
class truck sales were down for Canada as well, according to Ward's
Auto. Class 7 sales fell 15.6%, Class 6 sales lost a more sizeable
42.3%, Class 5 sales were down 22.3% and Class 4 sales lost 8.1%
compared with sales a year ago.
Read more from Ward's Auto on U.S. truck sales here and Canadian truck sales here.
Canadian results of 2016 International Roadcheck revealed
New Brunswick had lowest OOS average in Canada, while Alberta had the highest
OTTAWA, Ont. – Results of Canada’s 2016 International Roadcheck were
released this week and according to the numbers, in Canada, nearly 82%
of commercial vehicles inspected this year passed CVSA’s on-road
The three-day blitz took place June 7-9, 2016 across Canada, the
United States and Mexico. In Canada alone, inspections were carried out
at random at 146 sites across the country. In total this year, 1,698
commercial vehicle enforcement officers conducted more than 8,100 Level 1
inspections (the most thorough of the on-road inspections). Results
show that 7,736 of the trucks, trailers and passenger carrying vehicles
were issued new decals to show they met the highest degree of safety and
mechanical fitness according to CVSA.
In total, 1,480 trucks were placed out of service during this year’s
Roadcheck in Canada. Close to half (46%) of those placed out of service
were due to brake system defects and brake adjustment issues. CVSA said
that despite the efforts placed on brake-related defects, it continues
to be the number one issue during roadside inspections. In addition,
just 2% of drivers were placed out of service for logbook, driver
qualification or paperwork problems.
Broken down by province/territory, Alberta had the highest
out-of-service average across Canada. In Alberta this year, 463 trucks
were inspected during Roadcheck and 167 were placed out of service,
bringing their OOS average to 36.1%, well above the national average.
On the flip side, New Brunswick had the lowest out-of-service average
in Canada. In New Brunswick, 241 vehicles were inspected and just 28
were placed out of service, meaning they had an average of just 11.6%.
Ontario had the highest number of vehicles inspected during Roadcheck
with 3,397 truck inspections completed. Of those, 530 were placed out
of service, bringing the Ontario OOS average to 15.6%.
In total, the national truck OOS average for this year’s blitz was 18.8%, the same as 2015 results.
“Enforcement and industry officials alike know that education and
awareness are key to improving commercial vehicle safety,” the Canadian
Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) said in a release. “As
such, CVSA Region V officials strongly encourage governments, industry
associations and individual carriers and drivers to take an active part
in the upcoming 2016 Brake Safety Week planned for September 11-17 as
well as Operation Safe Driver (OSD) Week October 16-22. Both events are
hallmarks of CVSA and have been identified as best practices key to
enhancing knowledge, regulatory compliance and overall highway safety.
All industry players – carriers, drivers and enforcement officials alike
– are urged to continue working together to achieve a sustained
incremental drop in the CMV out-of-service rate nationwide in the years
CVSA said that US results of Roadcheck are expected to be released in early September.
BC truck driver saved by Mounties during medical crisis
BC — A British Columbia truck driver battling a late-night medical
emergency behind the wheel was saved by RCMP officers Monday in Surrey.
According to Metro Vancouver newspaper The Province, the truck driver, 53, had been swerving and travelling just 20 kilometers per hour in a 100 zone at around 2:30 a.m.
“RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Lorne Lecker said the ability of the
two officers to immediately recognize the seriousness of the driver’s
condition and the need for an ambulance may have saved the man’s life,
as well as the lives of many others,” the newspaper reported.
One-boat ferry frustration gearing up for P.E.I. truckers
Ferry service reduced to one boat between P.E.I., Nova Scotia grinding gears of some truckers
Perry Smith who drives a heavy-haul truck for
Far East Transport between Nova Scotia and P.E.I. said many truck
drivers doing eastern P.E.I. runs would rather wait long hours for the
ferry than take the Confederation Bridge and incur extra fuel costs.
WOOD ISLANDS - A ferry service
reduced to one boat between P.E.I. and Nova Scotia is grinding the gears
of at least some truck drivers.
Following a press conference hosted by Belfast-Murray River MLA
Darlene Compton on Tuesday at the ferry terminal to highlight the issue,
The Guardian talked to some truck drivers who weren’t lucky enough to
catch the 9:30 crossing to Caribou, N.S.
The second boat, the MV Holiday Island, is in dry dock getting repairs and is expected to be out most of the summer.
“We shouldn’t have to pay $138 to sit on the Trans-Canada Highway,’’
said Danny Wilson, who drives a heavy haul rig for Kings County
Construction, referring to his ferry toll. “There is no such thing as
priority for trucks and trucking is what keeps the economy going. If it
wasn’t for trucks everyone would starve.’’
Wilson was one of five heavy haul trucks that got left behind when
the MV Confederation departed with a full load on Tuesday. He and the
others were forced to sit and wait for the next departure at 1 p.m.
The truck drivers The Guardian talked to said it isn’t worth their
while to leave the terminal and use Confederation Bridge. They say it
doesn’t save time and no one is paying them extra for gas.
“We’re trying to save on fuel with the price of fuel what it is
today,’’ said Perry Smith, who drives for Far East Transport in Nova
Wilson said he often hauls loads from Montague to New Glasgow, N.S.
When Northumberland Ferries Ltd. (NFL) has its usual two boats running
that trip will take him seven hours. Now, it’s taking him 15 hours,
which means rather than two runs a day, he’s only able to make one and
it hurts business.
“It’s quite frustrating. Somebody has to pay the cost (to sit in the
terminal waiting). The company doesn’t get paid. It’s a long day sitting
John Van Ouwerkerk, a trucker from Stratford, says what really bugs
him is seeing cars late for the scheduled crossing get on the ferry
while trucks that were there early get left behind.
“Every time I come down here I am getting left behind,’’ said Van
Ouwerkerk. “I’d be better off pushing a shopping cart at Sobeys. We are
here filling these boats from May to June and from September to October
yet these campers from the United States that won’t be back to
contribute to the economy are gone and won’t be seen again.’’
Gordon Graham of Montague, another trucker waiting for the 1 p.m. crossing, said he agrees completely with Van Ouwerkerk.
“They take this traffic arriving late and leave us just sitting there
and we’re here every single day. If they don’t want (our business) just
tell us,’’ Graham said.
Don Cormier, vice-president of operations for NFL, said there is a
simple explanation for why late-arriving cars get on while heavy haul
trucks sometimes get left behind.
“The explanation is simply that the space that those vehicles would
be occupying has restricted head room capacity. We have decks that you
can only put vehicles on that are (no more than seven feet high),’’
Cormier said. “Those trucks would not actually be competing for the same
Diesel Prices Fall Slightly for the Third Week in a Row
The average price of diesel fuel dropped by nearly 1 cent last week,
the fourth straight week of small price decreases, according to the
latest numbers from the Energy Department.
The price of on-highway
diesel fuel in the U.S. dropped by 0.9 cents for the week, settling at
$2.414 per gallon. The price is 40 cents cheaper than it was for the
same week a year ago.
The largest average price decrease by region
was in the Gulf Coast region, which saw prices drop by 2.1 cents per
gallon last week. In the Rocky Mountain region, the average price
actually increased slightly, moving up 0.9 cents.
The price of regular gasoline dropped again last week, falling 3.8
cents to $2.253 per gallon. The price is 58.1 cents cheaper than it was
for the same week of 2015. The largest decrease in prices was in the
Midwest region, where gas prices fell by 5.3 cents. The smallest
decrease in prices was in the Rocky Mountain region at 1.7 cents.
oil prices were down to start the week on July 11, on the back of
recent reports that large oil producing countries had actually increased
production last month, according to a Market Watch report.
crude oil production increased by 300,000 barrels per day in June and
more oil is also expected to be produced in Canada, which saw a
disruption in its output due to wildfires.
While production is
likely to increase, demand may go down as global economic markets still
try to ascertain the impact of the United Kingdom’s exit from the