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Survey of Motor Carriers: Where is More Truck Parking Needed?
Since last Fall, SPR Associates, on behalf of the
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, has been reaching out to trucking
stakeholders to get their views on the availability of truck parking in Southern Ontario.
Initial results from the on-line survey have clearly indicated that
there is a significant need for additional truck parking along Southern
Now stakeholders are specifically asking trucking carriers to provide
input on their experience with truck parking to ensure a full range of
informed stakeholders are having their voices heard,
SPR and the MTO are asking carriers to fill out this survey and tell them exactly where more truck parking is needed. Please fill out the short survey here.
The survey should be completed by someone familiar with the company’s trucking operations.
Source of article click here : OTA
Full Speed Ahead for B.C. Trucking Industry
Full Speed Ahead for B.C. Trucking Industry
The trucking industry is thriving in B.C., with recent growth around
5%, and expected to remain at that level, which is well above the
That’s according to Helmut Pastrick, chief economist for Central 1
Credit Union, who told Truxpo 2018 conference attendees that the
trucking industry would grow faster moving forward than it had in recent
years, with employment numbers also expected to continue to rise.
“It does look promising,” said Pastrick. “As long as we have
long-term growth it should go well. In a growing economy there is a
growing demand for the movement of goods, and that is certainly depicted
Pastrick highlighted that B.C.’s overall economy was much stronger
than the rest Canada, with recent growth around the 3.5%-4% range
compared to 1.5%-2% in the remainder of the country.
He did anticipate B.C.’s economic growth to slow slightly in the
coming years to the 2.5% range, but remain higher than Canada as a
“I expect your industry to outperform the B.C. economy, which has
typically been the case,” Pastrick told trucking industry attendees.
Pastrick also pointed to rising fuel prices and its effect on the
industry, saying prices have reached the highest level since 2014.
Despite an upsurge in demand in emerging markets, such as India and
China, demand has declined in the U.S. and Europe, according to
South of the border, the U.S. economy has seen growth around the 2%
mark and is expected to swell to 3% in 2018 and 2.5% the following year.
Pastrick said 2% growth is historically low for the world’s largest
economy, which is still recuperating from the largest recession since
the Great Depression.
“Whatever happens in the U.S. really matters to us,” said Pastrick,
adding that the U.S. economic recovery could stretch into 2022.
Fiona Famulak, president of the Vancouver Regional Construction
Association, said trucking companies must prepare for the City of
Vancouver and province’s zero-emissions mandate for new construction
Starting in 2025, residential buildings constructed in Vancouver will
be required to emit zero emissions once complete. Famulak said this
version of the mandate is just the beginning, and discussions on a new
version would include carriers bringing materials to site to also be
emissions free, as well as the sourcing of those materials.
Famulak said when changes occur in the construction sector there is a
ripple effect that trickles down to trucking, and zero-emission
buildings were an example of that.
Carriers will see an impact due to the varying types of materials
that will be needed to construct zero-emission buildings, such as the
kind of vehicle and trailer that will be used to haul the freight. The
new buildings will require the use of increased amounts of wood, panels,
and solar panels, as well as modular buildings constructed off-site and
transport to permanent locations.
Buildings in Vancouver emit 57% of the city’s total GHG emissions.
Source of article click here : The Trucking Network
Lessons to Learn: Western provinces review driver training standards
TORONTO, Ont. — Sukmander Singh, the owner of Adesh Deol Trucking,
revealed little about his driver involved in the Tisdale, Sask.
truck-and-bus collision that killed 16. The man he knew through common
friends had been licensed for a year. The month working for Singh’s
two-truck operation reportedly included about 15 days of additional
The cause of the April 6 crash that killed so many members of the
Humboldt Broncos has yet to be determined. No charges have been laid,
although Adesh Deol’s second truck was taken off the road pending an
investigation. But the collision – and the driver’s relatively limited
experience – has spurred discussions about driver training standards in
Canada’s prairie provinces and beyond.
The scramble by regulators looking to take some sort of action became
evident April 27, when Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) hastily
reversed a memo that just days earlier had promised to mandate
entry-level driver training. Ontario is currently the only province to
“No decision has been made regarding Class 1 training,” wrote Kwei
Quaye, vice-president, traffic safety, driver and support services, in
the second memo. “To be clear, mandatory Class 1 training is an option
that has not been ruled out. Along with the government of Saskatchewan,
we continue to work with the industry and other stakeholders to
determine the exact content of the new curriculum, including the number
of hours of training.”
In the original memo to the province’s driving instructors, SGI’s
auto funds division had clearly announced plans to require a minimum of
70 hours of training before securing a licence. A plan to be in place no
later than 2019 was to be implemented “shortly thereafter”.
“As you know, a lot has been in the media following the Humboldt
tragedy and there is a spotlight on Class 1 testing and Class 1 driver
training and that’s OK,” SGI said at the time. “Mandatory means just
that: a driver will no longer be able to challenge the road test to
become a Class 1 driver unless they have completed the mandatory
training at a recognized school first.”
“The training will produce qualified and skilled drivers and it
will eliminate inconsistencies between how people are getting their
training and the content of that training,” the original memo added.
The reversal surprised industry representatives including Susan
Ewart, executive director of the Saskatchewan Trucking Association. But
it wasn’t the first time they had heard a 70-hour limit proposed.
The timeline had already been included in a government bid to update
voluntary driver training curricula, Ewart said, referring to
discussions that began last July. If anything, the proposed limit was
seen by the industry group as falling short of what is actually needed.
By way of comparison, Ontario’s mandatory regime requires 103.5 hours of
training, although schools in that province have an option to credit
trainees with “advanced standing” for experience linked to a lower
The SGI’s proposed training standard included 18 hours in a
classroom, but the Saskatchewan Trucking Association suggested 37.5
hours would be more effective, Ewert offered as an example.
“Even if [students] do take driver training from a driver training
school, they’re still not coming out with an understanding of how to be a
professional truck driver,” she said, referring to knowledge needed
around topics such as weights and dimensions and hours of service.
But the 70 hours was still seen as a step in the right direction, and
was expected to be defined this year for a rollout in 2019.
As for the on-again-off-again discussion of mandating those hours?
“We’d been receiving a lot of questions and inquiries from driver
instructors and driving schools regarding the discussion that’s been
happening in the media,” explained Tyler McMurchy, manager of media
relations for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, referring to how the
original memo came about. But the internal bulletin to driver
development areas “was not clearly written,” he added, suggesting it was
“interpreted in a way that anybody could have.”
“There is going to be something stronger put in place, but exactly
what that will look like has not been determined,” he said. “Mandatory
training has not been ruled out, but it’s just that the decisions
haven’t been made yet. We do intend to have something different in place
in early 2019.”
“Even the number of
hours has not been determined yet,” McMurchy said. “Seventy [hours] is
something we had been looking at. It may have been something different.”
“The work SGI was already doing suggested that the training will
consist of classroom hours, hard hours [where a driver is learning about
the rig and how to inspect it], and then behind-the-wheel hours with
practical hands-on driving,” Quaye writes about SGI’s current position.
“The written, pre-trip, and road tests would be updated to reflect the
enhanced curriculum once it’s developed.”
Manitoba and Alberta, meanwhile, continued on paths of
Alberta Transport Minister Brian Mason said during a meeting of the
Alberta Motor Transport Association that training is now on the “front
burner” for his government. Manitoba is also consulting on a plan to
standardize training and certification for commercial drivers – meeting
National Occupational Standards.
“This is something the trucking industry has asked for and we want
to work together in a collaborative way to see how this would work in
Manitoba,” said Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.
“It is clear that Manitoba needs to start this work to ensure that
all provinces are moving together on a standardized system,” he said.
“There’s work to be done, but I think it’s work headed in a positive
direction,” said Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking
Association. “What we didn’t get from our minister is any commitment to
what a standard is.”
Manitoba currently has a 244-hour voluntary training standard, but
it’s followed by just four of the 18 private vocational institutes
registered for driver training, Shaw said.
Those four schools have curricula that aligns with National
Occupational Standards established by Trucking HR Canada, defining the
knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to be a truck driver for
equipment with gross vehicle weights up to 100,000 pounds. Operating a
B-train, such as the vehicle involved in the Humboldt crash, is
identified as a specialty.
“Making it mandatory is just, quite frankly, as simple as the
minister saying, ‘Thou shalt,’” Shaw said. And his group is promoting
the idea of mandatory entry-level training to meet the national
“We’re quite pleased with where everything is going,” said Angela
Splinter, executive director of Trucking HR Canada, noting how her group
is supporting provincial trucking associations in the such efforts.
While it doesn’t define a specific number of training hours, the
National Occupational Standard informs the end goal that trainees are
expected to reach. It also was the foundation of Ontario’s training
“The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) would like to commend the
provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba for their recent
acknowledgement of the importance of introducing mandatory entry level
training for our sector,” said Scott Smith, chairman. “As an industry,
we have confidence our government partners in all provinces currently
without mandatory entry level training will continue to work with CTA
member provincial trucking associations to introduce similar
requirements that raises the bar as it relates to commercial truck
Source of article click here : Today's Trucking
Semi loses load of concrete slabs at Pembina Highway and University Crescent
Roads reopened before rush hour
Pembina Highway was closed at University Crescent Tuesday afternoon
after a semi dropped some of its load of concrete slabs. (Trevor Brine/CBC)
Pembina Highway has reopened after being closed at University Crescent
Tuesday afternoon, when a semi-trailer truck dropped a load of concrete
blocks on the highway, Winnipeg police say.
Police said the semi
was carrying concrete blocks, weighing more than 450 kilograms each,
some of which fell onto the road shortly after 1 p.m. CT.
Several lanes of Pembina were closed but reopened by 3 p.m.
No one was hurt, but police say cranes were needed to pick the blocks up.
A semi-trailer truck was seen at a stop at the closed-off intersection. (Trevor Brine/CBC)
The cause of the accident has not been released.
Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : CBC NEWS
‘Roadmap’ offers direction in distracted driving fight
SCARBOROUGH, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance is defining a “roadmap” to help curb collisions linked to distracted driving.
Underlying ideas were unveiled in Scarborough, Ont. during last
week’s annual meeting of the Canadian Coalition on Distracted Driving,
which included the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), road
safety groups, police, insurers, and government officials.
“There is no silver bullet to eliminating incidences of distracted
driving. Solutions will need to come from government and industry, so we
are developing a holistic, ‘roadmap’ approach with TIRF and input from
our membership that explores four key areas – prevention and planning,
monitoring, enforcement and evaluation,” said Geoff Wood, the alliance’s
senior vice-president of policy.
Short-term action items identified by the group include adding
distracted driving messages to driver training material, adopting
technologies such as electronic logging devices (ELDs) to help keep
minds on tasks, and focusing on the feasibility of regulations for
forward-facing cameras. The alliance also wants “meaningful, proactive
consequences” for those who are caught driving distracted, as well as
pilot tests and incentives to identify the next generation of advanced
driver assistance systems (ADAS), to ensure they’re ready for Canadian
“We believe there are areas where can have an impact in the shorter term
and we would like to get working on those plans with our road safety
partners as soon as possible,” said Wood.
The CTA is now looking to establish a working group of carriers and
industry suppliers with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, to
produce a related policy paper on distracted driving.
The paper will focus on technologies that can reduce distractions;
identify the returns on investments linked to related technologies; the
feasibility of mandating certain technologies; and recommended best
management practices for drivers, dispatchers, operations teams, and
Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : Truck News
1 dead in crash north of Cochrane involving semi-truck, 2 RVs, pickup truck: EMS
A person has died as a result of a multi-vehicle crash north of Cochrane, Alta. on Friday, Calgary EMS said.
RCMP said at about 6 p.m., officers were called to a collision on
Highway 22 at Township Road 292 involving a semi-truck, two RVs and a
According to RCMP in Didsbury, police responded to
calls about a truck driving northbound on Highway 22, swerving and
While attending the scene, police received another call indicating the truck matching that description was involved in a crash.
Preliminary investigation showed the truck tried to pass a vehicle and struck an RV that was travelling southbound.
said a crash then occurred with a northbound RV and a southbound
semi-tractor. The driver of the truck, a 30-year-old man, was pronounced
dead at the scene.
A collision analyst was at the scene and traffic was rerouted for several hours.
Calgary EMS said four people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.
Speed and weather were not contributing factors, police said.
Source of article click here : Global News
Trump's decision regrettable
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Iran nuclear deal wasn't
perfect, but it helped prevent that country from developing a nuclear
Trudeau says he regrets President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw
from the 2015 agreement that was negotiated by the world's major
The prime minister says he expects the Iran decision to be a topic of
discussion when he hosts Trump and their G7 counterparts in Quebec at
their annual summit next month.
Trudeau says he respects other countries' foreign policy decisions,
but says Canada is firmly aligned with its other NATO allies.
Trump's decision is supported by Israel, which has vigorously lobbied for the scrapping the deal.
But the major European countries, China and Russia are all continuing
to express their support for the agreement following Trump's decision
to end U.S participation and restore sanctions against Iran.
Source of article click here :CASTA NET
Long Haul Ministering By Steinbach Couple
A husband and wife from Steinbach minister to the homeless while
driving semi-truck long-distance through Canada and the United States.
Christina Friesen says they’ve been driving together for five years
and wanted to find a way to continue ministering, even while on the
road. Friesen notes they have care packages made up and give them to the
homeless they see along the road.
Unloading care packages to hand out (Photo credit: Christina Friesen)“I
got the idea of making care packages and we hand them out off the side
of the truck. These care packages included clothing, hygiene items, food
items or sometimes food cards, and, of course, a Bible. I would put
them in this cloth [bag], like a Walmart shopping bag, something they
Friesen says when they have the time they stop and talk with those
who are receiving the care packages and are able to hear their stories
and pray with them. She notes their stories are often heartbreaking.
“In fact, surprisingly enough, you or I could very easily end up
being one of those people on the street. Some people have tragic stories
of deaths in their family, the death of a loved one, or they’ve had
cancer or various different reasons why their finances were affected and
they lost everything.”
She notes she was surprised to see just how many people there are on
the street, even though some of them have jobs, their daily decision
comes down to shelter or food.
Handing out supplies and donations in Oklahoma (Photo credit: Christina Friesen)Friesen adds they’ve had good experiences with the people and she’s never felt scared or fearful.
“In fact, a lot of these people feel so scared and depressed and sad,
that a lot of people don’t even acknowledge who they are anymore,
they’re not even treated like people. People aren’t interested in their
name, in fact, a lot of people don’t even make eye contact with them.
The fact that you’re showing an interest in them and shaking their hand
and wanting to know their name and care about their story and where
they’re at and just showing them a little bit of love and compassion, it
really goes a long way.”
Friesen says she and her husband are about to be published authors.
She notes they were given the opportunity to write a chapter to be
collaborated into a book coming out this spring entitled ‘Walking In
Your Destiny: Building Faith That Can Move Mountains.’
Source of article click here : Steinbach
N.B. Trans-Canada Highway closure costing trucking companies more than just head
drivers and companies across Atlantic Canada are feeling the impact of
the Trans-Canada Highway closure between Fredericton and Moncton.
highways was closed due to water over a section of the road on May 3,
and it’s expected to remain closed for several more days.
driver Russell Rowe does several runs between Moncton and Hartland,
N.B., every day. He said the detour is adding hours to his trip.
adding on time taking away from my drive time during the day and just
putting kilometres on that are unnecessary,” Rowe said.
driving the extra approximate 90 kilometres each way takes more than two
hours. Russell said using Highway 7 to Saint John is also much slower
because it has less lanes than the Trans-Canada.
only a two-lane road most of the way, so you get stuck behind somebody
going slow, and that’s going to slow you up a bit, getting up those
hills,” Rowe said.
Driving the extra distance adds up throughout
the week, and means not being able to do as many runs. Truck drivers
are only permitted to drive 13 hours per day based on industry
regulations, and that has to include several breaks.
Provinces Trucking Association executive director Jean-Marc Picard said
the prolonged closure is starting to be felt across the region.
it was just going to be for a few days, therefore there were some
adjustments to be made to some of the trucking companies,” Picard said.
“But now we’re looking at over a week, therefore the operations of some
companies will definitely be impacted.”
Picard said he feels for
everyone experiencing flooding and recognizes that the road closure
doesn’t compare to what many families are going through in
said the extra distance means extra fuel costs, having to watch
drivers’ hours of service more closely, and possibly having to do less
deliveries than normal in a week.
“It’ll be difficult to measure. I
mean, obviously some transportation companies have 50 loads a day going
through that highway, others might have one a week, so there’s some
significant impacts to some companies others it’s a little bit less,”
New Brunswick Department of Transportation and
Infrastructure Operations executive director Jules Michaud said even
once the water recedes, the highway will need to be inspected and debris
will need to be removed.
“The highway will re-open following an
remedial work that is required to ensure that the highway is safe to
accommodate road users,” Michaud said.
Based on preliminary
observations ,Michaud said the province anticipates the highway will
initially re-open to one lane in each direction.
said the positive thing is that the alternate route is available and
that products are at least able to be moved across the country.
will adapt. I mean, trucking companies are pretty resourceful by
nature. Whether it’s a snow storm or Confederation Bridge closing once
in a while for high winds, things like that happen and you learn to
maneuver through it,” Picard said.
Rowe said he hopes water levels
recede soon so things can return to normal. But for now, he said he’s
making the best of it and doing what he needs to do to get the load to
Source of article click here : Global News
Central Ontario Regional Truck Driving Championships scheduled for June 9
KITCHENER, Ont. — The 33rd annual Central Ontario Regional Truck Driving Championships is scheduled for June 9, 2018.
The event, this year being held at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Complex, in Kitchener, Ont., will see the most talented drivers in the
region go head to head for a chance to qualify for the Ontario Truck
The championships include a written exam, a circle check test, and an obstacle course for professional drivers to compete in.
For more information, please visit www.cortdc.com.
Source of article click here : Truck News
All Traffic Lanes on Peace Bridge to be Open for Summer Season
The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority has begun the
process of reopening the third traffic lane on the Peace Bridge for the
2018 summer travel season. This re-opening follows a reduction to two
traffic lanes as of October 2017, which was undertaken to accommodate
ongoing construction activities related to the Authority’s three-year
$100 million Peace Bridge rehabilitation project. All three lanes will
be fully functional by the morning of May 16, 2018.
“For the second consecutive year, the single lane closure during the
fall and winter months had little adverse impact on traffic flows,” said
Kenneth Manning, Chairman of the PBA Board of Directors. “Now that
spring is here and summer is nearly upon us, the PBA is re-opening the
third lane to accommodate the many cross-border travelers we expect to
see crossing the Peace Bridge this summer.”
Prior to the single lane closure, the PBA retained Jacobs Civil
Consultants, Inc. to review the impact of operating a two-lane bridge
during the period of a winter lane closure. According to Richard
Gobeille, National Toll and Finance Manager for Jacobs Civil
Consultants, “One lane of traffic in each direction can certainly
accommodate normal traffic flows across the Peace Bridge, both east and
west bound, especially during months when daily traffic volumes are
significantly lower than in the summer season.”
All three lanes of the Peace Bridge will be open throughout the busy
summer season while other elements of the bridge rehabilitation project
continue. The $100 million rehabilitation project is scheduled for full
completion in spring 2019.
Source of article click here : OTA
Road Safety Week is Gearing on Dangerous D’s
Canada Road Safety Week is planned to run May 15-21, as the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police hopes to attract regard for a variety of security related issues.
It’s a battle requesting that individuals take the D’s — as
alcoholic, sedated, occupied, sluggish, perilously, or disconnected –
out of driving.
May 16 will
incorporate an exceptional spotlight on liquor debilitated driving,
while the seventeenth will center around weakness hindered driving.
Diverted driving is the attention on the eighteenth, trailed by
tranquilize hindered driving and forceful driving on the nineteenth and
twentieth, individually. Tenant restriction utilize balances the issues
of the week on May 21.
May 19 is likewise assigned as National Enforcement Day.
The battle is planned as a major aspect of the more extensive
Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025, which hopes to make Canada’s streets
the most secure on the planet.
As indicated by Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision
Statistics, there were 1,898 engine vehicle fatalities in Canada in
2016, up 2% from 2015. The 10,322 recorded genuine wounds were down 4%
year over year. The 5.2 fatalities for each 100,000 individuals, and 5.1
fatalities for every billion vehicle kilometers voyaged, stayed
In 2015, police announced 72,039 impeded driving episodes, speaking
to a rate of 201 occurrences for each 100,000 individuals. This is the
most minimal rate since information on weakened driving was first
gathered in 1986 (- 65%), and 4% lower than 2014.
Police encouraged by tips as search continues for missing man
Perry Shantz was driving Chevrolet Aveo when he was last seen on May 4
Perry Shantz was last seen driving this car, a red Chevrolet Aveo. It now has a P.E.I. licence plate FM6.
A red car stuck in a muddy dirt road in Dromore, P.E.I., was
not the one belonging to a man who has been missing for 11 days, RCMP
Fifty-year-old Perry Shantz was last seen on May 4 driving a red Chevrolet Aveo with the P.E.I. licence plate FM6.
received a tip last week of a similar car stuck in the mud in Dromore,
but the car was gone when police arrived. They used a drone to search
areas where it was too muddy for police cars to travel, said RCMP Sgt.
"People may have seen the drone overhead or seen police cars there
and we have searched the area and we have determined since that time
that the vehicle that was seen down that road is not the vehicle we are
Butler said P.E.I. conservation officers and volunteers from Civil
Air Search and Rescue have been assisting in the search, and she is
asking the public to keep an eye out for the red Aveo.
Police believe the car is still on P.E.I., and is the key to finding Shantz.
It was last seen on Riverside Drive in Charlottetown, but it had a full tank of gas so "it could be anywhere," Butler said.
could be in any parking lot. It could be or down a back road but it
could just really be parked somewhere that people are wondering, 'Hey I
wonder why that car's been there for a week.'"Started new job
moved to York, P.E.I., from Ontario in April along with his wife and
two kids, and 19 and 22. He had just started a new job as a transport
His wife had told CBC News that Shantz had been
struggling with his mental health and she believes the move had been
overwhelming for him.
"At this point we're concerned for his
safety and his health so that is why we are very seriously searching for
him and his vehicle," Butler said.
Butler said though the tip did not lead to finding Shantz, police find it "very encouraging" when people call.
realize then that the public is trying to help, is out there looking
for us and we don't mind following up on tips that we get. We can't be
everywhere on patrol so the public helps expand that area."
Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : CBC NEWS
Failed drug tests high in legalizing states
TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is repeating its
call for rules to guide random drug testing, following research that
shows an increase in positive marijuana tests in U.S. jurisdictions that
have legalized the drug.
Canadian legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use is expected this summer.
Since 2016, the number of safety-sensitive workers who tested
positive for marijuana increased 39% in Nevada, 20% in California, and
11% in Massachusetts, Quest Diagnostics found in a review of 10 million
drug tests conducted in the U.S.
“These increases are similar to the increases we observed after
recreational marijuana use statues were passed in Washington and
Colorado,” said Barry Sample, senior director – science and technology.
“CTA has maintained that if risk is to be downloaded to employers as a
result of legalization, then we need the necessary tools to help
mitigate that risk,” says Jonathon Blackham, the alliance’s director of
policy and public affairs.
Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : Truck News
SafetyDriven awards seven trucking companies
LANGLEY, B.C. – Seven transportation companies have been honored by
SafetyDriven – Trucking Safety Council of B.C. – with Bison Transport
accepting the Health and Safety Innovation Award for its leadership.
The recognition is for the companies’ commitment to keeping their workers and workplaces safe from injury, illness, and disease.
Six companies – Canada Cartage, Coast 2000 Terminals, PSL – Par’s
Service, Stk’emlupsemc and Tahltan – Arrow Transportation Limited
Partnership, and E.A.L Truck and Crane – received the Certificate of
Recognition (COR), a designation awarded to employers with a health and
safety management system that exceeds regulatory requirements.
Coast 2000 Terminals also won Best Overall Large Employer COR.
“Receiving COR and being recognized for innovative safety practices
demonstrates commitment to continual improvement,” said Mark Donnelly,
executive director of SafetyDriven. “These employers have worked hard to
build a safety culture that goes above and beyond federal and
“Now they are well on their way to reaping significant long term
savings from driving down their claims costs. We are proud to honor them
for all their efforts.”
Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : Truck News
The province has laid two charges under its Wildlife Act against a
central Alberta zoo after a bear was taken through a drive-thru for ice
A video, posted on social media in January by Discovery Wildlife Park
in Innisfail, showed a one-year-old captive Kodiak bear named Berkley
leaning out a truck's window and being hand-fed ice cream by the owner
of the local Dairy Queen.
Bear experts called it irresponsible and disrespectful — although a
zoo trainer defended it as educational and done on "purpose for a
Officials with the province began investigating the video and the terms of the zoo's permit.
Wildlife officers allege the zoo failed to notify the province prior to the bear leaving the park.
Discovery Wildlife Park and its owners, Doug Bos and Debbie Rowland, are to appear in Red Deer provincial court on May 28.
One count is related to the bear being taken through the drive-thru
for ice cream, while the other pertains to the bear leaving the facility
on other occasions in 2017.
The charges were laid under Section 12(3) of the Wildlife Act, which
states a person must not contravene the terms or conditions of a licence
The zoo's permit, which is regulated by Alberta Environment and Parks, has been revised to impose new conditions.
Those include requiring the zoo to provide more details when asking
to transport a controlled animal or wildlife and to keep those animals
in a cage, crate or kennel when in a vehicle.
It also says the zoo cannot put any animals on display outside the
facility without prior permission from the province nor can it allow any
member of the public to have physical contact with animals such as
monkeys, cougars, wolves or bears.
Source of article click here : CASTANET
An all-American industry changes the all-American way
SURJIT KHAN’S “Truck Union” is part of a new crop of trucker songs
hitting America’s highways. Like the 1970s classics, Mr Khan’s ditty is
all blue jeans, work boots and American-dream fulfilment. Unlike those
classics, though, the music video features turbaned dancers in flashy
kurtas belting out Punjabi lyrics while gyrating to bhangra beats,
before a stage-set of lorries.
Mr Khan’s is one of a
growing chorus of Indian trucking songs, the soundtrack to a shift in
the freight industry. Gurinder Singh Khalsa, the chairman of Sikhs PAC, a
Sikh political organisation, says there are approximately 150,000 Sikhs
in trucking, 90% of whom are drivers. Those numbers are growing
rapidly, with 18,000 Sikhs entering the industry in 2017 alone. The
North American Punjabi Trucking Association (NAPTA) estimates that Sikhs
control about 40% of trucking in California (Sikhism is closely
associated with Punjab, a region that straddles India and Pakistan).
This is an extension of a trend that began farther north; Sikhs
already play an outsize part in Canadian trucking. NAPTA, which is based
in California but seeks to represent Sikh truckers in both America and
Canada, was formed this year. Last October, Sikhs PAC joined other
organisations to protest against new trucking regulations. This is not
the only way Sikh truckers are making their presence felt. A network of
Indian truck stops is spreading along the main routes, serving some fine
daal and naan bread.
Before deregulation in the 1980s, trucking
was a blue-collar route to the middle class. Since then, pay has
stagnated, and the job has lost much of its appeal. The Bureau of Labour
Statistics reports median earnings of $42,000, or about $20 an hour, a
sum that may dwindle after expenses. Annual turnover rates within firms
hover around 90%. The American Trucking Associations warned of a
shortage of 50,000 drivers by the end of 2017, rising to 174,000 by
2026. The median age of the private-fleet driver is 52; many younger
would-be drivers refuse to take on a job with a gruelling, erratic
schedule and long stretches away from home.
Yet, though most
Americans may not think highly of trucking, Sikhs regard it as a
prestigious career. Many Sikh drivers come from trucking families in
India, where Sikhs are also prominent in the industry. In February, for
the first time, Overdrive magazine, the self-described “Voice of The American Trucker”, featured a Sikh driver on its cover.
Source of article click here :The Economist
Canadians found these in the car paneling after a U.S. traveler was pulled out
man faces 27 weapons and smuggling charges after the Canadian Border
Service Agency seized a cache of hidden handguns and ammunition
magazines at the Pacific Highway crossing last month.
On March 23, a U.S. traveler
entering Canada at the South Surrey truck crossing was pulled out of the
line for a secondary examination.
During the search, which
was aided by a CBSA detector dog, a handgun was revealed behind the
vehicle’s factory paneling. A further examination resulted in the
discovery of 18 more handguns and 32 over-capacity magazines hidden
behind various panels.
Scott MacCallum Osborne, a Canadian living in the U.S., was arrested and
charged on 27 counts related to smuggling, illegal importation, and
possession of firearms.
Source of article click here : The Bellingham Herald
CTA wants crackdown on emissions tampering
TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is calling
on governments to help fight those who tamper with emissions controls
While most fleets have complied with ever-tighter emissions standards
– and their related costs – other operators have been disconnecting
equipment like diesel particulate filters (DPFs), or using electronic
means to circumvent electronic control modules.
The alliance wants provincial governments to give roadside
enforcement teams the tools to scan and detect if emission systems are
regenerating properly and in good working order, or whether they are
This would be similar to the “read-only, plug-in” approach Ontario
and Quebec uses to determine speed limiters are working, says Geoff
Wood, senior vice-president of policy. Ontario has already shown
interest in the emissions-related enforcement, and the CTA has asked the
Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) to get other
provinces to move with roadside enforcement plans of their own.
“Regardless of the method used to circumvent the emissions
requirements, the result is direct, high emissions levels of both
[particulate matter] and NOx directly into the atmosphere – something we
are all striving to prevent,” says Wood.
Even if resources are limited, the jurisdictions could share
information about non-compliant trucks found at roadside. If a truck
failed a roadside inspection, that could trigger enforcement action for
The alliance is also suggesting an update to National Safety Code
standards around annual inspections, requiring technicians to plug in to
verify an engine complies. If that was followed, a failing vehicle
would not earn a valid annual safety inspection.
Source of article click here : Truck News
APTA creating trucking career awareness campaign
DIEPPE, N.B. – The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association
(APTA) has hired a transport outreach liaison officer to help it address
the labor shortage.
“Lately, if you read anything about our industry one topic seems
consistent, we are growing, evolving, changing and improving in all
aspects of our business. One of the things that remains unchanged is the
need for good people to work in our industry,” said APTA chairman Dave
Miller. “The industry continues to struggle to get this message out to
the general public.”
The APTA is launching an awareness and education campaign that will
promote the career opportunities available within the trucking industry.
Stephen Olmstead has been hired to lead the campaign.
“Steve comes with great experience but has a big job ahead of him. He
will need to create awareness of our industry and close the gap between
the career opportunities we offer and younger people,” said Jean-Marc
Picard, APTA executive director. “We are always looking for people, we
are a great industry with some of the best trucking firms in Canada
based right here in Atlantic Canada”. We need to attract more people,
younger people, to our industry if we want to continue to prosper as an
industry in Atlantic Canada.”
Source of article click here : Truck News
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