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Survey of Motor Carriers: Where is More Truck Parking Needed?
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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 Ontario highways.

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

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Full Speed Ahead for B.C. Trucking Industry
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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 national average.

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 here.”

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 whole.

“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 Pastrick.

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.

Working together

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 builds.

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

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Lessons to Learn: Western provinces review driver training standards
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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 training.

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 require that.

“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 licence class.

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
their own.

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 standard.

“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 requirements.

“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 driver training.”

  Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Semi loses load of concrete slabs at Pembina Highway and University Crescent
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Roads reopened before rush hour

Northbound Pembina Highway was closed at University Crescent Tuesday afternoon after a semi dropped some of its load of concrete slabs. (Trevor Brine/CBC)

Northbound 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.

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‘Roadmap’ offers direction in distracted driving fight
Trucking News

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 operating conditions.
“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 customers.

Quelle dieses Artikels klick hier : Truck News

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1 dead in crash north of Cochrane involving semi-truck, 2 RVs, pickup truck: EMS
Trucking News
At about 6 p.m. on Friday night, emergency crews were called to a collision on Highway 22 at Township Road 292 involving a semi-truck, two RVs and a pickup truck.

A person has died as a result of a multi-vehicle crash north of Cochrane, Alta. on Friday, Calgary EMS said.

The 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 pickup truck.

According to RCMP in Didsbury, police responded to calls about a truck driving northbound on Highway 22, swerving and driving erratically.

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.

Police 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

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Trump's decision regrettable
Trucking News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Iran nuclear deal wasn't perfect, but it helped prevent that country from developing a nuclear weapon.

Trudeau says he regrets President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 agreement that was negotiated by the world's major powers.

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

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Long Haul Ministering By Steinbach Couple
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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.

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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 could reuse.”

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.

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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

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N.B. Trans-Canada Highway closure costing trucking companies more than just head
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Several trucks fuel up at a truck stop outside of Fredericton.

Truck drivers and companies across Atlantic Canada are feeling the impact of the Trans-Canada Highway closure between Fredericton and Moncton.

The 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.

Truck driver Russell Rowe does several runs between Moncton and Hartland, N.B., every day.  He said the detour is adding hours to his trip.

“It’s adding on time taking away from my drive time during the day and just putting kilometres on that are unnecessary,” Rowe said.

He 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.


“It’s 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.


Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association executive director Jean-Marc Picard said the prolonged closure is starting to be felt across the region.

“Initially 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 flood-stricken areas.


He 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,” Picard said.

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.


Picard said the positive thing is that the alternate route is available and that products are at least able to be moved across the country.

“We 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 its destination.

Source of article click here : Global News

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Central Ontario Regional Truck Driving Championships scheduled for June 9
Trucking News

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 Driving Championships.

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

Source of article click here : Truck News

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All Traffic Lanes on Peace Bridge to be Open for Summer Season
Trucking News

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

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Road Safety Week is Gearing on Dangerous D’s
Trucking News

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 unaltered.

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.

Every year in Canada, around 2,000 individuals are executed and 165,000 are harmed while utilizing the street transportation framework, every year costing society $37 billion (2.2% of Canadian GDP).

  Source of article click here : The Trucking Network
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Police encouraged by tips as search continues for missing man
Trucking News
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 say.

Fifty-year-old Perry Shantz was last seen on May 4 driving a red Chevrolet Aveo with the P.E.I. licence plate FM6.

Police 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. Leanne Butler.

"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 looking for."

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.

"It 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

Shantz 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 truck driver.

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.

"We 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."

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Failed drug tests high in legalizing states
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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.

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SafetyDriven awards seven trucking companies
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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 provincial requirements.

“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.”

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Ice-cream-eating bear?
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An all-American industry changes the all-American way
Trucking News

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

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Canadians found these in the car paneling after a U.S. traveler was pulled out
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One 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

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CTA wants crackdown on emissions tampering
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TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is calling on governments to help fight those who tamper with emissions controls on trucks.

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 non-compliant.

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 carrier.

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

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APTA creating trucking career awareness campaign
Trucking News

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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