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  • buzzy's Avatar
    09-24-2018, 09:39 AM
    I'm a moderator on here and also the Safety and Compliance manager of a Kitchener based 100 vehicle fleet. I will not advertise as I feel it is a conflict of interest and could put the site in a compromised position. That being said, I do most of my hiring by word-of-mouth from my drivers. What can I say? After undertaking what many deemed was an impossible task, we moved 3 elephants from Toronto zoo to a sanctuary in California, without any serious glitches. After doing that, word of mouth makes it easier to review applications for exceptional drivers.
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  • nate980's Avatar
    09-23-2018, 05:44 PM
    Good guys at omega Morgan. Worked with them lots moving different loads. They know there stuff. Posted via Mobile Device
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  • semi coherent's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 08:41 AM
    You can probably rule out sleepy or medical, they suspect he lied about that. https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/8901830-trucker-found-guilty-in-crash-that-killed-four-on-401-in-whitby/
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  • semi coherent's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 08:31 AM
    They left out: "Hero vehicle must be equipped with Goodyear tires."
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  • Monkeyhunk's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 12:37 AM
    Dear God don't send the guy to Contrans. Fun fact - they too fell victim to Trans Force. Posted via Mobile Device
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  • Marmaduke's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 02:02 PM
    Wow, doesn't say what happened to him. Medical, sleepy, facebooking, speeding erratic driving? Posted via Mobile Device
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  • Molly's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 11:13 AM
    A Senior Moment
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  • Manitoba Trucker's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:28 AM
    Lol. As opposed to having no wheels at end of incident???? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Harry's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:23 AM
    HANNOVER, Germany – Goodyear launched its first-ever full silica tread compound tire at the IAA truck show in Germany. The new tire, called Fuelmax Performance, is what Goodyear says is its most fuel-efficient tire to date. The tire has hit the European grade A for fuel efficiency and met full Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake winter tire requirements. According to David Anckaeart, v.p. of Goodyear Commercial Tires Europe, the new tires will help long-haul European fleets save money on fuel, while meeting the EU’s ambitious CO2 targets (heavy duty vehicles are to reduce their CO2 emissions by 15% in 2020, and 30% by 2030.) Goodyear estimated that fleets in Europe using the tires would save up to 290,000 Euros in fuel costs and 557 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. “Tires are crucial for sustainable mobility and are core components of vehicle performance,” Anckaert said. “The new Goodyear Fuelmax Performance tires demonstrate our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that environmental objectives pose for our customers. They further show our commitment to supporting OEMs and fleets in achieving those objectives and reducing costs.” Source of article click here : Truck News
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  • Harry's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:21 AM
    Truck driver Vivianne Carbonneau poses next to her rig in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., Monday, August 27, 2018. VAUDREUIL-DORION, Que. -- On a cloudy Monday in late August, Vivianne Carbonneau fires the ignition on her semi truck bearing the load of both an 80,000-pound trailer and a new job title hitched to her name: driving mentor. "If you learn from a woman, you always have that little voice inside that says, 'See, I can do it,"' she said. "Any situation can be overcome." Carbonneau, 58, has been hauling freight for only two years, but has taken on an in-house teaching role to help new drivers -- especially women, but men too -- at XTL Transport, the first woman to do so at the Montreal-area trucking company in its 33-year history. "It is a guys' culture," she said of the industry. "Sometimes you go somewhere, and it's palpable. You can feel it -- you can feel that you're not exactly welcome. Women make up just three per cent of freight truck drivers across the country, according to Trucking HR Canada. The trucking industry, which comprises some 300,000 drivers, will be short of them by 34,000 by 2024, according to a 2016 study by the Trucking Alliance of Canada. Confronted with a worker shortage and outdated attitudes, women are leading a push to foster more female big-riggers and overcome the perception of unglamorous lifestyles and an industry-wide reputation for machismo. Angela Splinter, chief executive of Trucking HR Canada, says aging drivers have ramped up the need for women and young people. If unmet, that demand will hinder shipping companies and dent the economy, she said. "It's very pressing. I would say we're reaching a crisis point." Linda Young, head of human resources for Winnipeg-based Bison Transport, chairs the trucking HR association's Women With Drive initiative. Launched in 2016, it aims to raise the number of women entering the 18-wheeler workforce through awareness campaigns and resources for employers. "In the last two years it has gotten worse," Young said. "This year in particular we've got unseated tractors -- as many, many fleets do -- where we cannot find drivers to move our equipment. And that's a problem." Poor impressions of the trucking world are a major recruitment hurdle, she said. "There's a perception -- and I've got to emphasize that word -- that women may not be suitable for truck-driving jobs, whether it's the physical demands of the position or being away from home," she said. Drivers can be on the road between 10 and 14 days straight, sometimes sleeping in their cabs -- typically kitted with beds, a mini-fridge and a microwave -- on client lots or, occasionally, roadsides. "Parents encouraging their children to become truck drivers, it really isn't out there," she added. "We're up against it from a very early age." Commercial truck driving is not classified as a skilled or semi-skilled trade, a category that can help fill worker shortages by allowing access to swifter immigration streams and more training resources. Salary may be another factor. While trade apprenticeships can be lucrative, the average salary for a truck driver sits at $48,733 a year, according to the Neuvoo job search engine, though more experienced big-riggers pull in up to $100,000 annually, Young said. Meanwhile, delays due to traffic, weather, breakdowns, accidents and shipping hold-ups are tough to predict and can dissuade both women and men from entering the industry. Many truck stops are oriented toward men, noted Judy Ostiguy, vice-president of human resources at XTL Transport. Washroom facilities sometimes offer a single row of showers without barriers or stalls. "Women and men are on the same hallway together. For me, it's something that needs to be changed, just for the safety of many women," Ostiguy said. Maternity leave also remains effectively off-limits for many drivers, she said, particularly those on contract, though the option is available at XTL, where a woman, Genevieve Gagnon, is president. The push for more women behind the wheel has attracted attention in Ottawa. Last month, the federal government committed $294,000 to a project by Camo-route -- an umbrella organization that works to develop Quebec's transport industry -- which aims to raise the number of women truck drivers in the province to 10 per cent. Ben Santucci, founder of the North American Transport Driving Academy in Kingston, Ont., says he's seen a slight uptick in his six-week tractor-trailer program over the past couple years. "The graduates are soaked up even before they finish school," he said. "But tops, you maybe see four women in a whole year, out of about a hundred students." To raise awareness, the Women With Drive initiative attends job fairs, creates mentorship guidelines, highlights women's accomplishments on social media, hosts conferences and works closely with trade colleges. While some Manitoba schools with vocational programs invited Trucking HR Canada in for presentations, Calgary and Ontario boards were "less receptive," Young said. "We've got some traction. Do I want more? Absolutely." Young said women drivers would be more comfortable if they had access to a female mentor, with whom they may spend hours or days barely two feet apart from each other in the tractor cab. Carbonneau summed up one other potential deterrent to life on the road. "I'm rare, and I can feel alone," she said, wheeling onto a Trans-Canada Highway on-ramp just west of Montreal. "I'm not going to let anybody intimidate me, obviously," she continued. "I know I'm sending a message out there not only to men, but to women, saying, 'If I can do it, you can do it."' Source of article click here : CTV NEWS
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  • Harry's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:16 AM
    Goodyear will announce the next recipient of its Highway Hero Award in March 2019. Goodyear is accepting nominations for its annual Highway Hero Award here through Nov. 29, 2018. The award winner for 2019 will receive a special ring, a cash award, and a congratulatory trophy. Each of the other Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists will receive a cash prize and other items. Established in 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award honors truck drivers who have put themselves in harm’s way to help others. The 2018 Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner, Frank Vieira, saved the life of a motorist who suffered a severe injury after crashing his vehicle into the back of a truck. “As we join the trucking industry in celebrating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we recognize truck drivers and the role they play in keeping our economy and way of life rolling,” says Gary Medalis, marketing director at Goodyear. “But these professionals deliver more than just goods and services. They are often first responders to on-highway incidents, even before emergency crews arrive on the scene – taking decisive action to save lives.” Past Goodyear Highway Hero Award winners include a truck driver who rescued a law enforcement officer who was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting, a truck driver who dove into a pond to pull a child from a sinking car, and others. To be considered for the Goodyear Highway Hero Award, candidates must meet the following criteria: Must be a full-time truck driver Must reside in the U.S. or Canada The heroic incident must have happened in the U.S. or Canada Nominee’s truck must have had 12 wheels or more at the time of the incident Nominee must have been on the job – or on the way to or from work, in his or her truck – at the time of the incident Incident must have taken place between Nov. 16, 2017, and Nov. 16, 2018 Finalists will be chosen by a panel of members in the trucking industry with final approval made by Goodyear following the official contest rules. “Goodyear is proud to be the company that recognizes truck drivers for their courage and selflessness,” added Medalis. “We look forward to hearing their heroic stories.” Source of article click here : FleetOwner
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  • Harry's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:12 AM
    Mohinder Singh Saini, 75, has been convicted on multiple counts of dangerous driving A Quebec truck driver has been found guilty of multiple counts of dangerous driving in relation to a 2015 multi-vehicle crash in Whitby that killed four and injured 11. Driver charged in 21-vehicle pileup that killed 4 in Whitby Boy, 10, is 4th person to die in Friday Highway 401 crash Highway 401 multi-vehicle crash kills boy, 2 others east of Toronto Mohinder Singh Saini, 75, has been convicted of four counts of dangerous driving causing death and nine counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. The collision happened nearly three years ago on Oct. 2 on Hwy. 401 westbound, east of Lake Ridge Road. Three people, including a 12-year-old boy, were pronounced dead at the scene. A 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the hospital two days later. Eleven people were also injured. The crash involved 21 vehicles, including three commercial transport trucks that sustained significant damage. Police have identified the victims as Carl Laws, 67, and Jacqueline Laws, 63, of Pickering. The two boys were identified as Jesus Alberto Duran-Florez, 12, and Cuauhtemoc Duran-Florez, 10, from Mexico. Saini will return to court Oct. 5 for victim impact statements and again on Nov. 9 for sentencing. Source of article click here : CBC NEWS
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  • RaceFan's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 07:08 PM
    Now that's what I call loaded HEAVY. Two trucks pushing from the rear must be interesting for driver of the truck pulling! Love those concrete ballast blocks over top of the front trucks drive tires.
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  • TransportNService's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 12:06 PM
    Other places not mentioned are: Schneider has a good training program. but the pay isn't wonderful. Also Flanigan Foods/Sysco Foods is a good place to start off (in ontario) it would be mostly local deliveries in tight locations with various sizes of trailers. so it would definitely get you comfortable in different situations.
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  • TransportNService's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 11:35 AM
    I'm surprised more companies don't look for drivers on forums as well. However...Me personally, I network a lot on Facebook and Linked In. I find that's where most of my recent applicants have come from. Other than the odd driver that calls after speaking to our drivers at truck stops/customer locations, etc.
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  • Maxx's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 10:49 AM
    944,800 pounds, to be exact! https://cdllife.com/2018/historic-superload-passes-washington/
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  • MR WONDERFULL's Avatar
    09-18-2018, 04:59 PM
    Pickle Lake On and Atikokan On don't switch to DST either.
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  • Robert M's Avatar
    09-18-2018, 08:44 AM
    Well I quit the company I was working for after 23 yrs. That was in 1993 and we were getting paid $18 and change. Now I drive by that place and see a sign drivers wanted. Starting wage $19 and up to $23 after six months .Now this is not in the city and the cost of living is not as much but that is no excuse for the low pay. Mind you it is not long distance and home every night but still after 25 yrs the pay only has gone up $1... I quit trucking and switched over to training race horses and made a hell of a lot more money....
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  • nathan's Avatar
    09-18-2018, 06:19 AM
    I believe there is not a driver shortage, there is a shortage of drivers willing to work for the prevailing wages. That issue can be addressed by raising driver pay. And this is happening
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  • MR WONDERFULL's Avatar
    09-16-2018, 02:46 PM
    Work at a discount for a year and then the company reimburses the money they have stolen from you? These bonuses come at a cost, its not a bonus. Its a BONE US! I am not seeing any companies offering much in way of wage increase. .50 cpm is average. Extras? Waiting time? Companies are not going to boost drivers wages, WTF would the shareholders say? Companies will continue to whine and moan about driver shortage while hiring the cheapest help they can put behind the wheel. One of those morons is waiting on a tow truck right now near Lac Des Milles Lac, he's just shy of burying axles in shoulder. When will these clowns figure out the shoulders of our highways won't support a big truck?
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  • Beerrunner's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 10:47 PM
    Its about time. Posted via Mobile Device
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  • Manitoba Trucker's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 02:10 PM
    For anyone who has travelled the North Perimeter around Winnipeg, especially over the last three years, good news. The first stage is set to open Saturday with the rest by October 31st (no tricks!). This will finally complete the Perimeter Hwy that was started in the 70s!!!! https://globalnews.ca/news/4447017/interchange-at-hwy-59-and-perimeter-to-open-saturday-says-province/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Marmaduke's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 02:02 PM
    $10,000 sign on bonus? Posted via Mobile Device
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  • Marmaduke's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 01:49 PM
    Congratulations! Buzzy Posted via Mobile Device
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  • nolongeratrucker's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 01:30 PM
    It's good to have a "dirt" radar from day 1 at any trucking job. Record and photograph every single thing you see them cheating on, it can come in handy later on.
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  • nolongeratrucker's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 01:27 PM
    Good one, I never thought of that, I usually just resorted to publicly shaming them on the internet and making it so they get nothing but gear grinders to drive for them in the future. Another good one is to find safety dirt on them, they tell the people they haul for that you've publicly exposed this dirt and that if anything happens in the future, people can not only sue the trucking company but also the company they haul for because they knew about a bad subcontractor but continued to use them.
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  • snoopy's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 10:55 AM
    I've posted the federal version a couple of times, here is Alberta's. You generally will not survive an audit, neither will your employer if you blow the whistle. Threaten them with that if they refuse to pay. https://alis.alberta.ca/media/2975/contractor.pdf
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  • nolongeratrucker's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 09:40 AM
    You know this Trudeau character like to go on about how he is there for the little guy and all.... Why doesn't he address all this mis-classifications nonsense and non payment garbage that goes on in the industry. Everyone complains about a driver shortage, no shortage of class 1 / AZ's out there, just a shortage of suckers that have yet to get burned and end up walking away from it all. Just think about all this while your paying 7 grand or so for truck driving lessons.
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  • nolongeratrucker's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 09:37 AM
    Oh, I forgot, what are you going to do about all the tickets you get cause they force you to do illegal things under threat of not getting your pay. You say, I put my foot down, I'm not running illegally for you, well if you're a contractor you can kiss what they owe you good bye. If you're an employee, not only will they fight for you, even if you don't have proof of the trucks revenue, but have proof of what you made in the past for the work you did, but they can also fine the employer for trying to make you do illegal things.
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  • nolongeratrucker's Avatar
    09-14-2018, 09:29 AM
    Here's some info about the scam that a lot of truck owners use when they demand that you declare yourself as "my own company" For starters, you aren't going to get CPP or EI.......OK everyone says, but you have all these write offs, that negates that problem, OK but are you really legally allowed all those write offs or are you just getting away with it until they do an audit. Secondly, in the event of a horrific accident, don't be so sure that you as an independent contractor are covered under their insurance. Their insurance will do everything they can to get out of it. If they find that you yourself are negligent in any way, they may just come after you. Now here's the good one.... Trucking is notorious for not paying drivers everything they're owed. If you are an employee, you can take them to the labor board and they will fight for you However, if you are a contractor, then you have to drag them into court and sue them, if it's over a certain amount you can't do it in small claims, you have to hire a lawyer. When you tell them they owe you money, they usually laugh in your face and say, oh no I don't owe YOU, I owe your COMPANY, talk to my lawyer. Everything can be hunky dory with one of these guys until things go bad and they screw you out of your final payment, by that time they usually have strung you along so that they owe you about 3 months pay. No problem you say...... Hang on. They always try to pay you based on a percentage of what the truck makes, BUT, very few if any truck owners will ever show you what the revenues are for the truck. They just say, oh you get 25% and cut you a check. Now when you get into court, the judge is going to ask you for proof of what they owe you, good luck with that, you have no proof of what the truck made to calculate what the 25% should be. When I was in trucking, I never met one driver that declared himself as "my own company" that hadn't been screwed out of at least 10 grand or so, many for much more, 10,20,30 grand and on up. The next time you see some ****** of trucker driving like he just plain doesn't give a ####, maybe it's because he isn't getting paid and is getting screwed, he's just about ready to drive the thing into the ditch and walk away from it.
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