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Freightliner constructing Manitoba’s largest truck dealership
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Freightliner constructing Manitoba’s largest truck dealership

MYRON LOVE - Freightliner Manitoba is set to expand and will be moving to a rectangular property with trailer access in the CentrePort Canada inland port near Winnipeg, Man.

Freightliner Manitoba Ltd, the province’s highest-volume truck dealer, has been in need of a larger, more user-friendly facility for some years now.

“We outgrew our current facility several years ago,” says Ken Talbot, the co-founder and now President of the 28-year-old company, “Our principal challenge was finding the right location.  We needed a lot of land. A rectangular piece of property with truck and trailer access. This was a pretty big wish list for Manitoba, and that is where CentrePort Canada came in.”

CentrePort Canada, located on the west side of Winnipeg, is North America’s largest inland port, offering 20,000 acres of high-quality industrial land and unique access to tri-modal transportation. The site offers easy access to Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport – which operates 24 hours per day, providing value to the out-of-province market. Over the past few years, the road system in the area has been considerably upgraded to improve trucking access and more efficient transportation movement.  A new water-treatment plant and grey water servicing has also been put in place within the past year. These innovations made the location very attractive to this multi-million-dollar company that stocks trucks, millions of parts and offers seven-day truck service.

Freightliner Manitoba started land preparation and construction late last year for the 78,000 square-foot dealership that plans to open its doors in 2020. The 14-acres of land allows for the building to more than double its current Logan location bringing more space for both business, staff and customers.

“Our new facility is going to change the way we are able to do business,” Talbot says. “We’re excited to offer our customers and employees more; more space, more parking and a more modern facility overall. These developments are more than just for the growing demand of our business but also bring comfort to staff and customers.”

The developments will consist of 38 service bays, a 3,971 square-foot showroom to showcase 2 semi-trucks, a well-stocked parts warehouse, 2 truck wash bays and more. The state-of-the-art facility will include innovative features such as radiant in-floor heating, LED lighting throughout and overall be an energy-efficient dealership.

The principal contractors, being Thomas Design Builders Ltd., have previously worked with Talbot to build their Transolutions Preventative Maintenance facility on Lucas Ave. Talbot says, “Thomas Design’s first project with us came in under time and under budget. This current building is also ahead of schedule.”

Freightliner Manitoba’s mission is to provide first-class, industry-leading transportation solutions to the commercial vehicle market in Manitoba, and to build value for their customers to depend on. This will only become more efficient with the new space to operate in.

“Although we are growing bigger, we won’t forget the core values we stand for such as Elite Support, unmatched customer service and work we can stand behind. Our staff and customers are all looking forward to our grand opening for business at our new location in early 2020.”

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Environment Canada delays rollout of GHG rules for trailers
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OTTAWA, Ont. – Environment Canada will delay the rollout of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for trailers by one year, responding to a court challenge against similar rules in the U.S.

The U.S. Court of Appeals stayed the rollout of U.S. EPA Phase 2 trailer rules on Oct. 27, 2017. This means the Canadian rules – based on those proposed south of the border – would have been introduced before those in the U.S., the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) reports.

News of Canada’s delay until May 2020 emerged in Environment Canada’s Interim Order Modifying the Operation of the Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations, published in Canada Gazette Part I and available here.

Lawmakers are looking to reduce the environmental impact of trailers, requiring van trailers to be outfitted with things like aerodynamic skirts, automatic tire inflation systems, lighter-weight components, and low-rolling-resistance tires. Even flatdecks would need to be fitted with things like low-rolling-resistance tires and automatic tire inflation systems.

In the meantime, Environment Canada will review concerns from Canadian trailer makers about the economic affects of moving forward with the trailer standards before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) versions are in force.

“CTA appreciates Environment Canada’s commitment to fact-based policy making. This process will allow for an analysis to understand the impacts on the Canadian market without a similar rule being in place in the United States,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “In the meantime, the bulk of the trucking equipment regulation and its positive impact remain in place, producing significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the trucking sector.”

Emissions rules pertaining to trucks and engines are not affected by the recent announcement.

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Trucks moved 63 percent of trans-border freight in March, up nearly $1 billion,
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Canada sets its ELD mandate timeline
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Commercial truck and bus drivers in Canada will move from paper logs to electronic logging devices by 2021. Canadian and U.S. operators can use the same ELD in both countries.

Some 18 months after the U.S. started requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial trucks, Canada drawn up similar plans to electronically log the service hours of commercial drivers in the Great White North.

Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, said on June 13 that his country is mandating the use of ELDs by federally regulated commercial truck and bus operators.

The new requirement will come into force on June 12, 2021, and will replace paper-based daily logbooks. This requirement builds on the regulatory proposal that was published in Canada Gazette, Part I on Dec. 16, 2017.

“The government of Canada is committed to improving road safety in order to keep all Canadian road users safe,” a government press release explained. “Commercial driver fatigue is a long-standing road safety issue, and that’s why the government is taking new measures to address this issue.

“This new requirement is the result of longstanding collaboration among all levels of government and industry partners. It also addresses a Saskatchewan Coroners Service recommendation following the tragic collision involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

“Electronic logging devices are tamper-resistant devices that are integrated into commercial vehicle engines. They are intended to ensure that commercial drivers drive within their daily limit and accurately log their working hours. The devices track when and how long drivers have been at the wheel, and ensure they are complying with the Government of Canada’s Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations.

“Use of the devices also reduces administrative burdens, such as eliminating the need for paper daily logs and reducing the time enforcement officers need to verify regulatory compliance. Additionally, these new devices are aligned with the United States road safety regulations and will support economic growth, trade, and transportation on both sides of the border.”

“These new mandatory logging devices in commercial vehicles will improve safety for drivers and for all Canadians,” said Garneau. “Collaboration with stakeholders and partners was key to putting these regulations in place. I thank my provincial and territorial colleagues in helping to develop this technical standard and look forward to them introducing this requirement for operators within their jurisdictions. We know that fatigue increases the risks of accidents and that is why we are taking action across all modes of transportation.”  

Scott Smith, chairman of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, noted: “This regulation will help to level the playing field for compliant carriers and allow them to compete with rates that are achievable in the legal environment they operate in. It will help enforcement officers more easily verify compliance and remove those operators from the road who are not operating legally, improving road safety for all users.”

Added Mike Millian, president, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada:

“The vast majority of our companies and drivers in our industry fully comply with hours of service rules, but, undoubtedly, the implementation of tamper-proof, third-party electronic logging devices will further enhance safety and help ensure all drivers and companies hold themselves to the highest levels of compliance.”

As part of the regulatory development process, Transport Canada is committed to aligning with vehicle regulations in the U.S. to the fullest extent possible provided that it is in the best interest of Canadians.

By further aligning Canadian and U.S. logging device regulations, Canadian and U.S. operators can use the same logging device in both countries.

Transport Canada estimates that the mandatory requirement for electronic logging devices will reduce the risk of fatigue-related collisions by approximately 10%.

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Quick Truck Lube opens Napanee location
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NAPANEE, Ont. – Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Truckers visiting the newest Quick Truck Lube at Exit 579 on Hwy. 401 in Napanee, Ont., yesterday were treated to burgers and sausages as part of the company’s grand opening celebration.

The newest location is located adjacent to the Flying J truck stop. Owner Gurjinder Johal said the goal is to create a one-stop-shopping experience for drivers who visit the truck stop for food, fuel or rest. No appointments are necessary and trucks are serviced within half an hour.

Yesterday, promotions included $100 off oil changes and free grease jobs for every truck. The 14,000 sq.-ft. facility features three bays for oil service, which can fit three tractor-trailers or six bobtail tractors. There’s also a wash bay.

The new location was four years in the making, Johal told, and construction took one year. He invested about $5 million into the facility. One of the highlights is that there are 11 types of oil on reels, Johal noted, which he said is a first in Canada.

The Napanee location is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. About 14 people are currently working at the facility, and Johal said that number will be added to.

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Westbound Highway 401 opening up east of Highway 416 after fatal crash
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1 person killed, 4 taken to hospital with minor injuries

One person is dead following a collision on Highway 401 just east of Highway 416.

The collision happened around 2 p.m. Monday when a tractor-trailer collided with a box truck in the westbound lanes. The driver of the box truck was killed in the crash.

fatal crash involving two trucks closed westbound Highway 401 for several hours near Highway 416 in eastern Ontario. OPP tweeted the photo with truck company information blacked out. (@OPP_ER/Twitter)

The vehicles collided near where construction on the highway is taking place, between County Road 16 and the Cardinal exit at Shanly Road.


This stretch of the westbound highway was closed until about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, when one lane reopened.

Two other vehicles were also involved in the collision and four people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Detours are still in place early Tuesday morning.


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Trucking industry welcomes U.S.-Mexico deal
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ARLINGTON, Va. — The North American trucking industry is praising a deal reached late last week between the United States and Mexico to avoid a trade a war.

U.S. President Donald Trump had threatened to impose escalating tariffs on Mexican goods from June 10 unless the country stops immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally.

On Friday, the two sides reached an agreement, narrowly averting the imposition of tariffs, at least for now.

The American Trucking Associations quickly welcomed the agreement.

“Cross-border trade with Mexico supports 47,000 U.S. jobs in the trucking industry, so America’s truckers appreciate President Trump and Mexico avoiding tariffs and addressing the immigration crisis,” said Chris Spear, the group’s president and CEO.

“Free, fair and equitable trade with Mexico is of critical importance to our industry, which moved $424 billion in goods across our southern border last year,” he said in a statement on Monday.

Spear also expressed the hope that the deal will pave the way for finalizing the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Trade between Mexico and the U.S. was worth $671 billion in 2018, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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Maple Leaf Motoring: Will ELDs end cheap hauls to the Yukon?
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Maple Leaf Motoring is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of Canadian trucking. This week, the effect of ELDs on domestic routes, job growth continues in transport and an Ontario carrier adds a location near Chicago.

When Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate takes effect, likely in 2020 or 2021, the trucking industry will already have been well-versed in ELDs. Transport Canada estimated that 80,000 of the 142,000 affected trucks will already have required ELDs because of the earlier U.S. mandate. So what about the 62,000 trucks that don’t cross the border?

Corey Darbyson, director of Transport DSquare, a Montreal-based trucking company, suggested that ELDs would have the biggest impact on long-haul remote routes, where cheating on hours make it possible to offer lower rates.  

“No going to the Yukon cheaply anymore,” Darbyson said during the Journal of Commerce’s Canada Trade conference in Toronto on June 4. “Certainly remote areas are going to be more affected.”

DSquare, which does a lot of business on Canada’s East Coast, began rolling out ELDs slowly in the last quarter. Darbyson suggested that the effect on capacity on major corridors such as a Toronto-Montreal would be minimal.

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5 ways to avoid trailer wiring problems
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There’s more potential for trouble inside the J560 connector. Thousands are replaced every year due to poor maintenance.

TORONTO, Ont. — Until someone develops a cable-free electrical system for vehicles, we’re stuck with wires. And wires are generally not a problem until some outside force disturbs or damages them.

They are subject to chaffing from contact with nearby surfaces, or even from within the wiring harness itself, and the insulation can crack with old age. Once the insulation breaks open and moisture gets in, it’s all over but the shouting.

Corrosion will eventually eat right through the copper conductor, but the immediate problem could be a change in resistance. Sensitive electronics require precise voltages, and when you get a drop in voltage or an increase in resistance, sensors pick up the change in values and start throwing fault codes. That leaves your technicians trying to determine whether they have a faulty component, a faulty sensor, or a faulty wire. Troubleshooting such problems requires tons of valuable shop time.

“Corrosion in wiring can result in some very large diagnosis and repair costs, intermittent and frustrating circuit failures, frequent breakdowns, and premature component failures,” says Trent Siemens, director of maintenance at Paul’s Hauling in Winnipeg. “Fleets would be much further ahead trying prevent those problems from occurring rather than wasting time tracking the problems down and repairing them.”

Here are five tips to help minimize potential problems arising from wiring problems.

  1. Pay close attention to cable routing and possible sources of chaffing- and vibration-related damage during the truck’s pre-delivery inspection. Solve the problems before the truck goes into service, and if necessary, take the cable routing issues up with the OEM or the dealer to prevent future problems.
  2. Create a wiring repair policy so that all technicians repair wiring in exactly same way. There are procedures for repairing various sealed connectors supplied by the manufacturers. Follow them. If there’s dielectric grease or some other insulator inside a connector, make sure you refill the repaired connector.
  3. Establish a policy and procedure for repairing or replacing connectors. Don’t use non-sealed butt connectors. These are fast and simple but offer no protection from corrosion. Use soldered and/or crimped connections with double-walled heat-shrink tubing to seal and insulate the connection.
  4. Train your technicians on how to use multimeters and other diagnostic tools. Make sure they intimately understand Ohm’s law, battery load testing, parasitic drains, voltage drops and current draws.
  5. Finally, take every single probe-style circuit tester in your shop and grind the tip to a dull point. Make sure your techs clearly understand that they should never pierce wiring insulation when diagnosing circuit issues.
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Manitoba gets funding to help curb heavy-duty vehicle emissions
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WINNIPEG, Man. – Manitoba will receive a federal investment of up to $5.9 million to help improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles, matching a provincial contribution toward the efficient trucking initiative program.

The announcement was made today by federal and provincial representatives, with the funds being used to provide incentives for fuel-saving devices and retrofitting on trucks.

The federal funding, which is a component of Manitoba’s Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund allocation of up to $66.8 million, comes as a recent report from Canadian scientists indicates Canada is warming at twice the global rate, and carbon emissions from the transportation sector is seen as one way the government can take action to fight climate change.

“We are taking real action on climate change, with practical solutions to reduce pollution and help people save money. By investing in fuel-saving devices and technology, we are helping people across Manitoba take action in an affordable way,” said Terry Duguid, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and member of Parliament for Winnipeg South. “These investments will also help create good jobs and help us build up the strong clean economy of tomorrow. By building a better today, we make sure our kids and grand kids will have a better future.”

The government says Canada’s heavy-duty vehicle regulations will save new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually by 2030, and emissions standards are designed to promote innovation.

“This new program, in partnership with Canada, is an important initiative that supports Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan,” said Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires. “By working together, Manitobans and Canadians can continue to protect the environment and grow the economy in a practical and affordable way.”

Manitoba Trucking Association executive director Terry Shaw said via Twitter that the association applauds the funding announcement for technology and incentives for the province’s trucking industry, as they are an important tool to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Plan to fill jobs in Ontario's trucking industry
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One of Doug Ford's senior cabinet ministers was in North Bay on Tuesday talking about the trucking industry and the need to help companies find and hire drivers.

Economic Development and Job Creation Minister, Todd Smith, was at the local Manitoulin Transport facility to listen to the concerns from the trucking industry, as well as to announce changes to a provincial immigration program to help ease the labour shortage.

“We're opening up our Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to allow for these trucking companies to find drivers that want to come from another country. We will help get them on the pathway to a permanent residency, and more importantly, fill a labour shortage need in our own community here in the north,” said Smith.

Stephen Laskowski is the president of the Ontario Trucking Association and says there is a great need for more drivers.

“We're at about 20,000 short per year, and what's going on in northern Ontario isn't just the shortage, we are also having a demographic tsunami. The average age of a truck driver in Canada is over 55-years-old, and in northern Ontario, it's even higher.” said Laskowski.

The minister says a similar plan will be put in place to help attract more personal support workers.

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Drug Cartel Mistakenly Sends $4.5M Of Meth To Canadian Ford Dealerships
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A dealer and a dealership are not the same thing.

Criminals have no shortage of finding creative ways to smuggle drugs. The possibilities are endless, keeping law enforcement personnel on their toes. However, one shipment of illegal methamphetamine from Mexico went awry when they ended up at the wrong dealer. Instead of in the hands of drug dealers, the drugs landed at 13 Ford dealerships across eastern Canada, the result of a costly logistical mistake made by the smugglers. Oops.

According to the news release from Ontario Provincial Police, employees at four dealerships, tasked with inspecting the newly arrived vehicles, discovered non-spec spare tires in several of the Ford Fusion sedans. Upon closer inspection, the employees found the tires packed with packages of meth who then called the authorities. Police contacted Ford who provided shipping information for the vehicles.

Cars And Drugs Don't Mix:

Nine of 14 vehicles searched at the 13 Ford dealerships contained meth. Six vehicles on a second rail car from the same shipment in Mexico were also found to contain meth. The police were then able to stop a similar shipment of cars as it entered Canada. Nearly 400 pounds (180 kilograms) were discovered packed into the cars, which the police estimated had a street value of $4.5 million.

It appears Ford and the rail company were exploited by “ a well-established, organized crime group,” according to police, pointing to the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico. Subsequent inspections of vehicles from the Hermosillo, Mexico factory have yielded no drugs. It appears to police the criminals have abandoned tire packing and vehicle shipments to distribute and smuggle drugs.

Drug smuggling is a vast, multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise that’s a modern-day Hydra. No matter how many smuggling lanes police close, smugglers will find new ways to transport drugs. While the cartel is no longer shipping them packed in the spare tires of Ford Fusions, there’s little doubt the drugs are still flowing across borders.

Source: Ontario Provincial Police

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Maple Leaf Motoring: U.S. trucks will need Canadian-certifed ELDs
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Maple Leaf Motoring is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of Canadian trucking. This week: What Canada’s ELD mandate means for U.S. trucks, a deadly truck crash outside the Port of Vancouver and Michigan lawmakers take aim at Windsor-Detroit bridge funding.

When Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate takes effect in 2021, U.S. trucks will need to use ELDs certified to operate in the country.

Annie Joannette, a spokesperson for Transport Canada, wrote in an email that Canada’s ELD specifications were modelled after the U.S. “to ensure that a single device is capable of complying with the ELD rules of both countries,” but that it would still be subject to Ottawa’s more rigorous certification process.

Canada’s ELD mandate requires that devices undergo a third-party certification process. This contrasts with the U.S., where manufacturers certify their own devices.  

The Canadian government added the provision in response to concerns that the U.S. certification process opened the door for ELDs whose entries could be falsified.

Existing crossborder ELDs should be able to continue seeing use in Canada, provided they are updated and undergo the certification process.

Joannette wrote that ELD providers will need to update Canadian rule sets, as well as have both the software and ELD model tested by an accredited certification body. Once certified, new and existing ELDs can be updated with new software.

“The deployment of the software upgrade will involve a simple over-the-air software push to the device,” Joannette wrote.

The certification number will appear as part of the ELD device record – easily verified by enforcement officers, carriers and drivers.

Transport Canada is in the process of establishing the certification process.

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Manitoba’s top drivers awarded
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WINNIPEG, Man. – The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) announced the winners of the Provincial Truck Driving Championship, which was held June 15 in Winnipeg, Man.

First place winners make up Team Manitoba and include Bruce McKechnie of Bison Transport (single/tandem); Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways (tandem/tandem); David Henry from REK Express (super B); and Roy Dhillon of TransX Group of Companies (turn pike).

Other winners from the event include Darren Cassan of Arnold Bros. Transport (first time entrant); Hrabarchuk (Hal Bjornson Memorial Award); Hrabarchuk (grand champion); and Cayla McKechnie for Bison Transport (partner competition).

The MTA also handed out its Driver of the Year award during the 2019 Driver Awards Banquet, which was bestowed on Robert Pigeau of Big Freight Systems.

Others receiving recognition for industry excellence included:

• Lorne Griffin – Searcy Trucking
• Darren Cassan – Arnold Bros. Transport
• Daryl Bateman – Arnold Bros. Transport
• Rudy Kroeker – Hylife Ltd.
• Darrell Epp – Gladstone Transfer
• Ester Nemeth – Bison Transport
• Daniel Schneider – Bison Transport
• Doug Gabb – Bison Transport
• Werner Van Niekerk – Bison Transport

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Thunder Bay council rejects bylaw on truck route
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THUNDER BAY, Ont. – A controversial proposal to create a designated truck route in the city has been stalled by Thunder Bay city council.

The council voted 7-5 on Monday night to reject a bylaw, which would have regulated truck traffic, following stiff opposition from businesses.

The council ratified the DTR in March following approval of the concept in January.

The city was looking to close much of Arthur Street and Dawson Road (Highway 102) to anything above 15,000 kilograms, squeezing more trucks onto the east-west Harbour Expressway that runs between the two routes.

The Ontario Trucking Association and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce had fiercely criticized the DTR, saying it will hit businesses hard.

The plan had been debated on and off by the council for more than 10 years.

It was not immediately clear how the council wants to proceed in the wake of the latest vote.

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Texas lawmakers approve path forward to extend Interstate 27
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The Texas Legislature has voted to send to the governor a bill that is intended to help improve the movements of goods and services from Mexico into the western United States and ultimately into Canada.

The bill, HB1079, would require the Texas Department of Transportation to study the “feasibility of certain improvements” to extend Interstate 27.

Advocates say the extension of I-27 would make more economic sense and help relieve congestion more effectively than proposals to make improvements along I-35.

If signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, a Ports-to-Plains advisory committee would be set up to study the extension effort. As outlined in the bill, the group would meet twice annually to discuss the project. The panel would be made up of citizens and officials that include ports, chambers of commerce, and the trucking industry.

Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, said the extension project would help to alleviate congestion on I-35.

“It is a long distance from I-35 to any legitimate north-south corridor reaching up to Canada, or to Mexico. We are woefully in need of developing those north-south corridors,” Perry said during a recent hearing.

He added that the advisory council called for in HB1079 could help get discussion started to gain federal transportation support.

Multiple regional committees would make up the Ports-to-Plains Advisory Committee. Each regional committee would study such issues as congestion relief and freight movement, as well as how to maximize the use of existing highways “to the greatest extent possible.”

Extensions of I-27 would be studied from its northern terminus to Dumas, Texas; from Dumas to Stratford, Texas; and from Stratford to the Oklahoma line. Also studied would be extension from its northern terminus to Dumas; from Dumas to Dalhart, Texas; and from Dalhart to the New Mexico line.

Additionally, extension of I-27 would be studied from its southern terminus to I-20; from I-20 to I-10; and from I-10 to the Laredo port of entry.

TxDOT would be required to submit a report on study results to the governor and the Texas Legislature by Jan. 1, 2021.

Figures previously provided by TxDOT show the estimated cost for the I-27 extension would be about $7 billion.

“When you are trying to get commerce and get traffic moved off (I-35), it is a pretty good investment,” Perry said.

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Women drivers honored with salute at Atlantic Truck Show
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MONCTON, N.B. – The fifth ever Canadian Salute to Women Behind the Wheel took place at this year’s Atlantic Truck Show in Moncton, N.B. on June 8.

The salute, which was organized to honor and recognize women who drive trucks professionally, was presented by the Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada (OBAC), co-hosted by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) and Trucking Human Resources Sector Council Atlantic (THRSC Atlantic), in partnership with Women in Trucking (WIT).

The first Salute to Women Behind the Wheel took place in 2009 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, while the first Canadian event took place at Truck World 2016 in Toronto, drawing more than 40 drivers.

The salute this year at the Atlantic Truck Show honored 10 female drivers, most of whom had more than a decade of commercial driving experience under their belt. Two members of WIT’s Canadian Image Team were in attendance as well, Jo-Anne Phillips of Irishtown, N.B. and Susie De Ridder of Fredericton, N.B.

“Today we’re here to celebrate the drivers, but there’s so much that women offer in the trucking and transportation industries,” Phillips said at the salute. “So, I think us getting out there and talking about it and showing what other careers are out there for women is great. We have so much to bring to the industry, and the trucking industry needs more women.”

The women at the salute also took the ceremonial group photo in their red salute T-shirts to mark the event. The salute ended with door prizes as well as cake and refreshments for the drivers.

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Continental renames urban waste transport tires
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FORT MILL, S.C. – Tire giant Continental has renamed its commercial waste transport tires and retreads for improved clarity.

“The new nomenclature is descriptive and easy to use, ensuring that tire dealers and fleets are able to pinpoint the tire’s application and usage at a glance,” the company said.

The new name spells out the vehicle classification, axle configuration and application for which the tire was designed.

One example is Conti CityService HA3, a heavy truck tire designed for all-position use in urban applications for waste transport. It is now available under the new name, Conti HAU 3 WT, the company said.

Starting August, the tire called ContiTread CityService HD3 will be renamed ContiTread HDU 3 WT. It is a heavy truck pattern, designed for drive axle use in urban applications for waste transport.

Continental, based in Hanover, Germany, is one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world. Its tire division has 24 production and development centers worldwide.

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Thunder Bay set to vote on designated truck route
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THUNDER BAY, Ont. – After years of bitter debate, Thunder Bay will finally vote this Monday on a controversial proposal to create a designated truck route – one that could steer traffic away from several truck-focused businesses.

A city council vote on the bylaw was originally due to take place in April, but was delayed due to procedural reasons.

In March the council ratified the plan for a designated truck route, which would effectively move trucks off local streets and onto the Trans-Canada Highway and Thunder Bay Expressway.

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce has criticized the plan, saying it will hit businesses hard.

“We have numerous concerns with the City of Thunder Bay’s proposed designated truck route bylaw, which will restrict the movement of goods by both cross-country trucks and local trucks within city limits,” said chamber president Charla Robinson in an email to Truck News.

“The proposed changes will increase the time, cost and carbon impact of moving goods through the city.”

The opponents also include Santorelli’s Truck Stop along Arthur Street, which caters to hundreds of heavy vehicles every day.

The city is looking to close much of Arthur Street and Dawson Road (Highway 102) to anything above 15,000 kilograms, squeezing more trucks onto the east-west Harbour Expressway that runs between the two routes.

“It’s going to be a 7-6 vote one way or another,” said Lorne Keller, comptroller of Santorelli’s, noting that a staff report recommending the new route appeared ready to die until one councilor changed their position. “That’s how hot button a topic it is.”

Keller said Santorelli’s lost 30% of its fuel sales business when the community introduced the Harbour Extension that bypassed the location.

“We can’t afford to take another 30% hit … The average truck takes 500 liters of fuel. You need a lot of cars to make up that.”

The designated truck route has been debated on and off by the council for more than 10 years.

The Ontario Trucking Association had proposed alternative policy options for the council to consider, like establishing the area as a community safety zone and installing photo radar along the existing route.

It questioned the low truck counts the city had used to downplay the safety- and congestion-related impacts of the proposed truck route.

“This is not how a proper traffic flow/collision analysis should be conducted,” association president Stephen Laskowski said at the time.

The association has said it will review the wording of the bylaw and will monitor the safety and congestion impacts of a new route, should it come into force.

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Canadian women truck drivers gear up for Moncton Salute
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OTTAWA, Ont. – The fifth Canadian Salute to Women Behind the Wheel is set for June 8 during the Atlantic Truck Show at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, NB.

The Salute was designed to honor women who have chosen driving as a career and to recognize them for their service. The Moncton Salute is presented by the Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada (OBAC), co-hosted by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) and Trucking Human Resources Sector Council Atlantic (THRSC Atlantic), in partnership with Women in Trucking (WIT).

The first Salute to Women Behind the Wheel took place in 2009 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. Each year since then, Salute events have attracted hundreds of women, including a handful of Canadians. Hosting these events in Canada allows organizers to pay tribute to drivers north of the border.

The first Canadian event took place at Truck World 2016 in Toronto, drawing more than 40 drivers. Additional events took place in Moncton in 2017, as well as Toronto and Abbottsford, BC in 2018.

The first Atlantic Salute brought together a group of 18 drivers from the Atlantic region with more than 300 years of driving experience among them. There were two new drivers in the group with less than two years’ experience, while the driving careers of four other participants spanned 30 years or more.

“While they are few in number, Canada’s female drivers are long on experience and dedication to the industry,” said Salute organizer, Joanne Ritchie of OBAC. “Women may be a small percentage of the driver population in Canada, but through events like the Salute, we want to celebrate their contribution to trucking and to encourage other women to consider a driving career.”

This year’s Salute will feature two members of WIT’s Canadian Image Team, Jo-Anne Phillips of Irishtown, NB and Susie De Ridder of Fredericton, NB, both long-time veterans who have left an indelible mark on this industry. The Salute gets underway at 11 a.m. next to Legends Restaurant, 2nd floor above Hall C at the Moncton Coliseum. The Salute is open to everyone who would like to attend, although only women who hold a commercial driver’s license will be featured in the group photo wearing the iconic Salute T-shirt.

Professional drivers can pick up their Salute registration form at the OBAC booth #506 anytime during the show.

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