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Truck driver charged after spilling lumber on Highway 401
Trucking News
53-year-old Quebec man faces careless driving charge in crash near Kingston, Ont.

A 53-year-old Quebec man faces a single charge of careless driving after he rolled his tractor-trailer near Kingston, Ont., on Jan. 4, 2018, spilling lumber across the eastbound lanes of Highway 401.

A 53-year-old Quebec man faces a single charge of careless driving after he rolled his tractor-trailer near Kingston, Ont., on Jan. 4, 2018, spilling lumber across the eastbound lanes of Highway 401

A truck driver has been charged with careless driving after he crashed through a steel barrier on Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont., and spilled lumber across the eastbound lanes.

Ontario Provincial Police say the rollover happened shortly before 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4.

The man was heading west near the Gardiners Road exit when he lost control and crashed through the barrier separating eastbound and westbound traffic, OPP said.

Lumber spilled from the truck and ended up on the highway, causing traffic to be detoured, police said.

The driver, a 53-year-old man from Quebec, suffered minor injuries.

He was charged with a single count of careless driving and is expected to appear in court in Kingston, police said.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Northern Ontario highways pose distinct safety concerns traffic expert says
Trucking News
4 fatalities from 3 crashes on provincial highways in northeast during first week of new year

One man died in a serious collision on Highway 11 near Earlton, Ont., on Wednesday. Three other people were also killed in collisions in the northeast.

One man died in a serious collision on Highway 11 near Earlton, Ont., on Wednesday. Three other people were also killed in collisions in the northeast.

Highways in northeastern Ontario present distinct challenges when it comes to preventing collisions.

At least that's according to an expert who once helped police roadways in the region.

Four people died in three separate crashes last week on OPP-patrolled highways in the region. Police are still investigating the cause of each collision.

Mark Andrews, a retired traffic inspector, says he's tired of hearing about these kinds of stories in the news.

Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews worked as a traffic inspector for the OPP for 32 years. He now he consults with organizations like the Traffic Injury Research Foundation on traffic safety. (Supplied)

"I spent 32 years of my life doing everything I could in police work to reduce and stop these," says Andrews, who now works as a consultant on traffic safety.

He says distracted driving is one of the biggest safety concerns right now, adding that it becomes an even bigger problem in this part of the province.

"The highways in our region — in northeastern Ontario and northwestern Ontario — are two lane highways. You have long distances between communities because of how the north has been developed," Andrews says.

"You have everything being stuffed into this pipe."

Driving is becoming more complicated

Although there has been the same conversations about highway safety happening for the past decade, Andrews says not enough has been done to prevent fatalities.

"I hear the same issues being raised again and again of the cause [of collisions]...and ideas being raised that were raised 10 years ago."

At the same time, Andrews says driving is becoming more complicated than ever before as cars become entertainment systems. Andrews cites one example of a manufacturer that is developing an app so you can order coffee from your car.

"The roads haven't been developed, the cars haven't been developed and the users haven't kept up with what we now have for a vehicle to drive in," Andrews says.

"We're not going to back up the clock. Technology won't let us do that."

The infrastructure just hasn't kept up with those changes.

Andrews says some quick fixes in the northeast include installing centre-line rumble strips along two-lane highways and improving winter maintenance.

He adds more long-term solutions require cooperation between governments, vehicle manufacturers and other key stakeholders, like the trucking industry.

"How many times do we all get into the same room and talk about, 'Here's the issues. What can you do? What's your role in this to stop this from happening?' And I have never seen that happen," Andrews says.

"We [have to] get together to move this forward, so that we don't have to go to funerals."

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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ELD Day for Canada
Trucking News

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau takes a moment to review an Electronic Logging Device with a Kriska Transport driver.

BRAMPTON, ON — It ultimately proved to be just a matter of time. On December 18, the same day that the U.S. mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to track Hours of Service, Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau took to the podium to unveil plans to introduce similar rules on this side of the border.

Draft versions of the rules have been published in Canada Gazette Part 1, and once finalized are to roll out within two years.

“For a number of years, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been pointing to research that shows a universal Electronic Logging Device mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviors strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over [their] prescribed limits of service, which leads to fatigue,” he told a crowd of fleet executives and media assembled in a Trailcon Leasing service bay.

“These Electronic Logging Devices can help commercial drivers and employers comply with existing Hours of Service regulations and help reduce the potential of driver fatigue. They also help drivers and employers on the administrative side of their work, and the devices’ electronic records virtually eliminate the need for time-consuming paper logs.”

A two-year rollout will allow enough time to deploy the devices, Garneau added. “If we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better.”

The rules are essentially expected to mirror those that are now in place in the U.S.

“There are almost 30,000 trucks a day that travel between Canada and the United States,” Garneau said, responding to Today’s Trucking question about any proposed differences in the mandates. “It helps if we have the same rules on both sides of the border.”

The new federal rules would only apply to federally regulated carriers, but Garneau will be encouraging his provincial and territorial counterparts to enact ELDs in their own jurisdictions.

Ontario Transport Minister Steven Del Duca said his province is “extraordinarily supportive” of the rule. “Anything that we can do collectively to make sure that we are supporting and enabling road safety is something we need to embrace.”

“The time to debate the safety benefit of ELDs is over,” added Scott Smith of JD Smith and Sons, speaking for the Canadian Trucking Alliance. “By supporting the adoption of proven technology that will help to address and reduce fatigue in truck drivers, and help to reduce one of the main factors that lead to distracted driving. This is a good day for road safety.”

Mike Millian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, echoed the sentiment.

“Our current system of tracking hours by means of pen and paper is an outdated one, and one that has too many opportunities for unscrupulous operators to pressure their drivers to fudge their records. While the majority of carriers in our industry are safe operators and have policies and procedures in place to ensure compliance with hours of service regulations, there are always outliers in every industry,” he said. “Some operators will low-ball freight rates, and do so on the back of their drivers fudging their books to make the run possible. We all pay a price for this. Safe carriers who operate legally end up competing against rates that can’t be met in a proper operation. The public pays a price as a result of sharing the road with some of these operators who may be forcing tired and unsafe drivers out onto our roads.”

Millian rolled out Electronic Logging Devices as early as 2013 when he was overseeing safety and compliance at a fleet in southwestern Ontario. Within six months, more than 90% of its drivers were happy with the shift away from paper logs, he said.

Louis Carette, a driver with Kriska Transport, has used an ELD since 2011 and wouldn’t go back. But acceptance by some of his peers did take time.

“It was mixed reviews at first because everyone’s scared of change. They think, ‘Oh, you know I’m going to run out of time to park,’” the Ontario Trucking Association Road Knight recalls. “If you’re on paper and running a legal logbook, you should have no kickback or worry on electronic logs because it’s the same thing. Just electronic. More user-friendly.”

He has cut it close on a few occasions, pulling into truck stops with just 10 minutes left to go, but has yet to see it change the way he operates.

“The Hours of Service rules are not going to change,” Carette stressed. “If you’re obeying the rules, it really shouldn’t matter.”

Exemptions for the oil and forestry sector remain, adds Stephen Laskowski, president of the Ontario Trucking Association and head of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Admittedly, the change is first and foremost a compliance issue, he said. “If we didn’t have compliance issues with paper, we wouldn’t be doing this.” But Laskowski also says the focus of Electronic Logging Devices will help to reduce fatigue.

He says the “underbelly” of the trucking industry will fight the proposed rules, but hopes the government will consider the source of such arguments. “I have yet to see one logical reason why we shouldn’t be bringing in ELDs.”

“You’re always going to get some pushback for just any kind of mandate. People just don’t like being forced,” said Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association. “This is about Hours of Service compliance management – not about the Hours of Service. If you need a logbook today, you’ll need an ELD tomorrow.”

But the rollout of ELDs can make a difference in operating procedures.

“It’s as much training and learning for the operations group as it is for the drivers themselves, as to how you can do it, what you can do, and what you can’t do,” said Gary Arnold, president of Manitoba-based Arnold Bros.

Windsor, Ontario-based Onfreight Logistics has had to recover trucks and drivers who have run out of hours, and customers had to be educated about the impact of tightly controlled electronic logs, said Steve Ondejko, fleet president and chairman of the Ontario Trucking Association. Rack loads and other low-priority loads sometimes have to be parked in favor of those critical to a company’s production, and the fleet has also opened additional terminals in Kentucky and Pennsylvania to support the shift.

“It’s not only putting ELDs in. It’s actually educating the customer. Educating our operations people to understand the good way of doing business,” Ondejko said. “It’s really a change in the way you do business.”

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking



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Canada Introduces Revised SmartDriver Program
Trucking News

"This program will help meet the trucking industry's growing demand for safe, fuel-efficient drivers while educating existing operators on improved driving techniques. The real savings come in the form of reduced greenhouse gas emissions, helping meet Canada's domestic and international climate goals," said Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources.

Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, on Jan. 8 announced a redesigned online SmartDriver for Highway Trucking (SDHT) program to help the commercial trucking industry reduce operating costs while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. The industry faces rising fuel costs and an increased need for reduced emissions, according to the Canadian government.

The revised program has been developed in consultation with industry and is Natural Resources Canada's flagship training program for commercial truck drivers offers, offered online, in classrooms, and with on-road training materials help drivers and instructors improve their driving efficiency.

SDHT learning materials are available free of charge to drivers, fleets, and training organizations. For more information, visit the FleetSmart website at www.FleetSmart.NRCan.gc.ca.

"Natural Resources Canada's SmartDriver for Highway Trucking program has been a key component of the Ontario Truck Training Academy's entry-level commercial driver training program for over a decade. This modernized program will help OTTA continue to outline the benefits of fuel efficiency and educate drivers on the impacts of safe, energy-saving driving behaviors," added Yvette Lagrois, president of the Ontario Truck Training Academy.

Source of article click here : OHS

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Healthy Trucker to release educational videos
Trucking News

LONDON, Ont. – Healthy Trucker has announced a new series of wellness training videos for drivers.

Videos will be released weekly during the Healthy Fleet Challenge, and will be open to all participating teams. The training videos have been created to help drivers get the education they need to make better choices while out on the road.

“Most of the drivers we talk to are willing to do the work and make the healthier choices, but they simply lack the knowledge of what to choose,” said Andrea Morley, lead nutritionist and health coach at Healthy Trucker.

The average professional truck driver gains seven pounds a year, according to Healthy Trucker, which takes an incredible toll on their health over their lifetime. From limited healthy options available in truck stops, to a sedentary job behind the wheel, the odds are stacked against people to wish to maintain or improve their level of health when they become a driver.

The videos will be hosted in the Healthy Team app, where all Healthy Fleet Challenges are held. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices, making it easy for drivers the access the information while on the road.

The videos will be a great complement to the education provided in the Healthy Fleet Challenge. Videos will be released each week of the 2018 challenge, which will run during the following months:

Leg 1: January & February

Leg 2: May & June

Leg 3: September & October

If you would like your company to be included in the Healthy Fleet Challenge to gain access to the trainings, email info@healthyfleet.com.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Ryder opens facility in London
Trucking News
Ryder's new facility was recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ryder's new facility was recently celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

LONDON, ON – Ryder System has opened a new logistics operating center in London, Ontario, to serve Eastern Canada and support more than 3,000 cross-border freight moves per month.

The 30,000-square-foot facility at 1205 Green Valley Road includes offices and cross-docking space, and there’s also parking for 286 trailers and 162 tractors. There are 210 drivers based at the facility, along with 55 Ryder employees.

Inbound shipments from the U.S. will be unloaded here and sorted before being shipped out within 24 hours.

“This facility is a key element of our cross border operation between Canada and the U.S.,” said Gene Sevilla, vice president – international supply chain solutions. “It enables Ryder to continue to grow in the Canadian market, and further supports Ryder’s handling of cross-border freight movements on behalf of North American retailers and manufacturers in various industries.”

The new facility is open 24 hours per day.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Ground transportation costs down in October
Trucking News

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Canadian shippers saw the cost of ground transportation drop by 1% in October when compared to September, according to the Canadian General Freight Index compiled by Nulogx.

A related Base Rate Index, which excludes accessorial charges, dropped by 1.3%, while average fuel surcharges increased. Fuel was 14.63% of base rates in October compared to 13.61% in September. 

“Total freight and base costs declined in October, despite an increase in fuel surcharges. Once again, domestic LTL increased, while domestic TL and trans-border LTL decreased. Transborder TL was basically flat.  Year over year all segments remain well below last year’s costs,” said Doug Payne, president and Chief Operating Officer of Nulogx.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Trailer containing 'extremely large quantity of veal' stolen
Trucking News
Toronto police asking for help in locating abundance of beef taken on Monday or early Tuesday

Slabs of veal were left overnight in a refrigerated truck in a commercial parking lot near Signet Drive and Fenmar Drive. Police are on the lookout for the trailer and its contents.

Slabs of veal were left overnight in a refrigerated truck in a commercial parking lot near Signet Drive and Fenmar Drive. Police are on the lookout for the trailer and its contents.

Toronto police are on the alert for a 16-metre trailer carrying "an extremely large quantity of veal" that was apparently stolen from a North York parking lot some time on Christmas Day.

The refrigerated trailer wasn't attached to a cab, so Toronto Police Service spokesperson Allyson Douglas-Cook said they're "not exactly sure" how the meat thief transported the spoils, valued at about $30,000.

The stolen meat comes encased in packaging from veal wholesaler White Veal Meat Packaging Ltd. The trailer itself is white with the company logo on the side — a blue "W" and the name "White Valley."

Toronto police don't often investigate cases of veal theft, Douglas-Cook said.

Police are asking the public for help in locating the trailer and its contents. "We're hoping someone will recognize the trailer," Douglas-Cook said, and suggested the meat might be sold on the sly.

She asked that shoppers keep an eye out for suspiciously good deals on veal. "You know — just in case someone's having a Boxing Day special in a parking lot somewhere," she said.

white valley veal

The veal would have been packaged like this, Toronto police said in a news release Tuesday

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No new tax with N.B. carbon fund
Trucking News

DIEPPE, NB – As promised, the final version of New Brunswick’s carbon pricing program won’t add an additional tax to consumers.

In a plan released by the government just days before a federal deadline, Premier Brian Gallant stood by a promise he made in October to consider consumers’ wallets when designing the program.

Instead of creating a new tax, the levy to help Canada meet its emissions goals under the Paris Agreement will be taken from fuel and diesel taxes already in place in the province.

The money will be diverted into a climate change fund designed to help industry emitters reduce their carbon footprint.

Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association called the approach a great move for Gallant, applauding him for introducing a program that wasn’t a “cash grab.”

“It will capture a carbon price and at the same time will not buckle the industry or the general public with another tax. Since we have the highest diesel tax in the country, we feel that this is a great approach showing a good vision by the premier,” he said.

Industrial performance standards set out and administered by the federal government for large producers of greenhouse gases (GHG) will also be implemented as part of the plan.

The program will work closely with facilities producing 50,000 metric tons of GHG annually and these industries will be captured in the performance standards set out.

The government said it is estimating that more than 400 jobs could be created as a result of their low carbon plans, billing it as a money-maker for the province, in addition to helping Canada achieve its emissions goals by 2030.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Smile - you're on trucker camera!
Trucking News
Ontario Professional Drivers' Safety Association will send video of dangerous or illegal behaviour to police

John DeGroot is the founder of the Ontario Professional Drivers' Safety Association.

John DeGroot is the founder of the Ontario Professional Drivers' Safety Association

Next time you drive near a transport truck, you may be captured on camera.

The Ontario Professional Drivers' Safety Association, a new organization made up of independent and fleet drivers, has announced plans to outfit trucks with high definition cameras to capture bad behaviour.

The plan comes out of a discussion association members had about the rash of collisions and illegal behaviour on the road.

​"We wanted to put safety back in the industry and promote it," said association founder John DeGroot. "Commercial trucks have a large presence on Ontario roads every day."

Four trucks have signed up for the program so far, including DeGroot's own vehicle. Routes travelled include the Greater Toronto Area to Windsor (daily), Quebec (twice weekly) and Manitoba (weekly).

Each truck will have at least three cameras, with built-in GPS tracking. The cameras are of a quality that will allow the licence plate of vehicles three lanes away to be clearly read, and possibly inside the vehicle, DeGroot explained.

The trucks will not have special markings that indicate it has cameras on-board.

Footage of dangerous or illegal behaviour will be sent to police and possibly submitted to driving schools for use in training. If a commercial vehicle is involved in the incident, DeGroot said the video will be sent to the company as well.

Truck cameras

Cameras will be installed on DeGroot's truck this weekend. (John DeGroot)

When contacted by CBC News, OPP Highway Safety Division Sgt. Kerry Schmidt was quick to say this new initiative is not in partnership with police.

"We're not looking for other people to be our patrol officers," he said. "I haven't gotten into any discussions with anybody that we're going to start having have truck drivers on the road patrolling the highways for us, looking for distracted drivers."

Nevertheless, Schmidt said video submitted by drivers could be used as part of an investigation.

Recording vehicles not an invasion of privacy

Both DeGroot and Schmidt said recording fellow drivers is not illegal or an invasion of privacy.

"It's no more than anybody with a dash cam in their vehicle or a traffic camera that might be on a street corner — cameras are everywhere," DeGroot said.

"It's not trying to invade privacy; it's trying to protect the public."

Source of article click here : CBC News

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OPP identify pair killed in crash involving tractor trailer and minivan near Sar
Trucking News
Police say minivan failed to stop at a stop sign

OPP in Lambton County closed Courtright Line as they investigated a crash that killed two people Tuesday.

OPP in Lambton County closed Courtright Line as they investigated a crash that killed two people Tuesday

Provincial police have identified the two people killed in a collision on Courtright Line in Lambton County Tuesday.

Cheryl Riley, 66, was driving a minivan which failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Courtright Line and Kimball Road around 12:35 p.m., according to police. 

Lambton County Crash, two dead

The collision involved a minivan and tractor trailer. (OPP West/Twitter)

The van was hit by a transport truck, killing the minivan driver, who was from the Walpole Island First Nation, and the passenger, 20-year-old Tahja Cadotte of Wallaceburg.

The 41-year-old driver of the truck was transported to hospital with injuries but is expected to survive.

Police continue to investigate the collision.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Trucker follows GPS through unfamiliar road, ends up under low overpass
Trucking News

A truck driver who was traveling in unfamiliar territory got stuck after following his GPS into a low overpass.

The incident happened between Park Drive North and River Drive North in Great Falls, Montana on Friday.

According to local KRTV-3 News, the trucker told police he was unfamiliar with the area and was following his GPS. He says he didn’t see the height restriction signs before driving into the 12’6″ overpass around 1 p.m.

The truck, owned by Red Leaf of Canada, was hauling lumber to Arizona.

“I called dispatch, the company, and the company is probably sending another trailer, where the load will be transferred. And after transferring the load we are heading to Arizona. We are hoping that it will take place today. Hopefully things get better and we are able to move from here. Hopefully, the sooner the better because the family is waiting for us back home,” the truck’s passenger (co-driver), Hemsagar Sharma, said.

The driver was charged with “failure to pay attention to road signs.”

The road was shut down for nearly 5 hours and has since reopened.

Source of article click here : Live Trucking

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Traversing Canada’s north
Trucking News

TUKTOYAKTUK, N.W.T.  — A new highway in Canada’s north is expected to have a positive economic impact on the region, including the trucking industry that services the area.

The gravel, all-weather highway is located primarily within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region and stretches 138km, linking the

communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. 

Greg Hanna, communications coordinator for the N.W.T.’s department of transportation, said the new highway means more steady movement of goods into the region.

“Canada’s first highway to the Arctic Ocean connects the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk to the territorial all-season highway system,” Hanna said. “Previously, goods could only be trucked in during certain months of the winter when the ice road was open. This new highway allows for the movement of goods year-round, while allowing for new economic opportunities.”

According to the “Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk: All-Weather Road Economic Analysis,” the new highway will reduce transportation costs with the move from air to truck transport by $456,000. The reduction in costs will lower the cost of food in Tuktoyaktuk, which will increase the standard of living for residents and enable the savings in transportation costs to be redirected to other goods and services, also benefitting residents.

The highway essentially allows for the elimination of the food mail program, which subsidizes the shipping costs of nutritious food by air to approximately 135 northern communities that have limited access by road.

The economic analysis concludes that the termination of the food mail program in the region would have a negative impact on flights and a slight impact on the local trucking industry, with the net impact a $500,000 reduction in transportation industry revenues.

The report does state, however, that the majority of Tuktoyaktuk residents would choose to drive to Inuvik in order to do their shopping, which would lessen the impact from additional trucking in the area. Less-costly goods, as well as cheaper services, such as dental care and restaurant food, would continue to be a benefit to the area.

It is estimated that there are at least 400 pieces of food mail sent to Tuktoyaktuk each month for a minimum of 4,800 per year, or approximately 160,000lbs. of food. Transport costs by plane between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk are $3/lb., resulting in an estimated $480,000 in food mail costs. The new highway allows these goods to be transported by truck at a reduced cost of $0.15/lb., which will bring an addition $24,000 of revenue to the local trucking industry.

Hanna underscored additional benefits the new highway has brought to the area and its residents, including training opportunities.

“Examples include training for Class 1 and Class 3 drivers, equipment operators, summer students, and apprentices,” he said. “Not only was construction of the highway an economic boon to the region, we also expect long-term employment opportunities for residents.”

One of those expected long-term employment opportunities is in the oil and gas sector.

Hanna said the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is currently seeking federal funding to study the possibility of developing gas fields along the new highway.

Overall, there were four economic impacts assessed with the construction of the year-round highway: building and maintaining the road; an increase in tourism; a reduction in the cost of living; and potential impacts on the Mackenzie Gas Pipeline, including natural gas exploration and development in the
Delta Region.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Manitoulin buys Direct Right Cartage
Trucking News

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Manitoulin Transport announced today that it has acquired Direct Right Cartage.

This is the seventh purchase for Manitoulin in the last 12 months.

According to Manitoulin, the acquisition builds on its existing intermodal offerings and signifies Manitoulin’s intent to further expand its capabilities in this service.

“Customer demand is a key influencer in Manitoulin’s business decisions and this latest transaction further demonstrates that we listen,” said Jeff King, president, Manitoulin Transport. “This purchase enables Manitoulin to provide a higher level of service and frequency of intermodal service within Canada. We will continue to look for opportunities such as this to build out our services and coverage to ensure our offerings meet our customers’ evolving needs.”

Direct Right Cartage was founded by Paul Enright and John Farrugia in 1982, initially to serve the time-sensitive transportation needs of Canada’s entertainment industry. Direct Right has expanded its expertise and geographic scope to cover all industries, including automotive, plastic, retail, packaged foods, and other general commodities. It is headquartered in Brampton, Ont. and has locations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Montreal. Its founders, John Farrugia and Paul Enright, will continue in their respective leadership roles.

“John and I are both delighted to join the Manitoulin Group of Companies,” said Paul Enright, co-founder of Direct Right Cartage. “Manitoulin is one of the more prominent companies in the transportation industry and we have long admired its history and brand. We are excited to introduce our customers to the Manitoulin Group, given the holistic and global supply chain services it can offer. ”

“Through this transaction, customers of Direct Right Cartage now have more options at their disposal in terms of coverage and supply chain services,” added Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “Manitoulin’s ability to extend customers’ reach from Canada to the rest of the world through multiple supply chain service offerings, gives them a significant competitive advantage. We look forward to working with them and contributing to their success as a true business partner.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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CPC Logistics buys In Transit Personnel
Trucking News

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – CPC Logistics Canada has announced it has acquired In Transit Personnel.

The company says the combined entities will complement services already offered by CPC Logistics, creating one of the top personnel service providers to truck fleets of all sizes. It will also tap into In Transit’s expertise in providing warehouse personnel and management services, the company announced.

“In Transit is a perfect strategic fit for our company as we look to grow our service offerings in Canada and the U.S.,” said Doug Crowell, president and CEO of CPC Logistics Canada. “This move will help us open new doors for us as we look to help solve our customers’ logistics needs.”

“We are delighted to be joining the CPC family of companies to help grow the base of customers we already serve. We view CPC’s strengths as having familiarity of the Canadian marketplace, and a depth of support services to be a major motivator for doing this deal,” added Tracy Clayson, managing partner of In Transit Personnel.

CPC Logistics will integrate In Transit Personnel staff into its own office in the coming months. The two companies will continue to operate separately under their existing brand names.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Ontario extends 407 toll route
Trucking News
Highway 407 ETR

Highway 407 ETR

TORONTO, ON – Ontario has added 9.6 kilometers to Highway 407, a toll route stretching across the Toronto area, opening a segment between Oshawa’s Harmony Road and Clarington’s Taunton Road.

The first phase of the highway’s eastern extension opened last year at Brock Road in Pickering, included the north-south Highway 412, and now reports 40,000 vehicles per day. A final phase to open in 2020 will connect Highway 407 to Highway 35/115 and include Highway 418.

“I am pleased to announce that this new stretch of Highway 407 is complete and is now open to everyone travelling in Durham Region – creating infrastructure that will fuel the economy and create jobs, connecting people and businesses while making commutes less stressful today and tomorrow,” said Transport Minister Steven Del Duca. “Our government is providing alternate options for travellers, and I look forward to the completion of the last phase of the Highway 407 project in 2020.”

Tolls charged on the government-owned Highway 407 and 412 are lower than the privately owned Highway 407 ETR.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Highway 103 reopens after lobster truck slid into ditch
Trucking News
Highway was closed in both directions while lobster were unloaded and moved

The incident occurred on Highway 103 between exits 6 and 7.

The incident occurred on Highway 103 between exits 6 and 7

Highway 103 between exits 6 and 7 has reopened in both directions after a transport truck carrying thousands of pounds of lobster and haddock slid off the road and into a ditch early this morning.

The single-vehicle crash happened near Exit 6 to Hubbards around 1 a.m., with some of the truck's cargo spilling out. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital for assessment.

The Department of Transportation was on the scene to clean up the debris and crews loaded the cargo onto another truck. A detour was in place via Route 3.

lobster truck in ditch

A few people work to unload lobster from the crash on Thursday morning. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

The truck was carrying between 25,000 and 30,000 pounds of lobster and haddock and was heading to the Fishermen's Market location on the Bedford Highway, said Bill Langdon, who was at the scene and works for the company.

Langdon said the lobster will be inspected at the Bedford store but the loss could be in the $100,000 range.

RCMP said the investigation continues but no charges are expected.

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Driverless trucks moving closer to commercial reality on Canadian highways
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General Motors, Google and Uber are all testing out the technology

Already a banner year in self-driving advancements — including the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada — interest in the sector picked up in the closing months of 2017 after Tesla Inc. showcased a fully electric semi-trailer truck.

Already a banner year in self-driving advancements — including the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada — interest in the sector picked up in the closing months of 2017 after Tesla Inc. showcased a fully electric semi-trailer truck.

Once thought of as a distant fantasy, autonomous trucks are moving toward commercial reality on Canadian highways as companies look to boost productivity amid a driver shortage and governments seek to reduce deadly crashes.

They are not yet driving themselves out of warehouses and down the highways, but companies of all sizes —including General Motors, Google and Uber — are testing out the technology.

Already a banner year in self-driving advancements — including the first on-street test of an autonomous vehicle in Canada — interest in the sector picked up in the closing months of 2017 after Tesla Inc. showcased a fully electric semi-trailer truck equipped with semi-autonomous technology including enhanced autopilot, automated braking and lane departure warnings.

Toronto trucking firm Fortigo Freight joined Loblaws and Walmart Canada in each pre-ordering Tesla semis, the $232,000 electric truck set to be delivered in 2019 that holds the promise of eventually becoming autonomous.

Despite his company's investment, Fortigo president Elias Demangos isn't holding his breath for widespread adoption in the next decade.

While the vehicles are ideally suited for corridors, such as Canada's busiest route between Montreal and Windsor, Demangos believes drivers will still be needed for short-haul services or to pick up and deliver goods.

Already being used

Estimates on how far away we are from a driverless future vary widely, but completely driverless trucks are already being used far from traffic, on remote resource properties.

Suncor Energy is testing them at its oilsands operations in Alberta, while Rio Tinto is expanding their deployment at its iron ore mines in Australia.

Rapid advances in technology are "revolutionizing" the way large-scale mining is undertaken around the globe, said Chris Salisbury, head of the mining giant's iron ore division.

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Matt Grigsby, senior program engineer at Otto, takes his hands off the steering wheel of the self-driving, big-rig truck during a demonstration in San Francisco last year. (Tony Avelar/Associated Press)

Transport Minister Marc Garneau travelled in October to Tesla's headquarters in Silicon Valley as part of his push to study safety and privacy issues associated with automated technologies to inform regulations his government plans to craft.

He has asked a standing senate committee on transport and communications to study regulatory and technical issues related to the deployment of automated commercial vehicles, which have the potential to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of Canada's transportation system. The committee is expected to deliver a full report in January.

"There are significant policy, technical, and operational issues that will need to be addressed in the coming years before fully automated trucks are common on Canadian roads," said government spokeswoman Delphine Denis.

The Canadian association representing the trucking industry — where autonomous technology could make the jobs of nearly 300,000 Canadians obsolete — recently urged the committee to avoid even referring to the technology as autonomous, much less driverless, preferring "advanced driver systems."

Threat to jobs

The group acknowledges there is a long-term threat to trucking jobs that the recent census said is the leading employer of Canadian men, but insists that is unlikely to happen during the careers of existing drivers and may even help to attract young people to the profession.

"The majority of Canadians are skeptical and rightfully so, of having 80,000 pound commercial vehicles driving without human intervention alongside the highway beside them," said Marco Beghetto, vice-president of communications for the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

"The new modern high-tech truck will introduce many changes to our industry, but the constant will still be the driver, even if the role of the job evolves with the technology," he told senators.

The International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental think-tank, however, estimated that more than half of the 6.4 million driver jobs needed globally in 2030 could become redundant if driverless trucks are deployed quickly.

Automating the trucking industry will be more efficient because it will cut labour costs by 40 per cent as trucks can operate for longer hours, said Paul Godsmark, chief technology officer at the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence.​

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After deadly year, OPP stops thousands of trucks in 5-day safety blitz
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There have been around 87 fatal collisions involving trucks on highways so far in 2017

Officers patrolled Ontario highways in two transport trucks in a safety blitz from Dec. 11 to 15.

Officers patrolled Ontario highways in two transport trucks in a safety blitz from Dec. 11 to 15.

Over a thousand charges were laid in a five-day special transport truck-focused safety blitz this month, Ontario Provincial Police say.

Operation Safe Trucking saw thousands of trucks stopped from Dec.11 to 15, after a deadly year that saw 87 fatal collisions involving trucks on Ontario highways.

"Despite giving advance notice, the Ontario Provincial Police stopped close to 3,500 commercial motor vehicles, laid 1,836 charges and took 71 unsafe commercial motor vehicles out of service," the force said in a release. 

Officers rode in two OPP transport trucks during the blitz to give them a better vantage point to spot distracted, impaired and aggressive drivers. 

Aircraft and sprinter vans were also used for enforcement. The officers in the transport trucks did not pull over vehicles but alerted patrol officers once they spotted drivers breaking the law. 

The majority of the charges laid can be broken down as:

  • 537 improper documentation charges
  • 223 distracted driving charges 
  • 336 speeding charges
  • 111 charges for following too close 
  • 185 charges for other moving violations
  • 185 defective equipment charges

But truck drivers were not the only ones ticketed during the blitz. 

The remaining charges were laid against passenger vehicles for violations that include speeding and dangerous driving. 

Passenger vehicles also charged

We got complaints from both sides of the aisle, where truck drivers also complained about cars cutting in front of them, taking away their following distance, driving in their blind spots," OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told CBC Toronto. 

The OPP has responded to over 6,200 collisions that involve transport trucks this year.

highway 400 crash

A 'catastrophic' fatal pileup on Highway 400 in November, shown here, may have been caused by 'inattentive' truck driver, OPP say. (Kerry Schmidt/Twitter)

"Regardless of what the causes or factors are, our OPP data tells us that the driver of the transport truck is at fault in 65 per cent of the 6,200 collisions," said OPP deputy commissioner Brad Blair previously told CBC News in an interview.

"These kinds of numbers are not something we want to see continue. There are thousands of vehicles at any given time on any stretch of highway. If even one of those get distracted or drive aggressively, it can have a huge ripple down effect," Schmidt said. 

Truck patrol could continue

This is the first time OPP officers have used a transport truck to patrol the highways, Schmidt said. The trucks are normally used to deliver OPP vehicles across the province but the success of this program means the initiative could be continued in the future, he added. 

"When they are not being used for that, they can also be used for continued enforce action as well," said Schmidt, adding that the decision will be in the hands of command staff.

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Calgary expands use of beet juice to de-ice roads
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Beet-brine mixture helps break down bonds between ice and road surface

A city truck dispenses beet juice as an anti-icing measure.

A city truck dispenses beet juice as an anti-icing measure

Calgary is expanding its use of beet juice as an anti-icing agent on roads.

It had previously used the organic compound on a trial basis but is now ramping that up, as a new winter storm approaches.

The beet juice is mixed with brine to create a fluid that sticks to the road and breaks down the bonds between snow and ice and the road's surface, said Jim Fraser, a district manager with the city's roads department.

The beet-brine mixture was previously tested in small amounts but Fraser said the city is now conducting a much larger trial on streets and on the cycle tracks.

That trial includes a new tank that can hold 40,000 litres of beet juice and supply a two-ton drip-truck to spray the mixture.

The beet mixture has been used elsewhere in Canada, and Fraser said it has proven effective for snow and ice control.

"The small tests we have done in the past have been very promising," he said. "We are hoping by doing a larger trial, we can really see the benefits this year."

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