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Safety concerns prompt closure of overpass in Vaudreuil-Dorion
Trucking News

Transports Québec has closed the bridge on Des Chenaux Road over Highway 40 in Vaudreuil-Dorion indefinitely, the ministry announced Tuesday.

The 53-year-old overpass, located just west of the l'Île-aux-Tourtes Bridge, is subject to regular inspections and has been subject to load restrictions since November.

A recent inspection of the structure found defects affecting its load-bearing capacity, Transports Québec said, prompting the bridge's immediate closure.

"The ministry regrets this situation but does not hesitate to close structures to traffic if the safety of road users is in question," the announcement states.

"The safety of road users on Highway 40 is not compromised."

The ministry has put detours in place for north and southbound drivers, sending them toward the Saint-Charles Avenue overpass instead.

Assessments of the structure and the bridge's bearing capacity will  be conducted in the coming weeks. Details of the required interventions will be announced in early October.

On June 29, the Des Chenaux Road overpass was hit by a dump truck with its bin up.

A spokesperson from the ministry said that the closure was not due to to any one particular incident, but to assess the gradual degradation of the bridge to ensure it is still safe to cross.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Truck driver found guilty in multi-vehicle collision that killed 4, injured 11
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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. 

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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Ontario government tight-lipped about Highway 69 funding
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Another bump in the road for project that's faced its share of delays

The widening of Highway 69 between Sudbury and Parry Sound has been in progress since the mid-2000s.

But a large section of the highway remains at two lanes. Whether or not they'll ever be doubled may now be in doubt, though Ontario's Progressive Conservative government is remaining tight-lipped about the issue.

 

But a large section of the highway remains at two lanes. Whether or not they'll ever be doubled may now be in doubt, though Ontario's Progressive Conservative government is remaining tight-lipped about the issue.

The province has confirmed that a review of Highway 69 funding is part of its line-by-line audit of all spending decisions taken prior to this summer, but hasn't commented on how the review is progressing, or when it may be complete.

A Ministry of Transportation spokesperson replied to an interview by the CBC with an emailed statement.

"Unlike the previous Liberal government —  who made outlandish promises and mismanaged money — our Government for the People is committed to building efficient transit infrastructure across the province, including Northern Ontario," read the statement.

 

The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is now lobbying Premier Doug Ford, asking for the earmarked funds to remain in place. 

"These are very important funds from a variety of different perspectives, in particular, the economic perspective," said Michael McNamara, the chair of the chamber's board. "The loss it would create to businesses, to just not have that consistency or to keep those goods moving."

He added that longstanding safety concerns also exist, as the highway was constructed when freight, not trucking, was a more popular way of transporting goods.

McNamara said he appreciates the government's desire to take a closer look at the project's costs, as well as its implementation — including whether to continue twinning the highway in sections, or to do it all at once.

 

"But it's also very important for the Premier to keep in mind the significant economic impact it will have on the north and keep the connection to southern Ontario intact, and even make it more robust. It's massively important," added McNamara.

About seven kilometres of the highway run through Magnetawan First Nation. It also passes through the traditional territories of Shawanaga and Henvey Inlet First Nations.

 

Magnetawan First Nation Chief Lloyd Myke isn't sure there's a need for four lanes.

"Be it four-lane or two-lane, there's always the possibility of anything that could happen," offered Myke.

"The highway is still there as it is today, and the north is always going to keep growing. This is just another project that's keeping that flow of traffic coming down that highway. But you ought to do it in a safe way as well, and if four-laning is a real priority for this government, they need to show that."

Myke adds that if the project does continue, the government will have to resume talks with local First Nations regarding financial and environmental concerns.

"By doing another review it's just another example that it's just going to take a little bit longer before we get the MTO back at the table and begin these negotiations," he explained.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Women lead charge to get more female truck drivers behind wheel
Trucking News
Truck driver Vivienne Carbonneau

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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Paris Truck Convoy raises $75,000
Trucking News

PARIS, Ont. – In its 14th edition, the Paris Truck Convoy for Special Olympics raised a whopping $75,000.

Dan Einwechter and an athlete getting ready for the convoy

The event, that saw 72 big rigs roll down Highway 401 on September 15, is one of the longest standing fundraisers of its kind in southern Ontario. Funds raised for the event go directly to Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics to help special athletes have uniforms, as well as the equipment and facilities necessary for their sport of choice.

“The numbers of trucks participating are down from last year, but pledges are up,” said Tammy Blackwell, event coordinator. “Our top three drivers represented $16,600…I don’t know how they do it.”

To date, the convoy has raised more than $900,000 for Special Olympics.

This year’s convoy was highlighted by the fact that the Special Olympics is celebrating its 50th birthday.

“This convoy just goes to show that it’s a terrific event, but an even better community,” Glenn MacDonell, CEO of Special Olympics Ontario said. “The industry sees itself as a champion for our athelets and what more can we ask but that? We have truckers from all over the country here, and what we notice from these drivers is sure, they’re here doing the convoy here in Paris today but many very well join other convoys across Canada and the U.S. after this.”

There was one very special driver this year that stood out among the others, according to Blackwell.

Dan Einwechter, owner of Challenger Motor Freight was one of the 72 drivers in the convoy this year. It’s something he said he’s wanted to do for a long time.

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of this, but just never had the time,” he said. “And finally this year it worked out.”

Like all the other convoy drivers, Einwechter had an athlete join him in his truck.

“He is absolutely one of the busiest guys we know,” Blackwell said of Einwechter. “We had our fingers crossed that he would participate…We are so happy to have Challenger  as one of our sponsors…they’re really amped up their participation this year and have 13 units participating today.”

While Blackwell said she was thrilled about the great turnout and success of the convoy this year, her and other organizations are looking toward next year’s convoy – the 15th annual – to be its greatest ever.

“The challenger in year 15 we want to break the $1 million ceiling that we’ve been heading towards,” she said.  “As well in year 15 we want to break 131 trucks which will represent, 116 as our high, plus one for every year the convoy’s been around. We are working on that. We want our drivers to feel good about what they’ve done. I can’t say enough about trucking industry, we couldn’t do any of this without them.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Bridgestone issues recall of 2,700 commercial truck tires
Trucking News

Bridgestone Americas and Bridgestone Canada are issuing a voluntary noncompliance recall of approximately 2,700 certain all position, wide base radial commercial truck tires in size 425/65R22.5. The recall includes the following tires:

  • Firestone FS818 tires in size 425/65R22.5 with Department of Transportation (DOT) date codes 2318 and 2418;
  • Bridgestone M854 tires in size 425/65R22.5 with DOT date codes 2418 and 2518;
  • Bridgestone M860A tires in size 425/65R22.5 with DOT date code 2518;
  • Bridgestone M864 tires in size 425/65R22.5 with DOT date codes 2318 and 2418.

All tires covered under this recall were manufactured on specific dates between June 10, 2018 and June 30, 2018, and sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Firestone FS818, Bridgestone M854, Bridgestone M860A and Bridgestone M864 commercial truck tires manufactured outside the affected production range meet regulatory requirements and are not part of the recall.

The affected tires may not comply with a specific endurance test requirement as prescribed under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and similar applicable laws and regulations in Canada and Mexico. In affected tires, there may be a risk of exposure of steel body cords in the sidewall to the environment, which could lead to deterioration of the cords in that area. If a rapid air loss occurs due to that condition while the vehicle is operating, there may be an increased risk of a crash. This is a voluntary noncompliance recall and there are no known accidents or injuries.

Bridgestone is notifying regulatory agencies in affected regions in accordance with local laws. Bridgestone also is notifying potentially affected commercial original equipment manufacturers, national account fleets, authorized dealers, company-owned stores and end-user customers to recover and replace any tires that are included in the recall. Bridgestone will replace all eligible recalled tires with a comparable Bridgestone or Firestone all position, wide base radial commercial truck tire in size 425/65R22.5 manufactured outside the affected production range, or with a suitable replacement tire. These tires will be replaced at no charge to customers.

To find an authorized Bridgestone dealer, visit the Bridgestone commercial tire website: https://commercial.bridgestone.com/en-us/index. Customers in the U.S. and Mexico with questions about the voluntary noncompliance recall may contact Bridgestone Technical Service at 1-800-847-3272. Customers in Canada may call Bridgestone Canada Technical Service at 1-800-267-1318; select option 7.

Source of article click here : Traction

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Manitoba man dies after being covered in hot tar in North Dakota semi crash
Trucking News

Bradley Jackson was hauling tar from Winnipeg to North Dakota when his truck flipped

The 21-year-old driver of a semi truck travelling in North Dakota has died after a crash caused the hot tar he was hauling to spill into his cab, burning most of his body.

Bradley Jackson, from Woodlands, Man., died in hospital Saturday at the Hennepin County Medical Center burn unit in Minneapolis, Minn., his mother, Rose Walder, confirmed to CBC.

In a Facebook message, Walder said after fighting "one Hell of a fight" her son "couldn't fight anymore."

The crash happened in Grand Forks County on Wednesday. CBC contacted North Dakota State Highway Patrol for details and was told the earliest they could provide information would likely be Monday.

Natasha Brydges, a close friend of Walder's, described Jackson's injuries as "horrific." 

"He was covered in the hot tar," she said

 

Police called Walder about the crash around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, said Brydges. Somehow the truck he was driving slid onto its side, sending the dangerous cargo into the cab.

"She was on the phone with them and she came and got me to write stuff down," Brydges said. "She was just in disbelief."

Brydges created an online fundraiser for the family, which on Saturday, surpassed its goal of $3,000. The money will help the family with travel costs down to the United States and back to Winnipeg, said Brydges.

"It's one less thing for them to worry about," she said.

Jackson's mother said her son was working for Jade Transport when he died. The Winnipeg trucking company specializes in hauling liquids including crude oil and chemicals.

CBC contacted the company Saturday and has yet to hear back.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

 

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Love’s opens new store early for hurricane aid
Trucking News

Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) will open a new travel stop Wednesday morning in Bastian, Virginia, to help the community and customers in the path of Hurricane Florence. Store teams have been working around the clock to make sure the store, located at 6168 N Scenic Highway (Interstate 77, Exit 58), will open earlier than scheduled to provide fuel, food, and supplies to that area.

The more than 10,000-square-foot facility will be open 24/7 and is the 11th Love’s location in Virginia. It has:

  • 51 truck parking spots
  • seven showers
  • laundry facilities
  • an Arby’s restaurant
“We opened our location early so we can take care of customers preparing for Hurricane Florence,” said Tom Love, executive chairman and founder of Love’s. “Our new travel stop in Bastian will provide a fuel option for those evacuating or braving the storm. We look forward to serving the people of Bastian and travelers by being a community partner in times of need and always along Interstate 77.”

Love’s is monitoring the latest developments as Hurricane Florence marches toward the South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia coasts. The company is taking precautions and increasing fuel and food deliveries at Love’s locations in advance of the hurricane. You find updates about our locations during the storm on Facebook, Twitter, and loves.com/hurricane.

Source of article click here : Truckers News

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Stop and Think: Strategies to avoid brake violations
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. — An unannounced Brake Safety Day enforcement initiative by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) on April 25 saw 13.8% of inspected commercial vehicles placed out of service for brake violations.

More than 11,500 vehicles were inspected on the day, including 1,457 in Canada. Canada’s out-of-service rate was slightly better than in the U.S., with 12.4% of trucks taken off the road here for brake violations compared to 14% in the U.S.

Despite steady enforcement initiatives such as Brake Safety Day, a part of the CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program, brake-related defects continue to be a leading cause of out-of-service violations. But fleet maintenance departments have a direct impact on a fleet’s violation rate, since routine maintenance can prevent many of the defects found at roadside.

We caught up to brake guru Kevin Pfost — formally technical services coordinator, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake — for his insights into brake maintenance best practices.

 

Today’s Trucking: Why is it that brake violations continue to be a leading cause of roadside violations, and what can fleet maintenance departments do to avoid adding to the statistics?

Pfost: It seems strange after all these years that we still have a high difficulty with brake maintenance and brakes out of spec’. Here’s the thing I tell everybody: If you bring a truck into a garage, it takes about 10 minutes to go through and actually measure brake stroke.

Most maintenance departments will tell you they don’t have enough time. But when you bring a truck in for any reason, take that extra five to 10 minutes to measure brake stroke while you have the truck in there. If you have a truck that’s out of spec’, stroke-wise, at least you catch it before it leaves.

Most mechanics, they don’t even look at the brakes when they bring the truck in for another reason. I think when they bring it in for any reason at all, they should still measure brake stroke.

 

Today’s Trucking: With air disc brakes becoming more prevalent in the market, should we not see a correlating decrease in brake-related out-of-service violations?

Pfost: Yes, air disc brakes are having less violations. I haven’t heard of many violations as of yet. Most of the time, when they go through the scales, (when inspectors see) they’re disc brakes they’re waving the guys through. So that cuts down on brake violations.

The other thing is, people like disc brakes because the pushrod is internal to the caliper. Now they can’t measure brake stroke, right? The biggest violation you’ll find is brakes out of spec’.

 

Today’s Trucking: So it sounds like a fleet that’s having trouble with brake violations could solve them pretty much completely by spec’ing air disc brakes.

Pfost: You know what, some of them are doing that for that reason.

 

Today’s Trucking: But that doesn’t mean disc brakes are maintenance-free, does it?

Pfost: Here’s the maintenance requirements for a drum brake: you have to grease it, you’re measuring brake stroke, you have a lot more components in a drum brake, so you have more chances of failure or mis-adjustment.

In a disc brake, your inspection is visual. You’re looking for cracks – cracks in the rotors, or you look up between the wheels and the caliper. You’re looking where the pads sit.  You’re looking for mismatched pad thicknesses. Then you’ll move the caliper, check the caliper movement on the guide pins. You want to make sure there’s running clearance. If there isn’t, that can tell you (that) you have a guide pin seized up.

So, they’re not maintenance-free. People get it in their heads that they’re maintenance-free. You still visually have to inspect this, you still have to listen for air leaks, and you’ll also have to check for caliper movement. Grab the caliper and slide it in and out of the wheel to make sure it moves freely.

 

Today’s Trucking: I have noticed, especially since the introduction of reduced stopping distance (RSD) drum brakes, there has been a lot of emphasis from Bendix on the importance of swapping out like for like friction material when doing brake jobs. Why is this so important, and is the message getting through to technicians, or does it need to be reinforced?

Pfost: I think it needs to be reinforced. The reason we tell you to replace friction material with the same material is because we have to meet the stopping distance rule by the government. Aftermarketers do not have to meet that rule. If you can make friction in your garage and put it on a shoe, in the aftermarket you can actually sell that. OEMs, we have to keep the same quality and same stopping distance in our friction. Aftermarket friction has no oversight at all.

The other thing, too, that I’ve heard from people is that when they buy aftermarket friction they don’t get as much mileage as they did with OEM friction.

 

Today’s Trucking: How important is ongoing brake training for technicians? Do fleet maintenance departments offer enough of this?

Pfost: I do a lot of technician training myself. What I find is, especially on the disc brake side right now, everybody’s kind of leery about (the technology). But it’s not a new product. The disc brakes on a truck are no different than the disc brakes on a car, other than they weigh about 100 times more.

So, the inspections are the same. But, our products are changing all the time. So I believe that technicians need all the training they can get. There are a lot of things they don’t run into every day, so they forget about it.

 

Today’s Trucking: Are there certain knowledge gaps you’ve encountered while training technicians, or issues that are widely misunderstood when it comes to brake maintenance?

Pfost: When I do a disc brake training class, I start talking about different things like brake adjustments on disc brakes. On our disc brakes you adjust them ‘til they make contact with the rotor and then back them off until you hear three audible clicks. On a lot of other ones, you back them off half a turn like you do on a drum brake. Technicians didn’t understand it’s three audible clicks – they thought they had to back it off half a turn.

Also, during the inspection process, there are a lot of guys that have no clue that they need to check the caliper for slide-ability while they’re doing their preventive maintenance.

On the drum brake side, look behind the clevis pin. Many guys will not spray any lube on a clevis pin. If the clevis pin seizes, that could be a brake-out-of-adjustment failure. A lot of guys look at me like a deer in the headlights and say, “Wait a minute, you need to lube these?” Yes, you need to make sure that the clevis pins are free.

 

Today’s Trucking: There seem to be a lot of training tools available today, including Bendix’s Online Brake School. But are maintenance managers doing enough to keep their technicians trained?

Pfost: There are a lot of guys that, when I get out there and I start talking to them about our online school, they’re amazed we have one. And I’m amazed that they don’t know about it. I think we really need to stress to technicians that there are free online schools – and they’re good schools.

This is what I tell fleet managers who tell me they don’t have the time to train their technicians: I always tell them, everybody breaks for lunch, right? One day a month, as a fleet manager, log into our brake school, and when these guys break for lunch, buy them pizza and pop. Put a monitor in the breakroom. Plug your laptop into it and do one short class.

It’s 10 minutes, 15 minutes max. Play that during their lunch while they’re eating pizza and drinking soda. I’m telling you right now – if you put food out, they’re coming! This is a win-win.

  • The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week runs Sept. 16-22.
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Andy Transport launches Tristan Fleet Management
Trucking News

MONTREAL, Que.  — Andy Transport today announced the official launch of its newest business venture: Tristan Fleet Management.

The new company operates several heavy truck and trailer maintenance centers and provides personalized fleet management services, such as preventive maintenance, equipment inspection, as well as general mechanic and collision repairs.


“Tristan Fleet Management is a natural expansion of the maintenance and repair services that have historically been provided to Andy Transport and independent owner operators,” said Andreea Crisan, COO and EVP. “The growth of Andy Transport’s fleet resulted in a strategic physical network of maintenance and repair centers. The expertise and dedication of its skilled workforce is now offered to third parties.”

Tristan’s customer base is composed of small- and medium-sized fleets. Nearly 200 clients have entrusted Tristan with the planning of their fleet’s PM and repairs, and benefit from Tristan’s 24/7 road assistance, towing, and road service needs all over North America.

“When operating a fleet, managing a shop and an in-house maintenance program can become an overwhelming burden and an expensive cost-center” adds Ilie Crisan, president. “We want to help fleet owners focus on their core business, while we propose a personalized fleet management solution which includes opening a new shop to cater to their needs in a strategic location, operating their existing shops, and giving them access to our network and services.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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All but one of 10 workers injured in crash between bus and truck out of hospital
Trucking News

One person remains in hospital following a collision at a rural Saskatchewan intersection that left a bus carrying pipeline workers on its side in the ditch.

Ten workers were injured when the school-type bus collided with a semi-truck hauling canola in Kerrobert on Friday afternoon, a spokesman for the company that employs the workers said Saturday.

Paul Stuckless, corporate safety manager for O.J. Pipelines, said the workers were travelling to Kindersley, Sask., from a worksite when their bus was struck by a grain truck.

He said 16 workers in the pipe welding crew -- including the driver -- were on board at the time.

Stuckless said the truck struck the side of the bus, sending it spinning into a ditch, and police said the bus came to rest on its side.

"It was a pretty busy night, but we're looking after everybody," Stuckless said, noting he did not know the extent of the injuries of the person who remained in hospital.

The crash came just days after the Humboldt Broncos played their first game since the April collision involving the hockey team's bus and a transport truck at a rural Saskatchewan intersection.

Sixteen people, including 10 players, were killed and 13 players were injured in that crash, which also happened on a Friday afternoon.

RCMP did not release the nature or extent of the injuries in the Kerrobert crash, but said in a news release Saturday that none were considered life-threatening.

They also noted that the driver of the truck -- which was hauling two trailers of canola -- and the woman who was driving the bus were not hurt.

Three people were taken to a hospital in Saskatoon by helicopter, and seven others were taken to local hospitals, police said. Four were treated at the scene.

Chris Bunz, a resident of nearby Unity, Sask., said he was driving by and saw the semi-truck in the middle of the intersection and a white bus lying on its side in the shoulder, dented but with windows intact.

"(The semi) looked like it had probably just a little front-end damage, and the bus had a little bit of rippling in the side, so I don't think it was too, too big a collision, but enough to put the bus over," he said in a phone interview.

RCMP said they're still investigating the crash, but said they don't believe at this point that alcohol was a factor.

Cpl. Rob King said the driver of the semi was licenced to haul the double rig.

Stuckless, meanwhile, said the bus, which his company leased for its crews, was equipped with seatbelts.

He said four of O.J. Pipelines' own emergency staff went to the scene and assisted local first responders.

Bunz said the presence of industrial activity, heavy traffic and speeding drivers make the intersection where the crash occurred a particularly dangerous one.

"There's a lot of equipment parked at the corner -- they have a stockpile of dirt and a bunch of equipment too, so it's kind of distracting, because you have that right in that corner and lots of traffic too," he said.

The driver of the truck involved in the April collision, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, is charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily injury.

Sidhu, who was not hurt in the crash, was released on $1,000 bail in July under conditions he not drive and that he surrender his passport.

Source of article click here : CTV NEWS

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Canada’s rules for transporting animals are weak — but they’re also not rigorous
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In Canada, the rules for transporting animals are already weak. Pigs can be trucked for up to 36 hours without food or water. For cattle, the number is 52 hours.

Animals can be shipped in the freezing cold or broiling sun — as long as they do not suffer “undue exposure” to the elements (whatever that means).

Inspection reports released to the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals has revealed that in much of Canada, including Ontario, the animal transporation rules are not rigorously enforced, writes Thomas Walkom.

Inspection reports released to the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals has revealed that in much of Canada, including Ontario, the animal transporation rules are not rigorously enforced, writes Thomas Walkom.

But inspection reports released to the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals has revealed another glaring inadequacy: In much of Canada, including Ontario, the rules are not rigorously enforced.

To be more specific, in 2016 and 2017 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) conducted spot inspections of trucks carrying animals in only five provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Exactly why Ontario and other provinces were exempted from these spot checks remains unclear. A CFIA spokesperson said only that the agency’s “highway and border inspections are conducted pending the availability of law enforcement partners and appropriate weather conditions.”

The reports, released to the animal welfare coalition by the CFIA under access-to-information laws and passed on to the Star, show that the federal agency conducted 269 highway inspections over the two-year period, mainly in Saskatchewan.

In virtually all of those inspections, the truckers were ultimately found to be in compliance with CFIA regulations — even when, initially, they weren’t.

In December 2017, for instance, an unheated truck containing 45 cows in -20C weather was stopped by a CFIA inspector in Saskatchewan. The inspector wrote that he initially deemed the transport inadequate but changed his mind after the trucker agreed to put some boards along the sides of the vehicle and after he allowed his cattle to rest for five hours in a warm barn.

In February 2016, another truck transporting 26 horses to a slaughterhouse was stopped for inspection in Saskatchewan. The inspector found that one of the horses appeared too sick to get up — a regulatory no-no.

So he had the trucker unload his vehicle until the downed horse could struggle to its feet. The inspector then okayed the transport as compliant with the law and let the truck continue on.

Source of article click here : The Star


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Know a highway hero? Goodyear wants to hear the story
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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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Cross-border trucking to be addressed during CTRF conference
Trucking News

WINNIPEG, Man. – Registration is open for the 23rd annual Fields on Wheels Conference, which will tackle ongoing issues with cross-border trade between Canada and the U.S.

With tariffs being put in place and falling commodity prices, the Nov. 2 conference will examine what is at stake when it comes to these issues, particularly for Prairie farmers.

The event will include analysis of local cross-border truck traffic flows in the Prairies, as well as a discussion about Canadian rail shipments to NAFTA countries, and the impact all this could have on Canada’s agriculture sector.

“Everything begins on a truck and ends on a truck – grain is no different,” said Dr. Barry Prentice, professor of supply chain management at the University of Manitoba and past director of the Transport Institute. “Agricultural trade depends on transportation, and the cross-border market is extremely important.”

Other topics that will be addressed during the Fields on Wheels Conference include the tracking of grains, oilseeds, and value-added shipments, post-CTA initiatives, the Transportation Modernization Act, and a panel discussion on the Ports Modernization Review.

The conference will take place at Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg South and is hosted by the Canadian Transportation Research Forum, a non-profit association made up of transport professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including trucking companies and shippers.

Those who would like to register for the event can do so at http://ctrf.ca/?page_id=4668 by Oct. 19 for the early bird rate of $295; after Oct. 19, the regular rate of $345 will apply.

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Goodyear rolls out most fuel-efficient tire yet at IAA
Trucking News

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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Walmart Canada orders 30 more Tesla semi-trucks, aims to shed diesel
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TORONTO - Walmart Canada is buying more Tesla semi trucks as it aims to reduce its carbon footprint by having its entire fleet powered by alternative energy by 2028.

The Canadian subsidiary of the U.S.-based retail giant says it will acquire 30 of the 18-wheeler semi-trucks on top of the 10 ordered last November.

The additional rigs, which hold the promise of eventually being switched to autonomous operation, will help Walmart Canada meet its initial goal of electrifying 20 per cent of its fleet by 2022.

The first 20 Tesla Semis will be used out of Mississauga, Ont.

The remaining half will operate from Walmart's distribution centre in Surrey, B.C., set to open 2022, which will be the company's first fully electric fleet base in the world.

Delivery dates for the vehicles over the next five years haven't been finalized.

"We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change," stated John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain.

Walmart will have one of Canada's largest Tesla Semi fleets. Other companies that pre-ordered the $232,000 electric trucks include Toronto trucking firm Fortigo Freight and Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Tesla says the semi-trucks will offer a better experience for truck drivers, increase safety and significantly reduce the cost of cargo transport.

The company says the vehicles, with a range of about 800 kilometres, will consume less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile at highway speed, earning 50 per cent more per mile than a regular truck.

Walmart says it will be able to convert from diesel quicker because the travel distance per charge is in line with its current fleet that consists mainly of single-day round trips.

Vehicle cameras will help detect object and minimize blind spots, while other safety features include automatic emergency braking, automatic lane keeping and lane departure warning.

Walmart Canada operates 410 stores in Canada, serving more than 1.2 million customers per day.

Source of article click here : CTV NEWS

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11 states, D.C. suspend hours regs as hurricane approaches
Trucking News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a regional emergency declaration for 11 states and Washington, D.C. as Hurricane Florence, currently, a category four hurricane heads for the U.S. East Coast.

Hurricane Florence recorded winds of up to 130 miles per hour this morning. The storm is expected to make landfall on the North Carolina coast Thursday evening. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting for the storm to remain strong and be “an extremely dangerous major hurricane through Thursday night.”

The FMCSA’s declaration covers Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and D.C. It exempts truckers providing direct support of relief efforts related to the hurricane from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The declaration is effective immediately and will remain in effect through the duration of the emergency, or through Oct. 10, whichever is less. 

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the evacuation of the state’s coast. Residents in hurricane zones have been instructed to evacuate beginning no later than noon Tuesday, Sept. 11. At the same time, traffic along certain evacuation routes is being reversed. Those reversals are as follows:

  • Charleston to Columbia: A full four-lane reversal on I-26 in Charleston will begin at the interchange of I-26 and I-526. The full reversal continues west until the I-26 crossover to I-77 just outside Columbia in Lexington County.
  • Horry County: Horry County has two four-lane reversals along US 501: SC 544 to US 378; and US 501: Between SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to SC 576 near Marion County.
  • For the Beaufort and Hilton Head area, the state will poise and be ready to reverse US 278 and US 21 if traffic conditions warrant.

“At this time, there is still some uncertainty about the track of this storm and its potential impact, but we are preparing for any possible outcome, including the potential of historic, catastrophic, and life-threatening flooding in Maryland,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. “Our state is taking every precaution, and I urge all Marylanders to do the same. Stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to state and local authorities, and most importantly, use common sense.”

Source of article click here : Truckers News

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Want to spot brake defects? ‘Bend at the waist’
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. – Brakes are a focus of roadside enforcement officers every day of the year, but that focus will intensify later this month during Brake Safety Week.

Scheduled for Sept. 16-22, the week coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) combines education initiatives and inspections alike, depending on the jurisdiction. It has traditionally allowed enforcement teams to shine a light on a variety of systems and issues.

The focus for the last two years has been ABS violations, added CVSA director of roadside inspection program Kerri Wirachowsky, during a webinar hosted by EROAD. “Before ABS we wanted to know how many vehicles were using air disc brakes.” The focus for this year has yet to be determined.

But no matter what the focus has been, a wide range of violations are spotted. Last year there were 7,698 related inspections during Brake Safety Week, with 14% of the vehicles put out of service for brake violations. Twenty-two percent were put out of service for violations of any kind.

The most common brake-related violations fall under six categories, she said. Chafing or kinking brake hose and tubing; brakes out of adjustment; general brake issues; automatic brake adjusters on vehicles manufactured since 1994; malfunctioning ABS lamps on towed vehicles made between March 1998 and 2009; and inoperative or defective brakes are all recorded.

“I’m not suggesting drivers can find them all, but I’m suggesting in some cases they can find more than they do,” Wirachowsky said. “Bend at the waist.”

Sure, dust shields can obscure the view or brake linings, but the most common issues of all include out-of-adjustment brakes and chafing air lines. “You can see kinked air hoses as you’re walking,” she said. Push rods are marked with visual indicators as well.

Wirachowsky refers to cracked spring brake housings, a loose compressor, or leaking air tanks as brake-related issues that might place a truck out of service. The cracked spring housing presents an “imminent danger” of a spring breaking free, for example. And if 20% of a vehicle’s brakes fail to meet the standards, it’s put of service with a general inspection, repair, or maintenance violation – recorded on an inspection report as 396.3(a)(1).

Understanding the related codes can help maintenance teams identify the underlying causes. “Sometimes there’s two citations on a vehicle for one brake being out of adjustment,” she said. In a case like this, it might not make sense to simply replace the slack adjuster. There could be another issue with a worn clevis pin that kept the slack from working as it should.

Differences can also be seen in the codes for lighting-related defects. A 393.9 code refers to a lamp on a truck that is burnt out, for example, but the 393.11 for defective lighting should only apply if the light is actually missing.

Checking the condition of ABS warning lamps is also becoming more important in an era when emerging safety systems like roll stability controls rely on the underlying ABS systems, Wirachowsky said. “All the safety systems that are being manufactured and added to vehicles rely on ABS.” And they could leave drivers with a false sense of security if there’s an ABS failure.

“Most drivers think it’s as simple as turning the key and the light will cycle on the truck and trailer. Possibly, but not always,” she adds of such inspections, referring to the example of a double combination with an older trailer in the lead position. “They [drivers] are not necessarily aware that all these scenarios exist, and they sell themselves short if they don’t know.”

Avoiding any violations is a goal, of course, and she stresses the value of some best practices – not the least of which is conducting thorough pre- and post-trip inspections that follow proper and timely procedures. Ensure drivers are trained in what to expect in a Level 1 inspection, she said. Because not everyone will be familiar with the procedures.

“Everyone feels they get inspected all the time,” she said, referring to drivers that she stopped who were never inspected before. “The odds of being inspected is pretty low.”

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Highlight Motor Group creates new in-house driver training program
Trucking News

CONCORD, Ont. —  Highlight Motor Group today announced the commencement of its Class AZ driver training college.

In partnership with leading driver training college, Highlight Motor Group has created a customized program at its Concord head office facility. The comprehensive training program uses their yard, equipment, and cross dock facility.

Highlight Motor Group says the cost of an AZ licence today is around $8,000 — and they are willing to give students the program for free.

The program was created in direct response to the overwhelming demand for quality truck drivers.

Kirk Kalinitchenko, founder, president and CEO of Highlight Motor Group said: “We are a solutions provider in all that we do, so we decided to tackle the driver shortage head-on. For young people without a university education, being a professional truck driver provides an above average wage. The demand for drivers is great and jobs are readily available at Highlight Motor Group. It is a 2 stage evaluation process for acceptance, one with the partner college and the other with our human resources department. Upon acceptance the candidate will be making a full time driver wage after successfully completing the 5 week program. We’re excited about introducing young people to our industry as professional class AZ drivers.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Legal Marijuana: Just What Canada Needs!
Trucking News

Apparently, the weed economy is way bigger than we ever imagined. Experts and economists are trying to estimate how much the weed market is worth.

Sellers such as pharmacists, drug dealers and even college students make a lot of money every time they sell weed. And Canada has decided to venture into the spot market.

Canada is likely to legalize weed this year. The country is known as one of the largest medicinal producers of marijuana in the world with an estimated worth of $ 14.1 million sales in 2017.

Legal marijuana in Canada could give the country the edge it needs, bringing in more revenues and sales.

A Look at the Legal Marijuana Industry in Canada

 If Canada legalizes recreational use of marijuana the economy is set to grow to up to $22.6 billion.  The study further estimates that the weed sales will even surpass alcohol sales and match up to wine sales.

The sales could be as large as large as $8.7 billion due to the high increase in tourism that will be experienced.

However, the actual number of marijuana sales will depend on how the government will regulate standards. Thus the country statisticians will need to come up with four basic variables. They need to understand:-

·         How many people will be consuming the weed?

·         How many days the marijuana will be consumed.

·         How many grams of marijuana an individual can consume in a day.

·         The price of weed

However, these variables will not constitute the total GDP of the country because there will also be weed which will be smuggled into the country.

In recent study, 5000 Canadians were polled and it was discovered that 22% Canadians use weed on an occasional basis. On the other hand, 7% use the herb on a daily basis.

The production and sale of marijuana should not be a problem. Some businesses such as pharmaceuticals have already filed applications to distribute weed for recreational purposes.  However, tracking recreational weed might be a bit trickier than medicinal marijuana.

When it comes to medical weed, pharmaceuticals have to fill reports, invoices, send monthly reports, sales and inventories to the Health of Canada. It’s to ensure that the government knows and can track all the sources of legal marijuana as and when required.

Keeping Illegal Marijuana Sales in Check

When it comes to smuggled weed, the cost of weed is still unclear but officials will have to guess the cost of production. This will be in terms of the seeds, fertilizers, labour and electricity used.

There has been a lot of opposition when it comes to legalizing weed. A lot of citizens are against it, but something should be but the whole process of legalizing might be worthwhile. For instance, a state like Colorado which has a fifth of the population compared to Canada benefited from it. In 2014 it collected $76 million worth of taxes. They were put to good use where most of them went into education.


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