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Police want to speak to witnesses of crash on Bishop Grandin Boulevard
Trucking News
Investigators want to talk to man who stopped to help

A 49-year-old semi-trailer truck driver has been charged after allegedly running a man over on Thursday on Bishop Grandin Boulevard.

A 49-year-old semi-trailer truck driver has been charged after allegedly running a man over on Thursday on Bishop Grandin Boulevard.

Police are looking to speak with a Good Samaritan who stopped to help after a crash on Bishop Grandin Boulevard Thursday afternoon.

The Winnipeg Police Service Traffic Division is investigating the crash, which happened in the eastbound lane of Bishop Grandin Boulevard near the Pembina Highway underpass around 12:40 p.m.

Police say an elderly driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash between a 2007 GMC Canyon truck and a semi-truck.

Police say a passing motorist, believed to be a man in his 20s, stopped to help, and investigators are asking that man and anyone else who witnessed the crash to call 204-986-6219.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Truck business running hot in Quebec
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Lachine, Quebec-based Trans-West is expanding its truck fleet and service to the fresh produce industry.

Logging 35 million miles per year, the 400 drivers for Lachine, Quebec-based Trans-West specialize in hauling produce from U.S. shipping regions in the Quebec.

“What we tell our drivers all the time is that we don’t bring just any tomato or onion, we bring fresh produce for our grandparents, our children and our neighbors,” said Andre Boisvert, vice-president of technology and development for the company.

Trans-West has been named as “One of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada,” by CIBC and Deloitte for the past six years, and was recognized as the second safest carrier in North America by the Truckload Carrier’s Association (in the 25 million-49.99 million mile category) in 2016.

While the electronic logging device mandate in has created issues for some independent operators in the U.S., Boisvert said Feb. 13 that Trans-West has been able to comply with the mandate, relying on team drivers — two drivers in one rig — to haul produce nearly nonstop. Canada does not have the regulation.

“We managed to train everybody by Dec. 18 and we don’t have too many problems,” he said. “We use team drivers so we are not over-logged (for hours of service).”

With trucks running around-the-clock, the company has 25 to 30 daily departures from Quebec to California. The 3,000 mile run takes about 2 1/2 days, with a round trip taking between 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 days.

The company operates 150 trucks and 250 refrigerated trailers, and hauls loads from the Quebec area to the west coasts of Canada and the U.S., as well as Florida, then backhauls produce to Quebec and Ontario.

Expansion mode

Boisvert said the company owns some of its own trucks, typically running them for about three years and then selling them. In recent years, the company has leaned more heavily on leased Kenworth T680s from PacLease. Now with about 120 PacLease trucks, the company is adding 40 more, Boisvert said.

“Since our trucks averaged 300,000 miles a year, they were rarely ‘home,’ and we couldn’t afford breakdowns and the headache of what to do if a truck did go down,” he said.

If there is an issue on the road, PacLease can direct the truck to one of its locations for service, Boisvert said in the release.

Challenges

The company could easily double the number of trucks except for a driver shortage, he said Feb. 13. Finding drivers willing to be on the road for six days at a time and with the ability to sleep while the truck is running isn’t easy, he said. “We have the work (to double truck numbers), we have the customers for it. It is the drivers we have a problem with.”

Truck rates for produce shipments to Quebec have been strong early this year and Boisvert said market conditions are expected to ebb and flow with weather and volumes coming out shipping regions.

But with 40 more trucks on the way and new drivers being added, Boisvert said the company is looking forward to a strong year and more produce loads from the U.S

Source of article click here : The Packer
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Mullen Group acquires Canada’s DWS Logistics
Trucking News

Mullen Group has acquired Canadian third party logistics provider DWS Logistics for an undisclosed sum.

DWS Logistics offers warehousing, distribution, order fulfilment, cross docking, and transloading services.

The firm takes the support of an advanced inventory management system for all the services provided to the customers.

With head office in Mississauga of Ontario, DWS operates distribution centres (DC) in the greater Toronto area and Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

DWS manages more than 500,000ft² of warehousing space with four DCs in Mississauga of Ontario, and one each DC in Delta and Richmond of British Columbia.

The company also offers shared warehousing service, which will help to enter markets quickly without capital investment and economically manage volume spikes.

Mullen Group senior vice president Richard Maloney said: "The VAWD services that DWS provides are a natural extension to our trucking/logistics segment particularly since DWS' service focus is on the consumer products sector which is a sector that is closely correlated to our regional less-than-truckload operations. 

“We will operate DWS as a stand-alone Business Unit and I am pleased to advise that Greg Miller, one of DWS' former owners, has agreed to stay on with DWS and serve as its president and business unit leader.”

Mullen Group offers of trucking and logistics services to its customers in Canada. The firm provides a range of specialized transportation and related services to the oil and natural gas industry in western Canada.

  Source of article click here : Supply Chain

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Lab Report: What story will your oil tell?
Trucking News

Any shift in wear metals in your oil will help to tell a story.

Regular oil sampling provides insights
into the condition of your oil and engine

Human beings aren’t much different from the trucks they drive. Like humans, trucks can have stuff going on inside that could prove detrimental to longevity. Since we can’t open a door and peer inside for a look, we rely on blood tests, blood pressure checks, cholesterol, and blood sugar tests, to name a few. Oil sampling and analysis provides a similar level of insight into the internal condition of engines.

Oil analysis provides insight on several levels. You can verify the condition of the oil at certain mileage intervals, which is useful when planning extended oil drain intervals, and you can also determine wear rates of certain engine components by looking at the metal content in the oil sample.

“Every individual engine will have its own wear-metal signature,” says Andre St. Jean, director of analytic services with Montreal-based Total Canada, which produces Quartz and Rubia engine oils and lubricants. “Different brands and models of engine will be different, too, because they are made of different materials. What is considered normal wear will also vary from engine to engine. It’s important to watch for the wear, but the wear trends are equally important.”

All truck engines will wear as they work, but you need to establish from the start what are normal wear rates. That’s why St. Jean suggests sampling when the engine is new, and then on regular intervals as it ages.

“You’ll want to pull a few samples early to establish a baseline,” he says. “After that, you may not need to sample each time you drain the oil. You can change the sampling intervals to rationalize the cost, as long as you’re not letting it go too long between samples.”

The metal content of the sample can reveal exactly where it comes from, such as bearings, heavy parts like the crankshaft, and even pistons, rings, and liners. Among the advantages to knowing which parts are wearing normally — and which exhibit accelerated wear — is protection in a warranty claim, and even clues as to when it might be time to sell the truck.

“Some fleets will try to run a truck out as long as possible before getting into big repairs,” says Gloria Gonzalez, general manager of WearCheck in Mississauga, Ontario. “Fleets want to monitor the life of their engines, so they will know when it time to sell.”

Analysis can also reveal traces of contaminant in the oil, such as coolant or fuel. If that material is making it into your oil, it could also be traveling downstream into your aftertreatment system. Catching an oil or coolant leak early can reduce the possibility of a very expensive Diesel Particulate Filter repair or replacement.

Oil analysis is (or should be) also a critical part of any extended oil drain interval program. Gonzalez says it’s possible to double the typical oil change interval using some of today’s very capable synthetic oils, but you can’t go forward with such a program on guesswork.

The oil itself doesn’t actually break down over time, but certain necessary additives may be depleted. That can reduce its cleaning properties or its ability to neutralize contaminants such as combustion by-products and acidic materials.

“With the oil itself, the most important number is the TBN number,” says Gonzalez. “That will go down over time, and you don’t want to let it drop past the point where you’re putting the engine at risk.”

The Total Base Number – usually referred to as TBN — is a measure of alkaline additives in the oil, which protect against corrosive combustion by-products like soot.

Soot loading of the oil is another important measurement obtained from regular sampling. Soot is suspended in the oil, but if you push the drain interval too far, there could be so much soot in there that the oil becomes abrasive.

How much can you expect to pay for such a service? As with any Return on Investment calculation, it’s not what you pay that matters, but how much you save. Jack Fasoli, heavy duty national key account manager at Total Canada, says even when you include the cost of the oil analysis in an extended interval program, the returns are very clear.

“Even if you’re using a superior quality oil, like a synthetic blend, by extending your drain you’re saving money,” he says. “And you have peace of mind. You can’t afford a breakdown. It’s a bit harder to calculate, but there is value in knowing your equipment is less likely to let you down.”

Gonzalez agrees that the value is in the protection oil analysis offers.

“Even if you’re paying between $25 and $40 per sample, it’s going to help you keep that truck on the road,” she says. “How do you calculate the cost of a breakdown, with repairs, towing costs, loss of customer confidence … that can be very expensive.”

Oil analysis is a predictable cost, and it can be built into the maintenance budget. While it won’t prevent every possible engine-related problem, it does offer an early warning mechanism that maintenance staff can respond to, hopefully before it’s too late.

  Source of article click here : Today's Trucking News


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Parking survey deadline extended
Trucking News

TORONTO, Ont. —  The deadline to complete a survey to support a study of truck parking and rest areas in southern Ontario has been extended until April 30, as analysts look to secure more participants.

SPR Associates is gathering the information for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and has so far collected 1,700 responses. But that’s apparently not enough.

“The data is very high quality,” says study director Ted Harvey, referring to information that’s been provided about 25 highway segments, and about 30,000 parking and service ratings for more than 70 truck stops.

The information will be used to determine where additional truck parking is needed, and what amenities drivers need at truck stops.

  Source of article click here : Truck News

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Truck parking: Canada asks truckers to help solve problem
Trucking News
Sales of heavyduty trucks are down in the US and Canada according to WardsAuto data

Results of a trucker survey and engineering proposals will help Ontario's Ministry of Transportation figure out how to best add more truck parking and trucker amenities along its southern highways.

Truck parking has been a problem for years in many places in North America. “It’s coming to a head now as some of it is driven by the electronic data logging,” said Philip Bigelow, a professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Bigelow is part of a group seeking the opinions of Canadian and U.S. truckers on truck parking that will be presented to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to help determine where additional truck parking is needed in the province. They are also seeking what kind of amenities truck drivers need and want at truck stops.

“There has been a demand for space for years and no one is giving up room for truck parking,” Bigelow told Fleet Owner this week. “Unfortunately the drivers are the middle person who just sucks it up.”

The broad-based survey, which is active until Feb. 28, can be accessed at surveycentral.ca. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete. The confidential survey is open to both Canadian and U.S. truck drivers and is available in English and French.

In the U.S., there is Jason’s Law, which prioritized federal funding to address limited truck parking. Jason’s Law is named for truck driver Jason Rivenburg, who was robbed and fatally shot in South Carolina in 2009 after pulling off to rest at an abandoned gas station.

“We haven’t had something like that but the same risks are there,” Bigelow said. “But a 2010 survey found that more than half of drivers drove over their service hours to find parking. Something that is happening in Canada is that people are parking illegally. And illegally parked trucks can cause accidents.”


This survey asks about the shortage of parking along southern Ontario highways — and the hardships this causes drivers: Such as lost time, lost earnings, frustration and aggravation.

“The drivers lose money by not finding parking,” Bigelow said. “If they don’t know where they are going to park or the place is full, they are going to get a ticket and lose money.”

Some of the questions are about specific roadways in Ontario and others are more general about truck stops, rest areas and secondary roads.

In past trucker surveys, Bigelow said, they’ve found that drivers wany parking, security and clean bathrooms and showers at truck stops. “Unfortunately exercise has not been big on the list,” the professor said.

Bigelow, whose area of research is in truck driver wellness, would like to see more exercise facilities at truck stops. He is focused on improving the health and behavior of truck drivers.

While drivers don’t tend to say that is an important aspect of a truck stop, he noted that truckers are talking more about healthy food nowadays than they did in the past.

“A number of them are saying they would really like healthy food in truck stops as well,” Bigelow said. “If they don’t have the right environment, they are not going to be able to adopt the healthy behaviors.”

He cited a US National Long-Haul study that found that truck drivers are more obese than other workers, have a higher rate of heart disease and diabetes. “All of these chronic diseases are higher in drivers. And it’s because of their job.”

And this all ties into parking. Because if you can’t park, if you can’t eat healthily, and if you can’t exercise — you are more likely to be fatigued while operating heavy machines.

This study, Bigelow said, is all about the truckers having their say. “It’s like voting. If you don’t vote, you shouldn’t be complaining.”

The study has received support from the Ontario Trucking Association, the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, the Owner-Operator's Business Association of Canada (OBAC), the Women's Trucking Federation of Canada and individual truck drivers such as Johanne Couture of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

The overall study including this survey, along with engineering proposals for adding more parking and truck-related services, should be available by spring or early summer this year, according to SPR Associates, which is managing the survey.

Source of article click here : FleetOwner

 


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Retail sales strong in November
Trucking News

TORONTO, ON — Truck sales have been gathering steam in recent months, and the year to come looks even stronger.

Navistar recently reported that it returned to profitability in 2017, with a spike in fourth quarter revenue that was largely driven by a 31% increase in Class 6-8 truck and bus volumes in the U.S. and Canada. The company also expects 2018’s Class 6-8 market to reach between 345,000 and 375,000 units in Canada and the U.S.

“We think 2018 is shaping up to be one of the strongest industry years this decade, and we’re positioned to make it a breakout year for Navistar,” said Troy A. Clarke, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer.

As of November, Freightliner dominated 30% of Canada’s Class 8 sales, although Navistar’s International brand accounted for 39% of Class 7s. Hino topped the market share of Class 6 trucks, with just under 47%, while Ford held on to more than 51% of the Class 5 segment.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Report calls for transportation strategy
Trucking News

Smart traffic signals, clearing accidents quickly and opening up paved shoulders to vehicles during rush hour would improve congestion on highways in the Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor — a problem that is costing the average household $125 a year, according to a report from the Toronto Region Board of Trade to be released Wednesday.

The report is the fourth in a series from the board that looked at the movement of commercial goods through the Toronto-Waterloo Region corridor, Canada's largest manufacturing and transportation hub.

One million tonnes — $3 billion worth of goods — are trucked through the region every day, according to the board. But congestion on the highways connecting the cities is creating delays that cost $500 million to $650 million per year in higher prices.

"What surprised me the most I guess was that for a region of this size — Greater Toronto, Hamilton, Barrie, Kitchener-Waterloo — which we are calling the corridor — we currently don't have a regional strategy," said the author of the report, Natasha Apollonova, assistant vice-president, policy, Toronto Region Board of Trade.

"I think there needs to be someone who is co-ordinating all of this and who has the responsibility for really driving the regional strategy."

The report points out that much of the road network in the corridor doesn't take full advantage of even existing technologies and could benefit from emerging technologies like smart signals.

Smart signals use cameras and sensors embedded in the pavement to respond to traffic patterns in real time, according to the report, for example, eliminating an advance left turn signal if no cars are waiting in line to turn left. Smart signals can allow extended green signals for turning trucks trying to clear an intersection.

Efforts should be made to maximize the existing infrastructure, including permitting vehicles to use paved shoulders on the Don Valley Parkway in peak traffic; variable speed limits and rapid accident clearance, which would help avoid long unexpected delays, according to the report.

The report cites as an example the Ontario Provincial Police and Halton region, which are using drones to quickly record accident scenes, reducing the clearance process to 15 minutes from between one and two hours.

The report also calls for smarter enforcement, including cracking down on vehicles that block traffic by making illegal turns.

It suggests moving truck traffic to Highway 407 by providing financial incentives to trucking companies.

The solution would also include improving public transit in the region, to get more passenger cars off the roads.

Toronto Star

Source of article click here : The Record

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Trailcon to build new facilities in Calgary and Edmonton
Trucking News

CALGARY, Alta. – Trailcon Leasing announced today it will build new facilities in Calgary and Edmonton to support the current and future growth of the trailer and equipment company.

With construction set to commence this May and conclude in the second quarter of 2019, both western Canadian facilities will measure 20,000 square feet with another 5,000 square feet available for future expansion.

“Trailcon has been growing at such a rate that we have outgrown our existing facilities in Alberta,” said company president Al Boughton. “The new buildings will allow our staff to continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our expanding roster of customers.”

The facilities will feature eight trailer bays with space for three additional, and have a fenced-in yard with truck gates to accommodate around 120 trailers.

The use of LED lighting with motion detectors, recycled materials in furniture and other fixtures, high levels of insulation, and polished concrete floors for high-traffic areas will be used to reduce the facilities’ carbon footprint.

“No detail has been overlooked in an effort to provide our staff with an environment that is efficient, comfortable, and sustainable,” said Nick Reid, Calgary branch manager.

“I am very excited about these upcoming moves,” added Dave Ambrock, Edmonton branch manager. “Not only will the new surroundings benefit staff and customers, but they will allow drivers to be treated with the respect that they deserve, by providing them with a comfortable space to recharge and relax.”

Trailcon has had a facility in Calgary since 2012 and in Edmonton since 2007.

Source of article click here : Truck News
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Cobourg police seek stolen dump truck
Trucking News

Cobourg police are on the search for a stolen patriotic dump truck.

Officers were called around 7 p.m. Thursday to probe a damaged gate at the entrance of Blake Construction Services from its yard on Danforth St.

During their investigation, police learned a dump truck was stolen sometime between 5:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. The vehicle is described as a 2015 Red International dump truck with large white letting on the side saying “Canada 150.”


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Please keep an eye out for this dump truck that was stolen out of the Blake yard tonight between 6-7pm!! Please contact the police if you see it!! Rather obvious markings

Source of article click here : Global News
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Man seriously injured as vehicle gets stuck under flatbed truck in Laval
Trucking News
Highway 440 is completely closed going west near Curé-Labelle Blvd.

Police say a man in his 60s was seriously injured in a collision with a truck on Highway 440 in Laval.

Police say a man in his 60s was seriously injured in a collision with a truck on Highway 440 in Laval.

A man in his 60s is in hospital after his vehicle got stuck under the back of a 53-foot flatbed truck on Highway 440 in Laval.

Police say the man, who was driving alone, was seriously injured in the collision around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The truck driver was also alone. Police say he was not injured, but was taken to hospital to be treated for shock.

Highway 440 is closed westbound near Curé-Labelle Boulevard.

Motorists can expect about 2.5 kilometres of congestion in the area, and are advised to take the service road, Québec 511 said on Twitter.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Thunder Bay city officials seek input to newest proposed heavy truck route
Trucking News Proposed rules would see all heavy truck traffic through the city restricted to Highways 11-17, 61

City officials in Thunder Bay are going back to the public with their latest attempt to establish a designated route for heavy vehicles passing through town.

City officials in Thunder Bay are going back to the public with their latest attempt to establish a designated route for heavy vehicles passing through town

City administration in Thunder Bay has come out with its latest proposal for regulating where large, heavy vehicles passing through town can go, and officials are ready for public feedback.

The city has been attempting to establish a designated truck route for years. In 2017, a proposed set of rules was referred back to administration for further study after various concerns from businesses, members of the community and some city councillors.

The rules that are being put forward for public comment would effectively restrict all heavy vehicles, like some dump trucks, tractor trailers and pulp and logging trucks, to Highway 11-17 and Highway 61. Some other in-town routes for trucks proposed last year — like a stretch of Hodder Avenue and routes between the East End and Mission Island —  have been scrapped.

"So [the route] will follow from east of town, head through town and then head out the Shabaqua extension, as well as Highway 61 south," said Kayla Dixon, Thunder Bay's director of engineering and operations. "Those will be the only routes that will be on the designated truck route."

If a truck needs to make a stop in Thunder Bay, Dixon said the bylaw will mandate the vehicle stay on the designated route for as long as possible before travelling on other city streets to reach its destination. Additionally, she said current weight restrictions on a number of roads will be maintained.

"You're supposed to remain on a designated truck route as long as possible before you head to your delivery location," Dixon said.

Large vehicles would effectively be banned from Dawson Road, Oliver Road and Arthur Street W.

City staff will take feedback at a pair of public meetings in Thunder Bay on Feb. 15. Businesses can comment at a session from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Oliver Road Recreation Centre. The meeting for the general public runs later the same day — from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a presentation at 5:15 p.m. — at the Italian Cultural Centre.

"[We're] hoping to get feedback both from businesses and the public on those routes so that hopefully we can go forward to council and recommend this and say that the community is behind it as well," Dixon said.

  Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Soaring Rates, Freight Demand, Spark Truck Sales Surge
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Soaring freight rates, a shortage of big rigs and strong freight demand combined to make January’s heavy-duty truck orders the best since 2006.

The strong economy and favorable new tax policy are encouraging motor carriers to make large fleet investment.

Manufacturers received orders for 47,200 trucks in the heaviest Class 8 weight segment last month. That’s a 116 percent increase from the same month a year earlier and the best showing since March 2006.

“These levels were well above our already strong expectations and continue to indicate that the equipment markets are still reacting to the tight capacity in the truck marketplace,” said Jonathan Starks, chief operating officer at FTR Transportation Intelligence.

Truck orders could stay quite elevated throughout the spring, Starks said.

ACT Research, another trucking industry consulting firm, had a similar estimate. ACT said manufacturers posted orders for 48,700 Class 8 trucks in January, a 107 percent increase from the same month a year earlier.

“We were not surprised to see robust orders, given improving freight fundamentals and other factors, such as tax reform, but reported orders were well above even heightened expectations,” said Michael Baudendistel, an analyst with Stifel Financial Corp.

Recent tax legislation also played a role. Trucking companies have opened their wallets because they expect to have to have more money to spend on new vehicles in 2018. The new tax code allows smaller, privately held carriers to be taxed at the owner’s personal rate, lowering their tax burden.

“Clearly, the industry is on pace for a year that should handily exceed 300,000 trucks built,” Baudendistel said.

Truck manufacturers are also projecting a rosy 2018.

Volvo Group is predicting a stronger North American truck market in 2018. It is forecasting industry sales of 280,000 heavy-duty trucks for the region in 2018.

“The freight environment is strong. Good economic activity and high demand for freight, combined with a tighter transport capacity, has led to improving freight rates,” the company said in a statement.

Spot rates are as much as 30 percent higher than a year ago, and that’s expected to translate into more favorable longer contract rates, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley Research.

“Freight costs in general and trucking costs in particular are likely to see significant inflation in 2018 after 2 years of deflation,” the investment house said in a report last week.

Daimler Trucks North America also sees a robust truck market developing in North America in 2018, saying that it expects “significantly higher” sales “as a result of the ongoing market recovery apparent since the second half-year of 2017.”

Paccar Inc., the owner of the Peterbilt and Kenworth brands, sees U.S. and Canada Class 8 truck sales for the industry reaching 235,000 to 265,000 vehicles this year. That’s up from 218,000 units in 2017.

“Truck demand is increasing due to good economic growth, increased consumer spending, and strong commercial and residential construction, which has resulted in record freight tonnage and high fleet capacity utilization,” Gary Moore, Paccar’s executive vice president, said when the company ssued its annual earnings report last week.

Navistar projects the 2018 Class 8 market will increase by about 13.5 percent compared with 2017, making it the third best year of this decade.

Overall, Navistar estimates retail deliveries of Class 6-8 trucks and buses in the U.S and Canada will range between 345,000 units and 375,000 vehicles.

“Looking ahead to 2018, we see a stronger year with growth in the Class 8 market and steady sales in Class 6 and 7,” Troy Clarke, chief executive of Navistar International Corp. said in a recent conference call with investors.

He pinned the heightened expectations on a strong economy, forecasting GDP growth of 2.5 percent to 3 percent this year.

“History shows a growth above 2 percent translates to a growing Class 8 industry,” Clarke said. “Truckload freight rates have remained robust.

  Source of article click here : Trucks

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Remorques Lewis named a Talbert Top 10 dealer
Trucking News

LA PRÉSENTATION, SAINT-HYACINTHE, QC – Remorques Lewis has been named one of the top 10 Talbert Manufacturing dealers for 2017.

The Quebec dealership was also given the honor of “Most Improved Dealer of 2017” with sales that were more than double their 2016 totals.

“But that’s more than a number. It’s being with customers when they need it, friendly and fast service and repairs, and a dedication to this business — something we recognize in a lot of our dealers, but Remorques has done particularly well,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing vice president of sales and marketing.

Remorques Lewis is a full-service general and specialized heavy-haul trailer dealer.

The manufacturers top dealer of the year was given the honor for the 10thg year in row. Hale Trailer Brake and Wheel is based out of Voorhees, New Jersey in the U.S.

Other dealers that made the list include Columbus Equipment Company, of Columbus, Ohio; Coogle Truck and Trailer Sales, of Otterbein, Ind.; Freightliner of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Leslie Equipment Company, of Cowen, W. Va.; Lucky’s Trailer Sales of South Royalton, Vt.; Lynch Chicago, of Bridgeview, Ill.; Martin Equipment of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri; and Royal Truck & Trailer Sales & Service in Michigan.

  Source of article click here : Truck News

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Paws it forward
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THUNDER BAY, Ont. — The lonesome highway can be a solitary place for a truck driver, and though some crave this type of lifestyle, having a four-legged friend to share some time with would be a welcome companion.

The friendship may only last for a day or two, but for a group of drivers across Canada and the U.S., the chance to help a pet reach its new home is worth its weight in gold.

Margaret Foster, a fervent animal lover and former truck driver, started Furry Hobos N’ Highway Heroes nearly four years ago when she was asked about adopting a dog. She agreed, and ended up paying $120 to have her new pet shipped from Sudbury, Ont. to her home in Kakabeka Falls, approximately 30 kms west of Thunder Bay, Ont. About a 12-hour drive in total, Foster said that equated to $10 an hour to transport the dog.

She then looked into how pets are shipped across the country and realized that other than flying, there were really no alternatives. The cost of moving a dog from Ontario to B.C., Foster said, can cost anywhere from $600 to more than $1,500.

“That got my interest piqued and I got hold of a buddy and we started talking about it and I said I was going to see if I could get something rolling,” Foster said.

And get something rolling she did.

With a current network of around 20 drivers, Foster is the ringleader of Furry Hobos N’ Highway Heroes, an initiative that “paws it forward,” or in other words, provides the transportation service free of charge.

Considering Foster’s level of organization, the fact that they do not ask for any compensation is saying something.

At any given time throughout the year, Foster can have multiple dogs on the move. And the idea that it’s as simple as having one driver pick up the dog and drop it off is nowhere near reality.

“One dog took 17 people to transport,” Foster said. “That took a lot of arranging. Now I know why everyone used to say I should have been a dispatcher.”

Garnishing her home with whiteboards, Foster organizes the transportation of the dogs throughout Canada and the U.S.

During the time of her interview with Truck West, Foster had several dogs in transit, including those headed to Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Halifax, and locations in Manitoba and Nova Scotia, to name just a few.

Furry Hobos N’ Highway Heroes will transport any dog, whether it be stolen, sold from one owner to another, lost…it doesn’t matter. And about 400 have been moved by the network so far.

Foster said they even moved a St. Bernard in a Peterbilt – a sight to behold for sure. The dog was transported from London, Ont. to Calgary for a family that was in Ontario dealing with a health issue with one of their children and was faced with having to pay $1,500 to have their pet flown back home to Alberta.

The motto “paws it forward” really is all about providing a service for those who otherwise would struggle to do so for themselves.

Anyone looking to have their dog transported would first need to contact Foster. The shipper is sent a transport form and must prove that the dog has all of its vaccinations. Pets moving cross-border must also complete a five-way test, which includes screening for heartworm.

How far the dog needs to travel and its final destination will determine how many drivers Foster will have to recruit, which takes some logistical prowess to see who is going where and when.

Foster houses are also used if the dog needs to stay in one location during its journey.

Whoever initially drops the dog off to the first driver brings food and water.

“The reason we ask for water is because dogs are used to drinking water and if you bring their own water, they drink sooner, even if you give them bottled water,” Foster explained.

Once the transit plan is in place, a Facebook chat is opened between Foster, the owner of the dog, the driver(s) and foster people being used during the move, and the person who will ultimately receive the dog.

Though she manages to get by with the drivers and foster people on her current roster, Foster is always looking for more to join her network.

She understands the hurdle many company drivers could face for allowing dogs in their cab, as many carriers simply do not approve for various reasons.

Foster does, however, believe that companies that allow drivers to be part of the effort bring a certain level of good publicity and a positive public perception in doing so.

“It’s great free advertising and people notice it,” she said.

The majority of Foster’s drivers are based on Canada’s East Coast. She is in need of more drivers in the Montreal area and in the west.

Drivers are mostly referred to Foster by other drivers who have been part of Furry Hobos N’ Highway Heroes.

“Because we don’t charge we have no money for publicity,” she said. “It’s all word of mouth. We are what we are.”

To contact Foster, e-mail margaretfosterhyde@gmail.com or visit her Facebook page Furry Hobos N’ Hiway Hero”s

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Fleet makes case for hourly pay
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JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. — CH Express drivers were not alone in worries that a U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) might affect how much they could make. But ­managers at the flatbed fleet have responded in a bold way – by paying the long-haul drivers by the hour rather than distances.

Serge and Marc-Andre Hubert.

“The goal was to make sure the drivers did not pay the price of the new regulations,” says Marc-André Hubert, the fleet’s operations manager. “We wanted to reassure them that the amount would be the same – or even more – with the electronic log.”

“The decision is kind of our statement that we were not afraid of the new regulation,” said president Serge Hubert. If anyone was to shoulder the burden of added costs, it would be CH Express.

The fleet’s approach to Hours of Service doesn’t actually change. “We are not afraid of the new rules of the game because we already impose them,” Marc-André says. “But we understand that our drivers can have some apprehensions.”

A couple of drivers were skeptical at first, wondering where the scam was. “There is none,” he stresses.

The hourly compensation is based on the Electronic Logging Device, calculating actual hours of work and driving down to the second rather than using PC Miler.

“The calculation was simple,” says Marc-André. “Our drivers were paid 42 cents per mile. Based on a speed of 100 kilometers per hour and a distance of 1,100 kilometer per day, it is $25 an hour for a senior driver [more than two years of experience]. A junior driver [less than two years of experience] earns $21 an hour. The hourly wage ceiling is set at $28 per hour for drivers who have five years or more of seniority in the company.”

On-duty activities other than driving earn a rate of $18 per hour.

There are still other bonuses to consider. Each pick-up or delivery is paid $ 25, in addition to the hourly rate. An hour of this work, for example, would earn a driver $43 an hour, Serge says.

“When we do [Less Than Truckload], we want the driver to be encouraged to put the most partial loads on his trailer. We have established our system so that it is very beneficial for the driver to make these stops. These are bonuses to efficiency.”

Another $75 per day is paid for oversize loads, while every stop that registers a clean roadside inspection earns another $50.

“We like our carrier rating to be good, and this initiative helps us do that. The drivers receive a bonus upon presentation of the inspection documentation, which is included in our files. We know who went to the inspection and how much time was spent,” Serge says.

Drivers can legally work 70 hours a week, of course, and that is typically divided into 55 hours of driving and 15 hours on duty. CH Express pays time and a half after 60 hours of work

Strictly from an accounting point of view, the executives expect salary costs to rise 10-20% with the change. But recruiting, security, and service costs are expected to drop.

“By opting for a pay per hour, we bet we do not have to worry about recruitment and retention. We are willing to pay the price for good, professional, courteous, and safe drivers, and I am comfortable selling the professional service at the price it is worth. But I’m not comfortable paying for a driver who wants to drive in an unsafe and non-legal way,” says the CH Express president.

It’s about more than financial figures, however. They claim to have approached the pay issue first and foremost from the human side of the equation.

“For a long time, the pressure has been absorbed by the drivers. The whole industry says, ‘Traffic is your problem. Waiting time is your problem.’ Now, [these] are no longer the problems of the ­drivers. Whether a truck driver is traveling at 10 kilometers per hour because of congestion, at 70 kilometers per hour because of the weather, or at 100 kilometers per hour, it’s the same thing. The meter runs and it is paid. This takes away frustration and ensures that the driver can provide better service and be safer,” Serge says.

The word of the new pay structure spread quickly.

“It’s not very difficult for us to recruit now. It was … ­madness when we announced our pay per hour. Drivers were applying everywhere, even from the United States,” he adds.

“Recruitment is no longer a priority topic in the company right now. And this allows us to focus on our strength, which is to sell transportation services.”

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More customs facilities, in more places: Canada, U.S. plan expanded pre-clearanc
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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale met with his U.S. counterpart Monday

A truck carrying wood goes through the customs checkpoint, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

A truck carrying wood goes through the customs checkpoint, Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Imagine clearing Canadian customs in Florida, Arizona, or Chicago, or having a U.S. customs facility attached to a car plant in Ontario, with the goal of helping people and cargo travel faster between the countries.

The Canadian and American governments are discussing it.

They have begun talking about expanding pre-clearance — with plans to discuss potential sites for the first-ever Canadian customs facilities inside the U.S., and the longer-term goal of applying it to commercial goods.

"You've got an administration on the American side and certainly on our side, that really want to move these files," Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday, after his first face-to-face meeting with his new U.S. counterpart — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Preclearance has a long history.

It began decades ago with U.S. border facilities in major Canadian airports — allowing people to clear customs at home, avoid logjams in U.S. hubs and fly directly into U.S. airports that don't have customs facilities.

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The electronic Canada customs area inside the new international terminal before its inauguration, Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Jean-Lesage international airport in Quebec City. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

A few years ago the Harper and Obama governments agreed to new rules allowing the practice in every mode of transport — rail, cars, buses and ships. The Trudeau Liberals approved pilot projects at rail stations in Montreal and B.C.

Now, with the Trump administration, the countries are working on two future phases. Goodale said he already began discussing a first phase with Nielsen's predecessor, installing Canadian facilities inside the U.S.

"John Kelly and I had a conversation about, 'Where would we start?' He thought Boston, his hometown. Some Canadians suggested either Fort Lauderdale, (Fla.), or Scottsdale (Ariz.), the (places with) snowbird traffic in the winter," Goodale said in an interview.

"Midwesterners would say Chicago. ... Or somewhere in the American northeast," he said noting that Canadian ski resorts would appreciate quicker access for American travellers. "There are lots of ideas."

But the bigger long-term goal involves cargo.

The countries have agreed to meet this spring to develop a plan on what regulatory changes might be required to introduce pre-clearance for cargo beyond a pair of previous pilot projects.

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Then-Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, left, and Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney smile during a ceremony in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2015, to sign a pre-clearance agreement as part of the Beyond the Border Initiative. (Evan Vucci/The Associated Press)

Goodale said he envisions a future where cars can have their components screened and sealed for shipment right inside the plant. Given that a car under construction might cross the border a half-dozen times, he said that would avoid snags and boost productivity.

"The real prize of pre-clearance is when we could expand it from passenger to cargo," Goodale said.

He said he left the first meeting with Nielsen feeling positive.

"Really good meeting," he said. "You wonder in the first encounter: Will there be a list of complaints or grievances? No. There's a list of important issues we're working on together... It's a really good, constructive, international to-do agenda."

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Tallman Group wins International Truck Presidential Award
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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Tallman Group announced today that it has received the International Truck Presidential Award.

The Presidential Award, introduced in 2017, honors the top seven per cent of International Truck dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance in terms of operating and financial standards, market representation, and  customer satisfaction.

“This award is the highest honor an International dealer principal can achieve from the company,” said Mark Belisle, senior vice-president of distribution at Navistar. “Tallman Group, is one of only 14 International dealerships in the United States and Canada who earned this prestigious
recognition in 2017.

“The Presidential Award also recognizes the effort and dedication of all the dealership’s employees. A highly skilled, professional staff is a critical success factor for any commercial truck dealership. Kevin Tallman, CEO, Tallman Group is clearly committed to growing his business and being recognized by customers as the dealership of choice in their market. I congratulate everyone at Tallman Group for their commitment to outstanding customer service, operational excellence and representation of the International Truck brand.”

Kevin Tallman added: “This award is great honour for everyone at Tallman Group because it recognizes all the hard work and professionalism we bring to customers in Ontario. Everyone at Tallman Group is dedicated to providing an outstanding customer experience. Our customers rely on us to keep their businesses moving and growing. For 45 years, our customers have been returning to us because they know we deliver quality International products and services that help drive profits to their bottom line.”

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Wild end to standoff with truck driver
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Police used a piece of lumber and a fire extinguisher to end a standoff involving a truck driver.

The event began at 9:30 p.m. Thursday when the driver of an 18-wheeler refused to pull over at a weigh station along Highway 15 in Napierville.

SAAQ inspectors called on police for help, and Sureté du Quebec officers pursued the truck driver to St. Jean sur Richelieu, about 20 km away.

Police said the truck driver struck a police car and a second vehicle, but only came to a stop after officers placed a strip of nails across the road and the truck's tires were blown out.

Once stopped, the driver refused to get out.

After several hours of pleading police officers took a more direct approach -- one officer smashed one of the truck's windows with a long wooden pole while a second discharged a fire extinguisher into the cab.

The driver stumbled out several seconds later and was arrested.

Police said the 43-year-old man was not intoxicated.

He will likely be charged with fleeing from police, dangerous driving, hit and run and assault with a weapon.

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RCMP recommend staying off highways due to slippery conditions
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Snowfall, wind warnings still in place for northern, southeast Sask.

A semi-truck was seen blocking the northbound lane of traffic between Kenaston and Dundurn in this highway cam shot.

A semi-truck was seen blocking the northbound lane of traffic between Kenaston and Dundurn in this highway cam shot

Severe wind gusts and heavy snow are creating slippery conditions on roads across the province on Tuesday and blowing snow is also reducing visibility.

"Due to today's poor weather, please don't travel unless absolutely necessary," read an RCMP news release.

"Please slow down to ensure your own safety and the safety of others, or better yet, avoid highway travel altogether if at all possible."

As of 12:43 p.m. CST, a semi-truck had skidded off Highway 11, blocking the northbound lane of traffic between Kenaston and Dundurn. There was also a report of a crash on Highway 16 near Paynton which blocked one lane of traffic.

Travel was not recommended on Highway 2 to La Ronge and several secondary highways around North Battleford.

Wind gusts of 90 km/h were expected for southeast Saskatchewan, including Regina, Estevan, Yorkton and Moosomin. As well, between 10 to 20 centimetres of snow was expected for Meadow Lake, Prince Albert and Cumberland House.

Environment Canada said a strong low pressure system was responsible for the wind and snow. The snowfall is expected to taper off by late Tuesday afternoon.

If drivers run into reduced visibility, they're being asked to turn on their lights and maintain a safe following distance.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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