The Kirkland, Washington-based
manufacturer now offers the T880 with a 6 x 6 or 8 x 8 Class 8
axle configuration using a Marmon Herrington MT-22 front driving axle providing additional traction for challenging applications.
The new driven front drive is available up to a 10-tonne capacity and is installed at the Kenworth factory. The manufacturer says this will speed up delivery times and reduce costs for customers.
The T880 is Kenworth's multi-vocational truck. In tractor form its 32-tonne double drive bogie combined with Paccar's MX13 510hp or optional 600hp Cummins ISX15 in-line six diesel engines, the T880 is Kenworth's principle heavy haulage prime mover offering.
The addition of a driven 10-tonne front axle should
significantly enhance its performance on rugged or difficult
"For severe duty applications where the ultimate in
traction is required, our new configuration is a welcomed spec,"
says Kurt Swihart, Kenworth's marketing director.
see our all-wheel drive T880 being used in oil fields,
configured as an off-road crane. The Kenworth T880 represents
the ultimate in toughness and durability for all applications."
The all-wheel drive configuration requires a Fabco transfer
case, and can be specified with Fabco's 1-speed TC-142 or
2-speed TC- 143 transfer case, depending on customer
TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Recovery Group (ORG) has invited the
Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) to attend an upcoming meeting of
their board to discuss roadside recovery practices and procedures.
The OTA’s recent campaign
to help carrier members in managing heavy-duty recovery rates has
resulted in OTA members submitting over 70 invoices, totalling over
$700,000 in billing, for the OTA to review.
In addition, heavy-duty recovery rates have become of interest to
enforcement officials, insurance brokers, and the heavy-duty tow
“This action by ORG shows leadership and a commitment to work with
OTA and our members to address concerns regarding roadside recovery
business practices,” said Steve Ondejko, chairman of the OTA. “OTA looks
forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas with key leaders in the
recovery industry to look for solutions and opportunities to create a
joint action plan with OTA.”
In an attempt to examine the contrast between roadside business
practices with posted regional recovery rates, the OTA says it will
continue to compare the heavy-duty recovery invoices it receives from
its members. In addition, the OTA will continue to collect invoices from
carrier members until this September.
Using data from the invoices they collect, the OTA will produce a
public report looking at activity in various regions to try and
determine if there are any consistent rate irregularities. The draft
report will be presented this November to the OTA Board of Directors,
along with any recommended actions. The OTA says the public report will
not use any corporate names of carriers or recovery companies.
OTA is asking carrier members interested in assisting with their
campaign to scan any heavy-duty recovery invoices or receipts they have
received from 2016 to date in 2017 and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you are a young girl who loves horses and is looking to make big money to feed your passion, where do you turn?
For Simmone Fowler, log trucking proved to be the perfect answer.
“I was young and I was into horses and there weren’t a lot of jobs
where you could make lots of money without a big education,” Simmone
says. “My dad had trucks and the neighbours had trucks so it seemed to
be the thing to do.”
When she first started out, Simmone drove logging trucks full time
for about 12 years, two, three and sometimes four runs a day depending
on where logs were being picked up for delivery to local mills.
Driving logging trucks takes some physical, as well as technical skill.
“Lots of trial and error,” Simmone says of the skill needed to throw
the long wrappers over a load of logs to secure them in place for a run.
Being a team roper helped with honing that skill.
Chaining up on icy roads in winter is another valuable skill for
truckers, in addition to the general skill needed to handle a fully
loaded logging truck.
Hefting the heavy chains over the tires then backing over them to
latch them together takes muscle and technique. The day we talked,
Simmone had to chain up twice on icy logging roads.
“You get to know the places where you will slide out,” she says.
While some drivers will put chains on their trailers, as well as
their trucks, she says she usually only has to put chains on the back
wheels of her truck, not the trailer or the front wheels.
“If it’s so bad out that you need steering chains you should stay home,” Simmone says.
She says there have been occasions when she has had to chain up on
the highway, but for the most part she only uses the chains on logging
“These trucks have a surprising amount of traction.”
Log hauling paved the way for Simmone to pursue her passion for horses.
“I like fancy horses,” Simmone says. “I’ve had horses since I was little.”
These days she has 20 horses of various ages living on the Sutton
Ranch Ltd. which she owns and operates with her partner Rusty Patenaude.
They also own a 2014 Freightliner which Simmone babies as much as she
does her horses, and uses to haul for Borland Creek Logging.
These days, Simmone only drives her logging truck for a few months in
the winter to supplement her passion for horses which has grown into a
business of breeding horses for barrel racing.
She has been a member of the Quarter Horse Association for the past
10 years and operates Diamond 7 Performance Horses at 150 Mile House.
More and more racers in the region are buying and riding her horses in barrel racing competition.
She buys mares from all over Canada and the U.S. and has one special
stud in her stable named LK Sunfame to sire the offspring. The young
horses are usually sold at about six months old to give their new owners
ample time to work with and train them for barrel racing.
She barrel races herself and amazingly rides her stud horse in competition.
“I ride my stud. He is very well behaved,” Simmone says. “A real gentleman.”
LK Sunfame comes from the Dash Ta Fame of Utah and Sunfrost of North
Dakota blood line. He is the son of Dash Ta Fame and a daughter of
Simmone team roped when she was younger and plans to get back into the sport again this year with her friend Carolyn Cook.
She says they rope all of their own calves for branding which should be helpful in preparing her for returning to team roping.
Walking, ranch work, and her work with horses also keeps Simmone in shape for the rigors of log truck driving.
“You have to stay in shape or it would just kill your body,” Simmone says.
This winter Simmone was hauling out of the Horsefly region starting
out at 1:30 a.m. and finishing two runs to local mills by about 10 or 11
a.m. in the morning depending on the weather.
At the height of the hauling season she will work six days a week
every second week, but these days sticks to a maximum of two runs a day.
“I’ve had my licence for 20 years this year,” Simmone says. “It’s hard to believe.”
Tallman Group subsidiary acquires Cobra manufacturing rights
MISSISSAUGA, ON – A Tallman Group subsidiary has announced its
acquisition of the manufacturer rights to produce and sell the complete
Cobra Trailers product line.
Tallman group says the equipment will be manufactured at Peel Truck & Trailer’s Mississauga location.
“We are committed to offering value to our customers with the
complete Cobra lineup that has delivered exceptional quality in the
industry. We will custom build your Cobra choice to suit your specific
application and business needs” says Kevin Tallman, president of Tallman
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Peel Truck
and Trailer was not the subsidiary that acquired manufacturing rights to
Cobra Trailers equipment.
TORONTO, Ont. — Fleet Complete has acquired BigRoad, a provider of hours-of-service (HOS) and compliance solutions.
The acquisition will now enable Fleet Complete to offer an ELD compliance platform, it said.
BigRoad is based in Waterloo, Ont. and was founded to address the new
HOS regulations imposed on the trucking industry. The company released
one of the first mobile HOS applications, BigRoad Mobile App, and
today, with over 480,000 downloads, it is the most downloaded HOS
“We are very excited about this acquisition,” said Jake McGuire,
vice-president of sales, marketing, and customer success at BigRoad,
“BigRoad is an established leader in the HOS and ELD compliance space
and now, supported by the Fleet Complete IoT platform, I am confident we
will continue to exceed customer expectations by providing the best ELD
and connected vehicle solution on the market.”
Fleet Complete’s acquisition of BigRoad is part of the company’s
explosive growth, following its expansion into Europe in 2015 and
Australia in 2016.
“BigRoad is an impressive organization that has had a laser focus on
creating the industry’s leading product for ELD compliance,” said Tony
Lourakis, CEO of Fleet Complete. “Outperforming the competition in
usability and connectivity, BigRoad’s driver-friendly and feature-rich
application will be a great complement to our integrated platform,
giving Fleet Complete customers the most reliable top-of-the-line HOS
For more information on Fleet Complete, visit fleetcomplete.com and for more information on BigRoad, visit bigroad.com
The Sad Truth About the Treatment of Animals on Slaughter Trucks
Imagine the most frigid winter day in January with the bitter, icy
wind blowing against your face – it’s only natural to want to take
shelter and keep warm, a simple need not afforded to all. Animals raised
for food consumption are transported in all kinds of weather conditions, with little to no protection against the extreme cold or heat.
During transportation, animals can also be deprived of the basic necessities
of life and kept on the trailer for days on end with no rest period.
Canada alone has some of the worst transport regulations in the Western
world, falling well below standard.
Whether they are pigs or cows, hens or goats, these sentient beings
know nothing but complete misery from the day they are born to the day
they are violently slaughtered. They are treated as mere commodities in a
profit-driven industry, suffering in silence. There are the lucky few
who have miraculously survived their journey to the slaughterhouse and
found their way to sanctuary. For most, their short lives are filled
with unspeakable cruelty and torment. It is time to change this.
Transportation of “Livestock”
Thousands of animals are transported in overcrowded trucks to
slaughter plants on a daily basis. Their journeys can take them hundreds
of miles across the country in all kinds of weather. Regulations
governing the transportation of livestock vary greatly between
countries. For instance, in Canada, the “Health of Animals Regulations”
state that cattle may transported for up to 52 hours without being
provided access to food, water, or given a rest period. Horses,
chickens, and pigs can remain on the trailer up to 36 hours without food
or water. This holds true during the hottest of summer days, when the
inside of the trailer can reach extreme temperatures causing dehydration
and even death. It is estimated
that between two to three million animals will die every year during
transport – that does not include the number of animals severely injured
Another issue inherent in these so-called humane regulations is the allowance for the use of electric prods
at the hands of untrained drivers. These devices are used as a means of
forcing animals on and off the trucks. In addition, there is no clause
preventing the transport of ill, injured or pregnant animals. They may
be transported as long as the trip does not cause “undue suffering.” It
is not uncommon to find a downed animal lying on the feces-covered and
urine-soaked trailer floor, unable to stand. Recently there have been a
number of accidents
involving transport trucks – the innocent victims dying without dignity
or respect, discarded like trash. It is undeniable that every step of
the way is filled with unnecessary suffering.
An Alternative Story
The majority of animals sent to slaughter are only months old –
babies crammed in filthy, overcrowded trailers. There have been several
instances of animals leaping or falling off of the trucks, such was the case with Cromwell the pig.
In 2014, a young pig fell out of a transport truck while traveling
down a very busy highway in Southern Ontario, Canada. Thankfully, he was
rescued by kind people and made his way to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary,
a family-run sanctuary for animals rescued from abuse, neglect, and
slaughter. Today, Cromwell knows nothing but love and understanding. His
days on a pig farm are far behind him. He is now free to feel the sun
on his back and the grass beneath him – life’s simple pleasures denied
to so many gentle animals.
How You Can Help
Animals raised in factory farms suffer unimaginable cruelties their
entire (short) lives. They are transported long distances without access
to food or water, suffering in extreme cold and heat. Outrage would
ensue if companion animals were treated in this manner and yet it is
acceptable when they are farm animals.
You can make a difference. Educate yourself and others about what
life is like for millions of animals that are killed for consumption. If
you’re a Canadian resident, contact
your local Member of Parliament and tell them the transportation
regulations are failing the animals. You can also make a huge difference
by supporting your local farm sanctuaries who are working hard to make
the world a better place for the animals!
New provincial regulations came into effect Jan. 1
The Ontario government introduced new rules on Jan. 1 to
regulate the towing industry and protect consumers from high fees.
After an Ottawa couple ended up with a $4,000 towing bill,
the Canadian Automobile Association is reminding motorists that there
are new provincial rules in place to protect them from excessive towing
"A lot of consumers were being subjected to excessive costs and very
little information, and no access to their vehicles," said Elliott
Silverstein, CAA's manager of government and community relations.
"And as of Jan. 1, the rules have changed that motorists are required
to sign authorization before towing commences, and also receive an
estimate for the costs that are going to be incurred, and the costs
cannot be more than 10 per cent at the end of the day beyond what was
The Ontario government's Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act came into effect Jan. 1. The legislation is aimed at protecting consumers and regulating the towing industry.
New rules for towing companies
If you're in a collision or encounter problems with your vehicle and
require a tow truck, the new regulations are in place to protect you.
They require tow and storage providers to:
Have permission from the consumer/driver or someone acting on their behalf before towing or storing a vehicle.
Publicly disclose rates and other information such as the
provider's name and telephone number on tow trucks as well as in places
Accept credit card payments from consumers.
Notify consumers where their vehicle will be towed.
Allow consumers to access their towed vehicles to remove
personal property at no charge between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all business
Give consumers an itemized invoice listing the services provided and costs before receiving payment.
Disclose if they are getting a financial incentive for towing a vehicle to a particular vehicle storage facility or repair shop.
"At the end of the day the design is to provide consumers with better
choice, better information. But also [to] give them the opportunity to
know that they're not going to be held for these excessive costs," said
Customer's right to choose
The itemized bill sent to Lallier Honda by Big City Towing on March 9, 2017.
Silverstein said it's important for consumers to know they have the
right to call the company of their choice to tow their vehicle to
wherever it needs to go, whether to a repair shop or their home.
"If you have a preferred vendor — whether it be an auto club or your
car dealership having a service — making sure you have that information
handy, because letting somebody know that you have that type of service
could also save you hundreds of dollars in the end as well," he said.
Also, the right to pay on site by credit card creates a paper trail,
which could protect consumers from costs added to invoices after the
fact, according to Silverstein.
"When people are involved in a collision, certainly their thoughts
are trying to get towards safety, and part of the reason why regulations
were brought into effect was to protect consumers in those vulnerable
times," he said.
401 closed after pileup involving numerous tractor-trailers
ON – Highway 401 has been shutdown in both directions between
Mallorytown and Lansdowne after a major pileup involving roughly a dozen
The Gananoque Police Service are calling this pileup a mass casualty
and HAZMAT event, with reports of vehicles being trapped underneath
tractor-trailers, and at least one transport unit leaking toxic
chemicals at the scene.
Ontario Provincial Police are currently on scene dealing with the
situation. According to a statement from the OPP the initial accident
occured around 2 p.m.
It's been reported that a fatality has occured as a result of the
pileup. In addition, 29 indivduals were admitted to Kingston General
hospital as a result of the incident.
According to Gananoque Police Service’s Facebook page, this event resulted in numerous other secondary accidents.
The Gananoque Police Service say they aren't part of this event, but will continue to provide details.
In addition, the Leeds Fire Department confirmed one of the transport
units in the initial accident was hauling hazardous material, which
turns into hydrofluoric acid if exposed to heat and that hydrofluoric
acid is a highly toxic, highly corrosive and poisonous solution which is
harmful to skin, lungs and eyes.
In the meantime, a decontamination station has been setup for anyone exposed.
As of Wednesday morning the stretch of highway still remains closed, with OPP saying they're unsure when it will be reopened.
Feds heed CTA advice to strengthen rules for vehicle recalls
TORONTO, Ont. – In a big win for the Canadian Trucking Alliance
(CTA), the federal government is following its recommendation to
strengthen how it manages vehicle recalls.
The CTA met with over 400 members back in 2015 to discuss the
upcoming second phase of the greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation, and the
leading concern at the time was the matter of equipment reliability and
the ability of carriers to have these issues addressed.
In an outline for how the government should address the GHG
regulation, the CTA suggested that the integrity of Canada’s vehicle
recall system needed to be reinforced, and transport minister Marc
Garneau said Bill S-2 (Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians
Act) addresses the concern.
“Bill S-2 will grant the federal transport minister new powers to
order manufacturers and importers of the majority of power units and
trailers sold in Canada to issue recall notices and order the correction
of any issues of non-compliance, which the minister believes is in the
interest of safety,” said CTA senior vice-president Stephen Laskowski.
“While that suggests the scope of the policy may be somewhat limited to
matters of safety, this is a positive development for purchasers of
heavy-duty trucking equipment.”
The bill proposes that any vehicle or equipment manufacturer whose
product receives a national safety mark, anyone who sells a vehicle or
equipment to which a national safety mark is applied, or imports any
vehicle or equipment of a class for which standards are prescribed fall
under the new rules.
Though the proposed regulation does not define what could be
considered ‘in the interest of safety,’ a number of Transport Canada
websites and publications do provide guidance.
“There are several factors at play here but it really comes down to a
problem that occurs with little or no warning and is not due to
everyday wear and tear, a lack of maintenance, or negligence by the
owner,” added Laskowski. “This definition appears to be limited in scope
to defects that directly endanger the safety of a person, rather than
defects that cause some indirect safety-related issue.”
The CTA will continue to work with Transport Canada leading up to the potential passage of the bill.
Balance safety, fuel economy in emissions rules: CTA
ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is asking the federal
government to balance safety and the environment in proposed emissions
rules which credit the fuel economy gains that can be realized with
components such as Low Rolling Resistance tires.
“Regulating tire selection is a tricky business,” says Geoff Wood,
the group’s vice president – operations. “Tires need to be spec’d for
both safety and the environment. No one policy objective should trump
Environment and Climate Change Canada recently released its plans for
Greenhouse Gas limits that will apply to 2018-29 Model Year equipment,
effectively mirroring those unveiled by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. But a tire market survey planned by Transport Canada
should help find a balance between tire traction and fuel efficiency
when finalizing the emissions regulations, the alliance adds.
The CTA is also asking regulators to expand the definition of heavy
linehaul tractors in the emissions rules, to include Gross Vehicle
Weight Ratings between 80,000 and 120,000 pounds. The rules as currently
proposed offer “less-stringent” standards for tractors above 120,000
pounds –- reflecting things like the powertrain needs for the higher
Canada’s heavier equipment is more efficient than options generally available in the U.S., the alliance stresses.
City appealing decision to allow Quebec waste to be dumped at Carp facility
Waste Management says it will 'review its decision' after meeting with the city's lawyers
Waste Management said in a letter it would review its
position after concerns were raised about increased truck traffic into
The City of Ottawa is seeking leave to appeal a recent
decision to allow construction waste from Quebec to be dumped at a
processing facility in Carp.
City solicitor Rick O'Connor notified members of city council Tuesday
that the appeal has been filed with the Environmental Review Tribunal.
The tribunal approved on March 1 the transfer of construction and
demolition waste from western Quebec to the Ottawa processing and
recycling facility at 2301 Carp Rd., which is operated by Waste
Management of Canada.
But it appears Waste Management could reconsider the decision to go ahead with the plan.
Don Wright, general counsel for Waste Management, wrote in a letter
to the city on Tuesday the company is aware of concerns raised by the
city's lawyers earlier this week about the environmental compliance
approval, or ECA.
"I can confirm that Waste Management is taking steps to review its
position on the amended ECA, and anticipates providing further
information to the City as to its position and its next steps in the
near future," the letter states.
Residents fear Ottawa would become 'dumping ground' for other cities
During public consultations on the plan last year, members of the
public raised concerns about increased truck traffic flowing over the
bridge into Ottawa. There were 12 written comments from the public
opposing the plan, including one that expressed fear that Ottawa would
become a "dumping ground for the waste of other municipalities."
'This will increase the already congested streets of the city …'
- Member of the public
"This will increase the already congested streets of the city [and]
increase the risk of accidents with cyclists and pedestrians and
increase the level of pollution in the core," wrote one member of the
"Note heavy truck traffic from Quebec on Ottawa downtown streets has
long been a problem and very expensive solutions have been are still
being proposed. As Ottawa moves to be cyclist friendly the presences
[sic] of more heavy trucks in not what we want to see."
Another member of the public said more trucks traveling into Ottawa
will increase air pollution. "Please respect our municipality's position
to NOT accept waste from western Quebec," the person wrote.
Second police officer relieved of duties, trucker arrested
More than 300 people stranded for more than 12 hours during blizzard Tuesday night
Palwinder Singh Johal (right), shows the receipt for his
truck being towed on Tuesday night. (Radio-Canada)
A senior-ranking provincial police officer has been put on
administrative duty and a truck driver is facing criminal charges as the
Sûreté du Québec seeks to lay blame for the traffic jam that left
hundreds stranded overnight last week.
The SQ announced Sunday evening that it has put a second senior
member of the force on desk duty amid an internal review of its response
to the traffic jam on Highway 13.
More than 300 commuters were trapped for more than 12 hours during a snowstorm on the stretch of highway in Montreal's west end.
The first officer to be put on administrative duty was a captain and
the commanding officer of the operation. The officer in Sunday's
announcement is a lieutenant. Both officers could face disciplinary
Police wouldn't comment further on why the officers were removed from
regular duty, but the officers could face disciplinary action.
Trucker says he was towed willingly
Cars on Highway 13 wait overnight Tuesday for help after two trucks collided that evening, blocking traffic. (CBC)
On Saturday, the SQ arrested trucker Palwinder Singh Johal, 57, in
his Laval home. He was accused of refusing to allow his truck to be
towed, thus holding up traffic overnight, resulting in the motorists
Johal has not appeared in court for charges related to the traffic
jam, but provincial police said he could face criminal charges including
However, Johal says he is more of a victim than the culprit.
He said his vehicle was not at the front of the traffic jam. His truck, he says, was about 10th in line.
He told CBC/Radio Canada he was surprised when he was arrested and is
still being left in the dark about what's happening in his case.
"We know nothing. They told us nothing," Johal's son Paramjit said. "It's so weird."
Further, he said he was co-operative when the towing company started
moving his vehicle. He showed his receipt and the credit card charged
for the towing job.
Paramjit Johal said he believes his father was arrested because of the colour of his skin — which is brown.
Johal a scapegoat?
The spokesman for a Quebec trucking association said all blame in
Tuesday's traffic jam lands on Quebec's transport ministry, not any of
the people who found themselves trapped on the highway.
On Tuesday night, ministry officials struggled to find snow plows to keep the road clear.
"They found the scapegoat they wanted," said Pierre Aubin,
vice-president of the Quebec Trucking Association. "They are trying to
take the pressure off the minister of transportation, the snow plow
company, the SQ and the [transport ministry staff]."
Charged for unrelated crime
There was also a warrant for Johal's arrest in Ontario, related to a 2012 fraud investigation.
After arresting him on Saturday in connection with the Highway 13
traffic jam, the SQ handed him over to police in Kingston, Ont., and he
spent the night in a local jail because of the fraud investigation.
Johal made a court appearance via video conference on Sunday morning,
Kingston police said. He was released following the court appearance.
Investigators in Quebec are still trying to identify a second truck
driver who was also on the road that night. He is considered an
CarriersEdge shares trends found in Best Fleets to Drive For surveys
MARKHAM, Ont. – Company drivers and owner-operators working for
the 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For are making less money year-over-year
while driving more miles.
This is according to the results published this week during the 2017
Best Fleets to Drive For webinar put on by Jane Jazrawy and Mark Murrell
The awards program recognizes for-hire fleets that provide
exceptional workplace experiences for its drivers, and shares that
information to showcase to others what successful carriers are doing to
attract and keep drivers. The program itself is in its ninth year and is
produced by CarriersEdge in conjunction with the Truckload Carriers
According to the numbers that CarriersEdge gathered through hundreds
of corporate questionnaires and interviews and thousands of driver
surveys, on average in 2017 company drivers earned a salary of $56,600
US (down from $59,199, in 2016). Company drivers’ average cent per mile
was 50.71 down from 2016 numbers at 53.82 cents.
Owner-operators also made a lot less. Results showed that the average
salary for owner-operators in the program was $156,619 in 2017, down
from $164,936 in 2016. As well, owner-operators are also driving more
miles annually, said Jazrawy In total, the results showed that owner-ops
in the program are making 5.04% less revenue and driving 3.89% more
“That’s a big year-over-year change,” Jazrawy noted. “And we don’t
know if this is an overall trend, but within the Best Fleets in the
program this is what we’ve seen.”
What some companies to combat this is having some sort of guaranteed pay, Murrell said.
“There’s been an increase in the number of companies that have
started working with guaranteed pay,” Jazrawy said. “What’s interesting
to note is, drivers would like more pay…but they are more interested in
consistency of pay.”
This year numbers showed that nearly half of the fleets in the Top 20
(44%) had full guaranteed pay program, where drivers make a minimum
amount per pay period.
Second class citizens
Another encouraging trend noticed this year by CarriersEdge was the
effort fleets are putting forward to create an enhanced and/or equal
experience for its driver so they don’t feel like the second class
citizens of the company.
“We know that drivers often feel that way through our driver
surveys,” Murrell said. “Which is sort of ridiculous because you have no
company without them.”
Murrell said that though fleets are getting better at “grand
gestures” towards their drivers, like hosting driver appreciation
barbecues, many of them are unaware of subtle cues that happen through
normal day-to-day operations that can undercut drivers.
“Some of those subtle cues that we see are…having driver windows,
where they have to walk up to the window instead of walking in to the
building…having places where (drivers) can’t go where regular office
staff can,” he said.
Murrell added that often times, sales and office staff are
automatically given a cell phone and company e-mail address when they
are hired, but drivers don’t get these luxuries.
“We are finding that companies are recognizing these things now and
drivers are getting things like e-mail addresses and business cards so
they feel like they are part of the company,” he said.
Other things Murrell said Best Fleets are doing to make their drivers
feel like part of the team is having an open concept terminal, making
sure benefit packages for office staff and drivers are consistent and
having a welcome sign at the terminal.
“We are also seeing fleets taking it one step further,” he said.
“They look at it as drivers being the star athletes on the team who you
want to take care of. Good examples of that are concierge
services…driver pulls in and hands the keys to the maintenance concierge
and then goes and hangs out in the lounge while someone else does the
paperwork. We’re also seeing fleets offer drivers a service where
someone runs errands for them while they are out on the road.”
Murrell’s favorite driver perk he’s seen through the program was a
currency conversion program. He said one Canadian fleet interviewed this
year offered its cross-border drivers a favorable US exchange rate that
was “at par or close to par” since drivers pay more for things in the
states than they would in Canada.
“Office staff saw that and they wanted in on that, and the answer was
no,” he said. “It sends a nice message that the drivers are the stars
and they get to participate in the program and the office staff don’t.”
Dress codes are something that stuck out during interviews this year as well, said Murrell.
“We didn’t expect to see anything change in this area,” he said. “It
used to be that drivers would get a free shirt at orientation and then
they could buy more stuff at the company store. But that’s really being
supplemented now by companies just handing out a bunch of stuff on
regular basis. So four or five shorts at orientation and hats, a voucher
for safety boots, and a much more frequent renewal of these things…it’s
a nice benefit for the driver.”
Another area that surprised Murrell and Jazrawy was the shift from
focusing on driver comforts in terminal facilities to the truck.
“More fleets are recognizing that drivers are spending most of their
time on the road and in the truck,” Murrell said. “More fleets are
trying to make that truck experience really nice for their drivers.
Things like upgraded seats, upgraded sleeper berths and more
Murrell said this year a number of fleets are bypassing the sleeper
berths altogether and putting their drivers in hotel rooms overnight.
“It’s not an industry wide trend, yet,” Murrell said. “But it is
noteworthy because if a driver is getting that quality sleep, it’s a
benefit to the driver.”
This year CarriersEdge had 140 fleet applications and had 69 finalists. You can see a list of this year’s Top 20 here.
The overall Best Large Fleet to Drive For and Best Small Fleet to
Drive For will be announced next week in Nashville, Tenn. at the annual
Besides, Strickland said, the highway falls under the jurisdiction of
the Highway Traffic Act, so the town relies on the RCMP to keep an eye
on the area.
Todd Strickland is the mayor of Channel-Port
aux Basques. (Facebook/Vote Todd Strickland For Channel Port Aux Basques
"The RCMP is on our side," said Strickland, noting that police are aware of the problem and are doing what they can.
However, he added it can be dangerous for police to patrol or park and ticket that area as well.
Strickland said no one has any concrete ideas yet for a long-term
solution, but said people in the community have discussed everything
from widening the highway, to making a pull-off area for trucks, to
having a skywalk built over the highway so truckers can walk for their
All these things would require federal money, added Strickland, who said Port Aux Basques couldn't afford them alone.
And while the town mayor says he hasn't heard of a close call yet on the road yet, the "possibility is still there."
Quebec Highway 20 shut down after crashes, massive pileups injure 3, cause chemi
One trucker suffered critical injuries in a crash, where about seven
trucks and their cargo reportedly caught fire. Two people were
hospitalized with serious injuries in another pileup nearby, where
tanker-truck spilled about 20,000 litres of a toxic substance.
least three people are seriously injured after poor driving conditions
blamed on a major storm led to several highway crashes in Quebec. (Kevin Desjardins-Jean/Facebook)
driving conditions caused by a major storm resulted in several highway
pileups in Quebec on Tuesday, including two crashes a few kilometres
apart that left at least three people with serious injuries.
Provincial Police say one trucker suffered critical injuries in the
first crash on Highway 20 near the community of Saint-Zotique in western
Quebec. About seven trucks and their cargo reportedly caught fire in
Two other people were taken
to hospital with serious injuries in a pileup involving about a dozen
vehicles a short distance away. In that accident, a tanker-truck spilled
about 20,000 litres of a toxic substance called sodium hypochlorite.
Blanchette, a regional environmental emergency co-ordinator, said the
substance is similar to bleach, but very concentrated, and was contained
in the highway median. He said the snow turned the material into a
jelly, making it easy to recover.
Highway 20 in both directions in the area was expected to remain closed for several hours.
slick driving conditions were also blamed for an earlier pile-up south
of Montreal when at least 50 vehicles collided at about 3:30 p.m. on
Highway 10 in the Magog area. Twelve people suffered minor injuries.
another crash blamed on the weather, one man died south of
Trois-Rivieres when his vehicle collided with a bridge pillar on Highway
Police were also kept busy with a
pileup involving about five vehicles, including a provincial police
cruiser, on Highway 10 near Eastman in the Eastern Townships. Police say
some people suffered minor injuries.
Tuesday evening, on Highway 40 westbound in the Assumption area
northeast of Montreal, about 15 vehicles were involved in another pileup
blamed on poor driving conditions. There were no serious injuries
reported in that crash.
The heavy snow
caused several vehicles to get stuck Tuesday night on Highway 13 in the
Montreal suburb of Dorval. Some drivers abandoned their vehicle and left
on foot while others waited in their car for several hours.
Montreal firefighters were sent in to help people get out of their vehicle and buses were used to temporarily house them.
officials say about 100 buses were stuck in the snow and more than 100
drivers have been unable to get to work Wednesday morning.
accidents and highway chaos were blamed on same storm that buried much
of southern and eastern Ontario arrived in Quebec on Tuesday morning.
Many areas of southern Quebec were expected to receive 30 to 40
centimetres of snow by Wednesday, with slightly lesser amounts in
RCMP believe theft is connected to larger crime ring targeting cargo shipments in New Brunswick and Quebec
RCMP say a stolen transport truck was used in the theft of a refrigerated unit filled with lobster in Grand-Anse, N.B., on July 1.
Four men have been charged in the theft of $1 million worth of
lobster in northern New Brunswick company on Canada Day, say RCMP.
Police believe the lobster theft is connected to a larger crime ring targeting cargo shipments in Quebec and New Brunswick, Cpl. Alice Desroches said in a news release on Tuesday.
On July 1, a transport truck was stolen from Eco-Technologies Ltd. in Caraquet, N.B., said Desroches.
The truck was then used to steal a refrigerated unit filled with
frozen lobster from LeBreton and Sons Fisheries Ltd. in Grand-Anse,
N.B., she said.
One man from New Brunswick and three men from Quebec have each been
charged with two counts of theft over $5,000, said Desroches.
A 40-year-old man from Cap-Bateau, N.B., is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Caraquet on June 20.
A 21-year-old man from Terrebonne, Que., is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Tracadie on June 28.
Two other Quebec men, a 42-year-old man from Saint-Benoît-Labre and
52-year-old man from Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, will both appear in court
"at a later date," she said.
16 arrested in 6 raids
On March 8, police arrested 16 people, aged 20 to 56, during six
raids in New Brunswick and Quebec in connection with an alleged
multimillion criminal network.
Ralph Leblanc, 53, of Memramcook is one of
three men still wanted by Quebec police in connection with Operation
Obliger. (Sûreté du Québec)
Seized items included deluxe cars and truckloads of diapers, pork, lobster and sparkling fruit juice.
Quebec provincial police are still seeking the public's help
in locating three men wanted as part of the operation, dubbed
Obliger: Ralph Leblanc, 53, of Memramcook, N.B., Yannick Demers, 42, of
Sherbrooke, Que., and Denis Vallée, 35, of Waterloo, Ont.
Operation Obliger began in June 2016 and involved 78 cases of theft representing more than $5.3 million in stolen goods.
The thefts occurred in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, police said.
GREENBELT, MD – This year's Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) annual Roadcheck inspection blitz will be held June 6-8.
The 72-hour event will have
inspectors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico conducting an increased
number of inspections on commercial vehicles to “conduct compliance,
enforcement and educational initiatives.”
While the event and the particular focus of the inspectors hasn't
been formally announced the by the CVSA, the dates have been published
on its website. Last year, the inspections narrowed in on tires and
level I inspections.
In last year's blitz, 62,796 inspections were performed with 21.5% of
trucks inspected being put out of service by inspectors. In addition,
3.4% of drivers were put out of service – which equates to 9,080 trucks
or 1,436 drivers. The CVSA says brakes and hours were the top
out-of-service violations in 2016.
The CVSA provides a list of what inspectors will be looking for during their inspections on their website.
IN – Canada’s is embracing an “ambitious” climate change objective that
by 2030 would eliminate more Greenhouse Gases than come from every
vehicle on the road today, according to Jody Proctor, Transport Canada’s
director – clean air policy analysis.
Almost ¼ of the nation’s Greenhouse Gas emissions come from
transportation, and 80% of that comes from on-road vehicles, she said
during a panel discussion at the annual Green Truck Summit. Trucks
account for about 30% of that.
“Transportation clearly needs to be part of our climate change
solution,” she told the crowd, stressing that climate change will cost
Canadians $21-43 billion per year by 2050.
To meet the goals, Proctor described carbon pricing as an “effective,
transparent and efficient policy approach”. Referenced options included
British Columbia’s carbon tax, the Alberta carbon levy, and
cap-and-trade models introduced in Ontario and Quebec. Every Canadian
jurisdiction must have a carbon pricing model by 2018, set at $10 per
tonne in 2018 and rising to $50 per tonne by 2022.
Last month, the federal government also introduced a discussion paper
around pending clean fuel standards to reduce the emissions related to
fuel, she added. Related strategies included renewable fuel mandates,
their specific Greenhouse Gas performance standards, and limits on the
overall carbon intensity of fuels. Since 2008, for example, British
Columbia has required diesel to have 4% renewable fuel. Last year,
Ontario began requiring 4% of diesel to include bio-based diesel.
But when it comes to alternative fuels like natural gas and hydrogen,
there is a need for refueling infrastructure, she said, citing several
provincial programs that are looking to make a difference. British
Columbia’s natural gas refueling program includes a 20% incentive for
those willing to build a station in a specific transportation corridor
open for third parties. Ontario is investing $20 million into charging
infrastructure and offering a $1,000 incentive for charging stations.
Quebec, meanwhile, is running a pilot project to introduce multi-use
stations, and GazMetro has announced plans to build its first Compressed
Natural Gas station for public use.
The fuel, however, is just part of the equation. While emissions
standards are tougher than ever, the median age for a heavy truck in
Canada is close to 16 years, Proctor said. Programs like SmartWay have
been introduced to encourage fleets to adopt low-emissions equipment.
The eco-Technology for Vehicles program is assessing options such as 6x2
axles, platooning, and the availability and option of Low Rolling
Canada also presents some unique challenges when it comes to Low
Emissions Vehicles, however. Electric vehicles in Canada can face ranges
that are a mere 70% of those seen in the U.S. because of harsher
climates on this side of the border, she observed.
But Proctor points to several gains realized in alternative fuels, by
fleets including FortisBC, UPS, FedEx, and many public utilities.
Quebec-based-EBI is transforming residential waste into fuel, and
Ballard Power continues to advance fuel cells, she says. Even Canada
Post is testing alternative fuel options.
“We won’t necessarily get where we need to be overnight,” she says,
referring to alternative fuels and Zero Emission Vehicles. “We are
really laying the groundwork to get to our 2030 target, and in fact
reduce emissions over the longer term.”
BRAMPTON, ON – Mail and logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group
plans to eliminate all logistic related emissions to net zero by the
The commitment to zero emissions by 2050 is the company’s way of
making a meaningful contribution to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference’s
goal of limiting global warming to well below two degrees Celsius.
In addition, DHL wants to evolve into the market leader in green
logistics with plans to expand its portfolio of green products and
services to aid their customers achieve their own climate protection
"The decisions we make today will determine how our children live 30
years down the line," said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group.
By 2025, the company’s environmental program GoGreen aims to achieve four interim milestones.
Worldwide, Deutsche Post DHL
Group will improve the carbon efficiency of its own activities and those
of its transport subcontractors by 50% compared to the 2007 baseline.
At the local level, the Group aims
to improve the lives of people right where they live and work using
clean transport solutions. The Group will operate 70% of its own first
and last mile services with clean pick-up and delivery solutions like
bicycle and electric vehicle delivery.
More than 50% of sales will incorporate Green Solutions, making customers' supply chains greener.
The Group will train and certify
80% of its employees as GoGreen specialists by 2025, and actively
involve them in its environmental and climate protection activities. In
addition, the company also plans to join with partners to plant one
million trees every year.