Don’t underestimate the importance of the driver

Perhaps we have everything backwards. For years, we have been taking responsibility away from commercial drivers and putting our eggs in the technology basket. Everything from trailer tails to electronic logging devices (ELDs) have been attached to the truck in the pursuit of productivity gains, cost savings, and road safety. All of this technology flows […]

U.S. lawmakers call for flexibility to HOS rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thirty United States Senators have penned a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) urging them to explore flexible alternative to the current hours of service (HoS) regulations in that country. Addressed to administrator Raymond Martinez the letter says HOS rules do not provide the appropriate level of flexibility for […]

Tops in the shop – Truck News

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Jason Makin is just another good Kingston boy. Nine years ago, after a career as a technician with the Canadian Forces followed by some time at Toyota Motor Company, Makin and his wife decided to return to their hometown in Eastern Ontario. He took a job as the fleet maintenance manager with Cruickshank […]

Customs booth brouhaha – Truck News

WINDSOR, Ont. — Windsor business interests have joined the American-owned Ambassador Bridge in a campaign to get the long dormant six additional Customs truck booths at the bridge’s Canadian plaza opened. The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce has written federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to open the booths, built in 2007, to improve the flow […]

Shippers still coping with tight capacity, rising rates

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – U.S. shippers are continuing to struggle in a tight market, according to the latest FTR Shippers Conditions Index. The index remained in double-digit negative territory at -10.5 in March, FTR reported, reflecting a tough operating environment. Conditions for shippers remained “highly unfavorable” with tight capacity and rising rates in the truckload and […]

Freightliner, Western Star offer OOIDA rebates

PORTLAND, Ore. – Members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) are eligible for rebates on qualifying new Western Star and Freightliner truck models. Qualifying used trucks at SelecTrucks Centers are also eligible. Customers must be OOIDA members for 90 days prior to purchase and must buy and take delivery of the truck by Dec. […]

Essential Staffing acquires New Start Personnel

BARRIE, Ont. – Essential Staffing has announced its acquisition of New Start Personnel, a provider of drivers, skilled trades, and office staff in the Simcoe County area. “This acquisition is part of a growth strategy for Revolution Staffing and Essential Staffing as we seek to grow our base of business at Revolution Staffing in the […]

Conference Board looks for GHG cuts

OTTAWA, Ont. – A new report by the Conference Board of Canada is recommending several changes to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from trucks – including an actual cut in truck travel. The recommendations come at a time when freight transport makes up 10.5% of Canada’s total emissions, and trucks accounting for 83% of that. […]

Winter trials – Truck News

MONTREAL, Que. — Where Ontario and New Brunswick simply allow long combination vehicles (LCVs) to operate year-round on an annual permit, although with bad weather restrictions, Quebec still requires carriers to have special winter permits to operate LCVs. They are issued for what Transports Quebec calls a winter demonstration project, which has been ongoing since 2011. […]

New app from Ryder aims to help with fleet management

MIAMI, Fla. – Ryder System is expanding its offerings to increase its investment in the digital space. The truck rental and leasing company announced this week the launch of RyderGyde, a smartphone app with tools to help drivers and fleets manage tasks. The free app will allow all users to check real-time fuel prices and […]