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Is Your Town Trucking-Positive?

TORONTO — Is your town trucker-friendly? Or is your town trucker-mean?

We at want to know which burgs across this vast country treat the trucking industry with the respect it deserves and which others need to pull up their trucker socks. We want to name names. (It’s sort of like the Canadian Auto Association’s Worst Roads Contest but we want the good stuff, too)

So. Are the roads well maintained? Are there parking spots? Are there too many bypasses? Is the mayor a truck driver? Are the cops particularly eager to target truckers? Can you idle?

Does your town have trucking-spectacles like Notre Dame Du Nord’s Rodeo du Camion or Surrey’s parade of Lights? Or maybe there’s lots of drivers among the locals and they know how to treat their own with the respect they deserve.(Remember Miramichi’s awesome turnout for the late driver Roland Loggie?)

We’re looking for towns big and small, and want to hear from you between now and March 1, in stories between 10 and 100 words long, describing why you think your town should be in one t’other category.

Then we’ll post the nominations, seek comments, and publish the results in an upcoming issue of Today’s Trucking.

There’s no prize but there’s sure pride! And of course, perhaps the village elders in those towns that make the bad-guy list will take note and make things right.

Have fun. And help make this country a better place to live and drive.

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Fox Creek Alberta, not much parking, small town, but has a nice law, DOT cant ticket in town limits

In Abbotsford BC, not only do we have signs everywhere outlawing the use of engine brakes (downgrades included)which is typical of most towns in British Columbia (where the mountains are)although some communities allow them for emergency use (huh?), our city has a sign requesting minimal gear changes on an adverse grade in consideration of the neighbours. If that don't beat all.

I think all the whiner's that are against truck's and truck traffic must all live in the vancouver and greater vancouver area.WE SHOULD TURN THE TRUCKS OFF FOR A WEEK AND LET THEM DRIVE ACROSS THE LINE TO GET THERE FUEL GROCERIES AND WHAT EVER.Then maybe they will understand what we do for a living like sitting in a border line up for a few hour's idling all that fuel away.
Going to the store and finding the shelves bare.No fuel,no bus'es,no food nothing move's in nothing move's out of the cities. Then we'll see how they'll really bitch about truck's.

Grassland Alberta is the most accessible place to be. Its location is key to both the forestry and crude industry. Lots of parking for Super-B's. The restaurants are a little expensive - but offer showers and a place to relax.

I think Outlook, SK should be included because the Esso Gas station has lots of parking for rigs. The food is pretty good too! Across the street is a Subway sandwich shop, and the cops dont seem to worry about the super-b's who sometimes park on the main drag. Its really a farming town, but more & more oilfield traffic finds its way here.