Today's Trucking

Maintenance wizard Arthur Fraser passes away

July 15, 2019

They cut people from slightly different cloth in Northern Ontario, and Arthur Fraser (Art to his friends), was a fellow who cut his own cloth. He had a way with heavy equipment, and he seemed to be able to figure up a way through just about any mechanical conundrum. He was one of those guys you could always go to for an answer. 

Paying the Piper: There is blame to share in Humboldt tragedy

February 1, 2019

Now we know what happened at that cold crossroads near Tisdale, Sask., where 16 lives were snuffed out in an instant, 13 people were badly injured, and the expected arc of dozens of families was irrevocably knocked off kilter. A […]

Is your Truck Putting You to Sleep?

August 15, 2018

A ground-breaking bit of research from Australia has shown that low-frequency vibrations can make drivers drowsy. If this is true and the research is proven conclusive, it will call into question just about all we assume about truck crashes where the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Those drivers may in fact have been very drowsy but may not have been “fatigued” in an hours-of-service (HOS) context, the way that term is typically applied to “tired drivers.”

Where’s the credit, CVSA?

July 19, 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance just published the results of its unannounced Brake Safety Day enforcement initiative, which took place on April 25.

Mandatory training won’t fix everything, but it will help

May 2, 2018

The chorus calling for improved and mandatory training for truck drivers is growing louder as the days pass following the Humboldt, Sask. truck/bus crash. We still don’t know the official cause of that crash, or what role driver training — or the lack thereof — played in the incident. I’m not inclined to believe it was a primary factor. I think what is playing in most peoples’ minds is the driver’s reported lack of experience.

IRP offers solution for road builders

December 14, 2017

My dad loved my mom’s “Never Fail Bread.” Time after time, she could turn out a dozen buns that were light as love. Then one afternoon he decided to give her recipe a try. The result wasn’t pretty.

Electric Semi: More sizzle than steak?

May 3, 2017

A few days ago we got our first glimpse of what might be Tesla’s Electric Semi, as company CEO Elon Musk calls it. It looks futuristic, but it also looks like a high-roof over-the-road sleeper truck – which is exactly the wrong application for a fully electric drivetrain.

When good isn’t good enough

April 27, 2017

Should “professional” drivers be held to a higher standard when it comes to care and control of their vehicles, and indeed, the actions they take or don’t take to avoid a collision? An Ontario appeals court judge thinks they should be and has ruled accordingly. I think the decision opens some dangerous doors for Ontario truck drivers.

Terror by Truck: It’s happened again

April 8, 2017

At about the same time North Americans were awaking to the news that President Trump had lobbed 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles onto a Syrian air base an apparent terrorist stole a truckload of beer and crashed it through the front of a Swedish department store. The death toll in the Stockholm department store crash stands at four at the time of this writing.

Very high tech in a plain, white wrapper

February 17, 2017

What you can see of Volvo’s SuperTruck vehicle is pretty spectacular, though fairly plain at heart. It’s what you can’t see that stirs the imagination.

Death in the Tire Shop

November 14, 2016

This story illustrates how a simple lack of communication and a chance second guess resulted in the death of a tire technician. I suspect a scenario similar to this one plays itself out almost daily in repair and service facilities […]

Trusting Technology

September 6, 2016

You, dear reader, have the good fortune of reading the first words written for profit on my brand new Lenovo ThinkPad computer — or at least what’s left of it. The first for-profit words were to fly from this keyboard […]

35 years’ experience, or one year’s experience 35 times?

September 6, 2016

Where I live, commercial drivers are required to rewrite their CDL test every five years in order to renew the licence. I wrote my renewal test today and aced it. I wrote almost exactly the same test in 1978 when […]

Industry Voices: What trucking can learn from the airlines

March 17, 2015

For-hire trucking could learn a few things from the airlines, because they have finally figured out how to make money in a deregulated environment. Love ’em or hate ’em, commercial airlines are the most time- and cost-effective way — even […]

Industry Voices: What happened to brotherhood?

February 24, 2015

KINGSTON, ON – It’s not enough that drivers need to watch out for downright lousy car drivers, overly enthusiastic creeper-cops and dispatchers that don’t know the meaning of ‘tomorrow,’ they also need to be on guard for the sins of […]