Today's Trucking

The Sideguard Debate: Unresolved

December 2, 2016

There’s renewed interest in mandating sideguards for trucks, and just as much disagreement as ever over their efficacy. The U.S. Department of Transportation says that half of all cyclists killed by a truck first impact the blind side of the vehicle, as collisions typically occur when the truck does a right-hand turn at an intersection. The issue goes much deeper than that, of course, and involves more than just heavy trucks. Toronto Police statistics show that 541 cyclists have been hit by cars since June 2016. That’s nearly 10 collisions per day.

Target: Fuel Economy

November 2, 2016

Amidst all the talk of progressively wilder technologies, there’s one fundamental subject that comes first: fuel economy and how to maximize it.

Anything is possible

November 1, 2016

Where are we headed? Well, with enormous potential waiting to burst, we’re in the midst of the second industrial revolution. It’s all about the Internet of Things, meaning a network of physical things embedded with electronics and sensors and internet connectivity — and crucially, the ability to exchange data. Put a savvy truck in the middle of that network and start thinking about what it could link up with.

The urban future?

September 21, 2016

As I write this in a hotel room in Hannover, Germany — where 400 other trucking journalists are also lodged — I’m anticipating the opening of the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show tomorrow morning. Ultimately there will be some 2500 motor noters like me descending on the Hannover exhibition grounds and then rushing about this way and that like pen-wielding ants, all of them looking for a story that nobody else has discovered.

VW, Navistar: What’s the Deal?

September 9, 2016

Well, it finally happened. Rumored for many months, if not years, and now a fait accompli, Volkswagen Truck & Bus has bought a piece of Navistar International. While the gossip mill mostly envisioned an outright purchase by the German giant, yesterday’s announcement described a less dramatic deal: VW is buying a 16.6% stake in the Illinois company. It will pay US$15.76 per share or a 25% premium over Navistar’s 90-day volume-weighted average price as of Aug. 31, or 12% over Navistar’s closing price on Sept. 2. Navistar will receive US$256 million from the equity investment to be used for general corporate purposes.

What’s “professional”?

September 9, 2016

I have trouble with the phrase ‘professional truck driver’. Some drivers are indeed professional, very much so, and I count many amongst my friends. If I were a fleet manager I’d trust them with any load going any place at […]

Job Security?

September 9, 2016

Driver, your job is not at risk. Well, let me qualify that. Unless you’re comprehensively unable to keep ‘er between the poles, you’re safe. In the immediate future, at least. But in the longer term — call it 20-25 years […]

Mike’s Rule

February 23, 2015

One of my very best friends died in early December. He should have lived forever, because that’s what ought to happen with good guys. We need their example, their inspiration. We need to see with our own eyes that humanity […]

It’s All In The Delivery

February 23, 2015

Talk about a lot of buzz. The idea of autonomously driven cars is getting an absolute ton of air play these days. Really, I can’t open my e-mail inbox without seeing some new example of cars that need their drivers […]

Unique Deal Creates Powerhouse

October 30, 2014

Rolf Lockwood goes behind the scenes of the Kriska-Mullen deal and speaks with Kriska President Mark Seymour and Mullen VP Richard Maloney to gain more perspective.

Mandatory Driver Training: About Time

October 30, 2014

Two days after the Toronto Star published an article on truck-driver training and licensing, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca said he would work towards mandatory entry-level training for class A truck drivers.

A Taste of Lemon Truck Aid

August 1, 2014

Things you can do at truck-buying time to avoid headaches down the road.

The Right Direction with Drivers

August 1, 2014

Looking ahead, I want progress on making this industry more attractive to drivers. There’s still time.

Some Regs’ are Just Itching to be Broken

August 1, 2014

Whether you’re talking EOBRs, cell phones or CB laws, some regulations are just itching to be broken, writes Rolf Lockwood.

Democracy at its Very Worst

August 1, 2014

Our American friends are going to the polls in a week or so, and I can’t resist commenting.