Today's Trucking

Opinion: Ontario auditor general IDs inspection, training gaps

December 19, 2019

It’s no surprise that Ontario’s auditor general has “sharply criticized the Ministry of Transportation” for its record regarding road safety. Governments, both provincial and federal, are negligent and firmly locked in the stone age when it comes to driver training and road safety focus.


Opinion: Proposal to axe air brake re-testing is ‘ridiculous’

December 10, 2019

In Ontario, a recent private member’s bill proposes that the province do away with mandatory air-brake re-testing for drivers as they renew their AZ licences every five years. That’s ridiculous.


Opinion: Ontario auditor general gave trucking regulators a failing grade

December 9, 2019

The impending report by a provincial auditor general must fill bureaucrats and politicians with dread. This year, Ontario’s oversight of commercial vehicles was in the crosshairs.


Opinion: Is your truck fleet ready to sell?

December 9, 2019

I was 47, and like many entrepreneurs of my vintage, most of my net worth was tied up in my trucking company, MSM Transportation. I was starting to think about how to turn that equity into long-term financial security for my family. Four weeks after that chance meeting in the Air Canada lounge, an offer to buy MSM rolled off the fax machine. My head was spinning!


Opinion: False promises of security could open a legal challenge

December 4, 2019

An increase in cargo theft could lead to more questions about security measures. But truck fleets should be careful about the promises that they make.


Opinion: Governments failing us when it comes to driver training

December 2, 2019

Driver training should not be the huge problem that it is. It just shouldn’t. If we were truly serious about it, we would have resolved the issue decades ago. Yet here we are, needing the Humboldt tragedy to focus our collective mind on solutions. And even with that impetus, we’re really nowhere close to doing it right.


Opinion: Changes at Today’s Trucking and TruckNews.com will deliver you more

November 15, 2019

Forty years after publishing its first printed page, and about 20 years after posting its first online story, the eastern and western editions of Truck News will completely shift to an online presence. TruckNews.com itself is being extensively redesigned to incorporate new tools to enhance the reader experience. There will be more columnists, more videos, more extensive coverage of every topic you can imagine.


Opinion: Join in the fight against human trafficking

November 8, 2019

The industry has a role to play in the fight against human trafficking, and Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) can help.


Opinion: 8 trends in Canadian carrier contracts

November 8, 2019

A decision to agree to shipper-friendly terms will come down to factors such as whether the terms will fit a carrier’s business model, the customer’s importance, and the risk a carrier is willing to assume. But a growing number of shippers are also looking to introduce more terms in their favor.


Opinion: Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs better policing

October 15, 2019

We now have unscrupulous immigration consultants feeding equally unscrupulous trucking companies with innocent newbie drivers who pay as much as $30,000 for the chance to become a Canadian. By first becoming a truck driver. Experience? Not important. Training? Not supplied.


Opinion: Bad ink shouldn’t be a permanent stain

October 8, 2019

The first weekend in October started like every other weekend: my chair, an espresso, and TSN SportsCenter. Then I picked up the Saturday Globe and Mail.


Opinion: Fleet safety begins at home

October 7, 2019

Fleet yards are designed to be safe spaces. It’s where trucking activities can be segregated from the outside world. There are still dangers, though.


Opinion: Answers about drug clearinghouse queries

October 1, 2019

Cross-border carriers with drivers who are subject to U.S. drug and alcohol testing requirements are also subject to the FMCSA’s new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program.


Opinion: The pitfalls of double logs in an ELD world

September 30, 2019

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are not yet mandatory in Canada, but many operators have attempted to stay ahead of the curve by implementing them. One issue that may arise in the conversion process, however, is the problem of “double logs”.


Opinion: Skepticism about Ontario’s 110 km/h pilot

September 26, 2019

I read — with skepticism — the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announcement of a pilot project that will test 110 km/h speed limits along highways 402, 417, and a portion of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW).