Today's Trucking

Opinion: Truck driver shortage involves more than ‘churn’

September 18, 2019

Drivers, drivers, drivers. Is any subject more talked about in our industry? Nope. Of the seven issues recently cited as the biggest concerns of Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) members, six of them concerned drivers in one way or another, and the only other issue identified was carbon pricing. No mention of freight rates or aggressive enforcement or lousy roads or a zillion other possibilities. Just drivers.

Opinion: Fleets need to change for truck driver search

September 18, 2019

There isn’t a shortage of truck drivers. There’s a growing shortage of people willing to do the jobs as they exist.

Opinion: The risk of hacking connected vehicles is real

August 13, 2019

Safety-critical vehicle systems are being connected to the internet, but that poses real security risks, according to one report.

Opinion: Why do we overlook National Trucking Week?

August 8, 2019

National Trucking Week is in the first week of September. We should do more to offer thanks for the 400,000-plus Canadians who work in 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. 

Opinion: Trucking ahead of four wheelers in the tech race

July 12, 2019

Trucking is way ahead of the four-wheeler industry in terms of conceiving how we might incorporate electrification and autonomy.

Opinion: Truck telematics data offers just part of the answer

July 5, 2019

Truck drivers who dismiss ELDs and telematics tools as “electronic babysitters” should not be dismissed out of hand. There are human factors to consider.

Opinion: Canada’s ELD mandate is coming, and quick

June 17, 2019

Everyone knew that Canada was preparing to mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs). It was only a matter of time before the rules took hold. Now we have a timeline. This June, Transport Canada announced that it will mandate ELDs by […]

Opinion: Renewable natural gas (RNG) seems like a tidy solution

June 17, 2019

Renewable natural gas (RNG) seems like a tidy solution for trucking, and we need to double our efforts to get off the diesel train as soon as we can.

Opinion: Rust never sleeps, but what’s your biggest truck maintenance headache?

May 28, 2019

What’s your biggest maintenance headache? I actually do want to know because, believe it or not, planning for next spring’s Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit on April 15 is already underway. It’s at a preliminary stage, for sure, but we’re already at it. We haven’t yet held a meeting of the dozen or so members of the advisory council that helps us devise the program, but individually we’re creating short lists of subjects to cover.

Opinion: Use your head when approaching emergency workers at roadside

May 14, 2019

Every time I see a policeman or a tow-truck driver working at the side of a busy road, I get the willies. The risk is so obvious, so profound. A driver’s momentary inattention or wilful carelessness can snuff out a life in a millisecond. It happens far too often.

Opinion: Higher highway speeds would be a step in the wrong direction

May 2, 2019

There was something oddly familiar about Ontario Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek’s case for reviewing the speed limits on 400-Series highways. The routes are designed for 120 km/h, he told media during a recent presentation at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, adding that the general public would be consulted on the issue.

Goodbye, Bill MacKinnon

April 15, 2019

There are people who just plain shouldn’t die. Ever. Bill MacKinnon was one of those guys, a pillar in our industry with a trucking history that goes back to the 1920s. But die he did on March 22, at home in Guelph, Ontario, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.

Opinion: E-commerce will reshape trucking in final mile and beyond

April 9, 2019

As buyers point and click with increasing frequency, e-commerce is reshaping trucking activities in a way that we haven’t seen since automakers first embraced Just in Time delivery schedules.

Plenty of talk, little action on driver training

March 13, 2019

Man, I am so fed up with the utterly endless discussions about driver training in this country. I’ve heard the mostly empty chatter for 40 years now, with precious little to show for all the wear and tear on my […]