Today's Trucking

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 […]


Semi Autonomous: Automated controls won’t replace truck drivers anytime soon

March 13, 2019

It’s easy to become excited by all the talk about autonomous controls. If you buy into the hype, you might convince yourself that trucks will soon be able to accelerate, brake, and steer on their own. Daimler Trucks North America […]


Bridging Extremes: How do we deliver tech to more applications?

February 25, 2019

Here I sit, fingers hovering over the keyboard, staring at the blank screen where this column will be built. It’s late February and I’ve resolved to write about the technological innovations that impressed me in the last few seriously amazing […]


Where are the techs?

February 12, 2019

The maintenance people of trucking are a resourceful breed. They get things done. Yet there’s a challenge that’s been haunting almost every shop manager – at fleets, dealerships, and independent garages alike – for as long as I’ve been writing about this industry of ours. The shortage of skilled technicians is a plague that just won’t go away.


Success of truck driver training standards will depend on the details

February 6, 2019

Canada’s transportation and highway safety ministers promise to develop a national training standard for entry-level truck drivers no later than January 2020. Success will depend on the details.


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 […]


CES showcased the possible and plausible for trucking

January 14, 2019

The only constant in life is change, and the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) demonstrates that very thing. The Las Vegas event, long known as a showcase for technological marvels, attracted tech experts from around the world this year as […]


Has platooning reached a dead end?

January 11, 2019

Has Daimler’s Martin Daum thrown serious rain on the platooning parade? Is he right to stop investing in the technology? Will he dissuade others from doing so?


Autonomous technology improving, people unpredictable

December 13, 2018

Probably most of us believe that the onset of autonomous vehicles is inevitable, cars and trucks alike. But does anyone think it will go smoothly? I sure don’t. For the most part we’re seeing very capable technology, and it will […]


Humboldt’s Legacy: The lessons truck drivers will learn

December 10, 2018

Few events have shaken Canada’s trucking industry more than last spring’s crash between a truck and Humboldt Broncos bus near Armley, Sask. Families were left to mourn 16 dead and support the 13 wounded. The charges against Adesh Deol Trucking and its driver are now making their way through the courts. But there are already signs that this collision will have a lasting legacy – especially as provinces look to refine the skills of those behind the wheel.


Truck parking shortage is a productivity killer

November 12, 2018

What are the industry’s biggest issues these days? Most everyone will say the driver shortage leads the way. Everyone except drivers, of course. I’d say top spot belongs to hours of service rules followed closely by the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, both of which are key reasons for the shortage… of drivers willing to work long hours within that arbitrarily constructed straitjacket. So it’s no surprise that the top three issues for drivers are those two plus the lack of parking facilities.


Inc. Stained: Driver Inc. is part of a larger problem — those who manage risks on a driver’s back

October 31, 2018

Canada’s trucking industry has been stained by yet another tax scheme. For months the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has been crying foul over a growing number of fleets that set up drivers as “independent” businesses in name only, avoiding source […]


Charging standards are on the way

October 17, 2018

Electric, electric, electric. The hoopla about electric trucks has been literally inescapable. You’d be forgiven for thinking that they’re about to take over the trucking world, but it may be quite a few years before everything is in place to […]