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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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).