Today's Trucking

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 […]


It’s easy to sing the praises of USMCA … isn’t it?

October 9, 2018

It’s somewhat easy to sing praises of the new United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) from a trucking perspective. For more than a year, we were left to wonder if Canada would be included in a trade deal at all.


Our Changing Face: Driver demographics are changing. They must.

September 24, 2018

In recent years, a significant share of truck drivers include those who have crossed borders in their career paths — immigrants, Temporary Foreign Workers, and new Canadians all.

In particular, a massive share of those who turn wheels for a living now wear turbans rather than the traditional trucker cap.


The autonomous job killer? California researchers think so.

September 13, 2018

Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker is the most cogent look at trucking that I’ve seen in a long time.


Is your Truck Putting You to Sleep?

August 15, 2018

A ground-breaking bit of research from Australia has shown that low-frequency vibrations can make drivers drowsy. If this is true and the research is proven conclusive, it will call into question just about all we assume about truck crashes where the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel. Those drivers may in fact have been very drowsy but may not have been “fatigued” in an hours-of-service (HOS) context, the way that term is typically applied to “tired drivers.”


My Money’s on Hydrogen: After decades of talk, the fuel choice is close

August 13, 2018

Plug-in electric trucks are all the rage these days, mostly medium-duty machines, but there’s even a functional prototype logging truck that’s not only electric but fully autonomous as well. Swedish tech start-up Einride recently unveiled its T-log truck that incorporates […]