Today's Trucking

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 […]


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?