Today's Trucking

Opinion: Changes at Today’s Trucking and TruckNews.com will deliver you more

November 15, 2019

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.


Opinion: Join in the fight against human trafficking

November 8, 2019

The industry has a role to play in the fight against human trafficking, and Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) can help.


Opinion: 8 trends in Canadian carrier contracts

November 8, 2019

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.


Opinion: Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs better policing

October 15, 2019

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.


Opinion: Bad ink shouldn’t be a permanent stain

October 8, 2019

The first weekend in October started like every other weekend: my chair, an espresso, and TSN SportsCenter. Then I picked up the Saturday Globe and Mail.


Opinion: Fleet safety begins at home

October 7, 2019

Fleet yards are designed to be safe spaces. It’s where trucking activities can be segregated from the outside world. There are still dangers, though.


Opinion: Answers about drug clearinghouse queries

October 1, 2019

Cross-border carriers with drivers who are subject to U.S. drug and alcohol testing requirements are also subject to the FMCSA’s new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program.


Opinion: The pitfalls of double logs in an ELD world

September 30, 2019

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”.


Opinion: Skepticism about Ontario’s 110 km/h pilot

September 26, 2019

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).


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: What’s behind the U.S. trucking bankruptcies?

September 9, 2019

In the first half of this year, 640 U.S. trucking companies shut their doors. Just 175 companies did that in the same period last year. Do you wonder why?


Opinion: Are you in an ‘exclusive’ business relationship?

September 9, 2019

Many companies engage independent contractors to perform services. And when the relationship turns sour, the parties often fight over whether the independent contractor is actually an employee who’s entitled to notice of termination and other benefits.


Opinion: In search of change-makers

August 29, 2019

The trucking industry has been grappling with a shortage of workers over many years. Right now unemployment is low, many millennials remain uninterested in trades and heavy-duty diesel trucks are viewed as significant contributors climate change. These are trends we need help to address.


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.