Today's Trucking

Opinion: Trucking ahead of four wheelers in the tech race

July 12, 2019

Trucking is way ahead of the four-wheeler industry in terms of conceiving how we might incorporate electrification and autonomy.

Opinion: Fleets must embrace a digital transformation

July 10, 2019

It should be no surprise to anyone that big tech companies are set on disrupting the fragmented trucking sector. There is certainly room to improve.

Opinion: Truck telematics data offers just part of the answer

July 5, 2019

Truck drivers who dismiss ELDs and telematics tools as “electronic babysitters” should not be dismissed out of hand. There are human factors to consider.

Opinion: Prepare for a new HVUT tax year

July 2, 2019

A new U.S. Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) tax year began on July 1, and there are several things carriers need to know about the tax to keep an operation in good standing.

Opinion: Important points about point-to-point shipments

June 19, 2019

Cabotage refers to the right to transport goods or passengers between two points in the same country. Cabotage laws (Customs tariffs) apply to all transportation modes including vehicles, trailers or containers that are otherwise registered in another country.  

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: Captive insurance has its benefits

June 11, 2019

Insurance captives are a way for best-in-class carriers (which apparently we were) to lower their costs by eliminating class underwriting while retaining profits and investment income. Simply put, when you join a captive you become a minority partner in an insurance company owned and managed by like-minded carriers.

Opinion: Set up a trust account for brokered loads

May 28, 2019

Carriers expect to be paid for the freight they move. There’s no surprise there. But the businesses that broker or sub-broker loads might be surprised to learn they can be held liable for ensuring freight-related payments get to carriers that turn the wheels.

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: Proposed rules could change markings on dangerous goods

May 7, 2019

Transport Canada has proposed a series of amendments to existing Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR), as it looks to align with the 20th edition of the United Nations Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. The end results will likely affect classification information, shipping names, and other special provisions, and better align with U.S. regulations when it comes to the safety marks on dangerous goods.

Opinion: The day of insurance reckoning is upon us

May 7, 2019

Carriers with poor safety records are learning that insurance is a privilege not a right. They’re dealing with huge spikes in premiums, or worse, the bitter reality that no one will insure them.

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.