Today's Trucking

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.

Opinion: Big players, real estate, and more forces behind M&A activity

April 8, 2019

While researching my annual column on Canadian trucking mergers and acquisitions (M&A), I went back and read last year’s commentary to see what changed.

Think twice before you write a reference letter

April 1, 2019

A positive reference letter can seem like a welcome favor for a long-term employee, but a recent court case illustrates why fleet managers may want to think twice before writing such a document. It all began with a blocked route.

Farewell to Bill MacKinnon

March 25, 2019

It is with great sadness the Ontario Trucking Association is announcing the passing of William (Bill) MacKinnon of MacKinnon Transport. He was 90.

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 […]

National driver training standard will be a positive step

March 13, 2019

It was great news to see Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and his provincial cohorts promise a national training standard for entry-level truck drivers by next year. Raising the bar for driver skills and professionalism can only help the industry […]

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.

Fuel surcharges? I’ve had my fill.

February 8, 2019

I was overwhelmed by the feedback I received about last month’s column on fuel surcharges. Some of you really liked what I had to say. Others, not so much. In the column I challenged the system the industry uses to […]

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.

Know your rights at an accident scene

February 1, 2019

Any collision involving serious injuries or fatalities is tragic, and it can be a harrowing experience for everyone involved. We were recently reminded of that when a homeless woman was killed by a garbage truck making its rounds in Toronto. […]

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?