Today's Trucking

The fuel surcharge conundrum

January 10, 2019

Recently I was working with a carrier on its fuel surcharge policy and was painfully reminded what a complicated and antiquated system we have for handing fluctuations in the price of diesel.


Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) fees drop

January 3, 2019

If you operate into the U.S., keeping your fleet legal can be quite the undertaking. You need a USDOT number and for-hire authority, if applicable, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). There are uniquely U.S. motor carrier safety […]


Protect livestock loads from ‘undue suffering’

December 18, 2018

The need to care for cargo takes on a special meaning when transporting livestock, especially when it comes to avoiding undue suffering. Many of the related obligations were established through a March 2017 federal court case between Maple Lodge Farms […]


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.


Take care of truck driver health

December 10, 2018

With so much focus on attracting new truck drivers, it’s surprising we don’t pay more attention to keeping the ones we have alive longer. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), the average life expectancy of a commercial […]


5 tips to amp up your truck driver recruiting ads

December 6, 2018

An intensifying shortage of truck drivers continues to top the list of challenges cited by carriers. But with so many people chasing many of the same drivers, how can carriers stand apart from the competition? Here are a few tips that will help enhance your recruiting ads.


Does your bill of lading fall short?

December 5, 2018

A “lading” is nothing more than an archaic word for cargo, but continues to be used when it comes to the all-important bill of lading – a carrier’s contract to carry cargo. This is the document that includes the obligations […]


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.


It’s time for hourly driver pay

November 7, 2018

The trucking industry has trouble finding drivers, and it’s no secret that pay is part of the problem. The fact that truck drivers bring home the same dough as they did 40 years ago, when the cost of living was half of what it is today, certainly has something to do with it. Carriers have increased driver pay lately, but all those empty seats indicate that reform is still needed.


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 […]


Bill 148’s approach had unintended consequences

October 24, 2018

Within minutes of his election Premier Doug Ford declared Ontario is open for business. The provincial government’s announced review of Bill 148 is definitely a step in the right direction. The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), with its hundreds of members […]


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 […]


Driver Inc. model finally getting attention

October 11, 2018

From all accounts coming out of last month’s Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) board meeting, the driver contractor issue is finally getting the attention it deserves. With Driver Inc. on the agenda, the alliance brought Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to the table and the government said it’s serious about nailing culprits who are not paying their fair share of taxes or forming sham companies for drivers who have no clue what they are signing up for.


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.