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Canada unveils plans to mandate ELDs, mirror U.S.

December 31, 2017 by John Smith

BRAMPTON, ON – Canada’s federal government has unveiled plans to mandate Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in trucks, largely echoing rules that officially take hold today in the U.S.
Draft versions of the rules have been published in Canada Gazette Part 1, and once finalized are to roll out within two years.
“This will make truck drivers less prone to fatigue,” federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said after announcing the proposed regulations. “It will make our roads safer.”
Canadian-based truckers heading across the border already have to comply with the U.S. mandate.
“For a number of years, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been pointing to research that shows a universal Electronic Logging Device mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviors strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over [their] prescribed limits of service, which leads to fatigue,” he told a crowd of fleet executives and media assembled in a Trailcon Leasing service bay.
“These Electronic Logging Devices can help commercial drivers and employers comply with existing Hours of Service regulations and help reduce the potential of driver fatigue. They also help drivers and employers on the administrative side of their work, and the devices’ electronic records virtually eliminate the need for time-consuming paper logs.”
A two-year rollout will allow enough time to deploy the devices, Garneau added. “If we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better.”

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ATA applauds Electronic Logging Device mandate

December 21, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Trucking Associations is applauding the arrival of mandated Electronic Logging Devices in the U.S.
“Electronic Logging Devices have been legislated, promulgated and litigated – with Congress voting three times in the past five years in favor of this requirement and a federal court rejecting a challenge to the rule. The time has finally come to retire decades-old, burdensome paper logs that consume countless hours and are susceptible to fraud and put the safety of all motorists first. The benefits of this rule exceed the costs by more than $1 billion, making it a rule the ATA can firmly support and easily adopt,” said Chris Spear, the associations’ president and Chief Executive Officer.

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ELD waiver for short-term U.S. rentals

December 13, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — A 90-day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device mandate will soon be issued for carriers operating short-term rental trucks (defined as 30 days or less) by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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Teamsters applaud NAFTA progress; talks extended

October 18, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Policy teams representing the Teamsters Union from the United States and Canada on hand during the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations this week are applauding the decision to fix the NAFTA cross-border trucking provision.
The priorities of the union representing 1.4 million workers in North America, included highway safety, dairy supply management, and worker rights. Also on the table during this round were key discussions regarding the auto sector and manufacturing, and trade disputes.
Teamsters general president Jim Hoffa said independent truckers and highway safety advocates will be pleased with the U.S. position on cross-border services.
“The [United States Trade Representative’s] approach is a creative solution to this long-standing controversy,” he said. “I am satisfied that the U.S. position will permit Congress and the Dept. of Transportation to safeguard the livelihoods of American truck drivers and the personal safety of American families on U.S. highways under NAFTA 2.0.”
Teamsters Canada President François Laporte said Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, and Canadian negotiators have a progressive, pro-worker approach to the talks.

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FedEx Canada joins the Amber Alert program

September 4, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – FedEx Express Canada will add nearly 3,000 pairs of eyes looking for missing children.

The Canadian courier announced this week that it is partnering with the Ontario Amber Alert program, and will rebroadcast amber alerts to its 6,500 Canadian employees, including nearly 3,000 couriers, so they can aid in finding missing children.

President Lisa Lisson says with the increase in e-commerce, the courier company is in more places around the country, making them good candidates for helping to locate missing children when needed.

“As loving parents and proud Canadians, our employees want to be of service to the community and help keep our children safe from harm,” says Lisson.

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Data Driven: ELD’s can open door to big data

August 21, 2017 by John Smith

If knowledge is power, then Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) could be the most powerful device on the truck. Sure, the device at its most basic is responsible only for monitoring hours of service, but the potential of networking and integrating data is impossible to ignore.
Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?
A friend of mine drives for a 10-truck floral distribution company and makes regular runs from Ontario’s Niagara region to Chicago, Michigan, and western New Jersey. The picture he paints of his distribution manager would be amusing if it were not (most likely) true. The manager must be a fellow who grew up trucking in the ’60s, and still listens to eight-track tapes of Red Sovine and Dave Dudley. The routes are badly planned, trucks are frequently diverted en route, the vehicles are always breaking down, and all communication with drivers is done over the -telephone. And he doesn’t believe in ELDs. My friend says his boss will wait until the last possible moment to equip his fleet – and then only because he must.

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The complete story on ELDs

October 25, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

Are you ready for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)? Learn everything you need to know in this special section, drawing on our recent coverage of the regulations, technology, operational issues, telematics and more.

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IN PRINT — ELDs Part 3: Inside the Black Boxes

August 11, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

If you’re prone to anxiety when facing a wide variety of choice, such as when you’re buying a pair of shoes or a candy bar, consider asking someone else in the fleet to spec’ an Electronic Logging Device (ELD). There are more than 25 suppliers in the space now; by this time next year that number is expected to swell fourfold.

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First Canadian wins Ryder Top Tech event

August 3, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – An Ontario man has become the first Canadian to win Ryder System Inc.’s annual Top Technician competition. And if that’s not impressive enough, Canada took second place, too.

Darek Mowinski, of Windsor, ON, took home a cash prize of $50,000 as the winner of the 15th annual event held in Washington, D.C. on July 28.

Ken Bilyea, of London, ON, finished second.

While a Canadian has never won the Ryder Top Technician honor, in 2015 four Canucks were among the top eight from Ryder’s team of more than 5,000 U.S. and Canada-based technicians.

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New VP for Volvo’s commercial sales, marketing in Canada

July 28, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo Trucks North America has appointed Paul Kudla as regional vice-president for Canada to oversee commercial sales and marketing.

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“Tanks,” Ron Laberge says, “For The Business.”

September 21, 2015 by Peter Carter

BURLINGTON, ON — Bite-sized lobster-and-grilled cheese sandwiches, jumbo shrimp, your choice of wine and a jazz trio are not everyday trailer-repair-garage staples, but then again, the folks at Tankmart International don’t want you to think they’re an ordinary report shop. That’s why Tankmart founder and President Ron Laberge invited customers, friends and even a few competitors to witness the grand opening of Tankmart’s sparkling new 30,000 sq.ft. facility on South Service Road Wednesday.

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UPS Safe Drivers Invited Into Prestigious Circle of Honour

July 17, 2015 by Peter Carter

TORONTO – Some run around downtown Toronto, exiting and entering their vehicles up to 80 times a day. Others have highway runs in tractor trailers. Around UPS, the tractor-trailer drivers are known as the “Feeder Group”. One Feeder driver simply hauls trailers back and forth across the Buffalo-Fort Erie border all day long. He’s done it for more than 30 years.
Some live in Montreal others in Nanaimo. Tim Noble, from Peterborough, ON., says he has driven 1.7 million klicks or, as he put it, “42 and a half times around the world.”

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Good News! After 4 Years, Windsor Thruway Open

June 29, 2015 by Peter Carter

WINDSOR, ON – Good news for truckers heading across the border at Windsor-Detroit. After four years of construction, the portion of 401 between North Talbot Road and the E.C. Row Expressway will open Sunday at midnight, so your loads won’t have to hit all those grade-level red lights anymore. Not only that but after Sunday, your eastbound trucks won’t have to use that pesky roundabout either.

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Canadian Freight Conditions Up From April, Down Year-Over-Year

June 17, 2015 by Peter Carter

TORONTO–TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian Freight Index demonstrated a slender gain in volumes in May.
Month-over-month load volumes edged up four percent from April. Despite this gain, year-over-year volumes were down for the fifth consecutive month, decreasing 22 percent over May 2014. Cross-border loads leaving Canada fell 23 percent, and inbound loads coming into Canada fell 21 percent year-over-year. These volumes averaged 70 percent of the total data submitted by Loadlink’s Canadian-based customers.

Intra-Canada load volumes represented 25 percent of the total volumes and were down 25 percent year-over-year.

A notable shift in the distribution of loads was observed entering western Canada and into Ontario. Month-over-month, western Canada saw a decrease in loads destined for the region by 15 percent; in contrast, Ontario saw an increase in loads destined for the province by 24 percent compared to April 2015.

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So Long Celadon, Hello Hyndman

May 6, 2015 by Peter Carter

WROXETER,ON.-Come Canada Day, you will see no more Celadon Canada trucks. On July 1, the merger of Celadon and Wroxeter, ON.-based Hyndman Transport will be completed. “We have come to realize the strength of the Hyndman name in Canada,” commented President and CEO of the Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Paul Will. “Hyndman has always promoted and supported a family atmosphere for their drivers and staff. This merger reinforces thae core value of the company.”