Today's Trucking

Calgary driver faces 29 charges in Humboldt crash

July 9, 2018 by elizabeth

REGINA, Sask. – Jaskirat Sidhu, the truck driver who collided with the Humboldt Broncos bus on April 6, was arrested this morning and faces 29 charges.

The 29-year-old male from Calgary who worked for Adesh Deol Trucking was charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily injury.

Sidhu was arrested at his Calgary residence without incident and will make his first appearance in Saskatchewan court next week.

The investigation took approximately three months and included a reenactment of the collision, over 60 interviews, more than 6,000 photos of the crash scene, and an analysis the driver’s log book.


Prepare for collision

June 15, 2018 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Accidents happen, and one of the biggest challenges when they do is to determine why they happened. “You can’t control when an accident happens, but you can be prepared when it does,” says Leanne Rapley, a […]


Honoring Humboldt: We must learn the lessons that emerge

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

The only thing we really know about the collision at the intersection of Saskatchewan highways 35 and 335 is the extent of the tragedy. Sixteen members of the Humboldt Broncos family, all too young, were lost in early April when a bus and truck collided. Thirteen more were injured. The scars, both physical and emotional, remain.


Sask. crash sees suspended licence for trucking company

April 10, 2018 by elizabeth

CALGARY, Alta. – The small trucking company whose driver was involved in the Humboldt bus crash has had its licence to operate temporarily suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. According to a Global News report, Alberta Transport Minister Brian Mason […]


‘Dear Sask. truck driver’ shows support for trucker in Humboldt crash

April 10, 2018 by elizabeth

HUMBOLDT, Sask. – “Dear Saskatchewan Truck Driver.” So begins a note penned to the driver of the truck involved in a tragic collision that took the lives of 15 people in rural Saskatchewan, April 6.

The truck collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask., killing 15 passengers and sending 14 more to hospital with injuries.

The truck driver was briefly detained at the scene but walked away with no reported physical injuries.

The letter offering support


Volvo’s vision includes zero collisions

October 25, 2017 by John Smith

ORLAND, FL – Volvo invented the three-point safety belt in 1959, and with an era of active safety systems upon us, the company has unveiled another vision – zero traffic accidents.


J.B. Hunt, driver to pay US$15.5 million in damages

October 19, 2017 by elizabeth

PHILADELPHIA, PA – A Tennessee truck driver and J.B. Hunt Transport have been found negligent to the tune of more than US$15.5 million in a 2013 collision with a pedestrian.
After a three-week trail a jury awarded the damages to Isaac Espinoza who was hit by Ricky L. Hatfield, an independent contractor performing work for broker J.B. Hunt, while he was helping a friend change a tire on the shoulder of I-81 north.


OTA wants ‘Uber-like’ towing system

September 29, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association and Ontario Recovery Group are looking for an app-based electronic call system to help address incidents on the province’s 400-Series highways.


Plan for the worst collisions, loss control specialist says

June 16, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Roads and highways can be a dangerous place. The World Health Organization says there were about 1.25 million road traffic fatalities around the world in 2013, notes David Gaskin, a loss control specialist with Aviva Canada. Canada records about six such fatalities per 100,000 people.


Call to ban hazardous loads in storms “not feasible”: OTA

April 6, 2017 by sehui

PRESCOTT, ON – Prescott mayor Brett Todd may want to ban hazardous cargo from Highway 401 during stormy conditions, but the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has responded in a letter that such a move is simply “not feasible”.

The mayor originally voiced his concerns at a council meeting in late March, following a March 14 crash and related hazardous material spill near Mallorytown that closed the highway for 30 hours.

“Why are there not regulations to keep this type of hazardous material off the road when the weather is bad?” the mayor said at the council meeting, according to the Brockville Recorder. Todd added that the town of Prescott’s location along the 401 corridor leaves it vulnerable to incidents like that.


New collision avoidance system study puts tech to the test

July 27, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – A new field study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents some of the impressive safety capabilities of collision avoidance systems (CAS), while keying in on the false activations still prevalent in the relatively young technology.

The June 2016 paper, Field Study of Heavy-Vehicle Crash Avoidance Systems, tracked 169 drivers over the course of a year. Drivers used trucks equipped with either the Meritor WABCO OnGuard system or the Bendix Wingman Advanced CAS system, both of which hit the market in 2013.

“Overall, CAS technologies show potential for significant safety benefits for commercial vehicle drivers,” the study concluded. “However, refinements to the technology could be implemented to address potential issues with false activations. Testing procedures for curved roads and overhead objects could help reduce false activations and improve the reliability of individual components of the CAS technology.”


Train for collision response, says US trucking lawyer

June 13, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

KELOWNA, BC – Preparing for an accident is like a fire drill. Trucking companies must practice the sequence of events that need to be triggered immediately after a collision, so when it comes time for handling the real thing fleets can draw from their training, says a prominent U.S. trucking lawyer.
Bradford Hughes of Selman Breitman LLP, an L.A.-based law firm, explained to the British Columbia Trucking Association’s annual general meeting that fleets only get one chance to get the incident’s first report right, and fleets can learn the hard way if they don’t put their insurance carriers on notice quickly enough following an accident.

“Some people say they don’t know how to respond because it hasn’t happened to them, and they don’t plan on it happening to them. But If you have just one power unit, it’s a risk that you run,” says Hughes, who serves as chair of the firm’s trucking and transportation practice group. He also manages the firm’s 24-hour emergency response accident team.



October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Eaton’s Vorad VS-400 collision-warning systems now a databook option



October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

Eaton’s Vorad VS-400 collision-warning systems now a databook option


Working With a Net

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Putting a trucker behind the wheel of the highest quality equipment and anti-collision gadgets can greatly reduce the chances of a collision.