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Truck driver shortage? Think again, says U.S. labor expert.

September 11, 2019 by John Smith

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Cries of a looming — or existing — driver shortage are echoed on both sides of the border. They regularly emerge in employer surveys that identify trucking’s biggest challenges, and positions taken by industry lobby groups. Kristen Monaco of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t buy it.

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CTA unveils trucking wish list for federal election

September 9, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Canada’s federal election is officially underway, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) wants several trucking-related issues to be reflected in party platforms.

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Logbooks fading away as Canada prepares to mandate ELDs

June 26, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Transport Canada announced this month that it will mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs) as of June 2021 – more than three years after the U.S. first required the time-tracking equipment in the place of paper logbooks. And that’s despite the fact that Canada had a head start on developing the underlying technical standards.

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Trucking execs say labor shortage is top concern

June 24, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Senior Canadian fleet executives have overwhelmingly identified a labor shortage as the trucking industry’s top concern – and they see higher wages, better working conditions, and immigration as solutions. The findings emerge through a Nanos Research report that was based on an extensive survey of 32 executives through the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

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Canada unveils plans for ELD mandate

June 13, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Transport Canada has unveiled plans to mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs) by June 2021, and there will be significant differences when compared to the rollout of the technology in the U.S.

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Driver of the Year says he was born to run

February 4, 2019 by John Smith

ROGERSVILLE, N.B. – After 41 years on the road, Jean-Claude Robichaud of Atlantic Pacific Transport earned one of the greatest accolades a long-time driver can dream of: the CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the Year Award.

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Driver Inc. model finally getting attention

October 11, 2018 Mike McCarron

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.

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CORRECTION: Overtime technical document being updated

July 30, 2018 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, Ont. – The Government of Canada is updating the technical document used to explain how overtime is calculated for the trucking industry, a Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) spokesman confirms.

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Don’t Waste Time: Let’s learn the lessons of a different ELD mandate

May 3, 2018 John G. Smith

At first glance, the Canadian Trucking Alliance seems to be getting ahead of itself in the call for a “graduated education” period before electronic logging devices (ELDs) are mandated. The federal government has yet to finalize such rules, or even decide if it will embrace an accelerated December 2019 deadline the alliance is championing. Other than Ontario, most provinces have been silent on the idea, too.

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PeopleNet ready for expedited ELD mandate: Wright

April 23, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The president of PeopleNet Canada says his company is ready for a Canadian mandate of electronic logging devices (ELDs), even if a rollout is expedited.

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Don’t discount AOBRDs yet says speaker

April 21, 2018 by elizabeth

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Mandatory electronic logging devices (ELD) are on the horizon for Canadian drivers, but Rihard Suler thinks fleets should consider holding off on upgrading to their systems for as long as they can.

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‘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.

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New CTA chairman looks to raise regional voices

April 10, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — This isn’t the first time Scott Smith has occupied a seat at the head of a boardroom table. The president and chief executive officer of Ontario-based JD Smith led the Ontario Trucking Association from 2004-06. Now, just a little over a decade later, he has been handed the gavel for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

As familiar as the role might appear, this is a time of significant change among some of Canada’s largest trucking associations. Stephen Laskowski is entering his first full year as chief executive officer of the Canadian Trucking Alliance itself. Recent months have seen changes to senior staff at the British Columbia Trucking Association and Alberta Motor Transport Association, too.

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CTA wants harmony on 11 issues

January 30, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Leaders of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and provincial trucking associations have come together to identify 11 industry issues that could benefit from improved harmonization.

The call is designed to support a new task force under the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety, established in September 2016, and complements existing initiatives like the National Task Force on Weights and Dimensions.
“This is a great opportunity for further collaboration between industry and government,” said Stephen Laskowski, president and Chief Executive Officer of the alliance. “CTA commends the provincial trucking associations for their efforts in contributing to our submission and looks forward to working with all interests in addressing the issues identified.”

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More long-haul infrastructure needed to reduce carbon emissions: CTA

January 24, 2018 by elizabeth

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance says infrastructure and fuel technology has not kept pace with the trucking industry’s desire to reduce its carbon footprint.

Submitting its comments on the upcoming federal Clean Fuel Standard regulation to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the group said the increasing environmental policies would have to address some of the implementation and infrastructure challenges faced by long-haul fleets, which consume the bulk of the fuel used by trucks.