Today's Trucking

New Alberta test track part of a broader vision

May 3, 2019 by John Smith

EDMONTON, Alta. – One of the newest and largest training facilities for Canada’s trucking industry features a few tools that none of the others have. Edmonton’s five-acre test track and truck simulator are rare enough, but they also happen to share space with simulators for training on a 737 or helicopter.


Ontario tractor-trailer apprenticeship program, tax credits in question

April 30, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Ontario’s decision to dissolve the province’s College of Trades has placed a voluntary apprenticeship program for tractor-trailer drivers in limbo, with some fleets now wondering about the future of tax benefits for apprentices they helped to train.


National driver training standard will be a positive step

March 13, 2019 by John Smith

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 […]


Ontario’s mandatory driver training continues to evolve

February 28, 2019 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – About 10,500 would-be truck drivers have passed through Ontario’s mandatory entry-level training (MELT) program, but the province’s transportation ministry is still learning lessons along the way.


Success of truck driver training standards will depend on the details

February 6, 2019 by John Smith

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.


Humboldt’s Legacy: The lessons truck drivers will learn

December 10, 2018 by John Smith

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.


Virtual reality system for driver training

November 26, 2018 by John Smith

iMVR is bringing a layer of virtual reality to the real world of driver training. Not to be confused with a full-scale driving simulator, the training system and its virtual reality headset immerse users into an animated driving environment in […]


Training system linked to driver actions

October 27, 2018 by John Smith

Instructional Technologies and Netradyne have teamed up to launch an automated training system with GetGo Transportation, a fleet located in Toledo, Ohio. The system used driver trends based on alerts generated by Netradyne’s Driveri safety program, which are then translated […]


Canadian truck drivers more educated than ever

October 22, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Many Canadian drivers have been known to joke that they have a PhD – standing for professional highway driver. But, as a rule, they are also more formally educated than ever before. The Changing Face of Trucking research […]


Screen your drivers, reduce the risk: Charalambous

October 18, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. – Charlie Charalambous of ISB Canada flashed two seemingly identical truck driver abstracts onto a screen and challenged his audience to spot the difference. It was impossible to distinguish the documents except for a single spelling mistake – […]


A Truck Driver’s Survival Guide: 5 lessons for life on the road

October 15, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Equipment editor Jim Park offers five tips for entry-level truck drivers, all of which he learned from his own career on the road. They don’t cover these in most schools.


Alberta to mandate driver training

July 11, 2018 by John Smith

CALGARY, Alta. – Alberta has been discussing the idea of mandatory entry-level driver training since 2016, but it was ultimately the fatal crash of a truck and team bus that accelerated plans to require such training by January 2019.


Pulse Survey: Your thoughts on driver training

June 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Recent events are shining a light on driver training standards, with concerns that more needs to be done to ensure Class 1/A licence holders can operate safely. In this month’s reader survey, Today’s Trucking asked for opinions […]


Skilled Trade? — Until trucking gets that moniker, we’re in trouble

June 18, 2018 by John Smith

The thing about proper training is that it makes the driving job legitimate, makes it seem like something worth doing. Our ability to attract new recruits will only increase if a strong training regime is in place. That’s how I wrapped up last month’s column — “Training? What Training?” — which garnered a lot of response. And a lot of agreement, especially on that point about legitimacy. If the job required serious training, graduates would think better of themselves, as would the public and the suits who govern how we do what we do.


It’s Our Fault

May 10, 2018 by John Smith

Like many of you, I was devastated when my two passions—hockey and trucking—collided tragically on April 7 outside of Tisdale, Sask. I was also embarrassed and angry. Embarrassed because the trucking industry I’ve defended at every dinner party for 35 years was somehow responsible for the senseless loss of 16 lives.