AUSTIN, Texas – American Trucking Associations president and CEO Chris Spear went on the offensive during his annual state of the industry address today, calling for changes to everything from minimum driving ages to new drug testing tools and a massive infrastructure investment.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — There’s no doubt about it – North America has a truck parking problem. With the introduction of mandatory electronic logging devices (ELD) in the U.S. last December the issue has become critical.
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.”
BLOOMINGTON, IN – FTR Intelligence is predicting the strong start for trucking in 2018 will continue, leaving fleets to get creative when solving the problems created by a market already at capacity.
Avery Vise, vice president trucking research, says although fuel rates leveled in the first week of the new year, they aren’t expected to drop dramatically in the near future, contributing to record-level spot rates and rising contract rates he expects will peak and then fall sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, but will still remain high.
The reefer market was also up in the first week of 2018, with a polar vortex creating an increased need for temperature-controlled transport to keep products from freezing.
TORONTO, ON – Canada’s transportation ministers met in Toronto today, discussing a broad array of initiatives such as the mandating of Electronic Logging Devices and the need to study truck-mounted systems like side guards that could better protect “vulnerable” road users.
The ministers have also agreed to create a task force to harmonize truck-related regulations “wherever possible”, said Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau. Unspecified changes to the Memorandum of Understanding that governs weights and dimensions were also agreed to in principle.
TORONTO, ON — The problem with implementing Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) is confronting the sins of your past. Electronic logs don’t allow the flexibility of paper logs. That may mean some routes will have to be changed; some customers may receive freight a day later than they have become used to; and some salespeople, trip planners, and dispatchers will have to rethink what they promise. And some drivers may see three-day trips turn into four-day trips, or find themselves stranded by the clock just an hour from home.
ISAAC’s telematics system pushes the right information to the right person in real time, provides an ELD answer too
BANFF, AB – Mandated technologies like Electronic Logging Devices and an increasing focus on environmental standards will be among “game changers” for Canada’s trucking industry, Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO David Bradley said in what will likely be his final address to the Alberta Motor Transport Association.