Today's Trucking

Distracted driving fines and penalties on the rise

January 2, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Ontario has become the latest province to increase fines and other penalties associated with distracted driving, complete with the heavy hammer of licence suspensions. As of Jan. 1, first convictions carry fines of $615 to $1,000 – […]


Defend the driver, defend the operator

June 29, 2018 Alan S. Cofman

Operators may want to defend individual drivers — or even independent operators — against charges that can affect safety ratings. After all, if the driver pleads guilty, or plea bargains for a reduced fine, the demerit points will still count against the operator.


DUI will mean stricter penalties in Ontario

September 20, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – Stricter penalties for young, novice, and commercial divers caught operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs and alcohol are coming to Ontario.
Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced the new measures Sept. 18 ahead of the legalization of marijuana nation-wide next July.
The government says it will have zero tolerance for those caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol for those drivers under the age of 21, those without a full “G” or “M” class license under Ontario’s graduated licensing system, and commercial drivers.


Temporary fix to avoid ACI penalties

May 29, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON — Trucks that arrive at the Canada-U.S. border without Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) will for a 90-day period be allowed to turn around without incurring Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPS), Canada Border Services Agency has announced.

eManifest requirements have been mandatory for highway carriers since January 11, 2016, and carriers still have to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically before arriving at the border.

It’s good news for the Canadian Trucking Alliance. The group has recently been citing recurring delays and system outages, and for several months been working with the agency to solve issues surrounding the AMPS linked to ACI reporting requirements.


Three fleets hit with California emissions fines

May 4, 2017 by John Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA – CR England, Knight Transportation and Werner Enterprises will pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a combined US $201,000 in penalties for failing to install Diesel Particulate Filters or verifying that their trucks complied with California rules.


Ontario company fined $100,000 for dock death

July 8, 2016 by John Smith

BRAMPTON, ON – An Ontario party décor business has been fined $100,000 after a temporary worker was hit by a reversing truck at a loading dock.


U.S. driver gets $276K for firing over hours of service risk

June 10, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

BOSTON, MA – In August 2012, a bottled water truck driver starting out from Massachusetts realized that a severe thunderstorm and heavy traffic wouldn’t allow him to complete his delivery within his legal hours of service. What did he do? To the chagrin of his employer, the driver dropped off the load at a closer facility, where a secondary delivery could be arranged later.


Tomorrow, Ontario Changes Rules of The Road

August 31, 2015 by sehui

TORONTO – Tougher penalties for certain driving violations plus increased driver and vehicle license fees in Ontario all take effect on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and the Toronto Trucking Association wants all truckers to know about it.
The organization has issued a bulletin outlining tougher penalties for distracted driving, new rules protecting bicyclists and measures to ensure the safety of tow truck drivers. The province has also changed rules surrounding children riding school buses.
Penalties for distracted driving will include an increased set fine of $490 and three demerit points upon conviction. Novice drivers will receive a minimum 30-day suspension for the first conviction and longer suspensions for subsequent convictions.


Alberta Carrier Fined $85K for Oversized Load

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

FORT MCMURRAY, AB – A company that transports oilfield equipment in Western Canada has been fined over $85,000 for hauling an overweight load on Highway 63.


Truckers fuming mad over smoking fine

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINDSOR, Ont. — A trucker was recently fined for smoking while driving his rig along Highway 401 near Windsor, Ont. and the ticket has sparked a bit of outrage among other drivers.



August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

A brief review of fines province by province as of November, 2005. Be warned…


Ice road trucker gets frosty treatment

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

YELLOWKNIFE — He’s made his reputation hauling goods across Canada’s frozen north and he’s certified to inspect tankers.