Today's Trucking

Rising truck insurance costs steering business decisions: Survey

June 21, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Almost one in five surveyed members of the trucking industry say they have been forced to decline work because of the related truck insurance costs, a Today’s Trucking reader poll has found. The latest monthly Pulse Survey […]


Opinion: The day of insurance reckoning is upon us

May 7, 2019 Mike McCarron

Carriers with poor safety records are learning that insurance is a privilege not a right. They’re dealing with huge spikes in premiums, or worse, the bitter reality that no one will insure them.


Cyberboxx promises cyber security

February 26, 2019 by John Smith

Toronto-based Boxx Insurance has unveiled Cyberboxx to help transportation and logistics providers stay ahead of cyber threats – part of a broad series of industry-focused solutions. Cyberboxx delivers a real-time score to gauge the state of a company’s cyber exposure, […]


Mob Rule: Italian mafia leading source of cargo theft

June 18, 2018 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Todd Moore was playing hockey in Hamilton, Ont., when some guys came forward with 10 cases of Moosehead beer that had “fallen off a truck”. He knew exactly where it had come from, though. Everyone knew. The theft of two loads of beer in New Brunswick had been all over the news, complete with jokes about Moose being on the loose.

It was no joke to the career police officer, now president of Canadian Armed Robbery Training Associates.

All too many people turn a blind eye to the cost of cargo thefts, he said during a presentation to the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. Contractors might see a cheap load of lumber as a way to cut costs, just like a chef who’s offered a deal on a load of beef that’s too good to be true. “People don’t see the significance. They say it’s ‘insurance’,” he admitted. “But everybody is paying.”


Ontario WSIB rates to climb for trucking

September 20, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – Some Ontario fleets will see a bump in their Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) premiums for 2018.
The rise in rates were announced at the group’s annual general meeting Set. 20, while WSIB also announced a drop in rates for other industries, totaling about $760 million combined for 2017 and 2018.
Warehousing is among those seeing a cut, with a 7.5% decrease in premium rates from $2.95 per $100 of insurable earnings in 2017, to $2.73 per $100 of insurable earnings in 2018. The rates for general trucking, couriers, and waste materials recycling, however, will go up.


Paid The Movement of Anything | Is the Trucking Industry Ready?

July 20, 2017 by Dan Robinson

Recent technical advances in the transportation sector, such as anti-lock braking systems, lane divergence sensors, and especially the evolution in dash camera technology, have focused not only on enhancing the overall driving experience but also on making our roads safer than ever before.


IN PRINT — Tailgate Party: Platooning questions involve more than tech

June 27, 2017 by John Smith

Nike wants a runner to complete a marathon in under two hours, but the target will involve more than the company’s swoosh-marked shoes. Other marathoners will take turns running in the controlled race, helping to optimize the aerodynamic conditions that can be leveraged by the record hopeful who will tuck in behind them. It’s not the only sport to leverage the pulling forces of “drafting”. The concept has been used everywhere from cycling’s Tour de France to the ovals of NASCAR. With the help of emerging technology such as adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation systems, trucking could be on the cusp of realizing the same techniques – using automatically set following distances in a process known as platooning.


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.


Autonomous questions not limited to tech

June 16, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – The questions surrounding autonomous vehicles are not limited to how such technology would actually work, and Rick Geller has identified a long list of related issues that have yet to be addressed.


Your bill of lading may not protect you: lawyer

June 5, 2017 by John Smith

KELOWNA, BC – So-called “uniform conditions” limit cargo losses to $2 per pound, but many carriers are exposed to higher losses than that, according to Michael Silva of Whitelaw Twinning Law Corporation.


Insurance data could put driver privacy at risk: Research

April 7, 2017 by John Smith

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL — Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have demonstrated that it’s possible to compromise a driver’s private information that has been stored in the cloud for insurance-based telematics, otherwise known as Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) programs. The programs […]


Lawyer suggests $10M liability if driving in “hellholes”

September 19, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

BRAMPTON, ON – Runaway jury verdicts over the last five years are hitting even the safest motor carriers, warns a New England transportation lawyer.

Brian Del Gatto, co-chair of Wilson Elser’s transportation, cargo and logistics practice, says that over the last five years he’s seen an average of six verdicts per year in excess of $10 million. In most of these cases, the plaintiff’s lawyer has nearly everything to gain, and almost nothing to lose, Del Gatto told guests at a customer appreciation day for Northbridge Insurance on Thursday.


Mercuri named Energi Canada VP

August 10, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — Raymond Mercuri has been named Energi of Canada’s vice president – loss prevention and safety.


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.


Ontario insurance brokers launch new telematics program

January 21, 2015 by Allan Janssen

TORONTO, ON – fleetadvisor enabling fleet managers to better manage business risks