Today's Trucking

New food safety rules can extend to carriers

July 20, 2018 Jaclyne Reive

Canada’s Safe Food for Canadians Act and its regulations will officially become law on Jan. 15, 2019. And while it won’t apply outright to most carriers who transport food, some operations might still face new requirements.


Smoke Screen: Testing remains in a legal vacuum

June 11, 2018 by elizabeth

July 1 has secured an unusual place in the story of marijuana. The national holiday was once reported as the deadline to legalize recreational weed. That didn’t happen, of course, but Canada Day is still left as the deadline for Ontario’s Cannabis Act, which established related rules for drivers and sellers alike. Canada’s cross-border drivers even began facing their mandated drug tests on July 1, 1996.


Rights Defined: Shareholder agreements will protect your interests

March 5, 2018 Jaclyne Reive

Are you one of two or more shareholders in a trucking company? Have you thought about your rights if your partner decides to sell shares to someone you don’t want to do business with, or if your partner becomes ill […]


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.


Sleeping With the Enemy

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The Americans are eyeing a mandatory sleep apnea testing rule. But the legal implications could throw you in the game way before that.