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Sarasin named Canada’s champion inspector

August 22, 2018 by John Smith

KING CITY, Ont. – Samantha Sarasin, an Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer, is a national champion this week. She outperformed all other Canadians during the recent Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) North American Inspectors Championship, and just discovered that she came less than six points shy of North America’s grand champion title.

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Sticker Shock: Let’s set a balanced price for towing

July 31, 2018 by John Smith

Some of my earliest work experience came at the benches of a shop that repaired small appliances and vacuum cleaners. And a fond experience it was. Even when off the clock, I loved hanging around the area behind the counter. It’s where the owner’s aging friends would gather to chew the fat over some chewable coffee, and I was welcomed as one of them.

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Highway Robbery: The push is on to tackle clearance practices, excessive tow fees

July 21, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Guy Broderick couldn’t believe the towing invoice that appeared in front of him. The task seemed so simple. An APPS Transport truck only had to be towed a single exit down Highway 401. The clean-up involved nothing more than a bit of coolant that had spilled through a failing lower rad hose. The tow alone cost $2,531 – and that’s after Broderick negotiated a $1,000 discount. The coolant cleanup was billed at another $2,260, which included a $2,000 flat-rated “environmental” fee.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 18: In-Cab Inspection

June 7, 2018 by elizabeth

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is almost over! Even though today is the last day for the annual blitz, we’re sharing these videos to help you prepare for inspections down the road.

This 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

In this episode we look at the In-Cab Inspection.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 17: Tractor Protection Valve

June 7, 2018 by elizabeth

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is almost over! Even though today is the last day for the annual blitz, we’re sharing these videos to help you prepare for inspections down the road.

This 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

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Annual Roadcheck is aiming for education, not ‘gotcha’: MTO

June 7, 2018 by elizabeth

OAKVILLE, Ont. – The hiss of air from the supply line is unmistakable. Satinder Gill’s trailer has just come flying off the back of his tractor – or so he’s made it seem.

By disconnecting the supply lines, the driver for JLine Trucking is simulating a lost trailer as part of a roadside inspection being conducted by MTO Enforcement Supervisor Adriano Sanna.

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Danger Zones

June 5, 2018 by elizabeth

It can happen without warning – a previously unseen hazard makes itself known with tragic results.

For one Woodstock, Ont. Driver, that happened when a routine unloading turned deadly April 30. The 47-year-old was moving granite countertops out of his truck at a Kitchener supply store when disaster struck and he was crushed.

Details of how the incident came to pass are being closely guarded by authorities until an Ontario Ministry of Labour investigation can be completed, but the incident is hardly an isolated one.

For all the advertising governments do to promote safe practices in the workplace, statistics on workplace safety can be difficult to interpret. No national statistics exist, and those kept and curated by provincial organizations vary.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 16: Brake Adjustments

June 4, 2018 by elizabeth

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck scheduled for June 5-7 2018 starts tomorrow!

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.ion

In this episode we look at brake adjustments.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 15: Under the Truck

June 4, 2018 by elizabeth

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck scheduled for June 5-7 2018, starts tomorrow!

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.ion

In this episode we look at all things under the truck.

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The Cost of Distractions

June 1, 2018 by John Smith

Drivers who text or have other interactions with cellphones are eight times more likely to cause an accident. According to CAA, simply conversing on a mobile device — whether hands-free or hand-held — makes drivers four times more likely to be in a crash. And one in every four accidents is caused by people texting. According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half an hour.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 14: Brake Components

May 31, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

In this episode we look at brake components.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 13: Steering Components

May 31, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

In this episode we look at steering components.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 12: Right Saddle Tank

May 25, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck scheduled for June 5-7 2018. With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, […]

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 11: Trailer Rear

May 25, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

In this episode we look at the trailer rear.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 10: Trailer Bogie

May 23, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

In this episode we look at Trailer Bogie.