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Ep 15: Under the Truck

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, takes us under a tractor-trailer to discuss everything that enforcement teams are looking for when they climb onto a creeper and wheel their way underneath the vehicle.

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Ep 16: Brake Adjustments

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Brake adjustment continues to be the leading defect identified during roadside inspections. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, discuss how inspectors mark and measure the brakes.

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Ep 17: Tractor Protection Valve

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Do you know why a tractor-trailer is equipped with a tractor protection valve? And do you know how enforcement teams will inspect it? Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore the related steps.

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Ep 18: In-Cab Inspection

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

A Level 1 inspection does not limit itself to components outside the truck. Enforcement teams will stop in the cab to review gauges, warning lights, steering wheels, seats and more. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, discuss the difference between the major and minor defects.

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Ep 19: Fifth Wheel

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Tractors and trailers connect at the fifth wheel, and the so-called tug test is used to ensure there is no excessive play in the connection. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore the steps taken to ensure a secure connection.

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Ep 20: A Clean Inspection

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, presents driver Brad Barton of JG Drapeau a clean bill of health for the equipment inspected during our video series. Today’s Trucking offers special thanks to Brad Barton, JG Drapeau, Sarasin, and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for sharing all the steps in a Level 1 inspection.

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Video series highlights each step in Level 1 inspection

June 6, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Today’s Trucking has rolled out a 20-part video series featuring each of the stops in a Level 1 roadside inspection conducted by Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) enforcement teams.

John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and CVSA instructor, highlight the differences between major and minor defects, and offer an in-depth look at all the related components along the way.

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Association releases “DCP in a box”

May 3, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — The Ontario Trucking Association has released its Essential Driving Skills: Tractor-Trailer Driver curriculum for fleets that want to upgrade their Driver Certification Program (DCP) ahead of the province’s Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) regime that takes effect July 1.

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Free video series explains CVSA inspections

April 17, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Today’s Trucking magazine has launched a free online video series that offers new insights into roadside inspections, and already posted the first five installments at www.todaystrucking.com.

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New Milton inspection stations planned

February 20, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation will need to replace inspection stations on the eastbound and westbound stretches of Highway 401 in Milton, Ontario — and it’s looking to the Ontario Trucking Association for design ideas.

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Ontario exploring pre-clearance, pre-screening

February 17, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) that will help lay a foundation for commercial vehicle pre-clearance and pre-screening systems, often referred to as automated scales.

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OTA says provincial talks in works for smart lift axles

August 24, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

MISSISSAUGA, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) reports that smart lift axles for semi-trailers may be on the horizon now that formal discussions with the province appear to be around the corner.

While the technology has been available for more than a decade, it remains at odds with Ontario Regulation 413/05: Vehicle weights and dimensions – for Safe, Productive and Infrastructure-Friendly Vehicles. As the OTA has made recent headway on other weights and dimensions issues, it feels the timing may be right to revisit smart lift axles, which monitor the load on a trailer’s suspension and automatically raises and lowers the lift axel independent of driver input, which can increase fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Bradley receives MTO partnership award

June 17, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – David Bradley, CEO of the Ontario Trucking Association and Canadian Trucking Alliance, has received the Assistant Deputy Minister’s Partnership Award from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation – recognizing his contributions for keeping “Ontario’s roads amongst the safest in North America.”

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OPP and MTO set Operation Corridor for June 16

June 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

TORONTO, ON – On June 16, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation are launching a 24-hour enforcement and education initiative called Operation Corridor to help curb collision numbers among commercial vehicles.

Announcing the blitz, officials reminded the public that that they’ve responded to more than 27,000 transport truck collisions over the last five years.

It’s a number both the ministry and the OPP want to shrink.

“Although our officers see many safe drivers on our roads every day, those who are not need to know just how devastating and costly it can be when they fail to make safe driving decisions or do not undertake proper maintenance and truck inspections,” stated OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair.

Even more notable about the truck collisions were the amount of multiple fatalities they caused. From 2011 to 2015, a total of 321 people died over the course of 260 fatal collisions, stated the OPP.

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MTO: Nipigon Bridge Likely to Open 2nd Lane By March

January 22, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

NIPIGON, ON – The damaged Nipigon River Bridge will likely open to two lanes (one each way) by February’s end, says Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca.