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Ontario to unveil new truck emissions tests

August 27, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Plenty has changed since Ontario first rolled out its Drive Clean emissions tests in 1999, not the least of which is the cleaner air that passes through truck exhaust stacks. The jurisdiction plans to unveil a renewed program this fall.

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Ontario extends 60-foot trailer trial

January 26, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is extending a trial of 60-foot trailers beyond the retail sector.

Permits are now based on Commercial Vehicle Operator Record (CVOR) rather than a semitrailer’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the Ontario Trucking Association reports. But the permits – one for each semitrailer — will list all VINs included in the trial. Participating carriers are limited to eight permits, and just four in the first year of a trial.

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Ontario investments should focus on green tech, safety and parking: OTA

January 26, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is calling on the government to offer more support for green-trucking technology and alternative fuels, increase truck parking, and promote driver safety oversight programs.

The group met with the provincial government today as part of pre-budget consultations. The Ontario budget is expected to be released this Spring ahead of a June 7 election.

The OTA says it commended the government for reinvesting carbon fees paid by the trucking industry back into the sector in the form of rebates for fuel-saving devices and natural gas and electric-powered vehicles, but stressed that low carbon programs should reflect the realities of the modern supply chain.

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OTA defends industry record in wake of crashes

November 1, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association is coming to the defense of the industry’s reputation following a series of high-profile commercial vehicle collisions.

Citing figures from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, it notes that mechanical fitness plays a role in fewer than 2% of fatal collisions involving trucks, and of those collisions the truck driver was driving properly 70% of the time.

“This data reflects the elevated level of commitment to road safety by both professional truck drivers and fleet managers, but it also shows that if we are going to improve truck safety in any meaningful sense, the opportunities are related to human factors,” said association president Stephen Laskowski.

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Inspectors should look at flatbed safety: OTA

September 18, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Labor’s falls blitz is coming, and the Ontario Trucking Alliance (OTA) is urging them to pay special attention to flatbed truck safety.
The falls blitz, which covers ladder safety, slips, trips, and falls, in the mining, industrial, construction, and health care industries, will be running from Oct. 2 to Nov. 30.

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OTA seeks answers on employement law

August 4, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is calling for more clarity on proposed changes to employment standards in Ontario.

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Fleet financial folks get OTA council

July 28, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association has launched a new council for carrier Chief Financial Officers, providing a forum for issues on the money side of trucking.

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Registration opens for OTA conference

July 20, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO – Registration is now open for the Ontario Trucking Association’s Executive Conference – a November 8-9 event that will feature keynote speakers including former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

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Design work begins on Highway 17 parking

July 17, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Ontario has begun to work on the detailed design and environmental assessment for a rest area on Highway 17, about 1.3 kilometers from the Manitoba border, the Ontario Trucking Association reports.

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OTA seeking insight regarding CB/two-way radio rules

May 10, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON – As of January 1, 2018, specific exemptions for holding and using two-way radios, which includes hand-held CB radios, will expire and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is looking for industry insight regarding the use of two-way/CB radios in the trucking industry.

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OTA names 2017-2018 OTA Road Knights team

May 10, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association has named seven truckers will form the OTA Road Knights team for the 2017-2018 term.

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OTA workshop will focus on impacts of marijuana legalization

April 27, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), in tandem with Trucking HR Canada and Steinberg Title Hope and Israel LLP, will be hosting a workshop during the OTA’s annual Council Summit in June that will provide an overview of how the legalization of marijuana could impact employers.

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Former PM Mulroney to attend OTA exec conference

April 21, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has announced former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will headline a lineup of special guest speakers at the OTA’s annual executive conference in November.

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Registration opens for OTA Council Day

April 20, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has announced registration for this year’s OTA Council Day has officially opened.

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OTA members receive access to online courses

April 19, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have made a special agreement which will allow for each OTA carrier member to take part in two free CCOHS workplace health and safety e-learning courses in 2017.