It’s that time of year again – campaign season. Whether it’s provincial, federal, municipal, U.S. or various by-elections it seems that one way or another there’s always an election on somewhere, and as the weather heats up, so does the canvassing and the phone calls.
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — There’s no doubt about it – North America has a truck parking problem. With the introduction of mandatory electronic logging devices (ELD) in the U.S. last December the issue has become critical.
TORONTO, Ont. — Pulling two trailers with just a single power unit is an efficient way of moving freight. It’s not quite two-for-the-price-of-one, but fuel and labor costs are lower on a per-trailer basis even if equipment acquisition and operating costs are similar.
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.
TORONTO, ON – A lack of truck parking in Southern Ontario is affecting driver health according to the preliminary results of a survey on the issue.
More than 1,000 drivers have responded to the survey on truck parking being conducted for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to asses the needs of drivers, but the survey’s adminstrator Ted Harvey is hoping for 2,000 more to answer questions before the Feb. 28 deadline.
KNOXVILLE, TN – An updated smartphone application by Pilot Flying J will deliver real-time parking availability information to the truck stop’s customers.
The app called myPilot, developed in partnership with Sensys Networks, is being rolled out after 18 months of testing for accuracy and durability, the company says.
Thirty Flying J locations across the I-5 corridor from San Diego to Seattle, and one location in Knoxville – where the company is headquartered – will feature the sensors that collect and distribute the parking information to commercial drivers.
Trucker Path is helping to more easily identify the path to available parking spots.
NASHVILLE, TN – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) officially opened its 2017 Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry Survey during the In.Sight user conference and expo.
DELTA, BC – British Columbia has unveiled plans to build a new 150-truck parking facility on Highway 17, streamline the permitting process for over-dimensional loads, and study emerging technologies.
British Columbia’s newest truck parking area was on the verge of opening in early November. “We’re just putting in the poles for the lights,” said the project manager, referring to 40 spaces being created at Nordel Way in Delta, the result of a $2.8-million investment and some provincial land.
As helpful as that is, it barely scratches the surface of the province’s broader parking shortage. Nearby Surrey has concluded that about 1,400 trucks are parking illegally on its streets and in neighboring Langley on any given day. Commercial lots can charge about $250 per month to store a truck and trailer, but that’s if they can be found in the first place. Available spaces are often unavailable, inconvenient, or unaffordable.
DELTA, BC – Construction has started on a new truck parking facility in Delta, British Columbia, to help at least 40 more commercial drivers find a place to store their vehicle in the Lower Mainland.
The site is slated to open in the fall of 2016, but site preparation on the $2.8-million project began last year.
GRAIN VALLEY, MO – The U.S. Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says it’s been reaching out to Canada’s provincial ministries of transportation to gather data for its new truck parking shortage committee.
SURREY, BC – There is increasing opposition to a plan to build a facility to allow hundreds of trucks to park in a part of British Columbia.
Local groups and residents are lining up against the company GG Metro Holdings, which wants to construct the facility in Surrey on nearly 80 acres on three parcels of land near 16th Avenue, according to The Vancouver Sun newspaper.
The British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is seeking feedback from trucking companies and truck drivers operating in the Lower Mainland as well as parking lot companies regarding truck parking options.
NEW YORK, NY and WICHITA, KS — If you are going to be doing a little or a lot of trucking south of the border, there is bad news when it comes to traffic and your safety, while there is better news when it comes to finding places to rest your weary head.