Today's Trucking

Will truck platooning save fuel in the real world?

June 11, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Tailgating tends to be discouraged. Just don’t tell those who research the benefits of platooning. In the ongoing search for better fuel economy, engineers have found ways to connect tractor-trailers through electronic handshakes, automatically maintaining tight following distances that improve aerodynamic drag. Will it work in the real world?


Provencher moves to Lion Electric

August 28, 2018 by elizabeth

SAINT-JÉRÔME, Quebec — Yves Provencher has been named senior manager of business development at the Lion Electric Co., an up-and-coming manufacturer of all-electric commercial vehicles. Provencher is the well known director, emerging markets, at the Quebec-based PIT Group, which he […]


Video: Fuel for thought, and action

April 25, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Some of the most important factors behind spec’ing decisions are those that promise better fuel economy. A panel of experts at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit (CFMS) discussed how claims should be weighed, and steps that will deliver a return on investments.


Gear up for April 18 maintenance summit

March 26, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit is fast approaching and will bring high-profile industry speakers from across North America to Toronto’s International Centre on April 18. And there will be plenty to absorb, from electrification, to collision mitigation, spec’ing practices, fuel economy, and more.


Fuel-saving, safety training should be refreshed: study

November 1, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – A recent study by PIT Group has found that training in fuel efficiency and safety are only effective when it includes refresher courses, while real-time in-vehicle technologies help to reinforce good practices.

“While vehicle technology designed to improve fuel economy continues to advance, driver training is the element that has the largest impact on fuel consumption,” says Yves Provencher, director – market and business development. “Our studies show that various ways to train drivers – including classroom, in-cab and simulator training – all have their advantages.”


Quebec platooning tests underway

August 9, 2017 by John Smith

MONTREAL, QC – PIT Group, the research and engineering arm of FPInnovations, is in the midst of Transport Canada’s truck platooning tests that run from July 24 to August 18 at the Motor Vehicle Test Center in Blainville, Quebec.


Content rich programming unveiled for SCEF 2017

March 1, 2017 by sehui

MONTREAL, QC – Publisher of Transport Routier magazine, Newcom Media Quebec, and PIT Group, an organization specializing in truck-related technological trials and fleet advisory service, have announced the program line-up for Sommet canadien sur l’entretien de flotte (SCEF) which will be held in Montreal, on Apr. 19, the day before ExpoCam’s opening.


PIT Group offering fleet maintenance reviews

February 27, 2017 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, TN – PIT Group has unveiled Fleet Efficiency Review, a comprehensive analysis of fleet maintenance practices.


U.S. Xpress testing fuel economy with PIT Group

November 9, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

“Spec’ing a truck today is a science,” Dwayne Haug says bluntly. “If you just go to a dealer and pick one off the lot, you’re doing it wrong.”


UPDATED: PIT Group to measure, certify ELD compliance

October 31, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ATLANTA, GA – Montreal-based PIT Group says it plans to offer independent compliance testing of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as fleets prepare to meet the new U.S. mandate for the devices by December 2017.

PIT Group director Yves Provencher says his organization will follow the latest version of the ELD Test Plan and Procedures issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

“In advance of the ELD mandate in the U.S., a growing number of suppliers are self-certifying ELDs,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “But suppliers that come to us for ELD verification will differentiate themselves in the market because our testing is thorough and unbiased, and it will cover the most up-to-date requirements in the ELD rule.”