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Logbooks fading away as Canada prepares to mandate ELDs

June 26, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Transport Canada announced this month that it will mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs) as of June 2021 – more than three years after the U.S. first required the time-tracking equipment in the place of paper logbooks. And that’s despite the fact that Canada had a head start on developing the underlying technical standards.

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Federal safety focus includes ELDs, autonomous tech

June 17, 2019 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Transport Canada’s Michael DeJong sees a transportation system undergoing a “major transformation” — and the federal government is looking for ways it can support the related technologies that can make a difference. Gains in automated technologies, […]

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On-road charges, enforcement practices changing

October 18, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. — The rules of engagement have changed when it comes to the charges Ontario drivers can face – as have the people who might lay the charges in the first place. As of last week, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement teams expanded their focus beyond speed limiters to include charges for outright speeding, Frontline Commercial Vehicle Solutions’ Alex Bugeya told fleet managers during a presentation hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC).

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Drivers face tougher tests with legal marijuana

October 18, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. – Cross-border truck drivers who already face drug screening are not the only ones who face restrictions under Canada’s new framework for legalized recreational marijuana. Impaired driving rules have been refined at federal and provincial levels, said Alex Bugeya of Frontline Commercial Vehicle Solutions, during a presentation hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC).

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Screen your drivers, reduce the risk: Charalambous

October 18, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. – Charlie Charalambous of ISB Canada flashed two seemingly identical truck driver abstracts onto a screen and challenged his audience to spot the difference. It was impossible to distinguish the documents except for a single spelling mistake – […]

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Mob Rule: Italian mafia leading source of cargo theft

June 18, 2018 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Todd Moore was playing hockey in Hamilton, Ont., when some guys came forward with 10 cases of Moosehead beer that had “fallen off a truck”. He knew exactly where it had come from, though. Everyone knew. The theft of two loads of beer in New Brunswick had been all over the news, complete with jokes about Moose being on the loose.

It was no joke to the career police officer, now president of Canadian Armed Robbery Training Associates.

All too many people turn a blind eye to the cost of cargo thefts, he said during a presentation to the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. Contractors might see a cheap load of lumber as a way to cut costs, just like a chef who’s offered a deal on a load of beef that’s too good to be true. “People don’t see the significance. They say it’s ‘insurance’,” he admitted. “But everybody is paying.”

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PMTC honors fleet graphics

June 15, 2018 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has celebrated some highly decorated trucks through its 33rd annual Fleet Graphics Design Awards. “Companies are obviously proud of the image of their fleets,” said Terry Maw, vice-president of […]

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Young leaders share thoughts for the top

June 14, 2018 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Kimberly Biback was new to the trucking industry when she attended her first annual meeting of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC). But a year later, the corporate relations and marketing specialist with Sharp […]

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Private portal delivers driver details

June 11, 2018 by John Smith

The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) and ISB Canada’s Making Eligibility Easy (MEE) Division have unveiled a new Driver Qualification System.

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PeopleNet ready for expedited ELD mandate: Wright

April 23, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The president of PeopleNet Canada says his company is ready for a Canadian mandate of electronic logging devices (ELDs), even if a rollout is expedited.

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PMTC opens award season

January 2, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, ON – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada is officially opening its annual awards program for entries. Honors are presented during the group’s annual conference, held this year on June 14 and 15 at the Crowne Plaza – Fallsview Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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Ontario training schools call for tuition hike

December 11, 2017 by John Smith

HAMILTON, ON – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is calling on the province to raise the $40 hourly cap on tuition governed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development – and it has already found industry support in the call.
Select carriers, insurance providers, and the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada are all supporting the bid.
The cap has not been adjusted since 2009, but since then training school insurance costs have risen an average of 200%, equipment leases are up 45%, instructor wages are up 15%, and maintenance fees are up 20%, TTSAO argues. Costs also increased with the province’s recent introduction of Mandatory Entry Level Training.
“When you factor in the cost of fuel, insurance and wages for your staff and other capital expenses the $40.00 cap seems unreasonable for any kind of operation,” says Guy Broderick, a driver training supervisor at APPS Transport Group and chairman of the association’s carrier group.

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Young Leaders formalizing board Dec. 14

November 23, 2017 by elizabeth

MILTON, ON – The Young Leaders Group (YLG) of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) is taking a big step toward making a big impact on the industry Dec. 14.
The group will host a breakfast meeting in Guelph where they will formalize their board and appoint new directors and voting candidates.

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PMTC Young Leaders to host training sessions

November 15, 2017 by elizabeth

GUELPH, ON – In an effort to help young leaders in the industry develop their personal and professional skills, the Young Leaders Group (YLG) of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) is launching a new training program starting […]

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Private fleet dispatcher award unveiled

October 31, 2017 by John Smith

MILTON, ON – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) and CPC Logistics Canada are joining forces to honor dispatchers with the newly created Rick Austin Memorial Dispatcher of the Year Award.