Quebec City, QC – Quebec Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Pontiac André Fortin is the new head of the department of transportation for the province, and the Teamsters are looking for a spot on his dance card.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard appointed Fortin to the post in Wednesday’s cabinet shuffle, making him the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports (Minister of transportation, sustainable movement and electric transportation).
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Train Trailer has announced today they will be opening a new facility in Montreal on May 1, 2017. The facility provides the company with an extra-large yard that will feature a variety of later model trailer types including vans, reefers, chassis, flatbed equipment and shunt trucks.
MONTREAL, QC – Quebec is contributing $8.6 million from the province’s Green Fund to five companies working on the electrification of heavy vehicles.
MONTREAL, QC – A new report from the Quebec Coroner’s Office calls for increased heavy-duty truck driver training after investigating the death of driver Yann Turnbull-Charbonneau, 31, who died in 2013 when he lost control of his cement truck.
Coroner Andrée Kronström’s Sept. 26 report suggests that the 615 non-compulsory hours offered by Quebec’s vocational training centers allows drivers to gain a solid framework for safe driving. During the course, she said students learn details of braking systems and are introduced to range of scenarios they may face on the road someday, such as navigating mountainous terrain.
She says the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) should require mandatory basic training for Class-1 licence-holders in partnership with driving schools.
OTTAWA, ON – The City of Ottawa has completed a study that suggests a $2-billion tunnel could alleviate heavy truck traffic on residential roads as drivers look to access highway networks connecting Ontario to Quebec.
TORONTO, ON – Quebec trucking company Transport Leo Labelle Inc., and a driver with the fleet, are facing charges in relation to the wheel-off death of a 69-year-old male driver on Jan. 27.
MONTREAL, QC – The Quebec Trucking Association kicks off its annual conference Thursday, when officials and membership will discuss the state of the industry for three days at the Hilton Quebec.
MERCIER, QC – A trucking company has been fined nearly $1,000 for a height violation that damaged the Honoré-Mercier Bridge on Feb. 18, when the dump truck’s raised bed crashed into the bridge’s upper structure.
ANORAIE, QC. – Kenworth Montreal has opened a new parts and service facility in Lanoraie, QC., about 70 km northeast of Montreal.
MONTREAL – The engineering and research group for the North America trucking industry, FP Innovations and its Performance Innovation Transport (PIT) Group, will have its fall 2015 Energotest event Sept. 9-18.
The event by the not-for-profit will be at the Transport Canada test track operated by PMG Technologies in Blainville, QC.
So what is Energotest?
“The biannual PIT Energotest has become the benchmark for precise, verified and unbiased data, both in Canada and the U.S., on the return on investment fleets can expect from green technologies,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “Energotest provides independent verification of performance that gives technology immediate credibility and supports its implementation in fleets.”
SAINT-GEORGES, QC — Kenworth Quebec recently celebrated the debut of its new 17,000-square-foot, full-service facility in Saint-Georges.
The company invested nearly $4 million in the new dealership, which includes a 2,500-square-foot parts warehouse, a 1,500-square-foot parts display area, and a driver lounge with Wi-Fi access. “Kenworth Beauce is a major, new facility featuring state-of-the-art technology near a key truck route from southern Quebec into southern Maine,” said Robert Cadrin, Kenworth Quebec general manager. Quebec Route 173 has a major point of entry on the U.S.-Canadian border between Quebec City and Augusta and Portland, Maine.
Levis, QC — The tanker trailer manufacturer Tremcar has opened a new Quebec service center, that was a long time in the making, according to the company.
MONTREAL — While some in trucking continue mulling over whether to switch at least a few of their trucks from diesel to natural gas, a little history was made Monday when first ferry to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America was commissioned in Canada.
MONTREAL — A financial services provider and one of the largest natural gas distributors in Quebec have teamed up to facilitate the trucking industry’s adoption of natural gas as a fuel in Eastern Canada.
MONTREAL — Quebec’s government announced on Monday it will invest more than $1.5 billion in the province’s ports over the next five years as part of what it calls its “Maritime Strategy,” including money for improving roads to speed up cargo movement at the Port of Montreal.