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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 14: Brake Components

May 31, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

In this episode we look at brake components.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 13: Steering Components

May 31, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection.

In this episode we look at steering components.

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Bosch unveils emerging safety, self-driving tech

May 28, 2018 by John Smith

FLAT ROCK, Mich. — With technology about to transform transportation as we know it, global automotive technology supplier Bosch is right in the thick of things. The company has an extensive list of partnerships with new and established “mobility” manufacturers extending across automation, connectivity and electrification …

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Honoring Humboldt: We must learn the lessons that emerge

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

The only thing we really know about the collision at the intersection of Saskatchewan highways 35 and 335 is the extent of the tragedy. Sixteen members of the Humboldt Broncos family, all too young, were lost in early April when a bus and truck collided. Thirteen more were injured. The scars, both physical and emotional, remain.

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What’s the Rush? Are we moving too fast on autonomous vehicles?

April 10, 2018 by John Smith

Perspective is what prevents us from making lousy decisions and watching our stress levels rise as we try to cope with the fallout from those mistakes and misperceptions. Never before, I would argue, has perspective been as necessary as it is now. In life at large and certainly in this industry of ours.

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New CTA chairman looks to raise regional voices

April 10, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — This isn’t the first time Scott Smith has occupied a seat at the head of a boardroom table. The president and chief executive officer of Ontario-based JD Smith led the Ontario Trucking Association from 2004-06. Now, just a little over a decade later, he has been handed the gavel for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

As familiar as the role might appear, this is a time of significant change among some of Canada’s largest trucking associations. Stephen Laskowski is entering his first full year as chief executive officer of the Canadian Trucking Alliance itself. Recent months have seen changes to senior staff at the British Columbia Trucking Association and Alberta Motor Transport Association, too.

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Think Tanks: There’s a right way and wrong way to fill up

April 2, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Some truck components have been around for so long that they rarely receive a second thought, and dual fuel tanks are a perfect example. Introduced to extend the range of trucks between refills, the tanks are usually mounted on opposite sides of the frame rails. But this also introduces hazards that emerge with two separate filling points.

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Pulse Survey: The safety where you work

March 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Safety is the key to running an efficient business. Accidents and injuries can cost time and money in insurance claims and lost productivity. In this month’s Pulse survey, we asked readers how they feel about safety in […]

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‘Safety is not a department, it’s a way of life’

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A good record on safety is no accident. It takes a combination of commitment, planning, and action. That was a central theme during a Truckload Carriers Association presentation

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Shock Gap: Reefer techs can lack the training to stay safe

March 21, 2018 by John Smith

GUELPH, Ont. — Modern reefer units are clearly more efficient than their belt-driven predecessors. Compressors and electric motors have combined into single units, and there are no alternators to be found. Noise has dropped; reliability has improved.

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Feeling Disconnected: Platooning has promise, but barriers remain

March 13, 2018 by John Smith

The idea of platooning trucks has been released to great fanfare, and for good reason. Double-digit fuel economy gains can be realized by allowing one tractor-trailer to tuck closely behind the next, drafting much like race cars as long as […]

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UPS executive challenges fleets to ‘define excellence’

March 6, 2018 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. — Carlton Rose, president, global fleet maintenance and engineering at UPS, is challenging the trucking industry to define the excellence needed to realize cleaner cities, safer vehicles, and underlying technical knowledge.
“If you’re the one who defines excellence, then you’re the one who shapes expertise to achieve it,” Rose said.

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Ryder preaches safety. The Canadians lead the way.

February 22, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The safety messages are found at every turn, usually in a bold red and black. There are reminders not to smoke, and the need to wear safety glasses and safety shoes. Lockout tags and keys hang from door handles to ensure vehicles are not unexpectedly started while someone is working underneath.

They’re the not-so-subtle signs of Ryder’s commitment to safety in this Mississauga, Ont., shop and beyond.

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Electric vehicles are sparking more training for first responders

February 22, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, Ont. — When engineers at Kenworth brought their hydrogen-electric hybrid Zero Emission Cargo Transport (ZECT) to Mount Vernon, Wash., they were sure to let first responders know the truck was on site, and trained them on how to respond should an emergency arise.

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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.