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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.

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Wingman Fusion on more Kenworths

January 12, 2018 by John Smith

Bendix Wingman Fusion collision avoidance systems are now being offered as factory-installed options on Kenworth T270 and T370 models – in addition to their T680 and T880 counterparts. The equipment combines readings from truck-mounted radar and a camera with the […]

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Rear discs for Model 579

December 14, 2017 by John Smith

Rear disc brakes are now standard on Peterbilt Model 579 trucks, building on the stopping power of front disc brakes introduced to the model in 2012.

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Adding ELDs make for happier drivers: Omnitracs panel

December 4, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – Investing in new technologies, including Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), is the key to creating safe, efficient companies that attract both customers and new drivers, speakers at an Omnitracs panel said last week.

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Bison takes home more hardware for safety record

November 23, 2017 by elizabeth

WINNIPEG, MB – It’s awards season and Bison Transport is taking home some hardware.
The carrier was given first place at the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) National Fleet Safety Awards in the large fleet division. This is the 12th time the company has been honored with the award.

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Bison takes seventh ATA safety award

November 23, 2017 by elizabeth

ARLINGTON, VA – Canadian fleet Bison Transport has been named the winner of the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) National Truck Safety Contest.
The cross-border carrier won first place for the seventh consecutive year for having the lowest U.S. Department of Transportation recordable accident rate in the 100 million miles category.

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More drivers are buckling up: FMCSA

November 17, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More truck drivers are wearing their seat belt, according to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
A national survey conducted by the group found that seat belt usage in the U.S. was up to a record level of 86% in 2016, from just 65% in 2007.
FMCSA deputy administrator Cathy F. Gautreaux says while the results of the survey are good news, work would continue on the issue until 100% of drivers buckled up on the road.

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OTA releases five-point safety action plan

November 17, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) released a five-point action plan for improving truck safety this morning.
The plan aims to work with law enforcement officials to assure the public that safety on the roads is the top priority of fleets owners, drivers, and other members of the industry, after a recent string of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles on Ontario highways had Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Vince Hawkes calling trucks “missiles.”

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Wabco tracking blindspots

October 30, 2017 by John Smith

Wabco is drawing on the power of radar for a blind spot detection system known as OnSide.

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System senses distractions

October 30, 2017 by John Smith

SmartDrive’s new SmartSense is a new line of sensors designed to identify dangerous driving risks.

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Mack, Lytx exploring video for refuse trucks

October 27, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Mack Trucks has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Lytx as it explores the potential of video feeds for refuse vehicles.

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Big data generating big returns

October 25, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Data ranging from maintenance costs to video images is increasingly helping fleets to drive down the cost of everything from on-road repairs to collisions. And those who dig a little deeper can realize some of the biggest savings of all.

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Volvo’s vision includes zero collisions

October 25, 2017 by John Smith

ORLAND, FL – Volvo invented the three-point safety belt in 1959, and with an era of active safety systems upon us, the company has unveiled another vision – zero traffic accidents.

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BC asking drivers to Be Truck Aware

October 17, 2017 by elizabeth

VICTORIA, BC – With one-in-five traffic fatalities in BC involving large commercial vehicles, road safety insiders are calling for drivers to be more careful around trucks.
The Be Truck Aware campaign was launched in time for Operation Safe Driver week, when officers across North America will be ticketing drivers for failing to share the road and follow safe driving practices.