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Astronaut Marc Garneau is New Transport Minister

November 4, 2015 by Peter Carter

OTTAWA – Canada’s new Minister of Transport is astronaut Marc Garneau.
His appointment was announced Wednesday morning at Rideau Hall in Ottawa at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s swearing-in ceremony.
The retired military officer, former astronaut, and engineer served as the Member of Parliament for the riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie since 2008.

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Bridgestone: Say Hello to New Speedco President

October 28, 2015 by sehui

NASHVILLE, TN — A business that provides on-highway truck lubrication and routine tire services to commercial truck owner-operators and fleets has gotten new leadership.

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Cooper Tire Debuts Roadmaster Fleet Service Network

October 21, 2015 by sehui

FINDLAY, OH — Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. has announced its new Roadmaster Fleet Service Network, offering around-the-clock emergency roadside tire replacement and repair for eligible commercial trucking fleets that are part of the Roadmaster national account program.

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Maritime Truckers Tell Government What Needs Doing

October 19, 2015 by sehui

HALIFAX, NS — Mandatory entry-level training, trailer licensing, single wide tires and infrastructure: If Maritime provincial governments really want to help the trucking industry, these are the top priorities, according to the association that represents truckers in the Atlantic Provinces. The Executive Director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) Jean-Marc Picard told the association’s annual board of directors meeting Wednesday that the New Brunswick Minister of Transportation Roger Melanson’s office “reached out and asked what were the three areas they could focus on as a government but also work with the industry to bring efficiencies.”

The association is lobbying three of four Atlantic provinces in favor of mandatory entry-level training; Prince Edward Island is out of sync and not in favor of the mandatory training, because of the agriculture industry. Rather than mandatory entry level training, the PEI government has said they are willing to put a certification on a truck driver’s licence if the driver received training before passing the Class-1 test.

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AutoSock Approval Expands in Canada

October 9, 2015 by sehui

DENVER, CO — A provider of an alternative traction device (ATD) for passenger and commercial vehicles announced that its use has now been granted approval in British Columbia.

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Continental Tires Becoming Standard on International Trucks

October 8, 2015 by sehui

LISLE, IL – Navistar Inc. and Continental Tire the Americas LLC have signed a letter of intent for a five-year supply agreement where Continental tires will be the standard tire offering on all International brand medium-duty, severe service and heavy-duty trucks.

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Yokohama Takes Aim at N.A., Opens First U.S. Tire Plant

October 7, 2015 by sehui

WEST POINT, MS — Yokohama Tire this week celebrated the opening of its new US$300 million, one million square foot commercial truck tire facility in West Point, MS, while setting its sights on all of North America.

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BFGoodrich Warranty

September 16, 2015 by Rolf Lockwood

BFGoodrich Commercial Truck Tires has introduced a new extended warranty for its commercial truck tires and casings

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Continental Opens Commercial Retread Facility in Saskatchewan

September 9, 2015 by sehui

SASKATOON, SK — Continental Tire has opened what it says is the first commercial tire retread facility in western Canada. The new location will operate as a ContiLifeCycle facility, which is the umbrella for Continental Tire’s retreading operations, according to Continental.

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Bridgestone Commercial Gets New Sales VP

September 2, 2015 by sehui

NASHVILLE, TN — Bridgestone Commercial Group has hired a PepsiCo Inc. veteran as its vice president of sales for the company’s truck, bus and retread tire business.

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Data Shows Tire Inflation Systems Reduce Inspection Time

August 25, 2015 by sehui

SAN ANTONIO, TX – There may be a secret when it comes to reducing the time spent in having to deal with truck inspectors.

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Pete’s Blog&Grille: 10 Ways to Know You Grew Up In A Fleet Family

July 15, 2015 Peter Carter

10) You call all cars, buses, trucks, and motorcycles vehicles, as in, “where’d you park your vehicle?” 9) Your main family vehicle growing up was a pick-up. 8) The pick-up always had greasy spare parts rolling around in the back. […]

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Canadian Trucking Moving Toward ‘Sustained Mobility’

June 25, 2015 by sehui

LAVAL, QC — Canada’s trucking industry is making progress toward what one tire manufacturer calls “sustainable mobility.” The reason, according to Michelin Canada, is three provinces now have load parity legislation in place following the recent move by Manitoba to adopt new regulations, allowing wide base single heavy truck tires to operate at the same weight limits as conventional dual tires.

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VIDEO! New TirePass May be Too Good to Pass Up

June 15, 2015 by sehui

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — It’s been about two weeks since Love’s Travel Stops launched TirePass, a new system that inflates tires automatically while drivers fuel up, and it’s already available at more than 90 locations across the U.S. TirePass is a fuel and tire inflation lane where a trained Love’s technician checks and inflates your tires for you while you fuel, in addition to them measuring tread depth and performing a visual check of the tire and wheel assemblies.

According to Love’s, this new system helps to lower downtime, reduce the risk of breakdowns, increase fuel mileage and prolong your tire life.

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ENGINE SPEED: HOW LOW SHOULD YOU GO?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Low engine speeds are a good thing, right? Well, you can go too low.