Today's Trucking

Towing operator enjoys spotlight of Heavy Rescue: 401

January 4, 2019 by John Smith

SARNIA, Ont. — Gary Vandenheuvel enjoyed watching the exploits of Jamie Davis on Highway Thru Hell, a reality TV show based on the same kind of heavy recovery operations he conducts at Preferred Towing. Then the phone rang.


Break Down the Breakdowns: Controlling on-road maintenance

September 6, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. —  Mike Gomes, the vice-president of maintenance for Bison Transport, summarizes his fleet’s on-road repair process in six simple words: “Truck broke. Fix truck. Send money.” It’s a joke, of course, but there’s still a ring of truth to it. Each step in the process – especially as it relates to controlling costs – makes a roadside breakdown much more difficult to manage than work in your own shop.


Towing tips for truckers

September 5, 2018 James Manson

We sometimes hear from drivers who have been gouged by unscrupulous tow truck operators. Unfortunately for commercial vehicle drivers, the towing industry is still largely unregulated. While consumer protection legislation may apply to the towing industry — as it does […]


Sticker Shock: Let’s set a balanced price for towing

July 31, 2018 John G. Smith

Some of my earliest work experience came at the benches of a shop that repaired small appliances and vacuum cleaners. And a fond experience it was. Even when off the clock, I loved hanging around the area behind the counter. It’s where the owner’s aging friends would gather to chew the fat over some chewable coffee, and I was welcomed as one of them.


Highway Robbery: The push is on to tackle clearance practices, excessive tow fees

July 21, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Guy Broderick couldn’t believe the towing invoice that appeared in front of him. The task seemed so simple. An APPS Transport truck only had to be towed a single exit down Highway 401. The clean-up involved nothing more than a bit of coolant that had spilled through a failing lower rad hose. The tow alone cost $2,531 – and that’s after Broderick negotiated a $1,000 discount. The coolant cleanup was billed at another $2,260, which included a $2,000 flat-rated “environmental” fee.


OTA wants ‘Uber-like’ towing system

September 29, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association and Ontario Recovery Group are looking for an app-based electronic call system to help address incidents on the province’s 400-Series highways.


Tow operators pulled into CVOR

December 28, 2016 by John Smith

Ontario expands its Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration system to include tow trucks in 2017, although an “education” period will help to ease the rules into place. In the meantime, tow operators are still exempted from Hours of Service regulations and the need to pull into roadside scales.


Hellish Ontario highway gets TV show

December 23, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — Highway Thru Hell offered many television viewers their first glimpse of heavy rescue operations, and now the producers are focusing cameras on one of the most hellish routes Canada has to offer — Ontario’s 400 Series highways.

Heavy Rescue: 401 debuts on the Discovery Channel this January 3, showcasing the efforts needed to keep traffic moving between Sarnia, Toronto and Barrie.


Hino’s New 258 Conventional Truck

June 8, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Hino Motors Canada has released its new high-horsepower model 258 low-profile conventional truck, aiming at the towing market


Ontario’s Towing Woes Leave Truckers on the Hook

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

The Ontario provincial government is looking to develop a province-wide system to oversee the heavy commercial towing sector.


Need a Tow? This Info You’ll Want to Know

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO, ON – Faster Clearance Working Group got together and identified where policies dealing with accident clearance on Ontario’s provincial roads could be improved. These are their recommendations.


What to Expect When You’re Expecting… to be Towed: Part 1

August 1, 2014 Michael King

A few tips to help you save some money, downtime and aggravation in a tow situation.