TORONTO, Ont. – Doug McGowan of Westcan Bulk Transport has been named the 2018 Highway Star of the Year – recognizing Canada’s top truck driver or owner-operator.
Selected through a national search by Newcom Media’s Today’s Trucking, Truck News, and Truck West magazines, the driver was presented with the honor during the Truck World trade show in Toronto.
“It’s a great honor … there are a lot of excellent drivers out there,” said McGowan. “I’d also like to take this time to promote retiring military personnel towards driving positions, using myself as an example.”
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – “Dear Saskatchewan Truck Driver.” So begins a note penned to the driver of the truck involved in a tragic collision that took the lives of 15 people in rural Saskatchewan, April 6.
The truck collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask., killing 15 passengers and sending 14 more to hospital with injuries.
The truck driver was briefly detained at the scene but walked away with no reported physical injuries.
The letter offering support
TORONTO, ON – If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably noticed something different. Really different.
Today’s Trucking has officially unveiled a redesigned website at www.todaystrucking.com, offering a new look, enhanced functionality, and – most important – the in-depth editorial content that Canada’s trucking industry has come to know and trust.
One of the biggest changes comes with the sharing of daily news from www.trucknews.com, now presented alongside content available exclusively at www.todaystrucking.com.
The next generation of running-around-town trucks will deliver a load of innovations, including fuel-saving transmissions; aerodynamic design and in at least one case, “customerization.”
BLOOMINGTON, IN – FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index (SCI) for November 2014 stood at -3.2 – a number that reflects the easing of capacity tightness combined with a significant drop in fuel prices.
The Shippers Conditions Index is a compilation of factors affecting the shippers transport environment. Any reading below zero indicates a less-than-ideal environment for shippers.
While capacity conditions improved in the fourth quarter of 2014, it is still a negative factor, along with rising rates that will continue to impact shippers throughout 2015.
BRESLAU, ON – High-flyers resurrect the company under a logo almost identical to the one designed a half a century ago.
ELYRIA, OH – Technical training site enrolment reaches 25,000; more than 750,000 courses delivered since March 2013.
Toronto, ON – Acquisition expected to expand Canada Cartage into new industry verticals, and bolster the company’s presence in Western Canada.
TORONTO, ON – Project will extend Highway 407 about 22 kilometers from Oshawa to Clarington, and connect Highways 401 and 407 east of Toronto.
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Outlook 2015 is designed to connect fleet executives, managers, product experts, specialized technology providers and industry thought leaders.
BEAVERTON, OR – Freight rates slipped lower for vans, flatbeds and reefers, the first indicator of a more typical, slow winter freight season.
DENTON, TX – Peterbilt’s eight month 75th anniversary tour wrapped up recently, after 100 events that attracted nearly 20,000 attendees.
“Our customers and brand enthusiasts wholly embraced our anniversary celebration and we thank them for their yearlong support,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president. “The anniversary tour provided a great opportunity to reflect on Peterbilt’s storied history and the many future milestones we will together achieve.”
The centerpiece of the tour was a custom-built, double-expandable, 53-foot trailer with Peterbilt memorabilia, interactive displays, a history wall display, a Paccar MX-13 engine and cab and sleeper cutaways of Peterbilt’s new Models 579 and 567.
ARLINGTON, VA – The American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index was unchanged in December, following a jump of 3.5% during the previous month.
In December, the index equaled 136.8, which tied November as the all-time high.
Compared with December 2013, the SA index increased 5.2%, which was the largest year-over-year gain in 2014. For the entire year, tonnage was up 3.5%.
The not seasonally adjusted index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by the fleets before any seasonal adjustment, equaled 133.5 in December which was 6.1% above the previous month (125.8).
SARNIA, ON – Only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction while 75-year-old crossing to Michigan gets new blacktop.
GREENVILLE, SC – Dealer locator app is specifically designed for ease of use on the go, offering drag-and-drop capabilities.