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CTA unveils trucking wish list for federal election

September 9, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Canada’s federal election is officially underway, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) wants several trucking-related issues to be reflected in party platforms.

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Sponsored The evolution of active safety systems

February 20, 2018 by John Smith

Active safety systems have evolved rapidly in recent years, and their uptake has increased at a similarly rapid pace. Many truck manufacturers have made collision mitigation systems standard, and the government has stepped in to mandate the use of electronic stability control.

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OTA defends industry record in wake of crashes

November 1, 2017 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association is coming to the defense of the industry’s reputation following a series of high-profile commercial vehicle collisions.

Citing figures from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, it notes that mechanical fitness plays a role in fewer than 2% of fatal collisions involving trucks, and of those collisions the truck driver was driving properly 70% of the time.

“This data reflects the elevated level of commitment to road safety by both professional truck drivers and fleet managers, but it also shows that if we are going to improve truck safety in any meaningful sense, the opportunities are related to human factors,” said association president Stephen Laskowski.

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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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Study says link between weather and crashes not what you think

May 29, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON — Quick: Do more accidents happen in lousy or good weather? According to a research study led by Sunnybrook Hospital physician and epidemiologist Dr. Donald Redelmeier, it’s actually the bright, sunny days that put us at all at greater risk of getting into a crash.

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Institute makes case for side guards

May 10, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – New crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) have demonstrated that well-built sideguards could keep passenger vehicles from sliding under the side of a semi-trailer. It was the first time that such guards were tested.

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Truck safety is more than a numbers game

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

LANGLEY, B.C. — Bald tires, faulty brakes, 40 percent out of service, 70 percent taken off the road… scary “statistics” about trucks make great headlines but don’t tell the whole story.

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Truck safety a matter of public interest

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — The majority of Canadians don’t think four-wheelers know how to share the road with trucks and it’ll take better education to remedy the situation.