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Quebec Fleets Form Strategic Partnership

June 1, 2015 by sehui

LANORAIE, QC and L’ASSOMPTION, QC — The trucking companies Express Mondor and Transport l’Épiphanie have announced they have formed a strategic partnership to accelerate their growth.The two will harmonize the management and operation of their fleets in order to optimize equipment use and better meet the needs of their customers across North America, according to a news release.
Express Mondor, based in Lanoraie, QC, and Transport l’Épiphanie, based in L’Assomption, QC, specialize in oversize transportation, serving a cross-section of customers in a variety of industries in Canada and the U.S. The two say the agreement will make it possible for them optimally manage, maintain and operate a combined fleet of more than 80 tractors and 200 modern trailers.

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Toronto Mayor Supports Gardiner Expressway Option

May 13, 2015 by sehui

TORONTO — The Ontario Trucking Association is applauding Toronto Mayor John Tory’s support on Tuesday of the so-called ‘hybrid’ option regarding the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway.

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Eastern End of Gardiner Expressway Should Stay Put: OTA

May 13, 2015 by Peter Carter

TORONTO — When the people who run Toronto consider the 100-year fate of the city’s Gardiner Expressway next month, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) wants to ensure its view is heard loud and clear; and that view is, getting rid of the eastern portion of the Gardiner would be bad for the city. It would cost Toronto’s economy up to $37 million per year as a result of delays and congestion. And it might put pedestrians and cyclists at risk. These predictions are based on a study by an organization called The Gardiner Industry Coalition, of which the OTA is a contributing member.

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U.S. Trucking Generated Record $$$ Last Year

May 11, 2015 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA — Revenue in the U.S. trucking industry last year hit its highest level on record, topping U.S.$700 billion, according to the latest edition of American Trucking Trends from the American Trucking Associations.

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Trucking Conditions Index Falls Slightly

May 11, 2015 by sehui

BLOOMINGTON, IN. — A measure of business conditions in the U.S. trucking industry posted its third straight monthly drop in March, according to a newly released report, but there is confidence the situation is already improving.

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North American Truck Orders Post April Decline

May 6, 2015 by sehui

COLUMBUS and BLOOMINGTON, IN — Orders for new heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks in North America both hit the skids a little bit, but it’s no cause for alarm. During April, 39,700 Class 5 through Class 8 truck orders were booked, down 6% compared the April 2014, according to preliminary numbers from the commercial vehicle industry data provider ACT Research.
Actual numbers will be published in mid-May. “While the order volume represents a fairly sharp deceleration from the 50,000 units-plus order months experienced from October to February, the pullback is a reflection of already large backlogs as well as a paucity of build slots remaining in 2015,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT president and senior analyst. “This month’s net orders were not a surprise, considering that the calendar is moving away from peak order season.”

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World’s Biggest Cat Dealer Just Got Bigger

May 6, 2015 by Peter Carter

VANCOUVER — Finning International Inc., a Canadian Caterpillar dealership that was started 1933 and then grew to be the biggest Caterpillar heavy-equipment dealership in the world, is buying the Regina-based Cat dealership Kramer Ltd., for approximately $230 million.

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Diesel, Gasoline Prices Increase Over Past Week, Oil Higher

May 5, 2015 by sehui

The average price of diesel fuel has edged higher over the past week, but remains well below the level from a year ago.

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Nova Enterprises, Lockhart Truck Center Rebrand

May 4, 2015 by sehui

TRURO, NS — Following a merger in 2013, the truck dealerships Nova Enterprises Ltd. and Lockhart Truck Center have rebranded under the Nova Truck Centres banner.

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Driving Standards Unveiled, Part of Mandatory Training Goal

May 4, 2015 by sehui

OTTAWA — The job of a truck driver has been defined more clearly than ever before, at least according to the new National Occupational Standard unveiled Monday by Trucking HR Canada, which is expected to pave the way toward establishing mandatory driver training regulations.

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New Rail Tanker Rules Finalized in Wake of Deadly Crashes

May 4, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Canadian and U.S. officials have announced new and harmonized final rules for the transportation of flammable liquids by railroads, including a new class of rail tank car.

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U.S. Port Truckers End California Strike

May 4, 2015 by sehui

LOS ANGELES, LONG BEACH & SAN DIEGO, CA — After a week of striking at port terminals and businesses across southern California, truckers from all of the affected companies returned to work on Friday, May 1.

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U.S. Safety Agency Sees Benefits of Onboard Video Systems

May 4, 2015 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board has released a report on what it says are the benefits of commercial vehicle onboard video systems that record either continuously or as the result of a triggering event, such as a crash. The report also focuses on what this U.S. government agency says are the advantages offered by these systems for evaluation of both driver and passenger behaviors and collision analysis.
The report highlights two recent crash investigations in which continuous video systems were installed on commercial vehicles. The report discusses many what NTSB said are the benefits of onboard video systems, in addition to highlighting areas for improvement, such as the need for to be able to see the driver and each occupant seating location, the need to be able to see forward of the vehicle, optimized frame rate, and low-light recording capability.

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Government Report Reveals Big Gaps in Road Maintenance

May 4, 2015 by Peter Carter

TORONTO — If you’re one of those people thinking that highway snow clearance has taken a lot longer in Ontario than it used to, you’ll be happy to know you’re right. It does. According to a statement from the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca is pledging to improve winter highway maintenance across the province after an Auditor General report found service levels performed by contractors has declined and available equipment for removing snow and ice from roads is insufficient.

In a 43-page Special Report – entitled Winter Highway Maintenance and requested by the Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts – Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said that, although the Ministry of Transportation has been successful in reducing escalating winter maintenance costs, it now takes longer to clear highways during and after a storm, making them less safe for motorists.

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Mascot Opens New Production and Distribution Facility

April 30, 2015 by sehui

MISSISSAUG, ON — Canada’s only wholesale remanufacturer of heavy truck components has completed its move to a new 40,000 square foot production and distribution facility located in Mississauga.