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June 2017 ISSUE 109


New Volvo Regional VNR D

efined by innovations in every area - new aerodynamic design, reimagined working environment, improved engine and transmission options, gearing and loading efficiencies, passive and active safety systems and integrated connectivity - the new Volvo VNR is a fuel-efficient powerhouse for urban areas, pickup and delivery, liquid tankers, dry bulk, flatbed and other regional haul applications. The shape of the new VNR is designed to be as aerodynamic as possible while meeting the unique demands of a regional haul truck. “Regional routes often mean traveling at highway speeds, where aerodynamics becomes increasingly important. With the new VNR model, customers will see an overall fuel efficiency gain of up to 3.5 percent compared with our previous regional haul model,” said Wade Long, Director of Product Marketing for Volvo Trucks North America. With a 113-inch bumper-to-back-of-cab (BBC) length and improved sightlines over the hood, the new Volvo VNR offers increased maneuverability and versatility in tight spaces and urban traffic to complement its leading 50-degree wheel cut. Details like stamped steel bumpers that protect the lights and grill, and headlights mounted in from the edge of the fenders to prevent damage make the Volvo VNR a state of the art work truck. Reinvented Driver Environment The working environment of the Volvo VNR is designed to allow drivers to work more comfortably, productively and safely. “Every innovation of the new Volvo VNR has been filtered through the driver’s eyes,” said THEME VOLVO >> PAGE 4


our team

Barb Woodward President & Account Executive

Halina Mikicki Account Executive (Bilingual)

Veronica Way Account Executive

Marek Krasuski Editor in Chief

Chris Charles Art Director & MIS

Mike Whalen Business Development Manager

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SPOTLIGHT ON… Volvo Trucks Canada

THIS MONTH’S THEME Shop Tools & Equipment


Tire & Wheel News & Technology.


The vehicles, issues, challenges, and opportunities in Vocational Trucking.


Locations Throughout Canada.

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Locations and services offered by truck stops on highways across the country.


Locations Throughout Canada.


June 2017 Western Trucking News, O ntario Trucking News & E astern Trucking News are published monthly by Woodward Publishing G roup Head Office: Belleville, Ontario, Canada, 877.225.2232 Head Office: (Sales) Barb Woodward, Barb’s New Direct Line: 613.969.0799 Sales: Halina Mikicki, (Bilingual), Veronica Way, Business Development Mgr: Mike Whalen, Editor-in-Chief: Marek Krasuski, Art Director/MIS: Chris Charles, Writers: Marek Krasuski, Mike Whalen French Translation: Nicolas Côté Distribution: Carl Joly, Copyright © 2017 Woodward Publishing Inc. All rights reserved. Publication Agreement: No. #40806005

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Volvo Trucks Defines the Shape of Trucks to Come with its Bold New VNR Regional Haul Model VOLVO >>

Brian Balicki, Volvo Trucks North America Chief Designer. “We channeled the input of nearly 2,000 drivers and brought those thoughts and preferences to life through the VNR.” This driver-driven research found its way into the total Volvo VNR driving experience, and in details meant to make drivers’ lives easier, like the Position Perfect™ threemotion steering wheel that allows for more optimal vertical positioning to help reduce arm, neck and shoulder fatigue for a wider variety of drivers’ shapes and preferences. The steering wheel can be rotated 32 degrees, with a 4.5-inch telescoping range. There’s also a 30-degree head tilt feature. New seats also offer more adjustments to fit more drivers and bring comfort amenities like heating and cooling. The VNR is tailored to a driver’s connected lifestyle, incorporating an infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay, offering high-end audio with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, navigation, apps and an exterior camera. Drivers also benefit from a new instrument cluster

and large, color driver information display in the dash, which works with steering wheel-mounted controls to provide key operating parameters and access to trip information, performance data, and a wide-range of vehicle diagnostics. DESIGNED FOR SAFETY The new Volvo VNR builds on Volvo’s reputation for passive and active safety technology enhancements. Volvo Active Driver Assist warns drivers through sound and a critical warning signal projected onto the windshield when they approach too close to an object in front of them, and the system can automatically apply brakes to help mitigate a collision. Automotive-quality LED headlights increase visibility and decrease light spillover onto oncoming traffic, making the road safer for everybody. Automotive features like automatic lighting and rain-sensing wipers provide convenience and help driver safety, while the lane change support system provides visibility to blind spots. The VNR model features Volvo’s high-strength steel cab and exceeds both the Volvo Swedish Cab

Safety Test and ECE R-29 rollover requirements. In the event a crash would occur, available side airbags for the driver’s seat also help protect the driver in a roll-over situation. The driver’s seat airbag complements the steering wheel-mounted driver’sside airbag, which is standard on the VNR. GEARED FOR EFFICIENCY AND PERFORMANCE “The Volvo D11 engine offers the highest power to weight ratio of any engine Volvo offers, making it the perfect match for regional haul applications,” said John Moore, Volvo Trucks Product Marketing Manager - Powertrain. The efficient and powerful Volvo D11 engine is standard on the new Volvo VNR, offering up to 425 horsepower and 1,550 lb.-ft. of torque. Given the weight-conscious nature of many regional haul applications, the Volvo D11 engine was designed to match the new VNR model. The VNR can also be spec’d with a Volvo D13 engine rated up to 500 horsepower and 1,850 lb.-ft. of torque. The Volvo D11 and D13 engines feature wave pistons, a patented Volvo technology that burns fuel more efficiently. A

common rail fuel delivery system with proprietary features is more efficient but also lighter, quieter and more precise. Both innovations reduce friction, which means longer life for the engine - and a much quieter ride for the

also allows for spec’ing of automated functions Adaptive Loading, which senses when a truck is empty and lifts an axle to increase efficiency; and Adaptive Gearing, which locks out overdrive when the truck is fully loaded

critical engine, transmission and aftertreatment trouble codes through Volvo’s Remote Diagnostics. Through Volvo’s standard connectivity hardware, VNR owners can also perform powertrain software and parameter

driver. The D11 and D13 engines are also easier to service. Shimless rockers and quicker access to the exhaust aftertreatment system shrink maintenance time, which means more uptime for the truck. Combined with an XE - eXceptional Efficiency transmission package, the engines for the VNR model are even more efficient as a result of downspeeding. Paired with Volvo’s IShift automated manual transmission as standard

and makes it available on an empty return - that help reduce fuel consumption. CONNECTED FOR THE FUTURE One of the biggest differentiators in the industry today is how vehicle owners are now leveraging connectivity to maximize uptime. The new Volvo VNR is equipped with Volvo’s factory-installed t e l e m a t i c s h a r d w a r e, providing connectivity for predictive diagnostics and monitoring of

updates over-the-air with Remote Programming, which helps them improve uptime, reduce downtime costs and improve vehicle efficiency. Volvo VNR Models include the 300 (day cab, flat roof), 400 (42-inch mid-roof sleeper), and 640 (61-inch mid-roof sleeper). The regional haul truck market is growing and changing with firms like Amazon re-defining delivery strategies, and as fleets shorten average haul lengths and attempt to get drivers home more regularly. Last year, regional haul trucks represented 21% of the Canadian Class 8 truck market. Volvo VNR Models include the 300 (day cab, flat roof), 400 (42-inch midroof sleeper), and 640 (61inch mid-roof sleeper). They will enter production in August, but orders are being taken immediately. For more information and an exciting in depth look at the new Volvo VNR, take a look at the Top 10 Stories presentation about the Volvo VNR at: newVNR.volvotrucks. ca.


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Mobil Delvac Featured Brand of Lubricants for Vision Truck Group


ision Truck Group, who operates Mack and Volvo truck dealerships across the Southern Ontario region, today announced that Mobil Delvac™ will now be the featured brand of lubricants at all six of its locations. Based in Cambridge, Ontario, Vi-

sion Truck Group is one of Canada’s most successful Mack Truck and Volvo dealer groups. The company has earned the prestigious 2016 Mack Trucks North American Dealer of the year Award. Vision Truck Group customers will now have access to the Mobil Delvac

portfolio of engine oils, transmission oils, coolants, greases and driveline fluids, which are widely used by successful drivers and fleets operating commercial vehicles and off-highway equipment. “Since our customers vary both in size and specialty, they need prod-

ucts that are as high-performing and reliable as Mobil Delvac lubricants,” said John Slotegraaf, President, Vision Truck Group. “We look forward to helping more of our customers realize the enhanced performance and protection benefits that Mobil Delvac lubricants are known for

delivering.” Vision Truck Group offers a wide range of maintenance, Sales, Leasing, Parts and Service solutions for owner/operators, trucking fleets and companies specializing in vocational industries that make use of off-highway equipment.

Follow Vision Truck Group on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest company news, updates on special promotions and plans for the Grand Opening of the new Etobicoke location (415 Evans Avenue, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1C1), on June 2 from 11:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.



“Ride for Freedom” VNR Truck Honours Military Heroes


olvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia unveiled the design of its 2017 Ride for Freedom truck featuring

the all new VNR model, which will accompany a motorcade of about 160 motorcycles from the plant to Washington, D.C., during the “Run for the Wall”

motorcycle rally Memorial Day weekend. Now in its 30th year, the annual Ride for Freedom honours the brave men and women who have served – and

continue to serve – to protect America. For 26 years, NRV employees and the UAW Local 2069 Veteran Committee have supported the Ride

for Freedom event, creating special graphics to salute America’s military heroes. The truck, Volvo’s new Volvo VNR 640 model, features custom-designed

graphics. For more information, visit or if you are using your mobile phone.


Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia recently unveiled its 2017 Ride for Freedom truck featuring custom-designed graphics that Honour the U.S. military. The new Volvo VNR 640 model will travel in a motorcade from the plant to the U.S. capital to participate in the Ride for Freedom rally during the Memorial Day weekend June 2017   5



Tools & Equipment Just Part of Outfitting Full Service Shop



quipping service shops involves a diverse range of tools and infrastructure, requiring everything from diagnostics, tools (manual & hydraulic), hoists, test meters, electronics, welding & cutting tools, vehicles and accessories. Even software comes into the mix with some providers promising greater returns. Fullbay Heavy Duty Shop Software is a case in point, claiming that some service centres that use their cloud based program see a 30 percent increase per tech. The company says efficiencies are enhanced by expediting parts and authorization is faster. Recruitment of technicians is made more attractive thanks to a faster repair process, and better margins are realized with quick markup calculations and profit monitoring in real time. Good technicians are the linchpin to an effective operation, so the provision of excellent equipment is crucial given the challenging tasks they perform. They often work in awkward positions and are required to crouch, stoop, climb and kneel. They handle heavy parts and tools that render them vulnerable to back and other injuries, not to mention arthritis and other ailments as they age. With more complex engines housing electronic systems, technicians must be proficient with software and electronics. This, in 6    June 2017

addition to a familiarity with diesel emissions controls which demand an understanding of alternative fuel powered engines such as LNG, CNG, and electric drive systems. Recruiting qualified technicians is no easy feat. The demographic trend parallels that of the trucker technicians are aging out and there’s a shortage of new recruits, so much so that some service centres will target reputable technicians with an offer that they name their own price. Shop technicians, of course, can’t do their jobs without good tools, and there’s no shortage of leading manufacturers to source. Ingersoll Rand offers a wide range of power tools. Wrenches, drills, hammers and cutting tools are standard products. Their air motors are efficient alternatives to electrically powered tools and come with variable speeds and torques for many applications and range from .10 to 30 horsepower. They are noted for being impervious to overheating and burnout. Dewalt can be a one stop place to outfit a shop, offering everything from hand tools, power tools and accessories such as saw blades, chargers and drill bits. Dewalt’s air tools include drills, wrenches, grinders, sanders, spray guns, and grinders. Among its newest power tools is the DCH293X2 Rotary Hammer Kit. The hammer is powered by Dewalt’s brushless motor. A balanced design and vibration control technology make it well suited for continuous use, even in hard concrete. Welding and cutting equipment are product staples with Lincoln Electric Welders. Stick welders, TIG welders, MIG welders, multi-process welders, advanced process welders, multi-operator welders, engine drives, sub-

merged arc equipment, and wire feeders for arc welding are their stock in trade. Cutting equipment includes Tomahawk plasma cutters, Spirit plasma cutting systems from Burny, motion and shape cutting controllers. The company claims handheld and mechanized air plasma cutters are portable for fast and precise cutting of mild steel, stainless, brass, copper, and aluminum on the jobsite. Guns and torches are available for any application. They include MIG guns, semiautomatic guns, aluminum push pull, fume extraction, spool guns, robotic guns, innershield flux-cored self-shielded guns, and welding guns for submerged arc applications. Torches include air-cooled and water-cooled models available in several amperage ratings. A wide selection of accessories and add-ons are available. Robinair is a leading supplier of HVAC and air conditioning tools and equipment for repair shops and other industrial sectors. In addition leak detection, manifolds/gauges/ hoses, vacuum pumps and transmission products are provided. Collectively their products serve the heating/ventilating/air conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC-R) and mobile markets, which include the automotive aftermarket. A wide product offering is available from Goodall Manufacturing which features battery chargers, compressors, cables, components, pressure washers and

generators. Their engine starting equipment includes 12/24 volt jump starting units. Voltage Control provides regulated voltage that is safer for vehicles and on-board electronics and Reverse Current Shutdown Protection protects against expensive repairs in the event the unit runs out of gas. Full service shops wouldn’t be complete without a discussion of parts and purchasing decisions, particularly over preference between domestic and off shore products. With a significant jump in the cost of financing new trucks fleets are retaining existing inventories with older models that require more replacement parts. Advanced truck designs, too, lead to demand for more expensive replacements parts. Parts manufacturers all face competition, not only from each other but from offshore suppliers who have edged out many North American competitors on the supply chain. Many gain competitive advantage through access to cheap labour and other advantages that arise from being second line aftermarket producers. Original Equipment manufacturers reinforce product quality with warranties and invest heavily in research and development. Offshore companies meanwhile have the advantage of copying innovations developed by industry forerunners who

shoulder the additional burden of higher production costs. This is not to say that all offshore products are of inferior quality to their North American counterparts. Noted one industry expert, “You can take a brand new product offshore and put it beside a North American one and you wouldn’t tell the difference.” Product q u a l i t y, t h e r e f o r e, i s ultimately demonstrated by performance, not appearance, and offshore parts can be as good as, or better, than domestic components, though there are no guarantees. Since the parts industry is pricedriven, quality products generally come with a higher price tag. Nonetheless, differing views on the impact of imported parts continues. Domestic products must conform to DIN standards, industry norms that guarantee they meet a certain level of quality. But many imports circumvent these regulations and provide the Canadian marketplace with substandard components, some of which can cause serious damage

if used as a critical link in an engine or braking system. Imports may lack safety standards such as warning labels, the absence of which render their contents unknown and potentially dangerous. In a price driven industry many users will opt for low cost and potentially risky imports despite inferior quality. Customer decisions are driven primarily by cost. They will buy a bolt that costs 10 cents over the one that costs 25, even though the latter is a better product that meets quality control standards. And on small items particularly, customers won’t bother with comparisons. There are a multitude of quality tool and equipment suppliers to choose from, but the real challenge for setting up a full service shop may be in the recruitment of quality technicians and in the purchase of the right parts - balancing the need for industry-standard quality parts with customer preference for cost effective alternatives. Parts may look the same, but there’s no guarantee they are the same.


Getting the Cash to Keep Moving



t’s getting a little easier to be the owner of a Canadian freight transportation company in 2017. The nation’s economy is showing signs of strength, with the GDP expected to grow by 2% this year, followed by a slightly better growth rate of 2.1% in 2018. This coincides with an anticipated capacity crunch that’s predicted to manifest in the latter half of this year. All in all, 2017 should prove to be moderately better than previous years and the beginning of a new era of positive trends for the trucking industry. Although projections for 2017 are positive, it pays to be aware of the fickle nature of the economy. A pickup in U.S. business investment and modest U.S. export growth are likely to strengthen exports

and bolster the Canadian freight transportation in-

lars were on par. Emerging rules and regu-

of daily operating expenses. In other words, cash flows

fuel expenses, insurance premiums, truck repairs

larly have industry knowledge and are experienced

dustry. This is assuming nothing rocks the boat and upsets current trends. That being said, leading economists are warning that the loonie has a bumpy ride ahead and could slump to as low as 65 cents against the USD if things go awry. Possible trade protectionist measures favoured by the new White House administration could come into play this year putting additional pressure on the cost of international trade with our American neighbours. An OPEC agreement to cut oil production and looming interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve could all combine to slow the projected growth of Canada’s economy and increase the cost of doing business. For certain, Canadian carriers are at a disadvantage due to the slumping loonie. Equipment costs will remain high as the exchange rate against the US dollar continues to take a beating. At current rates, Canadian buyers are spending roughly 40% more on tractors, trailers and replacement parts than they spent in late 2013 when our respective dol-

lations in both Canada and the U.S. are having a significant impact on trucking companies’ ability to manage operating costs and stay profitable. Headlining the list of mandatory regulations coming into play this year is Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). ELDs will become compulsory in Canada and the U.S. affecting carriers operating efficiencies as amended hours of service (HOS) regulations become tightly monitored. The purchase and integration costs of ELDs will range widely, depending on the device and data management software chosen to equip your trucks. The introduction of ELDs is yet another addition to the arm long list of new and existing rules and regulations that govern the movement of freight. High operating costs and regulations are just a few of the barriers that add to the challenging environment in which company owners have to operate and generate profit in. Freight carriers face inordinate expenses in order to keep their trucks on the road hauling loads. Revenue rarely keeps abreast

out faster than it comes in. Even for a company that produces a yearend profit; ongoing negative cash flow with intermittent payables that hopefully balances the books is a tough road to follow. To this end, a number of financial tools and strategies are available to keep your trucks on the move. Carriers may consider a commercial line of credit from the bank as their best option for financing. Unfortunately, banks don’t feel the same and make the approval process extremely difficult for trucking companies to qualify. An alternative option is readily available that is specifically designed for trucking companies. Freight factoring is now considered a mainstream financial strategy commonly used by trucking companies to convert invoice payables into immediate cash. This powerful leveraging financial tool provides the benefit of turning account receivables that typically take 30 to 60 days to receive, into instantly accessible working capital. With this benefit, carriers are able to easily manage

and payroll that are usually based on weekly or bi-weekly cycles. According to some estimates, roughly 15 to 20 percent of all trucking companies utilize freight factoring to gain control of their cash flow. The benefits of using freight factoring are greatly enhanced when carriers use a factoring company that is devoted exclusively to trucking. Industry specific factoring companies know the business of trucking and understand the day to day challenges that you as the owner face every day. The back office personnel who manage your account and communicate with you regu-

with the financial issues that challenge trucking fleets. Understanding how your company works is a key element of ensuring your funds are transferred reliably without delay in order to meet the stringent demands that impede your day. Further, invoice factoring companies that specialize in trucking provide more than just factoring. Fuel discount programs and cash advance services to meet over the road expenses are just a few of the additional services they provide. For more information on freight factoring, visit or call: 855.838.7575.


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Transport Companies Rely on J D Factors For Timely Invoice Payouts


actor Financing or simply “Factoring” is one of the world’s oldest forms of commerce, and today accounts for over $3 Trillion in annual transactions. Though widelyused in the Transportation sector, the benefits of factoring are still misunderstood by some carriers and brokers. What is transportation factoring? Factoring is a form of asset-based lending in which you select and sell outstanding invoices to a factoring company, “the Factor”. In turn the factor gives you a cash advance equal to 90-95% of the invoice amount. The remainder is held in ‘Reserve’. The factor then takes over the responsibility to collect on the invoice directly from your client. When your client pays an outstanding invoice amount to the factor (30 – 90 days later), you will often receive a rebate of ‘Reserve’ funds, less the factor’s fee – typically 1.5% – 5% of the invoice amount. What are the benefits of factoring? Even if a company is profitable and growing, if you

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don’t have enough cash flow to support that growth, you could still go out of business. Factoring provides the necessary cash flow to stay in business and allows you to accept new business as quickly as you can get it. Some trucking companies can grow from 1-2 trucks to 10-20 trucks in less than a year! Also if bank financing is not an option, factoring gives you the necessary work capital so you DO NOT have to take on an investor who could take control of your company. Finally if you are going to factor, insist on a nonrecourse factoring. Nonrecourse factors guarantee their cash advances, while full recourse factors will “charge back” their cash advance if your client takes too long to pay. You will be required to repay the money or replace the invoice plus their fees. Moreover since non-recourse factors do not “charge back” they have built in incentives to treat your clients with the highest level of respect, which makes you and your company look good.

Announcement: J D Factors – New Western Canada Office J D Factors’ western Canada office is expanding again! To meet the demand of western Canada’s transportation sector, J D Factors has recently moved its western Canada office

in Calgary to a new larger location only minutes from the TransCanada Highway #1. According to J D Factors’ Canadian Vice President Tina Capobianco, this is part of the firm’s plan to provide western Canada with the best factoring service possible: “Western

Canada has always been important to J D Factors. That is why we opened our first sales office here in 2015. But sales are only part of the equation. J D Factors is committed to providing the best service of any factor in the transportation sector. In the last two

years we have seen such significant growth in the West that we just opened a new office to provide both sales and on-going account services. J D Factors is the only non-recourse factor to provide sales and service operations based in western Canada.”



Why You Need to Move to ELD Now! BY WAYNE CANDY


xciting times ahead for the transportation industry! We are closing in fast on the pending ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate in the United States. Shortly thereafter we will have our own Canadian ELD rule as well so it would be well advised for those that currently use paper log books to seek professional guidance now to ensure you are in full compliance when the deadline hits. Since the use of ELD’s will be mandatory for commercial vehicle operators it is a good time to look at complementary services such as integrating pretrip inspection reports and fuel usage tracking to take full advantage of the ELD platform. The average transition time to ELD is 12 - 18 Months! As we move into the world of telematics we are becoming aware of the

endless possibilities that are available to commercial vehicle operators. We can find efficiencies and improve employee wellness with custom add-ons. The ELD mandate opens the door to explore many possible opportunities that allow you to grow your business and eliminate administrative tasks that slow you down. It just makes good business sense to make the move to ELD’s now. So what does an ELD do? They provide much of the same information as a paper log. ELD’s record the driver’s duty status and also must record the date, time, location (using latitude/longitude coordinates), engine hours, vehicle miles, driver identification, authenticated user, vehicle identification, and the motor carrier. The device takes care of all the required functions so the driver doesn’t have to

worry about completing paperwork. Once drivers become used to using an ELD they will wonder why they have not switched sooner. When we are told to do something it can sometimes be difficult to understand why and that is no different with the ELD mandate. However once we start to use these devices we will realize the true benefits. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) suggests that the net benefit of using ELD’s in the United States will be $1 Billion annually. And that doesn’t include the savings of those that choose to add on custom solutions and accessories such as fuel management or safety related apps. One benefit of technology

taking over some of the tasks that a driver traditionally has done is the elimination of human error. In 2015 the FMCSA recorded 463,403 log book violations. Unfortunately most were ‘form and matter’ violations meaning that they could have been prevented. A driver forgets to change their duty status or doesn’t sign their log and then they are stopped for inspection. These are common errors that are reflected on a

carrier record. ELD’s make for simplified compliance. Let’s face it...trucking is a highly regulated industry. Regardless of what industry you serve, if you operate commercial vehicles on a highway you are subject to the same stringent safety regulations as everyone else. Commercial vehicle operators are exposed to roadside inspections and facility audits, and fortunately options are available t o h e l p operators c o m p l y with legal requirements. We all want contact with enforcement agencies to go as smoothly as possible and inspectors appreciate the ability to perform their function with

ease. Often paperwork isn’t available roadside or files are missing during a compliance audit. With the proper telematics system and support an operator should always have successful contact with law enforcement. Violations and out-ofservice defects cost money. To conclude, the benefits of a professional telematics system coupled with a delivery partner that provides both tech support and compliance experience greatly outweigh any costs associated with the system. Finding efficiencies, preventing violations, improving employee experience, and reducing liability are all possible with ELD’s. While ELD’s will be mandated for some they really do help anyone that has a fleet of vehicles regardless of the size. It’s time for ELD’s and it’s time to “Mobilizz!”


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Equipment Maintenance Planning & Logging



n equipment maintenance plan is a well thought-out and documented approach to maintenance planning and scheduling. Maintenance plans should be well organized, complete, accessible, and flexible. They should enable for maintenance planning and scheduling with advance notification. They should accommodate operational procedures to maintain key information for decision makers to receive advance maintenance notifications. They should reference normal operational procedures and usage, as well as certification requirements by technicians. The degree of detail to include in your plan will depend on the size of your organization and the type of tools and equipment deployed. Companies with larger and wider ranges of tools and equipment will have a more complex and comprehensive maintenance plan as compared to those companies with less diverse fleets. However, despite the size of the organization, a documented and followed maintenance plan should be considered as just another tool in your shop used to maintain your equipment. Even companies and organizations with small fleets often have a variety of tools and heavy equipment with very specific inspection and maintenance requirements that

warrants an equipment maintenance plan. Developing a comprehensive plan takes consideration and for some can be overwhelming. However, following a systematic approach will make it easier. If you do not have fleet maintenance software, a fleet maintenance spreadsheet is a good place to start. The entire process can be broken down into 3 basic steps: Categorize each type of tool and equipment that is to be included in your equipment maintenance plan. Compile a list of maintenance tasks to be performed for each category. While it is generally a best practice to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance guidelines, the equipment’s operating environment and usage must also be taken into consideration. Reference the list of categorized maintenance tasks to each piece of equipment. For each maintenance task you should assign a title and note the frequency that the task is to be performed (i.e. 40,000 km) and when you would like to be reminded (i.e. 30,000 km). Additionally, note any specific procedures, tools, skills, number of technicians, or an associated fleet maintenance checklist required to complete the task. While it’s great to have documented procedures for each task, you must also have the ability to quickly retrieve and reference these details. If you are using fleet maintenance software that does not have this feature, or if you are using a fleet maintenance spreadsheet, it will be difficult to track this information in your equipment maintenance log. If maintenance planning and scheduling is based on odometer readings or hour’s meter, you will

need to track equipment usage in order to receive notifications of upcoming maintenance. This is especially important for those organizations not using an integrated satellite GPS system on their equipment. Having a plan as to who does what and when will help ensure consistency within your equipment mainten-

ance log. How you are going to implement your maintenance plan and incorporate it with your existing equipment maintenance log must also be considered. Staff training and additional computer hardware and/or fleet maintenance software may be required to successfully accommodate your main-

tenance planning and scheduling goals. A fleet maintenance spreadsheet can be cumbersome and is not the most efficient and cost effective method to manage maintenance scheduling. Affordable fleet maintenance software, including cloud fleet management software options are now available making the fleet

maintenance spreadsheet literally obsolete as a maintenance scheduling tool. For more information on fleet and equipment maintenance refer to our blog at www.fleetharmony. com/blog. Rob Mackay is President and CEO of Fleet Harmony Inc. Canada’s Cloud Fleet Management Software.


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FSC Covers Array of Industry-Relevant Topics


he Fleet Safety Council is proud to unveil the exciting lineup scheduled for this year’s 26th Annual Educational Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation at 5110 Creekbank Road in Mississauga, Ontario. This one-day event (which is expected to sell out once again this year) will bring together fleet safety professionals from the truck, bus, courier, ready-mix, and waste management industries as well as insurance companies and other related businesses to discuss the latest industry trends. The conference committee is pleased to announce John G. Smith from Truck News will be our Master of Ceremonies. John will also be the moderator of a high profile Transportation Legal Panel discussion that is one of the key compon-

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ents of this year’s event. The first session will provide information on promoting diversity and gaining insight on generational influence on the trucking industry as well as underused markets such as female drivers. Jane Jazrawy is CEO of CarriersEdge, and creators of Best Fleets to Drive For program. It takes a special mindset for women to succeed in trucking – one that allows them to see opportunities where others don’t, and one that allows them to deal with the harsh realities of working in a man’s world. Angela Splinter leads Trucking HR Canada, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the human resources challenges and opportunities in the trucking sector. She works closely with various associations, government departments and industry representatives to ensure

employers have the skilled workforce needed for today and in the future. If your communication skills need a tune up, stick around for Bruce Outridge’s workshop, Easy As 123 – Creating Memorable Presentation Content. Learn how to tell your story with this interactive workshop. Bruce will show participants how to create unique content and share it using the basics of journalism and the technology of today. Participants will learn what is unique about their story, create content that shows off their expertise, and share their content with consistency. This is a lively interactive session that includes a workbook to guide you along. We will also explore the always controversial and timely topic of medical marijuana. Barb Butler is President of Barbara Butler & Associates Inc. Barb will be addressing the

current status of medical marijuana and legalization; the impact of use on performance and workplace safety; challenges for employers with safetysensitive positions or work locations; balancing safety obligations with human rights laws; managing the situation through policies and programs and more. Dr. Melissa Snider-Adler is the Chief Medical Review Officer for DriverCheck. Dr. Snider – Adler is certified as a Medical Review Officer by the American Association of Medical Review Officers. She is also certified as a Physician practicing Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. SniderAdler gives talks across Canada to companies, physicians and the community about workplace substance abuse and addiction prevention and treatment. Finally, our last pres-

entation will involve a discussion panel entitled, Not Legalese but Legal T’s – Trump, Trudeau, Trials and Tribulations. MC John G. Smith will lead a panel of high profile transportation legal experts through a discussion on the hottest issues that the transportation sector is facing. Our audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to the panel and raise any current transportation legal issues that they may currently be addressing. Our Legal Panelists Will Include: Brian Del Gatto: (Wilson Elser LLP) on Trump and US-related issues – As co-chair of the firm’s Transportation, Cargo and Logistics practice, Brian’s core emphasis is on assisting surface transportation providers or users with all of their legal needs. Brian and his team handle such claims and cases in New York, Connecticut and many

other U.S. jurisdictions, including numerous matters relating to the needs of Canadian clients. Norm Keith: (Senior Partner, Fasken Martineau) on Trudeau-related issues – In recent months, Norm has addressed some key issues being faced by the Transportation Sector such as the current legal status of medical marijuana in Canada, legal tensions between safety and human rights, and more. John Weston: (Secrest Wardle) – Trials specializing in motor vehicle litigation, with a sub-specialty in trucking regulation and litigation, “Jack” Weston has successfully defended both corporate and private clients at trial. Mr. Weston’s trucking practice encompasses the representation of both personal injury/ accident and environmental/property damage claims. CONT’D ON NEXT PAGE >>


JumpStart Auto Repair, a Garage for Good



hile the trucking industry seeks more women to fill the roles of driver, technician and leader, the automotive industry has some of the same challenges. It’s still not common to see female mechanics working on your car. Even less common is a shop run by women for women. That’s the goal of JumpStart Auto Repair in Appleton, Wisconsin. Their mission is to provide honest,

reliable service to women, who reportedly make up 65 percent of all car repair decisions. Their focus is even more targeted, as their partners are two domestic abuse shelters in the area, the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs and Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services. The number one reason someone will return to an abusive relationship is lack of alternatives. So JumpStart LLC, a garage for good, was created. In January, JumpStart opened in the J. J. Keller Transportation Center at Fox Valley Technical College. For now, the service is available Fridays and Saturdays while classes are not in session at the college garage.  Future plans are to own a fulltime facility and possibly a mobile service vehicle. Domestic abuse survivors referred by the agen-

cies will receive free or discounted service. Proceeds from repairs from other customers, both women and men, pay for the auto repairs of a domestic violence survivor. Katie Cross is the garage’s General Manager.  Katie has more than 24 years in the automotive industry. She spent her childhood learning about engines from her father and knows her way around the shop. She is passionate about making her customers feel comfortable while having their cars serviced. Jenna Bundy is currently the only Technician, but more will be added as the center grows. Jenna worked in factory jobs in the area before enrolling in the small engine and automotive programs at Fox Valley Technical College.  Jenna is especially thrilled with the abundance of tools she is provided with at the col-

lege. Everything she needs is available at the teaching facility. While the goal of JumpStart LLC is to provide service to support domestic abuse survivors, a morelong term plan is to host workshops to empower women.  From changing tires to headlights, refilling wiper fluid or just “talking shop,” the JumpStart program aims to be a resource for women interested in better understanding how their cars work. While men are certainly welcome at JumpStart, the environment is one where domestic abuse survivors will feel comfortable. They know that the repairs being done are not only needed, but sometimes crucial. One woman who brought her car to the facility after a mechanic told her there was nothing wrong with the vehicle learned she had a wheel bearing that needed repair. In fact, after

looking at the wheel bearing, Katie and Jenna were surprised the wheel hadn’t already fallen off the car. When a woman arrives at the facility Jenna will look at the vehicle, then explain to the owner what repairs are needed and why, and then explains how she will fix the problem. She wants women to feel confident in knowing the repairs are being done and why they are needed.  Jenna feels that when women understand how a car works they will feel more independence in making the right decisions about its care. JumpStart LLC received start up funding from the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, but the program will need to be self-funding moving forward.  The long-term goal is to use proceeds to support Christine Ann and the Harbor House domestic abuse shelters.  While the Fox Valley Technical College

is providing the facilities for now, a service station is also in their long-term plans. Anyone wishing to support JumpStart Auto Repair can donate through, a crowd funding site. Search for JumpStart Auto Repair. For a $25 donation you’ll receive a window cling, but for a $75 donation you’ll get a full-service oil change at the facility. A $500 donation adds a vehicle cargo tote as well. They are also looking for a donation of a courtesy car for customers to use while waiting for their vehicles to be serviced. The JumpStart Auto Repair “Garage for Good” is a model that empowers women and helps domestic abuse survivors become more independent through safe and reliable transportation. Contact Ellen at ellen@



New Board Director


ttawa, Ontario – Trucking HR Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Young – Vice-President of Human Resources and People Development for Bison Transport, to its board of directors. “Linda Young brings extensive HR expertise, experience, and is recognized within the industry for her valued contributions,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. Linda Young joins Trucking HR Canada Board members: David Bradley, CEO, Canadian Trucking Alli-

ance, Ontario Trucking Association (Chair) Oksana Exell, President and CEO, WestTAC Patricia Harknett, VP, Human Resources, Midland Transport Limited Angelique Magi, VP, Strategic Initiatives, The Guarantee Company of North America Mike McCarron, President/Founder, Left Lane Associates Claudia Milicevic, Senior Director & General Manager, Transcore Link Logistics Previously, Linda worked as Vice-President of Human Resources for Vita Health Products and before that as Director of Human

Resources for Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS). Her career spans 25+ years in a cross section of industries – health care, agriculture, telecommunications, manufacturing and transportation. Linda is currently a member of the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM), the Human Resource Committees of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) and the Red River College Business Administration Advisory Committee. She also has her Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) designation.


paralegal of Burness Paralegal Services and has been a paralegal for over 20 years. Her practice is dedicated to defending commercial drivers and carriers challenging char-

ges that affect a company’s CVOR. For more information, and details on registration and our social events, visit www.fleetsafetycouncil. com.

Jodi Burness: (Burness Paralegal Services Professional Corporation) – Tribulations. Jodi Burness is the President and lead



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Total Hires 13 New Collaborators


aSalle, Quebec – TOTAL Canada Inc., a subsidiary of the world’s 4th largest Oil and Gas Company TOTAL S.A. added 13 new collaborators in Canada to its organization since the beginning of 2017. These new collaborators will support the team already in place and integrate the regional organization of Total Canada Inc. Four Regional Directors of Sales were appointed:

Ross Munro for the provinces of the Atlantic, Benoit Larivière for the province of Quebec, Qaiser Qureshi for the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba and Fréderic Porlier for Western Canada (Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories). This commercial organization will be completed by four Key Account Managers responsible for following-up on international

agreements as well as on developing new Canadian partnerships: Gregory Perez as National Key Account Manager – Passenger Cars, Jack Fasoli as National Key Account Manager – Heavy Duty (Transport, Off-Road and Agriculture), Mark Gentile as National Key Account Manager – Industrial and Pierre Barras as National Key Account Manager – Process oils, Special Fluids and Additives.

Furthermore, to optimize distribution strategy, Total Canada opened a warehouse in Calgary where the group is already present with Exploration and Production activities. This strategy is in line with Total Canada’s desire to better serve better current partners and future partners. “This organization is designed to strengthen our objective to provide excellent service and to answer our customers efficiently

and effectively, and is also part of our growth strategy in Canada” explains Franck Bagouet, President and Managing Director of Total Canada Inc. Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and the world’s second-ranked solar energy operator with SunPower. Total products are sold in over 150 countries world-

wide and have been available in Canada since 2008. Total Quartz and Total Rubia engine oil are available at Ultramar service stations, via distributors, and throughout the Total Canada sales network. More than 85% of the products are manufactured in Canada in the Montreal based plant. For more details: www. Follow us on Facebook/ TotalCanada.

insurance claims resulting from accidents can be substantially reduced or eliminated with the Windshield Cam Video Surveillance. With new CSA regulations, fighting unfair traffic tickets and other violations is more important than ever to protect the driver and company’s CVOR points. With thousands of Windshield Cam units in trucks all over North America, it has proven itself over 15 years that it can easily withstand all types of weather and different types of trucking operations. Before you buy

any camera unit marketed for commercial trucks, make sure to ask to see actual video footage from a truck driving at night on the highway, not a car driving around under street lights. Windshield Cam is the original and still the leader in Multi Camera Truck Video Surveillance for commercial trucks. To v i e w Wi n d s h i e l d Cam’s actual truck video footage please visit www. Call Ron at 403.616.6610 Visit us at the Road King Truck Stop in Calgary, Alberts.



Four Camera Video is a Must


ash Cams only record about 8 feet in front of a truck. What about the other 150 + feet of the truck & trailer? The 4 Camera Windshield Cam System video records all 150+ feet on all 4 sides of the truck & trailer. Video Surveillance on the front, left and right sides, and behind the trailer protects you 24/7 against theft, vandalism, hit & runs, assault/robbery, traffic accidents, road rage incidents and provides a real time backup camera. Obviously, the area behind the truck and trailer is the driver’s

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biggest blind spot. Rear Cameras are law on all new cars and pickups, but commercial trucks are the vehicles that could make the best use of them. The 2 side cameras are very important in providing proof of who sideswiped who, merging accidents, wide right turn and t-bone accidents, fuel or tire chain theft, drug/weapon smugglers etc. The rear camera can record any tampering or theft from the rear of vans or reefer units, even alerting the driver if he is inside the bunk. It can also be placed on a headache

rack to monitor loading/ unloading problems and to view the load on a flat deck while driving. The Windshield Cam Unit records video from all 4 cameras 24/7 for 2 weeks (optional 4 weeks) continuously before automatically starting over. And for anyone considering one of those car “dash cams” that are being marketed for commercial trucks, beware. The recording time is only a few hours (not long enough for a trucker), night recording on the highway is very poor or nonexistent, and reliability is also a

big issue. Protecting the truck driver and truck & trailer requires a true 3 or 4 camera surveillance system. With the Windshield Cam System being able to review video up to 14 days previous (or optionally a month) is a huge benefit. The Windshield Cam can actually see further down the road at night than you can see out the windshield with your own eyes. And it sees through fog very well too. This can be a big bonus for truck drivers driving at night or in foggy conditions. Expensive lawsuits and


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Going Forward with Expanded Production Infrastructure for Product Excellence


ince 1995, Alutrec has been designing and building flatbed trailers entirely made of aluminum. The strength of the company begins with the expertise and dedication of its staff. Each member of the team is committed to developing and offering innovative road transportation solutions. Alutrec has already demonstrated proven efficiencies in its trailers, and now the company seeks to further enhance its customers’ experience. If “Change” was Alutrec’s key-word for 2016, this year’s motto will be “Enhancement”. With a bigger plant and a renewed leadership, Alutrec is up to the challenge to satisfy its current and future cus-

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tomers’ needs. Several Upgrades are in Store! Time has always been a cornerstone for every customer who needs to replace a trailer or to increase its fleet. The addition of new production lines for the standard products and a dedicated one for specialized products is one of the many changes that will greatly augment Alutrec’s production rate. A better-structured After Sales Department and a bigger Service & Repair Bay will help give a quick response to the different ups and downs that customers might encounter on the road. And because Alutrec is expanding its market, the After Sales Department will

also expand its accredited service points and parts suppliers list to accommodate distant customers across North America. Even Alutrec’s revolutionary product – the Capacity Trailer – is going through this improvement process, as upgrades are being implemented to offer better resistance, aerodynamics, fuel savings and lighter weight. Also, as it has been announced last April, Alutrec’s team is working hard to provide customers with a competitive edge: A brand new product – the Capacity Drop Deck Trailer. With this customer-focussed mindset, Alutrec has everything to keep on making the difference in the transportation in-

dustry! We will be at the Atlantic Truck Show at the Moncton Coliseum Com-

plex in Moncton, New Brunswick. Please drop by and see us at Booth #221. The show is held

over 2 days, Friday, June 9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.


President & CEO (Michel Parent, left) and General Manager (Daniel Frenette, right).


Fast Flaps – An Amazing Piece Of Equipment


looming Prairie, Minnesota – A year removed from its launch, Minimizer Fast Flaps continue to sell like hotcakes, with no drop off in sight. Fast Flaps secure mud flaps without creating any holes in the flap or sacrificing strength, yet it takes more than 500 pounds of pressure to

detach a mud flap from the Fast Flaps stainless steel bar, and the result doesn’t damage the flap. See the product in-action at product/fast-flap. “When we came out with Fast Flaps last March, we knew we had a w i n n e r, ” M i n i m i z e r CEO and Chief Visionary Officer Craig Kruckeberg

said. “This past year has only confirmed what we already knew – this product is an outstanding cost-saving addition for vocational fleets!” “It’s an amazing piece of equipment,” owner/ operator Jeremy Hodge said. “I wish I had these years ago.” A screwdriver pries the Fast Flaps bar apart, al-

lowing the mud flaps to be inserted into the gap. It works like a very strong clamp for the mud flaps. “My drivers are always losing flaps and it’s a major headache,” fleet owner Jonathan Villmar said. “Now that we use Fast Flaps, I don’t have to worry about paying fines or extensive repairs that keep the truck off the

road. Instead, guys just carry a screwdriver with them and they’re good to go.” The first Fast Flaps v i d e o o n M i n i m i z e r ’s Facebook page has over a million impressions, and it’s one of the most popular products across their social media. “Whenever I go to a (heavy duty trucking)

show, I get people coming up and asking about Fast Flaps,” Kruckeberg said. “It’s something that people keep hearing about and they want in on it.” For more information or to contact a Minimizer distributor, call us at 800.248.3855 or email us at info@minimizer. com.


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Simple Story About Tire Dust, Recycled Rubber & Your Tires



ires wear down, all tires, on your truck and your car. But this story isn’t about the tire dust that winds up on the roads and in the air. This is about the tire dust that we keep away from the air and from the environment by riding on retreads. You already know about the economic benefits of retreads, but there are many more, including en-

vironmental advantages. The process of retreading creates a very interesting byproduct called rubber buffings, and these buffings are used in a variety of manufactured recycled rubber products. During retreading the worn tread layer of a tire is ground, or buffed away, to be replaced by a new layer of tread rubber, but that layer of buffing still has a life ahead of it. Once the used tire casing has had all of its old tread buffed and ground away, there is quite a decent amount of waste buffings that come off each tire. When you put a tire through the retreading process, you get primarily two recycled and recyclable end products. You get a like-new retreaded tire, ready to hit the road again, and you get a nice little

amount of ground, shredded rubber that is made up of the old, ground up tread layer of the tire. The buffings are drawn away from the buffing machine by a system of air ducts. Those rubber buffings are collected during the buffing process and vacuumed into a trailer or collection container, where they can be hauled away by a recycler to be used again. The recycler can then systematically sort these buffings into various sizes. Dry them and package them for resale. Because the relatively low value of raw tire buffings varies so much, depending on demand and where you are located, it generally doesn’t make much sense to pay to ship them long distances. Getting the material where it needs to go is a big factor

when the tolerance for profit margin is very tight. Where do all those buffings go after they leave the retread plant? Most often the buffings are sold, or given to recyclers who find a multitude of uses for them. Since there is a definite value in the buffings they are never discarded or wasted. The buffings can be used by themselves, or as an additive component of crumb rubber, and are used extensively in pourin-place playground systems, bonded landscape surfaces, molded rubber products, and landscape rubber bark. In fact, most of you have come into contact with materials made from these buffings, either on playgrounds, athletic fields, floor pads and a multitude of other products, probably without even knowing it. Buffings are commodities that are in demand more than ever, and the retreaders who produce them have every reason to keep them moving into the recycling system. Because of their flammable nature,

storing piles or containers of buffings also presents fire dangers. Each state has different regulations about the storage of such materials. We at RTA, get correspondence from people who are looking to buy buffings, and some have very exacting specifications, about screening of the buffings, exclusion of steel and textile contaminants, low moisture content - even down to the way the full truckloads of buffings are packaged. There are a myriad of import laws around the world. Someone in South Korea, for example, may want to make sure that the scrap aircraft tires they are purchasing to use for boat bumpers don’t get stuck in customs awaiting clearance. And that can only be done by analyzing the buffings. Thanks to the retread industry worldwide, hundreds of millions of gallons of oil are saved every year, along with many other valuable resources that can be recycled in the retread process.

Retreads will nearly always be less expensive than comparable new tires, and you can do good for the environment by using retreads since they are always more environmentally friendly than new tires. Which brings us back to the mission of RTA: representing its members to make sure that THIS message gets through; The quality of properly retreaded modern tires is nowadays as good as, or better than that of new tires. Add the economic and environmental benefits to that, and you see why we work hard to improve the chances of our members to be successful in the market. The Retread Tire Association (RTA) is a non-profit international association which has committed itself to the economic and environmental benefits brought about by high quality retreading and repairing and recycling of tires. If you’d like more info, or to become a member, please contact us at info@



Registration Now Open for Global Tire Expo


owie, Maryland – The Tire Industry Association (TIA), a leader in tire safety, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for all TIA’s special preshow events. Each event will be held on Monday, October 30th at Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show – Powered by TIA will be held at the Las Vegas

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Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV from October 31 to November 3, 2017. A l l T I A’s p r e - s h o w events are open to all TIA members and GTE attendees and will be held on Monday, October 30th. For a complete list of the schedule, please go to global-tire-expo. There will be complimentary tickets for a Cocktail Ho u r f r o m 5:00pm to 6:00pm. The Tire Industry Honours Awards Ceremony will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets are also

complimentary TIA Welcome Reception will by the Poolside from 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets are $65.00 per person “Each year we look forward to connecting with key industry leaders and influencers during our official pre-show events,” said Roy Littlefield, Executive Vice President of TIA. “Included in our preshow schedule is the Tire Industry Honours Awards Ceremony.” To download a registration form, visit www.



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Trucking in for Rough Ride as Trump Threatens Duties on Canadian Exports BY MAREK KRASUSKI


or most media watchers it’s hard to read the objectives of President Donald Trump. In meetings with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he reassured Canadians that trade practices between our two nations require only minor tweaks to keep the trade relationship running smoothly. Then, in the wake of discussions about Canadian softwood lumber and dairy products, he threatens to tear up the entire North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA. (Technically, softwood lumber and dairy are excluded from the agreement as it now stands, but punitive practices, should they be implemented by the U.S. government, will no doubt spill into other products and services governed by NAFTA.)

Debates are filling our air and radio waves about whether NAFTA actually benefits Canadians. Some say we had better access to U.S. markets before we entered into the NAFTA agreement. Naysayers decry the loss of Canadian economic autonomy as thousands of Canadian companies have been bought out by American c o r po r a ti o n s . NA FTA, many may recall, was the brainchild of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney who pushed for the trade pact in the 1980s amid heated debates about its benefits for Canadians, even back then. Today the argument continues. Advocates, conversely, like Ron Davidson think the opposite is true. As representative for the Canadian Meat Council, he says NAFTA is responsible for the Canadian meat indus-

try tripling their exports to the U.S. “We’re too small a consumer population to consume the agricultural products that we produce in this country, but through NAFTA we are able to obtain the scale by working with the U.S. and Mexico to be competitive for all three countries on the international marketplace,” he told Canadians in a CBC radio interview with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the daily talk show, The Current. But to return to the current debacle. Trump is following a decades old complaint by the Americans: that lumber exports to the U.S. from Canada are subsidized and therefore constitute unfair trade practices. The Americans seem to be deaf to the repeated decisions, going back to 1983, rendered by inter-

national trade tribunals that such accusations are unfounded. As for the alleged dairy subsidies by Canadians, he called them a “disgrace,” much to the pleasure of his target audience in Wisconsin - you guessed it, American dairy farmers. Meanwhile, the Trudeau government is treading softly, responding in an understated fashion. After all, what else can be done

when the mouse raises the ire of its elephant neighbour? The full measure of these actions by the Trump Administration are yet to be determined. But rest assured they will impact the trucking industry. If the Americans slap a 20 percent increase on softwood lumber imports into the U.S., currently valued at about $5 Billion, an additional

1$ Billion in duties will have a huge impact on lumber, and the trucks used to ship them to markets south of the border. Trucks move about 70 percent of freight in the U.S., Canada and Mexico each year. And any major disruptions in that flow of goods will have significant consequences to trucking and all industries on which President Trump fixes his steely gaze.



Big Policy Day: National Carbon Tax & US Triggers Process to Begin NAFTA Talks


discussion paper released on May 18 by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna reveals the federal government’s potential strategy for imposing a national minimum price on carbon by the end of 2018 for those provinces that do not have their own system in place. Currently, four provinces - British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec - have some form of carbon pricing mechanism, whether that be a carbon tax, a cap and trade system, or, as is the case in Alberta, a combination of the two. The structure announced recently by the federal government is similar to the latter. The remaining prov20    June 2017

inces, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces currently do not have a carbon pricing system in place. The Canadian Trucking Alliance says it’s not conceptually opposed to market-based solutions like carbon pricing, contending that since diesel fuel is the second largest operating cost component after labour, the industry already has a built-in rationale to pursue improved fuel economy. It also points to the fact trucking is currently the only freight mode in Canada subject to regulations requiring trucks be equipped with carbon-reduction tech-

nologies. A second, even more stringent phase of these regulations has already been published in the Canada Gazette. With the Canadian government also committed to carbon pricing, the alliance

would have preferred a consistent, transparent, revenueneutral national framework, which would have worked the same way in all provinces. Most importantly, all revenues

generated should have been plowed back into industry programs to accelerate investment and early adoption of green, fuel efficient technology. “However, with each province doing its own thing, the horse is now out of the barn,” says CTA President Stephen Laskowski. “The Pan-Canadian approach has not materialized and this increases the administrative burden on industries like trucking which cross provincial and international borders.” CTA believes it is imperative the federal government allocate revenues from its pricing scheme

into an incentive program aimed at accelerating into the marketplace lower carbon technologies, devices, and fuels. Quebec is currently the only province reinvesting in green truck technology. Ontario has indicated intentions to introduce a green truck strategy, but it has not yet been announced. CTA will be submitting its official comments to the discussion paper by the June 30 deadline. In other significant policy news, US President Donald Trump launched the formal process to renegotiate NAFTA. Likely by the end of August Canada will be engaged in discussions critical to the business operations of many CTA members. As previously reported,

CTA is working with the Government of Canada and other trade associations to ensure trucking industry concerns are a part of this complex and important dialogue. “ To d a y ’s a n n o u n c e ment doesn’t come as a surprise,” said Laskowski. “The Government of Canada, CTA and other trade associations have all been preparing for this moment. “This fall, all links of the Canadian supply chain need to band together with government to ensure our economic prosperity is protected. We would also do well to seize this opportunity to address historical border/ trade-related issues that will be brought to light in the NAFTA discussions.”



Tuck Routes: Zanchin One Stop Shop.................. page 22

Wheels & Tracks in Motion .................................... page 23

Purpose-Built Ford Trucks .................................... page 25

Mobile Column Lifts .................................... page 27

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Builds Success on Core Values BY MAREK KRASUSKI


520 Highlighted at Waste Expo


eterbilt introduced the new Model 520 lineup, including the PACCAR MX-11 engine, at this year’s WasteExpo conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 8-11. The Model 520 is engineered to withstand the rigorous demands of the refuse industry and provide customers with cost effective, efficient operation. The versatile low cab forward model and powertrain options give customers the equipment they need to perform a wide array of services in the refuse industry. “Peterbilt has been a leader in the refuse industry for nearly 50 years by providing innovations and enhanced performance,” says Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Sales and Marketing.

“Combined with the reliability and durability of the PACCAR MX-11 engine, the capabilities of the Peterbilt refuse lineup continue to exceed customer needs and expectations.” The Peterbilt exhibit displayed five Model 520’s outfitted with a variety of refuse bodies. Also, on display were three new cab configurations for the rugged Model 520. The innovative vocational model is now available in Left-Hand Drive, Right-Hand Drive and Right-Hand Stand-Up Drive in addition to the existing Dual Seated Drive configuration, the company announced. Peterbilt introduced the Model 520 in the Dual Seated Drive configuration

in-Cor Industries, a leading custom manufacturer of vocational severe-service vehicles, is guided by a clearly articulated vision: “To be a leader in the manufacturing of vocational trucks.” In real terms it has already achieved this objective, evidenced by numerous awards and an impressive ranking, both as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies, and as a top regional employer at its headquarters in Mattawa, Ontario. But Gin-Cor’s President, Luc Stang, knows better than to rest on well deserved laurels. The company vision, and the values it lives by, is organic, requiring continuous efforts to meet everyday challenges and to remain a preferred

employer and industry leader. Gin-Cor is already undergoing a robust expansion phase with the purchase of two complementary companies - Durabody in 2015 and JC Trailers in 2016 - ideal purchases says Luc Stang because “these acquisitions met our desired profile due to the nature and fit of our business. They are both custom fabricators dedicated to precision work that make up some of the strongest products in the market today.” These acquisitions followed a previous expansion of the Mattawa facility and the opening of sales and service facilities in Carleton Place near Ottawa and Kingston in order to extend market reach for the company’s line of severe service vehicles. CONTINUED ON PAGE 21


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Zanchin One Stop Shop

Wrightspeed Partners with AxleTech International



riving the old Kings Highway #3 to Fort Erie last month was like a trip right out of the 1960’s! To old timers like me, this route was known as ‘Tobacco Road’ as it meanders through the small towns and villages of Ontario’s Haldimand-Norfolk County eventually joining up with the Regional Municipality of Niagara, home of the much travelled ‘Niagara Wine Route’. My destination was Zanchin Truck & Trailer Inc. in the village of Ridgeway in Fort Erie, owned and operated by Stan Zanchin for the past 20 years. Ridgeway is notable for being the location of the 1866 Battle of Ridgeway where Irish-American revolutionaries known as Fenians invaded Canada in a failed attempt to oust the British and create an independent Irish republic. Like many mechanical entrepreneurs, Stan’s career path started with his apprenticeship at a Ridgeway Service Station making $2.25 an hour. In 1987 Stan and his family moved to Pembroke where he secured a position working for the Clouthier family at Valley Spring Service, an International/Navistar Dealer (since 1984). His starting wage was set at $9.50 an hour and over time was raised to $16.00. Stan figures he rebuilt around 300 DT466 inline-6 diesel engines while at Valley Spring. From 1990-97 Stan was a Partner in a KW Parts & Service operation in the Ottawa region. By the Spring of 1997, Stan was anxious to start his own business and returned with his family to his hometown in Ridgeway, and within a short time had set up shop on a 5-acre industrial site at 929 Bowen Road. He’s still in the same location today and there have been a couple of major expansions to enhance his ability to provide services. He even transformed an insulated Sea Container into a parts storage addition. Stan best describes his business as “The One Stop Shop”. Their recently

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upgraded website offers “Rugged Repairs For Tough Trucks”! This includes complete service for all makes and models of Diesel Trucks. Stan employs 3 experienced licensed mechanics along with his Parts and Warehouse staff. Not content to specialize only in HD Truck & Trailer parts, the company recently decided to ink a deal to represent Canada Trailers Manufacturing Ltd. of Aylmer Ontario that boasts a complete lineup of “Made in Canada” Utility, Tilt, Dump, and Deckover/Gooseneck type Trailers. Another much utilized service

offering is provided with Zanchin’s extensive Spring shop, a complete Tire & Wheel End maintenance package and a 24-hour Mobile Road Service. It is also worthy to note that Stan’s fierce independence and unwavering dedication to his trade, combined with an honest approach to doing business and his ability to negotiate strategic alliances with national supply chain partners such as FGI, validates that now famous 1973 Leopold Kohr phrase that appeared in the Schumacher book; “Small is Beautiful”. In my opinion, Zanchin Truck &Trailer Inc. is a classic example of a ‘Sustainable Business Model”. Interestingly, this comprehensive service centre has also attracted the attention of some US Fleets who have found the location’s proximity to the Peace Bridge handy for parking their trailers and convenient to receiving on-the-spot running repairs when required. As if running his own business doesn’t provide enough of an adrenalin rush these days, it’s a wonder that Stan has had the time to indulge in his favorite sport - ASCS - Sprint Car Racing at the famous Ohsweken Speedway. Suffice to say that these short-track, winged whirling dervishes, with engines in the 700HP to 900HP range, are not for the faint of heart. Way to go Stan! To make your appointment with Zanchin Truck & Trailer Inc., call Stan direct at 905.991.0001.


rightspeed Inc., the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty Range-Extended Electric Vehicle (REV) powertrains, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with AxleTech International, the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty specialty drivetrain systems. The partnership integrates decades of axle engineering experience into Wrightspeed’s electrification technology to meet growing demand from the company’s world-class customers and partners, including Mack Trucks and New Zealand Bus (NZB).? With the challenge of providing lowemission transportation, Wrightspeed has solved the problem of reducing emissions in heavy transportation with their first-in-kind innovation, the Route™ REV powertrain. Wrightspeed’s complete powertrain system, featuring regenerative braking and a range-extending

turbine generator, the Fulcrum™, enable heavy-duty electric vehicles to operate as efficiently as possible. Recently recognized as a 2 0 1 6 Wo r l d E c o n o m i c Forum Technology Pioneer, Wrightspeed will now leverage AxleTech’s exceptional expertise in engineering and manufacturing to accelerate commercial deployment of its multimodal REV Route powertrain. Wrightspeed’s GTD (Geared Traction Drive) pairs with a custom axle from AxleTech International, designed to accommodate Wrightspeed’s super duty final drive gear. The custom axle-outfitted GTD unit was featured in the Mack Trucks Booth # 2526 at the WasteExpo conference. “Together AxleTech and Wrightspeed are providing spectacular technology to the market, and our partnership plays to our respective strengths,” says Jason Gies, Business Development Manager at AxleTech. The announcement comes as Wrightspeed rapidly expands its supply chain team, bringing on experts with experience at Tesla Motors, Ford, Cummins, and others to meet strong demand for new powertrain technology. Wrightspeed is scaling its operations to meet international interest, including the largest operator of urban bus services in New

Zealand, NZB, as well as continuing its work with Sonoma County recycling leader, The Ratto Group. “Our strategy at Wrightspeed leverages world-class suppliers for components that we’ve designed and specified for our integrated powertrain technology,” said Ian Wright, CEO and founder of Wrightspeed. “AxleTech is a proven leader in developing axles for vehicles with the most challenging drive cycles in the world, and, in partnering with them; we get proven quality components and manufacturing expertise, while keeping our team focused on innovation.” ABOUT AXLETECH AxleTech International, based in Troy, Michigan, is a manufacturer and supplier of heavy-duty and specialty vehicle drivetrain systems and components to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket for commercial and defense customers around the world. The company has manufacturing, distribution, and engineering facilities in  Troy, Michigan, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Chicago,

Illinois, SaintÉtienne, France, Osasco, Brazil, and Pune, India. For more information about AxleTech, please visit  www.axletech. com. ABOUT WRIGHTSPEED Wrightspeed Inc. is the leading manufacturer of range-extended electric vehicle powertrains for heavy-duty applications. Built on a tradition of quality systems engineering, Wrightspeed’s powertrains are the next step in the evolution of vehicle propulsion. Its flagship product, the ROUTE™, was designed to transcend commercial vehicle efficiency and performance, providing unlimited range and dramatically reduced fuel costs. Located in the touted  Bay Area  transportation hub, Wrightspeed was founded by  Ian Wright, co-founder of Tesla Motors. For more information about Wrightspeed visit: and follow us on Twitter at @GOWrightspeed.




Wheels & Tracks in Motion


hat do rock-crushers, earthmovers, steam shovels, and road graders all have in common? These machines are just some of the incredible pieces of equipment that you will see up close and in action at the Simcoe County Museum during our annual Wheels & Tracks in Motion event running June 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Historical Construction Equipment Association has once again partnered with the Simcoe County Museum to put on this exciting and interactive show. Families and guests of all ages will enjoy live demonstrations by knowledgeable operators on the Museum’s extensive

grounds. Ride on one of our peoplemovers to take in the action or walk in the tracks of these mighty machines. You can stay for the day and purchase lunch, or bring a packed meal and relax in our shaded picnic area. Guests can also enjoy the Museum galleries and indoor event-related displays, including a hands-on area for building Meccano and viewing completed Meccano models that will inspire and amaze. Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $6; Student/Seniors $5; and Children $4. The Simcoe County Museum is located

at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call 705.728.3721. Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural explora-


to customers is demonstrated in the cooperative internal culture of the organization and by the level of customer satisfaction in product and service quality. Confirms Stang, “Gin-Cor will be the envy in our industry by giving the very best in customer experience.” Standing alongside these values is GinCor’s promotion of leadership, a strength

that underlies all corporate operations. Concludes Luc Stand, “Leadership is part of everything we do, how we act, how we learn, how we grow, and how we promote ourselves to our clients that support us. Leadership draws our customers to seek us out as their preferred industry experts. Our leaders within Gin-Cor enable me to move more freely

Impressive by any measure, these milestones fill only part of the canvass on what Luc Stang describes as a “painted picture,” a vision of Gin-Cor’s growth in the year 2020 with projected sales of $100 million from all combined companies and locations. Integral to current and future success is a commensurate investment in the recruitment of the right people, the ongoing acquisition of the right companies, and adherence to the right values and spirit. “It’s all about the people,” Luc explains. “Each year we are ranked as the top company to work for in our region. We have worked hard to make it all about the right people and treating people right. With every decision we make, we consider our people. My personal goal is to be ranked as one of the best places to work in Ontario if not Canada.” To this end Gin-Cor is assiduous in its attempts to attract only the best candidates for the positions it offers, men and women who share Stang’s enthusiasm for continuous growth and commitment to customer service excellence. Prospective employees, for example, are issued handbooks detailing company expectations and employee requirements. A top grade recruitment and selection system ensures that each Gin-Cor team is filled with the best talent and performers. Of course no system is perfect, admits Luc Stang, so in the event of disparities between company expectations and employee performance, there are no hard feelings. “We agree to part ways with employees whose values differ from ours,” he says. Indeed, it is precisely Gin-Cor’s values that help recruit and retain the right people, the backbone of the company. Among them is Integrity in all company activity, clearly evident in the service excellence delivered to every customer. Innovation, another abiding core strength, is encouraged, inviting every member of the Gin-Cor team to create, share, and become involved in opportunities. As well, Accountability to each other and

tion of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at for further details.


Wheels & Tracks in Motion Simcoe County Museum 1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7

June 10 & 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to ensure that my time is spent on long term planning for our corporation. This is the greatest concern for me! To learn about Gin-Cor’s values, employment opportunities, and excellent service performance, contact Call 705.744.5543, or Luc Stang at 705.471,1912, they are at 5151 Hwy 17 West, Mattawa, ON, P0H 1V0.


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Mixed Vocational Fleet Service BY MIKE WHALEN


n the vocational world where fleets are sometimes a mix between on and off road trucks and equipment, planning a service program can be complex. Construction, logging, utility, aggregate producers and others with both trucks and off-road diesel powered equipment can be faced with designing their service facility to work on both tracked and wheeled vehicles. When I started out with both in the mix, it was a new world and I had to learn how to create a service program that kept units on the road and costs down. Most experienced fleet managers have created vehicle support programs that work. My comments are meant for those who are, as I was, just starting out. For the work truck fleet to keep a mixed bag of on and off highway vehicles on the road it is important that the operation consider an in-house service facility. ‘Machine-down’ is not acceptable if you are to keep the job on schedule. Relying solely on others to provide service will not work. The primary objective of in-house service is to keep equipment up and running. By dividing service work into three categories, a) emergency repair, b) planned maintenance and c) major overhauls or rebuilds, a service plan can be developed to suit your specific needs. The main focus of your shop is to keep down-time to a minimum. The number of units in your fleet will determine staffing levels. Trained technicians, those able to work on trucks and off-highway vehicles, can be hard to find. Technicians able to work on diesel engines as well as drive systems are also in short supply. An overall basic plan should cover the emergency ‘machine-down’ needs combined with PM programs to fill in the

daily work plan while not having dead spots where your technicians don’t have any work. A field service truck is also a necessity if your trucks and equipment are working in an off-site location. A mobile service unit (FSU) can perform a number of PM tasks in the field such as lube, oil and filter changes, plus emergency needs such as blown hoses, broken belts, and tire repairs. The FSU, outfitted with a portable welding unit, can also perform necessary welding repairs. The use of an outside Independent Service Provider (ISP) will provide the resources for covering the times when the work load exceeds your capability and can also provide specialized repairs that your own technicians may not be able to perform. Using the OE dealer for remote diagnostic assistance will help determine the operating issue and give your technician an immediate heads-up on the repair necessary. Diesel engine systems specialists like the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) can solve diesel combustion and turbocharger issues that may need correcting to maximize fuel economy. Some large fleet service operations also provide services to smaller operators that cannot justify their own service facility. This is the case when major contractors hire owner-operators to supplement their own trucks and equipment. It’s in the major contractor’s best interest to keep their owner-operators on the road. Another resource for your service department is the local multi-line parts and component distributor. Usually the parts distributor will offer an on-site vendor managed inventory control service (VMI). This starts with a fleet survey that lists each piece of equipment and the consumables used, filters, belts,

Multi-purpose, 4-post, movable unit used for trucks as well as construction and logging equipment. hoses, etc. A customized inventory level is developed in conjunction with the PM program. The field rep from the distributor keeps track of the parts as used and ensures they are replaced, so when a truck or machine needs the item, it’s on the shelf. Some distributors connect with the fleet’s parts computer so they are immediately informed when a part has been used and can schedule a replacement part. Designing and equipping your service area requires planning ahead to make the most of the space available. The most common layout is to have at least one service bay large enough to bring the truck or machine being worked on inside. Lubrication, oil, and filter changes are the jobs most frequently performed. Wheel work – tires, brakes, bearings and seals would be next. To perform this work efficiently it is necessary to have access to the underside of the truck. This brings up one of the most expensive components needed.

The hoist. To perform many service tasks from oil and filter changes, lubrication to drive-line and transmission repairs, it’s necessary to get under the truck or machine. A hoist is the most effective way to do this. There are two main configurations to consider – in ground and above ground. In ground hoists, and some above ground, are fixed in place and can take up a full bay. If you don’t think you will use it continually – or you just don’t have the room, then the moveable design will be more efficient. The article on page 27 illustrates some of the hoist configurations. Planning an effective vehicle service program can mean the difference between a profitable operation and one that is not. Being able to work on your equipment in a heated shop is a major consideration. My first winter was spent servicing the trucks and equipment outside. Not the best when operating in northwestern Ontario.



New Meritor 13X Single-Drive Axle


eritor’s 13X single-drive axle is available for specification by fleets purchasing medium-duty trucks from International Truck. It will become standard equipment on DuraStar models in July. “The 13X axle brings Meritor’s legendary durability and efficiency to a wide range of applications in the medium-duty market,” said Ken Hogan, Vice President, Rear Drivetrain for Meritor. “International

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Truck’s medium-duty customers spec’ing the 13X will be equipping their fleets with an axle system that is lighter, more efficient and tailored to their needs. It’s a smart choice for this market.” Built on Meritor’s proven 14X platform and optimized for medium-duty, the 13X is 59 pounds lighter and .5 percent more efficient than the company’s previous offering. Available in a variety of ratios from 3.90 to 6.50 and with gross axle

weight ratings (GAWR) between 17,000 and 21,000 pounds, the 13X is engineered for multiple medium-duty applications, including pick-up and delivery, beverage, utility, school bus, construction and ambulance. The power-dense 13X is ideal for applications with standard differentials. For limited application options that the 13X will not address, including ratios or driver-controlled differential lock, the

14X single-axle platform will continue to be available. The 13X can be configured with hydraulic disc brakes or drum brakes. OnTrac and DriveForce™, Meritor’s North American sales and service organization, are available to assist customers with solutions before, during and after the sale. For more information, visit www.




Wide Track Axles Available on Peterbilt Vocational Trucks


eterbilt adds the new PACCAR 20,000- and 22,000-lb. wide track steer axles to its vocational lineup. The PACCAR steer axle is available with standard front air disc brakes or optional drum brakes as well as suspensions and wheel end options to meet the most demanding jobs. Both axle ratings will be available in the Models 567, 520,

389, 367, 365, 348 and the 389 glider kit. “The PACCAR steer axle continues the Peterbilt tradition of innovative and rugged products for our vocational customers who demand maximum performance,” says Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Senior Vice

President. “Whether we’re reducing total cost of ownership or increasing payload, Peterbilt is continuously looking for solutions that maximize our customers’ uptime and profitability.” T h e PA C C A R s t e e r axle is ideal for the i n d u s t r y ’s m o s t d e m a n d i n g

vocational applications such as refuse, construction and heavy-haul based on its combination of weight-savings technology and field-tested durability. Its innovative design provides customers valuable operational benefits such as optimal maneuverability with a turn angle of up to 50 degrees. For more information about Peterbilt, visit



Ford Powertrain Purpose-Built for Ford Trucks


ord designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination - ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations, and providing customers with streamlined service. The Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke ® V8 turbo diesel engine delivers standard 270 horsepower and 675 lb.-ft. of torque, plus available engine outputs of 300 horsepower with 700 lb.-ft. of torque and 330 horsepower with 725 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is backed by a five-year/250,000-mile warranty. Power is distributed via a TorqShift HD transmission and from an available power takeoff with up to 200 lb.-ft. torque output. Ford remains the only manufacturer to offer a gasoline-powered engine in the medium-duty truck segment. The 6.8-liter V10 with 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque is available for both F-650 and F-750 models with the heavyduty, Ford-built TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission. The 6.8-liter

engine can be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas as cost-effective alternatives to gasoline. Optional power takeoff for the gas engine now offers mobile and live drive mode. Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks provide


versatility of this vocational vehicle for our customers’ operations.” Among the Model 520’s many standard features are pantographic wipers, which improve visibility by providing 30 percent more coverage of the windshield surface and RP-170 body connections to seamlessly integrate with outfitted bodies. The Model 520 is available with a wide range of engines, including the PACCAR PX-9, PACCAR MX-11 and Cummins ISX12 diesel engines, as well as the Cummins ISL-G, ISL-G Near Zero and ISX12-G natural gas engines. MODEL 520 GOES ELECTRIC Peterbilt displayed a Model 520 refuse truck demo with an advanced batteryelectric drive system at WasteExpo. “Peterbilt is working closely with its partners to explore the capabilities and performance of battery-electric drive systems,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. “Customers in urban environments and applications such as dray-

in 2016 providing drivers the ability to operate the vehicle from either the left or right position to optimize ergonomics, efficiency and safety. The Left-Hand Drive and Right-Hand Drive configurations provide a comfortable seated driving position while in transit or performing curbside operations. The redesigned Right-Hand Stand-Up cab configuration provides ease of ingress / egress for those applications that require the driver to exit the cab multiple times during the route reducing driver fatigue. Driver ergonomics are further enhanced by standard adjustable seat, angled steering wheel and dead-pedal to rest their left foot during operation. “The Model 520 provides superior performance and adaptability in rugged operating environments,” says Robert Woodall, “Offering a full lineup of cab configurations for the refuse market further enhances the

the ideal combination of value, capability and up-fit readiness in the mediumduty truck segment. These attributes underscore F-650 and F-750’s position as the future of medium-duty trucks: Tough: Fully designed and developed by Ford truck engineers in Dearborn,

Michigan; robot-tested on taxing durability courses too demanding for human drivers; 500,000-plus miles of harsh dynamometer engine testing at extreme power levels and temperatures. Work-Ready: Ford’s upfit-friendly chassis developed in cooperation with leading industry body makers; clean chassis - capable of accommodating vocational bodies with little to no modification - can save time and expense. Great Value: Choice of segment-exclusive 6.8-liter V10 gas engine or 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel - both backed by Ford’s TorqShift HD six-speed automatic transmission enhanced for medium-duty use with great power, performance and efficiency; supported by a national network of Ford service centers to minimize downtime. Electronic Stability Control optional on F-750 diesel models requires 14,000 GAWR and 13,000-pound front springs and airbrakes with traction control (limited availability at launch). For more information, visit ca/commercial-trucks.


age and refuse collection stand to benefit from the zero-emissions performance of these advanced vehicles.” The Peterbilt Model 520 on display was equipped with the Transpower ElecTruckTM drive system, which has accumulated over 80,000 miles of Class 8 heavy duty use in a variety of commercial applications since 2013. The ElecTruck system uses high-power electric motors, inverters and batteries to power commercial trucks weighing as much as 80,000 lb. “Powering heavy refuse trucks is a logical next step in the adaptation of our electric drive technology to vehicles requiring conversion to zero-emission operation,” said Joshua Goldman, TransPower’s VP of Business Development. The variant of the TransPower ElecTruck system developed for the Model 520 refuse truck uses a 300 kilowatt-hour battery pack to enable an urban refuse truck to operate for up to 65 miles or eight hours on a single charge. The ElecTruck system

also features a 70 kilowatt onboard battery charger that can fully charge the truck’s lithium-ion battery pack in two-four hours. Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the “Class’ of the industry. Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including SmartLINQ remote diagnostics, preventive maintenance plans, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 800.4Peterbilt, (800.473.8372). For more information about Peterbilt, visit


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Innovation & Education In Northern Mining Sector BY MAREK KRASUSKI


orthern Companies Continue To Innovate and Educate In Mining Sector EDUCATION Education and product innovation are trailblazing inroads into the robust mining sector of northern Canada. In Nunavut the Kitikmeot Corporation in partnership with Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Service Canada and Nuna Training Technologies, has developed a Heavy Equipment Operator Training Program, complete with simulator training held within the Kitikmeot region. This simulator program affords Kitikmeot region residents the chance to gain heavy equipment training for the mining and construction sectors at a fraction of the cost of onsite training in real machines. The growing demand for qualified heavy equipment operators in the far North coincides with simulator training that prepares prospects for gainful employment. Simulators mimic the real world environments and challenges of heavy equipment operations, providing the opportunity for students to complete heavy operator course certification with the help of four large simulators. Students learn to operate bulldozers, loaders, excavators and articulated trucks. The Kitikmeot Inuit Association says the simulator training has raised the interest of regional employers looking for prospects with heavy equipment certification - a timely request given the construction boom in Cambridge Bay, home of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, and the neighbouring Hope Bay gold mine which is poised for production. The simulator training comes at a critical juncture for this northern region. Older operators are heading toward

retirement and younger recruits need to fill vacancies. The remoteness of the region means there is also a shortage of driver examiners. Simulator training replicates on-road training where students are faced with multiple tasks and up to a dozen real work scenarios which they are expected to complete successfully. Innovation Despite a downturn in the mining industry optimism remains palpable. As a more recent sign of better times Equipment North, a Sudbury-based construction and mining equipment rental company, has added another location in Timmins. The 10,000 ft. facility houses assorted mining essentials - forklifts, telehandlers, shotcrete equipment and attachments - to better serve this regional mining camp. The company has expertise in the disassembling of equipment to be transported in mine cages to underground environments. For a full range of industrial construction tools & equipment, custom machinery and mining solutions, check out their website at Of note to mining stakeholders is the class of Commander Series electric vehicles designed for deep underground mining environments. These purpose built personnel carriers are provided by Tracks and Wheels, Equipment Brokers based in Sudbury and specializing in the sales, service and rental of heavy equipment for mining, construction, agriculture and landscaping. Soon to join the Commander Series of personnel carriers is the EV Commander. The company describes the current Commander Series as “a new class of underground personnel carrier

designed from years of research and customer input. The Commander offers a comfortable and controlled ride without sacrificing payload capacity. Combined with low maintenance requirements and ground level service, the Commander is in a class of its own. The EV Commander, still in the design and production stage, is distinguished from other personnel carriers by its design as an electric vehicle as opposed to other brands which typically convert their existing carriers to battery powered units. Depending on application, the EV Commander will provide up to 6 hours of use. Tracks and Wheels offers additional mining machinery such as the Minemaster R205. Heavy duty articulating frames in this multi-purpose utility vehicle allow for several modifications depending on job requirements. It is easily maneuverable in tight spaces and when used as an underground mining forklift can support up to 6,000 pounds. More information is available at www. Joy Global, another stalwart mining equipment production partner in the Sudbury basin with headquarters in the United States, has come under the ownership of Komatsu. The company offers a comprehensive suite of vehicles for underground hard rock mining. Their line of loaders provide for a variety of load capacities even in narrow environments, typical in underground mining veins. Load capacities range from 4,500 lbs. to 22,000 lbs. For surface mining applications Joy Global offers a comprehensive line of wheel loaders, including the L-2350, the world’s largest wheel loader. These Generation 2 loaders, the company

says, “are designed to achieve greater operating hours due to a robust structural design and modular components, provide the best possible fuel consumption levels due to the power regeneration capacity of the Joy SR Hybrid Drive technology, and are equipped with the latest safety features that meet global requirements recognized by leading mining industry safety councils.” RDH Mining Equipment has been acknowledged for innovations in mining equipment, particularly in the development of battery powered machinery. In addition to new battery powered vehicles, RDH retrofits diesel machinery to battery power, a cost saving alternative considering the expense of charging batteries is just 20 percent of the cost of diesel use. Removal of diesel, particularly in enclosed underground mining environments, lowers ventilation costs and creates safer working conditions. RDH introduced the first Evolution battery equipment line, the Muckmaster 300EB underground loader. This was followed a year later with the Haulmaster 800-20ED, a 20 tonne battery powered haul truck for underground use. RDH was ranked as one of the five best places to work in Northern Ontario in this community of Alban near the French River. In 2013 is was listed in Profit’s magazine as one of Canada’s 500 fastest growing companies. Northern Ontario is home to world leading mining development and research companies. A full listing of companies and their services and innovations is available through the industry organization SAMSSA - Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association.



Mack News from WasteExpo 2017


ack Trucks is pleased to announce that Mack® Over The Air (OTA) will be available on refuse vehicles including the Mack 2018 Granite®, TerraPro™ and LR models equipped with Mack 2017 GHG engines. Mack OTA allows customers to update software without disrupting their schedules, improving efficiency and increasing uptime. Mack made the announcement during WasteExpo 2017 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. “Mack refuse customers can plan for software updates and schedule them

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when it’s most convenient,” said David Pardue, Vice President of Connected Vehicles and Uptime Services for Mack Trucks. “Refuse applications demand real-time service and support because they have to be up and running and on time. Mack OTA is the next step in our uptime journey.” Mack OTA will be available on 2018 Mack LR models equipped with a Mack engine with the availability of GuardDog® Connect beginning in Q3 2017. Mack OTA for the TerraPro and Granite models is also planned for later in 2017. Software updates for powertrain components and for vehicle parameters like

road speed limits are available through Mack OTA. Mack OTA capitalizes on fully integrated Mack GuardDog Connect telematics hardware to deliver the software updates directly to customers with minimal interruption to their operations. GuardDog Connect comes standard on every Mack model equipped with a Mack engine and provides proactive monitoring and repair planning, enabling real-time diagnosis of issues, scheduling of repairs and confirmation that needed parts are in stock and ready to install. Combined with Mack ASIST and Mack’s live OneCall™ uptime agents, GuardDog

Connect delivers the right mix of people and technology to provide decisioncritical information to maximize customer uptime. For more information, visit




Tailwind Now Integrates with QuickBooks Online Leading provider of trucking and freight broker software makes accounting easier for small to mid-sized freight transportation companies.


ancouver, British Columbia – Managing the books is challenging, yet integral for small to mid-sized trucking companies and freight brokerages. Tailwind Transportation Software is excited to make it easier for transportation companies to look after their financial health by integrating QuickBooks Online, the world’s leading online financial software for small businesses, with its all-in-one transportation management software (TMS). Tailwind’s trucking and freight broker software helps transportation companies manage customers, dispatch loads, send invoices, and make payments to drivers. It provides a business with everything it needs to operate on a day-to-day basis – keeping track of the dollars and cents associated with each Order and Dispatch, as well as the details of each freight transaction. And now, all this information can be easily synchronized with QuickBooks Online. “QuickBooks Online is one of the most popular accounting systems for trucking companies and freight brokers, and is a natural fit for our online TMS (Transportation Management Software) offering.” said Murray Pratt, President and CEO of Tailwind. “The integration between Tailwind and QuickBooks provides our users with a complete accounting,

admin, and operations solution at a fraction of the price and time required by the large integrated client server systems with their in-app accounting platforms.” Tailwind is also partnering with Kerry Smithies of who will set up businesses’ chart of accounts, lead training sessions, and provide services to help Tailwind customers take full advantage of QuickBooks to: • Manage payroll and pay vendors • Record and manage expenses while on the go • Connect their systems directly to their bank accounts • Generate income statements and balance sheets • Track asset amortization “Coming from a trucking family, I am very excited to partner with Tailwind to make life easier for smaller and familyrun transportation companies; to help them really take control of their financial health,” said Kerry. The Tailwind and Quickbooks Online integration is available to all users of Tailwind Pro – you can get started with a demo or 30-day free trial here. Learn more about Tailwind’s integration with Quickbooks Online at Kerry Smithies’ Tailwind and QuickBooks Online webinar on May 31st.

ABOUT TAILWIND TRANSPORTATION SOFTWARE LTD. Since 2002 Tailwind has built enterprise-grade Transportation Management Software (TMS) for trucking companies, freight brokers, and companies that do both. Tailwind helps small and mid-sized freight businesses run more effectively by centralizing their customer and vendor data, eliminating the need for duplicate data entry, and being the intersection where bestin-class freight technology partners (Mileage, Load Boards, ELDs, etc.) can

be managed. Tailwind allows smaller and family-run operations to improve their cash-flow and profitability, and better compete with the bigger players by providing them with supported and comprehensive ‘all-in-one’ Trucking Software,  Freight Broker Software, or a combined Trucking & Freight Broker Software. For more information, contact Bradley Zaytsoff, Director of Marketing, Tailwind Transportation Software Ltd., call 604.580.9411 or email bzaytsoff@



Service Shop Hoists Getting Underneath Trucks & Equipment


he easiest and most cost-effective heavy-duty lift to add to a service department is the versatile mobile column lift. A mobile column lift consists of two, three or four pairs of lifting columns that work together to pick up and raise a vehicle by its wheels. One column is positioned at each wheel of a vehicle, and then they are all synchronized using communication cables or wireless receivers to simultaneously raise the vehicle. These portable lifts are easy for technicians to use. Battery-operated wireless models can be set up quickly in an available flat bay with no cords to connect or get in the way. For dealers who anticipate only occasional truck service, mobile columns are easy to move and store so they don’t take up valuable bay space when not in use. Adding to their flexibility is the fact that after the vehicle is raised to an ergonomic working height, the technician can lower the vehicle onto a set of jack stands so the mobile columns can be removed and used in another bay. In this

way, a single mobile column lift can be used to pick up vehicles in multiple bays. Rotary Lift’s new Mach™ Flex powered by Red Fire™ mobile column lifts are operated by remote control, giving the technician full visibility and mobility around the vehicle while lifting. FOUR-POST LIFTS A medium-duty four-post lift is basically a larger version of the same type of lift many service facilities already have in an alignment or quick-service bay. Fixed ops managers know how easy it is to use. Simply drive the vehicle onto the runways, which are then raised to get the vehicle up in the air quickly and efficiently. This drive-on capability makes four-post lifts well suited for quick service operations such as inspections, oil changes and lube jobs. Although the vehicle is initially supported by its wheels, rolling jacks can be added to the lift to engage the vehicle by its axles, so tire and wheel work can be performed. Because of space requirements, fourpost lifts make the most sense if you have a dedicated bay available, or if you

are expanding your existing facility or building a new one. Other designs from Rotary Lift include Above Ground, In Ground, Two Post, Parallelogram, and the Rotary V-REX (see photo), a vertical rise platform scissor lift that offers clear spans of space in and around a massive lifting structure. With capacities between 44,000 pounds and 80,000 pounds this lift is designed to pick up large trucks, heavy equipment

and anything else you can think to drive on it, like FIRE TRUCKS filled with water! (within the rated capacity) Rotary Lift, the largest lift manufacturer in North America, provides these tips to help choose which style of lift is best for a vocational fleet or dealership’s needs and growth goals. Rotary Lift manufactures lifts to 80,000 pound capacity. For more information, visit www.rotarylift. com.


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Iron Apple Releases FSMA Compliant Solution for Owner Operators: FSMA Express


SMA Express is a cost effective and efficient food safety solution aimed entirely at Owner Operators to meet FSMA requirements. Providing FSMA compliant forms/documents with a digital record keeping portal for quick and easy access of all documents. Also included is a 30 minute FSMA compliant training program (eLearning Solution included) that includes a certificate of completion to meet training. The combination of these elements provides a complete solution for Owner Operators to meet FSMA & Shipper requirements. Iron Apple focuses on food safety solutions for carriers, one of the first in the food safety field to bring a fully compliant digital solution with training, to the trans-

portation industry. Their core food safety solution provides a yearly audit and certification, full e-learning suite of training for all areas of your company, digital record keeping and a more in-depth food safety solution meeting food safety requirements across North America. This new FSMA solution brings a trimmed solution for small carriers / owner operators to have all of the tools and training needed to meet new food safety requirements. “We’ve been hearing from several of our newest customers, the big shippers are really putting the pressure on them to be FSMA compliant. Not only training, but to have the proper documents and digital record keeping in place. There’s plenty of transportation folks out there who still

have no idea how to meet this challenge, so we are doing our very best to help as many as we can so they won’t lose these shipper contracts.“ Hugh Latimer, COO Iron Apple Iron Apple is currently working with state and provincial trucking associations and several major insurance firms for training and compliance solutions for their food carriers. “The biggest concern we are hearing as an association, is taking on the personal risk and liability for designing their own food safety program,” says Latimer. “We are helping them mitigate the risk by implementing our program, training and documents.” Iron Apple continues to lead the industry with the FSMA Express solution aimed

towards owner operators. More information can be found at Iron Apple International is a leading supplier of professional food safety support to companies involved in the transportation of food products throughout North America. For more information, please visit:



HDA Truck Pride 2017 Hits the Mark


he HDA Truck Pride 2017 Membership Meeting hit its mark with members and suppliers as they met to discuss “Navigating Sustainable Growth” at this year’s annual membership meeting. For this organization, implementing a data-driven product marketing strategy and leveraging technology to focus on continuous improvement are keys for sustainable growth. During General Sessions, over 800 attendees were briefed on a thorough product category management strategy, a

comprehensive new website, a world-class training overhaul, and the introduction of a multilevel telematics solution. The HDA Truck Pride Partners in Profit Suppliers showed unfaltering support with an exclusive “red carpet preview” to the Supplier Showcase. To round out the week, there were on-site training clinics put on by HDA Truck Pride Staff, a GenNext HD Speed mentoring session, and a fantastic Keynote address by leadership expert Tom Flick on the distinction between leading and managing.

Perhaps the highlight of the week was the announcement of the coveted 2016 Truck Service Expert of the Year. STS Truck Services was honored by HDA Truck Pride at the meeting. Chad Adams and Bob Harper made the trip to Orlando, FL to accept the prestigious award. “Our goals for the membership meeting are to engage our supply chain partners and empower our membership to focus on continuous improvement and sustainable growth,” said Don Reimondo, President and CEO. “Reflecting upon our 2017 meet-

ing, we accomplished our goals while seizing the opportunity to spend time together breaking bread and building upon already strong relationships.” ABOUT HDA TRUCK PRIDE HDA Truck Pride is North America’s largest independent provider of parts and services to the commercial vehicle aftermarket. The organization offers training, product support and marketing programs all focused on growing the business of its members, fleet customers and service experts.



Accuride Corporation Completes Acquisition of KIC


vansville, Indiana - Accuride Corporation (“Accuride” or “the Company”) - a leading supplier of components to the North American and European commercial vehicle industries - announced May 1st that it has completed its acquisition of KIC LLC (“KIC”) and certain of its affiliated entities, pursuant to the acquisition agreement it announced on April 26, 2017. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. KIC, headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., is a leading supplier of wheels and wheel end components to the North American commercial vehicle industry. Accuride President and CEO Rick Dauch said, “Today’s announcement initiates the process of creating a single wheel end system business at Accuride that leverages the tremendous strengths of Gunite and KIC, while maintaining both strong brands. Over the next 60 to 90 days, the Accuride and KIC leader28    June 2017

ship teams will work closely together to further develop and finalize our plan to maximize the synergies between our highly complementary businesses.” With the closing of the transaction, Accuride President and CEO Rick Dauch continues to lead the company. KIC President John Schneider, KIC COO Omar Fakhoury and Gunite President Gregory Risch will be responsible for executing the company’s plan to integrate KIC and Gunite, reporting to Rick Dauch.

KIC Co-Founder Greg Hatton joins the Accuride Board of Directors, effective today, and will assist with integration activities. ABOUT KIC KIC is a North American supplier of wheel end components for medium and heavy duty trucks and trailers. KIC supplies brake drums, rotors, hub and drum assemblies, steel wheels and aluminum wheels to both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket

distributors. KIC designs and tests its own products and partners with contract manufacturers located throughout the world. KIC is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, and operates through nine distribution centers located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. For more information: ABOUT ACCURIDE CORPORATION With headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, USA, Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the North American and European commercial vehicle industries. The company’s products include commercial vehicle wheels and wheel end components and assemblies. The company’s products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Accuride Wheel End Solutions™, Gunite®, KIC®, and Gianetti Ruote™. Accuride is a portfolio company of Crestview Partners. For more information:




Cummins App Reduces Service Response Time


ithout having to enter a service bay or wait for a technician to come on site, Cummins customers are now able to read prioritized engine fault codes and other key engine information within minutes wherever they are operating with the new Cummins Guidanz™ mobile app. Available as a free download now on the Apple® App Store or the Google® Play Store™, the Guidanz mobile app arms customers with critical information about their Cummins engines (2007 and later on-highway engines and Tier 3 and later off-highway engines) that they can email to their operations managers, service providers or a Cummins Care representative directly from the app to initiate the service process. The time it takes to complete the first step of the triage process is drastically reduced when using the Guidanz mobile app. However, time savings don’t stop there when customers are engaged with certified Cummins service providers. The Immediate Assessment feature of the Guidanz mobile app is available to certified service providers to help improve

shop scheduling. As providers begin to adopt Immediate Assessment in the com-

ing months, they will not only be able to read the fault code, but assess the severity of the fault, how quickly it can be repaired, what repair parts are likely needed and start a work order without ever asking the customer to enter a service bay. When the service provider is armed with these products, customers can not only feel confident that the right tools and parts will be available for their engine when they are in the service bay, but can feel at ease knowing that they will experience as little downtime as possible when in the care of a certified Cummins service provider. “The Guidanz mobile app with the Immediate Assessment feature is giving customers back valuable hours that used to be spent troubleshooting by arming customers and service providers with information backed by immeasurable amounts of data and analysis done by Cummins experts,” said Ryan Kikendall, Executive Director – Service Event Solutions at Cummins. “We have nearly 100 years of experience with diesel engines, and we’re translating our learnings into

time-saving solutions for our customers.” Though the Guidanz mobile app requires a smartphone or tablet to operate, it will still function when the device is offline. Customers are provided a list of fault codes regardless of connectivity, so even when operating in remote locations, such as a mine or temporary job site, customers are still empowered with enough information to call their operations managers, service providers or Cummins Care with information to initiate the service process. To operate, the Guidanz mobile app must be paired with an INLINE™ mini Bluetooth® adapter or INLINE 7 and requires either an iOS® or an Android® operating system. At launch, the Guidanz mobile app and INLINE products will be available to customers in the United States,  Canada,  Australia  and  Europe. The INLINE mini and the Immediate Assessment feature are available through authorized Cummins channels. Contact Cummins Sales and Service for additional information, or call Cummins Care at 800. CUMMINS 800.286.6467).



Cummins Recommends Power Service Products


n a historic industry move, Cummins, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of diesel engines, (NYSE:CMI) now officially endorses and recommends two Power Service products - Diesel Kleen +Cetane Boost and Diesel Fuel Supplement +Cetane Boost - for use in diesel engines. The announcement comes after significant internal testing concluded both products meet Cummins® requirements, becoming the first fuel additive products that Cummins Inc. has ever officially recommended in the marketplace. Roger England, Director of Technical Quality and Materials Engineering for Cummins Inc., stated that “In recent years diesel fuel quality has become increasingly

important as engines evolve and the diesel fuel manufacturing processes change. The Power Service Diesel Kleen and Diesel Fuel Supplement additives provide easilyaccessible solutions with proven technology to customers in the field when they encounter challenges with their fuel such as poor lubricity, low cetane numbers, low temperature operability issues, injector deposits, etc. Cummins Inc. is in a very unique position in that we design not only the engine but also the turbochargers, fuel system, and after treatment systems, which enables us to fully leverage the Power Service diesel fuel additive technologies” With the advancement of diesel engine technology and to fully realize the benefits

of today’s cleaner burning fuels, using Power Service Diesel Kleen +Cetane Boost as a year-round performance enhancer cleans dirty injectors, prevents injector sticking, smooths rough-running engines and can improve fuel economy. This all translates into maximizing overall engine performance. Diesel Fuel Supplement +Cetane Boost, recommended for use in cold winter months when temperatures drop below +30F, is a winterizer/anti-gel used to prevent fuel gelling and keep fuel-filters from plugging with ice and wax. When temperatures drop, paraffin (wax) in Ultra-

Low-Sulfur Diesel fuel (ULSD) will gel, stopping fuel from flowing through the engine and water in the fuel can freeze on the facings of fuel-filters, blocking fuel flow. This formula provides trouble-free winter operation for diesel fuel. “This partnership allows Cummins to leverage Power Service’s wide distribution network and industry leading technology to make diesel fuel solutions more accessible to our customers,” said Gary Ross, Director of Global Mining Business, Cummins Filtration. For more information, visit



Rivets, Rivet Setting Machines & Accessories


ational Rivet is your single-source for cold headed rivets, rivet machines, tooling and accessories, replacement parts and reconditioned riveters. In addition to standard solutions, National Rivet custom engineers rivets and rivet machines that can enhance assembly, performance and dependability in your specific application. National Rivet adds value through our integrated design, manufacturing and secondary operation services. We perform all operations at our Waupun, Wisconsin,

facility so we can take total accountability for quality assurance! We serve a broad cross section of industry, including rivets for aircraft, aerospace, precision electronics, appliances, automotive, brake, furniture, consumer products and recreational vehicles. National Rivet was the first manufacturer of rivets for aircraft, space and defense applications to announce that it complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 + AS9100C. For more information, visit


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VOCATIONAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY The Products & Services Directory is your direct route to professional companies serving the Vocational & Trucking Market across Canada. Include your company in the directory by contacting Barb Woodward by phone at 613.969.0799, fax at 613.969.2872 or email at Visit us online at ACCOUNTING, TAX & BOOKKEEPING


Danatec Educational Services Ltd.

Account & Records Management Bookkeeping For Your

“Changing the way you train since 1985. Canada’s leading provider of TDG Training & Services”

Business & Personal Finances


Wilson Instruments Ltd. The Anti-Idling Experts

43 Crowe Bay Heights, RR 2 Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 Tel: 705.653.2403 • Fax: 705.653.5560

Beka-Lube Products Inc.


201-11450 29th Street SE Calgary, AB T2Z 3V5 Toll Free: 800.465.3366 Tel: 403.232.6950 Fax: 403.232.6952

— S.E.T.I. Inc. Service, Experience, Technology, Innovation!

386 Steeles Avenue East, Unit 2 Milton, ON L9T 1Y4 Tel: 905.878.7161 or

Clutch Distribution Centre Inc. Specializing in all types of new and reman clutches, clutch components, new and used flywheel exchanges, and flywheel grinding. Pick up and delivery within the GTA available upon request. Fast and friendly service since 1986.

81 Northline Road Toronto, ON M4B 3E9 Tel: 416.745.9220 • Tel: 416.742.0003 [alt] Fax: 416.759.5890

ITR Canada Inc. P. O. Box 402, 140 Market Drive Milton, ON L9T 4Y9 Toll Free: 888.812.0099 Tel: 905.693.0660 Fax: 905.693.0332 DPF CLEANING

The Cleaning and Maintenance of your DPF and DOC is our only Business.

A proud Canadian remanufacturer of quality Heavy Duty & automotive clutches since 1980. Specializing in heavy duty & custom made clutches including our own Torque Master Clutches.

81 Northline Road Toronto, ON M4B 3E9 Toll Free: 800.677.9038 Tel: 416.759.2245 • Fax: 416.759.5890

5325 Outer Drive Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Tel: 519.737.6005 • Fax: 519.737.0005 — 1225 Aerowood Drive Mississauga, ON L4W 1B9 Tel: 905.282.1255 • Fax: 905.282.0034

Resurfacing all types of flywheels and repairing lugs. A good line of clutch related components including clutch brakes, clutch forks, drive lugs, release bearings, pilot bushings/bearings, master/ slave cylinders, flywheels and alignment tools.


Cross Border Services C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, SCAC, MC, DOT, CVOR, NEXUS, Bonding, Training Programs & Seminars. Niagara Service & Supply Ltd. 150 South Service Road Stoney Creek, ON L8E 3H6 Toll Free: 800.268.5076 Tel: 905.573.3101 30    June 2017


Switchboard Switchboard provides Electronic Logging Devices to get carriers compliant with the FMCSA ELD Regulation. Included is Satellite GPS, North American Data Connectivity, and more. Email Switchboard at contact@onswitchboard for more details. 887 Great Northern Way Vancouver, BC V5T 4T5 Toll Free Tel: 844.5-FLEETS (844.535.3387) ELD ADMINISTRATION

Dawn Truell, B.B.A., B.A. Psy 1450 Headon Road, PO Box 93005 Burlington, ON L7M 4A3 Toll Free: 888.838.9136 Tel: 905.973.9136

CompliancyPlus When you outsource your administrative responsibilities to COMPLIANCYPLUS +, we can effectively reduce your cost for E.L.D. Maintenance and Administration, increase Driver H.O.S. compliance, and save you money. 198 College Street East Belleville, ON K8N 2V7 Toll Free Tel: 844.635.7587 Tel: 613.779.0393 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


Carmen Transportation We are a great, family-oriented business looking to hire Company Drivers and select 0/0 for cross-border runs. We offer competitive compensation, border crossing bridge cards, fuel cards and E-PASS transponders.

Components by:


6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 877.670.3426 Tel: 905.670.3426 Fax: 905.670.3436

DPF Cleaning Specialists Fil-Mor Automotive & Clutch Products Ltd.

50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Tel: 905.671.2355 • Fax: 905.671.2358

“Your Goals Are Our Priority.”

FLO Components Ltd. “For Total Lube Solutions, Go With the FLO!”

Kee Human Resources


“Technology you can rely on.”

2830 Argentia Road, Unit 9 Mississauga, ON L5N 8G4 Toll Free: 888.862.7461 Tel: 905.821.1050 • Fax: 905.858.0597 •


Pat’s Driveline “Over 35 years of Driveline Manufacturing Expertise” ONTARIO

1, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 877.438.3155 Tel: 905.564.3155 Fax: 905.564.3166 #


14715-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8826 Tel: 780.453.5105 Fax: 780.452.3555

3700 Weston Road Toronto, ON M9L 2Z4 Toll Free: 866.857.5166 Tel: 416.667.9700 Fax: 416.667.8272 —

International Truckload Services Inc. 107 Bellevue Drive, Box 1450 Belleville, ON K8N 5J1 Toll Free: 800.267.1888 Tel: 613.961.5144 Fax: 613.961.1255 or 888.485.6487

English or Punjabi Call Monty at 800.267.1888 or 613.961.5144 extn 123




LTL, FTL, over dimensional and weight-permitted shipments across Canada. All of our trucks are equipped with a GPS system. We strategically designed our company to be your edge. Experience it today!

2365 Bowman Street Innisfil, ON L9S 3V6 Toll Free: 888.564.8161 Tel: 705.436.6713 Fax: 705.436.9705

Siemens Transportation Group Inc. Siemens Transportation Group Inc. spans across North America. As an international, family-owned operation, it encompasses specialized transportation companies for a total supply chain solution. These companies range from international Truckload, Less Than Truckload service, International Flat Deck service, Ground Courier service and Warehouse Distribution service

P.O. Box 7290 Saskatoon, SK S7K 4J2 Toll Free: 888.878.9585 Fax: 306.668.5849

The Rosedale Group “As a transportation and warehousing service provider since 1969, The Rosedale Group, has a proud history of meeting the industry-specific requirements of our customers. We, as a company, have a fundamental belief that our people make the difference in how we consistently deliver total customer satisfaction.”

6845 Invader Crescent Mississauga, ON L5T 2B7 Toll Free: 855.721.3962 Tel: 905.670.0057 Fax: 844.314.5953 or

Walmart Fleet Get on the road to success with the world’s largest retailer.

6800 Maritz Drive Mississauga, ON L5W 1W2 Tel: 905.670.9966 Ext. 60401 Fax: 905.795.4186


Multi-Line Fastener Supply Company Ltd.

Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd. We are your “one-stop” total logistics solutions provider since 1981. We have been helping companies get maximum results at exceptional value. Our flat deck long haul services are a key link in any efficient supply chain.


X an Systems Inc. We are a family owned transportation business specializing in temperature controlled and dry freight loads established in and successfully growing since 2003. 16700 Bayview Avenue, Unit 214 Newmarket, ON L3X 1W1 Tel: 647.933.2765 Fax: 647.933.2764

“Serving fastener needs for Industrial, Automotive & Maintenance Trades.”

1100 Courtney Park Dr. E., Unit 5 Mississauga, ON L5T 1L7 Tel: 905.677.5088 • Fax: 905.677.4917 FINANCING/LEASING


Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. “Accutrac provides cash flow solutions structured specifically for the freight and trucking industry. We’ve made factoring easy to understand and affordable with one low cost, all in. Qualification is easy and funding is available same day.”

74 Mississaga Street East Orillia, ON L3V 1V5 Toll Free: 866.531.2615 Toll Free Fax: 866.531.2651

Connect Lease Corporation Connect Lease works hard and fast to find you the most competitive lease rates and to obtain the financing you need to buy your vehicle and equipment. 1462 Street Paul Street, Suite A Kelowna, BC. V1Y 2E6 Toll Free: 877.860.4140 Cell: 250.317.5888 Toll Free Fax: 877.860.4741 FLEET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Fleet Harmony Inc.

2 Director Court, Unit 102 Woodbridge, ON L4L 3Z5 Toll Free: 888.393.2826 Tel: 416.498.5017 ext 213 Toll Free Fax: 877.498.6165

PO Box 3375 Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0 Toll Free: 844.527.6669 Tel: 902.775.0825 Fax: 902.755.0341 FUEL ADDITIVES & LUBRICANTS

Bennetts Power Service Products P. O. Box 51016, RPO Tyndall Park Winnipeg, MB R2X 3C6 Toll Free: 877.778.4440 Tel: 204.694.1777 Fax: 204.633.0133

J D Factors 315 Matheson Blvd. East Mississauga, ON L4Z 1X8 Toll Free: 800.263.0664 Tel: 905.501.5000 • Fax: 905.501.0395

Liquid Capital Midwest Corp. “Same-day and weekend funding, customized personal service, equipment leasing.” 176 Seacliff Drive West Leamington, ON N8H 3Y5 Toll Free: 877.653.9426 Tel: 519.419.5044 • Fax: 855.295.6605

3162 Thunderbird Cres. Burnaby, BC V5A 3G4 Tel: 604.420.4331 • Fax: 604.420.4137 HEATING SYSTEMS SALES & SERVICE – FUEL FIRED

Polar Mobility (Climate Control Systems) Fuel Fired Heaters for pick-up trucks to Class 8 Trucks. We can help with your Environmental Responsibility, increase your profits by decreasing your Carbon Footprint and reduce Fuel & Maintenance Costs.

Execucor Financial Limited We are one of the oldest lease brokerage firms in Canada. We have been providing financial solutions that work for businesses, large and small, from Coast to Coast since 1983.

Blue Water West Ltd. Blue Water Group is Canada’s largest Independent Distributor of Mobil Lubricants. Providing quality Mobil products to all businesses large or small, stationary or on the go, on land or at sea. “Commitment to Service – Privileged to Serve.”

7860-62 Street S.E. Calgary, AB T2C 5K2 Toll Free: 800.309.8155 Tel Calgary: 403.279.3633 Tel Edmonton: 780.465.5068 Tel Red Deer: 403.340.3166 INSURANCE BROKERS

Arthur J. Gallagher Canada Limited Package policies for both local and long haul fleets.

120 South Town Centre Blvd. Markham, ON L6G 1C3 Toll Free: 800.267.6670 Tel: 905.479.6670

Lubricant Solutions Canada Inc. Lubricant Solutions Canada distributes the Mycroleum brand of lubricants servicing the commercial and industrial sectors within several verticals, with particular experience in the trucking, manufacturing, mining, heavy construction and the utility industries. Mycroleum has a collective 150 years of experience in the lubrication and additive industry offering solutions to your lubrication needs with standard lubricants as well as industry leading proprietary fuel treatments and patented speciality lubricants. 6368 Concession 6 South, Amherstburg ON N9V 0C8 Toll Free: 855.99.LUBES Tel: 519.796.5919 Toll Free Fax: 855.99.LUBES

Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP At Baird MacGregor you are under our shield of protection. We are known throughout the business community for our commitment to acountabilty, consistency, innovation and excellence in all that we do. We have specialized in providing cost-effective insurance and unique risk management solutions since 1979.

825 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1H8 Toll Free: 800.263.3030 Tel: 416.778.8000 • Fax: 416.778.4492 June 2017   31



Bryson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. “It’s not what you pay: it’s what your GET for what you pay. Transportation, Logistics, Cargo, Fleet Safety Management Services & Bonds.”

Toll Free: 800.661.5196 Tel: 905.426.8787 • Fax:`905.426.4959

Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc. 1 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 415 Toronto, ON M4P 3Z1 Tel: 416.486.0951 Fax: 416.489.5311


Jones Deslauriers Insurance Management Inc. Transportation Insurance Broker/Advisor™

2375 Skymark Avenue Mississauga, ON L4W 1Y6 Toll Free: 877.232.9996 Tel: 416.240.5695 • Fax: 416.259.7178

Newman Insurance Providing innovative insurance solutions & unparalleled risk management support. Talk to one of Newman’s dedicated Transportation Insurance Specialists to get the right coverage at a competitive price. Licenced in Ontario Only. 62 Dundas Street West Belleville, ON K8P 1A3 Toll Free: 800.653.1924 Tel: 613.968.6705 • Fax: 613.968.9437

Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd. What you want to protect the most. We protect the best!

30 Queen Street North Kitchener, ON N2H 6N2 Toll Free: 800.265.2634 Tel: 519.579.4270 • Fax: 519.741.1977 or


Palmer Atlantic Insurance Ltd. One of Canada’s leading Trucking Insurance and Risk Services Brokers, specializing in coverage for local and long haul fleets and owner-operators. Check out our website to learn more about how we can help you today!

538 Main Street, Unit 1 Hartland, NB E7P 2N5 Toll Free: 800.267.8006 Tel: 506.375.7500 • Fax: 506.375.4232

RP Oil Limited RP Oil Limited is a distributor of automotive and industrial lubricants. As an independently owned and operated company we’ve been aggressively servicing southern and central Ontario for over 40 years giving us the experience and know-how to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

1111 Burns Street E. Unit 3 Whitby, ON L1N 6A6 Toll Free: 800.335.6623 Tel: 905.666.2313 • Fax: 905.666.2761


Transportation Insurance

330 West Street, Unit #7 Brantford, ON N3R 7V5 Toll Free: 800.651.5953 Tel: 519.759.0033 • Fax: 519.759.3312 LEAMINGTON

HUB International Ontario Ltd.

“It takes knowledge & experience to keep a truck on the road. Use our experience to help drive your company to success. Call one of our trucking insurance specialists today.”

1 Pinehill Drive, Suite 2 Lower Sackville, NS B4C 1N4 Toll Free: 866.865.0025 Tel: 902.865.4297 • Fax: 902.865.5343 LOGISTICS CONSULTANTS

lubricants for the Trucking industry offers benefits such as improved Fuel Economy and reduced Fleet Maintenance

730 Permit Services Inc.

Total Canada Inc. Total is the 4 th largest Global Energy Company. We produce and distribute a full range of lubricants specially formulated for the Heavy-Duty industry. Total Rubia’s High Performance


220, Lafleur Avenue Lasalle, QC H8R 4C7 Toll Free: 800.463.3955 Tel: 514.595.7579 • Fax: 514.367.5767 ON-BOARD SCALES

Captive Employee & Owner-Operator Benefits for Groups

2265 Upper Middle Road East, Suite 700 Oakville, ON L6H 0G5 Toll Free: 800.263.2383 Tel: 905.847.5500 • Fax: 905.847.6613

174 Brown’s Line, Suite 100 Toronto, ON M8W 3T3 Toll Free Tel: 888.204.8434 Cell: 647.620.4745 or

HUB International Ontario Ltd.

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MISSISSAUGA 6885 Davand Drive, Unit #4 Mississauga, ON L5T 1J5 Tel: 905.670.2208 Fax: 905.670.0208 WOODSTOCK 535 Mill Street Woodstock, ON N4S 0A9 Tel: 519.537.8658 Fax: 519.537.7956

CLERAL is an onboard scale for trucks manufacturer since 1995. Leader in onboard weighing systems for all suspension types. More precision, easier to use, and at a more than affordable price.

90 des Distributeurs Val d’Or, QC J6P 6Y1 Tel: 855.824.1151 Fax: 819.824.9463

Fleet-Tax Services Inc. Celebrating 15 Years in Business! Our team is very well known for their MTO & DOT Audit Support, Authorities, IRP, Fuel & Mileage Taxes, Drug & Alcohol Testing Center

4654 Ontario Street Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Tel: 905.563.1010

Left L ane Associates Left Lane Associates is a logistics only advisory firm that specializes in growth strategies, both organic and through mergers & acquisitions (buying & selling) of other logistics companies. Monetize your business today!



CARDINAL Box 755, 2085 Shanly Road Cardinal, ON K0E 1E0 Toll Free: 800.410.4754 Tel: 613.657.1244 Fax: 613.657.1453

Transportation Insurance

24 Seacliff Drive East Leamington, ON N8H 0C2 Toll Free: 800.463.4700 Tel: 519.326.9339 • Fax: 519.326.0128

B105, 2634 – 45th Avenue Calgary, AB T2B 3M1 Tel: 403.720.6229 • Fax: 403. 720.6226

730 Permit Services Inc. Established in 1992, our experts have detailed knowledge of the filing systems for permits, accounting and audits.

Cleral Scales

HUB International Ontario Ltd.

Stability Pads We are committed to offering quality RV stabilizer jack pads, crane outrigger pads and multi-functional stability pads while ensuring everyone access to a safe and affordable product. We offer solutions for avid RV’ers and campers, heavy equipment owners and operators looking to improve the safety and stability of any project or endeavor.

Salvatore Insurance Brokers Ltd.



Vulcan On-Board Scales On-Board weighing systems for the trucking industry.

C.U.T.C. Inc. Serving the Transportation industry since 1989.

#11-1642 Langan Avenue Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 1K5 Toll Free: 800.663.0854 Tel: 604.944.1481 Fax: 604.944.1482

1295 Crois Carol Laval, QC H7W 1G3 Toll Free: 866.927.8294 Tel: 450.687.8294 Fax: 450.687.6963





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Polar Mobility (Kingtec) Affordable refrigeration alternative for the Small to Medium Business. Proven Grade Materials and Technology with Nation Wide Coverage. 7860-62 Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 5K2 Toll Free: 800.309.8155 Tel Calgary: 403.279.3633 Tel Edmonton: 780.465.5068 Tel Red Deer: 403.340.3166 RUST PREVENTIVE PRODUCTS

Krown Corporate “Krown offers a superior line of rust inhibiting products and body maintenance programs to help keep your trucks on the road.” 35 Magnum Drive Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 Toll Free: 800.267.5744 Tel: 905.939.8750 Fax: 905.939.8710 STARTERS & ALTERNATORS SALES & SERVICE

Abrams Towing “Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing

Toll Free: 888.667.5438 Tel: 416.398.2500

Black Ice Towing 24 Hour Heavy, Medium & Light Duty Towing & Recovery. Tilt and Load & Float Services. Licenced Mechanic on Staff. Serving Parry Sound to Sudbury & Surrounding areas. 423 Hwy 69 Britt, ON P0G 1A0 Tel: 705.774.3224 TRAILER MANUFACTURERS [ TANKERS ]

Bedard Tankers Inc. Leader in Dry Bulk, Liquid, Liquefied Compressed Gas & Cryogenic Road Tanker Trailers. 5785 Place Turcot Montreal, QC H4C 1V9 Tel: 514.937.1670 • Fax: 514.937.2190

Newton’s Electric Inc Newton’s Electric Inc. has been supplying material handling, industrial & commerical starters & alternators and AC & DC motors since 1979. 85 Steelwell Road Brampton, ON L6T 5N5 Tel: 905.791.2485 ext.112 Fax: 905.791.6304 TARPS & TARPING SYSTEMS


Fort Garry Industries Proud distributors of Lode-King, Midland Manufacturing, Landoll and more.

Load Covering Solutions Ltd. “Keeping You Covered”

5499 Harvester Road Burlington, ON L7L 5V4 Toll Free: 800.465.8277 Tel: 905.335.2012 Fax: 905.335.8499 TOWING SERVICES

Transcourt Tank Leasing

M.T.T. Repair Services Inc. M.T.T. Repair Services Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been providing quality repairs and services since 1975. We operate out of a 14,000 square foot building with eleven bays including a truck and trailer paint bay and two sandblasting bays. M.T.T. Repair Services currently employs trailer mechanics, welders, body men and painters. We are also an accredited vehicle inspection station that allows us to conduct annual safety inspections to all of your trailers.

1868 Drew Road Mississauga, ON L5S 1J6 Tel: 905.677.2771 • Fax: 905.677.2774 TRUCK BODIES

Gin-Cor Industries 5151 Hwy 17 West Mattawa, ON P0H 1V0 Toll Free 866.628.8292 Tel: 705.744.5543 • Fax: 705.744.2943 TRUCK CUSTOMIZING

Quality Collision Centre Quality Collision Centre has been providing superior collision & body work for heavy trucks, trailers & cars since 1979. When you bring your vehicle in to Quality Collision Centre, you can be assured of timely turnaround, expert repairs & complete satisfaction. 12 Clarke Blvd., Brampton, ON L6W 1X3 Tel: 905.451.8550 • Fax: 905.451.7627 TRUCK DELIVERY

Toll Free: 888.407.3830 Contacts: ONTARIO & EASTERN CANADA Robert Pahanich WESTERN CANADA Kevin Quick TRANSPORTATION TRAINING

Drive Star Shuttle Systems Ltd. 1625 Stone Church Road East Hamilton, ON L8W 3Y5 Tel: 289.285.3022 • Fax: 289.285.3026 Toll Free Fax: 866.425.4440 TRUCK EQUIPMENT

A Towing Service Ltd. Servicing GTA, Ontario and USA. A company you can count on!

185 Bartley Drive Toronto, ON M4A 1E6 Toll Free: 800.773.7952 Tel: 416.656.4000 • Fax: 416.656.3065

Kee Training Academy “Your Goals Are Our Priority.”

6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 877.670.3426 Tel: 905.670.3426 • Fax: 905.670.3436

Fort Garry Industries Sales and NSM certified installation of snow plows, sanders, mixers, dump bodies and more.


A & A Exhaust Systems A one-stop total exhaust and emission solution provider. Our products, services and manufacturing abilities enable us to provide our customers with the highest standards in exhaust parts and services. 480 Grays Road, Hamilton, ON L8E 2Z4 Toll Free: 800.461.2495 Tel: 905.578.4303 • Fax: 905.578.4381

Texis Truck Exhaust “Diesel Performance Specialists”

1850 Gage Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1S2 Toll Free: 800.267.4740 Tel: 905.795.2838 • Fax: 905.678.3030 •

The Truck Exhaust Place Since 1982 we have been a one stop exhaust shop for the trucking industry as well as the heavy duty exhaust needs of industrial, farming, manufacturers and mining industry. We have been helping fleets, owner-operators, brokers, truck repair facilities, municipalities and manufactures get their equipment up and running and their trucks back on the road with minimal down time. 1365 Bonhill Road Mississauga, ON L6T 1M1 Toll Free: 800.385.8801 Tel: 905.670.0100 • Fax: 905.670.8128 TRUCK LIGHTING & ACCESSORIES

Grote Industries, Co. Known for innovation, ethical business practices, and a strong commitment to providing quality products and service. Grote Industries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of vehicle lighting and safety systems. 230 Travail Road Markham, ON L3S 3J1 Toll Free: 800.268.5612 Tel: 905.209.9744 Toll Free Fax: 800.267.9024 Fax: 905.209.9757 •

SWS Safety Warning Systems Canada’s Go-To Manufacturer, for Amber Beacons, Minibars, Traffic Directors and Backup Alarms for the past 45+ years. Excellent prices with the industry’s best warranties. 7695 Blackburn Parkway Niagara Falls, ON L2H 0A6 Toll Free: 877.357.0222 Tel: 905.357.0222 • Fax: 905.357.9122 June 2017   33



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Fort Garry Industries 5350-72nd Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 4X5 Toll Free: 800.661.3126 Tel: 403.236.9712 • Fax: 403.236.7249 • EDMONTON

Fort Garry Industries 16230-118th Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T5V 1C6 Toll Free: 800.663.9366 Tel: 780.447.4422 • Fax: 780.447.3289 • GRANDE PRAIRIE

Fort Garry Industries 10610-82nd Avenue Clairmont, AB T0H 0W0 Toll Free: 866.424.5479 Tel: 780.402.9864 • Fax: 780.402.8659 LLOYDMINSTER

Fort Garry Industries 5701-63rd Avenue Lloydminster, AB T9V 3B8 Toll Free: 800.661.9709 Tel: 780.875.9115 • Fax: 780.875.1403 •

1523 Ross Avenue East Regina, SK S4N 7E5 Toll Free: 800.552.8044 Tel: 306.757.5606 Fax: 306.781.7926


Fort Garry Industries 3455 Miners Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 7K9 Toll Free: 800.772.4599 Tel: 306.242.3465 Fax: 306.933.4850


Magnum Trailer & Equipment Magnum Trailer & Equipment offers a full line of aluminum aftermarket truck accessories. From moose bumpers to cab guards, tool boxes and more, we can handle all of your truck accessory needs! Magnum Means More. 31632 Marshall Road, Unit 1 Abbotsford, BC V2T 6B1 Toll Free: 800.661.3406 Tel: 604.855.3866 • Fax: 604.855.3866




Fort Garry Industries 1440 Highland Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A7 Toll Free: 866.883.6120 Tel: 204.571.5980 • Fax: 204.571.5982 •

Minimizer Minimizer has been in business for over 30 years. If it’s on/in a heavy duty truck and can be made of polymers, Minimizer is the brand most trusted.We have the only lifetime guarantee in the industry with products proven where it matters most – on trucks & trailers.

500 Minimizer Way S.E. Blooming Prairie, MN 55917 Toll Free: 800.248.3855 Tel: 507.583.2112 • Fax: 507.583.7540 • TRUCK SALES, LEASING, PARTS & SERVICE

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Gerry’s Truck Centre “Your Complete Transportation Business Partner.” 4049 Eastgate Cres. London, ON N6L 1B7 Toll Free: 800.363.4380 Tel: 519.652.2100 • Fax: 519.652.6593

731 Gana Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1P2 Toll Free: 888.456.6567 Tel: 905.564.5404 • Fax: 905.564.8455 • SUDBURY

Fort Garry Industries C-112 Fielding Road Lively, ON P3Y 1L5 Toll Free: 866.328.7725 Tel: 705.222.1042 • THUNDER BAY

Fort Garry Industries 915 Walsh Street West Thunder Bay, ON P7E 4X5 Toll Free: 800.465.5044 Tel: 807.577.5724 • Fax: 807.475.9033 • 34    June 2017

13 Anderson Blvd. Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4 Toll Free: 888.297.0682 Tel: 905.642.4556 • Fax: 905.642.2293

Maximum Powertrain We specialize in rebuilding ALL makes of High Quality Differentials, Transmissions, Mid-Range and Steering Gears. We offer competitive price on all units sold. We have all ratios and models in stock! Fast, Honest and Reliable Service! We pick up and deliver! 116 Orenda Road, Unit 7 Brampton, ON L6W 3W6 Tel: 647.629.8035 Fax: 289.752.4565


7170 Blackfoot Trail SE Calgary, AB T2H 2M1 Toll Free: 800.661.1378 Tel: 403.252.3880 Fax: 403.252.6308


14811-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8825 Tel: 780.452.6933 Fax: 780.455.8612 NEW BRUNSWICK



2525 Inkster Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R2R 2Y4 Toll Free: 800.282.8044 Tel: 204.632.8261 • Fax: 204.956.1786 •

C & R Transmission Service Ltd. Your Complete Driveline Service Center. Authorized Allison Overhaul & Maintenance Dealer. Large Inventory of the Most Popular Clutches, Transmissions & Differentials. FactoryTrained Rebuilders & 9 Service Bays.


Fort Garry Industries 170 Queens Drive Red Deer, AB T4P 0R5 Toll Free: 866.297.0022 Tel: 403.343.1383 • Fax: 403.347.8275 •


Surgenor Truck Group Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec’s largest group of independent truck dealerships has built a reputation as durable as the brands that we sell and lease. The Surgenor Truck Group includes two Truck Centres, one in Ottawa, & one in Kingston, as well as 4 service affiliates (Belleville, Gatineau & 2 in Cornwall) providing regularly scheduled maintenance as well as on-call 24/7 for roadside assistance, & parts delivery. 261 Binnington Court Kingston, ON K7M 9H2 Toll Free: 877.548.1101 Tel: 613.548.1100 • Fax: 613.548.4990

Unit 5, 191 Henri Dunant Street Moncton, NB E1E 1E4 Toll Free: 844.701.GEAR Tel: 506.855.GEAR Fax: 506.859.GEAR




#3, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 844.564.8998 Tel: 905.564.8998 Fax: 905.564.6284 TRUCK WASH SYSTEMS

Awash Systems Corp. Automatic Wash Systems & Water Treatment Recycling Systems customized to your requirements. 19 Community Avenue, Unit 2 Stoney Creek, ON L8E 2X9 Toll Free: 800.265.7405 Tel: 905.662.2662 Fax: 888.407.9498 USED OIL FURNACE SALES & SERVICE

De-On Supply Inc. DSI is the world’s largest distributor and service provider for Clean Burn, the largest selling used oil furnace / boiler manufacturer. Clean Burn stands head and shoulders above the competition, due to its innovative technology and quality manufacturing. R.R.#1, 1595 Lobsinger Line Waterloo, ON N2J 4G8 Toll Free: 800.824.4115 Toll Free Fax: 888.626.7843 VEHICLE DELIVERY

Compass Vehicle Delivery Inc. All types of vehicles delivered across North America, which includes specializing in fleet relocation. P.O. Box 265 Stn. Main 16693 Old Hwy 2 Trenton, ON K8V 5R5 Toll Free: 888.992.9676 Tel: 613.392.9676 www.compassvehicledelivery.


Ritchie Bros. Holds Record-Breaking Auction in Toronto


oronto, Ontario – Ritchie Bros.’ Toronto, Ontario auction site smashed its sales record for the third time in 12 months, selling CA$45+ million (US$32+ million) of equipment and trucks over two days (May 10 – 11, 2017). Toronto broke a single-auction sales record in May 2016 at CA$35+ million and then topped it only months later with a CA$39+ million auction in September. More than 4,500 people from across Canada and 48 other countries registered to bid in the auction recently in Toronto. Approximately 64 percent of the equipment was sold to Ontario buyers (by dollar value); 16 percent was sold to international buyers from countries

such as Poland, the United Kingdom and China. A record 2,700+ bidders participated online and purchased 57 percent of the equipment. “There is a lot of activity in Ontario right now, particularly in the construction sector, with considerable investment in infrastructure, which is expected to continue into 2018. Many contractors are realigning and upgrading their fleets for upcoming work, resulting in a large selection of low-hour, late-model construction equipment being sold in last week’s auction with strong pricing across the board,” said Anna Sgro, Senior Vice President, Ritchie Bros. “We also had a great lineup of transportation equipment

that saw solid demand, with pricing on trucks and trailers exceeding expectations.” Not only did the Toronto auction eclipse its previous sales record, it established a new sales record for Eastern Canada, breaking Montreal’s CA$44+ million mark set in 2015. The recent Toronto auction also set new local records in buyers, online sales, online bidders, and total number of consignors. “The team has worked really hard to build strong relationships with customers and earn our customers’ confidence,” continued Anna Sgro. “We have an exceptional team who understands our customers’ needs and that’s why the yard is packed full

at auction time.” Equipment in the unreserved public auction was sold for 660 owners, including a fleet of articulated dump trucks for long-time Ritchie Bros. customer Ross Woodward. “It’s an absolutely firstclass organization to deal with, right from the ground up. And I’ve bought and

sold with Ritchie Bros. for 30 years at least,” said Ross Woodward, President of The Bucket Shop. “It’s so professionally handled. Right from the sales reps to the processing, I’ve always been pleased with the overall outcome. I’ve sold a lot and bought a lot and 95 percent of the experiences have been financially rewarding for

myself and my company. The bottom line is: the competition will never drag me away from Ritchie Bros.” Consignments are now being accepted for Ritchie Bros.’ next Toronto auction on July 12 and 13, 2017. To sell your equipment and/or trucks in the auction please contact the site at 905.857.2422.



Minimizer Sponsors BP Robotics Team


looming Prairie, Minnesota – The Blooming Prairie robotics team, known for its baseball-inspired uniforms and nickname

– the Wrench Warmers – received a boost from Minimizer in 2017. The aftermarket semitruck parts company donated components

of “Shelby,” the Wrench Warmers robot, by utilizing a rare resource – Minimizer’s 3D printer. “The parts manufactured on Minimizer’s 3D printer

are always the envy of judges and other teams,” BP Robotics Coach Sarah Oelkers said. The Wrench Warmers won the Imagery Award at the regional competition in Duluth, Minnesota, the first weekend in March. The award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetics. “Minimizer has been a supporter of the program for both years it has been running,” Oelkers said. “We are forever grateful for the relationship our program has with our local businesses, especially Minimizer.” In addition, Minimizer donated the time of two of its engineers – Martin Larsen and Jay Iverson – who assisted the BP robotics team with the design and construction of the robot. “It is very rewarding to help so many students who have an interest in

Science and Engineering,” Larsen said. “It is great to see first-hand how FIRST Robotics gives students the opportunity to use cutting edge technology and inspires them to develop and apply new skills.”

At the end of the competition season, the Wrench Warmers ranked 60th out of 208 Minnesota high school teams. “For a second year team, we’re very excited about those numbers!” Oelkers said.


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Les systèmes de refroidissement et de contrôle d’émissions fournissent du confort et facilitent la conformité aux exigences de la loi PAR MAREK KRASUSKI


vec l’été qui s’approche, il faut songer à comment se tenir au frais durant les mois torrides qui s’en viennent. Ceci pousse la réflexion vers les divers systèmes de refroidissement pour les camions sur le marché, leur cout et leur efficacité. Il y a actuellement un débat musclé sur le mérite des systèmes de refroidissement alimenté par batterie vis-à-vis ceux à alimentation électrique auxiliaire (AEA). Les systèmes alimentés par batterie sont silencieux et requièrent peu d’entretien comparé aux AEA qui exigent un entretien important - changement d’huile, filtres, etc. - toutes les 500 heures. Le problème de l’entretien est grave pour les flottes à cause des dépenses qui y sont associé. La quantité de carburant requise pour alimenter un AEA est bien inférieure à celle pour le camion, certes, mais dépasse celle pour les systèmes de refroidissement à batterie. Aussi, les AEA sont bruyants. L’avantage du AEA, par contre, c’est que si un opérateur est en déplacement pendent 2 ou 3 jours, l’usage d’un AEA sage car ils ont beaucoup plus d’autonomie. Cela dit, les améliorations du niveau d’autonomie des batteries mitigent un peu cet avantage. Et récemment les entreprises ont réussi à étendre l’autonomie des batteries grâce à l’usage de panneaux solaires monté sur le toit des cabines, et qui alimentent le système de refroidissement quand le camion est arrêté pour la nuit, ce qui élimine le besoin d’avoir un générateur de bord. Quel que soit la décision qui est prise, ce n’est pas les options qui manquent avec tous les fournisseurs de qualité sur le marché. 36    June 2017

Webasto, avec son système de refroidissement BlueCool Truck est un bon exemple. La technologie de stockage thermique exploite l’énergie frigorifique pour fournit du confort, des économies de carburant, et un retour sur l’investissement rapide. Le BlueCool n’utilise pas de carburant, n’émet aucun gaz à effet de serre, à une autonomie de 10 heures avec une charge sans avoir besoin de faire tourner le moteur au ralenti, et ne requiert aucune pile supplémentaire. Le flux d’air qu’il émet est ajustable et il permet de bien rester au frai quand il fait plus de 90 degrés Fahrenheit dehors. Webasto affirme que BlueCool ne requiert presque pas d’entretien et opère indépendamment du système de climatisation du camion. Indel B est une autre entreprise qui fournit des systèmes de refroidissement portable aux fabricants de camions nord-américains. Il fournit plusieurs gammes de pr o du i t s de s y s tèm es de climatisation et de frigos pour camions. Un de leurs produits de

climatisation est leur refroidisseur de stationnement qui est équipé d’une unité d’évaporation et montée à l’intérieur de la cloison arrière. Visitez www. pour plus d’informations. Un fournisseur mondial de systèmes de refroidissement pour camions, AUTOCLIMA, s’est associé avec Wajax Power Systems pour être son repré-

sentant au Canada dans le marché OE et l’aprèsmarché. Ils ont 123 succursales à travers le pays. AUTOCLIMA fournit une large gamme de refroidisseurs de stationnement. Le Fresco 3000 RT-24 a une capacité de refroidissement de 3250 BTU et rentre facilement dans la trappe du toit de la plupart des camions. Leur pleine gamme d’unités de climatisation peut être consultée en ligne au www. H a m m o n d A i r Conditioning est fournisseur de climatiseurs pour les secteurs du camionnage, de la marine, de l’agriculture, des exploitations minières, et de la construction depuis plus de trente ans, et a habillé plus de 700 types de véhicules. Sa solution aux prix croissant de diésel et aux régulations interdisant la marche au ralenti est le climatiseur sans émission A r c t i c B r e e z e Tr u c k AC. L’Arctic Breeze est alimenté avec une batterie DC de 12 volts et fournit

2000 BTU de puissance réfrigérante. Hammond énumère comme suit les fonctions du Arctic Breeze: aucun bruit de moteur, aucune émission de diésel, aucun APU ou génératrice, aucun problème en zone de marche au ralenti, et aucune dépense en diésel. Plus d’informations sont disponibles sur www. Bergstrom est un autre fabricant de systèmes de climatisation pour les camions à poids lourds, en

croissance depuis sa fondation en 1949 pour devenir un fabricant mondial de refroidisseurs et de solutions de climatisation pour l’industrie des véhicules commerciaux. Un fournisseur majeur de systèmes de contrôle de climat, Bergstrom souligne que son système à batterie NITE (No Idle Thermal Environment, ou environnement thermal sans marche au ralenti) pour camions de classe 8, le premier en son genre, affirme l’entreprise, est idéal pour résoudre les problèmes des régulations toujours plus onéreuses et du cout élevé de faire tourner le moteur durant les périodes hors-service. Bergstrom affirme que son modèle Phoenix NITE est doté de la plus grande puissance de refroidissement et autonomie de tout système de climatisation sur le marché alimenté par batterie et qui ne nécessite pas que le moteur soit en marche au ralenti. Pour plus d’information consultez com. Les fonctions antimarche-au-ralenti si communes aux systèmes de climatisation d’aujourd’hui sont une réponse mesurée à la prolifération des lois anti-marche-au-ralenti en Amérique du Nord - juste un effort de plus pour réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Des avancées import-

antes ont été réalisées pour réduire les émissions. Les fabricants de camion ont adoptés l’une ou l’autre de deux technologies pour obtenir ces réductions: la réduction catalytique sélective (RCS) ou la recirculation de gaz d’échappement (RGE). La technologie RGE refroidit les gaz d’échappement de diésel, puis les faits recirculer dans le moteur où les émissions sont éliminées dans les cylindres. Les avantages de cette technologie sont, d’abord, qu’elle ne requiert aucune dépense supplémentaire pour acheter l’urée liquide requise par la méthode RCS, ensuite, qu’elle permet une plus grande charge utile et qu’elle est plus efficace. L e s c a m i o n s d’aujourd’hui équipés des plus récentes innovations en matière de contrôle d’émission aboutissent à des économies considérables. En réponse aux régulations de l’EPA, les moteurs actuels sont parvenus à réduire leurs émissions à 0.2 grammes

d’oxyde nitreux (NOx) et 0.01 grammes de matière particulaire par puissance au frein-heure. Ceci est une fraction de ce que rejetaient les anciens moteurs qui avaient des taux d’émission de 2.5 grammes de NOx et 0.1 grammes de matière particulaire: les moteurs EPA10 sont respectivement plus de 12 et 10 fois plus propres en émissions de NOx de matière particulaire. Jusqu’à présent, nos cousins américains ont étés assidus dans leurs efforts de pénalisation de tous contrevenants qui enfreignaient les règles. Dans certains cas l’EPA a imposé des amandes dans les centaines de milliers de dollars aux fournisseurs de services et dispositifs qui annulent les mesures de contrôle environnemental. Cependant, les tentatives de ce genre sont accueillies avec sympathie dans l’industrie, où l’on se plaint que tous ces nouveaux dispositifs sont responsables pour de fréquentes pannes mécaniques et une performance motrice inégale. Dans les dernières années les moteurs au diésel ont grandement contribués à la réduction des gaz à effet de serre, notamment les gaz d’échappement de diésel, que l’on sait désormais être cancérigène et un contributeur majeur au smog et au réchauffement climatique.



Total Engage Plus de 10 Nouveaux Collaborateurs Pour Encore Mieux Vous Servir en 2017!


aSalle, Quebec – Total Canada, filiale de TOTAL S.A., 4ème groupe pétrolier intégré au monde a ajouté à ses rangs plus de 10 nouveaux collaborateurs au Canada depuis le début de l’année 2017. Ces nouveaux collaborateurs viendront compléter les effectifs déjà en place et viennent s’intégrer

dans l’organisation régionale de Total Canada Inc. Les quatre directeurs régionaux des ventes qui ont été nommés sont : Ross Munro pour les provinces de l’Atlantique, Benoit Larivière pour la province du Québec, Qaiser Qureshi pour les provinces de l’Ontario et du Manitoba et Fréderic Porlier pour les provinces

de l’Ouest Canadien (Saskatchewan, Alberta, Colombie Britannique, Yukon et Territoires du Nord-ouest). Son organisation commerciale sera complétée par quatre chefs de marché en charge du suivi des accords internationaux du groupe ainsi que du développement de partenaires canadiens :

Gregory Perez – Chef de marché national Automobile, Jack Fasoli – Chef de marché national Transport, Construction et Agriculture, Mark Gentile – Chef de marché national Industrie et Pierre Barras – Chef de marché national Huiles de procédés, fluides spéciaux et Additifs. Par ailleurs, pour compléter son dispositif logis-

tique, Total va installer un dépôt à Calgary où le groupe possède déjà des activités dans le domaine de l’exploration et de la production de pétrole. Cette stratégie s’aligne avec son désir de mieux servir ses partenaires actuels ainsi que ses partenaires futurs dans les milieux du Transport, des Mines et de l’Automobile.

« Cette organisation vient renforcer notre objectif de servir et répondre à nos clients, mais rentre aussi dans notre stratégie de croissance au Canada » explique Franck Bagouet, Président et Directeur général de Total Canada Inc. Pour plus d’information: Suivez-nous sur Facebook/TotalCanada.




ttawa, Ontario – Ressources humaines camionnage Canada a le plaisir d’annoncer la nomination de Linda Young, viceprésidente Ressources humaines et Développement des individus chez Bison Transport, à son Conseil d’administration. « Linda Young amène avec elle une vaste expertise et beaucoup d’expérience en matière de gestion des ressources humaines. Elle jouit d’une grande reconnaissance au sein de l’industrie en raison

Nouvelle membre au C.A. de sa contribution aussi majeure que précieuse », déclare Angela Splinter, PDG de Ressources humaines camionnage Canada.  «  Elle a présidé le comité consultatif Femmes en mouvement et l’étendue de ses connaissances se révèlera un atout précieux pour les autres programmes et services de Ressources humaines camionnage Canada. » Linda Young joint ainsi les rangs des autres membres du Conseil d’administration de Res-

sources humaines Canada: David Bradley, PDG, Canadian Trucking Alliance, Ontario Trucking Association (président du Conseil) Oksana Exell, PDG, WESTAC Patricia Harknett, VP Ressources humaines, Midland Transport Limited Angelique Magi, VP Initiatives stratégiques, The Guarantee Company of North America Mike McCarron, président-fondateur, Left Lane Associates

Claudia Milicevic, directrice senior et directrice générale, Transcore Link Logistics Dans le passé, Linda a œuvré à titre de viceprésidente aux ressources humaines pour Vita Health Products et, avant cela, en tant que directrice des ressources humaines pour Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS). Sa carrière s’échelonne sur plus de 25 ans au sein d’une multitude de secteurs d’industrie – santé, agriculture, télécommunications, secteur manufacturier, et

transport. Linda est membre en règle de la Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM), des comités de ressources humaines de l’Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) et de la Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) ainsi que du comité consultatif du volet administration des affaires du Red River College. Elle détient par ailleurs le titre professionnel de Conseillère en ressources humaines agréée (CRHA). Les secteurs d’activité privilégiés de Ressources

humaines camionnage Canada incluent le travail pour la reconnaissance des compétences des chauffeurs, le développement des compétences au sein d’autres professions de l’industrie, l’identification et le partage des meilleures pratiques de RH et de formation ainsi que d’autres initiatives visant à s’assurer que l’industrie puisse attirer et garder en son sein les travailleurs qualifiés dont elle a besoin pour assurer l’efficacité et la productivité de ses opérations.



Modification de la réglementation des permis: il sera possible d’être camionneur à partir de 18 ans


e président de la Fédération de l’agriculture de l’Î.-P.-É., M. David Mol, affirme qu’une modification de la réglementation gouvernementale aidera à répondre à des besoins criants en main-d’œuvre dans son industrie. Des modifications apportées à la Highway Traffic Act (code de la route) permettent aux individus de 18 ans qui en sont aux dernières phases du permis de conduire

progressif de recevoir le permis de conduire de classe 3, c’est-à-dire le permis nécessaire pour être camionneur. Cette modification permet aux Insulaires âgés de 18 ans et plus de suivre une formation pour obtenir un emploi dans l’industrie du camionnage, où la main-d’œuvre est recherchée. « L’industrie agricole de la province est heureuse de ce changement, a indiqué M. Mol. La plantation

printanière a commencé et une saison occupée est à nos portes; il est donc important que des camionneurs qualifiés soient disponibles partout dans la province. » La Fédération a demandé ces modifications au gouvernement pour aider à calmer la pénurie de camionneurs dans l’industrie agricole. Grâce aux modifications, l’âge à partir duquel il est possible de devenir camionneur à l’Île-du-Prince-

Édouard est maintenant le même que dans les autres provinces et territoires, qui permettent aux personnes de 18 ans et plus d’obtenir un permis de conduire de classe 3. Pour obtenir un permis de conduire de classe 3, les demandeurs doivent passer un examen sur les freins à air, faire l’objet d’un examen médical et passer un examen routier. « L’économie de l’Île-duPrince-Édouard dépend

des exportations et nos industries traditionnelles ont besoin de camionneurs pour accéder aux marchés », a expliqué la ministre des Transports, de l’Infrastructure et de l ’ Éne rgie, Mm e Pau la Biggar. « En faisant comme les autres provinces canadiennes, nous encouragerons peut-être des jeunes Insulaires à se joindre à l’industrie du transport. » Actuellement, l’âge minimum à l’Île-du-

Prince-Édouard pour terminer la dernière phase du permis de conduire progressif est 18 ans et 9 mois si on suit un programme de formation à la conduite et 19 ans si on ne suit pas de formation. Les autres restrictions s’appliquant au permis de conduire progressif demeurent – y compris la tolérance zéro pour l’alcool, les restrictions liées aux passagers et le nombre réduit de points d’inaptitude.


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Welcome to our complimentary Truck Stop Directory. We want to help truckers and travellers find the nearest truck stop on route to their destination. For details on how you can list your truck stop, call Barb Woodward at 613.969.0799 or email ALBERTA


Cougar Fuels Ltd.

5602-54th Avenue Bonnyville, AB T9N 2N3 Tel: 780.826.3043 Fax: 780.826.6353 Convenience store, cardlock & showers.


Calgary Husky Travel Centre 2525-32nd Avenue NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6B7 Tel: 403.291.1233











Koch Fuel Products Inc. (Petro Pass)

Petro Canada Southcoast Petroleum Ltd.

AgCom Petroleum Sale Ltd (Petro-Pass) 3240 – 2nd Avenue North Lethbridge, AB T1H 0C6 Tel: 403.527.6411 Fax: 403.380.4267


Husky Travel Centre 5721-44th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 0B3 Tel: 780.872.7089


RoadKing Travel Centre 4949 Barlow Trail SE Calgary, AB T2B 3B5 Tel: 403.569.6251 Fax: 403.235.5095


Husky Travel Centre 561-15th Street SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4W2 Tel: 403.527.5561


Koch Fuel Products Inc. (Petro Pass) 732 Highfield Drive, Box 417 Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0 Tel: 403.337.0009 Fax: 403.337.33422 Open 24/7.


Adams Industrial Supplies Inc.

Serving your transportation & inductrial needs.

541 Premier Road, Box 69 Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 Toll Free: 888.571.5991 Tel: 403.823.3427 Fax: 403.823.4867

Hours of operation: 6:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday, 24 hrs on our local business number.

Koch Fuel Products Inc. (Petro Pass) 4703-45th Avenue Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1B1 Tel: 403.845.3369 Fax: 403.845.7838 Open 24/7.


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Koch Fuel Products Inc. (Petro Pass) 221-2nd Street North, Box 820 Three Hill, AB T0M 2A0 Tel: 403.443.5770 Open 24/7 & Full Service Islands.


Vulcan Auto Truck Stop (Petro-Pass) 108 Service Road, Box 1230 Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0 Tel: 403.485.6905 BRITISH COLUMBIA


10178 Nordel Court Delta, BC V4G 1J7 Tel: 604.581.3835 Fax: 604.581.3850 Canopy, fax, photocopier, nearby gov’t scale, restaurant & ATM.

7620A Vedder Road Chilliwack, BC V2R 4E8 Tel: 604.858.5113

26 Strathmoor Drive Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2B6 Tel: 780.417.9400 Fax: 780.417.9449


436 Ridge Road Strathmore, AB T1P 1B5 Tel: 403.934.3522 Fax: 403.934.3555 Email:, Open 24 hours, 7 days, restaurant, cardlock, ATM, convenience store, showers.

Chilliwack Petro-Pass 45461 Yale Road West Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J3 Tel: 604.795.9421 Fax: 604.792.8931 Commercial cardlock open 24hrs, 7 days, convenience store open MonFri, 8 am-5 pm, washrooms.


Morris Husky Jepson Petroleum Ltd. Box 1408 Golden, BC V0A 1H0 Tel: 250.344.6161 Fax: 250.344.2232 Open 8 am-5 pm Mon-Fri, lubes & propane, 24hr cardlock, regular, diesel & diesel mark.


Hwy 75 South Morris, MB R0G 1K0 Tel: 204.746.8999 Fax: 204.746.2611 Open 24 hours, 7 days, restaurant Mon.-Fri. 6am-1pm, Sat. & Sun. 7 am-11pm, cardlock, ATM, convenience store with lottery, showers.


Dogwood Valley Husky Services 27051 Baker Road Hope, BC V0X 1L3 Tel: 604.869.9443 —

Flood Hope Husky Travel Centre Chilliwack Husky Travel Centre

1990-18th Street North Brandon, MB R7C 1B3 Tel: 204.728.7387


61850 Flood-Hope Road R.R. #2, Hope, BC V0X 1L2 Tel: 604.869.9214

Petro Canada-Petro Pass 500 Oak Point Highway Winnipeg, MB R2R 1V2 Tel: 204.949.7292 Fax: 204.949.7295 Open 24-7, driver's lounge & game room, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, showers & parking.



Petro Canada-Petro Pass

RoadKing Travel Centre Strathcona Inc.

Strathmore Husky Travel Centre Suite 201-8020 Sparrow Drive Leduc, AB T9E 7G3 Tel: 780.986.7867 Fax: 780.986.7898 Open 6:00 am to midnight, 7 days, restaurant, cardlock, ATM, convenience store, scale, VLT and lounge.


Open 7 days a week.


Nisku Truck Stop

Hwy 27 West & 22 North, RR 3, Site 122, Box 52 Sundre, AB T0M 1X0 Tel: 403.638.4930 Fax: 403.638.4383 Open 24/7.

Brandon Husky Travel Centre

Husky Travel Centre 9206-97th Street R.R. #2, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V2 Tel: 250.495.6443


928 Marion Street Winnipeg, MB R2J 0K8 Tel: 204.949.7280 Fax: 204.949.7288 Open 24-7, driver's lounge & game room, convenience store, laundry facilities, showers & parking. NEW BRUNSWICK


Edmundston Truck Stop

Exit 19, 100 Grey Rock Road Edmundston, NB E7C 0B6 Tel: 506.737.2010 Fax: 506.737.2015 Open 24/7 365 days, full service islands, diesel, cardlock, propane, lubricants, driver’s lounge and business centre, seafood & burger restaurant (Le Pirate de la Mer), convenience store, washrooms, showers (4), laundry facilities, parking for 75 trucks, double car wash & 2 bay pet wash, Wi-Fi, ATM, fax & photocopier.


Petro Pass

315 Ouellette Street Grand Falls, NB E3Z 1A6 Tel: 506.473.5575 Fax: 506.475.9816 Toll Free: 800.361.8322 Driver's lounge & game room, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, internet services, showers, parking & CAT scale.


Petro Canada

Exit 450, 2600 Mountain Road Moncton, NB E1G 3T6 Tel: 506.859.6000 Fax: 506.859.6005 Open 24-7, convenience store, fast food, ATM & washrooms.


Tobique One Stop

Exit 115, Perth-Andover, NB E7H 0A1 Tel: 506.273.9682 Fax: 506.273.9682 Open 24-7, full-service islands, driver's lounge with large screen, restaurant, satellite TV, convenience store, showers, laundry, parking & free high-speed internet.


Husky Travel Centre 1340 Trans Canada Hwy Sicamous, BC V0G 2V0 7985 Lickman Road Tel: 250.836.4675 Chilliwack, BC V2R 3Z9 Fax: 280.836.2230 Tel: 604.795.5335 Contact: Shelley Arvandel Fax: 604.794.5080 Open 24-7, restaurant (6 Full-service islands, driver's lounge am-10pm), convenience store, & game room, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking, showers, laundry facilities, parking photocopier, oil products, ATM & fax & CAT scale. machine.

Cool Creek Agencies

Aulac Big Stop 170 Aulac Road Aulac, NB E4L 2X2 Tel: 506.536.1339 Fax: 506.536.0579 Open 24-7, full-service islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale.

Salisbury Big Stop

2986 Fredericton Road Salisbury, NB E4J 2G1 Tel: 506.372.3333 Fax: 506.372.0083 Open 24-7, driver's lounge & game room, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale.




Lincoln Big Stop



Exit 191, 198 Beardsley Road Woodstock, NB E7M 3Z7 Tel: 506.328.2994 Driver’s Fax: 506.325.2148 calving.murraystruckstop@ Open 24-7, full-service islands, driver's lounge & game room, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale & tire sales & service. NOVA SCOTIA

Quick Stop 215 Hwy #49 Deseronto, ON K0K 1X0 Tel: 613.396.3043 Fax: 613.396.1449 Open 6 am-10pm, 7 days, Subway, convenience store & parking.



Esso-Dunvegan Truro Heights Big Stop

Hwy 102, Exit 13, 86 Connector Road Truro Heights, NS B2N 5B6 Tel: 902.897.0333 Fax: 902.897.0499 Open 24-7, self service islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers & parking.

Hwy 417, Exit 5, 1515 County Road #20 Dunvegan, ON K0C 1J0 Tel: 613.527.1026 or 613.627.2100 Fax: 613.527.2726 Open 24-7, full-service islands, restaurant (Tim Horton’s), convenience store, parking & ATM.




Kingston Husky Truck Stop Antrim Truck Stop

580 White Lake Road Arnprior, ON K7S 3G9 Tel: 613.623.3003 Fax: 613.623.1003 Toll Free: 866.334.4775 Open 24-7, full-service islands, restaurant, convenience store, showers, overnight parking, driver's lounge, CAT scale, garage service facilities, tire service, Western Star truck dealer.


Hwy 401, Exit 632, 2054 Joyceville Road Joyceville, ON K0H 1Y0 Tel: 613.542.3468

Hwy 401, Exit 611, Kingston, ON K7L 4V2 Tel: 613.384.8888 Fax: 613.634.3162 Open 24-7


10 Acre Truck Stop

902 Wallbridge Loyalist Road Belleville, ON K8N 5A2 Tel: 613.966.7017 Fax: 613.962.4495 or Office at 613.966.4740 Restaurant & Store: Mon-Fri 6 am11 pm, Sat 7-8 pm, Sun 7-10 pm, convenience store, hair salon, drug testing, showers, parking, Esso Card Lock & Retail Diesel, Wi-Fi & Fax, laundry facilities & CAT Scale.


Sudbury Petro Pass

2025 County Road 44 Spencerville, ON K0E 1X0 Tel: 613.925.5158 Fax: 613.925.5158 Open 7 days, game room, restaurant, convenience store, showers, parking & CAT scale.

3070 Regent Street Sudbury, ON P3E 5H7 Tel: 705.522.8701 Fax: 705.522.4280 Open Mon-Fri. 6 am-11pm, Sat. 8 am-8 pm & sun. 10 am-9 pm, driver's lounge & game room, convenience store (hot food, pizza, chili & soup), laundry facilities, showers & parking.



Angelo’s Truck Stop

Herb’s Travel Plaza Hwy 417, Exit 27, 21160 Service Road Vankleek Hill, ON K0B 1R0 Toll Free: 800.593.4372 Tel: 613.525.2120 Fax: 613.525.1595 Open 24-7 driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, internet services, showers & parking. ONTARIO, NORTHERN

Waubaushene Truck Stop 21 Quarry Road, Box 419 Waubaushene, ON L0K 2L0 Tel: 705.538.2900 Fax: 705.538.0452


Hwy 417, Exit 110, 3199 Hawthorne Road Behind Ultramar Service Station Ottawa, ON K1G 3V8 Tel: 613.248.9319 Open 24 hrs, lunch counter, convenience store, washrooms, driver's lounge, showers & shorttime parking.

448 Talbot Street West Leamington, ON N8H 4H6 Tel: 519.326.5231 Fax: 519.322.0189 Card lock open 24 hours, 7 days, convenience store, cash discount, diesel exhaust fluid and coloured fuel.




Flying M Truck Stop


The Sarjeant Company 15 Sarjeant Drive Barrie, ON L4N 4V9 Toll Free Tel: 800.461.8475 Tel 705.728.2460 Fax: 705.728.8643 Open 24-7, full-service islands, DEF at pumps, restaurant, parking.


Windsor Husky Travel Centre


Hwy 401, Exit 14, 4040 Essex County Road 46 Tecumseh, ON N0R 1K0 Tel: 519.737.6401

Trucker’s Haven



Hwy 401, Exit 230 (on TA site), 535 Mill Street Woodstock, ON N4S 7V6 Tel: 519.421.3144 Open 24 hrs, restaurant, convenience store, washrooms, showers, driver's lounge & overnight parking.

Hwy 401, Exit 250, 806607 Oxford Road Drumbo, ON N0J 1G0 Tel: 519.463.5088 Fax: 519.463.5628

Bradford Husky Travel Centre Hwy 400 & 88, 3479 Simcoe County Road 88 Bradford, ON L3Z 2A4 Tel: 905.775.5794

NORTH BAY 3060 Hwy 11 North North Bay, ON P1B 8K2 Tel: 705.474.8410 Fax: 705.495.4076 Toll Free: 888.474.8410 Open 24-7, full-service islands, restaurant, convenience store, showers, parking & truck repairs within 2 km.

Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair & Truck Stop

336 Kenora Avenue Hamilton, ON L8E 2W2 Tel: 905.561.4712 Fax: 905.561.7757 Open 24-7 for cardlock, open 7 am-12 am Mon-Fri, 7 am-5 pm Sat, closed Sunday, full-service islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, showers & parking.


Petro-Pass Kitchener

120 Conestoga College Blvd. Kitchener, ON N2P 2N6 Tel: 519.748.5550 Fax: 519.748.9656 Driver's lounge & game room, convenience store, laundry facilities, showers & CAT scale.



Estevan Husky Travel Centre 201-4th Street Estevan, SK S4A 0T5 Tel: 306.634.3109


Husky Bulk Sales 210 North McDonald Street Regina, SK S4N 5W3 Tel: 306.721.6880 —

Regina Husky Travel Centre 1755 Prince of Wales Drive Regina, SK S4Z 1A5 Tel: 306.789.3477

London Husky Travel Centre Hwy 401 & 74 (Exit 195 off 401), 3391 Westchester Bourne Belmont, ON N0L 1B0 Tel: 519.644.0200

Irving Oil 5918, Rue Notre Dame Est Montreal, QC H1N 2C5 Tel: 514.257.8626 Fax: 514.259.0910 Open 24-7, restaurant, convenience store & laundry facilities



North Bay Truck Stop Ultramar

Johnny’s Gas Bar

7340 Colonel Talbot Road London, ON N6L 1H8 BEAMSVILLE Tel: 519.652.2728 Shell Travel Centre Fax: 519.652.6554 QEW, Exit 64, 4673 Ontario Street Open 24 hrs, 6 days, full-service Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Tel: 905.563.8816 islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, Fax: 905.563.4770 convenience store, ATM, internet services, showers, garage on Open 24-7, restaurant, convenience premises & parking. store, weigh scale, laundry facilities, ATM, showers & parking. WINDSOR






Open 24-7, Irving FP Solution I-24, driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, free overnight parking.

Murray’s Truck Stop



Hwy 401, Exit 538, 25 Bellevue Drive (rear of Ultramar Service Station) Belleville, ON K8N 4Z5 Tel: 613.771.1755 Open 24 hrs, lunch counter, convenience store, washrooms, showers,short–time parking & driver's lounge.

415 Nevers Road Waasis, NB E3B 9E1 Tel: 506.446.4444 Driver Fax: 506.446.4455





Petro-T / Host Depanneur Hwy 132 Kahnawake, QC J0L 1B0 Tel: 450.635.7638 Fax: 450.635.0178 Open 24-7, restaurant, convenience store, accommodations, showers, parking, ATM, Internet Services and APP Rewards Program.


Petro Canada-Petro Pass 402-51st Street East Saskatoon, SK S7K 7L1 Tel: 306.934.6766 Fax: 306.668.6110 Driver's lounge, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, showers, scale & parking.


Husky Travel Centre 1510 South Service Road West (Trans Canada Hwy 1 West) Swift Current, SK S9H 3T1 Tel: 306.773.6444

Transport City Service Ltd 2615 North Service Road West Swift Current, SK S9H 5L4 Tel: 306.773.2063 Fax: 306.773.6604 Open 24/7, ATM, Full Service Islands (retail), Esso “Key to the Highway” Card Lock DSL, Internet, Restaurant (6:00 am-10:00 pm), Showers, Convenience Store, Laundry Facilities, Parking. June 2017   39


Inclusive Workplace



ate this past winter the Trucking Human Resources Council - Atlantic (THRSCA) hosted a conference focusing on Building Inclusive Workplaces. THRSCA executive Director Kelly Henderson commented, “Our keynote speaker was incredible and we received very positive feedback from attendees.” Keynote speaker, Buhle Dlamini, is an international business consultant, speaker and facilitator who has been motivating audiences around the world for more than a dozen years. Born in South Africa, Dlamini is currently based in Canada. As the trucking industry increasingly markets to culturally diverse customers and employs an increasingly culturally diverse staff, Dlamini’s message was to develop a cross cultural mindset in order to succeed in a culturally diverse environment. Todd Seaward, General Manager Classic Freight and Chairperson

of THRSC-A, reflected that Dlamini’s message was particularly engaging and informative. “One of his main points which I took home was to not set limitations in regards to an employee potential.” Dlamini holds that employees have individual abilities and may also possess the potential to take on additional challenges and responsibilities. It is important that supervisors not make assumptions or set limitations for employees, but rather provide opportunities for them to take on new challenges and reach their higher potential. Seaward shared that “Mr. Dlamini has a dynamic and effective speaking style.” Dlamini was born into a Zulu community in South Africa and grew up with many challenges. Dlamini had to work very hard overcome those challenges, and his perseverance lead to higher education and a successful business career. Dlamini reflects on his own personal story to illustrate the potential that individuals and employees possess. Seaward said that one of his most important take home messages from the Dlamini talk was to be personally conscious of his own internal biases, and to recognize the individual qualities and challenges that each person he deals with possesses. Classic Freight employs a number of foreign workers as professional drivers. Seaward said he gained specific insight into

some of the personal and social challenges foreign workers experience as a result of an uncommon request from one of his drivers. “This particular driver approached me explaining an important Orthodox holiday was approaching. He asked if there was a possibility to use Classic facilities on a Saturday to provide an event (BBQ and social gathering) to celebrate the holiday.” Seaward continued: “He had a plan to invite members of his community, as well as Classic Freight staff and his fellow drivers. We agreed to the use of our facilities and I accepted his invitation to attend and enjoyed it very much. Toward the end of the event I received his heartfelt thanks. Everyone who attended benefitted from the driver’s desire to share his culture and hospitality in his new country.” Seaward pointed out foreign drivers deal with many challenges domestically and culturally, as well as in their profession. Classic has specific expectations for professional drivers, but they keep in mind that communication with those drivers may not be clearly understood. Sending simple satellite messages, Seward said, may not be entirely effective. When English is a second or third language, follow up communication can help the driver to understand the message completely and be able to fulfill the needed actions. Making the effort to com-

municate effectively and considering cultural challenges when dealing with foreign workers goes a long way to helping those workers excel. Employer of Choice THRSC-Atlantic took the opportunity of the late winter conference to present Employer of Choice certifications. Employer of Choice is a program which recognizes employers who are dedicated to responding to the needs of their employees, and to build a productive, efficient and safe workplace. The EOC program was envisioned and developed by the Atlantic Canada trucking industry, and it recognizes employers who are endorsed by their employees as an Employer of Choice. The Employer of Choice program uses a multilevel approach to provide employers the opportunity to gather insight from employees in five key areas of their operation: Communication, Culture, Creating Rewards, Competitive Practices and Connection. Employee input is gathered by a survey offered to every employee in the business. The feedback provides an employer a clear picture on what employees value and helps build an HR business plan by responding to the interests and needs of a workforce. EOC certification is awarded for a three year term, and after the period companies must conduct another employee survey in order to meet re-

certification. The 2017 re certified Employer of Choice includes Eassons Transportation Group, Clarke Road Transport, Atlantic Pacific Transport, Tom MacDonald Trucking, Armour Transportation Systems, Classic Freight Systems, Keltic Transportation, Salvatore Insurance, SLH Transport, Atlantica, Nova Truck Centres, OSCO Ready Mix, J&C Ventures, Morley Annears Trucking, Midland Transport, and Connors Transfer. New EOC companies for the 2017-2020 period are Seafood Express and Auction Transport Services Ltd.. Easson’s Transport initially became EOC certified in 2011, and marked their second recertification in 2017. Trevor Bent, CEO Eassons, shared that they had adapted the EOC survey to an online format, which makes it very accessible and convenient for their employees to participate. Employee survey response levels have been in excess of 25%, which is considered a very respectable engagement level. Over the years, Eassons has used the ‘EOC’ employee feedback to institute changes to their

practices. One particular indication from an EOC survey suggested the need for increased supervisor training. Bent explained that Eassons made the investment in supervisor training, and it generated a direct benefit for drivers and overall operations. Bent continued that their clients may not necessarily recognize the EOC designation, or completely understand the brand’s significance. He is assured that clients reap the benefits of the EOC designation in the business culture that Eassons delivers. Employ of Choice makes Eassons business stronger and clients are attracted to Eassons, in part, as a result of EOC program. “Our Vision is to be a ‘Preferred Corporate Performer with Family Values’. The EOC process has helped us keep focused on ensuring that our family values are at the forefront, and through them we will reach our organizational goals” commented Bent. “Our Mission is ‘Delivering value to our Customer and Employee partners’. The EOC represents the level of engagement we feel is necessary to meet the needs of both our internal and external partners.”



New LNG Capacity Now Available in Quebec


ontréal, Quebec - Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Gaz Métro, and Pierre Gabriel Côté, President and CEO of Investissement Québec announced recently that the new liquefied natural gas

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(LNG) production capacity of Gaz Métro GNL, a subsidiary of Gaz Métro and Investissement Québec, is now available at the Gaz Métro liquefaction plant located in Montréal. Announced in September 2014, the project aimed

to equip the plant with new loading facilities and a new liquefaction train that would triple the total annual LNG production and deliveries. The Gaz Métro liquefaction plant - the only one of its kind in Eastern Canada - now

boasts a total annual production capacity of over nine billion cubic feet of LNG. It is thus able to meet the growing demand from a variety of markets for LNG, a competitive and cleaner energy source than petroleum-based products.

It is worth noting that Gaz Métro LNG already supplies Stornoway’s Renard mine, the heavy trucks of several transportation companies such as Groupe Robert, Transport Jacques Auger and YN.-Gonthier, and the ferry F.-A.-Gauthier

operated by Société des traversiers du Québec. For its part, Groupe Desgagnés has also ordered four ships that can run on LNG. Lastly, ArcelorMittal has announced an LNG pilot project at its Port-Cartier pelletizing plant.


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From the


Trade Dispute


hether fan or foe, most agree politics is anything but boring with Donald Trump as President of the United States. Part of the excitement comes from his unpredictability. After he first assumed office he assured Prime Minister Justin Trudeau everything was fine with the status of our trade relationship. Now he’s prepared to impose tariffs up to 24 percent on softwood lumber and raise duties on imported dairy products into the US from Canada - Just the tip of the iceberg regarding a whole network of trade relationships likely to come under review by the Administration. We asked drivers their thoughts on the recent tariff threat and its impact on trucking.

RANDY SPRAAGUE delivers cables, sling chokers and related equipment to his industrial base in Northern Ontario. He sees a filtering down affect to the softwood dispute. “It will definitely have an impact,” he says, “not only for the drivers who transport wood, but for companies and drivers across the industry. Cutting back lumber will eventually spill over into other areas.”

COLE WHITE takes a more internationalist view. “Every nation has the right to improve its own import and export situation. I don’t think we should be too concerned with our trade balance with the US; we are too intertwined for this dispute to be too much of a threat. They may be strong-arming us, but I think the threat is overplayed. I am more concerned with the trade relationships we have with other countries. Still, I hope this current conflict does not affect the guys in the lumber industry."

GURBREED GREWAL raises an added dimension to the dispute, perhaps overlooked by many Canadians. “The lumber dispute is one problem, but the Trump Administration is affecting so much in the trucking industry. A lot of drivers are Muslim, and since Donald Trump came to power they are so afraid. They won’t go near the borders. White guys with FAST cards get through the border in a few minutes. That is not the case for other drivers. I’m even afraid to go near the borders as well, and I’m not a Muslim.”

En route to Winnipeg, EVAN HENS took a few minutes to share his thoughts. “I think the tariff increases on softwood lumber, if they go through; will affect a lot of guys. I can see them getting out of wood and driving other cargo, or maybe looking for other jobs outside trucking. Right now all truckers are pushed to do so much, and soon we will have to deal with ELDs which will affect us as well. I’m not sure if the softwood dispute will affect me personally since I don’t haul wood, but it will surely affect those who do.” ••• If you want your voice h e a rd , c o n t a c t m e a t :



Welcome Home



he jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: “How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?” The surgeon said, “I’m sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn’t make it.” Sally said, “Why do lit-

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tle children get cancer? Doesn’t, God care anymore? Where were You, God, when my son needed You?” The surgeon asked, “Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he’s transported to the university.” Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to her son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair. “Would you like a lock of his hair,” the nurse asked. Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy’s hair, put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally. The mother said, “It was Jimmy’s idea to donate his body to the University for study. He said it might help somebody else. I said no at first, but Jimmy said,

‘mom, I won’t be using it after I die.’ Maybe it will help some other little boy spend one more day with his mom.’” She continued, “Jimmy had a heart of gold. He always thought of someone else, always wanting to help others if he could.” Sally walked out of Children’s Mercy Hospital for the last time, after spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy’s belongings on the seat beside her in the car. The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house. She carried Jimmy’s belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son’s room. She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had

always kept them. She lay down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep. It was around midnight when she awoke. Lying beside on the bed was a folded letter. “Dear Mom, I know you’re going to miss me; but don’t think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you, just cause I’m not around to say ‘I love you’. I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day. Someday we will see each other again. Don’t be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them

fly. And you know what? Jesus doesn’t look like any of his pictures. Yet when I saw him I knew it was him. Jesus himself took me to see God! And guess what, Mom? I got to sit on God’s knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That’s when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to say good bye. God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter, I think Gabriel is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him ‘where was He when I needed him?’ God said He was in the same place with me as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children. Oh, I

almost forgot to tell you. I don’t hurt anymore, the cancer is all gone. I’m glad because I couldn’t stand that pain anymore and God could not stand to see me hurt so much either. That’s when He sent the angel of mercy to come get me.” Author unknown.




A A & A Exhaust Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 7 Alutrec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Atlantic Truck Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Autobahn Freight Lines Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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C C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Cleral Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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D Dan’s Truckers Blend Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Diesel Spec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Drive Star Shuttle Systems Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 49

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E Eassons Transportation Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Edge Transportation Services Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . 46 Empire Transportation Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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F F. G. Lister & Co. Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Fleet Safety Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Fleet-Tax Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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G Gin-Cor Industries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

I International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . 51 Irving Oil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

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K Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

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M Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Mobilizz Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

N Newman Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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P Palmer Atlantic Insurance Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Private Motor Truck Council of Canada . . . . . . 45

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S Service Star Freightways Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Shell Lubricants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Simcoe County Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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T TA Travel Centres Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 18 Texis Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Tirecraft Ontario. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Total Canada Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Transcourt Tank Leasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Tremcar Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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V Volvo Trucks Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

W Walmart Fleet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Windshield Cam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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Air Conditioning Service TA Travel Centres Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Aluminum Semi-Trailers (Design & Fabrication) Alutrec Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Coffee Products Dan’s Truckers Blend Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Diesel Performance Products Diesel Spec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Electronic Log Devices (ELD) Mobilizz Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Employment Opportunities Autobahn Freight Lines Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Drive Star Shuttle Systems Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Eassons Transportation Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Edge Transportation Services Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . 46 Empire Transportation Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 F. G. Lister & Co. Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . 51 Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Service Star Freightways Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Walmart Fleet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Xan Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Factoring & Finance Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 7 J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 Fuel-Fired Heating Systems Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Fuels Irving Oil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Insurance Brokers Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . 1 Newman Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Palmer Atlantic Insurance Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Lubricants Shell Lubricants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Total Canada Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Permits & Waivers C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Fleet-Tax Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Refrigeration Systems Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Tanker Leasing Transcourt Tank Leasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Tank Trailer Manufacturers Tremcar Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Tire Sales & Service TA Travel Centres Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Tirecraft Ontario. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Trade Shows Atlantic Truck Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Fleet Safety Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Ontario Truck Driving Championships . . . . . . . 44 Private Motor Truck Council of Canada . . . . . . 45 Simcoe County Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Truck Bodies Gin-Cor Industries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Truck Exhaust Sales & Service A & A Exhaust Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Texis Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Truck Manufacturers Volvo Trucks Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Truck Parts & Accessories Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Traction Truck Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Truck & Trailer Repairs TruckPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Vehicle Recording Equipment Windshield Cam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Weigh Scales (On Board) Cleral Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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Phase Two Greenhouse Gas Rules Explained BY BRIAN HUMPHREY


hen it comes to fuel economy and emissions regulations, the trucking industry witnessed its most significant legislative change for over a decade in December 2016 with the launch of the new API heavy duty diesel engine oil categories: CK-4 and FA-4. So what are the reasons

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behind this push towards greener, cleaner engines and operations? A driving force behind this new category was an industry-wide demand from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for a reduction in exhaust emissions. According to both the EPA

and NHTSA, the collective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from medium and heavy duty vehicles are expected to surpass those of light duty vehicles by the year 2030. This led to legislative changes aimed at implementing a coordinated fuel efficiency and GHG emissions program for medium and heavy duty vehicles.

A DRIVE TOWARDS A GREENER INDUSTRY The legislation was divided into Phase 1, relating to engine model years 2012 – 2016, and Phase 2, relating to model years from now to 2025, with clear steps in place to move the industry towards a greener, more environmentally-conscious future. The joint venture laid

out three clear aims of its program: Cut carbon pollution and reduce the impact of climate change; Boost energy security; Stimulate manufacturing innovation. PHASE 1 & PHASE 2 EXPLAINED Phase 1 of these standards proved a success with the introduction of a technology advancing program designed to significantly reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption across a wide range of on-road vehicles. Phase 2 of the program is set to be in introduced from 2018. It will directly govern medium and heavy duty trucks and engines, with the objective to cut down on carbon emissions, bolster fuel economy and expand on the standards set out in Phase 1. Phase 2 will aim to cut GHG emissions by approximately 1.1 billion metric tons of CO2 equivalent and conserve an estimated 2 billion barrels of oil. As a result, over the lifetime of vehicles sold under the program, the lower fuel costs should save vehicle owners an estimated $170 billion[1]. It also intends to benefit consumers and businesses by reducing the costs of transporting goods while spurring innovation in the clean energy technology sector. The final standards are expected to cut 6 billion metric tons of GHG over the lifetimes of models sold under the program, save families more than $1.7 billion in fuel costs and reduce America’s dependence on oil by more than 2 million barrels per day by 2025. HOW LUBRICANTS ARE ADAPTING The fuel economy improvements outlined in the legislation were a major catalyst for the develop-

ment and introduction of the CK-4 and FA-4 oils. The new oils will play an essential role in helping fleet owners and engines meet these fuel efficiency mandates. As a result, CK-4 and FA-4 oils go far beyond their CJ-4 counterparts. The lower viscosity of the new category oils results in lower CO2 emissions – helping to reduce greenhouse GHG emissions and improving fuel efficiency (specifically with FA-4 oils), while continuing to protect the engine. The new oils are designed to be more robust and resistant to oxidation, which may mean that with proper oil filtration, longer oil drain intervals may be achieved. We recommend you always consult your OEM manual to ensure you are following the proper recommendations. Our DURON Next Generation products are the culmination of considerable research into lowering engine oil viscosity – meaning that although thinner, they are stronger, offering the opportunity for extended drain potential, and providing engine protection for longer periods. Our FA-4 product has been specially designed to cope with the pressures of higher operating temperature in the more fuel efficient, low emissions diesel engines. For more information on the new API CK-4 and FA-4 oils and how they may benefit your fleet operations, visit www. DURONT h e To u g h e r T h e B e t t e r .com. [1] EPA and NHTSA Propose Standards to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improve Fuel Efficiency of Medium – and Heavy-Duty Vehicles for Model Year 2018 and Beyond, www3. epa .g ov/ot a q/clima t e/ documents/420f15901.pdf.




Prepare for the M & A Parade



anuary was a telling month in the Canadian trucking industry as two iconic families I’m proud to call friends suffered very different fates. Meyers Transport, the LTL carrier in Belleville, Ontario, shut its doors after 90 years in business. Even in defeat the family showed its class by walking away with their heads held high instead of stiffing suppliers. Conversely, it was great hearing that the Ledson

family of hybrid Cavalier Transportation in Bolton, Ontario cashed in their chips and sold to TFI International (TransForce), the industry’s PacMan. The closing of Meyers and the sale of Cavalier are just two tales of a sector in upheaval. Every time you crack open an industry magazine there’s another deal or a demise to read about, and no shortage of reasons for it: Baby-boomer truckers who made their dough and are ready for Florida; big dogs with an insatiable appetite for capacity, customers, and drivers; small and midsize fleets struggling with what to do next. M&A trends are shaping this industry in ways that we haven’t seen in a while. BIG GET BIGGER The investment bankers who predicted years ago

that scale would be the key driver of domestic trucking industry consolidation were bang on. The facts don’t lie. The 2007 Today’s Trucking Top 100 showed that the Top 10 carriers owned 60,953 pieces of equipment. Fast forward a decade and that number has grown to 92,716. Scale like that makes it tough to compete when you’re a little guy playing in the wrong sand box. Fasten your seat belts because, with so much capacity in so few hands, this trend will continue. It will be interesting to see what happens to shipper rates as domestic options keep shrinking. SELLER ECONOMICS 101 The number of carriers looking to join the Merger and Acquisition parade far exceeds the number of companies that are prepared for the move. Potential buyers are ac-

tually struggling to find good matches as a result. It’s because many small carriers have simply done little or nothing to prepare to sell. They have no identity. No “secret sauce”. When you can do one thing really well, buyers will pay a premium. Cavalier is a great example. Their secret sauce came in the form of niche lanes to Rochester and Syracuse, New York, and it was so valuable that George can now take care of generations of Ledsons. THIRD-PARTY THIRST Carriers are suddenly in love with “freight pimps”. Once seen as the bane of the industry, freight

brokering lets a carrier take advantage of strong existing customer relationships and grow without adding a pound of steel. Many carriers I have spoken to also like the flexibility the business gives them when markets go soft. Their thinking is that, when trucking rates decline, so will the rates they pay to outsourced carriers. The better gross margins also help. THE ELD MANDATE C o n s o l i d a t i o n i s n ’t the only thing wreaking havoc on the bottom line of smaller fleets. The impending Electronic Logging Device mandate in the U.S. will push many over the cliff or onto the sales block once they’re forced to follow the letter of the law. DISCOUNTED CAPITAL The current $1.31 exchange rate and cheap access to capital have

U.S. buyers salivating at the prospects of shopping north of the 49th parallel. Throw in the cross-border expertise that Canadian drivers offer and you have a perfect storm of more U.S. players looking for Canuck market share. Best of luck to both the Meyers and Ledson families. The worst part of consolidation is the number of good friends that I will no longer see on the industry social circuit. Going to miss them both. Mike McCarron is the President of Left Lane Associates, a firm that specializes in growth strategies, both organic and through mergers and acquisitions. A 34-year industry veteran, Mike founded M S M Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n , which he sold in 2012. He can be reached at mike@leftlaneassociates. ca, 888.204.8434, or @ AceMcC on Twitter.


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APTA Pro Driver February 2017 BY GEORGE FULLERTON


he February professional driver award presented by the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) went to RST Transportation driver Wilbert Collins, an owner operator working within the Island of Newfoundland. Wilbert considers himself an old school type operator who considers customer service a key part of his daily routine. Wilbert said, “The best part of my job is meeting and dealing with my customers.” He pointed out that the trucking industry has changed over the years and lamented that drivers used to have valued, personal relationships with their customers. In current times he sees drivers are rushed and seem only to have time to get their bills signed before rushing off to their next assignment. “But I still do it the old way. I like to have a little time to talk to my customers and build our working relationship. Meeting and dealing with customers is the best part of my work day,” declared Collins. Wilbert and his wife Suzanne live in Lewisporte, central Newfoundland. Wilbert, along with his son Mitchell, operate a 2017 Western

Star, hauling fuel products for RST Industries to customers throughout the island of Newfoundland. Wilbert’s trucking career began thirty years ago hauling fuel for Trimac Transportation. His employment extended to a private operator and later with Seaboard Transport before joining RST six years ago. “RST is the very best to work for in my opinion. You get paid promptly for what you do and you get home on time when you want it” said Wilbert. The father and son team share driving duties, hauling gas, diesel heating fuels and marine fuels, aviation fuels and propane. The load pickups are at the Come-by-Chance refinery, Irving bulk farm in St. John’s, and Imperial and Ultramar bulk plants in Corner Brook. The aviation fuels are delivered to airport facilities in Gander, St. John’s and Deer Lake. The Collins are dispatched from RST headquarters in Saint John. Collins’ customer base extends from small Mom and Pop gas bars, through to large fuel stations, large commercial/industrial entities and marine fuel deliveries to docked ships. Typically, B-Trains are utilized for large bulk

deliveries, and tri-axles are used when hauling to customers with more restrictive facilities. “We deliver fuel to every type of ship, including Cruise Ships” pointed out Wilbert. “A good deal of the marine business is in St. John’s, Argentia, Bay Roberts and Harbour Grace.” “I consider everyone of my customers as a friend, and I develop a loyalty with them through a good working relationship, and quality on-time service. As far as I am concerned that good working relationship is part of the job. Speaking of changes in industry, Wilbert shared his trucking pet peeve, pollution equipment on diesel trucks. “We are just guinea pigs”, said Wilbert, referring to the manner in which unproven pollution equipment technology was introduced. “It continues to cost the industry a lot”. Wilbert’s second equipment hot button is the high failure rate for electrical wiring in trucking equipment. “Wiring quality is not what it used to be.” He believes a lot of the problems originate with poor wire qualities. “We see wire that simply falls apart. Wiring problems are expensive to trace, isolate and fix, and


License Rules Amended to Allow 18-Year-Old Truckers


E I F e d e r a tion of Agriculture President David  Mol  says a new government rule change will help address a crucial labour shortage in his industry. New amendments to the  Highway Traffic Act  permit an 18-yearold individual in the last stages of their Graduated Driver’s License to receive a Class 3 driver’s license to operate a heavy truck. The change allows Islanders aged 18 and older to train

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to fill in-demand jobs as commercial truck drivers. “The agriculture industry is pleased to see this change,” Mol said. The federation asked government for the change to help alleviate their industry’s shortage of heavy truck drivers. The change places the Island’s age of entry for heavy truck drivers on par with other provinces and territories, which all allow individuals 18 years or older to apply for the Class 3 license.

Applicants must write an air brake exam, pass a medical test and complete a road test before obtaining the Class 3 license. Currently the minimum age in Prince Edward Island for leaving the GDL is 18 years, 9 months with completion of a driver education program, and 19 years without. Other restrictions under the GDL will remain in place – including zero blood alcohol, passenger restrictions and reduced demerit points.


of course it means down time for the operator and his company.” Celebrating Wilbert Collins APTA Driver of the Month Award, RST commented ‘Wilbert is a great example of a dedicated driver willing to assist with any load or crisis at any time. He is a very competent and reliable driver who demonstrates the upmost professionalism.” RST Transportation RST Transportation was established in 1971, and continues to be headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick. RST is a recognized leader in safe, efficient, tank transportation service throughout Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec and the eastern United States. The operations include more than 200 trucks with six operating divisions, eight terminals and two transload facilities. RST’s customer base includes major retail petrol-

eum companies, major oil companies, road building and construction businesses, large chemical producers, pulp and paper companies, cement producers and logistics providers. RST also provides customers inventory management, storage and reload capabilities, rail car transloading and emergency response services. RST institutes in-depth training programs, both in classroom and in the truck cab. The training programs extend beyond their drivers to include shop personnel and office staff. The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is the voice of the road transport industry in Atlantic Canada. Founded in 1966, the APTA has continued to work toward advancing and improving the commercial trucking industry. The APTAs membership is comprised of motor carriers, industry suppliers

and other stakeholders. The APTA represents more than three hundred members throughout Atlantic Canada, which includes several of Canada’s largest trucking companies. The Professional Truck Driver of the Month award has been established to recognize the men and women behind the wheel that make our industry great. We want to thank them for all of the work and time they put on the roads for us.




Work is a Privilege



here is a great difference between a job and a career. A job is something that starts and ends at a specific time and during that time the employee must commit to the job requirements and fulfill them with efficiency. In lieu of such, a financial compensation is rewarded. I say reward as I see a job or a career, a distinct privilege to have. In my opinion a career demands a higher level of passion and commitment. This voids the opportunity to leave your position at a dedicated time daily and as such commands that time

is not equally balanced between home and work on a regular basis. Both a job and career provide purpose and meaning. Both are providers of opportunity and a lifestyle. Some will commit to their positions with all their energy and rise above expectation while some are satisfied with achieving what is expected. During our work life we have purpose. We weave with different personalities and interact on levels we are not exposed to in our private lives. Our work life provides the chance to network with people. In many situations people choose to socially interact after hours, thus developing friendships that would not have been possible otherwise if they did not work. Regardless, working provides people the chance to associate with others or even develop close working relationships that are forged during working hours. Each relationship is important.

It is a blessing when we find people who are not only work associates but educators. Educators in the sense that they make us better people, they are role models. These people seamlessly contribute to those who are willing to learn. Educators are passionate about who they are and always strive to know more and be worldly about affairs that affect their environment and a multitude of other subjects. It can be overwhelming, but work is also a privilege – to have networking opportunities, daily interaction with others, the ability to learn, the chance to advance in our personalities and aspirations of life and to be paid for it. Linda Colgan has been an Insurance Broker in the transportation industry since 1986 and is Senior Account Executive with Bryson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. To contact Linda call 416.809.3103 or feel free to email Linda at lcolgan@



BWS Turns 50 in 2017!


t seems hard to believe that BWS started in the manor that it did, in the small village of Centreville, New Brunswick and has grown exponentially over time. This was a single person operation in its inception, but no longer is that the truth. From small, humble beginnings in an effort to provide a service to the local area, Bernie’s Welding Shop was born. Burney McDougall started by making small custom projects for farm and forestry. Gradually, projects like outfitting trucks with plows and dump bodies came to the fruition. With this, a barrage of pro-

jects started to come to the, once small, company. Fleets, farmers and government looked to Burney’s to have their skilled laborers help to provide a solution to a challenge being posed in their day to day work life. In 1984, the name was amended to BWS Manufacturing Ltd. The factory was purchased from Burney McDougall by his son, Randall in 1993. BWS has housed hundreds of projects for almost every sector of transportation industry over the last 50 years. Through- o u t the com-

pany’s history, it has remained intuitive, innovative and willing to find the solutions to challenges others shy away from. BWS has stayed on top and growing through 50 years, proving the tag-line ‘Different by Design’, a mantra within the company. BWS strives to build products to go to work and stay at work. Quality and the willingness to evolve with a constantly changing environment have been instrumental in their success. When others say it can’t be done, BWS has said, “Let’s do it!” This attitude of innovation has been a giant catalyst for the BWS family and will propel them through the next 50 years. For more information about BWS see their web site at www.bwstrailers. com.


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TransCore’s Canadian Freight Volumes Saw Continued Year-Over-Year Growth in April


oronto, Ontario – TransCore Link Logistics Canadian and cross-border loads expectedly subdued in April following last month’s ste llar l oad vol ume s , which traditionally peak in March. Month-overmonth, load volumes were lower by 21 percent. However, year-over-year, load volumes were considerably higher, up 37 percent compared to the same month last year. Intra-Canada Loads represented 27 percent of the total volumes and climbed 35 percent compared to the same month last year. Cross-border load postings accounted for 70

percent of the total data submitted by Loadlink’s Canadian-based customers and was higher compared to last year: Loads leaving Canada increased by 10 percent, and loads coming into Canada jumped 56 percent compared to April 2016. Equipment capacity decreased 10 percent monthover-month and 21 percent year-over-year. With the decline in load volumes paired with an equivalent decline in equipment capacity, the truck-to-load ratio remained steady at two trucks for every available load. In fact, April 2017 has the second lowest truck-to-load ratio in almost two years. Year-

over-year, the truck-toload ratio improved 42 percent from 3.47 in April 2016. ABOUT TRANSCORE INDEXES Truckload spot rates in specific areas can be accessed from TransCore’s


Productivity Gains Linked to Maintenance


olumbus, Ohio – During a recent survey with trucking fleets there was a strong indication that fleets with current maintenance capabilities can improve productivity by bringing additional work in house. The Fleet Productivity Gains and Losses Study recently completed by CK Commercial Vehicle Research identified areas where trucking fleets can gain productivity and where productivity can be lost. More than a third of the respondents said they gained an average of 14% by doing more maintenance in house. According to this study, other areas where fleets have gained productivity over the past two to three years include improved v e h i c l e p e r f o r m a n c e, more communications via telematics, more automated manual transmissions, shop management programs, additional training

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and the increased use of automatic tire inflation systems. Fleets reported that major reasons they have lost productivity include emission and aftertreatment issues including increased vehicle maintenance requirements and regulations like Hours of Service and the EOBR mandate. The survey also compiled fleet opinion on the best technologies, how OE’s and shipper/receivers can assist carriers in meeting their goals and identified major reasons for downtime. Fifty-seven small, medium and large fleets participated in this study which was completed in April.  These fleets operate more than 47,000 medium and heavy duty trucks (primarily Class 8) that accrue in excess of 4.5 billion miles annually.. CK Commercial Vehicle Research has been surveying fleets for more than a decade. For more information about the

Fleet Sentiment Report and other CK Commercial Vehicle reporting, visit or call Chris Kemmer at 614.459.9369.


Rate Index truckload rating tool, and real-time and historical data on total truck and load volumes, as well as ratios in specific areas can be accessed from TransCore’s Posting Index. TransCore’s Canadian Freight Index accurately measures trends in the truckload freight spot market. The components of the Freight Index are comprised from roughly 5,500 of Canada’s trucking companies and freight brokers; this data includes all domestic, cross-border and interstate data submitted by Loadlink customers. ABOUT TRANSCORE LINK LOGISTICS Looking for a better way

to match available freight loads with trucks, TransCore Link Logistics in 1990 developed Loadlink, a load board connecting brokers, carriers, owner operators and private fleets in Canada to a real-time database of 15 million loads, shipments and trucks – the largest in the industry. The monthly Canadian Freight Index now defines the freight movement spot market. The company also provides its customers with dispatch solutions, ACE/ACI eManifest, Posting Index, Rate Index, credit solutions, factoring, online transportation job boards, mileage software and more. TransCore Link Logistics

is a unit of Roper Technologies, a constituent of the S&P 500, Fortune 1000, and the Russell 1000 indices. Roper designs and develops software (both software-as-a-service and licensed), and engineered products and solutions for healthcare, transportation, food, energy, water, education and academic research markets worldwide. Additional information about Roper is available on the company’s website at More information on TransCore Link Logistics can be found at www., @loadlink on Twitter, on YouTube, on Facebook and on LinkedIn.




Myth busting: Eating at Night Causes Weight Gain



e hear it all the time… “Don’t eat after 7 pm!” or “Stay out of the fridge at night!” Today I’m going to explain why this isn’t necessarily true, and what to do instead. First of all, I always tell my clients that if they are hungry, they should eat. Hunger is the best cue we have to go off of when determining an eating “schedule,” not the time of day or whatever is convenient. This allows

you to fuel properly and will keep you closer to your caloric needs than eating on a schedule will. If it’s after dinner but you are still hungry, eating something small can help you sleep better, since you won’t be dealing with a growling stomach. Additionally, some foods contain compounds that can actually improve sleep. If you work on the road or on a different schedule such as an afternoon shift, eating before bed might be your only chance to eat dinner. I would never recommend someone completely skip a meal, if eating before bed is their only opportunity to eat. Eating at night does not automatically mean you’ll gain weight. There are many factors about your diet that are more important than just the time you eat, like what you’re eating, or how much you’ve eaten that day, and more.

The important thing to remember about eating at night is that you should choose the right types of foods to avoid weight gain, upset stomach, etc. Here are some tips: Eat small portions, ideally less than 200 calories. Avoid foods that are very high in sugar, like candy or ice cream. Choose foods that are mainly complex carbs, like a piece of toast, stovepopped popcorn, cereal, apple, or yogurt. Choose foods that are easy to digest since your digestion slows when sleeping. Stay away from heavy protein sources and fats! Avoid foods with caffeine, like chocolate. Only eat if you are truly hungry, not just because you want to. If you consistently eat late at night due to your schedule, consider shortening your “eating win-

dow” a bit by delaying your first large meal. A 12 hour eating window is better than an 18 hour one! Can’t delay breakfast? A small snack like almonds will help you start your day without going overboard. Here’s how eating at night can cause you to gain weight: If you consistently eat at night, and if the calories you consume at night are

sending you over your daily calorie needs, you’ll end up gaining weight over time. If you eat late at night, as well as early in the morning each day then you widen your eating “window” and will likely take in a lot more calories than you need. If you’re consistently eating poor food choices such as ice cream, cookies, chocolate, chips, etc. you

may gain weight over time. More than anything make sure you’re eating foods that are on the healthier side, avoiding things that are overly processed and lack nutrients. If you struggle with eating too much at night, binging, or just not being able to stop snacking, that’s a completely different issue I’ll discuss another time. Stay tuned!



Polaris Acquires J.G. Drapeau & Commercial Warehousing


oronto, Ontario Polaris Transportation Group (PTG) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the shares of J.G. Drapeau Ltd. and Commercial Warehousing Limited based in Toronto, Ontario. Drapeau and Commercial Warehousing will continue to be led by the current management team, including Ms. Margaret Hogg, who will remain General Manager of the companies. “We are thrilled to be welcoming another bestin-class company to the PTG family,” noted Larry Cox, President. “Drapeau is an award winning carrier (most recently recognized by Trucking HR Canada with the prestigious 2017 Top Fleet Employer award), with a top tier safety record, strong management team, and consistent financial

performance over their 47 years in the industry. In addition, they bring deep subject matter expertise in the field of specialized products warehousing, Canada and US distribution programs, and full truckload work (temperature control and hazardous materials).” “ We a r e i n c r e d i b l y proud of the business we have built over the past 47 years,” commented George Hogg and Jocelyne Hogg, co-founders of Drapeau and Commercial. “The next generation of leaders at Drapeau and Commercial will benefit from all the opportunities a large organization like Polaris can bring, coupled with what we believe to be an excellent cultural fit between our two companies. Polaris’ operational focus, with a passion around safety and well-being for

employees, makes them an excellent fit for our team and long standing customers and suppliers.” This marks Polaris’ third acquisition as the company carries forward its growth agenda consisting of organic and selective acquisitive growth. This acquisition allows Polaris to increase its concentration of Fortune 500 customers, across a wider breadth of industries. About Polaris Transportation Group Founded in 1994, Polaris Transportation Group is the largest privately held LTL cross border carrier in Canada.  Polaris specializes in the shipment of dry goods and offers daily LTL departures to/from all points across Canada and USA.  For more information on Polaris visit their website at


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Lifelong Trucker & Coffee Enthusiast Delivers Own Blend Of Fresh, Roasted Coffee to Truckers BY MAREK KRASUSKI


ike many a trucker who loves the job, Dan Leslie has trucking coursing through his veins. Dan loves trucking, and he loves serving the trucking industry - especially the men and women on the road - in any way he can. In Dan’s case he appeals to the trucker p ale tte w i th hi s ow n blends of aromatic and flavourful coffees. True to his trucking roots, and to the respect for his fellow truckers, Dan Leslie’s latest coffee is aptly named Dan’s Truckers Blend. This signature, midrange blend is cultivated from coffee beans grown in Costa Rica. All the ingredients were in place for a coffee which is always fresh and made from 100 percent Arabica beans, and available in medium and dark roast, ground or whole beans. Dan explains why this Costa Rican brand of coffee fits so well into his service offering. “I love coffee, I love Costa Rica, and I love trucks and the transportation industry. Since the age of 19 I have been a truck driver, company owner and Broker, so coming up with the idea, and the ideal product and naming it Dan’s Truckers Blend Coffee was an easy decision,” he explained. In 2015 Dan Leslie

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brought his years of coffee roasting experience to the blending of different coffees from his Costa Rican supplier, and since then truckers, his principal target market, have embraced Dan’s Truckers Blend with an enthusiasm by many matched by Dan’s desire to service the industry. “The main reason for the whole concept is to bring trucker’s morale back up to where I believe it once was. When I trucked back in the 70s trucking was kind of a romantic job and the public had great respect for the trucker. These days I am still in the industry but do not see the respect of days past. Having visited various truck stops in the past year or so, whenever I showed a trucker the package with Truckers Blend on it I could see a small glint in their eye,” he said of the response to his product which continues to earn nods of approval from industry professionals. Last February, for example, Dan’s Costa Rican blended coffee was “cupped,” an industry term and practice akin to wine tasting. The testing was undertaken by a renowned independent c u p p e r . D a n ’s b l e n d earned a score of 8.5 which placed it in the distinctive ‘specialty coffee’ category. In keeping with an ethic of hard work and honesty, Dan Leslie proudly partners with one of the largest fair trade coffee cooperatives in the region which includes some 1,200 farms. Fair Trade is a certification standard assuring that farmers receive a fair price for their crop as well as a guarantee there are no forced labour or child work practices on fair trade plantations. With both trucking

and coffee close to his heart Dan hopes his “truckers’ coffee” will boost the morale of truckers. To this end Dan Leslie, a former Ontario Truck Driving Championship winner, served Dan’s Truckers

Blend Coffee at the recent Atlantic

P r o v i n c e s Tr u c k i n g Association Truck Driving Championships in Masstown, Nova Scotia on May 27. Dan urges employers and fleets to participate in his morale boosting efforts. “I think it would be great

if the management of trucking companies would give Dan’s Truckers Blend Coffee to their drivers in rooms and lounges. This would help with morale,” he concluded. For more information, c o n t a c t w w w. d a n s or call Dan at 902.587.2435.




New CarriersEdge Course Teaches Drivers How to Handle Accident Reporting


arkham, Ontario - CarriersEdge, a leading provider of training for the trucking industry has added to its extensive list of courses a topic that drivers hope they’ll never need but will find hugely valuable if they do. That subject: Accident reporting. C a r r i e r s E d g e ’s n e w training module takes drivers through the legal and safety procedures and responsibilities following an accident to protect themselves, the carrier and other involved motorists and passengers. “The best time to plan how to handle an accident is before it happens,” said Jane Jazrawy, Chief Executive Officer of CarriersEdge. “We’ve designed a course to give drivers the tools they need so

that when an accident occurs they know how to prevent further damage or injury, work with law-enforcement and emergency personnel, and gather information, all while staying calm.” The CarriersEdge course is much more than a basic list of steps to follow at an accident scene, Jazrawy added. It teaches a full process “so that it’s easy to remember and a driver can respond appropriately in a high-stress situation.” As with other courses in the CarriersEdge library, the accident-reporting training combines text, audio, pictures and graphics in an interactive format to enhance retention of the information. It’s designed like other CarriersEdge courses to be available online, on laptops or mobile devices, and

accessible at whatever time and location is most convenient to the driver. The course teaches a simple four-step process - stop, secure, report and document - and what goes into each. Topics covered in the course include: Appropriate behavior at an accident scene; How to secure a vehicle with warning signals; How to assist the injured; Information to be included in an accident report and how to collect witness information and take photographs; Drug and alcohol testing. The course also includes a segment on a topic that is rarely included in other training, but is an important matter for drivers: post-traumatic stress disorder for drivers involved in accidents. CarriersEdge developed

the course in response to feedback from its fleet customers as well as insurance companies with which it works. “Our insurance partners really saw a gap in their clients’ knowledge base with regard to accident scene reporting,” Jazrawy said. “We were able to combine our own research into truck-safety best practices and what those partners have learned to come up with training that answers that need.” The course is integrated into CarriersEdge’s system that allows carriers and fleet operators to efficiently and effectively manage employee training. The CarriersEdge library includes more than 70 full-length and refresher/ remedial courses, cover-

ing topics from the safe securing of cargo to hoursof-service rules and logbooks to defensive and winter driving. Interested parties can learn more or sign up for a free trial of the main CarriersEdge system on its website They can try the course directly by contacting or 905.530.2430. CarriersEdge offers monthly subscription pricing with unlimited use of its courses for a fixed rate. “No one wants to be involved in an accident, but the reality is they can happen to even the safest drivers,” Jazrawy said. “This course will give drivers an easy-to-remember, easy-to-use method for handling accidents in

a professional manner, keeping a bad situation from becoming worse.” About CarriersEdge CarriersEdge is a leading provider of online driver training for the trucking industry. With a comprehensive library of safety and compliance courses, supported by advanced management and reporting functions, CarriersEdge helps hundreds of fleets train their drivers without sacrificing miles or requiring people to come in on weekends. CarriersEdge is also the creator of the Best Fleets to Drive For program, an annual evaluation of the best workplaces in the North American trucking industry, produced in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association.


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Sourcing Specialists for Government Programs & Financial Recovery


quipment capital and operating costs for transportation companies can be exorbitant for both start-ups and established enterprises. Predictions for the remainder of this year suggest that transportation will experience a moderate upswing due to positive trends in the industry. But even in the best of times transportation companies must run efficiently to yield gains in a sector governed by paper thin profit margins. Labour, fuel, maintenance and escalating equipment costs are formidable obstacles in the quest for profitability. It pays to identify savings at every level of operation. One method of doing so is by sourcing government programs, many of which are unfamiliar to line haul and off road com-

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panies. AKR Consulting Canada Inc. spoke with Ontario Trucking News at the recent National Heavy Equipment Show in Mississauga. AKR’s business is to help clients in trucking and other industries access government funding in the form of rebates, subsidies, refunds, tax credits and grants. AKR, managed by industry experts in accounting, engineering, science, and plant operations, has been assisting Canadian companies since 2003. AKR was founded by Bonny Koabel who built the company in response to a growing need to help businesses access funding opportunities. By way of example Koabel drew attention to several programs many trucking companies may benefit from. “Funding

programs that are currently available are hiring grants up to $6,000 per new hire, unlicensed equipment fuel rebates up to $0.147/litre retroactive for 4 years, and Apprentice Refunds up to $12,000/ year. AKR offers a free consultation to analyze funding opportunities for each client,” she said. Additional rebates, retroactive up to 4 years with some programs, are available for refrigerated trucks and dump trucks. As one of this country’s largest and oldest funding companies, AKR prides itself on covering a wide range of funding programs, particularly for small to medium sized companies. A high funding approval success rate, a hallmark of AKR’s reputation, is due to experienced advisors and the

submission of applications they feel will be approved based on their knowledge of government criteria. AKR Consulting assists with other services too, among them tax credit claims enshrined in such government incentives as the SR&ED Program that awards claimants with cash refunds and tax credits for expenditures on research and development. AKR will submit claims on behalf of clients and help to structure future tasks in order to minimize costs.

Standing alongside tax credit claims are corporate services. AKR will assist with incorporation, statutory requirements, accounting systems and internal controls, including HST, ETD, EHT and WSIB files. In addition, its expertise in Human Resource Management well positions the company to advocate on behalf of clients for cost effective group benefit insurance programs, EI exemptions and wage subsidies. Bonny Koabel confirms

that AKR Consulting “has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge over the years that helps clients identify areas of funding that may be available to them,” a statement reinforced by the claim that financial recoveries have been gained in 80 percent of the businesses AKR has reviewed. More information on funding opportunities is available on their website,, or by calling 905-6786368.



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How To Make Border Crossings Easier



verage border wait times for commercial trucks traffic is anywhere from 25 minutes to 2 hours. The usage of the FAST Lanes is supposed to expedite this for drivers. In most cases it does, however, at busy border crossings like Windsor/ Detroit, Sarnia/Port Huron, Buffalo, the usage of the regular brass lanes might be more beneficial. Some tips on how to get through borders quickly and most efficiently: Carry one passport only. Carry one wallet only. Carry your FAST Card and use this at the FAST Lanes if you are carrying a C-TPAT Load. Carry your Enhanced Drivers License. Make sure that you have completed your 17-point inspection. Ensure that all of your documents are in order prior to arriving at the border. ACE or ACI Manifest can be done by the company that you drive for or by the driver him or herself - customs documents, commercial invoices, 17 point inspection, sealed load, and the location of possession of cargo. Make sure that once you receive that entry number and instructions that you proceed to the borders. Remember that you have an hour’s wait time before you may proceed to the border,

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do not go before that time! You will be subject to a fine of up to $2,500.00 on the Canadian side and up to $5,000.00 on the US side. Make sure that your dispatcher has manifested the accurate piece counts, proper weights, descriptions of exactly what’s on your truck for cargo. Any unmanifested or incorrect manifested materials will be pulled from your truck and your company is subject to a fine of up to $50,000.00. Do not carry any opened bottles of water, opened cans of pop, open juice boxes or bottles or cartons. Do not carry milk products. You can however carry cases of water unopened and cases of pop unopened. You can carry coffee and tea in an open cup from Tim Horton’s or the like. As a Truck Driver You Cannot Have Any Alcohol whatsoever in your possession whilst driving your truck. Cigarettes: you must not have any more in your possession than can be considered for personal use only. You cannot carry contraband, this means illegal drugs, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, crack, hallucinogens, LSD, ecstasy, Psilocybin, STP/ DOM, PCP, Angel Dust, Wet, Supergrass, Killer Weed, Embalming Fluid, Rocket Fuel, Hog, Wack, Dust, Oxone, Zoot, Peace Pill, Elephant tranquillizer, horse tranquillizer, Steroids. If drugs are for health reasons you must carry with you a Doctor’s Prescription. It is illegal to bring drug paraphernalia into the U.S.A. or carry on person while in the U.S.A. unless they have been prescribed for authentic medical conditions such as diabetes,

heart disease, blood pressure, etc. Do not carry any food items across the borders into the U.S.A. This includes grocery items and your lunch! Eat before you leave. They not only will take your lunch but you will be subject to loss of your FAST Card and you will be charged a fine. The CBP reads: Failure to declare food products can result in a $10,000 fine. Do Not under any circumstances carry firearms, and do not carry explosives! Generally, do not bring foods such as: any meats including poultry and fish, fruits and vegetables, dairy items which include eggs and milk, plants or soil. What is allowed? Bakery items, candy, chocolate, and cured cheese are generally admissible. Canned goods and goods in vacuum-packed jars (other than those containing

meat or poultry products) are also generally admissible if being imported for personal use. Condiments such as oil, vinegar, mustard, catsup, pickles, syrup, honey, jelly, jam, etc., are generally admissible. Coffee and Tea are admissible!! Cuban cigars are pro-

hibited going into the USA. Customs and/or other appropriate law enforcement agencies must be notified if illegal or suspicious activities are detected - as appropriate. Those reporting numbers are: US CBP Intel: 716.888.4912, CBSA Intel: 888.502.9060, Police 911.

For more information about transportation and aiding in the fight against drug smuggling, anti terrorism, safety & compliance programs such as C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, please contact Cross Border Services at, email


#109 June  

Eastern Trucking News, Issue 109, June 2017

#109 June  

Eastern Trucking News, Issue 109, June 2017