Driver’s Seat By: Carl McBride
Theft Prevention Products
Load theft has been a growing problem for the last number of years. Large locks and locking seals have been put onto the back of trailer doors. GPS tracking units have been put on both trucks and trailers. On- board truck computers have brought additional safety to drivers, trucks, trailers and their loads.
For this issue we asked our drivers this question: “What is your opinion of theft prevention products being introduced into the trucking industry in Canada today?”
Sylvain Groleau is a broker driver for Syline Transport from Montreal, Quebec. “Depending on what products are being used, I am in favor of anything to do with the safety of the driver and the load. More training needs to be done regarding GPS units and on-board computers.”
Glenn Kerry is a broker driver from Oxford, Nova Scotia. “Safety features on both trucks and trailers are a must in today’s industry. There have been too many loads stolen lately. The more safety equipment provided to drivers, the less worry drivers have about their own safety and the security of the loads.”
Cory Paugh drives for David Brown United Ltd. from Cambridge, Nova Scotia. “Being new to the company, it is a new adventure to learn about safety products on both trucks and trailers. An on-board computer is going to be a welcome tool to not only learn but to use on a daily basis. Safety in trucking is very important.”
Ministry of Transportation
Deadline Extended for B-Pass Refunds
redericton, NB, May 13, 2011 New Brunswickers now have until June 30 to return their Saint John Harbour Bridge B-pass for a refund, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams announced today. “Now that the tolls have been removed from the Saint John Harbour Bridge, the devices used for automatic payment are no longer required,” said Williams. “By extending this deadline from May 14 to June 30, we are ensuring New Brunswickers have ample time to receive any refunds that may remain on their accounts.” Williams said there is another option for the return of these devices. B-pass devices can be dropped off at St. Jo-
seph’s Hospital and various locations throughout the Greater Saint John area, or through any of the participating Saint John Dragon Boat Teams. Donors are asked to look for the Pass it on Campaign posters or call the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation office at 506.632.5596 for dropoff locations. Individuals who wish to receive a personal refund on their account may submit a request by email to SJHB@gnb.ca, or by mail to: Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Applicants should include their name, complete mailing address and phone number, along with the transponder number or account number.
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Eastern Trucking News, Issue 37, June 2011