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Technology for safe Transportation By Claude Sauriol
ever content to rest on its laurels, Ridewell is the Engineered Suspension Company that continues to reach progressive milestones. Since its inception in 1967, this privately held corporation has distinguished itself as a highly engineered and expert manufacturer of air-ride, rubber-ride, mechanical suspension systems, and corresponding controls used in the global marketplace. Ridewell holds numerous patents and maintains a strong presence in the severe service, heavy duty, and on/off highway trailer markets, and continues to target the heavy duty applications of Class 6, 7 and 8 vehicles, as well as the bus, RV and motor coach industries. Ridewell’s head office, located in Springfield, Missouri features a modern 162,000 square ft. manufacturing facility. The company’s product line utilizes unique, patented features that save time and money, minimize maintenance, and deliver superior ride quality. Ridewell’s management and staff pride themselves on being especially responsive to the custom design and service needs of their customers. Ridewell, page 4 >>
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Committed to Out-of-the-Box Innovation, Unparalleled Customer Service & Enduring Growth >> Ridewell The company is pleased to announce that Canadian customers are now able to take delivery of orders from a warehouse located on a major trucking route in Hamilton, Ontario. The warehouse holds an expansive inventory of complete suspensions to make just-in-time manufacturing deadlines much easier to reach. Aftermarket support is available through all major parts distributors from coast to coast. In the event a distributor has run out of a component, the Ontario warehouse will fill the order on the same, or next, shipping day. A world class corporation, Ridewell embraces the latest technology and manufacturing tools that promise to yield the highest quality products. Its Engineering department, for example, makes use of 3D solid modeling, Autodesk Inventor, FEA, fatigue predictors, and on site suspension simulation, as well as satellite tracking suspension simulation via Field DAQ (SOMAT w/ GPS). Also part of the professional arsenal is a state-of-the-art test lab with two multi-axis rig testers and pneumatic testing. Its Production facility, too, makes use of modern equipment and is automated as often as possible. All steel is laser cut on three-stage material handling systems which can run unattended. Multiple material thicknesses can be run in succession, allowing greater flexibility and improved product flow. Robots, utilizing coordinated motion and seam tracking, allow for decreased weld starts that yield improved weld quality. Severe duty mechanical walking beam systems
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are also available in up to 180,000–pound capacities as well as trunnion suspensions with up to 80-metric ton capacities. Among the many se vere applications found throughout Canada, Ridewell is often the equipment of choice for oil field rigging and equipment, mining and logging industries where dependability is the most important consideration. Outside the box thinking, one of Ridewell’s success principles was behind the introduction of a hydraulically controlled forced steer system into the market which remotely controls up to three axles on a trailer by using an ergonomic handheld
j o y stick that maneuvers in and out of confined spaces. For video examples, go to www. youtube.com and type in "forced steer western trailer". Truck, bus, and other specialty systems are in use all over the world and Ridewell Suspensions provides the product solution for every need and application. For example, auxiliary truck suspensions range from 8K to 22.5K capacity models. Both single wheel and dual wheel models are available and are SPIF compliant for the new legislated Ontario applications. For truck drive axles, the RD-202S is among the most rugged vocational suspension systems in the industry, and tuning refinements guarantee a surprisingly
smooth ride. Designed for zero maintenance and warranty issues, capacities range from 38,000 lbs. to 75,000 lbs. Ridewell’s trailer air ride suspensions vary from light duty 8,000 lbs capacity to heavy duty 30,000 lbs capacity models with a 5.5" to 24" ride height range. Ridewell has responded to customer demand by creating three separate suspension families. These suspensions feature a non-captured axle seat group for easier and less costly repair should an unforeseen event occur, such as an entire axle replacement. Suspension design in-
The Model 240 Series, considered by many in the industry to be the best. cludes customer-specified models with higher ground clearance trailing beams and yoke mount style suspension with capacities up to 30,000 lbs. Long range planning for compatibility means that all three suspension systems use the same shock absorber – a long life, high damping & heavy duty model. Ridewell maintains a wide inventory of axles at all times. Both drum brake and disc brake configurations are also available. Axles and suspensions are available as an integrated system and are robotically
welded at the production facility. WABCO, which has in excess of three million PAN22-1 series brakes in service worldwide, is the disc brake of choice for Ridewell. These axles feature field proven single piston calipers, optimized axle to brake mounting, robust bearing, and seal systems to fit 22.5” North American wheels. They have been engineered for use with both top mount and under slung suspensions. The model 240 series, considered by many in the industry to be the best, continues to hold the highest market share. It is available in 15K, 25K plus 30K capacities, is designed for use in both electric and air brakes, and is compatible with 5" or 5-3/4" round axles in both drum brake or disc brake
configurations. The 240 uses a double bonded clamped in "solid" rubber bushing with various durometers and provides high roll stability and life expectancy. The model 260 series was created to meet the requirements of trailer manufacturers for a suspension focused on economy. Ridewell refused to lower its quality standard to achieve this goal. Instead, a multi-function pivot bushing was selected which, after rigorous testing, repeatedly demonstrated a longer life expectancy compared to similar bushings in the same test environ-
ment. These bushings do not suffer from “bushing walk” and have been successful in the field for many years. Recent tests were undertaken with COOP in Western Canada, revealing that both the 260 and 240 remain in alignment after the initial settling-in period. All Ridewell trailer suspensions are liftable and have multiple lift mechanisms, each suited to specific applications. Depending on the individual suspension geometry, axle up travel can be as high as 6.1 inches. Western Canadian provinces have legislated that the liftable axles be automatically controlled. As an authorized distributor for Wheel Monitor axle control products, Ridewell
offers the Balancer electronic axle lift control system which is approved for use in every Canadian province. This system automatically lifts axles
when tractors and trailers are empty and lowers them when a load is present, thereby reducing wear and tear on tires and minimizing the number of driving infractions incurred as a result of leaving the axle in the up position. This feature also increases drivable hours. Combining the automatic axle control kit with one of the lift mechanisms presents one of the lowest cost systems available on the market today – a proven combination, indeed, to maximize savings. Also available is the widely used RM50 and RM60 module which automatically lifts and lowers the axle when a vehicle goes into reverse. For the Ontario market Ridewell, in collaboration with IMT and Wheel Monitor, created a turnkey lift axle combination system that meets all of the new SPIF legislated requirements recently implemented for trucks. The automatic axle control system combines the Balancer and RM60 functions detailed above. Ridewell is a proven solutions provider with wide market coverage across Canada. The future looks bright and promising for both customers and for Ridewell. For additional information, please visit www. ridewellcorp.com, or w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / ridewellcorp.
Ridewell offers the Balancer electronic axle lift control system which is approved for use in every Canadian province.
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Theme: Tires & Related Products
Surveying Tire Industry Developments
By Marek Krasuski
f there is a slogan that ranks as the trucking industry’s mantra, it is fuel efficiency. From aerodynamic designs on tractors and trailers to natural gas powered engines, the search for better mileage prevails. This quest includes tire enhancements and related services. Reduced rolling resistance is key to fuel efficiency and companies have been scrambling to edge out the competition with road rubber that promises the most in fuel savings. Buyers too are insisting on product quality, a demand that consistently ranked as a priority in truck tire survey results released by Modern Tire Dealer. That same survey also listed Michelin as the most favoured manufacturer by independent tire dealers in several categories, including profitability; fill rate, warranties, and retreadability. A recent addition to Michelin’s product line is the X One XDN2 which entered the Canadian
market earlier this year. The pre-mold retread for fleets and owner/operators is ranked high for economy and weight savings. “Michelin X One wide single tires continue to offer huge benefits to the trucking industry. The Michelin X One XDN2 PreMold retread combined with the weight and fuel savings of the Michelin X One casing offers even better grip and fuel efficiency,” declared Segment Product Manager, Frederic Ollendorf. The company’s retread technologies have also added the X One XYZ 3 Pre-Mold tread to its line. Designed for on/ off road applications, the tire protects against stone chipping and drilling in aggressive environments, is resistant to heat, and promises long tread and casing life. Earlier this year Continental announced that Eco Plus compounding, the key to low rolling resistance and fuel economy on its medium radial truck tires, will be integrated into the entire series of HSL2 products by the end of this summer. Distinguished from the previous generation HSL2, the HSL2 Eco Plus will prolong tire shelf life thanks to increased tread wear volume. Says the company’s Brand Man-
New smart tires sense damage and increase safety. Sensors that can alert operators when a tire condition has degraded can save time and effort in repairing or changing the tire. The sensors also can notify drivers of low air pressure or unbalanced air pressure between tires, which can prolong the operable life of a tire.
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ager, Libor Heger, “Continental’s VAI®, a graduated system of sipes that provide a visual indication of proper alignment, is also included from the previous generation product. But the Eco Plus tread compounding, specially formulated for low rolling resistance, and footprint modifications are what Conti engineers have incorporated in this new tire to guard against irregular wear.” Bridgestone, meanwhile, has introduced five new tires for steer, drive and trailer applications. The Ecopia series incorporate polymer technology that limits rolling resistance without compromising mileage performance. The company’s website highlights design, construction and tread pattern characteristics that reduce tire weight, improve resilience and tread wear. Product quality and tire innovation are key to sustaining market share, but tire builders are also expanding emergency road service programs to meet expectations of fleets and operators. Goodyear, in a move to expand its Truckwise service program, rebranded its service package with the moniker, fleetHQ. The transition comes in the wake of the company’s intention to strengthen its product and service brand throughout North America. A number of features comprise the defining attributes of fleetHQ. Members will have access to a Solution Centre where professionals are contacted and dispatched to a breakdown site from one of 2,000 dealer locations throughout North America. The same level of service and pricing structure is guaranteed. The company says its record of servicing downed trucks is the best in the industry. TVTrack, another offering, is a recording service that has been upgraded with additional features.
Automatic tire Inflation systems and pressure and temperature monitoring systems require sensors mounted inside tire on wheel. This online program enables operators to collect, document, and present key tire information in a user friendly dashboard format. New to fleetHQ is Trailer-Readiness, a program that allows fleets to develop custom trailer surveys and receive custom reports on essential vehicle systems. More recently, Continental Tires has accorded automatic enrollment of members of the Owner/ Operator and Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) into the company’s emergency road service program. As of August 1, 2012, “TrukFix for OOIDA” offers free access to a 24-hour call center from where technical service will be dispatched to breakdown locations. “Our trained emergency assistance operators will help identify the issue, locate a service provider, provide regulated pricing for tires and related services, and stay in contact with the driver until he or she is back on the road,” announced company representatives. To remain competitive, most premier manufacturers offer extended service programs, and promises of low rolling resistance and other product features to improve fuel efficiency and shelf life. Importantly, those features include
“smart tires” equipped with electronic chips that transmit information to drivers and maintenance personnel about key performance measures such as tire temperature, air pressure, mileage, etc. Independent research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirms that fuel economy increases by up to 1.4 percent and tread life is extended. Estimates claiming that a 20 percent under-inflation rate is responsible for a 30 percent shorter tire life, and an additional $1,000 per year in fuel costs, can lead to the assumption that most trucks would be equipped with monitoring systems. In fact, only 5 percent of trucks on North American highways have them. A testimonial to their usefulness is supported by the fact that over 70 percent of truck tires are not inflated to their optimal tire pressures. Manufacturers are hoping to change the light demand for monitoring systems with state-of-theart products. Among several standard bearers in this industry segment is Pressure Systems International (PSI), manufacturer of automatic tire inflation systems for commercial vehicles which, in North America, is marketed as the Meritor Tire Inflation
System. The company is perhaps best known for its ThermALERT technology that warns operators of excessive heat buildup in wheel ends, wheel-end failures, and fires. This year, PSI introduced a manual valve that enables drivers to quickly decrease tire pressure. The 2012 lineup of new products also includes the introduction of the SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for trailer applications by Bendix CVS. SmarTire TPMS technology continuously monitors the pressure and temperature of each tire on a commercial vehicle to provide real-time tire status information to the driver or maintenance technician. When paired with the latest version of SmarTire for tractors, the SmarTire trailer system will wirelessly link with the trailer, displaying both the truck and the trailer tire information. Through this automatic link, the system will display the data provided by sensors monitoring the trailer tires on the existing TPMS display. Jon Intagliata, Product Manager for Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems at Bendix, noted several distinguishing features of the product. Chief among Tires > >
HawksHead Systems Inc.
HawksHead TPMS Transmits Crucial Data That Saves Money & Prolongs Tire Wear
ire Pressure Monitoring Systems, better known as TPMS, were first introduced in 1986 on a Porsche Model 959 equipped with a 450 HP engine. Today, this vehicle stands as a rarity and is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to car enthusiasts. Since then various luxury vehicles have had some form of TPMS fitted, and in 2008 the Tread Act was enforced in the USA mandating that all vehicle models weighing less than 10,000 pounds built in 2008 and beyond have TPMS installed. In tests the NHTSA determined that approximately 36% of passenger cars and approximately 40% of light trucks had at least one tire that was at least 20% below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure. Approxi-
mately 26% of passenger cars and 29% of light trucks had at least one tire that was at least 25% below the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended cold inflation pressure. So what about large trucks? Many think that checking the tires when the unit is stationary is all that can be done. With tires being a large part of the budget, having them running at the correct pressure reduces tire wear, resulting in fuel savings and most importantly, provides safety. It is, therefore, imperative that tires and wheels are checked before every trip. This crucial step is by no means all that is required. Moving down the highway is where deflations and blow-outs happen, often without the operator’s knowledge. A company located in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Hawk-
sHead Systems Inc., has been involved in aftermarket TPMS systems for many years. They are one of the leaders in North America offering systems that monitor not only tire pressure but also tire temperature wirelessly direct to the driver. They have supplied systems worldwide for applications such as race trucks on the Baja 1000 to large mining trucks in South America, recreational vehicles, along with truck operators in the oil patch. The HawksHead TnT system (Truck & Trailer) is designed with the trucking industry in mind. This system uses valve mounted sensors to send pressure and temperature, real time, wirelessly to the driver’s seat. The TnT system based on their TALON model is presently capable of monitoring up to 22 wheels and up to 180psi. They
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aftermarket kits available for retrofit of existing vehicles. These kits are available at the over 5,000 Bendix aftermarket distribution partners across North America.” Bendix monitoring systems have been in place on tractors and trailers since 2005, but the initial trailer product was a standalone system that did not display trailer data in the cab of the truck. The new system, in contrast, will allow any tractor equipped with SmarTire TPMS to recognize and connect to any trailer equipped with the same TPMS system, seamlessly displaying the trailer data in the cab of the tractor. A company press release further summarized the benefits to users: “SmarTire contributes to the overall safety of the driver and truck while helping fleets to address two of their operating top costs: fuel and tires. By monitoring
trailer tires, as well as tractor tires, fleets will be able to truly maximize SmarTire’s safety, efficiency, and fuel economy benefits.” Where there is a push toward quality and service clearly demonstrated by most tire builders, expect to see a commensurate rise in prices. This year, Goodyear increased commercial tire prices in the US by as much as 6 percent, and Continental raised rates by up to 9 percent on selected products. Yokohama, Bridgestone, Toyo, Michelin and others have followed suit. As new legislation raises the benchmark for fuel efficiency and the tire industry inches forward in reaching new milestones, expect to see lighter, longer lasting products constructed with higher measures of environmentally conscious products and higher price tags.
them are temperature compensated alerts. “Our system takes into account the natural increase in pressure when a tire is operating. We calculate the correct pressure for the operating environment and provide alerts and deviation values based on that value. This feature allows us to provide early alerts of a problem, giving the driver or fleet manager more time to react,” he said. Intagliata also highlighted temperature compensated deviation value, internal sensors, and OE and aftermarket availability as hallmarks of the SmarTire TPMS technology, adding that the “system is a factory installed option at Volvo, Navistar and, starting later this year, Kenworth. It stands up to the rigorous requirements of the OEM truck builders. Additionally, we have
will soon offer a 38 wheel model. The monitor has its own power source which also allows handheld operation if required. The sensors have replaceable batteries enabling low-cost operation for the system’s life. The core advantage of the TnT system is the ability to cater to “drop and hook fleets,” allowing any trailer to run with any truck simply by the touch of a button. As mentioned, moving on the highway is where deflations and blow-outs happen. The inside duals are more inaccessible, difficult to view, and often don’t get as much attention as other wheels. Tires can pick up debris and can start to deflate slowly before overloading adjacent wheels, eventually causing a blow-out. Hot pavement and am-
bient temperature dramatically increase tire failures. In addition to the cost of a replacement tire and possibly a rim, being immobile at the side of the highway can be a major expense. The HawksHead TnT system allows the driver to monitor all wheels on the truck and trailer in real time and wirelessly notifies the driver of deflation or over-temperature, allowing them to stop before any major damage is caused. System installation is quick and easy as tires do not need to be removed from the rims for sensor installation. The technology also allows for the interchange of tires to different vehicles if needed. Once installed, the system monitor scrolls through each wheel sep-
arately, indicating pressure and temperature and transmitting the information, both visually and audibly, back to the driver. An alarm notifies the driver of any tire requiring attention. With the increased use of super single tires the TnT system has become a major asset in the trucking industry, especially in the USA. More information on HawksHead Systems can be found at www.TPMS. CA. If you have any further questions please contact Julian Grace or Josephine Grace at 604-745-7206. They are located at 10381 Parkwood Drive, Rosedale, BC V0X 1X0. Their systems can also be seen at the TRUXPO 2012 at TRADEX in Abbotsford, BC, September 21-22, Booth #470.
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Model 20425 Pneumatic Truck Tire Bead Breaker
SCO has just announced the introduction of its new pneumatic truck tire bead breaker that breaks both tough to break truck tire beads at the same time. The Model 20425 eliminates the need to lift and turn the 200 pound heavy truck tire/wheel assembly over to break the second bead. Now the tire technician simply rolls the tire/ wheel assembly into the bead breaker and breaks both beads at the same time in seconds. The Model 20425 is powered by standard shop
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or tire service truck air at 100psi to develop a bead breaking force of over 5,000 lbs. The unit will handle all truck tire/wheel sizes 19.5” through 24.5” including all super singles and X-One type wide base tire/wheels. With a shop floor footprint of only 28” x 32” operating space is not a problem. Due to its small footprint the Model 20425 can also be installed on the power lift gates of all tire service trucks. The bead breaker also helps tire dealers to comply with the OSHA regulations
that forbid the striking of the tire wheel assembly with steel duck bill tire hammers. In addition, the Model 20425 helps reduce the Workers Compensation claims for back strain from lifting heavy objects. For more information contact ESCO at 800.352.9852 or visit our website at www.esco. net to see a video of the unit in action. You can also contact Christopher Manfre, Marketing and Advertising Manager, Tel: 352.754.1117, Fax: 352.754.4508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cross Border Services
Drugs, Guns, and Child Pornography Seized at Southern Ontario Border Crossings
By Dawn Truell
n August 6, 2012 at the Ambassador Bridge, two residents from Florida, a man and a woman, were referred to secondary examination after the male declared one firearm. During this examination border services officers discovered a second undeclared loaded firearm, magazines and ammunition in the rear compartment of the motorcycle, and a baton concealed in the undercarriage. Another undeclared firearm was discovered in his jacket pocket. A fourth loaded weapon was located in the right side compartment duffle bag. The man was charged with making false statements, possession of illegal or prohibited goods and smuggling. Also at the Ambassador Bridge, this time on August 3, 2012, a man was referred for a secondary examination after telling border services officers that he took a wrong turn and came to Canada by
mistake. During the examination a laptop computer was searched and images of suspected child pornography were found. In total, two laptops, two external hard drives, two cell phones and numerous DVDs and CDs were removed from the vehicle. The man was arrested and charged with possession of illegal or prohibited goods and smuggling. Also on August 3, 2012, border services officers at the Peace Bridge examined a courier shipment declared as bed sheets contained within two cardboard boxes. Officers discovered 13 kilograms of marijuana and one kilogram of hashish wrapped in plastic shrink wrap. Officers at the Blue Water Bridge on August 3, 2012, found four Illinois residents who were carrying 14 grams of marijuana and 66 ecstasy pills. The four individuals were arrested by the CBSA and charged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The same day, during an examination of a commercial vehicle, border services officers discovered 1.63 kilograms of Khat located in the truck’s cab. This is a very dangerous drug. It looks like marijuana but is far more dangerous and powerful. Commonly called Arabian Tea, it causes immediate psychological damage.
With the assistance of detector dog, Maggie, this drug smuggling shipment was counteracted. The driver and co-driver, both residents of Scarborough, Ontario, were arrested by the CBSA and charged by the RCMP. That same day another
seizure involved a female resident of Indiana travelling to Kitchener to visit a friend. She was referred for an examination during which border services officers discovered a loaded firearm. The woman was arrested. On July 25, 2012, at the
Blue Water Bridge, a resident of London was referred for an examination when officers discovered 3,000 Salbutamol pills, a regulated narcotic, concealed in the vehicle. The London resident was arrested and charges are pending.
For further information on aiding in the fight against contraband smuggling, and about C-TPAT, FAST, and PIP, please contact Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services, www.crossborderservices. org, crossborderservices@ cogeco.net.
Khat, or Arabian Tea is a very dangerous drug. It looks like marijuana but is far more dangerous and powerful. September 2012 11
New Products & Services
New In-Cab Enhancements for MACK® Pinnacle™
reensboro, North Carolina - Mack Trucks has unveiled a suite of driverfocused enhancements for its MACK® Pinnacle™ highway models designed to improve comfort and productivity. The new interior enhancements include the following. An optional center storage console, located between the seats in Pinnacle Day Cab models, provides nearly one cubic foot of convenient space for large-item storage. The console includes interior lighting and a 12-
volt power supply. There is an optional ambient red floor lighting, subtle or indirect, for use at night when driving or when stationary. Either the driver’s footwell area or the entire floor can be illuminated. A standard ‘dead pedal’ for the driver’s left foot to maximize comfort while driving and to help the driver maintain an ergonomically correct seating position. A standard dashmounted ergonomically designed single DIN MACK® mDRIVE™ automated manual transmis-
sion shifter keypad. Improved functionality for MACK® PowerLeash+™ Engine Brake controls, standard on all models, enabling the driver to set and maintain a target downhill braking engagement speed, in or out of cruise control. When equipped with mDRIVE, the new MaxBrake function on the transmission’s keypad uses mDRIVE’s downshift strategy to automatically keep the engine in its optimum RPM range for maximum engine braking efficiency. A remote in-dash sleep-
Cdn Link Logistics with Loadlink Integration
oronto, Ontario - TransCore Link Logistics completes integration of their Canadian freight matching system with Linkdispatch in the latest release of their dispatching application. Unlike the United States market where integration is more widespread, this is the first integration of its kind for Canadian trucking companies. “This enhancement is a competitive advantage for our customers. There’s no more re-keying information from one system to another, streamlining the entire freight management process by completing Loadlink postings with one click,” said Claudia Milicevic, TransCore Link Logistics General Manager. “This provides one system that does everything from initial quote to eliminating empty backhauls.” Linkdispatch users will now have the ability to manage their business 12 September 2012
from end-to-end. Entries in Linkdispatch can be transferred into the Loadlink® freight matching system automatically. Also included is the ability to download customer details from Loadlink into Linkdispatch, eliminating even more manual keying and increasing efficiency and reducing potential errors. Existing Linkdispatch customers receive this new feature as part of their regular Linkdispatch program upgrades and can immediately post entries into Loadlink with a single click once they install the new version. They also retain their full Loadlink access independent from Linkdispatch, allowing them the flexibility to post within Linkdispatch or directly into the Loadlink freight matching system. TransCore’s Loadlink freight matching database constitutes the largest Canadian network of carriers, owner operators,
freight brokers and intermediaries and has been available to Canadian subscribers since its inception in 1990. Over 13 million full loads, LTL (less than truck load) shipments and trucks are posted to the Loadlink network annually. As a result of this high volume, TransCore’s Canadian Freight Index is representative of the ups and downs in spot market freight movement and provides a historical account of the domestic and cross border spot market freight movement. The Loadlink network provides Canadian based companies with the largest online database of available loads and trucks, unlimited access to the network and integrated services and guaranteed payment. For more information about TransCore, contact Barbara Catlin at 972.740.7150 or email Barbara.catlin@transcore. com.
er auxiliary HVAC switch, allowing the driver to pre-warm or pre-cool the sleeper from the driver’s seat while the truck is in operation. This feature is standard for 70-inch and 60-inch sleepers and optional for the 56-inch and 48-inch sleepers; and self-cancelling turn signals, which are standard on trucks and optional on tractors. “Driver retention is critical, and one way to positively impact that is to improve driver comfort,” said Jerry Warmkessel, Mack Highway Marketing Manager. “A comfortable driver is also a more productive, safer driver. We listened to what our customers told us they wanted in their cabs, and we’re delivering it with this series
New interior enhancements were recently introduced to the MACK® Pinnacle™ series to increase driver comfort and productivity. of interior enhancements that result in a more comfortable, productive cab environment.” In 2011, Mack introduced other interior enhancements to the Mack Pinnacle series, including an optional one-piece windshield and an up-
dated Grand Touring trim package with button-tuck vinyl and ultra leather seats at no extra charge over the previous trim offering. For more information about Mack, visit our web site at www.macktrucks. com.
New Products & Services
Next Generation Lane Departure Warning System
roy, Michigan Meritor WABCO, a leader in the development and integration of safety technology for the commercial vehicle industry, today announced its next generation Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, including the innovative SafeTraK technology by Takata Corporation, will be available for fleet installation starting in October this year. Meritor WABCO’s LDW, p o w e r e d b y Ta k a t a ’s SafeTraK technology, is a forward-looking, visionbased system designed to monitor the road and the vehicle’s position in the lane, audibly warning the driver if the vehicle unintentionally leaves its lane. Drivers are alerted if the system detects lane drifts, weaving or lane changes without a turnsignal application. Advanced image analysis
algorithms enable the Meritor WABCO LDW to detect a wide variety of lane markings, such as dividing lines on the highway, even in unfavorable lighting or weather conditions where there are limited visible solid, dashed or reflective lane markings. The Meritor WABCO LDW is a fully integrated compact unit with automatic calibration and integrated diagnostics that simplify setup and operation. A valuable feature unique only to the Meritor WABCO LDW is a Driver Alertness Warning (DAW) function that provides a warning when the system determines that the driver is drowsy. This differentiated and powerful tool helps drivers stay aware of dangerous driving situations caused by fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association
(FMCSA) has cited “failure to keep in proper lane” as the third most cited reason for a fatal truck accident, an event that is commonly caused by distraction or fatigue. While fleet management can monitor and train on adhering to hours of service (HOS) regulations to mitigate drowsiness, drivers may still operate their vehicles while fatigued or inattentive. Fatigued or inattentive driving can result in higher accident costs (average of $91,000 for all accident types, including property damage, injury and fatal) and less favorable CSA 2010 ratings. The CSA 2010 weighting for a fatigued driver violation in the Driver Fatigue BASIC is the most extreme and Meritor WABCO customers realize that LDW can assist them in preventing this violation. FMCSA has estimated the payback for
LDW type systems to be as short as nine months and the payback as high as $6.55 for every dollar spent. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended the adoption of LDW due to their high efficacy. “Customers recognize our continuous commitment to optimize safety products and have expressed great interest in our new system,” said Jon Morrison, president and general manager, Meritor WABCO. “With more than 800 million North American commercial truck miles logged, Meritor WABCO’s LDW system, with the addition of next generation SafeTraK technology by Takata, broadens our portfolio of active safety systems for the commercial vehicle, allows us to be a single, integrated supplier for all critical safety
needs, and provides the fleet with a valuable tool in improving safety and reducing costs.” Meritor WABCO handles all sales and technical support for LDW. Product warranties are handled by Meritor WABCO’s OnTrac ® customer service. For additional product information, or to order, contact Meritor WABCO in the United States or Canada by calling 866-OnTrac1 866.668.7221). Takata Corporation is a global leader in passive and active safety systems. Meritor WABCO is a North American joint
venture focused on braking systems and controls, active safety systems, and suspension and control systems for commercial vehicles in North America. Two leading global suppliers back Meritor WABCO. Meritor, Inc., a supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions; while WABCO Automotive Control Systems, Inc., provides breakthrough technologies and control systems for the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. For more information, visit meritorwabco. com.
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Health Insurance Matters
A Risk Assessment Equals Rewards
By Lina Demedeiros
laims are the leading cause of increased operational costs, loss of profits and the low retention of quality skilled trades people. The impact of legislation and compliance within regulatory bodies affects the skilled trades market more extensively than any other industry.
At LMD Insurance, we have found that allying ourselves with Canada’s leading suppliers in all areas of the insurance industry supports our efforts to offset risks for those we serve. It is indeed the most powerful way to help our clients increase profits, decrease risk and retain quality workers. A new organization is under development that will help educate businesses, workers and even insurance agents with current and accurate insurance information for all Canadians. We are proud to have been chosen by CanadianInsuranceAuthority.ca as one of Canada’s insurance authorities that will be
responsible for providing updates, advice and news on a monthly basis. As an employer or end user of any product or service, most consumers are unaware of the outcome of their purchase until the need to apply their product
arises. The Canadian Insurance Authority intends to become a valuable resource for the general public to research insurance related companies, products and services that
best meet their needs. Over the years the insurance industry has introduced a variety of tools to help limit risk exposure to employers and increase efficiencies for advisers working in this market so that they may focus more on educating their clients rather than selling to them. By taking the time to assess the needs of your company, including various working relationships, it is advisable to research existing needs and long term goals that will help define the most effective insurance strategy that can be put into action. By accessing an allied, virtual network of insurance suppliers, in combination
with a solid plan, you will be able to position your company for increased stability and profit yields. Together, savings should be realized for many years to come. The skilled trades market sees more short term losses, and some catastrophic losses, than other industries. However, the majority of short term losses that do occur are generally not addressed by focusing on the needs of suppliers. The leading cause of reduced profitability that impacts the retention of quality employees and results in program abuses is due to claims that exceed limitations and benefits not covered with market share in the skilled trades markets.
ALLOCATING RISK The skilled trades market contains a variety of working relationships that affect employees and contracted workers. The nature of both working relationships requires a combined effort to ensure that all worker and company needs are effectively addressed in order to avoid a negative impact on profitability. Some risk exposures include automobile, liability, loss of earnings (disability), benefit plans for loss of life, extended health care costs associated with an injury on the job and/or accident, or benefits relating to compensation plans. As the cost of drugs and health care rises, these risk-management tools are being overextended and affecting profitability. An insurance strategy utilizing a combination of ideal products and services is key to balanced risk management. Our new program utilizes tools, both to address cost increases that threaten earnings and minimize exposure to employers. At the same time we help the employee and/or contracted worker make an informed decision. By taking the time at the renewal period to assess your risk exposure and create an effective insurance strategy, savings will be realized for many years to come. If you want to know more about these issues and strategies we are more than happy to answer your questions. Please visit us at www. LMDinsurance.ca to request a consultation and use www.CanadianInsuranceAuthority.ca as a resource starting late in 2012.
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Invited to an MTO Office for your Facility Audit?
By Mark Reynolds
have received calls recently from truck operators telling me that they have been contacted by an MTO Facility Auditor requesting that the operator attend the MTO office for a Facility Audit. They are told to bring their
books and records with them and are given a list of documents that the auditor would like to see. I would advise any operators that receive this request to politely decline the invitation. Firstly, the legislation allows the officer to enter the premises of an operator to conduct this audit and inspect the books and records the operator is required to keep. I am not aware of any legislation that permits an officer to compel an operator to attend an MTO office for such an examination of these records.
What might happen if the operator did not fully understand which documents were to be produced? It could very well result in charges against that operator for failing to keep proper books and records that may actually be available at the operator’s premises. This practice, although not widespread, has been going on for many years. One of the problems with this is that the operator is usually reluctant to defy the request to attend the MTO office, and is therefore intimidated into attending and delivering books and
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transaction.” When asked “why partner with Money in Motion”, Mr. Duns stated, “They are an exceptional addition to our growing organization. With annual leasing volumes exceeding $100 million annually and a company directive to provide exceptional service, MIM is well positioned to meld with our brand and provide a superior customer experience.” As Aero Auctions expands operations across Canada and into the U.S.A., MIM is ideally situated to conveniently serve our customers. With four office locations throughout Ontario plus Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and now Buffalo N.Y., MIM has an established presence in the major centers of our future growth path. Established in 1989, Aero Auctions Sales Inc. has been serving the market with integrity for over 20 years. Our corporate organization specializes in Heavy Equipment, Transportation, Marine and Recreational products. With a growing reputation for providing quality equipment, tremendous value and
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records to the MTO office. This practice is improper, and the reasoning behind the legislation is that it is the officer’s duty to attend the operator’s premises, not the other way around. There are too many things that can go wrong and the operator is put at a distinct disadvantage. In this case, the legislation is intentionally on the side of the operator. There are methods used by MTO auditors that, although not illegal, are certainly unfair. The one that comes to mind is the practice of contacting an operator and informing the individual that the aud-
itor will be attending their place of business on very short notice, sometimes less than 24 hours. This again puts the operator at a disadvantage given that they have a business to run and cannot always have themselves or the appropriate staff available to properly participate in the audit. Again, some records may not be produced simply because the right person was not available at such short notice. In my opinion this method may be used to make it difficult for the operator to schedule someone to represent their interests at the audit. I would suggest
that if this happens to you, that you contact your legal representative as soon as possible. Bear in mind that the majority of MTO officers conduct themselves in a very professional manner, and are very aware of the operator’s rights, but as in any profession there are always the few that will push the envelope. Mark Reynolds is a licensed paralegal, former truck driver, MTO enforcement officer, provincial trainer and enforcement coordinator and can be reached at 416.221.6888 or by email at MarkReynolds@ OTTLegal.com.
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“Big Rig” Delivers Hands-on Fun & Education to Community Children’s Museum
olvo Trucks has p a r t n e r e d w i th the Greensboro, North Carolina Children’s Museum to open a new permanent exhibit featuring a Volvo VNL 670. The interactive display allows children to get behind the wheel and explore all aspects of the truck and its sleeper cab as they learn the importance of trucks in society. Greensboro is home to Volvo Trucks’ North American headquarters. “The new truck exhibit provides a fun environment for children to learn about the integral role trucks play in sustaining the quality of life in our communities,” said Ron Huibers, President, Volvo Tr u c k s N o r t h A m e r ican Sales & Market-
ing. “Greensboro is home to Volvo Trucks, and we’re proud to have a place where our employees can take their children to learn about the industry we serve.” T h e Vo l v o V N L 6 7 0 model, housed in the Museum’s transportation area, also provides an active and imaginative setting to learn about Volvo’s focus on safety and environmental care. In addition to showcasing facts on each of those values, the exhibit is designed to teach children how to safely cross the street in front of stopped vehicles and buckle three-point safety belts – a feature Volvo invented in 1959. “We are thrilled to have a Volvo truck as our newest addition,” said Mar-
ian King, Chief Executive Officer of the Museum. “Recognized as a leader in transportation technology, Volvo is a great partner with the Children’s Museum as we are a leader in developing creativity, curiosity and learning through play. The bright red truck will inspire and entertain for years to come.” Greensboro area officials and more than 800 Volvo employees and their families recently attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the permanent exhibit. The Greensboro Child r e n ’s M u s e u m i s a n interactive museum for children, their families and teachers. The 37,000 square foot facility in downtown Greensboro, N.C. includes more than 20
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bined experience. When asked about Niagara Truck & Trailer, Lefrancois says, “Delivering quality work at competitive rates is what brings our customers in. Following up on our word is what keeps them here, and our personal touch and family atmosphere is what keeps them coming back.” Conveniently open weekdays from 7 AM to midnight with after hour service available, Niagara Truck & Trailer is eager to satisfy all your repair and
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permanent hands-on exhibits designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment for children. Vo l v o Tr u c k s N o r t h America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VN, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality stan-
dards. For further information, please contact Brandon Borgna, phone
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CAPTION: The interactive Volvo VNL 670 exhibit allows children to get behind the wheel and explore all aspects of the truck and its sleeper cab as they learn the importance of trucks in society.
On the Road to Sell-Out!
bbotsford, British Columbia - TRUXPO will be rolling into Abbotsford September 20-22, 2012. TRADEX will play host to Western Canada’s largest and most inclusive trucking show. The 2012 edition promises to be the place to do business, as key decision makers in the transportation and logistics industry prepare to modernize their fleets and warehouses. TRUXPO is the event where industry meets to find new products and to see the latest in commercial truck and transportation equipment. Fleet managers, truck buyers, operators, service personnel and distributors want to talk with your sales and technical staff face to face to plan their next purchase. Preparations are well underway and booth space is filling up quickly for TRUXPO. Show Management is reporting that booth space is over 90% SOLD OUT. Local, national and international exhibitors and visitors will be at TRUXPO, which is one of Canada’s largest shows of class 5-8 trucks and equipment. Show Management is pleased to roll out some new features for this year’s edition, including the “Recruiting Here” feature. Exhibitors who are look-
ing to grow their ranks and hire new employees are encouraged to let us know. We will provide signage indicating that they are on the hunt for new talent! Visitors are invited to come with resume in hand to meet prospective new employers in the massive trucking and logistics industry. Our website also has details about which companies are currently involved in this feature. Another new facet of TRUXPO is the New Medium-Duty/Private Fleet Feature. Whether you manufacture, distribute, install, sell or repair commercial trucks, the new Medium-Duty/Private Fleet component to TRUXPO 2012 is the venue for your business to showcase your products. There will be a strong emphasis on Trucks within Classes 3-7, Vocational Trucks, Service, Parts, Private Fleets and MediumDuty Trucks. Audiences will be targeted via various industry associations to invite stakeholders to see the latest products and services available on the market today. This includes Landscaping Companies, Service Vehicles, Furniture Companies, Contractors, Pickup & Delivery Companies, Municipalities and Bever-
age Companies. An educational component will also be added this year featuring relevant and timely topics, including a presentation from E3 Fleet. They will speak on: “Saving fuel, reducing the carbon footprint of your fleet”, which will feature some of the innovations that their members are implementing. TRUXPO is also proud to announce that E3 Fleet is endorsing the 2012 edition of the show. E3 Fleet is Canada’s first and only national program dedicated to green performance by fleets of vehicles. We are also proud to be endorsed by the Canadian Association of Fleet Supervisors (CAFS). They are a professional organization promoting the safe operation, maintenance and management of Commercial and Municipal Fleet Vehicles and Trucks through education, training and industry representation in Greater Vancouver, BC and throughout British Columbia. Visit www.TRUXPO.com for all the details, as well as the new product showcase for a sneak peak of what will be at TRUXPO! For Media Inquiries please contact Denise Miller, Publicist, Master Promotions Ltd. at dmiller@ mpltd.ca or call 1-888454-7469.
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Ontario Truck Driving Championships (OTDC)
Mississauga Hosts 66th Annual OTDC
ruck drivers from across Ontario and their families gathered in Mississauga, July 13th to 15th as the city played host to the Ontario Truck Driving Championships (OTDC), along with their Partner in Safety, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation for its National
Safety Code Challenge. The Skills Competition, held at the Mississauga Hershey Centre on Saturday, July 14th, saw close to 500 people in attendance. Throughout the day, onlookers witnessed the precision and skill of many of Ontario’s finest professional truck drivers.
Drivers were evaluated through a series of difficult, competitive tests that measure the level of driver expertise, the contestant’s knowledge of rules of the road, safety, courtesy and efficiency in vehicle handling. The Graduating Class was introduced this year,
OTDC Team Ontario: (from left) Brian Heyworth, SLH Transport Inc., Jeff MacLean, SLH Transport Inc., Joe Kuntz, Home Hardware Stores, Wayne Burnett, Home Hardware Stores, and Sean Matheson (centre), Home Hardware Stores.
Roll Stability System Analysis
rlington, Virginia - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released the industry’s first major comparative analysis of Roll Stability Systems (RSS) based on carrier operational data. ATRI’s study analyzed crash rates, crash costs, and technology costs for Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems compared to vehicles without any RSS technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a proposed new federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) which would mandate ESC on all new truck tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000
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pounds and higher. ATRI’s research, based on data from over 135,000 heavy trucks, indicated that installation of RSC technology may result in fewer rollovers and jackknife crashes compared to trucks equipped with ESC. Furthermore, the study found that RSC installation costs were significantly lower than ESC installation costs. The full study can be requested from ATRI’s website at atri-online. org. ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) notfor-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
a competitive opportunity for the newly licensed driver, Lynn Martin of Wayfreight Service Ltd., to proudly accept the trophy at the dinner and awards ceremony that night at Stage West. A 30-year veteran of the Championships, Jeff MacLean of SLH Transport Inc., was named Grand Champion. He also received the Highest Points award. Jeff has received numerous awards over the
years, but says this is his last year competing. What a nice way to finish! A list of winners is available online at www.otdc. ca. About The Ontario Truck Driving Championships (OTDC): The Championships were designed to create greater public awareness of truck driving as an important and necessary profession. For 66 years, the Championships
have provided a forum for professional truck drivers to display their skills, knowledge, courtesy and professionalism required to conduct business on Ontario streets and highways. For more information about the Ontario Truck Driving Championships, please contact Penny Rabishaw at 905.693.0660 or Ewen Steele at 416-432006, or visit the website at www.otdc.ca.
Hwy 69 Improvements Completed
udbury, Ontario August 3rd, 2012 marked the completion of construction for the widening and realignment of Highway 69 today, from Highway 637 to Estaire, near Sudbury. Highway 69 is a key route that connects rural communities, urban areas, First Nation communities and recreational areas. The new four-lane highway will allow for continued development and growth in the local tourism and recreation sectors. It will also improve travel times and road safety by reducing congestion and making passing easier. Work on this project included construction of an underpass at Highway 637, and Ontario’s first overhead wildlife crossing bridge, which is expected
to reduce animal-vehicle collisions. The completion brings a section of realigned highway that bypasses a series of dangerous “S” curves into full operation. The 13-kilometre corridor of new four-lane highway was funded jointly by the Governments of Canada and Ontario. The Government of Canada is providing up to $35.8 million towards this $68.2-million project through the Building Canada Fund. The Province of Ontario provided the balance of funding through the Northern Highways Program. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s leadership, and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession
better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery, with more than 765,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. Find out more about the opportunities in Economic Action Plan 2012 at www.budget. gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html. Building Together is the Government of Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province’s roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and post-secondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Ontario has invested over $75 billion in infrastructure since 2003 and plans to invest another $12.9 billion in 20122013.
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Mixing It Up With A & A & Mack
hen contractors want innovation, they call on A & A Ready Mixed Concrete. When A & A wants innovation, the company calls on Mack Trucks. “A & A tries to be a visionary in the placement of concrete and the concrete industry,” said Mike Cook,Fleet/Purchasing Manager for the Newport Beach, California firm. A & A and its related companies have embraced innovation from day one. When Andre P. Caillier founded the company in 1949, he started with 40 trucks and two batch plants. Today his sons, Kurt and Randy Caillier, own the largest family-owned supplier of ready-mix concrete in California. A & A operates 28 plants, employs 500 people and is responsible for 1,000 vehicles. It works on some of the biggest projects in the state,
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including the $2.4 billion Alameda Corridor rail line, the largest high-rise in Los Angeles and airport expansions in San Francisco and Oakland. “We have a hard-working group of people and a lot of support from the owners,” Cook said, citing hundreds of consecutive successful inspections by the California Highway Patrol as evidence of that support. “We have inspection teams that go to all locations, conduct inspections and help our on-site mechanics fix trucks. Our plant and maintenance managers all work together as a team to help achieve a common goal of having well-trained drivers and safe, reliable equipment.” That led A & A to purchase trucks from TEC of California at La Mirada – originally the big, beefy R and RD models, and now Mack® Granite® models that hold up to years
of punishment on and off the road. Recently the company bought a fleet of 22 Mack Pinnacle™ models with EPA-2010-certified MP™ engines for the company’s sand and gravel operation. “Mack is the only truck that can last that long,” Cook said. When California tightened its weight and emissions laws, the company needed
another shot of innovation. Enter the Mack Granite Medium Heavy Duty model. Built on the rugged Cornerstone™ chassis with lighter frame rail, engine and transmission options, the MHD weighs in at hundreds of pounds less than its bigger sibling. That appealed to A & A, which ran a MHD demo for several months with good results.
“A mixer here needs to be different to carry a decent sized payload,” Cook said. “We need a truck that will last a long time and still meet the weight requirements. The MHD Granite’s spec allows us to haul a payload that is better than the other trucks we have in a similar class. Mack has made a more competitive truck for the California
market.” Drivers like it, too. “The MHD is quiet and smoothriding, loaded and unloaded,” said Dennis Pyle, who started driving in 1984. “The cab is comfortable, visibility is nice, and steering is good. I think it turns tighter than the competition. It looks good. The truck gets the job done.
American Trucking Association (ATA)
Stakeholders Rank Top Concerns
rlington, Virginia - The American Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s notfor-profit research organization, today launched the 2012 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Association (ATA), asks
trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. This year the survey has been streamlined to allow the industry to give feedback more quickly, while also providing a broader range of issues to consider.
The results of the 2012 survey will be released at the ATA Annual Management Conference and Exhibition, to be held October 7-10, 2012 in Las Vegas. Industry stakeholders are encouraged to complete the survey online. Alternately a paper copy is available on ATRI’s web-
site at www.atri-online. org. ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) notfor-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.
The Safety Tip Adviser
Truckers & Motorists Should Work Together to Make Our Roads Safer
By Alvis Violo
otorists and truck drivers share the road every day, but how much do we really know about how safely they do that? Truck drivers compete with other drivers on the road and are susceptible to accidents caused by poor roads or driving conditions, inexperienced drivers, and poor equipment maintenance. Proper maintenance, training and safety tips are important to prevent a potentially serious accident. For motorists, a number
of best practices can reduce accident risk. Being aware that trucks create wind gusts, for example, is a good reminder to keep both hands on the wheel when passing a tractor. When coming to a stop on a hill, make sure to leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the truck ahead. Trucks may roll back as the driver releases the brake. Be sure to avoid speeding when a truck is passing. The best advice is to stay to the right and slow down as this will give more room for the truck to pass and to remove you from his blind spot quicker. If a truck driver is signaling to change lanes, allow plenty of space. An average truck changing lanes at highway speeds needs an eight second gap, or approximately 215 metres - the length of 2 1/2 football fields, to make
the pass. For truck drivers, a number of procedures are called for. Since motorists may not know that a truck needs to swing wide to the left when making a right turn, it’s advisable to double check mirrors beforehand. Be sure, as well, to signal early and often when maneuvering through and around intersections. In heavy traffic, motorists who drive alongside the truck may not see your turn signal. Signaling early, then, gives motorists the information they need to decide whether or not to pull alongside you. Another cardinal rule that every trucker should follow is: don’t tailgate. It makes motorists uneasy to have 36,000 kilograms of truck on their rear bumper. Whenever possible, leave extra space between your
truck and the cars around you. Many motorists don’t know how long it takes a truck to stop or how much room you need to pass safely. When pulling off the road, make sure you use proper parking areas. Trucks are four times more likely to be rear-ended than cars. It is especially important to use designated parking areas when possible. If this isn’t an option, then pull completely off the road and set out flares, safety triangles or other devices to alert approaching drivers. Be aware of the “blind spots” in mirrors, especially when turning and changing lanes, and also take note of the characteristics of the load that is being carried. Livestock, for example, will have a tendency to shift during turns, and liquids will slosh if the tank is not
full. High loads may come into contact with power lines or tree branches. Remember not to overload a truck. It is hard to steer and stop, and the additional weight puts stress on tires, suspensions, cooling systems and drive trains. Truck drivers and other motorists do not have a choice when it comes to sharing our roads. Instead of getting upset with each other, why not show respect and make our roads safer? It can save lives,
including our own. Drive safe, think positive, and be prosperous! Alvis Violo is the C.E.O. of Emergency Road Services Corporation., a coast to coast 24 hour bilingual roadside assistance company dedicated to the trucking industry in Canada and the U.S. For more information, visit www.emergencyroadservices.com or call 877.377.2262. Please send your questions, feedback or comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Économie de Carburant Produits
Mettant les Produits de Carburant Économique au Service du But de Faire Valoir l’Éfficacité Optimale Par Marek Krasuski
e 11 septembre 2011, le National H i g h w a y Tr a f f i c Safety Administration (NHSTA) et l’ Environmental Protection Agency ( E PA ) a m é r i c a i n s o n t présenté de nouvelles normes qui exigent une amélioration dans l’économie de carburant pour des véhicules commerciaux poids lourds nouvellement construits pendant 2014 et 2018. Ces changements suivent des politiques antérieures - la réduction d’oxyde d’azote (NOx) et de particules de diesel (DPM) par exemple avec le but de réduire la consommation d’énergie et les émissions dangereuses dans l’environnement. Pris ensemble, ces règlements, avec la nécessité de réduire les taux de coût-par-mille ont poussé la recherche et le développement des produits d’économie de carburant. Le National Research Council signale que les technologies courantes sont capables de réduire l’énergie dans les poids lourds par de 45% à 50% entre 2015 et 2020. Cette réduction d’énergie significative est soutenue par une surabondance d’innovations dans les conceptions de camions, de remorques et de moteurs, aussi bien que dans les pièces détachées et des produits supplémentaires concues pour réduire la consommation d’énergie et d’améliorer la performance.
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Les manufacturiers de camions classe 8, par exemple, se sont concentrés sur les améliorations aérodynamiques pour réaliser leurs buts. Les améliorations en conceptions de carosserie ont joué un rôle critique dans ces constructions parce que tant d’énergie est dépensée sur la route et inévitablement, la résistance au vent. Pour les camions classe 8, les possibilités d’economiser ont poussé les manufacturiers à se concentrer sur la conception aérodynamique, ce qui réduit la résistance au vent et, par suite, le débit d’énergie. Là où l’industrie n’a pas réussi, au moins selon les manufacturiers de remorques, est dans l’adoption de remorques aérodynamiques par les c o m pa g n i es c o m m er ciales, qui ont fait preuve d’une préférence pour des tracteurs aux lignes pures. Ils prétendent que les remorques sont responsables pour presque les trois quarts de la résistance totale d’une combinaison poids lourds camion-remorque et que l’emploi de remorques aérodynamiques peut améliorer l’économie de carburant par 14% sur des unités voyageants à 80 kph. Il y a une variété d’améliorations qui réduisent la résistance au vent, connu aussi sous le nom de ‘résistance aérodynamique’. Elles incluent des planches droites, des jupes, des carénages et des additions en forme
de bateau qui améliorent le niveau de performance. Certains spécialistes offrent des appareils qui peuvent être installés à des concessions sur des routes majeures qui sont capables de changer les tendances dominantes du vent et d’y réduire la résistance. Inclus dans le programme de mesures d’économie de carburant sont les technologies de logiciel, telle la télématique et l’équipement télécommandé qui maximise le temps de fonctionnement, en s’adressant immédiatement aux problèmes de service et en surveillant des intervalles de révision. L’industrie est en train de surmonter sa résistance traditionnelle aux programmes de logiciel, une répugnance née de restrictions de service comme le magasinage d’information. De différents programmes étaient spécifiques à de différentes fonctions. Des programmes d’expédition, par exemple, étaient distincts et séparés des programmes de comptabilité ou de gestion de flotte. Et il n’y avait pas de fonctions intégrées qui auraient permis une connection entre un département et un autre. Les services technologiques ont maintenant déblayé ces difficultés avec des systèmes de gestion intégrés qui rationalisent toutes les activités d’une compagnie. Les programmes d’expédition aujourd’hui, par exemple, envoient le camion le plus proche à la commande d’un client et ainsi élimine le risque d’envoyer un camion de plus loin. Les manufacturiers de pneus aussi ont fait leur part de développement du produit en réduisant la résistance roulante. Parmi la liste d’améliorations se trouve le pneu simple et large, connu sous le nom ‘Super Singles’. Les
plus grands avantages des pneus simples sont l’économie de carburant et la capacité accrue de porter du poids. En réduisant le nombre des pneus de deux à un de chaque côté du véhicule on réduit le poids par la moitié et on diminue la résistance roulante. Certaines compagnies ont approuvé les pneus simples larges. Leur appréciation se base sur l’économie du carburant, absence de panne de pneu, et une meilleure résistance roulante. Les produits de valeur coûtent, en général, plus cher, mais en fin de compte sont plus
économiques à cause de la meilleure qualité. Des analystes disent que les économies accrues de la réduction en résistance roulante est 1.5%. Les compagnies de transport peuvent s’attendre à beaucoup plus de leurs pneus puisque des puces sont fixées dans les pneus qui contiennent des informations critiques concernant la force du pneu, sa pression, sa température et son historique, des données qui sont transmises au directeur de flotte Néanmoins, un facteur clé dans l’entretien de la qualité du pneu et en surveillant l’économie du carburant est la pres-
sion du pneu. Trop ou trop peu de pression peut avoir un effet néfaste sur l’économie du carburant et la durabilité du produit. Ceux qui connaissent l’industrie notent que, bien que les aérodynamiques, une amélioration dans la résistance roulante et d’autres stratégies donnent une meilleure économie de carburant, le comportement du conducteur reste toujours le facteur principal de l’économie de carburant. Comme un analyste a noté « Entre le meilleur et le pire conducteur, la différence Produits >>
Wajax Power Systems & Volvo Penta Canada
Wajax Power Systems et Volvo Penta Canada Accroissent Leur Entente de Distribution de Moteurs
ajax Power Systems est heureuse d’annoncer notre récente entente avec Volvo Penta Canada pour accroitre notre distribution et notre soutien technique des moteurs industriels et des moteurs commerciaux nautiques Volvo dans des marchés choisis du Canada. Cette entente est le fruit de la solide relation commerciale établie entre Volvo Penta Canada et Wajax Power Systems, qui était déjà distributeur agréé des moteurs industriels et de génératrices au Québec et dans les provinces de l’Atlantique et de moteurs nautiques commerciaux de 9 à 16
L au Québec et à TerreNeuve/Labrador. Wajax Power Systems a été nommé distributeur exclusif Volvo Penta Power Centre en Ontario pour les moteurs nautiques commerciaux de 9 à 16 L, pour les moteurs de génératrices et industriels, et le distributeur exclusif Volvo Penta Power Centre pour les moteurs de génératrices et industriels au Manitoba et en Saskatchewan. La nouvelle entente de distribution inclut les pièces de rechange, l’entretien, le soutien de garantie et la vente de moteurs neufs. « Wajax Power Systems a représenté la gamme Volvo Penta au Québec
et dans les provinces de l’Atlantique depuis plusieurs années et, grâce à cette relation fruc tueuse, nous avons vu notre responsabilité accrue sur une zone beaucoup plus vaste au Canada », explique Richard Plain, Président de Wajax Power Systems. « Volvo Penta est un fabricant de
calibre international et nous somme très heureux d’être leur plus gros partenaire de distribution au Canada. » « Cette nouvelle opportunité est très excitante pour nous et nous savons que Wajax Power Systems pourra mettre à profit son expérience pour accroitre notre part
de marché des moteurs nautiques, industriels et de génératrices en Ontario, au Manitoba et en Saskatchewan », déclare Fred Lachlan, Directeur des Ventes - Volvo Penta Canada. Afin d’assurer des standards de qualité élevés, notre personnel a reçu une formation complète et Wajax Power
Systems met en place l’outillage, l’inventaire de pièces et un système de soutien de garantie pour servir les besoins de sa clientèle. Pour de plus amples informations, contactez Kelsie Kelly, Marketing Coordinator, Wajax Power Systems à wpsvolvo@ wajax.com.
on augmente son efficacité de carburant par 2%. »
pas se fier aux réclamations qui promettent des
carburant. Mais où l’industrie
ant annuelle de $12.000, dépendant de la distance,
de schiste argileux. Mac Trucks, une section
en économie de carburant peut s’élever jusqu’à 25%. Un conducteur peut améliorer sa performance et son économie de carburant en évitant des changements de vitesse soudains, en réduisant sa vitesse, en maximisant l’usage de son moteur, en évitant de le mettre au ralenti pendant de longues périodes et en se débarrassant de cargaison superflu. En se dépouillant de 100 livres de poids supplémentaire,
Les additifs de carburant ont aussi pris leur place dans l’effort de réduire la consommation de carburant particulièrement quand les prix des carburants sont élevés. L’industrie des additifs de carburant a eu un passé en dents de scie, gâté principalement par les prétendions scandaleuses de charlatans qui ont fait des réclamations sans preuve. Le Federal Trade Commission américaine a prévenu les clients de ne
économies de jusqu’à 25%. Malgré les plaintes contre ces marques inférieures qui cherchent à tromper les consommateurs avec des exagérations, des représentants de l’industrie chimique appuient l’emploi d’additifs de carburant diesel dont beaucoup améliorent l’économie de carburant et la performance du démarrage à froid, une meilleure combustion et, en plus, ajoutent de la lubricité au
a vraiment montré sa f o r c e i n n ov a t r i c e e s t dans la construction de nouveaux camions. La combinaison de règlements plus strictes avec la demande pour une performance coût-par-mille moins couteuse continue d’accélérer le développement des produits. Par exemple, les moteurs PACCAR MX construits par Cummins qui font fonctionner beaucoup des unités de chez Kenworth se conforment déjà aux normes de consommation de carburant prévues pour les moteurs de 2014-2018 décrits dans les normes d’efficacité de carburant présentées l’année passée par l’administration Obama. Selon le directeur de Ventes Nationales de chez Kenworth Gary Crudge « On a construit le moteur de cette façon pour ne pas avoir à faire des révisions couteuses en 2014. » La remarque suivante de Crudge sur l’économie de carburant est à noter. « On peut dire que pour les camions à longue distance qui roulent 300.000 milles par an, nous comptons une économie de carbur-
de la performance du conducteur, du poids et du terrain. » On prédit que le prix des nouveaux camions augmentera par à peu près $6.000 – dépense que beaucoup estiment sera absorbée pendant la première année par les économies de carburant cumulatives. Entretemps, Freightliner a annoncé récemment que sa nouvelle version du Cascadia a réalisé une meilleure économie de carburant. La compagnie dit que son nouveau modèle réalise 7% plus d’efficacité que les modèles courants. Les OEM aussi sont en train de choisit le gaz naturel pour alimenter les nouveaux moteurs. Le directeur de Ventes Regionales chez Peterbilt, Steve Donnelly note que ces nouveaux camions deviennent populaires à cause d’une possible réduction de 25% en émissions et une économie prévue de 30% dans les coûts du carburant. Les camions qui fonctionnent au gaz naturel ont accès à une provision abondante de carburant à prix modéré provenant de dépôts
du Volvo Group a aussi annoncé qu’en 2013, il va sortir comme partie de sa flotte, deux nouveaux modèles à gaz naturel. Ces véhicules de route et de construction s seront ajoutés au TerraPro camion des éboueurs à gaz naturel qu’ils ont lancé en 2009. Les deux modèles, le Pinnacle et le Granite dont l’un fonctionne au gaz naturel comprimé(CNG) et l’autre au gaz naturel liquéfié (LNG). Les raffinements des moteurs, accompagnés d’améliorations en aérodynamiques, en pneus, en additifs, en télématiques, et en meilleures pratiques de conduite, tous ensemble conduisent à encore plus d’économies de carburant. Pourtant, bien que le taux de coûtpar-mille continue à diminuer sous l’effet des technologies d’économies de carburant. Le coût de s v éh icules s’élè ve toujours, ce qui provoque les acheteurs possibles de reporter l’achat de nouveaux véhicules et ainsi de retarder l’effet des mesures d’économie de carburant.
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Highway of Heroes
New Brunswick Designates Highway of Heroes By George Fullerton
n August 12, New Brunswick joined Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia to be the fourth province to designate a portion of its highway system as ‘Highway of Heroes’ to pay tribute to fallen soldiers, peacekeepers, emergency responders and police officers. Although the official Highway of Heroes stretches the entire length of the Trans-Canada (Route 2) in New Brunswick from the Quebec to Nova Scotia borders, signs recognizing the designation are currently erected only at
Mazzerolle Settlement and Lower Burton near the provincial capital. “It is an honour to officially designate this highway for those who serve our country, protect others and respond to the needs of our communities. It is important that their efforts are not forgotten” said Premier David Alward. Alward was joined at the ceremony by members of the New Brunswick 2nd Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit which has been spearheading the establishment of a national Highway of Heroes program. The dignitaries also included personnel
from Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, the Royal Canadian Legion, other veterans’ organizations and emergency and community service groups, in addition to members of the provincial legislature. A musical tribute to ‘Highway of Heroes’ was performed by The Trews, a well-known rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. “For years to come travellers in our province will see these signs and witness the respect and the gratitude New Brunswickers have for all of those who serve and protect us in both our local communities and on the world scene,” said Premier
Alward. The ceremony was followed by a parade and march-past of veterans, current and former peace officers, firefighters, paramedics and Canadian Forces personnel. The New Brunswick Legislature unanimously passed a motion to rename the highway in June. Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Brian Macdonald has described it as a “living memorial to all those who have served.” On August 24, 2007, the Trans-Canada Highway between Glen Miller Road in Trenton, Ontario and the Don Valley Parkway in To-
ronto was officially designated Highway of Heroes to honour the fallen soldiers whose funeral convoys travelled from CFB Trenton to the Coroner’s Office in Toronto. In June 2011, British Columbia designat-
ed the highway between Langley and Abbotsford as their Highway of Heroes. On November 9, 2011, Highway 1 between Moose Jaw and Regina was designated as Saskatchewan’s Highway of Heroes.
Bendix Honours Grand Champion of 2012 ATA National Truck Driving Championships
lyria, Ohio – Following five days of competition, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC honors the Grand Champion winner of this year’s American Trucking Associations ( ATA ) N a t i o n a l Tr u c k Driving Championships (NTDC), held August 7 to 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For a second straight year, Bendix is the proud sponsor of the Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion Award, given to the event’s overall top driver. Bendix congratulates the 2012 winner, Don Logan, a FedEx Freight professional truck driver from Topeka, Kansas. A driver for 25 years who has logged more than 2.1 million miles, Logan’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information earned him the top award over 425 other drivers. Logan began competing in his state truck driving championships in 2006, and this year he made his sixth trip to the National Truck Driv26 September 2012
ing Championships. The NTDC is an annual contest among professional truck drivers, featuring the winners from 50 state trucking associations’ truck driving championships who participate in eight classes of competition. “Bendix is very pleased to recognize Don Logan as this year’s National Truck Driving Grand Champion. We’re proud to recognize Don’s commitment to safety and his outstanding driving achievement. We salute all the drivers who qualified for this year’s National Truck Driving Championships,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix Director of Government and Industry Affairs. “At Bendix, we share the mission of these drivers for safety on our highways. Their dedication to safe driving is a reminder to the commercial vehicle industry that an emphasis on safety rewards everyone on the road.” As part of its ongoing commitment to promoting commercial vehicle and highway safety, Ben-
dix plans to continue its sponsorship of the Grand Champion Award. Advancing its mission of safety at the NTDC, Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and brake system technology, also offered drivers and commercial vehicle industry experts the opportunity to experience active safety technologies in action. Bendix demonstrated its Bendix® Wingman ® Advanced™ - A Collision Mitigation Technology to drivers and other NTDC attendees, who learned firsthand how Bendix Wingman Advanced helps drivers on the road and improves highway safety. Participants experienced the operation and effectiveness of Bendix Wingman Advanced in realworld situations, riding in the passenger seat of a truck cab while traveling Minneapolis public roads in daylong sessions on August 9 and 10. “Educating the industry about the value of
active safety technologies is an important part of Bendix’s commitment to safe roadways, and we are pleased that so many respected and proven drivers took part in these demonstrations,” Andersky said. “While no amount of technology will replace the need for alert, safe, well-trained drivers practicing safe driving habits,technologies like Bendix Wingman Advanced and Bendix ® ESP ® Electronic Stability Program full-stability system can help even the best drivers respond to the behavior of other motorists and changing highway situations.” By delivering both warnings and active interventions, Bendix Wingman Advanced helps drivers potentially avoid rearend collisions, or at least reduce their severity. The system provides following distance and stationary object alerts, along with active braking interventions, which are always available. When in cruise control, the adaptive cruise control with brak-
ing feature helps drivers maintain a safe following distance behind a forward vehicle by reducing throttle; engaging the engine retarder; or, if necessary, applying the foundation brakes. The collision mitigation feature of Bendix Wingman Advanced provides additional, more powerful interventions, whether or not cruise control is active, by alerting the driver and automatically applying up to two-thirds of the vehicle’s braking power to help decelerate the vehicle when the system senses a rear-end collision may be imminent. Bendix® Wingman® Advanced™ builds upon the company’s full-stability technology – Bendix® ESP® – to provide fleets and owner-operators with a system that can help drivers in collisions, rollovers, and loss-of-control situations. In May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would require
full-stability technology, known as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), on truck tractors and certain buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 11,793 kilograms (26,000 pounds). Though Bendix prefers letting the market decide technology choices, the company believes that if a regulation is going to be made, ESC is the best technology choice. Full-stability technology such as Bendix ESP addresses both roll and directional stability – making it a more comprehensive solution than roll-only stability, known as RSC. While roll-only options function on dry surfaces, full-stability systems recognize and mitigate conditions that could lead to rollover and loss-ofcontrol situations sooner on dry surfaces, and in a wider range of driving and road conditions, including snowy, ice-covered, and slippery surfaces. For more information, call 800-AIR-BRAKE (800.247.2725) or visit www.bendix.com.
Fredericton Safety Conference Set to Address Industry Issues By George Fullerton
n September 17 and 18, the Maine and Atlantic Canada tucking industries safety councils will hold their joint Transportation Safety Conference in Fredericton New Brunswick. Elaine Sode, who works as Safety, Compliance and Recruitment with Keltic Transportation, is member of the APTA Safety Committee and lead organizer for the 2012 Safety Conference. “The APTA (Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association) participates with the Maine Motor Transportation Association (MMTA) to organize this annual safety Conference and we each host the
Conference on alternating years. Part of the strategy to conduct a joint Conference has come about, in part, because many of our members conduct business on both sides of the border and understanding rules and regulations in each other’s home turf is so important for our businesses,” explained Elaine. Commenting from MMTA offices in Augusta, Maine, MMTA Vice President Tim Doyle said, “The joint Safety Conference is a valuable professional development opportunity for safety directors and others in the trucking industry.” He said that Carriers on both sides of the Canada-United States border share similar challenges
and issues, so it makes since that the organizations share the Conference to build knowledge and reinforce the positive relationship the two organization share. Elaine Sode explained that the focus of the Conference is to bring in expert speakers on current and topical subjects that will be of interest to any carrier operation. The Conference is open to both Association’s members, as well as nonmembers. The conference has a busy schedule, according to Elaine. “Most participants arrive on Sunday, and we generally offer an opportunity for golfing at a local course. The relaxed social theme con-
tinues through supper and into the evening. On Monday, we get busy. We start out with breakfast that often includes a speaker. Lunch (that may feature a speaker) follows a set of morning presentations, and again a full afternoon of expert presentations, followed by dinner with a keynote speaker. Tuesday, we begin again with communal breakfast, followed by a presentation and wrap up around noon.” Choosing the expert presenters comes through a series of brainstorming sessions by the hosting Safety Committee. The APTA Safety Committee meets an average of seven times per year, explained Elaine, and the
Conference organization gets reviewed regularly during which the theme for the Conference emerg e s a n d o r gan iz atio n duties are assigned and executed. The Conference enjoys sponsorship support from Old Republic Insurance Company of Canada and Great West Casualty Company. “This year we have focused on a Human Resource theme. Our industry realizes that Health and Wellness of all our employees is critically important not only for success of our business, but also for safety on our highways,” said Elaine. While the Safety Conference provides current and important information that participants can
use in their day to day work, the Conference is an invaluable opportunity to make contacts and develop relationships with people in the industry. “I have made a number of very good friends in Maine through the Safety Conference, and on occasion I have been able to call on those friends to get them to explain or clarify issues we run into through our business. They may also be able to refer me to the proper contact who can address a particular issue I am dealing with,” Elaine continued. For additional agenda and registration information contact: email@example.com or call 506.855.2782.
Fontaine Trailer Company Announces Remorques St. Henri as Quebec Dealer
a l e y v i l l e, A l a bama - Fontaine® Trailer Company, the recognized technology leader in the platform trailer industry, has added Remorques St. Henri to their Canadian dealer network. “We are delighted to be represented in Quebec by Remorques St. Henri,” stated John Hammond,
Canadian Regional Sales epresentative for Fontaine Trailer Company Platform Business. “They are truly a professional organization and are known to deliver industry-leading service and support. That’s what Fontaine Trailer Company is all about, and that’s why this is such a great fit,” Hammond concluded.
Remorques St. Henri maintains a leading position in trailer sales and service throughout Quebec. The company has grown tremendously by focusing on the customer and adapting quickly as customer needs change and as technology advances. They will be handling the complete line of Fon-
taine platform and step deck trailers for all of Quebec. For more information visit www.sthenri.ca or www.fontainetrailer.com. Fontaine® Trailer Company is the largest platform trailer manufacturer in the world producing a complete line of aluminum, steel and composite trailers for the flatbed, stepdeck
and heavy haul markets. Manufacturing facilities are located in Jasper, Haleyville and Springville, Alabama. Fontaine Trailer is a Marmon Highway Technologies/Berkshire Hathaway company. Marmon Highway Technologies (MHT) supports the transportation industry worldwide with a wide
range of high-quality products and services. For more information contact Alan Briley, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Fontaine Trailer Company Platform Business, 430 Letson Road, Haleyville, Alabama 35565. Their telephone number is 205.486.5251 or visit the website at www. fontainetrailer.com.
chokes are nature’s top source of a compound (cynarin) that enhances the liver’s ability to metabolize fats like cholesterol and expel them from the body. GI Soother: Spring radishes add a crunchy, peppery bite to salads and slaws, plus ward off gassiness, bloating and other symptoms of indigestion. That’s because of the
sulfur-rich compounds that give this vegetable its pungent taste. Bone Fortifier: Just 1 cup of spicy watercress provides 100 percent of the daily value of Vitamin K- a nutrient that inhibits the breakdown of bone and promotes the formation of new bone tissue. I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recharge With Vegetables!
By Brenda Ricker
eel your best with these in-season product picks which help to improve
health and shed inches. Mood Booster: Adding leek to omelets, soups and stews is an easy way to feel sunnier and more serene. The credit goes to the allium vegetable’s rich stores of flavonoids that help prevent the breakdown of serotonin and dopamine – brain chemicals that soothe stress and foster feelings of happiness.
Hunger Zapper: Snacking on spring peas can ward off the munchies for up to four hours, thanks to the veggie’s combination of protein fiber. This powerful nutrient duo slows the rate at which food moves through the digestive tract, and dampens the body’s production of hunger hormones. Belly Flattener: When
you want to shed inches fast, eat more asparagus. This vegetable is rich in a diuretic amino acid (asparagine) that releases trapped toxins and fluid from cells and eliminates them from the body. Flushing this excess water weight reduces belly bloat and facial puffiness overnight. Cholesterol Hero: Sweet and tender arti-
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Wilson Instruments Ltd. 43 Crowe Bay Heights, R. R. 2 Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 Toll Free: 877.467.4440 Tel: 705.653.2403 Fax: 705.653.5560 WilsonInstruments@sympatico.ca www.wilsoninstrumentsltd.com automated Lubrication systems
Air Brake Training for Mechanics
Beka Lube Products Inc.
“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 email@example.com www.beka-lube.com
Freinmeister Group Inc. 6 Farnham Crescent London, ON N6K 1K1 Tel: 519.641.6770 firstname.lastname@example.org www.freinmeister.com Air Conditioning & Heating: Sales & Service
S.E.T.I. Imports Inc. 15 Wanless Court Ayr, ON N0B 1E0 Toll Free: 888.823.7611 Tel: 519.624.4003 Fax: 519.624.5501 email@example.com
81 Tremaine Road Milton, ON L9T 2W8 Tel: 905.878.7161 Fax: 905.878.7730 firstname.lastname@example.org www.autogreaser.com or www.seti-imports.com
SKF Lubrication Solutions
Niagara Service & Supply Ltd. 150 South Service Road Stoney Creek, ON L8E 3H6 Toll Free: 800.268.5076 Tel: 905.573.3101 email@example.com 28 September 2012
A-Z Technical Building Systems Inc.
Norsteel Buildings Limited
Supplying Steel Buildings across Canada and around the world. 1405 Denison Street Markham, ON L3R 5V2 Toll Free: 866.822.4022 Tel: 905.477.0057 Fax: 888.477.0029 firstname.lastname@example.org www.norsteel.com
Flo Components Ltd. 50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Tel: 905.671.2355 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Fax: 905.671.2358 email@example.com www.flocomponents.com
(A Division of SKF Canada Ltd.) “Greasing on the Go!” 5777 Coopers Avenue Mississauga, ON L4Z 1R9 Toll Free: 800.207. 5823 (LUBE) Tel: 905.631.1821 Fax: 905.631.1787 firstname.lastname@example.org www.skf.ca
A proud Canadian remanufacturer of quality Heavy Duty & automotive clutches since 1980. Specializing in heavy duty & custom made clutches including our own. 81 Northline Road Toronto, ON M4B 3E9 Toll Free: 800.677.9038 Tel: 416.759.2245 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 email@example.com www.itrcanada.com DPF Cleaning
J D Factors 315 Matheson Blvd. East Mississauga, ON L4Z 1X8 Toll Free: 800.263.0664 Tel: 905.501.5000 Fax: 905.501.0395 firstname.lastname@example.org
cargo control products
Manwin Enterprises Inc.
buildings - all steel pre-engineered
299 Mill Road, Unit 1510 Etobicoke, ON M9C 4V9 Toll Free: 877.743.5888 Tel: 416.626.1794 Fax: 416.626.5512 email@example.com
The Truckers’ Voice 2 Cripple Creek Crescent Stittsville, ON K2S 1T3 Tel: 613.831.1332 Peter_Turner@thetruckersvoice.ca www.thetruckersvoice.ca
1280 Finch Ave. West, Suite 714 North York, ON M3J 3K6 Tel: 416.665.3328 Fax: 416.665.7634 Jordan@rumanek.com www.Rumanek.com
DPF Cleaning Specialists
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. compliance services
driver services, recruitment & employment
Mover’s Equipment & Supplies
Clutch Distribution Centre Inc. Specializing in all types of new and reman clutches, clutch components, new and used flywheel exchanges and flywheel grinding. Pickup and delivery within the GTA available upon request. Fast and friendly service since 1986. Mention this ad for a discount. 30 Baywood Road, Unit 7 Toronto, ON M9V 3Z2 Tel: 416.745.9220 Tel [alt]: 416.742.0003 Fax: 416.745.7829 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cdcparts.com
Fasteners, Fittings, Hose & Shop Maintenance
Cross Border Services C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, SCAC, Bonded Carrier, NAFTA, Customs Brokerage and SAPP. 4130 Foxwood Drive Burlington, ON L7M 4L3 Tel: 905.973.9136 Fax: 905.315.7427 email@example.com www.crossborderservices.org
6176 Atlantic Drive, Mississauga, ON L4C 1W2 Toll Free: 800.668.3773 Tel: 905.670.4488 Fax: 905.670.2748 firstname.lastname@example.org www.movers3.com
Clean and Care of your DPF is our only business with replacement of popular part numbers. 5325 Outer Drive Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Toll Free: 877.373.2580 Tel: 519.737.6005 Fax: 519.737.0005 email@example.com www.dpfcleaningspecialists.com
Liquid Capital Midwest Corp. “Large Account Service” to small fleet & start-up companies.” 176 Seacliff Drive West, Leamington, ON N8H 3Y5 Toll Free: 877.653.9426 Tel: 519.419.5044 Fax: 519.326.4047 firstname.lastname@example.org www.liquidcapitalmidwest.com
Drakkar Human Resources
Danatec Educational Services Ltd. “Changing the way you train since 1985. Canada’s leading TDG Training & Services.” 201-11450 29 th Street SE Calgary, AB T2Z 3V5 Toll Free: 800.465.3366 Tel: 403.232.6950 Fax: 403.232.6952 email@example.com www.danatec.com
F.B. Feeney Hardware
“Serving the industrial and trucking 1131 Derry Road East aftermarket since 1952.” Mississauga, ON L5T 1P3 32 Carnforth Road Toll Free: 877.372.5527 Toronto, ON M4A 2K7 Tel: 905.795.1397 Toll Free: 800.363.0639 Fax: 905.795.1391 Tel: 416.750.4610 MississaugaResumes@drakkar.ca Fax: 416.750.4164 www.drakkar.ca firstname.lastname@example.org ••• www.feeneyhardware.com
Kee Human Resources 6760 Davand Drive, Unit 9 Mississauga, ON L5T 2L9 Toll Free: 800.661.0377 Tel: 905.670.3426 Fax: 905.670.3436 email@example.com Emergency Road Services
Multi-Line Fastener Supply Co. Ltd. “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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.multilinefasteners.com Filters
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Emergency Road Services Corporation 3413 Wolfedale Road, Suite 5 Mississauga, ON L5C 1Z8 Toll Free: 877.377.2262 Tel: 905.277.2377 Fax: 905.277.2378 firstname.lastname@example.org www.emergencyroadservices.com
Donaldson Company P. O. Box 1299, Minneapolis, MN 55440-1299 USA Toll Free: 800.374.1374 Tel: 952.887.3699 Fax: 952.887.3716 email@example.com www.donaldson-filters.com
fleet management & litigation support
Baizana Insurance Brokers DWS Fleet Management Services Fleet Management & Litigation Support for the Trucking Industry. 21 Lake Street, Ste. 2101, Wrentham, MA 02093-1214 Tel: 508.384.9021 Cell: 508.397.7169 Fax: 508.384.9010 firstname.lastname@example.org www.darrystuart.com or www.ecmteam.com 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 email@example.com www.powerservice.ca
Best Miles Ahead 9049 Finnerty Sideroad Caledon, ON L7E 0H8 Tel: 905.880.4612 firstname.lastname@example.org
806 Greenbank Road Ottawa, ON K2J 1A2 Toll Free: 877.791.1682 Tel: 613.825.5575 Fax: 613.825.5624 email@example.com www.baizanainsurance.com
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Bryson Insurance & Financial Services Ltd. “For All Your Trucking Insurance Needs. Transportation Insurance, Fleet Safety Management Services, Bonds, Health, Drug, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance. Same Day Quotes up to 10 units.” Toll Free: 800.661.5196 Fax: 905.426.4959 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bryson-insurance.com
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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 Fax: 905.479.9164 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cgbgroup.com
1 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 415 Toronto, ON M4P 3Z1 Tel: 416.486.0951 Fax: 416.489.5311 email@example.com www.cibi.ca
HUB International Ontario Ltd. Transportation Insurance 33 Princess Street, Suite 501 Leamington, ON N8H 5C5 Toll Free: 800.463.4700 Tel: 519.326.9339 Fax: 519.326.0128 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hubinternational.com
Hutchinson Fuels 8 Loyalist Drive, Unit #2 Brighton, ON K0K 1H0 Toll Free: 800.465.0449 Tel: 613.475.3334 Fax: 613.475.4480
Transportation Insurance Broker/Advisor 2150 Islington Avenue Toronto, ON M9P 3V4 Toll Free: 877.232.9996 Tel: 416.521.6713 Fax: 416.259.7178 email@example.com www.jdimi.com
Dalton Timmis Insurance Group The Perfect Fit for your trucking insurance needs. 14-600 Crowfoot Cres. NW Calgary, AB T3G 0B4 Toll Free: 866.472.0721 Tel: 403.241.2288 Fax: 866.399.3177 firstname.lastname@example.org www.daltontimmis.com
Rainbow Insurance Brokers Inc In Business since 1995 40 Division Road North, R.R. 3, Cottam, ON N0R 1B0 Tel: 519.839.6588 Fax: 519.839.6087 email@example.com www.rainbowinsurancebrokers.com
Sinwal Enterprises Inc
6790 Davand Drive, Units 13 & 14 Mississauga, ON L5T 2G5 Toll Free: 888.568.8001 Tel: 905.568.4868 Fax: 905.565.8821 firstname.lastname@example.org www.can-clean.com
5656 Bell Harbour Drive Mississauga, ON L5M 5J3 Toll Free: 866.326.7645 Tel: 416.520.5527 Fax: 905.814.1802 email@example.com www.sinwal.com Medical Testing & Assesments
“Best Service, Best Value, Best Quality.” 2 Bradpenn Road Toronto, ON M8Z 5S9 Toll Free: 800.414.6626 Tel: 416.232.6626 Fax: 416.201.9880 firstname.lastname@example.org www.noco.ca
Wakefield Canada Inc. Castrol HD creates products that deliver superior performance and greater reliability with the goal of reducing customer operating costs. 3620 Lakeshore Blvd. West Toronto, ON M8W 1P2 Toll Free: 800.268.5339 Tel: 416.252.5511 ext 4449 Fax: 416.252.7315 email@example.com www.castrol.ca
Corrosion Control Coatings Ltd
1595 Lobsinger Line, R. R. #1 Waterloo, ON N2J 4G8 Toll Free: 800.824.4115 Fax: 888.626.7843 firstname.lastname@example.org www.deonsupply.com
35 Magnum Drive Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 Toll Free: 800.267.5744 Tel: 905.939.8750 Fax: 905.939.8710 email@example.com www.krown.com tarps & tarping systems
ON-Board truck Scales
Cramaro Tarpaulin Systems
Vulcan On-Board Scales
RP Oil Limited
Rust Control Products
oil furnace sales & Service v
1111 Burns Street E. Unit 3 Whitby, ON L1N 6A6 Toll Free: 800.335.6623 Tel: 905.666.2313 Fax: 905.666.2761 firstname.lastname@example.org
Can-Clean Pressure Washers
Exclusive Canadian distributor of Worried about substance misuse & Tectyl ® industrial corrosion control products. abuse in your workplace? 106 Colborne Street, P. O. Box 1088 1 Manley Street Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0 Ayr, ON N0B 1E0 Toll Free: 800.934.7771 Toll Free: 800.463.4310 Fax: 800.563.8078 Tel: 519.632.9371 email@example.com Fax: 519.632.9534 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cc-coatings.com www.drivercheck.ca •••
De-On Supply Inc.
Jones Deslauriers Insurance Management Inc.
Dalton Timmis Insurance Group The Perfect Fit for your trucking insurance needs. 35 Stone Church Road Ancaster, ON L9K 1S5 Toll Free: 888.385.8466 Tel: 905.648.3922 Fax: 905.648.2640 email@example.com www.daltontimmis.com
825 Queen Street East Toronto, ON M4M 1H8 Toll Free: 800.263.3030 Tel: 416.778.8000 Fax: 416.778.4492 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bairdmacgregor.com
The CG & B Group Inc.
NOCO Lubricants LP
Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP
Bryson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc.
Blue Water West Ltd.
Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Fuel & Lubricants Direct
Suppliers of Esso Fuel and Mobil Lubricants to all sizes of businesses large or small, stationary or on the go, on land or at sea. 3100 Underhill Avenue Burnaby, BC V5A 3C6 Tel: 604.420.4331 Fax: 604.420.4137 rfeeney@BlueWaterAgencies.ca www.bluewatergroup.ca
#11-1642 Langan Avenue, Port Coquitlam BC V3C 1K5 Toll Free: 800.663.0854 Tel: 604.944.1481 Fax: 604.944.1482 www.vulcanscales.com Permits & services
730 Permit Services Box 755, 2085 Shanly Road Cardinal, ON K0E 1E0 Toll Free: 800.410.4754 Tel: 613.657.1244 Fax: 613.657.1453 email@example.com www.730permitservices.com
C.U.T.C. Inc. 1295 Carol Crescent Laval, QC H7W 1G3 Toll Free: 866.927.8294 Tel: 450.687.8294 Fax: 450.687.6963 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cramaro, for all your tarping needs. 206 Arvin Avenue Stoney Creek, ON L8E 2L8 Toll Free: 800.565.8277 Tel: 905.662.2757 Fax: 905.662.4811 email@example.com www.cramarotarps.com
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 www.loadcoveringsolutions.com
Trison Tarps 130 Copernicus Blvd. Brantford, ON N3P 1L9 Toll Free: 866.948.2777 Tel: 519.720.9464 Fax: 519.720.9468 firstname.lastname@example.org www.trisontarps.ca September 2012 29
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Lite-Check, LLC 3102 East Trent Avenue Spokane, WA, 92202 Toll Free: 800.343.8579 Tel: 509.535.7512 Fax: 509.535.7680 email@example.com www.lite-check.com tire & wheel service & equipmenT
Hofmann Balancing Techniques Ltd. 6500 Millcreek Drive Mississauga, ON L5N 2W6 Toll Free: 800.267.2185 Tel: 905.821.0799 Fax: 905.821.2073 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com www.hofmann.ca tire balancing
Stellar Roadside Assistance Ltd. 185 Bartley Drive Toronto, ON M4A 1E6 We offer service to your light & medium duty vehicles in most areas of Ontario, 24/7. Simply dial... Toll Free: 855.424.2300 Tel: 416.424.2300 Fax: 416.424.2303 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stellarroadside.com
13029 – 8th Line Georgetown, ON L7G 4S4 Toll Free: 800.572.8952 Tel: 905.873.3339 Fax: 905.873.3088 email@example.com www.counteractbalancing.com tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)
HawksHead Systems Inc. Real-time pressure & temperature readings; wireless to the driver’s seat; for semi-trucks, trailers, RV’s & more. We also sell alarms for deflation & temperatures. 10381 Parkwood Drive Rosedale, BC V0X 1X0 Toll Free: 888.321.TPMS Fax: 888.909.9857 Email: HawksHeadSystems.com www.tpms.ca towing services
A Towing Service Ltd.
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11 Glen Scarlett Road Toronto, ON M6N 1P5 Toll Free: 866.527.8225 Tel: 416.203.9300 Fax: 416.203.9303 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jptowing.com
GTA Trailer Rentals Inc. Head Office – 36 Cardico Drive Gormley, ON L0H 1G0 Toll Free: 866.482.5311 Fax: 905.888.6061 email@example.com www.gtatrailer.com
Pat Rogers Towing
24 Hour Emergency Service Kingston, ON Toll Free: 888.221.3672 Tel: 613.384.2572 PatRogersTowing.com trailer manufacturers
2891 Sideroad 10 Bradford, ON L3Z 2A4 Toll Free: 888.747.7667 Tel: 905.775.6700 Fax: 905.775.7250 firstname.lastname@example.org www.smartwaytrailers.ca
Transit Trailer Ltd. 22217 Bloomfield Rd., R. R. #6 Chatham, ON N7M 5J6 Toll Free: 877.995.5999 Tel: 519.354.9944 Fax: 519.354.9782 email@example.com www.transittrailer.com
trailer manufacturers [ tankers ]
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 ChrisMcMillan@itsinc.on.ca www.itstruck.ca
Commercial Heavy Equipment Training Contact: Gordon Brown 2421 Cawthra Road,Mississauga, ON L5A 2W7 Toll Free: 800.297.4322 Tel: 416.456.2438 Fax: 905.281.9637 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chet.ca
Crossroads Training Academy
Star Van Systems 10 Kerivan Court, Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5P6 Toll Free: 800.263.4884 Fax: 905.643.8700 email@example.com www.starvansystems.com
Yanke Group of Companies 27 Automatic Road, Brampton, ON L6S 5N8 Toll Free: 800.373.6678 Tel: 905.791.1369 ext 3747 Fax: 905.791.1278 firstname.lastname@example.org www.yanke.ca Transportation Training
1129 Hwy #3, R. R. #3 Delhi, ON N4B 2W6 Tel: 519.688.4826 Fax: 519.688.6453 email@example.com www.titantrailers.com
International Truckload Services Inc.
Smartway Trailer Rentals
Action Automotive, Towing & Recovery “Meeting Your Service Needs in Eastern Ontario” P. O. Box 126 Trenton ON K8V 5R2 Toll Free: 800.551.6151 Tel: 613.394.4924 Fax: 613.394.2428 firstname.lastname@example.org www.actiontowing.com
KBW Truck Transfer Service Heavy & Medium Towing, Flatbed Specialists. 1 Towns Road Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1A1 Toll Free: 866.616.6379 Tel: 416.255.4443 Fax: 416.252.2558 email@example.com
Contact: Read Conley or Diane Austin 49 Truman Road Barrie, ON L4N 8Y7 Toll Free: 866.446.0057 Tel: 705.719.2419 Fax: 705.719.2438 firstname.lastname@example.org diane@crossroadstrainingacademy. com or email@example.com www.crossroadstrainingacademy.com
Crossroads Training Academy Contact: Robert Barclay 888 Wallbridge Loyalist Road C.R.S. Bldg, Belleville, ON K8N 4Z5 Toll Free: 888.282.6605 Tel: 613.771.1495 Fax: 613.771.1495
Crossroads Training Academy Contact: Robert Barclay 1525 Centennial Drive Kingston, ON K7P 2Y7 Toll Free: 888.282.6605 Tel: 613.389.6000 Fax: 613.389.1998
Crossroads Training Academy Contact: Brian Adams or Erica Kelly 2020 Bantree Street Ottawa, ON K1B 5A4 Toll Free: 866.529.1113 Tel: 613.742.7499 Fax: 613.742.7899 Brian@crossroadstrainingacademy.com www.crossroadstrainingacademy.com
Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd. R. R. #2, Breslau, ON N0B 1M0 Tel: 519.836.5821 Fax: 519.836.9396
Crossroads Truck Training Academy
Gervais Towing & Recovery 1485 Startop Road Ottawa, ON K1B 3W5 Toll Free: 888.689.2170 Tel: 613.747.4666 Fax: 613.747.8323 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gervaistowing.com
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 email@example.com www.atowing.ca
trailer Sales, leasing, rentals & service
J P Towing Service & Storage Ltd
“Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing Toll Free: 888.667.5438 Tel: 416.398.2500 www.abrams.ca
Counteract Balancing Beads
Bedard Tankers Inc.
3700 Weston Road Leader in Dry Bulk, Liquid, Liquified Toronto, ON M9L 2Z4 Compressed Gas & Cryogenic Road Tel: 416.667.9700 Tanker Trailers. Fax: 416.667.8272 5785 Place Turcot vince@ Montreal, QC H4C 1V9 carmentransportationgroup.com Tel: 514.937.1670 www.carmentransportationgroup. Fax: 514.937.2190 com firstname.lastname@example.org ••• www.bedardtankers.com trailer Sales, leasing, rentals & service
Gobbo Towing & Recovery Ltd.
5238 Hwy. 69 South Sudbury, ON P3E 4N1 Toll Free: 800.261.4252 Tel: 705.523.2341 Fax: 705.523.2817 email@example.com
Centennial College Looking for a career? Apprenticeship Training: Truck, Coach & Heavy Equipment Technicians. P. O. Box 631, Station A Toronto, ON M1K 5E9 Tel: 416.289.5000 Ext 7606 dormiston@ centennialcollege.ca www.centennialcollege.ca
Erb Group of Companies
85 Pondhollow Road Sudbury, ON P3E 6C1
Carmen Transportation Group
Fort Garry Industries
Proud distributors for Lode-King, Midland Manufacturing, Arctic Manufacturing, Landoll, CMIC Container Chassis and more. firstname.lastname@example.org www.fgiltd.com/trailers
Refrigerated Transportation Specialists 290 Hamilton Road New Hamburg, ON N3A 1A2 Toll Free: 800.665.2653 Tel: 519.662.2710 Fax: 519.662.3316 email@example.com www.erbgroup.com
Kee Training Academy 6760 Davand Drive, Unit 9 Mississauga, ON L5T 2L9 Toll Free: 800.661.0377 Tel: 905.670.0835 Fax: 866.329.5331 firstname.lastname@example.org www.keetransport.com
10 Maple Street, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 1Z5 Toll Free: 866.529.1113 Tel: 613.742.7499 Fax: 613.742.7899 email@example.com www.crossroadstrainingacademy. com
Danbro Truck Training
Contact: Brent Nantais 505 Kenora Ave., Bldg. #1, Unit #1 Hamilton, ON L8E 3P2 Toll Free: 800.273.5867 Tel: 905.575.7606 Fax: 905.388.6699 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendly Truck Driving School Contact: Thiru Mahalingam 850 Tapscott Road, Unit 9 Scarborough, ON M1Z 1N4 Tel: 416.291.9075 Fax: 416.291.1144 email@example.com www.friendlydriving.com
truck parts & supplies
Discount Truck Parts Ltd. Greater Ottawa Truck Training Contact: Shahram Dowlatshahi 5 Caesar Avenue Ottawa, ON K2G 0A8 Tel: 613.727.4688 Fax: 613.727.5997 firstname.lastname@example.org www.greaterottawatrucktraining.com
Jay’s Professional Truck Training Centre
Contact: Jay or Chandrika 589 Middlefield Road, Unit 11 Scarborough, ON M1V 4Y6 Tel: 416.299.9638 Fax: 416.609.9814 email@example.com www.jaystrucktraining.ca
Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc. Heavy equipment & forklift also available. Contact: Roxanne Wilkieson 172 Argyle Street N., Upper Level, Caledonia, ON N3W 2J7 Toll Free: 800.771.8171 Tel: 905.765.3445 Fax: 905.765.1444 firstname.lastname@example.org www.krway.com
Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc. Heavy equipment & forklift also available. Contact: Roxanne Wilkieson 634 Ireland Road, Simcoe, ON N3Y 4K8 Toll Free: 800.771.8171 Tel: 519.426.8260 ext. 232 Fax: 519.428.3112 email@example.com www.krway.com
Modern Training Ontario
Contact: Kathy Korakas 308 Kenora Avenue, Hamilton, ON L8E 2W2 Toll Free: 866.443.7483 Tel: 905.573.9675 Fax: 905.573.6425 firstname.lastname@example.org www.moderntraining.com
Northern Academy of Transportation Training
Contact: Kevin Pattison 25 Vagnini Court, Lively, ON P3Y 1K8 Toll Free: 800.719.9334 Tel: 705.692.9222 Fax: 705.692.9256 email@example.com www.northernacademy.ca
Northstar Truck Driving School Contact: Robert Labute 5044 Walker Road, Windsor, ON, N9A 6J3 Tel: 519.737.0444 Fax: 519.737.0445 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northstartruckdrivingschool.com
Ontario Truck Driving School (Chatham) Contact: Admissions Officer 1005 Richmond Street, Chatham, ON N7M 5J5 Toll Free: 800.263.4777 Tel: 519.355.0077 Fax: 866.800.6837 email@example.com www.otds.com
Ontario Truck Driving School (London) Contact: Admissions Officer Forklift & Heavy Equipment Training Available 427 Exeter Road, London, ON N6E 2Z3 Toll Free: 800.263.4777 Tel: 519.858.9338 Fax: 519.858.0920 firstname.lastname@example.org www.otds.com
Ontario Truck Driving School (Niagara-on-the-Lake) Contact: Admissions Officer (Truck and Bus Course Info) Contact: Admissions Officer (Heavy Equipment Info) 281 Queenston Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 Toll Free: 800.263.4777 Tel: 905.685.1117 Fax: 905.641.0533 email@example.com www.otds.com
Ontario Truck Driving School (Oldcastle) Contact: Admissions Officer 2155 Fasan Drive, Oldcastle, ON, N0R 1L0 Toll Free: 866.410.0333 Tel: 519.258.0333 Fax: 519.258.9065 firstname.lastname@example.org www.otds.com
Ontario Truck Driving School (Owen Sound) Contact: Admissions Officer 1051 – 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H8 Toll Free: 800.263.4777 Tel: 519.376.0444 Fax: 866.800.6837 email@example.com www.otds.com
Ontario Truck Driving School (Sarnia) Contact: Admissions Officer 141 Mitton Street South, Sarnia, ON N7T 3C5 Toll Free: 800.263.4777 Tel: 519.332.8778 Fax: 866.800.6837 firstname.lastname@example.org www.otds.com
Ontario Truck Training Academy (Oshawa) Contact: Dennis Lagrois 199 Wentworth Street East, Oshawa ON L1H 3V6 Toll Free: 800.753.2284 Tel: 905.723.1237 Fax: 905.723.1245 email@example.com www.otta.ca
Safety Truck Training School Ltd Contact: Yogan Sockalingam 4 Wilkinson Road, 2nd Floor Brampton, ON L6T 4M3 Tel: 905.793.9546 Fax: 905.793.6426 firstname.lastname@example.org www.safetytruck.com
Tri-County Truck Driver Training Contact: Richard Wynia 480 Waydom Drive Ayr, ON N0B 1E0 Toll Free: 800.265.0400 Tel: 519.653.1700 Fax: 519.622.4002 email@example.com www.tricountytruck.com
Valley Driver Training Contact: Jamie Fitchett 99 Cote Blvd. Hanmer, ON P3P 1L9 Tel: 705.969.8848 Fax: 705.969.0584 firstname.lastname@example.org www.valleydrivertraining.ca
185 Carrier Drive Toronto, ON M9W 5N5 Toll Free: 800.668.1879 Tel: 416.679.1977 Fax: 416.679.1988 info@AcadianDriveaway.ca www.AcadianDriveaway.ca
Compass Vehicle Delivery Inc. P.O. Box 265 Stn. Main 16693 Old Hwy 2 Trenton, ON K8V 5R5 Toll Free: 888.992.9676 Tel: 613.392.9676 sales@compassvehicledelivery. com www.compassdelivery.com truck equipment
Truck & Trailer Repairs
Fort Garry Industries Fort Garry Industries
Brake specialists, installations, safeties and a whole lot more. email@example.com www.fgiltd.com/parts/
MTT Repair Services Inc.
Sales and NSM certified installation of snow plows, sanders, mixers, dump bodies and more. firstname.lastname@example.org www.fgiltd.com/equipment truck Exhaust systems
Niagara Truck & Trailer Inc. Specializing in walking floor repairs. Open weekdays 7am-midnight 2170 Allanport Road Allanburg, ON L0S 1A0 Tel: 905.227.8782 Fax: 905.227.8789 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.texisexhaust.com truck lighting & accessories
12 Clarke Blvd. Brampton, ON L6W 1X3 Tel: 905.451.8550 Fax: 905.451.7627 email@example.com www.qualitycustom.ca
Fort Garry Industries 16230-118th Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T5V 1C6 Toll Free: 800.663.9366 Tel: 780.447.4422 Fax: 780.447.3289 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fgiltd.com
Fort Garry Industries Manitoba
Fort Garry Industries 1440 Highland Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A7 Toll Free: 866.883.6120 Tel: 204.571.5980 Fax: 204.571.5982 email@example.com www.fgiltd.com
Fort Garry Industries 2525 Inkster Blvd. R. R. #2 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2E6 Toll Free: 800.282.8044 Tel: 204.632.8261 Fax: 204.956.1786 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fgiltd.com
10610-82nd Avenue Clairmont, AB T0H 0W0 Toll Free: 866.424.5479 Tel: 780.402.9864 Fax: 780.402.8659 email@example.com www.fgiltd.com
Fort Garry Industries 5701-63rd Avenue Lloydminster, AB T9V 3B8 Toll Free: 800.661.9709 Tel: 780.875.9115 Fax: 780.875.1403 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fgiltd.com
Fort Garry Industries
7947 Edgar Industrial Drive Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Toll Free: 866.297.0022 Tel: 403.343.1383 Fax: 403.347.8275 email@example.com www.fgiltd.com
1523 Ross Avenue East Regina, SK S4N 7E5 Toll Free: 800.552.8044 Tel: 306.757.5606 Fax: 306.781.7926 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fgiltd.com
Fort Garry Industries 3455 Miners Avenue P. O. Box 1848, Saskatoon, SK S7K 7K9 Toll Free: 800.772.4599 Tel: 306.242.3465 Fax: 306.933.4850 email@example.com www.fgiltd.com
Fort Garry Industries 731 Gana Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1P2 Toll Free: 888.456.6567 Tel: 905.564.5404 Fax: 905.564.8455 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fgiltd.com
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 email@example.com www.fgiltd.com
Grote Industries Co. Quality Custom
Fort Garry Industries
1868 Drew Road Mississauga, ON L5S 1J6 Tel: 905.677.2771 Fax: 905.677.2774 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario Truck Training Academy (Peterborough) Contact: Dennis Lagrois 365 Lansdowne Street East, Unit 3 Peterborough, ON K9L 2A3 Toll Free: 800.939.1463 Tel: 705.743.1888 Fax: 705.743.1875 email@example.com www.otta.ca
Quality truck parts at discount prices. 11633 – 156 th Street Edmonton, AB T5M 3T8 Toll Free: 800.661.5051 Tel: 780.454.5050 firstname.lastname@example.org www.discountruckparts.com
truck parts & supplies
230 Travail Road Markham, ON L3S 3J1 Toll Free: 800.268.5612 Tel: 905.209.9744 Fax: 905.209.9757 or Toll Free: 800.267.9024 email@example.com www.grote.com
Fort Garry Industries 5350-72nd Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 4X5 Toll Free: 800.661.3126 Tel: 403.236.9712 Fax: 403.236.7249 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fgiltd.com
Levy Steering Centre Ltd. 1409 Shawson Drive Mississauga, ON L4W 1C4 Toll Free: 800.565.5389 Tel: 905.564.1899 Fax: 905.564.1911 email@example.com www.levysteering.com September 2012 31
truck parts & supplies
Shield Truck Accessories P. O. Box 281 Aylmer, ON N5H 2R9 Toll Free: 866.617.0201 Tel: 519.765.2828
truck sales, leasing, parts & service
truck transmissions, differentials & pto’s
truck transmissions, differentials & pto’s
Gerry’s Truck Centre “Your Complete Transportation Business Partner.” 4049 Eastgate Cres. London, ON N6L 1B7
Toll Free: 800.363.4380
truck sales, leasing, parts & service
truck sales, leasing, parts & service
Surgenor Truck Centre
Awash Systems Corp. C & R Transmission Service Ltd.
261 Binnington Court Kingston, ON K7M 9H2 Toll Free: 877.548.1101 Tel: 613.548.1100 Fax: 613.548.4990 firstname.lastname@example.org www.surgenortruck.com
We service clutches also.
Truck tire sales & service
13 Anderson Blvd. Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4 Toll Free: 888.297.0682 Tel: 905.642.4556 Fax: 905.642.2293 www. crtransmission.com
Canada-Wide Parts Distributors Ltd Canada’s leading supplier of Powertrain Components. 1261A Shawson Drive Mississauga, ON L4W 1C4 Toll Free: 877.564.3116 Tel: 905.564.3116 Fax: 905.564.3119 customerservice@ canadawideparts.com www.canadawideparts.com
Arrow Truck Sales “Premium Used Truck Dealer”. 1285 Shawson Drive Mississauga, ON L4W 1C4 Toll Free: 800.794.8627
Diesel Truck Parts Inc.
Morgan’s Diesel Truck Parts & Service Inc. Toll Free: 800.267.0633 1248 McAdoo’s Lane, R. R. #1
Glenburnie, ON K0H 1S0
Toll Free: 800.267.0633
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Ontario Regional Office
Over 100 Truck Tire Service Centres Across Canada 520 Abilene Drive Mississauga, ON L5T 2H7 Toll Free: 800.465.0618 Tel: 905.564.5171 Fax: 905.564.5175 LHardy@oktire.com www.oktire.com
truck Wash Systems
Canada Powertrain 3833 Nashua Drive Mississauga, ON L4V 1R3 Toll Free: 800.268.4809 Tel: 905.677.3522 Fax: 905.677.4618 email@example.com www.cptparts.com
Domar Transmission Ltd. When it comes to transmissions… think DOMAR 130 Skyway Avenue, Toronto, ON M9W 4Y9 Toll Free: 800.387.4883 Tel: 416.675.2268 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Automatic Wash Systems & Water Treatment Recycling Systems customized to your requirements. 2211 Brant Street, P.O. Box 20070, Burlington, ON L7P 0A4 Toll Free: 800.265.7405 email@example.com www.awashsystems.com
Trans Canada Automatic Truck Wash Home of the 8 Minute Semi Wash and the Clean Ride Car Wash Yellowhead Highway 16 West South at Range Road 14, P. O. Box 1825 Lloydminster, AB T9V 3C2 Tel: 780.874.9274 Fax: 780.874.9275 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tctw.ca
Keeping Your Vehicles Clean
When Will You be Banned from Cleaning Vehicles in Your Facility?
By Jack Jackson
t’s happening more and more often. Companies have been banned from washing vehicles on their property. Last week I was in Montreal tending to a customer who had their drains sealed by the city. Not only could they not wash their vehicles, they could not even use water in their mechanics garage. This is becoming more prevalent across North America as we are being called to solve these water and disposal issues. Indeed, the first priority is addressing the issue of dirty water from vehicles flowing into the sewer system. The second is the amount of water used to wash, usually measured by gallons/litres per minute. Water is the next carbon footprint measurement in industry as it is becoming more expensive for cities to process and clean. According to sta-
tistics, household usage is dropping constantly as shower heads, toilets and water taps are much more efficient, enabling more pressure and less water to accomplish the same tasks. Now it is industry’s turn to begin to look at ways water is being wasted. All levels of government are under pressure to meet cost containment targets. The price for cities to build water treatment facilities amounts to millions, if not a billion dollars. Inspectors, therefore, are on high alert to identify and fine industry users who waste water or place the city in the position of having to process dirty water. The EPA in the United States enacted laws on discharge and sewage decades ago. The following are a few examples of discharges that are prohibited without a permit. A Power (Pressure) Washer that cleans such things as equipment or a parking lot and discharges the processed water into a storm drain. A Car Wash that allows wash water to flow into a storm drain. As many know, it is illegal to wash your car on your driveway or city street in many cities, states and provinces. Check out the city of Toronto or Calgary for their
bylaws on their websites. It is not a matter of if, but when you will be asked to control the water use in your building, shop or property. Old technology like oil separators is not enough to clean water. The three-step separator is a smelly, messy and
expensive system that requires contaminated materials to be hauled out of a facility and disposed at costly sites in order to render the contaminants neutral. Today there is technology available to reduce the amount of water to
wash your vehicles, such as complete water treatment systems that can result in “zero discharge”, as well as the recycling and reusing of all the water in your facility. Proper cleaning methods, replete with the right chemicals, can make you
clean, green and compliant. Contact Jack Jackson, President of Awash Systems Corp. at 800.265.7405 or visit www.awashsystems. com, North America’s leader in Fleet Washing Solutions.
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All Rise for This 1972 GTO Judge By Wendy Morgan-McBride
ere Comes de Judge, Here comes de Judge!” Do you remember this popular skit from the 60’s & 70’s featured on the Laugh In Comedy TV show? Well, in this case it is pertaining to a black ‘72 GTO with red and orbit orange strips and named after the show, The Judge, making it a tribute classic muscle car. Gary Mansfield loves his car, with its black interior and 400 big block engine and 4 speed muzie transmission. This ultimate muscle car, sporting an original frame with just over
27,913 miles on it, has had a new paint job (Silvo Tinto – watch for his car later this year), new rubber around the doors, and an all new Judge GTO exhaust with stainless flow masters since Gary purchased it. The body sits on a 12-bolt Posi-traction rear end with 4-11 gear ratio & Craiger rims with 8 ball tire values. The hood features the
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tact-o-meter which was optional for these cars. Mansfield doesn’t just polish this car before shows. He drives it, and every time he gets a thumbs-up from young and old, requests for pictures, or just feel-good vibes, he pulls the polishing brush out and touches it up for a cruise downtown. He explains that insurance companies refused to insure young people on GTOS because, in most cases, the insurance payments were higher than the monthly car payments, thus making them unaffordable. As a
result, production declined and the GTO became the rich man’s sports car. They kept their unique status. You could, however, purchase a Pontiac La Mans or Tempest with the GTO package and convert it to the look of a GTO in all but name. This kept the insurance down and still gave personal touches to the overall car. G.T.O – Gran Turismo Omologato (“Grand Tourer
Homologated”), which officially means certified for racing in the Grand Tourer class, was inspired by the Ferrari 250 GTO, a successful race car. The GTO was the brainchild of Pontiac Chief Engineer, John DeLorean. In early 1963, GM issued an edict banning divisions from involvement in auto racing. Pontiac’s ads were based on performance with factorysponsored racing bans. Pontiac then turned its attention to street performance. With the GTO being an optional package, and not standard equipment, it fell through the loophole in this policy. In 1972 the GTO reverted from a separate model line to a $353.00 option package for Le Mans and Le Mans Sport coupes. Both models came standard with cloth or vinyl bench seats and rubber floor mats for the coupe and carpeting on the hardtops. This transition created a lower priced GTO. The Sport version came with Strato bucket seats in vinyl, carpeting on the floor and lower door panels, vinyl door pull straps, custom pedal trim and cushioned steering wheels, much like in previous years. A mold used to produce the optional ducktail rear spoiler broke and was later cancelled as an option after only a few cars were built. Rally II and honeycomb wheels were optional on all GTOs with the honeycombs featuring the red Pontiac arrowhead emblem on the center caps, while the Rally IIs continued to feature the letters “PMD”. Power rated in SAE net hp terms, was down to 250 hp at 4,400 rpm and 325 lbs. ft at 3,200 rpm torque for the base 400 engine. The optional 455 had the same rated power but peaked at 3,600 rpm and delivered substan-
tially more torque. A very rare option was the 455 HO engine, similar to that of the Trans Am, rated at 300 hp at 4,000 rpm and 415 ob ft at 3,200 rpm net figures. Despite its 8.4:1 compression, it was as strong as earlier engines with higher gross power ratings. Yet, like all other 1972 model engines, it could perform on low octane regular leaded, low lead or unleaded gasoline. Notable changes to the ’72 included recessed front grilles, minor front parking light changes, functional fender vents behind the front wheels and exhaust splitters that exited out the sides just behind the rear wheels. The standard options included buckets seats, special exterior trim, 250 hp 400 ci engine, and 3 speed manual transmissions with Hurst floor mounted shifters. The most significant event of 1969 for the GTO was the launch of ‘The Judge’, named from the comedy routine with showman, Sammy Davis, Jr. The original conception was to make the Judge a low cost GTO, stripped of some gimmicks to make it competitive with the Road Runner. During development it was decided to make it into the image of an ultimate street performance machine in an optional package of $322.00. In 1971 the Judge returned for a final year with standard equipment. This Mountain Performance package was discontinued in 1971 after only 357 units were sold. The GTO made it to being a Fourth Generation car with final production numbers of the 2006 model reaching 13,948 cars. It was produced in the USA from 1964 – 1974, then manufactured in Australia from 2004 – 2006. Production for all generations totaled over 500,000 in the United States, mak-
ing this car a now sought after cult-car with many loyal owners. The last GTO rolled off the assembly line in Australia on June 14th, 2006. The 1972 Pontiac GTO was among the last of the fire breathing muscle cars, and this ‘Dark Knight’ is a gem. Gary loves the attention his car brings and the respect and history his tribute car holds in the classic world. Gary, a member of the QW Drifters club, was instrumental in getting the club re-established in the area. After having to take early retirement from CN where he worked for 38 years, Gary started teaching individuals to prepare for their hunting and firearms licenses. He also made the ultimate in-man cave, his garage, a perfection of the 1950s – 1970s era and the classic cars from that period. He currently owns his dad’s original ’84 Delta 88, bought new at the time and still in mint condition. Gary also has a ’72
Nova SS sitting in the man cave that is owned by his wife, Christine. He jokes, “I found the best way to stop my wife from complaining and keeping her happy was to buy her her own classic which she shows right beside me. She loves the attention it brings and now we have something in common.” He would love to own a ’57 Chevy for the year he was born, and regrets the trade of his ’71 Le Mans Tempest 330. In Gary’s opinion, “GTO is in a class of its own, there are lots of classic cars but not many GTOs. The Judge package means to me bright paint and classic decals with eye catching graphics. That is what I have tried to display in my GTO.” Follow us on facebook, Cool Rides ~ a trip back in time or at www.woodwardpublishing.com. Email me at cwmcbride@ cogeco.ca, be sure to put Cool Rides in the subject line. See you in October ….enjoy!
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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 877.225.2232 or email Barb at email@example.com. Alberta
Flying J Cardlock
2525 – 23rd Street NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7M1 Tel: 403.250.3835
Flying J Cardlock
Nisku Truck Stop Suite 201 – 8020 Sparrow Drive Leduc, AB T9E 7G3 Tel: 780.986.7867 Fax: 780.986.7898 Web: www.myhusky.ca Open 24 hours, 7 days, restaurant, cardlock, ATM, convenience store, showers, scale.
Flying J Travel Plaza
Strathmore Husky Travel Centre
85 East Lake Cres., Airdrie, AB T4B 2B5 Tel: 403.948.4193 Parking for 10.
Flying J Cardlock
345 Sakitawaw Trail, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4E4 Tel: 780.743.3545
302 – 20th Avenue, Nisku, AB T9E 7T8 Tel: 780.955.3535 5 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 8, Showers (2), Pizza, TripPak.
Flying J Dealer Flying J Travel Plaza 1260 Cassils Road East, Brooks, AB T1R 1B7 Tel: 403.362.5594 Parking for 20, Showers (2).
4949 Barlow Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2B 3B5 Tel: 403.569.6250 Fax: 403.235.5095 7 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 80, Showers (9).
Flying J Cardlock 9212 – 108th Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C9 Tel: 780.532.2378
Cougar Fuels Ltd.
RoadKing Travel Centre
5602 – 54th Avenue Bonnyville, AB Tel: 780.826.3043 Fax: 780.826.6353 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cougarfuelsltd.ca Convenience store, cardlock & showers.
4949 Barlow Trail SE Calgary, AB T2B 3B5 Tel: 403.569.6251 Fax: 403.235.5095 www.roadking.ca
Flying J Cardlock
Flying J Dealer 1st Avenue, 1st Street, Grassland, AB T0A 1V0 Tel: 780.525.2295 Fax: 780.525.2297 10 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 75, Showers (2).
Calgary Husky Travel Centre
Flying J Cardlock 15609 – 121A. Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5V 1B1 Tel: 708.413.9116
Husky Travel Centre
Flying J Travel Plaza Hwy #49 & 2, Box 73, Rycroft, AB T0H 3A0 Tel: 780.765.3740 Fax: 780.765.3748 Parking for 8, Pizza.
Petro Canada Card Lock Flying J Dealer 16806 – 118th Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5V 1M8 Tel: 780.455.1111 Fax: 780.482.4448 6 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 100, Showers (8).
Flying J Travel Plaza 10529 – 96th Street, High Level, AB T0H 1Z0 Tel: 780.926.2066 Parking for 25.
AgCom Petroleum Fuel Sales 1802 – 10 Avenue, SW Medicine Hat, AB Tel: 403.527.6411 Fax: 403.529.1660 Showers.
Flying J Cardlock 2520 – 2nd Avenue, Edson, AB T7E 1N9 Tel: 780.723.4744
Flying J Cardlock 294 Kelly Road, Hinton, AB T7V 1H2 Tel: 801.725.1370
2810 – 21st Avenue, Nanton, AB T0L 1R0 Tel: 403.646.3181 Fax: 403.646.6233 3 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 40, Showers (3), Humpty’s Restaurant.
Flying J Travel Plaza 1291 Cliveden Avenue, Annacis Island, Delta, BC V5M 6G4 Tel: 604.521.4445 Parking for 4, Showers (1), TripPak.
Flying J Travel Plaza 50 Pembina Rd., Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2G9 Tel: 780.416.2035 Fax: 780.416.2084 8 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 142, Showers (9), Denny’s/Pepperoni’s, CAT Scales, TripPak.
Flying J Dealer
Flying J Travel Plaza
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5721 – 44th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 0B3 Tel: 780.872.7089 www.myhusky.ca
Flying J Cardlock 929 Coutts Way & Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 4N2 Tel: 604.850.1594 Showers (1).
561 – 15th Street SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4W2 Tel: 403.527.5561
4216 – 72nd Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2C 2C1 Tel: 403.236.2404 5 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 15, Showers (2), TripPak.
Flying J Cardlock 115 Lockwood Street, Redcliff, AB T1A 7T9 Tel: 403.526.2669
Hwy 9 & Hwy 36 South, Hanna, AB T0J 1P0 Tel: 403.854.5000 3 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 100, Showers (2).
Flying J Travel Plaza
Flying J Cardlock Hwy # 43 & West Mtn. Road, Whitecourt, AB T7N 1S9 Tel: 780.778.3073
Flying J Cardlock 5109 – 63rd Avenue, Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E7 Tel: 780.875.2990 Parking for 12, Showers (2).
Husky Travel Centre
Flying J Dealer
11511 – 40th Street SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1L4 Tel: 403.720.0904 Fax: 403.720.4937 8 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 128, Showers (9), CAT Scales, TripPak.
1005 – 43rd Street, Lethbridge, AB T1K 7B8 Tel: 403.328.4735
6607 – 67th Street, Red Deer, AB T4P 1A4 Tel: 403.346.2842 Fax: 403.346.2852 5 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 26, Showers (4), Pizza.
5505 Jubilee Avenue, Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1S3 Tel: 801.725.1370
2525 – 32nd Avenue NE Calgary, AB T1Y 6B7 Tel: 403.291.1233 www.myhusky.ca
Flying J Cardlock
Flying J Travel Plaza
436 Ridge Road Strathmore, AB T1P 1B5 Tel: 403.934.3522 Fax: 403.934.3555 Email: hk7969@popmail. huskyenergy.com Web: www.myhusky.ca Open 24 hours, 7 days, restaurant, cardlock, ATM, convenience store, showers.
RoadKing Travel Centre Strathcona Inc. 26 Strathmoor Drive Sherwood Park, AB T8H 2B6 Tel: 780.417.9400 Fax: 780.417.9449
Flying J Travel Plaza 7970 Lickman Rd., Chilliwack, BC V2R 1A9 Tel: 604.795.7265 Parking for 21, Showers (2).
Chilliwack Husky Travel Centre 7620A Vedder Road Chilliwack, BC V2R 4E8 Tel: 604.858.5113 www.myhusky.ca
Perth – Andover
Flying J Cardlock
Brandon Husky Travel Centre
Flying J Cardlock
1990 – 18th Street North Brandon, MB R7C 1B3 Tel: 204.728.7387 www.myhusky.ca
131 Warman Road & Hwy. #59, Winnipeg, MB R2J 3R3 Tel: 204.231.5485
Chilliwack Petro – Pass 45461 Yale Road West Chilliwack, BC Tel: 604.795.9421 Fax: 604.792.8931 email@example.com Commercial cardlock open 24hrs, 7 days, convenience store open Mon - Fri, 8am – 5pm (washrooms).
Petro Canada Southcoast Petroleum Ltd. 10178 Nordel Court Delta, BC Tel: 604.581.3835 Fax: 604.581.3850 firstname.lastname@example.org Canopy, fax, photocopier, nearby gov’t scale, restaurant & ATM.
Fort St. John
2190 Douglas Street North, Merritt, BC V0K 2B0 Tel: 250.280.1555 Wagons West Travel Plaza 3999 Airport Road Merritt, BC V1K 1R2 Tel: 250.378.2100 Fax: 250.378.6060 Open 24 hours, 7 days, restaurant, convenience store, showers, TV with cable, Greyhound.
Cool Creek Agencies 7985 Lickman Road
Flying J Cardlock
Chilliwack, BC V2R 3Z9
9407 – 109th Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 6K6 Tel: 250.785.3052
Tel: 604.795.5335 Fax: 604.794.5080 email@example.com Full-service islands, drivers’ lounge & game room, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale
Flying J Cardlock 2209 Theatre Road, Cranbrook, BC V1C 4H4 Tel: 250.426.3763
Flying J Cardlock 24 Braid St., New Westminster, BC V3L 3P3 Tel: 604.522.6511
Petro Canada – Petro Pass Flying J Travel Plaza 4100 Portage Avenue, Headingley, MB R4H 1C5 Tel: 204.832.8952 Fax: 204.832.9104 8 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 150, Showers (9), Denny’s/Pizza, CAT Scales.
Petro Canada – Petro Pass
Jepson Petroleum Ltd. Box 1408 Golden, BC V0A 1H0 Tel: 250.344.6161 Fax: 250.344.2232 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Open 8am – 5pm Mon – Fri, lubes & propane, 24hr cardlock, regular, diesel & diesel mark.
Morris Husky Husky Travel Centre 9206 – 97th Street R.R. #2, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V2 Tel: 250.495.6443 www.myhusky.ca
Hwy 75 South, Box 989 Morris, MB R0G 1K0 Tel: 204.746.8999 Fax: 204.746.2611 Email: email@example.com Web: www.myhusky.ca Open 24 hours, 7 days, restaurant Mon. – Fri. 6am – 11pm, Sat. & Sun. – 7am – 11pm, cardlock, ATM, convenience store with lottery, showers.
Flying J Travel Plaza Dogwood Valley
Flying J Cardlock 1411 Northwest Blvd., Creston, BC V0B 1G6 Tel: 250.428.7131
Husky Travel Centre 27052 Baker Road Hope, BC V0X 1L3 Tel: 604.869.9443 www.myhusky.ca
4869 Continental Way, Prince George, BC V2N 5S5 Tel: 250.563.1677 Showers (3).
Husky Travel Centre Flying J Cardlock 1725 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 1P5 Tel: 250.782.3111 Showers (2).
Flood Hope Husky Travel Centre 61850 Flood – Hope Road R.R. #2, Hope, BC V0X 1L2 Tel: 604.869.9214 www.myhusky.ca
1340 Trans Canada Hwy. Sicamous, BC V0G 2V0 Tel: 250.836.4675 Fax: 280.836.2230 Contact: Shelley Arvandel www.myhusky.ca Open 24 – 7, restaurant (6am – 10pm), convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking, photocopier, oil products, ATM & fax machine.
500 Oak Point Highway Winnipeg, MB Tel: 204.949.7292 Fax: 204.949.7295 Open 24 – 7, drivers’ lounge & game room, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, showers & parking.
Petro Canada – Petro Pass 217 Main Street Morris, MB Tel: 204.746.8967 Fax: 204.746.6008 Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, drivers’ lounge & game room, convenience store, ATM & parking
Portage La Prairie
Flying J Travel Plaza Highway 1 East, Portage La Prairie, MB R1N 3B2 Tel: 204.857.9997 Parking for 40.
928 Marion Street, Winnipeg, MB Tel: 204.949.7280 Fax: 204.949.7288 Open 24 – 7, drivers’ lounge & game room, convenience store, laundry facilities, showers & parking New Brunswick
Aulac Big Stop Circle K 170 Aulac Road Aulac, NB E4L 2X2 Tel: 506.536.1339 Fax: 506.536.0579 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, drivers’ lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale.
Petro Pass 315 Ouellette Street Grand Falls, NB Tel: 506.473.5575 Fax: 506.475.9816 Toll Free: 800.361.8322 email@example.com Drivers’ lounge & game room, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, internet services, showers, parking & CAT scale.
Tobique One Stop Exit 115, Perth – Andover, NB Tel: 506.273.9682 Fax: 506.273.9682 Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, drivers’ lounge with large screen, restaurant, satellite TV, convenience store, showers, laundry, parking & free high-speed internet.
Salisbury Big Stop 2986 Fredericton Road Salisbury, NB E4J 2G1 Tel: 506.372.3333 Fax: 506.372.0083 Open 24 – 7, drivers’ lounge & game room, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale
Lincoln Big Stop Circle K 415 Nevers Rd. Waasis, NB E3B 9E1 Tel: 506.446.4444 Driver Fax: 506.446.4455 firstname.lastname@example.org Open 24 – 7, Irving FP Solution I – 24, drivers’ lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, free overnight parking.
Murray’s Truck Stop Exit 191, 198 Beardsley Road Woodstock, NB Tel: 506.328.2994 Driver’s Fax: 506.325.2148 email: calving.murraystruckstop@ gmail.com www.murraystruckstop.ca Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, drivers’ lounge & game room, restaurant, convenience store, showers, laundry facilities, parking & CAT scale & tire sales & service. Nova Scotia
Enfield Big Stop (Circle K) 6757 Hwy #2 Enfield, NS S2T 1C8 Tel: 902.882.2522 Fax: 902.883.1769 Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, drivers’ lounge, restaurant (6 am – 11pm), convenience store, showers & parking.
Truro Heights Circle K Flying J Dealer Husky Travel Centre 10128 Nordel Court Delta, BC V4G 1J7 Tel: 604.582.1433 www.myhusky.ca
175 Kokanee Way, Kamloops, BC V2C 6Z2 Tel: 250.573.3027 Fax: 250.573.7820 8 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 125, Showers (5).
Petro Canada Flying J Cardlock 8655 Boundary Road, Vancouver, BC V5S 4H3 Tel: 604.454.9578
Flying J Travel Plaza 1747 Brookside Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R2C 2E8 Tel: 204.633.0663 Showers (2), TripPak.
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.
86 Connector Rd., Hwy 102 Exit 13, Truro Heights, NS B2N 5B6 Tel: 902.897.0333 Fax: 902.897.0499 Open 24 – 7, self service islands, drivers’ lounge, restaurant, convenience store, showers & parking. September 2012 37
Antrim Truck Stop 580 White Lake Road,
Fifth Wheel Truck Stop
10 Acre Truck Stop Flying J Associate
Fax: 613.962.4495 or Office at
3250 Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall, ON K6H 5T3 Tel: 613.933.5668 Fax: 613.933.8053
Belleville, ON Tel: 613.966.7017
Email: email@example.com Web: www.10acre.com Restaurant & Store - Mon-Fri 6am-11pm, Sat & Sun 7am-8pm, convenience store, showers,
Esso – Kingston Hwy 401 Exit 611 Kingston, ON Tel: 613.384.8888 Fax: 613.634.3162 Open 24 – 7
215 Hwy #49 Deseronto, ON K0K 1X0 Diesel, Wifi & Fax, laundry facilities Tel: 613.396.3043 and CAT Scale. Fax: 613.396.1449 Open 6am – 10pm, 7 days, full-service islands, Subway, convenience store, parking & coffee drive-thru.
Ultramar 1993 Hwy 15, Exit 623 Kingston, ON K7L 4V3 Tel & Fax: 613.542.7971 Email: AkashIndia@hotmail.com Open 24/7, fast-food, convenience store, ATM, overnight parking.
Ultramar 3199 Hawthorne Road, (Exit 110 off Hwy 417) Behind Ultramar Service Station Ottawa, ON K1G 3V8 Tel: 613.248.9319 Open 24 hrs, lunch counter, convenience store, washrooms, drivers’ lounge, showers & shorttime parking
Angelo’s Truck Stop 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.
Herb’s Travel Plaza
25 Bellevue Dr., Hwy 401 Exit 538
Open 24 hrs, lunch counter, convenience store, washrooms, showers, short–time parking & drivers’ lounge
Esso – Dunvegan 1515 County Road #20, (Hwy 417 Exit 51) Dunvegan, ON Tel: 613.527.1026 or 613.627.2100 Fax: 613.527.2726 Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, restaurant (Tim Horton’s), convenience store, showers, parking & ATM.
730 Truck Stop
Hwy 144 & 560A Tel: 705.655.4911 or 705.523.4917 Fax: 705.523.4160 firstname.lastname@example.org
410 Government Road East, Kapuskasing, ON P5N 2X7 Tel: 705.337.1333 Fax: 705.337.1208 5 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 40, Showers (4).
Hwy 144 @ 560A
21160 Service Road, Exit 27 off Hwy 417 Vankleek Hill, Ontario Toll Free: 800.593.4372 Tel: 613.525.2120 Fax: 613.525.1595 Email: email@example.com Open 24 – 7 drivers’ lounge, restaurant, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, internet services, showers & parking. Ontario, Northern
Flying J Travel Plaza 20382 Old Highway #2, Lancaster, ON K0C 1N0 Tel: 613.347.2221 Fax: 613.347.1970 11 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 71, Showers (7), Denny’s, CAT Scales, Bulk Diesel.
Jeremy’s Truck Stop & Country Restaurant 220 Highway 17 West Nairn Centre, ON P0M 2L0 Tel: 705.869.4100 Fax: 705.869.6796
BayTruck Stop 3060 Hwy 11 North North Bay, ON Tel: 705.474.8410 Fax: 705.495.4076 Toll Free: 888.474.8410 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.transportmall.com Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, restaurant, convenience store, showers, parking & truck repairs within 2 km.
Sault Ste. Marie
Flying J Cardlock 987 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5K7 Tel: 705.759.8280
2085 Shanly Road, Hwy 401 Exit 730, Cardinal, ON K0C 1E0 Tel: 613.657.3019 Open 24 hrs, restaurant, convenience store, washrooms, showers, overnight parking & drivers’ lounge. 38 September 2012
Kingston Husky Truck Stop Joyceville Road, (Hwy 401 Exit 632) Joyceville, ON Tel: 613.542.3468 www.myhusky.ca
Flying J Cardlock 17 Duhamel Road, Sudbury, ON P3E 4N1 Tel: 705.692.5447
London Husky Travel Centre Hwy 401 & 74 (Exit 195 off 401) Belmont, ON Tel: 519.644.0200 www.myhusky.ca
Flying J Travel Plaza
Belleville, ON K8N 4Z5
parking, Esso Card Lock & Retail
(rear of Ultramar Service Station)
Watershed Car & Truck Stop
1901 McConnell Avenue, Arnprior, ON K7S 3G9 Hwy 401 Exit 792 Cornwall, ON K6H 5R6 Tel: 613.623.3003 Tel: 613.933.8363 Fax: 613.623.1003 Fax: 613.932.3952 Toll Free: 866.334.4775 Open 24 hrs, diesel fuel, fullservice fuel islands, convenience email@example.com store fuel bar, take-out food, Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, CAT scale, Blue Beacon truck restaurant, convenience store, wash, propane, Sunoco Cardlock, restaurant, 200+ truck parking, showers, overnight parking, drivers’ private showers, laundry facilities, lounge, CAT scale, garage service drivers’ lounge & arcade room, Bell facilities, tire service, Western Star Canada internet kiosk, barber shop, truck dealer. ATM, drug testing centre, chapel, motel (smoking & non-smoking), Belleville tire shop, lube shop, mechanic shop, Irving cardlock.
902 Wallbridge Loyalist Road
Bradford Husky Travel Centre Hwy 400 & 88 Bradford, ON Tel: 905.775.5794 www.myhusky.ca
Flying J Cardlock Hwy #17, Schreiber, ON P0T 2S0 Tel: 807.824.2383
Sudbury Petro Pass 3070 Regent Street Sudbury, ON Tel: 705.522.8701 Fax: 705.522.4280 Open Mon – Fri. 6am – 11pm, Sat. 8am – 8pm & sun. 10am – 9pm, drivers’ lounge & game room, convenience store (hot food, pizza, chilli & soup), laundry facilities, showers & parking.
Pilot Travel Center 19325 Essex County Road 42, Tilbury, ON N0P 2L0 Tel: 519.682.1140 Fax: 519.682.9221 6 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 150, Showers (6), Subway, CAT Scales, Bulk Diesel.
Fifth Wheel Truck Stop 2475 South Service Road, (Exit 431, Hwy 401, Waverly Road) Bowmanville, ON L1C 3L1 Tel: 905.623.3604 Fax: 905.623.7109 Open 24 hrs., diesel fuel, convenience store, CAT scale, gasoline (self service), ATM, propane, convenience store at fuel bar, Sunoco fleet fuel cardlock, full-service fuel islands, restaurant, private showers, laundry facilities, drivers’ lounge & arcade room, 100+ truck parking capacity, motel (smoking & non-smoking), Bell Canada internet kiosk, Irving cardlock.
Fifth Wheel Truck Stop
3305 Dorchester Road, (Exit 199, Hwy 401, East of London) Dorchester, ON N0L 1G0 Tel: 519.268.7319 Esso Truck Stop Fax: 519.268.2967 2154 Riverside Drive Open 24 hrs, diesel fuel, Timmins, ON convenience store, CAT scale, Tel: 705.268.3400 blue beacon truck wash, drug Fax: 705.267.7231 testing centre, gasoline (self serve), firstname.lastname@example.org ATM, take – out food, open roads Open 24 – 7, restaurant, chapel, Sunoco & Irving Cardlock, convenience store, ATM & showers. full-service fuel islands, restaurant, private showers, laundry facilities, Waubaushene drivers’ lounge, 150+ parking Waubaushene Truck Stop capacity, motel (smoking & 21 Quarry Road, Box 419, non-smoking), arcade room, Waubaushene, ON L0K 2L0 convenience store. Tel: 705.538.2900 Drumbo Fax: 705.538.0452 Trucker’s Haven Email: email@example.com Hwy 401, Exit 250, 806607 Oxford Road, Ontario, Western Drumbo, ON N0J 1G0 Beamsville Tel: 519.463.5088 Fax: 519.463.5628 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Beamsville Relay Station 4673 Ontario Street, (Exit 64 off QEW) Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Tel: 905.563.8816 Fax: 905.563.4770 Email: email@example.com Open 24 – 7, restaurant, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, showers & parking
Flying J Travel Plaza 1765 Albion Rd. & Hwy #27, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5S7 Tel: 416.674.8665
Vaudreuil – Dorion
Flying J Travel Plaza
Husky Travel Centre
Flying J Travel Plaza
Regina Husky Travel Centre
Ultramar 1637 Pettit Road (Exit 5 off QEW) Fort Erie, ON L2A 5M4 Tel: 905.994.8293 Open 24 hrs, restaurant, washrooms, showers, overnight parking & drivers’ lounge
Fifth Wheel Truck Stop 398 North Service Road, (Exit 74, off QEW, E. of Hamilton) (Casablanca Blvd. Exit) Grimsby, ON L3M 4E8 Tel: 905.945.0300 Fax: 905.945.1115 Open 24 hrs, diesel fuel, convenience store, CAT scale, Blue Beacon truck wash, ATM, drug testing centre, gasoline, Sunoco & Irving cardlock, full-service fuel islands, restaurant, private showers, laundry facilities, drivers’ lounge & arcade room,100+ parking capacity, chapel, motel (smoking & non-smoking).
3700 Highbury Ave. South, London, ON N6N 1P3 Tel: 519.681.6859 Fax: 519.686.8629 12 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 200, Showers (17), Denny’s/Pizza, CAT Scales, TripPak, Bulk Diesel.
7340 Colonel Talbot Road London, ON Tel: 519.652.2728 Fax: 519.652.6554 Email: flyingmtruckstop.com Open 24 hrs, 6 days, full-service islands, drivers’ lounge, restaurant, convenience store, ATM, internet services, showers, garage on premises & parking
2211 County Road 28 (Hwy 401 Exit 464) Port Hope, ON L1A 3W4 Tel: 905.885.4600 Open 24 hrs, lunch counter, convenience store, washrooms, showers, drivers’ lounge & shorttime parking
Fifth Wheel Truck Stop 40 Chisolm Dr. (Hwy 401 Exit 320) Marshall Truck & Trailer Milton, ON L9T 3G9 Repair & Truck Stop Tel: 905.878.8441 336 Kenora Avenue Fax: 905.878.9376 Hamilton, ON L8E 2W2 Open 24 hrs, diesel fuel, Tel: 905.561.4712 convenience store, CAT scale, Blue Fax: 905.561.7757 Beacon truck wash, ATM, lube Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.marshalltruck.com shop, Sunoco & Irving Cardlock, Open 24 – 7 for cardlock, open full-service fuel islands, restaurant, 7am – 12am Mon – Fri, 7am – 5pm showers, laundry facilities, drivers’ Sat, closed Sunday, full-service lounge & arcade room, 100+ islands, drivers’ lounge, restaurant, parking, chapel, motel (smoking & showers & parking non-smoking), & lottery tickets.
1181 Ave. Gilles Villeneuve, Berthierville, QC J0K 1A0 Tel: 450.836.6581 2 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 10.
Flying M Truck Stop
200 Clements Road Pickering, ON Tel: 905.428.9700 www.myhusky.ca
Flying J Travel Plaza
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.
2900 Felix – Leclerc, Vaudreuil – Dorion, QC J7V 9J5 Tel: 450.424.1610 Fax: 450.424.0368 8 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 109, Pepperoni’s, Bulk Diesel. Saskatchewan
Flying J Travel Plaza
Estevan Husky Travel Centre 201 – 4th Street, Estevan, SK S4A 0T5 Tel: 306.634.3109 www.myhusky.ca
Stop 50 Truck Stop 1310 South Service Road (Exit QEW at Fifty Road) Stoney Creek, ON L8E 5C5 Tel: 905.643.1151 Fax: 905.643.8068 Open 24 – 7, full-service islands, restaurant, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, showers & parking
Flying J Travel Plaza 1 Rang St. Andre, Napierville, QC J0J 1L0 Tel: 450.245.3539 5 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 10.
Saint – Liboire
Flying J Travel Plaza 370 North Service Rd. Hwy #1, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N9 Tel: 306.693.5858 Parking for 10.
Petro Canada – Petro Pass 402 – 51st Street East Saskatoon, SK Tel: 306.934.6766 Fax: 306.668.6110 Email: email@example.com Drivers’ lounge, convenience store, laundry facilities, ATM, showers, scale & parking.
Husky Travel Centre
Flying J Associate
Hwy 401 Exit 14, Tecumseh, ON Tel: 519.737.6401 www.myhusky.ca
3850 Idylwyld Dr. N., Saskatoon, SK S7P 0A1 Tel: 306.955.6840 Fax: 306.955.6846 6 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 85, Showers (4), Denny’s/Pepperoni’s.
Windsor Husky Travel Centre
1755 Prince of Wales Drive Regina, SK S4Z 1A5 Tel: 306.789.3477 www.myhusky.ca
1145 Rang Saint Edouard, Saint-Liboire, QC J0H 1R0
Flying J Cardlock 1511 Ross Ave. East, Regina, SK S4R 1J2 Tel: 306.721.0070 Parking for 12, Showers (3).
1510 South Service Road West (Trans Canada Hwy 1 West) Swift Current, SK S9H 3T1 Tel: 306.773.6444 www.myhusky.ca
Flying J Travel Plaza Petro – Pass Kitchener 120 Conestoga College Blvd. Kitchener, ON N2P 2N6 Tel: 519.748.5550 Fax: 519.748.9656 Drivers’ lounge & game room, convenience store, laundry facilities, showers & CAT scale.
Ultramar Flying J Travel Plaza 1400 Britannia Road East, Mississauga, ON L4W 1C8 Tel: 905.564.6216 Parking for 80, Showers (3).
535 Mill Street (Hwy 401 Exit 230 on TA site) Woodstock, ON N4S 7V6 Tel: 519.421.3144 Open 24 hrs, restaurant, convenience store, washrooms, showers, drivers’ lounge & overnight parking.
569 rue Principale, Ste. Helene, QC J0H 1M0 Tel: 450.791.2232 Fax: 450.791.2495 6 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 10.
Husky Bulk Sales 210 North McDonald Street Regina, SK S4N 5W3 Tel: 306.721.6880 www.myhusky.ca
Flying J Cardlock 1910 York Road West, Box 794, Yorkton, SK S3N 2W8 Tel: 801.726.8288 Showers (2).
Johnny’s Gas Bar 448 Talbot Street West Leamington, ON N8H 4H6 Tel: 519.326.5231 Fax: 519.322.0189 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.johnnysgasbar.ca Card lock open 24 hours, 7 days, convenience store, cash discount, diesel exhaust fluid and coloured fuel.
Flying J Travel Plaza 628 County Road #41, RR 6, Napanee, ON K7R 3L1 Tel: 613.354.7044 Fax: 613.354.3796 12 Diesel Lanes, Parking for 165, Showers (15), Denny’s/Pizza, CAT Scales, TripPak, Bulk Diesel.
Flying J Travel Plaza 1196 Chemin des Olivieres, Bernieres, QC G7A 2M6 Tel: 418.831.3772 September 2012 39
Making Your Miles Count
Choosing Trucking Company: Reputable Placement By Robert Scheper
oving from one company to another should bring benefit, advancement and value. However, a lot of turnover ends up not as an upward move, but a lateral one at best. Operators surely don’t seek out situations that make matters worse. However, too many find out after moving that their new situation is different from their initial expectations. This kind of thinking is what popularized the aphorism, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. There are many issues that are often overlooked when evaluating a possible company move. One of those is balancing the level of service provided to the level of service required. On a scale of one to ten (10 being an outstanding driver/operator) where do you rank yourself? This requires a level of self-evaluation that many people aren’t comfortable with - they either over or undershoot the mark. As a driver I would rate myself as a 7 or 7.5. Though I’ve never been involved in a commercial traffic accident and consider myself a defensive driver, I have dinged the occasional dock, driven over the odd curb and have been known to float around my lane. As an operator (lease/owner) I would evaluate myself as a 7.5 or 8. Even though I have a great deal of experience in the business and management side, I consider myself moderately mechanically challenged. My only safety net was developing a strong personal relationship with a great mechanic. Proper self-evaluation requires an objective view of where you fit in the driver/ operator pool. I have the luxury of meeting with hundreds of operators every year and speak to many more. There are times I have to really pull up my socks and concentrate more than normal because I’m in the pres-
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ence of greatness. I also meet with the odd driver that I know won’t last out the year. In the latter example the biggest problem is usually arrogance. Some refuse to properly evaluate their performance. What’s the solution? Personally, I recommend developing a very strong circle of true friends, the kind that will tell you the truth in a timely fashion. When drivers self- evaluate, however, there is a tendency for some to under appreciate their abilities in the marketplace. Unchecked, this can lead to some companies taking advantage, even in a driver-shortage environment. If you undervalue your professionalism, eventually your service will be under-rewarded. If you have a clear record, never refuse a load, always arrive on time, submit paperwork punctually and in order, live within your means, are reliable, and
hold a pleasant serviceoriented personality, you have high value and should present yourself accordingly. Balancing the services require an evaluation of both the company requirements and your personal abilities. It must be a realistic approach to both. Companies will always attract and retain a certain level of quality. Look at all the other drivers. Are you realistically willing to perform at their level? If you would routinely outperform them, will you be adequately compensated? If not for either question, the honeymoon period ends pretty quickly. Step back and look at how you serve your current company. Are you at the top, the middle, or on the bottom? If you are considering a move to a new company, where will you rank with your new employer? Will you be at the top, the mid-
dle, or struggle and fight at the bottom? If you start at the bottom, how long will it be until you work yourself into the top spots (if at all)? If you are currently at the bottom, the best business question would be: why? Why are you performing and being treated so badly? Is it really the company? Or is it you? Somewhere, somehow, did you communicate that it was alright to be treated like you are? Can you communicate a different message rather than leaving? Will it be received? What makes you think you’ll communicate a different message than
what you’re used to communicating? These may be personal issues, but remember, you ARE your business. I can’t fire myself. I follow me wherever I go. Ultimately we must say what we mean, and make sure people know that we mean what we say. A consistent performance is our best objective, no matter how good, average or bad it comes across. In the trucking industry drivers (and companies) are evaluated by their service and productivity, not by their ability to talk. It’s always best to be in-
spired and challenged to your highest level of consistent service. In the end it will be the path to the highest level of return on your investment. Robert Scheper operates an accounting and consulting firm in Steinbach, Manitoba. He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is the author of the Book “Making Your Miles Count: taxes, taxes, taxes” (now available on CD). You can find him at www.thrconsulting.ca and thrconsulting.blogspot.com or at 877.987.9787. You can e-mail him at robert@ thrconsulting.ca.
Mangled Metal & Jangled Nerves & the Elite Team of Men Who Can Conquer Both
oronto, Ontario Steep hills, lethal drop-offs, killer rockslides and wicked weather. These are a trucker ’s worst nightmares. But with urgent delivery deadlines and millions of dollars in cargo on the line, the Coquihalla Highway – 100 treacherous kilometres cutting through the heart of British Columbia’s Cascade Mountains – is the only way to get the job done. When something goes wrong, this highway needs heroes. Premiering Tues-
Jamie Davis day, September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel, Highway Thru Hell follows the men of Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue as they fight to keep open some of the most economically important, most travelled – and most inhospitable – trucking routes in North America. Highway Thru Hell is an original eight-part Canadian series produced by Vancouver’s Great Pacific TV. The white-knuckle Highway Thru Hell experience extends online, with full episodes, behind-thescenes web extras and video diaries from some of the Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue crew. Show and episode information, research material and production photos are featured online. Viewers can
join the social conversation through Discovery’s Social Screen with @DiscoveryCanada and @ HWYThruHell. An original eight-part Canadian series, Highway Thru Hell follows the team of heavy rescue tow truck drivers who work for Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue. Trying to climb a long and gruelling 8% grade during winter storms, truckers spin out and smash up. During the worst storms, the big wrecks can come as often as every 12 hours. When these wrecks close the road and choke traffic, the call goes out to Jamie Davis. Dropping everything to respond, it’s their job to remove the oftendangerous cargo, clean up the twisted metal, clear the road and get traffic rolling again for hundreds of drivers. Highway Thru Hell captures the mountains, Mother Nature and the toughest men in the towing business being pushed to their breaking point. When lives, the economy and thousands of jobs depend on the highways staying open, the stakes are high with very little margin for error. The last line of defence is Heavy Rescue. Highway Thru Hell Season 1, Episode 1-8. Episode 1: Death on the Coq. The winter season is already off to a hellish start when a major blizzard slams the Coquihalla Highway. Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue’s “A” team, Adam and Kevin, spends a busy morning clearing spun out semis off the road when word comes that a multi vehicle pileup has closed down both northbound lanes. While Adam scrambles to get the highway open, Jamie tries to free a semi from a steep, icy off-ramp. Later, Jamie and his 16-year-old son Brandon fight their way through the traffic. This is Brandon’s first night
wreck – and the hard reality of heavy rescue towing is driven home when he discovers a driver under one of the trucks, dead. Episode 2: Where’s My Rotator? A double-trailer load of lumber had flipped and spilled across a quarter mile of highway. Even with three heavy rescue trucks, Jamie’s crew doesn’t have enough equipment to do the job right. Meanwhile, Adam has his hands full with the B team when a semi filled with expensive wine goes off a cliff. Episode 3: It’s Stormy Everywhere. Jamie’s having second thoughts about bringing his son Brandon onboard when the teenager spends his paycheck on ear piercings. Then his right hand man Kevin shows up to a wreck without the gear he needs to control traffic. When Jamie confronts him, Kevin storms off the job. Jamie’s one bright spot is his brand new truck, the Rotator. But even that lets him down when he’s called out to save a trailer stuck in a ditch, and only ends up destroying it. Episode 4: Roughing up the Rookie. To keep up with a busy season, Jamie hires on a new guy, greenhorn driver Rob. When Rob turns out to be (to put it mildly) a slow learner - and then goes AWOL during a major blizzard – Jamie’s patience is pushed to the breaking point. Episode 5: No Tears in Towing. Jamie isn’t the only tow guy on the Coq. Lone wolf Al Quiring is a tough as nails wrecker and Jamie’s main rival. Their dads did battle a generation ago, and now Jamie and Al are fighting it out for the title -”King of the Coq”. Episode 6: The Avalanche Zone. Heavy snowfall has created avalanche conditions on the Coq. Plow crews are barely able to keep up. When
Premiering Tuesday, September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel, Highway Thru Hell follows the men of Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue traffic starts backing up in high-risk avalanche zones, highway authorities decide to close the road in both directions. A team of avalanche techs flies up the mountain in helicopters to drop concussion bombs and release the build-up, but bad weather hampers their first attempt. The next day is a battle on all fronts to get the Coq open - with helicopter teams dropping more bombs, highway crews faced with two feet of accumulation, and Jamie’s team forced to call in a second rotator. E p i s o d e 7 : Yi n & Yang. Why is one guy always happy, while another is always pissed off? Kevin considers yard man Samy, a 40-year-old immigrant from Fiji, to
be his assistant. When Kevin buys a video camera to film wrecks, his new hobby starts to get in the way of his current job. A head-on collision between two semis has the entire crew battling to clear the charred wreckage and get the road open. While Kevin captures the action on tape, Samy does most of the heavy lifting, earning him a bottle of scotch and Jamie’s praise. The next day, a harrowing drive up the Coq in dangerous avalanche conditions leaves both Kevin and Samy questioning why they do this for a living. Episode 8: I can’t take it anymore! With spring coming, Jamie is facing a backlog of bills and heavy pressure to cut costs by laying off some of his
staff. When a semi full of mail goes off a cliff, Adam and the weary crew are sent out to unload and recover it. But a long season has everyone’s tempers on edge. When a winter-worn cable snaps, narrowly missing Adam’s head, Jamie’s most senior driver threatens to go on strike. Jamie’s teenage son Brandon isn’t any help on the big wrecks, and seems distracted by a new girlfriend. Jamie offers the irritable teen his own truck for next season. But Brandon’s first towing lesson makes it obvious to Jamie that this kid is no heir apparent. The season comes to a bitter end when Jamie finally bites the bullet and sends two of his guys packing to the unemployment line.
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Alphabetical List of Advertisers
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Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 All Points Freight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Ontario Trucking News Arrow Truck Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 40 Ontario Trucking News Atlantis Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Ontario Trucking News
B Benson Tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Ontario Trucking News Best Transfer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Ontario Trucking News Brenntag Canada Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Brian Kurtz Trucking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Ontario Trucking News Brighton Speedway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
C C.T.E.A.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 C.U.T.C. Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Canada Wide Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Western Trucking News Caravan Logistics Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Ontario Trucking News
D Davy Truck Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 33 Ontario Trucking News Discount Truck Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Western Trucking News Domar Transmissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16,23 Drive Logistics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Ontario Trucking News
E Emergency Road Services Corporation . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern & Western Trucking News Evans Cooling Systems, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
F Frasier Transport (FLI). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Ontario Trucking News Fleet Safety Council Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
G Great Northern Battery Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
H HawksHead Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Hutchinson Industries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Trucking News
I Imperial Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Ontario Trucking News International Truckload Services Inc. . . . . . . . . . 50 Ontario Trucking News
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K Kärcher Canada Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 23 Kindersley Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Ontario & Western Trucking News
L Levy Steering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Liquid Capital Midwest Corp.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Ontario Trucking News Lou’s Metal Polish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
N Nascar Schedule (Canadian Circuit). . . . . . . . . . 32
O OK Tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ontario Trucking News
P Performance Diesel (Tunit & Bully Dog). . . . . . . . 10
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S Shell Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Special Olympics Convoy-Ontario. . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Ontario Trucking News Special Olympics Convoy-Eastern Canada. . . . . 49 Eastern Trucking News Star Van Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Ontario Trucking News
T The Fuel Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Tiger Tool International Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Ontario & Western Trucking News TransX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,52 Tremcar Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Trucking News Trison Tarps Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 14 Truxpo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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The Growing Conversion to Natural Gas Trucks By Marek Krasuski
s the gap between the price of natural gas and oil continues to widen, many voices in the US are calling for a greater utilization of natural gas vehicles, including trucks, to reduce cost per mile expenses, minimize dependence on foreign imports and dwindling oil reserves, and leave a lighter environmental footprint for future generations. Similar echoes advocating transition are being voiced by Canadian sources as well. A Conference Board of Canada report issued last March advocates that wider use of natural gas powered engines is a suitable alternative for the trucking industry. As much as $150,000 can be achieved in fuel savings from each natural gas truck over a period of 10 years, the report says. Approximately half of these savings are in the form of tax breaks since natural gas, for the time being at least, is exempt from a road excise tax which applies to diesel. If federal and provincial governments do impose an equivalent tax on natural gas – and there’s no reason why they wouldn’t opt for an extra cash grab – the incentives are still enough for widespread conversion. There are currently about 15 million natural gas vehicles worldwide, and that number is swelling. In the US, natural gas engines represent a paltry less-than one percent of vehicles on the road, but given onshore reserves, that number too is expected to climb. North America has been dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas reserves. More recently, those reserves have become more accessible due to newer horizontal drilling techniques that have allowed extraction of natural gas from shale. This represents a considerable boom to the natural gas industry which, until
recently, has progressed only haltingly over the last two decades. Thus far, development of natural gas engines has centred on trucks for use in regional applications since the availability of filling stations across Canada and the US is still limited. According to the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance there are just 80 public fuelling stations in five provinces that dispense compressed natural gas (CNG) and Liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Alliance expects Canada’s natural gas distribution network to expand significantly in the next year or so as distribution companies prepare to supply LNG for the heavy truck market. The United States is also installing more refuelling stations along its interstate highway system to meet the anticipated demand for long haul natural gas trucks. Meanwhile, truck manufacturers are responding to the demand for engines that yield significant fuel savings and emissions reductions. Kenworth, for example, now powers its T440 and W900S models with Cummins ISL G natural gas engines. Fuel efficient and clean burning, the Cummins ISL G promises to provide the same power and torque as diesel engines for vocational and medium and heavy-duty truck and trailer applications. Kenworth has also introduced the Cummins Westport ISX (15L) engine into its line of T800 models. This year, the company unveiled plans to extend its line of green products by offering the Cummins Westport ISX12 G heavyduty natural gas engine for use in regional, vocational and refuse markets. The engine, which will be available in the T660, T800 and W900 series, will complete the company’s line of factory-installed natural gas engines. Andy Douglas, Kenworth’s National Sales Manager, said the ISX12 G “is a perfect size for the
operational needs of those regional and refuse haulers that require a little more power and torque than offered by the ISL G.” Other builders too are incorporating natural gas technology in their bids to secure market share. Earlier this year, Navistar International began to offer the Cummins Westport ISL G engine in its TranStar and WorkStar trucks. Peterbilt expanded its product line to include LNG and CNG engines in a range of on-highway and vocational models, including the 384, 365, 320, 382 and 386. More recently, Volvo announced the VNL day cab which will also be powered with the Cummins Westport ISX12 G engine available in CNG and LNG options. The company is poised to launch its own 13-litre litre LNG engine in 2014. Mack will follow suit by inclusion of the Cummins engine in its Pinnacle and Granite models in 2013. Freightliner, too, has chosen the ISX12 G natural gas engine to power the Cascadia 113 day cab tractor. Production date is set for 2013 as well. As access to foreign oil reserves dwindles, either
through natural depletion or through politically motivated restrictions, and
demands for fuel efficiency and emission reductions intensify, strong incen-
tives for conversion to natural gas engines will prevail.
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Pursuit of Excellence & Community Support By Marek Krasuski
rom its beginnings less than a decade ago, Drive Logistics, under the stewardship of Windsor entrepreneur, Clive Tregaskiss, has expanded both its range of transportation services, and its fleet size to its current 130 tractors. Several guiding values support the management tools, corporate culture and leadership advances that underscore the company’s success. Leading them is the principle encapsulated in the company’s mission statement: “Driving To Deliver The Highest Standard of Excellence.” Drive’s commitment to achieving this milestone is the driving force underlying the company’s goal to pursue continuous improvement initiatives, both in the delivery of transportation services and in the larger community initiatives it seeks to support. Indeed, Drive Logistics is passionate about the community in which the company and its employees work, live and play. An example of Drive’s pledge to community service is evident in its collaboration with youth and adult athletics, charities and other innovative programs undertaken in the Windsor region. Recently, this corporate contributor celebrated with the citizens of Windsor the rise of Mary Spencer as one of Canada’s Olympians on the women’s boxing team at the 2012 Olympic
Games. Drive Logistics has been the long-time principal supporter of Mary’s efforts to excel in her chosen sport. For years Drive has assisted Mary with the many costs associated with this lifetime goal – going for Gold as a world-class Canadian boxing champion at the London Olympic Games. Going for gold requires full time dedication to being the best. Aware of the significant costs involved, Drive Logistics, in addition to providing generous contributions, also established a fund through which supporters from Windsor and across the country have made donations to support Mary’s cause. The federal government provides some assistance through its “Own the Podium” program, money for which this boxing champ is extremely grateful. But the range of costs – accommodation while travelling, sparring partners, trainers, health professionals, equipment, dietary needs, to name few – far exceed these important, but limited financial provisions. Drive Logistics company spokesman, Eric Bialkowski, puts into perspective Mary’s commitment to her professional development and to the larger community. “For athletes to put their best forward, they need a lot of support. We believe that her values, dynamic personality, and her community-minded dedication are similar to
Windsor’s Mary Spencer as one of Canada’s Olympians on the women’s boxing team at the 2012 Olympic Games. 44 September 2012
our company principles. Her positive contribution to the community was a good match and we wanted to support that,” he said. To be sure, Mary Spencer is as dedicated to community involvement as she is to her profession. She is a leader, both in and out of the ring. Her professional achievements are stellar,
comprising a resume that matches and exceeds the rigorous benchmarks required to be selected as a candidate to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. Three times she has won world champion in her weight class. She has been the Pan-American champion five times, the Canadian champion seven times, and the Can-
adian boxer of the year four times. Mary was also listed as one of the Most Influential Women (MIW) in 2012 by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). Outside of the ring she has demonstrated the same degree of dedication to larger community
initiatives. As a member of Motivate Canada’s Gen 7 Aboriginal role model initiative she has been developing sport, physical activity and empowerment programming with Aboriginal youth in First Nation communities across Ontario. Mary is originally from the Cape Croker First Pursuit >>
Transport for Christ
Does Your Heart Comply?
By Chaplain Len Reimer
s we think about the importance of proper clean running truck engines we may realize there is a similarity with the human heart. Many of us daily overlook the importance of proper heart maintenance. We stuff ourselves with foods high on cholesterol, excessive fat or high on sugar. We eat them because they tickle our taste buds. Recently I joined my wife
on a grocery shopping bonanza. I would pick up items and she would read the labels and put them back on the shelf, explaining to me that they are not good for us. See, I am diabetic, have high blood pressure and am too heavy for my height. I looked up the word, “heart” in my bible concordance and learned the King James Bible makes 855 references to heart. The first one I found is in Geneses 6:5 and reads, “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every interest of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” We find another verse in Jeremiah 17: 9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else, and desperately sick; who can understand it. I the Lord search the heart.” In only a few scriptures we find man described, and the picture is less than
pretty. No surprise, then, that our world is in the condition it’s in. By nature we are not good people, regardless of race or nationality. We require help from a Greater Being (God) to improve the way our hearts behave, act and think. The Bible invites us in Mark 12:30 “And thou (you) shall love the Lord thy God with all thy ‘heart’, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment.” Friends, what I find so exciting is that, in spite of the description of our hearts, God wants us to experience His peace, and enjoy the peace of Christ. Jesus himself says in John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me” (Jesus). But as it is written in I Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. As it is important for our truck engines to comply with government regula-
tions, it is equally essential for our hearts to be in tune with Almighty God, and His regulations. “No compliance, no passage”. You see, there is a day coming when we will be
asked if our hearts comply with God’s word, (or compliance book). Our entrance or passage into His prepared mansion depends on whether our hearts comply.
Games. Virginia went to London with an impressive list of achievements, among them two silver medals she won in the 2011 Para Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Virginia won in the 100 metre and 200 metre races, the same events for which she will strive to earn Gold for Canada in the London Games. At 19 years old, Virginia is also the Canadian record holder for long jump and ranks 5th in the world. Of course, all Olympians and their millions of fans at home strive for gold. But it truly is the journey that counts. “It is
important to support all our Olympians,” confirms Drive’s Eric Bialkowski. Indeed, many that strive for excellence and work for the betterment of their community, two guiding values that underscore Drive Logistics’ success, will continue to receive company support through financial contributions, fundraising events and other initiatives to help people like Mary Spencer and Virginia McLachlan become the best they can be. For more information or to make a donation, contact Drive Logistics at www.drivelogistics. com.
Nation. The full measure of Mary Spencer’s unwavering commitment is evident in her intention to return to the Olympic ring at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to fight, once again, for a gold medal. Other community members who share Drive Logistics’ commitment to community development continue to benefit from the company’s support. Joining Mary Spencer in the pursuit of excellence is Virginia McLachlan, a fellow Olympian who, this year, competed in the London 2012 Paralympic
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Celebrating 15 Years of Stellar Success By Marek Krasuski
resident Kennedy said that “conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” Removing oneself from the comfortable shackles of conformity to chart new courses of progress is the bedrock of
the entrepreneurial spirit. Some 15 years ago three men, John Iwaniura, Bob Workun and Steve Merena turned their backs on conformity to chart their own course in the commercial transportation industry, and in 1997 founded Caravan Logistics Inc. This
year, the company celebrates its 15th anniversary, a milestone that these founders attribute to “life experience, following instincts and simple trial and error.” The full measure of their success is evident in the company’s growth trajectory. It began with John
dispatching two trucks and drivers, Steve and Bob, from the basement of his home and grew into what is now a respected carrier. Today, the company is known Canada-wide as the premier source for dependable transportation solutions, a reputa-
tion built on its range of transportation services, dedication to driver satisfaction and commitment to customer service. Caravan Logistics provides truckload, just-intime (JIT) and less-thantruckload (LTL) services, Logistics, Cross-Docking, and short and long term warehousing. Shippers can look forward to delivery services across North America in all modes of transportation, including vans, flatbeds, intermodal and temperature controlled units. With focus on the Mid-West and Eastern Seaboard, Caravan works with shippers to devise unique strategies to deliver freight in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. With a main office in Oakville, Ontario, a secondary terminal in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec, and a combined 70,000 square feet of warehouse space, this transportation specialist has the facilities necessary to keep the supply chain moving. Far from its humble beginnings the number of Caravan’s power units has swelled exponentially from the original two operated by Steve and Bob to 225 satellite tracked and traced power units and over 600 trailers. Caravan’s commitment to customer service, another element in the company’s success equation, is reinforced by the latest technology advancements on all tractors that enable clients to track shipments online or receive satellite updates from customer service representatives in regular
communication with drivers. In-cab electronic logs (E-Logs) are another example of Caravan’s insistence on moving forward in product and service development. Notes John Iwaniura: “Abandoning paper logs in exchange for electronic logs lessens the room for human error and forces us to work more efficiently. Having the latest technology at our fingertips means that we are at the forefront of communication and technology, enabling us to utilize the best tools to make our business model work.” Since Caravan is an asset based firm, it regularly purchases new equipment. New equipment translates into fewer breakdowns on the road, thereby providing customers with the ultimate final product: safe and timely delivery. In addition, having the option to manage both FTL and LTL freight also makes Caravan the sound alternative for smaller shippers looking to move their goods. Larger shippers too benefit from Caravan’s status as a Canada and US bonded C-TPAT, PIP, ACE, and Fast - approved carrier capable of surpassing the regulatory safety standards set within the industry. In short, shippers, both small and large, know that with Caravan Logistics the goods will be delivered on time, every time. In its ongoing efforts to reach out to industry stakeholders across the land, Caravan is also seeking to establish a stronger Caravan >>
Pictured from left to right, Bob Workun, Vice President of Operations, Steve Merena, Vice President of Safety & Maintenance, and John Iwaniura, President. 46 September 2012
Caravan >> presence in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and is launching a new LTL program that will service all major hubs throughout North America, thus marking a yet another chapter of growth. This stands alongside its new LTL service to and from Quebec and into the United States. Quebec customers can expect the same level of professional and courteous service that Ontario customers have experienced since 1997. Of course, transportation services, and the ongoing capital investments needed to assure on-time deliveries and customer satisfaction, stands alongside the company’s dedication to driver satisfaction. As former drivers themselves, John, Bob and Steve empathize and understand driver needs and the importance of morale. “We understand that without our drivers the wheels don’t turn, so we often ask them how we can make things better here,” explains John Iwaniura,
before continuing with an emphatic pledge, “We do whatever it takes to satisfy our drivers!” In turn, drivers remain loyal to Caravan because of the atmosphere of family and friendship the company assiduously cultivates, evidenced not only by the advice it solicits from drivers, but through the state-of-the-art fleets it provides to maximize their driving experience, continuous upgrades to the site facility, barbeques, and other events. The company, too, regularly receives feedback from customers complimenting them on the level of driver professionalism and courtesy, another telling example of driver satisfaction. Caravan’s recognition of driver challenges – traffic, weather, regulatory guidelines, etc. – motivates Caravan to address driver concerns, when they do arise, effectively and quickly. Indeed, the fact that the company continues to grow and receive accolades from satisfied customers is a direct reflection of the hard
work, dedication and professionalism of all team members - including onsite staff and management. In a further testament to driver support, Caravan will join forces with JOBS Training Inc. and other partners to provide practical in-cab vehicle training in an attempt to recruit potential students and address the overwhelming driver shortage in the industry. A responsible corporate citizen, Caravan Logistics continues to support the community that lies
beyond its family of employees. During its maiden appearance at Truck World 2012 in Toronto it donated $2,000 to Trucking for Wishes, a charity dedicated to supporting children with serious medical conditions. Noted Aaron Lindsay, event coordinator and founder of Trucking for Wishes: “We are so thankful to receive this donation from Caravan Logistics. It was truly unexpected and appreciated. It is companies like this who have helped us raise over $200,000 for Make-
A-Wish in the past five years.” Caravan is also a proud supporter of University of Toronto’s Concrete Toboggan Design Team, and more recently hosted a customer appreciation golf tournament, replete with lunch, formal dinner and prizes. On an annual basis Caravan contributes upwards of $75,000 to a variety of community causes at provincial, national and international levels. In just 15 years Caravan Logistics has rapidly ascended the growth curve to become a premier
transportation specialist with a state-of-the-art fleet, demonstrated a firm commitment to customer satisfaction, grew into a steadfast supporter of its employees, and a proud sponsor of community initiatives - significant accomplishments, indeed, that earmark Caravan Logistics for another stellar 15-year growth cycle. For more information contact Caravan Logistics at 888.828.1727, 905.338.5885, or visit their website, www.caravanlogistics.com.
ATSSA Rumors & Myths F a c t : T h e AT S S A i s alive and well. F a c t : T h e AT S S A i n Toronto is the founding Chapter; all of the other AT S S A o r g a n i z a t i o n s were branches of the Chapter. Fact: The branches had strayed from the original bylaws of the
ATSSA. Numerous attempts were made to get the branches to conform to the bylaws. Requests were made for input from the branches in regards to changing of the bylaws to make life easier for them. None were received. The Board of Man-
agement of the ATSSA Chapter offered the branches two options: Option 1 - conform to the current bylaws and strive to change them in future meetings. Option 2 - leave the ATSSA and form their own group. The branches chose to
go their own way. The CFMS, which operated with input from the Chapter and Branches, was as a result of this cancelled for 2012. There will be new and improved CFMS in 2013, operated solely by the Toronto Chapter of the ATSSA.
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The Complacency Coach
How is Your Support System?
By Bruce Outridge
e all know that every truck needs the proper tires, axles, and frame to support the products you haul. Proper axle and frame configuration is important to the overall condition of your rig. If the tires are quality manufactured and well maintained they will hold up under the loads the truck will be required to carry over the years. Anyone who has been trucking for any length of time knows the importance of equipping their truck with proper tires. What I want you to look at is the support system for your career. Have you given it the same importance that you attach to the frame, axles, and tires of your truck? Think about how many tire pieces you
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see on the roadways in the summer months. Those come from a variety of issues such as reused tires, under- inflated tires, and increased heat exposure. By taking care of those items on a regular basis through a strong support system, your vehicle will stay in shape. Now let’s take a look at the support system for your career. Just as your truck needs important components, your career similarly requires essentials. Think of the frame of your truck as the foundation of your career. This may be your family, your values or your heritage. Any or all of these might be the reason you got into trucking in the first place and why you choose to stay in the business. Consider the next part of your support system equivalent to the axles. The axles can be likened to the experience you have, your career goals, training in the transportation industry, and any achievements and awards you have won. Once the axles are in place the tires require attention. The tires of your career are your employer or your business if you’re
an Owner/Operator. It can also be the type of specialty service you’re in or the products and services you haul. To have a successful career you need to have all these components in place and operating well at the same time. Much like the preventive maintenance on your vehicle, your career may also need preventive maintenance once in a while. Is that frame support strong? Is your family life balanced with your career and in good condition? Now take a look at your axle configuration. Is it set to where you are getting the most bang for the buck? In the case of your career, do you have goals moving you forward in life or are you just going through the motions? I see people throughout our industry and many fall into two categories. Some don’t have enough training and others have too much training and are not using it to the best of their abilities. Maybe your experience can ramp your career up the ladder. Now we all know how important air pressure is
to our tires and their longevity. The same preparation for tire health should be invested into preparation in your career. Are you working for a decent company or is it time for a change? Is your business operating profitably or do you need some outside eyes to take a look at the situation and help make some decisions? These are all important components that need to work together. In order to do so effectively, they require their own maintenance and upkeep. So if you are rolling down the highway and the truck just doesn’t feel right to you, you may have a tire prob-
lem or more significant problems with the axles and frame. The same holds true for your career. If the road seems bumpy and the frame and axles are in good shape, then maybe you need to work on the tire pressure. When the
multiple parts of your truck and career are working well together, you will have a smooth ride. Bruce Outridge is a business and leadership consultant for the transportation industry. More information can be found on his website at www.outridge.ca.
Convoy Fundraisers for Cancer & Special Olympics By George Fullerton
eptember 15th is a big day for the Atlantic Trucking Industry as it participates in two important fundraising events. The Convoy for Hope-Atlantic gets underway at Salisbury, New Brunswick, and the Special Olympics Convoy is hosted at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Convoy for Hope-Atlantic, formerly known as Convoy for the Cure, will get underway on the 15th at Salisbury, New Brunswick, in support of cancer research. This is the third year that truckers and their families, along with transport companies, have participated in the event. Funds raised will be directed to research in lung, breast, prostate and colon cancer, the four most often diagnosed and deadliest cancers in Canada. Organizers are looking for some 100 trucks to participate in this event with an aim to raise more than $100,000. Through the summer organizers have been conducting a number of fundraising events in support of the Convoy for Hope, including 50/50 draws, raffles and breakfasts. As the Convoy date draws near many drivers have become more involved, signing up pledges and preparing for the convoy which is the highlight of the campaign. The Convoy event gets underway at 8:00 AM at the Salisbury, New Brunswick Big Stop and actually begins at 11:00 AM – destination, the Aulac Big Stop. The day’s event will include viewing and judging trucks, entertainment, a BBQ, vendors, a live auction, and of course awards and recognition of volunteers. The public is invited to events at the Salisbury and Aulac Big Stops and to view the convoy along the route. To support Convoy for Hope-Atlantic, contact
888.518.1110 or info@ convoyforhope-atlantic. ca. Special Olympics Convoy Promoted as the ‘World’s Largest Truck Convoy 2012 for Special Olympics’, this event begins at F Hangar on Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, then follows a forty-six kilometre route through Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and returning to Shearwater Base. This is the inaugural Convoy event for Special Olympics Nova Scotia. Participants join with similar convoys in twenty four US States, in addition to convoys in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. This collaboration allows them to claim the title, World’s Largest Truck Convoy. Organizers expect a total of 12,000 trucks to be involved in the 2012 Convoy, a testament to the trucking industry’s commitment to its communities. Special Olympics is an international organization that changes the lives of intellectually challenged people through participation in sports and the promotion of community understanding and respect. Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics has grown from a few hundred athletes to 3.1 million in 175 countries around the world. Anne Marie Shannon, lead organizer of the event, explained that Special Olympics Convoy is an extension of the Law Enforcement Run for Special Olympics. The Halifax Regional Police and the RCMP will participate in Convoy activities, as well as handling traffic control on the route through Dartmouth. Canadian Forces personnel will be on hand and will host activities in F Hangar. CFB Shearwater has a long history with Special Olympics through the hosting of training camps and Special Olympics Games. “The response from the
trucking industry for this event has been very encouraging. We have several transportation companies, including Armour, Bestway, Clarke and Hull Trucking coming forward with their support, as well as individual drivers signing up and getting pledges from fellow workers. It is very rewarding when I get a call from a driver requesting additional pledge sheets,” Anne Marie said. Early registration begins at 6:00 AM with refreshments and entertainment as well as road safety information. Convoy hits the road at 10:00 AM with a busload of Special Olympians participating. The public is invited to view the convoy along the route and to attend festivities (food and awards) at F Hangar. CFB Shearwater will have vintage aircraft on display and is also planning to land a Sea King helicopter at the event. The 2012 Special Olympics World Games will be held in China. Team Canada is chosen through Canada Special Olympic Games. Flag bearers for the Canadian team at the World games will include Nova Scotia athlete Phillip
Brown, accompanied by Wolfville Chief of Police, Mark Mander.
For information about Convoy for Special Olympics, contact Anne Marie
Shannon, 902.449.6560 or email@example.com.
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Driver’s Seat By: Carl McBride carl@ woodwardpublishing.com
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e often talk about the equipment on trucks - tires, tarps, lights and so on. So I thought it would be interesting to find out from the people who drive the trucks about the level of service they get when on the road. I took a road trip to the 10 Acres Diesel Bar to ask drivers this month’s question: “Who in your opinion is the best emergency tire company to deal with on the highway, and why?”
Steve Campbell drives for EG Gray Transport based in Peterborough, Ontario. “Benson Tire for me is the number one company to call when breaking down on the highway with a tire problem. They are generally very fast getting to the scene and their staff members know what they are doing. When I drop by one of their shops to get a tire re-torqued, they are happy to do it and don’t charge for the service. This is good customer service.”
Tracy Smith drives for Titanium Trucking Services in Woodbridge, Ontario. “Our company prefers that we call Kal Tire for our highway tire problems. Most of our drivers prefer to call Benson Tire when they can. They are fast and know what they are doing. They show drivers respect and don’t seem to have much fear about cars and trucks flying by them when they are working. I live in the Brockville area where there are not any Kal Tires, so I call Benson Tire when I need them.”
Joe Stephenson drives for the Brampton – Ontario based S.G.T Transport. “I work most of the time out of the Kingston area. Benson Tire is the only company I will call. They arrive quickly and get the job done. The people who work there have a tough job to do and they get it done.”
Shawn Render drives for Laidlaw Transport based in Woodstock, Ontario. “The company I work for keeps its tires in pretty good condition. For that reason I don’t have too many flat tires. The only company I have ever had to use is Northumberland Tire Service out of Port Hope, Ontario. They are very quick in arriving and know what they are doing. The price of their tires is also very good.”
Eastern Trucking News, Issue 51, September 2012