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March 2017 ISSUE 164




t is said that success breeds success, an aphorism that aptly describes the Quebec-based Diesel Spec Inc., a specialist in Performance for Heavy Duty Diesel Engines and Electronic Control Modules (ECMs). Like many successful enterprises Diesel Spec began with a commitment to customer service and the delivery of professional expertise. In 1987 Diesel Spec opened its doors, initially as an engine performance service provider and repair shop. In keeping with the pace of change it shifted its services to ECM maintenance and repair in response to newly designed engines with electronic controls. Diesel Spec’s reputation as an expert in ECM performance enhancing capabilities soon grew, and today it’s most telling benchmark of success is the recent expansion into a dynamic, $5 million new facility equipped with the latest technology on the market – more than DIESEL SPEC >> PAGE 4


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Leading Provider of ECM Tuning Technology Expands With New State-of-the-Art Facility DIESEL SPEC >>

capable of meeting the demands of its expanding customer base. The rate of expansion and growth prompted Diesel Spec to relocate to a 20,000 square foot, 6 garage door site at 200, rue Goyer, La Prairie, Quebec, just 15 minutes from Montreal. The new facility, notably the “biggest North American performance shop,” is dedicated primarily to ECM tuning and development. The new establishment is equipped with 1 truck Dyno housed in a halfmillion dollar water brake Ta y l o r D y n a m o m e t e r Room, 1 Agri Dyno, and a 100,000 square foot parking lot to house the many medium and heavy trucks seeking Diesel Spec’s ECM tuning services. Fifteen service specialists are on hand to meet customer performance needs, providing the best after sale support on the market, the company says. Diesel Spec’s reputation for innovation shines in the description of the company’s growth trajectory. “We learned from our repair of ECMs that we could modify the microprocessors inside the ECMs by changing maps for torque, fuel, timing, and limiters. Once we discovered this we began modifying ECMs

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for drag racing engines,” said company President, Christian Fournier. ECM tuning is the process of fine tuning the software program that controls the engine’s fuel management system without the need to replace parts. The result is more power, greater response and lower fuel c o n s u m p t i o n . W h a t ’s more, fine tuning an ECM has no negative impact on exhaust emissions or engine life. In fact, optimal tuning of an engine will reduce maintenance costs since an engine with better combustion is a cleaner engine. Diesel Spec’s success in one segment of the market, namely drag racing, soon gained traction with another – commercial trucks. In the early 2000s its services were being requested from fleets who were asking for just a little bit more power to work with. They were successful, not only in providing more power, but in addition, they could enhance fuel savings. In 2003 they developed a website highlighting their services and since then business has exploded. That success is evidenced in part by the 350 partner/resellers that network with Diesel Spec in six countries worldwide, among them all American states, every Canadian

province, and Distributors in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, France, Austria, Chile, and South Africa. A large network of dealer locations ensures that fuel economy improvement and enhanced engine performance are available in many parts of the world. Most of these dealers are equipped with the latest technology tools enabling them to provide the same level of service as Diesel Spec. Within one hour customers can get their engine tuned at any of these locations without having to remove the ECM to be sent to the Diesel Spec head office. Success is also evidenced by additional benchmarks. All tuning is performed in-house and Dyno tested, meaning all tuning is examined to ensure that accurate horsepower ratings are achieved without causing any damage to the engine. Performance ECM tuning by Diesel Spec can provide up to 30 percent more power without any parts replacement, and performance tuning alone will contribute to fuel savings. Most performance tuning at Diesel Spec meets North American emission opacity norms, and the company offers house opacity testing with devices authorized by the

Canadian government. Unlike some competitors, the company says Diesel Spec’s Dyno method of testing and ECM tuning is a distinguishing feature of the company. “This is what differentiates us from competitors, many of whom just use generic files without knowing the power parameters. Too much power can create engine damage.” Indeed, the company offers this cautionary note about some providers: “Beware of sites that don’t list their phone numbers or provide a physical address. That may indicate a one-man operation and poor (or non-existent) support. Google maps is a good resource! Know who you are buying from. If their address is in a residential area be careful. Ask if you get the source code for the software you are buying. If they say no, then you may be in for unexpected charges for bug fixes in the future.” Performance excellence, anywhere in the world, is assured by Diesel Spec’s tuning tools, namely the Pro Tuner, DSI Tuner and Remote Tuner, state of the art technologies that allow Diesel Spec to offer its services remotely. The Pro Tuner is ideal for advanced users and enables Diesel Spec to tune

ECMs remotely, providing fuel economy tuning, performance tuning, and off-highway tuning. The DSI Tuner is perfect for fleets as it can hold up to 1,000 trucks calibration, improves fuel economy by up to 20 percent, and increases torque and horsepower. The Remote Tuner, meanwhile, is ideal for DSI Resellers who can perform tuning at their shops while saving on shipping and downtime. Diesel Spec extends an invitation to visit the DSI crew at the upcoming MidAmerica Truck Show, the largest heavy duty trucking event in the world, March 23 – 25, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Technicians will be on hand at Booth 64092 to speak directly with customers and to explain the benefits of enlisting the services of Diesel Spec. A celebrity guest from Ice Road Truckers and Shipping Wars will be in attendance, as well as a surprise country singer. Another competitive advantage that contributes to Diesel Spec’s reputation as the “#1 tuning shop in North America” is the company’s market reach which, it says, offers tunings on more brands and models than any other competitor. Quality service and the latest tech-

nologies are available for most medium duty and heavy duty engines, including Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel, Paccar, International Navistar, Mercedes, Volvo, Mack, Isuzu, and all Agricultural Tractors and Machinery. To date, over 50,000 trucks have been tuned since Diesel Spec’s inception in 1987. As a premier provider of quality service, and now with an expanded 20,000 square foot facility in La Prairie, Quebec outside Montreal, Diesel Spec will continue to provide excellence in the tune up, maintenance, and repair of diesel engines through the provision of various services. Among those services are: Diagnosis by defining which elements require repair and increased performance, troubleshooting, engine overhauls, and high performance parts installation. For full service engine tuning, performance enhancement, and improved fuel economy, visit Diesel Spec at their new facility at 200, rue Goyer, La Prairie, Quebec, J5R 5G5, Canada. Call toll free: 855.932.0060, Montreal headquarters 514.932.0060, Fax 514.932.9741, email Info@ or visit their website at


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Creature Comforts in Cab Design & Chassis Reinforcement May Enhance Driver Satisfaction



n 2010 the NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry – established an affiliate division entitled the Green Truck Association (GTA). The initiative was to respond to the growing interest and demand for environmentally friendly products in the work truck industry. To this end the GTA serves as a resource for green truck development, supplies relevant data, and shares news on further initiatives. It also showcases green trucks and technology development. Its latest products and equipment will be featured this year at the Work Truck Show in Indiana, March 15 – 17. The Green Truck Association reflects the need for sleeker, lighter and more efficient trucks that are required to meet ever higher fuel economy standards and stringent regulations, so much so that some experts predict that future truck cabs

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and bodies could be constructed with carbon fiber weighing no more than a few hundred pounds. With an eye focused on the future, manufacturers are building truck bodies and chassis with such parameters in mind while taking stock of driver comfort and safety. International’s Durastar series, for example, offers a variety of applications from construction, sanitation, utility, landscaping, towing, dump, delivery and emergency vehicles. The Durastar is equipped with the Diamond Logic integrated system that monitors critical systems and ensures the safe and efficient operation of vehicles. International explains the benefits to users: “Featuring nearly 200 factory available body integration and driver efficiency features, plus the ability to further customize to address specific application needs, Diamond Logic’s programmable system allows for automation of tasks and interlocks to protect the equipment from inadvertent damage due to operator error. While at the same time, its on-board diagnostics self-monitors all vehicle components to reduce downtime and keep you informed of your vehicle’s status.” Several configurations are available. Interior

space is assured in the Day Cab with a width of 82 inches, 40 inches of head room and 30 inches of leg room for driver and passenger comfort. The extended cab, with similar dimensions, provides an extra 26 inches for extra passengers and bench seating. The Durastar Crew Cab, conversely, comes with a 44 inch extension and rear cab doors that open to a full 85 degrees. Durastar cabs are designed to mitigate against rollovers and are made of high strength, low alloy, double-sided galvanized steel. Chassis, too, have been designed for optimal strength with huck-bolted design and with frame rails that range from 50,000 to 120,000 psi. Frame extensions and reinforcements are available for heavy loads and severe duty applications. New, last year, to the International family is the HX620 that comes with an aluminum cab and spring loaded hood for easier opening. Aluminum is a key advantage in reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy, so much so that aluminum in truck cabs and bodies is gaining increasing market penetration. As a rule of thumb, 10 percent reduction in body weight amounts to a 6 to 8 percent increase in fuel efficiency. Less body

weight means more loading capacity which results in fewer trips and less fuel and vehicle wear and tear. Lighter vehicle weight also translates into reduced maintenance costs as lighter vehicles put less stress on tires and brakes. See for more information. To be sure, driver comfort is no less of a priority, and Volvo Trucks meanwhile has configured cabs with this in mind. Standard equipment includes back and lateral support, cushion adjustment, and air lumbar support for a comfortable ride. Volvo says air suspensions and outboard mounted air springs, shocks, and stabilizers assure drivers a smooth ride and a quiet place to work, thanks to a thick layer in insulation that mitigates engine noise. Doors are more than 3 feet wide and 4 feet high with an open range of 70 degrees. Ergonomically placed grab bars make entry and egress easier and safer. Instruments are clustered in one place for a quick visual review of important data readings. A full range of models in all series is available at www. Mack Truck’s Pinnacle, Granite, LR and TerraPro series cover a wide range of applications. The Pinnacle cab is spacious with an ergonomic design that offers plenty of leg and headroom. A cab air ride makes for a smooth ride even on rough roads and sound noise mitigating features keep the cab quiet. A large interior provides plenty of storage space, and a full sized mattress, fridge, and plenty of outlets maximize driver comfort both on and off the job. Mack’s Granite series is described by the company as the gold standard of toughness and suited to harsh work environments with a cab designed for comfort. Improved visi-

bility and aerodynamic improvement is guaranteed by the cab’s sloped hood. The steel cab is mounted on airbags that absorb much of the shock driving on rugged surfaces. The Co-Pilot driver information displays all essential information as well as supplemental sensor readings. Mack equipped the Granite with a chassis capable of withstanding rugged conditions with maximum wheel cuts that allow for easy maneuvering in tight areas. The chassis is lightweight, like the Pinnacle’s, yet capable of carrying heavy loads. Mack’s LR model is for refuse applications. With a view to comfort the LR has tilt and telescopic steering column, multiple seat positions, knee bolsters and arm rests for maximum comfort. Various door and driving options are available, and the company says the LR has some of the largest doors in the industry for quick and comfortable entry and exit. A centrally located storage platform keeps paperwork in one spot. Designed for the refuse and vocational industries, Mack’s TerraPro cabover series also comes with large doors and can be spec’d according to job demands. Like the LR series, the TerraPro also has right hand steering for curbside use, delivers a comfortable interior and maximum visibility. For Vocational truck operators, Kenworth’s T880 offers a compelling choice. A bolt-on hood can be quickly changed up when damaged on the job site. The lightweight cab is made of aluminum for optimal weight reduction, and reflector headlights maximize visibility. Tight fitting doors insulate against outside noise. The T880 cab offer enhances visibility with a panoramic windshield, extra large side mirrors, and optional

triple rear windows for wider viewing. Interior amenities include air suspension seats that adjust to the driver’s weight. An intuitive dash layout provides easy reading of truck status, and a 23 inch space between seats optimizes storage capacity. A full listing of Kenworth’s models is available at Freightliner’s New Cascadia competes for creature comforts in cab design, beginning with a sleek and stylish body and interior features engineered for ease of driving. The new Cascadia cab features optional 3M Thinsulate insulation and third door seal to reduce noise. A dual seat/dinette option makes for a kitchen-like eating experience. The seats and table fold in and down to allow for a folding swing down, Murphy-style full size bed. A double bunk arrangement is available with a new ladder rated for 400 pounds. More controls have been mounted on the steering wheel to allow the driver easier access to the instrument cluster menu. More information on Freightliner’s multiple applications and models is available at With the age of drivers exceeding the national average, many retiring or leaving the industry and the driver shortage reaching critical proportions, maximizing driver comfort is one significant approach that may slow the exodus from the profession. Of the many complaints by drivers one of them is back pain and related musculoskeletal disorders. All improvements in cab comfort, both on and off duty, that make driving a more pleasant experience stand to enhance the profession, making it more attractive to newcomers and hopefully incentivizing existing drivers to stay.


Trucking: Protecting the Canadian Way of Life



t is well-known within the transportation industry that commercial trucking is vital not only to national prosperity, but also to the safety and wellbeing of all Canadians. It is important for all of the country’s stake holders, including politicians, industry leaders and citizens alike to recognize the critical importance of trucking in order to safeguard the industry and ensure its future stability. Faced with ever pressing challenges such as an evolving regulatory landscape, aging infrastructure, a growing driver shortage and so much more, the trucking industry is in need of advocates to lend support to an industry under pressure. One of the first steps in developing and implementing future sup-

port measures is to further public awareness regard-

if every truck were pulled off the road; there would

for patient meals would be depleted, ceasing all health

financial institutions affecting both consumers and

the general public to be aware of the importance

ing the critical importance the trucking industry performs in maintaining our way of life. The first impulse most car drivers may feel when sharing the road with commercial trucks is one of impatience and frustration. To a majority of smaller vehicle drivers, coexisting with 18 wheelers on the same stretch of highway may be regarded as inconvenient or worse, dangerous. Perhaps a heightened awareness of the critical significance that these mammoth transporters perform will alleviate frustration, develop an increased positive tolerance for freight carriers and lend support to a challenged industry. The Canadian transportation industry is a significant force in the economy, representing 4.7% of the gross domestic product. More than 70% of Canada’s trade with the United States is moved by  truck, carrying over $30 million in exports/imports across the  Canada/U.S. border.  But the importance of trucking stretches far beyond the benefits of commercial trade. Consider what would happen

be massive degradation to our Canadian way of life. The general public takes for granted the intricate systems that make it possible for us to engage in routine daily tasks. Very few have considered the infrastructure complexities involved in delivering goods, services and commerce across the country. The effects of a trucking shutdown in the event of an emergency or incident of national significance, would be immediate and devastating. Food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, financial institutions and employment would all be seriously impacted. In as little as three days, significant food shortages would occur and drinking water would be depleted in two to four weeks. Household garbage and commercial waste would begin piling up immediately, creating serious health and environmental consequences. Within hours, hospitals would start to run out of needed medical supplies jeopardizing critical care patient services. Within days, essential basic medical supplies and food

care services. Gas stations would not be able to replenish supplies leading to fuel shortages starting in hours followed by a critical cessation of all automotive transport within a week. The impact of a truck stoppage would not be limited to just roadways. Trucks are the fundamental unit within the transportation sector, delivering fuel and supplies to all other modes of transportation; airports, railyards, sea ports and public transportation centers would all be shut down. Without access to automotive travel, people would be unable to get to work causing labour shortages and economic upheaval. In an age of just-in-time manufacturing, assembly lines would shut down within hours of a truck stoppage, leading to significant disruption costs and thousands of employees forced out of work. The resulting interruption of raw material to manufacturers and finished goods to retail outlets would cripple the economic backbone of the nation. Even in today’s high-tech electronic age, trucks play a critical role in

businesses. The banking system would be paralyzed without the secure daily transportation of currency and financial hard copy documents. Commercial truck traffic is vital to ongoing stability and the continuance of what we all consider to be normal lifestyles. History has revealed to us the results that occur from a major disruption in trucking. North American manufacturing suffered huge losses as a result of restricted cross border movement immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The logistical challenges that arose from Hurricane Katrina’s relief efforts have provided actual case studies that reveal the actual consequences of restricted truck traffic. It is in the interests of government, business and

of trucking and to support the sustainable vitality of this critical industry. It is entirely possible that wellintended public officials may instinctively halt or severely restrict the movement of trucks in response to an incident of national or regional significance. History has proven that this would be an incorrect assessment and that, in fact the opposite is true. The strength of the trucking industry and the free movement of commercial vehicles are critically important to the health and well-being of the nation and all its citizens. For more information about invoice factoring and other financial services to support the trucking industry, please call 855.838.7575 or visit us online at


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Influencing Regulations That Affect You! BY ELLEN VOIE


f you listen to professional drivers in a truck stop or on a social media site, it won’t be long before they start complaining about one or more of the regulations affecting them on a daily basis. From electronic logging devices to hours of service and drug testing clearinghouses, drivers are impacted by the rules that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates. The most common tirade by drivers is the inequality in the enforcement on commercial motor vehicles as opposed to their fellow “four-wheeler” drivers. “Why don’t they prohibit car drivers from talking on a cell phone?” or “Why don’t car drivers have to take drug tests?” are frequent questions from these drivers. The response is pretty simple, the FMCSA doesn’t

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regulate automobiles, it was established to regulate commercial motor vehicles involved in interstate commerce. The administration was established in 2000 specifically to “reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.” They do not have any authority to pass laws involving automobiles. These rules are left to the individual states. So, it doesn’t benefit anyone to keep pointing out the inequity in regulations focusing solely on our industry. However, instead of just complaining to a Facebook group or some colleagues in a truck stop, there are ways to be a part of the process. First, if you see a safety violation, report it. You can call the DOT at 888-DOTSAFT (888-368-7238) or via the FMCSA website. You can report anything regarding truck safety, from a termination for refusing to

commit a violation, or deceptive business practices. They want to hear from you, but have your facts ready, with any photos to support your allegations. Become a more informed driver. If you are thinking of switching to a new carrier check out their safety rating and crash history. There’s no charge to review the information. If you want to be more informed about regulations that are currently being proposed, you will need to look at the Federal Register notices for proposed rulemaking. This site shows all of the documents being considered and the dates they were filed. You can click on the ruling and find the docket number and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) identifier. It would be beneficial to any professional driver to review these pages often, as the rumors related to many of these rules are

inaccurate. You can find out the actual wording of a ruling that might affect you or your company. For example, you can find notices concerning waivers for drivers who have vision or hearing impairments or might suffer from epilepsy and seizure disorders. You’ll also find requests from carriers for the exemption of preemployment drug testing using hair testing in place of the currently mandated urine testing. If you care to make a comment about any of the published rulemakings, you can submit your comments (written and signed, so no anonymous submissions will be considered) to the U. S. Department of Transportation via the U.S. Postal Service (Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington DC, 20590) or file your comment electronically at www.regula- You must include the docket identification number specific to the rulemaking. Users may locate any rulemakings published by the DOT by using the last four digits of the rulemaking docket ID number. Federal Highway Administration docket ID numbers are formatted as FMCSA-yy-XXXX. Use only the last four digits of the docket ID number when searching. For example, if the docket ID number is FMCSA-96-1234, search on 1234. You can also find the rulemaking documents by those that are recently posted or those in which the comment period is ending soon. If you would like to just check out the regulations and the FMCSA interpretations, you can find them listed by the “part” of the CFR that is relevant. For example, part 371 applies

to brokers, 369 is about motor carriers and 374 is for passenger carriers only. You can also browse the page by U.S. DOT numbers or carrier name. Instead of accepting your fellow driver’s views on a ruling that affects you, look up the proposal or regulation yourself so you have the facts. Better yet, become involved in the process and state your views with the DOT. After all, you are the group most affected by these regulations. The next time you hear someone grumbling about the rules affecting professional drivers, tell them to direct their comments to the agency that creates and enforces them. It’s a lot more effective than complaining to each other. Contact Ellen at Ellen@ Never drive alone, download the Women In Trucking app and stay connected!



Rippling Effects on Canada/USA Borders from Trump’s Travel Ban



acts: Trump’s Executive Order reads: “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to deploy all lawful means to secure the Nation’s borders, to prevent further illegal immigration into the United States, and to repatriate illegal aliens swiftly, consistently, and humanely. Travelers who have nationality or dual

nationality of one of these countries; Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen, will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa; visa interviews will not be scheduled for nationals of these countries during this period. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall immediately take actions to ensure the detention of aliens apprehended for violations of immigration law pending the outcome of their removal proceedings or their removal from the country to the extent permitted by law and 5,000 Additional Border Patrol Agents are being assigned.” Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, stated that Ottawa was not

given any warning of the U.S. Travel Ban Executive Order, therefore was not prepared for the current travel issues. Canadian dual citizens and permanent residents with a valid permanent residency card and passport are not subject to the U.S. travel ban. It does however apply to those transiting through Canada from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya and Yemen. Minister Hussen has also reassured those who may be stranded in Canada that he will use his authority as Minister to issue temporary residency in Canada, if needed. It is important to note that Canadian passports do not disclose dual citizenship. They do include a person’s place of birth, but that is not necessarily related to citizenship.

Air Canada and WestJet are complying with the executive travel ban order, ensuring that all travelers are carrying the required entry documents. Hundreds of Americans are fleeing into Canada as both refugees and immigration applicants through our Canadian borders both by land and air. The Canadian Immigration and Cit-

izenship website has been crashing due to overload. There are delays at all Canada/USA border entry points due to heightened examination of required documentation for crossing. There have been numerous reports of people being stranded at border points and airports, so please ensure that you are prepared with a backup

plan for a hotel stay in the area. For information regarding the proper documentation required for travel in and out of Canada and the USA or for Consular Assistance please contact Cross Border Services at 888.838.9136, visit www. or email me at dawntruell@


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Five Top Items Impacting Cost of Equipment, Maintenance and Repairs


According to numerous fleet managers the top 5 items that impact the cost of equipment maintenance and repairs are listed below. Send us your comments and tell us what you think. 5. CLEANING It is important that your trucks, trailers, and heavy equipment are kept clean. This allows operators to easily spot potential problems and issues via visual inspection.  Clean all parts and components that may require maintenance, including around seals and hoses where grease and other debris can accumulate. Additionally, electronic systems in the cab are prone to breakdown when dirty.  Clean equipment also prevents rust and corrosion. 4. OPERATOR TRAINING Often, heavy equipment is shared among multiple operators. With the high turnover rate among truck drivers, operator training needs to be ongoing as employees come and go.  Incorrect operation and shortcuts can lead to heavy equipment repair issues and breakdowns. For companies with a large variety of trucks and heavy equipment, a quick reference and maintenance guide should be created for each unit. These can be laminated and placed inside the cab.  It may be worth some consideration to put 10    March 2017

this information on your company web site. Reinforce this information at every safety meeting. Consider holding monthly fleet safety meetings; they can help keep your staff educated and constantly aware of fleet safety and the need for safe driving which will prolong the life of your equipment. 3. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM How much you save or spend on heavy equipment repair often rests with the  preventative maintenance program you have in place. You should always refer to your manufacturer for the recommended maintenance of your equipment. Subtle differences exist between manufacturing of similar equipment. Following manufacturer guidelines will help keep your equipment running as designed, and will also help validate potential warranty claims on newer vehicles.  Contact Fleet Harmony for more information on warranty solutions for your fleet. Equipment that is stored during the off season needs to be winterized as part of your autumn maintenance. Consider using preventative maintenance software to create and maintain an  equipment maintenance checklist for each preventative maintenance procedure.  Fleet Harmony fleet maintenance software can help. 2. VISUAL INSPECTION Regular visual inspection is important not only as required by law, but can help identify these worn and damaged parts. Older equipment needs to be monitored more closely. Do not procrastinate in replacing or fixing worn or damaged parts that move. 1. FREQUENT LUBRICATION Performing regularly scheduled lubrication is the number one heavy

equipment repair maintenance item. Checking lubricants regularly can help diagnose problems and issues. Lubricating extends equipment life and allows for a visual inspection for signs of

excess oil, grease buildup, and leaks. Always use the right lubricant. Check the manufacturer’s fleet maintenance guide for recommended guidelines for lubrication. Have your oil analyzed by an ex-

pert. Contaminants contained in the oil will isolate parts that may be worn or broken. Addressing the above maintenance items at your shop can significantly extend the life of your equip-

ment and improve your return on investment. Rob MacKay is President and CEO of Fleet Harmony Inc., Canada’s Cloud Fleet Management Software. Visit www.fleetharmony. com.



OTA Lauds Tolls Decision


oronto, Ontario - The Ontario Trucking Association is confident that the announcement by Premier Wynne to double the portion of the fuel tax transferred to Toronto and other municipalities will eliminate plans for tolls on the Gardiner/DVP highways - at least until 2024. Although the Premier refused to categorically

rule out tolls in the province down the road, she believes the additional funding effectively eliminates provincial support for any current tolling proposals across the province for the time being. Specifically, the Premier stated that tolls would not be considered an option on the Gardiner/DVP unless road users had a viable alternative to the roadway

- that transit alternative is scheduled to be completed until 2024. Starting in 2019, the province will increase funding to municipalities through an enhancement of the existing gas tax program. The municipal share of the tax will double from the current two cents a litre to four cents by 2021. Cities and towns on the receiving end of the funding

will be able to boost funding for major infrastructure upgrades and public vehicles, Wynne said. Today’s announcement will help control rising costs of transporting goods to retailers and consumers in Toronto while also preventing other municipalities across the province from arbitrarily adopting their own tolling regimes, says OTA.



Employee Surveillance BY MICHAEL HORVAT


he constant development of more sophisticated and cheaper technology effectively permits companies to have constant connectivity to their equipment introduction allowing management to monitor use and allocation of company assets in virtual realtime. The installation of GPS tracking and other telematic devices permit regular communication with equipment not only providing location, but tracking movement, gas usage, speed, distance and route travelled. The information that is obtained from the introduction and use of this technology is often invaluable to fleet management services, for both asset allocation and planned maintenance. There are also very important bottom line financial benefits in the utilization and ap-

plication of such tracking data. Simply put, it enables companies that manage large truck fleets, particularly those which constantly move and/ or work at remote sites, to maximize the time the equipment is in the field and minimize the cost of operation. By imposing optimal route and driving techniques, fuel costs are managed, wear and tear is limited and efficient maintenance programs can be followed. Ultimately, downtime is reduced and productivity can be increased. However, what is not lost on the employees utilizing this equipment is that the information obtained by the company through its telematic devices also provides information on the employees who directly use that equipment. The same data that bolsters productivity also discloses how fast the employee has

been driving, deviations from the optimal route and other “unexpected” conduct. It would not be surprising to Human Resources that employees balk at having “big brother” monitoring their movement notwithstanding that they are using company property. Consequently, companies can face both employee morale issues when implementing telematics tracking devices as well as legal privacy and policy questions, particularly as it relates to unionized environments when changes to employer policy and practice are introduced. Any company that intends to either implement and utilize telematics or GPS systems must understand that, regardless of the business and economic circumstances that led to introducing such technology to their company fleet, it will only be a mat-

ter of time before the GPS data discloses or confirms improper conduct on the part of their employees that could lead to discipline or even termination. For example, has the company considered what their response will be when it reviews telematic data to determine productivity and fuel costs but come to the conclusion

tors have accepted and allowed employers to rely on relevant and accurate GPS and telematics data as evidence in arbitration and termination proceedings related to an employee’s breach of policy and/or misuse of company assets. Unions have generally been unsuccessful in seeking to prohibit the introduction of such technology

that a particular driver appears to regularly engage in non-permitted use of company equipment. Maybe the driver is utilizing the company vehicle for unauthorized personal use; or there appears to be long and regular periods of unexplained downtime; or fuel expenses claimed simply that do not match equipment usage. Will the company want or be able to rely upon telematics and GPS information to support decisions relating to discipline and even termination? The labour relations answer, generally, is yes on both counts. When faced with evidence of misconduct (potentially even theft) it is going to be very difficult and bad precedent for such behavior to be ignored or tacitly condoned. Both the Ontario Labour Relations Board and labour arbitra-

onto company equipment or otherwise limit the ability of an employer to rely on such evidence when it is used to support decisions relating to discipline. Provided there is no provision in the collective agreement precluding the introduction of such technology or limiting the company use of data, the employer has the management right to manage the use of its assets and the performance of employees. A company simply doesn’t have to have a supervisor ride along with every driver. Similarly, an employee’s “right to privacy” is limited in the workplace, particularly where the behavior under scrutiny is related to workplace performance and utilization of company assets. Provided that there is a causal link between the information obtained and the employee’s actions

either because it occurred on company time and/ or related to the use of company assets, it is unlikely that the employee’s “privacy” will outweigh the company’s legitimate business interests in the circumstances. There is likely to be no distinction made between information that could have been obtained directly from a supervisor witnessing an employee arriving late to workplace or telematics data which provides the same information. Technology has and will continue to augment supervision of employees in the modern workplace. However, any company that introduces new technology must understand that it can come with a human resources price. While the company may be within its legal and collectively bargained rights to utilize and rely on such information for surveillance, discipline and even termination, employee morale will undoubtedly suffer in the short run in knowing that the company can “see them” anytime. More importantly, employers must be realistic and not make promises not to use such data for human resources purposes as such an open ended promise will very likely be difficult to honour. Companies should understand the impact on employees when weighing the benefits of this new and growing technology.


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Tire Spray & Snow Shovels: How to Survive Winter Driving BY JIM SWEENEY, ADCOM


ruck drivers in Colorado last January got a reminder of just how bad winter driving can be. Winds topping 100 mph flipped semis on their sides on I-70 and some trucks were caught in avalanches in mountain passes. Those are extreme examples, but most drivers have to deal with some degree of winter driving, even if it’s just a once-a-year ice storm. While avalanches and 100-mph winds will get the best of even the

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most careful drivers, most winter driving challenges can be met with planning, caution and know-how. We asked the RoadPro® Family of Brands Pro Driver Council for their tips on how to drive safely in winter. Here’s what they told us: Know what you’re driving into. There are plenty of sources for real-time weather forecasts and road conditions, so use them, says Sierra Sugar, who rides with partner Allen Wilcher. “Lastly, and I can’t stress this enough, always

use your CB,” she says. Check your mirrors. “Ice on the mirror means a good chance of ice on the road,” says Henry Albert, an owner-operator in North Carolina and member of Freightliner Team Run Smart. Watch the temperature. This might seem obvious, but temperatures can change in a few minutes of traveling or with a rise or fall in elevation, turning that wet road into an icy runway. “Watch the outside temperature. Most trucks are equipped with

temperature gauges on the dash. I watch this very closely since temperatures will change drastically from area to area,” says Joanne Fatta, a company driver in Pennsylvania. Don’t get nervous. “If you are super-nervous or scared, you can actually be in more danger because of quick, emotional responses to sloppy conditions or sliding,” says Thomas Miller, an owneroperator who drives for Prime. Watch the taillights. “If the taillights are glistening off the road, it means there’s a lot of ice,” says Maggie Stone, a livestock hauler in Iowa. Check for spray. “If you don’t see road spray from your tires and the road looks wet, it is because the road is frozen,” Albert says.

Don’t push it. “The single best advice I can give for winter driving is slow down and never overdrive your comfort level,” says Miller. Keep your windshield clear. “When it is real cold and your windshield wipers are icing up in the snow, stop and put your defroster on cold to freeze your windshield,” Albert says. “Once frozen, scrape it off with an ice scraper. Then put heat on your feet only and the snow will simply blow off without needing your windshield wipers.” Pack accordingly. Sierra Sugar has a list of must-haves for winter driving: snow shovel; rubbing alcohol for clearing windshield washer fluid lines and deicing windshields; bleach to make tires sticky; kitty litter for

traction; sleeping blankets and blankets; extra water and three days of non-perishable food; extra medication; anti-gel fuel additive; waterproof matches or lighter; first aid kit and board games or cards to pass the time if you get stuck. Look out for each other. “Not every accident or winter storm snow involves only one person,” Sugar says. “More than likely, there will be multiple vehicles, casualties and stuck travelers caught unaware and unprepared in the storm or accident, even some with children or medical problems. Be that trucker hero that is prepared to help another person in some small way, even if it’s just a bottle of water, a hot cup of coffee, a sandwich or a granola bar.”


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Oil Additives: The Unseen Technology Improving Performance BY BRIAN HUMPHREY


he introduction of the API CK-4 and FA-4 heavy duty diesel engine oils in December last year represented a step-change for the industry and reflects the needs of engine hardware. The development of the new specifications was driven by many industry stakeholders, including end users, with the intention of providing next generation oils expected to cope with the oxidation stability and aeration control demands of modern technology. Ultimately, fleet operators want an engine oil that can help lower fuel costs, cut emissions and reduce downtime - all the while delivering the very best in engine protection. API CK-4 and FA-4 deliver these performance improvements and that’s thanks, in no small part, to the latest innovations in specialist additive technology. Oil additives are chemical compounds that improve the performance of a base oil. For example, a manufacturer can produce different SAE 15W-40 engine oils by using the same base stock in each formulation; however the additives used could vary for each specific application. There are many components that are used to protect the hardware in engines and ensure oils last a long time; specific additives include antioxidants, anti-wear, anti-foam, detergents and dispersants. Chemicals such as zinc dialkyldithiophosphates (often referred to as ZDDP) are some of

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the more common and effective components that deliver both oxidation control and wear protection. Taken together and carefully balanced to suit different applications, these chemical compounds form an additive system and these are crucial for ensuring oils deliver the necessary performance. For example, while lower viscosity oils are beneficial for improving fuel economy, without the correct additives in place, they may not separate engine surfaces from rubbing and causing wear. Sufficient anti-wear compounds or other forms of chemical surface protection must be included in the oil. However, lubricant formulation is a balance. More is not necessarily better and each additive has different attributes that can impact the performance of an oil. Of course, there are additives that may not be fit for purpose on their own but may provide benefits when used in a properly formulated lubricant. It’s finding the right balance that is key. End users sometimes question if they should consider adding extra additives to boost their engine oil performance - for example, if they operate in extremely cold or hot climates. Quality engine oil products, including our own at Petro-Canada Lubricants, are carefully designed to meet the requirements of their particular application and no extra additives are needed. It’s worth emphasizing that extra after-market additives can not only upset the chemical balance built into the original

formulation but may also void the engine manufacturer’s warranty. The key consideration for extreme temperature operation is choosing the right oil viscosity for your operating conditions. In cold climates, for example, using an SAE 5W-40 instead of

a 15W-40 may be the best choice. The new DURON™ Next Generation product line, for example, has been formulated using the very latest additive systems which include a unique viscosity modifier. This helps control oil viscosity

under different operating temperatures and delivers improved shear stability for new levels of stay-ingrade performance. Ultimately, the unseen additive systems used in quality heavy duty engine oils help fleet operators rest assured that their oils

will provide optimum efficiency and protection wherever, and however, they’re being used. For more information on the new CK-4 and FA-4 oils and how they may benefit your fleet operations, visit


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CIMC Adds New Dealer to Expanding Network


outh Gate, California – CIMC Intermodal Equipment has added ILoca Services, Inc., headquartered in Aurora, IL, to its expanding N.A. network of dealers. CIMC Intermodal Equipment joins other CIMC companies, Vanguard dry and refrigerated trailers and CIMC Refrigerated, represented by ILoca. Under the new agreement, ILoca will be a stocking dealer for CIMC-IE Chassis Sales, as well as a parts and service provider for CIMC Intermodal chassis. ILoca will also have a road service listing on the new CIMC Intermodal app which can be downloaded to any mobile device. CIMC Intermodal Equipment will be adding as many as twenty-two dealers/distributors for parts in North America. Dealers will be located in close proximity to key intermodal, rail depots and

ports. “Blanket coverage for sales and service is our key goal for the first quarter of 2017,” commented Trevor Ash, Director Sales and MarketingNorth American dealers. “CIMC’s footprint in North America is expanding to meet that objective.” ILoca Services, Inc, in addition to its Chicagoarea headquarters, has branch locations in Davenport, IA and Caledonia, WI. ILoca’s rental fleet includes thousands of trailers ranging from dry vans, reefers, flatbeds and drop decks to hard-to-find heavy haul extendables, lowboys and double drops. ILoca is a stocking trailer dealer for Vanguard, CIMC Refrigerated, CIMC Intermodal, Fontaine, Fontaine Heavy Haul, Manac, Talbert, Dorsey and Travis. ILoca’s headquarters location boasts a parts superstore that carries trailer parts and accessories for al-

most every need. ILoca’s modern, high tech, onsite repair facility can handle everything from annual inspections to welding and custom fabrication, plus, ILoca offers emergency road side assistance. ABOUT CIMC As the United States’ domestic wheeled intermodal representative group of CIMC Vehicles, CIMC Intermodal Equipment provides sales, marketing, parts and specialty design to meet the needs of US intermodal customers for new chassis. CIMC facilities in California and Virginia provide the gateway for the US market and production, repair and assembly points for CIMC equipment along with chassis and container parts for our domestic customers. We have provided tens of thousands of chassis to the US intermodal market customers consistently with quality

and durable design. We welcome an opportunity to provide customers

with information regarding our products and to discuss the needs of your

company’s equipment. Visit for more information.



2017 Dealer Council


irkland, Washington – Kenworth Truck Company has named its 2017 Kenworth Dealer Council members. The council features eight prominent executives representing the more than 380 Kenworth dealerships in the United States and Canada. The council works in partnership with Kenworth to help provide leading-edge customer support throughout the dealer network with the Kenworth PremierCare(R) and Kenworth PremierCare Gold Certified programs. PremierCare Gold is a superior level of service that offers extended dealer operating hours and expedited expert diagnostics, among other services, that assist customers in maximizing uptime and overtime performance. Kenworth Council members are: Chairman – Will

Bruser, Truckworx Kenworth, Birmingham, Alabama; Mike Clark, Wisconsin Kenworth, Madison, Wisconsin; Boyd McConnachie, Inland Kenworth, Burnaby, British Columbia; Mike Nagle, Bayview Kenworth, St. John, New Brunswick; Scott Oliphant, Kenworth of Louisiana, Gray, Louisiana; Dan Penksa, Kenworth Northeast Group, Buffalo, New York; and Tim Spurgeon, MHC Kenworth, Leawood, Kansas. In addition, Tom Bertolino of NorCal Kenworth in Sacramento, California, serves as the Kenworth line representative for the American Truck Dealers (ATD). Kenworth is The Driver’s Truck. See what drivers are saying at Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best(R) heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Inter-

net home page is at www. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.


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“Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 to be Auctioned


olleson, Arizona – In an effort to further educate and fund efforts against human trafficking, Inland Kenworth has put together a special “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 with a very distinctive paint scheme and signage. The project, which is in conjunction with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), has received significant support from platinum sponsors Kenworth Truck Company and Ritchie Bros., along with other leading industry suppliers. T h e Ke n w o r t h T 6 8 0 Everyday Heroes truck made its first public appearance at ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council Convention in Nashville (Feb. 27-March 2) in the FlowBelow™ Booth (No. 1052). From there, it will be displayed at Ritchie Bros. auctions in Las Vegas (March 9-10), Phoenix (April 13-14), and finally June 20 in Phoenix, where the truck will be auctioned for sale. Proceeds from the sale of the T680, which has a retail value of $157,000, will go directly to Truckers Against Trafficking – a 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to stopping human trafficking by educating, mobilizing, and empowering the nation’s truck drivers and

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rest stop employees. At the center of TAT’s battle against human trafficking is the education of truckers and truck stop operators about what to look for and how to respond. According to Don Blake, – who spearheaded the effort and serves as Inland Kenworth’s New Truck Sales Manager in the Phoenix area – sponsor levels from $25,000 to $2,500 helped build the truck. The special Kenworth T680 is fully loaded with a 76-inch sleeper, 485-hp PACCAR MX-13 engine, and Eaton® Fuller Advantage™10-speed automated transmission. “This is a wonderful project that was put together by Don Blake and the Inland Kenworth dealer family. We wanted to be supportive and help make Don’s vision a reality. It’s inspiring,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth Marketing Director. “I can’t tell you how excited we are at TAT to be involved with Don and his group,” added Kendis Paris, TAT Executive Director. According to Paris, truckers are truly making a difference. Human trafficking is an industry that is estimated to be worth $32 billion in the United States alone – $150 billion

globally. To further its education, TAT has the Freedom Driver’s Project – a mobile exhibit, which educates members of the trucking industry. “Thanks to TAT, we’re educating more drivers every year and they know how to identify and report suspicious activity and are calling 911 and their local sheriff’s department to report the activity,” said Paris. “And, many are calling the national hotline – nearly 1,600 calls have been reported by truckers alone since the program began in 2009. Of that number, we had 503 likely human trafficking cases identified involving nearly

1,100 victims, of which 299 were minors.” Providing support for the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 are: Platinum Level – Kenworth Truck Company and Ritchie Bros Gold Level – Inland Kenworth and FlowBelow Wheel Covers

Silver Level – PACCAR Engine, PACCAR Parts, Horton, Jost Fifth Wheel, Meritor, Eaton Corporation, Bendix and Utility Trailer Sales Company of Arizona Bronze Level – Delco, ExGuard Grill Guards, Davco, National Seats, East Penn Batteries, Giti Tires and Alcoa.

Truckers Against Trafficking is a 501(c)3 working to educate, equip, empower and mobilize the trucking industry to combat human trafficking as part of their regular jobs. Ke n w o r t h ’s I n t e r n e t home page is at www. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.



Minimizer Went White Box at HDAW


looming Prairie, Minnesota – Minimizer’s booth at HDAW in Las Vegas turned heads. Distributors did not find any company logos outside of the 53-foot show trailer. Rather, Minimizer focused on what’s inside the trailer. “We spend a lot of money to help sell through our distribution channel,” Minimizer CEO and Chief Visionary Craig Kruckeberg said. “We’re showing distributors the difference here.” Outside, the company presented a white box look, with text such as ‘Nameless’ and ‘No Support’ that decorated the booth. Inside the trailer, however, distributors found the usual Minimizer marketing materials, as well as the ‘Partnership Promise,’ which details a mutually beneficial relationship.

“We have to work with our distributors and they have to work with us,” Kruckeberg said. “We offer verified leads and aggressive marketing support. In return, we need their support to have a trained sales team with product on-hand and not order as needed. Essentially, we support you; you support us. It’s a true partnership. “Minimizer is a great company offering a great product, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without these distributors,” Kruckeberg said. “We simply wanted to show them what it would have been like if we were a no-brand supplier … because the flipside is reality.” ABOUT MINIMIZER Leveraging almost 40 years of manufacturing expertise at its state-ofthe-art facility in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, Minimizer is not only the leader

in poly semi-truck fenders – we invented the category. Minimizer poly fenders and integrated bracket kits are nearly indestructible and are guaranteed for life. Our research and development team constantly “tests and tortures” each of our products to make

sure what goes on, in or is used to fix the truck meets the rigors of our tough industry. We also manufacture industry-leading light kits, mud flaps, tool boxes, tire masking kits, work benches and other accessories. Our most recent innova-

tions include the world’s ONLY custom molded floor mats for semi-trucks, as well as the revolutionary “whole body” Minimizer Truck Seat System. Minimizer has been family owned and operated for three generations. The company manufac-

tures its products in the USA and makes everything tough enough to please tough people in a tough industry. For more information or to contact a Minimizer distributor, call us at 800.248.3855 or email us at


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Easy!Force Trigger Gun by Kärcher, Zero Holding Force High Pressure Cleaner BY MAREK KRASUSKI


ärcher Canada is a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial and consumer cleaning equipment. In addition to providing superior grade pressure washers, Kärcher has gained a stellar reputation as a solid community partner, notably by supporting the preservation of over 100 historical buildings and monuments worldwide - all free of charge. Its heralded position as the first among many competitors developed through assiduous efforts to achieve optimal product development. Innovation is the foundation upon which Kärcher Canada has built an international reputation. In 2015 the company introduced the digitisation of various products such as fleet management systems for building service contractors and the consumer product market. More recently, Kärcher invented a device to save time and relieve the pressure and fatigue of operators faced with the physically demanding task of high pressure cleaners. The ergonomically de-

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signed Easy!Force trigger gun is a common sense reversal of trigger designs. Triggers are typically located on the inside of the grip. The pulling force on the finger and forearm, caused by statically holding down a traditional trigger, quickly leads to finger and forearm fatigue and the imprecise control of the spray wand due to hand and forearm cramps and muscle strain. The Easy!Force trigger, conversely, has the trigger situated at the back of the handle, meaning operators no longer have to use their fingers to activate the trigger on high pressure guns. Instead, they easily depress the trigger by pushing it into the handle with the ball of the hand or palm. The recoil of the water keeps the trigger depressed into the ball or palm of the hand with zero holding force. An added feature is the trigger safety which, once engaged, allows for the continuous release of high pressure flow. The trigger gun, and water flow, remain open until the trigger is released and the gun is immediately switched off. Kärcher describes how

the product works and its benefit to operators. “The main feature is the trigger, which is pushed into the handle with the ball of the hand. When the trigger is operated, the recoil of the water spray automatically presses the trigger into the hand, which contributes to effortless use.” Indeed, where static muscle strain was once concentrated in the fingers and forearm, it is now effortless to depress the trigger with the palm. The benefits of the Easy!Force trigger gun are reaffirmed by independent, expert analysis by Dr. Pfaller, a physician with experience in ergonomics in the workplace. Pfaller explains: “Static work, where a muscle remains contracted for a period of time without movement, is one of the main causes of muscular strain. This ergonomically sophisticated solution greatly supports the ability of the operator to work with the pressure washer for long periods without fatigue.” Uniquely designed to achieve zero holding force, the Easy!Force trigger gun is longer lasting - up to five times longer, Kärcher says,

due to the elimination of conventional valves which can be damaged by particles. Easy!Force consists of valves with a ceramic ball and ceramic sealing that resist the infiltration of damage-causing particles, resulting in longer life over trigger guns with conventional valves. Additional technical improvements are also found in the Easy!Lock patented system of attach-

ment connection options which, through innovative design, are safer, more robust, and longer lasting. The connecting and disconnecting of different attachments, previously a time consuming operation, has been improved with a quick locking system. Easy!Lock is designed with a quadruple trapezoidal thread which allows for a simple 360 degree turn to connect/

disconnect all attachments and accessories from high pressure cleaners. Established in 1935, Kärcher Canada boasts a long and rich tradition in the provision of quality products. This same level of innovation is demonstrated most recently with the release of the Easy!Force trigger gun and the companion Easy!Lock system. Contact Kärcher Canada at



Trials of the new Wabash trailer continue… Page 24

Bendix ESP standard on Kenworth… Page 26

Ordering legacy & non-stock parts… Page 26


High pressure hose from Eaton… Page 27

Truck & Trailer


March 2017


Tallman group expands Canadian roads vary from flat to extreme grades. Loads the driver must manage also vary in nature. P ro f e s s i o n a l d r i v e r training is critical.

Ontario Truck Training Academy (OTTA) - Premier provider of quality instruction exceeding industry standards By Marek Krasuski rucking is a $65 Billion industry employing upwards of 400,000 Canadians. Commercial trucking is a mainstay of the Canadian economy and moves 90 percent of all consumer products and foodstuffs within Canada and two thirds of products to the United States, Canada’s largest trading partner. Yet the industry, a critical segment of the Canadian economy, is compromised by a serious shortage of drivers. Today, there is an immediate shortfall of 12,000 drivers of tractor trailers. Thousands of veteran drivers are retiring and replaced only by a minority of applicants willing to enter the industry. And to compound matters, some new entrants lack the skill set required to meet the increasingly complex demands of this skilled profession. Indeed, reports indicate that over 44 percent of terminated drivers lost their jobs due to poor qualifications.


Those seeking to enter this profession, one with wide opportunities for advancement, require top level training to qualify for the most promising positions. The Ontario Truck Training Academy (OTTA) is one such training school prized for achieving the highest standards of professionalism in the industry, demonstrated most recently by receipt of the GTA Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence as the winner for Truck Driving Schools. OTTA was the Award recipient in both 2015 and 2016. OTTA counts among the first in truck driver training, in no small part, by the extensive qualifications of its instructors whose experience ranges from 20 to 45 years. Students also benefit from in cab one-on-one instruction and have access to private simulator experiences. The OTTA also books road tests while ensuring that students are prepared for success at the appointed date. page 27>>


n August 2016 the Tru-Nor Truck Centre in Sudbury, Ontario was purchased by Tallman Truck Centres. Tru-Nor has a strong presence in Northern Ontario with 25 years experience and locations in Sudbury, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie. Tru-Nor will continue to operate under its existing name as a wholly owned subsidiary of Tallman Truck Centre. The acquisition proved to be ideal for both parties. “We wanted to find the best possible company to carry our business succession forward. It was important that we found a company who shared the same values and beliefs from an employee and customer standpoint and we feel very strongly that Tallman Group is a great fit. We look forward to the many value added services that Tallman Group can bring to our customer base here in Northern Ontario,” commented Terry Descoteaux, General Manager of Tru-Nor Truck Centres. Tallman traditionally offered the complete line of International trucks, but Tru-Nor will now be a full service Isuzu dealership for the Isuzu N- Series gas and diesel powered Low Cab Forward trucks as well. According to Isuzu spokesperson, Andrew Craig, “Isuzu is excited to share in their growth into 22 >>

News Flash..

Doepker Industries Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of the Edmonton Trailer Mfg. (ETM) product line to our portfolio. Dirk Woestenenk, previously GMGeneral at ETM, has joined the Doepker team as Heavy Haul Division Manager. The entire product line, including sliding tilt decks, low beds, crane dollies, jeeps, and boosters, will be manufactured and supported by Doepker and our authorized distribution locations. “This is a great fit within the strategic growth plan of Doepker. We have been looking for ways to grow our capabilities and this addition enables us to supply a proven design to both new and existing customers,” says Evan Doepker, President and CEO of Doepker. “Dirk brings many years of experience in the industry. Having him join the Doepker team adds to our bench strength and will ensure that the integration process is successful.”

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Summer Jump Start

AC Tips for a Cooler Cab A

heavy-duty truck’s air conditioning system isn’t a luxury — it’s a critical driver safety system. When the summer sun beats down on the metal and glass of an uncooled cab, the temperatures inside can exceed those outside. That can put a driver at risk for heat stroke, or slow their reflexes in critical situations. During a hot summer your truck’s AC system may work even harder than its heater did during the winter, so make sure it’s working correctly and efficiently with these simple checks. Listen to the Motor Do you hear any noise coming from your blower motor? If so, it may be time for a replacement, even if you feel cool air circulating. Buzzing or grinding may indicate a blower that’s about to fail, and a blower working at less than full efficiency can put a greater load on the rest of the cooling system. Look for Leaks Be vigilant for potential refrigerant leaks, often revealed by the presence of refrigerant oil on or under the location of the leak. Avoid future leaks by checking your hoses and fittings for cracks or other issues. Pay special attention to bends and flex points, as well as the spots where hoses are secured. Replace any faulty hoses instead of simply fixing them, and tighten or re-fasten loose fittings. Observe Cold-Weather Behavior If you had issues with your windows fogging in the winter, it could be an early indication for problems to come in the

summer. A truck’s AC often works with its defroster to remove condensation from the front and side windows. If your windows frequently “steamed up” during the cold months, odds are that there will be issues when hot weather rolls around. Keep It Clean Remove dirt and debris from the system on a regular basis. Pay special attention to the condenser, where leaves, mud, bird feathers or bugs may have accumulated. Clean the condenser gently to avoid damage to its fins, using an air blower, vacuum or soap and water. Also check cabin air filters for debris, and wash or vacuum dirty filters. Take It to the Experts While these tips will help you to uncover the most obvious issues, a complete inspection every year will keep your AC system operating at peak efficiency. Your local Kenworth dealer has the equipment and expertise to test your system from compressor to condenser to evaporator, with over 25 checkpoints. They’ll also replace the receiver drier and recharge the refrigerant when necessary. And right now a basic PremierCare® AC system test and inspection is discounted through the month of June — ask your Kenworth dealer for details. Ensure that you’ll be running cool when the mercury rises by taking proper care of your AC system today. For more information contact

Old brands: new name


AT Auto Group is a global leader in automotive braking, transmission and suspension products for OEM/ OE/OES and aftermarket customers. The Auto Group is comprised of a vertically integrated supply chain with 44 locations in 12 countries on 3 continents with unique capabilities in design, development, manufacture, and delivery of products on a global scale M AT a t t e n d e d t h e H e a v y - D u t y A f t e r m a r k e t We e k ( H DAW ) 2 0 1 7 conference, Jan. 23-26, at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, and exhibited Gabriel HD shocks, Reyco XD brakes and Sanborn air brake tanks at the show. The Gabriel brand includes heavy duty shocks for Class 3-8 trucks, trailers and buses. Every shock is manufactured with super-finished chrome-plated piston rods for longer service life and reduced maintenance. Gabriel shocks have unmatched vehicle model coverage and super-rugged end mounts with new anticorrosion coating for extra protection. The FleetLine and GasSLX lines have been designed specifically for commercial and heavy-duty applications, combining reliability and durability with adjustable driver comfort, says the company.

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Reyco XD is a line of premium highperformance friction and steel braking components manufactured by GRIE-HD, specifically designed for heavy-duty applications. The line includes brake pads, drums, shoes and linings with excellent performance capabilities. The brake products comply with all current copper regulations and hardware is included with the products where applicable. The incorporated mechanical attachment technology increases the durability of Reyco brakes to withstand extreme heat and provide safe braking performance in the most extreme driving conditions, the company says. Sanborn air brake tanks are made for semi-trucks and trailers in 8-, 9.5- and 12inch diameters. They feature 360-degree rotary MIG welded flanges. These are much more effective than standard spot-welded flanges and provide higher strength and a leak-free design, according to MAT. All Sanborn air brake tanks meet or exceed the SAE J10 and FMVSS 121 DOT standards of performance. Custom designs are available to meet customer specifications upon request. For more information about these products visit

Tallman..continued from page 21 Northern Ontario with the establishment of Isuzu Sudbury. The addition of the Isuzu Class 3, 4, and 5 trucks available in both gas and diesel will provide Tru-Nor with a new opportunity for growth in Sudbury.” Tallman Group President, Kevin Tallman, echoed Craig’s enthusiasm and the opportunity for expansion into the Northern Ontario market. “This acquisition aligns with our strategy to grow and expand our geographic footprint throughout Ontario. With the addition of three dealerships in Northern Ontario we now offer customer support from a total of 14 locations and 8 associate stores. We are very pleased to be adding such a highly regarded dealership group as Tru-Nor Truck Centres to Tallman Group.” The Isuzu N-Series gas or diesel trucks range from 12,000 - 19,500 lbs. GVWR in a standard 2-door or Crew Cab configuration. Isuzu’s Andrew Craig also announced the introduction, scheduled for mid 2017, of the 2018 Class 6 FTR. This is Isuzu’s entry into the Class 6 mediumduty truck market. The company decided on a 4 cylinder engine for this segment in response to demands for fuel efficiency, a lighter footprint, and maneuverability in increasingly urbanized environments where the FTR is expected to shine. The truck will have a tight turning radius. The FTR is capable of carrying a lot of cargo and clean back-of-cab space and variable wheelbases will provide enough room for different body configurations with lengths ranging from 16 to 30 feet. The vast majority of these 4 cylinder engines - 90% - are reported to reach over 300,000 miles before overhaul. Extra interior storage space is available and 90-degree wide opening doors allow for easy entry and egress. The Isuzu NPR Diesel, conversely, is a Class 3 cabover with the payload capacity of a Class 4 truck with a 13,000 lb. GVWR but at a lower price. The truck is equipped with a 150 hp engine and 282 lb.-ft. of torque. The Class 3 comes

in four wheelbases for body lengths of up to 20 feet. The highest selling Class 4 NPR-HD has a 6 litre V-8 gasoline engine, comes with a 16-inch wheelbase and a 14,500 GVW with a payload range from 8,339 to 8,536 pounds. The Class 5 NRR has a 22 inch wheelbase, 19,5000 GVW, and payload from 12,294 to 12,875 pounds. These cabover designs put the driver above the engine and provide enhanced visibility of the road. These efficient designs, coupled with wheel cuts and expanded visibility, are ideally outfitted as urban delivery and work trucks. The Isuzu medium duty trucks will complement Tallman’s Tru-Nor’s line of new and used International Trucks, its Idealease truck leasing and rental, and its parts and service departments. The Tallman Group has ridden a wave of expansion since its founding in 1973, initially as an International Trucks dealership. In addition to the Truck Centre it now includes Tallman Truck Leasing, Tallman Trailer Centre, Tallman Collision Centre and Tallman Power Systems. The company has achieved several milestones over its history. For several years Tallman has won Canada’s 50 Best Companies, a proud recipient of the Circle of Excellence award as well as an Idealease Idealgold recipient. The Tallman Group is also the 2015 International Trucks North American dealership of the year. Tru-Nor Truck Centres Sudbury, a Tallman Group Company, is located at 1035 Falconbridge Road. Operating hours are 7:00 am to 1:00 am Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, 705.560.6625. Tru-Nor in Timmins is located at 2439 Riverside Drive, and at 605 Third Line East in Sault Ste. Marie. Tru-Nor Truck Centres will operate as Tru-Nor Truck Centres Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tallman Truck Centre Limited.

CATerpillar: one of world’s most admired companies


at is proud to be named to Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies® 2017 list. This year, Caterpillar is ranked number 47. Caterpillar has appeared in the Top 50 All-Stars list for 16 consecutive years. Fortune also ranked Caterpillar as the number one most admired company in the Construction and Farm Machinery category. Caterpillar has appeared in Fortune’s industry rankings every year since 1998 - and this is the third year in a row that we’ve been ranked number one. To determine the best-regarded companies within each industry, the global management consulting firm Korn Ferry Hay Group asked 3,800 executives, directors and securities analysts to rate companies within their own industry on nine criteria, including innovation, social responsibility and

global competitiveness. To determine the Top 50 All-Stars, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked the respondents to select the 10 companies they admired most. Unlike with the industry rankings, respondents could pick any company in any industry while selecting their top 10 companies. We’re honored to have been included in many respondents’ top 10 lists. Visit to see the full list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.


News & Views

Evolution of the cab & chassis by Mike Whalen


t’s amazing to look at the factors that cause change. It goes without saying that manufacturers do not want to add cost to a product unless being forced to do so. The three main influences on design changes that can result in increased manufacturing costs are new or improved technology, competitive pressure or customer demands. An OEM does not want to add cost unless pressured to do so by new or improved truck technology that lowers operating costs for the buyer. But, it can be argued that the major influence on changes we see to the cab and chassis is the trucking industry’s overall driver shortage. Today, fleets are competing to attract experienced drivers from a shrinking driver pool and to eliminate driver turnover. The amount of money spent on print and on-line advertising for drivers backs this up. An experienced driver will be attracted to a fleet based on a competitive wage, plus - and probably more importantly, a comfortable day ‘in the office’. Spending the day in comfort is a motivating factor when selecting employment. Driver comfort has a major influence on cab and chassis design. To define

driver comfort there are two parts to consider. First, the seating design and controls positioning is important. The driver needs to be comfortable and not be subjected to back and other muscle issues that can develop after hours of shifting and braking that is part of a day at the ‘office’. And it’s not just a comfortable seat, and top of the line sound system, that appeals to the professional driver. The drive train components also contribute to the driving experience. As I’ve mentioned before, my limited driving experience was as the owner/ operator of an IH model 1800 tandem dump truck with a 5 /4 no-synchro transmission powered by a gas engine. Hard bench seat, no a/c and hydraulic brakes. On a gravel haul you’re eating dust, either trying to make it up a steep grade without missing a gear and coming to a grinding halt. Or planning your downhill speed to hit the next hill with enough speed to make it without gearing down to a crawl. Braking was another issue. The hydraulic brakes in my ‘cornbinder’ required planning to avoid a final stop in the middle of an intersection - or up the back-end of the truck in front that

was equipped with air brakes. By the end of eight hours all you could think about was beer and bed. This truck was originally part of a fleet owned by a major construction company at a time when drivers were plentiful. They were spec’d for rough work, a turnover of inexperienced drivers, and a 2-3 year maximum life. By comparison today’s work truck is spec’d to attract an experienced driver and to provide that driver, fleet or owner-operator, with a safe and comfortable working environment. The European influence has brought integrated drive trains from virtually all OEM’s. How does this affect the varied applications found in the work truck market? How many component combinations are needed to satisfy the many work truck applications? With the continuing shortage of drivers in NA driver needs will continue to play a major part on the components in a work truck. Example: Air disc brakes improve safety, lower maintenance costs and longer friction material life – and they are operator friendly. A few years back I read that combining a super single with an air disc brake provided quicker stopping distances. Will this

combination become standard for dump, cement, etc. applications? Sure beats having to plan stops in advance. Axle positioning for the best weight distribton - determined by the truck’s vocation - combined with air disc brakes will provide the operator with a more controlled and quicker stop. Automatic transmissions are finding their way on to the vocational truck build-sheet - and, of course air conditioning. Having to leave windows open on extremely hot - and dusty - is a thing of the past. To me, one of the most important developments is the inter-conectivity the truck now has with the local truck dealer. Advanced maintenance planning and the quick availability of a part when an unexpected need arises means more up-time than was the case in years past. This is especially true in small towns with limited choices. _____________________________________ It’s worth noting that the evolution of 3D metal printing is changing the meaning of legacy and non-stock parts. It won’t be long before the parts outlet will have a relationship with a 3D printing service as part of their sales relationship with the original parts manufacturer.

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Tuck Routes

Burchill Truck & Trailer Equipment

Composite refrigerated trailer

by Al Tucker

“It’s All About Quality”


n a spring-like day this January I travelled to Mitchell, Ontario for my appointment with Dan Burchill, General Manager at Burchill Truck & Trailer. For the past 25 years Burchill’s has been supplying the needs of the local Trucking and Auto Service Industry from their Central Ontario location on Highway #8. Dan’s father Jim Burchill, a courageous and inspiring cancer survivor, is still very much involved in guiding the company’s corporate affairs while working from his home office just down the road in the village of Dublin. With over a million dollars of inventory t o m a n a g e, a n d c o n s i d e r i n g t h e great diversity of clients in this rural marketplace, they are determined to do their best to cover every contingency. At Burchill’s, their broad based experience in Truck and Auto will ‘lap’ outsider competition almost every time. When I suggested that it must sometimes be hard to satisfy every need, Dan replied confidently: “We don’t like to say no!” Here we have a stand-alone, family owned Auto/Truck Parts store that just keeps on ‘Truckin!’ When I asked Dan to share the secret for their success in such a highly competitive market, his immediate and confident reply was that “It’s All

About Quality”. Their total focus, day in and day out, is to satisfy the needs of their loyal local customer base. Being at the centre of one of Canada’s premier Agribusiness regions means that ‘Corporate’ farming is a dominant player. The majority of their Farm accounts today opt to own their own highway Tractors, Work Trucks and Trailers and they do most of their own repairs. The other amazing difference in the way Burchill does business is their success in minimizing their overhead. The Burchill Team consists of five experienced, ‘Over Achievers.’ Jim and his wife Beth; Dan; Gary on the parts counter and Jane in office administration. There are no outside commissioned sales representatives roaming the highways and byways in company delivery vans and they do not offer ‘Free’ delivery. This is a true “Walk-In” Parts Store with a proven ’25 Year Track Record.’ Phone-in orders play a big part of their day with a local landline - 519348-4774 - or Toll Free number @ 877810-8785. Alternatively, customers can communicate their orders for pick-up along with requests for technical help directly with Dan and Gary via their general E-mail box:


Brake Safety from TRP

3/9/2017 CTEA Workshop Guelph, ON


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rake safety must be the top priority for all drivers this time of the year. A well-maintained brake system will reduce stopping distance and contribute to a safer driving experience this winter season. Regular brake system inspections and maintenance are vital to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. The brake system, including brake shoes, pads and drums, should be inspected throughout the year to ensure that they meet the regulations that are enforced in your travel area. Your local dealer with certified technicians can help you with that. Our thorough inspections include checking for air leaks, inspecting your brakes for any missing or cracked parts, and ensuring the correct pushrod travel distance. Technicians have the expertise to perform brake adjustments, replace damaged or missing parts and fix air leaks. TRP is the all-makes aftermarket parts product line from Paccar. For more information on TRP brake parts and other componants to keep you running safely visit


abash National Corporation’s commitment from a fourth fleet to join the company’s launch program for its Cold Chain Series refrigerated van trailer made with molded structural composites—the first trailer of its kind. L e o n a r d ’s E x p r e s s j o i n s We r n e r Enterprises, K&B Transportation and Combined Transport—with dealers Regional International, TEC Equipment and Wick’s Truck Trailers—to bring the company’s innovative refrigerated trailer to the North American market. “The launch program for our Cold Chain Series composite reefer continues to move forward as planned,” said Brent Yeagy, president and chief operating officer. “Refrigerated carriers see the superior performance benefits in our new molded structural composite technology. Many carriers have been very interested in participating in the launch program so they can better understand the value of the performance benefits on their operations.” “We’re excited to show the progress we’ve made since we introduced our prototype trailer in February,” added Robert Lane, director of business development for Wabash National’s Commercial Trailer Products. “We’ve spent the past eight months in R&D undergoing further

testing and qualifications and finalizing repair procedures. This reefer is unlike anything on the market today.” Wabash National’s Cold Chain Series refrigerated van is made out of the company’s proprietary molded structural composite with thermal technology ( M S C T ) , w h i c h i m p r ov e s t h e r m a l performance by up to 25% and is up to 20% lighter, while significantly improving puncture and damage resistance. In addition, the molded structural composite floor system promises higher floor ratings—up to 24,000 pounds. “What this means for our customers is improved thermal efficiency, reduced fuel costs, increased payload and cargo capacity, optimized utilization and enhanced durability,” Yeagy explained. Molded structural composites are used in a wide range of applications, including aerospace, automotive, marine and commercial construction. This is the first time the technology is being used in the trailer industry. Wabash National also utilizes this technology in its previously commercialized refrigerated truck body. Production and field testing for the initial launch trailers will begin in the first quarter of 2017. Visit

Stop..and go..and stop..and go!


EYLE-PD brake pads are manufactured with a refined friction material mix to fit a wide range of van models, including the Mercedes Sprinter, VW Crafter and Ford Transit. Brake pads used on vans are subject to heavy load and stress levels which often results in early part wear and reduced braking performance. Plus: There is truth in the claim ‘time is money’: every shop visit means costly van downtime for a fleet operator. This is why the new generation of MEYLE-PD brake pads for vans features a highly wear-resistant friction material mix designed to offer extended brake pad life. In the best of cases, vans equipped with the new rugged MEYLE-PD brake pad will only come to the workshop for routine vehicle inspection rather than unscheduled brake replacement. The new MEYLE-PD brake pads for vans feature triple-layer damping shims attached to the brake pad backing using a special adhesive with advanced damping properties. These shims are designed to neutralise vibration and prevent the infamous brake squeal. To reduce the amount of noxious substances released into the environment as a result of brake pad wear, the newly formulated MEYLE-PD brake pad for vans does not employ copper or any other heavy metal additives. The new MEYLE-PD brake pads have testified to their excellent braking behaviour and friction coefficient throughout extensive testing and are ECE R90 type-approved. MEYLE-PD brake pads for vans are available for the Mercedes Sprinter, VW Crafter, Citroën Jumper, Opel Movano, Renault Master, Ford Transit and Iveco Daily. For a distributor near you visit

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Bendix ESP standard on T680 & T880 F

leets and drivers of nearly a halfmillion North American commercial vehicles know the reassurance and safety of the Bendix® ESP® Electronic Stability Program. Many more will be able to discover the full-stability technology’s benefits in 2017, now that Bendix ESP is standard on Kenworth Truck Company’s T680 and T880 trucks. “These are Kenworth’s flagship on-highway and vocational vehicles, recognized across North America for their quality and performance. Matching them with Bendix’s road-tested and proven active safety technology is the perfect pairing of great, innovative trucks and the best safety systems,” said Scott Burkhart, Bendix vice president – sales, marketing, and business development. Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies, introduced Bendix ESP in 2005, making it the first fullstability solution widely available for the commercial vehicle market. Bendix ESP fully meets the new stability mandate of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which will require full-stability technology on most new Class 7 and Class 8 tractors starting in August 2017. “Kenworth continues to offer robust

technology systems that provide costeffective solutions and benefits to our customers in their specific applications,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “Bendix ESP is designed to help drivers keep their trips safe and uneventful.” Compared with roll-only stability or antilock braking systems, full-stability systems utilize more sensors, enabling the technology to more quickly recognize factors that could lead to vehicle rollovers or loss of control, and address both roll and directional stability. On dry surfaces, full-stability technology recognizes and mitigates potential rollover and loss-ofcontrol situations sooner than roll-only options, and it functions in a wider range of driving and roadconditions, including snowy, ice-covered, and slippery surfaces. When it comes to interventions, in addition to engine dethrottling, fullstability systems can selectively brake on the steer, drive, and trailer axles. only systems, in comparison, typically apply the brakes on only the drive and trailer axles. Slowing the vehicle quickly helps mitigate rollovers faster, and can help the driver maneuver in loss-of-control situations. “The bottom line is that this technology is making a difference out on the roads,”Burkhart said. “Fleets consistently tell Bendix they’ve seen a 50 to 70 percent

reduction in rollovers and loss-of-control crashes when ESP is equipped – and we know, along with the team at Kenworth, that those are more than just ROI figures: Every time ESP is called into action, it helps mitigate potentially serious accidents and contributes to highway safety.” Bendix ESP also serves as the foundation for Bendix advanced driver assistancetechnologies, including Bendix® Wingman® Fusion™, the company’s flagship integrated collision mitigation technology. Fusion, which is available as an option on Kenworth’s T680 and T880 trucks, offers enhanced collision mitigation, lane departure warning, stationary vehicle braking, and Bendix’s exclusive overspeed alert and action. It combines next-generation advanced safety technologies (radar

camera, and brakes) into one comprehensive driver assistance system. The Wingman Fusion system camera is powered by the Mobileye System-on-Chip EyeQ processor with state-of-the-artvision algorithms. Bendix emphasizes that active safety systems like Bendix ESP are not intended to enable or encourage aggressive driving, and they are designed to assist drivers – not replace them. There is no technological substitute for proper driver training and safe, alert drivers practicing safe driving habits, and responsibility for safe vehicle operation remains with theskilled men and women behind the wheel. For more information about Bendix stability systems, call Bendix at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit www.

In the ABS test in the early 90’s

Detroit expands virtual technician diagnostics


x p a n d e d V i r t u a l Te c h n i c i a n Diagnostics Capabilities Now Monitors Detroit Assurance Suite of Safety Systems Detroit has extended the number of fault codes monitored by the Detroit™ Connect Virtual Technicians integrated remote diagnostic system to include those generated by the Detroit Assurance™ suite of safety systems. Available on all Freightliner Cascadia® and Cascadia Evolution trucks equipped

with Detroit™ heavy duty engines, Detroit Assurance is integrated into the truck’s engine and transmission, as well as the braking system and dashboard to enhance driver safety. Virtual Technician, which already records engine and aftertreatment fault code events, will now also capture Detroit Assurance-specific fault codes. It will then use cellular communications to notify fleets of the fault details and initial diagnosis within minutes. The

new Detroit Assurance fault codes will primarily cover system malfunctions or when Active Brake Assist has been disabled by the driver. Active Brake Assist is controlled by a radar system that senses when a vehicle is too close to the truck. The system, which includes audible warning sounds as well as partial and active braking, was developed to help mitigate collisions. “We are not just expanding the number of faults monitored by Virtual Technician,

Additive Metal Manufacturing joins ADS


dditive Metal Manufacturing (AMM), who recently launched their Virtual Electronic Warehouse (VEW), is now a member of the Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS). AMM is an Ontario based 3D metal printing service bureau that can re-produce legacy and non-stock metal parts for use in the repair of engines, transmissions, air intake, fuel delivery systems, etc. Now older machines can be refurbished and put back in service, avoiding the cost of replacing them when the machine just needs a repair part that is not readily available. The Association of Diesel Specialists is the worldwide diesel industry’s leading trade association, dedicated to the highest 26    March 2017

level of service on diesel fuel injection and related systems. ADS has corporate and individual members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and many other countries. The primary membership of ADS consists of independent repair shops (Service Members) specializing in diesel fuel injection, governor and turbocharger service. Each Service Member is authorized by one or more of the Association’s Manufacturer Members, which are original equipment (OEM) manufacturers of fuel injection equipment, governors, superchargers or turbochargers. Other membership categories encompass manufacturers and distributors of replacement parts and allied equipment, and educational schools offering programs in diesel mechanic training.

The impeller pictured is an example of a part that was needed to put the pump - and the vehicle - back in service. Whether a part of an assembly is needed, or the complete assembly, the additive (3D) manufacturing process can help keep a machine in service. ADS website - AMM website -

we are further integrating our connectivity offerings with the rest of the Detroit product lineup,” said Matt Pfaffenbach, director, telematics for Daimler Trucks North America. “This furthers the reach of connectivity within the truck and delivers additional value to the customer who can make better decisions regarding their business by utilizing the information delivered by Detroit Connect.” For more information, go to

A look into the future


t will soon not be necessary to stock slow moving parts, as long as you have affordable 3D printing available - either in-house or from a service provider. The cost of metal printers is beyond the reach of most distributors - upwards of $1million initial cost - but plastic printers are available for a fraction of that of metal printers. Providing you have a 3D CAD file available, the part - that may now be taking weeks to obtain - can be printed and shipped in a matter of days.

Coming in the April issue

Management Tools


High pressure hose from Eaton Cummins turbochargers P

ower management company Eaton operating costs. A limited number of free announced the availability of the new sample kits are available upon request EC600 X-FLEX high pressure spiral hose, to demonstrate the improved flexibility designed for demanding applications firsthand. requiring very high pressure performance “As hydraulic systems are asked to do in small areas. At 50 percent of the Society more, our customers are increasingly of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 100R15 looking for hose products that can bend radius, the hose’s flexibility makes withstand very high pressures in a variety installation in tight spaces of sizes – without sacrificing much easier while reducing The full selection flexibility,” said Eric Durrant, the total amount of hose of hydraulic hose senior global product manager, needed on each machine. Eaton. “The new EC600 X-FLEX includes Aeroquip, The EC600 X-FLEX is spiral hose is designed to be designed to perform in very Weatherhead and up to 24 percent more flexible demanding, high impulse Eaton brands. for easier handling during applications, including installation, while withstanding construction, mining and industrial over one million impulse cycles with an equipment, and features a highly abrasion- operating pressure of 6100 pounds per resistant cover material, supporting a square inch.” longer hose assembly life while helping The hose offers both four and six spiral increase uptime and reduce overall wire construction that is operable at temperatures from -40°C (-40°F) to +121°C (+250°F) with no fluid leakage between hose and fitting when the machine shuts down and the system cools. The EC600 X-FLEX is compatible with Eaton’s 4S fitting series in sizes -12 and -16 and 6S fitting series in size -20. To learn more about Eaton’s EC600 X-FLEX hose, visit To order a sample kit, visit EC600Sample


ummins Turbo Technologies excels in the development of turbocharger components, meeting the requirements of diesel engine manufacturers who are looking for ways to reduce emissions while maintaining or improving fuel consumption, power density and reliability. For more than 60 years, our components designers and engineers have innovated design methodologies. The result for the customer is improved fuel consumption, reduction in overall operating costs, downsized turbochargers and more intelligent actuators. Cummins Tu r b o Te c h n o l o g i e s ’ c o m p o n e n t s are tested individually, as part of the turbocharger sub-system and again at the full turbocharger level. The Holset VGT™ from Cummins Turbo Technologies pioneered Variable Geometry (VG) technology for the commercial vehicle market in 1998. Featuring a patented sliding nozzle ring, the Holset VGT offers a wide flow range that allows for higher boost pressures at low engine speeds. VG technology provides the most fuel-efficient means of driving short-route Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), which is used to reduce NOx levels. The Holset VGT™ is in wide use across Light Duty applications through to Mid Range and Heavy Duty Applications.

A Holset power turbine works handin-hand with the Holset turbocharger by driving power back through the crankshaft by extracting energy from the exhaust stream; this is known as a turbocompound system. Both radial and axial power turbines are available for a variety of heavy-duty applications. Fuel Efficiency Holset Turbochargers provide one of the most direct methods of fuel savings during engine operation by optimising boost and other power performance measures. Reduced Emissions C u m m i n s Tu r b o Te c h n o l o g i e s ’ industry-leading solutions surpass today’s regulatory requirements, lowering levels of emissions through integrated air system, combustion and aftertreatment design DPF Regeneration Holset Turbochargers in conjunction with Diesel Particulate Filtration (DPF) create ideal conditions for regeneration, allowing the DPF to work at maximum efficiency at all times. For more information visit

Ontario Truck Training Academy (OTTA) - Premier provider of quality instruction exceeding industry standards continued from page 21 Not all truck driving training schools are the same. Some, like OTTA, provide superior training while others fall short of acceptable standards, resulting in failing grades with employers. The Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program is an industry-wide initiative intended to ensure that entry level training meets acceptable requirements. In keeping with its own proven standards of professionalism, OTTA has been heavily involved in the process of formulating the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) vision for MELT. OTTA has long established working relationships with over 400 companies, many of whom have taken on OTTA graduates. Other benefits of enrolment at OTTA include a high job placement rate for diploma program participants and the use of company vehicles for road tests. Students also earn a Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario Certificate, and a Professional Truck Driver Institute Certificate for the AZ Diploma Program. New drivers may also be eligible for Insurance discounts. In an effort to recruit qualified candidates, the trucking industry can take advantage of financial training support. In fact, government grants are available for employers, offering

anywhere from 66% to 82% funding to support the retraining of employees. One example is the Canada-Ontario Job Grant where businesses/employers receive funding to assist in worker training. Employers receive, on average, two thirds of workers’ eligible training costs up to a maximum of $10,000. Employer recipients must contribute at least one third of the training costs and employ the worker identified for training. More information for employers of the Job Grant program is available at www. Prospective commercial truck drivers also benefit from other programs such as that offered by Crelogix which provides financing for training costs. More information is available at www.crelogix. com/application. As a member of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario, the O n t a r i o Tr u c k Tr a i n i n g A c a d e m y (OTTA) is a proven, premier provider of certified AZ training, and ensures that all individuals receive training that conforms to today’s standards and exceeds all safety requirements. Launch your new career with the professionals at OTTA by calling 1.800.753.2284 or visit their website: March 2017   27


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The Past, Present & Future of Retreading



his month, to see how RTA can expand its reach to our friends in the trucking industry, my first thought was to ask Harvey Brodsky a few questions and go from there. But what follows is more of a brief look at the retread industry, RTA’s thoughts on where we are now, and how much we have to look forward to. Truckers need connections with the industries that supply them, and RTA wants to help build those connections.

Harvey Brodsky retired this year from the daily operations of RTA, and now as Managing Director, I’d like to pass on some of his insights. Q: Let’s go back a bit, from the early 1980’s on. How did the retread industry start to take off? HB: Well, at that time it was already a very good industry. There were over 12,000 retread plants in North America alone. In those days there were still retread plants that were doing 12 tires a day in somebody’s back garage or warehouse. I mean, they were little, tiny plants. As time went by, and as more of the big companies got into it, the little guys collapsed and lot of them sold. Also in the early seventies radial tires were a thing of the future. There were very few radial tires in the U.S. So when they became common, more little guys disappeared.

In order to retread a radial tire, you would have to make a major investment in new machinery and equipment so a lot of guys got out. Radial tires took off, and the big companies like Goodyear, Michelin, forward thinking companies like that got on board. Before that, there was no such thing as a plant retreading 500 tires a day. Today there are very large retread plants out there, some retreading upwards of 650 tires a day with an adjustment (failure) rate, not even as low as new tires, but lower. Q: How has the influx of inexpensive Chinese tires affected the retread industry? HB: Well, the Chinese came along and they turned everything upside down. They were coming into this country at a price that could be sold as low, or even lower than a retread. Nothing like that had hap-

pened before. The consumer didn’t care where the tire came from. It was a game changer. It has put a lot of retreaders on alert. But I firmly believe that the industry is going to continue to be healthy because Chinese tires are rising in price, and the quality is getting better. When the quality gets better, the price has to go up. And retreading technology is improving all over the world. It’s very cost effective to produce a retreaded tire no matter where you are today. And an American retread company can produce a product that’s as good as, and better than any Chinese new tire at a comparable price. Plus, the environmental benefit of retreaded tires is unmatched by any new tire. Q: So what happens from here? Where would you like to see RTA 30 years from now? HB: RTA enables retread-

ers to have a conduit where they can get the information that they could not get alone. You need a global network that can communicate and share info about casings, supplies, recycling, materials, management, contacts, trucking companies, technology; all the components that RTA reaches out with all over the world. Q: What kind of standards should a consumer expect from retreaders? HB: One thing that all decent retreaders have in common is that they all record and keep records of their adjustment rates. Any retreader who says that they don’t keep their adjustment rates, I would recommend to that end user not to deal with that retreader. There’s no U.S. law that says that they have to do it, but by keeping the adjustment rate, at least they know what they’re doing and what works and what doesn’t work.

Q: How can future developments affect the industry? HB: At the moment, the best thing that the retread industry can do is to continue to educate the end user because the end user has mistaken notions about retreads. They see rubber on the road and they assume it is from a retreaded tire, but the reality is different from the assumption. We all know that. So the important thing for the industry to do is to continually reach out to the trucking and transportation industries and make accurate information about retreading available to them. Please contact us anytime at RTA. We are still looking for ongoing feedback from truckers, fleet managers and all of our friends in the trucking industry. Email me,, Managing Director of the Retread Tire Association 831.620.5345.



Maxion Announces Forged Aluminum Truck Wheels


as Vegas, Nevada – Maxion Wheels, the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, announced that it is expanding its North American Commercial Vehicle (CV) product offering with the addition of a forged aluminum truck wheel product line, introduced in a press conference during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) 2017 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Maxion Wheels developed the forged aluminum CV four wheel product line in response t o t h e m a r k e t ’s growing need for lighter vehicles as a means of reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The new 22.5x8.25 aluminum CV

wheel weighs 45 lbs. Compatible and interchangeable with current market offerings, Maxion Wheels’ aluminum wheel line up was designed to exceed recognized industry standards with respect to: material, rim contour, radial and rotary fatigue, mounting configuration, and FMVSS 571.120 markings. The four wheels will be available in the industry’s most popular sizes: 22.5x8.25, 24.5x8.25,

17.5x6.75, 22.5x14.00. A bright machined finish is standard, and polishing is also available. Fleets operating in North America will be able to purchase the new wheels through aftermarket channels beginning in the spring with the initial rollout of the 22.5x8.25. A standard five-year limited warranty is included. Polk concluded, “Maxion Wheels’ CV wheel product strategies will continue to focus on minimizing corrosion, reducing weight, and offering more styling alternatives, as a continued commitment to our customers to push the boundaries of innovation as the industry leader.” To learn more visit


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Empire Hydrogen Fuel Enhancement System


arket demand for technologies that reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse (GHG) emissions is high. Such demand is driven, in part, by government intervention (requirements for reduced GHG emissions) but, unlike demand for other technologies that is a result solely of government intervention, the demand for fuel efficient technologies is also driven by owners of diesel powered equipment who have a strong desire to reduce their operating costs. GHG emissions are normally reduced when consumed fuel quantum is lowered so almost anything done to reduce fuel burn and lower diesel owners’ operating costs will also reduce GHG emissions and move the industry toward achievement of cleaner air standards required by treaties and legislation. Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems (“Empire”) has developed new technology for the diesel and petrol engine powered equipment industries such as heavy transportation trucks, heavy industrial equipment, electrical power generators, railway locomotives and large marine vessels. Its new product, called the Fuel Enhancement System (FES), delivers improved combustion technology which significantly reduces fuel consumption by diesel or petrol engine powered internal combustion engine (ICE) equipment. Cleaner fuel burns result in less carbon in cylinders and in lower engine maintenance costs as well as reduced carbon footprints. The efficient combustion process reduces solid particle emissions and lowers diesel particulate filtering (DPF) costs. Owners can realize increased profits immediately upon installation of our FES technology. The patented system comprises of a highly modular and scalable design,

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including an electrolysis cell assembly, electrolyte tank and an advanced engine control unit (ECU) driving a sophisticated and advanced electronics package. The complete system is mounted within a single enclosure for complete environment protection together with installation interface supports (to the truck chassis) enabling ease of installation for the User. In order to address a wide range of ICE capacities, the amount of on-demand hydrogen and oxygen gasses generated is scalable from a few liters/minute to much higher values. The system also incorporates a patented invention called the blowback preventer/ dryer which serves both as a trap for any water vapor passing through the medium as well as a retardant for any potential blowback issues from the ICE itself. This now-dried hydrogen and oxygen gasses are then fed into the ICE through its air intake to the cylinders. The ECU incorporates a number of interfaces to the ICE together with proprietary firmware and expert software for smart control functions together with (a) a data record capability for real-time tuning to a specific ICE (e.g. type, capacity, make, age, etc.); and, (b) a capability to transmit processed ICE performance data to remote Users in the presence of hydrogen and oxygen gasses as a function of a wide variety of truck and ICE parameters. Wide ranging testing has taken place, including installations on User trucks as well as independent testing from an outside expert. Testing has included: vehicle and engine dynamometers; emissions testing; and, extensive and long-term User testing through driving a wide variety of truck routes and truck loadings. Through careful monitoring of fuel usage, emissions, ICE power increases, speed

trials, the Empire FES technology has proven itself capable of delivering fuel savings of between 16 and 30% together with a reduction in GHG emissions enabling increased ICE power and cleaner cylinders. In summary, this invention will put money into the pockets of ICE-powered equipment owners by saving them money. Its improved combustion technology (incorporated within the FES) significantly reduces fuel consumption in ICE. Cleaner fuel burns result in less carbon in cylinders and in lower engine maintenance costs. The efficient

combustion process reduces solid particle emissions and lowers diesel particulate filtering (DPF) costs. Vehicle owners can realize increased profits immediately upon installation of this technology. This product is scalable

in terms of the capacity of ICE that it can be used with. ICE capacities of 12-16Liter have been demonstrated with a system capability scalable to much higher ICE capacities (e.g., to 100Liter). This product has direct

and proven application in ICE (e.g. in trucks, marine platforms, etc.) as well as in stationary installations such as generators. For more information call 1.778.426.0911 or visit www.empirehydrogen. com.



New Mack Engine Oil Extends Drain Intervals


reensboro, North Carolina - Mack Trucks is pleased to announce extended engine oil drain intervals for customers using its

newly formulated genuine Mack® Engine Oil EOS4.5. Depending on the application, oil drain intervals have been extended by up to 15,000 miles com-

Mack Trucks is pleased to announce extended engine oil drain intervals for customers using its newly formulated genuine Mack® Engine Oil EOS-4.5. Depending on the application, oil drain intervals have been extended by up to 15,000 miles compared to previous formulations, helping reduce customer maintenance costs.

pared with previous formulations, helping reduce customer maintenance costs. Introduced as the factory fill in Mack’s 2017 engines, genuine Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5 also extends drain intervals for all 2011 and newer Mack engines. “There is a misconception that Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5 is simply a rebranded version of the other engine oils on the shelf, and nothing could be further from the truth,” said Scott Barraclough, Mack Technology Product Manager. “Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5 is a proprietary formula that is tested and approved with Mack equipment, which allows us to extend drain intervals.” With Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5, drain intervals have been extended to 60,000, 50,000 and 40,000 miles for longhaul, regional-haul and heavy-haul applications respectively. During the life of a Mack truck, these extensions allow customers to skip between four

and 16 oil drains, helping save hundreds of dollars per year per truck. Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5 is available in 10W30 and 15W40 weights and meets Mack’s stringent EOS4.5 engine oil standard, which offers protection above and beyond the new American Petroleum Institute (API) CK-4 specification by requiring enhanced performance for oil oxidation and oil aeration control. It is also formulated with a lower viscosity, helping improve fuel efficiency, even under high loads and high ambient temperatures. Mack Engine Oil EOS4.5 can be used anywhere API CK-4 oils are recommended and is also fully backward compatible with all API CJ-4 applications. For more information about Mack Engine Oil EOS-4.5, please visit your local Mack dealership or the Mack SELECT Parts Store. For more information about Mack, visit our website at www.macktrucks. com.




New Low Cost Terminal Tractor Shunts Trailers Safely & Efficiently


he new TrailerCaddy Terminal Tractor is built to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of trailers in and out of dock doors at manufacturing and distribution centers. If you are a small or medium sized distribution center, making the case for the purchase of a shunt truck or terminal tractor can be challenging. The cost of a new shunt truck can easily exceed $100k, and a used one in good shape can cost between $40 and $60k. Now there is an inexpensive, clean, lowmaintenance alternative

that improves safety and efficiency when shunting trailers. Starting at under $20,000 USD, the TrailerCaddy Terminal Tractor is 1/4 the cost of a new shunt truck. With the TrailerCaddy Terminal Tractor, the operator walks alongside the unit at a slower, more controlled pace. Our wagon-wheel steering mechanism allows for exceptional maneuverability, small corrections and precise turns. No more looking over your shoulder while you back up, navigating using side-view mirrors

or crawling in and out of the tractor cab again and again. The Tr a i l e r C a d d y Te r m i n a l Tractor allows

dramatically improves trailer shunting safety. The battery-powered TrailerCaddy Terminal Tr a c t o r c a n d o u b l e efficiency in the yard because it is always

the operator to move heavy trailers while facing forward, which

available and it can be operated by a broad range of employees. The operator does not need a commercial driver ’s license or annual healthcheck certificate. This allows businesses to move trailers at a moment’s notice, just in time, keeping efficiency humming. It also means businesses can reduce or eliminate dependence on an onstaff shunt truck driver or an expensive, slow to respond, shunting service. The TrailerCaddy Terminal Tractor can move more than just trailers. It

has removable ball and pintle attachments for pulling bumper pull equipment, cargo, boat, and RV trailers. The push pad can be used for pushing stalled heavy trucks, such as semi-trucks, buses, fire, cement and garbage trucks, into work bays at diesel truck service centers. Stop in and visit DJProducts, Inc. at the MATS show in Louisville, Kentucky at Booth 12045, March 23 - 25, 2017 or visit them on the web at www. or call 800.686.2651.




ighlight Motor Group Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of heated, tri-axle service for their Canadian customers. The specialized fleet will serve their accounts between Ontario and Quebec and to Western Canada.

Heated, Tri-Axle Trailers The purchase of these heated tridem vans were in direct response to customers needing greater payloads and “protect from freezing” service. According to Kirk Kalinitchenko, President and CEO of Highlight Motor Group, “The secret to our success is listening to our

customers and responding with the equipment and the services they need. We are proud to partner with our customers and grow with them into the future.” These new heated tridems are in addition to an already significant fleet of tandem and tridem

dry vans, reefers, tailgate equipped expedited power and 5 ton P&D trucks. Highlight Motor Group’s late model Volvo fleet, flying the bold Highlight Motor Group colours, can be seen on the highways throughout North America. A continued investment to modernize

and grow their fleet has ranked them in the top 10 fastest growing carriers in Canada for 2016, according to Profit magazine. ABOUT HIGHLIGHT MOTOR GROUP Highlight Motor Group is a domestic and cross border carrier with facilities in Toronto and New

Jersey. They provide dry van, reefer, expedited and Hazmat throughout Canada and the USA and provide LTL and Truckload, Logistics and Warehousing services. To discover more about Highlight Motor Group visit their website at



New Brake Drum Optimized for Trailer Applications


ullman, Alabama – Webb Wheel Products, Inc. has introduced the newest addition to its innovative wheel end portfolio – a new brake drum optimized for use in trailer applications. The introduction was made at a press conference held in conjunction with Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The new lighter, cooler Webb trailer drum w i t h p a t e n t e d We b b C RT ™ ( C o o l R u n n i n g

Technology) vents was engineered specifically for 20K trailer axles. Today, many trailers are running with side skirts that improve aerodynamics; however, OTR road data suggests that they can also reduce crosswind and straight line airflow below the trailer.  This reduction in air flow results in a 41% increase in brake temperatures, causing reduced braking performance

and accelerated brake drum and lining wear. The Webb 66764F brake drum with patented CRT vents increases air flow for

superior heat transfer efficiency and cooler trailer wheel-end operating temperatures, managing heat 10% better than similar weight brake drums. Johnathon Capps, Vice President of Engineering, commented “The push to increase trailer aerodynamics has created opportunities for trailer component suppliers to design products that recognize how these

new technologies can change overall trailer functions. Our experience with designing and producing cooler running brake drums directed us to a solution that mitigates the impact of higher brake temperatures caused by the change in air flow.” The innovative engineering of the Webb 66764F brake drum provides a high strength to weight ratio offering the lowest weight in its class at only 99 lbs. Webb designs casts and machines their

brake drum in the U.S. Webb Wheel Products, Inc., headquartered in Cullman, Alabama, manufactures hubs, brake drums and rotors for medium – and heavy – duty trucks, trailers and buses. Webb Wheel is a Marmon Highway Technologies®/Berkshire Hathaway company. Marmon Highway Technologies (MHT) supports the highway transportation industry worldwide with a wide range of high-quality products and services.


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“Technology you can rely on.”


Dawn Truell, B.B.A., B.A. Psy 1450 Headon Road, PO Box 93005

Wilson Instruments Ltd.

Burlington, ON L7M 4A3

The Anti-Idling Experts

Toll Free: 888.838.9136

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

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


FLO Components Ltd. “For Total Lube Solutions, Go With the FLO!” 50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Tel: 905.671.2355 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Fax: 905.671.2358 Components by:

Clutch Distribution Centre Inc.

“Changing the way you train since

Calgary, AB T2Z 3V5 Toll Free: 800.465.3366

Fast and friendly service since 1986.

Tel: 403.232.6950


81 Northline Road Toronto, ON M4B 3E9 Tel: 416.745.9220 Alt. Tel: 416.742.0003 Fax: 416.759.5890

Fax: 403.232.6952

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

1985. Canada’s leading provider of TDG Training & Services”

201-11450 29th Street SE



••• ITR Canada Inc. P. O. Box 402, 140 Market Drive

Fil-Mor Automotive & Clutch Products Ltd.

Toll Free: 888.812.0099

A proud Canadian remanufacturer

Tel: 905.693.0660

Milton, ON L9T 4Y9

of quality Heavy Duty & automotive

Fax: 905.693.0332

clutches since 1980. Specializing in

heavy duty & custom made clutches


150 South Service Road Stoney Creek, ON L8E 3H6 Toll Free: 800.268.5076 Tel: 905.573.3101 32    March 2017

repairing lugs. A good line of clutch related components including clutch brakes, clutch forks, drive lugs, release

Kee Human Resources “Your Goals Are Our Priority.” 6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 800.661.0377 Tel: 905.670.3426 Fax: 905.670.3436 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

VerX Direct Corp. Driver license status and class verification. 24/7 access to all provinces. Saving Money | Saving Vehicles | Saving Lives.

Resurfacing all types of flywheels and

Call Karen at 905.212.9898 English or Punjabi Call Monty at 800.267.1888 or 613.961.5144 extn 123

49 High Street, Ste 205 A Barrie, ON L4N 5J4 Toll Free Tel: 866.713.2001 Tel: 705.733.2001

bearings, pilot bushings/bearings,

Fax: 705.733.1004

master/slave cylinders, flywheels and

alignment tools.


The Rosedale Group “As a transportation and warehousing service provider since 1969, The Rosedale Group, has a proud history of meeting the industry-specific requirements of our customers. We, as a company, have a fundamental belief that our people make the difference in how we consistently deliver total customer satisfaction.” 6845 Invader Crescent Mississauga, ON L5T 2B7 Toll Free: 855.721.3962 Tel: 905.670.0057 Fax: 844.314.5953 or



within the GTA available upon request.

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

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

Pat’s Driveline “Over 30 years of Driveline Manufacturing Expertise”

flywheel grinding. Pick up and delivery

new and used flywheel exchanges, and

International Truckload Services Inc.


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

reman clutches, clutch components,



Educational Services Ltd.


Niagara Service & Supply Ltd.



including our own Torque Master


Tel: 905.973.9136

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


Specializing in all types of new and

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

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

Programs & Seminars.

Toll Free: 888.644.2333

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

Cross Border Services DOT, CVOR, NEXUS, Bonding, Training

Bookkeeping For Your Business & Personal Finances

Beka-Lube Products Inc.



Account & Records Management



Carmen Transportation We are a great, family-oriented business looking to hire Company Drivers and select 0/0 for cross-border runs. We offer competitive compensation, border crossing bridge cards, fuel cards and E-PASS transponders. 3700 Weston Road Toronto, ON M9L 2Z4 Toll Free: 866.857.5166 Tel: 416.667.9700 Fax: 416.667.8272

Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd. We are your “one-stop” total logistics solutions provider since 1981. We have been helping companies get maximum results at exceptional value. Our flat deck long haul services are a key link in any efficient supply chain. LTL, FTL, over dimensional and weightpermitted shipments across Canada. All of our trucks are equipped with a GPS system. We strategically designed our company to be your edge.

Walmart Fleet Get on the road to success with the world's largest retailer. 6800 Maritz Drive Mississauga, ON L5W 1W2 Tel: 905.670.9966 Ext. 60401 Fax: 905.795.4186


Experience it today!

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


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

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

P.O. Box 7290 Saskatoon, SK S7K 4J2 888.878.9585 Fax: 306.668.5849 driver.recruitment@


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

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



Execucor Financial Limited

Fleet Harmony Inc.

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

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

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


Bennetts Power Service Products  

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

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


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

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

Arthur J. Gallagher Canada Limited, Incorporating The CG&B Group

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


“Same-day and weekend funding, customized personal service, equipment leasing.”

176 Seacliff Drive West Leamington, ON N8H 3Y5 Toll Free: 877.653.9426 Tel: 519.419.5044 Fax: 855.295.6605 FASTENERS, FITTINGS, HOSE & SHOP MAINTENANCE SUPPLIES

Multi-Line Fastener Supply Company 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 FINANCING/LEASING

Lubricant Solutions Canada Inc. Lubricant Solutions Canada distributes the Mycroleum brand of lubricants servicing the commercial and industrial sectors within several verticals, with particular experience in the trucking, manufacturing, mining, heavy construction and the utility industries. Mycroleum has a collective 150 years of experience in the lubrication and additive industry offering solutions to your lubrication needs with standard lubricants as well as industry leading proprietary fuel treatments and patented speciality lubricants.

6368 Concession 6 South, Amherstburg ON N9V 0C8 Toll Free: 855.99.LUBES Tel: 519.796.5919 Toll Free Fax: 855.99.LUBES FUEL & LUBRICANTS DIRECT

120 South Town Centre Blvd. Markham, ON L6G 1C3 Toll Free: 800.267.6670 Tel: 905.479.6670 Fax: 905.479.9164


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

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

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

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


What you want to protect the most. We protect the best!

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


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

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

HUB International Ontario Ltd. Transportation Insurance

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


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

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


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

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


Connect Lease Corporation Connect Lease works hard and fast to find you the most competitive lease rates and to obtain the financing you need to buy your vehicle and equipment.

1462 Street Paul Street, Suite A Kelowna, BC. V1Y 2E6 Toll Free: 877.860.4140 Cell: 250.317.5888 Toll Free Fax: 877.860.4741

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

3162 Thunderbird Cres. Burnaby, BC V5A 3G4 Tel: 604.420.4331 Fax: 604.420.4137

Newman Insurance Providing innovative insurance solutions & unparalleled risk management support. Talk to one of Newman’s Bryson & Associates Insurance dedicated Transportation Insurance Brokers Ltd. Specialists to get the right coverage at a competitive price. “It’s not what you pay: it’s what your GET Licenced in Ontario Only. for what you pay. Transportation, Logistics, Cargo, Fleet Safety Management Services & Bonds.”

Toll Free: 800.661.5196 Tel: 905.426.8787 Fax: 905.426.4959

Cleral Scales CLERAL is an onboard scale for trucks manufacturer since 1995. Leader in onboard weighing systems for all suspension types. More precision, easier to use, and at a more than affordable price. 90 des Distributeurs Val d'Or, QC J6P 6Y1 Tel: 855.824.1151 Fax: 819.824.9463


62 Dundas Street West Belleville, ON K8P 1A3 Toll Free: 800.653.1924 Tel: 613.968.6705 Fax: 613.968.9437

Vulcan On-Board Scales #11-1642 Langan Avenue Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 1K5 Toll Free: 800.663.0854 Tel: 604.944.1481 Fax: 604.944.1482 OUTRIGGER PADS

Stability Pads We are committed to offering quality RV stabilizer jack pads, crane outrigger pads and multi-functional stability pads while ensuring everyone access to a safe and affordable product. We offer solutions for avid RV’ers and campers, heavy equipment owners and operators looking to improve the safety and stability of any project or endeavor. B105, 2634 – 45th Avenue Calgary, AB T2B 3M1 Tel: 403.720.6229 Fax: 403. 720.6226 PERMITS, LICENCING & DRUG TESTING

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


Blue Water West Ltd.


Erb and Erb Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Package policies for both local and long haul fleets.

Liquid Capital Midwest Corp.


Palmer Atlantic Insurance Ltd.




Total Canada Inc. Total is the 4 th largest Global Energy Company. We produce and distribute a full range of lubricants specially formulated for the Heavy-Duty industry. Total Rubia’s High Performance lubricants for the Trucking industry offers benefits such as improved Fuel Economy and reduced Fleet Maintenance costs. 220, Lafleur Avenue Lasalle, QC H8R 4C7 Toll Free: 800.463.3955 Tel: 514.595.7579 Fax: 514.367.5767

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


6885 Davand Drive, Unit #4 Mississauga, ON L5T 1J5 Tel: 905.670.2208 Fax: 905.670.0208


535 Mill Street Woodstock, ON N4S 0A9 Tel: 519.537.8658 Fax: 519.537.7956 March 2017   33



Newton’s Electric Inc FLEET-TAX SERVICES INC. Celebrating 15 Years in Business! Our team is very well known for their MTO & DOT Audit Support, Authorities, IRP, Fuel & Mileage Taxes, Drug & Alcohol Testing Center

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

Newton’s Electric Inc. has been supplying material handling, industrial & commerical starters & alternators and AC & DC motors since 1979.

85 Steelwell Road Brampton, ON L6T 5N5 Tel: 905.791.2485 ext. 112 Fax: 905.791.6304 TARPS & TARPING SYSTEMS

C.U.T.C. Inc.

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

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 TIRE MANUFACTURERS


Continental Tire Americas, LLC


Polar Mobility (Kingtec) Affordable refrigeration alternative for the Small to Medium Business. Proven Grade Materials and Technology with Nation Wide Coverage.

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

Krown Corporate “Krown offers a superior line of rust inhibiting products and body maintenance programs to help keep your trucks on the road.”

35 Magnum Drive Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 Toll Free: 800.267.5744 Tel: 905.939.8750 Fax: 905.939.8710 34    March 2017


Action Automotive, Towing & Recovery

Kee Training Academy “Your Goals Are Our Priority.”

“Meeting Your Service Needs in Eastern Ontario with a Mobile Mechanic on staff to assist you while on the road.”

P. O. Box 126 Trenton ON K8V 5R2 Toll Free: 800.551.6151 Tel: 613.394.4924 Fax: 613.394.2428

6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 800.661.0377 Tel: 905.670.3426 Fax: 905.670.3436 TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIRS

1830 MacMillan Park Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29707 Tel: 704.583.8682 Fax: 704.583.8947 TOWING SERVICES

Black Ice Towing 24 Hour Heavy, Medium & Light Duty For TruckPro locations see page 45 Towing & Recovery. Tilt and Load & Float Services. Licenced Mechanic on Staff. Serving Parry Sound to Sudbury & Surrounding areas. 423 Hwy 69 Britt, ON P0G 1A0 Tel: 705.774.3224


K.B.W. Towing 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 TRAILER MANUFACTURERS [ TANKERS ]

M.T.T. Repair Services Inc. M.T.T. Repair Services Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been providing quality repairs and services since 1975. We operate out of a 14,000 square foot building with eleven bays including a truck and trailer paint bay and two sandblasting bays. M.T.T. Repair Services currently employs trailer mechanics, welders, body men and painters. We are also an accredited vehicle inspection station that allows us to conduct annual safety inspections to all of your trailers. 1868 Drew Road Mississauga, ON L5S 1J6 Tel: 905.677.2771 Fax: 905.677.2774 TRUCK CUSTOMIZING

Bedard Tankers Inc. Leader in Dry Bulk, Liquid, Liquefied Compressed Gas & Cryogenic Road Tanker Trailers.

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



Quality Collision Centre Quality Collision Centre has been providing superior collision & body work for heavy trucks, trailers & cars since 1979.

Fort Garry Industries Sales and NSM certified installation of snow plows, sanders, mixers, dump bodies and more. TRUCK EXHAUST SALES & SERVICE

A & A Exhaust Systems A one-stop total exhaust and emission

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


standards in exhaust parts and services.

480 Grays Road Hamilton, ON L8E 2Z4 Toll Free: 800.461.2495 Tel: 905.578.4303 Fax: 905.578.4381


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


The Truck Exhaust Place Since 1982 we have been a one stop exhaust shop for the trucking industry as well as the heavy duty exhaust needs of industrial, farming, manufacturers and mining industry.

their trucks back on the road with

“Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing

Toll Free: 888.667.5438 Tel: 416.398.2500

Robert Pahanich


Kevin Quick

1625 Stone Church Road East Hamilton, ON L8W 3Y5 Tel: 289.285.3022 Fax: 289.285.3026 Toll Free Fax: 866.425.4440

7695 Blackburn Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 0A6 Toll Free: 877.357.0222 Tel: 905.357.0222 Fax: 905.357.9122 TRUCK ACCESSORIES, PARTS & SUPPLIES

For Traction locations see page 44




municipalities and manufactures get

Drive Star Shuttle Systems Ltd.

SWS Safety Warning Systems Canada’s Go-To Manufacturer, for Amber Beacons, Minibars, Traffic Directors and Backup Alarms for the past 45+ years. Excellent prices with the industry’s best warranties.

Fort Garry Industries

operators, brokers, truck repair facilities,




“Diesel Performance Specialists”

We have been helping fleets, owner-

Toll Free: 866.934.5744 Contacts:

230 Travail Road Markham, ON L3S 3J1 Toll Free: 800.268.5612 Tel: 905.209.9744 Toll Free Fax: 800.267.9024 Fax: 905.209.9757

and manufacturing abilities enable us to

their equipment up and running and

Abrams Towing

Grote Industries, Co. Known for innovation, ethical business practices, and a strong commitment to providing quality products and service. Grote Industries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of vehicle lighting and safety systems.

solution provider. Our products, services

of timely turnaround, expert repairs & complete satisfaction.

12 Clarke Blvd. Brampton, ON L6W 1X3 Tel: 905.451.8550 Fax: 905.451.7627

Transcourt Tank Leasing


provide our customers with the highest

5785 Place Turcot Montreal, QC H4C 1V9 Tel: 514.937.1670 Fax: 514.937.2190 When you bring your vehicle in to Quality Collision Centre, you can be assured

A Towing Service Ltd.





Serving the Transportation industry since 1989.


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


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

minimal down time.


1365 Bonhill Road Mississauga, ON L6T 1M1 Toll Free: 800.385.8801 Tel: 905.670.0100 Fax: 905.670.8128

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






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


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


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


Fort Garry Industries 2525 Inkster Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R2R 2Y4 Toll Free: 800.282.8044 Tel: 204.632.8261 Fax: 204.956.1786 ONTARIO


Fort Garry Industries 731 Gana Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1P2 Toll Free: 888.456.6567 Tel: 905.564.5404 Fax: 905.564.8455


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


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




C & R Transmission Service Ltd.

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

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


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


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

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Magnum Trailer & Equipment Magnum Trailer & Equipment offers a full line of aluminum aftermarket truck accessories. From moose bumpers to cab guards, tool boxes and more, we can handle all of your truck accessory needs! Magnum Means More.

31632 Marshall Road, Unit 1 Abbotsford, BC V2T 6B1 Toll Free: 800.661.3406 Tel: 604.855.3866 Fax: 604.855.3866

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



Fort Garry Industries

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

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


Surgenor Truck Group Eastern Ontario / Western Quebec’s largest group of independent truck dealerships, has built a reputation as durable as the brands that we sell and lease. The Surgenor Truck Group includes two Truck Centres, one in Ottawa, & one in Kingston, as well as five service affiliates (Brockville, Belleville, Gatineau, & 2 in Cornwall) providing regularly scheduled maintenance as well as on-call 24/7 for roadside assistance, & parts delivery.

261 Binnington Court Kingston, ON K7M 9H2 Toll Free: 877.548.1101 Tel: 613.548.1100 Fax: 613.548.4990

Maximum Powertrain We specialize in rebuilding ALL makes of High Quality Differentials, Transmissions, Mid-Range and Steering Gears. We offer competitive price on all units sold. We have all ratios and models in stock! Fast, Honest and Reliable Service! We pick up and deliver!

116 Orenda Road, Unit 7 Brampton, ON L6W 3W6 Tel: 647.629.8035 Fax: 289.752.4565



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

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

MISSISSAUGA #3, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 844.564.8998 Tel: 905.564.8998 Fax: 905.564.5449 TRUCK WASH SYSTEMS



Switchboard Switchboard is an online tool for truck companies to organize their paperwork, jobs, and dispatching. We want to help unlock the potential for fleets by optimizing their operations. Whether you wish to reduce your time and money spent on going over paperwork, or wish to find a more efficient way of managing your ever growing fleet, we have the solution for you!

777 Burrard Street, Suite 41 Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X7 Tel: 778.960.2399 USED OIL FURNACE SALES & SERVICE

De-On Supply Inc. DSI is the world’s largest distributor and service provider for Clean Burn, the largest selling used oil furnace / boiler manufacturer. Clean Burn stands head and shoulders above the competition, due to its innovative technology and quality manufacturing.

R.R.#1, 1595 Lobsinger Line Waterloo, ON N2J 4G8 Toll Free: 800.824.4115 Toll Free Fax: 888.626.7843 VEHICLE DELIVERY


Awash Systems Corp. Automatic Wash Systems & Water Treatment Recycling Systems customized to your requirements.

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

19 Community Avenue, Unit 2 Stoney Creek, ON L8E 2X9 Toll Free: 800.265.7405 Tel: 905.662.2662 Fax: 888.407.9498


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

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L’évolution des motopropulseurs PAR MAREK KRASUSKI


algré les inconvénients qui l’ont suivie, la mondialisation a apporté des bénéfices pour le marché du transport de l’Amérique du Nord. Les innovations développées ailleurs dans le monde pénètrent en Amérique du Nord, abaissant les couts grâce aux économies d’échelle et fournissant plus rapidement aux marchés les nouveaux produits. Les ensembles motopropulseurs ne font pas exception. Les technologies empruntées aux fabricants européens, par exemple, trouvent leur place dans le marché nord-américain, quoiqu’il y ait des barrières à la pleine intégration des produits entre les régions. Les contraintes locales jouent un rôle dans la conception et la mise en œuvre des produits. Le climat, les régulations, les distances, l’infrastructure, les exigences d’émission, et d’autres considérations influencent le degré de transférabilité des produits d’un marché à un autre. De plus, la rage pour l’innovation dans les marchés domestiques accélère aussi la marche du progrès. Par exemple, Dana, un chef de file mondial dans la fabrication des motopropulseurs pour véhicules passagers, camions commerciaux, et machines hors route, estime que la réduction en rotation par minute du moteur réduit la consommation d’essence, mais met plus de pression sur d’autres pièces comme le motopropulseur. Leur solution fut de renforcer les motopropulseurs et d’introduire des produits qui fonctionnent avec des groupes motopropulseurs à vitesse réduite. L’essieu tandem Spicer AdvanTEK 40 en est un bon exemple. C’est le premier essieu de son genre pour les flottes de transport de ligne, qui n’était auparavant disponible que pour les véhicules de classe 1 à 5. Dana affirme qu’il fournit une plus grande densité

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de puissance, qu’il est plus efficace et plus compact que les essieux concurrents. Cet essieu présente un engrenage à plus large face pour améliorer sa fiabilité et sa durabilité, et un roulement à rouleau effilé qui améliore le rendement énergétique du véhicule en réduisant la friction. La conception de l’essieu AdvanTEK 40 peut épargner à un camion 1,500 dollars en consommation de carburant, réduire ses besoins d’entretien, et accroitre sa charge utile. Plus tard cette année, Dana lancera des versions améliorées de leur série d’arbres de transmission Super Compact Series Plus pour véhicules de moyenne gamme. Six modèles différents fourniront une large gamme de couple. L’arbre de transmission pèse 10 pourcent de moins que les produits concurrents et on rapporte qu’ils sont les arbres de transmission en acier les plus légers dans leur classes, améliorant la performance des véhicules qui en sont équipés, grâce à leur plus grande espérance d e v i e, d u r a b i l i t é, e t étanchéité. Par ailleurs, Eaton collabore avec des fabricants de moteur pour intégrer des plus petits moteurs qui effectuent moins de rotations par minute - avec des motopropulseurs à vitesse réduite. Eaton affirme que le moteur PACCAR MX-13 et la transmission automatique Fuller Advantage à 10 vitesses d’Eaton ont été combinés pour réduire le régime moyen des moteurs, ce qui réduit la consommation de carburant tout en maximisant l’efficacité grâce à l’automatisation de la transmission. Cette conception de transmission originale, selon Eaton, « présente un système Precision Lubrication qui réduit les pertes sèches, ce qui réduit encore la consommation d’essence. Le système Precision Lubrication élimine aussi le

besoin pour un réfrigérant dans la plupart camions, ce qui diminue leur poids et accroit leur fiabilité. » La plupart des transmissions de nos jours sont manuelles, ayant résisté à l’épreuve du temps, mais elles cèdent la place aux transmissions m a n u e l l e s automatiques (TMA) et

t r a n s m i s s i o n s automatiques. Elles nécessitent moins de carburant et accroissent la sécurité, car les conducteurs n’ont plus à se soucier de rétrograder en situation périlleuse. Évidemment, les temps changent, et il en est de même pour les choix que nous avons à faire. Seuls les meilleurs conducteurs effectuent un meilleur rendement sur le carburant avec des transmissions manuelles, surtout aujourd’hui avec l’électronique et l’interaction qu’elle permet entre le moteur et la transmission. Une pénurie globale de conducteurs dans l’industrie et en particulier une pénurie de conducteurs experts au changement de vitesse ont rendu les TMA et les transmissions automatiques plus populaires auprès des entreprises qui cherchent à attirer des nouveaux conducteurs, qui manquent d’expertise en matière de changement de vitesse et dont les priorités sont le confort et l’aisance de conduite que permettent les transmissions automatiques. D’un point de vue financier, les automatiques sont avantageuses aussi car elles diminuent les

frais de formation pour les employeurs. Les automatiques et les TMA, que l’on appelle aussi des boites de vitesses robotisées, réduisent le temps qu’il faut pour entrainer les conducteurs, ceux-ci n’ayant plus à apprendre comment

changer de vitesses sur des transmissions manuelles. Moins d’entrainement, moins de dépenses. Pour les opérateurs toujours soucieux de leurs minces marges de profit, la réduction des dépenses est essentielle, à la fois en matière de formation et en matière d’économie de carburant, ce qui représente toujours une grosse dépense. Selon la Truck Efficiency Confidence Report, une initiative conjointe du North American Council for Freight Efficiency et la Carbon War Room, l’usage de TMA génère des économies de carburant de 1 à 3 pourcent (certaines études affirment que les économies montent jusqu’à 10 pourcent). Voici ce que le rapport affirme au sujet des économies et bénéfices environnementaux: « Le rapport conclut que les entreprises devraient s’attendre à une amélioration moyenne de 1-3% en économie de carburant en utilisant des transmissions automatiques, et peut-être même des économies encore plus importantes dans certains cycles de services où il y a beaucoup de changements de vitesses. Avec des prix d’essence de $0.65/ mile, et une moyenne de 120,000 miles parcourus par an, une amélioration de 3 pourcent en efficacité

représente une économie de 2,300 dollars par an. Étant donné que 22.38 livres de CO2 sont relâchés dans l’atmosphère pour chaque gallon de diésel consommé, à 4 dollars le gallon ceci représente presque 13,000 livres (5.8 tonnes) de gaz à effets de serre par camion par an qui pourraient être épargnés à l’atmosphère par l’utilisation de transmissions automatiques. » Le rapport affirme que l’adoption générale des transmissions automatiques est entravée par un manque de confiance dans les informations qui circulent au sujet des technologies efficaces. Jusqu’à récemment, les transmissions automatiques et automatisées n’étaient utilisables que pour des applications routières, la croyance populaire étant qu’elles étaient inutilisables hors route. Ceci n’est plus le cas, grâce aux innovations comme les TMA Ultra Shift de Eaton, avec leurs 47 modèles qui couvrent une pleine gamme d’applications professionnelles à la fois sur route et hors route. Eaton affirme que bien que les transmissions automatiques ne soient pas encore la norme pour les applications professionnelles, les avantages qu’apporte la série Ultra Shift attirent de nouveaux clients. Dans les environnements difficiles comme les routes de campagne, les conducteurs doivent être plus alertes et non-distraits par le besoin constant de changer de vitesse. Le bassin de recrutement de conducteurs s’agrandit car les nouvelles recrues, peut-être manquant de familiarité avec les manuelles, peuvent prendre les commandes de n’importe quel véhicule à transmission automatique. Une autre fonction utile de l’Ultra Shift Plus est son dispositif anti recul, qui, selon Eaton, «  maintient un véhicule sur une pente de 1 pourcent en place pendent trois secondes, ce qui donne au conducteur

le temps de bouger le pied du frein à l’accélérateur sans se mettre à rouler. Le mode fluage et le dispositif anti recul sont des éléments communs à toutes les transmissions dans la série UltraShift PLUS. » La performance améliorée du déraillage fait des transmissions dans cette série le choix idéal pour les camions de chantier, malaxeurs, grumiers, camion-citerne et autres applications de transport lourd. Certains observateurs de l’industrie s’intéressent à ce à quoi vont ressembler les motopropulseurs sur les camions électriques. La Nikola Motor Company est un fabricant de véhicules électriques, pièces de machinerie, et motopropulseurs électriques avec une liste de clients impressionnante pour leurs camions électriques de classe 8, qui sont encore en développement. Ce véhicule à propulsion hydrogène-électrique ne produit pas de gaz à effet de serre, et entrera en production en 2020. Le camion aura un motopropulseur 6x6 à 100 pourcent électrique qui génèrera 2000 livres par pieds de couple, tout en générant 1000 chevaux de puissance avec une autonomie de 800 à 1200 miles. Le motopropulseur sera alimenté par des batteries en lithium à haute densité. L’énergie sera fournie en route par les piles à hydrogène, affirme l’entreprise. Étant donné que le camionnage, qui était autrefois une industrie conservatrice, est aujourd’hui une industrie qui se voit obligée d’adopter toutes les dernières innovations, les camions électriques et les motopropulseurs ultraperformants montrent peut-être le chemin de l’avenir - du moins s’ils réussissent à générer des bénéfices et des économies tangibles pour leurs clients qui doivent se montrer compétitifs dans une industrie où les profits sont en baisse.




Train Trailer élargit ses activités à Calgary afin de mieux servir les marchés locaux et nationaux


rain Trailer Rentals a annoncé que ses nouvelles installations de Calgary sont désormais entièrement opérationnelles. Disposant d’un terrain et d’ateliers d ’e n treti en offrant l e double de la capacité de départ, l’entreprise est maintenant mieux placée pour servir le marché de l’Ouest canadien.

Les services de maintenance et l’importante flotte de remorques intermodales et remorques pour marchandises sèches en location à court et à long terme font la renommée des installations de Calgary. Des services d’assistance d’urgence sur route et sur place y sont offerts, en plus d’une flotte de remorques proposées en

location aux clients qui ont des besoins saisonniers ou une demande qui excède leur capacité. Grâce à l’espace additionnel réservé aux ateliers, Train Trailer peut maintenant

confier à ses techniciens qualifiés les réparations et les inspections de sécurité des remorques de tierces parties. « Lorsque l’occasion de doubler nos activités de Calgary s’est présentée, nous avons saisi notre chance, » affirme Rick Kloepfer, président de Train Trailer. Il a ajouté: « Il s’agit là d’un important

développement qui nous permettra de mieux servir notre clientèle nationale de même que le marché local de Calgary. » Un mot sur Train Trailer Tr a i n Tr a i l e r d o n n e satisfaction à ses clients depuis 1971. L’entreprise a la réputation d’offrir à ses clients un plus grand choix de types d’équipement et de programmes de loca-

tion, de location à bail et de maintenance. Elle est stratégiquement située à Mississauga, à Calgary, à Cornwall et à Montréal et a étendu sa couverture pour servir sa clientèle partout au Canada. TIP Trailer a fait l’acquisition de Train Trailer en 2016. Pour plus de renseignements, consultez son site Web à www.



Expansion de Trout River Industries à Prince-Ouest


epuis que Trout River Industries a breveté son type de remorque à fond mobile en 1999, son fondateur, Harvey Stewart, s’est employé à mettre à profit le succès de son entreprise. Trout River Industries est maintenant le principal fabricant de remorques à fond mobile au Canada destinées à l’industrie de la construction lourde. Aujourd’hui, l’entreprise et la province ont annoncé que Trout River louera des locaux dans un immeuble provincial à Bloomfield qui lui permettra d’accroître ses ventes de remorques aux États Unis, en Europe et au Moyen Orient. « Dans le cadre de cette expansion, notre entreprise fabriquera des pièces pour Trout Riv-

er et ses partenaires à l’emplacement de Bloomfield, tout en augmentant sa production à Coleman, de dire M. Stewart. L’expansion devrait créer environ 20 emplois, et ce nombre pourrait augmenter dans un avenir rapproché. » Le gouvernement appuiera l’expansion en offrant un dégrèvement pour la main-d’œuvre de jusqu’à 30 postes supplémentaires, et une aide à la location de nouveaux locaux. « Le gouvernement est fier d’appuyer l’expansion de Trout River qui contribuera à accroître les exportations et l’économie de la province, et qui créera d’autres emplois pour les Insulaires ruraux, de souligner le ministre du

Développement économique et du Tourisme, Heath MacDonald. Cette entreprise novatrice est un excellent exemple de la façon dont les Insulaires peuvent, à partir d’une idée modeste, atteindre une grande réussite, poussés par l’ambition et le travail ardu. C’est une merveilleuse journée pour PrinceOuest, pour le secteur manufacturier de l’Île et pour l’économie dans son ensemble. » Trout River a récemment conclu un partenariat avec Maxim Group de Winnipeg, lui donnant un meilleur accès aux marchés des États Unis et de l’Ouest du Canada, grâce aux réseaux de concessionnaires de Maxim. L’expansion annoncée aujourd’hui témoigne de l’engagement continu de

Le ministre Heath MacDonald (à l’extrême droite) rejoint (de gauche à droite) le ministre Richard Brown, député d’Alberton Roseville, Pat Murphy, et les copropriétaires de Trout River Industries, Harvey Stewart et Darrin Mitchell, lors d’un événement annonçant l’expansion de la compagnie. Maxim envers les opérations à l’Île du Prince Édouard. Le niveau des ventes du secteur manufacturier est un indice clé d’une économie vibrante. Les

ventes cumulées du secteur manufacturier de l’Île du Prince Édouard ont augmenté de 5,3 pour cent en octobre, devançant toutes les autres provinces et dépassant largement la

moyenne nationale de 0,4 pour cent. La valeur des ventes totales du secteur manufacturier de l’Île en 2016 a augmenté de plus de 70 millions de dollars jusqu’en octobre.



Un groupe de travail fera des recommandations au sujet des services de traversier de Wood Islands


rois Insulaires de l’Est de la province feront des recommandations quant à la façon d’assurer l’avenir des services de traversier entre Wood Islands et Caribou dans le cadre des efforts du gouvernement provincial pour le maintien des services dans leur intégralité. Le Groupe de travail

sur les services de traversier de l’Île-du-PrinceÉdouard mènera des consultations auprès des Insulaires afin de mesurer l’importance des services dans l’économie provinciale. Les membres du groupe de travail sont, Ray Keenan de Rollo Bay, Audrey Shillabeer de Belfast et Scott Annear de Montague.

«?Les membres du groupe de travail reconnaissent l’importance des services de traversier dans leur intégralité pour l’Est de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et pour l’économie globale de la province?», a affirmé le premier ministre Wade MacLauchlan, qui est aussi le ministre responsable des Affaires

intergouvernementales. «?Notre gouvernement a fermement indiqué que l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard a besoin de deux traversiers à temps plein, et comme nous continuons nos efforts en ce sens auprès du gouvernement fédéral, nous avons hâte de recevoir les recommandations du groupe de travail.?»

En juin 2016, Northumberland Ferries Ltd a annoncé que l’Île-du-PrinceÉdouard n’aurait plus accès à deux traversiers à temps plein au cours de l’été. Les objectifs du groupe de travail comprennent : Cerner tout objectif stratégique sur lequel les gouvernements provin-

cial et fédéral devraient travailler; Rassembler de l’information sur les revenus, coûts opérationnels et besoins en infrastructure et en capital à long terme; Formuler des prévisions quant à l’utilisation des services pour les prochains cinq à dix ans.


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












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

RoadKing Travel Centre Strathcona Inc.

Petro Canada Southcoast Petroleum Ltd.

Brandon Husky Travel Centre

Edmundston Truck Stop

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

Exit 19, 100 Grey Rock Road Edmundston, NB E7C 0B6 Tel: 506.737.2010 Fax: 506.737.2015

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

Cougar Fuels Ltd.


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


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

Salisbury Big Stop



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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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




Morris Husky

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


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


Open 24/7 365 days, full service islands, diesel, cardlock, propane, lubricants, driver’s lounge and business centre, seafood & burger Lincoln Big Stop restaurant (Le Pirate de la Mer), 415 Nevers Road convenience store, washrooms, Waasis, NB E3B 9E1 showers (4), laundry facilities, Tel: 506.446.4444 parking for 75 trucks, double car Driver Fax: 506.446.4455 wash & 2 bay pet wash, Wi-Fi, ATM, Open 24-7, Irving FP Solution I-24, fax & photocopier. driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience


store, showers, laundry facilities, free overnight parking.


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

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



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

Truro Heights Big Stop


Open 24-7, convenience store, fast food, ATM & washrooms.

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




Petro Canada Exit 450, 2600 Mountain Road Moncton, NB E1G 3T6 Tel: 506.859.6000 Fax: 506.859.6005


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

Petro Canada Card Lock AgCom Petroleum Fuel Sales 1802-10 Avenue, SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7T9 Tel: 403.527.6411 Fax: 403.529.1660 Showers. 38    March 2017

Cool Creek Agencies

Husky Travel Centre

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

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

Tobique One Stop

Antrim Truck Stop

580 White Lake Road Arnprior, ON K7S 3G9 Tel: 613.623.3003 Fax: 613.623.1003 Toll Free: 866.334.4775 Open 24-7, full-service islands, Open 24-7, full-service islands, restaurant, convenience store, driver's lounge with large screen, showers, overnight parking, driver's restaurant, satellite TV, convenience lounge, CAT scale, garage service store, showers, laundry, parking & facilities, tire service, Western Star free high-speed internet. truck dealer. Exit 115, Perth-Andover, NB E7H 0A1 Tel: 506.273.9682 Fax: 506.273.9682







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

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


730 Truck Stop Hwy 401, Exit 730, 2085 Shanly Road Cardinal, ON K0C 1E0 Tel: 613.657.3019 Open 24 hrs, restaurant, convenience store, washrooms, showers, overnight parking & driver's lounge.

Kingston Husky Truck Stop Hwy 401, Exit 632, 2054 Joyceville Road Joyceville, ON K0H 1Y0 Tel: 613.542.3468


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


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


Angelo’s Truck Stop

Quick 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.

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

220 Highway 17 West Nairn Centre, ON P0M 2L0 Tel: 705.869.4100 Fax: 705.869.6796 X


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



QEW, Exit 64, 4673 Ontario Street Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Tel: 905.563.8816 Fax: 905.563.4770 Open 24-7, restaurant, convenience store, weigh scale, laundry facilities, ATM, showers & parking.



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

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


3060 Hwy 11 North North Bay, ON P1B 8K2 Tel: 705.474.8410 Fax: 705.495.4076 Toll Free: 888.474.8410

Trucker’s Haven

Open 24-7, full-service islands, restaurant, convenience store, showers, parking & truck repairs within 2 km.

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


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


2154 Riverside Drive Timmins, ON P4N 7C5 Tel: 705.268.3400 Fax: 705.267.7231 Open 24-7, restaurant, convenience store, ATM & showers.


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

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



Flying M Truck Stop 7340 Colonel Talbot Road London, ON N6L 1H8 Tel: 519.652.2728 Fax: 519.652.6554 Open 24 hrs, 6 days, full-service islands, driver's lounge, restaurant, convenience store, ATM, internet services, showers, garage on premises & parking.

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



Estevan Husky Travel Centre Ultramar



Shell Travel Centre

North Bay Truck Stop

Esso Truck Stop Herb’s Travel Plaza






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

Jeremy’s Truck Stop & Country Restaurant


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

Bradford Husky Travel Centre


QEW, Exit 5, 1637 Pettit Road Fort Erie, ON L2A 5M4 Tel: 905.994.8293 Open 24 hrs, restaurant, washrooms, showers, overnight parking & driver's lounge.


Ultramar Hwy 401, Exit 464, 2211 County Road 28 Port Hope, ON L1A 3W4 Tel: 905.885.4600 Open 24 hrs, lunch counter, convenience store, washrooms, showers, driver's lounge & shorttime parking.


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

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


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

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


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



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


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

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

Husky Travel Centre 1510 South Service Road West (Trans Canada Hwy 1 West) Swift Current, SK S9H 3T1 Tel: 306.773.6444 March 2017   39


From the


Women in Trucking


f it’s difficult to attract more people to the trucking industry, the prospects are even worse trying to enlist women. There are organizations, such as Women In Trucking that writes for this publication that actively engages with both women and men to heighten the appeal of trucking as an attractive profession for both genders. Ontario Tr u c k i n g New s a s k ed those with “boots on the ground” for their views on women in trucking.

Long Haul driver, RICHARD PERISIEN, works with women colleagues. “At my company we have both men and women working on dump trucks as well as in other parts of the business. I see no division between the genders. As long as everyone can do their job properly then everyone is treated the same.”

MIKE COTTONSWORTH attributes recruitment challenges of both women and men to the lack of incentives. “Regardless of gender, the industry is not so attractive anymore. It doesn’t pay enough money, so it has to pay more for things to change. We do a lot of work, we work long hours, there is no overtime and we don’t get holiday pay. Women are also not attracted to this line of work because of the stigma. It has traditionally been perceived as a male dominated job because it tends to be more physical.” Perceptions, though, do not always reflect reality. Mike Continues: “I used to haul steel and there were 2 women and 50 men chaining down coils and getting physical with their loads. The women were doing their jobs just as good as the men. If they want more women in trucking then drivers need to be paid more."

KATELYN BURKE who has worked in male dominated industries had this to say. “I used to work for a construction company and a lot of male dump truck operators. To put things in perspective, you don’t see many women in trucking because it has always been a male dominated profession. I think women are intimidated getting into it because of the preponderance of males, some of whom can be very discriminating. Still, I would become a trucker because there are a lot of things I like about it - mainly travelling, that’s my thing.”

JEFF MOLENAR welcomes a more gender balanced profession. “It’s a great idea to get women more involved. Like many sectors it’s not just a man’s industry anymore. A lot of places like truck stops could be more women friendly since they traditionally have been designed more toward men. Better security in parking lots would be a big help.” ••• If you want your voice heard, contact us at:



MTO Studies Automated Scales & Enforcement


he Ministry of Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n (MTO) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in late January that will help set the stage for the future development of Commercial Vehicle Pre-Clearance and PreScreening Systems in the Province - commonly known as automated scales. OTA has been lobbying MTO for several years to introduce pre-clearance and pre-screening programs to account for triage inspections as well recognize the trucking industry’s safety performance. OTA’s appeal was most

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recently part of the 2017 pre-budget submission. OTA believes improving road safety is everyone’s responsibility. However, through technological advancements MTO can better focus its roadside enforcement resources on the equipment and carriers it knows in advance that require enforcement attention. In discussions with OTA, the ministry indicated that its plan is to first look at the feasibility and design of the enforcement system, followed by the piloting of the systems at key locations along the highway networks. If the pilots

prove successful, MTO will expand the technology across the province. Carrier input will be critical throughout this process to ensure the system and program design works for both government and industry. OTA’s Compliance and Freight Policy Council will guide OTA efforts on this file. To assist OTA in getting the ball rolling with MTO, carriers are encouraged to get involved in the Council and complete a brief survey by going to http://pre-clearancesmart-scale.questionpro. com. O TA m e m b e r s w i t h

questions can email





A A&A Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 7 Aird & Berlis, LLP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Atlantic Truck Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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B Bennetts Power Service Products Ltd.. . . . . . . 18 Bezco Trucking Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . 1 BTC Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

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C C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Cleral Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Cleral Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Continental Tire the Americas, LLC . . . . . . . . . . 2

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D Diesel Spec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 4-5, 23 Domar Transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

F Fleet-Tax Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Ontario Trucking News

G Gear Centre Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Gear Centre Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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I International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . 50

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J J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 Jones Deslauriers Insurance Mgmt Inc. . . . . . 14

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K Kärcher Canada Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Kindersey Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

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M Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

N National Heavy Equipment Show. . . . . . . . . . . 25 Newman Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Newton’s Electric Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

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O Ontario Truck Training Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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P Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Western Trucking News

T TA Travel Centres Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12, 29 Texis Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Total Canada Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Transcourt Tank Leasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 TransX Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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V VerX Direct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 VitalAire Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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W Walmart Fleet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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X Xan Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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Compliance Services VerX Direct. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Diesel Performance Products Diesel Spec Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 4-5, 23 Drivetrains Gear Centre Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Gear Centre Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Employment Opportunities Bezco Trucking Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 BTC Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . 50 Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 TransX Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Walmart Fleet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Xan Systems Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Factoring & Finance Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 7 J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 Fleet Safety TA Travel Centres Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Fuel Additives Bennetts Power Service Products Ltd. . . . . . . 18 Fuel-Fired Heating Systems Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Insurance Brokers Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . 1 Jones Deslauriers Insurance Mgmt Inc. . . . . . 14 Newman Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Lubricants Total Canada Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Permits & Waivers C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Fleet-Tax Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Pressure Washers Kärcher Canada Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Refrigeration Systems Polar Mobility Research Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Sleep Apnea Products VitalAire Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Starters & Alternators Newton’s Electric Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tanker Leasing Transcourt Tank Leasing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Tire Manufacturers Continental Tire the Americas, LLC . . . . . . . . . . 2 Tire Sales & Service TA Travel Centres Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Trade Shows Atlantic Truck Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 National Heavy Equipment Show. . . . . . . . . . . 25 Transmission Sales & Services Domar Transmission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Truck & Equipment Training Ontario Truck Training Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Truck Exhaust Sales & Service A&A Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Texis Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Truck Parts & Accessories Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Traction Truck Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Truck & Trailer Repairs TruckPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Weigh Scales (On Board) Cleral Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Cleral Scales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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Importance of Leading King Pin Self-Steer Axle Caster Angle BY RUDY WOSING


aster angle” is the angle created between the center line of the king pin in relation to the center line of the tires. This angle is set when the axle is mounted into the suspension at a specified ride height. Even though this is set

at the factory, there are certain changes of the trailer set up that can affect caster angle to move it either in a positive or negative operating condition. The optimum range for a leading king pin selfsteer axle is 0 to +3 DEGREES POSITIVE CASTER at the suspension’s specified ride height.

Ride heights that are not maintained to their specified height can either increase or decrease caster by 1 degree for every inch either lost or gained. The same rule applies for the fifth wheel coupler height. Tire diameters can also have an effect on caster angle as this allows for an

increase or decrease in suspension ride heights. If the self-steer axle caster measures more than 2 degrees negative when tractor and trailer are properly coupled on level ground, castering or shopping cart effect (instability) can occur. If caster gets beyond negative 7 degrees it will

not turn, this is also true for positive caster but it is much more forgiving. Take note that all trailers are manufactured with specific fifth wheel coupler heights, so check your fleet for tractor coupler heights as this can change the way your trailer runs down the road.



New PACCAR Tandem Rear Axle Now Standard on Kenworth T680 & T880


i r k l a n d , Wa s h ington - The new PACCAR tandem rear axle is now standard on the Kenworth T680 and T880. The new PACCAR tandem axle, the industry’s lightest and most efficient tandem in its class is designed to improve the operating efficiency for line haul, regional haul and pick-up and delivery customers. Rated at 40,000 pounds, t h e PAC C A R t a n dem axle supports a gross combination weight of 80,000

pounds. The PACCAR tandem axle features a unique pinion-through-shaft design that simplifies power flow through the forward axle for maximum efficiency. The axle

also incorporates an innovative laserwelded carrier design that reduces weight and improves fuel economy. “The

n e w PAC C A R t a n d e m rear axle for the aerodynamically efficient Kenworth T680 onhighway model and the T880 vocational flagship model

provides enhanced fuel economy, reduces vehicle weight by up to 150 pounds, and complements the excellent performance and fuel efficiency of the PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth Marketing Director. T h e

PACCAR tandem axle offers ratios of 2.47 to 3.70 with engine torque compatibility

up to 1,650 lb.-ft. and multi-torque rating compatibility up to 1,750 lb.-ft. Warranty coverage is five years or 750,000 miles. Learn more at w w w. k e n w o r t h . c o m / trucks/powertrain/. Kenworth is The Driver’s Truck. See what drivers are saying at www. K e n w o r t h Tr u c k Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best(R) heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth’s Internet home page is at www. Kenworth is a PACCAR company.



JOST Introduces Sensor Coupling Systems


rand Haven, Michigan – JOST International has introduced the JSK37USK series air-release fifth wheel with sensor technology. The JSK37USK’s revolutionary Sensor Coupling System allows the driver to confirm that the fifth wheel is properly and safely coupled from inside the cab. “The streamlining associated with a variety of aerodynamic technologies will make physically accessing the

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5th wheel for uncoupling, and visually confirming a safe couple, difficult at best. Consequently, the adoption of JOST cab actuated air release wheels on fleet-driven OEM builds is in full swing,” stated Rich Carroll, Vice President Sales and Marketing. “With this evolution of tractor trailer designs, JOST believes the automation of the coupling process is also inevitable. The next logical step in the automation of the coupling process is the

JOST JSK sensor coupling system which will advance 5th wheels from reliable mechanical

devices to the category of value adding ADAS technologies.” T h e

JSK37USK’s Sensor Coupling System contains dual sensors. The first sensor verifies that the kingpin is in the lock position and the second sensor indicates that the fifth wheel is locked and the release handle secured.  The lock status can be shown either by a JOST supplied dash display or communicated through the vehicle’s CAN bus. This evolution in tractortrailer connections will culminate at some point with

fully automated coupling systems (FACS) defined in an existing ISO international standard as coupling and uncoupling systems where all operations i.e. mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and applicable auxiliary functions are performed automatically. JOST International (www.jostinternational. com) is a global manufacturer of fifth wheels, landing gear and kingpins. For more information call 800.253.5105.




TransCore’s January Canadian Freight Volumes Off to a Good Start


oronto, Ontario – TransCore Link Logistics Canadian and cross-border loads showed another stellar month of impressive load volumes. January’s load volumes marked the second highest recorded volumes compared to the same month in any year. The record for highest load volumes was set in January 2014. Compared to last month, January’s volumes were up 10 percent, and compared to last year, load volumes jumped 43 percent yearover-year. Intra-Canada loads represented 24 percent of the total volumes and climbed 45 percent compared to January 2016. Cross-border loads averaged 72 percent of the total data submitted by Loadlink’s Canadian-based

customers (an increase of five percentage points, from 67 percent in December 2016): Loads leaving Canada were up 35 percent, and loads coming into Canada jumped 46 percent yearover-year. Equipment Capacity

The narrowing gap in capacity continued for January, tightening even further to 2.10 trucks for every load available. In December 2016, this ratio was 2.26. Year-over-year, the truck-to-load ratio improved 34 percent from 3.18 in January 2016.

Truckload spot rates in specific areas can be accessed from TransCore’s Rate Index  truckload rating tool, and realtime and historical data on total truck and load volumes, as well as ratios in specific areas can be accessed from Trans-

Core’s Posting Index. TransCore’s Canadian Freight Index accurately measures trends in the truckload freight spot market. The components of the Freight Index are comprised from roughly 5,500 of Canada’s trucking companies and freight

brokers; this data includes all domestic, cross-border and interstate data submitted by Loadlink customers. More information on TransCore Link Logistics can be found at www., @loadlink on Twitter, on YouTube, on Facebook and on LinkedIn.


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Traction Locations







Traction Bonnyville

Traction Lloydminster

6015 – 50th Avenue Bonnyville, AB T9N 2L3 Tel: 780.815.3955

5205 – 65th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E8 Tel: 780.875.7712


Traction Brooks 99 – 7th Street East Brooks, AB T1R 1C1 Tel: 403.501.5551


Traction Head Office 18532 – 116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5S 2W8 Tel: 780.489.7555


Traction Edmonton North West


Traction Medicine Hat 2111 – 9th Avenue South West Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G8 Tel: 403.526.2244


Traction Peace River 9103 – 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655


Traction Red Deer 8045 Edgar Industrial Cr. Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.342.7884

Traction Fort Nelson 5320 – 49 th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.2783


Traction Kamloops 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100


Traction Drayton Valley 3347 – 50th Street Drayton Valley, AB T7A 0C6 Tel: 780.542.6881


Traction Edson 4833 – 2 Avenue Edson, AB T7E 1T8 Tel: 780.712.4152 nd


Traction Fort McMurray 10218 King Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1X9 Tel: 780.791.3000


Traction Grande Prairie 16101 – 101 Street, Unit 4 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0P2 Tel: 780.538.3038 st


Traction High Prairie 5309 – 53rd Avenue, Hwy 2 West High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0 Tel: 780.523.4777



Traction Wabasca 2330 Pelican Business Park Wabasca, AB T0G 2A0 Tel: 780.891.3600 BRITISH COLUMBIA


Traction Burns Lake 831 Hwy 16 West Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 Tel: 250.692.7501


Traction Chetwynd 4876 North Access Road Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Tel: 250.788.2255





Traction Winnipeg 200 Oak Point Highway Winnipeg, MB R2R 1V1 Tel: 888.320.5505 N. W. TERRITORIES




564 – 2nd Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 2Z9 Tel: 250.563.7778


Traction Quesnel 1185 Hwy 97 North Quesnel, BC V2J 2Y3 Tel: 250.991.0650


Traction Smithers 3465 Victoria Drive Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250.847.4287


Traction Squamish 1003 Industrial Way Squamish, BC V0N 3G0 Tel: 604.892.5951


Traction Surrey 10304 – 120 Street Surrey, BC V3V 4G1 Tel: 604.582.4888 th


Traction Chilliwack

Traction Terrace

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Traction Hinton



Traction Courtenay

Traction Williams Lake

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3725 Webster Crescent, RR #3 Windsor, ON N0R 1K0 Tel: 519.737.7995

Traction Port McNeill

Traction Prince George

7 West Road Industrial Park Sundre, AB T0M 1X0 Toll Free: 800.372.7826

45 Mural Street, Unit #4 Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1J4 Tel: 905.771.7331

Traction 5915 Atlantic Drive, Units 6 & 7 Mississauga, ON L4W 1S4 Tel: 905.670.2868


Hwy 8 East Mitchell, ON N0K 1N0 Tel: 519.348.4774

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Traction Sundre

1940 Queen’s Avenue Brandon, MB R7B 0T1 Tel: 204.727.4850

114 – 314 Old Airport Road Yellowknife, NT X1A 3T2 Tel: 867.669.6272









Traction Yellowknife

Traction Rocky Mountain House

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Traction Brandon

105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738


Traction Edmonton South


Traction Kelowna

470 Pioneer Hill Drive Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 Tel: 250.956.4401



Burchill Truck & Trailer Equipment (571344 Ontario Inc.)

18051 – 111 Avenue North West Edmonton NW, AB T5S 2P2 Tel: 780.444.4334 th


M&M Gas Diesel & Truck Parts 27523 Highway 62 South Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0 Tel: 613.332.5474


Visco Industrial (Barrie Inc.) 255 Saunders Road Barrie, ON L4N 9A3 Tel: 705.792.1371


Visco Industrial 1 Simpson Road Bolton, ON L7E 1E4 Tel: 905.857.2071


Traction Cambridge 1090 Fountain St. N., Units 12 & 13 Cambridge, ON N3E 1A3 Tel: 519.623.1413


D & S Auto 459 Government Street Dryden, ON P8N 2Z3 Tel: 807.223.3227


Traction 30 Bancroft Street Hamilton, ON L8E 2W5 Tel: 905.561.0932


D & S Auto 1051 Railway Street Kenora, ON P9N 3W8 Tel: 807.468.9894


Traction 2405 Scanlan Street London, ON N5W 6G9 Tel: 519.455.3440


Pioneer Diesel 2008 Ltd. 437136 Hawn Drive New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0 Tel: 705.647.8707


Service 1 Mufflers & More 400 D Kirkpatrick Street North Bay, ON P1B 8G5 Tel: 705.497.0404


Traction Ottawa (605) 3020 Hawthorne Road, Unit 200E Ottawa, ON K1G 3J6 Toll Free: 800.396.2664 Tel: 613.742.1209


Traction 380 Industrial Park Crescent Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 5Y8 Tel: 705.759.8042


Nick’s Truck Parts 244 Dunkirk Road St. Catharines, ON L2R 7K6 Tel: 905.687.7031


Sudbury Truck & Trailer Centre Inc. 510 Whissell Avenue Sudbury, ON P3B 2Z3 Tel: 705.673.3613


Tractor Trailer Service 64 South Water Street Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6T3 Tel: 807.345.5882


Traction 1751 Wentworth St. W., Units 3-6 Whitby, ON L1N 8R9 Tel: 905.432.2785



Traction Meadow Lake 807 – 1st Avenue West Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y4 Tel: 306.236.4800


Traction Moose Jaw 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402


Traction Nipawin 811 Nipawin Road East Nipawin, SK S0E 1E0 Tel: 306.862.9881


Traction Prince Albert 365 – 36th Street Prince Albert, SK S6V 7L4 Tel: 306.764.4220


Traction Regina 405 Park Street Regina, SK S4N 5B2 Tel: 800.667.9856


Traction Saskatoon 2815 Faithfull Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 8E8 Tel: 306.244.9877


Traction Swift Current 1511 Cheadle Street West Swift Current, SK S9H 5G4 Tel: 306.773.7293


Traction Weyburn 300 Hwy13, South Service Road Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422


Traction Yorkton 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2W7 Tel: 306.782.4313 YUKON


Traction Whitehorse 126 Industrial Road Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2T9 Tel: 867.393.3902

TruckPro Locations





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TruckPro Red Deer

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TruckPro Lloydminster 5205 – 65th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E8 Tel: 780.875.7712


TruckPro Medicine Hat 2111 – 9th Avenue SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8M9 Tel: 403.526.2244


TruckPro Peace River 9103 – 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655


TruckPro Kelowna 105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738


TruckPro Nanaimo 4950 Jordan Avenue Nanaimo, BC V9T 2H8 Tel: 250.758.8004


TruckPro Sidney 1785 Mills Road Sidney, BC V8L 5S9 Tel: 250.656.1689


PGL Truck Centre Ltd. 110 Rutherford Road South Brampton, ON L6W 3J5 Tel: 905.451.8115


Oneida Truck & Trailer 634 Fourth Line Caledonia, ON N3W 2B3 Toll Free: 800.654.6454 Tel: 905.765.5011


Combined Auto & Truck Repair 201 Pinebush Road, Cambridge, ON N1R 7H8 Tel: 519.623.1413







Herc’s Truck Service & Repair Ltd.

Keene Truck Inc.

Mobile Mechanical Services

15 McCallum Place Keene, ON K0L 2G0 Tel: 705.295.4444

11769 Hwy 64 Verner, ON P0H 2M0 Tel: 705.594.1319

50 County Road 13 Courtland, ON N0J 1E0 Tel: 519.544.5766 or 519.842.3321


North Keele Auto Truck & Car Repair Centre Ltd. 3915 Keele Street Downsview, ON M3J 1N6 Tel: 416.638.5963


Thur Heavy Truck & Trailer Repair 270 Arthur Street North Elmira, ON N3B 2Z5 Tel: 519.669.8420


Ken Lapain & Sons Ltd. 2119 County Road 15, R.R. #2 Essex, ON N8M 2X6 Tel: 519.776.6473


OK Tire Truck Repair 39 Shorncliffe Road Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5K2 Toll Free: 800.661.6681 Tel: 416.236.1277


Goulais River Truck & Tractor Ltd. 90 Highway 552 East Goulais River, ON P0S 1E0 Tel: 705.649.4788


Barton Truck Centre Ltd. 483 Rennie Street Hamilton, ON L8H 3P6 Tel: 905.544.2626


Hwy #4 Truck Service Ltd. 402143 Grey Road 4, RR 1 Hanover, ON N4N 3B8 Tel: 519.369.5052


Serge G & D Repair Inc. 214 Highway 11 East Hearst, ON P0L 1N0 Tel: 705.362.5633



Quickfix Truck Trailer Repairs 6191 Atlantic Drive Mississauga, ON L5T 1N7 Tel: 905.696.6888


Pioneer Diesel 2008 Ltd. 437136 Hawn Drive New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0 Tel: 705.647.8707


K.I.D. Truck & Trailer Service 1090 South Service Road East, Unit A Oakville, ON L6J 2X8 Toll Free: 800.265.6291 Tel: 905.842.2942


Quality Truck Repair Inc. 840 Colonel Sam Drive, Oshawa, ON L1H 8A9 Tel: 905.721.2788


Brockville Tractor Trailer Maintenance (2001) Ltd. 3524 County Road 26, RR 2 Prescott, ON K0E 1T0 Tel: 613.925.2889


Sudbury Truck & Trailer Centre Inc. 510 Whissell Avenue Sudbury, ON P3B 2Z3 Toll Free: 800.461.4023 Tel: 705.673.3613 ≈


Tractor Trailer Service 64 South Water Street Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6T3 Tel: 807.345.5882


Popular Tire Sales & Service 225 Claireport Crescent Toronto, ON M9W 6P7 Tel: 416.679.1765



TruckPro North Battleford 391 Yellowhead Alley Battleford, SK S0M 0E0 Tel: 306.445.6151


TruckPro Humboldt 210 – 8th Avenue Humboldt, SK S0K 2A0 Tel: 306.682.2900


TruckPro Moose Jaw 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402


TruckPro Saskatoon North East 3246 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y2 Tel: 306.931.6612


TruckPro Swift Current 2635 North Service Road West Swift Current, SK S9H 5L4 Tel: 306.773.3240


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TruckPro Weyburn 300 Hwy 13, South Service Road Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422


TruckPro Yorkton 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2W7 Tel: 306.782.4313 YUKON

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7 Laberge Road Whitehorse, YK Y1A 5Z3 Tel: 867.393.4581

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Everyone Can Afford to Eat Healthy Foods



common reason (or excuse) people present for why they can’t eat healthy is the cost. They believe that eating healthy has to be expensive, and that it’s not worth the investment in their health. The idea that eating healthy costs too much money, or more money than the Standard American Diet (SAD), is simply a mental block, as people often try and present every excuse they can in order to put the blame anywhere but on themselves for why they aren’t healthy. Cost often comes up as one of these excuses. Here’s the interesting thing…many people will spend $3.00-4.00 on a bag of chips, $4.00 on a box of cookies, and $3.00 for a bottle of pop (often multiple times a week) when these products do nothing but harm their bodies. No nutritional value, no health benefits, bringing them nothing but shortterm pleasure and one step closer to the doctor’s office. In other words, they are paying to get sick at some point down the road – like an investment they know will tank. However, when it comes time to redirect that money and spend it on whole foods that nourish and fuel us, they choke, and suddenly the money becomes an issue. Why? It’s likely because junk food

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has become such an addiction that people don’t even think twice about spending money on it, as long as they get their “fix.” They don’t realize that if they trained their taste buds for just a week or two, they would get the same satisfaction from eating real, healthy food. The best part? They won’t be spending any more money on it! Yes – it’s 100% possible to eat healthy on a budget, as long as you have a little know-how and go about it the right way. Here are some tips to help keep your health and budget on track: Buy what’s on sale and generally less expensive. Don’t plan out your weekly grocery trip based on a strict meal plan; be flexible in what you will eat and purchase what’s on sale or less expensive that week to stretch your money further. For example, bell peppers are pricey, so there is no reason you need to be buying them every week. Carrots on the other hand, are less expensive and often go on sale, so load up! Buy what’s in season and local, which is typically cheaper and almost always has a higher nutrient content thanks to ideal growing conditions. Don’t worry about buying organic. If you have the extra money and are willing to spend a little more, purchase the Dirty Dozen organic. Eat less meat. Meat is the pricier aspect of a healthy diet, and most North Americans eat portions that are too big, especially at dinner. Cutting back the amount of meat and increasing the amount of veggies you eat at dinner will greatly reduce your grocery bill and improve your health! Shop in bulk for staples that don’t expire quickly

and you know you will always use, such as dry starches (rice, oats, etc.), olive oil, and nuts or nut butter. Costco and Bulk Barn are great options for bulk shopping! Drink only water and cut back on alcohol. There is no need for pop, sports drinks, juice, etc. so why spend money on it? It

may not seem like a lot of money, but everything adds up! Can’t give up juice? Add fruit to your water to flavor it and help ease the transition. Additionally, if you choose to drink alcohol on your days off, cutting back will save a great deal of money. Avoid eating in restaurants as much as possible.

A meal every once in a while is one thing, but relying on restaurants all the time (such as for drivers) is one of the fastest ways to kiss your money goodbye. Plan ahead, do a little meal prep, and save! Speaking of meal prep, when you’re cooking dinner, get into the habit of making a little extra for

lunches, and portion it out right away to avoid overeating at dinner. Buy uncooked staples such as rice, quinoa, and oats, all of which are incredible, affordable and add plenty of bulk and nutrition to our diets. Andrea can be reached at amorley@healthytrucker. com.




Trump & Trudeau Commit to Cargo Pre-Clearance


he inaugural meeting held on February 13 between US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared cordial and constructive, which was the desired outcome for many Canadian business groups, says the Canadian Trucking Alliance. There was no specific mention of NAFTA in the joint release issued by the two leaders. Instead, it affirmed “the importance of building on (the) existing strong foundation for trade and investment and further deepening our relationship, with the common goal of strengthening the middle class.” Specifically, the joint state ment i ncl uded a couple of substantive issues of interest to the trucking industry. In discussing a shared focus on infrastructure investments, the two leaders said they “look forward to the expeditious completion of the Gordie Howe I n t e r n a t i o n a l B r i d g e, which will serve as a vital economic link between our two countries.” Also noteworthy was Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Trudeau’s statement recognizing “the success of pre-clearance operations for travelers”

and their commitment “to establishing pre-clearance operations for cargo.” As for how current trade agreements between Canada and the U.S. would be addressed at the inaugural meeting, both leaders voiced strong support of enhancing the longstanding relationship. “The United States and Canada also recognize the importance of cooperation to promote economic growth, provide benefits to our consumers and businesses, and advance free and fair trade. We will continue our dialogue on regulatory issues and pursue shared regulatory outcomes that are businessfriendly, reduce costs, and increase economic efficiency without compromising health, safety, and environmental standards. We will work together regarding labour mobility in various economic sectors,” the statement read. In the press conference that followed the meeting, the President spoke about the “outstanding” Canada-US trade relationship. When asked about past comments related to NAFTA, he suggested that “tweaks” could be undertaken to improve the border for both countries. He described the U.S.’

trade relationship between Canada to be “much less severe” than the situation at the southern border. The two leaders, not surprisingly, agreed that border security continues to be “a top priority,” but struck a balanced tone in terms of security versus trade. “Together, we address security at our shared border

and throughout our two countries, while expediting legitimate and vital crossborder trade and travel. We demonstrate daily that security and efficiency go hand-in-hand, and we are building a 21st century border through initiatives such as pre-clearance of people and integrated cross-border law enforcement operations.”


MTO PLANNING FOR FUTURE RELOCATION OF MILTON TRUCK INSPECTION STATIONS As a result of the widening of the 401 (2019-2020), the eastbound and westbound truck inspection stations (TIS) along Highway 401 in Milton will be replaced with two new inspection stations. MTO is still in the early stages of planning this project and along with their consultant have approached OTA seeking feedback from industry on potential locations and design alternatives. MTO is looking at locations between Highway 6 south and regional road 25. OTA members wishing to provide comments on potential locations or design features for these new facilities, can email operations& by no later than March 9, 2017.


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Canada Cartage on Forbes List of Best Employers for 2017


oronto, Ontario – Canada Cartage is being recognized as one of Canada’s Best Employers for 2017 by Forbes magazine. The results of an independent survey conducted by Statistica, revealed that Canada Cartage ranked as both a top employer in Canada and a top employ-

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er in the Transportation & Logistics industry. “We are very pleased to see Canada Cartage on the list of top employers. This award supports our commitment to our employees through our employee recognition program, training and career advancement opportunities, tuition reimbursement, local events

throughout the year, annual scholarships, and our strong family culture,” says Jeff Lindsay, President and CEO of Canada Cartage. More than 8,000 Canadian workers were surveyed to determine, on a scale of zero to ten, how likely they were to recommend their employer to

someone else and how they felt about the other employers in their respect-

ive industry. The resulting list includes 300 employers across 25 industries.

For more information, visit www.canadacartage. com.


Canada Cartage Helps Homeless


oronto, Ontario – On January 21 Canada Cartage supported Project Winter Survival again this year to help the homeless survive Canada’s frigid winter. Over the years Project Winter Survival – an Engage and Change initiative – has assembled, with the help of volunteers, almost 30,000 winter survival kits containing life-saving supplies. The winter survival kits were packed and distributed to over 150 social service agencies includ-

ing the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Covenant House, local shelters, and various outreach programs in the Greater Toronto Area who then distributed them directly to the homeless. “Canada Cartage once again offered their services to support this important initiative,” says Jody Steinhauer, Founder of Engage and Change and the Project Winter Survival initiative. “Canada Cartage was critical to the success of this program and we are so thankful for their continued support.”

“We are happy to give back to the communities we serve”, says Paul Hanson, Operations Manager at Canada Cartage. “This year, Canada Cartage picked up, delivered, and unloaded 3,000 sleeping bags and had trailers onsite to help Project Winter Survival with some much needed storage space. We are happy to do our part and believe that by participating in this program, we all win.” For more information visit www.canadacartage. com.





Women’s Trucking Federation & the TTSAO Working Together

amilton, Ontario – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce another great industry partnership, this time with the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC).

Building bridges between drivers and all areas of the trucking industry including training organizations is part of the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC) mandate. Aligning and working collectively with the TTSAO is seen by WTFC leader Shelley Uvanile-Hesch as a good step forward in Ontario and sees the TTSAO as a solid strategic partner moving forward. “The TTSAO through its leadership and commitment to the trucking industry over the past 2 years has not gone unnoticed. Meeting with their Chairman and attending numerous TTSAO events confirms we share the same values and goals. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship. The industry and the people in it will be the benefactors,” says Shelley who is the founder of the WTFC.

The TTSAO has been busy the past two years working with all government and industry stakeholders to help mold the new Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training for Class AZ Commercial Operators. Along with this important project the association also launched the TTSAO Carrier Group, which continues to grow and gain momentum. Additionally, the TTSAO developed and introduced a number of service and product offerings in an effort to bring value to all members of the trucking industry including an Insurance and benefits program for all TTSAO members as well as a driver qualification system – Making Eligibility Easy (MEE) which helps ensure the quality and legitimacy of entry level and existing drivers in the industry. The TTSAO also launched a finance program with Creologix for students that are looking for tuition support. All of these initiatives have been welcome additions to the suite of services offered to membership. “Lending support and working collectively with all areas of industry has become one of the core values for the TTSAO over the past two years and the results of the efforts of those involved has been rewarding. Exchanging memberships and working with the WTFC is a positive thing for both groups,” commented

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Director of Communications and Public Relations. The TTSAO continued its efforts to educate industry partners on February 15th & 16th at its second annual conference – Striving

For Excellence in Training hosted by facility sponsor, Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation (CHSI) in Mississauga Ontario. For more information,

please contact: Kim Richardson – Chairman, TTSAO – KRTS office, 800.771.8171 x 201 or cell 905.512.0254 or by email at Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO, Northbridge

Office, 800.265.7173 or cell 416.473.3986 or by email at Shelley UvanileHesch – CEO Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada, 519.591.6722 or by email at shelleyu@wtfc. ca.


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Make Sure Your Pre-Trips are Thorough



hen we think of an inspection, we think someone is demanding something of us. For some, our backs may go up a bit because we don’t have a choice and we don’t like that. However, the trucking industry has numerous policies we need to comply with if we want hassle-free border crossings, and troublefree inspections at check points. Our log books

must be current and correctly done. We can expect fines and reprimands for incorrect entries, and once caught is not the time for corrections. We can expect little or no grace at that point. Our log books and equipment maintenance must be up to date at all times in case those yellow lights come on and we are invited for an inspection. We don’t usually get a lot of warning or notice. In many ways our lives are like that, our age is not a factor, the BIG day could be any moment. Our Maker is under no obligation to let us know the day and the hour of when our time will be up. Death and taxes are certain. As in trucking, we usua l l y do n o t g et m u c h notice as to when our audit may take place. Our records must be up to date and ready for that

surprise visit. We need to prepare here on earth for our final inspection, of which no man knows the hour and the day. The Bible tells us our day will come as a thief in the night, it is important to be ready. You see, “For God so loved the world (you & me) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” John 3:16. Wow, how great is that. We also find in the same book, John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he (she) cannot see the kingdom of God.’” In Acts 4:12 we find this message, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” We find written in I Timothy 2: 3-6 these inviting

words “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one Mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who

for all our sins and short comings, all we must do to receive eternal life is accept the gift of salvation and trust Jesus for the gift of everlasting life with Him in heaven and not hell! Our assurance needs to be with Jesus Christ.



Lower Sugar = Lower Blood Pressure



ounds pretty simple, right? Except in a society overwhelmed by processed foods loaded with added sugar, keeping your sugar (or blood pressure) in check can be a major challenge. But let’s leave the topic of limiting sugar consumption from all sources for another day, and instead focus on sugar from a single source: sugar-

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gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” Friends, please consider the warning from God that our special day could be any time without warning. Plus, the invitation that Jesus has paid the awesome price

sweetened beverages. According to a study published in the June 2010 issue of Circulation (a journal of the American Heart Association), a reduction in sugarsweetened beverage consumption of one serving per day reduced systolic blood pressure in adults

do it. Even a small reduction, particularly if all they have to do is drink less sugar-sweetened beverages, can make a big difference. In fact, it might save their life. Your doctor can tell you more - much more- about the considerable dangers of sugar and high blood

by 1.8 mg Hg and diastolic blood pressure by 1.1 mg Hg over 18 months. (If your blood pressure is 120-75, for example, your systolic blood pressure is 120 and your diastolic blood pressure is 75.) Diet beverage consumption and caffeine intake did not appear to be associated with blood pressure. Not much of a reduction, you say? Tell that to someone with high blood pressure who’s desperately trying to get their BP into the safe range and doesn’t want to rely on medication to

pressure. For more information on health and safety please visit and the Ontario Chiropractic Association web site at or call 877.327-2273. Dr. George I. Traitses of Infinite Health practices traditional chiropractic, advanced nutrition and anti-aging therapy and has been serving the Toronto and Markham communities since 1981. You can reach him at 416.499.5656 or www.


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Ontario Trucking News, Issue 165, March 2017

#164 March  

Ontario Trucking News, Issue 165, March 2017