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December 2018 Issue 127


Merry Christmas


December Theme: Looking Ahead to 2019 . . . . . . page 4

Truck Side Billboards Offer Advertising Advantages . . . . . . . . . 11

contents FEATURES: Special Report: Trucking – A Paradigm for Halting Climate Change: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

HEAD OFFICE: Trenton, Ontario, Canada, 877.225.2232

Volvo “Xceed” Package for VNL 760 & VNL 860. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

NASTC’s 2018 Transportation Person of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

HEAD OFFICE: Barb Woodward (Sales): 877.225.2232, ext 302 Chris Charles: ext 305 ART DIRECTOR/MIS: Marek Krasuski CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Copyright © 2018 – 2022118 Ontario Limited. All rights reserved. Publication Agreement: No. 40806005

THEME: LOOKING AHEAD TO 2019 Forecasts Favour Growth and Change in 2019 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 NEW PRODUCTS: Volvo Trucks: New “Xceed” Package for VNL 760 & VNL 860 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 INDUSTRY NEWS: Amar Transport: 2018 Growth 500 Ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies . . . . . . 23 Bridgestone Americas, Inc: Bridgestone New Investment in its Canadian Tire Plant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Special Report: Truck Side Billboards Offer Advertising Advantages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 CAREERS: PMTC: The Changing Face of Trucking . . . . 24 TransCore Link Logistics Report: Record-Breaking Truck Numbers as Load Volumes Begin to Recover . . . . 26 Women In Trucking Report: NASTC’s 2018 Transportation Person of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 COLUMNS: Business Insurance Matters: Best of Wishes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Cross Border Services: A Year in Review 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Factoring: How to Recruit & Retain Drivers . . . . . 7 Healthy Trucker: How to Stay Healthy on the Road . . . 25 Keeping Your Vehicles Clean: Clean & Green Wins Customers . . . . 30 Petro-Canada Lubricants: An Exciting Road Ahead for 2019 . . . 28 Tires & Wheels: True Quality of Your Retreaded Tires 12 Transport For Christ: Joy to the World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Women In Trucking: Shouldn’t We Stick Together . . . . . . 10 Whalen Report: Parts Use Will Grow: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Products & Services Directory . . . . . 14 Traction & TruckPro Directory . . . . . . 18 December 2018   3

December Theme: Looking Ahead to 2019

By Marek Krasuski

Forecasts Favour Growth and Change in 2019


s the year draws to a close, eyes are fixed on what lies ahead. In transportation expect to see changes in product development and in policy and regulations. Some industry concerns are likely to remain top priority, such as the lack of parking stops which is seen as a safety issue. Drivers are forced to park on exit ramps and anywhere they can find a space – legal or not – thereby increasing risk of accidents. Another persistent problem is the driver shortage which, experts say, continues to be top priority. In its annual survey the ATRI (American Transportation Research Institute) cited the lack of qualified drivers as the top concern for carriers. In the wake of the driver shortage motor carriers also rank lack of flexibility in HOS rules as a policy that needs revision. As they stand the new regulations limit drivers to no more than 11 hours per day within a 14 hour work cycle. Drivers, then, cannot drive for 10 consecutive hours, a highly impractical demand, critics argue, due to issues such as traffic gridlock. ATRI is advocating for some modifications to the 10 consecutive hour rest period. They suggest splitting the 10 hours into two 5 hour periods or other time blocks to deal more effectively with traffic congestion. There may be a break for drivers in 2019 as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) considers the proposal. Meanwhile, the mandate for electronic logging devices (ELDs), already implemented in the US, will likely

come into effect in Canada sometime in 2019. With setbacks in Transport Canada’s timelines, experts believe the earliest implementation of the ELD mandate would be in the spring of next year. Elsewhere in Canada, specifically Alberta, significant changes are underway to improve safety standards in 2019. The Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program will begin in January 2019. MELT will apply to anyone seeking licenses for tractor trailer, bus and school buses. Rules will also be beefed up for new carriers who will require a valid safety certificate and modifications to current road test models will be introduced. These initiatives were already in the planning stages but the Alberta Government prioritized them in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in which 16 people died and another 13 injured when the bus collided with a tractor trailer. The truck driver faced multiple counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. Given the interest in electrified vehicles, mainly in the medium duty market, expect to see growth in demand and acquisitions. Volvo will introduce two models – the Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric – to the European market in 2019; North American sales will begin a year later but in the meantime demonstration projects are slated for 2019 in California. And according to a press release the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $44.8 million to California’s South Coast Air Quality

Management District (SCAQMD) for the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project. In January 2019 Volvo will also introduce a fuel efficiency package for the VNL 760 and VNL 860 models operating in dry van and refrigerated trailer operations. Volvo says, “The new Xceed fuel efficiency package is the most efficient package Volvo has ever offered for the VNL series, and it’s tailored for our large sleeper models operating with dry van and refrigerated trailers, which make up more than three-quarters of the trailers used in on-highway operations.” The Xceed fuel efficiency package improves fuel efficiency by up to 11 percent when compared with Volvo’s Fuel Efficiency Plus specification. The year 2019 is likely to see the introduction of electrified semi trucks, beginning with the much anticipated Tesla Semi. Company CEO Elon Musk said the Semi will be equipped with 4 independent electric motors on rear axles – enabling torque power for 0 to 60 mph acceleration with a full load in 20 seconds. Performance metrics peg the Tesla Semi at a speed of 65 mph going up a 5% grade – about 50 percent faster than the average truck. The Rig is reported to achieve a 500 mile range, fully loaded, before recharging. Tesla will have some competition for its Class 8 models. Peterbilt is poised to bring its own electric class 8 to market in 2019. It will partner with Meritor and Transpower which will provide electric drivetrain systems for

two truck models – the class 8 Model 579 day cab tractors and Model 250 refuse trucks. Commenting on the partnership, Meritor CEO Jay Craig said, “This collaboration with Peterbilt reinforces the viability of our advanced technology and electrified solutions that are adaptable for a wide range of applications. We look forward to getting these vehicles on the road this summer.” On the heels of recent acquisitions, notably Brammo, Johnson Matthey Battrey systems and the Silicon Valley-based Efficient Drivetrains Inc. (EDI), Cummins is accelerating the development of electrification capabilities. Under its REEV concept (range-extended electrified vehicle) a battery pack will provide a power source for the traction motor that will run a vehicle’s transmission while battery energy is replenished by the diesel engine. Batteries will be charged overnight. The 35kwh battery pack will give 2 hours of fully powered electric operation. Once the charge drops to 30 percent the engine will automatically start and recharge the battery to keep the engine running. In commenting on Cummins near term electrification objectives Executive Director Julie Furber stated: “Cummins will be investing $300 million over the next three years to continue organic and inorganic growth to develop a portfolio of alternative power units for the off-highway market, including full electric vehicles, range-extended vehicles and plug-in hybrids.” Mack Trucks will introduce its 2019 Mack Anthem, an OTR tractor suitable for long haul, and day cab applications. The Anthem is stocked with the M-Drive automated manual transmission and boasts a 3 percent fuel efficiency improvement thanks to aerodynamic improvements that displace air to the sides as well as the hood and roof. This HE+ package, combined with the MP8 engine improves fuel efficiency by up to 9.5 percent, Mack says. The MP8HE engine has a horsepower range of 415505 HP and 1560-1,860 lb. ft. torque. Mack says the Anthem may attract and retain drivers thanks to additional CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 >>

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Bridgestone Announces New Investment in its Canadian Tire Plant Automated Warehouse at Joliette, Quebec Tire Plant to be Constructed Over Next Two Years


ridgestone Canada Inc. (Bridgestone) is pleased to announce the construction of an automated warehouse at its Canadian passenger and light truck tire manufacturing facility in Joliette, Québec. The investment, estimated at CA$56 million (US$45 million), will further enhance the operational excellence of the plant and increase the company’s agility to serve the North American tire dealers and customers. With a maximum storage capacity of 500,000 tires, the new building will utilize fully automated technology to store the tires manufactured at the Joliette plant. The new facility is expected to open in early 2020. This investment builds upon the expansion and modernization of the Joliette plant announced in 2016. This five-year, CA$312 million (US$250 million) project is progressing as the factory gradually increases its daily production, targeting 20,000 tires per day by 2020. “The construction of a highly technological warehouse demonstrates our commitment to use innovative solu-

tions to optimize our operations to better serve our customers,” said Robert Verreault, Joliette Plant Manager. “The Joliette plant has been undergoing an exciting transformation for the past two years and this total investment underscores Bridgestone’s commitment to our team, the Lanaudière region and all North American customers.” With its strategic location, the new warehouse will enable the company to reduce transportation costs and shorten time-to-market of its products to meet customer demands in Canada and across the northern belt of the United States. “We continue taking important steps to better deliver the high-value-added products our customers want and need,” said Erik Seidel, President, Consumer Replacement Tire Sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “The new distribution warehouse will provide more space to house tires onsite at the Joliette plant, improving the ability to get the right tires to the right place at the right time.” As one of the Bridgestone Group’s

most environmentally sustainable plants, the Joliette facility is committed to preserving nearby 7-hectare wetlands on its property, which has influenced the design of the warehouse. Accordingly, the new 127-foot tall building will be built close to the existing plant facility and be attached by a walkway. With 1,300 employees, the Joliette plant is the largest private employer in the Lanaudière region of Québec. The plant team has achieved numer-

ous awards in the past year, including the Innovative Manufacturer Award from the Federation of the Chamber of Commerce of Québec and the Prix Créateurs d’emplois for the Lanaudière region. The Joliette plant also holds a Recyc-Québec - Gold Level 3 certification given by the Government of Québec to companies that recycle more than 90 percent of their waste, a percentage that the plant greatly exceeds. For more company news, visit www.



Thomas Buses Sell Out of Detroit™ DD5™ Engines


igh Point, North Carolina – Just two months after orders officially opened for the revolutionary Detroit ™ DD5 ™ and DD8™ engines, Thomas Built

Buses has sold out of its 2018 allocation of the DD5 engine. “We knew these engines would be popular, but the market demand has far exceeded our expectations. We are blown away with how quickly we sold out of our 2018 allocation of the DD5 engine. We never expected to open up orders for 2019 so soon,” said Caley Edgerly, President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses. “Both the DD5 and DD8 engines will be the most efficient, powerful, reliable and clean diesel school bus engines in

the market and our customers cannot wait to add them to their fleets.” •

The DD5 engine is a 5.1L engine adapted specifically for the Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner® C2. School districts can expect at least a three percent improvement in fuel economy compared to other diesel engines in the category, superior after treatment system performance and some of the longest service intervals in its class. • The DD5 was designed to produce fewer emissions, so it meets 2017 greenhouse gas (GHG17) standards and will continue to meet emissions standards through 2020. • The DD5 engine also comes

equipped with Detroit ™ Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service. Customers can still order the DD5 for 2019 delivery by contacting their local Thomas Built dealer. About Thomas Built Buses Founded in 1916,  Thomas Built Buses  is a leading manufacturer of school buses in North America. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America. Learn more at  thomasbuiltbuses. com  or at thomasbuiltbuses.


< In just two months, Thomas Built Buses has sold out of its 2018 allocation of the Detroit™ DD5™ engines, which are adapted specifically for the Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner® C2. December 2018   5

Whalen Report:

By Mike Whalen

Parts Use Will Grow... Make Sure Your Parts Distributorship is Ready


fter many years in parts marketing to both the on and off-highway truck and equipment markets, there has always been the question: Which market segment is most attractive to the independent aftermarket parts distributor? New developments can support the attractiveness of the off-road segment. New truck sales are up, and a growing number of diesel-powered highway tractors are being replaced by tractors with electric power plants. This means there are more used units on the market. Many of these will be re-configured and / or re-powered by the second owners into units used for vocational applications. The engine transmission combination used on-highway is usually not suitable for these new heavy duty on / off road applications. Those that will be used for heavy duty applications, such as mining / aggregate, construction, heavy-haul and forestry will be re-powered to suit a new application that have higher horse power / torque needs. These highway tractors may also have the chassis reconfigured to suit installation of a new body or piece of truck equipment. Garbage processor, gravel box, a crane behind the cab or a heavy-duty crane. The list goes on. Power / Fuel selection is application based. The vocational truck market is made up of three types of fleets. Those who fuel from a central location - such as municipal or construction - from varied locations such as construction, forestry. Also, many off-highway mixed fleets rely on an on-site delivery system. Changes in the fuel / power used by the on-road market seem to be happening every day. From biodiesel to natural gas and now electric power is moving to the front of the line. However, the off-road truck market continues to be dominated by diesel powered drivetrains. As well as heavy duty trucks, the off-highway fleets include other offhighway machines. These usually fuel at the yard or job site or have fuel delivered by company fueling trucks. As diesel is used by the other off-road vehicles used in the fleet it 6    December 2018

makes sense to work with one fuel storage and delivery system for all. Example, if you are a construction company operating many vehicle configurations, as well as trucks, re-powering with diesel power out-

weighs natural gas and propane. Using electric power makes less sense. Construction, mining and forestry operations move from site to site, so the use of a fixed charging station is not practical. And extending

the electric grid makes less sense. Off-road opportunities include: • Power and drivetrain. Reconfiguring highway tractors CONTINUED ON PAGE 23 >>


By Bruce Sayer

How to Recruit & Retain Drivers


he Canadian economy seems to be perpetually running at full steam. The jobless rate is nearing historic lows, consumer spending and housing are holding up in the face of rising interest rates, and businesses are starting to invest again. A booming U.S. economy and the recent averting of a trade war with our southern neighbor are only stoking growth all the more. As the economy continues to steam roll ahead, the constrained supply of qualified drivers endures as a serious plague to the trucking industry. A study commissioned by the Canadian Trucking Alliance reveals that the trucking industry will be short as many as 48,000 drivers by 2024. Although a staggering statistic, this overwhelming prediction is overshadowed by the American Trucking Association’s estimate of a shortage reaching 175,000 drivers in the U.S. by 2026. Despite huge opportunities for business growth in this fertile environment, truck company owners are severely limited by this deficiency of human resources. Any truck company owner with aspirations of expanding their operations is working hard to ensure their place of business is the preferred work environment for new and experienced drivers. To attract

the quality of driver needed to meet customer expectation, companies are adapting creative ways to attract newcomers and retain experienced drivers. Competing in wages and benefits to attract new drivers is a forgone conclusion. But much more is needed to secure the loyalty of drivers in high demand. Smart truck company owners recognize that making it a great place to go to work keeps a driver faithful to their business. Ensuring they have the tools and resources they need to do their job is essential. However, nothing is more important than keeping promises; and making payroll each and every payday is the most important promise to keep. Making sure that drivers are paid accurately and on time is critical to retaining them. Cash flow management can be a tough balancing act to maintain, especially for smaller trucking companies. Having a strategic financial plan to ensure you meet your financial obligations no matter the circumstances is simply good business management. Among the financial solutions available to company owners, freight factoring is perhaps the most tailored and best suited to meet the specific needs of trucking companies.

Fast, reliable access to cash, easy qualification and dedicated customer service has now positioned this cash flow option as a mainstream alternative financial solution. Perhaps the greatest benefit in utilizing freight factoring is the reliability and predictability of funding. Every time your trucks deliver a load, cash is deposited directly into your bank account within 24 hours. Imagine the stress relief this brings to busy company owners who no longer need to worry about when invoices will be paid

and instead can concentrate on the actual job of managing a trucking operation. Being able to acquire the working capital needed to cover over the road expenses even when cash reserves are low enables growing fleets the ability to gain more lanes, acquire new customers and hire new drivers despite having slow paying customers. Growing fleets need drivers. To learn more about the advantages of freight factoring, visit www. or call: 855.838.7575.


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Cross Border Services

By Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services

A Year in Review 2018


his year 2018, with the new technology implemented within the trucking industry making costs higher but record keeping easier, the industry is looking forward to increased profit margins and the greater need for those skilled truck drivers out there. 2018 has also been riddled with increased drugs, guns and weapons smuggling across the borders land, air, rail and sea, terrorist attacks and hijackings of vehicles for the purpose of terror which has been felt both at home in Canada and around the rest of the world. With these negative effects on the business and transportation world come mandatory changes by governments Internationally. When tragedies like 307 mass shootings in 311 days in the US, 350 shootings just in Toronto, Ontario alone in 2018, guns being smuggled

into our Country in car gas tanks, trunks, trailers, campers, luggage, containers, airplanes and ships, it’s no wonder our governments are stepping in with new gun control measures. In Canada guns are only legal for those in the military on active duty or those with a hunting licence and only for certain specific times of year. We already know that drug smuggling is out of control so mandatory inspections at all border points, air, land, rail and sea travel have all been highly increased

especially the land borders. The number one drug that is smuggled you wonder? Heroin is the number one drug smuggled across international borders. Opioids such as oxycodone are prescribed for pain, they are carefully watched and controlled by the medical professionals, once the prescription can no longer be refilled, unfortunately many turn to the streets for heroin and demand goes up. Of course cocaine, marijuana and many other illicit drugs are still being smuggled in vast quantities across the borders as well. For the Trucking Industry, be ready for increased border inspections, it’s a good idea to utilize the FAST lanes when you can, as they will get you through those borders Faster. ELOGs are the new driver logs, it’s easier to forget to do your 17 point inspections physically, please do them, it’s very important for your safety and the

company for whom you drive for. Remember drivers, I know you’ve heard this but I’m going to say it again for your safety, marijuana is only legal and regulated in Canada, it remains illegal to take across any International border whether you are leaving or entering Canada. Also, please remember that if you take marijuana, it can show up in your blood for up to 30 days, the testing that is performed by authorities to determine if you are under the influence is by blood and urine. Drive Sober Stay Alive! We look forward to the New Year ahead, be safe, secure and power on! For more information about this article or safety & compliance programs such as C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP, AEO, CSA, please contact Cross Border Services at www., email Dawn at


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By Ellen Voie

Shouldn’t We Stick Together to Create Positive Change?


very day the admins on the Women In Trucking Association Facebook page scan the posts for negativity, profanity and just plain nastiness. Every day someone is banned from the site because they can’t seem to keep his or her comments civil. Why? Why can’t we show more kindness, empathy and just be nice? Believe it or not, there are biological reasons why our brains lean toward negativity. It goes back to the Stone Age and our tendency to be more concerned about survival than kindness. Avoiding a predator was crucial, so staying away from a tiger was more critical than petting a friendly dog. Another study found that we are less likely to be mean toward someone who is physically close to us, and since the internet separates us physic-

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ally, we’re not thinking of the targeted victim as someone nearby. There is also research suggesting that communication without the nonverbal component (gestures, body language, etc.) increases an adverse reaction to the “perceived threat” from another person. I cannot handle mean people. I refuse to tolerate people who call someone names or make threats or just post unkind things about the person’s inherent traits instead of focusing on a behavior. We’ve all been taught to “fight fair,” which means we should address what the other person said or did, and NOT who they are. Instead of saying, “You’re a jerk,” which only puts them on the defensive, how about saying, ”I don’t appreciate the comment you just made about me.”

On the internet, people attack one another’s character, not their comments. When this happens, there is no chance of working through the dissention. How do you defend yourself from an assault on your character? You can’t. As I write this, we are approaching the mid-term elections in the United States, and the attack ads are very disturbing. Why can’t the candidates focus on how they are different from their competitors and what they will do if elected? Instead, they smear their opponents and in the process, offend us, the voters. Apparently, attack ads work because they tell a story and create empathy. Every story needs a component of conflict, and the attack on the other person gives voters the conflict to want to empathize with the “hero” in the ad. However, if the attacks are found to be false, it doesn’t allow the victim to be a hero, but rather a liar, which will backfire on them instead. So, let’s go back to why we can’t seem to get along. Wouldn’t it make more sense to stick together and support a greater cause than to intensify the conflict between ourselves? In the trucking industry, we have company drivers versus owner-operators, Teamsters versus non-union drivers, one carrier against another, private versus for-hire fleets, and the list goes on.  Drivers often feel that

their counterparts get a better break, maybe earn more or have better loads or preferential treatment at a shipper or any number of reasons to resent a fellow driver. For every person out there who drives a truck, you have so much more in common than you realize. You’re all doing the same job, for the same reason. Can we start there? Try a little kindness. Try some empathy, and maybe your life will change. In fact, your life could be longer. A negative outlook has been proven to shorten your lifespan.  Is it worth it?  Many studies have connected longevity to personal happiness and a positive outlook. You’ve probably heard the adage, “If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all.” I have, and although it prompts me to bite my tongue often, I’ve learned just to let it go.  It’s not worth my time or energy to respond to negative people, and it’s not worth yours either. My mom always reminded me to, “consider the source,” which meant that a comment from someone I didn’t admire wasn’t worth contemplating. Think about this the next time someone posts a negative or nasty comment on social media. They are NOT worth your time or attention, and happier people will ignore them and go on to live longer. That works for me!


Special Report:

By Marek Krasuski

Truck Side Billboards Offer Advertising Advantages


lancing at billboards on the sides of 53 ft trailers, particularly off Highway 400 north of Toronto, serves as a potent reminder that retired trailers can continue to generate income. There’s lots of square footage of advertising space on the side of a trailer, and if placed on heavily trafficked commuter routes, strategically distanced from roadsides, it can generate a lot of views from passing motorists. There’s also the dual advantage of 3,400 cu. ft. of interior storage space. A billboard on wheels can be partially or fully wrapped and can be moved to different locations – ideal for upcoming events and trade shows. Retired trailers may not be for everyone wanting to catch consumer attention. After repeated viewings of the same ad in the same place the target audience loses interest and no longer takes in the impression. Moreover, negotiations with landowners whose space is required to place a trailer may be difficult. In many cases supporters of trailerside advertising prefer mobile billboards. An increasing number of fleets are renting trailer space for ads. So while Carriers are generating revenue from the cargo they carry inside a trailer, they can also convert the outside of their trailer into cash, generating hundreds of dollars each month for the advertising space they provide. Compared to retired trailers that move around from time to time, advertising on semi-trailers reaches a far wider market as the trailer moves from pick-up to delivery destinations on any given day. Fleets with a nationwide network of trucks and trailers can offer massive advertising exposure to clients willing to rent their exterior trailer space. Adverts which usually come in the form of wraps that can be tied around a trailer and easily removed function as mobile billboards with all information in one place. Advertising is measured in CPMs or cost per thousand impressions. Cost per thousand impressions through traditional media – from outdoor billboards to radio, newspaper, magazine and television ads – range from $3.50 to over $23.00 per impression. Advertising on semi trailers is considered to be much more cost effective. Getting your ad on a trailer takes

some research. Start by considering your target market. If a product is being sold in a contained geographic area of the province or country there is to need to advertise on trailers of a national carrier where the advertising message will miss its intended market. Conversely, if the advert has a broad market reach then a national carrier with trailers across the country is advisable. Contacting an advertising company that works with Carriers is advisable. Prices of trailer space will vary depending on whether the ad goes on the side of the trailer – 50 ft. x 13 ft. – or the back – 8 ft. x 13 ft. Wraps are the preferred advertising choice, but there may be alternative materials to consider. Moreover, an advertising specialist will assist with ad design, content, colour, etc. to maximize the impact of the impression on the target audience. These companies with connections to Carriers can customize truck routes and provide round the clock data about trailer location and exposure ratings. Moving-trailer billboards can reach several cities in any given day and yield wide exposure, potentially reaching thousands of civilian drivers and pedestrians. The fact that trailers travel 8 to 10 hours every day 4 to 5 days every week means they attract potentially millions of views per month. Internet reports cite that mobile billboards increase brand awareness 15 times more than other advertising forums and that 85 percent of people who see mobile ads actually read them; this compared

to less than half that amount for stationary billboards. Further, 97 percent of viewers who read mobile billboards remember the message – impressive retention rates to be sure. As with any good program there is always the underbelly of problems and challenges undermining the credibility and effectiveness of an idea. Among them is the reluctance of Carriers to farm out their valuable advertising trailer space. Companies prefer to self promote with custom branding on their own chattels. So why lease trailer space when they can advertise their own product and service? They want to reach viewers for their own businesses, not someone else’s, especially the competition. To be sure, Tim Horton’s wouldn’t want to rent billboard real estate to Starbucks. Advertisers also need to take into account the vagaries of the transportation industry. FTL and LTL services dominate the industry. These routes are often unpredictable; worst, loaded trailers are left at Distribution Centre (DC) docks while the driver hooks up another preloaded trailer for delivery. Meanwhile the trailer with the mobile billboard sits at the dock until unloaded at the DC’s convenience. Trailers, then, are subject to downtime and their maximum viewing exposure is compromised. Moreover, Carriers are hired by Shippers to haul their cargo. These businesses may be offended if their Carrier is advertising a competing product or company on their trailer side. As well, a Distribution Centre

owned by a major chain could take exception to a trailer pulling into its dock bearing an advertisement showcasing the competition. It may even cost the Carrier its contract with the Shipper. Moreover, Carriers and their Shippers may be wary of renting billboard space to companies known for high value products. Criminal types may be under the impression that trailer contents belong to the company advertising on the trailer side, thereby heightening risk of cargo theft. All said, working with the right advertising company can help to circumvent these potential pitfalls. Some companies will design and produce the vinyl banner intended for the trailer. They will also coordinate logistics and GPS units to provide online truck tracking showing where the truck is each day and for how long. Close monitoring can help the advertiser ensure maximum exposure as per details of the contract. And while semi trailers maximize geographic exposure with trailers rolling down provincial and interstate highways, another advertising alternative is medium duty trucks and trailers that deliver in highly populated towns and cities, without fear of trailers sitting idle in Distribution Centres. Despite pitfalls, which can be overcome with good research and the assistance of advertising experts, truck side mobile billboards offer cost competitive benefits, strong brand exposure to targeted markets and easy viewing from distances – compelling reasons for further consideration.


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Tires & Wheels

By Jeffrey Parks, Managing Director, Retread Tire Association

Take a Look at the True Quality of Your Retreaded Tires


hances are, you are driving on retreaded tires. But you may have no idea how the retreading process works. How does a quality used tire casing, go all the way through evaluation and inspection, to become a finished retreaded tire? There are plenty of great videos of the retreading process available online, but if you like, RTA can send you a “Reputable Retreading” DVD, which shows the process from start to finish. Email us at info@retreadtire. org if you would like us to send you one, at no cost to you. During one of the early steps in the process of pre-cure retreading, which requires the application of new tread rubber to a quality tire casing, the new tread rubber is held in place by a series of staples. For years, these staples were made only of metal, but one of our RTA members, Utility Composites, Inc. in Hutto, Texas, developed a new method for that stage of the process, using their Black Magic Staple product. Here’s your opportunity to learn a bit more about the tire retreading process. In this short interview, UCI Sales Director, Andrew Frascone explains as we ask a few questions: RTA: What does your composite plastic staple product do, to help make the final retread tire more durable and cost effective? Andrew: We manufacture a product that is strictly for holding the splice on new tread rubber, as it is applied to the tire itself. Many retreaders came to us with the problem of metal staples, and wanted an alternative, something that did not need to be removed from the tire during the cure

process and at the same time, help build a more dependable tire. We manufacture composite plastic staples, nails, and specialty fasteners that can be cut and sanded without damaging router bits, saw blades and sanding belts, and provide complete corrosion resistance. It was a natural application of our product line to develop a composite staple for the tire retread industry, specifically designed to hold the spliced ends of the tread together for the cure cycle. We worked with several retreaders to test our product during the vulcanization cycle. Our composite staple holds the tread together at the splice and it is also used to hold the wick pad to the tire before it is put in the rubber envelope and put through the vulcanization and cure cycle. The benefit of that is, when the cure cycle is over, the wick pad can be removed without worrying about any metal staples left in the tire. So you get a tire out that is fully cured and does not need to have any metal removed from it. RTA: What gives you more confidence in the retreaded tire that uses your product? Andrew: The main advantage of using a composite staple is to make that process more efficient. And the main advantage to using a retread tire over a less expensive tire from Asia for example, is that you’re able to start with and use a premium tire casing. You start with a premium tire instead of starting with a less substantial product, and you apply new tread rubber. Truckers understand that tread will ultimately wear off any tire, but the most important and

sound part of the tire is the casing, the premium body of the tire. Our Black Magic staple has a low melting temperature, causing it to melt into the tire during the cure cycle. This eliminates the need to manually remove the staple after the cure cycle, and it prevents metal staples from littering the floor of the work area, reducing the labor costs in the plant. In addition, tire envelopes are no longer being punctured by metal staples, lowering production costs. RTA: Does the benefit of using quality retreads, which are built, using your composite staples, translate better to the end user, than a more inexpensive process? Andrew: The short answer is, “Yes.” Comparing our composite staple to a metal staple, the Black Magic staple is more expensive. But the cost savings in production and labor costs far outweigh the cost of the staples. It is an easy ROI calculation. Pay a little more now, to save a lot more later. Retreads can perform and be just as reliable as brand new tires, but for much less money, more environmental benefits, and we can help retreaders produce retreads at a lower cost. RTA: How do you see the future of retreading? How can fleet managers and drivers find out more about why retreaded tires should have a higher place in the future of their fleet? Andrew: Well for example, my wife’s father is a trucker. His perception, like that of many others, is that a retread is inferior because of the rubber trash that you see along the side of the roads and highways. But I believe, that as more of these


Toyo Adjusts Pricing January 1st


ypress, California - Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires®) announces that effective January 1, 2019, the company will adjust the dealer base prices on select passenger, light truck, and commercial truck tires. In-line adjustments will be made on the following products: Extensa® A/S,

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Extensa® HP II, Proxes® 4 Plus, and Versado®  Noir for passenger cars; and the Open Country®  Q/T, Open Country® A/T II, Open Country® R/T, and Open Country M/T®  for light trucks and SUVs. Commercial truck tire prices will increase by two percent, except for the Toyo® M320Z™ on/off-road tire.

“Market dynamics and government actions have made it necessary to adjust our prices,” said Randy Gaetz, Senior Vice President, Sales, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “As always, we remain committed to providing excellent products, service and quality for our dealers and consumers; and greatly appreciate their business.”


non-biased reports come out, they will show factually what is on the side of the road and what causes the blowouts. They do show, without any shadow of a doubt that a retread tire, when inflated properly and used properly, is just as safe as non-retread. When that information gets digested and understood by more and more of the public, I believe the industry is going to continue to grow. We just have to get past that mind-set. So from a trucker’s perspective, I encourage people to do a little research. Don’t rely on gossip, but rely on some true, factual scientific studies and make an informed decision. I thought initially that inexpensive tires from China would decimate the retread industry. And, to be honest, there was an initial impact. But we are seeing a resurgence of retread tires. I think this is in part due to the low quality of the inexpensive tires, but also in the environmental advantages of retreading. This can be seen today in the surge of retreading in California, where sustainability has such a focus. Many don’t understand that underinflation is the most frequent cause of “rubber on the road”, not retreads. And as the safety of retread tires becomes more understood, I believe more and more fleet and trucking customers will rely more heavily on retread tires. The retread process is successful because it allows fleets to manage their tires, economically and efficiently.


Special Report:

By Marek Krasuski

Trucking – A Paradigm for Halting Climate Change


limate change and extreme weather are never far from our radar. Turn on the television or radio and you’ll hear much of California is ablaze with wildfires that have wiped out dozens of communities and caused 80 deaths at the time of this writing. Nearly one thousand people are still unaccounted for. Flooding, the melting of polar ice caps, and more recently and closer to home, the polluting of Ontario’s lakes continues unabated. According to this province’s Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, raw sewage continues to flow into our lakes and rivers at an alarming rate. In a recent Report the provincial watchdog says the provincial government is doing little to stop it. The Report says that raw sewage has flowed into southern Ontario waterways some 1,327 times with about half of those leakages coming from 60 old municipal drainage systems that still combine raw sewage and storm water. Laws are on the books to punish polluters, mainly municipalities, but Queen’s Park is not taking the initiative to enforce those laws. Not surprising since municipalities are constantly struggling to stretch their operating budgets. Saxe, however, says this trend can be turned around. “The failures described in this report, they’re not inevitable. Small changes can better protect Ontario’s water, wetlands, woodlands and wildlife. My report offers sensible solutions, many cost relatively little, and would yield big

rewards,” she said. The financial cost of climate change and extreme weather has more than doubled in Canada over the last decade. And while there are still some naysayers who deny the effects and even existence of global warming, there are many who are responding in meaningful ways to counteract the damage of our profligate practices. Not least among them are Small and Medium [business] Enterprises (SMEs). These make up 99 percent of all businesses in Canada and produce more than half of the national private sector GDP, according to research conducted at the University of Waterloo. The Study from the University goes on to credit SMEs for the vigour with which they are undertaking solutions to environmental problems. Among SMEs which have a proven track record in leading the charge for meaningful change is the trucking sector. Black smoke discharged from diesel engines is a thing of the past thanks to a series of regulations eliminating nitrous oxides and diesel particulate matter. By way of comparison trucks from 20 years ago produced 35 times more nitrous oxides and 60 times more diesel particulates. Trucking has gone much further in this regard with, for example, the introduction GHG (greenhouse gas) regulations. Phase II GHG emissions are even more stringent, beginning with the 2021 model year for over the

road heavy duty trucks and engines. Emission standards for trucks and trailers up to the model year 2027 will become even more stringent, reaping fuel efficiency benefits of up to 25 percent. The Phase II regulations apply to trailers with new standards while taking into account technologies on trailers such as trailer skirts and other aerodynamic appendages, low resistance tires, and tire pressure monitoring systems. Other predictors of the trucking industry’s migration toward clean burning alternatives is the growing demand for natural gas fuelled trucks in the US and Canada. In Canada, The Canadian Trucking Association (CTA) continues to take a leading role in advocating for low carbon burning engines, while taking into account the realistic limitations of existing infrastructure. In a Report CTA president Stephen Laskowski noted that “Although low carbon technologies like natural gas and electric engines have less operational, infrastructure and supply chain challenges for short-haul trucking, governments must be made aware of the technological impediments for long-haul fleets.” Laskowski’s reference to electric vehicles is worth noting as this is yet another meaningful stride in industry improvements. Electric vehicles are competing for market share with diesel fired engines, particularly in the urban delivery segment where trucks can return to docking stations for recharging

at day’s end. And while more electrified vehicles are gaining prominence in the medium duty market, plans are underway for their use in the long haul segment in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint through the whole industry. The Tesla Semi Truck is a case in point, even promising superior acceleration and torque to its diesel fired counterpart. And Peterbilt will bring its own electric class 8 to market in 2019, partnering with Meritor and Transpower to provide electric drivetrain systems for two truck models. Yet even if married with the necessary infrastructure, once fully developed and installed at charging stations across the country, electric vehicles will still leave a carbon footprint considering that 39 percent of electricity comes from burning coal. All said, the trucking sector isn’t perfect, but it has made admirable strides in working toward a substantially reduced impact on the environment. New technology diesel trucks alone have removed 26 million tonnes of nitrous oxides from the atmosphere and 59 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Add to this the myriad changes in recent years – reduced idle times, low resistant tires, aerodynamic improvements, GHG emission reductions, transition to alternative fuel powered engines – then commercial trucking can rightfully take credit for doing its share in stemming the ravages of global climate change. Trucking for other corporate players is a good act to follow.


Business Insurance Matters

By Linda Colgan

Best of Wishes to All for the Christmas Season & 2019


he Christmas season brings many joys and also is a season that most of us don’t like to drive in – the winter! Be safe, remember the road conditions can change in a heartbeat and attitudes combined with skill must also alter

with the surroundings. Ice, snow and others not paying attention can wreak havoc with the most trusted and seasoned driver. I would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all, all the best at Christmas and however you

celebrate may it bring both friends and family together in harmony, joy and in good health. Best wishes for the 2019 year. May it be safe and prosperous for all. Linda Colgan has been an Insurance Broker in the

transportation industry since 1986 and is Senior Account Executive with Bryson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. Contact Linda at 416.809.3103 or feel free to email Linda at lcolgan@brysoninsurance. ca.


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VOCATIONAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY The Products & Services Directory is your direct route to professional companies serving the Trucking Industry across Canada. Include your company in the directory by contacting Barb Woodward by phone at 877.225.2232 ext 302 or email at Visit us online at ACCOUNTING, TAX & BOOKKEEPING

ACCOUNT & RECORDS MANAGEMENT Bookkeeping For Your Business & Personal Finances Toll Free: 905.767.5458



CROSS BORDER SERVICES C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, SCAC, MC, DOT, CVOR, NEXUS, Bonding, Training Programs & Seminars. 1450 Headon Road, PO Box 93005 Burlington, ON L7M 4A3 Tel: 905.973.9136 Alt Tel: 289.337.9134 Contact: Dawn Truell, B.B.A., B.A. Psy


BEKA-LUBE PRODUCTS INC. “BEKA is Canada’s leading brand of automatic lubrication systems for industrial, over-the-road and off-road applications. All BEKA products are designed with the durability required for harsh environments found on trucks, agricultural and construction machinery.” 2830 Argentia Road, Unit 9 Mississauga, ON L5N 8G4 Toll Free: 888.862.7461 Tel: 905.821.1050vFax: 905.858.0597


DANATEC EDUCATIONAL SERVICES LTD. “Safety Training. Your Expert Provider.” 201-11450 29th Street SE Calgary, AB T2Z 3V5 Toll Free: 800.465.3366 Tel: 403.232.6950 Fax: 403.232.6952



PAT’S DRIVELINE “Over 35 years of Driveshaft Manufacturing Expertise” ALBERTA

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

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


IMVR – IRIS “Your Goals Are Our Priority.” FLO COMPONENTS LTD. “For Total Lube Solutions, Go With the FLO!”

50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Tel: 905.671.2355vFax: 905.671.2358 Components by:


ITR CANADA INC. Canadian consulting and training resource company, committed to providing exceptional products and services to the transportation industry, specializing in D.O.T. drug and alcohol compliance. 490 McGeachie Drive Milton, ON L9T 3Y5 Toll Free: 888.812.0099 Tel: 905.693.0660 Fax: 905.693.0332

4654 Ontario Street Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Toll Free: 855.224.iMVR (4687) Tel: 289.260.2820 Fax: 905.670.3436


Service, Experience, Technology, Innovation! 5314 Trafalgar Road Milton, ON L9E 0Y8 Tel: 905.878.7161 or

“Your Goals Are Our Priority.”


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

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


WILSON INSTRUMENTS LTD. The Anti-Idling Experts 43 Crowe Bay Heights, RR 2 Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 Tel: 705.653.2403 Fax: 705.653.5560

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1225 Aerowood Drive Mississauga, ON L4W 1B9 Tel: 905.282.1255 Fax: 905.282.0034


EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION LTD. A trucking company based in Grimsby, Ontario that specializes in the movement of oversize and overweight loads. We have an extensive line of heavy haul equipment including flatbeds, step-decks, double drops, floats, mini-decks, extendable trailers, steering dollies and multiaxle transporters with capacities up to 80 tons. 263 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 1Y6 Toll Free: 800.263.0240 Tel: 905.945.9654 Fax: 905.945.4151


INTERNATIONAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES INC. 107 Bellevue Drive, Box 1450 Belleville, ON K8N 5J1 Toll Free: 800.267.1888 Tel: 613.961.5144 Fax: 613.961.1255 or 888.485.6487 English or Punjabi Call Monty at 800.267.1888 or 613.961.5144 extn 123




DPF CLEANING SPECIALISTS The Cleaning and Maintenance of your DPF and DOC is our only Business. 5325 Outer Drive Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 Tel: 519.737.6005 Fax: 519.737.0005

DYNAMIC FREIGHT SOLUTIONS INC. Dynamic Freight Solutions Inc. is the asset-based affiliate of North American Logistics providing transportation solutions to Canada and the United States, specializing in daily trips in and out of the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Dynamic Freight Solutions features heated and tailgate trailers for temperature control or special moves such as furniture or store fixtures. 49 Simpson Road Bolton, ON L7E 2R6 Tel: 905.951.5487 Contact: Don Branston Cell: 416.528.5849 or



S.E.T.I. Inc.


We are a family-oriented business looking to hire Company Drivers and select O/O for cross-border and Ontario/Quebec runs. We offer competitive compensation, bridge & fuel cards and Pre-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 weight-permitted shipments across Canada. All of our trucks are equipped with a GPS system. We strategically designed our company to be your edge. Experience it today! 2246 Bowman Street Innisfil, ON L9S 3V5 Toll Free: 888.564.8161 Tel: 705.436.6713 Fax: 705.436.9705


SIEMENS TRANSPORTATION GROUP INC. Siemens Transportation Group Inc. spans across North America. As an international, family-owned operation, it encompasses specialized transportation companies for a total supply chain solution. These companies range from international Truckload, Less Than Truckload service, International Flat Deck service, Ground Courier service and Warehouse Distribution service P.O. Box 7290 Saskatoon, SK S7K 4J2 Toll Free: 888.878.9585 Fax: 306.668.5849


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



LIQUID CAPITAL MIDWEST CORP. “Others Promise… We Deliver” White Glove Service and Industry Expertise. Same-day funding, including weekends. Customized competitive rates. 176 Seacliff Drive West Leamington, ON N8H 3Y5 Toll Free: 877.653.9426 Tel: 519.419.5044 • Fax: 855.295.6605


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


174 West Street South, 2nd Floor Orillia, ON L3V 6L4 Toll Free: 866.531.2615 Toll Free Fax: 866.531.2651


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

BEKA-LUBE PRODUCTS INC. “Providing a selection of hand-held grease guns from the world-leading MATO application hardware. It delivers safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly handling of lubricants. Operators are able to apply grease precisely to the zerks or surfaces, but without the residual mess long associated with the lubricating process.” 2830 Argentia Road, Unit 9 Mississauga, ON L5N 8G4 Toll Free: 888.862.7461 Tel: 905.821.1050 • Fax: 905.858.0597


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

1-141 Commercial Drive Calgary, AB T3Z 2A7 Tel: 587.483.2630 Fax: 800.939.2305 EASTERN CANADA

6600 route Transcanadienne bureau 610 Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 4S2 Toll Free: 888.694.8721 Fax: 514.694.4411

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

BRYSON & ASSOCIATES INSURANCE BROKERS LTD. “It’s not what you pay. It’s what you get for what you pay. Transportation, Logistics, Cargo, Fleet Safety Management Services & Bonds.” Toll Free: 800.661.5196 Tel: 905.426.8787 • Fax: 905.426.4959



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.”


CANADIAN INSURANCE BROKERS INC. 1 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 415 Toronto, ON M4P 3Z1 Tel: 416.486.0951 • Fax: 416.489.5311


ERB AND ERB INSURANCE BROKERS LTD. What you want to protect the most. We protect the best! 818 Victoria Street North Kitchener, ON N2B 1C3 Toll Free: 800.265.2634 Tel: 519.579.4270 • Fax: 519.741.1977 or


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


ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER CANADA LIMITED Package policies for both local and long haul fleets. Our team of transportation specialists have in-depth industry knowledge and extensive experience designing and implementing programs to fit our clients’ needs. 120 South Town Centre Blvd. Markham, ON L6G 1C3 Toll Free: 800.267.6670 • Tel: 905.479.6670 Markham: London:

PALMER ATLANTIC INSURANCE LTD. One of Canada’s leading Trucking Insurance and Risk Services Brokers, specializing in coverage for local and long haul fleets and owner-operators. Check out our website to learn more about how we can help you today! 538 Main Street, Unit 1 Hartland, NB E7P 2N5 Toll Free: 800.267.8006 Tel: 506.375.7500 Fax: 506.375.4232


AIRD & BERLIS LLP Aird & Berlis is a recognized as both a pioneer and a leader in transportation law. We provide strategic legal and business advice to companies operating in or servicing the transportation sector in Canada. Our range of expertise includes border security, customs compliance and enforcement, carrier safety, licensing and suspension, labour and employment, M&A, independent operator and tax matters. Brookfield Place 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800 Toronto, ON M5J 2T9 Tel: 416.865.4642 • Fax: 416.863.1515


LEFT LANE ASSOCIATES Left Lane Associates is a logistics only advisory firm that specializes in growth strategies, both organic and through mergers & acquisitions (buying & selling) of other logistics companies. Monetize your business today! 174 Brown’s Line, Suite 100 Toronto, ON M8W 3T3 Toll Free: 888.204.8434 Cell: 647.620.4745 or



CREVIER LUBRICANTS 2320, rue de a Métropole Longueuil, QC J4G 1E6 Toll Free: 800.363.0590 Tel: 450.679.8866 Fax: 450.679.5818 ONTARIO – LONDON

CASE ‘N DRUM OIL 3462 White Oak Road London ON N6E 2Z9 Toll Free: 800.265.7642 Tel: 519.681.3772 Fax: 519.681.4680 ONTARIO – WHITBY

RP OIL 1111 Burns Street East, Unit 3 Whitby ON L1N 6A6 Toll Free: 800.335.6623 Tel: 905.666.2313 Fax: 905.666.2761 WESTERN CANADA

CATALYS LUBRICANTS 7483, Progress Way Delta BC V4G 1E7 Toll Free: 855.946.4226 Tel: 604.946.4226 • Fax: 604.946.1499

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VULCAN ON-BOARD SCALES On-board weighing systems for the trucking industry. 1765 Springfield Road, Unit 106 Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V5 Toll Free: 800.663.0854 Tel: 604.944.1481 • Fax: 604.944.1482



FLO COMPONENTS LTD. Grease & oil pumps, hose reels, meters, control valves – all the necessary components to safely store, dispense and track your service shop’s bulk fluids. 50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Tel: 905.671.2355 Fax: 905.671.2358 Components by:


TRANSCOURT TANK LEASING Toll Free: 888.407.3830 Contacts: ONTARIO & MANITOBA Mike Trianos EASTERN CANADA (Quebec & Atlantic Provinces) Julie Thibaudeau Toll Free: 844.322.8360 WESTERN CANADA Kevin Quick



730 PERMIT SERVICES INC. Established in 1992, our experts have detailed knowledge of the filing systems for permits, accounting and audits. BROCKVILLE 1245 California Avenue Brockville, ON K6V 7N5 Toll Free: 800.410.4754 Tel: 613.657.1244 • Fax: 613.657.1453 MISSISSAUGA 6885 Davand Drive, Unit #4 Mississauga, ON L5T 1J5 Tel: 905.670.2208 • Fax: 905.670.0208 WOODSTOCK 535 Mill Street Woodstock, ON N4S 0A9 Tel: 519.537.8658 • Fax: 519.537.7956

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


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

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KEE TRAINING ACADEMY “Your Goals Are Our Priority.” 6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 877.670.3426 Tel: 905.670.3426 • Fax: 905.670.3436



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C.U.T.C. INC. Serving the Transportation industry since 1989. 1295 Crois Carol Laval, QC H7W 1G3 Toll Free: 866.927.8294 Tel: 450.687.8294 Fax: 450.687.6963

EDMONTON FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 16230-118th Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T5V 1C6 Toll Free: 800.663.9366 Tel: 780.447.4422 • Fax: 780.447.3289 GRANDE PRAIRIE FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 10610-82nd Avenue Clairmont, AB T8X 5G9 Toll Free: 866.424.5479 Tel: 780.402.9864 • Fax: 780.402.8659 LLOYDMINSTER

ABRAMS TOWING “Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing Toll Free: 888.667.5438 • Tel: 416.398.9474





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


BLACK ICE TOWING 24 Hour Heavy, Medium & Light Duty Towing & Recovery. Tilt and Load & Float Services. Licenced Mechanic on Staff. Serving Parry Sound to Sudbury & Surrounding areas. 423 Hwy 69 Britt, ON P0G 1A0 Tel: 705.774.3224


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


FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES Proud distributors of Lode-King, Midland Manufacturing, Landoll and more.

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


1440 Highland Avenue 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


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

Brandon, MB R7C 1A7 Toll Free: 866.883.6120 Tel: 204.571.5980 • Fax: 204.571.5982 WINNIPEG FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 2525 Inkster Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R2R 2Y4 Toll Free: 800.282.8044 Tel: 204.632.8261 • Fax: 204.956.1786 ONTARIO

MISSISSAUGA FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 731 Gana Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1P2 Toll Free: 888.456.6567 Tel: 905.564.5404 • Fax: 905.564.8455 SUDBURY FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES C-112 Fielding Road Lively, ON P3Y 1L5 Toll Free: 866.328.7725 Tel: 705.222.1042 • THUNDER BAY FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 915 Walsh Street West Thunder Bay, ON P7E 4X5 Toll Free: 800.465.5044 Tel: 807.577.5724 • Fax: 807.475.9033




Fort Garry Industries 1523 Ross Avenue East Regina, SK S4N 7E5 Toll Free: 800.552.8044 Tel: 306.757.5606 • Fax: 306.781.7926 SASKATOON


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


Texis Truck Exhaust “Diesel Performance Specialists” 1850 Gage Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1S2 Toll Free: 800.267.4740 Tel: 905.795.2838 • Fax: 905.678.3030


MINIMIZER Minimizer has been in business for over 30 years. If it’s on/in a heavy duty truck and can be made of polymers, Minimizer is the brand most trusted.We have the only lifetime guarantee in the industry with products proven where it matters most – on trucks & trailers. 500 Minimizer Way S.E. Blooming Prairie, MN 55917 Toll Free: 800.248.3855 Tel: 507.583.2112 • Fax: 507.583.7540


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


DRIVE STAR SHUTTLE SYSTEM LTD. Providing “drive-away” and “tow-away” services to the class 6, 7 and 8 truck markets in both Canada and the United States. 1625 Stone Church Road East Hamilton, ON L8W 3Y5 Toll Free: 866.378.7827 Tel: 289.285.3000


FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES Sales and NSM certified installation of snow plows, sanders, mixers, dump bodies and more.

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



Fort Garry Industries 3426 Faithfull Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 8H1 Toll Free: 800.772.4599 Tel: 306.242.3465 • Fax: 306.933.4850


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


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



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

LOUNSBURY HEAVY-DUTY TRUCK CENTRE Truck Sales, Parts, Service, Body Shop Repairs, Radiator Sales & Recore along with the latest in Hunter Alignment Technology for all makes and models. Two locations in New Brunswick to serve you. MONCTON 725 St. George Blvd. Moncton, NB E1E 2C2 Toll Free: 800.561.7782 Tel: 506.857.4345 • Fax: 506.857.4346 FREDERICTON 14 Millennium Drive Fredericton NB E3C 2N8 Toll Free: 888.339.7344 Tel: 506.459.1204 • Fax: 506.454.1376

MONCTON Unit 5, 191 Henri Dunant Street Moncton, NB E1E 1E4 Toll Free: 844.701.GEAR (4327) Tel: 506.855.GEAR (4327) Fax: 506.859.GEAR (4327) ONTARIO

MISSISSAUGA #3, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 844.564.8998 Tel: 905.564.8998 • Fax: 905.564.6284



ALLIED TRANSMISSIONS LTD. Allied Transmissions Ltd. is an authorized Allison dealer who is committed to providing the highest standard of service. 235149 Ryan Road S.E. Calgary, AB T1X 0K1 Toll Free: 888.232.2203 Tel: 403.279.9505 • Fax: 403.279.7362 Authorized Allison Dealer


C & R TRANSMISSION SERVICE LTD. Your Complete Driveline Service Center. Authorized Allison Overhaul & Maintenance Dealer. Large Inventory of the Most Popular Clutches, Transmissions & Differentials. Factory-Trained Rebuilders & 9 Service Bays. 13 Anderson Blvd. Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4 Toll Free: 888.297.0682 Tel: 905.642.4556 • Fax: 905.642.2293


SWS SAFETY WARNING SYSTEMS A quality North American Manufacturer since 1969, SWS Warning Lights Inc. is known for innovation, service and high qulity safety warning lights. We look to constantly progress as a company so we can provide you with the best built lights for your fleet. 7695 Blackburn Parkway Niagara Falls, ON L2H 0A6 Toll Free: 877.357.0222 Tel: 905.357.0222 • Fax: 905.357.9122



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

Servicing Truck, RV, Oilfield, Highway, Bus, Construction Automatic & Powershift Transmissions as well as Chelsea PTO Sales & Service Specializing in parts and service for the Allison Transmission. Over 15+ years of Service Excellence in Western Canada & Abroad. RR 1, Site 1, Box 9 27312 – 84, Twp 394 Aspelund Industrial Park Blackfalds, AB TOM 0J0 Toll Free: 877.321.7732 (SPEC) Tel: 403.885.5566 • Fax: 403.885.2556


AWASH (ECOWASH) SYSTEMS CORP. Portable Automated Truck Wash Systems including Battery & Electric versions, customized to your requirements. We are the OEM. CANADA

19 Community Avenue Hamilton, ON L8E 2X9 U.S.A.

6405 Inducon Drive East Sanborn, NY, USA 14132 Toll Free: 800.265.7405 Tel: 905.662.2662 • Fax: 888.407.9498


COMPASS VEHICLE DELIVERY INC. All types of vehicles delivered across Canada. We specialize in fleet relocation. P.O. Box 265 Stn. Main 4-996 County Road 40 Trenton, ON K8V 5R5 Tel: 613.392.9676 • Fax: 613.392.8730

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Traction Locations







BONNYVILLE TRACTION BONNYVILLE Northern Truck & Industrial 6201-C 50th Avenue Bonnyville, AB T9N 2L9 Tel: 780.826.5855 BROOKS TRACTION BROOKS NAPA Auto Parts 99 - 7th Street East Brooks, AB T1R 1C1 Tel: 403.501.5551 CALGARY TRACTION CALGARY Calgary Heavy Truck & Collision 7404 44th Street SE Calgary, AB T2C 3G7 Tel: 403.279.2870 DRAYTON VALLEY TRACTION DRAYTON VALLEY Drayton Valley Auto Parts Ltd. 3347 - 50th Street Drayton Valley, AB T7A 0C6 Tel: 780.542.6881 EDMONTON TRACTION HEAD OFFICE 18532 - 116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5S 2W8 Tel: 780.489.7555 EDMONTON NORTH WEST TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 18051 - 111th Ave. North West Edmonton NW, AB T5S 2P2 Tel: 780.444.4334 EDMONTON SOUTH TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 3404 - 78th Avenue Edmonton South, AB T6B 2X9 Tel: 800.252.7992 EDSON TRACTION EDSON NAPA Auto Parts 4833 - 2nd Avenue Edson, AB T7E 1T8 Tel: 780.712.4152 FAIRVIEW TRACTION FAIRVIEW Fairview Automotive & Industrial Supplies 11019 - 101st Avenue Fairview AB T0H 1L0 Tel: 780.835.4971

FORT MCMURRAY TRACTION FORT MCMURRAY Paramount Parts Inc. 10218 King Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1X9 Tel: 780.791.3000 GRANDE PRAIRIE TRACTION GRANDE PRAIRIE Bradvin HD Inc. 16101 - 101st Street, Unit 4 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0P2 Tel: 780.538.3038 HIGH PRAIRIE TRACTION HIGH PRAIRIE High Prairie Truck & Trailer Ltd. 5309 - 53rd Av., Hwy 2 West High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0 Tel: 780.523.4777 HINTON TRACTION HINTON NAPA Auto Parts 120 North Street Hinton, AB T7V 1S8 Tel: 780.865.8800 LA CRETE TRACTION LA CRETE Schellenberg Heavy Equipment 10704 99th Street La Crete, AB T0H 2H0 Tel: 780.928.3406 LLOYDMINSTER TRACTION LLOYDMINSTER Truck Zone Inc. 5205 - 65th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E8 Tel: 780.875.7712 MEDICINE HAT TRACTION MEDICINE HAT Hydraco Industries Ltd. 2111 - 9th Avenue South West Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G8 Tel: 403.526.2244 PEACE RIVER TRACTION PEACE RIVER Peace Truck & Trailer Ltd. 9103 - 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655 RED DEER TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 8045 Edgar Industrial Cr. Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.342.7884

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE TRACTION ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE NAPA Auto Parts 4528F - 47th Avenue Rocky Mtn House, AB T4T 0A9 Tel: 403.845.2709 WABASCA TRACTION WABASCA Pelican Automotive 2330 Pelican Business Park Wabasca, AB T0G 2A0 Tel: 780.891.3600 WHITECOURT TRACTION WHITECOURT KW Mechanical Ltd. 4004 - 41st Avenue Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N4 Tel: 780.706.2252

FORT NELSON TRACTION FORT NELSON NAPA Auto Parts 5320 - 49th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.2783 KAMLOOPS TRACTION KAMLOOPS Premium Truck & Trailer 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100 KELOWNA TRACTION KELOWNA Central Valley Truck Service 105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738 PORT MCNEILL TRACTION PORT MCNEILL North Island Pacific Parts 470 Pioneer Hill Drive Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 Tel: 250.956.4401 PRINCE GEORGE TRACTION PRINCE GEORGE NAPA Auto Parts 564 - 2nd Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 2Z9 Tel: 250.563.7778 QUESNEL TRACTION QUESNEL NAPA Auto Parts 1185 Hwy 97 North Quesnel, BC V2J 2Y3 Tel: 250.991.0650 SIDNEY TRACTION SIDNEY PM Industries 1785 Mills Road Sidney, BC V8L 5S9 Tel: 250.656.1689 SMITHERS TRACTION SMITHERS Smithers Parts & Service 3465 Victoria Drive Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250.847.4287 SQUAMISH TRACTION SQUAMISH Triton Auto & Industrial Ltd. 1003 Industrial Way Squamish, BC V0N 3G0 Tel: 604.892.5951 SURREY TRACTION SURREY Trailine Trailer Parts Ltd. 10304 - 120th Street Surrey, BC V3V 4G1 Tel: 604.582.4888

TERRACE TRACTION TERRACE BOW VALLEY MACHINE 5107 Keith Avenue Terrace, BC V8G 1K8 Tel: 250.638.0099 VANDERHOOF TRACTION VANDERHOOF P & H Supplies Ltd. 279 1st Street East Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0 Tel: 250.567.9266 WILLIAMS LAKE TRACTION WILLIAMS LAKE W.L. Forestry Supplies Ltd. 675 North Mackenzie Avenue Williams Lake, BC V2G 1N9 Tel: 250.392.6699

NIPAWIN TRACTION NIPAWIN NAPA Auto Parts 811 Nipawin Road East Nipawin, SK S0E 1E0 Tel: 306.862.9881 PRINCE ALBERT TRACTION PRINCE ALBERT Unified Auto Parts Inc. 3802 4th Avenue East Prince Albert, SK S6W 1A4 Tel: 306.764.4220 REGINA TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 405 Park Street Regina, SK S4N 5B2 Tel: 800.667.9856 SASKATOON TRACTION SASKATOON NAPA Auto Parts 2815 Faithfull Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 8E8 Tel: 306.244.9877 SWIFT CURRENT TRACTION SWIFT CURRENT Swift Current Brake & Drive Ltd. 1511 Cheadle Street West Swift Current, SK S9H 5G4 Tel: 306.773.7293 TISDALE TRACTION TISDALE Unified Auto Parts Inc. 911 101st Avenue Tisdale, SK S0E 1T0 Tel: 306.873.2131 WEYBURN TRACTION WEYBURN Southern Industrial & Truck Ltd. 300 Hwy 13, South Service Road Crossroads Industrial Park Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422 YORKTON TRACTION YORKTON 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2W7 Tel: 306.782.4313

BRITISH COLUMBIA 100 MILE HOUSE TRACTION 100 MILE HOUSE Total Parts Express Ltd. 260 Exeter Road 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0 Tel: 250.395.2277 ABBOTSFORD TRACTION ABBOTSFORD Truckpart Abbotsford 31107 Peardonville Road, Bay 11 Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6T9 Tel: 604.746.9660 BURNS LAKE TRACTION BURNS LAKE Polar Park Automotive 831 Hwy 16 West Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 Tel: 250.692.7501 CHETWYND TRACTION CHETWYND Gear-O-Rama Supply 4876 North Access Road Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Tel: 250.788.2255 CHILLIWACK TRACTION CHILLIWACK Lickman Truck & Trailer Parts & Services Ltd. 43915 Industrial Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 3A4 Tel: 604.793.9660 COURTENAY TRACTION COURTENAY Taurus Heavy Duty Ventures 2703A Kilpatrick Avenue Courtenay, BC V9N 6P4 Tel: 250.871.1191

MANITOBA BRANDON TRACTION BRANDON NAPA Auto Parts 1940 Queen’s Avenue Brandon, MB R7B 0T1 Tel: 204.727.4850 WINNIPEG TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 200 Oak Point Highway Winnipeg, MB R2R 1V1 Tel: 888.320.5505 N. W. TERRITORIES YELLOWKNIFE TRACTION YELLOWKNIFE NAPA Auto Parts 114 - 314 Old Airport Road Yellowknife, NT X1A 3T2 Tel: 867.669.6272 SASKATCHEWAN MEADOW LAKE TRACTION MEADOW LAKE Unified Auto Parts Inc. 807 - 1st Avenue West Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y4 Tel: 306.236.4800 MELFORT TRACTION MELFORT Unified Auto Parts Inc. 990 Hwy 6 South Melfort, SK S0E 1A0 Tel: 306.752.9308 MOOSE JAW TRACTION MOOSE JAW Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402

YUKON WHITEHORSE TRACTION WHITEHORSE Pacesetter Trading Company Ltd. 126 Industrial Road Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2T9 Tel: 867.393.3902


TTSAO to Host MELT Progress Meeting


amilton, Ontario – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) will be hosting a meeting to give all industry stakeholders an opportunity to learn how Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) is affecting the industry. Those who attend will hear from the TTSAO as to how the schools are being affected who deliver the MELT program. Participants will also here from the insurance industry and the carriers who both have a vested interest in MELT to

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ensuring the process is heading in the proper direction. Prior to MELT being officially rolled out in July of 2017 a commitment was made by Ministry of Transportation (MTO) leadership that instructor qualifications and mandatory entry level driver training for DZ licensing would be addressed in 2018. Discussions have begun with industry stakeholders and representatives from the MTO are on the agenda to provide an update to those attending the meeting.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) have also been invited to participate at the meeting. For 9 months the TTSAO and MTCU have been discussing the cap on tuition for commercial driving schools. This cap has been in place since 2009 and is putting financial strain on commercial truck driving schools, many who are members of the TTSAO. The meeting will be held on December 11th at the Centre for Health and

Safety Innovation at 5110 Creekbank Road in Mississauga, Ontario from 10 am – 12 noon. Registration is necessary. Contacting Sara Fitchett, TTSAO, by phone at 705.280.5577, by fax at 888.649.5328 or by email at For more information visit or contact Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications & Public Relations, TTSAO at or call 905.699.8837.


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ACHESON TRUCKPRO ACHESON Silver Mechanical Services [2013] Ltd. 26724 Acheson Road Acheson, AB T7X 6B2 Tel: 780.962.8030 BROOKS TRUCKPRO BROOKS Hopf Mechanical & Hydraulics 660 Aquaduct Drive Brooks, AB T1R 1C5 Tel: 403.501.0190 CALGARY TRUCKPRO CALGARY (14A Street) Alberta Auto & Truck Repair Inc. 4150-B 14A Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 3L3 Tel: 403.543.1000 CALGARY TRUCKPRO CALGARY Calgary Heavy Truck & Collision 7404 44th Street SE Calgary, AB T2C 3G7 Tel: 403.287.6888 DRUMHELLER TRUCKPRO DRUMHELLER Drum Diesel 901 South Railway Ave., Bay 13 Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 Tel: 403.823.7966 EDMONTON NORTH WEST TRUCKPRO EDMONTON NW Truck Zone Inc. 15816 - 111th Ave. North West Edmonton, AB T5M 2R8 Tel: 780.451.0225

FORT MACLEOD TRUCKPRO FORT MACLEOD MoBoot’s Ag Mechanics Ltd. 112 - 12th Street Fort MacLeod, AB T0L 0Z0 Tel: 403.795.2645 FORT SASKATCHEWAN TRUCKPRO FORT SASKATCHEWAN Cart Construction Inc. 11401 - 85th Avenue, Unit #11 Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0A9 Tel: 780.998.5028 GRANDE PRAIRIE TRUCKPRO GRANDE PRAIRIE Bradvin Trailer Sales Ltd. 10920 - 87th Avenue Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8K4 Tel: 780.539.6260 LA CRETE TRUCKPRO LA CRETE Schellenberg Heavy Equipment 10704 - 99th Street La Crete, AB T0H 2H0 Tel: 780.928.3406 LLOYDMINSTER TRUCKPRO LLOYDMINSTER TRUCK ZONE INC. 5205 - 65th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E8 Tel: 780.875.7712 MEDICINE HAT TRUCKPRO MEDICINE HAT Hydraco Industries Ltd. 2111 - 9th Avenue SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G8 Tel: 403.526.2244 PEACE RIVER TRUCKPRO PEACE RIVER Peace Truck & Trailer Ltd. 9103 - 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655

RED DEER TRUCKPRO RED DEER Central Alberta Heavy Duty Repair 10 - 7719 Edgar Industrial Drive Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.358.5335 SUNDRE TRUCKPRO SUNDRE Partco Truck Parts & Service 7 West Road Industrial Park Sundre, AB T0M 1X0 Toll Free: 403.638.3414 TABER TRUCKPRO TABER Geeraert Mechanical Service 5911-B 50th Avenue Taber, AB T1G 1W7 Tel: 403.223.8744 TWO HILLS TRUCKPRO TWO HILLS Two Hills Auto & Industrial Supply Ltd. 5929 - 47th Avenue Two Hills, AB T0B 4K0 Tel: 780.657.3304 WHITECOURT TRUCKPRO WHITECOURT KW Mechanical Ltd. 4004 - 41st Avenue Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N4 Tel: 780.706.2252

KAMLOOPS TRUCKPRO KAMLOOPS Premium Truck & Trailer 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100 KELOWNA TRUCKPRO KELOWNA Central Valley Truck Services Ltd. 105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738 NANAIMO TRUCKPRO NANAIMO P.M. Industries Ltd. 4950 Jordan Avenue Nanaimo, BC V9T 2H8 Tel: 250.758.8004 SIDNEY TRUCKPRO SIDNEY P.M. Industries Ltd. 1785 Mills Road Sidney, BC V8L 5S9 Tel: 250.656.1689 SMITHERS TRUCKPRO SMITHERS Smithers Parts & Service (2005) Ltd. 3465 Victoria Drive Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250.847.4287

DAUPHIN TRUCKPRO DAUPHIN A.R.J. Heavy Truck & Trailer Repair 107053, PTH 20 Dauphin, MB R7N 2V3 Tel: 204.638.0711 NEEPAWA TRUCKPRO NEEPAWA T.I.C. Parts & Service 220 Hwy 5 North Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Tel: 204.476.3809 WINKLER TRUCKPRO WINKLER Road Rig Parts & Service Ltd. 530 George Avenue Winkler, MB R6W 0J4 Tel: 204.331.4744 WINNIPEG NORTH WEST TRUCKPRO WINNIPEG NW DAB’s Repair Ltd. 2126 Logan Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2R 0J2 Tel: 204.694.2390

REGINA TRUCKPRO REGINA (9TH AVE.) Frame & Wheel Alignment Co. (1988) Ltd. 805 - 9th Avenue Regina, SK S4N 7P4 Tel: 306.569.2350 SASKATOON TRUCKPRO SASKATOON NE A-Line Frame & Alignment Services Ltd. 3246 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y2 Tel: 306.931.6612 SWIFT CURRENT TRUCKPRO SWIFT CURRENT Finning Canada 2635 North Service Road West Swift Current, SK S9H 5L4 Tel: 306.773.3240 WEYBURN TRUCKPRO WEYBURN Southern Industrial & Truck Ltd. 300 Hwy 13, South Service Road Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422 YORKTON TRUCKPRO YORKTON Truck Proz Inc. 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2X3 Tel: 306.782.4313

BRITISH COLUMBIA CHILLIWACK TRUCKPRO CHILLIWACK Triton Truck & Trailer Repair 44137 Progress Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 0W3 Tel: 604.701.4428 FORT NELSON TRUCKPRO FORT NELSON Gearheads Truck Repair 5204 - 46th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.4327

MANITOBA BRANDON TRUCKPRO BRANDON Total Works Truck Equipment 501 Middleton Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A8 Tel: 204.728.3821

ONTARIO DRYDEN TRUCKPRO DRYDEN Webb Truck Repair Inc. 16677 Hwy 17 West Dryden, ON P8N 2Y7 Tel: 807.937.4444 SASKATCHEWAN MOOSE JAW TRUCKPRO MOOSE JAW Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402

YUKON WHITEHORSE TRUCKPRO WHITEHORSE Kulan Mechanical 7 Laberge Road Whitehorse, YK Y1A 5Z3 Tel: 867.393.4581


New “Xceed” Package for VNL 760 & VNL 860


olvo Trucks is pleased to announce the new Xceed fuel efficiency package for Volvo VNL 760 and VNL 860 models operating in dry van and refrigerated trailer operations. The new fuel efficiency package will be available for order beginning in January of 2019 for 2020 models. Volvo made the announcement at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas. “The new Xceed fuel efficiency package is the most efficient package Volvo has ever offered for the VNL series, and it’s tailored for our large sleeper models operating with dry van and refrigerated trailers, which make up more than three-quarters of the trailers used in on-highway operations,” said Johan Agebrand, Volvo Trucks North America Director of Product Marketing. The Xceed fuel efficiency package

improves fuel efficiency by up to 11 percent when compared with Volvo’s Fuel Efficiency Plus specification. Xceed is 3.5 percent more efficient than the Fuel Efficiency Advanced specification, which was Volvo’s most efficient offering prior to the new Xceed fuel efficiency package. The naming structure of the Xceed fuel efficiency package reflects several key components contributing to its unprecedented efficiency. X – XE powertrain packages, including  Volvo I-Shift  automated manual transmissions C – turbo Compounding E – Extended fairings E – ground Effects D – Volvo D13 engine “Our Xceed package combines key lightweight options with our most efficient drivetrain and aerodynamic setups for the intended applications,” said Athey. “The Xceed package is

all about freight efficiency, so we’ve included lightweight components to help maximize payload capacity while reducing fuel consumption.” The Xceed package provides dedicated wheelbase options to ensure the optimal trailer gap of around 44 inches for dry van or refrigerated trailer applications. Lightweight components like a horizontal exhaust system, a dedicated rear axle, limited

fuel tank configurations, lightweight fifth wheels, aluminum chassis components, and more help reduce the weight of the VNL models by up to 950 pounds. “Spec’ing correctly for an application is a vital first step toward maximizing fuel efficiency,” said Agebrand. “With the Xceed fuel efficiency package we’re providing that starting point.”


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NASTC’s 2018 Transportation Person of the Year


lover, Wisconsin – The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) named Ellen Voie, President and CEO of Women In Trucking Association (WIT) as the 2018 Transportation Person of the Year. The announcement was recently made at the NASTC annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Voie created WIT in 2007 and has been a spokesperson for gender diversity in the trucking industry ever since. The association was formed to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might keep them from succeeding, and to celebrate the successes of its members. Today, over a decade later, Voie, the association, and its members are collectively a force to be reckoned with economically and politically. They have enhanced and elevated the image of trucking and its professional drivers to another level. “I am truly honored to be recognized by David Owen and his team as the

2018 Person of the Year,” Voie said, “We’ve had a long partnership with NASTC and they have been supportive of our efforts to increase the percentage of women employed in the trucking industry by recognizing a female professional driver each year at their conference,” Voie added. “NASTC is honored to count Ellen Voie as one of its long-time partners and colleagues. We are proud to name her our Transportation Person of the Year, 2018,” said David Owen, NASTC President. Prior to establishing WIT, Voie’s role was the Manager of Retention and Recruiting Programs at Schneider, Inc. In 2005, Voie earned the Certificate Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives. In December 2008, she attended Tri-C Truck Driver Academy in Cleveland, Ohio to earn her Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). In July 2012, she was honored by the White House as a Transportation innovator Champion

of Change. She received the 2015 “Distinguished Alumna of the Year” award from her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin – Steven’s Point Division of Communication. Voie was also named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executives magazine’s “2016 Pros to Know,” which honors select supply chain executives who are leading initiatives to help their clients, companies, or the supply chain community at large to prepare for the significant challenges in the year ahead. In May 2016, she was chosen as one of Fleet Owner’s Dozen Outstanding Women in Trucking. In 2017, Voie was named to Insight Success Magazine’s “The 30 Most Inspirational Leaders in Business” and “The 30 Most Innovative CEOs to Watch.” Voie’s background in the trucking industry began in 1980, when she earned a diploma in Traffic and Transportation


WIT’s Top 50 Companies for Women


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Management while employed as Traffic Manager for a steel fabricating plan in central Wisconsin. In 2015, Voie was appointed to serve a two-year term on the FMCSA’s Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Motor Carrier Association and is a member of the Wisconsin DOT’s Motor Carrier Advisory Committee.

lover, Wisconsin – Redefining the Road magazine, the official magazine of the Women In Trucking Association (WIT), announces the recipients of the 2018 “Top 50 Companies for Women to Work For in Transportation.” According to Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT, the magazine created the award to support WIT’s mission: To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. “Top 50 Companies” list are: • AIM Transportation Solutions • American Central Transport • Averitt Express • Bennett International • Brenny Transportation, Inc. • Caron Transportation Systems • Covenant Transport, Inc. • Daimler Trucks North America • Day & Ross Transportation Group • Dedicated Systems Inc.

• Kenworth Truck Company • Knichel Logistics • Landstar • Melton Truck Lines, Inc. • Michelin North America, Inc. • Mister “P” Express, Inc. • National Carriers, Inc. • Navajo Express, Inc. • Next Trucking • OTR Capital, LLC • Omnitracs, LLC • PAM Transport, Inc. • PGT Trucking, Inc. • Paper Transport, Inc. • Peterbilt Motors Company • Prime Inc. • Rihm Kenworth • Sun Coast Resources Inc. • Sunrise Transport, Inc. • Taylor & Associates • Total Transportation of MS • Trailer Transit, Inc. • Transport America • Trimac Transportation Ltd. • Tri-National, Inc. • Trinity Logistics

• • U.S. Xpress, Inc. • Veriha Trucking, Inc. • Volvo Group

• DOT Transportation Inc. • Dupre Logistics, LLC • Estes Express Lines • FedEx Custom Critical • Garner Trucking, Inc. • JR Kays Trucking, Inc. • JX Enterprises Inc. • Keep Truckin, Inc.

• Werner Enterprises, Inc. • YRC Freight For more information, visit www.


Women In Trucking Announces its 2018 November Member of the Month


lover, Wisconsin – Women in Trucking (WIT) has announced Lana Richards Batts as its 2018 Member of the Month. Lana is the Co-President of Driver IQ and has been involved in the trucking industry for over 40 years. Lana is a nationally recognized expert in the trucking industry. She started her career as the highest paid woman, but the lowest paid professional at the American Trucking Associations in 1973 as a transportation analyst. She rose to become the second highest person at ATA as the Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs. She then went on to become the President of the Truckload Carriers Associations. When she grew bored and frustrated with government affairs and Washington, she reinvested herself, turned her rolodex around, and started a mergers and acquisition firm that

specialized in the trucking industry. In 2011, she teamed up with Billie Lee to start a background screening business that also specializes in trucking. Currently, Driver IQ has 23 of the top 25 truckload carriers as customers, which is “a testament to Lana and Billie’s knowledge of the industry; knowledge of the background screening business; their contacts; and their tenacity, resilience, and hard work,” said Ellen Voie, WIT’s President and CEO. Lana is a highly sought-after speaker in the trucking industry and regularly quoted in the trade press with references being as the “Grand Dame of Trucking,” “Queen of the Road,” and “One of Trucking’s Best Known and Most Articulate Advocates.” “You never want to follow Lana to the podium – her speeches are full of facts, stories, and self-deprecating humor,” said Voie.

Part of Lana’s legacy will be her early advocacy for the Commercial Driver’s License, the Professional Truck Driver Institute, and Women in Trucking. Lana likes to quip that diesel runs in her blood. Her father owned a livestock trucking company in Montana and she proudly calls herself a “bull shipper’s daughter.” But she also notes sadly, that she never would have considered running her Dad’s company. Women were only seen in back office functions. But over the years, Lana has noticed that the trucking industry has gone from a seldom mentioned part of the national economy to a powerhouse that deserves respect and admiration for its contributions. She notes, “Women are a part of what makes the trucking industry great. Today, we see women owning and managing trucking companies, managing major trucking trade associations, owning

and managing major suppliers to the trucking industry, driving trucks, and repairing complex equipment. Opportunities abound for women in trucking and I’m glad to have been a part of it.” Follow WIT on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. For more information, visit or call 888.464.9482.


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low sloping hood combines with a redesigned windshield for enhanced

modifications that improve the overall

driver visibility. The engine compart-

driving experience. Newly designed

ment houses the Cummins ISB, ISL

seats and enhanced sleeper environ-

and Detroit DD-13. Multiple frame rail

ment add to driver comfort. For ex-

options are available on the SD prod-

ample the Mack Anthem Sleeper has

uct line. Various axle and suspension

70 inches of stand-up space, offering

configurations are available.

35 percent more room for drivers to

In 2019 Chevrolet will re-enter the

get comfortable, stay well rested and

medium duty market with the Silver-

be in top form for a day on the road.

ado 4500 HD, 5500 HD and 6500 HD

Generous ceiling height in the cab

chassis cabs, all of which are avail-

allows the driver to stand straight

able in regular and crew cab models.

up and walk directly to the sleeper

The Silverados are designed for fleet

without crouching.

operators and commercial outfitters,

The 2019 model year will bring in

suitable for dump box, utility body, flat-

a number of new trucks, some ex-

bed and man lift operations. All will be

tending from 2018, for the medium

powered by a 6.6L Duramax diesel that

duty market. Featured among them

offers 350 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque.

is the Freightliner 114SD severe

Allison automatic transmissions will

duty work truck suitable for many

be used with power take-off units.

vocational applications – concrete,

Other entries into the 2019 model

crane, dump, construction, fire &

year are:

rescue to name a few. Like its 108 SD

• Hino Model 238 medium duty truck

Freightliner 114SD Severe Duty Work Truck Two Kenworth cabover models ran-

what lies ahead in the next 12 months.

ging from Class 5 to Class 8.

The research firm FTR predicts an 8

• Mitsubishi gas powered truck with

percent increase in Class 8 shipments

Verizon Connect telematics and a PSI-

and a higher volume in commercial

GM V-8 engine with 297 hp and 361

trailer production. FTR concluded its

lb. ft. torque.

assessment by saying, “We increased

counterpart the 114 SD comes with

with 23,000-pound GVW and WU 8L

Regulatory changes and new product

application-specific features. The SD

engine with 230 hp and 520 lb. ft.

offerings in heavy duty and medium

models indicating continued strong

product line comes with front frame


duty applications will take place in

freight growth generating robust

extensions suitable for PTOs, outrig-

• Isuzu Class 3-6 N-Series and F-

a new year buoyed by optimism, if

demand for equipment through Q3 of

gers, snowplows and other uses. A

Series low cab forward truck.

industry forecasts accurately predict

next year.”



A Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

B Bennetts Power Service Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern BTC Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Eastern

C C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

D Dieter’s Metal Fabricating Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Dynamic Freight Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Eastern

E Edge Transportation Services Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Western Empire Transportation Services Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eastern

F F.G. Lister & Co. Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Eastern Fleet-Tax Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern

I International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Eastern

J J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3

K Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eastern Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Eastern

M Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

P Polar Mobility Research Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Western Polar Mobility Research Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eastern

T TA Truck Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Eastern Texis Truck Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern The Gear Centre Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 28 Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Transcourt Tank Leasing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 32 TransX Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Western

V Volvo Trucks Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 27

W Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Eastern 22    December 2018

our forecasts for 2019 based on our





EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES BTC Express. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Eastern Dynamic Freight Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Eastern Edge Transportation Services Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Western Empire Transportation Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eastern F.G. Lister & Co. Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Eastern International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Eastern Kelsey Trail Trucking Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Eastern Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Eastern The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 28 TransX Limited. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Western Wilson Truck Lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Eastern FACTORING & FINANCE Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 FUEL ADDITIVES Bennetts Power Service Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 INSURANCE BROKERS Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern PERMITS & WAIVERS C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fleet-Tax Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TANKER LEASING Transcourt Tank Leasing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 32 TOWING Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIRS TruckPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK ACCESSORIES Dieter’s Metal Fabricating Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Traction Truck Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK ENGINE HEATERS Polar Mobility Research Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Western Polar Mobility Research Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eastern TRUCK EXHAUST SALES & SERVICE Texis Truck Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRUCK MANUFACTURERS Volvo Trucks Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 27 TRUCK & TRAILER PARTS & ACCESSORIES Traction Truck Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK SERVICES TA Truck Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Eastern TRUCK TRANSMISSIONS The Gear Centre Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8


2018 Growth 500 Ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies


leinburg, Ontario – 2018 was a benchmark year for the family owned and operated container transport, storage and trucking company. Along with receiving the prestigious 2018 Growth 500 award (formerly known as the PROFIT 500), Amar Transport celebrated its 20 year anniversary and the launch of their impactful new brand and decaling theme on their expanded fleet operations. Of the 500 Canadian companies who received the 2018 award, Amar Transport ranked 14th overall within the transportation sector. According to Founder and President, Amar Deol, “I couldn’t be more pleased about our accomplishments this year. We continue to work diligently to serve our clients and are thankful

for their loyalty and support. Our 20 years of experience has taught us to remain focused and benefit from our principals of controlled, steady growth.” Amar Transport’s core activity is providing trucking within the metro areas of Toronto and Montreal and has recently expanded their service offering to the Midwest USA. They also connect points throughout Ontario and Quebec with overnight service

between Toronto and Montreal being the key lane of activity. Dry vans, reefers and all container types are transported and stored with Amar Transport. Amar Deol adds, “2018 has been a great year for us and being recognized by Canadian Business as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing

Companies has truly been a humbling and appreciative event to further highlight our 20th anniversary.” To find out more about Amar Transport, please visit their website at For more information on the ranking at Growth 500, visit



for vocational use means, in many cases, engine and drivetrains will be replaced. • Up-grading systems such as brakes, cooling systems and improved filtration to clean contaminated diesel fuels. • Installation of vocational bodies, truck equipment. • Work truck body parts sales. • New hydraulic components. It’s not hard to see that the focus of the aftermarket parts distributor should be on the off-road vocations. New Product Neste year-round diesel fuels. All grades are designed for tough northern conditions - the heat of summer, extreme cold in winter, and anything in between. Neste offers a wide range of lowemission fuels for summer and winter conditions and the needs of local markets. All the diesel fuel supplied by Neste in Finland and the other Nordic countries is FAME-free e.g. contains no conventional biodiesel. The fuel’s zero FAME content means that there are no microbial growth or water problems, and no clogged filters, and the fuel has good storage stability. Neste diesel fuel contains d e t e r g e n t , a n d a n t i - c o r r o s i v e, lubricity, and defoaming components that have been selected to provide a high-quality fuel for northern driving conditions. For more information, visit www.


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Private Motor Truck Council of Canada [PMTC]

The Changing Face of Trucking… We All Need to Work Together BY MIKE MILLIAN, PRESIDENT


eaders of Industry Publications are no doubt aware of the study that Newcom Media released on the changing demographics in the Trucking Industry. The stats were reported on in great detail in the October issues of Today’s Trucking, Truck News, and picked up on by other publications since. Just as a quick reflection, the numbers showed that as of 2016 visible minorities accounted for 24.5% of Truck Drivers in Canada, up from 3.5% in 96. South Asian drivers account for 17.8% of the overall truck driving population as of 2016, up from 1.8% in 96. In Vancouver and Toronto, the number of South Asian drivers is even higher, at 55.9% and 53.9%. As reported, anyone who has been in the industry for the last number of years will have noticed the shift, and the increasing presence of immigrant drivers roaming the highways. What I want to discuss is a little more controversial in nature, but something that needs to be addressed in my view. Racism in trucking in Canada. I don’t have hard stats that I can point to that will show you the number of racist incidents on the road, whether it has improved or intensified in the last 20 years, rather I will report on my own experiences in recent times. If you follow trucking blogs on

Facebook or twitter, you will no doubt have seen the racist noise that is spewed by some of the driving, and non-driving population of this industry. I receive, on average, 2 to 3 personal messages per month via email or social media, spewing views that are racist and not based on facts. In these messages new Canadians are blamed for everything and anything that is wrong with our industry. They are called unqualified, poorly trained, dangerous to our highways, being the sole cause of any increases in accident rates among commercial drivers, and in some cases called names that I won’t repeat on these pages. I do believe the people who make these comments represent the vast minority of opinions in our industry, and that most people in our industry are progressive, accepting and adapting to our changing culture and ways. However, any amount of racism is too much in my view. Let’s concentrate our views and efforts towards facts, and specific incidents, not blame every accident or unsafe issue in our industry on a specific culture or race. Do we have untrained and unqualified drivers on our roadways? You bet, and that is unfortunate, and something we need to improve on. However unsafe operators do not have a specific skin colour or ethnic background, they come in all forms. As an industry,

we need to work together to remove all untrained, unqualified and unsafe operators from our highways. We need to improve on and expand MELT, to ensure we have minimum training standards for all drivers. We need to ensure we monitor and follow up to ensure those providing MELT are doing what they say they are doing and training our new drivers to the standard set forth. All carriers need to ensure they properly qualify new drivers, continually train them, mentor them and monitor them. If they are unsafe and unqualified, they need to be removed from your fleet, even if this

means parking more trucks against the fence. Drivers need to ensure they practice defensive driving skills, remove the distractions from their cab, and continuously work on improving their knowledge and skills, in cooperation with their employers and fellow drivers. Enforcement needs to find ways to get at more of the unsafe operators on our highways and target them. They need to inspect more vehicles, lay more changes for unsafe and aggressive behaviours, and remove drivers and carriers from our roadways who do not follow and comply with the rules and are a danger to our highways. As a whole, I am proud of this industry, and the skill and safety of our professional drivers and operators. Professional drivers are some of the most skilled and safe drivers on the roadway. We must however never rest on our laurels. If we want to continuously improve not only the safety of our industry, but its image, we all need to work together to make it better. This includes all races, religions and cultures working together, there is no room for racism in our society, or our industry, and I for one am tired of hearing the comments. If you are an unsafe operator or driver, I want you targeted and either forced to improve, or removed from our industry, and I don’t care what race, religion or cultural background you are. Comply with the rules of our industry or get out.


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Healthy Trucker

By Andrea Morley

Are you a New Driver? Here’s How to Stay Healthy on the Road!


often hear from people new to the industry who are afraid of gaining weight on the road, knowing that it can be difficult to eat well and exercise as a driver. If that’s you, I’m here to help! First, stop telling yourself that you’re going to gain weight or become unhealthy as a driver; as soon as you do this, you’re giving yourself permission to become unhealthy, and it will almost certainly happen. Go in with the attitude of knowing you are in control, and you will be! In addition to the right mindset, you’ll want to have the right habits, so read on for my top 5 tips for new drivers: Get into the habit of packing and cooking as much food as you can, right away. If you start relying on truck stops for food, it will be tough to break the habit, and your health will certainly suffer. If your truck supports cooking equipment, a single-serve blender, rice cooker, portable grill, and an induction cook plate are great options. You don’t need them all, but pick which ones you would use the most to start! If you’re starting as a long haul driver, buy a pair of running shoes to keep in the truck, and USE THEM! It’s up to you how you use your spare time on the road, so be sure to find a time that works for you to exercise, and be consistent. Walking and bodyweight workouts are a great starting point; a pair of dumbbells or a kettlebell for the truck is a great idea too! If you were active before becoming a driver, it’s important to keep your activity at roughly the same level as when you start driving, in order to prevent a decline in your fitness. Exercise is a key part of stress management and mental health as well, so be sure to check it off your list each day! Make sleep a priority. Sleep is the only chance your body has to recover and recharge from a long day, so it’s important to make the most of it. This can mean getting a comfortable mattress topper and pillow, extra curtains for the windshield to block light, and getting enough hours of shut eye each night. Check out my November Vocational Truck & Trailer Journal article for much more information on this! Avoid the coffee, soda, and energy drinks. A coffee or two a day isn’t an issue, but when you’re relying on it to

function all day, your health is going to suffer. Instead, drink plenty of water (time it well so you can use the rest room when you stop) all day long, which helps keep energy levels high and stable, among countless other benefits. Consider adding in a couple of key

supplements to keep your nutrient levels at an optimal level. A high quality multivitamin is a great starting point, but check out my July 2018 article for much more information on this! While there are many other tips and habits that contribute to maintaining your health, these 5 should remain at

the top of your mind as you transition into your new career. Follow along each month as I write articles that dive into these (and other) topics more thoroughly in order to keep you educated and motivated to stay healthy on the road. Stay positive, be creative, and be consistent - you’ve got this!



Road Safety at Work Free Webinar


earn about how organizations can make road safety best practices part of their day-today operations, and the important role a strong safety culture plays. Building and sustaining best practices for workplace road safety. The webinar will: • Explore the value of applying best practices to prevent workplace crashes • Explain practical ways to plan,

build, implement and sustain effective measures • Identify tools and resources to help your organization succeed. This one-hour webinar is presented in conjunction with the BC

Municipal Safety Association and will take place on: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11 a.m. to noon. The webinar is free but you must register in advance to attend. R e g i s t e r n o w a t For more information, contact Angelina Robinson at angelina. robinson@roadsafetyatwork. ca.


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Record-Breaking Truck Numbers as Load Volumes Begin to Recover


oronto, Ontario - TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian load capacity saw an uptick in October following September’s slow push in recovering load volumes at month’s end. At the same time, truck capacity reached an all-time high, which drove the truck-to-load ratio to its highest level in two years. October load volumes were up two percent from September. Year-overyear, October’s load volumes were down 23 percent but have since leveled, following 2017’s extremely strong end-of-year performance when load volumes were climbing to record levels. Intra-Canada loads  accounted for 34 percent of the total volumes and were up three percent year-overyear. Cross-border load  postings represented 64 percent of the data submitted by Loadlink users: Loads leaving Canada to the United States decreased 33 percent yearover-year and Loads entering Canada decreased 28 percent year-over-year.

EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE October recorded the highest volume of equipment postings in Loadlink’s history. October’s equipment postings increased 22 percent when compared to September 2018 and 36 percent when compared to October 2017. TRUCK-TO-LOAD RATIO The average truck-to-load ratio was 3.22 in October, a 20 percent increase from 2.68 in September.

Year-over-year, the average ratio increased 77 percent from 1.82 in October 2017. More information on TransCore



National Excellence in Training Award


a s h v i l l e , Te n n e s s e e Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO), which operates the largest network of companyowned automotive service centers in the world, received the prestigious National Excellence in Training Award for its “BSRO Tech Foundations Workshop.” BSRO, a subsidiary of  Bridgestone Americas, is one of only three organizations in the transportation industry honored in 2018 for educational excellence by the ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC). The award reception was held at the Venetian Hotel-Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas on October 31, 2018. “By equipping and empowering our employees to deliver best-in-class service across our 2,220 stores, the BSRO Tech Foundations Workshop supports our vision to be the most trusted provider of tire and automotive service in every neighborhood we serve,” said Joe Venezia, President, BSRO. “Investing in our employees is integral to providing quality service to our customers. Since the launch in 2016, we have held more than 750 workshops and educated more than 8,600 employees. Over that time, we saw a significant reduction in employee turnover and work-related injuries, which had a positive impact

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on the overall customer experience.” The week-long workshop was developed to onboard and educate all newly hired BSRO vehicle service employees. Each instructor-led segment is followed by hands-on activities in a shop equipped with state-of-the-art technology to allow students to immediately apply what they learn. Training topics include tire knowledge, fluid services, conducting vehicle inspections, proper equipment and systems usage, following standard operating procedures for various automotive services and learning how to practice Safety First, Always  - the BSRO safety mission statement. ATMC National Excellence in Training Awards submissions are judged by a panel of peers. A mean average of all judges’ scores is used to determine the winners. The awards spotlight highly effective and innovative training programs and emphasize the importance of training to the success of the transportation industry.


December 2018   27

Petro-Canada Lubricants

By Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison

An Exciting Road Ahead for 2019


s 2018 draws to a close, here is my take on some of the developments from the past 12 months and a look ahead to what the industry might be talking about in 2019. Reaping the benefits of API CK-4 and FA-4 heavy duty engine oils. 2018 was a year of transition and consolidation that has offered benefits for many fleet owners and operators on their API CK-4 or FA-4 journey. Following the specifications introduction in December 2016 and a year of discovering the new oil categories, the last 12 months have offered a stable period where fleets have really begun to see the operational and cost-saving benefits that the latest oil categories can offer. This includes lowering maintenance costs, improving fuel economy (through the use of lower viscosity oils) along with improved wear pro-

tection, shear stability and oxidation resistance. When combining these improvements, it is also possible to extend oil drain intervals - based on the guidance and recommendations of an expert oil analysis program and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) manual. Over the last 12 months, there has been an increasing movement to use more SAE 10W-30 viscosity grades that we expect to continue into 2019. Also, with two years of robust new trucks sales in 2017 and 2018, the percentage of engines in use allowed to use FA-4 (all 2010 forward DDC and all 2017 forward Cummins X15) is rapidly rising. PUTTING IT TO THE TEST Understandably, following the initial introduction of the API CK-4 and FA-4 specifications, fleet owners and operators are eager to see tangible proof of how the oils are performing

in fleets. To provide real world proof of how these oils can reduce maintenance costs and improve operational efficiency, we launched the DURONTM Challenge. The DURON Challenge gives fleet owners and operators a free trial of DURON for use in one or more of their vehicles, providing an opportunity to discover its high performance and value, supported by oil analysis and expert technical support. DLM Trucking, a family-owned trucking business with a fleet of more than 50 trucks, based in Washington, Unites States, took on the DURON Challenge. DLM saw the positive results almost immediately: • Drain intervals doubled* from 32,000 kms to 64,000 kms • Essentially no oil consumption in the first 32,000 kms using DURON. With DLM’s previous supplier, one gallon of oil was consumed within the first 20,000 kms • The engine oil’s Base Number (BN) at 32,000 kms was 2.5 times better with DURON than it had been with DLM’s previous oil. Resistance to oxidation and nitration, and viscosity retention also improved. Another trial with Jepson Petroleum Alberta Ltd., also revealed the extended drain performance of DURON in extreme temperatures. The results showed that DURON HP 15W-40 extended drain intervals from 500 hours to 750 hours, and demonstrated significant improvement in wear protection, shear stability and Base Number retention.

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The demand for data and real-world proof has seen the DURON Challenge taken on by more than 80 fleets across Canada and the US. With each challenge demonstrating the positive impact of the DURON product line - extended drain intervals, superior engine protection and reduced maintenance costs - it has proven extremely successful in continuing to support the industry transition to CK-4 and FA-4 engine oils. 2019 ON THE HORIZON As API CK-4 and FA-4 heavy-duty engine oils have become familiar and are now being used by most fleets across North America, we can expect 2019 to bring with it expanding product lines for these superior engine oils. Supporting fleets with engine lubricants that deliver increased fuel savings and enhanced engine protection, Petro-Canada Lubricants will continue to lead the way and demonstrate the tangible benefits and performance of its DURON product line. For more information on DURON heavy-duty engine oils and how they may benefit your fleet, visit www. ™ Owned or used under license.


Transport For Christ

By Chaplain Len Reimer

Joy to the World Christmas is the Season of Joy


oy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing. “Joy to the World” is one of the most popular carols of all time. It’s no wonder that this hymn has become a regular part of our Christmas celebrations, and is one of the best-loved carols of all time. After all, Christmas is the season of joy. Christmas is a time for us to rejoice as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. On the night Jesus was born, an angel announced the joyful news: “I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day ... a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,” (Luke 2: 10-11). We can rejoice that Jesus left His glorious throne in heaven and came to earth to become our Savior.

What keeps us from experiencing deep, meaningful joy? The short answer is that we have removed God from His rightful place, and we sit on the throne of our own lives. We occupy ourselves with pleasure and possessions - things which soon will pass away. But God designed us for more; He created us to live in relationship with Him for eternity. When we live in harmony with God, joy is the natural result. How can we be restored to a relationship with God? The answer is Jesus. Even before He was born in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ was designed to die on the cross as our substitute. There, He took the punishment for our sins. He then rose from the grave, proving that He is truly the Son of God - and that the way to everlasting life has been opened. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16). Now that’s wonderful

reason for joy! It’s time to make room in your heart for the King. Recognize that your way falls short of God’s way. Turn to Him and put your trust in the Savior, Jesus said. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved,”

(Romans 10:9). When your heart is made new through God’s saving grace, you not only receive forgiveness of sins: you also enter into a new life characterized by the peace and joy that come from walking with God. We do wish you the most joyful Christmas you ever had.


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Keeping Your Vehicles Clean

By Jack Jackson

Clean & Green Wins Customers


oday many companies struggle with the best method to keep their fleets clean. Economics is always the first test of this struggle. The majority of major corporations and governments that consistently budget for keeping their image clean usually lead their industries. The size and scope of these companies allow the most efficient and cutting edge technology to keep their fleet in the best shape as well as allow them to meet today’s stringent ecological requirements. Clean stands out in the winter, especially on a sunny day. Your rolling advertising on your truck is “wow” to commuters everywhere. There is no better time of year to have the ROI return on the cost of putting your logo and advertising on your trucks. Vehicles are almost obscure of graphics, name and color with all the dirt, sand and salt on the highways and roads everywhere. The clean vehicles

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really catch your eye. Imagine what your customers think? Are they proud to do business with you and have that little thought of “they care” when they see your trucks shining in this weather? With technology available today, many operators are choosing to have control of their image with an ecological theme with the modern truck green movements. This includes bio-diesel, modern trucks, wind skirts, etc. Why not couple this with a green, clean graphic of your logo or product mural on the side of your truck? Do you believe people want to do business with companies that work on that clean, green image? Most do, yet we don’t take the time to consider the competitive advantage you can have over your competition. Consider adding to your profile a green, clean image when presenting your company to potential clients. Put in your portfolio how you are green all around, including washing your vehicles

to maintain the best image when arriving at your customers doors to deliver. The ability to offer green certification of washing with the correct chemicals in the most efficient water usage can be offered when you do your research. Look for that green certification that you can control and you will take something to a client that your competition may not be thinking of to offer. Most large corporations and government facilities wash their own vehicles, not leaving their image to some third party that shows up on weekends (maybe) to pressure wash the sides of their trucks since the back door is usually parked against a fence or building, it seems to be ignored. What chemicals are used and where do those chemicals end up in the sewers or ground in your parking lot? Does your competition offer a green package to their customers on sustainability procedures, including washing that can put them ahead of

your company? Reduction of the carbon footprint has become mainstream and no one really has a competitive advantage, however, do you discuss your water footprint with your customers and prospects? Is your competition showing their new ecological savings of the environment on water savings? Washing your vehicles with the most efficient wash system will give you that edge you may not be thinking of. It’s time to think of ways to be better and washing your own vehicles with the proper methods will put you in the league of the industry leaders that may be taking away the best clients in your industry. Jack Jackson is President of Awash Systems Corp. Email: or call 800.265.7405. Visit our website North America’s leader in Fleet Washing Solutions.


#127 December  

Vocational Truck & Trailer West, Issue 127, December 2018

#127 December  

Vocational Truck & Trailer West, Issue 127, December 2018