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May 2019 Issue 132



Exclusive Canadian Distributor of Schmitz Cargobull Bodies SEE REPORT ON PAGE 4




FEATURES: GINCOR Werx: Exclusive Distributor of Schmitz Cargobull Truck Bodies . . . . . . . . . . . 4 May Theme: Cooling Systems & Emission Controls: Comfort & Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 CAREERS: Outridge Cartoon: The Heat of the Highway . . . . . . . . . 24 COLUMNS: Cross Border Services: Drug Trafficking Ring Seized . . . . . . . 8 Factoring: Top 4 Tips for Recruiting Committed Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Healthy Trucker: Healthy Food on the Go . . . . . . . . . . 20 MarketWatch: Who is Your Competitor? . . . . . . . . . 19 Petro-Canada Lubricants: Impact of Engine Idling for On-Road Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Tires & Wheels: How You Can Manage Tire Repairs with Confidence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Transport For Christ: The Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Women In Trucking: WIT Association Honours Professional Female Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 WIT April Member of the Month . . . . 10


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EDITORIAL: Mexican Border Closure Would Prove Costly For Trucking . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 INDUSTRY NEWS: FLO Components Ltd. Winner of NHES 2019 Lincoln PowerLuber Grease Gun Contest . . . Goodyear Tire Goodyear Highway Hero . . . . . . . . . . iMVR Inc. iMVR Welcomes THRSC Atlantic . . . Train Trailer Rentals Ltd. New Service Facility in Halifax . . . .

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NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES: MAHLE Service Solutions: Next Generation of ArcticPRO AC . . . . 9 Petro-Canada Lubricants: New & Improved DURON GEO LD Product Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY . 12 SPECIAL REPORTS: Official Opening of Volvo Distribution Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 TRACTION & TRUCKPRO DIRECTORY . 16 May 2019   3

Exclusive Canadian Distributor of Schmitz Cargobull Refrigerated Truck Bodies


TT recently spoke with Dave Torrance, Director of Product Development for Gincor Werx about their exclusive Canadian partnership with Schmitz C a r g o b u l l . G i n c o r We r x i s t h e exclusive Canadian distributor for world renowned refrigerated truck body builder Schmitz Cargobull. Schmitz Cargobull Truck Bodies are the best in class backed by a century of manufacturing experience. The patented Ferroplast panel technology is unmatched and provides the best savings to the total cost of ownership. Schmitz Cargobull thermotechnology is the most efficient refrigerated transport truck body on the market.

far more stringent than in North America. Vehicles carrying food and food products require initial certification and then testing and re-certification over the life of the vehicle. The high cost of fuel in Europe has driven the need to maximize thermal efficiency in bodies and trailers to reduce runtime on refrigeration units and save on fuel and maintenance costs. High transportation costs in Europe have led to an expectation and demand for products with a long life-cycle. Schmitz Cargobull is the market leader in Europe for insulated bodies and trailers. Their patented Ferroplast panels are unique and offer superior insulation, high strength for long

Schmitz Cargobull's patented Ferroplast panels are unique and offer superior insulation, high strength for long life and absolute vapour-tightness for maximum thermal efficiency North American insulated bodies and trailers are typically sheetand-post construction used for dry freight applications with spacers installed on wall posts and roof bows to accept foam insulation to the desired thickness. Foam is sprayed or injected into the wall cavities turning the dry freight body into an insulated reefer body. In Europe composite panels are widely used. These panels are made specifically for insulated bodies and trailers and are not just a modified dry freight panel. Advancements in insulation technology in Europe have been driven by a number of differences in their market. Standards for food processing and distribution are 4    May 2019

life and absolute vapour-tightness for maximum thermal efficiency over time. Steel skins are bonded to NX17 polyurethane foam to produce a panel that is incredibly strong and structurally superior to other combinations of composite materials like fibreglass and aluminum. Gincor Werx is now partnered with Schmitz Cargobull to represent their truck body and trailer products in Canada. By nature of the design these products are shipped to Canada in modular form for final assembly at plants in Canada. This modular design allows us to inventory bodies in kit form for quick assembly. We have a wide variety of sizes and configurations of truck bodies in

Schmitz Cargobull components are shipped to Canada in modular form for final assembly at plants in Canada. stock that can be assembled and installed on your chassis in a very short period of time. With reefer season upon us lead times from North American suppliers are pushed well out into the year and it is difficult to get refrigerated equipment on the road before the season ends. We can get you on the road in timely fashion with a superior insulated body that will outlast conventional truck bodies by many years. With four decades of experience and expertise in the custom manufacturing of vocational vehicles, Gincor Werx is an industry leader known for its quality workmanship and technical innovation. Its products include dump bodies, work ready,

snow and ice equipment, cranes, flat decks, roll-off hook-lifts, van bodies and heavy haul float trailers. In 2017 Gincor formed a strategic partnership with DEL Equipment, which brings an additional 70 years of truck equipment solutions to an already solid industry identity. Our combined 13 facilities give Gincor a breadth of product offering a true national footprint which includes 478,000 sq.ft. of manufacturing space, 90 installation bays, 550 employees and 22 service bays. For more information please contact Dave Torrance, Business Development Manager by email davetorrance@gincor.com or call 647.449.5594.


With four decades of experience and expertise in the custom manufacturing of vocational vehicles, Gincor Werx is an industry leader known for its quality workmanship and technical innovation.

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May Theme: Cooling Systems & Emission Controls

By Marek Krasuski

Cooling Systems & Emission Controls: Comfort & Compliance


espite current weather conditions summer is fast approaching and with it are thoughts about air conditioning systems to provide cool comfort for drivers during summers that are becoming longer and hotter. But they come with a cost. A vehicle’s air conditioning system can increase fuel consumption by up to 20 percent because of the extra load on the engine. Load stress depends on vehicle size, outdoor temperature and other conditions. With climate change underway the industry has been vigorous in reducing emissions as much as possible, so electrically powered auxiliary power units (APU's), devices that provide additional energy, are looked upon favourably. Battery powered systems are quiet and relatively maintenance free compared to diesel run APU's that require maintenance – oil changes, filters – around every 500 hours. The fuel required to operate an APU is less than running the truck of course, but has typically been viewed as more energy intensive than battery operated alternatives. Yet the advantage of diesel powered APU's is their longer running cycles. As battery technology improves however, their running times are extended as well. Carrier Transicold’s ComfortPro electrically powered auxiliary unit, for example, will cool a cab with zero emissions, promise a long lasting running time of about 11 hours and generate 7,500 Btu/h of air conditioning. The units are powered by four absorbent glass mat batteries

C a r r i e r Tr a n s i c o l d ’s C o m f o r t P ro electrically powered auxiliary unit. 6    May 2019

with power replenished from the truck’s alternator. For many, electric powered APUs are preferable to their engine-driven counterparts as there are fewer moving parts to change, and no oil or fuel filters to replace. Yet while upgrades are made to battery technologies that extend run cycles on electric APUs, diesel powered APUs are becoming more efficient. Carrier Transicold, for example, has updated its ComfortPro diesel powered units along with its electric APUs. The updates reduce maintenance time and extend service cycles to twice their previous intervals. The ComfortPro diesel APU provides air conditioning, engine warming and battery charging, among other functions, with 12,000 Btu/h of cooling power and 10,000 Btu/h of heat. Webasto is another provider of vehicle air conditioning products. These systems charge the cold accumulators during the vehicle’s movement. Cold temperatures are then emitted when the vehicle is

Webasto’s Cool Top RTE 10 systems charge the cold accumulators during the vehicle’s movement. Cold air is then emitted when the vehicle is parked. parked. Among Webasto’s product choice is the Cool Top RTE 10. The system is easily installed in the roof of the cab, the compressor driven system is prefilled with refrigerant and connected to a 24 volt battery. This electric parking cooler reduces engine idling time and saves fuel. The Cool Top yields high energy efficiency thanks to a powerful cooler system. The electrically powered unit means there is no fuel consumption, and low voltage cut-off assures problem free starting as little power is drawn from the engine. Webasto also provides the Rooftop system ranging from 3.5 to 6.2 kW. The Rooftop is ideal for off road applications and can be used in construction and

agricultural vehicles, ambulances and firefighting equipment. The Rooftop is easy on fuel consumption thanks to lightweight materials, offers high aerodynamic efficiency, and has a compact design that makes for easy installation in various cab configurations. Both diesel powered and electric powered APUs should meet most cooling needs, as long as some forward thinking supports their use. Drivers claim that closing the cab curtains before shut down for the day keeps the sun out and the cab cooler, drawing much less power than repeatedly turning on and off the unit. For several decades Autoclima has been a leader in the design and manufacture of air conditioning systems for vehicles. Today it provides equipment for the over the road market and for vocational applications, among others. Suited for earth moving machines and agricultural vehicles Autoclima has six product offerings. The Modula is an electrically driven unit powered by 12V/24V power outlet or by a hydraulic power feed. The Modula derives its namesake from its modular configuration that enables flexible installation. The Modula is available in three product offerings – the Modula RT, Modula MK and Modula MC. For the crane operator Autoclima features the Compact electric unit ACW 50. This 220V vertical unit consists of a condenser, evaporator and hermetic compressor and is suitable for severe environments such as high concentrations of micron particles. An alternative, the portable, e a s i l y installed Roof Top

AutoClima provides equipment such as the Modula RT for the over-the-road and vocational applications.

unit RT 40 works well for cooling small interior spaces like tractors and small trucks, similar to the Roof Evaporator RE 50, also lightweight, compact and easily installed. Autoclima also offers aftermarket products for delivery and long haul trucks. In Canada Wajax, through its extensive dealer network, supplies the Fresco system which Autoclima describes as follows: “The Fresco battery powered no-idle air-conditioning systems are the most efficient truck air-conditioning systems available today. The Fresco 6000 requires no diesel fuel, requires minimal seasonal maintenance which dramatically reduces vehicle operational costs, while ensuring a well-rested driver each day through maximum climate comfort.” Choosing an electric or diesel system depends on a number of factors – air temperature, humidity, solar irradiation through windows, cab size, driving mode of vehicle. Parcel service vehicles with frequent opening and closing of side doors, for example, are likely to demand more power than long haul trucks where engines operate steadily and continuously over longer periods and cabs are closed longer. Still, there is no denying there are advantages to both systems. Diesel powered units produce virtually unlimited power for cooling. Battery powered alternatives on the other hand have the advantage of running quietly, but with limited run times before recharging. This can be especially difficult for drivers running in climates with hotter temperatures. In such cases some drivers complain they have to run the truck engine for longer periods to recharge batteries. And insufficient cooling during overnight breaks have led some operators to migrate toward diesel powered systems as the preferred choice. R e g a r d l e s s o f p r e f e r e n c e, driving all developments in truck technology is the desire for continuous reductions in emissions. Over the past two decades the industry has invested billions of dollars in reducing particulates and smog emissions, chiefly through Selective Catalytic Reduction CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 >>


By Aidan Oliver

Top 4 Tips for Recruiting Committed Drivers


s y o u r t r u c k i n g c o m p a n y ’s recruiting and retention efforts off to a rough start? You are not the only one. Many carriers are unable to balance their recruitment and retention efforts correctly, says the President and CEO of The Hightower Agency, an advertising firm that focuses on driver recruitment and retention. With employee turnover trending upwards, the road ahead may not be as bleak as it seems. The solution to your hiring challenges may come in the form of more tech-oriented strategies that can help you reach a diverse and younger driver base. 1. How to Recruit Drivers: Go to Where Your Leads Are Your recruitment process begins with identifying all of the online and offline spaces your ideal driver spends their time and the types of technology they use to access information. Many trucking companies are m ov i n g t o w a r d s s o c i a l m e d i a , instead of job boards and trade publications, as a source for securing potential drivers. 2. How to Recruit Drivers: Move Leads through the Hiring Process at a Faster Rate than Your Competitors The move towards social media is your first step towards instantaneous communication with ideal hires. However, given the rate at which drivers apply to multiple companies

it also pays to create an application process that is mobile-friendly and accessible to drivers at any time. For instance, you can use Lead advertisements on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to quicken and ease the application process for ideal hires. This advertisement style is perfect for drivers on the go as the job application can be auto-filled with their information.

3. How to Recruit Drivers: Develop a Network of Brand Ambassadors It is almost guaranteed that every potential lead will ask about the level of driver satisfaction at your company. Instead of simply reciting statistics, use your current driver base and social media accounts to communicate how your trucking operation is value-driven and employee-focused. This process

can take many forms such as creating a social media campaign that showcases your drivers’ experiences or assigning a driver with the responsibility of following up with ideal hires post interview. Although time-consuming, this process doubles as a retention tactic for current drivers who want to be more involved in your business. 4. H o w t o R e c r u i t D r i v e r s : Incorporating Technologies that Keep Engagement Going You can keep the conversation going with potential hires by collecting their information and putting them on an email drip campaign. This way, your hiring efforts will stay on the top of their mind. 5. Bonus Tip: How to Calculate Your Driver Turnover Rate Have these driver recruitment tips helped you attract committed drivers? Calculate your driver turnover rate before and after you implement these tactics to see if they have improved your driver retention rate. To calculate your company’s driver turnover rate: divide the number of employees who leave each year by the average number of employees on the payroll and then multiply by 100. With this information, you can identify any employee engagement issues at your workplace and devise a plan to remedy the situation.


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Cross Border Services

By Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services

Drug Trafficking Ring Seized in Ontario


n International network of drug smuggling and trafficking has been dismantled in Barrie, Ontario by the OPP during their joint 15 month long investigation: Project Tattler. Project Tattler began in December 2017, 15 months of work by the organized crime enforcement bureau,

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the K9 unit, OPP Teams, emergency response team, provincial asset team along with the Canada Border Service Agency, Canada Revenue Agency, US CBP and US Department of Homeland Security. The combined effort of all investigators involved, were able to apprehend and take down this drug smuggling and trafficking ring.

In February 2019, 55 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $5.5 million was seized from a long haul transport truck at the Windsor, Ontario port of entry. The truck, owned and operated by Slabodan Poznic of SP Trucking, was found to contain the bricks of cocaine hidden within the cab in a hydraulic compartment. Slabodan was enroute back to Canada from California. Slabodan was arrested immediately for importation of drugs into Canada and the tractor cab was also seized. During the 15 month long investigation, police also seized $800,000  in cash, a  pick-up truck, a tractor trailer  and three off-road vehicles, including two premium UTV’s and a snowmobile, total value $260,000. The cocaine was distributed throughout central and south west Ontario as well as the GTA. The

monetary profits from the sales of these drugs was found to be paid out through Ontario, Canada and it was further discovered that money was being sent to Mexico therefore gaining the knowledge that these drugs did in fact originate from Mexico. Arrested and charged with drug importation and trafficking related offences during the Project Tattler were: Michael Nagtzaam 35 years old from Springwater Township, Ontario, Abrahan Brito 32 years old from New Tecumseth, Ontario, Slabodan Poznic 44 years old from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. For more information about this article or safety & compliance programs such as CTPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP, AEO, CSA, please contact Cross Border Services at www. crossborderservices.org or email dawntruell@gmail.com.



MAHLE's Next Generation of ArcticPRO AC for R134A & R1234YF Refrigerants


armington Hills, Michigan – The next generation of ArcticPRO A/C refrigerant handling systems from MAHLE Service Solutions are now available for sale. The six newly designed machines were introduced to the industry at AAPEX 2018. Two units (ACX2280 and ACX2250) are available to service vehicles that are factory-filled with the new R1234yf refrigerant. Four units (ACX2180, ACX2180H, ACX2150 and ACX2120H) are available to recover, recycle and recharge vehicles equipped with R134a refrigerant. “These ‘next gen’ units, as we like to call them, will serve as the hallmark of the MAHLE Service Solutions equipment lineup for years to come,” said Rich Wolf, General Manager, MAHLE Service Solutions. “The technology that they bring to service providers offers features and benefits that are unrivaled by anyone currently in the A/C machine space.” The high-performance units are smaller in size than previous models taking up less space in automotive repair shops without compromising performance. One of the most popular features is an ergonomic, hinged cabinet service door for easy access to all internal components. The cabinet door is gas strut assisted and can be opened single-handedly for simple unit maintenance. According to MAHLE Service Solutions, five of the six new models feature a large 7-inch capacitive LCD touch screen and a state-of-the-art, intuitive user interface, so technicians

can navigate menus with ease. All units feature fully automatic operation, allowing them to run virtually unattended so technicians have extra time to perform other duties. A bright, easily visible LED indicator light at the top of the unit comes on during use to indicate machine status and when the vehicle service has been completed. A convenient phone app, supporting IOS and Android devices, allows technicians to remotely mirror A/C service sessions and other advanced functions like push notifications. The added benefit of Wi-Fi capability ensures that the software on each unit is up-to-date with all the latest functional software and feature enhancements available. A remote technician screen control feature allows MAHLE’s technical support team access to a unit over Wi-Fi for advanced troubleshooting and support. Data management and reporting metrics are included on the new ACX models with touch screen. They can log activity and errors during services, allowing for analytics, proactive service reminders, refrigerant use optimization, warranty reporting and other functions. A refrigerant identifier to ensure the proper refrigerant is being serviced is integrated on the ACX2280, while an internal identifier with a separate sample hose is available on the ACX2250 eliminating the risk of internal contamination of the unit. Both units service R1234yf vehicles.

Several models have an oil system management function to provide automatic weighing of recovered and injected oil, allowing accurate replenishment of oil removed during service. Built in network printing from the unit interface can generate full-page service reports or emailed reports for customers. Optionally, built in thermal printers also are available. MAHLE provides a two-year warranty, which includes a full one-year warranty and a second year for parts only. The company says every unit is easy to maintain either by the owner, t h r o u g h M A H L E ’s , nationwide service centers or with phone/ Wi-Fi technical support coverage. The ArcticPRO

series from MAHLE Service Solutions offers a wide array of A/C servicing equipment, loaded with additional cost-saving features and superior system performance. For more information, visit www. servicesolutions.mahle.com.


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By Ellen Voie

WIT Association Honours Professional Female Drivers


lover, Wisconsin – Although women comprise just under eight percent of the driver population, that number is steadily increasing as more females are getting behind the wheel. Part of the Women In Trucking Association’s (WIT) mission is to encourage and support these pioneers and celebrate their success and achievements. Ten years ago, in honor of this mission, WIT created the “Salute t o Wo m e n B e h i n d t h e W h e e l ” ceremony to recognize and honor female drivers for their service and commitment to the industry. This year’s event took place Saturday, March 30 at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Between 115 female drivers, they tallied nearly 1,700 collective years of driving and several women were recognized for driving careers spanning forty years or more! “The annual Salute event shows that women can thrive and enjoy a career as a professional driver,” said Ellen Voie, President and CEO of WIT. “Whether they are industry veterans

or newcomers, they are paving the way for women to participate and succeed in a male-dominated industry. We want them to know we see them, and they are valued.” The celebration included valuable self-defense demonstrations by Debbie Gardner of SURVIVE Institute and LIFELITE’s PepperBall Launcher, a live broadcast of the Women In Trucking show on SiriusXM’s Road

Dog Channel 146, a high-energy performance from Jayne Denham, an award-winning singer and song writer from Australia, delicious chocolate fountains, and the iconic truck-shaped cake. T h e Wo m e n I n Tr u c k i n g Scholarship Foundation gave away numerous prizes and raised $2,443 in donations from the attendees, which was matched by UPS. In addition,

Photo by Paul Hartley, AddMedia

the Women In Trucking Foundation received a $5,000 donation from UPS and a $25,000 donation from Ryder to support its efforts in bringing more women into the industry through their scholarship program. Landstar took home the Driver Participation award with the most female drivers present. The event also included the annual group photo of the women in their WIT red t-shirts and ended with the distribution of goodie bags filled with items from the event sponsors. This year’s sponsors of the event were: • GOLD: Arrow Truck Sales, Uber Freight, Walmart Transportation • SILVER: Design Transportation • BRONZE: Brenny Transportation, Landstar, LIFELITE, Michelin, Oberg, PACAAR Parts, TA Petro, Total Transportation of Mississippi, Trinity Logistics, UPS • COPPER: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. • NICKEL: Tri-State Motor Transit, Rand McNally, J.B. Hunt For more information, visit www. womenintrucking.org or call 888.464.9482.


WIT April Member of the Month


lover, Wisconsin – Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is pleased to announce Bonnie Neal as its 2019 April Member of the Month. The 76-year-old is currently driving part time in Oregon.

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Bonnie has been in trucks since she was 10 years old, riding with her Dad in a log truck in the Oregon Mountains. She had to quit riding with him when she was old enough to drive as girls were not allowed to drive trucks at that time. At the age of 18, Bonnie married a logger’s son who also wanted to drive. He eventually began hauling produce on the West coast for a company that allowed female drivers. In 1974, Bonnie paid $20 for the truck driver’s medical card, $10 for the chauffeur ’s license endorsement on her driver’s license and was finally allowed behind the wheel of a truck. Bonnie’s first truck was a 1963 Peterbilt, ‘Jimmey 318’ and two sticks – 5 speed main, 4 speed ‘brownie’. Her husband quit driving in 1982, and Bonnie ran their 1979 Freightliner COE for a few more

months. A divorce sent her out on her own. Bonnie began driving for a company in Portland, Oregon running teams. She decided to drive solo, but couldn’t find a company in the area that would hire a solo woman driver. Once she moved to Texas she had no problem finding a job. She stayed in Texas for over 30 years driving long haul, regional, and construction. In 2011, Bonnie experienced health issues that forced her to quit driving for four years. Once she recovered, she went back to trucking. In 2016, she moved back to her hometown in Oregon where she continued her driving career. After over 40 years on the road, Bonnie still loves driving and says it was all worth it. Her advice is to show kindness even when it is not expected. She feels blessed to drive

for a company that shows respect and kindness not only to her, but to all their employees. “It makes a huge difference,” she said. Bonnie was taught at a young age that when you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you. She shares the same message about her truck. She suggests to those wanting to be professional drivers to take care of your equipment, listen to your own personal needs and let your faith guide you. “Trucking is a lifestyle – period. Is a fun way to live, you will love it if you really enjoy changes and rolling on down the road,” she said. For more information, visit www. womenintrucking.org or call 888.464.9482.



By Marek Krasuski

Mexican Border Closure Would Prove Costly For Trucking, Commerce


ay you live in interesting times” is an expression commonly attributed to traditional Chinese lore. Regardless of its debatable origin though the aphorism seems particularly relevant to today’s political climate. Take stock of the blue wave sweeping this country. In 2015 over 30 million Canadians lived in provinces and territories run by left – of-centre governments, mainly Liberal and NDP. Just four years later only 1.5 million Canadians can make the same claim. Conservative and right-of-centre governments are now in charge in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and most recently Alberta with the electoral victory of Jason Kenny and his United Conservative Party. And south of the border political intrigue dominates the news. Say what you want about Donald Trump,

but the US President never fails to rally his supporters, enrage his detractors, and mystify millions of apolitical observers normally detached from the political fray. His pronouncements, whether enacted into law or languishing in the background as potential threats to employ at a politically expedient future date, always elicit impassioned response. One such threat voiced in early April, and one that would have serious repercussions for the trucking industry, is Trump’s intention to close the Mexican border. Shutting the border would bring havoc to integrated supply chains that run between Canada, the United States and Mexico. In fact, even the threat of the closing uttered nearly a month ago soon caused frustration leading to financial costs. Following his announcement, trucks delivering

goods from Mexico to the US faced up to 12 hours of gridlock after border agents were transferred to enforce Trump’s principal objective – stem the tide of immigrants. Border agents were redirected to help with processing migrants entering the United States. Illegal immigration, in fact, is what prompted President Trump to issue the border closure threat, citing Mexico’s failure to stop immigrants from pouring into the United States seeking a better life. Truckers caught in the gridlock feared they could face millions in fines for late delivery of goods and possibly the cancellation of their contracts with clients. The reshuffling of border agents also led to the reduction of truck lanes for the inspection of imports into the US, prompting fears of a significant loss for transportation companies, drivers and factories, among other

economic casualties. For now at least, Trump has held back on his threat, not least because of strong advice from the American business community. There is $1.5 billion in daily trade between the US and Mexico, and any action that blocks commerce at the border would be harmful to the US as well as to Mexico. Car makers, for example, export about 2.6 million Mexicanmade vehicles to the United States, accounting for about 15 percent of all vehicles sold in dealerships around the country. It is predicted that disrupting the flow of trade in the auto sector could result in the closure of many US auto parts plants which depend heavily on components brought in from Mexico. Americans would suffer, too, from a shortage of produce brought in CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 >>

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FLO COMPONENTS LTD. “For Total Lube Solutions, Go With the FLO!” 50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Tel: 905.671.2355 Fax: 905.671.2358 sales@flocomponents.com www.flocomponents.com Components by:

••• S.E.T.I. INC. Service, Experience, Technology, Innovation! 5314 Trafalgar Road Milton, ON L9E 0Y8 Tel: 905.878.7161 info@autogreaser.com www.autogreaser.com



ONTARIO TRUCK TRAINING ACADEMY "At Ontario Truck Training Academy we provide the highest quality of training for commercial driver licenses. We are a certified member of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario and offer certified AZ Training for the Professional Truck Driver Institute. We meet specific terms and conditions to ensure that all individuals receive training which conforms to today's standards and safety requirements." Training Drivers Professionally for the Trucking Industry. MISSISSAUGA 6875 Invader Crescent Mississauga, ON L5H 287 800.753.2284 • 800.753.2284 905.792.0985 yvette.lagrois@otta.ca www.otta.ca PRESCOTT 300 Churchill Road West Prescott, ON KOE 1TO 800.753.2284 yvette.lagrois@otta.ca www.otta.ca KINGSTON 1525 Centennial Drive Kingston, ON K7P 0K4 800.753.2284 613.389.6000 • 613.389.1998 yvette.lagrois@otta.ca www.otta.ca BELLEVILLE 53 Grills Road Belleville, ON K8N 5J2 800.753.2284 613.771.1495 yvette.lagrois@otta.ca www.otta.ca OSHAWA 199 Wentworth Street East Oshawa, L1H 3V6 800.753.2284 905.723.1237 • 905.723.1245 yvette.lagrois@otta.ca www.otta.ca

COMPLIANCE SERVICES 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 WilsonInstruments@sympatico.ca www.wilsoninstrumentsltd.com


CROSS BORDER SERVICES CTPAT, FAST, PIP TTP, AEO, CSA, SCAC, MC, DOT, CVOR, NEXUS, Bonding, Training Programs & Seminars, for ALL Business Types. 1450 Headon Road, PO Box 93005 Burlington, ON L7M 4A3 Tel: 905.973.9136 Alt Tel: 289.337.9134 Contact: Dawn Truell, BSc Psych, BBA dawntruell@gmail.com www.crossborderservices.org

COMPLIANCE SERVICES DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING ONTARIO TRUCK TRAINING ACADEMY ""At Ontario Truck Training Academy we provide the highest quality of training for commercial driver licenses. We are a certified member of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario and offer certified AZ Training for the Professional Truck Driver Institute. We meet specific terms and conditions to ensure that all individuals receive training which conforms to today's standards and safety requirements." Training Drivers Professionally for the Trucking Industry. PETERBOROUGH 365 Lansdowne Street East, Unit 1 Peterborough, ON K9L 2A3 800.753.2284 705.743.1888 • 705.743.1875 yvette.lagrois@otta.ca www.otta.ca

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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 terrya@aaexhaust.com www.aaexhaust.com



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 recruiting@itsinc.on.ca www.itstruck.ca


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

EDMONTON 14715-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8826 Tel: 780.453.5105 Fax: 780.452.3555 sales@gearcentregroup.com www.patsdriveline.com NEW BRUNSWICK

MONCTON #6, 191 Henri Dunant Street Moncton, NB E1E 1E4 Toll Free: 833.500.7287 Tel: 506.855.7446 Fax: 506.859.4327 sales@gearcentregroup.com www.patsdriveline.com

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 driver.recruitment@siemenstransport.com www.siemenstransport.com



MISSISSAUGA #1, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 877.438.3155 Tel: 905.564.3155 Fax: 905.564.3166 sales@gearcentregroup.com www.patsdriveline.com


IMVR – IRIS “Enhancing Performance in Virtual Reality” 4654 Ontario Street Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Toll Free: 855.224.iMVR (4687) Tel: 289.260.2820 info@imvr.ca www.iMVR.ca

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 timd@rosedale.ca or recruiting@rosedale.ca www.rosedalegroup.ca


DRIVER SERVICES, RECRUITMENT & EMPLOYMENT ACCUTRAC CAPITAL SOLUTIONS INC. 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 clientservices@itrcanada.com www.itrcanada.com

KEE HUMAN RESOURCES “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 recruit@keehumanresources.com www.keehumanresources.com

“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.” 174 West Street South, 2nd Floor Orillia, ON L3V 6L4 Toll Free: 866.531.2615 Toll Free Fax: 866.531.2651 Bruce@accutraccapital.com www.AccutracCapital.com



J D FACTORS 315 Matheson Blvd. East Mississauga, ON L4Z 1X8 Toll Free: 800.263.0664 Tel: 905.501.5000 Fax: 905.501.0395 CanadaSales@JDFactors.com www.JDFactors.com WESTERN CANADA

1-141 Commercial Drive Calgary, AB T3Z 2A7

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: john_clancy@ajg.com London: cameron_blair@ajg.com ajgcanada.com


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 jpalmer@palmeratlantic.ca www.palmeratlantic.ca



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 sales@flocomponents.com www.flocomponents.com Components by:


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


LIQUID CAPITAL MIDWEST CORP. “Others Promise… We Deliver” "White Glove Service and Industry Expertise. Same-day funding, including weekends. Customized competitive rates."

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 lgarofalo@bairdmacgregor.com www.bairdmacgregor.com


730 PERMIT SERVICES INC. A Division of Disa Permits Canada Company ULC "Established in 1992, our experts have detailed knowledge of the filing systems for permits, accounting and audits." BROCKVILLE 1245 California Avenue, Unit B Brockville, ON K6V 7N5 Toll Free: 800.410.4754 Tel: 613.657.1244 • Fax: 613.657.1453 info@permitservices.com WOODSTOCK 535 Mill Street Woodstock, ON N4S 0A9 Tel: 519.537.8658 • Fax: 519.537.7956 jgoff@730permitservices.com www.730permitservices.com



ABRAMS TOWING “Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing Toll Free: 888.667.5438 Tel: 416.398.9474 www.abrams.ca


176 Seacliff Drive West Leamington, ON N8H 3Y5 Toll Free: 877.653.9426 Tel: 519.419.5044 Fax: 855.295.6605 riacobelli@liquidcapitalcorp.com www.liquidcapitalmidwest.com



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 tmccarthy@brysoninsurance.ca www.brysoninsurance.ca


& Maintenance Trades.” Mississauga, ON L5T 1L7 Tel: 905.677.5088 Fax: 905.677.4917 brendachu@multilinefasteners.com www.multilinefasteners.com


FLEET-TAX SERVICES INC. Celebrating 19 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 www.fleettaxservices.com

ERB AND ERB INSURANCE BROKERS LTD. What you want to protect the most. We protect the best! 818 Victoria Street North Kitchener, ON N2B 3C1 Toll Free: 800.265.2634 Tel: 519.579.4270 Fax: 519.741.1977 cbunn@erb-erb.com or info@erb-erb.com www.erb-erb.com

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 pvoelker@sympatico.ca www.cutcinc.ca



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 gbennett@powerservice.ca www.powerservice.ca

trailers@fgiltd.ca www.fgitrailers.com



“Serving fastener needs for Industrial, Automotive 1100 Courtney Park Dr. E., Unit 5

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

JONES DESLAURIERS INSURANCE MANAGEMENT INC. Transportation Insurance Broker/Advisor™ 2375 Skymark Avenue Mississauga, ON L4W 4Y6 Toll Free: 877.232.9996 Tel: 416.240.5695 Fax: 416.259.7178 donnyc@jdimi.com www.jdimi.com

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 info@krown.com www.krown.com

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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 info@mttrepair.com www.mttrepair.com

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Traction locations on page 16



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 calgary@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com 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 edmonton@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com 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 grandeprairie@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com LLOYDMINSTER FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 5701-63rd Avenue Lloydminster, AB T9V 3B8 Toll Free: 800.661.9709 Tel: 780.875.9115 Fax: 780.875.1403 lloydminster@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com 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 reddeer@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com MANITOBA

BRANDON FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 1440 Highland Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A7 Toll Free: 866.883.6120 Tel: 204.571.5980 Fax: 204.571.5982 brandon@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com WINNIPEG FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 2525 Inkster Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R2R 2Y4 Toll Free: 800.282.8044 Tel: 204.632.8261 Fax: 204.956.1786 winnipeg@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com 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 mississauga@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com

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SUDBURY FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES C-112 Fielding Road Lively, ON P3Y 1L5 Toll Free: 866.328.7725 Tel: 705.222.1042 sudbury@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com 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 thunderbay@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com SASKATCHEWAN

REGINA FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 1523 Ross Avenue East Regina, SK S4N 7E5 Toll Free: 800.552.8044 Tel: 306.757.5606 Fax: 306.781.7926 regina@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com SASKATOON FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 3426 Faithfull Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 8H1 Toll Free: 800.772.4599 Tel: 306.242.3465 Fax: 306.933.4850 saskatoon@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com



“Your Complete Transportation Business Partner”

Providing “drive-away” and tow-a-way 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: 289.960.0759 sales@drivestardelivers.com www.drivestardelivers.com

4049 Eastgate Cres. London, ON N6L 1B7 Toll Free: 800.363.4380 Tel: 519.652.2100 Fax: 519.652.6593 info@gerrystrucks.com www.gerrystrucks.com



LOUNSBURY HEAVY-DUTY TRUCK CENTRE FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES Sales and NSM certified installation of snow plows, sanders, mixers, dump bodies and more. truckequip@fgiltd.ca www.fortgarryindustries.com


"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

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 terrya@aaexhaust.com www.aaexhaust.com

14 Millennium Drive Fredericton NB E3C 2N8 Toll Free: 888.339.7344 Tel: 506.459.1204 • Fax: 506.454.1376 lounsbury.truck@lounsburys.com www.lounsburytruck.com



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 info@minimizer.com www.minimizer.com

Texis Truck Exhaust “Diesel Performance Specialists” 1850 Gage Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1S2 Toll Free: 800.267.4740 Tel: 905.795.2838 Fax: 905.678.3030 texis@bellnet.ca www.texisexhaust.com


"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 sales@allied-transmission.com service@allied-transmission.com www.allied-transmission.com

Authorized Allison Dealer



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 info@qualitycollision.ca www.qualitycollision.ca

"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 mitch@totalexhaust.com www.totalexhaust.com

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 manager@crtransmission.com www.crtransmission.com





CALGARY 7170 Blackfoot Trail SE Calgary, AB T2H 2M1 Toll Free: 800.661.1378 Tel: 403.252.3880 Fax: 403.252.6308 sales@gearcentregroup.com www.gearcentre.com EDMONTON 14811-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8825 Tel: 780.452.6933 Fax: 780.455.8612 sales@gearcentregroup.com www.gearcentre.com

MISSISSAUGA #3, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 844.564.8998 Tel: 905.564.8998 Fax: 905.564.6284 sales@gearcentregroup.com www.gearcentre.


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) sales@gearcentregroup.com www.gearcentre.com


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 sales@siautomatics.com service@siautomatics.com www.siautomatics.com



A A&A Exhaust Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Anvil Ring Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

B Bennetts Power Service Products Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 28 Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern

C C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

G GINCOR Werx. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

I iMVR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern International Truckload Services Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Eastern

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

P Private Motor Truck Council of Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eastern

S Siemens Transportation Group Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

T Texis Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern The Rosedale Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 23 Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

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


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 info@awashsystems.com www.awashsystems.com


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 sales@compassvehicledelivery.com www.compassvehicledelivery.com



CONFERENCES Private Motor Truck Council of Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eastern DRIVER ENHANCING VR SOFTWARE iMVR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Anvil Ring Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Eastern

Siemens Transportation Group Inc 25 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 23

FACTORING & FINANCE Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 J D Factors Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 FUEL ADDITIVES Bennetts Power Service Products Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 28 INSURANCE BROKERS Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern PERMITS & WAIVERS C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 TOWING Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRUCK BODY MANUFACTURERS GINCOR Werx. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIRS TruckPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK ACCESSORIES Traction Truck Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK EXHAUST SALES & SERVICE A&A Exhaust Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Texis Truck Exhaust. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRUCK MANUFACTURERS Volvo Trucks Canada. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 27 TRUCK & TRAILER PARTS & ACCESSORIES Traction Truck Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 May 2019   15

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TRACTION FORT MCMURRAY Paramount Parts Inc. 10218 King Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1X9 Tel: 780.791.3000

TRACTION ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE NAPA Auto Parts 4528F - 47th Avenue Rocky Mtn House, AB T4T 0A9 Tel: 403.845.2709 WABASCA

TRACTION FORT NELSON NAPA Auto Parts 5320 - 49th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.2783 KAMLOOPS

TRACTION TERRACE BOW VALLEY MACHINE 5107 Keith Avenue Terrace, BC V8G 1K8 Tel: 250.638.0099 VANDERHOOF

TRACTION KAMLOOPS Premium Truck & Trailer 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100 KELOWNA

TRACTION VANDERHOOF P & H Supplies Ltd. 279 1st Street East Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0 Tel: 250.567.9266 WILLIAMS LAKE

TRACTION NIPAWIN NAPA Auto Parts 811 Nipawin Road East Nipawin, SK S0E 1E0 Tel: 306.862.9881 PRINCE ALBERT

TRACTION KELOWNA Central Valley Truck Service 105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738 PORT MCNEILL

TRACTION WILLIAMS LAKE W.L. Forestry Supplies Ltd. 675 North Mackenzie Avenue Williams Lake, BC V2G 1N9 Tel: 250.392.6699

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

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 CALGARY 7404 44th Street SE Calgary, AB T2C 3G7 Tel: 403.279.2870

High Prairie Truck & Trailer Ltd. 5309 - 53rd Av., Hwy 2 West High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0 Tel: 780.523.4777

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



NAPA Auto Parts 120 North Street Hinton, AB T7V 1S8 Tel: 780.865.8800

TRACTION 100 MILE HOUSE Total Parts Express Ltd. 260 Exeter Road 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0 Tel: 250.395.2277 ABBOTSFORD

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

TRACTION FAIRVIEW Fairview Automotive & Industrial Supplies 11019 - 101st Avenue Fairview AB T0H 1L0 Tel: 780.835.4971

TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 8045 Edgar Industrial Cr. Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.342.7884



(SCR) or Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR). EGR technology cools diesel exhaust which it circulates back into the engine where emissions are eliminated in-cylinder. The advantages of Advanced EGR are no additional costs associated with the purchase of liquid Urea (required with the Selective Catalytic Recirculation method), increased payload capacity, and improved efficiency. The Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) method is distinguished by the treatment of N0x outside the engine as opposed to the in-cylinder treatment in the EGR system. 16    May 2019

TRACTION WHITECOURT KW Mechanical Ltd. 4004 - 41st Avenue Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N4 Tel: 780.706.2252


Peace Truck & Trailer Ltd. 9103 - 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655


TRACTION WABASCA Pelican Automotive 2330 Pelican Business Park Wabasca, AB T0G 2A0 Tel: 780.891.3600 WHITECOURT

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

Notwithstanding the industry’s commitment to environmental improvement, further controls are being considered in Ontario. A policy proposal outlining changes to the heavy-duty truck emissions policy is underway and currently posted on the Ontario Environmental Registry at ero.ontario.ca/ notice/013-3867.  Proposals include: a mandatory test of a vehicle’s on board diagnostic (OBD) computerbased emissions controls; reviewing the appropriate vehicle test age and test frequency; reviewing the test standard for visible emissions opacity; increased enforcement of existing anti-tampering restrictions with

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

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


TRACTION PRINCE ALBERT Unified Auto Parts Inc. 365-36th Street West Prince Albert, SK S6V 7L4 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




TRACTION MOOSE JAW Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402

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

regard to emission control systems that are in current regulations; and providing incentives to industry stakeholders who consistently demonstrate cleaner fleets. Since 1999 emissions from light duty vehicles have declined, but the province says emissions from heavy duty trucks have not decreased as rapidly because of less stringent emissions standards and the existence of older vehicles on the road that produce unacceptable emissions levels. It is hoped that changes to the emissions control program will help in identifying non compliant operators who use aftermarket kits to undermine environmental controls.

In addition to tougher emissions enforcement the Ontario government will commit $400 million over four years toward enhanced emission measures. These include the adoption of low carbon fuel technologies, and the expansion of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the trucking sector along 400 series highways. Since 2000, new engine builds have progressively contributed to lower emissions of diesel exhaust and soot. And though efforts have been stymied by older trucks still on the road and by non-compliant operators, new enforcement measures are likely to generate greater compliance and lower emissions.


TruckPro Locations








TRUCKPRO FORT MACLEOD MoBoot’s Ag Mechanics Ltd. 112 - 12th Street Fort MacLeod, AB T0L 0Z0 Tel: 403.795.2645 FORT SASKATCHEWAN


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

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

Heavy Duty Repair 10 - 7719 Edgar Industrial Drive Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.358.5335 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

BRITISH COLUMBIA CHILLIWACK TRUCKPRO CHILLIWACK Triton Truck & Trailer Repair 44137 Progress Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 0W3 Tel: 604.701.4428 FORT NELSON









Premium Truck & Trailer 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100

A.R.J. Heavy Truck & Trailer Repair 107053, PTH 20 Dauphin, MB R7N 2V3 Tel: 204.638.0711

TRUCKPRO REGINA (9TH AVE.) Frame & Wheel Alignment Co. (1988) Ltd. 805 - 9th Avenue Regina, SK S4N 7P4 Tel: 306.569.2350 SASKATOON

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

NEEPAWA TRUCKPRO NEEPAWA T.I.C. Parts & Service 220 Hwy 5 North Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Tel: 204.476.3809 WINKLER TRUCKPRO WINKLER


TRUCKPRO SASKATOON NE A-Line Frame & Alignment Services Ltd. 3246 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y2 Tel: 306.931.6612 SWIFT CURRENT

Road Rig Parts & Service Ltd. 530 George Avenue Winkler, MB R6W 0J4 Tel: 204.331.4744

TRUCKPRO SWIFT CURRENT Finning Canada 2635 North Service Road West Swift Current, SK S9H 5L4


Tel: 306.773.3240





DAB’s Repair Ltd. 2126 Logan Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2R 0J2 Tel: 204.694.2390

TRUCKPRO WEYBURN Southern Industrial & Truck Ltd. 300 Hwy 13, South Service Road Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422 YORKTON

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




Gearheads Truck Repair 5204 - 46th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.4327

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


TRUCKPRO YORKTON Truck Proz Inc. 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2X3 Tel: 306.782.4313





Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402

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


Winner of NHES 2019 Lincoln PowerLuber Grease Gun Contest


utomatic Greasing Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd. is pleased to announce the winner of the Lincoln 1844 PowerLuber Grease Gun Giveaway Contest. Gabriel Lopez, Marketing Specialist at FLO announced; “Congratulations to our winner Matt Wilson. Matt is part of the team at Knott Construction Ltd., a proud second generation, family owned business in Meaford, Ontario. Matt’s name was drawn randomly from all eligible entries on March 29 in the FLO NHES 2019 Booth and he successfully answered a skill testing question.” According to Lopez, the Lincoln 1884, 20-volt PowerLuber was developed for heavy-duty applications and remains a valuable tool for technicians, mechanics, maintenance teams, farmers and anyone else

who conducts lubrication and preventative maintenance tasks. Packed in a convenient heavy-duty carrying case molded from impactand stain-resistant plastic, the 1884 comes complete with two 20v Li Ion rechargeable batteries, a 110v onehour charger and a 36? high-pressure flex hose with spring guard. To find out more about the contest or the PowerLuber given away, visit FLO’s Lincoln Grease Gun Giveaway Contest Website: www. flocomponents.com/1844-giveawaynhes-2019/. For more information, call us: 800.668.5458, e-mail us: sales@ flocomponents.com, visit our web site: www.flocomponents.com. For information on Knott C o n s t r u c t i o n L t d , v i s i t : w w w. knottconstruction.ca/.


May 2019   17

Special Report:

By Marek Krasuski

Official Opening of Volvo Distribution Centre Volvo Celebrates Official Opening of Construction Equipment Distribution Centre in Milton, Ontario


n 2017 Volvo made the decision to enhance its services to the more than 40 Volvo Construction Equipment dealers across Canada. That decision recently culminated in the Grand Opening on March 26th of a new parts distribution centre in Milton, Ontario. The inauguration was attended by elected officials, including Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz, Distribution Centre employees, Volvo customers and dealers, management staff for Service Market Logistics North America and about 160 invited guests who toured the state of the art facility and were apprised of several e m p l o y e e - d r i v e n i m p r ov e m e n t projects. Bob Hochwarth, Volvo

Ontario, Volvo’s first Canadian parts centre for trucks that opened in 2001. As with the previous location the new Distribution Centre will continue to carry parts for Volvo and Mack trucks. Now, with its enhanced footprint the Milton site also holds the distinction as the first Canadian facility to stock parts for Volvo Construction Equipment (VCE). The more than 40 VCE Dealers across Canada will benefit from acquiring critical parts in a more timely fashion. Previously, Canadian VCE Dealers had parts shipped from Volvo headquarters in the United States. Awaiting customs clearance delayed shipments, sometimes by

Group’s Vice President of Service Market Logistics for North America, and Stephen Roy, President of Volvo Construction Equipment of the Americas, also participated in the official opening. “The new Distribution Centre (DC) aligns with Volvo’s tradition of providing excellence in client and customer satisfaction,” noted Martin Johnston. In his capacity as Volvo Project Manager Johnston played a pivotal role in facilitating the transition to the new location. The Milton facility, located at 8460 Escarpment Way, Building E, exceeds 181,000 square feet, fully three times larger than the older site in Mississauga,

several days. Now with inventories shipped from the Milton location to sites across Canada dealers can expect shipments in as little as 24 hours. To be s u r e, one c us t om e r i n Whitehorse, Yukon, some 6,500 kilometres from Milton, received their parts the day after the order was processed, a testament to the Centre’s ability to live up to its promise of efficiency. It is a commitment underscored by Volvo’s President of Construction Equipment, Stephen Roy. “We understand, from a customer standpoint, that if we don’t have the part, we let you down and we impact your business. So this facility helps us

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get to that high uptime standard,” he explained to all in attendance. In addition to an expanded footprint the new Distribution Centre is outfitted with storage racks measuring 28 ft. in height, 27.4 ft. high storage bins, and a full 32 ft. clearance from floor to ceiling. The building houses nearly 42,000 Stock Keeping Units (SKUs), an expansive inventory large enough to service Mack & Volvo trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment across the country. Moving the Distribution Centre (DC) a half hour west to Milton from its former location in Mississauga was completed in just 10 days, an undertaking which Bob Hochwarth, Volvo’s Vice President of Market Logistics, fully credits to Volvo’s

dedicated staff. “It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears from the employees that are here today to make that happen. I’m really proud of this facility and the work of the team here.” The newly expanded warehouse in Milton affords Volvo the opportunity to build on an already stellar reputation. The Mississauga site had twice landed the number two spot in the Carlisle benchmark Top Performance of the Year, surpassing in productivity and quality all but one of 74 heavy equipment manufacturer warehouses across North America. With a view on future development Volvo will continue to expand availability of construction parts in North America through ongoing investments in this sector.



By Mike Whalen

Who is Your Competitor?


he aftermarket has definitely changed over the past 20 years. Some say for the good, while others are not so sure. It is definitely a fact that today there are more opportunities to source the parts you need than available in the past. This is true for the OE dealer as well as the independent parts distributor. For the OE dealer most OEM’s offer an all-makes parts program that allows them to compete with the independent as well as the other OE dealer groups. These programs use the PDC to allow the OED to combine orders with regular service parts or they operate from independent warehouses strategically located around the country. The independent distributor now has access to single source marketing groups that offer all parts groups manufactured by top-tier brands, as well as programs that combine categories of hard to source components such as fasteners, allmake brake kits, filters, hose and fittings, exhaust parts, etc. The major issue is that, in spite of the choices available, quite a number of parts are also available on the internet on a direct ship basis from the supplier’s web store by-passing a local distributor. In such cases the distributor is in direct competition with their supplier. This brings up the question: What is the value of the distributor? Truck and equipment operators know that a good distributor provides the installation and maintenance knowledge needed to get the best life-cycle-cost from a component or piece of truck equipment regardless of vehicle make. Contact over the internet very seldom provides equal support for the life of the product. Plus, warranty claims are very difficult to satisfy without face to face contact. It’s a fact that Warranty is best handled through the distributor.

Delivery from a web store is usually 48 hours up to a few days. However, when you need machine-down items even a one-day fulfilment can be too long. Think lights, brakes, hoses, belts and any other machine-down needs. In fact, any component failures that result in the vehicle being pulled from service benefits from local availability. It’s a fact that using the internet as a marketing tool is valuable for the manufacturer but what is the benefit to the local distributor? Two that come to mind are: • A c c e s s t o p a r t s t h a t a r e uneconomical to stock. • On-line technical information to help with diagnosis. Vendor managed inventory held at the distributor’s location is another service major providers are now using. To s a t i s f y t h e n e e d s o f t h e machine user, the distributor and the manufacturer, the internet must be seen as a tool to bind these three ‘partners’ together. I’ve always believed that, providing quality, functionality and price is not an issue, whoever can get the part to the consumer the quickest will win the business. To effectively serve the end-user when the need arises the Distributor provides the following services: • Manages the end-user’s parts department inventory in anticipation of need. • Maintains an awareness of the customers’ need and carries parts in anticipation of that need. • Works with manufacturers to provide 1-2 day delivery of rush orders. The Manufacturer provides 24hour order turn-around from its distribution center. The manufacturer can also offer the distributor inventory financial support. Remember – the distributor ’s strength is local market knowledge and end-user relationships. The manufacturer’s strength is financial. In many cases the local distributor with the strongest local market knowledge and end-user relationships may not have the financial strength to fully employ these strengths. While I’m sure some manufacturers

utilize the internet to provide support to their Distributors and the Distributors’ customers, there are quite a number that operate a web store in competition with their distributor. The logic is that this provides access to end-users not served by one of their distributors. What really happens is it gives the end-user a choice and destroys any resemblance of a partnership between manufacturer and distributor. The manufacturers that see their distributors as business partners are usually the winners. The best way for the manufacturer to work with the distributor is to integrate their internet program with that of the distributor. How best to do this? Create the webstore as an order entry point for the end-user as well as the distributor. The end-user can access parts catalogs, service manuals, etc. to determine the items needed.

After the order is determined the end-user then selects the appropriate distributor. If the distributor has the item in stock the end-user can pick it up at the distributors’ location. For an item that has to come from the manufacturer the item is shipped to the distributor for pick-up. If there is a need for speed the manufacturer could ship direct to the Distributor’s customer and bill the Distributor. To eliminate ‘poaching’ the manufacturer should avoid shipping an order to an end-user in another Distributor’s territory. In the next column we hope to relate some real-life experiences after talking with manufacturers that have fine-tuned their Web Store/Distributor relationship. Anyone reading this column can call and comment on their experiences with vendors with on-line stores. Regards, Mike.


May 2019   19

Healthy Trucker

By Andrea Morley

Healthy Food on the Go There are Always Healthier Options


love to see drivers making as much healthy food as possible either in the truck or at home before they leave for a trip, but sometimes prepping enough food for the road isn’t realistic, so it’s important to have a plan for when you need healthy snacks or meals in a pinch. Whether you’re at a truck stop, grocery store, or fast food restaurant, there are always healthier options, but you need to know how to find them! TRUCK STOPS: • Granola & protein bars – there are plenty! Give the label a quick read to find ones that have fewest ingredients and the lowest amount of sugar. • Nuts, including walnuts, almonds, and cashews. Go for unsalted and

raw if available. • Canned salmon and tuna – full of protein and healthy fats, and can be used many different ways as a snack or part of a meal. • Fresh fruit & veggies, usually pre-cut up – the quality can vary, but they’re almost always available and are worth checking out. The more produce you can get into your diet on the road, the better! • Finally, grab a big jug of water to keep in the truck! Drink up! FAST FOOD: • Oatmeal – available at places like Tim Horton’s, McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, and more. Skip the added sugar if you have the choice! • Grilled chicken – if they have grilled chicken on their menu, you

can have them add it to a salad, sandwich, soup, etc. • Salads – try to watch the add-ons, like cheese, croutons, and bacon, and skip the creamy dressings. Garden salads are best! • Eggs – available in sandwiches, or even hard boiled as part of snack containers, these can be a great option • Water to drink! GROCERY STORE: • When you’re in a hurry and only have time to grab something quick, the front of the store is your best bet; you’ll find cut up fruit and veggies, hummus and guacamole cups, ready to eat salads, soups, wraps, and even handy snack containers (prepared with veggies, hard boiled eggs, hummus, fruit, and more).

• Don’t forget regular fruit that’s easy to eat on the go, like bananas and apples • Almonds, cashews, or walnuts, unsalted and raw • Dried fruit, like dates, apricots, and figs (always opt for unsweetened) • Water! Notice the trend? It’s that important! Finally, always keep in mind these quick tips for getting food on the go: • Avoid fried, dough-based, and cream-based foods like fried chicken, pizza, or dishes loaded with cheese • Look for a source of vegetables or fruit before anything else, and then build your meal or snack around that • When in doubt, ask a staff member for the healthiest options they have available. They’ll likely have some recommendations!



New & Improved DURON GEO LD Product Line


etro-Canada Lubricants has launched a new and improved DURON GEO LD product line consisting of SAE 15W-40 and SAE 10W-30 grade lubricants that are both API CK-4 licensed and approved for the latest Cummins natural gas engine oil specification CES 20092 (fully back-serviceable to Cummins CES 20085). DURON GEO LD is exceptionally robust and specially formulated to safely extend oil drain intervals, while providing superior all-weather performance and advanced engine protection.

Approved by major diesel engine Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Mack, and Volvo, these innovative lubricants deliver a complete 20    May 2019

solution for mixed fleets that include mobile natural gas engines. “DURON GEO LD is an exciting new innovative product specifically designed to meet and exceed the needs of fleets that operate compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas vehicles, while also offering performance suitable for diesel and gasoline

powered engines.” said Barnaby Ngai, Category Manager, Heavy Duty Engine and Driveline Oils, Petro-Canada Lubricants. DURON GEO LD has been field tested and proven to safely extend oil drain intervals up to 1000 hours*, without the risk of increased engine wear or reduced performance. This allows fleets

to maximize their time on the road. For more information please visit: lubricants.petro-canada.com/en-ca/ productoverview/brand/productline/ duron-geo. * Extending drain intervals should always be undertaken in conjunction with an oil analysis program. ™ Owned or used under license.


May 2019   21

Petro-Canada Lubricants

By Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison

The Impact of Engine Idling for On-Road Vehicles


he use of electronic logging devices for fleet drivers to record their hours of service has now entered its second year, in line with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule. Requiring drivers to take mandatory rest breaks, the use of the technology helps ensure that daily driving limits are not exceeded. But how could this make an impact on the engine now that drivers are more regularly taking breaks and idling their engines? Fleet drivers idle their engines for a number of reasons such as to keep warm, use radios or power and charge equipment. Although somewhat useful for the driver, idling wastes fuel and increases engine wear – in fact, the U.S Department of Energy advises that each year US passenger cars, lightduty trucks, medium-duty trucks and heavy-duty vehicles consume more than six billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline while stationary. It is also estimated that an hour of idle time equates to 40 kilometers of driving, so the impact of prolonged idling can be overlooked and have a hidden effect on vehicles.

HIDDEN IMPACT ON ENGINE Excessive or prolonged idling can have a negative impact on engine oil and can increase the risk of oil temperatures dropping below 100°C as a result of reduced engine loading. Accumulation of water can increase the risk of acid formation and fuel dilution of the engine oil, as well as lower the oil’s viscosity. Not only does this accelerate the rate of engine wear, it will also mean that oil changes are required more frequently – even if the vehicle’s distance counter states differently. The impact of engine idling is not restricted to the engine oil – it can also impact the vehicle’s diesel particulate filter through the formation of excess soot. This is caused by poor mixing of fuel and air, and can be a challenge if the fuel injectors are not evenly matched from cylinder to cylinder. SELECT HEAVY-DUTY LUBRICANT To h e l p p r o t e c t v i t a l e n g i n e components against accelerated engine wear caused by idling, fleet owners and operators should choose an API CK-4 oil. These oils offer superior protection due to their increased shear


Closing the border would spell economic suicide for the US and for Mexico as well. To the relief of many Trump has backpedaled on his threat, citing cooperation from Mexico to halt illegal immigration as the reason, rather than the more plausible explanation – dire warnings from US business interests. Still, it’s hard to predict how the president will act, and if he may in fact close the border at some future date if he doesn’t get his way. In Trump’s posturing, illegal immigration does “trump” the economy according to statements he made at the White House in early April. “Let me just give you a little secret: security is more important to me than trade. I’m totally prepared to do it. We’re going to see what happens over the next few days.” Should the president make good on his preference for so-called security over commerce and close the border, it seems that trucking will rank as just one of the many commercial stakeholders to pay a heavy price.

by trucks from Mexico. More than 60 percent of all fresh foodstuffs shipped into the US during the winter and early spring hail from their southern neighbour. Any disruption, therefore, would first result in a price surge for fresh fruit followed by their untimely disappearance from grocery shelves as inventories are quickly scooped up by hungry consumers. As well, American farmers would pay a heavy price since Mexico is the third largest market for US agricultural products. Mexico is also the largest export market for American corn, pork and dairy products. Again, deficiencies in the agriculture trade relationship would not only hurt farmers who are already buckling under the financial strain of falling farm prices, but the many transportation companies that deliver the products over the border would also fall victim to the damn in the flow of goods. 22    May 2019


stability and improved resistance to oxidation and aeration. The work rate of the engine can also be reduced by adopting a lower viscosity solution. Offering the ability to enable easier cold starts, low viscosity oils can be particularly useful for fleets operating in colder regions and those that frequently stop and start. In addition, to neutralize acid build up a heavy-duty engine oil that can maintain its Base Number is essential. In heavy-duty engine oils such as the DURON™ product line, these essential properties are brought together to enhance the protection of vital engine components and prevent engine wear. However, before selecting a lubricant, fleet owners and operators should always consult the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) recommendations as outlined in the owner’s manual.

Fleet owners and operators may often not see the impact of engine idling but when the vehicle is protected by a high-quality heavy-duty lubricant, its detrimental effect on engine wear can be reduced to help ensure fleet reliability and prevent unplanned maintenance. To find out more about PetroCanada Lubricants visit lubricants. petro-canada.com or for more information on DURON™, please visit DURONthetougherthebetter.com. ™ Owned or used under license.


Transport For Christ

By Chaplain Len Reimer

The Room


n that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features save for the one wall covered with small index-card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endless in either direction, had very different headings. As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read “Girls I Have Liked.” I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was. This lifeless room with its files was a crude catalog system for my life. Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in detail my memory couldn’t match. A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their contents. Some brought joy and sweet memories: others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching. A file named “Friends” was next to one marked “Friends I Have

Betrayed.” The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird. “Books I Have Read.” “Lies I Have Told.” Comfort I Have Given.” “Jokes I Have Laughed At.” Some were almost hilarious in their exactness. I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived. Could it be possible that I had the time in my twenty years to write each of these thousands, possibly millions, of cards? But each card confirmed this truth. Each was written in my own handwriting. Each signed with my signature. When I came to a file marked “Lustful Thoughts” I felt a chill run through my body. I pulled the file out only an inch, not to test its size, and drew out a card. I shuddered at its detailed contents. I felt sick to think that such a moment had been recorded. Suddenly I felt an almost animal rage. One thought dominated my mind: No one must ever see these cards! I have to destroy them! Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot. Leaning my forehead against the wall, I let out a long, selfpitying sigh. And then I saw it. The title bore “People I Have Shared the Gospel With.” The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused. I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches

long fell into my hands. I could count the cards it contained on one hand. And then the tears came. I began to weep. Sobs, so deep that they hurt, started in my stomach and shook through me. I fell on my knees and cried. But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him. No, please not Him. Not here. Oh, anyone but Jesus. I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards. Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes. I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again. He walked over and put His arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn’t say a word. He just cried with me. Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files. He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card. “No!” I shouted, rushing to Him.

All I could find to say “No, no,” as I pulled the card from Him. His name shouldn’t be on these cards. But here it was, written in red so rich, so dark, so alive. The name of Jesus covered mine. It was written with His blood. Yes Jesus offers forgiveness. He came to earth and shed His blood for all of us, so that we can have eternal life.



Acquisition of A&S Kinard & Buckler Transport


artland, New Brunswick – Day & Ross, a leading transportation group in North America, announced on April 1 its acquisition through a US affiliate of A&S Kinard and Buckler Transport, a Dedicated truckload and specialized services provider based in York, Pennsylvania. A&S Kinard & Buckler Transport provide Dedicated services through truckload, logistics, flatbed, warehousing and specialized services. This acquisition further expands the operational footprint for Day & Ross Dedicated in  the United States, building on their 2017

acquisition of REI Logistics & Korten Quality Systems, Ltd. in Michigan. “We are very happy to welcome the drivers, employees, and customers of A&S Kinard and Buckler Transport to the Day & Ross family. This is a great fit for our organization, from both a culture and business perspective,” said Bill Doherty, CEO, Day & Ross. “This is a significant acquisition and puts Day & Ross into the top 10 suppliers of Dedicated services in North America,” said Doherty. For more information visit Day & Ross Freight online at www.dayross. com


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Tires & Wheels

By Jeffrey Parks, Managing Director, Retread Tire Association

How You Can Manage Tire Repairs with Confidence


ires take more abuse than any other part of your truck. Every day your tires run over countless objects such as nails, screws, metal parts, stones and so on, all of which have the potential to great damage to your large tire cash investment. That’s the bad news and sadly, there is not much you can do about it. The good news is that proper tire repairs, performed by knowledgeable professional tire repairers using the latest up-to-the-minute tire repair materials and tools, can often allow a tire that otherwise would have been scrapped to be put back into full over the road service for the life of the tire. But here’s something to watch out for. Improper tire repairs can cause a premature end to your very expensive

tire’s useful life, and tires are meant to be worn out, not thrown out! That’s why it is important for you to ONLY deal with reputable professional tire repair companies whenever you have a flat tire. Rather than subject your $500 (maybe a bit less and sometimes even more) truck tire to the whims of a sloppy tire repair individual who will tell you that he can “just stick in a plug from the outside and have you on your way in a few minutes and it will only cost you four bucks,” you will be far better off by learning the facts about proper tire repairing. In order for a tire to be properly repaired it MUST be removed from the wheel and have the repair made from the inside with a plug inserted from

the inside of the tire after the damaged area is properly cleaned and the object that caused the repair removed. Once the plug is inserted from the inside, a patch will be placed over the damaged area from the inside, covering the plug. As an aside, in an emergency situation a plug can temporarily be inserted from the outside of the tire, but when this happens the vehicle should be driven for only a short distance at a slow speed and the temporary repair must not be considered to be permanent! It should be removed as soon as possible and be replaced with a permanent properly made repair from the inside of the tire. An improperly repaired tire can cause great and sometimes even catastrophic damage to your vehicle


Goodyear Highway Hero


kron, Ohio – Paul Mathias, a truck driver who stepped in to help a family when their SUV was struck by another vehicle, accepted the Goodyear Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Mathias, a U.S. military veteran, had just stopped his truck at a red light in Phoenix, Arizona, when a vehicle slammed into an SUV inhabited by a mother and her two children. Mathias

helped the mother perform CPR on her son and comforted her daughter, who passed away moments later. He then administered CPR to the boy until emergency crews arrived and took over. The boy survived. Mathias received a commemorative Goodyear Highway Hero ring during a special event at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

Since it was established in 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award has honored truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. Other finalists for this year ’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award included Darrell Atkins, a driver from Alvaredo, Texas, and Don Frederick, a driver from Kimbolton, Ohio. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.


Paul Mathias received a commemorative Goodyear Highway Hero ring during a special event at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. 24    May 2019

and others and should be avoided at all costs. As many as 15 tires out of every 100 tires found in scrap tire piles could have been properly repaired and placed back into full, over the road service. This can translate into very substantial savings for your fleet if the tires belong to you. One More Thing That Can Save You BIG Bucks When the first life of your tire is over, if any repairs have been made properly your tire can be retreaded for another life, saving you the cost of buying another tire. If your tire has had a bad repair it probably will not pass the retreader’s inspection for another life, and will be sent to the scrap pile, costing you money! Where to Get More Information About Proper Tire Repairs All major tire repair material manufacturers have information available on their web sites and are also happy to be contacted with questions. Many of these companies also offer free tire repair instructional classes. The web sites shown below belong to members of the Retread Tire Association and offer valuable information that can help you save your tires, without sacrificing safety, performance or handling! This translates into more money on your side of the table. Please visit, www.elgirubber.com, www.premacanada.ca, www.31inc.com, techtirerepairs.com. For more information please contact the Retread Tire Association via email to info@retreadtire.org.



iMVR Welcomes THRSC Atlantic


ruro, Nova Scotia – Trucking Human Resource Sector Council (THRSC) Atlantic partners with iMVR Inc. proudly launching IRIS Version 1.0. Educate, support and develop professional and rewarding driving career opportunities. Kelly Henderson Executive Director, THRSC Atlantic and Katrina Henderson, Project Director, THRSC Atlantic look forward to introduce this new tool of training to transportation in the Atlantic. Together, they see the vision of how this will attract and recruit more millennials and those wishing to enter the industry for a job change. “We are going to make a difference, leading the industry as we see the value in this remarkable tool,” says Kelly Henderson. “Today marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for THRSC Atlantic and iMVR Inc. in Canada,” said Vickie DeVos, CEO and President, iMVR Inc. “Bringing our companies together will allow us to deliver an effective experience for drivers in Atlantic Canada, focusing on what matters most – helping to enhance driving performance, every day. Creating confidence in day to day situations, experiences with Canada’s first Eye Tracked replay program.” “Great potential for integrating Virtual Reality into your plan will impact your long term goals. Studies support VR learning to be significantly better in retention than traditional methods. Leading companies are investing in VR and applying non-traditional methods to grow their business, company culture initiatives, human resources, education and training. This is eyetracked virtual reality, the next step of advancement,” said Harry Yoo, Chief Operating Officer, iMVR Inc. This cutting edge technology not only tracks your eye movement but goes a step further by introducing its self-created A-I technology to bring attention the areas of concern, training and enhancing how and where the driver reacts and looks. ABOUT THRSC ATLANTIC The Mission – Trucking Human Resource Sector Council (THRSC) will work with key stakeholders to address human resource needs of the trucking industry in Atlantic Canada. Introducing this valuable tool to the industry bringing safety, awareness and focused attention to behaviour driving, visit www.thrsc.com. ABOUT IMVR INC. iMVR Inc. is a software development company that utilizes eye tracking technology in Virtual Reality with AI technology. IRIS is software that is

customizable and is developed for the trucking industry, with a recall system to review the behaviour of where the driver’s eye was looking. IRIS is a fully immersive virtual world which will enhance driving performance. The capability to review the driving experience opens the doors to communication which simply enhances and strengthens the skills of the driver.

As well, clients have their privacy guaranteed. Each purchaser of their program is issued a unique ID and password in accordance with iMVR’s licence. “This ID will always be their iMVR ID# which is transferable from iMVR licence holder to another licence holder once the waivers have been completed. This transfer can only be completed by the staff at iMVR. This

allows future employers and due diligence file to go to the next step. For example from driving school to carrier or carrier to carrier to complement their driving record searches and employment history confirmations,” says Vickie DeVos. For more information contact Vickie DeVos, CEO & President, iMVR Inc., 855.224.4687 or visit www.imvr.ca.


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Private Motor Truck Council of Canada [PMTC]

Spring Weight Restrictions BY MIKE MILLIAN, PRESIDENT


am going to focus this month’s column on the reduced load period, commonly referred to as Spring Weight Restrictions, or Frost laws. Although I have touched on this subject before, little has changed, and it needs to be brought to the forefront again. These laws have been around in most Canadian Provinces since 1949. They vary by jurisdiction, but for the most part reduce loads allowed on designated secondary highways by 10 to 50% of weights allowed during normal conditions. Most Provinces exempt certain commodities and essential services from these limits. The reason for frost laws are justifiable. Reducing loads during thaw periods limits damage to our roadways and saves significant dollars over a road’s lifecycle. Each jurisdiction has their own variance of regulations, so for this article I am going to concentrate on Ontario regulations. In Ontario, the reduced load period runs from March 1st to April 30th in the South, and March 1st to May 31st in the North. Vehicles operating on these roads are limited to 5,000 kilograms per axle. The PMTC agrees these laws are needed to protect our infrastructure; however we need to realize that life and industry must continue

for businesses that operate and are located on these roadways. Exemptions in place currently in the HTA demonstrate governments of the day were aware of this; however these exemptions have not been updated since they were originally put in place 60 plus years ago. I am going to go through the reduced load limit exemptions as listed, and explain where, in our view; the problems exist with how they are currently written in the HTA. 5,000 kilograms on all axles, including steer axles creates a major problem that cannot be rectified by the carrier. A lot of vehicles today, especially vocational trucks, are manufactured with 9,072kg front ends. The weight on the steer axle of these vehicles is over the 5,000kg limit when empty. These vehicles can’t legally operate on the road at all under current regulations. A simple solution is to exempt the steer axle from this regulation or increase the limit to 7500kg’s on the front steer. Partial Exemptions that allow certain vehicles to carry 7500kg’s on the axles is a good compromise. It shows that the legislators understand certain vehicles still must be allowed to operate at reasonable weights to allow business to continue. The problem with this exemption is the

limitation of who can utilize it. The list includes two axle tank trucks used for heating fuel and two axle trucks used exclusively for feed. While these laws made sense decades ago when they were created, they are extremely limiting and no longer serve the purpose they were created for. Farm operations and associated business have changed over the years. The majority of these operations are no longer small operations with a few hundred acres or animals. A lot are now big businesses, operating thousands of acres of land and animals. The amount of product that needs to be delivered has increased substantially and is delivered with multi axle vehicles. When the laws were created, the majority of vehicles delivering these essential products were 2 axle trucks, which is no longer the case, and have not been for decades. This exemption needs to be updated to 7500kg’s per axle, regardless of the number of axles on the vehicle. The current regulation in today’s reality amounts to no exemption at all. The 7500 per axle exemption is already in the HTA, as any truck transporting live poultry is allowed 7500kg’s per axle, regardless of the number of axles. It would make sense to extend these exemptions to the

trucks that supply heat and feed to these animals. Our membership also questions why this exemption exists for poultry only. It is just as important to remove and supply all forms of livestock. The exemption for poultry only is simply baffling. Full Exemptions exist for Municipal trucks, waste trucks, Public Utility v e h i c l e s a n d M i l k t r u c k s . We completely understand the need to exempt Municipal, waste and Public Utility vehicles. What we do not understand is why a milk truck is exempt, while a truck supplying livestock, feed and heating fuel is not? It seems to us one is just as important and essential as the other. The same exemptions should be in place for all. Under this exemption, trucks removing milk are exempt, however the truck that supplies the feed or heat for the animal that produces the Milk are not. If we have no heat or feed, there is no animal to produce the Milk. One of the P.C. Party of Ontario’s current slogans is “Open for Business”. The reduced load file in the HTA needs to be updated for this to be true for the agriculture and heating fuel sector, as these laws currently have their business suffering undue hardship and “closed for business” for a significant portion of the year.



Train Trailer Opens New Service Facility in Halifax


oronto, Ontario – Train Trailer Rentals Ltd. is pleased to announce that their new Halifax, Nova Scotia service facility located at 115 Chain Lake Road is open and fully operational. Adding to the significant expansions over the past 12 months in Ontario, Montreal and Calgary, the new location in Halifax was created in response to customer demand. “We have had a tremendous year of growth in several different markets and we will continue to strategically expand in order to better serve our valued customers,” says Rick Kloepfer, President of Train Trailer. “Our team is very excited to open our doors in the East Coast”, added Kloepfer. “This is a brand new, stateof-the-art service facility and this

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addition, now our 7th location, shows our customers we are providing the necessary infrastructure to serve them Canada-wide”. Located off Highway #103 in Halifax’s main industrial complex, this

new 14,000 sq. ft. facility houses up to 9 trailers through three drive-through bays and currently employs 6 service technicians on-site.  Train Trailer’s Michael Comer, who brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the

Halifax team, was named Shop Manager. For further information, you can contact Michael directly at mcomer@ traintrailer.com. For more information about Train Trailer, please visit traintrailer.com.


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