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Ontario Introduces New Legislation to Keep Roads Safe A new legislation has been introduced in Ontario to help reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities on the province’s roads and highways and keep them among the safest in North America.
f passed, the proposed Keeping Ontario’s Roads Safe Act and supporting amendments to the Highway Traffic Act will make highways and roads safer by: n Increasing fines for distracted driving from a range of $60 - $500 to a range of $300 - $1,000 and assigning three demerit points upon conviction n Increasing fines for drivers for dooring cyclists from a range of $60 - $500 to range of $300 - $1,000 and raising the demerit points from two to three n Requiring all drivers to maintain a distance of one metre when passing cyclists n Requiring drivers to yield the whole roadway to pedestrians at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers Truck, Vehicle and Bus Safety Proposed legislation, if passed, would
allow B-train double trailer combinations to be extended from 25 metres to 27.5 metres to accommodate new technologies required to meet air quality and greenhouse gas emissions standards and include more comfortable sleep berths for drivers. In addition, the legislation proposes to expand the current ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ requirement for motorists beyond only emergency vehicles with red or red and blue flashing lights to include tow trucks that are stopped and responding to roadside accidents and emergencies while their amber flashing lights are activated. If passed, the proposed legislation would allow the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station Program to move to a contractual model and enable the procurement of a third-party contract administrator. RT
“Ontario’s roads consistently rank among the safest in North America thanks to our tough laws and strong enforcement, along with the work of our many dedicated road safety partners. Our new legislation, if passed, would keep drivers, cyclists and pedestrians even safer as we get tougher with those who ignore the law.” — Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure
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Peterbilt Motors Company showcased its new all-purpose vocational Model 567 and other vehicles during the 2014 CONEXPO-CON/AGG show at the Las Vegas Convention Center last month.
e’re excited to show the Model 567’s extreme versatility in numerous vocational configurations at one of the industry’s premier construction events,” said Charles Cook, Peterbilt’s Marketing Manager of
Vocational Products. The Model 567 is a lightweight, highly versatile vocational vehicle that is a rugged truck and tractor capable of meeting the demands of most any jobsite. It can be ordered in 121- and 115-inch BBC lengths – with a wide variety of heavy-duty components and axle configurations for increased payloads and optimized weight distribution. It has a set-back front axle that provides excellent maneuverability and a tight turning radius, according to Cook. The Model 567 is standard with the PACCAR MX-13 Engine with up to 500 horsepower and 1,850 lb-ft of torque and can be ordered as a day cab or with Peterbilt’s complete line-up of detachable sleepers. RT
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he AERO CLAD bumper for Mack Granite truck models offers 32 lbs. of weight savings compared to the standard steel bumper. In addition, these bumpers offer a bright mirror-like finish that is 10 times thicker than chrome which helps resists corrosion. Unlike painted or chrome
bumpers, these bumpers do not require touch ups and will not chip or rust. These advantages translate into less maintenance costs to fleets and end users. Hendrickson offers AERO CLAD bumpers for both set forward and set back axle Mack Granite truck models. These bumper models are available as current Mack data book
options and as aftermarket replacements. These bumpers are offered with different light and tow-hole configurations to meet a variety of customer needs. AERO CLAD is exclusively available from Hendrickson and is offered on several truck models for both production and aftermarket. RT
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enworth Truck Company has announced that factoryinstalled Bendix ADB22X front and rear air disc brakes are now available for new Kenworth T370 medium duty conventional trucks. “Fleets and truck operators purchasing new Kenworth T370s can now benefit from the automotivelike feel, lightweight design, ease of maintenance and superior performance offered by Bendix front and rear air disc brakes,” said Doug Powell, Kenworth medium duty marketing manager. “This new Kenworth option also offers extended brake change intervals, reduced stopping distance and weight reduction compared to drum assemblies.”
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Insurance– it’s a major decision and requires your due diligence There are a host of things that you need to know in order to properly protect your business and personal assets. You will need an insurance broker with a high level of expertise to guide you. Your broker will go to the insurance marketplace and determine what firm best suits your needs, is financially stable, and has a good track record in the trucking sector. If you recall, several insurers have come and gone over the years, so stability in the marketplace should be a factor in your selection decision.
nsurance can be best described as “an instrument that allows for the many to share in the losses of the few”. You also need to understand that insurance is there to make you “whole” again in the event you suffer a loss. Insurance is not there to provide you with a profit. Unfortunately, in tough economic times the insurance industry experiences a spike in what can only be described as “desperation claims”. People in tough financial distress will often perpetrate false claims. We also know that there are persons involved in the staging of incidents who then pursue false claims in an effort to defraud the insurance industry. Lastly, we can’t forget the ever present and growing criminal element that continues to focus both time and resources on stealing freight
from the trucking sector. If you have questions about fleet insurance and types of coverage – you need to seek out and ask a licensed insurance broker who specializes in transportation. Don’t leave it to your best buddy who claims to know how to go about getting the best and lowest premium. Broker selection is critical. Don’t accept just any broker when you are shopping for insurance for a trucking operation. Standard home and auto insurance can be handled by most brokers, but trucking is a far more complex risk. With complex risks, the broker needs to meet with you and review your operations in detail. He or she needs to truly understand your business so they can competently work on your behalf. The person you select needs’ to understand insurance coverage for commercial fleet, property/ warehouse, and possibly garage exposure. They will need to know where you will be operating - locally, intra-provincially, extra- provincially, across Canada, or internationally into the more litigious USA and/or possibly into Mexico. All are factors that need to be fully disclosed to your broker and in turn to the insurance company, so they can determine the exposure and develop the required coverage to protect you and your assets. It is your broker’s job to describe your business in great detail to an insurance Underwriter. They will paint a picture of your operation to the Underwriter. With a clear picture, the Underwriter can then develop and provide coverage that is designed specifically to protect you and your business. I recently met with a small new entry fleet with a policy “in force” that posed some real problems. The policy in force was providing coverage designed for “local only” operations, while the fleet since it’s’ inception had always engaged
in cross border carriage with close to 65% of it’s’ mileage exposure in the USA. How this fact was misinterpreted is anyone’s guess, but it could have had dire financial consequences for the fleet. Had there been a collision in the USA, would there have been coverage or would a claim have been denied? Luckily, the carrier had no collisions during the term, and at his renewal he shopped his insurance business and engaged an insurance broker who specialized in truck fleet who corrected this serious gap. There is a reason behind the insurance broker licensing requirement. It ensures a high level of knowledge, obligation to duty, and more importantly integrity of work. Insurance is one of the foundation blocks you need in place to protect your business and assets so you may focus on growing your business. Keep your broker informed of any major changes in your operation. Any significant material change in your business should be communicated through your broker to the insurer to ensure coverage is in place. Surprises could be very costly. Many new entrants in the industry have operated on a shoe string and a prayer. They often look at every possible way in which to lower their costs, and many will look at their insurance for those dollar savings. Misrepresentation of fleet information can be grounds for claim denial or worse policy cancellation. The insurance market place is quickly shrinking for the poorly run small fleet operator. Playing games with your insurance coverage is like rolling the dice in a high stakes game. If you can’t put a dollar value on safety, then try an accident.
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Breakfast Seminar held by MITL & MTO to discuss importance of trucking in Ontario
The McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics (MITL) and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation presented a breakfast seminar on March 6th to launch their most recent research study: Truck Freight Generators and Attractors in the Province of Ontario.
he session led by Dr. Mark Ferguson from MITL gave an overview of the importance of trucking to the Ontario economy. It examined the geography of trucking clusters and generators across the province and some of the dynamics of trucking-oriented goods movement intra-provincially, inter-provincially and internationally. Study Highlights: n Movements that involve the GTA are prevalent across the vast majority of commodity types and communities across the province. The GTA accounts for about 2/3 of outgoing shipments in the province and about 1/2 of incoming shipments. n 400 series highways play a critical role in the distribution of freight in Ontario and have played a large role in defining the locations of freight facilities. n There are 19 freight clusters of note in Ontario. Ten of these are in the GTA Region and nine are outside it although many of the GTA clusters are extremely large. None of these clusters are in the northern regions. RT
Fleet Brake Truck Trailer Parts & Service sponsors ATSSA Toronto meeting The March 11th meeting of Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents Association (ATSSA) Toronto Chapter was sponsored by Fleet Brake Truck Trailer Parts & Service.
leet Brake is Canadaâ€™s premier fleet specialist proudly serving the heavy duty market since 1978. With 16 locations across Canada, Fleet Brake offers a complete range of products and services for all makes of trucks and trailers. It also sells a wide range of tools and equipment for repair garages. Greg Jordan, Senior Business Development Manager from Fleet Brake gave a thorough presentation and also introduced business partners Premier Mfg. Co. and NTN-Bower
Greg Jordan (L) from Fleet Brake felicitated by Tony Costa, Executive Committee Member of ATSSA Toronto. Bearings to the ATSSA membership. Joe Kosichek from NTN-Bower was available to answer bearings related queries. The ATSSA Toronto is getting ready
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tandard on all new Volvo-powered vehicles, Remote Diagnostics has demonstrated a marked improvement in repair accuracy and efficiency, reducing the average diagnostic time at a service location by up to 70 percent and lowering the average time of repair by more than 20 percent. In addition to providing proactive diagnostic and repair planning assistance, Remote Diagnostics helps improve parts availability and provides technicians at the repairing dealer with easy-to-read repair instructions before the truck arrives for service. Remote Diagnostics also provides service case communication and documentation among Volvo Action Service, dealers and customers through ASIST, Volvo’s web-based service management tool. Volvo will open a new building in the fall at its Greensboro, N.C. headquarters to accommodate expanding aftermarket and support capabilities. Roughly one-third of the 123,000-square-foot facility will serve as a dedicated Uptime Center housing Volvo Action Service (VAS), Volvo’s 24/7 support team. VAS agents receive alerts via Remote Diagnostics when monitored fault codes appear. They then work with the customer’s defined decision maker to establish a course of action. RT
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Driving the Future to establish benchmarks for mandatory entry level driver training Trucking HR Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and provincial trucking associations have joined together in a project that will establish the benchmarks for the industry’s goal of seeing mandatory entry level driver training introduced across Canada – a key step in addressing the trucking industry’s intensifying shortage of qualified personnel.
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TST Job Fair Scores Success! The Job Fair organised by TST Truckload Express & TST Expedited Services on Saturday March 15th at their Mississauga location was a great success.
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uring her comments after the elections Mrs. Lagrois thanked the membership for electing her for a third term as President. “I believe there has been much accomplished during my term as President and I am excited with the announcement of our new Board of Directors. We collectively have many years of experience running some of the finest institutions in our industry”. Since the mid 90’s, the TTSAO has been the voice for Commercial Driving Schools in Ontario and has participated in numerous government and stakeholder meetings for the betterment of the trucking industry over the years. The Association has school representation in literally every part of the Province and the institutions who are members of the TTSAO must offer a 200 hour Ministry of Training, Colleges and University (MTCU) approved program. Recently the TTSAO opened up discussions with the Minister of Transportation, The Honourable Glen Murray and the Ministry of Transportation
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Organization is the Key! Once again we hit that season where the days get longer, there is a spring in people’s step, and the tax man arrives. This is the time of year that arrived last year and has arrived every year and you promised you would get organized and lower the tax bill to help your business run better. The truth is you forgot as you have done in the past. So what will change this year? Is it finally time to get things organized and improve for the year ahead?
any entrepreneurs are so used to keeping things afloat that they lose money in areas that lack attention. For instance if you are just putting receipts into a shoebox and not entering them into some type of journal or software program then you may not have an idea of how much your expenses are costing the business. If you take that same shoebox to your accountant to sort out for you, you are spending double the money for that service that you would have if a bookkeeper sorted those out for you. What about your maintenance receipts for the truck, how much have you spent on maintaining that truck over the last year? If you don’t know that number then you may be wasting money or it may be costing you to hold on to that baby of yours? Can you match up receipts and information with statements and invoices or are you always behind the eight ball in knowing how much money you bring in every month? Not everyone is organized and if that is you then you may need to find someone to help you
get organized. One of the best ways of shooting yourself in the foot so to speak is to find the reason you should get organized. It is very hard to start something new if you don’t know why you are starting it in the first place. What is it you wish you had known from last year? Is fuel costing you more than it should? Upgrading to a truck with better fuel mileage may be a solution. Did the truck break down more than you should be and it’s costing you down time? Again looking at why you want the answers will help you get started with a solution. Where to start is the question that most people may have and need the most help with. Making a plan of attack is the best thing to start with. Write down those questions that you need answers to and that will help you get started. For instance if you want to know how much you have spent on truck repairs and all you have is a shoebox of receipts the first thing to do is get those sorted out. You did keep them, didn’t you? Now I know you don’t like to sort out receipts, that is why they are in the shoebox, but your accountant will charge you $100 per hour when it can be done for
much cheaper. Either do it yourself, hire a bookkeeper, or find someone responsible to sort them out for you. Adding those receipts up will give you a total for the year provided you have them all, but you need to find a data entry program so they can be tracked all year. A small operation can get away with a hand written ledger, but there are many software programs that can help you with that inexpensively. Think long term and it will help you move to a more stable operation. As they say the numbers never lie and that is the truth. You will see a big jump in your business once you start directing the business using actual numbers rather than guessing at what you think the business is actually doing. It will help you make informed decisions allowing you to work on the business instead of in the business. The key is organization and the rest will fall into place. RT
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Be on guard for identity theft and fraud (NC) â€“ On average, 420 vehicles are stolen every day in Canada. Up to one-third of these involve identity theft. To prevent this from happening to you, take a look at some valuable tips from Globalid, an identity restoration service available through Canadian car dealers:
n and Outside Your Vehicle n Be very careful about what you leave in your vehicle. Never leave passports, driver licences, social insurance cards, health
cards, personalized mail/bills, debit and credit cards, or personalized cheques. n Secure vehicle ownership and insurance paperwork in a glove box or other locked compartments.
n Unattended vehicles should always be locked. Close all windows and turn on alarm/security systems. Never leave unattended vehicles idling. n If possible hide the VIN of the vehicle, located on the driverâ€™s side bottom of the windshield, by covering it with paper or cardboard. n Make your licence plate harder to steal by using a cover which requires a special tool to remove it without damaging it. n Leaving your smartphone, tablet, laptop or flash drives in a visible location in an unattended vehicle is a magnet for thieves. If you must leave these items in your vehicle, conceal them. n Avoid using drive-through banking or other ATM banking during off-hours and in isolated locations. General Tips n Protect your passwords. Never share them and make sure you cover up when using an ATM or debit terminal. Use strong passwords that are unlikely to be hacked or guessed. n Shred documentation with personal information before disposal or recycling. n Do not leave data on old computer equipment, such as hard drives or storage devices. n Know the status of all your financial accounts and keep up-to-date so you can report discrepancies immediately. n Protect your computer from viruses, phishing scams and hackers with up-to-date firewalls and software. n Never provide personal information over the internet or by phone or mail, unless you initiate it and it is a reputable source. n Never provide credit card information over email. RSR GLOBAL says its identity restoration service provides victims with fraud experts and lawyers who administer the entire process. Additional information, as well as a free personal risk assessment survey is available at www.id.rsr-global.com. RT
Canadian fuel consumption ratings are changing
(NC) The federal government is updating the test methods used to determine fuel consumption ratings for new light-duty vehicles to better reflect realworld driving conditions and behaviours. Fuel consumption ratings help consumers compare the fuel consumption of different vehicles for both city and highway driving.
nstead of the two test cycles for stop-and-go city driving and highway and rural road driving— the updated method will be adding three test cycles to account for air conditioning usage, cold temperature operation and higher speeds with more rapid accelerations. As a result of the new five-cycle testing, fuel consumption ratings will actually increase by about 15 per cent for most vehicles compared to the two-cycle ratings, according to Natural Resources Canada. Values may increase by even more for some vehicle technologies. This is not because manufacturers are producing less fuel-efficient vehicles; it is because the 5-cycle test accounts for more factors that better simulate real-world driving conditions and behaviors. Vehicle manufacturers submit the fuel consumption ratings and supporting data for their vehicles to Environment Canada. It
is the government’s role to ensure that fuel consumption ratings continue to be derived in a controlled, repeatable and standardized manner for every vehicle regardless of which manufacturer submits data. Ultimately, the ratings are intended to give car buyers comparative information about the fuel consumption of different models based on standard tests. The ratings appear on EnerGuide labels that are affixed to new vehicles at new car dealerships and on Natural Resources Canada’s website. A vehicle’s actual fuel consumption will vary from published ratings, depending on how, when and where a vehicle is driven. If you’re wondering why you can’t get the advertised fuel consumption ratings for your vehicle, you might want to brush up on some fuel-efficient driving habits. Natural Resources Canada has plenty of them at www.vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca. RT
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are at higher risk. In order to understand problem with the TMJ. concussions, you must first understand the anatomy the The good news is that most TMJofdisorders brain. Basically, your own brainwithout is a mass of will resolve on their treatment. gelatin-like in attention fluid However, it issubstances important tothat seekfloats medical within yourpersists skull. for This structure theor if if the pain a long periodallow of time brain tounable be cushioned you are to open orfrom closeeveryday your jaw.forces or trauma that it mayare encounter. TMJ disorders usually However, diagnosed violent blows to your skull or neck following a detailed history andmay physical cause the brainIf to strike the inside your examination. required, x-rays or aofCT scan skull causing injury. will be performed to better visualize the teeth simple andInjaw joint.terms, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury that changes way If treatment is required, yourthehealth your brain functions. In most cases, these professional will discuss the different changes brain function are temporary and options in available. Pain relieving usually resolveison their own. the first line medication usually are many different of There defence and is used possible to control the symptoms concussion. discomfortassociated associatedwith with TMJ disorders. However, headache,may dizziness, amnesia for Muscle relaxants be prescribed and are the shortconfusion term use to most help commonly relieve muscle experienced. spasm. If the cause is due to chronic teeth Other possible symptoms include may be clenching, a sedative medication confusion, nausea, speech helpful. An oral fatigue, splint orslurred bite plate is a and personality Symptoms by mayyour treatment that changes. may be suggested occur immediately have a teeth delayed onset. dentist in order toorprevent clenching Although concussion injuries do not during sleep.most Physical therapy treatments required medicalultrasound treatment itand is important which include stretching to consult with health professional exercises may aalso be care beneficial. In very to be onorthe safe side. You of should severe resistant cases TMJ seek disorders, emergency care injection if you experience a head corticosteroid or even surgery injury as required. well as a loss of consciousness may be However, all other forms lasting more than one minute, seizures,before of treatment should be exhausted repeated vomiting and/or your symptoms attempting these more invasive treatments. worsen time. Thereover has been some evidence that
After completing a detailed history and physical forms examination, if your doctor alternative of treatment such as suspects that and you have sustained a may be acupuncture relaxation therapy concussion may recommend effective in they the treatment of TMJfurther disorders. imaging suchresearch as CT andisMRI in order to However,tests further necessary to bettertheir evaluate the injury. It is important to confirm effectiveness. In most no significant inform yourcases, primary healthcaremedical professional intervention is required. By far,treatments. the best before starting any alternative treatment for ita concussion is rest Although is not possible to both completely physical mental. This means prevent and TMJ disorders from avoid occurring, strenuous activities askeep well as here are aphysical few helpful tips to in mind mentally taxing activities as chances reading, of which will greatly reducesuch your watching and playing developingTVone. First of videogames. all, try to be Your more doctor mayabout recommend acetaminophen conscious your stress or tension related (Tylenol) to help pain avoid and headaches. behaviours. Forreduce example, clenching is impossible to completely andAlthough grindingityour teeth or chewing on hard prevent the occurrence of concussions, objects like pens. I recently treated a driver using common sense helpand to minimize that would have jawwill pain headaches your guidelines suchAs it everyrisk. timeGeneral he had asafety delivery in Toronto. as wearing equipment turns out, heproper wouldprotective grind his teeth when ever during sports, recreational and aware he sat in Toronto traffic. Byactives becoming work probably theable besttoprevention of thisare fact, he was catch himself in strategies youthus could apply. any A good example the act and prevent further pain. of this is tip wearing non slipthe shoes or work Another is to reduce amount of strain boats to prevent slips and falls. To add to on your jaw muscles by eating softer foods this, head such as helmets and protective avoid sticky or gear chewy foods like toffee significantly reduce theexercises risk of injury. or gum. Stretching and gentle Keep these simple tips muscle in mindtension. and you massage can also relieve willSo benext welltime on your to preventing you way are stuck in a traffic jam, concussion injuries.tips in mind. keep these simple Until next month, drive safely. safely! RT RT
Dr Dr Christopher Christopher H. Singh Chiropractor,
runs runs Trans Trans Canada Canada Chiropractic Chiropractic at 230 Truck Stop in Woodstock, Woodstock, Ont. Ont. He He can can be be reached reached at at 519-421-2024 519-421-2024 E-mail: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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