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TRUCK TRAINERS, INSURERS JOIN OTA CALL FOR MANDATORY ENTRY LEVEL TRAINING TRANSIT INVESTMENT STRATEGY ADVISORY PANEL UNVEILS PLAN TO FUND TRANSIT IN TORONTO REGION

DRIVERS TO PAY LESS FOR DRIVE CLEAN TEST IN ONTARIO EFFECTIVE APRIL 1ST 2014 KENWORTH T680 ENHANCES ITS 52-INCH MID-ROOF SLEEPER WITH NEW OPTIONS

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VOLVO TRUCKS OPTIMIZES ITS REGIONAL HAUL MODELS ARROW TRUCK SALES ORGANIZES CHRISTMAS PARTY

BCTA ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL TRUCKING REFERENCE FOR HIRING IMMIGRANT DRIVERS

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ALPINE ORGANIZES SEMINAR ON CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN TRUCKING

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TRUX SOLUTIONS CELEBRATES HOLIDAY SEASON IN STYLE AT WOODBINE BANQUET HALL

Column - Bruce Outridge Hindi/Punjabi Trucking Quotient Column - Dr. Christopher Singh

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elcome to the August 2013 edition of Road Today and thanks for your continued interest in the awardwinning magazine for Canada’s multicultural trucking industry. Inside you will find the latest updates related to the trucking industry plus all regular features like Trucking Quotient Quiz, Road Safety Tips, Entertainment, Health Manan Gupta Column, Kids Corner, and much more. 416-451-0040 Distracted driving is one of the most editor@roadtoday.com common causes of collisions in Ontario and easily one of the most avoidable. That is why HelloSouth and welcome the January edition CAA Central toOntario, the 2014 Ministry of of your favoritethe award-winning magazine for Transportation, Ontario Provincial Police, Canada’s multicultural trucking industry! At Toronto Roadheartiest Today and the very Police outset Services, please accept best other Traffic Safety Coalition partners have wishes towards a prosperous and successful New Year.forWe forward launched, thelook second year to in work a row,together a fourwith all our readers, advertisers, patrons and week long distracted driving initiative called industry colleagues through many of our “Missing”. The aim of the campaign is to raise qualitative products, events, services and awareness regarding high-risk behaviours initiatives towards achieving larger goals. behind the wheel and encourage safeTrucking driving Congratulations to the BC Association (BCTA) for collisions releasing and the habits in hopes of reducing International Trucking Reference: Roads, fatalities on our roads.Statistics show that Rules, and Drivers, a guide to the truck drivers text whileinbehind the wheel are drivingwho environment 10 countries to help 23 timescarriers more likely to crash their and motor understand howvehicle the skills and experience anphone immigrant driver drivers who talk onoftheir are 4-5 times mightlikely translate a professional career. We The more to betoinvolved in a collision. Reference includes pointers on the reasons for urge driversdrivers to make a promise to familylabour and recruiting from the immigrant friends to end distracted andimmigrant focus on pool, tips for finding anddriving recruiting candidates, and considerations for successfully the road. interviewing candidates from another culture. The Canadian Trucking Alliance in We strongly recommend the Reference as partnership with Verisk Crime Analytics a great human resources tool for industry Canada - CargoNet, police agencies and the employers facing a huge driver shortage, which the Conference of Canada projected Ontario TruckingBoard Association hashas announced willofficial see up launch to 33,000 seats by 2020. – a the ofempty Project Momentum

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commendable two phase initiative to raise The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory awareness of the growing threat of cargo crime Panel has now submitted its report, Making in the high risk corridor along Highway the Move: Choices and Consequences401 on from border toacross Windsor. how the to Ontario-Quebec fund transit expansion the Greater and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The first Toronto phase includes a public awareness The recommendations include a mix of new and multi-media campaign and a series of revenue, existing government revenue, and three workshops on cargo crime mitigation modest debt, with a dedicated fund and strategies and the secondto phase will focus rigorous accountability taxpayers. With on providing to law another reporttraining in their and kitty,awareness it is high time for our political class to start nowoftowards enforcement, raising theacting profile cargo achieving some tangible results in reducing crime and its consequences in the judicial traffic gridlock and promoting long-term system and strengthening the “partnership” economic growth in the region. to reduce cargo For more information, Driving withcrime. a suspended licence is about to get much riskier for drivers as the Ontario visit www.ontruck.org/cargocrimeworkshop Provincial Police (OPP) the with first Transport Canada has became collaborated police service in Ontario and one of the first in the Federal Safety Administration Canada to Motor target Carrier suspended drivers with their and others Licence to launch theRecognition North American Automatic Plate (ALPR) Program.Management The benefits Program of ALPR technology Fatigue (NAFMP), to a policing and road safety have been measured voluntary, interactive web-based educational around the world and include enhanced officer and training program developed to provide safety, increased arrests of criminals and commercial truckrisk andvehicles bus drivers carriers removal of high (i.e. and stolen) from highways, thereby enhancing public safety. We with an awareness of the factors contributing welcome to fatigue this and initiative. its impact on performance and The planning for the 6th Annual Road safety. We welcome this collaboration aimed Today Truck Show is underway. The two-day to improveextravaganza motor carrierwill safety increase trucking be and organized in alertness reduce fatigue. Forprevious more Brampton and on May 24th and 25th. Like years, there will be plenty of activities including information, please visit www.nafmp.org. tradeWe show, job fair, kids &interacting family entertainment always enjoy with our and lots more. Exhibitor registration opens this diverse readership throughto another traditional and month and we look forward industry modern channels of communication. Thanks friendly and rewarding event. as perpatronage. weather conditions. to all Drive for thesafe continued Always remember; someone home waiting Meanwhile, enjoy rest of theissummer for you. Happy New Year, once again! safely and shall see you next month! Manan MananGupta Gupta Editor Editor

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Truck Trainers, Insurers Join OTA Call for Mandatory Entry Level Training An assembly of leading Canadian trucking insurers and the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario have banded with the Ontario Trucking Association in calling on the province to introduce mandatory entry level training for commercial truck drivers.

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orthbridge Insurance, The Guarantee Company of North America, Old Republic Insurance of Canada, Zurich Canada and the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) all recently penned letters of support for OTA’s position that mandatory entry level training would help reduce the driver shortage and raise the level of the quality of new drivers entering the industry by making truck driving a skilled occupation. Mandatory entry level training is a key recommendation of both the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s Blue Ribbon Task Force (BRTF) report on the driver shortage and the landmark Conference Board of Canada study. OTA and the provincial associations have been discussing the issue with their respective provinces and OTA recently brought the effort to the attention of Premier Kathleen Wynne. “There appears to be some traction gaining in certain provinces. While that’s a good sign, there is still a very long road ahead and major hurdles persist, which is why the training and insurance industries joining OTA on this issue is an important step,” says OTA President David Bradley. “The good news is that at the very least a dialogue is now underway.” In its letter, Northbridge Insurance stated that mandatory entry level training would bring “much deserved respect to truck driving as a valued and skilled occupational skilled trade” and a “necessary step to ensure qualified men and women are behind the wheel of Canada’s distribution network.”

Current licensing conditions surrounding heavy commercial trucks are lacking any benchmark for candidates to be measured against, points out Old Republic: “Mandatory entry level training standards will provide that needed benchmark to ensure those licensed to drive commercial trucks have the necessary skills to help them safely navigate Canada’s roadways. Our company believes strongly that mandatory entry level training standards must be implemented.” Added The Guarantee Company of North America: “Currently years of experience and driver vehicle abstracts are the only benchmarking criteria for determining driver’s qualifications. There currently isn’t any criteria in place to obtain a heavy commercial licence or ensure that a safety standard is maintained in the critical first three years of licensing. Having a program such as mandatory entry level training will create and maintain a culture of safe driving behaviour and increased driver confidence.” “Our ability to produce quality graduates is hindered by reasons identified and outlined by the Blue Ribbon Task Force,” states the TTSAO. “By addressing a multiplicity of standards and curricula and having industry uptake, awareness and buy-in is critical for our identified goals. Mandatory entry level training will ensure a balance is maintained between industry capacity needs and public safety.” In its letter Zurich also supported the idea of a mandatory entry level training for commercial vehicle drivers, welcoming the opportunity to provide further input for a developmental RT program down the road.

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The Toronto Chapter of the Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents Association (ATSSA) held its year end General meeting and Annual Charity & Fun Nite on December 10th.

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Texis Truck Exhaust, C&R Transmission and Mississauga Bus Coach & Truck Repairs. Generous contributions were made by ATTSA membership as they raised $860 in cash, over 260 toys towards the ‘Toys for Tots’ campaign and in the form of non-perishable food for the Vaughan Food Bank.

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LOOKING FOR A CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL TRUCK DRIVER

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The marketplace is actively looking for qualified truck drivers to meet the needs of the Canadian trucking industry. An AZ license is a ticket to a life-long career.

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t is a fact that there are not enough qualified drivers to meet today’s demand. Knowing that demand outpaces supply - means driver wages will continue to increase. So, it is a career that will provide a financially secure future. Newspapers and websites advertise the many organizations that will prepare and train new entrants to enter the industry. Unfortunately, there are far too many unscrupulous entrepreneurs who pose as professional truck driver training facilities. You need to do your homework before you select a training school to ensure that you get the recognized training that you will need to be employable and job-ready for the industry. These weekend $599 truck driver training schools are not the bargain they appear to be. Before you commit any money to your truck driver training - call and talk to a driver recruiter at a reputable trucking firm. Explain that you are looking for a driving career and ask to meet to discuss how you should go about getting into the industry. Some of the major trucking firms will sponsor a quality candidate. The one fact you will find out real quick

is that - no reputable trucking company is going to hire a graduate from one of the weekend truck driver training schools. One of these schools’ advertises for $599 - they will provide students with 4 practical lessons, 4 classroom lessons, Z endorsement training over the course of a weekend, and then take you for the MTO tractor-trailer road test. The trucking industry met with its’ industry stakeholders and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and came to agreement and approved a 200 hour training curriculum for those who want to become professional drivers. Now take a moment to compare the $599 weekend course to the approved industry program. The 200 course hours include formal classroom training, range training, and behind the wheel training provided by certified driver trainers. The training covers everything that an entry level driver will need to know. Graduates are thoroughly trained to understanding border crossing procedures, Hours of Service regulations, pre & post trip equipment inspection procedures, night time operations, dispatch communication, trip planning, fuel efficient driving techniques, defensive driving techniques, safe backing, coupling/uncoupling, city & highway driving, winter driving, emergency maneuver etc. The course curriculum provides graduates with the tools and knowledge to be job ready so they can take entry level positions in industry. The investment to attend one of these schools is closer to $8000 – but the difference is - the training received does create job opportunities for the student and it’s also tax deductible. If you are serious about getting into the

business, then pick up the phone and speak with the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) at 1-866-475-9436 or go to their website www.ttsao.com. This is an association of professional truck driver schools who offer the approved MTCU’s 200 hour course curriculum. Let’s quickly talk about the weekend tractor trailer training providers. You will see them driving around the GTA mostly focused on teaching their students to pass the MTO’s driving test. Grads of these weekend schools quickly find out that the industry will not hire them and that their investment was money poorly spent! There is a great deal of knowledge that today’s professional driver is required to know, and no school can cover and teach this material along with quality behind wheel training time over a period of a weekend. The industry needs “qualified” drivers – which is a significant statement and a departure from the strategies of the recent past when some companies would hire anyone with a commercial license and hope for the best. Raising the skills level of all new driver entrants to our industry is in everyone’s best interest. This is echoed in the recent announcement made by the OTA and industry stakeholders supporting mandatory entry level training for commercial drivers. As Always - Safe Trucking!

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Volvo Begins Construction of Customer Experience Track at New River Valley Plant Volvo’s New River Valley (NRV) assembly plant in Dublin recently welcomed Volvo Trucks dealers and fleet representatives for a sneak-peek at the construction of a Customer Experience Track, set to open during the third quarter of 2014. The track will feature a 1.1-mile paved road course and an off-highway area, allowing Volvo to showcase its entire Class 8 lineup during customer tours and other events.

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The staff and management of Advance Truck & Trailer are pleased to inform the population in the and age group 55 years and location older has increased new -bigger convenient of from 20 per cent to 26 per cent. Furthermore, the NHS data their repair business at 1015 Westport that the average age of a truck driver has continued indicate that 4.4 per cent of drivers are 65 and over (compared in2006) Mississauga. to increase at a faster rate than the rest of the labour force and Crescent to 3 per cent in while for the total labour force the share

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of this age cohort increased from 2.6 per cent to 3.5 per cent. According to the Conference Board, this confirms that in the trucking industry more than in others a primary source of “new” labour is delayed retirements – which it says is “nothing more than a bandage solution.” The Conference Board was also able to examine the variation in the driver age by province. The NHS data indicate drivers are slightly “younger” in Alberta, where the average age is 44.9 years (in part reflecting the generally younger labour force arm years Gill, Member CEO and his team for in Alberta (40.6 relative toSandhu, the national average of 41.5 Parliament and their professional services to the years)). On the other hand, the average driver age is over 47 P aScotia, r l i a m New e n t a Brunswick r y trucking and ongoing years in Nova andindustry Manitoba (although Secretary to business growth. in provinces where the driver population is particularly small theshould Minister of when Forinterpreting more information related some caution be taken the results). Veterans Affairs was present to a variety of repair services The data also show that truck driver remains the second to mark the Grand Opening available Advanceafter Truck and most common occupation among men inatCanada retail celebrations held on December Trailer, call 905 482 7007. sales person. Unsurprisingly, Ontario continues to be home RT 1st. Parm congratulated to the largest number ofSurjit drivers, with over 92,000. Quebec, Alberta and B.C. follow with 57,000 39,000 and 32,000 respectively. The Conference Board concludes “it will ultimately be up to the industry to address this ongoing challenge and to make the occupation more attractive to younger drivers. But as we also put forth (in its earlier report), it will also be important to convince customers of the need to address this challenge now and to work with them to develop strategies that will make best use of drivers’ time, as the trucking industry has a long track record of sharing its productivity benefits with customers through lower prices.” RT

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Kenworth T680 52-inch Mid-Roof Sleeper Available with Optional Upper Bunk and Aerodynamic Roof Fairing Kenworth has enhanced its 52-inch mid-roof sleeper offering with the addition of an optional upper bunk and aerodynamic roof fairing for the Kenworth T680.

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he optional, 28-inch wide, comfortable foam upper bunk is now available with the Kenworth T680 52-inch sleeper for regional haul applications that require a second sleeper berth. The upper bunk is for use while the vehicle is parked and not in motion. The T680 52-inch sleeper is standard with a liftable lower bunk that features a 32-inch wide premium pocket coil mattress or an optional, 38-inch wide premium pocket coil mattress. The Kenworth T680 52-inch sleeper’s optional roof fairing is designed to help offer optimal aerodynamics for dry van fleets and truck operators involved in regional haul operations. Without the roof fairing, the sleeper configuration is well-suited for tanker and flatbed applications. The T680 52-inch sleeper is standard with the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up

to 500 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque. The fuelefficient Kenworth T680 with the PACCAR MX-13 engine received the 2013 Heavy Duty Commercial Truck of the Year award from the American Truck Dealers (ATD). The T680 52-inch sleeper features a stamped aluminum cab, panoramic windshield, robust doors, 3-piece aerodynamic hood, and ergonomically designed luxury dash and interior. A passenger swivel seat is available as an option and expands the living space into the cab to provide even more comfort and convenience when parked. A bunk heater, flat screen TV, premium sound system and factory-installed inverter with optional shore power can be selected for additional comfort. The many driver comfort amenities help give the Kenworth T680’s 52-inch mid-size sleeper the feel of a larger sleeper. RT


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Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel Unveils

Plan to Fund Transit in Toronto Region The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel has announced its recommendations to the Province on how to fund transit expansion across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The Panel’s report, Making the Move: Choices and Consequences, presents a viable, fair, and accountable strategy to fund the region’s highest priority projects through a mix of new revenue, existing government revenue, and modest debt, with a dedicated fund and rigorous accountability to taxpayers.

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ur plan is simple and it works: The recommended revenue tools will lever a reasonable amount of debt to unlock the billions of dollars needed. It calls for a fair and balanced contribution from all stakeholders, without asking too much of any one group,“ says Anne Golden, Chair of the Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel. The proposed funding strategy, when

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fully implemented, will provide for between $1.7 and $1.8 billion annually for the GTHA. Of this amount, $400 to $440 million will be distributed for local transit projects along with a two-year Kick-start Program to fund tangible, immediate improvements. The impact on an average GTHA household from an increase in gasoline tax would be about $80 in year one, and just $260 per household after eight years. By comparison, sitting in traffic for an additional 32 minutes every day – which has been predicted without transit expansion – could cost a driver over $700 a year. The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel also recommends that the Government of Ontario establish a dedicated stand-alone fund where all new revenue will be held. Projects would be monitored and tracked against spending, and results would be published to ensure accountability and transparency to taxpayers. RT


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Transit Panel tax recommendations will not reduce GTHA congestion: Transport Futures H

aving facilitated Ontario’s only non-partisan mobility pricing conversation since 2008, Transport Futures (TF) is disappointed by the revenue tool recommendations made by the Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel. “The Transit Panel has chosen taxes that might build more transit over the next 20 years but will do little to cut traffic congestion, increase road safety, or reduce climate change and smog”, stated TF founder Martin Collier. “We simply can’t wait two more decades to deal with these serious challenges while we add 2.5 million

people and a million cars to the GTHA.” “The omission is surprising since comprehensive road tolls and parking fees, combined with zone-based transit fares and a new carbon tax that replaces the existing provincial excise tax on gasoline, will easily raise the needed revenue and influence modal choices as well. Mobility pricing can help provide the public and business with a reliable, equitable and sustainable transportation network”, Collier said. Collier supports the Panel’s recommendations on transit project

criteria, integrated land use planning and governance but is especially frustrated by its simplistic and inconsistent road pricing analysis. “Even though the Drummond Report suggests exploring several road pricing measures, the Panel has rejected tolls mainly because we haven’t implemented them on a large scale before. Yet they fully endorse the expensive electrification of the network which has never been done previously.” Collier says there is still time to select mobility pricing measures but leadership and honest communication is badly needed.

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s the predominant user of diesel fuel, the trucking industry is being asked to take on a major new cost burden, says David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association. “We want to know a lot more about how the proposed investment trust fund will work and we want assurances that roads, highways and bridges will get their fair share of the dollars available net of the GTHA transit fund,” said Bradley. The trucking industry is prepared to pay its fair share, says Bradley, provided there will be a return on investment. “We would much rather see our fuel tax dollars go into a dedicated fund specifically set up for roads, highways and bridges – the infrastructure truckers use. You

can’t move goods via transit.” However, while no one likes to pay increased taxes – and fuel is the second largest component of most trucking companies’ operating costs – the industry also has to weigh that against the fact that congestion in the GTHA is exacting a toll on the economy and on people’s lives. “For us, it’s an economic issue – will the increased taxes actually take cars off the road and improve, or at least not make the situation worse in the future, as it pertains to goods movement? It sounds nice in theory but the industry will need to be convinced.” Bradley concedes that if carriers must pay more, a province-wide fuel tax is a fairer and more efficient way of getting all

truckers, regardless of where they come from within Ontario to pay their fair share as opposed to a regional tax as initially proposed by Metrolinx which would have created a distortion in the marketplace. Finally, Bradley says it is imperative the province closes a loophole in the Highway Traffic Act which exempts thousands of specialty trucks (e.g., sucker/pumper trucks, crane trucks, etc.) from having to be plated and from paying fuel tax. “These trucks use the infrastructure the same as every other truck and they should be expected to pay their fair share as well.” OTA estimates the province is losing out on about $60 million a year in registration fees and fuel taxes from these trucks.

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he staff and management team of Arrow Truck Sales celebrated Christmas and holiday cheer at the Rotary Glen Banquet Hall in Brampton. Arrow wishes all its patrons a prosperous new year and looks forward to meet the ever growing

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BC Trucking Association Announces New International Trucking Reference for Motor Carriers Hiring Immigrant Drivers The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has released the International Trucking Reference: Roads, Rules, and Drivers, a guide to the truck driving environment in 10 countries to help motor carriers understand how the skills and experience of an immigrant driver might translate to a professional career in BC.

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CTA developed the International Trucking Reference with input from motor carriers about the type of information they need to make hiring decisions about job candidates who have gained the bulk of their commercial driving experience outside Canada. Included are pointers on the reasons for recruiting drivers from the immigrant labour pool, tips for finding and recruiting immigrant candidates, and considerations for successfully interviewing candidates from another culture. The Reference is a human resources tool for industry employers facing a huge driver shortage, which the Conference Board of Canada has projected will see up to 33,000 empty seats by 2020. As one of two BCTA projects made possible by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) and funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC, the International Trucking Reference will help address immigrant talent hiring and retention challenges faced by BC employers. “Given that most BC trucking companies are small to mid-sized, they may not have

the staff to research the background of a job applicant with foreign experience. BCTA is pleased that funding from the federal and provincial governments has allowed us to create the International Trucking Reference, a dependable, easy-to-use resource that will save employers time and help them make better-informed hiring decisions,” said Louise Yako, BCTA President & CEO. The International Trucking Reference was authored by Ottawa-based Graybridge Malkalm, a training and consulting firm specializing in organizational diversity. BCTA carriers recommended a “top 10” list of countries to include in the guide: India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, the Ukraine and the United Kingdom. The Reference provides an accurate profile of the driving environment in each country, including a description of the terrain and climate, commercial vehicle types, typical driver responsibilities, licensing and training standards, infrastructure, and regulations, among others. “Immigrants who call BC home bring a wealth of talent to our province – talent that


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IDRIVE report in hand and details from the country profiles in the International Trucking Reference, BC employers can take on new drivers with greater confidence in their ability to operate on North American roads. “Employers know firsthand the challenges and opportunities in hiring and integrating skilled immigrants into their workplaces. Resources like the International Trucking Reference are a boon to both employers and immigrants,” said Kelly Pollack, IECBC Executive Director. The International Trucking Reference: Roads, Rules, and Drivers is available to industry employers on BCTA’s website at www.bctrucking.com/ careers. More information about IDRIVE is also available on the web page.

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ONTARIO TOLL HIGHWAY 407 ETR – SAVES COMMUTERS ABOUT 26 MINUTES A DAY Commuters willing to pay for time savings and predictable travel time

Commuters in the Toronto and Hamilton region of Ontario save about 26 minutes a day on average by using 407 Express Toll Route (ETR), according to a new report by The Conference Board of Canada, Travel Time and Reliability: An Analysis of Commuting on 407 ETR.

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ommuters are willing to pay direct charges for road use if they perceive benefits. A shorter commute is the most obvious benefit, but motorists may also appreciate more predictable travel times and a higher likelihood of avoiding stop-and-start traffic,” said Vijay Gill, Director, Policy Research. Workers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) face the longest average commute times in Canada, at 33 minutes one-way (66 total minutes per day). And nearly 30 per cent of these workers have commutes of 45 minutes or more (90 minutes per day).

HIGHLIGHTS • At 66 minutes per day, workers in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area face the longest average commute times in Canada. • 407 ETR routes offer time savings and more predictable travel times compared to untolled roadways. • Time savings were generally observed to be larger in the PM peak hours relative to the AM peak hours. Direct charges for road use —such as tolls—are not widely used in Canada, most likely because Canadians are not accustomed to them, even though they are common in other developed countries (for instance, total annual toll revenues are approximately $30 billion in the United States). The biggest exception in Canada is the 108-kilometre 407 ETR, the

world’s first all-electronic open access toll highway through the GTHA. The findings are based on three distinct data sources: aggregated Global Positioning System (GPS) data provided by TomTom; data from cellular networks provided by Waterloo-based firm IMS; and a field study that was conducted in order to collect both GPS and on-board diagnostic data directly from volunteer motorists with logger units installed in their vehicles. The results from all three data sources show that 407 ETR routes offer time savings that are large, while also improving the predictability of commute times. 407 ETR commuters typically save approximately 20 minutes per day. When the enhanced reliability offered by 407 ETRbased routes is factored in, the time saved rises to approximately 26 minutes per day. Total time savings (including buffer time) was 18 per cent according to the individual vehicle logger data, and 36 per cent according to the cellular network data. OTHER POTENTIAL BENEFITS FROM DRIVING IN LESS-CONGESTED TRAFFIC INCLUDE: • reduced fuel consumption—although the observed savings were small compared to the time savings; • lower vehicle maintenance costs—through reduced wear-and-tear on vehicles; and • qualitative (i.e. quality of life) benefits that commuters may enjoy as a result of a more RT predictable and consistent commute.

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OPP First in Ontario to Target Suspended Drivers Through Enhanced Licence Plate Recognition Program EXPECT TO SEE MORE EYES ON THE ROAD AND FEWER SUSPENDED DRIVERS SAYS OPP Driving with a suspended licence is about to get much riskier for drivers as the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) become the first police service in Ontario and one of the first in Canada to target suspended drivers with their Automatic Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) Program.

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he OPP is also expanding its program to include an additional 27 ALPR equipped vehicles to its existing fleet of four which, according to the OPP, will make it more difficult for suspended drivers, drivers of stolen vehicles and other vehicles with plates in poor standing to drive undetected on Ontario roads and highways. Through its continued partnership with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), OPP ALPR equipped vehicles now have access to an MTO database that contains all Ontario licence plates of vehicles whose registered owners’ driver’s licences are suspended. Approximately 250,000 licence suspensions are issued annually in Ontario for Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and Criminal Code infractions. When ALPR cameras produce a “hit” on a suspended driver and the driver is found to have a suspended licence for a Criminal Code conviction, officers will immediately have the vehicle towed to an impound facility for a minimum of 45 days. If the suspension is for an HTA offence, the vehicle immediately gets towed to an impound facility for seven days. With the OPP’s expansion of its ALPR program, they are now able to target:

n plates on vehicles that are registered to suspended drivers n plates associated with stolen vehicles n plates reported stolen or missing n plates with expired validation tags n plates that have been suspended n unissued plates reported stolen n missing stock or spoiled plates never issued AUTOMATIC LICENCE PLATE RECOGNITION Automated Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) was first developed by the United Kingdom and was introduced in Ontario for use by the 407 Toll Highway and Canadian Border Security Services. The benefits of ALPR technology to policing and road safety have been measured around the world and include enhanced officer safety, increased arrests of criminals and removal of high risk vehicles (i.e. stolen) from highways, thereby enhancing public safety. The basis of this technology is the use of a camera mounted in the front and/or rear of a police vehicle. The camera has outstanding image capture capability and can scan opposing or approaching vehicle licence plates, capturing the plate’s image then recognizing and automatically querying the plate against a “hotlist” that consists of an in-car computer and database. The ALPR camera uses an Infra-Red illuminator which can remove variables that could interfere with a clear image capture such as headlight glare, sunlight, darkness and even adverse weather conditions. The system operates in silent mode. When a scan identifies a hit, the system gives an audible signal to the officer and displays the plate and the vehicle image on the computer screen. The officer can quickly identify the vehicle and take appropriate action. The number of plates ALPR can scan per hour depends on factors such as traffic volumes, however, in a high volume traffic situation the ALPR system is capable of scanning approximately 3,600 plates per hour. RT

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The Disqualification W Nate had been driving for years, he was seasoned, experienced, and had loved the trucks his whole life. He was 45 years of age and beginning to dip into depression due to recent medical conditions. He had been laid off due to the change in his medical situation on his license and was now frustrated as to what he should do now.

hat could he do? He had been driving for so many years, he didn’t feel as though he had other skills or talents, driving was all he knew, but the bills need to be paid, and a family needed support. He had been applying for positions but kept getting turned down due to the medical restrictions. To Nate, driving was everything. So Nate decided one day to take things into his own hands, he had to work, it was all he could think about. Nate decided to forge his driver’s license; it was all he could think of. He found a Forger in the city that does that kind of work and instead of changing the name which would have had him not being in the system, he just had the person make the same license without the medical conditions. The only way they would catch him was if he was checked in the system which many times they didn’t do. Once completed, he began to look for a job knowing well that finding one with any reputable company was out of the question. He found a company that didn’t ask many questions and was happy to have someone with so much experience want to work on their team. His experience level would keep him busy. Although his wife was not excited by the idea, she felt he would be dead if he didn’t go back to driving. He was back in the seat. Six months went by and his plan seemed to be working, he wasn’t crazy about the company but knew that this would be the best due to his circumstances.

He had been checked once at a scale and got through without many questions so he was feeling things would work out. He just needed to be careful at home where a Police check could show up his real license in the computer. Things were going along well until one day during a blitz something unforeseen happened. He rolled up to the border to find lights like he had never seen before. It looked as though there was a major accident, but as he got closer he would see different. The Border Patrol on both sides were holding a joint blitz at the border. If his C.B. radio had been working he may have had a chance to go another route but he ended up at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. As he approached the check point he began to stir in his seat, the sweat started to roll down his face. At the check point, as the license was inspected the officer kept looking it over as the computer was showing medical conditions not on the license itself. The officer began to question Nate about the differences and noticed Nate’s nervousness. After a call to the Ministry office it was confirmed the license was fake. At the end of the day Nate received fine, CSA points, was blocked by U.S. Customs and marked by Canadian Customs. He can no longer drive at all and sits in a chair looking out the window at the busy highway by his home. Nate barely speaks. It isn’t worth risking the rest of your life to bring back the past. Quick fixes many times turn out badly leaving you even worse off than before. Following the law is the best scenario for being employed in the long run. RT

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Joint and Several Liability It struck me recently that I have been tweeting (@safety_dawg) a lot regarding lawsuits and their effects on trucking. A recent news story which caught a lot of attention was related to a LA jury determining that a trucking company and one of its drivers should pay $150 million in damages to a 13-year-old girl who watched her family burn to death in a fiery crash on a Southern California freeway nearly four years ago.

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here are of course many more examples then this one, but the thing that all these lawsuits have in common is Joint and Several Liability. What Joint and Several allows and some would say encourage, is to sue everybody no matter how remotely associated with the incident. Why sue everybody? If the person or

company primarily responsible can’t pay or if their insurance policy isn’t large enough, and the others named in the suit are considered partially responsible, the victim may be able to get all of the monies owed. So how does this work. Let’s use a fictitious example of a trucking collision. A car fails to stop at an intersection controlled by a stop sign. The truck has the right of way. The resulting crash, the automobile driver is fatal and the 16 year old passenger is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The car has $1M insurance policy. In this case, $1M is likely not enough. The monies needed to take car of a 16 year old victim for the rest of his life will be huge. So who is going to pay? The passenger will need a great deal of money in the future. An attorney will sue everybody involved. This will mean the driver of the car even though he has passed away, the trucking company, the shipper, the owner of the road or highway and perhaps others, such as the vehicle manufacture of both the car and truck, the companies who constructed the road, installed the road signs and others. The attorney will want as many named as possible, so that if they win the case they will be paid all that is owed to the victim. So let’s just look at the trucking company’s involvement. How was the truck driver hired? Did the driver receive adequate training? Was the driver qualified to operate the vehicle? Was the truck driver properly

licensed? Was the driver experienced with the route, type of truck and cargo? Was the driver operating the truck above the posted speed limit? Remember all speed limit signs state “Maximum” speed limits. Operating the truck above the posted speed limit is a common violation. If the speed limit in my example was 80 km, and the truck was traveling at a speed of 90 km, it is unlikely that the driver would ever get a speeding ticket. However, that does not mean that the truck was being operating legally. In the collision reconstruction, the engine download will reveal the actual speed. So if the truck was being operated above the posted speed limit, this may be enough for the driver and trucking company to be found a percentage liable for the crash. It may be a very small percentage, such as 10%. That would be enough for the trucking insurance company to have to pay out a very large sum of money. In this case, because of the age of the passenger in my fictitious example, I can see it being policy limits for the trucking company. Remember, all the plaintiff attorney needs to prove is that others contributed to the collision in some negligent way. I used the common example of traveling above the speed limit. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that a collision does not have to be your “fault” to have serious financial consequences for either the truck driver or their trucking company. RT

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(NC) Canadian winters can be harsh, cold and unpredictable. This is why many new and experienced drivers become stressed or worried when it’s time to get behind the wheel during the snowy, slippery months.

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Globally this group has driven over 8.5 billion kilometers; enough to circle the globe 212,000 times. To keep drivers safe this winter, the Circle of Honor members offer these tips: Get your car winter-ready– Prepare for a rough winter ahead of time. Have your car serviced to ensure that fluids are changed and topped up and that brakes are in proper working condition. Purchase snow tires– Studies show that compared to regular tires, snow tires can dramatically improve your ability to effectively navigate your car through heavy snow and ice. Pack an emergency kit– If you end up stuck in a snow bank or otherwise run into

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Alpine organizes Seminar on Career Opportunities in Trucking Alpine Truck Driver Training held an information session on trucking and the transportation industry at its Scarborough location, where professionals spoke about the different aspects of the trucking industry and how to get involved for newcomers.

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TMJ Disorders The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge like joint that joins the jaw bone to the skull. It is located directly in front of the ear. TMJ injuries or disorders can cause significant pain and discomfort in the jaw joint as well as the surrounding soft tissues.

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n many cases, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a TMJ disorder. Physical injury to the jaw such as those which occur during sports or a car accident are obvious causes. However, more subtle causes such as habitual teeth clenching or grinding are much harder to identify. Dental problems and arthritis can also contribute to TMJ problems. The signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders are relatively simple to recognize. In most cases pain or tenderness of the jaw will be experienced. In addition, pain and discomfort around the ear may be present. In severe cases, pain can radiate in to the face or head. Mechanical signs such as difficultly or pain while chewing or joint locking are an indication that there is a

problem with the TMJ. The good news is that most TMJ disorders will resolve on their own without treatment. However, it is important to seek medical attention if the pain persists for a long period of time or if you are unable to open or close your jaw. TMJ disorders are usually diagnosed following a detailed history and physical examination. If required, x-rays or a CT scan will be performed to better visualize the teeth and jaw joint. If treatment is required, your health professional will discuss the different options available. Pain relieving medication is usually the first line of defence and is used to control the discomfort associated with TMJ disorders. Muscle relaxants may be prescribed for short term use to help relieve muscle spasm. If the cause is due to chronic teeth clenching, a sedative medication may be helpful. An oral splint or bite plate is a treatment that may be suggested by your dentist in order to prevent teeth clenching during sleep. Physical therapy treatments which include ultrasound and stretching exercises may also be beneficial. In very severe or resistant cases of TMJ disorders, corticosteroid injection or even surgery may be required. However, all other forms of treatment should be exhausted before attempting these more invasive treatments. There has been some evidence that

alternative forms of treatment such as acupuncture and relaxation therapy may be effective in the treatment of TMJ disorders. However, further research is necessary to confirm their effectiveness. It is important to inform your primary healthcare professional before starting any alternative treatments. Although it is not possible to completely prevent TMJ disorders from occurring, here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind which will greatly reduce your chances of developing one. First of all, try to be more conscious about your stress or tension related behaviours. For example, avoid clenching and grinding your teeth or chewing on hard objects like pens. I recently treated a driver that would have jaw pain and headaches every time he had a delivery in Toronto. As it turns out, he would grind his teeth when ever he sat in Toronto traffic. By becoming aware of this fact, he was able to catch himself in the act and thus prevent any further pain. Another tip is to reduce the amount of strain on your jaw muscles by eating softer foods and avoid sticky or chewy foods like toffee or gum. Stretching exercises and gentle massage can also relieve muscle tension. So next time you are stuck in a traffic jam, keep these simple tips in mind. Until next month, drive safely! RT

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