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  • RHYNO’S REPORT ON THE SEVEN ELEPHANTS

    October 27, 2014 9:41PM by James Menzies

    From Jason Rhyno comes an interesting report on a gusty panel discussion hosted by Delta Nu Alpha. The group put together a panel to discuss the seven elephants in the driver shortage room. They include: Is driver shortage friend or

  • PRESENTING THE 2014 TRUCK NEWS OWNER/OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

    October 27, 2014 8:38PM by James Menzies

    Being an owner/operator can be a thankless job. That’s why one of my favourite things to do each year is to call up the winner of our annual O/O of the Year award and let him or her know they’ve

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    THE DANGERS OF DOWNSPEEDING

    October 27, 2014 8:36PM by James Menzies

    While in San Diego for the American Trucking Associations conference I had an interesting chat with Mike Schwanzl, senior manager, field sales with Dana. He’s concerned about the increased torque loads the industry-wide trend towards downspeeding is placing on the

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    DRIVING ERB’S NEW PROSTAR WITH ALLISON TC10

    October 27, 2014 8:32PM by James Menzies

    Allison has come out with its first automatic transmission aimed at the Class 8 tractor market and Erb Group is one of the first Canadian fleets to take delivery of it. They deployed five International ProStar tractors with MaxxForce engines

  • WHY LEASING MAKES SENSE FOR NATURAL GAS

    October 27, 2014 8:21PM by James Menzies

    Getting back to the C.A.T. announcement that it will be deploying 100 natural gas trucks out of Montreal, it’s interesting to note this will be a full-service lease arrangement with Ryder. I had the chance to catch up with Scott

  • HAS NATURAL GAS LOST ITS LUSTRE?

    October 27, 2014 8:17PM by James Menzies

    Last week I attended the Natural Gas Vehicles Canada Conference at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto. It was a well put together event with a strong list of speakers. The list of fleet attendees seemed shorter than last year’s

  • HAS GROWING ORGANICALLY BECOME IMPOSSIBLE?

    October 27, 2014 8:12PM by James Menzies

    While discussions at the Summit from motor carrier executives indicated it is vital to add scale, they also seemed to acknowledge that growing organically has become nearly impossible. Kriska’s Mark Seymour said his company has been trying for the last

  • WILL ‘SCALE’ BE THE THEME OF 2015?

    October 27, 2014 8:04PM by James Menzies

    This year’s Surface Transportation Summit, held Oct. 15 in Toronto, was a huge success. It sold out, bringing together nearly 400 fleet managers and shippers under one roof to discuss common issues. Shipper-carrier collaboration was once again a hot topic,

  • Profitability: Cash-saving crashes

    October 26, 2014 9:17PM by Carolyn Gruske

    Investigating crashes with an eye toward prevention

  • A police officer’s view of cargo crime

    October 23, 2014 9:15PM by Carolyn Gruske

    Constable Trevor Archibald, who works as a detective in the Ottawa Police’s auto theft unit, talks about how cargo crime is perceived and what the trucking industry can do to fight back

  • Feature Human Resources

    Help wanted: Construction and oil and gas fleets experiment with new programs to attract drivers

    October 22, 2014 3:15PM by Carolyn Gruske

    New programs are being created to attract new drivers both inside and outside Canada’s borders.

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    Katrina and Alison: Two women, one truck

    October 22, 2014 1:52PM by Sonia Straface

    If there ever was a year for Katrina Mapplebeck and Alison Theriault to remember, it’s 2014. The year has been great to Mapplebeck, 25, and Theriault, 30, who run team at Clarke Road Transport in Halifax, N.S., a job they

  • Feature Transportation

    Puttin’ on the blitz: Part 2

    October 22, 2014 1:49PM by Edo Van Belkom

    THE STORY SO FAR Mark gets a nice gig shuttling the contents of a factory and warehouse from Montreal to Toronto. Among the trucks making the runs with Mark is a green rig with an off-colour door and fender that

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    Be prepared for long hours

    October 22, 2014 1:27PM by Bill Cameron

    Sometimes I feel like an unwilling version of Ann Landers. I don’t feel qualified to offer advice, but periodically I hear of someone starting a trucking company or becoming an owner/operator, who seems to be overlooking a lot of unpleasant

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    Getting familiar with turnpike doubles

    October 22, 2014 1:18PM by Mark Lee

    Well, I’ve done my first month pulling turnpike doubles out west, otherwise known as long combination vehicles. It’s been an interesting month to say the least, and from a business (money) point of view it has more than met my