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    March 31, 2015 1:16PM by James Menzies

    CEOs speaking at the Mid-America Trucking Show last week were universally upbeat about the year ahead. Strong Class 8 truck demand is expected to continue through 2015, with production climbing 15-20% over 2014’s healthy volumes, according to Joe McAleese, chairman,

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    March 31, 2015 1:13PM by James Menzies

    Not surprisingly in this era of ultra-efficiency, 6×2 axle configurations continue to advance, providing fleets with significant weight savings, meaningful reductions in fuel consumption and opportunities to reduce tire wear. Just not here in Canada, where such axle configurations are


    March 31, 2015 1:08PM by James Menzies

    While at MATS I caught up with Jose Martinez, Goodyear commercial digital and solutions manager, to talk about the company’s Smart Fleet program, which as of this month is available in Canada. It’s aimed at small fleets and owner/operators who

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    March 31, 2015 1:02PM by James Menzies

    The collection of trucks and equipment on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show, as always, provided sensory overload for truck journalists there to report on it all. At least for this truck journalist. So much to see and explore. So

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    Port wars

    March 31, 2015 12:13PM by Jim Bray

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – Port Metro Vancouver received a bit of a blow in federal court late last month as the legal body dismissed its motion for a declaration that the court has no jurisdiction in the case brought against it

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    Life under IRP’s Full Reciprocity Plan

    March 31, 2015 12:11PM by Sandy Johnson

    The proof of the pudding is in the eating. That’s how it is with the Full Reciprocity Plan, a new way to manage fleets under the International Registration Plan. Nearly 20 years in the making, FRP grants full reciprocity to

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    New ownership gives KLS Earthworks a new lease on life

    March 31, 2015 12:09PM by Jim Bray

    CALGARY, Alta. – Kind of like a phoenix, a tired old business is of being reborn, maybe not in flames but with a healthy injection of new people and ideas.  KLS Earthworks & Environmental was past its prime, according to

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    Truck Lines copes with family loss, changing landscape

    March 31, 2015 12:06PM by Jim Bray

    CALGARY, Alta. – Ron Singer Truck Lines was started in 1973 when the late Ron Singer and his wife-to-be bought their first truck from his father. The business has remained in the family since then, built from the ground up

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    Western Canadian construction: More boom or will it bust?

    March 31, 2015 12:04PM by Jim Bray

    Times have been quite good for western Canada’s construction industry over the past few years as a robust economy has helped allow for plenty of building in all four western provinces. But with the price of oil now low and

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    Phil Blanchette: A knight in shining armour

    March 31, 2015 11:17AM by Sonia Straface

    Making the move from a company driver to an owner/operator isn’t a decision a professional trucker takes lightly. The preparation involved is enough for some to change their minds and they often find out it’s not exactly what they expected.

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    Just one of the guys part 3

    March 31, 2015 11:10AM by Edo Van Belkom

    THE STORY SO FAR… With a storm coming, Mark pulls into the Husky in Dryden, Ont. He offers help to a woman driver struggling to install her chains, but she tells him to get lost. Some time later, she enters

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    Living with alternative fuels

    March 31, 2015 11:03AM by Steve Sturgess

    TMC panel discussion explored practicalities of working with natural gas, including required shop modifications.

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    Tips about meal tax deductions

    March 31, 2015 10:59AM by Scott Taylor

    It’s now been 15 years since Don Wilkinson, a truck driver from Winnipeg, won his meal-expense case in tax court. You don’t remember Don Wilkinson? Well, you should, every time you order food at a truck stop. On his 1997

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    Why hourly pay is a pipe dream

    March 31, 2015 10:47AM by Bill Cameron

    A while ago, I wrote a column on driver and owner/operator pay. You may remember that I only covered the two most common methods: mileage and percentage. I purposely didn’t touch the subject of hourly pay for highway drivers at

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    It’s time to warm up to the idea of MELT

    March 31, 2015 10:43AM by Mike Millian

    Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) has been a hot topic ever since Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced that his province was planning to introduce minimum training standards for commercial vehicle operators. It was hardly the first call of its