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    EATON COMES THROUGH IN THE (DUAL) CLUTCH

    September 16, 2014 by James Menzies

    Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to visit Eaton’s Marshall Proving Grounds, where the company unveiled the industry’s first dual clutch transmission for the North American medium-duty truck market. As the name implies, the transmission utilizes two clutches and

  • WHY WESTERN STAR HAS A BOUNCE IN ITS STEP

    September 16, 2014 by James Menzies

    So, the 5700 is a great addition to the Western Star lineup, as it allows the brand to play in the full-aero segment of the Class 8 market, which comprises about 65% of the entire market. But even before the

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    HOW THE 5700 PERFORMED ON THE ROAD

    September 16, 2014 by James Menzies

    Stable. Solid. Sexy. Three words that describe how the Western Star 5700 looks and feels on the highway. I had the opportunity to take it on a two-hour drive in the Nevada desert and I loved every minute of it.

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    INTRODUCING THE WESTERN STAR 5700

    September 16, 2014 by James Menzies

    Okay, so I had a really, really good reason to miss that platooning demonstration. I was in Las Vegas for the introduction of the Western Star 5700, the truck maker’s first foray into the aerodynamic on-highway tractor segment. It’s been

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    PLATOONING DEMONSTRATION HINTS OF THE FUTURE

    September 16, 2014 by James Menzies

    There has been much hoopla of late about autonomously-driven trucks, which can take most of the driving responsibilities out of the hands of the driver, potentially improving safety and efficiency. But let’s not kid ourselves, this technology is still a

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    BEST FLEETS TO DRIVE FOR NOMS NOW OPEN

    September 16, 2014 by James Menzies

    It’s that time of year again – time for drivers and owner/operators who are happy with the company for whom they drive to nominate those carriers for recognition under the Truckload Carriers Association’s Best Fleets to Drive For competition. This

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    …AND THE MODEL 567 VOCATIONAL TRUCK

    September 2, 2014 by James Menzies

    Since I was in town, Peterbilt was gracious enough to also provide a 567 dump truck for me to drive. I took this truck out on some rough, under-construction highways as well as some back roads outside Denton. It wasn’t

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    DRIVING THE PETERBILT MODEL 579 EPIQ

    September 2, 2014 by James Menzies

    Peterbilt’s new Model 579 has been a hit right out of the gate and it promises to be even more popular with the introduction of its EPIQ package, which the truck maker says will improve fuel economy another 10%. The

  • MERITOR STEPS UP CAMPAIGN TO LEGALIZE 6×2 AXLES IN CANADA

    September 2, 2014 by James Menzies

    As reported last time out in Hooked Up, the province of Ontario has finally announced it will allow full-length trailer tails through a deferred enforcement policy that will be in place until legislation can be modified to permanently allow their

  • WOULD FLATTENING THE CREDIT VALLEY DIP REDUCE CONGESTION?

    September 2, 2014 by James Menzies

    I had an interesting conversation the other day with a Mississauga businessman who feels strongly that when Hwy. 401 is widened to 12 lanes next year between Mississauga and Mavis Roads, that a viaduct should be constructed to level the

  • FOUR WAYS TO GET INTO TROUBLE USING THE TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM

    September 2, 2014 by James Menzies

    Is there a more contentious issue in Canadian trucking today than the Temporary Foreign Worker Program? As most of you know, this program allows trucking companies and other employers of in-demand workers to fill positions they can’t fill locally by

  • WHY TRUCKING RATES COULD SOON BE ON THE RISE

    August 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    I’m going to once again lean on FTR for its insight into the freight market and where rates might be headed. Jonathan Starks, director of transportation analysis with FTR, had some good news when commenting on the industry forecaster’s most

  • WHY AL SMITH IS THE HAPPIEST GUY IN ONTARIO

    August 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    Al Smith is the happiest man in Ontario this week. Al was hired this spring by ATDynamics to grow its trailer tail business in Canada. Problem was, the devices could not yet be legally operated on this side of the

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    HOW IMPORTANT IS ENGINE PROGRAMMING? PIT WILL LET US KNOW.

    August 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    Project Innovation Transport (PIT) has secured funding from the Quebec government to explore the issue of engine programming. This is an interesting project and because the government is paying for it, PIT will share the results with all of us

  • HERE ARE THREE THINGS FLEETS NEED TO BE WATCHING

    August 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    Generally speaking, the trucking industry seems to be humming along at a brisk pace right now, with healthy freight volumes leading to strong truck order activity and even reports that rate increases are being successfully passed along, or soon will