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  • 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

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    JAMES GOES TO JAMESTOWN

    August 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    Earlier this month I drove down to Jamestown, N.Y., midway between Buffalo and Erie, Pa., to partake in the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Cummins plant there. Forty years is an accomplishment worth celebrating, but there was some extra exuberance

  • CAN YOUR DASH CAM COST YOU YOUR FAST CARD?

    August 19, 2014 by James Menzies

    Dash cams have become popular among truck drivers for a number of reasons. Mark Roberts bought one after being involved in an accident in the US. A car in front of him lost control and smacked into Mark’s tandems. The

  • MIKE McCARRON BREAKS DOWN THE TRANSFORCE/CONTRANS DEAL

    August 4, 2014 by James Menzies

    Well, as I mentioned before, the story of the month – maybe the year – is TransForce’s bold bid to take over (in a friendly manner) Contrans. Mike McCarron, who heads Wheels Group’s M&A initiatives, is no stranger to big

  • Feature Health & Safety

    THEY DID IT: HEALTHY FLEET CHALLENGE REACHES ITS GOAL

    August 4, 2014 by James Menzies

    In just 23.5 days, participants in the Healthy Trucker Healthy Fleet Challenge reached their goal by walking a total of 25,000 miles (the circumference of the globe). “Although the initial goal of the challenge was to walk 25,000 miles as

  • TRANSFORCE TO TAKE OVER CONTRANS IN BLOCKBUSTER DEAL

    August 4, 2014 by James Menzies

    Of course, the real biggest story, to those of us in the trucking industry, was TransForce’s surprise acquisition of Contrans. Of course we were the first to report on it and to post reaction from industry analysts and observers. You

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    DRIVING VOLVO’S VNX HEAVY-HAULER

    August 4, 2014 by James Menzies

    I love driving trucks and I’ll travel anywhere to do so, but there’s something special about driving them in your own neck of the woods over familiar roadways. I had the opportunity to do so when Volvo made its new

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    AND DRIVING A GREAT BIG FREIGHTLINER

    August 4, 2014 by James Menzies

    Next up was the Freightliner 122SD tri-drive heavy-haul tractor; a Canadian spec’ that will find a home in the Alberta oilfields. This beast featured a large classic-styled hood, a 70-inch mid-roof sleeper, a Detroit DD16 engine putting out 600 hp

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    DRIVING A LITTLE FREIGHTLINER

    August 4, 2014 by James Menzies

    With the Freightliner business sessions behind us, it was time to hit the streets of Yountville, Calif. and surrounding highways in a variety of Freightliner trucks. I first opted for the smallest of them, an M2 106 powered by a

  • FREIGHTLINER’S VOCATIONAL FOCUS PAYING OFF

    August 4, 2014 by James Menzies

    Four years ago, at a press event in Napa Valley, Calif., Freightliner declared it was going to get serious about the vocational truck market. The company said it wouldn’t rest until it is the “undisputed market leader” in the vocational

  • Feature Health & Safety

    SOME (ALLEGEDLY) DRUNK GUY IN A TRUCK TAKES OUT BURLINGTON SKYWAY

    August 4, 2014 by James Menzies

    Well, unfortunately the biggest news concerning the trucking industry these days – if you’re to judge by column inches in the mainstream newspapers – was the guy who slammed a raised dump body into the Burlington Skyway, putting it out

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    WHAT WOMEN DEAL WITH

    July 21, 2014 by James Menzies

    There’s a really good article on Trucknews.com now from Motortruck Fleet Executive editor Carolyn Gruske. It’s called A Woman’s Job and looks at the types of issues women in the trucking industry deal with on a regular basis. It’s not