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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,

  • Feature Health & Safety

    CANADA’S CONVOYS INSPIRE

    October 14, 2014 8:57AM by James Menzies

    It’s Fall in Canada and as sure as the leaves are changing colour, Canada’s truck drivers are taking to the road to support important causes. Convoys have been held in recent weeks right across this country, with professional drivers raising

  • KRISKA WINS VOLVO FLEET SAFETY AWARD

    October 14, 2014 8:53AM by James Menzies

    It has been a helluva month for Mark Seymour and Kriska Group. After announcing a blockbuster deal in which it partnered with Mullen Group to form a new growth-oriented trucking business, Kriska was named the Volvo Trucks Fleet Safety Award

  • COLD STAR FREIGHT LOVES ITS CNG MACKS

    October 14, 2014 8:50AM by James Menzies

    It’s been a mixed year for natural gas. Enthusiasm about the inexpensive alt-fuel seems to be diminishing. More alarmingly for us here in Canada, there’s been a significant product pull-back on the heavy-duty side. Westport discontinued its popular 15-litre LNG

  • TRAILER TAILS GREEN-FLAGGED ACROSS CANADA*

    October 14, 2014 8:40AM by James Menzies

    At the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego last week, ATDynamics held a press conference to announce Canadian lawmakers have finally agreed to allow full-length trailer tails right across this great country. Well, as the asterisk

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    FOUR EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS FROM ATA

    October 14, 2014 8:35AM by James Menzies

    The American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition was, as always, a huge event, bringing together trucking heavyweights from across North America. And it was extremely busy in terms of product announcements. Nothing Earth-shattering was announced at the show but

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    DRIVING THE NEW FORD F-150

    October 14, 2014 8:25AM by James Menzies

    Ford made a huge splash when it announced its best-selling F-150 pickup would feature an aluminum cab, beginning in 2015. Have they gone mad? people wondered. It’s a truck. Built to pull things and haul things. They had visions of

  • Feature Health & Safety

    SUTCO ROLLS OUT PINK TRUCK TO HELP RAISE FUNDS

    September 30, 2014 6:30AM by James Menzies

    At Truxpo, covered by western editor Jim Bray, Sutco Transportation Specialists of Salmo, B.C. unveiled a new pinkish/purplish truck that will be used to raise awareness about cancer as well as money to help fight the disease. Pink Power was