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Derek Clouthier

Derek Clouthier
A university graduate with a degree in English, I have worked in the media industry as an editor, reporter and now as editor of Truck West. I have several years of management experience in journalism, as well as hospitality, but am first and foremost a writer, both professionally and in my personal life, having completed two fiction novels. derek@newcom.ca @DerekClouthier
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    No MELT exemptions for Alberta farm or bus drivers

    October 20, 2019 by Truck News-West

    EDMONTON, Alta. – Following public criticism, including from some family members of those killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, the Alberta government will no longer consider exempting some commercial drivers from mandatory entry-level training (MELT) or re-testing. A September

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    Traction to open first corporate location in B.C.

    October 18, 2019 by Truck News-West

    LANGLEY, B.C. – Traction will open its first corporate store and a new distribution center in B.C. Currently serving Canada’s west coast with 12 associated Traction stores and other business partners, the company said the opening of a corporate store

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    Edmonton woman first female to achieve Kenworth master technician status

    October 18, 2019 by Truck News-West

    EDMONTON, Alta. – Edmonton’s Jennifer Lesnik is the first woman to earn Kenworth’s certified master technician status. Now in her 12th year as a service technician and having worked for Edmonton Kenworth Group since 2007, Lesnik’s achievement spans all of

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    Volvo looks to bring its success in Canada to Mexican market

    October 18, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    PUEBLA, Mexico – Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) president Peter Voorhoeve could not be happier with the continued progress his company has made in the Canadian market. While looking to expand its footprint in Mexico with the GHG17 engine and

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    Sutco names new president

    October 16, 2019 by Truck News-West

    KELOWNA, B.C. – After more than a decade with the company, Doug Sutherland has been named president of Sutco Transportation Specialists. Sutherland was previously Sutco’s vice-president and general manager for a period of just over eight years. Prior to joining

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    Munden Ventures makes key acquisition

    October 9, 2019 by Truck News-West

    KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Munden Ventures has acquired the transport division of B.C.-based company Rapid Cool, taking over its reefer, truck heating and cooling, and auxiliary power unit business servicing the province’s Interior. “Rapid Cool has been the leader in providing

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    Dealing with conflicting marijuana rules in the U.S. tricky for carriers

    October 7, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Unlike Canada, which has federally legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the U.S. is all over the map when it comes to the drug’s use. During a panel discussion at the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Management

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    ATA president calls for improvements to NAFTA during MCE keynote address

    October 7, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In a spirited keynote address, American Trucking Associations (ATA) president and CEO Chris Spear urged those in trucking to “get out and kick some ass” in an effort to advocate for the betterment of the industry.

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    Volvo makes headway in Canadian market

    October 6, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) highlighted its success in Canada during the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference and Exhibition today, saying it now owns a 13.9% market share north of the border. “We are building market

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    Lytx data shows reduction in truck driver fatigue

    October 6, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Drowsy driving, late response times, and falling asleep at the wheel have all decreased in the trucking sector between November 2018 and August 2019. Fleet and compliance management solutions company Lytx provided its “State of the

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    FMCSA says infrastructure upgrades will stoke already hot U.S. economy

    October 6, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) annual Management Conference (MCE) and Exhibition opened on a positive note yesterday, painting an economic picture that has benefited the industry for years. The U.S. economy has been growing at a

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    Humboldt families criticize Alberta’s review of driver training standards

    October 3, 2019 by Truck News-West

    EDMONTON, Alta. – Following backlash from the families impacted by the Humboldt Broncos bus collision, Alberta Transport Minister Ric McIver took to Facebook to clarify the government’s position driver training standards. Humboldt families voiced their displeasure on social media, criticizing

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    Fares for commercial trucks using B.C. Ferries could increase 2.3% annually

    October 2, 2019 by Truck News-West

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Rates for the use of B.C. Ferries could go up by a maximum of 2.3% annually from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024, including for commercial traffic. The Office of B.C. Ferries Commissioner confirmed to Truck

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    Hydrogen fuel cells the right direction for Alberta’s trucking industry

    October 2, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    EDMONTON, Alta. – Alberta is the perfect place to test, produce, and operate trucks that run on a hydrogen fuel cell, according to one of the lead researchers involved in the Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC). Speaking to attendees

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    Canadian carriers need to prepare for U.S. Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

    October 1, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    EDMONTON, Alta. – Canadian carriers operating south of the border need to be ready for the U.S. Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program. Chris Wilkinson, program consultant for DriverCheck, said though the new regulation is being implemented in the U.S., carriers

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