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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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    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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    Interest in PMTC’s Young Leaders Group in Western Canada

    October 1, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    EDMONTON, Alta. – The Young Leaders Group (YLG) is looking to expand in Western Canada after carriers have voiced interest in the initiative. Matt Richardson, chairman of the YLG, which was launched by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada

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    It’s time for drivers to ‘Shift into Winter’

    September 30, 2019 by Truck News-West

    RICHMOND, B.C. – Drivers will again be “Shifting into Winter” in B.C. and across Canada in the coming weeks, and for the 11th year, WorkSafeBC wants to remind truckers to be prepared before hitting the road. Trina Pollard, manager of

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    Truck convoy brings attention to B.C.’s ailing forestry sector

    September 27, 2019 by Truck News-West

    VANCOUVER, B.C. – B.C.’s logging industry is hemorrhaging, and a recent truck convoy in Vancouver aimed to shed some light on job losses in the forestry sector. With more than 100 trucks making up the convoy, trucks traveled through the

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    B.C. truck repair company making the most of its new shop software

    September 27, 2019 by Truck News-West

    BURNABY, B.C. – They may be considered rookies in Trimble’s eyes, but Dieseltech Truck Repair out of B.C.’s Lower Mainland knows a thing or two about keeping medium- to heavy-duty trucks up and running. Dieseltech took home the award for

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    Construction company not ‘Whisselling Dixie’ when it comes to moving freight

    September 27, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    CALGARY, Alta. — Whissell Contracting doesn’t mess around when it comes to moving freight. Since 1970, this civil construction company has been moving its own equipment and others’ through its trucking division, which specializes in heavy and oversized load transportation.

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    MTA makes a friend at the federal level

    September 27, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    WINNIPEG, Man. — The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) had the ear of a federal member of parliament recently, taking advantage of the opportunity to address issues in the transportation sector. Blake Richards, Alberta member of parliament for Banff-Airdrie, was recently

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    CTA to visit Alberta during annual fall tour

    September 26, 2019 by Truck News-West

    EDMONTON, Alta. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) will be visiting Alberta during its fall tour, and registration is now open. Holding events in both Edmonton and Calgary, CTA president Stephen Laskowski and senior vice-president of policy Geoff Wood will

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