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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
  • Blog

    Calling changemakers this National Trucking Week

    September 2, 2019 by Dave Earle

    The trucking industry has been grappling with a shortage of workers over many years. Right now, unemployment is low, many millennials remain uninterested in trades, and heavy-duty diesel trucks are viewed as significant contributors to climate change. These are trends

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    Celebrating the industry during National Trucking Week in Western Canada

    August 30, 2019 by Truck News-West

    CALGARY, Alta. – With National Trucking Week right around the corner, several western trucking associations will be showing love to drivers and the industry across the country. The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) will host five driver appreciation days, starting

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    Ritchie Bros. extends Edmonton auction due to increase in items

    August 29, 2019 by Truck News-West

    EDMONTON, Alta. – The items just keep coming in for Ritchie Bros. upcoming Edmonton auction, up 31% year-over-year and extending the sale to a five-day event. Originally scheduled to take place over a three-day period, the auction will now span

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    Manitoba carriers awarded for their safety culture

    August 28, 2019 by Truck News-West

    WINNIPEG, Man. –A pair of Manitoba trucking companies received some hardware recently, with Fast Lane Freight the winner of the RPM Award and Bison Transport getting SAFE Work Manitoba’s Safety Culture Award. The Manitoba Trucking Association’s (MTA) RPM Award recognizes

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    Fifteen years in the making, patience pays off in the end

    August 26, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    OSOYOOS, B.C. — Better late than never, as they say, and a B.C. truck driver certainly took that to heart. Bill Plaskett always knew he would one day be his own boss, and 15 years after purchasing a company, he

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    Free training for aspiring women drivers in B.C.

    August 26, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    LANGLEY, B.C. — Attention hopeful female truck drivers in B.C., there is an opportunity that may be hard for you to pass up. Valley Driving School is facilitating driver training for the YWCA’s Changing Gears program, which aims to get

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    PrePass now available in B.C. through Weigh2GoBC

    August 22, 2019 by Truck News-West

    VICTORIA, B.C. – Carriers in B.C. can now take advantage of weigh scale bypass platform PrePass, with 11 locations across the province through Weigh2GoBC service. Thanks to an agreement between B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the PrePass Safety

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    PMTC eastern seminar to focus on youth, retention, and engagement

    August 21, 2019 by Truck News-East

    MILTON, Ont. – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC), along with Trucking Human Resources Sector Council Atlantic, will hold an eastern regional educational seminar Sept. 18 in Wallace, N.S. With a focus youth recruitment, retention, and engagement, the

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    Trailer orders continue to slide, while production remains robust

    August 21, 2019 by Truck News-East

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer orders continue to drop, declining for seven consecutive months, according to ACT Research’s Trailer Components Report. The year-over-year slide began at the end of 2018, and preliminary July data shows the trend will continue. “Through June,

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    ATA says freight tonnage to increase 25.6% by 2030

    August 21, 2019 by Truck News-East

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is predicting continued growth in the industry, with a 25.6% increase in tonnage by 2030. The projection stems from the ATA’s latest Freight Transportation Forecast: 2019 to 2030, an annual release on

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    Could prejudice be another factor in driver shortage?

    August 20, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    Underlying prejudices tend to be a subject no one particularly enjoys talking about, but it’s something that needs to be discussed, including within the trucking industry. That’s not to say trucking is full of bigots. In fact, the vast majority

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    Truck drivers pay tribute to couple murdered along Alaska Highway

    August 15, 2019 by Truck News-West

    Whitehorse, Yukon – A truck driver from Whitehorse is leading a group of truckers in an effort to remember two people killed along the Alaska Highway in B.C. The CBC reported that Ed Grennan placed a cross and Australian flag

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    Getting by with a little support from their friends

    August 15, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    Mack and Putzmeister marry well in demanding concrete pump truck market

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    Mack and Schwing team up to offer top quality concrete pump trucks

    August 13, 2019 by Truck News-West

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mack Trucks is predicting another strong year in the construction segment, including the concrete industry, where its Granite and TerraPro models have been top sellers for the company. “Getting to number one in these types of

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    Sutco goes from pink to plaid in effort to raise funds to fight cancer

    August 7, 2019 by Derek Clouthier

    SALMO, B.C. – On the heels of its success “driving toward a cure” to raise money to fight breast cancer, Sutco Transportation Specialists is at it again with a new initiative, transforming from pink to plaid. Five years ago, the

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