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James Menzies

James Menzies
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at james@newcom.ca or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.
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    Managing new generation drivers

    September 5, 2008 by James Menzies

    It’s often been said that today’s trucker is nothing like the trucker of years gone by. If a 30-year driving veteran breaks down along the side of the highway, he’s likely to get out of the truck, figure out what

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    Desperate times can bring out the worst in people

    August 28, 2008 by James Menzies

    You would hope, given the hardships currently facing the trucking industry, that those on the front lines would bond together and help each other get through. Instead, there are increasingly worrying reports of diesel thefts from coast-to-coast. The B.C. Forest

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    Drive and Deliver does just that

    August 25, 2008 by James Menzies

    Navistar has pumped millions of dollars into an unorthodox marketing campaign for its retro-styled LoneStar, which is almost as unique as the truck itself. When the LoneStar was still a mere prototype, the company commissioned Academy Award-nominated director Brett Morgen

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    The stupidity has to end

    August 18, 2008 by James Menzies

    Ontario’s mandatory yearly re-testing policy for A/Z drivers 65 years of age and older is one of the most asinine rules on the books. It punishes some of the industry’s most experienced and safest drivers for turning 65 and unfortunately

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    Cummins switch puts momentum on SCR’s side

    August 14, 2008 by James Menzies

    Over the last few months, the 2010 heavy-duty engine landscape has taken on a vastly different look. First, you have Caterpillar announcing it will not build an EPA2010-compliant on-highway engine for the North American market (yet it will partner with

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    And the 2008 Owner/Operator of the Year is…

    July 29, 2008 by James Menzies

    It never ceases to amaze me. Every year when we solicit entries for the Truck News Owner/Operator of the Year award, we are presented with a full field of deserving candidates. Choosing a winner is never easy, but when the

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    Between the lines: Q2 reports offer a look ahead

    July 23, 2008 by James Menzies

    As second quarter financial statements continue to trickle in from publicly-traded trucking companies, I can’t help but scan them in search of a glimmer of hope that an industry rebound is just around the corner. Here in Canada, Vitrans filed

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    Speed limiters: A post-mortem

    June 21, 2008 by James Menzies

    Well, it’s finally happened. After two and a half years of dogged determination, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has ushered its speed limiter policy through to fruition. It went through the legislative process unamended and is pretty much on the

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    Neil Young aims to “Repower the American Dream”, but not through his music

    June 16, 2008 by James Menzies

    Neil Young may not be rockin’ the free world as hard as he once did, but he’s still trying to make a difference. However the legendary rocker is using technology rather than music to change the world this time around.

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    Summary of the public hearings on speed limiters: Part 2

    June 5, 2008 by James Menzies

    This is the continuation of my blog report from the public hearings on speed limiters, held at Queen’s Park June 5. We pick it up with the folks from OOIDA. 10:20 a.m. – Terry Button, OOIDA. First, let me say

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    Summary of the public hearings on speed limiters: Part 1

    June 5, 2008 by James Menzies

    Just back from the public hearings on Bill 41 at Queen’s Park. It was a fascinating look at the democratic process in motion and I’m pleased to have been there to witness it. I’m surprised it didn’t attract more attention

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    Do speed limiters always mean better mileage, less emissions?

    June 2, 2008 by James Menzies

    There have been many compelling arguments made both for and against Ontario’s controversial legislation that, if passed, would mechanically limit truck speeds to 105 km/h. We’ve heard them all here at Truck News. Some of them have been absurd (that

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    Quality shippers can be a tough nut to crack

    May 30, 2008 by James Menzies

    Yesterday I attended Markel’s Let’s Talk seminar on profitability, which provided one of those rare opportunities to hear shippers and carriers voice their concerns under the same roof. Representing shippers during a panel discussion were Allan Kelly, director of logistics

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    Does an Ontario cell phone ban make sense?

    May 27, 2008 by James Menzies

    The Ontario government has once again suggested it will consider banning handheld cell phones while driving. In fact, it has hinted any legislation will encompass not just phones – but also the use of other gadgets that cause driver distraction

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    Con artists exploiting trucking companies when at their most vulnerable

    May 21, 2008 by James Menzies

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Sage old advice that should always be taken into consideration, especially when dealing with unknown vendors or associates. It’s unfortunate to hear about a fuel tax scam that’s been

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