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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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    Mandatory anti-rollover devices? Why not?

    November 21, 2007 by James Menzies

    Two years after it stunned the industry by announcing its much ballyhooed position on the mandatory use of speed limiters, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) was at it again during this year’s convention. This time, the association was endorsing the

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    Road rage – has it come to this?

    October 29, 2007 by James Menzies

    “Don’t cause a crash, just bash your dash.” That’s the tag-line for a new product developed by a Vancouver company aimed at combating road rage. The Dash Basher is a polyurethane foam-constructed club that drivers are encouraged to carry with

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    HoS tops list of concerns for US trucking execs

    October 21, 2007 by James Menzies

    At the American Trucking Associations (ATA) annual management conference in Orlando this morning, the American Transportation Research Institute (ARTI) released the results of an annual survey exploring the most critical issues facing the industry. More than 5,000 trucking industry executives

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    An emissions-free truck plant – is it possible?

    October 2, 2007 by James Menzies

    Before anyone seemed overly concerned about the state of our planet, Volvo Group made the environment one of its core values back in 1972. Global emissions standards have pushed the company to develop truck engines that are virtually smog-free. However,

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    A European outlook on cargo security

    October 2, 2007 by James Menzies

    I recently had the opportunity to attend the European Transport Forum in Brussels, Belgium which explored, among other things, cargo theft prevention practices in Europe. Based on the tone of the discussion, the Europeans seem confident they are well ahead

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    There’s plenty to be learned at trucking conferences

    September 28, 2007 by James Menzies

    This morning, I arrived at the office thankful to see I still have a desk here. For the last two weeks I’ve been travelling – both near and afar – in the pursuit of articles for our November issues of

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    What’s wrong with this picture?

    September 7, 2007 by James Menzies

    Mark Richards, a professional driver based in Windsor, says he’s being punished by the MTO for simply doing the right thing. The trucker admits that last year he was signed on with a rather unscrupulous carrier. He says the company

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    Emissions standards should apply to older trucks too

    August 29, 2007 by James Menzies

    Over the past few years I’ve been telling anyone who would listen about the environmental leaps and bounds being made by the trucking industry. I am always quick to point out that it takes 60 2007 trucks to create the

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    Infrastructure upgrades desperately needed

    August 3, 2007 by James Menzies

    The tragic collapse of a Minneapolis bridge this week has demonstrated the need for immediate upgrades to North American infrastructure. The deadly collapse comes just weeks after Transports Quebec announced oversized loads will no longer be allowed to cross 135

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    Ontario waste oil heater ban now official

    July 24, 2007 by James Menzies

    The June 29 version of the Environmental Registry confirmed Ontario Regulation 280/07, a law that prevents companies from burning waste oil for heat as of June 1, 2009. Truck News has been covering this story in recent months and the

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    Keeping fit is a constant challenge for drivers (and writers)

    July 18, 2007 by James Menzies

    It’s no secret that professional drivers are generally not the fittest of folks. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but it’s not easy to stay in shape when you spend long hours behind the wheel and the most

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    Road carnage – when’s it going to end?

    July 12, 2007 by James Menzies

    They say bad things happen in three but we’re beyond three and still counting when it comes to recent truck crashes on major GTA highways caused by four-wheelers. Yesterday a cement truck rolled over on Hwy. 427, closing the well-travelled

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    While we’re at it, let’s limit all vehicle speeds

    July 4, 2007 by James Menzies

    Ontario Transport Minister Donna Cansfield has unexpectedly announced (amid very little fanfare during a long weekend) that the province is going ahead with an OTA proposal to require the use of speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks operating within the province.

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    Always be prepared!

    June 19, 2007 by James Menzies

    A reader submitted these photos as a reminder to always be prepared for everything while out on the road. These pictures were taken near Terrace, B.C. The driver apparently rounded a corner in the highway and was greeted with a

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    ‘Hypermiling’ poses safety risks

    June 6, 2007 by James Menzies

    A growing legion of motorists are taking notice of their fuel economy and altering their driving styles to maximize mileage. However, the American Trucking Associations’ has voiced concern that the practice of ‘Hypermiling’ is posing risks to truckers and other

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