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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.
  • News

    Paccar sets up shop in Silicon Valley

    June 27, 2018 by James Menzies

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Paccar has opened an Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, becoming the first truck manufacturer to create a permanent presence there. It has resulted in increased engagement with tech start-ups and created an environment that fosters innovation, according

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    Peterbilt anticipates another record-setting year

    June 27, 2018 by James Menzies

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Peterbilt anticipates setting records for both market share and truck build this year. Jason Skoog, Paccar vice-president and general manager of Peterbilt, said market conditions remain strong. “Strong order intake in the last half of 2017 have

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    Penske, NFI first to run electric Freightliner trucks

    June 27, 2018 by Truck News

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has announced Penske Truck Leasing and NFI will receive electric trucks this year as part of its Electric Innovation Fleet. The fleet will consist of 30 eCascadia and eM2 first-generation electric vehicles,

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    Trailer orders up 27% y-o-y in May

    June 27, 2018 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Trailer orders were up 27% year-over-year in May, with industry production now committed to nearly Christmas. ACT Research reported net orders of 22,900 units in May, down 2% from April, but up substantially over last May. “With

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    Driver behavior results in most Operation Corridor charges

    June 27, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – A 24-hour provincial safety blitz by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Ministry of Transportation resulted in about 700 charges against commercial drivers, mostly due to driver behavior. The charges, contends the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), highlight

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    Ontario truck drivers to face zero tolerance approach to pot

    June 27, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – Commercial vehicle drivers in Ontario must have no blood drug content when operating their vehicles, according to changes to the province’s Highway Traffic Act. Changes to the Act address the issues of impaired driving, distracted driving and

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    Big Freight Systems turns 70

    June 26, 2018 by Truck News

    WINNIPEG, Man. – Big Freight Systems is turning 70 this year, and has its eyes on future growth. “We’re always looking ahead to see what we can do next,” says Gary Coleman, president and chief executive of the company his

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    Breadner now carrying Hyundai Translead trailers

    June 25, 2018 by James Menzies

    BRESLAU, Ont. – Breadner Trailers has announced it will be offering the full line of Hyundai Translead trailers. Bob Breadner, president of Breadner Trailers, said the company was seeking a highly customizable trailer offering for the Ontario market. “The Mississauga

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    Phillips announces European acquisition

    June 25, 2018 by Truck News

    SANTA FE SPRINGS, Cali. – Phillips Connect Technologies has announced its acquisition of Polish electrical components company Fortech Poland. The company manufactures and distributes 24-volt electrical connectors and cables for commercial vehicles. The newly formed company will be named Phillips-Fortech

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    The many benefits of electrification

    June 21, 2018 by James Menzies

    For Volvo, the advantages of electrification will not only be enjoyed by customers, but by the world at large

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    Truck orders remain strong through May

    June 20, 2018 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – May’s Class 8 order activity continued trending above capacity, according to the latest data from ACT Research. There were 35,608 units booked in May. “Continuing to be led by Canada and the U.S., order strength remained broad-based.

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    One of the best freight markets ever continues: ATA

    June 20, 2018 by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. for-hire truck tonnage rose 0.7% in May, and was 7.8% stronger than May 2017, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The ATA also revised up the originally reported 2.2% gain in April to 2.7%. Year-to-date

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    May continues record-setting year for Canadian spot market

    June 20, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – A record-setting year for Canadian spot market load volumes continued in May, according to the latest data from TransCore Link Logistics. May volumes were up 23% year-over-year, marking the highest May on record. Volumes were up 1%

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    Tight labor market keeping carriers from fully cashing in on high rate environment

    June 20, 2018 by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions for carriers remained strong in April, with the FTR Trucking Conditions Index reflecting strong freight demand and continued tightness in capacity. The index read 11.5, meaning carriers can expect favorable conditions to improve into Q3

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  • Blog

    Haze continues to hang over legalization of marijuana

    June 20, 2018 by James Menzies

    Whether or not you agree with the legalization of marijuana, society and our lawmakers have spoken, and it’s coming. Are you prepared? I’m not sure any of us are. There is still a ton of misinformation about how legalization will

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