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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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    Fleets achieving “record contract rates”: ACT

    October 25, 2018 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – About 7% of Class 8 tractors are currently unseated, with 62% of fleets reporting that as being higher than usual, according to a survey by ACT Research. Only 14% of responding fleets said their unseated tractor level

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    Trailer orders officially “epic”: ACT

    October 25, 2018 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – September trailer orders, totaling more than 58,000 units, were up 52% from August and 135% year-over-year, according to ACT Research’s State of the Industry: US Trailer Report. “Following the strongest July and August net orders in industry

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    U.S. takes step towards allowing hair testing

    October 25, 2018 by Truck News

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. signed into law yesterday legislation that will allow fleets to employ hair testing, a move the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has been lobbying for. The bill, which cleared Congress, was designed to combat the opioid

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    OTA welcomes Ford’s Making Ontario Open for Business Act

    October 24, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is welcoming Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s position on Bill 148, and the Making Ontario Open for Business Act. “The Ontario trucking industry’s hundreds of thousands of workers need a healthy, viable economy

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    First shipment made using blockchain

    October 24, 2018 by Truck News

    SUNRISE, Fla. – The first trucking shipment using blockchain and a smart contract has been made. The shipment was made using dexFreight, a decentralized logistics platform. The shipment was a 5,320-lb frozen food load hauled from Preferred Freezer Services in

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    Truck tonnage softens in Q3

    October 23, 2018 by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. for-hire truck tonnage slid 0.8% in September, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA). “Truck freight slowed at the end of the third quarter,” said ATA chief economist Bob Costello. “As anticipated, the year-over-year gains have

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    Driver Inc. model condemned by CRA, ESDC

    October 23, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The jig may be up for drivers and carriers operating under the Driver Inc. model. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have clarified how they will treat drivers who incorporate themselves

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    TFI agrees to buy Gorski, raises guidance

    October 23, 2018 by James Menzies

    MONTREAL, Que. – TFI International raised its 2018 EBITDA guidance yesterday, due to a strong trucking environment. “The general freight environment is strong throughout North America, and all of our segments are benefiting,” Alain Bedard, chairman, president and CEO said

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    TFI International posts strong Q3 results

    October 23, 2018 by Truck News

    MONTREAL, Que. – TFI International capitalized on a strong trucking environment in the third quarter, posting its second straight quarter of record operating results. Operating income was up 107% year-over-year, at $125.1 million. The company brought in $1.29 billion in

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    Navistar partners with technical schools

    October 22, 2018 by Truck News

    LISLE, Ill. – Navistar has partnered with technical schools through its newly formed Navistar Service Essentials Program. “As we focus on growing customer uptime, Navistar and our International Truck and IC Bus dealers are all committed to combating the industry’s

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    Ryder expanding last-mile delivery business

    October 22, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – Toronto is one of three North American facilities Ryder is expanding to improve its last mile delivery service. The company recently announced the expansion of its Ryder Last Mile business, which focuses on home delivery and white

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    Natural gas truck sales down

    October 22, 2018 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Natural gas truck sales in the U.S. and Canada have declined 28% this year through August, according to a new report from ACT Research. They were up 13% in 2017. “On a nominal basis, natural gas retail

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    Transcourt promotes Trianos

    October 19, 2018 by Truck News

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – Transcourt Tank Leasing has named Michael Trianos its director of fleet services and procurement for the entire North American market. Previously, he was director of business development for Ontario and Manitoba. The company says he was promoted

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    Congestion costs trucking industry 1.2 billion hours

    October 18, 2018 by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Traffic congestion in the U.S. cost the trucking industry US$74.5 billion in 2016, a 0.5% increase over the previous year. That’s according to new research from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). The research group relied on

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    OTA offers to help build carbon reduction plan

    October 17, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) wants to work with the province to develop a “made-in-Ontario” carbon reduction solution. The OTA says the industry must continue to do its part to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality,

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