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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

    Class 8 orders expectedly drop in December

    January 4, 2019 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Preliminary data from ACT Research shows the industry booked 21,300 Class 8 trucks, an expected decline and off 43% year-over-year. But the year set a new record, with 490,100 units booked in 2018. “For all of 2018,

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    Premiere Van Lines re-ups with Atlas Canada

    January 3, 2019 by Truck News

    OAKVILLE, Ont. – Atlas Canada has announced it has renewed its contract with Premiere Van Lines Group for another 10 years. The new contract runs through November 2028. Premiere will represent Atlas in Vancouver, B.C., Victoria, B.C., Calgary, Alta., Edmonton,

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    U.S. driver turnover slows

    January 3, 2019 by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Truck driver turnover in the U.S. fell 11% in the third quarter, undoing two quarters of increases in the annualized churn rate. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reported turnover at large truckload carriers dropped to 87%, marking

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    Firestone truck tires to cost more

    January 2, 2019 by Truck News

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations has announced a price increase for Firestone truck and bus tires sold in the U.S. and Canada. Firestone tires will increase in price by 4% in the U.S. and Canada. Tires shipped on

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    California denied own meal and rest break rules

    January 2, 2019 by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – California will not be able to implement its own state rest break rules, thanks to a Department of Transportation ruling that came before Christmas. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao granted a federal petition that pre-empts state rest break

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    Canadian spot market flat in November

    December 20, 2018 by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian spot market was largely flat in November, according to TransCore Link Logistics. Load and truck availability were relatively even. Loads increased prior to Black Friday, but dropped sharply just prior to the start of the

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    Freightliner delivers first electric truck

    December 20, 2018 by Truck News

    CARSON, Calif. – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has delivered its first electric truck, as part of its Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet. The Freightliner eM2 was delivered to Penske Truck Leasing. Roger Nielsen, president and CEO of DTNA, ceremonially handed

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    A record year for trailer orders – already

    December 20, 2018 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – This has been the best year ever for net trailer orders, with one month remaining to report, according to ACT Research. November trailer orders were up 101% year-over-year, marking the fifth best month in history, with more

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    Continental experiments with dandelion truck tires

    December 20, 2018 by Truck News

    ANLAM, Germany – Continental is experimenting with Russian dandelion rubber as a potential replacement raw material in truck tires to rubber from tropical regions. The work is being done at the new Taraxagum Lab in Anklam, Germany, which opened Dec.

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    Fleet growth to outstrip freight growth in 2019: ACT

    December 20, 2018 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – ACT Research says the commercial vehicle industry is maintaining its momentum, but could slow in the second half of 2019. The company produced its Transportation Digest, reporting that the Class 8 truck market continued to extend all-time

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    Worst may be over for shippers: FTR

    December 18, 2018 by Truck News

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Conditions for U.S. shippers eased in October, suggesting the worst may be over for them. The FTR Shippers Conditions Index rose to a reading of -2.1 in October, reflecting the best environment for shippers in more than

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    U.S. truck tonnage rose in November: ATA

    December 18, 2018 by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. for-hire truck tonnage rose 0.4% in November, and was 7.6% stronger year-over-year. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index reached a level of 118.9, up from October’s reading of 118.4. “The fact that tonnage

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    As we prepare to enjoy the holidays, cargo thieves are preparing to take advantage

    December 18, 2018 by James Menzies

    As the holiday season approaches, beware the Grinches that are preparing to pilfer your loads. Holiday season is a peak time for cargo theft, according to a new report from Northbridge Insurance, which also sheds new light on the thriving illegal

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    Trailer orders continued torrid pace in November: ACT

    December 18, 2018 by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Preliminary trailer orders for November point to 43,600 units ordered, according to ACT Research, continuing this year’s record-setting pace. November marked the fifth best month in trailer industry order history. “Trailer orders continued to set records in

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    Doug Ford visits Challenger

    December 18, 2018 by James Menzies

    Ontario Premier tours facility, visits staff, and hears about trucking’s top issues

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