John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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Canadian places first in SuperRigs Classic Division

JOPLIN, MO - Two Canadians have placed in Shell Rotella's famed SuperRigs show and shine competition, which attracted 89 trucks. Billy Baker of St. Catharines, Ontario placed first in the 34th annual event's Classic Division, with his 2000 Kenworth W900L. Andre Bellemare of Berthierville, Quebec placed second in the Tractor-Trailer Division with a 1995 Freightliner. Best of Show honors went to Jake Lindamood of Irving, Texas, for his 1988 Peterbilt 379, earning him $10,000 from Shell Rotella and $5,000 from MAC trailer. "We won Best of Show and got picked for the SuperRigs calendar which was super exciting," said Lindamood. "Winning Best of Show was huge and we are just beyond thrilled about it." About $25,000 in cash and prizes were handed out overall.

Ontario to invest in green trucks, natural gas network

TORONTO, ON - Ontario has unveiled a five-year Climate Change Action Plan that includes funds to adopt greener commercial vehicles and build a province-wide natural gas fueling network. A new Green Commercial Vehicle Program to launch in 2017 will include up to $170 million in incentives for adopting electric and natural gas commercial vehicles, aerodynamic devices, anti-idling devices, and electric trailer refrigeration. The funding available for specific technologies is not referenced. Another $75-$100 million will be used to build a province-wide natural gas fueling network, which will be developed with input from the Ontario Trucking Association, Union Gas, Enbridge Gas, and others. Natural gas has a lower carbon content than diesel.