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Rolf Lockwood

Rolf Lockwood
Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.
  • Blog

    Mental health in trucking needs serious attention

    February 13, 2020 by Rolf Lockwood

    The mental health of truck drivers remains one of my biggest concerns. Ten years ago, I first wrote about what I thought was a monster issue hiding just below the surface of daily trucking life. “Hiding” was the key word there, and it still is. Are we making progress? Yes, but there’s much more to do.

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    Semi-retirement beckons for Rolf Lockwood

    January 20, 2020 by Rolf Lockwood

    Well, strange as it seems to me, I have retired. Mostly. After 41 years of writing about trucks and trucking, 33 since launching Today’s Trucking, I’ve pulled into the yard and parked it. This is not my very last column,

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    Opinion: Proposal to axe air brake re-testing is ‘ridiculous’

    December 10, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    In Ontario, a recent private member’s bill proposes that the province do away with mandatory air-brake re-testing for drivers as they renew their AZ licences every five years. That’s ridiculous.

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    Opinion: Governments failing us when it comes to driver training

    December 2, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    Driver training should not be the huge problem that it is. It just shouldn’t. If we were truly serious about it, we would have resolved the issue decades ago. Yet here we are, needing the Humboldt tragedy to focus our collective mind on solutions. And even with that impetus, we’re really nowhere close to doing it right.

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    Opinion: Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs better policing

    October 15, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    We now have unscrupulous immigration consultants feeding equally unscrupulous trucking companies with innocent newbie drivers who pay as much as $30,000 for the chance to become a Canadian. By first becoming a truck driver. Experience? Not important. Training? Not supplied.

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    Opinion: Truck driver shortage involves more than ‘churn’

    September 18, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    Drivers, drivers, drivers. Is any subject more talked about in our industry? Nope. Of the seven issues recently cited as the biggest concerns of Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) members, six of them concerned drivers in one way or another, and the only other issue identified was carbon pricing. No mention of freight rates or aggressive enforcement or lousy roads or a zillion other possibilities. Just drivers.

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    Opinion: The risk of hacking connected vehicles is real

    August 13, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    Safety-critical vehicle systems are being connected to the internet, but that poses real security risks, according to one report.

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    Opinion: Trucking ahead of four wheelers in the tech race

    July 12, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    Trucking is way ahead of the four-wheeler industry in terms of conceiving how we might incorporate electrification and autonomy.

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  • News

    Coming ZF technologies include new transmission

    June 19, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    EAST LIBERTY, Ohio – ZF showcased a series of new technologies to journalists this month, including an all-new automatic transmission that uses a torque converter – making its PowerLine a direct competitor to the Allison 2500 transmission series.

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    Opinion: Renewable natural gas (RNG) seems like a tidy solution

    June 17, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    Renewable natural gas (RNG) seems like a tidy solution for trucking, and we need to double our efforts to get off the diesel train as soon as we can.

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    Opinion: Rust never sleeps, but what’s your biggest truck maintenance headache?

    May 28, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    What’s your biggest maintenance headache? I actually do want to know because, believe it or not, planning for next spring’s Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit on April 15 is already underway. It’s at a preliminary stage, for sure, but we’re already at it. We haven’t yet held a meeting of the dozen or so members of the advisory council that helps us devise the program, but individually we’re creating short lists of subjects to cover.

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    Opinion: Use your head when approaching emergency workers at roadside

    May 14, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    Every time I see a policeman or a tow-truck driver working at the side of a busy road, I get the willies. The risk is so obvious, so profound. A driver’s momentary inattention or wilful carelessness can snuff out a life in a millisecond. It happens far too often.

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  • Blog

    Goodbye, Bill MacKinnon

    April 15, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    There are people who just plain shouldn’t die. Ever. Bill MacKinnon was one of those guys, a pillar in our industry with a trucking history that goes back to the 1920s. But die he did on March 22, at home in Guelph, Ontario, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.

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    Plenty of talk, little action on driver training

    March 13, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    Man, I am so fed up with the utterly endless discussions about driver training in this country. I’ve heard the mostly empty chatter for 40 years now, with precious little to show for all the wear and tear on my

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    Bridging Extremes: How do we deliver tech to more applications?

    February 25, 2019 by Rolf Lockwood

    Here I sit, fingers hovering over the keyboard, staring at the blank screen where this column will be built. It’s late February and I’ve resolved to write about the technological innovations that impressed me in the last few seriously amazing

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