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  • Blog

    Is Autonomy Necessary? The answer might be ‘yes’.

    July 13, 2018 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    How on earth can distracted human driving be the cause of a crash involving a vehicle under autonomous control? Sounds like a good question, doesn’t it? But that’s exactly what happened last March in the accident involving an Uber “taxi”

  • Doug Marcello
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    FMCSA declines to define ‘personal conveyance’ but knows it when it sees it

    July 10, 2018 10:00AM by Doug Marcello

    A U.S. Supreme Court Justice declined to define “pornography”, instead noting, “But I know it when we see it”. This appears to the FMCSA’s approach to “personal conveyance” in their guidance. Important clarification includes movement when laden, when HOS exhausted

  • Roger McKnight
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    The elephant in the room

    July 10, 2018 9:49AM by Roger McKnight

    If you thought that one elephant in the room was a, ‘what’s-that-thing-doing-in-the-room?’ conversation topic, how about two of them? No insult by inference, but this week’s 8 cents or so gasoline pump price spike that was levied on consumers across

  • Mike McCarron
    Blog

    It’s time to blockchain up

    July 9, 2018 12:00AM by Mike McCarron

    Imagine not having to argue with customers over extra charges because they’re automatically added to the invoice. How about eliminating the physical paperwork needed to move a shipment across a border? Even better, what about getting paid the same day

  • John G Smith
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    Farewell Uncle John: He was from an era that fixed things. All things.

    July 7, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    There is (or was) a small church in the Eastern Townships of Quebec that bore an unusual scar. It stood strong for decades, but if you knew where to look some of the building materials were of a slightly different

  • Doug Marcello
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    Tire and tread off claims

    July 5, 2018 2:17PM by Doug Marcello

    Blown tires and lost treads can cause claims against your company. Fault is not automatic. You can defend against the claims. The berms of interstates are haunted by the ghosts of tire treads past. The useful life runs out and

  • Blog

    Defend the driver, defend the operator

    June 29, 2018 12:00AM by Alan S. Cofman

    Operators may want to defend individual drivers — or even independent operators — against charges that can affect safety ratings. After all, if the driver pleads guilty, or plea bargains for a reduced fine, the demerit points will still count against the operator.

  • Blog

    Some personal questions about personal conveyance

    June 29, 2018 12:00AM by Heather Ness

    Recently, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued revised guidance on the use of a commercial vehicle as a personal conveyance. While it’s always great to have further clarification of the rules, especially surrounding hours of service, sometimes these clarifications can generate more questions than answers. Such as is the case with FMCSA’s guidance. There are two situations that haven’t yet been addressed, not because administration doesn’t care, but because they’re slightly outside of its purview.

    One situation involves cross-border carriers that may have drivers using personal conveyance on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, and another issue that surprisingly has very little to do with hours of service.

  • Derek Clouthier
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    You may be on your own behind the wheel, but you’re not alone

    June 22, 2018 10:56AM by Derek Clouthier

    It’s not often the death of a celebrity – someone I obviously didn’t know personally – has an emotional effect on me, but the recent news of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide has had a strange impact on me. For those who

  • James Menzies
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    Haze continues to hang over legalization of marijuana

    June 20, 2018 9:18AM 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

  • Blog

    Skilled Trade? — Until trucking gets that moniker, we’re in trouble

    June 18, 2018 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    The thing about proper training is that it makes the driving job legitimate, makes it seem like something worth doing. Our ability to attract new recruits will only increase if a strong training regime is in place. That’s how I wrapped up last month’s column — “Training? What Training?” — which garnered a lot of response. And a lot of agreement, especially on that point about legitimacy. If the job required serious training, graduates would think better of themselves, as would the public and the suits who govern how we do what we do.

  • Angela Splinter
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    Views from Whistler

    June 12, 2018 3:42PM by Angela Splinter

    What a pleasure it was to attend the BCTA Annual Conference and AGM this past weekend in Whistler. I was able to connect with friends and colleagues, and meet some new ones, all while taking in some great speakers and

  • John G Smith
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    Trump, Tariffs and Trucks: A trade war is bad for trucking

    June 8, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Apparently Americans see Canada as a security threat. It was surprising news, but there was U.S. President Donald Trump, invoking the role of national security when imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?”

  • Mike McCarron
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    Drafting Through Disruption

    June 8, 2018 12:00AM by Mike McCarron

    The only thing certain in trucking is disruption. The massive shift in supply and demand caused by mandated electronic logging devices (ELDs) is a prime example of how one piece of legislation can wreak havoc on an entire sector. Unpredictability

  • Andrea Morley
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    How to build a healthy kitchen in your truck

    June 7, 2018 7:33AM by Andrea Morley

    If you’re looking to get healthy while working on the road, it can be overwhelming to start when we don’t know exactly what specific changes to make. Additionally, when you spend your days away from home, it can be hard