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  • James Menzies
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    It’s good to finally hear from you!

    April 7, 2008 12:22PM by James Menzies

    For weeks now, I’ve been wondering if anybody reads this blog. I posted an entry on speed limiters, and that’s usually guaranteed to get a reaction out of our readers. But nothing but crickets responded. This morning, I received an

  • James Menzies
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    Taking a position on Ontario’s speed limiter legislation

    March 20, 2008 10:13AM by James Menzies

    As expected, the Ontario government finally tabled legislation that would require all trucks operating in the province to be mechanically limited to 105 km/h. The writing has been on the wall since the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) first introduced the

  • James Menzies
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    Want to clear the air? Show us the money

    February 28, 2008 9:48AM by James Menzies

    I just returned from the National Truck Equipment Associations’ Work Truck Show in Hotlanta, Ga. (The city failed to live up to that nickname during my stay, by the way – I even noticed a few snowflakes on Wednesday morning).

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Cost increases are becoming a worrisome and long-lasting trend

    February 21, 2008 11:02AM by Lou Smyrlis

    Just received the latest financial statistics on the nation’s motor carriers, and, frankly, they are worrisome. The trend towards costs growing faster than revenues, which first appeared back in 2006, continues with a vengeance. Operating revenues for the nation’s top

  • James Menzies
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    Is B.C.’s “carbon” tax little more than a thinly-veiled fuel tax?

    February 20, 2008 9:02AM by James Menzies

    While environmental groups laud B.C. for becoming the first North American jurisdiction to announce a full-fledged “carbon” tax, the trucking industry must feel like it will be shouldering an unfair share of the burden. If approved by the legislature, diesel

  • James Menzies
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    Stability systems: Is the CTA initiative a moot point?

    February 11, 2008 9:30AM by James Menzies

    The CTA is forging ahead with its attempt to have stability systems made standard on all new Class 8 trucks sold in Canada. Frankly, I think it’s a policy that has a lot of merit. But I hope the CTA

  • James Menzies
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    HDAW Report: Why fleets buy

    February 1, 2008 10:07PM by James Menzies

    Between them, they make buying decisions for more than 100,000 vehicles: Sid Gooch, FedEx Express; Kevin Tomlinson, South Shore Transport; Steve Duley, Schneider National; and Carl Lyth, Pepsi Americas. So it stands to reason, that any parts supplier or distributor

  • James Menzies
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    HDAW Report: The risks of carrying non-brand name parts

    January 30, 2008 9:12AM by James Menzies

    If you’re a parts distributor, you’ve likely been there. Across the desk sits a smooth-talking salesman who’s got a slick PowerPoint presentation showcasing a new product that’s going to revolutionize the industry. Maybe it’s a friction product, with stopping distance

  • James Menzies
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    Internet images offer a preview of International’s newest truck

    January 25, 2008 4:23AM by James Menzies

    Recently, a reader e-mailed us some pictures of a new truck sporting the International logo, which appeared to have been photographed during a covert operation the likes of which you’d expect to see in a James Bond flick. The low-resolution

  • Truck News
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    Zero Waste and winning the oil end game

    January 23, 2008 8:00AM by Truck News

    My work has got me very involved in understanding the Zero Waste movement lately — and the zero carbon footprint dimension — and I’ve begun to feel that — with certain qualifications — it offers the philosophical underpinning to solve

  • James Menzies
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    HDAW Report: Long live the independent garage

    January 22, 2008 2:58PM by James Menzies

    I’m in sunny Las Vegas for Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week, and if you’re in the parts and service business, you really should be here too. My head is beginning to hurt due to all the numbers being bandied about (honestly, it’s

  • James Menzies
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    How do you deal with trailer snow and ice accumulation?

    December 18, 2007 10:46AM by James Menzies

    It’s that time of year again, the first significant snow fall has created havoc on Ontario roads and already the local new stations have begun complaining about snow and ice blowing off the roofs of trailers. It’s an age-old problem

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Living on the edge of healthy profit margins

    December 16, 2007 7:00PM by Lou Smyrlis

    When speaking to industry groups this year, I’ve been focusing on what I call the “Four Cs” driving motor carrier fortunes these days. Those four Cs are: Consolidation Complexity Accountability (okay work with me on that one – it does

  • Truck News
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    Steampunk — a trend you should know about

    December 13, 2007 7:09AM by Truck News

    This may count as my most frivolous Blog entry ever, but I imagine that quite a few of our readers are engineers or at least people with enthusiasm for various kinds of technology. And what I’m about to write may

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Dealing with rates: you reap what you sow

    November 30, 2007 2:53PM by Lou Smyrlis

    Downward pressure on rates is a top concern for motor carriers as we head deeper into the current freight recession. The subject certainly came up during our annual shipper-carrier roundtable earlier this month. I thought Peter Di Tecco, president of