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  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Boom in automotive shipments only a short-term reprieve

    September 2, 2007 10:43PM by Lou Smyrlis

    Anyone feeling optimistic about what the summer’s rise in automotive shipments from the Detroit Three indicated about the future, should be sobered by this week’s news from General Motors about significant layoffs. That development, I believe, is more indicative of

  • James Menzies
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    Emissions standards should apply to older trucks too

    August 29, 2007 11:42AM by James Menzies

    Over the past few years I’ve been telling anyone who would listen about the environmental leaps and bounds being made by the trucking industry. I am always quick to point out that it takes 60 2007 trucks to create the

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Why 100% scanning of containers is 100% wrong

    August 25, 2007 3:29PM by Lou Smyrlis

    If you think congestion can make picking up containers at our international ports a real hassle now, wait till July 1, 2012. That’s when the US wants to have its scan-all legislation in effect. The legislation decrees that as of

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    How NOT to help truckers with their costs

    August 18, 2007 8:14PM by Lou Smyrlis

    When I discuss with industry suppliers the cost challenges their owner/operator and fleet customers face, I’m often asked what would be the best way they could help truckers reduce their costs. Before addressing the ways to help, it might be

  • Truck News
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    It’s so crazy it might just work

    August 17, 2007 6:42PM by Truck News

    In the medical profession there’s a saying used, comparing horses and zebras, when a physician comes up with the misdiagnosis of an ailment. Something about looking for zebras instead of horses, or horses instead of zebras… Regardless of the situation,

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Trucking may be the lion of the transportation industry but it’s not exactly growing fat on its kills

    August 12, 2007 5:20PM by Lou Smyrlis

    In my past two blogs dedicated to understanding the changes driving today’s motor carriers, we examined the increasing importance of accountability and the greater amount of complexity fleets face today. One thing that has NOT changed is the importance of

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    Complexity will radically change the trucking industry

    August 4, 2007 10:02PM by Lou Smyrlis

    In my last blog I began examining the three major trends – accountability, complexity and cost — that I think drive the success and fuel the fears of motor carriers. The first trend we looked at was the increasing amount

  • James Menzies
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    Infrastructure upgrades desperately needed

    August 3, 2007 10:28AM by James Menzies

    The tragic collapse of a Minneapolis bridge this week has demonstrated the need for immediate upgrades to North American infrastructure. The deadly collapse comes just weeks after Transports Quebec announced oversized loads will no longer be allowed to cross 135

  • Truck News
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    It’s just lip service until you drink from the fountain of youth

    August 2, 2007 4:12PM by Truck News

    I’m sure there has yet to be a generation of young people who have not felt slighted by their predecessors. And likely, along the same lines, there probably has yet to be a generation of decision-makers who has not wished

  • Lou Smyrlis
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    What drives the success and fuels the fears of motor carriers?

    July 29, 2007 10:19PM by Lou Smyrlis

    I’m often asked by companies selling products into the transportation industry to outline the major trends that are both driving the success and fueling the fears of their motor carrier customers. I put it down to three main trends: Accountability,

  • James Menzies
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    Ontario waste oil heater ban now official

    July 24, 2007 8:38AM by James Menzies

    The June 29 version of the Environmental Registry confirmed Ontario Regulation 280/07, a law that prevents companies from burning waste oil for heat as of June 1, 2009. Truck News has been covering this story in recent months and the

  • James Menzies
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    Keeping fit is a constant challenge for drivers (and writers)

    July 18, 2007 11:13AM by James Menzies

    It’s no secret that professional drivers are generally not the fittest of folks. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but it’s not easy to stay in shape when you spend long hours behind the wheel and the most

  • James Menzies
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    Road carnage – when’s it going to end?

    July 12, 2007 9:23AM by James Menzies

    They say bad things happen in three but we’re beyond three and still counting when it comes to recent truck crashes on major GTA highways caused by four-wheelers. Yesterday a cement truck rolled over on Hwy. 427, closing the well-travelled

  • James Menzies
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    While we’re at it, let’s limit all vehicle speeds

    July 4, 2007 11:14AM by James Menzies

    Ontario Transport Minister Donna Cansfield has unexpectedly announced (amid very little fanfare during a long weekend) that the province is going ahead with an OTA proposal to require the use of speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks operating within the province.

  • James Menzies
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    Always be prepared!

    June 19, 2007 10:10AM by James Menzies

    A reader submitted these photos as a reminder to always be prepared for everything while out on the road. These pictures were taken near Terrace, B.C. The driver apparently rounded a corner in the highway and was greeted with a