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  • Mike McCarron
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    Opinion: Fleets must embrace a digital transformation

    July 10, 2019 12:00AM by Mike McCarron

    It should be no surprise to anyone that big tech companies are set on disrupting the fragmented trucking sector. There is certainly room to improve.

  • Roger McKnight
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    This investigation could be contagious

    July 8, 2019 10:47AM by Roger McKnight

    After reading this you may all think that you’ve contracted “Yogi Berra disease”, colloquially known as deja vu all over again syndrome. This is because in a recent report I ruminated on the elliptical thought processes going through the mind

  • Derek Clouthier
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    Editorial comment: Telling your story can help attract the next generation of workers

    July 8, 2019 9:30AM by Derek Clouthier

    I couldn’t agree more with B.C. Trucking Association president and CEO Dave Earle’s declaration that the trucking industry has to do a better job telling its good-news stories. Having worked in this industry for nearly four years, for several years

  • John G Smith
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    Opinion: Truck telematics data offers just part of the answer

    July 5, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Truck drivers who dismiss ELDs and telematics tools as “electronic babysitters” should not be dismissed out of hand. There are human factors to consider.

  • Ray Haight
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    Tackling Driver Turnover – Part 6: Professionals

    July 2, 2019 1:16PM by Ray Haight

    As I’m sure everyone is aware that this process cannot be successful by jumping around the different parts or dteps. Each section is designed to build on the last. So, we have done the groundwork, the platform, the safety focus,

  • Heather Ness
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    Opinion: Prepare for a new HVUT tax year

    July 2, 2019 12:00AM by Heather Ness

    A new U.S. Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) tax year began on July 1, and there are several things carriers need to know about the tax to keep an operation in good standing.

  • Doug Marcello
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    Protect your record against ‘non-preventable’ accidents

    June 25, 2019 11:12AM by Doug Marcello

    The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program in August 2017. It allows motor carriers or drivers involved in certain crash types to submit Requests for Data Review through FMCSA’s DataQs system. Originally intended to

  • James Menzies
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    Blank canvas trailers a missed marketing opportunity

    June 24, 2019 8:55AM by James Menzies

    A constant frustration of mine is the industry’s lack of imagination when it comes to taking advantage of the 53-ft. billboards most trucking companies are pulling. There are too many plain white trailers out there, and so many wasted opportunities

  • John G Smith
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    Opinion: Canada’s ELD mandate is coming, and quick

    June 17, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Everyone knew that Canada was preparing to mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs). It was only a matter of time before the rules took hold. Now we have a timeline. This June, Transport Canada announced that it will mandate ELDs by

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

    June 17, 2019 12:00AM 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.

  • Doug Marcello
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    Keeping the ‘big, bad trucking company’ off the verdict slip

    June 12, 2019 8:40AM by Doug Marcello

    Demonizing the trucking company is a standard tactic of billboard advertisers who sue our industry. They seek to arouse the passion and prejudice against what they paint as the “big, bad trucking company.” One of the best ways to avoid

  • Mike McCarron
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    Opinion: Captive insurance has its benefits

    June 11, 2019 12:00AM by Mike McCarron

    Insurance captives are a way for best-in-class carriers (which apparently we were) to lower their costs by eliminating class underwriting while retaining profits and investment income. Simply put, when you join a captive you become a minority partner in an insurance company owned and managed by like-minded carriers.

  • Roger McKnight
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    New USMCA deal favors U.S. with Canadian oil

    June 4, 2019 10:09AM by Roger McKnight

    Think before you speak and read it before you sign it. These will be my words of advice to the thundering herd of currently employed and pensioned politicians as they scamper back to their ridings waving their… “remember me?” signs!

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

    May 28, 2019 12:00AM 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.

  • Alan S. Cofman
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    Opinion: Set up a trust account for brokered loads

    May 28, 2019 12:00AM by Alan S. Cofman

    Carriers expect to be paid for the freight they move. There’s no surprise there. But the businesses that broker or sub-broker loads might be surprised to learn they can be held liable for ensuring freight-related payments get to carriers that turn the wheels.