Truck News


  • FMCSA doubles random drug testing rate to 50%

    January 6, 2020 3:09PM by Truck News

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has raised the random drug testing rate for controlled substances for commercial drivers to 50% from the current 25% of driver positions. The change went into effect Jan. 1, an announcement

  • ECONOMIC WATCH: General trucking rates dip

    January 3, 2020 3:52PM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. – Canada’s-hire truck transportation rates dropped 0.4% between the second and third quarters of 2019, but were still 1.8% higher than those seen in the third quarter of 2018, Statistics Canada reports. Rate increases introduced by general freight

  • Regulators, researchers focus on distracted driving fight

    January 3, 2020 10:02AM by Abdul Latheef

    The goal of the new study is to develop a free training and education program for truck drivers.

  • Entries open for private fleet awards

    January 3, 2020 8:37AM by John G Smith

    MILTON, Ont. – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada is now accepting entries for a series of annual awards, to be presented during its annual conference in Niagara Falls from June 10-12. The deadline for any entries is April

  • More for Morneau as fleet seizes opportunities

    January 3, 2020 8:23AM by Eric Berard

    ST-ARSENE, QUE. – “We’re due for a break now,” Groupe Morneau president Andre Morneau said with a chuckle, as the holiday season approached. In a single week just before Christmas, the fleet had announced the opening of a new terminal

  • Unifor picketers accused of vandalizing, delaying trucks at Regina refinery

    January 2, 2020 5:40PM by Truck News

    REGINA, Sask. – Truckers working at the Co-Op Refinery in Regina, Sask., say picketers have been delaying and vandalizing trucks, breaking a court order that said they could not hold up drivers for more than five minutes. Following a labor

  • What proposed HOS changes in U.S. mean to Canadian drivers

    January 2, 2020 8:42AM by Heather Ness

    Proposed changes to the U.S. hours of service rules have been touted as more flexible for drivers and carriers — but what about the benefits and the flexibility for cross-border drivers and carriers? Will the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed HOS provide the same benefits for cross-border drivers, or just make the hours-related differences between Canada and the United States even more confusing? Here’s what I came up with as to how FMCSA’s proposed changes might affect cross-border carriers.

  • Registration opens for private fleet conference

    January 2, 2020 7:56AM by John G Smith

    MILTON, Ont. — Private fleet operators will be exposed to topics as diverse as electric vehicles, data analytics, and the “truth about commercial insurance” during the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s annual conference in 2020. Registration opens today for

  • Paid A Truckload of Safety Technology

    January 1, 2020 7:00AM by Sponsored

    There are approximately 2 million semi-trucks on the road in America, each one capable of hauling 80,000 pounds and logging 2,000-3,000 miles per week. Taken individually, any one of these stats makes it immediately clear why safety is the number

  • Sound bites of 2019

    December 31, 2019 7:20AM by Truck News

    “If I had a dollar for every time I heard ‘truck driver shortage’, I wouldn’t be here today.”

    – Kristen Monaco, associate commissioner at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, who doesn’t believe there is a driver shortage in the trucking industry.

  • Insurance broker NFP names Padovani president

    December 30, 2019 12:02PM by Truck News

      TORONTO, Ont. — NFP, an insurance broker serving the needs of the trucking industry, has named Greg Padovani president as part of a major leadership restructuring. Padovani, who joined NFP in 2017, will oversee the operations of the entire

  • TIP closes acquisition of Trailer Wizards

    December 30, 2019 8:26AM by Truck News

    AMSTERDAM The Netherlands — TIP Trailer Services has completed the acquisition of Trailer Wizards, a supplier of trailer rental and leasing services in Canada, the company said Monday. TIP will now integrate Trailer Wizards with its existing Canadian business, Train

  • Paccar Parts Fleet Services Program turns 10

    December 30, 2019 7:39AM by Truck News

    RENTON, Wash. – Paccar Parts is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Fleet Services program. The program was launched in 2009 to drive uptime and allow fleet customers to streamline purchases from Paccar dealerships using innovative service initiatives and technologies,

  • Ontario bolsters fight against emissions ‘delete kits’

    December 30, 2019 7:23AM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. — Ontario is taking action to reduce smog-causing pollutants by targeting the use of emissions-control “delete kits” in the trucking industry. In two Decision Notices posted just before Christmas, the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) outlined

  • Industry awash in excess equipment: ACT

    December 30, 2019 6:44AM by Truck News

    COLUMBUS, Ind. – Oversupply of equipment is still a key factor at work in the weak outlook for heavy commercial vehicles in the coming two years, according to ACT Research. The others are demand and timing. “While some, like the