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Ontario Trucking Association

  • Draft transportation plan focuses on Southwestern Ontario

    January 20, 2020 8:54AM by John G Smith

    LONDON, Ont. – A newly released draft transportation plan for Southwestern Ontario includes several trucking-specific measures, such as a review of load restrictions during spring thaws, options to introduce more truck parking, and a focus on clearing heavy vehicles from

  • How far should Ontario’s emissions crackdown go?

    January 10, 2020 4:09PM by John G. Smith

    Cleaner air comes with a price tag. It’s paid every time equipment evolves in the name of controlling emissions. A tighter focus on particulate matter gave us diesel particulate filters. When regulators squeezed the allowable levels of NOx, we saw the widespread introduction of exhaust gas recirculation and diesel exhaust fluid. The current push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has led to the rollout of everything from new oil categories to aerodynamic refinements and lighter components. Even battery-electric and hydrogen-electric trucks are now on the horizon.

  • 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.

  • Ontario moves to restrict emissions tampering

    December 3, 2019 1:20PM by John G Smith

    NORTH YORK, Ont. — The Ontario Government has officially launched plans to align the testing of emissions control systems with Periodic Mandatory Commercial Vehicle Inspection requirements, beginning June 2021. The annual requirements will begin when a vehicle is first registered

  • OTA wants supply chain to help crack down on Driver Inc.

    November 29, 2019 9:36AM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is calling on members to help educate other supply chain partners on the ramifications of Driver Inc. Driver Inc. is a payment model that classifies company drivers as independent contractors, allowing them

  • Ontario proposes plan to make trucking safer

    November 14, 2019 7:52AM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The province is proposing a two-year plan to make Ontario highways safer for truckers. Last week, senior government officials discussed the plan with leaders of Ontario’s trucking industry. A key component of the plan will be tougher

  • OTA praises Ontario move to enforce emissions rules

    October 29, 2019 6:33PM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association said Tuesday changes to the commercial vehicle program within the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (MOEP) will make the province the leader in North America for enforcing heavy truck emissions rules. Association president Stephen Laskowski

  • Minister Mulroney meets trucking industry leaders

    September 27, 2019 3:19PM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – Ontario’s transportation minister has met with trucking industry leaders in Sudbury, Ont., to discuss ways of streamlining government programs. “Caroline Mulroney continues to work with the trucking industry to assist carriers in every part of the province

  • OTA says new WSIB rate not universally applicable

    September 26, 2019 12:48PM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association says the streamlined framework for premiums announced by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board will not be applicable to all carriers universally. The provincial agency said Wednesday that the trucking industry will be

  • WSIB targets Driver Inc. companies

    September 16, 2019 1:45PM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont.  — The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has intensified audits, looking more closely at carriers using the Driver Inc. model to avoid paying premiums, the Ontario Trucking Association said Monday. “The WSIB has already conducted audits of two

  • UPDATED: Truck insurance review underway

    July 16, 2019 1:29PM by John G. Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. — A national review by Facility Association – an insurer of last resort for fleets that can’t secure coverage elsewhere – is looking to keep trucking companies from misrepresenting themselves when negotiating insurance premiums. The Ontario Trucking Association

  • OTA working with Facility Association on insurance matters

    May 21, 2019 2:03PM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) says it is working with the Facility Association (FA) to work out problems with the system and to review its national strategy. The FA insures commercial fleets that are unable to get

  • Trucking welcomed into Ontario immigration nominee program

    April 12, 2019 10:32AM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is applauding the provincial government for welcoming the trucking industry into the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program, through the in-demand skills stream. The 2019 budget reads: “To better reflect employer and labour market

  • OTA briefs Environment Minister

    January 25, 2019 2:32PM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) recently met with Environment Minister Rod Phillips to discuss how the trucking industry can contribute to cleaner air and a reduction in carbon emissions. The meeting included OTA vice-chairman Wendell Erb, OTA

  • Ontario to roll out scale bypass technologies

    January 24, 2019 7:26PM by James Menzies

    Technologies will pre-screen and pre-clear trucks, based on their condition and compliance rates