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  • National truck driver training standard promised by 2020

    January 21, 2019 5:53PM by johng@newcom.ca

    MONTREAL, Que. – Canada’s transportation ministers have committed to developing a national entry-level driver training standard by 2020 — one of a series of trucking-related initiatives highlighted during a meeting in Montreal. The goal was released as part of a broad-ranging

  • OTA holds safety talks with Transport Minister, insurance reps

    January 21, 2019 1:19PM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) says it has recently had productive meetings to address truck safety in the province. OTA chairman David Carruth and vice-chairman Wendell Erb recently joined OTA president Stephen Laskowski in meeting with the

  • California denied own meal and rest break rules

    January 2, 2019 8:34AM by Truck News

    ARLINGTON, Va. – California will not be able to implement its own state rest break rules, thanks to a Department of Transportation ruling that came before Christmas. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao granted a federal petition that pre-empts state rest break

  • Study says trees obstruct sight lines at Humboldt bus collision intersection

    December 12, 2018 5:24PM by Truck West

    REGINA, Sask. – A study conducted by a consulting firm indicates that sight lines at the intersection where the tractor-trailer and Humboldt Broncos bus collided are a safety concern. McElhanney Consulting Services conducted the 70-page review for the Saskatchewan government.

  • B.C. auditor general recommends province consider adopting MELT

    December 11, 2018 7:10PM by Truck West

    VICTORIA, B.C. – The Office of the Auditor General of B.C. says more needs to be done to ensure commercial vehicle safety in the province, including the consideration of a MELT program. The auditor general released a new report titled

  • Manitoba takes steps toward a MELT program

    December 5, 2018 4:06PM by Truck West

    WINNIPEG, Man. – The province of Manitoba is moving forward with consultations aimed at implementing a mandatory entry-level driver training (MELT) program, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today. “Our government is focused on safety above all else,” Schuler said. “Mandatory

  • MELT coming to Saskatchewan March 15

    December 3, 2018 1:00PM by Truck West

    REGINA, Sask. – The Saskatchewan government announced it will implement mandatory entry-level driver training (MELT) staring March 15 for anyone looking to acquire a Class 1 commercial licence. “Saskatchewan has been working to improve standards for training curriculum and driver

  • Stricter chain up regulations implemented in B.C.

    November 29, 2018 4:28PM by Truck West

    VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government has placed stricter regulations on commercial drivers when chaining up, and includes all vehicles over 5,000 kg. The move follows two other highway safety enhancements – reduced speed limits on 15 highway sections and

  • Left-lane ban on Coq welcome, but BCTA says focus needs to be on chaining up

    November 16, 2018 12:50PM by Truck West

    HOPE, B.C. – The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) says the move to prohibit commercial trucks from the left lane on Snowshed Hill on the Coquihalla does not address the main cause of collisions on the mountain pass. Though recognizing the

  • 14.1% grounded in Brake Safety Week

    November 6, 2018 11:58AM by johng@newcom.ca

    GREENBELT, Md. – Inspectors in Canada and the U.S. grounded 14.1% of vehicles for brake-related defects from Sept. 16-22, recognized as Brake Safety Week. There were 35,080 commercial vehicle inspections overall, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reports. Brakes remain

  • Stiffer penalties in Manitoba for distracted driving

    October 31, 2018 3:32PM by Truck West

    WINNIPEG, Man. – If you’re driving and itching to take that call, it’s best to wait, as distracted driving laws will be beefed up in Manitoba as of tomorrow. Starting Nov. 1, anyone caught using a cellphone will have to

  • Westcan’s safety program receives gold recognition

    October 30, 2018 11:57AM by Truck West

    EDMONTON, Alta. – Westcan Bulk Transport recently took home gold for being Canada’s Safest Employers in the transportation. The award was handed out by Canadian Occupational Safety in Toronto, recognizing the carrier, which has 800 trucks hauling across Western Canada,

  • News Technology

    Trimble teams with Pulsar to monitor driver fatigue

    October 29, 2018 10:28AM by James Menzies

    AUSTIN, Texas – Trimble is taking a new approach to the monitoring of driver fatigue. At the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition, the company announced a partnership with Pulsar Informatics, which will deliver a new fatigue monitoring

  • FMCSA fast-tracking review of hours-of-service rules

    October 29, 2018 10:00AM by James Menzies

    AUSTIN, Texas – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is committed to fast-tracking a review of the hours-of-service rules. Jim Mullen, chief counsel for the FMCSA, gave attendees at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition,

  • Why Monday Night Football may contribute to unsafe driving

    October 29, 2018 9:34AM by James Menzies

    AUSTIN, Texas – Could Monday Night Football be to blame for risky driving behavior among truckers? After combing through more than 100 billion miles of data, Lytx data analyst Ryan Brandos thinks that could be the case. He analyzed the