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    PIT GROUP EXPANDS INTO US

    October 28, 2015 2:28PM by James Menzies

    PIT Group, the Quebec-based research and engineering organization that conducts Energotest testing of fuel-saving technologies, has announced it’s opening a US office and will be aggressively recruiting American fleets. It’s a good move for the group, whose testing can be equally

  • THE POTENTIAL OF OVER-THE-AIR ENGINE PROGRAMMING

    October 28, 2015 2:26PM by James Menzies

    There’s a new development concerning engine technologies that fleets and owner/operators should be getting pretty amped up about: The ability to remotely update their engine parameters. International was the first to announce impending availability of over-the-air programming, followed soon after

  • Feature Health & Safety

    IF YOU DON’T HAVE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA POLICY, GET ONE. FAST.

    October 28, 2015 2:24PM by James Menzies

    That was the key takeaway from Dr. Barry Kurtzer of DriveCheck, who presented an interesting seminar recently for the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. He presented it twice actually, in Truro, N.S. and then again in Ontario last week.

  • ANDY TRANPORT WILL TRAIN NEW DRIVERS FOR FREE

    October 28, 2015 2:22PM by James Menzies

    Andy Transport has taken bold steps to address the driver shortage, by opening its own internal training center. Drivers who graduate with a Class 1 licence are offered employment at the company. If they stay for a pre-determined length of

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    MACK THROWS A PARTY

    October 15, 2015 1:02PM by James Menzies

    On Monday, I travelled to Hagerstown, Md., where Mack was celebrating the inauguration of a new axle line at its powertrain plant there. This was quite the party, with AC/DC blasting from the speakers at 10:30 in the morning and

  • CURRENCY CONCERNS

    October 15, 2015 12:58PM by James Menzies

    Our own Surface Transportation Summit was held earlier this week and it attracted a record crowd of more than 400 people, representing some of Canada’s top shippers and carriers. Some even stayed for the last session of the day, which

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    WHAT A CONVOY!

    October 15, 2015 12:57PM by James Menzies

    Oct. 5 I travelled to Woodstock to witness the Convoy for a Cure, organized by Joanne Mackenzie and her ever-growing team of helpful volunteers. What an event! What a nasty day! The wind was howling but it did not dampen

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    DRIVING THE MERCEDES METRIS

    October 15, 2015 12:54PM by James Menzies

    Mercedes-Benz has a new cargo van, which it says has been right-sized for urban environments. The Metris, based on the European Vito, fills a gap in the marketplace. It’s a full-sized commercial van that’s garageable and maneuverable for urban environments,

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    WHAT’S THE ‘NEW NORMAL’ FOR TRUCK DOWNTIME?

    September 30, 2015 10:35AM by James Menzies

    I spent much of last week in the Land of Mouse, Fla. (aka. Orlando) for the fall meetings of the Technology & Maintenance Council. I’ve never attended the TMC’s fall meetings before, but I found them to be as engaging

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    SIX TIPS TO REDUCE AFTERTREAMENT-RELATED ISSUES

    September 30, 2015 10:29AM by James Menzies

    In a TMC panel discussion on aftertreatment systems, OEM representatives offered a few tips on how to reduce aftertreatment-related repairs and downtime. I’ll have much more detail in an upcoming article on this topic but here are a few quick

  • REAL-TIME DATA = REAL-TIME LIABILITY?

    September 30, 2015 10:28AM by James Menzies

    Another interesting session at TMC involved the increasing use of in-cab cameras to monitor driver behaviour, but also to help assess fault in the event of a crash. Rob Moseley, a lawyer with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, noted that the

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    WHO WANTS TO TALK ABOUT SPIF?

    September 30, 2015 10:27AM by James Menzies

    I’m hearing vocational truck customers are really struggling with some of the current and impending SPIF regulations in Ontario. I won’t lie – SPIF is a topic that makes my head hurt. And I’m talking migraine-type hurt here. But I’m

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    THIS CHART SAYS WE’RE BECOMING MORE COMPLIANT

    September 30, 2015 10:26AM by James Menzies

    The results from this year’s International Roadcheck North America-wide inspection blitz have (finally!) been released. The blitz, you’ll remember, took place June 2-4. The good news is, both vehicle out-of-service and driver out-of-service rates hit an all-time low, since the

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    GM, NAVISTAR TO COLLABORATE

    September 30, 2015 10:24AM by James Menzies

    Hot off the press this morning is the announcement from GM and Navistar that they’ll be working together to produce Classes 4/5 conventional trucks. The trucks will be produced at a Navistar plant in Springfield, Ohio and will feature GM

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    DRIVING A SELF-DRIVING TRUCK

    September 16, 2015 2:38PM by James Menzies

    It’s somewhat ironic that in order to drive a truck that can drive itself, you need to earn a special certification along with your CDL. But having achieved my certification this week in Las Vegas, it’s clear the idea of