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  • DAIMLER INTRODUCES CONCEPT OF ‘INTERACTIVE SAFETY’

    September 16, 2015 2:37PM by James Menzies

    One of the most exciting and fast-moving aspects of the trucking industry of late has been the advent of advanced safety systems. After decades of passive safety systems such as seatbelts and airbags, which help mitigate the impact of a

  • Feature Transportation

    TEAM ONTARIO WINS AT NATIONAL TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

    September 16, 2015 2:36PM by James Menzies

    A big shout-out to Team Ontario, which won the Team Award at the National Professional Truck Driving Championships in Regina last weekend. Our western editor Jim Bray was there and filed this full report. The Grand Champion was Ken Wiebe

  • Feature Equipment

    VOLVO’S LATEST 6×2 RAISES THE AXLE – AND THE BAR – FOR FUEL SAVINGS

    September 1, 2015 10:36AM by James Menzies

    I spent some time earlier this month with Volvo in Utah and Idaho, where I had the chance to drive the company’s new 6×2 setup with Adaptive Loading. The configuration features a liftable pusher axle that is raised when empty

  • Feature Equipment

    KENWORTH’S T880 GETS NEW SLEEPER CAB

    September 1, 2015 10:34AM by James Menzies

    Last week I visited Seattle and had the opportunity to drive the Kenworth T880 from Kirkland, Wash to the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. This is a nice drive with some decent grades. The T880 I drove was

  • Feature Sustainability

    EUROPE EXPERIMENTING WITH STREET-TRUCKS

    September 1, 2015 10:33AM by James Menzies

    Anyone who’s been to downtown Toronto is familiar with the city’s people-moving streetcars. In Europe, Siemens is now running electric freight trucks based on the same premise. The vehicles are powered by overhead wires along an electrified route in Sweden

  • POORLY MAINTAINED TRAILER COSTS SWIFT MILLIONS

    September 1, 2015 10:32AM by James Menzies

    There may not be any violation under the Highway Traffic Act that will net a multi-million-dollar fine, but Swift found out the hard way that a poorly maintained trailer can cost that much. The company was ordered to pay an

  • Feature Equipment

    ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING TO PREPARE FOR PC-11 MOTOR OIL?

    August 18, 2015 10:06AM by James Menzies

    I recently had a chat with Shawn Whitacre, senior staff engineer, technology, with Chevron Lubricants. He has just been named the new chair of the ASTM’s Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel, which is tasked with the final development of the

  • Feature Health & Safety

    ONTARIO TRANSPORT ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AMONG THE BEST IN NORTH AMERICA

    August 18, 2015 10:04AM by James Menzies

    Steve McPherson of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has won first place for Level 1 inspections at the CVSA’s North American Inspectors Championship. Ontario tends to fare extremely well at this North America-wide competition. I was at the provincial finals

  • Feature Health & Safety

    HAS IT BECOME TOO DANGEROUS TO STOP AND HELP?

    August 18, 2015 10:01AM by James Menzies

    Professional drivers have long been known as the Knights of the highway, always willing to pull over and help when they come across someone in distress. But recently a Good Samaritan driver for Mount Pearl, Nfld.-based Atlantica Diversified Transportation Systems

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    HAY, HAY! HELP IS ON THE WAY!

    August 18, 2015 9:57AM by James Menzies

    Rosenau Transport has a reputation for giving back. Its employees organize the 18 Wheels of Christmas campaign, which collects donated food items from shippers and transportation companies across Western Canada and then delivers it to local food banks. And Michael

  • SO WE’RE IN RECESSION. OR ARE WE?

    August 4, 2015 11:41AM by James Menzies

    Lots of mixed messages out there about the state of the Canadian economy. It has been underwhelming, to be sure, with five consecutive months of negative GDP growth to start the year. Some economists say a recession is assured, barring

  • Feature Equipment

    CAT, NAVISTAR TO GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS

    August 4, 2015 11:35AM by James Menzies

    It’s a relationship that seemed doomed from the start. Cat paired with Navistar when it entered the vocational truck space a few years ago and there was trouble almost immediately, when Navistar announced it would abandon development of a 15-litre

  • DAIMLER, ZONAR LOOKING TO PREDICT PARTS FAILURES

    August 4, 2015 11:19AM by James Menzies

    Had an interesting trip to California last week, where Daimler Trucks North America and Zonar had a coming out party of sorts, following the former’s significant investment in the latter. DTNA has taken on a minority ownership stake in Zonar

  • VEDDER STILL BUYING LNG TRUCKS

    August 4, 2015 11:05AM by James Menzies

    Westport has stopped producing its 15-litre liquefied natural gas trucks, but that doesn’t mean Vedder Transport has stopped buying them. Vedder was pleased last week to take Bison’s 15 LNG trucks off its hands. The trucks will undergo a significant

  • NEWFOUNDLAND CAR CARRIER DEVELOPS WIN-WIN HYBRID PAY STRUCTURE

    July 21, 2015 11:09AM by James Menzies

    I recently had a nice chat with Gerry Dowden, president of East Can Transport Services, a Newfoundland-based trucking company that delivers automobiles. We were talking about the industry’s predominantly mileage-based pay structure and how it leaves many drivers feeling shorted,