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  • THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS

    July 21, 2015 10:53AM by James Menzies

    On Saturday, July 11 I spent the day at the London Flying J for the Ontario Professional Truck Driving Championships. I won’t go into too much detail here, because I’ve already posted my reports online. You can read about the

  • IS THE EXCHANGE RATE MAKING NEW TRUCKS UNAFFORDABLE?

    July 21, 2015 10:48AM by James Menzies

    The Loonie’s wings have been clipped and it’s making new equipment purchases extremely painful. The Canadian dollar, as I write this, is worth about 77 cents compared to the US greenback, which is down 17% since this time last year.

  • HOW MAINTENANCE MANAGER OF THE YEAR CHRIS IVESON ATTRACTS TECHNICIANS

    July 7, 2015 12:03PM by James Menzies

    Chris Iveson, the 2015 Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year, hasn’t found a magic formula for attracting new and experienced technicians to Challenger Motor Freight. He has, however, been able to keep his shops fully staffed by skilled technicians, by

  • Feature Equipment

    HERE’S WHAT CHALLENGER IS ADDING TO ITS FLEET THIS YEAR

    July 7, 2015 12:00PM by James Menzies

    Now, time for more from my interview with Maintenance Manager of the Year Chris Iveson, because there were so many great nuggets to share. I asked Chris how Challenger’s spec’ing process has evolved in recent years. As it turns out,

  • Feature Health & Safety

    COME OUT TO SUPPORT ONTARIO’S TOP DRIVERS

    July 7, 2015 11:57AM by James Menzies

    This Saturday, at the Flying J in London, Ont., some of the best drivers from across Ontario will be putting their skills on display. It’s the Ontario Professional Truck Driving Championships, featuring winners from the Toronto and Central Ontario Regionals.

  • Feature Equipment

    MY FAVOURITE CLASSIC RIG FROM CLIFFORD

    July 7, 2015 11:55AM by James Menzies

    Last weekend was the ever-growing Clifford Truck Show, put on by the Great Lakes Truck Club. More than 270 classic rigs were on display and this is an event that stays true to its original mandate, to celebrate classic trucks.

  • PHASE 2 GHG PROPOSAL UNVEILED. NEW TRUCKS WILL COST MORE.

    July 7, 2015 11:54AM by James Menzies

    After several delays, the US EPA/NHTSA agencies have revealed their proposed Phase 2 joint fuel economy/greenhouse gas reduction standards. They’ll build upon the Phase 1 regs, which came in with very little disruption the industry between 2014 and 2018. Most

  • MAINTENANCE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: ‘DRIVERS ARE OUR CUSTOMERS’

    June 23, 2015 9:29AM by James Menzies

    The other day I spent some time with Chris Iveson, director of maintenance for Challenger Motor Freight and the 2015 Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year. We had a really interesting interview that covered a lot of ground. You

  • HOW TO TAKE OUT YOUR COMPETITOR 101

    June 22, 2015 9:12AM by James Menzies

    When Aveda Transportation purchased US firm Hodges Trucking earlier this year, it wasn’t just about expanding the business, it was about removing a difficult competitor. With the deal closed, Aveda outlined in much detail through a press release why it

  • Feature Equipment

    PC-11: WILL IT BE BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE AFTER ALL?

    June 19, 2015 10:48AM by James Menzies

    It wasn’t all fun and games in San Antonio with Shell. In addition to checking out the beautiful iron at SuperRigs, we had important work to do! Shell gave us an insightful update on the upcoming PC-11 engine oil category,

  • Feature Equipment

    VISITING SHELL SUPER RIGS

    June 19, 2015 10:41AM by James Menzies

    It’s always a pleasure to take in the Shell SuperRigs truck show, wherever in the US it happens to be held. There’s nothing else quite like this roving truck beauty contest. One of the things that makes it unique is

  • Feature Equipment

    SAF-HOLLAND BRINGS AIR RIDE TREND TO MECHANICAL TRAILER SUSPENSION

    June 19, 2015 10:38AM by James Menzies

    Air ride trailer suspensions are often ordered as a complete system, with one supplier providing the axle, suspension and brakes. But for whatever reason, this hasn’t been commonplace on mechanical suspensions, with fleets still having to piece together systems on

  • Feature Human Resources

    PRIVATE FLEETS GATHER IN KING CITY

    June 19, 2015 10:31AM by James Menzies

    Mike Millian must’ve slept well Thursday night. It was his first time serving as president of the Private Motor Truck Council, after a 21-year reign by Bruce Richards, an his first time overseeing its flagship event, the annual conference. It

  • Feature Human Resources

    FASTER TRUCKS AS A DRIVER RECRUITMENT TACTIC?

    June 19, 2015 10:29AM by James Menzies

    An interesting press release crossed my Inbox last week from Transport America, which was announcing a compensation package increase for owner/operators. That’s not so interesting, I’ve seen a ton of such announcements out of the US of late. What was

  • Feature Transportation

    HELP KATHY HELP MAKE-A-WISH

    May 26, 2015 10:51AM by James Menzies

    Our own Kathy Penner, associate publisher, is raising money for Make-A-Wish by participating in the Rope for Hope campaign. This will see her rappel 30 storeys (gulp!!) down Toronto City Hall on June 12. You wouldn’t even get me to