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    Crunching the numbers

    October 1, 2000 12:00AM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – The statisticians were out in full force at the inaugural North American Brake Safety Conference held last month in Toronto.First up was John Meed, head of heavy vehicle inspections fo…

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    O/Os twice as likely to measure brake stroke

    October 1, 2000 12:00AM by Truck News

    TORONTO, Ont. – When it comes time to crawling under a truck to mark and measure brake stroke, owner/operators are two times more likely than drivers to do the job, according to results from a survey …

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    Q: Do you think that existing regulations concerning brakes need to change?

    September 1, 2000 12:00AM by Pat Rediger

    REGINA, Sask. – Motorists who drive cars don’t have to worry about having their brakes checked by the authorities, yet truck drivers are expected to ensure they meet a certain standard. It’s a fact of…

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    International brake conference to convene

    September 1, 2000 12:00AM by John G. Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. – International brake experts and enforcement officers from throughout North America will converge on Toronto during Sept. 15 and 16 to focus on some of the most troublesome equipment on…

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    Truck trivia

    September 1, 2000 12:00AM by Truck News

    Pamela Wallin, eat your heart out.The host of Canada’s version of the Who Wants to be a Millionaire game show may be ready to stump Canadian contestants with general trivia knowledge this year, but we…

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    Patience is a virtue on the highway

    August 1, 2000 12:00AM by Dave Holleman

    With tourist season upon us – and the sun beating down on the hood of the truck – I could probably fill a column with notes about how I’m ticked off by slow-moving RV drivers who decide to make left t…

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    July 1, 2000 12:00AM by John G. Smith

    OTTAWA, Ont. – Canada’s trucks recorded a 23 per cent out-of-service rate during the annual Roadcheck inspection blitz from June 6 to 8, with 1,580 trucks and 142 drivers cited for defects or violatio…

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    The burnishing issue

    June 1, 2000 12:00AM by Truck News

    DON MILLS, Ont. – It’s easy to assume that a truck’s brakes are never safer or more in compliance than when the truck is brand new, or immediately after a brake job. Ironically, brand new trucks and t…

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    Spring into action

    June 1, 2000 12:00AM by Bob Brady

    Air suspensions continue to grow in popularity and already account for about 80 to 85 per cent of Class 8 tractor suspensions and 55 to 60 per cent of trailer systems. It’s easy to see why they’re so …

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    Manitoba driver garners top trucker honors

    May 1, 2000 12:00AM by John G. Smith

    WINNIPEG, Man. – There must be something in the diesel they pour around Winnipeg. Perhaps it’s in the coffee they pour in the truck stops. But whatever the reason, truckers from the region have now co…

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    Moving Downtown

    May 1, 2000 12:00AM by Pat Rediger

    REGINA, Sask. – Barry Marchand has been dogged by a shortage of heavy-duty mechanics at Frontier Peterbilt in Regina, but you could say he answered some of his problems by moving Downton.Bert Downton …

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    First approaches to fifth wheel problems

    May 1, 2000 12:00AM by Bob BradyBrady

    As simple as a fifth wheel can appear to be, problems experienced as you couple or uncouple to a trailer can be linked to an array of issues.One source of trouble can be a jaw pin that has over-adjust…

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    Changing jobs a costly move: study

    May 1, 2000 12:00AM by Truck News

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Driver turnover has always been a problem for trucking companies, but changing jobs may be just as costly to drivers, according to study findings released at the Truckload Carriers A…

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    Ambassador abandons triple toll hike

    May 1, 2000 12:00AM by Ron Stang

    WINDSOR, Ont. – Medium-duty truck operators were facing a whopping 300 per cent increase in Ambassador Bridge tolls this spring until bridge management was deluged with calls from angry carriers and t…

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    Quebec’s guide

    January 1, 2000 12:00AM by Carroll McCormick

    MONTREAL, Que. – The phrase “contract guidelines” has a nice ring to it, but the plan by ComCar and the Ontario Trucking Association to introduce them in Ontario hasn’t a prayer of succeeding. At leas…