Truck News

  • Entry-level driver training moves forward at national level

    February 14, 2020 6:08PM by John G. Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. – Canada’s transportation and highway safety ministers have approved a national entry-level training standard for commercial vehicle drivers, which will ultimately be included in the National Safety Code. The announcement was made today following an annual meeting of

  • Industry: Strengthen driver training standards

    December 10, 2019 10:25AM by Abdul Latheef

    TORONTO, Ont. – Trucking industry leaders are calling for a strengthening of driver training standards in Ontario in the wake of a bid by a Tory legislator to abolish the written test on air brakes at licence renewal. Amarjot Sandhu,

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    Opinion: Proposal to axe air brake re-testing is ‘ridiculous’

    December 10, 2019 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    In Ontario, a recent private member’s bill proposes that the province do away with mandatory air-brake re-testing for drivers as they renew their AZ licences every five years. That’s ridiculous.

  • Delay expected in U.S. driver training standard

    December 3, 2019 2:40PM by John G Smith

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may be preparing to delay the planned Feb. 7, 2020 rollout of national minimum entry-level training standards for commercial licences. While there is no official news of a delay,

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    Simulators, VR systems enhance driver training

    July 16, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    BEAMSVILLE, Ont. – The developers at iMVR Canada live in a world that straddles the virtual and reality. Their work spaces overlook actual tractor-trailers pulling through a local truck stop; the trucks on their computer screens travel no further than a hard drive. There is a clear connection between the two worlds, though.

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    Bison Transport goes for gold with people-first strategy

    July 5, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    WINNIPEG, Man. — Bison Transport is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and a focus on people remains central to the award-winning strategy recognized by TCA, Trucking HR Canada, and others.

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    New Alberta test track part of a broader vision

    May 3, 2019 12:00AM by Derek Clouthier

    EDMONTON, Alta. – One of the newest and largest training facilities for Canada’s trucking industry features a few tools that none of the others have. Edmonton’s five-acre test track and truck simulator are rare enough, but they also happen to share space with simulators for training on a 737 or helicopter.

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    Ontario tractor-trailer apprenticeship program, tax credits in question

    April 30, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. – Ontario’s decision to dissolve the province’s College of Trades has placed a voluntary apprenticeship program for tractor-trailer drivers in limbo, with some fleets now wondering about the future of tax benefits for apprentices they helped to train.

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    National driver training standard will be a positive step

    March 13, 2019 12:00AM by Mike McCarron

    It was great news to see Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and his provincial cohorts promise a national training standard for entry-level truck drivers by next year. Raising the bar for driver skills and professionalism can only help the industry

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    Ontario’s mandatory driver training continues to evolve

    February 28, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – About 10,500 would-be truck drivers have passed through Ontario’s mandatory entry-level training (MELT) program, but the province’s transportation ministry is still learning lessons along the way.

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    Success of truck driver training standards will depend on the details

    February 6, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Canada’s transportation and highway safety ministers promise to develop a national training standard for entry-level truck drivers no later than January 2020. Success will depend on the details.

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    Sponsored The Professor: Rolf VanderZwaag

    January 1, 2019 12:00AM by Eric Berard

    Rolf VanderZwaag, president of Techni-Com, is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading voices on technical training in trucking.

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    Humboldt’s Legacy: The lessons truck drivers will learn

    December 10, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    Few events have shaken Canada’s trucking industry more than last spring’s crash between a truck and Humboldt Broncos bus near Armley, Sask. Families were left to mourn 16 dead and support the 13 wounded. The charges against Adesh Deol Trucking and its driver are now making their way through the courts. But there are already signs that this collision will have a lasting legacy – especially as provinces look to refine the skills of those behind the wheel.

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    Training based on driver actions

    October 27, 2018 1:01PM by John G Smith

    Instructional Technologies and Netradyne have teamed up to launch an automated training system with GetGo Transportation, a fleet located in Toledo, Ohio. The system used driver trends based on alerts generated by Netradyne’s Driveri safety program, which are then translated

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    Canadian truck drivers more educated than ever

    October 22, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. — Many Canadian drivers have been known to joke that they have a PhD – standing for professional highway driver. But, as a rule, they are also more formally educated than ever before. The Changing Face of Trucking research