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    Ontario to unveil new truck emissions tests

    August 27, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. — Plenty has changed since Ontario first rolled out its Drive Clean emissions tests in 1999, not the least of which is the cleaner air that passes through truck exhaust stacks. The jurisdiction plans to unveil a renewed program this fall.

  • OTA begins search for new Road Knights

    November 22, 2018 4:24PM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. – The search is on for the 2019-20 Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) Road Knights team. Nominations can now be submitted through an online form until Feb. 1, with a team to be selected in early March. Any Ontario-based drivers

  • Ground breaks for Gordie Howe Bridge

    October 5, 2018 10:39AM by John G Smith

    WINDSOR, Ont. – Ground has officially broken on the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, beginning full-scale construction of a six-lane, 2.5-km cable-stay span to link Windsor, Ont. and Detroit, Mich. It should be open to traffic as early as 2022.

  • OTA calls for more funding for driver training through ‘Second Career’

    February 14, 2018 5:50PM by Truck News

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is calling on the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to increase funding for commercial truck driver training through its Second Career program. Second Career offers funding to qualified applicants who

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    OTA defends industry record in wake of crashes

    November 2, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association is coming to the defense of the industry’s reputation following a series of high-profile commercial vehicle collisions.

    Citing figures from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, it notes that mechanical fitness plays a role in fewer than 2% of fatal collisions involving trucks, and of those collisions the truck driver was driving properly 70% of the time.

    “This data reflects the elevated level of commitment to road safety by both professional truck drivers and fleet managers, but it also shows that if we are going to improve truck safety in any meaningful sense, the opportunities are related to human factors,” said association president Stephen Laskowski.

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    Fleet financial folks get OTA council

    July 28, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association has launched a new council for carrier Chief Financial Officers, providing a forum for issues on the money side of trucking.

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    Registration opens for OTA conference

    July 21, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO – Registration is now open for the Ontario Trucking Association’s Executive Conference – a November 8-9 event that will feature keynote speakers including former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

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    Design work begins on Highway 17 parking

    July 18, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – Ontario has begun to work on the detailed design and environmental assessment for a rest area on Highway 17, about 1.3 kilometers from the Manitoba border, the Ontario Trucking Association reports.

  • OTA seeking insight regarding CB/two-way radio rules

    May 10, 2017 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – As of January 1, 2018, specific exemptions for holding and using two-way radios, which includes hand-held CB radios, will expire and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is looking for industry insight regarding the use of two-way/CB radios in the trucking industry.

  • OTA names 2017-2018 OTA Road Knights team

    May 10, 2017 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association has named seven truckers will form the OTA Road Knights team for the 2017-2018 term.

  • OTA workshop will focus on impacts of marijuana legalization

    April 27, 2017 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), in tandem with Trucking HR Canada and Steinberg Title Hope and Israel LLP, will be hosting a workshop during the OTA’s annual Council Summit in June that will provide an overview of how the legalization of marijuana could impact employers.

  • Former PM Mulroney to attend OTA exec conference

    April 21, 2017 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has announced former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will headline a lineup of special guest speakers at the OTA’s annual executive conference in November.

  • Registration opens for OTA Council Day

    April 20, 2017 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has announced registration for this year’s OTA Council Day has officially opened.

  • OTA members receive access to online courses

    April 19, 2017 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) have made a special agreement which will allow for each OTA carrier member to take part in two free CCOHS workplace health and safety e-learning courses in 2017.

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    OTA weighs in on proposed Thunder Bay truck ban

    April 13, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association is asking Thunder Bay, Ontario to consider safety zones and photo radar rather than banning truck traffic on several routes.

    The comments made in a letter to Mayor Keith Hobbs and city council come as the municipality debates a ban on trucks using routes such as Dawson Road and Arthur Street. A proposed bylaw would require those bypassing Thunder Bay to use Highway 11/17 and 61.

    The debate has emerged on and off over a decade.