Truck News

  • Delegation highlights cargo theft, red tape

    October 22, 2019 1:24PM by John G Smith

    BRAMPTON, Ont. – Issues such as cargo theft and the need to reduce red tape were highlighted during a recent meeting between Ontario politicians and a delegation including representatives from the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and Trailcon Leasing. “Cargo theft

  • Volvo Trucks expands over-the-air offerings

    March 20, 2019 8:52AM by John G. Smith

    ATLANTA, Ga. – Volvo has taken the next step in its over-the-air programming capabilities, unveiling the new Parameter Plus subscription package that allows up to 50 parameter updates per year. “It really brings a lot of value,” says Ashraf Makki,

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    Remote programming for all Volvo GHG17 engines

    October 17, 2018 9:28AM by John G Smith

    All Volvo trucks with GHG 2017 engines and factory-installed connectivity hardware are now eligible for software and parameter updates through Volvo’s Remote programming. Remote programming takes less than 20 minutes, the company says. Several parameter packages now allow truck owners

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    Mack updates over-the-air options

    October 17, 2018 9:19AM by John G Smith

    Mack Trucks has expanded its over-the-air software and vehicle parameter capabilities, offering more updates for those with 2017 GHG Mack engines and factory-installed hardware. Mack Over the Air was launched in February 2017 with updates for powertrain components and vehicle

  • 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.

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    Highway Robbery: The push is on to tackle clearance practices, excessive tow fees

    July 21, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, Ont. — Guy Broderick couldn’t believe the towing invoice that appeared in front of him. The task seemed so simple. An APPS Transport truck only had to be towed a single exit down Highway 401. The clean-up involved nothing more than a bit of coolant that had spilled through a failing lower rad hose. The tow alone cost $2,531 – and that’s after Broderick negotiated a $1,000 discount. The coolant cleanup was billed at another $2,260, which included a $2,000 flat-rated “environmental” fee.

  • 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 launching sales council

    December 7, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association has unveiled a new sales council, building on the earlier rollout of a dedicated finance council.

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    Liberty’s Taylor honored for industry service

    November 11, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON — Brian Taylor, the founder of Liberty Linehaul, has been presented the Omnitracs-Ontario Trucking Association Service to Industry Award.

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    Macintyre is first woman named OTA’s top driver

    November 11, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – Karin Macintyre was once told she was the 5,000th woman in Canada to hold a commercial driver’s licence. Now she’s the first woman to be named Volvo Trucks – Ontario Trucking Association Driver of the Year.

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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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    OTA wants ‘Uber-like’ towing system

    September 29, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association and Ontario Recovery Group are looking for an app-based electronic call system to help address incidents on the province’s 400-Series highways.

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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.