Combined Savings: LCVs vs. platooning
TORONTO, Ont. -- Pulling two trailers with just a single power unit is an efficient way of moving freight. It's not quite two-for-the-price-of-one, but fuel and labor costs are lower on a per-trailer basis even if equipment acquisition and operating costs are similar.
Ontario investments should focus on green tech, safety and parking: OTA
TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is calling on the government to offer more support for green-trucking technology and alternative fuels, increase truck parking, and promote driver safety oversight programs. The group met with the provincial government today as part of pre-budget consultations. The Ontario budget is expected to be released this Spring ahead of a June 7 election. The OTA says it commended the government for reinvesting carbon fees paid by the trucking industry back into the sector in the form of rebates for fuel-saving devices and natural gas and electric-powered vehicles, but stressed that low carbon programs should reflect the realities of the modern supply chain.
Lack of parking affects driver health; survey needs respondents
TORONTO, ON – A lack of truck parking in Southern Ontario is affecting driver health according to the preliminary results of a survey on the issue. More than 1,000 drivers have responded to the survey on truck parking being conducted for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to asses the needs of drivers, but the survey's adminstrator Ted Harvey is hoping for 2,000 more to answer questions before the Feb. 28 deadline.
Pilot Flying J updates parking app
KNOXVILLE, TN - An updated smartphone application by Pilot Flying J will deliver real-time parking availability information to the truck stop's customers. The app called myPilot, developed in partnership with Sensys Networks, is being rolled out after 18 months of testing for accuracy and durability, the company says. Thirty Flying J locations across the I-5 corridor from San Diego to Seattle, and one location in Knoxville - where the company is headquartered - will feature the sensors that collect and distribute the parking information to commercial drivers.
IN PRINT — Signs of No Parking: B.C.’s parking dilemma
British Columbia's newest truck parking area was on the verge of opening in early November. "We're just putting in the poles for the lights," said the project manager, referring to 40 spaces being created at Nordel Way in Delta, the result of a $2.8-million investment and some provincial land. As helpful as that is, it barely scratches the surface of the province's broader parking shortage. Nearby Surrey has concluded that about 1,400 trucks are parking illegally on its streets and in neighboring Langley on any given day. Commercial lots can charge about $250 per month to store a truck and trailer, but that's if they can be found in the first place. Available spaces are often unavailable, inconvenient, or unaffordable.
B.C. Truck Parking Project Runs into Opposition
SURREY, BC - There is increasing opposition to a plan to build a facility to allow hundreds of trucks to park in a part of British Columbia. Local groups and residents are lining up against the company GG Metro Holdings, which wants to construct the facility in Surrey on nearly 80 acres on three parcels of land near 16th Avenue, according to The Vancouver Sun newspaper.
Heading South? Deadly Routes ID’d, More $$ for Truck Parking
NEW YORK, NY and WICHITA, KS -- If you are going to be doing a little or a lot of trucking south of the border, there is bad news when it comes to traffic and your safety, while there is better news when it comes to finding places to rest your weary head.
Many Drivers Say No to Paying for Reserved Parking
ARLINGTON, VA - Nearly half of truck drivers say they would refuse to pay for reserved parking, according to just published results in a survey over truck parking. That's according to the American Transportation Research Institute, which has released the findings in its "Commercial Driver Perspectives on Trucking Parking" survey.
Coalition Looks to Solve U.S. Truck Parking Problem
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new National Coalition on Truck Parking will work to find solutions to the U.S. truck parking shortage, after a U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) survey affirmed the trucking industry's complaints about a lack of truck parking information and capacity.