Truck News



  • CTA, OTA Advising of Important Approaching Border Deadlines

    December 18, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) are reminding truckers to keep in mind there are some important dates regarding upcoming border and customs compliance deadlines.

  • OOIDA Slams U.S. ELD Mandate, Files Lawsuit

    December 18, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    GRAIN VALLEY, MO – Just mere days after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration unveiled regulations that will take effect in two years requiring most U.S. truckers to use electronic logging devices (ELD) the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a lawsuit to stop the requirement.

  • A Reminder That Oversize Loads Require Precautions

    December 14, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Officials in the U.S. have issued a safety alert for those hauling oversize loads, but even if you never travel outside of Canada it’s still some darn good advice to keep in mind.

  • U.S. Requiring Electronic Logging Devices in Two Years

    December 14, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Thursday announced the adoption new regulations that will require the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) for truckers to keep track of their hours of service.

    The rules, which are set to be published on Dec. 16, will take effect two years afterwards and require Canadian and Mexican domiciled drivers to use the devices when operating on U.S. roadways.

    The regulations have a few exemptions that were not in the 2014 proposal, including excepting drivers who keep records of duty status in eight or fewer days out of every 30 working days; drivers in drive-away and tow-away operations and truckers operating vehicles older than model year 2000.

  • CTA: Canada Should Follow U.S. ELD Mandate

    December 11, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – Thursday’s announcement of the final U.S. rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) in late 2017, puts Canada “under the gun” to do the same thing, according to one group here at home, while reaction to the plan where it was born is mixed. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says the move by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration removes any remaining argument for the Canadian governments not to move forward with a similar mandate in Canada.

  • Free Webinar on New Alberta Vehicle Registration Rules

    December 11, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    CALGARY, AB – You can get details from one expert about a significant change to Alberta’s commercial vehicle registration system.

  • U.S. Proposes Tougher Truck Underride Guard Regulations

    December 10, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed new regulations that focus on upgrading its Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) that address underride protection in light-vehicle crashes into the rear of trailers and semitrailers.

  • FMCSA May Require Truck Passengers be Belted

    December 10, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Wednesday announced it is proposing a regulation requiring passengers riding in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles to use safety belts.

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    You Will Be Tested on This

    December 9, 2015 12:00AM by Jim Park

    Here’s what Canada’s new truck-inspection standards will mean to you. (P.S. If you’ve removed your DPF or bought a glider, you might want to read this over very closely indeed.)

  • British Columbia Opens New Heavy-Haul Routes

    December 9, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    VICTORIA, B.C. — The British Columbia government has announced two new pre-approved routes for shipments of up to 85-tons gross vehicle weight (GVW) along the Highway 17/South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) and on Highway 16 from Terrace to Kitwanga.

  • 7 Key Trucking Items in New U.S. Highway Funding Law

    December 8, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – There are several items of importance to Canadian fleets and drivers who haul in United States in highway legislation passed by Congress and signed into law Friday by President Obama.

    Know as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), it authorizes spending US$305 billion on highways and transit. But in trucking its likely better known for the special provisions that made into the new law – and those that didn’t.

    Overall, the reaction from the various trucking groups, ranging from those representing fleets to drivers, has generally been positive. While many did not get everything they wanted in the new law, it marks the first time a federal highway funding bill longer than two years has been passed since 2005.

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    Are Wheel-Offs Back?

    December 4, 2015 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    Oh, no… are we slipping? It seems that truck and trailer wheel separations have hit the press again, at least in Ontario. This really isn’t good.

  • Investigation: Trucker Test Pass Rates Lower in GTA Than Outlying Areas

    December 2, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    TORONTO, ON – “Aspiring truckers have a better chance of passing their road tests at most DriveTest Centres in smaller communities than they do at Toronto-area testing facilities…”

  • Suspected Fifth Wheel Tampering on Parked Rigs

    December 1, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    EDMONTON, AB — In recent weeks the vital importance of conducting thorough inspections, both pre- and in-trip, hit home for commercial drivers, according to the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA).

  • U.S. Rules Against Driver Coercion to Soon Take Effect

    November 30, 2015 12:00AM by Today's Trucking Staff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced new regulations that will take effect on Jan. 29, 2016 that it believes will help further safeguard commercial truck and bus drivers from being compelled to violate federal safety regulations. The rules over so-called driver coercion, provides FMCSA with the authority to take enforcement action not only against motor carriers, but also against shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries. The regulations address three key areas concerning driver coercion: procedures for commercial truck and bus drivers to report incidents of coercion to the FMCSA, steps the agency could take when responding to such allegations, and penalties of up to US$16,000 that may be imposed on entities found to have coerced drivers.