Manitoba carriers wanted for enviro-trucking programs

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Trucking Association says it’s been asked by the federal government to take part in three small environmental trucking pilot projects.

The group would assist the University of Manitoba Transport Institute, on behalf of Transport Canada through its Urban Transportation Showcase Program. Federal funding has been made available to the Institute for researching and applying innovative methods for reducing fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the commercial trucking industry.

Truck Routing Program involves local delivery companies in developing recommendations for improving and streamlining their routing systems to reduce distances.

The E- Delivery Solutions project focuses on a demonstration of solutions using Web-based technology to increase average load carried while reducing the frequency of low volume haulage — perhaps through companies partnering on delivery routes throughout Winnipeg, reports the MTA.

Thirdly, Promoting Innovative Freight Handling Practices: Local Delivery Companies, involves educating participants on adopting methods of reducing fuel usage and greenhouse gases.

The Institute, says MTA, is looking for carriers interested in becoming involved in one or more of these projects.

It is also establishing an informal Advisory Group to provide ongoing advice related to the projects.

Interested Manitoba fleets should contact Bob Dolyniuk of the MTA at

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