03 Jul

CBSA collecting personal information from truckers

COUTTS, Alta. – Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has begun collecting personal information from truck drivers at several border crossings on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). This has taken some drivers, including lease-operator Greg Decker by surprise, and caused some concern. He was recently asked for his personal email address and […]

03 Jul

ECONOMIC WATCH: Truck orders bounced back in June

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Class 8 truck orders spiked to 16,000 units in June, reflecting a rapid freight rate improvement, according to preliminary data from ACT Research. Orders surged 139% from May, and were up 23% from a “very easy” year-ago comparison, ACT reported. Classes 5-7 orders also rose 77% from May, but were off 20% […]

02 Jul

Montreal port protests begin

MONTREAL, Que. — Longshoremen at the Montreal Gateway Terminals’ Racine (62) and Cast (77) facilities walked off the job as expected at 3 p.m. today. The work stoppage is scheduled to last until Saturday, July 4, at 6:59 a.m. The Quebec Trucking Association (QTA) sent a notice this morning to its members, reminding them to schedule their loads […]

02 Jul

Kinedyne names regional HR manager

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — Kinedyne has appointed Eric Sorensen regional human resources manager for North America. Sorensen has more than 20 years of HR management experience, the company said. He will be based in Kinedyne’s Prattville, Ala., manufacturing facility. “We are excited to welcome Eric to our management team,” said Dan Schlotterbeck, president of Kinedyne. “He […]

02 Jul

Safety activists want FMCSA to delay HoS final rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pressure is mounting on the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to delay the implementation of its new hours-of-service (HoS) final rule, which activists say is a significant risk to public safety. This week, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways and […]

02 Jul

Covid-19 bailout funds give U.S. Treasury stake in YRC

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The less-than-truckload (LTL) YRC fleet will receive a US $700 million loan through Covid-19 relief funds, giving the U.S. Treasury a 29.6% stake in the company. While the loan is made through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act – also used to help small businesses – these funds […]

02 Jul

Truck crossings remain steady

OTTAWA, Ont. – Truck arrivals remained steady during the week of June 22-28, with 104,539 truck drivers entering the country, the Canada Border Services Agency said Thursday. The arrivals are marginally up from 104,247 during June 15-21, but down 10% from 116,744 in the same period in 2019. Truck arrivals have continued to improve since […]

02 Jul

Deadline nears for OTA scholarship applications

TORONTO, Ont. – The deadline to apply for Ontario Trucking Association’s education scholarships is less than two weeks away. The scholarships are granted through the OTA Education Foundation. Students can apply for university or college scholarships in the amounts of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. Applicants must be sponsored by an Ontario trucking or trucking services/supply […]

02 Jul

Fountain Tire Truck-Thru coffee shop serving truckers in Western Canada

EDMONTON, Alta. – A one-of-a-kind Truck-Thru coffee shop created by Fountain Tire is popping up across Western Canada, to serve truck drivers via its truck-sized drive-thru. The Truck-Thru stopped at Rosenau Transport last week, to thank truck drivers for their service during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Canada’s transport industry has worked hard these past few months […]

02 Jul

Alberta nurse practitioners can now complete driver medicals

EDMONTON, Alta. – Alberta will now allow nurse practitioners to complete driver medical examinations, required of commercial drivers, any drivers over 75, and those with specific medical conditions. About 150,000 driver medical exams are filed with Alberta Transportation each year. Most of them are for people applying for a commercial driver’s licence. “Nurse practitioners are […]