05 Aug

OTA cancels November convention due to Covid-19

TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has canceled its annual convention and awards dinner that had been scheduled for November, citing Covid-19. The association remains committed to resuming the event in November 2021. “Unfortunately, the events of this year means we have to regrettably cancel our convention in November. I want to sincerely […]

05 Aug

Training, technology and driver health keys to fleet safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hiring the right drivers, supporting them with technology, and keeping them healthy are three winning strategies when it comes to operating a safe fleet. Those were some of the observations from seven panelists participating in two discussions on ‘What’s Working’ at the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Truck Safety Summit held […]

05 Aug

Nikola posts US$86.6 million loss, but makes progress towards production

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Hydrogen fuel cell truck maker Nikola posted a US$86.6 million loss in its first quarter as a publicly traded company, but is on schedule for commercial production in the U.S. and Germany. “In the second quarter of 2020, Nikola met predetermined milestones on our journey toward becoming the zero-emissions transportation leader in […]

05 Aug

OPP: Don’t veer for deer

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – The Norfolk County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is urging truck drivers and other motorists not to veer for animals. The call came just days after a truck ended up in a ditch as it swerved to avoid a deer. The incident happened around 6 a.m. Monday. Police said […]

05 Aug

NTEA cancels leadership summit due to Covid-19

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – A leadership summit hosted by NTEA – an association representing the work truck industry – is the latest trucking event to be canceled because of the impact of Covid-19. The event was originally to be hosted on Oct. 20 in Baltimore, Md. “Our priority is the health and safety of the […]

05 Aug

ECONOMIC WATCH: Strengthening freight markets drive stronger truck orders

BLOOMINGTON & COLUMBUS, Ind. – Truck orders stormed back in July, with Class 8 orders marking the strongest month since October 2019 and Classes 5-8 orders reaching a six-month high. FTR reported 20,000 preliminary Class 8 orders for July, up 28% from June and double the number from July 2019. Orders were better than expected. […]

04 Aug

Virtual truck beauty contest opens Monday

HOUSTON, Texas – The 38th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs will be going virtual this year, its organizer announced Tuesday. The truck beauty contest will accept entries Aug 10-2, and winners will be announced daily Sept. 14-18 on social channels, Shell Rotella said. “North American truck drivers have faced unprecedented challenges on the road this year […]

04 Aug

$30-M truck parking facility coming to North Surrey

SURREY, B.C. – Work begins this month on a new truck parking facility in North Surrey, B.C., as part of a $30-million project funded by the federal and provincial government. Built on provincially owned land on the north side of Hwy. 17, below and east of the Port Mann Bridge, the facility will have room […]

04 Aug

DTNA introduces new engineering and technology leader

PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) new senior vice-president of engineering and technology was working on artificial intelligence (AI) before most people knew it was a thing. Dr. Rainer Muller-Finkeldei was introduced to the truck press today, after being promoted to his new position as well as to DTNA’s operating committee. In his […]

04 Aug

WIT honors truckers with photo contest

PLOVER, Wisc. – HERoes of the Highway is the subject of this year’s photo contest being organized by Women In Trucking (WIT). “We are inspired by your hero-like strength, not only during these challenging times, but always,” the association said in an announcement posted on its website. “So, for this year’s photo contest, get out […]