28 Jul

Truck arrivals remain steady

OTTAWA, Ont. – The number of truck drivers entering the country dropped 6% to 105,163 during the week of July 20-26 from 111,970 the same week last year, the Canada Border Services Agency said Tuesday. In the previous week, truck arrivals had also dropped by 6%. It is the third consecutive drop since truck arrivals […]

28 Jul

TFI International brings back employees

MONTREAL, Que. – TFI International has reinstated five-day workweeks for 594 employees and rehired 793 who had been furloughed, as the trucking industry recovers from economic weakness wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company has also restored its capital expenditures, which were put on hold when the pandemic broke out. The company announced the reinstatements […]

28 Jul

Port of Montreal job action to run until Friday

MONTREAL, Que. – Port of Montreal longshoreman and cargo handling workers walked off the job Monday, in a job action scheduled to run until July 31 at 6:59 a.m., leading to a suspension of mooring services. Liquid bulk handling, the Oceanex service, and grain terminal are not affected. “These pressure tactics, carried out by the […]

28 Jul

Experience trumps age in truck driver safety: Study

BLACKSBURG, Va. — While age does have some impact on potential truck driver risk, commercial motor vehicle driving experience is more important when considering risk, according to a recent study from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence. The study, which highlights the continued driver shortage and the largely aging workforce, […]

27 Jul

Heavy fines for heavy weights on Alberta’s Vinca bridge

EDMONTON, Alta. – Alberta’s Sheriff Highway Patrol has fined three truck operators in just two days for exceeding 20,000 kg weight limits on the Vinca bridge northeast of Edmonton – issuing some stiff fines in the process. A unit hauling soil was fined $15,904 on July 15, while the previous day the operator of a […]

27 Jul

Mack now producing medium-duty models

ROANOKE VALLEY, Va. – Mack Trucks has begun producing its new MD Series of medium-duty trucks. Full production is slated to begin Sept. 1. However, a Class 7 Mack MD7 with a GVWR of 33,000 lbs (pictured) recently rolled off the line at the company’s Roanoke Valley, Va., plant. The truck maker invested US$13 million […]

27 Jul

Meritor appoints a chief legal officer

TROY, Mich. – Meritor announced Monday that Hannah Lim-Johnson will join the company as senior vice-president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary as of Aug. 3. Lim-Johnson will have responsibility for Meritor’s legal affairs, including oversight of legal activities related to corporate governance, acquisitions and divestitures, the company said. She will also manage the corporate […]

27 Jul

ECONOMIC WATCH: Surging Covid cases could derail economic recovery

COLUMBUS, Ind. – An escalation of new Covid cases in the U.S. is threatening to abort a nascent economic recovery currently underway, industry analyst ACT Research warns. In its Transportation Digest, ACT noted a rise in Covid cases raises the specter of renewed closings and accelerated layoffs. “The sudden shock of the Covid-19 recession pushed […]

27 Jul

How to drive out empty miles

It’s been the scourge of trucking for decades, chipping away at carrier revenues. Yet, many fleets don’t have reliable data on how bad the problem of empty miles is. Nor do many of them have a clear understanding on how to tackle it. Until recently, empty mileage estimates ranged from 14% to 20% for all […]

27 Jul

ECONOMIC WATCH: Canadian spot market load volumes stormed back in June

TORONTO, Ont. – Canadian spot market load volumes soared 42% in June, marking the largest ever May to June improvement in Loadlink’s history, the company reported. The surge in loads came as many Canadian regions entered Phase 2 of reopening their economies. Loads in the first two weeks of June were up 9% compared to […]