09 Jul

Truck collisions surge in Ontario

TORONTO, Ont. – “People are dying,” Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in frustration as he recounted grim crash statistics involving commercial vehicles in Ontario. Last year, there were 8,432 crashes and 96 deaths involving trucks in OPP patrolled areas. That was the highest number of commercial vehicle collisions and fatalities in more than […]

09 Jul

N.B. travel registration service opens

FREDERICTON, N.B. — New Brunswick has launched a travel registration program to make trips to the province smooth during Covid-19. “Each person who registers will receive a travel registration number which can then be presented to border control officers at the point of crossing,” the province said Thursday. It said the program is designed to […]

09 Jul

Fleet Safety Council conference shifts to Oct. 2 webinar

ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Ontario’s Fleet Safety Council has opened registration for its 29th annual education conference, and this year the event will come in the form of a webinar. The Oct. 2 event will include an Ontario Trucking Association update from Geoff Wood, senior vice-president – policy; an insurance update by Todd MacGillivray, Northbridge Insurance’s […]

09 Jul

Trucking industry making the slow climb back

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – While trucking conditions are improving, it will be some time before they get back to pre-Covid levels. FTR expects U.S. truck loadings to decline 5.7% this year. It shared its latest insights during a State of Freight webinar on Key Issues in Transportation July 9. Avery Vise, vice-president of trucking with FTR, […]

09 Jul

Volvo, Mack extending uptime service bundles

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Mack and Volvo are extending access to their respective uptime services at no cost through the end of the year, or for a minimum of three months – whichever is longer. The free program extension is retroactive and available on all models with uptime services packages expiring between May 1 and Dec. […]

09 Jul

CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week to place added focus on speed

TORONTO, Ont. – Speed kills, and it’s one of the reasons why the issue is once again a focus of Operation Safe Driver Week – a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) initiative that begins July 12. “Speed continues to be a factor in at least quarter of all fatality crashes,” says Chris Turner, CVSA’s […]

09 Jul

Omnitracs names Pam Marion chief customer officer

DALLAS, Texas – Omnitracs has appointed Pam Marion chief customer officer, the fleet management solutions provider announced Thursday. In this role, Marion will lead the customer support organization and will oversee all initiatives including migrations and implementations, support and technical operations, the company said. “As a people-first organization, understanding the needs of our employees and […]

09 Jul

More border crossings collect contact information from drivers

TORONTO, Ont. – The Canada Border Services Agency has expanded a program that involves collecting personal contact information from drivers on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The initiative, first reported by trucknews.com, is now in place at 12 additional ports of entry, bringing the total to 18 locations overall. Ports that […]

08 Jul

Study confirms trucking job losses

OTTAWA, Ont. — Over the first two quarters of 2020, employment in the Canadian trucking and logistics sector is expected to contract by 10.4%, or 72,000 jobs, due to Covid-19. That is according to a new report released Wednesday by Trucking HR Canada. “We expect a 10.9% contraction among truck drivers and 10.0% decline among […]

08 Jul

Western Ontario gets $25M infrastructure boost

WILMOT, Ont. – Several communities in Western Ontario will benefit from 11 road and bridge projects costing $25 million announced Wednesday. The federal government will provide $13.2 million for the projects while the province will give $7.5 million. Another $4.3 million will come from a First Nation community and local municipalities. In Wilmot, a one-lane […]