Trucking News

Digital strategies to control collision costs

Collisions are expensive, but Adam Wolk, director of fleet maintenance for Challenger Motor Freight in Cambridge, Ont., thinks some of those costs can be mitigated by analyzing root causes. “At the end of the day we track and categorize every… ... Continue Reading

Chevron unveils a lubricants ‘game changer’

RICHMOND, Calif. – It has been more than 15 years in the making. And, on  Tuesday, Chevron Products Co. took the wrap off Delo 600 ADF heavy-duty engine oil (HDEO). The company says it will be a “game changer” in… ... Continue Reading

Class 8 orders bounced in October, but remained subdued

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – North American Class 8 orders came in at 22,100 units in October, according to preliminary data from FTR, marking the strongest month since November 2018. However, they remained well off a year ago, down 51% year-over-year, and… ... Continue Reading

Mission Critical buys Purkeys Fleet Electric

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Mission Critical Electronics (MCE) has announced its acquisition of Purkeys Fleet Electric. Purkeys provides electric power solutions to truck fleets, liftgate manufacturers, trailer manufacturers, truck dealers and OEMs. Its primary products include liftgate charging systems, inverters,… ... Continue Reading

Westcan and MADD aim to stop impaired driving with holiday campaign

COQUITLAM, B.C. – With the holiday season around the corner, Westcan Bulk Transport and MADD Canada are shining a light on the perils of impaired driving. As part of the 2019 effort, Westcan and MADD have made Jeremy Cook the… ... Continue Reading

Women with Drive registration open

TORONTO, Ont. – Registration is now open for Trucking HR Canada’s 2020 Women with Drive Leadership Summit, to be held March 12. Organizers say the event will offer new insights into strategies that can help attract, recruit, and retain more… ... Continue Reading

Manac buys Cobra Trailers

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Rush Truck Centres of Canada has sold its Cobra Trailers subsidiary to Manac, the company announced. Rush Truck Centres will, however, maintain exclusive distributor rights for Cobra end dump trailers and dump bodies in Ontario. “We chose… ... Continue Reading

‘A love letter to the industry’

HALIFAX, N.S. – The transportation and warehousing sector plays a major role in the economy of Atlantic Canada, contributing $3.5 billion each year. It employs 52,000 people, accounting for 4.5% of the region’s total workforce. They also enjoy much higher… ... Continue Reading

Maintenance Best Practices Vol. 3

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Edmonton auctions remain hot for Ritchie Bros.

EDMONTON, Alta. – Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers continue to see huge success in Edmonton, Alta., selling $101 million during its most recent auction. Seven weeks after selling more than 10,700 items at a previous auction, the five-day event from Oct. 28… ... Continue Reading

Orange EV expands manufacturing capabilities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Orange EV, a manufacturer of fully-electric Class 8 trucks, announced it is moving to a manufacturing facility with five times the production capacity it has today. Orange EV produces a T-Series electric terminal truck. It claims… ... Continue Reading

Mack ratifies agreement with UAW employees

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Mack Trucks announced it has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with its United Auto Workers employees. The UAW went on strike in recent weeks, halting truck production. The agreement covers 3,500 employees at six facilities. “The… ... Continue Reading

Jacobs takes to the road to highlight new tech

ATLANTA, Ga. – Jacobs Vehicle Systems is hitting the road to promote its new technologies, including a high-power density (HPD) engine brake. The first stop was the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Ga. “The tour will essentially provide… ... Continue Reading

J&R Hall Transport to open facility at CentrePort Canada

WINNIPEG, Man. – CentrePort Canada welcomed nine new companies at its Winnipeg, Man., location, including trucking company J&R Hall Transport. Companies have either established operations or are in the process of building new facilities in the Brookside Business Park, a… ... Continue Reading

Regina bypass opens

REGINA, Sask. – The much-anticipated Regina bypass officially opened Oct. 28, comprising 61 km of road, 37 km of which is newly built and 24 km having been upgraded. Construction of the $1.9 billion project began in 2015 and is… ... Continue Reading

Why not us? How to improve fleet performance

I have done a dozen or more Retention Action Plan rollouts over the past couple of years. One of the key questions that I pose to folks during the onsite workshops revolves around the TCA’s “Best Fleets to Drive For”… ... Continue Reading

WSIB sanctions more Driver Inc. fleets

TORONTO, Ont. – The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has sanctioned dozens more Ontario-based fleets for using Driver Inc. to avoid paying premiums, the Ontario Trucking Association said Friday. Driver Inc. is a controversial business model that classifies fleet employees… ... Continue Reading

Saskatchewan seeks federal funds for MELT

TORONTO, Ont. – Saskatchewan is seeking financial help from the federal government to fund truck driver training, according to the Globe and Mail. The newspaper reported this week that the province made the request in February, a month before its… ... Continue Reading

Mekra Lang planning for regulatory changes to replace mirrors with cameras

ATLANTA, Ga. – Mekra Lang is bolstering its North American presence, in anticipation of regulatory changes that will allow cameras to replace mirrors. The company has opened a second U.S. location in Charlotte, N.C. “This sends a signal to customers… ... Continue Reading

ZF to bring PowerLine transmission to North America

ATLANTA, Ga. – ZF is bringing its PowerLine eight-speed automatic transmission to the North American market, the company announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show. It’s a torque converter-style automatic transmission and there are more than 15 million of… ... Continue Reading