Trucking News

U.S. allows food trucks in highway rest areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a notice late Friday, allowing states to permit commercial food trucks to operate and sell food in designated Interstate highway rest areas. It is the latest step taken by U.S. authorities to keep trucks rolling as the country continues its fight against the spread of… ... Continue Reading

Random acts of kindness toward truckers abundant during Covid-19 response

During a global crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic, the good in humanity shines brighter than the cruel, and in the trucking industry, that could not be more evident than it is now. Across Western Canada and beyond, businesses and individuals have been going above and beyond with “acts of kindness” toward an industry that has… ... Continue Reading

Topping named to board of NFBC

LEWISTON, N.Y. – Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight has been appointed to the board of Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC). The appointment was made by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, the commission announced Friday The NFBC is a bi-national body, and Canada and the U.S. are equally represented on its eight-member board. Topping is currently… ... Continue Reading

ECONOMIC WATCH: ACT reassessing commercial vehicle demand, economic expectations

COLUMBUS, Ind. – ACT Research has reported U.S. port and rail volumes are just now beginning to reflect the drop in Chinese output related to the global Covid-19 pandemic. In its Commercial Vehicle Dealer Digest, ACT pointed out that in the second half of February, Covid-19 went from a China containment story to one of… ... Continue Reading

Manitoba trucking industry gets help with child care services during Covid-19 relief effort

WINNIPEG, Man. – The Manitoba government is urging child care providers in the province to help workers on the front lines of the Covid-19 fight, including those in trucking. In an effort to support child care centers to remain open during the Covid-19 crisis, the Manitoba government began the flow of the provincial operating grant,… ... Continue Reading

Canada notifies U.S., Mexico, that it has ratified new NAFTA

OTTAWA, Ont. – Canada has officially notified the U.S. and Mexico that it has ratified the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement, setting the stage to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that’s been in place since 1994 – governing every truckload that travels across the border. “The Canadian government will continue to work with the United States and… ... Continue Reading

Eassons adjusting to changing freight, Covid-19 practices

KENTVILLE, N.S. – The nature of the loads has been changing. The volumes, too. “Volume was up and all lanes [seemed] to be steady last week. Things have softened up and it is really just starting to slow down,” says Trevor Bent, CEO of Eassons Transport. “I think the reason is buying patterns are changing.… ... Continue Reading

Navistar extends plant closures

LISLE, Ill. — Navistar International has announced changes to its manufacturing operations in response to Covid-19. The company’s truck assembly plant in Springfield, Ohio, temporarily ceased production March 23 due to disruptions in the supply chain. “With the supply chain still interrupted, this stoppage is being extended,” the company said late Thursday. Production will resume… ... Continue Reading

On the road and social distancing

TORONTO, Ont. – The days of Covid-19 have changed the ways that interactions take place. Handshakes are forbidden. And keep your distance – at least six feet apart, if you please. “There are a few awkward moments when it comes time to sign the bill of lading, but a quick joke and a laugh and… ... Continue Reading

ECONOMIC WATCH: Truck orders plummet as Covid-19 impact felt

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Class 8 net orders in March fell 45% to 7,800 units, according to preliminary data from ACT Research. Orders were down 51% year-over-year, while Classes 5-7 orders of 14,700 units were 36% lower than February and down 31% year-over-year. “Supply-side restocking on goods from China and demand-side restocking to support the surge… ... Continue Reading

Stop denying basic services to truck drivers, says Manitoba carrier

WINNIPEG, Man. – Dave Tyrchniewicz, president of Turk Enterprises, is calling out truck stops that have chosen to keep their revenue streams open while closing essential services to drivers. With carriers scrambling to get essential Covid-19 relief items to communities across Canada, drivers have been faced with mounting closures of washrooms and showers, as well… ... Continue Reading

Addressing driver mental health during Covid-19 crisis

EDMONTON, Alta. – As the world stays at home to curb the spread of Covid-19, truck drivers continue under greater pressures and isolation both inside and outside the cab. Under normal circumstances, professional truck drivers suffer from mental health issues more so than most other occupations. And during a worldwide crisis like Covid-19 pandemic, the… ... Continue Reading

War Room: How the CTA developed its Covid-19 strategy

TORONTO, Ont. – The response to Covid-19 is often described in the language of battle. It’s a fight against the virus. We’re mobilizing resources. It’s a wartime strategy. It’s only appropriate that the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has come to refer to virus-related meetings of trucking executives and association managers as a War Room. It’s… ... Continue Reading

Ministers rally behind truckers

TORONTO, Ont. – Two senior Ontario ministers issued a joint statement Thursday, supporting truck drivers during the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. “In these extraordinary times, we have extraordinary heroes. Our truck drivers are these heroes,” said Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health, and Caroline Mulroney, minister of transportation. “They are working long… ... Continue Reading

Transport Canada releases Covid-19 guidelines for fleets and drivers

OTTAWA, Ont. – Transport Canada has unveiled a series of recommendations to help commercial vehicle operators prevent the spread of Covid-19 – including a focus on proper handwashing techniques, social distancing, and detailed steps to clean vehicles before and after a trip. The recommendations emerge in an April 1 document called Federal Safety Guidance to… ... Continue Reading

Quebec refuses to delay truck registration fees

MONTREAL, Que. – Quebec’s Transport Ministry refused to give the province’s trucking industry a reprieve in registration payments that were due April 1, despite a call for help in the fight against Covid-19. “We asked for some oxygen to help keep our fleets complete. Certainly there is a reaction of not understanding our industry,” said… ... Continue Reading

STA urges fair treatment of drivers during Covid-19 crisis

REGINA, Sask. – The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) released a statement today calling for the fair treatment of truck drivers during the Covid-19 crisis. As drivers frantically continue to transport essential goods to communities across the province, and entire country, governments at the same time are implementing further restrictions to help curb the coronavirus pandemic,… ... Continue Reading

Armour’s Susie De Ridder is Female Driver of the Year

PLOVER, Wis. – Susie De Ridder, a company driver with Armour Transportation Systems in New Brunswick, has been named the winner of the first annual Female Driver of the Year award. The award was announced Wednesday at a virtual ceremony by its organizer, Women In Trucking Association (WIT), and sponsor, Walmart. The other finalists were… ... Continue Reading

United Steelworkers join in call to give truck drivers washroom access

TORONTO, Ont. – The United Steelworkers (USW) union is the latest group to call on businesses to offer washroom access to commercial drivers during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Provinces and municipalities should be mandating businesses to accommodate these drivers. At this time, these drivers are essential workers, so they should be treated accordingly,” said Steven Hadden,… ... Continue Reading

Canadian dealers take home PacLease awards

BELLEVUE, Wash. – PacLease has recognized its top franchises of the year, and two Canadian locations have made the prestigious list. Inland PacLease out of Burnaby, B.C., and Excellence PacLease from Sainte-Julie, Que., took home awards for being the Kenworth and Peterbilt Franchises of the Year for Canada. “These winners all had phenomenal years, working… ... Continue Reading