Trucking News

APTA urges N.B. to slash isolation period

The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) says New Brunswick’s latest Covid-19 restrictions for travelers will affect the trucking industry. APTA’s executive director Jean-Marc Picard is asking the province to reduce the isolation for truckers to just the days they are off, instead of the mandated 14 days. Anyone entering New Brunswick after Sept. 21 must […] ... Continue Reading

Tires have a story to tell, and sensors will listen

Tires don’t have moving parts, but they can be difficult to design and manufacture. They also present some of the most difficult fleet maintenance challenges. But sensors and connected tires are promising to ease future management needs. That was the word from a panel of experts at the Technology and Maintenance Council’s fall meeting, as […] ... Continue Reading

Paris Truck Convoy ready to roll

The Paris Truck Convoy is set to roll Sept. 18. “These past two years have been a challenge unlike any other, however in communities across the province, Special Olympics athletes have demonstrated their resiliency and willingness to accept any challenge that may come their way,” organizers said in a release. “When in-person sports and programs […] ... Continue Reading

Manitoba Truck Convoy to roll on Saturday

Manitoba’s Truck Convoy for Special Olympics will be held on September 18 at 11 am, departing from the TC Energy Centre in Ile des Chenes and making a counter clockwise loop of the perimeter highway. The convoy brings together professional drivers from across the province to celebrate the accomplishments of Special Olympics athletes and raise […] ... Continue Reading

Canadian used truck prices up in Q3: Ritchie Bros.

Used truck prices sold through Ritchie Bros. auctions continued to increase in the third quarter, but Canadian prices are showing signs of flattening. Truck tractor prices in Canada were up 14% year over year, while vocational trucks were fetching a 20% premium. In the U.S., the price increases were even greater, at 36% and 30%, […] ... Continue Reading

Ballard Power introduces new 100-kW hydrogen fuel cell

Ballard Power expanded its hydrogen fuel cell line, with the addition of a 100-kW version to its FCmove platform. Ballard says the new addition is its most powerful and flexible fuel cell engine, and is well suited for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. The company also says it’s more compact, and easier to install, service, […] ... Continue Reading

Kruger Energy orders pair of battery-electric Peterbilts

Kruger Energy will be using a pair of Peterbilt Model 579EV battery-electric trucks by the end of the year, delivering goods between company facilities in Quebec. In the process, the company says it will reduce emissions by 380 tons of carbon dioxide per year – or the equivalent of removing about 90 passenger cars from […] ... Continue Reading

Quebec leads Canada’s spot market growth in third quarter

Quebec has been the strongest performer in Canada’s spot market in the third quarter, according to August data from Loadlink Technologies. Both Ontario and Western Canada saw a large jump in outbound cross-border load postings (55% and 44% respectively), but still trail Quebec in the quarter. Overall, August saw a 4% increase in loads from […] ... Continue Reading

How trucking can add capacity without adding trucks or drivers

How does a capacity-constrained trucking industry add capacity and productivity without access to new drivers, and even trucks? That was the question put forth by FTR during its most recent webinar on improving capacity and productivity, pre-autonomous vehicles. Panelists included Thom Albrecht, CFO and chief revenue officer of Reliance Partners Insurance, Aaron Terrazas, director, economic […] ... Continue Reading

AI and machine learning can leverage data fleets already collect

Fleets and shippers alike are already streamlining business processes with the help of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). But as advanced as such processes may sound, it’s often a matter of tapping into data that already exists. It doesn’t need to be limited to the data points in a spreadsheet, either. Pierre Pelletier, […] ... Continue Reading

Spec’ing trucks is an ever-evolving process

Getting your truck spec’s right depends on your application, first and foremost, according to fleet professionals presenting on Truck Spec’s 2022 at the Technology and Maintenance Council Fall Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 14. But, it is also a constantly evolving process thanks to the steady flow of new technology coming into trucking today. […] ... Continue Reading

Your truck batteries may have life left in them

Batteries can be confusing to deal with, but there are sure-fire ways to determine if there’s still any life left in them. There’s a certain amount of alchemy at play when dealing with automotive batteries. Even fleet managers with years of experience aren’t always sure if they’re dealing with a battery that needs to be […] ... Continue Reading

Michelin reaches ONCall milestone

Michelin North America reports it has surpassed 2 million roadside service calls through its ONCall Emergency Roadside Service offering. The service was launched in 2009 to provide commercial fleets with roadside service, and in its first year completed 63,000 calls. That grew to more than 243,400 calls in 2020, Michelin claims. It has a roll […] ... Continue Reading

ACT’s freight forecast: ‘Stronger for longer’

ACT Research is forecasting a peak freight season that will be stronger for longer than usual. “Freight markets remain tight as we head into a clearly historic peak season with unprecedented containership backlogs, currently about 125 at anchor at North American ports,” reports Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s vice-president and senior analyst. “The chip shortage may […] ... Continue Reading

Plenty of planning needed before adopting electric trucks: Panel

In theory, adopting electric trucks sounds relatively simple: Find a truck, plug it in, and run it. Right? In reality, moving a fleet to electric trucks is a process that requires a great deal of research and planning, according to a panel of industry experts speaking at the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) fall meeting. […] ... Continue Reading

Autocar appoints Antonucci as CXO

Vocational truck OEM Autocar has announced the hiring of Craig Antonucci as chief experience officer (CXO), a newly created position. Antonucci brings to the Autocar team decades of knowledge in delivering a superior customer experience. He joins Autocar after spending 12 years at BPA Quality, where he designed customer experiences for companies including Apple and […] ... Continue Reading

Trailer orders bounce back due to “tremendous” pent-up demand

Trailer orders bounced back to 15,100 units in August, as some manufacturers opened up 2022 order boards, according to preliminary data from FTR. Orders surged 79% from July but remained down 47% from last August. FTR says some OEMs began taking “limited bookings” for 2022 in August, with fleets eager to lock in build slots. […] ... Continue Reading

Point S Canada expands into Western Canada

Tire and auto services retailer network Point S Canada is continuing to expand and marking its arrival in Western Canada with 16 new retailers. The rapid deployment is being conducted in partnership with North Country Distributor. The network now has more than 870 stores operating under its banner. “We are thrilled to be expanding our […] ... Continue Reading

Trucking in ‘early adopter’ phase of electrification

Trucking’s road to electrification is in the early adopter stage, but by 2025 it will be mainstream. And hydrogen-fuel-cell trucks won’t be far behind. Wilfried Aulbur, senior partner with Roland Berger, gave an update on truck electrification during an FTR webinar Monday. He said total cost of operation (TCO) is approaching parity with diesel as […] ... Continue Reading

MacKinnon joins Left Lane Associates

Supply chain merger and acquisitions firm Left Lane Associates on Monday announced the hiring of Alex MacKinnon as investment banker – M&A. “Alex MacKinnon brings with him a wealth of experience from the trucking and transportation industry that both our current and future clients will tremendously benefit from. We look forward to having him be […] ... Continue Reading