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    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. Canadian truck tractor prices (Source: Ritchie Bros.) 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%, respectively. “Our U.S. indexes are at record levels, with truck tractor pricing up approximately 36% year over year, while vocational trucks are up 30%,” Ritchie Bros. reported in its latest market update. “We are also seeing strong pricing in Canada this year, with truck tractor prices up approximately…

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    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 funds to keep the wheels turning on the year-round programming that allows them to succeed. (Photo: Files) The interruption of programming in March 2020 impacted Special Olympics athletes greatly. Special Olympics Manitoba is committed to removing as many barriers as possible to get athletes back on the playing field. With that in mind, 100% of…

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    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 closed in March of 2020, with the help of Special Olympics Ontario virtual programming, athletes found new ways of participating, staying active and healthy, and most importantly, staying connected. (Photos: Paris Truck Convoy) “Despite these virtual programs, athletes are eager and anxious to be able to return to their in-person sports and programs once again,…

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    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 they discussed why putting sensors in tires makes a lot of sense from a fleet management perspective. (File photo) The latest electronic sensors are designed to withstand the hellish environments inside a rolling truck tire, and they can transmit data on critical operational factors such as temperature, air pressure, and vibration. From a fleet perspective,…

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    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. Travelers entering New Brunswick after Sept. 21 must register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. (Photo: iStock) Anyone entering New Brunswick after Sept. 21 must register their travel through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program. The government website says when registering, travellers must upload proof of vaccination. People who are not fully vaccinated must isolate for 14 days. They can…

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    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 July and a 33% improvement from August 2020. Outbound cross-border loads saw the biggest jumps, up 42% on the heels of a 24% gain the month before. Loads are up 66% year over year, while equipment postings declined 11%. Inbound cross-border loads declined 15% in August, with declines spread across all regions in Canada. Domestic…

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    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 the road. The two trucks will be the first battery-electric Class 8 Peterbilts put to work in Canada. (Illustration: Kruger) Kruger Energy manages and operates 42 renewable energy power plants in North America, including hydroelectric, wind, solar, energy storage and biomass cogeneration facilities that collectively have a capacity of 542 MW. “The electrification of transportation…

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    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, and maintain. During an online product reveal, Cara Startek, director of technical solutions, said it’s 44% more compact and 33% lighter than previously available fuel cell modules of this size, and its life-cycle cost has been slashed by 40% over the previous generation product. It also boasts 50% fewer components and a longer life requiring…

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    Dispatchers ensure trucks keep rolling

    As millions of trucks travel on North American highways toward their destinations, people are huddled behind computer screens and talking on phones day and night, planning, monitoring, and solving problems as they arise. Dispatchers must manage traffic to ensure customer service goals are met while steering relationships with drivers and customers. They must ensure that supply chains are not disrupted. Devon Turnbull, dispatch manager at Sharp Transportation in Cambridge, Ont. is old school and likes to have all the paperwork on a wall with folders, where orders and driver names are inserted. (Photo: Leo Barros) Excellent communication skills, empathy and a calm demeanor are just a few qualities essential for…

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    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 have some light at the end of the tunnel, but it continues to slow equipment capacity growth. And the Delta variant, which worsened the chip shortage, could also impact the nascent and gradual recovery in driver supply.” While national job growth is slowing south of the border, Denoyer pointed out trucking employment continues to improve.…