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    Randhawas balance work, family life

    “We talk for at least three hours every day,” says Navjot Randhawa. Communication is key for husband and wife who drive tractor-trailers for a living. “I do most of the talking,” says Amandeep Randhawa with a big smile. Navjot and Amandeep Randhawa are owner operators who drive for Polaris Transportation Group, based in Mississauga, Ont. (Photo: Leo Barros) Owner-operators Navjot, 36, and Amandeep, 32, drive for Polaris Transportation Group. He drives at night with a regular route from the Mississauga, Ont.,  terminal to Chicago, Ill., twice or thrice a week. Amandeep operates during the day in the Greater Toronto Area. Navjot has more than 15 years of truck driving experience…

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    Be your own advocate, trucking school CEO says

    “Remember that your voice matters and your ideas matter just as much as your male counterparts,” Meenakshi Walia says. When you feel you are being disregarded, you must be your own advocate and challenge the stereotypes that come with women being in a position of leadership, says the CEO of Trukademy, a professional truck driving school based in Mississauga, Ont. Meenakshi Walia, CEO of Trukademy, a professional truck driving school based in Mississauga, Ont. (Photo: Leo Barros) We must not allow the misunderstandings of others distract us from our own growth and empowerment, Walia adds. Education and hard work have helped Walia carve a place for herself in this male-dominated…

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    Trucking recommendations emerge in report on ‘hard market’ for insurance

    Insurance companies have been paying out more in trucking-related claims than they collect in premiums. But a new insurance industry report makes a series of recommendations to help address rising costs and the struggles to secure insurance in the midst of today’s “hard market”. “Between 2015 and 2019, in the trucking sector, commercial insurers paid out $1.04, $1.12 and $1.06 in Ontario, Alberta and Atlantic Canada, respectively, for every $1 earned in premiums on a per vehicle basis,” notes the final report on a national commercial insurance task force, issued by the Insurance Bureau of Canada. (Photo: istock) “In some years, the losses were much higher, with insurers paying more…

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    Canadian AI businesses building a future in trucking

    It’s been almost 25 years since Skynet first became “self-aware”. The fictional computer began making its own decisions at 2:14 am Eastern Time on Aug. 29, 1997, to be precise. That’s what the Terminator movie franchise taught us. Killer cyborgs followed. Arnold came back. Despite what scriptwriters suggest, self-learning computers – specifically the machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) that guide the decisions – are hardly the enemy. If anything, their digital insights already support trucking-specific activities. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are drawing trucking-specific insights from an ever-expanding flow of telematics data. (Illustration: istock) Today’s OEMs are actively crunching sensor data to guide engine software updates and refine…

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    Summer truck shipments to feed children in need

    Trucks for Change, the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, and Food Banks Canada are joining forces in a campaign to deliver food for children in need this summer. About two dozen fleets working for the alliance are now handling shipments for After Food Bell, a program organized by Food Banks Canada that addresses immediate hunger needs but also builds nutritional literacy skills. Trucks for Change has been involved in a wide range of initiatives that support Canadian food banks. (File photo: Trucks for Change) The program provides “summer packs” of food to children who typically rely on school breakfast and lunch programs, delivering support after classes come to…

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    John and Jane Q. Public Communications Contest entries due July 25

    The TRB Technical Activities Division’s Standing Technical Committee on Public Engagement and Communications is holding its 15th annual John and Jane Q. Public Communications Contest. Help TRB acknowledge best practices in successfully communicating with John and Jane Q. Public about new and emerging transportation technologies. The John and Jane Q. Public Communications contest recognizes excellence in communications on technical transportation topics or issues to lay persons. The deadline to apply is July 25, 2021. Additional information on the contest and entry instructions are available. This Summary Last Modified On: 5/27/2021 Software transportes 3000

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    U.S. Senator Gary Peters Will Keynote Automated Road Transportation Symposium 2021

    Have you registered for TRB’s annual summer symposium on automated vehicle systems? TRB is hosting the virtual 2021 Automated Road Transportation Symposium (ARTS21) July 12-15, 2021. U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan will offer an overview on the status of current AV legislation during a keynote presentation. The Symposium offers some of the biggest names in AVs as keynote speakers. Participants will also hear from Chris Urmson, Aurora Innovation cofounder and CEO; Robert Sumwalt, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman; and Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Transportation Secretary. Since 2012, the Symposium has offered the world’s largest, most diverse, collaborative, and participatory event on automated vehicles and their effects on road transportation. It…

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    Autocar unveils ‘badass’ dump truck

    [embedded content] Autocar has unveiled the fourth iteration of its severe-service DC-64 Class 8 truck lineup – the DC-64D Dump Truck – complete with a trademarked “badass” descriptor. The model adds to the OEM’s DC-64R refuse truck, DC-64M mixer, and DC-64P pump. (Photo: Autocar) “Unlike any other vehicle in the North American heavy-duty commercial truck market, Autocar Trucks are vocational pre-engineered for seamless body integration and don’t require significant structural modifications,” Autocar Trucks president Eric Schwartz said in a press release. “This dump truck is truly badass.” More than 100 improvements were integrated overall, the company says, referring to the truck outfitted with an RS Godwin SCS dump body and…

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    ATA, OOIDA join forces to slam truck-only tax proposal

    The American Trucking Associations (ATA) and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) are joining forces to oppose a truck-only vehicle-mile traveled (VMT) tax as part of a national infrastructure package. In a rare joint letter, ATA president and CEO Chris Spear and OOIDA president and CEO Todd Spencer argued against the proposal that was suggested during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on May 18. (Photo: istock) “Placing a disproportionate burden on the backs of truckers to avoid Highway Trust Fund insolvency is short-sighted, inequitable, discriminatory against the industry, and deeply concerning to the millions of essential workers in trucking who have kept our nation fed, clothed, and with access to medicine…

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    Fleets challenged to take advantage of ‘perfect storm’: ACT

    Industry analyst ACT Research says while the economy, freight, and trucking indicators are all at or near record highs, there are challenges percolating beneath the surface. “Our heavy-duty forecast continues to reflect the current ‘perfect storm’ of upbeat economic, freight and trucking indicators, with most at, or on the verge of reaching, all-time record levels,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst. “And, it’s easy, if not particularly pleasant, to remember the business environment of 2020’s second quarter, with significant uncertainties in not knowing the extent of the virus and how deep the downside could be.” (Photo: iStock) But, Vieth added, “All that said, good times and good numbers…