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    The issues behind electronic compliance

    Due to a variety of factors, including strict regulations, strong growth, and a frantic rush to operational optimization, the trucking industry is among the most technologically advanced industries in the economy today. With Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate set to take effect on January 1st, 2023, the telematics market is more competitive than ever. Over the past few years, we have seen that the most common topic discussed has been compliance. Of course, this aspect is always crucial. However, in this era of unprecedented technological change, with massive databases and millions of connected vehicles, it is important to consider cybersecurity when selecting and evaluating ELD solutions. In the past,…

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    Blackman, Blais take top recruiting honors

    Kevin Blackman, a recruiting and retention specialist at Armour Transportation Systems, was named national recruiter of the year during the 2022 National Recruiting and Retention Symposium in Truro, N.S. The 22-year trucking veteran who began his career path behind the wheel joins past recipients including Leanne Drummond, regional manager of CPC Logistics, and Michael Zelek, director of human resources at Wellington Motor Freight. And he wasn’t the only industry representative to be honored during the May 25-26 event. Caroline Blais, recruiting manager, Kriska. (Photo: Leo Barros) Caroline Blais, recruiting manager at Kriska Transportation Group, was recognized with the event’s first recruiter and retention service to industry award. This honor is…

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    Trucking HR Canada appoints Carruth as chairman

    Trucking HR Canada appointed David Carruth, president of One for Freight, as board chairman, and Oksana Exell as vice-chairwoman, at its annual general meeting on Monday. “With labor shortages and workforce challenges continuing to be top issues impacting our sector and economic recovery in Canada overall – it is an exciting time to be part of such an important, relevant, and well-respected organization,” said Carruth, who joined the board in October 2020. Exell, retired past CEO of Westac, has extended her term. David Carruth (File photo: Supplied) Trucking HR Canada formally recognized the contributions of past chairwoman Linda Young, VP of people development at Bison Transport, and vice-chairman Mark Seymour,…

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    Canadians stressed about supply chain shortages: Survey

    Canadians are increasingly concerned about whether they will be able to get the products they want in the face of supply chain disruptions, a poll commissioned by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) shows. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed by Nanos said they were concerned or somewhat concerned about their ability to get products. There was particular anxiety around perishable goods. Two-thirds of those surveyed said they experienced delays or shortages for basic perishable necessities such as food. Thirteen percent said this happens regularly and 55% said it happens occasionally. (Photo: istock) Frequent and regular shortages of this type were cited most often by those in B.C. (17%), followed by the…

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    CAT Scale’s Heather DeBaillie Answers Questions About App

    Weigh My Truck app streamlines process at weigh scale; benefits drivers and fleets. Heather DeBaillie, vice-president of marketing at CAT Scale, answers questions about the company’s Weigh My Truck app. Q: What are some of the available options for streamlining the process at the weigh scale? Heather DeBaillie: CAT Scale has an app called Weigh My Truck. With the app, drivers can complete the entire weighing process on their smartphone or tablet and see their weighs in about 60 seconds.  They no longer have to talk on the intercom to the fuel desk, pull off the scale, park the truck, go inside, stand in line, and wait for their scale…

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    The A-Z story of truck safety

    Evolving safety systems and programs ensure that tractor-trailers are safer than ever. But what do you know about the underlying technology and history? Here’s the A-Z story of truck safety, highlighting major advances that help keep trucks between the lines. ABS – Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) have been mandated on tractors manufactured since March 1997 and trailers made since March 1998. The systems monitor rotating wheels and will automatically release and reapply brakes to help keep wheels from locking up. Hence the name. This helps drivers stay on their intended paths and prevent jackknifes. (Illustration: istock) BRAKES – George Westinghouse invented the first air brakes for rail cars in 1869.…

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    TR News 338 March-April 2022: 2022 TRB Annual Meeting Highlights

    After an all-virtual conference in 2021, TRB’s 101st Annual Meeting welcomed transportation professionals in person to Washington, D.C., January 9–13, 2022. A smaller but motivated—and masked and vaccinated—crowd convened for committee meetings, poster and lectern sessions, and a keynote address from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The March-April 2022 issue of TRB’s magazine, TR News, is Issue 338.TR News is TRB’s bimonthly magazine featuring timely articles on innovative and state-of-the-art research practice in all modes of transportation. It also includes brief news items of interest to the transportation community and research pays off articles, profiles of transportation professionals, workshop and conference announcements, new book notices, and news of TRB activities. Submissions of manuscripts for…

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    Ontario company says it has potential solution to wheel-offs

    An Ontario company has what it believes is a solution to prevent wheel separations. Loose Wheel Sensors measures clamping force rather than torque, to provide an early warning to drivers when a wheel is loosening. It does this by monitoring the axial load on individual studs to ensure clamping force remains above a critical threshold. “Nobody has ever been able to measure and monitor clamping force,” Robert Kimsto, senior vice-president with Loose Wheel Sensors told Trucknews.com during a demonstration at its Woodbridge, Ont., office. Loose Wheel Sensors inventor Marcus Hess shows off what he believes can eliminate wheel-offs. (Photo: James Menzies) The system’s design is simple. A Loose Wheel Sensors…

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    DTNA cracking down on powertrain controller module theft

    Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) says it is cracking down on the theft of common powertrain controller (CPC4) modules from its vehicles. The truck maker says theft of the modules has been on the rise, with thieves reprogramming the devices and installing them on other trucks. In one instance last month, modules were taken from 24 trucks parked in an auction yard in Pennsylvania, DTNA reports. Thieves have been stealing CPC modules from trucks and reinstalling them on others. (Photo: DTNA) Other thefts have occurred at dealership and customer sites. Trucks can’t operate without a CPC, as it controls various engine and powertrain functions. In response, DTNA has instituted the…

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    Mackie becomes TTA’s first female president

    Sara Mackie, director of finance with Mackie Transportation, has been elected the Toronto Trucking Association’s (TTA) first female president. Mackie joined the TTA board in 2016, and served as vice-president beginning in 2018. She will serve a two-year term as president as the association emerges from Covid-19 restrictions with plans to host more educational events. TTA began as a small group of cartage company owners in 1963. “We came together as the Industrial Cartage Association,” Mackie said. “In 1975, we saw the need to broaden our support and include skills development, networking, and education, and we became the Toronto Trucking Association.” Sara Mackie has been elected first female president of…