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    Connecticut most pet-friendly state, Trucker Path says

    Connecticut is the most pet-friendly state for truck drivers and the I-95 the best trucking lane for truckers with dogs, Trucker Path has found. The app celebrated Bring Your Dog to Work Day on June 24 by asking app users to name the best spots in the U.S. for drivers with dogs. The criteria were the presence of pet-friendly truck stops and hotels. The most pet-friendly states for truckers were Connecticut, California, Montana, Virginia and Oregon. Felix Winkler hauls loads for Keystone Western and travels with his dog Rose. (Photo: Leo Barros) The most pet-friendly regions were Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West. The most pet-friendly trucking lanes were I-95,…

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    Box trucks ideal for electrification: NACFE

    Every box truck in North America could be electrified today, according to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE). It has based its findings on results from its Run on Less – Electric program last year, which included a Day & Ross Class 6 Lion6 electric box truck. While it says 100% of the market segment could be electrified, it admits some applications will be more challenging than others. The simple box truck market represents 380,000 trucks in the U.S. and Canada. (File photo: NACFE) “Electrification should happen fast for the simple trucks, and the industry should prioritize the other applications with regard to benefits and difficulty to bring…

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    6 ways to lower driver turnover

    The trucking industry is notorious for having high driver turnover rates, often above 100%. However, those fleets that reduce driver turnover have enjoyed benefits such as improved safety records, reduced recruiting costs, and lower insurance claims. We caught up with Ray Haight, former retention coach with the Truckload Carriers Association and now executive performance impact coach with carrier JLE Industries, to discuss driver retention. The 375-truck flatdeck fleet went from an annualized driver turnover rate of 250% just two years ago to 22% today. How’d they do it? (Photo: istock) 1. It starts with pay It’s not all about the money, but money is certainly a factor in why drivers…

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    Trail King promotes Menz to VP of engineering

    Trail King Industries, manufacturer of open deck and materials hauling trailers, announced the promotion of Kelly Menz to vice-president of engineering. Kelly Menz (Photo: Trail King Industries) Menz will step into the role as John Rust retires at the end of June. Menz joined Trail King in 1999 and has overseen material hauling product development efforts as manager of the West Fargo engineering team. For the past few years, he has also led the Yankton engineering team. Menz has been involved in the design and development of products, including live bottom, lightweight bottom dump, all-aluminum step deck and composite grain trailers. Software transportes 3000

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    Federal government to delay clean fuel standards

    The Trudeau government is delaying new emissions standards on gasoline and diesel another year but is demanding the oil and gas sector make bigger cuts to fuel emissions by 2030. Cabinet approved the final regulations for the long-awaited Clean Fuel Standard last week and The Canadian Press obtained them ahead of their intended publication on July 6. The Clean Fuel Standard was first promised in 2016 and was supposed to be implemented this year, but the final regulations say the first compliance check will now be in December of 2023. The new rules say by the end of next year the emissions intensity of gasoline and diesel need to fall more than 3.5 per cent, and…

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    Cargo thieves eye household goods, food during U.S. July 4 holiday

    Cargo thieves have traditionally targeted household goods and food and beverage commodities during the Fourth of July holiday, CargoNet has warned. CargoNet reviewed reported theft incidents from between July 1 and July 7 for the past five years and found that theft was lowest during the 2019 holiday and has been higher than average in both 2020 and 2021.  (Infographic: CargoNet) Thieves targeted vehicles and shipments that were parked at large retail parking lots and truck stops, research showed. CargoNet considers theft to be elevated from the initial wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Constraints like staffing issues, high fuel costs, congestion problems at New Jersey/New York-area ports, and rapidly changing…

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    5 things to know about your protective footwear

    One in every four foot-related workplace injuries results from a lack of proper protective footwear, the National Safety Council reports. But if chosen correctly, your shoes can reduce fatigue, and prevent the slips and falls that often result in time-loss injuries. 1. Look for the green label Monica Thomsen, executive director of the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association, believes the best way to ensure the quality of the safety boot is to look for a green label that signifies the approval of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). This green triangle appears on the right shoe’s outer side or tongue. And it indicates the protective toe and sole will withstand impacts…

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    World was short more than 2.6 million truck drivers in 2021, IRU says

    Trucking operations around the world are struggling to find the truck drivers they need, while women and youth continue to be largely under-represented in the roles. The IRU – a global transportation organization – identified 2.6 million unfilled truck driving jobs in 2021, based on data from the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Europe, Eurasia, Turkey, Iran and China. The problem intensified in all regions outside Eurasia, but 18% of its driving jobs were still unfilled. “It is a global issue,” said IRU business analyst Natalia Corchado, presenting the statistics during a June 27 webinar. The shortage is also expected to intensify in 2022. (Illustration: IRU) Fewer than 3% of the truck…

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    Transport Bourassa receives two battery-electric Kenworth T680Es

    Transport Bourassa has received the keys to two Kenworth T680E battery-electric trucks. The trucks were presented to fleet manager Marilyn Bourassa during a ceremony at Kenworth’s Renton, Wash., manufacturing plant. They’ll be put into service in the Quebec fleet’s regional LTL division. Kenworth plant manager Darrin Child presents Marilyn Bourassa with the keys to two T680E electric trucks. (Photo: Kenworth) “Transport Bourassa is committed to doing what’s best for the community and the environment,” said Bourassa. “The Kenworth T680Es open a new chapter in our over 60-year history, enabling our fleet to operate in a more sustainable manner and reduce carbon emissions.” During the ceremony, Darrin Child, Kenworth Renton plant…

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    Ontario’s restricted Class A licence to come into effect July 1

    Truck driver training institutions and the private fleet association have welcomed Ontario’s Class A manual transmission restriction that comes into effect on July 1. From next month, candidates completing a Class A or Class A restricted (AR) road test in a vehicle with an automatic, semi-automatic, or automated manual transmission, cannot drive Class A/AR vehicles with a manual transmission. They can only operate automatic, semi-automatic and automated manual transmission-equipped Class A/AR vehicles and the restriction will be noted on the driver’s record and driver’s licence. (Photo: iStock) This restriction does not apply to anyone who completed their Class A/AR road test before July 1. Ken Adams, director of operations, Crossroads…