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    Rules for paid sick days come to federally regulated fleets on Dec. 1

    Employees who work for federally regulated fleets will begin to accrue 10 days of paid medical leave per year when Bill C-3 is triggered on Dec. 1, leaving employers to manage the requirements and prevent abuse. But while there’s an undeniable cost to the rule, Trucking HR Canada chief program officer Craig Faucette sees several related benefits for employers and employees alike. “Workers now don’t have to choose between getting paid and taking a sick day,” he said, adding that sick workers will feel more valued and be able to recover more quickly. Healthy workers are more productive, too. (Photo: istock) “Whether you have five employees or 500 employees, the…

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    Speeding main infraction during Operation Safe Driver Week

    Enforcement agencies in Canada issued 276 citations and 112 warnings to commercial vehicle drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week July 10-16. There were 313 commercial vehicles pulled over during the event in Canada. The most common infraction was speeding/violating basic speed laws/driving too fast for conditions. Throughout Canada and the U.S., more than 35,000 commercial vehicles were pulled over with a total of 26,164 warnings and citations handed out. (Photo: iStock) Speeding was the focus of this year’s blitz. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding has played a role in more than a quarter of all traffic deaths over the past decade. Transport Canada, for its part, says…

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    Portal aims to simplify permitting oversize loads in Ontario

    Hauling oversized loads in Ontario can be an administrative nightmare, but a new portal set to be rolled out in January aims to make it easier for fleets to obtain oversize load permits and for municipalities to issue them. Transport Champion, based on Becancour, Que., near Trois-Rivieres, has about 25 trucks that exclusively haul overdimensional loads throughout Canada. The permitting process in Quebec is relatively easy, with a single permit required for each load, each issued by the province’s ministry of transportation. But travel west to Ontario and it’s a different matter altogether, with not only an Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) permit required for most oversized moves, but separate…

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    Aaron Lindsay to head NAL Insurance as president

    Aaron Lindsay has been named president of NAL Insurance, assuming the position from his father Gary Lindsay who held the role for 24 years. Gary Lindsay took the company from being a provider of roadside assistance, to one that offers owner-operators disability protection. It now insures more than 16,000 owner-operators and drivers across Canada. Aaron Lindsay brought to the organization programs such as Trucking for Wishes, Thank a Trucker, and Healthy Trucker. He has been with the company for more than 21 years, beginning as a telemarketer and advancing to vice-president of marketing in 2014. “It’s been an honor to have worked alongside my father for the past 21 years…

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    Ukrainian nationals find new homes in Canada’s trucking industry

    Andrii Shevchuk was behind the wheel of his truck in the Netherlands when he learned Russia had declared war on his home country of Ukraine. And returning home was not an option. Once Ukraine declared martial law, most men aged between 18 and 60 were banned from leaving. He worried what that would mean for his family. “I knew as soon as I would cross the border, I would be called to fight… But then, who would provide for my family? How would they survive?” he says. “I knew there was no way my wife and kids would stay in Mariupol.” The family had already considered moving to North America…

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    TruckRight hires Cota as VP of operations

    TruckRight has announced the appointment of Mike Cota as vice-president of operations. Cota has more than 28 years of experience in the transportation industry. He joined TruckRight from Cooney Transport where he served as director of safety and compliance. Previously, he held the same role at Compass Rose International Transportation, and spent more than 15 years as a professional driver and trainer. “As TruckRight continues to evolve, Mike will be a tremendous addition to our growing leadership team,” said Dirk Kupar, cofounder, and president of the company. Cota will also oversee compliance-related work at sister company Kupar, which provides recruiting and compliance professional services for fleets. Software transportes 3000

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    Renewable fuels offer big emission reductions: Diesel Technology Forum  

    Renewable diesel and biodiesel continue to slash greenhouse gases (GHGs) and other emissions in California, and hold further promise in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and six other Northeastern states, a Diesel Technology Forum analysis suggests. “Today’s world runs on internal combustion engines, and two opportunities for significantly reducing GHG and other emissions from this vast population of vehicles are using renewable low-carbon biodiesel fuels and getting newer technology vehicles on the road,” said executive director Allen Schaeffer, in a press release. (Photo: istock) According to new GHG emissions inventory released by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), renewable fuels like biodiesel and renewable diesel eliminated 15 million metric tons…

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    Trucking groups raise concerns about mandatory electronic identifiers

    The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is drawing comparisons to none other than Big Brother as U.S. regulators study a proposal to require unique electronic identifiers on commercial vehicles. “To ask for more surveillance and control in the name of safety on our highways is to venture into what George Orwell would call ‘doublespeak’. The term ‘Big Brother’ has come to signify government control of an intrusion into truckers’ individual lives,” president and CEO Todd Spencer wrote this week in a submission to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It was among more than 1,750 submissions about the proposed rule. (Illustration: istock) Focusing on high-risk carriers The Commercial Vehicle…

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    Trucking industry encouraged to organize food drives

    Trucks for Change (T4C) and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) are challenging Canada’s trucking industry to organize company food drives as Christmas approaches, supporting food banks and Canadians in need. “We are hearing almost daily now about how inflation combined with housing and other costs have driven unprecedented numbers of families to food banks at a time when donations to those food banks have been lagging,” says Trucks for Change chairman Scott Smith. “The trucking industry is in a unique position in that we can turn to our workers and customers to donate much-needed food and also deliver it to the food banks in our communities that need it most.” Trucks for Change…

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    O’Regan and Trucking HR Canada talk inclusive workplaces, anti-harassment training

    Federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan Jr. brought discussions about safe, diverse and inclusive workplaces to Trucking HR Canada’s office on Friday – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Ottawa meeting touched on work including the organization’s suite of anti-harassment resources, including online training, developed with $2.7 million in funding through the Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund. Close to 7,000 users representing 80 employers have signed up for the training modules delivered in a partnership with industry associations including the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Unifor, and provincial trucking associations. Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan Jr. (center) met with Trucking HR Canada staff to discuss a variety of…