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    Enforcement of SPIF override rules to be delayed

    The Ontario Ministry of Transportation will once again delay enforcement of the rules for emergency lift axle override controls in Safe, Productive, Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) equipment configurations. Such controls allow self-steering axles to be lifted from inside the cab during emergencies, but the underlying requirements have proven to be an engineering challenge for suppliers. Enforcement is now being deferred until Dec. 31, 2023. Ontario’s SPIF configurations make use of self-steering lift axles. (Wheel Monitor photo) Under the SPIF rules, the axles will need to lift as soon as the switch is activated, and the override must be limited to speeds of less than 60 km/h. The controls must also be limited…

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    Toronto Transportation Club names 2023 executive committee

    Liam O’Briain, chief operating officer at Kee National Staffing Solutions, has been elected president of the Toronto Transportation Club (TTC). Chris Peterson, CargoJet’s director – sales and customer engagement Canada, has been named first vice-president. John Foss, Trailcon Leasing executive manager – national accounts, becomes past president. The club unveiled its 2023 executive committee during its 107th annual dinner and gala on Dec. 1. (Photo: Supplied) Close to 1,300 industry professionals attended the event, during which the club presented $56,000 in scholarships to seven post-secondary students. Past president and longtime club master of ceremonies Craig Fowler was presented the Platinum Award of Distinction, while Christine Tonna of Insinc Promotions and…

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    Bridgestone appoints Hoeft president of commercial truck group

    Bridgestone Americas announced Steve Hoeft will assume the role of president of its commercial truck group, effective immediately. The group includes the company’s truck and bus radial (TBR) business. Hoeft has been with Bridgestone since 2017 and previously served as chief operating officer for the commercial truck group. Steve Hoeft (Photo: Bridgestone Americas) He will be responsible for setting Bridgestone’s go-to-market strategy for the Bridgestone and Firestone commercial TBR business, the company says. He will oversee a team that works with commercial original equipment manufacturers and fleet customers. “Steve is an excellent leader and has been an integral part of the commercial truck group leadership team for the last several…

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    P. S. I. refuerza el equipo de liderazgo

    James Sharkey ha sido ascendido al cargo de presidente de la empresa de gestión de presión de neumáticos P. S. I. Ha estado en la compañía durante 10 años, más recientemente como vicepresidente de ventas y marketing global. Sharkey aporta 38 años de experiencia en la industria de vehículos comerciales al puesto. Tim Musgrave, anteriormente presidente y CEO de la compañía, permanece como CEO. P. S. I. también promovió a James Gravell al puesto de vicepresidente ejecutivo de desarrollo de negocios. Trabajará con el equipo de ventas e ingeniería en el desarrollo de productos y el segmento de vehículos inteligentes. “A medida que nuestras empresas y el mercado continúan evolucionando…

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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