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    Truck arrivals rise 7%

    OTTAWA, Ont. – In yet another sign of a trucking industry rebound, the number of truck drivers entering the country rose 7% during the week of Aug. 31 – Sept. 6 from the comparable period a year ago. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday 110,507 truckers arrived in Canada during Aug. 31 – Sept. 6, up from 103,072 the same time last year. Truck crossings had fallen 2% during Aug. 24-30 after returning to normal the previous week. Source: CBSA Overall volumes during Aug. 31 – Sept. 6 were down 85% for those crossing via land, and 85% through airports, compared to the same time a year ago, the…

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    Jens Holtinger to lead Volvo’s global truck production team

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Jens Holtinger has been appointed head of Volvo’s global truck production organization and member of the Volvo executive board. He will replace Jan Ohlsson, who is retiring after a long career, the company said Thursday. Jens Holtinger. (Photo: Volvo Group) Holtinger, 50, began his career at the Volvo Group in 1995. He has extensive international experience and has held many senior positions within production, such as head of production in Ghent, Belgium and Skovde and Tuve, Sweden. Holtinger currently holds the position of senior vice- president Europe and Brazil truck manufacturing. His appointment is effective as of Oct. 1. Software transportes 3000

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    136 kg of cocaine seized from trucks

    NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – Authorities have seized 136 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth $17 million from trucks in two incidents at border crossings in Southern Ontario. The drug busts were announced by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on Thursday. Suspected cocaine seized by the CBSA at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge on Aug. 18. (Photo:CBSA) The latest incident happened Aug. 18 when a man hauling a tractor trailer arrived at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, and was referred for a secondary examination after officers observed some anomalies in the packaging of the shipment, the CBSA said. “Further examination led to the discovery of 104 packages of suspected…

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    Walmart Canada leverages blockchain to solve a billing nightmare

    Walmart Canada and Bison Transport have enjoyed a long-lasting business relationship, but it had become a billing nightmare. Invoices linked to the discount retailer’s freight were disputed more often than not. Challenges were so commonplace that weekly meetings were needed to review the documents line by line. “We had a pretty severe problem,” says Rod Hendrickson, Bison Transport’s vice-president – finance. Millions of dollars in invoices were overdue. “And we need our cash flow like everybody else.” Bison Transport was the first to roll out Walmart Canada’s blockchain solution, eliminating longstanding billing challenges. Now every third-party carrier uses it. (Photo: DLT Labs) The challenges weren’t unique to Bison, either. Walmart…

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    MTA elects 2020-2021 Board of Directors

    WINNIPEG, Man. – The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) has elected Bernie Driedger, president of Portage Transport, as its 2020-2021 president, during a hybrid in-person/remote annual general meeting. The AGM was postponed from April 3 until Sept. 10. The President’s Report focused on highlights from 2019, including growth of its RPM trucking industry safety program, a report from the Office of the Auditor General, and advocacy on behalf of mandatory entry-level training and the Efficient Trucking Program. (Photo: iStock) “I am very excited for the opportunities our association has in the upcoming years,” said Driedger. “We have laid a very strong foundation for the future, and topics such as ELDs, truck…

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    Bendix to host virtual demonstrations

    ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems plans to demonstrate its latest safety technologies for tractor-trailers and school buses in two virtual events Sept. 24, the company said Friday. The Bendix Virtual Trucking Demo and the Bendix Virtual School Bus Demo will be broadcast via satellite. Electronic Stability Control forms the foundation for many of today’s advanced driving assistance systems. The photo shows a vehicle on a demonstration track where the stability system is turned off. The outriggers are installed during demonstrations to keep the vehicle from rolling over. (Photo: Bendix) “Like a traditional demonstration, the virtual demos will give fleets, owner-operators, drivers, dealers, school bus officials and other industry…

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    Battle rising insurance costs with data and safety cultures

    TORONTO, Ont. – Insurance premiums continue to push higher, driven up by everything from massive legal verdicts to the increasing price of collision repairs, but there are still things fleets can do to keep the costs under control. It’s largely a matter of being open with insurance providers, and carefully tracking the data and documents that demonstrate an operation’s safety culture, a panel of insurance representatives said in an online presentation for the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC). Of course, the required commitment to safety goes beyond recordkeeping alone. (Illustration: istock) “If you can control your claims frequency and claims severity, ultimately that’s going to equate to better…

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    ‘Old school’ disruption shakes trucking industry

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Society and industry have come to think of disruption as a positive change associated with innovation, but what the trucking industry is experiencing now is “old school” disruption. Avery Vise, FTR’s vice-president of trucking made the observation during the industry forecaster’s Engage series of webinars Sept. 10. How the trucking industry recovers from the disruption brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic is a story that’s still being written. The consumer portion of the economy has largely recovered, Vise pointed out, thanks in part to government stimulus. Housing has even exceeded pre-pandemic levels and retail sales have also fully recovered. However, industrial growth remains weak and well…

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    RFP: Quantitative Procedures for Designing and Operating Ferry Transit Services

    TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has issued a request for proposalsto present key quantitative procedures for designing and operating scheduled and fixed-route ferry transit services and facilities that serve passengers-only and passengers and vehicles. Proposals are due October 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM Eastern. This Summary Last Modified On: 9/11/2020 Software transportes 3000

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    PMTC names fleet graphics stars

    MILTON, Ont. – The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has announced the winners of the 35th PMTC-3M Vehicle Graphics Design Awards. The announcement was made Thursday, the second day of the virtual PMTC annual conference. The winner in the tractor-trailer category was the Ontario Truck Driving School. (Photo: PMTC) P&H Milling Group received the night-time safety award. (Photo: PMTC) The winner in the tractor-trailer category was the Ontario Truck Driving School, with an honorable mention going to Zavcor Training Academy. Speedy Transport Group was the winner in the special events category, with Purolator securing an honorable mention. In straight trucks, Grace Foods Canada took home the trophy while Steam…