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    Hino Trucks names Ellis president, makes organizational changes

    Hino Trucks has appointed Glenn Ellis as president and chairman of the board for Hino Trucks, effective Feb. 1. Ellis succeeds Shigehiro Matsuoka, who retired. He will become the first U.S.-born president of Hino Trucks. Ellis will also serve as an officer of Hino Motors, Hino Trucks’ parent company. Glenn Ellis (Photo: Hino Trucks) Ellis joined Hino Trucks in 2004 and has led the efforts to build Hino Trucks’ brand in the U.S. market. His most recent role was senior vice-president of customer experience. Hino Trucks also announced other organizational changes as part of its overall restructuring to support widening product options and growth in the U.S. Bob Petz, who…

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    New engine oil category will play a key role in emissions battle

    The oil that flows through diesel engine galleries has little in common with the fluids of days gone by, largely because of evolving emissions standards. When exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems were rushed to market in 2002, CI-4 oil had to contend with lubricant-thickening soot; an interim CI-4 Plus category was introduced when those soot loads proved to be higher than expected. And the CJ-4 oils that followed them placed a 1% cap on sulfated ash that would otherwise clog diesel particulate filters. Work is now underway to develop an oil category that will help engine manufacturers meet the tightening NOx limits applied to Model Year 2027 equipment and beyond.…

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    Cummins revenues buoyed by Meritor acquisition

    The acquisition of Meritor added US$1.2 billion (all figures U.S.) to Cummins’ Q4 revenue, driving revenue to $7.8 billion with a $631-million profit. Excluding Meritor’s contribution in its first complete quarter under Cummins ownership, Cummins still saw revenues climb 13% year over year, with North American sales up 25%. The integration of Meritor brought $27 million in costs in the quarter, or $83 million for the full year. (Photo: Cummins) “In 2022, Cummins continued to advance its Destination Zero growth strategy through the acquisitions of Jacobs Vehicles Systems, Meritor, and the Siemens Commercial Vehicles business. The innovative talent, technology and capabilities these acquisitions bring will position Cummins for success as…

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    FAST enrolment center to open in Maine on Feb. 10

    The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the opening of a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) enrolment center at the Houlton, Me., port of entry. The enrolment center, located about 200 meters from the Woodstock, N.B., port of entry, will expand interview capacity for applicants residing in eastern Canada. FAST applicants are now able to schedule an interview at the Houlton enrolment center ahead of its opening on Feb. 10. CBSA and CBP officers will work together to conduct joint interviews. The center will be open two days a week, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time.…

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    Digital tools keep track of truckers’ health

    Research indicates that cardiac disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, sleep apnea, hypercholesterolemia, and back pain are prevalent among truck drivers. The scarier news is one in two truckers suffer from at least one of the above diseases or conditions that could lead to an early death. University of Moncton researcher Dr. Jalila Jbilou wanted to dig deeper into truckers’ health. (Photo: Supplied) The community medicine specialist is conducting a study involving 200 drivers in New Brunswick, offering timely and accessible services on the road to improve their health. “Their willingness to engage with their health was the driver for us in this project,” Jbilou said. Truckers told Jbilou they didn’t want…

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    Registration opens for PMTC conference

    Registration is open for the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) annual general meeting and conference. Seminar topics include a legal update on transportation; U.S. regulatory update; Transport Canada update on federal initiatives; navigating the employee-driven market; fatigue impairment; risk management; eco driving and safety; planning and deploying RNG, hydrogen and electrification to attain fleet emissions deductions; and load securement in Canada and harmonization within U.S. The June 21-23 event that includes an awards program and networking opportunities will be held at the Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, Ont. Software transportes 3000

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    Provinces differ in ELD enforcement penalties

    More than a month into the enforcement of the federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, TruckNews.com reached out to provinces and Transport Canada regarding penalties for non-compliance. Canada’s federally regulated carriers face a mandate from Jan. 1 to equip trucks with certified ELDs, and individual provinces are taking different approaches when it comes to penalties. Here are their responses: (File photo: Eroad) British Columbia No penalties such as fines or points being imposed. The province is waiting for Transport Canada to complete its work to define offences, fines or points related to ELD offences. There is currently no provincial requirement for a B.C.-plated vehicle that only operates in the province…

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    Class 8 orders slide for fourth straight month

    Class 8 truck orders softened in January for the fourth straight month, with orders below production levels which should eat into the backlog. FTR reported January orders of 21,600 Class 8 units, down 25% from December but up 2% year over year. While orders have declined over the last four months, FTR notes they’re still above year-earlier totals. “Orders remain above replacement demand levels but are below recent production activity. As such, backlogs likely moved slightly lower in January,” said Eric Starks, chairman of the board for FTR. “Putting the order numbers into perspective is important. In the first half of 2022, orders averaged just shy of 18,000 units per…

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    Alchemist finds people-first approach the solution to high turnover

    Glen Parsons believes if you treat your people well, success in the trucking industry will follow. As co-owner of Coastal Pacific Xpress (CPX), a company in which he sold his share in 2008, Parsons and his partners shared generously the profits earned in good years. In 2005, it awarded more than $400,000 in bonuses to employees after an especially successful year. Parsons told TruckNews.com at the time that he considered his employees the company’s most important asset, with customers coming second, and profits a distant third. Now he’s applying the same philosophy to another trucking company he owns, Alchemist Specialty Carriers in Langley, B.C. (Photo: Alchemist Specialty Carriers) CPX bought…

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    PMTC awards program opens for entries

    The 2023 Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) awards program is open for entries, recognizing excellence in trucking. The awards program includes The Rick Austin Memorial Dispatcher of the Year Award; PMTC & 3M Vehicle Graphics Design Awards Competition;  PMTC & CPC Logistics Canada Hall of Fame for Professional Drivers; PMTC & Aviva Canada Private Fleet Safety Awards (PMTC membership is not a requirement); PMTC-KRTS Professional CMV Driver Training Scholarship; and The PMTC-Tenstreet Young Leaders Education Bursary. The awards will be presented during the annual conference in Hamilton, Ont., from June 21 to 23. Entry deadline is April 30, forms and information are available at www.pmtc.ca. Software transportes 3000