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Trucking HR Canada announced today its 2018 webinar series
Feb 22, 2018 18:08:41

The webinars will focus on practical HR solutions to help employers address key HR challenges. Topics include the legalization of recreational marijuana; mental health in the workplace; coaching and mentoring, and our most popular topic from last year – best practices from Top Fleet Employers. “Now more than ever, it is critical that trucking and logistics employers are prepared and equipped to deal with the growing HR challenges facing the industry,” says Angela Splinter,...


Tremcar Hires Management Team For Weyburn Facility
Feb 22, 2018 18:12:27

Tremcar West hired Doug Weir as general manager of its Weyburn facility and Kathy Lokinger as its office manager. The company is also looking for a service manager to complete its management team. Weir comes into the position with more than 45 years of experience in the oil patch, with a decade at Westank Willock, 29 years at Advanced Engineered Products, and the last few years with Edmonton Trailers Sales and Leasing. Weir worked as a welder, service manager, director of service, and...


Schumer Renews Call For Underride Guards On All Tractors
Feb 22, 2018 18:06:38

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has renewed his call for the installation of underride guards on all tractor-trailers. He held a press event this week and was joined by the family of Edward “Eto” Torres, who died in January after a tractor-trailer came to a sudden stop to avoid an accident up ahead. Torres was traveling behind the trailer and was unable to stop. “This was a preventable tragedy,” Senator Schumer said. “If trucks had protect...


ACT Research Says Pendulum Has Shifted in Favour of Truckers
Feb 20, 2018 12:41:39

“Clearly, the pendulum of pricing power rests with truckers as 2018 contract negotiations with shippers are getting under way,” said Tim Denoyer, ACT Research’s vice-president and senior analyst. “The data provide further support for 2018 contract rate increases which are pressing up toward double digits, especially with the ongoing difficulties our respondents are having with capacity/drivers.” ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index has been conducted for 10 years....


Trailer Orders At High Level For Third Consecutive
Feb 20, 2018 12:41:15

FTR reports preliminary January trailer orders in the 40,000 range for the third consecutive month. If the numbers hold when final orders are reported, this will be the first time in history that the industry has been at those levels in any 3-month period. Dry van totals were elevated again and refrigerated van orders were particularly strong. January order activity is expected to raise backlogs to the highest level since March of 2016. Don Ake, FTR Vice President of Commercial Vehicles, comm...


Gas Tax Increase Still A Possibility
Feb 20, 2018 12:40:53

President Trump will still consider increasing the gas tax as a means to create revenue for new infrastructure projects, according to a key GOP chairman. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said after attending a White House meeting about infrastructure last Wednesday that the president remains “open” to increasing the tax. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said the president backed a 25-cent increase to the diesel and gas tax during the bipar...


FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index Rebound
Feb 20, 2018 00:58:30

FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index for December rebounded after a one-month lull in November to a strong 9.2 reading, reflecting a full capacity environment driven by continued strength in freight demand. FTR expects the index to remain elevated and even increase further in 2018. Trucking capacity is essentially maxed out, resulting in the strongest freight rates in years. Jonathan Starks, Chief Operating Officer at FTR, commented, “Fleets have been running very efficiently the past ...


Nominations Open for Queen Of The Road
Feb 15, 2018 13:21:50

The Real Women in Trucking organization wants you to vote in its second annual “Queen of the Road” awards and recognition program for women who make their living behind the wheel of heavy-duty trucks. The 2018 Queen of the Road nominees have met the award criteria of their dedication to their chosen profession, perseverance to overcome impediments and a commitment to helping others, by “paying it forward”. Real Women in Trucking says women who become truck drivers a...


Senate Confirms Martinez Head Of FMCSA
Feb 15, 2018 13:21:26

Raymond P. Martinez, President Trump’s nominee to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, was confirmed by a Senate voice vote on Tuesday and will now assume the role as Administrator of the federal government’s trucking regulatory body. Trump nominated Martinez in September. Martinez has spent most of his career in transportation-focused administrative jobs. Since 2010, he has been Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. However, he’s ...


Trucking Loses Jobs in January
Feb 15, 2018 13:20:53

According to Statistics Canada the Canadian trucking industry saw a decline in jobs in January. The agency released job numbers for the first month of the year showing just under 6,000 jobs were lost from December 2017 to January 2018 in the transportation and warehouse sector. Despite the slight drop the industry was up by more than 40,000 jobs year-over-year. These numbers are in line with employment across all sectors in the country, with a loss of more than 88,000 jobs from December...


Capacity is now the problem
Feb 13, 2018 12:28:34

Truckers seem to be running out of room, according to this year’s State of the North American Supply Chain study from transportation company Averitt Express. The report, which polled 1,600 shippers in late 2017, found that diminishing truck capacity is the industry’s “primary hurdle” this coming year. Last year, about 20 percent of truckers faced capacity issues, a rate that doubled from 2016. These are the problems of a growing economy. About 76 percent of freight...


ELDs on the way out, State by State?
Feb 13, 2018 12:28:16

A Tennessee bill is the latest in a growing line of potential statehouse legislation looking to blunt the impact of the federal rule mandating electronic logging devices in commercial vehicles. Sponsored by Rep. Dale Carr, R-Sevierville, HB1962 “prohibits the expenditure of state funds to implement or enforce electronic logging device regulations” in the Volunteer State. A companion bill, SB 1936 was also introduced in the Tennessee Senate by Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plain...


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Trucking News
Trucking HR Canada announced today its 2018 webinar series
Feb 22, 2018 18:08:41

The webinars will focus on practical HR solutions to help employers address key HR challenges. Topics inclu...


Tremcar Hires Management Team For Weyburn Facility
Feb 22, 2018 18:12:27

Tremcar West hired Doug Weir as general manager of its Weyburn facility and Kathy Lokinger as its office ma...


Schumer Renews Call For Underride Guards On All Tractors
Feb 22, 2018 18:06:38

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has renewed his call for the installation of underri...