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Canadian Industrial Transportation Association announces rebrand
Jan 06, 2014 19:55:29

OTTAWA, Ont,-- The Canadian Industrial Transportation Association announced that it has rebranded the organization’s name and logo and has also redesigned its website to reflect the change. The organization, established in 1916, “is the only association in Canada that fights for a better freight transportation system." The association’s name change- from the former Canadian Industrial Transportation Association - Association canadienne de transport industriel to the Fr...


Spot Market Rates Jumped As 2013 Drew to a Close
Jan 03, 2014 01:29:00

From Dec. 22 through the 28, rates for vans picked up 0.5% from the previous seven days, for an average of $1.95 per mile, reports DAT. During the same time rates for flatbeds increased 1.9% to $2.15 per mile, while reefers moved 1.4% higher to $2.12 per mile. This pushed the overall average rate up to $1.95 per mile, its peak for all of 2013. “In general, the stronger rates and demand for capacity seem to be driven by an economy running on all cylinders throughout most of the fourth qu...


Trucking Stories of 2013
Dec 30, 2013 02:26:31

  FMCSA Plans to Drop Driver Inspection Reports if no Defectsoval. Legislation Would Up Minimum Truck Insurance Alm. Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval. Legislation Would Up Minimum Truck Insurance Almost 500%. FMCSA Eases CDL Process for States. FMCSA Declares Imminent Hazard on Three Drivers. 28 People Charged with Skimming More Than $1.7 Million from Trucking Companies. Ford: Moisture in Cooler Causing Loss of Power in F-150 E...


Government of Canada launches Canada.ca
Dec 30, 2013 02:00:05

The Government of Canada is making it easier for Canadians to find and access government information online through its new website, Canada.ca. The launch marks the beginning of a transformation to modernize and improve Canadians’ online experience. Over a period of four years, approximately 1,500 individual websites representing over 100 federal departments and agencies will be merged into Canada.ca where information is organized by themes that are most in demand. Canada.ca will become ...


Ontario’s Rob Marshall Takes Home Grand Champion and Rookie of the Year Trophies at the 2013 National Professional Truck Driving Championships
Dec 28, 2013 17:04:57

Home Hardware driver Rob Marshall from Waterloo, Ontario, beat all competitors at this year’s National Professional Truck Driving Championships to win both Grand Champion and Rookie of the Year titles for 2013. Manitoba won the Team Trophy, and BC drivers John Broker (Port Coquitlam) and Jose Lecinana (Sooke) placed first and third in the Tandem-Tandem and Single-Single divisions, respectively, once all points were tallied on Saturday, September 21, the final day of the competition at the ...


Truck Trainers, Insurers Join OTA Call for Mandatory Entry Level Training
Dec 28, 2013 17:00:27

An assembly of leading Canadian trucking insurers and the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario have banded with the Ontario Trucking Association in calling on the province to introduce mandatory entry level training for commercial truck drivers. Northbridge Insurance, The Guarantee Company of North America, Old Republic Insurance of Canada, Zurich Canada and the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) all recently penned letters of support for OTA’s pos...


New Canadian survey on sustainability and transportation decisions
Dec 28, 2013 16:58:20

TORONTO, Ont. --  The Sauder School of Business is researching how Canadian firms view sustainability and manage transportation decisions that affect greenhouse gas emissions. Its research will identify and benchmark best practices. The survey is part of a project managed by the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) under a contribution agreement with Natural Resources Canada and is designed to be completed in 20 minutes by a supply chain professional familiar with transport procure...


B.C.\'s South Fraser Perimeter Road completed, officially open
Dec 28, 2013 16:54:37

The $1.26 billion South Fraser Perimeter Road has officially opened in Delta, British Columbia. The Honourable Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, along with B.C.'s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Todd Stone, marked the completion of the 40-kilometre, four-lane road, which aims to improve safety for drivers, while enhancing the efficient movement of goods to export destinations in the Asia-Pacific, sa...


US Trucking Associations Want to Test Sleeper Berth Flexibility
Dec 28, 2013 16:52:28

The American Trucking Association along with other state associations have asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct a pilot program to study increased flexibility in sleeper berth use by truck drivers. In a Dec. 3 proposal to FMCSA , the groups asked for a two-year exemption from the requirement for 10 consecutive hours of rest for approximately 200 drivers selected for participation in the program, reports Fleet Owner magazine. “The program, if initiated, wil...


Deadline to Register Refrigeration Systems Approaches
Dec 27, 2013 12:46:02

SACRAMENTO- An important registration and reporting deadline for owners and operators of facilities with non-residential refrigeration systems is approaching.   The deadline is for facilities with refrigeration systems using high global warming potential refrigerants that have a full charge of at least 200 pounds and less than 2,000 pounds. These are designated as “medium-sized” systems under a California state regulation to minimize leaks of environmentally harmful ref...


Driver Turnover Slows, But Still High
Dec 27, 2013 12:46:24

The driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets dipped two percentage points to 97 percent in the third quarter of 2013 in the U.S., American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Activity Report states. “Despite this dip, the market for experienced, qualified drivers remains exceptionally tight,” says ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “I expect, as the economy continues to pick up, we’ll see that market get even tighter.” Turnover at truckload fleets with ...


*New* Province to Propose Amendment to MJV Exit Tax – Will Only Apply to MJV Trucks Plated Solely for BC
Dec 19, 2013 00:58:31

*NOTE: Please see the end of this article for an important update.* Thanks to feedback and examples from many members, BCTA presented a strong and successful case to the BC Ministry of Finance for an amendment to the Provincial Sales Tax Act that will ensure the multi-jurisdictional vehicle exit tax is only triggered and payable when an MJV ceases to be licensed under a prorate agreement and instead is licensed solely for use in BC. The ministry intends to introduce legislation – lik...


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