The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) report deadly transport truck crashes are up 38% this year, with an expansion in four of the six districts it screens.
The Northeast locale has seen a 800% expansion. The OPP said it has reacted to 33 truck-related lethal crashes, including 41 fatalities.
“The OPP has never been more dedicated to its Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision Mitigation Strategy,” said magistrate Vince Hawkes. “We keep on working tirelessly with our street security and trucking industry accomplices toward our objective of decreasing the quantity of transport truck crashes on our streets. In spite of our endeavors, it takes a strong duty to safe driving with respect to all vehicle truck drivers and different drivers so as to see a critical lessening in these kinds of impacts.”
Activity Safe Trucking will see the OPP target speeding and different types of forceful and occupied driving. It will likewise be observing long stretches of-administration and gear infringement.
The OPP says it has researched in excess of 3,600 transport truck-related impacts this year, speaking to 11% everything being equal. It has spent about 4,300 hours investigating trucks and has removed 658 trucks from benefit so far this year. It has laid in excess of 1,615 speeding charges, 354 occupied driving charges and 963 inadequate gear related charges against truck drivers.
The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is encouraging implementation organizations to target transporters and drivers that don’t conform to controls and hoist their security execution.
The call for focused implementation is in light of new Ontario Province Police crash insights, that demonstrated an expansion in truck-included fatalities in the region.
“It is essential to recollect that in 70% of impacts including business trucks, the truck driver is found to not be to blame and much more once in a while are crashes the aftereffect of the truck’s mechanical wellness,” said OTA president Stephen Laskowski. “In any case, OTA trusts we have to modernize requirement and administrative ways to deal with better distinguish the minority of transporters and drivers who don’t work in protected and agreeable way.”
The OTA intends to bring into the territory a 10-point design as of late tabled by the Canadian Trucking Alliance, which will enable implementation to target rebellious bearers.
“We have to apply restricted implementation assets on the individuals who require the most consideration from the OPP and MTO,” says Laskowski. “It’s OTA’s concentration to actualize this requirement methodology for the progression of parkway wellbeing in Ontario while convincing decency for most by far of expert Ontario armadas and drivers who contribute and are committed to roadway security.”
About 250 trucks, mostly antiques, converged at Rotary Park in Clifford, Ont., June 29-30 in what has become an annual Canada Day weekend celebration of classic iron.
The annual Clifford Truck Show, put on by the Great Lakes Truck Club, always manages to attract some trucks that haven’t been seen before – and this year was no exception.“I know there’s a ton of stuff out there, sitting in people’s shops,” said show coordinator Chris Hall. “As time goes by a friend or a neighbor will say, ‘Hey, do you want to bring it down?’”
The club also does outreach to members, urging them to display any antique trucks they may have parked in the shop or barn. Classics are welcome to come as they are, so to speak, with minimal prep work involved. Of course, there are the more modern, shinier, chromier show trucks there as well, but the show has always been about the classics and the newer trucks are tucked towards the back. They won’t be turned away, however, as long as their owners share a passion for trucks and trucking.
This show is about heritage over polish, and most of those who attend can still see beauty in an older truck whose best days are well behind it. The cabovers are an especially strong draw, even among the younger attendees, Hall said.
“The 359 Petes are always going to be a big thing, but as they become too expensive to purchase you see younger guys getting into cabovers,” Hall explained. “They think those are cool because they’re different, which is good to see.” The number of trucks on display at the two-day show has remained about steady in recent years, at 250. It’s a number organizers are comfortable with.“It’s a very manageable size,” Hall said. “It’s not like other shows where we’re striving for bigger numbers every year. Because you have to remember, with antique trucks there are only so many in the province.”
This year the focus was on Ford trucks, but every make – including many no longer in production – was represented. Brockway, White, and Diamond Reo badges were seen – brands that only old-time truckers would recognize.The Clifford Truck Show has earned a reputation for being one of the best shows for classic iron in the country, and trucks came from as far away as Saskatchewan to take part. One of the most gratifying aspects of the show, according to Hall, is seeing truckers and former truckers meet up with others they’ve worked with or known in the past. For some, it’s a reunion of sorts.
And the quiet town of Clifford actually welcomes the arrival of hundreds of trucks. Perhaps because its guests are so gracious. The Great Lakes Truck Club invested about $10,000 into a new roadway to access the Rotary Park grounds and has added lighting. It plans to plant trees and it chipped in on expanding the park grounds by an additional five acres. More room for trucks.
Prescott, Ontario and Mississauga Ontario, June 29, 2018 – Kriska Holdings Limited is honoured to be named the Canadian TL Carrier at the Ryder Carrier Quality Awards. This award recognizes excellence through a variety of metrics, including on-time performance, claims handling, customer service, technology applications, economic value, and innovation for the last full calendar year.
“I’m very pleased” said Tammy Cryderman, General Manager “Ryder works with 3100 carriers and has chosen to recognize Kriska as one of their top 13. Everyone at Kriska has played a role in us receiving this award.”
Regional Sales Director Kevin Langford accepted the award on behalf of Kriska.
Kriska is part of the Kriska Transportation Group (KTG), a growth-oriented transportation and logistics company based in Prescott, ON. KTG’s independently operated companies have a strong focus on cross-border, truckload freight, serviced by a fleet of 600 tractors, 1700 trailers and employs 850 people including owner-operators. KTG’s core brands include Kriska Holdings Limited, Mill Creek Motor Freight LP, JMF Transport (1992) Ltée., Transpro Freight Systems Limited and Service Freight Systems.
A Swedish start-up has introduced an autonomous, all-electric logging truck.
The T-log, introduced by Einride, features off-road capabilities and is designed to navigate forest roads. It was showcased at the Festival of Speed.
“Einride is constantly pushing the boundaries of autonomous and all-electric vehicles in our ambition to lead the transition to a sustainable transportation system,” said Einride CEO Robert Falck. “With the T-log, we’ve created a vehicle that can withstand the rigors of a demanding environment. It is uncharted territory for us, but also an enormous market for battery-powered AVs.”
The driverless truck uses Nvidia Drive’s self-driving platform and is SEA Level 4 autonomous. It has no driver cab but can be remote-controlled by a human, from hundreds of miles away. The lack of a cab increases loading capacity, the company claims.
An intelligent routing system that taps into real-time traffic data allows the T-log to adjust its route and avoid congestion.
“The driver’s cab is what makes trucks expensive to produce, and having a driver in the cabin is what makes them expensive to operate,” said Falck. “Remove the cabin and replace the driver with an operator who can monitor and remote-control several vehicles at once and costs can be reduced significantly. In addition, operating a vehicle from a distance allows for a much better working environment, as has already been demonstrated in industries like mining.”
The due date to submit grant applications to the OTA Education Foundation has been reached out to July 20.
Specialized issues with the site that candidates incited the establishment to expand application entries. “It just appeared to be reasonable that understudies be allowed somewhat more time,” clarified the Foundation’s Executive Director Betsy Sharples.
Candidates are requested to present a short article about vocations and employments in trucking. Given the asset they were requested to utilize online was not continually working legitimately, a substitute point for the short exposition segment of the application has been presented on the Foundation’s site (http://www.otaef.com/scholarshipsOTAEF.html).
Understudies and guardians are urged to peruse the OTA Education Foundation’s site (www.otaef.com) to download application shapes for Education Foundation grants. Understudies can apply for general college or school grants in the measures of $1,500 and $1,000 individually to enable them to support their educational cost and other scholastic expenses.
General candidates must meet all qualification criteria, which incorporates having the application supported by an Ontario trucking or trucking administrations/supply organization that utilizes or gets a parent of the candidate.
Understudies entering their first year of post-auxiliary straightforwardly from secondary school are qualified to apply for the J.O. Goodman, the Bud Barr, George P. Ledson, or the C.V. Hoar honors. While a similar application frame can be utilized, there are extra prerequisites. Candidates are surveyed on criteria which incorporate scholarly accomplishment, administration to network, and investment in additional curricular exercises. Victors for these honors are picked by the Foundation’s Selection Committee.
The Student Scholarship Application Package for the 2018/2019 scholastic year contains finish data and directions, alongside all the vital structures for the general grants.
Blessed Scholarships additionally accessible
Post-optional understudies are additionally encouraged to investigate the grant openings under the Foundation’s blessed grant program. These grants have been set up by trucking and administration supply organizations through blessings that are overseen by the Foundation, and mirror the needs and estimations of the organizations that set up them.
The due date for finished applications for supplied grants has additionally been reached out to July twentieth. Understudies can apply for the same number of grants as they need, and are qualified to get more than one. Application frames for the accompanying blessed grants are accessible athttp://otaef.com/scholarshipEndowed.html:
Buffalo Transport Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time understudy selected in a perceived Transportation, Logistics, Human Resources or Business program at a Canadian University or College.
The Erb Group of Companies “Administration to Community” Scholarship: Awarded to a first-year post-auxiliary understudy selected in a perceived school or college, who shows a promise to his/her locale, through his/her inclusion in network as well as beneficent humanitarian effort.
J.D. Smith and Sons “Pioneers of Tomorrow” Scholarship: Awarded to a college understudy who exhibits a guarantee to his/her locale, school or other volunteer endeavor while showing excellent authority characteristics.
OTA Allied Trades Scholarships: Awarded to one college understudy and one undergrad, who have finished no less than multi year of post-optional instruction, and who has exhibited a solid pledge to his/her scholastic execution.
OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship: Awarded in the memory of a genuine truck legend, David Virgoe, who lost his life in a crash caused by road racers, for offspring of Ontario truck drivers who are slaughtered or truly harmed out and about.
General grants (counting the J.O. Goodman, Bud Barr, George P. Ledson, and C.V. Hoar honors) are supported by yearly gifts, which, in extensive part, originate from Ontario trucking and unified exchanges organizations. The quantity of grants granted every year is subject to the sum that the Foundation gets in gifts. To download the 2018/2019 application bundle or to influence a gift, to go to www.otaef.com.
Invested grants are supported by the organizations that built up them and beneficiaries are picked by the Foundation’s Selection Committee.
Express Mondor has raised $25,000 to support the fight against breast cancer, bringing its five-year total to more than $130,000.
The company raised the funds through its annual golf tournament and fundraising dinner, which attracted more than 200 people this year on June 14. The funds were donated to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.
“The annual Express Mondor golf tournament has become a tradition. People look forward to it and are very happy to get together and have a good time while contributing to a cause that affects us all and is important to us,” said Billy Mondor, vice-president of business development at Express Mondor. “Every year, we’re delighted by the resoundingly positive response of the many Express Mondor employees, partners and clients who participate in our fundraising event. We consider the tournament a unique opportunity to rally together to help against this disease. Moreover, as a sign of our commitment, one of our new trucks sports the foundation’s colors and carries its message across North America.”
“The foundation is very happy to be able to count on Express Mondor’s support,” added Karine Iseult Ippersiel, vice-president, development, partnerships and strategic alliances at the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. “The amount raised this year is yet another indication of its management, employees and partners’ commitment to the cause. This gesture helps advance breast cancer research, raise awareness about the challenges about this disease and its impact on family.”
Big Freight Systems has announced it will merge with Kelsey Trail Trucking, combining to operate nearly 750 tractors and trailers.
Kelsey Trail will operate as a division of Big Freight, and will keep its operations intact, the companies announced. Kelsey Trail operates locations in Saskatoon, Sask., and Innisfil, Ont.
“This is a big day for both companies,” said Gary Coleman, president of Big Freight. “While we will operate somewhat autonomously, we will share many resources – there is a lot of synergy between the two companies. Big Freight hauls single flatbed trailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, while Kelsey Trail is the largest dedicated B-train operator in Canada, with coast-to-coast truckload and LTL service. Kelsey Trail also has a regional B-train operation in Ontario and Quebec. We’ve never competed for freight, but now we’ll be able to work together in some creative ways. That’s exciting for both companies, and it will be a benefit for our customers. It will give us a competitive edge and more freight opportunities.”
Jim Clunie, president of Kelsey Trail Trucking, said the match was a good one.
“Our values, passion for the industry and our penchant for customer service is very much alike,” he said. “I’ve had others knock on our doors, but have never been inclined to sell or merge. We’ve been very successful. But, the opportunity with Big Freight was different, and what our two companies can do together is very exciting. What’s more, Big Freight is a part of Daseke, which represents the largest asset-based flatbed operation in North America. This combination led us to the merger.”
Kelsey Trail operates 80 tractors and a trailer fleet consisting mostly of five-axle B-trains.