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Month: November 2015

Ontario carriers should get help for natural gas.

MISSISSAUGA, ON — Ontario’s Liberal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray announced his government’s commitment to working with the trucking industry to create incentives which promote the use of green technologies in trucks, such as compressed natural gas.


Murray acknowledged that support would be needed for carriers looking to shift to green technologies such as natural gas, electric or hybrid trucks, citing the need to continue to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the battle against climate change, and creating an environment conducive to investment and continued economic growth in Ontario.

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and its membership have said for years that tax or rebate incentives are required in order to encourage market penetration of green technology such as CNG engines.

Murray stated that creating the necessary infrastructure, and promoting incentives such as accelerated CCA rates, rebates and grants must be incorporated into policy in order to facilitate the use of green technologies and the building of terminal refueling stations in Ontario.

David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Truck Alliance and the Ontario Trucking Association praised the event.

“Never before in the trucking industry’s history have our member’s economic goals been as aligned with society’s goals in terms of the environment, particularly with greenhouse gas emissions, than today,” he said. “There are going to be a number of challenges: infrastructure, getting people used to new ideas, pricing, all of those sorts of things. But I think today is really good example of what it’s going to take. It’s going to take partnerships. Our industry is not going to solve our problems, or reduce our carbon footprint on our own. We need to work with our suppliers, whether that’s equipment or fuels, and we need to work with legislatures. This is a challenge worth fighting. And this is a great start today.”

The station will be open to all fleets and operators of CNG vehicles, “expanding opportunities for the transportation sector in and around the GTA to go greener using a lower cost fuel, helping to make Ontario trucking businesses more competitive and sustainable,” said Emmie Leung, CEO and founder, Emterra.

Daniel Goyette, president, C.A.T. was also on hand and announced the leasing of 100 CNG trucks to show its commitment to CNG.

“You’re going to start seeing these trucks on the road as early as January,” he said. He added that C.A.T. has made arrangements with Wiscon-based CNG experts Gain to open up another CNG fuelling station just west of Montreal next month.

Officials at the opening stated that CNG trucks at the station can refuel in up to 10 minutes, making it comparable to traditional diesel truck refueling.

October 28, 2015, Ontario’s Liberal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray

Freight movement drops between US and Canada.

The value of freight movements between the U.S. and Canada fell significantly in August, according to a new report.

The U.S. Transportation Department reports it totaled US$48 billion in August, down 13.6 percent from August 2014, as all modes of transportation carried less value of U.S.-Canada freight than a year earlier, due to lower mineral fuel prices.

Mineral fuels are a large share of freight carried by pipeline and vessel, which were down 35.1 percent and 40.2 percent, respectively, year-over-year.


In August, the top commodity category for all modes transported between the U.S. and Canada was vehicles and parts, of which US$5.5 billion, or 61.1 percent, moved by truck.

Trucks carried 58.1 percent of the US$48 billion of freight to and from Canada, followed by rail at 15.8 percent, pipeline at 9.6 percent, vessel at 4.9 percent and air at 4.3 percent.

The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 83.5 percent of the total U.S.-Canada freight flows.

This happened as the total value of freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors of Canada and Mexico fell 8.1 percent in August from a year earlier, totaling US$92.4 billion, as all modes of transportation carried less value of freight than a year earlier.

This was also due large decreases in the value of commodities moved by pipeline and vessel due to the reduced prices for mineral fuel.

Driver William “Pat” Shelton Celebrates 3 Million Mile Safety Milestone

The first time Pat Shelton pulled doubles, he was terrified. It was nighttime, snowing, visibility was low and the experience was so nerve-wracking that he called central from his destination – after it took forever to get there – and told them that he was finished. He wouldn’t be driving it back. The dispatcher begged him to continue saying that no one else was available. They went around for a while, but Shelton finally agreed, and he’s been driving doubles ever since.

All totaled, Shelton has been driving for 34 years (not all LCVs) and currently works for Holland logging 2,700  miles weekly between South Bend and Cleveland. He is one of 19 active Holland drivers who have hit the 3 million mark without a preventable crash.

Holland driver William “Pat” Shelton

How has he stayed safe all these years? “I am not an aggressive driver,” he says. Especially when driving through construction zones, the nighttime hauler keeps a steady but prudent pace and begins to slow down and change lanes well in advance of the detour or barrier. “I drive speeds where I feel comfortable. So many others drive too fast. I’m not going to put myself in harm’s way to pacify somebody else who wants to go a little bit faster. In the snow, I see people driving way too fast for the weather conditions. They’re going 50, 55. I’m going 45 because that’s what’s really safe for the conditions. They can go around me.”

Not everyone is on top of what’s happening around them. “There’s so much traffic but and not everybody is using their mirrors. In the summer you’ve got people pulling campers that maybe they only pull once a year and they’re not looking ahead to see what’s going on.”

One of his peeves is distracted drivers. “People are watching movies going down the road. I see this every day, and I don’t like it. Stay off the phone, too. No texting. Just stay off the phone.”

Shelton says that he tries to keep composed no matter what happens. “If a situation comes up, I don’t panic or overreact. That’s very important.”

He adds: “When you’re on the road, you’re representing everybody, especially your company. Sometimes truck drivers get a bad rap. We’re actually pretty decent people and do care about others. I always do. I would never want to be involved in an accident where someone got hurt whether it was my fault or the other driver. I just couldn’t handle it.”

Brake violations down this year.

According to CVSA, 12.3% of vehicles were place OOS this year compared to 16.2% in 2014. The OOS rate for brake adjustment was also lower at 7.7% vs. 10.4% in 2014, and the OOS rate for brake components was 6.9%, dropping from 9.3% in 2014.


Total brake violations in Canada at 9%

Some 18,817 vehicles were inspected across North America with 2,321 placed OOS. The event was held Sept. 6-12, in the U.S. and Canada.

“Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections,” said Maj. Jay Thompson, CVSA president and a member of the Arkansas Highway Police. “Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking capacity and increase stopping distance of large trucks and buses, which poses serious risks to driver and public safety.”

“For everyone’s safety, it’s vital that every vehicle operating on our highways and roads is mechanically sound and properly maintained,” said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Acting Administrator Scott Darling. “We thank the CVSA members across North America for their longstanding strong partnership, for their professionalism and their dedication toward protecting the motoring public each and every day.”

In Canada, OOS rates for brake adjustment violations came in at 3.7%; for brake component violations it was 6.2% and total brake violations were 9%.

Fleet Owner Staff, October 30, 2015