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Month: April 2017

Fuel-efficient technology being showcased in U.S. road show

Shell, PepsiCO, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) and Carbon War Room are working together to showcase more fuel-efficient technologies in a U.S. road show.

The show, Run on Less, will be a three-week tour in September and feature six to 10 Class 8 trucks equipped with technology that will help achieve at least 26 litres per 100 kilometers (9 miles per US gallon).

The last stop on the tour will be on September 24 at the new North American Commercial Vehicle show in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Run on Less website will track driver progress and saved dollars and carbon emissions.

Fleets that want to participate will be accepting applications.

The NACFE board chairman recently stated fleets need help sifting through the noise and making better purchasing decisions, while manufacturers need to understand the benefits of how fleets use technologies.

Shell is a proponent of this and works to raise awareness of energy challenges, and the tour is a great way to demonstrate their commitment.

Run on Less is a unique opportunity to demonstrate best practices and improve the bottom line for North American fleets.


Women in Trucking Association Celebrates 10 Years of Diversity

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

The nonprofit organization has worked over the last 10 years to encourage women to consider careers in the trucking industry, while addressing any issues that may have prevented a woman from succeeding in the job.

The organization has over 4,500+ members of carriers, suppliers, industry professionals, drivers and students. Sixteen per cent of WIT members are men in support of the program and its goals.

Women continue to be a minority in the transportation industry, but WIT has made strides in raising awareness and increasing the ranks of women.


ELD mandate will push truckload rates higher in 2017

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Truckload rates are set to increase an average of 4 per cent this year as a result of an ELD mandate that is about compensating for economic recovery.

The economy has shifted from a high-growth economy to slower-growth but more consumer oriented with a growth at 2%. The industry is concerned for what will happen in 2018 and 2019, and the chance of a recession.

The ELD mandate could also cause a drop in volume and in pricing from 5 to 10 per cent. The impact of ELDs on late adopters is likely high, and it could take a few years before industry professionals realize they’ll have to do it.

Another mandate at play is President Trump’s proposed trillion-dollar transportation infrastructure program, but it hasn’t been decided who will be paying for it. It could come out of higher toll rates.

The FTR estimates that trucking pays 3 cents per mile to maintain an efficient highway system. Maintenance backlogs could double that to 6 cents per mile, and improving the system with additional lanes and highways will bring that cost to 20 cents per mile.

The industry forecast of 25% growth in the 2020s is exaggerated. With the national debt and transportation demand, it could grow by as little as 5%.


New NTEA president excited to continue growth of Canada-US trucking relationship

The new president of the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) has stressed the important link between the Canadian and US trucking industries, and recently announced he believes this relationship will strengthen.

Canada and the US have always been each other’s greatest trading partners, but also wants the relationship to continue to grow in ongoing globalization.

With NTEA offices located in Washington and Ottawa, members are tasked to work together to protect and advance each other’s interests.

The NTEA is working with Transport Canada to release rear backup camera regulations, and held an educational session on the US variety last month.

The US version of greenhouse gas regulations for trucks was released in 2016, and the NTEA plans to work on its proposal for phase 2 now as well.

Another focus of the NTEA is to provide members with advice on cross-boarder issues through its Ottawa office, and visit with Canadian members to get feedback on other concerns.

Adam Keane, president of the NTEA, speaks during the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis March 16.


Transcourt’s 20th anniversary celebrations start in Montreal

Oakville, ON, March 30th, 2017 – Transcourt Tank Leasing, the Canadian leader in tank trailer leasing, rental and sales is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It was in fact back in 1997 that Bruce Daccord, John Campbell and Neil Pickering decided to establish the company.

The company grew steadily as it was recognized by potential customers for offering customized solutions that helped them achieve their unique business objectives. After opening sales offices in Edmonton and Montreal, Transcourt decided to forge ahead into the U.S.A. market by opening an office in Lansing, Illinois.

Over the years, Transcourt has built a large fleet of high quality tank trailers in various configurations to suit a variety of unique industry segments. This equipment is made available to customers across Canada and the United-States.

On Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, Transcourt invited Québec-based customers to a most enjoyable cocktail in Old Montreal. This event marked the launch of the festivities surrounding Transcourt’s 20th anniversary. On hand to welcome their guests were President Bruce Daccord, Robert Pahanich, Vice-President of Business Development, Julie Thibaudeau, newly appointed Director of Business Development for Québec and the Maritimes and Vianna Murday, Manager of Marketing & Communications. At the end of the evening a delicious 20th anniversary cake was served!

Jules Beauchemin, Moulins de Soulanges; Transcourt’s Julie Thibaudeau and Vincent Faure, Trimac.

Michel Delcourt, 4 Star Bulk, Patrick Gagnon, Brasseur Transport; Guy Ouimet, Trimac and Gilbert Bériault, Brasseur Transport.

Bruce Daccord, Transcourt with Philippe Moreau, Air Liquide.

Marco Gaudette and Mélanie Roy, both with Broyage RM.

Source: Vianna Murday
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