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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
Transcourt Tank Leasing

ATA presents new rules for transporting food in 2017

The US’s 2011 Sanitary Transportation of Human And Animal Food guidelines will kick in later this year. They will have a direct impact on trucking companies transporting food across the country.

The changes were announced at the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Omnitracks Outlook 2017.

Concerns over the policies include the matter of food temperature. The ATA stressed to the government there are two types of temperature control – safety and for quality.

Food temperature has a direct effect on the public’s health. Food contaminated by an improper temperature can cause severe illness or death.

The 2011 rule has been amended; requirements for recording temperatures will be left to a shipper’s discretion and if there is an issue with a shipment, an expert will inspect the food being transported.

Keeping the trailer that is transporting food sanitary is another important component of the rule. Vehicle and transportation equipment used to move food must be cleaned and sanitized.

Only small businesses with less than $500,000 in annual revenue, food transshipped through the US and food located in a facility regulated by the USDA is exempt from the new rules.

Sean Garney, director of safety policy for the American Trucking Associations.







Tech-based maintenance tools developed and announced at TMC

The trucking industry has always stressed an importance on technology and innovation. At a press conference at the 2017 Technology and Maintenance Council’s (TMC) meeting in Nashville, Cummins announced new tech features in an effort to optimize maintenance procedures.

OilGuard is now available; it’s an analysis program that is offered free of charge to customers that sign up and receive oil sample kits to send to the Cummins’ lab for analysis.

The analysis makes recommendations on oil drain intervals. As such, the analysis can lead to cost savings while identifying the true number of oil changes a truck needs.

Connected Software Updates were also announced, which allows over-the-air programming of X15 engines to enhance performance. Eliminating the need to schedule shop visits saves on labor costs, but also prevents trucks from being out of commission.

The Cummins Guidanz app, available this April, provides engine fault code information and other key diagnostic data on iOS and Android mobile devices.


Volvo introduces remote programming solution for engines

Volvo Trucks North America announced an expansion of its remote diagnostics platform. The programming solution allows powertrain software and vehicle parameter updates across North America wherever a cellular network is available.

The new system will be available later this summer for all Volvo trucks equipped with the Volvo-powered 2017 GHC-compliant engines.

Volvo Trucks project manager Ash Makki says up to 75 percent of software updates are neglected industry-wide. This is because of the time it takes to schedule updates, take trucks in for service, which takes on average anywhere from 2 to 3 days.

This new software update will allow for engine software to update during a driver’s scheduled rest period.

A fleet manager will be notified that the software is updated and prompted to authorize a download. When the truck is parked in a safe location, the driver will be instructed to leave the ignition on and initiate an update. Once it is completed, the driver will be notified.

Remote Programming will be available later this year on all Volvo trucks operating 2017-compliant Volvo engines.Image courtesy of


President Trump to have a positive impact on trucking industry, ATA president says

American Trucking Associations (ATA) president and CEO Chris Spear announced that he wants to be a partner to the newly-elected Donald Trump administration.

In his announcement, Spear said Trump has potential to empower the trucking industry, creating an environment that will allow us to step up, to lead and not follow.

The trucking industry shouldn’t worry about President Trump’s tweets, but focus on his actual policies, Spear said.

Trump has proposed to put $1-trillion toward infrastructure, which has not happened since the Eisenhower administration.

The industry is embracing a new chapter, and as such, will capitalize on the technology that exists. The industry must accept, or be left behind

Image courtesy of Omnitracs CEO John Graham, right, thanks, ATA president and CEO Chris Spear for his opening address during Outlook 2017 in Phoenix.


Trucking employment drops in U.S. in January alone, more jobs added

Over 227,000 jobs were added to the U.S. market last month, a positive step for Americans in the job market.

The job gain has been a significant one, and a job increase like this hasn’t been occurred since September.

Although the unemployment rate was 4.8 per cent last month, an increase from December, that is because more Americans are looking for work and not all have found jobs in the immediate future.

Source: CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER/ AP Economics Writer

In this photo taken last July, Reina Borges, left, stands in line to apply for a job with Aldi at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. Friday the Labor Department issued its jobs report for January, which revealed 227,000 jobs were added during the month. (Associated Press: LYNNE SLADKY)

New Cascadia in Production

Freightliner Trucks announced its new Cascadia 126” BBC Day Cab and 72” Raised Roof Sleeper Cab are in production.

The new flagship Cascadia truck models will be redesigned with emphasis on the following solutions: fuel efficiency, connectivity, quality, safety, driver experience and uptime.

Additional improvements to the Cascadia include gauge and switch layouts, driver loft configuration, a redesigned sleeper area, and a Murphy style bed and cargo shelf option.

Production is underway and new models will be rolling off the assembly line in the near future.


Freightliner Cascadia.

Tire prices on the rise for trucks

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An increase in the price of raw materials could cause an increase in tire prices, manufacturers warn.

Yokohama will also be increasing prices, but by 7% beginning April 1st.

According to the vice-president of sales at Yokohama, the pricing increase is necessary to accommodate for the high cost of raw materials.


Trudeau & Trump to work together on new Keystone XL pipeline

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau answers questions at a news conference with his cabinet after their Liberal cabinet retreat in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Todd Korol/Canadian Press)

President Donald Trump’s decision to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline project will be a positive step for Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.

The pipeline will deliver Canadian jobs and improve government coffers. It will also help Alberta recover from a decline in oil prices.

The project could result in bringing more than 800,000 barrels of oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas.

Negotiations for the pipeline, however, are outside of the federal government’s hands, and are the responsibility of TransCanada.

If all goes well over the course of the project, by 2030, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers has forecasted supply will grow to over 5 million barrels. As a result, oil and gas producers could be flush with space on the pipeline of all projects are constructed. This will, as a result, delay the TransCanada project Energy East.

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Expect an increase in Class 8 Truck Orders

Class 8 truck net orders are projected to significantly increase in 2017.

FTR had forecasted an increase in December of 2016, seeing a 10% gain over November.

Class 8 backlogs are expected to increase, giving the market momentum in the first few months of the new year.

Despite this, order activity was considered 24% below for December, according to industry research.

The expected freight demand will keep the market active for the next few months, though.

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