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U.S. Environment Protection Agency finalizes new standards for medium and heavy-duty engines/vehicles

The EPA and Department of Transportation (DOT)’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalized new standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. These standards are designed to improve fuel efficiency and decrease pollution in an effort to protect the environment. The final standards should lower CO2 commissions by 1.1 billion metric tons.

Fuel costs savings are expected to be $170 billion.

The program will promote cleaner and more efficient trucks with cost-effective technologies. The program, 4 years in the making, will benefit model years 2018 to 2027 for trailers and model years 2021 to 2027 for semi-trucks, pickup trucks, vans and more work trucks.

Courtesy of: https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/climate/regs-heavy-duty.htm

Date: August 30, 2016

Province investing 2.1B into highway expansion and repairs

In 2017, the Ontario government will invest over $2.1B into repairing and expanding provincial highways and bridges.

A large majority of the budget will be allocated to Southern Ontario. As such, over 16,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created as a result of the projects, which are expected to last until completion in 2020.

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The timing of the projects is subject to change based on weather, funding and planning. Please visit http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/highway-bridges/pdfs/southern-highways-program-2016-2020.pdf for a substantial list of highway repairs and expansions, as well as when they’re slated to be under construction.

Date: 2016

Watch for new pedestrian crossings in effect

Road changes are not only necessary in ensuring drivers are commuting on safe roads, but that roads are safe for pedestrians as well.

Last year, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation introduced new laws and rules for drivers in an attempt to keep those on and off the road safe.

Harsher fines for drivers texting and driving were put into effect, as well as a new act to keep pedestrians safer.

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All drivers must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers, including school crossings with a crossing guard. Drivers are no longer allowed to proceed into the intersection once the pathway is clear. Rather, they must wait until pedestrians have reached the sidewalk at the end of the road before proceeding into the intersection.

Failure to wait until the crossroad is clear could result in a fine of $150 to $500 and three demerit points. It’s six demerit points in a Community Safety Zone, often found near schools and other public areas.

Pedestrians must also be mindful of their surroundings when on the road. Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers and acknowledge they’ve been seen before moving forward.

For more information on the new driving laws (and displays), please visit: https://www.reddit.com/r/canada/comments/3zpxmp/ontario_as_of_january_1_2016_new_mto_rules/

January 6, 2016

Safety a top priority in Ontario, province introduces mandatory training

Transcourt, Oakville, ON, Sept. 2016: To keep Ontario’s roads among the safest in North America, the province is instituting mandatory entry-level training for commercial Class A truck drivers.

Those seeking a Class A license effective July 1, 2017 must complete mandatory training before taking the road test. Individuals with the Class A license prior to this date will not be subjected to the training.

The training program is four to six weeks long; course fees will vary.

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The program is designed to improve road safety and qualify commercial Class A drivers who are looking to start their career.

New ‘HOT’ lanes coming to Canada

Transcourt, Oakville, ON, Sept. 2016: The province of Ontario has opened the country’s first High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane this September. It’s a 16.5-kilometer travel option for 500 solo drivers that was a random draw and had to pay $180 for a permit to drive in the new lane sans passengers.

The HOT lanes are not open to truck drivers just yet. Lanes have a vehicle weight limit of 4,500 kilograms, or 10,600 pounds.

The lanes are on the QEW in both directions from Trafalgar Rd. in Oakville to Guelph Line in Burlington.

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Part of a pilot program, its expected to last anywhere from two to four years before decisions are made to implement HOT lanes elsewhere.

Should drivers be caught driving in the lane without a permit, a fine may be issued anywhere from $250 to $2,500.

 Diesel prices fall by 1%

Transcourt, Oakville, Sept. 2016: For the fourth week in a row, the price of diesel has fallen by 1 per cent, according to the Energy Department, settling at 2.389 per gallon at the pump.

The price is just over 10 cents cheaper than it was in this same week in 2015.

The price has gone down in all major regions. The West Coast and Gulf Coast have seen a larger drop at 1.4 cents. New England has seen the smallest drop in prices by 0.5 cents.

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Retention a necessity when hiring drivers for transport companies

Transcourt, Oakville, Ontario: With seasoned drivers retiring every year, there isn’t a lineup of young drivers ready to launch their careers as an over-the-road driver.

truck-driver-transcourtRecruiting new drivers for transport – while retaining them in the workforce – are two important aspects of the hiring process. Every company needs a strong workforce of drivers, and it begins with the recruiting stage.

The reason for the shortage in truck drivers is not only because drivers are reaching retirement age, but drivers are looking for work outside of transportation, wanting to spend more time at home and get better benefits.

A survey indicates that in order to improve retention, companies should invest in increased pay for drivers, and upgrade equipment. By implementing a rewards program or holiday bonuses, drivers are rewarded for their hard work and service.

Maintaining your tanker trailer

Transcourt, Oakville, 2016; No matter what product your tanker is designed to haul, its durability can be compromised if it’s not properly maintained or cared for.

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A continuous preventative maintenance program will improve the longevity of the equipment.

How a tanker trailer is maintained depends on the material being hauled.

Keeping pumps and valves cleaned, lubricated and serviced is important.

Gaskets, both internal and external gaskets, should be pulled and properly cleaned before reinstalled.

Work with your supplier and provide as much information as possible about the trailer, including geographic jurisdictions, what you’re hauling and how heavy.

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Transcourt can help your organization make better buying decisions by providing seasonal trailers, chemical and food grade stainless steel trailers, and compressed gas tankers.

Freightliner redesigns Cascadia, sees 8% better fuel 

Freightliner’s top-selling truck has been redesigned and introduced as the 2018 Cascadia.

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New Freightliner Cascadia 2018

The new truck was released this week. Thus far, 12 carriers that have spent over $9B US on 60,000 Freightliner Cascadias were the first to receive the new model Cascadia. A coast-to-coast trip from Detroit to Portland yielded an 8% fuel economy advantage with the new truck. This number exceeded the company’s expectations.

What makes this vehicle different in the redesign is the lowered engine; this offers better access to underhood components. The interior has also been redesigned with LED lighting (standard in the Cascadia) and dimmer switches to adjust bunk lighting.

The Cascadia also features a comfortable workspace and dining area with a fold away for a Murphy bed.

To curate an effective redesign, technicians were sought out for advice.

The new Cascadia will enter the market next year and will cost approximately US$15,000 more than today’s model. However, let’s not forget about the 8% fuel economy improvement, which will add fuel cost savings in the long-term.

Fleetowner.com, 2016

Top 50 Trucking Companies of 2015

SJ Consulting Group has released its list of the top 50 trucking companies of 2015 by revenue and primary service. United States Parcel of America was ranked in 1st place with over $29 B in revenue for the year, with Fedex coming in a close second at $19B in revenue.

Other public and private organizations made the list, with revenues in the millions. Holding the 50th spot on the list is USA Truck, with $508M.

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