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Province and Feds Announce Efficient Trucking Initiative

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

June 10, 2019

CANADA AND MANITOBA ANNOUNCE CLIMATE ACTION
IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR

A recent report from expert Canadian scientists showed that Canada was warming at twice the average global rate. People in Manitoba are feeling the impacts of climate change in their communities. Reducing carbon pollution from the transportation sector is one way the government is taking action to fight climate change and protect the environment, while growing the economy.

Today, the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Terry Duguid, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, joined Manitoba Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires to announce a federal investment of up to $5.9 million to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles. This funding is a component of Manitoba’s Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund allocation of up to $66.8 million.

This funding will help the government of Manitoba provide incentives for fuel-saving devices and retrofitting on heavy-duty freight trucks. Manitoba’s program will provide cost-effective solutions to support the trucking sector to reduce carbon pollution, increase economic competitiveness and save money on fuel.

The government of Manitoba will be also be contributing $5.9 million toward the efficient trucking initiative program.

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting climate action and investing in programs that will make our air cleaner and our communities healthier, while helping transportation companies save money, promoting clean innovation and supporting good middle-class jobs.

Quotes

“We are taking real action on climate change, with practical solutions to reduce pollution and help people save money. By investing in fuel-saving devices and technology, we are helping people across Manitoba take action in an affordable way. These investments will also help create good jobs and help us build up the strong clean economy of tomorrow. By building a better today, we make sure our kids and grandkids will have a better future.” – Terry Duguid, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and member of Parliament for Winnipeg South

“Our government is committed to making Manitoba the cleanest, greenest, most climate-resilient province in all of Canada.

“Given Manitoba’s geographically central location, we are natural trucking hub. Heavy-duty trucking is a significant driver of our local economy, but also a growing source of greenhouse-gas emissions. Making fuel-efficiency improvements specific to the industry is key in helping Manitoba achieve its reduction targets in a meaningful way and enhance the competitiveness of our businesses.

“This new program, in partnership with Canada, is an important initiative that supports Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan. By working together, Manitobans and Canadians can continue to protect the environment and grow the economy in a practical and affordable way.” – Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires.

Quick Facts

• Canada’s heavy-duty vehicle regulations will make the transportation sector more competitive by saving new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually by 2030.
• Canada’s emissions standards are designed to promote innovation. Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers will have the flexibility to choose the clean technologies that will increase their fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and operating costs.
• Manitoba’s new program aims to enhance awareness in the trucking sector on the benefits of fuel-saving technologies for long-term decision-making.

Associated Links

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.

 

MTA 87th Annual General Meeting

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Friday, April-5-19- Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) today held its 87th Annual General Meeting at the Manitoba Club. This year's President's report focused on association policy work, and community engagement. The AGM also saw the election of a new Board of Directors, they are as follows:


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For more information, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director

Manitoba Trucking Association

204-632-6600

tshaw@trucking.mb.ca

 

2019 MTA President's Report

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

 

Carbon Tax Resources For Carriers

- by Don Stewart

As most members are aware the federal government has imposed a carbon tax on inter-provincial carriers operating into, out of, and through – Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick (and in the Yukon and Nunavut as of July 1, 2019). Below and attached are resources to help carriers.

List of resources from CRA to assist carriers with this policy.

Additional Resources:

Help Lines:

  • Atlantic Region Excise Duties and Taxes Post Office Box 638 Halifax NSB3J 2T5 Phone: 1-888-327-7999 Fax: 1-902-450-8559
  • Ontario Region Excise Duties and Taxes 5800 Hurontario St Mississauga ONL5R 4B4 Phone: 1-866-667-9851 Fax: 1-905-615-2814
  • Quebec Region Excise Duties and Taxes Section 492 Post Office Box 32305 René-Lévesque Blvd W Montreal QCH2Z 1A6 Phone: 1-833-240-2476
  • Prairie Region Excise Duties and Taxes Room 232220 4th Avenue SE Calgary ABT2G 0L1Phone: 1-866-439-4202 Fax 1-403-292-4075
  • Pacific Region Excise Duties and Taxes c/o 468 Terminal Ave 3rd floor 9755 King George Blvd Surrey BCV3T 5E1 Phone: 1-833-532-9908 Fax:1-604-658-8660

If you have any further questions about the new Carbon Tax, Please contact:

204 632-6600

 

MTA Closed April 5th

- by Don Stewart

Hello,

Please be advised that the Manitoba Trucking Association office will be closed on Friday April 5th, as we are hosting our 87th Annual AGM.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will re open on Monday April 8th at 08:30am.

Thank You,

MTA Staff

 

Top Fleet Employers 2018

- by Don Stewart

Launched in 2014, the Top Fleet Employers program has grown from ten (10) fleets being recognized in its inaugural year, to now fifty-two in 2018.
The Top Fleet Employers program is a national program that recognizes the importance of having sound HR policies and practices in the trucking and logistics industry. Top Fleet Employers is not a competition — it’s a recognition of meeting HR standards of excellence.

The Top Fleet Employers program is open to fleets of every size and type. A panel of trucking and logistics industry experts and a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) validated the Top Fleet Employer Program’s rating criteria. The rating criteria reflect Canadian human resources issues, trends and working environments, and Trucking HR Canada’s standards of excellence.

The criteria consider every position in a fleet. They also take into account special considerations affecting different types of fleets. For example, the criteria applied to for-hire fleets are firmly rooted in the core values of the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage. The criteria and evaluation of private fleets and fleet services account for their unique working environments and requirements within the overarching criteria of the program.

Fleet employers apply and participate in a rigorous three-part review of their human resources policies and programs. The review includes the completion of a pre-application, a comprehensive online submission (which may or may not include follow up discussions with the company) and a Trucking HR Canada survey of the company’s employees. The review assesses the scope of an employer’s formal HR policies and programs in four key categories: Basics, Respect, Training and Family.

Congratulations to our members who have been recognised as Top Fleet Employers in 2018, what an incredible honor.

Fleets Of Distinction

Five Years:

Bison Transport

Kindersley Transport

SLH Transport Canada

Three Years:

Arnold Bros. Transport

Canada Cartage

Q-Line Trucking Ltd.

Rosedale Transport

Trailer Wizards Ltd.

Two Years:

Payne Transportation Ltd.

New This Year:

Fast Lane Freight Services


 

2019 Manitoba Spring Road Restrictions

- by Don Stewart

The Provinces Spring Road Restrictions Program (SRR) is upon us, with the start date scheduled for March 15, 2019.

The purpose of Spring Road Restrictions is to protect Manitoba's surfaced pavements from undue damage by reducing allowable axle weights during the spring thawing season. In consultation with those affected by these weight reductions, Manitoba Infrastructure periodically revises its policies and procedures to reflect the current transportation trends, industry needs and weather patterns. Up to date policies and procedures help industry improve trip planning while minimizing the impact of loads to the weak pavement structures when they are at their most vulnerable conditions.

The SRR official start and end dates have been published and available below:

2019 Spring Road Restrictions Order for the Start and End Dates

The Province Issues Notification Of Affected Highways

Spring road restrictions are determined through collection and analysis of data from the previous year, resulting in the evaluation and determination of which roads will be subject to restriction in the upcoming spring season. To assist motor carriers, farmers, businesses and other interested parties in preparation, the SRR order is what identifies the affected roadways, This order is made available on the MI website in the fall with subsequent update(s) as required. Advertisements announcing that the upcoming spring road restrictions order is available throughout the year, and information on how to obtain the Order, are published in the fall and in February in various publications.

If you're unaware of the Spring Road Restrictions Order, please use the link below:

Spring Road Restrictions Order

You can also access the SRR Order via:

To print complete map of SRR:

Spring Road Restrictions Map of the province click here

If you require any further information, please contact:

204 632-6600


 

Engine Braking Within Municipal Boundaries

- by Don Stewart

When Should "Jake Brakes" Be Used?

Use of Engine Retarder Brakes:

Engine retarder brakes are used in many heavy trucks as a supplement to the vehicles service brakes. The principle behind the engine retarder brake is that it changes the action of the exhaust valves, turning the engine into an air compressor. Engine brakes use the characteristics of the diesel engine to produce a significant amount of drag through the vehicles drive train to the wheels. This allows the service brakes to stay cool and ready for emergencies. Retarders serve to slow the vehicles, or maintain a steady speed while traveling down a hill, and help prevent the vehicle from "running away" by accelerating down the hill.

Engine retarder brakes provide increased driving safety in difficult weather and road conditions, including ice, snow and wet or gravel road surfaces and especially when travelling downhill.

Engine retarder brakes can help provide:

Faster, steadier, more efficient braking performance.

Reduced wear on engine, tires, and service brakes.

Less vehicle downtime.

Enhanced driver confidence.

When Shouldn't "Jake Brakes" Be Used?

Safety/By-Law Implications:

Actions restricting the use of engine retarder brakes will have legal and safety implications since truck drivers often rely on engine brakes in controlling their vehicles under various situations.

In 1998, the City of Winnipeg enacted a by-law which prohibits the use of engine retarder brakes (Jake brakes) within the city boundaries.

By-law 68.

A person must not

(a) except in any emergency, engage, operate, apply or otherwise use an engine retarder brake in any vehicle driven within the City of Winnipeg;

Additionally, the City of Winnipeg has posted signs at the outskirts of the city to advise drivers of this by-law.

Unfortunately some drivers choose to ignore the by-law and signs, and continue to use their engine retarder brakes within the city limits. As members can appreciate, the resulting noise can be a great annoyance to residents in the close proximity.

We must do our best to respect the rights of our city residents and to this end the MTA is requesting that members remind their drivers of this by-law and also to advise them not to use this braking system within the City of Winnipeg boundaries.

Your cooperation and assistance in addressing this issue, is greatly appreciated.

If you would like more information about Engine Retarder Brakes, please contact:

204 632-6600









 

Keep Flatbed Drivers SAFE At Worksites

- by Don Stewart

The Canadian Trucking Alliance produced a multimedia toolkit to assist industry, governments as well as injury prevention stakeholders in promoting truck driver safety at workplaces and shipping facilities.

The media toolkit features ‘whiteboard’ animation videos and digital infographics in English and French, which provide facility operators helpful tips on improving safety and reducing injury risk to flatbed truck drivers in particular.

Through the whiteboard video and infographics, CTA illustrates ‘best’ and ‘poor’ practices at workplaces facilities and reminds site operators of their responsibilities to ensure safety on their premises.

While the media material focuses mostly on flatbed drivers, many of these types of issues are relevant in other sectors. For example, grain haulers are often forced to clean residual grain from their vehicles in unsafe environments as well.

“CTA encourages carriers to share this information with their customers to promote best practices when loading and unloading flatbed trucks,” said Stephen Laskowski, president, CTA. “For our part, the Alliance requests ESDC works with CTA to encourage shippers and receivers to create safer workplaces and to work with provincial authorities to enforce the law against those who create dangerous conditions for drivers of flatbed trucks as well as other configurations requiring drivers to work in situations covered by fall protection regulations.”

To view the video, Keeping Flatbed Truck Drivers Safe, click here:

 

MTA Holiday Hours

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Manitoba Trucking Association will be closed from December 21st at 11:30 am.

Normal Business hours will resume on January 2nd, 2018.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you require immediate assistance please contact us at info@trucking.mb.ca

 

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