MTA 2017 Year in Review Video

- by Aaron Dolyniuk



- by Don Stewart

The Manitoba Trucking Association Fall Awards Gala honoured excellence in the trucking industry and celebrated the accomplishments from the year. This year’s winners were:

  • Red Coleman Service to Industry Award – Louie Tolaini of TransX Group of Companies
  • Omnitracs Distinguished Member Award – Kleysen Group Ltd.
  • Payne Transportation Ltd. Associate of the Year – Jim Campbell of First Class Training Center Inc.
  • 2017 Manitoba Driver of the Year, sponsored by Volvo Trucks Canada – Ron Rodych of Gordon Food Service
  • RBC / Manitoba Trucking Association Pioneers Award – Paul Arnaud (Big Freight Systems Inc.), Monique Laramee (Big Freight Systems Inc.), Robert Wensel (Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd.), Darrin Fiske (Kleysen Group Ltd.)

The MTA would like to thank all of our event sponsors and those who attended the 2017 MTA Fall Awards Gala.


Winter Seasonal Weights Allowed November 12 in Climate Zone 3

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


2017 Red Coleman Service to Industry Award Recipient: Louie Tolaini of the TransX Group of Companies

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


2017 Omnitracs MTA Distinguished Member Award Recipient: Kleysen Group Ltd.

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


2017 Payne Transportation Ltd. MTA Associate of the Year: Jim Campbell of First Class Training Centre Inc.

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


Do you have what it takes to be one of the top workplaces in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry?

- by Don Stewart

OTTAWA, ON (November 1, 2017)— Applications are now open for Trucking HR Canada’s 5th annual Top Fleet Employers program, which recognizes fleets who demonstrate a commitment to going above and beyond in their human resources practices.

Applications and online submissions will be accepted at until close of business on January 31, 2018.

The Top Fleet Employers program is open to any Canadian fleet, and recognizes employers that meet Trucking HR Canada’s standards of excellence in human resources for the trucking industry. There is no limit to the number or size of fleets which can be honoured.

The Top Fleet Employers program rates workplaces on recruitment and retention initiatives, compensation, lifestyle, employee engagement and communications, health and wellness, and professional development, while bringing together fleets of all sizes and from all regions of the country to co-operatively celebrate great trucking and logistics industry workplaces. In addition to the online application and document submission, the process also involves employee surveys and follow-up interviews where required. Selection criteria reflect human resources issues, trends and working environments seen in the Canadian trucking industry, and have been validated by a panel of industry experts and a Certified Human Resources Professional.

“Successful fleets across the country see the value this program offers – from recruitment and retention, marketing, employee engagement to benchmarking their HR programs and practices – participating fleets are reaping the benefits of being recognized as leaders amongst their peers”, says Isabelle Hétu, Director, Programs and Services at Trucking HR Canada. “This is critical for an industry that seeks to attract the skilled labour it needs and showcases the trucking and logistics sector as a great place to work!”

Trucking HR Canada is a national partnership-based organization that is dedicated to developing, sharing and promoting the trucking industry’s best practices in human resources and training.

For further information, contact:

David Bradley Acting Chief Executive Officer 613-244-4800


Interested In How Trucking Carrier-Customer Relations Will Look In An ELD World?

- by Don Stewart

Mandatory Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) – coming into effect in the U.S. in December 2017 and in Canada shortly after-are fundamentally changing carrier-shipper relations. As carriers gear up to comply with the rule, shippers need to consider the implications to their own businesses.

Consequently, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has released a white board video and one-page infographic explaining the implications of ELDs on the shipper community. Specifically, the video describes how the supply chain has an obligation to reduce waiting time and ensure truck drivers’ time is spent driving rather than waiting to load and unload and customers’ facilities.

“Under an ELD mandate, hours of service rules are not a stop watch that can be halted and restarted,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “The entire supply chain coming under the microscope. Pushing carriers and drivers to bend compliance is no longer an option.”

The video also details how shippers and carriers need to plan better to account for other delays outside of a driver’s control – such as construction, severe weather and cross-border snarls – which can all eat up allowable driving hours. Furthermore, carriers need to work closer with their customers in creating as many safe resting and downtime opportunities as possible.

Carriers are encouraged to share the video and infographic with their supply chain partners and customers.

“We’re hopeful this commons sense message will help all parties to become more flexible and fulfill their responsibility to create a safe supply chain in an ELD world,” says Laskowski.

CTA anticipates Canada will publish its own ELD proposal later this fall.

Click here to see and share the white board video (English or French) via YouTube and click here to download the related .pdf infographics (English or French).


Is Your Truck Ready For Winter?

- by Don Stewart

Don't let this warm fall weather fool you! Our Canadian winter weather can be hard on trucks and generally results in harsh driving conditions. Now is the time of year to ensure that your truck and fleet are ready for these conditions.

Here is a list of winter preparation measures that could be part of every owner's preventative maintenance program. Some of the tips below are routine maintenance, however there are some helpful ideas to keep us all safer on the roads this winter and might help reduce your downtime.

Check DEF system

One of the newest items in the maintenance checklist appears courtesy of the EPA 2010 emissions regulations - specifically for diesel engine models using urea-based diesel exhaust fluid in their emissions control systems.

The freezing point of DEF is 12F (-11C), so it is likely to freeze in many northern locales, but should thaw under normal operation within 45 minutes, as virtually all medium-duty trucks' emissions systems are designed to accommodate this. Periodic checks for any system leaks are an important part of a winterization regimen.

Check and maintain engine heaters

If your using Anti Idling devices, such as engine heaters and bunk heaters, be sure to ensure they are both functioning and operating as they should. These heaters are meant to be run and should be tested on a monthly basis, even through the summer. Don't wait for -25 degrees to find out your heaters aren't functioning.

Check coolant for proper protection levels.

Coolant life is typically specified by the coolant manufacturers at 24 months, so if coolant is older than that, the system should be flushed and the coolant replaced.

While the antifreeze properties of the coolant may not dissipate with time, additives that provide corrosion protection, anti-gumming and other ancillary protection functions do break down with time, compromising overall performance.

Fuel matters

For diesel engine models, make sure fuel is ASTM D-975 Grade 1 diesel in areas where temperatures may drop below 10 degrees (-12C). Note that for diesel particulate filter-equipped vehicles, ultra low sulfur diesel is required in all temperature conditions.

Service the fuel filter, and drain the water separator to prevent freezing.

Check battery

Test the battery and clean the connections. While battery degradation occurs much more rapidly in hot weather, it is under the high starting load they face in cold weather that batteries typically fail.

Prepare for a clear view

Check windshields for minor chips and pitting. As temperatures decrease and sheet metal contracts, stress on windshields can increase.

Have small chips repaired to help avoid crack propagation and the need for a full windshield replacement.

Check windshield wiper blade condition and replace as necessary. Check and fill windshield washer reservoirs regularly, being sure to use proper winter dilution levels.

Check the operation of heated mirrors, if so equipped.

Ensure traction

Check tire condition and make sure tread thickness is a minimum of 5/32-inches for winter driving. Ensure tires are properly inflated.

For harsh winter conditions, consider a truck with a limited-slip differential, or consider adding a four-wheel drive model.

Put tire chains in the vehicle if severe snow or ice conditions are anticipated.

Check ABS operation at the start of the winter season, even if this requires a variance from the regular brake maintenance schedule.

Also monitor stroke adjustment on drum brakes, fluid levels and parking brake operation.

Check exhaust systems

Check exhaust systems to assure they are free of leaks.

Sitting in slow-moving traffic, creeping because of heavy weather, or parked with the engine running to maintain cab temperature can increase the risk of carbon monoxide entry into the cabin.

Engine maintenance

On diesel-engine models, check glow plug operation.

Check all belts and hoses, and replace as necessary.

Keep it clean

Clean the cab, body and undercarriage weekly to remove road salts in heavy snow areas.

Keep radiator frontal surface clean and free of bugs, dirt and debris.

Don't forget

Check heater/defroster operation, including function/position of the directional vanes in the system to assure effective defrosting.

Prepare emergency kit - check road flares, fire extinguisher, reflective triangles, first aid kit, water, solar blanket, jumper cables, etc.

Remember that safety extends beyond your own fleet to people you share the road with, so check mud flaps regularly, and replace as necessary.

Can't do the work yourself? Contact the MTA and we can help point you in the right direction.

204 632-6600


Are You Taking Advantage?

- by Don Stewart

Are you taking full advantage of the advertising opportunities below?

With the changing of the leaves and the coolness of the air, this marks a reminder for the MTA to reach out to members and ensure we have our members correct contact information. Please take advantage of the benefits below and take the time to ensure we have the correct information.

If you haven't been taking advantage of the below publications through reading or advertising, you need to register today! Industry specific magazines or literature are where consumers go for ideas and inspiration. That’s why magazine ads are leading influencers, driving readers to advertiser websites and to start a search or to learn about any one company with whom they wish to engage. Study after study proves that magazines help drive sales objectives, as a stand alone medium or in combination with others. Over half of readers act on exposure to magazine ads!

Manitoba Trucking Guide for Shippers:

Which is published annually by the Manitoba Trucking Association. This publication is distributed to over 2,000 shippers, manufacturers, distributors and traffic managers throughout Manitoba. To ensure the Guide is as all-inclusive and current as possible, we request all carrier members provide us with information concerning types of equipment you have available and the types of service you provide. Be sure to have your company listed in this publication, as it could increase your opportunities.

Western Canada Highway News:

Each year The Associated Trades Division members of the Manitoba Trucking Association receive free listings in the Winter Edition of the Western Canada Highway News as well as Manitoba's Trucking Guide for Shippers. Combined, these two publications have a circulation in excess of 4,500 copies - FREE for MTA Associated Trades Division members.

If you haven’t been receiving these publications or our MTA Newsletter, please be sure to reach out to:

204 632-6600 or


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