- by Aaron Dolyniuk
OTTAWA, ON (October 17, 2019) – Trucking HR Canada held its annual Top Fleet Employers Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday October 17th. The event brought together over 380 industry professionals to shine the spotlight on some of the best workplaces in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry.
All sixty-three fleets were celebrated for their commitment to sound HR policies that meet Trucking HR Canada’s Standards of Excellence. Awards were given to celebrate the most impressive workplaces across the country, taking into consideration online applications and employee surveys which look at a variety of HR best practices.
The Top Private Fleet Award went to Trailer Wizards. ONE For Freight was the recipient of the Top Small Fleet Award. The Top Medium Fleet Award went to Q-Line Trucking and rounding out the fleet awards, was Bison Transport who took home the Top Large Fleet Award.
The Achievement of Excellence Awards are broken down into seven categories to highlight leaders in specific HR areas. The recipient of the Workplace Culture Award was Challenger Motor Freight. Sutco Transportation Specialists took home the Award for Workplace Diversity. The recipient of HR Innovation Award was Westcan Bulk Transport. The Employee Engagement Award went to STG Fleet Services, and taking home the Award for Training and Skills Development was Arrow Transportation Systems Inc. This year we introduced two new awards, the Achievement of Excellence for Workplace Mental Health, awarded to Joseph Haulage Canada Corp., and the Achievement of Excellence for Women in the Workplace, awarded to XTL Transport Inc.
The night’s most coveted award – the HR Leader of the Year Award, presented by Reimer Associates – was saved for last and was awarded to Denise McJannet of Caron Transportation Systems.
“We are honoured to recognize employers who work year-round to provide great workplaces for all their employees," said Angela Splinter, CEO, Trucking HR Canada. “And, with fleets under pressure to attract and recruit workers, being a Top Fleet Employer certainly helps these fleets stand-out from the crowd”
The successful event was made possible by Trucking HR Canada’s partners and sponsors which include Reimer Associates, The Canadian Trucking Alliance, TransCore Link Logistics, Revolutions Staffing, The Guarantee, Veza, Bell, Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association, Monster, Northbridge, Driver Engagement, Isaac Instruments and exclusive media sponsor Newcom Media.
Applications for the Top Fleet Employers Program open in just a few days, on October 21st, and is open to any Canadian fleet. The program has grown significantly over the past six years, in turn raising the bar of the HR standards in the industry overall.
If you think your fleet has what it takes to be a Top Fleet Employer, Trucking HR Canada encourages you to apply and join other fleets that shine a positive light on the trucking industry, and help showcase this industry 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:
Manager, Marketing and Communications
613-244-4800 x 302
- by Don Stewart
Prepare For The Winter Season:
Driving a tractor trailer in serious Canadian winter conditions, demands a specific set of skills for all drivers, especially big rig drivers. Too many drivers on the highways do not alter their driving habits, when driving in poor weather conditions. Good maneuvering and skid control skills are essential in poor weather.
Knowledge and implementation of proper, preventative safety skills for driving in poor conditions, can truly separate the seasoned driver vs a driver who is just starting their career. They have the knowledge and experience for making good decisions and are cognizant when conditions are not safe, and when it’s time to ‘get off the road’.
Driving in bad weather, especially in snow and on ice, is risky due to more ‘stop time’ required, poor visibility, poor traction and the increased unpredictability of other drivers on the road. The job of a truck driver becomes increasingly challenging, especially when handling a tractor trailer and a full load in foul winter weather.
Safe Winter Truck Driving Safety Tips
Slow down – Accidents during suspect conditions are mostly due to excessive speed. Driving at the speed limit may be legal, but is often too fast for snow covered or icy road conditions in our Country. Take as much time as necessary. DO NOT HURRY! Speed is dangerous. This rule should ALWAYS be at the top of any winter trucking safety tips list.
Keep a safe following distance – Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of your truck, and beside your truck, when possible (approx. 1/4 mile).
Don’t travel as part of a pack – Traffic seems to move in ‘packs’ on the highway. Find a safe way to get away from the pack and travel alone, with the goal being to maximize the distance around your vehicle.
Don’t follow the tail lights of the vehicle ahead – When the snow is so heavy, visibility is low, seeing the tail lights of the vehicle ahead…means following too closely.
Keep a safe driving distance back at all times, especially in bad weather. If the leader makes an error, you will too. Trucks can leave the road, and yours could follow the lead truck off the road.
Use good, solid judgment — If the weather is so severe that you need to get off the road….. do it. Find a place to get off the road safely and wait until conditions are safer for travel.
Don’t stop on the shoulder of the road –– Especially in low visibility situations, when driving in winter, especially ‘blinding snow’, other vehicles can mistake your position for being on the road and as a result, may slam into the back of your rig.
Don’t try to be a hero –– When the road conditions are severe, you need to recognize that it’s very dangerous to be out there. Hours of service rules, dispatchers etc., are sometimes extra pressures. Don’t feel that you’re letting anyone down by not meeting a scheduled appointment.
Braking – Some drivers like to use the jake brakes in less than perfect weather conditions. Some don’t. DO NOT ENGAGE THE JAKE BRAKE ON ICY ROADS. Try to avoid overusing your foot brake, unless the entire unit is absolutely ‘straight’ on the road. Don’t over brake when the entire unit isn’t straight… the trailer can slide and spin you out of your position…..the truck slows down, and the trailer does not. This is especially true, when the trailer is empty.
Tire Chains- With the rising cost fines in our mountainous regions, ensuring your tire chains are in working order and utilizing them during mandatory periods, is paramount in the safety of your truck.
Ensure ‘all systems’ are a go — Be absolutely certain during your circle checks before you leave, that the defroster and heater are working properly. Wipers, wiper motor, lights, esp. brake and tail lights, washer fluid is topped up, drain moisture from the air tanks, all brakes are set up and windows and mirrors are completely clean before departure.
Keep fuel tanks topped up, for extra weight over the drive tires, to aid with traction. Good quality lug tires, with the proper tire pressure, are essential for good traction for the best safe winter driving.
Keep tractor and trailer lights clean — When you’re able to stop in a safe place, clear the lights off of snow and ice, which builds up in foul weather….they are vital, more than ever when visibility is poor. LED lights especially accumulate snow and crud. Keep everything clean, so you can BE SEEN!
If you have any safety tips to share or would like to hear more about Winter Driving.
Please contact: 204 632-6600
- by Don Stewart
With The Return To School Around The Corner, Please Slow Down!
School days bring congestion: Yellow school buses are picking up their students, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and harried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work.
It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present especially before and after school.
If You're Dropping Off
Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program. The following apply to all school zones:
·Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
·Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
·Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school
Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians
According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus... A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:
·Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
·In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
·Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
·Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
·Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
·Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
·Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way
Sharing the Road with School Buses
If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
·Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you're on an undivided road if it is stopped to load or unload children
·If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
·The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
·Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks
Sharing the Road with Bicyclists
On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.
- When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist
- When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass
- If you're turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals
- Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this
- Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods
- Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
- Check side mirrors before opening your door
By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones. Please Slow Down!
Coalition of Business Organizations Urging Political Parties to Focus on Economy in Provincial Election
- by Aaron Dolyniuk
Winnipeg, MB, August 19, 2019 - A coalition of 10 organizations that represents the interest of thousands of businesses in the Province of Manitoba are calling on all political parties in Provincial Election 2019 to focus their efforts on Growing the Manitoba Economy.
The coalition’s members believe that economic growth should be the top priority, and that the overriding challenge for the next five years will be diversifying our agricultural, manufacturing, resource, financial and service sectors to strengthen the capacity for export and create jobs. Prudent investments within a climate of confidence and certainty enable growth, leading to more jobs, greater prosperity, and a higher quality of life.
Each of the main political parties in Election 2019 will be invited to review and respond to the coalition’s platform, and to outline their party’s commitments and policies in response to each of our seven key principles:
- A Common Economic Agenda
- Infrastructure Investment
- Global Trade
- Indigenous Engagement
- Producing, Attracting and Retaining Talent
- Access to Capital
- Establish Strong Sustainable Fiscal Relationships
Those responses will be made public in advance of the September 10th election date.
The Coalition is comprised of the following members:
Business Council of Manitoba Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Manitoba Heavy Construction Association
Manitoba Home Builders’ Association Manitoba Real Estate Association
Manitoba Trucking Association Merit Contractors Association of Manitoba
Winnipeg Construction Association The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
Please see attached document
For additional information, please contact:
President & CEO
The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
227 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB
- by Don Stewart
National Truck Week is traditionally a week-long celebration during the first week of September and the purpose of the week-long celebration, is to recognize the important contributions made by the 400,000 Canadian women and men who keep the country's freight moving.
Provincial trucking associations, carriers, industry suppliers and other stakeholders are encouraged to undertake activities in their own province to mark the event. In previous years, provincial associations have marked the occasion with newspaper supplements, radio advertising, contests, special promotions, and special events at truck stops and roadside inspection stations.
Carriers and industry suppliers have hosted BBQs, breakfasts, truck washes, offered special giveaways to employees and marked the week event with a wide variety of activities.
The Manitoba Trucking Association participates in the community as much as we can on a year-round basis. National Trucking Week provides us with an opportunity to bring the community together with our industry. We can help worthy causes and help educate the public about our industry at the same time.
MTA Day At The Park: August 28th @ 1900-2130
Although this is not technically during National Truck Week, we are considering this event as our kickoff to NTW again this year. Our Members American Express are hosting over 150 of our Industry members at the Goldeyes game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. This will be a fun event as the Goldeye's are also members of the Association and we look forward to the camaraderie this will share at the ball park.
Member Visits: September 3rd
The MTA will be out and about visiting members, while delivering some gifts and good cheer! Time to get pumped up for the week long celebration! Whoot Whoot!!
Vehicle Maintenance Golf Tournament: September 4th @ 11:00
This years tournament will be hosted by Bridges Golf Course in Starbuck MB. It’s a four-person Texas Scramble best ball tournament that includes 18 holes (with power cart), lunch, dinner and registration gift. Proceeds will go to the MTA scholarship program, which presents MTA members or members children with over $10,000 annually for scholarships.
Headingley/Emmerson Scale BBQ in partnership with HyLife Foods, Bison Transport and Inland/CTS: September 5th @ 10:00-1500
This long time running event, has been a very rewarding day for all involved. There will be volunteers from Traction and the MTA handing out BBQ food & loot bags for all the drivers, whom pass through the scales. This is a great opportunity to thank the drivers for all they do for us Manitobans. The drivers always look forward to seeing us at the scales!
The MTA Truck Pull for United Way: Friday September 6th @ 1700-2000
What a better way to wrap up National Trucking Week then demonstrating the MB Trucking Industry’s commitment to giving back and creating a better Winnipeg. Join us in making the impossible, possible. By pulling together, we can help kids, families and seniors in our community.
At the 9th Annual MTA Truck Pull for United Way, each team will test its strength by pulling a big rig across the finish line. We are hosting the event this year in front of the MTA office at 25 Bunting Street.This family friendly event will bring together food, fun and friends from across MB’s trucking industry, in healthy competition for a good cause: a better Winnipeg.
There will be a kids zone this year that will feature a 28 foot Fire Engine slide and face painters. Join Mick E Moose, Buzz, Boomer and their friends to pull a truck or to cheer on those that are!
Truck Convoy For Special Olympics: New Date September 14th 11:00-1400
Join Manitoba's compassionate army of truck drivers at the World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics! It is a one day event where industry and law enforcement come together in a convoy that tours the perimeter highway starting at 11:00 am. After the convoy there will be a lunch, Silent Auction and Awards.
Starting at the - Trans Canada Centre (1 Rivard St, Ile Des Chenes)
Whether you're in the convoy or lining the side of the perimeter to watch, with approximately 200 trucks our convoy is 6 miles long and it's quite a sight to see!
- by Don Stewart
Provincial Truck Driving Championship Winners Announced
The Professional Truck Driving Championship is a competition for professional truck drivers to showcase their incredible driving skills. They must drive through a prescribed obstacle course, perform a timed pre trip inspection and complete a written test. The winners in each category will become the MB Champion in their class and will receive a trophy and prize.
The 2019 Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championships are officially in the books! This event was Held on June 15, at the Headingley Husky.
First Place Winners:
- Single/Tandem: Bruce McKechnie of Bison Transport Inc.
- Tandem/Tandem: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
- Super B: David Henry of REK Express
- Turn Pike: Roy Dillon of TransX Group of Companies
- Single/Tandem: Mario Tyszuk of Bison Transport
- Tandem/Tandem: Sergii Linkevych of Bison Transport (Saskatchewan Competitor)
- Super B: David Greschuk of Arnold Bros. Transportation Academy
- Turn Pike: David Phillips of Bison Transport
- Single/Tandem: Jason Novak of Canadian Freightways
- Tandem/Tandem: Jasvinder Brar of Bison Transport
- Super B: Rodney Birdsbill of Bison Transport
- Turn Pike: Darren Cassan of Arnold Bros. Transport
- 1st Place Team: Bison #1
- 2nd Place Team: Bison # 2
- 3rd Place Team: Arnold Bros. Transport
Other Competition Winners:
- First Time Entrant: Darren Cassan of Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd.
- Hal Bjornson Memorial Award: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
- Grand Champion: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
- Partner Competition: Cayla McKechnie (Bison Transport Inc)
- by Aaron Dolyniuk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Canadian Trucking Alliance
Media Contact: Marco Beghetto, VP Communications & New Media
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Canadian Truckers Laud Final ELD Rule, Including Third Party Certification
(Toronto, June 13, 2019) –Transport Minister Marc Garneau has shown great leadership in delivering an electronic logging device (ELD) rule which, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, will catapult Canada ahead of the U.S. in terms of highway safety and compliance.
CTA says today’s announcement finalizing the rule delivers on the Council of Transportation Ministers’ and First Ministers’ commitment to the industry that a mandatory, made-in-Canada ELD regulation would be introduced nationally as soon as possible.
Most importantly, the final rule requires all drivers currently required to maintain a logbook to operate a third-party certified ELD in Canada by June 2021. Transport Canada had been consulting with CTA, provincial enforcement agencies, committed ELD suppliers and other industry stakeholders since the publication of Canada Gazette I in December 2017 to review the proposed regulatory language and make additional safety improvements meant to maintain the integrity of the rule and protect the industry against hours of service non-compliance and tampering of ELD equipment.
The structure and cycle limits of the hours of service rules established in 2005 – based on years of consultation with sleep professionals, industry and government – are not changing. They will simply require electronic accounting from an ELD when the rule goes into effect.
Today’s announcement also accelerates the implementation timeframe for ELDs from the four years as originally proposed in Gazette I down to two years and, says CTA, demonstrates the effectiveness of the Canadian rulemaking process to ensure the regulatory foundations of the trucking industry are based on safety, competitiveness and counterbalance some of the operational demands placed on it by the supply chain.
“The vast majority of our companies and drivers in our industry fully comply with hours of service rules, but, undoubtedly, the implementation of tamperproof, third-party ELD devices will further enhance safety and help ensure all drivers and companies hold themselves to the highest levels of compliance,” said CTA Chair Scott Smith.
According to Transport Canada, fatigue in both truck and passenger car drivers is a factor in about 20 per cent of all collisions. There are about 9,400 HOS-related convictions per year in Canada and the introduction of certified ELDs will be a driving force in reducing these cases.
Hours of service rules and truck safety quickly became a national topic after the tragic Humboldt Bus collision. The majority of violations and convictions brought against the truck driver and company involved in that crash were related to hours of service compliance.
“Third-party certification of ELDs is critical for hours of service compliance and fatigue management as the technology behind ELD devices is key to ensuring drivers and companies follow their work-rest cycles,” says Stephen Laskowski, President, Canadian Trucking Alliance. “As we learned from the previous era of paper logbooks, the non-compliant segment of our industry, while a minority, have a history of finding workarounds of the rules. We must ensure that there are no gaps or opportunities to manipulate the technology and that compliance is the only option.
“Minister Garneau has shown true vision and leadership with this direction.”
CTA would also like to commend the work of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), CTA Team Canada and ELD suppliers for helping create a third-party regime. CTA will soon be launching an education campaign in the trade media for the carrier and shipper communities on the impact of third-party ELDs.
The Alliance will also be working with ELD manufacturers and suppliers to promote individual companies’ efforts and commitments toward becoming third-party certified.
For a summary of the ELD regulation, including links to the Gazette II announcement and technical standard, click here.
Additional Industry Commentary:
“The inclusion of third-party certifications into the Canadian ELD mandate will strengthen the industry while removing the burden of compliance from carriers. These new rules align with the deep commitment Omnitracs carries on to the well-being of every carrier and driver on the road. We appreciate Transport Canada working with us as we developed flexible ELD solutions that meet technical standards and can adapt to any future changes in regulation.” – Ray Greer, CEO, Omnitracs, LLC
“A reliable and well-supervised third-party certification process will lead to better compliance and global practices across the industry. Unlike the self-certification authorized by the FMCSA, which has revealed some weaknesses, third-party certification will ensure a universal standard for ELD providers and allow regulation to achieve its objective: to make the roads safer. The responsibility for device compliance will lie with those who should be accountable – the suppliers and not the carriers.” – Jacques DeLarochelliere, president, ISAAC Instruments.
“EROAD fully supports the third-party certification requirement for ELDs in Canada. EROAD voluntarily completed third-party certification of our U.S. ELD product, which gives confidence to carriers that the ELD solution they use complies with the requirements and assures compliance.” –Norm Ellis, president, EROAD North America
"As a leading electronic logs provider for nearly two decades, we recognize the impact these solutions have in making the roads safer for everyone. We are committed to helping Canadian fleets navigate this regulation and implement ELDs to improve their safety and fully comply with the mandate." -- Jon Passman, Chief Product and Marketing Officer for Trimble's Transportation Division.
“The Quebec Trucking Association fully supports the complete implementation of ELDs as it will ensure a level playing field for all carriers. The QTA congratulates the work done by the CTA, Minister Garneau and all the other provincial associations in taking a leap forward to guarantee a better future for the trucking industry.” – Marc Cadieux, president, Quebec Trucking Association.
“As an industry we are committed to improving road safety. Today’s announcement is a big step in the right direction and initiates the countdown toward the elimination of paper logbooks as a legal compliance option. The Canadian introduction of third-party certification of ELD devices will also ensure that the non-compliant operators in our sector cannot find workarounds to hours of service compliance in an electronic monitoring environment.” –David Carruth, Chairperson, Ontario Trucking Association.
The BC Trucking Association is committed to improving road safety. Today’s announcement not only implements ELDs but also provides for a robust, supervised third-party certification protocol which will lead to better compliance practices across our industry. It’s a big, important step to ensure that our roads are safer for everyone. – Dave Earle, president, BC Trucking Association.
“The AMTA thoroughly supports the adoption of the mandatory ELD regulation and applauds Transport Minister Marc Garneau and the CTA for their ongoing work. This announcement reinforces the need for driver accountability, and the direct correlation between driver fatigue and highway safety.” – Andrew Barnes, Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Alberta Motor Transport Association
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- by Aaron Dolyniuk
- 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:
For more information, please contact:
Manitoba Trucking Association