- by Don Stewart
National Truck Week has come and gone and the MTA always looks forward to this one week every year. We do our best to celebrate and thank drivers across Canada, not just on National Trucking Week, but all year round. Truck drivers are one of the most critical and important careers we have on the planet.
In honor of National Truck Week, please see the below for some of the reasons you should thank our Canadian Truck Drivers.
1) Tradition That Spans Generations:
In todays world, kids are occupied and focused on electronics in the back seat during a road trip vs counting cows or playing eye spy. What is the one thing that consistently gets kids to pay attention to the world around them on the highway? Looking for and asking truck drivers to blow the big horn! Todays truck drivers still watch for the familiar air horn arm pumping action and will often indulge whenever it is safe and possible to do so.
Thank a truck driver for continuing this tradition and putting smiles on the faces of your kids on a long road trip!
2) Truck Drivers draw from experiences learned driving to flourish outside the industry:
Driving a truck across our Country, Provinces or North America are bound to lead to unique views of the world and create life experiences. Many truck drivers have utilize these experiences as tools to achieve professional goals outside of the industry of trucking. Can you guess which of the below actors were truck drivers, prior to hitting the silver screen?
- Charles Bronson
- James Cameron
- Chevy Chase
- Sean Connery
- Rock Hudson
- Richard Pryor
- Viggo Mortensen
- Liam Neeson
- Elvis Presley
I hope you guessed all of them?! This shows that there are many different personalities and the diversity available on the road. For many truck drivers it is what they do for a living, but doesn't define who they are as people. Many drivers have become incredibly successful in business, politics and the arts.
Thank a truck driver for their persistence to follow their dreams!
3) Truck Drivers are incredibly generous with their time and wallets:
The trucking community sticks together and never more so than in times of need. This type of camaraderie is vital since conventional charities are often unable to meet the unique needs of truck drivers on the road. There are many charities truck drivers donate hard earned money and or their time. During National Trucking Week, our drivers help raise over $100,000 for charities right here in our own back yard. Whether it is participating in the Provincial Truck Driving Championships, Truck Pull or the world's largest Convoy our drivers are present and happy to help others.
Thank a truck driver for being generous in the times of need!
4) Truck Drivers see us through some of our toughest storms.
From hurricanes and snow storms to floods and forest fires, all of these types of potential disasters need supplies for a relief effort. Without truck drivers delivering the majority of these supplies, these type of scenarios would be devastating. Truck drivers are willing to sacrifice themselves to ensure others are safe and well.
Thank a truck driver for helping us through the toughest storms!
5) Truck Drivers put in longer days than most.
Those of us with office jobs generally work between 8-12 hours a day on average. When you're home and playing with the kids or making dinner, a truck driver is still on the road away from their families, while ensuring that our goods are being delivered. Everything you touch has been in a truck at one time or another.
Thank a truck driver for the long hours and the time away from home!
6) Truck Drivers invest in safety day in and day out.
According to MPI statistics, there were a total of 120,355 commercial vehicles registered in Manitoba in 2016 and over 54,000 are heavy trucks. This is an increase of 12% over 2015 and a 53% increase from 2006. Despite the trucking industry's continued growth, the number of commercial vehicles involved in collisions in 2016, decreased overall by 14% compared to the previous five year (2011 to 2015) annual average. In accordance to these statistics, Heavy trucks are the safest vehicles on the roads, especially when you take in to account a trucks exposure or risk to accident over miles driven! These statics are substantiating that drivers are trending in the right direction, towards a goal of zero incidents or accidents.
Thank a truck driver for being a professional and focusing on safety!
7) Truck Drivers move our freight and contribute to the bottom line.
Canadian truck drivers move over 225 billion tonnes-kilometres of freight annually, and over 80% of all freight intra provincially. What are they moving around? Our freight! which would include anything from a toothbrush to building supplies and it is all reliant on truck drivers. Imagine going to the store and not being able to pick up your milk or bread... or you receive a phone call telling you that your holiday to Disney World is cancelled because the fuel didn't get delivered to the aircraft!? Truck drivers play a vital role in our day to day life and a world without truck drivers would be a scary place.
Thank a truck driver for delivering everything you need and for keeping our country moving!
Although kids fantasize about being Spiderman, Wonder woman or Superman, in my mind Truck Drivers are the real heroes of today! We shouldn't only recognise Truck Drivers efforts during National Trucking Week, we should be thanking them everyday!
- by Don Stewart
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!
- by Aaron Dolyniuk
Forwarded from Manitoba Infrastrucutre
Notice of ROAD CLOSURE
PTH 110 (Brandon Eastern Access)
Railway repairs at the CN railway crossing on PTH 110 (Brandon Eastern Access) between Richmond Avenue East and 17th Street East will result in lane closures for all vehicular traffic.
Both North and southbound lanes of PTH 110 (Brandon Eastern Access) are scheduled to close for two days starting at 9:00 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2018 until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Commercial vehicles (including vehicles transporting dangerous goods) will be able to detour around the closure using Richmond Avenue East and 17th Street East. Permitted oversized/overweight vehicles will be required to use alternate routes that have been approved by Manitoba Infrastructure.
Information and updates regarding the road closure will be available on the Highway Information ((Manitoba 511 - Road and Traveler Information) website, http://www.manitoba511.ca/en/ or by calling 204-945-3704 or toll free at 1-877-627-6237.
To discuss specific permit requirements/alternate routes, Permit Services may be contacted directly at 204-945-3961 or toll free at 1-877-812-0009.
Your anticipated cooperation during the required road closure is greatly appreciated.
- by Don Stewart
National Truck Week is traditionally a weeklong celebration during the first week of September and the purpose of the weeklong 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 29th @ 1900-2130
Although this is not technically during National Truck Week, we are considering this event as our kickoff to NTW. Our ATD Members American Express are hosting a number of our members at the Goldeyes game against the Fargo Red Hawks. This will be a fun event as the Goldeye's are also members of the Association and we look forward to the comradery this will share at the ball park.
Member Visits: September 4th
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 5th @ 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 Scale BBQ Sponsored By Traction Heavy Duty Truck Parts: September 6th @ 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 At Assiniboine Park: Friday September 7th @ 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 at the Iconic Location Assiniboine Park Pavilion. 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 22nd 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 a NEW LOCATION! - 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
2018 Manitoba Prosperity Report
The Manitoba Employers Council (MEC), established in 1980, is the largest collective of individual employers and employer associations in Manitoba. MEC represents the interests of Manitoba employers in matters relating to employment, including: labour relations, human resource management, employment standards, and workers compensation and workplace safety and health.
Through reviewing and analyzing key indicators MEC can determine whether Manitoba reached its prosperity potential, relative to the neighbouring jurisdictions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. If that potential wasn’t reached, MEC presents policy recommendations to achieve that prosperity.
The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) has had a long standing relationship with MEC and as a result, the MTA helps steer the direction of the Prosperity Report, while ensure our industries key indicators are considered.
How did Manitoba do in the 4th edition of the 2018 Prosperity Report?
Manitoba performed poorly in several key areas such as:
- Last in GDP per capita;
- Last in net interprovincial migration;
- Highest family taxes;
- Fewest businesses per capita;
- Lowest postsecondary graduation rate;
- Largest public-sector employment;
- Most expensive provincial government; and
- Lowest weekly earnings.
A large public sector is very expensive, so it should come as no surprise that Manitoba has the most expensive government and are charged the highest taxes. Although this years report doesn't rate the quality of service that Manitoban's receive from government, but in accordance to other reports and in comparison to other provinces, Manitoba has inferior services. MEC is recommending the Province strongly focus on addressing the below recommendations.
- Reduce the size and cost of the provincial government;
- Reduce the province’s debt load and eliminate the deficit;
- Reverse interprovincial migration losses;
- Increase high school and post-secondary graduation rates;
- Increase rates of entrepreneurship;
- Reduce red tape;
- Reduce personal income taxes through rate reductions and increasing brackets;
- Eliminate the payroll tax
The MTA staff have been working in partnership with government on many opportunities and strategies, to help ensure our Industry is a safe, vibrant and healthy industry for years to come in Manitoba. Some of the strategies that the MTA staff have been pursuing, that would address the recommendations from MEC would include:
- The MTA has actively lobbied for red tape reductions across a number of government departments
- The MTA is actively engaged with Manitoba Infrastructure’s Service Delivery Review with an aim towards uncovering opportunities to maintain or improve services while reducing size/cost/overhead for government
- The MTA is an active participant in the Province’s Economic Development Strategy
- The MTA is seeking to administer a provincial sector council and is also currently developing an industry educational strategy. Both of these items are in support of increased industry training and employment opportunities
- Finally, the MTA is very aggressively working with the province on taxation and environmental opportunities in an effort to support reasonable and effective taxation that supports economic activity opposed to penalizing it
We encourage you to review the 2018 Manitoba Prosperity Report, for a copy of this report contact the Manitoba Trucking Association at:
- by Don Stewart
An agreement has been struck between the province and CentrePort Canada that has cleared the way for the inland port to finally get started on the development of a unique industrial rail park.
CentrePort has released a request for proposals seeking private-sector partnership for the $100 million-plus development designed to attract rail-intensive industrial tenants who will be able to access Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.’s main line.
The expectation is the facility will be built in phases — that could take as long as 15 years to complete — on a 665-acre parcel of land just west of Sturgeon Road on the north side of CentrePort Canada Way that the province has agreed to sell to CentrePort.
The development will include switching and spur lines connecting to the CP main line that runs through the north part of CentrePort’s 20,000-acre footprint.
The rail park concept has been in the works for years. An anchor tenant was announced more than two years ago, but the company, BroadGrain Commodities, has since gone on to do a development in Saskatchewan.
In the course of its review of provincial business commitments, the province has recently signed off on CentrePort’s business plan, including guaranteeing an additional $1.5 million to CentrePort’s line of credit.
CentrePort CEO Diane Gray said she's confident about the potential for this development. She said in pre-marketing discussions with potential development partners from Canada and the U.S. there has already been interest.
"This is the transformational piece of the inland port," she said.
The provincial government decision to give the go-ahead sets the stage for CentrePort’s future self-sufficiency. Negotiations with potential partners will include ongoing revenue for CentrePort Canada Inc. and a share in the profits of the operation of the rail park.
"What this does is confirm the government support for what is the key priority of our business that then sustains the vision of CentrePort going forward," Gray said.
"The government has put all major economic projects under review. They were entitled to do so. If I was a new government, I would have done the same thing."
- by Don Stewart
Simply put, Truck Drivers should be concerned about health and fitness. While taking weeks or even month long trips, there are lifestyle changes that truck drivers need to follow in order to stay fit. It’s important for truck drivers to ask themselves “How do I stay healthy on the road?” For some, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging because they may not have the resources that people in other professions have, but that’s not to say that living a healthy life as a truck driver isn’t possible.
Tips for Truck Drivers to Stay Healthy
- Eat breakfast everyday
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for anyone whether you’re a professional truck driver or not. According to a study done by consumer reports, people who eat breakfast regularly tend to have better diets overall, consuming more fruit, vegetables, milk and whole grains. Eating breakfast increases your blood sugar which gives you energy to start your day. It also prolongs your need to eat lunch and keeps you moving throughout the day, which is important for truck drivers taking long trips.
Some healthy and simple breakfast ideas for truck drivers include oatmeal, fresh fruit, protein bars, or a mixture of different breakfast foods. Some drivers suggest eating a larger breakfast, and then smaller portions (healthier snacks) throughout the rest of the day to stay healthy, while avoiding hunger.
- Snack on healthy foods to reduce meal portions
Snacking on healthy foods throughout the day will help you cut down on meal portions. Healthier snack foods that truckers can take on the road with them include:
- Hummus and veggies
- Hard boiled eggs
- Dried fruits
- Mixed nuts
- Cheese-Not Processed
- Dark chocolate
- Eat more salad and leafy greens
Eating leafy greens two times per day will increase your focus on the road. Leafy greens are a good source of Vitamin K which prevents certain age related conditions. They also help lower cholesterol and preserve your vision.
- Drink lots of water
Not drinking enough water can affect a driver’s alertness on the road. Drivers should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day to ensure their bodies are functioning to their full potential.
- Don’t consume more than 2 cups of coffee per day
Coffee may help drivers stay awake, but consuming too much caffeine isn’t good for anyone. Following all of these other steps while getting an adequate amount of sleep should reduce the need for a lot of coffee. However, two cups of coffee per day is acceptable for drivers to take in.
- Cut pop out of your diet
Soda dehydrates the body and is abundant in sugar. There are so many healthier beverage options including water, juice and tea.
- Get enough sleep
Truck drivers should sleep for at least 7 hours per day in a dark and quiet place. Canadian research, 1 in 5 deaths on the roadway are caused by drivers who fell asleep while driving. Sleep is the key to health and safety, especially if you’re working long hours as a truck driver.
- Take time to rest
To avoid restlessness while driving, take a short break when necessary and safe to do so. Pull to a rest stop and grab a snack or just stretch your legs and do some simple exercises. Small breaks can revamp your drive and give you more energy. You can take a few minutes to just touch your toes, roll out your neck or even do some jumping jacks to get your blood flow circulating properly.
- Avoid fast food
Truck drivers are often temped with fast food because of its convenience. Try to avoid this unhealthy option at all costs. If you must go through a drive-thru, make a healthier food choice such as a salad or simply avoid the salty condiments and sides.
Drivers should exercise at least three times per week to avoid being unhealthy. 52 percent of drivers have an issue with weight which is more than double the 21 percent of the general population. There are a myriad of workouts that truck drivers can participate in while on the road. While stopping for rest, drivers can take a short, 15-minute jog or fast pace walk. These exercises do not require any equipment and can be done anywhere. If you need some direction, there are numerous workout routines on YouTube. Some more exercises drivers can do include:
- 5 minute sprints
- 4 sets of 10 squats
- 4 sets of 10 heel rises
- 2 sets of 12 pushups
- 4 sets of 15 crunches
- 2 planks for 30 seconds each
- 4 sets of 12 abs—touch your knees to your chest
- 15-minute walk to cool down
No matter how important a load, truck drivers shouldn’t neglect their health and fitness. Following these tips and health guidelines should be an easy way for truck drivers to commit to healthy living.
If you would like to more information concerning truck drivers health, Please contact:
- by Don Stewart
The provincial government has made it clear it is not utilizing the revenues generated from a carbon tax for efficiency programming.
This decision is counter to the government’s original direction, as laid out in the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. This reversal has the government using the carbon tax to underwrite other financial commitments opposed to funding a carbon reduction strategy.
MTA staff worked in partnership with the government to develop a meaningful emissions reduction plan. A plan that would allow Manitoba to better understand the importance of fuel efficiency to our industry. This information was shared with the government in the form of our GrEEEner Trucking Fuel Efficiency Initiative, with the goal of industry approved short, medium and longer-term tools for reducing trucking GHG's.
It has always been the intention of the MTA to have the GrEEEner program self-funded by the trucking industry. Manitoba’s decision on the carbon tax has been made, however a meaningful fuel efficiency plan for trucking has not.
So where do we go from here?
The MTA has organised a Carbon Strategy Committee, which has been diligently working towards an industry approved carbon reduction strategy that will encourage and incentivise, meaningful efficiency activity which is good environmentally and economically.
The committee recently met with both the Minister of Sustainable Development and the Minister of Finance. At that meeting all agreed, that some interim measures for the trucking industry made sense and a commitment was made to meet with the MTA, to discuss what this might look like. MTA staff are currently working on scheduling this discussion.
Members with specific questions or comments are encouraged to contact MTA staff for details.
- by Don Stewart
Diversity and Inclusion: A Roadmap for Canada's Trucking and Logistics Industry
For many years, leaders have been discussing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but why now? Why in 2018?
In essence, the world is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Because of changes in the workforce, marketplace and workplace, successful companies have recognised they require a different approach to management, in order to stay ahead of the wave.
To address the changing nature of demographics, the workplace, and the marketplace, Canadian organisations are taking a proactive approach. Some organisations are reconfiguring the demographic composition of their workforces to more closely match their consumer market-base. Other organisations are hiring people who bring new perspectives and solutions to an increasingly complex business environment.
Organisations are increasingly compelled to publicly report diversity and inclusion practices and policies. For example, Canadian publicly listed companies must report on their practices through Corporate Responsibility Statements. Other organisations are sharing their diversity policies and practices with their customers, as some customers are only doing business with diversity and inclusion leaders, within their industries.
Clearly, external forces are pushing Canadian organisations to get in front of the diversity and inclusion wave. To better understand the current state, corporate drivers, and leading practices of diversity and inclusion,Trucking HR has developed a new roadmap to help employers establish a diversity and inclusion framework for their company. The roadmap is an easy guide with step-by-step information, starting with the business case and how to get buy in from decision makers, all the way through to implementing and evaluating a solid framework.
For more information about Diversity and Inclusion or to download the Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap: https://truckinghr.com/content/employers/recruitme...
- by Don Stewart
GOVERNMENT CONSULTING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF STANDARDIZED SYSTEM OF TRAINING FOR COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVERS:
The Manitoba Trucking Association has been advocating for Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for new drivers in Manitoba for many years. The MTA remains committed, that the educational requirement be in line with the National Occupational Standards (NOS)
Although there is still lots of work to be done, the MTA is encouraged by the below announcement and look forward to working with the province, while moving towards MELT.
government of Manitoba is consulting on the implementation of a standardized
system of training and certification for commercial truck drivers,
Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.
“Our first priority is public safety on roadways and that is why we are announcing that we have started work across government to consider how a standardized system could work for the trucking industry,” Schuler said. “This is something the trucking industry has asked for and we want to work together in a collaborative way to see how this would work in Manitoba.”
Work will be done across government through Manitoba Infrastructure, Manitoba Education and Training, and Manitoba Public Insurance. A standardized system of training would allow for a uniform standard for all truck drivers across the province and would allow road safety to be the number one priority in issuing licenses. Educators in the province already provide training, approved by the province and Manitoba Public Insurance, to the current National Occupational Standard. However, there is no current requirement for new drivers to access this training.
Other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, have either already changed their standard or are in process of working and engaging with stakeholders on upgrading to this standard.
“It is clear that Manitoba needs to start this work to ensure that all provinces are moving together on a standardized system of training,” Schuler added. “This work is beginning immediately and we hope to move forward with a plan of action as soon as possible.”
For More Information regarding MELT: Please Contact Terry Shaw 204 632-6600