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Essential Cross-Border Shipments Clarified - CBP Statement

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Trucking Associations across Canada have been receiving a high volume of call from Carriers, Drivers, Shippers and Receivers wanting to understand what essential travel is across the Canada/US border. The attached document from U.S. Customs clarifies this suggesting the movement of goods (and trucks) as being permissible (see page 4)

To see the letter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Click Here


 

CTA: Canada Life and Health Insurance Association Stand Up for Trucking Industry

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Toronto, March 20, 2020) -- Members of Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) are confirming that group out-of-country medical coverage for commercial truckers will continue uninterrupted.

“The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) applauds CLHIA for stepping up in this time of crisis. Our nation’s truck drivers are working hard to ensure the vital goods Canadians require during the COVID-19 crisis are delivered on-time. These drivers need to know their insurers are behind them every step of the way at a time their services are more critical than ever,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski.

As the Canadian COVID-19 crisis began to escalate, concerns emerged regarding health insurance coverage for truck drivers travelling in the US. Since that time, CTA and its provincial association partners have been working with the insurance sector, federal government and various provincial governments to address the situation.

“With restrictions to non-essential travel beginning in the coming days, Canada’s insurers want to be clear that commercial truckers will not lose their group out-of-country medical coverage due to recent travel restrictions,” Stephen Frank, President and CEO of CLHIA said. “The commercial trucking industry is providing crucial services to support Canadians with goods at all times, but particularly now.”

CLHIA members represent the vast majority of Canada’s life and health insurance business. CTA recommends members contact kdorse@clhia.ca to ensure their provider is a member of CLHIA.

CTA continues to work with the insurance sector and all levels of government to get the same level of unequivocal clarification for independent owner-operators and company drivers who are covered by a group benefit plans. Insurance companies covering such drivers, who intend to make similar declarations to CLHIA, can send these statements to marco.beghetto@cantruck.ca. CTA will publish these statements on its website and dedicated COVID-19 information page.

“This is a moment in time for everyone in the insurance industry to come together and support the men and women who provide this essential service,” added Laskowski. “CTA would like to thank the Government of Canada and all provincial governments for the ongoing dialogue on this and all other matters related to trucking – their support and guidance has been tremendous.”


Marco Beghetto

VP, Communications & New Media

555 Dixon Rd. Toronto

416-249-7401 ext 238

Marco.beghetto@ontruck.org


 

MTA Unsurprised by OAG Findings on Commercial Vehicle Safety Oversight

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - Winnipeg, MB- The Manitoba Trucking Association is appreciative of the work done by Manitoba’s Office of the Auditor General but unsurprised by findings in a report released today.

“We know that this report will help the general public better understand the opportunities for improving commercial vehicle safety in Manitoba. However, nothing in this report is news to us or Manitoba Infrastructure. The MTA has been requesting change on behalf of our industry for a long time - years, even decades,” explain Terry Shaw, Executive Director of the Manitoba Trucking Association. “This report supports what we have been advocating for on behalf of our members. It will better inform the public about safety oversight of our industry, and that the will of an informed public will guide this government’s decision-making.”

The report, “Department of Infrastructure: Oversight of Commercial Vehicle Safety”, covered the time period from April 2017 to August 2018, and examined the adequacy of the Department of Infrastructure’s oversight of commercial vehicle safety, including the motor-carrier safety fitness program, on-road commercial vehicle inspections, and strategic planning and performance management. The conclusion of the Office of the Auditor General is that oversight of commercial vehicle safety is inadequate in Manitoba, with gaps in management of on-road inspections, weak planning and performance measurement processes, and that safety-fitness programs practices are insufficient to verify and promote road safety.

“When you read through this report, you will see that the department agrees with every single recommendation provided by the Office of the Auditor General. Some of these have been on our list since the early 2000s. What we question is why and how any of these items are still up for discussion? They should have been resolved years ago to improve road safety in Manitoba,” adds John Erik Albrechtsen, President of the MTA.

Some specific recommendations from the report include:

  • better assessment and promotion of new entrants’ safety fitness,
  • strengthening checks for chameleon carriers,
  • improved methodology to grade and assess operators’ safety performance,
  • flag for follow-up those operators within the total population who pose the greatest safety risk to the public and are most in need of improvement,
  • help poor-performing operators identify underlying safety-management weaknesses and take appropriate corrective action,
  • determine and document the likely underlying causes and corrective actions needed to address any identified non-compliance with safety regulations,
  • require all operators flagged as poor performers to include reports on their progress in implementing action-plans for improvement when renewing their certificates,
  • ensure that all methods used to award operators “satisfactory” safety-fitness ratings are transparent, can be logically defended, and treat all operators with similar safety-records consistently,
  • seek greater clarity on its current practice of not requiring any U.S.-based carriers operating in Manitoba to be registered in Manitoba’s safety-fitness program,
  • stop registering commercial operators of heavy-farm-trucks in the safety-fitness program without requiring them to obtain safety-fitness certificates,
  • improve the percentage of commercial truck traffic subject to inspection,
  • adopt greater variability in its weigh station and patrol operating hours in order to make them less predictable,
  • build on its past success in increasing the number of inspections being performed,
  • develop a documented performance management process for its on-road enforcement officers,
  • develop and implement a formal plan for commercial vehicle safety.

“Regulations are only as good as the oversight associated with them. Opportunities for improvement have been confirmed by Manitoba’s Auditor General so what our industry members want to know is when Manitoba Infrastructure actually plans to implement the recommendations agreed to in this report?” concludes Shaw.

The Manitoba Trucking Association is very appreciative of the work done by Manitoba’s Office of the Auditor General to highlight the current state of commercial vehicle oversight provincially, and looks forward to working with Manitoba Infrastructure on the implementation of these recommendations.

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For more information, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director

Manitoba Trucking Association

204-632-6600

tshaw@trucking.mb.ca


 

Trucking HR Canada Awards 2019 Top Fleet Employers at Annual Gala

- 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.

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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:
Bridget O’Shaughnessy
Manager, Marketing and Communications
info@truckingHR.com
613-244-4800 x 302


 

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:

  1. A Common Economic Agenda
  2. Infrastructure Investment
  3. Global Trade
  4. Indigenous Engagement
  5. Producing, Attracting and Retaining Talent
  6. Access to Capital
  7. 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

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For additional information, please contact:

Chuck Davidson

President & CEO

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

227 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB

d. 204-948-0107

c. 204-782-1679

e. cdavidson@mbchamber.mb.ca

Growing Manitoba Economy - Final.pdf


 

Feds Announce ELD Final Rule

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canadian Trucking Alliance

Media Contact: Marco Beghetto, VP Communications & New Media

(416) 249-7401 x 238 Marco.Beghetto@Cantruck.ca

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

Marco Beghetto

VP, Communications & New Media

555 Dixon Rd. Toronto

416-249-7401 ext 238

Marco.beghetto@ontruck.org


 

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

 

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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