The youth in trucking

The youth in trucking

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“Trucking HR Canada is calling on all employers and employees in the Canadian trucking industry to have their say and complete its youth in trucking survey”

The main goal of this survey is to get better ways to attract, recruit and keep young workers in the trucking industry.

Trucking HR Canada mention that the participation will help to resolve the issues and concentrate their efforts.

With all the information collected on the survey, Trucking HR Canada should be able to plan a complete national development strategy for young people in the industry.

Within the survey there are three main themes: attraction, engagement, and challenges.

The online survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, is completely anonymous, and is open to anyone with an opinion on this subject matter, including; managers, HR personnel, drivers, etc.

There are actually two types of surveys, one for the employer and another one for the employee.

Direct link to the employer survey:

https://truckinghrengage.com/en/content/youth-drive-employer-survey-0

Direct link to the employee survey:

https://truckinghrengage.com/en/content/youth-drive-employee-survey-0

Looking for trucking jobs ?

Since we receive questions about job offer on our LinkedIn profile, we thought it would be useful for truck drivers to know where to find trucking jobs. If you are looking for a career opportunity in North America, The following links may or will interest you!

https://www.alltruckjobs.com/ (US based company only)

On this well-managed career website, you will be able to define your researches specifically. It allows you to browse truck jobs by freight or by the driver type and skills. Please notice that you also select the location of the company or where you want to travel.

 

 

 

https://www.driverlink.com/ (CAN based company only)

The closest equivalent tool to AlltrucksJobs in Canada is probably driverlink.com! They have a very user-friendly website. They have almost a hundred current job offers all across Canada for drivers or operator of all kind. You can also download their mobile application on the App store if you’re using an Apple device.

 

 

http://www.trucknews.com/driver-recruitment/

Truck News is one of the best all-around resources regarding any topics around the trucking industry. Basically a web magazine, that includes a Driver recruitment section.  You can select from a varieties of companies across North America. The application system is based on a repertoire of companies and their links to job offers.

 

 

 

https://www.indeed.com/q-North-America-Trucking-jobs.html

Indeed.com is the only general jobs offer website on the list but the number of opportunities are huge. Also, the characteristic of the applications are well described. Both Canadians and Americans companies published their offers and you can choose the salary range you want.

 

 

 

https://www.123loadboard.com/

123Loadbord is probably one of the largest data base to find truck loads in North America. You definitely have to check out this website if you are a truck owner. It also comes with a mobile app to see in real time all the available loads and where to pick them.

5 Canadian fleets on the top 20 according to Truckload Carriers Association

3 days ago, CarriersEdge and Truckload Carriers Association come together to release a top 20 list of best fleets to drive for. The 20 finalist are well known for the work environments and the professionalism of their drivers and employees. The selection process was based by the nominations of Drivers adding interviews and surveys.

Criterias included: corporate direction, policies and programs, total compensation, health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities and opportunities for advancement.

“These companies represent the best of the best in truckload. As industry innovators, they bring fresh ideas that not only create a desirable workplace for employees, but also propel trucking to exciting new terrains,” said TCA president John Lyboldt.

The top large and small fleet will be announced at the TCA’s annual convention in late March. The complete list of finalists are:

  • Bison Transport, Winnipeg, Man.
  • Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Mass.
  • Central Oregon Trucking Company, Inc, Redmond, Ore.
  • Challenger Motor Freight Inc., Cambridge, Ont.
  • Fremont Contract Carriers, Inc., Fremont, Neb.
  • FTC Transportation, Inc., Oklahoma City, Okl.
  • Garner Trucking, Inc., Findlay, Ohio
  • Grand Island Express, Inc., Grand Island, Neb.
  • Halvor Lines, Inc., Superior, Wisc.
  • Interstate Distributor Co., Tacoma, Wash.
  • Kriska Holdings Ltd., Prescott, Ont.
  • Landstar System, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Maverick Transportation, LLC, North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Motor Carrier Service, LLC, Northwood, Ohio
  • Nussbaum Transportation, Hudson, Ill.
  • ONE For Freight, Milton, Ont.
  • Prime Inc., Springfield, Mo.
  • Smokey Point Distributing, Arlington, Wash.
  • TLD Logistics Services, Inc., Knoxville, Tenn.
  • TransPro Freight Systems Ltd., Milton, Ont.

Ontario tow operators prepare for CVOR system By John G. Smith

Ontario’s Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) system expands to include tow trucks on January 1, but there will be some breathing room for those who are still waiting on the related paperwork.

Enforcement teams will follow an “education” period until May 31, which in the absence of a CVOR certificate will let towing operators supply copies of a “written test required” letter, a completed CVOR application, payment receipt, or copy of an application submitted online. That will help to ensure provincial highways are still cleared of wrecks during this winter season, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation notes.

“There is no backlog in processing the applications,” says ministry spokesman Bob Nichols, adding that 424 tow operators have now applied for a CVOR. “The five-month education period is intended to provide those tow truck operators who have not completed the application process (e.g. not yet applied or not yet written their CVOR knowledge test) with some additional time to comply.”

The new rules were unveiled in 2014 under Bill 15: Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act.

The updated rules focus on traditional tow trucks as well as commercial vehicles with a flatbed that can tilt to load and is used exclusively to tow or move other motor vehicles. Any motor vehicle “designed, modified, configured or equipped” to tow other vehicles rounds out the list.

The province requires CVOR certificates – and their nine-digit numbers — for trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight above 4,500 kilograms (about 9,900 pounds), or buses that hold 10 or more passengers, if the vehicles are plated in Ontario, the U.S. or Mexico. Equipment plated in other Canadian jurisdictions don’t require the CVOR, but do need a safety fitness certificate from the province or territory where the vehicle is plated.

Towing operators that occasionally hauled freight such as small machinery were already required to carry a CVOR.

Details about the regulatory changes have been publicized over the last year, using everything from letters to information sessions and teleconferences, and the ministry is also producing a “tip card” that enforcement teams will distribute during the education period.

Ontario’s Provincial Towing Association has hosted 20 of its own information sessions about the changes, so there should be little surprise about the CVOR requirements, says Abrams Towing’s Joey Gagne, who is also association president.

“Any good business is following most of the CVOR regulations already – inspecting your vehicles, and hiring safe drivers, and making sure your vehicles are safe for the road,” he added. “There’s no profit in downtime. There’s no profit in having breakdowns.”

Towing operators will, until further notice, enjoy exemptions from Hours of Service rules, daily inspection requirements, and the need to pull into highway scales for inspections. The next phase of regulations will include specific rules for operators, drivers and vehicles, said Nichols.

Gagne believes such exemptions exist for good reason.

“We deal with the public, and the public is different from hauling goods,” he told Today’s Trucking. Scales are not equipped to host passengers while inspections are being conducted. Besides that, most towing businesses work within a 10-kilometer radius and would seldom be exposed to the highway scales, he said.

When it comes to work hours, meanwhile, there is no hope of scheduled work. “Your car breaks down when it breaks down. You don’t know when that’s going to happen,” Gagne said.

There are other exceptions to the CVOR, including trucks or buses leased to an individual for no more than 30 days to move personal goods, as well as unloaded trucks with dealer plates or in-transit permits. Pickups with a Gross Vehicle Weigh Rating of 6,000 kilograms (13,227 pounds) are also exempted.

But there are limits to what the CVOR will accomplish in the towing industry, Gagne said. “I don’t believe CVOR is going to be a fix-all,” he said, noting how it will not address concerns about businesses that recklessly “chase” accidents.

Under a CVOR, carriers are responsible for driver conduct, the mechanical condition of the vehicle, load security, and filing records on vehicle repairs, kilometers traveled per year, and annual inspection reports, among other documents.

The CVOR monitors safety records over two years, tracking factors such as convictions, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspections, reportable collisions, and ministry sanctions.

Potential sanctions range from disciplinary letters to interviews, audits or sanctions. At severe levels, that can mean limited fleet sizes, seized plates, or the outright cancellation of operating privileges.

For more information : http://www.todaystrucking.com/ontario-tow-operators-prepare-for-cvor-system

Here’s why Ontario roads need repairs so often By todaystrucking

TORONTO—Have you ever found yourself carefully threading your way through a highway road-repair site thinking “didn’t they just fix this?” If you’re in Ontario, your memory is serving you right.  And you’re not alone.  There are lots of patch jobs that didn’t last as long as they should. The situation is costing taxpayers millions and the substandard roads cost trucking companies untold amounts in wear-and-tear, delays and in fact accidents.

Last week, the province’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk indicated that she agrees.  And that something has to be done about the situation.

Last week, she released her annual report and “found that new and rehabilitated roads throughout the province are requiring repairs far sooner than expected, and that these premature failures are costing taxpayers millions of dollars in additional expenditures.”

The report linked these problems directly to the lack of a rigorous and independent quality-assurance. “Contractors are ‘essentially monitoring themselves with respect to engineering and material quality,’” the report states.

trucking road repairs lysykTAR TREK: Auditor General Lysyk says premature road failures are costing taxpayers millions

The report said the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) increasing use of performance-based contracts has been a significant factor in this erosion of government oversight.Since these procurement arrangements (first introduced in 2010) require contractors to warrant that their work will meet specifications over defined periods of time, it was felt that independent testing and inspections were largely unnecessary.

As a result, contractors have been allowed to hire their own Quality Veri­fication Engineers (QVEs) to certify that key construction activities are performed to appropriate standards, and to collect and submit their own asphalt samples for quality testing.

One body that’s particularly pleased with the report is the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories (CCIL).

“We support the Auditor-General’s recommendations that MTO put in place the controls and processes that will restore independent oversight,” said Derwyn Reuber, Executive Director of CCIL. “This is critically important to assuring the public that their roads and bridges are safe and that their tax dollars are being spent wisely, especially now with the province planning to invest $18 billion on highway expansion and rehabilitation over the next 10 years.”

Reuber also applauded MTO’s response to the report. The Ministry said it will be developing an Action Plan that addresses the Auditor General’s observations and recom­mendations, and it will assume oversight of test samples starting next year.

“We’ve been urging the province to take a hard look at these issues, and we’re pleased that MTO is now moving forward,” Reuber commented. “We’re ready to work with Ministry officials in any way we can to help ensure that standards are being met and taxpayers are getting the best value for their money.”

Reuber added that his organization has been studying this  particular issue for about four years and he’s confident that the majority of contractors don’t cut corners or intentionally mislead inspectors, adding, “but some do, and the temptation’s there, especially if they’re trying to save money.”

He said as far as he knows, this is an Ontario problem. “To the best of my knowledge other provinces are adhering to more traditional means of inspections,” Reuber said.

Looking for place to nap? There’s an app for that.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Truck Parking Europe, the largest free parking app for truckers in Europe, is expanding to the United States with a new crowd-sourced app for truckers looking for a safe place to park.  The  new app–Truck Parking USA– is scheduled to launch in 2017 and will provide  truckers in the U.S. with access to the nearest parking and rest stops, reviews and more.

According to recent reports, as many as 75% of American truckers say  finding a safe place to park is one of their biggest challenges on a day to day basis. The ability to find quality parking alternatives with real time updates about availability is critical to driver safety.  Already in Europe, the Truck Parking app has helped hundreds of thousands of truckers stay safe while parked around the continent.

“With 3.5 million American truckers on the road today, it should come as no surprise that finding safe parking for them all is strain on state department of transportations,” said Niels de Zwaan, director of Truck Parking USA. “These truckers are the backbone of the American economy and as such deserve a voice and advocate for their safety.”

First launched in 2013, Truck Parking Europe has a database that includes more than 18,000 truck parking spaces from Ireland to Ukraine, with a total of more than 220,000 parking options for European truckers. Supported by the leading logistics software company PTV Group, Truck Parking Europe and USA harnesses state of the art route calculation to ensure truckers are getting the right information, every time.

There is no equivalent app for Canadian parking. Yet.

For more informartion : http://www.todaystrucking.com/looking-for-place-to-nap-theres-an-app-for-that

US fleet sees safety improvements using in-cab video By Truck News

CARNESVILLE, Ga. – Davis Transfer president and CEO Todd David was going to have lunch to discuss implementing a video safety program into his fleet when he got the call every fleet manager dreads.

One of his trucks was involved in a fatal accident with a cyclist.

“What we had heard about the accident and the details we knew were very foggy,” he recalled. “That immediately persuaded me that we needed to know as soon as something happened or very quickly after, what we were dealing with.”

Davis Transfer’s trucks operate mostly in congested areas and the company has seen an increase in accidents involving litigation over the past eight years, Davis said.

“One of the problems trucking companies face is, when we are involved in an accident we have no idea the type of accident or the severity of the accident,” Davis said. “A lot of the information we get right away from the driver is incorrect.”

Davis Transfer opted for the SmartDrive video safety system, with forward- and driver-facing cameras, or as Davis prefers to call them, event recorders. Up to 80 different events can trigger a recording, which is first sent to SmartDrive’s review experts for analysis. If the event requires intervention from the fleet, the file goes into a coaching queue and the fleet’s safety department takes it from there, reviewing the footage with the driver and providing additional training to address the behavior.

“Davis Transfer was very specific about the risks they wanted to go after and we were able to customize that general response center to help them focus in on the events and types of risks they wanted to coach out of their fleet,” said Garland Yarborough of SmartDrive.

The company piloted the program across 20 trucks and found even some of its top drivers had developed bad habits, even though they had maintained clean driving records.

“One driver in particular had great miles, but he kept getting an event. He was running his truck off the road, which is one of the things that triggers the event recording system,” explained Brittany Britt, safety director with Davis Transfer. “He had a habit of looking at his phone while driving. We developed a coaching program specific to his need.”

The company has since rolled the program out across its entire fleet of 350 trucks. The system has also exonerated drivers of blame in certain crashes, Britt pointed out. During a webinar with SmartDrive this week, she showed a video in which a motorist pulled directly in front of a Davis truck that was traveling along safely, below the posted speed limit.

Davis Transfer uses an online training program from Mindflash to train drivers on the behaviors that are causing events.

Davis said drivers typically fall into two categories: the operationally excellent drivers who’ve become complacent and can correct their behavior; and the drivers who aren’t operationally excellent and are also unsafe and aren’t able or willing to adjust their driving behaviors.

“On the more experienced guy that’s good operationally, we’re going to work with him and give him every chance to improve,” Davis said, noting about 80% of drivers improve with coaching.

The results of the program have been impressive. Davis Transfer has a turnover rate of about 48%, including terminations, which is well below US standards. It saw its ratio of preventable crashes drop from more than 70% of all crashes in 2014 to less than 40% in 2016. Its crash indicator BASIC under CSA was over 80% when it launched the program and has now been driven down to 20%.

It has seen a 90% decrease in unsafe following distances, a 40% decrease in speeding and a 51% reduction in drivers using mobile devices.

SmartDrive Systems has also announced recent upgrades to its platform. It has doubled video capacity to more than 16 days; it introduced enhanced coaching workflow with contextual driving analytics, improving usability and unlocking driver performance insights; it added a skills-based coaching mode to event-oriented coaching, enabling an individualized approach to every driver; and it offers video on-demand capabilities with full mobility support and a “shopping cart” video ordering experience.

For more on the system, visit www.smartdrive.net.

Québec modifications

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Changement de réglementation au Québec.

New rules in Québec.

For more information : https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/transportation-goods/heavy-vehicles/mechanical-inspection-and-maintenance/safety-standards-road-vehicles/

Pour plus d’information : https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/transport-biens/vehicule-lourd/verification-entretien-mecanique/normes-securite-vehicules-routiers/

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US trucking conditions moving in carriers’ favor by Truck news

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Trucking conditions in the US are improving, which should boost pricing and margins for carriers through the end of next year.

That’s according to the latest FTR Trucking Conditions Index, which came in at 5.47 in September, a slight retreat from August levels but reflecting an overall positive trend for carriers. The reading reflects a modest tightening in capacity, FTR reports. It is forecasting trucking conditions to peak in late 2017 or early 2018, as additional regulations that could reduce capacity take effect.

“The presidential election results have created some uncertainty in the market, mainly due to the lack of political and legislative experience from president-elect Donald Trump,” said Jonathan Starks, chief operating officer with FTR. “There are certainly several areas where the new administration could make an impact on the marketplace – with regulations being the chief area of presidential power in that regard. We will learn more in the upcoming weeks and months as the administration’s team is finalized and the legislative and regulatory agenda is cemented. I wouldn’t look for any significant impacts to the US economy until relatively late in 2017. The US economy should continue to grow – and trucking will grow slowly with it.”

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Despite drop in thefts, CargoNet advises to be vigilant during US Thanksgiving By Truck News

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Truck and cargo theft during the American Thanksgiving weekend has been on the decline, according to CargoNet.

The analytics business examined theft trends during the holiday week from 2012-15 and found that there were 107 cargo thefts and 39 trucking vehicle thefts during that time.

In 2012, 50 thefts were recorded, compared to 34 in both 2013 and 2014 and 28 in 2015.

CargoNet’s 2012-15 analytics determined that the estimated loss value for stolen cargo was $8.2 million, and on average, each individual theft was valued at $147,059.

Forty-one per cent of all incidents were not recognized until at least one day after the theft occurred, which resulted in no available leads for law enforcement to go on.

Texas led the way in Thanksgiving week thefts, with 35 reported, nearly double the next highest state, California, where 20 occurred.

Food and beverage items were the cargo of choice for thieves, with 31 incidents reported. Twelve thefts of electronics were reported; 11 of metals and 10 of apparel and accessories.

No turkeys were reported stolen in CargoNet’s analysis.

 For more information : http://www.trucknews.com/security/despite-drop-thefts-cargonet-advises-vigilant-us-thanksgiving/1003075530/