Is Your Truck Ready For Winter?

- by Don Stewart

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

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

Check DEF system

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

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

Check and maintain engine heaters

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

Check coolant for proper protection levels.

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

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

Fuel matters

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

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

Check battery

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

Prepare for a clear view

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

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

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

Check the operation of heated mirrors, if so equipped.

Ensure traction

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

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

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

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

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

Check exhaust systems

Check exhaust systems to assure they are free of leaks.

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

Engine maintenance

On diesel-engine models, check glow plug operation.

Check all belts and hoses, and replace as necessary.

Keep it clean

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

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

Don't forget

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

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

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

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

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Are You Taking Advantage?

- by Don Stewart

Are you taking full advantage of the advertising opportunities below?

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

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

Manitoba Trucking Guide for Shippers:

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

Western Canada Highway News:

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

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

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Investing In Our Community Is Good For Business

- by Don Stewart

Investing in our community is a great way to give back to those who have helped support our industry. Many people enjoy the intangible benefit of giving. Giving back to your community will not only give you a great feeling locally, but the comfort of at least trying to make the world a better place.

There are tangible benefits to giving back to the community as well. The most obvious example would be pending the amount of your monetary donation, you would receive a charitable deduction on your income tax. Promoting our industry and getting the word out about the positive impacts that trucking contributes daily, would be an excellent tangible while giving back to the community.

Partnering with a charity or to sponsor an event is great exposure to potential partnerships. Supporting charities and attending charitable events is an incredible opportunity for internal team building, while in a less formal atmosphere. In addition to visiting with associates at events, you are spending time with likeminded business people, while developing meaningful relationships and all the while helping those in need.

As successful members of the community our abilities to help those that are less fortunate is an opportunity to contribute to the common good. Sometimes you’re unable to contribute monetarily, however in those instances we can still donate our time and skillsets. Volunteering on a committee or with a local organization, is still an opportunity to give back and appreciate being a part of something worthwhile and noble.

As you may be aware, we just celebrated National Truck Week from September 3rd through September 9th. Locally the Manitoba Trucking Association hosted, co-partnered and participated in 5 events to help celebrate our industry and help give back to our community. With your support and unwavering commitment to our community, the MTA helped raise over a $100,000 for various charities within our community.

The MTA was taken aback this entire week with an incredible sense of pride and amazement. Pride of being part of an industry that is based on family, friends and amazed at the overwhelming sense of community and giving back. For all those who generously donated their time, money and pride… A heartfelt Thank You from the Manitoba Trucking Association.


Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

- 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 Don Stewart

August 17, 2017

Premier Brian Pallister today announced the appointment of deputy ministers to support the recent changes in the provincial government.

“I’m confident these senior managers will provide the expertise and effort we need to meet our outcomes,” said the premier. “Their contributions are integral to our work and I am joined by my colleagues in offering my thanks for their service.”

The following new appointments have been made:
• Fred Meier – clerk of the executive council and cabinet secretary;
• Jim Hrichishen – deputy minister of finance (continues) and associate clerk of executive council (new);
• Angie Bruce – deputy minister of Indigenous and northern relations and deputy minister of municipal relations;
• Grant Doak – deputy minister of Crown services;
• Julie Frederickson – deputy minister of sport, culture and heritage;
• Dave Dyson – acting deputy minister of growth, enterprise and trade;
• Rob Olson – deputy minister of sustainable development, effective Sept. 5;
• Bramwell (Bram) Strain – deputy minister of infrastructure;
• James (Jamie) Wilson – deputy minister of education and training; and
• Dave Wright – deputy minister of justice and deputy attorney general.

The assignments of existing deputy minister are:
• Michael Richards – deputy cabinet secretary and deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs;
• Dorynne (Dori) Gingera-Beauchemin – deputy minister of agriculture;
• Jay Rodgers – deputy minister of families;
• Karen Herd – deputy minister of health, seniors and active living;
• Nancy Carroll – acting civil service commissioner; and
• Paul Beauregard – secretary to treasury board.

The premier thanked Lance Vigfusson for his dedication and commitment to Manitobans over his more than 30 years of service, and congratulated him on his retirement. The premier also thanked Bruce Gray for providing leadership and expertise as acting deputy minister of sustainable development.

If you would like more information on the above, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director

204 632-6600


Join In The Fun National Trucking Week September 3rd to September 9th

- by Don Stewart

Date: September 3, 2017 - September 9, 2017

The purpose of the weeklong celebration is to recognize the important contributions made by the 400,000 Canadian men and women 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.


  • Look for us at the scales at Headingley on Thursday September 7 for a BBQ with Maxim Truck & Trailer where we will also be handing out refreshments to drivers.
  • Keep your eyes open for a Special Insert in the Winnipeg Free Press on Wednesday September 6 highlighting the importance of Trucking in MB.
  • Join us at Kingswood Golf & Country Club on Wednesday September 6 for our Annual Vehicle Maintenance Council Golf Tournament in support of MTA scholarships.
  • Put a team in for the Annual Truck Pull for United Way on Friday September 8 at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy
  • Register for Worlds Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics MB Saturday Sept 9 which occurs at Oak Bluff Recreation Center. Register in advance.

If you have any questions or need help with registering for events, please do not hesitate to contact:

204 632-6600



Increase Trade and Tranportation Effeciency

- by Don Stewart

August 1, 2017


Goal to Increase Trade and Transportation Efficiency:

The Manitoba government has issued a request for proposals for an engineering consultant to conduct a functional design study to rebuild the south Perimeter Highway, Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

“Our government is committed to ensuring value for money as we rebuild our aging provincial infrastructure,” said Pedersen. “Our goal is to increase trade and improve transportation efficiency on this very important, heavily-travelled route. We look forward to hearing from industry experts to see what improvements can be made to handle projected traffic increases over the next several decades.”

The south Perimeter Highway, also known as Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 100 from PTH 1W to PTH 1E, will be redesigned to create a modern freeway similar to American interstate standards where interchanges with overpass structures, ramps or loops and service roads provide highway access. The functional design will also include plans for a future westerly bypass of St. Norbert, starting at PTH 75 south of the community and running north to PTH 100 at Kenaston Boulevard.

The minister noted the functional design study will need to address:

• Future interchange locations,
• future railroad grade separations,
• bridge replacements and/or modifications,
• access requirements,
• rights-of-way requirements,
• environmental sensitivities in the area,
• traffic projections, interchange and intersection analyses,
• improvements to interchanges and all major road intersections,
• location of utilities and illumination,
• long-term drainage plans,
• City of Winnipeg transit requirements and active transportation accommodations,
• trucking and transport requirements,
• construction staging, and
• stakeholder consultations and public engagement.

The functional design study will guide more detailed design work and reconstruction on PTH 100 in the future, preserve the necessary land for the proposed St. Norbert bypass and support local area development and land use planning.

The study is estimated to take approximately two years to complete.

For more information, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director

204 632-6600


Truck Pull for United Way Sept 8th

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Let’s pull together for a better Winnipeg!! By registering a team in the 8th annual truck pull for United Way, you are doing your part to make a positive impact in the lives of tens of thousands of people in Winnipeg. 100% of the money raised in the Truck pull goes directly to United Way thanks to the support of our generous sponsors.

To find out more about the Truck pull or to register your team, click here today!


MTA Summer Hours

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

The MTA will be open Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm for the summer.

The MTA will be closed Monday July 3rd for Canada Day.

Should you require further information please contact us at 204-632-6600 or at


2017 Manitoba Driver of the Year Announced

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Saturday, June-17-17- Winnipeg, MB -The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) and Volvo Trucks Canada are pleased to announce that this year’s Manitoba Driver of the Year is – Ronald J. Rodych of Gordon Food Service. This year the award was presented by John Mauseth of Beaver Truck Centre on behalf of Volvo Trucks Canada at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg.

The Driver of the Year is presented annually, and is selected from the Industry Excellence Award recipients from the previous year. The recipient is chosen based on commitment to the industry, safety, outstanding acts, and customer service.

Annually the Manitoba Driver of the Year is selected from the 10 Industry Excellence recipients by a panel of judges that include industry and law enforcement.

A driver with over 28 years with Gordon Food Service, Ron has received numerous awards as a professional driver.

As the Provincial Driver of the Year, Ron is now eligible for the Canadian Trucking Alliance/ Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the Year Award.


For more information, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director



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