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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.

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“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

 

Notice of Road Closure PTH 110 (Brandon Eastern Access)

- 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.

 

MTA 86th AGM & Board of Directors Update

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Friday, April-6-18- Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) today held its 86th Annual General Meeting at the RBC Convention Center. This year’s President's report focused on carbon tax concerns, association policy work and community engagement. The AGM also saw the election of the new Board of Directors, they are as follows:

  • John Erik Albrechtsen Paul's Hauling Limited
  • Jeannie Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
  • Brent Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
  • Jasvir Singh Brar 4Tracks Ltd.
  • PJ Singh 4Tracks Ltd.
  • John Curcio Manitoulin Transport Inc.
  • Bruce Danylchuk E.B.D. Enterprises Inc.
  • Ed Dillon Kleysen Group LP
  • Bernie Driedger Portage Transport
  • Jason Dubois Len Dubois Trucking
  • Darrin Fiske Kleysen Group LP
  • Kyle Harris Harris Transport Ltd.
  • Scott Kinley Gladstone Transfer
  • Derek Lachaine TransX Group
  • Darren Lane Fast Lane Freight Services
  • Peter McDonald TransX Group
  • Thomas McKee Payne Transportation
  • Marc Meyer Meyer Bros. Trucking Ltd.
  • Ryan Mitchell Wildwood Transport Inc.
  • Jeff Odway Prairie International
  • Rob Penner Bison Transport Inc.
  • Kevin Small Agri-Fresh Transport
  • Dave Tyrchniewicz Turk Enterprises Ltd.
  • Pauline Wiebe-Peters Payne Transportation
  • Steve Zokvic Bison Transport Inc.
  • Ray Samaroo Gardewine
  • Howard Hildebrand Searcy Trucking Ltd.
  • Jim Devlin Bridgestone Commercial
  • Chris Fredrickson Peterbilt Manitoba
  • Gilles Durand Du-Vall Transport Inc.
  • Michael Mourant Agrifoods Group

Following the formal portion of the AGM there was a presentation from Stephen Laskowski, President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Pete Dalmazzi, President of Trucks for Change Network provided some insight into that charity and how Manitoba companies can get involved. Lou Smyrlis and Derek Clouthier of Newcom Media Inc. also moderated two panel discussions. The first a discussion on the image of the trucking industry included:

  • Bruce Duggan Buller Centre for Business Providence University College
  • Reg Wightman Manitoba Motor Carrier Division
  • Richard Cloutier CJOB Global News
  • Ward Keith Manitoba Public Insurance
  • Terry Shaw Manitoba Trucking Association

The second panel discussion was with Manitoba’s Top Fleet Employers and included:

  • Bill Friesen Keystone Western
  • Brent Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
  • Thomas McKee Payne Transportation Ltd.
  • Rob Penner Bison Transport Inc.

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For more information, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director

204-632-6600

tshaw@trucking.mb.ca
 

MTA Office closed due to weather

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Please be advised the MTA office will be closed today, March 5th due to weather.

If you need immediate assistance please contact us at info@trucking.mb.ca

We apologize for any inconveniance.

 

Federal ELD Announcement

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canadian Trucking Alliance

Media Contact: Marco Beghetto, VP Communications & New Media

(416) 249-7401 x 238 Marco.Beghetto@Ontruck.org

CTA Welcomes Fed ELD Announcement; Urges Uniform Support by All Provinces

(Brampton, ON, Dec. 18, 2017) – The Canadian Trucking Alliance is applauding federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s leadership in introducing language in Gazette I which mandates the use of electronic logging devices (ELDS) in the trucking industry.

The Alliance will now continue consulting with the provinces on a strategy to roll out these imperative safety devices across Canada as soon as possible.

“CTA knows Minister Garneau wants to see enforcement of this important safety regulation as soon as possible. During the comment period of the Canada Gazette I process, our sector will be working with all provincial stakeholders to support Minister Garneau’s safety vision,” said CTA Chair Gene Orlick, owner and president of Orlicks Inc. in Calgary, Alta.

Following the comment period, Transport Canada will publish the final rule along with the implementation date. CTA is urging governments across Canada not to stall nation-wide enforcement.

“Regardless of how long it takes to publish a final rule in Canada Gazette II, CTA would like to see all provinces introducing mandatory enforcement of ELDs as soon as possible,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski.

Although much input has been provided into the Canada Gazette I process by CTA, provincial officials and ELD suppliers, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation is the only provincial transport minister to publicly support the mandatory introduction of ELDs. The lack of a similar declaration elsewhere in Canada to date could complicate the process and the publishing date of Canada Gazette II, says CTA.

“ELDs will ensure optimum compliance with the hours-of-service regulation, reducing commercial vehicle collisions related to fatigue and cognitive driver distraction,” said Laskowski. “At a time when every province is looking to reduce fatalities and collisions related to commercial fatigue and distracted driving, we believe every transportation minister should be sharing Minister Garneau’s commitment to see this important legislation take effect as soon as possible.”

To meet CTA’s desire to see this ELD rule implemented as soon as possible, CTA recently asked the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Road Safety to consider the following recommendations:

  • As soon as possible declare your support for an intraprovincial ELD mandate mirroring the proposed federal regulation. A clear public message of the expectations and timeframes needs to be sent to all carriers that would be subject to an ELD mandate.
  • Prioritize and accelerate the introduction of provincial regulations/legislation that adopts by reference the federal mandate (including any sectoral exemptions that exist within the federal standard).
  • Commence educational awareness and enforcement of the ELD mandate as soon as possible to ensure hard enforcement can begin as soon as possible.
  • Focus hours-of-service enforcement efforts as soon as possible on those carrier segments that will continue to rely on paper logbooks during the period up to the passage of the provincial regulations/legislation.

“The US’s experience in implementing ELDs has shown us that even with two years to prepare, there will be some in our sector that never choose to comply in time,” said Chair Orlick. “While we need to be respectful of the transition-time requirements of ELD implementation to businesses and governments, we also must not manage to the lowest common denominator and ensure everybody is fairly complying with the rules.”

CTA has produced two videos illustrating the impact of ELDs on the supply chain. The first video – The ABCs of ELDs (French version here) explains the transition issues fleets will face moving from paper logbooks to ELDS; while the second video (FR here) describes how carriers can better explain to shippers the role they play and how they affect operations in an e-log world.

CTA would like to thank Steve Ondejko of Windsor, Ont.-based Onfreight Logistics (Ontario Trucking Association chair); Gary Arnold of Arnold Bros. Transport in Winnipeg (Manitoba Trucking Association chair); Kenan Advantage Group’s Grant Mitchell of Edmonton (Alberta Motor Transport Association chair) for attending the event. Also, a special thanks to Kriska Transportation driver and OTA Road Knight, Louis Carette, for demonstrating ELDs to the minister Garneau; as well as Al Boughton and the Trailcon Leasing team for hosting the event.

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MTA 2017 Year in Review Video

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

 

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