Posts by Don Stewart
- by Don Stewart
Due to COVID-19, It is becoming apparent how important a Truck Driver is to the comfort and safety of our everyday lives. Whether it is our groceries, cleaning products or sanitization products, a Truck Driver is the reason we have access to it. Although life for us all has taken a drastic turn, Truck Drivers are continuing with their duties as they always have.
Truck drivers are essential in keeping the supply chain open in North America. It is important that the health and safety of our truck drivers remains one of our highest priorities, so If you're a business owner that supports trucking and are closing your facilities to Truck Drivers, please reconsider. Truck Drivers need warm food, bathroom facilities for basic needs, hand washing and a safe place to rest.
Please consider, while we are home and keeping our families safe and comfortable, a Truck Driver is NOT! They are putting our needs before their own and that deserves our respect and appreciation.
There has been an out pouring of appreciation for Truck Drivers, via our website and social media. we would like to share some of those messages with you. Truck Driving shouldn't be a thankless job. If you would like to Thank A Truck driver, you are welcome to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or via social media and use #ThankATrucker
"Please spread this message.I keep hearing more and more stories about truckers being denied food, drink or the use of a bathroom.It breaks my heart.These men and women put in really long hard days and fight exhaustion all the time.They too carry worries of the current situation and leave family behind to do their job.While we are at home self-isolating, they too work in isolation but they are driving directly through and into the fire storm of COVID-19 to deliver the essentials to keep people and this nation going.They are the knights of the road and deserve our highest regard.Please do what you can to get them a coffee, some food.Let them use the bathroom to freshen up.We are depending on them more than ever before."
"As I sit in my home and practice what the government is telling us to do, I can’t help but think of all the angels in trucks keeping us supplied.My dad work in the trucking industry for years (Arnold Brothers for the bulk of his career).I can only imagine how proud he would be of all of you.Truckers, and staff keeping our world turning.It is with the utmost respect that I say “Thank You from the bottom of my heart”.If this message could get passed on to the front line people I would really like them to know that there are people Who are very grateful for what they are doing in our time of need."
I own the Subway restaurant at 640 Sterling Lyon Parkway. We have huge parking lots around our building as the area hasn't been fully developed yet. Although there is a roundabout to navigate into the area, there is an abundance of parking area around our shop. We have been following social distancing guidelines and have set up our restaurant to easily adhere to any and all other safe practices, keeping our customers and employee's safe. We are set up for remote online ordering through the Subway app, so meals can be prepared and ready to go. Our bathrooms are open to our customers and are cleaned and sanitized many times throughout the day as I know your drivers need a place to wash before eating. We are located 12 mins down Wilkes Ave from the west perimeter. Are hours of operation are 10am-7pm."
Contact the MTA: 204 632-6600
- by Don Stewart
CTA & ATA Request Governments Keep Public Rest Areas Open During States of Emergency
Keeping Canada and America’s trucking industry moving during this ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19 means that commercial truck rest areas must remain open and accessible to North American truck drivers at the front lines of keeping both economies functioning.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and the American Trucking Association (ATA) are imploring all levels of government to keep public rest areas open during declarations of emergency.
“Not only do the rest areas need to remain open, we need to ensure that if this crisis is extended, food needs to be available for drivers at these areas along with sanitary and safe restroom facilities,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “Drivers all over the country are ready to respond to this crisis, keep the supply chain moving and ensure store shelves are stocked; but in order to do that, they need access to basic sanitation and be able to continue to manage fatigue as they respond to this emergency.”
The Canadian and US economies depend on the trucking industry to deliver all the essential products Canadians and Americans require in these uncertain times, including medical and sanitation supplies fighting this virus as well as other emergency relief and food products.
“These hard-working men and women deserve and need a place to safely park their vehicles to rest as well as get food. We need to help our nation’s drivers more than ever – truck drivers will play a key role in fighting COVID-19. Shutting down the very few safe places they can rest, shower, fuel up and eat is not something anyone wants and will eventually disrupt the delivery of essential goods Canadians and Americans desperately need right now,” added Laskowski.
CTA is calling on governments to develop plans ensuring our drivers are well rested, fed and have proper access to clean washrooms throughout this crisis.
CTA has also been in touch with NATSO, Representing America's Travel Centers and Truckstops, regarding truck stop hours and staying in communication. NATSO shared this statement from the US federal government, which offers support in keeping truck stops open throughout the country.
If you have any questions, Please contact: 204 632-6600
- by Don Stewart
Canadian Trucking Alliance Public Statement on Voluntary Quarantine Measures for Leaving the Country
These are unprecedented times for Canadians. The Canadian Trucking Alliance supports the Government of Canada and all provinces in every way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
However, yesterday provinces began issuing statements regarding quarantine recommendations for Canadians leaving and returning to Canada. Our economy depends on trade with the United States – 70 percent of which is moved by the trucking industry and includes all essential products Canadians depend upon in these uncertain times, including medical and sanitation supplies fighting this virus as well as other emergency relief and food products.
The trucking industry and its drivers are an essential service. Self-quarantines for drivers leaving the country, who have not tested positive for the virus, would bring our economy to a grinding halt and jeopardize the public safety of Canadians. It is essential that distinctions are maintained between voluntary travel by the general public and those operating in vital international and domestic commerce. CTA would ask all levels of government examining their quarantine policies involving international travel and domestic trade to keep in mind that truck drivers are an essential service. The unintended consequences of not specifically considering this job class and its international travel requirements as an essential service could be catastrophic for the economy.
If you are a member of the Manitoba Trucking Association and would like more information or instructions on how to better connect with your Provincial Government.
Please contact us at: 204 632-6600
- by Don Stewart
Prepare For The Winter Season:
Driving a tractor trailer in serious Canadian winter conditions, demands a specific set of skills for all drivers, especially big rig drivers. Too many drivers on the highways do not alter their driving habits, when driving in poor weather conditions. Good maneuvering and skid control skills are essential in poor weather.
Knowledge and implementation of proper, preventative safety skills for driving in poor conditions, can truly separate the seasoned driver vs a driver who is just starting their career. They have the knowledge and experience for making good decisions and are cognizant when conditions are not safe, and when it’s time to ‘get off the road’.
Driving in bad weather, especially in snow and on ice, is risky due to more ‘stop time’ required, poor visibility, poor traction and the increased unpredictability of other drivers on the road. The job of a truck driver becomes increasingly challenging, especially when handling a tractor trailer and a full load in foul winter weather.
Safe Winter Truck Driving Safety Tips
Slow down – Accidents during suspect conditions are mostly due to excessive speed. Driving at the speed limit may be legal, but is often too fast for snow covered or icy road conditions in our Country. Take as much time as necessary. DO NOT HURRY! Speed is dangerous. This rule should ALWAYS be at the top of any winter trucking safety tips list.
Keep a safe following distance – Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of your truck, and beside your truck, when possible (approx. 1/4 mile).
Don’t travel as part of a pack – Traffic seems to move in ‘packs’ on the highway. Find a safe way to get away from the pack and travel alone, with the goal being to maximize the distance around your vehicle.
Don’t follow the tail lights of the vehicle ahead – When the snow is so heavy, visibility is low, seeing the tail lights of the vehicle ahead…means following too closely.
Keep a safe driving distance back at all times, especially in bad weather. If the leader makes an error, you will too. Trucks can leave the road, and yours could follow the lead truck off the road.
Use good, solid judgment — If the weather is so severe that you need to get off the road….. do it. Find a place to get off the road safely and wait until conditions are safer for travel.
Don’t stop on the shoulder of the road –– Especially in low visibility situations, when driving in winter, especially ‘blinding snow’, other vehicles can mistake your position for being on the road and as a result, may slam into the back of your rig.
Don’t try to be a hero –– When the road conditions are severe, you need to recognize that it’s very dangerous to be out there. Hours of service rules, dispatchers etc., are sometimes extra pressures. Don’t feel that you’re letting anyone down by not meeting a scheduled appointment.
Braking – Some drivers like to use the jake brakes in less than perfect weather conditions. Some don’t. DO NOT ENGAGE THE JAKE BRAKE ON ICY ROADS. Try to avoid overusing your foot brake, unless the entire unit is absolutely ‘straight’ on the road. Don’t over brake when the entire unit isn’t straight… the trailer can slide and spin you out of your position…..the truck slows down, and the trailer does not. This is especially true, when the trailer is empty.
Tire Chains- With the rising cost fines in our mountainous regions, ensuring your tire chains are in working order and utilizing them during mandatory periods, is paramount in the safety of your truck.
Ensure ‘all systems’ are a go — Be absolutely certain during your circle checks before you leave, that the defroster and heater are working properly. Wipers, wiper motor, lights, esp. brake and tail lights, washer fluid is topped up, drain moisture from the air tanks, all brakes are set up and windows and mirrors are completely clean before departure.
Keep fuel tanks topped up, for extra weight over the drive tires, to aid with traction. Good quality lug tires, with the proper tire pressure, are essential for good traction for the best safe winter driving.
Keep tractor and trailer lights clean — When you’re able to stop in a safe place, clear the lights off of snow and ice, which builds up in foul weather….they are vital, more than ever when visibility is poor. LED lights especially accumulate snow and crud. Keep everything clean, so you can BE SEEN!
If you have any safety tips to share or would like to hear more about Winter Driving.
Please contact: 204 632-6600
- by Don Stewart
With The Return To School Around The Corner, Please Slow Down!
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
National Truck Week is traditionally a week-long celebration during the first week of September and the purpose of the week-long celebration, is to recognize the important contributions made by the 400,000 Canadian women and men who keep the country's freight moving.
Provincial trucking associations, carriers, industry suppliers and other stakeholders are encouraged to undertake activities in their own province to mark the event. In previous years, provincial associations have marked the occasion with newspaper supplements, radio advertising, contests, special promotions, and special events at truck stops and roadside inspection stations.
Carriers and industry suppliers have hosted BBQs, breakfasts, truck washes, offered special giveaways to employees and marked the week event with a wide variety of activities.
The Manitoba Trucking Association participates in the community as much as we can on a year-round basis. National Trucking Week provides us with an opportunity to bring the community together with our industry. We can help worthy causes and help educate the public about our industry at the same time.
MTA Day At The Park: August 28th @ 1900-2130
Although this is not technically during National Truck Week, we are considering this event as our kickoff to NTW again this year. Our Members American Express are hosting over 150 of our Industry members at the Goldeyes game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. This will be a fun event as the Goldeye's are also members of the Association and we look forward to the camaraderie this will share at the ball park.
Member Visits: September 3rd
The MTA will be out and about visiting members, while delivering some gifts and good cheer! Time to get pumped up for the week long celebration! Whoot Whoot!!
Vehicle Maintenance Golf Tournament: September 4th @ 11:00
This years tournament will be hosted by Bridges Golf Course in Starbuck MB. It’s a four-person Texas Scramble best ball tournament that includes 18 holes (with power cart), lunch, dinner and registration gift. Proceeds will go to the MTA scholarship program, which presents MTA members or members children with over $10,000 annually for scholarships.
Headingley/Emmerson Scale BBQ in partnership with HyLife Foods, Bison Transport and Inland/CTS: September 5th @ 10:00-1500
This long time running event, has been a very rewarding day for all involved. There will be volunteers from Traction and the MTA handing out BBQ food & loot bags for all the drivers, whom pass through the scales. This is a great opportunity to thank the drivers for all they do for us Manitobans. The drivers always look forward to seeing us at the scales!
The MTA Truck Pull for United Way: Friday September 6th @ 1700-2000
What a better way to wrap up National Trucking Week then demonstrating the MB Trucking Industry’s commitment to giving back and creating a better Winnipeg. Join us in making the impossible, possible. By pulling together, we can help kids, families and seniors in our community.
At the 9th Annual MTA Truck Pull for United Way, each team will test its strength by pulling a big rig across the finish line. We are hosting the event this year in front of the MTA office at 25 Bunting Street.This family friendly event will bring together food, fun and friends from across MB’s trucking industry, in healthy competition for a good cause: a better Winnipeg.
There will be a kids zone this year that will feature a 28 foot Fire Engine slide and face painters. Join Mick E Moose, Buzz, Boomer and their friends to pull a truck or to cheer on those that are!
Truck Convoy For Special Olympics: New Date September 14th 11:00-1400
Join Manitoba's compassionate army of truck drivers at the World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics! It is a one day event where industry and law enforcement come together in a convoy that tours the perimeter highway starting at 11:00 am. After the convoy there will be a lunch, Silent Auction and Awards.
Starting at the - Trans Canada Centre (1 Rivard St, Ile Des Chenes)
Whether you're in the convoy or lining the side of the perimeter to watch, with approximately 200 trucks our convoy is 6 miles long and it's quite a sight to see!
- by Don Stewart
Provincial Truck Driving Championship Winners Announced
The Professional Truck Driving Championship is a competition for professional truck drivers to showcase their incredible driving skills. They must drive through a prescribed obstacle course, perform a timed pre trip inspection and complete a written test. The winners in each category will become the MB Champion in their class and will receive a trophy and prize.
The 2019 Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championships are officially in the books! This event was Held on June 15, at the Headingley Husky.
First Place Winners:
- Single/Tandem: Bruce McKechnie of Bison Transport Inc.
- Tandem/Tandem: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
- Super B: David Henry of REK Express
- Turn Pike: Roy Dillon of TransX Group of Companies
- Single/Tandem: Mario Tyszuk of Bison Transport
- Tandem/Tandem: Sergii Linkevych of Bison Transport (Saskatchewan Competitor)
- Super B: David Greschuk of Arnold Bros. Transportation Academy
- Turn Pike: David Phillips of Bison Transport
- Single/Tandem: Jason Novak of Canadian Freightways
- Tandem/Tandem: Jasvinder Brar of Bison Transport
- Super B: Rodney Birdsbill of Bison Transport
- Turn Pike: Darren Cassan of Arnold Bros. Transport
- 1st Place Team: Bison #1
- 2nd Place Team: Bison # 2
- 3rd Place Team: Arnold Bros. Transport
Other Competition Winners:
- First Time Entrant: Darren Cassan of Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd.
- Hal Bjornson Memorial Award: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
- Grand Champion: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
- Partner Competition: Cayla McKechnie (Bison Transport Inc)
- by Don Stewart
As most members are aware the federal government has imposed a carbon tax on inter-provincial carriers operating into, out of, and through – Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick (and in the Yukon and Nunavut as of July 1, 2019). Below and attached are resources to help carriers.
List of resources from CRA to assist carriers with this policy.
- CRA’s PowerPoint presentation on the carbon tax and registration system: RoadCarriers_PP_public
- CRA memo on carbon tax: Road Carrier_SDM_public
- General information page – https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/...
- Information on where you can find forms and other documents – https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/t...
- Email: If you send questions to this email, the CRA will respond with answers (Note: due to volume it may take a few days for a response) —FuelCharge@cra-arc.gc.ca
- Atlantic Region Excise Duties and Taxes Post Office Box 638 Halifax NSB3J 2T5 Phone: 1-888-327-7999 Fax: 1-902-450-8559
- Ontario Region Excise Duties and Taxes 5800 Hurontario St Mississauga ONL5R 4B4 Phone: 1-866-667-9851 Fax: 1-905-615-2814
- Quebec Region Excise Duties and Taxes Section 492 Post Office Box 32305 René-Lévesque Blvd W Montreal QCH2Z 1A6 Phone: 1-833-240-2476
- Prairie Region Excise Duties and Taxes Room 232220 4th Avenue SE Calgary ABT2G 0L1Phone: 1-866-439-4202 Fax 1-403-292-4075
- Pacific Region Excise Duties and Taxes c/o 468 Terminal Ave 3rd floor 9755 King George Blvd Surrey BCV3T 5E1 Phone: 1-833-532-9908 Fax:1-604-658-8660
If you have any further questions about the new Carbon Tax, Please contact:
- by Don Stewart
Please be advised that the Manitoba Trucking Association office will be closed on Friday April 5th, as we are hosting our 87th Annual AGM.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will re open on Monday April 8th at 08:30am.
- by Don Stewart
The Top Fleet Employers program is open to fleets of every size and type. A panel of trucking and logistics industry experts and a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) validated the Top Fleet Employer Program’s rating criteria. The rating criteria reflect Canadian human resources issues, trends and working environments, and Trucking HR Canada’s standards of excellence.
The criteria consider every position in a fleet. They also take into account special considerations affecting different types of fleets. For example, the criteria applied to for-hire fleets are firmly rooted in the core values of the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage. The criteria and evaluation of private fleets and fleet services account for their unique working environments and requirements within the overarching criteria of the program.
Fleet employers apply and participate in a rigorous three-part review of their human resources policies and programs. The review includes the completion of a pre-application, a comprehensive online submission (which may or may not include follow up discussions with the company) and a Trucking HR Canada survey of the company’s employees. The review assesses the scope of an employer’s formal HR policies and programs in four key categories: Basics, Respect, Training and Family.
Congratulations to our members who have been recognised as Top Fleet Employers in 2018, what an incredible honor.
Fleets Of Distinction
SLH Transport Canada
Arnold Bros. Transport
Q-Line Trucking Ltd.
Trailer Wizards Ltd.
Payne Transportation Ltd.
New This Year:
Fast Lane Freight Services