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2015 Manitoba Driver of the Year Announced

- by Laura

The Manitoba Trucking Association and Volvo Trucks Canada are pleased to announce that this year's Manitoba Driver of the Year is – Murray Slack of the TransX Group of Companies.

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 & customer service.

Annually there are 10 Industry Excellence recipients to choose from and the award was presented by Randy Fleming of Volvo Trucks Canada at the Truck Driving Championships Awards banquet on Saturday June 20 at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg.

A driver with over 35 years of experience, Murray has received numerous company safety awards and has over 4 million miles accident free. His employer says “Murray is a deck driver who is the epitome of dedication and loyalty. Even while battling cancer this past year he has come in and done runs when needed”.

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

MB Driver of the Year Murray Slack and his wife Doreen with Randy Flemming of Volvo Trucks Canada MB Driver of the Year Murray Slack and his wife Doreen with Randy Flemming of Volvo Trucks Canada


For more information, please contact:

Laura La Palme, Marketing & Business Development
Manitoba Trucking Association
204-632-6600 |

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Experience, Skill and Efficiency showcased at Annual Professional Truck Driving Championships

- by Laura

Commercial Drivers from all over Manitoba came together for the 2015 Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championships (PTDC) held on Saturday June 20 at Peterbilt Manitoba located at 1895 Brookside Boulevard.

The PTDC is where commercial drivers in our province compete by demonstrating their skills on numerous levels including a written test, trip inspection station, and of course the driving track.

Winners for 2015 were announced later that evening at the Driver Awards Banquet held at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg. Winners are as follows:

  • Straight Truck: Bill O’Neill (GFL Environmental)
  • Single-Single: Brian Hrabarchuk (Canadian Freightways)
  • Single-Tandem: Greg Muzychka (Canadian Freightways)
  • Tandem-Tandem: Denis Roberts (TST Overland Express)
  • Super B Train: Ken Wiebe (EBD Enterprises)

These drivers will now represent Manitoba and compete against the other provincial teams at Nationals to be held September 9th -15th in Regina, SK.

Other event winners recognized at the banquet included:

Instructors Category (New):

  • 1st Place – Trent Klassen (First Class Training Centre)
  • 2nd Place – Dave Greschuk (Arnold Bros Transportation Academy)
  • 3rd Place – Bill Henderson (First Class Training Centre)

  • O. Dutton Award: Ronald Poirier (TST Overland Express)
  • First Time Entrant: Bill O’Neill (GFL Environmental)
  • Team Award: Canadian Freightways
  • Bjornson Memorial: Brian Hrabarchuk (Canadian Freightways)
  • Grand Champion: Denis Roberts (TST Overland Express)

Included in the evening was also the presentation of the MTA-Custom Truck Sales Inc./Kenworth Truck Company Industry Excellence Award. To be selected to receive an Industry Excellence Award, a driver must have demonstrated a commitment to the trucking industry, safety, and customer service and even may have performed acts of outstanding bravery or courage, risking their own lives to save others.

Congratulations to the ten Industry Excellence Award recipients. They are: Craig Stinson (TransX Group of Companies), David Collins (Arnold Bros. Transport), Les Dutchyshen (Arnold Bros. Transport), Delmer Thiessen (Steve’s Livestock Transport), Edward Hogg (Bison Transport), Kirk Cassidy (TransX Group of Companies), Murray Slack (TransX Group of Companies), Robert Rudyk (Bison Transport), Robin Dophiede (Arnold Bros. Transport), and William Collicutt (Sobey’s). From this pool of drivers, the annual Volvo Trucks Canada Manitoba Driver of the Year is selected.

Team MB 2015 Team MB 2015

Industry Excellence Winners Industry Excellence Winners


For more information, please contact:

Laura La Palme, Marketing and Business Development
Manitoba Trucking Association
204-632-6600 |

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CT plated rental vehicles used as PSV

- by Laura

Recently, representatives from Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), Manitoba Infrastructure and Transpiration, the Manitoba Trucking Association, and motor carriers met to review the registration and operation of commercially registered trucks (CT plated) which are rented for less than 30 days and operated for PSV purposes. Some motor carriers have been operating commercially registered (CT) trucks for PSV purposes in accordance with a Manitoba Public Insurance’s U-Drive & Short Term Lease Trucks communication dated July 21, 2003.

As not all the information in this July 2003 communication is current or valid, effective immediately MPI revokes the U-Drive & Short Term Lease Trucks communication dated July 21, 2003 or any previous date. This document(s) should no longer be used as reference.

MPI advises that by policy (which is being reevaluated), Manitoba commercially registered trucks (CT plated) that are rented by motor carriers for less than 30 days may be used for PSV (for-hire) operations, provided:

  • the motor carrier carries a copy of the rental agreement confirming the truck is rented for a period that is less than 30 days, and

  • the motor carrier is the renter of the truck.

This policy increases the convenience and reduces cost to the motor carriers and rental companies of using a commercial rental vehicle as the vehicle does not need to be reregistered if it is rented to either CT or PSV motor carriers.

If the rental truck is not on IRP , the motor carrier must contact other jurisdiction(s) for the requirements of that jurisdiction to travel/operate in that jurisdiction for PSV (for-hire) purposes and comply with them. Also, if the rental has a gross vehicle weight in excess of 5,499 kgs and is travelling/operating beyond 161 kms outside of Manitoba, the motor carrier must also obtain a single trip certificate or single trip permit issued by the other jurisdiction(s) to travel/operate in that jurisdiction

Should your membership have any further questions, motor carriers may call 204-985-7775.



Dave Burns ,Manager, Licensing Services

Manitoba Public Insurance


Commercial Truck Driver to become first Certified Occupation under proposed act

- by Laura

The new certified occupations act introduced in the Manitoba legislature Wednesday May 6 by Kevin Chief Manitoba Jobs and the Economy Minister would provide better training and skills development for Manitoba workers, specifically people wanting to start a career as a truck driver in Manitoba.

The proposed act would ensure Manitoba workers in certain industries would be able to receive certification in their occupation from on-the-job training as well as classroom training from accredited providers.

“Manitoba businesses have many specialized jobs that people new to the job market need to know are an option for them,” said Minister Chief.  “We have the youngest and fastest growing demographic in Canada, as well as many newcomers and others who are just looking for a chance to put their abilities to use in a new occupation.  This proposed act is about giving them a tap on the shoulder to show them the possibilities available.”

The proposed act would see enhanced training and certification for select occupations.  The first occupation that would be certified would be commercial truck drivers.  The Manitoba government has worked closely with industry stakeholders to develop the legislation and training programs, the minister noted.

“This type of investment means there will be greater quality and selection of skills training for Manitobans including truck drivers,” said Terry Shaw, Executive Director, Manitoba Trucking Association.  “Investing in training and education means better equipped workers and a stronger labour market for our industry.”

The new system would include industry-led standards development, a competency-based training model, and the requirement of both classroom and on-the-job training.  Standards would be developed through consultation with industry stakeholders.

On a very timely and related note Trucking HR Canada has also just released the updated National Occupational Standard (NOS) for Entry Level Truck Drivers.  This means industry is ready to hit the ground running when this act is passed.  Further information on the updated NOS can be found here.




For more information, please contact:
Terry Shaw
Executive Director
Manitoba Trucking Association
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Manitoba Trucking Association looks to the future with Transportation 2020.

- by Laura

 The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) decided to shake things up this year when planning the annual general meeting and annual spring fundraising dinner, creating a one day event, along with a technology symposium during the day.

The objective of the one day conference which was titled “Transportation 2020…Driving the Future”  and held on Friday April 10 at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg was to expose industry to technologies/tools they might not access as individual companies.

The event kicked off with the MTA’s annual general meeting, including a presentation from Jamie Hall, COO of SafeWork Manitoba, outlining a new provincial safety certification program for the trucking industry.

Following the AGM was an Essential Skills & Safety update from Kelly Henderson, Executive Director at Trucking Human Resources Sector Council Atlantic focussing on the link between literacy and safety.  The symposium officially began with keynote speaker Yves Provencher, Group Director of PIT (Performance, Innovation, Transport) on developing, testing and implementing innovative technology to improve heavy-duty transportation efficiency.

Attendees were then able to attend a series of breakout sessions on a variety of items such as social media techniques, in-cab and in office technologies that will allow quicker and easier access to documentation.  The event also included a mini-trade show for participants to network and for members of the MTA’s Associated Trades Division to showcase their products and services throughout the day.

Transportation 2020 wrapped up around 3 pm giving attendees enough time to go home and change for the Annual Spring gala dinner and dance, which continued on with the innovation and futuristic theme.

The MTA thanks this year’s sponsors for their support of our industry and this event.


For more information, please contact:
Terry Shaw
Executive Director
Manitoba Trucking Association
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Manitoba Trucking Association’s (MTA) 83rd Annual General Meeting

- by Laura

The Manitoba Trucking Association’s 83rd Annual General Meeting was held Friday April 10, 2015 at the Hotel Fort Garry in Winnipeg, MB.

This year’s President’s Report focused on the MTA’s work on regulatory change, HR challenges, environmental issues and provided an update on the membership including plans for the year ahead.

The AGM began with a presentation from Jamie Hall, COO of SafeWork Manitoba, outlining a new provincial safety certification program for the trucking industry. Following the presentation was the election of the new Board of Directors.

The 2015/2016 MTA Board of directors is as follows:

Greg Arndt - Jade Transport Ltd. (President)
Gary Arnold - Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd. (1st Vice President)
John Erik Albrechtsen - Paul’s Hauling Ltd. (2nd Vice President)
Ed Dillon - Kleysen Group LP (Executive Committee)
Bernie Driedger - Portage Transport Inc. (Executive Committee)
Doug Witt - Gardewine. (Executive Committee)
Jason Dubois - Len Dubois Trucking
Darrin Fiske - Kleysen Group LP
Scott Kinley - Gladstone Transfer
Derek Lachaine - TransX Limited
Darren Lane - Fast Lane Freight Services Inc.
Marc Meyer - Meyer Bros. Trucking Ltd.
Jeff Odway - Prairie International Container & Dray Services Inc.
Dan Simcock - Trapper’s Transport Ltd.
Kevin Small - Agri-Tel Transport
Dave Tyrchniewicz - Turk Enterprises Ltd.
Pauline Wiebe-Peters - Payne Transportation LP
Steve Zokvic - Bison Transport Inc.
Jas Brar - 4Tracks Ltd.
John Curcio - Manitoulin Transport
Bruce Danylchuk - E.B.D. Enterprises Inc.
John Oades - Beaver Truck Centre
Tom Aldridge - Investors Group
Michael Mourant - Rosewood Bulk Milk Hauling Ltd
Gilles Durand - Du-Vall Transport Inc.

The MTA thanks this year’s event sponsor BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc. for their support of our industry and this event.


For more information, please contact:
Terry Shaw
Executive  Director
Manitoba Trucking Association
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Province of Manitoba makes changes to Wide Base Tire regulation

- by Laura

March 2, 2015 Winnipeg, MB – Today the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) is pleased to have partnered with the Province of Manitoba to announce that New Generation Wide Base Tires can now be used at full RTAC weights on RTAC highways in the province.

“Long-haul tractor trailers outfitted with New Generation Wide Base Single Tires can now carry the same weights as dual tires on designated Manitoba highways” Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief and Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced today.

“Research shows recent technology gives wide base single truck tires improved characteristics and reduced fuel consumption with minimal effect on the road networks” said Minister Chief.  “These rule changes will mean greater opportunities for companies that rely on tractor trailers for shipping as operators using this technology will now have access to more markets in eastern Canada and the US.”

Terry Shaw, Executive Director of the MTA said “We’ve been advocating for this change for many years so today’s announcement is very welcome news.  Trucking companies interested and able to utilize this technology can recognize significant cost savings through reduced fuel consumption.  Of course with less fuel being consumed, less greenhouse gasses are created so the opportunity to promote wider deployment of these tires with this regulatory change is a win economically and environmentally for our industry and province.”

“While we obviously commend the Province on this progressive decision” said Shaw “we’d also like to acknowledge the contributions of Providence’s Buller Centre for Business and  Their participation in the conversations on the benefits of greater weight allowances for Wide Base Tires, and a host of other economic and environmental opportunities we’re working on for the trucking industry, was much appreciated.”

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Trucking Safety Program - Industry Action Required

- by Laura


Every year, approximately 1,100 people are injured in our industry. In addition to the very real and potentially tragic human cost to our workers, there are direct and indirect costs to our industry that are estimated to exceed $90 million annually.

The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) is proposing to establish an industry‐based safety program to provide relevant safety and health services targeted to the needs of our work environment. An industry based program would make it easier for employers and workers to engage in positive safety and health practices to ensure employees are safe and workplaces are productive.

The proposed program would offer training and safety program support customized to our industry, access to information and resources, and enable companies with effective safety programs to become certified and eligible for discounts on WCB premiums.  The program would be industry‐led. Overseen by the MTA Board of Directors, it would be guided by a Safety Council that includes representatives from MTA members, companies that are not members, workers, representatives from SAFE Work Manitoba, and MPI.

The program would be funded through a levy on the Inter‐jurisdictional Trucking and Cartage Trucking rate codes. Each employer in these rate codes would pay a levy over and above their WCB premium. This is currently estimated at 7%. Once a company achieves safety certification, it would be eligible for a discount that is currently estimated at 10%, providing a net savings.

A solid safety program not only keeps workers safe, it further reduces the costs to the business with improved productivity and opportunities for further reductions in WCB premiums. Reducing from the average to the lowest rate in the industry provides an opportunity for savings on WCB premiums of between 42‐44%.

Details regarding the cost‐benefit of the program as well as background on who is getting injured in our industry, results of the safety needs assessment survey, and what other associations have achieved are
available in the TRUCKING SAFETY PROGRAM PROPOSAL below.  Industry support is needed for this program to proceed. Please confirm your support by completing the available TEMPLATE LETTER OF SUPPORT  (at the link below) and submitting to SAFE Work Manitoba.


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Any questions may be directed to

Terry Shaw
MTA Executive Director
(204) 632‐6600,
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Continued Progress towards Harmonization of Long Combination Vehicle Regulations in Western Canada

- by Laura

Tuesday November 18, 2014 – Winnipeg MB – Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Steve Ashton provided those in attendance at Friday evening’s Manitoba Trucking Association Annual Fall Awards Dinner a sneak peak of today’s announcement.  Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation has signed a Western Memorandum of Understanding on Rocky Mountain Doubles (RMDs) and is ready to proceed with implementation.

What this means to industry is that RMDs can now travel on established routes at a maximum length of 41 m on multi-lane highways, and 32.5m on two lane highways.  Of special note in Manitoba is that this now includes the full length of Highway 16 through to the Saskatchewan border.

Opening up Highway 16 to the Saskatchewan border will allow carriers to haul RMD combinations from Winnipeg directly through to Northern Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Not only will this afford the trucking industry, and the customers they service, increased operational and cost efficiencies, it also provides a great opportunity to reduce Green House Gas emissions.

“We have been in communication with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation Motor Carrier Permits staff and they have confirmed they are ready today to issue permits for RMDs based on the specifications of the new MOU” states Terry Shaw, Executive Director of the MTA.  “We appreciate the department’s attention to this important item, and we also would like to thank Minister Ashton for joining us to deliver this message in person”.



For more information, please contact:
Terry Shaw
Executive Director
Manitoba Trucking Association
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