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Truck World’s educational series to focus on sustainability

Truck World’s educational series to focus on sustainability

Truck World will host a GreenTech educational series on April 18-20, focused on sustainable transportation.

The sessions are designed for attendees to learn about alternative fuels, sustainable equipment and technologies, and will feature low- and zero-emission fleet case studies, financial incentives to improve total cost of ownership for advanced clean vehicles, and the accelerated development of zero-emission infrastructure.

Attendees can register for free here.

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On April 18, the sessions will focus on the future of fuel-cell-electric hydrogen-fueled vehicles with industry experts from Fuel Cell Stack Architect, Bison Transport, Cummins, and ITD Industries

Industry leaders from Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, C.A.T., and Enbridge, will cover diesel alternatives like cold, liquefied, and renewable natural gas.

The panelists of the last session of the day will explore the business case for commercial fleet electrification, examine impending legislation that will fast-track the decarbonization of transportation, and prepare fleet managers for what they can expect as the industry transitions to a zero-emission future.

In the next two days, the panelists will address charging requirements, planning, pricing, and installation challenges that electric fleets can expect to encounter, as well as zero-emission manufacturing close to home.

Early EV users will explain the highlights and hardships of early adoption, and experts will discuss the spec’s and upgrades that can help burn less fuel with today’s trucks.

Speakers include senior leaders from organizations like Volvo Trucks, Lion Electric, Challenger Motor Freight, Hexagon Purus, PowerOn Energy Solutions, North American Council for Freight Efficiency, Mack Trucks, and the Ministry of Transportation. More information can be found at www.TruckWorld.ca.

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.

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Small carriers can leverage customer relationships, agility for success

Small carriers can leverage customer relationships, agility for success

Small carriers have the advantage of close relationships with customers and agility in the industry that can be leveraged against current soft market conditions.

Customers are not calling an 800-number and waiting in line for the next available service agent. “You are calling a dispatcher you talk to every week and he or she knows what you need as well as knows your shipper and receiver [knows],” said Peter Jenkins, general manager, TransPro Freight Systems.

Participating in a panel discussion at Truckload Carriers Association’s Truckload 2024 conference in Nashville, Tenn., he said this may not be of value to large shippers who are chasing the cheapest rate. But small carriers can reach out to smaller customers and establish relationships. “We will service you, answer your questions, respond to your emails and we care if your shipment gets delivered or not.”

From left, Jon Coca, Adam Blanchard, Peter Jenkins and Dave Gallano participate in a panel discussion during TCA’s Truckload 2024 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo: Leo Barros)

Dave Gallano, president of Gallano Trucking said since he runs a smaller company he can offer creative solutions to customers when they need a particular load moved. Customers call when they have a problem, and since his focus is service, it is up to the carrier to provide a solution.

Smaller companies are so much more agile, added Adam Blanchard, co-founder and CEO of Double Diamond Transport. When his company decided to sell its reefers and focus on dry van units, the decision was made quickly.

Human resources

“When I hire someone, I tell them the most valuable resource we have is right between their ears,” he said. Building a culture of decision-making and not being fearful of failure allows his company to get ahead of trends and adapt to change more quickly than a larger company can.

Jenkins added he also attends driver meetings and hands out his business card with his cellphone number. It helps build relationships and drivers appreciate they have a direct connection to a decision maker.

Technology investment

Technology is now part of the industry – in trucks, operations, and the shop. Smaller fleets don’t have the capital to invest in technology that may not be ideal for them.  

Blanchard acknowledged he has some tech fatigue in not knowing what to buy. He said bouncing ideas off peers in the industry helps narrow down choices. For him, technology needs to increase his revenue, and reduce – not increase – headcount, while streamlining processes.

Jenkins said the vendor should demonstrate return on investment so that the carrier can spend money on expensive technology.

Gallano is a proponent of technology and believes in implementing it before it is mandated, which he did with electronic logging devices. He also has road-facing and driver-facing cameras in his trucks. But he adds a word of caution about challenges he’s faced with some tech.

“The demonstration was cool, I put it in, and shit don’t work, and I pull it out.”

Return on investment

Jon Coca, president of Diamond Transportation System, who moderated the discussion, said he prefers to acquire proven technology. He would rather use a system that other companies have implemented.

Technology is adopted due to regulations, strategy or to cut costs, Jenkins noted. Bringing employees along during the implementation process boosts buy-in and leads to better adoption.

Fair pricing

The discussion concluded with the importance of fair pricing and managing customer relationships.

Jenkins said it is important to do the job well and at a fair price so that customers don’t have an incentive to look elsewhere. “There is a risk of turning down a shipment. Never say no, find a way to do it, and give them a price.”

Coca, who runs an owner-operator fleet, said he had a conversation with a customer a couple of years ago, telling them he would not take advantage of them as others were doing in the hot market. He also asked them to return the favor down the road as the market changed. When rates get cut, the owner-operators take home less money.

Blanchard said if you take advantage of a customer, they will find out, and a relationship with the customer will be lost to the competition.

Gallano added there is karma in business, and it can be cutthroat. Trust built up over a period to time can be lost in an instant.

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.

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Greenlane to install truck chargers along freight corridor linking L.A. to Vegas

Greenlane to install truck chargers along freight corridor linking L.A. to Vegas

Greenlane has announced it will build a 280-mile commercial electric vehicle charging corridor between Los Angeles, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev.

Greenlane is a joint venture between Daimler Truck North America, NextEra Energy Resources and BlackRock. The corridor will be built along Interstate 15, with initial chargers installed in Colton, Barstow, and Baker, Calif. These will provide commercial EV charging stations for freight-hauling trucks, though passenger vehicle chargers will also be available.

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“After considering various factors, such as truck telematics data, frequent freight routes and customer deployment strategy, the Greenlane team selected these three optimal locations for our first commercial charging corridor to accelerate the transition to zero emissions,” said Patrick Macdonald-King, CEO of Greenlane. “The launch of this corridor not only marks a critical step in addressing the urgent need for publicly available, nationwide electric charging for commercial vehicles but will also serve as a model for the EV charging hubs of the future.”  

The Colton site will offer more than 60 chargers, including 400 kW direct-current fast chargers to quickly charge electric trucks. There will also be 200 kW fast chargers for trucks that can be charged over longer periods.

“By using a predictive modeling tool to simulate truck traffic and energy flow at the site, we can determine how many chargers are necessary to meet the regional demand based on vehicle characteristics and departure and arrival times for vehicles hauling freight along this corridor,” said Macdonald-King. “Our findings indicated that placing the three stations approximately 60 to 90 miles apart would maximize uptime for day-cab drivers by enabling shorter charging sessions at each stop and ultimately allowing customers to move freight confidently without any limitations.”

Greenlane said it will develop a nationwide network of commercial charging infrastructure for trucks right across the U.S. It will host a groundbreaking ceremony at the Colton flagship site later this year.

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.

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Alberta opens first commercial hydrogen fueling station

Alberta opens first commercial hydrogen fueling station

Blackjacks Roadhouse is home to Alberta’s first commercial hydrogen fueling station.

The opening, celebrated March 27, marks the first such station that will help comprise a hydrogen fueling network across Western Canada. Partners in its installation include PrairiesCan, the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA), Nikola Motor Canada (a subsidiary of Nikola Corp.), Suncor, Leduc County, Emissions Reduction Alberta, and Blackjacks Roadhouse.

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith speaks at the opening of Alberta’s first commercial hydrogen fueling station. (Photo: Edmonton Global via X)

It’s a Hyla-branded fuel station, owned by Nikola’s hydrogen fueling station subsidiary. The station sits along Hwy. 2 in Leduc County, Alta., which is a vital trade corridor between Edmonton and Calgary.

The station will be used to fuel Nikola hydrogen fuel-cell-electric trucks being sold into the Western Canadian market. Western Canada is home to the 5,000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge, with a goal to deploy 5,000 hydrogen-fueled vehicles by 2028.

The modular Hyla fueler features a 700-bar pressure-fill system, filling trucks with Suncor-produced hydrogen. As demand grows, a permanent filling station will be installed there and the modular fueling system will be relocated to another site.

“Hydrogen is an important part of our future energy needs and Alberta is a keen partner in developing the technology and regulations needed to move hydrogen forward,” said Alberta premier Danielle Smith, who attended the opening. “It’s very exciting to see Alberta’s first commercial hydrogen fueling station and I look forward to watching further development and expansion of hydrogen use in the years to come.” 

Doug Paisley, chairman of the AMTA, added “AMTA is constantly working to support the advancement of Alberta’s zero-emission economy. The commercial transportation industry is integral to Alberta’s prosperity, and widespread investments into a cleaner future will continue our province’s economic development. Recent successful projects with partners PrairiesCan, Nikola, and Bison Transport have proven that zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) are more than viable for operations in Alberta, and we are looking forward to the future.” 

Bison Transport has been running a Nikola hydrogen fuel-cell-electric truck in Alberta, recently completing a return trip between Calgary and Edmonton without refueling.

“This is a groundbreaking step towards a hydrogen-powered future and is a testament to the collaborative spirit driving sustainable innovation in Alberta,” said Ole Hoefelmann, president of energy for Nikola.  

“As Nikola Corporation joins hands with such visionary partners, we celebrate the launch of the first commercial hydrogen refueling station on Alberta’s bustling Highway 2. This initiative will look to propel Western Canada towards a cleaner, hydrogen-driven transportation sector. Together, we are fueling the momentum for a more resilient and sustainable tomorrow.” 

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.

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Alberta farmers won’t need MELT to drive a truck

Alberta farmers won’t need MELT to drive a truck

As of April 1, Alberta’s Class 1 licensing and training changes will exempt the province’s farmers and their immediate family from mandatory entry-level training (MELT), providing them with a farm-restricted Class 1 driver’s license.

This will allow them operate Class 1 vehicles within Alberta alone, and for authorized farm purposes only.

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Farmers eligible for the new licence must still complete a knowledge test, road test and vision screening. They also have to undergo a driver medical assessment.

The exemption is a first step to alleviate the trucking shortages that impact farms and ranches, Brodie Haugan, the chairman of Alberta Beef Producers, said in a news release.

“This exemption aids farmers in overcoming time and financial hurdles and prevents the migration of agricultural drivers to commercial trucking,” added Roger Chevraux, Alberta Canola’s chairman.

There are currently more than 149,000 licensed Class 1 drivers in the province. Only thirty-one per cent of them are employed as truck drivers. The province hinted at other changes that will be coming to the commercial driver training in the province.

“Getting the right people with the right training behind the wheel is critical to the province’s commercial transportation industry and economy. This new made-in-Alberta learning pathway will help train more drivers while securing safety on the province’s highways,” said Doug Paisley, chairman of the Alberta Motor Transport Association.

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.

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Cargo companies start to reroute away from Montreal amid fears of port strike

Cargo companies start to reroute away from Montreal amid fears of port strike

A major transport company has rerouted cargo away from the Port of Montreal over fears of a potential strike, prompting concerns that others may follow in its wake.

Delmar International, a Quebec-based logistics firm that counts 1,500 employees across 17 countries, said all Montreal-bound freight will now flow through the Port of Halifax in a pre-emptive move to curtail fallout from possible job action.

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“While uncertainties persist at the Port of Montreal, Delmar International will reroute all East Coast Montreal-bound cargo via Halifax to limit any negative impact of a potential work stoppage until further notice,” the company told customers in a post last week.

Earlier this month, the Canada Industrial Relations Board dismissed a request from Montreal port employers to require employees to work during a strike, opening the gate to a job action or lockout after a six-month freeze while the ask was under consideration. That freeze ended with the board’s decision on March 14.

On Friday, the Maritime Employers Association followed up with a complaint to the labour board that called on it to rekindle talks due to a “bad faith” stance by the union, which it claims has refused to resume bargaining.

“The parties are at an impasse caused by the union’s refusal to negotiate,” the submission said in French.“The association is contacting the CIRB to urgently obtain a hearing and remedies to force the union to comply with its obligations and thus allow the resumption of negotiations.”

The last meeting between the two sides took place on Jan. 16, according to the filing.

Association spokeswoman Isabelle Pelletier said employers are “very worried” about the consequences of mounting fears that a strike is looming.

Cargo rerouted

“We have strong signals that cargo will be rerouted because of the uncertainty at the Port of Montreal,” she said in an email.

The employers, who in their complaint blamed the workers for “scaring away” cargo, noted that they continue to pay employees including those not on the job amid a fall in freight volumes — an “untenable situation” as revenue drops in lockstep with the decrease, the association said.

Container shipments fell nearly nine per cent last year, according to tonnage data from the port.The dockworkers’ union, which represents roughly 1,200 Montreal port workers affiliated with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, declined to comment. Wednesday marked the deadline to respond to the employers’ labour board complaint.

The collective agreement expired on Dec. 31.

Canada’s maritime supply chain has faced several labour disruptions over the past four years, on top of the backlogs and bottlenecks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last summer, a strike by 7,400 B.C. dockworkers dragged on for 13 days, shutting down the country’s biggest port and costing the economy billions of dollars.

In October, an eight-day strike by employees on the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway halted shipments of grain, iron ore and gasoline along the trade corridor.

And in Montreal, longshore workers last went on strike in August 2020 in a 12-day job action that left 11,500 containers languishing on the waterfront.

Mutual suspicion persists to this day after that standoff, observers say.

Federal Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez on Monday pointed to an apparent “climate of mistrust” between the dockworkers and the Maritime Employers Association, which represents shippers and terminal operators.

Others echoed his concerns.

‘Acute situation’

“It’s getting to be an acute situation,” said Julia Kuzeljevich, spokeswoman for the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association.

“There are great fears that they’ll do a 72-hour strike notice at any point,” she said. “Many people are choosing to divert cargo … It’s just a big question mark hanging over the situation.”

Before hitting the picket lines, the union would have to hold a strike mandate vote, which it can do at any time. If the vote is successful, job action could kick off three days after executives give the word. Large retailers would be among the hardest hit by a disruption, said Bob Ballantyne, a senior adviser at the Freight Management Association of Canada, whose nearly 60 members include Canadian Tire Corp., Hudson’s Bay Co. and Home Depot Canada.

“In advance, they’ll start making other arrangements. I suspect a number of our big retailers and other importers will have already started to do that,” Ballantyne said.

“They’ll be looking at rerouting primarily to the ports of Halifax and St. John, N.B.”

Meanwhile, labor tensions are also simmering just down the line in the transport sector.

Canada’s two main railways this month resumed talks with the union representing about 9,200 conductors, engineers and yard workers, a back-and-forth overseen by federal mediators since March 1.

A mandated 60-day period of mediated negotiations followed by a 21-day cooling-off period means a work stoppage at either Canadian National Railway Co. or Canadian Pacific Kansas City Ltd. could begin as soon as May 21.

In November 2019, a rail strike gripped the country for eight days until CN and 3,000 railroaders reached a tentative deal, ending a job action that halted shipments, triggered layoffs and disrupted industries across the country.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 27, 2024.

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.

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Deliveries of Daimler’s Rizon electric trucks commence

Deliveries of Daimler’s Rizon electric trucks commence

Daimler Truck’s Rizon electric truck subsidiary has begun making deliveries in the U.S.

The first deployments were to fleets in a range of applications in California, the company announced.

(Photo: Rizon)

“I’m very excited the first Rizon trucks are now in operation,” said Andreas Deuschle, global head of Rizon Truck. “Being part of the Daimler Truck Group provides us with experience and knowledge coming from our electric products of trucks and buses around the globe. Our all-new Rizon trucks inherited all of this expertise which results in a very mature system: innovative eAxle concept, latest safety features, a wide variety of body applications, and a flexible battery concept.”

The truck maker bills Rizon vehicles as ideal EVs for urban and last-mile deliveries, with routes that can cover up to 160 miles (256 km) a day. Body types can include boxes, flatbeds, stake beds, reefers, and more, the company says.

An electric power take-off is controllable from the cab and can be used to power reefer belts, hydraulic pumps and other specialized equipment.

Velocity EV is the exclusive distributor of the truck, which is available in Classes 4 or 5 configurations. The GVWR is 15,995 to 17,995 lb. with range from 75 miles (120 km) to the max 160 miles (256 km) depending on variant and number of battery packs.

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.

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Truck strikes overpass near George Massey Tunnel in Richmond, B.C.

Truck strikes overpass near George Massey Tunnel in Richmond, B.C.

Another truck struck an overpass in British Columbia, as the spate of incidents involving commercial vehicles striking infrastructure continues in the province.

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said it is aware of the incident in which a commercial vehicle struck the Rice Mill Road overpass on Highway 99 in Richmond near the entrance of George Massey Tunnel, around 10 a.m. on March 26.

“There are no reports of injury or critical damage to the structure,” the ministry said. “Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) attended the scene, and we are investigating to determine if any further actions are needed.”

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According to the CVSE website, the carrier Railport Transport has been suspended. A $575 violation ticket was issued for operating an overheight vehicle (over 4.15m) without a permit.

The overpass strike comes a day after a delivery truck hit a pedestrian overpass in Stanley Park in Vancouver. Inline Propagators has been suspended while the incident is under investigation. Vancouver Police Department will be issuing violation tickets.

Earlier this month, the province’s government introduced tougher penalties for commercial trucks involved in infrastructure crashes. Offenders could get fined up to $100,000 and face jail time of up to 18 months.

Since December 2021, there have been 39 commercial truck strikes of overpasses and bridges, according to data by the B.C. transportation ministry. Of these, 36 have been attributed to driver error, while three incidents are under investigation.

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.

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Driver buy-in, best practices ensure smooth video rollout

Driver buy-in, best practices ensure smooth video rollout

As road- and driver-facing cameras continue to make their way into trucks, getting drivers on board and maintaining best practices will help fleets to properly utilize the technology.

Addressing privacy concerns is key to obtaining driver buy-in when rolling out video technology in trucks. Carriers must reassure drivers that video is not on when they are in the sleeper, said Gary Falldin, senior director of industry solutions at Trimble during the Truckload Carriers Association’s Truckload 2024 in Nashville, Tenn.

Trimble allows drivers to hit the stop button when the truck is stopped. It says the camera is not recording and shows a red symbol. “But once the truck is moving more than 2 mph (3.2 km/h) the camera comes on and there’s nothing the driver can do about it,” he said.

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Testimonials from drivers who have had crashes and been exonerated by video are a good way to address concerns. When they realize this helps them in litigation, they are more accepting of the technology.

Falldin said the big advantage of the driver-facing camera is that it can show the driver was attentive. Secondly, it helps train drivers to stop bad behaviors like using cellphones while driving or not using seatbelts.

Address privacy concerns

A carrier’s drivers are their best advocates, added Randy Luckow, vice-president of safety, Dart Transit. Find an informal leader, he advised, who can explain the technology during orientation for new employees, or at monthly training sessions.

Luckow noted that after privacy concerns are addressed, it is important to add into the safety policy that cameras should not be covered.

In some cases, where video recording is only trigged by certain incidents, drivers must be trained on how to record video. This can be helpful when a driver arrives at a customer and the gate it locked. They can record the incident as evidence in case the customer says it was open and the driver was late.

Road rage

Luckow said cameras used in his company’s trucks have a digital video recording function. Sometimes drivers are subjected to road rage incidents. “Even if they record after the incident, we have a timeline to go back to and see what happened,” he said.

It is also important for the driver to understand what automatically triggers video recordings. It could be hard braking incident, collision mitigation events or roll stability issues. The safety team must emphasize that the drivers, on most occasions, can control the number of videos being sent to the office.

There should also be a limit on who can watch, download and transfer the videos. “You don’t want someone to pass a video around saying look at this goofy thing that happened, or post it on social media,” Luckow said.

Who can access recordings?

Carriers must decide who has access to the videos, for example, the safety team, or fleet and operations managers, or upper management.

Falldin said staff must stay up to date on the videos. If incidents are taking place and the carrier is not aware of them, plaintiff lawyers will jump on that. “Make sure you review your videos on a timely basis,” he said.

If driver coaching is needed, it must be documented that it has been done. Get acknowledgement from the driver that they have watched the video and learned from it, and what techniques were used for education.

Communicating with drivers

Communication is key, and carriers should ensure that people who are talking to drivers know how to do so. Roleplay training will help improve and don’t take it for granted your team knows how to communicate properly.

Actionable numbers are also important when using video technology. “A driver who is on the road for 100 miles and has three events is more of a risk than one who is on the road for 1,000 miles and three events,” Falldin said.

Luckow added that carriers should also pay attention to video retention policy. Carriers must work with their legal team and claims department. They can advise on how long to hang on to a video after a crash or accident. This is important because if you operate in different provinces, states and countries, because there are different statutes of limitations.

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Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
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Electric Circuit opens electric truck-capable charging station in Quebec

Electric Circuit has announced the commissioning of its largest fast-charging point at the La Porte de l’Érable rest area, located at Exit 228 on Highway 20, which links Québec City and Montréal

Vehicles with a trailer, including heavy- and light-duty trucks will be able to easily connect to some of the new charging stations, the company said in a release.

The Electric Circuit’s fast-charging superstation at Porte de L’Érable, exit 228 off Highway 20. (CNW Group/Circuit électrique)

In addition to the four 50-kW fast charge stations already at the site, Electric Circuit said it is adding eight 180-kW power-sharing charging stations and two 350-kW charging stations.

With a total of 2,340 kilowatts of power offered, this Electric Circuit charging point can charge 24 electric vehicles simultaneously, the company said in a release.

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soopart volvo spare parts

Soopart was founded in Ottawa, Canada, in 2020 by Abbas Soodbar, who brings with him a wealth of experience dating back to 1993 through his involvement with Soodbar General Trading. Specializing in the distribution of a diverse range of spare parts for trucks, construction equipment, buses, and generators, Soopart offers:

– Engine mounts and equipment
– Electrical systems and instrumentation
– Transmissions
– Brakes
– Axles, suspensions, and steering components
– Frames, springs, shocks, and wheels
– Body, cab, and interior accessories
– Miscellaneous parts

For various models of Volvo, Scania, Mercedes-Benz trucks, and Deutz (KHD) engines, we provide parts sourced from renowned European manufacturers.

In addition, we supply parts specifically designed for Volvo generators, Volvo buses, and Volvo construction equipment, catering to the specific needs of our customers in these sectors.