Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_top position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_bottom position below the menu.

Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_bottom position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_top position below the search.

Along with representation from carriers, insurance and the PMTC, the TTSAO has met with Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) about raising the $40 hourly cap put on training facilities. Since 2009 insurance costs for insuring trucks and trailers at truck training facilities has risen 200%. This was an example of one of the many rising costs since the implementation of a $40 hourly cap on tuition by the MAESD for all private carrier colleges in Ontario.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has requested top officials from each state seriously review potential problems anticipated with enforcement of an impending federal trucking mandate requiring electronic logging devices on large trucks. The letter from OOIDA to all state attorneys general is copied to representatives in each state for the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, a federal grant program that provides financial assistance to states.

Fortigo Freight Services Inc. announced on Nov. 27 it has confirmed an order for Tesla’s Semi electric trucks, becoming the first dedicated fleet company in the country to invest in the new electric models. The announcement follows Tesla’s unveiling of its all-electric line the previous week to further innovate the transportation and trucking industry.

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A Critique of MTO’s Response to SPR’s 2018 Truck Parking Study

By Ted Harvey, SPR Associates Inc.

Background
In May 2018, SPR Associates of Toronto submitted a report to The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) on long-haul truck parking and rest areas along Southern Ontario Highways. This $280,000 Study involved a major review of truck parking in Southern Ontario and was led by Dr. Ted Harvey of SPR, with a U.S. and Canadian advisory panel of engineers and transportation and safety specialists. This state-of-the-art project was the most thorough study of this issue ever conducted in Canada, or perhaps anywhere, with engineering simulations based on over 450,000 truck trips on 25 highway segments, and online surveys of over 2,300 Canadian and U.S. truck drivers. Several hundred trucking companies were also surveyed. The goal of the Study was to assess the extent to which there is a shortage of truck parking and rest areas in Ontario and to make recommendations to address this issue.


The Study focused mainly on the highway 401 corridor from Detroit-Windsor to the Québec border, but with attention also to other 400 highways and rural areas. The 400 corridor, used by some 40,000 trucks per day, is a vital part of the supply chain for the Greater Toronto Area as well as the rest of Ontario. The surveys yielded detailed estimates of the need for parking on 25 Ontario highway segments and for over 70 existing truck stops. Drivers provided over 60,000 ratings of the difficulty of finding parking at all these locations. We also examined the history of implementation of Hours of Service (HOS) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations which limit driving hours to ensure rest. HOS drives the parking shortage and has been neglected by MTO for the past 15 years. On January 7, 2021, MTO issued a press release describing their proposed remedies to the parking shortage. 

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