Sample Sidebar Module

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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.

Canada has its first all-female Image Team. Women In Trucking Association (WIT) announced the 2018 Canadian Image Team on April 21 at Truck World’s Salute to Women Behind the Wheel in Mississauga, Ontario.

Carriers can now apply for a permit to allow the use of Smart Life Axles on designated Safe, Productive, and Infrastructure-Friendly tractor semi- and double-trailer configurations under Ontario Regulation 413/05, Vehicle Weights and Dimensions (VWD) for Safe, Productive, and Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) Vehicles. The Ministry of Transportation launched the permit program in May 2018.

The number of Indigenous workers in Canada’s trucking and logistics sector is “well below” the average for the national workforce. With the trucking industry experiencing a driver shortage, for Trucking HR Canada, Indigenous people represent an “untapped labour pool.” The national industry organization has released a new report, Indigenous Recruitment and Retention: A Roadmap for Canada’s Trucking and Logistics Industry, to support employers in their efforts to better attract and retain Indigenous employees. The organization said employers in other industries have seen the benefits of successfully hiring Indigenous people.

Current News

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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