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.

at Canadian Waste and Recycling Expo 2018

Mack Trucks featured its Mack® LR and Granite® models in its booth at the Canadian Waste and Recycling Expo 2018, October 24-25 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.

Featuring a comfortable yet functional driver-focused design for improved productivity and enhanced visibility for increased safety, the LR model is available in two configurations: A 6x4 configuration and a 4x2 configuration for a lighter and more maneuverable option. The LR can be powered by diesel or natural gas.

The LR model displayed in Mack booth No. 1600 featured the new multi-position seat, developed exclusively for Mack Trucks by Sears Seating. The seat is engineered to improve driver comfort and ergonomics for operators in a right-hand stand-up/sit-down drive configuration. The Granite model in the Mack booth also features Sears Seating.

Mack Over The Air (OTA) is also now available on refuse vehicles, including the LR and Mack Granite models equipped with 2017 or newer Mack engines. Mack Over The Air enables software updates for powertrain components and vehicle parameters like road speed limits.

Mack Over The Air is powered by Mack’s fully integrated telematics solution, Mack GuardDog® Connect, which delivers software updates directly to customers when it’s convenient for their operations.

GuardDog Connect proactively monitors truck performance, detecting fault codes and enabling real-time diagnosis of issues that could lead to unplanned downtime. Working with the Mack ASIST online service management system and Mack OneCall™ uptime agents in Mack’s 24/7 Uptime Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, GuardDog Connect maximizes customer uptime by scheduling repairs and confirming that needed parts are in stock and ready to install, all while the truck is still on the road.

All of Mack uptime services are part of Mack Connect, a comprehensive suite of tools that integrates intelligent software, predictive analytics, and driver assist technologies to help customers manage productivity and profitability.Refuse vehicles in the Mack booth at the Enercare Centre included:

 

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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