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Canada Moves from a Self-education Approach to No Drone Zones

On March 16, Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the “Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft,” which applies certain restrictions on the flight of model aircraft and recreational drones weighing from 250 grams to 35 kg. The Interim Order requires users to mark their drones with contact information, and prohibits flying drones:

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Improve your pre-trip truck inspections for the good of your fleet

The weather’s still warm, the days are long, and your truck is ready to hit the road for a big trip. Or is it? There’s only one way to truly tell if your vehicle’s safe to drive, and that’s with a thorough pre-trip inspection. If you wait for strange noises, glaring problems, or worse – a roadside inspection – you’re flirting with disaster.

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Managing corporate Road Risk Exposure

Common sense and a good understanding of human nature can help determine times of greatest risk as it relates to driving habits. Advances in traffic enforcement technology means it is now more common for an employee to lose their licence on their private time, such as on a long weekend or over the holidays. In addition, suspensions can now be received for child support.

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Know thy towing services provider

Fleet managers in need of a towing service should heed the advice from the movie Ghostbusters: ‘Who ya gonna call?’

Carriers who call or contract the wrong towing company could be unleashing a potential nightmare of bloated bills, costly damages to equipment and freight, inflated insurance claims, or even lawsuits. We’ve all heard or experienced the horror stories of fleets victimized by dishonest and incompetent tow truck operators.

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Welcome to construction season

Preparing for the broken road ahead

Icy roads and whiteouts tend to torment the winter driver, but as every professional driver knows, warmer weather won’t solve all your problems. When the snow melts, winter hazards give way to spring hazards – the assorted threats and obstacles of the construction season. It starts the same way every year: armies of orange pylons begin to take over the shoulders; plastic fencing rolls out into traffic; ditches and dips in the asphalt force vehicles to squeeze into narrower lanes. All of these messy sights and sounds form the perfect distraction, one that will annoy even the most patient driver.

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Creative solutions to fight cargo theft

By Rick Kosowan, ClaimsPro and Xpera Risk Mitigation and Investigation

cargo 1Theft and fraud are two major issues for the transportation industry, and creative solutions for attacking these risks are needed. Statistics show that cargo-related theft accounts for losses of nearly $5B a year in Canada alone and has been growing in recent years. Criminal networks have grown in complexity and organization, as they’ve identified a criminal endeavour with high rewards and limited risk compared to other forms of criminal activity. A bank robbery, which may only net an assailant $2,000, can result in a 7-10 year jail sentence. Theft of cargo, which can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars per shipment, often merely results in probation for a first-time offender. As a result, organized crime is playing a growing role in cargo crime. A lack of integrated solutions across provincial borders and coordination across jurisdictions leaves the cargo industry vulnerable. The trucking industry still has to bear the burden of high deductibles, lost shipments and lost customers when theft of equipment and cargo occurs.

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What to do if you have an environmental spill

Why should we even worry about environmental spills? What is a Toxic Tort Lawyer?

In the past these spills were left to dilute with time, not to mention that the legislation didn’t force many clean ups. The reality today is that there are much stricter regulations and increasingly diligent enforcement to protect the environment. This now requires trucking firms to have policies and procedures to comply with all the legislation that governs spill reporting and clean up. If this is not done, your trucking firm can face severe fines. These fines can surpass $100,000 (and may not be covered by insurance), bad publicity, and significant financial exposures.

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Spec’ing tank trailers

Go in prepared

Fleet managers spec’ing tanker trailers these days need more than a sharp pencil. Struggling to compete in a market that’s been hit hard by the downturn in the energy sector, tanker fleets are spec’ing trailers that do more than reduce operating costs.

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Trial by Tired

Few lawsuits have focused on a truck driver's sleep apnea. That could change.

Trial lawyers have secured multimillion-dollar court settlements by proving that drivers were impaired at the time of a crash. Their submitted evidence regularly includes everything from logbook entries to the results of drug and alcohol tests. In one recent high-profile example in the U.S., Walmart settled a case when one of its drivers reportedly went 24 hours without sleep and hit a van. Comedian James McNair was killed in that crash. Actor Tracy Morgan was seriously injured.

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Keep it covered

Look beyond the premiums alone when shopping for insurance

Eric Moreau is responsible for dispatching a fleet of 22 vehicles all over southern Ontario, but few of the people who steer the wheels would identify themselves as professional drivers. They’re hired first and foremost as HVAC technicians, and use their vans to carry parts and equipment needed to install heating and air conditioning systems on behalf of Fred Hook Ltd., a factory-authorized Carrier dealer based in Midland, Ontario.

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Safe Bets

9 ways to create a safer truck

Today’s vehicle options are often destined to become tomorrow’s standard equipment, particularly when vehicle safety is involved. In 1976, Ontario became the first province to mandate seatbelts. Daytime Running Lights have been the law in Canada since 1989. Antilock Braking Systems (ABS), which keep slowing tractors on a straight and narrow path, were mandated in 1997.

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Premium Ideas

Control insurance costs through technology, commitments to safety

Insurance is one of the few things that a fleet will buy and hope not to use -- like spill kits, first aid supplies, and fire extinguishers. So there should be little surprise when fleet managers show an interest in strategies that will help to manage insurance premiums.

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Hot Stuff

Thieves are targeting more freight than ever before. Are you at risk?

With losses now estimated at $5 billion per year, the cost of Canada’s stolen cargo is staggering.

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How Ontario’s General Trucking Sector can Address Driver Fatigue Among Professional Drivers

Driver fatigue identified as a top health and safety risk for trucking operations in Ontario

Top 10 root causes of driver fatigue among professional truck drivers in Ontario

In February 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) in partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) organized a group of industry experts that met for two days to determine the root causes of driver fatigue in Ontario’s trucking sector. As part of their work, they also developed critical controls and specific activities that could be put in place to address driver fatigue in Ontario’s general trucking industry.

The list of the top 10 causes of driver fatigue, as identified by workers, supervisors, and employers in Ontario’s trucking sector is displayed in the infographic on pages 34-35 of Private Motor Carrier. More detailed information on the top causes of driver fatigue among professional truck drivers, is discussed in the accompanying technical paper available at

Identifying solutions and controls

After identifying the top 10 causal factors of driver fatigue, the group of subject matter experts, led by Dr. Sujoy Dey of the MLTSD, identified possible solutions and controls for the top ranked risks. During the discussions, similar themes and proposed controls kept emerging that informed five key recommendations:

  • classify truck driving as a skilled trade (Red Seal),
  • review and address critical training gaps in mandatory entry-level training (MELT),
  • mandatory graduated licensing for all truck drivers,
  • greater enforcement of carriers who are non-compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Highway Traffic Act, and
  • promote mental health and wellness among professional truck drivers.

These recommendations provide a foundation for the reduction in driver fatigue by focussing on systemic causal factors and not just the symptoms of driver fatigue. The trucking industry should focus immediately on addressing these five key recommendations.

“The group of industry experts shared their experience, made suggestions, and proposed potential controls to address the primary causal factors and identified systemic weaknesses in the industry,” says Michelle Roberts, IHSA Director, Stakeholder & Client Engagement. “IHSA is proud of our work as an advocate for improving professional truck driver training, non-compliant carrier enforcement, and the importance of driver mental health and wellness. This work is a strong first step toward meaningful changes for safer and healthier workplaces for professional truck drivers.”

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