SPRINGFIELD, MO "" Ridewell suspensions has named a new Canadian Sales Manager. Steve Lachance will be taking over the spot, overseeing sales for the whole country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. "" More truck drivers are wearing their seat belt, according to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).A national survey conducted by the group found that seat belt usage in the U.S. was up to a record level of 86% in 2016, from just 65% in 2007.FMCSA deputy administrator Cathy F. Gautreaux says while the results of the survey are good news, work would continue on the issue until 100% of drivers buckled up on the road.
BLOOMINGTON, IN "" Trailer orders were up substantially in October says FTR Intelligence.The forecasting company says its preliminary numbers show an order increase of 40% from August's numbers, and 65% from the same month last year.FTR says 33,600 trailers were ordered in October, a number in line with what analysts were expecting. Trailer orders have now totaled 290,000 units over the past twelve months.
CALGARY, AB "" Joe Loomis Trucking (JLT) has been bought by CEDA, a maintenance and turnaround company in Canada's oil, gas, and petrochemicals industry.
TORONTO, ON "" The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) released a five-point action plan for improving truck safety this morning.The plan aims to work with law enforcement officials to assure the public that safety on the roads is the top priority of fleets owners, drivers, and other members of the industry, after a recent string of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles on Ontario highways had Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Vince Hawkes calling trucks "missiles."
TORONTO, ON "" Carriers that operate across the border don't have to fear for their Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) scores if they are not compliant with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate before the Dec. 18 deadline.Federal Officials in the United States are confirming that drivers who are cited roadside for non-compliance before April 1, 2018 will be issued a "no points cite" which won't affect the driver or carrier in the CSA system, reports Heavy Duty Trucking.
HAWTHORNE, CA "" Elon Musk has officially unveiled the all-electric Class 8 Tesla Semi, following months of speculation and delays. Now the question is whether his company will become the industry disruptor it wants to be.A pair of prototype day cabs unveiled in California on Thursday featured a streamlined bullet-like design, evoking a look traditionally left to concept vehicles. And there were plenty of world media representatives there to share in the experience, each shepherded into a secure hanger for a brief peek.Just a day before, Musk went so far as to tweet this truck "can transform into a robot, fight aliens, and make one hell of a latte". Yes, it was hyperbole "" there was no cappuccino machine anywhere -- but the Chief Executive Officer and product architect attracted plenty of attention for his latest announcement. More than 1,000 people were on hand for the launch, cheering every point that Musk made, especially when a new roadster rolled out of the back of the trailer.
TORONTO, ON "" The Ontario government is offering support to drivers trying to navigate winter roads this year.Today Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca announced expansions to two digital tools for drivers to help them plan safe routes through snowy conditions.The website Track My Plow now covers all 20 of the province's winter maintenance contract areas, allowing drivers to see the location of plows on highways during and after a storm, and use roadways that have been cleared.
PLYMOUTH, NS "" The largest network of heavy vehicle repair shops in Canada is adding one more location.
GUADALAJARA, MX "" Noe Montes has experienced the benefits of NAFTA first hand. In a single decade he has grown his business from a single truck to a sophisticated fleet with 170 power units and 250 drivers "" serving automotive shippers from Linamar to Pirelli.He's eying opportunities in Canada, too, particularly in a lane that would stretch between Mexico and Southern Ontario. Gone are the days when Mexican carriers would simply interline with their counterparts in Canada and the U.S., says the owner of Transmontes and its sister company, TM Transportation Services in Laredo, Texas.But even as the 40-year-old entrepreneur adds to his fleet's capacity, he is keeping a close eye on NAFTA negotiations.