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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Brake inspections a bigger deal - “It’s worth noting that drivers performing daily pre/post-trip inspections can visually check every item except brake stroke.”| Trucks at Work

“Since the brake chamber’s pushrod stroke is physically limited and can only operate effectively within a very narrow range of movement, a mere fraction of an inch of excess stroke can mean the difference between safe and unsafe braking,” Judson emphasized. “It’s worth noting that drivers performing daily pre/post-trip inspections can visually check every item except brake stroke.”

Read More; Brake inspections a bigger deal | Trucks at Work

Friday, October 12, 2012

CSA and the Professional Truck Driver

Every Professional Truck Driver strives to put safety first when on the road. Safety is not only about safe truck driving habits but it is also about driving safe equipment and being in compliance with Hours of Service regulations. CSA uses the BASICS (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) to define the different areas that contribute to safety.
Read More - CSA and the Professional Truck Driver

Police bust 262 people for distracted driving

According to Coquitlam RCMP, the force handed out 262 distracted driving tickets in the month of September during a recent distracted driving enforcement campaign.
For Details See - Police bust 262 people for distracted driving

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Saferway will be holding a food drive once again this year to support the Cridge Center Young Parent Program.

Saferway will be holding a food drive once again this year to support the Cridge Center Young Parent Program. Last year we gave away a $100 Saferway gift certificate. What kind of prize draws would entice you to bring in a food donation?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

NHTSA Airbag Counterfeit Final

Canada needs truck drivers - This is a great time to join the trucking industry

The road to a future in trucking may be paved with hard work and long days, but many drivers feel the benefits outweigh the challenges.

Canada’s Driving Force report states that the highest number (32 per cent) of people taking a Class 1 licence test were 35 to 44 years old. Only 17 per cent of the applicants were under 25 years old. The higher licencing age shows that people are not entering the industry straight from high school, and probably also means that trucking is not a first career.

Trucking in Canada is a $65 billion industry

Trucking in Canada is a $65 billion industry that employs over 260,000 drivers and somewhere in the order of 400,000 Canadians overall. It's a diverse industry made up of a few large companies but dominated by thousands of small and medium-sized businesses and independent owner-operators.

Trucks move 90 percent of all consumer products and foodstuffs within Canada and almost two thirds, by value, of our trade with the United States, our largest trading partner.

Without trucking, the wheels of commerce would stop rolling and Canadians would be unable to enjoy many of their favorite consumer products.

Snapshot of Canada’s Trucking Industry*:

As a whole, the trucking industry (including for-hire carriers, private carriers, owner-operators and courier firms) generated an estimated $67 billion in revenues in 2005.

With respect to trucking firms, in 2006, general freight carriers accounted for 57 percent of the for-hire revenues of the industry.

Truck carriers with annual revenues of $12 million or more accounted for 57 percent of the for-hire trucking industry.

Heavy trucks accounted for 21.8 billion vehicle-kilometers in 2006, compared with 7.4 billion vehicle-kilometers for medium-sized trucks.

Empty haul movements accounted for 13 percent of heavy truck vehicle-kilometers in 2006, compared with about 5 percent for medium-sized trucks.


According to the Canadian Vehicle Survey 2007, there were 789,272 (in scope) heavy trucks (gross weight of at least 4,500 kilograms) in Canada, of which 461,144 were medium-sized, weighing between 4,500 and 15,000 kilograms. A total of 328,128 were Class 8 (heavy) trucks.

Ontario (36 percent), Alberta (26 percent) and Quebec (12 percent) accounted for approximately two thirds of the heavy truck fleet.


Trucking is a key trade facilitator. About 2/3 of Canada-U.S. trade moves by truck including over 80% of all US exports to Canada. The North American just-in-time inventory system is built around the truck.

Canadian for-hire trucking firms carry over 80 percent of total tonnage shipped intra-provincially.

In terms of value, in 2007 trucking accounted 58.8 percent of trade with the United States, rail 17.2 per cent, pipeline 13.8 percent, air 5.8 percent and marine 4.3 percent.

In 2007, the exports from Canada shipped by trucks totalled $174.3 billion (50.7 percent of total exports) down from $181.3 billion in 2006. Imports from the United States shipped by trucks amounted to $160.9 billion in 2007, down from $166 billion in 2006.

The Border:

The busiest trans-border trucking routes were Ontario–U.S. central region, Ontario–U.S. south region and Ontario–U.S. northeast region. Combined, they accounted for almost 80 percent of the shipments.

Heavy truck activity across the Canada–U.S. border fell about one percent in 2006 to 12.9 million two-way trips, still below the 2000 peak.


On average, heavy trucks are driven 73,000 kilometers per year, about four times as much as medium trucks, which are approximately driven 19,000 kilometers per year.

Heavy truck fuel efficiency averaged about 33 L/100 km, with straight trucks averaging 31 L/100 km and tractor-trailers averaging 35 L/100 km.


The trucking industry as a whole employs approximately 400,000 people in communities large and small all across Canada.

* The statistics on the trucking industry have been sourced through Transport Canada 's annual report – Transportation in Canada 2007. For the full report and through various Statistics Canada surveys. Please see for more information.

What you need

For job seekers looking to get into driving, characteristics to have are good health and vision, time management skills and a customer service orientation. A person should like driving and not mind driving long hours and in poor weather. Often driving jobs include a large amount of lifting and moving freight, so a person must be physically able to handle the job.

Long vs. short

Long haul drivers transport goods over long distances and can drive at any time of day or night and work long hours. Short haul drivers transport goods over shorter distance and drivers have the benefit of being home every evening.

Companies may include living allowance, retention bonuses, camp accommodations or any number of other bonuses. Some companies also help drivers get their licence. In this arrangement, they may ask the employee to sign a contract and if they stay with the company for a certain length of time (e.g. a year) the company will cover some or all of the cost of training. With the cost of training and the test being well over $1,000, this can be a significant amount.

Salary and pay

Salary varies by the type of truck (e.g. tractor trailer, five-ton delivery truck), the kind of driving (e.g. long haul, short haul), the company and the employee’s experience.

By looking at recent job postings and talking to employers, Class 1 drivers in Fort McMurray can make from $25 to $35 per hour depending on experience. Class 3 truck drivers can make from $22 to $28 per hour. Class 5 drivers start at about $21 to $25 per hour.
See further in this issue for definitions of the different classes.

Jobs Guide -Canada needs truck drivers

Are ready for a new life in trucking?

Do you want to drive?

Do you feel that there's no better place to be than behind the wheel?

If so, why not make a career out of it?

Well, you've come to the right place. 

The trucking industry here in British Columbia and Canada for that matter, is full of opportunities and possibilities. It starts, of course, with all the truck driving positions you're probably already familiar with.

When you think about it, everything you ever buy arrives at the store by truck. Just imagine the number of people it takes to move everything safely, efficiently and on time. Now that's a lot of people!

Of course, we're not looking for just anybody - we're looking for people with drive and who want to drive.. Is that you?

This is a great time to join the trucking industry. There's a high demand for professional drivers in all areas of the industry. We hope to see you behind the wheel soon.

If Your Ready to Start or want information on a new and rewarding career:

Call Saferway at 250-385-8212
Our friendly staff are waiting to help you.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Heads up #BCTrks. As of Monday, commercial vehicles in BC must carry chains. From Oct 1 to Apr 30 to be exact the BC Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure