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Friday, January 31, 2014

UPS’ 4Q Profit Rises | Transport Topics Online | Trucking, Freight Transportation and Logistics News



UPS Inc. said its net income rose in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier, but fell on an adjusted basis due to unexpected volume and inclement weather.

The parcel carrier’s profit was $1.2 billion, or $1.25 a share, compared with a loss of $1.7 billion, or $1.83, in the same quarter in 2012, UPS said Jan. 30. The year-ago quarter included a pension expense. After adjusting for the pension expense, net income a year ago was $1.3 billion, or $1.32 a share.

UPS’ 4Q Profit Rises | Transport Topics Online | Trucking, Freight Transportation and Logistics News

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Western Star Trucks Australia Teams with FPR for 2014

Western Star Trucks Australia Teams with FPR for 2014


Western Star Trucks Australia is pleased to announce that it has partnered with V8 Supercar team Ford Performance Racing as the “Official Transporter” of the team, which includes the Supercheao Auto Bathurst 1000-winning Ford Pepsi Max Crew and The Bottle-O Racing Team.

Two Western Star 4800FXB prime movers will transport the team’s b-double trailers and over 100 tonnes of cars and equipment to race events around Australia.


Western Star Trucks Australia Teams with FPR for 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Another busy morning, students jockeying for positioning to start their day coupling to their trailers.

Another busy morning, students jockeying for positioning to start their day coupling to their trailers.

You got to love them Stars - Morning to night one dependable tough trucks that keep our student out training.



Driver training urged at transportation safety hearing: Land Line Magazine

Driver training urged at transportation safety hearing

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor


The ranking Democrat on a House subcommittee said Tuesday that training entry-level truck drivers and addressing some of the basic working conditions in trucking would go a long way to improving safety on the highways.

Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents Washington, D.C., in Congress, told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit that truck safety would benefit the public as well as the truckers themselves.

Read More;
Driver training urged at transportation safety hearing: Land Line Magazine

Friday, January 24, 2014

New U.S./Canada Bridge Faces Delays Due to U.S. Funding

New U.S./Canada Bridge Faces Delays Due to U.S. Funding


Truckers might have to wait even longer than expected for the New International Trade Crossing over the Detroit River. The bridge connecting Ontario to Michigan could be delayed if the U.S. government doesn’t soon commit to paying for a customs facility on the U.S. side, according to the Globe and Mail.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Our Three Stars out there training new operators.

Our Three Stars out there training new operators.


Got to say I am real partial to the Big Texas Bumper.



Public input solicited for ways to make BC highways safer for people and wildlife | The Castlegar Source

Many of us spend a considerable amount of time driving on BC’s highways, and most of us have opinions about those highways and suggestions to make them safer for both people and wildlife.

The Ministry of Transportation has provided the public with an opportunity to comment on safety issues on BC’s highways. This includes speed limits, slow-moving vehicles, wildlife hazards, and winter tire safety.

Public input solicited for ways to make BC highways safer for people and wildlife | The Castlegar Source

Shotgun coil securement. Gene Sims of WTI Transport in Tuscaloosa, Ala., demonstrates extra safe flatbed securement .



Published on Jan 14, 2014


Gene Sims of WTI Transport in Tuscaloosa, Ala., demonstrates extra safe flatbed securement for a steel coil in a shotgun position. He also explains computation of chain and strap strength.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

It Was A Busy Day At The Saferway Training Yard Today - Three Western Stars and a Bus out training. :)

It Was A Busy Day At The Saferway Training Yard Today - 

Three Western Stars and a Bus out training. :)



Online Truck Spec'ing


Online Truck Spec'ing 

Posted: Jan 22, 2014 02:48 AM | Last Updated: Jan 22, 2014 03:32 AM

International's DuraStar
Navistar has announced its new, re-designed online truck configurators for International ProStar, DuraStar, and TerraStar models. They allow customers to virtually design, build and customize their truck’s cab, exterior, interior, powertrain, and more with the click of a mouse.

read More; Online-truck-specing

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Trucker plans to climb Mount Aconcagua for Truckers Against Trafficking: Land Line Magazine

Trucker plans to climb Mount Aconcagua for Truckers Against Trafficking: Land Line Magazine


His hope is to raise at least $22,837, which is the same number of vertical feet he will climb to reach the summit. The money he raises will go directly to the nonprofit group, Truckers Against Trafficking, to further its mission to “educate, equip, empower and mobilize” the trucking industry about human trafficking. Click here to donate or find out more about Hopkins’ journey.

Trucker plans to climb Mount Aconcagua for Truckers Against Trafficking: Land Line Magazine

$40.000 for trucker in over weight fines heading from Texas to Canada;

$40.000 for trucker in over weight fines heading from Texas to Canada;


By Lee Stoll
SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — A truck driver is blaming bad permits for putting him on a local bridge that should have collapsed right under the rig. The truck, hauling a power transformer, almost made it from Texas to Canada but it broke down on a Skagit county road in Mount Vernon. That's how state patrol learned the driver's directions were illegal. In order to get it off the road, the driver had to go through a roundabout—breaking street signs, and tearing up the concrete. State Patrol started writing tickets for more than $40,000 in fines. "This is the largest ticket I've ever seen," said Chris Baldwin with the Skagit County Sheriff's Office.

Read More - Watch Video ; http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/driver-massively-overweight-truck-receives-massive/ncwk8/

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tip of the day - Always align the kingpin on the trailer

Tip of the day -

Always align the kingpin on the trailer to go down the center of the fifth-wheel to prevent sideways stress on the landing gear of the trailer preventing potential damage.


Class 4 Training Call: 250-385-8212

Class 4 Training Call: 250-385-8212




YRC, Teamsters Back at Negotiation Table

YRC, Teamsters Back at Negotiation Table

Posted: Jan 20, 2014 09:12 AM | 
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2014 09:15 AM

OVERLAND PARKS, KS — Financially troubled truck giant YRC Worldwide and Teamsters union are looking to strike a different agreement after the union voted down a contract extension.

“The company plans to revise its proposal to both work within the requirements of the capital markets to refinance the company and protect the jobs of its 32,000 employees,” YRC stated.

Last week, Teamsters members rejected a proposal to extend their current work agreements into 2019, following the union earlier making wage and benefits concessions. They voted the proposal down by 61 percent to 39 percent.

YRC had hoped the proposal would pass because it was necessary if the company was going to receive $1.15 billion in loans to refinance its debt.

"It is clear the Teamsters understand the urgency of the current situation," said YRC Worldwide CEO James Welch. "Although the company must achieve operational costs savings in the agreement, we also understand that simply re-voting the same proposal is not an option."

But the union is willing to consider “a modified proposal that would protect our members and enhance the company's financial position, but that it must contain meaningful improvements over the last proposal.”

Read More;http://www.todaystrucking.com/yrc-teamsters-back-at-negotiation-table

Trucking firm shuts doors across northern B.C.

Trucking firm shuts doors across northern B.C.

JANUARY 20, 2014
ARTHUR WILLIAMS
CITIZEN STAFF
AWILLIAMS@PGCITIZEN.CA

At least four Prince George workers are out of a job after Canadian Freightways announced the closure of the majority of its operations in Prince George, Smithers, Terrace and Prince Rupert on Friday.

Heather Lee, vice president of Canadian Office and Professional Employees (COPE) union local 378, said the union was notified Friday afternoon that the company would be laying off four of its members from the Prince George office before the end of the day.

"You can imagine how that feels. We're quite disappointed by this. No company that big takes half an hour to decide to close a location," Lee said. "We haven't had an opportunity to talk about the impact on members and their families, and the community..."

Read More:http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/article/20140120/PRINCEGEORGE0101/301209994/-1/princegeorge01/trucking-firm-shuts-doors-across-northern-bc

Readers mixed on wide-single tires


Readers mixed on wide-single tires

Singles are common today in many on-highway applications, and the question clearly struck a nerve, showing extremes of both love and hate from readers on the subject. Some heaped kudos on singles for and improved ride as well as cost savings in both fuel and long-term maintenance. Others noted reduced traction getting started in some road conditions, among other concerns. Of the more than 400 responses to the question, the following excerpts sum up the long conversation, played out both here on OverdriveOnline.com andvia our Facebook page. Click those links to read more and/or weigh in yourself.

Read More; http://www.overdriveonline.com/readers-mixed-on-wide-single-tires/

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Correction to NEW Saferway G+ Link.

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. has moved the site over to the G+ Company page, all posts will eventually all be at the new company site. Sorry for any inconvenience.


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New Road Will Connect Canada From Sea to Sea | News | Today's Trucking

New Road Will Connect Canada From Sea to Sea

Posted: Jan 9, 2014 03:50 PM | Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014 11:01 PM


Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the ground-breaking ceremony in Inuvik, NWT, on Jan. 8.

INUVIK, NWT— Construction has begun on the first year-round road between the Arctic coast and the rest of Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, present at the ground-breaking ceremony on Jan. 8, commented: “The all-season Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway will, for the first time by road, connect and unify Canada from sea to sea to sea. This historic project realizes the visionary initiative of Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker back in the 1960’s.”
Read More; New Road Will Connect Canada From Sea to Sea | News | Today's Trucking

Canadians up for trucking honours



2014-01-16

Canadians are in the running for two major Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) awards: owner operator of the year and company driver of the year.

Terrance Smith of Miramichi, NB, is one of three finalists in the O/O division. The driver, who is leased to SLH Transport of Kingston, Ont., is in competition with an Illinois driver leased to Prime Inc and a driver from Iowa leased to Art Pape Transfer Inc.

In the company driver category, Bison Transport driver Jack Fielding, who is based in McKellar, Ont., is up against drivers from Fremont Contract Carriers Inc. and Prime Inc.

TCA says finalists are “selected based on their ability to operate in a safe manner on the public highways, efforts to enhance the public image of the trucking industry, and positive contributions to the communities in which they live.”

“It is always such a privilege to be able to work with professional drivers of this caliber,” said TCA chair Tom Kretsinger, Jr. “I wish we could give every one of them the title of driver of the year.”



Winners will be announced in March at the TCA’s Annual Convention, which is being held in Grapevine, TX.
Read More; Canadians up for trucking honours

Drivers found attempting to bribe ICBC employees - British Columbia - CBC News



Some B.C. drivers desperate to pass their road test are attempting to bribe test examiners, a CBC investigation has revealed.

Documents obtained through a freedom-of-information request to ICBC show that there were at least five attempts in 2013 to bribe ICBC employees working at their driver licensing offices.

On average there are eight bribery attempts made each year. The amount involved in the attempted briberies ranges from $50 to more than $300.

Read More; Drivers found attempting to bribe ICBC employees - British Columbia - CBC News

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Developing a profitable relationship with your carrier. Truckers are the troops in the trenches, the foot soldiers of American commerce. Without you, the trucker, the world economy would stand still.

Developing a profitable relationship with your carrier


by TIMOTHY BRADY on JANUARY 15, 2014So, you either want to become a lease operator or are currently contracted to a carrier as one. How can ‘just a trucker’ under contract to a carrier create a profitable relationship with that trucking company? Remember this: truckers give a trucking company the ability to haul freight for their customers. Truckers are the troops in the trenches, the foot soldiers of American commerce. Without you, the trucker, the world economy would stand still.Read More; Developing a profitable relationship with your carrier

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Truck Manufacturer Recalls More Kenworth Models | News | Today's Trucking

Truck Manufacturer Recalls More Kenworth Models

Posted: Jan 14, 2014 02:39 PM | Last Updated: Jan 14, 2014 02:39 PM

Bellevue, WA — Truck manufacturer Paccar is recalling even more Kenworth truck models than they previously announced on Jan. 1.

On Jan. 1, Paccar issued a recall for 5,087 year 2014 Kenworth T170, T270, T370, T440, T470, T660, T680, T700, T880, and W900 trucks because of stop-tail-turn lamp issues.

Now, they’re also recalling model year 2014 Kenworth T440, T800 and C500 manufactured July 1, 2013 through Sept. 17, 2013.


Truck Manufacturer Recalls More Kenworth Models | News | Today's Trucking

Daimler Recalls 379 Freightliner Cascadia Trucks | News | Today's Trucking

Daimler Recalls 379 Freightliner Cascadia Trucks

Posted: Jan 14, 2014 02:43 PM | Last Updated: Jan 14, 2014 02:43 PM

Portland, OR — Daimler Trucks North America is recalling 379 model year 2013-2014 Freightliner Cascadia trucks, manufactured Dec.11, 2012, through Nov. 27, 2013 that are equipped with Meritor Wabco’s electronically controlled air suspension system.

In the affected vehicles, the wiring harnesses for the ECAS may have been reversed. If the wiring harnesses are connected in reverse, it may adjust the suspension axle height incorrectly, reducing driving traction and the effectiveness of the parking brake. Either result increases the risk of a crash.Daimler Recalls 379 Freightliner Cascadia Trucks | News | Today's Trucking

Penticton RCMP point to accident as wake up call - Penticton Western News



Penticton RCMP point to accident as wake up call



Police are urging the public to use extra caution at a high-risk corner on Highway 97 at the north end of the city.

Prompting the warnings was the single-vehicle accident Dec. 23 in which a logging truck dumped its load across several lanes of the highway.

Although Penticton RCMP determined the incident was likely mechanical in nature and not speed related, Cpl. Bryce Petersen of the RCMP’s South Okanagan Traffic Services feels the crash should serve as a wake-up call to all motorists.

Penticton RCMP point to accident as wake up call - Penticton Western News

Mismatching Dual Tires: A Sure-Fire Way to Kill Two Tires at Once - Articles - Aftermarket - Articles - TruckingInfo.com

Close enough for Rock & Roll; good enough for the women I go out with; close enough for government work ... all these expressions speak to our willingness to settle for something less than the ideal. In tire maintenance, the difference between "it'll do" and "ideal" can be costly.

In 2003, FMCSA did an extensive survey of truck tire pressures during roadside inspections. Inspectors found only 50% of the tires checked were within 5% of their recommended pressure. As well, FMCSA found that in dual tire assemblies only 20% of the tires checked were within 5 psi of the tire beside it.

That means about 80% of the tires in dual assemblies are at risk of premature wear due to scrubbing damage or premature failure due to over loading.

Mismatching Dual Tires: A Sure-Fire Way to Kill Two Tires at Once - Articles - Aftermarket - Articles - TruckingInfo.com

Friday, January 3, 2014

FROM OOIDA'S DC OFFICE: Small business trucking's top safety resolution for 2014 - action on driver training: Land Line Magazine

Small-business truckers – 

Entrepreneurs who are working every day to support their families – recognize the value of safe driving knowledge and experience. The average OOIDA member has more than 2 million miles of accident-free driving with more than 25 years of trucking experience. Small-business truckers are the leaders in highway safety, with experienced drivers who show their commitment to safety every day.
FROM OOIDA'S DC OFFICE: Small business trucking's top safety resolution for 2014 - action on driver training: Land Line Magazine

Saferway is looking to fill a class 1/5 instructor position. - If you're looking for a rewarding career or career change. Call Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. at 250-385-8212.

A Great Start to 2014

If you're looking for a rewarding career or career change.

Call Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. at 250-385-8212.

  • Our Transport Training Course is full in 2014!! 
  • All Cls.1 Candidates. 
  • All eyeing up #66 for training!

Saferway is  looking to fill a class 1/5 instructor position.

  • Class 1 - 5 Instructor Course starting in February.
  • Class 5/7 February 17th to 28rd.
  • Class 1 March 3rd to 7th.


Our Transport Training Course is full in 2014 All Cls.1 Candidates. All eyeing up #66 for training!

Our Transport Training Course is full in 2014


All Cls.1 Candidates. All eyeing up #66 for training!


Saferway Driver Training - Trucking 2014!

Saferway Driver Training - Trucking 2014!



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Canada: Canada Faces Truck Driver Shortage; Foreign Workers Encouraged To Fill The Demand


Canada: Canada Faces Truck Driver Shortage; Foreign Workers Encouraged To Fill The Demand


Professional truck drivers are responsible for the movement of more than 90% of all consumer goods and products in Canada. They are an essential part to all aspects of the Canadian economy. However, due to compensation and lifestyle concerns, a severe national trucker shortage is beginning to brew. The economy is already feeling the effects of this shortage, and a long term crisis is not far away.

According to the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC), there are currently approximately 31,000 trucking firms employing nearly 300,000 people, 68% of which are truckers. A recent survey revealed that about 20% of the workforce is over the age of 55, which entails a loss of over 40,000 people over the next 10 years. There was also a substantial vacancy rate at the time of the survey, thus allowing for even more potential job opportunities.


The good news is that while the industry may be facing a severe labor shortage, it is expecting economic growth, which will lead to more competitive salaries and benefits for all prospective members of the workforce. The CTHRC predicts that over 150 000 new truck drivers will be hired by 2012 in order to address the increased demand, the aging workforce, and the job vacancies.