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These articles present PMTC's opinions on trucking issues from the perspective of private carriers. Your comments are invited and can be addressed to trucks@pmtc.ca

May 2021 

Action needed on continued pause of New Fast Card Application Approvals

Society, and our industry, have been thrown many curve balls and suffered many consequences as a result of Covid-19. While governments, in most cases, have been proactive, reactive when necessary, and worked with industry and the public to strike a fine balance between public health and our economy, sometimes decisions get made that fail to take this into account. A concern the PMTC has been raising for quite sometime, continues to fall on deaf ears, mainly south of the border it appears, caught up in politics at a higher level. We first raised the concern on the pause of New FAST Card Applications back in August of 2020. We understand why some things have had to shut down, including in person interviews in order to protect everyone’s health and safety. At the same time, however, we have, as a society and as regulators, determined that some things are essential to ensure that our economy and the needs of people are addressed, and as such essential services have continued, even in the face of a pandemic. One of the essential services that has been allowed to continue is transportation, as well as cross border trade and commerce. While the land border between Canada and the U.S. has been closed to non-essential travel since March 21st of 2020, truck drivers involved in trade have been declared essential and accordingly have been allowed to continue to cross borders uninterrupted, which evidences how critical they are to our well being and economy. Read full article here

 

February 2021

Transport Canada needs to address Industry Concerns on ELD Timelines in a meaningful way, and we can use your help!

The ELD file is one I have discussed, on behalf of the PMTC Membership, and many others in the industry, numerous times over the last 6 years. While some of you may be rolling your eyes and saying, “this again, come on Millian”, the sad truth is it needs to be continually brought up until regulators take their head out of the sand and take a serious look at the dire state the industry is being put in by their unrealistic timelines. Their lack of meaningful dialogue or public acknowledgement of the issue with industry in addressing these concerns indicates the message has yet to sink in. Read full article Here

November 2020

Regular readers of this column will be fully aware of the PMTC’s concerns on ELD timelines & our concerns over Transport Canada’s refusal at this point to meaningfully address these concerns as the compliance deadline continues to approach at a rapid pace. The PMTC is not a lone voice in the woods here, as at least 5 other Canadian Transportation Industry associations have also raised similar concerns with TC, as well as our US counterparts, the National Private Truck Council. You may be asking, why write about this again? Fair question, and the answer is, this is an important topic, and as the deadlines have continued to approach, with no certified devices available, it WILL cause major chaos and disruption to the Canadian Transportation Industry, and it must be addressed in a timely fashion in order to avoid this.

Time for an announced ELD deferral is now

 

Safety & Compliance - Clock is Ticking on Canadian ELD Compliance

American carriers that operate into Canada are running out of time to procure an Electronic Logging Device that complies with Canadian regulations. Canada, unlike the U.S., requires ELDs used in the country meet a comprehensive technical standard and pass certification by an accredited third-party company. Simply using an ELD with the Canadian hours of service ruleset is insufficient to pass certification.https://www.truckinginfo.com/10129958/the-clock-is-ticking-on-canadian-eld-compliance

October/November 2020

Covid-19 has been a major part of our lives, day in and day out since government shutdowns and restrictions took place in Mid March of this year. We have been living with this in every aspect of our lives for over 7 months, and with the throws of the second wave upon us, it is not going away anytime soon. We as a society have learned a lot since the early days of the pandemic as the science has evolved. We know the simple things that we can do to protect ourselves and others, like wear masks, physically distance, wash our hands, clean and disinfect frequently, just to name a few. Unfortunately, what we have also seen, is a large amount of misleading information. This misinformation is not only shared on social media but has been spread around by some world leaders and on some mainstream media outlets. This has led to a large amount of confusion and made it so it is not always easy for people to trust or understand what steps they should truly take to reduce the spread of this virus.

Are your employees properly trained for working safely with the COVID-19 reality?
 

September 2020

The image of the Professional Truck Driver has taken a hit over the last 20 plus years. It has long been considered a job of last resort, or a second career. We have all heard the statement “Can’t do anything else, you can always drive a truck”. There are many reasons for this perception of the industry, from those who are outside of it. First off, almost all skilled trades have taken a hit over the last decade or two. Society has placed a higher importance on academics and moved their focus away from seeing skilled professional trades people as a respectable profession.

The image of the Professional Driver has changed, and the Industry needs to take advantage of that!
 

May 2020

Employees, now more than ever, need to hear how appreciated there, how good a job they are doing, and to be thanked for their efforts and hard work. A little gratitude goes along way when it comes to retainment of current employees, and recruiting new ones, as a workplace that shows it values and respects it’s employees, is one that people want to stay at, or go to work for.

There is no better time to recognize your workers than now

March 2020

On a stormy late afternoon in the Greater Toronto Area late in February, a truck came around a bend in the road and saw the road blocked in front of him as a result of an accident. The driver, in an attempt to get stopped and avoid striking the vehicles, ended up jackknifing on ice and was fully blocking the roadway.

Temporary Foreign Workers Program for the Trucking Industry needs tightened up

December 2019

A recent article in the Globe and Mail has shone a light on some very unsavory and unsafe practices that are occurring in our country when it in comes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. 

(October 5th, “How an immigration scheme steers newcomers into Canadian trucking jobs and puts lives at risk”)

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-foreign-truck-drivers-canada-immigration-investigation/

Truck Insurance Market Issues

September 2019 

In this month’s article I want to briefly address the issues we are all currently facing in the Commercial Truck Insurance Market.

Reduced load periods, time for an update!

May 2019

These laws have been around in most Canadian Provinces since 1949. They vary by jurisdiction, but for the most part reduce loads allowed on designated secondary highways by 10 to 50% of weights allowed during normal conditions.

Driver Turnover, Pay and Recruitment

April 2019
I read with interest comments in a recent Truck News article covering the Truckload Carriers Association Panel on Driver Retention and Turnover. (March 12th article “Compensation is key to reducing turnover”.)

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