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Eassons Transport Selects ISAAC as New Telematics Partner

Eassons Transport Selects ISAAC as New Telematics Partner Data accuracy, ability to tap into third-party integrations drove Eassons’ decision ISAAC Instruments today announced it has partnered with Eassons Transport, a temperature-controlled hauling specialist started nearly 80 years ago, to install ISAAC’s innovative and data-driven electronic logging device (ELD) and telematics platform across Eassons’ entire truck fleet. Eassons Transport was founded in 1945 in Kentville, Nova Scotia, by William Easson, who hauled apples from Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley to local markets. Shortly after, his brother Phillip joined the company, which has since grown from two trucks to 300 trucks and 320 company drivers and owner-operators. The fleet currently has seven terminals besides its headquarters in Kentville, delivering agricultural and temperature-controlled goods across Canada and the United States. Will Easson, William’s grandson, is Director of Process Improvement and one of the third-generation family members involved in the business. He said the fleet had grown increasingly frustrated with its legacy telematics provider’s inability to deliver reliable, accurate and timely data. For example, Eassons uses engine idling reports as a key piece of its overall performance bonus program for drivers. However, more drivers were questioning their idling results, creating a sense of doubt and confusion. “It’s difficult to...

OUCH!! Tax Increases May Drive Money and People Out of Canada

Canada's latest budget aims to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy's profits, which may cause corporations and individuals to invest their money outside Canada, hurting our economy. Some are even leaving the country to escape Canada’s high levels of taxation. The government had to find a way to pay for new programs after it announced plans to spend billions of dollars to boost Canada's housing supply and social programs. Rather than putting the debt on younger generations of Canadians, the government chose to use these new taxes to pay for them. However, financial experts warn that the move will likely slow investment and productivity and negatively affect economic growth, an ongoing problem in recent years.  Many see April's Federal budget as a kick to sensitive areas. Trying to increase revenue to pay for housing and other programs, the annual budget proposed increasing the percentage of capital gains subject to taxation to two-thirds from one-half for people, companies, and trusts with annual investment profits greater than C$250,000 ($181,752). If you make more than $250,000 per year in profit, you will pay taxes of 67% on the profit over and above the 250,000. The old rate was 50%, meaning the government also got a...

Owner/Operator Saved from Drunk Driver – Awarded a New Ex-Guard

Owner/Operator Saved from Drunk Driver – Awarded a New Ex-Guard Ex-Guard and Premier Truck Group of Salt Lake City assist driver to get back on the road after a tragedy was prevented. Des Moines, IA, May 16, 2024 – in late August 2023 owner/operator Vince Fazio had a life changing run-in with an out-of-control drunk driver. Fazio, based in Nevada, operates for a major owner/operator carrier out of Florida. He was on one of his normal routes on Highway 93 by Wickenburg, Arizona when a drunk driver involved in an active police chase slammed into Fazio’s truck at more than 50 miles per hour. The intoxicated driver of the 6,000-lb F-150 struck the Ex-Guard and front fender. “I honestly think I would have died if an Ex-Guard would not have been on my truck. My lower bumper was destroyed but I lived. The guard took 95% of the impact and I have the chance to work another day,” noted Fazio. “Ex-Guard prevented my truck from being totaled – saving me at least $60,000 in expenses.” After the accident, Fazio needed some time to heal from the bumps and bruises while working through challenges with his insurance carrier. Because of these setbacks, he wasn’t able to...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Canadian Freight Industry – Strong Foundations and Future Growth

The Canadian Freight Industry: Strong Foundations and Future Growth The 2024 April Freight Index is now available for immediate release. This data includes all domestic, cross-border, and interstate data submitted by Loadlink customers, and accurately measures trends in the Canadian truckload freight spot market. View the English and French copies by clicking on the green links. If you have any questions, please contact me. To stay up to date with our freight news and to view past Loadlink Indexes, go to loadlink.ca/news.

E-Bulletin: CBP, CBSA to conduct NEXUS Enrollment Event in Blaine

E-Bulletin May 21/2024 CBP, CBSA to conduct NEXUS Enrollment Event in Blaine Release Date Mon, 05/20/2024 BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to announce dates for an upcoming NEXUS enrollment event taking place at the Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center in Blaine. The three-day event will be held June 4-6, where CBP and CBSA will conduct interviews for conditionally approved NEXUS applicants. “We look forward to completing a significant number of enrollments over this jam-packed three-day event,” said Brian Humphrey, Director of Field Operations. “We continue to partner with CBSA in order to collectively tackle the NEXUS enrollment backlog created by the program’s popularity on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border.” “The CBSA is proud to work with CBP to expand the availability of NEXUS interview appointments and reduce the current application inventory,” said Nina Patel, Regional Director General, Pacific Region. “We are taking concrete steps to ensure that all interested travellers are able to take advantage of this program that supports communities and economic interests on both sides of the border.” Interview Location/Dates/Hours: Blaine Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center - 8115 Birch Bay Square St #104, Blaine, WA 98230 June 4-6, 2024 (8 a.m.-5:30...

The Canada Job Grant: Funding for Workforce Development

Training costs are a significant expense: both for employers and workers alike. However, it’s important to see these costs as an investment in the future of the individual and the organization(s) for which they will work. Afterall, there are many different career options in the trucking industry. Each position requires specific training, especially jobs like being a driver or technician where there are regulatory requirements related to training.  As a result, there are costs associated with learning these professions. Regardless of how they are viewed, though, costs are costs. Many businesses are reluctant to put money into training. Fortunately, though, there are programs available to help businesses with these costs. This article will present a particularly important one: the Canada Job Grant. The Canada Job Grant Program The Canada Job Grant is a program funded by the federal government of Canada and administered by individual provinces and territories.  Its purpose is to provide funding for Canadians to learn the skills necessary to support the economy and hold onto sustainable jobs . There may be funding opportunities in whichever province or territory you find yourself in.  The programs do differ between the different provinces and territories, though, so you will need to contact the appropriate...

Airbrakes Inspections Issues

Commonly Missed Items from Airbrakes Inspections One of the most critical systems to inspect during driver vehicle inspection is the airbrakes system. While this is a complicated system, all tractor-trailer licence holders have to take an airbrakes course to get their licence, meaning it’s a commonly taught skill. However, it’s also commonly forgotten. This article will provide some brief information about commonly missed items when inspecting the airbrakes system. It’s never too late to build up these important professional driving skills. Pushrod Travel Many carriers have a culture where this part of the inspection is ignored. It is the most time-consuming part of an inspection, and requires the driver to get under the vehicle, making it relatively physically demanding; but, it still has to be done. If a pushrod is out of adjustment, though, the brake it’s attached to is no longer completely effective. As the brakes heat up and the linings wear, the pushrod will travel further.  Eventually, the brakes won’t work. And, while vehicles are now equipped with automatic slack adjusters, these can fail. Important safety note! Always make sure the vehicle is secured against movement by using wheel chocks, alternating between the trailer and tractor, or other suitable means of preventing vehicle...

Preparing for Your Trip Out West: Prairie and Mountain Driving

Canada is a country of extremes, and the Western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba embody this truth. From weather to terrain, the West has no shortages of challenges for the professional truck driver. It also has no shortages of beautiful scenery and opportunities either, though. Those that run the Western provinces are able to see sights that people from all around the world pay big money to tour. What if you’re new to this part of Canada, though, especially when driving a truck? This article will provide some brief background material on what to expect as a new driver when traveling from Manitoba to BC’s Lower Mainland. We won’t, of course, be able to cover everything related to driving in these parts. But, we’ll provide a basic primer to help you get your head in the right space before venturing through the West. What to Expect When Crossing the Prairies The prairies are found in the Southern parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. They are characterized by wide open spaces, flat ground, and rural areas punctuated occasionally with towns and a few major cities. Why does a truck driver need to prepare for driving through flat rural areas? Well, there are challenges...

Earth Day News Release: BCTA Highlights Success of Clean BC HDVE Program

The HDVE Program is greatly contributing toward sustainability efforts within BC’s trucking industry, leading to significant environmental benefits. Through its fuel management course and rebates, the program has successfully facilitated the adoption of cleaner, more fuel-efficient technologies and practices among motor carriers in our province. And this Earth Day, BCTA is proud to announce the remarkable success achieved by the HDVE Program to-date. The positive impact the program is having on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, and promoting overall environmental sustainability is truly significant. Since 2019, the program has removed over 300 million kgs of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, over 111 million liters of diesel fuel burned, and the equivalent of over 64,000 passenger cars on our roads. For further details on the program’s accomplishments and its ongoing efforts, please refer to our news release. We encourage you to share this information with your audience to raise awareness about the crucial role BC’s trucking industry plays in advancing our province’s environmental sustainability goals.

Road Bans – Preparing for Prairie Passage

Ever seen a sign that says something like “road restrictions”, “road ban”, or something indicating the maximum axle weight or percentage? While these signs may look and read differently, they all discuss the same thing: road bans. Road bans is a critically important topic for professional truck drivers to understand. This article is meant to help you understand how they work in Canada’s prairie provinces and where to go for accurate information. We’ve also included the links to the official provincial government websites for this topic in the References section. Read on to learn more! Note: if you’re reading this article on paper, the embedded links won’t work. That’s why we’ve put links in a numbered References section so you can enter them into your device. What are road bans and why do they matter? While roads may seem pretty strong, their strength varies greatly depending on the time of year. In Canada, harsh prairie winters cause water in the ground underneath the roads to freeze, creating a very hard road surface. In the summer, dry ground keeps the roads strong. In spring, though, many roads are weakened. This is because the solid ice melts under the road, creating softer ground conditions before they dry. Soft...

Preparing for Late Winter Storms

There’s a saying in Western Canada: “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!” Sure, summers are hot and winters are cold and snow isn’t as likely in July as it is in February. But, this doesn’t mean that freak winter storms don’t appear when least expected! It’s not uncommon for cities like Calgary and their surrounding areas to see almost summer-like weather for days, or even weeks, during the early spring, and they suddenly get a late winter storm that ices over highways, shuts down cities, and makes it look like January. As a professional driver, you need to prepare for these types of conditions when driving in Western Canada. A little preparation goes a long way! Late Winter Storms A truck driver can see all four seasons in a day, especially when driving between the Rocky Mountains of BC and the foothills and prairies of Alberta. The same goes when driving between BC’s Lower Mainland and the higher elevation mountain passes to the East. Dry pavement can turn to snowy and icy pavement with little warning. And, since the spring and early summer are warmer, the ice-covered highways at this time of the year are often much more slippery than snowy roads...
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Two closures planned for Highway 1 in Fraser Canyon

More reliable travel is coming for people through the Fraser Canyon as work moves forward to permanently repair the damages caused by the 2021 atmospheric river event. To advance that work, Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon will require two full closures in the coming weeks. Highway 1 will be closed Tuesday, April 23, 2024, from 4:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Tank Hill, approximately 14 kilometers east of Lytton, to enable Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) to conduct work to realign the railway track crossing the highway. The highway will also be closed Monday, April 29, 2024, from 7 a.m. until Tuesday, April 30, at 7 a.m. at Falls Creek (Jackass Mountain), while a new permanent bridge is lifted and slid into place. Arrangements have been made with emergency services to facilitate access through the sites during the closures. Drivers travelling between the Interior and Lower Mainland can take Highway 3 or Highway 5 as alternative routes. For up-to-date information about these closures and road conditions on alternative routes, travelers can monitor the forecast and visit: https://www.drivebc.ca/ References BC Gov News: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2024MOTI0052-000584

E-Bulletin: Ontario Update on OO permits related to Solar Eclipse & general travel advice

A message from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in regards to OO permits, as well as general travel info in relation to the solar eclipse on April 8th. In addition, prepare your drivers for the events on April 8th, and adjust travel plans, if possible, in areas that are experiencing a total or near total eclipse. The path of the total eclipse in Canada will travel through parts of South and Eastern Ontario, Quebec (including parts of Montreal) and the Maritimes. Travel is expected to be significant in these areas. In the US, the eclipse will begin in Texas and continue on a Northeastern path. Advise your drivers of what to expect and what to do to be prepared and operate safely. https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronomy/eclipses/total-solar-eclipse.asp MTO message Further to the memo you received on March 1, 2024, the Ministry of Transportation is anticipating a significant influx of traffic within southern Ontario on all roadways April 7, 8 and 9 due to the solar eclipse. Volumes are expected to be heaviest the afternoon of April 8, once the eclipse has passed.  Those travelling on the highways should expect to encounter long delays on these days.  Permits will continue to be issued with the condition that...

E-Bulletin: Extended Period of Education and Awareness for towing industry in Ontario

E-Bulletin April 01/2024 The Ministry of Transportation continues to recognize that the transition to its provincially led oversight is a significant change to industry and is extending the education and awareness period for an additional three (3) months. To support the industry in adjusting to the new legislation, when possible, the ministry has encouraged our enforcement partners to educate the towing sector on the changes coming into effect. The following is a reminder of additional upcoming towing and vehicle storage oversight implementation dates: March 2024: On March 25th, the ministry published information to allow public viewing of an operator’s certificate status and their maximum rates for tow and vehicle storage services. To charge for providing towing or vehicle storage services, operators were required to submit their maximum rates by March 1, 2024.  Operators who have yet to submit their maximum rates, must take immediate action to do so.  Operators who require clarification about the maximum rates schedule, may refer to the ministry’s webpage or contact towing@ontario.ca for assistance. April 1, 2024: All tow trucks must enter truck inspection stations for the purposes of commercial motor vehicle inspection. July 1, 2024: Period of TSSEA education and awareness ends and full TSSEA enforcement begins on July 1, 2024. Tow truck drivers must have a certificate to drive...
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