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Dave Elniski

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Dave Elniski is a transportation safety professional, writer, and instructor based out of southern Alberta. Dave has worked as a driver in the flatbed segment of the industry and currently works as an Industry Advisor in Safety and Compliance with the Alberta Motor Transport Association, the AMTA. Additionally, he is a proud Canadian Armed Forces reservist.
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Collaborative Driving

“Share the road” and variations of this saying appear in signage and campaigns around safe driving.  I’ve always interpreted this saying as a request for me to occupy only what space I need for safe passage while driving in...
The Province of Ontario made headlines throughout Canada in October of 2021 when a proposed law was announced to provide delivery drivers with access to washrooms at the businesses they service .  If passed, the law will allow truck...
A quote that I particularly appreciate is from the ancient ruler Cyrus the Great: “Diversity in counsel, unity in command” .  Without getting deep into history, I will simply say that Cyrus the Great was a leader and military...
Those people and organisations that study labour trends and labour markets will be assessing the impact of COVID-19 for many years to come.  Did the COVID-19 pandemic create new work arrangements, or did it just accelerate trends that were...
Technology related to addressing climate change is all over the media.  In the transportation industry in North America, this dialogue is dominated by the advent of heavy-duty trucks and buses that are going to operate emissions-free. Those championing diesel as...
Pre-trip and post-trip inspections are extremely common terms in the trucking industry in Canada and the USA.  Sometimes referred to as driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs), these inspections are performed by the vehicle’s driver in preparation for driving and...
The modern commercial truck is an incredibly complex machine.  When I think about all of the different things that have to work in a precise and controlled manner in a diesel tractor-trailer, I am truly impressed with humankind’s ability...
In this article, I will be giving my opinion on what the next few months of electronic logging device (ELD) enforcement might look like.  As you may know, ELDs are required in federally-regulated commercial vehicles in Canada as of...
Commercial truck drivers that operate in the USA are subject to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) rules related to drug and alcohol use1.  Simply put, trucker’s are prohibited from alcohol while on duty and prohibited from drug use...
The trucking industry in Canada is subject to a large number of regulations that originate from, are administered by, and enforced by many different organisations across the country.  For professional drivers and safety professionals, it can be confusing to...

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