Two years ago the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) shocked the industry when it unveiled a controversial policy that would require the activation of speed limiters on all heavy-duty trucks operating in the province. Two years later, the provinces of Quebec and Ontario appear poised to act on the recommendation, and have taken steps to legislate the use of speed limiters.

Now in its second year, the Canadian Truck King Challenge is a non-partisan pickup truck testing event that is arranged and judged by Canadian automotive journalists from across the country. This year we had judges from as far as Alberta and Quebec, as well as our first civilian judges. Collectively, they spent over 200 hours testing these trucks as well as driving over 4,400 km in the next three days – The same as driving from Toronto to Vancouver.

Depending on where you operate, you may have already seen some of the white stuff swirling to the ground. We all bemoan the inevitability of winter, but if you think we have it tough as humans, think about what our equipment goes through.

Recently, the Forest Safety Ombudsman Office announced its intention to undertake a review of resource roads in the province of BC.  A number of factors contributed to our decision. First, log truck driving is the number one occupation for people losing their lives in the forest sector.  Second, the amount of vehicle traffic on resource roads across the province continues to grow.  Finally, inquiries concerning road maintenance, regulatory
jurisdiction issues, road construction specifications, and cycle times make up the largest percentage of calls our office receives.

The Canadian Co­u­ncil of Motor Tra­n­s­port Administrators (CCMTA) and its US counterpart re­wrote the rules on cargo securement in 2005, but some of the most significant changes for log haulers may still be to come.

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