Published by The PE Hub Network, November 8, 2017 —

TORONTO — Canada Cartage is pleased to announce the acquisition of Doyle Transportation, located in Guelph, Ontario. Doyle Transportation provides dedicated fleet outsourcing, full truckload (FTL), and less than truckload (LTL) solutions to customers shipping domestically and to the United States.

The company operates a 20,000 square foot facility in Guelph which includes 4 cross-dock doors, warehouse space, and truck maintenance bays. Canada Cartage has signed on all sixty former Doyle Transportation employees in order to continue the great service they are providing to their customers across Canada and the United States.

The acquisition will also strengthen Canada Cartage’s service to their customers in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge and Guelph areas. It complements the company’s other southern Ontario terminals and warehouses including London, Mississauga, Brampton and Oshawa.

Read more at The PE Hub Network.

Published by Truck News, November 6, 2017 —

TORONTO — Canada Cartage revealed it is consolidating its branding to better reflect the evolution of the company’s fleet outsourcing and logistics offerings.

Previously, the company operated its warehousing division under the Direct Distribution Centres name, and the managed freight division under the Vanguard Delivers banner. Going forward, these divisions will be consolidated under the new banner of Canada Cartage Logistics Solutions. The firms dedicated fleet transportation services will be marketed under the Canada Cartage Fleet Outsourcing banner.

“The brand consolidation represents a significant milestone for Canada Cartage,” said Jeff Lindsay, president and CEO of Canada Cartage. “Over the past decade, we have transformed from being a purely dedicated fleet supplier to our current position as a national logistics company. The new branding reflects our full range of services including dedicated fleet outsourcing, value-added warehousing services, managed transportation of small package, LTL, and TL freight, and B2C home delivery of large format goods.”

Read more at Truck News.

Making sure drivers and roadways are safe is a major concern for commercial truck drivers and operators. Daily pre-trip vehicle inspections are designed with these safety concerns in mind – to protect drivers, alert carriers to mechanical problems, and achieve a higher level of safety and compliance in commercial vehicles operating on the highway or in the city.

It is important to understand how to perform a proper pre-trip inspection to ensure your vehicle is able to make the trip to its destination safely.

Read on to learn more about the basics of pre-trip inspections of tractor trailers, and how to perform a proper inspection.

What Is Pre-Trip Inspection?

A pre-trip inspection involves the driver performing a thorough check of his or her vehicle, making sure each part is working as required. The purpose of these daily vehicle inspections is to identify and report any defects on your commercial vehicle, and to help take vehicles with safety concerns that are likely to lead to a collision or vehicle breakdown off the roads until proper repairs are made.

Finding and addressing problems with proper pre-trip inspections can help drivers avoid costly HTA violations that can lead to high fines. Catching potential safety issues early can also help reduce the length and frequency your vehicle is out of service for repairs.

When Is A Pre-Trip Inspection Required?

Drivers of a commercial truck or tractor trailer with a gross weight exceeding 4,500 kg are responsible for completing a schedule 1 pre-trip inspection on their vehicle.

A pre-trip inspection is required before the start of each driving shift and once over the course of every 24 hours while on the road. Before heading out on the road, drivers are required by law to inspect their truck and trailer for possible mechanical issues and safety concerns.

How Long Should A Pre-Trip Inspection Take?

There is no regulated time requirement for pre-trip inspections. However, a complete pre-trip inspection can generally take drivers anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes.

How To Do A Proper Pre-Trip Inspection

Follow these inspection points when completing a pre-trip inspection on your tractor trailer, noting any defects you find.

Outside the vehicle

  • Ensure all compartment, cab, and sleeper doors open and close securely.
  • Check all cargo is properly secured with undamaged, unworn load covering and securement devices.
  • Inspect coupling devices for loose or missing fasteners.
  • Inspect exhaust system for leaks, including within the driver cab area.
  • Ensure the fuel tank and fuel are secure and free of leaks.
  • Identify any general vehicle damage or deterioration.
  • Check mirrors and windows are free of cracks or damage and are properly secured.
  • Ensure lamps and reflectors are undamaged and functioning properly.
  • Inspect suspension system for air leaks, missing or broken fasteners or spring leaf.
  • Check the tread and sidewall of tires for damage or wear. Ensure there are no flat tires or air leaks, no contact between tires and other vehicle components, and there are no exposed cords.
  • Ensure wheel hubs and fasteners are secure, undamaged, and not leaking. Hub oil should be above the minimum level.

Inside the vehicle

  • Inspect driver seat for damage, ensuring seat can be set and remain in proper position.
  • Check that seat belt is secure and can be properly fastened.
  • Ensure emergency equipment and safety devices are accessible and undamaged.
  • Inspect the frame and cargo body for shifting, sagging, or other damage.
  • Ensure heater/defroster is operating correctly.
  • Check the vehicle’s horn is operating correctly.

Vehicle controls

  • Check the air brake system, noting any air leaks, air pressure loss, or inoperational service, parking, or emergency brake.
  • Ensure the parking brake is operative.
  • Ensure driver controls including the accelerator, clutch, gauges, and indicators are functioning properly.
  • Check headlights are operating, including: low beams, tail lamps, turn signals, and brake lamps.
  • Inspect steering wheel, ensuring it is secure, functioning properly, and wheel lash is within normal range.
  • Ensure windshield wipers are functioning, and blades are not missing or damaged. Wipers should adequately clear driver’s field of vision.

For more information on pre-trip inspection requirements, download the full CDL Pre Trip Inspection Checklist here.

There is lots of talk in the retail industry about “the Amazon effect.” The term refers to the ongoing evolution and disruption of the retail market, both online and in physical outlets, resulting from increased e-commerce. The name is an acknowledgement of Amazon’s early and continuing domination in online sales, which has driven much of the disruption.

The Amazon effect is not only affecting retailers; it is also changing the competitive landscape for shippers in all industries. Customers who buy on-line now have expectations that all shipping should either be “free”, or at the very least, a small percentage of the value of the goods shipped. According to one analysis, Amazon lost $7.2 billion on shipping costs last year!

This sounds great for customers who are looking to save money, but what does this mean for businesses that now have to decide whether to give up market share to Amazon or lower their shipping costs to untenable levels?

This new reality means that businesses need to develop a logistics strategy to provide their customers with affordable shipping, convenient solutions, and a personalized experience to help compete with current market disruption.

It’s not all doom and gloom. There are solutions that exist to help companies cope with increased competition in the marketplace. Canada Cartage’s Ship+ is one of them.

Ship+ is a transportation program that offers enhanced buying power with major carriers through an internet-based technology platform, providing you with the following benefits:

– Cost savings through freight and small package rate shopping with multiple carriers, increased buying power, and the ability to choose the most cost-effective carrier based on mode and point of origin and destination. Benefit from integrated partnerships with multiple small package and LTL carriers so you can remain competitive and provide your customers with better shipping options and pricing.

– Full shipment visibility in real-time to manage your business more efficiently with a single point of contact for all your transportation needs, including routing and zone skipping.

– Simplified, consolidated, and pre-audited invoices reducing your administration time by up to 90% through a fully pre-audited and consolidated freight invoice program that displays all freight charges from small package, LTL, TL, and rail carriers.

– Maintain control of the most suitable services and cost combinations for your business. With a single log-in, you can process carrier-compliant labels and receive customized reporting.

Undoubtedly, the Amazon effect will continue to cause market disruption in the future but it doesn’t have to hurt your business in the process. We can help you develop a transportation strategy that will save you money and help you remain competitive. Contact us at info@canadacartage.com for more information.

 

Big changes are coming to the way transportation and fleet companies operate. By the end of 2017, fleets who drive into the USA will be required to complete the transition from paper driver logs to electronic logging devices (ELDs). Fleets that are already using ELDs will have until December 2019 to meet the new compliance specifications. Based on the US compliance dates, the Canadian ELD compliance deadline is projected to be at the end of 2019.

With these new ELD compliance standards on the horizon, it’s important to understand how the trucking industry will be impacted, and what steps you need to take as a fleet operator.

What is the ELD mandate?

An ELD or electronic logging device is a piece of hardware that will connect directly to the engine’s control module (ECM) to automatically record driver compliance with hours of service (HOS) requirements. It collects vehicle data including date, time, location information, miles driven, engine hours, and is able to generate alerts for vehicle malfunctions and “unassigned driving time”. This information is used to monitor the status of vehicles and drivers, and is stored in a standard format that allows companies or transportation officials to collect and review.

What does it mean for private fleet operators?

All carriers will be affected by the new ELD mandate but for private fleet owners and smaller carriers, it could be a game changer. Some of the challenges will include:

– Drivers leaving the industry: a recent poll of Overdrive Online readers who were asked what their response would be to the implementation of the proposed ELD mandate revealed that 71% of all independent truckers claimed that they would hang up their hats and quit OTR trucking for good. With an industry-wide driver shortage, this could potentially cause further issues getting drivers in the seat.

– Non-compliance penalties: it is estimated that non-compliance penalties can run well over $10,000 and although these are US numbers, we can expect to see steep penalties in Canada as well. Industry professionals are also stating that there could be temporary shutdowns for non-compliant operators which could end up costing companies a lot more.

– Potential loss of productivity: for some shippers, the new ELD mandate could mean a loss of productivity. For drivers and/or shippers who may have pushed the limits and exceeded their hours of service in the past, “fudging” paper logbooks will no longer be an option. We can also expect that some Canadian carriers might refuse cross border shipments to avoid implementing ELDs this year.

– ELD implementation costs: small businesses might struggle with the economic impact of a costly federal regulation. The costs range from an annualized price of $165 to $832 per truck, plus “back-end” IT costs to integrate the ELD data. These regulatory changes will drive operating costs even higher for fleet operators.

Why the move to ELDs?

The new electronic logging devices will help improve safety standards, reduce the rate of preventable accidents and associated costs, and increase accountability of companies operating in the trucking industry. By automating and standardizing the way drive time is recorded and reported, ELDs will also help minimize errors and logbook tampering. With over $650 billion in goods crossing the Canada-USA border each year, the ELD mandate aims to create consistent regulations so drivers and fleets remain compliant on both sides of the border.

Canada Cartage has already started installing the Omnitracs’ XRS platform for its Hours of Service application to become compliant in advance of the U.S. ELD Mandate. The Omnitracs XRS platform brings enterprise-grade fleet solutions and will provide full government compliance with a suite of optimization tools. By deploying Omnitracs’ XRS solutions, Canada Cartage will maintain its reputation as a world-class provider of dedicated fleet services.

View our infographic to learn more about the ELD mandate and how it will impact the trucking and transportation industry.

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ELD Mandate Facts Infographic

Published by Truck News, September 11, 2017 —

TORONTO – Canada Cartage, along with their client, Praxair, will be educating their drivers and their communities across Canada in an effort to promote Truckers against Trafficking (TAT) – an initiative to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.

TAT recognizes that members of the trucking industry are invaluable in the fight against trafficking. As the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways, drivers are in a unique position to make a difference and stop traffickers who seek to exploit the transportation system for their personal gain.

Canada Cartage and Praxair will train drivers on this initiative throughout the month of September to equip their drivers with the knowledge they need to help combat this heinous crime. TAT training has resulted in a significant increase of reports of possible trafficking to the national hotline from truck drivers, which has resulted in victim recoveries and criminal arrests. Learn more by visiting www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.

Read more at Truck News.

Transportation companies have many priorities when it comes to managing their fleet including road and driver safety, customer satisfaction, rising costs, and fleet maintenance, to name a few. This is why telematics is becoming increasingly important to the trucking industry and to the customers it serves.

Here are 5 reasons why we love telematics and why you should too:

1.  Driver behaviour: Truck drivers represent your company – often with tractors and trailers branded with your corporate logo and colours. Through telematics, fleet managers can monitor driver behavior including jack rabbit starts, sudden braking, sharp turns, fast acceleration, and sudden lane crossings. This alerts supervisors that further training or disciplinary action is needed. Safe driving ensures your brand is properly represented on the roads and that your product is delivered safely, and on-time.

2.  GPS tracking: GPS tracking solutions ensure your product is delivered where it is needed, when it is needed. With full fleet visibility, the position of the fleet can be remotely tracked to ensure routes are optimized, and delays are minimized. ETA notifications can also be provided for estimated arrival times through text/email notification to schedule staff and reduce downtime on the loading dock.

3.  Maintenance and repairs: Telematics vehicle diagnostics provide key engine performance data and help track total vehicle mileage. This assists in identifying which vehicles are in need of preventative maintenance and/or repairs, therefore reducing the risk of costly vehicle breakdowns and delivery delays.

4.  Security: In addition to tractor hardware, telematics can also offer trailer monitoring for increased cargo security. Door sensors can be engaged to send alerts when the doors are opened or closed and for reefer trailers, temperature sensors report changes with an accuracy of +/- 0.5 degrees Celsius to prevent costly damages. As well, GPS tracking and alerts let fleet managers keep track of all trailers at all times, a very important feature if a truck is stolen or damaged.

5.  Reporting: Telematics provides near real-time reporting for both the tractor and trailer which allows for data mining and customized reporting. The information can then be used to improve service levels, manage drivers, and provide rich information on deliveries.

The integration of telematics into Canada Cartage’s fleet provides customers with tools that give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace through better fleet visibility, driver transparency, and increased productivity.

Canada Cartage’s telematics is part of a suite of technology solutions that is being offered to our customers as part of a complete range of outsourced transportation service offerings. Contact us at info@canadacartage.com for more information.

Published by MM&D, August 25th, 2017 —

TORONTO – Canada Cartage collected and delivered donated medical, surgical, and school supplies to the Canadian Food for Children warehouse in Mississauga to support the Karanda Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe.

Karanda is a 150 bed community hospital in rural Zimbabwe, with three doctors and 40 nurses, providing comprehensive medical and surgical services to 75,000 patients a year including 2,000 deliveries and 4,000 surgeries.

In Zimbabwe, healthcare fees are unaffordable for the community of farmers in the area. Thankfully, through the donation of medical supplies and surgical equipment, the Karanda Mission Hospital is able to provide affordable and accessible health care to those in need.

“Canada Cartage went above and beyond in helping us collect and deliver these supplies. We couldn’t have done it without them and really appreciate their generosity” says Dr. Paul Thistle, for the Karanda Mission Hospital.

Read more at  MM&D

Big changes are coming to the way transportation and fleet companies operate. By the end of 2017, fleet operators in the USA will be required to complete the transition from paper driver logs to electronic logging devices (ELDs). Canada will follow closely behind with its own ELD compliance standards, set to be in place shortly after the USA’s late 2017 compliance date.

With these new ELD compliance standards on the horizon, it’s important to understand how the trucking industry will be impacted, and what steps you need to take as a transportation operator.

What is an ELD?

An ELD, or electronic logging device, is a piece of hardware that connects directly to the engine’s control module (ECM) to automatically record driver compliance with hours of service (HOS) requirements. It collects vehicle data including date, time, location information, miles driven, engine hours, and is able to generate alerts for vehicle malfunctions and “unassigned driving time”.

This information is used to monitor the status of vehicles and drivers, and is stored in a standard format that allows companies or transportation officials to collect and review.

What Is The ELD Mandate?

The ELD mandate requires many companies in the transport industry in both Canada and the United States to make the transition from paper logs to certified automatic electronic logs.

The mandate will include compliance specifications for ELD manufacturers, how ELDs will collect and record HOS data, how the information can be used by employers and officials, and address driver privacy concerns.

Why The Move To ELDs?

The new electronic logging devices will help improve safety standards, reduce the rate of preventable accidents and associated costs, and increase accountability of companies operating in the trucking industry.

By automating and standardizing the way drive time is recorded and reported, ELDs will also help minimize errors and logbook tampering. With over $650 billion in goods crossing the Canada-USA border each year, the ELD mandate aims to create consistent regulations so drivers and fleets remain compliant on both sides of the border.

When Do Electronic Logs Become Mandatory?

Beginning December 18, 2017, fleets operating in the United States will be required to make the switch from paper logs to ELDs. Fleets that are already using electronic logs have until December 2019 to meet the new compliance specifications.

As the Canadian ELD mandate is still in the planning and development stages, there are no dates for the Canadian ELD compliance deadlines.

However, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) will follow a similar process used with the publication of the US mandate. Based on the US compliance dates, the Canadian ELD compliance deadline is projected to be at the end of 2019.

Are There Exemptions To The ELD Rule?

Since the Canadian ELD mandate is still in development, exemptions to the rule in Canada are not yet known.

However, there are ELD exemptions within the US mandate, and with Canada’s ELD mandate expected to closely follow ELD compliance rules in the United States, many of the same exemptions may apply.

Exemptions to the ELD mandate in the United States include:

  • Drivers using the timecard exception
  • Drivers who use paper logs no more than 8 days in a 30 day period
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured pre-2000
  • Drivers of drive-away-tow-away operations where the vehicle is the commodity being delivered or is a motor home/RV

These exemptions could change as the Canadian ELD compliance standards are finalized. For more information about ELD exemptions, click here.

Will There Be Differences Between The US & Canadian ELD Mandate?

The Canadian ELD rules are predicted to closely mirror the US mandate in order to keep cross-border regulations consistent. However, there are also several differences expected between the US and Canadian mandates.

You can find more information about the differences here.

With the Canadian ELD mandate still in the planning stages, it will be important for fleet operators and transportation companies to continue to follow its development. The finalized regulations are expected by the CCMTA to appear in Gazette II by Q4 2017.

View our infographic to learn more about the ELD mandate and how it will impact the trucking and transportation industry.

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ELD Mandate Facts Infographic

Published by Engage and Change, June 21st, 2017 —

TORONTO – With new resources in place to track the number of homeless deaths in the GTA, the mortality rate among those less fortunate is visibly staggering. Following a reported 27 homeless deaths in just under 3 months, the call to action is NOW to save the lives of those in need. Bracing for long-range weather forecasts that call for record heat, those most vulnerable will again face the threat of death by dehydration during the warm summer months. While the loss of life among our homeless is an ongoing concern that comprises all demographic characteristics, something as simple as clean drinking water remains a scarce commodity for relief agencies and outreach programs that provide aid to those living in shelters and on our city streets.

In an insurmountable act of compassion, community-minded sponsors Nestlé Waters Canada; Canada Cartage; The Bargains Group; Home Depot; Toronto Police Service 13 Division; and over 100 volunteers of the 18th Annual Project Water – an Engage and Change initiative to provide bottled water to those in need, will arm 150+ social service agencies, outreach providers and homeless shelters with an excess of 300,000 Nestlé water bottles and 3,000 summer survival kits in an effort to provide life saving resources to the homeless in extreme summer weather conditions: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, care of The Bargains Group, 890 Caledonia Road, 10:30 am.

Read more at  Engage and Change.