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TThanks for your con­tin­ued pa­tron­age to our award-win­ning mag­a­zine serv­ing Canada’s mul­ti­cul­tural trans­porta­tion in­dus­try! In­side this edi­tion, you will find the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and up­dates re­lated to the in­dus­try plus all the reg­u­lar col­umns and fea­tures.

A big THANK YOU to all spon­sors, ex­hibitors, at­ten­dees, dig­ni­taries, in­dus­try friends and vol­un­teers for mak­ing the 9th An­nual Road To­day Show & Job Fair held at the Soc­cer Cen­tre in Bramp­ton an in­for­ma­tive event. It was a wel­come sign to see vis­i­tors from var­ied age groups at­tend­ing the show and em­brac­ing the in­sights of the in­dus­try. We truly ap­pre­ci­ate the on­go­ing pa­tron­age and look for­ward to host­ing more events in near fu­ture.

The Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion (MTO) has been work­ing on a game plan in co­op­er­a­tion with driver, ship­per, load bro­ker, equip­ment sup­plier and car­rier groups to ad­dress the decades-old chal­lenges of weight com­pli­ance in the ag­gre­gate and ex­ca­va­tion sec­tors. An en­gag­ing town hall meet­ing held in Mis­sis­sauga last month was a step in right di­rec­tion where MTO staff shared plans to de­velop an agreed upon ap­proach built on facts, data and mak­ing ev­i­dence-based de­ci­sions.

Ac­cord­ing to a new re­port pub­lished by the In­ter­na­tional Trans­port Fo­rum (ITF), Gov­ern­ments must con­sider ways to man­age the tran­si­tion to driver­less trucks in or­der to avoid po­ten­tial so­cial dis­rup­tion from job losses. Self-driv­ing trucks will help save costs, lower emis­sions and make roads safer. They could also ad­dress the short­age of pro­fes­sional driv­ers faced by road trans­port in­dus­try, the study says. But automated trucks could re­duce the de­mand for driv­ers by 50-70% in the US and Europe by 2030, with up to 4.4 mil­lion of the pro­jected 6.4 mil­lion pro­fes­sional truck­ing jobs be­com­ing re­dun­dant, ac­cord­ing to one sce­nario. Even if the rise of driver­less trucks dis­suades new­com­ers from truck­ing, over 2 mil­lion driv­ers in the US and Europe could be di­rectly dis­placed, ac­cord­ing to sce­nar­ios ex­am­ined for the re­port. See de­tails on Page 30.

On­tario has passed leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect the most vul­ner­a­ble users of lo­cal roads, in­clud­ing chil­dren, seniors, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists. The Safer School Zones Act gives mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties more tools to fight speed­ing and dan­ger­ous driv­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing Automated speed en­force­ment (ASE) tech­nol­ogy, the abil­ity to cre­ate zones with re­duced speed lim­its and a stream­lined process to par­tic­i­pate in On­tario’s ef­fec­tive Red Light Cam­era pro­gram with­out the need for lengthy reg­u­la­tory ap­proval.

We al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate your feed­back and in­put. Do come and meet us at many in­dus­try events hap­pen­ing this sum­mer for an en­gaged con­ver­sa­tion. And don’t for­get to con­nect through our so­cial me­dia plat­forms on Youtube, Twit­ter and Face­book.

Don’t for­get : Road Safety is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity. Please con­duct your­self safely.

Manan Gupta

Edi­tor

@gup­ta­manan

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