FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
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.
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