FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
The goal of Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Day held on September 7 is to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles (CMVS) by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspe
WWelcome to the September 2017 edition and thanks for your interest in our award-winning magazine proudly serving Canada’s multicultural transportation industry since 2004! Inside this edition, you will find the latest developments and event updates plus all the regular columns and features.
The National Trucking Week held from September 3rd to 9th is a special occasion to acknowledge, spotlight and celebrate the contributions of the hundreds of thousands of men and women of the Canadian trucking industry who keep the country’s freight moving, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take this opportunity to congratulate and thank everyone who has chosen to build a career in the trucking industry.
Inattentive driving is linked to more collisions on Ontario Provincial Police ( Opp)-patrolled roads so far this year than speeding and alcohol/drug-related collisions combined. Since January 1, 2017, driver distraction has been reported as the primary cause in 6,360 road collisions. In contrast, speed was the primary cause in 4,700 crashes, while 1,158 of the incidents involved a driver who consumed alcohol or drugs. A total of 47 people have died so far this year because of an inattentive driver, up from 39 such deaths this time last year. This latest data has the OPP calling for a heightened awareness of the prevalence of distracted drivers and the risks they pose on our roads.
Schools are back and we wish all students, parents and teachers a fabulous learning year filled with happy moments. At the same time, we need to remember that more children will be walking and biking on our roads as they attend school. A recent survey conducted for CAA SCO shows that the most frequently witnessed dangerous behaviours in school zones are adult pedestrians using their cellphones while crossing the street or crossing unsafely at an uncontrolled place midblock, as well as drivers double parking, speeding and stopping in undesignated areas. Please remember that road safety is a shared responsibility and everyone plays a significant role.
The Smart Trucker seminar series presented by Road Today Media Group and Bruce Outridge Enterprises will make next stop in Grimsby, Ontario on Tuesday, September 12th. The seminar offers winning strategies on leadership, business, time management, customer service, profit centres, latest trends and safety updates to trucking professionals. Attendance is free but registration is required and can be done at www.roadtoday.com/smarttrucker
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Mack Trucks has announced that it has certified its 100th dealer location as a Mack Certified Uptime Center – an accreditation signifying the dealer has met stringent requirements to better improve service and help keep customers’ trucks up and running.
Standardized workflows and processes at Mack Certified Uptime Centers, combined with redesigned service bays, enable quicker repairs and more streamlined service for customers. Mack began distinguishing dealerships that achieved the guidelines to be a Mack Certified Uptime Center in January 2016.
“Attaining 100 Mack Certified Uptime Centers in a relatively short amount of time exemplifies how Mack dealerships are committed to going above and beyond to best meet the needs of customers,” said Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales for Mack Trucks North America.
Mack Certified Uptime Centers feature “uptime bays” reserved specifically for trucks with service and repair tasks requiring less than four hours of work. Customers with vehicles needing a quick repair are rapidly diagnosed, serviced and returned to work, increasing efficiency at the dealership and improving a customer’s ROI.
Results show that Mack Certified Uptime Centers helped increase shop efficiency by 24 percent and reduce check-in time by more than 40 minutes.
Mack’s Uptime Solutions, including Mack Guarddog Connect telematics and Mack ASIST service management system, are built into the new Mack Certified Uptime Centers’ workflows.
Working with its partner Geotab, a leading global provider of end-to-end telematics technology, Mack now offers connectivity for older Mack vehicles that are not equipped with the Guarddog Connect telematics hardware. After installing a small Geotab telematics device, the Mack Uptime Center will be able to monitor the same critical vehicle codes as Guarddog Connect hardware.
If an issue is detected, Mack Onecall agents will evaluate and provide the customer’s designated contact with decision-critical information through Mack ASIST, an online communications and service management portal. Repair scheduling, as well as parts and service bay availability, are also confirmed, all while the truck is still on the job.
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