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

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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.road­to­­trucker

Thanks for watch­ing Road To­day 360 TV Show (avail­able on Bell, Rogers, Youtube) and send­ing your valu­able feed­back as well. We look for­ward to strength­en­ing the con­ver­sa­tion with all read­ers and stake­hold­ers through our so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

Stay safe and see you next month.

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.


• The prov­ince is pro­vid­ing $ 1.4 bil­lion to build the Hurontario


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