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Maple Leaf Motoring: U.S. trucks will need Canadian-certifed ELDs

Maple Leaf Motoring is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of Canadian trucking. This week: What Canada’s ELD mandate means for U.S. trucks, a deadly truck crash outside the Port of Vancouver and Michigan lawmakers take aim at Windsor-Detroit bridge funding. When Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate takes effect in 2021 , …

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Commentary: Tariffs are terrible taxes

FreightWaves features Market Voices – a forum for market experts with unique knowledge from numerous transportation sectors and other critical expertise. Anything that inhibits trade, in the long run, results in lower prosperity for everyone globally. Tariffs, between the U.S. and its trading partners, represent one of the worst forms of taxation for several basic …

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Private equity firms acquire ONroute travel plazas

Two private equity firms have acquired ONroute , a chain of travel centers along Ontario’s busiest highways. U.K.-based Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Canada’s Fengate Asset Management purchased ONroute for an undisclosed terms from Canada-based KD Infrastructure L.P. and a Canadian subsidiary of HMSHost. The transaction, which closed on May 26, was announced on June 13. …

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Canadian government to impose carbon tax on defiant Alberta

The Canadian government plans to impose a carbon tax on Alberta as of January 1, 2020, in response to the province scrapping its own system for pricing greenhouse gas emissions. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced the decision on June 13. “It’s unfortunate,” McKenna said. “We clearly need Alberta to be part of our climate plan …

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Canada to require ELDs in 2021

Canada will require the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) beginning in June 2021, making official a long-sought regulation of the commercial transportation industry. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the implementation date and the finalized regulations governing ELDs on June 13 outside the headquarters of the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the Ontario Trucking Association …

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Headwinds loom for trucking and construction

As capacity continues to increase in the trucking industry against the backdrop of record levels of new truck and trailer orders in late 2018, outbound tender volumes are only down 3.96 percent year-over-year, setting up an interesting scenario heading into the all-important summer construction season. Trucking is traditionally seen as an early indicator of overall …

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JLD-Laguë acquires Quebec Peterbilt dealer Transdiff

JLD-Laguë , one of Canada’s largest John Deere dealers, has added Peterbilt trucks to its portfolio with the acquisition of Transdiff. The C$13.5 million (the Canadian dollar equals US$0.75) deal, announced on June 11, includes Transdiff’s four Quebec Peterbilt dealerships and the JDH Peterbilt service center. Two Quebec-based funds – Fonds de Solidarité FTQ and …

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Manitoba trucking industry to get green incentives

Nearly C$12 million will be available to Manitoba’s trucking industry to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. The provincial and federal governments announced on June 10 that they will each offer up to C$5.9 million (the Canadian dollar equals US$0.75). The funds will cover incentives for fuel-saving devices and retrofitting of heavy trucks to …

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Maple Leaf Motoring: Will ELDs end cheap hauls to the Yukon?

Maple Leaf Motoring is a weekly rundown of developments in the world of Canadian trucking. This week, the effect of ELDs on domestic routes, job growth continues in transport and an Ontario carrier adds a location near Chicago. When Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate takes effect, likely in 2020 or 2021, the trucking industry …

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Canada signs pledge for zero-emissions commercial vehicles

Canada became the first country to join an international initiative that seeks to have most new commercial vehicles be zero-emissions by 2040. The Drive to Zero Pledge , signed by the federal government of Justin Trudeau, is non-binding. But it is consistent with the government’s policies, including carbon taxes and incentives for green investments. “In …

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