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Leonard named Toronto driving champ

BRAMPTON, ON – Bruce Leonard of JD Smith Transport has been named Grand Champion of the Toronto Region Truck Driving Championships, held on May 27 in Brampton. Leonard was competing in the tandem-tandem category, and his point total represented the biggest margin above the average recorded in any other category. About 33 drivers tested their skills among the cones spread out at the Powerade Center in Brampton, Ontario. Other categories included straight truck; single-single; single-tandem; nd B-trains. The top four drivers from each category advance to compete in the provincial championships on July 7-9 at the same location. National championships have been cancelled this year. Winners included: Straight truck, Kevin Bradshaw, Canada Cartage; single-single, Shawn Pietracupa, XPO Logistics; single-tandem, Danny Wink, Speedy Transport; tandem-tandem, Leonard, JD Smith Transport; and B-train, Dan Congdon, YRC Reimer. James Taylor of Transam Carriers was named Rookie of the Year and YRC Reimer won the team award.

Electronic inspections introduce opportunity: CTA

TORONTO, ON – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has unveiled the criteria to develop a new Level 8 electronic inspection criteria – and the Canadian Trucking Alliance says this could open the door to tracking all inspections, whether equipment passes or fails. The North American Standard Level 8 Electronic Inspection is conducted electronically or wirelessly while a vehicle is in motion, without interacting with an enforcement officer.  According to CVSA, the exchanged data must include a descriptive location including GPS coordinates, electronically validate who is operating the vehicle, the appropriate driver’s licence class and endorsement, licence status, valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate, the driver’s Record of Duty status, Hours Of Service compliance, a USDOT or (Canada) National Safety Code Number, power unit registration, operating authority, Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) compliance, and federal Out of Service orders. Out of Service rates that are currently reported often don't reflect equipment that passes through a roadside inspection station with a clean bill of health, or is allowed to pass by altogether because of a scale bypass program like Alberta's Partners in Compliance. It's important to accurately reflect the scope of enforcement activities, says Geoff Wood, the alliance’s vice president – operations and safety. “We believe the Level 8 initiative is the key to resolving this longstanding issue.”