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April 2018
In early April the OPP released the statistics for fatal collisions on road ways patrolled by the OPP in 2017. The stats indicated the OPP responded to 68,794 collisions in 2017, 304 of which were fatal. This marked the highest number of road fatalities in 5 years.

Capacity Crunch and Rates….are ELD’s already having an effect?
February 2018
The ink is barley dry on the US ELD Mandate (December 18th) and the Gazette 1 Posting of Canada’s proposed ELD mandate (December 16th), and already we are hearing and seeing sign’s of major change and disruptions on the immediate and long range future of our Industry.


Road Safety & the Trucking Industry
December 2017
Recently the news has been littered with stories about un safe Transport Operators, from the General Media, and unfortunately, also from OPP Commissioner Vince Hawkes.

Truck Parking….yes, we have a shortage
November 2017
The Province of Ontario has recently undertaken 2 studies, that in part, look at the issue of parking for travellers, and more specifically, Commercial Motor Vehicles. One of these studies, the Southern Ontario Rest Stop Study, is currently underway.

Driver Rights
October 2017
While traveling to Ottawa recently I had the opportunity to listen to a talk radio program geared towards the Canadian Transportation Industry called Trucker Radio News and Talk.  On this particular show, a driver phoned in to raise an issue that should concern all of us in the industry. 

Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate
September 2017
The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is one that just seems to keep going on and on. On the Canadian side of the border, the original technical standard that was produced by the CCMTA was finalised in 2013.

PMTC Conference Wrap Up

July 2017
The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) wrapped up its 2-day annual conference June 16th at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls Ontario.

Join the PMTC for Education and a celebration of the best the Industry has to offer.
June 2017
The PMTC and its membership always look forward to this time of year as it marks our annual conference. This is one of the biggest events on the calendar each year for the Private and dedicated trucking community.

Upcoming ELD Mandate and Marijuana Legalization, are you informed and prepared?
May 2017
As of December 18th, of this year, any one who operates Commercial buses or trucks south of the boarder will be required to have a compliant ELD installed on their vehicle, and ensure their drivers and staff are trained in it’s use.

Attracting Youth to the Industry…time to stop talking about it and take action
April 2017
I joined this industry in 1990 at the age of 18, even then, I was an abnormality. Most of the drivers were nearing or above 40, and attracting youth to the industry was a challenge. What has changed in the last 27 years? The average age of a truck driver is now nearing 50, per a 2014 study by the Conference Board of Canada,

PMTC Awards season opened January 2, 2017
February 2017
Now that the calendar has turned to 2017, we are in full planning mode for the 2017 PMTC Annual Conference. The speakers and topics have already been lined up, and this year promises to once again be one of the best educational and networking values in the industry. (full conference details can be viewed on our website at The conference is being held June 15th & 16th at the CrownPlaza-Fallsview in Niagara Falls, On. One of the highlights of our conference each year is our awards program, and this year will be no exception.

PMTC to reintroduce their Benchmarking Survey in 2017
January 2017
Benchmarking yourself against other like minded and similar business operations is a key way to see how you stack up against others. It allows you to validate your performance based on comparative peer data, identify areas of improvement and opportunity, and to highlight significant trends affecting your operations. There are many benchmarking products and services out there in the Transportation Industry, and many of them provide great information.

SPIF rules need to be applied equally
December 2016
I am going to begin this column by providing a bit of background on Safe, Productive and Infrastructure Friendly (SPIF) vehicles in Ontario. These vehicles are covered under the Highway Traffic Act regulation 413/05, Vehicle Weights and Dimensions. The SPIF regulations came into effect in four different phases that started in 2000 with phase 1, with the fourth and final phase being announced in 2010 and coming into law effective July 1, 2011.

The Best of the Industry on Display in September
November 2016
September is one of my favourite months of the year. The weather is cool, clean and fresh, the leaves start to turn colours and provide us with amazing scenery. Baseball Playoffs are just around the corner, and the hockey season is just beginning, and for a few days, even Maple Leaf fans like me can be optimistic as news out of camps is always positive, and the reality of another losing season has not yet set in!!! Another reason September is one of the months I look forward to is there are some truly amazing events in the month that showcase the best our industry has to offer, and at the same time shows the charitable side of trucking and the Industry as a whole.

Attracting Youth to the Trucking Industry
September 2016
It is fair to say that attracting youth to the trucking industry has been a long standing problem. How do we make it sexy? How do we communicate what is good about the Trucking Industry…..or more importantly, dispel any misconceptions there might be? It is a challenge for everyone in the Industry, and it’s no different for Private fleets. Unfortunately, everyone can recognize it’s a challenge, however we all struggle with what the next steps are......

Driver Shortage, real or perceived?
August 2016
The driver shortage is something that has been discussed in this industry for as long as I can remember.  When I joined the industry as a driver 26 years ago, this discussion was top of mind then. It was discussed in trucking industry publications, on Radio shows, at truck stops, by drivers on the CB, in short, in pretty much every circle of the Industry you could think of.  Current statistics indicate that the......

PMTC Conference sets record numbers/ Honours and Educates
July 2016
The 2016 annual conference of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada took place in June, and once again proved itself to be the single best educational and networking forum for the private trucking community. This year also saw the continued growth of this conference, as we once again approached and set records for registered attendees and conference sponsors. On behalf of the PMTC, a huge thank you to all who came out and supported us......

Join the PMTC for Education and a celebration of the best the Industry Has to offer, and the Ontario MELT Standard
June 2016
Those of us who call this great Country our home, always look forward to the arrival of Spring and summer, for obvious weather related reasons!! We at the PMTC look forward to this time of year for other reasons as well, this being our annual conference and AGM that is held in Mid June. This is one of the biggest events on the calendar each year for the Private and dedicated trucking community in our land........


Meeting with Federal Transport Minister’s office a Fruitful one
May 2016
Recently the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada was granted an in person meeting with the office of the Federal Transport Minister in Ottawa. PMTC Chairman Dennis Shantz, who is also Fleet Services Manager for Home Hardware Stores, and myself, met with Senior officials from the office of the Honourable Marc Garneau.  The meeting was used as an opportunity, among.....

ELD and ESC Mandate finally announced by Transport Canada, good news for the Industry
April 2016
Transport Canada recently made two long awaited announcements. On February 15th they revealed to Canadian Press that Electronic Logging devices (ELD’s) and Electronic Stability Control Systems (ESC’s)would become mandatory on Heavy Duty Vehicles in Canada.  The PMTC has long been in favour of both of these mandates, and we welcome this news from Transport Canada......

Rules changing April 1st for Canadian Commercial Class 5 drivers (Class G in Ontario) who operate in the USA, are you ready??
March 2016
Starting April 1st, 2016, Canadian drivers with Class 5(and in some cases class 3) or Class G licenses must meet new medical standards to operate commercial vehicles in the United States. (information provided in part by DriverCheck).....

February 2016
Now that the calendar has turned to 2016, we are in full planning mode for the 2016 PMTC Annual Conference. Many speakers and topics have already been lined up, and this year promises to once again be one of the best educational and networking values in the industry........

Insights from the voice of private fleets.

January 2016
Wheel separations have made their way back into prominence in media coverage lately, bringing back not so found memories of the wheel separation epidemic in Ontario in the mid to late nineties that resulted in numerous crashes, leading to injuries, and in far too many cases.......

Reduced Loads...It's time for a change in Ontario
December 2015
Frost Laws, as they are commonly called, have been around in most Canadian Provinces, in one form or another, since 1949. The laws vary by Province and Territory, but for the most part they reduce loads allowed on designated secondary highways during the spring thaw by anywhere from 10 to 50% of weights allowed........

Reduce your fuel bill…..for free
November 2015
One thing that has been constant in the trucking industry since the advent of the Motor Vehicle, is a company’s fuel bill is always one of its highest expenditures.  Over the years, and ramped up significantly in the last decade....

Consider the cold, harsh reality of HOT lanes

October 2015
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced in July that Greater Toronto Area motorists should prepare
themselves for High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. That news, unveiled on the heels of the Pan Am Games...

There has never been a better time to join the PMTC
September 2015
There has never been a better time than now to join the ranks of some of Canada’s leading Private Fleets and Industry suppliers, and there is no better way to network and learn from these industry veterans....

PMTC Conference sets record numbers/ Honours and educates industry Professional

July 2015
The 2015 annual conference of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada took place in June, and once again proved itself to be the single best educational and networking forum for the private trucking community.....

PMTC on Trucker Radio
June 26, 2015
Mike Millian - On the Private Motor Truck Council - Part 1
Mike Millian - On the Private Motor Truck Council - Part 2

Don’t seek savings at expense of road safety
June 2015
SPRING IS NOT A TIME of year when we traditionally talk about snow. It’s when meteorologists try to take credit for sunny weekends. That all changed this past April,...

PMTC on Trucker Radio

April 24, 2015
Listen to PMTC President Mike Millian's interview on Trucker Radio.  

Railways should face tighter crude rules in the short term
May 2015
Several high-profile derailments have proven that railways and crude oil can be a dangerous mix.  Accidents near Gogama, Ontario on Feb. 14 and March 7 both led to explosions which leaked crude oil and burned for days. There were other rail accidents in Northern Illinois and West ....

PMTC’s official Position on ELD’s (Electronic logging devices)
April 2015
The PMTC and its members are of the view that paper logs are an old and out dated way of tracking driving hours in today’s day and times. We also acknowledge that logging in this manner allows a driver and operator an opportunity to more easily falsify their records, and

It’s time to warm up to the idea of MELT
March 2015
Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) has been a hot topic ever since Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced that his province was planning to introduce minimum training standards for commercial vehicle operators. It was hardly the first call of its… 

An introduction and an invitation
February 2015
After 21 years of leading the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC), Bruce Richards has decided to step away from the day-to-day operations and take some much deserved time to pursue other interests. Over his 21 years of being…

Au revoir, mes amis, after 21 years
January 2015
In 1993, when I accepted the appointment to become president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, I had no expectation that the gig would last for any more than the three years for which I had signed on.…


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