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Readers of Industry Publications are no doubt aware of the study that Newcom Media released on the changing demographics in the Trucking Industry.

Driver Assisted Vehicles are here….but Autonomous vehicles are a long way off, we need you driver!

November 2018
It seems it’s almost impossible to pick up a magazine (Trucking Industry Publications included) or tune into the news with out reading a story about the next great breakthrough in autonomous technology…. complete with opinions on when the vehicles will be commonly roaming our highways with no driver in sight. So many predicted timelines have gone by with out a mention prior to the next date being predicted, it’s like an Elon Musk Tesla prediction…no one really expects the predicted date to be delivered on.

October 2018
Milton, On: The first Driven to Lead Module was held on September 19th, and all reports back from the participants have been amazing! 21 people attended this high energy, experiential program, that was facilitated by Jeremy Enn’s of Eagles Flight.

Charges laid in Humboldt Tragedy, Time to reflect and Act

August 2018
On July 6th Saskatchewan RCMP announced charges in relation to the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Bronco’s team bus, and a truck owned by Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd, a 2 Truck operation based out of Calgary Alberta. The driver of the Truck, 29-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, has been charged with 16 counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle causing death, and an additional 13 charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. As the matter is awaiting trial, and before the courts, very few details were released about what the investigation uncovered.  

Pathways to Reducing GHG Emissions from Trucking 

July 2018
The report reviews the Trucking Industries share of GHG’s and provides insights into ways emissions can be reduced from this segment of Transportation. In the research document there were many valuable tips as to how we, as an industry, can reduce our carbon footprint. The report was an interesting read and can be valuable tool for government and industry to consider.

May 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? 

April 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.

Recognize, Honour and Award your employees

March 2018
Now that the calendar has turned to 2018, we are in full planning mode for the 2018 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 14th & 15th at the CrownPlaza-Fallsview in Niagara Falls, On, with our AGM and cocktail reception being held the day prior. One of the highlights of our conference each year is our awards program, and this year is no exception.

Zero tolerance for Buzzed driving…how will this effect your operations?

February 2018
As the date for legislation of Marijuana gets closer in Canada, (PM Trudeau has recently flinched on the July 1st date, instead saying sometime in the summer of 2018) more Canadian Provinces and Territories are announcing their proposed legislations for not only it’s use, but for new drug impaired driving laws.  


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.…


Mandatory training is finally here
In my last column I expressed concerns with the manner in which the Toronto Star newspaper had covered a criminal trial, describing the individual charged as a ‘truck driver’, when in fact his occupation had absolutely nothing to do with…

R-E-S-P-E-C-T where it’s due
Respect for individuals in business is difficult to earn. Usually it develops over a long period of time and is most often the result of attributes such as consistent performance, exceeding expectations, demonstrating integrity, and the respect that is shown…

Generations needn’t be divided
There has been a good deal written about the challenges that the trucking industry faces in attracting the next generation to its workforce. It is a sustainability issue of paramount importance. Considering the situation with drivers as an example, current…

Private fleet professionals gather

The 2014 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 truckin…

A timely learning experience

I recently had a most interesting experience observing students learning about important aspects of road safety. It involved a high school, a group of volunteers, the Ministry of Transportation, local police, and more students than I could count. But, I’m…

Fleet managers and suppliers join forces
Everyone involved with truck transportation should recognize the need to stay current with regulatory changes, with technology, and with new concepts in the world of trucking. My discussions with PMTC members indicate to me that they are at the…

Getting tough on distracted driving
In last month’s column I expressed bemusement with drivers who ignore bad winter weather and try to go about their business as though it’s always a sunny summer day and they are the only ones on the road.

When common sense is absent
Where I sit most days, in what some refer to as Southern Ontario, some as mid-Ontario, and some simply with scorn, we are going through what seems to be the longest, coldest, winter in living memory.

Another award available to fleets
There is just about enough good economic news around these days to make us think we may be witnessing a significant change in the economy, a change that could build momentum and lead us back to the prosperity of former years.

Training needs go beyond those of drivers
Last month in this column we addressed the question of what the industry needs, wants, or can afford in the way of training for entry level truck drivers. It’s at least a three part question: first, I think we can all agree that training…


Private fleets meet to learn and honour
The 2013 annual conference of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, which took place in June, once again proved to be the single best educational and networking forum for the private trucking community.

Important days for private trucking
One of, if not the most important benefits of membership with the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada is the readily available opportunities that such membership provides to learn from experts in a wide variety of fields and from the...

Distracted driving 102
Distracted driving is the cause of more collisions, accidents and near misses than can be accurately tabulated. For fleet operators, there appears to be little they can do other than continue to drive home the associated risks and encourage...

NOC and FCR: Both are overdue for revision
We seem to have general agreement that there is a shortage of qualified truck drivers in Canada, and now the attention of the industry and the government needs to be turned towards remedies.....

PMTC awards season is now open
As you read this, it is February or close to it, the deepest part of the winter in most of Canada. And while the skiers, skaters, and outdoor types are still enjoying the weather, the rest of us may be longing for something, anything, that we...

Better smile if driving in Quebec
Quebec’s recent announcement that it will deploy photo radar in specific locations throughout the province is likely to raise as much ire among truckers who transgress speed laws as did the introduction of speed limiters a few years ago....


Reasons for optimism still exist
Collectively, we in this industry have an opportunity, and my hope is that we get to take full advantage of it. Human resource issues are top of the list when it comes to surveys of what fleet managers spend most of their time on. It’s...

Whatever your beliefs, membership in a like-minded group has its benefits
I don’t suppose for a moment that there are many people in the trucking community who could hazard an accurate guess as to how many years trucking associations in Canada have been serving their members....

Creating memories that last
Now that we are in 2012’s post-Olympic Games phase and a beautiful summer is beginning to edge toward autumn, there can be a tendency to feel just a little let down, a little mellowed out as it were....

Something new for the small guys?
Every now and again something curious pops up in the news, something that is a bit of a head-scratcher. Late in June one of those items came across my desk, and I was curious enough to do a little research to find out more....

Private fleets gather to educate and honour
A couple of days in June spent in a country-like setting just north of Toronto paid big dividends for attendees at the annual conference of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC)....

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation goes to work
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, under a relatively new Minister in Bob Chiarelli, recently moved on several initiatives that the industry has supported or proposed and, after what in some cases seemed like years of waiting under...

The value of continuous education
Economic indicators and the pundits on both sides of the Canada/US border are a little more optimistic these days. Less formal indicators include my conversations with PMTC members, both fleet operators and industry suppliers, who universally...

We need to stop eating our young
They say the future is in our own hands. I can only offer qualified support for that philosophy because I believe the future of this industry is in the hands of two different groups, segregated by the demographics of age....

The feds got this one wrong
Just imagine if you will, an almost perfect collaboration between government and industry with a longstanding track record of delivering valuable products, research and information that both parties agree is needed...

Looking for something to celebrate?
With so many segments of our industry still under economic siege, you need to look pretty deeply to some find good news. But a little celebration can go a long way to restoring optimism and that’s what this column is about...

It's anniversary time!
Everyone enjoys an anniversary fete and here at the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada we are about to celebrate 35 years of serving the private trucking community in Canada. The original articles of PMTC's incorporation were filed in...