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UPS Adds 1,400 New Natural Gas Vehicles to its Fleet

May 7, 2015

Professionals working within the automotive industry have noticed a decided shift towards green technology within the past decade. Auto mechanics have noticed more new electric and hybrid cars on the streets and in garages, auto sales professionals have been selling quite a few more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles and even truck dispatchers have been managing

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OTA Establishing New Private Carrier Council

April 30, 2015

In an effort to represent all the carrier sectors in the trucking industry, the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is expanding its membership to include a whole new list of the top private carriers. There are currently about 50 private fleets that are already members of the OTA, including major companies such as Canadian Tire, Domino’s

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Trucks of the Future

April 16, 2015

We’ve all seen blockbuster films that feature exciting futuristic cars. These are vehicles that auto lovers only dream of driving someday, like the supercars in Transformers, or I, Robot for example. And while it’s not surprising that Optimus Prime probably won’t be gracing our city streets anytime soon, a handful of truck manufacturers have already

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Top 4 Trucking Movies of All Time

April 9, 2015

While studying at an automotive training center for a career as a mechanic or dispatcher, you may occasionally want to take a break from all your hard work and relax with a movie. Why not opt for a film set in the world you hope to work in, around the machines you hope to work

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Dana’s New Tandem Axle Offers Better Fuel Economy and Reduced Drive Train Losses

April 2, 2015

This year at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Dana Holding Corporation revealed a brand new dual range disconnect concept tandem axle—the AdvanTek Dual Range Disconnect. A prototype of the AdvantTek system has been undergoing testing during the past two years and it will begin field testing sometime this year. The tandem axle is

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Trucking South of the Border: US Changes Cross-Border Rules for Big Rigs

March 26, 2015

Canada and the US have a long history of cross-border trading and in fact, have the largest trade relationship in the world. Trade between the two countries involves thousands of different goods, and a majority of these goods are imported or exported cross-border via the trucking industry. Recently, there were several rule and regulation changes

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New Federal Money to Help Make the Trucking Industry More Inclusive

March 12, 2015

Students taking dispatcher training courses at an automotive school in Canada will be pleased to hear that the federal government is putting $421,720 into the trucking industry for the purpose of encouraging inclusivity and hiring more women. Students taking auto mechanic training should be aware of similar new efforts in their field to encourage the

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Introducing the Peterbilt Supertruck

February 26, 2015

Students pursuing dispatching training might one day have the opportunity to drive an innovative semi-trailer truck that’s not only extremely fuel efficient, but is also freight efficient. Any automotive mechanics school graduate knows that most semi-trailer trucks have an average efficiency of about 6 miles per gallon, or 39 litres per 100km—which is actually not

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Top Dispatching Technology

February 19, 2015

Dispatchers are responsible for overseeing tons of daily duties and tasks. Of course, sometimes these responsibilities pile up, and it could become slightly challenging to keep track of everything that needs to be done. Luckily, technology has made it possible for dispatchers to track everything through the use of a single program or tool. Canadian

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Trucks Made for the City

February 12, 2015

A decade ago, people who got their dispatch training in Ontario almost had a headache of a problem on their hands. Long trucks, perfect for highway use, were being blamed for traffic jams inside the city and some city councilors had had enough. They were planning on restricting truck travel through the urban core. Fortunately,

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