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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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Trucking Industry Looking Forward to Neverfrost

February 5, 2015

Most Canadian drivers will first and foremost be impressed by Neverfrost’s antifreeze capabilities – finally, a solution to stubborn winter windshield frost! However, this particular characteristic is not what snatched up the attention of some players in the American trucking industry, who have recently signed on to have Neverfrost applied to their trucks. What the

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4 Ways Dispatchers Keep Drivers Safe in Winter

January 22, 2015

It would be an understatement to say that dispatchers are the guardians of the trucking industry – especially in ravaging winter weather conditions. While truck drivers are limited to what they can do from their cab, dispatchers have access to a wide range of information from computers, radars and other drivers in their fleet. In

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France to Phase out Diesel Powered Vehicles

December 25, 2014

Students who graduate from auto mechanic college can expect to fix fewer diesel-powered cars if they decide to go and work in Paris – or anywhere in France, for that matter. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, wants her city to be diesel car-free by 2020. French Prime Minister Manuel Vallas wants to implement a

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The History of Trucking and the Birth of Big Rigs

December 11, 2014

Today, trucking is seen as a cultural symbol of life in North America. Made famous through T.V., movies, and songs – long stretches of highway, truck stops and country music are all forever associated with the trucking lifestyle. But despite the prevalence of semi-trucks on the road today, trucking only truly began as an industry

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Dispatcher Automotive Careers

May 1, 2014

Transportation dispatchers schedule and dispatch workers, work crews, equipment or service vehicles for the transport of materials or passengers. They can also handle installations, services or emergency repairs. To transmit assignments, communicate information and record data concerning work in progress, they use radios, phones and computers. Being a transportation dispatcher requires good organizational skills. After

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