March 07, 2016
Winter driving means encountering snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures. Anticipating these hazards and knowing how to read the road will help you safely respond to changing road conditions. Here are some tips to help you drive safely this winter:
Step 1: Know Your Truck
Conduct a thorough pre-trip inspection. Ensure all tires and chains are in good condition
Safely remove any snow from windows, lights, and trailer; clear lights periodically...
February 03, 2016
The Canadian Border Services Agency took decisive action on learning of an instance of cabotage last year in Vancouver. As the market becomes tighter and more competitive, members should be aware that CBSA will act on non-compliance with cabotage rules.
“Cabotage” occurs when a foreign-based company (in this case American) uses its own US-licensed equipment and drivers to move Canadian goods from point to point within Canada. Under...
February 01, 2016
As your Canadian dollar continues to free fall, have you considered how your limits of insurance could be impacted when you are working internationally, especially in the USA?
Your $5 million CAD in liability insurance is now only worth about $3.5 million USD. Will this mean you are still in compliance with any contractual obligations to carry insurance at certain limits? If something does go wrong are your limits sufficient to pay a loss in...
January 20, 2016
Driving during the winter has proven to be very dangerous; mainly due to extreme weather conditions. Snow, rain, and fog can all impact your view of the road ahead and can prevent motorists from seeing you. Here are a few road safety tips for commercial truck drivers:
Whether it’s falling from above or being sprayed from your vehicle or others, snow can quickly build up on your windshield and block your view.
Before you go,...
January 19, 2016
An updated version of the Provincial Sales Tax Bulletin for multijurisdictional vehicles includes examples for parts suppliers and service providers that include a mix of taxable goods, exempt goods and related services, among other changes.
Revisions to Bulletin PST 135, Multijurisdictional Vehicles, include:
A correction to the date in the refund example that explains when a refund claim must be received
Clarification of the instructions for...
January 15, 2016
The final version of the US Electronic Logging Device rule comes into effect as of February 17, 2016 for voluntary compliance. Some exemptions outlined in the final version include:
commercial trucks older than model year 2000
driveaway/towaway operations (where the vehicle is a commodity being delivered)
drivers with paper copies of record of duty status for not more than 8 days in a 30-day period
The final rule acknowledges...