When inspiration is confused with insanity

Wendy Parker|March 08, 2017

Y’all ain’t gonna believe this.

You probably already saw the article about a cat who survived 400 miles in the undercarriage of his owner’s truck. If you didn’t, here’s a quick synopsis: Trucker/cat lover gets sick and has to park for several hours with the truck idling, to run the A/C. Sometime during the trucker/cat lover’s illness, his cat gets out of the truck by letting the automatic window down. Trucker/cat lover recovers, can’t find his cat, and has to move on to deliver a load. Trucker/cat lover posts probably the saddest Facebook post ever, telling people to look out for his cat, and he takes off.

Lo and behold, after making two deliveries 400 miles in total away from the spot he had parked, trucker/cat lover finds his pet stowed away in the undercarriage of his truck. Trucker/cat lover posts the happiest ending Facebook post ever, and becomes internet famous overnight.

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Cyber threats and cargo theft: Is your fleet at risk?

Feb 23, 2017 Cristina Commendatore | Fleet Owner

Consider this: You’re a legitimate carrier and you’re scheduled to pick up a load. But, because of a recent cyber breach – unbeknownst to you – cargo thieves beat you to the pickup location and take off with that load.

This is known as a fictitious pickup. And the frauds involved here have done their research. They’ve learned who picks up where, where the best cargo is, and how to conduct a cyber breach, which could mean manipulating your SAFER MCS-150 form (the FMCSA’s Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System) and posing as you, a professional carrier.

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FMCSA clarifies ELD mandate’s ‘grandfather’ clause and potential issues with non-compliant ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week issued new guidance on the use of older logging devices that, while lacking compliance with the agency’s electronic logging device stipulations, afford carriers two extra years — until December 2019 — to fully comply with the ELD mandate.

The agency also published last week clarification for carriers whose devices turn out to be non-compliant after they’re in use.

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2017 Quebec thaw period

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the 2017 thaw period dates in Québec are now confirmed for each of the three zones. Therefore, the 2017 thaw period for the three zones are the following (please note that these dates may change depending on the meteorological conditions):

· Zone 1: Monday February 27th – Friday April 28th
· Zone 2: Monday March 6th – Friday May 5th
· Zone 3: Monday March 13th – Friday May 12th

During this period, authorized load limits are reduced because the road network load bearing capacity is weakened. Restrictions vary between 8% and 20% according to the vehicle’s type of axles and configuration.

For more information, please consult the “Thaw Period – Official dates” page in the “Trucking” section of the of the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports web site. https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/trucking/Pages/thaw-period-projected-dates.aspx

We would appreciate if you could forward this information to your members, partners and staff.

Thank you for your collaboration and best regards,

Dave Henry
Direction du transport routier des marchandises

dave.henry@transports.gouv.qc.ca