The trucking industry has indicated a shortage of Class 1 truck drivers for years but the cost of training at $6,000 to $10,000 is a barrier for many. | Screencap via alberta.ca

Alberta funds training costs for truck drivers

Another 500 Albertans can receive partial government funding to obtain a Class 1 commercial truck driver’s licence this year. The provincial government has earmarked $5 million to cover up to 90 percent of mandatory entry-level training costs for eligible unemployed Alberta residents. The trucking industry has indicated a shortage of Class 1 truck drivers for […] Read more

The trucking industry has indicated a shortage of Class 1 truck drivers for years but the cost of training at $6,000 to $10,000 is a barrier for many. | Screencap via alberta.ca

Alberta funds trucker training costs

Another 500 Albertans can receive partial government funding to obtain a Class 1 commercial truck driver’s licence this year. The provincial government has earmarked $5 million to cover up to 90 percent of mandatory entry-level training costs for eligible unemployed Alberta residents. The trucking industry has indicated a shortage of Class 1 truck drivers for […] Read more

The industry argues that the need for more Class 1 drivers licences will continue to grow as farms expand, efficiencies improve and crop yields increase.  |  File photo

Alberta plans to make trucker licences less expensive

Farm groups say more Class 1 commercial drivers would help the agricultural sector compete with other sectors when it comes to hiring

Farm groups are praising an Alberta government initiative announced Nov. 26 that makes it less expensive to obtain a Class 1 commercial truck driver’s licence. A $3 million grant program called Driving Back to Work will see the government cover up to 90 percent of the cost to obtain Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for […] Read more


The provincial highways department says warmer winter weather will affect truck haul weights on some highways, beginning this week. | File photo

Mild weather affects winter road weights in Sask.

The Saskatchewan government is reminding truckers to watch for regional weight restrictions on some provincial highways. The provincial highways department says warmer winter weather will affect truck haul weights on some highways, beginning this week. Increased winter weights will be removed in southwestern Saskatchewan beginning Friday. “Truckers and shippers are advised to monitor their loads […] Read more

Rules relaxing the maximum trucking weight and length are designed to reduce the number of trucks on highways.  |  File photo

New regulations allow Sask. truckers to haul more

Changes to Saskatchewan trucking regulations will allow heavier and longer loads on the province’s roads, says the highways minister. New regulations that took effect April 1 will reduce operating costs and red tape, said Don McMorris. For example, the rules allow tridem drive trucks, or trucks with three rear-drive axles, to tow pony trailers. They […] Read more


Producers, like nearly all relying on heavy trucks, weren't happy with Tier 4i emissions reduction systems in the first incarnations. | File photo

Anatomy of a diesel breakdown

Industry and government officials agree that a monster was born when diesel engines were built to meet the Tier 4i criteria in 2008, 2009 and 2010. But how did North America get into this mess? The heavy truck industry says it started when engine manufacturers and the U.S. government led each other down a dark […] Read more

Jake and Peter Friesen of Rosemont, Manitoba, say not every deal on a used highway tractor provides the bargain producers seek. | Ron Lyseng photo

Strip and chip shops thrive on Prairies

ROSENORT, Man. — Farmers lured into what seems like a good deal on a late model highway tractor should think twice before signing the cheque. That’s the opinion of brothers Jake and Peter Friesen of JPF 2000 in southern Manitoba, a specialty shop that focuses on performance modifications to diesel engines. “There are a lot […] Read more

Soft power, also known as lazy power, makes the new 550 h.p. feel slower than the 450 h.p. it replaced. | File photo

Big diesels learn to play within rules

Some Tier 4i DPF truck owners want their entire emissions system removed at an independent shop. Others bring their trucks to an original equipment manufacturer dealer only for chip work. Most major truck dealers in Winnipeg agreed that the latest aftermarket electronic control technology has evolved to the point that diesel particulate filter, Tier 4 […] Read more


Truck manufacturers admit that the Tier 4i engines in '08, '09 and '10 left customers stranded by the way side of the road, but they say that a glider will likely cost you more than a new 2012 or 2013 truck with the improved SCR technology. | File photo

Gliding over the Tier 4i engines

Gliders, trucks that come without engines and transmissions, are being ordered by truckers and farmers who have a good but well-worn truck, but they don’t want the higher costs and reliability issues associated with some of the new EPA Tier 4i compliant engines. When they take delivery, they install the reliable engine and transmission they’ve […] Read more

The CT660 has dual hydraulic steering boxes for better truck control in muddy or rutted fields. The boxes are linked to maintain alignment. | Ron Lyseng photo

Cat builds field prowler and grid-road howler

Caterpillar’s new tandem truck might be entering a busy marketplace with intense competition, but there are differences that will separate it from the pack, says a company manager. “This is not intended to be a highway hauler. We’re aiming it directly at the off-road market. To us, off-road means no road at all,” said Lorne […] Read more