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Grand Opening for New Prince George, B.C., Location

Prince George, British Columbia – Inland Kenworth recently celebrated the grand opening of its new, 100,000-square-foot, full-service dealership in Prince George.
The grand opening, which was open to the public, featured food and refreshments, vendor booths, and the appearance of company officials and local dignitaries during a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility.
“Our new facility reflects record-setting growth in the economy of Prince George, considered as the ‘northern capital’ of British Columbia,” said Bill Currie, President and Chief Operating Officer of Inland Kenworth. “The new Prince George location will provide customers with an excellent facility to view Kenworth new and used trucks, receive outstanding service support with fast diagnostic response, while also keeping fleets, contractors, and government agencies well-stocked with truck parts.”
Currie noted that the dealership outgrew its former Quinn Street location, which served the needs of local customers and truck fleets, and operators for nearly 60 years. The new location is at 7337 Boundary Avenue in the Prince George Global Logistics Park, south of the downtown area and about 11 kilometers southeast of its previous site.

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Financial Sourcing Specialists

Equipment capital and operating costs for transportation companies can be exorbitant for both start-ups and established enterprises. Predictions for the remainder of this year suggest that transportation will experience a moderate upswing due to positive trends in the industry. But even in the best of times transportation companies must run efficiently to yield gains in a sector governed by paper thin profit margins. Labour, fuel, maintenance and escalating equipment costs are formidable obstacles in the quest for profitability.
It pays to identify savings at every level of operation. One method of doing so is by sourcing government programs, many of which are unfamiliar to line haul and off road companies. AKR Consulting Canada Inc. spoke with Ontario Trucking News at the recent National Heavy Equipment Show in Mississauga. AKR’s business is to help clients in trucking and other industries access government funding in the form of rebates, subsidies, refunds, tax credits and grants. AKR, managed by industry experts in accounting, engineering, science, and plant operations, has been assisting Canadian companies since 2003. AKR was founded by Bonny Koabel who built the company in response to a growing need to help businesses access funding opportunities.

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Four Camera Video is a Must

Dash Cams only record about 8 feet in front of a truck. What about the other 150+ feet of the truck & trailer? The 4 Camera Windshield Cam System video records all 150+ feet on all 4 sides of the truck & trailer. Video Surveillance on the front, left and right sides, and behind the trailer protects you 24/7 against theft, vandalism, hit & runs, assault/robbery, traffic accidents, road rage incidents and provides a real time backup camera. Obviously, the area behind the truck and trailer is the driver’s biggest blind spot. Rear Cameras are law on all new cars and pickups, but commercial trucks are the vehicles that could make the best use of them. The 2 side cameras are very important in providing proof of who sideswiped who, merging accidents, wide right turn and t-bone accidents, fuel or tire chain theft, drug/weapon smugglers etc. The rear camera can record any tampering or theft from the rear of vans or reefer units, even alerting the driver if he is inside the bunk. It can also be placed on a headache rack to monitor loading/unloading problems and to view the load on a flat deck while driving. The Windshield Cam Unit records video from all 4 cameras 24/7 for 2 weeks (optional 4 weeks) continuously before automatically starting over. And for anyone considering one of those car “dash cams” that are being marketed for commercial trucks, beware. The recording time is only a few hours (not long enough for a trucker), night recording on the highway is very poor or nonexistent, and reliability is also a big issue. Protecting the truck driver and truck & trailer requires a true 3 or 4 camera surveillance system. With the Windshield Cam System being able to review video up to 14 days previous (or optionally a month) is a huge benefit. The Windshield Cam can actually see further down the road at night than you can see out the windshield with your own eyes. And it sees through fog very well too. This can be a big bonus for truck drivers driving at night or in foggy conditions.

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Annual Conference Lineup

The Fleet Safety Council is proud to unveil the exciting lineup scheduled for this year’s 26th Annual Educational Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation at 5110 Creekbank Road in Mississauga, Ontario.
This one-day event (which is expected to sell out once again this year) will bring together fleet safety professionals from the truck, bus, courier, ready-mix, and waste management industries as well as insurance companies and other related businesses to discuss the latest industry trends.
The conference committee is pleased to announce John G. Smith from Truck News will be our Master of Ceremonies. John will also be the moderator of a high profile Transportation Legal Panel discussion that is one of the key components of this year’s event.
The first session will provide information on promoting diversity and gaining insight on generational influence on the trucking industry as well as underused markets such as female drivers.
Jane Jazrawy is CEO of CarriersEdge, and creators of Best Fleets to Drive For program. It takes a special mindset for women to succeed in trucking – one that allows them to see opportunities where others don’t, and one that allows them to deal with the harsh realities of working in a man’s world.

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