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Rodéo du camion : 38 years of fun in Abitibi-Témiscamingue races start in less than 2 weeks

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The municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Nord, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, will host the 38th edition of the Rodéo du camion, from August 2 to 5, 2018. This is one of the biggest events of its kind in Canada and visitors travel by thousands every year to meet El Rodeo, the mascot of the event.

The Rodéo du camion has started in 1981. At that time, it was an attraction at a local fishing tournament. The organization was then very modest and a dozen participants entertained the few hundred spectators. It would have been impossible to predict that the event would become so big and would still occur 38 years later.

In 1986, the organization had the idea to draw a truck, a Mack “Superliner”. After endorsing the loan itself and selling 2,000 raffle tickets, the committee announced a net surplus of $ 93,400 for this 6th edition. The Truck Rodeo became a must, and this idea is now noted as an example.

After 10 years, the organization was able to hire a secretary to ensure a constant development of the event. Then, in 1992, the “Show & Shine”, as well as a flea market are set up. Not to mention the arrival of a general manager in the team. Now, in the summer, three employees are added to the team.

For its 15th edition, it is not only one, but three Peterbilt trucks that have been given in the draw. The prizes then reached a value of $ 400,000, in addition to $ 20,000 in awards and trophies for the “Show & Shine”, and $ 25,000 for the runners.

This year, for the 38th edition, the draw will reach $ 200,000 and the 80 runners will compete for $ 80,000 in bursaries. If he relies on previous editions, the general manager Julien Allaire Lefebvre expects to welcome some 80,000 visitors, including the show of the music group Noir Silence on Thursday night, which inaugurates these new large-scale shows in the festival’s programming.

Weekend tickets are available for $ 35 and raffle tickets are $ 100, which also provides access to the races.

MAVERICK TRANSPORTATION INCREASES PAY FOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL DIVISION

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September 30, 2016 (Little Rock, AR) – Maverick Transportation LLC, an Arkansas-based carrier, announced a pay increase coming Oct. 2 for over-the-road drivers in its Temperature Control Division (TCD). Named one of The National Transportation Institute’s Top Pay Carriers last year, this increase adds to Maverick’s already impressive compensation package and unmatched driver support.

“The intent of this increase is to reward and retain our experienced drivers, provide a significant increase for student drivers after six months, and to attract new experienced drivers to join our TCD division,” said Kim Williams, Maverick Transportation’s Executive Vice President. “At average mileage levels this pay change will increase pay $4,000 a year. That’s a significant increase for TCD drivers – and we’re glad to do it because we appreciate all they do.”

Student drivers will continue to earn $0.40 per mile, experienced drivers will have a new rate of $0.46 – $.50 per mile.  In addition drivers can earn up to $.06 per mile pay for performance bonus.

In addition to exceptional pay, Maverick drivers earn pay increases up to five years, pay for performance bonus and participate in a driver referral bonus program. Other driver benefits include: excellent home time, weekend guarantee pay, paid orientation and training, paid PrePass, 401k plan, company-paid life insurance, health and dental insurance options and paid vacation.

You are now covered everywhere across North America with TruckPro!

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TruckPro customers can now take advantage of an extensive network of over 1,100 service centres located across Canada and the United States.

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Any customer who requires repair work under warranty and who cannot return to his original TruckPro service centre (i.e. the service centre that completed the original repair) will be able to visit another TruckPro service centre, or any participating NAPA heavy vehicle service centre in the US, to have warranted repairs performed.

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All TruckPro service centres and all participating NAPA heavy vehicle service centres (in the US) can be found:

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The TruckPro warranty program was first launched in 2004, upon the network’s foundation. This program covers parts & labour for medium and heavy roadway trucks class 8 or less, with a minimum loading capacity of 1.5 tonnes, for 12 months with unlimited mileage!

For more information about the TruckPro warranty program and to locate the closest participating service centre, please visit: www.truckpro.ca

About TruckPro: With more than 110 service centres nationwide, TruckPro is the largest network of independent heavy vehicle repair centres in Canada.  Contact: [email protected]

Nissan prices Titan pickup truck for Canada

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The 2016 Nissan TITAN XD, which made its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is set to shake up the highly competitive full-size pickup segment when it goes on sale in the United States and Canada beginning in late 2015 - with a bold all-new design that stakes out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries. (Nissan)

Nissan Canada’s price on the new, top-of-the-line Titan pickup truck represents a substantial discount from the cost to the United States buyers when the dollar is converted.

In Canada, the 2016 Titan XD Platinum Reserve Crew Cab is listed at $73,900. The model comes with all-wheel drive and an engine block heater.

In the United States, MSRP for the same vehicle is $58,665 (U.S.), with rear-wheel drive and without the block heater. That amount converts to about $81,400 on Dec. 23.

Equipped with a Cummins 5.0-litre V-8 turbo diesel engine and six-speed automatic, the Titan XD is being made available in five grade levels. Sales began Dec. 23.

All models are crew cab 4x4s. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the base-model XD S Crew Cab is $52,400. The SV lists for $56,300, the SV Premium for $63,050, the SC Pro-4X for $63,950, and SL for $70,250.

The Platinum Reserve model is set apart by leather-appointed, heated seating, a chrome exterior trim, two-tone paint, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood insert, and 20-inch dark chrome aluminum-alloy wheels.

In Canada, two Pro-4X models are being sold, compared with four in the U.S., and two SV models compared with three in the U.S. There are two packages offered in Canada, versus 10 options in the U.S.

The Pro-4X is geared to off-roaders with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, Bilstein shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential and skid plates.

In 2016 and beyond, the Titan lineup will expand to three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrains and five grade levels.

It’s been named one of three finalists for North American Truck/Utility vehicle of the year, and also awarded as the “Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association.

The full-size pickup was designed at Nissan’s studio in La Jolla, Calif., by senior manager Diane Allen and a pair of Canadians, project lead Randy Rodriguez of Surrey, B.C., and designer Stephen Moneypenny of Brampton, Ont.

Truck driver stabbed multiple times in Vancouver

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A police car blocks a crime scene in East Vancouver where a truck driver was stabbed multiple times. Image Source:(CBC)

A truck driver was stabbed multiple times by two strangers Wednesday afternoon in East Vancouver, police say.

Vancouver police say the incident happened just before 1:30 p.m. PT near the intersection of Fraser Street and East 35th Avenue.

Const. Brian Montague said a Good Samaritan jumped in to help the truck driver and kept one of the male suspects at the scene.

The other suspect fled on foot, Montague said, and was later found by a helicopter and canine unit. He was hiding under some bushes near East 37th Avenue and St. George Street.

The victim was taken to hospital in serious but stable condition, with multiple stab wounds.

Police say they don’t know what motivated the attack, but the suspects didn’t know the victim.

Pickup trucks dominate most-stolen list in Canada

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The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. (AP / Carlos Osorio)

TORONTO – An insurance industry association says pickup trucks represent are the hottest vehicle for thieves.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada says the Ford F-350 and F-250 models take up nine spots on its top 10 list of most frequently stolen vehicles.

They other vehicle on the list is a Cadillac Escalade SUV.

The insurance association says Canadian border guards are seeing shipping containers stocked with car and truck parts in an effort to fool inspectors.

They say they have recovered more than $10 million in in stolen vehicles at the ports this year.

Rick Dubin, vice-president of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, says stolen vehicles are up one per cent in 2014 across Canada, with the biggest jump coming from a 29-per cent increase in thefts in British Columbia.

Trans-Canada Highway reopened in Kamloops after truck fire injures 2

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Witnesses reported Highway 1 was closed in Kamloops by a tanker truck fire early Friday morning. (Bob Gnarley/Twitter)

The Trans-Canada Highway has been reopened in Kamloops, after two people were injured in a truck fire on Friday morning.

The fire broke out after a pickup truck rear-ended a tanker truck around 5:30 a.m. PT.

Highway 1 was closed from the Summit Drive exit to the interchange with the Yellowhead, Highway 5.

Two people were taken to hospital with serious injuries, according to B.C. Ambulance.

The fire is now out and both lanes have reopened

Welcome to My Cab: Husband-Wife Team Turns Heads in Their Custom VNL

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“Welcome to My Cab” is an online video series we started to highlight the most spectacular and customized trucks on the planet. We’ve done three installments so far, and each one has been uniquely fun and rewarding. Words can’t describe how cool it is to meet and hear stories from professionals who have been driving our trucks for decades. It’s an honor to play a role in both their personal and professional lives. For the latest installment, our production team flew into Green Bay, Wisconsin to hang out with Kenn and Beth Zelten, power couple and trucking industry veterans. As soon as we saw their custom VNL model, we knew we were in for a good time.

The pair met back in 1988 at a racetrack in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. They got married, got a Volvo truck and have been driving one since 1989. Their new VNL 730, dubbed “Kermit” after the famous Sesame Street character, represents their love for nature with unique graphics, a 2014 GHG-certified engine and aftertreatment system that puts out air as clean as it takes in and all the bells and whistles needed to make life on the road comfortable. It’s more than a truck. It’s a lifestyle. The Zeltens and their long-haul home are living, driving proof.

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Truck crashes through store in north Edmonton: four hospitalized

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Four people were injured and a man is facing charges after a truck crashed Wednesday into a convenience store in north Edmonton.

The incident happened at 118th Avenue and 96th Street shortly before noon, when the truck drove into a Petro-Canada store and hit four people inside.

Edmonton police spokeswoman Anna Batchelor said the driver of the truck, a man in his late 30s, was taken into custody after a short altercation. Charges are pending. She said two people have injuries that are considered serious, but non-life-threatening. She said the condition of the other two injured people is not yet confirmed.

1 Dead in turnpike truck accident

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One person died after their tractor trailer caught fire on the turnpike at mile marker 302 in Morgantown on Tuesday.

An unidentified driver of a tractor-trailer was killed Tuesday night on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near mile marker 302 in Morgantown. The vehicle caught fire and was reported to be fully involved when emergency crews arrived. Twin Valley Fire and Glen Moore Fire Company responded to the incident. The fire caused a road closure on the westbound lanes of the turnpike between Morgantown and Downingtown. The Immaculata University women’s basketball game against Lancaster Bible College and Downingtown East’s state semifinal field hockey game were each postponed due to the traffic delays. No further information was immediately available Tuesday night.

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Rodéo du camion : 38 years of fun in Abitibi-Témiscamingue races...

The municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Nord, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, will host the 38th edition of the Rodéo du camion, from August 2 to 5, 2018. This is...