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Archive - 2014

December 24th

Electrical Safety Tips for the Holiday

The Electrical Safety Foundation International has released a holiday electric safety campaign that promotes electrical safety during the holiday season. 

Here are ESFI’s Top 10 list for Holiday Safety:

No change on DVIR Rule in Canada

There will be no change to trip inspection requirements in Canada regardless of domicile of the driver or vehicle.

Truck drivers that operate in the US do not have to complete a DVIR if no defects are present on their vehicle.  This rule has eliminated the need for paperwork requirements which are often seen as burdensome.  This was introduced by the US government with backing from the trucking industry, but it does not govern Canadian inspection requirements for carriers operating across the Canada/US border. 

December 14th

New Motor Vehicle Act Regulation in Effect January 1, 2015

As of January 1st, 2015 a new BC Motor Vehicle Act will be in effect. This act will require motor vehicles to “slow down and move over” for emergency and other official vehicles stopped at roadside that are flashing lights. The current list of officials includes: highway maintenance, utility, animal control, waste management workers and land surveyors. 

The “slow down and move over” requirement is now being amended to include all vehicles displaying a flashing red, blue or yellow light.

Drivers must:

December 12th

New Truck Licensing System Policy: Port Metro Vancouver

After two years of planning, Port Metro Vancouver recently announced the new local container drayage TLS policy, and will begin accepting applications immediately.

Change to Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports Announced

On December 9, 2014, the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has rescinded a requirement for inter-jurisdictional truck drivers to submit Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports at the end of each tour of duty when no vehicle defects or deficiencies are found. This change does NOT apply to motor coach drivers, who must still file a “no-defect” DVIR.

Honda Recalling 700,000 Vehicles in Canada to Replace Airbag Inflators

Honda Canada is recalling approximately 700,000 vehicles in Canada to replace airbag inflators implicated in five deaths and a number of injuries in the U.S. and abroad. The action is part of a worldwide recall safety campaign initiated over concerns about the airbags made by Takata Corp. of Japan, which can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel.

December 10th

Engineering and Embracing the Arts

In order to encourage more young people to be engineers, the engineering industry needs to emphasize its creative side and embrace the arts. About 59% of engineering companies in the 2014 survey feared skill shortages could threaten business.

December 8th

New Legislation: The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act

As of October 23rd, 2014, a new legislation was mandated by the Government of Canada, regarding the disclosure of public payments made by mining and oil & gas companies, for the commercial development of oil, gas and minerals. The new legislation is called the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act. With the introduction of the Act, key details for the payment reporting scheme have been clarified, which are reviewed below.

The basic payment reporting obligation:

December 7th

Annual Stolen Vehicle List

On Wednesday Dec 3, 2014, the Insurance Bureau of Canada released the most frequently stolen vehicle list. Out of the top 10 spots, the Ford F-series occupies 7, showing that these vehicles are highly targeted within Canada.

December 5th

Best Practices for Employee Benefit Plans

What does it take to make an employee benefits plan work?  Are there companies that are "doing it right"?  If so, what does it look like?

The truth is, different companies have different employees, and therefore require different plans to meet different needs.  That said, there are a few best practices which, if a company can meet them, is a pretty good indication that they are, in fact, "doing it right".

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