CAM's 1998 Annual Conference
Toronto, November 23 - 24, 1998
The 1998 Annual Conference was a great success. Everyone got value from the speakers' presentations and there was good participation in the Annual General Meeting. On average, the approval rating for speakers was 4.4 (on a scale of 1 to 5) and 4.5 for overall satisfaction.
CAM appreciates the efforts of all the speakers who made this a quality program.
Annual General Meeting
At the Annual General Meeting, members were presented with the "state of the association" reports from the Chairman, Executive Director and Treasurer. In summary, the reports indicate CAM has built a foundation for its future and has resources in place to continue into 1999, BUT it needs the support of the members and a concerted effort to build the membership in Canada. The executive and directors for 1999 are as follows:
Chairman: Paul Van Remortel
Vice Chairman: Randy Hoyt
Treasurer: Howard Bigham
Secretary: Darrell Powell
Past Chairman: Denis Frappier
Update on Recent Legislation
In her speech at CAM's conference, Lisa Vescio (MTO) reminded the membership that the scheduled implementation date for the Vehicle Impoundment Program had been moved to February 1999. To allay some fears, she stated that freight could be offloaded from an impounded vehicle, only the tractor of a tractor-trailer unit would be impounded and that carriers practising "due diligence" would feel little impact from the program.
Tractor Trailer Safety
Just to make you feel good, the OTA reports that in a 1992 to 96 study, Transport Canada rates tractor trailers and their drivers as the safest vehicles on the road with 1.8% of the 1.1 million accidents in the period. Further the number has been dropping since 1994.
Hours of Service
The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) is reviewing options for the hours-of-service rules. The next meeting is scheduled for mid January 1999. Following agreement on the revised rules, the National Safety Council standard will be reviewed to put it in sync with any new rules.