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Regulations for the Trucking Industry in Canada Explained!

You are well aware of the regulations that govern average drivers on Canada’s roads. Now imagine the volume of rules and regulations that govern the trucking industry. From federal to provincial to municipal governments, everyone’s got skin in the game when it comes to regulating truckers and trucking companies in Ontario.

That can cause a lot of confusion and uncertainty – there’s never really true clarity for anyone when layers of government bureaucracy and regulation are involved. That said, trucking companies in Mississauga and other cities and provinces should be aware of the organizations that guide the industry. For starters, interprovincial truckers are mostly impacted by federal and provincial laws. Municipalities may have some localized restrictions on which roads truckers can use or where they can park. Generally, individual provincial governments dictate the rules of the road for trucking companies in Canada. The feds tend to develop rules that are accepted and implemented coast to coast, like Hours of Service rules that restrict drivers from driving after accumulating 70 on-duty hours in a seven day cycle, or accumulating 120 on-duty hours in a 14 day cycle. These are simply safety regulations that benefit everyone on the road including truck drivers.

There are many different organizations that help shape the rules and regulations of trucking companies in Ontario and trucking companies in Canada. Transport Canada, for example, is a division of the Ministry of Transportation. Within that ministry is the Motor Carrier Safety Division that focuses its attention on commercial truck and bus transportation companies, ensuring they are following regulatory compliance related to safety and other related topics. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators is tasked with developing collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders across the country with the goal of making highways safer and transportation more efficient. In each province, the various levels of policing are wholly responsible for ensuring truckers are following the rules of the road. There are also many different trucking organizations with memberships that include truckers across the nation. These organizations help keep the industry moving forward and often act as lobby groups to ensure truckers have a voice in determining laws and regulations that impact their industry.

3PL Providers and the Rules of Trucking

The rules and regulations are constantly changing, as is the technology that is being implemented into the industry, the vehicles, administration and the handling of logistics. You only have to look at the possibility of driverless trucks to know that this is an industry that requires constant vigilance when it comes to education and awareness. NATS Canada is a national 3PL provider with a vast network of trucking companies in Mississauga and across the country. We recognize the challenges asset-based carriers often encounter in dealing with regulation and shifting government mandates. We also know that availability of trucks will be the biggest challenge for shippers once the pandemic returns demand across the board. We have an international network of carriers as partners and we are ready to help all customers new and old achieve their shipping goals.

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