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XTL Job Fair Surrey, BC

XTL Job Fair

Details:

When: Friday October 13th, 2017

Where: Unit #202-9485 189th St, Surrey, BC

Time: 9:00am until 3:00pm

Full time City and Highway Class 1 Drivers needed.

2 Shunters needed with minimum 1 year shunting experience

Requirements and qualifications: Class 1 Driver License, 2 year’s minimum driving experience required hauling 53ft trailers (dry and reefer) and containers, Clean abstract required, Clean criminal record search, Drug Test and Criminal check will be required

Our commitment to you: Competitive compensation, Home daily, work-life balance lifestyle, Benefits and MSP paid by the company after 3 months’ probation, Paid weekly, direct deposit, A friendly environment with an open door policy, Priority on safety and hours of service, The respect you deserve, Part time and Semi Retirement Opportunities available

 Please bring your Resume and Current Driver’s Abstract to discuss in the interview. Also bring your steel toe boots for a possible road test.

New Training Regulations for Ontario Truck Drivers Coming Soon

The Ontario government just set mandatory training course guidelines and hours of training for new and prospective truck drivers. The new training and minimum hours regulation will come into effect July 1, 2017. This is generally supported positively by the trucking industry.
The trucking industry needs a well trained stream of drivers coming into the system on a regular basis to keep up with growing demand and retiring drivers. In the past, the exact training new drivers had was difficult to determine due to varying standards and forced many trucking carriers to provide additional in depth training of their own. This is a costly proposition.
The trucking industry has always focused on fairness and level playing fields. This new regulation ensures all new drivers come out of the system with a similar level of training. While the response to these new regulations is mostly positive, there are those who don’t think it goes far enough. The regulation calls for 103.5 hours of training on various topics in the classroom, in the yard and on the road. There are some of better training schools that currently offer a minimum of 200 hours of training and see 103.5 hours as a downgrade to current practices.

Here at XTL we differentiate ourselves from others in the Industry by our robust training.

  • Driver training is geared to their personal record. (Driver CVOR is reviewed, tailor made to the drivers experience and violation history).
  • Driving skills training is included.
  • Fuel efficiency training is included.
  • Operations/Maintenance tasks are involved in Driver training.
  • Driver engagement – Leaving the Driver alone after training is not beneficial. So, here at XTL we train, coach and mentor our drivers on the road as an extension to our in class training.
  • Drivers are trained on the pressures of their Job. Drivers have one of the hardest jobs to do and we recognize that by how we treat them.
  • We develop a Driver Manager/Driver Engagement code that covers working conditions for DM’s and drivers on how they engage with each other. This manages DM’s and Driver Expectations.
  • We make the training more Relationship-oriented vs. process-oriented.
  • In training we make them understand that they are a true Asset to the company. Drivers are respected. “Happy Drivers are Productive Drivers”.

XTL takes safety seriously and supports new and novel practices that increase the safety of our drivers and the general public.

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XTL Launches trucking.careers

Toronto/Montreal (XTL Transport): In response to XTL’s growing need for new drivers and logistics staff, XTL launched trucking.careers, a website specifically designed to attract and provide information for new and prospective XTL employees. The site can be found at http://trucking.careers . The new site is 100% bilingual (English/French) and contains all of XTL’s job postings, plus, a video gallery and a place where current employees can post testimonials about what it’s like to work at XTL. The site also contains a blog that will be updated regularly with information pertinent to truck drivers and prospective XTL employees.

The goal of the new site is to showcase what a great place XTL is to work and give prospective employees a sense of what it’s like to work for the XTL Transport. XTL is actively seeking new team members on a regular basis, so please check out our new job posting site at: trucking.careers.

XTL is a Canadian-based transportation management company with terminals & offices country wide; ranging from, but not restricted to places like Langley (Surrey) BC and Airdrie AB all the way to Toronto ON and Montreal QC. From 1985 to 2016. XTL Transport, Inc. has grown significantly with values such as security, stability, honesty and integrity, leading to its continually held place as a leader in the transportation industry.

It is without question that our drivers and staff have been a huge factor (Asset) to the service, success and stability that we’ve had for the past 31 years. Come and join us!

Because we all win, we need your vote! Vote for XTL as your Top Truckload Carrier

We need your vote!  We excel in transportation services and are nominated for the 15th Annual Shipper’s Choice Awards.  Please help us by nominating us.

The Canadian Shipper magazine is benchmarking the performance of transportation suppliers in all modes and we need you and your vote.

For over a quarter of a century, XTL has consistently met the increasing logistics demands of its customers all across North America. We strive to always put the customers’ priorities at the centre of the equation and design a value network to meet our customers’ needs. We believe in improvement and are continually building and managing strategic alliances to deliver seamless logistics plans to our customers.

At XTL, we understand that every shipment you make is vital to the success of your business and that your corporate reputation is always “on-the-line” so there’s zero room for error that will cause costly mistakes.

Our reputation, philosophy, and proven track record has been paramount in us establishing many long term working relationships with multiple partners, and has allowed us to become one of North America’s largest transportation companies.

We rely on and value your input as a buyer and/or influencer of transportation services to vote for us as an outstanding supplier in the truckload category.

We work very hard to provide the very best service in truckload and logistics services to ensure that our customers are 100% satisfied. We hope to be voted as one of the nation’s best carriers. This vote is very important to us because our goal every day is to have the right people on staff and provide the best services for your logistics operations. We are always committed to our valuable customers.

You know that you can count on XTL for all your truckload needs and now we trust we can count on you!   Please vote XTL as your Top 3PL and thank you for your continued support.

Click to fill out the survey

Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS) could have a big impact on Trucking Capacity

If you haven’t heard, the FMCSA just published their final rule in regard to ELDs (sometimes called EOBRs or AOBRD) and compliance for the hours of service regulations.

Carriers and drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by the appropriate deadline:

  • Carriers and drivers who are using paper logs or logging software must transition to ELDs no later than December 18, 2017.
  • Carriers and drivers who use AOBRDS prior to the compliance date must transition to ELDs no later than December 16, 2019.

Industry-wide ELDs are one of the safest things that could happen to protect drivers in the industry.  ELDs provide critical driver information about how many hours they’ve worked and how many hours they have left to do the work.   A carrier’s operations department also has access to all the information they need to dispatch the right driver at the right time.  In a matter of seconds a carrier’s operations department has information on the location of the drivers and also how many hours are available for the driver to give the best service.  The driver has no pressure from operations and as a result is under less stress which equals a better quality life.   The trucking company can also use this data to perform delivery and reaction time analysis.  It is much easier for everyone and helps planners be more accurate.

What is an ELD?

It is defined as an electronic logging device an ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.

The new rule:

  • Specifies who is covered by the rule and exceptions to it.
  • Provides for ELDs to be certified, registered, and listed on a FMCSA website.
  • Includes technical specifications to ensure ELDs are standardized and compliant.
  • Includes a phased implementation timeline to give drivers and carriers time to comply.
  • Includes provisions to help prevent data tampering and harassment of drivers.
  • Creates standard data displays and data transfer processes, making it easier to demonstrate compliance and faster to share RODS (Record of Duty Status) with safety officials.

What is an AOBRD or EOBR?

AOBRD = Automatic On-Board Recording Device has been defined since the 1980’s as: “an electric, electronic, electromechanical, or mechanical device capable of recording driver’s duty status information accurately and automatically as required by §395.15.

EOBR = Electronic on-board Recorder

Both terms are used essentially to describe an ELD.  However, they are older terms used in previous legislation.  The most current term is “ELD”.  Any references to “E-logs” or “ELogs” are generic references to AOBRDs and ELDs.

What are some of the benefits of an ELD?

  • An ELD will decrease paper work load for the driver. Hopefully, saving some duty time.
  • Save planning time- For carries it should allow them to have real time visibility into a drivers HOS status.
  • Precise information- For carriers it should simplify, if not eliminate auditing of paper records.
  • Accuracy- It should increase compliance and reduce citations for violations as paperwork errors will be dramatically reduced.
  • Load distribution very accurate.
  • System is very easy to implement.

What are some of the larger impacts to the industry?

Inherent in any paper tracking system is the ability to game the system.  Not all drivers in the industry are 100% compliant with their log books, as evidenced by the many citations issued for HOS non-compliance.  Some can be chalked up to driver error, but many can also be attributed to drivers pushing the envelope on how they record their time in order to drive more hours.  This creates an un-level playing field for companies and drivers that are compliant within the HOS regulations.  ELDs should make it more difficult, if not impossible for drivers to game the system.  As an industry, we should see greater compliance and hopefully a reduction in crashes due to the greater compliance.

Another impact could be a greater tightening of capacity.  If the industry, presumably, is now removing a whole bunch of illegal non-compliant driving hours from the system; which is a good thing!   However, it’s going to exacerbate an already existing driver shortage issue because now those illegal driving hours have to be replaced with legal ones.  It could drive up driver pay and transportation rates.

On a more positive note, the mandate is estimated to prevent more than 500 injuries per year, save approximately 26 lives annually and reduce administrative expenses. The net regulatory financial savings of ELD implementation is estimated at more than $1 billion industry wide.

What we’re doing at XTL

At XTL, all our trucks are equipped with the system already. We have 400 trucks across Canada.

Our owner operator drivers are not on ELDs yet. They already have the system in the truck; however, it is not active yet. It’s just a matter of time before ALL our fleet is on an ELD.

ELDs are mandatory for all the drivers that join our team under XTL’s new policy with the exception of owner operators, who have until December 2017 when it will be mandatory. At XTL, we have 72 owner operators.  Safety and great service are always our priority.  We are here to help with all your transportation needs.

Thaw Period 2016

Dear clients

The Ministry reminds users of heavy vehicles and shippers that the local limits permitted are reduced during the thaw period.

During the 2016 that period, the beginning and end dates of load restrictions for each zone are as follows:

Zone 1: From Monday, March 14th (12:01am) to Friday, May 13th (11:59pm)
Zone 2: From Monday, March 21 (12:01am) to Friday 20 May (11:59pm)
Zone 3: From Monday, March 28th (12:01am) to Friday, May 27th (11:59pm)

*The beginning and end dates of load weight restrictions may vary depending on weather conditions.

If shipping goods in other Canadian provinces, please consult the websites of the respective Ministries of Transport www.mto.gov.on.ca, www2.gnb.ca to get information updates.

In addition, we would like to remind you that we offer different transportation options during the reduced weight period for various axle configurations.  Thus, through our diverse fleet of trailers and flexibility of our services, we can easily adapt to your needs.

Do not hesitate to contact our customer service agents, they will be pleased to find effective and efficient solutions for the transportation of your goods during this critical period.

Please click here to review the thaw period weight restrictions.

Thanks for your help,

Customer Service Team
XTL Transport Logistics Distribution

Is an “Uber-like” Technology Likely to Disrupt the Transportation Industry?

Uber has certainly disrupted the taxi industry.  eBay and Alibaba, and Amzon have certainly disrupted the on line retail business and sites like Airbnb have certainly disrupted the room for rent industries.  The question I often hear is that will an industry “disruptor” emerge offering some sort of online shipper-driver matching service that completely changes the whole industry?  I think not!

Here are many reasons why I think it will be unlikely that an “Uber-Like” web application will change the trucking industry:

They already exist!

There are a lot of load matching services out there.  Many are free, some are pay for service and if anybody has watched “Shipping Wars”  on TV it’s pretty obvious that the technology already exists to get truck drivers bidding against each other for freight.  While there is a market for this type of shipment, it’s not really changing the whole industry.  It’s mainly small or one time shippers getting bids from freelance truckers.  It’s too much hassle for a regular shipper to bid out each and every shipment and qualify each and every freelance trucker.  It’s just not going to happen.  Plus, regular shippers are generally looking for a trucking or logistics “service” as opposed to just a single shipment.

A Driver is Not Alone

Unlike the comparison to a taxi driver at Uber, a truck driver is rarely a lone wolf.  He’s supported by a dispatch department that helps him coordinate pick-ups and deliveries so that he can do what he’s paid for….to drive.  A driver is also supported by a maintenance department, a safety and training department, not to mention the financial strength of an entire company to fund his endeavors.  Plus, there are customs experts to help him get his paperwork right and off to the border.

Safety is a Huge Issue

While a fender bender in an automobile is still a terrible thing, any minor accident by a truck can result in serious consequences.  Not only does the size and speed of a truck come into play, but the cargo it’s carrying could be dangerous or environmentally hazardous if spilled.  The risk is just too great for any responsible company to bid out shipment by shipment to anyone who will take it for the lowest price.  There is huge corporate liability here.  Any company serious about doing their due diligence in carrier selection will want to do business with a carrier who is providing a transportation service rather than an individual driver.

Supply and Demand

Anyone who’s ever tried to get a shipment on a truck knows that sometimes it’s easy and other times, it’s near impossible!  Different areas of the country and different laneways experience different levels of supply and demand all year long.  The only leverage you have during peak seasons is the regular freight and business relationship that you have with trucking companies to find a way to get a truck to your pick up with capacity to move it.   If you were to rely solely on the open market and a bidding system, with one off loads, your costs and service would go haywire with the ups and downs of the seasonal markets.  It just wouldn’t be a viable year round transportation plan that would work.

Capital Investment

Unlike Uber where pretty much anyone has a car and a driver’s license, tucking is a very capital intensive industry.  A single truck and trailer could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the required training and investment in driver training that is required.  An Uber-like trucking service is going to have difficulty attracting drivers willing to invest in their own equipment  in an industry that’s already short on drivers.  Plus, where the goal is to get drivers to bid against each other to lower the cost, it’s unlikely that the industry would attract new drivers to meet the demand of the industry.

About XTL Transport

XTL with their strong team of experience drivers, logistics personnel and first class, fleet have been providing a remarkable transportation service for over 30 years, and we will continue to do so!  If you would like a free transportation review of your current transportation plan; contact XTL today for a free consultation and transportation review.