XTL is happy to announce the launch of our new website. Our goal is to make doing business with us as easy as possible and this was a necessary step in that process! This new site provides all the information you need with just a few clicks of your mouse. We are thrilled with the results so far and want to let our valued customers know that we are not stopping here! XTL will continue to add further functionality with the objective of continuing to enhance the customer experience.
XTL is pleased to present our new trailer wrap design, which showcases our three core services of Transportation, Logistics & Distribution. These new designs are wrapped on our ever-growing fleet of both tandem and tridem trailers which are rolling across the country and across the border! Keep your eyes peeled and if you see one, we would love to hear your thoughts.
Employment type: Full-time
We are currently looking for Class 1 Company Drivers for Highway work (BC only: Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George) to join our driver-focused organization.
Requirements and qualifications:
-Class 1 Driver License required
-2 years minimum mountain winter experience required hauling 53ft trailers (dry and reefer)
– Clean abstract required
– Clean criminal record search
-Drug Test and Criminal check will be required
-Schedule will be either Tuesday to Saturday or Sunday to Thursday
-Start times vary between 12pm to 4pm
-Live offload or drop and switch depending on the load/location
Our commitment to you:
-Home daily or the next day, work-life balance lifestyle
-Benefits paid by the company after 3 months’ probation (no pay is deducted for this)
-MSP paid at 100% by XTL after 3 months
-Paid weekly, direct deposit
-A friendly environment with an open door policy
-Priority on safety and hours of service
-Well maintained fleet
-The respect you deserve
– Part time and Semi Retirement Opportunities available
If you are the right candidate and would like to join a family orientated and successful company, please send your current abstract and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (604) 881-2342 and speak to Kari to schedule an interview.
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.
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.
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.