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ATA Shares Update on 'Out-of-Service' ELD Enforcement

Here is a quick update on the ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) regulations coming into effect December 18, 2017, specifically how the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) will handle 'Out-of-Service' violations.

On August 28, 2017, CVSA issued a letter to the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) to confirm how the inspectors will be handling this new regulation. The inspectors will begin issuing citations for tractors operating without ELDs. They will not begin putting tractors out of service until April 1, 2018. This will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers, and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new ELD requirement with minimal disruption to the delivery of goods. These citations will affect a carrier's CSA score.

We have compiled some resources for you to learn more about ELDs and this recent update:

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Dude... where's my load? Bison Transport provides Total Transportation Transparency

In a world where information is available, quite literally, at the tips of our fingers, Bison knows our customers expect immediate access to timely and accurate information about their shipments. We monitor trends and actively drive inefficiency out of our business through technology and process improvement. Our leadership – and our dedication to providing total transportation transparency – makes a difference for our customers and their bottom line.

Every aspect of our business is optimized by our use of technology, and many of our customized applications have been developed in-house by our Systems team to suit our customer’s needs. We are ready and able to provide our clients with customized solutions that utilize technology to bring efficiency, provide timely information, and drive out cost. 

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Tagged with: Business, Technology, customer care, customer service, i-tools

Bison Strives for Total Transportation Transparency Through Trailer Tracking

Bison Transport is an “early-adopter” when it comes to technology. This investment helps to increase efficiencies, and save time and money, benefitting both our customers and our driving and non-driving staff alike. 

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Don't Stop Believin': Bison improves our business with 4DX 3.0

In a competitive industry that faces constant change, we are challenged by our customers to create efficiencies, both in our business and theirs. 

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#CountTheBison: the best summer road trip game around!



Move over, Punch Buggy! Bison has a new summer road trip game for you and your family. 

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So, you think you can drive distracted?

Whether you are a professional truck driver or just part of the general motoring public, distracted driving is probably something we've all done, likely even without thinking about it.

Some common examples of distracted driving are when you’re heading down the highway and your phone buzzes: it’s your spouse, texting to see when you’ll be home. So, you mindlessly type a quick reply back. Or, your stomach starts to growl an hour into your trip to the cabin, and you remember you’ve got a bag of chips in the back seat – so you reach around and grab it, thinking nothing of it. But, both of these are examples of distracted driving, and it’s not safe.

It’s easy to think “it won’t happen to me”, or, “this is just a quick text”. But, collisions can happen very quickly, even to safe drivers. So, that's why we set out to debunk the myth that you can drive while distracted and still drive safely.

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Stepping up to the challenge: Bison supports CancerCare MB Foundation's Challenge for Life

For yet another year, Bison employees came together in support of an important cause, in the 10th anniversary of the Challenge for Life, raising funds for CancerCare Manitoba Foundation (read: Case Study: The Anatomy of a Corporate Fundraising Campaign). Our combined efforts were a perfect example of our Mission in Action, displaying our Core Values of Spirit, Service, and Success.

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A traction control device that will knock your socks off

At Bison Transport, our Drivers are testing out the latest in technologies to help make their jobs easier. If you are a regular visitor to the Bison Transporter, then it’s likely you’ve already met me! I’m Roger, a Company Driver and member of Bison’s Driver’s Advisory Board. I’ve recently been testing the AutoSock, a traction control device alternative to replace tire chains.

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Tagged with: Autosock review, Autosock traction device

Winning Company Driver of the Year: an overwhelming and humbling experience

I’m overwhelmed and honoured to have won Company Driver of the Year at this year’s Truckload Carriers Association Convention. I was completely shocked, and am immensely humbled by it – I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet. It was a phenomenal experience to be able to get together with drivers from all over North America and spend two days learning from one another, and the entire weekend is one I won’t soon forget.

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What Women Want

In the 2000 movie What Women Want, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) gets a whole new outlook on life when a fluke accident gives him the ability to read women's minds. At first, this "gift" provides Nick with way too much information, but he begins to realize that he can use it to good effect, especially when it comes to outwitting his new boss, Darcy Maguire (Helen Hunt).*

Wouldn’t it be nice if we really could read minds? Being able to know why people do the things they do, and to anticipate their actions would be a real asset, even here at Bison!

On International Women’s Day we celebrated the many women at Bison, as well as in the trucking industry – from Drivers to Technicians, to our office staff. At Bison women represent 13% of our total employees.

Women represent 48% of the Canadian labour force, in the trucking industry, though, the numbers tell a different story. Women in the trucking industry represent: 

  • 3% of drivers
  • 3% of technicians
  • 11% of management
  • 13% of parts technicians
  • 18% of dispatchers
  • 25% of freight claims/safety and loss prevention specialists 

Because we can’t actually read minds like Nick Marshall, to learn more about our Drivers, Bison delivers many surveys, one of them being our Driver Motivation Survey. This survey isn't designed to find out how motivated they are, it is to find out what motivated them to become a professional drivers and why they chose Bison Transport. 

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