History of Trucking Industry in Canada


The truck industry in any country involves individuals and companies to own and operate the motorised trucks for the transportation of goods from one place to another. This industry is mainly based on three important elements – private, contract and common trucks. Private vehicles are used by the owner to transport his own goods whereas contract vehicles are used by the owners to transport the goods of one or more consignors on the basis of a contractual agreement defining the terms along with rate of compensation. Common vehicles are used by the companies or individuals in the trucking industry to own and operate the hired trucks for transporting all types of goods by road. The trucks of all the categories in trucking industry are used for transporting raw materials as well as finished goods from one place to another. Normally the trucks used in all the categories are of almost same size to move the goods in terms of their weight. So the trucking industry of any country involves all the three categories of trucking to provide various types of shipping services to the people living in that country. In this writ-up history of trucking industry in Canada is discussed in brief to know more about it.

History of Canadian trucking industry

The commercial trucking industry in Canada came into action mainly at the time of Canadian war. Canada’s total transportation system was overburdened during this period due to overwhelming demand of raw resources as well as manufactured goods including aircrafts, vehicles and ships etc. The trucking industry in Canada was declared as an essential industry to the war efforts by the federal government due to major shortage of labour in the industry. Thus trucking industry in Canada gained recognition as an effective and flexible means of transportation of commercial goods. After the end of war this industry became the vital part of Canadian economy due to the improvement and expansion of its highway system.

Regulation for proper operation of the industry

According to the history of trucking industry in Canada regulation of most of the operating conditions and economic environment for intra-provincial trucks including fuel taxes, qualification of drivers, dimensions and weight of the trucks, rules of vehicle inspection, rules of road, vehicle licensing, security of load and safety of the equipment were determined by provincial governments in Canada. In 1954 Privy Council decided to establish an authority of the federal government to regulate trucking industry in Canada the jurisdiction of which was applicable to the entire trucking operation while crossing international and provincial boundaries. But in the absence of a federal government the mechanism of this regulatory jurisdiction was given to the provinces with a directive that the laws should be applied by each province according to the laws of extra-provincial and intra-provincial traffic. This non-specific mandate resulted into development of economic regulation among provinces with great disparity. Certain federal regulations overtake provincial laws when individuals or companies use hired trucks for crossing international and provincial boundaries. Moreover safety standards are also regulated by federal government.

The common trucking industry in Canada is serving 52 metropolitan regions along with various cities in US to increase accessibility to the shippers directly or through other service providers to ensue final delivery of the goods at their destination. The total freight paid by the consignee or shipper is distributed between all the participating carriers. Mainly 5 commodities including crude stone and gravels, sand, bolts and logs, pulpwood chips, fuel oil and swan timber and lumber along with various perishable products are carried by common trucking industry in Canada irrespective of the distances to be travelled. Some of these vehicles travel for several hours to deliver the goods at long distances.

According to various reports included in the history of trucking industry in Canada the gross revenue of nearly 8,000 for-hire establishments was more than $25,000 million which they earned after consuming 2.2 billion litres of fuel diesel for travelling over 4.7 billion km. Since 1973 the prices of fuel continuously increased rapidly due to the increase in related fuel taxes which has unexpectedly increased the expenditure of trucking industry on the fuel. In order to counter this situation the suppliers of trucks had started providing fuel efficient vehicles and components by producing radial tires, modulated fans, synthetic lubricants and air-drag reduction devices. The industry has also focused on the training and conservation of drivers to deliver the goods effectively in time.

Present position of trucking industry in Canada

The trucking industry of Canada operates in Canada and US both so they have to comply with the transportation regulations and customs requirements of both the countries while moving the goods on trans-borders. In Canada federal regulations are monitored by the Canadian Trucking Alliance to maintain an equilibrium between the two countries for trucking industry. Many transporters have focused on restructuring their establishment to increase their competency and reduce cost to face the increasing competition in the industry. In such situation several truck and equipment manufacturers and suppliers like DIETER’S etc. have started producing and supplying high-end and fuel efficient trucks and accessories to face the competition firmly.

Since 1981 DIETER’S is manufacturing quality truck accessories and became one of the most popular brands in the aftermarket of trucking industry in Canada. Its customers appreciate the delivery of products that exceeds their expectations and this trust gave DIETER’S a reputation of trusted name in the accessories of all types of trucks. The team of their dedicated craftsmen use the best quality stainless steel and state-of-the-art equipment to produce the truck parts to maintain the name of the company in the truck accessory industry. They produce all types of accessories including Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Parts, Original Equipment (OE) Parts and alternative parts for wide variety of trucks including Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, Sterling, Volvo, WesternStar, Cat, Panelite and DIETER’S. In order to maintain the quality of their products they use non-magnetic stainless steel of highest grade. They work with a mission to provide customer satisfaction and quality and try to produce and provide the best products at the best possible price to justify the progress of the history of trucking industry in Canada.