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A Day in the Life of Gary Campbell

The LCV program has been in Ontario since 2009. Gary Campbell became a LCV driver in September 2012. He has driven tractor-trailers since 2006 and has been with UPS since 2002.

“I drive them from Toronto to Kingston and back every weeknight. I start at the UPS facility at Jane and Steeles in Concord. I couple up my trailers then proceed north on Jane St. to the 407  WB. I take that to 427 SB to 409 EB to 401 EB to Kingston. The reason I take this route is that the ramp from 404 SB to 401 EB is not approved for use by LCVs due to being too tight a turn for us.

On the way back I take 401 WB to 404 NB to 407 WB to Jane St. back to my yard.

The program is highly restrictive. It outlines technical specifications for the tractor, trailers, and converter dolly. As well as minimum years of service and safety records of drivers.

As a company, we must adhere to safety requirements as well. We must also submit all route, origin and destination locations to the MTO for approval as well. We are not allowed any detours and can only stop at on-highway service centers for breaks and vehicle checks”.

What you might not know about Long Combination Vehicles

 The Ministry of Transportation is expanding the LCV program with a controlled increase in the number of permits for a limited number of commercial operators to pull two full-sized trailers - referred to as long combination vehicles (LCVs) - on designated Ontario highways.

Economic Benefits

LCVs are good for manufacturers and consumers. They allow Ontario retailers and manufacturers to bring light-weight, bulky goods to market at a lower cost.

Environmental Benefits

By using less fuel to carry goods, LCVs reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with shipping goods by approximately one-third.

Safety

LCVs have been on the road in Western Canada, Quebec, and numerous American states for decades. They have an excellent safety record, with fewer collisions reported than single-trailer trucks.

A major study of LCV operations in Alberta showed that LCVs of the type allowed in Ontario had 60 per cent fewer collisions than the conventional tractor-trailers they replace.

As each LCV replaces two conventional tractor-trailers, the number of collisions is expected to be reduced by 80 per cent as compared to moving the freight by conventional tractor-trailer.



 

Vehicle in Action


A Day in the Life of Patricia Wilson

Patricia Wilson took a job with Cott Beverages right after graduation 16 years ago and she loves her job as much today as she did then. The 16-year Teamster is a Quality Assurance Technician with the company. “My colleagues and I have to make sure that the quality of Cott products are within governed standards and that the ingredients that are supposed to be in the companies drinks are in fact there. “What I like about my job is that you don’t see the same four walls every day” Patricia claims, “and all of us in the Quality Assurance Lab have been working together as a team for a long time and get along so well .” Her day starts at 6:30 a.m. and finishes at 3:00 in the afternoon so she is able to miss the traffic from her long commute from the family’s home in Barrie, Ontario. This way, daughters Nicole 6 and Samantha 4 get to see more of Mom while Dad manages the family’s travel agency in Barrie. When the time allows, Patricia and the family like to be outdoors, riding bikes and swimming. “I also love to cook” adds the self proclaimed gourmet, “and entertaining friends and family is a big part of our lives. Being a member of the Teamsters this long has been a positive experience for me” she says, “I’m happy that they are there in case they are needed.”

 
     
Patricia conducts tests to measure the amount of acid in Cott Beverages diet products.
  Working with colleague Armando Tamondong, the Quality Assurance Lead Hand, micro samples on sensitive products are tested to make certain that they are microbiologically sound.
     
 
     
Patricia checks to make sure that correct labeling and capping is completed on the finished products.   The fill test uses X-ray equipment to determine how much volume is in the can. If it is low, the can is rejected.