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Special Report: Canada’s New Mandatory Driver Training Law

Canada CDL applicants looking to get the behind the wheels of a big-rig must pass a rigorous training regime. At least 103.5 hours of certified training must be completed, while America will be contesting a mere 30 hours of training in 2020. Unfortunately, some schools and employers in Canada will be looking for shortcuts in the new training path.

Key Takeaways:

  • Written tests now include 30 questions, up from 20 that existed earlier in the year, and are more specifically geared toward related license classes.
  • The directions of road tests are also more prescriptive than ever before, specifying the number of tasks and subtasks that license candidates need to demonstrate, so there’s less room for interpretation by evaluators.
  • Per the final rule, applicants seeking a CDL will have to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on a driving range and on a public road.

““The more-difficult test is better,” Richardson adds, suggesting that the new training regime will bring an end to most of the so-called licensing mills that prepared trainees for ministry licensing tests but often failed to develop the skills needed to earn a job.”


Ferrari Loses Testarossa Trademark in Germany

The head of a German toy company has successfully sued Ferrari over the use of the name Testarossa for licensing products. The Italian auto maker has held the trademark on this name but not actively used it in over twenty years. The court upheld that since that was the case they no longer had the right to copyright the name. The toy company intends to use the name to brand numerous products including a bicycle.

Key Takeaways:

  • Since the Italian automaker hasn’t used the Testarossa name on a car in more than two decades, the court decided it couldn’t keep others from using it.
  • Hesse wanted to be able to use the Testarossa name on a few different products, ranging from bicycles to shavers. And he didn’t want to have to pay a licensing fee.
  • Ferrari argued that it actually does still use the name since it provides parts and restoration services to Testarossa owners. According to the court, that isn’t enough because those services are provided under the Ferrari brand.

““A brand needs to be used to protect it, which the company has not done here.””


FMCSA Clarifies Issuance of Commercial Learner’s Permits

The FMCSA has clarified the issuance of commercial learner’s permits. Guidance was recently issued by the FMCSA that clarifies a state can accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and also administer the general knowledge test to people who are not actually domiciled there. States that choose to administer the general knowledge test must transmit the results directly to the applicant’s state of domicile.

Key Takeaways:

  • FMSCA had not meant to limit the extending of this out-of-state consideration to applicants who had served in the military.
  • states that choose to administer the general knowledge test must transmit the test results “directly, securely, and electronically” to the applicant’s state of domicile
  • this regulatory guidance is consistent with CDL regulations to ease the transition of military personnel into civilian careers driving commercial motor vehicles

“Guidance just issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration clarifies that a state may accept applications for commercial learner’s permits and administer the general knowledge test to individuals who are not domiciled there.”



A wheel check can identify a loose wheel nut with a very simple visual inspection and it is also heat sensitive. If you practice preventive maintenance procedures and regular inspections, then unexpected and costly brake or bearing problems can be avoided. They are very important and will help people that drive trucks.

Key Takeaways:

  • preventive maintenance
  • identify a loose wheel nut
  • Wheel-Checks are heat sensitive.

“Wheel-Check can identify a loose wheel nut with a simple visual inspection.”


Nissan Announces Leaf Redesign

Nissan is about to release their new design, the Leaf, which has been modeled after the sleek airplane wing. Like an airplane wing, the Leaf is purposely designed close to the ground and aerodynamic. The features allow the Leaf to experience less drag and achieve a more secure ride at higher speeds. Nissan also claims this new design allows for greater security against crosswinds.

Nissan Announces Leaf Redesign

How to Use the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon’s Electric Winch

The 2017 RAM 2500 Power Winch can prove to be extremely useful in many situations, if used correctly. The Power Winch can pull up to 1200 lbs and is successful in pulling out stuck or flipped vehicles, as demonstrated by MotorTrend. They also demonstrate the proper safety procedure for using the winch, which requires a solid anchor point, a secure attachment to something with no slack and proper management of the vehicle as the remote is being used for the winch. With up to 90 ft of cable, the reaches of the winch are expansive.

Key Takeaways:

  • You have to keep in mind that the winch is not a toy but a tool. The winch can be used to pull a vehicle that has been stuck or flipped over.
  • When the winch is being operated, you’ll want the Power Wagon’s transmission to be in neutral, and someone should always be inside the truck to control the brakes.
  • The winch includes 90 feet of cable, which should never be wrapped directly around a tree because this increases the chances of it breaking. This is a very capable tool that can quickly get you out of trouble in case you find it.

“You have to keep in mind that the winch is not a toy but a tool.”


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