OMCA Report
Jun. 7, 2013

3-day commercial road safety blitz launches throughout North America
Canadian Underwriter
The 72-hour blitz, Roadcheck 2013, was spearheaded by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and took place across 1,500 locations, where inspectors conducted comprehensive North American Standard Level I Inspections. The inspectors looked at trucks, tractor-trailers, buses and motorcoaches, and submitted inspection records to their state, provincial and federal jurisdiction systems for analyses, according to CVSA.More

In Memoriam: Allan Badder, 1923 - 2013
OMCA would like to extend our condolences to the Badder family on the passing of Allan Badder on Thursday, June 6, 2013. The founder of Badder Bus Service, Allan was a long time member and was awarded the 2010 OMCA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 8 (evening, 7-9 pm) and Sunday June 9 (2-4 pm and 7-9 pm) at Badder Funeral Home in Dresden, ON. The funeral will be held at the Community of Christ Church, Wabash, ON on Monday June 10 at 1:30 pm.

Badder Visitation & Reception Centre
679 North St.
Dresden, ON N0P 1M0
(519) 683-4444

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Funding transit: Who will pay?
Toronto Star
Clearly, The Big Move is intended to make it easier for people to get to work, and for businesses in the GTA to market their goods and services: It will significantly benefit businesses and corporations. But other than a 25-cent commercial parking levy, I don't see Metrolinx looking to the profit sector for additional revenue to fund its $2-billion-a-year plan.More

Despite rising price of gas in Michigan, buying in Detroit still a deal
Windsor Star
Michigan gas costs are the second highest in the U.S., but they're still a deal compared to what Windsor drivers pay at the pumps. The cost of filling up in Detroit or Livonia, at $4.10 per gallon, is higher than anywhere else in the continental U.S. Only in Hawaii do they pay more, at $4.36. In North Dakota, they pay $4.01; in California, the price is just $3.99. But Michiganders are still getting a better deal than we are.More

Sip, sip away on an Okanagan bus wine tour
The best thing about leaving the driving to someone else while on a wine-touring vacation is that you leave the driving to someone else. No complicated formulas to calculate in your head: Wine Tasted – Time Between Glasses + Last Meal + Ability to Tolerate Alcohol = No Fun. There are several ways to leave the chauffeuring to somebody else when wine touring: A sommelier-driven custom tour, such as Wine Your Way Tours, and the OK Wine Shuttle, which is available for private hire or as part of a hop-on, hop-off service through South Okanagan wineries for a flat daily fee.More

VIA Rail workers set to potentially strike
570 News
The Canadian Auto Workers Union has issued a strike notice to VIA Rail. An overwhelming 94 per cent of workers voted in favour of a potential strike that could start as soon as June 14. The workers include nearly 2,000 customer and on-board service agents and maintenance workers represented by the union.More

Border crossing to improve with new Canada/U.S. plan
Today's Trucking
Government officials from Canada and the United States announced a new joint border investment plan called Canada-United States Border Infrastructure Investment Plan (BIIP). BIIP is an interagency, bi-national plan meant to help with recent, ongoing and potential border infrastructure projects. The plan will outline the approach to coordinate infrastructure upgrades at small and remote crossings across Canada and the U.S. More

Greyhound taps airline pricing models to boost profit
Greyhound, the iconic U.S. bus brand, has turned to pricing models used by the airline industry as it seeks a ticketing system capable of boosting profitability by charging more for travel during peak periods. More

Milton council rejects Metrolinx's proposed revenue plan
Milton town council is frustrated with The Big Move. That was evident at a recent meeting, where councillors unanimously rejected all of the revenue tools being proposed to fund the Metrolinx transit project that strategizes how to tackle gridlock and improve transportation access in the GTA.More

Travel ideas for active seniors
Travelling for seniors can be rewarding and relaxing. Those with a substantial retirement nest egg have numerous destinations at their disposal. Mature vacationers travel more frequently and stay longer than any other age group. Travel ranks among the top leisure activities for men and women over 50, according to the website Suddenly Senior. More

Cumberland councillor: 'Anomaly' of city-owned highway justifies road toll
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa can't expand its boundaries any farther, so it's time to start charging nearby residents who use some of its roads and services, says Cumberland councillor Stephen Blais in explaining his effort to put a toll on Hwy. 174. The toll would apply only to non-residents, as determined by a scan of licence plates as vehicles passed through a gate at Canaan Road, the boundary with Prescott-Russell. Plates registered to people outside Ottawa would draw tolls charged to an account or billed in the mail, using the same technology employed on Hwy. 407 north of Toronto.More

Wynne urges feds to get on the transit funding bus
Hamilton Spectator
A leading business group is joining Premier Kathleen Wynne in calling on the federal government to pony up more Toronto area transit funding now that federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has rejected any regional increase to Ontario's 13 per cent HST. Flaherty sent Queen's Park a letter dismissing Metrolinx's recommendation for a 1 per cent regional HST hike to raise $1.3 billion annually toward the Big Move regional transportation plan.More

Why I ride the bus
Every now and again, all of us — readers and writers — should leave the comfort of our private vehicles and ride with the Great Unwashed on public conveyance. When we as auto writers talk about competitors, we're primarily thinking of the new vehicles on other lots: Do you buy, say, the 2013 Corolla over the Civic? But in the real world, new cars face numerous contenders. Perhaps even subconsciously, buyers add up the payments, fuel and maintenance, and compare them to such possibilities as used vehicles, car sharing, bicycles, public transit, walking to work, or a combination, depending on where they live and how they normally get around.More