Bison’s LCVs reduce greenhouse gas emissions


LCVs increase weight per mile, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Long Combination Vehicle (LCV) network continues to expand in Canada with the recent government program expansion in Ontario at the beginning of the year. This allows more LCVs to be on the road and helps us to reduce our carbon footprint even more! In 2016, Bison LCV’s drove 21 per cent of our more than 144,000,000 total miles, and the expansion means we can have even more LCVs on the road.

Bison Transport takes sustainability seriously and we use creativity and innovation to drive a sustainable business. We invest in the growth of our people, our business, and our communities, and embrace our responsibility to conserve the environment. In 2016, our environmental sustainability efforts were recognized in a big way when we were awarded a 2016 SmartWay Excellence Award. One way we can reduce our impact on the environment is finding ways we can reduce harmful GHG emissions from both fuel consumption and engines. We have even included sustainability into our core values

We decrease Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by increasing our weight per mile – and this can be done by using Long Combination Vehicles (LCVs), also called Turnpike Doubles.  LCVs consist of a tractor and two 53′ trailers providing more capacity to customers and an environmentally friendly transport solution. Using LCVs reduces our carbon footprint and emit less GHGs, which include methane, chlorofluorocarbons, and carbon dioxide. 

At Bison, we lead the industry in the use of Turnpike Doubles. In addition to the ability to provide our customers with faster transit times, being a safer mode of transportation, and reducing costs for our customers, our LCV division has reduced over 50 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions since its inception.

Did you know that LCVs use 30% less fuel than pulling a single 53′ trailer? Bison has conducted studies that show our LCVs combine technology and efficiency to reduce our GHG emissions by 40%.

Wonder what a 40% reduction looks like? We have created a calculator to help you visualize it! If you enter your shipment mileage, our calculator tallies how shipping with Bison’s LCV network will help you reduce your company’s carbon footprint.

This is part two of a five-part series. Read about our SmartWay award here. Stay tuned for part three! 

To learn more about how Bison’s environmentally sustainable practices can benefit your business, and to inquire about our shipping services, click below to contact us today! 

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5 Reasons Shippers Should Care About Electronic Logging Devices


ELDs will not only affect both drivers and but shippers too.

As the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate looms closer, it’s clear to see why professional drivers should care. As the rule comes into play, here are five ways the ELD mandate is likely to impact our industry.

1. Reduction in capacity: While the vast majority of drivers are safe and compliant with Hours of Service (HOS) rules, some drivers on paper logs were able to “fudge their logs” and push ahead of HOS limits. The ELD mandate will ensure that HOS are no longer discretionary, and could initially reduce available capacity as drivers and carriers who were not already using ELDs adjust to the new regulations.

It is recommended that a shipper who is not already using a carrier on ELDs, make the switch sooner rather than later.

2. Time management:  Time has always been of the essence and both carriers and drivers have long stressed the importance of timely and expedient loading and unloading. One of the most critical and impactful measures of HOS is the 14 hour duty cycle, where a driver only has 14 hours to fulfill each of their daily tasks. With paper logs, it is easy for a driver to manipulate their daily start and end times as they have the ability to log the events after they happen, and they are highly motivated to do so in order to accommodate all of the delays and inefficiencies that impact their productivity. With ELD’s, Drivers have lost the opportunity to “manage their log books, particularly when it comes to those start and stop times. The data capture is now live and their day starts when they turn the key, so they can no longer accommodate delays without directly impacting their productivity and ultimately their income. Using paper logs, many drivers use their own judgement and discretion to account for their time, and although they frequently complain and make their delays known, they typically only log their work time.  With ELD’s in place, time is no longer discretionary and all time matters, whether it was productive or not. Shippers will need to adjust habits to meet these stricter guidelines, or be prepared to compensate the carrier and the driver for their unproductive time.


If a Driver is held up at the loading dock, it can affect loads with “just-in-time” nature.

ELDs will allow carriers to see when a driver is stuck waiting at a shipper and make it easy to track when a driver has clocked into a facility, and how long they were there. If a driver is at a shipping location for a prolonged amount of time, it could hurt a shipper’s status and may make it difficult to secure capacity in the future, or result in increased rates.

Lanes that will be most affected by the ELD mandate are those ranging from 450-700 miles, as they fall into the gray area of one or two-day transit. If a truck is held up at a Shipper, these runs will turn into two-day transit. This could increase the rates for these runs, as carriers work to ensure proper use of the truck is generating proper revenue. 

While ELDs might force shippers into shifting their daily practices and drive up shipping costs, they actually drive quality, accuracy, timeliness and safety – ultimately saving shippers money. Here are a few ways ELDs will benefit the shipper:

3. Increased efficiency: ELDs provide real-time visibility, and will help shippers and carriers schedule accurate pick-up times and sufficient dock/door labor. Ultimately, this will improve driver efficiency.

4. Increased revenue: The increased efficiencies will, in turn, improve a shipper’s ability to secure capacity on a regular basis and will help to keep shipping costs low by driving down up charges and accessorial fees.

5. Increased capacity: As the transportation industry settles into the ELD mandate, and carriers begin to use them as efficiency tools, improvements in truck and driver utilization could create as much as an 8-10 percent gain in capacity.

As of December 2017, Shippers will need to work with carriers who are using ELDs because it is the law. In advance of the mandate, Shippers are encouraged to thoroughly vet their carriers’ logging platform. If carriers are not currently using ELDs, or do not plan to, Shippers should think about creating a transition plan. Carriers suggesting ELDs are negative should be red flagged. Ask your carrier what they are doing to prepare for the mandate, guaranteeing your carrier will be compliant. Base level due diligence is the responsibility of the shipper and will ultimately affect shipments as non-compliant trucks will be shut down.

 Bison Transport has developed an all-encompassing guide to ELDs for shippers, which you may find useful ahead of the impending mandate. We hope the guide will help you prepare.

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A-Z on ELDs: A Driver’s Guide to Electronic Logging Devices

The recent electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in the United States has been met with plenty of pushback from professional drivers, who are worried the new regulation will increase driver harassment.

Concerns from drivers are valid, but it all comes down to a simple difference in perspective: ELDs do not have to be used exclusively for compliance. When used effectively, the ELD technology can make all parties more efficient, increasing earnings for drivers and pushing our industry forward.

We’ve developed a guide to help drivers familiarize themselves with the ELD mandate, and demonstrate how ELDs can be used as efficiency tools benefitting drivers, carriers, and shippers alike. The guide provides information on key dates, the ELD mandate in Canada, hours of service, enforcement practices and how drivers can be proactive in preparing for the mandate.

While there is a lot to consider regarding the upcoming ELD mandate, when managed properly, ELD technology can improve efficiency and benefit everyone in the transportation industry. We hope you find this guide useful as you drive forward during this transition.


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LCV program expansion in Ontario is good news for Bison

The expansion to the LCV program in Ontario is good news for Bison Transport and the entire transportation industry.

At the end of January, the Province of Ontario announced that they were clearing the way for more Long Combination Vehicles (LCVs), eliminating the cap of 16 permits per carrier and only allowing 100 carriers in the program. New vehicle configurations and more highways on which the vehicles can travel have also been introduced.

From Bison’s perspective, the LCV expansion in Ontario is positive for Drivers, shippers, and the general motoring public. Read more ›

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3 ways to a flexible trucking career that works for you!

Does the New Year have you resolving to spend more time with your family and doing the things that you love, while still earning a regular income?

At Bison, we know that not all Drivers want to spend weeks on the road away from their families. We provide multiple lifestyle options for our Drivers to maintain a more balanced work life schedule, and allow them to be home for the things that matter.

While our Full Time positions are still available for those looking to be out 5-14 days, our Truck ShareSlip Seat and Part-Time options have Drivers on the road for up to 15 days per month with the flexibility to pick up more miles if you want them. Truck Share and Slip Seat options also offer Drivers health and dental benefits, even though you are not driving in a full time capacity.

  1. Truck Share: With scheduled days out each month, Bison’s Truck Share option allows Drivers to plan time their life and home time events in advance. Working 7 days on and having 7 days off provides a balanced work life schedule and the opportunity to pick up additional miles on your week off. Truck Share Drivers average 7,000-8,000 miles per month with an assigned tractor and dedicated Truck Share partner with a base rate of $0.39 per mile, plus a $0.02 per mile US premium, accessorial pay and Safe Driving Reward Program bonus paid quarterly.

  2. Our Slip Seat option offers an average of 7,000-8,000 miles per month working a minimum of 15 days, with the flexibility of determining the days you work. Slip Seat allows you to manage personal time while still earning a solid income, and the option to work more days each when you want to. Drivers who run Slip Seat use a different unit each trip, and earn a base rate of $0.43 per mile, plus a $0.02 per mile US premium, accessorial pay and quarterly Safe Driving Reward Program payout.
  3. Drivers on a Part-Time option work a minimum of one day each month. The monthly mileage and earnings vary, based on availability and days worked each month. You earn a base rate of $0.43 per mile, plus a $0.02 per mile US premium, accessorial pay, using a different tractor each trip, as well Safe Driving Reward Program bonus each quarter.

If you are ready to make the change to a driving career that works for you, and want to learn more about Bison’s flexible driving options, click the link below to get in touch with our recruiting team.

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