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Keeping Your Truck/Trailer Cool During the Hot Summers

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t’s a fact, in summer we get some pretty significantly a cooling effect but really it didn’t do a whole lot. Today’s hot temperatures even if our cousins to the south think air conditioning is quite efficient at keeping the interior cab temperature at a comfortable level. And, it’s not just comfort, we live in igloos and shovel snow twelve months a but safety. Comfortable temperature can mean the difference year. Those hot temperatures can play havoc with between driving tired and driving alert. truck, trailer and driver. For the driver, air conditioning in the cab is not Maintaining the air conditioning system at top working level just a creature comfort add on, but virtually a necessity even is therefore a matter of safety. Drivers are having less and less time available to make decisions based on their own though those politicians who work for us think well being due to the regulatory interference, so it’s a extravagance to be taxed. I don’t see one of making them as comfortable for as long as possible them without an air conditioned office nor their air conditioned limo but that’s a whole different story. is truly a matter of good corporate governance. In the old days, we had 2/60 air conditioning, you Now keeping the power unit running efficiently is even more important to maintaining the service opened two windows, and drove sixty miles an hour. level customers expect. Keeping the engine Oh yes, there also was this flip up vent on the hood running at the proper temperature, especially of the tractor that when opened fed outside air into during the wild swings in ambient temperatures in the cab but again, you had to be travelling at speed in order to feel the effects. It didn’t do much to cool this country, is beyond a challenge. Fortunately, with today’s anti-freeze the challenge becomes the body down. It was only cooling for the driver in G. Ray Gompf considerably less. Yes, anti-freeze has value in the respect that hot air moving quickly could have 8

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Keeping your truck/trailer cool during the hot summers keeping the hot temperatures at bay, too. Note here about anti-freeze. Do not leave it laying around where animals have access to it. Anti-freeze tastes sweet to them, like candy to us, and is deadly poison. It can and has killed creatures large and small. So, always store unused antifreeze properly making sure it’s tightly contained. And don’t flush used anti-freeze down the drain. Dispose of it properly as the hazardous material it is. Getting back to the cooling system of the power unit of the truck. Make sure the radiator cap is working maintaining the pressure required by your system. If it isn’t, replace it. Make sure all the hose connections are not leaking, that flexible parts are not worn, cracked or in danger of failure in the immediate future. Check the radiator for stone chips where leaks could become an issue. Periodically, wash those bugs out of the radiator making sure as much air passes through the radiator as possible. If you use a bug screen in front of the radiator, clean it often. Remember that while the average automobile is travelling 20,000 kilometres a year where it can get away with these coolant checks twice a year, your truck is travelling ten times that and requires coolant system checks ten times as often, too. Which when you think about it, requires you to do these maintenance issues every two weeks or less. Now, unlike car drivers, you inspect your vehicle daily so doing regular checks on the coolant system shouldn’t be a big issue. Another big item on the check list when running in hot temperature summers is brakes. Make sure the brakes are clean and can keep as cool as required under operation. You don’t want to experience brake fade at critical moments. Even more you don’t want to experience a complete failure of the braking system due to overheating. How many times have you witnessed a truck descending a major down grade and the trailer brakes are smoking and then the drive wheel brakes start smoking and the truck isn’t slowing down. There are several things at play here. First a vehicle that may not be as well maintained as it should be. Secondly, the driver’s experience level might be called into question. Those long grades are common in the western part of the continent but let me assure you they aren’t all that rare in the east. Fancy Gap and Mont Eagle quickly come to mind. Throughout Pennsylvania there are many. Northern Ontario, particularly Highway 17 along the Lake Superior shore offer some genuine challenges. At this point the driver is faced with some critical decisions. On many of these high risk grades there is a “run-away” ramp, that will bring the truck to a grinding halt but it will tear the truck up a bit. These run-away truck ramps are so constructed the runaway vehicle sinks further and further into a sand and gravel mix and will stop without a doubt. These run-away ramps are 10

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Keeping your truck/trailer cool during the hot summers not harmless to the vehicle whose driver has made the decision to use such an option. The theory is the truck will remain true and upright and just gradually come to a safe stop -- although the ride may be a little rough. The truth is the truck may veer wildly out of control, even upset. It’s not an option you want to use without good cause. The best option is during your daily vehicle inspection to take care of any brake issues apparent, and learn a good technique for descending a grade. During your daily inspection, ensure that all lubrication points are properly greased or oiled. When you’re connecting to a trailer, make sure the fifth wheel plate has sufficient lubrication to effect a smooth connection, especially in warm weather. Even run a greased finger across the rubber connectors on the glad hands as you connect them. It helps them from drying out when the temperatures go into the stratosphere. AND, most importantly, keep your tires properly inflated at the recommended pressure to keep tires as cool as possible and maintaining proper adhesion to the road. Now, we come to the trailer with respect to keeping things cool and efficient. Other than reefers, there’s not a lot you can do, except that to do with brakes and tires. So make sure everything within your control is done to the best of your ability. When it comes to reefers, the same checks also need to be made as you would for the engine of the truck and the cooling system. Presumably, the reefer is maintained well by the company but it is the driver’s responsibility to get his freight delivered properly without damage, so it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the reefer is going to do it’s job for the duration of the trip. To do anything less is failing to do your job as a driver. Enjoy the warm weather, because too soon we will be back to snow and ice and a whole different set of checks and balances about which to think.

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estrictions by the Hours of Service regulation will again be modified because the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released Tuesday, May 17, the text of a 2017 fiscal year DOT funding bill. The bill would make permanent 2014’s “restart rollback” reverting hours-of-service rules for truckers to those in effect in December 2011, meaning no 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. requirements and no weekly limit to the restart’s use. The new regulation does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years. It is also a departure from the plan floated in the Senate’s DOT funding bill, which ties the future of hours of service rules to the FMCSA study’s conclusions and could set a new 73-hour a week cap on truckers’ hours-of-service limits. Are you confused yet? The House bill would simply reinstate the 34-hour restart regulations in effect on December 26, 2011, effectively nullifying the results of agency’s study and its conclusions. (The 30-minute break, however, would remain a requirement in the regs.) The bill is set to be considered in a House subcommittee today, May 18. The bill also halts FMCSA’s work on its January-proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule until the reforms called for in 2015’s FAST Act highway bill are implemented. Major trucking 12

groups and some lawmakers have taken issue in recent months with the agency’s reliance on some of the architecture of the CSA Safety Measurement System. Congress directed FMCSA to pull the SMS BASIC percentile rankings and alerts from public view and to not use them in any fashion to rate carriers until it develops and implements reforms to the system. The agency proceeded with its SFD rule regardless, arguing it didn’t violate FAST Act provisions. The Senate version does not include a measure related to the Safety Fitness Determination rule. That version of the funding bill has already cleared committee and has been brought to the Senate floor for a vote — no vote has yet been held, and little debate has taken place. The House version may present a clearer, less controversial path for hours of service. The Senate plan prompted disgust from nearly all sides when it came to light last month. Safety groups and trucking groups have both taken issue with the HOS changes, with some arguing the measures are too confusing of a change and others arguing the new rules are too generous to the trucking industry. President Obama this week also threatened to veto the legislation, partially citing its opposition to the hours of service changes as reason why. As the House legislation is fresh, the president has not yet released a policy statement on the bill. JULY / AUGUST 2016


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Why Life Insurance is not Optional in Trucking

Why Life Insurance is Not Optional in Trucking

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ecently, I lost a client and friend. He was only four days past his 30th birthday. He is survived by a wife aged 27, and three children aged 5, 3 and 2.5 months old at the time of his death. His truck, trailer and load of lumber went over an embankment and he was killed instantly. Unfortunately at the time of his death, he had no life insurance in place. At the time of a tragedy such as this, the last thing a grieving family should have to worry about is money. With no life insurance in place, lack of money added more stress to an already awful situation. The fleet of the driver provided the family with a cheque on the day of the death, which was used as a down payment for the funeral home. I had no idea that funeral homes want money up front. I also had no idea that the funeral home would ask for the rest of the money immediately following the funeral and cremation. The family did not have the rest of the money. A lot of truck drivers have or are required to have Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) insurance, depending on where you live. Provinces and states use this to compensate for work place injuries, and also take preventative measures to ensure worker safety. In the case of my friend who passed, he had WCB. WCB is supposedly who pays for the funeral of someone who dies while on the job in the province in which this accident occurred. The family thought their money woes were over. However, not a dime has been paid. Toxicology tests and investigations are still currently being done, and zero has been paid. This insurance proved inadequate in this situation. Another insurance in place for my friend was his fleet insurance. Nothing has been paid on that side either for the loss of life. The family was told it can take years before any money is received, if at all. If life insurance was in place, the money - Pash Brar B.A. Pash is a mobile leasing representative with Auto One Leasing LP in Vancouver. She has a banking, collections and accounting background. She specializes in importing vehicles and trailers from the USA.

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Why Life Insurance is not Optional in Trucking could have been received within a few weeks if the policy was properly maintained. Now the family has to figure out how to support a young widow and her three children for what could be years before they receive any money, if they receive anything at all. A lawyer has to be hired, and the lawyer will take a substantial amount of any funds received. Again fleet insurance proved inadequate. If equipment is involved that is totalled or damaged in a death incident, leasing companies and banks can react in a negative manner. If a lease or loan was done improperly from the start, a possible loss could occur. Perhaps not enough down payment was taken, or the equipment is worth less than the value of the remaining lease or loan. If there is a loss, the leasing company or bank could possibly pursue the family for any losses even in

the instance of a death. Luckily in the case of my friend, I did his leases and there was an equity cheque which my company was able to pay to the widow. In this case, that cheque is what finally paid off the funeral over a month after the death. These are the only funds the family has received to date. When life insurance is applied for, life insurance companies ask questions about past family history, draw blood samples, and test urine. Once their evaluation is complete, and premiums are paid and kept current, you are insured. When looking at statistics for payout on life insurance, most of the major life insurance companies payout within a few weeks of the death claim, depending on the circumstances and no involvement of fraud. Life insurance companies do their research in advance, whereas in cases such as my friend, the fleet insurance provider and WCB are doing their research after the fact of death. In cases where insurers are looking at the case after death, if a flaw is found, then payment may not be made. Trucking is a dangerous job. Whether you are a self employed owner operator, owner of a trucking company, or company driver, you must look out for yourself and for your business. You must maintain adequate insurance coverage in cases of disability and in cases of death. No one will look after you or your family in the future but yourself. Can your family continue their lifestyle without you in their lives and the income you bring home? From my friend’s unexpected death we can 16

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Why Life Insurance is not Optional in Trucking learn how important it is to be prepared for anything good or bad that may happen in our lives. We cannot predict the future, but we can plan for it and plan for our family’s future stability. I know a lot of trucking industry people may want insurance coverage and think they cannot afford it. It is more expensive for trucker’s to get insurance. With dangerous occupations, the coverage costs more. But there are affordable options within each person’s budget. Term insurance is more affordable. Permanent policies are what cost the most, and if you cannot afford a permanent policy, term or temporary insurance, can fill your needs in the meantime. Term policies can be for 10, 20 and 30 year terms and can be as low as $10-20 a month for $100,000 coverage if you are a non smoker. Seeing the family of my friend struggle each day is a very painful thing. I was devastated when I heard the news that he was gone. I still have the last text messages from him saved on my phone and his last emails. That’s all I have left and the laughs we shared. Now I wonder what will happen to his kids in the future. I wonder if his kids will be able to go to university one day and who will pay for it. I wonder if his kids will get married one day and who will pay for the wedding. I wonder why he didn’t have life insurance when he had three kids and a wife. These are questions no one can answer, but I hope we can all learn from his story. Life insurance when you’re in the trucking industry is just not something you should think about maybe getting one day. It’s something you need right now. If you don’t have coverage I hope you will consider getting some immediately.

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he Cass Truckload Linehaul Index fell another 1.2 percent year over year in May after declines of 0.6 percent and 2.3 percent in March and April respectively. With three consecutive months of price declines, the domestic truckload market continues to face softer demand and excess capacity. Driver pay increases, overall fleet growth, reduction in carrier bankruptcies and an easing of the 34-hour restart rule are some of the contributing factors. The Cass Intermodal Price Index fell another 2 percent year over year in May, representing 17 consecutive months of year-over-year declines. Avondale Partners reiterated in its monthly report that intermodal rates are expected to continue declining for the remainder of 2016 “as the dramatic drop in diesel prices … takes its toll on U.S. domestic demand.” Although they predict that domestic container may grow in the mid to low single digits through 2016, Avondale added “that is dependent upon demand in longer lengths of haul growing fast enough to offset the loss of volume in shorter lengths of haul, particularly in the East.” The Cass Truckload Linehaul Index isolates the linehaul component of full truckload costs from other components (e.g. fuel and accessorials), providing an accurate reflection of trends in baseline truckload prices. The Cass Intermodal Price Index includes all costs associated with the move (linehaul, fuel and accessorials). It is based on costs as of January 2005 and uses a base value of 100. 18

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endix Commercial Vehicle Systems notified the National Highway Traffic Administration on June 8 that it is recalling nearly 195,000 spring brake valves. According to NHTSA documents, if there is a delay of the spring brake application, the trailer may roll away after being decoupled. More specifically, SR-5 trailer spring brake valves manufactured Jan. 1, 2004, to March 4, 2016, are affected by the recall. Valves were improperly machined without a radius on the internal check valve seat, causing a delay of application of the spring brakes while parking. According to a NHTSA recall document, Bendix has not yet developed a remedy for the problem. Therefore, a notification schedule has not been submitted as of press time. The SR-5 valve is a reservoir-mounted trailer valve that can control four spring brake actuators during parking or emergency applications, a NHTSA safety recall report explains. A trailer will have an audible air leak from the dash mounted park control valve or red glad hand when it is disconnected, prior to decoupling when a slow-to-park situation occurs. This leakage will continue until the trailer reservoirs and spring brake chambers are depleted of air pressure.Truckers who have questions about this defect should contact Bendix at 877-3459526. NHTSA can also be contacted at 888-327-4236. Ask about NHTSA campaign number 16E-045. JULY / AUGUST 2016


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TR Transportation Intelligence’s Shippers Conditions Index for April rose marginally to a reading of 1.5, up from 0.4 in March. The new reading reflects improved market conditions for shippers as freight demand remains sluggish. The SCI is at its highest sustained level since 2011; however, conditions for shippers should reverse in 2017 as fuel prices rise and regulatory drag tightens capacity. The Shippers Conditions Index is a compilation of factors affecting the shippers transport environment. Any reading below zero indicates a lessthan-ideal environment for shippers. Readings below -10 signal conditions for shippers are approaching critical levels, based on available capacity and expected costs. Details of the factors affecting the April Shippers Conditions Index, along with a close look at market conditions and what might be expected going forward, are found in the June issue of FTR’s Shippers Update published June 9, 2016. “Even as we have become accustomed to high levels of uncertainty, the recent

U.K. vote in favor of ‘Brexit’ has added yet another dose, on top of existing sluggish growth and the possible impact of our own raucous presidential election,” said Larry Gross, partner at FTR. “Our forecast for tightening conditions rests on two keystone assumptions: first, no significant roadblocks or delays in the current looming regulatory timetable; second, no significant further slowing in the already slow-growth economy. The latter item appears to be the bigger risk at the moment, and a pronounced slowdown or recession will postpone or even eliminate any significant tightening in the marketplace.”

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Seven Sentenced in Cargo Theft

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ew Jersey Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy announced that seven men were sentenced June 10, 2016, to state prison and jail terms for conspiring in a $1.5 million series of thefts involving tractor-trailers loaded with cargo, including clothing, beauty products, auto parts and beer, which the defendants stole and fenced. The theft ring operated in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. A total of 12 men were charged in a June 4, 2015, indictment stemming from Operation Midnight Run, a long-term investigation by the New Jersey State Police Interstate Theft North Unit, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau and the United States Department of Homeland Security Border Enforcement Security Task Force. Nine defendants have pleaded guilty to date. Each of these men was sentenced last week by Superior Court Judge James J. Guida in Bergen County: Yoanny Justiz, 33, of North Bergen, N.J., was sentenced to nine years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 29, 2016, to second-degree conspiracy. Luis Marin, 47, of Union City, N.J., was sentenced to nine years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 29, 2016, to second-degree receiving stolen property. Horacio Llerena-Martinez, 55, of North Bergen, N.J., was sentenced to eight years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2015, to second-degree conspiracy. Angel Dominguez, 44, of Union City, N.J., was sentenced to seven years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2015, to seconddegree theft. Pedro Arias, 68, of Elizabeth, N.J., was sentenced to five years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2016, to second-degree theft. Kenneth Manus, 61, of Norwood, N.J., was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail as a condition of three years of probation. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2015, to third-degree receiving stolen property. Hector Rivas, 38, of Union City, N.J., was sentenced to 270 days in the county jail as a condition of three years of probation. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2015, to third-degree receiving stolen property. The members of the cargo theft ring worked together in various combinations to steal tractor-trailers containing cargo from the tristate area of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. They brought the stolen cargo to warehouses and lots in New Jersey, Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Bronx, N.Y. Between June 2012 and April 2015, ring members engaged in nine thefts and two purchases of additional stolen goods in which the total value of the cargo and tractor-trailers stolen exceeded $1.5 million. The stolen cargo included $120,000 worth of catalytic converters stolen in Linden, N.J., and recovered at a warehouse in Saddle Brook, N.J.; $190,000 worth of Moroccan oil hair and body products stolen in Allentown, Pa., and transported through New Jersey to a lot in the Bronx, N.Y.; and $152,000 worth of GNC fish oil capsules stolen in Paterson, N.J., and recovered at a furniture store in Hillside, N.J. “These thieves stole whatever cargo proved to be an easy mark, driving off with tractor-trailers loaded with everything from beer to mozzarella cheese to auto parts,” said Lougy. “Their crime spree was a real road show, but our prosecutors joined with the New Jersey State Police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to track them 20

across three states and bring them to justice.” “Organized criminal syndicates are drawn to cargo theft because of the huge illicit profits that can be generated,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Working with the New Jersey State Police and our federal partners, we are aggressively investigating and prosecuting this underworld activity, which disrupts commerce, inflicts big financial losses and frequently finances other crimes.” “Truckloads of cargo have always been a lucrative target for organized criminal groups. Our Interstate Theft Unit, along with our partners in Operation Midnight Run, are glad to have taken this group off the road and recovered large quantities of stolen goods,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “This case is an excellent example of how teamwork among state, local and federal agencies can disrupt these types of largescale criminal activities and ensure that those involved are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Newark. Two other defendants have pleaded guilty in the case. Wilson Ferrer-Reyes, 51, of Union City, N.J., pleaded guilty on Jan. 4, 2016, to third-degree receiving stolen property and was sentenced on April 22, 2016, to 364 days in the county jail as a condition of three years of probation. Carlos Toriac-Almira, 36, of Union City, N.J., pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2016, to fourth-degree receiving stolen property and faces a recommended sentence of 18 months in state prison. He is scheduled for sentencing on September 9. One of the indicted defendants was admitted by the court into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program. The indictment is pending against the two remaining defendants, Osmay Perez-Herrera, 51, of New York, N.Y., and Luis Requena, 24, who was deported after his arrest in 2013. They face first-degree charges of conspiracy and money laundering, as well as second-degree charges of theft, fencing and receiving stolen property. The charges are merely accusations and JULY / AUGUST 2016


Desi News they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Manus owned the warehouse on Midland Avenue in Saddle Brook where the Corning catalytic converters, stolen on June 20, 2012, were recovered. Manus fenced goods stolen by the ring, buying them himself or finding a buyer. At that warehouse, investigators also recovered pallets of beer, including a large amount of Guinness stout, worth more than $23,000, which allegedly were stolen by the theft ring in Easton, Pa., on June 22, 2012. Ring members rented space at a furniture store on Route 22 in Hillside, N.J., which they also used as a location for their fencing activities. In addition to the GNC fish oil supplements, which were stolen in Paterson on May 28, 2013, investigators also recovered the following stolen cargo there: more than $77,000 worth of Bell bicycle parts stolen in Paterson, N.J. on May 28, 2013; about $65,000 worth of bedding, which was part of a trailer-load of $88,000 in bedding stolen from South Plainfield, N.J., on June 14, 2013; and more than $9,000 worth of Little Hug juices stolen in Passaic, N.J., on July 1, 2013. The tractor-trailers stolen with the cargo were found at various locations. Osmay Perez-Herrera, who uses the name “Omar,” was co-owner of the Mi Pais Supermarket on St. Nicholas Avenue in New York, N.Y. Investigators conducted two sting operations in which goods that

$201,000 worth of clothing, which was stolen in Elizabeth, N.J., on March 12, 2015, and transported to a lot in Brooklyn, N.Y. A tractor-trailer containing more than $143,000 worth of Nivea skin lotion, which was stolen in Easton, Pa., on Sept. 25, 2013, and transported to a lot in the Bronx, N.Y. A tractor-trailer containing more than $151,000 worth of Goodyear tires stolen on April 7, 2015, from Grantville, Pa., which Dominguez and Marin were transporting through New Jersey when they were stopped by investigators in Readington, N.J., and arrested. A tractor-trailer containing $100,000 worth of mozzarella cheese stolen on Sept. 27, 2013, from a warehouse in Sayreville, N.J. Arias was arrested on the New Jersey Turnpike after he and other defendants stole the cheese from the warehouse. Requena and Justiz were riding in a car immediately in front of Arias and also were arrested.

were purportedly stolen allegedly were sold to Perez-Herrera for resale at various locations, including at the store. The “stolen” goods consisted of $80,000 worth of perfume and 330 counterfeit North Face jackets. Perez-Herrera is charged with thirddegree counterfeiting in connection with the jackets. The defendants, acting as theft crews in various combinations, also stole the following: A tractor-trailer containing approximately JULY / AUGUST 2016

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E Manifest is a virtually paperless process that starts before shipments reach the border. The collection and risk assessment of advance commercial information, sent electronically to the CBSA and CBP, allow low-risk shipments to be identified prior to arrival and be processed in a more efficient manner upon arrival at the border.

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What will happen if a carrier does not submit E Manifest? If a carrier is non-compliant to the mandatory E manifest services, CBSA and CBP will issue monetary penalties. Driver`s may also be turned back from the border. When does the carrier have to submit the shipment information with CBSA and CBP? Carriers have to submit the shipment information with CBSA or CBP before the arrival at the border. It should be done at least one hour before the driver reaches the border. What are the requirements for border crossing? Coming into Canada: In order to set up an E Manifest portal user account with CBSA, carriers require a Carrier Code. A carrier also has to get printed bar-coded labels called PARS. These bar-coded labels carry the carrier code with a unique shipment number to create a cargo control number. An administrative penalty of $1,000 will be imposed on carriers if bar-coded labels are not presented with their shipments upon arrival at the Canadian border. Coming into the United States: In order to register with the CBP, carriers require a Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC). This is a unique two-to-four-letter code used to identify transportation companies. A carrier also has to get printed barcoded labels with the SCAC code and unique shipment numbers to create a shipment control number. These are also called PAPS Labels. Where can I get more information and applications for e manifest portal log in? Call us at our toll free number 1-800-965-9839.

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Diesel Engines are King, But for How Long?

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n the report, "N.A. On-highway CV Engine Outlook" forecasts of engine demand in on-highway commercial vehicles by analyzing significant trends in engine displacement, engine type (diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and other), captive versus non-captive engines, and premium versus non-premium power for Class 8 vehicles. The North American Class 8 vehicle market is almost entirely made up of diesel engines (98.5% in 2015), but that dominance is expected to recede slightly by 2021, making room for growth in alternative power options, according to a new report by Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research and Rhein Associates. “This new report details current and future OEM offerings, the engine-related regulations in the pipeline and the impact of these regulations on the market, as well as our forecast for the North American commercial vehicle engine industry through 2021,” said Tom Rhein, president of Rhein Associates. “For instance, the Class 8 production was split 75.5% tractor to 24.5% truck in 2015, but we expect the truck share to grow as explained in the

Cummins Recall Affecting Volvo VNLs

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report.” According to ACT’s senior partner and general manager Ken Vieth: “We see captive engines gain in market share, as inhouse models increase and displacements are reduced. While we don’t expect a complete reversal by 2021, the industry is certainly going through a transition. Diesel dominates, but the share will narrow, and non-captive engines are likely to decline, barring any unforeseen circumstances.” “With the impending GHG Phase Two regulations and growth of vertical integration across the supply chain, and with the constant push for engine efficiencies and reduced emissions simultaneously, now seemed like the time to apply our models and expertise collaboratively to provide intel unlike any other available,” Vieth added. ACT is the publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the U.S. tractor-trailer market and the China CV market. ACT’s CV services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as the banking and investment community.

he Cummins recall of more than 5,400 ISX12 and ISX15 engines involves 129 Volvo truck owners with 2017 Volvo VNLs. Volvo is the first heavy-truck manufacturer identified to be part of the Cummins recall of more than 5,000 ISX12 and ISX15 engines. The recall will specifically address a defect with the engine control module that may develop an internal electrical short circuit, possibly resulting in the engine stalling without warning, according to the NHTSA recall notice. The Volvo trucks specifically affected by the recall have either the Cummins ISX12 or Cummins ISX15 engines and were manufactured between March 15 and April 20.

Cummins will be notifying the owners of the trucks, and dealers will replace the existing ECM with a new one, free of charge. The recall is expected to start July 7, according to the NHTSA recall.

Owners may contact Cummins customer service at 800-343-7357 or Volvo customer service at 800-528-6586. Volvo’s number for this recall is RVXX1604. JULY / AUGUST 2016


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FMCSA to Fund Border Enforcement

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he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has awarded $32 million in financial assistance to 15 states to help ensure that foreign truck and bus drivers and vehicles involved in international commerce

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fatalities and injuries by drivers and vehicles involved in international commerce by ensuring that these motor carriers, drivers and vehicles are in compliance with United States commercial vehicle safety regulations, including financial responsibility, operating authority, driver qualifications and licensing, and vehicle maintenance. The grants are awarded to state law enforcement agencies that share a border with Canada or Mexico and are responsible for enforcing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations at the roadside. Texas received the largest grant with $17,205,619 being given to its Department of Public Safety. Arizona and California each received grants of more than $5 million. The other grants ranged from $33,319 to $871,410.

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App Helps Fight Trafficking

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area of the United States, taken by early users of the TraffickCam smartphone app and from publicly available sources of hotel room images. Nix Conference & Meeting Management staff members have actively used the app over the past year, uploading data during their professional and personal travels. TraffickCam does not store any personally identifying information other than the phone’s GPS location. Any images that include people are rejected from the database. Exchange Initiative is a social action organization founded by Nix Conference & Meeting Management, which leads the charge among meeting planners worldwide to help end sex trafficking in hotels. Nix presented the national conference “IGNITE: Sparking Action Against Sex Trafficking” in 2014, initiated and signed the first-ever Meeting Planners Code of Conduct with ECPAT-USA, and addresses the trafficking issue with the management of every hotel where they do business. “The first time we were able to help law enforcement identify a hotel where a trafficked child had been photographed, we realized that our travel experience was valuable in the fight against trafficking,” said Molly Hackett, principal of Exchange Initiative and Nix. “Our pivotal moment for developing the app came when we couldn’t identify a motel room. We connected the vice squad with our associates in that city, but it took three days to find the girl. That seemed way too long, given today’s technology.” Exchange Initiative contracted with Washington University to develop TraffickCam. The app developers, Dr. Robert Pless, professor of computer science and engineering at the Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science, and research associate Abby Stylianou, work in the university’s media and machines lab researching new ways to use images collected by smartphones and webcams. “Criminals take advantage of technology to advertise and coordinate illegal sex trafficking,” said Pless. “We’re using new technologies to fight trafficking with this app that allows everyone to contribute data and with new image analysis tools to help law enforcement use the images in investigations.” Exchange Initiative encourages everyone who travels, such as vacationers, business travelers, truck drivers, flight attendants and sports teams, to capture photos of hotel and motel rooms using the free TraffickCam app. Donations to support further development of the database can be made at www.exchangeinitiative.com. Donations will be doubled through a $100,000 matching grant challenge from the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. JULY / AUGUST 2016


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nternational Truck launched the International HX Series, a new line of Class 8 premium vocational trucks designed to deliver the strength and endurance required for the severe service industry. This is the first all-new vehicle introduced by International Truck since 2010. “The launch of the HX Series is an opportunity for International to recapture a leading position in the vocational market, a segment we previously led,” said Troy Clarke, president and CEO, Navistar. “The launch of the HX Series underscores our commitment to innovation, our dedication to uptime and our position as a leader within the industry.” The new truck series, unveiled at the World of Concrete trade show, will replace the International PayStar model. “The design of our new HX Series is based on in-depth discussions with leading users of severe service applications,” said Bill Kozek, president, truck and parts, Navistar. “Each of the four models in the series has been engineered to deliver unmatched performance for the most punishing jobs, while making operators more productive.” International is taking orders for this vehicle immediately. The first vehicles will be delivered this spring.

Four HX Series models will be offered, with both setforward and set-back front axle models in either short or long hood, depending on the application. Three models were unveiled at World of Concrete. The HX515 is a 115-inch BBC setforward axle straight truck with primary vocations including concrete mixer, construction dump, refuse/ roll-off and crane. The HX615 is a 115-inch BBC set-back axle truck or tractor with primary vocations including construction dump, concrete mixer, platform stake/crane and refuse/roll-off. The HX620 is a 120inch BBC set-back axle truck or tractor with primary vocations including heavy haul tractor, construction dump and platform stake/crane. The fourth model, the HX520, is a 120-inch BBC set-forward axle truck or tractor with primary vocations including heavy haul tractor, construction dump and platform stake/crane. It will be formally unveiled at Truck World in Toronto in April. The HX515 and the HX615 models are powered by Navistar N13 engines, while the HX520 and HX620 models offer the Cummins ISX15 engine. Each model in the HX Series delivers on four key principles of design: maximum strength and durability, driver productivity, bold styling and superior uptime. “The HX Series combines aggressive styling, unstoppable capability and driver-centric features to appeal to vocational truck owners in a whole new way,” said Denny Mooney, senior vice president, Global Product Development, Navistar. “All you need to do is get behind the wheel of this truck and you will see that this is a major step forward in design, all with the driver in mind.”

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anitoba police are reporting that two children have been abducted by their non-custodial mother and are believed to have left the province. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is working with police to locate them and we believe the children are in imminent danger in the care of their mother, who also has a Canada-wide warrant for her arrest. CCCP is asking the trucking industry to report anything drivers have observed on the roadways that could relate to the case. Anyone with any info is asked to call 1-866-KID-TIPS (543-8477) 30

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In-Transit Resuming; Border Crossings Up

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ebounding truck volumes are a welcome sign of economic improvement south of the border and perhaps an indication of a ‘rebalancing’ cross-border freight market, says Stephen Laskowski, the president of the Ontario Trucking Association. Trucks crossings in Detroit-Windsor alone rose 8 percent year-over-year in the fits quarter of 2016. Total U.S.-Canada truck crossings rose 3.2 percent in the first quarter, but were up 6.2 percent at the three largest border crossings. “Three percent is a big number,” Laskowski said. “Even 1 percent or 2 percent is a big number.” The increase “is a reflection of the (weakness of the) Canadian dollar, and of a healthier U.S. economy. He suggested the rebound may reflect a “rebalancing” of the market. “We may be entering a world of flatline, reverse and rebound economies that give us rebound jumps that look larger than the standard growth rates we’ve been used to. It’s a different world than we’re used to.” Construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, designed to relieve congestion on the 87-year-old Detroit Ambassador Bridge, I expected to start next year but isn’t expected to be open to traffic until 2020. The 3.2 percent first-quarter increase in truck border crossings certainly looks like a rebound. Total U.S.-Canadian truck crossings rose only 0.9 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter,

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after falling 1.2 percent in the third quarter and 1.6 percent in the second quarter last year. The number of truck crossings would be even larger, Laskowski said, “if (Canadian) factories hadn’t been shut down when the U.S. and Canadian dollar hit par” a few years ago. “Rather than ramping down from three production lines to two, we went from three to none,” he said. The loss of that manufacturing output shifted the focus of truck traffic in Canada from north-south to east-west, especially when Western Canada’s energy business boomed. That changed again as the exchange rate dropped toward 70 U.S. cents per Canadian dollar. “In many cases, if you’re moving goods from Michigan to New York, it’s faster to cross the border and go through Ontario than to go a southern route through the U.S.,” Laskowski said. The six-month pilot project, under development since 2014, could make the U.S.-Canadian border a little more “open” for truckers and shippers. “There was an awareness on the U.S. side that something needed to be done,” Laskowski said. “There needs to be a balance between security and trade, and achieving intransit shipments reflect that balance.” “The border is no longer looked at as an opportunity for trade facilitation, it’s looked at as a security objective,” Laskowski said. “In that reality, we will always have our challenges.”

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et Adequate Sleep Getting adequate sleep is important for your health. Harvard Medical School has suggested that sleep plays an important role in memory and learning. A sleep-deprived person has shown the inability to focus and learn new tasks efficiently. Driving long distances requires focus; therefore, sleep is very important for any truck driver. Sleeping in the truck or in a hotel bed doesn’t always lead to a good night of sleep, but there are plenty of ways to get an even better night of sleep. Buying a white noise machine or the right pillow for your sleeping style can help with getting a full night of rest to keep you focused on the road. Eat Healthy Eating healthy can improve your overall health in many ways. Eating less process foods and more vegetables and fruits can help you lose weight, boost your immune system, and get a better night of sleep. Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants and vitamins that can help protect you from a cold or flu. Studies have shown that vitamin C can help combat germs. You’ll find these germ-fighting vitamins in foods such as berries, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, and many other fruits and vegetables. Quit Smoking Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventative disease and death in the world. Over 390,000 Americans die from smoking-related diseases every year. By quitting smoking you can decrease your risk of heart disease, cancer, and other smoking-related diseases. 32

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Tips for Truckers Manage Your Diabetes Diabetes is an important disease that truckers need to learn to manage due to the nature of your job. Your job depends on it! A 2009 study found that commercial truck drivers have a 50% higher risk of developing diabetes compared to the general population and 87% of truck drivers have hypertension or pre-hypertension. By focusing on eating healthy, participating in physical activity, and working with your medical provider, your diabetes can be kept under control. Stay Up to Date on Vaccines Chances are you haven’t had a shot in many years. Many adults think because they received all their vaccines as a child that they have a lifetime of immunity against various diseases. But, that’s not true. Vaccine effectiveness wanes over time making you more susceptible to possibly contracting a disease that you thought you were immune against. Measles have been on the rise in the recent years especially among young children. Last month an outbreak in California occurred with patients ranging from 7 months to 70 years old. The CDC strongly urges adults to stay up to date on their vaccines to help prevent contracting preventive diseases. For more information about which vaccines you need as an adult, the CDC provides an excellent infographic. Drink Lots of Water Drinking water every day is essential to good health. Water can help regulate your body temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, and get rid of bodily waste through urination, sweat, and bowel movements. Drinking water also has been linked to weight loss because water makes people feel more full and consume fewer calories. The Institute of Medicine suggests that men should drink

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Tips for Truckers about 13 cups a day and women should drink about 9 cups of water a day. However, if you live in a hot climate or exercise a lot then you will most likely need even more water. Water can also come from foods, such as watermelon and celery. Exercise More Physical activity has many benefits to health. It can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and strengthen your bones and muscles among many other reasons. The CDC suggests working out for at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate-intensity to maintain your weight or more if you need to lose weight and keep it off. Of course, eating a healthy diet will also help you lose weight. Strength training can help reduce hip fractures, arthritis and other diseases linked to bone density loss. If you are just starting to exercise, start small and build up to longer times. Exercise can include anything you like, such as walking, biking, martial arts, or swimming. Find something you like and commit to it! Reduce Stress Stress can be linked to a lot of negative feelings in life. Not all stress is bad, but if it has a negative impact on your physical and mental health then you should try to reduce your stress levels. The American Psychological Association has found a link between chronic stress and physical health. Chronic stress can lead to disease, such as an increased risk of coronary disease, or lead to bad habits, such as overeating and smoking. The good news is that you can reduce your stress levels and increase your health! The American Psychological Association suggests reducing your stress by first identifying what the cause is. They also suggest getting more sleep and participating in relaxation exercises such as yoga or meditation. If nothing seems to help reduce your chronic stress, seek out your medical provider or a counselor. Take a Vacation When you run a small business or work for yourself, sometimes it’s hard to take time off for a vacation. A recent US Travel Association study found that the average American took 16 days of vacation time in 2013 compared to 20.3 days in 2000. Taking a vacation, whether it’s just a week at home or a week sitting on a tropical beach drinking Pina Coladas, can help you catch up on sleep and reduce your stress. Vacation also allows you to discover new parts of the world, different cultures and spend time with your family and friends. Spend Time with Loved Ones Being on the road for long periods of time can leave you missing your family and friends back home. When you’re home or on vacation spend time with them. Simple as that! One study conducted by Brigham Young University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that having strong social connections can boost longevity. Courtesy of www.thehealthytrucker.net

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Penray Introduces Coolants

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enray introduced its new Pencool 4000 with two distinct applications. The first application is used as a water-only ELC corrosion inhibitor for marine applications. The second application is as an additive specifically formulated for nitrite-free Extended Life Coolants (ELCs) used in heavy duty, commercial applications. “This new blend is compatible with

all ELCs, including those families of Organic Acid Technology (OAT) and Nitrited Organic Acid Technology (NOAT) coolants,” according to the company. “Pencool 4000 provides important corrosion inhibiors in order to enhance and maintain the effectiveness and service life of these coolants. The company mentioned that this formulation adds specific benefits to ELCs used in commercial and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment, by providing excellent corrosion protection and extending the service life of the coolant. “In doing so, it increases uptime, reduces maintenance costs, and helps to extend the life of the vehicle by reducing engine wear,” Penray added. Pencool 4000 is nitrite-free, and provides protection to all metals typically wetted by coolant; including steel, cast iron, copper and aluminum, as well as seals and elastomers found in cooling system hoses. It protects against rust and corrosion that are common in cooling systems, extending radiator life. In addition, the company said, the product contains special additives that protect against wet sleeve liner pitting, reducing long-term maintenance costs. It also helps JULY / AUGUST 2016

reduce cavitation erosion, which can compromise cooling system efficiency and cause hot spots resulting in engine damage. Pencool 4000 is suited to over-theroad trucks and local delivery vehicles, as well as mobile off-highway (MOH) vehicles and construction equipment. It also can be used for marine applications that use sealed cooling systems, and which often operate on water -only coolant. "The term 'Extended Life Coolant' might be interpreted to mean that such products never wear out. And that would be incorrect," notes Steve Muth, chief chemist for Penray. "While these are excellent products and do last longer than conventional coolants, supplementation with a product like Pencool 4000 is important to maximize their extended service life." "We recommend periodic coolant testing to monitor the condition and effectiveness of the corrosion inhibitors used in heavy-duty cooling systems," Muth added. "And we certainly continue to do so with ELCs as well as with traditional coolants. When testing shows reduced protection levels, the use of a supplement like Pencool 4000 as a booster restores coolant chemistry and performance.” "While we continue to offer powerful and effective supplements for conventional coolant blends, this new Pencool 4000 was specifically developed for the new-generation ELC, OAT and NOAT coolants,” he mentioned. “Penray has worked hard to devise new ways to fight the corrosion and cavitation that are symptoms of compromised ELCs. Reducing the frequency of coolant flushes keeps vehicles in service for longer periods of time and promotes longer engine and vehicle life." 35


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Special Edition Model 567 Heritage Pays Tribute To Peterbilt’s Roots With Exclusive Features, Exceptional Performace

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eterbilt’s new Model 567 Heritage salutes the company’s beginnings by combining its most modern and technologically advanced work truck with distinctive styling and exclusive features inside and out, Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced. “Peterbilt’s Model 567 Heritage elevates the classic styling of Peterbilt with a package of unique features that will command attention on highways and jobsites,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “The Model 567 Heritage appeals to owner-operators and premium carriers who want to reward their drivers and add distinction to their fleets. The Heritage delivers proven productivity, uptime and value with a look and feel that is like no other truck on the road.” Peterbilt’s rich history began in the rugged Northwest logging industry, manufacturing trucks that took on the demanding work with new levels of performance, reliability and durability. Since those early years, the company has grown to produce innovative, industry-defining trucks for most every commercial vehicle market. The Model 567 Heritage pays tribute to Peterbilt’s roots, Siver said, by delivering a robust workhorse with a head-turning, customized appearance. The Model 567 Heritage is configured with a 121-inch BBC and set-forward front axle (SFFA) – the industry’s most modern SFFA truck – to optimize payloads and weight distribution. It can be spec’d as a day cab or with a 72- or 80-inch sleeper.

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Exterior features of the Model 567 Heritage include: • Bright bumper, grille bars, exhaust stacks, mirrors and sunvisor; • Chromed air intake bezel and metal hood latches; • Polished rocker panels, quarter-fender closeout panels, fender brace and brackets, battery boxes and fuel tanks; and • Special Heritage badging, uniquely numbered and mounted to the grille and sleeper (when applicable) for the first production trucks. Inside the cab, the Model 567 Heritage has exclusive features and branding that includes: • Platinum-level Heritage Brown interior with a black dash top and wood-finish trim; • Premium brown leather seats with accent stitching to complement the cab design and embroidered Heritage logo in the headrest; and • Door pads with brown wood trim. For Model 567 Heritage trucks equipped with a sleeper, wood trim accents continue on the sleeper cabinets and storage compartments. The two-tone sleeper back wall is embroidered with the Heritage logo. “The Model 567 Heritage takes a place among Peterbilt’s most iconic trucks,” Siver said. “Through unparalleled performance and distinctive design, it builds upon decades of groundbreaking models and furthers our proud tradition of providing trucks with industryleading quality and value.” The Model 567 Heritage is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships with production scheduled for September.

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Quik X Official Notice All Quik X Team Owner Operators Effective May 1st, 2016 NEW PAY PACKAGE Please contact Shawn Gallant in Recruiting to update your new pay package

Call 1-866-234-6167 Quik X invites all USA TEAM Owner Operators interested in joining Quik X to call Shawn Gallant at 1-866-234-6167 to find out why we: Pay Vehicle IRP Plates 100% Pay Vehicle Insurance 100% Pay Vehicle Heavy User Tax 100% Pay Tolls & Permits Pay Fuel Surcharge per Mile Pay Loaded & Empty Miles Same Rate

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about comparisons still, what will come as a surprise is that the Gran Coupé is quite a bit more expensive than the others listed, and starts at $102,000. That’s a lot of money for this car. Is it worth it? Let’s find out. BMW has trademarked the slogan, “the ultimate driving machine” and it’s for good reason. I’ve owned two BMW’s and I couldn’t agree more; this 650i Gran Coupé continues the tradition. For a car to be labeled with such prestigious nomenclature, it has to be impeccable all around. Our test vehicle included the $7000 Executive Package and it’s well worth the cash. There’s full hand-stitched leather on the dash and door panels, beautiful two-toned heated and cooled leather seats (front and back), surround view camera, heads-up display, and a full TFT dash, just to name a few. Interior fit and finish is perfect –

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BMW doesn’t disappoint, and neither does the engine. If I were to buy a 6-series Gran Coupé, there’s no question I would buy the V8. The 4.4L N63 engine, complete with turbocharging, provides such an amazing driving experience that honestly, you can’t point any fingers at. There’s 445hp and 480 ft-lb of torque, to all 4 wheels, that’s useable right throughout the rpm range. If you want to cruise, there’s a nice growl from the exhaust that’s not overpowering. However, if you need to pass someone on the highway, stomp on the gas and the baffles open, allowing the standard sport exhaust to really sing its tune. One thing that BMW has really capitalized on is not charging extra for the Adaptive Drive modes. On this particular 650i GC, there’s ECO Pro, Comfort Plus, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+, so yeah, just pick one. With this car, everything just works so well together: the engine, 8-speed ZF transmission, suspension, and of course, the xDrive. Each manufacturer has its own 4-wheel drive system and BMW’s works just as well as any others, giving drivers confidence while driving on any road conditions. Driving the 650i xDrive is a real treat, and even more so when the seats wrap around you as if they’re custom tailored. Just before I had this vehicle, I had driven the 2016 Lexus GS F, which I think has one of the best seats on the market. Personally, I prefer the GS F seats, but the 650i did have massage, so there’s a toss-up here. Rear passengers enjoy a good amount of space, but it’s a little snug for a car of this size. And on top of this, BMW says this is a 5-passenger car, but in all honesty, the middle rear seat has this huge center console; if you’re JULY / AUGUST 2016

the unfortunate one straddling it, you won’t be too happy. This car has about the same rear legroom as the Jaguar XJ, and slightly less than an Audi A7. That being said, the seats are all very comfortable, even for long drives. Back to the driving aspect, the BMW 650i xDrive put a smile on my face for the entire week. This car is a great balance between a sports car and a luxury sedan that will fit a family of four. During my time with the car, there were a few harrowing days of stormy weather, with rain beating down day and night. This vehicle, equipped with a plethora of safety features, made me feel safe and secure. I had the opportunity to drive the Gran Coupé to Squamish and back, and what a treat. Opening up the throttle on the windy roads shows the sports car DNA of this coupé. The steering is fantastic and really connects the driver with the road. This vehicle did everything I expected it to, and then some. So, are there any shortcomings? Well, yes, and they are minor. First of all, this is not a true 5-passenger car as BMW claims, but for short drives, it’s manageable. Second, I was surprised that there was no power trunk, a feature that’s standard on many cars, even nonluxury ones. It should be standard equipment. Finally, there’s that price sticker. This is the most expensive vehicle in this segment, but BMW doesn’t seem to mind because they know people are willing to pay a premium price for this premium vehicle. If price is not a deterrent, the 650i xDrive Gran Coupé may be the perfect car for you. 39


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Parts Gates Corporation, a global diversified manufacturer of industrial, automotive, and heavy-duty aftermarket products, announced the addition of 255 new part numbers to its Original Equipment (OE) quality product line. The product release includes six new heavy-duty water pumps for popular truck applications. Pumps are built using upgraded seals and bearings to handle heavy loads, while precise machining ensures a correct fit. Gates adds a new size of Fiber Braid Lock-On Hose (5LOC) which is now available in 300’ bulk reel and 50’ packaging. This fiber braid reinforced hose is ideal for petroleum-based hydraulic oils, glycol antifreeze compounds, water, engine lubricating oils and air. It has an oil and mildew resistant cover, a 300-psi working pressure and meets specific performance requirements for fuel and B20 biodiesel fuel transfer applications up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The product release includes a new line of Variable Valve Timing Solenoids that effectively restore the variable valve timing to proper operation and performance. The OE quality parts provide exact fit, easy installation and a practical solution to the failed operation of a VVT Solenoid, which prevents oil flow and pressure to an engine’s cam phaser. Variable Valve Timing Solenoids Gates expands its RPM (Race, Performance, Muscle) line with 22 new RPM Micro-V® belts for many popular supercharged applications as well as a new timing belt for the 1993-1994 Nissan Maxima equipped with the 3.0L engine. Gates RPM Micro-V belts utilize multiple adhesion gum layers and nylon reinforcement in a patented EPDM compound, resisting heat and extending service life. The RPM timing belts use superior materials such as high-strength tensile cords, aramid reinforced rubber compound and tough tooth fabric. They have shown to be stronger, last longer and be less susceptible to damage from heat and contamination compared to the original equipment and competitive timing belts.

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ISSISSAUGA, Canada – Glasvan Great Dane (www. glasvangreatdane.com) has partnered with PinPoint GPS Solutions to provide Geotab telematics capabilities in its Autocar shunt tractors, combining modern technology with the legendary durability of Autocar. The announcement follows extensive product testing by Glasvan to ensure information accuracy, allowing for more effective asset maintenance. George Cobham Jr., Vice President Sales and Marketing at Glasvan Great Dane says, “With the increasingly complex EPA mandated emission compliant engines and all the problems that can go along with ignoring engine codes, we sought a solution that provides our customers with real-time truck specific information. This information, when reacted to in a timely manner, will result in significant reductions in downtime and operating costs.” Glasvan Great Dane provides a wide range of high quality trailer HowesDesiTruckingHalfPage_S16.pdf 1 2/4/16 2:05 PM equipment and services, including the sale, full maintenance lease

and rental of Autocar shunt tractors. Cobham comments that, “Our testing process was really interesting. We even installed a gyro on an Autocar shunt to gather data and we got aggressive with it. There is no reason for an operator to be making three-quarters of G when cornering in a yard. It’s unsafe and it prematurely wears out tires”, Cobham adds. Key features of Glasvan’s Autocar shunt telematics system include: • Engine and emission system related alerts • Engine idle reports • Events log, such as rough hook-ups (slamming the trailer king pin), harsh braking, cornering at excessive speeds • Truck specific time-stamped performance and operational data Customers that implement better operating practices based on this information will save money in tractor damage, fuel consumption, reduce downtime and should be able to extend the useful life of the equipment. Glasvan will be offering affordable telematics solutions on new in stock and production DOT, Off Road and natural gas powered Autocar shunt tractors immediately.

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Preventing Summer Accidents

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hope we can finally say winter is gone and with it the high risk of weather related accidents. On our fleet we tend to see more single vehicle accidents in the winter months’ including jackknifes, rollovers and animal strikes. Although summer is generally a safer time to drive it is not without weather hazards. In Canada we get rapidly changing weather even in summer. From the strength of prairie tornados to the fury of maritime hurricanes we still get storms that can toss your truck. Even operating in very hot days can provide a hazard. However, I think the big hazard in summer is the increase of vehicles on the road because we tend to see more multiple vehicle

accidents. Both weather related and traffic related accidents can be prevented by good professional drivers. Rarely is there an accident where a well trained professional driver could not have prevented it by practicing the principles of defensive driving. I find drivers are often confused by the difference between the doctrine of fault and the doctrine of preventability. Fault is a legal concept involving financial responsibility. It is used to determine who will pay for the accident. For example an insurance company or a court will determine who is at fault for an accident. Preventability is a much higher standard of care. A driver may not be at “fault” for failing to prevent an accident caused by things outside their control, such as the actions of other drivers, or bad weather. However, it is the still the professional driver’s responsibility to take all necessary precautions especially when these factors are present. Virtually every accident is preventable but every accident has at least I driver at fault, even partially. Next, let’s look at what is a defensive driver. A defensive driver strives to prevent accidents inside or outside of their control. There are specific skills a defensive driver uses to scan the road and read the traffic in order to predict what can go wrong and formulate countermeasures in case they do. In this way a defensive driver can 44

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use his superior skills and knowledge to simply avoid situations where he would have to use emergency maneuvers. Here are some situations to be especially careful around. Intersections: Evaluate the intersection type as you approach it. Different expectations apply to a “T” intersection as opposed to, for example, a highway cloverleaf. Know and plan for what you and other vehicles should do. Imagine the other vehicles making mistakes and plan what you would do if they did. I like to imagine that every other driver is my 78 year old father- in- law who does great when he is on a known route but takes a while to react to new situations. A professional driver’s failure to anticipate poor driving actions by other drivers and to plan countermeasures prior to entering an intersection is a factor indicating that an accident was preventable. If you did not adhere to traffic laws, regulation or signs, etc. the accident is definitely a preventable one. Backing: Almost all backing accidents are preventable. It is the responsibility of the driver to check all clearances and properly evaluate the situation prior to backing, regardless of whether a guide is used to assist in the backing maneuver. If you are backing into a dock be careful the cargo doesn’t fall on you or fall out for you to run over it. The accident is preventable if the driver relies solely on a guide, misjudges distance or backs in unnecessarily on the blind side. Passing: Passing safely is always the responsibility of the passing driver. The entire passing maneuver is considered voluntary. It is also very dangerous. I shudder when I see anyone, but especially a truck weaving from lane to lane through traffic. Research has shown that your chances of an accident increases greatly with lane changes and so professional drivers consider the risk before changing lanes. Lane weaving makes managing your blind spots very difficult if not impossible. In traffic very little time is gained by traffic weaving anyway. Front-End Collisions: A professional driver is expected to maintain a safe following distance at all times and to anticipate that vehicles in front may come to an abrupt or unexpected stop. Watch traffic ahead for clues as to when traffic is slowing down. If you are in a familiar area, remember bottlenecks and anticipate them. Be especially cautious in construction zones. Every accident where you drive into something is preventable. Rear-End Collisions: Rear-end collisions can be preventable or non-preventable. Generally accidents which occur due to the hit driver failing to use their signal timely or stopping abruptly should be considered preventable. In the event that your vehicle comes to a gradual stop and is stopped in an approved and appropriate area but is struck from behind, the accident should be regarded as nonpreventable. The primary responsibility of every professional driver is to operate the vehicle safely. Don’t let summer give you a false sense of safety. JULY / AUGUST 2016


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rucking HR Canada announced the best workplaces in Canada’s popular “Drive to Excellence” annual report will again Canada’s trucking industry have earned honours through offer practical examples and tips that all employers in the industry can the third annual Top Fleet Employers program. learn from. Top Fleet Employers selection criteria, which has been Fleets of every size were rated on topics including employee validated by trucking industry experts, is reviewed annually to ensure recognition, compensation, lifestyle, employee an accurate reflection of human engagement, wellness, professional development, resources issues, trends, and today’s recruitment and retention. working environments. A team The 2016 honours are awarded to (In of human resources professionals alphabetical order): oversee the assessment process. • Atlantica (New Brunswick) Applications for 2017 will open • Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd. (Manitoba) November 1, 2016. • Bison Transport (Manitoba) • Brian Kurtz Trucking Ltd. (Ontario) • Canaan Shipping Co. Ltd. ACT NOW! • Canada Cartage (National) • Cavalier Transportation Services Inc. • Challenger Motor Freight Inc. • Drive Logistics (Ontario) • Edge Transportation Services Ltd. • Erb Transport (National) • HI-WAY 9 Group of Companies • Home Hardware Stores Limited • J&R Hall Transport Inc. (Ontario) • JG Drapeau Ltd. (Ontario) • Joseph Haulage Canada Corp. • Kindersley Transport Ltd. • Kriska Transportation (Ontario) • Liberty Linehaul Inc. (Ontario) • Linamar Transportation Inc. (Ontario) • Logikor Inc. (Ontario) • MacKinnon Transport (Ontario) • Meyers Transport Ltd. (Ontario) • Midland Transport (New Brunswick) • Q-Line Trucking Ltd. (Saskatchewan) • Rosedale Transport Ltd. (National) • Incorporation Registration • IFTA Registration • Rosenau Transport Ltd. (Alberta) • IRP Registration & Revenue C.V.O.R. Registration • Ryder Canada • U.S. D.O.T. & MC Registration • C-TPAT • Drug Testing • Sleeman Breweries Ltd. (Ontario) • SLH Transport Inc. (National) • Steed Standard Transport Ltd. Compliance Package for Single Operations & Small Fleet • Sutco Transportation Specialists •Fuel Tax Report & File Mileage Report for (KY, NY, NM, OR) • Tandet (National) •Monitor & Update Driver Qualification File • Log Book Auditing • The Brick (Canada) •Setting Up Equipment/Maintenance Files • Trailer Wizards Ltd. (National) •Mini Audit prior to your Ontario/USDOT Audit • Transpro Freight Systems (Ontario) • Transport Transbro Inc. (Québec) •Dangerous Goods Certificate •Hours of Services Courses We also • Triton Transport Ltd. (Western Canada) provide •Pre Trip & Safety Classes •Professional Driver Training Program safety • Westcan Bulk Transport (Alberta) courses “These 39 fleets demonstrate a www.gandgtrucking.com E: Truckingsolutions@gmail.com commitment to effective human resources approaches, and all have best practices Bay 6-9, 2456, 7050 Telford Way, Unit 10, to share,” says Angela Splinter, chief executive officer of Trucking HR Canada. 23 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB Mississauga, ON L5S 1V7 “These fleets are leading by example, and we commend them for their leadership in demonstrating that the trucking industry Fax: 403-455-4261 Fax: 905-696-6825 offers great places to work.” Trucking HR

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