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Then the converted horsepower moves along to the differential few days ago, my thirteen-year old that essentially changes the direction of the useable power to grandson asked me how the rpm’s get the wheels, which in turn cause the truck to move in whatever from the engine to the drive axle. I tried direction is required. to explain it so he could get a grasp of The engine is going to produce rpm’s between 750 and the process and he already had it. So, just 2,000, but the peak efficiency of the engine is a constant that how do you convert a relatively constant will be found somewhere between 1,300 and 1,600 rpm’s. 1,500 rpm’s created by the engine to the drive axle to turn the There are differences in that efficiency depending on the wheels with the proper amount of horsepower and torque to manufacturer of the engine, the horsepower rating and the propel the truck along the highway at highway speed and be as torque curve. It takes considerable studies to analyze the efficient as possible with fuel consumption while still having various engine manufacturers’ products to select sufficient power to lift the load from a dead stop and bring it up to speed no matter what the terrain? the horsepower and torque capabilities to suit your I know that’s a long question but it’s the one that’s application. troubled engineers for the better part of the century. Then there’s the transmission. Essentially, the transmission allows the truck operator to select It’s THE question truck drivers ask themselves every the most efficient gear utilizing the optimum day. The answer is a conundrum as it’s not that hard horsepower/torque produced by the engine to to figure out, yet it’s most difficult to figure out. accomplish the task. Under heavy load, the driver Essentially, the revolutions per minute created may select the lowest possible gear, whereas with by the engine are converted through the clutch G. Ray Gompf a light load, may select a slightly higher gear to lift to the transmission, where magic happens, either the load from a dead stop without having the engine increasing the horsepower, and reducing or speed drop too low. Applying more fuel to the engine can increasing the rpm’s, depending on the power requirements to raise the rpm’s to the point where it becomes necessary to move the truck and load from a dead stop to highway speed. 8

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Understanding Transmissions and How They’ve Changed the driver to concentrate on driving. As someone who has driven more than 4.5 million miles selecting and shifting gears, using clutch pedal and gear shift levers over many long years, I personally would welcome the installation of an automatic transmission. There are still many many things to consider without worrying about missing a shift on Montreal River Hill and while it never happened to me on that hill, it has, on occasion, on other equally severe and notorious hills. Personally, I have a great deal of reservation on the totally autonomous trucks currently under real life testing in Nevada, and soon to be Ontario. This is where the truck essentially drives itself and the driver is merely a backup in case something goes wrong with the computer. In my translation, this simply means the driver is just there in case there is a need to blame someone other than the engineer creating the system. There are just too many variables, such as other motorists on the road, to permit a computer to be the sole decision maker in every situation. Situations arise too quickly and reactions must be definitive and be made in and with respect to every road condition known to man. If the driver is going to be responsible for whatever befalls him, then he must be in absolute charge of the vehicle he’s going to be blamed for crashing. Maybe, just maybe, after billions of miles of autonomous trucking, under every conceivable weather condition, we can have faith in the ability of the computer to actually think about consequences in each and every situation; but we’re not there yet. As long as there will remain a mix of human driven machines and computer driven machines, without perfect communication amongst all these vehicles, true autonomous vehicles are just a dream. But, they are coming.


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fter a banner 2014 year in trucking, people were not prepared for the slowdown in 2015. 2016 is also off to yet another slow start. Trucking is one of the first indicators of a slowing economy. With a surplus of companies looking for work, weak demand, and economic factors such as a high US dollar and low oil prices, everyone in the trucking industry needs to buckle down to save some money until the industry and the economy gains momentum. I spoke to a truck and trailer mechanic who offered some suggestions to help avoid extra repair and maintenance costs. Putting off repairs is a big one. Doing regular maintenance may be difficult when driving all day, but it may save you money in the long term by catching a minor problem while it’s still minor, instead of it becoming a major expensive problem later. Driver’s can also do minor inspections such as check for air leaks, go under the truck and check the drive shaft, and check the fifth wheel play. Doing minor inspections can save money and time by finding problems on your own. Spending a bit more on better quality parts up front can save money as well in the long time. For example, buying rubber red and blue tractor to trailer airlines; Rubber airlines rarely break, but plastic freezes and breaks in the winter. An initial higher investment at the forefront can save multiple trips to the repair or parts shop later. When work is sluggish, taking an extended vacation of a few months is not a good strategy. I have had so many clients go off on vacation with no savings in their accounts and decide to live off credit. They request to miss payments for the sole reason of being on holiday. That’s not an excuse most banks and lenders will deem as acceptable. Not working for a few months in already tough times, and volunteer to go in to debt is not a wise decision at all. Hold on to any money you - 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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Pinching Pennies other partner. When the breakdown happens, usually the financially secure partner wants to be paid out or refuses to payout the non contributing partner. The non contributing partner had horrible credit from the start and qualifies for nothing and often promises to put money in later, and never does. When you’re stuck with a bad partner, the only way out is termination. You can sell at a loss in a bad economy and the crooked partner will still get half for putting in nothing from the start. To save this headache, research prospective partners before commencing business, and hold on to your hard earned dollars until you meet someone stable. An alternate solution is go in to business on your own from the start, instead of giving a crooked partner half of your hard earned dollars later. It’s time to hunker down and cut back on spending in these tougher economic times. You can still enjoy life, but make sure you have the proper funds to do so. If you’re unsure, you may want to see a financial planner to re-evaluate your current financial plan and make appropriate adjustments. It’s important to save some money because if trucking gets even slower, you have something to fall back on and can still pay your bills with ease. Make well thought out and planned decisions and be wary of any calls you get from people asking to do business with you. In slow times, there is a lot of fraud and desperation. A cold call from someone asking for business that you don’t know, could be an indication that they are in need of money and will do anything to get it without regard to you. So be careful with any financial decision you make and deal with who you know and trust, and try to save those pennies until we hit with the next trucking boom, which is hopefully soon.

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Desi News

TSE Brakes Introduces New Visual Brake Stroke Indicator


SE Brakes is introducing the TSE Visi-Chek visual brake stroke indicator. “Now it is easy to see if your vehicle brake stroke is in compliance,” the company said. “A simple green is good, red means further inspection is required!” “This amazing new product allows anyone, from drivers to maintenance people, to check brake stroke simply by looking to see if the indicator shows green. It is very easy to install. It just snaps in place,” remarked Ian Shackleton, director, North American OEM Sales and Marketing. “Now you can detect improper brake strokes before a random DOT inspection,” Shackleton continued. Five part numbers handle the majority of TSE Brakes applications. Each package contains two units to handle one axle, an

Bridgestone Recalling Thousands of Firestone Trailer Tires


ridgestone Americas Tire Operations will be recalling nearly 36,000 trailer tires, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Potential tread separation is the root cause of the recall. More specifically, certain Firestone FS561 replacement tires used on trailers, size 255/70R22.5 that were manufactured from Jan. 25, 2015, to Jan. 27, 2016, are affected. Tires subjected to the recall may experience possible tread separation or detachment due to scrubbing during use. Bridgestone will notify owners affected by the recall that dealers will replace the tires for free. Notification schedule is still pending. For more information, contact Bridgestone at 800-847-3272. march / april 2016

instruction sticker to place on the vehicle, and simple installation instructions. Bulk packaging is also available. Product will be available throughout the TSE Brakes extensive OEM and aftermarket dealer network.

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$2,000 Sign-On Bonus Competitive Pay Package Incentive Programs & Bonuses Weekly Pay by Direct Deposit New Equipment Regular Home Time

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We Require: Minimum 2 years experience CVOR/ driver’s abstract in good standing Able to cross US border

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Press Release

Desi Trucking Magazine & Newcom Join Hands for Truck World 2016


ewcom Business Media and JGK Media are pleased to announce a strategic partnership aimed at bringing members of the South Asian community to this year’s Truck World Show (April 12-14 at the International Centre, near Toronto’s Pearson airport). JGK Media publishes Desi Trucking Magazine, DRK Magazine, and Latino Trucking Magazine, while being partnered with the West American Truck Show and the APNA Truck Show. Newcom is the owner of Truck World and Expocam, while also publishing Today’s Trucking, Truck News, Truck West, Transport Routier, and Truck & Trailer magazines. “Growing ethnic communities is an important part of the trucking industry and it’s time to make a better effort at bringing the whole industry together under one roof,” states Joe Glionna, Vice President of Newcom. “Recent efforts made by the Ontario Trucking Association to reach out to South Asian leaders have started bridging the gap between a perceived two industries. I am happy to continue this by working with the team at Desi Trucking Magazine to encourage their followers to take part in Canada’s National Truck Show.” Desi Trucking Magazine will be the official South Asian partner and will have a specific attendance marketing role. “Investments in advertising and communication will be made to ensure our local community not only knows about Truck World, but also understands the commitment Newcom is making,” said Jag Dhatt, Senior VP at JGK Media. “We look forward to this partnership and the prospect of unifying the trucking industry even further,” added Bobby Saini and Tony Arora of JGK Media. “A pre-truck show dinner was arranged with the South Asian trucking community leaders where the Truck World team had the 22

opportunity to directly speak with them and have an open discussion,” said Ron Dhaliwal, Managing Director, JGK Media. “This was the first of many meeting opportunities that the leaders of the South-Asian trucking industry will have with Newcom and Truckworld executives.” For Newcom and Desi Trucking Magazine, the agreement includes marketing responsibilities through the 2018 show as well as a strategic alliance in other events, not only in Toronto, but also nationally. “We are going to focus on Truck World 2016 first but this is by no means a one-shot deal. We believe in the future of ONE industry

and doing it right will take time,” says Glionna. “This partnership will ensure that the trucking community comes together at one venue, Truck World, and other possible future ventures,” added Dhatt. Both Newcom Media and Desi Trucking Magazine would like to send heartfelt thanks to 5 AAB TV and Jot Truck Lines for helping organize the first Pre-Truck Show Dinner Event. march / april 2016

Press Release

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TransCore Link Logistics Holds Successful Networking Event


TransCore Link Logistics v`loN kwmXwb nY~tvrikMg eIvYNt By: Jag Dhatt

hite Rock, BC: January 2016 saw not only the beginning of the New Year, but also the beginning of a new venture by TransCore Link Logistics. On January 19th, TransCore held it first networking event in White Rock, BC. The sold out event was a hit with all attendees, who enjoyed great food at drinks at the ONYX Steak and Seafood Bar, while being able to network with others in the trucking industry. “This was the first time we held a networking event like this. The turnout was phenomenal. We had a great mix of carriers and brokers, and even last minute guests visiting from Alberta,” said Claudia Milicevic, General Manager of TransCore Link Logistics. While connecting via the digital world seems to be the norm in almost every aspect of life, there’s still something to be said about meeting face-to-face with current and

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prospective clients. Although it’s a rarity nowadays, the personal connection over food and wine cannot be undermined. “It’s our goal to leverage as many opportunities to connect with our customers and the industry at large to exchange ideas, provide insights and share ways to leverage technology and other available resources,” added Ms. Milicevic. “It was a great opportunity to get feedback from our customers and also for them to meet one another.” TransCore Link Logistics, whose head office is located in Mississauga, Ontario, is looking forward to hosting similar networking events in different cities across Canada. “This is just the beginning and there’s much more to come,” said Milicevic. Desi Trucking Magazine was the official Media Partner of this networking event and plans to be involved in future ventures as well. “Desi Trucking Magazine is committed to being a media partner with a great organization, like TransCore Link Logistics,” commented Ron Dhaliwal, Chief Editor of Desi Trucking Magazine. Loadlink is the only load board providing the largest volume of Canadian and cross-border loads and trucks in one network. TransCore Link Logistics is the preferred and trusted source for Canada’s trucking and freight brokerage industry. The company’s website is

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Hours of Service is all about safety

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ure, hours of service is all about safety and if you believe that I’ve got some swampland in Arizona I will happily sell -- again. Let’s examine hours of service. Back in the 1930s, when trucking was pretty much all unionized, some employers would push their drivers way beyond the capabilities of any human and when mishaps would befall the tired, worn out driver, it was all the drivers fault for going beyond his limitations. The unions saw an opportunity to bring the hours of service into line with the average working hours of workers in other industries and create a little better safety rating for truckers. The hours of service legislation was passed according to the needs of the drivers at the behest of the unions representing the drivers and at that point safety was the main concern. But what took place after the imposition of hours of service rules was what could be called the unintended consequences of legislation. The trucking companies were now compelled to work within the rules of the hours of service legislation. Basically, it put every trucking company on a level playing field but then the companies figured out how to control the employee driver using the hours of service legislation as a club instead of complying. They figured out how to make the rules work for them instead of creating a safer environment for both the truck driver and the motoring public with who those truckers interacted. Drivers were still being pushed to perform well beyond human capabilities and those that couldn’t perform up to company demands even though they were performing up to requirements so all that happened was another set of rules and regulations that were enforceable. Drivers were the 26

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Hours of Service is all about safety ones being “enforced” and the companies could easily plead innocence, that it was all the drivers fault and he was working beyond the rules of his own accord. The use of “stay awake” drugs; the use of multiple log books; all became the norm. If a driver didn’t submit to illegal practises they didn’t drive for many companies. Those truckers that insisted on “strictly legal” became the bad apples and were weeded out. So what started as a safety measure, made the whole system worse. Then insurance companies started to demand much better safety performance from carriers and safety records did improve but what then happened was that hours of service became the whipping boy and legislators saw it as an opportunity to make it look like they were actually doing something while doing absolutely nothing but exacerbating an already grim piece of legislation. Then in the 1960s the companies discovered another way to control drivers without the scrutiny of the unions. They invented the small business owner operator, who for all intents and purposes was 100% under the control of the company, but appeared to be at arms length. The reason the owner operator trucker came into being is so the company could avoid those empty unproductive miles and to placate insurance companies to lower their premiums. Now with someone at arms length, there was no need to pay for the owner operator’s time, they could just pay him based on the number of miles the load paid. No more costs for empty miles. The companies figured out how to pass off empty miles onto a worker who was totally and completely under their control, yet looked like an arms length contracted relationship. Also, they could get their insurance premiums lowered by having the small business owner operator pay his own insurance premium. How convenient. Have somebody else pick up the major capital and operating costs of moving your freight, working for your company at arms length, and being able to blame the problems on the owner operator trucker. Sounds like a politician but it worked -- for quite sometime. So what happened was the company driver, paid by the hour, was not required for those empty miles and became utilized on the routes that generated strong revenue and the owner operator trucker was used on those routes that didn’t generate the revenues the company may have wanted. By the 1980s there were more small business owner operator truckers than company drivers and there was virtually no place for the unions. Currently, only about ten percent of the drivers in North America are unionized whereas in the 1930s about ten 28

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Hours of Service is all about safety percent were not unionized. Unions today in the trucking industry have such a little impact it’s barely worth the effort. But now we have more and more restrictive hours where a driver or owner operator can be productive. Each and every trucker out there is being as productive as possible. Sure, the new entrants in the industry have to acclimatize themselves to the gruelling schedules and it takes sometime to become as efficient as possible and understand the rules well enough to ensure a driver can make the most out of the hours available. But it’s the shippers of the world that have little or no understanding of those available hours and consistently shippers are responsible for creating the inefficiencies in making the hours available less than 100% productive. Truckers want 100% efficiency and only on rare occasions can achieve 100% efficiency. But that’s not the direction of this piece. Back in the 1930s, every trucker was paid by the hour. If there were inefficiencies in the way the available hours were used, it fell on the trucking company to pay for the drivers time. Now, with truckers being paid by the mile, the available hours according to the hours of service legislation don’t take into account the clock never stops ticking. It doesn’t matter that traffic is overly heavy and slow. It doesn’t matter if a snow storm closes the road. It doesn’t matter when infrastructure fails and the road closes. It doesn’t matter that a trucker may have to go 300 miles out of his way to get around a situation. It’s all about keeping the costs down, accepting cheap freight just to keep trucks rolling. Truckers deserve to be paid for all of their time on the job. Truckers shouldn’t be expected to provide free labour to customers. If truckers are only paid for moving the freight from point A to point B, then that’s what they should be paid. Truckers should and must be paid for all the time and efforts they are forced to endure in getting the load from customer to customer and if that includes handling the freight at either end, then they must be paid for that time and effort. Paying truckers by the mile 30

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Hours of Service is all about safety is unfair and unsafe. Unfair because they’re being asked, no required, to provide services beyond that which they are being paid. Unsafe, because they’ll try to hide that unpaid work, so they can utilize available hours in productivity. Now, with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on the horizon for every trucker, the chances of hiding unpaid services will be near impossible making it easier for authorities to spot and in fact the trucker will earn less. By introducing ELDs, by introducing speed limiters, by introducing punishing hours of service will lead to less and less people entering the driving trade because the money simply isn’t there to warrant the extended absences from the drivers home. There are better easier, less restrictive jobs around where the employee can sleep in his own bed, with his own spouse, tucking in his own children every night without risking life and limb every minute of every day on the trucking job. Pay by the mile has run it’s course and now is the time for being paid by the hour to be reintroduced for each and every person at the controls of the continent’s trucks. Put the onus for driver’s welfare back where it belongs with the company that is negotiating the price of freight with the client, not the only person in the supply chain who has no input into freight values.

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TruStar Energy Increases Availability of CNG


ruStar Energy announced it completed 41 stations for public and private use in 2015, almost doubling the number of CNG stations from 2014, and bringing total completed stations by TruStar Energy to 120. This was accomplished during this period of unusually low oil prices. “The demand for public and private CNG-fuelling stations by fleet owners and operators across the U.S. is continuing to increase because the lower carbon fuel delivers more stable pricing, is a cleaner fuel than diesel and can still provide an attractive ROI for certain applications,” according to TruStar. “Lack of a U.S.-wide CNG fuelling infrastructure remains a challenge to wider adoption of CNG in the trucking industry.” “Despite the low price of oil, the transition to CNG still makes environmental and financial sense for many fleet owners,” said Adam Comora, president. “We are seeing strong demand for CNG fuelled vehicles and fuelling stations in the refuse industry because of the financial benefits and by municipalities where sustainability is of paramount importance. With the right application, larger corporations that

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Pure Power Technologies Changes Hands


ure Power Technologies (PPT) announced it has been acquired from Navistar by an investment team whose principals include the Smithfield Group and Kensington Capital Partners. As a result, PPT immediately becomes an aftermarket independent supplier of diesel fuel-injection systems and precision machining products and systems for medium- and heavy-duty truck applications. “Pure Power Technologies’ independence provides us with a tremendous opportunity for product diversity and growth,” said Jerry Sweetland, president and CEO. “We are now well positioned to bring our world-class diesel technologies, precision manufacturing and testing capabilities to new market segments and customers that complement our core business with related products and solutions.” The company also announced that Navistar will continue to be a major customer, as PPT will be the truck company’s primary supplier of high-performance diesel fuel-injection systems through a 10-year supply agreement for exclusive supply of its existing product portfolio. “We view this agreement as a win-win for Navistar and Pure Power Technologies and its hard-working, dedicated workforce,” said Scott Mackie, Navistar vice president, business development.

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“Our supply agreement with Pure Power Technologies will help us continue to deliver high levels of quality and uptime to customers, while providing PPT the opportunity to grow and expand as a standalone, independent company.” “The Smithfield Group and Kensington Capital Partners are committed to empowering Pure Power Technologies to continue to deliver capabilities and highperformance solutions that drive short- and long-term growth,” said Justin Mirro, president, Kensington Capital Partners. “Our investment team has decades of experience providing strategic and capital advisory services to suppliers in the automotive space and will leverage our collective expertise to help Pure Power Technologies achieve further market leadership.” “Smithfield is delighted to lead the acquisition of Pure Power Technologies in partnership with management, Kensington Capital Partners and our fellow investors,” said John Arney, CEO, Smithfield Group. “Deployed in combination with the company’s excellent leadership team and highly skilled workforce, the capital and decades of operational and industry expertise Smithfield brings will enable Pure Power Technologies to grow and thrive as a leading independent business.”


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Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) specifically designed for off highway transportation • Agriculture vehicles that are travelling less than 7,500 miles in a year What is the tax amount for each truck? The tax is based on the taxable gross weight in pounds. The tax ranges from $100 per year for a vehicle that has a weight of 55,000 pounds plus $22 for each 1,000 pounds in excess of 55,000 pounds up to a maximum of $550 for a vehicle that weighs over 75,000 pounds. Can you request an extension of time to file and pay? An extension of time to file can be requested before the due date of the return. A written request has to be sent to the IRS explaining in detail the cause of the delay. An extension of time to pay the tax would have to be requested

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2016 Mini Cooper JCW




here are not very cars that make an adult feel like a kid again; remember those childhood days when racing around a go-kart track was the highlight of the year? Heart thumping, pretending to be a full Formula 1 race car driver, burning around the track to win the championship trophy – aahh, great memories. Well, not too long ago, I had the chance to have that same silly childish grin on my face when I test drove the 2016 Mini Cooper JCW. This car may not be for everyone, but let me tell you, the improvements made to the engine, suspension, and interior are very welcomed and, really, make last year’s model blush. The Mini, first made in 1959 by the British Motor Company, was an economy car that was not only practical, but spacious, despite its puny size. The original, and its

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predecessors, are considered British icons. Who can forget Mr. Bean driving around in his Mini? Or how about Austin Powers in his Union Jack schemed Mini? Even though the new Mini, with the brand being owned by BMW since 1994, is nothing like the original, it still carries some very familiar trademark characteristics. One of the most notable are the wheels, which continue to be pushed to the extreme corners of the vehicle. Another one, if examined closely, is the front grill; yes, it’s changed, but the heritage lines are still clearly visible. For 2016, the Mini Cooper is still a fun-looking pocket-sized car. As I alluded to before, the wheels are pushed to the four corners and it’s still quite low to the ground. At the front, the headlights aren’t as pronounced as before, yet have that “deer caught in a headlight” look. Our tester, the JCW adds more to the package. First, there’s the distinct badging that points out this isn’t the “S” – nope, it’s got much more oomph! Next is a styling and design package Jasleen Dutt that doesn’t just look good, but adds function. Road Test Editor For example, at the front, Mini now has the most

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2016 Mini Cooper JCW aerodynamic nose design yet. On the sides, just above each wheel well is a small lip that gives better air flow, reducing drag. And the rear apron, according to Mini Canada, complete with a new diffuser and flaps, now reduce rear lift by about 30%. What all these exterior features add up to is a Mini that does everything it’s supposed to, but with a masculine look, especially when you see the bigger roof-mounted spoiler. Step inside the vehicle and digest again the name Mini. Here, however, what the designers of the car have done oh-so-beautifully is give the car its character, no matter what the size. Compared to the plastic-looking toggle switches and cheap feel from even a couple of years ago, the 2016 model has been pleasantly refreshed with much better materials. Even a friend, who adores his 2013 Countryman JCW, noticed the differences in interior quality, fit, and finish. The front seats are comfortable and yes, they’re power – arm power, that is. So as you guessed, no seat memory either. Window controls continue to be on the door panels, where they ought to be – I never liked when they were toggle-switch controlled on the center console. The speedo and tach are now better placed right behind the steering wheel, leaving the valuable real estate to the HD colour touch screen that houses the MINI Connected infotainment system. Speaking of real estate, the back seats are incredibly small – Mini says that two small adults or children can sit in the rear seats but I disagree. With me sitting in a somewhat comfortable seating position in the driver’s seat, my 8-year old daughter barely had enough room in the rear seat. A more viable Mini option, for a family like mine, would be the Clubman or the Countryman. If you’re not stuck to the Mini brand, then try the Golf GTI or Ford Focus ST as well. Now that we’ve talked about the upgrades to the interior fit and finish, let’s get to the real meat of it. There’s nothing Mini about the engine, which pumps out 231 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque – 25% more power than the outgoing model and when you’re talking numbers like that for a small car, you can really feel the difference. I was really hoping for the 6-speed manual but alas, our tester was fitted with the $1,650 automatic, which does the job, but takes away from some of the excitement. Mini did a good job of making the automatic quite good, especially when you put the Dynamic Damper Control system to sport and use the paddle shifters. The cherry on top is that beautiful sound, thanks to a low backpressure exhaust system. So many times, I would downshift just to hear the exhaust – take that Mini S, sans JCW package. This puppy really does fly but with the Brembo brake package, the Mini JCW stops on a dime. The Mini JCW is an excellent urban car because let’s face it, you don’t need or want much space when parking. Fuel consumption is also very good and if you want to maximize this element, then drive the car in Eco mode – but really, WHY? I mean, you’ve got the JCW package and in my opinion, the Eco mode doesn’t even need to be there. In the city, this car was fun to drive in a straight line, off a red light; but let’s face it, it shines on twisty, windy roads. I mean, would you drive a go-kart in a straight line? For those of you who know Vancouver streets, you’ll be happy to know that the new suspension on this car makes the ride much more comfortable. In previous years, if you drove a Mini on our rough streets, you better have had a good dental plan. Now, however, the ride is much much better. The tires on our tester were run-flats, and if I owned this car, I’d swap them out for non-runflats in a jiffy. The Mini JCW does have some shortcomings, the biggest being the sticker price. You can get into a Ford Focus ST or a Volkswagen GTI (or R) for less money and these are great cars as well. But if you need to get your heart racing in one of the most iconic British sports car, this may be your cup of tea. march / april 2016


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he Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will announce the winner of the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award Thursday, March 31, during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. Established in 1983, the Goodyear Highway Hero Award honours professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others. “The Goodyear Highway Hero Award is the oldest and most prestigious honour of its kind,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear. “Goodyear is proud to recognize truck drivers who risk their own well-being to save


people from dangerous situations.” Finalists for the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero Award include a driver who rescued a fellow trucker who had been ejected from his rig, a driver who used his truck to protect an injured police officer from oncoming traffic and a driver who pulled a motorist from a flame-engulfed car. Here are this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists and their remarkable stories: Mark Cavanagh, Hillsville, Va. Cavanagh was driving his truck through Pennsylvania when he saw another tractor-trailer drive off the road and roll down a hill. The truck’s driver was ejected from the rig and was hanging from its mirror bracket by a belt. Cavanagh stopped his truck, descended down the hill, cut the injured driver’s belt and pulled him away from the damaged truck. He then helped the driver back to the road. Dorian Cole, Los Angeles, Calif. Cole was driving through the Sylmar section of Los Angeles when he saw a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer collide with another motorcyclist. The impact from the collision caused the officer to hit a concrete divider. To protect the injured officer from oncoming traffic, Cole positioned his tanker truck across several highway lanes. This also gave paramedics unimpeded access to the officer. Julian Kaczor, Utica, N.Y. Kaczor was driving through Jacksonville, Fla., when a car drove past him at a high rate of speed, nearly clipping his truck. The car crashed into a construction barrier and began to emit smoke. Kaczor ran to the car as it became engulfed in flames, which he tried to extinguish. As the fire intensified, he forced the car’s driver side door open, pulled the injured driver out of the vehicle, and dragged him to safety. Trucking industry journalists are now evaluating the above finalists and will select the Goodyear Highway Hero Award recipient. The finalist who is named the 33rd Goodyear Highway Hero will receive a special ring, a cash award and a congratulatory trophy. Each of the other finalists will receive a cash prize and other items. “We look forward to honoring our Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists for their acts of bravery and naming this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award winner during MATS,” said Medalis. march / april 2016

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Bridgestone Introduces Latest Steer Tire


ridgestone Americas introduced its latest tire innovation, the Bridgestone R283A™ Ecopia™ steer tire. Engineered to deliver best-in-class performance for commercial trucking fleets, the R283A Ecopia tire offers premium performance for long- and regional-haul service. The steer tire features advanced Bridgestone technologies to offer a superior combination of wear life and fuel efficiency – benefits Ecopia tires are known for across the industry. These benefits work together to deliver cost savings and positively impact the bottom line of fleets. “Bridgestone engineered the R283A Ecopia steer tire to deliver the best combination of wear performance and fuel savings,” said Matt Loos, Director of Truck & Bus Marketing, Bridgestone Commercial. “Sophisticated fleets today measure tire performance based on the total life cycle. The R283A Ecopia tire is an innovative solution that will help them maximize every mile.” The R283A Ecopia steer tire features several performance enhancements over its predecessor, the R283 Ecopia, designed to deliver 21 percent longer wear life and a three percent better rolling resistance. These performance gains are achieved through: IntelliShape™ sidewall design utilizes less bead filler volume, reducing tire weight and minimizing rolling resistance for enhanced fuel efficiency. IntelliShape requires fewer renewable resources without compromising casing durability and retreadability. An innovative tread compound that works with Bridgestone’s patented NanoPro-Tech™ polymer technology which limits energy

loss and contributes to longer wear life, benefiting fleet owners by extending the life of the tire. A lower cap/base junction delays exposure to the base compound, reducing the occurrence of irregular wear and allowing tires to travel further between retreading and replacement. The R283A Ecopia includes other casing features such as Bridgestone’s proprietary shoulder design that optimizes the footprint for long, even wear, and Fuel Saver Sidewall to reduce heat generation and energy loss. With this tire, Bridgestone is providing efficient solutions for fleet owners focused on their bottom line. In addition to casing advancements, other R283A Ecopia tire features and benefits include: • Four rib design: enhances tread stiffness for improved fuel economy. • Optimized tread depth and width: maximizes tread volume for long original life and lower treadwear cost per mile. • Defensive Side Groove™: minimizes shoulder edge wear for long original life. • Equalizer Rib™: absorbs irregular wear, promoting uniform rib wear and higher removal mileage. • Stress relief sipes: fight irregular wear on main ribs by absorbing rib edge stresses in the footprint for long, even wear. The R283A Ecopia steer tire from Bridgestone is EPA SmartWay® Verified and California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant. The tire is available now in the U.S. and Canada in sizes 295/75R22.5 and 11R24.5 and will be available in 285/75R24.5 and 11R22.5 sizes by April. To learn more, visit

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abash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) today announced it will introduce a new rear impact guard design option for its 53-foot dry van trailers at the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The RIG-16 Rear Underride Guard System is engineered to prevent underride in multiple offset, or overlap, impact scenarios. “Safety is our number one value and priority, and we have a responsibility to our customers and the motoring public to continue to advance our trailer designs to new levels of performance,” said Dick Giromini, president and chief executive officer. “We have been building our rear impact guards to exceed U.S. and Canadian standards since 2007, but we haven’t stopped there. For the past three years, we have spent considerable time, money and facility resources in R&D specifically focused on enhancing rear impact guard performance. As part of these efforts, we also consulted and worked with some of the premiere testing facilities in the country, and engaged in numerous crash tests, before releasing the RIG-16 Rear Underride Guard System. ” The new rear impact guard is constructed of advanced high-strength steel. Its patentpending design features two additional vertical posts and a longer, reinforced bumper tube, all of which are engineered to work together to absorb energy better and deflect rear impact at any point along the bumper. In addition, the new guard is fully galvanized to resist corrosion. “Nothing is more important than safety, and I know our customers agree. After years of rigorous testing of various guard designs, we’re confident this new option will satisfy customers as just one of several ways we’re addressing road safety performance” states Brent Yeagy, Group President, Commercial Trailer Products. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., one of the largest transportation logistics companies in North America, recently ordered 4,000 Wabash National DuraPlate® dry van trailers with the new rear impact guard. Production of the new J.B. Hunt units began in January.

“At J.B. Hunt, we value safety above all else,” said John Roberts, president and chief executive officer, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. “We applaud Wabash National’s leadership and advancements in rear impact protection, and we’re proud to be the first fleet to specify the new rear impact guard design.”

Wabash National’s new rear impact guard is in a limited production phase currently and will ramp up during the next 18 months. “Our work on the rear impact guard, and trailer performance in general, isn’t finished,” added Giromini. “Innovation is ongoing at Wabash National. We’re continually looking at ways to optimize total performance through engineering and the use of advanced materials in ways that make sense for our customers.” “We believe strongly in safety leadership at Wabash National, and this is our latest contribution to industry innovations designed to address road safety,” Yeagy said. “But, while this rear impact guard demonstrates our commitment to impact protection, we believe collision avoidance is just as important.” Wabash National was the first trailer manufacturer to design its own stop light system to enhance collision avoidance. The ID/Auxiliary stop light system, which works similarly to the auxiliary stop light system seen in vans and SUVs, includes rear ID lights at the top of the trailer that increase in brightness when the brakes are applied, giving motorists better visibility to truck/ trailer braking. For more information about Wabash National’s new rear impact guard, please visit or contact Sean Kenney, vice president of sales, Commercial Trailer Products, at 765-771-5300. march / april 2016

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WIT Sets Goals for 2016


he Women in Trucking Association (WIT) board of directors met recently to set goals for 2016 and decided that MindShare Strategies was to be WIT’s new association management firm. According to WIT, the group will support the staff in the day-to-day operations in addition to managing the second annual Accelerate! Conference & Expo to be held in Dallas, Texas this coming November. The Women In Trucking Foundation board of directors held their first inperson meeting in conjunction with the association’s session. Both organizations focused on their missions and forward momentum during the planning sessions. “As we continue to grow and increase our impact on the industry, we look at ways to anticipate how we can be a resource and a leader in attracting women into the trucking industry,” said WIT president, CEO and founder. “Whether they are

Southeastern Freight Lines Improves Service into Canada


outheastern Freight Lines is enhancing its service into Canada, with the addition of door-to-door cross-border delivery service between Canada and the US. The company says it has a Canadian team based in Toronto, which will streamline operations to service customers between its direct US service area and all points in Canada. “The new and improved Canada cross-border service is a natural extension of Southeastern’s U.S. brand, focused on bringing the same quality without question service in the states to our Canadian customers,” said Bob Bullock, vice-president of international for Southeastern Freight Lines. “After extending services into Kentucky and Ohio in 2015, the Canadian service enhancement comes at a natural time of growth for the company. We look forward to providing quality transportation services with streamlined efficiencies into and out of Canada.” march / april 2016

drivers, technicians, managers, or CEOs, our mission is to increase their numbers and create a more diverse environment.” So far, WIT’s accomplishments include the implementation of an Image Team comprised of professional drivers, a recruiting guide, ridealongs with a CRASH safety advocate and with FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson, a successful conference held in last September, and a WIT Index to track the

number of women on boards of publicly traded companies. Future initiatives include more media ridealongs, a truck stop rating program, more recognition programs, and other initiatives to attract women into the trucking industry.


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