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A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline
Everyone has dreams for his or her future. For some, their dreams come true; but for the majority, they remain just that – dreams. Those who do not have dreams cannot get as far as they want in their lives as they would like. In the same breath, those who have dreams but do not pursue them also can’t get far as well. We have been working in the trucking industry for a long time now so I can relate and make connections to the above words. If you see a successful trucking company and you dream of trucking as a profession, there is nothing wrong with it. First of all, get proper knowledge about this profession through formal education from industry experts and from those already working successfully in the profession. By doing this, you can pre-calculate the advantages and disadvantages of the profession. By attaining the preliminary knowledge of the profession, you can better decide if it is the right profession for you. The second step is to make a checklist of the required training you will need and pursue it step by step. The most important thing is to take the proper training and go through all necessary steps rather than taking any shortcuts. The time you spend in the beginning will pay off in the long run and make you a more successful professional. Now that you are in the profession, ensure that you know the rules, laws, and regulations, and never try to bypass them. It takes less time and effort to follow rules rather than face the consequences. By taking a shortcut, or breaking laws or regulations, you can easily lose your dreams and any acquired wealth. Learning is a never ending process. Keep learning, become better day-by-day and see your dreams being fulfilled.
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ompliance IS an issue. Compliance and its officer; a subsequent inspection removed the truck from the road brother, Safety, should be a budget item equally -- until repairs were done. Is our training sufficient to allow drivers to recognize such as important as fuel. This goes whether you are problems? a one truck, one man operation or the largest In Ottawa, on February 10th, 2017, yet another wheel off carrier in the world. It’s all well and good that situation happened. The wheel assembly of a west bound tractor drivers are doing their pre-trip inspections and trailer separated from the trailer, bounced over the median barrier, recording their findings, but are they actually reporting that which and smashed into the cab of an east-bound van. It actually went they find? Or do they even know what is a problem and what isn’t? through the cab and tore through the box and out the top of the van When a driver is stopped at the scale for an inspection, it’s not – the driver of the van died at the scene. As this is being as random as one may believe. Some of the problems are written, there is no further information but there are no even visible as the truck is approaching the scale. The question becomes why didn’t the driver see it? If he/she reasons for a wheel off other than poor maintenance or didn’t see it, how blind are they? Did they even know improper inspection on the part of the driver. what is a problem? Did they just learn the sequence of Sure, in cold bitter weather, it’s easy to pass over off some of the detail during inspections, but we must never inspection but failed to recognize a problem that is clearly ever slack off just because it’s uncomfortable. visible? There is no excuse for the readily visible problems Recently, during a conversation with a local moving not being noted and/or being fixed. company, the owner was lamenting the fact that his In this picture, the cracks in this aluminum bud wheel trucks had to have an annual inspection even though didn’t just happen as the truck was approaching the scale. G. Ray Gompf his actual amount of driving was a consistent 10,000 Yes, it was stopped at a scale and was noticed easily by the 8
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Compliance - Why is it an issue? kilometers a year. In other words, his trucks spent more time in loading and unloading mode and most of his business was moving goods three or four blocks in town. How many of you have picked up a trailer that’s been sitting for a couple of weeks and find the brakes are locked, the boogies won’t slide because of the rust, and there are lighting issues because wiring joints have oxidized to the point of rusting through? Just because the truck or trailer isn’t used all that much doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be issues even more than if those pieces of equipment were used more regularly. After discussing the issue for a short time, that moving company owner was less concerned about the annual inspections. As equipment owners, we shouldn’t need the government to be inspecting our equipment and finding faults; we should be proactive enough, with the proper maintenance program in place so that problems don’t occur. There should rarely be a need for on-theroad repairs and if the maintenance program is doing what it should do, problems should be caught and fixed with only minor downtime. On-the-road repairs tend to be much more expensive and usually should be something that should have been caught in the yard, not on the road. Proper pre-trip inspections are the key to a good maintenance program. The key word in there was “PROPER”. Again, there is no excuse for this damage. Those lug nuts didn’t come loose as the truck was entering the inspection station. This is a clearly a lack of any kind of inspection. How could a competent driver miss loose lug nuts? This is now a very expensive fix. If the driver had noticed the loose lug nuts, had them re-torqued, this damage would not have occurred. There wouldn’t have been a government fine or an entry against the CVOR. Why do large companies have compliance, safety manager, and maintenance managers? Because finding a problem before it becomes an issue is critical, not just from a compliance point of view but from a bottom line point of view. Compliance is adhering to all the government rules and regulations. Making sure problems have been proactively addressed is an accounting issue that can make or break a trucking operation. If your company is too small to have specific safety and compliance managers, there are an abundance of third party safety and compliance companies that will assist these smaller operators to accomplish all that is required at reasonable prices. Most of these safety and compliance consultants have worked in enforcement with the various ministries involved with transportation. In Ontario, the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) can and will direct you to the proper resource. Also, the IHSA offers a great deal of free advice to its membership and you need not be a major carrier to belong although it is larger companies that send representatives to the meetings and seminars. Where are you smaller operators? Now 10
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you can’t say you didn’t know. Compliance means never having to doubt when those scale lights call you to stop. Compliance means rarely being asked to “pull around”. Compliance means when you are inspected having the confidence, no issues will be discovered. There are a myriad of rules and regulations and this will always be the case. Drivers in Canada and the U.S.A. are faced with 64 State and Provincial Regulations,
plus two Federal sets of rules that, while there is an effort to have the rules and regulations harmonized, aren’t harmonized and sometimes counter one another. There are literally thousands of local, municipal rules and regulations; again, the attempt is to be in harmony with other jurisdictions’ rules. Then there are company rules and regulations that vary from company to company. For a driver trying to be absolutely compliant can be even more of a challenge. The Hours of Service (HOS) is one area that can boggle one’s mind. The daily pretrip and post-trip inspections are too often treated with contempt and an “I know my truck” attitude. Both of these issues are where drivers often find themselves in difficulty with authority. If a driver spends the time to be vigilant in complying with these two issues, most of his/her problems disappear. Those companies with the wherewithal to either have a dedicated employee as safety and compliance officer or to hire an outside specialist consultant are better off. There is so much to learn and enact as a part of doing business that is necessary, that it actually pays to have such a safety and compliance specialist. There is no one person anywhere that can know it all although we are all held responsible for whatever happens and when it happens under our watch. Be safe, be responsible and be compliant – it’s in everyone’s best interest.
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AsIN srdIAW dy lMby AOKy mOsm ‘coN guzry hW qy ies dI s we dust ourselves off after a long hard Qkwvt dI DUV JwV rhy hW Aqy nwL hI grmIAW leI XojnwvW winter and start planning for Spring, we must vI bxw rhy hW[ swnUM Awpxy mOjUdw iv`qI p`Dr dw mulWkx zrUr evaluate the current status of our finances, krnw cwhIdw hY Aqy swnUM Awaux vwLw smW jo ik Awm qOr ‘qy and plan for wise decisions as we head into tr`kW leI bhuq ruJyivAW BirAw huMdw hY, leI bhuq smJ nwL the start of traditionally busier trucking Xojnw bxwauxI cwhIdI hY[ mYN ies qrHW dI XojnwbMdI dy iKlwP hW months. I am encountering decision making ijhVI ik bhuq swry pirvwrW Aqy ibznsW dy bhuq vDIAw lwBW which may not be in the best interests of some businesses and vwLI nhIN[ ikauN ik auh pihlW hI auh pRwpq krn dw Xqn kr their families, as they continue to strive for the unattainable and rhy hn jo pRwpq nhIN ho skdw Aqy nwL hI auh aus slwh nUM vI choose to ignore courteous advice given in their best interests. driknwr kr rhy hn ijhVI aunHW dy sB qoN Bly vwLI hY[ In leasing I am well known for being to get a tough deal done. lIizMg ‘c mYN ies leI jwxI jWdI hW ik mYN bhuq imhnq There is a LOT of extra work that has to be done to get a tough krky lIizMg krwauNdI hW[ ies qrHW dI vDIAw fIl lYx leI deal approved and clients appreciate that hard work. But they bhuq imhnq krnI pYNdI hY ijs dI myry kstmr vI dwd idMdy often don’t realize just how difficult it was to get an approval, and hn[pr keI vwr auh ieh nhIN socdy ik auh fIl lYx leI mYnUM instead try to push for more new deals when they can barely afford ikMnI imhnq krnI peI[ ies dy ault auh hor fIlz lYx leI the one just done. I find this unbelievable. I have told you your dbwA pwx l`g pYNdy hn jdoN ik aunHW ieh BLI BWq pqw huMdw hY deal was complicated and told you why, and yet you want another auh ieh ikMnI nwL muSkl ies fIl nUM c`ldw r`K rhy hn Aqy deal right away. It can be for a number of reasons like bad credit, aus qoN izAwdw fIl dw iks qrHW Bugqwn krngy[ mYnUM ies ‘qy maxed out credit, losses, not earning revenue, spending more than XkIn nhIN AwauNdw[mYN aunHW nUM d`sdI rihMdI hW ik quhwfI ieh they earn, and yet they want MORE when they can barely afford fIl ikMnI guMJldwr sI Aqy msW hI mnzUr hoeI hY[Aqy qusIN dUjI what they have. vI huxy cwhuMdy ho[ ies qrHW dy mOky keI kwrn bx skdy hn ; First thing, don’t make promises you cannot keep. Hiring a ijvyN bYf kRYift, Gwty, mYksf AwaUt kRYift ( Bwv ijMnw lY skdy driver and promising a new truck and trailer for them to drive sI ilAw hoieAw), bhuqI kmweI nw hoxI, kmweI nwLoN v`D Krcy[ when your deal has not yet been approved can lead to stress. If pr iPr vI auh jdoN ie`k hI nhIN sMBwl skdy dUjI dI mMg krdy you are a driver being hired, make sure that financing is in place hI rihMdy hn[ BEFORE you accept a job. If you are a company doing the hiring, pihlI g`l ieh ik auh vwAdy nw kro ijhVy qusIN pugw make sure that financing has been approved BEFORE nhIN skdy[ ie`k fRweIvr r`K lYxw Aqy nvyN tr`k Aqy you make a formal job offering. Always write subject tR y l r dw vwAdw kr dyxw jdoN ik fIl Ajy mnzUr vI nhIN to financing on your bill of sale as well just in case you hu M d IienHW g`lW nwL quhwnUM qxwE ho skdw hY[jy qusIN experience a problem getting approved. ie` k fR weIvr r`K rhy hoo qW ieh jOb dI sihmqI lYx qoN When your financial institution tells you it’s not a good pihlW ieh zrUr XkInI bxw lE ik ies sB leI pYsy idea to apply for more credit, I would suggest you listen dw pRbMD ho igAw hY[ib`l AwP syl ‘qy sdw ieh ilKo: to that advice. I’ve told people this, and yet they push the sbjYkt tU PweInYNisMg[ ikauN ik ho skdw hY ik ies dI envelope and present another deal. I don’t like declining mnzUrI leI quhwnUM koeI muSklW Awaux[ people, but I hate it more when they were already told myrI quhwnUM iehI slwh hY ik jdoN quhwnUM pYsw dyx vwLI Pash Brar NOT to apply for more credit. Another truck or trailer sMsQw ieh khy ik hor kRYRyift leI bynqI krnI TIk nhIN qW ieh g`l iDAwn nwl suxo[mYN bhuq vwr ieh g`l d`sdI rihMdI hW pr iPr vI auh hor fIl leI dbwA pwauNdy rihMdy hn[ - Pash Brar B.A. Pash is a mobile leasing representative with Auto One Leasing LP in Vancouver. She mYN ies qrHW dy lokW nUM korI nWh kih dyxw cMgw nhIN smJdI[ pr has a banking, collections and accounting background. She specializes in importing mYnUM ieh bhuq burw lgdw hY jdoN ik aunHW nUM pihlW hI ikhw jw vehicles and trailers from the USA. cu`kw huMdw hY ik hor kRYift leI AplweI nw kro[ ie`k hor tr`k jW 14
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Stop Pushing The Envelope
will not magically make all the other underlying problems you already have go away. It’s not the solution to all your problems. A company I know is making all their current payments and paying their employees on time. However, each partner in the operation is behind in receiving their own personal pay cheques. At one point the partners were three months behind in pay because the partners take such huge salaries that they drain the company of every dime it makes. They are having record sales since the company started over twenty years ago, but sitting on over a million dollars of unsellable inventory for years, opened a new location which is taking a loss now every month for over a year, and now they decided to lease over $300,000 worth of brand new pick-up trucks that are not needed for the company. They are for personal use for the unpaid partners only. That is pushing the envelope to the extreme. Instead of addressing the problems, they are creating more expenses and more problems. If you can’t even pay yourself but decide to borrow more, there is a problem. I have one client who had a bad motor vehicle accident. He was the dispatcher and running a trucking company. They have not been able to keep up with payments on their leased trucks as he was in and out of the hospital. His decision to fix his problems was hire a dispatcher and pay the dispatcher a 6 figure income. A dispatcher cannot run trucks that are being repossessed for non payment. I understand the company needs to run, but when you cannot meet your current obligations, you cannot take on new obligations you cannot afford, such as hire a person you cannot afford to pay. Who do you pay first, the dispatcher or the leasing company? The leasing company of course because there’s no trucking company with zero trucks to run. I think the most difficult part of having a financial issue is first admitting it. If you can admit it then you can work to fix it. With any of my difficult deals, I always sit down and address the issues with the clients. I don’t have to, but I do it because to solve a problem you need to know what the problem is first. If you can admit and understand the struggles you are encountering and take honest advice, then the next time you apply for credit, it should 16
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Stop Pushing The Envelope be less stressful. But it does take time, hard work and humility to get through. Obtaining more credit or taking on more monetary obligations are not a quick fix to financial problems. We think a new truck will earn us this much more money, and a new trailer will get us even more money. But it won’t earn you money when you haven’t collected the receivables, or getting sued for damaging a load without proper insurance in place, not getting a pay cheque, can barely pay your rent or mortgage and owe huge amounts of debt. Stop pushing your lender to give you money you cannot afford to pay back. It takes great modesty and breaks your pride to admit there’s a financial issue, but if you can admit it, I strongly encourage you to sit down with your financial advisor and work on a plan for long term recovery. Stop pushing the envelope, get some good sound advice from a trusted advisor, cut your expenses, and address each problem one at a time.
U.S. And Canada Heavy Duty Truck Sales Down
ccording to WardsAuto data, U.S. big-truck sales totalled 25,726 units in January, 17.9% below like-2016’s 31,351. Medium- and heavy-duty truck sales in Canada also fell last month – down 3.6% compared to the previous year. Class 8 posted the largest loss with 10,944 deliveries for January, a 31.4% decrease from last year’s 15,952. Volvo Truck increased 8.6% to 1,178 units, the only truck maker in the weight class to post a gain. International plummeted 50.4% down to 1,293 units. PACCAR’s Kenworth dropped 29.5% while sister brand Peterbilt dropped 12.3%. Freightliner and Western Star also posted doubledigit losses in Class 8 of 41.0% and 22.9%, respectively.
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Survey Says Expect Freight Volumes to Increase
ore than half of respondents to a Journal of Commerce survey said they expect overall freight volumes to increase through the end of the second quarter of 2017. About a quarter of respondents said they expect shipments to decline. “We see some possibility we could see a bigger lift in the second quarter rather than waiting until the end of the year,” said Gregory W. Ritter, chief customer officer for XPO Logistics. “We hit bottom and now we’re bouncing back up.” Excess truckload capacity, plenty of inventory and lower fuel costs led to a shippers market last year, and they used it to drive down truckload pricing. By mid-2016, third-party logistics operators felt the heat from lower per-mile rates. By third-quarter 2016, carriers felt pressured by the demand for rate cuts. Large truckload carriers began
eliminating excess capacity by cutting trucks from their fleet. However, after hitting bottom in April, the spot market began to rise. By the end of November, spot market freight volume was up 66% on average. Spot market truck pricing gains eventually show up in contract
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here are many variables making one truck driver “safer” than another, such as skill and experience, but a new study suggests that even relatively minor health conditions can make a driver far more likely to have an accident if they have three or more medical issues. Commercial truck drivers with three or more medical conditions double to quadruple their chance for being in a crash over healthier drivers, reports a new study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine. Maintaining good health can be challenging for a truck driver. Too many hours sitting in the cab, too many fast-food drive meals and stress combine to make staying healthy feel like a second job! While there is no miracle solution, you should know to take action to support your health. Reviewing the medical records of nearly 50,000 commercial truck drivers finds evidence that their relatively poor health may put them at risk in more ways than one. 34 percent have signs of at least one of several medical conditions that had previously been linked to poor driving performance, such as heart disease, low back pain and diabetes. Researchers then compared their medical records to their crash histories and found that drivers with at least three of the flagged conditions were more likely to have been involved in a crash. The new findings could mean that one health condition, say diabetes, is manageable but diabetes in combination with high blood pressure and anxiety could substantially
increase a driver’s risk. “Right now, conditions are thought of in isolation,” says the study’s lead author Matthew Thiese, Ph.D. “There’s no guidance for looking at multiple conditions in concert.” Current commercial motor vehicle guidelines pull truckers with major health concerns from the pool but do not factor in an accumulation of multiple minor symptoms.
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What is the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT)? The Heavy highway Vehicle Use Tax is a fee assessed annually on heavy vehicles operating on public highways in the United States at registered gross weights equal to or exceeding 55,000 pounds. How do you file to pay for the HVUT? You must complete the Form 2290 with all the required information and submit it along with the payment to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before the deadline. Do you have to file the Form 2290? You must file Form 2290 and Schedule 1 if you have a registered taxable highway motor vehicle with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. The tax has to be paid by the person in whose name the highway motor vehicle is registered under the law of the state or province. Do I need to register to complete the Form 2290? You must be registered with the IRS and have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to complete the Form 2290. When do you have to file the Form 2290? The Form 2290 must be filed for the month the taxable vehicle is first used on public highways during the current period. Are there any vehicles that are exempt from the HVUT? Below is a list of the vehicles that are exempt from the HVUT: • Commercial vehicles that are travelling less than 5,000 miles in a year • Vehicles that are not considered highway motor vehicles such as mobile machinery for non-transportation functions, vehicles 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 20
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Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) 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 separately if the payment is not made before the deadline.
Are there any penalties for being non-compliant? Yes, there are penalties for not complying with the HVUT requirements. The penalty for not filing the Form 2290 by the deadline is equal to 4.5 percent of the total tax due assessed on a monthly basis up to five months. If you do not make the HVUT payment on time, there is an additional penalty of 0.5 percent of total tax due. Additional interest charges of 0.54 percent per month are also accrued. In addition to these federal monetary penalties, your local state will suspend the registration of your vehicles if you do not provide proof of HVUT payment. Is there a situation when you can you claim a credit? Yes, you can claim a credit for tax paid on a vehicle if it was sold, destroyed, transferred or stolen and you have no intent to use the vehicle during the left over tax period. Supporting documents will be required when you file a claim with the name to whom and when you sold the vehicle. You can also claim a credit if the vehicle was used 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles). Where can I get more information and assistance with filing the Form 2290? You can call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839 if you haven’t filed the Form 2290 and want more information or if you need assistance in filing the form. 22
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North American Commercial Vehicle Show Announces 2017 as its Inauguration • Awm sYlP stIArW nwloN vzn ‘c hlky • lMbI aumr vwLy ifaul fRwA kIA ikMg ipn • 9 ieMc A`p tRYvl • pRI sY`t kYstr lgwqwr AlweInmYNt ‘c rihMdw hY • pwisAW dI siQrqw kMponYNt dI aumr vDwauNdI hY • ieMfstrI stYNfrf srivs iktW • Awm sYlP stIArW nwloN G`t Krc vwLy
major trade show aimed at the commercial vehicle industry begins later this year and will thereafter occur every two years.The North American Commercial Vehicle Show is a brand new concept in the commercial vehicle industry trade show category focused on fleet decision makers and influencers. Leading truck & trailer manufacturers and commercial vehicle parts & components suppliers will demonstrate their latest product offerings on the show floor. NACV Show 2017 takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The show opens on September 25 to attendees who have received an invitation from one of the show’s exhibitors and is open to all attendees from September 26 to September 28. The Show is produced jointly by Hannover Fairs USA and Newcom Media USA. Leading truck manufacturers, such as Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar, Volvo Trucks and Mack Trucks, trailer manufacturers Great Dane, Utility, Hyundai and Manac, have booked exhibition space. Within the supplier category, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Continental, Meritor, Eaton, Tenneco, Hendrickson, SAF
Holland and DANA will be showcasing their latest products. American Trucking Associations is onboard as one of the sponsors. “As the nation’s foremost trucking industry association, it only made sense for
ATA to support our supplier community, many of whom have committed to this endeavor,” ATA President and CEO Chris Spear said. “The North American Commercial Vehicle Show promises to be an excellent event and we are pleased to be a part of it.” “The inaugural show is off to a very promising start,” said president and CEO of Hannover Fairs USA Larry Turner. “We expect to fully book all of the exhibition space by early 2017 as the North American commercial vehicle industry has responded favourably to this dynamic new event and how we have positioned it to meet the industry’s evolving needs.”
Kenworth and Peterbilt Recall
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accar is recalling more than 400 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents that cite an issue with the fuel system. According to NHTSA, the problem affects model years ranging from 2015 to 2018. More specifically, the plastic fuel tee fittings may leak fuel in the engine compartment. A potential fire can occur if this fuel leak reaches an ignition source. The following trucks are affected by the recall:
2015-2018 Kenworth K370 2015-2018 Kenworth T680 2015-2018 Kenworth T880 2017-2018 Peterbilt 567 2017-2018 Peterbilt 579 Owners will be notified and dealers will replace the fuel tees for free. A notification schedule has not been released. Questions can directed to Kenworth customer service at 425-828-5000 and Peterbilt customer service at 940-591-4000. Paccar’s numbers for this recall are 17KWA and 217-A.
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Meritor® Introduces 14X HE High-Efficiency Linehaul Tandem Drive Axle
eritor® (NYSE: MTOR) announced its new 14X HE high-efficiency linehaul tandem drive axle at the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee. “Built upon our trusted and valued 14X platform that is specified by a large majority of fleets, the new 14X HE is an evolutionary axle that takes efficiency to a whole new level,” said Ken Hogan, vice president, Rear Drivetrain for Meritor. “Based on today’s diesel prices, a fleet with 1,000 trucks equipped with the 14X HE could realize $1 million per year in fuel savings.” Meritor’s engineering teams used cutting-edge technologies to improve axle efficiency up to 1.5 percent while also reducing weight by 30 pounds over the current industry-leading 14X design. The 14X HE comes standard with high-efficiency bearings, the Meritor Lube Management system and precision-finished gearing.
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Meritor uses laser welding to manufacture components to reduce weight and drive efficiencies, Hogan said. The 14X HE’s ring gear is laser-welded to the differential housing, offering a very robust joint that eliminates fasteners and reduces oil churning losses. The axle, which targets linehaul customers seeking fuel efficiency, has superfast ratios down to 2.15 for aggressive downspeeding. “With fuel being the largest operating cost to fleets, the 14X HE rounds out more of our portfolio with a product focused on improved fuel economy to save fleets money and reinforce Meritor’s leadership in axle efficiency,” Hogan said. “Meritor recognizes that fuel prices won’t stay low forever and that customers are always looking for solutions to reduce their operating costs.” The 14X HE is one of 20 new global products that Meritor will introduce as part of its M2019 strategic plan. Meritor is showcasing the 14X HE and other products in booth No. 1522. To learn more about the new axle, visit meritor14xhe.com.
Maxion Wheels Offers Heavy Duty Forged Aluminum Wheels
forged aluminum truck wheel is being added to its extensive steel wheel offerings. Maxion Wheels announced during Heavy-duty Aftermarket Week. The first aluminum truck wheel available in North American, the new line will start with a 22.5x8.25 wheel available in the early Spring. It will weight 45 lbs., compared to approximately 68 lbs. for a comparable steel wheel. Three additional sizes – 24.5x8.25, 17.5x6.75, and 22.5x14.00 – will eventually fill out the new forged aluminum line, according to Maxion. All will be offered in bright
machined and polished finishes. “Maxion Wheels has been proudly serving the needs of the North American truck and trailer market for almost 100 years,” said Donald Polk, company president for the Americas. “By adding forged aluminum to our product mix, our steel wheel commercial vehicle customers now have a none-stop alternative for their wheel needs.” ACT NOW!
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Continental Introduces Extreme Duty Poly-V belt
ontinental, an international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer and industrial partner, introduces the new Extreme Duty Poly-V belt for the North American heavyduty aftermarket. “This belt will be offered in 90 new parts numbers designed for the class 6-8 heavy-duty trucks in the aftermarket,” said Tom Lee, Continental’s marketing manager for North American aftermarket products. “Currently we are offering the belts in 8, 10 and 12-ribbed profiles, packaged in a new sleeve design.” According to the company, the Extreme Duty Poly-V straightribbed belt performs better under higher underhood temperatures, thereby resulting in lower emission standards, and comes with a 100,000-mile guarantee. “This belt has four times the flex life of previous belts. We wanted to see how it would perform with heat that was 20 percent higher than what is mandated by the SAE standards,” said Lee. The test was conducted in an extreme heat environment to simulate an engine with a number of accessories and low air circulation.
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Distracted Driving Ken Davey
veryday, truckers have a front row seat to the stupidity carried out by other drivers and yes, truckers are guilty of some of that stupidity too. One of the problems resulting in distracted driving becoming so prevalent has more to do with vehicles driving themselves, (automatic transmissions, power steering, tires that virtually never go flat, automated mapping devices -- “turn left in 500 metres”, cruise control, collision avoidance systems, and the like) have given people the notion they don’t have to pay that much attention anymore. Truckers are now getting to the point where their truck drives itself and the constant thought process required to pilot it are leaving the driver with time to let his or her mind wander. It’s that mind wandering that leads to inattentiveness and the notion they can do other things because the systems will take care of the problems. The problem with the distracted driving laws is they are not consistent across the country and people tend to think that only cell phone use is distracted driving, but let’s face it, drinking coffee, eating, reading, talking to someone in the vehicle, listening to the radio, changing the station on the radio, texting, checking email, having sex -- yes, people have sex while driving. Then there’s the soccer mom with her three charges tied into the back seat, screaming and yelling, and her trying to physically discipline them while driving. Virtually anything that takes your eyes off the road, and not just your eyes but your mind, for even a tenth of a second is and must be considered distracted driving. Police have been schooled to recognize distracted drivers, truckers, through experience, also recognize it but the general public think it only applies to those other people who can’t multitask. Even wildlife close to the road can cause enough of a distraction to cause drivers to run off the road even if the wildlife doesn’t get into the path of the vehicle. Nature displaying a beautiful sunrise or sunset, a rainbow, can be considered a distraction under certain conditions, if it causes you to look at the natural beauty instead of paying attention to the job 30
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at hand which is driving. A recent Transportation Safety Board Investigation into the 2013 crash between an OCTranspo double decker bus and a VIA train in Ottawa offers some more insight into distractions. Inside the drivers position were three monitors which are to keep the driver aware if bus riders weren’t following the rules. The bus driver wasn’t to move if there was anyone on the stairs between the two decks and there wasn’t supposed to be anyone standing on the top deck. Apparently, the driver may have looked at the monitor briefly to check on the upstairs passengers, as he was expected to do, and 1.6 seconds later the bus struck the train. There were visual distractions leading to the scene of the wreck which have been since removed. The recommendations from the TSB included the monitors be moved to a location where the drivers don’t have to look up having their eyes almost completely removed from watching the road. In Europe, on double decker buses, there is a driver and also someone monitoring the passengers whereas in Canada, there is one driver being expected to monitor passengers while driving. The TSB also emphasized that distracted driving may have been but one of several situations that lead to the wreck and that if one of the situations had been removed the wreck may not have happened. This wreck did take the lives of six people, including the driver of the bus. There must be a myriad of studies going on at any given moment
Distracted Driving on this subject, but one recent study done at the University of Alberta, showed emotionally-themed billboard messages can increase the level of distracted driving on roadways as if there aren’t enough already. The study, published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, found that various billboards can invoke different emotions in drivers, with negative-themed messages being the most distracting. “Any kind of distraction is risky when you’re driving. But there would appear to be a larger risk when it comes to emotional stimuli,” said researcher Michelle Chan in a statement. While drivers reacted to billboards with emotionally charged words on both ends of the scale, such as negative words -- cancer, killer, or stress; or positive words -- beach, love, happy or even more neutral words, the study found the negative words were the most distracting. While drivers tended to speed up after passing billboards with positive words, their actions tended to be generally safer than when passing negative themes. Drivers tended to slow down abruptly or swerve while passing negative billboards. Researchers says the test shows drivers have natural reactions to billboard messages , which can further distract drivers from driving safely. Our goals in bringing distracted driving to the consciousness of everyone is to first of all convince them that distracted driving is a problem, then to actually define distracted driving and all it’s versions and permeations, then convincing those same people to exercise control over themselves to stop driving distracted. Obviously it isn’t easy to change people’s habits, after all, for most of the past fifty years we’ve known that smoking causes health problems that otherwise wouldn’t be health problems, yet we have thousands of people still smoking but even more distressing is that young people are picking up the habit allegedly with the full knowledge of the dangers. Trying to convince a young person, who has been granted driving privileges by the government, they have to learn patience is difficult, more like impossible. When they see those people, supposed good drivers, cutting in and out of traffic, running red lights, driving in an impatient manner (aggressively) it’s very difficult to teach patience. Some of the biggest lessons we learn as truck drivers is to pace yourself; be patient; don’t let your surroundings get under your skin; even as a newly licensed truck driver you have more skill than most other drivers around you. It’s the same with distracted driving. Truckers will learn the lesson quickly, learn how to cope with those around him or her driving distracted. Truckers will find when they might be able to pick up that cup of coffee, smoking that cigarette, talk on the CB, let their attention span drift a bit, on that long lonely highway when no one else is around them. The also learn when they’re in heavy traffic, they need all their wits about them and don’t allow any distractions to take place. Unfortunately, the general driving public doesn’t learn the lessons either as quickly or as well. Sometimes one gets the feeling that writing for a trucking publication is like preaching to the choir, but if we don’t preach to the choir and the choir doesn’t respond there will never be an opportunity to preach to the congregation. Will there ever be a time when all distractions from driving are eliminated? Not until we have robots driving and even then who knows. The Google automated car has had a mishap during testing. MARCH - APRIL 2017
TransVix and DAT Solutions Form Exclusive Strategic Alliance
ransVix and DAT Solutions announced the formation of their exclusive strategic alliance to create the “first and only” Trucking Futures Exchange which will list and trade contracts based on trucking line haul rates. The TransVix Exchange will list contracts that are financially settled using DAT’s data for major freight lanes in the U.S. TransVix is focused on addressing volatility in line haul freight rates, where spot prices can swing as high as 40% in a single week on some major lanes. Volatility of truck capacity can be driven by a host of market conditions such as weather, seasonality, regulations and macroeconomics. Brokers, carriers, and shippers all face the same challenges when it comes to volatile spot rates and are exposed to market conditions without viable hedging options to manage price risk. TransVix said it is partnering with DAT to provide participants much needed risk-management tools to hedge their freight lane exposure. TransVix noted it has identified the most travelled lanes in the market and found major intra-week and intra-month volatility. DAT data will be used to help develop TransVix trucking futures, which will allow market participants to normalize these
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price fluctuations. “DAT is the truckload pricing index standard for the North American trucking market, and it makes perfect sense for us to partner with them” said Craig Fuller, TransVix CEO. “We did an exhaustive search into the various Index providers by speaking with over 200 C-Level executives across the trucking marketplace and found DAT to be the most trusted and reliable provider of spot market data. In addition, we have extensively analyzed selected aggregated data sets and validated that the assessments closely mirror the overall direction and volatility of the underlying market.” “We have observed supply and demand fluctuations and periods of significant truckload capacity constraint over a period of years, and recognize the financial risk that our customers face,” said Don Thornton, senior vice president of sales & marketing at DAT. “We are impressed with the TransVix team, their depth of experience and knowledge of the trucking marketplace and capital markets. Together we are looking forward to building a supplemental capability for transportation professionals to manage rate volatility risk with no interruption to the way they do business today.”
Penray Introduces 2-Step Oil and Fuel Treatment
enray, Inc. introduced two new chemical service kits to extend engine life and restore engine performance to original levels. Penray’s new 2-Step Oil and Fuel Treatment Kit #7702 offers a chemical service kit that removes debris and deposits from fuel systems, while fortifying engine oil with a specially-formulated compound that strengthens and extends the life of engine oil. This new 2-Step product includes Penray’s Total Fuel System Cleaner, which is effective in dissolving and removing harmful deposits throughout the fuel system, the company noted. It removes debris, varnish, and other contaminants from fuel tanks, fuel lines, and highly-sensitive fuel injectors, resulting in more complete and consistent combustion. This 2-Step kit also includes Penray’s oil treatment, which includes detergents and other additives, increasing the lubricity and life of both conventional and synthetic engine oils. Penray is also introducing an upgraded 3-Step Premium Oil System Cleaner kit, #7603. This new kit includes the same oil and fuel supplements as the 2-Step kit, and adds Penray’s Crankcase and Differential Cleaner. This cleaning agent is useful on higher-mileage engines, those which have seen severe service, or those that have not had regular oil and filter changes. This cleaner is designed to be added
to engine oil five minutes before draining, and works to dissolve gum, sludge, and varnish throughout the crankcase, including critical areas like pistons, rings, cylinder walls, and the highlysensitive cam/lifter interface. “These two new chemical service kits, created and manufactured in the United States, represent an important opportunity to upgrade a routine oil change into a premium engine service,” explains Mark Kardon, director of marketing for Penray. ” The precision of fuel injectors used in virtually all late-model cars requires that they be kept meticulously clean and free of debris and deposits that can interfere with proper fuel delivery and injector spray patterns. These two new service kits provide the opportunity to upgrade to a powerful premium service that enhances both performance and longevity.”
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Air-Ride Single Point Suspension
idewell Suspensions released the first model of its airride single point suspensions in the new RAR-254. “The Ridewell Air-Ride Single Point Suspension leverages proven components of the model RAR-266 suspension to provide the smoothness of an air-ride suspension with the advantages of a single point, pedestal mount suspension,” according to the company. The RAR-254 trunnion mount suspension is available in ride heights as low as 10”. The suspension is designed for integration with Ridewell drum and disc brake axles. As an option, the suspension can be shipped fully assembled with pre-aligned axles and pivot hardware torqued to specification. To reduce maintenance, the RAR-254 uses a high-density urethane bushing for the trunnion assembly center bushing instead of trunnion U-bolts. The suspension utilizes weldon pedestal mounts for easy ride height customization. The replaceable boss for the pivot bushing provides for a complete replacement of the bushing assembly. Narrow and wide bushing versions of the RAR-254 are available. Custom ride height, pedestal height and pedestal mount bolt pattern versions can be designed upon request.
FTR January Net Trailer Orders Strong
TR indicates the final January net trailer orders were strong at 32,800 units, up 86% year-over-year, but down 4% month-over-month. January was the third consecutive month of positive orders, and exceeded expectations, with dry van orders jumping 146% yearover-year and reefers down 52% from December. “It appears the trailer order cycle has shifted back a few months this year,” said FTR vice-president of commercial vehicles Don Ake. “Instead of starting in September or October, the order season began in November. This resulted in an unusually high number of orders in January. Uncertainty over the presidential election is probably the reason for this. Business confidence is running high, so we still got our traditional run of three months of strong orders, it just came later than typical.” Over the past year, trailer orders have totalled 234,000 units. “This is another good sign for trucking, freight and the economy for 2017,” said Ake. “Fleets are showing confidence in the market by placing a strong number of requirement orders for the year. These are not all replacement orders, so some fleets are expecting to expand sometime this year. The strength is centred on dry vans, however. The vocational segments have bottomed out and have not really begun a recovery, very similar to Class 8 trucks.”
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The Calm Before The Storm in imposing the 15% foreign buyers tax, a re-haul of real estate practices, a vacancy tax starting in 2017 within the city of Vancouver, and not to mention that CRA has spread a blanket across the Lower Mainland and is targeting any business practices remotely tied to real estate. I am a firm believer that while government initiatives and regulatory control will slow growth for a brief moment, it shall be fleeting as regulation cannot stop demand. Take for example that the 15% foreign buyers tax is on residential real estate only, it does not apply to commercial nor to the non-residential component of mixed use. Talking to individuals on the front lines in condo-presales, supply is limited as condo’s are flying off the shelves like hot-cakes. Despite, recent restrictions in China on outflowing capital, foreign monies will still come into Vancouver and the surrounding cities as a safe haven to invest and foster growth. With the ascendancy of presidentelect Donald Trump, the coming months will show us a possible influx of U.S. immigration and businesses, indirectly immigration from global sources may increase as the White House adopts a tougher stance south of the border. A greater influx of both refugees and new immigrants under the Trudeau administration is also fueling demand in Surrey. B.C. Stats has our net inflow population projection at a conservative 52,000 new individuals for 2017. Contrary to public opinion, even though CRA is specifically targeting construction and real estate, this will not slow down the need for supply. Take into consideration that earlier this week Business in Vancouver published 15,000 construction jobs will be needed to be filled in 2017 due to the sector’s growth. With B.C. currently looking more attractive than Alberta, we are also seeing an internal migration of workers and skilled labour from the oil-fields coming back home. Of course, as always there are two sides to the coin, but as was candidly pointed out to me, two years ago, we live in one of the most desirable places in the world. The 2010 Olympics put us on the map, it’s just a matter of time before our population exponentially multiplies. We can implement all the regulations and red-tape we want, but we have to face reality, this is just the calm before the storm.
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Surviving Major Accidents
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e Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise. Robert Baden-Powell In the event of a Major accident, as long as the driver is wearing a seatbelt, the driver’s injuries are often minor. The
driver compartment of the tractor is designed to move energy forces around the driver and protect in the case of all but the most traumatic of accidents. However, after the accident the driver has to leave this protective bubble. The drivers, while dealing with shock of the accident may have to, cut their seatbelt, break a window, walk or crawl through broken glass, escape from a fire, jump from a height, scale an embankment and survive extreme weather exposure. Any or all of these hazards may injure the driver more than the original vehicle accident did. And in my experience it does. Further, in the same way a ship captain is expected to run the evacuation of a sinking vessel, the driver is the one in control of the vehicle, cargo and accident scene. The primary role of
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Surviving Major Accidents attached securely to the drivers belt-even when charging. In the event of an accident the cell will unplug from the dash but stay in the holster where you can reach it. Whether the driver is trapped in the wreck, or thrown clear, the cell may make the difference between life and death. The cell phone is critical for summoning help. Even in areas with very little signal coverage a text message can be sent and received. Sometimes cell coverage can be obtained by climbing a hill or a tree.
5. Have a seatbelt cutter and window breaker on your person. Best practices have the driver carry in pocket or on belt a multifunction tool capable of cutting the seatbelt webbing and breaking a window. Next best is a cab mounted (within reach of the seated driver) hammer cutter. Unfortunately in a major accident the tool may break free of the mount and fall out of reach of the driver. A major accident is a very emotional situation. Even seeing that someone else has had an accident inspires us to stop and help. The last thing you want to do is create more work for the first responders by becoming injured yourself. Remember that, even when helping you need to keep safe. Remember to wear your hi-vis vest. I know drivers that have been injured helping another at an accident scene. The worse case involved a guy actually being run over. There is a chance that if he had been wearing his vest, he may not have been. No one wants to have an accident but when one happens it happens so quickly that you won’t have time to react. Taking some safety measures are easy and can prepare you to be the leader at the accident scene instead of the victim.
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uskoka, ON: When the Honda Civic landed on Canadian soil in 1973, nobody expected the little hatchback to become as steadfast as a name as it did. Here was a little car, built in Japan, that was going to challenge the surge of the Toyota Corolla. Muscle cars were big of course, but compacts were beginning to make their presence in the North American market. Fast forward forty-four years and the Civic is still here, as one of the best-selling cars in the world. And for 2017, Honda has brought back the Civic Hatchback after 11 years in hiding. We were invited to beautiful Muskoka, full of fall colours, to be one of the first media to drive the new Civic Hatch. Honda has been busy making sure all body styles of the Civic are available to the mass market. The sedan has been a great seller and we were one of the first to drive, and be impressed by, the Civic Coupe in 2016. The Hatch now completes the line-up, offering more versatility to hatchback lovers. However, this is going to cost you a lot more than $4,000, which was the original price in 1973. Honda has gone the same route as some other manufacturers, by building the Hatch on a global platform shared by other models in the line-up. Unless you’ve got a canny eye, you may not notice much difference between the Hatch and sedan from the B-pillars forward. The keen eye will notice a blacked out grille, slightly more aggressive vents, and a lower looking stance. Both the sedan and Hatch are virtually the same height and share the same wheelbase. But unlike the sedan, Honda engineers made sure the Hatch was much more aerodynamic, and based on looks alone, they’ve succeeded. I was impressed by the look of the Coupe and the Hatch is just as, if not more, beautiful. Although our drive fleet was mostly LX trims, if you opt for the Sport or Sport Touring, you’ll get centre exhaust and it looks awesome.
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On the inside, the cabin is almost identical to the sedan. As with the CR-V, which was launched later in the year, the Hatch also has a more premium feel than you’d expect. Honda has really upped its game in design, choice of materials, and overall feel. What’s really going to appeal to buyers of the Hatch is the enormous amount of class-leading cargo space, which tops out at 728 litres, more than the Ford Focus, VW Golf, and Mazda3. According to Honda’s Steve Hui, “This new Civic Hatchback has enough space for two full suitcases AND a golf bag.” Another neat concept for the cargo area is an exceptional tonneau cover, that, rather than being retractable, now rolls from side to side – it works quite well. The roads through Muskoka provided some great driving experiences, where we put the new Hatch through the paces. During the first day of the drive, we drove a CVT-equipped Civic Hatch, which is probably going to be the volume seller because let’s face it, it’s the trend. The CVT (continuously variable transmission) is good, but it’s still a CVT and doesn’t provide as much enthusiasm as a 6-speed or typically geared transmission. For everyday driving, noone is going to complain much, but if you punch the accelerator, you’ll notice some hesitation. This brings me to the shift of the automotive market – most manufacturers are going with a CVT because it’s more economical, has less mechanical issues, and delivers better fuel economy. New drivers may only know a CVT transmission rather than an automatic geared transmission; thus, for these new drivers, they may not know any better – a pity in my opinion. Getting back to the Civic Hatch, there is a Sport mode that does improve the driving experience. I kept it in this mode for most of my drive. Ride quality of the Hatch is quite nice. Up front, the Civic is planted on MacPherson struts while an independent multilink setup is in the rear. As with other “new” Honda models, the rubber bushing have been replaced with fluid,
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which makes a huge difference. While driving through the twisty back roads of Muskoka, the Civic proved to be a good ride. Granted, the ground was wet, overall traction and response was quite acceptable for this LX trim. The electric steering provides good feedback and at higher speeds, feels right. Day two of the drive event gave me the chance get behind the wheel of a manual 6-speed, the transmission most of us gearheads would probably choose. Shifts were short and precise; this is probably one of the best manuals on which to learn to drive a standard. The clutch is also quite forgiving. Both the CVT and 6-speed manuals are mated to the single power mill available (for now) – the new 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that also made its way into the new CR-V. It’s amazing how much smaller the engines are becoming, yet they churn out more HP and torque compared to their previous larger counterparts. This new engine puts out 174 HP and 167 lb-ft of torque in the LX and 180 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque in the Sport and Sport Touring. Looking for even more thrills? Then you’ll be happy to know that Honda has announced that a Civic Si and Type-R variations will be
here in the not too distant future. After two great days of driving, I had averaged 6.2 L/100 km of combined driving, impressive numbers considering we pushed the cars quite a bit. Honda claims class leading fuel economy and we nod our heads in agreement. The new Civic Hatchback LX’s that we drove did not feel entry level at all. Heated front seats, responsive touchscreen complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, rear-view camera and standard 16” wheels really make even the LX an attractive option. But with all these extras, be willing to pay just a bit more. The LX starts at $21, 390, with the Sport at $25, 190, and the Sport Touring at $30, 690 (with CVT and Honda Sensing). Yes, it’s a lot of money for a Hatchback, but according to Honda, you’re now getting a lot more car for the price. The Honda Civic Hatchback has been a crowd favourite since the day it was launched forty-four years ago. The newest iteration should be a favourite again as buyers will get a sporty premium car with the versatility of a hatch. For more information on the new Civic, visit www.honda.ca.
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avistar recently issued a recall for certain International trucks regarding an issue with batteries, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. An electrical short caused by the defect can potentially lead to a fire. More specifically, certain 2017 International ProStar, LoneStar, 9900i and TransStar trucks are affected. A metallic battery cover latch may unlatch and contact the battery jump start stud, causing
an electrical short to ground if the jump start stud is not covered, according to the NHTSA recall. Owners will be notified and instructed to have a dealer install a latch stop to prevent the latch from rotating to the unlatched position at no charge to the customer. Navistar expects the recall to begin on Feb. 17. For more information, call Navistar’s customer service at 800-448-7825 with recall number 16513. NHTSA’s official recall number is 16V-938.
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Following are the average prices by region as reported by the EIA: • U.S. – $2.572, up seven-tenths • East Coast – $2.628, up two-tenths • New England – $2.658, down 1.0 cent • Central Atlantic – $2.770, up five-tenths • Lower Atlantic – $2.521, up two-tenths • Midwest – $2.495, up eight-tenths • Gulf Coast – $2.433, up nine-tenths • Rocky Mountain – $2.548, up 2.6 cents • West Coast – $2.876, up seven-tenths • West Coast less California – $2.767, up six-tenthst • California – $2.966, up nine-tenths
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