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Embrace change

elcome to the May/June issue of Desi Trucking. Spring is here, although on some days, it feels more like summer with the warmer days. With the changing seasons, there’s some changes happening at the JGK Media office. First of all, we say good-bye to Ron Dhaliwal as Editorin-Chief of Desi Trucking Magazine; although Ron is still an integral part of JGK Media, his role will be changing to oversee new ventures and initiatives. As I take over his role, we would like to thank Ron for his contributions in Desi Trucking Magazine. Next, as many of you may know, earlier this year, JGK Media became the official South-Asian partner with Truck World and Newcom Business Media. This strategic partnership was aimed at bringing ethnic communities, in the trucking industry, under one roof, at Truck World 2016. We are proud to announce that Truck World 2016 was a huge success, with the highest attendance numbers yet. All vendors noticed a significant increase in numbers, especially from those of South-Asian ancestry. See our coverage of the event, with lots of pictures, in this issue. Most people are not comfortable with change and thus, never reach their full potential. From our experiences, embracing change and then working hard to learn new skills results in success. The trucking industry has been changing and evolving in the past three decades, and many people have worked hard to attain success. If they can do it, so can you. As we look ahead to the summer months, a reminder to always be safe on the road. From all of us at JGK Media, God bless.

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rucking has evolved at lot over the years. With fuel being one of the largest expenses on the operating spread sheet, for the past 60 plus years, truckers have sought out ways and means to make large trucks more aerodynamic to cut through the air in the most efficient manner. Engines have become more powerful and more fuel efficient and trucks themselves have become sleeker. The possibility of improvements in aerodynamics for 8

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Trailers: Helping with the push for economy to be effective. In this piece, we’ll try to outline some of those aftermarket options that are making a difference. The big thing “in” thing with trailers is aerodynamics and lightweight with adequate strength, but considering that freight is easiest moved inside a cubed device, the inherent limitations of the trailer become obvious. Box trailers and reefer trailers are going through all sorts of modifications to make them easier on the tractor in the interest of fuel efficiency. Trailer manufacturers are challenged to make a big cubed box aerodynamic. The challenge is, the higher the speed of the truck and trailer unit, the more difficult it becomes to push the air out of the way and then there’s the big vacuum at the back of the trailer where a vortex of air going back into that vacuum creates a suction effect that pulls road debris and snow up and around to the back of the trailer. Box trailers, for the past three decades or so, have had bubble noses on about the top three feet of the trailer to deflect airflow up and around. Instead of having air hit the flat front of the trailer, a nose cone is attached to the front of the trailer. These bubble type nose cones claim to reduce drag and fuel economy for the pulling vehicle by some .2 miles per gallon. That doesn’t sound like much but every reduction in fuel used is significant. Nose cones costs are into four figures so the pay back for the nose cone is measured in years, not months or even days as with some devices that make trailers easier to pull, adding stability, and fuel economy to the pulling vehicle. Reefer trailers have this large refrigeration unit attached to the front of the trailer. Over the years, the reefer manufacturers have made the leading edge of the reefer unit more streamlined and rounded to deflect the air to the sides of the trailer, and have reduced the weight of the unit itself. But still, simply because of the weight of the unit itself, it doesn’t lend itself to much saving in the fuel economy of the towing unit. For the past decade or so, trailer skirts have been attached to the underside of the trailer to streamline the air flow under the trailer so the air is directed past the wheel assembly of the trailer past the wheels. These trailer skirts are quite effective in reducing drag, thus improving fuel economy of the vehicle pulling it. Savings of .5 to even .8 miles per gallon are not uncommon. For years, products like “vortex generators” have been around and have been quite successful at reducing fuel usage. These look like wishbones and are glued to the sides of the trailer, along the rear edge, next to the hinges for the barn doors on the trailer. Interfering with the vortex air flow at the back of the trailer improving handling, especially in a cross wind situation, but interestingly enough snow packing on the rear of the trailer is


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Trailers: Helping with the push for economy substantially reduced. These vortex creators are inexpensive (several hundred dollars for a trailer; the same for a truck) and the fuel saving alone starts to pay dividends almost immediately because of the low cost. The vortex generators add one inch to the trailer shadow and the weight added isn’t more than a couple of pounds. A man can carry enough of these wishbone shaped vortex generators in one hand. These vortex generators can also be placed on the fairings of the power units to reduce the drag from the gap between truck and trailer. Also, when installed around the front of the hood, they can replace bug deflectors, providing a lower profile and still provide that reduction of bugs hitting the windshield. Vortex generators were invented to solve some of the aerodynamic issues at NASA during the shuttle program and they proved to be successful meeting those challenges and have been moved into the trucking side of transportation with great deal of success. Lately, there has been a move toward trailer tails that change the rear vortex of a moving trailer. While the fuel saving is approximately equal to the vortex generators, above, there are still questions about the snow packing potential behind the trailer. There has had to be changes to length laws for these tail equipped trailers, which haven’t yet been universally adopted. The weight addition also isn’t insignificant possibly several hundred pounds. The cost associated with trailer tails is more than ten times that of the vortex generators yet the fuel saving alone is almost identical. Trailers themselves continue to shed weight as newer stronger metals are brought into use. That reefer used in the 1980’s and 1990’s was well into the 22 to 23,000 pound range and now is in the 17,000 pound range, allowing payloads to be considerably greater. It’s the same thing with box trailers -- 10,000 to 12,000 pound equipment is the norm now, making payloads much heavier and making the cost per pound of freight lower. Flat decks and step decks have been going through similar changes. Side skirts on flat decks and weight reductions have been the “go to” methods for improvements. But, flat decks and step decks must carry tarps and securement devices to protect their loads from exposure and ensure there is no movement of the freight on board. Tool boxes beneath the deck on flat decks have been utilized for the function of side skirting while providing that space for equipment. One weight reduction rolling resistance item that really hasn’t been taken too seriously at this point, is the advent of the super single. Super single tires weigh much less than two normal sized tires. The footprint of the super single versus the regular tire is almost the same, yet the aerodynamic values are much improved. The disadvantage is that once a super single is flat, it requires a service call to get it repaired, whereas dual tires can be limped into a shop for repair. However, the resistance to super singles for this particular reason seems meaningless when many drivers choose safety first and request a road service call for tire changes. Many subtle changes will appear in trailer manufacturing over the next few years. Changes are just a fact of life. The question is will any of those changes go from aftermarket to OEM? Will these changes be accepted by the entire industry? And finally, how will the various competitive ideas and concepts become resisted or accepted within the industry? These are questions to which answers will come in the near future. 12

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Drug and Alcohol Testing carriers who must adhere to U.S. rules and must be addressed. For instance, when a driver’s name appears on the list, he or she would be required to sign a consent form before details about test results, substance abuse treatment, and follow-up tests could be released. At least one lawyer, Ronald Henry, opines submitting names of Canadian drivers who test positive to a US database could open up a can of worms. “There are humongous privacy issues here. Expect challenges,” he suggests. Dr. Barry Kurtzer, chief medical review officer for DriverCheck said, “We did pose the question to FMCSA quite some time ago as to whether or not Clearing House rules would apply to Canada, and whether FMCSA had made provisions for Canadian addresses, bilingualism, and privacy rules. Unfortunately, we never received answers to our questions. We’ll know more about the impact on Canada once the FMCSA officially publishes its Clearing House rule.” The US Department of Health and Human Services has recently published two notices of proposed rule-making, which will affect the DoT drug testing regimen in the very near future. One of the rules will see more drugs added to the “panels,” or categories of intoxicants. The current FMCSA rules require drivers to be screened for five types of narcotics, sometimes referred to as the NIDA 5: these include amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates, and PCP. Prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone will soon be included in the panels. Oxycodone, a synthetic type of opiate popular among the illicit drug-taking fraternity has been added, as have amphetamine variants such as MDA and MDMA (better known as ecstasy). The second initiative concerns the addition of oral fluid collection to the drug-testing menu. Up until now, urine analysis was the only accepted methodology for DoT random, pre-employment, reasonable cause and post-incident testing. This new rule will allow for oral (saliva) testing as well. When the rule is published, employers could use either saliva or urine collection, or both. The saliva test is considered a better procedure for determining the “probability” of impairment. It can show the presence of a drug or a drug’s metabolite in the subject’s system for several hours after ingestion and depending on the amount of that substance, could inductively indicate whether or not the driver was “probably” impaired when reporting for work. Hair follicle testing is gaining in popularity, particularly in the USA, where workplace drug testing is widespread. Strands of hair, an inch-and-a-half long, can provide the lab with a snapshot of drug use over a 90-day period. For that reason, some employers prefer this process for pre-employment testing, as it can provide a wider spectrum of the driver’s drug-using lifestyle and potentially risky behaviour. Some hair follicle testing is being done in Canada, usually in pre-employment situations for truck and bus drivers, but the procedure is expensive and decried by civil libertarians. American Trucking Associations (ATA) president and CEO Bill Graves is a major proponent of the procedure and has been lobbying USA legislators to have it included as part of DoT testing. Hair testing is now undergoing its own detailed review by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But the HHS’s proposed oral fluid protocols are currently much further along the development curve. “We believe that oral fluid testing will be cleared for use in DoT programs sometime in 2016,” says Kurtzer. Police and regulating authorities both in Canada and the US are concerned with people driving while “high,” particularly under the influence of THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana). Recreational marijuana use is now permitted in some states and the 16

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Drug and Alcohol Testing number of medical marijuana users in Canada is expected to increase dramatically in the coming years, not to mention the legalization of marijuana in Canada expected in April 2017. About 50,000 drunk driving charges are recorded in Canada each year, while only about 1,000 drug impaired charges are laid. Legislation and technology is what is lacking. There is presently no roadside test for drivers to determine the presence of drugs. The best way to determine drug impairment would be by administering a roadside blood test, but this is not practical. Oral fluid collection seems to be the way forward at this time, either by means of a breath sample or a swab of saliva. Medical instrument suppliers are scrambling to fill the need. For example, Cannabix Technologies of Vancouver, B.C., founded by a retired RCMP officer, is developing a handheld breathalyzer-type device that captures mucus particles from the lungs and uses a newly developed type of spectroscopy to determine if there are cannabinoids present. A national forensics panel is also evaluating three other such devices. Canadian regulators will probably look to places like Australia, where various jurisdictions have been using roadside saliva test kits for years. States like Washington, Colorado, and Montana have set an impairment limit of five nanograms of THC per microlitre of blood. Being in the same room with someone smoking marijuana would generate that level without a person having personally used the drug. The problem being testing equipment has been slower to be put in place than the rules permitting use of marijuana. Most likely Canadian authorities will go with the five nanogram plasma baseline for THC, which is also consistent with the 2015 task force guidance of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The US DoT has banned the use of medical marijuana by commercial drivers, so a Canadian driver taking prescribed medical cannabis products may not drive on US roadways. Canada must either pass legislation similar to that passed in the United States or be prepared for unnecessary challenges. If the trucker only works within Canada, then of course, only Canadian rules would apply, hypothesizing the Canadian rules would be different. However, workplaces would have to have an iron-clad drug testing policy in effect and no one’s rights or privacy are being violated before determining a THC user is fit or unfit for work. Both the driver and the carrier must be vitally concerned with a positive test result. Termination can be the end result only after warnings and counselling has failed. In Canada, drug dependence is considered a disability, and if a driver fails a test and admits to having a substance abuse problem, he or she has to be accommodated. This is done through a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) who recommends a course of treatment. Subsequent return-to-work and follow up testing may be required. The U.S. has taken a different approach. Instead of measuring impairment, they predict risky behaviour to create a safe workplace. Termination isn’t the goal of testing for illicit drug use but identifying and treating those who need to be so counselled and rehabilitated. 18

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hen purchasing used equipment, it’s important to know the history of the item before opening up your wallet. The sale of equipment in North America is not regulated. An equipment dealership has a dealership license, but the sales people are not licensed and the dealership does not answer to any regulatory body. They may answer to the brand name they represent to uphold a certain look and image, but there are no independent or government bodies to protect consumers from any crooked or what is deemed as devious behaviour. Car dealerships do offer consumers protection. In British Columbia where I am located; car dealerships are regulated by The Vehicle Sales Authority of British Columbia or VSA. Because I work with a car dealership, I am a licensed sales person. I had to take a two day course put on by the VSA, and was required to write and pass an exam about the rules for selling cars in B.C. We have standards of safety to uphold and disclosure to the consumer. If a consumer makes a complaint about a dealership, they face penalties such as fines, must adhere to compliance, and face disciplinary action. Recently I had a client looking to purchase a used truck from a local major dealership. I got his deal approved for financing and proceeded to pull a report on the truck. I was shocked to see an accident for over $60,000 on the report. I called the client and asked him if the truck had any accidents that he knew of. He proudly told me he had asked the dealership and was advised there was nothing. I sent the client the report and explained that due to a declaration that large, I was unable to purchase the truck for him. I could not ensure the safety of the client if he was to drive this truck, nor justify the asking sale price. I am liable for any injuries or misrepresentation as I answer to a regulatory body. As I tell all clients with this issue, “I will keep you, but not the truck. Let’s find something better.” The client confronted the dealership and declined the truck. Situations like this occur very frequently and this was a major dealership so the

- 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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“As is...Where is” driver thought he could trust them. Trust no one because nothing qW aunHW ieh kih ik p`lw JwV ilAw ik aus ‘qy iliKAw sI ‘ijvyN is regulated. hY ij`Qy hY’[ ies leI zrUrI hY ik KRIdx vwly sMd sbyVy nUM cMgI qrHW I caution all of my drivers to bring a mechanic or very experienced dyK prK ilAw jwvy[ swlvyj vhIklW dw vI keI vwr mslw swhmxy driver or their boss with them to look at used equipment. Whether AwauNdw hY[ieMSUrYNs ny iksy smwn dw ih`sw swlvyj ilK id`qw hY[ies it’s a private sale or from a dealership, you may possibly be lied to nUM KRId kr ilAw jWdw hY murMmq krvw ky, ienspYkSn qoN bwAd muV about the history of that item. No one is regulating what the person sVk ‘qy cwVH id`qw jWdw hY[ swlvyj hox kwrn ies dI kImq vI in front of you selling the equipment says. It is being sold “As Is bhuq G`t huMdI hY[ mShUr kMpnIAW sur`iKAw Awid kwrnW krky ienHW Where Is”. If you have decided on an item, please pull a carproof nUM PweInYNs vI nhIN krdIAW[ies kwrn hI bhuq swry gwhk sur`iKAw or carfax report before exchanging any money. Check to see its Awid kwrnW krky ienHW nUM qrjIh nhIN idMdy[ accident history and also look for any liens. jdoN vI koeI cldw vhIkl KRIdxw hY qW DoKybwz vycx vwiLAW Trailers do not come up on carproof or carfax. It is important qoN bcx dI loV hY[Awp hI iDAwn dyvo ik quhwfy nwL koeI DoKw qW to go look at the trailer in person and thoroughly inspect it. You nhIN kr irhw[aus dIAW irportW kFvwE Aqy swry srivs irkwrf can contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV, vI iDAwn nwl vyKo[jy ies swrI ivDI sbMDI nhIN pqw qW iksy koloN to request an accident history of a trailer. This procedure differs jwxkwrI lY lE[ikauN ik KRId smyN qW quhwfy ib`l ‘qy” ijvyN hY, ij`Qy from each state and province. If a trailer was serviced by the hY” dy Sbd hI ilKy imlxgy[ manufacturer, they will have the service records, but may not release the records due to privacy laws. A trailer dealership told me of a client that wanted a 48’ trailer fast. The dealership had nothing in stock so the client found and bought a used trailer online sight unseen. When he picked it up it was 44’ long and not 48’. He called the seller and said he wanted his money back and the seller said, “As is Where Is” and no refunds. So please inspect anything you intend to buy in person in advance. Salvage vehicles are another issue coming up often. Insurance has written off a piece of equipment as salvage, and it is purchased, repaired, inspected and put back on the road. The price is a lot less because it’s not worth as much as a non salvage item, and it will be difficult to finance. 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Joint Efforts by JGK Media and Newcom Media Result in Successful Truck World 2016 By: JGK Staff Reporter


ewcom Media’s Truck World is already known as Canada’s National Truck Show, and for good reason: it’s the largest truck show in the nation, occupying almost all of the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario over a period of 3 days, every two years. For 2016, attendance numbers hit an all-time high! This year, JGK Media Inc., parent company of Desi Trucking Magazine, became the official SouthAsian partner with Newcom Business Media, and was charged with the task of bringing ethnic communities under one roof at Truck World 2016. “Canada’s trucking industry has been evolving over the past three decades, with more and more ethnic communities becoming involved in the industry,” said Jag Dhatt, Senior VP with JGK Media Inc. “It was necessary to bring the entire trucking industry together under one roof, and why not at Canada’s national truck show? This strategic partnership ensured community involvement by having open communication with all those, especially the South-Asian community, vested in the industry.” "Regardless of whether you're a driver, owner/ operator, manager, recruiter, or owner of a company in the industry, Truck World brings everyone together," said Ron Dhaliwal, Managing Director of JGK Media. "We are very proud of the joint efforts of both JGK Media and Newcom Media." From April 13th to 16th, the International Centre was the center of attention for the trucking industry. For the first time, the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit took place. The summit was extremely successful and it seems, will become a regular part of show. Truck World 2016 began with the Kick-Off Breakfast on Thursday April 14th, a sold out event in which the keynote speaker, Murray K. Mullen, discussed the impact of North American industries on the transport industry. All 450 plus attendees gained more insight from one of the leaders in the industry. Immediately after the Kick-Off Breakfast, the doors were opened to the public. According to Joe Glionna, VP of Newcom Media, overall numbers for Truck World were up from previous 26

years. “There was a noticeable increase in numbers, and so much that vendors noticed,” said Glionna. “We had the busiest three days in Truck World’s history. And had the weather not been so great on Saturday, the numbers would have been even higher,” he joked. Volvo Canada took the opportunity to hold its press conference at Truck World. Said Tracy Gerber, Marketing Manager of Volvo Canada, “We thought of various options for the press conference, but thought Truck World would be the best fit and oppurtunity.” Various Volvo executives and managers highlighted the company’s advancements in its I-Drive system, engines, transmissions, and new crawler gears. For the first time, Volvo has attained an all-time high on all 7 levels this year. Visitors from near and far were amazed at the high quality of the vendor displays. Raman Singh, who travelled from California to partake in the show, said, “If the vendor booths are nicely done, visitors really enjoy the show that much more. I had a great time at Truck World and will be back for the next one.” The local South-Asian community was more actively involved in the show. Not only were numbers significantly and noticeably higher, it was the quality of the interaction that was key. Both Bobby Saini and Tony Singh of JGK Media said, “We saw buyers asking important questions of vendors. It was great to see visitors inquiring about various engine configurations, tire warranties, and pricing of products and services.” Although exact numbers were not available at the time, Glionna estimates total attendance numbers to be significantly higher than 20,000. “It was a great show and we look forward to building our relationship with JGK Media,” said Glionna. Added Dhaliwal, “JGK Media is honoured to be partnered with an organization like Newcom because we all have the same vision in mind, which is unifying the trucking industry.” “A show like this is only possible with all those in the industry to be involved, whether directly or indirectly,” said Dhatt. “Without a doubt, the local trucking community needs to be at Truck World 2018 and we look forward to seeing them there.”

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Desi News

PACCAR to Have Allison TC10 Fully Automatic in Kenworth and Peterbilt Models


ACCAR has started an engineering program with Allison Transmission to release the fully automatic Allison TC10® in the latest PACCAR models. The TC10 transmission will be offered in Kenworth T680 and T880 and Peterbilt Models 567 and 579 with both PACCAR and Cummins engines. “We are looking forward to offering the TC10 to our Peterbilt and Kenworth customers,” said Landon Sproull, PACCAR Assistant Vice President. “Allison’s reputation for quality and technology is well known.” Offered with 10 forward speeds and two reverse, the TC10 uses a patented torque converter and twin counter shaft design. It is designed for tractor configurations to optimize performance and fuel economy with uninterrupted power shifting in all ranges. An industry leading five-year or 750,000 mile transmission system warranty is included. PACCAR has started an engineering program with Allison Transmission to release the fully automatic Allison TC10®

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in the latest PACCAR models. The TC10 transmission will be offered in Kenworth T680 and T880 and Peterbilt Models 567 and 579 with both PACCAR and Cummins engines.


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No Texting Rule Fact Sheet


MCSA published new rules that restrict texting and the use of hand-held mobile phones by truck and bus drivers while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Research commissioned by FMCSA shows the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) are 23.2 times greater for CMV drivers who text while driving than for those who do not. Texting drivers took their eyes off the forward roadway for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, this equates to a driver traveling 371 feet, or the approximate length of a football field (including the end zones)—without looking at the roadway! What exactly is “Texting”? Texting means manually entering text into, or reading text from, an electronic device. Texting includes (but is not limited to), short message services, e-mailing, instant messaging, a command or request to access a Web page, pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a call using a mobile telephone, or engaging in any other form of electronic text retrieval or entry, for present or future communication.


What does this rule mean to you? Fines and Penalties - Texting while driving can result in driver disqualification. Penalties can be up to $2,750 for drivers and up to $11,000 for employers who allow or require drivers to use a handheld communications device for texting while driving. Disqualification - Multiple convictions for texting while driving a CMV can result in a driver disqualification by FMCSA. Multiple violations of State law prohibiting texting while driving a CMV that requires a CDL is a serious traffic violation that could result in a CDL driver being disqualified for up to 120 days. What are the risks? - Texting is risky because it causes the driver to take his/her eyes off the roadway. Dispatching devices that are part of a fleet management system can be used for other purposes, but texting on a dispatching device is indistinguishable from texting on another text-capable device, and is therefore prohibited. EPA Celebrates SmartWay Affiliates that Support Cleaner Freight The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honouring seven affiliates for raising awareness about the benefits of sustainable goods movement as part of the 2016 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge. SmartWay affiliates participating in this year’s challenge have done outstanding work reaching out to inform and educate businesses, their communities, truck drivers and other stakeholders about steps they can take to reduce freight emissions and their other environmental impacts. “EPA commends the Affiliate Challenge honourees for their commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity in supporting our shared goals for sustainable transportation,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “Their work is helping advance more sustainable systems for delivering freight, reducing its climate change impacts and improving air quality.” Transportation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., accounting for close to 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Freight delivery accounts for nearly 40 percent of those emissions. EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible to protect public health and reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change. Demonstration of a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and environmentally friendly business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 72 million metric tons of the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change, while saving more than 170 million barrels of oil and more than $24 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay also contributes to cleaner air and healthier citizens by significantly reducing emissions of the pollution that contributes to smog. maY / JUNE 2016

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Sale of Natural Gas for Class 8 Trucks Slowly Improves


nited States and Canadian natural gas Class 8 truck retail sales improved modestly in February, after getting off to a slow start in 2016, according to a recent report from ACT Research.

The “Natural Gas Quarterly” attributes this to a high number of natural gas vehicle repeat sales, despite the continuing low cost of diesel prices, which is making the return on investment for adopting of natural gas less lucrative for fleets not yet invested in NG-fuelled vehicles. “With the fuel price differential continuing to narrow, the ROI to convert from diesel to natural gas is moving in the wrong direction:

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Payback periods are lengthening,” said Ken Vieth, ACT’s senior partner and general manager. “This doesn’t mean the adoption of NG fuel has stopped or that there are no new developments supporting a future uptick in NG truck orders. “Despite a 3 percent month-over-month uptick in February, year-to-date volumes are 14 percent below 2015’s level, and year-over-year sales are down 25 percent. NG infrastructure continues to be built, albeit at targeted locations, and existing NG equipment users remain committed to its long-term viability and emission benefits.” Additionally, the report provides examples of how equipment research and development efforts are continuing to advance the market. ACT Research sees only modest, single-digit growth for the adoption of natural gas as a transportation fuel in the U.S. the next few years, barring legislative changes. The “Natural Gas Quarterly” provides information on the current and projected status of those factors that impact a decision to adopt natural gas. It includes a “dashboard gauge” that looks at fuel price spread, public heavy duty NG fuelling infrastructure, NG equipment, and actual NG heavy duty truck sales.

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Mack to Invest $70 m. in Lehigh Valley Plant


ack Trucks announced a plan to invest some $70 million over three years in its Lehigh Valley truck assembly operations in Pennsylvania.

Plant enhancements will include a 75,000 square-foot expansion to improve material handling and flow; new manufacturing IT systems; equipment and tooling; and a new building for conducting quality audits on completed vehicles. “For more than 40 years, Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations has built highquality trucks that our customers can

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depend on,” said Dennis Slagle, president of Mack Trucks. “This investment strategy will help ensure we continue to deliver Mack’s legendary durability through a more efficient, integrated and modern manufacturing operation.” To streamline the manufacturing process, Mack says its chassis pre-assembly work currently completed by Westport Axle in Breinigsville, PA, will be moved into the Mack plant. Westport will continue several other critical support operations for Mack. The investment plan includes about $12 million in projects that will be completed over the next three years, but were included in the $26 million upgrade announced in 2014. Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations produced its first trucks in 1975. Today, the 1 million-square foot facility assembles all Mack trucks built for the North American market and export.

Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study Report says NO CHANGE


he United States Department of Transportation today released the “Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study Report” to Congress. The department was called upon in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act to study the issues associated with trucks operating within and in excess of current size and weight limits. The report concludes that additional data analysis is necessary to fully understand the impacts of heavier and larger trucks on the transportation system. Importantly, the department finds that the data limitations are so profound that no changes in the relevant laws and regulations should be considered until these limitations are overcome.



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VersaCold Logistics Services Announces Acquisition of CPX


oronto, Ontario –– VersaCold Logistics Services, Canada’s largest supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on the handling of temperature sensitive products, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Coastal Pacific Xpress (CPX), BC’s largest refrigerated carrier specializing in the shipping of perishable and ambient products throughout Canada and the USA. The acquisition comes just one month after the announcement of VersaCold’s acquisition of Gary Heer Transport and the launch of its newest subsidiary, VersaCold North America Transportation Solutions Limited (VNATS). The newest addition to VNATS, CPX will continue to operate as its own entity while enhancing VersaCold’s growth in the cross-border transportation market segment, including truckload and less-than-truckload capabilities. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals, is anticipated to close in the first half of 2016. “We have always held CPX in high regard for its reliable service and deep commitment to its customers,” said Douglas Harrison, President & CEO of VersaCold. “This exciting acquisition is a major step towards reaching our goal of being Canada’s premiere, fully integrated, total supply chain solutions provider. Through partnerships with exceptional companies like CPX, we live our vision of being our customer’s most trusted and reliable long-term partner by providing new and innovative solutions and services that provide stability and peace of mind, allowing them to focus on what matters most – the satisfaction, health and wellness of their valued consumers.” “We are proud and excited to join VersaCold and to be a key part of the company’s expansion into cross-border transportation services,” said Scott McIntosh, President of CPX. “VersaCold and CPX service many of Canada’s leading companies and it was clear to us that, when partnered, we would only be stronger and more empowered to provide solutions and services that enable our exceptional clients to achieve great business results.” CIBC Capital Markets acted as financial advisor, McCarthy Tétrault LLP acted as legal counsel, and EY provided accounting and tax due diligence advice to VersaCold in connection with the transaction. 36

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Land rover DISCOvery SPORT

It’s Disco Time


et’s start with the most obvious – pricing. We all know that Jaguar Land Rover didn’t have the most budget friendly pricing, until now. The 2016 Discovery Sport starts at just $41,790, while the HSE Luxury is priced at $50,290. If we’re making comparisons, these are numbers just slightly above a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. In the same breath, the Disco Sport is on par with the Europeans, namely the Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Volvo XC60. In fact, a neighbour of mine talked to me about his next potential purchase, which was going to be a CR-V, and I told him about the Discovery Sport. After a visit to the JLR dealer and test drive, he forgoes the Honda and buys the Disco Sport HSE Luxury, complete with the Black 38

Design Package. Who would have thought? When looking at any piece of art or décor, it’s always subjective. My wife and I really liked the look of the Disco Sport, but there is a disclaimer. Unless you’re on a really tight budget, get the HSE Luxury with the Black Design Package because it makes all the difference in the world. Sure, the base SE looks good, but it’s like looking at a piece of art on canvas, without the elegant finished frame. Our test vehicle was finished in beautiful Firenze Red, complete with contrast Santorini Black roof and 20” Five Split-Spoke Gloss Black wheels. Big bold “Discovery” badging, on front and back, was also in black. This latest Land Rover feels right at home, whether going off-road, through mud, or to a corporate business meeting.

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In addition to the aggressive pricing of the new Disco Sport, another big surprise is the interior, with respect to materials, styling, and space. Being a Land Rover, you’d expect the interior to be wellfurnished and for the most part it is. The cabin is well designed and with the HSE Luxury package, you pretty much have all the bells and whistles: panoramic sunroof, climate front and heated rear seats, 3-zone climate control, and of course, a multitude of safety systems. Land Rover could have done a better job in choosing better hard plastic materials on the door panels and upper dash, as they don’t match up to, let’s say, the Audi or BMW. Also, if we’re getting picky, the 5” colour TFT driver information centre is a little small – some design elements could have been changed to have it a tad larger. However, the 8” infotainment screen is bright and nicely placed. Now, if you can look beyond these minor quirks, be amazed by the cavernous interior. The interior of the Discovery Sport is surprisingly spacious, for both people moving and cargo space – you’d never imagine if you just looked at the outside. In Canada, 5-seating is standard, but for $1900 more, the “5 + 2” is available, and highly recommended, in case you ever needed them. Front and second row seats are quite comfortable, and fully adjustable. I’m 5’11” and I had no trouble at all sitting in either row. Just for testing, my friend who is 6’4”, found the front two rows to be quite comfortable, with plenty of shoulder and headroom. The back row should be reserved for smaller people or young kids – period. Another point to add here is that if you’re occupying all 7 seats, you can forget the cargo space, save for some minor bags. However, with the third row folded, there’s enough space (981 liters, in fact) in the cargo area to haul maY / JUNE 2016

quite a bit. Even though the Disco Sport replaces the LR2, it will most likely be compared with the Range Rover Evoque. Power for this SUV comes from the same 2.0L, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine found in the Evoque. With 240 hp, there’s plenty of power for most all urban and suburban conditions; however, it doesn’t have the oomph that you feel in the Evoque. The 9-speed ZF transmission is excellent though, as is the Disco’s all wheel drive system, and we’d expect nothing less. And how can we not mention the Terrain Response system, which has settings for sand, snow, rock, and mud. This system automatically adjusts the drive system, throttle response, and traction control to ensure the best traction and performance on any surface. Both my wife and I found the Disco Sport quite comfortable to drive, and more importantly, she felt reassured knowing that she’s driving a vehicle that will keep our family safe. Our three daughters were comfortable in the 2nd rows seats and didn’t feel the need to keep pushing each other. Not that we ever will need it, but knowing that the Disco Sport can also wade through almost two feet of water is kind of cool. Around town, parking the SUV was easy, especially with the surround-view camera. For a family like ours, honestly, I couldn’t find too much to fault with the Disco. We really liked it. When I first spoke to Ryan Muir, JLR’s Western Market Manager, last year, he had told me that the new Discovery Sport would bridge the gap between the Evoque and the LR4. “I think the Discovery Sport will be a hot seller,” he had said. Initially I had my doubts, but after spending a week with the Disco Sport, I think he nailed it. This could become Land Rover’s best selling model in Canada. 39

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n keeping with tradition, Peterbilt Canada celebrated its Exclusive VIP Customer Dinner with elegance and flair, and JGK Media was the select media company to be invited. The event was held at the classy and noble Albany Club, in downtown Toronto. For those interested in a brief history lesson, the Albany Club was founded in 1882 by friends and supporters of John A. Macdonald, who was both Canada’s first Prime Minister and the Club’s first President. Thus, what better place to hold Peterbilt’s Exclusive VIP Dinner than at this prestigious club. This Exclusive VIP Customer Dinner was not only to thank Peterbilt customers, but to recognize and celebrate an anniversary. Dan Kaye, Director of Operations of Peterbilt Canada, provided attendees with a background of Peterbilt Manitoba Ltd. and how it became one of the top dealers in Canada. Peterbilt Manitoba Ltd., established in 1981 by Ed Danylchuk, has been a Peterbilt Standard of Excellence award winner almost every year since 1996. Ed’s son, Doug Danylchuck, who is now at the helm of Peterbilt Manitoba, was on hand to receive the 35th dealer anniversary award. “It’s a privilege for us to work with the Danylchuck family, whose main goal is to provide the best products and services to their clients,” said Kaye before calling up Doug Danylchuck to receive the award. All guests to Peterbilt’s Exclusive VIP Customer Dinner were treated to the best in food and drinks, with the event going well into the evening. There was lots of mingling, laughing, and of course, the opportunity to connect with others in the industry. Since the Albany Club is in downtown, Peterbilt brought attendees via private bus. Of course, we were all thankful for this service. I must say, Peterbilt Canada sure knows how to throw a great and memorable party. 40

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ORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) announced today that on June 22, its four new pillar trucking councils – Compliance and Freight Policy Council, Cross-Border Council, People, Planning and Development Council and the Cargo Crime Council – will come together under one roof in Toronto.

The OTA said this new Council Summit will help make trucking companies more efficient and profitable. The Council Summit is set to take place at the International Plaza Hotel and will be an interactive, educational and networking event dealing with vital industry issues of safety/freight policy, labour, customs and cargo security.

The four councils will each host concurrent sessions that will identify key trends transforming the industry, such as technical standards, rules and regulations, emerging equipment and new technologies. Attendees will be encouraged to take part in an open discussion on current issues and industry best practices, which will help OTA shape future policy. OTA says the cost to attend the Council Summit is $50 for the networking lunch fee. OTA CEO David Bradley is the keynote speaker.

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REENSBORO, N.C. — Mack Leasing System added 19 dealers to its network in 2015, expanding its number of locations to 210 full-service Mack Trucks dealers. These dealers offer leasing in addition to traditional sales, parts and service, the company announced. In the past five years, the number of facilities offering full-service leasing has grown by nearly 50%, Mack announced. “Along with access to Mack’s latest truck models and technology, many of our customers want the predictable operating costs that a maintenance contract can provide,” said Matt Peterson, Mack Leasing System director of North American leasing and contract services. “With more Mack dealers now part of the Mack Leasing System network, we have greater flexibility in meeting our customers’ heavy-duty transport needs.” Mack Leasing System accounted for more than 11% of Mack trucks delivered last year, making it the brand’s largest customer in North America, the company says. 42

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New MICHELIN Pre-Mold Retread Designed for Demanding Urban Applications MICHELIN X ONE XZUS+ retread delivers 50% greater wear life, enhanced durability and scrub resistance for refuse operations


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Volvo FH16 and I-Shift with Crawler Gears Pulls 750 Tonnes from Standstill


n the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden, 40 containers filled with Volvo spare parts sit on 20 trailers and form a 300-metre long road train. Together with the truck it weighs 750 tonnes. The mission: to drive a Volvo FH16 from standstill while hauling 750 tonnes and cover a distance of 100 metres. “I-Shift with crawler gears offers starting traction that is unlike anything else on the market for series-produced trucks. The new crawler ratios make it possible to haul really heavy loads, start off in difficult terrain, and drive at speeds as low as 0.5 km/h. Specially built trucks are normally used for exceptionally heavy loads, but here we’re using a Volvo FH16 with a driveline that has come straight from the factory,” says Peter Hardin, Product Manager FM and FMX at Volvo Trucks. The Volvo FH16 used in the test features I-Shift with crawler gears and the strongest axles from Volvo’s regular product range. The truck is driven by Magnus Samuelsson, former holder of the “World’s Strongest Man” title.

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“Few things can match the sense of challenging and winning over one’s physical limitations. I’ve faced many tough challenges over the years but this pull is my heaviest ever,” says Magnus Samuelsson. At his side he has experienced trucking journalist Brian Weatherley. “That Volvo Trucks has developed an automated gearbox that can haul 325 tonnes gross combination weight is impressive. But tackling more than 700 tonnes GCW* with a single regular production truck is really quite amazing. In my 30 years as a trucking journalist I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Brian Weatherley. ACT NOW!

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