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Jag Dhatt

“Think as a Community, Not as an Individual”

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rucking itself is not only a profession, but a community as well. Any individual action can make a huge impact on this community, whether good or bad. As human beings, we always think of our own benefits first because it is natural. Even though we have the right to think about ourselves first, let’s not make such individual decisions that might be beneficial to you but harm the trucking community as a whole. A couple of the major complaints we hear include the creation of unhealthy competition, followed by unhealthy practices, both as drivers and company owners. Nowadays, the industry is facing a shortage of truck drivers, as the pool of aged truckers is getting ready to retire. At the same time, new people are not showing much interest in this industry because they do not see it as a lucrative industry; many also don’t see this as a respectful career. But, if we do the work right and follow regulations, the industry does pretty well and in reality, there is good money to be made. In one of the past issues, we published a great story by one of our respected columnists, Ray Gompf. His story, “I am Old School” describes how driving a rig is not just holding a steering wheel. People in this industry must have vast overall knowledge, just like other professions. I agree with Mr. Gompf that, like other professions, trucking can have long hours. It is a respected profession that makes a huge impact in our lives. As we look forward to the beginning of the new school year, we remind all of you to be cautious as there will be more people on the roads. We also invite you to the 3rd Annual WATS – West American Truck Show, California Central Valley’s most anticipated trucking gala event. Mark your calendar for September 24th and 25th and join our USA team at Fresno Convention Center. Visit and have the chance to win one of two Harley Davidson motorcycles.

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more creative or more necessary. Truck driving isn’t something n the trucking industry the average age of a driver is to which one aspires, it’s more a calling from which you just now 47.3 and getting older rapidly. A mere three can not say no. And fewer and fewer people are recognizing the years ago, it was but 46. What that tells us is that new younger people are not entering the trade for a variety of calling. reasons. It also means that older drivers are staying in In Ontario, for example, slightly less than 2% of all driver’s the driver’s seat beyond their 65th birthdate in greater numbers, license holders have an AZ license allowing them the ability to the age when many of us look to put our feet up and have a pint drive an articulated tractor trailer type vehicle. If that percentage or two on the patio. holds in every jurisdiction, and there’s no reason to challenge it, First, we have to look at why the next generation of truck then out of the 36 or so million people in Canada 700,000 should be truck drivers. However, not everyone who claims to be a truck driver’s isn’t turning to virtually assured jobs. driver needs a full AZ license or equivalent. The truth of the matter, whether the economy is strong or The point is clearly that we have to start attracting weak, there is always a need for truck drivers to more younger people into the industry, the challenge make sure the goods we need, that everyone needs, being, we have to make it attractive for them to are delivered on time, every time, so Mrs. Smith’s want to be in the industry. The driver’s earnings, Sunday roast is there so she can put it in the oven. at least his or her buying power has substantially Even when the economy is in the dumps, people shrunk over the last few years. The hours of service still have to eat and still have to continue their lives. rules and regulations have made it very difficult for When manufacturing is down, yes, trucking is down drivers this past decade or decade and a half; The but there will never be a time, no matter how bad imposition of speed limiters which many drivers things get, there won’t be trucks moving. consider an unsafe feature; Calling someone an The main reason people are not flocking to trucking independent contractor when clearly they are as a career is clearly they can earn much more money G. Ray Gompf dependent; the lack of pension plans; the lack of with less stress doing other jobs. Jobs that are seen as 8

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The Changing Demography of Trucking uninterrupted personal down time; the lack of support while on the road; even, having earned pay not paid; Nickelling and diming drivers out of money they have earned and need to have for their family survive. The advent of recognition of driving being a skill trade -- to happen in Ontario in 2017 -- will have a positive effect on the value of truck driving as a trade, however, unless and until there is a clearly defined career path and pay commensurate with experience and financial recognition for advanced training, then it shall be for naught. Let us hope and pray to the powers that be get the whole package right and not just piece meal it. Yes, at least in Ontario, there is a recognition that drivers are a critical element in the supply chain and because Ontario is going to be the first, rest assured, changes will come in other jurisdictions quickly. This isn’t just a North American issue but one which is world wide and these other jurisdictions will be looking to Ontario to have gotten it right. Once these changes are in use and depending on the reception of the industry, which are, so far, in a very positive light, then and only then will young people consider truck driving as a career in greater numbers. But until then, ten percent of the empty seats are going to be filled with Temporary Foreign Workers. This TFW program isn’t inexpensive for either the TFW or the employer but if it is the only way to fill empty seats then trucking companies will utilize TFWs for that ten percent of their work force. Between government fees and legal advise, TFWs are spending up to $10,000 just to get into the system, then they’re spending up to $10,000 to be fully trained to Canadian standards and yes, they are being Canadian trained regardless of previous experience. On the trucking company side, they have to spend a great deal of money to prove to government officials that hiring a TFW is the only solution by studying the labour market. Then the government will issue a permit (for a fee) so a qualified TFW may be hired but no more than 10% of a company’s labour pool can be made up of TFWs. In a labour market where workers are free to move to another carrier in thirty days, not many carriers are looking to TFWs to fill their empty seats. Quite possibly, with Ontario’s new recognition of truck driving as a trade, TFWs will not be needed and they will come to Canada as Immigrants and become Permanent Residents, rather than be forced to use programs that require a lot of faith on both sides of the hiring table and remains Temporary. Churning is a major problem in the trucking industry 10

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The Changing Demography of Trucking especially for truck drivers. Churning is where recruiters “steal” truck drivers who are currently working in the trade and convince them the grass is greener on their side of the fence when the grass is always the same colour on both sides. For every person who remains loyal to the company for whom they work and that company remains loyal to the most critical element in its interface with its customers, there are ten people who will drop the reins in a heartbeat and move to another trucking company. Trucking companies are spending up to $10,000 to bring a churner into their system in the hopes they’ll stay longer than a couple of months. One of the virtually untapped sources of truck drivers is women. Women make up still such a small percentage of the truck driving pool the number is almost insignificant. 2016, to have a woman truck driver recognized officially for her input into the industry was a coup. Joanne Millen-MacKenzie, a 25 year truck driver with Highland, was recognized for not just her 25 years in the industry but for her involvement in her fight to prevent breast cancer through the Trucking for a Cure she’s been doing for the better part of the last decade. You’ll easily recognize Joanne when you see her on the road. Her truck is Pink. It’s well decaled with Trucking for a Cure logos. Highland, for their part, support her efforts with the Trucking for a Cure, recognizing they can’t buy that kind of publicity anywhere. We have many superb female truck drivers in the industry’s labour pool but there are room for many many more. As a country, as a trucking industry, an industry so critical to the national economy, there must be a concerted effort to bring young people and yes, young women into seeing truck driving as a viable career.

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NHTSA Proposes to Manage Drowsy and Distracted Driving


he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published proposed guidelines regarding states’ management of drowsy and distracted driving. The guidelines include recommendations for policy-making, law enforcement and other areas designed to help states build comprehensive programs to lower the rates of accidents caused by drowsy or distracted drivers. To combat drowsy driving, NHTSA specifically encourages states to work with employers to reduce job-related road fatigue by allowing for shift changes or rest periods to keep drivers fresh. For purposes of enforcement, the agency suggests law officers target erratic driving behaviours that may indicate drowsy driving and which are already primary offences. To further increase enforcement ability, NHTSA is encouraging states to pass laws that ban drowsy driving. NHTSA also calls upon both public and private employers to help fight distracted driving by prohibiting the use of wireless or electronic devices while operating a vehicle on the job. The agency calls for laws that make the use of such devices while operating a motor vehicle a primary offence in every state and asks that 12

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mYnUM tr`kW vwiLAW v`loN ieh sdw hI pu`iCAw jWdw hY ik auh am constantly asked by truck drivers on how they can Awpxy Aqy Awpxy pirvwr leI ishq sbMDI Pwiedy ikvyN lY skdy get health benefits for themselves and their families. hn[auh sdw hI hr vwr jwx ‘qy Awpxyy b`icAW dy dMdW dy They pay for each of their children’s dental visits ielwj sbMDI pYsy idMdy hn[jy AYnkW lgvwauNdy hn qW pYsy in cash, as well as eye glasses and prescription dyxy pYNdy hn Aqy sdw hI fwktr v`loN ilKI dvweI dy pYsy medications. These costs add up very quickly. vI Krcxy pYNdy hn[ ieh Krcy A`gy qoN A`gy Gtdy nhIN sgoN Some driver’s even skip visits to dentists because they vDdy hI jWdy hn[ keI vwr qW keI fRweIvr ies krky cannot afford them and end up paying a huge bill later dMdW vwLy fwktr koL nhIN jWdy ik aunHW nUM ies leI v`fy when a preventable minor problem has hugely escalated. ib`l leI pYsy dyxy pYxgy[ ies qrHW dMdW dI mwmUlI ibmwrI Some skip doctor appointments as they cannot afford to keI vwr ieMnI vD jWdI hY ik aus dy ielwj leI v`fI pay for prescriptions and resort to home remedies. rkm qwrnI pYNdI hY[ keI ies krky vI PYimlI fwktr I followed up with several large insurance companies - Pash Brar koL nhIN jWdy ik aunHW nUM aus v`loN ilKI dvweI dy bhuq pYsy that offer individual and family health plans which can be B.A. dyxy pYxgy Aqy ies leI auh keI vwr AwpxI Gr dI jW bought privately. My research revealed private plans are dysI dvweI nwL hI kMm swrnw cwhuMdy hn[ very expensive. I was unable to find an affordable option ies sbMDI jwnx leI mYN keI ieMSUrYNs kMpnIAW nwL g`l bwq for a family. If you have more than one child, the family plan kIqI[ieh kMpnIAW injI Aqy pirvwr leI pwilsIAW idMdIAW adds up very quickly and can end up costing more than monthly sn[myrI Koj krn qoN pqw l`gw ik pReIvyt kMpnIAW mihMgIAW rent in some cases. pYNdIAW hn[mYnUM ies qrHW dI koeI vI kMpnI nhIN imlI jo iv`q With more research the best health plans I was able to find were Anuswr pYsy lYNdI hovy[jy quhwfy b`cy ie`k qoN v`D hn qW ieh Krcy those offered to groups. For example when I worked for a few bhuq vD jWdy hn[ keI vwr qW ieh ieMny vD jWdy hn ik keI kysW banks while in university, they offered health benefits. I had 80% ‘c qW ieh irhwieS dy ikrwey qoN vI v`D ho jWdy hn[ of dental covered for two dental visits per year for example. The mYN vDyry Koj kIqI qy AwKr aunHW kMpnIAW q`k phuMc ho geI other 20% I paid at the time of the visit. Banks have multiple ijhVIAW gr`up ieMSUrYNs idMdIAW hn[ imswl vjoN jdoN mYN branches and numerous employees. They were able to provide XUnIvristI ‘c pVHdy smyN ku`J bYNkW nwL kMm kIqw sI qW auh hYlQ affordable benefits and each employee had a portion taken from lwB vI idMdy sn[ ijvyN swl ‘c do vwr fYNitst kol jwx leI 80% their pay cheques each month to cover the amount of coverage Krcy kvr sn Aqy mYnUM kyvl 20% au`Qy jwx ‘qy hI dyxy pYNdy sn[ requested, whether for an individual or for a family. bYNkW dIAW bRWcW vI bhuq huMdIAW hn Aqy krmcwrI vI v`fI igxqI To get a group we need a few people. For a truck driver to be ‘c huMdy hn[ auh Awm lwB dy skdy hn Aqy hr krmcwrI AwpxI part of a group, this means the boss must be involved. The owner mwisk qnKwh ‘coN ies kvryj leI mwmUlI ktOqI vI krvwauNdw of the trucking firm can locate a group plan supplier, check prices rihMdw hY[ ieh kvryj BwvyN iek`ly dI jW pUry pirvwr dI hovy[ and then decide how much of the coverage he or she as the owner gru`p bxwaux leI ku`J lokW dI loV pYNdI hY[ jy ie`k tr`k of the company will pay and how much the drivers and office staff fRweIvr ny ies qrHW krnw hY qW mwlk iv`c zrUr Swml hoxw will pay. There are plans where the employer can pay 100% of cwhIdw hY[ tr`k kMpnI dw mwlk v`K v`K ieMSUrYNs kMpnIAW the benefits, 75%, 50% or even 25%. The group as a whole also dIAW kImqW dw mukwblw krky ies qrHW dI kMpnI l`B skdw hY needs to decide which benefits are needed, such as life insurance, jo TIk kImq ‘qy gru`p plYn idMdI hovy[ auh ieh vI AMdwzw disability, dental, pharmaceutical, vision or extra dental such as lw skdw hY ik aus nUM ikMny pYsy dyxy pYxgy Aqy fRweIvrW nUM ikMny orthodontics. The group plan price increases with each additional pYsy dyxy pYxgy[ies qrHW dIAW plYnW hn ijnHW ‘c mwlk lwB dw coverage. 100%, 75%, 50%, jW 25% dy skdw hY[gru`p smu`cy qOr ‘qy ieh For an employer to offer benefits, there are certain advantages. vI PYslw kr skdw hY ik aunHW nUM ikhVy lwBW dI loV hY[imswl First, the owner of the firm can get benefits as well. It’s highly vjoN lweIP ieMSUrYNs, ifseyibltI, fYNtl, dvweIAW, ivXIAn jW AYkstrw fYNtl ijvyN AOrQofONitks Awid[ gru`p plYn kImq hr vwDU kvryj nwL vDdI jWdI hY[ - Pash Brar B.A. mwlk nUM ieh lwB dyx nwL ku`J Pwiedw vI huMdw hY[ pihlw qW Pash is a mobile leasing representative with Auto One Leasing LP in ieh ik aus kMpnI dw mwlk Awp vI auh lwB lY skdw hY[ ie`k Vancouver. She has a banking, collections and accounting background. She kMpnI ‘c kMm krdy Kud mwlk hox kwrn, aunHW nUM vI Awpxy pirvwr specializes in importing vehicles and trailers from the USA. 14

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Trucking With Benefits likely as a self employed owner of a company that they themselves may need coverage for their own family. Also, there is high turnover in trucking. A driver may think twice before leaving a firm that offers health benefits. This builds loyalty. Offering health benefits may also attract more drivers to join that firm because they want benefits and retain them for years to come. Benefits are also tax deductible for the employer. The benefit portions deducted from employees on the other side are pretax dollars, which leaves more take home pay after the deduction. A huge group is not needed to start a health benefit plan. As little as three people are all that is needed. An organization that offers benefits to its drivers and office employees, establishes a level of trust and loyalty. It shows they care about their drivers, their employees, and their families.

Trucking company owners are reliant on truck drivers to make themselves and the company income. It makes sense to protect these drivers and their families. A driver is an investment, so protect your investment with a group health plan. I encourage drivers to approach their bosses and vice versa to establish health benefit plans which are affordable and beneficial to the entire organization.


Peterbilt Hosts Body Integration Class

eterbilt Motors Company hosted its two-day Body Integration course at the Denton, Texas manufacturing facility on August 24-25th. The course featured Peterbilt segment managers and experts speaking on important topics such as electrical architecture, software updates, system programming, chassis information and body company support. Peterbilt has established the Body Integration course to educate class attendees on these product components and services to streamline the body integration process on Peterbilt trucks. “Peterbilt continues to improve our joint processes and relationships with body builder companies,” said Jorge Medina, Director of Marketing. “We see the Body Integration course as a necessary education tool for this progress.” The Body Integration course added to the success of the first session that was held in May. The fully-booked class kicked 16

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BTS Statistics Release:

June 2016 North American Freight Numbers


ll transportation modes except air carried less crossborder freight by value in June 2016 compared to June 2015 resulting in a 6.4 percent decrease to $92.7 billion in the total current dollar value of freight moved. June was the 18th consecutive month that the total value of U.S. freight with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico declined from the same month of the previous year, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Freight by Mode The value of commodities moving by air increased 5.0 percent, mainly due to a 35.6 percent increase in the value of imports of pearls, precious stones, and metals. The value of freight carried on other modes declined: rail 4.4 percent; truck 5.8 percent; pipeline 15.6 percent; and vessel 19.7 percent. A drop in the price of crude oil played a key role in the large declines in


the dollar value of products shipped by vessel and pipeline. Crude oil (a component of mineral fuels) comprises a large share of the commodities carried by these modes. Average monthly prices for crude petroleum and refined fuel are available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Mineral fuels, a commodity category that includes crude oil and coal, accounted for 9.4 percent of total value of U.S.-NAFTA trade in June. Trucks carried 65.4 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $31.2 billion of the $49.2 billion of imports (63.5 percent) and $29.4 billion of the $43.5 billion of exports (67.5 percent). Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 15.2 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 6.0 percent; pipeline, 4.5 percent; and air, 4.0 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 85.1 percent of the total value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows. U.S.-Canada Freight From June 2015 to June 2016, the value of U.S.-Canada freight flows fell 7.2 percent to $48.2 billion as all modes of transportation except air carried a lower value of U.S.-Canada freight than a year earlier. Lower crude oil prices contributed to a year-over-year decrease in the value of freight moved between the U.S. and Canada. Crude oil is a large share of freight carried by pipeline and vessel, which were down 16.1 percent and 31.9 percent respectively year-over-year. Trucks carried 60.4 percent of the value of the freight to and from Canada. Rail carried 15.8 percent followed by pipeline, 7.9 percent; air, 4.9 percent; and vessel, 4.0 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 84.1 percent of the value of total U.S.-Canada freight flows. U.S.-Mexico Freight From June 2015 to June 2016, the value of U.S.-Mexico freight declined 5.5 percent to $44.5 billion as all modes of transportation except air carried a lower value of U.S.-Mexico freight than a year earlier. Freight carried by air increased 1.3 percent. Rail decreased 4.9 percent and truck decreased by 5.5 percent. Pipeline and vessel freight value dropped by 10.1 percent and 11.3 percent respectively, both due mainly to lower crude oil prices. Trucks carried 70.8 percent of the value of freight to and from Mexico. Rail carried 14.5 percent followed by vessel, 8.1 percent; air, 3.0 percent; and pipeline, 0.7 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86.1 percent of the value of total U.S.-Mexico freight flows. See BTS Transborder Statistics Release for summary tables and additional data. See North American Transborder Freight Data on the BTS website for additional data for surface modes since 1995 and all modes since 2004. September / October 2016

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Safety Entrant Audit Operations related issues: • Not having the required level of insurance on file. • Not having adequate hours of service records. Vehicle related issues: • Operating a vehicle without repairing any safety related defects mentioned in an Out-of-Service inspection or in the driver’s vehicle inspection report. • Operating a commercial vehicle that has not been periodically inspected. What happens if the motor carrier fails the audit? If the motor carrier fails the audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will provide the motor carrier a written notice within 45 days after the completion of the audit to take action to fix the issues found in the audit. If the motor carrier fails to provide a corrective action plan and to implement the safety measures to ensure the matters have been taken care of within the time frame given by the FMCSA then the motor carrier will be put out of service. What happens if the motor carrier fails to reply in the time frame given by the FMCSA? If the motor carrier does not provide a corrective action plan then the carrier will be put out of service. The carrier will have to wait 30 days after the date of revocation to reapply and submit documentation that the deficiencies have been corrected. The 18 month monitoring period will start again as of the date that the re-application is approved. What happens if the motor carrier passes the audit? The FMCSA sends a letter to the motor carrier stating the results of the audit. The carrier’s performance will still be closely monitored for the balance of the 18 month period. Who can I contact if I need help with registering for a US DOT or MC number or if I have a safety entrants audit coming up? You can call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839 if you need assistance in registering for a US DOT or MC number or if you have a safety entrants audit coming up.

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ransCore Link Logistics 18th Annual Conference and Charity Golf Tournament shined brightly on the hottest day of the year. On July 13th, Desi Trucking Magazine was honoured to be a sponsor of the event and of course, play a great round of golf. This hugely successful event has evolved into one of the most popular Toronto area transportation industry golf tournaments of its kind. Players representing the carrier community, shippers, brokers and industry associates attended for a fun-filled day of golf and connect with industry friends and acquaintances. The day began with the conference, in which over 150 people attended, another record number. Attendees were able to network, exchange information, and have a great BBQ lunch. After the luncheon, guests made their way to their waiting golf carts and it was time to tee up. TransCore made sure that the tournament went smoothly and stayed on time. At the same time, there were lots of opportunities to have fun and win some great prizes. Yours truly won a great gift card for the closest shot to the line. With the temperatures soaring in the mid-afternoon sun, golfers made sure they kept cool with ice-cream, smoothies, and other various drinks. Following the golf tournament, it was time for a well-deserved dinner. There were some great speeches and tonnes of pictures of the day. Although everyone was quite tired from the day’s activities, the dinner event was full of energy and of course, there were LOTS of prizes. It’s safe to say that every attendee walked away with one or two prizes. This is on top of the gifts received at the beginning of the day. TransCore sure knows how to host this event! Desi Trucking Magazine, and its parent company JGK Media Inc., have worked closely with TransCore for many years now. This was our first TransCore golf tournament, but it definitely isn’t our last. We shall be there next year to show our support and of course, have lots of fun. TransCore sincerely appreciates all of their valued customers, partners, sponsors and guests who came out to the event in support of children's charities across Canada and in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Some Key Facts about the Day: • 2016 showed the highest customer attendance at the free morning user conference, surpassing 150 people. • A sold out golf tournament (144 Golfers) – One first-time attendee said that it was the best tournament she’s ever been to in her life! • A total of 27 sponsors, including 10 premium sponsorship spots. • Net proceeds were still being reviewed, but a rough estimate is close to $24K, another record. Make sure you attend next year’s event because it will be amazing. By: JGK Media Staff September / October 2016

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Aero Industries Recalling Hundreds of Trailer Tarps

ero Industries has recalled approximately 746 Conestoga XP trailer tarps. Affected tarps could have a rivet failure, causing the rear aerodynamic device (RAD) to fail, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Affected tarps include those manufactured from Oct. 15, 2014, to Jan. 19, 2016. According to NHTSA, “the issue is the weakening or failure of the rivets holding

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There have been 44 reports of rivets being sheared off the hinges. In one case, the entire RAD fell off the rear bow. If enough rivets fail, the curtain clamp will be weakened. When all rivets fail, the RAD can fall off the Conestoga. NHTSA cannot quite pinpoint the exact cause of the defect. The agency has three theories: Damage caused by an accident or misuse; Driver error that causes the back of the trailer to hit a dock or other structure; or Fatigued rivets due to improper operation of the Conestoga. Possible use of the RAD as a handle rather than the handle on the rear bow, causing greater pressure on the rivets. Aero Industries will issue a repair kit to replace certain rivets with higher strength bolts and nuts for affected tarps. Recall letters are slated to be released between now and Sept. 30. Owners can call Aero at 800-535-7563.


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State-of-the-art Heating with the New Eberspaecher Hydronic S3 Economy (5kW) Pre-heater System


ississauga, Ontario August 2016 –Eberspaecher, the leading system developer and supplier of vehicle heaters, is expanding its product portfolio with the new Hydronic S3 Economy (5kW) engine pre-heater. The engine pre heater impresses thanks to its compact dimensions and flexible installation options for simple retrofitting in a large number of day cabs, sleepers, off-highway and construction equipment, marine, bus, municipal and work truck vehicles. As a ground-breaking allin-one solution with comprehensive peripheral devices, it offers installation partners many practical advantages. With the new EasyScan diagnostic and service tool, workshop staff can analyze the operating condition of the pre-heater easily and quickly. • Compact, efficient water heater with CAN bus interfaces • Innovative peripheral devices and new diagnostic device • Simplified installation • CARB approved

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Navistar Recalls Nearly 4,000 ProStars Over Faulty Fuse Terminals


avistar is recalling nearly 4,000 2014-2017 International ProStar trucks, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Affected trucks have an electrical issue with the battery fuse terminals. ProStars manufactured from June 11, 2013, to May 19, 2016, may have an issue with fuse terminals. According to NHTSA, “the battery ACT NOW!

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Hendrickson Softek Available on Peterbilt


endrickson Truck Commercial Ve h i c l e Systems announced the launch of the Softek NXT integrated monoleaf suspension and steer axle system. Softek NXT is now an available option on both Peterbilt 579 and 567 set forward axle models. Softek NXT combines the Steertek NXT axle and monoleaf spring technology with an integrated clamp group design. According to the company, the integrated system is specifically designed for Peterbilt vehicles to help improve ride quality and durability with ease of maintenance. “The development of Softek NXT demonstrates our commitment to efficient designs that contribute substantial weight savings, a key priority for the industry as we prepare for upcoming fuel efficiency standards. Our launch with Peterbilt showcases our combined initiatives in advanced component integration,”




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FMCSA to do a Pilot Program to Allow 18 to 21 Year Olds Operate CMV s required by the FixingAmerica’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing a three-year pilot program allowing a limited number of individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce if they received specified heavyvehicle driver training while in military service and are sponsored by a participating motor carrier. FMCSA is also proposing criteria for a working group to consult with the agency in conducting, monitoring, and evaluating the pilot program. The agency seeks public input during the next 30 days on the pilot program as well as outlined procedural steps and a data collection plan.

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Truck Drivers Have a Dangerous Job

he United States Department of Labor highlighted the extreme but often overlooked danger inherent in the truck driver’s job. Truckers are subject to some of the highest death and injury rates of all American workers.

Truckers account for one out of every six on-the-job deaths in the U.S. and are three times more likely than the average worker to suffer an illness or injury that requires time away from work. When drivers do miss work, the rigour of being behind the wheel all day leads to twice the

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Kenworth to End Production of its T660 Kenworth announced Tuesday, Aug. 16, that it will sunset its T660 by year-end after 10 years of production, and is now offering customers a “last call” opportunity to order from the final production allotment of 500 T660s. “The Kenworth T660 has been a fantastic truck for our customers with more than 60,000 T660s sold since its introduction in 2007,” said Jason Skoog, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “Due to its popularity, we continued to offer the T660 after introducing the awardwinning T680 four years ago.” When it entered the Class 8 market, the T660 became the latest evolution of Kenworth’s aerodynamic product line taking the reins from the Kenworth T600 – the industry’s first truly aerodynamic truck 34

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here is competition in every industry, including trucking. A very common way of overcoming competition in trucking is to undercut when bidding for the load. By undercutting, I mean to offer a lower price than your competition for a load. This essentially takes that load away from the competition. Now that the load has been obtained by offering the lower price, has it necessarily made that company any money? Often the end result may not be all it seems. When bidding on a load, there are obvious factors that must be taken in to account to earn money. The distance being travelled, fuel being consumed, any extra insurance costs, extra permit costs, time to load and unload, is there a backhaul, pay to the driver, truck and trailer maintenance etc. These factors must be taken in to account for each load bid on. If the price is too low to make money, why would anyone take a load for a loss? There are companies which are taking loads for a loss, and many in the industry are saying it is these companies which are destroying the current trucking industry today. In BC there was a strike in March of 2014 at Port Metro Vancouver due mostly to pay issues. Rates, unpaid time spent waiting and undercutting were the big issues. Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cargo was left stranded at the docks during the 28 day dispute. In June 2014 there was a strike threatened again because the pay increases promised from the previous dispute settlement were not being honored which should have taken place on April 3. They were accusing companies of not paying the agreed pay increases all to make a profit. When loads are undercut, there are very few ways to now earn a profit, and often it is at the expense of the truck driver. Pay the driver less so the company can earn a profit. The truck driver is who often suffers the wrath of undercutting. Recently in BC a few trucking companies banded together to undercut each of their loads by $400. I have a few drivers working for one of the companies. They immediately left to go work elsewhere 36

and so did most of their colleagues. Other trucking companies were lining up to hire the disgruntled truckers. The drivers I know personally who left are hardworking, honest men trying to support their families. As they told me, they cannot provide for their families by staying with a company who agreed to undercut loads and make them pay for it. Running at a loss was not an option for the drivers. I see the pay statements for all of my drivers. I see pay discrepancies on most of them. The rate does not match what the driver has written on their pay envelope. Drivers tell me that they ask for the rate and are sometimes not even told and have to take a load not knowing if they can cover even their fuel costs. Or they ask one day and its one rate, and the next day the same load is a different rate, and their friend at the same company is quoted another rate entirely for the exact same load. I had to deal with a wife of one of my drivers who was crying her eyes out. She was asking why the company couldn’t just pay her husband who risked his life every day driving to feed their family, honestly. He left that company I’m happy to say along with 14 others. Without drivers, you have no business. With competition everywhere, undercutting is not the only way to get a load and to earn a profit. Whether it’s in trucking or in any business, we all have competition. It’s how we deal with that competition that sets us apart. Prompt courteous service and customer service is an excellent tool. Competition helps businesses to build loyalty to your good service. When others offer the same services you do, you must distinguish yourself. Education and innovation are invaluable. See what competitors are doing right and wrong and learn what you can do to make your business that much better. In trucking it’s your drivers who are your service tools. Educate them and work as a team. Learn your core market with the drivers. They’re the one’s seeing everything on a daily basis. Get their feedback and have them participate in the company. When the drivers are happy and involved, and earning a profit, the whole industry earns a profit. September / October 2016

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September / October 2016


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NACFE Results a 3% Betterment in Fuel Economy


eventeen fleets operating more than 62,000 tractors and 217,000 trailers saw a 3% increase in fuel economy in 2015, saving an accumulative $501 million on fuel when compared to the 2015 national average fuel spend of 1.7 million over-the-road Class 8 trucks. They achieved these gains by purchasing a variety of fuel efficiency technologies, according to the Annual Fleet Fuel Study released by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. Fleet-wide mpg increased from 6.87 to 7.06 in 2015, the largest margin of improvement in eight years of consecutive improvements. The trade cycle for these fleets is a little over five years, meaning that the new trucks are about 16% more efficient than the 2010 model year trucks they replaced. The adoption rate of new efficiency technologies such as electronically controlled transmissions, low-viscosity engine oil, and tire pressure inflation on trailers continued to increase even though diesel fuel prices averaged $2.71 in 2015. “Investing in ReWrite efficiency technologies is the new normal,” said Mike Roeth, operation lead for CWR’s Trucking Efficiency and executive director of NACFE. “And these fleets are continuing to make investments because they do not want to be caught short when fuel prices go up again.” The primary finding of this report is that the 17 fleets studied are increasing their rate of adoption of these technologies, and that they are enjoying improved fuel economy as a result. The overall adoption rate for the technologies studied in this report has grown from 18% in 2003 to 43% last year. The average fleet-wide fuel economy of the trucks in this study averaged 7.06 mpg in 2015, a 3% increase over the same fleet in 2014. The fleets in this study on average sell their trucks in 5.25 years. This suggests that the new trucks put into service in 2015 (2016 MY) by these fleets were about 16% better than the ones removed — the ones which had been put into service in 2009 (2010 MY). This is a significant improvement in fuel efficiency, and the report concludes there were three basic elements: movement to EPA 2010 systems using diesel exhaust fluid, the 2014 GHG phase 1 products, September / October 2016

and the year-over-year increase in adoption of the technologies included in this study. The fuel savings in 2016 between the “businessas-usual” 6.30 mpg and the NACFE fleets average of 7.06 mpg amounts to $4,653 per year per truck.







STEPONA, Spain – It’s never easy to break new ground; many have tried and only a select few have succeeded. But when done correctly, the world really takes notice. When asked to think of a premium European luxury vehicle, the usual suspects always stand out: BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. But recently, I was invited to beautiful Spain and a “sleeper” Swedish brand really made me take notice. Following the footsteps of the award-winning and successful XC90, Volvo has now launched the all new S90, a flagship that I think will make quite the impression. Volvo, when owned by Ford for 10 years until 2010, was stuck to the same bland design elements. There wasn’t anything creative, until the brand was bought by a Chinese company, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Ltd., or Geely for short. Wanting to make some drastic changes, it was reported that Geely spent about $11 billion in new infrastructure and support for Volvo – and it seems to have worked. 40

The 2017 S90 is the first Volvo to be built on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform. According to Kyle Denton from Volvo Canada, SPA will, “open new opportunities in the way future products will be designed, built and equipped, while still conforming to factory standards.” In essence, multiple vehicles can share the same production line, which will not only increase manufacturing efficiency, but maintain Volvo’s vision for continuity. Looks and Design: Volvo cars were never on the edge of design; they were bland and had followed the same conservative looks for years and years. The XC90 was the first to break free from this boxy mold and now, the S90 does the same. This 4-door sedan has flagship written all over it; it has a strong, elegant stance and looks absolutely stunning. Up front, the S90 introduces a new concave waterfall grille, which embodies Volvo’s Iron Mark emblem badge. To make sure the gods were kept happy, Thor’s Hammer styled daytime running lights are embedded into HID headlights. Even though the S90 is a flagship sedan, the long hood and steeply

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raked windshield convey a sporty look. On the sides, the lines are clean and there are hints of the XC90. And to make sure that others take European brands take notice, the rear small window also shares a look similar to a BMW. Compared to the rest of the car, the tail of the S90 fell a little short; from certain angles, it doesn’t match the beauty of the rest of the car. Our test vehicle did, however, have a lip spoiler that helped. The best feature of the S90 has to be its interior; it is simply stunning and I would put it on par with most other European luxury vehicles. The S90’s interior borrows from the XC90, but takes comfort and design to a higher level. There’s a great blend of leather and wood,

Volvo brass gave information about their new Vision 2020, which states that no one in a Volvo will be seriously injured or killed by the year 2020 – that’s quite remarkable, and given the company’s track record, something we all should look forward to. The XC90 was the first Volvo to showcase the large iPad-like Sensus Connect touchscreen, and I liked it a lot. The S90 has the same setup and again it works flawlessly. Yes, you do have to get accustomed to the layout, size, and workings, but it’s pretty easy. After listening to various tracks on the sound system, another tick mark for sound quality and richness, thanks to the Bowers & Wilkins setup. The Drive: Our test drive routes took us through the hills above Marbella via winding roads, highways, back roads, and even tight city streets. One of my first impressions of the S90 was how quiet the vehicle was. According to Kent Falck, Volvo’s New Car Director, “a lot of work went into making sure the vehicle exemplifies what luxury should be. For example, even the speakers and subwoofer are integrated into the body to give the best sound experience without the interference of road or engine noise.” For Canada, the S90 will have the same powertrain as the XC90; thus, we’ll have the supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pushes out 316 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Although it’s not going burn through tires, this motor

keeping true to Scandinavian roots. What can I say about the front seats except they are comfortable, with our test vehicles having heated and cooled seats; for our drives in sunny, warm Spain, the cooled seats were definitely enjoyed. Although I only spent a few minutes in the rear seats, I can attest they comfortable and there is plenty of head and leg room. Long distance travel, here we come. Safety and Technology: Think Volvo and you know you’re getting leading edge safety, and the tradition continues with the S90. There’s all the usual safety components but let’s look at what’s new. For us in Canada, where sometimes, there’s big game on roads, Volvo has introduced the world-first Large Animal Detection feature. In conjunction with the car’s City Safety option, there’s now intuitive warnings and braking assist in the potential you’re about to collide with people, deer, moose, etc. We were also able to test out Volvo’s improved semi-autonomous Pilot Assist feature, which allows the S90 to accelerate, decelerate, stop, and even steer the car as long as there’s clear road markings. During our drive along some amazing Spanish roads, the S90 steered itself effortlessly for a certain length of time and should you not touch the steering wheel for a while, an alarm will remind you to take control again.

does have enough power for a 0-100 km/h run of just 5.9 seconds. That’s pretty credible for this car, considering that it’s only a four. We had no problems in pushing the cars through the various roads and when in Dynamic mode, it’s like the S90 just gulped a big bottle of Red Bull. I was disheartened when I saw no paddle shifters (they aren’t even available), only Powershift. It’s a minor blow, but the S90 doesn’t want to be like the other Europeans; in fact, Volvo says that this flagship isn’t intending to compete with a BMW or Mercedes – it’s making its own path. It’s the strong silent type that wants to remain cool and collected, and not shed its tuxedo for racing gear. I found the car to be an absolute joy to drive in Spain. Volvo is staggering the release of the S90 for the Canadian market. We’ll first see the T6, both Momentum and Inscription models, in September, followed by the T8 Inscription sometime later. All Canadian models will be all-wheel drive. And sorry, for those who love diesel, Canada will also not be getting that engine either. Conclusion: Volvo is on the right track with its new vehicles and if the success of the XC90 is any indicator, the brand is looking towards a great future. I personally love the car. With a starting price of just $56,900 for the Momentum and $63,000 for the Inscription, the S90 is set to flex its muscles and take on the usual luxury suspects.

September / October 2016


Safety by Any Other Name su`riKAw dw dUjw nWA G. Ray Gompf, CD


s we go about our daily routine, driving, we probably cross railway tracks about a dozen times and never ever give those tracks a second thought. It is this thinking or more correctly, not thinking, that is dangerous. Whether the tracks have no warning protection or whether it has lights and bells, all crossings are marked on the road warning of their presence and it is those warning to which we must pay attention. There is always a small warning sign on a post. More often than not there are cross bucks painted on the road approaching the tracks and always there is a cross buck sign posted close by the rail crossing. Not only is it expensive when there is a collision between a vehicle and a train, invariably it is the fault of the vehicle. The train has the right of way, no ifs ands or buts. In Canada there are on average, forty wrecks every year between large commercial trucks and trains. In the past few weeks, there have been several, two of which come to mind. There was one at the Emerson MB International Border Crossing between a truck and train. Again, there was one on the Trans-Canada Highway at Moose Jaw. At both of these rail crossings the view is not obstructed and visibility is measured in kilometres. Yet, in both cases a collision occurred. While the Transportation Safety Board hasn’t ruled on either of these recent cases, you can rest assured that “human error” on the part of the truck driver was a key factor. In the recent past, there have been wrecks of import. The first and most prominent at least for me was a bus train collision in Ottawa that killed six people – the bus driver and five of his passengers. Again the TSB hasn’t ruled a cause to date and probably not for a few more months. These investigations are thorough and leave no stone unturned, so naturally take a great deal of time and effort to arrive at the cause. Lawyers don’t wait for TSB findings but make assumptions and in the case of this bus and it’s dead passengers, the law suits are in the mega millions. It will take years, maybe decades to have these cases work their way through the courts and “blame” assigned but let’s just say, legal careers are being made with this particular wreck. 42

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Safety by Any Other Name Recently a Nevada jury did have one of these wrecks work it’s way through its court system and predictably found the commercial truck driver and truck owner at fault and responsible for the cost of the wreck. In this particular wreck, six people died including the truck driver. The jury ordered John Davis Trucking of Battle Mountain, Nev., to pay more than $4.5 million to Amtrak and the Union Pacific railroad. The 2011 fiery collision happened on U.S. Highway 95 west of Reno when the truck crashed through the crossing gate and hit an Amtrak passenger train. Much of the testimony at the trial centered on a National Transportation Safety Board report. It concluded that John Davis Trucking had disabled the anti-lock brakes on the trailer and that most of the truck’s brake drums were seriously worn. There are undoubtedly many more millions to be paid out as a result of lawsuits on behalf of those killed in this wreck. But, now that a court has ruled a fault judgment, the suits will be brought to a conclusion. These few examples are the critical thoughts in our minds as we cross each and every rail crossing in our daily life. We can not slip for even a second into absent mindedness. We may get away with being absent-minded a thousand times but it’s that one time that makes matters. Because we DO get away with being absent-minded so often, we fall into that state of complacency that allows us to think we’ll never get caught. Never allow yourself to reach 2:36 that point. HowesDesiTruckingHalfPage_W16.pdf 1 8/9/16 PM

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Safety by Any Other Name Particularly, as a commercial driver, be constantly vigilant about your surroundings and never let that train sneak up on you. When I was in High School, a class mate of mine died in a car/ train collision along with his father and younger brother. That was more than fifty years ago. His name was Lawrence MacKenzie. Their farm lane, leading to the road, crossed a rail way track, so they certainly knew the train ran by very often both day and night. Yet, the old story of familiarity breeding contempt must have played a role. Visibility was not an issue. Yet I still went to that funeral and saw those three caskets draped in white. Three different sized caskets; an adult size; one slightly smaller (Lawrence) and the baby size (the little brother). I can still smell the flowers in the church. Yes, that wreck has had an affect on my life. It has made me think of safety and in particular rail safety for my entire life. The other day, several of us from my hometown were remembering Lawrence. I think it was me that brought his name up and there was not a person among us that didn’t remember the occasion of Lawrence’s death. It was indelibly etched in each of our memories. When I was in the Army, I was the one always aware where railway tracks would intersect with roads and believe me, we crossed a lot of unmarked crossings on private land where there were no warning signs. When I became a trucker, I was the one slowing down to the prescribed speed limit approaching rail crossings and doing all those things recommended to become aware of if there is a train closeby. Rolling down the window to improve hearing, turning down radios so there was no distractions listening for trains; looking both ways along tracks and then remaining in the same gear until having passed over the tracks. There is a rail crossing not far from my home in which I cross regularly. I slow for this crossing every time, yet I can’t tell you the number of cars that have passed me going in my direction across these tracks because they can’t risk a few seconds of their life to be safe. It’s such a shame that people feel the need to sacrifice safety for time. It costs me zero time to ensure I’m safe yet so many people feel such verification of safety is worth their while. That’s the sadness associated with what we allow ourselves to forget about personal safety for the sake of expediency. Our governments and railway companies spend millions each year to prevent rail crossing incidents, conducting awareness programs, making information easily available for all to use, yet in our industry, every year, there are on average forty incidents involving commercial trucks and trains. This is forty wreck too many and until we can bring that number to zero, and zero is the only goal worthwhile, then we have not achieved a point where we know everyone in our industry is constantly thinking of the outcomes. Be aware. Be smart. Be Safe. 44

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