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Editor’s Note / sMpwdkI

Dilbag (Ron) Dhaliwal

Trucking is not only a profession but it is a community as well

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Trucking is not only a profession but it is a community as well. Any individual action can make a huge impact on this community, good or bad. We are human beings and we always think our own benefits first, it is natural. We have right to think about ourselves first but let’s not make such individual decisions that might be beneficial to you but harm this trucking community as a whole. One of the major complaints is creating unhealthy competition and followed by many other unhealthy practices. Now a days, industry is facing shortage of truck drivers, a pool of aged truckers are getting retired and new people are not showing much interest in this industry. The reason is, people see not enough money and respect in this profession anymore as compared to hard work and time required. Let’s us follow the rules, regulations and ethics of the profession and make it as it was. In this edition, we are publishing a beautiful article by our respected columnist Ray Gompf, ‘evolution in trucking, technology and other aspects’ he tells driving is not just holding steering, you must have overall knowledge and many other professional skills. I agree with Mr Gompf, trucking is considered as a general labor these days but it’s not. It is a respected profession like Doctors, lawyers etc. Time is flying, technology has changed the face of the world, trucking industry is also changing with technology, way of communication has changed. People are connected with social media, it is time for trucking industry to take a serious consideration to social media as well, we are covering this story with facts and figures. We hope our readers will like it and get benefited from our efforts. God bless truckers. tr`ikMg ie`k ik`qw hI nhIN sgoN ieh qW ie`k kimaUintI hY[ iksy vI qrW dw cMgw jW mwVw ivAkqIqv kMm ies pUrI kimaUintI nUM pRBwivq kr skdw hY[ AsIN mnu`K hW Aqy hmySW pihlW Awpxy bwry socdy hW, ieh suBwivk hY[ swnUM Awpxy bwry socx dw pUrw h`k hY pr iPr BI AsIN ies qrW dy &Ysly nw krIey ijs nwl in`jI qOr qy qW swnUM &iedw hovy pr pUrI tr`ikMg kimaUintI dw nukswn hovy[sB qoN v`fI Skwieq GtIAw p`Dr dw mukwblw pYdw krn dI hY Aqy ies dy nwl nwl ku`J hor GtIAw kMm vI[ A`j k`lH tr`ikMg ieMfstrI iv`c tr`k frwievrW dI bhuq v`fI Gwt c`l rhI hY, purxy tr`krz irtwier ho rhy hn Aqy nvIN pIVI ies pwsy v`l ijAwdw iDAwn nhIN dy rhI[iesdw mu`K kwrn ieh hY ik lok hux ies kMm iv`c pYsw Aqy iezq mwx nhIN dyKdy jdoN ik ieh kMm ijAwdw imhnq vwLw hY Aqy qusIN ijAwdw smW GroN bwhr vI rihMdy ho[AwE AsI ies ik`qy nwl juVy inXmW Aqy kwnUMnW dI pwlxw krIey Aqy muV qoN ies ik`qy nUM pihlW vrgw bxweIey[ mYZzIn dy ies AMk iv`c AsIN ry gONP dw ly^ ‘tr`ikMg iv`c kRWqI’ Swiml kr rhy hW[ ies ly^ iv`c ry il^dw hY ik isr& styirMg PVnw is`^ ky koeI pROPYSnl frwievr nhIN bx jWdw[ quhwnMU ies ik`qy dI pUrI jwxkwrI hox dy nwl nwl frweIivMg dy v`K v`K sik`lz iv`c muhwrq jrUrI hY[mYN ry dI ies g`l nwl sihmq hW ik tr`ikMg ie`k Awm lybr vrgw kMm nhIN hY[ ieh fwktrW jW vkIlW dI qrHW ie`k ie`zqdwr pRo&YSn hY[ smW bhuq qyzI nwl guzr irhw hY, qknwlozI ny dunIAW dw muhWdrw bdl ky r`K id`qw hY, tr`ikMg ieMfstrI vI qknwlozI nwl bhuq bdl geI hY[lok soSl mIfIAw au~pr ie`k dUsry dy nwl sWJ pw rhy hn[ hux smW hY ik tr`ikMg ieMfstrI vI soSl mIfIey dw &wiedw lvy[ swfI ies vwr dI kvr storI vI soiSl mIfIAw au~pr ADwirq hY, AsIN quhwfy leI kw&I rOick q`q ies lyK iv`c pyS kIqy hn[ AgLy AMk ‘c i&r imLdy hW, qd q`k r`b rw^w…….

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Evolution in Trucking, Technology and Other Aspects. 8

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Evolution in Trucking Training is also a critical component of trucking. There is a movement to bring in standardized training where none has existed. This isn’t to say that drivers out there are not properly or adequately trained, it’s that there is no standardized training so that everyone gets the same training. We have to make sure the various components of the trucking industry are properly trained for their specific task. Long haul truckers are not dump truck drivers and vice-versa. There’s also difference between local pick up and delivery drivers and full load drivers. Training needs to take this into account. Recently, in Canada, we’ve had some examples of improper dump truck operation. Two in Quebec come to mind quickly. First a dump truck driver in Gatineau was killed when, with his box extended to the up position hit a bridge and he was thrown from his vehicle and died. The other in a suburb of Montreal a dump truck operator, again, with the dump box extended up, hit a pedestrian bridge that collapsed. Proper training, standardized training may have prevented both of these incidents. When we speak of technological advancements, communications has to be one area in which truckers have advanced probably faster than the general public and for good reason. It’s an absolute necessity to have instant communication with dispatchers, shippers, receivers, amongst those on the road, weather specialists, even with police and regulators. This winter alone has proven to be a challenge like no other in history. This month alone has produced more snow on the east coast than several years worth of snow from past years. With the instant communication available from virtually anywhere on the continent, planning was imperative so not to put the delivery of freight and those engaged in its movement in jeopardy. In Canada, we have two groups now on Facebook that provide real time updates to road conditions and incident reporting. Anyone can find instant updates in whatever area of the country you happen to be traveling. Western Road Reports spells conditions out west of the Manitoba Ontario border while Eastern Road Reports does the same east of the Ontario Manitoba border. This splitting of the reporting was done simply to make it easier for users to find the specific area they needed to check. It had been on one group but it was becoming too cumbersome to manage, especially because it’s all volunteer run. But, those volunteers are hands on truckers often on the road drawing from not just the immediate area with which they can see, but by scanning a variety of sources for critical information. 12

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Evolution in Trucking The beauty of having these Facebook groups at your disposal is they are easily available from any smart phone or tablet. Imagine fifty years ago, the CB wasn’t even in use to any degree. Drivers had no choice but head into the trip without any knowledge of what may lie ahead of them. As the CB took root, at least a driver could be prepared for nasty but the reports were often five or six hours old and certainly it was still sort of flying blind when it came to knowing what the end of the trip was going to present. Qualcom and like products have had the ability to provide that information for more than a decade but it was coming via the dispatcher and if that dispatcher didn’t feel like forwarding critical information, then it wasn’t provided. Now, with our own smart phones, we don’t have to rely on the good graces of someone with a vested interest in not providing all critical information. Some of this technology is finding its way into the cab of the truck as factory installed. Satellite technology now isn’t just for routing although it is used more for sorting through various directions and routings to achieve the goal of delivering freight quicker, on-time, and with better planning to save trucker waiting time although there isn’t enough of the better planning being done yet. The capability is there. Trucks and trailers simply can’t go missing anymore. The capability exists to find equipment anywhere in the world unless someone has tampered with the tracking devices. This ability to track specific pieces of equipment has caused the criminal element in our world to have to come up with innovative ways to thwart the technology and while there is some degree criminal activity that will always be present working against any industry, this technology is forcing criminals to be more creative or get caught very quickly.

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What is Default

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n terms of lease and loan payments, when one thinks of default, the most common error is to think that default only means to miss a payment. If I make my payment on time, then I am not in default. This is a common misconception. However missing a payment it is not the only thing that can put one in default. Default is the failure to meet the legal obligations of a loan. There are other terms and clauses contained in each loan or lease that can also put you in to default other than missing a payment,. These other obligations can cause you to lose your truck, trailer, or car and are important to know. Insurance is a huge clause common to probably every lease or loan. You must insure the item at all times. I explain to my truck drivers when signing a deal, that If I find out there is no insurance, and I end up putting on my own insurance, that also means I have repossessed the uninsured item. Not having insurance and putting the item at risk for total loss is breaking your terms of agreement and putting you in to default. Often insurance agents fail to provide leasing companies and banks copies of the insurance. This happens all the time. The insurance agent’s negligence in providing updated insurance puts the debtor or lessee in default. I recently had a driver who is currently in India come up on the list for no insurance. Luckily I knew him personally and I knew he had put on a storage policy before leaving. I was able to reach him in India and explain that his insurance agent did not provide a copy of the current insurance and that he was in default. He called his insurance agent right - 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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What is Default away from India, to send the copy immediately. The driver was furious as you can imagine, so I tell all my drivers to assume the insurance agent will never provide the lender a copy of the insurance and take responsibility by sending a copy of current insurance on their own and never go in to a default situation. Also with insurance, you must ensure you have enough coverage. Another clause in your loan conditions can be a minimum amount of insurance requirement. I know I often get complaints that drivers want to reduce the amount of liability insurance to save a small amount of money. Never is anyone allowed to have less than adequate insurance while the loan or lease is being paid. I explain to the drivers that one death alone can be a million dollar loss, so you need more coverage just in case. The minimum amounts are not decided to punish the debtors, but the make sure that if something does happen everything will be covered. Saving a few dollars a month is not worth the risk, and if something does happen and the minimum insurance was not met, the debtor could be in very big trouble financially and put in to default. Know and understand the minimum requirements for insurance at the time of signing. Once the item is paid off and you own it fully, the minimum requirements set by the financial institution are still a good guideline to maintain as these guidelines have been set based on previous experience. Looking after your equipment is also a common term of agreement for a lease of loan. I explain to my drivers that if I happen to be in your yard and see that a truck, trailer or car that I financed is sitting looking like a heap of junk and disrepair, you are in default. If you have something, look after it. If I’m financing you a truck or trailer, it is to work and earn money. Look after it so you can earn money. Keep it in good condition and keep its maintenance up to date and you can work with it longer. If there is major work that needs to be done and the mechanic puts a lien on the vehicle, you can again be in default. A mechanic’s lien takes precedence over any lien placed on by the financing company. The mechanic comes in first place and the finance company is now in second place. No finance company wants to be in second place. When there is a mechanic lien, either the finance company will pay for it and keep it as a repossessed vehicle, or the debtor will be given the opportunity to come up with the money to pay off the lien on their own. The mechanic shop will usually call the finance company themselves and ask for payment direct, so if you think you can hide your repair bill, think again. Maintain all equipment and cars and pay your mechanical bills on time to avoid being in default. When you are ready to sign for your truck, trailer, or car loan or lease make sure you understand the terms and clauses of what you are signing. For anything you are making payments on, make sure you make your payments on time. If you need to change your payment date to accommodate the day you get paid, call your financer to arrange this. Commonly missed payments are due to the wrong date , so change it to a date that works for yourself. Make sure your items are insured and insured with adequate coverage at all times, look after it with regular maintenance, and pay for the maintenance on time. If these terms are met, it should keep you and your financing institution on happy terms together. 16

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Habits are safer than rules

- Ken Davey

- Frank Crane

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he same as you drive your truck, your habits drive you. To a large extent you will be a good or bad driver simply because of the habits that you have when behind the

wheel. Professional driving bad habits can be broken into 2 types. The first type is really just sloppiness. They are shortcuts taken because proper behavior was not well ingrained when the driver was learning to drive truck. They include things like not scanning the road ahead and not checking mirrors or driving with one hand on the wheel. Truck drivers should be actively scanning the road ahead, rotating from one mirror to the other about every 12 to 15 seconds. Unless this habit is ingrained, it becomes easy to passively watch the road ahead instead of actively analyzing what you see or slouch with a single hand on the wheel.

The other type is bad habits picked up by the driver because they provide some type of perceived benefit to the driver. Note, I said perceived benefit because even though the behavior makes sense on one level it doesn’t make sense as a whole. The behaviors can be illegal and dangerous but somehow “make sense” to the “bad driver”. A driver starts making a decision based on a calculated risk analysis, balancing the joy of the benefit against the risk of getting caught and the risk of getting into an accident. Eventually, the action becomes an automatic habit rather than a decision made and the driver does not realize the true risk of his actions. Here are some of these perceived benefit bad habits and some new ways to think about them. 18

Speeding. The misconception is that that speeding saves time and since time is money, it saves money too. Wrong, especially in this age of high fuel costs, speed is the enemy of ecomomy. Speed has a hidden cost in that it will wear out your truck (and you) faster. I know that you can speed for a long time without receiving a speeding ticket but it will happen. You can be further penalized because speed also screws up your log book making you vulnerable to HOS tickets. Speeding tickets will increase your insurance costs and make you less hirable to customers and trucking companies. Speed will get you into accident that you could have avoided at a legal rate of speed and make you responsible for accidents. Not wearing a seatbelt. I hear 2 arguments against wearing a seatbelt. The First is that it is uncomfortable. Second, that it is unsafe. They always have a story like ‘I knew a guy who knew a guy who had an accident who lived but he would have died if he was wearing his seatbelt’. Seatbelts save lives. End of sentence. A seatbelt will keep you in control of your vehicle during difficult maneuvers. It will keep you in the safest part of your vehicle during a collision or rollover. Getting a seat belt ticket will get you points on your abstract, raise your insurance rates and tell prospective employers that you can’t follow rules. If your seatbelt is really uncomfortable see the dealer about an extender or any aftermarket parts dealer for holders and pads to get a comfy fit. Further examples of this “perceived benefit” type of bad habit are: • Talking on a cell phone while driving • Accelerating through yellow lights • Failing to reduce speed in construction zones or bad weather Changing these bad habits is hard, first because there is momentum to continue the old dangerous habit and a perceived reward for the unsafe action. The steps that can be taken to break these habits are: 1. Identify- see a specific behavior as a problem. 2. Isolate - deal with one habit at a time starting with the most dangerous. 3. Motivate – keep thinking about the real benefit of the safe behavior. Remember that a change in behavior comes about the same way you originally learned the behavior in the first place, through of a combination of self perceived Rewards and Penalties. For example, if you want to stop speeding, focus on the penalties of speeding - abstract points, danger, at fault accidents, HOS problems or the benefits of not speeding -fuel savings, looking after your vehicle, reduced on the road and building a long safety record that you can be proud of. Uses these types of thoughts to replace whatever your perceived benefits were and you can drive yourself to drive the truck safely for years to come. March / April 2015


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ne of the most challenging tasks for any employer is to design appropriate employee compensation packages, benefits plans, and reward systems. Compensation includes various benefits plans for employees. It is more than just money paid in the form of wages, salaries, and bonuses. A competitive compensation and benefits program, including retirement plans, are keys to attracting and retaining employees – in particular highly skilled and management talent, but also rank and file. With the benefits programs dramatically shifting from employer-funded solutions to shared or completely employee-funded offerings, achieving the right mix for the specific needs of the employees and cost structures has become more complex. It’s a nasty choice to offer an attractive benefits package and forgo profits, or cut back on benefits and risk losing the best employees. To attract talent and compete effectively a health insurance and probably a retirement savings plan are the mandatory benefits a company should offer. Specialty benefits--like life insurance, disability insurance, vision and dental coverage--sweeten the pot but are of lesser importance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2006 National Compensation Survey, 60% of firms with less than 100 workers offered health benefits, while 47% set up retirement plans, such as 401(k)s. Just 38% offered life insurance, 27% provided short-term disability benefits and 19% granted a long-term disability cushion. Every employer needs to design a proper reward system for their employees. Rewards can act as the ‘catalyst’ for improved performance and better productivity. Certain basic criteria are essential for rewards to be effective. These include: • Reward should be quick. • Reward should be significant. • The goals and rewards must be known, understandable, and attainable. • Reward must be distinctly and directly related to performance. • Reward should be irrevocable. • Reward should be compatible with job measurement. If the reward plan is seen to be unfair and unrealistic, for example promotion on the basis of seniority or favoritism, it may have a definitely negative effect as a motivator. For rewards to be effective they have to be generous and significant as noted above, hence 20

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Employee Compensation they must be structured to attain a proper balance of motivating people to purpose and at optimum effort. Properly measuring performance ensures the program pays off in terms of business goals. Since rewards have a real cost in terms of time or money, small business owners need to confirm

that performance has actually improved before rewarding it. Once again, the measures need to relate to a small business’ goals. As Linda Thornburg noted in HR Magazine, “Performance measures in a rewards program have to be linked to an overall business strategy…. Most reward programs use multiple measures which can include such variables as improved financial performance along with improved customer service, improved customer satisfaction, and reduced defects.” Rewards are generally reckoned to improve productivity by somewhere of the order of 20 to 30 per cent. This is nearly twice as much as that attained by goalsetting or job-redesign. But each incentive or reward system is likely to have value under certain conditions only. Hence to be effective, the rewards must be ‘tailored’ and changed to suit the specific conditions. There is no magic formula for all situations and at all times. The financial rewards are basically of three types: 1. Profit sharing 2. Job evaluation and 3. Merit rating Profit sharing could be on a macro basis or on a micro basis. The former relates to the entire company as a whole and the latter to a particular section or group dealing with a particular activity and/or product. On a macro level, it would be difficult to identify and reward outstanding performance. This is possible on a micro level by treating the particular activity as a cost and profit center by itself. This is easier said than done, since overheads and other common services have to be charged and this cannot be done completely objectively. The cost allocation in such cases is somewhat arbitrary and the 22

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Employee Compensation profit will therefore not be a true reflection of the performance of that particular group or activity. In case of job evaluation, the various component factors have to be isolated and evaluated for the purposes of inter-job comparison. Each factor is assigned a rating on the basis of a scale agreed beforehand by the union and the management joint committee. The total rating for each job then forms the basis of wage structure. However, there must be a base level, representing, in effect, the ‘minimum wage’, depending on the nature of the work and the geographical area. In some cases and in some countries these are stipulated by law. A typical, though somewhat broad, list of job factors is as follows: • working environment • physical characteristics • mental characteristics • extent of responsibility • training and experience In case of managers, the factors are: • responsibility • expertise • human relations Merit rating has been used as an indicator of performance. Each employee is rated, typically as excellent, good, average or poor, in respect of the following abilities: • communication • human relations, including leadership and motivation • intelligence • judgment • knowledge The rating, unfortunately, tends to be carried out purely mechanically and it carries a heavy bias of the rater who may be too lenient, may not be objective and may also have favorites or otherwise in the group being rated. Every major company is now giving more attention to their Human Resources department. With globalization, dynamic work forces, and competitive markets it has become mandatory for any organization to retain and grow their most important asset, human capital. It has become impossible for a 21st century company not to give importance to employee retention, because in the end, it is the quality of the workforce that will drive the company forward. Companies are constantly reviewing their internal job designs to empower their employees, develop innovative performance reward systems, create internal job markets, and define employee training and career growth plans. This approach gives them the competitive edge to grow in the world market. March / April 2015

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Logistics Nightmares due to economic influence of China

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ecades ago the Chinese New Year holiday, also known as Spring Festival, had little impact outside of China. But as the country gained outsized economic influence, the holiday, which has enormous cultural significance in the Chinese-speaking world, has become more prominent. This is how it ripples around the world. Chinese factories shut down for the holiday and then some, with hundreds of millions of migrant workers heading to their hometowns, part of the world’s largest mass movement of people. In the lead up to the holiday, factories run flat out to fill orders before shutting. The holiday itself runs from Feb. 18 to 24 this year, but workers start setting off as much as two weeks earlier on packed trains and buses. After the holiday they may take the same amount of time to return, or not. The holiday is a prime occasion to switch jobs. It all means an annual headache for retailers and importers overseas who rely on China. Shipping companies warn customers that China’s transport and logistics networks are at capacity and their shipments must be at ports two weeks ahead of the holiday to stand a chance of getting on a boat before the country shuts down. This year, shipping delays are compounded by a slowdown at U.S. West Coast ports. Stock market trading shudders to a halt as mainland China shuts for an entire week and financial hubs such as Hong Kong and Singapore take a break as well, albeit shorter. Numerous other countries including South Korea and Vietnam also observe Lunar New Year holidays. Muslim majority Malaysia and Indonesia, with large Chinese minorities, take holidays too. Trading volumes `”drop off considerably” about three working days before the start of the holiday, said Andrew Sullivan, managing director at Haitong Securities in Hong Kong. This year, Friday was “the last day that you can sell in Hong Kong and get your money before Chinese New Year” under trading settlement rules, he said. Foreign investors also tend to wind down trading in Asia as the holiday nears, Sullivan said. Because the Lunar New Year never falls on the same date, it plays havoc with Chinese economic data at the start of the year. Economists are cautious not to read too much into figures from January or February, and prefer to wait until March to see the trends lest they make an incorrect interpretation of the world’s second-biggest economy. Last year, the holiday started on the last day of January which meant activity was more compressed as factories rushed to 24

get their orders out the door. This year, the holiday falls about two and half weeks later, so factories had more time to work on orders. The result is that this year’s January trade data, for example, was artificially weak. “We always warn about the CNY effect and the risk of reading too much into these figures at this time of year,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics. “This affects most of the data out of China in January and February as well headline export growth in countries such as Korea that are heavily dependent on the Chinese market.” The holiday is celebrated by Chinese communities around the world. In San Francisco, where about one in five residents is of Chinese descent, the celebration is stretched over a few weeks, with fairs, beauty queens, bazaars, lion dances and deafening firecrackers in Chinatown. The festivities culminate in the San Francisco Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade, complete with feisty 270-foot-long (82 metres) dragon. It’s such a big deal that schools close for the holiday. Pius Lee, chairman of the city’s Chinatown Neighborhood Association, said its Chinese New Year celebrations resemble those in Hong Kong and Shanghai, especially the parades and family reunions where food is abundant and children get red envelopes filled with crisp “lucky” dollar bills. But unlike in China, San Francisco workers will take just two or three days off, said Lee. `”We can’t follow China’s system because the cost of shutting down for many days here is a lot higher than in China,” he said. Lee said many grocery stores and other shops close for two or three days but a handful remain open to tend to the tourists who flock to the downtown neighbourhood for a glimpse of China. The festivities have also embraced foreign culture. For example, the traditional red envelopes, usually decorated with gold Chinese letters, are sold by Chinatown merchants with pictures of Pokemon and Disney characters. Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean there won’t be any major surprises. Chinese officials are notorious for releasing big news during important holidays, unexpected announcements that “hit you with your pants down unprepared,” said Francis Lun, CEO of GEO Securities. The timing may be an attempt to reduce the impact on financial markets, or for the more skeptical, to bury bad news. In 2011, the central bank raised interest rates at the tail end of Chinese New Year. March / April 2015


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Poll shows 76 percent oppose increases in truck size and weight

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he Coalition Against Bigger Trucks commissioned the study in part to show lawmakers, shippers and large carriers that are pushing to increase truck sizes and weights in the next highway bill where people stand on the issue and why. In excess of three-quarters of the people surveyed in a recent poll oppose attempts to increase truck sizes and weights on the nation’s highways. Another 9 percent said they were “unsure,” while just 15 percent said they would support an increase in truck size. The poll was carried out by Harper Polling of Harrisburg, Pa., which contacted a sample of 1,000 people across the country. Sixty-four percent of respondents said the reason they opposed longer and heavier trucks was because of highway safety – accidents, specifically – while 79 percent of respondents said they were convinced that heavier and longer trucks would lead to more braking problems and longer stopping distances. The poll showed that 76 percent of respondents said they were convinced that longer and heavier trucks would further erode the stability of the nation’s bridges. Other studies have shown similar results. Still, there is a movement among some of the nation’s largest carriers, large shippers and some lawmakers in Congress to increase truck weights to 97,000 pounds on six axles, up from the current freeze at 80,000 pounds on five axles. Some also want longer trailers and for trucks to haul double or triple trailers on roads that are currently restricted. Interstate truck size and weight

have been limited since 1991 except by permit or in grandfathered states. “We’ve heard both sides of this issue, and our position remains the same. There’s no justification for longer or heavier trucks,” said Coalition Against Bigger Trucks member Mat Hodapp in a press release. Hodapp is also a trooper with the Minnesota State Patrol and chairman of the National Troopers Coalition. “Bigger-truck proponents talk about ‘modernizing’ our transportation policy, but I don’t think there is anything ‘modern’ about compromising public safety,” he said. The U.S. Department of Transportation is currently in the process of updating its Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Limits Study. The 2000 version of the study found that trucks with more than one trailer in tow had an 11-percent higher crash rate involving a fatality than trucks with single trailers. The updated DOT study, being conducted by the Federal Highway Administration, is comparing safety risks, pavement and infrastructure conditions and other factors between trucks at or below current federal limits and trucks that are legally allowed to operate at longer and heavier weights by statute or permit. The problem with opinion is it is just opinion without the justification from real experience. It would appear then that the push for bigger, heavier from the US based proponents, is using Ontario and Quebec to further the cause by obtaining actual numbers based not on true reality but on a controlled basis posing as reality.

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rucking is a dynamic industry that is evolving so quickly, all involved need to stay up to speed with changes and innovations. Each year, new products are revealed and showcased at various venues throughout North America. The managing team of JGK Media Inc. attended many truck shows and we were very impressed with the products that were being displayed. For this issue of Desi Trucking Magazine, the editors each made their list of top products for the transport industry and compared notes. Potential top products were assessed on their level of innovation, how they could improve the trucking industry and their applicability to the range of carriers in North America. In the end, we were able to name our top products for 2015. Without further ado, we present our top picks.

Michelin X Multi-Energy Z Tire Truckers had been complaining and raised issues about not having one tire for regional and super-regional applications; Michelin responded to these issues and released the X Multi-Energy Z, which can be used on package delivery, dry van, and even in the hospitality business operations. Michelin claims that this tire has a 15% reduction in rolling resistance, which will increase fuel economy. In addition, the X Multi-Energy Z has increased tread life and retreadability. When combined with the Michelin X Multi-Energy D tire, the X Multi-Energy Z tire provides a total SmartWay regional solution.

SmartTruck System’s TopKit SmartTruck has been providing innovative solutions for improving fuel economy for years and has, again, revealed another great product. The SmartTruck’s TopKit can act as a stand-alone aerodynamic solution or be a powerful addition to an existing product to further enhance fuel economy. Applications are for dry vans, reefers, and straight trucks, and the product doesn’t have the inspection challenges of other products. The TopKit is designed to directly reduce the low pressure wake that creates drag behind trailers and straight trucks. According to SmartTruck, the result is a 5.5% fuel saving.

Meritor P600 Series Planetary Axles The P600 Series axles, including the P610 and P614, are engineered for global heavy-haul, oil field, logging and mining applications and are available in tandem and tridem configurations. They are engineered and manufactured with ratings up to 42,000 pounds per axle. Both axles offer a choice of ratios to ensure the gearing, power and torque to do the job without sacrificing payload capacity or efficiency.

Timetec Road Hawk HD Dash Camera Dash Cameras, seen in the automotive sector, are beginning to make a presence in the North American trucking industry. They provide excellent objective information in case of an incident. The Timetec Road Hawk HD has more black box features than most of its competitors at a reasonable price: GPS location with Google Maps integration, speed recording, audio recording, and more if you really want to analyze your driving or have the best evidence possible in the event of an accident. While it doesn’t have the best possible design to capture license plate images with, it’s a great multi-functional recording device. 26

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Eaton Dual-Clutch Procision Transmission Foregoing the traditional torque-convertor equipped automatic transmission technology, Eaton has launched a new dual-clutch transmission that delivers car-like drivability with the performance of a manual. According to Eaton, the transmission monitors grade, vehicle weight, and throttle input to deliver optimal levels of torque to the wheels under all shift conditions. Fuel economy is also improved and this new transmission should provide more comfort and confidence for drivers in the medium-duty market.

Hendrickson Optimaax Axle System for 6x2 Hendrickson’s OptiMaax system is a 6×2 solution to help fleets save fuel cost, tire wear, and weight with comparable handling to 6×4 tandem axle configurations. Operating as a liftable axle in the forward tandem position, this system provides versatility for fleets with variable loads by using axle capacity only when required. In comparison with the traditional 6x4 tractor configuration, the OptiMaax system eliminates over 350 pounds by replacing the forward tandem drive axle and suspension with an integrated liftable non-drive axle and suspension which is automated with weight sensing controls. This proprietary, fully automated control module eliminates driver intervention and training and allows the tractor to adapt to the requirements of the load; raising the axle when the additional capacity is not needed and lowering the axle to distribute the load evenly when required.

Asperia Halo Tire Inflator Finally, an automatic tire inflation device that can be easily installed on both drive and trailer axles. The bolt-on application only takes 5-10 minutes and, similar in principle to a self-winding watch, uses the vehicle’s own rotational motion to pump and maintain optimal tire pressure. Aperia Technologies says the system is completely maintenance free in normal operating environments and will reduce tire wear, increase fuel economy, and save down time in case of a blowout.

Volvo Active Safety Systems Driver support technology that was only available in the automotive industry is now becoming available in the heavy-truck industry. Volvo trucks can be fitted with an array of cutting-edge driver support systems, which can effectively reduce the risk of an accident. The Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST), combined with ABS traction control, making emergency braking more efficient and dramatically reduced the likelihood of a rollover, jackknife or loss of control incident on both wet and dry roads. With a windshield mounted camera, the Lane Departure Warning ensures drivers stay in their lanes by continually tracking road markings. The Enhanced Cruise Control system uses radar sensors that monitor vehicles moving in front and to the side of Volvo trucks to ensure a safe distance. If you’re following too close or a vehicle cuts you off, a buzzer sounds and emergency lights warn you of eminent danger; if you still don’t react in time, the Enhance Cruise control will de-throttle to avoid an accident.

Ultra One Wheels with MagnaForce Alloy Weighing in at only 40 pounds, the Ultra One Wheel is one of the lightest on the market compared to wheels of the same size. On a rig, that’s a savings of nearly 100 pounds. Lightness doesn’t matter if it’s not strong; with MagnaForce Alloy technology, the wheel offers a 17% increase in strength over existing alloys for unmatched strength that delivers unprecedented weight savings.

Mack MP8 505C+ Engine Built on the 13-liter MP8 engine platform, the MP8 505C+ offers 505 horsepower and 1,860 lb.-ft. of torque. The MP8 505C+ delivers the maximum amount of torque in all gears to maximize fuel efficiency, as well as the customer’s return on investment. The MP8 505C+ is ideal for long-haul applications and those requiring the muscle to easily conquer mountainous terrain. The MP8 505 C+ is available in the Mack Pinnacle™ Axle Forward and Axle Back models. The Pinnacle model is designed for durable over-the-road hauling with a Mack Advantage™ chassis to optimize payload. The Pinnacle model delivers near-zero emissions through the combination of the MP8 engine and Mack ClearTech™ SCR technology. The MP Engine Series also is designed with fewer parts, offering operators an engine that’s built to last. 28

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Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training coming to a location near you

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he provincial government in Ontario announced its plans to consult the trucking industry on plans to introduce mandatory entry-level commercial driver training to improve safety across provincial roadways way back last fall. Plans to introduce the new program took a major step forward at the Marriott Airport Hotel in Toronto, 25 February, where nearly 100 decision-makers gathered for the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario’s (TTSAO) roundtable where how to implement such training was discussed. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation for Ontario, confirmed the industry and the ministry are working together to ensure that the driver training they roll out is flawless. “Today is another example of taking an additional step in the right direction,” he said. “It’s a chance for all of us, but for me in particular, to seize the opportunity to listen to you and to learn from you and to build consensus in order to make sure we get this right for everyone at the table.” He stressed the importance of the industry and the ministry to take its time developing the training program so it’s not a process that has to be done again in the near future. “We can make sure we can get this right, which is so important not only to me and the team at MTO, and certainly not only to you as an industry, but it’s important to every single man woman and child who relies on Ontario’s roads and highways,” he said. “Together we will deliver a robust program to measure competency and administer mandatory training for commercial truck drivers. We’ll find a standard that keeps us at the forefront of road and highway safety in North American, but also standard that we can deliver effectively and this is extremely important to me it is about setting expectations, the right kind of expectations and then meeting those expectations. And I know that you in this industry will help our government fulfill the expectations that we’ve created.” The minister also commended the work the industry has been doing so far. In particular, how quickly the industry banded together to get the final draft ready for the national occupational standard, providing thirty years is quick. March / April 2015

“What great news to hear from David (Bradley) today that the fifth and final draft has been developed,” he said. “It’s a standard that has been long overdue. It will certainly help the industry define the work with respect to what a commercial truck driver does.” He added that the occupational standard and the mandatory training is good news for carriers because it will help address the driver shortage crisis as well as provide security to those professional drivers in the province. David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association and the Canadian Trucking Alliance echoed the minister’s views saying: “We’re very satisfied from an industry perspective in terms of the level of effort and the level of cooperation between the industry and the ministry. It’s not a case of unnecessary delays and that sort of thing. It’s doing it right, so we don’t have to go back and do it again.” There is no time frame for when the mandatory training will be officially in effect. The minister said that together the industry is working hard to get it done, but that “we don’t want to rush something. We want to get in right.” He added that he expects to provide an update to the industry on the issue in the fall. The media was not invited to the roundtable discussion, though according to Kim Richardson, president of KRTS Transportation Specialists, a lot of important issues were discussed. “We made some major strides forward, not only on mandatory entry-level driver training but in the way the training is going to be delivered because there’s some very big policy changes to TTSAO’s constitution in reference to non-synchronized transmission and automatics,” he said. “Because at the end of the day the training schools have to hold themselves accountable.” Could it be, the next step will be recognition of Truck Driving as a skilled trade? Could it be another step will be to organize a career path for truck drivers? Could it be that advanced training could be next? Could it be that truck drivers will be paid for their skill level instead of being at the top of their game, pay wise, once the commercial license is attained? 29


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Speed Limiters are coming because the US government can sell it

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he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are still pushing forward with a rule that would mandate speed limiters on heavy trucks but now anticipate their joint notice of proposed rulemaking to be sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget on March 2 after a previous projection of Feb. 2 passed. The adjustment pushes back other projected benchmarks for the proposal by a month. The agencies are now projecting clearance from OMB on June 4 instead of May 4 and for a rule to be published on June 8 instead of May 7. If the agencies meet their new intended deadlines, publication of a rule would trigger a 60-day public comment period. Specifically, the NHTSA portion of the rule, proposed in 2011, responds to petitions filed in 2006 by the American Truck-

ing Associations and Roadsafe America to require the installation of speed-limiting devices on newly manufactured heavy trucks. The agency believes the proposal will decrease fatal crashes involving trucks on roads with posted speed limits of 55 mph and above. The FMCSA portion of the rule is identical except it would call for all trucks – not just new ones – to activate their speed limiters within the electronic control modules (ECMs). At this stage, the joint proposal does not prescribe a specific speed for the limiters to be set, but it is widely believed that it would be either 68 mph or 65 mph. Setting speed limiters at either of those speeds would force trucks to move at a slower speed than the flow of traffic on many, if not most, American interstate highways. Studies have shown that speed differen-

Meritor WABCO includes trailer lift axles system

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eritor WABCO added an automated trailer lift axle system to its SmartTrac portfolio of products this week. The company says it is a costsaving technology to monitor suspension load and manage lift axles for trailers. “The SmartTrac automatic trailer lift axle control system automatically raises WheelsUPTruckor lowers the axle based on cargo weight,” said Pat Kealy, director, Trailer Systems and Aftermarket for Meritor WABCO. “This system helps reduce fuel costs, tire wear, vehicle downtime and labor and maintenance costs while also increasing wheel-end and brake life.” The new product works with Meritor WABCO’s trailer roll stability support and ABS. It is fully automated, eliminating the need for drivers to adjust the axle manually. It also complies with the US Department of Transportation legal load limits. The company added in a press release that it is “compatible with any air ride-equipped lift axle suspension on a trailer and can be configured in several ways” and that “axles can be lowered automatically when the vehicle is put in park. 30

tials – vehicles moving at different speeds rather than at uniform speeds – lead to more vehicle interactions on the highways and increase the likelihood of dangerous maneuvers, many of which involve cars that merge, pass and cut-in around trucks. FMCSA did a study that compared motor carriers with speed limiters to those without speed limiters. In draft form the study showed little or no safety benefit for speed limiters, but the final version showed a safety benefit, which demonstrates clearly that government studies will always show what the government wants it to show rather than the reality.

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eritor® introduced the industry’s first automatic tire inflation system for linehaul tractors at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) 2015 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition. The MTIS™ Tire Inflation System for Trucks automatically monitors tire pressure while the vehicle is in motion and inflates an underinflated tire. If there are issues requiring continuous inflation, the MTIS system alerts the driver to check the tire or find service as soon as possible. The system extends tire and wheel component life, improves fuel efficiency and reduces tire wear and maintenance. “We listened carefully to customers who have expressed a need to lower costs due to tire underinflation,” said Jay Craig, president and chief operating officer for Meritor. “We’re leading the industry in automatic tire inflation systems, and our MTIS system is one of many new products the market can expect to see from Meritor that will help end-users operate their vehicles more efficiently.” Underinflated tires can decrease tread life up to 20 percent and impact tire retread, according to tire manufacturers. “Maintaining proper pressure requires constant attention,” said Ken Hogan, general manager, Rear Drivetrain for Meritor. “In addition to reducing tire and fuel costs, the MTIS system enhances performance. Tire companies have stated that up to 80 percent of roadside tire failures are a direct result of creeping air loss.” Although pressure leakage up to 2 percent per week is common for tire systems, additional pressure loss can be expected with puncture wounds from nails, a contaminated rim flange or bad valve stem. March / April 2015


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TND Tablet for Pro Driver

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and McNally launched the TND Tablet, saying that it’s answering calls for “one device that does it all,” which brings together the company’s TND truckspecific GPS device with an Android tablet pre-loaded with trucking applications and access to the Android marketplace. Priced at US$499, the in-cab device is designed to serve drivers on the road, in their mobile offices, and with their lives in general. The new tablet brings together tools that drivers need while operating their vehicles – such as truck-specific routing, mileage tracking, and an on-board dash cam – plus pre-loaded applications to help manage the business of driving like document scanning, load matching, and bookkeeping assistance. And, since the device is on the Android platform, it enables drivers to check e-mail, keep up with social media, and download entertainment on a sharp, 8-in. screen. The new tablet provides all the features and functionality of the IntelliRoute TND GPS. On the road, as well as navigation, it offers the company’s TripMaker planning tool that allows drivers to create a trip on the tablet and then push the route to the TND on the tablet for routing. There’s also an eBook edition of Rand McNally’s Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas, an onboard dash cam that records video of the road ahead, and an option to use the tablet for E-logs, when paired with the HD 100 extra-cost subscription service. For business, the TND tablet includes apps from industry-known providers, each with special Rand McNally-only offerings: like Fuel Manager, from Let’s Truck, said to offer easy, efficient, tank-by-tank tracking of fueling costs (including partials) and mileage. It should help drivers learn how to improve their trucks’ fuel performance. There Profit Gauges, also from Let’s Truck, an accounting/bookkeeping system for owner-operators and company drivers alike, with overview screens for a quick business assessment, profit-and-loss statements, plus month-end and tax reporting. The Truck It Smart load board allows real-time access for posting and searching loads or trucks. As well, Transflo Mobile+ provides a one-stop solution to speed cash flow and optimize communications between carriers, brokers, and drivers by allowing scanning and submission of documents on the go (including accident and claims documents) March / April 2015

using the tablet’s built-in camera. Wi-Fi connectivity allows drivers to access additional applications in the Rand McNally market, check e-mail, and download movies and entertainment for use when off-duty. The device itself features a magnetic, commercial-grade powered mount with an additional GPS antenna, ensuring that the navigation experience is superior, the company says. The rugged mount allows

for the tablet to be removed easily for use at a truckstop, home, or in the bunk. The company says the tablet’s 8-in. highdefinition screen is its brightest screen yet, with pinch and zoom functionality. The tablet is also compatible with rear or side-view cameras, sold separately

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CMV involved in an Accident How soon do you have to complete the testing? An alcohol test is required to be completed within 8 hours of the accident if it meets the above chart requirements. A controlled substance test or a drug test is required to be completed within 32 hours of the accident if it meets the above chart requirements. What are a driver’s duties after being involved in an accident? The driver should remain available for testing and should refrain from consuming alcohol for 8 hours following the accident or until they’ve submitted an alcohol test. If the driver is not available for testing then the driver may be deemed by the employer to have refused to submit to testing. What is the employer’s responsibility? The employer should provide the driver with necessary postaccident information, procedures and instructions when the driver is hired to drive a CMV. This will ensure that the driver follows those procedures if and when he/she gets into an accident. What if the driver does not get tested within the prescribed time limit? If the driver does not get tested for alcohol within 8 hours and for controlled substance within 32 hours then the employer has to prepare and maintain a record stating the reason the tests were not administered within the time limit. Where can I get more information on regulations relating to an accident involving a CMV? You can call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839 if you need more assistance in following the regulations on accidents involving a CMV.

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Peterbilt brings about a new quick assessment service program

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eterbilt Motors Company announced a new quick assessment service program that is being introduced throughout the company’s North American truck dealer network. Called Rapid Check, the new program provides customers with diagnostics and an estimate of needed repairs in two hours or less. “Rapid Check will maximize customer uptime and make their Peterbilt service experience as efficient as possible,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “Regardless of truck make or model and regardless if the customer is local or passing through the area, Rapid Check will provide them with an expedited, best in class service assessment and estimate to help them get back on the road quickly and cost effectively.” Siver said the program is available throughout the Peterbilt dealer network, now at more than 300 locations. Within two hours, the Rapid Check program provides: • Basic vehicle diagnostics • Evaluation of needed repairs or, if necessary, more complex diagnostics • Regular communications with customers updating the status of their vehicles • Estimate of needed repair time. “Peterbilt dealerships already lead the industry in the quality, accuracy and efficiency of their service work, achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction,” said Siver. “Rapid Check will be another effective tool for dealers to serve customers by exceeding expectations and helping them meet their business requirements.”

Kenworth and PACCAR Financial offer extended warranty program

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enworth Truck Company and PACCAR Financial announced a 2015 Extended Warranty Program for U.S. customers who purchase new Kenworth Class 5-7 factory trucks financed through PACCAR Financial. Kenworth customers may receive a 2-year / 200,000mile basic vehicle extended warranty by choosing PACCAR Financial to finance purchases of new Kenworth Class 5-7 trucks. PACCAR Financial rates are available for as low as 4.99 percent for qualifying customers in the United States. “Qualifying Kenworth Class 5-7 customers receive an additional one year and 100,000 miles of warranty coverage under this program,” said Jason Skoog, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing.

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Understanding Tire Air Pressure

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HAT IS THE CORRECT INFLATION FOR MY TIRES? Under inflated tires are the main cause of premature wear. You can avoid expensive early tire replacement with a little knowledge and time. Proper inflation is the answer. So…what is proper inflation? How do I inflate a tire correctly? How do I keep my tires properly inflated? DETERMINING CORRECT INFLATION Grabbing an air hose and inflating a tire to 100psi does not give you a properly inflated tire. And letting hot air out of a tire to decrease air pressure does not mean you have correct inflation. Proper inflation is based on your load, type of tires and adding the correct air pressure based on the temperature of the tire. Let’s take a look at determining correct tire inflation. Your cargo weight determines who much load is on each axle. If your load varies it is best to use the higher weight. The axle load weight determines how much air pressure is need in the tire to make it work properly. Under inflation allows the tire to flex too much and creates tire destroying heat. Every tire manufacture has a load and inflation chart. You can find them on the internet or your local dealer. Michelin’s chart is located at http:www.michelintruck.com. The XLINE 275/80R22.5 G shows 85psi for and axle loaded at 18,760lbs for duals. Based on this chart you need to put the tire air pressure at 85psi. Psi is pounds per square inch pressure. Air pressure changes with temperature. The tire manufacture’s chart is based on outside temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. More on that latter. INFLATING YOUR TIRES Determine your tire’s brand, style and size and go the manufacture’s website for their chart. Now all you need to do is air up the tires. Wait! It is not that simple. Manufactures recommend you check air pressure before you drive when the tires are cool. Tires that are hot inside will not give an accurate inflation pressure. It is best to adjust your air pressure after the truck/trailer has been parked for several hours, or better yet been sitting overnight. The outside temperature and the temperature inside the tire should be the same. This is what is meant by adjusting your air pressure “cold”. Generally it takes about 20 minutes to check an 18 wheeler and should be done once a week or as need if loads change. KEEPING YOUR TIRES INFLATED PROPERLY Get a professional quality tire gauge and calibrate it regularly. 36

- Bruce Gruver Director of Aftermarket Parts & Service Utility Trailers Sales of Central CA - Fresno

Know the loaded weight on each axle for your particular haul. Adjust the tire pressure based on the tire manufacture’s load/inflation chart. Adjust air pressure “cold”. After the truck/ trailer has been idle for 3 or 4 hours. Make sure dual tires have the same psi. Or at least within 5psi of each other. Check tires for premature wear, leaks or damage. Use a spray bottle with soapy water to check for leaks. Did you know the tire pressure changes as you drive? The heat generated by the tires flexing and contacting the pavement increases the tire’s inside air temperature. If the tires have been properly inflated this is normal and you should not adjust the air pressure at this time. Knowing the proper inflation PSI, the correct temperature to get proper inflation and spending 20 minutes a week can increase your profits and keep you out of the tire shops.

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Bose introduces next-generation seating

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he Technology & Maintenance Council’s annual spring meeting is where Dana took the time to raise awareness about the benefits – and risks – of engine downspeeding A reduction in engine speed of a mere 100 revolutions per minute translates to a 1% improvement in fuel economy, which means there is significant savings to be had by specifying downsped powertrains, according to Steve Slesinski, global product planning, commercial vehicle driveline technology with Dana. However, reducing engine speeds and specifying faster rear axle ratios also places greater torque on downstream components such as the driveshaft. Dana promotes a two-pronged approach to protecting against damage that can be caused by the extra torque generated by downsped powertrains: torque-limiting the engine and fortifying the drivetrain. Slesinski said Dana has come out with products engineered specifically to perform with downsped powertrains. These include the Spicer AdvanTek 40 tandem axle, the SPL 350 driveshaft and the SPL 250 inter-axle shaft. Engine providers can set parameters that torque-limit the engine and reduce the risk of damage caused during low-speed maneuvering, however that won’t protect against high-cycle fatigue, Slesinski said. While today’s downsped powertrains typically aim for a 1,150 rpm cruise speed, Slesinski said the trend is expected to continue. “We think rpm is going to continue to go down because of the big benefit you have by improving the efficiency of the engine,” he said, noting cruise speeds of 900 rpm could be attainable in the near future. To this end, Dana is anticipating the need for products that can handle the demands of downspeeding without adding substantial cost and weight to the vehicle. The company also has taken a leadership role in educating the industry about the benefits of downspeeding, through creation of a new online training module that will go live later this year. The program will help dealers, fleets, service managers and others understand the implications of downspeeding, Slesinski said. Dana also launched a new drive axle lubricant designed for high-efficiency drivetrains. The all-synthetic Spicer XFE 75W90 axle lubricant is designed to further reduce operating costs by as much as $730 over a five-year life-cycle. It also qualifies for a 500,000-mile service interval. Combined with the AdvanTek 40 axle and an engine that is downsped by 200 rpm, a customer can achieve fuel savings of about $9,835 per vehicle over a five-year period based on US$4/ gallon diesel prices. 38

ose introduced its next-generation vibration-cancelling Ride System, which offers drivers multiple settings and improved ergonomics. “With the Bose Ride system II, more drivers can feel safer, recover faster, and expect a longer driving career, while traveling over more varying road conditions,” said Mike Rosen, Bose Ride chief engineer and general manager, while introducing the seat at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s spring meeting. “The Bose Ride system II is now an even better tool for fleets looking to improve their business performance.” The new seat comes with three settings: Soft, Middle and Firm. Rosen acknowledged not all drivers liked the feel of the previous seat – at least initially. The multiple settings will allow each driver to find the setting that works best for them, and in some cases they may graduate up from the firm setting to soft, which offers the full benefits of protection against vibrations. The Soft setting provides the smoothest ride and maximum protection against road-induced shaking, Rosen explained. The Middle setting gently follows road contours and protects the driver from shakes and bumps, while offering a slightly firmer ride than the Soft setting. The Firm setting protects the driver while adapting the ride for rough on-road and even off-road environments, providing the best protection against bottoming in harsh conditions. It also offers a more familiar feel for drivers transitioning to the Bose Ride from traditional air-suspension seats. The new Ride System has been designed to handle a wider variety of applications, Rosen noted. While it was initially designed as an on-highway product, customers have put it through a wide range of environments and so the new-generation seat has been designed with that in mind. Also new is a built-in driver orientation, which allows firsttime users to understand how to get the most out of the seat. The high-speed electromagnetic motor is used as a speaker to play an informational audio track, while providing the motion necessary for the driver to experience what to expect from the seat. The seat top has been redesigned by Sears Manufacturing to provide improved comfort. The Bose Ride System II will be available beginning April 1, and won’t be priced higher than the current product. When bought in batches of 100 the Ride System costs US$2,995 per seat. Ten to 99 units will cost US$3,695 per seat. Volvo will offer the seat as a factory-installed option later this spring. March / April 2015


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Driver Shortage, Why?

At MATS: Women In Trucking plan sixth annual ‘Salute’

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hat will stem the tide on the driver shortage? WOW, what a question! The first part of the process is for truck driving to be recognized as a skilled trade with entry-level training, and then skills development training and testing for advancement. Training -- Standardized entry-level training is a start. Ensuring that everyone as they become licensed know and understand ALL the information they need to at least get started on a life long learning process. Career Path -- There is a need for a career path based on advanced skills training and testing that is rewarded with another pay level. There is no place, for upon graduation from entry level training, the driver is at the top of his or her earning potential and remains the same for a forty year career. Trainers need to be trained. Trainers shouldn’t become trainers unless and until they have had some skills development to become trainers. Trucking has no place for peer training. Peer training is tantamount to the blind leading the blind. When there is adequate skill development and advancement throughout a career there will be many more new entrants into an industry that is the key to economic development of the entire world. Therefore it has a need for highly skilled tradespeople to do a highly skilled job and paid as such. And that’s just a start.

or the sixth straight year, Women In Trucking will honor female truck drivers at a reception on March 28 at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Marcia Taylor, president and chief executive officer of Bennett International Group, will speak at this year’s event, starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, in rooms C201204 in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center. Taylor is also the winner of the 2014 “Influential Woman in Trucking” award sponsored by Navistar. She started Bennett along with her late husband, J.D. Garrison, back in 1974, with 15 trucks and 30 trailers, according to the WIT news release. Bennett has grown to include a fleet of 2,500 trucks. Door prizes will be drawn at this year’s event, including a $1,000 Walmart gift card, 10 Apple iPads, and $100 gift cards for Alliance Truck Parts and a TravelCenters of America Dining gift card. The “Salute to Women Behind the Wheel” is open to all female commercial drivers, not just members of Women in Trucking – plus family members and friends.

Great Dane promotes from within

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reat Dane has announced the promotion of Chris Hammond to the position of executive vice-president of sales. Hammond will be charged with leading the company’s overall sales, marketing and aftermarket parts and service functions. He has been with Great Dane for more than 22 years, most recently as vice-president of dealer and international sales. “Chris has been an integral part of Great Dane’s success for a number of years,” said Dean Engelage, president of Great Dane. “I am confident in his abilities to refine our sales and distribution strategies and to lead our sales, marketing and aftermarket teams to new heights.” March / April 2015

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Next Generation Certification Program continues

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he OTA was excited to launch the second cohort of the highly successful program following the tremendous buzz surrounding the inaugural Next Generation Certification. This year’s class is comprised of 21 up-and-coming leaders in the trucking industry, which are made up of carrier members, allied trades and suppliers, — both large and small – from across Ontario and Quebec. Delivered by the highly esteemed Humphrey Group, the program is designed as an intensive leadership development initiative for the trucking industry’s future leaders. The main objective of the four-part certificate program is to strengthen a future leader’s ability to communicate effectively and inspire action in others they work with – from drivers, to customers, to executive teams. Speaking at a luncheon presentation to recognize the inaugural executive graduates of the OTA’s Next Generation Certification program, Tandet Group’s Ryan Tilley enlightened the audience on all of the benefits of their experience. “The OTA NextGen program is not just about education. It provides a great transition step for those new to the OTA experi-

Bendix builds new headquarters

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endix announced the company’s growth has necessitated the construction of a new headquarters. It will be located in northeastern Ohio, within a 20-mile radius of its current home in Elyria, the company announced. A groundbreaking ceremony at the new location will be scheduled at a future date.

“Bendix has always been proud of the talented and innovative Northeast Ohio workforce that has helped fuel our growth and success. We are grateful for our time in Elyria and for the support and cooperation we have received from the community over our many decades here,” said Bendix chairman Joe McAleese. “The rapid and continuous growth we have experienced – especially over the past twelve years – now means we have exceeded the capabilities and capacity of our current headquarters location. This move will enable us to further expand our business and sustain our ability to develop solutions to meet the needs of the commercial vehicle industry.” Bendix has held its current Elyria headquarters since 1941. More than 500 people work there today. 40

ence. Your future leaders will meet like-minded peers in similar stages of their careers who will likely be new to OTA events. These young leaders all have fresh ideas and are getting an opportunity to bring them to the table at a time where our industry is going to face some significant challenges; especially with the no longer looming, but imminent driver shortage. Having this group of peers to grow up with in the OTA will certainly help create more sustainable and participative members.” Designed as an intensive leadership development initiative for the industry’s future leaders, and delivered by the highly esteemed Humphrey Group, the objective of the four-part certificate program is to strengthen a new leader’s ability to inspire action in others – from drivers, to customers, to executive teams. The inaugural graduating class consisted of 15 up-and-coming 15 trucking industry managers and executives. This format offered graduates an opportunity to learn and meet professionals experiencing similar career growth opportunities and challenges. OTA will be working with the 2014 NextGen graduates on the possibility of developing a second phase of the program for 2015.

Arizona laying down the law during Southern Shield 2015 Truckers driving in Southern Arizona on Feb. 25-26, heads up. Multiple agencies are coordinating Southern Shield 2015, an operation that will be enforcing state and federal laws at full strength. Law enforcement and safety agencies will be checking logbooks for hours-of-service violations along Interstate 10 from Tucson to the New Mexico line, according to an Arizona Department of Public Safety press release. Additionally, officers will conduct “walk-around” inspections and check safety restraint usage. Southern Shield 2015’s goal is to reduce the number of commercial vehicle crashes in the area. Agencies involved include the Arizona Department of Public Safety, New Mexico State Police, Pima County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Compliance Division of the Arizona Department of Transportation. Tucson, Marana and Oro Valley police departments will also participate in Southern Shield 2015.

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Shell shows off nitrite-free coolant at TMC

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hell Rotella ELC-NF (Extended Life Coolant – Nitrite-Free) was added to the company’s coolant portfolio as a companion to its Rotella Ultra ELC and demonstrated at the Technology & Maintenance Council meetings this week. “Shell Rotella ELC-NF was formulated to meet more severe operational conditions of modern, hot-running engines,” said Stede Granger, OEM technical manager, Shell Lubricants. “This is particularly important for new emission engines, especially those with exhaust gas recirculation.” Shell says ELC-NF provides improved protection of aluminum components including brazed aluminum heat exchangers. Its heat transfer is superior to conventional coolants and it offers protection against cavitation, Shell claims. It can also extend the life of water pumps, radiators and other cooling system components. “As engine technology advances, we continue to develop new products such as the

Shell Rotella ELC NF with our customer’s current and future maintenance needs in mind,” said Chris Guerrero, global marketing manager, Shell Lubricants. “We know our hardworking customers are looking for the best products that help them meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges for on- and off-highway engines. Shell is excited to offer a new product that fulfills customer needs, and is a great addition to our coolant portfolio.” The new coolant is designed to run 600,000 on-highway miles or 12,000 hours in commercial applications with proper monitoring.

Statistics show definitive reduction in truck-involved crashes.

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Marketing Concepts for Trucking

Marketing Concepts for Trucking

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rucking is one of the important segments of today’s economy. Most of the industries, including trucking, are facing challenges to operate in today’s tough economic time. One of the mean to improve the profit margins in any business is to target proper market segment and adapt the service levels to their expectations. Market segmentation is the process (in marketing) of grouping a market (i.e. customers) into smaller subgroups. This is not something that is arbitrarily done. It is derived from the fact that the total market is often made up of submarkets (called ‘segments’). These segments are homogeneous in their constitution (i.e. people in the segment have some similarities to be recognized as a group. Because of this intra-group similarity, they are likely to respond somewhat similarly to a given marketing strategy. That is, they are likely to have similar feeling and ideas about a marketing mix, comprised of a given product or service, sold at a given price, distributed in a certain way, and promoted in a certain way. Markets can be segmented or targeted using a variety of factors. The bases for segmenting consumers in the market include: • Demography (age, family size, life cycle, occupation) • Geographical bases (states, regions, countries) • Behavior bases (product knowledge, usage, attitudes, responses) • Psychographic bases (lifestyle, values, personality) A business must analyze the needs and wants of different market segments before determining their own niche. To be effective in market segmentation the company needs to keep the following things in mind: • Segments or target markets should be accessible to the business • Each segmented group must be large enough to provide a solid customer base. • Each segmented group requires a separate marketing plan. Large companies segment their markets by conducting extensive market research projects/surveys. This research is often too expensive for small businesses to invest in, but there are alternative ways for a small business to segment their markets. A small business can do the following to gain knowledge and information on how to segment their markets: • Use secondary data resources and qualitative research. They can use the following resources for external secondary data 42

• Trade Association publications and experts • Basic research publications • External measurement services • Government Statistical data regarding trade, demography, regional imbalances, language, income distribution, land holdings etc. • Conduct informal factor and cluster analysis by o Watching key competitors marketing efforts and copying them. o Talking to key trade buyers about new product introductions. o Conducting needs analysis from qualitative research with individuals and groups. There are many reasons for dividing markets into smaller segments. Any time there are significant, measurable differences in the market, the market can be segmented into identifiable groups. By doing so, the company will • make marketing easier • discover niche markets • Become more efficient with their marketing resources There are different approaches to tackle different market segments: Mass Marketing or Undifferentiated Marketing: Go after the whole market with one offer and focus on common needs rather than differences Product-variety Marketing or Differentiated Marketing: target several market segments and design separate offers for each according to segment specific needs. Target Marketing or Concentrated Marketing: Target market is the group of potential customers selected for marketing. For new products, there is a theory that different groups of people have different risk tolerances. Innovators First 5% - 10% that adopt the product Early Adopters Next 10% - 15% Early Majority Next 30% Late Majority Next 30% Laggards Remaining 20% Innovators and Early Adopters: The innovators and early adopters are critical to launching a new product. If a company can target its initial efforts at these groups, its limited resources will be well spent. They will become its champions. It is not an easy task to find these groups. From some studies, the characteristics of the innovators and early adopters are: Venturesome: the willingness and desire to be daring in trying March / April 2015


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Marketing Concepts for Trucking something new and different Social integration: frequent and extensive contact with others in one’s area Cosmopolitan: extending point of view beyond the immediate neighborhood or community Social mobility: upward movement on the social scale Privileged: attitude and possession of money (less risky to try something new), But be aware that it is not necessarily a smooth ride to go from one risk group to another. Most of the times, there is a time gap between moving from the innovators to the early adopters and then to the early majority and so on. Target Market Influencers: In addition to targeting innovators and early adopters, efforts should be made to find the innovators and early adopters, who can influence the market. This is important for a marketing plan with a limited budget. Rules to Market Segmentation: If a company needs to gain a viable market segment within its overall target group then there are a few rules it needs to follow: • It must be clear and specific in defining the segment. • The identification of market segments must be as a result of well researched facts and figures.

• All its customers’ exhibit a multitude of traits and characteristics, but it must only segment ones which are relevant to what it hope to target. For example if the business is selling life assurance policies, then the company should not segment the market by height of person because the height of a person is unhelpful in helping it sell insurance policies. Age or income can be the viable trait to define a market segment. • Don’t over segment as it will be impossible to successfully target all these groups. The company needs to aim for the largest most relevant segment. • The company must also be able to reach its segment group realistically. If it has identified that a large segment has internet access and would like to reach them via the internet, it must also have the same technology and knowledge at its fingertips as it is available to the target groups. • It must also ensure that it is cost effective to chase this market segment. If it costs too much to reach them or if it has to compromise its profitability to reach them, then the company needs to think whether the segment would be worth pursuing. Always chase the largest segment first. Trim the smaller segments off the list as it may not be viable to pursue the smaller segments.

“In case of dissension, never dare to judge till you've heard the other side.” Euripides, a Greek Philosopher At every company with a fleet there are driver disputes I have even seen drivers upset about take trips they think over who gets what load and how work is shared. Dispatchare too short or even trips that are too long. Sure we are all ers have a difficult time trying to meet the all important allowed personal preferences for the type of work we want customer demands while balancing the revenue stream but drivers usually only really complain about these things for all the drivers. This balance is what causes the comif they think they are getting an unfair share of them. No mon perception that dispatchers “lie”. Truthfully the disone wants the short end of the stick all the time. patcher cannot do anything without the cooperation of both When a new contractor comes to our fleet I always ex- Ken Davey the fleet and the customer. When that cooperation breaks plain that we dispatch first in first out, whenever possible. down, loads are late and drivers are stranded. Even though However, in an individual dispatch situation we have to the customers concerns are paramount when making dispatch deci- consider customer service, empty miles, equipment type and driver sions, the company philosophy is the framework the dispatchers use capabilities. In addition there are factors that don’t have to do with for making these decisions. As a driver or contractor, try to look that specific dispatch that need to be considered too. For example, at the overall picture to see the rational of how work is distributed some senior driver have what use to be called “bid runs” or schedrather than worrying about someone being dispatched 2 hours ahead ules and they need to be moved for seniority reasons to get back to of you. the origin of the bid run. Another example where I would move a In general, the higher the percentage of contractor trucks on the truck out of turn is when the contractor has had some trouble, like fleet, the better contractors will be treated on a fleet. For example: if his transmission was just rebuilt. We would try to slip him a little when I worked for Atomic Transport, they strove for a 50-50 split of extra work to make up his cash flow after the downtime. company trucks to contractors on the fleet. They tried hard to share However at every fleet there should be not only fairness but the work fairly between company trucks and contractors. However, appearance of fairness. At our company, and every other company I when times were hard they simply laid off contractors and operated have worked for, dispatchers are forbidden to accept gifts of favors with the core of company trucks. from drivers. Even if the drivers means the gift to be completely In fleets like ours, where the entire fleet is contractors, we work a gift and not a “bribe” for future favors, the perception for other hard to share the work equally, yet still respect the long term drivers. drivers is that the driver offering the gift may get special treatment. When times are really tough, we do not lay off driver’s but struggle I know that the world looks different through a windshield than it to open up new lanes and share what work we have. Some Contrac- does from behind a desk. tors leave thinking they can make more elsewhere or because they However no carrier or dispatcher will make perfect decisions don’t want to run the new lanes. But no one get left out in the cold. about your routing or work assignments. Next time you are wonderI find that when everyone is making good money the work disputes ing about why you are waiting or why you got the troublesome load become more about work preferences. Driver don’t like to handle again, at least you know some of the factors that went into making freight or haul heavy loads, sit overnight or drive in bad weather. the decision. 44

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OTA Names Road Knight Team for 2015-16

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he Ontario Trucking Association knighted seven truck drivers into the 2015-2016 Road Knight Team. Those selected in the Road Knights, travel the province over their term and share their experiences and knowledge of the trucking industry with students and community groups. The 2015-2016 team is as follows: • Gerald Brown, Kriska Transportation • Phil Blanchette, Bison Transportation (O/O) • Don Dunbar, Trimac Transportation Services • Mike Foster, Challenger Motor Freight • Justin Martin, International Truckload Services • Jimmy Pereira, Onfreight Logistics • David Stocker, Erb Transport “The professional transport drivers who make up the team are first-class drivers who represent their peers Ontario transport drivers who are dedicated to safety and professionalism in the industry,” said OTA president David Bradley. “They are highly qualified to spread the message of road safety because they travel our roadways every day and have faced every type of traffic and weather condition imaginable.” The program is free and promotes highway safety as well as trucking education across Ontario. In the next two years, the selected Road Knights will participate in media interviews, help improve road safety and increase awareness of the industry. They will also visit with schools to introduce young people to trucking. Team members are selected by a panel of industry, government, and media representatives every two years. The six member selection team consisted of: Guy Broderick 20092010 OTA Road Knights Team; Dean Dunn, Manager, Labour Management Network, Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario; Lak Shoan, Program and Education Coordinator, Ontario Trucking Association; Steve McCallum, Eaton Roadranger, OTA Allied Trades Representative; John Stall, President, Stall Communications; Barrie Montague, Consultant, Erleigh Associates. To be considered as a Road Knight, drivers must be nominated by their employer or company to which they are contracted.

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mall businesses won a victory in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Feb. 5. The House passed HR527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015, by a vote of 260-163. The act now moves on to the Senate for consideration. The act would require federal agencies to analyze the cumulative effects of their rulemakings, guidance and policy statements on small businesses. If it becomes law, the act would also equip the Small Business Administration with the authority to support, or intervene, on a rulemaking and require the U.S. Government Accountability Office to report on the implementation. While the act is not specific to trucking, it would affect the actions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by requiring them to ensure that their actions – separately and combined – are not unfairly punishing small businesses and their ability to compete with big business. Approximately 500,000 for-hire motor carriers in the United States are identified as one-truck owner-operator businesses, and 90 percent of all truck fleets in the U.S. are made up of 20 or fewer trucks. The U.S. Congressional Budget Office estimates that regulatory agencies issue 3,000 to 4,000 final rules each year. The majority of them come from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Homeland Security, Commerce and the EPA. March / April 2015

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fficials have announced that a future new border bridge in the corridor will move forward after clearing another of the few remaining hurdles. The New International Trade Crossing project will give trucks and cars an alternative to the Ambassador Bridge. The Detroit-Windsor corridor facilitates trade between Canada and the United States to the tune of one quarter of the approximately $658 billion worth of goods in 2014. U.S., Canadian and Michigan state officials announced on Wednesday, Feb. 18, that they have reached a deal on the construction and staffing of U.S. Customs and Border Protection service plazas on the Detroit side. That portion of the project requires an initial investment of $100 million plus $50 million a year according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to a report, Canada will add $250 million for service plazas to the $2 billion investment it is making on the front end to bring the bridge project to fruition. The U.S. will pay to staff the plazas. Tolls collected on the U.S. side of the bridge will pay back the Canadian government for its investment as part of a public-private partnership involving government and private vendors. The New International Trade Crossing will link Interstates 75 and 94 on the U.S. side to Ontario’s Hwy. 401 on the Windsor side via a six-lane bridge and service plazas. Land acquisitions began in 2013, nine years after the project was first proposed. Last year, the governments involved appointed the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority and the International Authority to oversee the project and the bridge. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said in August 2014 that they expect the bridge to be up and running in 2020. The nearby Ambassador Bridge, which opened in 1929, is considered the busiest border bridge in North America. Billionaire owner and trucking mogul Manuel “Matty” Moroun, who has owned the Ambassador Bridge since 1979, has proposed expanding his bridge while opposing the government-funded bridge downstream. Lawsuits, ballot measures and attempts to stop the New International Trade Crossing have failed. The Ambassador Bridge puts traffic on the Canadian side onto Windsor city streets, something Moroun proposed to change by building new ramps to and from Hwy. 401. Delays and legal actions worked against Moroun, who even spent a night in jail for failing to meet a court-ordered deadline to make progress. Moroun has made millions from the bridge and as the controlling interest in LTL carrier Central Transport International and Universal Truckload Services. March / April 2015


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