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Endless Learning Before migrating to Canada, I was a high school teacher and as a teacher, I quickly realized that I was still a learner. It doesn’t matter which vocation or field you choose, learning is endless. Last month, the entire Desi Trucking team attended two major Truck Shows in North America: the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Kentucky and TruckWorld in Toronto, Ontario. At these shows, I realized how quickly technology is changing; to keep up with this evolving technology, one must keep their ears and eyes open to learn and keep up. There Dilbag (Ron) Dhaliwal were many new and modified products exhibited in these truck shows, but Walmart’s futuristic truck looked like something out of a Transformers movie. The tractor-trailer, which has taken the Internet by storm, is causing auto geeks to drool with its advanced turbine powertrain, electrified auxiliary components, leading edge aerodynamics, and much much more. I am sure it will change the face of today’s trucking industry. For this issue, our cover story discusses how trucking is a serious business. Trucking is a one of the leading industries, and backbone, of the North-American economy. As one of the most promising industries, it attracts large numbers of new recruits each year. Although most of these newbies are well prepared and have enough knowledge about the industry, there are still many who lack the proper, and required, knowledge and preparation. There are many who believe that these new recruits can damage the industry many ways. As we always say, please learn the rule of the game before you play and keep yourself updated to stay in the game. The Desi Trucking team is doing its part in educating truckers through print and online publications. Please don’t miss the new video section on our website, www. desitrucking.com. God bless you always. Cheers!
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“My compliant truck is getting me more jobs.” “I need jobs...not the worries that come with having a non-compliant rig.” “It’s time to comply...there are no extensions!”
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Winter speed limiters and wrecks
he winter of 2013/2014 has been particularly difficult for truck travel on all Canadian highways, particularly Ontario’s 401. Yes, the weather has been a challenge but as commercial drivers we are used to accepting challenges and performing exemplary, and really this winter hasn’t been as bad as many past winters although in the past decade it has stood out as a bad one. That being said, I have never seen a winter where the highways have been closed due to multi vehicle crashes like this one. Sure we have social media that is helping to spread the word in ways that have never been available but our traditional media have always blasted out the news of major incidents. And in the past those major incidents have been few and far between. This season however, there has been a huge multi vehicle pile up twice a week in the same places along the highway where millions and millions of dollars of damage has been the result. While the weather may have been a contributing factor in each of these situations, the weather is NOT the only one. A few years ago, the Ontario government rubber stamped a proposal to force all commercial trucks in Ontario to install speed limiters as a way to promote safety and improve fuel economy. It’s hard to argue against the safety 8
G. Ray Gompf flag and it’s even more difficult to argue against better fuel economy in this world where global warming is mentioned at every turn of our life. Many of us did argue, not against safety or improved fuel economy, but against the real reasons for the implementation of the dangers of speed limiters. With the results of this particular winter season, almost in the history books, maybe it’s time to review the government line presented at the time and take another serious look at the arguments against. The scientific solutions to questions not asked are not holding up in the reality of the real world. Every time a computer takes over a human function, there is a price to pay in the devolution of skill level. Essentially, the speed limiter has removed the requirement for the highly skilled driver to even consider speed as an issue. The speed limiter is set virtually at the speed limit, certainly there isn’t a policeman in the world – except Ohio – that would stop a truck for five kliks over the limit, therefore the driver just drives the truck at the speed limiter limit – allowing the computer to control the vehicle. Now, I’ll deal with the fuel economy issue before tackling the safety issue because I don’t want the fuel economy to be lost. The pundits said that by lowering the speed of trucks, and no there was not blatant speeding of trucks. Yes, some less skilled
drivers thought that it was cool to “hammer down” and go but the overwhelming majority of highly skilled commercial drivers know how to and did operate the trucks with knowledge and skill to get the most out of the truck for the least cost. That’s the goal. Operate efficiently while running legal. It’s difficult because some of the rules are so asinine it boggles ones mind, but that’s a whole different story and worthy of more than 1,200 words all of it’s own. But the overwhelming majority of commercial drivers do follow the rules implicitly. Now, with the speed limiter, the driver just runs “on the pin” all the time. There are still the same pressures that were always present but now there is this psychological additional pressure that has in the back of the driver’s mind that the truck will ONLY do 105 kilometres per hour and therefore he/ she must do the 105 in order to get there on time. The driver was only doing 100 before but now with a speed limiter, there adds another dimension to the challenges of long distance travel. So, now the drivers push the truck down the road “on the pin” and yes, sometimes even when the conditions aren’t ideal. The other issue is the elephant race phenomenon. For much of the eastern half of the 401 the terrain is rolling hills. An “on the pin” driver will come upon a truck at the MARCH / APRIL 2014
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Winter Speed limiters and wrecks speed limit so he’ll pull out to pass but the truck won’t go over 105 so on the “downstroke” neither truck can gain much on the other and on the “upstroke”, neither will back off to allow either for a complete pass to take place or to pull back in behind. They go up the hill at ten or twenty kliks below the limit as a result. Clearly, what happens is that the traffic platooning that naturally goes on, on such a highway, that truckers used to avoid like the plague, now forces trucks into those dangerous platoons and when sometimes goes wrong, it goes wrong in a big way. Trucks used to be able to avoid the platooning effect by skill and intent, but now with a computer being allowed to assume control of the speed, the trucks are now into the platoon in a big way and the results in crashes are magnified dramatically. Changes to the hours of service rules have exacerbated the need to “keep going” when common sense would say “shut down’. The facts are simple: The fuel economy has dropped as a result of the speed limiter. Pre limiter, 7.5 miles per gallon was a pretty average norm for summer travel; 6.9 for winter. Post limiter, not too many trucks are exceeding 5.5 miles per gallon. In addition to worse fuel economy, there is now the addition of DEF, a product that is supposed to clean the exhaust output, must be used at additional cost. The DEF tank is causing undue extra maintenance because the coolant lines going into the DEF tank to maintain fluidity of the DEF constantly leaks and downtime is increased. Again, that’s a story that could take another 1,200 words to make any sense. Now, safety. As I said to a friend of mine recently, “don’t get me started” but let’s see what I can do in 200 words. Pre limiter, the average speed of cars on the 401 was 140 kmph. The government couldn’t afford the policing costs to bring the actual speed down to somewhere close to the legal limit. Bring in the trucks. The trucks pretty much traveled at the legal limit but they had the ability to get around one another quickly, then resume their speed. The trucks didn’t block the highway and the fastest of cars didn’t have to slow down too much at all. The cars would crash sure, but usually wouldn’t take out trucks for the most part as a result. Now with trucks not being able to get out of the way quickly, the cars would bunch up in platoons behind the trucks until they cleared the lane ten kilometres down the road. When the lane cleared the cars would speed to get by and often would hit speeds well in excess of 160 kmph. Now add to this a little inclement weather and a passing car, while under acceleration to resume natural speed and to overcome this feeling of being held up, often loose traction and take out the truck they are passing. Often then there are several trucks near the head of the wreck and twenty or more cars all banged up. If, there’s a lot of trucks on the road, there’s going to be many big trucks tied up in the wreck and deaths are going to be a part. So why is this happening in the remainder of Canada? There are very few trucks in Canada that do not travel on Ontario highways. Therefore trucks across the country are required to be speed limiter controlled, therefore, what’s happening in Ontario so happens in the rest of the country. And that’s been the real story of the winter of 2013/2014. It’s not a stellar safety message. 10
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t the Mid-America Truck Show in Kentucky, Volvo announced that their 2014 engines are getting higher fuel economy, up to 3%, than originally expected. President Goran Nyberg also stated that the company’s 2014 engines are compliant with the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations and that the expected fuel savings should save about $650 a year per truck. Volvo’s Remote Diagnostic system has also led to a 70% decline in diagnostic time and a 22% reduction in repair time. ummins will be targeting customer value in its research and development efforts, with a focus on reducing fuel costs and overall total cost of vehicle ownership. There will be more emphasis on key systems, such as alternate fuels, connected systems, waste heat systems, and automated transmission integration. Cummins also announced its new Connected Diagnostics, which is planned for full production release in 2015.
eterbilt’s new EPIQ package for the Model 579 provides dramatic fuel savings, up to 10%, according to the company. This new package includes a complete aerodynamic package with fairings, sleeper side extenders, full chassis fairings, roof fairings, and a single horizontal exhaust that are all designed to increase vehicle performance and fuel economy. The single cab has also been engineered to increase productivity and driver comfort.
okohama launched two new wide-base tires at the MidAmerica Truck Show. According to the company, the 902L and 709L will feature weight savings that customers are wanting. The 902L is reported to make a huge difference in extreme driving conditions and will also deliver superior traction and high mileage. Both the 902L and the 709L will be available in a 445/50R22.5 size. The 709L, available towards the end of 2014, is designed for long wear and fuel efficiency.
lliance Truck Parts has just released its new EG brake lining option, which is rated for axles up to 20,000 lb. According to the company, when combined with the Alliance brake drum ABP N42A1657VB, the new EG brake linings will provide excellent performance at a great price. Alliance Parts backs its brake linings with a one-year/unlimited mile warranty serviceable at over 800 locations in USA and Canada.
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eritor WABCO has introduced its SmartDrive Systems, which offer data and video analytics and deliver critical event video. The SmartDrive will allow fleets to monitor their trucks and significantly reduce potentially dangerous situations. The ProView will deliver the whole picture that will help fleets identify potential root causes of driving issues so that drivers can be better educated. ProView can also be integrated with third-party vehicle systems from any manufacturer.
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endrickson launched its new VANTRAAX ULTRAA-K slider system in March at MATS and will be available in July. This new slider features new technology that will bring superior ride quality while being able to carry more cargo per load. Compared to regular shocks, air spring’s damping capacity does not degrade or diminish over time, thus proaviding zero maintenance. The innovative pivoting mudflap brackets are standard and reduce costs linked with damaged mudflaps and mounting angles.
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ummins and Eaton are working together to integrate the ISX12 G natural gas engine with the UltraShift PLUS automated transmission. Although the two have worked together before, this is the first time an AMT will be mated with a spark-ignited natural gas engine. Benefits of these efforts are an estimated 2-4% gain in fuel economy for regional-haul applications. Increased torque and a reduction in transmission weight are key to the fuel savings. The integrated package will be available during fall 2014.
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enworth has launched new ConMet PreSet Plus wheel hubs as standard equipment on its class-8 over-the-road trucks. The use of aluminum will save about 20 lb on each hub and the hub assemblies are designed for both steer and drive axles. Since the hubs are completely assembled before installation, there is no need for any bearing adjustments. The ConMet hubs will be available for both disc or drum brakes.
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dle Smart has now added the Battery Protect and Cold Weather Guard as standard on its engine start/stop tool. Battery protect will start and run an engine to recharge batteries as needed by continuously monitoring battery voltage levels. Cold Weather Guard is a new feature that, without the need of a fuel line, tank heaters, or a plug-in, will prevent issues with starting a truck after a long idle periods in cold temperatures. Both systems are geared to ensure vehicle uptime and hassle free starting, while also maintaining the truck’s desired cabin temperature.
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he trucking industry can be a challenging arena to make a living in as a driver and certainly as a fleet owner. All across North America the industry is facing burdensome regulations, escalating fuel costs, day to day operation costs, and challenges keeping the driver’s seat occupied. To truly be successful, regardless of where one might be in North America, there are a multitude of tools necessary to run trucking as a business. Regardless of the tools available though, the relative success of any truck driver or trucking company comes down to the person behind the wheel watching the black top pass by. One of the most important tools any driver or carrier needs is related to financial management. Cash flow can be a real problem at times as a result of delayed payments on invoices, load acquisition challenges, and a variety of other issues. As cash flow tightens, so do opportunities to operate the truck in an efficient and profitable manner. As such, Chett Winchell, owner of C.W. Enterprises out of Denver, Colorado (www.yourcompliancecenter.com) suggests that carriers should operate “each unit as its own profit and loss center.” This will allow you the opportunity to track the relative success of each unit and manage accordingly. As the North American trucking industry continues to grow, even with the driver shortage, there will also continue to be an influx of entrepreneurs wanting to enter the industry. While it does take significant capital to start a trucking business, the most important thing necessary to succeed is consistent cash flow. Finding the loads can be the easy part, but again, receiving payment can be a challenge at times. There are opportunities a company can consider, such as load factoring, though to help ensure some consistent cash flow. One of the best ways to make certain cash flow is not a problem is to have loads in hand. Regardless of where you are in North America, marketing and relationship building are the best ways to find loads and develop a long term supply of loads. Networking can be simple. “Affiliate with your state or provincial trucking association as that is where the other trucking companies are, as well as potential customers,” says Winchell. While there are certainly other ways to develop key relationships, a lot can be said about the benefits of joining your state or provincial trucking association. But, they key point is developing the relationships. “Try your best to tie in with one or two brokerages and commit to certain traf14
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Trucking - It’s a Business fic lanes,” suggests Winchell. This will allow the opportunity for consistent freight and consistent runs overall, which in turn allows for more efficient management of trucks and personnel. “Maybe even try to develop a triangle of lanes to operate in so you can keep freight moving,” says Winchell. Remember though, even when there are loads available, picking the right loads are important. There are also niche opportunities in the North American trucking industry, so perhaps that is where you want to be. “If you do have a specialty niche, advertise and promote this,” says Winchell. “Make yourself unique and valuable to that niche market.” Even if you don’t think you are a niche market company, the chances are you offer some special skill or prefer to haul some specific product that perhaps you could develop into your own niche. Many of the newer small fleets will take any load that is offered under the assumption that some freight is better than no freight. However, if the load going in is to a location with no loads going out, and the deadhead is extra lengthy to get to a new load, then it may not have been profitable to take the first load to begin with. This is not to suggest that deadheads are bad or that short miles are bad – sometimes they make sense. The key is to plan accordingly, somewhat like a chess match, always thinking a few moves ahead. And sometimes, as Winchell reminds us, “Sometimes, even though it hurts, it is cheaper to leave a truck on the fence.” A great way to help manage the dispatch of freight, which again is directly connected to your cash flow, is to consider an automated dispatch system. In fact, Winchell encourages this. “Get an automated dispatch system in place quickly,” says Winchell. “It may be costly up front, but the right system for your operation will allow smoother operations in the long run.” The size of the fleet might make a difference on just how quickly you get an automated system, but options do exist for fleets of all sizes, so it is worth investigating the idea early on. In addition to a way to manage cash flow, it is incredibly important to understand and manage the regulatory compliance issues. These can be safety related, financial related, personnel related, are other such areas of interest. Regulations are not exactly synced between Canada and the United States either, so if you operate in both it is incumbent upon you to fully understand and comply with the appropriate rules. Keeping up with regulations can be a challenge though, but it is important. Winchell suggests the following tips for any trucking company wanting to operate in North America: - Affiliate with your state or provincial trucking association as they will help to keep you informed about the latest and greatest of the regulations that could impact your business. - Maintain a current copy of US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as well as Canadian Safety Regulations. - Fully understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program and how it might impact your trucking operation. - Because of new and incoming regulations, consider starting out with electronic log books. They will be mandated soon, and having them now allows for a better understanding of how violations occur. Of course, the suggestions made by Winchell are just that, suggestions. They are a good starting point, but far from exhaustive as to how to keep up with new and existing regulations. MARCH / APRIL 2014
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Trucking - It’s a Business One thing is certain though, if any trucking company, regardless of size, fails to keep up with rules and regulations something will be missed and that is when things start to go downhill. So, plain and simple, take necessary steps to stay informed and on top of the industry in which you operate. Much of the relative success of any trucking operation comes down to the people. Yes, drivers are key, but so are those who manage the operation. Of all the assets a trucking company needs to be successful, good people are at the top of the list. However, it may be that it is not necessary to hire staff to work on all aspects of the operation – some can be contracted out. Take the time to fully evaluate your needs and what will be most cost effective for your specific company. Depending on the size of the company, it really can make sense to contract out some parts of the business. “Contract out to those who know what to do,” says Winchell. This is especially true if you are a smaller fleet. Mechanics and safety personnel are two prime examples of the type of work that can, and probably should, be contracted out – especially if you are a very small fleet. Winchell, for example, is contracted by several small fleets in the United States to perform safety audits and ensure safety compliance. Most fleet owners also are not familiar with diesel repair, and keeping a diesel mechanic on staff for a small fleet makes little economic sense. For those areas you do not contract out, make certain the employees have the right tools to do the job and are the right fit for your organization. “Have capable people assisting you because you cannot do it all by yourself,” says Winchell. Hiring good people can be a challenge, but retaining them can be even more challenging. As such, it’s really you, the owner that needs to be the real leader of the organization. “Understand that, as an owner, that your actions speak louder than words,” says Winchell. “Others see what you do and how you do it.” Additionally, there are a few tools you need to manage the personnel side of the operation. It’s important to “ensure you have a company policy manual covering everything in the company and how you want specific tasks and jobs done,” says Winchell. Policy 16
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Trucking - It’s a Business manuals should be as inclusive as possible, from how to submit a time sheet to how to track freight; from normal working hours to how you handle overtime for office personnel; from marketing standards to dates and times you review certain reports and how those reports are developed. The point is, it should be all inclusive so there is no question as to how to accomplish something. Of course, these policies may need tweaked as time progresses, but you need a starting place. When it comes to hiring drivers, this is really where the rubber meets the road. Do everything possible to make it as easy, yet as thorough and accurate as possible. Whether you are in Canada or the United States, do your research on the drivers you are considering for hire. “Screen drivers thoroughly and utilize any shared programs (like PSP) for back ground checks,” says Winchell. “Also, set up an account to draw your own motor vehicle records (MVRs), that way you control what you get and see and can make your own decisions.” The most important aspect of managing a successful trucking business is understanding that there is steep competition, so you need the right resources to compete. In the United States, there are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers and 1.2 million trucking companies (97% of which operate 20 or fewer trucks). In Canada, there are approximately 250,000 truck drivers. This means regardless of where you operate in North America, and despite the driver shortage across the continent, a successful company really needs to be efficient. Obviously, quality truck drivers are important to the success of any carrier – luckily, entry into the North American trucking industry is not difficult. - Ideally, have a high school education (or equivalent) before going to truck driving school. Most legitimate schools will require this, and most legitimate carriers will want to know you have earned this. There is no definitive requirement to have it, but it certainly will pay off financially over the years. It just makes sense. - Maintain a clean driving record. Driving is your livelihood, so why do anything to jeopardize this? Certainly any driving under the influence (alcohol or drugs) will stop a career, but so do excessive speeding tickets or an excessive number of speeding tickets. Safety is, and should be, a priority for the trucking industry and drivers on the front line of that. - Earn your commercial driver’s license. Check with your state or province for specific requirements and steps to do this, but you must do it to get behind the wheel. - Then, simply make sure you comply with your state or provincial or federal requirements for the types of loads you want to haul and all future renewals. There are undoubtedly a number of other tools and tips available for anyone interested in running a successful trucking operation in North America, but these should provide a good foundation to start with. Focus on the details (the small things) before they become big things. Cash flow is important and there are a variety of ways to make certain that is not an issue. Personnel are certainly important, but there are many things one can do to keep that a positive experience. Technologies, good drivers, and good equipment are all a must. A successful company pays attention to all of these areas – somewhat like an engine does with pistons. If one piston is misfiring the engine will not run smoothly. Eventually, the engine will shut down. We want all engines to fire at the right time so it can run smoothly – just like any successful trucking operation in North America does. MARCH / APRIL 2014
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EPA Adding Reefers, Test Methods to SmartWay Program The Environmental Protection Agency is making changes in its voluntary SmartWay program, including adding refrigerated trailers, expanding the technical categogies and accepting more testing methods from technology suppliers vying for certification by the agency. During a session at the ATA Technology and Maintenance Council, Sam Waltzer, an environmental engineer with the EPA, said the program was due for some changes with new federal fuel-economy regulations in the works. According to Heavy Duty Trucking, starting immediately, SmartWay is rolling out what it’s calling Interim Smartway-designated trailer standards, which expands the scope beyond the 53-foot dry van trailer, adding 53-foot refrigerated trailers, synchronizing with California’s rules, and adding another higher tier designation, called SmartWay Elite level. Another new element is moving to a slightly different way of categorizing devices. Instead of listing SmartWay-verified side skirts, front fairings or rear fairings, for instance, devices will be categorized by the percentage fuel savings achieved in testing. The agency also will add a new “systems” category for those systems of products designed to work together to improve fuel efficiency. The traditional SmartWay trailer uses low-rolling-resistance tires and offers a 5% or better improvement in aerodynamics, Waltzer explained. The Elite level will use low rolling resistance tires but would require a total of 9% or more aero improvement. Additionally, there now will be four choices for original and sup-
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ince I finance trucks, trailers and cars on a daily basis, credit scores are looked at every single day in my line of work. Many of my clients ask what the score means and how to improve their own score. A credit score is a reflection of your financial being at a point in time. It tells lenders whether you are high or low risk to borrow money. The higher the credit score, the lower the risk to the lender. But this can all change as each individual’s circumstances change over time. Equifax Canada and Trans Union Canada are the two main credit reporting agencies in Canada. They maintain your credit history from the day you first apply for credit. You can obtain copies of your own report if you contact them at http://consumer.equifax.ca/home/en_ ca or http://www.transunion.ca/sites/ca/home_en.page . I encourage my clients to order their own credit report. The only way you can improve your score, is if you look at your file. If you have a big purchase coming up, such as a house, or a new truck and trailer, know where you stand well in advance. You want to be in the best position with the highest credit score possible, before you ask to borrow money. A higher credit score can get you lower interest rates and a multitude of options at your disposal. Credit scores range from 300-900. Each lender determines their minimum score required to borrow money. I’m with Auto One Leasing and our minimum score for equipment financing is 620 on the consumer side. This is different with each lending institution. Your score determines the interest rate you will pay. Lower scores mean higher risk and higher interest rates. A credit score that falls between 300-559 is a poor score. 560-659 is a fair score. 660-724 is a good score. 725-759 is a very good score. Anything above 760 is an excellent score. A credit score is not the only determining factor for your ability to borrow. Other things such as income, job stability, and bank statements can be a factor too. But a minimum score is usually needed before the other items will be reviewed. One of the most frequently asked questions I get, is how can I improve my credit score? First and foremost, pay your bills on time! Even cell phone bills are reported, so please pay all of your bills on time. Excuses like I didn’t get the bill or I was in India do not work. Try to pay your bills in full by the due date. If you cannot pay it in full, then make the minimum payment on time. Try to pay your debts as quickly as possible. I get complaints that the longest term I will offer is 5 years. It’s in your best interest to pay off debts as quickly as possible. Stay below the limit on your credit cards. A higher balance on credit cards can affect your credit score. Do not make too many credit applica- 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 your credit score? tions. I often see enquiries pulled at every dealership in the area plus a few banks, all for one person! Too many enquiries can bring your score down. Lastly, make sure you have a credit history. Someone with no or little credit will have a low score. I see this for immigrants often. Get a credit card as soon as you can and start using it. Pay it in full every month to establish your history. I tell my clients that we cannot predict the future, and to be ready for unexpected things which can impact our lives, and our ability to pay. If you have a mortgage for example, have a few months of payments in the bank to cover you just in case something unexpected should occur. If you own a rental property, again have a few months of rent in an account to cover just in case the tenant moves out and the rent that was covering the mortgage payment is no longer coming in. It gives you time to find a new tenant and not be stuck. The same goes for your truck, trailer, or car payment. Have a few months of payments in your bank account to cover you just in case. See if there are options like life insurance and disability coverage in case of an accident to cover your payments while you cannot work. Be well prepared for the unexpected and know you have some time to readapt to new circumstances. Being prepared for the unexpected will keep your credit score intact, even if your life took an unpredictable turn.
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APHIS Proposes 205% Fee Increase for Cross-Border Truckers The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced proposed changes to the fees it charges to recoup costs for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections (AQI) at U.S. ports of entry, such as hiring hundreds of new inspectors in recent years as well as Sunday, holiday and after-hours inspections. The impact on the cross-border trucking industry will be substantial. APHIS, which says it used an independent accounting firm to review the AQI fee structure, argues that the current fees charged to trucks do not generate sufficient revenue to cover the costs of the services. Currently, the Commercial Vehicle User Fee for a transponder is $205 (which includes $105 for the APHIS fee and $100 to CBP). APHIS is proposing to increase its portion of the transponder fee from US$105 to US$320 per year — a 205-per cent increase. Including the $100 CBP portion, the total fee to a commercial vehicle using a transponder would be $420, up from $205, under the plan. Commercial trucks without a transponder will see an increase $13.50 per crossing compared to the current fee of US$10.75, an increase of 52 per cent. According to APHIS, other than some inflationary adjustments, the proposed increases are the first since 2002 (a previous attempt in 2009 to increase the fees was withdrawn when groups like the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the American Trucking Associations objected) and are necessary to protect the country’s agriculture sector – the United States’ largest industry and employer – from risks posed by foreign animal and plant pests and diseases. It claims the revenue from fees charged up until now has been insufficient to cover all costs and compelled the Department of Homeland Security – whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency conducts the inspections of conveyances and cargo entering the country – to use appropriated funds for additional important homeland security functions and initiatives. “The proposed increases are ludicrous,” says David Bradley, president and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, a federation of the provincial trucking associations representing over 4,500 carriers. “They would considered so at any time, let alone in the current economic climate.” “The United States, like Canada, has every right to protect its agricultural sector from the importation of foreign pests and diseases, and inspections are a necessary part of that. But setting astronomical fee increases without consideration of the impact on other industries – or without seeking ways to more effectively and efficiently deploy its resources through risk assessment as opposed to inspecting every truck whether it is hauling agricultural products or not – is completely untoward.” “At a time when Canada and the United States are supposed to be working to implement the Beyond the Border Action Plan, APHIS comes along with a proposal that is beyond reason,” Bradley added. He says APHIS should be using a more targeted, risk assessment approach to consultation based on the “trusted trader” principles employed in other border security programs. “How efficient and effective is it to be inspecting and charging APHIS fees to trucks that are, for example, importing auto parts into the United States on plastic pallets?” he asks. “Inevitably, these costs will be passed along in higher freight rates to the shippers, importers and exporters.” This proposed rule will be available for a 60 day comment period. MARCH / APRIL 2014
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FMCSA Issues Proposed Rule for Electronic Log Books The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a regulatory proposal requiring almost all interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their vehicles to improve compliance with the driver hours of service (HOS) standards. Under the proposal, ELDs would be mandated for all drivers currently using paper log books. The technical specifications for ELDs are defined and the supporting document requirements are clarified. In addition, FMCSA proposes procedural and technical provisions aimed at ensuring that ELDs are not used to harass vehicle operators as well as such things as grandfathering provisions for existing electronic log technology already installed by some carriers. An ELD is defined as recording-only technology, used to track the time a commercial vehicle is operating. An ELD is integrally connected to the vehicle’s engine, uses location information, and is tamper-resistant. An ELD automatically tracks vehicle movement, but allows for annotations by both the driver and the motor carrier’s agent to explain or correct records. An ELD does not necessarily have to be a physical device -- it is a technology plat-
form, and may be portable or implemented within a device not permanently installed on a vehicle. The proposed rule, which is expected to be published tomorrow, will be subject to a 60-day comment period, after which a final rule can be introduced. Mandatory compliance would likely occur two years after publication of a final rule. The Canadian Trucking Alliance, which has supported the introduction of a universal ELD mandate in Canada, welcomed the announcement. “While it will take us some time to digest the full extent of the FMCSA proposal, we hope the announcement will focus Canadian governments’ efforts leading to a similar proposal in this country,” said CTA president and CEO David Bradley.
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Airtronic NG Commercial: Espar presents natural gas heating for trucks Premiere at the NTEA, The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis (5 to 7 March 2014): At one of the largest commercial vehicle trade fairs in the USA, Espar North America is presenting for the first time the newly-developed Airtronic NG Commercial. The air heater burns CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and is thereby ideally suited for all trucks that are fuelled by natural gas. “Our Airtronic NG Commercial is the first air heater that is specially designed for the continuously growing market for natural gas trucks in North America”, explains Dr. Volker Hohensee, President Espar North America. “The Airtronic NG Commercial project shows that in addition to modern heating components for diesel and gasoline vehicles, we are consistently working on new solutions for alternative, environmentallyfriendly drives in the commercial vehicle segment.” Airtronic and Truma know-how as the basis If the truck driver’s cabin is to be heated up fast and effectively, the Airtronic air heaters from Espar are the right choice. They are in use thousands of times over and have been proven in numerous commercial vehicles for many years. On this basis, Espar in cooperation with the German company Truma Gerätetechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Putzbrunn, uses the existing and proven Truma technology. Truma is the leading manufacturer in Europe of gas-fuelled heating systems in the leisure vehicle/motor home and caravan sector. Furthermore, Truma has decades of know-how in developing and manufacturing gas auxiliary heaters in commercial vehicles. The Airtronic NG Commercial is designed for CNG and LNG-fuelled commercial vehicles in on-road and off-road operation. The advantage: compared to previous solutions, the engine and the heating can now be supplied from just one tank. This saves valuable installation space and makes the installation easier for OEMs and retrofitting workshops – with noticeably lower installation costs. In the USA, sales are made through Espar Inc. in Novi, and in Canada through Espar Products Inc. in Mississauga / Ontario. MARCH / APRIL 2014
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ARB adopts changes to California’s Truck and Bus Regulation Provides limited additional time for small fleets while still protecting air quality SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board adopted amendments to its Truck and Bus Regulation that will provide new flexible compliance options to owners of aging diesel fleets and recognize fleet owners that have made investments to comply, while also protecting air quality. The changes approved at today’s Board hearing provide additional regulatory flexibility to small fleets, lower use vehicles, and fleets in rural areas that have made substantial progress towards cleaner air. Fleets that have invested in cleaner, compliant equipment and trucks will be able to use credits longer and any vehicles retrofit by 2014 do not have to be replaced until 2023. “We recognize the enormous investments that many businesses have already made to clean up their equipment and abide by the terms of the regulation,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols, “but we are also aware that, particularly for many rural areas of the state, economic recovery has been painfully slow and funding for improvements scarce.” “By providing limited additional time for certain fleets to comply, we believe that we’ll have higher compliance rates overall. It’s a difficult balance but we believe that this is a fair approach that offers flexibility to those who need it, while also rewarding those business owners who have already upgraded their vehicles to meet the requirements of the regulation.” Nichols also said that the amendments, while potentially delaying compliance for some, will still protect air quality, preserving 93% of the NOx (oxides of nitrogen) and diesel particulate matter (PM) benefits of the original regulation. The amendments include: • A longer phase-in period for diesel PM requirements for trucks that operate exclusively in certain rural areas with cleaner air; • Additional time and incentive funding opportunities for small fleets; • A new compliance option for owners who cannot currently afford compliance; • Expansion of the low-use exemption and the construction truck extension; • Recognition of fleet owners who have already complied by providing additional “useable life” for retrofit trucks and reducing near-term compliance requirements. The amendments will still ensure that, by 2020, nearly every truck in California will have a PM filter, consistent with the goals of the Diesel Risk Reduction Plan. For more information, please see: • April 2014 Proposed Truck and Bus Amendments<http:// www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/amend14.htm > 28
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Dave worked there evenings until his brother offered him a full-time job and part ownership of the company. “I was in debt, so I took it,” said Atwal. Today, the company has an LTL and FTL fleet of 90 rigs and reefers with a focus on refrigerated freight services for produce, frozen foods, fresh fish and meat. The company also has warehousing and consolidation services at secure facilities. In addition to its own fleet, the business also contracts with independent drivers. “That’s where we’re going,” said Atwal. With recent California Air Resources Board (ARB) regulations that affect the trucking industry, the 10-year-old firm updated its company-owned fleet and is helping contract-drivers get into new trucks too. It used its own credit to buy equipment that owner-operators could lease for five years with an option to buy. MARCH / APRIL 2014
By- Dell Richards “That’s how we updated all our equipment from 2011 to 2013 — and how we actually got up to par with the new regulations,” said Atwal. “Otherwise, we would have had a lot of people fall out.” Atwal admits that the company still has a few independents who don’t want to pay for new equipment, but expects them to comply before the grace period under ARB’s good faith advisory ends. “Hopefully, they will buy before the end of June,” said Atwal. Programs that can help with funding are available. “Various programs are already in place and others will be starting up soon,” said Matt Schrap, president of Los Angeles-based California Fleet Solutions, which helps truck and fleet owners get grants, vouchers and low-interest loans to comply with the new regulations. In the Voucher Incentive Program for owners with 10 or fewer trucks, owners can qualify for up to $35,000 on a MARCH / APRIL 2014
used truck and $45,000 on a new one, depending on the circumstances and program availability. To qualify, truckers must show they have operated in California 75 percent of the time over the past two years. They also must have current title to their trucks and maintain insurance as required by law. The trucks must be registered in California. Diesel trucks and buses emit the majority of toxic soot, also known as particulate matter, and smog forming pollutants from all mobile sources in California. California has already made progress since diesel soot was identified as a toxic air contaminate in 1998. New rules and regulations to reduce particulate matter are paying off, but there’s still a long way to go. Despite cleaner air now, nearly one-third of the state’s population lives in places like Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley where the air quality still doesn’t meet federal health standards. Because 82 percent of the goods moving through California and across the nation are carried by trucks, it is an important part of the air-quality equation. “We have over a million diesel engines operating in the state that are central to the economic activity that keeps us going,” said Alberto Ayala, Air Resources Board deputy executive officer. To help Diamond Transport keep going and growing, Atwal used an outside consultant to find out how to run the business better. “They gave me some good ideas on how other companies are running their business,” said Atwal. In 2011, Diamond Trucking expanded from a concentration in California, the I-5 Corridor and Southwest to the Midwest and the Northeast. This year, the owners are hoping to add more trucks to expand across the country. “We’re trying to add about 15 trucks this year, plus 20 to 25 reefers,” said Atwal. Originally coming to the U.S. from the Punjab when he was five, Atwal is a Desi-American success story — with no plans to retire from the “crazy and chaotic” world of trucking anytime soon. For more information on how to comply with California’s diesel truck regulations and current availability of funding programs, go to: arb.ca.gov/truckstop. 35
ATA Welcomes HireRight as a Featured Product Partner Arlington, Va. –American Trucking Associations announced it has again named HireRight, a provider of employment background checks, drug and alcohol screening and electronic Form I-9 management solutions designed for the transportation market, to its roster of Featured Products. “Nothing is more critical to the success of a motor carrier than good, safe, quality drivers,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “We’re pleased that HireRight will be helping ATA members ensure that they have the appropriate information on the
individuals they put behind the wheel to move America’s freight.” “Helping motor carriers find qualified drivers is a priority for HireRight, and not a trivial one in light of increasing regulatory demands and the ongoing driver shortage. As the leader in employment screening for transportation, we take our responsibility to both employers and drivers very seriously, and strive to provide new technologies and processes that can help speed time to hire while still reducing risk for the companies, their employ-
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E Manifest/ACI (Advance Commercial Information) Carriers, regardless of how often they cross the Canadian or US border with commercial goods, require an electronic entry to the CBSA and CBP with a bar code, which is called E Manifest. What is E Manifest? The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are committed to delivering a reliable and efficient commercial border process to provide tangible benefits to the trade community. E Manifest is a virtually paperless process that starts before shipments reach the border. The collection and risk assessment of advance commercial information, sent electronically to the CBSA and CBP, allow low-risk shipments to be identified prior to arrival and be processed in a more efficient manner upon arrival at the border. What will happen if a carrier does not submit E Manifest? If a carrier is non-compliant to the mandatory E manifest services, CBSA and CBP will issue monetary penalties. Driver`s may also be turned back from the border. When does the carrier have to submit the shipment information with CBSA and CBP? Carriers have to submit the shipment information with CBSA or CBP before the arrival at the border. It should be done at least one hour before the driver reaches the border.
What are the requirements for border crossing? Coming into Canada: In order to set up an E Manifest portal user account with CBSA, carriers require a Carrier Code. A carrier also has to get printed bar-coded labels called PARS. These bar-coded labels carry the carrier code with a unique shipment number to create a cargo control number. An administrative penalty of $1,000 will be imposed on carriers if barcoded labels are not presented with their
shipments upon arrival at the Canadian border. Coming into the United States: In order to register with the CBP, carriers require a Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC). This is a unique two-to-fourletter code used to identify transportation companies. A carrier also has to get printed barcoded labels with the SCAC code and unique shipment numbers to create a shipment control number. These are also called PAPS Labels.
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FMCSA Initiates Rulemaking Process to Update the Financial Responsibility of Commercial Carriers and Better Protect the Public The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reported to Congress that current financial responsibility minimums for the commercial motor vehicle industry are inadequate to meet the costs of some crashes. The agencyâ€™s report to Congress was required in the most recent transportation bill and includes findings from a recent study that weighed the benefits of increas-
ing insurance minimums, including improved compensation for crash victims and reductions in commercial vehicle crashes, against costs imposed on commercial motor vehicle operators and the insurance industry. The analysis shows that while catastrophic motor carrier crashes are rare, the costs for resulting severe and critical injuries can exceed $1 million. Current
insurance limits do not adequately cover these costs, which are primarily due to increases in medical expenses and other crash-related costs. The agency has formed a rulemaking team to further evaluate the appropriate level of financial responsibility for the motor carrier industry. MAP-21 requires FMCSA to issue a report every four years on financial responsibility requirements.
FMCSA Starts New Rule on Insurance Minimums The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it will soon take a close look at the minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the agency announced in a report to Congress. According to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, the agency said the current standards need to be reevaluated and has formed a team to draft a new rule. The last adjustment in 1985 set the
current standard of $750,000 for general freight, $5 million for the most dangerous hazmats and $1 million for other hazmats. HDT reports this initiative arises from a study ordered by Congress in the 2012 highway law, MAP-21, in response to the increasing costs of crashes. Congress considered raising the insurance minimum for general freight from $750,000 to $1 million, but eventually decided to have
the agency prepare an analysis that could become the basis for changes in the standard. Congress also ordered the agency to conduct a review every four years, going forward.The issue is likely to resonate as Congress drafts the next highway bill. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., has a bill that would raise the $750,000 minimum to $4,422,000 and adjust it annually based on the medical CPI.
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Freight More at Risk During Supply Chain Disruptions Supply chain disruptions due to weather or other factors are being viewed as ripe targets of opportunity for cargo thieves, reports Fleet Owner. When the supply chain gets disrupted by a massive winter storm – as occurred often this past season in North America – or, perhaps, a port worker strike, “a lot of transportation companies being doing things outside of their normal safe practices due to excessive shipment backlogs,” Sam Rizitelli, national director for transportation at Travelers Inland Marine division, told to Fleet Owner. “During ‘disruptive’ events, there’s confusion and companies are often shorthanded – especially if it’s a weather event,” he added. “Things begin to back up, there’s chaos, and so the normal procedures for handling freight get put aside. That creates an opportunity we see more cargo thieves trying to exploit.” Scott Cornell, director of the Specialty Investigations Group (SIG) within the Inland Marine division at Travelers, explained how all this freight – particularly
on the trucks – is now idle and exposed, often in unsecured locations. “It’s got nowhere to go and thus creates a ‘buffet’ of cargo for thieves to choose from.” Cornell added that once the disruption passes all of that delayed cargo must now get moved quickly – “again leading to another ‘buffet’ style situation as the focus is on speed and not necessarily proper security procedures,” he explained. Rizitelli noted that carriers and shippers alike must learn never to lower their guard where cargo in transit is concerned – but that especially goes double when transportation networks get “unsettled” by weather and other disruptive events. “In a way, it’s like football: who owns the clock owns the game,” he said.
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Today, strategic planning has become vpwrk mwhOl sQweI nhIN irhw Aqy nw hI ies dI Biv`KbwxI more important to trucking companies because technolkIqI jw skdI hY, ies leI mukwbly vwLI nIqI tr`ikMg kMpogy and competition have made the business environment nIAW leI bhuq zrUrI ho geI hY[ less stable and less predictable. In order to survive and cldy rihx Aqy A`gy vDx leI tr`ikMg kMpnIAW leI prosper, trucking companies need to take the time to idenzrUrI hY ik auh smW k`F ky aunHW g`lW nUM smJx Aqy aunHW sotify the niches in which they are most likely to succeed, imAW dI pCwx krn ijnHW dI loV kyvl v`fy vpwrk AdwirAW and to identify the resource demands that must be met. nUM hI nhIN sgoN ijMnI ies dI loV v`fy ibznsW nUM hY au`nI hI One other misconception about business strategy is that Coty ibznsW nUM vI iesdI loV hY[ivDI pUrbk Xojnw dw Bwv some people think strategic planning is something meant - Dara Nagra hY ik iml rhy mOikAW dw Awpxy ibzns nwL myL krnw[ieh only for big businesses. 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Applying Business Strategy in Trucking achieve higher profits for the organization. In general, the company strategy answers the following questions: 1. Where is the business trying to get to in the long-term (Direction) 2. Which markets should a business compete in and what kinds of activities are involved in such markets? (Markets; Scope) 3. How can the business perform better than the competition in those markets? (Advantage)? 4. What resources (skills, assets, finance, relationships, technical competence, and facilities) are required in order to be able to compete? (Resources)? 5. What external, environmental factors affect the businesses’ ability to compete? (Environment)? 6. What are the values and expectations of those who have influence in and around the business? (Culture)? Strategy is a plan, a “how,” a means of getting from here to there. Strategy is a pattern in actions over time; for example, a trucking company that regularly markets very specialized and expensive freight transportation is using a “high end” strategy. Strategy is position; that is, it reflects decisions to offer particular products or services in particular markets. Strategy is perspective, that is the vision and direction a transportation company needs to take in order to establish its existence and to compete with other similar transportation companies. The starting point for a new business is to create an effective business plan. A business plan is a written document that describes a business, its objectives, its strategies, the market it is in and its financial forecasts. It has many functions, from securing external funding to measuring success within the business. Many people think that the only reason to develop a business plan is to convince potential lenders or investors to provide financial backing. This view is a little short-sighted. A well-developed plan provides a blueprint and step-bystep instructions on how to translate a business idea into a profitably marketed service. There are a number of key considerations that play an important role in shaping the contents of the business plan. These considerations include whether this is the first plan for a new business or business opportunity, or a plan that updates or supersedes an already existing plan. Obviously, the business’ position in its life cycle will have a significant impact on the type of planning that’s needed. An ongoing business might require a plan that relates primarily to a new MARCH / APRIL 2014
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Applying Business Strategy in Trucking market segment that it wants to enter. For example, in trucking it is easy to start with general freight, but, with experience a new business plan can be generated to cover some specialized freights like liquids, flat beds, hazmat or dangerous goods. The first half of the business plan is geared towards helping develop and support the business strategy. It covers the market, the industry, customers and competitors. It evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each competing firm and looks for opportunities in the marketplace. All of these steps are largely aimed at helping to create a strategy for the business. The second half of the business plan is largely to execute the business strategy. The company services, marketing and operations should all closely tie in with the strategy. In today’s crowded marketplace, every business is probably going to have serious competition no matter how creative the business concept is. That is why the business plan needs to realistically identify where they will do things in similar manner as their competitors, where they will do things differently, where they have real strengths and where they have real weaknesses. Trying to run a major aspect of the business significantly better than competitors may be a very difficult challenge. Hence, it is often better to focus in planning on being different than the competition and competing with them less directly. This may lead the business owners to answer some strategic questions. The questions include: Is there a particular market niche to focus on? Is there a unique strategy to be adopted? Can the services be positioned differently? Are there any alternative sales or marketing vehicles? There is no harm in seeking professional help to develop a solid and executable business plan. The internet is a great tool with tons of information resources to guide you to develop this plan. The Government of Canada also helps new business owners in formulating business strategy. It has provided a web tool to create a business plan. The website link is: http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/2865. The real value of creating a business plan is not in having the finished product in hand; rather, the value lies in the process of researching and thinking about your business in a systematic way. The act of planning helps you to think things through thoroughly, study and research if you are not sure of the facts, and look at your ideas critically. It takes time now, but avoids costly, perhaps disastrous, mistakes later.
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ATA Receives Top Honoree EPA SmartWay Award on Earth Day Arlington, Va. –American Trucking Associations is proud to be recognized as one of three top honorees among an elite group of 10 SmartWay Affiliates by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award. EPA honored ATA for supporting policies and practices that reduce truck emissions and improve freight efficiency during a virtual awards presentation. “With today marking the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, ATA is honored to receive this award from EPA for our work
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acknowledge organizations that participate in SmartWay and do an exceptional job supporting the partnership’s freight sustainability goals. SmartWay Affiliate Honorees have initiated and executed recruiting, promotional, and marketing activities that raise awareness and encourage their members to address air pollution from freight activities. These affiliates serve as role models and mentors for other SmartWay affiliates and partners. “I commend ATA for its level of commitment, enthusiasm, and creativity in promoting EPA’s SmartWay program and sustainable transportation,” said Chris Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “ATA’s work in this arena brings us all closer to achieving the shared goals of clean freight and clean air.” The challenge was open to all SmartWay Affiliates. Participating organizations submitted an application and supporting materials describing various activities they accomplished during the period from March 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014. As a SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Honoree, ATA completed activities in a variety of areas, such as recruiting new partners into the program; promoting the SmartWay brand in trucking industry publications and presentations; and presenting and participating in SmartWay educational workshops. Other 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Honorees included Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, National Retail Federation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Wisconsin Clean Cities, and Environmental Defense Fund.
New Round of Fraudulent DOT Letters USDOT says a new round of fraudulent letters dated April 15, 2014 are starting to circulate among motor carriers. The letters appear to be from the “U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office” and signed by a fictitious name of “Janice DUNCAN – Senior Procurement Officer”. The letters are attempting to obtain banking information from the targeted companies. MARCH / APRIL 2014
CSA Program Improving But More Changes Needed
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making progress on improving its CSA safety enforcement program, but it needs to step up the pace, says the Transportation Department Inspector General in a new report. According to Heavy Duty Trucking, the report says that while the agency has strengthened its controls over the quality of data that goes into the system, it still needs to improve the DataQs process it uses to correct errors in that data. Another issue, according to the report, is that the agency has not fully implemented its enforcement program. Just 10 states are using the full suite of enforcement interventions. The rest are waiting for the agency to deliver and train their staffs on the use of the software that helps manage the interventions. Included in the recommendations: • Issue a current guidance on DataQs. • Start deactivating carriers’ DOT registration numbers if they do not submit proper census data. • Develop a comprehensive plan to implement CSA enforcement interventions in the states that do not already use them. • Document the sources of Carrier Safety Measurement Systems data and describe the system’s validation procedures. • Implement a process for managing Carrier Safety Measurement System documentation, including a central file for validation records and test results. • Implement a management policy that includes documentation of system changes. According to HDT, The agency reviewed the report and agreed with the recommendations, the IG said.
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n the event of a Major accident, as long as the driver is wearing a seatbelt, the driver’s injuries are often minor. The driver compartment of the tractor is designed to move energy forces around the driver and protect in the case of all but the most traumatic of accidents. However, after the accident the driver has to leave this protective bubble. The drivers, while dealing with shock of the accident may have to, cut their seatbelt, break a window, walk or crawl through broken glass, escape from a fire, jump from a height, scale an embankment and survive extreme weather exposure. Any or all of these hazards may injure the driver more than the original vehicle accident did. And in my experience it does. Further, in the same way a ship captain is expected to run the evacuation of a sinking vessel, the driver is the one in control of the vehicle, cargo and accident scene. The primary role of the driver at that point is to keep anyone else from getting hurt. If at all able, especially in the event of a hazardous cargo, the driver must put in place safety measures, at least until first responders arrive. That means summoning first responders, setting reflectors or flairs to warn other drivers, fighting small fires, having hazardous cargo paperwork available for first responders, and assisting others when possible. This is a demanding task for an uninjured driver and can be made impossible for an injured one. Consequently the driver, driving in the climatically controlled protective capsule of the tractor is often not prepared to be forcibly ejected into the elements, yet alone into the role of accident site manager. Here are some specific recommendation that that will prepare drivers in the event of a major accident. 1. Wear clothing that protects. A best practice would have a driver in steel toed boots with puncture resistant soles on all the time. If you really can’t find ones that are comfortable, then try cowboy 56
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Surviving Major Accidents boots or ankle boots that will support and protect you foot and lower leg. Runners, sandals and bare feet will not protect you after an accident. 2. Wear clothing that can be seen in the roadway. A best practice would be to have hi-vis clothing or vest on all the time. Often driving down the road, I see oncoming truck drivers with their hi-vis vest hanging beside him. I often wonder why- is it uncomfortable? Who knows? If you can’t wear your vest all the time, the next best is to strap a flashlight and or personal reflector on your belt. Be sure you are not blending in. Black clothes may not show the dirt, but they keep you from being seen at night. Camouflage print clothing may be fashionable, but “blending in” is not the strategy that will keep you alive as a pedestrian on a highway. 3. Dress for the outside conditions, not the inside of the truck. Simply ask yourself the question, if I was outside right now, could I survive an hour in what I am wearing. If the answer is no, consider changing what you wear when you drive. A cold climate driver can wear their coat unzipped, turn down the truck heat, and have gloves and a hat in a pocket. Best practices would have you survive an hour, unaided outside the truck on a major highway. Remote locations require stronger measures. 4. Wear a belt and keep your cell phone attached to iteven when charging. Sweat pants may be comfortable to drive in but they are not protective or solid enough for safety. Best practices dictate the driver’s cell should be in a holster, attached securely to the drivers belt-even when charging. In the event of an accident the cell
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Surviving Major Accidents will unplug from the dash but stay in the holster where you can reach it. Whether the driver is trapped in the wreck, or thrown clear, the cell may make the difference between life and death. The cell phone is critical for summoning help. Even in areas with very little signal coverage a text message can be sent and received. Sometimes cell coverage can be obtained by climbing a hill or a tree. 5. Have a seatbelt cutter and window breaker on your person. Best practices have the driver carry in pocket or on belt a multifunction tool capable of cutting the seatbelt webbing and breaking a window. Next best is a cab mounted (within reach of the seated driver) hammer cutter. Unfortunately in a major accident the tool may break free of the mount and fall out of reach of the driver. A major accident is a very emotional situation. Even seeing that someone else has had an accident inspires us to stop and help. The last thing you want to do is create more work for the first responders by becoming injured yourself. Remember that, even when helping you need to keep safe. Remember to wear your hi-vis vest. I know drivers that have been injured helping another at an accident scene. The worse case involved a guy actually being run over. There is a chance that if he had been wearing his vest, he may not have been. No one wants to have an accident but when one happens it happens so quickly that you won’t have time to react. Taking some safety measures are easy and can prepare you to be the leader at the accident scene instead of the victim.
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Volvo Trucks Welcomes New Full-Service Dealer Facility in New Mexico Volvo Trucks’ service capabilities in the Southwest region of the U.S. have grown with the addition of a new Bruckner’s Truck Sales facility in Albuquerque, N.M.
he 7.5-acre full-service dealership, easily accessible from Interstate 40, just off the Unser Boulevard exit, offers ample parking and 18 truck bays staffed by 16 technicians, two of which are Volvo master technicians. The new location also houses more than $1 million in parts inventory in the 13,000 square-foot parts warehouse. “Tremendous dealer engagement and investments, like the new Bruckner’s Truck Sales facility in Albuquerque, contribute greatly to the overall Volvo ownership experience,” said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American Sales & Marketing. “The strength of our dealer network is essential for supporting customers and plays a vital role in maximizing uptime through our Remote Diagnostics connected vehicle platform.”
Volvo Trucks dealers across North America have invested $370 million since 2010, including more than 50 new facilities
or significant renovations and more than 25 planned or underway. The investments have resulted in a 50 percent increase in technicians, including more than a 150 percent increase in Volvo master technicians. Now,
more than 25 percent of Volvo technicians are certified master technicians. Service bay capacity has increased 34 percent, while parts inventory has increased 37 percent, and the number of parts department employees has increased 68 percent. Volvo Trucks North America’s operations and products are guided by the company’s three core values: Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. The Volvo VNM, VNL, VNX, VHD and VAH trucks are assembled in the United States at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia, while Volvo engines for North America are assembled in Hagerstown, Maryland. The New River Valley Plant is certified to ISO50001 energy standards. Both plants are certified to ISO14001 environmental and ISO9001 quality standards.
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TRANSPORTATION INC. Refrigerated & Dry Commodities
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After Hrs: (209) 556-1048
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- We provide cost-efficient truckload service with 50' and 53' air ride refrigerated trailers & 53' dry vans. - All trailers are food grade - All trucks are in constant contact with dispatch and have satellite tracking for 24 hour information and location of equipment. - Quick response to all your transportation needs. - Pickup and delivery confirmation.
F: (209) 537-3659
A CARB compliant company Hours of Operation - Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Sat: 8am-12pm
Address: 3818 Moffett Rd, Ceres, CA 95307 61
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Specifications Cooling Capacity
DC 12 Volt
Standard Total Current
R134A/ 1.85 LBS
Low 5 PSI- High 250 PSI
11 LBS- 13” x 17” x 6
76 LBS- 30” x 28” x 7”
Enclosed, DC Power-Direct Connection
*Optional Battery Box Available (2/4 batteries)
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Easy Installation Simple Operation Quiet & Reliable 12-14 Hours Run-Time Light Weight 2 Years Limited Warranty
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