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Welcome to the November/December issue of Desi Trucking Magazine. Time has gone by very fast this year; it seems that just a few days ago, we congratulated you for 2015. Now, 2015 is almost gone and we are ready to welcome 2016. We all have worked very hard, and some would say smarter, in 2015. This year probably saw successes for many, while others many have temporarily failed in their mission. In the next couple of months, it’s time to sit down, reflect, and do some self-analysis of yourself and your company. Think about which plans were successful and which need refinement. For those who achieved success, we would like to congratulate them; and those who didn’t get their desired successes, we would like to encourage them to learn from their mistakes and from the Masters of the industry. As in our headline we quoted, “The Master has failed more than the beginner has even tried.” Be a good learner, take the required education or training, make a better plan and try again. Our parent company, Desi Maxx Media, hosted its second annual, and very successful, West American Truck Show in Fresno. The show was seen and enjoyed by over 100 vendors and 5000 visitors. Thus far, the reviews and feedback for the show have been very positive; at the same time, we are always encouraging suggestions how to improve the show for 2016 and make it that much better. We are very thankful to our sponsors, vendors, and all participants for their contributions. And a special thanks goes to the CTA and Fresno Transportation Club for their support. This is the last edition of Desi Trucking Magazine for 2015 – we will see you in New Year. Please drive safe and encourage others to do so. On behalf of the entire Desi Trucking team, we wish you a prosperous and joyous New Year. God bless.
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ouldn’t it be nice to have that crystal ball and know exactly what the next year will present to us? 2015 has given Canadians a new government. At this point, as I write this, I really wish for that crystal ball, but I don’t, and I don’t know what colour that government will be. The election isn’t for three more days and I’m not prepared to make any prediction on the outcome, either. I know what my preference is, but that’s my preference and it may not be the way of reality. The doubt, leaves all sorts of possibilities open. There outcome will bring anything from stability to angst and anything in between. 2016 will definitely give Americans a new government and again, no one has any idea what that government will be nor who will be leading it. Again, the outcome could bring anything from stability to angst. Because many Canadian rules and regulations mirror those in the United States, both elections are of critical importance to the trucking industry. Also because our economies are so closely tied, the direction of the new administrations will have a major effect. A big news story in 2015 was the introduction of autonomous trucks. The big news story of 2016 is going to be how those autonomous trucks test in real life situations. Nevada will be hosting one test; Ontario will also be hosting testing. This should 8
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LK Technologies announced the latest release of its CoPilot Truck in-cab navigation solution. With improvements to the truck-specific routing profile feature, the company said the update makes it easier for fleets to create and follow optimized routes based on vehicle size and load, to enable safety and compliance on the road. The company added it also provides fleet managers with remote configuration capabilities for tighter control over the routes drivers follow and eliminates the need for associated driver interaction. “We see the connection between the back office and the cab as a key factor in a fleet’s successful deployment of in-cab navigation, and this CoPilot Truck release further supports our objective to align the two in a meaningful way for fleets,” said Dan Titus, vice president, business development –enterprise solutions. “With CoPilot Truck’s Web-based back office tool, CoPilot FleetPortal, we’re providing fleet managers with greater management of the routes executed incab so that drivers can stay focused on the road and avoid the risk of costly fines or collisions, which would otherwise negatively impact their CSA scores. We’ve also come a long way to address the operational requirements of fleets that support multiple vehicle sizes and loads.” With this update, CoPilot Truck introduces a new set of default vehicle types that better fit the routing needs of light-, medium- or heavyduty trucks. According to the company, if multiple profiles are created and saved, CoPilot Truck will alert a driver to select the correct profile for that particular trip, ensuring safety and compliance with regulations. CoPilot Truck will now also alert drivers if they enter a custom vehicle dimension that may require a permit to help avoid errors and ensure compliance when creating routing profiles. The software update also debuts a new darker in-cab user interface on the display to further reduce driver distraction and minimize ambient screen glare during the day or night. New remote configuration settings in CoPilot FleetPortal allow driver managers to specify and send Out-of-Route thresholds by vehicle group, as well as to update custom routing profiles, PC MILER Avoids/ Favours, road closures, and custom POI sets used by CoPilot Truck incab, according to the company. “Synchronization of this information can be set to occur as frequently as every 30 minutes to once every 24 hours,” according to the company. “The option to restrict access to routing profiles is also now available, which gives drivers less to worry about and enables fleets to ensure that the correct routing profiles will be used to generate optimal routes as well as to reduce the risk of driving on truck restricted roads.” The CoPilot Truck update also enables small fleets and owner operators using ALK’s back office PC MILER routing, mileage and mapping software to send planned routes created in PC MILER directly to ALK’s CoPilot Truck Smartphone and Tablet app for compliant route execution. The app is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows XP and Windows Mobile platforms. 12
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A Few Tips for Taking on Winter
A FEW TIPS FOR TAKING ON WINTER
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our driving should change with the seasons. Your safety and the safety of others depend on it. Here are some tips for getting through winter without any problems.
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1. DRIVE CONFIDENTLY Visibility is crucial for safe winter driving, and it can often deteriorate very fast. At a minimum, be sure to get on the road with a clear view by removing the snow from your entire vehicle—hood, headlights, windows and roof. To avoid surprises, check liquids and make sure your wipers and lights are working properly. The right tire pressure is essential to getting the best traction and grip on the road. It’s also a good idea to keep your tank full; it adds weight to your vehicle, giving you more grip. 2. THINK FOR OTHER DRIVERS The only steering wheel you control is your own. Don’t expect other drivers to see you or drive with you in mind. Think for them.
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What Do the Numbers Mean? equipment of 7 years, buying the wrong model year can cost you a year or more of work. In 2004, manufacturers began producing model years for the following year in January to allow time for imports to arrive for the current model year. So you can buy a trailer for example on January 20, 2016, but the model year will be for 2017. You can gain a year, or lose you a year of work. So always check the year on reefer unit engines and the motors of trucks to ensure you get the full usage you are seeking. On all cars, trucks, and trailers there are hidden locations of serial numbers imprinted in undisclosed locations. These are meant only for the manufacturer and the police. These hidden locations help prevent fraud, forgery and theft. Each manufacturer has their own hidden locations. These will never be shared with the public. Each manufacturer has their own codes for their model types, engine type and style. If you go to each manufacturer you can learn their own specific codes. Knowing the VIN number on anything you are buying can save you time and money. If you decode the VIN and realize this is not the correct model or wrong length or wrong amount of axles, you can save a trip from viewing it in person. So whenever possible, ask for the VIN in advance when looking to make a purchase, and decode it to see if it is in fact what you are looking for.
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ECM readings not perfect
or a number of reasons, the data coming off a truck’s electronic control module, or ECM, on mpg is only so close to the reality, a new study finds — so it’s good in some ways fleets may be using it, not so good for others. MPG is “a very complicated element to measure, especially when it comes to diesel engines,” note the authors of the study, which comes from the Montreal, Canada-based nonprofit PIT Group (Performance Innovation Transport). The study conducted at a test track facility last fall examined 14 trucks that had four engines made by Cummins, seven by Detroit Diesel, one by Mercedes and two by Volvo. In short, the study reports that ECM data on fuel economy/mpg varied in terms of accuracy and precision, and also varied from one engine type to another made by the same OEM. Further still, “for a given vehicle, ECM data precision and accuracy will even vary from test to test,” according to the study. To clarify that point, Yves Provencher, PIT Group’s manager, describes to Fleet Owner the distinction between data “accuracy” and “precision” using an example of throwing darts at a dartboard. Accuracy refers to how close the dart actually gets to the bullseye, and precision means how dead-on each shot is aimed at the bullseye, or the variance in targeting precision. “So the accuracy is how close you are from the real number,” Provencher says regarding ECM fuel economy data. “You can be at 5% from the real number, and if you are precise, then you’re going to be always at 5% from the real number.” On the other hand, if your precision (or “targeting”) is plus or minus 3%, for instance, it means your 5% accuracy could be that much farther off the mark. The two measures are the result of the complex algorithms OEMs use to calculate fuel economy and report it through the ECM, factoring in things like engine speed, road speed, distance and fuel volume. “Because fuel consumption data in an ECM is derived from an algorithm and not from actual fuel flow, and does not account for fuel energy content, density or temperature, there is an inherent error with those calculations,” the study notes. Results from the study’s 89 total tests include: • The four vehicles with Cummins engines were tested a total of 24 times. Their ECM data showed accuracy of -5.4% to -6.2% and precision within 0.18% to 0.81%; • The seven vehicles with Detroit Diesel engines were tested a total of 27 times. Their ECM data showed accuracy of -2.6% to 2.1% and precision within 0.37% to 1.09%; • The single vehicle with a Mercedes NOVEMBER / DECEMber 2015
engine was tested total of nine times. Its ECM data showed accuracy of 0.9% and precision of 1.59%; and • The two vehicles with Volvo engines were tested a total of 29 times. Their ECM data showed accuracy of -3.0% and 0.9% and precision of 0.25% and 0.84%.
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kwrb dw kI ArQ hY? What does CARB stand for? The California Air Resources Board, also known as CARB or ARB, is the “clean air agency” in the Government of California. Why was CARB introduced? The Government of California introduced CARB to attain and maintain healthy air quality. It is also used to conduct research into the causes of and solutions to air pollution. It systematically attacks the serious problems caused by motor vehicles, which is a major cause of air pollution in the State of California. Since its formation, the ARB has worked with the public, the business sector and local governments to protect the public’s health, the economy and the state’s ecological resources through the most cost-effective reduction of air pollution. When was it established? It was established in 1967 when the Mulford-Carrell Act was signed by then governor Ronald Reagan, It combines the Bureau of Air Sanitation and the Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Board. CARB is a department within the cabinet level California Environmental Protection Agency. Why is it only permitted in California? Since California is the only state that had the agency before the passage of the Federal Clean Air Act, it is the only state that is permitted to have such a regulatory service. Other states can either follow the standards set by CARB or use federal ones; but cannot set their own. What are the goals of CARB? The stated goals of CARB include attaining and maintaining healthy air quality; protecting the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants; and providing innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations. What are the compliance requirements for heavier trucks? Heavier trucks with a gross weight greater than 26,000 pounds would have two primary ways to comply. Fleets could comply with the compliance schedule by engine model year or could use a phase-in option that is more flexible. What is the small fleet option? The small fleet option requires small fleets to meet PM filter requirements starting January 1, 2014 and defers truck replacements until January 1, 2020 or later for heavier trucks (greater than 26,000 lbs). To use this option, heavier vehicles in the fleet must comply with the following schedule: One vehicle must have a PM filter by January 1, 2014 Two vehicles must have PM filters by January 1, 2015 Three vehicles must have PM filters by January 1, 2016 The PM filter requirements can be met by either installing the highest level PM filter retrofits that have been verified by the ARB or with PM filters that are standard equipment on 2007 model year or newer engines. 24
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What does CARB stand for? Vehicle replacements begin January 1, 2020 on the same model year schedule as other fleets. You can also delay heavier truck replacements until January 1, 2023 if you show that all of your heavier vehicles are equipped with PM filters by January 1, 2014. Small fleet owners must have reported their vehicle information no later than January 31, 2014 to use these options and to demonstrate compliance. How do I comply with the small fleet option? If you own, two or three trucks, you must show that one truck had a PM filter by January 1, 2014. You will need to report information about the truck and PM filter that was installed by the January 31, 2014 reporting deadline. You will need to report annually until all trucks are equipped with PM filters. Starting January 1, 2020 you will need to upgrade to 2010 model year engines. The compliance requirements are summarized in the table below: Optional Small Fleet Compliance Schedule for Heavier Vehicles January 1, 2014 One truck must have a PM filter installed January 1, 2015 Two trucks must have a PM filter installed January 1, 2016 All three trucks must have a PM filter installed January 1, 2020 Replace all 1999 or older model year engines January 1, 2021 Replace all 2000-2004 or older model year engines January 1, 2022 Replace all 2005-2006 or older model year engines January 1, 2023 All trucks must have 2010 model year engines If all trucks have PM filters before January 1, 2014, compliance for those trucks is extended until 2023. When is the regulation implemented? The Truck and Bus Regulation was adopted in 2008 to clean up harmful emissions from nearly all heavy-duty diesel trucks operating in California. The regulation was amended in 2010 to provide economic relief to truckers affected by the recession, particularly small fleets, by delaying the first compliance requirements by one year and extending the time the truck could be operated before needing to be replaced. The regulation requires most heavy trucks in California to install soot (diesel particulate) filters or upgrade to newer models with filters by January 1, 2014, and that nearly all trucks have them installed by January 1, 2016. What are the penalties associated with not complying? Civil penalties can range from $300 to $10,000 per vehicle per day. ARB may obtain a judgment in superior court and can place liens on assets, real estate or personal property such as vehicles and other assets. At the request of ARB, the California Highway Patrol may remove the vehicle in violation in service or the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can issue a vehicle license title stop. A DMV vehicle license title stop will prevent registration, renewal or transfer of your vehicle(s). ARB may file a tax offset request with the Franchise Tax Board for any amount owed to unpaid violations. Where can I get more information and assistance with in regards to CARB? You can call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839 if you need assistance or want more information. 26
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Autonomous Trucks, Owner Operators and the Driver Shortage
he percentage of trucks on the road controlled by leased operators and independents with their own authority was about 10 percent 25 years ago, says Todd Amen, president of ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm. Those numbers are holding steady today and won’t change significantly by 2040, Amen predicts. What will change is the relationship between leased operators and carriers, says Jay Thompson, principal of Transportation Business Associates, a provider of transport business development, marketing, consulting and training services. Technological advancements that will unite the financial side of the owneroperator business with the systems of multiple carrier and brokerage partners will make it easier for independent contractors to be truly independent, Thompson says. Tomorrow’s owner-operators likely will specialize in a lane or within a set geography, work closely with more than one carrier and may even “pull a Schneider or Swift trailer from point to point and then get someone else’s trailer to go back,” Thompson says. Having multiple business partners will provide greater independence for owner-operators and could relieve carriers from the threat of misclassification challenges to employee-independent contractor status so prevalent today. Telematics systems in virtually all trucks will give owneroperators tools to make better business decisions. “You’ll be able to do a better job of personal time-planning and managing your log time,” Thompson says. “Information sharing [with shippers and receivers] will make the flow of freight in and out better.” Such technological advancements will create “an increasing kind of osmosis between the big guys and the small guys,” he says. “I see it all as an area of opportunity” for small businesses.
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WATS Draws Trucking Community to Fresno - Jordan Venema
n just its second year, the Western American Truck Show (WATS) established Fresno as the trucking capital of California – maybe even the western United States. But before WATS, Fresno already was the unofficial center of the western trucking industry. The triangle created by Fresno’s three freeways – the 99, 41, and 180 – almost visibly represents the heart through which flows the lifeblood of this industry: its truck drivers. Fresno’s freeways are the lines connecting the individual dots of the industry. That’s exactly how emcee Jag Dhatt introduced WATS to the Saturday morning attendees, encouraging them to “walk around, meet as many people as possible, because that’s what the entire show is about: community.” The trucking community isn’t some fractured industry, but an interconnected group of buyers and sellers, carriers and shippers, moving throughout our state the clothes on our back, the food that we eat. And as California grows, so does this industry. Similarly, WATS also grew, with 40% more exhibitors and approximately 2,000 more attendees from last year. Again WATS showcased the latest technologies from every facet of the industry – from engines and trailers to small parts and software. But more importantly than showcasing the latest gadgets and engines, attendees were given the opportunity to meet one another, and for those who walked in from the street, to learn about trucking, attend a seminar, even apply for a job. 30
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Larry Weldy of Fresno’s Smartway Express, was glad WATS was free to the public. “If you bought it, a truck brought it,” he says, and WATS is “getting out the word to a few people who don’t know about trucks… It helps the community quite a bit.” Smartway Express hired new employees at last year’s show, “so this year I’m hoping to hire more,” says Weldy. Part of WATS appeal is bringing national, even international attention to our backyard. Says Dave Bader from Fresno’s Kroeger Equipment, “we’ve never had a venue like this in our area, and it looks like show you’d go to whether it’s in St. Louis or Vegas.” Which, he adds, makes sense, since Fresno is the heart of the agricultural community. The close-to-home community was a draw for many local truck owners and operators, like Charanjit Bhangu, owner of J&C Trucking from Dinuba. Though Bhangu was especially happy to have won a 44-inch TV and DVD player sponsored by Pape Kenworth, he attended WATS “for meeting each other, discussing and looking at new technology.”
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Many of the exhibitors gave away prizes even larger than televisions, shirts, water bottles. Central Valley business Delray Tire and Retreading donated and raffled away eight Dayton trailer tires. Any attendee who entered had a chance to win. “Well, we hope they have a truck at least,” laughed Jason Fennell, Delray’s Territory Manager. But what is really wonderful about WATS, he continued, is that anybody could “start building a truck around the tires.” Everything truck related could be found at WATS, from parts to insurance. Even Fresno’s CVTR donated a trailer worth about 35 thousand dollars. Raffle tickets for the trailer cost $100, but with only a thousand tickets sold anybody who purchased a ticket had decent odds at winning a new Great Dane Trailer. All proceeds from the raffle went to local non-profits Freewheel Project, Community Food Bank, and the Jakara Movement. CVTR’s donation highlighted WATS’ exhibitors’ commitment to the Fresno community, and tying together to various moving parts of the industry. As Ed Kerber of Fresno Volvo commented, a convention like WATS “kind of breaks down that wall, you know, between the buyer and seller” – as well as between dispatcher and driver, carrier and shipper. For many people, WATS was a way to put faces to the names of people with whom they’ve done business. For that very reason, for one weekend a year, WATS brings everybody in the industry and community together under one roof, to showcase not just where the trucking industry is going, not just where it has been, but also how it has brought us all together. 31
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FMCSA releases report on SMS
he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) this week released a report ordered by Congress that it claims confirms the amount of data used in the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) as clearly sufficient to allow FMCSA to identify high-risk truck and bus companies. The agency said the report found that its SMS effectively identifies the truck and bus companies involved in 90 percent of the more than 100,000 crashes that occur each year, and those that are identified as high-risk carriers continue to have crash rates that are twice the national average. In examining commercial motor vehicle crash rates, FMCSA said it looked at carriers of various sizes in accordance with the Congressional directive. The analysis revealed no significant difference in actual crash rates between small carriers and those with 20 or more roadside inspections. FMCSA said its examinations determined that the category of carriers with 11-20 inspections and patterns of non-compliance has the highest crash rates, presenting a clear and immediate intervention opportunity for the agency to proactively bring these carriers into compliance with important safety regulations, including: hours-of-service limitations designed to prevent fatigued driving; vehicle maintenance, and; commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements. FMCSA claims current SMS data sufficiency standards allow the agency to effectively identify and proactively intervene with high-risk carriers before a crash involving a large truck or bus occurs. In March, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that the agency increase the minimum number of required roadside safety inspections needed before prioritizing truck and bus companies for interventions. FMCSA disagreed, claiming a delay in responding to known non-compliant carriers would needlessly jeopardize the safety of the motoring public. Under current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), a carrier’s safety fitness can only be assigned following an on-site investigation; SMS is a tool to prioritize high-risk truck and bus companies for enforcement interventions. The FMCSA said the report released this week underscores
the critical importance of considering carriers of all sizes in the agency’s continuing efforts to remove unsafe carriers and commercial drivers from the nation’s roadways and protecting travellers everywhere.
FMCSA goes to work on Sleep Apnea
he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working on the initial steps for a potential rule to regulate sleep apnea testing. According to the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update, the agency is drafting an advanced notice of proposed rule-making, which it expects to publish in December. An advanced notice is an effort to gain information for the rulemaking process. The DOT report indicated the advanced notice will “request data and information concerning the prevalence of moderateto-severe obstructive sleep apnea among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in rail and highway transportation.” The information collected from the advanced notice will help the FMCSA determine the economic impact and safety benefits of mandatory screening and treatment, if necessary, for obstructive sleep apnea. The FMCSA’s approach to sleep apnea screening has long been contentious. A 2013 law prevents the agency from regulating testing and treatment for the condition without a formal rule-making process. Since then, the agency has issued guidelines interpreted by various groups as efforts to indirectly regulate the issue. Concerns from the industry led Congress to pressure FMCSA to release a bulletin of clarification in January stating that the decision to require sleep apnea testing for a driver is solely that of the certified medical examiner issuing the driver’s medical certification. NOVEMBER / DECEMber 2015
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elebrating 85 years of service to Californians and their transportation needs, California Truck Centers, hosted over 600 people for a Customer Appreciation Open House at its headquarters, Fresno Truck Center. What is known today as California Truck Center, was begun in 1930 as the Fresno Trailer Company in downtown Fresno at 701 “L” Street. Started by brothers P.L., Earl, and Roscoe Howard, Fresno Trailer was in the business of manufacturing and selling heavy duty trailers to the local agricultural community. Over time the business evolved from manufacturing and selling trailers to selling and servicing trucks and, in 1959, began operating as Fresno White and Autocar. As the industry
Currently operated by the 3rd and 4th generations of the Howard family, Doug, Brenda, Lee, and Tiffany, the dealership group prides itself on the dedication of its staff to provide the highest quality of customer service while maintaining the high ethical standards expected of a multi-generation family owned operation. Customers, past, present and future were given a close up of Freightliner and Western Star’s newest lineup of state of the art equipment, displays of vintage equipment, even a race truck and motion picture star, the Western Star from Transformers 4. They enjoyed tours of the facility and were welcomed by company employees and management and greeted by executives
changed the company adapted and sold Freightliner, Western Star, White Motors and Autocar truck brands. In 1977 the company changed their name to Fresno Truck Center acknowledging the new reality. Over the years Fresno Truck Center expanded to include locations canvasing the central valley and northern California. The five full service locations include Fresno Truck Center, Bakersfield Truck Center (est 1978), Golden Gate Truck Center (est 1983 in Oakland), Delta Truck Center (est 1992) in French Camp, and Sacramento Truck Center (est 1999), and a parts only store in Modesto, also called Delta Truck Center. Fresno Truck Center has been an active member of the California Trucking Association since 1956.
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ight Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, as part of an advanced driver assistance system sensor suite, will be mostly deployed for active safety functions with only 29% fitted for fully automated driving purposes by 2021, according to Frost & Sullivan. Out of the top 13 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), 7 are working on automated driving passenger vehicles using a LiDAR. A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan, LIDARbased Strategies for Active Safety and Automated Driving from Major OEMs in Europe and North America, finds that the LiDAR-enabled passenger vehicle market earned revenues of $51.1 million in 2014 and estimates this to reach $141.0 million in 2021.The need to deploy improved sensors that support active safety and automated driving in future passenger vehicles has driven the European and North American automotive industry towards exploring LiDAR technology. Compared to other products on the market, LiDAR is a better sensor in terms of object detection and mapping in low-visibility conditions, according to Frost & Sullivan. The use of reflective infrared lasers to capture data and the independence from ambient light enables LiDAR to perceive objects the same way in a wide range of conditions. “Legislations have been passed in parts of North America in support of the use of LiDAR technology in vehicles to enable automated driving,” said Frost & Sullivan automotive and transportation senior research analyst Anirudh Venkitaraman. “While this has encouraged adoption in the region, the higher cost of LiDAR systems when compared with other sensors has been a major constraint for growth.” “The European and North American markets do offer some cost-effective LiDAR solutions but they have a resolution that is poor-to-modest at best. Reliability issues also plague these systems as they consist of a few moving parts,” according to Frost & Sullivan. “Other problems associated with LiDAR systems are its limited range and packaging constraints. The average LiDAR system available on the market can scan up to 100 meters ahead with limited reflectivity. This, however, is inferior to camera-based systems, which provide a range up to 500 meters.” “As LiDAR technology is still in its nascent stages, achieving market acceptance will take some time,” noted Venkitaraman. “Once the future generation of technologically-advanced, affordable LiDARs hit the market shelves towards 2020, the end-user market will be more willing to invest in these products.” Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in Europe and North America are rigorously working with tier-one suppliers to create an advanced LiDAR solution for use in passenger vehicles. Those OEMs tying up with tier-one suppliers to develop LiDAR systems for automated driving vehicles will manage successful and faster introduction of their products. NOVEMBER / DECEMber 2015
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new poll released by the American Trucking Associations showed the public supports increased infrastructure spending and is moving toward acceptance of a tax increase that could go with it. “The results of this poll should be taken very seriously by members of Congress as they work to complete a longterm highway bill,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “This poll tells us the American people now believe what we’ve been saying for some time: Our roads and bridges are in need of repair, and we need to raise revenue to do it.” Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the poll, surveyed 800 registered voters. Respondents ranked infrastructure spending as the second most critical area for federal spending, beat out only by education. In the past year, the percentage of citizens who believe more money should be invested in road and bridge development rose 12 points, from 48 percent in 2014 to 60 percent this year. Even more people, 63 percent of those surveyed, believe the nation’s roads and bridges are not being properly maintained. More than half of the respondents, 53 percent, believe a tax increase is necessary to fund infrastructure, but they were reluctant get behind a specific method. When pressed, most supported increasing the fuel tax rather than implementing more interstate tolls or registration fees. “There is nothing more important to the trucking industry, and to the economy, than having good, safe roads and bridges,” said incoming ATA Chairman Pat Thomas, senior vice president of state government affairs for UPS. “This poll should be yet another in a series of wake up calls for our elected leaders to take decisive action on a long-term, robustly funded highway bill.” 46
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Driver Turnover Rises
river turnover at large truckload fleets rose three percentage points in the second quarter of the year to an annualized rate of 87%, according to American Trucking Assns.’ Chief Economist Bob Costello. “While below recent averages, driver turnover is still high and a sign of a very competitive market for qualified drivers,” Costello said “We repeatedly hear from carriers that they are unable to find enough qualified drivers, leading to fears of a growing driver shortage and these numbers reflect that.” Turnover at smaller truckload fleets, those with less than $30 million revenue fell seven points to 76%, its lowest mark since the third quarter of 2013. Turnover at large fleets is at its lowest point since the second quarter of 2011 and below the 2014 average of 95%. Last week, ATA released a report pegging the driver shortage at 48,000 by the end of this year. “America’s trucking industry moves nearly 70% of the country’s freight and we need drivers to do it,” Costello said. “While turnover is not at historic highs, it is still high enough to merit concern. Fleets need to hire 89,000 a drivers a year to keep pace with retirements and projected growth, so ensuring an adequate pool of qualified drivers is critical.” NOVEMBER / DECEMber 2015
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ack Trucks rolled out a plan for a network of Certified Uptime Centres, for dealers having taken steps to expedite repairs and improve uptime. The certification program, to qualify for such, dealers have to rethink their approach to service. The program standardizes workflow and does away with the traditional first-come, first-served model that often means it takes longer than necessary to complete simple repairs. Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America, discussed the program at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition. He said industry-wide, downtime events average four days even when the average repair time sits at just 3.5 hours. Mack Certified Uptime Centres will prioritize quick repairs by dedicating bays and technicians to this work so that customers needing minor repairs can get in and out of the shop more quickly. Roy said this type of job represents about 40-50% of service events. David Pardue, vice-president of aftermarket business development with Mack Trucks, said “Certified Uptime Centres are about improving the workflow and the workshop processes within the service bays at our dealerships. It’s not a program, it’s not a campaign, it’s something that’s intended to drive and secure true process changes from the check-in point, when the customer arrives, to the time they leave the dealership.” At a Mack Certified Uptime Centre, quick jobs will no longer get bogged down behind major jobs, Pardue explained. Certified dealers will dedicated one or more bays to the quick jobs, depending on the market and size of the dealership. But Roy said the pilot project, involving more than 20 dealers, has improved overall throughput and has not resulted in the bigger jobs taking longer to complete. But, “Dealers have to change the way they do business,” Pardue acknowledged. “This certification goes beyond just improving diagnostic times,” said Roy. “We’re increasing customers uptime by changing our approach to the service process, ensuring our customers’ trucks are diagnosed and repaired efficiently and returned back to them as quickly as possible.”
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Unexpected losses in the industry and Mexico. Once it is brought in to Canada and the exchange rate has changed, the price of the equipment also changes. For example, a truck that was quoted a price last week is now suddenly thousands of dollars more. Consumers take a loss if they didn’t lock in a price at the right exchange rate. Sales people and dealerships take a loss for those who don’t like the new higher price and opt not to buy. Not having proper insurance coverage can account for large losses in transportation. One insurance company I know quoted a low rate to a trucking company. The trucking company didn’t know the rate was low due to a clause that the insurance agent did not point out. The clause stated that the driver of the truck had to have 10 years of experience. The driver with less than 10 years driving experience lost the load in an accident and the cargo insurance did not cover the lost load. The trucking company is currently suing the insurance agency who issued the low cost policy. The trucking company have basically lost everything as the load was a few hundred thousand dollars. All clauses of insurance must be read and understood. Know what you are hauling and have proper insurance for it. I know one company who picked up a sealed container from a dock. They had no idea it had electronics in it. The trailer caught on fire and the whole load was lost. The trucking company had no electronics coverage and had to pay a huge sum to cover the entire lost load. Clean up costs for an accident can be very high. Many insurance policies don’t provide enough coverage for the full costs of a cleanup. One company lost their load on a mountain side and were charged an extra $40,000 out of their pocket to pay for the cleanup and environmental impact. It may be a good idea to have an umbrella policy to cover beyond your regular insurance, and to have your cleanup cost coverage as high as possible. Having a trucker in a family can be a loss to their loved ones. The trucker may be gone for long periods of time and not get to spend much time with their family. Only a few days a month might be spent together. It can be a very hard life to be away from loved ones for long periods. Drivers can go from highway to local driving, but then they will take a loss of pay. There are so many more losses in the trucking industry; Not getting paid after hauling, having drivers quit and go elsewhere, downtime for equipment repair and maintenance, employees trying to steal your client base and try to start their own company, competition luring away drivers , losing loads to competition and there is a big issue with undercutting to get loads. The industry can be ruthless for those who are unprepared. Sometimes the unexpected occurs, but handling losses is part of transportation and will never change. 54
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Mack Celebrates Good Year; adds another use to plant
ommercial truck sales should finish strong in 2015, with sales expected to be good in 2016 as well, noted Stephen Roy, president of Mack Trucks North America, during an event celebrating the addition of drive axles production and carrier housing machining to engine and transmission assembly here at the Volvo/Mack powertrain factory in Western Maryland. “I think we’ll have a good year [in 2016]; we don’t see a real big dip occurring in sales next year,” Roy told Fleet Owner. “Replacement demand is still driving a lot of sales but we’re also seeing the new companies entering the market, too; there’s a lot of acquisition activity going on in trucking right now.” The major factor limiting truck sales right now and for the foreseeable future, however, remains the ongoing – and increasing – shortage of drivers, Roy stressed. “Absolutely we could sell more trucks if there were simply more drivers,” he said. “That shortage continues to be the limiting factor [for sales].” The long-haul segment continues to experience the most acute shortage of drivers, Roy added, while regional and local carriers aren’t suffering nearly as much. “I talked with one regional carrier [executive] recently who told me their driver turnover is only at 30%, because they can get their drivers home more frequently,” he pointed out. Roy emphasized that if freight does begin to shift away from U.S. west coast ports to the east coast – a shift that may be driven by the widening of the Panama Canal; an effort now nearing completion – more opportunities for local drayage and regional trucking may be created which could help on the driver recruiting and retention front. “Time will only tell where that is concerned,” he said. Other industry experts are concerned that Class 8 sales in particular may be reaching a cycle “peak,” with truck inventories now on the increase. “The capacity index [supply] rose faster than the freight index [demand] for the eighth time in 10 months back in September,” noted Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst with ACT Research Co., in a statement. “We have to go back to the second half of 2012 to find a comparable period of imbalance – a period marked by anemic economic growth and strong U.S. Class 8 retail sales,” he pointed out. “With strong Class 8 sales expected into the end of the year, and no apparent catalyst to trigger stronger economic growth, we would expect capacity additions to remain ahead of freight creation at least into the end of 2015,” he added. NOVEMBER / DECEMber 2015
Average spot market rates fall for all three modes
nalysis of rates provided by DAT Solutions, which operates the DAT network of load boards, and Truckstop.com reveals decreased rates for reefers, flatbeds and vans. Van rates dropped 4 cents to $1.69 after three weeks of a stagnant rate of $1.73, according to Truckstop.com. DAT van rates dropped a penny to $1.73, further separating rates between the two load boards. Reefer rates at Truckstop. com were down 7 cents to $1.95. Over at DAT, reefer rates dropped 5 cents to $1.96. Over the past several weeks, reefer rates between the two load boards have remained relatively close together. Flatbed rates went down 2 cents from the previous week to $1.96, according to Truckstop.com. DAT is also reporting a 2-cent drop to $2.01 for flatbed rates. Between the two load boards, flatbeds have consistently displayed the greatest disparity of the three modes, with this week revealing a 5-cent gap, keeping the gap unchanged compared to the previous week. Across all modes, Truckstop.com shows that load availability decreased by 9.1 percent, and truck supply went up by 4.6 percent, indicating a disadvantage for truckers seeking loads in comparison to the previous week. According to DAT, load-to-truck ratios were down anywhere from 8 percent to 19 percent across all modes. Truckstop.com has placed the Market Demand Index (MDI) at 10, a 1.5-point decrease from the previous week. The MDI is a comparison of available loads to available trucks posted on the load board. The higher the MDI, the better the chances that the power rests with the carriers and vice versa; currently, 10 represents an even market. This time last year, the MDI was 19.
Thermo King acquires Celtrak
hermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, announced its acquisition of Celtrak, an integrated vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions company. Based in Galway, Ireland, the company provides end-to-end telematics products and services for customers in more than 30 countries and in 10 different languages. According to the company, Thermo King has partnered with Celtrak since 2005 on its TracKing telematics solutions. “This is a strategic acquisition that further accelerates the advancement of Thermo King’s Intelligent Services strategy,” said Ray Pittard, president of Thermo King. “Through our decade-long partnership, we’ve successfully elevated our telematics platform to enable data-driven services that help lower our customer’s operating costs, offer traceability and enhance our products and services portfolio.” “This is a good fit for the Celtrak business and our employees,” said Declan McAndrew, chief executive officer of Celtrak. “For the last decade we’ve had a successful partnership with Thermo King and we’re proud to be a part of the team.” 61
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