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Editor’s Note / sMpwdkI


Dilbag (Ron) Dhaliwal

Happy New Year

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e have day, night, seasons, birth, death and in all of these, everything happens according to the laws of nature. Our world has made laws in order to make it a better place to live and be. Every country, every industry has its own laws and rules, including the trucking industry in which we are involved. Regardless of whether we like it or not, we all have to follow pre-set rules. We have to ensure that we understand and have knowledge of industry laws, regulations, and rules. If needed, it’s important to get the right information and training on these, so that we can do our jobs properly. After the training, it’s time to implement what you have learned into your day-to-day operations. Your life will become easier, hustle free, and you will undoubtedly achieve more success in your business. As Albert Einstein said, “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” Yes, if you play better, you will definitely be ahead of your competition. The opposite is also true: you can cheat, but this process will only cause you to have bigger problems. If you get caught breaking rules and laws, the costs can be heavy: from getting heavily fined to shutting down your operation – both of which I’m sure you wouldn’t choose. We wish you happy and successful New Year. God bless truckers…see you in the next issue.

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e’ve all heard Benjamin Franklin’s famous saying, that, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The unfortunate reality is that most people, businesses, and governments don’t practice this philosophy and in the end, there’s potentially much more damage, most of which could have been prevented. And what I find most surprising is that people are more concerned with preventative maintenance (PM) of things much less important – when was the last time you washed your clothing that was “Dry Clean Only”. I mean, there’s no way you would ever let that slide now would you? The other sad reality is that in today’s competitive transport industry, planning and preventative maintenance (PM) are sometimes put on the backburner, more-so for owner operators. Rising fuel costs, parts costs, and labour costs are a major contributor to owner operators who take that risk of delaying regular preventative maintenance. After talking to many owner operators, the common complaint is that costs are much higher for upkeep of the trucks. “I just wish that there was a way to keep my truck in top working condition but costs are too high,” said a newer trucker who didn’t want his name disclosed. “I work long hours and in the end, I know that I’m taking a risk by cutting corners, 8

but what am I to do? If I delay an oil change by even a couple of weeks, it’s more money I take home.” His story is not uncommon for many; but take heart, because there are those owner operators who realize the value of preventative maintenance. “Many other drivers say that I am wasting lots of money by making sure I follow factory guidelines,” said T. Panesar, an owner operator with over 10 years of experience. “Maybe I’ve been lucky with my truck, but I also think that if I don’t take care of my breadmaker, I’m just asking for trouble.” Panesar says he has had very little downtime, and he knows that it’s because he takes care of his truck. “Think of it this way, if you have to take regular medicine to stay healthy, would you skip a few days? Probably not. I think it’s the same thing for my truck.” Panesar’s views are shared by Raj Atwal, Branch Manager & BC Regional Operations Leader at Cummins Western Canada. “Too many times I see drivers neglect their trucks because they don’t do the basics that they’ve been taught. Just doing regular oil changes and chassis lubrication with manufacturer’s approved products will extend the life of your vehicle. Also, DON’T use recycled oils.” Atwal realizes that costs are higher today than ever and it effects owner operators the most, but his advice is clear: it’s small pennies now vs. big dollars later. If extending the life of your vehicle is the most important thing, as it should be, then plan JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016

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Planning and Preventive Maintenance and do regular maintenance, encourages Atwal. Remember, a reliable vehicle is a profitable vehicle. “I’ve seen drivers come into our service center, complaining of turbo lag and lack of power. After we check the vehicle, we realize that we have to do a diesel particulate filter (DPF) cleaning – it’s such a simple procedure that the owner could have taken care of before, with much reduced costs,” says Atwal. When asked whether owners should come to an OEM service center vs. one privately owned, Atwal said, “We suggest people bring their Cummins motors to us for service because we have the newest and most up-do-date software calibrations available. Thus, when the oil is being changed, we also update the software, with any necessary calibrations free of charge.” And what does this mean? Well, longer engine life, better fuel efficiency, and more power. So we know that preventative maintenance is important for the owner operator, but what about for companies that have many trucks? Or big fleet companies? Simple – take the importance of

it for a single truck and then multiply it by the number of trucks in your fleet. On top of that, fleet companies could be held to higher standards than a single owner operator, but we’ll touch on this later. For a fleet company to be effective and competitive, it needs to have a proper PM plan in place, and in my opinion, have a proactive plan vs. a reactive plan. What’s the difference? Well, rather than have a breakdown which you must now fix (reactive), which means downtime, opt for having regular preventative maintenance (proactive) to avoid this downtime and thus, loss of revenue. Yes, there is an upfront cost when you are being proactive, but as we heard Atwal say earlier, it’s better to spend small pennies now than big dollars later; and if your fleet has, let’s say, 50 trucks, that could mean big big bucks being spent unnecessarily. And for the most part, we’re happy to learn that a majority of fleet companies are doing a great job of maintaining their fleets. The fleet manager of a national company put it bluntly: “We 10

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Planning and Preventive Maintenance just can’t afford to have our vehicles be in the repair shop. Not only do we need to move the goods that run this country, our company has to make money.” Adding to this, we’ve noticed that more and more companies are getting their first lines of defence, those being the drivers, involved. If drivers are trained properly, ¬¬they can greatly reduce breakdowns by reporting potential hazards or issues immediately to fleet management. Thus, by being proactive, management can then resolve issues before they become problems. And it’s not just about the financial cost to an owner operator or company; it could be much worse. With newer laws and regulations that dictate liability, an owner operator or fleet company could be held negligent. By definition, liability is premised upon providing an operator with a dangerous tool or equipment, such as a truck, while knowing, or having reason to know, that use of the vehicle creates unreasonable risk or harm to others. Simply put, a vehicle has to be safe to operate and if negligence causes an accident or death, then maintenance records of the vehicle can be seized and scrutinized. Ultimately, if there was improper maintenance, money would be the least of an owner’s or company’s concerns. And since fleets operate more equipment, their standards are held to a higher degree. Does planning and preventative maintenance mean absolute reliability of your truck? Does it mean that your vehicle will always be in tip-top shape and have no breakdowns? Probably not, but research has shown that by being proactive in your maintenance, the chances of your truck having downtime are greatly reduced. I mean, you wouldn’t wash your Dry Clean Only clothes, would you? Take Benjamin Franklin’s words to heart and save yourself money and potential stress in the long run. Honestly, it’s not worth it.

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he American Trucking Association (ATA) welcomed the passing of a cross-border bill in House of Representatives Dec. 15, one it says will improve trucking efficiency, security and safety. “Trucks move the majority of freight between the U.S. and its neighbours Mexico and Canada,” said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. “This compromise bill will help move that commerce safely and efficiently across those borders and we urge not only its quick passage, but urge President Obama to sign it into law.” Some of the key specifications in the bill include improvements to Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, as well as the general customs process, which includes exempting residue in bulk cargo containers from full duty requirements. 12

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Desi News

Peterbilt’s Denton Manufacturing Facility Celebrates 35 Years


n 1980, the first truck produced at Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas manufacturing plant – a Model 359 known as “Old No. 1” – came off the assembly line. Thirty-five years later, the facility has produced nearly 500,000 trucks, hosted tens of thousands of customers and set new standards for quality, safety, efficiency and innovation. “The value Peterbilt’s Denton plant has brought through the years to the company, our employees, customers, dealers and the community is immeasurable,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “The Denton plant is a premier manufacturing facility across any industry and we continue to invest in the tools, processes and people that keep it state-of-theart.”

When the plant first opened, there were 81 employees working to manufacture 2-1/2 trucks per week. Maximum capacity was expected to be 16 trucks daily. Through continuous improvement and ongoing investment, the plant’s current production capacity is ten times that and the workforce is 2,000 strong. Industry-Leading Quality and Technology Leadership Since opening, the 455,000 square-foot plant has undergone numerous changes to increase efficiency, capacity and productivity. The introduction of new models has brought on new tooling and processes, and technology has been introduced to enhance operations. In many instances, Peterbilt was the first truck manufacturer to introduce key technologies, such as a robotic chassis paint system. “To ensure our industry-leading quality and technological leadership, Peterbilt is constantly innovating throughout all areas of our operations,” said Leon Handt, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Operations. “We laid the foundation 35 years ago in Denton to establish advanced manufacturing technologies, and we’ve been building on it ever since, taking it to levels of efficiency, quality and productivity far beyond when the facility was first designed.” Recent improvements to the plant include robotic cab assembly for the Models 579 and 567 and a Non-Contact Axle Alignment System. The plant is also undergoing a three phase expansion project. The first phase created additional east side dock doors and receiving JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016

capacity. Phase two will add 17,000 square feet of additional material receiving area on the west side of the facility. Phase three, scheduled for completion in mid-2016, will create an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) on the second level of the building to index painted hoods, cabs and sleepers. Showcasing Peterbilt Pride In 2014 the company added the Peterbilt Experience, a 4,300 square-foot exhibit that greets customers when they enter the plant. The Peterbilt Experience includes “Old No. 1;” a 1939 Model 260WD (the oldest complete Peterbilt known to exist); a 1940 Model 334; Peterbilt’s newest Models 579 and 567; cab and sleeper cutaways; the full lineup of PACCAR engines; and videos and interactive displays on topics such as truck innovations, styling processes and manufacturing technologies. “The Peterbilt Denton plant is one of the strongest selling tools we have,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt Assistant General Manager of Sales and Marketing. “Thousands tour the plant every year, and it’s a great way to showcase our product quality, customization and technology. The Peterbilt Experience is a great addition to the facility and gives visitors a unique opportunity to experience Peterbilt’s products and the company’s history.” One of the most memorable takeaways every visitor leaves with is the feeling of pride and enthusiasm that fills the plant. “Peterbilt has a highly skilled, very passionate workforce,” said Ron Augustyn, Denton Plant Manager. “It’s a great place to work. Everyone takes tremendous pride in what they do and it really shows.” Denton Plant Milestones: 1978 – Facility Groundbreaking 1980 – Plant Opens 1985 – 10,000th Truck Produced 1986 – First Model 379 Produced 1988 – Facility Expansion of Receiving Docks, Warehousing and Test Area 1990 – Training Center Added 1993 – Engineering Lab Construction Completed 1996 – 100,000th Truck Produced 1996 – Styling Studio Opens 1997 – Robotic Integrated Cab & Sleeper Assembly (Models 387 and 587) 1999 – First Model 387 Produced 2001 – Clear Coat Paint Robotics Installed 2002 – Base Coat Robotics Installed 2004 – Robotic Fuel Tank Welding Added 2006 – Training Center Auditorium Added 2007 – Robotic Chassis Paint Installed 2010 – First PACCAR MX-13 Engine Installed 2012 – Robotic Cab Assembly (Models 579 and 567) 2012 – First Model 579 Produced 2013 – Non-Contact Axle Alignment Complete 2014 – The Peterbilt Experience Opens 2015 – Loading Dock Expansion 13

Maintenance Matters


If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Our modern day trucks are a lot more than they once were so that old adage doesn’t truly hold much water anymore. “You can pay me now or pay me later.” That old advertisement line has a great deal of relevance especially as our trucks become more computers than machines. A truck used to be a fairly simple machine built to withstand heavy abusive usage and as long as you changed the oil regularly and greased those places that needed greasing regularly, changed the odd filter, then all was good for about a million miles. Today’s trucks, while built to be worked hard and long serving, have become as much computer as working machine as living quarters. The truck’s computer system monitors virtually every possible thing on the truck and pretty much self-diagnosis problems and even recommends solutions. If one chooses to ignore the warnings and doesn’t deal with situations in a timely manner, the truck simply shuts down and often when that happens it’s at the most inopportune time. The other thing that is most overlooked is the owner’s manual produced by the manufacturer. This book should be one of the most important features of any new truck and read by all concerned. The driver; the mechanic; the owner; everyone who has a purpose with this truck. Truck drivers don’t simply drive a truck to the best of their ability and ensure the truck is operated at it’s peak efficiency. N ow computers take over the efficiency part and the driver has become a systems analysis specialist monitoring the efficiency of the truck as well as conducting its progress along the road while abiding by all the various rules and regulations that impede progress. 14

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Maintenance Matters Now a truck’s systems may be monitored by smart phones and situations can be forwarded directly to maintenance supervisors who are helping monitor the systems from thousands of miles away and can recommend whether impending repairs can be left until the truck can be scheduled back at the home terminal or if there should be emergency repairs made along the way. Keeping filters changed in a timely fashion is a no brainer. Many truck operators will rely on oil samples to tell them when oil needs to be changed but they will change filters on a regular interval. The oil sample not only tells you if the oil is clean enough to remain in the engine but will also tell you the potential condition of rings, bearings and internal parts of the engine. By changing, at least the filters, on a regular timely basis and greasing all those parts that need greasing regularly, the visual inspection of those parts and pieces makes you aware of the wear factors going on. You can take a look at a part and say, there’s some wear there, I’m going to have to replace that soon, then schedule a time to replace the worn part. A few dollars worth of grease regularly applied can save thousands of dollars in prematurely worn parts. Air filters are also critically important and should be changed on a regular basis based on the types of driving you are doing; in compliance with manufacturers specifications. Tires. Maintaining proper tire pressure is critical and must be checked regularly, daily. Heading into winter, ensure the steering tires have the maximum tread possible. Drive tires should be winter grade rubber and be at the top of their traction game. Trailer tires shouldn’t be overlooked, because they do provide the stability factor on unstable roadways. Do not enter winter season with questionable tires. Hoses and connections. Make sure all hoses and electrical connections are free of cracks and are suitably waterproof. Transmission and Differentials, inspect the oil in these internal parts and change periodically. Check shifter slaves and change as necessary. Check wheel seals and hub oil for proper viscosity. There are lots of parts and pieces you can not see or even which you have access, but those parts and pieces you can see and to which you have access must be constantly monitored either during daily walk around or during maintenance inspections in order to keep you moving when on the road. Recently, in the wake of the seven-foot snowfall in two days in Buffalo NY, some newly minted truckers asked what they should carry in their truck particularly during the winter. Buffalo is one thing because help is not that far away, nor is that help going to be a long time coming, but the same cannot be said in much of Canada even on major highways. If you should get snowed in like the Buffalo case say between Hearst and Long Lac in Ontario, you could be days before any help arrives therefore you’d better be prepared to ensure you don’t succumb to the elements of nature. Some things they should carry might seem obvious while others may seem ridiculous but this is as complete a list as could be determined at the time: Clothing that you may want to carry and hope you never have to use: Balaclava; two piece long underwear; two piece snowmobile suit; leather mits – not just gloves but MITS; a good pair of warm waterproof boots like Sorels; in addition to your regular clothing you would normally carry. You should carry a food supply to last about a week. Military MREs are good to carry because they last forever and provide 16

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Maintenance Matters nourishment with little preparation. Also make sure you carry water. You dehydrate in the summer, but during winter you can easily dehydrate before you even realize it. Things you will need in your truck to keep your truck running: Tire Chains (check various provincial regulations); Two ten foot lengths of chain – you just never know when they will come in handy for a variety of uses; replacement fuel filters; methyl hydrate and or methyl alcohol – caveat, check with your maintenance supervisor to ensure use of these products will not void warranties – or suitable substitute products; small propane torch; your tool box with a variety of tools, open and box end wrenches, variety of screwdrivers, ballpeen hammer, short

handled sledge hammer; long handled sledgehammer. WD 40, Duct tape, Grease and grease gun. A siphon hose. A few rolls of toilet paper and a can that fits a roll of toilet paper. These can be soaked in diesel fuel and set on fire and will burn for hours in an emergency. Learn how to eliminate ice and ice crystals from fuel, from brake systems and learn how to free up frozen parts and pieces. Landing gear will seize with ice, brakes will become impossible to free up because of ice. Carry an air hose about fifty feet long. In inclement conditions you may have a need to reduce the air pressure in the tires for traction but immediately upon getting underway with little danger of losing traction, you need to be able to air up. When you are going to stop for the night or drop a trailer in the yard, make sure you heat the brakes up to ensure they are dried out, especially trailer brakes. Simply apply a bit of spike as your pulling into the yard to get rid of moisture in the brake linings. Northern winters can be trying on both man and machine. Maintenance of the machine however is of utmost importance. Maintenance prevents those situations where you break down. Breaking down in a cold Canadian winter can be life threatening. Remember the Jake Brake has an off switch and should never be used in slippery conditions. Also the cruise control. Do not ever use cruise when there’s a chance of slippery conditions. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016

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Other’s Misfortune Can Be Our Advantage

Other’s Misfortune Can Be Our Advantage dUijAW dI bdiksmqI keI vwr iksy dw Pwiedw kr jWdI hY


ith trucking being slow for several months now, a few situations have arisen that can actually financially aid some, while others continue to struggle. Opportunities are available for stronger more established people and companies to purchase struggling companies, and their equipment to free them of an industry they cannot cope in. Trucking is cyclical, just like the economy. When the economy slows during a recession, the demand for goods declines, and hence the demand for trucking also declines. When the economy gains momentum, so does trucking. Having interviewed a few people with over 40 years of experience in the trucking industry, they each explained the same cycle to me. When a slow down occurs, it begins in the East by New York and Toronto, and about 9 months to a year later, reaches the West coast. When I attended a truck show in Toronto almost 2 years ago, at that time Toronto’s trucking industry was much slower than the West. It was a year ago that I noticed the slow down on the West coast. The trucking slowdowns in the past have traditionally lasted about a year and a half to 2 years, again picking up with more work in the East, and heading again towards the West Coast. Based on this pattern from the past, the trucking industry could possibly be on the mend within the next 6-12 months. With the slowdown in trucking, there also came a low Canadian dollar. This drove the price of equipment to very high levels in Canada because the majority of equipment is made in the United States or brought up from Mexico. With the exchange rate being sluggish for Canadian’s and adding a slow trucking industry, it became much higher riskier to purchase new equipment. Payments on new equipment is much higher due to the higher price of equipment. With far less loads and less money being earned, it makes it harder to make the now higher payments. Not being able to make higher payments has become a problem - 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. 18

- Pash Brar B.A.

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Other’s Misfortune Can Be Our Advantage and now we are seeing increases in repossession rates. Those who could not cope, lost their equipment, but others who have been able to adapt, have been able to purchase repossessed equipment at a good price and continue to thrive. It’s unfortunate for those who lost their equipment, but I always caution my clients when looking at equipment that was repossessed. There is often work that needs to be done mechanically. Those who cannot afford the payment, also cannot afford the maintenance. So always proceed with caution and make an extra allowance for maintenance that will need to be done. At one point, new equipment was in such high demand, that there were months of backups and wait lists. This is still the case with certain equipment, but some who had ordered the equipment months ago, and since experienced a slowdown in work, may no longer want the equipment they ordered. Keeping in touch with local dealerships on those who may not pick up ordered items, is a great opportunity to get yourself off the wait list. I know a few dealerships are offering incentives as well to potential buyers to get the custom ordered equipment off their lot, such as sale prices and vacation packages. When trucking was booming, a lot of new trucking company’s formed. This is common with any industry. Where money is being made, newcomers will follow looking for opportunity and wealth. Those same new company’s now do not have the staying power in a slower economy and cannot sustain themselves. Long established companies are now able to purchase these small companies at good prices, and pick up their extra equipment and drivers. Being bought by a larger firm may give the existing driver’s a more stable future, the firm acquires equipment the company may have been struggling to make payments on, and pick up any existing load contracts while expanding. All industry, whether it’s going slow or fast, always has opportunity to do business. The buy low and sell high motto is what business is all about. There are many company’s and drivers right now trying to sell equipment and get out of trucking fast. These are chances for others to buy low and gain from their misfortune. I know from talking to driver’s and company owners daily there is a lot of stress and worry. If you enjoy trucking and have been in it long term, you will most likely stay in it and weather the storm as you have probably seen slowdowns before. Long term people will seek opportunities for their financial gain. If you are too stressed about money and want out, then act before it’s too late and before you have run out of money. Timing is everything. Seek guidance and financial advice and know all the options that are open to you. 20

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FreightWatch Be aware of the potential for theft during the holidays


he winter holiday shipping season has historically been one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft, according to FreightWatch International. This year, both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day occur on a Friday, creating two separate three-day weekends, leaving more opportunity for shipments to be left unattended or parked in unsecured locations for extended periods of time. In addition to the usual spike in full truckload theft and pilferage during the holidays, it is not uncommon to see a spike in facility theft as well. Facilities dense with merchandise waiting for empty shelves that will follow hectic holiday sales provide rich targets for cargo thieves. Moreover, these facilities tend to have fewer personnel over the

• Fictitious pickup, $1 million of apparel in New Jersey • Full truckload theft, $285,000 of ATVs and seacraft in Texas • Facility theft, $100,000 of apparel in Florida • Last-mile courier theft, $127,000 of pharmaceuticals in Oklahoma • Full truckload theft, $1.1 million of electronics in California

extended holiday period. FreightWatch recommends logistics and security professionals confirm holiday hours of operation with shipping partners to mitigate any unforeseen shipping delays. The firm also advises the review of security protocols to ensure policies are up to date and in line with industry best practices for both in-transit and warehouse operations; both will be heavily targeted over this holiday period. Covert GPS tracking with an active monitoring program is vital to mitigate threats and is an invaluable asset to the recovery process in the event of a theft. • Notable thefts from previous winter holiday weekends include: • Facility theft, $300,000 of electronics in Texas JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016


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bweIAYnIAl A`pfyt What is Biennial Update? Any entity that is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and has a USDOT is required to update their information with the FMCSA every two years. This update is called the Biennial Update. Are you required to file a Biennial Update even if no changes have occurred? Yes, you are required to file this update every two years even if your company has not changed its information or have ceased interstate operations since the last update. What happens if you forget to complete the Biennial Update? If you do not complete a Biennial Update then it will result in deactivation of your USDOT number and may result in civil penalties of up to $1,000 per day, leading up to a maximum of $10,000. What is the Deadline to Update? Each motor carrier is required to file the appropriate form as per the following chart: - Before it begins operations; and - Every 24 months according to the following schedule: USDOT number ending: Must file by last day of: 1 January 2 February 3 March 4 April 5 May 6 June 7 July 8 August 9 September 0 October If the next-to-last digit of your USDOT Number is odd, the company shall file its update in every odd-numbered calendar year. If the next-to-last digit of the USDOT Number is even, the company shall file its update in every even-numbered calendar year. Will you get a warning letter from USDOT before the deadline? FMCSA issues a warning letter in the mail at least 30 days in advance of a biennial update deadline. 22

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Biennial Update What is required to be updated in the biennial update? The components that need to be updated are the following: - Current company contact information - Current operational position of the company Are you allowed to file the biennial update more often than required by law? Yes, you can file the biennial update as often as you would want to. This is recommended as it ensures that your company records are up to date with the FMCSA. What other benefits are there to complete the biennial update? In today’s day and age most of the brokers review the company’s records with the FMCSA prior to dealing with them. If the company’s records are up to date then it gives the broker confidence that the company won’t have any issues with out-dated data with FMCSA. FMCSA has implemented their new safety measurement system: Compliance, Safety, Accountability also referred to as CSA. The information provided on the biennial update is used to calculate the safety performance within CSA’s system. Inaccurate information can have a negative impact on the company’s safety performance scores. These scores are also used by the FMSCA to determine if the company needs to be audited therefore it is very critical to ensure the biennial update is done. Where can I get more information on filing the biennial update? If you need assistance in filing your company’s biennial update you can call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839.

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(FMCSA) announced on Dec 28th that it will renew the exemptions from its vision requirement regulations for 120 individuals


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Congress OKs Alternative Fuel Credit


lean Energy Fuels Corp. applauded the passage by the United States Congress of an alternative fuel tax credit. The credit will continue to support the use of natural gas, a cleaner and domestic transportation fuel option. The credit

is retroactive to 2015 and extends through 2016 and applies to compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas. “The tax credit will support the continued expansion of natural gas fuelling in the U.S., which will help to clean our air and keep dollars here,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “We applaud Congress for taking this action and encourage

the implementation of permanent measures to encourage further use of this superior and cleaner fuel.” With an anticipated signature by President Obama, the tax credit will cap a successful year for Clean Energy that includes the completion of 68 station projects and adding over 3,000 vehicles to the Clean Energy fuelling network, despite facing the headwinds of lower diesel prices. “One of the remarkable things that has occurred this year is that despite the declining price of diesel, the purchase of natural gas fuelled waste collection vehicles has remained steady, as companies and local governments seek to reduce [their] carbon footprint, reduce emissions and reduce costs,” said David Biderman, the executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Natural gas fuel costs up to $1 less per gallon than gasoline or diesel, depending on local market conditions. The use of natural gas fuel not only reduces operating costs for vehicles, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions up to 30 percent in light-duty vehicles and 23 percent in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. In addition, nearly all natural gas consumed in North America is produced domestically.

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GAO Urges More Carrier Review


he Government Accountability Office has released a report recommending increased scrutiny of public motor carriers transporting security sensitive loads for the Department of Defense. The report is a response to a requirement by the House of Representatives, which requested information regarding the safety performance and standards of carriers working under the Transportation Protective Service program. In the past, the DOD has used a combination of its own review process and Safety Measurement System scores to qualify carriers for the TPS program. In 2014, however, GAO called the validity of SMS scores into question and at the same time noted that the DOD review process did not take into account pertinent safety data. In this report, GAO confirms that DOD does not make full use of the information available. “DOD collects incident data involving TPS carriers of security sensitive materials but does not evaluate the data to determine whether systemic trends and patterns are linked to safety risks and does not fully investigate incidents to determine root causes,” said the GAO. For instance, DOD does not analyze incidents involving mechanical breakdown during which loads are exposed to the public for increased periods of time, nor does it investigate all instances in which there is a fire. Based on its findings, GAO made two recommendations. First, it recommended that DOD establish an approach for reviewing all relative safety violation data when reviewing TPS carriers. Second, it recommended that DOD develop guidance on analyzing incident trends and conducting full incident investigations. The DOD agreed to the recommendations involving analyzing and investigating incidents but stated that it cannot review all safety violations data because it does not own the data in question. DOD also claimed the available data do not distinguish TPS from non-TPS shipments.


FAST Act: States gain authority to regulate nonconsensual tows


recent provision signed into law gives state governments the regulation authority of towing companies in hopes of eliminating predatory

practices. The five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or FAST Act, was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 4. The bipartisan legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 3 by a vote of 359-65 and the Senate later that same day by a vote of 83-16. The 1,300page legislation authorizes federal surface programs through fiscal year 2020, providing $305 billion for roads, bridges and mass transit.

Section 5514 of the FAST Act, which was introduced by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., addresses the regulation of tow truck operations. “Passage of this law is a victory for communities in Maryland and across the country that have struggled to control the outrageous, predatory tactics used by some towing companies,” Van Hollen said in a news release. “Local jurisdictions will now have the unambiguous authority to end egregious fees, ban the practice of ‘spotting,’ mandate proper signage and strike the proper balance based on the needs of their consumers and businesses.” The news release states that Congress inadvertently preempted the ability of state and local governments to regulate the towing industry in 1994. Since then confusing restrictions and conflicting court rulings have left local governments unable to fully protect consumers.

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veryday, truckers have a front row seat to the stupidity carried out by other drivers and yes, truckers are guilty of some of that stupidity too. One of the problems resulting in distracted driving becoming so prevalent has more to do with vehicles driving themselves, (automatic transmissions, power steering, tires that virtually never go flat, automated mapping devices -- “turn left in 500 metres”, cruise control, collision avoidance systems, and the like) have given people the notion they don’t have to pay that much attention anymore. Truckers are now getting to the point where their truck drives itself and the constant thought process required to pilot it are leaving the driver with time to let his or her mind wander. It’s that mind wandering that leads to inattentiveness and the notion they can do other things because the systems will take care of the problems. The problem with the distracted driving laws is they are not consistent across the country and people tend to think that only cell phone use is distracted driving, but let’s face it, drinking coffee, eating, reading, talking to someone in the vehicle, listening to the radio, changing the station on the radio, texting, checking email, having sex -- yes, people have sex while driving. Then there’s the soccer mom with her three charges tied into the back seat, screaming and yelling, and her trying to physically discipline them while driving. Virtually anything that takes your eyes off the road, and not just your eyes but your mind, for even a tenth of a second is and must be considered distracted driving. Police have been schooled to recognize distracted drivers, truckers, through experience, also recognize it but the general public think it only applies to those other people who can’t multitask. 28

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Distracted Driving Even wildlife close to the road can cause enough of a distraction to cause drivers to run off the road even if the wildlife doesn’t get into the path of the vehicle. Nature displaying a beautiful sunrise or sunset, a rainbow, can be considered a distraction under certain conditions, if it causes you to look at the natural beauty instead of paying attention to the job at hand which is driving. A recent Transportation Safety Board Investigation into the 2013 crash between an OCTranspo double decker bus and a VIA train in Ottawa offers some more insight into distractions. Inside the drivers position were three monitors which are to keep the driver aware if bus riders weren’t following the rules. The bus driver wasn’t to move if there was anyone on the stairs between the two decks and there wasn’t supposed to be anyone standing on the top deck. Apparently, the driver may have looked at the monitor briefly to check on the upstairs passengers, as he was expected to do, and 1.6 seconds later the bus struck the train. There were visual distractions leading to the scene of the wreck which have been since removed. The recommendations from the TSB included the monitors be moved to a location where the drivers don’t have to look up having their eyes almost completely removed from watching the road. In Europe, on double decker buses, there is a driver and also someone monitoring the passengers whereas in Canada, there is one driver being expected to monitor passengers while driving. The TSB also emphasized that distracted driving may have been but one of several situations that lead to the wreck and that if one of the situations had been removed the wreck may not have happened. This wreck did take the lives of six people, including the driver of the bus. There must be a myriad of studies going on at any given moment on this subject, but one recent study done at the University of Alberta, showed emotionally-themed billboard messages can increase the level of distracted driving on roadways as if there aren’t enough already. The study, published in Accident Analysis and Prevention, found that various billboards can invoke different emotions in drivers, with negative-themed messages being the most distracting. “Any kind of distraction is risky when you’re driving. But there would appear to be a larger risk when it comes to emotional stimuli,” said researcher Michelle Chan in a statement. While drivers reacted to billboards with emotionally charged words on both ends of the scale, such as negative words -- cancer, killer, or stress; or positive words -- beach, love, happy or even more neutral words, the study found the negative words were the most distracting. While drivers tended to speed up after passing billboards with positive words, their actions tended to be generally safer than when passing negative themes. Drivers tended to slow down abruptly or swerve while passing negative billboards. Researchers says the test shows drivers have natural reactions to billboard messages , which can further distract drivers from driving safely. Our goals in bringing distracted driving to the consciousness of everyone is to first of all convince them that distracted driving is a problem, then to actually define distracted driving and all it’s versions and permeations, then convincing those same people to exercise control over themselves to stop driving distracted. Obviously it isn’t easy to change people’s habits, after all, for most of the past fifty years we’ve known that smoking causes health problems that otherwise wouldn’t be health problems, yet we have thousands of people still smoking but even more 30

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Distracted Driving distressing is that young people are picking up the habit allegedly with the full knowledge of the dangers. Trying to convince a young person, who has been granted driving privileges by the government, they have to learn patience is difficult, more like impossible. When they see those people, supposed good drivers, cutting in and out of traffic, running red lights, driving in an impatient manner (aggressively) it’s very difficult to teach patience. Some of the biggest lessons we learn as truck drivers is to pace yourself; be patient; don’t let your surroundings get under your skin; even as a newly licensed truck driver you have more skill than most other drivers around you. It’s the same with distracted driving. Truckers will learn the lesson quickly, learn how to cope with those around him or her driving distracted. Truckers will find when they might be able to pick up that cup of coffee, smoking that cigarette, talk on the CB, let their attention span drift a bit, on that long lonely highway when no one else is around them. The also learn when they’re in heavy traffic, they need all their wits about them and don’t allow any distractions to take place. Unfortunately, the general driving public doesn’t learn the lessons either as quickly or as well. Sometimes one gets the feeling that writing for a trucking publication is like preaching to the choir, but if we don’t preach to the choir and the choir doesn’t respond there will never be an opportunity to preach to the congregation. Will there ever be a time when all distractions from driving are eliminated? Not until we have robots driving and even then who knows. The Google automated car has had a mishap during testing.

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Hybrid Trailers and the Heavy-Duty Road Transport Sector


s governments around the globe get serious about shrinking carbon footprints, they’re focusing regulatory attention on the heavy-duty road transport sector, which accounts for roughly a quarter of transportation emissions. Our own EPA/NHTSA is targeting a 24 percent reduction in tractor/trailer fuel consumption between 2021 and 2027. Toward that end, Eaton Corporation devised a diesel/battery-electric hybrid drivetrain for heavy-duty trucks, which it sells primarily in Europe. Fleet testing with Coca-Cola suggests it can slash consumption by 30 percent on congested urban routes, but Coke’s 13-month fleet average savings was just 13.7 percent. Wal-Mart has tested a similar setup on Peterbilt long-haul trucks, measuring a 5-7 percent fuel savings. Recouping the $40,000-$45,000 cost of such systems is easiest for businesses that run stop-and-go routes (and qualify for tax incentives). Coke bought 120 medium-duty hybrid trucks, and UPS bought 200 hybrid delivery vans. It’s harder to make the math work out for long-haul truckers. But Strasbourg, France-based Adgero thinks there may be a better way: Hybridize the trailer. Adgero’s lower-cost idea replaces one of the trailer’s axles with a driven axle employing a differential to which a compact, axialflow Yokeless and Segmented Armature electric machine producing 268 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque from YASA Motors is attached. The energy flowing to and from this oil-cooled motor resides in an 800volt bank of ultracapacitors capable of storing 880 watt-hours of energy. It reportedly offers double the energy density and five times the power density of the next best ultracapacitors. Skeleton Technologies, an Estonian company, developed these


SkelCap ultracaps. They leverage the improved conductivity and higher surface area of patented nanoporous carbide-derived carbon (CDC). This high-tech carbon also lowers internal resistance, so energy lost to heat is five times less than with competing ultracaps. (The SkelCap pack is air-cooled.) Unlike batteries, they work great at -40 degrees and can be charged and discharged roughly a million

times. (The $5,000 Eaton battery packs need replacement after “tens of thousands” of cycles.) Target system weight is less than 1,100 pounds, 500 of which is the ultracap pack. Adgero’s hybrid trailer takes orders from a small, inexpensive (around $50) controller that mounts to the tractor. Like cars, today’s semi-tractor trucks communicate vital information over a CAN data bus, sharing this info with the trailer via a standardized 15-pin connector. Adgero’s controller taps into this CAN bus to determine when the driver is accelerating or braking—either by the frictionbrake pedal or the diesel engine retarder—and communicates with the trailer via the connector to order up regenerative braking, acceleration assistance, or neither if the rig is experiencing an ABS or stability-control event or if powering the trailer risks jackknifing the rig. Just as with the hybrid tractors, the aim here is to add electric power to fill in where the diesel’s operating efficiency is lowest— low-rpm, off-boost, below the torque peak. Adgero founder Mack Murray sees his hybrid trailer as ideally suited for multimodal transit applications, where a trailer is loaded in one country, driven to a railhead, and shipped to another where it is routed to the end user. Shipping companies would equip all their tractors with the cheap controllers then add trailers as the budget allows. Under these conditions the system should deliver 15-25 percent fuel savings, recouping the expected price premium of $27,500 in three years at European fuel prices. A bonus: Trailer equipment includes a 4G connection, GPS, and axle-weight sensors, so it can monitor and report progress every step of the way. After extensive testing in the U.K., Murray expects to market the system on new trailers and as retrofit kits starting in 2018. Low diesel prices in the U.S. should extend the payoff period here, but a lot can happen between now and 2018 (or 2027). JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016


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Electronic Logging Now a Must , FMCSA announced a final rule

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ince the introduction of log books in 1938, the freight carriers of the US have been trying to gain productivity control over the nation’s truck drivers and now they have it. Cast in law. The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule December 11, 2015 improving roadway safety by requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) across the commercial truck and bus industries. “Since 1938, complex, on-duty/off-duty logs for truck and bus drivers were made with pencil and paper, virtually impossible to verify,” said US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx. “This automated technology not only brings logging records into the modern age, it also allows roadside safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that put lives at risk.” According to the FMCSA, the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) will result in an annual net benefit of more than $1 billion – by reducing the amount of required paperwork. It will also increase the efficiency of roadside law enforcement personnel in reviewing driver records, the FMCSA said. It is also estimated the final rule would save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries resulting from crashes involving large commercial motor vehicles on an annual basis.

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The official rules are set to be published on December 11. It will take effect two years afterwards to permit industry conversion. It will also require Canadian and Mexican domiciled drivers to use the devices on US roads. “This is a win for all motorists on our nation’s roadways,” said FMCSA acting administrator Scott Darling. “Employing technology to ensure that commercial drivers comply with federal hours-of-service rules will prevent crashes and save 36

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Desi News lives.” With one notable exception of pre-2000 model year trucks, the mandate will apply to all trucks operating in interstate commerce and subject to the hours-of-service regulations. Logging devices and automatic onboard recorders that are compliant with the current regulations will be good for another four years following the December 2017 compliance deadline. The four main elements of the ELD Final Rule include: Requiring commercial truck and bus drivers who currently use paper log books to maintain hours-of-service records to adopt ELDs within two years. It is anticipated that approximately three million drivers will be impacted. Strictly prohibiting commercial driver harassment. The Final Rule provides both procedural and technical provisions designed to protect commercial truck and bus drivers from harassment resulting from information generated by ELDs. Setting technology specifications detailing performance and design requirements for ELDs so that manufacturers are able to produce compliant devices and systems – and purchasers are enabled to make informed decisions. Establishing new hours-of-service supporting document (shipping documents, fuel purchase receipts, etc.) requirements that will result in additional paperwork reductions. In most cases, a motor carrier would not be required to retain supporting documents verifying on-duty driving time. The FMCSA relied on input from its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee when developing the final rule.

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Clear that snow and ice from your vehicle, or pay the price


ore and more jurisdictions are requiring vehicles to be completely cleared of snow and ice before taking to the road. Sometimes however, to accomplish the task required by one rule, you have to break other rules. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prohibits anyone on the job to climb to such heights required to remove said snow, without proper safeguards. The issue of snow and ice removal is not a new topic in many states. Rules covering concerns about accumulations atop vehicles are already in place in states that include Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. Rhode Island has a rule to require vehicles to be kept clear of snow or ice, pretty much impossible to comply during a snow storm. Connecticut and New Jersey also allow police to ticket drivers simply for having wintry precipitation atop their vehicles.

In New York and Pennsylvania, concerned lawmakers continue to pursue stiff punishment for failure to keep vehicles clear of snow or ice. New Your Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, D-Queens, wants to permit police to cite truckers and other drivers for failure to act when traveling on roadways with posted speeds in excess of 40 mph. A Pennsylvania bill focuses only on trucks weighing at least 48,000 pounds. State law already allows police to ticket violators between $200 and $1,000 if the wintry mix causes serious injury or death. Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, is behind a bill that would boost the maximum fine to $1,500, as well as include an additional protection that would allow police to ticket drivers for failure to clear snow or ice before they take to the roads. Drivers would be excused for snow or ice that accumulates on a vehicle while out on the road.

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Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer


arbon monoxide is a silent killer and having anworking carbon monoxide detector is a small investment that can help save lives. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) urges residents to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning by installing a carbon monoxide detector and replacing batteries annually. Californians are also urged to have gas appliances inspected annually to ensure they are working properly. More than half of all carbon monoxide poisoning deaths result from malfunctioning or improperly vented gas appliances in homes. The others come from a variety of combustion sources including: charcoal grills, automobile exhausts, space heaters, generators and fireplaces. Carbon monoxide poisoning can strike wherever combustion occurs in enclosed areas, including: homes, recreational vehicles, cabins, tents and houseboats. Vigilance is the key to avoiding tragedy. The State of California requires by law that every home with an ttached garage, a fireplace or an appliance that burns kerosene, propane, heating oil, natural gas, etc., have an operational carbon-monoxide detector or alarm installed. Since the beginning of 2015, California law also requires community care facilities, including residential care facilities for the elderly and infirm, and public and family day care centers, to have at least one functioning carbon monoxide detector. “Carbon monoxide deaths are preventable,” said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. “Having the required alarms working properly and your gas appliances inspected are simple steps that will protect you and your family.” Accidental deaths occur each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and several hundred Californians go to emergency rooms due to non-lethal exposures. Carbon monoxide inhibits the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to body tissues including vital organs such as the heart and brain. It is especially dangerous for young children and individuals with heart disease. Warning signs of exposure include headache, drowsiness, nausea and inability to concentrate; any person experiencing these symptoms should be immediately moved to a location with fresh air and be seen by a doctor in case treatment is needed. ARB recommends the following: • Properly use and maintain appliances that produce a flame such as gas stoves, ovens, furnaces and heaters; • Never use gas ovens to heat the home; JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016

• Never use kerosene and propane space heaters, charcoal grills, barbecues, or unvented gas logs indoors; • Use caution when heating with propane appliances, older wall or floor gas furnaces and fireplaces; • Obtain annual check-ups of all gas appliances by a qualified professional; • Use State Fire Marshal approved carbon monoxide detectors that sound an alarm; • Place emergency generators outdoors away from windows and doors to prevent

fumes from entering the home; and, • Be especially careful with appliances in recreational vehicles, cabins and houseboats, and use carbon monoxide detectors specifically made for these locations. In addition, do not idle vehicles or operate other combustion engines, such as diesel generators, in attached garages or other enclosed spaces. Carbon monoxide poisoning deaths are often the result of accidental exposure from vehicles running in closed garages.


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FMCSA lowers random drug testing rate


he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Monday, Dec. 21, that it will lower the random testing rate for controlled substances for drivers of commercial motor vehicles from 50 percent to 25 percent for 2016. The new policy takes effect Jan. 1. Results from the past two years of Management Information System (MIS) surveys led to the FMCSA’s decision to randomly test fewer drivers. FMCSA conducts the MIS survey to ensure compliance with the set testing rates. When the MIS survey shows that the rate for positive tests of controlled substances is less than 1 percent for two consecutive calendar years, federal regulations allow for the FMCSA administrator to lower the minimum annual testing rate. The MIS survey resulted in a positive rate of less than 1 percent in 2011 and 2012, but the administrator declined to alter the percentage. Figures for 2013 again yielded less than 1 percent. Results of the 2014 MIS survey have not been released. With three consecutive years of minimal positive tests, the administrator approved a lower random testing rate. If at any time, the positive rate for controlled substances exceeds 1 percent, the testing rate will revert to 50 percent. The FMCSA’s random drug testing rate of 25 percent is now consistent with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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ction by the Office of Defects Investigations has led Navistar to recall model year 2012-2013 Prostar trucks with manual transmissions. The affected trucks may have defected throttle pedals that fail to return to the idle position after being depressed. ODI opened a preliminary evaluation last April after receiving complaints of non-returning throttle pedals that prevented engine brakes from activating and elevated engine speeds. The complaints ranged from reports of annoyance to incidences of total failure of the engine brakes. Navistar responded to ODI’s request for information with reports of 24 consumer complaints and 1,233 warranty claims related to the throttle pedals. Of those, more than 70 percent related to vehicles with manual transmissions. ODI examined the throttles in question, and an investigator drove several of the affected vehicles on two occasions. The agency determined that manual transmission vehicles could exceed engine speeds of 2,300 RPM with the vehicle at rest when the throttle pedal was stuck in the depressed position. Automatic transmission vehicles, however, were not subject to the same high engine speeds. Investigators determined the manual trucks could be difficult to stop if they were caught on a down grade and were unable to downshift due to the stuck throttle. Navistar acknowledged the problem and is preforming Safety Recall 15V776. The recall relates only to manual transmission vehicles.

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Strick recalls more than 2,000 trailers


trick Trailers is recalling more than 2,000 trailers for issues with rear-impact guards, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents. Dry freight van trailers manufactured by Strick Trailers with model years 1998-2005 are affected by the recall. Rearimpact guards of affected trailers may not be strong enough to prevent a vehicle from traveling under a trailer in the event of a crash. This defect is in direct violation of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 223 titled “Rear Impact Guards.” Strick will notify owners and install reinforcements to the rearimpact guards, free of charge. Recalls are slated for January 2016. Strick Trailers customers can contact the company at 704-4362590.

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mandeep Kaur Bains, who was born in India, immigrated to the USA with her parents when she was only six months old. When Amandeep was only 12 years old, she suffered a great loss when her mother passed away. She continued her schooling and went to San Joaquin Valley college. She graduated in 2010 as medical assistant. She started working at Kohl’s and was the top sales person in 2012 for the region. During this time, her husband was working as a truck driver. For Amandeep, the family lifestyle didn’t fit because her husband was gone all the time and did not spend enough time with the family. That’s when her husband told her to join him in delivering products. After a few trips with him, Amandeep decided to take her CDL in Yuba City. “I remember being the only Punjabi women there with like 15 other guys. I remember being nervous of taking the written test and the 4 skill tests to pass. I passed all of them on my first try. I thank my husband for being my coach,” says Amandeep. “Soon after I received my license, I started working with my husband. A little later, I landed on a job working from Sacramento for about a year,” continues Amandeep. During that time, Amandeep and her husband had two beautiful children, Britesh Bains (son) and Angh Bains (daughter). Because she continued to work, Amandeep started missing her children, a difficult hurdle to endure. Says Amandeep, “It feels good that I’m making a difference in the trucking industry, that I’m out there delivering products that everyone needs. But when you are out on the road for a week at a time, you think, ‘Well I came back home?’ I always prayed before I put the truck into 1st gear for every trip.” She acknowledges that as a woman, she is probably more aware of her surroundings. When asked about her journey into the industry and where it has led her, Amandeep replied, “It led me to a great place because I have a stronger relationship with my husband, Jagmeet Bains. We’ve married now for 8 years and I because of what we do, we can understand each other much better. I don’t know what God has planned for us, but I’m thankful for my family and my health. I have great in-laws, a mother-in-law that is every daughter in-law’s dream.” 46

Amandeep currently works for DTL Transport. She met Lucky, owner of DTL, while delivering products and that’s when Lucky offered her a job. She accepted the job offer immediately and since then, Amandeep is even happier. She says, “The staff at DTL is wonderful and it’s a familyoriented company. It’s a great organization to work for.” Amandeep’s advice for females who may be hesitant in entering the transport industry is to always remain strong and dedicated. She also says, “Never lose hope and don’t feel intimidated. If women can go to the moon and back, why can’t we?” That sentence just makes driving an 18-wheeler seem like a piece of cake.


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US DOT Registration Process on line


ruck and bus companies, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers and cargo tank manufacturers operating in the U.S. now have a new online enrolment process that inspection and repair facilities use as new applications for U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) registration. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the Unified Registration System Dec. 12, and the first phase combines multiple ‘legacy’ reporting forms into a single, online form that it says will streamline the entire process, improve efficiency, reduce errors and fortify public safety. The system will be fully implemented in 2016 and will enable the FMCSA to better identify unfit carriers and detect unsafe truck and bus companies. The FMCSA also believes this new system will help reduce costs by approximately $9 million over a 10-year period.

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FMCSA proposed rule would mandate truck passengers use seat belts


notice of proposed rule making from FMCSA would require every passenger in a commercial motor vehicle to use a seat belt if one were installed. The notice, which was announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration today, is seeking public comment on the NPRM. The notice is expected to publish in the Federal Register on Dec. 10, with comments due within 45 days. In announcing the proposed rule, the agency noted that federal rules have long required all commercial drivers to use safety belts. The proposed rule would hold both trucking companies and commercial truck drivers responsible for ensuring that any passenger riding in the truck cab is also buckled up. The agency’s release stated that approximately 275 occupants of large trucks killed in crashes in 2013 were not wearing their safety belts, according to the most recently available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The question is: Of those 275 occupants, how many were codrivers in the bunk sleeping? How many sleeping co-drivers will be awoken by authorities checking to ensure the “cargo net” was being properly utilized? The rule making was issued in response to a 2013 petition filed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which requested that FMCSA require all occupants in a property-carrying commercial vehicle to restrain themselves with a seat belt when the vehicle is being driven. The discussion section of the proposed rule notes that FMCSA used the word “occupant” rather than passenger to clarify that the rule would apply to any person in the vehicle, including instructors, evaluators or any other personnel. The section also notes that the proposed requirement would be applicable only if there is a seat belt assembly installed in the vehicle.


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New Jersey Assembly seeks revenue from rest areas, service plazas


ill future recruiting advertisements read “No NYC and NJ”? New Jersey is one step closer to possibly tapping major highways to raise new revenue without raising taxes. The Assembly voted unanimously to advance an amended bill to direct the Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority to study and prepare separate reports on additional

opportunities to make money along the state’s three toll highways by providing new and better services at rest areas and service plazas. Services could include business, commercial or retail along the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway. “Every person who travels these highways is a potential customer,”


Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo, D-Atlantic, said in a news release. The bill, A801, was previously approved by the Legislature with near unanimous consent but Gov. Chris Christie issued a conditional veto. The governor’s action requires lawmakers to make changes to the bill in order to help ensure passage. Christie said in his veto message the state must strive to reduce the overall size and cost of government, and not just raise additional revenue. “I am proposing changes ... to examine the full range of potential benefits from additional private sector services, and in particular, cost-lowering measures,” Christie wrote. The agencies would be responsible for analyzing best practices at rest areas and service plazas in neighbouring states and investigating whether the authority is maximizing revenues from billboards, cellphone towers, and other advertising. The revised bill includes a provision to require the agencies to also find ways to lower costs. The toll roads would be given 12 months to submit their reports to state lawmakers and the governor. Assemblyman Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, said lawmakers must look for creative ways to increase revenue without burdening taxpayers. “Our current transportation infrastructure demands that we think outside the box to find new revenue sources to help meet our longterm needs,” Coughlin stated. The bill awaits Senate floor consideration before it can head back to the governor’s desk.


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New Standard for underride protection in rear end collisions

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he United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rule making Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, that focuses on upgrading the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards that address underride protection in light-vehicle crashes into the rear of trailers and semi-trailers. The proposed rule making continues the agency’s initiative to upgrade the standards for truck and trailer rear impact crash protection. Earlier this year, NHTSA published an advance notice of proposed rule making on rear underride crash protection and visibility conspicuity of single unit trucks. “A key component of DOT’s safety mission is ensuring that trucking, an essential element in our transportation system, operates not just efficiently, but safely,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Today’s proposal is another important step in that effort.” Most trailers and semitrailers are already required to have bars, known as rear impact guards, hanging down from the back of the trailer to prevent underride. To enhance underride protection, NHTSA proposes to require more robust rear impact guards on trailers and semitrailers. These more robust guards will improve underrride protection in higher speed crashes compared to current rear impact guards. FMVSS No. 223 (rear impact guards) and FMVSS No. 224 (rear impact protection) together address rear underride protection in crashes into trailers and semitrailers. NHTSA estimates that many new trailers sold in the United States subject to FMVSS Nos. 223 and 224 demonstrate compliance with the more stringent performance requirements under consideration. NHTSA estimates, on average, that the annual incremental material and fuel cost would be $13 million to ensure that all applicable future trailers and semitrailers in the U.S. fleet will be built to the more rigorous standards. “Robust trailer rear impact guards can significantly reduce the risk of death or injury to vehicle occupants in the event of a crash into the rear of a trailer or semitrailer,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “We’re always looking at ways to safeguard the motoring public, and today’s announcement moves us forward in our mission.” In excessive underride crashes, there is passenger compartment intrusion as the passenger vehicle underrides so far that the rear end of the struck vehicle enters the passenger compartment of the striking car. Passenger compartment intrusion can result in severe injuries and fatalities to occupants contacting the rear end of the struck vehicle. A rear impact guard prevents intrusion when it engages the smaller striking vehicle and stops it from sliding too far under the struck vehicle’s bed and chassis. This notice of proposed rule making would require trailer and semitrailer guards to remain in place and prevent passenger compartment intrusion in crashes of severities of up to 35 mph versus the current requirement of up to 30 mph.

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Volvo Announces Approval for Renewable Diesel Fuel


olvo Trucks North America announced Dec. 9 that it approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all its proprietary engines, becoming the first original equipment manufacturer to endorse the use of hydrocarbon renewable diesel fuel. “Environmental care is a core value of Volvo Trucks, and we are pleased to offer our customers another alternative fuel choice,” said Frank Bio, director of sales development, specialty vehicles and alternative fuels for Volvo Trucks North America. “Availability of renewable diesel fuel is growing in California and throughout the country. Renewable diesel meets the same ASTM D975 standard for petroleum diesel, making it a true ‘drop in’ fuel.” Renewable diesel fuel is a derivative of animal oils and fats called biomass feedstocks, and is made through a different process than conventional diesel, giving it a much lower cloud point, which improves the low temperature performance issues associated with traditional biodiesel. Volvo Trucks said the use of renewable diesel offers improvements to environmental impacts, as it reduces particulate matter for pre-EPA 2010 engines, requires less maintenance costs compared to other alternative fuels and that there is no warranty risk using the renewable energy source to power any Volvo model equipped with a Volvo engine.





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Safety is Important

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he United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has imposed a $1 million civil penalty on Harbor Freight Tools, an equipment importer, for failing to issue a timely recall of more than 800,000 after-market trailer light kits that violate federal safety standards. “Safety is the responsibility of everyone in the motor vehicle market, including equipment importers,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “It is essential for companies to act quickly when safety standards aren’t met; otherwise, we will fine those who put the public at risk.” Under terms of a consent order entered into with Harbor Freight Tools, the company agreed to pay the $1 million civil penalty and acknowledges that it failed to issue a recall, to notify owners and to file quarterly recall completion rates in a timely manner. The company imported and sold trailer light kits that did not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. After inquiries from NHTSA, Harbor Freight Tools acknowledged in October 2014 that certain light kits it imported and sold did not include rear side-marker lamps to improve night visibility, as required by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The company did not indicate its willingness to issue a recall until Dec. 16, 2014, and did not actually file notice of the recall until Feb. 26, 2015. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act requires companies to issue a recall within five days of discovering a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards. In addition, the company notified owners of the recall 21 days later than is required under NHTSA recall regulations, and filed its first quarterly report on recall completion 18 days late. “These deadlines exist so that safety issues are addressed and risks are removed from our roads quickly,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “Businesses covered by the Motor Vehicle Safety Act are required to meet those obligations, period.” Harbor Freight Tools will pay $400,000 in civil penalties now, with an additional $600,000 to come due if the company fails to perform its obligations under the consent order or the Safety Act. In addition to the civil penalties, the order requires Harbor Freight Tools to retain a third-party consultant to assist the company in its compliance program, to provide compliance test reports to NHTSA as requested and to authorize third-party testing laboratories the company uses to communicate directly with NHTSA.

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Stemco and Goodyear reach trademark agreement


Trailer Sales Strong in November

temco and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company officially reached a trademark license agreement Dec. 18. The agreement follows Stemco’s acquisition of the manufacturer of Goodyear® Air Springs for truck, trailer, truck cab suspension products and cab seat springs, and gives the company the authority to continue using Goodyear trademarks and brand names when marketing and selling the air springs product line. “Goodyear® Air Springs are regarded as the highest quality, most respected air springs in the commercial trucking industry,” said Todd Anderson, president of Stemco. “Continuing to use the brand name lets us maintain consistency and familiarity in the air springs market as the new supplier of these trusted products. We’re glad they are now part of the Stemco family.” In addition to Goodyear Air Springs, Stemco also acquired the manufacturer of Super Cushion and Spring Ride brands from ContiTech in July 2015. Stemco manufactures heavy-duty components and solutions for the commercial vehicle market, with offices in Canada, China, Mexico and various U.S. states.


ccording to ACT Research, the robust order season for U.S. trailers continued in November with an 18% gain over the previous month and 10% from a year ago. “It can be difficult to fully appreciate the strength of trailer orders in the past two years, with six of the industry’s top 10 strongest order months having occurred since October 2014,” said Frank Maly, director of CV transportation analysis and research at ACT. “That strength helped generate an order board stretching well into 2016, but it is also a cause for concern, which comes from an apparent CV market imbalance. Although the trailer market continues at a solid pace, the tractor market has registered a noticeable slowdown in orders, and considered in tandem, this disconnect is somewhat disconcerting.” Maly said the majority of November’s growth were from dry vans, which were up 47% month to month and 33% from the year prior. “Additionally, orders strong enough to generate backlog growth will be the best indication of industry health at year-end,” he said. “Large fleets continue to drive the trailer market, while vocational segments continue to be challenged. The total trailer market is on target to post one of its best years in history.” ACT publishes new and used commercial vehicle industry data, market analysis and forecasting.

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US DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations

US DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations

AmrIkw dy trWsport ifpwrtmYNt v`loN fr`g Aqy Srwb tYst krn sbMDI inXm When did the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing regulations come into effect? The DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations were set on February 15, 1994 for all the employees that were working under the jurisdiction of all DOT agencies. All concerned parties were required to comply by January 1, 1996. Which employee’s need to get drug tested? Any driver who drives a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) is subject to the drug testing regulations if the vehicle requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This applies to any vehicle that: - Has a gross vehicle rating or gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more OR - Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver OR - Is transporting hazardous materials requiring placards. Does a part-time, intermittent or back up driver need to follow these regulations too? Yes regardless of how frequent the driver drives if they fall under the above category then the regulations apply to them. Do these regulations apply even though the driver only drives intrastate? Yes, if the driver drives within the state or travels outside the state they still have to follow these regulations. Who is exempt from these regulations? The regulations do not apply to any individual who is exempt from requiring a CDL, including military personnel and certain farmers and emergency responders. What type of tests is a driver required to go through? There are several different types of tests that a driver could be required to take including the following: - Pre-employment drug testing: performed before a driver starts any safety sensitive functions. The company must maintain a negative drug test results before a driver can drive a CMV. - Reasonable-suspicion testing: If a trained supervisor has reasonable suspicion that a driver has violated the drug or alcohol rules then the driver has to go for this testing. - Random testing: every driver is required to be part of a random drug test pool. Once the driver is informed about being selected for a random test, he/she should report for the test immediately. For drug testing: 50% of the drivers in a pool must be tested in a 12 month period For alcohol: 10% of the drivers in a pool must be tested in a 12 month period. - Post-accident testing: If a driver is involved in an accident the JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016

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US DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations following chart shows the situations where testing is required. The driver must report for the alcohol test within 8 hours and the drug test with 32 hours. Type of Accident involved Citation issued to the Driver? Test Required? Involves human fatality Yes Yes No Yes Involves bodily injury with treatment Yes Yes away from accident scene Disabling damage to any Yes Yes motor vehicle (requires towing) - Return-to-duty testing: If a driver fails a test or violates the rules then the driver is required complete the education and/or treatment required specified by a substance abuse professional. Once the driver is ready to return to duty they must complete this test. If a driver is off work and wants to come back to work again then they will not do the return-to-duty test, they will have to complete the pre-employment test. What must the driver never do? For Alcohol, the driver must not have an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater, or have consumed alcohol within 4 hours prior to starting work. For Drugs, the driver must not report to duty if have used any prohibited substances or they have refused to submit to any DOTrequired test. What specific drugs are tested for during the drug testing? The following drugs or classes of drugs are tested during a drug test: - Marijuana - Cocaine - Opiates - Phencyclidine - Amphetamines. Does an owner operator also have to follow the drug and alcohol testing regulations? Yes the rules are not any different for owner operators, if the individual drives a CMV, then they have to follow the regulations. If the driver works for 2 or more employers, can he/she be just in one random pool? No, the driver must in the pool of each employer who the driver works for. What must the driver do if he is tested positive for drugs and or alcohol test? The individual has to be evaluated by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). Then the driver must comply with all the recommended treatments. After the treatments the driver will be re-evaluated by the SAP and after the evaluation if the SAP allows the driver to return to work then he must pass a return to duty test prior to starting again. What are some of the common violations carriers commit? - Having a driver drive before receiving their negative preemployment test results - Not testing drivers at the required random rate - Not having a testing program in place - Not having a random testing program in place - Failing to conduct post-accident testing in the prescribed time frame Where can I get more information on regulations relating to the drug testing for drivers? You can call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839 if you need more assistance in following the regulations. JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016

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