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Editor’s Note - sMpwdkI

Happy New Year!

Dilbag (Ron) Dhaliwal

We 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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s the new year unfolds, there are those few business owner/operator trucker. prognosticators who seem to have their eyes The advent of a carbon tax in Canada is going to provide a stimulus for alternative ways and means of powering vehicles. firmly fixed on the future and know it all. The Using common sense, taxing carbon is akin to taxing sleep, but world seems to be full of those who can only then I don’t want to give the sitting governments any ideas on new see what is present and project the present as the revenue sources. Virtually everything we see, touch, hear, taste future. They protest, they scream, they yell, and they claim they see and smell is made of carbon, including the earth itself. We humans the future. But the reality is they don’t have a clue, any more than are carbon. So taxing carbon must make infinite sense to money the rest of us. They insult the rest of us who struggle with common hungry governments. Taxing sanity, not so much. Notwithstanding, sense progression and in so doing stymie the progression they say the carbon tax is upon us and it’s going to cause a great they’re promoting. deal of challenges and solutions to minimize the effects OK, I’ll try to jump off the soap box and get to the subject at hand. I don’t have a crystal ball and can only predict of said carbon tax. Will taxing carbon change the world? based on my common sense thinking and with some of the The jury is still out on that issue but I seriously have my knowledge of what people are planning to present in the doubts any perceived problem worthy of government “fixing” could be better solved with plain old common immediate, short term and long term. Believe me, I don’t sense, which seems to be in short supply. know it all – I have no illusions about my prognostication One of the biggest newsmakers has been innovations skills because they are nothing short of non-existent. in trucks. The Nikola One utilizes a fully electric I deal almost strictly in the transportation industry and drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries. if you break it down a little further, the trucking sector G. Ray Gompf Energy will be supplied on-the-go by a hydrogen fuel specifically with special emphasis on the needs of the small 8

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What’s new for trucks and trailers in 2017 cell giving the Nikola One a range of 800 to 1,200 miles while delivering over 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 lb-ft of torque, which is nearly double that of any semi-truck on the road today. Never has a production model class 8 truck achieved best-in-class fuel efficiency while also dramatically improving performance over its diesel competition – all with zero-emissions. Nikola has a production model and will be delivering to customers in 2017. Can you imagine going up the Smasher or Fancy Gap and not even dropping a gear while grossed out at 80,000 with no fuel carbon footprint? Tax that! One of the selling points - and I’m not so sure it isn’t corporate hype - on the Autonomous Truck is that it will be much more fuel efficient than any human controlled truck, perhaps as much as ten percent better. While a ten percent efficiency improvement may well be even the low side of reality, will the Autonomous Truck simply be the VCR of the truck world to be replaced by a Bluetooth version before running out its life cycle? Moving on, Swift Transportation plans to begin equipping FlowBelow Aero Inc.’s Tractor AeroKit tandem axle aerodynamics package on its company trucks, with the initial deployment of the kits through 2017 expected to account for approximately 40% of the TL carrier’s company trucks. Again, these improvements in aero dynamics will only offer minuscule improvements in fuel efficiency as a result of drag, certainly the return on investment will offer a fairly short pay off. A new fairing design is also in the works that will completely close off the “gap”. The gap represents possibly 20% of the drag on the combination of a tractor and trailer. Fairings have lessened the drag to some degree. Products like EcoTabs have had significant effect on gap drag but this new fairing concept will eliminate gap drag. While there are those studying and improving drag ratios that will improve fuel efficiency, there are engineers working furiously to improve the efficiency of the driveline itself. Engines are vastly improved in efficiency over the same engines of a mere decade ago. Smaller engines producing more horsepower – who knew! Alternative fuels are gaining ground but these are still mostly fossil fuels. Then there are the tried and true fossil fuels and those being supplemented with more sustainable fuels. The results however are still carbon releasing. Canada is one of the few counties in the world with vast forests, the carbon sinks of the world, to the point where we have the ability to naturally produce more oxygen than we create carbon. Moving to the roads themselves, there are new pavements having already been invented that will save 80% to the costs of building roads over the methodologies used today, yet provide a stronger more environmentally friendly, more fuel efficient surface over which tires can perform and even last much longer. The problem being that governments are slow to react to new methodologies and are prone to lobbying efforts of those who wish not to see improvements. This new pavement process will be decades away from common usage but eventually will happen. Efficiency is about to become the new buzz word. Efficiency at every level of the supply chain in the future will make us look extremely wasteful today. Communications will dramatically be different. Shippers will find the most efficient methodology of getting their goods to customers, rather than the efficient methodology of going looking for the shipper with product to move. This is going to be the most earth-shattering paradigm shift in thinking. Capacity and freight 10

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What’s new for trucks and trailers in 2017 will be matched much more efficiently with better software and improved communications. XYpper.com is already a world leader in this approach. I believe the industry seems to have difficulty embracing new technology, sort of “why fix it, it isn’t broken” attitude. It’s apparent change will occur and the sooner one changes the faster one will benefit. It also seems that everything is coming at a faster pace than ever before so there is lots of confusion, misconception and hesitancy. The old tracking systems are based on CDMA technology which is fast approaching its end and will become obsolete sooner than anyone can imagine. All telco’s, in bed with the big solution providers, are scrambling to adopt the new GSM smart phone technology because they know CDMA will end but are not saying when as not to create a panic. It’s not a question of when, but rather it’s how and with whom. So, to sum my prognostications up for this year: • The industry will be staying the course on improving aerodynamics. Fairing improvements, side skirt improvement, and Eco-tab usage. • Improvements in fuel efficiency will continue. • Alternative fuels will gain usage to lessen the impact on fossil fuel dependency. • Drivelines will continue to be improved for efficiency. • Carbon tax will have significant effect on both the operating costs of transportation and the costs goods and services provided to all of us with no appreciable gains to humanity. • Urban center transportation services will utilize all-electric solutions for motive power. • Communications will continue to improve. • New and better pavement solutions will start to be seen.

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Negative Equity nYgyitv AYikautI mYnUM bhuq swrIAW nYgyitv AYikautIAW dy kysW dy hwlwq nwL have been encountering more and more situations of swhmxw krnw ipAw hY[ies leI mYN smiJAw ik ieh ivSw bhuq negative equity lately, and think this subject needs to be icMqw vwLw hY ies leI ies ‘qy roSnI pwauxI cwhIdI hY[ nYgyitv highlighted as it is a growing concern. Negative equity AYikautI aus nUM kihMdy hn jdoN iksy AYst Bwv cIz dI kImq aus is when as asset has a lower value than a loan or lease rkm nwloN Gt jwvy ijMnI aus ‘qy LIz hY jW ijMnw aus ‘qy krzw taken on that asset. For example, a truck that is worth ilAw hoieAw[imswl vjoN ie`k tr`k ijs dI kImq 50,000 fwlr $50,000 has a lease on it owing $75,000. If that person wants to hY ‘qy 75,000 fwlr dI lIz Bwv rkm dyxI bxdI hY[jy tr`k dw sell the truck, there will be a $25,000 difference that needs to be mwlk tr`k vycxw cwhy qW 25,000 fwlr aus nUM aus bYNk jW iv`qI made up to the bank or financing institution. sMsQw nUM dyxw pvygw ijs ny aus nUM krzw id`qw sI[ How does negative equity happen? It can happen in a number nYgyitv AYikautI iks qrHW huMdI hY? ieh keI kwrnW krky of ways, but a very common way is to not put down enough of ho skdI hY[pr ies dw mu~K kwrn huMdw hY ik SurU ‘c bhuqI a down payment from the start. Trucks and cars lose value of fwaU n py m Y N t nw dyxw[nvIN kwr jW tr`k jdoN hI sVk ‘qy Aw jWdy 20-30% the day they drive off the lot brand new. If zero down is hn, au s y smy N aunHW dI kImq 20-30% Gt jWdI hY[ jy iksy given on a finance, then the vehicle is now worth much less than PweInYNs ‘qy zIro fwaUn pymYNt id`qI hoeI hY qW aus smyN vhIkl dI the loan. kImq aus au`qy pey lon qoN vI bhuq G`t rih jWdI hY[ Sometimes an asset can drop suddenly in value. If interest keI vwr ies qrHW vI huMdw hY ik iksy srmwey jW cIz dI kImq rates rise, assets such as stocks, bonds and real estate typically Acwnk Gt jWdI hY[jy ivAwj dI dr vD jwvy qW stOk bONf Aqy drop in value. Sometimes it’s something out of our control. A rIAl AYstyt dI kImq Gt jWdI hY[ies qrHW keI vwr ieh swfy good example of real estate was the leaky condo crisis in the v`s ‘c vI nhIN huMdw[ies dI ie`k audwhrx hY 1990 ‘c ibRitS 1990’s in British Columbia. Condominiums were built using kolMbIAw ‘c lIkI ( coNdy) kONfoAW dy sMkt dI[ieh kONfomInIAm California plans that did not account for the amounts of heavy kYlIPonIAw plYn dy Anuswr bxwey gey sn ijhVy bI sI dy d`Kx rainfall on the southern west coast of BC, and properties were p`CmI kost ‘qy BwrI mINh dw mukwblw nhIN kr sky[ies qrHW ieh damaged and leaking. The repairs to each owner were well in to mkwn cox l`g pey Aqy Krwb ho gey[hr ie`k mwlk nUM ies dI 6 figures. These people had a mortgage to pay and now a repair murMmq krvwaux leI l`K fwlr q`k Krcw krnw pYxw sI[ienHW assessment almost as the large as the mortgage. The value of the dy mwlkW dy isr ‘qy ij`Qy mwrgyj KVHI sI au`Qy murMmq leI vI properties dropped due to the leaks, and huge repairs owing, and kwPI pYsy dI loV sI[ienHW pRwprtIAW dI kImq Gt geI Aqy ieh were nowhere near the amounts owed. A lot of people had to mwrgyz dI leI rkm dy nyVy qyVy vI nhIN sI[bhuq swry lokW v`loN claim bankruptcy because they could not afford to get out of this idvwlw k`F id`qw ikauN ik auh nYgyitv AYikautI dI hwlq ‘coN nhIN negative equity situation. nhIN inkl skdy sn[ One client called me and told me he wanted a luxury car and myry ie`k klwieMt ny mYnUM sMprk kIqw Aqy ikhw ik auh offered his existing vehicle as a trade. A trade value was ie`k lgzrI kwr KRIdxI cwhuMdw hY Aqy aus ny tRyf leI assessed. We requested the bank payout on the trade and bdly ‘c AwpxI hux vwLI kwr dyx leI ikhw[ tRyf vYlXU there was a difference of over $14,000. The client had dw AMdwzw lwieAw igAw[AsIN bYNk kol phuMc kIqI jdoN no money, so guess what? He also got no luxury car. He ik Prk qkrIbn 14,000 fwlr dw sI[klwieMt kol dyx was upset and I had to explain to him that the person who leI koeI pYsw nhIN sI[ies leI soco kI ho skdw sI? did his original deal needs to be spoken to. No down aus dI kwr koeI lgzrI kwr vI nhIN sI[ auh bVw inrws payment was taken and the length of the loan was so hoieAw[mYN aus nUM ikhw ik ijs ivAkqI nwL pihlW long that it created negative equity. A lot of dealerships fIl sbMDI g`l kIqI aus nwL g`l krnI cwhIdI hY[koeI encounter this situation. Due to the person that did the vI fwaUn pymYNt nhIN mMgI geI pr krzy dI h`d ieMnI original deal incorrectly, a vehicle will not be leaving Pash Brar lMbI sI ik ieh nYgyitv AYikautI bx geI[bhuq swrIAW their lot and they lose a sale. So now the client is mad, fIlriS`pW nUM ieho ijhy hwlwq dw swhmxw krnw pYNdw hY[ijs sylz prsn ny pihlW glq fIl kIqI sI vhIkl - Pash Brar B.A. au`Qy hI KVHI rhI Aqy ies qrHW ie`k syl vI Krwb ho geI[hux Pash is a mobile leasing representative with Auto One Leasing LP in Vancouver. She ie`k pwsy qW myrw klwieMt gu`sy ‘c hY dUjy pwsy ijnHW dI kwr nhIN has a banking, collections and accounting background. She specializes in importing vehicles and trailers from the USA. ivkI auh fIlriSp vwLy duKI hoey[ies leI hux ieh ivAkqI

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Negative Equity the dealership is mad and so is the person doing the new finance. All have lost something due to someone else’s initial inefficiency. One trucker took over one of my trailer leases. He brought his wife along when signing. She told me that the previous person they had dealt with was dishonest and would not talk to her or her husband and she wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again. I asked what happened and they explained they had another trailer they were trying to sell. I asked for the year, make and model and knew the sale price range when they told me. They told me the payout of the loan and it was about 13,000 more than the value of that trailer. I asked if they were aware of this and that they would be taking a loss. This couple said that’s why they were so upset by the previous person that did their deal. He did their deal incorrectly and now they were in negative equity and would be taking a loss. That person does not return their calls and is extremely rude to the couple.

Cash back incentives or rolling in to longer terms will still leave you in negative equity. This is very common practice in the United States from car dealerships. They are taking in vehicles which already have negative equity as trades and giving them a new vehicle and adding the negative value to the new vehicle. The people are drawn in by cash back incentives and long terms of 72 months and longer. When looking at numbers and seeing all the new car sales it would appear the economy is doing great, when in reality it’s a big misconception. It’s putting people already in a negative equity situation in to an even worse negative equity situation. They go from owing more than the trade vehicle was worth, to owing even more on a new vehicle, and again more than the vehicle is worth. Their situation went from bad to worse. To avoid negative equity situations there are a few things you can do. One is know who you’re dealing with. If there are a lot of unhappy people who are taking losses that have all dealt with the same person, avoid that person. Know the values of what asset you are acquiring. Don’t over pay and look at the value of that asset as it ages. For example, a trailer generally goes down in value about 10% a year. If you 16

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Negative Equity plan on using it for 3 years and know what a 3 year old trailer of that value sells for, you can plan your loan. You know that your loan needs to be less than that 3 year value. You can plan this with your lender. Shortening a term can help avoid negative equity. For example if you put zero down on a new truck but pay it off in 2 years, then negative equity may happen in the first few months, but will quickly dissipate as the asset is paid off rapidly. Too long a deal will lead to negative equity. Putting a down payment on an asset that equals its decrease in value is also a great way to ensure you are never in negative equity. So if buying a new trailer, put 10% down to equal the drop in value or 20-30% down on a new truck or car. This allows you to have a longer term and lower payment later, but you pay more up front at the beginning. Selling or trading your equipment or any assets should not add stress. If you want to sell something that has an existing lease or any type of loan on it, there should not be tension. If your deal was done correctly, your asset should be worth more than your loan payout and you will get a nice cheque or credit towards the sale of a new asset. If you do find yourself in a negative equity situation, be prepared to take a loss, to keep the asset until it’s paid off, or discuss your options with your financial advisor to see what can be done to alleviate the situation.

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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 20

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US DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations 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 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 Involves human fatality Involves bodily injury with treatment away from accident Disabling damage to any motor vehicle (requires towing)

Citation issued to the Driver? Test Required? Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes

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- 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. 22

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US DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations 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.

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wo transportation modes – rail and air – carried more U.S. freight by value with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico in September 2016 compared to September 2015 as total freight on all modes decreased 2.3 percent to $91.1 billion in current dollars, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The total value of cross-border freight has declined from the same month of the previous year in 20 of the past 21 months beginning in January 2015 with only an increase of 0.7 percent in August 2016. Freight by Mode The value of commodities moving by rail and air increased 8.0 percent and 3.4 percent respectively, while the value of freight carried on other modes decreased: truck, 3.8 percent; pipeline, 5.2 percent and vessel, 6.8 percent. Trucks carried 64.7 percent of U.S.-NAFTA freight and continued to be the most heavily utilized mode for moving goods to and from both U.S.-NAFTA partners. Trucks accounted for $30.1 billion of the $48.8 billion of imports (61.7 percent) and $28.9 billion of the $42.4 billion of exports (68.1 percent). Rail remained the second largest mode by value, moving 26

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Desi News 15.9 percent of all U.S.-NAFTA freight, followed by vessel, 5.4 percent; pipeline, 4.9 percent; and air, 4.1 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 85.5 percent of the total value of U.S.-NAFTA freight flows. U.S.-Canada Freight From September 2015 to September 2016, the value of U.S.Canada freight flows fell 4.4 percent to $46.2 billion mainly due to decreases in the value of goods moved by vessel and pipeline. All modes of transportation except rail carried a lower value of U.S.-Canada freight than a year earlier. Trucks carried 59.6 percent of the value of the freight to and from Canada. Rail carried 16.4 percent followed by pipeline, 9.0 percent; air, 5.1 percent; and vessel, 2.9 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 85.0 percent of the value of total U.S.-Canada freight flows. U.S.-Mexico Freight From September 2015 to September 2016, the value of U.S.Mexico freight decreased 0.04 percent to $44.9 billion despite four modes of transportation – pipeline, rail, air, and vessel – carrying a higher value of U.S.-Mexico freight than a year earlier. Truck, which accounts for 69.9 percent of the value of freight to and from Mexico, was down 4.0 percent. Freight carried by pipeline increased by 15.3 percent, rail by 12.9 percent, air by 10.9 percent, and vessel by 7.1 percent. Rail carried 15.4 percent of the value of freight to and from Mexico followed by vessel, 7.9 percent; air, 3.1 percent; and pipeline, 0.8 percent. The surface transportation modes of truck, rail and pipeline carried 86.1 percent of the value of total U.S.Mexico freight flows.

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So, the initial nagging question was whether the fuel efficiency targets could be met. The results were staggering. The team of Cummins and Peterbilt built a SuperTruck that gave a 20% increase in engine efficiency, 76% increase in freight efficiency, resulting in a whopping 10.7 miles per gallon average rating! Freightliner, a division of Daimler, had an impressive 115% increase in freight efficiency and averaged 12.2 miles per gallon. The remaining two teams, Navistar and Volvo are also on track to surpass expectations.

We had a chance to chat with the Volvo team to gain more in-depth knowledge about their SuperTruck Program. The manufacturer’s PR team also sent some great online materials for our perusal. According to Volvo, their first challenge was to build a tractor trailer combination that had an efficient chassis and was ultra aerodynamic. Rather than using generic materials, carbon fibre was used on the entire roof, hood, and side fairing – not only is carbon much lighter, but it’s also stronger. Volvo is also working on developing new materials with similar properties but at a much lower cost. Next, their SuperTruck partner, Ridge Corp, developed trailer add-on aerodynamic devices made of composite materials in order to meet the desired durability and stiffness without compromising payload capacity. Moving on, rather than using steel, the entire chassis of the SuperTruck is made of aluminum; only the bolts holding it together are steel. Volvo’s aluminum chassis is almost half the weight of traditional steel and has the greatest impact on the vehicle weight. Thanks to a much lower weight and aerodynamic drag, Volvo’s SuperTruck required a lot less engine power. Rather than using the baseline D13 engine, a D11 engine was more than sufficient. This downsizing yielded further weight reduction. Overall, with all these changes, Volvo’s SuperTruck’s weight was reduced by 3,200 pounds. Like Volvo, other manufacturers are using state-ofthe-art technology to make sure their SuperTrucks are impressive. If what we’ve seen so far is any indication, they’ll be more than just impressive. SuperTrucks are here Jag Dhatt to stay!


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riverTech announced it will be re-entering the direct sales market for mobile communications with its DT4000 mobile device and FleetWatcher fleet management system. According to the company, more than 500 fleets use DriverTech’s software and rely on DriverTech’s Tier 1 Network Operating Center (NOC) to keep their trucks in communications with fleet managers. DriverTech also announced the addition of industry veteran Steve Sanderson to its team as the National director of sales. “Steve is known by fleets across the industry as a trusted advisor based on his many years at Teletrac, Rand McNally, Lytx and SmartDrive. We look forward to his sales leadership and deep knowledge of

the industry,” said Mark Haslam, president and CEO. “I’m thrilled to be a part of DriverTech. Their customers love the technology and hands on approach to service. I’m really

looking forward to showcasing the amazing advancements they’ve made to their DT4000 in-cab device, FleetWatcher portal and ecosystem of third party integrations,” said Steve Sanderson. “This is a critical decision for any transportation company and we spent a significant amount of time reviewing technology partners. Throughout our

extended relationship with DriverTech, they have proven their dedication to advancing their technology and reliability standards while maintaining the agility and flexibility we feel is an essential characteristic for any Roehl technology partner. DriverTech is now the standard platform across our entire fleet,” said John Paape, vice president of technology and CIO of Roehl Transport. DriverTech has made multiple recent additions to its software including: • WorkFlow integrations with leading transportation management software providers • Fleet-managed Truck Safe Navigation • Rollover stability system event detection with critical event reporting • Navistar OnCommand and Cummins Connected Diagnostics

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FMCSA Holds with 25% For Random Testing

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he U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25 percent for 2017. FMCSA regulations require that truck and bus companies that employ commercial driver’s licensed drivers conduct random drug and alcohol tests upon these individuals at a nationally prescribed percentage, which is informed by the results of an annual survey. “For the safety of everyone traveling on our highways and roads, no driver should ever get behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” said FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling. “Commercial motor vehicle companies must comply with the crucial safety responsibility of conducting rigorous drug and alcohol testing programs for all of their CDL drivers.” For 2016, FMCSA lowered the minimum annual drug testing rate from 50 percent to 25 percent following three consecutive calendar years (2011, 2012, 2013) of drug testing data received in the Management Information System survey, which indicated that the positive rate for controlled substances was less than one percent. FMCSA conducts the MIS survey to ensure compliance with the set testing rates. According to federal regulations, when the data received in the MIS for two consecutive calendar years indicates that the positive rate for controlled substances is less than one percent, the FMCSA Administrator has the discretion to lower the annual testing rate to a minimum of 25 percent of a carriers’ driver positions. If, however, at any time the positive rate for controlled substances exceeds one percent, the testing rate will automatically revert upward to 50 percent. “We will continue to monitor the data closely, and should the positive rate for drug use rise above the one percent threshold in the upcoming 2015 survey, the national random testing rate requirement will be immediately increased to 50 percent,” said Darling. FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Testing

Survey measures the percentage of CDL drivers who test positive for drugs and/ or alcohol, as a result of random and non-random (i.e., pre-employment, postcrash, and reasonable suspicion/followup) testing. In 2014, FMCSA required carriers to randomly test 50 percent of their CDL drivers for drugs and 10 percent of their CDL drivers for alcohol. According to the survey, for random drug and alcohol testing conducted in 2014 (the most recent data available):

The estimated positive usage rate for drugs in 2014 was 0.9 percent. For 2012 and 2013, the estimated positive usage rate for drugs was estimated to be 0.6 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively. The estimated violation rate for alcohol usage (the percentage of drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.04 or higher) in 2014 was 0.08 percent. For 2012 and 2013, the alcohol usage violation rates were 0.03 percent and 0.09 percent, respectively.

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ATA strengthening transportation security without undermining economic security

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FMCSA Establishes National drug and alcohol clearing house

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he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers. The clearinghouse database will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license holders. “An overwhelming majority of the nation’s freight travels by truck, and millions of passengers reach their destinations by bus, so creating a central, comprehensive, and searchable database of commercial motor vehicle drivers who violate federal drug and alcohol testing requirements has been a departmental priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This system will be a new technological tool that will make our roads safer.” Once the clearinghouse is established, motor carrier employers will be required to query the system for information concerning current or prospective employees who have unresolved violations of the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations that prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle. It also requires employers and medical review officers to report drug and alcohol testing program violations. The drug and alcohol clearinghouse final rule annual net benefits are an estimated $42 million, with crash reductions resulting from annual and pre-employment queries by FMCSAregulated motor carriers. “This is a major safety win for the general public and the entire commercial motor vehicle industry,” said FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling. “The clearinghouse will allow carriers across the country to identify current and prospective drivers who have tested positive for drugs or alcohol, and employ those who drive drug- and alcohol-free. Drivers who test positive for drugs or alcohol will no longer be able to conceal those test results from employers and continue to drive while posing a safety risk to the driving public.” The final rule requires motor carriers, medical review officers, third-party administrators, and substance abuse professionals to 44

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Desi News report information about drivers who: Test positive for drugs or alcohol Refuse drug and alcohol testing; and Undergo the return-to-duty drug and alcohol rehabilitation process. Additionally, motor carriers will be required to annually search the clearinghouse for current employees. During the pre-employment process for prospective employees, a search is required to determine whether a driver violated drug or alcohol testing requirements with a different employer that would prohibit them from operating a CMV. Federal safety regulations require employers to conduct pre-employment drug testing and random drug and alcohol testing. Motor carriers are prohibited from allowing employees to perform safety-sensitive functions, which include operating a CMV, if the employee tests positive on a DOT drug or alcohol test. In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a), a driver must grant consent before an employer can request access to that driver’s clearinghouse record and before FMCSA can release the driver’s clearinghouse record to an employer. After registering with the clearinghouse a driver can review his or her information at no cost. Congress directed FMCSA to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse as mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The national drug and alcohol clearinghouse Final Rule goes into effect on January 4, 2017, with a compliance date of January 2020.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Recommends Driving Mode Phones

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he U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released proposed guidelines today to help address driver distraction caused by mobile and other electronic devices in vehicles. Today’s announcement covers the second phase of voluntary guidelines to address driver distraction on U.S. roads. The first phase focused on devices or systems built into the vehicle at the time of manufacture. “As millions of Americans take to the roads for holiday gatherings, far too many are put at risk by drivers who are distracted by their cellphones,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.”These commonsense guidelines, grounded in the best research available, will help designers of mobile devices build products that cut down on distraction on the road.” The proposed, voluntary guidelines are designed to encourage portable and aftermarket electronic device developers to design products that, when used while driving, reduce the potential for driver distraction. The guidelines encourage manufacturers to implement features such as pairing, where a portable device is linked to a vehicle’s infotainment system, as well as Driver Mode, which is a simplified user interface. Both pairing and Driver Mode will reduce the potential for unsafe driver distraction by limiting the time a driver’s eyes are off the road, while at the same time preserving the full functionality of these devices when they are used at other times. “NHTSA has long encouraged drivers to put down their phones and other devices, and just drive,” said NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind. “With driver distraction one of the factors behind the rise of traffic fatalities, we are committed to working with the industry to ensure that mobile devices are designed to keep drivers’ eyes where they belong — on the road.” The agency is seeking public comments on its proposed guidelines. Comments can be made here. NHTSA continues to urge the driving public to take the following safety precautions to minimize distraction while driving: 46

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Desi News Be a safe, distraction-free driver, put your cell phone down and focus on the road; When using electronic devices for directions, set the destination prior to driving;

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Speak up when you’re a passenger and your driver uses an electronic device while driving. Offer to call or text for the driver, so his or her full attention stays on the driving task; and Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts are the best defense against other unsafe drivers.

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“Most Wanted List”

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his year’s 10 Most Wanted are: 1. Eliminate distractions. NTSB encourages federal agencies and lawmakers to tighten distraction regulations for all modes of transportation. 2. Reduce fatigue-related accidents. The key to achieving this goal is finding and treating fatiguerelated medical issues and knowing the fatiguing effects of medications, according to the NTSB. For trucking, this will likely mean continued action on regulations to require sleep apnea testing. 3. Prevent loss of control in flight in general aviation. Loss of control is the biggest killer in general aviation. 4. Improve rail transit safety oversight. NTSB cites ineffective safety oversight as a contributing factor in many rail transit accidents. 5. End alcohol and other drug impairment in transportation. The board emphasizes that every transportation death caused by alcohol or other drug impairment is preventable and calls for new laws, increased enforcement and better public education to eliminate impaired operation in all modes of transportation. 6. Increase implementation of collision avoidance technologies. Collision avoidance technologies are currently available and can provide a lifesaving safety net for truck drivers and rail operators. 7. Expand record use to enhance safety. Use of data records, such as trucking’s newly mandated electronic logging devices, allows operators to identify and correct unsafe operations, according to NTSB. They can also be used to help investigators determine the cause of an accident. 8. Require medical fitness. NTSB seeks both public and private policies to ensure the medical fitness of safety-critical 48

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“Most Wanted List” transportation personnel. 9. Strengthen occupant protection. Occupant protection involves proper use of seat belts but also technology and systems to prevent injuries from post-crash fires and debris. 10. Ensure the safe shipment of hazardous materials. This priority is aimed at rail, which is increasingly used to ship hazardous materials, and air, which is subject to dangers posed by lithium batteries. “Safety is not a destination but a continuing journey, and our efforts to improve safety must never stop,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart. “It takes a concentrated effort by the industry, government and private citizens to save lives.”

DAT Trendlines Report As expected, the number of available loads on the spot truckload freight market surged last week compared to the previous week, which was shortened by the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a DAT Trendlines report. Less expected was the unseasonably high number of loads posted to the DAT network of load boards during the week ending Dec. 3: a 64% jump in the number of available loads compared to a 13% increase in the number of posted trucks. The spot van load-to-truck ratio is the highest since June 2014; the refrigerated ratio is at its highest since March 2015: Van L/T: 4.7 (up 61%) Reefer L/T: 8.2 (up 36%) Flatbed L/T: 18.8 (up 27%) With demand on the upswing, rates rose across all three equipment types: Vans: $1.74/mile, up 8 cents Reefers: $1.96/mile, up 1 cent Flatbeds: $1.91/mile, up 2 cents Those rates include a fuel surcharge. The average price of on-highway diesel gained 2.4% compared to the previous week at $2.48/gallon. Van Loads Soar: The number of van load posts soared 80% and truck posts increased 11% week over week. Spot van rates stayed strong in key regional markets: Chicago, $2.09/mile, unchanged Dallas, $1.57/mile, up 2 cents Charlotte, $2.02/mile, up 5 cents Buffalo, N.Y., $2.12/mile, up 10 cents Los Angeles, $2.16/mile, down 3 cents Reefers Cooling: Reefer load posts were up 49% last week and truck posts increased 9%. With holiday produce on the move, the national average rate for November was 6 cents higher than October’s average.

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Nikola Motor Company Unveils Electric Semi-Truck

inkolw motr kMpnI ny pyS kIqw nvW ielYkitRk tr`k Nikola Motor Company unveiled its highly anticipated Nikola One electric semi-truck its Salt Lake City headquarters. The event is attended by more than 600 members of the media, industry partners, customers and government leaders. The Nikola One utilizes a fully electric drivetrain powered by high-density lithium batteries. Energy will be supplied onthe-go by a hydrogen fuel cell giving the Nikola One a range of 800 – 1,200 miles while delivering over 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 ft. lbs. of torque – nearly double that of any semitruck on the road. Never has a production model class 8 truck achieved best-in-class fuel efficiency while also dramatically improving performance over its diesel competition – all with zero-emissions. The Nikola One leasing program will include unlimited hydrogen fuel, warranty and scheduled maintenance during a 72-month term. To date, Nikola Motor Company has accepted

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reservations totaling nearly three billion dollars in future orders. Nikola Manufacturing Plant & Hydrogen Stations “Nikola will build a world-class advanced manufacturing facility which will create thousands of new jobs,” said Nikola Founder and CEO Trevor Milton. Nikola is currently in discussions with several states to decide who to partner with in its effort to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels, advance green energy and revolutionize the trucking industry. The location of the Nikola Motor manufacturing facility will be

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Desi News determined in the first half of 2017. At the launch event, Milton also unveiled Nikola’s plan for a network of Nikola hydrogen fuelling stations across the US and Canada. Nikola plans to begin construction of its hydrogen fuelling stations in January 2018. Nationwide Sales, Service and Warranty At this evening’s event, Nikola Motor Company announced Ryder System, Inc. as its exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider. Ryder has a network of over 800 service locations in North America today. Commenting on the new strategic partnership, Ryder’s President of Global Fleet Management Solutions, Dennis for oursaid, dedicated Company Cooke “We commend Nikola for its leadership in zero-emission vehicles, and for its decision to partner with Ryder as their exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider. This relationship is key to expanding our advanced vehicle technology portfolio

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he U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a Final Rule establishing comprehensive national minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license or certain endorsements. The standards established in this rule address the knowledge and skills necessary for the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles and also establish minimum qualifications for entities and individuals who provide entry-level driver training. “Ensuring that drivers are properly trained is a critical element in improving road safety for everyone,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The entry-level training standards for large truck and bus operators put forth today exemplify a commitment to safety from a broad coalition of commercial motor vehicle stakeholders.” The comprehensive CDL training requirements, which emphasize safety and promote driving efficiency, will result in lives saved, reductions in fuel consumption and emissions, vehicle maintenance cost reductions, and industry-wide performance improvements. The rulemaking was mandated by Congress in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. “This new rule represents the culmination of a sustained and coordinated effort to identify appropriate pre-licensing CDL 52

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Desi News standards that will enhance safety on our Nation’s roads,” said FMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III. “Without the collective efforts of our stakeholders working closely with us, we could not have completed this important lifesaving rule. We especially appreciate the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee for its tireless efforts and expertise to enhance roadway safety through the negotiated rulemaking process.” Under the Final Rule announced Wednesday, applicants seeking a CDL would be required to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on a driving range and on a public road, with training obtained from an instructional program that meets FMCSA standards. There is no required minimum number of hours for the knowledge or behind-the-wheel portions of any of the individual training curricula, but training providers must determine that each CDL applicant demonstrates proficiency in all required elements of the training in order to successfully complete the program. Mandatory, comprehensive training in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories would apply to the following individuals under the Final Rule: First-time CDL applicants, including: “Class A” CDLs “Class B” CDLs Current CDL holders seeking a license upgrade (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL) or an additional endorsement necessary to transport hazardous materials, or to operate a motorcoach or school bus. All of these individuals are subject to the entry-level driver training requirements and must complete a course of instruction provided by an entity that meets the qualification standards set forth in the Final Rule. FMCSA anticipates that many entities currently providing entry-level driver training, including motor carriers, school districts, independent training schools, and individuals will be eligible to provide training that complies with the new requirements. Drivers who are not subject to or are excepted or exempted from federal CDL requirements are not subject to this Final Rule. For example, military drivers, farmers, and firefighters who are excepted from federal CDL requirements are not subject to this Final Rule. The entry-level driver training Final Rule goes into effect on February 6, 2017, with a compliance date of February 2020.

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ew and net trailer orders surged in November, strongly indicating that the trailer buying season has begun. Driven mostly by Dry Vans, November net orders climbed 71% month-over-month, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT). A drop in cancellations also helped boost last month’s sales. “Dry vans were also nearly equivalent to year-ago levels,” said Frank Maly, Director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT. Speaking on the comparison to last year, Maly continued, “Even with that surge, total trailer orders for the month still trailed last November by 7ppt, and ytd net orders are down one-third from 2015 volume.”

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Wabash National Corporation launches Cold Chain Series refrigerated van trailer

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abash National Corporation announced commitment from a fourth fleet to join the company’s launch program for its Cold Chain Series refrigerated van trailer made with molded structural composites. Leonard’s Express joins Werner Enterprises, K&B Transportation and Combined Transport—with dealers Regional International, TEC Equipment and Wick’s Truck Trailers—to bring the company’s

refrigerated trailer to the North American market, the company noted. “The launch program for our Cold Chain Series composite reefer continues to move forward as planned,” said Brent Yeagy, president and chief operating officer. “Refrigerated carriers see the superior performance benefits in our new molded structural composite technology. Many carriers have been very interested in participating in the launch

program so they can better understand the value of the performance benefits on their operations.” “We’re excited to show the progress we’ve made since we introduced our prototype trailer in February,” added Robert Lane, director of business development for Wabash National’s Commercial Trailer Products. “We’ve spent the past eight months in R&D undergoing further testing and qualifications and finalizing repair procedures. This reefer is unlike anything on the market today.” Wabash National’s Cold Chain Series refrigerated van is made out of the company’s proprietary molded structural composite with thermal technology (MSCT), which the company said improves thermal performance by up to 25% and is up to 20% lighter, while improving puncture and damage resistance. In addition, the molded structural composite floor system promises higher floor ratings—up to 24,000 pounds. “What this means for our customers is improved thermal efficiency, reduced fuel costs, increased payload and cargo capacity, optimized utilization and enhanced durability,” Yeagy explained. Molded structural composites are used in a wide range of applications, including aerospace, automotive, marine and commercial construction. This is the first time the technology is being used in the trailer industry. Wabash National also utilizes this technology in its previously commercialized refrigerated truck body. Production and field testing for the initial launch trailers will begin in the first quarter of 2017.

New Mobile Accident Reporting App Tool

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new mobile accident reporting app tool for the transportation industry has re-set the standard for documenting the occurrence of commercial and business vehicle traffic crashes. The Accident Plan app leads the driver through each critical step of the accident reporting process, and will also keep administrators informed in real time, document every vital aspect of the event and assemble it into a comprehensive accident report. In addition, it provides an animated, seven-chapter training video featuring “Skidmore.” Skidmore teaches drivers in advance about proper accident reporting and conduct. “The motor carrier has long held the disadvantage when it comes to crash defense,” says Brendan Dawson, Founder and CEO of Accident Plan. “That’s due, at least in part, to the driver not having proper tools and training with which to adequately handle a stressful crash scene event.” Baffled by the inadequacy of the old paper accident kit, Dawson said he built Accident Plan from scratch in order to give drivers a tool to help them focus on the critical task at hand and for motor carriers who need to proactively manage their claims. 54

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According to co-founder Patrick Fay of Fay Engineering, accident reconstruction experts since 1971, Accident Plan can help level the playing field for motor carriers by helping the driver capture critically important information.

“Vital data can be swept away quickly as emergency crews begin to clear the scene,” Fay says. “Accident Plan gives the driver and the motor carrier the best chance to collect that data while it’s still fresh.” “This information can create a distinct advantage during investigation and can significantly limit a carrier’s exposure during potential litigation.”


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