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hen I was a teen, my mom said the above lines to me and initially, the words were difficult to completely understand; until, she explained them to me in simple terms. She said that our brain controls our body and our actions, and this is the only part of our body that thinks. During a difficult time, we invest even more concentration to get out of the situation, and if you get upset, your brain can’t think properly and can’t give you the right decision. Rather, with an upset mind, most people make a wrong decision, which usually only makes the situation worse. Since the day my mom explained this to me, I’ve kept that principle in mind and whenever I get into such a situation, the first thing I say to myself is, “Keep yourself calm and don’t lose your head;” so far, have been able to successfully get out of these situations. In our industry, we spend most of the time on the road, usually under pressure to reach our destinations on time. At the same time, we have to deal many ignorant moves by other drivers that drive us crazy. We may also have issues with our dispatchers, shippers, or receivers. But remember that if there is a problem, there is also a solution and our priority should be to keep our head calm and find the right solution to solve the problem. There is a problem of undercutting of prices and although this is an issue in almost every industry, it is very prevalent in trucking. Let’s do the math? You can work 8 hours for $20/hr or work 20 hours for $8/hr. You need money to pay the bills but at the same time, you need quality time for yourself and your family. The choice is yours. As always, I wish you good luck and say, “God always bless Truckers.”

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Keeping your truck/trailer cool during the hot summers.

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Keeping your truck/trailer cool during the hot summers keeping the hot temperatures at bay, too. Note here about anti-freeze. Do not leave it laying around where animals have access to it. Anti-freeze tastes sweet to them, like candy to us, and is deadly poison. It can and has killed creatures large and small. So, always store unused antifreeze properly making sure it’s tightly contained. And don’t flush used anti-freeze down the drain. Dispose of it properly as the hazardous material it is. Getting back to the cooling system of the power unit of the truck. Make sure the radiator cap is working maintaining the pressure required by your system. If it isn’t, replace it. Make sure all the hose connections are not leaking, that flexible parts are not worn, cracked or in danger of failure in the immediate future. Check the radiator for stone chips where leaks could become an issue. Periodically, wash those bugs out of the radiator making sure as much air passes through the radiator as possible. If you use a bug screen in front of the radiator, clean it often. Remember that while the average automobile is travelling 20,000 kilometres a year where it can get away with these coolant checks twice a year, your truck is travelling ten times that and requires coolant system checks ten times as often, too. Which when you think about it, requires you to do these maintenance issues every two weeks or less. Now, unlike car drivers, you inspect your vehicle daily so doing regular checks on the coolant system shouldn’t be a big issue. Another big item on the check list when running in hot temperature summers is brakes. Make sure the brakes are clean and can keep as cool as required under operation. You don’t want to experience brake fade at critical moments. Even more you don’t want to experience a complete failure of the braking system due to overheating. How many times have you witnessed a truck descending a major down grade and the trailer brakes are smoking and then the drive wheel brakes start smoking and the truck isn’t slowing down. There are several things at play here. First a vehicle that may not be as well maintained as it should be. Secondly, the driver’s experience level might be called into question. Those long grades are common in the western part of the continent but let me assure you they aren’t all that rare in the east. Fancy Gap and Mont Eagle quickly come to mind. Throughout Pennsylvania there are many. Northern Ontario, particularly Highway 17 along the Lake Superior shore offer some genuine challenges. At this point the driver is faced with some critical decisions. On many of these high risk grades there is a “run-away” ramp, that will bring the truck to a grinding halt but it will tear the truck up a bit. These run-away truck ramps are so constructed the runaway vehicle sinks further and further into a sand and gravel mix and will stop without a doubt. These run-away ramps are 10

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Keeping your truck/trailer cool during the hot summers not harmless to the vehicle whose driver has made the decision to use such an option. The theory is the truck will remain true and upright and just gradually come to a safe stop -- although the ride may be a little rough. The truth is the truck may veer wildly out of control, even upset. It’s not an option you want to use without good cause. The best option is during your daily vehicle inspection to take care of any brake issues apparent, and learn a good technique for descending a grade. During your daily inspection, ensure that all lubrication points are properly greased or oiled. When you’re connecting to a trailer, make sure the fifth wheel plate has sufficient lubrication to effect a smooth connection, especially in warm weather. Even run a greased finger across the rubber connectors on the glad hands as you connect them. It helps them from drying out when the temperatures go into the stratosphere. AND, most importantly, keep your tires properly inflated at the recommended pressure to keep tires as cool as possible and maintaining proper adhesion to the road. Now, we come to the trailer with respect to keeping things cool and efficient. Other than reefers, there’s not a lot you can do, except that to do with brakes and tires. So make sure everything within your control is done to the best of your ability. When it comes to reefers, the same checks also need to be made as you would for the engine of the truck and the cooling system. Presumably, the reefer is maintained well by the company but it is the driver’s responsibility to get his freight delivered properly without damage, so it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the reefer is going to do it’s job for the duration of the trip. To do anything less is failing to do your job as a driver. Enjoy the warm weather, because too soon we will be back to snow and ice and a whole different set of checks and balances about which to think.

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estrictions by the Hours of Service regulation will again be modified because the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released Tuesday, May 17, the text of a 2017 fiscal year DOT funding bill. The bill would make permanent 2014’s “restart rollback” reverting hours-of-service rules for truckers to those in effect in December 2011, meaning no 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. requirements and no weekly limit to the restart’s use. The new regulation does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years. It is also a departure from the plan floated in the Senate’s DOT funding bill, which ties the future of hours of service rules to the FMCSA study’s conclusions and could set a new 73-hour a week cap on truckers’ hours-of-service limits. Are you confused yet? The House bill would simply reinstate the 34-hour restart regulations in effect on December 26, 2011, effectively nullifying the results of agency’s study and its conclusions. (The 30-minute break, however, would remain a requirement in the regs.) The bill is set to be considered in a House subcommittee today, May 18. The bill also halts FMCSA’s work on its January-proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule until the reforms called for in 2015’s FAST Act highway bill are implemented. Major trucking 12

groups and some lawmakers have taken issue in recent months with the agency’s reliance on some of the architecture of the CSA Safety Measurement System. Congress directed FMCSA to pull the SMS BASIC percentile rankings and alerts from public view and to not use them in any fashion to rate carriers until it develops and implements reforms to the system. The agency proceeded with its SFD rule regardless, arguing it didn’t violate FAST Act provisions. The Senate version does not include a measure related to the Safety Fitness Determination rule. That version of the funding bill has already cleared committee and has been brought to the Senate floor for a vote — no vote has yet been held, and little debate has taken place. The House version may present a clearer, less controversial path for hours of service. The Senate plan prompted disgust from nearly all sides when it came to light last month. Safety groups and trucking groups have both taken issue with the HOS changes, with some arguing the measures are too confusing of a change and others arguing the new rules are too generous to the trucking industry. President Obama this week also threatened to veto the legislation, partially citing its opposition to the hours of service changes as reason why. As the House legislation is fresh, the president has not yet released a policy statement on the bill. JULY / AUGUST 2016


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Why Life Insurance is Not Optional in Trucking

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ecently, I lost a client and friend. He was only four days past his 30th birthday. He is survived by a wife aged 27, and three children aged 5, 3 and 2.5 months old at the time of his death. His truck, trailer and load of lumber went over an embankment and he was killed instantly. Unfortunately at the time of his death, he had no life insurance in place. At the time of a tragedy such as this, the last thing a grieving family should have to worry about is money. With no life insurance in place, lack of money added more stress to an already awful situation. The fleet of the driver provided the family with a cheque on the day of the death, which was used as a down payment for the funeral home. I had no idea that funeral homes want money up front. I also had no idea that the funeral home would ask for the rest of the money immediately following the funeral and cremation. The family did not have the rest of the money. A lot of truck drivers have or are required to have Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) insurance, depending on where you live. Provinces and states use this to compensate for work place injuries, and also take preventative measures to ensure worker safety. In the case of my friend who passed, he had WCB. WCB is supposedly who pays for the funeral of someone who dies while on the job in the province in which this accident occurred. The family thought their money woes were over. However, not a dime has been paid. Toxicology tests and investigations are still currently being done, and zero has been paid. This insurance proved inadequate in this situation. Another insurance in place for my friend was his fleet insurance. Nothing has been paid on that side either for the loss of life. The family was told it can take years before any money is received, if at all. If life insurance was in place, the money - 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. 14

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Why Life Insurance is not Optional in Trucking could have been received within a few weeks if the policy was properly maintained. Now the family has to figure out how to support a young widow and her three children for what could be years before they receive any money, if they receive anything at all. A lawyer has to be hired, and the lawyer will take a substantial amount of any funds received. Again fleet insurance proved inadequate. If equipment is involved that is totalled or damaged in a death incident, leasing companies and banks can react in a negative manner. If a lease or loan was done improperly from the start, a possible loss could occur. Perhaps not enough down payment was taken, or the equipment is worth less than the value of the remaining lease or loan. If there is a loss, the leasing company or bank could possibly pursue the family for any losses even in

the instance of a death. Luckily in the case of my friend, I did his leases and there was an equity cheque which my company was able to pay to the widow. In this case, that cheque is what finally paid off the funeral over a month after the death. These are the only funds the family has received to date. When life insurance is applied for, life insurance companies ask questions about past family history, draw blood samples, and test urine. Once their evaluation is complete, and premiums are paid and kept current, you are insured. When looking at statistics for payout on life insurance, most of the major life insurance companies payout within a few weeks of the death claim, depending on the circumstances and no involvement of fraud. Life insurance companies do their research in advance, whereas in cases such as my friend, the fleet insurance provider and WCB are doing their research after the fact of death. In cases where insurers are looking at the case after death, if a flaw is found, then payment may not be made. Trucking is a dangerous job. Whether you are a self employed owner operator, owner of a trucking company, or company driver, you must look out for yourself and for your business. You must maintain adequate insurance coverage in cases of disability and in cases of death. No one will look after you or your family in the future but yourself. Can your family continue their lifestyle without you in their lives and the income you bring home? From my friend’s unexpected death we can 16

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Why Life Insurance is not Optional in Trucking learn how important it is to be prepared for anything good or bad that may happen in our lives. We cannot predict the future, but we can plan for it and plan for our family’s future stability. I know a lot of trucking industry people may want insurance coverage and think they cannot afford it. It is more expensive for trucker’s to get insurance. With dangerous occupations, the coverage costs more. But there are affordable options within each person’s budget. Term insurance is more affordable. Permanent policies are what cost the most, and if you cannot afford a permanent policy, term or temporary insurance, can fill your needs in the meantime. Term policies can be for 10, 20 and 30 year terms and can be as low as $10-20 a month for $100,000 coverage if you are a non smoker. Seeing the family of my friend struggle each day is a very painful thing. I was devastated when I heard the news that he was gone. I still have the last text messages from him saved on my phone and his last emails. That’s all I have left and the laughs we shared. Now I wonder what will happen to his kids in the future. I wonder if his kids will be able to go to university one day and who will pay for it. I wonder if his kids will get married one day and who will pay for the wedding. I wonder why he didn’t have life insurance when he had three kids and a wife. These are questions no one can answer, but I hope we can all learn from his story. Life insurance when you’re in the trucking industry is just not something you should think about maybe getting one day. It’s something you need right now. If you don’t have coverage I hope you will consider getting some immediately.

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ew Jersey Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy announced that seven men were sentenced June 10, 2016, to state prison and jail terms for conspiring in a $1.5 million series of thefts involving tractor-trailers loaded with cargo, including clothing, beauty products, auto parts and beer, which the defendants stole and fenced. The theft ring operated in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. A total of 12 men were charged in a June 4, 2015, indictment stemming from Operation Midnight Run, a long-term investigation by the New Jersey State Police Interstate Theft North Unit, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau and the United States Department of Homeland Security Border Enforcement Security Task Force. Nine defendants have pleaded guilty to date. Each of these men was sentenced last week by Superior Court Judge James J. Guida in Bergen County: Yoanny Justiz, 33, of North Bergen, N.J., was sentenced to nine years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 29, 2016, to second-degree conspiracy. Luis Marin, 47, of Union City, N.J., was sentenced to nine years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 29, 2016, to second-degree receiving stolen property. Horacio Llerena-Martinez, 55, of North Bergen, N.J., was sentenced to eight years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2015, to second-degree conspiracy. Angel Dominguez, 44, of Union City, N.J., was sentenced to seven years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2015, to seconddegree theft. Pedro Arias, 68, of Elizabeth, N.J., was sentenced to five years in state prison. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2016, to second-degree theft. Kenneth Manus, 61, of Norwood, N.J., was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail as a condition of three years of probation. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2015, to third-degree receiving stolen property. Hector Rivas, 38, of Union City, N.J., was sentenced to 270 days in the county jail as a condition of three years of probation. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 30, 2015, to third-degree receiving stolen property. The members of the cargo theft ring worked together in various combinations to steal tractor-trailers containing cargo from the tristate area of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. They brought the stolen cargo to warehouses and lots in New Jersey, Brooklyn, N.Y., and the Bronx, N.Y. Between June 2012 and April 2015, ring members engaged in nine thefts and two purchases of additional stolen goods in which the total value of the cargo and tractor-trailers stolen exceeded $1.5 million. The stolen cargo included $120,000 worth of catalytic converters stolen in Linden, N.J., and recovered at a warehouse in Saddle Brook, N.J.; $190,000 worth of Moroccan oil hair and body products stolen in Allentown, Pa., and transported through New Jersey to a lot in the Bronx, N.Y.; and $152,000 worth of GNC fish oil capsules stolen in Paterson, N.J., and recovered at a furniture store in Hillside, N.J. “These thieves stole whatever cargo proved to be an easy mark, driving off with tractor-trailers loaded with everything from beer to mozzarella cheese to auto parts,” said Lougy. “Their crime spree was a real road show, but our prosecutors joined with the New Jersey State Police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security to track them 20

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Idling law in effect in Houston; San Antonio proposes five-minute limit

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four-day workweek would normally account for a 20-25 percent decline in the number of posted loads but, load availability was down just 9 percent during the week ending June 4 – a good sign for the spot market and retail freight in particular, reported DAT Solutions. Load-to-truck ratios for vans, reefers and flatbeds all increased as a result, a positive trend for carriers: Van L/T ratio: 2.5 loads per truck (up 31 percent) Reefer: 4.6 (up 13 percent) Flatbed: 18.4 (up 30 percent) National average rates: Van: $1.62/mile. Up 8 cents including a 1-cent increase in the fuel surcharge. The upward rate trend continues. Reefer: $1.93/mile. Up 6 cents including a 2-cent hike in the fuel surcharge. Flatbed: $1.93/mile. Up 1 cent due to the fuel surcharge; the average line-haul rate for flatbed freight was unchanged. Vans in a seasonal pattern: Spot market demand is lower than it was a year ago but van rates are still following normal seasonal patterns. Demand for vans decreased only 4 percent last week rather than a 20 percent drop that would be expected during a 4-day work week. Where the rates are (van edition): On high-volume routes, rate increases far outnumbered lanes with falling prices. Key movers: Columbus to Buffalo paid 24 cents better at $2.62/mile, which is a sign that retail shipments stayed strong after Memorial Day. Rates rose 18 cents to $2.47/mile from Chicago to Detroit, which is another retaildriven lane. Memphis to Indianapolis is another retail-driven lane, and rates rose 22 cents to $1.88/mile. Capacity has gotten tighter there, and outbound rates climbed up to $1.81/mile. Reefer trends: There’s often a slump in reefer freight availability right after Memorial Day. Things were still trending up, however, particularly in the Midwest. By region, spot rates for notable reefer markets include: West: Fresno, Calif., $2.13/mile, up 6 cents Midwest: Green Bay, Wisc., $2.40/mile, up 4 cents JULY / AUGUST 2016

South Central: McAllen, Texas, $1.89/ mile, unchanged Southeast: Lakeland, Fla., $1.70/mile, down 17 cents Northeast: Philadelphia, $2.16/mile, up 3

cents Reefer rates have fallen sharply in Florida. The steep drop in volumes in the central part of the state has affected pricing out of Miami: the average rate from Miami to Baltimore, a key lane, plunged 61 cents to $2.26/mile. Flatbed L/T ratio up 30 percent: Flatbed load availability was off 14 percent while capacity fell 33 percent. That led to a 30 percent increase in the flatbed load-totruck ratio, at 18.4 loads per truck.

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TR reports final United States trailer net orders for May met expectations at 13,300 units. Order activity was down 16 percent month to month and down 15 percent year over year, registering the weakest order month since August 2010. Orders have totalled 286,000 units for the last 12 months and backlogs are now down 9 percent year over year.

Dry van orders dipped 20 percent from April, but that was expected to happen based on strong backlogs. Refrigerated van orders held fairly steady versus last month. Flatbed, tanker and dump trailer orders were comparable to April’s totals, which also was expected. Production did increase 3 percent over April. “The trailer market is operating normally at

this point in the yearly cycle and should continue on this path for the next several months,” said Don Ake, FTR vice president of commercial vehicles. “There is a concern because inventories have increased for five straight months and are getting somewhat elevated. We are probably at or approaching the top of this production upcycle. “Dry van and reefer production should remain steady due the high backlogs, but the market is starting to show some tiredness after a very impressive run. The flatbed and tanker segments are displaying some stability, so hopefully they have stopped their decline.” HVUT Taxes Due The heavy vehicle use tax period begins July 1 and ends the following June 30, and you must pay the full year’s tax on all vehicles that you have in use during the month of July. Returns must be filed by the last day of the month following the month of the vehicle’s first taxable use in the tax period, even if you are filing the return just to suspend the tax for any vehicle. This means that July’s report and tax is due by August 31. They must be filed in accordance with the instructions applicable to the form on which the return is made.

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et Adequate Sleep Getting adequate sleep is important for your health. Harvard Medical School has suggested that sleep plays an important role in memory and learning. A sleep-deprived person has shown the inability to focus and learn new tasks efficiently. Driving long distances requires focus; therefore, sleep is very important for any truck driver. Sleeping in the truck or in a hotel bed doesn’t always lead to a good night of sleep, but there are plenty of ways to get an even better night of sleep. Buying a white noise machine or the right pillow for your sleeping style can help with getting a full night of rest to keep you focused on the road. Eat Healthy Eating healthy can improve your overall health in many ways. Eating less process foods and more vegetables and fruits can help you lose weight, boost your immune system, and get a better night of sleep. Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants and vitamins that can help protect you from a cold or flu. Studies have shown that vitamin C can help combat germs. You’ll find these germ-fighting vitamins in foods such as berries, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, and many other fruits and vegetables. Quit Smoking Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventative disease and death in the world. Over 390,000 Americans die from smoking-related diseases every year. By quitting smoking you can decrease your risk of heart disease, cancer, and other smoking-related diseases. 44

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Tips for Truckers Manage Your Diabetes Diabetes is an important disease that truckers need to learn to manage due to the nature of your job. Your job depends on it! A 2009 study found that commercial truck drivers have a 50% higher risk of developing diabetes compared to the general population and 87% of truck drivers have hypertension or pre-hypertension. By focusing on eating healthy, participating in physical activity, and working with your medical provider, your diabetes can be kept under control. Stay Up to Date on Vaccines Chances are you haven’t had a shot in many years. Many adults think because they received all their vaccines as a child that they have a lifetime of immunity against various diseases. But, that’s not true. Vaccine effectiveness wanes over time making you more susceptible to possibly contracting a disease that you thought you were immune against. Measles have been on the rise in the recent years especially among young children. Last month an outbreak in California occurred with patients ranging from 7 months to 70 years old. The CDC strongly urges adults to stay up to date on their vaccines to help prevent contracting preventive diseases. For more information about which vaccines you need as an adult, the CDC provides an excellent infographic. Drink Lots of Water Drinking water every day is essential to good health. Water can help regulate your body temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, and get rid of bodily waste through urination, sweat, and bowel movements. Drinking water also has been linked to weight loss because water makes people feel more full and consume fewer calories. The Institute of Medicine suggests that men should drink

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Tips for Truckers about 13 cups a day and women should drink about 9 cups of water a day. However, if you live in a hot climate or exercise a lot then you will most likely need even more water. Water can also come from foods, such as watermelon and celery. Exercise More Physical activity has many benefits to health. It can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and strengthen your bones and muscles among many other reasons. The CDC suggests working out for at least 150 minutes a week at a moderate-intensity to maintain your weight or more if you need to lose weight and keep it off. Of course, eating a healthy diet will also help you lose weight. Strength training can help reduce hip fractures, arthritis and other diseases linked to bone density loss. If you are just starting to exercise, start small and build up to longer times. Exercise can include anything you like, such as walking, biking, martial arts, or swimming. Find something you like and commit to it! Reduce Stress Stress can be linked to a lot of negative feelings in life. Not all stress is bad, but if it has a negative impact on your physical and mental health then you should try to reduce your stress levels. The American Psychological Association has found a link between chronic stress and physical health. Chronic stress can lead to disease, such as an increased risk of coronary disease, or lead to bad habits, such as overeating and smoking. The good news is that you can reduce your stress levels and increase your health! The American Psychological Association suggests reducing your stress by first identifying what the cause is. They also suggest getting more sleep and participating in relaxation exercises such as yoga or meditation. If nothing seems to help reduce your chronic stress, seek out your medical provider or a counselor. Take a Vacation When you run a small business or work for yourself, sometimes it’s hard to take time off for a vacation. A recent US Travel Association study found that the average American took 16 days of vacation time in 2013 compared to 20.3 days in 2000. Taking a vacation, whether it’s just a week at home or a week sitting on a tropical beach drinking Pina Coladas, can help you catch up on sleep and reduce your stress. Vacation also allows you to discover new parts of the world, different cultures and spend time with your family and friends. Spend Time with Loved Ones Being on the road for long periods of time can leave you missing your family and friends back home. When you’re home or on vacation spend time with them. Simple as that! One study conducted by Brigham Young University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that having strong social connections can boost longevity. Courtesy of www.thehealthytrucker.net

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In-Transit resuming; Border Crossings Up

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ebounding truck volumes are a welcome sign of economic improvement south of the border and perhaps an indication of a ‘rebalancing’ cross-border freight market, says Stephen Laskowski, the president of the Ontario Trucking Association. Trucks crossings in Detroit-Windsor alone rose 8 percent year-over-year in the fits quarter of 2016. Total U.S.-Canada truck crossings rose 3.2 percent in the first quarter, but were up 6.2 percent at the three largest border crossings. “Three percent is a big number,” Laskowski said. “Even 1 percent or 2 percent is a big number.” The increase “is a reflection of the (weakness of the) Canadian dollar, and of a healthier U.S. economy. He suggested the rebound may reflect a “rebalancing” of the market. “We may be entering a world of flatline, reverse and rebound economies that give us rebound jumps that look larger than the standard growth rates we’ve been used to. It’s a different world than we’re used to.” Construction on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, designed to relieve congestion on the 87-year-old Detroit Ambassador Bridge, I expected to start next year but isn’t expected to be open to traffic until 2020. The 3.2 percent first-quarter increase in truck border crossings certainly looks like a rebound. Total U.S.-Canadian truck crossings rose only 0.9 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter,

after falling 1.2 percent in the third quarter and 1.6 percent in the second quarter last year. The number of truck crossings would be even larger, Laskowski said, “if (Canadian) factories hadn’t been shut down when the U.S. and Canadian dollar hit par” a few years ago. “Rather than ramping down from three production lines to two, we went from three to none,” he said. The loss of that manufacturing output shifted the focus of truck traffic in Canada from north-south to east-west, especially when Western Canada’s energy business boomed. That changed again as the exchange rate dropped toward 70 U.S. cents per Canadian dollar. “In many cases, if you’re moving goods from Michigan to New York, it’s faster to cross the border and go through Ontario than to go a southern route through the U.S.,” Laskowski said. The six-month pilot project, under development since 2014, could make the U.S.-Canadian border a little more “open” for truckers and shippers. “There was an awareness on the U.S. side that something needed to be done,” Laskowski said. “There needs to be a balance between security and trade, and achieving intransit shipments reflect that balance.” “The border is no longer looked at as an opportunity for trade facilitation, it’s looked at as a security objective,” Laskowski said. “In that reality, we will always have our challenges.”

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avistar and General Motors agreed to expand their manufacturing partnership Thursday, with the Lisle, Ill.-based truck maker agreeing to manufacture GM’s cutaway commercial vans at its Springfield, Ohio plant next year. GM’s full-length on frame Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans are upfitted into utility or service vehicles, ambulance or rescue vehicles, shuttle buses and school buses. “This partnership will provide our Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant more flexibility to keep up with continued demand for midsize trucks and full size vans,” says Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations Vice President. Under the terms of the multi-year contract, Navistar says it will add at least 300 jobs and recommission its second line at the plant. “Our Springfield plant is an important part of our manufacturing footprint, and we’ve been preparing it for a higher volume concentration of light- and medium-duty products as part of our manufacturing strategy,” says Persio Lisboa, president, Navistar operations. “This is an important step towards our goal to drive automotive quality into the commercial vehicle industry.” Last September, Navistar and GM announced a separate long-term agreement to develop and assemble a medium-duty, conventional cab Class 4/5 commercial vehicle at Navistar’s Springfield plant starting in 2018. Truck washes being blamed for virus Truck washes in US are promoting the spread of a pig virus. That’s according to farm groups in Canada, where the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed off an unknown number of piglets in Manitoba and other pork-producing areas. Manitoba Pork and other such trade associations believe commercial truck washes in the U.S. are contaminated with PEDv due to the use of recycled water or failure to heat trucks to a temperature high enough to kill the virus. Despite the suspicions, there is no proof of the claim. Gates Corporation Releases 255 New Automotive Aftermarket

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Parts Gates Corporation, a global diversified manufacturer of industrial, automotive, and heavy-duty aftermarket products, announced the addition of 255 new part numbers to its Original Equipment (OE) quality product line. The product release includes six new heavy-duty water pumps for popular truck applications. Pumps are built using upgraded seals and bearings to handle heavy loads, while precise machining ensures a correct fit. Gates adds a new size of Fiber Braid Lock-On Hose (5LOC) which is now available in 300’ bulk reel and 50’ packaging. This fiber braid reinforced hose is ideal for petroleum-based hydraulic oils, glycol antifreeze compounds, water, engine lubricating oils and air. It has an oil and mildew resistant cover, a 300-psi working pressure and meets specific performance requirements for fuel and B20 biodiesel fuel transfer applications up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. The product release includes a new line of Variable Valve Timing Solenoids that effectively restore the variable valve timing to proper operation and performance. The OE quality parts provide exact fit, easy installation and a practical solution to the failed operation of a VVT Solenoid, which prevents oil flow and pressure to an engine’s cam phaser. Variable Valve Timing Solenoids Gates expands its RPM (Race, Performance, Muscle) line with 22 new RPM Micro-V® belts for many popular supercharged applications as well as a new timing belt for the 1993-1994 Nissan Maxima equipped with the 3.0L engine. Gates RPM Micro-V belts utilize multiple adhesion gum layers and nylon reinforcement in a patented EPDM compound, resisting heat and extending service life. The RPM timing belts use superior materials such as high-strength tensile cords, aramid reinforced rubber compound and tough tooth fabric. They have shown to be stronger, last longer and be less susceptible to damage from heat and contamination compared to the original equipment and competitive timing belts.

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Special Edition Model 567 Heritage Pays Tribute To Peterbilt’s Roots With Exclusive Features, Exceptional Performace

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eterbilt’s new Model 567 Heritage salutes the company’s beginnings by combining its most modern and technologically advanced work truck with distinctive styling and exclusive features inside and out, Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced. “Peterbilt’s Model 567 Heritage elevates the classic styling of Peterbilt with a package of unique features that will command attention on highways and jobsites,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “The Model 567 Heritage appeals to owner-operators and premium carriers who want to reward their drivers and add distinction to their fleets. The Heritage delivers proven productivity, uptime and value with a look and feel that is like no other truck on the road.” Peterbilt’s rich history began in the rugged Northwest logging industry, manufacturing trucks that took on the demanding work with new levels of performance, reliability and durability. Since those early years, the company has grown to produce innovative, industry-defining trucks for most every commercial vehicle market.

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The Model 567 Heritage pays tribute to Peterbilt’s roots, Siver said, by delivering a robust workhorse with a head-turning, customized appearance. The Model 567 Heritage is configured with a 121-inch BBC and set-forward front axle (SFFA) – the industry’s most modern SFFA truck – to optimize payloads and weight distribution. It can be spec’d as a day cab or with a 72- or 80-inch sleeper. Exterior features of the Model 567 Heritage include: • Bright bumper, grille bars, exhaust stacks, mirrors and sunvisor; • Chromed air intake bezel and metal hood latches; • Polished rocker panels, quarter-fender closeout panels, fender brace and brackets, battery boxes and fuel tanks; and • Special Heritage badging, uniquely numbered and mounted to the grille and sleeper (when applicable) for the first production trucks. Inside the cab, the Model 567 Heritage has exclusive features and branding that includes: • Platinum-level Heritage Brown interior with a black dash top and wood-finish trim; • Premium brown leather seats with accent stitching to complement the cab design and embroidered Heritage logo in the headrest; and • Door pads with brown wood trim. For Model 567 Heritage trucks equipped with a sleeper, wood trim accents continue on the sleeper cabinets and storage compartments. The two-tone sleeper back wall is embroidered with the Heritage logo. “The Model 567 Heritage takes a place among Peterbilt’s most iconic trucks,” Siver said. “Through unparalleled performance and distinctive design, it builds upon decades of groundbreaking models and furthers our proud tradition of providing trucks with industry-leading quality and value.” The Model 567 Heritage is available now for order through Peterbilt dealerships with production scheduled for September. JULY / AUGUST 2016


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