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Dilbag (Ron) Dhaliwal

Truckers the Real Heroes Deserve Respect and Better Lifestyle

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Many times when we watch movies, we see heroes performing dangerous stunts. These stunts create a heroic impression in our minds. Although the stunts in movies are often not real, they do offer a few hours of entertainment, and earn millions of dollars in revenue. In relation to movies, I don’t know if people ever realize the heroic and ‘real’ stunts truckers perform on daily basis, and the hardships and difficulties they endure. Most people also do not have a very good impression of truckers; drivers or pedestrians regularly yell at truck drivers. If an accident happens that involves a truck, the first thought in most minds is that it is probably the trucker’s fault. To top it off, the news media is not far behind and generically label truck drivers as drug dealers, even though the reality is much different. Trucking is a profession, and like doctors, teachers, and engineers, commercial drivers are professionals in their work. They are our real heroes; driving a big vehicle with thousands of pounds of loads through tough road and weather conditions is nothing less than a dangerous stunt. But, they manage to complete their deliveries every time, even by putting themselves in extreme danger. Many accidents happen on our roads, and truckers also lose their lives. They drive through -40 degree temperature so that critical equipment reaches on time, others can have a hot meal on their table, and patients in hospitals can get their medicine on time. Is this not a heroic stunt – to save lives in reality as compared to on-screen? Don’t you think they are our real heroes? These truckers are happy, even if they don’t get millions of dollars and have a big following like movie heroes. We should, and must, at least give them their due respect. Again, winter is at the doorstep, bringing snow, icy roads, and reduced, or even zero, visibility. I hope you are well prepared for the upcoming winter season. Please make sure you double check your winter preparation list before embarking on your route. Our cover story and additional articles in this issue are based on the upcoming weather. We want you to be safe as no load is worth your life. God bless you and your family. Desi Trucking Magazine team salutes to you, the real heroes…

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They can only react to situations as they have developed. he safety flag is the most misused flag in the But because the proponents of these technologies can use world. If someone has something to sell, the the “safety” flag and run that safety flag up the safety flag easiest marketing word is “safety”. pole, everyone is supposed to salute. The fact is, governments Trucking has its fair share of products and allowing such “real life tests” to happen, have wisely chosen services that purport to make life safer but to require a human to be “in control” just in case something sometimes it’s a stretch to find how the word safety applies. The big one right now is the Autonomous Truck or self driving. untoward happens, more so that a human is available to be sued It’s actually not a truck but a computer masquerading as a truck. and that responsibility will not fall back on the computer/truck What this computer/truck will do is for the most part operate and it’s manufacturer. However, when one thinks of safety items, without human intervention and possibly do that improvements in brakes, lights, tires, items to create operation without serious mishaps. But will it be visibility, personal restraints, creature comforts for safer? That is the question and it’s almost too late at the truck drivers, and technology, easily come to this stage to ask. mind. Already, autonomous cars have been involved in There is a lot of technology available to truckers collisions causing death that quite possibly an alert today mostly in the area of communications. While human could have avoided. Humans tend to predict the CB radio isn’t utilized to the degree it once was, what another driver may or may not do and can it is arguably the most significant technological take avoidance actions before the other human has safety item ever invented. It gave (and gives) made the mistake. Computers, at this point in their the trucker immediate real time information so he development, may be able to handle regular driving is totally aware of the surroundings for a several G. Ray Gompf kilometres in all directions giving the driver eyes a situations but can’t “think” and “predict” outcomes. 8

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Safety Innovations in Trucking skillfully and properly. Too often the safety of this component of the truck is underestimated in his or her functionality. The driver is not just a nut behind the wheel. The driver is the most critical safety component of any vehicle. That being said, there must be a constant updating of his or her skills development to ensure the safety mindset is first and foremost. The safety manager, of any organization, is probably one of the most critical tasks. It is that safety manager that has to look at all situations and determine how to write policy on how to handle any given situation and hopefully before an incident happens that would force such policy to be created. Yet, when there is a downturn and work force must be shed, the first ones to go are the operational (drivers) and the safety personnel. Seems backwards, but that’s the way it happens. The other major task assigned to the safety manager is to ensure all in his charge are fully cognizant of the myriad of rules and regulations both from within and from governmental sources. It is impossible or nearly impossible for every truck driver in the US and Canada to be fully aware of each and every rule from the 62 jurisdictions but the safety manager must have a serious working knowledge of all that apply in the company operations. The safety manager has to be fully aware of all the various government and private sources for advising the drivers under his control with the various resources at hand. It’s certainly a challenge. For the foreseeable future, the main safety features for all trucking companies are their highly skilled drivers and their safety manager who maintains the safety skill level of drivers.


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Why We All Don’t Drive A Ferrari with several hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity and has been driving a truck for twenty years. He earned his deal. Living on rent and having driven a company truck for one year with savings of only $5,000 will not get you what your friend got. It gets you shown to the door. A low or negative net worth is not something that’s looked at with fondness by a lender. You have a low balance in your bank accounts, you have no investments, no life insurance, no previous vehicle ownership, no property in your name and owe $50,000 in unsecured credit cards. Now you want $100,000 + when you have nothing to show for yourself? It doesn’t work that way. Not all hope is lost. It takes time, but you can realize the dream of having anything you might desire. Hard work does pay off eventually. If it was easy, everyone would be driving a Ferrari and have a fleet of brand new fully loaded highway trucks. But not every vehicle on the road is a Ferrari for a reason. That’s because not everyone can afford one, or it’s not practical. But with time and persistence, you will be rewarded eventually. There are things you can work on before applying for a loan; For example, you can build up your savings and investments over time. Have multiple credit cards, lines of credit, and loans and pay them off to show you can pay back money. That takes several years. Don’t miss any payments along the way either, not even on your cell phone as those are reported on your credit. Don’t carry large amounts of unsecured debt. Have a credit card and line of credit, but also pay them off in full each month. If you carry high balances over time, it shows you have over spent for your income and are struggling to pay it back. Work to pay your debts down. And try to earn the highest income you can. If you’re a trucker, take every load offered. The eager driver earns more money than the one who refuses loads or make excuses to his boss. Trying to declare a low income to save taxes is becoming a problem and many lenders are declining low income earners. We all have dreams and it’s a great motivation. Do not give up on your dreams, but the most important thing you need to be, is realistic and responsible. It’s not about showing off or looking good. This is your work. If you set your dreams within your means and work hard, they will be achieved. You can realize anything if you endure but there are sacrifices along the way and sometimes other things may be more important. I have a long time client


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Why We All Don’t Drive A Ferrari who wants a Range Rover. He looks online and asks for quotes on how much the payment will be. He’s always shocked at the amount the payment is, and I told him, not everyone has a Range Rover. Maybe you cannot have one now, but maybe later you can. I also know he has two children who will be graduating high school in a few years, so I told him let’s save that money for the kids post secondary educations now, and buy the dream car later. He agreed. Sometimes family and other things are a bigger priority, so a responsible sacrifice is made. We would all love to have a brand new truck or an expensive sports car, but sometimes it’s just not a good match or the right timing. So try to live within your means, persevere, and be realistic with what you want, and what you can actually have. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”

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Lights Tell Drivers If Fifth Wheel is Coupled to Trailer


redesigned automatic lighting system for fifth wheels will soon be available from SAF-Holland, which says its ELI-te electronic lock indicator will help drivers ensure a proper coupling when they hook onto trailers. The ELI-te Fifth Wheel Coupling Indicator includes white LED lights for the jaws-king pin area of the fifth wheel, red LED warning lights, and a long-life, application-specific electronic control module, said Bryon Redecker, product manager. The system is self-contained except for a power cord that must be fitted to a tractor’s electrical system. It is replacing a version introduced about 15 years ago that has links to an in-cab indicator system. For various reasons that product has not been popular, Redecker said. Miscouplings sometimes cause kingpins to slip loose from fifth wheels and trailer noses to fall onto the ground as a tractor pulls away. Major fleets have told SAFHolland that hundreds of instances of


dropped trailers occur each year. Drivers working with the ELI-te receive simple, immediate, and actionable feedback after each coupling. When a trailer kingpin is properly coupled to an ELI-te equipped

fifth wheel, four high-intensity white LED lights mounted within the fifth wheel automatically illuminate the lock jaws. Drivers can then verify that jaws have locked onto the kingpin.

If the coupling is not successful, the white lights stay dark and outward-facing red lights begin flashing. A driver can then find out why the coupling is not complete. A successful retry will turn off the red lights and illuminate the white lights. After a recheck, the driver can hook up air and electrical lines, finish a pre-trip inspection of tractor and trailer, and be on his way. The enhanced ELI-te is an integrated option on Holland’s FW series fifth wheels, including the FW31, 33 and 35. It will be available installed at the Holland factory or in retrofit kits. Price has not been set. “The lights make it easy for drivers to positively confirm that they have coupled correctly, and warn them if they have not. It’s a new generation of safety,” said Mark Molitor, vice president of engineering, Americas. “It’s an engineered, all-in-one system that will be spec’d by on-highway fleets that are looking to empower drivers to accomplish correct coupling consistently.”

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What is UCR? UCR stands for Unified Carrier Registration program. It was created by the federal legislation and has replaced the former system for registering the operators of vehicles engaged in interstate travel, it was commonly known as the Single State Registration System (SSRS). What is the major difference between the UCR and the SSRS? The UCR applies to all operators of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) whereas the SSRS only applied to for-hire motor carriers. The UCR also includes carrier’s that are transporting interstate goods even if their vehicles do not leave the state. According to the UCR program, what is considered a CMV? Any self-propelled vehicle used on highways engaged in interstate travel that has a gross weight of 10,001 pounds or more is considered a CMV. Also vehicles that are designed to transport 11 or more passengers including the driver are considered CMVs. Any vehicle that is required to have hazardous waste placards will also fall into this category. Will the registration apply to individual vehicles or will a single registration apply to the fleet? One registration based on fleet size applies to all the vehicles that are registered under the USDOT number. Do only motor carriers have to register for UCR? No, along with motor carrier, all motor private carriers, freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies have to register for UCR as well. What happens if your company does not register for UCR? Each state has the authority to enforce registration compliance through roadside enforcement checks. If your vehicle is pulled over and your company has not been registered for UCR you could be subject to a fine depending on which state you are pulled over in. A business audit could also reveal that your company is not registered for UCR and this could lead to 20

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Great Dane Showcases Two Refrigerated Truck Bodies

reat Dane showcased two refrigerated truck bodies at the 2016 International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) Distribution Solutions Conference in Tampa, FL, Oct. 17-19. The truck body models on display are engineered to address increasing food safety regulatory changes with a focus on thermal efficiency and long-term durability, according to the company. “Great Dane’s refrigerated truck bodies incorporate industry-leading refrigerated trailer and truck body technology from Great Dane and Johnson Truck Bodies to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of temperature-sensitive products,” the company said. Great Dane said its Blizzard fiberglass composite truck body provides “a durable and reliable solution for a wide sector of applications, including last-mile deliveries,” according to the company. The walls and

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to lock out moisture. The framework for wall and roof panels is made of welded steel that is completely covered in foam insulation and fiberglass. The fiberglass exterior blocks heat from penetrating the truck body because it

does not conduct heat and there are no seams or rivets for heat or moisture to pass through. Great Dane’s Guardian Reach-In refrigerated truck body uses the latest in fiberglass composite construction, which provides flexibility for transporting food with different temperature requirements, the company said. The Guardian can be designed with multi-temp zones (deep frozen, medium, and dry freight goods) in a single vehicle from under 10,000 gross vehicle weight (GVW) to 26,000 GVW. The Guardian’s construction and durability allows fleet owners to decrease their total cost of ownership by moving the same truck body to multiple chassis, which reduces the cost associated with replacing the entire unit. The Guardian is available with a number of refrigerated systems, including traditional diesel, engine driven, or Johnson AE Cold Plate systems, which are exempt from CARB/ARB regulation in California.

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FHA releases $1 million in Emergency Relief Funds to help with Matthews Damage


he Federal Highway Administration has released $1 million in Emergency Relief funds to help South Carolina begin the process of repairing roads and bridges damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The allocation comes a week after FHWA provided $5 million in emergency funds to North Carolina for the same purpose. “Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage to South Carolina’s roadways and bridges, creating serious challenges for the local residents and taking a toll on the economy,” said Secretary Foxx. “We’re doing everything we can to support the state and local response to this disaster and are working to restore emergency access and begin the most critical repairs.” Hurricane Matthew skirted the coast of South Carolina earlier in October causing hurricane and tropical storm-force winds, heavy rain, and flooding along the coast and far inland. North Carolina floodwaters are expected to cause rivers in South Carolina to overflow and result in additional flooding in the Palmetto State later this week.


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FMCSA advises on the Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Risk



he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a safety advisory to provide notice and information to owners, operators and passengers of commercial motor vehicles of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged, defective or recalled lithium cells or batteries or portable electronic devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices recently recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to the CPSC, the lithium-ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn and fire hazard. The recall affects nearly 2 million Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones. While carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone aboard a CMV has not been banned, FMCSA is recommending that all persons who wish to carry these devices on a CMV, including motorcoaches, take the following precautions. • Turn off the device. • Disconnect the device from any charging equipment. • Disable all applications that could inadvertently activate the phone (e.g., alarm clock). • Protect the power switch to prevent its unintentional activation. • Keep the device in carry-on baggage or on your person. Do not store in an inaccessible baggage compartment. In accordance with the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations 49 CFR 173.21(c), the transportation of electrical devices, such as batteries and battery-powered devices, which are likely to create sparks or generate a dangerous evolution of heat, is forbidden, unless packaged in a manner which precludes such an occurrence. The recalled Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones are subject to this regulatory prohibition and may only be transported by CMV as cargo under the conditions of a special permit or approval issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.


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Diesel prices drop first time in nearly one month


he average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went down three-tenths of a cent to $2.478 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Oct. 24. This marks the first decrease after three consecutive weeks of increases. Diesel price averages went up in four of 10 regions in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration. The largest average decrease was in the Lower Atlantic region, where prices at the pump went down by 1.1 cents per gallon. Prices were up a penny in the West Coast less California region, the largest increase in the nation. Following are the average prices by region as reported by the EIA: U.S. – $2.478, down three-tenths of a cent

East Coast – $2.468, down fourtenths of a cent New England – $2.485, up eighttenths of a cent Central Atlantic – $2.581, up twotenths of a cent Lower Atlantic – $2.378, down 1.1 cents Midwest – $2.451, down seventenths of a cent Gulf Coast – $2.352, down fourtenths of a cent Rocky Mountain – $2.550, up fourtenths of a cent West Coast – $2.747, up five-tenths of a cent West Coast less California – $2.645, up 1 cent California – $2.828, unchanged

California Port Truck Drivers Still Unhappy


ust two weeks before America chooses our nation’s next president, capping an election year battle that has centred around rebuilding the middle class and fixing our free trade agreements, port truck drivers and warehouse workers at two of America’s leading logistics companies, the California Cartage family of companies and Chinese government-owned Intermodal Bridge Transport, are going on strike to protest alleged misclassification, wage theft, abusive treatment and unlawful working conditions in an industry that has been allowed to operate outside of the United States labor laws that protect American workers from exploitation and dangerous working conditions and benefits big box and luxury retailers like Target and Michael Kors, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, port truck drivers and warehouse workers from two leading logistics companies went on strike for the 14th time in three years to protest violations of U.S. labor laws, violation of their employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act and unsafe working 36

conditions. The alleged violations include: • Misclassification as independent contractors. • Persistent wage theft. • Harassment, retaliation and intimidation for concerted union activity. • Wrongful termination.

• Unsafe working conditions. Wednesday morning, drivers from Container Freight/California Cartage, the largest of the companies in the Cal Cartage family of companies, walked off the job and joined the picket lines at the company yard, which is located on property owned by the

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Trucking Conditions Improve


TR’s Trucking Conditions Index for August increased from July to a reading of 6.76. The TCI is continuing a steady rise that is expected throughout 2017, as new regulations tighten capacity resulting in better pricing and margins for trucking companies. This improvement is largely from the supply side, as currently the economy and freight markets are in a slow growth phase with unclear direction typical of a late recovery environment. The TCI is expected to peak in early 2018. “The July and August increases in the Trucking Conditions Index were led by positive changes in capacity utilization and fuel prices. Fuel prices look to have stabilized during the fall and are unlikely to have a big impact on transportation markets until oil prices move substantially away from $50 per barrel,” said FTR Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Starks. “Also, despite the weak reports from the public TL carriers, utilization of the overall fleet is showing some moderate improvement. This trend is likely to be subdued until mid-2017

when we get close to the implementation data for electronic logging devices. “The third quarter is likely to be the nadir for weak reports, and we should begin to see economic improvement, easier year-overyear comparisons and better overall market conditions as capacity tightens up due to regulations. Spot market conditions are beginning to affirm this, with the dry van market on Truckstop. com showing positive year-overyear comparisons for both load volumes and rates.” Details of the August TCI are found in the October issue of FTR’s Trucking Update, published September 30. The “Notes by the Dashboard

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Peterbilt completes plant improvements, expansion nears completion


hree phases of improvements to Peterbilt’s Denton, Texas, manufacturing facility are complete and the new building expansion is on schedule to begin operations in January, Peterbilt Motors Company announced during the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. “Continuous investment and commitment to excellence keep Peterbilt’s Denton plant a manufacturing leader in quality, efficiency and productivity,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “The recently completed improvements and the addition of the new facility will help ensure Peterbilt continues to provide customers with the industry’s top performing, most reliable and greatest value trucks well into the future.” The plant improvements include additional east side dock doors for increased receiving capacity, 17,000 square feet of

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new material receiving area on the west side and an automated storage and retrieval system on the second level of the building for painted hoods, cabs and sleepers. Earlier this year Peterbilt began

construction for a new 102,000 square-foot building on the same grounds just north of the plant. The expansion will provide additional capacity for production and testing.

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Yokohama Rubber to Establish U.S. Tire R&D Centre in North Carolina


he Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. announced recently that it will establish a tire research & development centre in North Carolina, with R&D activities scheduled to start this month in the greater Charlotte area. The Company presently conducts R&D on tires for the North American market in several U.S. states and in Japan, but looks to consolidate the majority of these R&D activities at the new centre soon. The consolidation of R&D activities will strengthen the Company’s R&D framework and further accelerate its ability to deliver new tire products that meet market needs in a timely manner. With the consolidation, Yokohama also plans to double the current size of its North American R&D staff. The new centre initially will engage in the design of new tires for passenger cars and other consumer applications, but will gradually expand its activities to include testing & evaluation, design of tires for industrial and construction machinery, technical services and quality assurance. The North Carolina location was selected on the basis of its ability to attract high-quality staff and its close proximity to a hub airport. Yokohama Rubber will consider additional investment in its facilities in line with the expansion of the breadth

of its activities. Yokohama Rubber’s North American operations currently include the sale of tires for passenger cars, trucks and buses, and industrial and construction machinery, with tire manufacturing facilities in Virginia and Mississippi and its corporate headquarters in California. During Phase IV (2015–2017) of its Grand Design 100 (GD100) medium-term management plan, Yokohama Rubber is placing even greater importance on the huge North American market and plans to strengthen local sales of original equipment tires and replacement tires. Consolidation of its R&D function in North America is an important part of that management strategy. A strong proponent of local production for local consumption, Yokohama Rubber also has been strengthening its tire R&D activities in regional centres close to the markets it serves. The Company established its Nürburgring Test Centre in Germany in 2006, its Tire Test Centre of Asia in Thailand in April 2009, and the Yokohama China Technical Centre in China in January 2012. The new tire R&D centre in the United States will become the Company’s largest overseas R&D centre in terms of both functions and number of employees.

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OTTO Makes First Live Load Delivery


utonomous vehicle development firm Otto and beer maker Anheuser-Busch recently completed what they claim is the world’s first commercial shipment via self-driving truck: transporting a full-loaded trailer of Budweiser beer more than 120 miles along Colorado highway I-25 from Fort Collins through Denver to Colorado Springs. Otto Co-Founder Lior Ron noted that a human truck driver remained aboard the vehicle for the entire route, monitoring the delivery from the sleeper berth as the truck completed the 120mile route, exit-to-exit, entirely on its own without any driver intervention. “The incredible success of this pilot shipment is an example of what is possible when you deploy self-driving technology. It also showcases the importance of collaboration with forward-looking states like Colorado and companies like Anheuser-Busch,” Ron said in a statement. “By embracing this technology, both organizations are actively contributing to the creation of a safer and more efficient transportation network,” he added.

The load originated at Anheuser-Busch’s facility in Loveland, Colorado and departed for its journey from the Fort Collins, Colorado weigh station. Otto’s Ron reiterated the “vision” for self-driving technology is to help transform the trucking industry by: Reducing the number of fatalities on U.S. roads. Nearly half of fatalities happen on highways and 94% of accidents are caused by human error. Enabling fuel-efficient driving and therefore reducing emissions from freight trucks, which are currently responsible for 28% of all road vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Enhancing truck utilization and providing a sustainable solution for the driver shortage that continues to put pressure on drivers to work long hours at the risk of safe driving. He also noted that one “major opportunity” presented by its self-driving technology is that truck drivers will be able to rest during long stretches of highway, and perhaps even catch up on sleep. That begs the question of whether the driver is “on-duty” with respect to hours of service laws while they are resting, as its self46

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The Consequences of Bad Credit Pash Brar, B.A.


n trucking and in all industries, maintaining good credit is essential for growth and expansion. Not knowing your credit or having bad credit can harm your business and your personal life. Whenever I sit down with a client applying for credit, I always ask them, “How is your credit?” Some will tell me they don’t know, some say it’s good and some say it’s bad. For those that don’t know, it’s important knowing where you stand before you apply for credit. If your credit score is a poor one, then you can prepare co-signors in advance, or work on improving your credit well in advance. If your credit is good then that’s great. Keep it that way and you have less to worry about when applying for any type of credit. Often people tell me their credit is good and when I check it, it is not. That just causes a lot of problems for the person borrowing money, and the company you’re trying to borrow from. If your credit is being checked, always tell the truth, as the truth will be uncovered anyways. You make yourself look back and hurt your chances of getting credit if you don’t tell the truth. For those who have bad credit, all hope is not lost, but there will be repercussions for your past bad payment history that you must accept. For trucking companies, fuel cards on credit are essential. If the owners of the company have bad credit, there will be a huge issue. Paying cash for fuel will require a large amount of cash on hand at all times, making it extremely difficult to start the business. For larger companies this total will be several hundreds of thousands of dollars and more. It is much easier to have fuel cards and pay one fuel bill each month instead of paying every day. The cash will be tied up to keep paying fuel and you will have issues paying for maintenance, insurance, office staff, rent and drivers later. It


is a big advantage to have good credit before starting a company, and maintaining that good credit. Partnerships in trucking are quite common. But if you partner with an individual who has bad credit that partnership is no longer split equally. If one partner has good credit and the others don’t, there will be a reliance on the partner with the good credit to obtain all the credit for the company. I recently saw a partnership dissolve for this reason. The partner with the good credit said all the money issues were on his head and his bad credit partner didn’t contribute equally. As he stated to me, he had everything to lose, while the other person had such bad credit that he had nothing to lose as no one would give him anything. Individuals and companies with bad credit are not entitled to the very best rates. Some of them talk a good game and try to demand a better rate, but that gets them nowhere. Future credit is all based on your past. If you don’t have a good past, your interest rate will be higher and sometimes you will be outright declined. Bad credit entitles you to nothing. I had one company enquiring about purchasing several brand new trucks and advised me they had high interest rates on some previous purchases and didn’t know why. I told them why. They had bad credit. High risk = high interest rates. In trucking equipment is not cheap. Trucks and trailers are not easy to pay with cash. If your credit is not good and you need equipment, there will be big issues. Whether it’s a company or an owner operator or even for a rental, your credit will be checked. If your credit is bad, you may be declined. Smaller amounts may be possible, but equipment costs are large and larger amounts are harder to come by if you have not maintained a good past credit history. A prospective owner operator who is declined must earn less money and remain driving a truck they do not own, or get a

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The Consequences of Bad Credit co-signor and a company who is declined may not be able to expand, and can lose loads with no equipment to dispatch. Driving abstracts and credit as well are often checked when hiring. If you have a poor credit history a company may not want to hire you even with the best driving record. A driver with bad credit cannot be trusted with expensive equipment or with a fuel card. If declined for a job this affects your earnings and affects your entire family. Not enough credit or too much credit can also pose issues. Owning only one credit card does not justify any lender to loan you large amounts of money. One item is not enough. You must have several items of credit. You must prove yourself with a good track record by paying back all of the items in a timely basis. Having too much credit is also a problem. If all credit cards and lines of credit are all maxed out and you’re only paying minimum payments over a long period of time and have no savings this will cause you problems. You may have spent more than you can afford and it will be difficult to get a deal approved when you can’t afford what you already have. Have credit that you can pay off affordably. Finding the comfortable balance where you can pay off all credit cards and lines of credit in full each month, make all installments such as mortgages and vehicle and equipment on time, and still have savings is the goal. It takes time to get there, especially if you’ve already overspent. But it’s easier if this is done from the start. But again, circumstances can change any time. Bad things can happen to good people which may affect credit. I’ve seen illness, loss of employment and industry declines that affect people who had always paid their bills on time and still have every intention to. Sudden changes in life no can predict, but if in a situation like this, you can work to restore your credit once the situation has been resolved. Your credit stays on your record for seven years. If you’re able to, try to restore it. If your credit was bad from the start, try to correct it and show you are able to pay back borrowed money. Options such as secured credit cards are available to get it started. If you can have good credit going forward and really prove yourself, you will find that doors that were closed by financial institutions in the past might open for you once again. NOVEMber / DECEMber 2016

NAFTA truck freight shows increase


he U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in August trucks moved more than 65 percent of all the international freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. Truck and air freight were the only modes to experience an increase compared to last August. The value of freight hauled across the borders increased by more than 11 percent compared with July when freight was down nearly 10 percent from the previous month. August marks the largest monthto-month increase since March 2015. Compared to August 2015, freight was up 0.7 percent, the first year-to-year increase since December 2014 when freight increased by more than 5 percent. Year-to-year, NAFTA freight was down every month since then. Trucks were responsible for nearly $61 billion of the $93.1 billion of imports and exports in August. Rail came in second with more than $14 billion. Vessel and pipeline freight when compared with last year contributed to the yearly decline in U.S.NAFTA trade flow because of

plummeting crude oil prices, according to BTS. Freight totalled $93.126 billion, up more than $9 billion from the previous month and an increase of nearly $700 million from August 2015. Vessel freight experienced the steepest decline at 12.5 percent, half of July’s drop of 25.1 percent. Trucks had a 3.4 percent increase, the second highest increase next to air freight at 4.9 percent. Nearly 60 percent of U.S.-Canada freight was moved by trucks, followed by rail at 16.5 percent. U.S.Mexico freight went up by 3 percent compared with August 2015. Of the $45.8 billion of freight moving in and out o f Mexico, trucks carried more than 71 percent of the loads.


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Omnitek to develop a 13 Litre Natural Gas Engine


mnitek Engineering announced it has signed a contract with a European customer to develop a heavy-duty 13-litre natural gas engine for Class 8 trucks and certify the engine to EURO 6 emissions standards. The development contract includes a multi-year supply agreement for Omnitek’s proprietary components. Additional terms were not disclosed. The new 13-litre 450 hp natural gas engine being developed will initially be utilized to power a fleet of approximately 1,000 new Class 8 trucks, scheduled to commence service in 2017. “The ability of Omnitek’s technology to achieve EURO 6 emissions certification standards, which is a competitive advantage and not easily achieved, has not gone unnoticed in Europe. In addition, the availability of a 13-litre 450 hp EURO 6 heavy-duty natural gas engine, coupled with the build-out of NOVEMber / DECEMber 2016

natural gas fuelling infrastructure, should further accelerate deployment of natural gas heavy-duty trucks in Europe, as well as other world regions that require Euro 6 certification,” said Werner Funk, president

and chief executive officer of Omnitek Engineering Corp. Funk highlighted the low-cost and cleanburning benefits of natural gas – particularly

as oil prices begin to increase and emissions policies address the 200-nation “Paris Agreement on Climate Change” that was recently signed. “CO2, NOx and black carbon emissions from diesel engines, potent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, are abated when using natural gas, and our technology offers countries around the globe a viable and proven solution,” he said. He emphasized that even with relatively low oil prices, the company is still in active discussions with several domestic fleet operators. Funk added he anticipates certain key projects commencing in the near future, as fleet managers have now completed analyzing the economic benefits of a pay-back period of less than two years for dieselto-natural gas engine conversions and also recognize the environmental considerations and related compliance issues with meeting emissions mandates. 51

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Peterbilt’s SmartLINQ Remote Diagnostics Technology Now Available for All Heavy-duty Truck Engines


eterbilt Motors Company introduced new technology enhancements to its SmartLINQ remote diagnostics platform, as well as expanded availability to all Class 8 truck engines, during the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. “Peterbilt’s SmartLINQ is providing our customers with greater uptime, as well as cost savings and improved fleet management,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “Reasoning engine technology and SmartLINQ Service Management are Peterbilt’s latest innovations to SmartLINQ’s comprehensive connected truck solutions.” SmartLINQ provides customers with real-time, at-a-glance information on fleet health, with detailed diagnostics and recommended actions, through the web-based PACCAR Solutions portal. SmartLINQ Service Management, powered by Decisiv, will be integrated with the PACCAR Solutions portal in 2017. Siver noted that nearly 20,000 Peterbilt trucks are equipped with SmartLINQ and that number is rapidly expanding with the system now standard and factory-installed on all heavy-duty trucks. Reasoning Engine Technology Reasoning engine technology, a collective knowledge approach to truck

diagnostics and repair, will be integrated with the SmartLINQ platform in December. “Reasoning engine technology improves truck service and repair efficiencies to get trucks back on the road faster,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. “Using actual field repair data, it provides technicians and customers with the most efficient diagnostic and service procedures.” SmartLINQ’s reasoning engine

technology will collect and analyze information generated by the on-board diagnostics of every SmartLINQ-enabled truck. It utilizes machine learning to make associations between triggered diagnostic codes. Technicians can apply up-to-theminute information to more efficiently and accurately diagnose and solve service issues. SmartLINQ Service Management SmartLINQ Service Management provides customers with real-time access to the status of truck repairs and service being performed at Peterbilt dealerships. It improves uptime by streamlining communication between customers and dealers to expedite decision-making in the servicing of the vehicle, for instance

approving electronic repair estimates. “SmartLINQ provides customers with instant, complete remote diagnostic information,” said Mike Conroy, Director of Field Service. “SmartLINQ Service Management takes the next step by giving customers that same convenience during the service process, letting them manage it more efficiently.” SmartLINQ Service Management is user-friendly and features real-time dashboards, alerts and reports. All service steps are date- and time-stamped, providing a complete history of each service event. Beginning this month every Class 8 truck produced will have a code that dealer service technicians scan to access detailed chassis information and updatable service records though SmartLINQ Service Management. Model year 2007 and newer trucks can be retrofitted with a code through Peterbilt dealerships. The system expedites maintenance and repairs by giving service technicians quick access to essential information to help perform work faster and more efficiently. Service Management is currently being rolled out to the Peterbilt dealer network. The fleet portal is expected to be available through PACCAR Solutions in Summer 2017.

RAR-251 Drum Brake Configuration Available


idewell expands its RAR251 Stub Axle Air Ride Suspension system with the release of a drum brake assembly designed for a minimum 41” axle track width. The suspension system contains two beam assemblies that can be integrated into a multi-tire configuration providing a 40,000 pound capacity per axle line. The RAR-251 system is designed for heavy haul applications utilizing a minimum 10-foot wide trailer 52

up to a 14-foot or wider trailer installation. Purchasers can supply their own hangers or Ridewell can design a suspension hanger for a specific application. The 12.25” drum brake assembly accommodates 17.5” tires on a 41” axle track width at a 12” ride height. The disc brake configuration is designed for a 32” axle track width, accommodating 225-70R 19.5” and 245-70R 19.5” tire sizes at a 12” ride height. NOVEMber / DECEMber 2016


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Yokohama Adds Four New Tires

okohama Tire Corp. recently added four new sizes to its 104ZR line of urban/regional allposition/steer tire line-up: the 225/70R19.5, 245/70R19.5, 265/70R19.5 and 285/70R19.5. “The 104ZR is a true workhorse that’s designed to deliver longer tread wear, low rolling resistance and even wear, making it especially ideal for high scrub applications,” noted Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s manager of commercial and OTR product planning, in a statement. He added that the 104ZR still retains its original sizes as well: 295/80R22.5, 9R22.5, 10R22.5, 11R22.5 12R22.5 and 315/80R22.5. Clauer went on to emphasize 104ZR tire lineCompany is designed forthat ourthededicated to provide several key benefits to truck owners: A five-rib, full-depth tread pattern to help deliver a smoother and quieter ride. The use of Yokohama’s unique “serpentine” groove pattern to reduce premature shoulder step-

down and irregular wear, further preserving overall tread life. The incorporation of Yokohama’s Zenvironment technology that accurately

predicts casing growth and stabilizes performance over the life of the tire; resulting in longer casing life and better.

Improved fuel economy via the use of stronger and more pliable compounds that improve tread wear and reduce rolling resistance. The use of block-shaped stone defense ribs to prevent stones from traveling to the bottom of the grooves, reducing casing damage by up to 25%, again ensuring greater durability and retreadability. Use of an ultra-wide top steel belt to increase rigidity across the entire tread surface for enhanced tire durability and to avoid casing damage.

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