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Jag Dhatt

There is a lot going on in 2018. Even though it’s still early in the year, there are some hot topics that will make a definite impact in the transport industry. Although only for the USA for now, starting April 1st, companies not running an ELD (Electronic Logging Device) will be in violation of regulatory code. This will impact all those truckers and companies which run cross-border. There is lots of information available through government sites, so make sure you stay informed and adhere to regulations. Another issue that keeps getting brought up is driver shortage. I’ve spoken to many companies and have received various responses, ranging from “there is a shortage” to “the issue is with drivers not wanting to take certain routes.” We will discuss this issue in future issues and in our online platforms in more detail. Since it’s 2018, Canada’s national truck show, TruckWorld, will be taking place at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario from April 19th to 21st. Desi Trucking is again the Official South-Asian partner and we encourage all those in the transport industry to come and enjoy the show. Learn about new products and services and enter to win prizes, including drones! The cover story in the last issue received lots of response. We can an abundance of emails congratulating Ray Gompf on his story, “Who Holds the Gavel?” If you haven’t had the chance to read the story yet, make sure you do.

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XYpper has provided exactly the methodology to offer the kind of efficiency necessary. Green choices don’t always have to involve hardware to operate better, but the ways business is conducted is equally, if not more important, to protecting our environment. Relying on our government to tell us they have all the answers is an exercise in futility. Those in government tell us they have the only answers, but they have no skin in the game. Those of us with skin in the game stumble along, trying to do the best with what we have, improving as we go. Governments do what they do to make themselves look good in order to get themselves re-elected. The government could be operating on the best practices available but often is not. The Green movement isn’t new – it’s as old as mankind itself. Up until this past few generations, mankind did exercise, the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle mantra. Since World War II, the wasting of resources has become pervasive. While adherents use the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle mantra, they do so as if this current generation invented it. No, what they invented was the wastage of resources and now, those same wasters have found the Three-R bandwagon and have made it Government policy. The world doesn’t need more government policy that imposes, but policy that encourages being better. Rarely does imposed policy hit the mark. Whether or not you believe the Climate Change proponents and the carbon taxers words, approaching the use of our nonrenewable resources with respect, treating our home planet with equal respect is essential if only for a purely selfish reason to have a better bottom line. The truth is always somewhere between the two extremes of the argument and in this case, let common sense prevail and let’s get the job done.

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ennessee Technological University is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to at least temporarily disregard a study it conducted on pollution volumes from certain heavy trucks. The university’s president told the EPA in a letter this week that “experts within the university have questioned the methodology and accuracy,” and the institution is investigating the matter, The New York Times reported. Last year the EPA proposed the rescinding of the Obama administration’s regulations on glider trucks, which are new truck bodies with older engines that previously were subject to the looser pollution rules in place when the old engines were manufactured. The Obama administration in 2016 closed the regulatory loophole and declared that the glider trucks are subject to modern emissions rules. This angered some Republicans and the companies that sell the trucks, like Tennessee’s politically connected Fitzgerald Glider Kits. Such trucks are significantly cheaper than completely new ones. Fitzgerald Glider Kits paid Tennessee Tech to study glider



emissions, and the study concluded that the trucks’ emissions are at or below the levels of completely new vehicles. The study has been criticized by multiple groups, including faculty at Tennessee Tech, and it has not been peer-reviewed. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt relied mainly on interpreting the Clean Air Act to apply only to newly manufactured vehicles and said the agency cannot regulate glider trucks.



Ritchie Bros. Holds Massive Record-Breaking Auction in Orlando


welve thousand plus equipment items and trucks sold in just six days. It’s hard to believe, but that’s what Ritchie Bros. did in its Orlando, FL auction last week. This is the company’s premier auction each year, and this year they did it better than ever, reaching US$278+ million in sales, making it Ritchie Bros.’ largest auction ever in its 60-year history. More than 13,350 bidders from 90 countries registered to participate in the Orlando auction (February 19 – 24, 2018), including 8,600+ online bidders who purchased US$123+ million (44%) of the equipment. U.S. bidders purchased approximately 80 percent of the equipment in the auction, while international bidders from such countries as Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Australia, and China purchased 20 percent of the equipment. “We created history last week, with a record US$278+ million auction, which was a 24% increase compared to the combined Ritchie Bros. and IronPlanet GTV from last year—a monumental event for the used heavy equipment and transportation sectors,” said Ravi Saligram, Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie Bros. “We consider this to be a barometer of both end user demand as well as superb execution of our sales, marketing and operations teams. Despite continued tightness of supply, which we expect to persist, our teams leveraged existing customer relationships, and penetrated new accounts. The auction results showcase the potential power of the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and IronPlanet combination and that the innovations we implemented in Orlando significantly enhanced



the customer experience for sellers and buyers. I would like to thank our customers for their enduring trust and our employees who made this auction a tremendous success.” Jeff Jeter, President of U.S. Sales for Ritchie Bros. added, “We are pleased with the execution of our sales team and encouraged by the strong price performance throughout the week through most equipment categories and sectors, continuing the trend we’ve seen in our events early this year, including our auctions in Phoenix, Houston, and Tipton, as well as our weekly online auctions through IronPlanet. We sold 12% more lots this year compared to the combined Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and IronPlanet Orlando auctions last February and saw a price per lot increase of 11%.” Ritchie Bros. leveraged technology in new ways in Orlando this year to provide consignors more convenient selling options and offer buyers increased comfort and transparency into the auction process. For select items, the company offered a virtual consignment option to sell off-site items with IronClad Assurance, seamlessly integrating those items with the rest of the assets located in Orlando. Ritchie Bros. also set up a huge tent in the yard with air conditioning and seating for up to 700 bidders, providing comfort to bidders in a third auction ring instead of walking them item to item to sell out in the yard. And, for the first time ever, Ritchie Bros. brought its online auction clerks to Orlando to catch online bids right in the auction theater, providing amazing transparency to its online process.

Ford Unveils New Transit


ith room for up to seven passengers and offering easy conversion to cargo duty, the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon takes care of business with a versatility and maneuverability that make everyday adventures easy.The wagon features all-new gas and diesel engines and a suite of driver-assist technologies, including standard Automatic Emergency Braking. The feature is included with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – a segment-exclusive. Packed with Technology: The new Transit Connect Wagon features new driver-assist features, including standard Automatic Emergency Braking. The feature is included with segmentexclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to help avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians who might accidentally cross in front of the vehicle’s path. Adaptive Cruise Control is also available. The system makes highway driving easier by automatically slowing the vehicle when radar detects traffic slowing ahead. Available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert also uses radar to detect surrounding vehicles – providing alerts if vehicles approach unseen from either side. To help avoid lane drift while driving, available Lane Keeping System vibrates the steering wheel and can apply extra steering wheel torque to help you keep the vehicle centred on the road. Designed For life on the Go: Offered in Canada in long wheelbase platform to accommodate up to seven passengers and in three trim levels, XL, XLT and Titanium, Transit Connect Wagon can be built to meet the needs of any customer. A spacious, flexible interior makes loading cargo a cinch. Dual sliding side doors provide added convenience, and available roof rails extend its versatility with any number of accessories that can be fitted to the roof to haul bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards or luggage. Transit Connect Wagon’s new instrument panel is centred on features that are both useful and straightforward – an available 6.5-inch floating touch screen, a digital driver information centre in the cluster, and available wireless charging for your mobile device. Coming soon, Waze compatibility will help drivers steer clear of troublesome traffic spots. Staying connected is easy thanks to the standard FordPass Connect (4G embedded modem) providing Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices and available SYNC® 3 infotainment system. All-New Under the Hood:A new powertrain lineup provides greater customer choice with a class-exclusive diesel engine offering. The new 2019 Transit Connect with all-new 1.5-litre EcoBlue® diesel engine is targeted to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating* of at least 30 mpg highway. The diesel engine is paired with an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission. A new 2.0-litre four-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection comes with Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment. It too comes mated to the all-new 8-speed automatic. Affordable, Flexible, smart The Transit Connect Wagon is expected to be one of the most innovative and versatile seven-passenger vehicles on the market. The long-wheelbase model offered in Canada has more interior cargo volume behind the first row than the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe, making the task of getting oversized items home a snap. MARCH - APRIL 2018


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a reputable shop is a good indication. If service records are not being provided, you may want to discontinue with the item and look elsewhere. An inspection being expired may be a bad sign. A new inspection should be negotiated in advance of the sale. If the seller refuses, this could indicate something is mechanically wrong and they want you to pay a hefty mechanic bill instead of themselves. I recently dealt with a driver who did not negotiate the inspection, and when I suggested it, the seller refused to provide anything. I told the driver not to buy, but he didn’t follow my advice and was he given a $3,000 bill for the truck to pass inspection. Buyer beware. Make sure to check the tires, wheels and brakes. If you are buying a set of b train trailers, that would be twenty tires to possibly replace, which will be very costly. Check the tread on the tires and the brake pads. A red flag is shiny new studs, which means the wheels and tires have been changed. Usually the seller takes off their newer tires and tries to give you their worn out ones. This often happens in trade ins. They get the equipment appraised and when the time comes to hand it over, the shiny studs are a giveaway. I have also seen a price negotiated and then the person doesn’t give it to the buyer. They keep driving or using it and then expect the same money even though it is now not the original agreement, like 4,000 extra miles driven on it. If you are unsure, I encourage you to show a mechanic the equipment. A honest seller should not have issues with you bringing in a mechanic to take a look. It shows you are a serious buyer and it could lead to possible sale. Anyone who is applying high pressure techniques and trying to get money from you as fast as possible could be a bad indication. Why do they need the money so fast? Are they trying to dupe you? My favorite line is the “I have someone else ready to pay” and trust me, there is never anyone as a backup. Is the item over priced and they don’t want you to figure that out? High pressure is a bad sign and I encourage you to hold your ground and take your time to make a decision. Asking for a large down payment up front may also be something to be wary of. I met two young men in their early twenties who each gave $10,000, so a total of $20,000 down on a used truck. I met them and asked why they did that before they met with me who was going to finance the truck. I had to explain that I am supposed to take the down payment and give it to the financial institution who is financing their deal. They assured me it was ok and I knew it wasn’t ok. I knew who the seller was. It was a trucking company who has multiple law suits for not paying driver’s and ordered custom made equipment from dealerships and never picked it up costing the dealership a lot of money. They were known as very bad people, and as a predicted, they kept these two young men’s life savings and didn’t give them the truck. They tried to give a bill of sale for a different truck than the young men had seen, 18


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and then revoked the job offer that also came with the truck and cut off all contact. I felt bad for the young men and they certainly learned their lesson. Never give a large deposit up front unless you know the person or it is a reputable dealership. I have bought hundreds of pieces of used equipment to finance and that is my job. I always tell clients, they will purchase maybe less than five items over their lifetime, so seek out advice

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s Washington begins debate on how best to fund roads and bridges, the American Trucking Associations is still promoting its plan, the Build America Fund, which they say would generate $340 billion in new revenue over ten years without adding a penny to the budget deficit. The ATA has launched a new initiative to highlight the nation’s infrastructure needs by demonstrating the exorbitant cost of traffic congestion and road disrepair borne by the motoring public. “Our goal is to educate decision makers and the public about the hidden costs of the status quo,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “If we’re to secure a better future for our country and this economy, then we can no longer put off necessary improvements to our national network of roads and bridges.” “Opponents of a fuel user fee fail to mention a simple fact: deteriorating roads and bridges exact a heavy price on the motoring public – and that cost hits lowand middle-income drivers the hardest,” Spear said. “A fuel user fee is completely paid for by users and does not add a penny

to the deficit. There’s a reason why Ronald Reagan was such a strong supporter of this policy throughout his presidency.” ATA’s new website and infrastructure investment campaign, Road to a Better Future, features an educational video and call to action, urging individuals to contact their representatives and ask them to support new highway investment. “What seems to get lost in the debate about highway funding is that there is a cost to doing nothing, too,” said David Congdon, CEO of Old Dominion Freight Lines and co-chair of ATA’s Infrastructure Task Force. “The irony here is that the cost of doing nothing is actually much higher than what is actually required to fix our roads and bridges.” “You can’t build roads and bridges with fake funding. The Build America Fund puts real money on the table,” said Jim Burg, task force co-chair and president and CEO of James Burg Trucking Co. “Trucking is coming to Washington with a solution. We already pay nearly half the Highway Trust Fund, and we’re saying we’ll pay more to get this job done.”



Peterbilt Launches New Model 579 UltraLoft


eterbilt Motors Company introduced the new Model 579 UltraLoft. The UltraLoft offers drivers an integral cab and sleeper design for Peterbilt’s flagship onhighway Model 579 that provides the ultimate level of driver comfort and the distinctive style and quality Peterbilt is known for. “The Model 579 has been a huge success for our on-highway customers, and today Peterbilt is taking it to the next level,” said Kyle Quinn, Peterbilt Motors Company General Manager and PACCAR Senior Vice President. “The UltraLoft was designed and tested in close collaboration with customers and drivers. The UltraLoft delivers a premium environment while maintaining the distinctive Peterbilt style. I am confident drivers will fully embrace this new home away from home.” The driver experience was the key factor in designing the new UltraLoft. By optimizing the space available, the new sleeper model includes industry-leading storage and comfort. The UltraLoft gives drivers the largest upper and lower bunk mattresses, best-in-class headroom in both bunks and some creature comforts of home with space to accommodate the industry’s largest microwave and



enough room to fit a 32 inch flat screen TV. “Peterbilt’s customers have been asking for a product that maximizes the space available in the cab, and the UltraLoft delivers on that request. This makes it an ideal truck for team drivers, training scenarios and customers that want to maximize aerodynamic performance and driver comfort,” said Robert Woodall, Assistant General Manager – Sales and Marketing, Peterbilt Motors Company. “The first customers to see and test the UltraLoft have provided overwhelming excitement and requested the first available production models.” The improvements are not limited to the driver experience. The UltraLoft provides an estimated 2-percent aerodynamic improvement to push the limits of efficiency even further while maintaining the styling and bold look of the Model 579. “Throughout the design process we asked ourselves, what is best for the drivers to be the most comfortable and productive? So, we added headroom, storage and improved the overall space to maximize the driver’s experience,” said Scott Newhouse, Chief Engineer, Peterbilt Motors Company. “The expansive loft style space, the increase in efficiency and the reduction in overall tractor weight are a testament to the team’s focus on maximizing the driver experience.” The 579 UltraLoft is available for order now and production scheduled to begin in the summer. Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the “Class” of the industry. Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including SmartLINQ connected truck technologies, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, the Red Oval certified used truck program, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt.



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Drug and Alcohol Testing Under Revaluation


ollowing a fatal 2016 Amtrak accident in Chester, Pennsylvania, and a series of news articles about the increase in drug use across the United States and in the transportation sector, Democratic staff of the Committee

employees and agents who are tested. • PHMSA should renew discussions with Canada and Mexico to ensure pipeline companies that operate pipelines from Canada or Mexico into the United States are able to conduct the same drug and alcohol tests on safetysensitive personnel located outside of the United States that are required of personnel in the United States. • DOT and HHS should prioritize research that could lead to a scientifically valid and legally defensible testing standard for marijuana impairment. • DOT should routinely review exemptions from reporting requirements for drug and alcohol testing and consider conducting a review that compares the results of DOT- mandated tests with the results of tests conducted under company authority to help better inform regulators of drug and alcohol abuse among transportation workers.

on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, began a review of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s drug and alcohol testing program to evaluate patterns of increased usage across the modes of transportation and to determine whether DOT’s program is effective or in need of improvement. A report was prepared for House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member Peter DeFazio (D-OR). T&I Committee Democratic staff found that while DOT is effectively carrying out drug and alcohol testing requirements, policies, and goals, there are significant gaps in its drug and alcohol testing program. Based on this review, T&I Committee Democratic staff developed 15 recommendations for improving the program, along with ten key findings. Recommendations include: • DOT should revise its regulations to ensure alcohol and controlled substances testing programs encompass all employees and agents performing safety-sensitive functions, addressing any gaps that currently exist in MARCH - APRIL 2018


Winter Warmer Recipes By RoadPro Family of Brands


t’s the time of year when the end-of-the-day trip across the parking lot from your truck to the travel center restaurant seems like it requires a sled and huskies. There’s an alternative that’s cheaper, healthier and carries virtually no risk of frostbite. Cook in your cab. We know what you’re thinking – you want something tastier than snacks out of cellophane. Well, with the right recipes and a few 12volt appliances you can make delicious, healthful meals that will

Lime Cilantro Chicken Ingredients • 3 chicken breasts • Juice from 2 limes • 1 bunch chopped cilantro • 2 cloves garlic • 1 onion diced • 1 can beans of choice, drained • 1 tsp cumin • 1 tsp rosemary • Salt and pepper Directions Add all ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours in the slow cooker.

Beef and Broccoli Ingredients • 1 lb thinly sliced beef • 1 cup beef broth (organic, MSGfree) • 3 cloves garlic minced • 1 tbsp honey • 1 bag frozen broccoli florets Directions Place all ingredients except broccoli into slow cooker. Cook covered on low for 5 hours. Add broccoli and cook additional 30 minutes on high.

keep you warm and well-fed throughout winter. We’ve collected some recipes from Carolyn O’Byrne, a life coach and author of “Gut Instinct,” a book that offers nutritional and lifestyle advice specifically for truckers. All of these are crafted specifically for in-cab cooking with 12-volt appliances, like RoadPro’s slow cooker. The ingredients can be kept safely in a RoadPro cooler until it’s time to cook. O’Byrne recommends making more than you need for one meal so have leftovers to enjoy.

Vegetable Lentil Soup Ingredients • 4 cups of dried lentils • 32 oz any broth (organic, MSG-free) • 2 cups water • 1 onion chopped • 4 cups of vegetables of choice (frozen or fresh) (Ideas: carrots, peas, celery, squash, sweet potato) • 28 oz can diced tomatoes • 4-6 cloves minced garlic or organic garlic powder • Salt and pepper to taste Directions Place all ingredients in 5+ quart slow cooker (if cooker is smaller, halve the recipe). Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.

Hawaiian Chicken Ingredients 2 lbs cut-up chicken 1 can pineapple chunks in 100% juice 1 onion 1 bell pepper 4 tbsp honey Salt and pepper Directions Combine ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.

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he average price also is lower this week than last week in every region across the U.S. dipping below $3 a gallon. The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel in the U.S. on Monday was down 4.4 cents per gallon from the week before, to $2.966 per gallon. Four regions have per-gallon diesel prices below $3 per gallon. The lowest average price is in the Gulf Coast region, where the price is $2.811 per gallon. California has the most expensive average gallon of diesel, $3.627. Following are the average prices by region: • U.S. – $2.966, down 4.4 cents • East Coast – $3.079, down 3.8 cents • New England – $3.148, down 2.9 cents • Central Atlantic – $3.31, down 2.9 cents • Lower Atlantic – $2.95, down 4 cents • Midwest – $2.952, down 4.6 cents • Gulf Coast – $2.811, down 4.1 cents • Rocky Mountain – $2.943., down 2.7 cents • West Coast – $3.253, down 4.4 cents • West Coast less California – $3.018, down 4.2 cents • California – $3.627, down 3 cents





Ohio To Close Rest Area


ccording to an ODOT news release, “there are adequate facilities to accommodate the needs of the traveling public on the I-77 corridor between the West Virginia Division of Highways Wood County rest area and the ODOT Guernsey County rest area.”

Justifying the closure, ODOT cites a Pilot Flying J at the Caldwell Exit and a GoMart at Exit 1. Pilot Flying J’s location has 25 parking spaces and the GoMart has 18. The rest area in question has 20 marked truck parking spaces. ODOT notes that since 1992, more than 60 rest areas have been closed in the state due to the private sector fulfilling the needs in the area. The agency also mentioned environmental issues such as “antiquated onsite water and sewer systems” among the reasons for rest area closures. Jason’s Law truck parking survey results reveal Ohio as having among the most total spaces, next to Texas. Ohio ranked fourth for most public spaces per 100 miles of National Highway System and for all spaces per 100 miles of NHS. However, the Buckeye State also ranked among the worst when considering all spaces per 100,000 daily truck vehicle miles traveled. ODOT plans to accept comments through March 31. Comments can be emailed at or call 740-568-3904.



Shippers Conditions Index For December Still Pessimistic


he Shippers Conditions Index for December was basically unchanged from November at a reading of -8.8. Carrier capacity remains extremely tight with rate acceleration expected through the second quarter, keeping the index in decidedly negative territory through early 2018. Jonathan Starks, Chief Operating Officer at FTR, commented “The question for many shippers is how long will the tough times last? When we look at freight demand, which has been strengthening for nearly a year now, our



forecast shows robust demand for most of 2018. If there will be improvements for shippers, it won’t be because of a softening of freight.’s Market Demand Index, at roughly twice the level that it was at this time last year, highlights the tight capacity situation within the spot market. It began rising again in February after softening following the strong holiday season. For shippers who haven’t locked in capacity, this year’s spring shipping season will be a tough one.” The Shippers Conditions Index could improve later in the year dependent upon how much carriers can add capacity to meet the strong demand, as well as shippers adjusting supply chains to enhance carrier productivity. Avery Vise, VP of Trucking at FTR, commented, “We are seeing record truck and trailer orders, which indicate buying above replacement demand, and much of that will hit the market in the second half. However, that narrative is somewhat disrupted by ELD implementation and the driver shortage. People naturally think of the driver shortage in terms of the supply of drivers, however, changes in carrier productivity are just as important. We anticipate that shippers and carriers will implement a host of productivity enhancements — measures like drop-and-hook, better scheduling for pickups and deliveries, faster dock turnarounds, better coordination among shippers through intermediaries, and so on. Higher rates motivate shippers to be much more flexible on steps that increase carrier productivity.” The Shippers Conditions Index tracks the changes representing four major conditions in the U.S. full-load freight market. These conditions are: freight demand, freight rates, fleet capacity, and

fuel price. The individual metrics are combined into a single index that tracks the market conditions that influence the shippers’ freight transport environment. A positive score represents good, optimistic conditions. A negative score represents bad, pessimistic conditions. The index tells you the industry’s health at a glance. In life, running a fever is an indication of a health problem. It may not tell you exactly what’s wrong, but it alerts you to look deeper. Similarly, a reading well below zero on the FTR Trucking Conditions Index warns you of a problem….and readings high above zero spell opportunity. Readings near zero are consistent with a neutral operating environment. Double digit readings (both up or down) are warning signs for significant operating changes.


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Truck Driver Makes List Of Toughest Job To Fill In 2018


t’s no surprise that truck driver landed on the list of toughest jobs to fill in 2018 – with demand outpacing supply for that job and certain other positions, says a new CareerCast report. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that we will need an additional 777,600 Personal Care Aides, 255,400 more Application Software Developers and 108,400 truck drivers by 2026.’s report on the 10 toughest jobs to fill for 2018 focuses on some of the positions most aggressively pursuing candidates, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts, trade and professional association data, graduation rates, and’s own database of job listings. Factors driving demand vary, as do causes behind employers having difficulty filling positions. Not enough people with the skills to do the job, a lack of new graduates in the profession, and industry growth are among the reasons certain jobs are harder to fill than others. The Baby Boom generation drives



the demand for positions in healthcare and financial advisors. With more Boomers approaching retirement, demand for financial planning is expected to climb significantly. However, five of the 10 toughest jobs to fill in 2018 are in healthcare. While Construction Labourer and Truck Driver possess two of the lower eight-year growth outlooks of the 10 toughest jobs to fill, the professions are in very high immediate demand as a result of employment and skills gaps. According to the American Trucking Associations, more than 70 percent of goods consumed in the U.S. are delivered by truck, and the industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be hundreds of thousands of new job openings in the construction industry by 2024. Rounding out the top ten toughest jobs to fill are Application Software Developer and Information Security Analyst.

Local Officials Warn Congress To Avoid Allowing Longer, Heavier Trucks


ocal officials are urging members of Congress to steer clear of any provisions that would allow longer or heavier trucks to operate on roads. A group of 1,000 local leaders, including current mayors and county officials from around the country, argued in a letter to Congressional lawmakers that allowing heavier or longer trucks on roads will destroy infrastructure that their governments cannot afford to repair. “Allowing heavier and longer trucks will most certainly set us back in our efforts,” the letter reads. “Longer and heavier trucks would cause significantly more damage to our transportation infrastructure, costing us billions of dollars that local government budgets simply cannot afford, compromising the very routes that American motorists use every day,” the leaders add. Congress is trying to pass an omnibus spending bill by March 23. A push from companies like FedEx to increase the twin tractor-trailer length from the current 28-foot standard to 33 feet has had safety advocates arguing that larger, heavier trucks are a danger

and take a toll on roads and bridges. The issue has been the subject of debate within the trucking industry. The Truckload Carriers Association, along with a majority of Americans, adamantly oppose any legislation backing a 33-foot standard, arguing it would increase the costs for truckers who would need to update their fleets. “One issue often overlooked during these bigger-truck discussions is that truck traffic does not load or unload on the Interstate — they end up on local roads, and those roads take a beating,” Coalition Against Bigger Trucks communications director Shane Reese said in a statement about the letter to lawmakers. “We’re asking Congress to hear the concerns of community leaders and infrastructure experts across the country, and to oppose any bigger truck proposals.” The letter comes after President Trump revealed an infrastructure plan that would rely on state and local governments, in addition to the private sector, to foot much of the bill for a rebuilding effort. Democrats have argued that cash-strapped localities cannot afford to fund the projects to overhaul American public works.



Tremcar Hires Management Team For Weyburn Facility


remcar West hired Doug Weir as general manager of its Weyburn facility and Kathy Lokinger as its office manager. The company is also looking for a service manager to complete its management team. Weir comes into the position with more than 45 years of experience in the oil patch, with a decade at Westank Willock, 29 years at Advanced Engineered Products, and the last few years with Edmonton Trailers Sales and Leasing. Weir worked as a welder, service manager, director of service, and a general manager of service for the province of Alberta. “We have experienced service technicians on the floor at your service for any of your tank needs,” said Darren Williams, vice-president for Tremcar West. “We needed to bring our



management to the same professional level as our other Tremcar facilities located in Saskatoon and Edmonton.” “The day I wanted to retire, Darren called me and offered me this job,” Weir added. “I am delighted to put my experience at the service of good people and a great company such as Tremcar.” Lokinger was hired last month to lead the Tremcar West office, bringing with her more than 23 years of experience in the oil industry working for Cenovus Energy. “A restructuring of our organization at Weyburn was a must,” said Williams. “Business is picking up again and we want to be ready.” If interested in the service manager position at Tremcar West’s Weyburn location, e-mail Williams at

Schumer Renews Call For Underride Guards On All Tractors


.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has renewed his call for the installation of underride guards on all tractor-trailers. He held a press event this week and was joined by the family of Edward “Eto” Torres, who died in January after a tractor-trailer came to a sudden stop to avoid an accident up ahead. Torres was traveling behind the trailer and was unable to stop. “This was a preventable tragedy,” Senator Schumer said. “If trucks had protective barriers called underride guards, Eto’s car

would not have gone under the truck.” Schumer renewed support for the Stop Underrides Act of 2017, existing bipartisan legislation which requires underride guards on the sides and front of a truck and updates standards for underride guards on the back. The Stop Underrides Act of 2017 was introduced in December by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida). The legislation came about five months after Schumer originally called for underride guards following a truck accident last summer in northern New York in which four people died.




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ecent moves by Amazon have led some industry observers to speculate the online retailer is poised to launch its own parcel delivery service soon, according to the Wall Street Journal. Known as “Shipping with Amazon,” or SWA, the service will involve the online retailer picking up parcels from businesses and shipping them to consumers. It’s expected to roll out in Los Angeles in the coming weeks, according to the report. WSJ says Amazon has been straining the capability of existing P&D companies with the sheer volume of its online sales and could be ramping up to follow through on its previously speculated intention to launch a proprietary P&D fleet. Reports indicate the online retail giant recently leased 40 air freight aircraft and begun arranging maritime freight shipments from China while quietly building up a new force of urban delivery drivers.


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Paccar Recalls Almost 2,000 Trucks for Wrong Gear Indicator


accar is recalling nearly 2,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks for issues with the instrument panel, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration document. This recall only affects trucks with automated transmissions. More specifically, Paccar is recalling select 201418 Kenworth T680/T880 trucks and 2017-2018 Peterbilt 567/579 trucks equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage transmission with right hand stalk shifter. According to a NHTSA recall document, the display that indicates which transmission gear the driver selected may display incorrectly. The instrument panel may indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R”. Consequently, the truck will not move. Owners of affected trucks will be notified by Paccar, which will have dealers install a transmission software update for free. Recalls are slated for April 2. For questions, call Kenworth’s customers service at 425-828-5000 or Peterbilt’s customer service at 940591-4000 with recall number 18KWA and 118-A.



Two Americans and One Canadian Finalists for Highway Hero


he Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its Highway Hero Award on Thursday, March 22, via a special event that will take place during the week of the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville,

KY. This year one of the finalists in the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Highway Hero Award is a Canadian. “Since 1983, Goodyear has honoured professional truck drivers who have put themselves in harm’s way to help others, making the Goodyear Highway Hero Award the oldest and most prestigious honour of its kind,” said Gary Medalis, marketing director, Goodyear. “It is our privilege to have recognized truck drivers for their extraordinary acts of heroism over the last three decades and we will continue this great tradition next month.” Here are this year’s Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists and their stories: Brian Bucenell, a driver from Richmond, Virginia Bucenell had just merged onto the Ohio Turnpike near Toledo when he switched on his CB and overhead other truck drivers discussing a high-speed chase that was taking place not far from his location. Moments later, while glancing at his mirror, Bucenell spotted a group of state trooper pursuit vehicles chasing a car, which was rapidly heading his way. Bucenell’s truck suddenly entered a construction zone and was forced to merge from three lanes to two lanes. The speeding car tried to pass his 18-wheeler on the shoulder. Over the course of the next minute, while maintaining highway speed, Bucenell kept pace with the car, spotted an opening and maneuvered his truck to sandwich the car against the guard rail, stopping the vehicle and giving state troopers time to catch up with it. Troopers arrested the car’s driver and passengers, who were later charged with motor vehicle theft. They had chased the suspects, whose stolen car had attained speeds of more than 100 miles per hour, for more than 20 minutes.



Ryan Moody, a driver from Tacoma, Washington Moody was driving down a busy Chicago freeway when a motorcyclist swerved and crashed in front of his truck. With no time to spare, Moody skillfully maneuvered his truck to avoid hitting the unconscious motorcyclist, who was bleeding from a head injury, and then positioned his 18-wheeler to protect him from other vehicles. After jumping out of his truck, Moody wrapped his own shirt around the badly injured motorcyclist’s head to prevent further blood loss, while simultaneously calming surrounding bystanders, who had gathered nearby. Moody stayed with the motorcyclist until paramedics arrived. They later credited him with saving the man’s life. Frank Vieira, a driver from Ancaster, Ontario Vieira was driving near Toronto, Ontario, when he heard a loud crash, looked over his shoulder and noticed that a car on the other side of the road had slammed into the back of a stationary roll-off truck. Vieira parked his truck and ran to the car, whose driver had been pierced through the neck by a piece of his own vehicle’s steering wheel, which had snapped off on impact. Vieira placed one of his hands over the still-conscious motorist’s wound and applied direct pressure, while using his other hand to notify emergency services. The driver of the parked truck walked over to the car to investigate and immediately fainted at the sight of the injuries sustained by the motorist. While continuing to apply direct pressure, Vieira used his foot to pull the leg of the driver who had fainted away from traffic. Emergency personnel arrived and transported both men to the hospital. They survived. Trucking industry journalists are now evaluating the above finalists and will select the 35th Goodyear Highway Hero Award recipient. The winner of the Goodyear Highway Hero Award will receive a special ring, a cash award. and a congratulatory trophy. Each of the other finalists will receive a cash prize and other items. “We look forward to naming our next Highway Hero, honouring our Goodyear Highway Hero Award finalists, and celebrating 35 years of the Goodyear Highway Hero Award program next month,” said Medalis.

Glasvan Offers Antimicrobial Protection in its 2019 Great Dane Reefer Trailers


lasvan Great Dane’s (www.glasvangreatdane. com) new 2019 model Great Dane Everest Reefer trailer line up is now equipped with Microban protection. Trailer liners with Microban, our new standard, offer broad-spectrum 24/7 antimicrobial trailer to help support compliance and safety requirements under the Food Safety Modernization ACT (FSMA) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Points (HACCP) by greatly reducing bacteria and mildew that contribute to contamination, odour and stains. Only available on Everest Reefers, Microban is Great Dane’s new antimicrobial product that delivers 24/7 protection and is now standard in both of our ThermoGuard and PunctureGuard refrigerated liners lasting for the entire life of the trailer. “Carriers can rest assured that in their efforts to provide freight integrity to customers, that their complex

food transportation needs will be met with our 2019 Reefer models,” says Tom Pepper, Sales Representative for Glasvan Great Dane. “Our Microban fortified reefer linings will help them meet stricter FSMA and HACCP principles and this can work to make them a carrier of choice in the eyes of their customers and shippers.” Great Dane’s testing of the liner with this patented technology have proven that two stain and odour causing bacteria most common to food contamination do not thrive in a Microban setting. In fact, tests resulted in a 99.9% reduction in microbial growth compared to those without Microban. The Great Dane Everest Reefer is the only trailer on the market that offers this exclusive antimicrobial technology. Microban actively fights the growth of bacteria that can cause odours and stains in the liner and helps carriers and their customers meet health and safety protocols.

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CTA Optimistic About NAFTA Negotiations


lthough the current tone of NAFTA negotiations remains somewhat contentious, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) continues to work with Canadian officials and members of the trucking industry across North America to help champion greater efficiencies in the supply chain through a modernized NAFTA agreement. During the last round of NAFTA meetings in Montreal, CTA was joined by the Quebec Trucking Association (QTA) to discuss trucking related issues with Minister of International Trade Michael Chan, along with stakeholders from the transportation sector and officials from the federal government in charge of customs procedures and market access during NAFTA negotiations. Among the issues discussed included the importance of “doing no harm” to the mutually beneficial relationship under the current agreement, and modernizing the agreement to include efficiencies such as: the repositioning of foreign empty trailers; the benefits of pre-clearance; a permanent U.S. In-transit program; and the implementation of more efficient inspections at the border.

“We appreciate the opportunity to continue to raise the profile on some of the industry’s issues and discuss how the movement of crossborder goods could become even more efficient under a modernized agreement,” says CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “We have the upmost confidence the hard work of the Canadian negotiating team will help drive benefits for the betterment of our industry and trade.” Due to the nature of trilateral negotiations, agreement from stakeholders on a North American basis would help prioritize, and potentially expedite, discussions on certain issues. CTA continues to work with both the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Cámara Nacional del Autotransporte de Carga (CANACAR), on joint submissions regarding inspections, and other efficiencies related to trucking in North America. As the next round of negotiations are set to take place in Mexico City, CTA will continue to work with Canadian negotiators, ATA, Canacar and other industry stakeholders in pursuing methods to streamline the movement of goods and services in the North American supply chain.



Majority Will See How Autonomous Trucks Develop Before Adopting Technology


hen it comes to self-driving vehicles, passenger cars may grab most of the headlines, but they aren’t capturing most of the investment in the

space. According to a PwC analysis, of the $6.8 billion raised by autonomous-transport startups since 2012, about 62% has gone to companies working on technology for vehicles ranging from drones to unmanned forklifts and tractor-trailers, all pieces of the larger ecosystem of industrial mobility.

Significantly, these investments in the pioneers of industrial mobility have been accelerating in recent years. From 2012 to 2014, companies working on automobiles received about as much investment ($660 million) as those building non-auto solutions ($702 million). But from 2015 to 2017, nonauto investment increased five-fold to $3.5 billion, while investment in companies working on tech for passenger cars rose a comparatively modest 188% to $1.9 billion. Why does this matter? The rapid growth in capital pouring into startups working on industrial mobility reveals that hefty bets are being placed on the prospect that the impact of autonomous vehicles may well first made more forcibly upon industrial applications – even as self-driving passenger cars continue to capture consumers’ imagination. Indeed, autonomous vehicles – as a broader technology – are still in their adolescence, though they’re growing fast. And there appear to still be open opportunities for investors and businesses alike to reap the potential benefits of embracing industrial mobility as early adopters and investors. That’s because most businesses surveyed for “Industrial Mobility: How Autonomous Vehicles Can Change Manufacturing,” a new study from PwC and the Manufacturing Institute, said they’d 46


rather wait for the technology to prove itself than to take on the risk of being an early adopter. Just 9% of manufacturers have adopted some sort of autonomous mobility within their operations, while 11% expect to do so in the next three years. Attitudes toward self-driving trucks are a good example of this cautious approach. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the survey said they’ll wait and see how the technology evolves before adopting it. That’s especially interesting, given that most all survey respondents estimated that autonomous trucks could slash transportation costs by up to 25%. In a nutshell: they see the potential, but aren’t quite ready to jump in. Cost is arguably the most important factor keeping manufacturers on the sidelines. The high cost of autonomous technology was the most frequently cited barrier to adoption in our survey, with nearly six in 10 respondents identifying it as a hurdle. At the same time, 86% said advanced industrial mobility’s ability to deliver a cost advantage was among the factors most likely to prompt them to embrace the technology.

With investment in industrial mobility surging, it’s a fair bet that businesses may see autonomous technology’s value proposition start to seem more attractive (and proven) sooner rather than later. And, it only stands to reason that some early adopters – and the early-stage companies developing the technology they implement – will score a competitive edge while their peers loiter on the sidelines.


Volvo Has 100 Certified Uptime Centres

olvo Trucks North America announced it now has more than 100 Certified Uptime Centres in its dealer network. The certified dealers maximize uptime through greater service bay availability, and standardized processes that lead to expedited check-in and repair times. “Post-purchase support is vital and our Volvo Certified Uptime Centres show that we’re serious about our business partnerships and supporting maximum uptime,” said Bruce Kurtt, senior vicepresident of sales for Volvo Trucks North America. “Our dealer network has embraced the Certified Uptime Centre concept and processes, and committed to a new approach to customer service. More than 100 of our North American dealers have now completed the rigorous certification process that will help more Volvo Trucks customers get back on the road quickly following a service stop.” To become certified, dealers must implement numerous modifications to their service processes, including the designation of uptime bays for repairs taking less than four hours, as well

as revised service workflows to speed repairs. These trucks are serviced immediately instead of the first-come, first-served practice commonly used for vehicle repairs. “The uptime process has become part of our identity as a dealer group and an expected standard by our customers,” said Clay Claiborne, corporate service manager for Bruckner Truck Sales, which has achieved certification at all 22 of their locations. “Volvo Certified Uptime Centres offer consistency,” said Mike Gomes, vice-president of maintenance for Bison Transport. “This is important for our operations and our drivers as they can now be confident in the service that they will receive across the network regardless whether they are at their home dealer or pulling into a dealer for the first time. In essence the relationship has been established for the entire network through the Certified Uptime process. It provides confidence to our team knowing we will receive information in a defined period and action is guaranteed.”







Peterbilt Announces Allstate Peterbilt as Dealer of the Year


eterbilt Motors Company names Allstate Peterbilt as the 2017 Dealer of the Year The award was presented at the 2018 Peterbilt Dealer Meeting held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The annual two-day business meeting brings together Peterbilt dealers from across North America. The meeting includes presentations and breakout sessions, with focused reviews on strengthening the dealer network and providing an industry leading sales and service experience to customers. “The Peterbilt dealer network has never been stronger. The dealer is the most important conduit from Peterbilt to the customer and Allstate Peterbilt is a shining example of service excellence and customer support,” Said Kyle Quinn, PACCAR Senior Vice President and Peterbilt General Manager. “Their commitment to the customer is a model others will follow. I thank them for their commitment and their pride in presenting the Red Oval.” In addition to Dealer of the Year for 2017 Allstate Peterbilt also takes home the Platinum Oval award which is given to the group of elite Peterbilt dealership locations who have demonstrated outstanding performance in all aspects of the Peterbilt Standards of Excellence program, a 2017 Best in Class award which honors the dealer organizations that rank the highest across the North American dealer network, and the TRP Dealer of the Year award which honors the top performing dealer in supporting the PACCAR Parts all makes TRP brand. “We are very proud of this achievement” added Don Larson Dealer Principal and Owner of Allstate Peterbilt. “With 21



locations across the Great Lakes Region Allstate Peterbilt has never been stronger. We pride ourselves on providing a customer experience that is second to none, I am humbled to see this dedication recognized.” This is Allstate Peterbilt’s second Dealer of the Year award adding it to their 2013 award. In 2016 Allstate took home awards for Parts and Service, Platinum Oval and Best in Class. “Receiving the Peterbilt Dealer of the Year award is a true honor and a proud moment for Allstate Peterbilt. We’ve invested significantly in our facilities, training for our staff and reaching customers we haven’t before,” said Jeff Vanthournout President of Allstate Peterbilt. “We look forward to an even stronger 2018 and are excited to defend our place as Dealer of the Year.” Allstate Peterbilt operates 21 dealerships throughout the Great Lakes Region and finished 2017 as one of the top performing dealerships in parts and service, medium duty sales, Class 8 sales and MX engine sales. Allstate is also one of the leaders in the Peterbilt dealer network for mobile service and is part of the Peterbilt Mobile Service Council, which develops best practices for other Peterbilt dealers to follow in developing their mobile service operations. “2017 was a record setting year for Peterbilt because of the stronger than ever dealer network. Dealerships like Allstate Peterbilt provide the bedrock of our customer experience,” said Peyton Harrell Director of Dealer Development, Peterbilt Motors Company. “Without a network full of dealers just like them we couldn’t be as successful as we have been.” In addition to Dealer of the Year Peterbilt also recognized the top-performing dealerships with Best in Class awards. The Best in Class Awards are based on a combination of Peterbilt’s standard of excellence scores, financial performance, part and service performance and utilization of PACCAR training and programs. Dealerships receiving Best in Class Awards include: • Allstate Peterbilt Group, Peterbilt Trucks Pacific, Dobbs Peterbilt Group, Camions Excellence Peterbilt, Rush Peterbilt Truck Centers, Stahl Peterbilt, Peterbilt Manitoba, The Peterbilt Store, The Larson Group Peterbilt, Jack Group Peterbilt, Calgary Peterbilt, Performance Peterbilt



Old Tech vs New Tech By G Ray Gompf, CD


ocial media is great, and I love it. There’s a lot of discussion going on about standard transmissions vs automatic transmissions. The discussion is really much broader than that. It is my belief, and my belief is pretty much borne out by reality, that once a computer takes over a human skill, that skill becomes lost, at least to those who never had acquired the skill in the first place. Sure, allowing a computer to shift gears is fine and believe me, I’m fully aware that the automatic transmissions in today’s trucks, under absolutely ideal conditions, can and do outperform an old seasoned hand using a perfectly operating standard transmission under precisely the same conditions. The automatic transmission is only scratching the surface of computers taking over human skills. There’s cruise control and reactive cruise control. There’s automatic headlights. There’s lane departure warning. There’s blind spot warning. There’s back up warning. There are gauges that tell you the tire pressure while your moving. There’s even a computer screen on the dash the tells

you more than you ever thought you needed to know about the truck you’re driving. The information being fed to you can be a full-time job without the driving part, which is becoming the distraction. The complete automation of even the driving part of the truck operation is fast becoming a reality where the truck simply drives itself. For now, 52


however, there must be a “driver” who is qualified to assume control if something goes wrong. In this automation race, there’s also motive power sources that are fighting for the supremacy now occupied by the diesel engine. Compressed natural gas is making inroads. The advent of a battery system that is powerful enough and offers a quick recharge and a five-hundred mile range is also upon us. Aerodynamics is also a factor. Ever since Kenworth introduced the “Anteater,” aerodynamics is now a critical element of the truck buying decisions. But was the Anteater truly the first truck to be designed aerodynamically. I seem to remember a Labatt tractor trailer in the 50’s that was pretty sleek. The only constant is that “nut behind the wheel” and while computers have made the driver’s job somewhat different, the need to have a highly skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced driver piloting, monitoring the computers, in the very least, of this large truck on the roads they need to travel. If they eliminate the driver to a computer, who is going to ensure the right trailer is properly connected, who is going to slide the boogies when weights need to be shifted, who is going to do the proper vehicle inspections for safe operation, and who is going to set the wheel chocks, open the doors, back into docks, and supervise loading and unloading (I’m being polite here). So, let’s talk about this automated truck. In absolutely ideal conditions, they can’t be beat. It’s those less than ideal conditions that have me concerned. Would any sane skilled driver use cruise control on wet or slippery pavement? Yes, there are people who do but remember I said sane and skilled. No highly skilled driver would even consider the use of cruise control in situations where there could be slippery conditions. It might be interesting to see how an autonomous truck reacts in a blizzard. Highly skilled human drivers are expected to get through, no matter the amount of snow falling or the visibility available. Will autonomous trucks be able to get through unscathed? Will battery powered electric trucks maintain their fivehundred mile range when the temperatures dip into the serious minuses of a bitter cold Canadian winter? One of the battery powered entries into the big truck markets is bragging the equivalent of 2,000 horsepower right through the entire power/torque curves. Can you imagine a run up Fancy Gap with 2,000 horses pulling up the hill? But, will that 2,000 horsepower be there in the dead of winter climbing the Coquihalla?



Volvo and Paccar have opened the doors to 100% of their vehicles being emission free within the next few years. One would assume they’ll be relying on battery stored electricity, but we’ll just have to wait and see. There are some very good minds working on the equipment. The problem isn’t going to be the lack of innovation in the building of equipment, but it just might be in the innovation of those charged with operating these new vehicles. The lack of inspiration emanating from those politicians making the rules is critical and they have been shirking the responsibility to satisfy lobby groups that have no idea the ramifications of what they insist. Politicians, who are supposed to understand the law of unintended consequences, consider only the votes to be garnered by acquiescence. Innovators will innovate, those who have to learn and use the innovation will learn and use it with even more efficiency than intended. But when legislators enter the fray, instead of having our minds controlling the Bluetooth, we have to operate state-of-the-art innovation with a set of reins designed to direct a team of horses. We, as the labour component of the trucking industry, need to regain the voice we lost when we lost collective bargaining. We, as small business owner/operator truckers, must become united; after all, we own more of the equipment than do the large fleets who run the show. They were allowed to unionize but we can’t. I’m proposing that all small business owner/operator truckers take a look at the way the fleets have organized. They have a federal group that lobbies the federal government. They have provincial groups that lobby the provincial governments. They even have international organizations that harmonize legislation in several countries. We have squat and we own most of the equipment, then have virtually no say in operating that equipment. So, let’s organize the way the fleets have. Well, we’re doing just that. We have a federal group organizing to deal with the federal government. We have several provinces organizing their voices

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to deal with their respective provincial governments, notably in Quebec and Ontario. Other provinces have people discussing the way they need to organize. Where support to the fleet groups is appropriate, it will happen,

and where their position is contrary, there will be a methodology to discuss the issue and hopefully reach a consensus that works for most. Some of the major issues that need our attention and input include: • ELD’s • Hours of Service, particularly making it flexible • making driving a recognized skilled trade • ensuring there is a career path • ensuring a life skill development path is promulgated and to which will be adhered • ensuring technology and human skill are properly merged • ensuring Federal and Provincial governments harmonize regulations • ensuring US & Canadian governments harmonize regulations with respect to transportation • ensuring fairness with insurance • ensuring small business owner/operator truckers have the same buying ability as fleets • ensuring laws already in place are enforced (like double brokerage) • ensure that we have a say and control on our working conditions, wages, etc. For the small business owner/operator truckers to rely on the fleet organizations to which the small business owner operator truckers are not eligible to join, to be the voice of trucking is beyond insanity. It would behoove every small business owner/operator trucker to proactively contact the now existing Canadian Federation of Truckers in the person of Yannick Fournier by email at: and become a member of both provincial and federal organizations to be heard and recognized at every level. The organization is set up so that if you join the federal group, you will also be a member of your provincial group.



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