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Can you all believe that 2018 is almost at its end and for most of us, it’s gone by in a flash. The snow has begun to fall on the major routes along the Canadian highways, creating some treacherous driving conditions. JGK Media Inc. would like to take this time to salute the drivers who keep our country moving, especially during this time of the year. These drivers are our Santa Claus. Sustainability is a hot topic in the transport industry, with the focus being on alternate fuels and fuel efficiency. Trucks today are far more efficient compared to those of yester-year, but our own Ray Gompf examines how it’s more than just efficiency when it comes to sustainability. Another important topic in the industry, especially on the media side, is the importance of demographics. Many Canadian media companies have only now begun to notice the importance of the ethnic diversity in the industry. JGK Media Inc. has always focused on making sure that the industry recognizes, serves, and reaches this ethnic diversity, whereas other media companies are doing so now because they see an economic and monetary benefit. With 2018 coming to a close and 2019 at our doorway, we at JGK Media Inc. would like to take the opportunity to wish all of you a very joyous, relaxing and safe Holiday Season. May the coming years be even better than this year. And remember to visit www.desitrucking.com for the latest and greatest in the transport industry. XkIn qW nhIN AwauNdw pr AslIAq ieh hY ik sMn 2018 vI AwpxI mMizl ‘qy A`pV igAw hY[lgdw hY ik ieh vI J`tp`t hI Kqm ho igAw[ bhuq swry knyfIAn hweIvyAz ‘qy snoA rwxI vI pYxI SurU ho geI[ vyKx nUM qW ieh suhxI lgdI hY pr fRweIvrW leI bhuq sMBl ky c`lx dw smW huMdw hY[ jy jI ky mIfIAw v`loN slwm hY aunHW tr`k fRweIvrW nUM, ijhVy dyS dI gqI nUM m`Tw nhIN pYx idMdy, Kws krky swl dy ies smyN vwLy brPIly mOsm ‘c[ Asl ‘c swfy leI qW ieh fRweIvr hI sYNtw klOz hn[ ies smyN dw BKdw mslw hY tRWsport ieMfstrI ‘c siQrqw bxweI r`Kxw[ ies ‘c iDAwn kyNdrq krn vwLw inSwnw hY bdlvyN eINDx Aqy aunW dI Xogqw[ jy g`l ipCly kùJ swlW dy tr`kW dI krIey qW hux vwLy tr`k pihilAW nwLoN vDyry kuSlqw vwLy hn[ pr ies AMk dy ie`k lyK dy lyKk ryA gONP dw kihxw hY ik g`l kuSlqw nwLoN vI jo v`D mh`qvpUrn hY auh hY siQrqw Bwv lMby smyN q`k itky rihx dI[ ies ieMfstrI ‘c AglI mh`qvpUrn g`l hY fYmogrwiPks Bwv jnAMkiVAW dI[ bhuq swrIAW knyfIAn mIfIAw kMpnIAW nUM hux hI pqw l`gw hY ik hor BweIcwirAW dI ies ieMfstrI nUM kI dyx hY[jy jI ky mIfIAw v`loN qW pihlW qoN hI ieh zor id`qw jWdw irhw hY ik v`K v`K BweIcwirAW dy Xogdwn nUM Axif`T nw kIqw jwvy[ pr ie`QoN dy mIfIAw v`loN hux mihsUs kIqw igAw hY ik ies tr`ikMg ieMfstrI ‘c hor BweIcwirAW dw ikMnw v`fw Xogdwn hY[ikauN ik hux aunHW nUM ies ‘c AwriQk Aqy mwiek lwB idsx l`gy hn[ jdoN hux 2018 dw swl jw irhw hY Aqy 2019 dsqk dyx vwLw hY, AsIN jy jI ky mIfIAw ieMk v`loN sB nUM Aw rhIAW CùtIAW nUM KuSI KuSI Aqy vDIAw qy sur`iKAq FMg nwL mwnx dI kwmnw kIqI jw rhI hY[pRmwqmw A`gy Ardws krdy hW ik Awaux vwLw swl vDIAw hovy Aqy quhwfy leI KuSIAW Aqy KyVy lY ky Awvy[ jy qusIN tr`ikMg ieMfstrI sbMDI nvIN Aqy vDIAw jwxkwrI lYxw cwhuMdy ho qW swfI vYbsweIt www.desitrucking.com ‘qy zrUr jwE[



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espite the dire predictions from the political scaremongers, trucking is going to be trucking long after the youngest of the scaremongers is dead and gone; trucking will still be alive and well. It may be in a slightly different format with different fuels that don’t create the problems the scaremongers preach, but regardless will still be alive and well, nonetheless. The human population of the world has clued in that human activity should be controlled a bit to allow the natural chain of events to go forward and that we humans should have a great deal more respect for our environment and give consideration to the plants and other animals alive. Native North Americans, Indigenous if you prefer, have always had a healthy respect for both the land and what grows on the land, both plant and animal, a belief that is common to all indigenous peoples across the globe. They have always operated by the edict that, “everything in moderation, nothing to excess.” When a creature is killed for food, waste nothing and respect the spirit of the creature so sacrificed. Those words must be echoed repeatedly and would be a good thing for even some of the scaremongers to understand and practice. Let’s clean up those messes that have been created in recent decades by the selfish among us. In the trucking industry, large strides have been made over the past few 8

decades to produce more, using fewer without the billions of years needed for resources. Fuel consumption is nearly nature to convert plant material to oil. 50% of that which it was a mere twenty The problem, of course, is that plant years ago, burning cleaner and more material is a significant source of food efficiently using basically the same for the 8 +/- billion inhabitants of this fuel. Newer and cleaner fuels are in the planet. If we divert too much plant pipeline already. The trick is to make material from food to fuel, this may not the fuel burn cleaner, more efficiently be the best use of resources either. without significantly alter the costs. One of the problems is that There has been a great deal of governments around the world insist noise being made about the use of they are the be all, end all seers hydrogen as a motive fuel because the and sayers. The only people with only byproduct is water. Certainly, the answer. They don’t have all the hydrogen is the most abundant and answers; they don’t even have some easiest to source possible fuel on the of the answers, but they pretend they planet, but what are the ramifications of know everything. They also insist that converting large amounts of hydrogen those of us who question their wisdom to water through a motive fuel? The are silenced in some sort or fashion. scaremongers talk about us melting So, we don’t necessarily even have the polar ice caps and raising the sea our brightest and best working on the level that would force half the world’s problems. We have our brightest and population to seek “high ground” or best working on challenges forced on learn to live underwater. Hydrogen them by those who just happen to be in used on the scale of THE motive fuel charge, whether or not those in charge in the world converting to water may have the wherewithal to make those have similar negative effects. Better the kinds of judgements. devil we know rather than opening a But let’s bring this back to our different Pandora’s box. industry. An industry that while critical Motive fuel is going to in helping grow economies be the challenge of the next and making sure the four hundred years, seeing inhabitants of the world are we’re already one hundred fed, clothed and housed, our years into having consumed industry is relatively small. half the oil reserves of the The trucking industry has world. Oil, as we know it, been constantly evolving is finite. When it’s all gone, for the past hundred years, it’s all gone. Sure, there are with each change offering attempts at turning large better, faster, more efficient quantities of plant material service. The changes about G. Ray Gompf directly into useable fuel to be thrust on the trucking


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industry will be a paradigm shift in thinking. For far too long, leaders in trucking industry have concentrated on the mechanics of moving freight without giving enough consideration to the people charged with moving it. Warm bodies in cold seats does not a trucking company make. Over the next few years, there will be a massive paradigm shift in thinking about the people involved. Training will become a critical component of truck drivers. No, trucks will never drive themselves anytime in the next couple of decades. The technology exists but it still needs more fine tuning and fine tuning is only available if manned by the right skill level. Training may take on a whole different objective. Instead of drivers coming to a company qualified with a classified driver’s license, they will require a high level of computer skills also. The companies will be held much more accountable when things go


wrong; therefore they must take a much more hands on approach to ensure the required skill level is attained and maintained. If the companies don’t accept their responsibilities, they’ll be quickly and not so quietly run out of business and more than likely at the hands of legal professionals. Drivers will have to have a defined and testable career path. Right now, drivers, upon passing that minimal government test, are at the pinnacle of their required knowledge. Every driver knows flat out that minimum entry level training is little better than none. Driving isn’t about steering and shifting gears and never has been. Driving is more about putting in the miles, moving freight, interacting with customers, understanding the machine over which they are controlling, all the while keeping people surrounding them safe. Operating safely is much more important than just operating. Machines operating autonomously will never offer the level of confidence


in safety as one being assisted by a human. Just because a machine can operate autonomously doesn’t mean it should. Who will be held responsible when things go awry? The next decade or so, advances in autonomous trucks will be made, but also, advances will have to be part of the human required to monitor, control, become recognized customer service representatives, after all, drivers have been and are the faces of their companies. Training and remuneration for knowledge is going to become an equal component of wages to that of the productivity pay. Truckers have been too long under utilized, under appreciated and under paid. This next phase of advancement in the trucking industry will rearrange thinking at every level of the supply chain. You simply can’t have horse and wagon thinking with autonomous modernity.


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ATRI: Fuel Prices, Driver Pay on the Rise


ncreasing driver wages and benefits as well as rebounding fuel prices caused trucking operating costs to increase by 6 percent, according to the latest American Transportation Research Institute report. The 2018 update to ATRI’s report, An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking, shows that the average marginal cost per mile for fleets rose 6% in 2017 to $1.69. Over the nine years of ATRI research, costs have only topped that mark in 2011 and 2015, at around $1.70. ATRI also tracked the average hourly cost for fleets, totaling $66.65 per hour, which is up nearly $3 from 2016. Over the three previous years, operating costs were trending downwards due to decreased fuel prices, which bottomed out in 2016. However, there has been a rebound in fuel prices since then. In 2017,

fuel costs made up about 36 cents of the cost of every mile. That’s an increase of a little more than 3 cents, but still well below the high of 64.5 cents per mile recorded in 2013. Driver wages and benefits make up the largest chunk of fleet’s operational costs, representing 72.9 cents or 43% of the total average marginal costs. Responding to an increasing need for qualified truck drivers, driver wages and benefits have increased 33.6% in the past five years. The report found that benefits in particular have been increasing as fleets realize that increasing pay is not enough to recruit and retain new drivers. Around 63% of the fleets participating in ATRI’s study offer drivers some type of financial incentive or bonus beyond wages, many of these based on safe driving and on-time delivery performance. ATRI expects pay and benefits to continue

to rise due to booming freight demand this year and severe truck capacity constraints. Fuel prices and drivers pay were not the only costs that increased in this latest report. In fact, every category aside from truck insurance premiums showed a measurable increase from the previous year. Notable increases were also seen in equipment leasing and purchasing, permits and licenses, tires, and tolls. Fleets that participated in ATRI’s survey span a range of sizes and types and collectively operate nearly 179,000 tractors, 4,773 straight trucks, and over 360,000 trailers. The majority of the fleets are smaller carriers with truck counts of 250 or fewer while the rest, 44.7%, split evenly between carriers operating between 251 and 1,000 power units and fleets running over 1,000 power units.

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often see and hear complaints from driver’s and company owners about money and rates. But a pattern I notice the most is that drivers are not asking what the rate of pay is for a prospective load. I see plenty of complaints from drivers about interest rates for leasing equipment or cars, but yet they do not ask their boss how much they are being paid for a load. Each driver needs to know their worth. Is it worth your time and effort to take a load? How much do you need to make to cover your own expenses and earn a profit on a load? How much is it to cover your lease payment, fuel, safety, insurance, food, phone and most importantly your time. I know if I ask any random driver right now how much per mile they need to earn minimum 18

tell you it is the truth. I know of multiple to break a profit, very few of them can answer. trucking firms that do not give the driver the honest rate of a load. I have seen I hear lots of complaints about interest repeatedly, the same load being taken by rates going up for leases or one financing different driver’s from different trucking company charging higher interest than firms and they all have a different rate. another. Truckers demand better interest rates and tell me they are worthy of the I’ve seen explosive fights over it and I have also seen the REAL rate of pay for best. They tell me that they’re worth it, yet they don’t tell their bosses that same that load. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a fact that some company’s tell the driver a thing. I hear whining about 1% interest difference that equals $1,000 different lower rate, keep the difference for themselves, and over the lifetime of their 5 year lease, but these same people do then cut a dispatch fee off the lower amount paid; so double not confront their bosses in the dip the driver. The driver same way. They do not ask the loses well over a thousand a rate for the load they are taking, month and usually significantly or ask if there is a back haul or more. This morning as I was a layover. working on this article I had I hate to say this Pash Brar uncomfortable topic, but I will a call from a driver that told




me he took a $5,000 dollar load and his company told him the rate was $3,500 . They kept $1,500 for themselves and then took another $350 from the same load for dispatch fees. The company will not cooperate with him and refuses to give him any paperwork or proof of their deceit. Luckily the driver asked at the drop off location and confirmed the REAL amount so now he has the proof he needs to pursue the company for the rest of his wages. I happily gave him the number of the labour board to commence legal action. That is just for one load so I’m sure he’s out many thousands of dollars over multiple loads. Not all trucking firms are dishonest. There are many honest and reputable firms out there as well. But the onus is on the driver to find out if he or she is with an honest firm or a dishonest firm. I pull credit on firms all the time and see multiple law suits for labour pay disputes and it’s disappointing to see. For every law suit, there are many more drivers who just leave a firm quietly without confrontation, or stay knowing they are owed money and feel helpless.

A big factor in why some drivers are being taken advantage of is a language barrier. Many don’t read or write English well enough to know how to calculate rates or read their pay statements or have the ability to ask at a drop location what the real rate is. They cannot communicate fully in English and this leaves them vulnerable, taken advantage of, and trapped. Having spoken to a reputable company that requires fluent written and spoken English for employment, I was shocked at the difference for what they offer their drivers versus the non-English speaking driver. They offered pay by mileage, medical and dental benefits, pay for their safety, paid their back haul and paid for any lay overs. The rate is calculated at a set rate per mile and there is no guessing and no possibility of a driver being short paid. Speaking English definitely has its perks. Driver’s need to be more involved in every aspect of trucking. They need to know exactly how much they need to make per distance to make a profit. They need to know the REAL rate of the load

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that is being paid to them. They need to understand how to read the statements of pay being provided to them each month. Be a smart trucker. A firm told me they have a very smart driver who declined a load because it didn’t make him a profit. He calculated the mileage, saw he would take a loss and declined the load explaining why. This is what all truckers need to do. The firm wasn’t angry he declined the load. They were happy to have a smart driver who knew his worth. There is a lot to know in trucking. I would suggest spending time getting to know the people you work with. This is not only for drivers, but for their firms too. A trucking company has a breakeven point just like a driver does. That trucking firm needs to know where they stand too before taking a load. That firm has the difficulty of negotiating the highest rate possible in a fluctuating economy that is impacted by outside factors such as NAFTA, fuel prices, Elogs, and demand. If both the company and the driver work honestly and openly with one another, then everyone can profit in trucking together.

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he shipping industry wants Congress to increase the size of some shipping trucks, saying the move would help increase shipping capacity and lower costs while online sales are booming. Shipping companies like FedEx, UPS and Amazon want to be allowed to use so-called twin 33s, a configuration that allows trucks to haul two connected 33-

affect regular drivers as well; when trucks collide with passenger vehicles, nearly every fatality is among the passenger vehicles. The current state of the nation’s infrastructure is also a problem and would require improvements to handle bigger, heavier trucks. Advocates of the longer trucks say that such arguments are superfluous.

foot trailers. Current law limits the trucks to two 28-foot trailers. But opponents worry the new regulation could be a safety hazard, and opposition from trucking unions and railroad interests have succeeded in delaying changes to existing law. “These trucks would be at least 84 feet long, and we know that current double trailer trucks have an 11 percent higher fatal crash rate than single trailer trucks,” said Catherine Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a road safety advocacy group. She added that double trailers are more difficult for drivers to maneuver because the second trailer is more likely to swerve out of its lane. Chase opined that twin 33s would 36


“Twin 33s, without adding any weight, can do 18 percent more work with just one truck than an existing set of twin 28s,” said Randy Mullett, executive director for Americans for Modern Transportation, a coalition of shippers and carriers pushing for the new provision. Adding more capacity to existing trucks, he argued, will lead to fewer trucks on the road, and thus fewer accidents. Shippers say that the current truck configurations for sending parcels fill up because of bulk, well before they reach the 80,000-pound legal weight limit. The group is not looking to increase weight limits for the longer trucks. Shipping groups say that the huge spike in online shopping has made it tougher to efficiently fulfill orders using the less than truckload trucking options available. Increased efficiency, Mullett said, would bring down the cost for consumers while also boosting profits for shippers. It sure looks like profits over safety yet, again.

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strikes the corner of the trailer. Manac was the only manufacturer that passed the 30 percent overlap test during the first round of testing. All the other companies made updates. By the time IIHS announced the ToughGuard award last year, five of the eight guards met the criteria. According to IIHS, U.S. federal safety standards fail to prevent underride guards from buckling or breaking off in a crash. Canadian regulations, which are more stringent than U.S. regulations, also fail to prevent these safety precautions. After testing conducted by IIHS, some manufacturers have improved their guards that went beyond what the regulations call for. “We’re pleased that all the major manufacturers responded positively to our underride tests,” said David


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Luber-finer to Co-Sponsor the Love’s Stock Car in November


uber-finer®, a leading brand in heavy duty filtration since 1936, has signed on to be a cosponsor of the Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores No. 34 car for two major stock car races in November 2018. The car, which is owned by Front Row Motorsports and driven by Michael McDowell, will display the filter manufacturer’s branding on Sunday, November 4 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and on Sunday, November 11 at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix. “Luber-finer has worked closely with Love’s since 2011,” said Layne Gobrogge, Director of Heavy Duty Marketing for Champion Laboratories. “During that time, we have been proactive in increasing our support to coincide with the company’s rapid expansion, especially during the past year with their acquisition of Speedco. This sponsorship represents our increased level of business with Love’s and the strength of our partnership. We’re proud to have our logo on the No. 34 car for these upcoming races.” Luber-finer’s parent company, Champion Laboratories, has a history of notable associations with the motorsports world. In 1970, Champ Labs was acquired by the STP Corporation, whose CEO Andy Granatelli was a prominent figure in automobile racing events throughout the United States. His racing teams won the Indianapolis 500 twice and he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2003. Legendary driver Jackie Stewart, a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, was named spokesman for a national Champ Labs advertising campaign in 1977, two years before the company acquired Luberfiner. This sponsorship is the first of its kind for Luber-finer. The company will join an esteemed list of co-sponsors that, in addition to Love’s, includes Ford, Good Year, 3M, Monster Energy Drink and Lincoln Welders.

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Challenger’s Topping Wins Top Trucking HR Award


rucking HR Canada held its annual Top Fleet Employers Awards Gala Dinner last night. The event brought together over 300 industry professionals to shine the spotlight on some of the best workplaces in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry. All 52 fleets were celebrated for their commitment to sound HR policies that meet Trucking HR Canada’s Standards of Excellence. Awards were

given to celebrate the most impressive workplaces across the country, taking into consideration online applications and employee surveys which look at a variety of HR best practices. The Top Private Fleet Award went to Trailer Wizards. ONE For Freight was the recipient of the Top Small Fleet Award. The Top Medium Fleet award went to Q-Line Trucking and rounding out the fleet awards, was Bison

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Transport who took home the Top Large Fleet Award. The Achievement of Excellence Awards are broken down into five categories to highlight leaders in specific HR areas. The recipient of the Workplace Culture Award was Canada Cartage. Ryder Canada Supply Chain Solutions took home the Award for Workplace Diversity. The recipient of HR Innovation Award was Arrow Transportation Systems. The Employee Engagement Award went to Sutco Transportation Specialists, and taking home the Award for Training and Skills Development was Caron Transportation Systems. The night’s most coveted award – the HR Leader of the Year Award, presented by Reimer Associates – was saved for last and was awarded to Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight. “We are honoured to highlight organizations who work year-round to provide great workplaces for all their employees,” said Angela Splinter, CEO, Trucking HR Canada. “And, with fleets under pressure to attract and recruit workers, being a Top Fleet Employer certainly helps these fleets stand-out from the crowd”. The successful event was made possible by Trucking HR Canada’s partners which include Reimer Associates, TransCore Link Logistics, Revolutions Staffing, The Guarantee, In Transit, Monster, Driver Engagement, Isaac Instruments and exclusive media sponsor Newcom Media. Applications for the Top Fleet Employers Program opens October 15th and is open to any Canadian fleet. The program has grown significantly over the past five years, in turn raising the bar of the HR standards in the industry overall. If you think your fleet has what it takes to be a Top Fleet Employer, Trucking HR Canada encourages you to apply and join other fleets that shine a positive light on the trucking industry, and help showcase this industry as a great place to work.



Peterbilt Announces Electrical Updates

Peterbilt Announces 2019 Engine Updates


eterbilt Motors Company announced the Vehicle Electrical Control Unit (VECU) to increase customer functionality and simplify body upfitting. “Peterbilt’s heritage is built on customers being able to order a truck that is designed and manufactured specifically to get the job done in the most efficient and reliable manner,” said Robert Woodall, Assistant General Manager – Sales and Marketing, Peterbilt Motors Company. “The enhanced PTO functionality for the MX engine, simplified wiring harnesses and electronics capacity of VECU will provide our customers access to advanced technology functions and expanded configuration of the overall truck operation.” Peterbilt worked with customers and truck equipment manufacturers to improve the electrical integration process of a Peterbilt chassis with a vocational body. Proper electrical communication between the chassis and body is key to maintaining Peterbilt’s high standard of reliability. Peterbilt offers a variety of convenient body connectors to make the integration process simple. This includes customized settings for PTO operations, multiplex switches to improve diagnostic capabilities and additional safety interlocks. Customers will also be able to utilize a standard RP1226 connector, located inside the cab, to easily connect aftermarket electronic devices like telematics systems, ELDs and electronic body controls. VECU will be implemented on Models 567 and 579 trucks produced in early October 2018.



eterbilt Motors Company today announced updated offerings for the 2019 PACCAR Engines. Peterbilt will offer the MX-13 with two new ratings for the 2019 model year engines; a multi- torque 455 HP with a torque rating of 1,650 – 1,850 lb.-ft. and a 405 HP with 1,650 lb.-ft. of torque. Each update for model year 2019 engines was specifically designed to result in increased reliability and fuel economy. When packaged with the PACCAR Transmission and the PACCAR 40k rear axle the new 405 HP and 1,650 lb.-ft. torque rating for the MX-13 provides one of most fuel efficient integrated powertrains for long haul customers. “Peterbilt and PACCAR Powertrain work closely to ensure Peterbilt customers have the most fuel efficient options available, and they already benefit from a total weight savings of more than 500 lbs. when spec’ing the full PACCAR Powertrain on the Model 579,” said Peterbilt’s on- highway marketing manager Wesley Slavin. “Peterbilt’s customers have challenged us to find even more ways to maximize


fuel economy and these new ratings deliver.” The new engine ratings will be available January 2019. 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. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com. Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.

ATRI to Collect ELD Data


he American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization, launched its initiative to collect and warehouse anonymized electronic logging device data. With universal deployment of electronic logging devices, the industry has a new opportunity to document and address the many issues that impact driver and carrier safety, operations, and productivity using the more robust data available from ELDs. “The new data generated by ELDs can provide a wealth of insight and research support to our industry,” said Andrew Boyle, Co-President of Boyle Transportation and ATRI Board Member. “But we clearly need a trusted third-party facilitator to manage and monitor how the information is used. ATRI is uniquely suited to serve that role. In the right context, ELDs can provide the realworld data needed to guide future regulations and initiatives.” A number of trucking fleets have already shared their ELD data with ATRI to evaluate its potential for a number of critical industry analyses and ATRI is now looking for an expanded group

of motor carriers who are willing to regularly provide anonymized ELD data to ATRI for the industry clearinghouse. Through the collection of anonymous, aggregated ELD data, ATRI hopes to support solid, thorough and scientifically valid analyses to address major industry problems. To learn more about how your fleet can support this effort, click here to provide a contact person for your organization. ATRI will be scheduling a webinar for interested fleets in November to provide additional detail on what will be required to participate in the clearinghouse.



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Woman Finds Hero Truck Driver Who Comforted Her After Accident


ebecca Boster, a waitress in Wray, Colorado, was in a serious car accident on September 21 and was blessed to be comforted by a truck driver who stopped to wait with her until emergency services arrived. Boster posted a message on her Facebook page, explaining she was looking to find the man and thank him. “I’m looking for the special trucker that was on us Hwy 385 south of wray, Colorado on Friday September 21st 2018 that held my hand in a 1 car accident that I was involved in around 3:30-3:45 pm that day I’d like to thank him and tell him he was a lifesaver to me holding my hand the whole time I was hanging upside down by my seatbelt bleeding out of my head . Can you all help me find him ?? I want to thank him for being a hero to me I was told he was driving a blue unknown make of truck with a reefer refrigerator trailer on it share share share to fine this hero.” The post was shared over 55,000 times

and Boster was able to locate the amazing truck driver who was her hero that day. Mark Payne sent Boster the following message on Facebook: “Hello Rebecca. I’m the truck driver who held your hand and talked you through the 18 minutes of what must have felt like an eternity for you. I’m not the hero though as that is you. Throughout the 18 minutes we talked you was so calm and extremely polite. You held on like a trooper in a position of extreme uncomfortable agony. I’m truly glad that you survived the ordeal, you have a beautiful soul that will outshine the memory of that day.” We’re so happy Rebecca was able to find her truck driver hero!

Wabco Opens New American HQ


abco Holdings held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new Americas headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The new $20 million facility features an open, transparent design and includes office space on two floors, as well as Wabco’s Customer Experience Center, a vehicle test lab, training center, and other amenities. Wabco chairman and CEO Jacques Esculier and Wabco president, Americas, Jon Morrison hosted the ceremony, and were joined by elected officials and business leaders from the area. 50

The 102,000 sq.-ft. building brings Wabco’s engineering, quality, sales, marketing and corporate functions together in one location. The new location is home to approximately 200 employees. The company plans to add an additional 90 jobs at the site over the next three years. “We’re excited to be in this beautiful new facility, which reflects Wabco’s leadership in technologies that advance the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles in this region,” said Morrison. “The new headquarters creates an environment that is intentionally open and transparent to foster collaboration,


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Love’s Raises $3.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals


ove’s Travel Stops employees and customers raised more than $3.4 million for sick and injured children through its five-week store campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and promotion of National Coffee Day. Love’s employees surpassed their $3 million goal and set a company record for the most money raised during the in-store campaign with more than $3.4 million raised. “Each year, our employees show remarkable compassion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and this year was no different,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Every Love’s location stepped up its fundraising efforts to truly make a difference in the lives of others. We’re very thankful for the customers who support this cause every year, and are abundantly proud of our employees.” From Aug. 26 – Sept. 30, Love’s team members sold Miracle Balloon icons for donations and organized events like 5K runs, bowling tournaments, fishing tournaments, cookouts and more. Love’s showed additional support for CMN Hospitals on National Coffee Day, which took place Sept. 28 – 29 during the store campaign. To honor the day, all 24-ounce coffees and cappuccinos were discounted to $1, with all sales benefiting CMN Hospitals. “We are so excited about the results of Love’s Miles of Miracles fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this year,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “The 19th annual campaign raised the most money ever and we’ve got the generous employees and customers of Love’s to thank for it! Five weeks of balloon sales, barbecues, bake sales and more were capped off with two days in celebration 52


of National Coffee Day. We are so grateful for all the help our hospitals have received from this year’s campaign.” Of the 170 CMN Hospitals members throughout North America, 101 benefit from Love’s annual campaign. Since beginning its partnership with CMN Hospitals in 1999, Love’s has raised more than $28 million for the children and families who visit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.



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ast month, Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show they partnered with Freightliner Trucks to offer the OPTIMAAX® 6x2 liftable forward tandem axle, exclusive to the new Cascadia®. The new OPTIMAAX reduces weight, saves fuel and improves traction and maneuverability. The new OPTIMAAX axle will help fleet customers optimize the movement of variable loads, as well as assisting carriers with diminishing loads, such as bulk haulers and delivery vehicles that may have empty back hauls after carrying items such as groceries, livestock, beverages and fuel. It will also help fleets that focus on weight reduction and those who want to optimize fuel efficiency. Automated controls sense the load capacity and either lift or lower the axle without relying on the driver, maximizing time with a raised axle and enhancing traction. “This combines a leader in heavy trucks with a leader in suspension technology,” said Gerry Remus – General Manager Sales and Business Development for Hendrickson Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems. “It’s one more way we’re focused on engineering our product for efficiency, and are lowering the overall running costs for fleets,” added Remus. The OPTIMAAX 6x2 design is compatible with drum and air disc brakes, and it’s unique because the axle is fully welded, not bolted. That gives it additional strength and durability. 54

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Michelin Canada Welcomes B.C.’s Greening of Commercial Transport Regulations


ichelin North America (Canada) Inc. welcomes regulatory changes by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure that remove certain tirerelated commercial disincentives and advance sustainable mobility practices in the trucking industry. B.C. has increased load limits for newgeneration wide-base single tires that are size 455/55R22.5 – from 7,700 kilograms to 8,500 kilograms – aligning B.C. with other provinces that have increased weight allowances. This change allows heavy trucks equipped with eco-friendly, wide-base single tires to carry equivalent loads as those equipped with dual tires. The regulatory change translates to an increase in hauling capacity, a decrease in fuel consumption and a greater respect for the environment through lower emissions. The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) and Michelin Canada made submissions to B.C.’s Climate Leadership Consultation ahead of the Paris Agreement, underscoring how available, innovative tire technology contributes to sustainable mobility. Heavy trucks expend an estimated one in every three tanks of fuel to overcome the rolling resistance of the tires alone, which is improved with wide-base, single tires. “Michelin’s purpose is to consistently innovate, developing and championing 56

the use of green technology that supports responsible, commercial mobility, which also benefits people and the environment,” said Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. “B.C.’s openness to well-founded arguments from knowledgeable stakeholders, such as the British Columbia Trucking Association, on how to reduce the carbon footprint of

kg/axle, based on provincial legislation, (as opposed to 7,700 kg/axle) for heavy trucks regardless of whether they are equipped with wide-base single tires or dual tires – was implemented nearly a decade later: 2008 in Ontario and 2009 in Quebec. In 2015, Manitoba revised regulations, allowing load parity for heavy trucks that meet national load ratings

the commercial transport sector benefits the majority of Canadians. Heavy trucks now have the option to run competitive loads in an uninterrupted and eco-friendly fashion from coast to coast.” Wide-base single tires have been available in North America since 2000. These tires require less petroleum in their production and produce less waste at end of life than conventional dual tires. Load parity – allowing 8,500 kg/axle or 9,100

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Updated NAFTA Tackles Trucking Issues


n Sunday, Sept. 30, Canada joined an updated NAFTA deal that the U.S. and Mexico had bilaterally agreed on a few weeks before. Among the hot topics of rules of origin, labor and dairy tariffs were a few notable provisions for the trucking industry. Now called the United States-MexicoCanada Agreement, or USMCA, the updated trade agreement addresses some trucking-related issues, including crossborder trucking and cabotage One provision in USMCA reads “the United States reserves the right to adopt or maintain limitations on grants of authority for persons of Mexico to provide crossborder long-haul truck services in the territory of the United States outside the border commercial zones if the United States determines that limitations are required to address material harm or the threat of material harm to U.S. suppliers, operators, or drivers.” “Material harm” means a significant loss in the share of the U.S. market for long-haul truck services held by persons of the United States caused by or attributable to persons of Mexico. Essentially, this restricts Mexican carriers to the border commercial zones. Cabotage, or the transportation of goods/passengers between two places in the same country by an operator from another country, is also addressed in USMCA: “Only persons of the United


States, using U.S.-registered and either U.S.-built or duty-paid trucks or buses, may provide truck or bus services between points in the territory of the United States.” In regard to cross-border trucking, this allows Mexican carriers to make deliveries from Point A in Mexico to Point B in the United States and vice versa. Mexican carriers will not be allowed to both pick up and deliver within the U.S. Operating authority from the U.S. Department of Transportation for carriers that adhere to U.S. regulations is required. Grants of authority for the provision of truck services by persons of Mexico between points in the United States for the transportation of goods other than international cargo are subject to reciprocity. As anticipated, 75 percent of a vehicle’s components must be manufactured in the U.S., Mexico or Canada to avoid any tariffs. NAFTA required only 62.5 percent of components be manufactured in North America. However, this only applies to cars and light trucks. USMCA will require 60 percent of principal parts of heavy trucks to be manufactured in North America from the onset. Over a seven-year phase-in period, that rate will increase to 70 percent. Complementary parts for heavy trucks will need to be 54 percent North American from the day USMCA is in effect to 60


percent over seven years. By 2023, 40-45 percent of automobile parts must be made by workers who earn no less than $16 per hour. Mexican workers also will have the right to union representation. This provision ideally could move manufacturing to the United States while helping workers across the borders. On the other hand, increased labor costs could potentially trickle down to a higher sticker price for consumers. The U.S. will also have more access to the Canadian dairy market. Currently, Canada has strict tariffs and pricing on U.S. dairy products to keep Canadian dairy farmers in business. Within six months of the new deal going into effect, Canada must eliminate milk class 6 and milk class 7, including associated prices. Essentially, the U.S. can export more milk protein concentrates, skim milk powder and infant formula to Canada. Although a trilateral agreement has been reached, the deal has not been finalized. From here, the agreement has to go through Congress before going into effect. This process will likely not happen until next year. Those involved with the negotiations will work on refining the text of the agreement to prepare a full, finalized version of the deal. Governments in each of the three countries will need to go through their respective procedures and approved of the agreement.

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Volvo Trucks Expands Remote Programming for Over-the-Air Software and Parameter Updates


ll Volvo truck owners in the U.S. and Canada with GHG 2017 Volvo engines equipped with Volvo’s factory-installed connectivity hardware are now eligible for software and parameter updates with Volvo’s Remote Programming. Users can perform updates anywhere in the U.S. and Canada where a cellular connection is available, and at the discretion of the vehicle’s decision maker. “Working directly with Volvo fleets and owners of all sizes and applications to implement Remote Programming has proven to us that the connectivity service makes a difference to our customers and their operations,” said Ashraf Makki, Volvo Trucks North America product marketing manager. “We’ve received strong acceptance of the technology and update process from professional drivers and fleet managers alike, who have embraced Remote Programming as a faster, more efficient way to help ensure trucks are updated with the latest software to support peak performance and maximum uptime.” Owners of eligible Volvo trucks can register their trucks for Remote Programming through a simple registration portal. “We’re encouraged by the results and customer feedback from our initial introduction of Remote Programming, so we invested in the resources needed to help ensure the entire population of Volvo trucks with GHG 2017 engines could reap the uptime and efficiency benefits,” said Makki. “Updates are performed 60


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Canadian Truckers Bullish on Freight Economy


anada’s trucking industry appears bullish about the state of the economy this year, findings of the monthly Today’s Trucking Pulse Survey show. Nonetheless, carriers are aware about potential threats to industry growth. The driver shortage, according to 33% survey respondents, is the top economic threat for their businesses. NAFTA negotiations held the second spot at 16%, although the survey was conducted before the USMCA deal was secured. The general state of Canada’s economy was identified by 13% of respondents as the biggest

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