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he winter of 2013/2014 has been particularly difficult for truck travel on all Canadian highways, particularly Ontario’s 401. Yes, the weather has been a challenge but as commercial drivers we are used to accepting challenges and performing exemplary, and really this winter hasn’t been as bad as many past winters although in the past decade it has stood out as a bad one. That being said, I have never seen a winter where the highways have been closed due to multi vehicle crashes like this one. Sure we have social media that is helping to spread the word in ways that have never been available but our traditional media have always blasted out the news of major incidents. And in the past those major incidents have been few and far between. This season however, there has been a huge multi vehicle pile up twice a week in the same places along the highway where millions and millions of dollars of damage has been the result. While the weather may have been a contributing factor in each of these situations, the weather is NOT the only one. A few years ago, the Ontario government rubber stamped a proposal to force all commercial trucks in Ontario to install speed limiters as a way to promote safety and improve fuel economy. It’s hard to argue against the safety 8

G. Ray Gompf flag and it’s even more difficult to argue against better fuel economy in this world where global warming is mentioned at every turn of our life. Many of us did argue, not against safety or improved fuel economy, but against the real reasons for the implementation of the dangers of speed limiters. With the results of this particular winter season, almost in the history books, maybe it’s time to review the government line presented at the time and take another serious look at the arguments against. The scientific solutions to questions not asked are not holding up in the reality of the real world. Every time a computer takes over a human function, there is a price to pay in the devolution of skill level. Essentially, the speed limiter has removed the requirement for the highly skilled driver to even consider speed as an issue. The speed limiter is set virtually at the speed limit, certainly there isn’t a policeman in the world – except Ohio – that would stop a truck for five kliks over the limit, therefore the driver just drives the truck at the speed limiter limit – allowing the computer to control the vehicle. Now, I’ll deal with the fuel economy issue before tackling the safety issue because I don’t want the fuel economy to be lost. The pundits said that by lowering the speed of trucks, and no there was not blatant speeding of trucks. Yes, some less skilled

drivers thought that it was cool to “hammer down” and go but the overwhelming majority of highly skilled commercial drivers know how to and did operate the trucks with knowledge and skill to get the most out of the truck for the least cost. That’s the goal. Operate efficiently while running legal. It’s difficult because some of the rules are so asinine it boggles ones mind, but that’s a whole different story and worthy of more than 1,200 words all of it’s own. But the overwhelming majority of commercial drivers do follow the rules implicitly. Now, with the speed limiter, the driver just runs “on the pin” all the time. There are still the same pressures that were always present but now there is this psychological additional pressure that has in the back of the driver’s mind that the truck will ONLY do 105 kilometres per hour and therefore he/ she must do the 105 in order to get there on time. The driver was only doing 100 before but now with a speed limiter, there adds another dimension to the challenges of long distance travel. So, now the drivers push the truck down the road “on the pin” and yes, sometimes even when the conditions aren’t ideal. The other issue is the elephant race phenomenon. For much of the eastern half of the 401 the terrain is rolling hills. An “on the pin” driver will come upon a truck at the MAY / JUNE 2014


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Winter Speed limiters and wrecks speed limit so he’ll pull out to pass but the truck won’t go over 105 so on the “downstroke” neither truck can gain much on the other and on the “upstroke”, neither will back off to allow either for a complete pass to take place or to pull back in behind. They go up the hill at ten or twenty kliks below the limit as a result. Clearly, what happens is that the traffic platooning that naturally goes on, on such a highway, that truckers used to avoid like the plague, now forces trucks into those dangerous platoons and when sometimes goes wrong, it goes wrong in a big way. Trucks used to be able to avoid the platooning effect by skill and intent, but now with a computer being allowed to assume control of the speed, the trucks are now into the platoon in a big way and the results in crashes are magnified dramatically. Changes to the hours of service rules have exacerbated the need to “keep going” when common sense would say “shut down’. The facts are simple: The fuel economy has dropped as a result of the speed limiter. Pre limiter, 7.5 miles per gallon was a pretty average norm for summer travel; 6.9 for winter. Post limiter, not too many trucks are exceeding 5.5 miles per gallon. In addition to worse fuel economy, there is now the addition of DEF, a product that is supposed to clean the exhaust output, must be used at additional cost. The DEF tank is causing undue extra maintenance because the coolant lines going into the DEF tank to maintain fluidity of the DEF constantly leaks and downtime is increased. Again, that’s a story that could take another 1,200 words to make any sense. Now, safety. As I said to a friend of mine recently, “don’t get me started” but let’s see what I can do in 200 words. Pre limiter, the average speed of cars on the 401 was 140 kmph. The government couldn’t afford the policing costs to bring the actual speed down to somewhere close to the legal limit. Bring in the trucks. The trucks pretty much traveled at the legal limit but they had the ability to get around one another quickly, then resume their speed. The trucks didn’t block the highway and the fastest of cars didn’t have to slow down too much at all. The cars would crash sure, but usually wouldn’t take out trucks for the most part as a result. Now with trucks not being able to get out of the way quickly, the cars would bunch up in platoons behind the trucks until they cleared the lane ten kilometres down the road. When the lane cleared the cars would speed to get by and often would hit speeds well in excess of 160 kmph. Now add to this a little inclement weather and a passing car, while under acceleration to resume natural speed and to overcome this feeling of being held up, often loose traction and take out the truck they are passing. Often then there are several trucks near the head of the wreck and twenty or more cars all banged up. If, there’s a lot of trucks on the road, there’s going to be many big trucks tied up in the wreck and deaths are going to be a part. So why is this happening in the remainder of Canada? There are very few trucks in Canada that do not travel on Ontario highways. Therefore trucks across the country are required to be speed limiter controlled, therefore, what’s happening in Ontario so happens in the rest of the country. And that’s been the real story of the winter of 2013/2014. It’s not a stellar safety message. 10

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TECH TID-BITS

by JAG DHATT

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t the Mid-America Truck Show in Kentucky, Volvo announced that their 2014 engines are getting higher fuel economy, up to 3%, than originally expected. President Goran Nyberg also stated that the company’s 2014 engines are compliant with the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations and that the expected fuel savings should save about $650 a year per truck. Volvo’s Remote Diagnostic system has also led to a 70% decline in diagnostic time and a 22% reduction in repair time. ummins will be targeting customer value in its research and development efforts, with a focus on reducing fuel costs and overall total cost of vehicle ownership. There will be more emphasis on key systems, such as alternate fuels, connected systems, waste heat systems, and automated transmission integration. Cummins also announced its new Connected Diagnostics, which is planned for full production release in 2015.

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eterbilt’s new EPIQ package for the Model 579 provides dramatic fuel savings, up to 10%, according to the company. This new package includes a complete aerodynamic package with fairings, sleeper side extenders, full chassis fairings, roof fairings, and a single horizontal exhaust that are all designed to increase vehicle performance and fuel economy. The single cab has also been engineered to increase productivity and driver comfort.

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okohama launched two new wide-base tires at the MidAmerica Truck Show. According to the company, the 902L and 709L will feature weight savings that customers are wanting. The 902L is reported to make a huge difference in extreme driving conditions and will also deliver superior traction and high mileage. Both the 902L and the 709L will be available in a 445/50R22.5 size. The 709L, available towards the end of 2014, is designed for long wear and fuel efficiency.

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lliance Truck Parts has just released its new EG brake lining option, which is rated for axles up to 20,000 lb. According to the company, when combined with the Alliance brake drum ABP N42A1657VB, the new EG brake linings will provide excellent performance at a great price. Alliance Parts backs its brake linings with a one-year/unlimited mile warranty serviceable at over 800 locations in USA and Canada.

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eritor WABCO has introduced its SmartDrive Systems, which offer data and video analytics and deliver critical event video. The SmartDrive will allow fleets to monitor their trucks and significantly reduce potentially dangerous situations. The ProView will deliver the whole picture that will help fleets identify potential root causes of driving issues so that drivers can be better educated. ProView can also be integrated with third-party vehicle systems from any manufacturer.

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endrickson launched its new VANTRAAX ULTRAA-K slider system in March at MATS and will be available in July. This new slider features new technology that will bring superior ride quality while being able to carry more cargo per load. Compared to regular shocks, air spring’s damping capacity does not degrade or diminish over time, thus proaviding zero maintenance. The innovative pivoting mudflap brackets are standard and reduce costs linked with damaged mudflaps and mounting angles.

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Tech Tid-Bits

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ummins and Eaton are working together to integrate the ISX12 G natural gas engine with the UltraShift PLUS automated transmission. Although the two have worked together before, this is the first time an AMT will be mated with a spark-ignited natural gas engine. Benefits of these efforts are an estimated 2-4% gain in fuel economy for regional-haul applications. Increased torque and a reduction in transmission weight are key to the fuel savings. The integrated package will be available during fall 2014.

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kYnvrQ v`loN klws - 8 Evr - dw rof tr`kw leI stNYNfrf iekiepmYNt vjoN nvIN ConMet PreSet Plus vIHl h`b bxweI hY[ies ‘c kIqI geI AYlmInIAm dI vrqoN nwL ij`Qy hr ie`k h`b ‘qy 20 pONf dy krIb Bwr Gt jwvygw[ ies dIAw h`b AsYNblIAW stIAr Aqy fRweIv AYkslW Anuswr bxweIAW geIAW hn[ ies ‘c byAirMg dI AYfjstmYNt dI vI koeI loV nhIN ikauN ik h`bW lwaux qoN pihlW hI pUrI qrHW iP`t kr leIAW jWdIAW hn[ konmY`t h`bW ifsk Aqy h`b brykW dy dovyN rUpW ‘c iml skxgIAW[

enworth has launched new ConMet PreSet Plus wheel hubs as standard equipment on its class-8 over-the-road trucks. The use of aluminum will save about 20 lb on each hub and the hub assemblies are designed for both steer and drive axles. Since the hubs are completely assembled before installation, there is no need for any bearing adjustments. The ConMet hubs will be available for both disc or drum brakes.

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dle Smart has now added the Battery Protect and Cold Weather Guard as standard on its engine start/stop tool. Battery protect will start and run an engine to recharge batteries as needed by continuously monitoring battery voltage levels. Cold Weather Guard is a new feature that, without the need of a fuel line, tank heaters, or a plug-in, will prevent issues with starting a truck after a long idle periods in cold temperatures. Both systems are geared to ensure vehicle uptime and hassle free starting, while also maintaining the truck’s desired cabin temperature.

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Trucking

It’s a Business

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he trucking industry can be a challenging arena to make a living in as a driver and certainly as a fleet owner. All across North America the industry is facing burdensome regulations, escalating fuel costs, day to day operation costs, and challenges keeping the driver’s seat occupied. To truly be successful, regardless of where one might be in North America, there are a multitude of tools necessary to run trucking as a business. Regardless of the tools available though, the relative success of any truck driver or trucking company comes down to the person behind the wheel watching the black top pass by. One of the most important tools any driver or carrier needs is related to financial management. Cash flow can be a real problem at times as a result of delayed payments on invoices, load acquisition challenges, and a variety of other issues. As cash flow tightens, so do opportunities to operate the truck in an efficient and profitable manner. As such, Chett Winchell, owner of C.W. Enterprises out of Denver, Colorado (www.yourcompliancecenter.com) suggests that carriers should operate “each unit as its own profit and loss center.” This will allow you the opportunity to track the relative success of each unit and manage accordingly. As the North American trucking industry continues to grow, even with the driver shortage, there will also continue to be an influx of entrepreneurs wanting to enter the industry. While it does take significant capital to start a trucking business, the most important thing necessary to succeed is consistent cash flow. Finding the loads can be the easy part, but again, receiving payment can be a challenge at times. There are opportunities a company can consider, such as load factoring, though to help ensure some consistent cash flow. One of the best ways to make certain cash flow is not a problem is to have loads in hand. Regardless of where you are in North America, marketing and relationship building are the best ways to find loads and develop a long term supply of loads. Networking can be simple. “Affiliate with your state or provincial trucking association as that is where the other trucking companies are, as well as potential customers,” says Winchell. While there are certainly other ways to develop key relationships, a lot can be said about the benefits of joining your state or provincial trucking association. But, they key point is developing the relationships. “Try your best to tie in with one or two brokerages and commit to certain traf14

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Trucking - It’s a Business fic lanes,” suggests Winchell. This will allow the opportunity for consistent freight and consistent runs overall, which in turn allows for more efficient management of trucks and personnel. “Maybe even try to develop a triangle of lanes to operate in so you can keep freight moving,” says Winchell. Remember though, even when there are loads available, picking the right loads are important. There are also niche opportunities in the North American trucking industry, so perhaps that is where you want to be. “If you do have a specialty niche, advertise and promote this,” says Winchell. “Make yourself unique and valuable to that niche market.” Even if you don’t think you are a niche market company, the chances are you offer some special skill or prefer to haul some specific product that perhaps you could develop into your own niche. Many of the newer small fleets will take any load that is offered under the assumption that some freight is better than no freight. However, if the load going in is to a location with no loads going out, and the deadhead is extra lengthy to get to a new load, then it may not have been profitable to take the first load to begin with. This is not to suggest that deadheads are bad or that short miles are bad – sometimes they make sense. The key is to plan accordingly, somewhat like a chess match, always thinking a few moves ahead. And sometimes, as Winchell reminds us, “Sometimes, even though it hurts, it is cheaper to leave a truck on the fence.” A great way to help manage the dispatch of freight, which again is directly connected to your cash flow, is to consider an automated dispatch system. In fact, Winchell encourages this. “Get an automated dispatch system in place quickly,” says Winchell. “It may be costly up front, but the right system for your operation will allow smoother operations in the long run.” The size of the fleet might make a difference on just how quickly you get an automated system, but options do exist for fleets of all sizes, so it is worth investigating the idea early on. In addition to a way to manage cash flow, it is incredibly important to understand and manage the regulatory compliance issues. These can be safety related, financial related, personnel related, are other such areas of interest. Regulations are not exactly synced between Canada and the United States either, so if you operate in both it is incumbent upon you to fully understand and comply with the appropriate rules. Keeping up with regulations can be a challenge though, but it is important. Winchell suggests the following tips for any trucking company wanting to operate in North America: - Affiliate with your state or provincial trucking association as they will help to keep you informed about the latest and greatest of the regulations that could impact your business. - Maintain a current copy of US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations as well as Canadian Safety Regulations. - Fully understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program and how it might impact your trucking operation. - Because of new and incoming regulations, consider starting out with electronic log books. They will be mandated soon, and having them now allows for a better understanding of how violations occur. Of course, the suggestions made by Winchell are just that, suggestions. They are a good starting point, but far from exhaustive as to how to keep up with new and existing regulations. MAY / JUNE 2014

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Trucking - It’s a Business One thing is certain though, if any trucking company, regardless of size, fails to keep up with rules and regulations something will be missed and that is when things start to go downhill. So, plain and simple, take necessary steps to stay informed and on top of the industry in which you operate. Much of the relative success of any trucking operation comes down to the people. Yes, drivers are key, but so are those who manage the operation. Of all the assets a trucking company needs to be successful, good people are at the top of the list. However, it may be that it is not necessary to hire staff to work on all aspects of the operation – some can be contracted out. Take the time to fully evaluate your needs and what will be most cost effective for your specific company. Depending on the size of the company, it really can make sense to contract out some parts of the business. “Contract out to those who know what to do,” says Winchell. This is especially true if you are a smaller fleet. Mechanics and safety personnel are two prime examples of the type of work that can, and probably should, be contracted out – especially if you are a very small fleet. Winchell, for example, is contracted by several small fleets in the United States to perform safety audits and ensure safety compliance. Most fleet owners also are not familiar with diesel repair, and keeping a diesel mechanic on staff for a small fleet makes little economic sense. For those areas you do not contract out, make certain the employees have the right tools to do the job and are the right fit for your organization. “Have capable people assisting you because you cannot do it all by yourself,” says Winchell. Hiring good people can be a challenge, but retaining them can be even more challenging. As such, it’s really you, the owner that needs to be the real leader of the organization. “Understand that, as an owner, that your actions speak louder than words,” says Winchell. “Others see what you do and how you do it.” Additionally, there are a few tools you need to manage the personnel side of the operation. It’s important to “ensure you have a company policy manual covering everything in the company and how you want specific tasks and jobs done,” says Winchell. Policy 16

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Trucking - It’s a Business manuals should be as inclusive as possible, from how to submit a time sheet to how to track freight; from normal working hours to how you handle overtime for office personnel; from marketing standards to dates and times you review certain reports and how those reports are developed. The point is, it should be all inclusive so there is no question as to how to accomplish something. Of course, these policies may need tweaked as time progresses, but you need a starting place. When it comes to hiring drivers, this is really where the rubber meets the road. Do everything possible to make it as easy, yet as thorough and accurate as possible. Whether you are in Canada or the United States, do your research on the drivers you are considering for hire. “Screen drivers thoroughly and utilize any shared programs (like PSP) for back ground checks,” says Winchell. “Also, set up an account to draw your own motor vehicle records (MVRs), that way you control what you get and see and can make your own decisions.” The most important aspect of managing a successful trucking business is understanding that there is steep competition, so you need the right resources to compete. In the United States, there are approximately 3.5 million truck drivers and 1.2 million trucking companies (97% of which operate 20 or fewer trucks). In Canada, there are approximately 250,000 truck drivers. This means regardless of where you operate in North America, and despite the driver shortage across the continent, a successful company really needs to be efficient. Obviously, quality truck drivers are important to the success of any carrier – luckily, entry into the North American trucking industry is not difficult. - Ideally, have a high school education (or equivalent) before going to truck driving school. Most legitimate schools will require this, and most legitimate carriers will want to know you have earned this. There is no definitive requirement to have it, but it certainly will pay off financially over the years. It just makes sense. - Maintain a clean driving record. Driving is your livelihood, so why do anything to jeopardize this? Certainly any driving under the influence (alcohol or drugs) will stop a career, but so do excessive speeding tickets or an excessive number of speeding tickets. Safety is, and should be, a priority for the trucking industry and drivers on the front line of that. - Earn your commercial driver’s license. Check with your state or province for specific requirements and steps to do this, but you must do it to get behind the wheel. - Then, simply make sure you comply with your state or provincial or federal requirements for the types of loads you want to haul and all future renewals. There are undoubtedly a number of other tools and tips available for anyone interested in running a successful trucking operation in North America, but these should provide a good foundation to start with. Focus on the details (the small things) before they become big things. Cash flow is important and there are a variety of ways to make certain that is not an issue. Personnel are certainly important, but there are many things one can do to keep that a positive experience. Technologies, good drivers, and good equipment are all a must. A successful company pays attention to all of these areas – somewhat like an engine does with pistons. If one piston is misfiring the engine will not run smoothly. Eventually, the engine will shut down. We want all engines to fire at the right time so it can run smoothly – just like any successful trucking operation in North America does. MAY / JUNE 2014

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CSA Program Improving But More Changes Needed The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is making progress on improving its CSA safety enforcement program, but it needs to step up the pace, says the Transportation Department Inspector General in a new report. According to Heavy Duty Trucking, the report says that while the agency has strengthened its controls over the quality of data that goes into the system, it still needs to improve the DataQs process it uses to correct errors in that data. Another issue, according to the report, is that the agency has not fully implemented its enforcement program. Just 10 states are using the full suite of enforcement interventions. The rest are waiting for the agency to deliver and train their staffs on the use of the software that helps manage the interventions.

Included in the recommendations: • Issue a current guidance on DataQs. • Start deactivating carriers’ DOT registration numbers if they do not submit proper census data. • Develop a comprehensive plan to implement CSA enforcement interventions in the states that do not already use them. • Document the sources of Carrier Safety Measurement Systems data and describe the system’s validation procedures. • Implement a process for managing Carrier Safety Measurement System documentation, including a central file for validation records and test results. • Implement a management policy that includes documentation of system changes. According to HDT, The agency reviewed the report and agreed with the recommendations, the IG said.

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Airtronic NG Commercial: Espar presents natural gas heating for trucks Premiere at the NTEA, The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis (5 to 7 March 2014): At one of the largest commercial vehicle trade fairs in the USA, Espar North America is presenting for the first time the newly-developed Airtronic NG Commercial. The air heater burns CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and is thereby ideally suited for all trucks that are fuelled by natural gas. “Our Airtronic NG Commercial is the first air heater that is specially designed for the continuously growing market for natural gas trucks in North America”, explains Dr. Volker Hohensee, President Espar North America. “The Airtronic NG Commercial project shows that in addition to modern heating components for diesel and gasoline vehicles, we are consistently working on new solutions for alternative, environmentallyfriendly drives in the commercial vehicle segment.” Airtronic and Truma know-how as the basis If the truck driver’s cabin is to be heated up fast and effectively, the Airtronic air heaters from Espar are the right choice. They are in use thousands of times over and have been proven in numerous commercial vehicles for many years. On this basis, Espar in cooperation with the German company Truma Gerätetechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Putzbrunn, uses the existing and proven Truma technology. Truma is the leading manufacturer in Europe of gas-fuelled heating systems in the leisure vehicle/motor home and caravan sector. Furthermore, Truma has decades of know-how in developing and manufacturing gas auxiliary heaters in commercial vehicles. The Airtronic NG Commercial is designed for CNG and LNG-fuelled commercial vehicles in on-road and off-road operation. The advantage: compared to previous solutions, the engine and the heating can now be supplied from just one tank. This saves valuable installation space and makes the installation easier for OEMs and retrofitting workshops – with noticeably lower installation costs. In the USA, sales are made through Espar Inc. in Novi, and in Canada through Espar Products Inc. in Mississauga / Ontario. MAY / JUNE 2014

Alternative motorization Trucks with a natural gas drive are being used to an ever greater extent especially in distribution transport and in a community context in North America. To offer the drivers the best working conditions, Espar is expanding its product range in the commercial vehicle sector and presenting the ready-for-series-production heating solution as a highlight for the first time at the NTEA (The Work Truck Show from 5 to 7 March 2014 in Indianapolis) on stand 5855.

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The Big Chill on Driver Supply

The Big Chill on Driver Supply

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ho had ever heard the term “polar vortex” until this winter? hwl dy srdI smyN qoN pihlW iks ny suixAw sI ‘polr vortYks’ ? Here in Canada, we’re supposed to be used to cold, snowy knyfw ‘c TMF jW brPIly mOsm dy AsIN AwdI hI hW[ pr jdoN TMF weather. But, the winter blitz and higher than expected freight dedw kihr hovy Aqy FoAw FuAweI dI mMg bhuq hovy qW FoAw FuAweI ikMnI mand combined to reveal just how strained transportation networks muSkl ho jWdI hY ies dw AMdwzw lwauxw vI AOKw hY[ are when you peel back the cover. quhwnUM ies dI BLI prkwr jwxkwrI hY ik jy tr`k c`lxoN bMd ho jwx Freight stopped. And, you know it’s bad when the trucks don’t qW ikMnI muSkl KVHI ho skdI hY[ pr jdoN mOsm ‘c v`fIAW qbmove. Not only is it clear these flash capacity crunches are somedIlIAW ho jwx jW koeI hor sMktkwlIn kwrn vwpr jwx qW aus smyN thing shippers can expect whenever there’s severe weather (or any jo tr`kW vwilAW nUM musIbqW dw swhmxw krnw pYNdw hY ausdw iKAwl type of emergency situation, for that matter), but it also served as a krnw vI AOKw hY[pr ies qrHW dy smyN ‘c jdoN frweIvrW dI Gwt vI long-term warning of how fragile the supply chain is and hovy qW muSkl ‘c hor vI vwDw ho jWdw hY[ brought to the surface all the demographic, operational, and polr vortYks ( DruvI qUPwn) kwrn splweI jW pUrqI lifestyle-related underpinnings of the growing driver shortdy islisly ‘c iks qrHW ivGn pYNdw hY Aqy ies dI Awaux age. vwly sMkt leI iks qrHW iqAwrI kIqI jWdI hY ieh sB ku`J How the supply chain responds to the fall-out from the ies g`l ‘qy inrBr krdw hY ik Awx vwLI FoAw FuAweI ‘qy polar vortex and how it prepares for the next emergency iks qrHW dw Asr pvygw[ies qrHW dI hwlq ‘c kI iS`pr, will determine the degree to which freight movement is imkYrIAr Aqy frweIvr sB pRBwivq huMdy hn[ imswl vjoN paired in the future. Shippers, carriers and drivers all have iS`pr v`loN ieh kih dyxw ik ieh swfI nhIN sgoN kYrIArW a stake in this. For example, it is not enough for shippers to dI sm`isAw hY; Aqy ivcwry aunHW frweIvrW sbMDI koeI icMqw say it’s the carrier’s problem; to not give a thought to the - David Bradley hI nhIN ijhVy aunHW dIAW vsqW nUM phuMcwaux l`gy hoey hn[ poor driver who is out their delivering their goods. frweIvrW dI Gwt vI ies ‘c Swml hY[ frweIvrW dI The same goes for the driver shortage. The CTA Blue mMg Aqy pUrqI ‘c v`fy pwVy dw kwrn d`sdy hoey sI tI ey Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage identified a lack of rebilaU irbn twsk Pors dw kihxw hY ik iS`prW v`loN frweIvrW nwL spect and poor treatment of drivers by shippers as one of the factors mwVw ivvhwr krnw ie`k v`fw kwrn hY[ contributing to the supply-demand gap for drivers. polr vortYks (DruvI qUPwn) dIAW AOiKAweIAW smyN ijhVy BYVy Here again, the experience of what some drivers encountered as ivvhwr dw frweIvrW nUM swhmxw krnw ipAw aus nwL hwlwq hor BYVy the first polar Vortex hammered North America provides examples bx gey[ hyT ilKI g`l scmu`c vwprI Gtnw hY: of behavior that only serves to make things worse. The following bhuq TMFy Aqy brP nwL pUrI qrHW Fky hoey sVkI rsqy au`pr clx really happened. qoN bwAd Bu`Kw Bwxw Aqy Q`kw tu`tw ie`k frweIvr Awpxy itkwxy ‘qy After a white-knuckle trip through the severest of weather, a truck phuMcdw hY[filvrI dw smW A`gy ip`Cy hox kwrn frweIvr nUM ieh ikhw driver arrived at his destination to drop off his load; cold, hungry igAw ik auh ik auh smwn lwhux leI hor keI GMty q`k aufIk kry[( and tired. Because delivery schedules had been thrown into chaos, keI frweIvrW nUM qW ies qrHW dy BYVy mOsm ‘c AmrIkw ‘c 10 GMty the driver was told he’d have to wait several hours to be unloaded. q`k vI aufIk krnI peI)[ ieh bhuq inrwSwjnk g`l hY BwvyN ieh (Some drivers reportedly waited 10 hours or more in the U.S. at the smJ qoN bwhr nhIN[nwL hI frweIvr nUM ieh vI hukm suxwieAw igAw height of the storm). That’s frustrating, but perhaps understandable. ik kMpnI dI nIqI dy iKlwP hox kwrn auh aus pRwprtI ‘qy tr`k However, he was also told he could not idle the truck on the property ivhlw KVHw vI nhIN r`K skdw[Aqy jy auh Xwrf dy gyt qoN bwhr clw because it’s against company ‘policy’ and if he exited the yard gates, igAw qW lweIn ‘c aus dI vwrI ip`Cy pY jwvygI[ sB qoN BYVI g`l ieh he’d lose his place in the queue. Worse, the driver was not permithoeI ik AwpxI vwrI dI aufIk kr rhy aus frweIvr nUM vwSrUm jW ted to use the washroom or any other facilities while he waited – in hor iksy shUlq dI vrqoN krn qoN vI rok id`qw igAw[ ies sB dw adherence, once again, to company “policy.’ kwrn iPr qoN ieh d`isAw igAw ik ieh sB ku`J kMpnI dI pwilsI The driver’s carrier had two choices in this case: Begrudgingly hY[ies qrHW dy hwlwq ‘c frweIvr dy kYrIAr koL kyvl do hI bdl succumb to the-customer-is-always-right (even when he’s not) mansn jW qW ieh smJ ky dV v`t lYNdw ik gwhk sdw hI TIk huMdw hY ( tra and allow the driver to freeze until the shipper is ready for him; BwvyN Asl ‘c auh glq hI hovy), Aqy frweIvr nUM au`nw smW TMF ‘c or pull the driver and the load out of there and deal with whatever rihx dyvy ijMnw smW q`k iSpr ies leI iqAwr nw hovy jW ieh hovy consequences the customer dishes out (likely knowing full well ik frweIvr nUM au`QoN lof smyq bwhr Awx leI kih dyvy Aqy jo huMdw it wouldn’t be nearly as bad as having to replace a perfectly good auh vyKI jwaU [( ikauN ik auh smJdw hY ik ku`J vI hovy cMgw frweIvr driver when, upon his return, he tosses back the keys and walks out). imlxw AOKw hY ikauN ik BYVy hwlwq ‘c rihx kwrn auh mwlk A`gy In this case, the company instructed the driver to pull the load and cwbIAW su`t ky cldw bx skdw hY[ ies qrHW dy hwlwq kwrn hI kMpnI leave. ny frweIvr nUM ikhw sI ik lof C`f ky Aw jwvy[ While this is one of the most egregious examples of indifference frweIvrW nwL hox vwLy BYVy slUk dIAW bhuq swrIAW audwhrxW towards a driver’s well-being that I’ve heard, sadly it’s not the first. jo myry suxn ‘c AweIAW hn aunHW ‘coN ieh ie`k hY[pr qusIN ies qrHW 26

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The Big Chill on Driver Supply How do you prepare or ever get used to being disrespected like that? Its experiences like this that drivers don’t forget. And those are the stories that vibrate across truck stops and dinner tables. That sort of behaviour is even more audacious considering just how vulnerable the system was during the snow storm and freezing weather. Companies that throw fuel on the fire by treating drivers in such a manner or refuse to improve efficiencies to turn drivers around quicker are the prime reason why the U.S. government is now setting its sights on detention time. There’s serious talk of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulating shipper behaviour by fining companies for detaining drivers and affecting their permile pay. FMCSA also views detention and other actions that eat into available hours-of-service as issues that affect safety. “We need a real change in our transportation culture to recognize that safety means more than complying with safety rules. It means changing work-rest schedules that contribute to fatigue,” FMCSA director Anne Ferro said recently when asked about driver detention. Although I can understand the government’s impulse, surely this is something shippers and carriers can work out. However, the message is clear, if the most impacted parties don’t improve things on their own, if shippers don’t engage in meaningful consultation with their service providers, or if their only response to working together to find efficiencies is “will it reduce my rate?” there’ll always be regulators somewhere who think they can step in and force a solution. I don’t think it needs to come to that and, frankly, nothing sends a message clearer than freight sitting on a dock, which is not something that’s in anyone’s interest. Not too long from now, mandatory e-logs will help carriers and owner-operators of all sizes quantify the costs of detention as well as qualify the impact on hours of service and available capacity. In the meantime, there’s nothing stopping companies from treating our hard-working drivers with the respect they deserve. Drivers will always vote with their feet – it’s happening right now – but with some better communication between customer and supplier and operational improvements at the ground level, companies can avoid being left out in the cold when the eye of the capacity storm blows in.

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reightliner Trucks is one of the most recognized and respected names in the trucking industry. The largest division of Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner Trucks manufactures Class 5-8 truck models that serve a wide range of commercial vehicle applications. Freightliner trucks are engineered for profit while offering the lowest cost of ownership for customers. For instance, the Freightliner Cascadia® and Cascadia Evolution enable customers to run more efficient and successful businesses. Both models are packed with engineering innovations that increase

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Competitive financing available through Daimler Truck Financial. For the Freightliner Trucks dealer nearest you, call 1-800-FTL-HELP. FTL /MC-A-1339. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Copyright © 2014 Daimler Trucks North America LLC. All rights reserved. Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.

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Supporting Women in Freight Transportation, First Meeting at Truck World More than 20 leading women in Canada’s trucking industry joined together at the Truck World trade show in Toronto last week, participating in the inaugural meeting of Supporting Women in Freight Transportation. The new national advisory committee was established by Trucking HR Canada and includes a cross section of senior managers, directors, presidents and C-level executives. Their goal is to educate women about careers in trucking, identify challenges and barriers to career paths, and promote the recruiting and retention practices which support women in the workforce. Vicki Stafford, vice-president of resource development at Cavalier Transportation Services, was named the committee’s first chairperson. Linda Young, vice-president of HR/people development at Bison Transport, was named vice-chairperson. “This committee will play a key role in identifying any barriers that stand between women and successful careers in the trucking industry,” said Stafford. “Together we will identify best practices, promote opportunities, and find long-term solutions to the driver shortage.” The committee quickly established the first steps for an action plan as well as timelines for related activities. “Only 3% of Canada’s truck drivers, mechanics, technicians and cargo workers are women,” observed Angela Splinter, Chief Executive Officer of Trucking HR Canada. “Any solution to the trucking industry’s intensifying shortage of personnel will clearly involve reaching out to this largely underrepresented group.” Women also account for just 11% of managers, 13% of parts technicians, 18% of dispatchers, and 25% of freight claims/safety and loss prevention specialists. A long-term, chronic shortage of qualified truck drivers has been recognized in recent reports by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and the Conference Board of Canada.

Freight More at Risk During Supply Chain Disruptions Supply chain disruptions due to weather or other factors are being viewed as ripe targets of opportunity for cargo thieves, reports Fleet Owner. When the supply chain gets disrupted by a massive winter storm – as occurred often this past season in North America – or, perhaps, a port worker strike, “a lot of transportation companies being doing things outside of their normal safe practices due to excessive shipment backlogs,” Sam Rizitelli, national director for transportation at Travelers Inland Marine division, told to Fleet Owner. “During ‘disruptive’ events, there’s confusion and companies are often shorthanded – especially if it’s a weather event,” he added. “Things begin to back up, there’s chaos, and so the normal procedures for handling freight get put aside. That creates an opportunity we see more cargo thieves trying to exploit.” Scott Cornell, director of the Specialty Investigations Group (SIG) within the Inland Marine division at Travelers, explained how all this freight – particularly on the trucks – is now idle and exposed, often in unsecured locations. “It’s got nowhere to go and thus creates a ‘buffet’ of cargo for thieves to choose from.” Cornell added that once the disruption passes all of that delayed cargo must now get moved quickly – “again leading to another ‘buffet’ style situation as the focus is on speed and not necessarily proper security procedures,” he explained. Rizitelli noted that carriers and shippers alike must learn never to lower their guard where cargo in transit is concerned – but that especially goes double when transportation networks get “unsettled” by weather and other disruptive events. “In a way, it’s like football: who owns the clock owns the game,” he said. 40

FMCSA Starts New Rule on Insurance Minimums The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it will soon take a close look at the minimum insurance requirements for trucking, the agency announced in a report to Congress. According to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, the agency said the current standards need to be reevaluated and has formed a team to draft a new rule. The last adjustment in 1985 set the current standard of $750,000 for general freight, $5 million for the most dangerous hazmats and $1 million for other hazmats. HDT reports this initiative arises from a study ordered by Congress in the 2012 highway law, MAP-21, in response to the increasing costs of crashes. Congress considered raising the insurance minimum for general freight from $750,000 to $1 million, but eventually decided to have the agency prepare an analysis that could become the basis for changes in the standard. Congress also ordered the agency to conduct a review every four years, going forward.The issue is likely to resonate as Congress drafts the next highway bill. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., has a bill that would raise the $750,000 minimum to $4,422,000 and adjust it annually based on the medical CPI.

New Round of Fraudulent DOT Letters USDOT says a new round of fraudulent letters dated April 15, 2014 are starting to circulate among motor carriers. The letters appear to be from the “U.S. Department of Transportation Procurement Office” and signed by a fictitious name of “Janice DUNCAN – Senior Procurement Officer”. The letters are attempting to obtain banking information from the targeted companies. MAY / JUNE 2014


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Canadian Truckers Support IBC Program Aimed at Cargo Crime Prevention

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The Canadian Trucking Alliance and Insurance Bureau of Canada announced an expansion of the joint CTA-IBC reporting form. In yet another step towards the fight against cargo crime, IBC will extend the program to law enforcement agencies nationwide. Initially, the reporting form was developed by CTA and IBC jointly in 2011 in response to recommendations from CTA’s 2009-2010 Report on Cargo Crime in Canada. The form provides a means by which carriers can report cargo crimes to CTA and IBC. The information will then be immediately sent to law enforcement agencies across Canada, who will have the ability to search the database as required. Historically, carriers have been reluctant to report incidences of cargo theft for fear of public scrutiny, damages to corporate image, or increased insurance premiums, but this tool affords carriers an opportunity to report anonymously. The form was initially available via PDF to be faxed or emailed to CTA and IBC. With today’s announcement of the expanded program, the form is now available online in realtime for insurers and carriers. Furthermore, law enforcement agencies from across the country will have an ability to query the data collected by IBC, assisting in the recovery of stolen goods and apprehension of perpetrators. Data will captured, analyzed and shared, enabling the analysis of regional trends through a national lens. “Cargo crime was estimated in 2009 to be a $5 billion-ayear problem in Canada,” says CTA president and CEO David Bradley. “In fact, we suspect the figure is much higher, exacting a huge toll on the Canadian economy and threating the security of all Canadians. “The expansion of IBC’s nationwide database is an essential tool for recovery of stolen freight and equipment, apprehending criminals, developing and implementing appropriate countermeasures and quantifying the scope of the problem.” Bradley says. “CTA is pleased to partner with IBC and police services to help fight this growing problem and to encourage our members to utilize this newly improved tool.” CTA continues to establish and build strategic partnerships with law enforcement, insurers, customers and carriers to work towards preventing incidences of cargo crime.

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Who is a Freight broker? A freight broker is an individual or a company that acts as a connection between an individual or a company that needs shipping services and a motor carrier that provides those shipping services. Why is a Freight broker important? Freight broker services are very important to the shipper and the motor carrier in running their businesses. As the broker assists the shipper in finding reliable carriers and helps the motor carrier in finding loads to run their business. How does the freight broker benefit by providing these services? The freight broker usually deducts a commission from the fees paid by the shipper and then pays the motor carrier the balance. Are Freight forwarder same as Freight brokers? Freight forwarders are quite different from Freight brokers, as the freight forwarder usually takes possession of a number of smaller shipments and consolidates them into one large shipment and then arranges for transportation of the consolidated shipments. Whereas a Freight broker does not take possession of the items being shipped and only works as a mediator between the shipper and the motor carrier. Are there any training courses that you need prior to becoming a freight broker? There are several courses provided to become a freight broker, however the training courses can only provide so much information and do not always provide the individual with the connections that you need to be successful as a Freight broker. Many Freight brokers start by working for a shipper or a motor carrier which helps them gain the operational knowledge along with building business connections. 44

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What do you require to become a Freight broker? To become a Freight broker there are several government requirements including the broker to be licensed through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The broker is also required to have a bond in place to protect the motor carriers if the broker goes out of business or does not pay their debts to the motor carriers. What is the bond requirement? A Freight broker was required to file a bond for the amount of $10,000 but as of October 1, 2013 the minimum financial security amount has been increased to $75,000. Are there different ways to get the $75,000 Bond? Yes, there are two different ways of obtaining the bond: - BMC-85 (Trust Fund Agreement) which requires $75,000 full collateral deposited with a bank or a trust company. The broker’s funds are held by the financial institution in escrow for the period the broker holds their license. - BMC–84 (Freight Broker Bond) which requires the broker to pay a percentage of the bond amount, or premium that is paid to the surety provider. The bond is guaranteed with reserves in place to pay for any claims against the broker. The broker might be required to provide collateral depending on the surety. Which option is better in obtaining the bond? Both options have their benefits and drawbacks and it depends on the broker’s size and available funds as the BMC-84 might cost more on an annual basis but it provides the flexibility of not tying up $75,000 of your funds that can be used to run your operations. Where can I get more information and assistance in starting my own Freight brokerage business? If you need assistance in starting your own Freight brokerage business or want more information, call us at 1-800-965-9839. MAY / JUNE 2014


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Surviving Major Accidents v`fIAW durGtnwvW qoN bcxw Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise. - Robert Baden-Powell

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n the event of a Major accident, as long as the driver is wearing a seatbelt, the driver’s injuries are often minor. The driver compartment of the tractor is designed to move energy forces around the driver and protect in the case of all but the most traumatic of accidents. However, after the accident the driver has to leave this protective bubble. The drivers, while dealing with shock of the accident may have to, cut their seatbelt, break a window, walk or crawl through broken glass, escape from a fire, jump from a height, scale an embankment and survive extreme weather exposure. Any or all of these hazards may injure the driver more than the original vehicle accident did. And in my experience it does. Further, in the same way a ship captain is expected to run the evacuation of a sinking vessel, the driver is the one in control of the vehicle, cargo and accident scene. The primary role of the driver at that point is to keep anyone else from getting hurt. If at all able, especially in the event of a hazardous cargo, the driver must put in place safety measures, at least until first responders arrive. That means summoning first responders, setting reflectors or flairs to warn other drivers, fighting small fires, having hazardous cargo paperwork available for first responders, and assisting others when possible. This is a demanding task for an uninjured driver and can be made impossible for an injured one. Consequently the driver, driving in the climatically controlled protective capsule of the tractor is often not prepared to be forcibly ejected into the elements, yet alone into the role of accident site manager. Here are some specific recommendation that that will prepare drivers in the event of a major accident. 46

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Surviving Major Accidents 1. Wear clothing that protects. A best practice would have a driver in steel toed boots with puncture resistant soles on all the time. If you really can’t find ones that are comfortable, then try cowboy boots or ankle boots that will support and protect you foot and lower leg. Runners, sandals and bare feet will not protect you after an accident. 2. Wear clothing that can be seen in the roadway. A best practice would be to have hivis clothing or vest on all the time. Often driving down the road, I see oncoming truck drivers with their hi-vis vest hanging beside him. I often wonder why- is it uncomfortable? Who knows? If you can’t wear your vest all the time, the next best is to strap a flashlight and or personal reflector on your belt. Be sure you are not blending in. Black clothes may not show the dirt, but they keep you from being seen at night. Camouflage print clothing may be fashionable, but “blending in” is not the strategy that will keep you alive as a pedestrian on a highway. 3. Dress for the outside conditions, not the inside of the truck. Simply ask yourself the question, if I was outside right now, could I survive an hour in what I am wearing. If the answer is no, consider changing what you wear when you drive. A cold climate driver can wear their coat unzipped, turn down the truck heat, and have gloves and a hat in a pocket. Best practices would have you survive an hour, unaided outside the truck on a major highway. Remote locations require stronger measures. 4. Wear a belt and keep your cell phone attached to it-even when charging. Sweat pants may be comfortable to drive in but they are not protective or solid enough for safety. Best practices dictate the driver’s cell should be in a holster, attached securely to the drivers belt-even when charging. In the event of an accident the cell will unplug from the dash but stay in the holster where you can reach it. Whether the driver is trapped in the wreck, or thrown clear, the cell may make the difference between life and death. The cell phone is critical for summoning help. Even in areas with very little signal coverage a text message can be sent and received. Sometimes cell coverage can be obtained by climbing a hill or a tree. 5. Have a seatbelt cutter and winMAY / JUNE 2014

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Surviving Major Accidents dow breaker on your person. Best practices have the driver carry in pocket or on belt a multifunction tool capable of cutting the seatbelt webbing and breaking a window. Next best is a cab mounted (within reach of the seated driver) hammer cutter. Unfortunately in a major accident the tool may break free of the mount and fall out of reach of the driver. A major accident is a very emotional situation. Even seeing that someone else has had an accident inspires us to stop and help. The last thing you want to do is create more work for the first responders by becoming injured yourself. Remember that, even when helping you need to keep safe. Remember to wear your hi-vis vest. I know drivers that have been injured helping another at an accident scene. The worse case involved a guy actually being run over. There is a chance that if he had been wearing his vest, he may not have been. No one wants to have an accident but when one happens it happens so quickly that you won’t have time to react. Taking some safety measures are easy and can prepare you to be the leader at the accident scene instead of the victim.

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The American Transportation Research Institute Finds Problems with FMCSA HoS Study The American Transportation Research Institute this week released its evaluation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s field study report on the new hours-of-service rules, which justified the recent changes that went into effect July 1, 2013. According to Heavy Duty Trucking, ATRI’s analysis found problems with the study from FMCSA, which was directed by Congress to study the effects of the restart provisions within the rules. “FMCSA stated that their field study results supported the efficacy of the new restart rule,” said ATRI. “Following a detailed evaluation of the field study report, ATRI identified a variety of technical issues related to research design flaws, validity of measurement techniques and interpretations and data conflicts within and across the study.” ATRI claims Congress required that the field study be “representative of the driv48

ers and motor carriers regulated by the hours of service regulations” but says the study includes, on average, less than 12 days’ worth of data for each of only 106 drivers. It also says the field study report purports to have measured differences between restarts with one and two nighttime periods, from 1 a.m. to 5 .a.m., but instead measured differences in restarts that range from 34-hours to an unknown/non-limited number of hours off-duty. Other problems ATRI says it found with the FMCSA field study include: It does not present research to support the limitation of the use of the 34-hour restart to once per 168 hours, or once per week. Use of the three-minute Psychomotor Vigilance Test, which measures reaction time to visual stimuli, showed lapses of attention by drivers in both duty cycle groups, but offered no link between the average number of lapses, fatigue and the safe operation of commercial vehicles.

The two duty cycle groups had lane deviation measurements that differed by 1/10th of a centimeter and the study authors provide no evidence that these findings are relevant or are an indicator of driver fatigue in either of the two groups. The difference in sleep obtained by the two duty cycle groups on their restart breaks differed by only six minutes per 24hour period. Average driver scores on the subjective sleepiness scale did not indicate any level of sleepiness. The study confirms that drivers in the “two or more nighttime” group are more likely to drive during the day, a time when FMCSA’s own data shows a higher crash risk. ATRI is the not-for-profit research arm of the American Trucking Associations and describes its report as an “independent evaluation.” For detailed info, visit ATRI website. MAY / JUNE 2014


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Volvo Trucks Welcomes New Full-Service Dealer Facility in New Mexico Volvo Trucks’ service capabilities in the Southwest region of the U.S. have grown with the addition of a new Bruckner’s Truck Sales facility in Albuquerque, N.M.

The newly opened full-service Bruckner’s Trucks Sales location in Albuquerque, N.M. features 18 service bays and more than $1 million in parts inventory in the 13,000 square-foot parts warehouse

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APHIS Proposes 205% Fee Increase For Cross-Border Truckers The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced proposed changes to the fees it charges to recoup costs for conducting agricultural quarantine inspections (AQI) at U.S. ports of entry, such as hiring hundreds of new inspectors in recent years as well as Sunday, holiday and after-hours inspections. The impact on the cross-border trucking industry will be substantial. APHIS, which says it used an independent accounting firm to review the AQI fee structure, argues that the current fees charged to trucks do not generate sufficient revenue to cover the costs of the services. Currently, the Commercial Vehicle User Fee for a transponder is $205 (which includes $105 for the APHIS fee and $100 to CBP). APHIS is proposing to increase its portion of the transponder fee from US$105 to US$320 per year — a 205-per cent increase. Including the $100 CBP portion, the total fee to a commercial vehicle using a transponder would be $420, up from $205, under the plan. Commercial trucks without a transponder will see an increase $13.50 per crossing compared to the current fee of US$10.75, an increase of 52 per cent. According to APHIS, other than some inflationary adjustments, the proposed increases are the first since 2002 (a previous attempt in 2009 to increase the fees was withdrawn when groups like the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the American Trucking Associations objected) and are necessary to protect the country’s agriculture sector – the United States’ largest industry and employer – from risks posed by foreign animal and plant pests and diseases. It claims the revenue from fees charged up until now has been insufficient to cover all costs and compelled the Department of Homeland Security – whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency conducts the inspections of conveyances and cargo entering the country – to use appropriated funds for additional important homeland security functions and initiatives. “The proposed increases are ludicrous,” says David Bradley, president and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, a federation of the provincial trucking associations representing over 4,500 carriers. “They would considered so at any time, let alone in the current economic climate.” “The United States, like Canada, has every right to protect its agricultural sector from the importation of foreign pests and diseases, and inspections are a necessary part of that. But setting astronomical fee increases without consideration of the impact on other industries – or without seeking ways to more effectively and efficiently deploy its resources through risk assessment as opposed to inspecting every truck whether it is hauling agricultural products or not – is completely untoward.” “At a time when Canada and the United States are supposed to be working to implement the Beyond the Border Action Plan, APHIS comes along with a proposal that is beyond reason,” Bradley added. He says APHIS should be using a more targeted, risk assessment approach to consultation based on the “trusted trader” principles employed in other border security programs. “How efficient and effective is it to be inspecting and charging APHIS fees to trucks that are, for example, importing auto parts into the United States on plastic pallets?” he asks. “Inevitably, these costs will be passed along in higher freight rates to the shippers, importers and exporters.” This proposed rule will be available for a 60 day comment period. MAY / JUNE 2014

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functionality is the rear spoiler that activates above 130 km/h and retracts below 80 km/h – if you’re like me, you’ll want to keep the spoiler raised by just flicking a switch. Step into the vehicle and you’ll notice how far Audi has come with its design and choice of materials. Gone are the days of a boring interior; now, Audi interiors are sexy, refined, and elegant, 52

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Reviewed by: J. Dhatt - SJ Power Media Inc. but not overbearing. My test A7 was equipped with most of the options, including leather interior, navigation, heated seats, rearview camera, keyless entry with push-button start, and so forth. One aspect of the new design that I really like is the standard full seat in the rear; until last year, only rear buckets were available. If you’re like me and have children, this full rear seat is a definite plus. One aspect of design that you’ll need to compromise with is rear headroom. Yes, the coupe-like sloping roof is beautiful, but it does reduce rear headroom, especially for taller passengers. Is it a deal breaker? Not at all, according to my rear passengers when asked. Overall seating is very comfortable, yet still retains some firmness of a sports car. For the front passengers, the interior is definitely more like a cockpit, thanks to the high center console, wrap-around horizontal lines, and placement of all controls and gauges. At the center of the dashboard sits a beautiful 8” crystal clear LCD screen that shows all aspects of the vehicle’s MMI system, vehicle information, and settings controls. What’s great about the screen is that if you don’t want to see it, for example on long drives, just push a button and it gently retracts, with the lines blending right into the dashboard. In my opinion, Audi’s MMI is the best computer system in the market. It is just so intuitive, user-friendly, and easy to learn – one day behind the wheel and you’ve mastered the entire system. For the pilot, er driver, the gauge cluster is pure eye candy, especially with the colours for day and night. Once again, let’s talk functionality. All controls, whether on the center console, lower dashboard, or on the steering wheel are placed within reach, reducing any need to stretch. What’s more is that the gauge cluster packs so much information, but in such an easy design, that you can’t help but smile and know exactly what you’re wanting to change or adjust will do just that. Are you MAY / JUNE 2014


Car Review always searching on the side of the seat to set your memory position? Well, Audi has placed the memory buttons on the door panel – pretty functional again. Ready to drive? Okay, but let’s get the numbers out of the way first. This TDI engine churns out 240 hp and a whopping 428 lbs/ ft. of torque. That’s enough to rocket this car from 0 – 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, while being fuel efficient, with ratings of 8.5 (city) and 5.3 (highway) L/100 km respectively; now there’s two concepts that hardly ever go hand-in-hand, until now. The engine is mated with an 8-speed transmission and Audi’s Quattro Drive system. On the road, the new A7 is a driver’s dream with the engine providing effortless acceleration. On so many occasions, I had to double check the speedometer and then slow down – that’s how smoothly the car pulls away. Another option that came with my test vehicle is called Drive Select, in which you can customize the steering, throttle response, and suspension, or preselect from Comfort, Automatic, or Dynamic modes. Now, you can really tailor the car to your driving preferences. I switched frequently between Comfort and Dynamic mode and let me tell you, there was a noticeable difference. What also really impressed me was how quiet the A7 TDI is – it clearly isn’t your dad’s diesel. Sitting on the inside, none of the passengers could tell it was a diesel, and on the outside, there was just a slight amount of knocking.

The electric steering provides good feedback and the 19” tires and wheels provide a good ride. Take my advice and DO NOT get the 20” wheel package because you will compromise ride quality. For safety, the Audi A7 comes loaded with all the standard front,

seat and curtain airbags, ABS, traction control and so on. For a little bit more, options such as Vision Package and Driver Assist Package provide heads-up display, night vision, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and lane departure warning. The Audi A7 TDI is another vehicle that is breaking away from the normal sedan look, which is probably going to be a trend in the future. This sexy new car, one of my favourites, is gorgeous to look at, is driver oriented, has tonnes of power, and only sips fuel. Can’t get much better than that. The 2014 A7 TDI starts at $ 72,900.

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Applying Business Strategy in Trucking 1. Where is the business trying to get to in the long-term (Direction) 2. Which markets should a business compete in and what kinds of activities are involved in such markets? (Markets; Scope) 3. How can the business perform better than the competition in those markets? (Advantage)? 4. What resources (skills, assets, finance, relationships, technical competence, and facilities) are required in order to be able to compete? (Resources)? 5. What external, environmental factors affect the businesses’ ability to compete? (Environment)? 6. What are the values and expectations of those who have influence in and around the business? (Culture)? Strategy is a plan, a “how,” a means of getting from here to there. Strategy is a pattern in actions over time; for example, a trucking company that regularly markets very specialized and expensive freight transportation is using a “high end” strategy. Strategy is position; that is, it reflects decisions to offer particular products or services in particular markets. Strategy is perspective, that is the vision and direction a transportation company needs to take in order to establish its existence and to compete with other similar transportation companies. The starting point for a new business is to create an effective business plan. A business plan is a written document that describes a business, its objectives, its strategies, the market it is in and its financial forecasts. It has many functions, from securing external funding to measuring success within the business. Many people think that the only reason to develop a business plan is to convince potential lenders or investors to provide financial backing. This view is a

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Applying Business Strategy in Trucking little short-sighted. A well-developed plan provides a blueprint and step-by-step instructions on how to translate a business idea into a profitably marketed service. There are a number of key considerations that play an important role in shaping the contents of the business plan. These considerations include whether this is the first plan for a new business or business opportunity, or a plan that updates or supersedes an already existing plan. Obviously, the business’ position in its life cycle will have a significant impact on the type of planning that’s needed. An ongoing business might require a plan that relates primarily to a new market segment that it wants to enter. For example, in trucking it is easy to start with general freight, but, with experience a new business plan can be generated to cover some specialized freights like liquids, flat beds, hazmat or dangerous goods. The first half of the business plan is geared towards helping develop and support the business strategy. It covers the market, the industry, customers and competitors. It evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each competing firm and looks for opportunities in the marketplace. All of these steps are largely aimed at helping to create a strategy for the business. The second half of the business plan is largely to execute the business strategy. The company services, marketing and operations should all closely tie in with the strategy. In today’s crowded marketplace, every business is probably going to have serious competition no matter how creative the business concept is. That is why the business plan needs to realistically identify where they will do things in similar manner as their competitors, where they will do things differently, where they have real strengths and where they have real weaknesses. Trying to run a major aspect of the business significantly better than competitors may be a very difficult challenge. Hence, it is often better to focus in planning on being different than the competition and competing with them less directly. This may lead the business owners to answer some strategic questions. The questions include: Is there a particular market niche to focus on? Is there a unique strategy to be adopted? Can the services be positioned differently? Are there any alternative sales or marketing vehicles? There is no harm in seeking professional help to develop a solid and executable business plan. The internet is a great tool with tons of information resources to guide you to develop this plan. The Government of Canada also helps new business owners in formulating business strategy. It has provided a web tool to create a business plan. The website link is: http://www.canadabusiness.ca/eng/page/2865. The real value of creating a business plan is not in having the finished product in hand; rather, the value lies in the process of researching and thinking about your business in a systematic way. The act of planning helps you to think things through thoroughly, study and research if you are not sure of the facts, and look at your ideas critically. It takes time now, but avoids costly, perhaps disastrous, mistakes later.

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22% oxygen that causes the problem of underinflation and by increasing the nitrogen level to 95%, you obtain optimal pressure retention vs air filled tires. So go ahead and top up with air when on the road, although once you have Nitrogen, your need to top up will be drastically reduced anyway. Your Tires Are Talking. Are You Listening? We cannot influence the road conditions or ensure drivers consistently check their tires, but the use of Nitrogen inflation to properly maintain optimal tire pressure, in combination with a good vehicle and tire maintenance program such as tread depth and scrap tire analysis allows fleets to minimise operating expenses. Consequently fleet operators incur significant wastage of fuel and tires associated with poor tire management and premature tire replacement. And with today’s rising tire and fuel prices, as well as more restrictive emission legislations, tire life and fuel consumption are major economic and ecological factors in transport operations. Fleets need to fully understand and effectively deal with underinflation and utilize the valuable information the condition of their tires can tell them to really optimize their tire management and fuel performance program, especially to stay ahead of the competition. Scrap analysis and tread depth examination will show signs of uneven and irregular wear and allow you to address and correct the various causes such as alignment issues, driver behaviour, excessive camber, mismatched inflation pressure, loose wheel bearings, etc. Knowledge is power and it’s hard to prevent tire problems without it. Proactive Not Reactive Clearly then the goal of every fleet is to have the best program to accurately measure their tire performance data and fuel economy. Once again, easy to say, not so easy to capture or analyze the information effectively. Unfortunately, its very time consuming, labour intensive and depending on your PM schedule, not very practical without significantly changing your operating procedures. The good news is that working with an outsourced service provider will help you optimize your tire and fuel management program to achieve the savings you need to stay competitive without affecting your current operations. Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” If you don’t have properly trained people and properly equipped facilities, you’re better off outsourcing the service. Because it’s vital to understand all factors of underinflation and tire data, next month I will go into more detail on what information you can learn from your tires. And tires that last longer also mean more productivity and uptime, both of which contribute directly to profitability. Until then, feel free to contact me for more information and help to make scientific, informed choices on tire and fuel management solutions. MAY / JUNE 2014


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Desi Trucking Magazine was invited to the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Kentucky in March. This is the largest truck show in North America and the perfect venue for new products to be launched and showcased. For three full days, participants had the opportunity to speak with industry professionals, view new products, and enjoy some leisure activities as well. We look forward to attending next year as well. Desi Trucking Magazine was proud to be a Media Sponsor of Truckworld 2014, held in April in Toronto, Ontario. For three days, the weather cooperated so that all attendees could congregate at the International Centre. Once again, Truckworld featured new products and services from companies big and small. Desi Trucking Magazine was also at hand to attend Peterbilt’s 75 year celebration. Looking forward to the show in 2016. MAY / JUNE 2014

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akefield Canada has a significant presence in Canada’s automotive aftermarket industry, marketing and distributing premium branded products for both consumer car and commercial heavy duty segments. We have a diversified customer base of over 5,000 Installer customers, access to global marketing resources, cutting edge technology, and national distribution capabilities. With our strong focus on the customer and consumer experience, Wakefield has become one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and has been recognized multiple times as a Top 50 Best

Small and Medium Employer. Our head office and manufacturing operations in Toronto are connected by a significant on-road and rail fleet to our distribution centres, located in all major cities across the country. Wakefield is the exclusive supplier of Castrol lubricants, Canada’s #1 brand across all categories. Castrol’s Heavy Duty Lubricants offer superior engine protection for commercial fleets. Think trouble-free operation over extreme drain intervals. Make your fleet as reliable and profitable as possible, with these products. Castrol Elixion: revolutionary synthetic engine oil featuring an extremely low pour point, high viscosity index, and outstanding viscosity and wear protection over temperature ranges. Elixion has proven fuel economy savings of up to 4% over conventional oils, and is proven to reduce CO2 emissions and ash-forming deposits. You can safely extend drain intervals up to double the OEM recommendations when you use Elixion because it actively resists breakdown and copes easily with soot load. Castrol Hypuron and Hypuron Advanced Formula: semi-synthetic formulations that extend 62

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