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

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s we go about our daily routine, driving, we probably cross railway tracks about a dozen times and never ever give those tracks a second thought. It is this thinking or more correctly, not thinking, that is dangerous. Whether the tracks have no warning protection or whether it has lights and bells, all crossings are marked on the road warning of their presence and it is those warning to which we must pay attention. There is always a small warning sign on a post. More often than not there are cross bucks painted on the road approaching the tracks and always there is a cross buck sign posted close by the rail crossing. Not only is it expensive when there is a collision between a vehicle and a train, invariably it is the fault of the vehicle. The train has the right of way, no ifs ands or buts. In Canada there are on average, forty wrecks every year between large commercial trucks and trains. In the past few weeks, there have been several, two of which come to mind. There was one at the Emerson MB International Border Crossing between a truck and train. Again, there was one on the Trans-Canada Highway at Moose Jaw. At both of these rail crossings the view is not obstructed and visibility is measured in kilometres. Yet, in both cases a collision occurred. While the Transportation Safety 8

Board hasn’t ruled on either of these recent cases, you can rest assured that “human error” on the part of the truck driver was a key factor. In the recent past, there have been wrecks of import. The first and most prominent at least for me was a bus train collision in Ottawa that killed six people – the bus driver and five of his passengers. Again the TSB hasn’t ruled a cause to date and probably not for a few more months. These investigations are thorough and leave no stone unturned, so naturally take a great deal of time and effort to arrive at the cause. Lawyers don’t wait for TSB findings but make assumptions and in the case of this bus and it’s dead passengers, the law suits are in the mega millions. It will take years, maybe decades to have these cases work their way through the courts and “blame” assigned but let’s just say, legal careers are being made with this particular wreck. Recently a Nevada jury did have one of these wrecks work it’s way through its court system and predictably found the commercial truck driver and truck owner at fault and responsible for the cost of the wreck. In this particular wreck, six people died including the truck driver. The jury ordered John Davis Trucking of Battle Mountain, Nev., to pay more than

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$4.5 million to Amtrak and the Union Pacific railroad. The 2011 fiery collision happened on U.S. Highway 95 west of Reno when the truck crashed through the crossing gate and hit an Amtrak passenger train. Much of the testimony at the trial centered on a National Transportation Safety Board report. It concluded that John Davis Trucking had disabled the anti-lock brakes on the trailer and that most of the truck’s brake drums were seriously worn. There are undoubtedly many more millions to be paid out as a result of lawsuits on behalf of those killed in this wreck. But, now that a court has ruled a fault judgment, the suits will be brought to a conclusion. These few examples are the critical thoughts in our minds as we cross each and every rail crossing in our daily life. We can not slip for even a second into absent mindedness. We may get away with being absent-minded a thousand times but it’s that one time that makes matters. Because we DO get away with being absent-minded so often, we fall into that state of complacency that allows us to think we’ll never get caught. Never allow yourself to reach that point. Particularly, as a commercial driver, be constantly vigilant about your surroundings and never let that November / December 2014

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Safety by any other name train sneak up on you. When I was in High School, a class mate of mine died in a car/train collision along with his father and younger brother. That was more than fifty years ago. His name was Lawrence MacKenzie. Their farm lane, leading to the road, crossed a rail way track, so they certainly knew the train ran by very often both day and night. Yet, the old story of familiarity breeding contempt must have played a role. Visibility was not an issue. Yet I still went to that funeral and saw those three caskets draped in white. Three different sized caskets; an adult size; one slightly smaller (Lawrence) and the baby size (the little brother). I can still smell the flowers in the church. Yes, that wreck has had an affect on my life. It has made me think of safety and in particular rail safety for my entire life. The other day, several of us from my hometown were remembering Lawrence. I think it was me that brought his name up and there was not a person among us that didn’t remember the occasion of Lawrence’s death. It was indelibly etched in each of our memories. When I was in the Army, I was the one always aware where railway tracks would intersect with roads and believe me, we crossed a lot of unmarked crossings on private land where there were no warning signs. When I became a trucker, I was the one slowing down to the prescribed speed limit approaching rail crossings and doing all those things recommended to become aware of if there is a train closeby. Rolling down the window to improve hearing, turning down radios so there was no distractions listening for trains; looking both ways along tracks and then remaining in the same gear until having passed over the tracks. There is a rail crossing not far from my home in which I cross regularly. I slow for this crossing every time, yet I can’t tell you the number of cars that have passed me going in my direction across these tracks because they can’t risk a few seconds of their life to be safe. It’s such a shame that people feel the need to sacrifice safety for time. It costs me zero time to ensure I’m safe yet so many people feel such verification of safety is worth their while. That’s the sadness associated with what we allow ourselves to forget about personal safety for the sake of expediency. Our governments and railway companies spend millions each year to prevent rail crossing incidents, conducting awareness programs, making information easily available for all to use, yet in our industry, every year, there are on average forty incidents involving commercial trucks and trains. This is forty wreck too many and until we can bring that number to zero, and zero is the only goal worthwhile, then we have not achieved a point where we know everyone in our industry is constantly thinking of the outcomes. Be aware. Be smart. Be Safe. 10

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Wireless Roadside Inspections a Reality?


t seems everything has been turning towards the “smart” and wireless side of technology. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been testing a new technology to perform wireless roadside inspections on trucks traveling at highway speeds. Testing will enter its final phase by December 2015. The FMCSA has been trying to make wireless roadside inspection (WRI) a reality for several years. The goal will soon come to fruition as there are currently 20 inspection sites in the southeast are ready for the field-testing phase. That number is expected to grow by December 2015. The WRI’s interface will be developed by ISE and will obtain the location of inspection sites to create “geofences”. When a truck crosses a “geofence”, it will be scanned and the software will transmit information like logbooks and credentials to the system. The information gained will be transferred to enforcement personnel to alert them if the truck needs to be pulled over and reviewed.

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Trucking, Transportation or Logistics?

Trucking, Transportation or Logistics?


he word “Logistics” is very vaguely understood in the transportation industry. It is very often mixed up with transportation. By definition, Logistics means having the right thing, at the right place, at the right time. According to the Council of Logistics Management, Logistics is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services, and related information from point of origin to point of consumption for the purpose of conforming to customer requirements. This definition includes inbound, outbound, internal, and external movements, and return of materials for environmental purposes. With today’s fast-moving global marketplace, companies who provide transportation and logistics services play an integral role in the supply chain. Today, the geographical boundaries are disappearing for global trade. But, this globalization has brought in many challenges, one of which is the free flow of goods and services across boundaries. Managing these, in a cost-effective manner is the key to growth in business. In this context, logistics management and supply chain management (SCM) have come into sharp focus in the industry, as an opportunity to gain an edge in the market. The need to keep the chain lean and responsive is a major priority. The ever-changing landscape of the logistics field makes it one of the most dynamic and complex industry niches present in today’s business environment. Inefficiencies in physical distribution in the supply chain management system can often pose significant threats to overall business performance and undermine organizations against leading contenders. A manager’s ability to integrate coordination between various channels of distribution, including transportation, storage of products, and the seamless implementation of data processing systems is vital to the growth and development of logistics firms. Effective logistics managers must posses excellent analytical skills, coupled with a firm aptitude to solve problems within the finance, marketing, production, transportation, inventory control, and quality control sectors. An in-depth understanding of algebra and financial mathematics are also a key corner stone in the devel14

opment of logistics decision modeling. Logistics managers must ensure they are able to adapt to rapidly changing work environments, especially when focusing on the transport component of an organization. Individuals in this field must have a concrete understanding of the cost structures of various carriers and their respective modes of transportation and how to adequately allocate resources and make beneficial pricing decisions under pressure. Managers are also required to have a firm understanding of the legislation and policies governing the transport sector. Ultimately, the goal for Logistics managers is to lower logistics and transportation costs; increase asset turnover; reduce inventory carrying costs; decrease customs fines and penalties through better trade compliance; and strengthen customer service. Modern Logistics primarily focus to fulfill customers’ needs. It involves management of the various activities required to move benefits from their point of production to the customer. These benefits can either be in the form of tangible products which are manufactured, or intangible such as services provided to the customers. Each organization’s approach to Logistics management is different from one another. Some of these firms are more focused to produce these benefits on their own. Their strategy is more aligned towards capturing raw materials. Alternatively, other companies’ logistics strategy is more inclined towards the distribution of the end products into the hands of the consumer. Regardless of the strategic alignment, logistics system is made up of many functional activities such as: Customer Service: is the ultimate goal of any logistics strategy. It involves complaint handling, special order requests, damage claims, returns, billing problems, etc. A well organized customer service set up ensures continuous business from satisfied customers. Inventory Management: is about carrying enough stock to ensure the best customer service without losing money by storing excessive and dead inventory. This is important at both sides – finished goods as well as raw materials. Transportation: addresses physical movement of goods from November / December 2014

Trucking, Transportation or Logistics? a point of origin to a point of consumption. In dealing with international logistics, a well planned transportation architecture is required which involves having a integrated means of transportation through ships, air, rail and road. Knowledge about import and export rules and regulations also play a great role in this area. Storage and materials handling: address the physical storage requirements of holding inventory. It is the management and acquisition of the proper space required and handling the materials within that space. Different options need to be analyzed in finalizing the storage strategy like Buy vs Lease options, or Public vs Private warehousing. Packaging: is about protecting the product while it is being shipped or stored. It is also about presenting the products to the ultimate consumer. There are various government labeling rules that need to be followed and adhered to. Information Processing: links all areas of the logistics system together. Various software packages are available to manage different activities in logistics management. Demand forecasting: helps in preparing for meeting the customers future demands. Historical sales statistics, seasonal trends and planned future events are considered to accurately forecast future demands. Production planning: is another component of the logistics to ensure that customer’s orders are fulfilled on time. Manufacturing needs components and raw materials in order to make finished goods. Proper planning is required to account for machine, labor and capacity constraints. Purchasing: In order to manufacture and deliver orders to customers, internal purchase and procurement of raw materials are very important. Lead times for each supplier also need to be taken into proper consideration. Facility location: addresses the strategic placement of warehouses, manufacturing plants, and transportation resources. These decisions are not made very often, but once made directly reflect the company’s ultimate success or failure. In addition to the above activities, logistics tasks also include, but are not limited to other activities such as after-sales parts and service support, maintenance contracts, return goods handling and recycling operations. An organization’s strategy guides the way the individual activities are performed. A well coordinated and executed logistics strategy plays an important milestone in any organization success. November / December 2014

FMCSA requests insurance liability increases.


proposal from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to amend the rule to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have has been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget — the final stop before the rule is published as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. A recent Department of Transportation report suggested the rule would clear the OMB Oct. 12 and be published as a NPRM Oct. 22. The rule appeared on the radar in April, when FMCSA released a report saying the current $750,000 minimum is too low. The agency noted in its report the minimum has been the same since 1985, and if had it kept up with inflation, it would be upwards of $1.6 million, FMCSA says. The agency has apparently breezed through the rulemaking process and is poised to publish the proposed rule just six months after releasing the report The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, however, both cite research saying just 1 percent of truck crashes cause damages that exceed $1 million. Both groups have said they are against an increase in the minimum.

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Women with Drive Leadership Summit Announced


omen with Drive Leadership Summit has been scheduled for March 5 in Toronto, a first ever event in the trucking industry. The summit aims to address the challenges and barriers faced by women in trucking. Word of the summit was unveiled by Trucking HR Canada as part of its three-year action plan – which is based on the results of surveys taken by women who already work in trucking, male managers and women looking for careers. Other actions will include a new marketing campaign to promote trucking for women and creating mentorship and training opportunities for women in trucking. “We are taking steps to facilitate lasting change, transform business cultures, and support the women who pursue career opportunities in trucking,” said Cavalier Transport’s Vicki Stafford, chair of the national advisory committee. “Canada’s trucking industry needs to recruit and retain far more women to maximize its potential and address an intensifying shortage of employees.” Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada added: “This action plan represents a series of concrete steps to help address one of the trucking industry’s biggest long-term challenges.” 15

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Driver Shortage escalating operating costs Operating costs for trucking companies are on the rise again after falling slightly in 2012 according to a new study by the American Transportation Research Institute. While operating costs fell between 2008 and 2009 and again in 2012, the average cost per mile rose from $1.65 to $1.68 in 2013. The increase in average operating costs is being mostly attributed to the driver shortage and wage increases at motor carriers looking to ensure retention of qualified drivers. “Carriers have experience significant increases in equipment and labor costs, as well as second level items like tolls and health care benefits,” said Andrew Boyle, an ATRI Research Advisory Committee member. After the Great Recession and a sharp decline in fuel prices resulted in decreased industry costs between 2008 and 2009, costs steadily rose through 2010 and 2011, with a slight decline in 2012. Fuel now consistently represents the largest share of total average marginal cost for motor carriers, followed by driver wages and equipment lease or purchase payments. The new findings were part of a 2014 update to the Operational Costs of Trucking report that ATRI originally published in 2008. The report details average costs per mile as well as costs per hour and cost breakouts by industry sector. There were three new questions added to this year’s survey to assess emerging issues: • Motor carrier use of electronic logging devices (ELD) to log driver hours-of-service. The response was split almost evenly with 53% of respondents reporting some ELD use. It is assumed that this figure will increase rapidly as the industry responds to the upcoming Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ELD mandate expected in 2016. • Euipment trade cycles, or the frequency of vehicle turnover. Trailers are held an average of 12.2 years, while trucktractors are replaced on average every 6.6 years. Additionally, respondents report an average of over 795,000 miles before replacing tractors. • Primary commodities hauled. General freight accounted for one-quarter of responses, followed by refrigerated food (19%) and manufactured goods (9%) as the top three responses. • Since its initial publication, it is one of the most requested reports among industry stakeholders, said ATRI.


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Hours of Service Rules Biggest Headache for Executives


merican fleet executives are less worried about the economy and more worried about hours-of-service regulations, according to an annual list of the trucking industry’s top concerns. The list, compiled by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), was released at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition. • Hours-of-service rules that went into effect in 2013 were the top concern voiced by more than 4,000 trucking industry stakeholders who completed the survey.

• second was the driver shortage, • CSA this year placed third • Driver retention was the fourth biggest concern. • The fifth biggest concern was the FMCSA’s plans to mandate electronic logging devices. • The economy, which was the industry’s top concern from 2009-2011 dropped down to ninth spot. • Driver distraction cracked the list, coming in 10th. “ATRI’s annual survey of top industry issues gives us direct insight in to all of the

complex forces affecting motor carriers and drivers so that we can plan accordingly, and focus on running a safe and profitable industry,” said ATA chairman Phil Byrd, president and CEO, Bulldog Hiway Express. “As we all know, the trucking industry constantly faces changes and challenges to how we operate safely and efficiently,” ATA president and CEO Bill Graves said. “However, our industry has always responded to these issues with determination and ATRI’s work gives us the information to decide where to focus our energies first and foremost.”

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The Consequences of Bad Credit

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The Consequences of Bad Credit

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


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The Consequences of Bad Credit maintaining that good credit. Partnerships in trucking are quite common. But if you partner with an individual who has bad credit that partnership is no longer split equally. If one partner has good credit and the others don’t, there will be a reliance on the partner with the good credit to obtain all the credit for the company. I recently saw a partnership dissolve for this reason. The partner with the good credit said all the money issues were on his head and his bad credit partner didn’t contribute equally. As he stated to me, he had everything to lose, while the other person had such bad credit that he had nothing to lose as no one would give him anything. Individuals and companies with bad credit are not entitled to the very best rates. Some of them talk a good game and try to demand a better rate, but that gets them nowhere. Future credit is all based

on your past. If you don’t have a good past, your interest rate will be higher and sometimes you will be outright declined. Bad credit entitles you to nothing. I had one company enquiring about purchasing several brand new trucks and advised me they had high interest rates on some previous purchases and didn’t know why. I told them why. They had bad credit. High risk = high interest rates. In trucking equipment is not cheap. Trucks and trailers are not easy to pay with cash. If your credit is not good and you need equipment, there will be big issues. Whether it’s a company or an owner operator or even for a rental, your credit will be checked. If your credit is bad, you may be declined. Smaller amounts may be possible, but equipment costs are large and larger amounts are harder to come by if you have not maintained a good past credit history. A prospective owner operator who is declined must earn less money and remain driving a truck they do not own, or get a co-signor and a company who is declined may not be able to expand, and can lose loads with no equipment to dispatch. Driving abstracts and credit as well are often checked when hiring. If you have a poor credit history a company may not want to hire you even with the best driving record. A driver with bad credit cannot be trusted with expensive equipment or with a fuel card. If declined for a job this affects your earnings and affects your entire family. Not enough credit or too much credit can also pose issues. Owning only one credit card does not justify any lender to loan you large November / December 2014

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The Consequences of Bad Credit amounts of money. One item is not enough. You must have several items of credit. You must prove yourself with a good track record by paying back all of the items in a timely basis. Having too much credit is also a problem. If all credit cards and lines of credit are all maxed out and you’re only paying minimum payments over a long period of time and have no savings this will cause you problems. You may have spent more than you can afford and it will be difficult to get a deal approved when you can’t afford what you already have. Have credit that you can pay off affordably. Finding the comfortable balance where you can pay off all credit cards and lines of credit in full each month, make all installments such as mortgages and vehicle and equipment on time, and still have savings is the goal. It takes time to get there, especially if you’ve already overspent. But it’s easier if this is done from the start. But again, circumstances can change any time. Bad things can happen to good people which may affect credit. I’ve seen illness, loss of employment and industry declines that affect people who had always paid their bills on time and still have every intention to. Sudden changes in life no can predict, but if in a situation like this, you can work to restore your credit once the situation has been resolved. Your credit stays on your record for seven years. If you’re able to, try to restore it. If your credit was bad from the start, try to correct it and show you are able to pay back borrowed money. Options such as secured credit cards are available to get it started. If you can have good credit going forward and really prove yourself, you will find that doors that were closed by financial institutions in the past might open for you once again.

Insurance Survey Reveals Canadians Still Drive Using Smartphones


riving in Canada while using a smartphone seems to be a bad habit that’s hard to break. Even though most provinces throughout the country have regulated fines for those caught using electronic devices while trying to navigate traffic, a recent insurance survey has turned up the bad news that Canadians continue to use their smartphones and other electronic devices even when behind the wheel of their cars. Allstate Insurance recently conducted a national survey of more than 1200 drivers. This Canada Distracted Driver Poll revealed some very disturbing statistics. One out of every three Canadian drivers who participated in the poll admitted that they checked their smartphone whenever they were stopped temporarily and waiting for a red light to change. Almost 20% of Canadian drivers polled admitted that they sent a text message to another individual while driving. Even though one out of every three drivers polled insisted that getting a ticket and having to pay a fine if caught using a smartphone while driving was enough of a deterrent to help change their behavior. Male drivers proved to be six times more likely to continue to use their phone and drive even after being fined. 20

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Bison Hero - Vijaydeep Sahasi


Hero Vijaydeep Sahasi


n August, Vijaydeep Sahasi, a Bison truck driver was on a remote stretch of Highway 5 just past Merritt in B.C. when he saw a parked car on the side of the highway and a man trying to flag him down. Sahasi’s heroism no doubt saved the British Columbia woman’s life. “My wife’s having a heart attack!” the man told Sahasi. Sahasi called 9-1-1 and rushed to the car, where he found the woman still strapped in her seatbelt. Following the instruction of the 9-1-1 operator, Sahasi got the woman out of the car and lay her down on the ground. There was no one else but Sahasi and the woman’s husband to help and Sahasi had not done CPR before. He was nervous, he says, because he knew that in some cases, amateurs performing CPR have broken the victim’s ribs or caused other injuries. But with the help of the 9-1-1 operator, Sahasi performed the necessary CPR procedure. It took thirty minutes for first responders to arrive, the woman repeatedly started and then stopped breathing. Sahasi grew tired, but never gave up, stopping only when paramedics arrived and took over. The woman was taken to the hospital and survived. The next day, her husband called Sahasi to share the good news: his wife was doing well, had no cracked ribs or significant problems as a result of the CPR. At the hospital, the doctors had told him, “You’re really lucky your wife is alive, given that this happened in the middle of nowhere. Only about two percent of people would survive cardiac arrest in such a remote location.” Sahasi, who has driven for Bison more than a year, commented: “I believe that what goes around, comes around. I was already running a little late, but destiny had planned something else for me that day.” He continued: “It made me feel so good that the doctor said I did [the CPR] perfectly. If done too lightly, the heart wouldn’t have started functioning. If done too hard, her ribs might have been fractured. Neither happened, and it is really, really rewarding to know she survived. I never expected this [Bison job] would take me somewhere like this.” For his act of kindness, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has named Sahasi a Highway Angel and has presented him with a certificate, patch, lapel pin, and truck decal. Manitoba-based Bison Transport also received a certificate acknowledging that one of its drivers is a Highway Angel. 22

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Peterbilt Announces New Medium Model 220


eterbilt announced today a new medium-duty Model 220 can now be spec’d with a clear frame rail package. Adding this spec will add 10 inches of frame rail space. “This new option is ideal for customers in applications such as beverage delivery, street sweeping and striping and refuse collection and packing,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt director of sales and marketing. “The clear frame rail package optimizes chassis space to help accommodate installation of a wider range of work bodies. Additionally, this new configuration results in a 40 percent larger capacity DEF [diesel exhaust fluid] tank, improved visibility through the rear window and greater ease of serviceability. ”The Model 220 was introduced in March and went into production in July. “The Model 220 is compact and nimble making it ideal for applications that require high maneuverability and finesse, such as street sweepers, road stripers and vacuum loaders,” Woodall said. “This is a great truck for getting into tight spots, getting the work done and then getting back out and onto the next job.”


L.A. Planning to Build e-Highway for Electric Trucks

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n experimental new road design project in Los Angeles, dubbed the eHighway, is being built for a portion of the busy Alameda Corridor, between the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. Siemens has been selected by the South Coast Air Quality Management District(SCAQMD) to install a one-mile stretch of the eHighway system, which consists of the electrification of select highway lanes via a catenary system. It’ll work by supplying diesel-hybrid and battery-electric trucks with electric power via automated current-transfer devices called pantographs, similar to how modern day trolleys or streetcars are powered on many city streets. The company says the system will reduce fuel consumption, substantially reduce CO2emissions, and lower operating costs. Siemens and the Volvo Group, via its subsidiary Mack Trucks brand, are developing a demonstration vehicle for the project. Construction is already underway, and officials expect the two-way, one-mile system to be operational by July 2015. SCAQMD will then conduct a yearlong test of the system using up to four different trucks, each with a different engine type and fuel source, according to local media reports. “The logic of the eHighway system is very compelling for cities like LA, where many trucks travel a concentrated and relatively short distance. Highly travelled corridors such as this are where we will initially see eHighway being applied,” says Matthias Schlelein, president of Siemens’ mobility and logistics division in the U.S. Siemens has already been testing a prototype of this overhead system at one of its German facilities. Stakeholders are hoping to eventually expand the system along the remaining three miles from the ports to the major railhead, and there are discussions underway about a 20-mile northwest corridor that could connect the ports with inland warehouse complexes. 24

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A Dream Come True for “Nick Bagri” Nobody ever thought that a young mechanic, working on minimum wage, would one day reach his destination and set an example for others. This dream came true for Mr. Nick Bagri, owner of Good Luck Truck and Trailer Repair. With hard work, determination, and a clear vision, Nick Bagri built a new state-of -the art “One Stop” repair and parts facility in Aldergrove, BC. On September 28, Mayor Bruce Banman cut the ribbon and officially opened the facility for the trucking industry. The Desi Trucking Magazine management team would like to congratulate Mr. Bagri and his crew on their success and wish them nothing but the best of luck as they continue to serve the trucking industry.


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Driver Turnover Continues to be a problem The second quarter of 2014 brought no relief for truckload fleets struggling with driver turnover. Large fleets doing more than $30 million in business annually suffered an 11 percent increase in turnover between April and June, and turnover for fleets with less than $30 million in revenue increased 16 percent. Large fleet turnover reached an annual rate of 103 percent, according to the American Trucking Associations. That’s 4 percent over the same time in 2013 and the highest rate seen since the third quarter of 2012. Turnover at small fleets also reached its highest level in nearly two years at 94 percent, a full 12 percent higher than Q2 2013. “These turnover rates show that the shortage is acute,” says ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello, “and if the freight economy continues to grow, it will worsen very quickly.” Less-than-truckload fleets continue to achieve much lower turnover rates than their truckload counterparts. The annual rate at the end of Q2 2014 was just 11 percent. New-driver recruitment, however, is a challenge for all sectors. Openings for truck drivers ranked as the third most difficult to fill in the American Staffing Association’s Skills Gap Index. The index provides a measure of the difficulty to recruit for a specific occupation.

In Cab Camera. Blessing or Curse? If you thought companies requiring in cab cameras was an invasion of your personal privacy how would you feel about someone staring directly into your eyes? That’s right, a detector in your vehicle that monitors your eyelids to make sure you aren’t falling asleep. If a driver does show signs of drowsiness, a sound will be set off to alert the driver. The government recommended adopting the technology after a 2005 incident involving a jackknifed Whole Foods Market truck and a coach carrying a high school marching band. Recently, the Tracy Morgan crash and the truck that hit a college soft ball team in Oklahoma resulting in the death of 4 girls, has put this technology back on the agenda. The device is expected to cost roughly $2,500 to install. Perhaps there is a better solution to the ‘sleepy driver’ pandemic, however. If the government really wants to prevent these accidents from occurring, they should look into making the industry less taxing so drivers don’t have to work an ungodly amount of hours just to make ends meet. If they were just allowed to rest and sleep when they need it, maybe we wouldn’t have so many accidents.

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The amazing difference between halogen and LED headlights.


eadlamps are something drivers use every day, it was arranged with Truck-Lite to see if LED headlamps are really as good as they are reputed to be. Manufacturers such as Truck-Lite use sensitive instruments to measure light output. There are six LEDs in each assembly, four in the low-beam reflector and two in the high. Each LED is no more than a quarter-inch square, which totally doesn’t reconcile with the amount of light they produce. Truck-Lite says they will last about 30,000 hours — about 10 years of average service for an over-the-road truck. To illustrate the difference between the two sets of headlights, the same Freightliner Cascadia day-cab, which underwent a headlamp transplant between the test runs. The entire assembly with the halogen lights with a module containing the LED lights. The test procedure was pretty simple. The truck at the same spot on a dark, deserted stretch of road and took a few photographs from inside the cab to what jumped out immediately was detail visible just off the road, where the trees are on the left in the LED photos. They were not even visible with the halogens. That gives a driver a real edge

when it comes to spotting wildlife lurking at roadside or catching signage in the distance. The difference was equally obvious on an Interstate highway. The wide roadway and the sloping roadside were beautifully lit. What truly made a difference was the color of the light. TruckLite says the color temperature of the LED light — the blue to red shift in the light spectrum — is very close to the color temperature of sunlight, around 6,000 degrees Kelvin, compared to halogen at around 4,000 K. Technically, they are not much “brighter,” but they sure appear to be because of the color. Interestingly, driving on a busier stretch of two-lane road with opposing traffic, not once did the oncoming driver flash of the high beams annoyed by brighter lights. This is because of the reflector design, which throws light where it’s needed -- straight down the road and low and wide — rather than into the eyes of oncoming drivers. While they are considerably more expensive up front than halogen headlamps, LEDs will long out-live the first service life of the truck and will give drivers night lighting like they have never seen before.

TTSAO On Side with Plan for Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training


he Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) has announced support for the province’s plans to introduce mandatory entry-level driver training. TTSAO would also like a seat at the table as the standards are developed. The association says it represents training schools that provide a quality of training that surpasses all provincial requirements. “Membered schools of TTSAO are not the problem,” said Yvette Lagrois, TTSAO president. “Our TTSAO schools produce solid, entry-level graduates. All TTSAO schools offer a 200-hour registered program and have been delivering quality education for decades.”

The TTSAO wrote a letter of support when the Ontario Trucking Association called on the province to introduce mandatory entry-level driver training standards. “We were very clear in that letter that we supported mandatory entry-level driver training in principle and we were also very clear that we need to be involved in all communications regarding how mandatory training will roll out,” Lagrois said. “To date, we have had numerous meetings with the government regarding training issues, and recently we have been promised to be at the table for any further discussions with (OTA) Blue Ribbon Task Force as the process moves forward.


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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlines priorities The chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Jack Van Steenberg, outlined the agency’s priorities for 2015 during a recent presentation. Van Steenberg spoke on behalf of the FMCSA at the American Trucking Association’s Management Conference & Exhibition, where he named the top five issues for next year. • publication of a final rule to mandate electronic logging devices. “We would love to see it get to the secretary’s office in the spring of 2015, and we would love to have a final rule sometime in 2015,” said Van Steenberg. “There is a lot to consider when it comes to the electronic devices. We want to get it right, and we want to get it right the first time.” • The Unified Registration System. The FMCSA plans to put out new rules that will make it easier for carriers to update their UCR information in order to cut down on the number of carriers deactivated for not completing the updates. Additional tools are in the works to prevent out-ofservice carriers from reincarnating under different names. • Compliance, Safety and Accountability program. The agency will continue to work on a rule for safety fitness determination, and it is working to update and modernize elements of driver and truck inspections. One change will eliminate multiple reports of the same violation, such as when a truck has more than one light out or when a driver forgets to sign the logbook on more than one day. • The agency also hopes to fine-tune the CSA system’s ability to target carriers that maintain operations after being put out of service. • Finally, the FMCSA is looking to implement the third phase of the CSA program next year. That phase will give investigators new software and other tools for conducting compliance reviews off site.

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Should drivers skill match equipment or should equipment match the drivers skill level?


uring a recent news conference, Ann Demitruk, the company’s director of marketing, Western Star, noted that with automated manual transmissions rapidly gaining marketshare in Class 8 applications, it seemed to her that fleets and driving schools should use this fact as a marketing tool to help attract new drivers to the industry. According to the FCMSA’s website it is perfectly legal and acceptable to train, test and receive a Commercial Driver’s License without learning how to operate a heavyduty manual transmission. The agency gives such drivers an “E” endorsement code on their CDLs, to indicate they are restricted to automatic transmissions only. As more people who have not been inculcated with innate knowledge and feel for machinery, it makes sense to allow the machine to do more and not worry about the diagnostic skill levels of drivers to be anything other than driving. Most fleets and schools believe there is a need to such knowledge gained from manual transmissions and how the vehicle feels and handles utilizing the manual transmission. If the driver can handle a manual transmission, then he or she should not have a problem with the automatic. The other line of thinking is that a driver should be well rounded and capable of driving any vehicle on the road. With the advent of the automatic, approximately 20% of the new drivers – those who cannot grasp the dynamics of manual transmission – could be added to the driver pool but using automatic transmissions. Bias against automatics still exists. And fleets, which desperately need drivers, are turning qualified candidates away because they can’t drive a manual transmissionequipped truck despite the fact FCMSA policy clearly states that the ability to operate a manual transmission is not a requirement to obtain a CDL. Basically, fleets would sooner demand drivers adjust to their specifications rather than having the equipment meet the needs of the operator.


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What is UCR? UCR stands for Unified Carrier Registration program. It was created by the federal legislation and has replaced the former system for registering the operators of vehicles engaged in interstate travel, it was commonly known as the Single State Registration System (SSRS). What is the major difference between the UCR and the SSRS? The UCR applies to all operators of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) whereas the SSRS only applied to for-hire motor carriers. The UCR also includes carrier’s that are transporting interstate goods even if their vehicles do not leave the state. According to the UCR program, what is considered a CMV? Any self-propelled vehicle used on highways engaged in interstate travel that has a gross weight of 10,001 pounds or more is considered a CMV. Also vehicles that are designed to transport 11 or more passengers including the driver are considered CMVs. Any vehicle that is required to have hazardous waste placards will also fall into this category. Will the registration apply to individual vehicles or will a single registration apply to the fleet? One registration based on fleet size applies to all the vehicles that are registered under the USDOT number. Do only motor carriers have to register for UCR? No, along with motor carrier, all motor private carriers, freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies have to register for UCR as well. What happens if your company does not register for UCR? Each state has the authority to enforce registration compliance through roadside enforcement checks. If your vehicle is pulled over and your company has not been registered for UCR you could be subject to a fine depending on which state you are pulled over in. A business audit could also reveal that your company is not registered for UCR and this could lead to additional fines. Will you get a certificate to prove your registration with UCR? There is no certificate issued but your registration information is kept in a national database which can be accessed by law enforcement personnel as part of routine roadside checks. 38

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Truck Training School Association of Ontario Revamping This year the Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) has made some significant changes. Yvette Lagrois, president of the TTSAO is very pleased with the direction of the TTSAO and the effort of the board of directors. New staff, a new office in Hamilton and a new Web site are among some of the changes for the better. “We’re taking the TTSAO in a new direction. Insurance companies, trucking companies and industry service providers are going to see some true value in what the association does for the transportation industry,” according to Lagrois. Ed Popkie, president of 5th Wheel Training Institute, was also welcomed back to TTSAO. He will be assisting with proposed changes in Ontario to new minimum standards for truck drivers. “Our team is excited to be back at TTSAO helping to implement changes that will make the future of the transportation industry better.” Popkie said. “Before we had to police ourselves because the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) did not have the staff and ability to monitor the schools. This has changed and things are improving,” Lagrois said. “This does not mean we have watered down the by-laws and constitution, we have actually put a process in place that will keep our membered schools accountable,” she added.

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Freight Management A Collaborative Approach

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echnology plays a vital role in every business. With the inibzns BwvyN koeI vI hovy ies ‘c qknIk dI mu`K BUimkw huMdI hY[ troduction of the Internet, businesses are expanding their ieMtrnY`t dI vrqoN hox nwL vpwr dIAw h`dW vD ky dunIAw dy ie`k isry horizons to the global market. Along with businesses, conqoN dUjy isry q`k jw phuMcIAW hn[ ibjnsW nUM hI ies dw lwB nhIN sumers are also taking full advantage of comparing and choosing the hoieAw sgoN vsqW KRIdx vwLy vI hux ieh mukwblw krdy hn ik ikhVw right supplier. The traditional ways of doing business like walk-ins, splwier aunHW v`loN zrUrq vwLI cIz nUM TIk FMg nwl ikMnI CyqI phuMcw phone calls, or fax requests are not enough to compete and become skdw hY[ ibjns krn dy Awm purwxy cwlU FMg ijvyN jw ky cIz KRIdxI, profitable. New internet and software technologies are enabling Pon krny jW PYks krky pqw lwaux dy FMg hux mukwbly leI nw hI TIk collaboration among various stakeholders. In the trucking industry hn Aqy nw hI lwB vwLy hn[ieMtrnY`t ‘c hux ies qrHW dy swPtvyAr there are a few online collaborative portals available in Aw gey hn jo loVINdI vsqoN dI hr qrHW dI jwxkwrI idMdy Canada and the USA where trucking companies can dihn[ ies qrHW hI tr`ikMg ieMfstrI ‘c ies qrHW dIAW rectly collaborate with freight brokers to get their trucks AmrIkw Aqy knyfw ‘c ku`J AwnlweIn syvwvW hn ijs rwhIN loaded. As of yet, this collaboration is still limited to carritr`ikMg kMpnIAW PRyt brokrW nwL is`Dw sMprk kr skdIAW ers and fright brokers. Shippers are reluctant to participate hn Aqy Awpxy tr`kW leI BwVy dy mwl dw pRbMD kr skdIAW in direct collaboration with the carriers. hn[pr hwl dI GVI ieh sMprk ku`J ku kMpnIAW Aqy PRyt Shippers – Freight Brokers Relationship: Shippers brokrW nwL hI ho skdw hY[ Ajy iS`pr kYrIArW nwL is`Dw award freight contracts to freight brokers though formal sMprk krn qoN sMkoc kr rhy hn[ bid processes. Usually these contracts are for terms of one iS`prz- PRyt bRokrW dw sbMD: Awm qOr ‘qy iS`pr ib`f - Dara Nagra or more years. The primary advantage freight brokers prorwhIN hI bRokrW nUM PRyt kWtrYkt idMdy hn[ieh kWtrYkt swl MBA PMP ® vide to shippers is knowledge of the transportation indusdy vI ho skdy hn Aqy ies qoN v`D dy vI[PRyt brokrW dw v`fw try’s rules and regulations. As transportation is one of the lwB ieh hY ik ieh iS`prW nUM tRWsportySn ieMfstrI dy kwnUMn most regulated industries in Canada and the USA, it is hard for shipkwieidAW dI jwxkwrI idMdy hn[ knyfw Aqy AmrIkw ‘c tRWsportySn pers to directly qualify carriers with all legal authorities and permits. pUrI qrHW inXm b`D hox kwrn iS`prW leI Awp is`Dy qOr ‘qy loVINdIAW Not only must freight brokers find the right carrier for a shipper, they SrqW jo primt Awid leI cwhIdIAW hn, nUM pUrw krnw AOKw hY[PRyt must also ensure that the freight is covered by an adequate amount bRokr iS`pr leI TIk kYrIAr hI l`B ky nhIN idMdy sgoN auh ieh vI of carrier insurance. The other criterions for selection of a freight zkInI bxwauNdy hn ik ieh smwn dw pUrw ieMSUrYNs vI hoieAw hY[ PRyt broker are: Track Record in the industry, integrity, customer service, bRokrW dI cox smyN hor iDAwn dyx vwlIAW g`lW ‘c ieh ieh Swiml and of course, price. hn: ieMfstrI ‘c ies dw trYk irkwrf, BrosyXogqw, kstmr srivs Freight Brokers – Carriers Relationship: This relationship Aqy Kws krky kImq[ is mostly supported through online collaboration. Every morning PRyt brokr - kYrIArz sbMD: ieh sbMD Awm qOr ‘qy AwnlweIn freight brokers receive emails from shippers requiring transportation hI kwiem rihMdy hn[ hr svyr PRyt bRokrW nUM iS`prW v`loN eI- myl imldI for their freight. Based on the shipper’s requirements, they post the hY[ies ‘c aunHW v`loN ieh mMg kIqI huMdI hY ik aunHW dy mwl leI tRWsfreight on different online collaborative load boards. They specify portySn dI loV hY[iS`prW dI loV nUM mu`K r`K ky auh ies nUM AwnlweIn the freight details such as: rwhIN v`K v`K lof borfW ‘qy pw idMdy hn[auh lof sbMDI hyT ilKy vWg • Origin City • Destination City pUrI jwxkwrI vI idMdy hn: • Availability Date * iks Sihr qoN mwl cu`kxw • Trailer Type Requirement * iks Sihr ‘c mwl phuMcwauxw • Freight size (TL/LTL) • General Comments * auplBD hox dI imqI Similarly, every morning a carrier company posts the availability * tRylr tweIp iks qrHW dw of their trucks with similar specifications like: * PRyt sweIz( tI AYl/AweI tI AYl) • Availability City * hor koeI g`l • Destination City iesy qrHW hI hr svyr ie`k kYrIAr kMpnI vI ies qrHW dI jwxkwrI • Availability Date Awn lweIn ‘qy pwauNdI hY ijvyN: • Available Trailer Type * ikhVy Sihr qoN auplBD 42

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General Freight • Freight size (TL/LTL) • General Comments Based on these common criteria, the technology enables matching between truck and freight availability. The freight brokers and carrier companies also post their contact, insurance, authorities and permits information. When the technology finds a match, both parties can see each other’s information and can contact each other. Both can negotiate the price and other terms as per their own business guidelines. This collaboration is really helping both sides to operate efficiently. The advantages for the freight brokers are: • Visibility of available trucks

• Time Saving • Verifying Carrier’s authorities and permits • Verifying insurance information The advantages for the carriers are: • Visibility of available loads • Better Trip Planning • Less Empty Miles • More loads • Better Capacity Planning (TL/LTL) The load board collaboration provider companies offer some value added options to their members. Among other things, the member’s credit report is one the most im-

portant value added services. This builds trust among all participating members and boosts their confidence to do business with each other. As the time progresses, more and more participants will join these collaboration boards. With the increased numbers of freight loads, the market is facing some capacity crunch. The numbers of available trucks are very steady. Better planning is required to face the capacity crunch problems. The days are not far when shippers will come on-board directly on these collaboration boards. This will create a new world of collaborative freight management.

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No load is worth your life

No load is worth your life - Ken Davey

Do get your truck ready. Don’t put it off and wait until you’re caught in a dangerous situation.


verywhere there are lots of “tips” on getting your truck ready for winter. The reason is simple. A small mechanical annoyance in nice summer weather becomes a life threatening breakdown in harsh winter conditions. Harder to find are ‘tips’ for getting yourself ready for winter. Getting you truck ready for winter is the minimum any trucker should. Getting you self ready is what the experienced real professional driver does. Do get your truck ready. Don’t put it off and wait until you’re caught in a dangerous situation. In summer, a bald tire is not safe for lots of reasons. In winter, you can add to that list of reasons by considering it can causer you to jackknife. Get everything in tip top shape on your truck in September. Given that your truck is ready for winter, the first thing you need to do is prepare your physical self. Always travel with a small tool kit, Hi-Vis clothes, warm clothes, boots and gloves and an extra 2 days food and water. In extreme weather you need to be able to keep warm without your truck running. Every year in the Rockies we see a highway shutdown that last 2 days and some unfortunate trucker trapped by a slide or accident. And it is not just the Rockies that have 44

extreme weather. Make sure you can survive without freezing to death in the event that your truck cannot run for some reason. Now that your rig is ready, and your life is protected from the weather it is time to look at your attitude. There needs to be a change in your thinking. In winter driving is different. It is different than summer driving for 2 reasons. The first, as you might expect is because of the external conditions of extreme weather, the darkness, the cold, the ice and snow. The second issue is your body clock. These 2 factors combine to make winter truck driving doubly dangerous. The additional hours of darkness acts on your body causing you to want to sleep more. Not just that, it will make you less alert, actually drowsy as your body reminds you to get sleep. It will also make it harder for you to wake up; especially if you are getting up wile it is still dark. Second, the winter conditions cause you to go slower and get fewer miles and less money even though you are working longer hours and driving in more stressful conditions much of the time. This additional stress can make it hard for drowsy drivers to get to sleep and can reduce the quality of your sleep further compounding the problem. November / December 2014

No load is worth your life In summer, your attitude is affected and actually influenced in a positive direction by the control you have on your rig and your running times. You can squeeze out a few extra miles or hours because you feel good, and are in control. In winter you attitude has to be more passive in that that you need to respect that winter is really in control and you need to expect that physically you can do less. These factors all come together when a driver, who may be completely legal to drive on log book time, is actually a little drowsy because of possible accumulated sleep debt and the darkness signaling his body clock to shut down. You’re not too tired to drive but you are driving less actively and not constantly looking at conditions or for hazards. The weather or road is suddenly very bad, either because you weren’t watching conditions or there is a sudden change in conditions. You feel pressure to continue because you have a load that must deliver on time or you need to get home for some reason. You might even be worried about this months pay cheque because you have been sitting a lot. Forget all that when the road conditions are very bad. You have to remember

that stopping is an option and you need to decide if you should continue or stop. Do not just blindly continue. Here is what should go into the decision to stop or go in bad weather. Your primary responsibility is always to control the vehicle. No matter what a customer or dispatcher tells you, you have to decide if the road is safe. Consider your truck, your load and its weight distribution and the conditions. Simply following a friend or the truck in front of you is not a safe practice. That truck has a different load, different tires and a driver with different experience. Be honest with your self about how tired you are and what your driving experience is like. A bad load on a bad road at night when you are tired is the wrong time to gain experience for anything other than learning how expensive an accident is. Remember what you have at stake. If you run off the road it will cost you. On most fleets a Jackknife accident will cost 7 to 10 thousand in the insurance deductible and 20 to 40 thousand in down time. You could be killed or seriously injured. No load is worth you life… or anyone else’s. When the going gets tough the tough get going - but the

smart and profitable consider their options. If you are fresh enough and you believe the conditions are of short duration, chain up. Ensure you have a safe place to put on the chains and while chained do not exceed 50kph. Once past the extreme hazard, find a safe place to remove the chains. If things are so bad you feel unsafe to continue, pull over. Find a pullout, a ramp, a brake check, even a mall parking lot to park at. It needs to be relatively flat and away from traffic lanes. The level place is important because if it snows all night you may be stuck in the morning if you have to move against even a small uphill slope. As soon as you stop, call your dispatcher. Tell them where you are and what your plans are. Even if your company does not have 24 hour dispatch, call and leave a message. The customer needs to know right away why you are late and how late you plan on being. By morning, usually the highway has been plowed and sanded, you are rested and the daylight makes driving easier, even if it is still snowing. Delivering on time is best. However, delivering late beats not delivering at all.

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2014 BMW 535d

Auto Review


BMW 535d

Another Diesel for the family L

ast year, I had the opportunity to drive the 2013 BMW 550i xDrive, a mid-sized rocket that lived up to all of my expectations, and then some. Recently, I was handed the keys to the new 535d, another diesel vehicle added to BMW’s lineup. A few months ago, I gave the 328d two thumbs up, and after a week with the 535d, this car definitely did not disappoint. The finely crafted lines of the 5 Series continue to be very pleasing on the eyes. The front end is visibly more aggressive than the preceding generation and for 2014, there are subtle changes to the grille lines and lower air intakes. On the sides, the beltline crease extends the length of the car to the refined tail end, where the rear taillights are more sharply contoured as compared to 2013. The angel eyes, or halo rings, are bright as ever, even in the daylight. If you own a previous generation of BMW, you can add angel eyes to just about any model. BMW continues to pay a great deal of attention to the finer details, which give the car a daring look. This newest generation of 5 Series, coupled with the changes for 2014, make this model one of the best looking midsize sedans. The 2014 BMW 5 Series is a luxury vehicle that is now available in six trim levels: the 528i, 535i, 535d, 550i, ActiveHybrid 5 and the head-snapping M5. These trims are based on engine size. For those looking for fuel efficiency, the obvious choices are either the turbocharged four-cylinder 528i, which produces 240 hp, or the 535d, which produces 255 hp. The difference between the two is that the diesel produces a whopping 413 lb-ft of torque. Other engine options include the turbocharged 535i six-cylinder, which produces 300 hp, or the new ActiveHybrid six-cylinder, which produces 335 hp. For lead footers who don’t care for fuel economy, opt for the 550i, which produces 400 hp or the head-snapping M5, with more than 560 ponies at your command. As BMW claims, there is a 5 Series for each person’s needs and I would whole-heartedly agree. 46

The cabin of the 535d continues to be driver-oriented. All major controls and displays are well placed; in fact, they are all angled six degrees towards the driver. The dash is slightly lower as well, giving the interior a spacious feel. At the center of the dash sits the available 10.1” high-resolution screen, which is absolutely stunning and, one of the best in the market for this class. For 2014, the navigation package is standard on all 5 Series – way to go BMW. Front seating is spacious, yet still retains some cockpit feel. Rear seating is good, but slightly less than I would prefer. Three grown adults can sit comfortably in the rear; however, 2-3 more inches in legroom would be ideal. My test vehicle included the Technology, Executive, and M Sport Packages. The base models come very well equipped but I was spoiled with Nappa leather, 18-way active heated and ventilated front seats, electric rear sunshade, side sunshades, 4-zone climate control, automatic trunk, lane departure warning, active blind spot detection, surround view (with 5 cameras), active cruise control, 19” M wheels, M rear spoiler, and the HIFI System Professional with 16 speakers including 2 subwoofers. Yep, this tester had almost every option. Next, the much debated iDrive system – either you like it or don’t. The first generation iDrive system was not great, but this fourth generation has come a long way. You still have to go through different menus, with some button pushing, but it’s fairly straight forward with a short learning curve. The central control button is smooth and toggles nicely, and for 2014, it has a touchpad, which I found to be amazing. Similar to Audi’s system, you can now write on the touchpad rather than scrolling. Continuing on, streaming music from my smart phone via the A2DP was quick and effortless. Bluetooth is great, and callers could hear me loud and clear, even while traveling at highway speeds. On the road, this is one of the quietest diesel cars I have driven. November / December 2014

BMW did an excellent job in adding more sound proofing technology, allowing passengers to have a conversation without ever raising their voices. But, the last thing on my mind while driving the 535d was interior noise. Around the city, steering is nimble but precise and handling is excellent. Parking is also a breeze with the available 5 cameras. One caveat here is that if it’s raining, the cameras do get blurry rather quickly, so clean them as needed. On the open roads, the car comes alive and wants to be driven and pushed. Power is smooth along the entire rpm range and the motor is perfectly mated to an 8-speed transmission. Weight distribution is 50/50, giving the car excellent balance and control. Steering is responsive and there is ample feedback from the road. In regular comfort mode, the car drives great. But if you’re still looking for more, then select the Sport Plus setting, push the shifter to the left for full sport mode and the beast truly comes alive. For those who think that only a manual makes a true sports car, this would definitely make you think twice. Since I had the opportunity to drive on both dry and wet pavement, the xDrive system did not disappoint and the wheels remained firmly planted on the ground at all times. One of my most favourite technologies in the 5 Series is definitely the Active Cruise Control. With sensors placed on the front of the car, the 5 Series maintains a certain distance from the vehicle in front, in-so-much as applying brakes, even to a complete stop, and then accelerating again to maintain set speed. Continuing with safety, the vehicle is equipped with an Advanced Head Protection System (front and rear), front and side airbags. The 5 Series was given a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and received a five-star overall safety rating. Within the last couple of years, I have become a huge fan of diesel vehicles and this 535d is one of the top vehicles on my list. The 2014 BMW 535d starts at $68, 150.

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Winter and General Safety

Winter and General Safety

G. Ray Gompf

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all has arrived and although we hate to hear it, Winter will soon be upon us and yes, I have to say that ugly “S” word – snow. The problem with having such a large country is that “winter” is not the same in the various parts of the country at the same time. In fact a cross-country driver can experience all four seasons in one trip and it really doesn’t matter what month of the calendar is being displayed. This fact makes everyday a challenge. As the seasons change, however, we must relearn our skills to meet the challenges of the day. Driving in winter conditions is unlike any other. Dry winter roads can be just as slippery as those ice and snow covered stretches of pavement. But when the road looks dry, it can lead us into remembering those warm dry summer days when traction isn’t a big issue. Anytime the temperature is below zero Celsius, even dry pavement can be challenging. There are several reasons for traction being more of a challenge when the temperature drops is two fold. First the pavement itself, while appearing dry can have a slight film that will reduce traction. The other factor is the tires on your vehicle. Most all season tires, are quite good to about minus ten Celsius at holding traction, but below that they aren’t good at all. Winter tires are able to maintain traction well below that of all seasons. Summer tires are all but useless at maintaining traction in winter conditions but are excellent at running cooler in the heat of summer. Traction works two way also. That’s the traction of digging in and moving the truck forward but also traction is that ability to bring the vehicle to a halt without skidding. Skidding is loosing control and even a brief moment of no control is out of the question. This time a year, it’s critical to give a great deal of attention to your tires and make sure they will perform their best in the conditions you are most likely to face. We have little or no control over the way the road itself is maintained but we do have the ability to control the way we react to the conditions presented. This is also the time of year when ensuring the windshield is in good shape and that the wipers are changed from summer operations to winter operations. And don’t forget to have a spare wiper 48

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Winter and General Safety or two to place in your jockey box, just in case. It’s also the time of year to readjust our mentality. OK, during the summer we’ve let our safety margins shrink. We’re thinking we can stop easier, therefore, we don’t protect our safety margins with the same urgency. As winter approaches it’s time to extend that safety margin because our ability to stop may not be what we want at every point along the road. Since we never know when we are going to be asked, demanded, to stop, whether for a creature that pops out in front of us and that unthinking car driver passes us and pulls into our safety margin then slows down and in some cases does so quickly it puts everyone in danger. While truck drivers in the east rarely have to consider “chaining up”, those in the west know that chaining is not an option. When the authorities deem chains are required, chains ARE required. Before you have a need presented to chain up, make sure you know your chains have been properly lain out and are not all tangled up. Make sure there are no broken links. Make sure the fastening devices work smoothly. If there is any doubt in your mind about the soundness of your chains, then replace them. Make sure you know how they are applied. Even practice installing them where it’s nice and dry and you can do it in comfort, well relative comfort because when you must chain up, rest assured the weather will be very nasty and you’ll be trying to attach chains in less and desirable conditions. And of course, you remember that, depending on your load and how hot it is, that if you feel unsafe, then park it until you are safe. There is no load, no matter how hot it is, worth your life. If you have any choice, then park until the nasty is over. Wait until the snowplow has cleared the path and that the saltshaker has done it’s job. This isn’t rocket science, just exercise that common sense that’s inherent in our souls. I’d like to shift focus now from traction to something that is critically important. We don’t often think about this subject but there was an incident in Ottawa recently that should bring this to our attention in boxcar letters. The incident to which I refer is the bus/ train collision in which six people on the double-decker bus died instantly and more than 30 were injured. There is a lot of speculation about what caused this November / December 2014

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catastrophic wreck but the thing is that six people died and since one of them was the bus driver, we may never ever know what caused the wreck. The point I’m going to emphasize here is that crossing railway tracks is potentially life threatening every time. The speed limit for crossing railway tracks at a level crossing is 30 kilometres per hour. This isn’t a suggestion, it’s the law. A law that is ignored completely by the overwhelming portion of the driving population and yes, including truck drivers. We MUST learn that crossing railway tracks is dangerous and we MUST learn to obey the law, every time. Every year in this country, there are on average forty incidents involving commercial vehicles and trains, so it’s not that uncommon. That’s approximately one wreck every ten days involving a commercial vehicle and a train. Often, there is a fatality, rarely in these types of collisions does everyone involved survive. There shouldn’t be one wreck. Truck drivers are professionals and therefore should be held to a higher standard. We are held to a higher standard. Now, to put this particular bus/train wreck into perspective. The crossing was at the highest level of protection. That means it had flashing warning lights and a barrier and both of these worked. The bus, for some reason, a reason that may never truly be understood, went through the barrier and struck the train, which subsequently derailed. All of the deaths and injuries were on the bus. The train passengers were shaken but otherwise none injured. So our job as truck drivers is to recognize there is a railway crossing. Slow down, to the speed limit prescribed by the law, then proceed only when safe to do so. If you can see the train, it isn’t safe to cross. Beating the train across the intersection may save a couple of seconds but is the effort of saving a few seconds worth your life? Remember, when you stop of the crossing train, leave enough room for the train’s overhang. The train itself is considerably wider than the tracks. This all sounds like why would anyone not know. Well, forty professional commercial drivers obviously, didn’t know or forgot, so we have to remind each other the dangers. This isn’t just a winter problem although the winter conditions could exacerbate the problem. Remember that ANYTIME is Train time. 50

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First B.C.; now Ontario taking distracted driving seriously. Distracted drivers in Ontario will face the toughest penalties in Canada for talking or texting on hand-held smart phones under legislation revived by the Liberal government Tuesday. Motorists can expect fines of up to $1,000 and the loss of three demerit points under the bill — which was first tabled last March but did not pass before the spring election was called — proposed by Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca. While Ontario’s roads consistently rank among the safest in North America, “there is still much more work the province can do and must do,” Del Duca said in announcing “much stiffer fines.” Del Duca’s bill to be introduced in the legislature Tuesday afternoon would hike fines from the $60 to $500 range to between $300 and $1,000 and three demerit points. Currently no points are accumulated for using a smartphone while driving. Demerit points can push motorists’ auto insurance rates higher, giving extra incentive for drivers to avoid getting tickets from police. The legislation would also apply existing alcohol impaired sanctions to drivers who are

drug impaired, crack down on repeat drunk driving offenders and boost safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Del Duca said more than 45 per cent of drivers killed in Ontario were found to have drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol in their system. Drivers would be required to wait until a pedestrian has completely crossed the road before pulling ahead at school crossings and pedestrian crossings, and drivers who “door” cyclists would see increased fines and demerit points. A motorist convicted of injuring a bike rider with their car door would see the fine go from the $60 to $500 range to between $300 and $1,000 and three demerit points instead of two. As well, drivers would have to keep one metre away from cyclists “where practicable.” The legislation comes as distracted driving outpaces impaired driving and speeding as the leading cause of death on the roads. Ontario Provincial Police said there were 78 distracted driving deaths last year compared to 57 for impaired 44 for speeding. The OPP laid 19,000 distracted-driving charges in 2013, up from 16,000 the year before.


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Will Truck Drivers finally be recognized as “Skilled”? On August 19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it will accept input from stakeholders to determine a possible rulemaking for entry-level truck driver training. After years of failing to implement a final rule establishing such criteria, the FMCSA is considering using a negotiated rulemaking, known as RegNeg. Under RegNeg, outside agency representatives consult among each other in order to develop the proposed rule, taking the responsibility away from the FMCSA. In Canada, a task force is working toward establishing criteria for entry-level drivers, as well as hoping to have the Canadian government classify truck driving as a “skilled” profession. Furthermore, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has admitted that the primary causes for a driver shortage are driver wages, quality of life, qualifications and demographics. Ontario is set to introduce mandatory training for entry-level commercial drivers. Shoddy training schools continue to operate and because they charge less than $1,000, they fly unregulated below the radar and compete with legitimate schools, that must charge five times that amount and follow all the rules and regulations. The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), which has been lobbying for mandatory training for entry-level drivers for quite some time, lauded the announcement, referring to it as a “watershed

moment for the trucking industry.” David Bradley, president of the OTA, said: “The mere fact that someone holds a Class A licence does not ensure that person has the skills to be a safe and productive transport driver. Even an improved test will never fully determine a new driver’s skill level. Mandatory entry level training will at least assure trucking companies that when they hire a new driver, he or she has some basic level of skill that with additional training and experience can eventually lead to that person becoming a fully qualified professional driver.” Transport Minister Steven Del Duca told the Toronto Star in an interview “We are going to go forward (with mandatory entry-level training). We’re going to move as quickly as we can but we want to make sure that we get it right.” He added he believes “it should take place as quickly as possible, but in a manner that actually produces the end result that we all want, which is the safest roads in North America, which is part of my responsibility.” Bradley said OTA would like to see drivers complete training to an industry-developed standard before they can take the licensing test. It’s a start but unless and until Truck Driving becomes a “skilled trade” it’s just window dressing.

British Columbia distracted driving fines increase Drivers are advised to put their hand-held electronic devices away, as the Province’s new distracted driving penalties hit British Columbia roads and highways today. Now, anyone caught talking on a hand-held electronic device while driving is subject to three penalty points in addition to a $167 fine. This is the same penalty that was already in place for drivers caught texting or emailing. The new penalty for using a hand-held electronic device covers infractions such as talking on, holding or dialing a cellular phone, operating a hand-held audio player (such as an iPod or mp3 player), or programming a GPS. Penalty points remain on a person’s driving record for five years and can result in further sanctions, including prohibitions from driving. Of note, B.C.’s distracted driving legislation also prohibits drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program from using any hands-free device. The fall season is also a time to be aware that distraction is a top contributing factor for drivers in vehicle collisions that involve pedestrians. This is especially important to keep in mind as it becomes more difficult to see pedestrians in dark and poor weather conditions. Distracted driving is the second leading contributing factor of vehicle fatalities in B.C. The Province continues to look at increased fines for distracted driving as part of an overall fine structure review and work is underway to determine what an appropriate amount would be. Key Facts: • Drivers that accrue more than three points must pay an ICBC driver penalty point premium that starts at $175 and will escalate if they receive more points. • A driver who receives two distracted driving tickets in a year would pay $634, which is the cost of two fines and a $300 penalty for six points. • As points build on a person’s driving record, the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles may also identify a driver as high-risk and monitor or prohibit them under the Driver Improvement Program. • High-risk drivers can receive administrative interventions ranging from warning letters, which say their driving record is being monitored, to prohibitions from driving. 52

B.C.s Highway 99 gets facelift Recent work on Highway 99 will mean safer, easier access and reduced congestion for motorists along the Highway 99 corridor with the completion of improvements at the Matthews Interchange and the new 80th Street off-ramp in Delta. This roadwork includes a number of changes including an improved acceleration lane at the Matthews Interchange where Ladner Trunk Road crosses Highway 99, to enhance safety for those merging onto the highway heading northbound. Included in these improvements is the widening of the intersection of Ladner Trunk Road and Hornby Drive (south of Highway 99) to four lanes, helping to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the area. In May, a new 80th Street off-ramp from Highway 99 southbound to Ladner Trunk Road was also opened as part of this project. The new ramp is designed to increase access to areas south of Highway 99, especially for motorists travelling to Boundary Bay Airport and the industrial park. The Government of British Columbia and the Corporation of Delta each contributed 50% to this $10-million project, which began construction in early 2013. November / December 2014


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Truck Drivers are Safest Drivers on the Road Survey Respondents Say

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he American Trucking Association released On Monday, October 6th, the results of a survey that says the general public believes that truck drivers are among the safest drivers on the road today. “This poll confirms that the public knows what we in the trucking industry have always known: professional truck drivers are dedicated, professional and safe,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “It also shows that our efforts to portray a positive image of our industry are having a tremendous impact.” The poll was conducted by from September 20, to 24, 2014 by Public Opinion Strategies. 800 registered voters were part of the survey. According to the poll: • 65% of respondents had a favorable impression of the trucking industry. • 57% of respondents said the trucking industry’s safety record is favorable. • 91% of respondents said they believe that passenger vehicles are more likely to make unsafe maneuvers, such as tailgating, driving aggressively, or improperly changing lanes. • 80% believe truck drivers are safer than passenger vehicle drivers. • 7% of respondents believe truck drivers are more likely than passenger vehicle drivers to drive unsafely. • 90% of respondents believe passenger vehicle drivers are more likely to speed than truck drivers. • 74% of respondents think in accidents involving a car and a truck, the passenger vehicle driver is at fault. “Our industry values safety above all,” said incoming ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C., “and this poll shows that our commitment to safety is paying dividends in the minds of the public.”

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