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Change your attitude from ‘Who Cares’ to ‘I Care’ Care is a word of vast importance in everyone’s life, yet its meaning depends on its usage. We all have complaints during various points of our lives. For some, these complaints occur on a daily basis that others are very careless or that they don’t care about “me”. But we rarely stop and think of how much we care about others. Rather than telling others to care, it is more important to change our attitude to ‘I care’. On the road, we regularly see careless drivers, who put othDilbag (Ron) Dhaliwal ers’ lives at risk. It is even more dangerous when driving a big vehicle like a semi-truck with a single, or even multiple trailers. People see us as professional drivers and we must remember to always be professional, not only while driving, but even as we approach our trucks in the parking lot to start our day. We must care about every detail, beginning from the pre-trip inspection to the end of the day shut-down. Being careful will definitely make our operations smoother and roads safer. In this issue, our cover story is on, ‘Where the Truck Meets the Road’ and focuses on technology in tires, suspension, and other related concepts. As I mentioned above, in a big rig operations, every single thing counts. Now-a-days, especially in transportation operations, it doesn’t matter how much you make, but how much you make per mile. As you flip through this issue, you will notice that we have highlighted various products and provided information to make you aware on how you can take more money home at the end of the day. Ultimately, it is your decision on how careful you wish to be. Even when making any purchase, take expert advice and research carefully about the products you need and the results being claimed. Practice makes a man perfect but knowledge makes a man smarter and wiser. Be a smart trucker, make more money, and always take care. Enjoy your time with family and friends. See you in the next issue.

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Where the Truck Meets the Road ij`Qy tr`k dw myL huMdw hY sVk nwL The truck meets the road on less than one square foot piece of hr tr`k dw ie`k twier kyvl ie`k vrg Pu`t qoN vI G`t sVk nwL pavement beneath each of the tires on your truck. lgdw hY[Blw aus smyN bwry soco jdoN sVk ‘qy mINh dw pwxI KVHw hovy Think about that when you are on that rain soaked road and Aqy tr`k ‘qy 80,000 pONf dw Bwr hovy[ies smyN do sikMt dI bcwA you are grossed up around that 80,000 pound mark. pRikirAw bwry soco ik jy ie`k kwr ipiCEN AwauNdI hY Aqy quhwnUM pws Think about that when you are trying to maintain the two seckrky ie`k dm quhwfI lyn ‘c quhwfy A`gy Aw jWdI hY[ ies qrHW dy smyN ond safety margin and wonder if two seconds is enough and then pqw hI nhIN cldw jdoN A`K dI Jpk ‘c hI ku`J ieho ijhw ho jWdw hY that car passes you and suddenly careens out of control as it comes ijsdI ik Aws vI nhIN huMdI[ back into your lane far too close invading your safety margin. 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If you don’t bYTxgy Aqy quhwfy leI ie`k dm spIf Gthave the traction – or the ability to adhere to wauxw vI muSkl hovygw[ ies dw nqIjw ieh the road – then you are going to hydroplane at speed and you are hovygw ik quhwfw tr`k A`gy jw rhI kwr ‘c v`j skdw hY[ not going to have the traction to reduce your momentum quickly. ies qrHW dI hwlq ‘c ieh quhwfy leI Kqry qoN ibnw sVk ‘qy jw More likely you’ll be sliding out of control behind the car that’s rhy Aws pws dy frweIvrW leI Kqrw ho skdw hY ijhVy ik ieMny mwihr gone out of control in front of you. nhIN[ies leI twierW dw sur`iKAq fRweIivMg dw pRBwv kyvl tr`kW ‘qy Those tires you have between the road and the disaster outnhIN sgo N hr ie`k sVk ‘qy jwx vwly vhIkl ‘qy pYNdw hY[ ies leI lined above are most critical to both your safety and the safety of ieh zrU r I hY ik tr`kW dy twierW ‘c hvw dw dbwA TIk r`iKAw jwvy[ those less skilled drivers around you. 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the two metals. You see, what happens is there is a reaction between the two metals and the steel will crack around the lug nut holes breaking the wheel and it doesn’t take too long to for this reaction to happen and you loose a wheel. Often that little plastic rim the tire changer puts on over your aluminum wheels to protect them from scratching when changing the wheels will suffice as a buffer between the two different metals, but it’s just best for all concerned never to mix two different metals on adjoining wheels. That brings us to suspension of the truck. This is what connects the wheels to the frame. There are several types of suspension and sometimes there are multiple types on the same truck. For instance the front or steering axle is usually fastened to the frame by leaf springs. These are steel plates about two inches wide and maybe a quarter of an inch thick. There are probably eight leafs in this spring set up, with one about four feet long actually making the connection to the frame and then slightly shorter leaves as the spring goes down to the axles. These steering axles leaf springs can withstand about 15,000 pounds before breaking. While trucks won’t put more than 12,000 on the steering axle, when a pothole bounces the tire, there is a point at which that 12,000 pound load can become nearly half that again briefly and could snap one or more of the leaves in the spring. Also as part of the suspension are shock absorbers. These shock absorbers take most of that extra weight applied to

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sion parts, better technology, and simply better vehicle production methods and procedures, better seats all have made the life of a trucker much easier on the human body. Today you can thank those old truckers that went before you that created a much better product for you to drive. I do have some problems with the new technologies that are removing the thinking part of the trucker’s job. Today’s modern trucks are more computer than mode of transport. While the computer takes over what will we have in the future? Will the driver actually steer the truck or will that be done by a computer? What happens when those computers fail? And, they will fail. Will the driver be competent enough and know the vehicle well enough to regain control and bring it to the shop for repairs? Every time we take a responsibility away from the human and give it over to a computer the human looses the ability to reassume control and often the reaction time needed to assume control of the computer is not adequate enough to avoid disaster. I hate to bring it up, but it’s fresh in our minds. There was a recent crash of an airplane in San Francisco in which four seconds before touch down the computer was still in control and the pilot – who, the media reported, was on his first landing of this particular type of aircraft. The pilot was a more than capable pilot of many types of aircraft and the difference, in my opinion, between this particular 777 and any other aircraft he’d flown would be similar to always having driven a Kenworth and suddenly you’re driving a Volvo. But, nonetheless, there was a big deal made out of the fact that this pilot was not experienced in flying the 777. The pilot took human control of the aircraft four seconds before touch down and didn’t have enough time to assume control from the computer to recover and power out of the problem but crashed into the end of the runway and the plane broke apart. Fortunately, there were only a few deaths in this incident and there are many people still alive to report on what happened. Will we be allowing computers to control the trucks on the road to the point where when the human realizes there’s something wrong, it will 9:22 be too HowesDieselTruckingS13.pdf 1 2/8/13 AM late to correct? My opinion says that while computers will be a major part of trucking for the foreseeable future, we shouldn’t be allowing the computer to be in charge.

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Since most ready-mix carriers spend less than half of their work time driving, the National Ready Mix Association is seeking an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement. On average, the typical will carry about four loads per day and only driving on average about 14 miles one-way. The FMCSA will be looking at the comments and recommendations before making a decision. Western Star Trucks Inc., in collaboration with Klein Products Inc., announced the availability of high-capacity water tank truck, capable of carrying 6,500 gallons of water. Western Star sought the Ontario based Klein to develop the specialized 4900XD water tank truck. The new truck features a low center of gravity, a rollover protection system, and heavy duty suspension to maximize stability on uneven terrain while providing a comfortable ride. LED headlights will be standard equipment on Freightliner Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution trucks. The lights, produced by Truck-Lite, will not only be cost-effective, but will also enhance vehicle safety. LED lights improve visibility, reduce the draw on a vehicle’s electrical system, and last up to 50 times longer than conventional lighting systems.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance, Ontario Trucking Association and CargoNet are holding a full day conference that focuses on cargo crime. In Hamilton, thieves entered a carrier’s property and simply drove away a 2003 tractor and trailer that was loaded with bathroom products. Crimes like this are happening more and more often and carriers are encouraged to take extra precautions with their equipment.

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Ivor Evans, who has been a member of Meritor’s Board of Directors since 2005, has been named the company’s chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president. Evans has an impressive job history, where he held positions of CEO and president at Union Pacific Railroad and vice chairman of Union Pacific Corporation. He also held various executive positions at Emerson Electric Company, Industrial Components, and General Motors Corporation.

Wabco and Huf Electronics are partnering to develop Wabco’s next generation tire pressure monitoring system for trucks, buses and trailers. This new system will be available to original equipment manufacturers in mid-2014. Wabco says customers will be able to choose internally or externally mounted tire sensors or a mix of both types. Tire leakages are the biggest reason for commercial vehicle downtime. In addition, proper inflation of tires can extend tire life by as much as 20% and can reduce fuel consumption by up to 2%.

On July 1, Cummins Eastern Canada opened its Northern Newfoundland Branch, where customers will now have access to service, sales, parts and repairs for generators and Cummins engines. Mike Christodoulou, president of the company, said this new infrastructure was necessary to service the local and in-transit customers with exceptional service excellence. Within a short seven months, ten thousand orders have been placed for the International ProStar with Cummins’ ISX15 engine and Cummins SCR aftertreatment system. “We brought Cummins ISX back for a reason – our customers demanded a capable and efficient 15-liter solution within our International ProStar chassis,” said Bill Kozek, president, North American Truck and Parts. Navistar also put the Cummins engine into the PayStar 5900 Set-Back Axle and the International 9900i in April of this year. Orders have already been placed by Knight, Penske, Ryder and Swift, with many more coming.

Compared to 2009, the value of goods moved between the USA and NAFTA partners rose by 77.5%. Michigan led all states in good transported to and from Canada for the 10th straight month, with $6.4 billion in goods movement. Freight transportation continues to be a huge economic factor in North America.

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WHAT’S AFFECTING YOUR BOTTOM LINE FACTORS THAT COST FLEETS MONEY

tr`ikMg kMpnIAW dy Krcy vDx dy kwrx Overall Goal: Maintain all tires at the fleet target inflation pressure based on the manufacturers’ application data book for the particular axle load. Well maintained fleets keep the tires within 5 psi of this setting when monitoring inflation pressure. 1. Low Inflation Pressure Under-inflation is the biggest issue in the industry. It is the number one cause of premature tire removal. With the advancement in today’s radial casing, it is virtually impossible to determine if a tire is properly inflated without using a pressure gauge. Periodically calibrate the gauges using a master gauge. Over time, usage conditions can cause a pressure gauge to loose accuracy beyond the 2 psi manufactures tolerance range. The time and effort required to verify gauges and to check tire pressure is time well spent. Goal: Maintain all tires at the fleet target inflation pressure based on the manufacturers’ application data book for the particular axle load. Effect: An inflation pressure mismatch of greater than five psi will result in the two tires of a dual assembly being significantly different in circumference resulting in irregular wear and can also lead to eventual tire loss due to premature casing fatigue. A difference of five psi between steer tires will cause the vehicle to pull to the side with the lower pressure. Additionally, under inflation results in internal tire heat build up and potentially premature tire failure. 2. High Inflation Pressure Over inflated tires increase the likelihood of crown cuts, impact breaks, punctures, and shock damage resulting from the decrease of sidewall flexing and an increase in firmness of the tread surface. Goal: Maintain all tires at the fleet target inflation pressure based on the manufacturers’ application data book for the particular axle load. Effect: Increases the probability of potential casing damage. This change in contact patch footprint could result in a reduction of traction and tread life. 10

3. Missing Valve Caps Missing valve caps are a primary source of low inflation pressure. Valve caps are used to keep debris out of the core and act as a secondary air seal if the valve core happens to leak. Verify there is a good tight seal by use of a spray type leak detector. A good “metal” cap with a rubber seal will hold air in a tire without a valve core. Goal: Install suitable valve caps on all wheel positions. Consider the use of inflate-thru valve caps for easier pressure maintenance. Effect: The number one cause of air loss in tires can be attributed to missing valve caps. Operating without valve caps can result in under inflation and the conditions mentioned above in 1 and 2. 4. Dual Mismatch Inflation Pressure Dual mismatched pressures can cause a permanent irregular wear pattern to develop and within a few weeks can potentially be a cause of early tire removal. Dual mismatched pressure will also affect the matched tire, causing accelerated tread wear and casing fatigue. Goal: Maintain all tires at the fleet target inflation pressure based on the manufacturers’ application data book for the particular axle load. Well maintained fleets keep the tires within 5 psi of this setting when monitoring inflation pressure. Effect: This irregular wear can result in early removal or require tire rotation to minimize the effect. 5. Dual Mismatch Height Dual mismatch tread depths (tire height differences) will cause irregular wear. Additionally, the larger tire (the one with the greatest tread depth) will become over-fatigued due to bearing more weight, this accelerates premature casing failure. Goal: Match tires in dual assembly with equal tread depths. Well maintained fleets use +/- 4/32" of tread depth as maximum allowable difference in overall height between the duals. Effect: Dual mismatch tread depths can cause a permanent irregular wear pattern in a few weeks resulting in early removal or a lost casing. 6. Irregular Wear Proper inflation pressure, correct toe settings and proper alignment can prevent most irregular wear. Steer, drive, and trailer axle alignment verification and/or correction can be performed with a minimal cost or investment in equipment. Goal: Reduce irregular wear by proactive tire and vehicle maintenance programs. Effect: Once a wear pattern develops, it will continue until the tire is rotated or removed to be retreaded or scrapped. Diagnosis and correction ot the cause is part of the solution in preventing future conditions. Average occurrence of irregular wear typically results in a loss of tread life resulting in a much higher total cost of ownership. SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013


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Proper Tire Inflation

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Understanding the difference between a properly inflated tire and an under inflated tire is important both for public safety and because it is required. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program measures the on-road safety performance of carriers and drivers. There are seven different areas by which drivers and carriers earn scores in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC), one of which is vehicle maintenance. It’s also important to note that in the United States, drivers are responsible for conducting inspections using the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) Parts 393, 396 and Appendix G to Subchapter B which covers the Minimum Periodic Inspection Standards for new tires and retreads. Violations stay with fleets and drivers for 24 months, so it is important to take proper tire inflation seriously. Because of the ramifications of not having maintaining properly inflated tires it’s important to understand the definition of what an under inflated tire is. Unfortunately, there is no clear or agreed upon definition. At the most basic level, under inflation is any pressure less than the manufacturer recommended for tire load. Inspectors are able to use their best judgment, making the definition subjective. For a tire to be considered flat (an 8 point inspection deduction) it is generally accepted as 50% or less of the maximum inflation molded on the sidewall regardless of the load being carried. Under inflation is also left to the subjectivity of the inspectors. Under inflation is a 3 point inspection deduction, but it is also generally accepted that inspectors won’t check tire pressure unless a problem is suspected. Why is this? Well, it’s complicated for inspectors because they need to determine the proper inflation pressure of a tire, which means they need to know the temperature of the tire and the load on the tire. It’s just not as simple as taking the pressure. Without a very clear and concise definition of under inflation that everyone can agree on and understand, it will be a challenge for inspectors to be consistent in their interpretation and application of the definition. It was easier in the past when tires had tubes. It was common practice then that inspectors would subtract 15 psi from the gauged pressure of the tire to compensate for temperature. For example, a hot tire gauged at 85 psi would be considered cold-inflated to 70 psi. If that seems low, consider that according to the Goodyear’s and Bridgestone’s Load & Inflation tables, a 70-pound tire can still carry a load of 3,875 pounds. Michelin allows up to 4,500 pounds at 70 psi. Even at 3,875 pounds per tire, that would still allow 31,000 pounds over a tandem axle group. Then the question becomes whether or not that tire actually underinflated with a light load? So, where the definition ultimately ends up remains to be seen. Most truck drivers and fleets are not being ticketed for under inflation, but 3 points on an inspection for BASIC can certainly have a significant impact on a driver. Remember, according to FMCSR it’s the driver that is responsible for much of the this type of pretrip inspection. 12

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Parking Lot Crashes are not

Accidents

Despite being relatively free of traffic, parking lots are a source of many collisions and incidents. The most common types of collisions and injuries in parking lots are hitting fixed or stationary objects, backing and docking collisions, lift gate injuries, entry and exit from the truck injuries, slips, trips, and falls, an intersection crashes. Parking lot collisions and incidents are generally overlooked by those focusing on safety because they aren’t high speed and injuries and costs associated with such accidents are generally less. But, they are problems that need to be dealt with. Most parking lot accidents will result in a driver and fleet being charged with a preventable accident, and by definition if it is preventable it was not an accident. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines a preventable accident as one “which occurs because the driver fails to act in a reasonably expected manner to prevent it. In judging whether the driver’s actions were reasonable, one seeks to determine whether the driver drove defensively and demonstrated an acceptable level of skill and knowledge. The judgment of what is reasonable can be based on a company-adopted definition, thus establishing a goal for its safety management programs.” Why “Preventable Accidents Occur” in Parking Lots: One of the main reasons drivers face challenges is because they are rushed. This has been an issue probably since the advent of trucking – drivers are simply rushed to get from one load to the next due to time constraints, delivery requirements, and the need to make money. But, it’s this rush that can lead to parking lot issues. Many customers also mandate limited delivery opportunities or even call-ahead notifications, adding significant pressure to the job. As pressures mount, so does distraction and fatigue – and that is when most accidents occur. So, how does a driver overcome the pressures of the job to rush? This can be a challenge, but there is little doubt that doing the job safely and correctly the first time saves significant time and money in the end. Why force yourself to slow down by hitting an object – slow down a bit before that happens and do the job safely. Parking lots are interesting in that most accidents that occur there will be the result of hitting a fixed and stationary object. Even at low speeds, the sheer size and weight of a truck can cause significant damage to almost anything it hits. There are things a driver can do to help prevent such accidents though. When in a parking lot, why not get out of the truck and quickly examine the maneuvering area. Take time to think the process through before actually doing it. Other tips include using a slower speed. It’s much easier to stop at a slow speed and any movements the truck makes will be far more subtle. Another tip is to avoid parking lots or de14

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livery areas during high traffic times. If possible, arrange with the customer to deliver at a time with less congestion. Now, this will not always be possible due to a myriad of reasons, but when it is possible take advantage of the added safety precaution. The idea is to limit risk. Then, of course, one of the most common accidents in a parking lot is the result of backing. The interesting thing about backing accidents that are the result of hitting a fixed or stationary object is that they are always considered preventable. That is, there is nothing a driver can say or do to demonstrate it was not their fault. Unfortunately they happen far more frequently than they should, accounting for about 30% of a fleet’s total annual collisions. How a driver prevents backing accidents is best learned through training. Drivers should always get out and look before backing (and get out and look again and again if you need to – especially on a long back up), use a spotter when available (this too requires some training on how to use a spotter), and take your time – low speeds.

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new truck at this time. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a new truck later on. This doesn’t mean no, this means just not right now. With this case, I can help you get a used truck or put you back to work. If you save up your money, get more experience and pay your bills on time build credit, there’s no reason you can’t have a new truck in a few years. If getting a used truck, there will be more maintenance needed, so submit in a lower down payment if financing. You want as much cash as possible available in case the truck needs a repair. You want to get the repair work done and be back on the road working again as quickly as possible. When looking for a good used truck, try to get a dyno test done, or buy a truck with warranties and recent rebuild on it. No one wants to see anyone who just purchased a used truck have to pay a hefty bill to rebuild the engine. No leasing company wants you to beg them for the money to rebuild it either, so make sure you purchase a quality, well maintained used truck. You may even be able to purchase an extended warranty. Keep in mind, even with a rebuilt engine, air lines and the electrical maintenance can really add up, so keep your cash flow going. A bad used truck can mean going almost broke for the driver. When buying new or used, make sure the price is right. A good leasing company can help with this and of course your fellow truckers. Ask around. Leasing companies will not finance beyond the value of the truck. Fellow drivers and the company they work for know the correct prices of new or used trucks. If something is not right, your fellow drivers will know. One trucker called me and told me he ordered a brand new truck that was fully loaded. I knew from the price he quoted it was not fully loaded. The price was way too low. The truck was missing a leather wrapped steering wheel, a heated /cooling seat, insulation, LED lights, and had the wrong wheel base. I will get a price adjusted and the truck adjusted to help the driver if something is wrong. Being loyal to a dealership will often reward you with a good price. If you shop around in every province and state, it has potential to catch up with you when the local dealership finds out. That great deal you think you found out of province or state, often brings back an inferior truck with missing options. So know all the options you want in your truck and make sure each comparison you make at each dealership is exactly the same. When buying for local driving, a used truck may be more suitable. The cost of buying used is much lower than new. The truck is driven so little, that not SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013

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much maintenance is needed. A good used day cab will be great for years if well maintained. I have one owner operator who bought a low mileage day cab. His lease is 3 years and payments are less than $1,000 a month. We estimate he will be driving this truck for the next 6-8 years. He laughed at how low his payment is. “It’s nothing” as he said it. When going to a dealership and looking at new equipment, the more experienced sales person will know when a new truck or trailer isn’t an option for a driver. They will know and advise the driver to come back later when they know they are in a proper position to buy new. I’m often called just to give advice to these drivers. None of us want to say no, but we will say see you later. I get concerned when someone who clearly cannot afford something new, is being pushed by a sales person. I’ve seen where the finance application was denied or has a very high rate, and the sales person asks the company hiring the driver to put the loan in the company name just to keep the truck sale. The only one benefiting from this is the sales person getting a commission cheque. The driver gets no tax write offs, the company he/she works for does, and they are stuck working for that company until the loan is finished. The driver is trapped paying high taxes and can’t leave the company. There is no guarantee that the company will even transfer the truck to the drivers name once the loan is done. There are no guarantees at all in this arrangement and I do not recommend this to any driver. When purchasing any type of equipment, whether a new or used truck or trailer, it’s important to do your homework first. Know the prices, have money in the bank ready for a down payment, have money for repairs set aside, know what equipment you want, and be ready to negotiate!

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New and Strategic Tactics used in Cargo Theft Cargo thieves are becoming more “strategic” about how they target cargo loads and transportation companies, according to insurance experts. A range of new cargo theft tactics are being deployed to help thieves take better “control” and thus mitigate the risks of the crimes they are trying to commit, Sam Rizzitelli, national director for transportation at Travelers Inland Marine division, told Fleet Owner magazine. Scott Cornell, national program manager for the Specialty Investigations Group or “SIG” with Travelers Investigative Services, explained that these new “tactics” fall into three categories: identity theft, fictitious pickups and misdirected loads/fraudulent carriers. “They are trying to adjust their methods to develop better ways to get away with cargo,” Cornell noted. Rather than commit “straight theft,” where loads are physically stolen from parking lots or terminals – and risking getting spotted and/or potentially be involved in a high speed chase – he said cargo thieves are trying to be more “strategic” about thefts so they can better pinpoint and steal specific types of cargo. These strategic kinds of thefts are a result of more technology with greater access to information within the transportation industry and the involvement of more ‘intermediaries’ throughout the supply chain, Rizzitelli added. “ Data tracked by FreightWatch International indicates that the actual volume of loads stolen in the U.S. during the second quarter this year declined, while the overall value of those loads increased, states the article. To successfully combat such scams, Rizzitelli stressed that crafting the “right relationships” between carriers, shippers, and third party logistics providers is more critical than ever. “By that I mean, are carriers and shippers developing shared protocols around pickup procedures?” he explained. “Are there verifications in place to confirm the identity of specific drivers? Do shippers have procedures to verify the carriers that will be hauling highly targeted high value goods are who they say they are?” Want to learn more about combatting cargo crime? Join the Canadian Trucking Alliance for the first Project Momentum workshop, an initiative to raise awareness and combat the growing threat of cargo crime in the high risk corridor along Highway 401.

e-Log Proposal Likely to Become a Reality An electronic logging mandate in the US took one step closer to becoming a reality as the Transportation Department sent its proposed Electronic Logging Devices rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final vetting before publication. The schedule calls for OMB to finish its review by early November, and for publication to follow by mid-November, according to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. A two-month comment period will follow and the final rule could show up in 2014 or 2015. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which drafted the rule, has spent the past several months surveying drivers and carriers on the role of electronic logs in ‘driver harassment,’ which an appeals court ordered the administration to consider when writing the new rule. In addition to addressing harassment, the proposal will set the mandate, establish minimum standards for elog devices and set requirements for supporting documents. SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013

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Average Age of Canadian Truck Driver Even Older Than Reported knyfIAn tr`k frweIvr dI AOsq aumr hux pihlW d`sI jWdI aumr qoN vI v`D An analysis of the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) by the Conference Board of Canada shows that the average age of a truck driver has continued to increase at a faster rate than the rest of the labour force and is even older than previously thought. In its report on the driver shortage and economic implications released earlier this year, the Conference Board relied on the 2006 Census and Labour Force Survey to find the average driver age to be 44 years – four years higher than it was for the average worker and increasing more rapidly as well. The Conference Board characterized the situation the trucking industry finds itself in – a rapidly aging and relatively older workforce of drivers combined with few young entering the occupation – as a “demographic tsunami.” It estimated that the national shortage of truck drivers could reach 33,000 by 2020. The more recent numbers from the NHS (which is voluntary and replaces the long census questionnaire) confirms this challenge confronting the industry and suggests the situation may be even more pronounced. Based on its review of the NHS data, the Conference Board now finds the average truck driver age is 46 years, compared to the average age for all workers in Canada of 41.5 years. Most importantly, the Conference Board says the increase in the average driver age is due to a drop in the share of drivers between 20 and 29 years old. In 2006 11.6 per cent of truck drivers were in that age group but in 2011 this share declined to just 8.8 per cent of the driver population. Also of note is the fact that in 2006 the share of drivers in the 30 to 34 year range was 10 per cent, the same as it was for the total labour force. However, by 2011 8.5 per cent of drivers found themselves in this age group. For the total labour force there was a slight increase to 10.4 per cent. 22

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On the other end of the spectrum the share of the driver population in the age group 55 years and older has increased from 20 per cent to 26 per cent. Furthermore, the NHS data indicate that 4.4 per cent of drivers are 65 and over (compared to 3 per cent in 2006) while for the total labour force the share of this age cohort increased from 2.6 per cent to 3.5 per cent. According to the Conference Board, this confirms that in the trucking industry more than in others a primary source of “new” labour is delayed retirements – which it says is “nothing more than a bandage solution.” The Conference Board was also able to examine the variation in the driver age by province. The NHS data indicate drivers are slightly “younger” in Alberta, where the average age is 44.9 years (in part reflecting the generally younger labour force in Alberta (40.6 years relative to the national average of 41.5 years)). On the other hand, the average driver age is over 47 years in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Manitoba (although in provinces where the driver population is particularly small some caution should be taken when interpreting the results). The data also show that truck driver remains the second most common occupation among men in Canada after retail sales person. Unsurprisingly, Ontario continues to be home to the largest number of drivers, with over 92,000. Quebec, Alberta and B.C. follow with 57,000 39,000 and 32,000 respectively. The Conference Board concludes “it will ultimately be up to the industry to address this ongoing challenge and to make the occupation more attractive to younger drivers. But as we also put forth (in its earlier report), it will also be important to convince customers of the need to address this challenge now and to work with them to develop strategies that will make best use of drivers’ time, as the trucking industry has a long track record of sharing its productivity benefits with customers through lower prices.”

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AMTA Convenes Meeting with Governments to Discuss Traffic Congestion Caused by Road Closure The recent closure of a stretch of roadway in Calgary at 84 Street and Glenmore Trail, a route heavily traveled by commercial vehicles, has created major traffic snarls in the city’s SE quadrant and prompted AMTA to voice its concern to multiple levels of government. In recent weeks, AMTA convened a meeting with the City of Calgary, Municipal District of Rocky View and Alberta Transportation to talk about congestion the closure had created and its impact on the transport industry. The closure took place in one of the city’s major industrial areas. Traffic engineers and planners say the section of road had to be closed permanently to facilitate completion of Stoney Trail which is scheduled to be open on October 1st, 2013. Once the SE segment of Stoney Trail opens pressure created by the road closure is expected to lift. While local freight companies, including Bison Transport and Canadian Freightways had been consulted with in 2008, when road planners had first drafted plans for the area, the increased volume of Calgary traffic has worsened the situation beyond what was originally anticipated.

“This portion of Calgary is home to a significant number of trucking fleets and is a major section of the city’s industrial heartland which means this roadway is being used significantly by commercial trucks,” says AMTA Executive Director Don Wilson. “The financial impact of the traffic tie ups is considerable not just to the trucking industry but to shippers and their downstream customers.” While a quick solution is not on the horizon, a number of interim measures designed to mitigate congestion were discussed, including improving traffic flow for southbound traffic at 100 Street and Glenmore Trail. AMTA also offered suggestions to improve traffic flow on 61 Avenue by painting a centre line and revising the intersection at 100 Street. More recently, traffic congestion that was seen immediately following the closure has been reduced somewhat because road users are finding alternate routes to travel. AMTA’s call for a meeting drew a prompt response from all levels of government and resulted in participation by an impressive

Safety restrictions n place on Winnipeg river bridge on PR 313 near town of Lac Du Bonnet Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation reports a detailed inspection of the Winnipeg River bridge on PR 313 north of Lac du Bonnet has identified structural issues requiring a partial closure of the bridge for safety reasons. The inspection revealed corrosion on the steel girders along the north side of bridge that requires immediate action. The province will be working on an evaluation and repair strategy with an engineering firm. All traffic will use the south side or eastbound lane of the bridge and will be controlled with temporary traffic signals. It is anticipated the signals will be in place for a number of months due to the magnitude of the remedial work that is expected to be required. Traffic signals will be modified this week to improve traffic flow at peak periods. There is an allowance for over-width farm equipment to use the bridge. The PR 211 bridge at Pinawa could be used as an alternate route, although it is currently under repair with one lane closed. The Pinawa bridge is expected to be fully reopened by the end of September. Join our group:

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ple should consider as well, such as a Representation Agreement (RA). What do these documents do? A Will documents your testamentary intentions. You name an executor who will carry out your instructions, you establish the beneficiaries of our estate, and appoint guardians of your minor children, if any. The POA and RA are documents that are critical during your lifetime. A POA is for legal and financial decisions while an RA is for

personal and health care decisions. If something were to happen to you where you are unable to make decisions, both documents are important as they will appoint someone to act on your behalf. Of course, you must have these documents in place before you lose the ability to make decisions. The principal benefit of an estate plan is that it helps you retain control of the disposition of your estate after your passing. If you die without a will, your estate will be distributed according to a will made by the government in the Estate Administration Act. A consequence of which is that you retain no control as to who the beneficiaries are. The law says your beneficiaries will be your closest relatives in fixed shares. Also, not having a proper estate plan does not allow proper tax planning, and may result in costly unintended consequences for your loved ones. To give you peace of mind that you should speak with your lawyer, accountant, and financial planner. *This article is not legal advice. Do not rely on it. The purpose of this article is to help you engage in a discussion with a lawyer, not be a substitute for one. (All rights reserved. )

CBSA Sets Up Port Outreach Sessions on eManifest CTA has been advised by CBSA that the agency will be visiting 10 ports across Canada in September to respond to carrier and driver questions related to eManifest. These will be “drop in” centres where drivers, carriers, brokers or any other interested parties can pop in and chat directly with CBSA ACI eManifest experts. The purpose of these sessions is to reach out to commercial clients and discuss: eManifest requirements and compliance dates; how to register with the CBSA to submit eManifest information; client questions or concerns with eManifest. A CBSA representative is available at these sessions from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations. 34

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Mandatory Training for Entry Level Truck Drivers: The Time Has Come I have again been reading in the pages of trade publications about the problems associated with sub-standard training entry level truck drivers are receiving from sub-standard “training” schools (i.e., puppy mills). The people who get hoodwinked into this process end up either not being able to get a driving job (and are likely to be turned off the industry forever) or if they do its likely to be with a sub-standard carrier where they will continue to fall prey and contribute to the industry’s lowest common denominator. This is not a new problem for our industry; the same complaints have been around for years. It’s a serious matter and with a chronic and growing driver shortage – the demographics of the driver population guarantee that – it’s likely to get worse not better as the industry scrambles to find warm bodies to fill the seats. (This is not a problem created by the ability to use “automatics” for the driving test as some have suggested). Complaining about the problem is not solving anything. Something needs to be done. There’s no shortage of ideas. You’ve heard them. Regulate the puppy mills out of business. Give the candidates coming out of the “regulated” training schools (or the schools themselves) preference when it comes to booking license tests. While these suggestions might be helpful, they won’t – in my view – solve the problem. So long as: (1) anyone can challenge the commercial driver’s license test without having undergone any training whatsoever; and (2) so long as the commercial driver’s license test itself falls short of establishing any sort of meaningful vocational benchmark, the industry will continue to be plagued by people seeking the quickest and cheapest way in. And, there will be those willing to assist them in doing so by offering just enough “training” to get the license (and not all of those are what we would consider to be puppy mills. Perhaps at one time there were enough kids coming off the farms, who were familiar with heavy machinery and were capable of stepping into the job without any formal training, but those days are long gone. SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013

- David Bradley CTA - President/CEO

You can regulate the training schools all you want, but so long as they can offer various price-driven programs, you will still end up with varying degrees and levels of training. What’s really needed is a requirement for some level of mandatory entry level training BEFORE someone can take the commercial driver’s license test.............

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......... This was perhaps the most provocative action item identified by the CTA Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage in Canada. It was also cited by the Conference Board of Canada in its report on the driver shortage and economic implications. Mandatory entry level training is seen as way to enhance the professionalism of the driving job and ultimately a necessary step for it to be deemed a skilled occupation. This in turn, it is felt, would improve the attractiveness of the occupation to younger people who are more than ever considering the trades or a position with some sort of designation. It is also a likely pre-requisite for a re-classification of truck driving from a non-skilled occupation for immigration purposes. Finally, the introduction of mandatory entry level training would ultimately drive changes to upgrade and enhance the commercial driver’s license test befitting the vocation. What that mandatory training will look like is something the industry – i.e., the carriers – should determine. They are after all the customer of the driving schools and the people who will ultimately be doing the hiring and then providing the additional training and guidance needed to turn the new drivers into professionals. Obviously, the carriers will need to work with others – the professional training schools, insurers, etc. – who have important expertise to offer as well as a stake in the final outcome. We have learned from experience (e.g., Earning Your Wheels) that there is little point in developing a program that no one can afford to offer or to take. But the starting point – at least for my money – has to be for the carriers to define what it is they want and then work with the others from there. A lot of work has been done in this area already so perhaps that part might not be as difficult as we might think. The real challenges will likely – as always – be to achieve consensus within the industry and then to convince the provincial governments (who have jurisdiction in this area) to move in this direction. We need to find a way to get everyone pulling in the same direction on roughly the same timetable. And, of course there is the issue of money. The costs will need to be shared by the major stakeholders – the carriers, the trainees and government. But by improving the quality of the people coming into the industry, by making our economy more productive and our roads safer, the return on investment should be significant. 36

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What is IFTA? IFTA stands for International Fuel Tax Agreement. It is an agreement between 48 states in the United States of America and 10 provinces in Canada. It makes it easier for an Inter-jurisdictional carrier to register, licence, report and remit their taxes for motor fuels. Do you need to register for an IFTA Account? If you have a commercial vehicle which has three or more axles or weighs more than 11,797 kgs/26,000 lbs and you travel out of the province/state you reside in then you need to register for an IFTA Account. Are there any fees for registering or maintaining an IFTA Account? Each jurisdiction has a different amount for registration and decal fees. There are renewal fees that need to be paid annually. What are IFTA decals and where do I put them? IFTA decals are stickers that are issued along with IFTA license. The IFTA decals need to be placed on each side of the exterior of the cab. If you do not display the decals properly or the decal serial numbers do not match the IFTA licence, you may be fined each time your vehicle enters another jurisdiction. Can I get a temporary permit? A carrier can be issued a temporary permit by their base jurisdiction, allowing the carrier to use their vehicle immediately without displaying IFTA decals. Are there any jurisdictions that are not part of the IFTA agreement? Yes, Oregon, New York, New Mexico and Kentucky have their own requirements and require returns to be filed in addition to the IFTA returns. How often do I have to file Fuel Tax? Once registered, you need to file IFTA Quarterly Tax returns and remit the taxes owing by the filing dates: Quarter Reporting Period Due Date 1st Quarter January, February, March April 30th 2nd Quarter April, May, June July 31st 3rd Quarter July, August, September October 31st 4th Quarter October, November, December January 31st What if I file my IFTA Tax return late? If your return is submitted late and there is an amount owing, you may be charged interest on the overdue tax, and/or issued a warning letter or be assessed a penalty equal to 10% of the net tax due. How long do you need to save your records? IFTA requires you to retain the records for four years from the return due date or filing date, whichever is later. Where can I get more information and assistance with applying or filing for IFTA? Call us at our toll free number at 1-800-965-9839. SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013


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The Effects of Float Shifting

Today’s truckers are moving out of their older vehicles and into newer equipment on a regular basis. There are some driving tips, to go along with this new equipment, that need to be passed along so you don’t find yourself out of pocket for a repair that could have been avoided. This particular tip focuses in on the new guidelines for clutch operation on the newer vehicles, especially in regards to float shifting. Float shifting is a condition where the driver shifts gears without using the clutch. 2007 and newer EPA engines are capable of producing much greater engine torque at the 900 – 1000 rpm band than previous model year engines. They are also capable of running at lower rpm at highway speeds because engine toque becomes greater at lower engine rpm. When a driver uses the clutch at take-off (eg. from a stop light), or when the driver has a high torque load (eg. pulling up a steep grade), the clutch becomes vulnerable to stress load due to the high torque that is being transferred under these conditions. If the driver float shifts the transmission and does not use the clutch again until he comes to a stop, a few things can happen. First, today’s self-adjusting clutches have to be used for the adjustment to take place. The more the clutch pedal is used the more accurately the clutch stays adjusted. If the driver is not using the clutch, the clutch will not adjust itself and will subsequently fail. Secondly, the clutch dampening springs will become compressed and will no longer absorb the load being transferred. For a long time fleets have been instructing drivers to keep engine rpm down and lug the engine for better fuel economy. Coincidentally, this low rpm operating area is also the same area where the most torque is created by the engine. Once the driver comes out of this high torque low rpm situation, it is a good practice to use the clutch to obtain the desired gear in which cruise control will be set. This will assist in keeping the clutch properly adjusted and eliminate premature clutch failure!

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Armed Mountie to keep eye on U.S. truck inspection pilot project in Surrey An armed RCMP officer will be present at all times during a Canada-U.S. pilot project for pre-inspecting truck cargo, says a newly released bilateral agreement. The federal government says the measure is a reminder that Canadian law applies even though gun-toting American inspectors have set up shop north of the border. In the first phase of the cargo pilot project, which got underway in June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are working in Surrey, B.C., to conduct preliminary inspection of truck shipments crossing into Blaine, Wash. The pilot project is part of a CanadaU.S. perimeter security pact aimed at ensuring the swift flow of goods and people across the 49th parallel while bolstering overall North American defences. The American officers, though permitted to carry guns, are limited to preinspection duties — initial questioning of truck drivers to determine the admissibility of goods to the U.S. — and do not have power to enforce Canadian or U.S. criminal laws. During the six-month pilot, an armed Canadian police officer is to be stationed “in the line of sight of the pre-inspection booth” at all times it is operating, says a memorandum of understanding on the project, released to The Canadian Press by Public Safety Canada.

“The Participants also understand that cargo pre-inspection processing may be suspended at a pilot location at such times that the Canadian law enforcement officer is not present,” says the agreement, signed in March but not made public at the time. The police presence “demonstrates that Canada and the U.S. are working collaboratively while ensuring Canadian laws continue to apply while in a U.S. pre-inspection zone,” said Public Safety spokeswoman Josee Picard. An RCMP officer is assigned to the British Columbia pilot project at the Pacific Highway crossing and a member of the Niagara Regional Police Service is to take part in a second phase of the initiative at the Peace Bridge connecting Fort Erie, Ont., and Buffalo, N.Y., Picard said. A U.S. customs officer accused of using excessive force or otherwise breaking the law would answer to Canada’s legal system during the pilot projects, expected to last up to 18 months. However, the memorandum says in the meantime “options are to be developed” to address issues of officer accountability, including civil and criminal liability. It adds that failure to develop mutually agreeable options could spell the end of the pre-inspection initiative. “Discussions are ongoing on a preclear-

ance agreement that will respect both countries’ jurisdictional concerns and both countries’ sovereignty,” said a U.S. Embassy official in Ottawa. The same issues of officer accountability have held up other perimeter security pilot projects that would see the two countries create integrated teams in areas such as intelligence and criminal investigations. The Canadian Press reported this week that, according to an RCMP briefing note, the U.S. has asked that its police officers be exempt from Canadian law if they agree to participate in the projects. The October 2012 note said the U.S. request came despite the fact that, traditionally, co-operative initiatives in crossborder law enforcement have been based on the notion that the laws of the host country apply to illegal acts on its territory. Liberal MP Sean Casey, the party’s associate justice critic, said Wednesday he hopes Canada stands its ground and that “we not allow for any sort of sovereignty creep.” In response to a question tabled in Parliament, Casey was told in April that foreign police operating in Canada “are subject to Canadian law.” He now fears Canada might relax the long-standing host country provisions. “I hope they don’t go there, but I’m worried they will.”

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Carriers Report Difficulty Hiring Qualified Employees In the second quarter TCP Business Expectations Survey, 65% of carriers noted having difficulty finding qualified maintenance technicians while 30% indicated they are having problems filling operations staff and fleet manager level positions. “Fleet owners are telling us that staffing trucks is becoming a challenge,” said Steven Dutro, TCP partner. Shortages of drivers, technicians, and fleet managers are reinforcing carriers’ concerns about adding capacity at this time. Seventy-percent of larger carriers are having trouble finding qualified technicians. Among smaller carriers, 50% are experiencing the same hiring difficulties. “Good employees, at all levels, have always been the lifeblood of the industry,” said TCP partner, Richard Mikes. “Now, as we see growth in demand on the horizon, excellent human resource management is critical.” The cost metrics of carriers are trending up in a period where rates are not still rising fast enough, added Dutro. “ It is no wonder carriers are hesitant to buy new equipment or raise pay to their employees.” In the 2nd quarter survey, only 50% of carriers reported adequate rates of return on their investments. Additionally, the 1st quarter TCP survey revealed that 40% of carriers have seen their enginerelated maintenance costs rise. As a result, most carriers are insistent that rate increases precede any wage increases. More than ninety percent of larger carriers reported needing to see rates increase before they can raise driver wages. “As construction and manufacturing jobs expand, the competition to hire and retain qualified drivers has increased,” said Mikes. “Ultimately, better operating margins, that lead to higher driver competition, are essential.”

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Mobile devices such as smart phones and GPS navigators as transponders have been officially approved by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety for electronic inspection and weigh station bypass systems. According to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, the new policy permitting Commercial Mobile Radio Service devices expands the scope of these systems beyond the traditional Dedicated Short Range Communications systems now used for electronic screening services. In a Federal Register notice, the agency said that use of the CMRS devices will accelerate development of electronic screening by state enforcement officials. Electronic screening systems give enforcement officials instant access to carrier and driver data as the truck passes by a fixed or mobile inspection station. Officials can check the truck and driver’s safety status, and either clear them to go about their business or pull them in for a closer look. The systems also help to reduce congestion and emissions at inspection sites, as well as save fuel, the agency said. Under the policy, communications can be provided by wireless mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, GPS navigation units and onboard telematics, as well as fleet management systems. However, prohibitions against texting and use of handheld phones remains in place. The Ontario Trucking Association notes this announcement by FMCSA is a positive step in the right direction and could open the door for additional dialogue with MTO on the suitability of this type of technology in Ontario for both scale-by-pass and the accounting and crediting of triage type inspections. The OTA Board of Directors supports the exploration of such technology, provided OTA and MTO agree on its application, scope and benefits to both government and industry. Currently, MTO is without a mechanism to account for or crediting “triage” type inspections -- which make up approximately 97% of interaction MTO has with carriers -whereby trucks are given a quick once over by officers, approved and sent on their way. The deployment of this type of technology would better demonstrate the out-ofservice rates for the Ontario trucking industry is well below 1 per cent, which affirms the industry’s ongoing commitment to operating safely. SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013


Additional Clarification of HOS Rules The Canadian Trucking Alliance has complied the following report with input from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the American Trucking Associations in regards to last week’s news that a US Court of Appeals upheld the hours of service rules, except for a decision to exempt shorthaul drivers from the requirement to take 30-minute breaks before driving more than eight hours straight. Effective August 2, 2013, the FMCSA will no longer enforce 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii) against any driver that qualifies for either of the “short haul operations” exceptions outlined in 49 CFR 395.1(e) (1) or (2). FMCSA has requested that State and local enforcement agencies also refrain from enforcing the 30-minute rest break against these drivers. Specifically, the following drivers (including Canadian drivers) would not be subject to the 30-minute break requirement: • All drivers (CDL and non-CDL) that operate within a 100 air-mile radius (185.20 km)*of their normal work reporting location and satisfy all time limitations and recordkeeping requirements of 395.1(e)(1). • Non-CDL drivers that operate within a 150 air-mile radius (277.77 km)* of the location where the driver reports for duty and satisfy all time limitations and recordkeeping requirements of 395.1(e)(2). Carriers should reference the full details of the many conditions of the exemptions in 395.1 e to determine if any of their short-haul cross-border operations would not be subject to the 30-minute break requirement. *Special Note: 100 air-miles are equivalent to 115.08 statute miles (185.20 kms), and 150 air-miles are equivalent to 172.6 statute miles (277.77 kms).

US Bill Would Expand States’ Ability to Regulate Ports New York legislators are proposing a bill that would allow states to regulate port trucking in ways similar to the Port of Los Angeles program that was rejected by the Supreme Court. The bill offered by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., would let a state or a local authority set up such a program, which, like measures in the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program, would require drayage motor carriers with environmentally-approved trucks to sign a concession agreement before transporting cargo at the Port. Portions of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program were reversed when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a challenge by American Trucking Associations. ATA argued the city overstepped its authority by imposing criminal penalties if trucking companies violated the program’s provisions, such as requiring trucking companies to have off-street parking locations when trucks were not in service. Gillibrand and Nadler want states and local governments to have the legal authority to impose additional regulations.

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Are You Choosing The Right Route For Your Truck?

kI qusIN Awpxy tr`k leI TIk rUt cux rhy ho? There are two approaches a business owner can take to increase their business revenue. The first approach is to increase its market share by targeting new customers or by offering additional services to its current customer base. When the business is new, this is a very appropriate approach a business can take. But, once the business reaches a specific level, it becomes more difficult to keep adding new services or increasing the customer base. At that stage, there is a second approach which becomes more feasible for a business owner to adopt. That approach is to make the business more efficient to operate. In other words, efficiency means reducing the cost of operations. In the trucking business, there are a number of ways to reduce the cost of operations. The focus of this article is to reduce the cost by using Route Optimization techniques. The goals of Route Optimization are threefold: • Minimize empty miles • Optimize paid miles, fuel usage and hours of service • Plan ahead for next trip Empty or unpaid miles are the bane of any trucking company. Every minute that a truck spends on the road without carrying a paid load means lost money for the business. Losses are both immediate such as driver’s pay and fuel, and long term, as in excess wear and tear on the truck and trailer. With a detailed map of a truck’s current route available, it becomes easier to locate potential loads on or near the path being followed. A poorly planned trip can easily result in delays that will cost the business owner in increased driver time, fuel expenses and potential penalties from their clients. A driver who is given detailed instructions on what roads to take and areas to avoid will spend more time driving to his destination and less time trying to find it. Modern mapping software has aids beyond just truck routes. Locations of truck stops and tracking of nationwide fuel prices make it possible to schedule refueling stops where the lowest price is available. Traffic reports covering most major roads enable a truck to find alternate routes before becoming stuck in traffic jams. The ideal route is a continuous sequence beginning and ending near the company yard where every delivery is immediately followed by a pickup in the same or a nearby location. This is the goal every dispatcher should work towards when they are taking orders for their trucks. A driver should always have his next load lined up before arriving at his current destination. “Miles” are a great yardstick for any trucking company to measure its business growth. The more miles a truck travels the more money the company makes. On the other hand, more mileage also means more expenses. Especially with skyrocketing fuel prices, every out-of-route or empty (non-billable) mile a truck 44

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Are you posing the right route for your truck?

travels increases the operating expenses for the business. So, here is the place where technology like mileage optimization software comes into the picture. Mileage software began 20 years ago as an extension of printed standard mileage guides accepted by shippers and carriers for negotiating rates. By automating calculations, the electronic guides offered a major convenience for those that could afford to make the switch. Over the years, however, computing power available for PC-based systems and better methods for obtaining mapping information in digital formats has greatly expanded the use of mileage and routing to a wide variety of basic fleet management functions. There are two main software vendors who provide route software solutions. One is the Princeton, NJ based private company ALK Technologies (www.alk.com). The other is the Bridge City, Texas based ProMiles (www.promiles.com). Alk is known for their PC*Miler Software. PC*MILER is the transportation and logistics industry’s leading routing, mileage and mapping software solution. A route can be planned by using practical or shortest routing parameters. It can further classify the route with toll discouraged, national network, 53’/102’ trailer or hazardous materials routing. Its planning restrictions include everything from bridge heights and clearances, load limits, one-way road designations, left-hand and dangerous turn restrictions, urban road classifications, truckrestricted and truck-prohibited roads. Other benefits include truck-specific, turn-by-turn street-level directions, mileage and maps for dispatch, rate determination and quotes, trip cost and time estimates, dispatch, driver pay, fuel tax reporting, driver log auditing, load planning, carrier selection, freight bill auditing and logistics analysis. Promiles offers a commercial vehicle / truck routing and mileage software for professional drivers and fleets. It includes address to address routing, custom vehicle configurations, basic fuel purchase optimization, and has many add-on options and programs available. The other benefits include state mileage summary, full color interactive maps, driver itinerary, shipment analysis, trip quotes, expanded rating capabilities and many reporting options like IFTA reports and IRP renewals. In Summary, route optimization can generate the most efficient commercial route, complete with detailed driving instructions, accounting for bridge heights, low underpass and commercial vehicle restrictions, seasonal road closures, toll road avoidance and actual posted speed limits. It is a worthy investment for a trucking company to run its operations more efficiently. SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013

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Internal Debates Arise Over Using Collected Information and Protecting Privacy Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page asked executives to develop a new, simplified privacy tool that would act as a kind of sliding scale, allowing users to designate whether they wanted minimal, medium or maximum collection of information about them in all of Google’s services, and how much the information would be shielded from being viewed by other users. After much wrangling and many attempts to build the “slider” tool, whose three main settings were nicknamed “kitten,” “cat” and “tiger,” the idea was abandoned last year, according to people familiar with the matter. Because Google has so many Web services that operate differently, executives found it impossible to reduce privacy controls to so few categories, these people said. Also, allowing people to select the maximum-protection setting, known as the “tin-foil-hat option,” went against Google’s newer efforts to get more people to share in Technology companies say they care about user privacy and seek to shield their users from unwarranted government intrusion, but they are collecting and sifting increasing volumes of user data from which they profit. For most consumers, providing personal information for Web services is a worthwhile trade. Others object to having their online lives tracked and analyzed. The breadth of Google’s information gathering about Internet users rivals that of any single entity, government or corporate. The Web search and advertising giant continues to expand its collection and analysis of data, turning its mission to index the world, its people and their interests into a roughly $50 billion-a-year advertising business. Google executives also remain closed about much of its internal data-handling practices, fearing that discussing privacy-related topics might hurt the company with consumers, according to people who have worked on privacy issues at the firm. But there are signs Google is feeling increased pressure to calibrate how much emphasis it puts on user privacy. Scarred by a small number of past user-privacy missteps that generated global controversy, and under increased regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe, executives are engaged in wide-ranging internal debates and in some cases slowing product launches to address privacy concerns, according to people familiar with the matter. Eric Grosse, Google’s vice president of security and privacy engineering, said in an interview that the company cares deeply about protecting people’s personal information and tries to be “as forthcoming as we can” about how all the intricate mech 46

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anisms on the Web work. Thousands of Data ‘Events’ Every hour, an active Google user can generate hundreds or thousands of data “events” that Google stores in its computers, said people familiar with its data-gathering process. These include when people use Google’s array of Web and mobile-device services, which have long collected information about what individuals are privately searching for on the Web. It includes the videos they watch on YouTube, which gets more than one billion visitors a month; phone calls they’ve made using Google Voice and through nearly one billion Googlepowered Android smartphones; and messages they send via Android phones or through Gmail, which has more than 425 million users.

If a user signs in to his or her Google account to use Gmail and other services, the information collected grows and is connected to the name associated with the account. Google can log information about the addresses of websites that person visits after doing Google searches. Even if the person visits sites without first searching for them on Google, the company can collect many of the website addresses people using Google’s Chrome Web browser or if they visit one of millions of sites that have pieces of Google code, such as its “+1” button, installed. Android-based phones and Google Maps can collect information about people’s location over time. Google also has credit-card information for more than 200 million Android-device owners who have purchased mobile apps, digital books or music, said a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Google doesn’t have as much information tied to individual people by name as does Facebook Inc., FB -2.20% according to some former Google employees. (Facebook says it has more than 1.15 billion monthly active users, though the social network performs fewer functions and thus captures fewer data types than Google.) But Google, by pushing website visitors to use services such as its Google+ social-networking service, has been working to catch up on that front. The company is continuing to try to learn more about individual users so that it can provide personalized services such as Google Now, which tries to provide information to people before they even search for it, such as alerting them to traffic updates before their scheduled meetings Going forward, Google could obtain new types of data through wearable devices such as Google Glass that can capture information around the wearer, and through its efforts at owning the pipes and airwaves that directly connect people to the Internet in cities in the U.S., South Africa and elsewhere. Google has a “unique responsibility to have serious safeguards around how it uses data, given the vastness of its scope,” 48

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said Jules Polonetsky, chairman of the Future of Privacy Forum, a nonprofit think tank sponsored by Google and many other technology companies. In 2,200 words, Google’s privacy policy puts few restrictions on how much it can collect or use. More than most peers, Google has been willing to show users some of the information it has collected about them, a feature they can access through their Google accounts or privacy settings. (Very few consumers actually use the tools, according to people familiar with their usage.) Google also makes available to people a list of information that is used to target ads to them, based on the websites Google knows they have visited and information they have provided to Google services. People have the option of blocking Google from targeting ads to them based on the data. More Privacy Fights But more-rigid privacy reviews and launch delays are more common now, say people familiar with the matter. Creating Google Now, a service for mobile devices that was developed starting in 2011 and launched in 2012, was an ordeal, said a person familiar with the process. The Google Now team had to obtain extensive permissions for clearance to siphon out data from different product groups, such as Gmail and Google Search, this person said. Legal reviews of the product delayed development by weeks, this person said. The product team had to make sure that if a person deleted an email from Gmail, for instance, Google Now would also delete that piece of information, another person said. Google’s engineering privacy group and company lawyers sometimes hold off a launch until such changes have been made, said other people familiar with the process. “The product is not...God anymore,” one of these people said. Some products holdups occur to make sure that information collected about users when they are signed in to their Google accounts cannot be combined with information collected about the same users when they aren’t signed in, according to another person familiar with the process. The company has long believed in keeping such buckets of data separate from one another, though since 2011 it has increasingly combined information about people’s use of Google services while they are signed in. When a person isn’t signed in and uses Google’s Web-search engine, for instance, the search information is collected and tied to his or her IP address—a string of numbers associated with his or her computer—and a “cookie” data file stored on his or her Web browser. The company says it anonymizes that information after nine months, stripping off some of the IP numerals. Privacy watchdogs in some European countries have issued rulings that Google must roll back part of its 2012 privacy-policy changes that made it easier for the company to mix pieces of data about a person that were collected by various services, or that Google must provide users with details about how long it keeps each type of data about them. Some of the agencies say Google needs to give users the ability to agree to the 2012 changes or keep their information separate as it had been before. Google has said its changes respect European law and that it is engaged in talks with authorities. Courtesy: AMIR EFRATI - The Wall Street Journal

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Finding the best insurance for your needs Hard work distinguishes you from others and allows you to accomplish great things in life. Here in the rich, western world, we are spoiled. If you want great wealth and resources, you can have them, but will need to work hard to generate the results. We are so driven toward success and achievement that there doesn’t seem to be a boundary between when work begins and when it ends. I’m all about building a rewarding career and providing the best this world has to offer for ourselves and our families. But let me warn you, if the scale tips too far towards work and away from family, you can become overloaded. On the extreme, people can burn out, damage their body, and lose their most important relationships by ignoring composure and a proper balance in life. In my role as account executive for a leading commercial insurance brokerage, I find myself working until 10pm many nights, including weekends. For me, what works is finding time to spend with the friends and family and enjoying the outdoors whenever I can. Meditation and exercise are also great ways to relax and recharge. It’s really no secret, but sometimes understandably difficult to achieve. My name is Mani Sharma. I was born and raised in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island and have generations of trucking in my blood. My family members, for many years, were deeply vested in this dynamic industry. Over the next few months I will be writing this column to shed light on many aspects relating to the insurance industry and what you can do to protect yourself and your families from potentially devastating lawsuits in case something goes dreadfully wrong. I also invite you to email me at msharma@axisinsurance.ca with any questions that you may have on the topic of trucking insurance or the insurance market in general. My job is to ensure our clients pay as little for insurance as possible, while at the same time maintaining a broad contract of coverage and protecting clients with a superior level of service. How do we achieve this? Well, communication is key. It’s also about adding value to our customers business. In brief, provincial auto insurance, property, liability and cargo are the key areas; but each trucking company has unique needs based on their scope of operations which all plays into the program: • Where do you travel? Is there a little bit of US exposure, or a lot of US mileage? • How are drivers classified? Owner/Operators or Sub-Contracted Fleet Drivers? • What are you hauling and what is the value? $1 million worth of iPads or $10,000 worth of onions? • Who reviews the dedicated contracts with the “solely responsible” clauses? • Are your required to carry full environmental remediation solution as opposed to relying on the auto third-party liability coverage? Staying on top of regulatory requirements, safety and telematics is also hugely important. Like transportation, as the insurance industry continues to evolve, the leaders will be those who are ahead of the learning curve, aware of the changing landscape and stay true to the basics of credibility, honesty and have a passion for customer care. I hope you will find the columns to be informative over the coming months. If you have any specific issues that you would like me to address, please do not hesitate in contacting me. Remember to always maintain balance. - Mani Sharma is an account executive at Axis Insurance Managers Inc. SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013

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If all implemented, a wave of regulations in the U.S. could the trucking industry in need of a million drivers by 2016, declared Noel Perry, senior consultant with FTR Associates. According to a report by Truck News, during the industry forecaster’s State of Freight webinar this week, Perry and FTR director Jonathan Starks focused on the impact of the new hoursof-service rules, which went into effect July 1. “The world is still spinning, that of course is the good news,” Jonathan Starks, director of transportation analysis, said when kicking off the discussion about the new limitation on driving hours and additional rest breaks the rules ushered in. “But that doesn’t mean things haven’t changed.” As Truck News reports: He said weakening freight growth may have limited the rules’ impact and the effect of the mandatory, half-hour break on productivity is debatable. Perry said while the new rule reduces the maximum daily working time by 6%, or half an hour, “We think the effect will be very small. Very few people have a bladder big enough to drive 11 consecutive hours; they usually stop more than once,” “The only difference is instead of stopping for a 15-minute break to go to the bathroom and get an ice cream cone, they’ll have to stop for the full halfhour. In an 11-hour period, I think they would stop to eat anyway, so this was a relatively small change.” The bigger hit, he contended, is in the form of the new 34hour reset rules. He said they have the potential reduce industry productivity by up to 15% if all drivers were currently maxing out their weekly driving time, which isn’t the case. Those facing the greatest loss of income will be fleets and drivers involved in longhaul transport where drivers are on the road for long periods. “Can they hire enough people or are we going to have a shortage?” Unlike in previous economic upturns, Perry said US trucking fleets have been more reticent to add capacity. Fleets are buying about half the discretionary power units they were in 2004, he noted. This would suggest there could be some serious upward pressure on rates in the not-too-distant future. Perry said the remainder of 2013 could bring pressure on capacity comparable to 2004, when rates spiked and remained high for more than a full year before abating. “Once prices get that momentum, they tend to stay increased for a while even after the pressure goes away,” Perry said. “If we have a major pricing event at the end of 2013 or in 2014, I expect it to last for two years.” The experts at FTR Associates had some tips for both truckers and shippers on how to deal with the coming labour crunch. For carriers, “This is the time to ramp up your recruiting efforts,” said 52

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Perry. “And you want to be particularly solicitous of your drivers. If you’re thinking about an increase in pay, this is probably the time. If you are thinking about the way you handle your drivers…this is the time to be particularly solicitous about time at home and other things that make for a happy workforce.” As for shippers, Perry said they should prepare for the possibility of higher rates and be working to drive waste out of the system. “The first thing is, you’ve got to make sure you have the budget flexibility in case rates do go up. You would hate to be losing shipments because you don’t have the right budget authorized. Two, be flexible about how you manage your docks to get truckers in and out quickly. This is not the time to send them away and ask them to come back in another four hours because they missed their appointment. They won’t accept loads to shippers that hold them at the docks,” Perry warned. “This is a great time to be thinking about cooperative programs with your core carriers to match, beforehand, the availability of equipment and loads.” As for any hope the industry had that the new rules would be overturned by the courts, Perry said it’s looking like a pipe dream. “In my opinion, if the court had intended to intervene in the case of hours-of-service, they most certainly would have done it before the rule was changed,” he said. “That is underscored by the fact that during oral arguments of that case, the judges were uniformly negative to the people who were (challenging the new rules).” Still, while all the attention lately has focused on the costs of the new HoS rules, Perry reminded FTR subscribers that there are many more changes to come, which could collectively prove to be a much heavier anchor on productivity. “Hours-of-service is a big change, but it’s only one of many,” he said. “We have to focus on what is happening in the marketplace immediately, but we can’t lose track of the fact that there’s a lot more to come from other regulatory changes.” He provided a list of more than 20 regulations that are at some point in the process of being introduced, and almost all would hamper the industry’s productivity (increased sizes and weights being the only exception). Awauxw peygw[ jy qusIN qnKwh vDwauxw cwhuMdy ho qW ieh shI vylw hY[ jy qusIN frweIvrW nUM vDIAw qrIky nwl r`Kxw cwhuMdy ho, qW auhnW Gr ibqwaux dw vkq idau[ aunHW leI auh kuJ kro jo auhnW nUM KuS r`Ky[ smwn Fox vwlIAW kMpnIAW nUM pYrI kihMdw hY ik auh vDy hoey rytW dI sMBwvnw nUM iKAwl ivc r`Kx[ auh Awpxy kMm dy FWcy ivcly nuks nUM dUr krn[ “pihlI gl ieh hY ik quhwnUM XkInI bxwauxw peygw ik jy kImqW ivc vwDw hoieAw qW quhwfy pws bjt ivc lckIlwpn hovy[ jykr quhwfy pws pUrw bjt nw hoieAw qW aus kwrn quhwnUM FuAweI dw kMm nw imilAw qW qusIN bhuq duKI hovogy[ dUjI g`l ik qusIN Awpxy fOks ivc Awaux vwly tr`k frweIvrW nwl suKwvW vrqwau kro ijQy aunHW dw Awxw qy jwxw bhuq sOKw hovy[ ieh g`l iblkul TIk nhIN ik qusIN aunHW nUM kho ik hux cwr GMty bwAd Awauxw ikauNik auh vyly isr nhIN phuMcy[ auh lok ieho ijhIAW kMpnIAW dw smwn Fox leI rwzI nhIN hoxgy ijhVy aunHw nUM fOks ivc rokI rKdy hn[“ pYrI iehnW SbdW nwl qwVnw krdw hY[ ieh auh vDIAw smW hY jdoN swnUM Awpxy Bwr Fox vwilAW nwl sdBwvnw nwl pyS Awauxw cwhIdw hY Aqy Awpxy mu`K Bwr Fox kMpnIAW nwl vkq isr qwlmyl krnw cwhIdw hY Aqy swzo smwn Aqy Bwr dy smwn bwry pihlW qwlmyl kr lYxw cwhIdw hY[“ ijQoN q`k ik tr`k ieMfstrI ieh Aws leI bYTI hY ik Adwlq ienHW inXmW nUM r`d kr dyvygI, pYrI Anuswr, ieh KoKlw supnw hY[ pYrI ny ikhw hY, “myrI rwey ivc jy Adwlq ny kMm dy GMitAW ivc dKl dyxw huMdw qW auh inXm bdlx qoN pihlW hI kr dyxw sI[“ aunHw ny A`gy ikhw, “ies kys dI bihs vyly ieh g`l inKr ky swhmxy AweI sI ik ies kys bwry zbwnI bihs vyly j`j lok aunHW lokW ivruD nWhvwck ieksurqw nwl sihmqI pRgtwauNdy rhy sn jo aunHW inXmW dw ivroD krdy sn[“ Pyr BI, jdoN swrw iDAwn nvyN inXmW dy KrcW auqy r`iKAw igAw hY, qW pYrI AYP tI Awr gwhkW dy iDAwn ivc ieh g`l ilAwauxI cwhuMdy hn ik hor keI qbdIlIAW hox vwlIAW hn[ ijhVIAW smu`cy qOr qy pYdwvwr dy vwDy ivc shweI ho skdIAW hn[ pYrI ny ikhw, “kMm dy GMty Awpxy Awp iv`c iek v`fI qbdIlI hY, pr ieh qbdIlI bhuq swrIAW qbdIlIAW iv`coN ie`k hY[ swnUM ies g`l vl Jtpt iDAwn dyxw peygw ik bzwr ivc kI vwpr irhw hY, pr swnUM ieh vI B`ulxw nhIN cwhIdw ik inXmW dy bdlx nwl bVw kuJ hox vwlw hY[ aunHW ny auh 20 inXmWvlIAW dI sUcI idqI ijhVIAW lwgU hox dI prikirAw iv`c hn qy ieh swrIAW hI ieMfstrI dI pYdwvwr iv`c rukwvt bxngIAW (v`fy Awkwr Aqy v`fy Bwr hI Cot ivc Awauxgy)[ SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013

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Highway 97 between Winfield and Oyama will officially open to traffic LAKE COUNTRY - , the new four-lane, ninekilometre section of Highway 97 between Winfield and Oyama will officially open to traffic. “Our government is proud to have partnered with the Province on this important initiative that will enhance safety and ease traffic congestion for residents and travellers along this heavily-used section of Highway 97,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan, on behalf of Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. “Our investments are delivering real results for the Okanagan Valley, and we will continue to support projects that create good local jobs and promote long-term economic growth in the region.” “Highway 97 will improve travel for residents and visitors to the Okanagan by making transportation safer and more efficient,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Norm Letnick. “This project will also strengthen our economy by improving commercial traffic flow through this important corridor, and has the added environmental benefit of a route that protects our scenic lake-front spaces.” The $77.9-million project was com-

pleted on time and on budget, and funded under the Building Canada Fund. The B.C. government invested $51.1 million and the Government of Canada funded $26.8 million. Approximately 400 direct jobs were created over the life of the project. “This is a momentous event in history for Lake Country and we wish to thank our provincial and federal representatives for their strong support of this project to improve Highway 97,” said Lake Country Mayor James Baker. “The new highway will provide an improved travel route with access to two areas of our community, and the previous highway will be renamed Pelmewash Parkway and it will provide the community with an opportunity to develop a significant recreational corridor along Wood Lake.” The new four-lane stretch was constructed west of the existing highway above Wood Lake, with a 100-kilometre-per-hour speed limit. Crews built two truck climbing lanes for slower moving traffic and installed a concrete median barrier for added safety. The project included two overpasses near Oceola Road at the south end of Wood Lake

and Gatzke Road at the north end, to connect the existing highway to the new one. Two underpasses were built at Old Mission Road and Lake Country Access to provide access to Crown land on the west side of the highway. The ministry worked in strong partnership with the Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Indian Band to preserve heritage values along the highway. Archaeological works were undertaken by the ministry’s consultant and members of both local First Nations bands, in order to protect archaeological sites found along the corridor. The ministry also took all necessary measures to ensure that local wildlife was undisturbed by the project. Two environmentally sensitive areas with bat habitat were preserved, for the bats to continue to live in the area. Lizards and rattlesnakes found along the route during construction were captured and relocated to two newly constructed reptile dens. Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested more than $600 million in upgrading highways, roads, bridges and transit in the Okanagan.

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Are Small Carriers Discriminated Against? A recent review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program suggests that small carriers may see more than their share of rankings in the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC) of CSA. In comparing the numbers between large carriers and small carriers, it is also important to keep in mind that most small carriers do not have a public score. In fact, less than half of the 470,000 carriers with U.S. Department of Transportation operating authority have a

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public score or any data at all. The interesting thing to note though is that the few number of small carriers who acquire a public BASIC score tend to have higher (which is negative) scores than those of the larger carriers. Generally, fleets with 20-15 trucks are less that receives one or two negative inspections will end up with very high BASIC scores. This can be a challenge for small fleets and those looking at the scores. Carriers with very few inspections can and do receive abnormally high BASIC scores,

even if just one inspection is negative. This is, in part, due to percentages and no clear distinction between the sizes of a fleet. A fleet of five trucks might receive a negative inspection on one truck or receive a number of inspections on its fleet, resulting in a high BASIC score and being on the cusp of intervention by FMCSA. But, after time the inspections drop off the list due to time, or due to fewer inspections of the trucks there may be insufficient data to warrant being on the list. When it comes to Hours of Service (HOS) issues, a very common way for small fleets to receive high BASIC scores, the solution to addressing those can be quite expensive. Electronic On Board Recorders (EOBR’s) are an investment that will help eliminate minor “form and manner” violations. Once a carrier, of any size, has high BASIC scores the only way to improve those scores is to earn better inspections and to wait. The weight value of inspections and violations in scoring falls after six months and again after 12 months. They drop out of the SMS after two years. Not all small fleets can afford the costly decision to implement and EOBR system though. It is an effective solution as some inspectors see EOBR equipped trucks as not worth the time of an inspection. A fleet of 5 trucks though can result in an investment of just under $10,000 for an EOBR system. However, if the BASIC scores are high, and are primarily the result of HOS compliance issues, it’s a cost small fleets may consider. Additional analysis of the FMCSA’s CSA program suggests that independent owner operators may also realize a higher percentage of challenges. Data suggests that an independent owner operator is up to 4 times more likely to be inspected as compared to a truck running under the authority of a fleet with more than 500 trucks. And, given the same comparison, independent owner operators are 3-4 times more likely to be placed out of service. Because small fleets or independent owner operators are less likely to be inspected, any inspection with any issue will result in a poor BASIC score. This presents business challenges as the FMCSA encourages brokers and shippers to use carriers who have been inspected. An independent may not receive an inspection at all, and therefore may not even have a score to share. But again, an inspection will of a fleet with 1-5 trucks will likely result in a high BASIC score, making it difficult to SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013


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compete with large carriers. To be fair though, those large carriers have a much higher exposer and are up to

30 times more likely than single-truck owners to have scores above intervention on BASIC. On the other side, however, there

is a much greater chance of earning good inspections and improving the BASIC score for large carriers.

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fter our inaugural auto review in the last issue of Desi Trucking Magazine, I was asked by Moe Khan, Sales Manager at Open Road Honda in Burnaby, to review the new 2013 Honda Pilot. Since I have always been a fan of Honda vehicles, I took the liberty of driving the 4WD 8-passenger Pilot Touring Edition for the work week. This top-of-the-line vehicle came equipped with navigation, rear-DVD system, tri-zone climate control, integrated 2nd row sunshades, rear-view camera and automatic tailgate with lift-up glass hatch. Yep, I had all the bells and whistles on my test vehicle. Honda has always received top marks for building great vehicles – I agree and for this reason, we have a new Honda Odyssey and CR-V in our fleet at home. Would the new Pilot impress me? Let’s find out. Right from the onset, the Honda Pilot is a big vehicle, both inside and out. This second-generation Pilot continues to go in the opposite direction than most of the industry and retain the boxy look. As you will read later, this structure has its benefits when it comes to interior space. On the outside, ei-

dual map pockets in all the doors, storage trays in the passenger-side dashboard, and even a bin located under the third-row armrest. Note-worthy is the massive center console between the front seats. Need even more room? There are many more nooks and crannies to store crayons, water bottles, and other items. If you are carrying 8 passengers, the boxy shape of the vehicle makes a huge difference. The European-

ter sits the 8-inch navigation screen, which has vivid colours and a sharp picture. Honda even added a cover on top of the screen to prevent glare, allowing the picture to be clear at all times. The one spot where Honda missed the ball is with the navigation, audio, and climate controls. Even though there is a separation between the systems, the buttons all look similar and it’s easy to hit the wrong one when making a selection. The

Reviewed by: Jag Dhatt - SJ Power Media Inc. ther you like it or you don’t; for me, it’s pleasing to the eye and feels refreshingly different from the European look that most other manufacturers have decided to adapt. The vehicle is brash, yet retains an elegant, look. However, since the Pilot has worn the same clothes for the past five or six years, expect there to be changes in the next year or two. The interior of the vehicle can easily accommodate a full hockey team and two spares – it is roomy. There is also an abundance of storage bins and cubbies, more than an elementary classroom. There are 58

looking competitor vehicles, with their rearward sloping rooflines, create reduced headroom, especially for the 3rd row passengers. The Pilot, however, gives ample headroom for all passengers, maximizing all “usable” space throughout the vehicle. The cabin of the Pilot is constructed mostly of hard plastic. I’m not a fan of hard plastic and would prefer softer materials; however, Honda did it right and the materials look as nice as any hard plastic can. The dash is well-thought and all the major controls are easily within reach. At the cen-

setup looks outdated, and my wife preferred the controls on her Honda Odyssey, even though it is two years older. That being said, the learning curve is not steep and within a short time, one becomes comfortable with all the controls. Bluetooth integration is fool-proof and the voice controls on this Pilot are near perfect. From changing radio stations to placing calls, Honda’s voice control never made a mistake. Honda has spent its research dollars very wisely when it comes to engineering. This high-riding vehicle is very easy to drive, SEPTEMBER / OCToBER 2013


almost carlike. And like fine wine fine, the driving experience has only gotten better. Around town, the Pilot is nimble and maneuverability is excellent, which is quite surprising for such a large vehicle. The 18” tires absorbed most road imperfections, allowing for a smooth ride, much like the more expensive luxury SUV’s. I had no problems parallel parking the vehicle, thanks to the rear-view camera system, which has 3 different viewing options, and the parking sensors. On the highway, the Pilot drives like a big vehicle should – solid and capable. Yes, there is body roll, but that is expected for the tall, 4600 pound vehicle. While it’s not going to win any slalom races, Honda emphasizes that this is a family hauler, not a curve hugging sports vehicle. The large, heated 10-way power leather seats were very comfortable and provided excellent support for the front passengers. My kids enjoyed watching their favourite Barbie movies on the rear 9-inch DVD system, a definite during long journeys. The Pilot is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. Regardless of trim, the only engine available is the 3.5-liter iVTEC V6, which is mated to a five speed automatic transmission. While the engine is quiet, very smooth, and relatively responsive, it definitely falls behind the competi-

tion. The 250 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque was good five years ago, but in today’s market, it falls about 30 ponies behind some of its rivals. This is evident when trying to pass at highway speeds. In addition, a six-speed transmission is minimum and the current 5-speed falls short. Again, with

Keeping safety at the forefront, Honda fitted the Pilot with front airbags, side-curtain bags that cover all three rows, active head restraints, electronic stability control, tire-pressure monitoring system, and antilock brakes as standard. I was surprised that HID headlamps, lane departure warning,

changes coming in the next one to two years, expect some modifications to the engine and transmission. On the upside, however, the Pilot gives impressive fuel economy, delivering 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. I averaged about 21.3 mpg during the test drive, which is excellent considering that I made sure the i-VTEC was kicking in often.

and front collision warning systems weren’t even an option on this model, as they are now available on the Accord. The 2013 Honda Pilot continues to impress even years after its launch. Yes, it does have some shortcomings, but for a family SUV, it delivers excellent value for a great product, even when compared to luxury SUV’s.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) rules successfully withstood a federal court review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld most of the HOS regulations, with the exception of a 30-minute break for short-haul carriers. Arguments made by the American Trucking Association (ATA) and one by advocacy group Public Citizen were both rejected, allowing the newly instituted HOS rules to stand. In ruling that the 30-minute break for short-haul carriers would be struck down the Court agreed with ATA, indicating that the FMCSA’s research only justified requiring breaks from driving, not other periods. ATA’s other petition, which was rejected by the Court, asked that the Court block the implementation of the HOS rule, arguing that it was flawed and not well supported. ATA had suggested the HOS rules were too restrictive on truck drivers’ schedules and could create additional dangers by forcing drivers to operate during high traffic times. The premise of ATA’s argument was that the rules were “arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law.” In an August 2, 2013, press release, ATA’s senior vice president of policy and regulatory affairs said, “While we are disappointed the Court chose to give unlimited deference to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s agenda-driving rulemaking, the striking down of the short-haul break provision is an important victory.” “The court recognized on numerous occasions the shortcomings of the agency’s deliberations, so despite upholding most of the rule, we hope this opinion will serve as a warning to FMCSA not to rely on similarly unsubstantiated rulemakings in the future,” Osiecki said. “One thing this rulemaking makes clear is that fatigue is a small problem when viewed through a crash causation lens. ATA hopes FMCSA will work with the trucking industry to address more pressing safety and driver behavior issues, including those than can be directly affected through proven traffic enforcement activities aimed at unsafe operating behaviors.” Public Citizen, on the other hand, had argued that the HOS rule is “insufficiently protective of public safety.” The Public Citizen web site says that, “Driving a truck is one of the most deadly occupations in the United States. Increasing the consecutive driving hours for truck drivers is inhumane and rolls us back to pre-Depression Era working conditions. Public Citizen calls for the Federal Carrier Motor Safety Administration (FMCSA) to create a standard that protects drivers of both passenger cars and trucks on our roads.” Public Citizen was specifically wanting to disallow the 11th hour of driving and the 34-hour restart. Public Citizen was found to have no standing with the Court. Scott Nelson, the Public Citizen attorney said his group was “obviously disappointed” with the ruling. “The restart provision has now been sustained without anybody evaluating its merits.” ATA’s press release seems to applaud the Court’s ruling on Public Citizen’s motions, suggesting it would have been far too restrictive if those motions were adopted. ATA does encourage further work on the HOS though. “The court recognized on numerous occasions the shortcomings of the agency’s deliberations, so despite upholding most of the rule, we hope this opinion will serve as a warning to FMCSA not to rely on similarly unsubstantiated rulemakings in the future,” Osiecki said. “One thing this rulemaking makes clear is that fatigue is a small problem when viewed through a crash causation lens. ATA hopes FMCSA will work with the trucking industry to address more pressing safety and driver behavior issues, including those than can be directly affected through proven traffic enforcement activities aimed at unsafe operating behaviors.” 60

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