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April 2019 Issue 189


North American Leader in Specialized Heavy-Haul Solutions SEE REPORT ON PAGE 4




FEATURES: Talbert Manufacturing, Inc.: World-Class Trailer Manufacturer . . . 4 Danatec: Is Your Company Compliant in Shipping Lithium Batteries? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 CAREERS: Special Reports Heavy Equipment Hauler . . . . . . . . . 18 Pesky Potholes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Outridge Cartoon: The Management Meeting . . . . . . . . 24 Women In Trucking Report: March Member of the Month . . . . . . 24




HEAD OFFICE: Trenton, Ontario, Canada, 877.225.2232 SALES: Barb Woodward: 877.225.2232, ext 302 ART DIRECTOR/MIS: Chris Charles: ext 305 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Marek Krasuski Copyright © 2018 – 2022118 Ontario Limited. All rights reserved. Publication Agreement: No. 40806005

COLUMNS: Business Insurance Matters: Evolution of Trucking 2019 . . . . . . . . 11 Cross Border Services: Management Tools for Security . . . . . 8 Factoring: What Do Sleep Deprived Drivers Mean for Your Fleet? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Healthy Trucker: Should I Try a Low Carb Diet? . . . . . 21 Keep Your Vehicles Clean Washing Time Can Be Reduced . . . . 26 MarketWatch: It’s the Little Things That Count . . . 19 Petro-Canada Lubricants: Reading Used Oil Analysis Report . . 22 Tires & Wheels: Don’t Buy Price! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Transport For Christ: Listen! Who Is Calling You? . . . . . . . 23 Women In Trucking: Who’s Looking Out For You? . . . . . . 10 A Little History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 INDUSTRY NEWS: Minimizer: New, Fleet Focused Business Development Managers . . . . . . . . . . . 9 OTA: Premier Ford Goes to Bat for Trucking Industry over Carbon Tax . . . . . . . . 11 Andy Transport: 100 New Volvo Trucks & 200 Manac Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY . 12 SPECIAL REPORTS: Heavy Equipment Hauler . . . . . . . . . 18 Pesky Potholes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Correction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 THEME: Management Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 TRACTION & TRUCKPRO DIRECTORY . 16 April 2019   3

World-Class Trailer Manufacturer Builds to Customer Specifications BY TROY GEISLER TALBERT MFG VICE-PRESIDENT OF SALES & MARKETING


albert Manufacturing, Inc. is a world-class trailer manufacturer that engineers and builds to customer specifications a wide variety of heavy capacity trailers and specialized transportation equipment. Located in NW Indiana, Talbert has been serving the transportation industry since 1938 for custom trailers covering commercial, construction, transportation, utility, military, government, aerospace, agriculture, oil field, rail, energy applications as well as inner plant material handling movers and manufacturing systems. We are happy to serve customers throughout the United States and Canada. We have built our business success in partnership with quality dealers capable of successfully meeting the demands of the users who expect nothing short of product excellence. To be sure, our principle core value is trailer quality, as well as competitive pricing. We are proud to work with custom manufacturers who share our commitment to customer satisfaction, safety, value, and peace of mind. A trusted manufacturer is one that endeavors to understand the client, and not just the load. They will consider everything the client needs to haul, their geographic scope of operations, and the specific challenges they face. The manufacturer will use that information to design a trailer that offers maximum flexibility, versatility and strength. Not all trailers are built alike, especially in view of the wide choice of construction materials available. We place a premium on materials like

heavy-duty T-1, 100,000-psi minimum yield steel for extreme durability and longevity. Apitong flooring is another preferred choice because it is more durable than traditional oak and pine decking. Investing in higher-quality materials and components can double the life cycle of the product. Trailers from a respectable manufacturer may also include positive camber in the design. The amount of camber can be customized based on the estimated usual load to ensure the flattest loaded deck possible. Ensuring the right trailer is a job best left to the pros, but with these tips, operators can get a jump start on the process. Having that knowledge about each specification will help secure an investment that leads to a long, smooth ride. Talbert’s Canadian Sales Manager, Stephen Gardonyi, assists dealers and end users throughout Canada as professional advisor with Talbert Manufacturing, specializing in trailer sales, marketing and customization. He is also helping to bring the 80-year-old company’s heavy-haul solutions to more people throughout the region, broadening the company’s Canadian dealer network. “There is a lot of synergy between Steve and our team, both in terms of experience and passion as well as commitment to customer success,” said Troy Geisler, Talbert Manufacturing Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The knowledge he brings from multiple facets of the industry will help us continue our mission to provide our customers with the heavy-haul solutions they need to be successful, whether that’s ‘off-the-shelf’ trailers or fully customized units.”

Gardonyi has nearly 30 years of industry experience, which includes operations management, quality control, sales and customer service. He also carries a Red Seal certification in trailer mechanics. “Success in this market takes hard work, a strong team and quality processes that start from the time we answer the phone until a satisfied driver is pulling their Talbert trailer down the road,” he affirmed. Talbert Manufacturing updated its Traveling Axle (TA) Series by increasing its hauling capacity by 5 tons. Three of the new trailer models – the 4048TA, 4050TA and 4053TA – have a 40-ton hauling capacity, and the new 5548TA and 5553TA trailer models haul as much as 55 tons. The five new trailer models will replace the others within the TA Series. The added capacity on the new TA Series trailers equates to increased hauling flexibility. For example, the 4050TA now has an 80,000-pound evenly distributed capacity or a concentrated load capacity of 50,000 pounds in 10 feet. This allows haulers to expand their range of load opportunities and maximize transportation efficiency, while complying with U.S. state and Canadian province hauling requirements. The TA Series trailers feature a state-of-the-art, 36-inch loaded deck height. This industry-leading low deck height provides additional clearance for bridges and tunnels when transporting tall equipment. The 4050TA was the first model released in the updated TA Series with this excellent low deck height feature, and it is also California-legal, making the 4050TA an ideal west coast hauling trailer. The five new TA Series trailer models

feature Talbert’s signature piggy-back cylinder, now with a larger diameter for faster axle travel. The new models also have an increased number of keyholes across the rear of the trailer for additional flexibility for tying down loads, an improved, lockable curbside gooseneck toolbox that includes a weather resistant door seal, as well as a chain rack and other hardware upgrades. Another key advancement with the new TA Series trailers is the standard metal e-chain for the air and electrical lines, which now makes it both easier and less expensive to add optional dock levelers as an aftermarket option. The TA Series trailers feature key trailer components for easy loading on its 7-degree load angle. Talbert’s standard equipment for the series includes a 15,000-pound planetary winch with a two-function, wireless remote. It assists in moving equipment on and off of the trailer by making it possible for one person to load a piece of equipment without leaving the vehicle. Talbert also offers two other upgrade options; a six-function remote and a 20,000-pound planetary winch. The six-function remote provides the operator with the ability to adjust the movement of the axles, winch and deck while loading. The TA Series trailers come standard with double keyhole tie-down slots on top of the outside beams and recessed in the center of the main deck. For recessed tie-downs, Talbert includes a metal basket that is mounted below the deck to protect the main cylinder from excess chain. Talbert has multiple, optional features to enhance the TA Series trailers. Available coating selections include the standard Valspar R-Cure® 800 paint in Talbert’s signature red and optional Valspar Aquaguard™ for corrosion protection. Additional optional equipment includes a 48-inch aluminum/steel bulkhead with strobe and work lights, a centralized lubrication system and a Right Weigh load scale. For further information, please call our toll free number, 800.348.5232 or call Steve Gardonyi at 905.299.7790 or you can email Steve at sgardonyi@ or visit


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April Theme: Management Tools

By Marek Krasuski

Choosing the Right Management Tools


oday’s hyper-competitive trucking industry with just-intime deliveries requires precise monitoring tools to maximize uptime services, minimize redundancies and maximize operational performance. There have been a plethora of new developments in fleet management tools and new regulations are being brought in to stay abreast of these advancements. This became clear in a recent announcement by the US Secretary o f Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n ( D O T ) - t h e launch of a new council to promote emerging transportation technology in trucking. Secretary Elaine Chao introduced the new Non-Traditional a n d E m e r g i n g Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n Te c h n o l o g y ( N E T T ) C o u n c i l t o industry stakeholders. The Council’s mandate is to assess jurisdictional impediments to the free flowing exchange of new innovations in

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an effort to eliminate the siloing of information. The DOT consists of 11 separate departments each with autonomous jurisdiction over their own approvals. Emerging technologies which may not fit squarely into any one of these departments could, Chao said, curtail the pace of transportation innovation. Secretary Chaos added that the NETT Council will be an effective organizational tool in removing bureaucratic barriers. Digital management tools have become more affordable in recent years thanks to lower costs and a variety of plans that minimize heavy capital outlays. And their financial benefits are compelling. As an example, the absence of electronic tracking of parts can result in failing to submit claims for defective parts. It is estimated that approximately. 5% of all new

part purchases under $100 have a warranty that is never claimed. Most parts have at least a 30, 60, or 90day warranty, depending on the parts supplier; even electronics may be warrantied for 30 days by the supplier. But tracking part purchases using manual fleet maintenance systems is hardly practical. Further, missed service schedules, the manual reporting of maintenance procedures, and the oversupply of unnecessary parts all consume more time and resources for fleets. With fleet management software readily available and often in userfriendly form, the question rises as to whether a fleet management company (FMC), an independent service provider, is still necessary. That decision depends on several factors such size of fleet, available manpower, and digital knowhow. The technology can be complex and may far exceed the capability of fleet staff when something goes wrong. A fleet management company by contrast will be there to address the problem of malfunctioning software. But in an age of digitization many workers are fully competent operators of software and may be capable of repairing faulty systems themselves. The benefit of harnessing in-house staff to operate fleet management software is twofold, relating to financial benefit and privacy. Management tools can be purchased at a much lower price compared to those tendered from a service contractor. Fleet management companies have access to a Carrier’s vital financial and corporate information. Should the management company and the fleet operator part ways, confidential data could be compromised or held hostage by the provider. Yet proponents of fleet management companies say their services pay dividends in the long run. Some claim they can purchase trucks at reduced rates by offering favourable pricing arrangements previously negotiated with manufacturers. They will also assist in the acquisition of new builds with the highest resale value at the end of the life cycle, thereby reducing total cost of ownership. FMCs can also assist with the up-fitting of

vehicles and the modification of the Carrier’s inventories as their needs change amid corporate growth and diversification. Fleet management tools, whether tendered from third party companies or directly from software providers, comprise vital functions to maximize operability. They include the ability to monitor a complete range of driving patterns, from the number of times the brakes have been engaged, the speed at which the vehicle travels, the rate of sharp turns during a shift, hard braking frequency, idle times, ignition on/off rotation, and the entry and re-entry into a particular zone. Drivers may squawk at such close scrutiny of their daily practices, but proponents of these vital recording tools argue that close monitoring provides insight into driver behaviour that can lead to enhanced performance. Many consider such tools especially useful today in a world where texting and driving is commonplace. Insight into idling, as another benefit of these management aids, can lead to more efficient running of engines. Detecting speeding or rapid acceleration can lead to modified behaviour that saves fuel, reduces risk of CVOR penalties, and decreases risk of unsafe driving and accidents. Monitoring provides fleets with information on where drivers spend time, their arrivals and departures and length of stops, critical data for streamlining operations. Common to fleet management systems are cross-docking modules that observe freight shipments. These modules consolidate shipments through several terminal locations. Cargo status can be assessed and all information relayed directly to the company. Cross Dock functions provide a high degree of process control and keep customers abreast of their shipment’s status along with driving process efficiencies. Today’s integrated monitoring packages provide multiple modules linking all logistical operations. Dispatch modules, for example, efficiently direct incoming and outgoing traffic that improves control CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 >>


By Aidan Oliver

What Do Sleep Deprived Drivers Mean for Your Fleet?


leep deprivation, decreased alertness levels, and a higher rate of fatal accidents and injuries. No fleet manager wants to hear these things when it comes to their operations. However, many fleet owners do not realize the impact Daylight Savings Time has on their responsibility to maintain a proficient standard of safety for drivers throughout the spring and summer months. Daylight Savings Time began as an effort to reduce the consumption of energy. Simply put, if there is more natural light in the evening then there is less reliance on artificial lighting. However, the strength of this initiative is called into question with the increasing adoption of energy efficient technologies and the ongoing debate as to whether Daylight Savings Time does achieve its desired effect. Although, what is certain is that Daylight Savings Time requires workers within the trucking industry to adapt to a new working schedule. According to Dean Croke, Chief Analytics Officer of Freight Waves, the impact of Daylight Savings Time is mostly felt by truckers whose working schedules can already be described as “inconsistent”. One hour can have long lasting effects on your drivers’ health and the productivity of your operations. If still skeptical then let’s consider the first half of March. There were signs

that truckers worked longer hours to accommodate the volume of freight available. As a fleet manager, this may seem like a good thing because your operations are meeting supply; however, the spurt of productivity can quickly ebb if drivers are experiencing shortened sleep cycles and delayed sleep onset. The result of which is cumulative fatigue among drivers and ultimately – a higher rate of vehicle accident fatalities. One accident can have long-lasting impacts on the productivity and efficiency of your fleet’s operations. The way to manage such an occurrence is to keep your drivers

sleeping schedule on your radar and develop a defensive and safety strategy to accidents. The first tactic in your safety strategy should be speaking with your drivers and organizing a schedule that not only meets the operational needs of the business but also their sleeping needs. This way, your fleet will avoid any potential hours-of-service disputes that could occur in the instance of an accident. The second tactic is preparing a crisis strategy for accidents. According to Jack Riordan and Kurt Rozelsky of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, carriers can benefit from the creation of an accident response team.

This team must be ready to provide immediate support to the driver. Another component of this strategy is preparing your driver to follow company policies in an accident and providing them the right tools to record the incident and cooperate with police. These tools include a flashlight, camera, safety vest, and FMCSA rule book. Finally, Riordan and Rozelsky advise leveraging technology and data points to tell the story of an accident. Overall, planning may seem like a simple step but actually following through is what will keep your operations going and your drivers safe.


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Cross Border Services

By Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services

Management Tools for Security


s a Manager of your business, what can you do to make your company, premises and people more secure without spending thousands of dollars? Here are some tips for you: No matter what size your company is, what size your property is or what size your fleet is, the security aspect is an across the board issue for all of us today living in this world of theft and terrorism. Headquarters/Office Facility/Warehouse Security: Please make sure to have in place an internal facility security checklist that you do every day, example of content: verify all windows are doors are locked, secure and in good working order, anything broken please make sure to get repaired right away. Make sure all computers are working, have firewalls, anti-virus

software and passwords for internal security. Make sure you know who is on your property, visuals are fine, if you have cameras great, if not and are looking for some there are some very inexpensive ones like the Arlo which are easy to install and hook-up with your email and cell phone. Make sure if you have fencing that is in good repair. Trucks Security: Make sure your cab is kept locked at all times when you are not in it. Make sure that your trailer is equipped with a locking device, for domestic loads you will need minimum a tie wrap, I would recommend a padlock or bulldog plastic seal. If you are a CTPAT Certified Carrier: for border crossings you will need to have a security seal affixed to your trailer doors (if you need these let me know). Please make sure to do your 17-point inspections both pre and post trip (contact me


Thunder Bay Votes in Favour of New Truck Route


t the end of a five-hour debate lasting into the early morning hours last night, the City of Thunder Bay passed by a vote of 7-6 a new truck route plan, which had been debated on and off by council for over 10 years. The next step in the process will be for the City to present bylaw language to council, along with a proposed enforcement date of the new truck route. The OTA proposed alternative policy

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options for council to consider, including the introduction of designating the area a community safety zone and photo radar along the current truck route, as well as engaging OTA and other stakeholders to be part of a working group that would review and implement a series of study recommendations contained in a draft engineering report OTA commissioned outlining the traffic modelling and safety issues along the proposed truck route.


if you need help with this). Report any issue whether you suspect someone may have been in or around your truck, if you see something out of the ordinary in your cab, engine or trailer, please notify your dispatch or 911 or if you are en route to a border point, here are the emergency reporting numbers: CBSA: 888.502.9060, CBP: 716.888.4912. I have available emergency reporting posters, if you would like some please let me know. Take care when hiring employees whether for your office or drivers, make sure that you vet them first, do a complete reference and background check, get a criminal record search done, for drivers – try to get them to gain a FAST Card (let me know if you

need help with this), it’s a really great criminal record verification on both sides of the border. Remember that we are living in a different world these days; criminal activity goes on daily and most especially in the transportation industry as in drug, weapon and human smuggling/ trafficking. If you need help or advice please feel free to give me a call. Having spent 20 years in this field I’m a good source for security, compliance and customs information. For more information about this article or safety & compliance programs such as CTPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP, AEO, CSA, please contact Cross Border Services at www.crossborderservices. org or email


Is Your Company Compliant in Shipping Lithium Batteries?


ithium ion batteries power our lives. With rising demand for cell phones, digital cameras, laptops, vehicles and e-cigarettes, these batteries are being packaged, shipped, and stored in increasing quantities. While most lithium batteries are safe when properly packaged and shipped, there are serious risks to public and workers safety when shipping companies aren’t compliant. That’s why regulators take lithium battery packing and shipping so seriously. For decades, Transportation Canada has regulated the shipment of lithium batteries under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act. Recent changes in the US suggest regulations in Canada will soon become even tighter. In March, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passed down new laws governing the transportation of lithium batteries, effectively immediately. Canadian industry experts expect our government to harmonize regulations with the US imminently. That means companies transporting lithium batteries have more reason than ever to ensure compliance. What you need to know about shipping lithium batteries: The main risk with lithium battery shipping is fire and explosion. When damaged or short-circuited, lithium batteries can overheat, igniting within seconds or over several hours. Leaking batteries can also emit toxic gases and are corrosive.

While the failure rate is low, the impact can be catastrophic. Batteries that catch fire on board a plane, truck, train or ship can destroy the vehicle, cause collisions and fatalities. Transport Canada cites recent incidents, including: • Fires on cargo and passenger planes from overheated lithium batteries in computers • An explosion on a US minisubmarine from a charging lithium battery • Lithium battery packs in checked baggage that burst into flames when handled by an airline agent In 2017, the FAA proposed a fine of $1.1M for improper shipping of lithium batteries, resulting in a transportation truck fire that destroyed the vehicle. Transportation Safety Consultant, Tr a c e y T h i b e a u , n o t e s t h a t i n Canada, companies improperly shipping lithium batteries can be shut down if they fail to correct a compliance issue within 30 days of a citation. Fines are also common. But above all else, companies should care about lithium battery shipping safety because of the risks to workers and the public. It’s only a matter of time, says Thibeau, before a lithium-related trucking incident makes news in Canada. Compliance is an investment that will save lives. Get better lithium TDG safety training now: Most hazards and compliance failures stem from a lack of

knowledge. Many companies and workers don’t know how to safely pack lithium batteries and choose the right mode of transportation. Danatec by Yardstick Training is raising the bar on awareness this March. The new TDG Lithium Batteries Online Training provides learners with best-in-industry online education on packaging, shipping and storing lithium batteries. Learners who complete the course will be able to: • Distinguish among various types and quantities of lithium batteries • Assess and mitigate the hazards of packaging, shipping, and storing various types and quantities of lithium batteries • Apply the correct UN number, name, hazard class, and packing group for each type of lithium battery

• R e c o g n i z e a n d a p p l y t h e regulations comprising Special Provisions and/or Exemptions • Choose appropriate reference documentation and find the required information Created by transportation industry experts, Danatec’s newest course is the smart choice for companies who know safety goes beyond reading regulations. It’s engaging, in-depth and easy-to-use. Plus, when you train with Danatec, y o u can ge t dir e ct an sw e r s to your shipping safety questions from transportation safety experts, like Thibeau, a phone call away. Our experts are what have made Danatec the most recognized and trusted name in safety education for 33 years. Get the new course at danatec. com/lithium.



New Business Development Managers


looming Prairie, Minnesota – Jason Rhoads and Tim May are Minimizer veterans that find themselves doing something new for the company these days. Rhoads and May have been promoted to the newly created position of Business Development Manager. “Jason and Tim are perfect for this new role in many ways,” Minimizer Senior Director of Sales Greg Renberg said. “They both bring plenty of sales experience, industry knowledge and

important contacts to the table.” Minimizer BDMs will focus on developing stronger fleet relationships, something the company sees as key for its long-term strategy. “Our goal is to meet the needs of fleets everywhere,” Renberg said. “What issues are they experiencing? How can we best provide a solution? These are important questions that Jason and Tim will be focused on.” While Minimizer BDMs will call directly on the fleet customers, all

sales will be facilitated through Minimizer’s exclusive distribution network, allowing fleets to have local availability on parts throughout North America.

Jason Rhoads

Tim May

Rhoads spent several years in the Minimizer Marketing Department, while May served as Mid-South Territory Manager from 2016 until his promotion. “These two have their fingers on the pulse of the trucking industry,” Renberg said. “I can’t think of anyone more qualified for this new position.” For more information or to contact a Minimizer distributor, call us at 800.248.3855 or visit our website or email us at


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By Ellen Voie

Who’s Looking Out For You?


his blog is a little more personal than most. This morning I learned that a first cousin (Rick) passed away, alone, in his apartment.  He was divorced, and his children had moved on. He was found by a colleague who was concerned. He died alone. The details are still sketchy, but it’s still a sad story. What makes this more tragic is that another one of my first cousins (Dave), on the other side of the family, passed away in the same way only a year ago. He was younger than me, but he drank heavily and made a lot of bad choices when it came to relationships. In fact, he had been separated for decades, but never made an effort to get a divorce. Yep, you got it; the ex-wife inherited everything, including the house and what little savings he had accumulated. I don’t know how long my cousin Rick, who passed away recently was dead before he was found, but I can tell you my cousin Dave, who died last year wasn’t discovered until a week later. Yes, an entire week, if not longer.  Someone decided to call the

police to do a welfare check, and they found his body. It wasn’t a pretty sight. Although I felt so sad about losing my cousin, I felt so much more remorse in the fact that no one checked on him for days! No one missed his calls, his emails or even his company! No one worried about him when he didn’t show up for work, or to stop in at his favorite pub. No one cared enough to find out how he was doing until a cop was called to check on him. How many days would it take for someone to find you?  Who is looking out for you?  Are you estranged from your family members? Have you called your children or your parents or even your siblings lately? If you died in your sleep tonight, would someone be concerned? We’ve all heard of drivers who are found slumped over the steering wheel of his or her truck….dead.  The truck stops have too many stories of checking on trucks that haven’t moved in days. Even if the driver died during the night, did someone wait by a phone to hear a call each day? Did someone become concerned when the call

A Little History BY ELLEN VOIE


arch is Women’s History Month, so I thought this blog should be about the history of the Women In Trucking Association through my experience as the founder. I am repeatedly asked the question of why I started the organization, so here is my story. First, I’ll go back many years to “set the stage. “I was one of the lucky people whose mom told me I could do anything I wanted, and there were no “girl” careers. She encouraged me when I took shop class instead of home ick (okay, home ec). I learned woodworking, welding, drafting and auto mechanics. This was in 1975, shortly after Title IX of the federal civil rights act was adopted to create a level playing field in education for girls as well as boys.  Until then, girls studied home economics, and boys took shop class. Girls were finally able to play basketball, volleyball and track and field in my small high school. When

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the boys got new uniforms, so did the girls, which was unheard of in those days, as most teams gave the girls the stinky old jersey’s from the boys’ teams after they received new ones. No longer! Shop class was so much fun, and my instructor insisted I was the best welder he’d ever had! I loved the auto mechanics lessons, and when I wanted to use the family car, I disconnected the distributor cap so my older brother couldn’t get it started! These were more valuable to me than cooking, baking or cleaning! In 1978 I was hired at a steel fabricating plant in central Wisconsin where I worked in the drafting department, designing material handling equipment, such as steel pallets, bins, and racking. It was fun, but not very exciting. In 1979, my mom passed away, and I was ready to move on, but my bosses asked if I wanted to transfer into the CONTINUED ON PAGE 23 >>

wasn’t made? My dad was a very independent man and insisted on living in his home as long as possible. For Christmas one year we (my siblings and I) bought him a new recliner. I told him that my biggest fear, but my biggest hope, would be that I walk in one day and find him lifeless in his recliner. That may sound a little cold, but you need to understand that my father and his father, as well as my uncles, were all undertakers. We talked about death easily and we’d all been assigned our cemetery plots since we were children.  We’d hang out with dad at the funeral home after school.  Dead bodies didn’t bother us.  My parents just reassured us that the bodies were left behind and the person didn’t need it anymore because the soul has left it. I was pretty close to my dad, and if I didn’t call him or email him consistently, I would stop in and check on

him. One day, he didn’t arrive for lunch with some friends.  I tried calling, to no avail, so I got the keys and drove the 25 miles to his house. A neighbor happened to be out getting his mail, so I asked him to walk in the house with me. The TV was blaring, but my dad didn’t answer the door, so we entered. We found him in his new recliner. He had died during the night. The coroner estimated that he’d been dead 16 hours. Less than a day. How long would it take for someone to find your body? Maybe it’s time to set up a check-in schedule, not only for you but for your parents, friends, children and other family members.  If you passed away tonight, would someone wonder about you and try to find you? It’s a new year and time to make some changes, so if you haven’t checked on those who are dear to you, do it now. Who’s looking out for you?


Business Insurance Matters

By Linda Colgan

Evolution of Trucking 2019


echnology has taken over much of the world, including transportation. ECM downloads can predict the activity of engines, refrigerated trailers speak to the language of temperature variations from pick up to delivery, satellite tracking provide real time delivery of location, movement of vehicles, technology is improving lane assistance awareness while dash cams record a multitude of information both while in motion and while stable. The future dictates that technology will become more refined and defined both with equipment and the ability to accept and transport freight with more knowledge than ever before. As easy as technology makes it easy to communicate and transact business, it certainly has its pitfalls. Technology translates into more money, more money to purchase the equipment as well as inflating the cost to repair both at the shop and at the roadside. Just a question – will freight rates keep up with the rising costs of

equipment, claims and repairs? They should as it makes sense but in reality I fear the true answer. What about technology as it relates to operations? What about public profiles both with the MTO and the FMCSA? The public has a calico of information at their fingertips by inserting a name and a click of a button. Especially when enquiring plaintiff counsels want to scrimmage to divulge disparaging information on a carrier. Diligence if ever before is needed to ensure that infractions are combatted and checks on a monthly basis to protect the integrity of the company profile. Many times the MTO / FMCSA will record inaccurate information on a carrier’s profile. It is difficult six months down the road to attempt to remove this information from a SMS or CVOR report. Sometimes, it can affect insurance consideration or rating. It is far too late at renewal time to start to clean up incorrect information so the suggestion to keep monthly awareness of the public reports should not be cast aside.

As we finish of the first quarter of 2019 it’s a chance to reflect on the New Year. The New Year of many changes. Elog technology for cross border drivers has been the education curve during the past couple years but now elog lies on the horizon for Canadian carriers. When is the good time to start investing and educating? Certainly not at the last minute. There is an adaptation period to transition from paper to technology. Start embracing the process now, reach out and gather the feedback from current users. More importantly we will see the immediate future dictate that dash cams and other technology be a part of our everyday lives in transportation. In addition on many levels there will be a focus on how the Carrier educates and trains their driver force. It always has been an expectation but the ease of technology will deny any excuse for not enforcing continual education for drivers, regardless of their tenure with a company. Online training is a great resource. Remedial

training both theory and commentary will be necessary to refine skills that are forgotten or merely to capitalize on a refresher course. Being a driver is a profession. Education is needed to update skills and techniques and it needs to be documented. If it isn’t documented, it cannot be proven that it happened. Another thought, would one have confidence in a surgeon who graduated twenty years ago and never updated or upgraded any knowledge, skills or techniques? I for one would be extremely cautious and seeking an alternative. Technology has been great in many ways, cumbersome to adapt at times but it is how life is now and in the future. Hang on 2019 we are ready for you and here we come! Linda Colgan has been an Insurance Broker in the transportation industry since 1986 and is Senior Account Executive with Bryson & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd. Contact Linda at 416.809.3103 or email Linda at lcolgan@



Premier Ford Goes to Bat for Trucking Industry over Carbon Tax


remier Doug Ford, along with Minister of Environment, Rod Phillips, sent a strong message of support and concern to the Ontario trucking industry today regarding rising fuel prices as a result of the carbon tax set to come into effect April 1. The event, which was attended by several Ontario Trucking Association executive members and staff, took place at Challenger Motor Freight in Cambridge, Ontario. “The trucking industry is dominated by small businesses and competes on very tight margins, with operating ratios in the 0.94 range or higher. Consequently, the Government of Ontario is correct in its belief the trucking industry will face challenges in absorbing rising fuel costs and going forward this issue will be a major point of discussion between carriers and their customers,” said OTA President Stephen Laskowski.

Based on the proposed carbon tax schedule, even if the wholesale price of diesel were to remain flat over the next four years, the cost of diesel fuel would still increase 18 percent by 2022 through the carbon tax alone. Recently, a number of Fortune 500 companies have made public statements regarding the impact of rising truck transportation costs and the correlation to rising prices of consumer goods. “OTA appreciates Premier Ford’s commitment to keeping Ontario open for businesses and reducing unnecessary red tape,” said OTA Chair David Carruth. “As an industry we look forward to continue working with the Government of Ontario to ensure our businesses remain competitive,” added Carruth. OTA also pointed out the trucking industry remains the only freight mode to use equipment regulated for

carbon reduction by Environment Canada. OTA will continue to work with the Canadian Trucking Alliance in Ottawa to convince officials that if the carbon tax is to remain, its rev-

enues must flow back to the trucking industry in the form of an incentive program aimed at supporting purchases of new, environmental equipment and technology.


OTA Members in image: Kevin Berry, Mark Bylsma, Ron and Rolly Uloth, Rob McDonald, Dan and Dave Einwechter, Jeff Hall, Jim Peeples, Brian Taylor, Stephen Laskowski, Jon Blackham, Geoff Wood, Minister of Environment Rod Phillips, Premier Doug Ford, MPP Mike Harris, MPP Belinda Karahalios and MPP Amy Fee. April 2019   11

VOCATIONAL PRODUCTS & SERVICES DIRECTORY The Products & Services Directory is your direct route to professional companies serving the Trucking Industry across Canada. Include your company in the directory by contacting Barb Woodward by phone at 877.225.2232 ext 302 or email at Visit us online at ACCOUNTING, TAX & BOOKKEEPING


ACCOUNT & RECORDS MANAGEMENT Bookkeeping For Your Business & Personal Finances Toll Free: 905.767.5458


FLO COMPONENTS LTD. “For Total Lube Solutions, Go With the FLO!”

50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Tel: 905.671.2355 Fax: 905.671.2358

ITR CANADA INC. Canadian consulting and training resource company, committed to providing exceptional products and services to the transportation industry, specializing in D.O.T. drug and alcohol compliance. 490 McGeachie Drive Milton, ON L9T 3Y5 Toll Free: 888.812.0099 Tel: 905.693.0660 Fax: 905.693.0332



IMVR – IRIS “Enhancing Proformance in Virtual Reality” 4654 Ontario Street Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4 Toll Free: 855.224.iMVR (4687) Tel: 289.260.2820


KEE HUMAN RESOURCES “Your Goals Are Our Priority.” 6950 Kenderry Gate Mississauga, ON L5T 2S7 Toll Free: 877.670.3426 Tel: 905.670.3426 Fax: 905.670.3436


Components by: A & A EXHAUST SYSTEMS

••• S.E.T.I. Inc. Service, Experience, Technology, Innovation! 5314 Trafalgar Road Milton, ON L9E 0Y8 Tel: 905.878.7161 or

A one-stop total exhaust and emission solution provider. Our products, services and manufacturing abilities enable us to provide our customers with the highest standards in exhaust parts and services. 480 Grays Road, Hamilton, ON L8E 2Z4 Toll Free: 800.461.2495 Tel: 905.578.4303 Fax: 905.578.4381



EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION LTD. A trucking company based in Grimsby, Ontario that specializes in the movement of oversize and overweight loads. We have an extensive line of heavy haul equipment including flatbeds, step-decks, double drops, floats, mini-decks, extendable trailers, steering dollies and multiaxle transporters with capacities up to 80 tons. 263 South Service Road Grimsby, ON L3M 1Y6 Toll Free: 800.263.0240 Tel: 905.945.9654 Fax: 905.945.4151

CROSS BORDER SERVICES CTPAT, FAST, PIP TTP, AEO, CSA, SCAC, MC, DOT, CVOR, NEXUS, Bonding, Training Programs & Seminars, for ALL Business Types. 1450 Headon Road, PO Box 93005 Burlington, ON L7M 4A3 Tel: 905.973.9136 Alt Tel: 289.337.9134 Contact: Dawn Truell, BSc Psych, BBA

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ACCUTRAC CAPITAL SOLUTIONS INC. “Accutrac provides cash flow solutions structured specifically for the freight and trucking industry. We’ve made factoring easy to understand and affordable with one low cost, all in. Qualification is easy and funding is available same day.” 174 West Street South, 2nd Floor Orillia, ON L3V 6L4 Toll Free: 866.531.2615 Toll Free Fax: 866.531.2651






The Anti-Idling Experts 43 Crowe Bay Heights, RR 2 Campbellford, ON K0L 1L0 Tel: 705.653.2403 Fax: 705.653.5560

THE ROSEDALE GROUP “As a transportation and warehousing service provider since 1969, The Rosedale Group, has a proud history of meeting the industry-specific requirements of our customers. We, as a company, have a fundamental belief that our people make the difference in how we consistently deliver total customer satisfaction.” 6845 Invader Crescent Mississauga, ON L5T 2B7 Toll Free: 855.721.3962 Tel: 905.670.0057 Fax: 844.314.5953 or


“Over 35 years of Driveshaft Manufacturing Expertise”



EDMONTON 14715-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8826 Tel: 780.453.5105 Fax: 780.452.3555 NEW BRUNSWICK

MONCTON #6, 191 Henri Dunant Street Moncton, NB E1E 1E4 Toll Free: 833.500.7287 Tel: 506.855.7446 Fax: 506.859.4327 ONTARIO

MISSISSAUGA #1, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 877.438.3155 Tel: 905.564.3155 Fax: 905.564.3166

INTERNATIONAL TRUCKLOAD SERVICES INC. 107 Bellevue Drive, Box 1450 Belleville, ON K8N 5J1 Toll Free: 800.267.1888 Tel: 613.961.5144 Fax: 613.961.1255 or 888.485.6487 English or Punjabi Call Monty at 800.267.1888 or 613.961.5144 extn 123


315 Matheson Blvd. East Mississauga, ON L4Z 1X8 Toll Free: 800.263.0664 Tel: 905.501.5000 Fax: 905.501.0395 WESTERN CANADA

1-141 Commercial Drive Calgary, AB T3Z 2A7 Tel: 587.483.2630 Fax: 800.939.2305 EASTERN CANADA

6600 route Transcanadienne bureau 610 Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 4S2 Toll Free: 888.694.8721 Fax: 514.694.4411


SIEMENS TRANSPORTATION GROUP INC. Siemens Transportation Group Inc. spans across North America. As an international, family-owned operation, it encompasses specialized transportation companies for a total supply chain solution. These companies range from international Truckload, Less Than Truckload service, International Flat Deck service, Ground Courier service and Warehouse Distribution service P.O. Box 7290 Saskatoon, SK S7K 4J2 Toll Free: 888.878.9585 Fax: 306.668.5849

LIQUID CAPITAL MIDWEST CORP. “Others Promise… We Deliver” White Glove Service and Industry Expertise. Sameday funding, including weekends. Customized competitive rates. 176 Seacliff Drive West Leamington, ON N8H 3Y5 Toll Free: 877.653.9426 Tel: 519.419.5044 Fax: 855.295.6605





MULTI-LINE FASTENER SUPPLY COMPANY LTD. “Serving fastener needs for Industrial, Automotive & Maintenance Trades.” 1100 Courtney Park Dr. E., Unit 5 Mississauga, ON L5T 1L7 Tel: 905.677.5088 Fax: 905.677.4917


BRYSON & ASSOCIATES INSURANCE BROKERS LTD. “It’s not what you pay. It’s what you get for what you pay. Transportation, Logistics, Cargo, Fleet Safety Management Services & Bonds.” Toll Free: 800.661.5196 Tel: 905.426.8787 Fax: 905.426.4959


730 PERMIT SERVICES INC. A Division of Disa Permits Canada Company ULC Established in 1992, our experts have detailed knowledge of the filing systems for permits, accounting and audits. BROCKVILLE 1245 California Avenue, Unit B Brockville, ON K6V 7N5 Toll Free: 800.410.4754 Tel: 613.657.1244

FLO COMPONENTS LTD. Grease & oil pumps, hose reels, meters, control valves – all the necessary components to safely store, dispense and track your service shop’s bulk fluids. 50 Admiral Blvd. Mississauga, ON L5T 2W1 Toll Free: 800.668.5458 Tel: 905.671.2355 Fax: 905.671.2358 Components by:

Fax: 613.657.1453

BENNETTS POWER SERVICE PRODUCTS P. O. Box 51016, RPO Tyndall Park Winnipeg, MB R2X 3C6 Toll Free: 877.778.4440 Tel: 204.694.1777 Fax: 204.633.0133




What you want to protect the most.

Woodstock, ON N4S 0A9

We protect the best! 818 Victoria Street North Kitchener, ON N2B 1C3 Toll Free: 800.265.2634 Tel: 519.579.4270 Fax: 519.741.1977 or

Tel: 519.537.8658

535 Mill Street


Fax: 519.537.7956



“Service Across Ontario” 24 Hour Heavy Towing


ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER CANADA LIMITED Package policies for both local and long haul fleets. Our team of transportation specialists have in-depth industry knowledge and extensive experience designing and implementing programs to fit our clients’ needs.

Transportation Insurance Broker/Advisor™ 2375 Skymark Avenue Mississauga, ON L4W 4Y6 Toll Free: 877.232.9996 Tel: 416.240.5695 Fax: 416.259.7178


120 South Town Centre Blvd.

Tel: 905.479.6670 Markham: London:



Toronto, ON M4M 1H8 Toll Free: 800.263.3030 Tel: 416.778.8000 Fax: 416.778.4492


Celebrating 19 Years in Business! Our team is very well known for their MTO & DOT Audit Support, Authorities, IRP, Fuel & Mileage Taxes, Drug & Alcohol Testing Center 4654 Ontario Street


Beamsville, ON L0R 1B4

Proud distributors of Lode-King, Midland Manufacturing, Landoll and more.

Tel: 905.563.1010



One of Canada’s leading Trucking Insurance and Risk Services Brokers, specializing in coverage for local and long-haul fleets and owner-operators. Check out our website to learn more about how we can help you today! 538 Main Street, Unit 1 Hartland, NB E7P 2N5 Toll Free: 800.267.8006 Tel: 506.375.7500 Fax: 506.375.4232

Serving the Transportation industry since 1989.


1295 Crois Carol Laval, QC H7W 1G3 Toll Free: 866.927.8294 Tel: 450.687.8294 Fax: 450.687.6963

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M.T.T. REPAIR SERVICES INC. M.T.T. Repair Services Inc. is a family owned and operated business that has been providing quality repairs and services since 1975.


At Baird MacGregor you are under our shield of protection. We are known throughout the business community for our commitment to acountabilty, consistency, innovation and excellence in all that we do. We have specialized in providing cost-effective insurance and unique risk management solutions since 1979. 825 Queen Street East



Markham, ON L6G 1C3 Toll Free: 800.267.6670

Toll Free: 888.667.5438 Tel: 416.398.9474

KROWN CORPORATE “Krown offers a superior line of rust inhibiting products and body maintenance programs to help keep your trucks on the road.” VULCAN ON-BOARD SCALES

35 Magnum Drive

On-board weighing systems for the trucking industry. 1765 Springfield Road, Unit 106 Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V5 Toll Free: 800.663.0854 Tel: 604.944.1481 Fax: 604.944.1482

Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0 Toll Free: 800.267.5744 Tel: 905.939.8750 Fax: 905.939.8710

We operate out of a 14,000 square foot building with eleven bays including a truck and trailer paint bay and two sandblasting bays. M.T.T. Repair Services currently employs trailer mechanics, welders, body men and painters. We are also an accredited vehicle inspection station that allows us to conduct annual safety inspections to all of your trailers. 1868 Drew Road Mississauga, ON L5S 1J6 Tel: 905.677.2771 Fax: 905.677.2774

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Traction locations on page 16



CALGARY FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 5350-72nd Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 4X5 Toll Free: 800.661.3126 Tel: 403.236.9712 Fax: 403.236.7249 EDMONTON FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 16230-118th Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T5V 1C6 Toll Free: 800.663.9366 Tel: 780.447.4422 Fax: 780.447.3289 GRANDE PRAIRIE FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 10610-82nd Avenue Clairmont, AB T8X 5G9 Toll Free: 866.424.5479 Tel: 780.402.9864 Fax: 780.402.8659 LLOYDMINSTER FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 5701-63rd Avenue Lloydminster, AB T9V 3B8 Toll Free: 800.661.9709 Tel: 780.875.9115 Fax: 780.875.1403 RED DEER FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 170 Queens Drive Red Deer, AB T4P 0R5 Toll Free: 866.297.0022 Tel: 403.343.1383 Fax: 403.347.8275 MANITOBA


1440 Highland Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A7 Toll Free: 866.883.6120 Tel: 204.571.5980 Fax: 204.571.5982 WINNIPEG FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 2525 Inkster Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R2R 2Y4 Toll Free: 800.282.8044 Tel: 204.632.8261 Fax: 204.956.1786 ONTARIO

MISSISSAUGA FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 731 Gana Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1P2 Toll Free: 888.456.6567 Tel: 905.564.5404 Fax: 905.564.8455

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SUDBURY FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES C-112 Fielding Road Lively, ON P3Y 1L5 Toll Free: 866.328.7725 Tel: 705.222.1042 THUNDER BAY FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES 915 Walsh Street West Thunder Bay, ON P7E 4X5 Toll Free: 800.465.5044 Tel: 807.577.5724 Fax: 807.475.9033 SASKATCHEWAN


Fort Garry Industries 1523 Ross Avenue East Regina, SK S4N 7E5 Toll Free: 800.552.8044 Tel: 306.757.5606 Fax: 306.781.7926 SASKATOON

Fort Garry Industries 3426 Faithfull Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 8H1 Toll Free: 800.772.4599 Tel: 306.242.3465 Fax: 306.933.4850



“Your Complete Transportation Business Partner”

Providing “drive-away” and tow-a-way services to the class 6, 7 and 8 truck markets, in both Canada and the United States. 1625 Stone Church Road East Hamilton, ON L8W 3Y5 Toll Free: 866.378.7827 Tel: 289.960.0759

4049 Eastgate Cres. London, ON N6L 1B7 Toll Free: 800.363.4380 Tel: 519.652.2100 Fax: 519.652.6593



LOUNSBURY HEAVY-DUTY TRUCK CENTRE FORT GARRY INDUSTRIES Sales and NSM certified installation of snow plows, sanders, mixers, dump bodies and more.


Truck Sales, Parts, Service, Body Shop Repairs, Radiator Sales & Recore along with the latest in Hunter Alignment Technology for all makes and models. Two locations in New Brunswick to serve you. MONCTON 725 St. George Blvd. Moncton, NB E1E 2C2 Toll Free: 800.561.7782 Tel: 506.857.4345 • Fax: 506.857.4346 FREDERICTON

A & A EXHAUST SYSTEMS A one-stop total exhaust and emission solution provider. Our products, services and manufacturing abilities enable us to provide our customers with the highest standards in exhaust parts and services. 480 Grays Road, Hamilton, ON L8E 2Z4 Toll Free: 800.461.2495 Tel: 905.578.4303 Fax: 905.578.4381

14 Millennium Drive Fredericton NB E3C 2N8 Toll Free: 888.339.7344 Tel: 506.459.1204 • Fax: 506.454.1376



MINIMIZER Minimizer has been in business for over 30 years. If it’s on/in a heavy duty truck and can be made of polymers, Minimizer is the brand most trusted.We have the only lifetime guarantee in the industry with products proven where it matters most – on trucks & trailers. 500 Minimizer Way S.E. Blooming Prairie, MN 55917 Toll Free: 800.248.3855 Tel: 507.583.2112 Fax: 507.583.7540

Texis Truck Exhaust “Diesel Performance Specialists” 1850 Gage Court Mississauga, ON L5S 1S2 Toll Free: 800.267.4740 Tel: 905.795.2838 Fax: 905.678.3030


Allied Transmissions Ltd. is an authorized Allison dealer who is committed to providing the highest standard of service. 235149 Ryan Road S.E. Calgary, AB T1X 0K1 Toll Free: 888.232.2203 Tel: 403.279.9505 • Fax: 403.279.7362

Authorized Allison Dealer



QUALITY COLLISION CENTRE Quality Collision Centre has been providing superior collision & body work for heavy trucks, trailers & cars since 1979. When you bring your vehicle in to Quality Collision Centre, you can be assured of timely turnaround, expert repairs & complete satisfaction. 12 Clarke Blvd., Brampton, ON L6W 1X3 Tel: 905.451.8550 Fax: 905.451.7627

Since 1982 we have been a one stop exhaust shop for the trucking industry as well as the heavy duty exhaust needs of industrial, farming, manufacturers and mining industry. We have been helping fleets, owner-operators, brokers, truck repair facilities, municipalities and manufactures get their equipment up and running and their trucks back on the road with minimal down time. 1365 Bonhill Road Mississauga, ON L6T 1M1 Toll Free: 800.385.8801 Tel: 905.670.0100 Fax: 905.670.8128

C & R TRANSMISSION SERVICE LTD. Your Complete Driveline Service Center. Authorized Allison Overhaul & Maintenance Dealer. Large Inventory of the Most Popular Clutches, Transmissions & Differentials. Factory-Trained Rebuilders & 9 Service Bays. 13 Anderson Blvd. Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4 Toll Free: 888.297.0682 Tel: 905.642.4556 Fax: 905.642.2293





CALGARY 7170 Blackfoot Trail SE Calgary, AB T2H 2M1 Toll Free: 800.661.1378 Tel: 403.252.3880 Fax: 403.252.6308 EDMONTON 14811-116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5M 3E8 Toll Free: 800.661.8825 Tel: 780.452.6933 Fax: 780.455.8612

MISSISSAUGA #3, 7337 Pacific Circle Mississauga, ON L5T 1V1 Toll Free: 844.564.8998 Tel: 905.564.8998 Fax: 905.564.6284 www.gearcentre.


MONCTON Unit 5, 191 Henri Dunant Street Moncton, NB E1E 1E4 Toll Free: 844.701.GEAR (4327) Tel: 506.855.GEAR (4327) Fax: 506.859.GEAR (4327)


Servicing Truck, RV, Oilfield, Highway, Bus, Construction Automatic & Powershift Transmissions as well as Chelsea PTO Sales & Service Specializing in parts and service for the Allison Transmission. Over 15+ years of Service Excellence in Western Canada & Abroad. RR 1, Site 1, Box 9 27312 – 84, Twp 394 Aspelund Industrial Park Blackfalds, AB TOM 0J0 Toll Free: 877.321.7732 (SPEC) Tel: 403.885.5566 Fax: 403.885.2556



A Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

B Behind the Wheel Transportation Services Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Eastern Bennetts Power Service Products Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,10 Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern

C C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

D Danatec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Dieter’s Metal Fabricating Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 DMR Truck Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Eastern

E Empire Transportation Services Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Eastern

G The Gear Centre Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

I iMVR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Eastern

J J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3

K Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Eastern

M Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

P Private Motor Truck Council of Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Eastern

T Talbert Manufacturing, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Texis Truck Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern The Gear Centre Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 23 Traction Truck Parts & TruckPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Triangle Freight Services Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Western


AWASH (ECOWASH) SYSTEMS CORP. Portable Automated Truck Wash Systems including Battery & Electric versions, customized to your requirements. We are the OEM. CANADA

19 Community Avenue Hamilton, ON L8E 2X9 U.S.A.

6405 Inducon Drive East Sanborn, NY, USA 14132 Toll Free: 800.265.7405 Tel: 905.662.2662 Fax: 888.407.9498


COMPASS VEHICLE DELIVERY INC. All types of vehicles delivered across Canada. We specialize in fleet relocation. P.O. Box 265 Stn. Main 4-996 County Road 40 Trenton, ON K8V 5R5 Tel: 613.392.9676 Fax: 613.392.8730




CONFERENCES Private Motor Truck Council of Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Eastern DRIVER ENHANCING VR SOFTWARE iMVR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Behind the Wheel Transportation Services Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Eastern DMR Truck Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Eastern Empire Transportation Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Eastern International Truckload Services Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Eastern Kindersley Transport Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Eastern The Rosedale Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 23 Triangle Freight Services Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Western FACTORING & FINANCE Accutrac Capital Solutions Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 J D Factors Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3 FUEL ADDITIVES Bennetts Power Service Products Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 10 INSURANCE BROKERS Bryson & Assoc. Insurance Brokers Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern PERMITS & WAIVERS C.U.T.C. Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 SAFETY TRAINING Danatec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 TOWING Abrams Towing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRAILER MANUFACTURERS Talbert Manufacturing, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 TRUCK & TRAILER REPAIRS TruckPro. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK ACCESSORIES Dieter’s Metal Fabricating Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Minimizer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Traction Truck Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK EXHAUST SALES & SERVICE Texis Truck Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Eastern TRUCK & TRAILER PARTS & ACCESSORIES Traction Truck Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 TRUCK TRANSMISSIONS The Gear Centre Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 April 2019   15

Traction Locations







BONNYVILLE TRACTION BONNYVILLE Northern Truck & Industrial 6201-C 50th Avenue Bonnyville, AB T9N 2L9 Tel: 780.826.5855 BROOKS TRACTION BROOKS NAPA Auto Parts 99 - 7th Street East Brooks, AB T1R 1C1 Tel: 403.501.5551 CALGARY TRACTION CALGARY 7404 44th Street SE Calgary, AB T2C 3G7 Tel: 403.279.2870 DRAYTON VALLEY TRACTION DRAYTON VALLEY Drayton Valley Auto Parts Ltd. 3347 - 50th Street Drayton Valley, AB T7A 0C6 Tel: 780.542.6881 EDMONTON TRACTION HEAD OFFICE 18532 - 116th Avenue Edmonton, AB T5S 2W8 Tel: 780.489.7555 EDMONTON NORTH WEST TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 18051 - 111th Ave. North West Edmonton NW, AB T5S 2P2 Tel: 780.444.4334 EDMONTON SOUTH TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 3404 - 78th Avenue Edmonton South, AB T6B 2X9 Tel: 800.252.7992 EDSON TRACTION EDSON NAPA Auto Parts 4833 - 2nd Avenue Edson, AB T7E 1T8 Tel: 780.712.4152 FAIRVIEW TRACTION FAIRVIEW Fairview Automotive & Industrial Supplies 11019 - 101st Avenue Fairview AB T0H 1L0 Tel: 780.835.4971

FORT MCMURRAY TRACTION FORT MCMURRAY Paramount Parts Inc. 10218 King Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1X9 Tel: 780.791.3000 GRANDE PRAIRIE TRACTION GRANDE PRAIRIE Bradvin HD Inc. 16101 - 101st Street, Unit 4 Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0P2 Tel: 780.538.3038 HIGH PRAIRIE TRACTION HIGH PRAIRIE High Prairie Truck & Trailer Ltd. 5309 - 53rd Av., Hwy 2 West High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0 Tel: 780.523.4777 HINTON TRACTION HINTON NAPA Auto Parts 120 North Street Hinton, AB T7V 1S8 Tel: 780.865.8800 LA CRETE TRACTION LA CRETE Schellenberg Heavy Equipment 10704 99th Street La Crete, AB T0H 2H0 Tel: 780.928.3406 LLOYDMINSTER TRACTION LLOYDMINSTER Truck Zone Inc. 5205 - 65th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E8 Tel: 780.875.7712 MEDICINE HAT TRACTION MEDICINE HAT Hydraco Industries Ltd. 2111 - 9th Avenue South West Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G8 Tel: 403.526.2244 PEACE RIVER TRACTION PEACE RIVER Peace Truck & Trailer Ltd. 9103 - 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655 RED DEER TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 8045 Edgar Industrial Cr. Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.342.7884

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE TRACTION ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE NAPA Auto Parts 4528F - 47th Avenue Rocky Mtn House, AB T4T 0A9 Tel: 403.845.2709 WABASCA TRACTION WABASCA Pelican Automotive 2330 Pelican Business Park Wabasca, AB T0G 2A0 Tel: 780.891.3600 WHITECOURT TRACTION WHITECOURT KW Mechanical Ltd. 4004 - 41st Avenue Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N4 Tel: 780.706.2252

FORT NELSON TRACTION FORT NELSON NAPA Auto Parts 5320 - 49th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.2783 KAMLOOPS TRACTION KAMLOOPS Premium Truck & Trailer 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100 KELOWNA TRACTION KELOWNA Central Valley Truck Service 105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738 PORT MCNEILL TRACTION PORT MCNEILL North Island Pacific Parts 470 Pioneer Hill Drive Port McNeill, BC V0N 2R0 Tel: 250.956.4401 PRINCE GEORGE TRACTION PRINCE GEORGE NAPA Auto Parts 564 - 2nd Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 2Z9 Tel: 250.563.7778 QUESNEL TRACTION QUESNEL NAPA Auto Parts 1185 Hwy 97 North Quesnel, BC V2J 2Y3 Tel: 250.991.0650 SIDNEY TRACTION SIDNEY PM Industries 1785 Mills Road Sidney, BC V8L 5S9 Tel: 250.656.1689 SMITHERS TRACTION SMITHERS Smithers Parts & Service 3465 Victoria Drive Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250.847.4287 SQUAMISH TRACTION SQUAMISH Triton Auto & Industrial Ltd. 1003 Industrial Way Squamish, BC V0N 3G0 Tel: 604.892.5951 SURREY TRACTION SURREY Trailine Trailer Parts Ltd. 10304 - 120th Street Surrey, BC V3V 4G1 Tel: 604.582.4888

TERRACE TRACTION TERRACE BOW VALLEY MACHINE 5107 Keith Avenue Terrace, BC V8G 1K8 Tel: 250.638.0099 VANDERHOOF TRACTION VANDERHOOF P & H Supplies Ltd. 279 1st Street East Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0 Tel: 250.567.9266 WILLIAMS LAKE TRACTION WILLIAMS LAKE W.L. Forestry Supplies Ltd. 675 North Mackenzie Avenue Williams Lake, BC V2G 1N9 Tel: 250.392.6699

NIPAWIN TRACTION NIPAWIN NAPA Auto Parts 811 Nipawin Road East Nipawin, SK S0E 1E0 Tel: 306.862.9881 PRINCE ALBERT TRACTION PRINCE ALBERT Unified Auto Parts Inc. 365-36th Street West Prince Albert, SK S6V 7L4 Tel: 306.764.4220 REGINA TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 405 Park Street Regina, SK S4N 5B2 Tel: 800.667.9856 SASKATOON TRACTION SASKATOON NAPA Auto Parts 2815 Faithfull Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 8E8 Tel: 306.244.9877 SWIFT CURRENT TRACTION SWIFT CURRENT Swift Current Brake & Drive Ltd. 1511 Cheadle Street West Swift Current, SK S9H 5G4 Tel: 306.773.7293 TISDALE TRACTION TISDALE Unified Auto Parts Inc. 911 101st Avenue Tisdale, SK S0E 1T0 Tel: 306.873.2131 WEYBURN TRACTION WEYBURN Southern Industrial & Truck Ltd. 300 Hwy 13, South Service Road Crossroads Industrial Park Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422 YORKTON TRACTION YORKTON 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2W7 Tel: 306.782.4313


and visibility of operations. The dispatch function allows trucks to be monitored, in real time, for their location, load status, availability. Dispatchers can efficiently expedite deliveries by matching the nearest available truck to a pick-up location and send the information to the driver’s onboard computing system. Key delivery details transmitted electronically eliminate the time wasted on potentially dangerous cell conversations. Management systems, particularly idling and driving reporting tools, have been confirmed to save thousands of 16    April 2019

BRITISH COLUMBIA 100 MILE HOUSE TRACTION 100 MILE HOUSE Total Parts Express Ltd. 260 Exeter Road 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0 Tel: 250.395.2277 ABBOTSFORD TRACTION ABBOTSFORD Truckpart Abbotsford 31107 Peardonville Road, Bay 11 Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6T9 Tel: 604.746.9660 BURNS LAKE TRACTION BURNS LAKE Polar Park Automotive 831 Hwy 16 West Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 Tel: 250.692.7501 CHETWYND TRACTION CHETWYND Gear-O-Rama Supply 4876 North Access Road Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Tel: 250.788.2255 CHILLIWACK TRACTION CHILLIWACK Lickman Truck & Trailer Parts & Services Ltd. 43915 Industrial Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 3A4 Tel: 604.793.9660 COURTENAY TRACTION COURTENAY Taurus Heavy Duty Ventures 2703A Kilpatrick Avenue Courtenay, BC V9N 6P4 Tel: 250.871.1191

dollars per truck annually. Whether fleet management services are farmed out or managed in house, the software provider should be able to offer key features in their service package. All data should be fully integrated so that information is not siloed and all aspects of company operations are easily accessible. The software should be easy to use and provide visual images to allow for easy analysis of information vis-à-vis effective visual cues. The software should also be reliable and provide optimal uptime functionality, meaning few downtime glitches. Important to most companies is a system that is scalable to current

MANITOBA BRANDON TRACTION BRANDON NAPA Auto Parts 1940 Queen’s Avenue Brandon, MB R7B 0T1 Tel: 204.727.4850 WINNIPEG TRACTION HEAVY DUTY PARTS 200 Oak Point Highway Winnipeg, MB R2R 1V1 Tel: 888.320.5505 N. W. TERRITORIES YELLOWKNIFE TRACTION YELLOWKNIFE NAPA Auto Parts 114 - 314 Old Airport Road Yellowknife, NT X1A 3T2 Tel: 867.669.6272 SASKATCHEWAN MEADOW LAKE TRACTION MEADOW LAKE Unified Auto Parts Inc. 807 - 1st Avenue West Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y4 Tel: 306.236.4800 MELFORT TRACTION MELFORT Unified Auto Parts Inc. 990 Hwy 6 South Melfort, SK S0E 1A0 Tel: 306.752.9308 MOOSE JAW TRACTION MOOSE JAW Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402

needs and future ones as fortunes change, hopefully for the better. For example, load tracking may not be a current requirement, but may be so in years ahead. Similarly, parts inventory may not be an issue today but will be when fleet size doubles. A modular approach of many systems, therefore, enables clients to build their solutions packages in tandem with company growth. Also key to an effective fleet management software package are mobility features. Being able to access and update information from anywhere, particularly in an industry which by its very nature is mobile, should be a deal maker.

YUKON WHITEHORSE TRACTION WHITEHORSE Pacesetter Trading Company Ltd. 126 Industrial Road Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2T9 Tel: 867.393.3902

This is especially important for drivers who need to make their nondriving duties as convenient and efficient as possible - namely vehicle inspections. Using smart phones for inspection reports can save time for drivers by entering information into preset categories rather than manually writing reports every time. Drivers can also add photos of potential problem areas along with explanations. Fleet managements solutions offer effective tools to measure route optimization, driver analysis, safety, and expense control, just some of the benefits available from the right fleet management providers.


TruckPro Locations







ACHESON TRUCKPRO ACHESON Silver Mechanical Services [2013] Ltd. 26724 Acheson Road Acheson, AB T7X 6B2 Tel: 780.962.8030 BROOKS TRUCKPRO BROOKS Hopf Mechanical & Hydraulics 660 Aquaduct Drive Brooks, AB T1R 1C5 Tel: 403.501.0190 CALGARY TRUCKPRO CALGARY (14A Street) Alberta Auto & Truck Repair Inc. 4150-B 14A Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 3L3 Tel: 403.543.1000 CALGARY TRUCKPRO CALGARY Calgary Heavy Truck & Collision 7404 44th Street SE Calgary, AB T2C 3G7 Tel: 403.287.6888 DRUMHELLER TRUCKPRO DRUMHELLER Drum Diesel 901 South Railway Ave., Bay 13 Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 Tel: 403.823.7966 EDMONTON NORTH WEST TRUCKPRO EDMONTON NW Truck Zone Inc. 15816 - 111th Ave. North West Edmonton, AB T5M 2R8 Tel: 780.451.0225

FORT MACLEOD TRUCKPRO FORT MACLEOD MoBoot’s Ag Mechanics Ltd. 112 - 12th Street Fort MacLeod, AB T0L 0Z0 Tel: 403.795.2645 FORT SASKATCHEWAN TRUCKPRO FORT SASKATCHEWAN Cart Construction Inc. 11401 - 85th Avenue, Unit #11 Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0A9 Tel: 780.998.5028 GRANDE PRAIRIE TRUCKPRO GRANDE PRAIRIE Bradvin Trailer Sales Ltd. 10920 - 87th Avenue Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8K4 Tel: 780.539.6260 LA CRETE TRUCKPRO LA CRETE Schellenberg Heavy Equipment 10704 - 99th Street La Crete, AB T0H 2H0 Tel: 780.928.3406 LLOYDMINSTER TRUCKPRO LLOYDMINSTER TRUCK ZONE INC. 5205 - 65th Street Lloydminster, AB T9V 2E8 Tel: 780.875.7712 MEDICINE HAT TRUCKPRO MEDICINE HAT Hydraco Industries Ltd. 2111 - 9th Avenue SW Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7G8 Tel: 403.526.2244 PEACE RIVER TRUCKPRO PEACE RIVER Peace Truck & Trailer Ltd. 9103 - 75th Street Peace River, AB T8S 1T2 Tel: 780.624.8655

RED DEER TRUCKPRO RED DEER Central Alberta Heavy Duty Repair 10 - 7719 Edgar Industrial Drive Red Deer, AB T4P 3R2 Tel: 403.358.5335 TABER TRUCKPRO TABER Geeraert Mechanical Service 5911-B 50th Avenue Taber, AB T1G 1W7 Tel: 403.223.8744 TWO HILLS TRUCKPRO TWO HILLS Two Hills Auto & Industrial Supply Ltd. 5929 - 47th Avenue Two Hills, AB T0B 4K0 Tel: 780.657.3304 WHITECOURT TRUCKPRO WHITECOURT KW Mechanical Ltd. 4004 - 41st Avenue Whitecourt, AB T7S 1N4 Tel: 780.706.2252

KAMLOOPS TRUCKPRO KAMLOOPS Premium Truck & Trailer 1875 Kryczka Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1S4 Tel: 250.374.3100 KELOWNA TRUCKPRO KELOWNA Central Valley Truck Services Ltd. 105 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7R1 Tel: 250.765.7738 NANAIMO TRUCKPRO NANAIMO P.M. Industries Ltd. 4950 Jordan Avenue Nanaimo, BC V9T 2H8 Tel: 250.758.8004 SIDNEY TRUCKPRO SIDNEY P.M. Industries Ltd. 1785 Mills Road Sidney, BC V8L 5S9 Tel: 250.656.1689 SMITHERS TRUCKPRO SMITHERS Smithers Parts & Service (2005) Ltd. 3465 Victoria Drive Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Tel: 250.847.4287

DAUPHIN TRUCKPRO DAUPHIN A.R.J. Heavy Truck & Trailer Repair 107053, PTH 20 Dauphin, MB R7N 2V3 Tel: 204.638.0711 NEEPAWA TRUCKPRO NEEPAWA T.I.C. Parts & Service 220 Hwy 5 North Neepawa, MB R0J 1H0 Tel: 204.476.3809 WINKLER TRUCKPRO WINKLER Road Rig Parts & Service Ltd. 530 George Avenue Winkler, MB R6W 0J4 Tel: 204.331.4744 WINNIPEG NORTH WEST TRUCKPRO WINNIPEG NW DAB’s Repair Ltd. 2126 Logan Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2R 0J2 Tel: 204.694.2390

REGINA TRUCKPRO REGINA (9TH AVE.) Frame & Wheel Alignment Co. (1988) Ltd. 805 - 9th Avenue Regina, SK S4N 7P4 Tel: 306.569.2350 SASKATOON TRUCKPRO SASKATOON NE A-Line Frame & Alignment Services Ltd. 3246 Millar Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7K 5Y2 Tel: 306.931.6612 SWIFT CURRENT TRUCKPRO SWIFT CURRENT Finning Canada 2635 North Service Road West Swift Current, SK S9H 5L4 Tel: 306.773.3240 WEYBURN TRUCKPRO WEYBURN Southern Industrial & Truck Ltd. 300 Hwy 13, South Service Road Weyburn, SK S4H 2K7 Tel: 306.842.2422 YORKTON TRUCKPRO YORKTON Truck Proz Inc. 537 Broadway Street East Yorkton, SK S3N 2X3 Tel: 306.782.4313

BRITISH COLUMBIA CHILLIWACK TRUCKPRO CHILLIWACK Triton Truck & Trailer Repair 44137 Progress Way Chilliwack, BC V2R 0W3 Tel: 604.701.4428 FORT NELSON TRUCKPRO FORT NELSON Gearheads Truck Repair 5204 - 46th Avenue Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0 Tel: 250.774.4327

MANITOBA BRANDON TRUCKPRO BRANDON Total Works Truck Equipment 501 Middleton Avenue Brandon, MB R7C 1A8 Tel: 204.728.3821

ONTARIO DRYDEN TRUCKPRO DRYDEN Webb Truck Repair Inc. 16677 Hwy 17 West Dryden, ON P8N 2Y7 Tel: 807.937.4444 SASKATCHEWAN MOOSE JAW TRUCKPRO MOOSE JAW Golden West Trailer & Equipment Ltd. 1802 Stadacona Street West Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N8 Tel: 306.692.7402

YUKON WHITEHORSE TRUCKPRO WHITEHORSE Kulan Mechanical 7 Laberge Road Whitehorse, YK Y1A 5Z3 Tel: 867.393.4581


Canadian Spot Market Saw Load Volumes Outgrow Equipment Volumes in February


oronto, Ontario – TransCore Link Logistics’ Canadian spot market continued its upward momentum in 2019 with a significant 20 percent increase in daily freight availability in February compared to January. Total truck volumes declined month–overmonth, and average daily postings were relatively flat in February. The number of load postings on the last day of February was the highest Loadlink has recorded since July 2018. Month-over-month, February’s load volumes finished four percent higher than January, although these numbers were down 35 percent year-over-year. Intra-Canada loads  accounted for 32 percent of the total volumes. Load postings within Canada increased 23

percent compared to January and were down just four percent yearover-year. Cross-border load postings represented 67 percent of the data submitted by Loadlink users. There was a slight decline in crossborder load postings in February, mainly due to fewer loads entering Ontario and Quebec from the United States. • Loads leaving Canada to the U.S. increased 21 percent, but loads entering Canada from the U.S. slipped 12 percent. • Loads from the U.S. entering Ontario decreased 16 percent, while loads entering Quebec decreased 22 percent. Overall, cross-border load postings on Loadlink decreased three percent from January. This suggests the

overall four percent increase in load postings was due to the significant increase in intra-Canadian activity. EQUIPMENT PERFORMANCE February equipment numbers saw a 12 percent dip due to the shortened month; however, the daily average number of truck postings increased by one percentage point. Compared to February 2018, equipment volumes were up 65 percent yearover-year.

TRUCK-TO-LOAD RATIO This disparity in growth between load and truck availability pushed capacity downwards by 16 percent from 2.54 to 2.14. Year-over-year, the average ratio increased 153 percent from 0.85 in February 2018. More information on TransCore Link Logistics can be found at www.,  @loadlink  on Twitter, on  YouTube, on  Facebook  and on LinkedIn.


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Special Report:

By Marek Krasuski

Heavy Equipment Hauler Shines as Example of Professionalism


very segment of trucking has its challenges. Long haul drivers have to deal with the monotony of the road and long periods away from friends and family. Regional drivers contend with high traffic volumes and rush hours. Haulers of heavy equipment, meanwhile, have their own unique challenges. Allan Campbell is one such driver who negotiates the lonely and sometimes dangerous roads of Northern Ontario by himself. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I like what I do because of the variety. I never know what I’m doing from one day to the next. I much prefer this type of work than a regular run,” he said, grateful for the unique challenges he faces. One such opportunity presented itself this winter when Campbell was charged with transporting the second largest mobile crane in North America from Sudbury to Kirkland Lake. The Liebherr 750-tonne crane was transported in 32 sections to the neighbouring mine site where it was used to construct a mining head frame. Campbell was responsible for delivering six of those thirty two sections. It took the better part of a month to assemble once all pieces were delivered. Ironically, yet just one day was needed for the towering crane to complete the job, Campbell said. Campbell is a proud employee of Johnny’s Towing based in Sudbury. The largest firm of its kind in Northern Ontario, the company offers a complete range of transportation services – flatbed, float, heavy/light towing and recovery, long distance & specialized

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services, among several others. Ten employees operate the equipment, and the company is always busy, a testament, Campbell says, to the sterling reputation Johnny’s Towing has built over the years. His preference is in the float division where he deals with freight and heavy equipment, most of which is destined for the many mines in northeastern Ontario. Asked why mining companies do not take it upon themselves to haul their own freight given their large inventories and manpower, Campbell explained that mines are in the business of mining and have no wish to diversify their resources to the extraneous business of transportation. Instead they “just farm it out,” he said. Two equipment floats are available at Johnny’s Towing; one for heavy equipment, the other for mining hardware. The company also has on hand slider trailers for mobile equipment. Operating much like a tow truck, sliders tilt and lower the platform and winch up the vehicle. The platform bed is retracted back into place, after which the vehicle is tied down at front and rear. Campbell’s tractor usually pulls a 5-axle flat deck or a drop deck trailer to handle the huge pieces of cargo. The drop deck is often needed to fall within regulatory requirements. Cargo cannot exceed 14 feet in height from its highest point on the trailer to road surface. Shipments frequently consist of blasting mats, those deceptive sections of half-cut rubber tires commonly seen on roadsides where construction is underway. Decep-

tive because each section weighs 5 tonnes. Excavators are normally used to load cargo onto Campbell’s trailer before his run, and since he has an AMZ license he can handle most equipment, which is why he often loads his own trailers. Campbell is a stickler for safety, an important aspect of his job in which there is no compromise. “I make sure it’s done right. If I don’t feel a load is secure I will not leave the yard. I have no intentions of jeopardizing the safety of others or myself. It’s also company policy to ensure that safety is paramount.” To this end Campbell secures a load by tying down his own cargo and checking to see all tires are in peak condition. He checks tread depth and tire inflation before every run. Top of the line Michelins are the preferred inventory. Drivers hauling heavy equipment in northern Ontario vary considerably in tasks and challenges from their southern counterparts where roads are usually in better condition, shoulders are wide, and line of sight is expansive. Not so in the North. On occasion Campbell delivers heavy equipment to Detour Lake, the site of another mine some 2.5 hours north of Cochrane, Ontario. He often takes Highway 144 which Campbell describes as a “terrifying highway,” worse, he says, than driving through the Rockies in western Canada. Rock cuts and lack of shoulders on Highway 144 leave no room to pull over should an event arise. There are pullover spaces every few kilometers but that is little relief if problems occur between

pullovers. The narrow highway also makes it tricky to handle heavy loads around bends which are bordered by guard rails when another big rig is approaching. One slight miscalculation can cause a collision between two trucks. Tight squeezes between passing trucks is quite commonplace as logging trucks frequently transport lumber cut from regional bush lands to southern markets. On a good day Campbell can drive to Cochrane before his 13 hours of service timeline expires. The next morning he will complete the final leg of the journey to Detour Lake before returning to Sudbury. As he continues northward visual clues inform him he is closing in on the farther reaches of the province. “I can tell I’m getting close to Detour Lake because of changes in the tree line. The trees get smaller and smaller.” Another potential hazard unique to northern drivers is the unexpected dart of a moose from the bush onto the highway. Campbell had one such experience but both driver and moose survived. “I hit a moose once near Gogama. We both got lucky. I clipped him as he was crossing the highway and spun him into the ditch. Tore a piece of fur off his hide, but then he got up and ran back into the bush,” he said. On a less dangerous note Campbell has been told that herds of Caribou can been seen migrating across this northern region, an event described by onlookers as “quite the sight to see.” Like all truckers the worst and most common hazard is the daredevil tactics of civilian drivers. A professional driver, Campbell always leaves a safe buffer zone between his rig and the vehicle ahead, but inevitably a car or pickup will insert itself in front of him. It’s a potentially deadly move given the weight of Campbell’s load of industrial cargo. Thankfully, staying alert and keeping his eyes on the road have kept him and other drivers from harm. Amid the many reports of chronic driver shortages and abysmal retention rates, drivers like Allan Campbell, who love their job and execute their responsibilities with care and attention to detail, exemplify an industry that still is capable of attracting resourceful professionals.


Market Watch

By Mike Whalen

It’s the Little Things That Count


few years back I joined a manufacturing business in a marketing capacity. My original call to them was answered, “Good Afternoon, how can I help you?” I waited for the expected prompt: ‘If you know the extension of the person...’. After a few moments a live voice asked if I was still there. This was a fairly large company and a live receptionist was not the norm. As it turned out, the company had an understanding of the value of a first impression. We all know the frustration of trying to navigate an automated reception. After I joined the company, and completed a customer satisfaction survey, I found that the ‘live receptionist’ was at the top of the list of answers to the question, ‘What do you like about the company?’ Having a live person answering the phone made you feel welcome and that your call was appreciated. In this issue we’ll talk a little about marketing for small to medium sized OEM’s and work truck up-fitters. The suggestions can also apply to OED’s, Independent Distributors and Service Providers. Marketing budgets for smaller companies are usually not able to cover the high costs of print or visual advertising. The use of social media – FaceBook, YouTube, Twitter, etc., for very low cost is a very effective way to reach your markets. However, there are also other ways to raise your company’s profile in a crowded market. It is well documented that ‘Ease of doing business with your company’ is the most important driver. To make Ease of doing business with the driver, it might be necessary to rethink your business model. From first contact forward, you need to make sure your customer feels welcome and does not ever feel frustrated

during their relationship with your company. The objective is to make your customer’s life easier and keep them doing business with you – starting with first contact. THE LIVE RECEPTION! Develop a customer interaction map. Plot all points of customer interaction, from first contact on to the end of the relationship – if there ever is an end. Focus on developing a long-term relationship that stands the test of ‘making life easier’ for your customer. A simple generic plan can be as follows: 1. Meet with customer to determine product service needs and acquisition cost. 2. Explain all component warranties and return policies. Make sure before the sale that the customer understands the warranties so there are no surprises in the future that could damage the relationship. Use Warranties as a sales tool. Base warranty length and coverage on a Corporate Warranty Budget that includes a percentage of manufacturing cost and a percentage of the Marketing Budget. 3. Take responsibility for delivery and operational training (if appropriate). Make sure your product is understood by the buyer and that there are no ‘bugs’ that would show up after the customer takes delivery. 4. After-sale inventory plan. If a maintenance program/service plan is to be followed and service parts are required, put together a plan that supports the product purchased. An insured parts consignment program can cement a long term relationship and also be instrumental in securing inventory support for the customer’s entire fleet. 5. After-sale follow-up, service

regular contact to make sure your product satisfies the customer’s expectations. If it does not, you need to have a plan to fix or replace. 6. U s e C r e d i t a n d C o l l e c t i o n as a sales tool. Example: If your customer is behind due to short term circumstances, develop a plan of repayment that is tied to new business. Working with your customer to fix the problem works much better, in the long run, than being hard-nosed about collecting the debt. 7. Newsletter. Customer product experience reviews. Customers in the news, etc. 8. Support customer trade events. Play an active role in local trade associations. 9. Use your company website to promote your customers’ sales programs… do not compete with your customer. (More on this in future columns.)

Although large promotional budgets are hard for small to medium sized companies to compete with, it’s important to understand that the most effective promotional program is one that gets up close and personal. Example: Discussing the value of Huck bolts versus welding or riveting directly with the end-user beats any other way of presenting the product. Expensive videos do not have the impact of a hands-on demonstration. A marketing program focused on customer interaction will do a better job, at a much lower cost, than a high-cost media. No matter what your business does, always look at your company as a marketing company. From first contact to collections, each function is part of your marketing program. And your customer relationship is affected by every point of contact.


and performance review. Proactive

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Special Report:

By Marek Krasuski

Pesky Potholes Plague Nation’s Drivers


or every Canadian there are things that go bump in the night - and the day and pretty much any time during this part of the year. Yes it’s those pesky potholes that pervade our municipalities and push our patience to the limit. Such was the case especially for a mother and daughter recently while driving over a railway crossing in Guelph, Ontario. They approached the tracks, a practice they did countless times without incident, whereupon the car plunked downward, the vehicle banging its frame onto the rails and leaving them at the mercy of any train that may happen to approach. With luck a Good Samaritan tow truck driver saw them and pulled the doomed vehicle out from the danger zone. The driver and passenger claimed personal injury from the impact of the car dropping to the bottom of the pothole. Every year the extent of damaged roads and vehicles is part of the national conversation. And rightfully so. We can get to the moon but we can’t contrive a permanent solution to pricey potholes? And pricey they are - in terms of repairs, vehicle damage and even climate change. Repair bills can range from $200 to $500 for bent bushings, torn tires, wrecked rims, and damaged frames. And pothole repair, according to a CAA survey back in 2016, pegged the price at $1.4 billion. What this year’s damage will be, given the severity of the 2019 winter, is anybody’s guess. So why does the pothole problem persist after so many years of trial and error? That’s what David Hein has been commissioned to find out by the Transport Association of Canada - to assess and report on this national plight. Part of the problem is lack of performance measures. Each city and jurisdiction has its own methods of filling potholes, but there

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is no central information and tracking system to determine how the repairs are executed and how durable those repairs are over time. To find a solution it’s just common sense to identify the problem. And the problem, Hein says, is water. “Water does not compress, so if you have water trapped in the pavement, the bending of the surface causes the water to move and go someplace. So it squirts out top or goes between layers,” he said. Frequent freeze and thaw cycles, especially during a severe winter like this one, creates more disruption in the road structure. When water freezes it expands about 7 percent, Hein says, thus putting further pressure on asphalt. Trucks unfortunately cause a lot of the damage. Pavement bends under their weight. Repeated bending eventually causes the asphalt to break. But trucks aren’t the only culprit. Another cause for concern is the defects in the paving process. “When laying pavement down big particles may be separated from the small ones so it causes greater spaces between the aggregate particles, so water will go into these spaces which cause issues,” Hein explained. The bigger the city, the bigger the problem. Toronto filled in almost 250,000 potholes in 2018 and 17,000 just since January of this year. The cost reaches into the tens of millions of dollars. On average Winnipeg deals with about 200,000 potholes per year and Vancouver 43,000. If damage to roads and vehicles weren’t enough, there is also cost to the environment, according to Hao Wang, Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University in New Jersey. “By fixing potholes or even doing early repair to [prevent] potholes, this would [change] the load resistance of your car tires, so basically you

have less fuel consumption.” Less carbon dioxide emitted from cars no longer driving in fits and starts around and through potholes, or consuming gas in traffic delays caused by idling during pothole repairs, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 5 percent. Wang advises that cracks in pavement should be fixed immediately before they deteriorate further into potholes. This, Wang estimates, drawing on information from the US DOT, can save up to 10 percent from reduced tire and vehicle damage. While better communication and record keeping would help in solving the nation’s potholes, a multifactored assessment is called for, an examination which is anticipated in David Hein’s submission to the Transportation Association of Canada in April. An example underlying the difficulties is that few new roads are being built. Instead, efforts are targeted at rehabilitation and maintaining existing structures. This happens often enough when the problems are too big to ignore, rather than concentrating on preventative maintenance before potholes gain a foothold on our streets. B u t g ov e r n m e n t s - n a t i o n a l , provincial and municipal - are just like the rest of us, susceptible to the convenient practice of “out of sight, out of mind.” Pretend the problem doesn’t exist until it can’t be ignored anymore. Funds are always tight with infrastructure budgets, so other projects take priority over the banality of potholes, especially since potholes form over time and the thinking is that the problem can be deferred to another fiscal calendar. A solution, Hein says, is to create a sustainable

funding model so resources can be specifically allocated to preventative maintenance before roads fall apart. But where does the money come from? Road tolls or higher taxes would generate revenues, but how many politicians are prepared to inform their constituents they will have to pay even more taxes than they already do? Governments and politicians lack the political stomach for such unpopular, controversial, yet widely beneficial initiatives. Governments, too, would do well to step away from the traditional lowest-bid tendering process. Cheaper does not mean better - or even cheaper in the long run - if quality of workmanship is shoddy and the repair cycle has to be repeated more frequently. Contractors don’t always do the best job, and it’s harder to hold their feet to the fire since most municipalities don’t have the manpower and inspectors to ensure repair work is up to par. Municipalities could also do a better job of training their own workers. According to Hein, “It’s not what we put in the pothole; it’s how we put it in the pothole. Cleaning and preparing and tack coating, where you put a little asphalt cement around the outside and proper compaction all leads to better performance,” he said. While preventative maintenance, better workmanship, project-specific revenues, and tighter quality control for contractors and municipal workers are just some of the solutions, many look forward to David Hein’s much anticipated report in April highlighting the numinous causes and solutions to the pesky problem of potholes plaguing our streets.


Healthy Trucker

By Andrea Morley

Should I Try a Low Carb Diet?


hese days, i t s eem s l i k e everyone and their dog is labelling their diet; paleo, keto, pescatarian, gluten-free, vegan, the list goes on. The nutrition world is filled with so much noise, with so many strong opinions, “quick fixes,” conflicting research, and products. WAR ON CARBS Lately, carbs have been labelled as the enemy, with low-carb and no-carb diets becoming incredibly popular. On the extreme end, the ketogenic diet limits carbohydrates so much (less than 20g per day) that the body turns to fat as its primary energy source. Sugar is being shunned too, but not just the processed kind found in junk food and sweets, the kind found in fruits and even some vegetables! Many have claimed that the sugar found in a chocolate bar is no different than the sugar found in an apple, so they should be treated equally (hint: not true, at all). Some diets encourage a low intake of carbs, and a high intake of protein or a high intake of fat. There are

several types of these diets, but today, I’ll focus on general low carb diets. RESTRICTION Any type of low carb diet forces you to cut out a large amount of foods. You’ll say no to the obvious sources like pasta, bread, and soda, as well as the healthier sources such as fruit, potatoes, oats, rice, quinoa, and more. Cutting these out not only restricts the amount of nutrition you can receive from them (potatoes are surprisingly nutritious and healthy), but you’re also restricting what you can eat. This type of restriction is usually difficult to maintain, making meal choices limited. This leads to an unhealthy relationship with food, as you may feel strong cravings for foods you miss, but feel as though you can never have them without gaining weight. HEALTH VS WEIGHT LOSS Instead of focusing only on the weight that you want to lose immediately, remember to think about how you want to feel in 10, 20, or even 30 years. These types of diets don’t necessarily

encourage good health, especially long-term health. For example, the ketogenic diet yields rapid weight loss results, but discourages eating almost all fruit, some of the most important foods on the planet. Social media has heavily promoted the ketogenic diet as being a pass to eat as much cheese, butter, and bacon as one would like – all foods that can cause a variety of health issues down the road. Of course, there are “healthier” ways to go about the keto diet, but even the healthiest form of the diet can still cause hormone shifts, liver, gallbladder, and kidney issues, and more. Some diets were designed for very specific health reasons, such as the gluten-free or dairy-free diet, where

people cannot properly digest these foods. In these instances, cutting out those foods is not only wise but is necessary, and can certainly lead to better health in many people. SUMMARY Before resorting to extreme and potentially unhealthy measures such as a low carb diet or the ketogenic diet, spend some time considering what other areas of your diet require cleaning up, such as eliminating processed foods, reducing portion sizes, or cutting out alcohol. Have reasonable expectations and understand that weight loss happens over time, not overnight. You can and will get the results that you want, as long as you take care of your health along the way.




n Issue 188 of this publication an editorial appeared, entitled “Humboldt Tragedy.” The article attempted to explore the causes of the accident, and other considerations, which killed 16 of the 29 passengers on board. Many survivors suffered serious bodily injury. A reader who scrutinized the story brought to our attention several mistakes. These include: The truck was heading West at 80 kms per hour and not 100 kms per hour as stated. It was the bus that ran into the bridge axles of the lead trailer in the center of the highway, not the truck hitting the bus. The truck driver did not T-Bone the bus. At no time was the bus catapulted into the air onto a neighbouring field as stated in the article. Instead, both vehicles ended in the ditch next to the highway. Vocational Truck & Trailer apologizes for these errors and thanks the

reader for bringing these misstatements to our attention.


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Petro-Canada Lubricants

By Brian Humphrey, OEM Technical Liaison

Reading Your Used Oil Analysis Report


ecreasing fleet downtime and associated costs is a continual process for fleet owners and operators, who are always on the lookout for gains in efficiency and productivity to improve fleet performance. Along with reflecting on driver style, idle time and the design of the truck, there are also proactive measures that can be taken, such as used oil analysis. Regular oil analysis can help identify signs of mechanical failure before it becomes too expensive or serious to repair. It also offers the potential to extend oil drain intervals* – another method for fleet owners looking to reduce maintenance costs and increase the time that their fleet is on the road. A THREE-STEP PROCESS Oil analysis is a simple three-step process: taking a representative sample from the vehicle, sending the sample to a qualified used oil analysis laboratory, and then interpreting and most importantly, acting upon the recommendations once the results are received.

It’s during this process that technical advisors can evaluate the results and trends developed over time to provide recommendations on whether it’s possible to extend oil drain intervals without compromising the protection of vital engine components. REPORT READING Technical advisors will provide knowledgeable insight into the findings of a fleet’s used oil analysis, but it’s useful for fleet owners and operators to be aware of what they might find on their report and what this could mean for their fleet. This can help trends and anomalies in the report to be identified quickly and any errors or maintenance needs resolved. For example, results demonstrating that glycol or coolant is present in the engine oil could be an indicator of a failing EGR cooler seal. The first signs of this would be an increase in silicon, potassium or sodium within the engine oil. Other properties to be aware of are a significant increase in iron, and alum-


100 Volvo Trucks & 200 Manac Trailers


ontreal, Quebec – Andy Transport is pleased to release its asset acquisition plan for 2019. Following last year’s purchase of sixty-two (62) Volvo VNL 760 2019 units, Andy Transport continues the expansion of its fleet with a purchase order of 100 new Volvo VNL 760 2020 tractors with Le Centre du Camion Ste-Marie Inc. and approximately 200 new Manac trailers, resulting in an annual investment of over $25 million. Andreea Crisan, EVP and Chief Operating Officer of Andy explains: “We listen to our clients’ needs and we are uniquely placed to help them achieve their growth plans. In fact, it is our corporate culture that differentiates us in a marketplace that is facing a major labor shortage.” “Safety has always been a core value of Andy. All new purchases are equipped with Volvo Active

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Driver Assist (VADA including Bendix Wingman Fusion), a safety system that combines camera, radar sensors t o det ec t m et a l l i c ob j e c t s and vehicles that are stationary in front of the tractor and to automatically engage the brakes if the driver cannot react”, adds Ilie Crisan, President of Andy. “Expected as of May 2019, we look forward to the integration of VADA/ Bendix and ISAAC – our partner of choice for telemetry, communication and tracking. This integration will offer Business Intelligence to support better decision making and take us one step closer to our commitment to road safety and our drivers’ wellbeing”, outlines Andreea Crisan. “We thank all our partners for supporting us in our growth as well as for their commitment to continuously improve their products and services”, adds Golan Moryoussef, CFO.


inium. There are a number of potential causes for this such as a failing camshaft, coolant leak attacking the liners, engine bearing issues or the engine requiring mechanical adjustment – so it’s important to spot the signs early. Presence of unburnt fuel combined with an increase in wear metals (iron, aluminium, lead and copper) within the sample can also indicate that protection of crucial engine components may be compromised. In all these circumstances, seeking expert lubricant advice is recommended to help resolve issues. Used oil analysis provides a vital method of predicting wear throughout service life and highlighting maintenance needs before they affect engine performance and become more expensive to address. By monitoring the levels of key properties in the engine oil, the impurities can reveal how and why machinery is wearing down, as

well as help identify the reason for the wear. Used oil analysis can predict future maintenance and prevent imminent failures to reduce unplanned downtime. * Extending drain intervals should always be undertaken in conjunction with an oil analysis program.


Transport For Christ

By Chaplain Len Reimer

Listen! Who Is Calling You?


ave you ever heard someone calling your name and you did not know where the voice was coming from? Or maybe you could hardly hear the voice, because there was too much noise all around. Listen, a voice is calling you. YOU! Who are you? What is your name? Where did you come from? Where do you live? Where are you going? You know the name of your village. Maybe you have been anywhere else. But you know that your village is part of a big country, and the countries are all part of a big world. God has always been. He lives forever. So when He put his breath into us, it made us live forever, too. No, not our bodies, for they die, but the soul inside us lives forever. Do you know God? May be you ask, “Who is God? Where is He? Do you really want to know? Yes, you do.

Deep inside you want to know. You have never seen God, have you? No, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t there. There is only one God. There is no room for any other, because the One who is really, really God fills heaven and earth. He is everywhere at the same time. G o d ’s h o m e i s H e a v e n , t h a t beautiful place up there, but He also lives in the hearts of people who obey His voice. By a miracle, God’s Son was born as a baby and grew up to be a man. Then for three years, Jesus told the people of the love of God, His Father. He told them that God is Holy and cannot bear to see sin. Then God made a way for us to be saved from our sins, He let His Son Jesus be nailed to a cross by wicked men. He laid down His life - so great was His love. He was the sacrifice that can pay for the sins of the whole world - every sin

you have ever done. Did Jesus stay in the tomb? No, after three days He rose victorious. Then He went back to Heaven and is waiting till God says the world shall come to an end. Then He will be the righteous judge of all people. Who is the stranger, the one whom we shall flee? Oh, he is a thief! He cares nothing for the sheep. He is a liar. There is no truth in him. He is the devil. He is our enemy, Satan. Because he can never get close to God, he pours his anger on God’s creatures, the people of the world. Because he sinned, he tries to entice everyone to sin. Never will sin enter Heaven. There is another place, the place that God made for the


Traffic Department instead of drafting. I didn’t have a clue what was involved in “traffic,” but they doubled my salary and sent me to school for “Traffic and Transportation Management.” After completing the course, my boss left the company and I was promoted to the position of Traffic Manager. We had three plants creating steel products as varied as material handling, fireplaces, and jacks. I was responsible for bringing the raw materials into the plants and for shipping the completed products out to our customers. We also had three trucks of our own, and I was in charge of hiring, firing and managing the three drivers. This occurred before deregulation and all freight rates were regulated by tariffs, so the carriers tried to sell the customer on service, or sometimes bribes. Yes, I was offered everything from dates with NBA players to illegal drugs. This was in the late ’70s. I was twenty years old. I ended up marrying a professional driver, and we started our own trucking company. I also did free-lance work as a transportation consultant while I ran our small carrier, raised two children and attended college to earn my bachelor’s and then master’s degree in communication.  I was offered numerous writing opportunities in various magazines.  My monthly columns were about family life in

devil and his angels. It is hell. Hell is a place of torment. It is the place where the devil and his followers will be punished forever. It is an awful place God will have to send all who choose to listen to Satan’s voice. Friend, have you ever prayed to the God of Heaven? Please, do it now. He will hear you and understand you. He will give you the peace you are longing for.


the trucking industry. I completed my Master’s Thesis on “The Complex Identities of Women Married to Professional Drivers.” I later published a book filled with some of my most popular articles called, “Marriage In the Long Run.” After twenty years, my marriage ended, and my children were nearly grown. I was hired for the position of Executive Director of Trucker Buddy International ( where I led the program for six years. Then, I was recruited by Schneider National to lead their retention efforts. My job was to initiate corporate level programs designed to attract and retain non-traditional groups, such as women! At the time, I was completing my pilot’s license, and I belonged to an organization for female pilots.  It struck me that there wasn’t a similar group for women in the trucking industry; so I started one. That was in 2007 when the Women In Trucking Association was formed. I copied a lot from the female pilot’s organization, but tapped into the people who supported this mission. I had a great team who shared my passion, and we put together a fantastic staff, board and support group.  Here we are, nearly twelve years later, with a success story I could never have imagined. So, that’s my story and in a way, the story of Women In Trucking’s beginning.


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WIT's 2019 March Member of the Month


lover, Wisconsin – Women in Trucking (WIT) has announced Rachel Bothwell as its 2019 March Member of the Month. Rachel is a professional city driver for FedEx Freight in Rapid City, South Dakota. Rachel’s trucking career began while growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota. Trucking was a way of life on the farm, whether they were hauling grain to the elevator or hauling livestock to and from the pastures and sale barn. Being behind the wheel of a semi-truck became natural for her. So natural in fact that before she graduated high school, she took a job working for a local farmer helping him in the fields and hauling grain for him. After high school when she turned 18, she took her CDL test. This was before schools in her area had CDL programs. Then, Rachel began working for a custom hay bailer and hauled loads of hay to big horse barns in the Twin Cities. For five years, she custom bailed and hauled hay. After doing that, she felt it was time to spread her wings, so she left Minnesota for the first time and moved to Wyoming. In Wyoming, it was easy for Rachel to find a job in the trucking industry as the oil and coal booms were in full swing. She began a new journey, hauling explosives into the coal mines. Hauling hazardous materials was a very exciting and educational experience for her. While living in Wyoming, she met her husband, who at that time had just retired from a 20-year, bull-riding career. He had just started a rodeo contracting company which only involved bucking bulls. After dating for a few years, they decided to move to South Dakota. Once relocated to South Dakota,

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Rachel’s life and career truly bloomed. Not only did she get married, but she was also introduced to the world of bucking bulls. “I have always had a love of rodeo and horses but this was a whole new level for me. Our rodeo company has taken several years to build and has really taken off. We have one of the largest benefit bull ridings in the state of South Dakota with over 2,000 spectators who come to our place each year. We are able to give away nearly $10,000 in scholarship money each year. The community support of this event has been absolutely amazing,” she said. During this time, Rachel also decided on the career choice to become a city driver for FedEx Freight. “Working for FedEx Freight has been the most life changing and rewarding job I have ever had in the trucking industry. I have been with FedEx Freight for nearly seven years and due to the company’s support and the support from the trucking industry, my CDL has taken me places I would have previously never dreamed,” Rachel said. One of those places is truck driving championships. She feels that being able to compete at TDCs has provided a confidence-building atmosphere where there is a great sense of camaraderie and respect for fellow drivers in the industry. Rachel’s CDL has allowed her to become a part of the FedEx Freight Road Team as well as become the

first woman in South Dakota to be named a road team captain for the state. Being able to promote the message of safety and sharing the road with trucks all over the country has been a rewarding experience for her. “It is not something that I would have been able to do without pursuing my career as a truck driver and without the support of my family and FedEx Freight,” she said. Rachel’s message to other women interested in becoming part of the trucking industry is “Please do! You have no idea how life changing it can be for you in a very positive way. With the right tools and the right support, you will succeed. I am living proof.”


Tires & Wheels

By Jeffrey Parks, Managing Director, Retread Tire Association

Want Top Quality, Trouble Free, Long Lasting Retreads? Don’t Buy Price!


ven though all fleet retread tire buyers – whether a fleet of one truck or ten thousand trucks – want to get the most for their tire investment, using price as the main consideration will more often than not prove to be an expensive mistake. At RTA, we believe the most important consideration is life cycle cost, and not initial price. In the long run it is far more economical to pay more for a retreaded tire that will provide a more trouble free lower cost per mile than it is to buy a lower priced “bargain” retread that can wind up costing more per mile. However in order to know the true costs of running retreads you must keep good records, and unless you do, you will not be able to determine what your actual cost per mile actually is. Although we all recognize the difficulty of setting up and maintaining an accurate record keeping system, it is actually really not as complicated as you think, and to not maintain good records is like tearing up dollar bills and throwing them out of your window as you drive down the highway. The good news is that there is a solution. Any reputable retreader or tire dealer will be happy to help a fleet set up and maintain an accurate and easy to maintain record keeping system for your tires. He offers this service as a way to obtain your business. Obviously, a top quality retread will have a higher initial cost than a “bargain” retread. However, the top quality retread will deliver more trouble free miles, leading at the end of the day to a lower cost per mile! But there are more subtle savings such as less down time for changing tires and fewer on road tire failures, because the higher quality retread is usually going to have fewer workmanship problems than a cheaply built tire where quality is generally sacrificed to save a few bucks. The Retread Tire Association is devoted to providing information about retreaded tires and proper tire maintenance for all tires to trucking fleets and others interested in learning more about how to find top quality retreaders, and to arranging retread

plant tours, which is the BEST way to convince yourself that retreads should be a part of your tire program. There are many top quality retreaders in Canada and they always welcome

visitors because they are proud of what they do. Once you see for yourself how much care goes into producing a top quality retread we promise you will come away a believer!

For more information, contact the Retread Tire Association by telephone at 831.620.5345 or by email to info@ You will be glad you did, and so will your tires.



Two New, Long-Lasting SmartWay-Verified Tires


okohama Tire is helping fleets get more from their tires by introducing two long-lasting, fuel-efficient products – the 712L and

114R UWB. The two SmartWay ®verified low rolling resistance tires were on display in the Yokohama booth (#3109) at the TMC show in Atlanta, Georgia, March 18-21. All told, Yokohama displayed 14 tires at the show, including light-truck and off-the-road. Manufactured in Yokohama’s plant in West Point, Mississippi, the 712L long-haul, drive tire will be available April 1 in four sizes: 295/75R22.5, 11R22.5, 285/75R24.5 and 11R24.5. “The deep-t read 712L offers ad-

vanced wear resistance, top-tier fuelefficiency and traction, and tough, durable construction,” said Tom Clauer, Yokohama’s Senior Manager of Commercial and OTR Product Planning. Clauer said the 114R UWB is the successor to the RY407™ UWB and will be available later in the year in size 445/50R22.5. For more information on Yokohama’s broad product line, visit www., or www.yokohamaotr. com.


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Keeping Your Vehicles Clean

By Jack Jackson

Truck Washing Time Can Be Reduced


hen discussing truck washing, the element of clean is always paramount. Everyone wants a clean truck as the obvious result, but how to get there has many, many paths. The element of time in washing is probably the most complicated of the five elements of washing vehicles. For a refresher, the five elements of washing are Time, Temperature, Procedure, Application and Chemicals. All elements together result in the desired outcome, but time seems to be the most difficult to understand. Time considers labor costs. The most efficient labour system is the fully automated, drive through vehicle wash machine. The driver arrives to

the opening or door and a sensor begins the whole process as the vehicle drives through the wash and rinse cycle. This is low labor with only the driver’s time being affected, but by far the highest cost of system to purchase and maintain due to the complicated machinery required. The time in line waiting for washing may be a forgotten factor of driver wage and fuel consumption, depending on public truck washes or your own company wash bay. I have yet to see this cost built into the cost per wash metrics. The highest labor cost is the lowest capital cost and that is manually cleaning with a bucket, hose and brush. The low entry cost has inefficient results

and many other factors to consider such as safety, attendance, quality as well as the wages. Everyone we consult with underestimates the true time to wash their trucks, usually by half. There is twice the cost than truly considered in every analysis we have completed. Time with electric, water and fuel are all determined by the methods of how you intend to wash the vehicle. As with most buildings or companies, this cost is combined in the overall company invoices and rarely broken out on its on P&L. To take the time to research this will yield results that may shock you at the true costs associated with washing, especially water. The more time you take to wash, the more time


Going the Extra Mile for Drivers


hillicothe, Ohio – Kirk Kalinitchenko, Founder, President and CEO of Highlight Motor Group along with Service Fleet Manager, Oleg Belchuk recently toured the Chillicothe, Ohio Kenworth assembly plant to see the new 2020 Kenworth T680 models being built. The Kenworth management team led them through the entire assembly plant, providing them with the opportunity to see all of the impressive new technology and equipment being used. Kirk exclaims, “The team at Kenworth were so accommodating and really took the time to show us all that goes into manufacturing these trucks. I have to say the highlight of our trip came when we saw our very own trucks moving along the assembly conveyor. Not only were we able to inspect the inside of the truck for comfort and quality of workmanship, we had the honour of starting up the engine for the very first time!” The Kenworth T680 is known as “The Driver’s Truck” and that’s because they focus on what the driver wants. So too does Highlight Motor Group. “Encouraging our drivers to communicate with us and really taking their feedback into consideration is one of the main reasons our

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company is successful,” states Kirk. To discover more about Highlight

Motor Group, visit their website at


utilities increase, however there are methods of washing the same time with drastic differences in electric, water and fuel costs. Researching these methods of throughput is key to determining quality and quantity. You can win in all facets. Finally, dwell time of chemicals is crucial. First, using too much chemicals or not enough chemicals is detrimental to the quality of wash and of course the cost. Secondly, even using the proper chemicals without allowing for the proper time to let that chemical do its job is just wasting money as well. Time is always a human issue that is truly not given its proper measurement until its long past due. There are many methods and procedures to build into your process and strategy to get results in the best time and cost available. It just takes time to figure out. Jack Jackson is President of Awash Systems Corp. Contact Jack by email at or call 800.265.7405. Visit our website www. North America’s leader in Fleet Washing Solutions.


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