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WOMEN IN TRUCKING Ellen Voie
A Little History March was Women’s History Month, so I thought this article 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 economics. 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 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 jerseys from the boys’ teams after they received new ones. No longer!
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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! This knowledge was 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 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 APRIL 2019
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.
efforts. My job was to initiate corporate level programs designed to attract and retain nontraditional 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.
This occurred before deregulation and all freight rates were regulated by tariffs, so the carriers tried to sell the customer on better 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.
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.
I ended up marrying a professional driver and we started our own trucking company. I also did freelance 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 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.”
So, that’s my story and in a way, the story of Women In Trucking’s beginning. Find out more at: www.womenintrucking.org Ellen Voie President/CEO/Founder of Women In Trucking, Inc. email@example.com www.womenintrucking.org
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 (www. truckerbuddy.org) where I led the program for six years. Then, I was recruited by Schneider National to lead their retention APRIL 2019
Mission: Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.
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MAKING YOUR MILES COUNT Robert D. Scheper
Don’t Settle for Half an Answer: Learn Your Business Becoming an independent operator requires applying yourself to learn a specific set of skills that will provide a respectable return on invested dollars, time and financial liability (risk). Many things have been written and said about fuel consumption, trip planning etc. but there are many other issues that continue to reveal themselves as critical to the longterm survival of an operator. For example, understanding the risks of Driver Inc. issues when exposed to them requires a driver to pay attention to the risks. Far too often, drivers believe only what they want to believe, hear only what they want to hear or… unfortunately, place their trust in the wrong people. After speaking at a recent seminar, I spoke with a recruiter who asked me about one of my clients. Apparently, my client mentioned that I had a few positions that worried the recruiter. After hearing what the client told her, I could understand the recruiter’s concerns. The way it was presented by my client to her was nearly the exact opposite of my position (or very skewed). I thanked her for asking me about it and I hope I alleviated her concerns with my response. 16 • OVER THE ROAD
This certainly is not the first time this has occurred. In fact, I have been ‘quoted’ as saying many things I don’t agree with or haven’t even said. Misunderstanding an issue (especially a critical one) is too often just lazy thinking. And someone seeking a quick, one-line answer to a broad issue is often not enough investigation. When a driver wishes to become a professional, they need to apply themselves to the facts within their industry. This means not just keeping the truck between the ditches but to understand business and relationships within their industry. It means they need to understand every aspect of their venture, including unpopular things like tax implications and cash flow. Blaming the wrong entity when things go sideways is just immaturity. I have seen an operator blame a carrier for: poor fuel costs, maintenance issues, late loads, damaged shipments… virtually everything. Far too often the real issue is the driver’s inability to take responsibility for their own actions or (mostly) creating unreal expectations in their own minds and assigning blame to everybody else.
business models is accumulating the accurate understanding of your industry, customer, market and cash flow. Successful business people understand their numbers. If you don’t put in the time… don’t bother wasting your dime.
Being an independent operator requires taking on all responsibilities for all results and making active and strategic choices to create the best chance for their success. What specific actions can be taken to produce the highest return on invested time/effort/money? Just ‘doing what you want to do’ will not automatically produce a respectable return on investment. Appropriately and strategically acting on the facts in your business will produce the respected return on investment.
Every day, every trip, every year requires your full attention; it demands your best effort. If you want to be the best, don’t settle for half an answer to what happened; learn your business. About the Author: Robert D. Scheper is a leading Accountant and Consultant to the Lease/ Owner operator industry in Canada. His first book in the Making Your Miles Count series “taxes, taxes, taxes” was released in 2007. His firm exclusively serves Lease/Owner Operators across Canada. His second book “Choosing a Trucking company” is the most indepth analysis of the operator industry available today. He has a Master degree (MBA) in financial management and has been serving the industry since he and his wife came off the road in 1993. His dedication, commitment and strong opinions can be read and heard in many articles and seminars.
Being an accountant to operators, I have witnessed numerous clients who refuse to think through what they are doing (tax wise). It’s like they throw their brains into neutral as their eyes glaze over. They do not want to think, they do not want to change what they do, even if it shows they will lose thousands of dollars doing it ‘their way’. This type of stubbornness is very self-destructive. Using the excuse ‘I don’t understand taxes’ is not an acceptable way for a professional operator to operate. If you don’t want to learn the essentials of business success… maybe you should go back to being a company driver. Stop wasting your time and energy trying to make a business work without first understanding HOW it works.
You can find him at www.making yourmilescount.com or 1-877-987-9787.
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SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE Ray J. Haight
Tackling Driver Turnover - Part Three – Safety So far, we have talked about setting your retention and recruiting efforts up for success. We have also discussed the platform and how we are going to conduct ourselves through this effort and the importance of knowing where you are in the marketplace on driver wages. The next step revolves around safety. When discussing retention with my new clients, I always ask them about their safety records early in the process of investigation. Safety records are one of the most overlooked areas when trucking companies decide to come to grips with their turnover and recruitment issues. I can count on the client’s response being one of two. The first and by far the most favorable response is that the company has a very good safety record and an above average CSA score. The usual reaction to my receiving this information is to ask how they are leveraging their efforts and results. I will admit that this is a bit of a trap in that I usually do social media reconnaissance ahead of the call and if they have been leveraging their safety results, I would have congratulated them for their efforts at the beginning of our conversation on the subject. Let me state very clearly that if you’re a company with a very good safety record and 24 • OVER THE ROAD
you’re not flaunting this fact in everything you are putting out in your communications strategy, then you are seriously missing the boat. A good safety record cannot be bought, and you can only slide on good luck for so long. The only way to achieve a good result is through diligence, dedication and making sure you do the right things right. And this is usually a cultural cornerstone of all successful companies. Anyone out there who does not think that Drivers and Owner Operators care about the safety record of the company that they drive for has their head in the sand; it is the second layer of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs and is paramount to an effective retention and recruitment strategy. The second response I get is that the company has had some issues and has started to focus on getting its CSA scores and safety results in line. Although this is not the most favorable situation, it also has value as the company has decided to draw a line in the sand on the safety issue and so you can also use the situation as a bellwether moment for turning the corner on the driver retention numbers. Ask any insurance provider; companies with lower turnover have safer fleets. They have lower CSA scores, fewer claims, more reliable APRIL 2019
equipment etc. By focusing on the safety effort, you’re demonstrating your care and concern for your drivers and the motoring public in general. You can use the safety effort as a springboard for effective efforts on turnover because the two go hand in hand. Professional truck drivers want to drive for professional trucking companies. This is kind of a no brainer, right? Shoddy equipment, being pulled into scales regularly, reporting deficiencies that go unfixed, seeing crashed trucks against the fence in their yard; all these scenarios lead up to high turnover and there is no need for them to exist.
and then identify where do you want to be at the pre-established date in the future. Now decide how you are going to get there. Soliciting your driver’s opinions on various elements is an effective method and is essential to the recruitment and retention effort. As a TCA Retention Coach, I do not have all the answers, but there is a plan available to you, one that works. If you would like to discuss the opportunity further, reach out to me and we can consider what is available. You can also take this short survey that reveals some shortcomings that you can address whether you chose to move ahead with the offering or not. That survey is at, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ KF2HG7S
If you are one of the two typical companies described in this article, please consider the above and act accordingly. In my own experience, the company I managed was in dire straits when we were at 120% annual turnover. My phone rang continually in the evening or on the weekend and after identifying the caller as my safety manager, before I would say hello, I would ask, did we hurt anyone? This was no fun and it was a situation that could not sustain itself. Fast forward a short five years and we had won three TCA National Fleet Safety Awards and our turnover was at 20%. We were fully staffed and making much better margins.
Tackling Driver Turnover Part Four is next and will deal with communication, an integral part of any retention effort. Safe Trucking Ray J. Haight Ray Haight TCA Retention Coach firstname.lastname@example.org www.tcaingauge.com
In the next issue to tackling driver turnover, we’re going to talk about communication and all the facets of making it effective. As a precursor to that, part of every successful safety effort is a robust communication strategy. First, identify where you are now, APRIL 2019
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE AN ENVIRONMENTAL SPILL In the past, spills and accidents were left to dilute with time, not to mention that the government didn’t force many clean ups. The reality is that today, there are much stricter regulations and diligent enforcement is increasing to protect the environment. This now requires trucking firms to have policies and procedures to comply with all the legislation which governs spill reporting and clean up. If this is not done, a trucking company can face severe fines, which can reach or surpass $100,000 (not covered by insurance), bad publicity and significant financial exposures. In addition, there is a NEW LIABILITY RISK on the horizon which is represented by TOXIC TORT LAWYERS who are now presenting class action law suits for multiple claimant environmental incidents, which sometimes exceed millions of dollars. The reality is that this is not a question of IF but rather a question of WHEN an environmental matter will face a trucking company and whether it is properly prepared for it! Specifically, the law identifies the party who released the contaminant as the party responsible for ALL associated remediation costs, for the environmental reports and possibly for punitive fines, regardless of fault for the accident. So, even in accidents where the carrier is not at fault for the release of the contaminant, they are required to pay for the cleanup and then attempt to subrogate (collect) against the liable party.
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So, what can be done to tackle this potential exposure? It is important that all trucking companies have policies which have checks and balances to ensure the immediate notification to the Environmental Regulator if a spill meets the reportable quantities for that jurisdiction. Education, written policies and basic staff spill response techniques are critical for legal compliance, exhibiting due diligence, mitigation and control of the spill and expenses. Trucking companies without such policies for dealing with environmental spills are at critical risk for spiralling costs, bad publicity and huge punitive fines (again, not paid by insurance). • The safety of both drivers and others is the first priority. Trying to contain the release should only be undertaken if there is absolutely no risk to anyone. Immediate mitigation should only be attempted if the driver has been trained in general safety techniques/practices for these situations regarding controlling or stopping the spill. Other notable hazards for a driver to confirm include that the scene is safe, that there is no risk of fire, vehicle or load shift, other moving traffic and of course, hazardous materials. Drivers should not undertake dealing with leaking explosive fuel such as gasoline, aviation fuel, propane etc. if they are not suitably trained.
If the area is safe, drivers can use relatively inexpensive spill kits in the price range of $60.00 - $350.00 (if these are onboard the truck). These kits can contain fuel tank repair putty, absorbent material, safety glasses, sterile gloves and containment bags. Depending on the size of the spill, a small shovel can be used to make small dams to hold liquids or prevent these from entering catch basins.
This is all a matter of training staff and drivers on what to do and having the necessary policies in place. These policies need to be in writing; staff and drivers need to acknowledge that the procedures are understood and this acknowledgment needs to be signed, dated and kept on file. As a wellknown, Toxic Tort lawyer recently stated: “If it is not signed, if it is not dated or if you cannot find it… it did not happen”.
Creative drivers have used items commonly available in or around a truck to control, slow or stop spills such as:
This article has been written as general information only and not as legal advice for any specific incident or matter.
• A rag or tree branch to plug up a leaking diesel fuel tank or container.
This article was written courtesy of: Rick Kosowan, CIP, CRM, TEC Director Western Canada, ClaimsPro’s Transportation Equipment Cargo (TEC) Division e-mail: email@example.com mobile: 204-451-4850
• Bedding, clothing or mattresses put under the spill to absorb the contaminant. There are many steps and factors to consider and follow once a spill site has been contained to prevent further contamination of an area. The trucking company will send an environmental consultant to inspect the spill site, conduct an assessment and then provide a recommendation to the trucking firm / adjuster and/or insurer as to the preferred approach of site correction.
And Mark Samis, M.Sc., M.B.A., Vice-President, Pario Environmental Sciences e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: 416-300-5219
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SAFETY DAWG Chris Harris
AOBRDs Are Coming to an End Remember back, what seems like way back, to December 2017. It was then the new USA law for ELDs (Electronic Logging Devices) came into to effect. It seems so very long ago. In October and November of 2017, trucking companies rushed to install AOBRDs (Automatic On-Board Recording Devices) into their units. If the unit was installed before December of 2017, the trucking company would have two years to update to an ELD system. Some other companies choose to go a slightly different route. They decided to install an ELD that didn’t meet the FMCSR standard for ELDs. These devices allow truck drivers to alter their logbook illegally and the changes are from the recording system. I certainly underestimated the number of companies that would choose to use AOBRDs at the very last minute. Thousands of units throughout the trucking industry were installed and most of the companies
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elected to go with non-compliant AOBRDs instead of light ELDs. The owners of these companies tell me that it was driver driven. Owners said to me that they feared that if they installed an ELD, which would require a driver to run legal, that they would lose drivers. And I had some drivers confirm this statement. Some people (owners and drivers) think that if they can’t cheat the Hours of Service then they can’t make any money. What a thought process. If we can’t cheat and steal, it is not worth our effort to truck. Hogwash! I can think of a few problems with the above thoughts. First, many small and medium-sized companies do run ELDs and comply with the Hours of Service rules/ regulations and are profitable. Mmhhh! Run legal and make money, what a concept. Secondly, for these legal and profitable companies, who is operating the truck? It must be a driver since we don’t have an
autonomous driving vehicle yet. So, they didn’t lose drivers. They are still operating and servicing their customers and shippers. And they can sleep at night.
This person thinks that the influx will be even more extensive than in December 2017. Why am I so happy that we will finally have ELDs across the board (at least in the trucks running the USA)? If we can finally get rid of the expectation that a driver has to lie and cheat to make up for other inefficient shipping practices, maybe the trucking industry will start to pay a driver what he/she is worth. It has been too long that the drivers cover for the shippers. Drivers are still getting abused by the shippers and receivers. Many drivers are not getting paid for excessive waiting times and are expected to edit the AOBRD or illegal ELD to make it all work. I’m all for paying the truck driver for the work that they perform, and I don’t think that a driver should have to lie to make decent earnings.
AOBRDs and the illegal ELDs are coming to an end. The end is near. For the illegal ELDs, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is watching out for you. But maybe the more significant threat is from the insurers. The insurance companies know the brands of ELDs that don’t comply with the regulations and are pressuring the trucking company to switch to an ELD provider that does it legally. I know of one insurer that gave a trucking client 30 days in which to either change ELDs or their insurance company. It is the trucking company’s choice. I also read recently that there are more than 400 ELD self-certified providers and a significant percentage are not compliant. The estimate is around 20% of the ELD manufactures didn’t meet the FMCSR standards. The authorities and insurers are cracking down.
Stay safe and remember Humboldt! Chris Harris Top Dawg, Safety Dawg Inc. 905-973-7056 email@example.com @safety_dawg (twitter)
As for the legal AOBRDs, these units must be swapped out or changed for an ELD by December of 2019 which is just months away. An ELD provider told me that they are expecting a massive surge in business.
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Index Anvil Ring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Kelsey Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
TRANSAM Carriers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Atlantic Truck Show . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Kleysen Group Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Trans-frt McNamara . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
AYR Motor Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Light Speed Logistics . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Transpro Freight Systems . . . . . . . 20
Carmen Transportation Group . . . 18
LMT Transportation Service . . . . . . 10
TransX Group of Companies . . . . 39
Chris Harris - Safety Dawg Inc. 32,33
Mill Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Travelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
ClaimsPro Article . . . . . . . . . . . 28,29
OTR Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Truckdriver.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
CNTL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Robert Scheper Article . . . . . . 16,17
Trucker Buddy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
FedEx Freight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Rosedale Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
VeeBoards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Genesis Express . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
SGT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Walmart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
H8 Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Skelton Truck Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Women in Trucking Article . . . 12,13
Highlight Motor Freight . . . . . . . . . 5
Speaking from Experience . . . 24,25
Infinit-i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
TCA InGuage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
JBT Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Tenold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
K-DAC Expedite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Total Logistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
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