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FROM THE EDITOR Raman S. Dhillon

Everyone is talking about trucking in 2020. Trucking business conditions in 2019 have been more challenging for trucking companies then 2018. Tax cuts in 2017 boosted the economy but tariff war with China and other countries drop cold water in mid 2018. Overall trucking in 2019 was in bad shape. Well 2020 is new year hoping the trucking industry will come out of the dark days. There are several factors working to reduce the capacity in 2020. Electronic Logging Device is in effect since Dec16,2019. Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is taking effect on Jan 6th, 2020 will take out at least 10% of the drivers which is already in shortage. High insurance rates and AB 5 taking effect in California and many more states are working on to adopt AB 5. I think trucking is not going anywhere but running a trucking company is going to become very challenging. With all this happening, the good news is that trade deal with Canada and Mexico is in final stages and tariff war with China also seeing a light of hope. We urge everyone to plan ahead of time and work on internal setup. We at Punjabi Trucking Magazine team wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope 2020 brings you happiness and prosperity. Stay safe Stay Blessed.

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Official Magazine for: North America Punjabi Trucking Association


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recent report by Morgan Stanley examines the probability of truck supply being constrained in 2020 and the effect it will have on trucking rates. The report was prepared with the help of the firm’s retail, machinery, and transportation analysts.

altering some of it. Carries are required to adopt ELDs by 17 December 2019. This is expected to improve the working environment for drivers, make it easier and faster to transmit data, and prevent data compromises.

The survey was done on 400 brokers, shippers and carriers who provided their views about various laws and changes within the industry. Overall, 5 capacityconstraining catalysts were identified to be the reasons behind the constraints.

The report highlighted the steep increase in insurance rates as the second catalyst. Juries involved in the decision-making of lawsuits concerning catastrophic accidents have been awarding verdicts that amount to tens of millions of dollars. This has led to a sharp increase in insurance premiums for carriers. Even in large and wellcapitalized fleets, rates have spiked by as much as 50%.

They include: The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule The final ruling regarding electronic logging devices requires carriers to equip their trucks with ELDs in place of the previous automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs). The latter displayed fewer data and provided an option of


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The Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse The aim of the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse database is to speed up the reporting of positive alcohol and drug tests. This was cited as a potential driver

of a decrease in capacity in 2020. The database provides employers and state bodies with real-time information about a driver’s drug and alcohol program violations. Before, drivers who had failed a drug screening process with one carrier could quickly get a job with another before the test results were put into their record. The reporting of such tests will start appearing on the federal database starting 6 January 2020. The International Maritime Organization Regulation The regulation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which is set to commence on 1st January 2020 puts a 0.5% sulfur restriction on the maritime industry. This is a significant reduction from the previous 3.5%. Maritime industries will be required to switch to fuels with less sulfur content. Experts expect this to raise demand for diesel and other refined products. To offset the current sulfur-laden fuel oils that the industry will no longer need, www.punjabitruckingusa.com


experts say that the industry will require up to 2.5 million barrels of distillate per day. The report further indicates that the price of diesel could rise by between 5% and 33%. This will put a heavy financial strain on smaller carriers who make up the majority of the TL industry. It’s assumed that many smaller operators do not have adequate fuel surcharge programs to pass the increased fuel costs to the shipper. Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5 Rule) The California Assembly Bill 5 goes into effect on 1st January 2020. It’s designed to alter the definition of independent workers and may require independent carriers who are contracted by trucking companies to be reclassified as employees. The bill is already facing some legal challenges. Nevertheless, some of the carriers based in California have started to adjust and alter their operations. The rule brings forth a creeping concern that would only be neutralized if all independent contractors

were offered employee positions to which they accepted. It would also have no effect on capacity. However, since this is highly unlikely, it’s expected to constrain truck supply in 2020. Impact on Earnings and Rates In 2018, the rule to adopt ELDs in place of paper logs had a similar effect to what is expected to happen to the trucking industry in 2020. The move was in an aim to enforce stricter hours of service regulations. This saw part of the truck capacity leave the industry. The firm believes that this resulted in a 30% spike in TL spot rates and a 15-20% increase in contract rates. The impact in 2020 is expected to be bigger. Morgan Stanley divides this into three case scenarios: the low case, medium case, and high case. The low case scenario predicts that spot rates could rise by 5-10% and contract rates by 2-3%. The report says that this may be a result of an increase in EPS estimates which are currently as high as 7-10%. The medium case scenario

presents a 20-25% increase in spot rates and a 5-10% increase in contract rates. The firm believes that if this scenario plays out, earnings could increase by 10%. Lastly, the high case scenario showcases a 35-40% increase in spot rates and a 15-20% increase in contract rates. Earnings could rise by 20% if this scenario plays out. The report also indicated that there was a high correlation between TL spot rates and Class 8 production forecasts. The latter could rise by 50-100% in 2020 as we near 2021 if spot rates increase by 20-25%. Lastly, there could be an EPS risk of between 2-3% and a 4-7% downside if there’s an increase in rates for shipping goods via truck. Out of all those surveyed by Morgan Stanley, 65-70% said that they expected ELDs, Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, and high insurance costs to have a minimal impact on capacity. 51% expected an impact from IMO 2020 while 62% said they expect a change due to the AB 5 rule.

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am constantly asked by truck drivers on how they can get health benefits for themselves and their families. They pay for each of their children’s and family member’s dental visits in cash, as well as eyeglasses and prescription medications. These costs add up very quickly. Some driver’s even skip visits to dentists because they cannot afford them and end up paying a huge bill later when a preventable minor problem has hugely escalated. Some skip doctor appointments as they cannot afford to pay for prescriptions and resort to home remedies. I followed up with several large insurance companies that offer individual and family health plans which can be bought privately. My research revealed private plans are very expensive. I was unable to find an affordable option for a family. If you have more than one child, the family plan adds up very quickly and can end up costing more than monthly rent in some cases. With more research the best health plans I was able to find were those offered to groups. For example when I worked for a few banks while in university, they offered health 16

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benefits. I had 80% of dental covered for two dental visits per year for example. The other 20% I paid at the time of the visit. Banks have multiple branches and numerous employees. They were able to provide affordable benefits and each employee had a portion taken from their pay cheques each month to cover the amount of coverage requested, whether for an individual or for a family. To get a group we need a few people. For a truck driver to be part of a group, this means the boss must be involved. The owner of the trucking firm can locate a group plan insurance supplier, check prices and then decide how much of the coverage he or she as the owner of the company will pay and how much the drivers and office staff will pay. There are plans where the employer can pay 100% of the benefits, 75%, 50% or even 25%. The group as a whole also needs to decide which benefits are needed, such as life insurance, disability, dental, pharmaceutical, vision or extra dental such as orthodontics. The group plan price increases with each additional coverage. www.punjabitruckingusa.com


For an employer to offer benefits, there are certain advantages. First, the owner of the firm can get benefits as well. It’s highly likely as a self employed owner of a company that they themselves may need coverage for their own family. Also, there is high turnover in trucking. A driver may think twice before leaving a firm that offers health benefits. This builds loyalty. Offering health benefits may also attract more drivers to join that firm because they want benefits and retain them for years to come. Benefits are also tax deductible for the employer. The benefit portions deducted from employees on the other side are pre-tax dollars, which leaves more take home pay after the deduction. A huge group is not needed to start a health benefit plan. As little as three people are all that is needed. An organization that offers benefits to its drivers and office employees, establishes a level of trust and loyalty. It shows they care about their drivers, their employees, and their families. Trucking company owners are reliant on truck drivers to make themselves and the company income. It makes sense to protect these drivers and their families. A driver is an investment, so protect your investment with a group health plan. I encourage drivers to approach their bosses and vice versa to establish health benefit plans which are affordable and beneficial to the entire organization.

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FMCSA Delays State Requirements For Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse


n order to give state motor vehicle agencies more time to ramp up their IT systems, federal officials have delayed the compliance deadline for the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a new data tool for employers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and state agencies to gain real-time information about drivers and possible drug and alcohol program violations.


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The new ruling will postpone the deadline from January 2020 until January 2023, giving agencies ample time to come up to date in order to access the system. For drivers and carriers, however, the 2020 deadline remains intact. Recently, the FMCSA said, “The compliance date extension allows FMCSA the time needed to complete its work on a forthcoming rulemaking to address the states’ use of driver-



specific information from the clearinghouse and time to develop the information technology platform through which states will electronically request and receive clearinghouse information.” Many industry experts and safety watchdogs believe the delay may adversely affect highway safety because employers will not have the latest information on their drivers. The Clearinghouse rules state employers must use the database to conduct pre-hiring screening for new drivers. This will help to stop drivers from moving from one job to another despite having drug or alcohol violations with their previous company. Checking the database will also be required annually by carriers in checking current drivers, although drivers must give consent for such inquiries. The delay was prompted in part by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) who asked five important questions: • What does FMCSA intend that the states do with the information they receive from the clearinghouse? • What specific information would states receive in response to a request for information about an individual’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder or applicant? • What privacy and data controls will be applied to the transmission of clearinghouse information to SDLA’s[state driver’s license agencies]? • How would an erroneous clearinghouse record be corrected? • What are the cost implications for the SDLAs? FMCSA has given assurances it will address each of the AAMVA’s questions with “Clearinghouse II” which it is currently working on. “Delaying the implementation of the states’ query requirement will provide FMCSA time to resolve AAMVA’s concerns and ensure a seamless implementation of the states’ clearinghouse-related requirements,” said the FMCSA. FMCSA also made it clear that states need only access the Clearinghouse for the issuance and renewal of a current commercial driver’s license and that commercial learner’s permits were not part of the process. FMCSA hopes that once everyone is on board, highway safety will be improved because drivers who are prohibited from driving a commercial motor vehicle will no longer fall through the cracks and end up back on the road.


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athering a wide range of information to help truckers improve safety and mitigate costs, top rated ELD and fleet management platform KeepTruckin has become one of the top data production choices in the trucking industry. Analysts cite the company’s innovation and cutting-edge products as helping to revolutionize aspects of the day to day life of drivers and fleet managers.

In 2019, the San Francisco-based company introduced its Asset Gateway and AI-powered Smart Dashcam. Providing real time information about the location of trailers and equipment, the Asset Gateway will allow fleets

to make smart decisions regarding shipping times and equipment allocations. The Gateway automatically provides location reports which save valuable time in scheduling trailers. It also gives out alerts as to when trailers exit a yard and whether it is a scheduled departure or not. The Smart Dashcam monitors what happens on the road and in the cab, giving managers the ability to evaluate drivers and provide recommendations for improved driver behavior. It can protect drivers from false accusations as well as to clarify insurance claims with video footage. Smart Dashcam also relays safety alerts in a timely manner which will help drivers avoid weather or traffic related delays.

Another feature of KeepTruckin’s new software includes the ability for clients to access over 100,000 warehouses across the country and see predicted dwell times for any hour of any day of the week. The software uses objective truck location data for its results rather than user-submitted information. KeepTruckin cites its hiring of engineers and technicians with a wealth of technology experience for its success in producing innovative and cost saving applications for trucks. Many of the platform’s team members have been lured away from tech giants such as Google, Twitter and Uber. “We work very collaboratively. We’re not working in silos, we’re very holistic. It’s tied to a company-wide push to really build the most innovative products that directly address our users’ pain points,” said John Sears, senior data science manager. In fact, KeepTruckin has invested deeply into research and development in order to produce the next generation of tools for the trucking industry. New testing includes innovations in fuel usage and safety scores. “We’re working to build these AI-driven insights around how you improve fuel economy by looking at speeding or unnecessary braking and acceleration on the highway, and then allowing users to track those improvements over time,” said Sears. Sears believes that KeepTruckin has the “best data in the industry, and that will allow us to build features that no one else can replicate,” concluded Sears.


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Random Drug Tests For Drivers To Double In 2020


ith positive test results for controlled substances up to 1% among commercial truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will increase the minimum annual rate for random tests from 25% to 50% of the average number of a carrier’s drivers. The move will go into effect on Jan. 1 and estimates put the price tag at between $50 million and $70 million billed to the trucking industry.


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The FMCSA didn’t release its federal notice until the day after Christmas, surprising many in the industry. Because the rates of failed tests had risen 0.3% percent since 2016, the FMCSA is required by a 2001 Final Rule, “Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing,” to increase the number of tests it administers. Minimum annual rates for random alcohol tests, however, will remain at 10%, according to the FMCSA. In the Dec. 26 notice, the FMCSA said, “When the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing is 25%, and the data received under the reporting requirements for any calendar year indicate that the reported positive rate is equal to or greater than 1%, the FMCSA administrator will increase the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances to 50% for all driver positions.” Some analysts expressed disappointment on two counts. Not only will trucking companies be hit by an added expense, but they also now know that their drivers are failing controlled substance tests at a higher number than in recent years. The FMCSA gleaned their data from randomly selected surveys returned by 1,552 carriers regarding random controlled substance testing. The FMCSA expects to conduct approximately 2.1 million tests this year, prompting some to predict a slight loss of productivity with drivers going to testing rather than delivering freight. The FMCSA estimates there are 3.2 million commercial driver’s license holders engaging in interstate commerce with another 1 million operating in intrastate commerce. www.punjabitruckingusa.com


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Is The Playing Field Level For Women At The Loading Dock?

Ellen Voie, CAE, PDC


ach year the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) asks drivers and carriers about their top concerns. As you can imagine, the drivers list differs from the trucking companies’ list, but some issues do affect both groups significantly.

1,100 responses from drivers. Thirteen percent of the drivers were female, which is actually much higher than the industry average of ten percent. Most of the respondents were company drivers, but surveys were collected from owner-operators and independent contractors as well.

Detention and delays at customer facilities was one of the issues that were important to both groups. It was the fifth concern for drivers and number six on the list for carriers. Delays at the loading docks reduce a driver’s productivity and decrease the level of compensation for both drivers and their companies.

The drivers were asked to estimate the number and the length of delays in the past twelve months. Eighty percent of drivers report being detained, but female drivers reported much greater delays than men. In fact, ATRI found that women were 83 percent more likely to be detained six or more hours. Men reported delays from less than thirty minutes to two hours in length, while women claimed to be more likely to be delayed for two hours to more than six hours.

ATRI gathers data through an online survey website but they also collect responses in person at the Mid-America Trucking Show each spring. This year they received over 26

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longer than men, ATRI followed up with interviews with the Women In Trucking Image Team members. Owner-operators Deb La Bree and Ingrid Brown insisted the delays were NOT related to gender. Neither one felt that the dock crews intentionally kept them waiting. The reason is probably more closely tied to ATRI’s crash causation research, which found that male commercial drivers are twenty percent more likely to be involved in a crash than female drivers. The secret is estrogen. Women have more estrogen and men have more testosterone. Estrogen is a hormone that encourages bonding, teamwork, collaboration and empathy. Testosterone encourages risk taking, competition and aggressiveness. How does that pertain to a loading dock? I asked female drivers on our Facebook page for their insight. Some of the women felt they might have longer wait times because they aren’t complaining. Jennifer wrote, “Women generally are less aggressive so they don’t get acknowledged as fast. Squeaky wheels get the grease has been my experience.” Dani wrote, “My guess is we’re more patient.” Many of the female drivers felt the study didn’t reflect their own experiences and actually claimed they are often unleaded BEFORE their male counterparts. Melissa commented, “I drive local intermodal, so I'm the only female in the area with the same 15 or so male drivers every day. I don’t find this (study) to be true at all. I would even go so far as to say I get unloaded


faster at some places...because I'm a woman.” Amanda wrote, “I don't really find this true. I been OTR for a long time and I sometimes get unloaded before males. Everyone waits some places for ever some place not long at all. I don't think gender has anything to do with it.” Janine wrote, “I never felt I was ever treated negatively at a customer for being female, but have been treated nicer by some customers because I am female.” Most of the Facebook group felt the detention wasn’t related to gender at all. Betsy wrote, “In 17 years I’ve never been treated differently.” Jill claimed she’s been on both sides, “I’m quieter and more patient so I’ve been by-passed for the ‘squeaky wheel.’ However, I’ve also been pushed ahead because I’m more polite and professional. I don’t think gender has much to do with it.” Perhaps gender is less of the issue than attitude. As Deb wrote, “You can look for discrimination everywhere, but it’s not always there.” The Women In Trucking Association’s mission is to ensure a level playing field for all women in transportation, so this study caused us to step back and try to dig into WHY the female drivers in the study reported longer delays. Remember, the word is “reported.” ATRI researchers recognize that there are numerous factors that may influence a driver’s perception. Perhaps future insight can be obtained from the electronic logging device so we won’t need to even ask drivers for their recollections.

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Enforcement Of

Coercion Rule Extends To More Than Carriers


n important element of the federal Coercion Rule is that its implementation meant that for the first time the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) could investigate and levy penalties on shippers and receivers who caused drivers to violate hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. The rule also strengthened FMCSA’s power over brokers. In March 2018 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., then FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez discovered first-hand how drivers had been coerced into violating their HOS when he heard a small-fleet owner relay a story about one of his drivers who was almost out of hours but was delayed at a warehouse. Even though the driver’s manager told the facility and a broker to arrange for a safe place for the driver to park


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if he was held up more than two hours, they ignored those wishes and the driver was detained for six hours. The fleet owner believes that shippers such as this must be face stiffer penalties other than the $25 an hour detention fine. Prior to the rule, FMCSA had little authority over warehouses or facilities who held up drivers. According to FMCSA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Director Joe DeLorenzo, the rule “gave us enforcement authority over a shipper[or receiver] that causes a violation of the regs.” Electronic logging devices have forced many drivers to strictly adhere to their HOS, so much so that even short truck moves around a facility, truck stops and other situations have caused FMCSA to alter its rules regarding off-duty status of personal conveyance so drivers can move to safe parking areas.



Other coercive efforts by shippers and receivers have been experienced by drivers. For example, entities have threatened or even withheld payment unless a driver violated HOS rules in order to make on-time deliveries. One driver said he was taken out of a facility by law enforcement when he refused to bend the rules. The carrier banned him and refused to pay him for four pallets he had unloaded earlier. Such transgressions could now result in a formal complaint by the driver against the carrier. Since the rule went into effect in 2016, almost every complaint has been about carriers, according to DeLorenzo. The more than 18,000 enforcement cases closed since 2016 shows tens cases concluded with fines issued non-hazmat shippers. There were no cases against brokers. In closed cases against shippers, violations were similar to those in cases closed against carriers. Those shippers all had U.S. Department of Transportation numbers, but, according to DeLorenzo the coercion rule can also apply to business without a USDOT number or FMCSA authority. Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh is skeptical of the legality of FMCSA’s authority to investigate businesses unless already under agency purview. “FMCSA has no real


direct oversight of shippers and receivers,” said Pugh. Pugh wants to publicly distribute a list of shippers and receivers that have violated rules or been investigated.

“If you’re a carrier and you have a shipper/receiver who’s jacking with your drivers,” said Pugh, “you need to charge that shipper and pay it direct to the driver. If a shipper or receiver tells your driver to take his break, they can’t do that. Drivers should take that to the carrier,” added Pugh

Pugh firmly believes that drivers need to alert FMCSA to such problems so that more receivers would fix their warehouse or dockside problems and delays. “If FMCSA mailboxes get filled up with[complaints against] Walmart and Piggly Wiggly, somebody in the government might do something,” said Pugh.

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Plus.ai Sends Autonomous Truck Cross-Country In Three Days


ilicon Valley-based Plus.ai has announced that one of its driverless trucks has completed a cross-country freight run from Tulare, California to Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Shipping butter for the company Land O’Lakes, the autonomous truck, pulling a fully loaded refrigerated trailer, made the journey of approximately 2,800 miles in just under three days. Last year, San Francisco-based Embark sent one of its Level 2 autonomous trucks 2,400 miles from Los Angeles to Jacksonville in five days. Plus.ai claims their journey is the first Level 4 cross-country commercial shipment in the United States. Both journeys provide a window into the future of ground transportation. Traveling almost exclusively in autonomous mode, the tractor-trailer was manned by both a safety driver and an engineer to monitor the truck’s systems. The trip was completed mostly on Interstate highways 15 and 70 and passed over a variety of landscapes, proving the new trucks will be able to handle virtually any driving situation. Recently, Plus.ai joined with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to test its autonomous technology in cold weather driving conditions.


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“This cross-country freight run...shows the safety, efficiency and maturity of our autonomous trucks, which are already delivering freight for other partners several days a week,” said Plus.ai co-founder Shawn Kerrigan. Kerrigan is one of a group of Stanford University classmates who formed the company in the summer of 2016. Kerrigan went on to say, “Continued advances in our autonomous trucks will make it possible for these quick crosscountry runs to be the norm in the future. We are excited to demonstrate what our technology can already achieve today while meeting rigorous autonomous driving safety and food transportation compliance standards.” The Plus.ai driverless truck is equipped with an advanced autonomous driving system that depends on sensors, cameras, radar and Lidar—light detection and ranging which allows for remote sensing to measure variable distances. For its part, Land O’Lakes was pleased with the delivery. The company’s chief supply chain officer, Yone Dewberry said, “End of the year is a very busy time for us. To be able to address this peak demand with fuel and cost-effective freight transport solutions will be tremendously valuable to our business.”


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Aperia Takes The Guessing Out Of Tire Management With Its New Halo Connect System


roper tire inflation and pressure monitoring technology can mean a nearly 100,000-mile difference in tire related roadside breakdowns between the best and average fleets. Data indicates that the average number of miles between breakdowns is only about 29,000 miles while the best fleets in the database achieve more than 124,000 miles between breakdowns. The most common cause of non-hazardous related tire failure is under-inflation. So, it’s no surprise that the best fleets in the industry rigorously monitor inflation levels on all of their trucks. New technology is making that task much easier.

In a recent statement, Aperia CEO Josh Carter said, “Following a successful limited-quantity release with some of the industry’s top fleets, Halo Connect is entering full production with a significant backlog and expanded features set to further simplify tire management within the fleet. We’ve seen fleets report a 90-plus percent reduction in tire-related emergency roadside service since implementing Halo Connect in their fleet.”

Fleets used to rely on analog tire pressure monitoring systems and even used inflation equipment which would automatically identify low level tires and re-inflate them. New technology is making that job much easier as state-of-the-art systems using telematics, analytics and machine learning have been introduced to the market. One such breakthrough in tire pressure monitoring is Aperia Technologies’ Halo Connect system, which began full production in November. Aperia hopes that its new technology will drastically decrease tire-related downtime. The new system has already completed testing involving nearly 1,000 vehicles.

Halo Connect actively monitors and adjusts tire pressure in real-time and sends data to fleet managers so they can implement preventative measures. Tire-related problems are classified by severity, and Halo Connect provides recommendations to avoid tire failure. Tire problem could be the result of leaks, underinflation and road wear.

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Third-Party Sellers Left Scrambling After Amazon Temporarily Bans FedEx


laiming they were “caught off guard,” third-party sellers that contract with Amazon.com cannot use FedEx Corp. for quick Prime shipments during the holiday season, due to Amazon’s displeasure with the performance of the package delivery company.

Merchants generally are in charge of their own deliveries and FedEx has been a common option, especially for deliveries which fall under the Amazon pledge of one to two-day delivery. A remaining delivery option for sellers is UPS Ground which still hasn’t run afoul of the online retailer.

Amazon informed merchants on Dec. 15 not to ship with FedEx. The ban appears to be only temporary, contingent on FedEx improving its service enough to fit Amazon’s needs. Even third-party merchants believed FedEx had issues delivering packages. These merchants are now on their own in finding shippers during the busiest time of the year for many of them, leaving them to develop alternate plans. It may mean that some of them will ultimately pay more for shipping this year.

In a statement to the media, FedEx said, “The overall impact to our business is minuscule.” The company’s Wall Street stock, however, has fallen and the company has missed earnings expectations with expectations even lower for 2020.

Third-party sellers, who pay Amazon a commission for each sale, account for over 50% of all products sold on the website. Amazon provides logistics, warehousing and delivery for many of those merchants. Those services put them in direct competition with FedEx.


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‘Phase One’ Trade Deal

With China Lauded By Transportation Leaders


ust in the nick of time, U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators have come to a “phase one” trade deal that will stop another round of tariffs which had been set to go into effect on Dec. 15. Looking for any ray of sunshine after a disastrous year in trucking which saw twice the company closures as the previous year, trucking and transportation leaders are applauding a potential breakthrough by the Trump Administration in the tariff war with China. In a White House statement, Trump said, “We have agreed to a very large phase one deal with China. They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of agricultural products, energy and manufactured goods, plus much more.” Trump and his trade representative Robert Lighthizer say the deal is a big win for farming with China expected to buy between $40 and $50 billion in agricultural products. Economists, however, say this may be a bit unrealistic considering the most China has ever bought from the U.S. came in 2012 when they purchased $26 billion of goods. Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations immediately congratulated Trump and his team for the accomplishment. Spear said the deal was a “big step toward resolving the ongoing impasse with China. As the nation’s leading mover of freight, the trucking industry places enormous value on free and fair trade and knows why it’s critically important for the long-term growth of our economy.”


The deal avoids the new tariffs set for Dec. 15 that included a 15% tax on $156 billion worth of goods, including computers and other electronics. The deal does not change the 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods which has been in effect for over a year. These tariffs have brought wide range displeasure from transportation leaders, especially Port officials on the West Coast. Port of Los Angeles Executive Director has pointed out that the current tariffs threaten 1.5 million jobs and $186 billion in economic activity. Port officials are cautiously optimistic about the new agreement. Phillip Sanfield, Port of Los Angeles media relations director said, “We have been calling for a negotiated settlement on all tariffs for well over a year. This hopefully will begin the long road to returning global trade back to some stability. There has been a lot of damage done on both the import and export side to U.S. manufacturers and farms. But we are very encouraged by this step.” Although economists are skeptical, the fact that China has seemingly agreed to double the amount of agricultural products they purchase from the U.S. is a major victory for not only farmers and shippers, but especially for the Port of Oakland, which is a major exporter of agricultural products to overseas destinations such as China. Despite tariffs, Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan says that demand for California and U.S. products is high and that the port has recently opened a 280,000-squarefoot refrigeration facility for meats and other products.

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Ratification Of USMCA All But Assured With Agreement Between Trump, Dems


espite last minute objections from Mexico about labor union monitoring, the United States-MexicoCanada Agreement (USMCA) is back on track with both Republicans and Democrats taking credit for the new trade agreement which will replace NAFTA. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) announced on Dec. 10 that an agreement between the Trump Administration and Congress has been reached and only needs to be officially ratified by both houses. There is no expected opposition to the agreement which was signed by U.S., Canada and Mexico last October but still needed congressional ratification. “After working with Republicans, Democrats, and many other stakeholders for the past two years we have created a deal that will benefit American workers, farmers, and ranchers for years to come,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a recent press release. “This will be the model for American trade deals going forward.” Some dispute revolved around modifications to the agreement which has already been ratified by both Mexico and Canada. Mexican officials were concerned about a labor provision that was added during negotiations between Lighthizer and House Democrats which calls for a fivemember panel of inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labor to ensure that Mexico is working on labor reform, particularly in ensuring that unions receive fair treatment. Stakeholders in the U.S. trucking industry were especially pleased by the USMCA and the bi-partisan nature of the agreement. American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said, “Now with a clear path to USMCA’s ratification, this is a historic victory for truck drivers, motor carriers and the entire American economy.” Spear added, “The vast majority of trade in North America moves on the track, with $772 billion worth of goods


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crossing our borders with Mexico and Canada every year. USCMA will provide the certainty our industry needs while ensuring the United States remains competitive on the world stage.” ATA Chairman and President of Triple G Express also voiced his support, saying, “Trade is a tremendous driver of revenue and creator of jobs in trucking, which is why passing USMCA has been so important to our industry. Trade with our two closest neighbors supports nearly 90,000 Americans in trucking-related jobs and generates $12.62 billion in annual revenue for our industry. As USMCA deepens our economic ties, we expect these figures—like our economies—to continue to increase.” On its website, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, headed by Lighthizer, distinguishes several “key achievements” of the new deal. Among those include expanded market access for American farmers, new standards for agricultural biotechnology, and a rule which will mandate that 75% of all motor vehicles sold in North America must be manufactured in the U.S., Canada, Mexico or any combination of the three. Some observers were surprised at the timing of the deal between Trump and Democrats at a time when impeachment articles against the president have been brought forth in the House of Representatives with a trial tentatively scheduled for January in the Senate. Spear, however, lauded both sides, saying the USMCA is “a great example of what is possible in creating consensus around good policy. Truckers and our economy depend on good policymaking, and this bipartisan agreement is a reminder of how the government can make our lives and businesses stronger. I thank President Trump, Speaker Pelosi, and all who have put disagreements aside to achieve this historic agreement.” www.punjabitruckingusa.com



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Seeking To Combat Climate Change And Improve Air Quality, Cal Regulators Mull New Requirements For Zero-Emission Truck Sales


ccounting for 41% of harmful greenhouse gases, the transportation sector in California has come under increased scrutiny as the state struggles to battle climate change and increased respiratory disease. Because the largest state by population—nearly 40 million—now has the poorest air quality in the nation, officials are considering requiring a percentage of new truck sales to be electric or zeroemission vehicles. Along with its poor air quality, California is also the fifth largest economy in the world with 1.5 million medium and heavy-duty trucks traveling the state’s roads, producing pollution which is responsible for the persistent warming the state has experienced as well as respiratory issues that plague residents, especially in the state’s central valley where deaths from chronic respiratory disease are 12 times higher than the state average. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) hopes the new requirements will put approximately 75,000 zero-emission trucks into commission by 2030, about 4% of the total. The new rule would represent the first time that any government has taken such steps, according to CARB Chairwoman Mary Nichols. “Trucks are increasingly a major contributor to air pollution nationwide, but especially in our cities where they are among the largest sources of toxic emissions in vulnerable neighborhoods,” said Nichols. The board will vote on the regulations next year, although the period for public comment is now over. Approval of the new rules would mean that at least 15% of new sales of heavy-duty tractor-trailers, pickup trucks such as the GMC Sierra and full-size vans such as the Ford Transit must be zeroemission by 2030. For box and delivery trucks, the standard will


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require 50% of new sales to be zero-emission. By 2040, officials are hoping that all new truck sales are zero emission and that the phased-in limits would prevent hundreds of premature deaths across California. While California already has the toughest emission standards in the nation, far tougher than federal regulations, environmental groups such as the Sierra Club believe the new rules don’t go far enough. They argue that commercial trucks last longer than passenger vehicles and that fleets are often slow to replace gas and diesel trucks with cleaner burning models. Moreover, environmentalists claim that higher polluting commercial trucks are often centered around the state’s poorest communities such as Los Angeles, the East Bay and the Inland Empire where warehouses store goods from the state’s large ports in Long Beach, San Pedro and Oakland. “We have so much traffic going in right now just in this area, and the rule currently, it would barely cover it,” said Andrea Vidaurre, a policy analyst for the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice. Trucking industry experts, however, argue that placing an edict on new sales would hamstring the state’s commercial fleets. Jeff Mandel, president of the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association said he supports increased sales of zero-emission trucks but that making requirements “on a naked sales mandate is fundamentally flawed” because of the gap between the cost of diesel fueled trucks and zero-emission trucks. “Trucks are not cars. Our customers invest capital to purchase vehicles that must return a profit,” said Mandel.



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CARB Postpones 2020 Implementation Date For GHG Phase 2 Trailer Standards


espite being at the forefront of the effort to combat climate change, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has postponed enforcement of greenhouse gas (GHG) Phase 2 trailer standards until at least 2021, to match with implementation of federal GHG standards which have still not been finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Coinciding with this decision, the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA) has filed a petition in a federal court for review of trailer standards under GHG, claiming that trailers cannot be regulated in the same way as motor vehicles and that any regulations would be “arbitrary and capricious” because they don’t measure the actual

day to day use of a trailer. The court placed the case in abeyance pending EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reconsideration of the matter. In 2016, the EPA under the Obama administration released the GHG Phase 2 regulations which not only tasked manufacturers with designing more fuel efficient trucks but to produce trailers which would also comply with federal standards. The final standards expected CO2 emissions to be cut 1.1 billion metric tons, save vehicle fuel costs of about $170 billion and to reduce oil usage by approximately two billion barrels over the lifetime of vehicles sold under the regulations. Final implementation has been held up under the Trump Administration, partly due to litigation such as that filed by TTMA, but also the result of agency inactivity.

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In 2018, CARB, however, approved the state plan, setting Jan. 1, 2020 as the implementation date even though there was still a good deal of uncertainty regarding the federal rules which make up the basis for the California plan. Industry analysts have noted that because the federal rules are still in limbo the state isn’t ready to fully implement its standards because of problems with compliance and certification issues. OEM’s (original equipment manufacturers) have also worried that, absent a federal standard, states will release their own regulations making it tough for interstate fleets to comply with different rules. www.punjabitruckingusa.com


Mike Shuemake, President of Fresno-based Central Valley Trailer Repair has pointed out that enforcement of any set of new rules would be problematic for CARB, saying, “I have not yet heard of one enforcement violation being issued for the original GHG rule that I believe went into effect in 2011. They are well known for writing rules but not having the resources to enforce them, which can be proven by looking at current compliance rates with various rules affecting our industry.” Shuemake also said, “I think they finally realized the rule had some issues, especially with the definition of model year, and that it might be easier to take a breather for two years and let that part of the rule become moot.” Additionally, only one OEM—conveniently based in California—has been approved so far for sales in California.

Because of inaction by the EPA and NHTSA, the TTMA has recently asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to render a final decision on trailer standards and not wait for the feds. With Jan. 2021 as the date when the NHTSA’s GHG Phase 2 standards are set to go into effect, TTMA argues that it cannot wait for federal action with the deadline just around the corner. “Trailers are highly customized and are ordered months in advance because they are built to order, meaning that TTMA’s members will begin taking orders for 2021 in the coming months,” court documents reveal. “TTMA’s members need to know whether the Rule will apply to the trailers they sell for the 2021 model year, and they cannot realistically continue to wait for the Agencies to engage in the rulemaking that has been promised since 2017.” The court has yet to rule on TTMA’s request.





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EPA To Award $44 Million For Projects to Lower Diesel Engine Emissions


oping to improve air quality across the nation by encouraging the transition to cleaner burning engines, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $44 million available for transportation projects that will reduce diesel emissions. Started in 2008, the Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) has provided grants and loans to offset the cost for regional transportation agencies to replace older vehicles with lower emission models.

Past allocations for commercial trucks averaged $18 million for the last three fiscal years. Applicants can request grants to upgrade or replace diesel-powered trucks, buses, ship engines, trains and qualifying nonroad equipment with advanced technologies which guarantee lower emissions and benefit local populations.

“Modernizing our nation’s aging fleet of diesel-powered vehicles is an important part of the Trump administration’s plan to further reduce harmful emissions and guide counties and states from nonattainment into attainment,” said current EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Our hope is that through these upgrades and ongoing efforts, communities will continue to see improved health outcomes for their residents, ensuring all Americans breathe cleaner air,” Wheeler concluded. EPA is actively seeking applications for projects which significantly reduce diesel emissions, especially in areas with poor air quality and economically disadvantaged communities where there is a higher rate of asthma, heart and lung disease. Grant requests for 2020 range from $1 million to $4 million and will depend on EPA region. There are ten separate regions with California, Nevada and Arizona (Region 9) having the availability to apply for the maximum grant amount. In contrast, states in the Northeast (Region 1) can only apply for up to $1 million. Applications must be made at that particular region’s office. EPA would like to generate 40 to 60 grant agreements. In the past, awards have gone to areas where diesel engines power not only trucks but also trains and ships. Last year, the Port of New York and New Jersey received $2 million to replace drayage trucks while the Port of Long Beach received $720,000 through an application by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to replace rail equipment. www.punjabitruckingusa.com

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Clearinghouse Rule Takes Effect January 6


s the deadline looms for fleets and drivers to register for the new Department of Transportation’s CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, all indications are that a timely transition to the system is unlikely, raising fears that delays in the hiring process will grip the trucking industry well into the first part of 2020. Proposed in 2016, the Clearinghouse rule sets up an online database that will provide employers and government agencies real-time information about any drug or alcohol violations by holders of either a commercial driver’s license or commercial learner’s permit. Drivers must register on the Clearinghouse by Jan. 6 and after that date employers must access the database before hiring can take place. The new database will list drivers who have failed or refused any drug test and it will be incumbent on fleets who wish to hire new drivers to check the database. Each query of the Clearinghouse will cost $1.25, although fleets may purchase queries in bulk. Fleets are also responsible for uploading the results of failed drug tests to the Clearinghouse. The database will also include any violations of alcohol laws pertaining to trucking. “The challenge is going to be—not enough drivers are registered,” said Jeremy Reymer of job applicant tracking firm Driver Reach, which works with a variety of carriers. “Every time a driver applies for a job, they’re going to be stuck,” said Reymer.

Unfortunately, many drivers still appear to be unaware of the deadline and how to register within the system which means they will face significant delays if they choose to change jobs after Jan. 6.Current law now requires fleets to communicate with a prospective driver’s past employers for background checks and failed drug tests or alcohol violations, but that system has serious flaws because some fleets may fail to follow through, leading to drivers on the road who have past violations. The Clearinghouse will hopefully make roads safer and provide fleets with important information about their drivers. A driver will no longer be able to immediately go to work for another carrier after failing a drug or alcohol test. Instead, fleets will need to query the database for new hires and will also have to submit queries once a year for existing drivers. All driver violations will be stored on the database for five years or until the return-to-duty (RTD) process restores a driver’s eligibility for licensing. Fleets may also seek out third-party administrators to ensure they are in compliance with the Clearinghouse rule. A third-party compliance monitor can help carriers avoid undue administrative headaches while making sure they are meeting the requirements of the rule. Violations by a fleet in following the procedure could lead to serious problems, especially if they are caught hiring a driver with previous violations who hasn’t gone through the RTD process. Although drivers and fleets will be required to register by Jan. 6, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has postponed until 2023 the rule for state agencies to access the database. A spokesperson for the FMCSA said the agency “has been working to implement the Congressionally mandated Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse as efficiently and effectively as possible.” The FMCSA did remind fleets and drivers that the requirement isn’t technically in effect until a driver wants to change jobs. Drivers are not required to register, although drivers not on the database who wish to move to a different carrier will face a roadblock when applying for that new position if they are not registered. For fleet managers there are several steps they should be taking or have already taken to make sure they are complying with the Clearinghouse rule. First, contracts with third-party administrators should


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But Are Fleets And Drivers Ready? reflect the existence of the new rule and those administrators need to be given the power to access the database on behalf of their clients. They must also comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act regulations since a Clearinghouse query is considered a consumer report when a third-party administrator makes it on behalf of a carrier. Second, fleets should make sure training in the use of the database is provided to all stakeholders within the company. They should be aware about procedures and requirements, including who is responsible for reporting violations. Violations of Part 382 (subpart B) must be reported by motor carriers, thirdparty administrators, medical review staff or substance abuse professionals by the end of the third business day of discovering the violation. Employers must report failed alcohol tests, refusal of a test, actual knowledge of a violation, a negative RTD test or the completion of the final negative follow-up test.


Third, fleets should train drivers in the process surrounding registration in the database even if they aren’t required to register unless they change jobs. Drivers may actually want to access the database periodically to ensure any information about them is accurate and up to date. In order to so, however, they will have to register. FMCSA has also set up a system for drivers to dispute inaccurate information about their records. Finally, since fleets are required to access the database once a year for each of their drivers, they should determine the type of queries they are asking for and secure consent agreements. The query can be limited which returns notification of a record in the Clearinghouse for individual drivers. A limited query requires the consent of the driver. If such a record is found, a full query must be conducted within 24 hours and require additional electronic consent from drivers.

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leI irsk srivisz dy vweIs pYRzIfYNt, jOn sIfl ny ikhw, ij`Qy auh DOT trWsportySn dI slwh leI kihMdy hn[

2. ieh suinSicq kro ik qusIN iek shI ELD ifvweIs dI vrqoN kr rhy ho

“kI ie`Qy koeI isstm hY jo ELD AwdyS ƒ pUrw nhIN krdw hY? jvwb hW hY, ausny ikhw, Aqy ausny aunHW gwhkW nwl kMm kIqw hY ijnHW ƒ muSklW AweIAW hn[

“kwgz Aqy ielYktRwink lOg dy ault, AnukUl ELDs Aqy hor jhwz irkwrf krn vwilAW iv`c AMqr zrUrI qOr qy sp`St nhIN huMdy,” trWsPlo ivKy poRfkt Aqy nvInqw dy aup pRDwn, f`g SIAr ny ikhw, jo ELDs Aqy mobweIl ibznYs mYnyjmYNt tYknwlojI pRdwn krdw hY[“ijvyN ik ELD dI pUrI pwlxw dI AMqm qwrIK nyVy hY, ieh suinSicq krnw mh`qvpUrx hY ik qusIN ie`k AijhI ifvweIs dI vrqoN kr rhy ho jo swrIAW zrUrqW ƒ pUrw krdw hY[“ PYfrl motr kYrIAr syPtI AYfiminstRySn csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/ List. ‘qy sYlP-srtIPweIf Aqy rijstrf ifvweIs dI lIst r`Kdw hY[ ieh p`kw kro ik quhwfI ELD ies aùqy hY, ijvyN ik ifvweIs dw nwm, mwfl nMbr, Aqy mh`qvpUrx iftyl ijvyN ik fytw tRWsPr qrIky, XUzr mYnuAl ƒ ik`Qy fwaunlof krnw hY, Aqy ELD splwier dw pRmwixq ibAwn, tRWsPlo dI isPwrS krdw hY[ hwlWik, isrP ies leI ikauNik ie~k ifvweIs ilst iv`c hY iesdw mqlb ieh nhIN hY ik Asl iv`c ieh loV Anuswr pRdrSn kr irhw hY, irlwieMs pwrtnrz

3. hwrfvyAr qoN izAwdw leI dyKo ifvweIs qoN pry, ieh mh`qvpUrx hY, Kæwskr jy qusIN AwKrI imMt qk ieMqzwr kIqw hY, qW jo ieh p`kw kIqw jw sky ik quhwfy kol tYknIkl spot Aqy tryinMg hY[ tRWsPlo dy SrIAr ny ikhw, “FMCSA dy rijstrf ifvweIs dI ilstW iv`c drjnW ELDs hn, Aqy aunHW swirAW ƒ ie`ko ijhw fytw dw smUh iqAwr krnw hY,” trWsPlo dy SrIAr ny ikhw[ “ivkryqwvW iv`c srivs, spot Aqy quhwfy kwrobwr ƒ clwaux leI aus fytw ƒ vrqx dI quhwfI Xogqw iv`c hY[ 4. ieh p`kw kro ik lwgU krn vwly krmcwrIAW duAwrw ELD ƒ piVHAw jw skdw hY ELD inXmW dI loV hY ik ie`k sur`iKAw AiDkwrI vwhn iv`c dwKl hoey ibnW hI ifsplyA ƒ pVH skdw hovy[ jy ELD ie`k mobweIl ifvweIs dI vrqoN krdw hY, qW fRweIvr ƒ ieMspYktr dy hvwly krn dI zrUrq nhIN huMdI, tRWsPlo dy www.punjabitruckingusa.com


Anuswr, jdoN q`k ifsplyA idKweI idMdw hY, auh ieMspYktr dI qrPoN ies ƒ sMBwl skdw hY[ pr iesdw mqlb ieh nhIN ik ieMspYktr tr`k dy stYp qy KVy hn[

hY, jdoN q`k quhwfI ELD ifvweIs ie`k ifspYicMg isstm nwl huMdI hY jo quhwfy leI aus fytw ƒ AwtomYtklI iqAwr krdI hY[

sIfl ny d`isAw, “pihlW FMSA ny ikhw ik jdoN q`k skRIn kwPæI v`fI hY kYb dy bwhroN vyKI jw skdI hY, ieh TIk sI[” “hux auh cwhuMdy hn ik AiDkwrI ies ƒ zmIn aùqy KVy ho ky vyK skx[ kuJ kMpnIAW ƒ ienHW cIzW ƒ n`Q pwaux dI zrUrq huMdI hY, jW auh ELDs ƒ vyKxXog nw hox dI aulMGxw ƒ dyKxw SurU kr skdy hn[”

6. frweIvrW ƒ hr roz auhnW dy lOg ƒ pRmwixq krnw pYNdw hY

5. ieh suinSicq kro ik frweIvr ELD sOPtvyAr dI vrqoN ikvyN krnw jwxdy hn jy qusIN ausI ifvweIs dI vrqoN kr rhy ho pr sOPtvyAr ƒ AOBRD qoN ELD iv`c bdl rhy ho, ieh Xwd r`Ko ik jdoN frweIvr ifvweIs ƒ nYvIgyt krdy hn qW ies iv`c mwmUlI qbdIlIAW ho skdIAW hn jdo qusI aus sw~PtvyAr ƒ ApgRyf krdy ho[ sIfl kihMdw hY, “frweIvrW ƒ isstm ƒ nYvIgyt krn dy qrIikAW bwry jwxn dI zrUrq huMdI hY[ies iv`c frweIvr dw tRylr nMbr Aqy Kwxw ib`l dwKl krnw vI Swml


AOBRD inXmW dy qihq, idn dy AMq iv~c kMpnI ƒ lOg sbimt krn dw ArQ auhI hY jo ies ƒ pRmwixq krdw hY, sIfl ny d`isAw[ELDs dy nwl Aijhw nhIN[ fRweIvrW ƒ hryk idn dy AMq iv`c auhnW dy lOgs ƒ shI rUp iv`c srtIPweIf krnw cwhIdw hY, ijvyN ik auhnW ƒ kwgz dy lOgs qy sweIn krny pey sn[ kuJ ifvweIsW Awpxy Awp frweIvrW ƒ pùCdIAW hn jdoN auh Awpxy lOg srtIPweI krn leI lOg Awaut krdIAW hn; pr dUsry nhIN krdy[ jy frweIvr ny Awpxy lOgs srtIPweIf nhIN kIqy, qW Agly idn lOg ien kro Aqy frweIivMg SurU kr idMdw, qW hux auh aulMGxw kr irhw huMdw hY[ sIfl ny not kIqw ik ieh ie`k kMplwieMs irivaU dOrwn ie`k motr kMpnI leI ie`k gMBIr sm`isAw bx skdI hY[ jy iksy frweIvr ny auhnW dy lOgs sbim`t kr id`qy hn pr auhnW ƒ kdy srtIPweIf

nhIN kIqw, qW ausny ikhw, “jy qusIN 13 idnW iv`c Awpxy lOg ƒ motr kMpnI iv`c sbim`t nhIN krdy qW ieh ie`k gMBIr aulMGxw hY[“ jy auh srtIPweIf nhIN hn, qW ie`k kMplwieMs irivaU ho skdI hY aunHW nwl ieko ijhw vrqwE kro jo lOg nUM jmHW nhIN krdy Aqy kMpnI ƒ ie`k SrqIAw sur`iKAw ryitMg pRdwn krdy hn[ 7. frweIvrW ƒ isKlweI idE ik fytw tRWsPr ikvyN kIqw jwvy ie`k AOBRD Aqy ie`k ELD ivckwr sB qoN v`fw AMqr ieh hY ik ELD nUM lwzmI hY ik ie`k fytw PweIl ƒ sVk dy iknwry lwgU krn vwly AiDkwrI ƒ qbdIl krn dy Xog hoxw cwhIdw hY[ ieh bhuq zrUrI hY ik quhwfy fRweIvr ieh jwxdy hox ik ikvyN krnw hY[ jy auh nhIN krdy, qW qusIN ie`k fytw PweIl tRWsPr krn iv`c AsPl rihx leI aulMGxwvW ƒ vyKxw SurU kr skdy ho[ sIfl ny d`isAw, “kuJ AOBRDs kol lOgz ƒ PDF dy qOr ‘qy Byjx dw qrIkw sI, pr ieh auhI cIz nhIN hY,” sIfl ny d`isAw. “fytw tRWsPr ƒ ERODS sOPtvyAr iv`c fwaUnlof kIqw jWdw hY[

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AiDkwrI AwpxI skuAYf kwr ivc lOg vyK skdw hY[ “auh sw`PtvyAr ELD fytw ƒ iekswr PwrmYt ivc Anuvwd krdw hY ijs nUM AiDkwrI pVH skdw hY Aqy AwtomYtIklI aulMGxwvW ƒ PlYg lwauNdw hY[ 8. kYb iv`c shI dsqwvyz r`Ko jy qusIN AwpxI AOBRD ƒ ie`k ELD iv`c bdlx leI sOPtvyAr Apfyt kIqw hY pr fRweIvr inrdyS kwrf ƒ nhIN bdilAw hY, qW qusIN Awpxy CSA skor qy iqMn AMkW nwl pRBwv pw skdy ho[ AOBRD dy inXmW leI ie`k isMgl inrdyS kwrf dI zrUrq huMdI hY jo ieh d`sdI hY ik ifvweIs ƒ ikvyN clwauxw hY[ jy koeI frweIvr iesƒ pYdw nhIN kr skdw, qW ieh CSA puAwieMt sI[ ELD inXmW dy qihq, ie`Qy iqMn v`K-v`K hdwieqW dy dsqwvyz loVINdy hn (hwlWik bhuq swry ivkryqw aunHW swirAW ƒ ie`k dsqwvyz iv`c joVdy hn)[ jy frweIvr auh kwrf nhIN poRifaUs kr skdw, ieh guMm hoey tukiVAW ivcoN hryk leI iek puAwieMt hY: • ELD dI vrqoN krn dy inrdyS[ • sVk iknwry ienPorsmYNt APsr ƒ fytw qbdIl krn dy inrdyS[ • Krwb hox dI siQqI iv`c kI krnw cwhIdw hY, dy inrdyS[ inXm ienHW ƒ ELD qy ielYktRwink qOr qy auplbD hox idMdy hn[ hwlWik, fRweIvr ƒ pqw hoxw cwhIdw hY ik aunHW nUM AYksYs ikvyN krnw hY Aqy jy ELD aus puAwieMt v`l Krwb hY ijQy aunHW ƒ nhIN iK`icAw jw skdw, auh frweIvr leI bhuq cMgw nhIN krn jw irhw jy ifvweIs iPRtz qy Krwb hox dy inrdySW leI hY[ Krwb hox dI siQqI iv`c quhwƒ A`T idnW dI kImq dy KwlI pypr lOg vI kYb ivc r`Kxy pYxgy[ 9. jwxo ik iksy KrwbI dy mwmly iv`c kI krnw hY ie`k AOBRD Aqy ELD iv`c iek hor AMqr ieh hY ik ieh inXm shI kMm nhIN krdw hY[ ipCly AOBRD inXm dy qihq, sIfl ny ikhw, ieh AspSt sI ik “sYNsr Pyl hox” dI siQqI iv`c pypr lOg dI zrUrq kdNo hoeygI[ sIfl ny ikhw ik ELD inXm dovW KwmIAW Aqy fytw fwiegnOsitk dIAW GtnwvW dw hvwlw idMdy hn[ 52

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“fytw fwiegnOsitk ievYNts auh cIzW hn ijQy ifvweIs 100% shI kMm nhIN kr rhI hY, pr ieh KrwbI dy p`Dr q`k nhIN jWdI[ ieh ies dy ADwr qy shI kIqy jw skdy hn ik ivkryqw Aqy motr kMpnIAW iks qrHW PYslw lYNdIAW hn pr auhnW ƒ kwgzI lOg dI zrUrq nhIN huMdI[“ jy ELD Krwb ho jWdw hY, qW ifvweIs ƒ lwzmI qOr qy frweIvrW ƒ sUicq krnw cwhIdw hY - ijsdw ArQ hY ik Krwb hox dw noits iksy vI lwgU krn vwly AiDkwrI ƒ vI spSt ho jWdw hY jo lOgs ƒ vyKdw hY[ frweIvrW ƒ Krwb hox dy smyN leI pypr lOg dI vrqoN krnI cwhIdI hY[ frweIvrW ƒ AwpxI kMpnI ƒ qurMq sUicq krn dI zrUrq huMdI hY, Aqy PlIt iv`c KrwbI ƒ TIk krn leI A`T idn huMdy hn jW styt ifvIzn AYfimMnstyRtr qoN iek AYkstYNSn pRwpq krdy hn ij`Qy tr`ikMg kMpnI ADwrq hY[ A`T idnW iv`c ELD dI AYkstYNSn pRwpq krn jW ies dI murMmq krn iv`c AsPlqw ƒ “lOigMg dy Axauicq qrIky” vjoN drswieAw jw skdw hY[ Krwb hox dI siQqI iv`c, frweIvrW ƒ nw isrP pypr lOg r`Kx dI zrUrq huMdI hY blik ipCly s`q idnW dy lOg vI Awpxy kbzy iv`c lY lYNdy hn[ 10. ELD inXmW ‘qy tRyn frweIvr kuJ Kyqr hn ijQy AsIN Awm qOr qy ELD inXmW qy frweIvrW iv`c glq DwrnwvW vyKdy hW, jOn sIfl dy Anuswr: • nhIN, qusIN fRwieivMg mof iv`c hox qoN b`cx leI 2 mIl pRqI GMtw nhIN clw skdy[ AOBRD inXmW dy qihq, kuJ ivkryqwvW ny motr kMpnI ƒ dUrI Aqy gqI dI cox krn dI AwigAw id`qI jo ifvweIs ƒ frweIivMg siQqI iv`c trYikMg GMitAW dI SurUAwq krn leI pRyirq krygI[ hwlWik, ie`k vwr jdoN vwhn 5 mIl pRqI GMtw qy phuMc jWdw hY qW ELD dy inXm nUM frweIivMg siQqI dI zrUrq huMdI hY[“ies dy Aws pws jwx dw ieko ie`k qrIkw hY in`jI vhwA jW Xwrf mUv vrq ky,” sIfl ny smJwieAw[ pr iesdw mqlb ieh nhIN hY ik qusIN Awn ifaUtI ‘qy igxn qoN b`cx leI 2 mIl pRqI GMty dI rPqwr nwl vwhn clw skdy ho[ “isrP ies leI ik ieh AwtomYitklI nhIN

bdldw, iesdw mqlb ieh nhIN ik ieh kwƒnI hY[” • in`jI sMcwr. ieh p`kw kro ik quhwfI ie`k kMpnI dI pwilsI hY Aqy frweIvr smJdy hn ik ivAkqIgq sMcwr dI vrqoN ikvyN kIqI jwvy[ ieh iek sB qoN Awm qrIkw hY frweIvr Ajy vI Awpxy lOg ‘qy “cIitMg” krdy hn, sIfl ny ikhw[ • fRwiev dw Axjwx smW. jy koeI fRweIvr Awpxy idn dy AMq iv`c lOg AwaUt krnw Bùl jWdw hY, Aqy Agly idn koeI hor tr`k clw irhw hovy, qW ELD nvyN frweIvr ƒ pùCygI ik kI ipClI Xwqrw iksdI hY[ “aunHW ƒ ieh smJx dI zrUrq hY ik aunHW ƒ ies ƒ kdoN Tukrwauxw cwhIdw hY Aqy kdoN aunHW ƒ ies ƒ svIkwr krnw cwhIdw hY,” sIfl ny ikhw[ iek Awm audwhrx tYknISIAn nwl hox jw rhI hY jo sop iv`c tr`k clwaux dI jWc kr rhy hn[ jy mkYink ny AwpxI tr`k dI tYst frweIv qy lOg-ien nhIN kIqw, Aqy frweIvr Agly idn qih hox qoN bwAd frweIv krdw hY, ausƒ aus Xwqrw ƒ r`d krn dI zrUrq hoeygI[ nhIN qW, auh mkYink dw fRwiev tweIm frweIvr dI lOgbùk ‘qy rhygw[ bYk AwiPs ƒ iksy AxpCwqIAW XwqrwvW bwry d`sxw pvygw jW aunHW ƒ inrDwrq krnw peygw[sIfl ny ikhw, “qusIN auQy irporitMg isstm iv`c bYT ky koeI Axjwx Xwqrw nhIN C`f skdy[ “ieh kMplwieMs irivaU dy qihq aulMGxw hY[“ • sMpwdn (AYift) Aqy ivAwiKAwvW. frweIvr Aqy bYk-AwiPs stwP dovW ƒ ieQy tRyinMg dI zrUrq hY[ AOBRDs dy nwl, motr kMpnI frweIvrW dy lOgs ƒ AYift kr skdy hn, sIfl ny d`isAw[ “hux auh swry jo kuJ vI kr skdy hn AYift krn dw suJwA dyx, frweIvr ƒ aus AYift ƒ svIkwr krnw jW AsvIkwr krnw huMdw hY[ ieh aus dI lOgbùk iv`c audoN qk nhIN hovygw jdoN qk auh sihmq nhIN huMdw[”



















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