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Raman S. Dhillon Managing Editor Raman S. Dhillon

Fresh Start for great future


elcome to the first issue of Punjabi Trucking Magazine, with a fresh look and content mix. It is the result of a genuine teamwork and redesign process undertaken by the design and the editorial staff. And, it is a product I hope you value reading and contributing into. I have since learned that a magazine redesign encompasses a top-to-bottom evaluation of the publication’s content, searching for ways to enhance readers’ experience, right down to the paper, fonts, swirls, and colors. Our mission in this magazine is to inform, involve, inspire, and build a community. We want you to turn to Punjabi Trucking Magazine, its readers, and contributors, as a valued source for practice insight. But, this is a two-way street, we also want your content ideas, article contributions, inspiring stories, and advice. I am also very fortunate to work with a great team. Putting a magazine together is a team effort. Everyone in the design, sales and office staff has pitched in at various times. The prime contributors are acknowledged, and to them, especially, I extend my personal thanks. Their sober second thought has reined in some of my more far-fetched ideas, thankfully. I hope you enjoy our very first issue and do let us know if there are any topics you’d like to see covered in the near future.

Content Director Sunny Vraitch Office Manager Ravi Dhillon Advertising Sales Raman S. Dhillon graphic design Maxx Printing, LLC Harshpal Brar contributors Ajit S Sandhu Dr. Surdeep Singh Gurjeet Bhinder Sunny Vraitch Ashmith Singh Circulation manager Jaspreet Dhillon

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Letter from the NAPTA President Dear Readers, I want to welcome you to the North American Punjabi Trucking Association (NAPTA). NAPTA is a platform and organization through which our trucking community can innovate, press for social change, and a place where we can inspire and learn from one another. NAPTA provides a structure that allows us to more effectively organize and direct our energies and resources towards realizing the solutions needed to address the rapidly evolving changing transportation industry. NAPTA’s primary focus is creating value for members. We look for solutions that serve the needs of our diverse membership. From single owner-operators to fleets of various sizes, NAPTA proactively works to understand potential new legislation and existing laws for their implications and impact. NAPTA works to guide industry standards and practices while advocating for its unique membership. Delivering the essentials of life in a safe, profitable, and environmentally responsible manner is the goal of each of NAPTA’s members, and as an organization, these values guide our efforts. Everyday NAPTA looks for ways to leverage our collective strength for better prices, services, and representation. The ongoing growth and success of NAPTA are only possible through the commitment, support and dedication of our existing members and the addition of new ones. I want to congratulate and thank you Punjabi Trucking Magazine for being the most important part of NAPTA. We appreciate your support and invite others who share our passion and join us.


President North American Punjabi Trucking Association

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Tariff War Threatens Trucking, Will Bring Higher Costs RAMAN SINGH

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he Trump administration slapped new Canada, Mexico as well as others. As the planet's biggest tariffs on Chinese goods worth $50 billion. importer, the U.S. will need to organize for retaliation in Trump is threatening to increase the tariffs the kind of perhaps fewer and pricier imported goods. on automobile imports from Germany and An extremely short of the money situation, Congress other states to 25 percent. The purchase made the Tariff Act of 1789 its first important part of currently is 2.5 percent for passenger cars and 25 percent the legislation. It raised revenue for its young federal for trucks. The president plans 25 percent tariffs on government and shielded cosmopolitan American steel imports and ten percent on aluminum. Our trading business. Fast Forward into this Tariff Act of 1930, also partners have been threatening to retaliate by slapping known as the Smoot-Hawley Act, which raised duties tariffs on a wide assortment of U.S. garments, agricultural, on more than a thousand items. At the end of 1931, 26 wine, and other niches. But with distribution chains countries had retaliated by raising their tariffs against expanding all over the Earth, it's not that simple. the USA. The outcome? International trade almost The trucking business, already beset with such ground to a complete stop and the Great Depression problems as decreasing drivers and regulatory deepened. conditions, for example, electronic logging of forcing Even the Trump government's plans to impose new hours and limits on what long-haul truckers can drive tariffs simplifies trucking, logistics, and freight only daily and within a week, may also have the annoyance. as a is coping with dramatically rising costs for fuel, Together with NAFTA already in a suspicious situation, driver expense and upkeep of vehicles that are more tariffs could financially impact revenues of leading complicated. The numbers forecast for July, August U.S. trucking firms. That educated many nations, for and October would each overcome the former list of example, the U.S. to understand the advantages of free 1.83 million TEUs imported throughout a single month, trade but hasn't ended using tariffs for protectionism or which was placed on August 20 17. punishment functions. Nearly 50% of all U.S. imports from Asia proceed Rail and trucking may additionally be impacted. through these two ports. China is the biggest spouse of International intermodal moves rose about 5 percent in the Port of Los Angeles. Approximately $145 billion in 2017, and also some railway operators, despite commerce commerce between China and the U.S. moved through concerns, still plan to develop international intermodal. the interface last year. On the very best transaction lanes, Representing 21 percentage of its total cargo volume, Asia represents 93 percent concerning trade value for intermodal is significant to its growth strategy. the port. The Port of Long Beach is dependent on Asian Let us hope the logistics market and also the entire U.S commerce too, with over 90 percent of commerce out of .economy remains strong during these dangers of trade East Asia and China the major trade partner. It's not only wars, unbundling of commercial agreements, tariffs U.S. West Coast ports which could truly feel that the pain and such. In the short of tariff retaliation, East term, U.S .consumers and Coast vents will as well. company owners might Back at the U.S., 13 be ready to keep to pay percent of Union Pacific's Nearly 50% of all U.S. imports from for higher-priced imports. revenue is driven by trade Asia proceed through these two ports. However, because prices with China because its China is the biggest spouse of the raise the probability trains take items inland of inflation increases. by the ports. Consumers Port of Los Angeles. Approximately That eventually triggers and small business $145 billion in commerce between a downturn and that people will most likely China and the U.S. moved through the could have a devastating be prepared to shell out interface last year. influence on not only more for imports as the that the U.S. but globally trade battle wages on as too. long as the U.S. economy The world economy remains healthy. "because has changed greatly the U.S. renegotiates this since our first session of Congress and even the Great agreement together with Canada and Mexico, we urge Depression. International commerce has had off with them to hold the enormous benefits to our market and the development of outsourcing, also the introduction our industry in your mind " of emerging markets and technological advances. For There's much speculation regarding what tariffs 2018, the World Trade Organization endeavors a 4.4 and also a potential trade war might mean for its U.S. percent world merchandise trade volume growth speed Based on basic financial theory and beyond history, the after a 4.7 percent rate in 2017, the strongest rate as 2011. result can mean more regional versus global commerce Most this, though, can fall with the latest introduction with supply chains focusing on national transport and of U.S. tariffs targeted at China, the European Union, warehousing. // July & August 2018

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New Battery Powered HVAC System Now Available for New Freightliner Cascadia Trucks


new Battery Powered HVAC system is now is housed. For 60” and 72” sleepers, the new solid state available as a factory-installed option for new electrical center of the Battery Powered HVAC system Freightliner Cascadia® truck models. This fits completely underneath the cab’s wardrobe cabinet, system provides up to 10 hours of cooling or 34 hours of freeing up space in the baggage compartment. heating to the cab when parked. The Battery Powered HVAC system has a dual evaporator Available on all new Cascadia design and the compressor only sleeper sizes and bunk styles, the Now available to order, the new Battery Powered HVAC system runs in parked mode – further Battery Powered HVAC system enhancing reliability. The system reduces emissions by allowing drivers to maintain a comfortable is fully integrated with vehicle replaces the previously offered power management to preserve temperature overnight in their ParkSmart system. engine starting. cab without idling the engine. “The new Cascadia is built to Increased airflow from a floor provide optimal comfort both on outlet further improves driver the job and off, and the Battery comfort, and the system is integrated with the truck’s Optimized Idle feature for Powered HVAC system contributes to creating that ideal interior environment for the driver,” said Kelly Gedert, comfort in any extreme climate. All system components are serviceable, and most director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks and can be reached without removing the cabinet where it Detroit Components.

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Federal Appeals Court Blocks EPA’s Glider Enforcement Delay


ecision made less than fourteen days past by the the EPA on its July 6 statement that it wouldn’t apply Environmental Protection Agency, a national the 300-truck cap set up in 2016 from the EPA under court on Wednesday ruled to briefly obstruct President Obama. EPA is focusing on a principle to reverse the Obamaa July 6 decision from the EPA not to enforce Obamaera emissions criteria put on glider kit sockets. Even the era regulations and forever get rid of the 300-truck cap, but the principle was slow EPA’s policy shift was a to come into fruition. significant win for glider Even the EPA’s July 6 apparel manufacturers, The court’s temporary injunction choice to not apply that such as Fitzgerald Glider cap was supposed to Kits, who’ve fought with from the EPA’s transfer implies that the emissions regulations provide the EPA more time the glider kit builders will probably to finalize the principle in the past couple of likely soon be capped at selling and and, at the meantime, let decades. making only 300 trucks yearly glider kit manufacturers The D.C. Appellate to make and market as Court on Wednesday many gliders since they alongside the ecological offered in 2017. groups, stating it could Glider kits include brand new truck organs and set a stay in the EPA’s enforcement discretion”pending additional order of this court” The court’s temporary bodies which are outfitted with elderly, remanufactured injunction from the EPA’s transfer implies that the motors and transmissions. They’d witnessed solid glider kit builders will probably likely soon be capped growth in earnings since 2008, provided their lack of at selling and making only 300 trucks yearly before the contemporary emissions methods. Even the EPA sought to stymie that expansion with court lifts its injunction and also even the EPA finalizes a guideline to counter emissions regulation glider kits. its 2016 Stage 2 rule, asserting that gliders generated an A three-judge panel to your U.S. Court of Appeals from outside sized share of emissions of greenhouse gases the D.C. Circuit ruled 2-1 in favour of a motion filed by and particulate matter relative to the share of overall a coalition of environmental activists bands, that sued truck sales every year. 16 //

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New CDL Training Requirements Moves Forward In California Assembly


lass A or Class B permit applicants would The Assembly Transportation Committee voted to need to complete 15 hours of behind-the-wheel Change the hour demand. The panel decided to cut instruction, of which 10 hours must have been from 30 hours to 15 hours that the mandatory behindon a public road. the-wheel prep for Class A permit applicants. The Especially, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be minimum number of hours public roads for Class B asked to adopt regulations to permit applicants also was abide by the federal rule by raised in seven to 10 hours. June 5, 2020. The bill, SB1236, The Assembly Transportation would also establish minimal Committee voted to Each 50 minutes of driving advance an amended bill to behind-the-wheel training could be regarded as one hour of requirements to be performed implement a federal rule that training. requires people looking for a as part of CDL training. 18 //

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commercial driver's license to complete a certified course of instruction from a commercial driving firm or program provided by an employer prior to being issued a license. The bill host has emphasized data in the California Highway Patrol which shows 10,062 at-fault commercial automobile collisions reported from 2014, where 2,432 led to injury and 68 were deadly. Senate lawmakers approved the bill a year ago but it died in the Assembly without getting a floor vote. Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, brought back the bill for consideration in an effort to find the state to act to ensure that commercial truck and bus drivers are being held to the maximum safety standards. "While the final rule would improve driver training and road security, it does not include a requirement which CDL applicants get a minimum amount of hours of behind-the-wheel instruction." He's described the legislation as"a sensible measure which will save lives by requiring drivers of big rigs and other large commercial vehicles to have driving experience before being accredited in California." A final rule on entry-level training standards published in December 2016 by the feds doesn't include a minimal amount of hours of behind-thewheel education.

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Michelin Offers Aerodynamic Trailer Solution and Introduces Latest All-Weather X One Drive Tire


ichelin North America is launching a aerodynamic solutions that cut fuel costs but do not Michelin first — a SmartWay®-verified increase maintenance costs nor require driver attention aerodynamic trailer solution kit, and costly repairs. MICHELIN ENERGY GUARD is an MICHELIN ENERGY GUARD — for use on 53-foot easy-to-use, fuel-efficient and aerodynamic solution. dry-van truck load, refrigerated truck load and other Consisting of a resilient trailer skirt, trailer-end fairings, long-haul and super-regional applications. In addition, aerodynamic mud flaps and a wake reducer, the integrated kit eliminates Michelin Americas the need for “boat tails” Truck Tires is introducing or combining elements the MICHELIN® X ONE® LINETM GRIP from various vendors. Replacing the MICHELIN X ONE “Fleets can be frustrated D drive tire for fleets XDN2 with the MICHELIN LINE GRIP with the current market looking to maximize D and its enhanced tread compound solutions for fuel driver confidence in harsh weather operating savings as they strive to results in an estimated annual fuel improve their margins in long-haul and savings of $550 by (based on estimated and competitiveness,” super-regional routes. fuel price of $2.99 per gallon). said Adam Murphy, Available in May 2018, vice president, B2B the MICHELIN X ONE LINE GRIP D will meet marketing, Michelin North America. “Our SmartWay requirements for low-rolling resistance tires and replaces the market- MICHELIN ENERGY GUARD solution can result in leading wide-base single, the MICHELIN® X ONE® a 7.4 percent fuel savings(2). Best of all, it requires no XDN2. driver interaction in order to achieve these impressive With the biggest drag on fuel efficiency occurring at results.” The fully-integrated Energy Guard kit boasts several 65 miles per hour, fleets and owner-operators look for

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innovations with its patent-pending design. The resilient trailer skirt integrates with other aerodynamic components, while its advanced technology enables coverage and stiffness without sacrificing durability. The skirt’s flexible design folds out of the way if it strikes an obstacle or debris, while the trailer-end fairings direct airflow to the back of the trailer. The wake reducer minimizes the effect of the recirculation zone behind the trailer. The trailer end fairings and wake reducer are automatically functioning, always activated requiring no driver actions. The aerodynamic mud flaps reduce vehicle drag and road spray. ENERGY GUARD is aimed to help fleets reduce fuel consumption without increasing maintenance expenses. Fleets looking for driver confidence in harsh weather can now depend on the MICHELIN X ONE LINE GRIP D. With more than 25 percent better snow traction than a leading competitive tire, the MICHELIN X ONE LINE GRIP D provides grip that weathers the elements. This tire has a “three peak mountain snowflake” (3PMSF) designation for use in severe snow conditions. Wide open shoulder grooves help deliver all-weather traction for driver confidence. Available in 445/50R22.5 and 455/55R22.5 sizes, this next-generation wide-base single drive tire will meet SmartWay requirements and is greenhouse-gas regulation compliant. MICHELIN X ONE LINE GRIP D allows fleets to carry 389 pounds of additional payload versus dual-wheel applications, critical for weight-sensitive fleets. Replacing the MICHELIN X ONE XDN2 with the MICHELIN LINE GRIP D and its enhanced tread compound results in an estimated annual fuel savings of $550 by (based on estimated fuel price of $2.99 per gallon). “Protecting drivers and // July & August 2018

their loads while providing outstanding total cost of ownership are key factors for driver retention, load care and uptime,” Murphy said. “MICHELIN X ONE LINE GRIP D is the tire for miles of confident driving and all-weather grip while offering the right balance of fuel efficiency, weight savings and long tread life. The latest X One introduction continues our leadership in wide-base single innovation and provides a marketleading solution.”

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Basic Guide to 18 Wheeler Insurance Reliance Partners


t is no secret that 18 wheeler insurance does not come cheap owing to the considerable liability risks associated with the trucking business. For this reason, it is important to find an insurance firm that understands 18 wheelers and provide practical policies that meet specific requirements at a reasonable cost. The cost of insuring a truck is determined by a wide variety of factors, including the type of cargo hauled, distances traveled, driving record and more. Average for-hire operators can pay up to $12,000 annually for commercial truck insurance. Choosing the ideal insurance policy is crucial for protecting assets. A major accident can create substantial financial problems for an uninsured operator. Paying for the repairs out of one’s pocket is simply not an option. An accident has the capacity to decimate a trucking company. The right type of insurance eliminates the need to pay for medical bills and repairs. In addition, it provides muchneeded protection against uninsured drivers. Risks for truck drivers Driver fatigue is one of the major risk factors associated with the trucking business. The sleep schedule is always changing and it is not easy to get adequate rest at truck stops and other public spaces. As a result, sleep deprivation may lead to poor concentration. In some cases, hazardous road conditions create considerable risks. Many accidents are caused by drivers who keep moving in bad weather. The 18-wheeler monsters have inertia, which means they can cause a lot of damage in the event of a crash.

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What determines the cost of a policy? Insurance providers assess the level of risk associated with a particular operator and fleet based on wide-ranging factors. The higher level of perceived risk attracts higher premiums. Some of the key factors that determine cost include: - Credit rating - Driver’s age and gender - Value of the 18-wheeler - Location and radius of operation - Driving record and experience Types of commercial truck insurance In the United States, vehicles are required to have liability insurance. This is aimed at protecting both the insured and third parties. Truck operators can obtain licenses and permits after presenting liability insurance. On the other hand, bodily injury coverage is designed to pay for medical expenses resulting from the accident. The policy covers medical bills for the injured up to a set limit per person. It also stipulates a maximum amount per accident under the Combine Single Limits (CSL). Property damage covers any damage to vehicles or property. This ensures that the property is either repaired or replaced. Physical damage insurance is particularly important to operators that lease trucks or have a lien of any kind. This option provides comprehensive coverage. Specified Peril insurance offers protection in the event of specific hazards, such as fire. Coverage is only applicable to items specified in the policy. This means if an 18-wheeler is damaged by a falling tree and it is not listed on the policy, the insurer will not pay. Hence, the need to ensure coverage to risks associated with a particular route or cargo.

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Daimler Trucks North America Announces Penske Truck Leasing and NFI as Partners for Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet


aimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced that Penske Truck Leasing and NFI have agreed to partner in operating the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet of eCascadia™ heavy-duty trucks and eM2 106 medium-duty trucks. The move is the next phase of a co-creation process that DTNA is utilizing to actively involve customers in the development of commercial electric vehicles to meet the most valid target applications. Starting late this year, Penske will begin taking delivery of 10 eCascadias and 10 eM2s for use in California and the Pacific Northwest, while 10 eCascadias will begin being delivered to NFI for drayage activities from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to warehouses in California’s Inland Empire. Additionally, DTNA plans to operate electric trucks within its own Product Validation Engineering (PVE) test fleet in Oregon to further expedite research and development of the technology. “Freightliner is excited to be working with Penske and NFI on this critical learning process as we further develop and refine our commercial electric vehicle technology. Running multiple trucks in real-world applications will provide better insights for our engineers into the requirements of integrating electric commercial vehicles into fleet operations,” said Roger Nielsen, president and chief executive officer of DTNA. “We are partnering with these two customers for this phase of the co-creation process because they have use cases that closely fit the target applications we have identified. Both Penske and NFI are forward-thinking partners eager to take on the challenge, effort, and investment that will be required during this important development phase.” In preparation for the 2021 start of production, DTNA announces the Electric Vehicle Council today. The council will prepare customers, with viable use cases, in evaluating

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and integrating commercial electric vehicle solutions into their operations. Technical learnings from the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet and test fleet will be shared with the customer base in this forum. As testing progresses, the DTNA Electric Vehicle Council will discuss planned product offerings to gather candid feedback as the OEM moves towards commercialization of electrified trucks. Through the EV Council, DTNA will work for hand in hand with customers, establishing the necessary charging infrastructure, vehicle deployment, and service support. DTNA plans to offer customers consulting services to assist with site selection based on truck applications, available government incentives, infrastructure deployment and route identification as part of a preliminary review prior to commercial electric vehicle business proposals. “The DTNA approach to bring commercial electric vehicles to market is holistic. With the Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet, we will be working, hands-on with Penske and NFI. As a separate part of a co-creation process we will also launch the EV Council that emphasizes shared learning before we begin series vehicle production,” said Richard Howard, senior vice president, sales, and marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “While heavy-duty electric vehicles present the greatest engineering challenges, we’re committed to a process that leads to series production vehicles that are safe, reliable and efficient. We don’t compromise on this key component of the Freightliner brand legacy. We’ve been successfully mass producing durable commercial vehicles for decades that stand up to the rigors of the road. Electric commercial vehicles present a real opportunity to reduce emissions and enhance our customers’ bottom lines through improved uptime and lower operating costs.”

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Volvo Trucks and FedEx Successfully Demonstrate Truck Platooning on N.C. 540


olvo Trucks North America, together with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, used advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) technology to conduct on-highway truck platooning as part of an ongoing research collaboration. Volvo Trucks North America announced today the successful on-highway demonstration of its truck platooning technology. The company has been working closely with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) to expand on-highway operations of Volvo’s Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) in the United States on N.C. 540, the Triangle Expressway. This marks the first public on-highway showcase of platooning technology between a major truck manufacturer and a transportation company in the U.S. “Volvo Trucks has long supported platooning because it benefits freight companies and professional drivers alike through safer, more fuel-efficient operations,” said Per Carlsson, Acting President of Volvo Trucks North America. “We continue preparing for the deployment of trucks with greater vehicle-to-vehicle communication capabilities that support higher levels of ADAS. We know these technologies will be part of our future, but exact timing depends on many things, namely regulations, infrastructure, safety standards, and market demand.” 30 //

The “platoon” consisted of three trained, professional truck drivers in Volvo VNL tractors, each pulling double 28-foot trailers. Through CACC, a wireless vehicle-tovehicle (V2V) communication technology, the tractors, and trailers remained in constant communication. The tractors and trailers traveled at speeds of up to 62 mph while keeping a time gap of 1.5 seconds, maintaining a closer distance than what is typical for on-highway tractors. Staged and unplanned vehicle cut-ins demonstrated how the technology handles common traffic situations. “Volvo’s V2V technology is based on Dedicated ShortRange Communication (DSRC), which has proven its capability to perform well in the V2V environment,” said Keith Brandis Volvo Trucks North America vice president for product planning. “Dedicated bandwidth within the 5.9GHz spectrum is critical for the successful deployment of a V2V application, like truck platooning.” Today’s demonstration is the result of an ongoing research collaboration. Since April 2018, three Volvo VNL tractors have been paired with various combinations of FedEx trailers to simulate real-world routes and trailer loads while traveling on N.C. 540. The potential benefits of platooning that are being studied during this collaborative research include faster responses to hard braking while maintaining safety and fuel efficiency. July & August 2018 //

“FedEx was built on innovation and it continues to be an integral part of the FedEx culture and business strategy,” said Gloria Boyland, Corporate Vice President, Operations and Service Support, FedEx Corporation. “We are pleased to collaborate with Volvo Trucks and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority to learn more about how platooning technology can benefit our team members while improving fuel efficiency for our fleet.” The vehicle-to-vehicle communication system helps reduce the reaction time for braking and enables vehicles to follow closer, automatically matching each other’s speed and braking. The advanced technology is meant to serve as an aid – not a replacement – for skilled professional truck drivers. When trucks can drive closely behind one another, fuel efficiency is improved as a result of reduced drag. Drag accounts for up to 25 percent of a truck’s total fuel consumption, and the closer the trucks drive to each other, the greater the fuelsaving potential. Reducing the traveling distance between vehicles also allows for greater highway utilization, helping alleviate traffic congestion. “This collaboration demonstrates the Turnpike Authority’s commitment to invest in the safety of customers with state of the art technology that could become an invaluable tool for transportation,” said NCTA Executive Director Beau Memory. “With some of the most advanced roadways in the nation, the Turnpike Authority wants all drivers to have every tool and technological advancement necessary to reach their destination safely and efficiently.” N.C. 540, due to its proximity to Volvo Trucks’ North American headquarters and its designation as a proving ground for advanced vehicle technology, is an excellent demonstration site for the Volvo platooning technology, providing invaluable insights for

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all parties involved in this process. N.C. 540 is one of 10 locations around the country that the U.S. Department of Transportation has designated for demonstrating advanced vehicle technologies, like platooning, through research initiatives such as this one. Volvo Trucks and FedEx plan to continue developing the Volvo CACC technology on N.C. 540 into the foreseeable future with the goal of continuing to learn about the potential benefits offered by vehicle platooning. Additionally, this advanced testing will allow the participants to adapt to the technological and regulatory developments that will ultimately determine the commercial viability of platooning technology in the United States.

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Drivers Wanted

Is It Safe That Someone Under 21 Get Behind The Wheel Of 18 Wheeler?


hanges to age limits, while it’s buying guns or young motorists as older motorists age out. The current voting, are in the forefront of domestic discussions. median age in the industry is 55. Drivers can make up to $60,000 annually, immediately Today, a few lawmakers are proposing to deal with following high school the country’s trucker deficit by allowing 18-year olds to instruction and training. drive 18-wheelers across Critics of the change, however, cite statistics that state lines. Why should 18The new plan would require: younger drivers have higher year olds be in a position • 400 hours logged of on-duty driving accident rates overall. to do this? Currently, • 240 hours of working with an every state in the”Lower According to the Centers experienced driver in the passenger for Disease Control, 16 into 48” allows licensed truck seat 19-year-olds are 3 times drivers under the age of 21 • Trucks outfitted with automatic brakes, more likely to crash a to drive 18-wheelers within video cameras and a device that keeps the borders of the state in vehicle than all people over the speed below 65 mph which they are licensed. age 20. The fatality rate for males, The proposal, released last especially, was twice as week by Reps. Duncan D. large as for females of the Hunter (R-CA) and Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN), same age set. Just 6 percent would scrap the federal rule that prohibits those very of licensed truck drivers nationwide are women. There is no specific research on the rates of crashes between exact motorists from crossing state lines. Proponents, including the trucking industry, assert that licensed truck drivers under 21 currently involved with the shift would allow for the practice of a new fleet of intrastate driving. 32 //

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Elections 2018

California Voters Will Decide On Vehicle Tax And Fee Increase Repeal


he California Secretary of State has declared the group got the required 585,000 valid signatures to qualify the repeal question for its November 2018 statewide ballot. Some Republicans say that the tax and fee increases place a lot of strain on middle and lower class residents. They include that past fuel tax earnings have gone for other applications -- a trend they anticipate to continue. As of Nov. 1, 2017, the new law raised the diesel tax by 20 cents and raised the gasoline tax by 12 cents. Other vehicle fees in the deal moved

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upwards Jan. 1, for example an increase from 4 percent to 5.75% in sales tax applied to diesel purchases.

The further taxes and fees don’t end there. Another 7.5-cent gas tax increase is scheduled to occur in July 2019.

Senate Bill 1 passed the Democratled statehouse with no vote to spare. Voters in California this fall will

probably get the final word on whether they wish to maintain auto tax and fee increases imposed annually. Since last fall, a Republicanled group worked to obtain signatures as part of a ballot initiative to repeal the fee and tax increases. All fee and tax prices will also be indexed to inflation to allow for gains in future decades. The Democratic Party has stated the tax and fee increases are necessary to address a $130 billion backlog in deferred in road maintenance. He’s defiant about the repeal effort.

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Adverse Oral Habits in Your Child That You Should Never Ignore Dr. Surdeep Singh Dr. Navdeep Kaur Sodhi


dverse oral habits are the one that are acquired by some children during growing age. Those bad habits can lead to serious problems in future if not corrected at the right time. Some of these habits can be corrected by the proper counseling of the child but some of these bad habits need help of the Dentist to correct by using suitable appliances.

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Lets discuss some common adverse oral habits that we see in our children very often. 1. Thumb Sucking: This is the most common adverse habit in our children. Prolonged thumb sucking creates a constant negative pressure in the mouth that leads to narrowing of dental arches, open bite, crowding of teeth and eventually effects the mechanism of mastication. This habit can be corrected by child counseling and

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also with the help of Orthodontic Appliances. adverse habit that is actually implemented by parents 2. Mouth Breathing: Mouth breathing is also very to the child. This feeding habit leads to early decay common among the children. It can be habitual or of children teeth especially the upper front teeth. We anatomic. Anatomic mouth breathing occurs due should never let our children sleep by putting the to obstruction of the nose or other airway structure. bottle in the mouth. That may require minor surgeries to correct. Mouth Parents should clean the child’s teeth every time Breathing in children leads to Dry Mouth, Increased after feeding either by brushing or even cleaning with incident of caries, inflammation of gums, changes in wet cloth helps. Neglect at this point by the parents lower facial profile. can lead to painful episodes in the children. 3. Tongue Thrusting: Continues pushing of the front teeth with the tongue or the excessive pressure created by tongue on front teeth during swallowing is known as tongue thrusting. It can also be habitual or anatomic due to the extra large size of the tongue. This habit usually requires an appliance to done the correction. Tongue thrust can leads to Open Bite, proclination of anterior teeth, narrowing of dental arch. 4. Bruxism: Grinding of the teeth is called Bruxism. Usually this occurs during night time but some children also exhibit this habit during the day. This habit is directly related to the excessive functioning of the jaw muscles. The adverse effect of this habit can be lowered by fabricating the mouth guard. Email: Joinkamway@kam-way.com Bruxism leads to excessive tooth call us at: (360)332-1444 - x 939 structure wearing, sensitivity of teeth, tooth fractures, pain due to pulp exposures. 5. Nursing Bottle Caries: This is the most common

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Alberta Moves Forward With Driver Training Program After Crash That Killed 16


proposal that would mandate driver training for new commercial drivers is expected to be implemented in the province of Alberta as early as January, according to the province’s Transportation Ministry. Transportation Minister Brian Mason cited a recent deadly crash involving a commercial tractor-trailer and bus transporting the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in Saskatchewan on April 6. Sixteen people were

killed and another 13 were injured in the crash. The driver of the semi-truck, Jaskirat Sidhu, faces 29 criminal charges including 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death. In July 2016, the province of Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to introduce mandatory entry-level driver training for commercial truckers. The driver training policy took effect on July 1 of this past year. The U.S. has its own entry-level driver training policy which is scheduled to take effect in 2020.

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Dana Brooks, IOM of California Trucking Association Graduates from Institute for Organization Management


nstitute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Dana Brooks, IOM, Vice President of Membership and Business Development, of the California Trucking Association, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications.

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Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. “Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.” Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

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CVSA’s Brake Safety Week will be taking place in September


ust as drivers are recovering from Roadcheck 2018 and gearing up for Safe Driver Week in just a few more weeks, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced the dates for another impending inspection blitz — Brake Safety Week. According to the CVSA, most of the inspections conducted during Brake Safety Week will be the North American Standard Level I Inspection, a “37step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspections conducted will include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts; air or hydraulic fluid leaks; defective rotor conditions; measurement of pushrod travel; mismatched air chamber sizes across axles; air reservoir integrity and mounting; worn linings, pads, drums or rotors; required brake-system warning devices; and other brake-system components.” Last year, the CVSA condensed Brake Safety Week down into to Brake Safety Days — one surprise inspection event that was held on May 4 and then another announced inspection day on September 7. The CVSA says that during last year’s Brake Safety Day inspection blitzes, 14% of all inspections resulted in an out of service order because of brake violations. The CVSA also offered up several sets of statistics linking faulty brakes with an increase risk of crashes: According to the U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large

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Truck Crash Causation (LTCC) Study, 32.7 percent of large trucks with pre-crash violations had brake problems. Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage of out-of-service vehicle violations cited during last year’s International Roadcheck. The LTCC Study’s relative risk analysis indicated that large trucks involved in a crash where the braking capacity of the truck was critical were 50 percent more likely to have a brake violation than were trucks

This year, Brake Safety Week will take place throughout the U.S. and Canada from September 16 — 22

involved in crashes where the truck’s braking capacity was not critical. According to the LTCC Study, of the trucks involved in brake-critical crashes, 45.5 percent had brake violations, compared with 29.9 percent of trucks involved in crashes of the same type where the braking was not relevant. Brake Safety Week is sponsored by the CVSA in conjunction with the FMCSA and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

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300 Gliders Per Small Manufacturer Limit Suspended, EPA Says


ven the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency instituted through the Obama government which EPA has has suspended through the end of 2019 a cap proposed to repeal. After reviewing comments on that to the number of glider kits a single builder proposal submitted by stakeholders, the bureau decided may produce. The bureau’s move, first released July 6 additional evaluation is required before the last decision was made, Block said. She at The New York Times, also added that EPA is basically would allow glider exercising its enforcement businesses to sell more than discretion this year and 300 vehicles annually while Scott Pruitt announced his resignation for 2019 since it pertains to the agency crafts its glider on July 5. Deputy administrator Andrew rule. Glider trucks are a manufacturers of glider kits. Wheeler took on the role of acting chief. In November 2017, the combo of new truck bodies agency planned to repeal using older engines. particulate emissions At the beginning of 2017, small manufacturers were demands for gliders. As limited to the number of gliders they built in their main Block put it, the repeal proposal”considered options manufacturing year between 2010 and 2014. In 2018, or additional measures an extension of compliance deadlines, and raising the cap to the number of gliders these makers were confined to no more than 300 gliders. “Until the last rule can be completed to bring regulatory permitted to be constructed by small manufacturers” certainty to glider manufacturers, the bureau is thinking EPA’s 2016 Phase two heavy-truck greenhouse gas about interim steps to reduce acute consequences on the emissions principle comprises the limitations to the market,” says Molly Block, an EPA spokeswoman. She number of gliders with engines that predate existing noticed that one option the agency is contemplating is emissions regulations which may be built by means of expanding into Dec. 31, 2019 the compliance date to the a company yearly. The rule also requires specific gliders 300-unit limit. The move lifts the current annual cap to become certified as emissions-compliant for its model of 300 glider fittings each manufacturer, a limitation they are built. 44 //

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