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he Trucking Industry is heavily regulated, and anyone who operates a commercial motor vehicle must follow certain rules. As our trucking industry is been changing very fast is last ten years. Fleets are adding equipment and personal to grow their business but in this race of getting bigger we are somewhere forgetting to keep our companies healthy from inside. We are neglecting most necessary and vital part of company compliance. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) mandated several very specific procedures and records with which you must comply. It is always a good idea to have your own audit once a year. Complete daily vehicle reports, pay attention to preventive maintenance, organize driver qualification files are some of the important areas that a company needs to pay close attention. We think most common area where we neglect is hiring process. Please set standards for your company. We wish everyone should succeed in their business but also keeping everyone safe is also should be our priority. Remember how these best practices for DOT compliance in trucking industry can give you heads up on your competition. Our best wishes for you and your company for safe, compliant and efficient operations.

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CONTENTS Ally Carriers ................................................ 15 ARB.ca.gov/truckstop .................................... 10 Automann ....................................................... 49 Beeline Commercial Alignment & Tires. 25 Big Rig Tires & Alignment .......................... 37 BP Lab Services ............................................ 24 BVD Petroleum ............................................ 23 California Truck Centers ............................. 03 Capitol Truck Lines Inc ................................ 40 City Registration Service ............................. 35 Clamp Guy ................................................... 29 CSM Leasing ............................................... 09 CVTR Inc ...................................................... 11 Diamond Commercial Group ........................ 47 Doxa Lubes ................................................... 47 Ex-Guard ..................................................... 51 Fresno Truck Wash ...................................... 13 Gillson Trucking Inc. ..................................... 27 Golden Land Trans. Insurance .................. 22 Global Multi Services ................................... 27 Harjinder Dhesi- Realtor ............................ 44 Hendrickson .................................................. 50 Jack’s Truck Wash ......................................... 15 Jagdeep Singh Insurance Agency ................ 12 Jumbo Logistics ........................................... 33 i5 Truck Wash and Repair ...................... 26 India Sweets & Spices .................................. 39 iSoft E-Log ................................................... 41 Kam-Way Transportation Inc .................... 37 Keep Truckin ................................................ 07 Lotus Financial Group ................................. 45 Manpreet Nagi (Open Key Realty) ................ 21 Maxx Printing ............................................... 35 Mike Tamana Freight Lines ....................... 43 NAPTA ...................................................... 11, 19 Padda Insurance ......................................... 46 Paul Singh Real Estate Consultant ............. 15 Premier Business Lending ....................... 18 Premium Truck and Trailer Repair ................ 26 Primelink Express ........................................ 25 Speedy Truck Wash Inc. ............................... 48 Sunshine Auto Care Inc. .............................. 43 TEC Equipment Lathrop ............................. 02 Thermo King of Central California ...... 17 Truck Bath Truck Wash ............................... 13 Truxco Parts, Inc. ........................................ 31 US Shiping Trans Inc. .................................. 17 Utility Trailer Sales of Utah ....................... 05 Valley Truck & Trailer Sales .................... 29 Volvo Trucks ................................................ 52


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nnovation appears to be the name of the game as the trucking industry prepares to enter the third decade of the 21st century. New technology companies are sprouting up every day producing any number of helpful gadgets which can make the lives of truckers easier and more efficient. In today’s highly competitive markets with razor thin margins for profit, fleets and shippers must choose wisely as to how to spend capital on products which will hopefully assist in increasing their bottom lines. Because new technology requires an upfront investment it is imperative that tech companies demonstrate “before and after” savings to potential customers who may have a variety of new equipment to choose from. For their part, fleets need to be wary of the dizzying pace of technological advancement, lest they equip trucks with expensive devices which will only become obsolete within a year or two. Instead, they need to choose from technologies which have been around for a while and have shown their effectiveness. Examples of technology that has shown its resilience include dynamic routing software, forward-looking camera systems, 8

driver scorecards, collision mitigation technology, electronic logging devices, trailer tracking, and temperature tracking. Once upon a time, truckers relied on a static GPS unit to find their way in unfamiliar territory. In reality, early GPS was simply a glorified road map which knew where the trucker was, but had zero information about traffic, weather, road conditions, construction or a variety of other issues that could delay a delivery. At a time when consumers are demanding light-speed shipping, it is critical that truckers have the absolute best route to any location. Enter dynamic routing, which can not only find the optimum route, but can also help avoid traffic jams, collisions or construction delays. There are a slew of companies producing route software for truckers, among them Verizon Connect and OptimoRoute which use cloud-based software to plan the most efficient routes for delivery drivers. OptimoRoute boasts that their software can provide a 15-25% increase in efficiency. Advancements in photographic technology have been fastpaced in recent years, making it essential that trucks have the best forward-looking camera systems available. Not only have March & April 2019 //

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video systems increased clarity with increased megapixels, they have also improved in capturing low light or nighttime situations.

The primary reason for employing the best camera possible is in the likelihood of collisions, which are more than 70% caused by passenger car drivers, yet truckers often tend to get the blame in the eyes of the public. New camera systems can not only focus on what’s happening in front of the truck but can also provide valuable information about the driver such as problems with fatigue or distracted driving. SmartDrive’s new SmartSense system and Lytx Video Services perform many of these tasks and much more.


When monitoring drivers, fleets can turn to what are called driver scorecards which, at their best, can inform both driver and fleet about ways in which a driver’s behavior can positively impact fuel usage and costs. Experts estimate that bad driving can cost as much as 20-30% in miles per gallon. Driver scorecards focus on several elements of a driver’s performance. Vnomics takes into consideration several variables such as the truck itself, types of loads and transmission shifting data. Other technologies can combine both video data with driver performance. For example, Netradyne, a truck video system provider, has a 360-degree HD camera which uses artificial intelligence to automate driver scoring. Because heavy trucks find themselves involved in collisions and fatalities at a high percentage—for a variety of reasons— advanced collision mitigation technology systems would appear to be the next step for both independent owner-operators as well as large fleets, especially if they are dealing with fuel or other toxic materials. Having overcome the issues which plagued early prototypes, new systems are allowing for the employment of more sensing technology to monitor for crashes and take proactive steps to avoid them. Using radar and video monitoring of roadways, the popular Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Wingman Fusion device includes an electronic stability program to protect against rollovers and loss of control accidents. Likewise, Meritor WABCO’s OnGuard system has similar abilities utilizing short range radar features to assist in crash avoidance. No longer an option for interstate commercial operators, electronic logging devices (ELD’s) are now required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. ELD’s provide evidence that truckers are fulfilling hours of service (HOS) requirements through electronic tracking and recording. While some small fleet owners have chafed against the requirement, industry experts claim that ELD’s have actually made trucking companies more competitive and profitable. Another tool that helps truckers stay competitive is trailer tracking technology which makes it easier to locate and coordinate a company’s most important assets. Adding a GPS tracking system to keep tabs on trailers reduces the likelihood of mis-management or theft in places with high crime rates. Trackers can also serve other functions such as finding shipping containers and assisting carriers in managing trailer utilization, maintenance and more. In fact, maintenance has become a core task for trackers. Spireon’s FleetLocate system can digitally attach maintenance data and records to any trailer to assure more consistent maintenance and inspection. Proper refrigeration has always been a priority for shippers hauling human or animal food, so temperature tracking technology has become an essential part of the equipment for trucks and trailers dealing with shipping temperature sensitive products. New technology allows for truckers to monitor not only the standard temperature in their trailer but also gives information for any separate compartments. This is especially useful for trucks which carry some products that simply need refrigeration and those that may need alternative compartments with lower temperatures for freezing. Ever since the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011, temperature tracking and record keeping regarding the transport of perishable items have become standard procedures for truckers.

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Ocean Carriers Gouge Truckers For “Street Turn” Fees


n a move that can only be attributed to pure greed, ocean carriers are now charging upwards of $75 for what the industry calls “street turns.” A street turn is when a trucker unloads a container and then uses the same container to pick up another load, rather than picking up a different empty container for the next load.

Ocean carriers such as Maersk, Zim and Hyundai are charging as much as $50 while newbie SM Line, founded in 2016, is slapping truckers with a $75 fee for something that in any other world would be common sense and the most efficient process. In the port drayage world, however, these exorbitant fees are becoming the norm in the U.S.

According to the Agricultural Transportation Coalition (AgTC), these new “administrative fees” are for the “reuse” of equipment, or “when a trucker and container are fully utilized in both directions.” Street turn fees are already being utilized in Europe and other parts of the world. Not surprisingly, AgTC has labeled these fees “insane” and a move away from efficiency. AgTC questioned why ocean carriers would want to penalize a process which reduces congestion, fuel costs and emissions. This issue is particularly vexing in California where the state is striving toward a near-zero emission supply chain. Ocean carriers cite added, as well as complicated, paperwork for charging shippers who prefer everything be on a single bill including the cost of the container, the chassis it rode on and any detention costs. Complications could indeed occur if it were commonplace for truckers to deal with more than one ocean carrier during a single delivery. But David Garofalo, a spokesman for the Intermodal Association of America, says that the vast majority of street turns involve the same truckers and the same ocean carriers. Moreover, new technology apps such as Avantida are available to track street turn documentation, making street turns by the far the most efficient way to handle ocean going freight.


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California Attorney General Seeks Dismissal of Challenge to Dynamex


n a continuation of the ongoing debate over the implications of the California Supreme Court’s ruling in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed a motion in federal court to dismiss the California Trucking Association’s lawsuit arguing that the Dynamex decision violates previous federal laws. Hoping to invalidate the decision, CTA lawyers claim that Dynamex is preempted by the 1994 Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (F4A) and violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Creating a new test for considering whether workers are employees or independent contractors, the high court ruled, through the ABC test, that a worker 16

can only be labeled as an independent contractor if they are free of control and supervision from the hiring entity, their work is outside the regular course of a hiring company’s business and that the contractor is usually engaged in an independent trade or occupation. The CTA has alleged that the Dynamex decision “effectively prohibits” companies from hiring independent contractors for transportation services. They argue that both the F4A and the Commerce Clause limit the ability of government to regulate the nation’s economic activity. More specifically, they point to the F4A which prohibits states from making laws related to price, route or service of any carrier. Becerra has countered this argument by contending the “Supreme Court has held that it (Dynamex) doesn’t preempt

state laws affecting carrier prices, routes and services ‘in only a tenuous, remote or peripheral…manner.’” Becerra further argues Dynamex does not adversely affect interstate commerce, but simply sets out “generally applicable requirements that apply equally to in-state, multistate, and out-of-state employers.” In a news release, Becerra said, “Truck drivers, like every other person protected under California’s labor laws across hundreds of different industries, deserve adequate meal and rest breaks.” Along with the CTA, the Western States Trucking Association has also filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Dynamex decision. With oral arguments already being heard, a ruling in that case is expected soon from a U.S. District Court in Eastern California. March & April 2019 //

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urrently, there are 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States. And there are 5.2 million additional workers in the trucking industry who never step into a cab. That means there are 8.7 million people who work each day to keep this industry humming. While that may sound like a big number, it’s inadequate. According to research, about 900,000 more drivers are needed to meet the rising demand. Of course, there are few words more beautiful to a business owner than “rising demand.” It just takes money to scale your

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Nikola to Unveil New Zero-Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Battery-Electric Trucks


ith its signature event, Nikola World 2019, poised for Scottsdale, Arizona in mid-April, hybrid truck design company Nikola Motors has announced its two new heavy-duty big rig


models will come in both hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric versions. Although the company had previously slated only the hydrogen models for release, CEO Trevor Milton recently said, via Twitter, it would also roll out battery-electric variants of the Nikola Two and Nikola Tre. Nikola expects to sell 50 times more hydrogen trucks than the heavier battery-electric rigs. The company makes the point that the hydrogen model is some 5,000 pounds lighter than its battery powered contemporary. While the hydrogen trucks are best for cross-country applications, the battery-electric trucks are suited for short haul urban deliveries and jobs which are not weight sensitive. The battery-electric models will be available in 500 kWh,750 kWh and 1,000 kWh configurations. At this point, the Nikola One will stay hydrogen only, targeted for interstate freight, partly because it is equipped with a sleeper cab. In fact, Nikola claims its primary focus remains hydrogen. According to information from Nikola on Twitter, the introduction of battery-electric models has “zero implications on hydrogen.” Nikola also claimed, “hydrogen for long haul [with] over 700 stations going up and over 14 billion in pre-orders for H2 and rising every day.” Nikola has indicated the 700 stations would be in place across the U.S. and Canada by 2028. The three-day Nikola World will feature demonstration drives as well as fueling demonstrations at the 2.3-megawatt Phoenix hydrogen station. Milton boasts that the “largest fleets and customers in the world will attend this event” to see “a production ready, zero-emission semi-truck, with over 1,000-mile range, 20% less operation costs per mile, more horsepower, torque and safety features than any other diesel ever built.” Founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2014, Nikola introduced the hydrogen-electric Nikola One in late 2016. It has recently moved its operations to Arizona. March & April 2019 //

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Daimler Achieves Level 2 Autonomy With 2020 New Cascadia


ll truck drivers can agree that safety should be at the top of their priority list. With that in mind, Daimler Trucks North America is attempting to revolutionize the industry when it comes to safety with its 2020 Freightliner New Cascadia which boasts technology that can assist drivers in avoiding accidents. Using advanced sensory technology, the Cascadia transitions to semiautonomous control when it identifies a driver has disengaged from his seat or steering wheel. This new technology—the Detroit Assurance 5.0 system—makes Cascadia the first Level 2 autonomous commercial big rig on the road. Brian Daniels, a spokesman for Daimler, attempted to play down the eventuality of such a system replacing the driver. “Our primary message is it is a safety system, a driver assistance system,” he said. 28

With the advent of the Detroit 5.0 safety suite, which includes collision mitigation, lane departure and camera systems, Daimler is claiming that using the technology can reduce incidents from one in five to one in twenty. Main features allow for adaptive cruise control which can adjust the vehicle’s speed all the way down to zero. It also provides for active brake assist with full braking for pedestrians, a feature never before seen with earlier Detroit systems. Other automatic features include wipers and headlamps which sense for moisture or low light conditions. Level 2 autonomous components such as lane departure protection and lane keep assist sense when a truck begins to drift without a turn signal, alerting the driver with a rumble sound and visual warning before automatically steering the truck back into the correct lane. Using “micro-steering” to maintain a truck’s path, lane keep assist is

engaged when adaptive cruise control is triggered. Another new safety feature makes it easier for a driver to monitor blind spots as well as traffic approaching from the rear. New side guard assist employs radar monitoring under the passenger side door to watch a driver’s blind spot. The cone-shaped detection system can cover trailers up to 53-feet. Other elements of side guard assist are the ability to monitor objects at every speed. Optional driver facing cameras are also available for fleets that wish to watch driver behavior under any conditions. The New Cascadia, which won’t begin production until September of this year, has a variety of aerodynamic enhancements with the new Detroit IPM 6 (Intelligent Powertrain Management) adding bolstered vehicle efficiency with 35 percent more maps to gauge grades to help transmissions to run at peak performance. March & April 2019 //

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PRODUCT NEWS Prestolite Electric Medium-Duty Replacement Starter


esigned to offer high efficiency, high torque power for 6 to 10-liter engines used for medium-duty vehicles in construction, emergency services, delivery, pickup and education, the Prestolite Electric PowerPro Extreme 5 is a 12-volt, 4.5kW replacement starter which features planetary gear reduction engineering, all in a 21.5 pound package. The starter is available in 10 and 12-tooth models for a variety of engines, including Cummins ISB, ISC and ISL, the International DT466E and DT570E, as well as the MaxxForce DT 9 and 10. The starter boasts a sealed noseless design which aids in protecting against dust, oil and other impurities. It’s also equipped with Prestolite’s proprietary Integral Magnetic Switch technology which stops voltage drop while the soft-start design helps avoid ring gear damage.

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Ridewell’s Updated Suspensions


ow with expanded availability for galvanized components, Ridewell’s 233-20K Truck and Trailer Suspensions boast added features such as the trailer drum brake model which has more options for a factory-integrated pre-plumbed air tank kit. Allowing for an easier fit onto the vehicle frame, the roll-off line also has a bridge between the air springs to assist in easy installation. To prevent frequent maintenance, the trailer line uses Huck fasteners. With an added cross-channel and hanger design, the drum brake models have improved connection hardware, requiring the need for fewer fasteners per suspension. For models which include a bridge, air springs are placed away from the frame.


esigned for efficiency and high power output, LoadHandler’s Brushed Alternators are available in a wide range of applicationspecific versions for 12-volt systems. The alternators come in 150,160 and 200-amp models. Available in J180 and pad mount configurations, the new drop-in units include heavy-duty bearing, rectifier and diode to foster a longer life-span and the best performance possible in any operating situation. All three models—L22, L24, L28—are rated to at least 200 degrees Fahrenheit with the L28 rated to 221 degrees, remote sense-capable. They also boast a Dual Internal Fan Design that aids in service life by providing the correct operational temperature for the least amount of heat damage. March & April 2019 //

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Class 8 Production to Continue Growth Trend: Report


lass 8 production is expected to continue its growth trend into 2019, and diesel will remain the dominant power source, according to a new report from ACT Research and Rhein Associates.

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The N.A. Commercial Vehicle OnHighway Engine Outlook reported that changes in demand for straight trucks and tractors will impact the type of diesel engines ordered. “Tractors continue to be more impacted by cyclical demand than vocational trucks. The truck share of Class 8 fell to just below 27% in 2018, and is forecast to reach a similar level in 2019,” said Tom Rhein, president of Rhein Associates. “Average truck production from 2019-2023 is expected to

increase nearly 8% over the average of the past five years, while average tractor production is forecast at almost 3% below the past five-year average.” Regarding Classes 5-7, Rhein said, “The market share of Class 5 trucks has stabilized around 36-38% of the medium-duty market, where it is forecast to remain.” “Diesel power is under attack longterm for use in on-highway commercial vehicles. Alternative power is being developed, tested, and refined, even as diesel engines are transitioning to become more fuel efficient and clean,” added Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst of ACT Research. “Emission regulations are one of the main drivers of alternative fuel adoption, which is why the Engine Outlook includes a section on the commercial vehicle regulatory environment.”


Trucking Industry Under Pressure from Surge in E-Commerce


or only $99 a year, any aggressive online shopper can have virtually any item shipped right to their doorstep, regardless of size or weight, in a mere two days. What has been a boon for consumers has not only caused jobs at brick and mortar department stores to disappear but has also placed enormous pressure on the trucking industry to deliver products cheaply and fast. In an American Transportation Research Institute study, titled “E-Commerce Impacts on the Trucking Industry,” the group finds, in what it labels the “Amazon effect,” that consumers are unwilling to pay for twoday shipping, or even same day shipping for that matter. In the past, before the proliferation of e-commerce, the price for two-day shipping did not justify the quick delivery. Today, however, consumers will take their e-commerce elsewhere if 34

shipping is not almost totally free. According to the ATRI study, what is most alarming for truckers is that the demand for products to arrive in a hurry has led to consolidation among retailers over the issue of shipping. Companies such as Amazon and Walmart are establishing their own mega-fleets rather than contract with independent owner-operators. The study points to the example of XPO Logistics as a dangerous new trend in shipping. XPO is notorious for low wages and poor working conditions. A conclusion drawn by ATRI is that because of the demands made by e-commerce, the only way to make a profit is by shafting workers, meaning squeezing the most out of underpaid, overworked drivers. XPO is also likely to misclassify drivers and treat warehouse workers like indentured servants— mainly by not paying them for waiting

around for loading and unloading. It’s no coincidence that XPO went from grossing about $175 million in revenues just five years ago to the largest logistics provider in the U.S. and Canada with revenues of more than $15 billion. Other conclusions from the study indicate that Walmart has raised its minimum number of on-time deliveries and will fine carriers who consistently deliver orders outside a one or two-day window. Drivers are now under tighter schedules despite a variety of external factors such as warehouse delays, bad weather and traffic congestion. Large capacity carriers such as J.B. Hunt and Schneider National have negotiated with retailers on not only delivery but also ancillary services such as installation, product assembly and repairs, meaning that already low paid drivers will need further training to prepare them for more duties. March & April 2019 //

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Teamsters File Lawsuit Against Feds Over California Break Laws


iting improved driver safety and well-being, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 2785 in conjunction with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Labor Commission have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) over their decision to exempt drivers from California labor laws which require periodic meal and paid rest breaks. Backed by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Western States Trucking Association (WSTA), the FMCSA recently decided that California’s rules were antithetical to federal regulations and should not be applied to interstate truckers. Previous decisions by the agency, under the 36

Obama Administration, had ruled that all carriers must comply with California’s rules. Under the Trump Administration, however, the feds have changed their minds. Filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the lawsuit comes just five years after that same court ruled that carriers, in Dilts v. Penske, must observe California’s laws which provide for paid 10-minute rest breaks every four hours and an unpaid 30-minute meal break every five hours. At the time, the Court was simply upholding the stance of the FMCSA under Obama. It is unclear what the Court will rule concerning the new mandate from the feds. Organizations such as ATA and WSTA have sought exemptions from local and state laws regarding rest and meal breaks for several years. It wasn’t until

the election of Trump that carriers have found a friend in Washington D.C. with the FMCSA waving California’s more stringent rules for carriers last December. In response, it only took the Teamsters two weeks to file their lawsuit. At the core of the issue is whether California’s break rules have safety benefits for drivers and whether drivers are being paid accordingly. In its recent ruling, FMCSA said that California’s regulations have no safety benefit, are incompatible with current federal regulations and would cause an unreasonable burden on interstate commerce. Teamsters argue that drivers are much safer with frequent breaks and that carriers are simply shirking their responsibilities to properly compensate drivers.

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o. 1: ELDs and HOS— The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate which took effect in late 2017 isn’t going away. Many seem to expect significant hours of service (HOS) reform but that’s not likely to happen. In our opinion, there will be only minor changes to the rules. Small carriers who serve customers that continue to abuse time with excessive loading/ unloading delays probably should break ties with those customers and find other opportunities. While many drivers don’t think there’s a “driver shortage,” there’s definitely a “capacity crunch,” meaning there simply are not enough trucks for available freight demands. No. 2: Cost of liability insurance— This is building into a critical issue for small carriers. Rates have doubled and even tripled for some. There are numerous factors, not least of which are recent verdicts in truck crash litigation that has resulted in massive payouts, despite drivers not being at fault in most instances. Regardless of the fault, in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) CSA program, that data is being used by


underwriters at renewal time. Having poor roadside inspections will also result in higher premiums or even cancellation. No. 3: CSA—Even when there’s no history of accidents, current data being accumulated through the “Compliance, Safety, Accountability” (CSA) program is being misused by insurance underwriters for the purpose of raising rates. Hopefully, current leadership at the FMCSA will implement many necessary changes. No. 4: Truck parking—This isn’t a new issue. It has remained a persistent problem for decades. In large metro areas, however, it is becoming a critical concern, especially since more and more jurisdictions are prohibiting commercial vehicle parking, even in industrial areas. With the ever increasing shipment of goods in this Amazon/Walmart world, cities need to find options for truckers rather than shutting them out. Everybody wants what the truckers deliver, but no one seems to care about giving them a safe place to park. Every time a truck stop is proposed within a metro area, it faces significant opposition from residents who complain about noise or pollution.

Since parking impacts HOS availability and productivity, federal funding needs to increase. Unfortunately, this is not the case. No. 5: Driver distraction—Ample discussion has now focused on the increasing number of distractions from inside the truck cab related to more and more “safety technologies.” I believe most small truckers are concerned about the significant increase in distracted driving occurring outside the cab, by passenger car drivers who can’t put down their phones. Other than constant vigilance (defensive driving), drivers can only hope that many states will actually begin to take this issue as seriously as they do intoxicated driving. At any rate, it will continue to be one of the largest safety issues faced by anyone who ventures onto the nation’s roads. No. 6: Driver retention—In a marketbased economy, it’s difficult to pay much of a premium above that of competitors. We do believe, however, small carriers can improve driver retention by treating drivers fairly and consistently across all levels of management, especially making sure drivers get home as often as March & April 2019 //

possible. Younger workers are not willing to accept the same hardships faced by past generations in terms of losing time away from family. One of our members out of Milwaukee, operating 28 trucks, has instituted a system for drivers located in the Midwest and on the West Coast to meet halfway and exchange trailers, thus ensuring each driver is home every weekend. No. 7: Driver shortage—Since small carriers are basically prohibited by their insurance companies from hiring drivers under a certain age and without a minimum number of years driving, they are eliminated from an entire pool of drivers. Therefore, small carriers need to be ultra-sensitive to driver issues since they are competing for a limited number of employees. Smaller carriers need to be more nimble and responsive to their employees, and while growing a small company, need existing drivers to be enthusiastic about your operation. Driver contentment can be the best advertisement for small companies. Drivers do know things don’t always go according to plan but when obstacles arise, it can’t always be the driver bearing the brunt of the cost financially or, more importantly, losing time off. Owners that understand this dynamic will almost certainly earn driver loyalty.

revolving around trade tariffs and a rocky stock market are troubling, the U.S. economy continues to grow steadily at a 3-4 percent rate annually. Some apprehension may occur as the nation trudges toward yet another presidential election in 2020. Markets are always nervous about change or uncertainty and this will most certainly be the case with a slew of Democratic candidates looking to unseat President Trump. At this time, however, the economy remains resistant to much of the insanity coming out of Washington D.C.

No. 10: Transportation infrastructure/congestion/funding— This issue ranked last because as much as every­one rightly grumbles about the condition of our highways and the lack of new construction to improve roads and bridges most people understand this issue has been a political football for many years with both political parties in Washington making promises, only to break them once they come up against the reality of the nation’s budget. As drivers, we can only hope that at some point the feds look to shore up the Highway Trust Fund and begin much needed repairs.

No. 8: Driver health and wellness— Many very good people in the industry are working on this issue, but in most cases it comes down to driver awareness of staying fit and eating properly, even in difficult situations. Unfortunately, drivers tend to eat only one large meal per day, usually late in the evening. This type of diet can often lead to becoming overweight, and obesity rates are higher among truck drivers in comparison to rest of the population. Although trucking is most certainly a demanding lifestyle, drivers need to choose wisely when it comes to food, and, just as crucially, need to make time for some form of exercise. Even walking a mile or two every day can significantly increase a driver’s well-being. Doing so will certainly lessen the instances of diabetes among long haul drivers who spend countless hours behind the wheel. No. 9: Economy—Although fears

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FMCSA’s Ray Martinez Urges Carriers to Make a Move



e’re still in a period of transition ELDs, however, 2019 is going to be a critical year as the grandfather provision for the AOBRD sunsets in December,” Martinez explained. “I truly don’t want anybody to be complacent about it.”


He predicted for fleets to program and implement this transition out of AOBRDs into ELDs”as soon as you can,” and voiced concern that the bulk of AOBRD users could wait until the final quarter of this year to create the shift. Although the ELD mandate was in effect the regulation contains a provision enabling fleets that’d installed AOBRDs inside their trucks to keep on using them for 2 years. Ray Martinez, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, expressed optimism regarding the capacity to add flexibility to truckers hours-ofservice rules and urged carriers to carry out the transition of the trucking industry to electronic logging device. For ELD compliance, even the pressing issue is AOBRDs, which predate the ELD rule, or the phaseout of older e-log systems classified as recording devices that are automatic. March & April 2019 //

Transtex looks to acquire SmartTruck assets


ranstex is negotiating to acquire the assets of SmartTruck, a South Carolina maker of trailer aerodynamics. “Transtex, leader in the development and manufacturing of aerodynamic solutions, and SmartTruck are pleased to announce they have executed a letter of intent related to an agreement for Transtex to purchase from SmartTruck its assets related to Class 8 trailer aerodynamic systems, specifically the TopKit,” the statement reads. “SmartTruck will continue to deliver products to its customers until such time as Transtex is able to step in without interruption.” Todd McGuire, Transtex vice-president of sales, confirms that a letter of intent has been submitted to buy the business assets. “We are going through our due diligence right now,” he says. SmartTruck produces several trailer aerodynamic devices, including the UT-6 undertray trailer bogey fairing that the company says delivers fuel savings of 2-6%, and the TopKit roof and trailer side kits that collectively promise savings of 4-6%. “The TopKit is our focus right now,” said McGuire. “The other devices remain to be seen as to whether we acquire them or not.” Hirschbach Motor Lines, based in Iowa, recently settled a lawsuit with SmartTruck out of // March & April 2019

court. That case alleged the undertray did not live up to the supplier’s claims. PIT Group tested the device in 2013 and found fuel economy gains were no more than 2.2%. SmartTruck responded at the time with a third-party fluid dynamics study that said the UT6 trailer

system reduces drag by more than 10%, translating into fuel savings of about 7% on the highway. Transtex offers aerodynamic trailer products such as the Edge Tail automated boat tail device and aerodynamic trailer side skirts.


Trailers by Kamway Transportation Featuring Teekah Lewis Unveiled on 20th Anniversary of her Disappearance


n the 20th anniversary of the day her daughter disappeared, the mother of Teekah Lewis again held a candlelight vigil, but this year’s event brought additional exposure to the cold case. Teekah was 2-1/2 years old when she disappeared from a bowling alley in Tacoma. In 1999, police think Teekah was abducted from the former site of the New Frontier Bowling Lanes in Tacoma. It’s now a Home Depot parking lot on S. Center Street. Twenty years, 7,300 days, Teekah was just a 2-yearold girl at the time she disappeared. “A lot of tears, a lot of emotions, a lot of hate,” said Theresa Lewis, Teekah’s mom. “I ask myself everyday, ‘where is Teekah? Who took my baby?’ She doesn’t deserve to be out there.” Every year since Teekah was abducted, her mom holds a vigil at the spot she last saw her. But this year, Washington State Patrol teamed up with Kam-Way Transportation to help with trucks carrying Teekah’s face.Two 53 foot trailers from Kamway Transportation will now carry the picture of Teekah Lewis. The trucks will drive around the West Coast bringing exposure to her case. Kamway Transportation pledged 10 trailers featuring 5 kids this year.


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The Homeward Bound program was spearheaded by Trooper Renee Padgett who died in September after a long cancer battle.The trucks also have a picture of Trooper Padgett. “My baby. My baby,” said Lewis. “After 20 years, let this be the one year she comes home.” “These trucks are going all over the road and to be able to have the opportunity, just the chance that somebody sees this picture of Teekah and help her come home,” Or any other child.” said Kam Sihota accompanied by his wife Harneet


Sahota and father Charanjit Sahota alongside their office staff. It’s bringing hope that Teekah and other missing children can find their way home.“I don’t want jail time, I just want her home,” said Lewis.Lewis said she will be submitting her DNA into a database with hopes that Teekah is out there searching for her family and ancestry.

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Allison Transmission to Build Advanced Vehicle Environmental Test Facility in Indianapolis


llison Transmission, a global leader in mediumand heavy-duty fully automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles, is investing in a new vehicle testing facility that will facilitate further innovation in the industry. “Industries around the globe depend on Allison Automatics to power highly specialized vehicles that must perform under all kinds of extreme conditions,” said David Graziosi, President and CEO of Allison Transmission. “The Vehicle Environmental Test facility will provide Allison engineers with enhanced capabilities to

conduct testing replicating vehicle environments and duty cycles.” This facility is to be located on the campus of Allison’s global headquarters on the westside of Indianapolis. It will include two environmental chambers capable of simulating temperature extremes, altitude, and on-road conditions that will allow testing for regulatory compliance, on-board diagnostic development, and performance improvements for vehicle functional optimization. The Vehicle Environmental Test facility will further support testing for a wide-range of propulsion systems, including conventional powertrains, alternative fuel, electric hybrid and fully-electric vehicles. “Allison Transmission has long been a significant asset to the city of Indianapolis,” Paddains@gmail.com said Joe Hogsett, Mayor of Indianapolis. “We www.paddainsurance.com are pleased to work with such a communityPhone: 916-622-2822 minded company as they grow within our city and look forward to the benefits this investment in 8620 Antelope North Road, Suite B, Antelope, CA. 95843 innovation will bring to Indianapolis, the industry, INSURANCE: and even the world.” AUTO, HOME, LIFE, ACCIDENT & HEALTH, COMMERCIAL & BUSINESS Allison Transmission is very proud of its heritage and being headquartered in Speedway for Specializes in Truckers Insurance over 103 years. “Allison Transmission has been a "Long Haul and Local Trucking" Dump Trucks. strong partner to the Town of Speedway since our REGISTRATION: inception, and their history is woven throughout SAME DAY IRP LICENSE PLATES, IFTA DECAL & FUEL TAX, the fabric of our community,” said Town of CORPORATION, LLC, BOC3 FILLING, CA#, ICC, MC, DOT, MCP PERMITS Speedway Council President Eileen Fisher. NM, OR, NY, KY PERMITS & MUCH MORE. “From day one, Allison has been on the cutting edge of innovation and we are so proud that Business Partner With DMV, All Services Provided regarding Registration, Renewal, Title transfer, moving permits they have chosen to expand the footprint of their international operations right here in Speedway.”


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Volvo Trucks adds an ergonomically advanced workstation to its VNL 760, 740 and VNX 740 models, providing a flexible living environment for thousands of drivers who make their homes on the road. Designed to improve driver productivity, comfort and overall convenience, the upgrade is now available for order.

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