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Raman S. Dhillon Managing Editor Raman S. Dhillon


eamwork is the collaborative effort of a team to reach a common goal or to finish a job in the very best and efficient way. In addition to practical components needed for efficient teamwork, there are certain features that members of the team must have in order to produce effective teamwork. Firstly, there must be a high degree of interdependence among team members, a feature that stems from open communication and the growth of confidence and risk-taking. During interdependence come the team dynamics, which are the ways that team members interact with one another. Healthy dynamics lead to team members becoming more fulfilled and therefore functioning more efficiently together, whereas unhealthy dynamics lead to battle, and consequentially to unsatisfied team members. For this reason, an important characteristic of effective teamwork is healthy conflict resolution, so that comes along with open communication. Team members in high organizational levels have adapted to their ranks at the very top that requires more individualism, and so have trouble engaging in collaborative work. This makes a competitive environment with too little communication and higher levels of conflict. This drawback is mostly seen organizations that use teamwork in a very hierarchical atmosphere. In order for effective teamwork to exist, a team member needs to get clear and achievable objectives, by which team members can feel motivated and accomplished. Finally, sharing leadership positions between team members enhances teamwork because of the sense of shared responsibility and liability.

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22 2018 Is Winding Down Quickly


34 Horsepower vs. Torque That is the Question



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Horsepower vs Torque William mutugi


ot very many consumers understand the meanings behind the words horsepower and torque. However, almost every car or truck review will include either or both when describing the underlying specs. While horsepower is the more famous of the two, it is important to note that both are very useful metrics, especially for a truck driver. Engine builders have always debated amongst themselves about which one is better; horsepower or torque? Horsepower helps to move the vehicle along the highway and makes it easy to accelerate while driving. Torque, on the other hand, helps to jolt the vehicle from its static position, and is also useful when driving up a steep hill. It’s also responsible for producing the power needed to tow and haul items. As a truck driver, before heading over to that dealer to get that truck you saw in an ad with exemplary torque or horsepower specs, it is essential that you consider the nature of your work. More horsepower usually translates to more speed. With more torque, however, you can haul and tow heavy objects. Both describe the power of your car’s or truck’s engine. Let’s get into the technical details in a way that makes sense at an ordinary level. Everything starts with an understanding of the concepts of work and force. Torque Force is a push or a pull. When that push/pull acts on


a body resulting in movement, work is done. Movement means that a distance has been covered, and to calculate work, the distance in question is multiplied by the force applied. In everyday circumstances, a push/pull takes place in a straight line. In an engine, however, movement takes place around an axis in form of rotations. The rotational force is what is referred to as torque. That is, torque is the twisting force that causes a rotation. This force, nevertheless, may not necessarily cause motion. Imagine yourself pushing against a wall. Despite you being able to apply force, it may not be enough to cause any movement. The same thing applies for torque. Applying 20 lb-ft worth of torque to move a bolt fixed to 40 lb-ft won’t help. If enough torque is applied, however, movement occurs and work is done. Calculating the work done requires replacing the “straight-line distance” with the circumference of the circle in the equation. More torque translates to greater ability to do work. Since torque acts in a particular direction, it’s measured in newton-meters (Nm) or pound-feet (lb-ft). The quantity of torque produced is directly related to the amount of air flowing through an engine. More air means more torque. Large engines have plenty of air flowing through them. For small engines, however, superchargers and turbochargers have to be used to increase torque. Horsepower The textbook definition for horsepower is the power

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required to lift 550 pounds over a distance of 1 foot in 1 second or, the power required to push/pull 33,000 pounds over a distance of 1 foot in 1 minute. Generally, power is how quickly work is completed. It is the rate of exerting torque in a given period of time. There exists two standards set by the Society of Automotive Engineers for calculating horsepower: gross and net. Gross horsepower sheds off much of the engine load prior to testing. It expresses the maximum output of an engine


under ideal conditions. Net horsepower includes all the external engine accessories. Horsepower is found by multiplying torque by the number of revolutions per minute (rpm). Rpm represents how quickly the engine spins. Automobile manufacturers often state the highest horsepower and torque the vehicle has at a specific rpm. A dynamometer is used to quantify the torque and horsepower generated by a rotating crankshaft. How the two measurements work together in the real world is a function of the vehicle’s overall design. Today, customer satisfaction is key in the truck manufacturing business. Manufacturers are interested in your work details, what you haul and your average payload. These details allow them to match buyers with trucks that have the right engine power. The wrong truck for your daily activities could lead to massive fuel and operational costs. Knowing about what you haul helps in picking a truck that designed to keep performing for years. It also helps in choosing the right bed size - one that will fit your load perfectly. Your average payload ensures that you get maximum revenue from the load you carry. Further details about what lane you haul help in maximizing fuel costs. When it comes to making an independent choice, however, higher torque is ideal where there’s strenuous work, driving on steep roads or hauling/towing of heavy items. Where speed matters, higher horsepower ratings are more important. Nevertheless, if a truck appeals to you in other ways, don’t let the horsepower and torque ratings deter you from getting it.

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here is reasoning on both sides of whether to buy a piece of heavy equipment outright or to lease it over a period of time. When buying equipment outright for cash, there are no further payments to be made and no interest to be paid on a lease. One lump sum payment is given and that’s it; the equipment is yours paid in full. This saves money because of no extra interest being paid and that increases profits significantly up front without a large payment plus interest to be made each month to pay for a lease. Equipment is expensive whether buying new or used. Some trucks and trailers are over $100,000. Not everyone has large amounts of cash. But if you do and can pay that, you are using a lot of cash to purchase something that is depreciating, or going down in value


steadily. That money may be better invested in to something that increases in value, such as a business, commercial or residential real estate, stocks, bonds etc., instead of losing value over time. There are many who cannot afford to buy a piece of equipment for cash. With a lease, you do not need a huge amount of cash, which opens many doors to a lot of people to be able to afford equipment. You can give a down payment, and make monthly installments to pay the lease off. Lease payments can be written off in your taxes providing tax benefits. A huge sum of cash is not being tied down, so extra funds can be used to invest in something else which may increase in value. With a lease, you must qualify and have all your paperwork in order. Some find it stressful to put together paperwork. You must also maintain a good credit

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standing or you may not qualify. A bankrupt person will early. It is best to find out before signing if this is the have a difficult time qualifying for any type of financing. case. There is usually a residual value as well. This is the With a lease you must pay interest. The rate of interest amount needed to be paid if purchasing the equipment you pay will depend on your qualifications. This interest at the end of the term, or the amount the equipment must could add up significantly over time especially if you be guaranteed to hold in value if trading the equipment in for a new lease or returning the equipment back to had a difficult time qualifying for the lease. If your lease is set up incorrectly, it could cause the leasing company. If you don’t intend to keep the problems later. A lease where the value of the equipment equipment at the end of the term, leasing is a great way to keep upgrading to the is always more than the latest available equipment amount outstanding is ideal. and technology innovations. This way if the lease needs Some trucks and trailers are over Just be careful of mileage and to be broken, the equipment $100,000. Not everyone has large maintenance restrictions. can be sold for more than the amounts of cash. But if you do and outstanding amount. Also There are advantages and disadvantages whether if the equipment is written can pay that, you are using a lot of buying or leasing equipment. off in an accident, then the cash to purchase something that The vast majority usually insurance company will give is depreciating, or going down in ends up leasing at some a cheque for the excess value. value steadily. If the equipment is worth less point, whether it’s a large fleet or a single lease operator. Just than the amount outstanding make sure your paperwork on the lease, then then lessee, or person leasing the equipment, will have to pay the and taxes are always up to date and good credit is leasing company for any shortages occurred. This maintained. Tying up large amounts of cash to purchase equipment amount could be significant so always make sure to put enough down at the start of the lease and purchase GAP is your option, but it takes time to get to the point of having that much cash, and leasing may be a great way insurance to cover deficiencies. Some leases may have a penalty if you break the lease to get started in the industry in the meantime.

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Feds to recognize autonomous driving systems


MCSA rules “will no longer assume that the CMV (commercial motor vehicle) driver is always a human or that a human is on board.” The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will adopt new regulations, known as AV 3.0, to define a “driver” as not only a person but also an automated operating system. The FMCSA also hopes to work out regulations amenable to both the feds as well as state and local transportation agencies. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao claims she is wary of overlapping restrictions levied by both the federal government and state governments. The Trump Administration has been rolling back federal regulations for the last two years.

Addressing a conference hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council, Chao said,“We want to work with the states and localities to avoid a patchwork of confusing or conflicting rules that could inhibit innovation and make it more difficult for automated vehicles to cross state lines. The department recognizes that autonomous vehicles will need to have the capability to operate side-by-side with, you know, like transitional,


traditional vehicles in both urban and rural areas.” The FMCSA will soon release new guidelines about inspection and maintenance for advanced driver safety systems and driverless technologies. With the recent success of autonomous trucking runs, such as the one accomplished by Embark, which sent a driverless truck from California to Florida, the federal government has loosened its definitions on what it refers to as a driver. New Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Chao, however, has also tempered her remarks on autonomous trucks by asserting that the public still seems unsure about the new technology and are leery about sharing the road with driverless vehicles in general. Although autonomous cars and trucks alike offer a number of potential benefits, including a reduction in traffic accidents, a majority of Americans indicate they would not want to ride in an autonomous vehicle. This is especially true after a pedestrian was killed in Arizona by a driverless car developed by Uber. Naysayers like Cathy Chase, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said the new regulations move “our nation’s autonomous vehicles policy in reverse. Manufacturers will continue to introduce extremely complex, supercomputerson-wheels into the driving environment with meager government oversight and accountability.” Nevertheless, representatives from a bevy of transportation and technology organizations are singing the praises of the new rules. Both Robbie Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy and American Trucking Association CEO Chris Spear welcome the FMCSA move, indicating the new standards will remove remaining barriers in the development of innovative solutions to America’s increasing need for cross-country transport.

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Own the Road: Kenworth Launches New Long-Hood Conventional

The W990


enworth continued its tradition of driverfocused product development with the introduction of its new long-hood conventional – the Kenworth W990 – Thursday evening during a major unveiling event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A large audience of customers, dealers and press gathered to celebrate the launch of the new W990 with its traditional design that truly makes it The Driver’s Truck. “The new Kenworth W990 is a reflection of the Kenworth brand, The World’s Best, which represents the quality, engineering excellence, and both customer and driver focus that goes into every Kenworth we build,” said Mike Dozier, Kenworth general manager, and PACCAR vice president. “We are passionate about our products, our customers that depend on them, and the drivers that operate them. We know that there are many customers and drivers out there who share our passion. The Kenworth W990 represents the pride, image, and freedom of trucking, and captures the spirit of what trucking is all about,” Dozier said. The Kenworth W990 sets a powerful new industry standard and is designed to maximize performance in line haul, pickup and delivery, regional haul, and heavy haul


operations. At 131.5 inches from bumper to back-of-cab, the W990 establishes a bold presence among conventional trucks. Available in day cab, 40-inch flat top, and 52-inch and 76inch mid-roof sleeper configurations, the W990 is standard with the proprietary PACCAR Powertrain consisting of the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up to 510-hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque, a 12-speed PACCAR automated transmission, and PACCAR 40K tandem rear axles. Built on the proven and popular 2.1-meter cab platform – used in the Kenworth T680 and T880 – the Kenworth W990 features driver comfort and amenities that are second to none. Special comfort and style options include the Limited Edition cab and sleeper interior, and the W990 Driver’s Studio package of premium options that create a luxurious home on the road living experience. The W990 Limited Edition interior comes in midnight black with glossy Ravenwood door and dash trim accents. The special interior features rich black leather, embroidered W990 logo, Royal Blue double-stitched diamond door pads, black leather-wrapped steering wheel with Royal Blue stitching, and driver and passenger seats with suede charcoal inserts and perforated leather with Royal Blue

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backing. The W990 Driver’s Studio offers a 180-degree swivel passenger seat and rotating table for two people, drawer-style refrigerator, and convenient space ideal for a microwave. Entertainment is provided by Kenworth’s premium audio package with 320-watt amp, 10-inch subwoofer and eight speakers; swivel TV mount for up to a 28-inch flat screen TV; and optional EpicVue prewire for satellite TV. There’s a full-size wardrobe space for hanging clothes, multiple storage drawers, and large storage space under the lower bunk. The 1800-watt inverter includes a shore power connection and four standard 120-volt sleeper outlets to power a range of electrical devices. Convenient LED lighting provides ample interior light throughout the sleeper. The W990 builds upon Kenworth’s long tradition of combining cutting-edge technology with exceptional craftsmanship, performance, and quality. The W990 is standard with Kenworth TruckTech+® remote diagnostics system. Kenworth NAV+HD seven-inch, color in-dash display provides access to valuable features such as truck-specific navigation, roadside assistance, vehicle data, hands-free calling, audio controls, blind-spot camera inputs, and the Internet. “The Kenworth W990’s excellent performance, classic styling, premium finishes, and lifestyle amenities underscore a sense of driver achievement and pride,” concluded Dozier. “We are driven to provide the best equipment in the industry to get the job done.”

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2018 Is Winding Down Quickly


hat is the Section 179 Deduction? Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Here’s How Section 179 works: In years past, when your business bought qualifying equipment, it typically wrote it off a little at a time through depreciation. In other words, if your company spends $50,000 on a machine, it gets to write off (say) $10,000 a year for five years (these numbers are only meant to give you an example). Now, while it’s true that this is better than no write-off at all, most business owners would really prefer to write off the entire equipment purchase price for the year they buy it. And that’s exactly what Section 179 does – it allows your


business to write off the entire purchase price of qualifying equipment for the current tax year. This has made a big difference for many companies (and the economy in general.) Businesses have used Section 179 to purchase needed equipment right now, instead of waiting. For most small businesses, the entire cost of qualifying equipment can be written-off on the 2018 tax return (up to $1,000,000). Who Qualifies for Section 179? All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease new or used business equipment during tax year 2018 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction (assuming they spend less than $3,500,000). Who Is Premier Business Lending? Premier Business Lending has over 10 yrs of experience in equipment finance and leasing industry. As a commercial finance company headquartered in beautiful El Dorado Hills CA, PBL’s trucking and transportation division has grown exponentially over the last 2 yrs. Thanks to our strategic banking partners which allow us to compete with most banks in the industry on terms and pricing. Whether clients need fleet pricing for larger purchases or todays owner operator which whom are trying to build their operation. PBL offers several key products to medium and small business owners. In addition to equipment finance and leasing Premier also offers the following products: lines of credit, bridge loans, quick working capital loans, refinancing of assets and commercial real estate. Focus Spot Krystal Martinez is Premier Business Lending’s West Coast Business Development Manager. Krystal is a bright young professional with the tenacity and drive which has allowed her to develop very quickly within the trucking and transportation industry. As Premiers West Coast B.D.M, Krystal made a fast transition from the insurance industry to the Equipment Financing space. She has dedicated herself to helping our customers and going the extra mile. Krystal can work directly with vendor partners while providing creative financing to help our vendor partnerships sell more equipment. She also works with the end user while helping them find equipment, partnering the client with our Premier vendor partners to make sure the end user is receiving the best equipment available to them and then facilitating the financing for our client. November & December 2018 //

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FMCSA seeks feedback on the broker and forwarder regulations


ith its recent “advance notice of proposed rulemaking,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking to invoke tough new financial responsibility requirements on freight forwarders and brokers. New rules, including suspension and revocation of licenses, would punish brokers and forwarders who fall below $75,000 of federally required surety bonds. Brokers and forwarders have until Nov. 27 to provide comments and suggestions to help the FMCSA in implementing fair and efficient regulations.

• Criteria for entities to be eligible to provide trust funds for BMC-85 filings. •Recommended changes and revisions to the BMC-84 and BMC-85 forms. • Financial responsibility requirements for brokers of household goods (HHG) and current payment models in the HHG industry. In MAP-21, Congress mandated that the FMCSA should immediately suspend brokers and forwarders whose financial responsibility goes under the $75,000 required

The federal agency is also asking for input in areas involving the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) which was passed by Congress in 2012. This is the second time the agency has asked for comments on rulemaking. The “advance notice” identifies eight areas of concern: • The nature of group surety bonds and group trust funds. • Assets readily available in a trust fund. • The immediate suspension of broker/freight forwarder operating authority in instances of insufficient financial security. • The responsibilities of sureties or trusts in cases of broker/freight forwarder financial failure or insolvency. • The enforcement authority of the FMCSA over noncompliant surety providers.

amount. To determine when and how licenses should be suspended or revoked, the agency is looking for feedback on an appropriate “cushion time” for brokers when a claim is filed. In a written statement, the agency said, “FMCSA seeks comment on the appropriate cushion time for brokers or freight forwarders to respond to claims made to the guarantors, valid or otherwise. Such a grace period would seem to give firms adequate time to adjudicate claims and settlements internally, as well as price in the costs associated with any claims relating to contract noncompliance.” At this time, the FMCSA has not yet clarified when and how it will suspend licenses, but it has moved closer to full enforcement of the MAP-21 rules. Obviously, it is important for interested parties to provide input to the agency before rules go into effect.


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Life before

load boards Courtesy of DAT Load Board


ark Boyer has spent his whole career in the trucking and logistics industry, with a front row seat for all kinds of new technologies, including many products

Ohio Turnpike where there was a concentration of truck stops. “About two days a week I would go down there and just talk to the drivers,” Boyer said. “If they were empty, from DAT. I’d ask them what direction they were going and see if they wanted a load.” Meanwhile, the DialA-Truck (DAT) service launched at Jubitz Truck Stop in Portland, Oregon, with a video monitor that displayed available loads. The new electronic system gradually replaced handwritten notes pinned to bulletin boards — often called “load boards” — at truck stops across the country. Boyer’s company starting posting its loads on the DAT monitors. He didn’t need to visit the truck stops anymore, because truckers were able to view and accept his company’s loads even while he was back at the office. Carrier validation Dial-A-Truck monitors first appeared at Jubitz Truck Stop in Portland, OR in 1978 made easy Boyer tried other DAT As DAT celebrates its 40th year, we reminisced with products at various trucking and logistics companies, Boyer, who serves as Vice President of Brokerage for including Conway headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Keller Logistics in Defiance, Ohio. Keller is an asset- where he worked from 2003 to 2016. based brokerage with a 150-truck fleet, plus packaging Conway, a large 3PL, had the latest computers and and warehousing services. software, according to Boyer. He remembers being trained Load board reduces legwork on DAT CarrierWatch, which provides full information Boyer’s first encounter with DAT came in the 1980s on each carrier’s authority, safety record, and insurance, when he was working as a dispatcher in Toledo, Ohio, to streamline carrier validation and monitoring. for a regional truckload carrier. When his company had “Previously, it was more of a manual process,” he said. overflow freight, he would drive down to Exit 5 on the “We’d have to log into the DOT website and look up each


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What’s your first memory of DAT? Where do you fit on the DAT timeline? carrier. And they certainly didn’t notify us if there were changes in a carrier’s authority or insurance.” When rate data was just a “holler” away DAT RateView is another DAT product that made life easier for brokers, Boyer said. Beginning in 2010, he and his colleagues were able to validate their own pricing

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against current market rates on 65,000 point-to-point lanes. “Previously, if someone needed a price on a lane, the broker would simply yell out ‘Cleveland to Dallas, van’ and someone would yell back what they had paid recently,” Boyer said.


Progressive’s Smart Haul program to save on insurance policies


est known for its perky television spokesperson Flo, Progressive Insurance has recently launched a usage-based insurance (UBI) program for commercial truck drivers it has dubbed Smart Haul. Progressive is the top tractor-trailer insurer in the nation according to the website ConsumersAdvocate.org. The new program uses electronic logging devices (ELD’s) and claims to lower initial policies by at least three percent for drivers who agree to share their ELD information. According to Progressive, participants in the program who use ELD’s can save an average of $1,384 on their first commercial truck policy premium. Progressive will note a trucker’s driving habits in comparison with similar drivers to determine savings. Data will be assessed at each period of renewal. Now mandatory for most commercial owneroperators conducting interstate commerce, ELD’s digitally record important driving data, including hours of service. The majority of large fleets in the United States have been utilizing electronic data for at least a decade now. Progressive representative John Barbagallo said, “We think turning the ELD requirement into an opportunity to save some money for safe driving will appeal to lots of truckers. Our extensive experience providing UBI to our auto customers through our long-running Snapshot program helped us introduce this innovation for the commercial truck market.” Progressive’s Smart Haul meets all of the electronic data requirements mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and keeps drivers from having to rely on any other devices. It is compatible with any ELD device and truckers merely need to give consent to their ELD vendor to provide data to Smart Haul. Progressive assures drivers that all data procured for Smart Haul will remain confidential. Progressive has been developing Smart Haul for several years. They have gained valuable information from logging over 25 billion miles through the innovative Snapshot data gathering program. Data gathered from ELD’s includes speed and time information, location and vehicle diagnostics as well as data about braking habits.


Volvo Trucks continues to add jobs as U.S. economy soars


ith America’s economy in a prolonged expansion phase—up 4.2% in the second quarter of 2018 and a stock market experiencing its longest running bull market in the nation’s history—Volvo Trucks has added nearly 300 new jobs at its Dublin, Virginia plant just since September. Retail sales are up throughout the trucking industry and Volvo is no exception with a 60% gain in the first nine months of the year. Volvo Trucks has added more than 1,800 jobs in the last two years while picking up a larger share of the U.S. market. According to Kenny Veith, the president of ACT Research, a commercial vehicle analytics group, during the last 12 months alone, over 500,000 Class 8 trucks have been ordered, decimating an earlier record in 2006 of 376,000 orders. Volvo’s surge in sales comes at a time when the manufacturer has recently introduced full production of its VNL 760 model, a definite improvement over its legacy VNL 670 model. The new trucks have several innovative improvements including an all new 70-inch sleeper, swept- back headlights with Volvo’s signature daytime running lights, improved cabin air flow and a sleek new design which improves fuel efficiency. In fact, the VNL 760 can assist drivers in achieving up to a 7.5% increase in fuel efficiency over older models. Many economists point to deregulation, fostered by the Trump Administration, and the 2017 tax cuts as reasons for the improved U.S. economy. Not surprisingly, the trucking industry is thriving with prices and profits hitting record numbers. “When truckers make good money, a lot of it rubs off on truck manufacturers,” said Vieth, and Volvo, along with its workers appear to be the beneficiaries. Vieth, as well as Volvo’s Dublin employees, however, remain conscious that what goes up may also come down. Since 1990, the plant has had 14 separate rounds of layoffs. “The question is how sustainable the current level of economic activity is?” Vieth said. “Did a lot of activity get pulled forward, and by the time we get to late 2019 or early 2020, the economy is starting to run out of gas?” No one knows, of course, but in the meantime, the U.S. economy and the trucking industry continue to roar ahead.

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FMCSA seeking input for HOS rule changes


ederal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations were recently the subject of a comment period coordinated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA sought input on potential changes to current rules. As of Oct. 10, more than 5,000 comments had been garnered by the administration. Unfortunately, according to Bill Quade, associate administrator for enforcement at FMCSA, many of the comments did not provide much information, with a number of them simply saying, “This is a good idea,” or “No, this is not a good idea.” Quade said, “While those comments are certainly listened to and helpful, it is more helpful if you are able to provide some detail.” Suggestions involving data outlining cost savings or safety benefits if changes were made are most helpful. Quade continued, “Very specific situations are frequently more useful than a general comment that you either like or dislike what the agency is considering doing.” Although there is no guarantee that the FMCSA will revise regulations, it is imperative that the agency gathers as much information as possible concerning rule changes. “I will tell you, as someone who has worked in state government and federal government before, the regulatory process is long and burdensome,” said FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez. Changes can sometimes take up to five years to go into effect once proposed, although the Trump Administration is hoping to speed up any revisions. “It takes input to do it properly and to make sure it’s not subject to litigation,” Martinez concluded. The main goal of the FMCSA is to provide the safest rules possible for commercial transportation operators, yet the agency wants to make HOS rules more flexible to reflect changes in the trucking industry. One proposed rule alteration would expand the 100 airmile “short haul” exemption from 12 hours to 14 hours and would give drivers working in “adverse” conditions an additional two hours to complete their task. Other changes involve the mandatory 30-minute breaks per eight hours and the possible reinstatement of the option for drivers with cabin sleepers to split up their 10-hour off-duty rest break. According to the FMCSA website—fmcsa.dot.gov—these are the specific areas the agency is concerned with: • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, in order to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers. • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions. • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after 8-hours of continuous driving. • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour offduty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.


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Horsepower vs. Torque That is the Question By: David Bockelman


have been in the truck sales business for 40 years and have seen many changes as the industry progresses. I have seen mileage expectations go from three miles to the gallon to approaching ten miles per gallon. I have seen fuel prices rise at incredibly fast rates, putting unbelievable pressure on your bottom line. Trucks have gotten lighter, faster, safer and of course, incredibly more expensive. Not to mention the amount of Federal and State regulation as well as Environmental Regulations and restrictions. One topic of discussion that has been constant is the question of performance. What is key – horsepower or torque? We know that power, speed and on-time delivery are the desire. At the end of the day, we want on-time deliveries, happy customers and a profitable business. What are the best driveline considerations that will help us reach our mutual goals? There has been an incredible evolution of trucks over the years. We are getting power and torque out of small displacement engines we never thought possible. Design, materials, electronic and telematics 34

have totally changed the game compared to what my dad thought was normal. As with most things in life, we learn from our predecessors and strive to honor our legacy and improve the “business model” as we learn how to operate more efficiently and profitably. When I was young, it was all about HORSEPOWER, and of course, the bigger the better. We wanted big power, as many forward gears as possible, big fuel tanks and a heavy foot. At $1.27 per gallon, it was okay to carry 300 gallons of fuel (2,100 lbs.) and drive as fast as we could get away with. Boy, those were the days and life was simple. Today, things are a little more complicated. We need to be as efficient as possible, while never losing sight of our goal, on-time deliveries, happy customers and a profitable business. The question remains…what is better? Horsepower, torque or a combination that is best for a company? Let’s look at the definition of both and how to apply it to our fleet operations. Horsepower is the measurement of effort as calculated in an algebraic formula. Torque is the measurement of twisting effort, or the force applied to the November & December 2018 //

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crank shaft and ultimately to the drive tires. The twisting effort (or torque) is the force that moves the load and pulls the hills. One question you may ask is, is 500 horsepower and 1650-foot lbs. better than 455 horsepower and 1650foot lbs. of torque? If you look at major fleets that run the 48 states and operate thousands of tractors you will find the engines of choice are 450-455 horsepower and 1650foot lbs. of torque. Why? These fleets are companies that analyze their cost of operations to 1/1000th of a penny per mile. A 10th of a mile per gallon can affect their bottom line by hundreds of thousands of dollars per month. The drive trains they choose are the most efficient, most productive, and most cost effective available today. Here a few reasons why. Today, we need to weigh cost versus reward. If we pay for our costs, what is the return, and how long does it take to get your return on investment? What is the most efficient cost-effective way to move the freight and make our deliveries on time and at the lowest cost per mile? If we choose to go with higher horsepower, what is our true cost and return on investment. Let’s look at the cost differential. Not only the up-front cost of the equipment, but the running cost to operate the equipment. A high horsepower engine will have these upfront costs; • More expensive engine • More expensive transmission • More expensive clutch • More expensive drivelines • More expensive drive axles • More expensive extended warranties • More expensive parts and service for repairs and maintenance It is a given that high horsepower allows one to drive faster and sustain high speeds. But is it worth the cost? It takes more horsepower to overcome wind resistance than rolling resistance, so it stands to reason and is documented that high speed consumes fuel. Is the extra fuel consumption worth the time saved? Probably not!

Why do North America’s top trucking companies order under 460 horsepower and 1650-foot lbs. of torque on their truck orders over 90% of the time? Because these companies are some of the most well-run businesses in the country. They know their true cost of operation and are focused on being as profitable as possible for their shareholders or family members; this is all the while keeping the goal of on-time deliveries and happy customers at the forefront of day-to-day operations. Most trucks on the highway are 450-455 horsepower with 10-speed transmissions. This huge population of engines and transmission creates other benefits as well. Across the country there are vast resources to support your fleet as you cross the country. Parts, service centers, mobile service trucks, re-manufactured components and used parts are readily available to keep you on the road when you need service support to keep your trucks rolling and revenue coming in. Fuel savings as a part of lower cost of operation are clearly documented versus the high horsepower option. Yes, there are applications where large displacement engines and high horsepower are required. However, in your typical over-the-road line haul applications, the industry has proven the best way to go by shear numbers. This year, as you evaluate your next truck purchase, you have a boat load of options and components to consider, from telematics to automated and fully automatic transmissions. There are also 10, 13, 15, 18-speed manual transmissions with a variety of engine and horsepower and torque options available. Time marches on and new ideas and concepts will always appear before you. It can be quite intimidating to choose the right way to go, but it does not have to be. When it comes to engine power for your fleet, look around you. Follow the leader. At the end of the day, think about torque more than horsepower. Take a tip from some of North America’s most well-run and efficient companies and make more money for your own company!

J.B. Hunt agrees to $15 million settlement in a decade-long class-action lawsuit


fter nearly eleven years of litigation, J.B. Hunt Transport has agreed to a $15 million settlement with a class of drivers who filed a lawsuit against the Arkansas based trucking company in 2007. Lead plaintiffs, including truck drivers Gerardo Ortega and Michael D. Patton, sued J.B. Hunt for breaking California


labor laws. They argued the company failed to compensate drivers for meal and rest breaks. Hunt will now pay a group of drivers who worked for the company between 2003 and 2018. The number could be as high as 11,000, according to court documents. A legal motion, filed by attorneys for the plaintiffs, states

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that drivers affected by the settlement will not have to Court who declined to hear it. The case was heard in the file claim forms to receive their share. Rather, anyone U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The participating in the suit will have a check mailed to them final settlement was set to be approved on October 29. once the settlement is final at the end of October. Settlement funds will also go to pay employee payroll taxes, settlement administration costs, and attorney’s fees. Plaintiffs asserted that J.B. Hunt’s compensation system violated California laws, which are among the most comprehensive in the nation. In their recently filed motion, the plaintiffs said, “The case has been extensively litigated for 11 years. It involved novel and cutting-edge legal theories relating to class certification, liability under California wage and hour laws, and federal preemption. In fact, the case was previously dismissed based on federal preemption grounds, reinstated by the Ninth Circuit, and finally decertified six weeks before the scheduled class trial. At the time of decertification, this court had also rendered two critical rulings on the parties’ motions for partial summary judgment. Against this very complex backdrop, the parties were finally able to reach a proposed class-wide settlement in the amount of $15 million.” The lawsuit was not the first time California rest break laws have been involved in litigation. Both the American Trucking Association and the Western States Trucking Association Email: Joinkamway@kam-way.com have attempted to obtain exemptions from call us at: (360)332-1444 - x 939 the rules for trucking companies, arguing that the California laws are too restrictive and out of step with federal rules. J.B. Hunt appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme

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eNow receives USDOT safety certification for mobile solar mounting system


he National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has assigned eNow credentials signifying that the mounting system for eNow’s mobile solar systems meets Federal safety standards. eNow solar systems are mounted to the rooftops of trucks where they collect energy from the sun and charge the vehicles’ auxiliary batteries. “Quality and safety are paramount at eNow, so we are proud to take this step,” said Jeff Flath, President/ CEO of eNow. “Our patented mounting system includes multiple adhesives and a hi-temp thermoplastic frame. Together, they bond our systems to truck roofs virtually-


p e r m a n e n t l y. Currently, we have more than 5,000 trucks with our systems mounted on top of their sleepercabs and trailers. Not one has peeled off, even partially.” Unlike traditional commercial and residential solar modules which are encased in glass with metal frames, eNow’s panels are thin, flexible and lightweight. The panels are adhered to the flat surfaces of trucks and trailer roofs — virtually-permanently — using the industry’s most advanced adhesive systems. They are also aerodynamic, waterproof and dust-proof – so dirt, wind, and water have do not affect them. Truck washes also do not affect the systems. eNow solar panels are designed to withstand hurricane force winds, ice, snow, sun, and high heat. Its advanced solar systems are constructed of the highest quality materials and are thoroughly tested before they leave our factory. They also feature a full five-year warranty on both parts and labor. November & December 2018 //

Satellite TV now available with no subscription for Trucking Industry – EpicVue


satellite TV service packaged exclusively for the trucking sector, EpicVue, is offering a contract. The no contract offer comes with an upfront fee with the option to cancel the service at any moment and keep the gear. The new offer has

premium entertainment for example EpicVue systems with no worry of making a long-term devotion.”

potential tax benefits since the systems are considered not items and assets, EpicVue said. The EpicVue package includes more than 100 channels including premium channels such as SHOWTIME, HBO/ Cinemax and the NFL Sunday Ticket. Even the satellite TV systems have been provided to fleets using 20 or more trucks. “The use of the in-cab satellite TV systems for improving driver recruiting, job satisfaction, and retention continues to grow steadily,” said Lance Platt, CEO of EpicVue. “Together with our new no-contract offering, carriers now have the option of providing drivers with // November & December 2018


Truckers need to understand issues surrounding distracted driving


ou’re driving down the freeway at 65 miles per hour when you look down at the driver to your left who is not only passing you at a much higher rate but also appears to be looking at his lap. A little further up the road, you see that this driver is speaking on his phone and apparently not paying much attention to anything but his conversation. Unfortunately, distracted driving on the nation’s roads has risen to epidemic proportions in recent years due to the proliferation of smartphone technology. National Safety Council data reveals that cell phone usage causes 1.6 million car accidents a year

with one in four of all accidents in the United States caused by texting and driving. Likewise, AAA has determined that distracted driving is now the single most dangerous factor on U.S. roads, even more, detrimental than aggressive or drunk driving. Because of these current conditions, truck drivers need to understand roadway risks and the science behind the distracted driving issue. Generally, distraction occurs in three ways: visual, manual and cognitive. Obviously, the first two create serious problems, but cognitive distraction can lead impaired drivers to make bad decisions such as suddenly cutting

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across double lines to gain entrance to an exit they almost missed. Even while a driver’s eyes are focused on the road, if their mind is elsewhere they will make a mistake which could cost lives. By far, texting is the most dangerous activity by drivers because it creates not only a visual distraction but also manual and cognitive interference as well. Texting can take a driver’s eyes off the road for up to five seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that means a driver travels the length of a football field without clearly watching the road. For many truck drivers, the biggest distraction may be the effects of fatigue on vision, manual dexterity, and cognitive reactions. There’s a very good reason why rules are in place prohibiting drivers from spending too much time behind the wheel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published certain Hours of Service Regulations which limit property carrying drivers to 11 hours on the road after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Drivers can only operate for 8 hours before they must take at least a 30-minute break, although there are certain exceptions to this rule. Since it’s imperative that drivers understand the complications stemming from distracted driving, fleets and trucking companies can take a series of measures to help avoid accidents and loss of property. First, companies should establish clear rules and

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sustainable goals for their drivers. Second, give drivers as much information as possible to judge their cognitive abilities behind the wheel. Third, drivers need to be well aware of their own weaknesses and the challenges facing other drivers. Fourth, provide drivers with as much information as possible to keep risks as low as possible. And, finally, give drivers opportunities for meaningful engagement in solving safety and operational reliability issues.


Uber’s Powerloop seeks to establish trailer rental network


ooking to reduce expenses and wait time for truckers, Uber Freight, an affiliate of Advanced Technologies Group, is introducing its brand new Powerloop service, making preloaded trailers available to carriers while creating a trailer pool program which encourages small fleets and independent operators to access new cargo. Using Uber Freight’s digital load matching app, Powerloop is currently involved in a pilot program in Texas. Powerloop gives carriers the ability to lease or rent trailers so that operators can simply drop off a trailer and pick up a new pre-loaded trailer. A spokesperson for Powerloop said, “Powerloop enables a common pool of trailers which can be utilized by a diffuse set of shippers and any eligible carrier. By renting trailers, Powerloop is lowering the barrier to entry to trailer pool programs and unlocking access to drop freight for trucking companies of all sizes.” The new service enables owner-operators to drop off a trailer without waiting for unloading or reloading, saving time and increasing efficiency, especially important under hours of service regulations. Referred to as “power-only” loads, pre-loaded trailers within the scope of a pool program allow more flexibility for drivers and eliminate the need to acquire more trailers. Powerloop’s ultimate goal is to create a single, interconnected trailer pool system. Prior to new programs such as this one, fleets and owner-operators were limited to using their own trailers. So far, things are going well in Texas where Powerloop has partnered with the St. Louis based brewing company Anheuser-Busch. “At AnheuserBusch, we believe that a universal trailer pool program, such as Powerloop, is an innovation that is long overdue for the industry,” said Ties Soeters, a spokesman for the brewing company, which ships beer and spirits all over the world. Soeters also claims that Anheuser-Busch has committed to this program because it will help the company reduce its carbon emissions across its supply chains by 25% within the next seven years. Currently, Powerloop has only a few hundred trailers for rent, but that number will be expanded in coming months. At this point, the company only offers dry van trailers with refrigerator trailers still on the horizon. In order to book cargo through Powerloop, drivers must apply for Uber Freight and allow inspectors to insure drivers have safe driving records and proper insurance coverage. Once a driver has Uber Freight, they can connect to the Powerloop network.


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The New Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel William mutugi


he Dodge RAM is the third most selling pickup truck in the United States. With the advent of new and better models from Ford and Chevrolet, it’s only fair for the parent company, FCA US LLC, to continually make improvements on its latest models. The 2019 Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January, boasting a better and environmentally-friendly diesel engine.

minute (RPM). This power is enough to tow 9,290 pounds – more than enough to carry your favorite toys back and forth. This is all achieved through an efficient burn that does little to no harm to the environment. All the engine power is channeled through an 8-speed automatic transmission that features thermal control for durability and better efficiency. The RAM 1500 leaves nothing to chance. Users can effortlessly shift through without fuss and accelerate exemplarily well at low gears. The RAM 1500 builds on 9 trims: Tradesman, Big Horn, Sport, Laramie, Limited, Express, Rebel, Night and Laramie Longhorn. All but the Rebel, Night Edition and Express pack the EcoDiesel V6 engine. FCA makes sure that there’s something for everyone. Apart from its exciting powertrain, the new RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is more than 200 pounds lighter, making it the only half-ton diesel pickup available in the industry. The exterior is sleek and streamlined to provide an appealing bodywork. Appearances, however, differ with the model chosen. The high-strength steel structure is built with 8 super tough cross members that enable the pickup to handle the heaviest of loads. Depending on the trim chosen, you’ll have your steel frame riding on 17-inch or 20-inch chrome/aluminum wheels. Most of the models

Despite their superior towing capacity, diesel engines are known to produce smoke and unpleasant odors even when finetuned. Thanks to years of research and innovation, the new RAM 1500 EcoDiesel is B20 diesel compatible and features clean diesel technology. CO2 emissions have also been greatly reduced with a commendable highway efficiency of up to 27 MPG. The 4×2 models have a standard driving range of 700 miles. The 3.0-litre EcoDiesel V6 churns an impressive 240 horsepower and 420 poundfoot of torque at only 2,000 revolutions per


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also come with the exclusive Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension that allows drivers to lower the truck for better efficiency and less air resistance at highway speeds. All trims can be bought with any of the three box sizes and three cab styles. Cab styles include Crew Cab, Quad Cab, and Regular Cab. The first two have 4 doors with front and back seats while the Regular Cab comes with front seats and two doors. Box sizes include short, standard, and long. Box and cab configurations also depend on the model chosen. The interior is designed with comfort in mind. In addition to luxury, surfaces have been made strong enough to withstand daily wear and tear. There are infloor and dashboard storage compartments that help to keep your tools and working gear stowed away safely. On selected trims, buyers get beautiful wood panels that provide elegant finishes. FCA also tries to maximize safety and security with new technology. Available options include an improved airbag system, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, lane-keep assist, trailer sensing, 360-degree camera view, forward collision warning, sideimpact door beams, advanced occupant protection, dynamic crumple zones and much more. The Command Center is one of the best things you’ll find in the Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel. It features the Uconnect system which allows you to turn your cabin into an entertainment center or mobile office. Included are Apple CarPlay support, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, 4G LTE, Android Auto, remote keyless entry, an emergency c om mu n ic at ion

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system, and a tilt steering wheel. With the RAM 1500, no one knows how far FCA will go to keep up with the competition. The model has risen to take a 22% share of the full-size truck market up from 16% in 2009. Buyers have proven to be fiercely loyal. FCA is continually working to woo those moving from crossovers and cars to trucks. For 2019, they are combining efficiency, luxury and comfort to attract more buyers. The Dodge RAM 1500 EcoDiesel offers a viable alternative for those seeking to look further than Chevrolet, Ford, and GMC.


FDA seeking guidance on marijuana reclassification


ith Canada and several U.S. states recently legalizing marijuana, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to determine the potential impact of no longer classifying pot as a Schedule I narcotic. Schedule I drugs include heroin, ecstasy and LSD as well as marijuana. The FDA began asking for input on the Federal Register on Oct. 10 and will continue to accept feedback until Oct. 31. Federal, state and local officials continue to grapple with the consequences of legalization in various parts of the U.S. and, as of Oct. 17, right across the border in Canada. While federal law still regards marijuana as among the most dangerous drugs, it is now considering the impact of potential scheduling changes. In a public notice, the federal agency said, “FDA is requesting interested persons to submit comments concerning abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking, and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use of 16


drug substances. These comments will be considered in preparing a response from the United States to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the abuse liability and diversion of these drugs. World Health Organization will use this information to consider whether or recommend that certain international restrictions be placed on these drugs.” The drugs being reviewed include not only marijuana

but also synthetic cannabinoids, such as K2 or Spice. The FDA considers “substances with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse” to be classified as Schedule I. Marijuana advocates, however, point to the increasing therapeutic use of cannabis and its offshoots. In fact, CBD (cannabidiol—a marijuana derivative that doesn’t actually make the user intoxicated) has been determined by WHO to have medical benefits. WHO is scheduled to meet in November in Switzerland to determine whether some substances should be reviewed as to their classification. Because it is currently a Schedule I drug, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) considers anyone under the influence of marijuana to be “not physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle.” FMCSA regulations also prohibit drivers from being in possession of the drug. If marijuana is reclassified under federal law, it is unclear what effects the change would have on the trucking industry. November & December 2018 //


















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it’s Easy to see Volvo sets the standard in safety.

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