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FROM THE EDITOR Raman S. Dhillon
As I said previously that trucking is not only a profession but it’s community, it’s family. Working in this industry since 1996 always work towards helping the trucking community and this journey is still continue today. I feel very proud the day we as NAPTA got recogonized by Biden administration and we started working on several issues that are hurting trucking community and working for several months got chance to be at White House and meet our President Mr. Joe Biden. We are very pleased that administration is willing to listen to the smaller and minority associations. We are very please so far but still closely watching the situation regarding all the decisions which are made during these meetings are being worked on in time.
At this point I also want to ask to our trucking industry to come together and work together no matter what association or group you belong to our aim should be to work for the betterment of our trucking industry. This is very important to understand that working together is key to success. I want to say thank you to all our NAPTA members and all supporters “ Sincere Thank You, this is your success and like this we can go much further and stronger. Please join your NAPTA organaziation in big numbers and we can make a big difference in life of ours and our families.
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White House Ceremony Celebrates Truck Drivers, Highlights Trucking Action Plan
taged as a showcase for the federal government’s recent investments in trucking, President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg welcomed industry stakeholders to a White House ceremony on April 4. While highlighting elements of the administration’s Trucking Action Plan, both Biden and Buttigieg thanked and praised truck drivers. “I want to thank you for keeping America moving, because that’s literally what you’re doing—especially these last two years, helping carry the nation literally on your backs,” Biden said. He continued, “You all literally make the economy run. If you all quit, everything comes to a halt. Think about it. I’m not joking. Think about it, things would come to a literal halt.” Buttigieg reminded the crowd gathered on the White House lawn that virtually everything they have was probably carried by a truck at some point. “If you enjoyed the food you ate for breakfast, the clothes you’re wearing right now, or the device you might be using to watch this event, you can thank a truck driver for getting that to you,” he said. 8
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The event was held to educate the public on the administration’s plan to strengthen the nation’s supply chain which had been thrown into chaos by the realities of the pandemic and to focus on how to lure new drivers into the industry and how to retain existing drivers. The Trucking Action Plan focuses on “building supply chain resilience through better quality trucking jobs,” White House Assistant Press Secretary Emilie Simons told reporters ahead of the gathering. The Biden administration is under political pressure to alleviate supply chain shortages and get a handle on soaring inflation. During the gathering, however, Biden wanted to focus on recent economic victories, such as news that the unemployment rate had reached 3.6% in March. He also touted his plans for trucking. “The best way [to improve the supply chain] is to invest in the people who make the supply chain run,” Biden said. “Trucking moves about 70% of all the goods in this country.” In a press release the administration said, “Over the last 90 days, the administration held a number of listening sessions and engagements with drivers,
unions and worker centers, industry and advocates to ensure their voices and experiences are shaping future actions across key areas.” Truck Leasing Task Force Looking to mitigate the problem of truck leasing arrangements that take advantage of owner-operators and small fleets, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is establishing a new task force made up of trucking industry stakeholders. The task force is part of the Biden Administration’s Trucking Action Plan which was established with passage of last year’s infrastructure bill. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is accepting applications for the new Truck Leasing Task Force on their website through May 6. One of the goals is to see if these predatory leases affect driver safety. Detention time and compensation studies DOT has launched research studies on the negative effects of detention time on driver retention. Many drivers quit the profession because they are hamstrung by hours-of-service rules which limit their working hours. Studies have shown that www.punjabitruckingusa.com
drivers spend up to four hours of unpaid time waiting for loading and unloading, thus cutting into their time on the road. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has advocated for the repeal of the overtime exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act so that truck drivers can be compensated for the full amount of time they are on the job, either driving or waiting for a load. Truck Parking As written, last year’s infrastructure bill did not deal with the chronic problem of adequate truck parking. Even though a law was passed over ten years ago (Jason’s Law), drivers still have trouble finding available and safe parking. “Lack of truck parking across the country is about more than just inconvenience. It impacts safety and retention as exhausted drivers have nowhere to rest,” the administration said in a press release. www.punjabitruckingusa.com
The administration has encouraged states to do more to supply parking for big rigs but has yet to provide any money for the problem. Women in Trucking Advisory Board In 2019 a study by the American Trucking Associations showed that only 6.7% of long-haul truck drivers were women. As part of its action plan, the administration hopes the new board can bring more women into the industry. Those interested in applying to sit on the board should visit FMCSA.dot.gov/ wotab. Questions can be emailed to the advisory board at firstname.lastname@example.org. What it means for truckers The North American Punjabi Trucking Association (NAPTA) is enthusiastic about the administration’s focus on these issues but believes that more timely and concrete solutions are needed for the many problems facing the industry.
“The Biden Trucking Action Plan remains a mixed bag of policies intended to improve jobs and employment opportunities within the industry,” said Raman Singh, NAPTA’s CEO, who attended the April 4 ceremony. “We applaud the administration for adding truck parking to the plan and agree that the lack of parking across the country is about more than just inconvenience. Singh continued, “NAPTA is also pleased that DOT, along with DOL and FMCSA, have started gathering information on critical issues like detention time and driver compensation. However, drivers are still waiting on meaningful measures that will help address these problems. Today’s update notes significant progress on establishing apprenticeship programs and plenty of funding to help states expedite CDLs, but we have yet to really see any substantive actions that can help keep new or current drivers in the industry long term.” May & June 2022
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Biden Nominates Hutcheson for FMCSA Chief American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear, who said, “We congratulate Deputy Administrator Hutcheson on her nomination to head FMCSA, and we support her swift confirmation by the Senate. She has deep experience in transportation administration which makes her well qualified and prepared for this vital role. Her commitment to working with our industry to improve safety is unwavering.” Spear went on to say, “Her continued leadership comes at a critical time for the agency, as the pandemic, natural disasters, workforce shortages, and other factors continue to challenge the freight economy in ways never seen before. Raman Singh, NAPTA CEO, says after meeting with her on zoom that her past experience working with several agencies and her willingness to work with industry key players is going to be key to success and we congratulate Deputy Administrator Hutcheson on her nomination to head FMCSA. Likewise, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association President Todd Spencer said, “As FMCSA’s Acting Administrator, Robin Hutcheson has demonstrated a genuine appreciation for the work of our members and an eagerness to help address some of the issues that are most important to them.”
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ith the departure of former nominee Meera Joshi to become deputy mayor of New York City, President Joe Biden has nominated Robin Hutcheson to the position of administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Hutcheson has been serving as acting administrator for the agency and is a former deputy assistant secretary for safety policy at the Department of Transportation (DOT). Her nomination will proceed to the Senate where she will need to be confirmed. At the DOT, Hutcheson was involved in the National Roadway Safety Strategy and was a key player in developing the Safe Streets and Roads for All program which was part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill passed last November. In fact, Hutcheson has a long resume that includes time as the director of public works in Minneapolis leading a team of over 1,000 employees and as transportation director in Salt Lake City. She has worked throughout the U.S. and Europe and served seven years on the board of directors for the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Hutcheson drew praise from Industry leaders such as
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New ELDT Regulations Require Carriers and Training Programs to Conform to Federal Guidelines
ecent changes in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) requirements for entry-level driver training (ELDT) has left fleets scrambling to understand and comply with the new regulations. The new rules make it necessary for those who train drivers, including Class A and B commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs), those going for a passenger, school bus or hazardous materials endorsement and those seeking to upgrade their CDLs, to meet minimum training standards. Training must also come from a registered institution. The training school must be on FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry (TPR) and drivers will need to complete any courses before taking a CDL skills test or a test for a hazmat endorsement. Carriers and Schools Must Register The new rule requires carriers who 14
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provided training to drivers seeking a CDL to register in the TPR and to certify their compliance with the new training standards. Carriers may also need to meet state registration specifications. These rules may prompt carriers to outsource the entire training process. Those who do decide to continue with their own training will be able to combine CDL training with an individual company’s policies and procedures. Another advantage is that training can be done on equipment the driver will be using when fully trained. It also mostly eliminates the possibility that the driver will decide to jump to another company. Negatives when it comes to providing company training includes the expense of providing resources which comply with new guidelines. Another drawback would be If a driver decides to leave during training the company would be on the hook for wasted costs.
Requirements for TPR Companies that do decide to train will first need to register. The TPR requires the following: • Provider name and contact information • Facility name and contact information • Type of provider: for hire or in-house • Type of training • Average training hours and cost • Third-party affiliations, certifications or accreditations Potential drivers can search the TPR for companies and approved training programs. Once they are trained the school or company must submit the following information within two business days after completion: • Driver Trainee name, date of birth, license or permit number and issuing state • CDL class or endorsement and type of training—behind the wheel or in class • Total number of hours spent behind the wheel (if applicable) www.punjabitruckingusa.com
• Training provider name, location and TPR identification number • Date of successful completion of training Understand the Process Carriers should make sure they understand the process required before registering with the TPR, including behind the wheel training and in-class coursework. Classroom work must cover 30 specific areas with students passing with an 80% score on assessment tests. Coursework may include lectures, demonstrations, computer - based instruction, audio-visual presentations, online instruction and driving simulators. Behind the wheel training focuses on 19 specific areas with proficiency based on the professional guidelines of the trainer. Carriers and those operating training schools will find it imperative to hire qualified and knowledgeable trainers. This could mean using an experienced driver within the company to come off the road and into the classroom or passenger seat to instruct new candidates. Trainers need the appropriate class of CDL with all applicable endorsements, and their CDLs must be valid. The trainer
must also have two years of experience as a CDL driver or behind-the-wheel CDL instructor. Setting Up a Training Program Any training program needs to ensure that all trainers are on the same page as far as teaching strategies and that they are adapted to a set of standard policies and procedures. Trainers should be constantly refreshing their knowledge about teaching, public speaking, record keeping and organization. The program should use facilities that meet ELDT federal, state and local regulations. Classroom training should be done in appropriate rooms with any necessary equipment such as computers, projectors and white boards. Range training should use an area free of obstacles to give the trainee the chance to practice maneuvering without interference from other vehicles, blind spots or other hazards. Vehicle and Record-Keeping Requirements All vehicles must meet federal, state and local regulations. Carriers have an obvious advantage over independent
schools because drivers will be practicing on the exact equipment they will use when they start carrying loads. Vehicles need to give the trainer good visibility and may even include another brake for the instructor. Student records should be kept on file and need to include: • Certification by the student that they will comply with federal, state and local laws and regulations, including use of controlled substances, testing, age, medical certification, licensing and driving records • Driver qualification file and drug and alcohol records • Copy of the commercial learner’s permit • Copy of CDL Trainer records need to include: • Driver qualification file and drug and alcohol records • Instructor qualification documentation • Copies of CDLs and endorsements • Training related material to include lesson plans, student assessments, checklists and other records
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Connecticut Considers Adoption of California’s Emissions Standards
espite resistance from trucking and business organizations, Connecticut’s legislature appears set to pass a bill introduced by the state’s governor to implement the same zero-emissions standards as California. Connecticut is the latest state to follow in California’s footsteps in acting against climate change. States are permitted to adopt either EPA standards, which are currently in the process of being strengthened, or California’s standards, including ACT (the Advanced Clean Trucks regulation). The bill, H.B. 5039—An Act Concerning Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles Emission Standards—would require manufacturers to phase in engines that cut NOx (nitrogen oxide) 75% in two years and 90% by 2027. In contrast, the EPA is looking to cut emissions 60% by 2045. In public hearings held in March, the number of supporters for the bill (87) far exceeded those who were opposed (13). Speaking in support of the bill, Zach Kahn, Tesla’s senior policy advisor for the Northeast, said, “Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Moreover, Tesla
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believes the world will not be able to solve the climate change crisis without directly reducing air pollutant emissions— including carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG)—from the transportation and power sectors.” Tesla is already set to introduce its Semi Class 8 heavy-duty truck with a range of between 300-500 miles. The all-electric truck would meet the strictest emission standards. In opposition were several business groups as well as the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut Inc. (MTAC) whose arguments included predictions that truck sales and jobs would be pushed out of state and that by not accepting EPA standards, trucking companies would use older and dirtier trucks longer to avoid purchasing more expensive zero-emission trucks. “It’s a bad bill. It would adopt California emissions standards, which include an electric vehicle sales mandate
that’s phased in over years and it would also have a lower NOx [nitrogen oxide] standard than what the Environmental Protection Agency will require,” said MTAC President Joseph Sculley.
Sculley also said that introducing a large number of electric trucks to Connecticut roads would tax the state’s electrical grid. Also speaking in opposition to the bill, Ashley Zane, government affairs associate for the Connecticut Business Industry Association, said, “This bill hands over regulatory control to another state. As drafted, this bill allows the Department of Energy and Environmental Protections to make specific references to California regulations, essentially allowing another state to dictate what happens in our state.” Another opponent, Joan Nichols of the Connecticut Farm Bureau said, “Everything farms need to operate—feed for their livestock and poultry, supplies, fertilizer, all are delivered by trucks. Products off the farm to market are all delivered by trucks.” Not only does the bill have the support of Democratic Governor Ned Lamont, it is also sponsored by 27 members of the state’s legislature. www.punjabitruckingusa.com
Bipartisan Bill would address Driver Shortages
bipartisan bill now working its way through the House of Representatives would seek to address the industry’s driver shortage by providing incentives for potential new drivers. The Strengthening Supply Chains Through Truck Driver Incentives Act would give a refundable tax credit of up to $7,500 to truckers with Class A commercial driver’s licenses and at least 1,900 hours behind the wheel per year. The credit is effective through next year. The legislation would also provide a refundable tax credit of up to $10,000 for those who register in a trucking apprenticeship. The bill is the product of Representatives Abigail Spander (D-Virginia) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin). “Over the last two years,
we have seen just how important truck drivers are for keeping our economy growing and our communities moving,” said Spanberger. “But to fully combat the shortages and rising costs faced by families and businesses right now, we need to attract even more skilled drivers to the American trucking industry.” Spanberger said she hopes the incentives in the bill would help to lure younger drivers into the profession while also making sure that veteran drivers are rewarded for their work. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) responded enthusiastically to the bill’s introduction, saying on Twitter, “As driver pay continues to rise at a historic pace, this bipartisan bill would further benefit truckers by providing them with substantial income tax credits.”
The bill will first have to navigate through the committee process before being considered by the entire House. It has solid backing from trucking organizations, although ATA President Chris Spear said that this was only one in several needed fixes for the current driver shortage. Spear said, “A challenge as complex as the truck driver shortage cannot be resolved through a single solution. Solving it requires a multifaceted approach that combines industry initiative with good public policy such as this legislation.” Gallagher, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said, “We need truck drivers to keep our economy moving, and this bill takes steps to help encourage more individuals to make a career out of this important work.”
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Trucking Industry Faces Possible Return to Pre-Pandemic Shipping Rates
lthough operating costs have skyrocketed because of record inflation, trucking firms have remained profitable as demand has outstripped supply during the pandemic. The number of trucks for hire has risen about 10% in the last two years. This could all change as analysts are predicting that demand will soon go back to pre-pandemic levels. This could cause chaos in the trucking industry. Some estimates indicate that the cost of operating a big rig has
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increased a whopping 38 cents per mile over 2019 levels and this calculation does not include driver wages or new equipment purchases. Analysts worry that if demand falls, so will rates, leaving companies with rising overhead and declining revenue. In fact, a new company with one truck and one driver would see costs as high as 72 cents per mile higher than three years ago. The biggest cost is fuel, with prices rising to over $5 a gallon, compared with only about $3 a gallon before the pandemic. Further straining carriers is the reality that fuel is paid for at the point of sale, while shippers and brokers don’t pay a carrier until a month or more after the goods have been delivered. The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) indicates that fuel alone represents an increase to operating costs of about $2,000 a month. This represents cash that a carrier spends well before receiving payment from brokers. Add to this the typical increases in insurance and maintenance which have risen almost 38 cents per mile since 2019. Still, demand has made these costs palatable for most companies. That demand has also seen the trucking market see the highest number of new fleet startups ever. While thousands of new companies entered the industry, they came in at a time when costs were high and purchasing equipment at a premium. Already, spot rates have fallen from a January high of $3.83 per mile to about $3.29 per mile currently, according to Truckstop.com. Rates, however, are still about $1.00 per mile more than they have ever been. If spot rates are declining, the cost of a new truck is not. The cost of a three-year-old truck is now about $136,000, more than doubling since 2019. New trucks are far more expensive, if one can be found, as manufacturers face enormous backlogs. 2019 was a bad year for trucking with record numbers of bankruptcies. The pandemic cured the industry’s woes, but the future is uncertain as some Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs is predicting recession for later this year. But, as long as spot rates don’t drop any lower than $2.34 per mile, many of the new fleets created during the pandemic should be able to keep their heads above water, as long as insurance or equipment costs don’t eventually sink them. www.punjabitruckingusa.com
TriumphX uses technology to make it easier for trucking companies to access money and make payments
o assist in making financing easier for the trucking industry, including carriers, shippers and brokers, Dallas-based Triumph Bancorp has launched a new division with that aim in mind.
money to a business to cover portions of those invoices. Triumph Business Capital will provide working capital while arranging data-
driven automated solutions to clients. Matt Levy, the founder of management consultant Credera, has been chosen as the new president of TriumphX.
Announced in early April, the financial holding company has established TriumphX, a new business venture set up as a transportation fintech (financial technology) in order to streamline financing to transportation related companies. "We see massive opportunities to reshape the future of payments in transportation," said Triumph Bancorp chief executive officer Aaron P. Graft in a press release. "As I mentioned in our annual shareholder letter, the execution of our vision requires additional technical talent to join our ranks. TriumphX will be one gateway to meet that need. In addition, TriumphX will evaluate concepts and ideas for our transportation fintech lines of business, TriumphPay and Triumph Business Capital. The TriumphX team will support the line of business project teams, increasing their capacity and accelerating the execution of critical technology-based projects," said Graft. TriumphPay will allow customers to make fast and seamless payment transactions. It already has over 90,000 carriers and over 550 brokers in its digital system. In addition, it has completed its first round of factoring payments. A factoring service purchases open invoices and advances www.punjabitruckingusa.com
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Air cargo capacity declines as lockdowns, war and possible recession cause contraction
ust as Wall Street analysts are predicting an impending recession, Clive Data Services, the leading ocean and air freight rate benchmarking platform, recently reported a 6.5% drop in air cargo volumes when compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019. Persistent lockdowns in China and the ongoing war in Ukraine have caused the air freight market to contract. Air cargo capacity has shrunk with Russian carriers AirBridgeCargo and Sky Gates Airlines both shutting down as Russia closed its airspace. Meanwhile, China’s COVID lockdowns have caused more canceled flights. The Chinese cities of Shanghai and Kunshan, both major manufacturing hubs, have stopped taking many incoming flights with Delta Airlines canceling thousands of flights and suspending cargo flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Factory production has since fallen drastically. 22
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According to Clive Data, there has been a 20% decline in Europe to Northeast Asia capacity as the war in Ukraine rages. German-based Lufthansa reports a 10% reduction in air cargo capacity because the airline must avoid Russian airspace. “In overall air cargo market terms, March was a step back from the trend we saw late last year and earlier this year. We have been reminded of how the limited control the general airfreight market has over its own destiny and how it is impacted by passenger traffic trends, disruption in the ocean freight market, and geopolitical events,” said Niall van de Wouw, Chief Airfreight Officer at Xeneta. Lack of capacity has contributed to high rates, about 2.5 times higher than three years ago and 27% higher than last year. Clive Data indicated airlines are selling spare capacity in the short-term spot market, especially in regions such as Asia. Spot rates continued to rise for shippers sending goods between Europe and Japan.
Spot rates from Japan rose to about $5.47 per kilogram in March, a nearly 50% hike, mostly due to the Ukraine situation. Additionally, the amount of capacity being sold at spot rates increased to nearly 60% or 20 points higher than the spot share only six weeks ago. Air cargo volumes have increased during the pandemic because shippers have been frustrated with supply chain inefficiencies and backlogs at ports serving ocean shipments.
Air cargo has drastically increased as ports have experienced significant backlogs. Not surprisingly, shippers have to wait nearly two weeks from the time of booking to actually see their goods loaded on a flight.
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DOT Looks to Include Oral Fluid Testing for Truck Drivers
ew guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on drug testing would make changes regarding oral fluid and urine testing requirements for some government employees and truck drivers. The guidance has quantified the definition of what should be considered a refusal to submit to a drug test. It has also issued new requirements for laboratories who conduct tests. One important area for truck drivers involves the use of oral fluid testing rather than urine tests. A new rule proposed in late February by the Department of Transportation (DOT) would follow HHS guidelines and permit drivers to use oral fluid samples for testing rather than urine. In the proposed rule on the Federal Register, the DOT said, “This will give employers a choice that will help combat employee cheating on urine drug tests and provide a more economical, less intrusive means of achieving the safety goals of the program. Unlike directly observed urine collections, an oral fluid collection is much less intrusive on the tested employee’s
privacy.” Public comments for the new rule will be gathered until June 6. Federal agencies now have the ability to use either urine or oral fluid testing. Drug testing applies to applicants to sensitive positions, individuals involved in accidents, individuals for cause. An HHS sub-agency, however, has determined that commercially sold substitution and adulteration products that can subvert both urine and oral fluid tests. One of the arguments for using oral fluid tests is that it can reduce costs. DOT said, “We understand that an oral fluid test can cost between $10 to $20 less than a urine testing (e.g., about $50 for a typical urine testing process, vs. about $35 for an oral fluid testing process, with the largest part of the difference being attributable to the collection process).” In addition, DOT claims that using both methods will give employers more flexibility. DOT said, “That flexibility will provide several benefits. For example, when an employer determines that a DOT post-accident or a reasonable cause/suspicion test is needed, oral fluid
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collections could be done at the scene of the accident or the incident.” HHS provided changes and clarifications on other drug testing related issues: • HHS revised a regulation to include a sample donor’s refusal to wash their hands when directed to do so as an example of a refusal to test by failing to cooperate with the testing process.
• Determined that research shows ingestion of prepared poppy seed food products will likely not cause a positive drug test. • Determined that timely changes to drug testing panels will result in a more productive workforce, while also avoiding issues associated with addiction and rehabilitation. • If the donor cannot provide an oral fluid specimen, the donor will be permitted to provide a urine sample instead. • A collector will report a refusal to test for any donor who fails to appear within a reasonably scheduled appointment or who leaves the collection site before the collection is complete, regardless of the reason. • A regulatory change says that a physician’s authorization or medical recommendation for a Schedule I substance is not an acceptable medical explanation for a positive drug test. • Second-hand exposure to marijuana smoke and ingestion of food products containing marijuana are not acceptable medical explanations for a positive marijuana test result. www.punjabitruckingusa.com
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Preparing to Sell Your Equipment
s I’m writing this article, I am currently dealing with a client in Alberta buying a used flat deck trailer from a seller in Manitoba. I am financing the deal. It has been a nightmare dealing with the seller. My client is calling him names and there’s been a lot of yelling and harassment and rudeness from the seller. A lot of it is because the seller doesn’t know what he’s doing and made multiple mistakes. So, I thought I would share what he has done wrong, so you can avoid his mistakes. The seller listed his trailer for $30,000. This was his bottom line. So instead of staying with his bottom line, he negotiated and accepted the offer of $28,000 from my client. So, the first mistake was not listing his trailer at a price that leaves room for negotiation. The second mistake was not staying with his bottom line. The seller called me yelling that he didn’t get enough money for his trailer. I wasn’t there when they negotiated, and I pointed out that he had accepted the amount himself. The next mistake the seller made was he agreed to do an MVI or motor vehicle inspection by a mechanic after the price was set. A current MVI should always be provided to a buyer, but it should be done BEFORE negotiations. The seller incurred a bill of $2,500 and was yelling again that he was losing money. If he did this inspection before, he could have set his price properly to cover his expenses. The next mistake the seller made was he spent the money he was going to receive for the trailer before he was paid the money for it. Therefore, he started yelling and screaming at the buyer and myself because he overspent. I told him perhaps he should have waited for the money to be in his bank account before he went on a buying spree that he was now short on. The seller then tried to pull out of the deal. He had signed documents already and began www.punjabitruckingusa.com
constant phone calls and harassment to the buyer. I had to explain he was in a legal binding contract, and he cannot pull out of the deal. The buyer was so frustrated he gave the seller $1,000 cash to leave him alone and stay in the deal. We are all as good as our word, and the seller showed he lacked character by trying to end the deal he had agreed on. The seller asked for my advice on some trailers he was going to buy in Quebec based on an internet ad. I did offer him sound advice. The trailers were reefer vans without the reefer units. Normally a van gets replacement reefers until the floor is beyond repair, and then sold for scrap. I explained this to the seller and advised him that if the trailers were good for the road, then where are the thousands of trucking people who desperately want to buy a van? There are no vans to be found in North America and 1-2 year wait to buy anything new. The trailers were scrap. So, he did take my advice and did not buy them. So now he sold his trailer and has no replacement trailers in place. The trailer he was selling and taking a loss on was also the wrong trailer for him
he admitted from a previous mistake of buying from an internet photo and not seeing the trailer in person. So he didn’t learn the first time buying sight unseen, and only avoided a second mistake because I stopped him. From this seller’s mistakes we can learn a lot. Do an MVI first, and then set a bottom-line price for your equipment and don’t budge from it. If you make an agreement, honour it. Harassing and threatening calls do not get you anywhere and don’t spend money you do not have. Always have a replacement you have seen in person in place before you sell your current equipment. And always know what you are buying or selling. Buying equipment that you cannot work with will harm you financially. If you don’t understand what you are buying, then seek help from someone who does know. But in my opinion, if you don’t understand what you are buying, you need to do a lot of homework on the industry. If you are a professional working in trucking, you should know the equipment you use daily for maximum compensation masterfully, as well as how to repair and maintain it.
May & June 2022
FMCSA Director Talks Trucking but doesn’t address Driver Shortages
epresenting the federal government, Jack Van Steenburg, executive director and chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMCSA) since 2011, spoke on a variety of issues at the recent Transport & Logistics Council’s annual conference held in Orlando, Florida. Van Steenburg reported that the FMCSA received 112,000 applications for new motor carriers last year, a more than 100% increase since 2019 when the agency got only 45,000 applications. The main reason for this rise, according to Van Steenburg, is that many company drivers opened their own businesses to take advantage of the unprecedented freight demand and high spot market rates fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic when many Americans purchased shipped goods. 32
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Van Steenburg praised the recently established Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse which has kept 83,000 drivers who had previously tested positive for substance abuse off the roads. All CDL holders are required to release their drug and alcohol tests to the clearinghouse database. Prior to 2020, employers couldn’t get reliable information about an applicant’s substance abuse history during the hiring process. On a negative note, Van Steenburg said that 831 truck drivers died in crashes in 2020. About one-third of those deaths were among drivers who failed to wear seat belts. The National Highway Safety Administration reports that there were 4,965 total fatalities in truck-related accidents in 2020. Data for 2021 has yet to be released. One issue that Van Steenburg didn’t
bring up was the industry’s chronic shortage of drivers and inability to retain drivers. Last year, the American Trucking Associations released a report saying the industry needed 80,000 new drivers. Experts point to driver retention as the biggest problem. Many drivers don’t see the point in enduring major delays at warehouses and ports just to get their trailer loaded or unloaded. Out of 11 working hours, most drivers are on the road for only six or seven of those hours. The rest is spent waiting. In response, many carriers have increased driver pay. Another problem is that it has been difficult to lure younger drivers and women into the profession. To address that, the Biden Administration has set up task forces to devise ways to get workers who would not traditionally become drivers into the industry. www.punjabitruckingusa.com
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Jason’s Law survey still not released by feds
hirteen years ago, a truck driver named Jason Rivenburg was delivering milk to a distribution center in South Carolina. Because he was early, the center would not unload his truck and would not let him park in their lot, so he parked at a nearby abandoned gas station. A thief looking to commit a robbery broke into Rivenburg’s truck while he was sleeping, shot the trucker in the head and stole $7. Rivenburg’s wife would eventually be instrumental in the passage of Jason’s Law which originally helped secure money in the 2012 highway bill for truck parking. The law also required that truck drivers be surveyed periodically about their experience with finding safe parking. The first survey was conducted in 2015 and it concluded that truck parking was hard to find in most of the nation. In a 2019 updated survey, officials found that not much had changed.
It is an issue that has plagued several administrations, although President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have both addressed the issue and have promised progress. Unfortunately, the recent infrastructure bill did not specifically pledge any money for truck parking. This year, the Federal Highway Administration has not yet announced the date for the release of the next survey except to say that there is only a summary of the report so far. Industry stakeholders, including the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, have complained about the problem to federal officials in a recent letter. In fact, most truckers consider parking as one of the most important problems they face. In the letter, the groups noted that in the most recent 2019 survey 98% of drivers
said they had trouble finding safe parking on a regular basis, representing a 23% increase from the 2015 survey. The letter also claimed there is only one parking place for every 11 drivers on the road. “The scarcity of truck parking spaces across the country decreases safety for all highway users, exacerbates the industry’s long-standing workforce challenges, contributes negatively to driver health and well-being, diminishes trucking productivity and results in unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions,” the groups wrote.
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New Task Force to Investigate Unfair Truck Leasing
oping to alleviate the problem of truck leasing arrangements that take advantage of owner-operators and small fleets, the U.S. Department of Transportation is establishing a new task force made up of trucking industry stakeholders and other representatives. The task force is part of the Biden Administration’s Trucking Action Plan which was established with passage of last year’s infrastructure bill. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is accepting applications for the new Truck Leasing Task Force on their website through May 6. One of the goals is to see if these predatory leases affect driver safety. The task force will consist of 10 members representing commercial fleets, owner-operators, labor, consumer protection groups, law firms and other businesses affected by truck leasing agreements. Women and other nontraditional representatives are encouraged to apply. “The Truck Leasing Task Force represents one of the important actions the administration is taking to improve the trucking
industry,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “America’s truck drivers need and deserve fair leasing agreements, and this work will help ensure that leasing is above board.”
The new task force will address the following issues: • Exploring predatory truck leasing arrangements in coordination with the Department of Labor and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. • Evaluating common truck lease agreements and their terms, identify and review those that are potentially inequitable in the motor carrier industry. • Reviewing agreements available to drayage drivers at ports. • Examining whether truck leasing agreements properly incentivize the safe operation of vehicles, including driver compliance with hours-of-service regulations and speed laws. • Studying the impact of truck leasing agreements on the net compensation of commercial motor vehicle drivers. • Examining truck leasing arrangements and financing arrangements among motor carriers, entry-level drivers, driver training providers and others involved in the industry. • Assessing resources that assist truck drivers in reviewing the financial impacts of leasing agreements. Once their work is done, the task force will submit a report to the Biden Administration and Congress recommending possible changes to laws and regulations. “The Task Force will be instrumental in expanding our understanding of the financial impacts of truck leasing and will reinforce our commitment to quality of life and safety for professional truck drivers,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Robin Hutcheson. 36
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New ‘Jake Brake” now Standard on Paccar MX-11 engines
oasting on its website that it is the “global partner the world’s leading truck and engine [manufacturers] turn to for engine braking and valve actuation technologies,” Jacobs Vehicle Systems recently announced it had upgraded the company’s engine brake for the Paccar’s 2021 MX-11 heavy-duty diesel engines. Known as the “Jake Brake,” the electronically controlled brake now has a newly designed “high-flow solenoid to facilitate faster, smoother gear shifting, for simplified and smoother vehicle operation, and fuel consumption improvements,” said the company on Twitter. The Jacobs Engine Brake on the PACCAR engine includes a hydraulic “Collapsible Tappet” Compression Release System. When the engine brake is turned on, the tappet extends following the motion of the dedicated exhaust brake cam lobe. The new brake is produced at the company’s headquarters
in Brookfield, Connecticut and sent to its engine plants in Mississippi, the Netherlands and Brazil. Jacobs’ parent company, Massachusetts-based Altra Industrial Motion Corp., announced earlier this year that it had agreed to sell the vehicle systems company to Cummins Inc. for $325 million.
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Tesla Semi Scheduled for Production Next Year
lthough he has not always been the most reliable source for information, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in early April that production of his company’s Semi, a Class-8 all-electric truck, would start in 2023. Two concept vehicles were unveiled in 2017, but production has been consistently delayed. Musk also said the company’s Cybertruck, a space age looking pickup truck, and the next-generation Roadster will also be on the assembly line next year. Tesla’s line of vehicles has remained static in the last few years with only four models, although both the Cybertruck and new Roadster were announced five years ago. Those models should have begun production in 2019, but that timeline was scrapped long ago. “We’ll be in production with Cybertruck next year. We’ll be in production with the Roadster, and with Semi. That’s all coming. This year is all about scaling up and next year there’s going to be a massive wave of new products,” Musk said at Tesla’s “Cyber Rodeo” in Austin, Texas at the opening of a new factory. Musk showed off prototypes of the Semi, Cybertruck and Roadster at the event. To make room for production of these ongoing projects, Tesla said it would not be introducing any new models until next year, especially at a time when supply chain issues are still a factor.
Considered the most successful electric vehicle maker in the world, Tesla has new factories opening, the one at the company’s headquarters in Austin, and a new “Gigafactory'' in Berlin, Germany. The new complex in Berlin will produce 500,000 electric vehicles and batteries annually.
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New reefer unit meets CARB emissions standards
hermo King, a global manufacturer of temperature efficient environments.” The new S-750i “aligns with Trane control systems for trucks and trailers, recently Technologies 2030 Sustainability Commitments to reduce support over 1,000trailer businesses with invoice management, credit introduced its new We Precedent S-750i refrigeration customer greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion metric tons.” and collection services. By offering dedicated support and unit. The new diesel electricunderwriting, unit meets California Air Resources transparent access to the factoring process, we help our clients grow their Board (CARB) emissions operations, standardsmaintain without using a edge, diesel their competitive and become leaders in their industries. particulate filter. According to its website, the S-750i is “designed for transport fleets, retailers, and pharmaceutical companies seeking solutions that are most efficient on electric power.” The unit includes We’re already integrated shore power, embedded telematics and R452A refrigerant, a lower global warming potential (GWP) HFO helping thousands refrigerant blend. of businesses grow “The S-750i is an innovative, connected and energy-efficient with transparent & solution," said Sam Doerr, Thermo King’s trailer portfolio leader. flexible factoring. "It is another key product launch in Thermo King’s commitment to delivering smart, sustainable temperature-control solutions that strengthen the cold chain and create value for customers while AsIN hzwrW hI ibznsIs helping them to reduce their carbon footprint.” dI PYkirMg iv`c mdd The S-750i utilizes a three-speed engine for better efficiency at kr rhy hW fresh and frozen temperatures, a next-generation control system that allows for precise temperature control and diesel electric architecture with shore power integration for customers using or considering shore power operation on a long-term basis. According to Thermo King, shore power operation is more Davinder Singh efficient, runs quieter, requires less maintenance, and has a longer unit life. Each S-750i trailer unit comes equipped with TracKing email@example.com telematics, with the first 12 months of service free of charge. Telematics can help fleet owners monitor temperature, offer rapid alarm detection and security alerts when the doors are opened, and can detect fuel loss. Thermo King is a subsidiary of Trane Technologies which Trusted by our clients Your Growth. Our Growth claims that its goal is to create “comfortable, sustainable and
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CVSA July Event Highlights Safe Driving Behaviors
cheduled for July 10-16, Operation Safe Driver Week is an annual event that brings heightened awareness about safe driving habits for both commercial truck drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the week features an added emphasis on traffic laws in the U.S., Canada and Mexico with law enforcement issuing warnings and citations to drivers who are speeding, distracted, tailgating, improperly changing lanes or under the influence of a controlled substance or alcohol. On its website, CVSA said, “Throughout Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in risky driving. Identified unsafe drivers will be pulled over and issued a citation or warning.” Recent statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that 38,824 traffic accident fatalities occurred in 2020, the highest number in 15 years. Statistics also showed 40
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that crashes and injuries declined overall, however. “Among the alarming statistics in NHTSA’s report was the key finding that speed-related fatalities increased by 17%,” CVSA said. “Consequently, speeding, in particular, will be a dangerous driving behavior that officers will identify and target during Operation Safe Driver Week.” CVSA data shows that “traffic stops and interactions with law enforcement help reduce problematic driving behaviors.” CVSA pointed out the following data points: • Speeding has been a factor in more than a quarter of crash deaths since 2008, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). • Speeding of any kind was the most frequent driver-related crash factor for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). • Speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2018, killing 9,378 people or an average of more than 25
people per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). • Distracted driving claimed 3,142 lives in 2019, according to the NHTSA. • Of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2019, 47% were not wearing seat belts. Seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts, in 2017 alone, according to the NHTSA. • Every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that’s one person every 52 minutes. In 2019, 10,142 people lost their lives due to drunk driving, according to the NHTSA. Last year during this event, speeding was targeted by law enforcement and nearly 50,000 passenger vehicles and commercial trucks were stopped while engaging in dangerous driving behaviors. The week was created to improve driving behaviors by all drivers to reduce accidents and save lives. CVSA’s yearly event has the support of federal agencies, the trucking industry and transportation safety organizations. www.punjabitruckingusa.com
Two Diesel workshops Plead Guilty to Violating the Clean Air Act
ccused of conspiring with two Colorado diesel service shops of tampering with the emissions monitoring components on nearly 100 Class 8 heavy-duty diesel trucks, both Iowa-based Pro Diesel Inc. and Missouri-based Endrizzi Diesel LLC have pleaded guilty in federal court of a conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act. Sentences for the two companies will take place this summer. From July 2017 to May 2020, Pro Diesel allegedly paid a service shop over $76,000 to disable on board diagnostics on 34 trucks. Between January 2017 and December 2020, Endrizzi Diesel paid another shop over $149,000 to disable systems on about 60 trucks. Both diesel shops have pleaded guilty to one count of defrauding the United States. On-board diagnostics systems regulating emissions are
required under the Clean Air Act. Removing or tampering with them can reduce costs for maintenance of the system, but also causes increased pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and other particulates to be released into the air by a truck’s exhaust system. EPA studies have shown that deleting a diesel engine's emissions control can increase harmful pollutants by a factor of 300 times. According to court documents, the diesel shops would run software to reprogram or “tune” (plugging into an engine’s emissions control systems (ECU) to change the settings) a truck’s on-board diagnostic systems. This software would alter and make inaccurate the on-board diagnostics systems so they would no longer detect malfunctions in the ECU.
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Werner teams with Aurora for driverless run from Fort Worth to El Paso
rucking and logistics giant Werner Enterprises is partnering with self-driving vehicle technology company Aurora Innovation Inc. to test supervised autonomous trucks carrying freight 600 miles across Texas. Powered by the Aurora Driver Beta 2.0, Werner trucks will make the nine-hour journey from Fort Worth to El Paso, which represents one of the least popular driving routes in the nation. In fact, the entire route between Atlanta and Los Angeles on I-10 could be the perfect itinerary for driverless trucks. The ability of autonomous trucks to navigate the route would leave drivers the ability to move shorter distance loads, allowing more home time for the driver. Before now, Aurora has concentrated on hauls for both FedEx and Uber Freight between Palmer, Texas and Houston. The added route represents a leap of capability for Aurora who is also deploying a fleet of driverless minivans for its ride hailing operation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “Werner has a long history of pioneering new technology within the industry,” said Werner CEO Derek Leathers in a press release. “This collaboration and pilot with Aurora is another step forward in our commitment to sustainability and safety for our drivers, customers and the motoring public through innovation.”
Werner is no stranger to collaboration with companies developing new technology. They have worked with autonomous truck software company TuSimple while it develops a driverless Class 8 Navistar which could be on the market by 2024. In addition, Werner has teamed with engine manufacturer Cummins on a hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine and a natural gas-powered engine. They are also collaborating with Hylion Holdings on the development of a hybrid natural gaselectric powertrain with a zero-emission range of 100 miles.
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Safety alliance wants FMCSA to deal with misuse of personal conveyance rule
n a recent letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a vehicle safety group is asking for clarification on the definition of personal conveyance use by commercial truck drivers. According to the FMCSA, “Personal conveyance is the movement of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal use while off-duty.” Keeping track of personal conveyance has caused confusion for truck drivers and fleet managers. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) noted in its letter that under current rules it’s hard for inspectors to verify legitimate claims regarding personal conveyance time. The CVSA believes the issue is related to highway safety.
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personal conveyance,” CVSA said in its letter. “This presents the opportunity for increased driver fatigue and risk on our roadways, as drivers may decide to travel hundreds of miles in order to strategically relocate to an alternate location after driving a full day.” FMCSA guidance does provide some parameters for personal conveyance by drivers, mostly ensuring that any such trip is totally part of the driver’s personal time. “These parameters, however, are extremely difficult to verify during a roadside inspection, particularly when the personal conveyance has been utilized on previous days and/or trips in the recordof-duty status, making enforcement of the misuse of personal conveyance very difficult,” CVSA said. CVSA has argued that drivers are falsely claiming personal conveyance when they are actually attempting to extend their
driving time. CVSA points out that the hours-of-service (HOS) rules are intended to limit driving time to decrease driver fatigue and make highways safer. Therefore, CVSA is hoping for a new provision which limits the time and mileage a driver can claim as personal conveyance. They don’t want drivers spending significant time behind the wheel that is not covered by HOS rules. “Allowing significant extension of driving time with the use of personal conveyance undermines the goals of the hours-of-service regulations,” CVSA said. CVSA had petitioned the FMCSA in 2018 to make changes in the rule, but we were denied. Meanwhile, inspectors have reported that the rule is often exploited by drivers. “In some instances, inspectors are able to identify this misuse and cite a driver for false record-of-duty status,” CVSA said. “As a result, the number of false log violations are increasing. In 2021, false records-of-duty status violations represented the third most documented driver violation, as compared to it being the sixth most frequent violation in 2019.” www.punjabitruckingusa.com
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