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responsibility, but it starts with you. Drinking and driving offences continue to be the leading criminal cause of death in Ontario. The Government is implementing new drinking and driving measures. These new changes effective August 1st will primarily help in protecting young and novice drivers and are a welcome step. Ontario consumers are now eligible for an incentive ranging from $5,000 to $8,500 towards the purchase or lease of a new plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric vehicle. For the purposes of this program a battery electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that is powered by electricity and contains a battery to store energy. Please visit www.mto.gov.on.ca for more details. Don’t forget to tune in to ‘Good Morning Today’ our award winning weekly radio program broadcast every Sunday on CJMR 1320 AM radio dial at 8.30 am for latest trucking and transportation news, laws and regulations. Please keep channels of communication open and send us your valuable feedback and suggestions, as improvement is a continuous process. Drive safe and see you next month!

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elcome to the August 2010 edition of Road Today and thanks for your continued interest in the awardwinning magazine for the changing trucking industry. Inside you will find the latest developments and updates related to the trucking industry plus all regular features like Trucking Quotient Quiz, Road Safety Tips, Entertainment, Health Column, Kids Corner, and much more. Fergus Truck Show, the leading family entertainment and trucking event in North America has successfully completed 25 glorious years serving the trucking industry. We would like to congratulate the show management for organising another memorable weekend full of chrome, horsepower, music, camping and family fun. See some select show pictures on Pages 24 and 25 and also on our website at www.roadtoday.com Summer is a time to celebrate with friends and family. However it is disappointing to note that we continue to lose precious human lives in roadway collisions due to reckless behavior of few road users. Law enforcement agencies are working hard to focus on “the big three” causes of injuries on the roads - aggressive driving, drinking and driving and improper use of seatbelts. We encourage all our readers to follow road safety rules and regulations diligently. Remember, road safety is everyone’s

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Ontario Government Implements New Drinking And Driving Measures effective August 1st

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The Kenworth T700 and PACCAR MX Engine Canadian Road Tour will journey across Canada to visit 13 Kenworth dealerships

VOlVO achiEVEs glOBal MilEstOnE With assEMBlY OF 300,000th 13-litER EnginE Production of the 300,000th Volvo Group 13-Liter heavy-duty diesel engine was celebrated on July 15 during an event at the Volvo Powertrain plant in Hagerstown.

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The trucks are coming! Trucks of all sizes, makes and ages will be seen and heard at the Grand Bend Big Rig Nationals Truck Show, Saturday, August 28 and Sunday August 29, at the Grand Bend Motorplex, highway 81, south of Grand Bend.

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aVaal tEchnOlOgY cElEBRatEs MaJOR MilEstOnE Brampton based Avaal Technology reached a major milestone as it celebrated the graduation of the 50th successful batch of students for the Dispatch Specialist Course.

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Hino Motors Canada Announces the Release of its 2011 Model Medium Duty Truck Line-up

nEWs/FEatURE Cummins ISX11.9 receives 2010 EPA and ARB Certification

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Navistar Receives J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Awards

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Temporary Driver’s Licence Extension Expires September 1, 2010

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Memories of Fergus Truck Show 2010 Yokohama Tire Corporation Launches Online Fuel Savings Calculator

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The 12th Annual Subscribers Conference and Charity Golf Tournament organized by TransCore’s Canadian based Link Logistics at Lionhead Golf & Country Club in Brampton was a well-attended industry event. Held on July 13th, the popular annual event has to date raised over $175,000 for Children’s Charities across Canada. Over 200 transport companies and a full field of golfers attended this fun filled, informative daylong event.

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Ontario Government Implements New Drinking And Driving Measures

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ntario’s roads are among the safest in North America and our Graduated Licensing System (GLS) has proven to reduce the collision risk among young drivers. To build on these results, new measures contained in the Road Safety Act, 2009 go into effect August 1, 2010. These changes will encourage new and young drivers to drive responsibly, obey the conditions of their licence class and make Ontario’s roads safer for all drivers. Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) for Young Drivers 21 Years of Age and Under and Novice Drivers Research shows that ages 19, 20 and 21 are the peak years for drinking and drivingrelated collisions. Drivers aged 19 to 21 are almost one-and-a-half times as likely to be involved in drinking and driving fatal and injury crashes. In the 10 years prior to 2006, 235 drivers age 21 and under were killed in drinking and driving collisions. Effective August 1, 2010, all drivers 21 years of age and under, regardless of their class of licence, must maintain a zero blood alcohol concentration level when driving. Penalties for non-compliance are as follows: Young Drivers (21 years of age and under). • Immediate 24-hour licence suspension at roadside. • A fine of $60 to $500 • A 30-day licence suspension. Novice Drivers • Immediate 24-hour licence suspension at roadside. • A fine of $60 to $500 and a licence suspension and escalating penalties, which may include cancellation of the novice licence. Escalating Sanctions for Novice Drivers Any driver that holds a novice class licence will face escalating sanctions for: • Any combination of repeat violations of G1, G2, M1 and M2 conditions • Convictions for individual HTA offences totalling four or more demerit points or; • A court-ordered licence suspension for HTA offences that re sult in four or more demerit points. The Novice Driver Escalating Sanctions are: • 30-day licence suspension for a first instance. • 90-day licence suspension for a second instance. • Cancellation of novice licence, loss of all credit for any fees or

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time spent in GLS including any Beginner Driver Education time discount, and requirement to re-apply to enter G1 or M1, as the case may be, for a third instance. Reduced Licence Suspension with Ignition Interlock Device Research shows that many drivers with suspended licences continue to drive, despite their suspension. These drivers are a danger to other road users. Collisions involving drivers suspended for a drinking and driving conviction are 3.4 times more likely to be fatal. These drivers are also more likely to have been cited as having been drinking or impaired at the time of the collision. Currently, convicted impaired drivers must serve lengthy driver’s licence suspensions of at least one year and complete a remedial measures program before being eligible to have their licences reinstated. However, about 40 per cent of these convicted impaired drivers never reach this point and research suggests that up to 75 per cent of suspended drivers continue to drive during their suspension. As part of 2007’s Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act, Ontario’s Reduced Suspension with Ignition Interlock Conduct Review Program uses ignition interlock to prevent convicted impaired drivers from re-offending and driving while suspended. The program works by reducing a convicted impaired driver’s suspension as long as they agree to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, submit to regular monitoring of their driving behaviour and abide by other strict program rules. Changing Behaviours of First-time Offenders By offering an incentive to return to the licensing system, the program gives first-time offenders the opportunity to drive their vehicles legally earlier. However, their behaviour will be strictly monitored to help ensure that they are driving sober. The installation of ignition interlock devices can help reduce the risk to other road users in a number of important ways such as: • Preventing drivers from starting their car if they have been drinking. • Helping convicted impaired drivers learn to keep their drink ing and driving behaviours separate. • Reducing the likelihood that a convicted impaired driver will re-offend in the future by up to 95 per cent.

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uick Truck Lube hosted their fifth annual customer appreciation day on Friday July 9th at the Ayr location (Hwy 401 Exit 268). The day was a great success with many drivers both existing and new taking part in the BBQ and festivities. Many people came from all over to be a part in this year’s customer appreciation day. There was great food and great people, which made for the perfect day. Quick Truck Lube was supported by top

vendors from all around including; Shell Canada, Transit representing Chevron, Castrol, Mack, Peterbilt, Fleetguard, Alemite, DPF, Davco and Cummins Eastern Canada. The media was well represented by Khabarsaar Radio, Punjabi Post newspaper, Truck News, Road Today, and OMNI television. The day ended just as strongly as it began with many companies and independent drivers wanting to take part in the exceptional discounts

and social atmosphere that surrounded the entire property. Many drivers actively participated and benefited from the vendors’ information including knowledge of oil brands and filter products. The professional and courteous team force at Quick Truck Lube worked a very busy day. The management and staff look forward to another glorious year as they continue to serve the trucking industry. For more details, call 519 622 0660 or visit www.quicktrucklube.com


Kenworth T700 and PACCAR MX Engine Road Engine Road Tour To Visit 13 Kenworth Dealerships in Canada

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performance teamed with the aerodynamic, wide-cab Kenworth T700 provides fleets and truck operators with lowcost operation, outstanding performance, and superior driver comfort and driveability.” The PACCAR MX engine has accumulated more than 50 million test miles in rigorous and severe conditions in North America. The engine is available with a horsepower range of 380hp to 485- hp and torque

enworth Truck Company has announced that the Kenworth T700 and PACCAR MX Engine Canadian Road Tour will journey across Canada to visit 13 Kenworth dealerships starting in September. The Kenworth T700 and PACCAR MX Engine Canadian Road Tour features the new aerodynamic, highly efficient Kenworth T700 model equipped with a 75-inch AERODYNE sleeper and new 2010 PACCAR MX engine. The tour trailer showcases information on the two new products in addition to the new Kenworth NavPlus (a navigation plus infotainment system), AG130 front air suspension, and other Kenworth products. The Eaton UltraShift Plus automated transmission also is showcased. “This special Kenworth Canadian Road Tour brings the excitement of the new Kenworth T700 and the 2010 PACCAR MX engine to customers at Kenworth dealerships across Canada,” said Gary Moore, Kenworth assistant general manager for marketing and sales. “The PACCAR MX engine with its superior power-to-weight

output up to 1,750 lb-ft. The Kenworth T700 and PACCAR MX Engine Canadian Road Tour will open Sept. 7 at Inland Kenworth - Langley in British Columbia. Other stops include: GreatWest Kenworth - Calgary (Sept. 9); Edmonton Kenworth - Northside (Sept. 10); Custom Truck Sales in Saskatoon (Sept. 13), Regina (Sept. 14) and Winnipeg (Sept. 16); Kenworth of Thunder Bay (Sept. 20); Kenworth Kitchener (Sept. 23); Kenworth Concord (Sept. 24); Kenworth Montreal (Sept. 27); Kenworth Maska (Sept. 28); Kenworth Quebec (Sept. 29); and Bayview Kenworth - Moncton (Oct. 1).

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Cummins validates its ISX11.9 as better engine choice for vocational and specialty vehicles ISX11.9 receives 2010 EPA and ARB Certification

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ummins has received certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for its ISX11.9 diesel engine. The new ISX11.9 is an expansion of the industry-leading Heavy-Duty engine product line for Cummins and will commence with full production in August. Certification of the ISX11.9 rounds out the complete lineup of Cummins engine offerings for on-highway applications for 2010. The current EPA regulations took effect January 1, 2010, and are the most stringent in the world for on-highway commercial vehicle engines. Cummins ISX11.9 meets the emissions regulations for Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Particulate Matter (PM) of 0.2 grams and 0.01 grams per brake-horsepower-hour, respectively. The rugged ISX11.9 builds upon the legacy of strength and performance of the Cummins ISM engine and the proven technology of the ISX15. Cummins ISX11.9 has improved reliability and durability that can be attributed to the benefits of 10 years of advancements incorporated into the ISX15, today’s market-share leader for the Class 8 commercial vehicle market. The Cummins ISX11.9 utilizes common components with the ISX15, including an enhanced cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system, a single VGT Turbocharger and the proprietary XPI fuel system. Like the lineup of on-highway Heavy-Duty and MidRange engines, the ISX11.9 will also utilize Cummins Aftertreatment System with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology.

Featuring better pulling power, excellent driveability and stronger clutch engagement torque, the ISX11.9 is designed for rigorous duty cycles, including those for work trucks such as dump and mixer trucks, and refuse applications. Additionally, a full suite of horsepower and torque ratings are available for fire and emergency vehicles, recreational vehicles and motor coaches as well as tanker and day cab operations in Class 8 trucks. “Cummins is excited about the expansion of the Heavy-Duty product line to include the ISX11.9, which is ideally suited for vocational and specialty vehicles,” said Ed Pence, Vice President and General Manager – Heavy-Duty Engine Business. “Customers can be confident that the ISX11.9 is the better choice for these applications, which require strength, performance and maximum uptime in their operations.” Cummins will offer horsepower ratings of 310-450 (231-336 kW) and torque ranging from 1150-1650 lb-ft (1559-2237 N•m) for the ISX11.9, depending upon vehicle application. The compact design of the ISX11.9 allows customers to select engine options that have been tailored to suit unique operating needs. Optional features include single- and dual-cylinder air compressors, Front Engine Power Take-Off (FEPTO) and the enhanced Cumminsdesigned Rear Engine Power Take-Off (REPTO) for customers who need to maximize payload.

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Navistar Receives J.D. Power and Associates Customer Satisfaction Awards International Brand Commercial Trucks Rank Highest in Vocational Truck Segment and Dealer Service Among Class 8 Customers

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avistar, Inc.’s International brand commercial trucks rank highest in customer satisfaction among Class 8 truck owners in the Vocational Truck and Dealer Service segments—the only two categories recognizing the Class 8 truck industry this year—according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Heavy-Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study released last month. “We are proud to be recognized by J.D. Power and Associates with awards that signify Navistar’s commitment to providing the best possible experience for International truck customers,” said Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American truck group. “It’s gratifying to be acknowledged for our work to continuously improve our products and service to better meet the needs of our customers’ demanding businesses.” In the vocational truck segment, International brand Class 8 commercial trucks rank highest, performing particularly well in the engine, cab and body and transmission factors. In the service segment, International also ranks highest in Class 8 customer satisfaction and performs particularly well in all factors driving satisfaction: service delivery; service advisor; price; dealer facility; service quality; and service initiation. According to J.D. Power and Associates, with sales shrinking during the past few years, dealers have placed heavy emphasis on

improving the service experience to retain current customers and to help attract new ones. The average number of days to complete a repair has improved from 2.3 days in 2009 to 2.0 days in 2010. Getting a truck back on the road nearly a half day earlier may save the truck owner thousands of dollars in potential lost revenue and greatly improve overall service satisfaction. When it comes to meeting the needs of its customers and providing top-level customer service, Navistar prides itself on going “beyond the truck.” This past March, the company introduced OnCommand by Navistar— a bundled approach to service and after-sales support offerings. As one of the largest and most comprehensive packages of support services in the industry, OnCommand by Navistar helps customers achieve more efficient repairs and maintenance, better lifecycle value and an overall lower total cost of ownership—a combination that gives customers increased visibility and better control of their business. The 2010 Heavy-Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 1,682 primary maintainers of 2009 model-year Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. The study was fielded in February and March 2010.

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Volvo achieves global Milestone with assembly of 300,000th 13-liter Engine

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roduction of the 300,000th Volvo Group 13-Liter heavyduty diesel engine was celebrated on July 15 during an event in Hagerstown, MD, recognizing both the North American team that assembled it and the customer who will put it into service. The 300,000th Volvo 13-Liter, a 500 hp D13 engine, was recently assembled at the Volvo Powertrain plant in Hagerstown, and placed in a new Volvo VN780 chassis at Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley assembly plant. The completed truck was delivered back to Hagerstown and presented to its new owner –– Abilene Motor Express of Richmond VA –– during the July 15 recognition event. “We are happy and humbled to have assembled the 300,000th Volvo 13-Liter engine here in Hagerstown,” said Carlos Hungria,

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he Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) Livestock Transporters’ Division (LTD) is calling on industry members, customers and government to work together to create a safe, responsible and accountable system of live animal transport in the Province of Ontario The LTD recently issued a policy paper entitled, “Policy Recommendation to Create a Safe, Educated and Accountable Live Animal Transportation Supply Chain,” which outlines the Division’s proposal for improving the integrity of livestock transport in Ontario. Along with making several key recommendations, the policy paper also provides a brief history of animal transportation in Ontario and discusses the impact of several changes on supply chain members, the state of animals in the care of trucking companies and issues of government oversight. “Like every industry, our sector has undergone dramatic changes over the years greatly impacting our labour pool and our training and equipment requirements, as well as causing us to meet growing demands from fewer and fewer customers,” said Randy Scott, OTA LTD Chairman. The OTA LTD recognizes the need for increased focus on the safe and humane transportation of animals. The recommendations contained in the OTA LTD policy paper seek to ensure that animals are only entrusted to properly certified and trained trucking fleets. “The OTA LTD is committed to jointly developing a system with government and other members of the supply chain that ensures livestock is only transported by certified carriers and drivers,” said OTA Senior Vice President Stephen Laskowski. “However, within this system, government must be willing to impose penalties or fines on all members of the supply chain for failure to utilize certified transportation experts,” added Laskowski. The OTA LTD recommends: • Carriers retain control over their training programs in an effort to continually incorporate industry input, changes and best practices; • Training programs such as TQA and CLT, perhaps modified versions based on industry input, be made mandatory for drivers of livestock-carrying trucks, accompanied by appropriate enforcement 14

measures; • That all livestock transporters should fall under the same provisions as trucks required to have a CVOR; • Farmers and producers be required to ensure that their carriers satisfy CVOR requirements; • An Entrant Program (EP) be developed for all trucking companies engaged in the movement of live animals in Ontario, requiring the completion of a oneday course on safety and animal knowledge; • CFIA conduct random animal inspections at any loading points during livestock pickups to determine animal health; • Excellence should be demanded at all points of the supply chain. In addition to ensuring livestock transporters are trained, CFIA inspectors and members of the onroad enforcement community should also be educated so they can optimally fulfill their duties; • In addition to animal weight, all facilities handling livestock must be required to report previous feeding and watering of animals to drivers upon livestock pickup; • MTO conduct annual safety blitzes on highways and rural roads focusing on livestock carriers; • MTO conduct surprise mobile inspections at processing facilities; • OTA LTD be given a seat on the Ontario Pork Board, ensuring livestock transporters are fairly represented; • The Ontario Pork Board review the freeze on 1992 rates. The Ontario Trucking Association Livestock Transporters’ Division members operate close to 600 tractors across Ontario and Canada and enjoy over 50 years of experience in the transportation of live animals. To obtain a copy of the paper or for more information on the LTD, please email deanna.pagnan@cantruck.ca.

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transcore’s canadian loadlink service Enhances logistics Freight and Equipment Matching tools with google Maps

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Canadian Jurisdictions Conduct Roadcheck Annual Inspection Blitz

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he annual North American roadside safety inspection blitz Roadcheck was conducted June 8-10 by enforcement agencies in Canada, the United States and Mexico. The event is coordinated by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) in partnership with CCMTA member-jurisdictions. As part of this year’s event, 80% of commercial vehicles inspected successfully passed, demonstrating the high level of mechanical fitness of Canada’s truck and bus fleet. Inspections were conducted at 158 sites across all Canadian jurisdictions, with those vehicles not bearing a valid inspection decal subjected to the most comprehensive and stringent of the CVSA on-road inspection procedures. Over the three-day event, 7,311 vehicles and drivers underwent full inspections for mechanical and driver fitness. Of those, 5,848 vehicles and 7,112 drivers passed CVSA’s rigorous roadside inspection criteria. Inspectors issued 6,911 new decals to individual trucks, trailers and passenger carrying vehicles across Canada, signifying CVSA’s highest degree of safety and mechanical fitness. In total, 1,434 trucks, 29 passengercarrying vehicles and 199 drivers were placed out of service for various safety defects and violations. An out-of-service condition can occur for infractions as simple as a rear signal light not working to the extreme of faulty steering or brakes. Other defects may include wheels, tires, frame and load security. In many cases, drivers are able to make the necessary adjustments on site, are re-inspected and continue on Interior Parts, Custom Products and Accessories their way. A total of 2.7% of drivers were placed out of service for log book, driver qualification or paperwork problems, a slight improvement over past figures. While slightly higher than last year’s figure of 17.8% , this year’s average vehicle out-ofservice rate of 20.0% continues an overall downward trend in the national OOS rate over the past several years. Brake-related defects continue to account for close to half of all outof-service violations. As such, CVSA Region V officials strongly encourage governments, industry associations and individual carriers and drivers alike to take an active part in the upcoming 2010 Brake Safety Week planned for September 12-18. The event is dedicated to enhancing knowledge, regulatory compliance and performance of commercial vehicle braking systems. Enforcement and industry Come visit us today for that perfect Accessory! officials know that education and awareness are Frank’s Truck Stop key to improving commercial vehicle safety. All #11, 188 Wilkinson Road, industry players − carriers, drivers and enforceBrampton, ON L6T 4W9 ment officials − are urged to continue working Business Hours : together to achieve a further sustained drop in Monday to Friday : 9 to 6 the out-of-service rate nationwide in the years Sat : 10 to 5 We Do Layaway ahead. Roadcheck 2010 was planned and carried We also do Custom Products out as a joint effort involving the Canadian provinces and territories, CVSA Region V (Canada), CCMTA, CVSA International and industry partners as part of an ongoing commitment to introduce safety measures and programs that result in safer vehicles, safer operators and safer highways.

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TransCore Link Logistics’ 12th Annual Conference and Charity Golf Tournament

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he 12th Annual Subscribers Conference and Charity Golf Tournament organized by TransCore’s Canadian based Link Logistics at Lionhead Golf & Country Club in Brampton was a well-attended industry event. Held on July 13th, the popular annual event has to date raised over $175,000 for Children’s Charities across Canada. Over 200 transport companies and a full field of golfers attended this fun filled, informative daylong event. Morning attendees were treated to a comprehensive information session on the latest features and service offerings available to them from TransCore. Speakers included Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, O.T.A. president David Bradley and Kriska Transportation president Mark Seymour. All day attendees enjoyed an early morning breakfast, a bbq lunch and a sumptuous dinner. Games and activities galore filled up the day with many opportunities for participants to win prizes, collect gifts and enjoy the day with TransCore staff, fellow Loadlink members, industry luminaries, trucking industry suppliers and media personalities.


Kenworth T700 Now in Full Production at Company’s Plant in Chillicothe, Ohio

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Grand Bend Big Rig Nationals Truck Show – Coming up Next!

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he trucks are coming! Trucks of all sizes, makes and ages will be seen and heard at the Grand Bend Big Rig Nationals Truck Show, Saturday, August 28 and Sunday August 29, at the Grand Bend Motorplex, highway 81, south of Grand Bend. Show & Shine, Wash & Park, Trade Show, Drag Races plus the Saturday evening entertainment will make for an fun and exciting weekend. The Big Rig Show co-sponsors are Truck News, Truck and Trailer, and highway Star. Robar Training Specialist will present Saturday evening’s entertainment featuring the “Nowhere Road” Band. Sparkling clean and polished trucks will participate in the ‘Show & Shine’ and be judged in more than 20 classes. For truckers who do not wish to take part in ‘Show & Shine’ there’s ‘Wash & Park’. Truck Drag Races, is an opportunity for those wishing to see what their rigs will do on the ¼ mile. Participants times will be determined Saturday evening during time trails. In the official race should participants face a vehicle that ran faster or slow in the time trials, the race computer will calculate the difference and give the slower vehicle a ‘head start’ equal to the difference. In addition to Big Rig racing, the weekend will also feature the regular ‘Test & Tune’ Friday evening, On Saturday the line-up includes the Thunder & Junior Series with cars, bikes and the Junior Dragsters plus the Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers with cars 1974 or older. Saturday evening will be the time trials for the Official Big Rig Nationals Truck Drags. Following Saturday evening Big Rig ‘Test & Tune’, the Nowhere Band, who broke into the country scene in 2008, will take to the

stage. The band’s standout tracks like ‘Nowhere Road’, ‘Harley Day’ and ‘Copperline Hills’ having been dominating radio airwaves far and wide. The Big Rig weekend will provide fun, excitement and thrills for participants and truck enthusiasts at the Show geared for the trucking industry. The gates open Friday at noon for Trade Show, Show & Shine, Wash & Park. Friday’s ‘Test & Tune’ begin at 6 pm. On Saturday gates open at 9 am, racing starts at 11am. On Sunday gates opens at 9 am, and the official Big Rig Nationals racing begins at 11am Friday’s gate admission is $5, Saturday or Sunday - $15, Weekend pass - $30. Kids under 12, admission is $3 per day. For additional information visit www.grandbendmotorplex. com or call - 519-238-7223

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Avaal Technology Celebrates Major Milestone Completes 50th Successful Batch in the Dispatch Specialist Course

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r a mpt on b a s e d Avaal Technology reached a major milestone as it celebrated the graduation of the 50th successful batch of students for the Dispatch Specialist Course. Since February of 2006, Avaal’s training and education programs for the logistics industry have trained over five hundred graduates. Graduates from the 50th batch included : Timothy Segeren, Gurpreet S Brar, Inderjit Singh, Karan Singh Dhatt, Harjit Marway, Onkar Marway, Jaswinder Pannu, Karmjit Singh Smagh, Arvind Singh Kang, and Jagjit Tatla. The graduation ceremony featured Chief Guest Claudia Milicevic, Senior Director and General Manager for TransCore. Also present as guest speaker was Vikas Gupta of Arrow Truck Sales. Dr. Ranvir Sharda presided as Master

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Shaw Tracking Provides Enhanced Speed Data for Increased Safety SpeedGauge and Shaw Tracking Announce Partnership

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peedGauge and Shaw Tracking have entered into a strategic alliance and patent license that gives customers integrated technology allowing carriers to schedule reports that rate and rank drivers and identify speed limit violations. Excessive speed is a major factor in 30% of fatal truck accidents and is a leading indicator of other types of poor driver behavior including poor fuel economy and vehicle maintenance costs. As fleets prepare for the implementation of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010), monitoring and managing speed is an integral part of any safety and compliance program. SpeedGauge is a simple, straight forward patented driver behavior safety training tool that uses street-level speed limit analysis to identify high-risk driving behavior. The system uses GPS data (location and speed) to identify high risk driving behavior. Specifically, SpeedGauge helps fleet managers identify drivers that habitually drive at excessive speeds on different types of roads. • Find drivers that speed through residential neighborhoods • Rank drivers tendency to exceed interstate speed limits • Measure changes in driver behavior over time • Compare drivers performance to the average for the

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entire fleet • SpeedGauge services are available in both English and French “Our shared vision of providing superior fleet performance information to fleet management will make for a great partnership with Shaw Tracking,” said Bob Red, Vice President, SpeedGauge. “Safety and driver behavior are critical factors today and we look forward to working with Shaw Tracking to bring our solutions to market”. “The changes that we have seen in our industry are paramount, the roads are more congested, customers are more demanding and the regulatory issues that are being driven into our industry are increasing every year. Shaw Tracking continues to offer solutions that provide our customers with the data they need to make smart business decisions. We continue to leverage business with innovation,” said Mike Ham, Vice President, Shaw Tracking.

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t always surprises me the lack of Customer Service found in companies when speaking to their customer service agents. Now, I have worked for various companies large and small and have seen good and bad in both sizes of companies. The reason I bring this up is in the last week or so, I found some of the worst customer service in North America. What I have found in many cases is that the large companies who normally have the most access to customer service training have the worst customer service. I believe this is because they begin to know that they are the largest in their industry so they stop caring about the competition and forget why they are there. There have been many reports in the media as of late of large conglomerates abusing their power so I ask you to think about your business customer service. I meet with many entrepreneurs and small business and their customer service is usually very good. Why, because they are trying to get business and understand the importance of good customer service. What do they tell you in most training programs to do with marketing? Don’t focus on price, focus on value and service! In the transportation industry it is the same. The carriers bidding on price never win, but those with good equipment, and people don’t have that problem. Their problem is more often than not too much business.

Let me share with you this issue that got me to writing this article. I have left out the names to protect the guilty. If you’re doing any of these things, please stop, you’re killing your future. In the last couple of weeks I reserved a trailer to move some large pieces of furniture around town. This trailer is coming from a very reputable equipment agent here in town. I reserved in person a trailer for 2 days, no problem. About a week later I decided it would benefit me to change one day to a week earlier, so I called in with my confirmation number. To my surprise I hooked into a call centre in the United States. Not only that but I believe one of those independent call centers where each rep is actually in their pajamas at home. After the initial hello, the air went dead. All I could hear was breathing that really was annoying. After twenty minutes on the phone repeating myself many times interspaced with the annoying breathing bit and having to explain what a postal code was, the customer service agent ( to put it lightly) came up with a confirmation number and while remembering his closing remarks wished me a good day. I received a call the next day from the actual rental location and was asked to call back. When I returned the call I reached the call centre again, this time a different agent with the same annoying breathing. After two minutes into the call I could see we were heading in the wrong direction and told her I would

just drive over to the rental location. So that’s what I did, not holding back on the point that they need to improve their call centre’s customer service program. Their reaction was to get rid of it all together. In confirming the changes with the actual rental agent, I found out the call centre didn’t change my original confirmation for a trailer, but had now added another one for the same day. Why he would think I needed two trailers on the same day as I only have one car. The actual agent rectified the situation in two minutes flat. Now I understand people make mistakes and I also understand people may be learning, etc., however, if someone will be on the phone representing your company, there are some basic fundamentals they must possess or be trained on. First, NO DEAD AIR!!! That is not only offensive but very annoying to listen to. Talk about the weather; anything, maybe even try confirming the account of the person you are talking to. Be pleasant and uplifting and don’t give the impression you’re working in your basement in pajamas even if you are! Confirm details of the order and make sure the person is happy. Many companies want you to follow a script which is fine, but make sure you put some personality into it. After all so many companies are automated that a real person on the phone may just put your company in front of the rest. I hope my trailer is there when I arrive.

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otorCarriers, operating in the USA can now check their CSA 2010 status by using their U.S. DOT number and assigned PIN. You will be able to review your safety performance data by the new Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). If you don't already have your P.I.N. you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa. dot.gov/ or by calling 1-800-832-5660 for assistance. FMCSA's CSA 2010 initiative will change the way carrier and driver performance are measured. CSA 2010 replaces SafeStat with a new Safety Measurement System (SMS) that measures the previous two years of roadside violations and crash data. With SMS, every inspection counts, not just out-of-service violations, and both driver and carrier safety performance are monitored using seven new BASICs. CSA 2010 will mean more contact between FMCSA and you the carrier. The new Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICS) : 1. Unsafe Driving 2. Fatigued Driving 3. Driver Fitness 4. Controlled Substances and Alcohol 5. Vehicle Maintenance 6. Improper Loading/Cargo Securement 7. Crash/Incident Experience These are some of the things we need to work on. Track and analyze your roadside inspection reports. Do you see

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SOME boy-scouts from the big city were on a camping trip for the first time. The mosquitoes were so fierce, the boys had to hide under their blankets to avoid being bitten. Then one of them saw some lightening bugs and said to his friend, “We might as well give up, now they’re coming after us with flashlights.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha

Plumbing job An urgent call was put in for a plumber at noon but he didn’t arrive until 5 hours later. “How is it?” he asked entering the house. “Not so bad,” replied the homeowner. “While we were waiting for you to arrive I taught my wife how to swim.”

“Everyone who got to where they are had to begin where they were.” Richard Paul Evans “Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing you’ll have left is your character.” Vince Gill

Well qualified A man is being interviewed for a job. “What are your qualifications for the job of night watchman?” “The slightest noise wakes me up.”

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ello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the summer and staying cool. This month I am going to discuss custom made orthotics as I have had many questions pertaining to them in my clinic recently. Well, let’s get started! Before we talk about orthotics let’s talk a little bit about our feet. It is important to understand that your feet have direct impact on the rest of your body and support you with each step. Any small abnormality or disturbance in your feet can have a significant impact on the rest of the body causing pain and discomfort. When you are running, the pressure or force on our feet increases by three to four times your body weight. It is estimated by researchers that the average person takes 8-10 thousand steps a day. This will add up to about 115 thousand miles in a life time or more than four times the circumference of the globe! In addition, 25% of the bones in our body are located in our feet. Our feet are made up of a complex system of 52 bones, 66 joints, 214 ligaments, and 38 muscles and tendons. It should be no surprise to you to hear that 75% of the general population will experience foot problems of varying degrees at some point in their lives. As you can see, our feet are actually a very delicate and complex system. Therefore, it is very important for us to protect them by selecting the proper footwear. The best way to do that is to consult with an expert for the best

brand and model for your particular foot. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind when you are selecting your shoe. When shopping for shoes make sure you go in the afternoon as feet tend to swell throughout the day. Also, bring the proper socks for the style of shoe you are buying and if applicable, bring your custom made orthotics. Shoe sizes vary based on shoe make and style, hence do not always assume you will have the same sized shoe every time. Alright, now that we know a little bit about our feet, let’s now talk about custom made orthotics. Custom orthotics are corrective devises made to assist a foot that has failed biomechanically. Orthotics are made to control abnormal function, reestablish proper weight distribution and improve overall biomechanics. Many biomechanical complaints such as heel pain, arch pain, shin pain, achilles pain, flat feet, knee pain, and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function. Therefore, orthotics realign the foot and ankle bones to their neutral (natural) position, thereby restoring natural foot function. Custom orthotics are made using a state of the art manufacturing system. After your clinician has performed a postural and gait evaluation, a neutral position foot mold is taken. This mold is then sent to a lab where a positive cast is produced. This positive cast is made out of thermal plastics, which are vacuum heat molded to increase strength and durability. In my clinic, the most common

question I am asked about orthotics is “I don’t feel any pain in my foot. Do I need orthotics?” The reality is many clinical conditions present without any obvious foot problems. Subtle imbalances in the foot are amplified as they go up the leg, knee, hip and back resulting in problems that may not have been properly assessed due to lack of biomechanical evaluation. So as you can see, most people can benefit from orthotics. Even if you do not suffer from any obvious foot pain, you may have some biomechanical problems later in life if left untreated. How long do orthotics last? With everyday use, under normal conditions, you should get between one to three years of correction from your custom made orthotics. Orthotic type, age, weight, and activity will play an important role in this issue. Well, that’s all I want to say about orthotics. I hope this has answered most of your questions about this topic. If you do have any further questions, please feel free to contact me or your health care professional. Until next month, be good to your feet and drive safely!

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