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EPA to Study Financial Implications of Maritime Emissions Rules
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Cargo ship spewing black smoke
A large cargo ship heads for port spewing black smoke

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a study of the potential economic impact forthcoming regulations that require shipping vessels to burn cleaner fuel might have on other transportation sectors, including trucking.

“There is a land-based link for just about everything transported by ship,” said EPA researcher Jean-Marie Revelt during a July 30 meeting held to announce the launch of the study. “It’s very rare that the source of the material — and the user of the material — are right on a body of water. They’re going to need a link by truck, or by rail to get the stuff to the port and from the port when it gets there.”

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the vessels coming into those ports will likely shift from the fuel they now burn to ultra-low sulfur fuels like diesel currently used in trucks. That date was set by the International Maritime Organization, which has decreed that cargo and cruise ships in certain stretches of open water must either switch away from so-called “No. 6” fuel oil — commonly called bunker fuel — or use “scrubbers” that clean up the fuel. Scrubbers are pollution control systems that use a wet slurry of limestone and other chemicals to reduce the amount of sulfur in fuel.

The international maritime industry uses an estimated 4 million barrels of fuel a day, the vast majority of it bunker fuel, said Tom Kloza, Global head of Energy Analysis with the Oil Price Information Service, citing U.S. Department of Energy figures.

The new IMO directive applies to shipping vessels operating within 200 nautical miles in what is called the North American Emission Control Area. Along the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean coastlines the ECA is thousands of miles in length, and encompasses areas off the United States — including Hawaii — as well as Canada and the French majorities of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

At 200 miles out those ships are in international waters and subject to IMO rules. The United States, Canada and France have agreed to follow the regulations since these ships often dock in their ports.

This latest move follows earlier IMO efforts to clean up cargo ships’ emissions; in 2015, it directed all oceangoing ships operating in the ECA to begin using fuel that contained 1,000 parts per-million or less of sulfur content. Scrubbers were sufficient to bring bunker fuel into compliance, but for this next round of enforcement, scrubbers become cost-prohibitive, said Kloza.

EPA said that earlier move helped reduce air pollution from particulate matter and sulfur emissions by more than 85%, and said adoption of the 2020 standards would do more.

However, in 2016, the Senate Appropriations Committee directed EPA to study the possibility of loosening the air quality limits for ships entering the United States over concerns the IMO’s tougher regulations could harm the cargo shipping industry’s economic competitiveness. The agency’s just-launched study is the response to that directive.

Specifically, the committee wants EPA to consider an exemption from the ECA restrictions for vessels that have engines that generate less than 32,000 horsepower and operate more than 50 miles from the U.S. coastline. The world’s largest containerships have engines capable of more than 100,000 horsepower.

For the study, the EPA will for the next several months seek input from transportation stakeholders to learn more about how the looming shift might impact their industries.

For trucking, the key issue is how the change will affect the marketplace for diesel fuel, said Glen Kedzie, Energy and Environmental Counsel for American Trucking Associations. “The big factor here is the cost of fuel — that’s the biggest input you’re going to be looking at here,” he told Transport Topics.

OPIS predicted last month that diesel could be as much as a dollar a gallon more expensive by the end of 2019 or early 2020.

However, EPA’s Revelt cautioned against getting overly concerned today about how the change might affect diesel prices tomorrow.

“We don’t know about the price of 2020 fuel and right now again, we are going to make a conservative assumption for our first pass at this,” she said, referring to the cost difference between bunker fuel and diesel. “I’m not clairvoyant, I can’t see into the future, I don’t know what those prices will be, I’m not sure anybody knows what those prices will be.”

EPA expects to complete its report by September 2020.

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Greenwich trucking co. opens first local hub in Canada
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An XPO Logistics driver makes a delivery in May 2017 in Monroe, Conn. Photo: Alexander Soule / Hearst Connecticut Media / Stamford Advocate

An XPO Logistics driver makes a delivery in May 2017 in Monroe, Conn.

XPO Logistics opened its first Canadian “last mile” hub for distribution in Ontario, adding 70 employees to its employee base that numbers more than 97,000 people in 32 countries.

The logistics giant will use the facility to delivery heavy goods from retail stores and wholesalers to homes and businesses, with buyers able to track their orders via text, email and telephone.

XPO stated it is on track to make 14 million last-mile deliveries in North America this year, with the company’s goal to establish 85 hubs in the region. The company has its Connecticut hub in Wallingford.
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Transform your smartphone into a smarter trucking tool
Trucking News Transform your smartphone into a smarter trucking tool

By Elizabeth Bate

Whatever you need to do, they say there’s an app to help get it done. From smartphones to telematics devices and electronic logging devices, apps are at your side in the cab and on the road. But If you’ve ever looked at the pile of offerings and wondered what they all do, we have you covered with this list.

Unless otherwise noted all apps are available for Apple iOS and Android platforms, through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

 

Electronic logging devices (ELDs)

Now that electronic logging devices (ELDs) are mandated south of the border, hundreds of the time-tracking apps have emerged. The most important thing to know is if the app you choose is legal. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration has answered that question by cataloguing all self-certified devices here.

 

Catch-all apps

Trucker Path

On any website or survey we reviewed, Trucker Path was by-far the most recommended app for truckers. It helps users locate truck stops, find available parking at multiple branded and independent stops, shows weigh stations and scales, find fuel stations, compare fuel prices, plan trips, and more. Information is uploaded and updated by users, although some content is restricted to suppliers.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

DAT Trucker

DAT Trucker finds travel plazas and trucks stops and lists their amenities, shows fuel prices, identifies trucker-friendly hotels, finds repair shops and tow services, and has GPS. It also has a companion DAT Load Board for Truckers, connecting users to loads and spot market rates.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

Trucker Tools

Trucker Tools sources fuel prices, parking spots, repair shops and more for drivers, but its main draw is its access to load boards. Users can add route preference and availability while searching for loads.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

 

Truck stops, parking and fuel

Love’s Connect

This app is a one-stop-shop for everything associated with Love’s Travel Stops. Users can call for roadside assistance from the Truck Tire Center, locate a Love’s stop, view real-time fuel prices, and activate commercial fuel pumps. It can also be used to map a route, view transaction histories, and access a loyalty program.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

Trucksmart

By Travel Centers of America, this app’s major selling point is access to the Reserve It parking feature. Customers can reserve and pay for parking spots up to 30 days in advance. It also allows users to submit a service request once they’re at a center, or purchase a shower or wifi.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

myPilot

This app looks for fuel prices, Flying J locations, and available parking, while also handling rewards and shower bookings. The mobile wallet feature allows you to go card-free at the fuel island or in the store.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

USA Reststops

As the title suggests, this one is only good in the U.S. But it locates the nearest rest area on any U.S. highway.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

Fuelbook

Diesel prices are updated six times daily for fuel stations across the U.S. and Canada. It also features a list of truck stop services and open parking status, as well as fuel discounts and repair search function.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

iExit

This app is only good on U.S. interstates and requires cellular roaming to be useful for Canadians, but has been consistently rated well for those that can use it. The app uses location services to put your truck on the map, and then lists services at upcoming exits in real time. It also features a search function.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

Petro-Pass Mobile App

Petro-Pass uses its app to search over 270 cardlock locations across Canada, even when cell service is unavailable. Results can be filtered by fuel preference and amenities.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

 

GPS

First a warning …

 

A GPS navigation system can lead you to your destination, but it can also lead you into trouble if not designed for trucking-related applications. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests using such apps designed for trucks. Before beginning the trip, type in relevant information about vehicle length, width, height, and axle weights, as well as hazardous materials being transported. Keep in mind that signs may also identify advisories not included in the latest map. Keep the apps updated for the most current route planning information.

 FMCSA advisory here

CoPilot Truck

This app is billed as GPS for truckers. With route information including traffic and turn-by-turn guidance, this has everything you want in a GPS app with some great additions – it allows you to plan routes appropriate for your truck weight and height, and with the type of load in mind, so you can avoid low bridges and other obstructions traditional GPS apps may miss. One note – be careful which version of the app you download. CoPilot Truck apps are available for the U.S., the U.S. and Canada, and for Europe. Pick the one that’s right for you to avoid frustration.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

Waze

While it doesn’t define truck-practical routes, this community-sourcing traffic app relies on users to report approaching road hazards and other sources of delays. Just take care before following recommended detours meant for cars.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

 

Weather

The Weather Network

A basic, reliable weather app with seven-day forecasts, severe weather alerts, location-based weather reports, and radar features.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

Weather Underground

Weather Underground is advanced weather. With 10-day forecasts, real-time radar, localized weather alerts, wind speeds and visibility, it gives you all the basics, complete with crowd-sourced reports for quicker weather updates.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

Carrot Weather

Carrot weather offers a funny and engaging weather experience with all the advanced features you’d want in a weather app, but with a twist. This one is run by an avatar with a sense of humor. There is both a free and paid version of this app, with the paid version featuring extended forecasts, weather alerts, and games.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

 

Manufacturers and maintenance

Cummins

Cummins has many apps for its users, Quick Service Mobile gives customers a list of replacement parts, as well as build and dataplate information to help with repairs. By the same token, Cummins Guidanz helps technicians get information faster to ensure faster repairs. Connected Diagnostics requires a subscription to the program of the same name and a telematics device. It allows users to get updates on activity status of all equipment, fault alerts, and the meanings behind fault codes. If you don’t have Connected Diagnostics but still want to know what the fault codes mean, you can get Fault Code Advisor to demystify the codes.

Get them here:   Apple     Android

Detroit Connect

This app from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) allows all Freightliner and Western Star owners with the Detroit Connect service to have fault codes and events delivered right to their phones. The virtual technician feature allows users to see what’s wrong with their truck and how best to fix it.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

Mack and Volvo Asist

Two separate apps with the same name, Mack Asist and Volvo Asist are designed to access and track assets. With a map that will pinpoint trucks, search for assets, and view route information, users can also see the last time a truck was serviced and create new service requests.

Get them here:  Mack:  Apple     Android       Volvo:  Apple     Android

Volvo My Truck

Volvo also has a dedicated app called My Truck, connecting through dealers to stay on top of things like fluid levels and maintenance needs, and even control in-cab temperatures.

Get it here:   Apple     Android

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Mack Trucks highlights successful women in trucking in latest RoadLife episode
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GREENSBORO, N.C.  – Mack Trucks has released the fourth episode of its RoadLife series.

The episode, titled ‘Breaking the Mold’  shares the stories of two women blazing trails in the trucking industry, in which women make up just 12 percent of the workforce.

“I never thought my life would be with trucks,” said Raquel Renda, vice-president of Fort Worth, Texas-based Renda Environmental, a wastewater residuals management company. “But I fell into it here in Texas, and I’ve been in love ever since.”

Starting her day around 4 a.m. each morning, Renda’s responsibilities include keeping the 24/7 operation running smoothly and addressing whatever urgent issues might pop up. Instead of trying to fit the mold created by men in leadership positions, she has spent her career successfully applying her own style of running the business.

“Gender shouldn’t matter,” Renda said. “It’s all about the integrity of the work being done and the integrity of the person doing it.”

Professional truck driver “Killer” Bramer has taken a different path to success in the industry by following her dreams from an early age. After graduating as the top student – and only female – in her driving school class, she bought a truck and spent the next three years learning the ins and outs of the road. She also spent several years driving on tour with folk singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie, who gave her the nickname “Killer.”

“Being a truck driver is not a 9 to 5 job, and it’s not for everybody,” Bramer said. “I didn’t do it because I knew I was breaking the mold, I did it because it’s my job and I do it really well.”

‘Breaking the Mold’ is available now on roadlife.tv and Amazon Prime Video. In addition, viewers can access RoadLife bonus content on Mack Trucks’ social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Electric trucks to become more prominent: ACT Research
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COLUMBUS, Ind. – More than 100,000 electric commercial vehicles will be sold by 2035, according to a report from ACT Research.

The study, Commercial Vehicle Electrification: To Charge or Not To Charge, concludes that commercial electric vehicles will grow from a small beachhead today to a significant share of the Classes 4-8 market by 2035.

“We believe that electrification will offer a competitive solution for an increasing number of commercial vehicle segments as we look to the decade ahead and beyond,” said Jim Meil, principal, industry analysis for ACT. “Initial adoption will likely be in shorter-range hauls with frequent stops and starts, regular and predictable routes, and daily return-to-base for overnight charging types of operations. Early adopters will tend to be in medium duty and highly specialized Class 8 applications that make the current limitations of battery storage technology more manageable.”

The study reports that as battery technology advances, performance will improve and costs will drop, making a wider range of applications and duty cycles suitable for electrification.

“We see shares reaching about 20% for medium-duty and double digits for Class 8 as a ‘most likely’ case by 2035,” Meil said. “In favorable case circumstances – such as oil and diesel prices escalating as they did in 2005, 2009 and 2011 – market take rates for CEVs could get to one-third or higher, depending on the segment.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Local truck show all about helping the community
Trucking News

CACHE CREEK, B.C. – In a small town in the interior of B.C. a local truck show has been running for eight years now and has become a valuable part of the community of Cache Creek.

Scott McKenzie organizes the Cache Creek Working Truck Show, but not because he or his family are in the industry, but rather for a love of trucking that even he can’t explain.

“None of my family members are truck drivers, none are mechanics, so I just kind of fell into it,” said McKenzie. “I am a collector of the old stuff and wanted to find all the old Pacifics and thought, hey, let’s get the word out about these trucks, and then I started to realize there were a lot of guys who had these old trucks.”

Pacific and Hayes trucks are part of Canadian history, and a crucial part of B.C.’s identity, as both were manufactured in Vancouver, B.C.

McKenzie has a 1964 Pacific he’s currently rebuilding. He found the truck after it made its way to Prince George, where he works as a mechanical designer for ProGraph Solutions, saving the truck before it ended up in a scrap yard.

The original idea for the show in Cache Creek was to showcase Pacific and Hayes trucks. McKenzie started making some phone calls to gather as many owners as he could for his first show eight years ago.

The event takes place at Cache Creek Recreational Park, where a large enclosed pavilion houses the trucks and provides refuge from the sun for attendees, as the interior B.C. village can get quite hot in July – it was around 35 degrees Celsius the day Truck West visited the show.

“I thought I’d like to support a small community in B.C. that I remember going through as a child,” said McKenzie, “so I phoned up Cache Creek and they said they’d love to have us.”

Cache Creek has a history of being a transportation hub. Trucks traveling east and west along the Trans-Canada used to stop in the village for fuel. Many trucks traveling to or from Vancouver now take the quicker Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5), which has lessened the number of trucks passing through Cache Creek.

“With this show we’re kind of unofficially working with (the village) to bring trucks back to town, both working trucks and old retired trucks,” said McKenzie.

The first year, the show had around 22 trucks on display, and as it has continued to grow, McKenzie said he’s torn whether he’d like to see that trend continue.

“I kind of want it to grow, but it’s kind of nice being smaller,” he admitted. “Everybody knows each other, you come in here as a new guy and make a whole bunch of new friends. It’s all about getting together and having a nice visit over the weekend, taking trucks and showing off your truck.”

Pacific Truck Manufacturing is a sponsor of the event and has been with the show since the beginning.

“This is our eighth year and it’s just gotten bigger over the years,” said Larry McNutt, export parts sales for Pacific Truck Manufacturing.

McNutt pointed out that McKenzie runs a website for Pacific and Hayes trucks enthusiasts, and is a great source of information.

“I actually use him for a lot of research,” said McNutt. “He’s out and about and travels and knows a lot of people, so I’ll phone him up and tell him if I’m on the hunt for something.”

A Pacific truck on display at the Cache Creek Working Truck Show.

McKenzie doesn’t do trophies or hand out any awards for “best in show” during the event to avoid any of the participants feeling like it’s a competition. He does offer Amazon gift certificates, which are provided by another of the show’s sponsors, SafetyDriven – The Trucking Safety Council of B.C., as well as some door prizes.

There is no registration fee to enter a truck in the show, nor is there a fee for vendors. Attendees can also go to the event free of charge.

If the truck show does continue to grow as it has, McKenzie said he has the support he needs from the community of Cache Creek.

“I have talked to the mayor and he said if it gets to be big enough, just take over the city,” he said. “Respectfully, of course.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Truck tips over, spills lumber load at Regina intersection
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Tipover happened at intersection of Park Street and Victoria Avenue

A truck tipped over and spilled its load of lumber at a major Regina intersection on Saturday morning. 

Around 9:20 a.m. CST, police responded to the incident at the intersection of Park Street and Victoria Avenue.

A truck carrying a load of lumber was southbound on Park Street and attempted an eastbound turn on Victoria Avenue when the load shifted, causing the truck to tip onto its side, according to the preliminary police investigation. 

No injuries were reported and traffic at the intersection is restricted. 

Police did not indicate when the delays would be lifted.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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Nova Scotia safety company cashing in on marijuana legalization
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'What we saw as a real gap was occupational safety around cannabis legalization,' says Sayle Group CEO

A workplace safety company in Nova Scotia hopes the next couple of months will be big ones for it.

With the legalization of recreational marijuana coming to Canada on Oct. 17, the Sayle Group has been pushing its cannabis safety program to businesses ranging from IT firms to heavy industrial companies.

"We spent the latter part of last year and the early part of this year soft launching our online program," said company CEO Stephen Sayle. "The interest now since that time has really started to ramp up."

The Sayle Group only has seven employees and is based out of a small office in Bedford, N.S.

But it's been in contact with businesses of all sizes across Canada who are buying into its online training package, which looks at how employers and workers should deal with marijuana and the workplace.

The aim is to make sure employees are not putting themselves, colleagues and the company at risk when it comes to using marijuana.

The training talks about what steps employees can take to make sure their workplace stays safe and how to approach someone they suspect is high. But modules also encourage people not to be judgmental about marijuana use.

The modules can be done on computers, tablets or mobile devices.

"We attended many safety seminars on this subject and we found the lecturers were either heavy on the legal/human resources side, or they were very toxicology/PhD scientist side," said Sayle.

"What really seemed to be missing and what we saw as a real gap was occupational safety around cannabis legalization."

Support from trucking safety group

This week the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association threw its support behind the Sayle Group's cannabis safety program.

They say it's important trucking companies stay ahead of any potential issues that could arise for drivers.

"It offers plain language and information that is easy to understand, that everyone can absorb and won't get confused with all the big buzz words," said Gary Hunt, the safety co-ordinator with the Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association.

Hunt said the initial response from truck companies has been positive.

"That's because they know they have to get educated themselves from a company perspective, and from the employee perspective there is a lot of misinformation out there. So this program brings everybody to a level of understanding with fact-based information."

 

The Sayle Group already has a wide range of companies and organizations they are bringing on board, including First Nations communities and municipalities from coast to coast.

"There will be a whole new landscape in October when it comes to legalization," Sayle said. "So our course certifies every worker. After they've gone through the sessions, they have been educated on potential hazards and what their rights and responsibilities are when it comes to legalized marijuana."

The Sayle Group recently reached a partnership with another company in Atlantic Canada. The Professional Security Knowledge Network is based out of Charlottetown and works with security, investigation and public safety experts.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

 

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Breadner Trailers opens new location in Atlantic Canada
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MONCTON, N.B. – Breadner Trailers has opened up a new location in Atlantic Canada.

The new facility is the country’s newest and largest Hyundai Translead dealer. It is currently offering a variety of Hyundai Translead dry vans and refrigerated trailers.

“We are excited to announce our newest location in Atlantic Canada, and continuing to grow with Hyundai to help expand parts, sales and service into this region for our customers,” said Robert Breadner, president of Breadner Trailers.

The new facility is located near Moncton at 66 Brenan Ave in New Brunswick.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Pilot Flying J Details Key Milestones of 2018's Second Quarter
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Pilot Flying J continues to soar in the second half of 2018.

Today, the travel center operator released highlights from its second quarter, which included nine new store openings, expansion into five states, four new Service Centers and Roadside Assistance trucks, 294 new truck parking spaces, the creation of more than 500 new jobs, 57 new diesel lanes and 32 new showers.

During Q2, Pilot Flying J completed five Facility Enhancement projects. As Convenience Store News previously reported, the company kicked off its Facility Enhancement Plan (FEP) in 2017, in which it committed to investing nearly $500 million to renovating existing locations over the next five years. Last year, it completed a total of 50 projects.

The five latest project completions occurred at:

  1. Pilot Travel Center — completed April 6 in Sulphur Springs, Texas
  2. Pilot Travel Center — completed May 11 in Lost Hills, Calif.
  3. Flying J Travel Center — completed May 18 in Winslow, Ariz.
  4. Flying J Travel Center — completed May 25 in Aurora, Colo.
  5. Flying J Travel Center with Bass Pro Shop — opened in June in Tye, Texas

Pilot Flying J also made a number of new store openings across the U.S. as part of its commitment to expanding its existing footprint, which is expected to grow by 20 new locations across the U.S. and Canada in 2018, according to Convenience Store News.

Eight new Pilot Travel Centers opened on: April 14 in Orla, Texas; April 21 in Kermit, Texas; May 1 in St. Rose, La.; May 5 in Pecos, Texas; June 2 in Bunkie, La.; June 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; June 16 in Monument, Colo.; and June 16 in Hempstead, Texas. In addition, a Pilot Dealer opened on May 25 in Emlenton, Pa.

Other highlights from Pilot Flying J in Q2 2018 include:

Food-Focused

At the epicenter of FEP reimaged locations and new store openings are Pilot Flying J’s enhanced foodservice and beverage offers. As of Q2, approximately 135 bean-to-cup coffee programs were installed across the company's network, bringing the total number of locations offering the java to 226 across 36 states.

Pilot Flying J also installed cold brew coffee machines at approximately 230 locations, bringing the number of states in which the offer is available to 42.

The travel center operator also kicked off a Summer Bonus Bundle promotion, whereby guests can add any pizza slice for $2 or any large fountain drink for $1 when they buy any fresh food item.

Roadside Assistance

As part of Pilot Flying J’s commitment to professional drivers, the travel center operator launched Pilot Flying J Truck Care in 2017. Services include mobile emergency roadside assistance, on-site Service Center assistance, tire sales, preventive maintenance, light mechanical assistance and more. As part of the growing Truck Care program, roadside assistance is also available at 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center and 34 Boss Shops.

In Q2, Pilot Flying J opened new Service Centers in: Raphine, Va. (April 5); Remington, Ind. (April 16); Dunnigan, Calif. (April 25); and Quartzsite, Ariz. (June 30).

As of June, the company has more than 150 mobile emergency trucks on the road in 36 states and 17 total Service Centers, with another nine locations planned to open by end of the year.

Pilot Flying J also offered free mid-trip inspections, a value of $50, through its Pilot Flying J Truck Care program from May 22 through June 7 to help professional drivers and trucking companies prepare for Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadcheck event, which ran June 5-7.

myPilot mobile app interface
myPilot App Updates

As part of the myPilot mobile app enhancements made in Q2, users can search by zip code, store number, state or any U.S. or Canadian address to find all of the Pilot Flying J locations in the area or in route. To add to that enhancement's functionality, location pin size was increased for better user experience.

Mobile app users can also now find parking spots easier with large call-outs for total number of parking spaces and a map filter for General, Live, Prime and RV parking. Drivers can quickly reserve a parking space via the app or the Prime Parking website.

Additional new features include:

  • Face ID, touch ID and fingerprint login for app login and access to the secure Wallet;
  • Scan a card via the camera for onboarding and adding card to the Wallet;
  • 3D touch quick menu;
  • Expansion of myOffers into popular daily deals such as Tuesday as Dew Day and Thank You Thursday; and
  • Sort Favorites by date or location.

Additional enhancements are on the runway for the remainder of the year, like:

  • Notification when a shower is ready with the app or a push notification;
  • Exclusive offers and deals for professional drivers during the month of September for Driver Appreciation;
  • Point multipliers and promotions available for limited times throughout the year that guests must have the app to be eligible, like the 100 Point Mobile Shower Reservation promotion that ran from March to May; and

Mobile Fueling open to non-payment card users, who can purchase diesel via the myPilot mobile fueling feature with credit cards such as Visa and American Express.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Pilot Flying J currently operates more than 750 travel centers under the Pilot, Pilot Express and Flying J banners in 44 states.

Source of article click here : CS NEWS

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Truck driver health and training must be a priority
Trucking News

The horrific crash involving a transport truck and the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team on April 6, 2018, has focused a lot of attention on a risky profession.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the truck driver involved in the crash, has now been charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Truck drivers are involved in about one-fifth of accidents in Canada each year. And the risks of the profession — to drivers themselves and to the public — go far beyond collisions.

As a road safety researcher, I have been funded by Transport Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Alberta Ministry of Labour to investigate the health and wellness of truck drivers. My research shows that truck drivers are exposed to many risks affecting their health and their ability to drive safely, due to the nature of the job and the job market.

Heavy loads, poor diet, fatigue and stress

Truck drivers often work between 14 and 16 hours per day and have to load and unload their own trailers, often resulting in back injuries.

Proper diet is a problem because finding truck stops with adequate parking is difficult, and finding access to healthy foods is even harder.

There is not enough time in a driver’s day to find grocery stores with healthy food because if they do they may be delayed and

Many drivers are exposed to health risk factors including long sedentary periods, lack of exercise, poor diet, fatigue and stress — which can in turn lead to various medical conditions such as hypertension, obesity, stroke, sleep apnea and diabetes.

In fact, almost half of all truck drivers have a combination of these risk factors and medical conditions. Many of these medical conditions such as sleep apnea are directly linked to crashes.

As a result, truck drivers are a leading group for submitting worker compensation claims in Canada and the United States and their injuries cost the health-care system millions of dollars in physician visits, treatments and medication use.

Novice drivers, with inadequate training

Truck driving is the second most common occupation for men in Canada. However, many skilled truck drivers who have been working for many years are now faced with health challenges, either from being injured or from developing medical conditions.

With many skilled employees not able to work, truck companies are faced with issues such as absenteeism and loss of worker productivity. This is making it necessary for companies to hire more drivers.

One solution is to recruit younger drivers who are healthy. While there are many advertisements for truck drivers, young adults are not applying for these jobs in sufficient numbers, perhaps because they are aware of the health and safety challenges.

Because of the shortage of drivers, some companies are relaxing their employment criteria and hiring novice drivers, but often without adequately training them.

The courts will have to determine if this might have been a factor in the Humboldt tragedy, where the driver charged in the collision was young and inexperienced. The company was also newly established and trying to get off the ground, and needed workers to begin driving routes as soon as possible.

A health and training overhaul

Until the health issues and the job training of truck drivers improve, the challenges of the trucking sector will not disappear.

The sector needs health and wellness programs, together with changes to the environment for drivers — such as more truck parking and better access to healthy foods.

The sector urgently needs new company policies that incorporate more flexible work hours and more intensive training.

This would result in companies retaining and recruiting drivers who can better contribute to the safety of our roads.

Currently, Ontario is the only Canadian province with regulations requiring adequate driver training, while Saskatchewan hopes to have a plan in place by early 2019.

Source of article click here : The Conversation

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TruckPro adds Diesel Bros. to its network
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MILTON, Ont. – TruckPro is expanding again in Ontario, announcing a new member in its network of service and parts shops across the country.

Diesel Brothers is bringing its eight service bays and seven mechanics to the TruckPro family.

The Milton, Ont. facility is a full-service shop and certified inspection station located just off Highway 401 – Canada’s busiest highway – with both in-shop and mobile repair capabilities.

The shop is open six days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, while the mobile repair service available 24/7 – including Sundays when the shop is closed.

Diesel Brothers is a family-run business that was opened in 2014. Two lead mechanics have 30 years experience working with heavy-duty trucks and trailers between them.

Specializing in all things diesel, the shop has multiple preventative maintenance programs in addition to being an Ontario Ministry of Transportation inspection facility and conducting repairs.

The shop also repairs reefer trailers and trucks, as well as building custom reefer truck and trailer bodies.

Diesel Brothers’ full service listing can be found on their website here.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Kodiak Robotics pursues autonomous trucks
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Kodiak Robotics has been founded by Otto co-founder Don Burnette and former venture capitalist

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Uber may have shelved plans to develop an autonomous long-haul truck, but Kodiak Robotics has emerged with $40 million in financing to pursue the dream.

Founded by Otto co-founder Don Burnette and former venture capitalist Paz Eshel, it is dedicated to developing “autonomous technology for long-haul trucking”. Itzik Parnafes, a partner in the global investment firm Battery Ventures, will join the board.

Kodiak Robotics says in three months the founders have assembled a team of engineers with “experience in actually shipping self-driving vehicles on public roads.”

Uber acquired Otto in 2016, but recently announced that it will stop developing self-driving trucks and instead focus on self-driving cars.

That truck-focused initiative gained notoriety when it delivered a trailer loaded with Budweiser beer 190 km down a Colorado highway. But it also became tangled in a lawsuit with Waymo, a company that had been spun off from Google’s autonomous car research, around claims of patent infringement and stealing trade secrets – particularly those that involved the use of LiDAR. A settlement reached in February banned Uber from incorporating Waymo secrets in hardware and software, and also gave Waymo 0.34% in Uber equity.

Uber’s autonomous vehicle plans took a further hit in March when one of its test vehicles – a car – was involved in a fatal collision in Tempe, Ariz. Before the tests were temporarily halted, Uber had been testing the tech on public roads in Toronto, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and the Arizona community.

Kodiak, however, still sees a promising business venture with trucks.

“We believe self-driving trucks will likely be the first autonomous vehicles to support a viable business model, and we are proud to have the support of such high-profile investors to help us execute our plan,” Burnette said. Investors include Battery Ventures, CRV, Lightspeed Ventures, and Tusk Ventures.

“Autonomous driving is likely one of the most major technology shifts of the last 100 years,” said Parnafes.

Burnette was one of the Google engineers involved in developing a self-driving car , while Eschel’s recent role as vice-president at Battery Ventures involved the firm’s autonomous-vehicle investment project.

Identifying the need for the technology, the company cited the American Trucking Association’s estimate that the U.S. was short 51,000 drivers last year, up from a shortage of 36,000 in 2016.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Recruitment & Resources Expo space booking in full swing
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TORONTO, Ont. — The inaugural edition of the Recruitment & Resources Expo has generated strong response from the industry, according to organizers.

More than 60% of the exhibit space has already been booked by leading carriers and companies looking to recruit trucking professionals for a variety of driving and non-driving jobs.

Newcom Media is hosting the event to address the industry’s significant workforce shortage on Saturday, September 15 at the Conference Centre located with in the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. The expo is aimed to meet the hiring needs of trucking industry and will be an ideal forum to connect job-seekers and recruiters.

The event will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and admission and parking is free for attendees. Pre-registration is recommended to win exciting prizes and giveaways.

For information on space booking, contact Kathy Koras at (416) 510-6892 or Manan Gupta at (416) 451-0040. Visit www.rttnexpo.com for more details.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Nominations open for Women in Trucking award
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PLOVER, Wisc.  – Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks are seeking candidates for the 2018 Influential Woman in Trucking award.

Created in 2010, the award honors female leaders in the trucking industry. Past recipients include Marcia Taylor, CEO of Bennett International Group; Rebecca Brewster, president and COO, American Transportation Research Institute; Joyce Brenny, president of Brenny Transportation, Inc./Brenny Specialized, Inc.; Rochelle Bartholomew, CEO of CalArk International; Kari Rihm, president of Rihm Kenworth; Ramona Hood, vice-president of Customer Operations, Transportation Logistics at GENCO, a FedEx company; and Daphne Jefferson, former U.S. Department of Transportation, FMCSA. 

“Across the trucking industry, we see women in ever increasing roles of importance and influence,” said Kary Schaefer, general manager, marketing and strategy, Freightliner Trucks. “Women in Trucking provides the network and structure needed to foster and promote this continuing diversification. Freightliner is pleased to be able to sponsor this award and to highlight the exceptional female leaders that help shape our industry.”

Now in its eighth year, the award recognizes women who make or influence key decisions in a corporate, manufacturing, supplier, owner-operator, driver, sales, or dealership setting. The winner must have a proven record of responsibility and have mentored or served as a role model to other women in the industry.

“The Influential Woman in Trucking Award honors female leaders who have been advocates and role models to others. Since the inception of this award, we have seen extraordinary women recognized,” said Ellen Voie, president and CEO, Women In Trucking.

Nominations will be accepted through September 1, at https://www.womenintrucking.org/influential-woman-in-trucking.

The winner will be announced at the WIT Accelerate! Conference & Expo held in Dallas, Texas, November 12-14. Each finalist will be asked to serve as panelist for the “Influential Women in Trucking” panel discussion. Those that nominate a candidate need to ask the nominee to save the date for this event if she is named a finalist.

Source of article click here : Truck News

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Stolen truck with work boots found, but police still seek suspect
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A truck carrying 800 pairs of work boots that was stolen in Tecumseh has been recovered, but police are still searching for a suspect. 

Essex County OPP say the "Work Authority" truck was taken from a commercial property on Tecumseh Road East on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, police recovered the vehicle in a remote area of Chatham-Kent near Jeanette's Creek. 

"I have been told that 'some' of the boots have been recovered but not all," said Const. Jim Root at the detachment.

Area video surveillance captured a vehicle of interest in relation to the theft.

Investigators believe it to be an early model tan or brown Buick Rendezvous. The vehicle appears to be missing the hubcaps on both rear tires and is also believed to have tape around the front passenger side window.

A witness observed the Work Authority truck at a rural public boat ramp at the end of Jeanette's Creek Road, north of Tecumseh Line, in Chatham-Kent County.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County OPP.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

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More than 3 tonnes of reeking animal carcasses spill after truck crashes on Norf
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An estimated three tonnes of animal carcasses were scattered, police say, across a road near Port Dover, south of Hamilton, leaving a reeking mess.

A front-end loader was called out to St. John's Road East around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said, after a truck heading west careened into the ditch, tossing its load of mixed animal remains, 

"It was a mess," he said. "I could've swore I saw some chickens in there, some cows, sheep. You name it, it was in there."

 

The Norfolk County Fire Authority was called in to spray down the road, because officials were worried the carcasses could attract other animals, which would cause more collisions.

Driver injured

A 36-year-old Exeter man who was driving the truck was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the crash.

The road was finally cleared between 9 and 10 p.m., said Sanchuk, who added the stench after the crash is going to stick with him for a while.

"It was a very, very potent smell and it's something... you never want to smell in your life."

The road was finally cleared between 9 and 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Source of article click here : CBC NEWS

 

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Overtime technical document being updated
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OTTAWA, Ont. – The Government of Canada is updating the technical document used to explain how overtime is calculated for the trucking industry, a Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) spokesman confirms.

Earlier in July the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) said on its website it had received related guidance materials on the issue. The clarified documents are meant to answer the most frequently asked questions about how to calculate overtime.

In the meantime, the CTA says carriers can get the FAQ documents from their provincial associations in both English and French.

Source of article click here : Today's Trucking

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Atmore weigh station one of the most advanced in Canada
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ATMORE, Alta. – A new Alberta weigh station is setting the bar when it comes to technology.

At the top of its class in Canada, you’d have to travel south of the border to find a commercial truck weigh station comparable to the Atmore location, which opened a year ago this September to the tune of $11 million.

During the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s (AMTA) driver appreciation day July 18 at the Atmore site, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) gave Truck West a tour of the facility, showcasing how officers are able to be more efficient with the new technologies at their fingertips.

One such tool, Intelligent Imaging Systems’ (IIS) Smart Roadside, is a military-grade thermal imaging device that helps officers detect a multitude of issues on a tractor-trailer, including flat or underinflated tires, cold brakes, proper weight disbursement, and the number of axles in a vehicle combination.

The technology uses cameras to take pictures of the truck, including each wheel to depict heat signatures. A properly trained officer can then determine if something is wrong, using their time more efficiently.

“It stops us from just picking on the next guy coming through,” said Leonard Chow, transport officer for the Lac La Biche District. “I might want to take the next guy coming through because I’m sitting there bored, and then I see someone else come through with a flat tire. I’m going for the guy with the flat tire over the other guy who has nothing wrong.”

In the thermal imaging, a white color indicates hot and black is cold. Chow explained how the front steer axle tires typically run hot with heat from the engine radiating onto the tire, and the fact that they are singles, not duals.
With duals, heat on the outside of the tire usually means the outer tire is flat, while heat on the rim means the inner tire is at fault.

Smart Roadside also scans the vehicle’s licence plate and checks the database to see if the truck is running on an expired safety inspection or operating authority, notifying an officer if there’s an issue.

“Technology is helping us do our job,” said Dan McCormack, CVE inspector for the Northern Region. “You’ll never beat just putting an office out and putting them in an area and checking vehicles, but it’s nice to have.”

McCormack echoed Chow’s sentiment on how the use of these new technologies boosts efficiency.

“It’s pretty cool to have this technology to start watching for this,” he said. “When an officer is working the counter, it’s pretty hard to stare at every wheel. You just can’t do it.”

Brian Heath, president and CEO of IIS and its sister company, Drivewyze, said a lot of forethought went into the design, location (in the median of Hwy 63 for both north and southbound traffic), and use of the new technology.

“Alberta became the first province in Canada to adopt our advanced thermal imaging system to automatically identify high-risk and problematic commercial vehicles from the roadside without disrupting the flow of traffic,” said Heath. “It’s also the first province to use our smart transponder-based weigh station bypass service.”

Alberta fleets that are part of the Partners in Compliance (PIC) program can utilize the bypass program through the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station application.

During the month of May, 56,000 PIC members received weigh station bypasses.

Jacquie Daumont, acting chief of Alberta CVE, said the new technology helps improve efficiency on one of the province’s business highways.

“Intelligent Imaging System’s advanced thermal imaging system, licence plate and decal readers, and Smart Roadside screening platform greatly enhance our officers’ ability to identify and remove unsafe vehicles from a highway, on which more than 1.5 million vehicles travel each year,” said Daumont.

Another piece of hardware at the Atmore station is a brake tester.

With disc brakes becoming the norm, it takes more than a visual inspection to tell if they are in proper working condition.

“This comes in really handy now with the disc brakes on vehicles because there’s no way we can actually check everything on those,” said Chow. “We can’t really measure pads on them, we can’t measure push rod strokes…the only way we can tell if they’re working is to throw them across (the brake tester) and this thing tells us.”

Visual checks can inspect issues like pushrod travel, a contaminated brake line, or listening for an air leak. The device can determine much more.

“It can tell us if the brakes need an adjustment, brake line is contaminated, bearings are seized up…it will pick up on stuff like that,” explained Chow. “It gives us a better idea of what the brakes are actually doing for stuff that we can’t see. It checks it mechanically and we check it visually.”

“Even if a vehicle is grossly overweight, or if the drums are worn out and there isn’t good contact,” added McCormack, “we wouldn’t see that visually laying underneath to inspect it.”

CVE officers can use the brake check technology at their discretion, but it is not something used to screen every truck passing through the Atmore station.

The brake check is housed in another new feature at the scale – a shed – which was first seen at the Balzac facility and is also in Leduc, Slave Lake, and Coutts.

The shed is convenient during inclement weather, and at the Atmore location it offers training rooms, lockers, washrooms, and a catwalk to check cargo securement at the top of the load.

“We often run into logs where they have to have so many tie-downs and so many have to be in contact with the load,” said McCormack. “We do our best to see from the counter or at roadside, but this allows you to go up top.”

There are also drop down floors in the shed, which makes it easier for officers to get under the tractor-trailer using a roller – referred to as “the bone creeper” – which, as McCormack said, is getting lower and lower to the ground with new aerodynamics.

“A lot of this new technology wasn’t there,” he said of older model trucks. “Twenty years ago you could probably crawl under a truck on your knees, and now you can barely get under it on your back.”

CVE can go mobile, as well.

With five mobile inspection units in the province, the vehicles are used during CVE checks and at mobile inspection stations to enable the location to be treated like a weigh scale.

“Just a truck isn’t bad when you’re by yourself,” McCormack said, “but you put a couple of officers in there and it gets a little tight after a couple of days.”

The units are also used by the province during disaster situations, such as floods and forest fires.

“They’re useful to the province when something happens and they cash in and use them,” said McCormack, “but the rest of the time, we look after them and use them at our checks.”

Mobile inspection units are equipped with diesel or gas generators, bathrooms, a kitchen, and work stations.

Alberta CVE operates under a mandates that identifies three key objectives: protect the infrastructure, which it does with its scales; public safety through mechanical inspections on vehicles, checking driver credentials, and patrolling for driver behavior; and the Alberta advantage to make sure it’s a fair and even playing field.

Officers are not only trained as commercial vehicle inspectors, but also for dangerous goods and invasive species.

There are approximately 140 CVE officers in Alberta, and in a perfect world, McCormack would like to see more.

“A lot of our problem is we seem to be able to hire in the hub areas – Edmonton and Calgary – but it’s sometimes very difficult to recruit up to these northern locations,” he said. “Fort McMurray is a primary example. A lot of the times you go up there, it’s like the Wild West…it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. You could be writing tickets all day, but we don’t have the manpower. We do our best.”

Though he says a good portion of carriers do a decent job, it’s that other percentage that makes it difficult to police.

“You can go on any trucking website and hear the negativity about the things we do every day, but I would like to think that’s a small portion of the industry and the credible carriers are happy to see us out there because it allows them to operate and not compete against that,” said McCormack. “If you run a reputable company, you do your job, and you’re diligent in your work, you really should have nothing to worry about.”

Source of article click here : Truck News

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No Truckers? Let’s Try Ships
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Freight trucks on the road in Detroit, Mich

Repeal the Jones Act. It escalates the cost of shipping goods on America’s waterways.

Although the economy continues to ride high, there is growing concern that a dearth of truckers could soon drive it into a ditch. Anecdotes suggest an increasingly frantic scramble for drivers, with $70,000 salaries said to be insufficient to lure new drivers to the field. The trucking industry faces a shortage of 63,000 open positions this year — a number that is only expected to increase — and companies are already said to be turning down loads due to a lack of available trucks.

Some members of Congress have responded by introducing a bill that would allow drivers as young as 18 to transport goods outside the state they’re licensed in, down from the current age of 21. While a welcome step, more-expansive thinking is needed. Additional drivers are one solution, but there is another that should be considered: more ships. Rather than tinkering at the policy margins, Congress should pursue measures that would transfer freight from the nation’s roads onto its waterways.

Repealing the Jones Act would be a good start.

Passed in 1920, this law mandates that ships transporting cargo between two points in the United States be domestically flagged, owned, crewed, and built. Intended to bolster the U.S. maritime sector, the Jones Act has instead been a case study in the failures of protectionism. Absent foreign competition, U.S. shipbuilders produce vessels whose price is as much as eight times higher than those built abroad. This disincentive to the purchase of new vessels means we have fewer ships and a fleet that is old and inefficient.

High costs have inevitably followed and, along with them, increased demand for transportation alternatives such as trucking and rail.

The proof is in the numbers. From 1960 to 2014, the amount of freight placed on railroads increased by 48 percent while intercity trucks saw their loads grow by an impressive 217 percent. In sharp contrast, the amount of cargo carried by ships sailing around the coasts during this period decreased by 44 percent. And Great Lakes shipping declined by 43 percent.

In a more rational system, much of the goods carried by truck would travel aboard ships plying the country’s coastal waters. In Europe, for example, 40 percent of domestic freight goes by sea. In the United States the figure is a mere 13 percent.

Even as Americans have shunned ships for domestic use, however, they appear perfectly willing to employ them to conduct trade with Canada and Mexico. Freed from the Jones Act’s restrictions, coastal ships linking the United States with Canada and Mexico have seen their freight tonnage more than double during the same time period.

Given the decline of domestic shipping, Americans are now left with a transportation system that is hugely dependent on trucks — and on the drivers who operate them. According to the Bureau of Transportation, in 2015, trucks in the United States were responsible for transporting 63.8 percent of total freight shipments. For 2016, the American Trucking Associations places the total even higher, at 71 percent.

In a more rational system, much of the goods carried by truck would travel aboard ships plying the country’s coastal waters. In Europe, for example, 40 percent of domestic freight goes by sea. In the United States the figure is a mere 13 percent. While some of this can perhaps be explained by geographic and other factors, the enormous gulf between the two figures suggests that the Jones Act is a likely culprit.

Beyond helping to solve the country’s driver shortage, the removal of trucks from the highways would have numerous other benefits. Although a mere 4 percent of highway vehicles, trucks are thought to cause 20 percent of traffic, which in turn costs Americans many billions of dollars in lost productivity, wasted gas, and increased pollution. Trucks are also responsible for a disproportionate amount of highway maintenance, with a single 80,000-pound tractor-trailer said to cause as much damage to pavement as 9,600 cars. Representing 10 percent of vehicle miles traveled, trucks cause over 75 percent of the Federal Highway Administration’s pavement-maintenance costs.

Crumbling roads, meanwhile, are not only costly to repair — they are estimated to produce, annually, $109 billion in vehicle damage borne by the nation’s drivers. We need a more efficient and less costly transportation system. To help alleviate the shortage of truckers, let’s start by freeing ourselves of the Jones Act and taking advantage of our country’s underutilized coastal waterways.

Source of article click here : National Review

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