Auto & Trucking Atlantic September 2012

 

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auto cars · trucks · jobbers c-stores · installers · recyclers carwashes · service stations dealers · garages · body shops trucking september 2012 $4.95 maritime auto celebrates 80 years in debert ns see page 62 are people interested in careers as class 1 pro drivers yes see page 10 uni-select atlantic halifax meet see page 50 pei motoring music festival 2012 see page 56 win prizes a brand new tomtom xl 350 gps navigator or a napa 126 piece tool set crossword guess win details on pages 69 and 70 coinciding with the introduction of federal legislation governing greener transportation the canadian trucking alliance unveils a progressive program envirotruck the green mile owned and published by alfers advertising publishing inc publications mail sales agreement number 40062985

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let s hear from you have something you want to tell us maybe a comment suggestion or even some criticism then please contact us we d love to hear from you and we ll respond to you as well call us toll-free 1-866-423-3939 fax us 1-902-423-3354 e-mail us rob@autoatlantic.com mail us 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 auto volumeeleven · issue 5 · september · 2 0 1 2 atlantic trucking the green mile page 6 coinciding with the introduction of federal legislation governing greener transportation the canadian trucking alliance unveils a progressive program envirotruck carter hammett has the story are people interested in careers as class 1 pro drivers yes the trucking human resource sector council atlantic works with the trucking industry on human resource issues through innovative funding initiatives and activities page 10 advertising directory page 68 publisher owner robert alfers rob@autoatlantic.com client services manager susan regan sue@autoatlantic.com printing mailing advocate printing ltd advocateprinting.com auto atlantic magazine is owned and published bi-monthly by robert alfers of alfers advertising publishing inc for advertising rates or information regarding auto atlantic magazine please call or write to us at 51 bethany way halifax nova scotia b3s 1h6 tel 902.423.6788 fax 902.423.3354 opinions expressed in auto atlantic do not necessarily reflect official policy of alfers advertising publishing inc printed and produced in canada page 12 page 26 page 28 page 30 atlantic recyclers get madd the automotive recyclers of atlantic canada get madd at impaired drivers 0 to 1 million in 9.0 seconds gavin brown says you never get a second chance to make a first impression a timeless statement and no less true today than when it was first said winners of raybestos® 64 gto-r take ownership on power tour car is delivered to canadian couple in detroit to kickoff cross-country road tour just how safe are atv s for kids as our jay larue relates when the phone rings in the middle of the night an ominous feeling comes over you because generally there s the fear that it s not good news 30 of canadians rely on their vehicle to earn a living the canadian automotive service sector consumer behaviour study indicates that one third of participants rely on their vehicle to earn a living atlantic trucking driving champions the apta recently gave out top marks to the most talented professional drivers at their annual professional truck driving championship uni-select atlantic members convention 2012 uni-select held its annual members convention in halifax nova scotia from june 20-22 at the delta halifax hotel trucking down under ellen voie asks have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive one of those massive big rigs like those in australia she has and writes about it here technician `a technician `b matt armstrong says anyone who has every done testing regarding automotive repair and service is familiar with technician a technician b questions fall is car safety check time marc brazeau president aia canada writes .at the top of my fall checklist is having my vehicle maintained and serviced by a professional safety of both my family and fellow motorists is a top priority and something that can never be undervalued unfortunately for many canadians vehicle maintenance is wrongly perceived as too expensive or as unnecessary page 40 page 42 page 50 page 52 member aia canada aaia ata and the ama page 54 page 66 publications mail agreement no 40062985 return undeliverable canadian addresses to alfers advertising publishing inc 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 dedicated to the memory of paul h alfers page 69 page 70 win big a tomtom gps from national energy equipment or a napa 126 piece tool set in our 2 big contests september 2012 n autoatlantic.com 3

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guest editorial going industry is going green and putting the sector in the black for the green the trucking a by carter hammett report last year issued by the commission for environmental cooperation cec called for the increased efficiency of both rail and truck services and improvements in supply chain infrastructure the report destination sustainability reducing greehouse gas emissions from freight transportation in north america calls for all nafta stakeholders to form a ministerial framework to encourage an integrated intelligent freight transportation system among the report s recommendations are a review of carbon pricing investment in low-carbon fuel alternatives encouraging commercial vehicle drivers to adopt a more eco-friendly style through training and a more enhanced method of data exchange among nafta departments to assess environmental impacts reducing the environmental impact of freight transportation in the face of increasing trade and economic growth in north america requires much more than continued progress on fuel economy and transport technology said cec executive director evan lloyd upon release of the report without an integrated intelligent freight transportation system and the transformational investments that go with it nafta countries will risk losing their competitive edge like most government reports although important this runs the very real risk of disappearing into the miles of piles of rhetoric and verbiage issued annually by your friendly neighbourhood why buy new when used will do 1-800-565-2433 n recycled replacement auto parts n rebuilders available n parts locating service 4 autoatlantic.com nseptember 2012 governments one of our biggest faults as a country is the absence of a national transportation strategy but wait do you hear that business that great change agent in today s society is already making great green strides on both sides of the border in greening its trucks a random sampling includes cargo designers capacity of texas expanding their terminal truck line up to include a zero emissions terminal truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell technology a propane hybrid due later this year and a gm v8 propane engine that will be available by the end of 2013 the number of engines we offer is substantial with capacity customers can customize the truck for their operation and not have to build their operation around the limitations of other trucks said jerry looney vice-president of sales and marketing with capacity california perhaps the most assertive area in north america concerning all things green recently issued its own report technologies challenges opportunities i-710 zero-emission freight corridor vehicle systems that focused on the los angeles area and the i-710 highway with its focus on zero-emission trucks including hybrids which could be in demonstration within a few light years the concept is that these trucks would be able to receive power along major roadways similar to light rail trains or buses in some cities furthermore the report stated that the technology to develop zero emission trucks exists already and that several truck demonstration projects throughout the usa were currently being demonstrated and earlier this year the web site greenchipstocks.com issued its own selection of the top ten greenest trucking companies out there and among the highlights were ups which has over 2,200 alternative fuel vehicles supply chain giant jb hunt united van lines penske logistics atlas van lines and fedex which currently boasts over 250 hybrid-electric delivery trucks these folks are in pretty good company and that s what this issue s cover story is all about canada has made some breakthroughs in green trucking and certainly brookside road truro ns our provincial trucking asphone 902 897-0252 sociations are doing much to fax 902 897-2854 develop more in this area if government would only stop vancehanesautoparts.com dragging its heels on the issue and align itself with daily shipping anywhere its neighbours to the south thereby realizing some of the progressiveness in the report that begat this column going for the green can no longer be dismissed as a simple fad for some it s a way of life for the trucking industry seeking out alternatives to fossil fuels and fueling international cooperation in the venture is just good business sense.

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truckers corner the green mile coinciding with the introduction of federal legislation governing greener transportation the canadian trucking alliance unveils a progressive program envirotruck by carter hammett ollowing a sweeping set of auto emission standards passed earlie r this ye ar by the state of california a posse of politicians seem to be racing forward to create policies that reflect the public s demand for greener vehicles the california legislation includes a mandate to have 1.4 million electric and hybrid vehicles on state roads by 2025 a 75 percent reduction in smog-forming pollutants and a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions ghg from today s standards the state s standards are often more strict than federal guidelines and these policies have helped spawn the auto industry s advances in emissions control technology f closer to home the canadian trucking industry has played an active role in establishing its own innovative program developed by the canadian trucking alliance cta a federation of provincial trucking associations representing a broad cross-section of the trucking industry some 4,500 carriers owner-operators and industry suppliers the alliance s chief initiative is a program called envirotruck a pragmatic framework for hastening the acquisition of smog-free trucks combined with ground breaking technologies that will both reduce fuel consumption and lower ghg emissions the program coincides with federal legislation publicly introduced in april of this year but in the works for years even before ghg emissions and climate change became issues for the transportation sector says cta senior vp stephen laskowski we were trying to raise awareness about these issues back in 2007-2008 to deal with air quality issues and increasing fuel efficiency the technology in place at the time actually required more fuel to be burned and was more expensive he says the cta s envirotruck program encompasses several components towards the creation of a smog-free truck with the introduction of 2007 or newer smog-free heavy truck engines speed limiters ultralow sulphur diesel fuel and the adoption of new add-on green technologies that increase fuel efficiency one of these is low rolling resistance tires tire rolling resistance equals about 35 percent of fuel consumption and trucks can experience a four-to-five percent savings in diesel fuel for wide base tires compared to convention duals ghg reductions per truck annually add up to about seven tonnes laskowski identifies several other fuel efficiency aftermarket devices including gap reducers which close the space between the trailer and the back of the tractor he says this improves fuel efficiency by up to four percent other aerodynamic innovations include cab extenders and boat tails tapering protrusions mounted on the back of a truck which can result in fuel efficiency of up to ten percent laskowski says boat tails while efficient cause concerns on the part of government about the potential increase and severity of a rear end collision there s no scientific evidence to support these claims currently the cab september 2012 n autoatlantic.com 7

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truckers corner length is governed by law but by extending the length you are not increasing carrying capacity it s important to realize that there is product available that would mitigate these concerns and increase fuel efficiency laskowski emphasizes government has a role to play by changing some of those laws other regulatory requirements toward the development of a smog-free truck include developments in truck engine technology as well as the development of clean fuel to power those engines these innovations include a particulate trap on the 2007 model that filter out emissions before being released into the atmosphere in 2010 the second phase began with the elimination of nitrogen oxide nox emissions the major cause of ground level ozone furthermore the sulphur content in truck emissions was cut by a whopping 97 percent with a new grade of diesel fuel introduced in 2006 this combination is the equivalent of removing over half a million trucks from the roads as good as this sounds cta sounds the horn when it comes to getting these trucks on the road the 2007 model engine price points are up to 10 per cent higher than previous models maintenance costs are higher as well and while the new trucks will be virtually smog-free the combination of the new engines and new truck diesel is less fuel efficient this combination of issues has created concerns for many trucking companies about purchasing new trucks the overarching concern is finding product that gives benefits i ve outlined says laskowski there s good product out there but the challenge is finding a product that fits your needs to date while the legislation has been a positive step forward there is still a lot of grey matter for stakeholders to sort through and the expectation of government to play a larger role in providing incentives to encourage trucking companies to invest while minimizing risk at the end of the day the trucking industry has a natural push into this new technology says laskowski it s a natural inclination of the industry to be leery not knowing how this technology will work and the government can help ease this transition into new technology 8 autoatlantic.com nseptember 2012 trucking in canada is a $65 billion industry employing 260,000 drivers and about 400,000 canadians overall estimates show that if the entire canadian fleet of 294,000 class 8 trucks were to adopt a full package of energy efficient technologies canada truck owners and operators would save 4.1 billion litres of fuel and reduces emissions by 11,500,000 tonnes of ghg yearly this is the equivalent of taking 2.6 million cars off the road truck efficiency and ghg reduction opportunities or the cdn fleet market rmi 2007 trucks move by value two thirds our trade with the united states in 2007 there were 789,272 heavy class 8 trucks in canada of which ontario alberta and quebec accounted for about two thirds of heavy truck fleet heavy trucks accounted for 21.8 billion vehicle kilometres in 2006 compared to 7.4 billion or medium-sized trucks general freight carriers accounted for 57 percent of the for-hire revenues of the industry in 2006 scott sales joins crc atlantic family c rc canada is pleased to announce the appointment of scott sales marketing as the latest addition to our sales team in atlantic canada scott sales has been servicing the atlantic canada region since 1981 they cover all of the atlantic provinces with 3 full time sales representatives and an office manager with their extensive experience in automotive industrial and hardware markets scott sales is well equipped to service the automotive and industrial channels on behalf of crc in their role kevin scott john van blarcom and travis matheson will work closely with our automotive account manager ted saelzer and our industrial business development manager jean-marc frank in developing crc s mro chemical business with our distribution network throughout atlantic canada scott sales can be reached at tel 902-681-9166 fax 902-681-9715 or email at kevinscott@ns.sympatico.ca.

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truckers corner are people interested in careers as class 1 pro drivers yes t he trucking human resource sector council atlantic works with the trucking industry on human resource issues through innovative funding initiatives and activities a key piece of the work thrsc atlantic does is work with new people interested in being trained for employment in the trucking industry through a variety of programs such as one journey targeted initiative for older workers and the native council initiative ­ base ­ building aboriginal skills to employment we work with potential new entrants to educate them on employment opportunities in the trucking industry we ensure they understand the demands of the career as a professional driver ­ long haul or local they have a better understanding of hiring requirements for successful employment through a screening process that includes testing interviews and job readiness skills once approved for training the individuals enter the 12 week industry training standard program at a recognized training institution upon successful completion of the full program they are offered employment in the industry with a 90 employment average the program model is a proven success employers supporting these programs recognize the value and are enjoying the rewards of loyal new entrants keen on working in the industry for many years to come the one journey program is an initiative developed by the department of community services and department of labour and advanced education the goal of this program is to work with underemployed individuals to help them reach their career goals through a diverse partnership between government industry training providers and the potential applicant this program focuses on enhancing the skills of the individual removing barriers to employment and getting them into rewarding careers the targeted initiative for older workers is a program funded both pro vincially and federally that targets people age 55 who are seeking employment opportunities in a career as a class 1 professional driver similar to the one journey concept ­ the program removes potential barriers provides the applicant with the industry standard training and puts them on track for employment the building aboriginal skills to employment base project also removes barriers to employment connecting industry to potential new entrants in the aboriginal community this program follows the one journey model in that it connects applicants with employers to ensure employment opportunities exist for graduates upon successful completion of all phases over the past six 6 years there have been over 100 participants trained through these specialized programs with a 90 employment rate these programs have helped us identify and remove barriers strengthening the pool of new entrants entering the trucking industry the reality is people want to be part of our industry ­ we need to consider all opportunities in making industry accessible for qualified entrants 10 autoatlantic.com nseptember 2012

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at the recycler s yard atlantic recyclers get madd by ed macdonald he automot ivere cyclers of atl antic canada get madd at impaired drivers all too often we are the recipients of vehicles that have been in accidents who s occupants were seriously injured or killed by persons who were impaired and in many of these instances it is the innocents who are most affected oftentimes we hear of these tragedies from the relatives of the deceased listen to the stories and also listen as the guilty vainly try to justify their side of these tragedies araac ­in concert with our national association the automotive recyclers of canada archas decided to do something tangible to reduce this carnage on t attendees at the madd event our highways we have partnered with madd canada and operation 911 in funding a program dedicated to heightening the awareness of impaired driving and get the offenders off the road hopefully before the carnage takes place on july 10 this year representatives from madd atlantic canada halifax police rcmp ministry of transportation and atlantic auto recyclers held a press conference on the steps of the halifax regional police station to kick off an aggressive campaign to fight impaired driving rcmp inspector ray oliver who lost his sister to an impaired driver put it succinctly if you see or believe a person 12 autoatlantic.com nseptember 2012

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is operating a motor vehicle and i want to emphasize motor vehicle because that includes atv s boats on our waterways and vehicles on our roads and highways ­please call 911 the truly offensive weapon against impaired drivers is not the police or madd it is you the public who has the power and authority to call 911 immediately if you think that there is an impaired driver behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and guess what a 911 call is allowable while driving as it is considered to be an emergency situation once the call is made the police will take charge from there does it work you ask deputy police chief chris macneil cites that about 60 people are charged with impaired driving each month thanks to the 911 campaign i wonder how many lives that has saved the automotive recyclers of atlantic canada and arc are proud to be supporters of such a crucial campaign please use it auto recyclers worldwide invade liverpool the irt the international round table on automotive recycling recently held their sixth meeting in liverpool england it brought together recycling professionals from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the industry on a global basis we as canadians are very well respected on the global scene as could be attested by the fact that our very own steve fletcher managing director of arc and araac was asked to chair the event held in conjunction with the complete auto recyclers show cars at hills auto recyclers-uk a facility considered to be one of the most prodigious recyclers in in the uk with an expectation of approximately 300 attendees the event was blown away with over 700 attendees we were treated to a lot of heavy equipment demonstrations with a specific focus on gear manufactured by jcb as well as depolluting machines balers and even a portable shredder it was a bit like a magic show now you see the car now you don t twenty seven canadian recyclers attended principally representatives from each provincial association as dom vetere of dom s auto recyclers said just meeting and speaking with delegates from various countries is a fantastic opportunity one of the highlights of the irt was the attendance of three delegates from india who are keenly interested in developing a professional automotive recycling sector along the lines of other irt participants at present their recycling industry is highly fragmented and in strong need of support from other nations japanese delegates graphically showed those in attendance the horrific consequences of the 2011 tsunami and the subsequent vehicle cleanup which was to say the least a logistic nightmare the japanese delegates also thanked canada s recyclers for our donation to their relief efforts open discussions on the trends such as increased total losses the global emergence of the green recycled parts logo the thriving underground economy undermining legitimate businesses and the need for more data from manufacturers insurers and repairers took place amongst the attendees how does canada fare on the global scene actually we are considered to be leaders in the development of good stewardship and as dave scandor of marshall auto wreckers said one of the things i when was the last time your hoist was inspected laws require mandatory yearly safety inspections of all automotive hoists and lifts by a qualified hoist safety inspector john maclean with over 36 years of expert experience in the service and repair of auto service equipment is a leader in hoist safety inspections john also specializes in hoist and reznor oil furnace installations maintenance and repairs john maclean automotiveequipmentrepairsltd 8 maple blvd truro ns b2n 4n3 phone 1-902-897-6299 fax 902-897-0115 september 2012 n autoatlantic.com 13

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at the recycler s yard ed macdonold front row fifth from right at the liverpool conference took away from irt was the realization of how far ahead canada is when it comes to auto recycling especially in regards to environmental issues the next irt will be held in phoenix arizona in november 2013 as part of the ara national convention this will be a truly international event and probably one of the largest automotive recyclers event ever held i will have the honour of being sworn in as president of ara on this occasion finally i recently attended a summit conference on legislation affecting automotive recycling held in nashville tennessee somehow it seems that the more you travel the more you realize that the automotive recycling industry is universal issues under discussion were the loss of vehicles to outside countries unregulated purchasers at auctions and those that are not true stewards of proper environmen tal protocol or standards also discussed was the strong emergence of the china factor and how it influences the market worldwide it was generally agreed that we have only just begun to feel the influence this country will have on our and other associated industries again the number one topic and concern is the access to information that allows our membership to obtain information from the oem s that allows us to identify interchange of our parts and the information that allows independent repair shops with full access to information parts and tools necessary to accurately diagnose repair and especially reprogram virtually every function of the vehicle to do otherwise will mean that recyclers and indeed non oem repairers will die in the vine there would go a large segment of our automotive industry if non access was the case finally happy birthday maritime eighty years old i know i m much younger looking than that keep healthy and happy ed macdonald past chair arc ara executive vice president 14 autoatlantic.com nseptember 2012

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around the atlantic vicki mckibbon transportation person of 2012 d ieppe nb vicki mckibbon has been named the 2012 transportation person of the year by the transportation club of moncton tcm armour transportation systems and to the industry have made her very deserving of this award congratulations vicki we are very proud of your accomplishment this award is the highest honour the tcm can bestow on an individual for the past 21 years vicki has been an employee of armour transportation systems where she started as controller/systems analyst she has been a member of our executive management team since 1995 and most recently she was appointed to the position of president of our trucking division she has also been actively involved with the atlantic provinces trucking association apta over the years and has held numerous positions including her current role as a member of the board of directors vicki s commitment and dedication to toll free 1-888-775-8383 4905 highway 2 wellington ns visit us online at maritimecarwash.ca september 2012 n autoatlantic.com 15

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