September 2013 Auto & Trucking Atlantic

 

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auto cars · trucks · jobbers c-stores · installers · recyclers carwashes · service stations dealers · garages · body shops trucking september 2013 $4.95 legends and bandoleros gain popularity in atlantic canada story on page 56 napa news events see page 20 encouraging women in trucking see page 43 the advancement of green trucking in canada big green rig truckers for special olympics see page 48 win prizes a brand new tomtom start 45 gps navigator or a napa 126 piece tool set crossword guess win details on pages 61 and 62 owned and published by alfers advertising publishing inc publications mail sales agreement number 40062985

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auto scan visit our online hub 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 atlantic volumetwelve · issue 5 · september · 2 0 1 3 trucking big green rig page 6 advertising directory page 60 publisher owner robert alfers @autoatlantic.com editor carter hammett carter@autoatlantic.com regional sales manager susan rose susan@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 never has there been a time where canadian social values aligned themselves with advances in green commerce the trucking industry stands poised to move forward writes carter hammett atlantic road report ­ our ever-popular round up of news you can use collected from around the atlantic region how witty are you women in trucking s ellen voie wants to know lifting me higher ensuring your shop has the best lift equipment will raise your business profile and your profit margin says ata regular terry waterfield b t sydney grand opening hits a home run sydney ns gets a new napa parts store while showing off some bbq skills in the process rust proofing an important measure that will pay for itself ­ writer jay larue says it all begins with the electrolytes meehan continues to blaze trail in stock car circles ­ tim terry is back with the second half of his profile of race car rock star the amazing emily meehan atlantic auto recycling news ­ association continues to do the right thing by going green among other activities writes andrew macdonald bike crash victim still loves the sport hasn t lost racing spirit ­ jay larue documents how a community rallies together to lend support to charlie legere nova scotia rgda launches new safety training program ­ safety in the workplace is no laughing matter and the association ups the ante with their new progam encourage women to enter the trucking industry ­ says ellen voie steering students towards a brighter future ­ the automotive sector council s summer internship program automotivates students to consider a career in cars legends bandoleros continue to gain popularity ­ tim terry picks apart the divisions and uncovers some interesting news that just might surprise racing fans win big a tomtom gps from national energy equipment or a napa 126 piece tool set in our 2 big contests september 2013 n autoandtruckingatlantic.com page 12 page 16 page 18 page 20 page 28 page 31 page 34 page 36 page 40 page 43 page 46 page 56 member aia canada aaia ata and the ama publications mail agreement no 40062985 return undeliverable canadian addresses to alfers advertising publishing inc 51 bethany way halifax ns b3s 1h6 page 61 page 62 3

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letter frin the editor the colours that we share i by carter hammett n the us nine million people help move 11 billion tons of freight every year that s a lotta stuff with so many industries going for the green these days and with transportation being the prime mover with our largest trading partner and one of the largest contributors to pollution the question becomes what can transportation do to improve the planet well a lot actually there s a number of approaches discussed in our lead off feature this issue but space limitations can t address them all either the policies or the programs right here in our very own backyard exists a great little program called fleetwiser which launched in 2011 it offers rebates for equipment installation training costs and after market technologies including fleet management tools emission reduction tools and other benefits another program worth mentioning is transport canada s ecotechnology for vehicles program etv which conducts safety environmental and performance testing on a range of emerging vehicle technologies for cars and heavy-duty trucks not to be outdone the canadian trucking alliance offers envirotruck which will ensure that the trucking industry is as clean and green as possible by tackling both air quality and climate change challenges through the cooperative effort of motor carriers industry manufacturers and government and while these programs are indeed great greening the industry requires a diversified approach indeed well-to-wheel there s many things that can be done along the transportation continuum drivers for example can easily reduce fuel by simply reducing speed or idling time it is interesting to consider factors like tire pressure and the role this plays in increasing fuel efficiency aerodynamic improvements such as boat tails a tapering protrusion mounted on the back of a truck can yield up to 10 per cent in fuel savings these incredible tools reduce drag caused by the low pressure effect that happens in the wake why buy new when used will do 1-800-565-2433 n recycled replacement auto parts n rebuilders available n parts locating service 4 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nseptember 2013 of a truck and as newer vehicles smog-free low in sulphur natural gas enter the market it s claimed that the trucks themselves will actually be cleaner than the air in a handful of major cities these vehicles are slowly making inroads by penetrating canadian fleets of course they come with a series of logistical transportation environmental and infrastructure issues not to mention a lack of government incentives in the form of rebates and other benefits many of these hot-button topics are addressed in this issue s lead-off article as usual we have much more to offer as well regular contributor ellen voie poses an interesting question when she asks `what is wit the article is a somewhat wry look at all the associations people make about the very word elsewhere she takes a big picture approach when reflecting on the accomplishments of her organization and all that they have accomplished while encouraging women to enter the ranks of class 8 set another touching portrait is offered by regular contributor jay larue who tackles the sensitive issue of injury and how charlie legere reclaimed his life this bumpy road to recovery was made all the more magical after his community rallied and helped give him a new lease on life in the process it s sometimes easy to forget the generosity of spirit atlantic canadians are famous for witness how newfoundland communities opened up brookside road truro ns their hearts and homes to air phone 902 897-0252 passengers during 9/11 and you realize there s more than fax 902 897-2854 meets the eye to these amazing communities vancehanesautoparts.com it s just one of the things daily shipping anywhere that makes working on this publication great a city that strives to be world class like toronto frequently beats its chest announcing its place in the world while calling in the army to dig them out of snow people in the atlantic regions take it as fact that hard work is a given and that spirit of community is what really makes us human.

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big green rig th of green truck by carter hammett never has there been a time in the canadian of going green have been so aligned w hen 26 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions gene r ate d in can ada ar e caused by transportation it s time to do something w but during an era where green consciousness is permeating all areas of consumerism soaring oil costs and a continued draining dependency on trucks to move goods the trucking industry is faced with challenges about how to meet consumer need while balancing costs and synthesizing new technologies to improve efficiencies add to that dated government policies that are struggling to stay in step with the times and a growing demand on governments at all levels to help subsidize changes and you have some pressing issues to resolve as the industry lurches into the 21st century thankfully with the development of smarter green technologies wide-spread community outreach programs and alternative fuel sources like natural gas all contributing to a greater green effort there can be no denying that the trucking industry is slowly being altered for the better canadian fleets have always been leaders for fuel efficiency says stephen laskowski senior vice president of the ontario trucking alliance historically they ve always been more receptive to things like fuel reduction and reducing speed trucking in north america has always been hyper-competitive even more so in canada so there s more cost awareness here he says even so our progress as a global player especially compared to our european counterparts has been somewhat embarrassing in 2010 the conference board of canada issued a report card called how canada performs that measured our international performance on key issues including health education and environment out of 17 countries canada ranked 15th when assessing its performance in reducing green house gas ghg emissions scoring a d grade in the process in 2010 canada s ghg emissions were 20.3 tonnes per capita much higher than the average of 12.5 tonnes per capita the top performer was switzerland while much work has been done to decrease our ghg output since 1990 we still lag far behind european countries like germa6 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nseptember 2013 ny which managed to decrease its ghg output by a handsome 27 per cent while canada s ghg emissions per capita have fallen since 1990 many other countries have managed substantial decreases for example germany and the u.k reduced their per capita ghg emissions by 27 per cent between 1990 and 2010 despite initiatives like the kyoto accord in 2002 canada has actually sustained absolute ghg emissions 17 per cent above 1990 levels the energy sector­ including fossil fuel industries transportation and fugitive sources oil and natural gas processing is responsible for a whopping 81 per cent of canada s total ghg in 2010 energy combustion was the largest culprit responsible for 45 per cent of canada s total ghg emissions transportation clocked in at about 28 per cent the feds have again set new targets by 17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020 to accomplish this three initiatives were introduced including passenger automobile and light truck greenhouse gas emissions regulations new emissions standards have been set for 2011­2016 model-year vehicles the new standards are expected to reduce vehicle emissions from vehicles in these model years by 25 per cent compared with 2008 models over the long term this could lead to significant reductions in annual emissions from the transport sector the actual reduction would depend on growth in the vehicle stock growth in kilometres traveled and the mix of older vehicles that stay on the road after the new standards take effect environment canada also intends to increase the restrictions for model years 2017 and beyond

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he advancement king in canada emissions and these are often out of synch with federal targets and standards the lack of coordination in policies has reduced output and efficiency however by being part of a global approach applying clarity to realistic targets and introducing a healthy mix of market-based policies canada stands about 2/3 of all canada-us trade moves by truck including 80 per cent of all us exports to canada in 2007 trucking accounted for 58.8 per cent of trade with our neighbours to the south pipeline air and marine collectively accounted for the remainder in 2007 exports shipped by trucks from canada tallied about $174.3 billion 50 per cent of total exports the busiest trans-border trucking routes accounted for 80 per cent of shipments and on average heavy trucks were driven an average of 73,000 km per year on average fuel efficiency averaged about 33 l/100 km in 2007 there were 789,272 heavy trucks in canada of which 328 128 were class 8 trucks the industry employs about 400,000 people in july the canadian trucking alliance issued a press release announcing that clean diesel trucks with diesel particulate filters dpfs built after 2006 now comprise over 28 of all trucks on the road in the u.s according to a report from r.l polk and company of 8.6 million trucks registered in the us 2.5 million are equipped with clean diesel engines with dpfs according to the study which was prepared for the diesel technology forum in june the federal government announced that it will match the united states on rules regulating emissions from vehicles the new standards are designed to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks beginning in 2017 they will be phased in between that year and 2025 canadian regulations on the amount of sulphur in gasoline will also be harmonized with u.s rules the new regulations on gasoline will require oil companies to reduce the amount of sulphur in gasoline n autoandtruckingatlantic.com trucking history where the social benefits with economic advantages here s why furthermore in april 2012 the government announced new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles the aim of the new regulations is to reduce emissions from these vehicles by up to 23 percent by 2018 but typically all the canadian provinces and territories have their own climate action plans and targets to reduce ghg poised to make real progress it all starts at home according to the canadian trucking alliance canada s trucking industry took in an estimated $65 billion in income in 2005 heavy trucks accounted for 21.8 billion kilometers in 2006 compared to 7.4 billion vehicle km for medium-sized trucks september 2013 7

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future technologies to 10 parts per million by 2017 from the current level of 30 parts per million this new initiative is proof of our government s commitment to cleaner air today and for generations to come said environment minister peter kent once fully phased-in these standards are expected to reduce smog-forming air pollutants from new vehicles by approximately 80 compared to the current tier 2 standards response was both swift and positive throughout the automotive industry including toyota which is launching a hybrid vehicle production plant in cambridge on in 2014 the global automakers of canada fully support the government of canada s commitment to proceed with tier 3 emission standards that are aligned with the united states environmental protection agency s proposed tier 3 program said david adams president of the global automakers of canada through the reduction of sulphur in gasoline from 30 parts per million ppm to 10 ppm with a low sulphur cap the government is reinforcing that a system approach to vehicles and fuels is necessary to maximize emissions reductions for the benefit of canadians and will enable automakers to introduce new advanced technologies required to achieve the stringent greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards in place now and proposed through to 2025 while government muddles on introducing policies attempting to sort out legislation inconsistent with provincial standards real change is being rapidly introduced at the corporate level some companies like purolator have been swift to respond with hybrid electric technology especially good news for the atlantic region in 2012 the company introduced five hev trucks to its newfoundland and labrador fleet after successful tests were conducted against the province s unique landscape and weather purolator operates the largest fleet of hevs of any freight and parcel solutions provider in north america with 586 hevs across canada the addition of hevs to the newfoundland labrador fleet is part of purolator s ongoing roll-out of hevs in the atlantic region and across canada in 2010 purolator converted the entire fleet servicing the city of halifax to 100 per cent hybrid electric when compared to regular curbside delivery vehicles hevs reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40 per cent by replacing con8 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nseptember 2013 ventional curbside delivery vehicles with hevs purolator has reduced more than 3,355 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and 1,400,000 litres of fuel to date but hybrid technology is less suited for highway driving because the conventional works better at higher speeds nonetheless linehaul trucks can be equipped with a diverse array of green strategies that can help reduce emissions natural gas the next big thing the economic and environmental benefits of converting to natural gas have finally dawned on the trucking profession and when shipping giants like united parcel service ups stand up and be counted that s when others sit up and take notice by the end of next year ups will expand its heavy 18-wheel fleet with 800 liquefied natural gas lng vehicles with engines by cummins ups eventually wants to make most of its future heavy vehicle purchases lng over the next several years natural gas trucks work says stephen laskowski it s a green solution for both the environment and greenhouse gas emissions go down when somebody takes the first step it s only natural that other industry leaders follow in the process they achieve brand recognition as socially-responsible global citizens while saving money in the process overall natural gas is about 25 per cent cheaper than diesel with an abundance of natural gas available thanks to the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing fracking technology cummins estimated that up to $20,000 per truck per year could be saved at the municipal level buses and garbage trucks have been using and benefitting from natural gas for years it s only now that corporations are starting to recognize the perks of doing so further south in locales like california some companies have been using natural gas as a green solution for years natural gas emits about one quarter less carbon dioxide and approximately 90 per cent less particulate matter than diesel the city of surrey bc cited several studies in 2012 which estimated that replacing one diesel truck with a cng truck is equal to removing 475 cars from the road annually while nova scotia is currently investigating natural gas resources british columbia stands poised to make significant strides once demand surges the province is also a national leader in one other component green trucking fleets tech brands like chilliwack s imw are proactively eas-

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future technologies ing the transition from old school diesel to gas-sparked long distance vehicles the company builds filling stations for compressed natural gas and is currently engaged in creating enough to support the needs of 200 people liquefied natural gas lng is also emerging as a green alternative and shows a lot of potential for decreasing ghgs shell canada recently announced plans to create an lng corridor between calgary and edmonton but problems include the fact that engines cost double what they do in the united states and the absence of a canadian distribution network for lng from a technical standpoint it works says laskowski but while there s advantages because of fuel cost it becomes a supply issue and when you re paying 100 per cent more for your typical tractor at about $200,000 you double your cost while the us has had solid infrastructure for lng for years and companies like shell have installed fuelling stations across the country canada has been slow to follow up a lack of infrastructure liquefication services and tax incentives create holes in a process that s expensive to implement and has an impact on both economy and environment still there are some notable exceptions including quebec-based robert transport which has a stable of 180 lng highway tractors operating between boucherville quebec and mississauga on part of its success is due to warehouses with private refueling stations at both ends elsewhere vedder transport has experienced similar success with a smaller fleet of about 50 lng highway tractors the company claims that fuel savings go beyond the $0.30 per diesel litre equivalent says the gowithnaturalgas.ca web site it s unlikely that there s been a time in canadian business history where social values have been so harmonized with economic ones there s undeniable benefits to going green for the trucking industry but without the benefits of subsidies rebates or accelerated capital cost measures the industry continues to lag overall we ve asked the government to provide tax incentives for refueling infrastructure says laskowski this needs to extend to trucking companies as well and with economic health and environmental benefits there is no better time for commitment from all levels of government working in concert with industry and associations to unite under a common vision and that vision is not just a financial one the fact is there s many shades of green to clearly see 10 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nseptember 2013

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s the trucking industry experiences a period of flux a number of options emerge that present themselves as effective alternatives to helping vehicles clean up their act some of these include but not limited to ultra-low-sulphur diesel emissions control technology enables diesel engines to significantly reduce sulphur content tires design inflation and even materials in the tire s composition can all contribute to an improvement in fuel efficiency by reducing rolling resistance there are single wide tires that can replace a set of dual tires which creates more aerodynamic effectiveness and less weight no-idle technology is green software that turns engines off after idling for a few minutes and reduces exhaust emissions driver training by teaching drivers to initiate better driving practices like gear shifting at lowest rpms idling can be substantially reduced long-combination vehicles carriers are in the process of testing long combination transport where one tractor pulls two trailors which can mean up to 30 per cent less energy used than two tractor trailers a

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east coast road report atlantic road report its and bites of car-related news from around the atlantic region because you should know new brunswick new safety training requirements for private trucks on highway projects new safety requirements took effect april 1 for operators of private trucks working on provincial highway projects and contracts training and awareness programs are necessary steps to make construction sites safer said transportation and infrastructure minister claude williams at right these measures will improve safety for private truckers department employees contractors and the public on highway contracts and projects operators of private trucks working on highway projects and contracts will be b orientation workplace hazardous materials information system training and work area traffic control manual awareness training the contractors role will be to confirm that the operators have taken the required training operators will also be required to perform a daily pre-trip inspection on their truck the new brunswick road builders and heavy construction association took part in the process that led to the implementation of the new safety measures the work area traffic control manual awareness training is free and available on the department website the other two programs which require a half-day or a day to complete are available from several providers more information is available on the department website required to complete the following basic training occupational health and safety newfoundland government investing millions in 12 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nseptember 2013

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provincial bridges six tenders for bridge work have recently been awarded and there are several more to be issued as the department of transportation and works delivers on a long list of priority projects planned for this year bridge replacements and repairs play a significant role in our overall infrastructure improvement strategy said the honourable paul davis at top minister of transportation and works with each project undertaken we deliver long-term benefits for local residents and we also provide economic benefits for local com panies and local communities the replacement of main point bridge is welcome news for the people in our region who drive this road every day said eli cross mha for bonavista north this investment demonstrates our government s commitment to safe and secure highway infrastructure a tender has also been called for the replacement of english harbour east bridge on route 211-13 calling for a single lane 36-metre single span panel type bridge and another for the replacement of traverse book bridge on route 320 which calls for a two-lane 36-metre concrete girder bridge construction has already started on the new lift bridge in placentia with a total investment this year of $20.6 million and a tender has been called for the construction of new approaches to the sir robert bond bridge said minister davis the long list of improvements being made by the provincial government will provide a safer transportation system throughout our province long into the future through budget 2013 a sound plan a secure future provincial government spending will exceed $866 million on infrastructure projects and will generate 5,330 person years of employment investments will be made in all regions of newfoundland and labrador in key areas such as roads bridges marine services health education municipal works buildings and aquaculture nova scotia summer not necessarily safer for drivers sunny skies clear roads and long days do not guarantee a safe ride almost half of nova scotia s highway fatalities last year happened from june through september the trend is continuing this year twelve people were killed on nova scotia highways last month and september 2013 n autoandtruckingatlantic.com 13

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east coast road report six more have died in the last week i urge people to slow down buckle up and pay attention as they travel the province said maurice smith image on previous page minister of transportation and infrastructure renewal it is heartbreaking to think that many of the recent deaths on our province s roads could have been avoided speed impairment failure to wear a seat belt and driver distraction are the leading factors in motor vehicle deaths and serious injuries common sense can save many lives drivers should also be extra alert for construction areas that are plentiful in the summer time in this time of year when people relax during the summer months it is imperative for everyone to remember to drive safely said insp ray oliver officer in charge of the rcmp traffic services for nova scotia lives depend on it drivers are asked to drive with care at highway construction sites drivers are asked to slow down read the signs and watch for workers at highway construction sites says transporta prince edward island tion and infrastructure minister robert vessey above during this peak highway construction period islanders should anticipate road construction stops and detours said the minister when approaching and driving through construction zones drivers are urged to stay within the reduced speed limits and pay careful attention to signs and directions he said every day flaggers see cars speeding through construction zones where there may be uneven pavement loose gravel and heavy equipment at work when this happens road workers worry about their own safety as well as the safety of drivers and passengers said the minister well maintained highways are important to all of us and so is the safety of road workers he said serious accidents and injuries can be prevented when drivers reduce their speed watch for workers and equipment and drive through construction sites with care and caution safety is the number one goal of our department and we appreciate the cooperation of the public during this busy time drivers who speed in construction zones can be fined up to $10 for each kilometre per hour that they are over the speed limit information on current road construction projects is contained in traffic advisories which are posted daily on the government home page at www.gov.pe.ca 14 autoandtruckingatlantic.com nseptember 2013

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industry news national search for deserving small claims cases nnovative insurer drives day in court for canadian commercial transportation das canada canada s only specialty legal expense insurer today announced das day in court ­ an opportunity for canadians who have been left in `legal limbo to get their chance at justice starting today das day in court accepts applications online for canadians to `make their case and possibly win their day in court five individuals will be awarded legal representation and increased access to justice as a result the expectation of fairness and access to justice is a quintessential canadian quality said barbara haynes ceo of das canada canada currently places 16th of 66 countries in access to civil justice it is a much bigger issue than we will be able to address through the das day in court but we believe that enabling even five canadians to get their due process is a step in the right direction every day across the country individuals and small businesses run into unexpected legal challenges owning a fleet of commercial vehicles can expose an operator to huge legal risk issues surrounding speeding tickets safety ratings and undisclosed accidents by employees are often not covered by traditional insurance policies with the average cost of one hour of a lawyer s time ringing up at $360 canadians all too often find access to justice unaffordable and simply have to accept financial limits to resolving their legal issues the legal expense insurance product offered by das canada is a viable option for individuals and small businesses to achieve affordable access to justice said john hoyles ceo of the canadian bar association awarding five canadians their day in court is an excellent way to put this important issue in the public eye through news media and the personal stories of the winners das canada offers affordable access to justice for individuals groups and small september 2013 n autoandtruckingatlantic.com i and mid-sized businesses das provides a suite of policies to meet the unique needs of consumers and business owners in cluding dasdrive designed to support you when legal conflicts arise from the use or ownership of an automobile 15

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