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CONTENTS

MAY 2019 • VOLUME 22 • ISSUE 5

TRUCK STOP

Claude Crook chose

OTR career despite

losing 6 family members

to drugged truck driver

Page 12

IC NEWS

Intelligent Imaging

Systems technology

used to find CMV

parking at truck

stops in Midwest

Page 18

PRODUCT PROFILE

Friction, kits and

reman: Bendix Spicer

Foundation Brake

offers guide to air disc

brake aftermarket

Page 24

s t a f f

General Manager Megan Hicks

Sales Manager Ed Leader

Creative Director Kelly Young

Accounts Payable Patricia Austerie

Editor Sean O'Connell

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Claude Crook chose OTR career despite losing

6 family members to drugged truck driver

An over-the-road truck driver for 27 years,

Claude Crook decided to investigate professional

truck driving for a very unusual reason.

Unbelievable, even.

He says back in the ’70s he lost six family

members in a crash caused by a truck driver.

“I wanted to know what the truck driver could

have done differently if anything,” he says.

He had to know what made this driver crest

the top of a hill and come upon vehicles stopped

for a construction zone and just plow over the

top of stopped cars, including the Pontiac his

six family members were riding in.

The trucker apparently was speeding, and

Crook believes he was “drugged up” at the time,

possibly sleepy and downing caffeine-laden energy

drinks to keep himself awake. What was

going through his mind? Why did he seem to

not even see the stopped cars in front of him?

Could he have avoided the horrendous

crash?

Crook, who lives in the trucking town of Lou-

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isville, Kentucky, says he went to a truck driving

school in Clarkesville, Indiana, across the Ohio

River from Louisville, and found out “There’s

nothing like sitting behind the wheel” of a big

rig.

He also learned that “you’re supposed to be

in control” of the 80,000-pound machine “at

all times. … At least you’re supposed to be in

control.”

The driver who ended the lives of his family

members obviously wasn’t in control, and Crook

says his family were against his becoming a

truck driver.

Some, he says, are still miffed at him for

making truck driving his lifetime career.

They fail to understand the lure of the open

road, perhaps, or they just can’t get over the

fact that six of their loved ones were killed by

an irresponsible truck driver. Maybe it made

them fear being on the road with CMVs.

Crook said it’s time they moved on, as he has.

For his part, he loves the freedom being a truck

driver affords. There’s nothing like it.

“The fact is, I can go anywhere and see the

whole country for free,” he told a reporter.

The Trucker caught up with him as he was

fueling up at a North Little Rock, Arkansas, truck

stop, and he was only too happy to chat while

he fueled, adjusted his side fairings and took

care of other maintenance tasks.

He powers a dry van for Southern Refrigerated

Transport in Texarkana, Arkansas, and had

been driving with them only three days at the

time of the interview. So far, so good, for this

easy-going Kentucky resident.

Most truckers know Louisville as the place

of the annual Mid-America Trucking Show. In

fact, when we caught up with Crook on a warm

March day, he was looking forward to attending

the 2019 MATs the following week. Since it

takes place in his hometown he usually tries to

swing by to take in the show.

“I plan on going this year,” he said.

Most drivers who have been on the road as

long as Crook have seen a lot of changes, and

he was asked if he knew about a new study by

the American Transportation Research Institute

finding that truckers are facing more drugged

driving by other motorists than ever before —

especially in states that have legalized pot.

That was before Crook had shared about losing

family members to an apparently druggedup

trucker.

Could the driver who caused the deaths of

his family members have done something differently?

In his condition, probably not.

“Drugged drivers are hard to avoid,” Crook

says.

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NEWS

May 2019

Intelligent Imaging

Systems technology used to

find CMV parking at truck

stops in Midwest

Intelligent Imaging Systems (IIS) is now

providing state departments of transportation

with its IIS Smart Parking solutions for trucks

at rest stops.

Installations were recently completed in

Ohio as part of the Mid America Association

of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO)

initiative, which unites eight Midwestern states

in the nation’s first Regional Truck Parking

Information Management System (TPIMS).

Through IIS Smart Parking, 18 rest stops

along Ohio’s Interstates 70, 75 and U.S. Route

33 were fitted with in-ground sensors, which

provide information on how many parking

spots are open and available for use. That

information is then relayed and broadcast —

in real-time — on highway

signs so truck drivers

will know the availability

of parking spaces at the

upcoming rest stop.

The IIS Smart Parking

locations join others

implemented through

MAASTO to provide

truckers with parking

availability.

The TPIMS was deployed

along the region’s highvolume

freight corridors

through Indiana, Iowa,

Kansas, Kentucky,

Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Its

goal is to have all truck drivers, dispatchers and

others see and benefit from a cohesive parking

availability system that crosses state borders.

In addition to dynamic highway message signs,

websites will provide information on parking

space availability.

“This service is badly needed in the trucking

industry,” said Brian Heath, president and

CEO of IIS. “Parking is a huge concern

for drivers. Studies by the Federal Highway

Administration show that 83 percent of drivers

routinely take 30 minutes or longer to find

parking and that 37 DOTs reported problems

with commercial parking.”

According to Heath, the real-time display

of parking spots at rest areas gives drivers

time to plan. “In Ohio, it’s set up where a

highway reader board shows the number of

spots available at the upcoming rest area,” he

said. “And in many cases, it shows the spots

available at the rest areas that are further down

the road. This takes out a lot of the guesswork

of ‘where do I park?’ Plus, if a rest area is full,

the driver doesn’t have to pull in and search –

wasting time trying to find a spot that doesn’t

exist.”

IIS’ partner in the venture, IPsens, is a leader

in cloud-based parking and transportation

management solutions.

“Our hardware and parking management

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a turnkey solution for state DOTs,” said Gorm

Tuxen, president of IPsens. “We look forward

to working with more states – putting our

technology to work -- to make a difference

in the lives of truckers searching for parking

spots.”

Federal grant money is available to help

states offer rest stop parking notifications.

“The federal government has recognized

the parking issue and has stepped up to offer

states funds to implement a truck parking

management system,” Heath said. “We expect

states with parking issues to take advantage of

the funding to make highways safer, and drivers

more productive. If a driver can’t find a spot,

and their hours of service are about to expire,

they’ll often resort to using unauthorized

parking spaces, or park on highway shoulders

or ramps. By providing real-time information

on parking spots, states have the ability to

make an impact on the problem.”

FMCSA issues final rule

to streamline process of

upgrading from Class B to

A CDL

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety

Administration last month issued a final rule

streamlining the process and reducing costs

to upgrade from a Class B to Class A CDL.

By adopting a new Class A CDL theory

instruction upgraded curriculum, the final rule

will save eligible driver trainees and motor

carriers $18 million annually, according to

FMCSA.

“Today’s action demonstrates the

department’s commitment to reducing

regulatory burdens and addressing our

nation’s shortage of commercial drivers,”

said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The FMCSA is amending the Entry-

Level Driver Training (ELDT) regulations

published on December 8, 2016. The ELDT

rule requires the same level of theory training

for individuals obtaining a CDL for the first

time as for those who already hold a Class

B CDL and are upgrading to a Class A CDL.

The FMCSA said it recognized that because

Class B CDL holders have prior training or

experience, they should not be required to

receive the same level of theory training as

individuals who have never held a CDL.

The FMCSA has concluded this change will

maintain the same level of safety established

by the 2016 ELDT rule.

“This effort is a common-sense way of

reducing the regulatory burdens placed on

CDL applicants and their employers. FMCSA

continues to strategically reform burdensome

regulations to improve the lives of ordinary

Americans by saving them valuable time and

money — while simultaneously maintaining

the highest level of safety,” said FMCSA

Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

The FMCSA estimates that over 11,000

driver-trainees will benefit annually by this rule

and see an average reduction of 27 hours in

time spent completing their theory instruction.

This results in substantial time and cost savings

to these driver-trainees, as well as to the motor

carriers that employ these drivers.

The final rule applies only to Class B CDL

holders and does not change the behind-thewheel

(BTW) (range and public road) training

requirements set forth in the 2016 ELDT rule.

All driver-trainees, including those who hold a

Class B CDL, must demonstrate proficiency in

all elements of the BTW curriculum in a Group

A vehicle.

A copy of the final rule announced today

is available here (https://s3.amazonaws.com/

public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-

04044.pdf)

To learn more about FMCSA’s Entry-Level

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Currently hiring company drivers and owner operators. Excellent salary and

benefit packages available. Lead driver pay and cash bonuses. Assigned late

model conventionals. Company-paid life insurance.

TEAMS ARE

URGED TO CALL

WE REQUIRE

u Clean MVR

u Hard-working and professional

u 2 years verifiable OTR experience

u Passport and ability to enter Canada

u Ability to be on the road up to 4 months at

a time.

• Owner-Operators

• Tags and fuel surcharge

program available

• Average 70-75% of line haul

• Must be CA compliant

Please call our recruiting department for more details and to apply.

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PRODUCT

PROFILE

Friction, kits and reman: Bendix

Spicer Foundation Brake offers

guide to air disc brake aftermarket

There was a time when the North American

market for commercial vehicle air disc

brakes was a little less crowded – and a lot

less complicated.

Things are much different these days, and

Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake (BSFB) says it

is helping an ever-growing number of fleets and

owner-operators using air disc brakes understand

what their aftermarket choices mean for

safety, uptime, and return on investment as they

navigate a sea of suppliers, components, and

replacement friction.

“When Bendix introduced the ADB22X air

disc brake in 2005, it was a new brake system

for North America, which meant few others

gave any thought to providing replacement pads

or remanufactured components,” said Keith

McComsey, BSFB director of marketing and

customer solutions, Wheel-End. “Now, air disc

brakes are on more than 25 percent of all airbraked

Class 6-8 tractor wheel-ends and nearly

15 percent of trailers – and we expect those

numbers to increase, approaching one-third of

all Class 6-8 air brake installations within the

next couple years.

“With the Bendix ADB22X equipped on

about 85 percent of wheel-ends in the market

today,” McComsey said, “we feel a responsibility

to make sure second and third owners of

air disc-braked tractors and trailers are well-

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PRODUCT

PROFILE

informed about aftermarket options and their

long-term impacts.”

Performance, quality, and value are critical

in selecting an air disc brake (ADB) friction,

no matter where a vehicle is in its life cycle.

As adoption of ADBs has grown, friction has

evolved to account for varying fleet factors,

including application, tractor/trailer brake combinations,

and duty cycle.

For line-haul tractors and trailers, an increase

in wearable volume over typical pads, coupled

with a revised formulation for longer life make

the Bendix BX276 genuine OEM replacement

pad Bendix’s highest-performing air disc brake

friction.

Vehicles that undergo a high frequency of

brake usage – refuse, school bus, and pickup/

delivery, for example – can benefit from a

severe-duty friction like the Bendix® BX283.

The BX283 pad is designed to handle higher

temperature conditions, so it offers longer life in

these harsh applications.

Earlier this year, Bendix added the BA235 air

disc brake aftermarket pad kit to its expanded

air disc brake pad portfolio. The company recognizes

that as the ADB market has matured,

many ADB-equipped trucks are now in the

hands of second or third owners, who may

have different business needs than the original

owner. The BA235 pad provides a lower-cost

replacement pad option while still meeting all

Bendix requirements for FMVSS-121 wear performance.

In addition, the pad kit includes OEM

hardware, which supports customers’ ability to

maintain their Bendix warranty. Like the Bendix

BX276 and BX283 pads, the BA235 pads

can be used as replacement friction for both the

ADB22X and the ADB22X-LT trailer air

disc brake.

Proper friction selection matters on two key

levels: Maintaining safety and protecting return

on investment. In Bendix testing, several aftermarket

frictions displayed inferior performance

in both stopping distance and park-hold. These

longer stopping distances either bring the vehicle

to a drum brake level of performance and/

or extend performance out beyond 250 feet,

which can put a vehicle out of compliance with

FMVSS-121 requirements and may increase the

potential for rear-end collisions and the risk for

a vehicle rollaway.

The wrong friction can not only offset the

performance advantages gained by investing

in air disc brakes, but it can actually wind up

costing more in vehicle repairs and downtime

as well. For example, ongoing Bendix testing

has shown that use of other aftermarket pads

may lead to accelerated wear, including stress

cracking of the rotor, which is costly to replace.

“Bendix designs a friction couple – which is

the friction and rotor together – to provide optimal

performance,” McComsey said. “Anybody

can design a brake pad for long life, but fleets

need to consider the impact these aggressive

pads have on rotor life. And if that friction

causes stress cracks, now you’re looking at

the potential costs of rotor replacement, more

downtime, and even risk of CSA (Compliance,

Safety, Accountability) violations if the crack

exceeds the out-of-service requirements.”

Beyond the friction itself, aftermarket air disc

brake kits and components also vary widely –

again, with serious implications for safety and

performance.

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All Bendix pad replacement kits include the

complete OEM hardware kit – that includes

pad retention springs, retainer bars, and shear

adaptors. While they may seem like unimportant

accessories, these pieces play an important

role in proper ADB function and service life.

Some aftermarket pad kits do not include the

retainer bar, requiring the customer to reuse a

part that was not designed to be reused. Other

AM pad kits also use weak pad springs. These

two conditions introduce the risk of retainer bar

failure and/or damage to the caliper and carrier.

Since these kits don’t use the OEM shear adaptor,

on average they shear at a torque that is 1.5

times higher, which can damage the adjuster

mechanism, necessitating a replacement of the

entire caliper.

Remanufactured parts continue to occupy a

significant portion of the aftermarket landscape,

and the right supplier can offer value and quality

while highlighting the importance of looking

beyond the lowest price. Bendix recently

announced its own remanufactured air disc

brake caliper, providing a high-quality alternative

to new calipers from unproven sources in

the expanding air disc brake aftermarket.

“More than ever, it’s important

to understand where your parts are

coming from, and how your suppliers

handle process and quality,”

McComsey said. “There’s no guarantee

that these ‘new’ or reman

calipers entering the market – some

from overseas – will deliver the

same quality as true new or remanufacture

by a genuine OE supplier

like Bendix. The cost of one failed

part more than offsets what you might save in a

lower-price component.”

The road-proven and time-tested advantages

of air disc brakes, along with the importance of

reliable, stable stopping power in an age of everadvancing

higher-level safety systems like full

stability and collision mitigation, means ADBs

are here to stay.

Bendix, which has produced nearly 3 million

air disc brakes, will continue driving the

technology forward in pursuit of safer trucks

and roads. Its parent company, the Munich,

Germany-based Knorr-Bremse Group, is the

worldwide leader in air disc brake production,

at over 40 million.

Strengthening return on investment and lowering

total cost of ownership, BSFB delivers

safety, reliability, and stopping power to fleets

and owner-operators. BSFB wheel-end solutions

are backed by unparalleled post-sales support

and are part of an overall safety equation

aimed at improving vehicle and highway safety

across North America.

For more information about Bendix air disc

brake pads, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit

www.foundationbrakes.com.

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Containerport.........................10

Dart ................................19

Fed EX Custom Critical .............. 11, 31

Payne ..............................15

PI&I ...............................23

Progressive ...........................8

Sherwin Williams ......................29

Star Freight ........................ 9, 27

Summit ..............................4

Trans Stewart ........................13

UPS ............................... 6-7

Janco ............................ 2, 22

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