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					VOLUME 2, ISSUE 5 JUNE 2007


PAGE 1: Index Basic Responsibilities Birthdays FAST reminder notice Fueling trucks PAGE 2: Safety and Log Book Cell phones and driving PAGE 3: Transport Accident Statistics Helpful Eating Suduko PAGE 4: Another drug bust Vision Care Offer Ace– Now in place Frank Romano Summer’s Here: Enjoy ItPAGE 5: Mayflower Runs Preventative Measures Hasmat Certificate for Trucks Notices to Drivers BIRTHDAYS Alfred Groves Paul Armstrong Joseph Crosby Joseph Abramuk Shawn Voakes Janice Marshall Janet Groves Tammy Boddy Kennie-Lyn Adam Alexander Sionov Eric Dufour 06/02 06/02 06/02 06/02 06/02 06/02 06/11 06/12 06/12 06/20 06/30

The Morrice Muse Volume 2, Issue 5
Basic Responsibilities
There is no doubt the good old days of being a truck driver have disappeared. Drivers are now responsible to perform more tasks and to have a better understanding of the regulations than ever before in history. The constant changes at the border have been a continuous struggle to understand and comply with for both driver and dispatch. The May 24, 2007 ACE deadline came and went without major incident. The Canadian Customs initiative requiring pre clearance has proven to be a challenge as well but we have managed through it. Unfortunately with all these new processes some drivers have forgotten the basic requirements. This includes the sweeping out of trailers when emptied and prior to arrival at the next customer. The need to read and confirm your assignment matches the freight you have picked up. Scaling of loads to ensure loaded weight is in compliance with the regulation and the need to have your load properly secured. My experience tells me most shippers lack proper knowledge of what is required on many issues. Unfortunately their errors become our problems, therefore we need our drivers to take a proactive approach to identify and report potential problems immediately to dispatch. I ask that you take the time to address, identify and report any of the above mentioned items if there appears to be a problem. Every mistake, freight claim, and dirty trailer hurts the company image, reputation and most of all monetarily. These issues can disappear by drivers performing there basic responsibilities. Respectfully Vito Saputo Human Relations

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to remind all carriers that FAST driver registration cards that were issued in 2003 will expire in early 2008. Drivers might not be aware that FAST cards are only valid for five years so the CBSA encourages all carriers to advise their drivers that it may be time to renew their membership. Drivers must complete a new FAST application and submit it along with the applicable processing fee to a FAST commercial driver enrolment centre. To ensure they maintain their FAST status, drivers should submit their application at least three months before the expiry date on their cards Applications are available in the Safety Office or on line @

POLICY REVIEW: TRUCK FUELINGWhen fueling at the Windsor fuel island the following policies apply to all company drivers and O/O’s. 1. Engine is off. 2. A person must be in attendance at all times and within view and not in the sleeper birth. 3. No smoking within 50 feet. 4. Any accidental release and spills– shut of pumps, use the absorbent material (located in the fuel shed or garage). 5. Report any spill to the maintenance department. 6. All trucks should be filled before hooking to a trailer, there should be no trailers in line at the fuel island, this will also assist with the backing into our docks.

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Volume 2, Issue 5

Safety and Log Book
Presently the Safety Office is in the process of addressing many safety issues designed to improve upon our levels of compliance. The Safety Office would like all drivers to be aware that effective immediately any driver who has significant issues with their Log Audits for two consecutive months will be asked to report for further training. Drivers who have had a previous history of serious Log Audit Errors will now be asked to attend an interview pertaining to their Log Status. Drivers who wish to be updated or further trained on their Log Book use need to set an appointment for this training. Employees who wish to receive training in other areas will need to request training in their area of concern. The Safety Office wants all employees and contractors to know that it is the INTENT of the Safety Office to invite the MTO in for a Mock Audit and then an official Audit within the next six months. CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL DRIVERS MAY WISH TO USE THIS INFORMATION TO IMPROVE UPON THEIR LOG RESULTS BEFORE AN OFFICIAL AUDIT BEGINS.

Safety Department : Future Events
1. It is the intent of the Safety Department to have quarterly driver safety meetings 2. All drivers will be trained on the use of tri-axle trailers and there proper use. 3. All drivers will be trained on the proper use of fire extinguisher equipment. 4. All office personnel will be trained on the proper use of fire extinguisher equipment. 5. We will continue to track and monitor the Logs of all drivers with further training becoming mandatory for those drivers who have had significant and continuous issues.


Frustrated Driver Spreads His Message One Bumper Sticker At A Time
This year 2,600 men, women, and, children will be killed, and 300,000 injured, by drivers using cell phones behind the wheel of a car. Placed on the rear bumper of his 1993 Mercedes, Michael Schriner makes his statement: Save a Life - Hang Up Your Cell Phone. Simple, and to the point, Schriner feels that this message needs to be put in front of the countless drivers who take advantage of one simple fact; talking on a cell phone while driving endangers lives. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 18, 2007 -- This year 2,600 men, women, and, children will be killed, and 300,000 injured, by drivers using cell phones behind the wheel of a car. Government and state regulations have done little to correct this problem. Now one San Diego commuter has created a bumper sticker that has helped to raise awareness, while also causing some controversy in his community. Placed on the rear bumper of his 1993 Mercedes, Michael Schriner makes his statement: Save a Life Hang Up Your Cell Phone. Simple, and to the point, Schriner feels that this message needs to be put in front of the countless drivers who take advantage of one simple fact; talking on a cell phone while driving endangers lives. Hundreds of people in Schriner's community have joined him in his crusade to spread the word by placing bumper stickers on their cars. Schriner feels that his message will have an impact on drivers using cell phones. Viewing his message will remind them of the risk they pose to other drivers. According to Schriner, "Drivers are distracted when they're on the cell phone. They drive erratically, often ignoring other drivers around them, while they dangerously move in and out of lanes. They are an accident just waiting to happen." Despite a few disapproving looks, Schriner has had an overwhelming positive reaction to his message. Schriner has setup the website to promote his bumper stickers. Already he has sold over 2,500 bumper stickers in less than 3 weeks. Schriner goes on to say, "I hope I can help raise awareness and reduce this needless problem by educating other drivers."

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Volume 2, Issue 5

01/25/07 Today’s Trucking Online

Washington : Commercial truck drivers continue to be at fault at a much lesser rate than their passenger vehicle counterparts in truck-car accidents, according to the latest Large Truck Crash Overview published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association. According to the 2005 report, in fatal crashes involving large trucks, driver related factors were cited for only 39 percent of the large truck drivers, compared to 66 percent of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes. In all motor vehicle crashes, large trucks in general represented only 8 percent of vehicles involved in fatal crashes; 3 percent in injury crashes; and 5 percent in vehicles in property-damage only crashes. In all two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a large truck and a passenger vehicle, the passenger vehicle struck the large truck more often than the reverse— 54 percent versus 40 percent. In those rear-end crashes, passenger vehicles struck large trucks in the rear three times more often than large trucks struck passenger vehicles in the rear—16 percent versus 5 percent. Some of the most common factors cited for drivers of large trucks and drivers of passenger vehicles were the same: Driving to fast, failure to keep in the proper lane, inattention, and failure to yield the right of way. Only 1 percent of truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2005 were legally intoxicated (blood alcohol content of 0.08 grams per deciliter or higher), as compared with 22 percent of passenger car drivers and 21 percent of light truck drivers. Only 2 percent of large truck drivers had any alcohol at all in their bloodstream. Truck drivers also seem to buckle up more than car operators. Seventy-seven percent of commercial drivers were reported by police as wearing their safety belts, compared with 61 percent of passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes. FMCSA reports that all of the people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2005, 12 percent (5212) died in crashes that involved a large truck. Another 114000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks. Only about 15 percent of those killed and 24 percent of those injured in large truck crashes were occupants of large trucks. TRENDS: The number of crashes per 100 million miles for large trucks dropped 12 percent between 1995 and 2005. Large trucks pulling semi-trailers accounted for 62 percent of fatal crashes and 50 percent of the non-fatal crashes. Only 4 percent of the trucks involved in crashes contained hazmat. The study also showed that truck speed is less of a factor than it is for cars. Speed was only a factor in 22 percent of fatal truck crashes as compared to 32 for cars.

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Here are some helpful eating tips:
Harvard researchers found that men who ate breakfast everyday were 44% less likely to be overweight. Enough said! Increased metabolism promotes body fat burning. Keep the fire burning by eating often! Have a sandwich for lunch. Just don’t eat the bread. I make “rollups” of just the meat and cheese and dip it into mustard or ranch dressing. Lean ham or beef are my favorites. If you must have bread, make it open faced. Or better yet, make it crisp bread. Snack on fresh fruits and veggies. These foods breakdown more slowly allowing a more gradual dose of sugar. I cannot pass a farm stand without stopping. I love dipping celery sticks into cream cheese or nacho cheese. Broccoli and cauliflower are great raw; dip them into ranch dressing. Top a salad with tuna or chicken breast. I carry at least 6 cans of each with me at all times. I also make a tuna salad, great on Wasa™ crisp breads. It is believed that capsaicin (that stuff in hot peppers that makes them hot) speeds metabolism to help burn calories and the effect can last up to 5 hours. Use spicy salsa for dipping veggies or “chicharrones”. “Chicharrones” are rendered pork skins. They are a relatively low-fat and low-carb alternative to the potato chip. Can the soda!!! Eliminating just one can of soda per day will drop a pound of fat per month


The Over The Road Chef:
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Bridge coke busts near $30M
Dalson Chen, Windsor Star Published: Thursday, May 10, 2007
A recent interception of cocaine at the Ambassador Bridge is only the latest grab in what's turning out to be a significant year for coke seizures, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. CBSA spokeswoman Andrea Kent said Wednesday the agency has stopped almost $80 million worth of cocaine at the bridge since 2003 -- but $30 million of that has been seized this year alone. "We don't necessarily want to get into speculation, at this point," said Kent, noting a "wide range of variables and factors" such as improvements in enforcement techniques and the fluctuating street value of contraband. But Kent agreed there have been "impressive" cocaine seizures at the bridge since January. "They are being kept off the streets. Those are drugs that aren't being introduced into our communities." A total of 239 kilograms of cocaine have been seized at the bridge so far this year. 30 KILOGRAMS Last Saturday morning, border guards found slightly more than 30 kilograms of coke in brick form stashed in a load of California oranges in a tractortrailer bound for Ontario. Kent said the drugs were divided into two packages, each wrapped in black plastic and placed in a box that had been marked the same as the boxes containing oranges. The lone driver of the truck, 26-year-old Harjinder Singh Sandhu of Brampton, remains in custody. Kent said he faces charges laid by the RCMP. The truck tried to enter Canada around 3:30 a.m., but was referred for examination. Kent said CBSA officers opened the trailer and noticed "inconsistencies" in the load. "Specifically, the officers noted that there were some boxes of product that had not been secured, and had not been wrapped in the same fashion as the rest of the boxes that were on the skid." The truck was then taken to a secondary examination site, where it was unloaded, scanned by a mobile X-ray unit and sniffed by drug detection dogs. Kent said the street value of the cocaine that was found is estimated at $3.8 million. It's the third major cocaine seizure at the Ambassador Bridge this year. On April 7, the CBSA found 37 kilograms of coke in a trailer carrying ice cream from California. Earlier in February, officers examined a mixed-produce truck and uncovered 171 kilograms of coke -- the largest seizure of its kind in the history of the Windsor border. "Overall, what this demonstrates is our techniques are being effectively utilized at the Ambassador Bridge," Kent said. Kent credited a combination of "traditional examination and interview techniques" and advances in "technology and contraband detection equipment."

Ron Flowers CBSA - Intelligence Officer Intelligence & Contraband

Sarnia, Ontario BWB

Effective May 24,2007 the Ace Program for emanifest came into effect for Michigan and New York Border Crossings. CBP will deny entry if you can’t provide proof of an emanifest. A penalty of $5000 will be issued to the driver for the first offence if the driver of the carrier shows up without ACE compliance. ALL DRIVERS MUST ATTAIN THEIR ACE PAPERWORK WITH A CLEARANCE CODE BEFORE ENTERING ANY CUSTOMS AREA. Ace clearance is also now needed for any bobtail or empty trailer border crossings.

The staff of Morrice Transportation would like to offer their sincere condolences to Frank Romano and his family on the passing of their son. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the Romano family. SUMMER’S HERE: ENJOY IT YOU HAVE EARNED IT!
Throughout any individuals life there are numerous choices that need to be made. Positive choices will continue to impact the life of you and your family for years while a negative choice may permanently change the fortunes for those people who come into contact with you. The improper use of Alcohol is an example of a negative choice. In driving a commercial vehicle the regulations in the FMCSA guide states that you must not have had anything to drink within 4 hours. The Morrice Transportation policy is 0 tolerance with any form of substance abuse. Morrice Transportation would like to remind drivers that it is the obligation of the driver to not come to work if he/she may be under the influence. According to research it is true that alcohol affects all people differently. Age, weight, sex, medical history, diet and when you last ate and or stress levels are factors that will have an effect on your body and the use of alcohol. Men will normally metabolize a drink (1 beer (355ml), glass of wine (150ml) or 1 spirits (45 ml) in approximately 1– 1.25 hrs.— Women will take 1.5 –2 hrs for the same amounts

Sue Saputo has arranged with Dr. Acanne and Associates an opportunity for a free eye examination (value of $75). This offer has been extended to all Morrice employees and their immediate family when they purchase a pair of glasses with a minimum value of $200. For further information please contact Sue Saputo (payroll ext 230). Dr. Acanne and Associates is in the Ouellette Avenue Eye Care office located at 1488 Ouellette Ave (2583788) This offer is also available to any person who does not have a benefit package or vision care in there benefit package.

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Safety Corner
Effective immediately for all p/u’s out of Mayflower. Please have drivers indicate on their trip sheet if their inbound trailer to Mayflower was dropped in the Mayflower yard or dock and or whether the trailer being selected was picked out of the dock or yard. Drivers must sign the sign-in sheet immediately upon arrival and sign out as soon as they have their paperwork. Drivers: It is very important that you arrive yourself at Mayflower (Macro 2) and complete (Macro 3) upon leaving. We need to confirm our window times in the system. Recent changes now have a mailbox outside dock 9. This will assist with after hours P/U and Deliveries. Cheryl Minello Customer Service: Morrice Transportation

On May 23 Ray Lowe and Neil Connor (Safety Committee) went out to examine certain yards that have become a safety issue for some drivers. Though it is unfortunate that not all loading facilities are modern and safe for the driver and equipment there are measures that the driver can use to minimize any form of potential risk. Please report any concerns to Safety and Dispatch. If we work together maybe we can avoid these small incidents that amount to a lot of money at years end. A) - walk the area of concern and decide your best method of approaching the yard. B) - ask for assistance or a spotter when you feel it is essential for safety. C) - take pictures in advance to support your argument with respect to safety D) - be proactive rather than be sorry and reactive (try to have the company move problem bins, racks etc. E) - advise dispatch and safety of your concerns, possibly more appropriate arrangements can be made for future loads. F) - assist other drivers with your knowledge and experience about a given location

The HAZARDOUS MATERIALS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION FOR THE REGISTRATION YEARS OF 2007-2008 has been distributed as a insert to your truck authorities. All O/O’s and Company bunk drivers should be sure that they have received and included this Certificate into their truck binder. Day Cab drivers should check for this Certificate in all of the trucks that they operate. If you find that you are operating a vehicle without this Certificate

Notices to All Drivers

please see the Safety Office for a new copy for your truck.


Recently there has been an increase in drivers not having their protective safety equipment with them. OWNER OPERATORS: Have you handed in MORRICE YARD your up to date maintenance reports this month. You must remember that an increasing number of SPEED LIMIT companies require safety equipment to be used when on their property. The responsibility for this equipment is on the driver. For more information and submissions to the If you need to replace safety equipment please notify the safety office.
We recently received a notice from GM with respect to speed on GM property. All posted signs must be followed at all times. It is important now that the summer weather is approaching that you are more observant of people using the outside areas of plants for their breaks.

Morrice Muse please contact us. Contributions by staff and or drivers are always greatly appreciated. Nicole Olsen 252 Neil Connor 243

The original customs stamped paperwork must be turned in with the original driver. It is now necessary to have a photo copy made to go along with the load paperwork

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