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An Open Letter To Beneficial Cargo Owners:

An Open Letter To Beneficial Cargo Owners:

Recently, Congress and others have focused their attention on whether BCOs might be held accountable for wage claims against their trucking partners. As a result, several large BCOs are now conducting "compliance audits" of their supply chain partners, including their drayage carriers, in the wake of national news stories and Congressional inquiries regarding alleged widespread abuse.

We think that's prudent.

TTSI is a leading drayage company headquartered in Southern California and has been at the forefront of reform for years. We believe it is the obligation of the vendor to insure regulatory compliance and to protect our customers from the thousands of litigants that have or may file claims.

So today we are announcing that we will indemnify our customers against any wage claims that may be brought against them as a result of our services.

We want you to know that TTSI is ahead of the curve. We are California compliant and WE GUARANTEE IT!

Since 2015 we have been restructuring our hiring, compensation and dispatch models to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations. As a result, our entire operation is streamlined. Our driver compensation packages are now looked at as a model for other drayage carriers and logistics companies to follow. We have retained counsel to conduct an independent audit of our practices. We have been working closely with local elected officials, industry stakeholders and our labor partners to address these issues. But in the meantime commerce must flow unfettered, and BCOs must be able to operate free of uncertainty. We hope others will follow our lead.

We invite you to call us for details and hope that this unprecedented guarantee provides comfort to our customers who are struggling with this issue.

We also encourage you to visit us at www.tts-i.com/CaliforniaCompliant for additional information.

Sincerely,Jonathan Rosenthal
Chairman of the Board, TTSI

The Daily Breeze highlights TTSI in this article about the evolution for big rig drivers in California.

---- The following is an excerpt from the article ----

"Victor La Rosa, who has been in the business for decades, has gone back in time. He’s switched his Rancho Dominguez-based business, Total Transportation Services Inc., from a contracting model to an employee-based format.

"After watching the legal challenges to trucking companies mount, La Rosa decided his company couldn’t afford to risk the liability. “We are now seeing a much higher retention rate and we are seeing that it’s much safer,” he said.

"La Rosa offers paid training, company-owned trucks at no charge to drivers and worker benefits.

Ruth Erazo and her husband, Steve, recently began working for La Rosa, pulling short hauls with the hope they can work their way up to higher-paying positions.

"A former office manager with a Bachelor of Science degree, Ruth sees steady work and good pay, despite an industry in full flux and the specter of automation on the horizon.

" 'People are looking for drivers,” she said. “If you can get in there, you are automatically making a decent amount of money.' " 

Read the full article at the Daily Breeze online

View Ruth's Video about the driver training program

Real-world application of the new CWI ISX12N engine as it makes cargo deliveries in and around Southern California. Watch as it speeds up the steep grades of the Grapevine, and as it moves cargo from the ports, along the 710, out to the Inland Empire, and learn about the driver’s experience with the newest, cleanest, most powerful natural gas engine technology. TTSI currently has a fleet of over 225 of these trucks. TTSI sister company, Heavy Load Transfer, is showcased in this video.

The environment is important to us, and this is one of the many ways that TTSI is staying California Compliant.

TTSI would like to recognize AQMD for its generous help in funding the engine technology development.

Read full article at California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

Cummins Westport and Shipping Leader TTSI Join Together to Operate Game-Changing Heavy-Duty Truck Technology

LOS ANGELES—Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), one of largest drayage trucking companies in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has begun using one of the first Cummins Westport (CWI) ISX12 G low-NOx natural gas engines for its trucking operations. Available for order later this year, the 12-liter engine’s emissions will be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to produce 90 percent less NOx than the current EPA standard for heavy-duty engines, and are equivalent to that of a truck powered by electricity from the electrical grid.

“The trucking industry is facing hard choices on how we are going to reduce our emissions impact, especially here in Southern California,” said Victor La Rosa, CEO and President of TTSI. “We believe the quickest and most affordable way to cut our NOx emissions to essentially zero is with the new CWI engine and renewable natural gas (RNG). We’ve successfully operated natural gas trucks in the San Pedro ports since the last Clean Trucks program in 2008, and it’s great that we now have a dramatically improved engine and an even cleaner fuel with renewable natural gas.”

In 2016 Cummins Westport began full production of the 8.9-liter ISL G low-NOx engine, and has shipped engines to bus and refuse truck OEMs. The ISX12 G low-NOx engine is based on the 12-liter ISX12 G first introduced in 2012, and will start production early next year. CWI anticipates a large demand for this heavy-duty alternative-fuel truck engine.

“We understand the importance of reducing NOx emissions, especially here in California and in the middle of one of the busiest transportation corridors in the nation,” said Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport. “This 12-liter engine, designed for heavy-duty trucks, can also reduce GHG methane emissions by 70 percent or more when run on renewable natural gas.”

South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Energy Commission supported Cummins Westport by providing development funding, recognizing the importance of this technology in helping California reduce emissions from heavy-duty trucks. About one-third of California residents live in communities with pollution that exceeds federal standards, according to estimates by CARB.

“We’ve made huge strides in improving air quality around the ports and across our region, but more needs to be done,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer at South Coast Air Quality Management District. “Industry leaders have developed cleaner solutions for the trucking industry that are available today. We applaud companies like Cummins Westport and TTSI for their leadership in adopting these technologies and making an immediate positive impact on the environment.”

"The Port of Los Angeles is looking to open a container staging facility on a parcel of property right in the middle of Terminal Island, home of the nation’s busiest containerized cargo terminal...

...The project is being undertaken in concert with a consortium orchestrated by entrepreneur and investor Jonathan Rosenthal, the CEO of LA-based financial planning company Saybrook Capital and chair of board for drayage company Total Transportation Services."

- Excerpt from American Shipper. Read the full article

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PSPS, LLC (Port Solutions Partners, LLC) es una empresa hermana de TTSI.

 

Joe Buscaino, City Councilmember, 15th District, wrote a letter on July 11, 2017 to Target Corporation CEO, Mr. Brian Cornell, and long time client of TTSI to update him that TTSI is embracing an ethical code of conduct. TTSI is a leader in the drayage industry and strive to be 100% California Compliant.

Excerpt from letter:

"As the Los Angeles City Councilmember representing the Harbor area and the port of Los Angeles, as well as the Chair of Council's Trade, Travel, & Tourism District, I have been working to address serious allegations of the abusive employment practices in America's port drayage industry described as "indentured servitude" in the recent USA Today investigative story entitled "Rigged." Target, along with other prominent retailers, were named in the article in conjunction with a leading drayage carrier, TTSI of California, that I understand has used for many years.

I write to update you that TTSI has embraced an ethical code of conduct, unlike many other port drayage companies who continue to lack compliance with labor and health and safety laws. TTSI has recently established two employee based companies - ECO Flow Transportation and Heavy Load Transportation (HLT) - making it one of a few companies to serve as models of compliance for the trucking industry....

Given Target's high ethical standards, I encourage retailers like Target to support compliant law-abiding companies as you chose your partners much as Target and other major retailers embrace the Los Angeles Port Clean Truck Program by agreeing to pay higher rates in order to finance a clean fleet of trucks. In fact, adopting a code of conduct for your drayage companies would prevent the documented burden borne by drivers from reoccurring when the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach move to a zero-emission standard for its fleet of drayage trucks servicing the port recently announced by Mayors Garcetti and Garcia."

 

Joe Buscaino letter to CEO of Target

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TTSI strives to be on the cutting edge of sustainability, and that carries over to our drivers. They are at the heart of our operations, and we are dedicated to treating them as such.

Therefore, TTSI is expanding its focus to be 100% California Compliant in all areas from sustainability to jobs, and is changing our slogan from:

“Staying A Step Ahead and Leaving Small Footprints”
to
“California Compliant”

Big Changes

Over the past few years, California courts define commercial drivers as employees, and describe how they are to be compensated. This has brought big changes to the transportation industry.

Misclassification lawsuits still persist, and drivers must be viewed in a different light.

This ensures golden state transportation companies must hire drivers, or work with Licensed Motor Carriers (LMC). Previously companies contracted independent owner operators.

Drivers must be paid piecemeal and hourly.

The State of California established guidelines that if drivers are paid piecemeal (by the mile, or by the load), they must also be compensated hourly while doing all other duties. Examples are: wait times, pre-trip and post-trip inspections, and breaks. Previously, industry norm was to pay piecemeal only.

We’re staying a step ahead

In addition to implementing the new state guidelines, TTSI has streamlined its driver logs from paper and pen to On-board Electronic Logs. This ensures drivers can now more easily and accurately log trips and hours.

And leaving small footprints…

We are expanding our fleet of sustainable tractor trailers, and are very excited about the new zero emission fleet we are launching. More on that coming soon!

We are dedicated to our drivers, reducing our footprint, and providing our customers with outstanding service.

Vic La Rosa (President, TTSI) is awarded for outstanding leadership, vision, and innovation to advance natural gas as a transportation fuel.

He has been a leader in operating clean truck technologies at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for over eight years and most recently, has been participating in a test program for the soon to be commercially available Cummins Westport ISX-12 G, Near-Zero Ultra Low NOx natural gas engine. In addition, TTSI has been powering these engines with renewable natural gas (RNG)—the lowest emission transportation fuel available 

Read the full article at www.greenfleetmagazine.com

"As shipping traffic rises, activists try to keep the air in adjacent neighborhoods from getting worse... [but] on the other side of the country, California shows that another way is possible... One of those is an L.A.-based company called EcoFlow, which is building a fleet of highly efficient trucks — even a few hydrogen and electric ones."

Read the full article at the Washington Post
Excerpt by Lydia DePillis

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