The Daily Breeze highlights TTSI in this article about the evolution for big rig drivers in California.
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"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.' "
"A watershed battle between the Teamsters Union and Pacific 9 Transportation in Southern California may be the tipping point in the union’s efforts to force harbor-trucking companies to reclassify drivers from independent contractors to employees."
Read the full article at the American Journal of Transportation
Excerpt by Stas Margaronis
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.”
There is established in the California Vehicle Code a biennial motor carrier safety compliance inspection program to be conducted by the California Highway Patrol. That program, known as the Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT) Program, requires all motor carriers operating trucks from the terminals located in California to undergo an inspection of each operational terminal to rate their compliance with applicable laws and regulations relating to motor carrier safety.
This is to certify that this terminal has achieved 4 Consecutive Satisfactory Safety Compliance Ratings since May 14, 2009. The California Highway Patrol congratulates this terminal on this meritorious achievement and recognizes the commitment to highway safety demonstrated by the personnel responsible for the operation of this terminal.
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"The Third Annual Global Supply Chain Excellence Summit addressed critical congestion issues, as was the fact that both Long Beach and Los Angeles face increasing competition from ports in Canada and Mexico for “mega-ship” market share. But another deep-water U.S. ocean cargo gateway was also given a platform to speak at USC: The Port of Houston."
Read the full article at logisticsmgmt.com
Excerpt by Patrick Burnson
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”
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.
This ensures golden state transportation companies must hire drivers, or work with Licensed Motor Carriers (LMC). Previously companies contracted independent owner operators.
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.
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.
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.
On July 29, 2015 TTSI was awarded for 10 years of environmental excellence from the Green Ports program in Long Beach. California State Legislature, House of Representatives, Long Beach and Los Angeles City Council Members commend TTSI for it's dedication to environmental stewardship.
"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
"Cranes are moving, trucks are cruising (mostly), and business is booming at the nation's largest container port complex. Volumes in June jumped 14 percent at the Port of Los Angeles to a three-year high. Next door at the Port of Long Beach, June volumes were up 8 percent... so is this business back to normal?"
Read full article at CNBC
Excerpt by Jane Wells