As a family owned business, Hansen’s has been committed to green transportation for many years. At Hansen’s it’s more than reducing idling time and improving fuel efficiency. It’s a commitment to environmental sustainability utilizing all the resources at our disposal from investing in green equipment to educating staff from top to bottom. Below is a list of the green projects we have undertaken with more to follow.
A speed limiter, sometimes called a governor, is a built-in microchip that allows a truck engine’s top speed to be preset. All of Hansen’s trucks (Company and Broker) are set at 105 km/h in Ontario and Quebec. Western-based trucks are set at 107. These settings provide a major environmental benefit conserving fuel and helping us track fuel consumption for each unit allowing us to better manage our fleet.
Hansen’s has a strict idle policy that encompasses initial warm up times that are not to exceed 10 minutes, as per manufactures guidelines. As well, we have in place a policy that the engine must be turned off after 5 minutes when we are loading or unloading units or any stops that exceed this time period. At the end of a shift our trucks will idle no longer than a minute to satisfy the necessary cool down requirements.
Excessive idling is eliminated when drivers are sleeping with in-cab heaters which draw low amounts of power, significantly reducing fuel consumption. Reduced idling lowers maintenance costs and ensures safe, reliable engine starts. It also helps drivers comply with anti-idling regulations set by different provincial authorities.
Correct pressure in a truck tire is important and is a safety requirement by most major trucking companies. The required tire pressure in a truck tire varies by model and can vary by the speed at which a specific truck will travel, the type and weight of load that it carries, and the conditions in which it will travel. Hansen’s has set its tire pressure at 110kpa to maximize our fuel mileage, reduce tire wear, reduce costs and improve safety for the driver. Our drivers ensure the pressure is set to 110kpa by monitoring the pressure during a pre and post trip inspection.
The average age of the Hansen’s Fleet is 3.5 years. We regularly service our fleet to maintain the reliability of our equipment and the efficiency of our engines. Our driver monitoring program ensures that smaller trucks are serviced at 15,000 km intervals, and bigger units are serviced at 30,000 km intervals. Regular engine tune-ups are performed to ensure maximum performance as well as cleaner fluids and filters, which result in cleaner exhaust.
Hansen’s has invested in greener post “07” engines with particulate exhaust traps. While these engines are more expensive to service they allow us to use low sulphur fuel that will enable the advanced pollution controls to remove more than 90% of the fine particles. Low sulphur fuel also allows the advanced technologies to eliminate more than 90% of smog forming nitrogen oxide in truck exhaust.
We have switched the lubricating oils used on equipment posts and sliders on our trucks from a petroleum based oil to environmentally friendly Canola oil. We are currently investigating which hydraulic fluids will best suit our needs as these types of fluids are considered even more environmentally friendly.
Hansen’s state-of-the-art computerized operating system provides increased efficiency in all of our departments including: Dispatch (more efficient load building = fewer km driven), Accounting, EDI and Maintenance.
All drivers are equipped with wireless handheld computers to process pick-up, delivery and vehicle condition reports which are submitted over a wireless network to our dispatch and tracking system. These handheld units provide information in real-time and will eliminate most of the current paper currently used for delivery receipts, load sheets and inspections.
Our electronic log books allows for accurate driver compliance ensuring we remain infraction free (DOT, CVOR) and saves an average of twenty minutes a day, meaning the truck is not running as long and drivers are less fatigued.
Hansen’s ROI Program is driven by the information we're constantly collecting from various sources, most notably the on-board software program PeopleNet, to develop weekly reports providing detailed statistics regarding running mileage, fuel consumption, idle times, as well as other pertinent data. This information helps us to better understand the dynamics of trucking and the associated costs, as well as implement and improve on our fleet management and eco-friendly initiatives.