EnRoute - April 15, 2015

Top Stories

FleetOwner conducted a webinar titled, “Helping New Drivers Succeed and Stay,” which took a look at the driver shortage today and its root causes.  The webinar also focused on how fleets can improve their own driver retention numbers. FULL STORY


A federal rule to increase the fuel economy standards of medium- and heavy-duty trucks has been sent from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to the White House's Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Once cleared by OMB, the rule must still be published as a proposed rule in the Federal Register with a public comment period. FULL STORY


Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee's subcommittee on surface transportation, wrote a letter to Secretary Foxx regarding FMCSA's decision to release an app designed to provide streamlined mobile-device access to Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) data on trucking companies.  Senator Fischer has serious concerns about FMCSA's decision to use resources to enhance public access to inaccurate data. FULL STORY


Technology Trends

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has introduced the G682 RSD Fuel Max, a new PreCure retread for regional fleets. The retread features Fuel Max technology; a rugged tread redesign for traction; scrub-resistant compounding; and a 24/32 inch tread depth for longer tread life. FULL STORY

NationaLease has unveiled the Emergency Services and Fuel Directory mobile application.  This tool will provide drivers with NationaLease member locations that offer emergency road service.  The app is free to download for all member company customers.

Continental's Commercial Vehicles and Aftermarket business has rolled out its VDO RoadLog Electronic Logging Device (ELD).  It is one of the first stand-alone ELDs available in North America and features a built-in printer that can automatically print out the driver's log.


A white paper has been published by Dana Holding Corporation titled, “The Right Solution for Downsped Engines.”  The paper is free and addresses the needs for fleets and original-equipment manufacturers to properly manage their higher driveline torques that are resulting from the increasing use of more fuel-efficient downsped engines.  FULL STORY



Daimler Trucks North America's (DTNA) SuperTruck Program has achieved 115% freight efficiency improvement, which surpasses the Department of Energy (DOE) program's goal of 50% improvement and exhibiting the best results of all reporting OEMs. . .Palfinger won “Product of the Year” at the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) in the vehicle-mounted category. . .Carrier Transicold is celebrating both 75 years of the Carrier road transport refrigeration innovation and 45 years the Carrier Transicold business.





Marc Llistosella has succeeded Dr. Albert Kirchmann as Head of Daimler Trucks Asia as well as President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation. . .Cummins has introduced Charles Masters as president of Cummins Western Canada effective April 1 and Jeff Van Poucke as president of Cummins Eastern Canada effective May 1. . .Bruce Walters has recently joined J.J. Keller & Associates transportation and consulting team to help the firm further assist companies in improving regulatory compliance and driver safety. . . Vigillo LLC has hired Steve Wilhelms to serve as vice-president of business development.






Taking $tock

A look at truck transportation-industry Fortune 500 public companies:

Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 4/15 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $32.02 $0.30 +0.95%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $55.42 $1.03 +1.90%
Cummins Inc. CMI $137.24 $0.80 +0.59%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $21.48 $0.29 +1.37%
Eaton Corp. ETN $69.74 $1.08 +1.57%
General Electric GE $27.46 $0.27 -0.97%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $27.26 $0.10  +0.37%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $29.51 $1.55 +5.54%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $64.19 $0.91 +1.44%
Ryder R $95.37 $0.30 +0.32%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance


Money Matters

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a Final Rule that will increase the fine levels across the board for violations of the FMCSA Safety Regulations. FULL STORY





News From TRALA 

One Year TRALA Membership Anniversaries

Please take a moment to congratulate two associate member companies on their one year anniversaries as TRALA members. If you have any questions, please contact TRALA's LaTisha Thomas at 


GE Capital, Transportation Finance – Irving, TX

SmartTruck Systems, LLC – Greenville, SC