EnRoute - June 24, 2015

Top Stories

On June 24, TRALA-supported Louisiana warranty legislation which confirms that truck fleets may continue to conduct warranty repair work on their vehicles, as well as vehicles that they repair under contract maintenance agreements, was signed into law by Governor Jindal. FULL STORY


The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's proposal to require devices to mitigate rear-end underride crashes of single unit trucks. FULL STORY


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles meant to reduce the impacts of climate change.  The proposed standards for model years 2021-2027, are expected to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 1 billion metric tons. FULL STORY

Technology Trends

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has partnered with ALK Technologies to add their Co-Pilot Truck GPS navigation solution to the company's all-inclusive Compliance Tablet. FULL STORY


Telematics are poised to change the way carriers assess and handle risk, however this technology goes have pros and cons. FULL STORY


General Motors and Isuzu Motors will once again partner to manufacture and market medium-duty trucks in North America. . .SkyBitz and ALK Technologies have announced the integration of ALK Maps with SkyBitz InSight, an asset tracking and management web application.  The combination provides SkyBitz customers real-time visualizations of interactive street-level maps with satellite imagery. . .Freightliner signs exclusive deal with Agility Fuel Systems for its natural gas fuel systems.  Under a seven-year agreement between the two companies, Agility will provide custom-designed products. . .Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company has released four videos which feature the 4000-X Composite dry van, 3000R reefer, a corporate video and a company history video that are now available on Utility's YouTube channel and the company's Web site. . .Meritor is partnering with the Boise, Idaho-based Wyakin Warrior Foundation to help severely wounded veterans achieve professional and personal success.  Meritor made a $50,000 contribution to the foundation, which mentors and gives financial assistance to veterans who are pursuing degrees in many areas. . .SmartTruck Systems  has extended its warranty period and said all its precision aerodynamic system components for long-haul trucking are now covered by a limited lifetime warranty. . .Double Coin and CMA are launching “Smart Money Tire Drawing,” what Double Coin calls its first-ever on-going quarterly tire giveaway.


Daimler Trucks North America has appointed Eileen Frack to the position of general manager of human resources.  The appointment also makes Frack DTNA's first female Operating Committee member. . .Jerry Varghese is the new operations manager for Isuzu Finance of America.  He will be responsible for Floorplan management and off-lease marketing. . .Jecka Glassman will succeed Todd Bloom  as president and CEO for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America on July 1.

Taking $tock

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

Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 6/24 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $30.06 $0.23 -0.76%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $48.24 $0.91 -1.83%
Cummins Inc. CMI $135.18 $0.48 -0.35%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $21.74 $0.14 -0.64%
Eaton Corp. ETN $69.59 $0.71 -1.01%
General Electric GE $27.26 $0.29 -1.05%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $31.22 $0.08  -0.27%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $23.39 $0.31 -1.31%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $64.91 $0.15 -0.23%
Ryder R $91.62 $1.70 -1.82%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance


Money Matter$

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering up to $100 million in grants to support and expand biofuel infrastructure. Under its Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership, the USDA will award competitive grants, matched by state and private contributions, to expand infrastructure for the distribution of higher blends of renewable fuel.FULL STORY

TRALA in the News


The 2015 Legal Action Fund campaign is off to a great start, thanks to generous contributions from the members listed below. However, TRALA is asking members who have not yet contributed to this year's LAF to consider doing so today. The funds directly support TRALA's efforts on the legislative, regulatory, and especially legal advocacy fronts, and as usual there are several critical issues facing the industry.  Please visit TRALA's website,, to contribute.


PLATINUM ($10,000+)

Idealease, Inc.


GOLD ($1,001 - $10,000)

Ryder System, Inc.

DeCarolis Truck Rental, Inc.

Hogan Truck Leasing

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America

Lawrence Transportation Services

Mack / Volvo Truck Leasing System

NationaLease, Inc.

Navistar, Inc.

PACCAR Leasing Company

Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P.

Rush Truck Leasing, Inc.

Salem Leasing Corporation

T.C.I. Leasing/Rentals

TLG Peterbilt-PacLease

U-Haul International, Inc.


SILVER ($501 - $1,000)

Advantage NationaLease

Aim NationaLease

Airoldi Brothers Inc.

Autow NationaLease

Brown NationaLease

C & W NationaLease

Fox & James NationaLease

GATR Leasing

Hill Idealease L.L.C.

Hub Truck NationaLease

Idealease of Cerni Motors

Koch NationaLease

Miller Truck Leasing

Old Dominion Truck Leasing

PacLease Edmonton Kenworth

Pliler International Idealease

Public Service Truck Renting, Inc.

Rapid Ways NationaLease

Salem Idealease, Inc.

Stahl Peterbilt

Star Truck Rentals, Inc

Supreme Corporation

Truck Sales Leasing

Truckway NationaLease

Vacuum Truck Rentals, LLC

Watt's Truck Center


BRONZE ($1 - $500)

All Services Leasing, Inc.

Badgerland Idealease

Brattain Idealease

Conway Beam Leasing

Fleet Master, Inc.

Fox Idealease

General Truck Sales

Idealease of Atlanta

Idealease of West Michigan

Interstate Motor Trucks, Inc.

McCoy NationaLease, Inc.

Mendon Truck Leasing & Rental

Miramar NationaLease

Nuss Truck Group/MN Truck Leasing

Parrish Leasing Inc.

Passaic-Clifton Driv-Ur-Self System

Powell's Idealease

Price Idealease

Tandet NationaLease Ltd.

TranSource, Inc.

White's Idealease

York NationaLease, Inc.