EnRoute - September 17, 2015

Acting Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Scott Darling, has distributed a letter outlining the top five priority initiatives for the year which include: Safety Fitness Determination, Inspection Modernization, Unified Registration System, Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Phase III, and Electronic Logging Devices. FULL STORY

Top Stories

The Department of Transportation revealed that the Highway Trust Fund is in a position to remain solvent through the summer of 2016. FULL STORY
An agreement has been reached between the aftermarket repair industry and truck and engine makers on the sharing of heavy-duty vehicle service information, which will give truck owners more options for diagnosing and repairing commercial vehicles. FULL STORY
The provincial court of appeal has ruled that speed limiters are legal in Ontario, which upholds earlier passed provincial legislation. FULL STORY

Technology Trends

The challenge, “Project Rebirth,” was to showcase the skill of Ryder System's technicians by taking a brand new, state-of-the-art 2015 Volvo tractor through a cycle of destruction and challenge them to fix it in just 24 hours. FULL STORY
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has introduced its 2016 NPR Diesel as a Class 3 cabover with a 13,000-pound GVWR. FULL STORY
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has unveiled the Driver DataSense Services which uses proprietary technology to aggregate the continuous stream of data from a fleet's onboard technology, paper logs and time sheets. FULL STORY
The U.S. transportation industry, especially trucking, has entered into the crosshairs of cyber attacks as many carriers continue to rely on a patchwork of different information technology system to conduct business electronically. FULL STORY


Dana Holding Corporation has opened the Dana Spicer Thailand Gear Plant which was established to support the light-vehicle market in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific market. . .Penske Truck Leasing  has opened two facilities in Canada; one in Surrey, British Columbia and the other in Calgary, Alberta. . .Continental Tire the Americas LLC has broken ground on the planned expansion of its Sumter, SC tire plant, which will increase the facility's tire production capacity from approximately 4 million units by 2016 to 8 million units by 2021. . .Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is commemorating 50 years of production at its plant in Clearfield, UT.  Clearfield is one of the largest trailer manufacturing facilities in the world.  


Pam Nicholson, the CEO and president of Enterprise Holdings, has been recognized in Fortune magazine's 2015 list of the “Most Powerful Women in Business”. . .Peter Lovato has been named regional sales manager for Fleet Owner.  Lovato was previously vice president of the American Trucking Associations, serving as associate publisher of Transport Topics.


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

Company Symbol 9/17 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $28.67 $0.27 -0.93%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $46.96 $0.66 +1.43%
Cummins Inc. CMI $120.17 $2.67 -2.17%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $17.74 $0.21 -1.17%
Eaton Corp. ETN $55.05 $1.49 -2.64%
General Electric GE $25.35 $0.35 -1.36%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $31.10 $0.20  +0.65%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $17.94 $1.84 -9.30%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $57.75 $0.90 -1.53%
Ryder R $83.89 $0.03 -0.04%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance

Money Matter$

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has $11 million in funding available to support development and demonstration of alternative-fuel technologies for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. FULL STORY

TRALA in the News

Celebrating their three year membership with TRALA is ITS Compliance based in Madison, WI.