EnRoute - October 1, 2015


The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) recently submitted comments on proposed GHG rule changes to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Transportation Safety administration. The new rules cover increasingly strict reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from commercial vehicles. FULL STORY

Top Stories

A final rule has been issued by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) that amends NHTSA's regulation requiring motor vehicle manufacturers and replacement equipment manufacturers to notify owners and purchasers of a defect or noncompliance in vehicles or equipment that they produced. FULL STORY
Earlier this week President Obama signed a stop gap spending bill to avert a government shutdown.  This measure will fund federal agencies through December 11, 2015. FULL STORY

Technology Trends

Continental Tire the Americas' Commercial Vehicle Tire group has launched the all new HDC1 HT. This on/off- road drive tire was developed to deliver un-matched traction and durability in severe service applications such as construction, mining, oil fields and logging. FULL STORY

Navistar and General Motors have announced a long-term agreement  which will see conventional cab Class 4 and 5 commercial vehicles hitting the market in 2018. FULL STORY


Decisiv and Enrich Software announced a bi-directional API integration. The bi-directional integration will leverage Decisiv's latest publish/subscribe API technology to exchange data between Decisiv and Enrich to support preventive maintenance and breakdown events as well as sublets. . .Peterbilt is offering day-long classes to help upfitters intergrate Peterbilt electrical systems with the  power requirements of truck bodies and equipment. . .Kenworth was recently honored by the American Truck Historical Society in recognition for its years of service to the trucking industry. . . Eaton has added two optional features to the company's UltraShift Plus and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions designed to enhance low-speed maneuverability. The new Urge to Move and Blended Pedal features improve low-speed handling in situations such as backing into a loading dock or maneuvering in a construction job site. . .Volvo Group North America's Hagerstown powertrain manufacturing facility has dedicated a new parking lot solar canopy structure that generates clean, renewable electricity, while keeping vehicles protected from the weather. The Volvo Group partnered with ConEdison Solutions and Entropy Solar Integrators on the design and installation of the solar canopy, which is among the largest on the U.S. east coast. . . In August, Goodyear-Fleet HQ 24/7 Emergency Roadside Service – which is offered through the Goodyear-Fleet HQ suite of business solutions – helped 15,375 trucks return to service, a record for the program. . .Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has introduced a new Kalmar T2 terminal tractor for the European market.


TRALA's Joe Sculley, director of government relations, will be leaving the organization at the end of October to become the new head of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut. . . Idealease, Inc. has elected William K. Reilly, President, Badgerland Idealease to serve as Chairman of the Board of Idealease for 2016.  Scott McCandless, President, McCandless Idealease will serve as Vice Chairman.

Taking $tock

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

Company Symbol 10/1 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $26.47 $0.22 -0.82%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $44.30 $0.62 +1.42%
Cummins Inc. CMI $105.40 $3.18 -2.93%
Dana Holding Corp. DAN $15.85 $0.03 -0.19%
Eaton Corp. ETN $50.58 $0.72 -1.40%
General Electric GE $25.19 $0.03 -0.12%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $29.42 $0.09  +0.31%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $12.10 $0.62 -4.87%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $51.66 $0.51 -0.98%
Ryder R $71.84 $2.20 -2.97%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance

Money Matters

A report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) showed that rising equipment costs and driver wages have led to an increase in operational costs in 2014 despite the decreasing fuel costs in the same period.  FULL STORY