EnRoute - April 19, 2018

TRALA IN THE NEWS - On April 16, 2018 the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) submitted an amicus brief to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the case of Velox Express v. Jeannie Edge. This case involves the misclassification of drivers/couriers as independent contractors and not as employees which was found to be a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by an Administrative Law Judge during the Obama Administration. FULL STORY 



Michael Duff, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Chief Compliance Officer, was named TRALA's 2018-2019 Chairman of the Board during the 2018 Annual Meeting at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.  FULL STORY

Roush CleanTech and BSquare are the newest associate members of TRALA. FULL STORY



Violations of the Electronic Logging Device rule found during roadside inspections are now being used in the Safety Measurement System that drives the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Carrier, Safety, Accountability enforcement program. FULL STORY

Even with blockchain picking up momentum in trucking and logistics, many people still do not know what blockchain is or how the trucking industry can benefit from becoming an early adopter of this network. FULL STORY



Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use, the Volvo FL Electric which is for urban distribution and refuse operations. FULL STORY

ZED Connect, formed by Cummins to market one of the few non-subscription fee electronic logging devices, plans to add other data-based services through its ELD. One of the first to be added will be IFTA miles recording.  FULL STORY

Eaton has added two new enhancements to the company's line of EverTough Self-Adjust and EverTough Manual-Adjust heavy-duty aftermarket clutches to help streamline maintenance and improve performance. FULL STORY

Automated manual transmissions are becoming the more dominant spec'ing choice among fleet customers.  Several manufacturers are now making automated gearboxes their "standard" transmission spec. FULL STORY



Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. & BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS are joining forces and the two tire manufacturers have formed TireHub LLC, one of the largest tire distribution joint ventures in the United States. . .PENSKE TRUCK LEASING has opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Loveland, CO that offers full-service truck leasing, consumer and commercial truck rental, contract truck fleet maintenance and connected fleet solutions. . .KENWORTH TRUCK CO. is updating its "Essentials App" for Apple and Android smart phones and mobile devices with a series of new videos aimed at helping drivers gain operational and safety benefits when piloting its T680 and T880 trucks. . .WABCO HOLDINGS is moving its Americas headquarters to Auburn Hills, Michigan. About 200 employees will work at the new headquarters, including those currently working at separate sites in Rochester Hills and Troy, MI. Wabco will also be adding to its workforce there, with as many as 90 professional jobs. . .KENWORTH ONTARIO PACLEASE has been named Kenworth North American Franchise of the Year for 2017. . .BESTPASS launched a toll-sponsorship program to help nonprofits save time and money on tolls.  The company is piloting the initiative with the New York Capital Region-based Capital Roots. Bestpass will donate transponders and sponsor tolls for the Veggie Mobile and two other fleet vehicles that support the organization's Healthy Stores program and Virtual Veggie Mobile, as well as enroll Capital Roots in the company's complete toll management service. . .INLAND TRUCK PARTS & SERVICE has announced the addition of two Texas businesses to it footprint of stores, Drive Shafts Unlimited in San Antonio and Truckers Equipment Inc., headquartered in Corpus Christi.



FRIEDRICH W. BAUMANN has joined Navistar International as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Planning. . .Great Dane has named AXEL GROS and JIM STEVENSON its new Vice Presidents of Manufacturing. . .The Trump Administration has formally named HEIDI KING as its nominee for administrator of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).     



A look at truck transportation industry Fortune 500 public companies.



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Allison Transmission Holdings





Avis Budget Group Inc.





Cummins Inc.





Dana Incorporated










Navistar International Corp.










Ryder System, Inc.







TRALA's Industry Scholarship Program

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Please contact TRALA's LaTisha Thomas at (703) 299-9120 or with any questions regarding the scholarship program.