EnRoute - October 11, 2018

TOP STORIES - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is accepting public comments on a petition the American Trucking Associations recently filed on California's meal-and-rest-break rules. FULL STORY


A new federal rule will allow state driver's licensing agencies to waive the requirement of the commercial learner's permit test for individuals who worked in a military position that required operating a truck within the last year. FULL STORY
The U.S. Department of Transportation has released, "Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0," a new Federal guidance for automated vehicles intended to advance the safe integration of automation into the broad multimodal surface transportation system. FULL STORY


Kenworth has introduced its new long-hood conventional, the Kenworth W990. FULL STORY
Continental Tire the Americas LLC has expanded its commercial light truck tire portfolio with a new 16-inch Conti LAR 3. The new tire is designed to withstand the rigors of regional routes and speeds of more than 90 mph under max load. FULL STORY
New trucking technologies like electrification and autonomy will come with maintenance needs and methods unlike anything most tenured shop foreman have seen which will require new training. FULL STORY



RYDER SYSTEM INC. is sponsoring LAB Ventures Future of Logistics Tech Summit in Miami, Florida on November 14, 2018. The summit is the first event of its kind, focusing solely on technology and how it is causing rapid and unprecedented change in the logistics industry. The program has a curated agenda including panels on topics such as blockchain and autonomous vehicles - a startup pitch competition, and keynote speeches by leading industry disruptors from companies like Freightos, ShipChain, Ford Autonomous, Vecna Robotics and many more. . .CUMMINS and ISUZU MOTORS have signed a letter of intent to jointly evaluate opportunities to develop new powertrains globally. . .TEC EQUIPMENT has broken ground on a new branch in Redmond, OR. The full-service dealership will feature Mack and Volvo heavy-duty trucks and Wabash trailers. . .MICKEY TRUCK BODIES recently made the 2018 Grant Thornton North Carolina 100 which ranks the state's largest private companies by revenue. The company moved up from No. 71 last year to No. 65 on the 2018 list. . .BENDIX is acquiring ProSteering business of JM Engineered Products, which remanufactures all makes of steering components. . .HENDRICKSON and Mack Defense, LLC, have received a contract award from the U.S. Army for PRIMAAX EX suspension systems on all new Mack Granite armored and armor-capable dump trucks.



Carolina International Trucks has promoted JASON HANSON to the position of Vice President of Fixed Operations. . .Palfinger Liftgates has added two new members to its sales team: ADAM GUEST, regional sales manager, and ERIC NELSON, eastern director of sales.



Preliminary data for Class 8 orders for September were 42,300 units. That sets an all-time high for the third quarter with 146,800 orders, making September the 10th best month ever. FULL STORY
ACT Research reported a strong demand for used trucks continued in August as the average price of a Class 8 vehicle jumped 16% year-over-year in the midst of a historically strong freight market. FULL STORY



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TRALA Industry Scholarship Deadline November 1
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