EnRoute - October 3, 2019


Diesel Laptops is the newest Associate member to join the Truck Renting and Leasing Association. FULL STORY


Governor Newsom of California has signed into law a bill that directs the California Air Resources Board and other state agencies to develop and implement a new smog inspection program for heavy-duty diesel on-road trucks. FULL STORY
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a final rule that goes into effect January 1, 2020 that updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative or professional employees from the Fair Labor Standard Act's minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. FULL STORY



Ryder System, Inc. has launched a nationwide rollout of Ryder Assist Now, the company's single-source customer support center. FULL STORY
Class 8 market continues to remain strong and there will be plenty of new options available from OEMs in 2020. FULL STORY
Carrier Transicold has a new Vector 1550 domestic intermodal refrigeration system that features a thin profile, enabling greater capacity utilization within a standard 53-foot North American intermodal container. FULL STORY
Geotab has unveiled Torque Labs, a smart cities and transportation accelerator program designed to supply start-up businesses with funding, mentors, coaches, and access to Geotab resources. FULL STORY
Morgan Truck Body has launched a larger version of its highly successful Proscape Van door/ramp which combines functionality of a rear door with the added benefit of a secondary, articulated section that essentially creates a long, wide walkramp. FULL STORY



CUMMINS and Hyundai Motor Co. have agreed to evaluate opportunities to develop and commercialize electric and fuel cell powertrains. . .GEOTAB has announced the availability of the Geotab Integrated Solution for FORD vehicles. Integrating Ford vehicle data into the MyGeotab platform, fleet managers gain access to one dedicated portal with powerful tools that can process data from vehicles with an embedded modem as well as those which require a third-party device. . .BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Bandag retread manufacturing plant in Oxford, North Carolina. . .The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a U.S. patent to J.J. KELLER & ASSOCIATES for Electronic Logging Technology.



RUTH LOPEZ, Transportation Management Director for Ryder System, Inc. has won the Influential Woman in Trucking Award which was presented by the Women in Trucking Association. . .MIKE TUCKER has recently stepped down from his position as President and CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies while undergoing treatment for an illness; MATT SINK was named CEO of Mickey Truck Bodies; TOM ARLAND was named President of the company; and MARTIN SKURKA was named Vice President of Operations, including engineering, manufacturing and purchasing. . .Idealease, Inc. has promoted BILL YOUNG to the position of National Accounts Area Vice President. . .Zonar has named MICHAEL GOULD Chief Operating Officer. . .The U.S. Senate confirmed EUGENE SCALIA to become the country's next Secretary of Labor.



ACT Research has reported that trailer orders in August bounced along below 11,000 units for the fourth consecutive month and were 72% lower than a year earlier. FULL STORY
Navistar plans to spend more than $250 million to build a new manufacturing facility in San Antonio, TX, delivering 600 new jobs to the area. FULL STORY
In September, preliminary Class 8 truck orders totaled 12,600 units which was a 13% increase from August. FULL STORY



TRALA Industry Scholarship Deadline Approaching 
There is still time to submit your applications for TRALA's Industry Scholarship. The deadline is 3:00 p.m. Central Time on November 1, 2019.
The TRALA Industry Scholarship Program awards scholarships to TRALA-member company employees or their children to pursue vocational training as maintenance technicians or are seeking a 4-year degree in the truck transportation industry. The program has no age limit and eligible veterans are also encouraged to apply.
Applicants to the TRALA Industry Scholarship Program must be:
Employees or interns of TRALA member companies in North America, or dependents/children of part-time or full-time employees of TRALA member companies in North America.
Pursuing a course of study related to the truck transportation industry at an accredited two-year vocational program or four-year college or university. Examples include, but are not limited to Heavy Duty Truck Technology, Diesel Technology, Industrial Mechanics and Medium/Heavy Vehicle Technology.
How to Apply
Applying for TRALA's Industry Scholarship is even easier than before! The new online application is now available.The application can be found through this link,
If you have any questions, please contact TRALA's Tonya Gibbs at or (703) 299-9120.

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