EnRoute - October 17, 2019


The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking comments on an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking that could lead to camera-based, rear-visibility systems replacing mirrors on heavy trucks and cars. FULL STORY


A new report from ACT Research shows that a trade war with China remains the key risk to the North American commercial vehicle outlook and the overall economy. FULL STORY
Key policymakers continue to explore ways to proceed with artificial intelligence policies, on the transportation committees, they have yet to advance legislation that would facilitate the development and access of autonomous vehicles.



The latest augmented and virtual reality tools provide maintenance departments with more options to attract the next generation of technicians. FULL STORY
Volvo and Mack trucks will now offer factory-installed ELDs from Geotab in all new vehicles. FULL STORY
Meritor introduced it s MTA-Tec6 suspension, which is the market's lightest trailer suspension. FULL STORY
J.J. Keller & Associates has introduced the DOT Authority Monitoring Service, which will help new and existing fleets ensure their authority and credentials are renewed on time.


PENSKE TRUCK LEASING has added the Kalmar Ottawa Electric Terminal Tractor (T2E) as it continues to grow a larger fleet of electric commercial vehicles. . .A new CONTINENTAL plant near Clinton, MS, will start manufacturing truck and bus tires for the United States market in 2020. . .MACK TRUCKS is showing its support for breast cancer awareness by prominently displaying a pink Mack Anthem model at its World Headquarters based in Greensboro, N.C.. . .HINO TRUCKS has announced its partnership with an NFL team, the Los Angeles Rams. As the Official Commercial Truck of the Los Angeles Rams, Hino will work with the Rams to carry out their mutual goal of creating an authentic experience for their fan bases in Southern California.


AMY ADAMS has been selected to the newly created position of Vice President of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies for Cummins Inc.. . .Corcentric Equipment Solutions has hired ROB HOYSGAARD as Vice President of Sales for the Northeast region. . .FMCSA Administrator RAY MARTINEZ is leaving his post. The New Jersey native took a new role to be closer to home.


ACT Research is predicting that 2020 will see a significant correction in record growth next year and when the change comes, it is likely to come fast. Kenneth Vieth continues to reiterate that everyone should be well into their preparations for a rapid downward correction in production levels. FULL STORY
FTP reported preliminary U.S. trailer orders hit 19,000 in September, calling it a rebound and the highest tally since February. FULL STORY
U.S. retail sales of Class 4 through Class 7 trucks rose 5.8% in September compared with a year earlier.


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 email or call 507.931.1682 and ask for the TRALA Industry Scholarship Program.


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