EnRoute- February 6, 2020

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency in its bid to establish a N0x rule for heavy trucks. FULL STORY 


 The National Operations Center of Excellence has launched a workforce development campaign geared toward professionals in the transportation systems management and operations field.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering allowing a camera monitor system, or CMS, to replace rearview and sideview mirrors on commercial trucks.



Diesel technician jobs are becoming more high-tech and specialized as truck manufacturers progressively adopt digital componentry. FULL STORY
After two decades of use in Europe, electronic braking systems will make significant inroads in the North American commercial vehicle market in the coming years to support the development of driver-assist technology and electric trucks, some industry experts said.
Maintenance is a large part of managing a truck fleet. Work Truck magazine is looking for fleet manager input regarding truck fleet maintenance trends, including information related to outsourcing and in-house maintenance. 
Mack Trucks is getting into the medium-duty business with its announcement of an all-new Mack MD series of medium-duty trucks with production to start in July in a new manufacturing facility in Roanoke Valley, Virginia.
As the fleet industry evolves, parts and service programs are adapting to keep up with fleets' changing needs.



MACK TRUCKS has renewed its agreement with NASCAR, continuing its partnership as the “Official hauler of NASCAR.”. . . ZONAR recently announced the availability of CUMMINS Connected Software Updates, an over-the-air programming solution for maximizing uptime and performance of Cummins-powered vehicles. . .  Newsweek named RYDER in its inaugural list of “America's Most Responsible Companies” for 2020 for its ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility related to the environment, social causes, and corporate governance (ESG). . . EATON will distribute the Bezares 95X series four-bolt, rear-mounted PTO for the Eaton Cummins Endurant 12-speed automated transmission, and the new Bezares PTO for the Detroit DT12 automated transmission.



TJ HIGGINS has been named group president of Americas Tire Business for Bridgestone Americas Inc. . . MATT VAN METER has been promoted as vice president and general manager of the Specialty Products Group and RICHARD MUDD has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Truck Commercial Vehicle Systems at Hendrickson.



Used Class 8 sales in December were down 11.9% year-over-year compared with December 2018, according to ACT Research's monthly report. FULL STORY
U.S. consumer spending moderated and business investment continued to deteriorate at the end of 2019, while a smaller trade deficit and more home construction helped keep economic growth steady. FULL STORY
Volvo Group reported flat revenue and stronger net income in the fourth quarter compared with a year earlier as deliveries of construction equipment and buses grew and truck deliveries declined. FULL STORY
The Canadian aftermarket that cares for Class 6-8 trucks, trailers and container chassis grew by 4% last year — reaching $4.06 billion. FULL STORY
Class 8 natural gas truck retail sales in the U.S. and Canada rose 20% year-over-year in the first 11 months of 2019.



Nominate your Top Driver
TRALA is now accepting applications for its 2020 Driver of the Year. This prestigious award is sponsored by Mack Trucks. The Driver of the Year Award will be presented during TRALA's 2020 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida on April 1, 2020.
Please click here to access the application. The deadline to submit an application is February 21, 2020. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact TRALA's Jennylynne Bowman at or by phone at (703) 299-9120.
Register Now for TRALA's 2020 Annual Meeting
There is still time to register for TRALA's 2020 Annual Meeting which will be held March 29 - April 1 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida. More information including rates, agenda and travel information can be found by clicking here.
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