EnRoute- March 5, 2020


TRALA President and CEO Jake Jacoby says his organization has developed a strong relationship with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration and its automotive counterparts at the American Car Rental Association (ACRA) to ensure any potential information that can be used by its member companies to combat vehicular terrorism is made available to the industry at large. FULL STORY



U.S. carriers operating north of the border need to ensure their electronic logging devices (ELDs) are compliant with the Canadian mandate come June 2021, or risk being put out of service. FULL STORY
The Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) has deployed its Vehicle Emissions Enforcement Unit to target trucks and shops that bypass emissions rules, and a crackdown is well underway.



Mack Trucks unveiled to the public for the first time its highly anticipated all-new Mack® MD Series of medium-duty trucks during the Work Truck Show March 3-6 at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis. FULL STORY
Hendrickson launched a new application in Apple and Android stores that centralizes a collection of Hendrickson product and training videos, Parts Plus lookup system, technician help, and Field Service Request system for ease of access and reference. FULL STORY
Mack Trucks is making the job of the highway truck driver easier with the introduction of Mack® Command Steer in the Mack Anthem®. FULL STORY
The financial case must be just as sound as the environmental argument if electric trucks are to succeed in the marketplace, stakeholders said. FULL STORY
Bridgestone Americas Inc. has introduced the Bridgestone M713 Ecopia, a SmartWay-verified drive tire designed for tandem-axle long-haul and regional applications.



DANA INCOPORATED announced that it has broadened its "Driveline Forensics" commercial-vehicle technician training series to include maintenance and inspection videos covering front non-drive steer axles and rear-drive axle carriers. . . CONTINENTAL has been named as one of the 18 Best Big Companies to Work For™ by Fortune Magazine. . . MACK Anthem® day cab models are now SmartWay-certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To become EPA SmartWay-certified, trucks must have technologies and features that reduce their environmental impact through improved fuel efficiency. . . GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY has rolled out its Complete Tire Management program to more than 1,000 of its leading dealers. . . KENWORTH has announced it will collaborate with Meritor on electric powertrain development for Class 8 Kenworth T680E battery-electric vehicles, following a recent announcement of a partnership between Paccar and Meritor. . . ALTRUCK INTERNATIONAL TRUCK CENTRES has won the International Truck Presidential Award which honors the top International dealerships that have achieved the highest level of performance in a number of benchmarks, including customer satisfaction. . . UTILITY TRAILER MANUFACTURING CO. has reported that it set a record for trailer production by manufacturing just under 52,000 trailers in 2019, which included dry vans, flatbeds and refrigerated trailers.



Hercules Manufacturing Company has promoted JUSTIN WILSON to Inside Sales and Marketing Manager. . . ED SEARS has joined the Mickey Truck Bodies team as Controller responsible for all accounting and financial planning functions. . . Rush Truck Centres of Canada has appointed RICHARD SHORTT to president and chief operating officer.



According to ACT Research's latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, Class 8 inventories rose 3,400 units month-over-month in January, as production outpaced expectedly weak sales. FULL STORY
According to ACT Research, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes improved 4% month-over-month in January, but longer-term sales were down 1% year-over-year compared to January 2019. FULL STORY
The coronavirus Covid-19 presents the global economy with its greatest danger since the financial crisis, according to the OECD's latest Interim Economic Outlook.



TRALA's 2020 Annual Meeting - Coronavirus Update
TRALA's 2020 Annual Meeting will take place as scheduled March 29-April 1, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. The TRALA staff is actively evaluating developments concerning COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, and staying on top of updates from health organizations responsible for tracking and responding to the virus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). TRALA is committed to maintaining all appropriate sanitary, health and safety measures and encourage attendees to follow guidelines recommended by the CDC and WHO. TRALA staff continues to work closely with the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point who has specific measures in place include additional cleaning measures in all public areas of the resort using recommended cleaning solutions and added hand sanitizing stations strategically placed around the resort in both front of the house and back of the house areas.  
TRALA staff will be sure to communicate timely updates pertaining to COVID-19 and the TRALA 2020 Annual Meeting. More information can be found here. Please contact TRALA's Shannon Davison at with any questions or concerns.