EnRoute- April 23, 2020


The United States Senate announced that they had reached an agreement to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). FULL STORY


Heavy-duty trucking has continued to drive forward during the COVID-19 crisis, operating at around 89% of its normal rate of activity, according to telematics data from Geotab, compared to 69% for passenger vehicles. FULL STORY
Major U.S. fleets are going the extra mile in trying to protect their employees from COVID-19. FULL STORY
Alberta takes steps to ease regulatory burden on truck drivers during COVID-19 response. FULL STORY
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has extended the validation period for International Registration Plan (IRP) validation tags and cab cards that expired on or after March 1.



Sears Seating, Dana Inc. and Cummins Inc. have each announced they are repurposing their efforts to create products and provide material for medical personnel battling COVID-19. FULL STORY
Carrier Transicold announced that its newest solar charging system fits on top of the transport refrigeration unit and delivers more power — faster. It now is available for field installation and will be offered as a factory-installed option later this year. FULL STORY
Daimler Truck AG and the Volvo Group have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to establish a new joint venture to develop, produce and commercialize fuel cell systems for heavy-duty vehicle applications and other use cases. FULL STORY
Trimble recently launched Trimble Dispatch Advisor, an optimized dispatch solution for the transportation industry that prescriptively suggests matches between loads, drivers and equipment.



MARION BODY WORKS is celebrating more than a century of producing truck bodies and specialized vehicles. . . BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS recently announced plans to restart its North American commercial tire plants as well as its North American Firestone Industrial Products and Firestone Building Products manufacturing facilities. . . MACK TRUCKS recently donated to local Lehigh Valley organizations aiding food insecurity and a shortage of medical supplies spurred by COVID-19. All Mack® models for North America and export are assembled at Mack's Lehigh Valley Operations in Macungie, Pennsylvania. . . CUMMINS recently announced its partnership with DuPont to help address the nation's shortage of N95 respirator masks as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe. . . DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA has launched the second generation of its app, The Express WriteUp mobile application, that helps dealers create a repair order. It includes enhancements to speed the repair order process and helps service advisers and customers adhere to social distancing guidelines amid COVID-19 outbreak. . . ZONAR is now sharing a list of practical safety tips and comprehensive resources for drivers and operators who cannot self-quarantine at this time which can be found by accessing Zonar's COVID-19 Resource page.



A survey from Balboa Capital reveals that 88% of small businesses are being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. FULL STORY
The forced shutdown of the U.S. and world economies by COVID-19 won't recover the same way past recessions have, according to FTR analysis. FULL STORY
The U.S awarded General Motors Co. a $489.4 million contract to make 30,000 ventilators by the end of August, finalizing a deal that briefly was a point of contention for President Donald Trump. FULL STORY
The U.S. gross domestic product will decline by more than 20% on an annualized basis in the second quarter as a result of the COVID-19 and the economic shutdown.



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