EnRoute- June 18, 2020


On June 3, 2020, the United States Senate unanimously passed House bill H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. FULL STORY


An executive order to expedite the permitting process for big-ticket infrastructure projects that President Donald Trump signed recently is meant to assist the economy during the pandemic. FULL STORY

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended and modified its emergency declaration for motor carriers that are providing direct assistance in support of COVID-19-related relief efforts. FULL STORY
Trucking companies continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, but what the new normal will be remains a mystery. FULL STORY
The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration loosened the rules of the government-backed Paycheck Protection Program to ensure the majority of small business owners who received aid are able to get at least part of the money forgiven. FULL STORY
Canada has for the second time delayed new greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for trailers, which had originally been proposed to take hold on Jan. 1 of this year.



Canada has an opportunity to develop a hydrogen economy as it strives to meet its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, but it will need the trucking industry's help. FULL STORY
Equipment manufacturers are preparing for the economy to restart by ramping up production following the economic lock downs connected to COVID-19. FULL STORY
Daimler Truck AG has established Daimler Truck Fuel Cell GmbH & Co. KG with the organizational and legal framework for bringing together all of the group's fuel cell activities. FULL STORY
Hino Trucks is introducing the Ultimate Confidence Initiative meant to strengthen and support businesses. FULL STORY
Cummins, working with the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), has developed a medium-duty propane demonstration engine that is expected to outperform diesel in key areas. FULL STORY
Ryder System has unveiled a new logistics platform known as RyderShare, helping shippers, receivers, carriers and service providers to work together in real time. FULL STORY
Ford Commercial Solutions officially launched Ford Telematics, a web-based software platform and subscription service designed to grant fleet managers easy access to important connected vehicle data.



DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA recently announced the expansion of its Extended Next program as an option for all levels of active Extended Engine Coverage. . . DANA INCORPORATED announced that its e-commerce platform now features a variety of time-saving calculators to help service professionals determine important values promptly and precisely. . . The global alliance between FORD MOTOR COMPANY and Volkswagen AG announced plans to strengthen the commercial-vehicles businesses of both companies as early as 2021 with the development of a city delivery van and medium pickup truck. . . CARRIER TRANSICOLD OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA has opened a new 42,000 sq.-ft. service facility in California's Inland Empire region. . . BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS, INC. recently announced that its new Bandag MaxTread retread line is designed to deliver reliability comparable to new tires. The Bandag MaxTread line features quality Bandag retreads as a standalone, single-unit tire solution, rather than a traditional tire cap and casing offering. . . PACLEASE is celebrating its 40-year anniversary serving the medium- and heavy-duty truck market in 2020. . . DOUBLE COIN AND CMA recently announced its new strategic partnership with the Independent Tire Dealer Group (ITDG). . . RYDER SYSTEM, INC. recently announced its 100,000 ride utilizing Uber for Business. By integrating directly into Uber for Business' application programming interface, Ryder is able to request, manage, and pay monthly for rides for their customers and employees at scale while providing an enhanced customer experience.



ROB PIOTROWSKI has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as General Manager of its Northeast Fleet Services Center in Freehold, New Jersey. . . Volvo Financial Services (VFS) has appointed JOHAN HOFF as president of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region. Hoff will also become a member of the VFS Executive Management Team. VFS also recently appointed CARLOS RIBEIRO president of the company's South America region. He will be a member of the VFS executive management team.



May sees biggest jobs increase ever of 2.5 million as economy starts to recover from COVID-19. FULL STORY
The U.S. economy entered a recession in February as the COVID-19 struck the nation, a group of economists declared June 8, ending the longest expansion on record. FULL STORY
U.S. Class 8 retail sales in May tumbled 62.5% — during the heart of the novel coronavirus pandemic — to just above 9,000 compared with a year earlier, reported. FULL STORY
Preliminary data for May shows depth of supply-chain disruption in commercial-vehicle industry, according to ACT Research. FULL STORY
U.S. retail sales of medium-duty trucks fell across the board in May, landing below 15,000, reported.



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