EnRoute- July 2, 2020

On June 18, 2020, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee passed its 5-year reauthorization of the surface transportation program the INVEST in America Act, H.R. 2, by voice vote. FULL STORY 


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi formally introduced the Democrats $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan. H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, combines the recently passed surface transportation reauthorization bill, the INVEST in America Act, with a wide range of Democratic policy goals. FULL STORY
TRALA's Executive Committee has announced that its 2020 Annual Meeting, which was rescheduled for September 27-30 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida, has been cancelled.



Arguments by the California Trucking Association aimed at blocking enforcement of a new independent contractor law using the federal pre-emption clause are being challenged in a new court brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. FULL STORY
A group of trade groups is pushing Congress to suspend the Federal Excise Tax (FET). FULL STORY
Trucking insurance rate continue to trend in the wrong direction. FULL STORY
California environmental regulators approved a measure that within a few years will require truck manufacturers to transition a percentage of their sales in the state from diesel trucks to electric zero-emission vehicles.



Technology has shaped how trucking companies have navigated through the coronavirus pandemic while setting the resulting economic slowdown apart from past ones. FULL STORY
Geotab recently announced the North American launch of its Geotab Public Works solution, which is an all-in-one solution that offers fleet managers full visibility into the operational data of all government vehicle types on one single platform and provides the toolsets to effectively remain compliant, reduce costs, and maintain road safety. FULL STORY
Volvo Trucks North America has deployed its first pilot VNR Electric truck in Southern California as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project. FULL STORY
Mack Trucks recently announced the availability of Geotab Connected by Mack, a new integrated, expandable open telematics platform for fleet managers and drivers which includes access to fleet management, Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and driver compliance solutions. FULL STORY
Trimble has introduced a Hardware-as-a-Service option for its Transportation fleet mobility solutions. FULL STORY



OneRail recently selected PENSKE TRUCK LEASING to launch a national truck rental account program for its logistics partners (LPs). The collaboration will reduce barriers to growth as the demand for final mile delivery capacity, caused by COVID-19, has skyrocketed. . . KENWORTH has joined FASTPORT and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring our Heroes initiative for the fifth consecutive year to discover America's top rookie military veteran driver, who has made the transition from serving in the U.S. armed forces to driving for a commercial fleet. . . MACK AND VOLVO TRUCKS DEALER NORTHWEST EQUIPMENT SALES recently expanded its footprint with the opening of its fourth location, Tri-Cities, based in Burbank, Washington. The new facility will serve one of the fastest growing areas of Washington State, and will extend Mack's sales and service reach even further. . . KENWORTH SALES COMPANY- LAS VEGAS has relocated its full-service dealership to a larger, newly constructed facility to meet increasing Kenworth customer demands due to residential and commercial growth in the greater Las Vegas area. . . CUMMINS INC. has announced an agreement to form a joint venture with NPROXX to produce hydrogen storage tanks. . . VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA is collaborating with Galfab to have roll-off bodies available for installation at the Fontaine facility near Volvo Trucks' Dublin, Virginia factory. . . NAVISTAR recently held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of its new manufacturing facility in San Antonio. . . PENSKE is looking to build new trucking facility in one of Dayton's largest suburbs. . . THE INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE REMARKETING ALLIANCE (IARA) has opened registration for its 2020 IARA Virtual Summer Roundtable and revealed the agenda, which will be hosted virtually on Aug. 20, 2020. . . FORD MOTOR COMPANY announced that it plans to achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2050, while setting interim targets to address climate change challenges. . . KENWORTH TRUCKTECH+ REMOTE DIAGNOSTICS recently introduced an extended subscription coverage option for customers who forego an extended engine warranty plan for their new Kenworth Class 8 models with Paccar MX or Cummins engines. Fleets and truck operators receive the free, Kenworth TruckTech+ Remote Diagnostics two-year base subscription upon purchase of new Kenworth Class 8 trucks. . . VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA has redesigned it Volvo Auto Hauler (VAH) to meet the unique demands on equipment and drivers.



Cummins Inc. has appointed AMY DAVIS as both vice president and president of the New Power segment to lead strategy and corporate development for the company. . . Volvo Financial Services (VFS) has appointed BRIAN DUMBILL as chief risk officer to manage the global portfolio, asset management and remarketing, operational control and enterprise risk management for the company and JOSE OLIMPIO as vice president of remarketing and asset management and PATRICK SHANNON has been named president of Volvo Financial Services and Mack Financial Services, North American region . . . MARTIN WITT was appointed vice president and head of Volvo Group Venture Capital where he will lead the work in making investments in innovative companies at the forefront of service orientation as well as product differentiation and supporting collaboration between startup companies and the Volvo Group. . . Navistar International has announced that PERSICO V. LISBOA will replace TROY CLARKE as president and CEO.



The American Trucking Associations' chief economist believes trucking will recover from COVID-19 more quickly than other industries. FULL STORY
According to ACT Research's latest North American Classes 5-8 report, the economy continues to reopen after falling sharply the past few months. FULL STORY
Final net trailer orders for May improved over the dismal April activity, coming in at 4,300 units, according to a report by FTR. FULL STORY
The freight market showed slight growth from April to May (up 1.6%), but was still down nearly 24% year over year, according to the Cass Freight Shipment Index.



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