EnRoute- September 10, 2020

Cross-border truck traffic between Canada and the United States — that dropped steeply when the pandemic hit — is returning to near-normal levels, signalling liftoff for economic recovery. FULL STORY


Court weighs in on whether motor carriers and owner-operators should remain exempt from California's restrictive Assembly Bill 5 independent contractor law. FULL STORY
California clean air regulators have approved a new rule aimed at dramatically limiting emissions from slow-moving and idling trucks. FULL STORY
With revised federal hours of service scheduled to take effect Sept. 29, ELD providers have also been planning how best to assist fleets with the changes.



Mack Trucks recently announced the all-new Mack MD Series of medium-duty trucks will be supported by Mack's extensive body builder resources, ensuring the same unmatched level of support provided for its Class 8 vehicles. FULL STORY
Kenworth recently introduced new options for its T270 and T370 medium-duty conventional trucks. FULL STORY
Ford recently introduced its new proprietary platform, Ford Telematics, which is managed through Ford Commercial Solutions and gives fleets the choice to activate either third-party TSP platforms or Ford Telematics with a mouse click through the Ford Fleet Marketplace. FULL STORY
Daimler and Torc are continuing to pursue their goal of bringing SAE Level 4 automated trucks to the roads within the decade. FULL STORY




THE PENSKE TRUCK LEASING center in Norwalk, Ohio, has moved into a new facility, at 92 S. Old State Road. The expanded site allows the center to offer full-service truck leasing and contract truck fleet maintenance. . . KENWORTH SALES COMPANY has acquired Truck Enterprises Inc. This expansion adds eight Kenworth truck dealerships located in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia to the existing 23 locations in seven states currently operated by Kenworth Sales Company. . . CONTINENTAL recently announced that it has partnered with the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to make a rubber supply chain seamlessly electronically traceable for the first time ever. . . VOLVO FINANCIAL SERVICES was recently named the winner of the Operations and Technology Excellence Award COVID-19 Project and TIAA Commercial Finance is the winner of the Operations & Technology Excellence Award. . . NAVISTAR and VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA each announced new partnerships that will increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure. . . GREAT DANE recently announced that it has entered a strategic partnership with Aurora Parts & Accessories, combining Great Dane's best-in-class service to the goods mobility industry with Aurora's aftermarket operational expertise, distribution services, and cutting-edge digital platforms. . . CYNTRX completed an integration with Decisiv to deliver telematics data from CyntrX to the Decisiv SRM platform to trigger maintenance events. . . MCMAHON TRUCK CENTERS recently opened a second Columbus, Ohio, location called Columbus West to enable McMahon to serve customers on the westside of Columbus and allow for easy truck access on and off Interstate 70. . . The University of Pittsburgh is expanding its existing partnership with ENTERPRISE and entering into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management to help the university reduce costs and upgrade its fleet with alternative energy vehicles, which will further support the university's commitment to making the campus carbon neutral by 2037. . . VOLVO and MACK TRUCKS recently announced that it has entered into an agreement with Samsara to develop an integrated telematics service, which will include compliance services, cameras, trailer sensors, safety and maintenance services.



Big Truck Rental, LLC recently announced that ERIC VOSS has been promoted to Vice President of Sales effective immediately. . . Mack Trucks recently announced that effective October 1, 2020 GUNNAR BRUNIUS will become the vice president and general manager of Mack's Lehigh Valley Operations.



According to this quarter's issue of ACT Research's Trailer Components Report, analysis of the last decade of trailer production shows that the industry opened the year at an average production pace until the shelter-in-place lockdowns began in late Q1. FULL STORY
According to the recently released N.A. Commercial Vehicle On-Highway Engine OUTLOOK from ACT Research explains the impact regulations will play on future commercial vehicle engine/powertrain demand. FULL STORY
Used Class 8 vehicles in July were, on average, younger, cost less and had about the same mileage compared to a year earlier, and entered the freight market amid spot rates that have climbed to peaks last seen in 2018, ACT Research reported. FULL STORY
According to both ACT Research and FTR, preliminary North American Class 8 net orders for August increased, climbing to 19,500 and 20,500 units, respectively.



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