EnRoute- November 19, 2020

California's proposition 22 was approved earlier this month and took ride-share drivers out from under the state's new independent contractors law, which, according to a lawyer involved in key litigation, should be a factor in whether the trucking industry remains exempt from it as well. FULL STORY


With decades of experience working to advance legislation on Capitol Hill, expectations are high for President-elect Joe Biden in terms of infrastructure policy. FULL STORY
The trucking industry, with many veterans in its ranks, honored members of its community who have defended this country on Veterans Day. FULL STORY
Cross-border truck drivers are already familiar with electronic logging devices (ELDs), but there will be differences when the equipment is mandated for all federally regulated carriers as of June 12, 2021.



The trucking industry has fared reasonably well despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. FULL STORY
Thermo King recently partnered with Envirotainer to develop and produce the first active, heating and cooling air cargo container validated by aviation authorities that is safe for the transportation of vaccines and pharmaceuticals. FULL STORY
Cummins and Navistar announced that they will work together to develop a Class 8 electric truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells. FULL STORY
Penske Truck Leasing has put a battery-electric eM2 from the Freightliner Innovation Fleet into service with Temco Logistics. FULL STORY
Volvo Group and Isuzu Motors have signed binding agreements to form a strategic alliance within commercial vehicles in order to capture the opportunities in the ongoing industry transformation. FULL STORY



DAIMLER TRUCK AG recently announced that it has established its new Connectivity Services Group (CSG) global division to develop the next generation of vehicle connectivity solutions and digital services for customers across the world. . . PREMIER TRUCK GROUP and Universal Technical Institute have collaborated to develop the Premier Truck Group Technician Skills Program for service members looking to transition to a civilian career. . . GEOTAB says it recently achieved ISO 27001 certification, confirming the integrity of its information security management system. . . DANA INCORPORATED has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the liquid-cooled portion of Modine Manufacturing Co.'s automotive business to further strengthen Dana's Power Technologies business unit. . . VOLVO GROUP recently launched a Green Finance Framework for the financing of investments and projects in the area of clean transportation. . . BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS recently announced that it has stepped up its climate action plan by committing to cut its CO2 emissions in half by 2030. . . FORD COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS is expanding its fleet management offerings with new tools that include real-time driver coaching through its SYNC 4 voice assistant that alerts drivers anytime they exceed a speed limit, rapidly accelerate, brake harshly, idle excessively, or fail to fasten a seatbelt. . . NAVISTAR INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION and IC Bus brand school and commercial buses have launched the Service Allies Initiative, which will connect military veterans with career opportunities at International Truck and IC Bus dealers. . . UTILITY TRAILER MANUFACTURING COMPANY recently revealed that its Glade Spring, Virginia-based dry van manufacturing plant has received the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM) Excellence in Safety Award. . . MACK DEFENSE in cooperation with MACK TRUCKS has announced a multiyear partnership with Fisher House Foundation in which proceeds from the Mack Anthem Digi Camo diecast model sales will be donated to the nonprofit serving military and veterans families. . . PENSKE TRUCK LEASING recently built a new state-of-the-art facility in Selma, Texas, allowing the company to better service its existing customer base in the area and also provide capacity to serve new customers. . . The 38-vehicle fleet of battery-electric FREIGHTLINER eCascadias and eM2s has surpassed 500,000 miles in real-world operation by Freightliner customers. . . KENWORTH and PETERBILT recently had the first Class 8 electric trucks to summit the 14,115-ft. Pikes Peak in Colorado. . . INTERNATIONAL TRUCK recently unveiled its new HX Series, the next generation of its vocational vehicles and the first product released under the Navistar 4.0 strategy. . . SHELL has partnered with the global non-profit Smart Freight Centre, sponsoring the delivery of the sustainable freight expert's Smart Transport Manager Training (STMT) which will educate fleet managers on how best to reduce carbon emissions, increase efficiencies and cut costs throughout their entire supply chain.



Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks recently presented its 10th annual Influential Woman in Trucking award to JODIE TEUTON, vice president of Kenworth of Louisiana/Hino of Baton Rouge and Monroe. . . U-Haul pioneer and long-time TRALA member VELVA CRAHAN has passed away at 91 years old.



Traton and Navistar have reached a definitive acquisition agreement. FULL STORY
The used truck market should remain stable through the end of the year and into 2021, according to a panel of experts from the 2020 Used Truck Association virtual convention. FULL STORY
FTR Intel reports preliminary North American Class 8 net orders soared in October to 40,100 units. FULL STORY
According to ACT Research, preliminary trailer data for October shows a total of 54,200 orders, up 6% from September and more than 68% higher than October 2019.


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