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EnRoute- March 4, 2021

Transport Canada has reaffirmed the compliance deadline for using electronic logging devices, though the 30-day rental exemption remains in effect. As of June 12, 2021, all carriers operating in Canada, who are currently required to use paper or electronic records of duty status, will be required to use a certified ELD. FULL STORY





TOP STORIES

Truck drivers crossing the Canada-U.S. border are now required to submit travel and contact information when entering Canada. FULL STORY
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has released a list of bridges that are being considered for tolling, a practice the state's trucking community has bristled against. 
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TECHNOLOGY TRENDS

Daimler Truck AG and Cummins have inked a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two companies work together globally on medium-duty commercial vehicle engines. FULL STORY
 
Shell Rotella announced it will offer carbon neutral lubricants for heavy-duty engines in North America by offsetting the carbon emissions of producing them. The effort is part of Shell's target to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner. FULL STORY
 
Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group have completed the transaction of the joint fuel-cell project and have formed a new company entitled cellcentric with a combined goal to step towards climate-neutral and sustainable transportation by 2050. FULL STORY
 
Cummins Inc. and Isuzu Motors Limited announced agreements for a global mid-range diesel powertrain and an advanced engineering collaboration, marking another step forward in the Isuzu Cummins Powertrain Partnership (ICPP). FULL STORY
 
Peterbilt announced updates to its vocational Model 567 and Model 520, including the new VMUX electrical system, which delivers enhanced functionality and integration with various body upfits.
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BRIEFLY

RYDER SYSTEM, INC. recently updated its Fleet Buy-Out Program that allows customers to trade in their fleet and then lease new trucks through Ryder's leasing program. . . TRUCK-LITE CO., LLC has released a full line of heated stop/turn/tail lamps and two lines of high-output LED work lamps, which feature self-regulating heating technology that automatically and consistently warms up as the ambient temperature drops. . . VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA AND MACK TRUCKS DEALER VANGUARD TRUCK CENTERS has invested $23 million in a new facility, which is one of four locations in the Houston area, in addition to a full-service body shop, offering customers increased uptime, service and support. . . KENWORTH MASKA was among eight Gold Award winners recognized by the truck maker at its 2020 Dealer of the Year awards and, among them, KENWORTH SALES COMPANY was selected as Dealer of the Year for the U.S. and Canada. . . DANA INCORPORATED recently acquired Pi Innovo LLC, a leader in embedded software solutions and electronic control units, to support the light vehicle, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets. . . THERMO KING has expanded the number of Blue Track dealerships, which focus on express lane service, dwell-time monitoring, and real-time updates to refrigerated freight-hauling fleets.
 



 

PEOPLE

Daimler Trucks North America has appointed JOHN O'LEARY as its next president and CEO to succeed ROGER NIELSEN who will officially retire on April 30 after his 35-year tenure with the company . . . Dana Incorporated recently announced BYRON FOSTER has joined the company as senior vice president and chief commercial, marketing, and communications officer for Dana. . . Cummins recently announced JENNIFER RUMSEY will succeed TONY SATTERTHWAITE as the company's president and chief operating officer, effective March 1, following Satterthwaite's promotion to vice chairman. . . Rush Enterprises, Inc. recently announced that Senior Vice President of Truck Sales JIM THOR will retire on March 12, 2021. . . CHRISTOPHER P. HELSEL has been named senior vice-president, global operations and chief technology officer for Goodyear. . . TOM DYKEMAN was recently named director of service for Kenworth Dealership Bayview Trucks and Equipment in Atlantic, Canada.



 

NUMBERS

Navistar shareholders have agreed to allow the Traton Group to acquire the company for $43.50 per share. FULL STORY
 
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, has entered a definitive transaction agreement to acquire Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, the fifth largest, for a total enterprise value of approximately $2.5 billion. FULL STORY
 
Dana Incorporated has reported sales for the fourth quarter of 2020 totaled $2.11 billion, compared with $1.99 billion in the same period of 2019, representing a $121 million improvement driven by strong customer demand and the conversion of sales backlog, primarily in the Light Vehicle segment. FULL STORY

January 2021 net U.S. trailer orders fell more than 30% from December 2020, but rose nearly 105% compared to January 2020, according to ACT Research. FULL STORY
 
The average used Class 8 vehicle in January had higher mileage and sold for a little less than a year earlier, ACT Research reported, calling it an inkling of all the freight there was to haul in the second half of 2020. FULL STORY
 
Preliminary North American Class 8 net orders remained impressive in February for the fifth consecutive month coming in at between 43,800 and 44,000 units, up between 3% and 4% compared with January orders, ACT Research and FTR reported, respectively. FULL STORY

 



 

TRALA ANNOUNCEMENTS

Register Today for TRALA's 2021 Annual Meeting
 
While meetings in 2021 will look different from what we have all experienced in the past, TRALA is providing two great opportunities for its members that will be taking place April 11-14, 2021. TRALA is offering an in-person meeting at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas or a live, virtual meeting that attendees can join from the comfort of their home or office.
 
You may visit TRALA's 2021 Annual Meeting website by clicking here to view additional information. If you have any questions, please contact TRALA's Shannon Davison at sdavison@trala.org or Jennylynne Bowman at jbowman@trala.org.