EnRoute- May 6, 2021

The Supreme Court of Georgia handed TRALA and its member company, Avis Budget, a significant victory in a case that had threatened to undo both precedent and the Graves Law. FULL STORY


The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, overturned an injunction which had protected motor carriers from complying with California's new independent contractor law. FULL STORY



The U.S. Department of Labor announced the withdrawal of the “Independent Contractor Rule” to maintain workers' rights to the minimum wage and overtime compensation protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act. FULL STORY
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that Republicans are willing to support a $568 billion public works plan from his Republican colleagues that has a smaller price tag, a narrower definition of infrastructure, and is funded by fees rather than tax increases. FULL STORY
The Texas House of Representatives has passed legislation that would help curb the growing trend of lawsuit abuse targeting commercial vehicles in Texas. FULL STORY
A new round of emissions control regulations decreed by the California Air Resource Board will begin affecting refrigerated trailer and TRU design and operations next year.



Peterbilt recently followed up on the virtual launch of its new medium-duty truck line. FULL STORY
Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group have outlined their roadmap for the new fuel cell joint venture “cellcentric.” FULL STORY
Cummins announced that is has a joint initiative with Plus to develop the industry's first driver supervised autonomous trucks powered by natural gas in 2022. FULL STORY
Isuzu Trucks has chosen Redline Detection's Portable Leak Detector as an essential tool across all North American dealer locations to speed diagnostics on light duty last-mile delivery vehicles (LMD), one of the fastest-growing segments of the fleet industry. FULL STORY
Bendix announced that several leading-edge capabilities of Bendix Wingman Fusion with Enhanced Feature Set are now available to be retrofitted through the Bendix Upgrade Program. FULL STORY
The growing lineup of Paccar Powertrain components offered in Kenworth heavy- and medium-duty trucks now have a new set of names.



MURPHY-HOFFMAN COMPANY'S full-service truck dealership in McDonough, Georgia has relocated to a new facility off Interstate 75, making it the largest MHC location in the state. . . NAVISTAR recently signed an enterprise agreement with MOTOR Information Systems licensing FleetCross by MOTOR, a tool for medium- and heavy-duty part numbers and truck cross-references, accurate labor times and repair information. . . TRIMBLE, with TravelCenters of America, announced a software integration for truck maintenance to enable collaboration between fleets and the nearly 250 TA Truck Service Centers, allowing fleets to schedule maintenance, track and record service status, access parts and labor records, and create invoices. . . Hub Group is testing a FREIGHTLINER eCascadia electric truck as part of a pilot program offered by DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA. . . MACK TRUCKS is celebrating 100 years in Canada. . . ENRICH SOFTWARE CORPORATION and THE VOLVO AND MACK LEASING SYSTEMS announced a new partnership that will provide for the utilization of Enrich software to manage the corporate Volvo and Mack leased fleet within North America, allowing for a consolidated process for the varied billing requirements of Volvo and Mack corporate leasing customers. . . DANA INCORPORATED recently published A Better Way, the company's all-digital and interactive annual Sustainability and Social Responsibility Report which is can be accessed through . . M&K TRUCK CENTERS announced the acquisition of the MACK TRUCKS and HINO TRUCKS product lines from TRIPLE CITIES MACK for the Scranton, Pennsylvania market, which now offers Mack and Hino products and all support services out of its existing location in Dunmore. The company also recently acquired the leasing operations of NEC Leasing's Scranton location. . . KARMAK has joined foreces with Hireology to help provide an all-in-one hiring solution to its dealer customers, which is expected to reduce errors and time-wasting that occur from having multiple siloed human capital management tools that many commercial truck, equipment and powersports dealers use today. . . OHIO PETERBILT announced its newest facility, located in Perrysburg, Ohio is now open for business to provide truck sales, service, and parts in the Toledo area.



BRYAN TROGDON has joined Mickey Truck Bodies as Vice President of Engineering. . . Daimler Trucks North America has appointed TRACY MACK-ASKEW to the position of chief engineer, chassis and vocational engineering, effective immediately.



According to ACT Research's recently released Transportation Digest, the current business environment for heavy-duty trucks doesn't get much better than it is now. FULL STORY
According to the latest release of ACT Research's State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks report, used Class 8 volumes (same dealer sales) grew for all time periods in March, rising 28% sequentially, 25% year over year and 13% year to date. FULL STORY
Continuing to exhibit strength above normal trends, North American Class 8 net orders for April were between 33,500 to 34,600 units, ACT Research and FTR reported, respectively.



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