EnRoute - July 15, 2021

Senate Democrats say they are close to a deal on a budget resolution that will pave the way for them to pass a sweeping, multitrillion-dollar bill later this year. FULL STORY


A new bill from U.S. House lawmakers meant to fund the Department of Transportation through fiscal 2022 would back an operational budget increase for federal trucking safety programs and ensure the distribution of infrastructure grants around the country. FULL STORY
The Federal Motor Carrier Administration has issued a proposal to amend its regulations to increase the allowable area vehicle safety technology devices may be mounted on the interior of commercial motor vehicle windshields. FULL STORY
Paula Ventura of Monarch Truck Center in San Jose, California, recently released a video to help truck buyers better understand California CARB compliance regulations which are scheduled to take effect on December 31, 2022. FULL STORY



Hydrogen-powered fuel-cell electric trucks will be key for enabling CO2-neutral transportation in the future. FULL STORY

Dana Incorporated announced it will accelerate its plans to reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030, ahead of its original target of 2035 that was announced in October 2020. FULL STORY
Kenworth now offers the Hendrickson Haulmaax EX as an option for the Kenworth T880, W990, T680, and T480 models. FULL STORY
Zonar Systems has been developing its Electronic Verified Inspection Reporting in an effort to support safe fleet operations and help fleets comply with various federal regulations. FULL STORY



VOLVO TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA announced that employees represented by the United Auto Workers union (UAW) have ratified a new six-year agreement covering about 2,900 members of UAW Local #2069 at the New River Valley truck assembly operations in Dublin, Virginia. . .GENERAL MOTORS has agreed to form a strategic investment and commercial collaboration with Controlled Thermal Resources to secure local and low-cost lithium. . . PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL recently introduced a new line of cargo vans and box trucks which will now offer features such as cruise control, power steering, anti-lock brakes and AUX and USB inputs to connect devices and also an app which will provide rental costumers both greater convenience and support during moving day. . . VOLVO GROUP, DAIMLER TRUCK, and TRATON GROUP plan to develop a public charging network for battery-electric heavy-duty trucks in Europe.



Wells Fargo recently named BEI LING as head of human resources. . . Ryder appointed ROB PLUTA to the role of vice president and chief technology product officer for its fleet management solutions business unit. . . Dana Incorporated announced that BYRON FOSTER will succeed BOB PYLE as president of Light Vehicle Drive Systems. . .PHILIP DOBBS, the chief marketing officer for Bridgestone Americas Inc. for more than a decade, plans to retire in October. His successor has not yet been named.



We're hearing the word “inflation” a lot these days, a term we haven't used much in the economic world for some time — decades, in fact, but it may start to have a huge impact on the trucking industry. FULL STORY
Halfway through 2021 and more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S., the trucking freight economic outlook for the rest of the year is “still partly cloudy,” according to Don Ake, VP of commercial vehicles for FTR Transportation Intelligence.  FULL STORY
In June, North American Class 8 orders were 26,700 units, up 13% from May, FTR reported. FULL STORY reported Classes 4-7 U.S. retail sale rose in June to the second-highest level of the year as they cleared 20,000 units, with all segments improving over the same period last year. FULL STORY
General Motors Co. sold 688,236 vehicles in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2021, an increase of 40% compared to a year ago. FULL STORY



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