EnRoute - March 20, 2013

Top Stories

The Canadian Board Service Agency (CBSA) has announced the compliance period for the ACI eManifest program will be extended beyond May 1, 2013, which was the date it had set for the program to become mandatory for all highway carriers. No set date has been announced when the regulations to enforce eManifest requirement for highway carriers are expected to be in place. FULL STORY
Anne Ferro, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), expects a rule mandating the use of electronic onboard recorders to be proposed by September 2013 which she stated during her recent testimony on a hearing held by the U.S. House Transportation Committee's Highways and Transit Subcommittee. FULL STORY
Environment Canada has commissioned a report to determine how truckers are circumventing emissions regulations on newer model year trucks. FULL STORY
The North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) has completed a study that shows an increased rate of adoption and improved fuel consumption by U.S. fleets. Fleets were saving on average $5,700 per year in fuel expense, a $1,300 saving per truck per year change from 2011 study. FULL STORY

Technology Trends

Eaton has launched the Fuller Advantage Series of heavy-duty transmissions that include new design features such as reduced weight and increased efficiency resulting in fuel economy improvements, an improved shift feel, as well as feature contributing to lower preventative maintenance costs. FULL STORY
The Spicer AdvanTEK 40 tandem axle was unveiled by Dana Holding Corporation.  The new 40,000 lb. tandem axle is for a variety of Class 8 applications and features a market-leading design that increases fuel economy, improved reliability, reduces vehicle weight and decreases total ownership costs. FULL STORY
Cummins and Peterbilt Motors Company have developed a “SuperTruck” which features a higher-efficiency engine and an aerodynamic tractor-trailer that significantly reduces drag. The truck also includes a system that converts exhaust heat into power delivered to the crankshaft, electronic controls that use route information to optimize fuel use, tires with lower rolling resistance and lighter-weight material throughout. FULL STORY
Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company has introduced the Utility Side Skirt 120A-4, the company's new advanced aerodynamic side skirt design. The USS-120A-4 is U.S. EPA SmartWay verified to achieve greater than 5% fuel savings. FULL STORY 


Hino has a new Class 5 COE model 195 Double Cab. The new option for the 2014 model year is offered in both a diesel model 195DC and the diesel-electric hybrid model 195h-DC. . .The Freightliner Frameworks Truck Equipment Program is a new factory program that will provide vocational body builders with onsite and online training on Freightliner trucks, a dedicated chassis upfit hotline, 3D chassis layouts, and updates on production, a shipping status of trucks on order to help equipment makers and upfitters plan their work. . .For the fifth year, Continental Tire the Americas LLC kicks off its Conti360 Tour. This year is an entirely new trailer, complete with new interactive displays and videos of Continental's products and services. . .Dana Holding Corporation has officially opened its new 129,000 square-foot technical center in Wuxi, Jiangsu Provence, China. . .J.J. Keller & Associates-sponsored mushers Mitch Seavey, won this year's Iditarod and became the oldest musher to win and his son, Dallas Seavey, came in fourth place. . .Volvo Trucks announced agreements with Telogis and Trimble to design fleet management and location intelligent services. . .Double Coin Tires has announced its partnership with Chris Hanna, president and owner of FCC Marine Transport and star of A&E's network's Shipping Wars. . .Hino Trucks has released its first mobile application to help customers improve their vehicle ownership experience. The app includes personalized access to Hino's nationwide dealer network and includes several tools such as Hino Watch, Trucks & Services, Parts Offers and Connect with Hino. . .Corcentric has partnered with Daimler Trucks North America to provide an automated centralized billing solutions for Daimler Trucks customers. . .Spireon, Inc. announced that next-generation CDMA technology is now available for powering their FleetLocate Trailer and Asset Management Solution. The CDMA option is in addition to the company's already-existing GSM technology offering.


Navistar has appointed Troy A. Clarke as its president and CEO, effective April 15. . .TRALA named Steve Lawrence, CEO of Lawrence NationaLease as the Association's 2013-2014 Chairman and Dan Murphy, president and CEO of Idealease, Inc. as Vice Chairman.  


Taking $tock

A look at truck transportation-industry Fortune 500 public companies:
Company Symbol (Click for Chart) 03/20 Close Performance
Allison Transmission Holdings ALSN $23.76 $0.10 +0.42%
Avis Budget Group Inc. CAR $27.52 $0.23 +0.84%
Cummins Inc. CMI $116.25 $1.17 +1.02%
Dana DAN $17.96 $0.22 +1.24%
Eaton ETN $62.68 $1.29 +2.10%
General Electric GE $23.46 $0.14 +0.60%
Goodyear Tire & Rubber GT $13.415 $0.14   +1.09%
Navistar International Corp. NAV $36.04 $0.68 -1.85%
PACCAR Inc. PCAR $50.00 $0.05 +0.10%
Ryder R $59.59 $0.26 -0.43%

SOURCE: Yahoo! Finance


Money Matters

President Barack Obama unveiled details of his “Blueprint for a Clean and Secure Energy Future”. The new U.S. Energy Security Trust would set aside $2 billion from revenues from oil and natural gas production on domestic, publicly owned land over a 10-year period. FULL STORY

News From TRALA 

TRALA would like to thank everyone that attended this year's Annual Meeting in Naples, Florida and helped us celebrate the Association's 35th anniversary. 
TRALA had a very strong turnout at this year's conference, breaking attendance records going back as far as 2008. This year's business workshops and general assembly on Wednesday were very well received. We also had great participation in our social and networking functions throughout the week.

If you missed this year's meeting, mark your calendars now to attend TRALA's 2014 Annual Meeting which will be held March 10-14 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Online registration will open in October.    

Any questions regarding TRALA's Annual Meetings should be directed to TRALA's Shannon Davison at (703) 299-9120 or by email at