EnRoute- December 16, 2021


The California Air Resources Board recently approved a new smog check regulation for medium-and heavy-duty trucks as part of its Heavy-Duty Inspection and Maintenance Program. FULL STORY


President Biden recently signed a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown until February 18, 2022. FULL STORY
The Biden administration's mandate for federal contractors' employees to be vaccinated will be halted nationwide amid a slew of challenges from states that say the president overstepped his authority in requiring the COVID-19 shots. FULL STORY
More than a dozen Senate Republicans are calling on President Biden to lift the vaccine mandate for truckers crossing the Canadian border, contending that the policy will disrupt trade between the U.S. and Canada.



Canada recently expanded its list of third-party-certified electronic logging devices for use ahead of its mandate deadline of June 12, 2022. FULL STORY
Goodyear recently announced its partnership with Monolith for the development and use of carbon black made from methane or biomethane. FULL STORY
Meritor launched its new 14Xe all-electric powertrain, a fully integrated, all-electric drive system, for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles in North America. FULL STORY



VOLVO GROUP NORTH AMERICA recently won the 32nd Clean Air Award for its clean air technology efforts related to the Volvo LIGHTS project from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for its contribution to the development of innovative technologies designed to reduce emissions. . . PENSKE TRUCK LEASING announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of DECAROLIS TRUCK RENTAL INC. . . DAIMLER TRUCKS announced that it is developing a scalable autonomous truck platform with redundancy systems, including braking, steering, the low-voltage power net, and network communications. . . DANA INCORPORATED was recently named one of "America's Most Responsible Companies 2022" by Newsweek Magazine. . . CONTINENTAL showcased technology on revolutionizing vehicles and infrastructure to encourage safety, innovation and an improved experience on the road at the ITS America 2021 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. . . KENWORTH OF JACKSONVILLE recently relocated its full-service dealership to a larger, newly constructed facility to meet increasing Kenworth customer demands due to residential and commercial growth in the greater Jacksonville area. . . KENWORTH TRUCK CENTRES announced it has opened a second full-service dealership in Mississauga, Ontario. . . VOLVO GROUP NORTH AMERICA recently hosted administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency Michael Regan and president of the United Auto Workers Union Ray Curry at its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina to test-drive the latest zero-emission, fully electric, heavy-duty trucks from the Group's Volvo and Mack truck brands. . . CORCENTRIC and North Mountain Merger Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement to consummate a business combination that would result in Corcentric becoming a publicly listed company. . . RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. has acquired certain assets of Summit Truck Group, making it the largest acquisition in the Company's history, expanding the Company's network of Rush Truck Centers to 125 franchised dealership locations in 22 states. . .  PENSKE TRUCK LEASING recently held a dedication ceremony at the Lincoln Tech campus in East Windsor, Connecticut, as the company branded a diesel training lab and adjacent corridor which will be utilized for hands-on diesel technology training to introduce students to various topics such as vehicle and engine system maintenance and repair, industry certifications and career opportunities in the industry. . . DAIMLER TRUCK FINANCIAL SERVICES relaunched in Canada December 1, as part of a restructured Daimler Truck business that has been spun out from Daimler AG.



Paccar Vice President and Chief Information Officer LILY LEY was recently named the Women In Trucking Association's 2021 Influential Woman in Trucking.



Several TRALA member companies reported higher sales compared with the 2020 period in November. FULL STORY
Ryder System, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Whiplash for approximately $480 million in cash. FULL STORY
Daimler Truck recently joined the Frankfurt Stock Exchange as an independent company. FULL STORY
A spike in November trailer order activity is the result of large fleets placing 2022 orders and OEMs feeling confident enough to solidify their production plans going into next year. 



This will be the last issue of EnRoute for 2021. The publication will resume again on January 6, 2022. TRALA wishes a happy and healthy holiday season to all its members and their loved ones!
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