EnRoute- January 20, 2022

Early bird registration is now open for the 2022 TRALA Annual Meeting, set for April 3-6, 2022, in Aventura, Florida. FULL STORY


The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 6-3 decision to reinstate the stay on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's vaccine mandate for employers with 100 employees or more. FULL STORY
TRALA signed onto a letter that was sent to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee regarding its strong opposition to the renomination of Dr. David Weil to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL).



North American commercial vehicle production could face further disruptions, as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 puts increased strains on staffing across U.S. and global economies, ACT Research reports. FULL STORY
Canada's federal government recently announced that it will not impose testing and quarantine requirements for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated Canadian truck drivers at the international border under its new vaccine mandate that took effect on January 15. FULL STORY
Cummins and Rush Enterprises announced that they have completed Cummins' acquisition of 50 percent equity interest in Momentum Fuel Technologies from Rush Enterprises. 



The technicians shortage has only magnified the issue of whether to rebuild complex assemblies which cost time and money or simply to replace them which can come with a smaller price tag and less effort. FULL STORY
Kenworth recently introduced its new zero-emissions truck known as the T680E battery-electric vehicle. FULL STORY
Peterbilt recently showcased the first Model 579 equipped with the Aurora Driver, which is a Level 4 advanced autonomous system. FULL STORY
As Morgan Truck Body celebrates its 70th year, the company announced it will unveil multiple custom concept bodies in 2022.


THERMO KING will transition to a lower global warming potential refrigerant called R-452A as standard in its truck and trailer units by mid-2022, with new units no longer using R-404A to reduce the carbon footprint of refrigerants used by its customers' long-haul, middle-mile and last-mile delivery fleets by nearly 50% or about 650,000 metric tons of CO2e annually, equivalent to the emissions of 143,000 passenger vehicles per year. . . NOREGON recently released an update to its remote diagnostic application, TripVision, that gives fleets the ability to create geofences, which are location-based tags that inform fleets when an asset has entered or exited a defined area. . . ALLISION TRANSMISSION announced the delivery of its 2 millionth 1000/2000 Series transmission to PENSKE TRUCK LEASING, marking a milestone in the company's history of providing reliable, durable transmissions for light and medium duty commercial vehicles. . . CARRIER TRANSICOLD is introducing eSolutions bundled subscriptions, which will help trucking fleets upgrade telematics technology on their refrigerated trucks and trailers to eliminate large upfront hardware costs. . . PACLEASE expanded its United States/Canada network to 467 locations in 2021, with the company stating that it was a “strong rebound year for the full-service lease and rental market” with an increase in year-over-year demand. . . VOLVO TRUCKS recently shared that the production of the enhanced Volvo VNR Electric model will begin in Q2 2022 and features an up to 85% increased range, faster charging, and even more configurations for heavy-duty transport. . . PETERBILT reported its dealer network surpassed the 400-location milestone in 2021 and now has the largest footprint in company history. . . NAVISTAR announced it recently donated equipment to Canadian technical programs through the TECH EmPOWERment initiative, which supplies accredited technical schools with equipment, real-world advisory counsel and prospects for aspiring technicians. . . PACCAR recently showcased how trucking technologies are making the roads safer, the air cleaner, and drivers less stressed at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.


Morgan Truck Body has appointed and promoted DAN DESROCHERS president and chief operating officer. . . Cummins announced that BONNIE FETCH was named vice president of global supply chain and manufacturing, effective February 1. . . Rush Truck Centres of Canada welcomed BARRY KROEPLIN into a new role as the regional vice president of sales for the Greater Toronto Area. . . SANDEEP KAR is joining Noregon as chief strategy officer. . . ROBIN HUTCHESON was recently named new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's deputy administrator.


Eaton recently acquired Royal Power Solutions for $600-million to expand its electric vehicle offerings. FULL STORY
Inflation plowed ahead at its fastest 12-month pace in nearly 40 years during December, according to a closely watched gauge the Labor Department recently released. FULL STORY
Class 8 U.S. retail sales in December rose 15.5% compared with a year earlier, and reached the high point for the year, reported.


Register Today for TRALA's 2022 Annual Meeting
TRALA will host its 2022 Annual Meeting in-person from April 3-6 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort and Spa in Aventura, Florida. Registration is now live! Information about the meeting and how to register can be found on TRALA's Annual Meeting website by clicking here.
?Any questions regarding becoming a 2022 Annual Meeting Sponsor, contact TRALA's Shannon Davison at
Pre- Register for the TRALA Equipment and Technology Advisory Council Webinar
Pre-registration is required to participate in TRALA's Equipment and Technology Advisory Council webinar on 3G Sunsetting on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 2 PM EST. You may pre-register for the webinar by clicking here
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact TRALA's Elizabeth Hyers at or Andrew Stasiowski at