Trucking information and briefs for Wednesday, May 4, 2022:
People’s Convoy members file lawsuit in opposition to D.C. claiming freedom of speech violations
Members of the People’s Convoy — which spent quite a lot of weeks in Washington, D.C., in March in efforts to finish COVID-related mandates and the nationwide emergency declaration round COVID, the latter nonetheless in impact — are suing the District of Columbia for allegedly violating the First Amendment rights of the contributors submitting the lawsuit. There are 16 plaintiffs within the go well with in opposition to D.C.
Court paperwork state that 13 people deliberate to drive to D.C. “with the intent to lawfully exercise their First Amendment rights in protest of the current administration’s continued state of emergency declaration and COVID-19 related policies. [They] also wanted to honor the 13 service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan on Aug. 26, 2021.”
The lawsuit says the drivers gathered in Hagerstown, Maryland, and traveled collectively in “13 trucks for 13 fallen soldiers” to Washington, D.C., “only to discover the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) had formed blockades at the points of entry into the District.”
The lawsuit claims the blockades have been solely to forestall the drivers from coming into the capital to train free speech — a violation of their First Amendment rights, they declare. The lawsuit provides that MPD’s actions additionally allegedly resulted in two fatalities when a motorized vehicle crashed into the blockades.
Court paperwork element a number of completely different makes an attempt by the convoy utilizing completely different routes from Hagerstown to enter D.C. that have been unsuccessful on account of MPD’s blockades.
The lawsuit additionally claims D.C. violated the plaintiffs’ rights to due course of and equal safety beneath the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs ask that D.C.’s blockade coverage be dominated unconstitutional and for declaratory reduction within the type of an order declaring that D.C. violated the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments by imposing its blockade coverage. The lawsuit additionally asks that the drivers be allowed to enter D.C. to lawfully interact of their First Amendment rights and for an injunction stopping MPD from interfering with these efforts. The group additionally asks for financial reduction in the type of nominal, compensatory and punitive damages, in addition to an award of their prices and attorneys’ charges.
Penske now leasing electrical terminal tractors
Penske Truck Leasing is including Orange EV electrical terminal vehicles to be used with prospects throughout the U.S.
The automobiles are designed for trailer-handling operations in truck yards, warehousing and distribution facilities, container terminals and associated operations the place short-distance strikes are required. The items will probably be leased and maintained by Penske, and charging will happen within the buyer’s yard, plugging in when the automobiles aren’t in operation.
“As we continue furthering our relationship with Orange EV and after spending significant time understanding this equipment’s capabilities, we are very pleased to make it a new product offering for our sales force in the U.S.,” mentioned Paul Rosa, senior vp of procurement and fleet planning for Penske Truck Leasing. “We currently have several customers placing orders for these units and taking delivery of their equipment.”
Among the options of the Orange EV vehicles are: Zero tailpipe emissions; regenerative braking with 50% shorter stopping distance; operating as much as 24 hours on a single cost; and distant diagnostic capabilities.
Trillium, Cummins accomplice to assist carriers transition to various gasoline tech
The Love’s Family of Companies and Cummins lately agreed to work collectively to assist prospects use alternative-fuel and lower-emissions applied sciences.
Renewable and various fueling supplier Trillium will take the motive force’s seat at Love’s within the improvement and deployment of methods to assist the initiative, the businesses mentioned.
Trillium and Cummins will collaborate to help prospects who wish to combine various gasoline applied sciences into their fleets by offering info, know-how and infrastructure wanted to save lots of them time and cash.
“Together, Trillium and Love’s provide customers a variety of fueling options across the country,” mentioned Ryan Erickson, vp of Trillium. “This new relationship will make it easier for customers wanting to make the switch to zero- and near-zero-emissions vehicles.”
Currently, Trillium provides renewable pure gasoline (RNG), compressed pure gasoline (CNG), electrical automobile charging (EV) and hydrogen fueling choices for gentle and heavy-duty automobiles at greater than 200 places throughout the nation, together with Trillium-branded stations and Love’s Travel Stops. Cummins’ portfolio of energy options for business automobiles contains diesel, pure gasoline, and hydrogen inside combustion engine-based powertrains, in addition to battery electrical and gasoline cell electrical powertrains.