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February 12, 1999 - Industry News

Illinois Bill Would Require Emissions Tests

Trucks in the Chicago area would face both annual and random emissions tests under a new bill being drafted by state House speaker Michael Madigan

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February 12, 1999 - Industry News

Virginia Cracks Down On I-81 Speeders

Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has ordered a state police crackdown on speeding on Interstate 81, where four people died last month in a multiple-vehicle crash

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February 12, 1999 - Industry News

FCC Lowers Payphone Surcharge

Citing “more up-to-date information” regarding the cost of providing payphone service, the Federal Communications Commission has lowered the surcharge on toll-free calls from 28.4 cents per call to 24 cents per call. The surcharge is the result

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February 11, 1999 - Industry News

Smart Card Launched For Truckstop Industry

SmartStop’s new contactless “smart card” offers truck stop operators automated communication at the fuel pump, reduced or eliminated transaction fees, fast information and settlement, a way to implement and track loyalty programs, and a share of

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February 11, 1999 - Industry News

Smart Card Launched For Trucking Industry

SmartStop’s new contactless “smart card” can be used for just about anything drivers need at a participating truckstop: automatic fueling, c-store and restaurant purchases, making phone calls, participating in loyalty programs, and receiving cash advances. The card

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February 10, 1999 - Industry News

Truckers May Sue Engine Makers

Some truck owners are talking with attorneys about the possibility of suing engine makers over their recent multimillion-dollar settlement with the federal government on emissions

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February 9, 1999 - Industry News

South Carolina Considers Interstate Tolls

South Carolina’s new Transportation Commission chairman has proposed putting tollbooths on existing interstate highways

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February 9, 1999 - Industry News

RDO Buys Texas Volvo Dealership

RDO Equipment Co., Fargo, ND, has purchased a Volvo truck dealership with locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. Ronald Offutt, chairman of RDO, notes that Dallas/Fort Worth is the second largest heavy duty truck market in

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February 8, 1999 - Industry News

Dallas Area Gets New Freightliner Dealerships

Around The Clock Freightliner Group, known as ATC, is building two new Freightliner truck dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, reports the Dallas Business Journal

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February 8, 1999 - Industry News

South Dakota Tax Repeal Fails

The South Dakota House last week killed a bill that would have repealed a tax on intrastate truck shipments

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February 5, 1999 - Industry News

OOIDA Wins Round In Lumping Suit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. won a round in its lawsuit against a Michigan product packing house regarding a lumping complaint

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February 5, 1999 - Industry News

Eaton CD Shows Benefits of Fleet Advisor

Eaton’s Trucking Information Services Div. has produced a multimedia, interactive compact disc that shows the benefits of the Eaton Fleet Advisor Transportation Logistics Management System. The seven-minute CD shows how the Fleet Advisor system helps fleets capture

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February 5, 1999 - Industry News

Chancellor Acquires Tomahawk Truck & Trailer Sales

Boston-based Chancellor Corp. has acquired Atlanta-based Tomahawk Truck & Trailer Sales, which will continue to operate under its name as a wholly owned subsidiary. Tomahawk was founded in 1991 and has grown from a single retail sales

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February 4, 1999 - Industry News

Freightliner Introduces Online Manuals

Freightliner customers can now use the Internet to get information on operating and maintaining Freightliner, Sterling, American LaFrance and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. vehicles

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February 4, 1999 - Industry News

Freightliner Offers Online Manuals

Freightliner customers can now use the Internet to get information on operating and maintaining Freightliner, Sterling, American LaFrance and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. vehicles

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February 3, 1999 - Industry News

Goodyear, Sumitomo Announce Deal

Goodyear, in a deal the Wall Street Journal says will make it No. 1 among world tire makers, announced a broad alliance with Japan’s Sumitomo Rubber Industries

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February 3, 1999 - Industry News

Election Monitor Certifies Hoffa, Bars Running Mate

A federal election monitor has given James P. Hoffa approval to assume the Teamsters presidency, but barred one of Hoffa's running mates from taking office

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February 2, 1999 - Industry News

Missouri Bill Would Mean Heavy Fines For Speeding Truckers

The Missouri House Transportation Committee will hold a hearing this afternoon on HB 444, which would fine truckers $1,000 for speeding 6 mph above the 70-mph interstate speed limit in the state

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February 1, 1999 - Industry News

Bill To Remove Toll Authority Fails in Arkansas

Arkansas legislation that would have removed the state Highway Commission’s authority to add tolls to existing interstates failed to make it out of committee last week, but the newest commission member says there may be no need to go ahead with the toll program

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February 1, 1999 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Credit Grows Truck Business

Mercedes-Benz Credit Corp.’s commitment to supporting Freightliner Corp.’s customers has propelled MBCC’s commercial vehicle portfolio beyond the $4 billion level. Since MBCC established a dedicated Truck Div. in 1993, its truck portfolio has grown from $1.25 billion

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February 1, 1999 - Industry News

Ryder, FieldWorks Sign Three-Year Deal

FieldWorks and Ryder Transportation Services signed a three-year deal for FieldWorks to provide Ryder with 751 PC-based truck service tools

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January 29, 1999 - Industry News

Qualcomm Cuts CabCard Prices

Qualcomm has announced price reductions on its CabCard services, which provide in-cab e-mail and other communications services for drivers

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January 29, 1999 - Industry News

Volvo, UAW Reach Labor Agreement

Volvo Trucks North America Friday announced the ratification of another six-year contract with the United Auto Workers Union for production and maintenance workers at its New River Valley Truck Assembly Plant in Dublin, VA

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January 29, 1999 - Industry News

TA To Add Park ’N View Telecommunications

Park ’N View, the in-cab cable TV and phone service provider, has announced a new contract with TravelCenters of America to provide internal and external telecommunications services

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January 28, 1999 - Industry News

Ford-Volvo Deal Could Boost Truck Investment

Ford announced yesterday that it is buying Volvo’s passenger car division for $6.45 billion in cash – a move that will allow the small Swedish manufacturer to invest more in its truck and equipment divisions

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