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January 11, 1999 - Industry News

Maine Tolls To Go Up February 1

Truckers shouldn’t look for any breaks from tolls in Maine. Although there has been an outcry in the state legislature about the turnpike’s February 1 toll hikes, when the scheduled meeting of the Maine Turnpike Authority takes place tomorrow, they’ll only be looking at cutting back the increase for car drivers

January 8, 1999 - Industry News

New Jersey Dump Truckers Protest Rates

More than a dozen dump trucks paraded into Atlantic City Wednesday, honking their horns and disrupting traffic as a protest against low rates, reports the Associated Press

January 8, 1999 - Industry News

Cummins, Scania Launch Joint Venture

Cummins Engine and Scania announced that they have formally signed a joint venture agreement to assemble and test a new fuel system for diesel engines developed by the two companies

January 7, 1999 - Industry News

Volvo Could Sell Car Division, Focus On Trucks

Sweden’s Volvo appears to be considering selling its car division in order to focus on its higher-profit truck and heavy equipment divisions. The London-based Financial Times reports that Volvo has appointed a U.S. investment bank to explore a possible sale or merger of its car division

January 6, 1999 - Industry News

I-80 Closed After Sniper Shooting

Jan. 7 – Interstate 80 was closed for five hours near Reno, NV, Monday after a sniper opened fire and hit at least five vehicles. Police arrested a suspect after a routine traffic stop in Las Vegas the next day

January 6, 1999 - Industry News

New Georgia Governor Proposes Atlanta Traffic Solutions

Jan. 7 – Georgia’s new governor, Roy Barnes, has been meeting with state House and Senate budget writers about midyear budget changes to help tackle Atlanta’s traffic and pollution problems

January 6, 1999 - Industry News

New Web Site Offers Bulk Load Postings

Jan. 7 – If you haul bulk freight, there’s a new Internet-based load-finding service designed especially for you

January 5, 1999 - Industry News

Ford Head Nixes Volvo Truck Merger Rumors

Jan. 6 – Although Ford has an open mind about acquisitions, the company is not talking to Volvo about getting back into the heavy-duty truck business, Ford CEO Jacques Nasser said Monday at the North American International Auto Show

December 30, 1998 - Industry News

First Bering Trucks Shipped

Dec. 31 – Monday, Korea’s Hyundai began exporting trucks to North America under the Bering name, according to published reports

December 29, 1998 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Orders CDL Retests

Dec. 30 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Monday announced plans to retest some commercial drivers who took their road skills test at PennDOT’s Schuylkill Haven Driver License Center between July 1993 and December 10, 1998

December 28, 1998 - Industry News

Utah Wants To Privatize Rest Stops

Dec. 29 – Utah is experimenting with using private businesses to build and maintain its rest stops

December 24, 1998 - Industry News

Truckstop Chaplain Prompts Carjacker To Turn Himself In

Dec. 28 – A Kentucky man turned himself in to a truckstop chaplain last Tuesday, confessing to a carjacking. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Mark Ladelphia told officers he stole the car in Louisville earlier this

December 21, 1998 - Industry News

Oshkosh Wins Record Contract

Dec. 22 – Oshkosh Truck Corp. has landed the biggest contract in its history, according to published reports

December 21, 1998 - Industry News

Truck Sales Hit Record

Dec. 22 – Heavy truck sales hit record levels in November, with sales of more than 18,000 heavy trucks up 32.5% from a year ago. Sales of 188,915 vehicles in the first 11 months of the year

December 17, 1998 - Industry News

Ways Studied To Deter Trucks From Route 287 in New Jersey

Dec. 18 – A group of cities and transportation planners in Morris County, NJ, have applied for $600,000 in federal funding to study ways to reduce traffic on Route 287 – including charging tolls to deter truckers

December 17, 1998 - Industry News

Freightliner To Upgrade Dealer Computer Systems

Dec. 18 – Moving dealer computer systems to an Internet technology platform is a key element of a new contract Freightliner has signed with debis IT Services North America. Under terms of the five-year agreement, debis will

December 16, 1998 - Industry News

TCA To Survey Dry Van Drivers

Dec. 17 – Because of the interest shown in the results of the Truckload Carriers Assn. recent survey of refrigerated drivers, TCA will conduct a similar survey of dry van carriers

December 16, 1998 - Industry News

Navistar, Delco Remy Form Remanufacturing Venture

Dec. 17 – Power Investments, a subsidiary of Delco Remy, and Navistar International announced they are forming a joint venture to provide remanufactured engines and component parts

December 15, 1998 - Industry News

Kenworth Unveils Revamped Web Site

Dec. 16 – Kenworth has introduced a new look for its web site, The totally upgraded Web site features a new Driver's Information Center, and major categories on Kenworth products, dealers, Total Customer Care Program, Used Truck Locator, news, events and promotions, and history

December 14, 1998 - Industry News

Defense Department Changes Mileage Guides

Dec. 15 – Starting this March, carriers hauling military freight for the U.S. Department of Defense will have to calculate mileage with a new electronic system, the Defense Table of Official Distances

December 14, 1998 - Industry News

Dixie Truckers Home Expands Into Pennsylvania

Dec. 15 – The owners of Dixie Truckers Home truckstops are buying the owners of the Green Shingle truckstop near Erie, PA

December 14, 1998 - Industry News

Volvo Adds Massachusetts Dealer

Dec. 15 – Volvo Trucks North America has appointed McDevitt Truck Sales in Tewksbury, MA, as the Volvo franchise for northeastern Massachusetts. McDevitt Truck Sales is a family owned and operated business headquartered in Manchester, NH. According

December 11, 1998 - Industry News

Freightliner Delivers 100,000th Truck Of Year

Dec. 14 – For the first time, Freightliner has built more than 100,000 trucks in one year. The 100,000th truck of the year, a Class 8 Century Class tractor, rolled off the line Nov. 19 and

December 10, 1998 - Industry News

Dealers Prevail On Incentive Pay Issue

Dec. 11 – The American Truck Dealers Assn. reports that the IRS is abandoning efforts to require dealers to withhold taxes from manufacturer incentive payments paid to dealer personnel. According to ATD’s “American Truck Dealer” newsletter, vehicle

December 10, 1998 - Industry News

Nebraska Adds PrePass Station

Dec. 11 – Nebraska has added a high-tech scale bypass system at its eastbound North Platte weigh station on Interstate 80.


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