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September 17, 1998 - Industry News

Trucking Gets Rid of the Fat

Sept. 18 — Owner-operator pay “has significantly not kept pace with inflation,” AmeriTruck CEO Mike Lawrence told attendees of a fleet fueling expo hosted by Oil Price Information Service earlier this week in Nashville, TN. As the

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September 17, 1998 - Industry News

RODI Announces Engine Testing and Production Schedule

RODI Power Systems, which has been developing a new lightweight, 45-hp two-stroke diesel engine since 1994, recently started parts fabrication and set a tentative schedule for pilot production assembly. The company has completed design work and is

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September 17, 1998 - Industry News

Technology Driving Truckstop Changes

Sept. 18 — From smart card readers to Internet kiosks, truckstops are increasingly going high-tech. That was the message of Petro’s Sue Hansen and Richard Tisdale, speaking at a fleet fueling seminar hosted by Oil Price

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September 17, 1998 - Industry News

Truck Detailing Center Opens in PA

Sept. 18 — Jeff’s Large Truck Detailing has opened for business in Reading, PA, and specializes in detailing large truck interiors, buffing aluminum truck parts and buffing exterior paint. Initially targeting dealers, small fleets and owner-operators

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September 17, 1998 - Industry News

PrePass Use Expands

Sept. 18 — West Virginia will join a growing network of states that have adopted PrePass, the pre-clearance system that allows carriers with proven safety records to comply electronically with weight and other operating requirements while

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September 16, 1998 - Industry News

Illinois Officials Arrested For Selling CDLs

Sept. 17 — Federal authorities continue their investigation into allegations that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office sold Commercial Driver’s Licenses to unqualified drivers. Agents arrested two more people earlier this week as part of an ongoing

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September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Daimler-Benz Offers Wares To Other Manufacturers

Sept. 14 – Daimler-Benz has established its Powertrain Business Unit as an independent entity offering engines, transmissions, axles and steering systems to other truck manufacturers worldwide. One of its first customers is Freightliner Corp., which announced earlier

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September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Study Examines Bedbugger Revenue

Sept. 16 – Owner-operators in the moving industry made an average of $30,938 net income during the last five years, reports the American Moving and Storage Assn. AMSA’s annual survey asks owner-operators for a profit and loss

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September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Ticketed Driver Says Fluent English Shouldn’t Be Required

Sept. 14 – A Cuban-born truck driver who was ticketed for not speaking English well enough is fighting the charge. Rogelio Compos, 61, was driving a dump truck in Yonkers, NY, in July when he was stopped

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September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Ohio Targets Road Rage

Sept. 16 – The Ohio Highway Patrol is using 12 planes and two helicopters to help fight road rage. After more than a year in operation, Operation Triad — Targeting Reckless, Intimidating and Aggressive Drivers — has

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September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Arkansas Gets Tough On 57-Footers

Sept. 14 – The Arkansas Highway Department has told state patrol officers to start enforcing a regulation that trailers more than 53 feet, 6 inches in length carry overdimensional “long load” markings. Up until now, the regulation

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September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Rolling Strong Opens Fifth Gym In Atlanta

Sept. 14 – Rolling Strong’s fifth trucker gym opened last week at the Petro Stopping Center in Atlanta, off I-285. Along with the new gym, Rolling Strong facilities are located at a Pilot truckstop in North Little

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September 10, 1998 - Industry News

Delay Sought In Teamsters Election

Sept. 11 – A court-appointed monitor yesterday requested another postponement in the long-delayed rerun election of the Teamsters union, according to Reuters. Election officer Michael Cherkasky wants to delay mailing ballots until Nov. 2. They were

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September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Qualcomm’s CabCard Popularity Growing

Qualcomm reports the number of carriers offering its CabCard driver e-mail system to drivers has doubled since it was introduced in October 1996. More than 70,000 drivers now have access to the program. Among the OmniTRACS-equipped carriers

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September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Kenworth Honors Dealer for Customer Support

Recognizing the increasing importance of quality service to the buying decision, Kenworth Truck Co. recently recognized its top customer service dealers. Colorado Kenworth in Denver was named Kenworth Customer Support Dealer of the Year for 1997. “Dedication

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September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Volvo Tour Highlights VN Series

Volvo Trucks North America’s “This You Gotta See” tour will visit 20 Petro Stopping Centers between Sept. 9 and Nov. 19. The tour trucks will be pulling trailers displaying a closeup of a person’s eyes looking toward

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September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Investment Group Buys Tampa Volvo Dealership

Pritchett Investment Group has bought Tampa Volvo and GMC Trucks. The previous owners, Teresa Flowers and Keith Rucker, will continue to manage the dealership’s daily operations for Pritchett. This is Pritchett Investment’s first ownership of a

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September 8, 1998 - Industry News

Mack Wins $29 Million Postal Order

Mack Trucks has been awarded a U.S. Postal Service contract worth approximately $29 million for 416 vehicles, with delivery expected to begin in the first quarter of 1999. The order includes 44 Mack MR 372 Mack CH

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September 8, 1998 - Industry News

Oklahoma City Cracks Down on Aggressive Drivers

Tired of four-wheelers who dart in and out of traffic at high speeds, browbeating drivers to let them by? So are Oklahoma City , OK, police. On Sept. 1, the police department started a new program

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September 3, 1998 - Industry News

July Heavy Truck Sales Jump

Sep. 3 — Sales of heavy trucks in July were 15% higher than a year earlier. Sales of 17,530 Class 8 trucks make for a year-to-date number of 116,079, according to figures from the Motor Vehicle

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September 3, 1998 - Industry News

Satellite Tracking for Small Fleets

Sep. 3 — Qualcomm has developed a mobile communications system for small fleets of less than 100 trucks. TruckMAIL offers two-way messaging and vehicle tracking at an affordable price, according to the company. It is targeted

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September 3, 1998 - Industry News

Arizona Raises Speed Limit on U.S. 89

Sep. 3 — The Arizona Department of Transportation raised the speed limit on about 130 miles of U.S. 89 from Flagstaff to the Utah border from 55 mph to 65 mph. The older, lower speed limit

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September 3, 1998 - Industry News

Carriers Make ‘Aggressive’ Driver Pay Increases

Sep. 3 — Many van and flatbed carriers who have resisted matching the well-publicized drive wage increases decided to raise driver pay in the second quarter, according to the latest National Survey of Driver Wages by

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September 1, 1998 - Industry News

California Names Toxic Particulates in Diesel Exhaust Compromise

Sep. 2 — After nine years of bitter debate, the trucking industry, environmentalists and the California Air Resources Board hammered out a compromise regarding whether diesel exhaust causes cancer. On Aug. 27, CARB issued its ruling that

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September 1, 1998 - Industry News

Overwhelming Vote Launches “New ATA”

By a 97 to 3 vote the executive committee of the American Trucking Associations adopted a plan to fundamentally restructure the 65 year-old organization. The Wren Committee Plan, as it is called, was adopted at

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