July 15, 1999 - Industry News
The Oregon House earlier this week approved a bill that would allow the state Department of Transportation to boost the current 65-mph speed limit to 75 on some rural interstates. Truck speed limits would rise to 70
Comdata has signed an agreement with Hughes Network Systems that allows Comdata to become a value-added provider of very small aperture terminal (VSAT) systems to truckstops, travel plazas and card lock customers.
Before VSAT systems were available,
July 14, 1999 - Industry News
New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman yesterday announced she is ordering big interstate trucks off local highways, including 31, 29 and 206.
An Oregon Senate committee has approved a bill that would raise the state's gasoline tax by 5 cents a gallon and eliminate the state's weight-distance tax. But the bill's chances for passage are slim
In a story posted July 2, there was an error in a report that C.R. England, Salt Lake City, was upping its driver pay. ("C.R. England Ups Driver Pay," http://www.heavytruck.com/cgi-bin/rsnewsframe?990702.45
Contract talks scheduled to start Tuesday between the Teamsters and Overnite Transportation have been delayed until Wednesday, July 21. Overnite says it needed more time to complete research the union asked for; the Teamsters say it's because of last week's strike
Old-time truckers from C&H are holding their 10th annual reunion Saturday in Mesquite, TX
Carriers that want to participate in the Federal Highway Administration's Global Positioning System pilot demonstration project now have until December 31,1999, to submit applications.
July 13, 1999 - Industry News
Despite differences in speed limits ranging from 60 to 75 mph, a new study has found that average truck speeds in four states vary by less than 2 mph
About 300 protesters shut down Interstate 70 north of St. Louis for about an hour during rush hour Monday morning
Volvo Trucks North America has launched a new training program for dealer service technicians
Drivers are the focus of the Truckload Carriers Assn. Refrigerated Division's meeting today and tomorrow in Vail, CO
J.B. Hunt will start installing the new Orbcomm/Vantage trailer tracking system on its fleet of more than 14,000 trailers this month.
The Vantage solution will let J.B. Hunt link trailer location and status information directly to its
July 12, 1999 - Industry News
Now that a judge has approved an agreement reached last fall between six truck engine makers and the federal government regarding violation of emissions standards, a class action suit is going forward in California against the engine makers
July 11, 1999 - Industry News
The $1.3 billion emissions settlement reached last fall between the Environmental Protection Agency and six engine makers has been approved
The former manager of an Illinois truck licensing facility pleaded guilty last week in a commercial license-selling scheme, while nearly 200 more truckers have to retake their tests this week or lose their CDLs
A Swedish business paper reported Friday that DaimlerChrysler and Volvo are haggling over the price of a possible merger
July 9, 1999 - Industry News
Yesterday afternoon, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa asked members who were on an unfair labor practice strike at 11 Overnite terminals to return to work
July 8, 1999 - Industry News
Workers at two more Overnite terminals have joined a Teamsters strike protesting unfair labor practices
At least four people were injured yesterday when an Amtrak train hit a tanker truck at a rural crossing near Eagle Lake, TX
USFreightways, parent company of five regional less-than-truckload carriers, plans to link those carriers together to offer a coast-to-coast long-haul service.
Traffic World magazine reports the new service will be called USF Expedited and will be formally announced
A dock workers strike has practically closed down the Port of Oakland, CA, since Tuesday, resulting in tractor-trailers backing up for half a mile outside the port
I-70 through Colorado experienced bumper-to-bumper traffic and delays at the Eisenhower tunnel over the Independence Day holiday weekend, and officials expect more of the same the weekend of July 17-18 and the first few weekends in August
The governor of California has signed into law a budget that will mean a significant reduction in truck licensing fees
July 7, 1999 - Industry News
The Engine Manufacturers Assn. has petitioned the California Air Resources Board to reconsider its proposed designation of diesel particulate emissions as a toxic air contaminant
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