November 10, 1998 - Industry News
Nov. 11 – “It’s too early for all of this.” That's the sentiment from Bernard Feldhaus Jr., President of Feldhaus Trucking in Howard, SD, and president of the South Dakota Trucking Assn on an early snowstorm that’s affecting truckers
Nov. 11 – Americans overwhelmingly oppose charging tolls on federal interstate highways, according to a new national survey released yesterday at a Washington, DC, press conference
Nov. 11 – The Idaho Transportation Department has unveiled a statewide winter road reporting service. The new hotline replaces the previous six-number system
Nov. 11 – Ernst & Young LLP and Automotive News have announced 20 finalists for the prestigious 1999 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contributions to Excellence) Awards, and Meritor’s revolutionary RHP Highway Parallelogram trailer air suspension is one of them
Nov. 11 – National Carriers has chosen American Mobile Satellite Corp.’s integrated terrestrial/satellite Multi-Mode Mobile Messaging Service. The carrier will deploy 1,000 of the units in its owner-operator refrigerated trucks.
The company’s largest account is National
November 9, 1998 - Industry News
Nov. 10 – The season’s first major storm brought heavy snow and traffic delays to the Lake Tahoe area in California and Nevada this weekend, and more snow is expected this week.
Kingvale, CA, reported 10-13 inches
Nov. 10 – Tom Leedham, viewed as the underdog in the Teamsters election against James P. Hoffa, urged supporters to toss out the union’s “old guard” as he campaigned in Milwaukee this weekend.
Ballots went out last
Nov. 10 – Innovative Computing Corp. and MBA Inc. have introduced LoadXpress, an Internet-based service that gives shippers immediate access to load status regardless of fleet operating hours. Working in conjunction with the Innovative Transportation System,
Nov. 10 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Chattanooga, TN, has ordered 300 Volvo 770 tractors. Volvo will deliver the units beginning in January. The U.S. Xpress tractors feature Cummins N14 engines and Eaton AutoShift transmissions.
“The Volvo 770
November 6, 1998 - Industry News
Nov. 9 – Kenworth announced the five regional winners of its 1998 Walkaround Sales Training Contest, which focused on the Kenworth W900L model with Studio AeroCab.
The contest name is coined from the way the salesperson and
Nov. 7 – Some 18 months after the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Motor Carriers wrapped up hearings on how hours-of-service rules for truck drivers should be changed, new proposed rules may finally be issued
Nov. 7 – U.S. 95 near Bonners Ferry, ID, was reopened earlier this week, 19 days after a mudslide closed the road to commercial trucks
November 5, 1998 - Industry News
Nov. 6 – The federal government is taking comments from the public through Dec. 3 on the agreement reached last month between engine manufacturers, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department.
The deadline for
Nov. 6 – The 1999 Mid-America Trucking Show, March 25-27 in Louisville, KY, will feature an expanded Internet & Technologies Center.
Located in the West Pavilion, the center will feature time- and work-saving tools and communications
Nov. 6 – Navistar International has secured a deal with Wal-Mart to provide the company with all of its premium conventional trucks in 2000 and 2001. In addition, Wal-Mart will buy 2,200 International 9200 models through
November 4, 1998 - Industry News
Nov. 5 – A new law makes it easier for trucking companies to get a driver’s employment records, but it has some truckers worried about privacy issues.
S.2561, signed earlier this week by President Clinton, allows recruiters
Nov. 5 – The Teamsters rerun election got under way Monday as ballots were mailed to the union’s 1.4 million members.
The Teamsters rank and file have one month to choose between James P. Hoffa, son of
Nov. 5 – Western Star Trucks Holdings increased its revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 1999 by $51.8 million compared to last year, thanks to the strong demand for heavy trucks.
This is despite a downturn
Nov. 5 – Alabama-based flatbed carrier Boyd Bros. Transportation and Wisconsin-based tank carrier Tankstar USA have both announced new acquisitions.
Boyd Bros. (http://www.boydbros.com) has signed a letter of intent to acquire Ruel Smith Transportation Services, a privately
Nov. 5 – Phone lines that provide information on winter road conditions in South Dakota are up and running.
The road condition reports operate around the clock and are updated three times a day or as conditions
Nov. 5 – Rand McNally has integrated its new MileMaker SP32 software with the Motor Carrier’s Road Atlas to provide a low-cost solution to dispatcher and driver routing.
The new software allows dispatchers to send routes
November 3, 1998 - Industry News
Nov. 4 – Tolls on the Ohio Turnpike will increase as planned Jan. 1, despite a comment by one turnpike official in February that the turnpike commission was looking for ways to avoid the increase.
Nov. 4 – For the first time in 20 years, nearly all rest areas on Michigan highways will stay open during the winter, Gov. John Engler announced last week
Nov. 4 – Navistar International is running its first national advertising campaign in a dozen years.
On Oct. 26, the company debuted the new campaign with full-page ads in national editions of The Wall Street Journal and USA Today and with a commercial on “ABC’s Monday Night Football.”
November 2, 1998 - Industry News
Nov. 3 – The Professional Truck Driver Institute of America certified 11 inaugural truck driver training schools and recertified another under PTDIA’s revised curriculum standards.
The new, more rigorous certification process includes revisions in skill standards,
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