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Clinton Signs New Driver Records Law

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

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Ballots Mailed To Teamsters

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

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Western Star Announces First-Quarter Results

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

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Boyd Bros., Tankstar Make Acquisitions

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

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South Dakota Winter Road Reports Available

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

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Road Atlas Now Features MileMaker

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

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Ohio Tolls Going Up Jan. 1

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.

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Michigan to Keep Rest Areas Open This Winter

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

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International Debuts High-Profile Ad Campaign

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.”

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PTDIA Certifies 12 Schools Under New Standards

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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