March 7, 2000 - Industry News
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $30-$50 million research project between DOE and the heavy duty vehicle industry. Over the next five years the joint research effort will help develop cleaner, more energy-efficient trucks, ranging from pickups to heavy duty trucks
Forest Baker, the acerbic guru of the truckstop industry, was coaxed out of retirement long enough to address the recent annual NATSO convention and share his views on the industry's future.
He spared neither the
Debate, uncertainty and controversy surround the American Trucking Assns. as the federation pushes ahead in its quest to unify trucking interests in Washington.
The debate: Whether the giant Truckload Carriers Assn. should integrate into ATA. It will
A panel considering whether to remove Teamsters Local Union 115 leader John Morris finished its hearings Friday, the union said.
Valeo is partnering with Borg-Warner Cooling System Division (BWCS) to develop cooling systems for light, medium and heavy truck engines. The companies hope to pool resources to improve the fuel economy of future vehicles by increasing the cooling system's thermal and aerodynamic efficiency.
Barjan Products, Moline, IL has acquired Francis Industries, Inc., Pataskala, OH, a manufacturer of fiberglass CB and AM/FM radio antennas.
The American Moving and Storage Assn. has dropped out of the American Trucking Assns. The decision to withdraw was not a surprise, since AMSA signaled its intentions last December.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold ten more Roadside Inspection Familiarization Seminars around the country this year.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has proposed expanding its emissions inspection program to include big trucks and buses. The state is also considering stricter standards
The Oregon Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of traffic tickets issued on the basis of photo radar. State law allows police to send a traffic ticket to the owner of a car or truck photographed in an automated speed trap using radar and a camera.
American Isuzu Motors' commercial vehicle sales through February were up 38% from the first two months of 1998.
Year-to-date sales of its Class 3-4 NPR diesel HD models were up 72% from the same period last year.
True or false: The shortage of heavy-duty mechanics is caused by high school guidance counselors who steer children away from careers in the trades?
More than a few fleet executives would reply "true" most emphatically.
Peregrine Systems, Inc. is integrating its FleetAnywhere maintenance management software with Qualcomm's OmniTRACS mobile information management system.
FleetPride, Deerfield, IL, has acquired Oklahoma Truck Supply Assn., located in Oklahoma City
March 6, 2000 - Industry News
AB Volvo will have to start over again with an entirely new proposal if it wants to change the terms of its plan to buy Swedish truck-making rival Scania, according to Agence France Presse
Rhode Island law enforcement officials are no longer worried about cleanup damage to the vehicle or cargo when a wrecked truck blocks traffic.
Eaton Corporation's Trucking Information Services, Clemmons, NC, has released FleetAdvisor 3.1, which includes several new features such as enhanced automatic log keeping, on-board computer usability and expanded reporting.
Bulknet.com, Tullytown, PA, has announced that Sunoco Chemical and Linden Bulk are now using its specialized e-commerce to construct their own load-matching services to reduce costs and increase information access.
March 3, 2000 - Industry News
AB Volvo of Sweden, which appears to be at the brink of failing to acquire all of the assets of
Scania AB for $6.93 billion in cash is said to have opened exploratory talks with Paccar Inc.
Midwest Kenworth of Kansas City, MO has won its fourth Kenworth Dealer of the Year honors and was also awarded with Kenworth's inaugural Medium Duty Dealer of the Year award.
Hundreds of port owner-operators and Teamsters demonstrated Friday at the Port of Oakland, CA
Two bills that would have restricted trucks to the right lane of interstate highways in Kentucky died in committee last week
While trucking interests in some other states want a rollback on fuel taxes to alleviate the high fuel price situation, in Iowa, they're asking to be able to haul heavier loads to help earn more revenue to offset higher fuel costs. But the governor isn't going for it
March 2, 2000 - Industry News
Fontaine Truck Equipment Co., Birmingham, AL is busy beefing up its communications systems to improve internal and external information flow.
After backers of a measure removing the weight-distance tax in Oregon filed suit against it for lying it its radio ads, the Oregon AAA has fired back with two studies it says show truckers would benefit from the plan at the expense of motorists
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