March 10, 2000 - Industry News
Last year was "the greatest year Peterbilt ever had, and this year will be our toughest challenge since 1991," Dave Rutman, general sales manager told the company's dealers recently. "We're in an all out war."
Meritor Automotive inaugurated its first wholly-owned Mexican Heavy Vehicle Systems assembly plant, which will supply Mexico-based commercial truck OEMs with heavy-duty components and systems, initially drive axles and drivelines.
The Silent Partner muffler made by Donaldson Co. has won the 10th annual Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) Technical Achievement Award for calendar-year 1999.
There's a bright future for the independent truck dealer, according to George Grask, 1999 Truck Dealer of the Year. Speaking at the The Maintenance Council's Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN this week, Grask also shared his concern over the dire need to recruit technicians in to the trucking industry.
March 8, 2000 - Industry News
Overnite and the Teamsters are talking again. Following negotiations March 7 and 8, a Teamsters negotiating team will review the carrier's Health, Welfare and Pension proposals then go back to the bargaining table March 23 and 24 and April 4-6
VehiCare Corp., a large provider of on-site maintenance services has signed an agreement to use oils and lube products from Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants exclusively.
Western Star Trucks Holdings Ltd. has completed the the sale of its UK truck subsidiary, ERF (Holdings) plc to MAN Aktiengesellschaft (MAN). It has also completed the purchase of MAN's Australian subsidiary, MAN Automotive (Australia) Pty.
A bill that would have replaced Kentucky's weight-distance tax with higher fuel taxes and registration fees is dead, but the issue may come up again in a special session later this year, says Kentucky Motor Transportation Assn. President Harold Bernard.
The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill that would create a Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. The new department would issue drivers' licenses and vehicle tags and would be responsible for truck inspections as well as truck length and weight compliance.
Mike Payne, president and chief executive officer of the Truck Renting and Leasing Assn., has seen what happens when a business does not plan for management succession. So he is making sure that when it comes
A bill has been introduced in the Missouri senate that would raise truck license fees by $10 and would transfer money from the highway trust fund to the Department of Natural Resources for hazardous waste clean-up.
Fearing a loss of federal highway funds if it does not comply with federal guidelines, the New Mexico legislature has passed a bill that would impose stricter fines and penalties for truckers who violate safety rules.
As part of its expansion in the Baltic region, Swedish truck maker Scania has acquired its Latvian distributor Auto Skan SIA from G. Persson Gruppen AB of Uppsala, Sweden. The acquisition enhances Scania's position on the Latvian market.
Even as competitors proliferate, Qualcomm, Inc. of San Diego, CA, continues its decade-long run on the largest fleets in the U.S. The latest industry giant into the Qualcomm camp is Ryder Systems, Inc., operators of the nation’s 12th largest fleet.
March 7, 2000 - Industry News
AB Volvo says it has rejected European Union Commission demands for further concessions in it proposed Scania acquisition and will await the final decision later this month.
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.
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