February 4, 2000 - Industry News
Western Star Trucks recently delivered its 2000th truck to Australia. The first fully assembled Western Star trucks were delivered to Australia in early 1993. Prior to that the Canadian based company shipped components to Australia for assembly there.
The art of digital freight rating advanced with announcements from SCM Systems, Peachtree City, GA, and Commercial Traffic Company, Cleveland, OH, known as CTI.
February 3, 2000 - Industry News
Landstar Ligon Fined More Than $40K For Safety Violations
Battle Brewing Over New York State Thruway Tolls
eQ-COM, the newly formed European unit of Qualcomm, has signed an agreement with Vodafone Airtouch to provide Pan-European data services for eQ-COM's mobile fleet management system.
After more than three months of picketing, the Teamsters union and less-than-truckload carrier Overnite Transportation are scheduled to resume contract talks next week.
Talks are scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10 in Chicago. The union says its
Whether or not tolls are raised on the New York State Thruway could come down to a political battle
The race to develop sophisticated online freight matching systems is heating up. Simple freight matching is being matched with related services and evaluation tools to create on-line transportation supermarkets.
Take freightquote.com, in operation on the Web since
The shortage of qualified technicians is rapidly reaching epidemic levels. Eric Bulcher, who teaches mechanics at Miami Valley Carrer Technology Center in Dayton, OH and still wields a wrench himself of weekends has his own take
Truck manufacturing executives at the RAI European Road Transport Show in Amsterdam predict that the western European market will remain at 1999 levels this year, or possibly drop a bit.
Sales of Volvo Truck Corp.'s Dynafleet system over the past year have confirmed that the transportation industry is "eager to embrace the benefits of information technology," says Karl-Erling Trogen, president and CEO of the Sweden-based global truck builder.
Oshkosh Truck Corp. plans to invest $8 million to expand production facilities and capacity at its headquarters in Oshkosh, WI.
Wabash National Corp. reported record financial results for fourth quarter 1999 and for the year.
February 2, 2000 - Industry News
Volvo Trucks North America will reportedly lay off some 900 workers at its Dublin, VA, plant within the next three weeks.
The Teamsters Union says the National Labor Relations Board has issued six more complaints against Overnite Transportation company.
The union says that, contrary to Overnite's report, the unfair labor practice charge resulting from the testimony of former Memphis Overnite manager Dale Watson has not been dismissed, and that one of the complaints is a result of Watson's affidavit
Freightliner, Sterling and Thomas Built Buses led 1999 revenue and sales increases for DaimlerChrysler's commercial vehicle division.
Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions has formed a new subsidiary to provide wireless communications to European truckers.
Arsenault Associates, Atco, NJ, will offer Dossier32 maintenance management software as an ASP (Application Service Provider) beginning in April. Company president Charles Arsenault says his company will be the first to offer fleet maintenance software service direct to customers over the Internet.
February 1, 2000 - Industry News
Freightliner has partnered with Detroit Diesel and Siemens to test an advanced diesel emissions reduction system in a fleet of eight Argosy Class 8 cabovers operating in California.
DaimlerChrysler is investing $100 million in Sirius Satellite Radio and plans to begin offering satellite radio systems in cars and trucks beginning next year.
The financially strapped Nissan Diesel is reportedly hoping to cut material and component procurement costs 20% over the next three years through the worldwide purchasing assistance of Renault's truck subsidiary Renault V.I
DaimlerChrysler has restructured its commercial vehicles division to increase its global presence in heavy trucks, vans and buses.
Paccar says improved margins, excellent production efficiency, and strong truck demand in Europe and North America contributed to record sales and earnings in 1999.
The Professional Truck Driver Institute has worked with more than 800 carrier representatives, driver training schools and the insurance industry to develop driver finishing standards.
The American Trucking Assns.filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Newark, NJ, saying a New Jersey state regulation that severely limits interstate tractor-trailer travel through the state is unconstitutional
January 31, 2000 - Industry News
Yellow Freight System, Overland Park, KS, has expanded its website to allow customers to obtain to-the-penny rate quotations for specific shipments
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