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September 23, 1998

Michigan Trains Under Attack In State Legislature

Sept. 24 – “Michigan trains,” the many-axled rigs weighing up to 82 tons and unique to the state, would be a thing of the past if a bill introduced in the state Senate last week passes.

September 21, 1998

Meritor, Freightliner Expand Alliance

Sept. 22 — Meritor Automotive components, already standard on Freightliner’s Century Class line, will become standard on additional Freightliner models, including the FL106 and FL112 tractors, Argosy cabover, Business Class medium duty trucks and the new

September 21, 1998

Navistar, Siemens To Form Joint Venture

Sept. 22 — Navistar International Corp. and Siemens Automotive Systems Group have announced their intent to form a joint venture to develop proprietary “next generation” diesel fuel injectors using digital valve technology. Under the joint venture, Siemens

September 18, 1998

Ambest Locations Now Service Delco Components

Sept. 22 — Ambest Inc. has entered into an agreement with Delco Remy International that allows participating Ambest truckstops to service any make and model truck requiring warranty replacement of Delco alternators and starters, including original

September 18, 1998

Peterbilt Workers Still On Strike

Sept. 21 — Paccar rejected an offer by union workers at the Madison, TN, Peterbilt plant to return to work without a signed contract. About 1,200 hourly, unionized workers walked off the job May 3 after rejecting

September 17, 1998

Trucking Gets Rid of the Fat

Sept. 18 — Owner-operator pay “has significantly not kept pace with inflation,” AmeriTruck CEO Mike Lawrence told attendees of a fleet fueling expo hosted by Oil Price Information Service earlier this week in Nashville, TN. As the

September 17, 1998

RODI Announces Engine Testing and Production Schedule

RODI Power Systems, which has been developing a new lightweight, 45-hp two-stroke diesel engine since 1994, recently started parts fabrication and set a tentative schedule for pilot production assembly. The company has completed design work and is

September 17, 1998

Technology Driving Truckstop Changes

Sept. 18 — From smart card readers to Internet kiosks, truckstops are increasingly going high-tech. That was the message of Petro’s Sue Hansen and Richard Tisdale, speaking at a fleet fueling seminar hosted by Oil Price

September 17, 1998

Truck Detailing Center Opens in PA

Sept. 18 — Jeff’s Large Truck Detailing has opened for business in Reading, PA, and specializes in detailing large truck interiors, buffing aluminum truck parts and buffing exterior paint. Initially targeting dealers, small fleets and owner-operators

September 17, 1998

PrePass Use Expands

Sept. 18 — West Virginia will join a growing network of states that have adopted PrePass, the pre-clearance system that allows carriers with proven safety records to comply electronically with weight and other operating requirements while

September 16, 1998

Illinois Officials Arrested For Selling CDLs

Sept. 17 — Federal authorities continue their investigation into allegations that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office sold Commercial Driver’s Licenses to unqualified drivers. Agents arrested two more people earlier this week as part of an ongoing

September 11, 1998

Daimler-Benz Offers Wares To Other Manufacturers

Sept. 14 – Daimler-Benz has established its Powertrain Business Unit as an independent entity offering engines, transmissions, axles and steering systems to other truck manufacturers worldwide. One of its first customers is Freightliner Corp., which announced earlier

September 11, 1998

Study Examines Bedbugger Revenue

Sept. 16 – Owner-operators in the moving industry made an average of $30,938 net income during the last five years, reports the American Moving and Storage Assn. AMSA’s annual survey asks owner-operators for a profit and loss

September 11, 1998

Ticketed Driver Says Fluent English Shouldn’t Be Required

Sept. 14 – A Cuban-born truck driver who was ticketed for not speaking English well enough is fighting the charge. Rogelio Compos, 61, was driving a dump truck in Yonkers, NY, in July when he was stopped

September 11, 1998

Ohio Targets Road Rage

Sept. 16 – The Ohio Highway Patrol is using 12 planes and two helicopters to help fight road rage. After more than a year in operation, Operation Triad — Targeting Reckless, Intimidating and Aggressive Drivers — has

September 11, 1998

Arkansas Gets Tough On 57-Footers

Sept. 14 – The Arkansas Highway Department has told state patrol officers to start enforcing a regulation that trailers more than 53 feet, 6 inches in length carry overdimensional “long load” markings. Up until now, the regulation

September 11, 1998

Rolling Strong Opens Fifth Gym In Atlanta

Sept. 14 – Rolling Strong’s fifth trucker gym opened last week at the Petro Stopping Center in Atlanta, off I-285. Along with the new gym, Rolling Strong facilities are located at a Pilot truckstop in North Little

September 10, 1998

Delay Sought In Teamsters Election

Sept. 11 – A court-appointed monitor yesterday requested another postponement in the long-delayed rerun election of the Teamsters union, according to Reuters. Election officer Michael Cherkasky wants to delay mailing ballots until Nov. 2. They were

September 9, 1998

Qualcomm’s CabCard Popularity Growing

Qualcomm reports the number of carriers offering its CabCard driver e-mail system to drivers has doubled since it was introduced in October 1996. More than 70,000 drivers now have access to the program. Among the OmniTRACS-equipped carriers

September 9, 1998

Kenworth Honors Dealer for Customer Support

Recognizing the increasing importance of quality service to the buying decision, Kenworth Truck Co. recently recognized its top customer service dealers. Colorado Kenworth in Denver was named Kenworth Customer Support Dealer of the Year for 1997. “Dedication

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