February 16, 1999 - Industry News
The Mid-West Truckers Assn. is hosting its 36th annual truck show and convention this week in Springfield, IL
Truck Net Inc., which has a popular trucking-related web site, has formed a strategic alliance with a company that makes public-access Internet devices or kiosks
February 15, 1999 - Industry News
Sweden’s Volvo is talking to Navistar International about a possible buyout, merger or alliance, reports the London-based Financial Times newspaper
Ohio has a new toll-free number to report stranded motorists or road rage
February 12, 1999 - Industry News
The dreaded weight-distance tax has reared its ugly head in a bill in the Arkansas state Legislature
Trucks in the Chicago area would face both annual and random emissions tests under a new bill being drafted by state House speaker Michael Madigan
Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has ordered a state police crackdown on speeding on Interstate 81, where four people died last month in a multiple-vehicle crash
Citing “more up-to-date information” regarding the cost of providing payphone service, the Federal Communications Commission has lowered the surcharge on toll-free calls from 28.4 cents per call to 24 cents per call.
The surcharge is the result
February 11, 1999 - Industry News
Debate on the future of the Office of Motor Carriers opened yesterday with hearings before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
The status of OMC, the office in the Federal Highway Administration that enforces truck safety rules, is part of a general examination of trucking safety that will unfold in congressional hearings and federal investigations in the coming months
SmartStop’s new contactless “smart card” offers truck stop operators automated communication at the fuel pump, reduced or eliminated transaction fees, fast information and settlement, a way to implement and track loyalty programs, and a share of
SmartStop’s new contactless “smart card” can be used for just about anything drivers need at a participating truckstop: automatic fueling, c-store and restaurant purchases, making phone calls, participating in loyalty programs, and receiving cash advances.
Congress begins taking a closer look at trucking today with the first of several hearings scheduled to look at truck safety and hours of service rules. Also on the agenda of the House Ground Transportation Subcommittee is a discussion to possibly move the Office of Motor Carriers
February 10, 1999 - Industry News
The Federal Highway Administration has formally asked for proposals from states for conversion of free highways to tollroads
Some truck owners are talking with attorneys about the possibility of suing engine makers over their recent multimillion-dollar settlement with the federal government on emissions
February 9, 1999 - Industry News
South Carolina’s new Transportation Commission chairman has proposed putting tollbooths on existing interstate highways
Nearly 7,000 Freightliner Century Class trucks with model years from 1996-1998 have been recalled for windshield wiper problems
RDO Equipment Co., Fargo, ND, has purchased a Volvo truck dealership with locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX.
Ronald Offutt, chairman of RDO, notes that Dallas/Fort Worth is the second largest heavy duty truck market in
Commercial traffic crossing the Niagara River between western New York and southern Ontario, Canada, hit an all-time high in 1998, reports Business First
February 8, 1999 - Industry News
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA, has once again introduced legislation to move the Office of Motor Carriers from the Federal Highway Administration to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Montana Motor Carriers Assn. opposes the state Legislature’s proposed 10-mph increase in speed limit for trucks on Interstate highways
Around The Clock Freightliner Group, known as ATC, is building two new Freightliner truck dealerships in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, reports the Dallas Business Journal
The South Dakota House last week killed a bill that would have repealed a tax on intrastate truck shipments
February 5, 1999 - Industry News
After two years of declines, Ohio Turnpike traffic reached a record high last year despite a continuing series of toll increases — but use by Class 8 trucks rose only 1.6% over last year, compared to a 6.2% increase for all vehicles
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. won a round in its lawsuit against a Michigan product packing house regarding a lumping complaint
Eaton’s Trucking Information Services Div. has produced a multimedia, interactive compact disc that shows the benefits of the Eaton Fleet Advisor Transportation Logistics Management System.
The seven-minute CD shows how the Fleet Advisor system helps fleets capture
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