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September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Collaboration Critical To Future Success In Truck Sales

The last eight years have been "the Bull Run of Trucking," according to Volvo Trucks North America's president and CEO Marc Gustafson. But now, business has become a struggle, due in large part to increased operating expenses. For those involved in truck sales and leasing, the key challenges are shrinking demand for new trucks, excess new truck inventory, a flood of used trucks and falling used truck prices

Tags: Economy

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Industry Challenges Continuing, Kenworth GM Says

Along with the glut of used trucks, the heavy truck industry has an excess of more than 50,000 new Class 8s, double the annual average excess of about 25,000. However, as factories reduce their build rates and increase their shutdown times, that excess is decreasing

Tags: Economy

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

NationaLease in Growth Mode

Building membership throughout North America to protect NationaLease (National Truck Leasing System) "from the rapid consolidation currently under way in the full-service lease segment of the marketplace " has been one of the organization's major undertakings over the past year, said its chairman, Stephen Scully of Scully NationaLease, Fontana, Calif., in the opening address for NationaLease's annual meeting

Tags: Industry

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Round and Round at the Hours of Service Roundtables

The hours of service roundtables are supposed to be a forum for gathering information, but at the opening session yesterday in a Washington, D.C., suburb, the dialogue often veered into debate. As witnesses around the table asserted their interests, it was easy to see why a negotiated rulemaking would not work: After years of fact-finding and a docket that would fill a fleet of trailers, the contesting parties still are at odds over fundamental issues

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Harbor Truckers Plan West Coast Protest

Harbor truck drivers in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., plan to participate in Teamster-sponsored rallies today, a prelude to a set of international rallies scheduled for Oct. 4

Tags: Industry

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Show Trucks Wow At Jubitz

“Big Willy,” an immaculate 1990 Peterbilt 379 owned by Thomas Smith, was one of the big winners at the third Stars & Stripes qualifying show, sponsored by Chevron, held at the Jubitz Truck Stop in Portland, Ore., over the weekend

Tags: Events

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Pittsburgh Traffic Gauged By New System on Internet

Officials hope a new traffic monitoring system being introduced into Pittsburgh’s daunting roadway system will provide rush-hour relief, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Traffic.com, a company based in Wayne, Pa., has chosen Pittsburgh as

Tags: Highways

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Mack Delivers First of 120 Natural Gas Trucks to Waste Management

Mack Trucks has reached an agreement with longtime customer Waste Management that will put 120 natural gas-powered Mack MR and LE Series trucks into service in southern California

Tags: Industry

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

What To Do If You Get an Unsatisfactory Rating

Starting Nov. 20, an unsatisfactory safety rating — for any carrier — can automatically put that carrier out of business. This is a significant change that makes it more important than ever for fleet managers to

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Trimac Founders Want to Take Company Private

The founding family of one of North America’s largest bulk trucking firms wants to take the company private

Tags: Fleets

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Aussie Truckers Kick Off Fuel Protests While Others Continue in Europe

Truck drivers down under jumped on the fuel protest bandwagon today, while truckers in Spain and Greece held their own in the fight against high fuel prices

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Lanes to be Closed on I-95 This Week in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced the following lane closures for Monday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 29, while work continues on the huge Springfield interchange project

Tags: Highways

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Canadian Truckers Strike A Fuel Cost Deal

Negotiations to avoid a major protest by Ontario truckers angered by skyrocketing fuel costs progressed yesterday with the announcement of a deal that would allow shippers and trucking firms to voluntarily pass on a fuel surcharge to owner-operators

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Internet Wire Market Links With freightquote.com

Freightquote.com, a provider of Internet-based logistics, announced a strategic partnership with wireConnect.com, an Internet marketplace for buyers, sellers and intermediaries in the wire and cable, raw materials, capital equipment, and packaging industries. The arrangement allows wireConnect.com

Tags: Industry

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Overnite Expands Regional Services

Less-than-truckload carrier Overnite Transportation, Richmond, Va., recently announced expanded regional services in Florida and Michigan

Tags: Fleets

September 25, 2000 - Industry News

Transportation.com Offers Equipment Auctions

Transportation.com, the Internet transportation marketplace, announced that its equipment auction is averaging 500 unique visitors a day and has sold nearly 600 items, including trucks, trailers, forklifts and other transportation equipment

Tags: Industry

September 24, 2000 - Industry News

Peru Truckers Strike Over Fuel Taxes

Worldwide trucker protests over high fuel prices have spread to South America, where hundreds of truckers in Peru are blocking highways in a national strike to demand lower fuel taxes

September 24, 2000 - Industry News

Roadranger Program For Used Truck Dealers

Roadranger has begun rolling out a Used Truck Assistance Program designed to make pre-owned fleet-type trucks more marketable by upgrading them to a more performance transmission

Tags: Industry

September 23, 2000 - Industry News

Spanish, German Truckers Still Looking for Fuel Tax Cuts

After the Spanish government refused to cut fuel taxes last week, Spanish farmers announced that their distribution center blockades will definitely continue for another month

September 22, 2000 - Industry News

S.C. Highway Fatalities Blamed on Low Highway Funds

A safety official for the South Carolina Department of Transportation is blaming the state's high traffic death rate on low funding on road improvements

Tags: Highways

September 22, 2000 - Industry News

Canadian Fuel Strike May Be Averted

A possible trucker fuel blockade scheduled for today in the Canadian province of Ontario may be avoided, thanks to a tentative deal struck between independent truck operators and the province, according to an article in the Ottawa Citizen

September 21, 2000 - Industry News

TCA's Hansen Speaks at Software Conference

Bob Hansen's first experience with a computer was a TRS 80 his small fleet bought to keep track of maintenance records. Bet the Truckload Carriers Assn. chairman never dreamed back then he'd be speaking to more than 300 attendees at the annual user's conference of the largest software company serving the trucking industry

Tags: Events

September 21, 2000 - Industry News

TCA Offers Dispatch Training

The Truckload Carriers Assn.'s new Truckload Academy has come out with its first product: "The Daily Dispatch Challenge," offering training for dispatchers

Tags: Industry

September 21, 2000 - Industry News

Plan for Heavier Trucks in Florida is Controversial

A new rule proposed by Florida’s Department of Transportation to increase truck weights on certain routes throughout the state is running into some opposition, according to the St. Petersburg Times

Tags: Industry

September 21, 2000 - Industry News

Wildfires Make Their Way Across Oklahoma

A wildfire continued to make its way across the southern part of Oklahoma yesterday, forcing Interstate 35 to temporarily shut down, the Associated Press reports

Tags: Highways

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