March 8, 2000 - Industry News
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
For the past nine months, truck safety enforcement has been getting tougher, with a 96% increase in compliance reviews and a 107% increase in penalties – but it’s only the beginning.
The federal truck safety program is
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
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater has announced two new Intelligent Transportation Systems field tests. Both, says DOT, are aimed at preparing for the expected doubling of intermodal freight transportation over the first two decades of the 21st Century
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.
Sterling Truck Corp. plans to offer a Ride & Drive program at the 2000 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY on March 23 and 24.
An Illinois truck driver who fell off a broken ladder while loading produce at a farm warehouse in Colorado was awarded $655,000 last week by a Denver federal jury.
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
A computer program that can detect potentially fatal episodes of sleep apnea may soon offer
physicians an easier and cheaper way to diagnose their patients, according to a recent report in the Albany Times Union.
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.
American Isuzu Motors' commercial vehicle sales through February were up 38% from the first two months of 1998.
Year-to-date sales of its Class 3-4 NPR diesel HD models were up 72% from the same period last year.
True or false: The shortage of heavy-duty mechanics is caused by high school guidance counselors who steer children away from careers in the trades?
More than a few fleet executives would reply "true" most emphatically.
Between 15,000 to 20,000 commercial trucks travel on the roads of Florida's Polk County every day. Truckers say they strive for safety, but motorists will need more education on sharing the road to prevent many accidents.
Peregrine Systems, Inc. is integrating its FleetAnywhere maintenance management software with Qualcomm's OmniTRACS mobile information management system.
New Penn Motor Express Inc., a subsidiary of Arnold Industries Inc., has made several enhancements to its web site, www.newpenn.com., including a completely interactive pickup entry system and rate quotes customized to each active customer's pricing program.
FleetPride, Deerfield, IL, has acquired Oklahoma Truck Supply Assn., located in Oklahoma City
March 6, 2000 - Industry News
A dozen Western governors are opposing a federal budget proposal that would divert more than $1 billion in state highway funds
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