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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Economy Will Continue to Grow

The U.S. economy is in a "golden age" of prosperity that has lasted 17 years and while there may be a recession in the next 5-10 years, the overall outlook is for steady economic growth.

Tags: Economy

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Hebe: Trucking to Become Commodity

"The process of moving freight--traditional trucking--is about to become a commodity, not a differentiator that is sustainable," Freightliner president/CEO Jim Hebe said addressing the recent annual meeting of TRALA.

Tags: Economy

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Logistics is Oil For New Transportation World

A global alliance of all modes of transportation is evolving, and logistics will make it work, says U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue.

Tags: Intermodal

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

TCA Chairman Casts Lot Against ATA Integration

Gary Baumhover, chairman of the Truckload Carriers Assn., is urging members of TCA to vote against integration with American Trucking Assns. In a March 10 letter to TCA members, Baumhover explained that while he wants ATA to handle industry lobbying, he has a problem with ATA’s mandatory membership requirement.

Tags: Industry

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

European Regulators Veto Volvo/Scania Merger

The European Commission rejected AB Volvo's purchase of Swedish rival truck and bus maker Scania, citing antitrust concerns. The decision, which had been widely expected, was unanimous and followed findings that the deal would give the combined companies 50-90% market shares in a number of European Union nations.

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Denies Carrier Requests to Keep Financial Data Private

Carriers that don’t want their financial and operating data made public will have to show more than “possible” harm, says the U. S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Six Big Fleets Create Internet Logistics Giant

Six of the largest truckload carriers in the U.S. have combined logistics operations into a single Internet-centered entity that could make serious waves in truck transportation markets.

Tags: Industry

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

FedEx Launches Home Delivery Service

FedEx Corp. has launched a new home delivery service designed to compete with rival UPS in the burgeoning e-commerce-based business.

Tags: Fleets

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Dana Sells Cab Systems Group

Dana Corp. has agreed to sell its Commercial Vehicle Cab Systems Group to an affiliate of Hidden Creek Industries. Terms were not disclosed.

Tags: Industry

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Shipper Found Liable in Crash That Took Driver's Leg

A Philadelphia jury last week awarded a shipper to pay $3.5 million to a truck driver who lost a leg when his tractor/trailer flipped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed head-on into another truck because its load of steel cables was improperly loaded by the shipper.

Tags: Safety

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

NPTC Adjusts Dues

Members of the National Private Truck Council will now pay annual dues of $650 regardless of how many trucks they operate. The new uniform pricing policy replaces a dues structure under which members paid from $350 to $1,650 depending on the number of trucks in the fleet.

Tags: Industry

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Trucking Execs Take Battle to the Web

Whose trucking community web venture is headed up by the biggest name in real world trucking

Tags: Industry

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Michigan to Vote on Allocation of Truck Fines

The Michigan Senate will soon vote on legislation, already approved by the House, that would prevent cities from receiving the revenue from fines imposed on overweight or unsafe trucks.

Tags: Industry

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Freight Volume Should Grow 5.5% This Year

According to our data, freight volume should expand 5.5% this year. Because last year's big 7% gain came at the end of the year, the 5.5% annual forecast will be hit if the four quarters this

Tags: Economy

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

I-25 to be Improved in Colorado

An 18-month project is underway to improve the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 between Bijou and Fillmore Streets in Colorado Springs. Northbound traffic will be rerouted to a temporary road alongside the southbound lanes of

Tags: Highways

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Nebraska Seeking Comments on Oversize Loads

The Nebraska Department of Roads is asking for public comments regarding the rules for moving large loads, including mobile homes and construction equipment.

Tags: Industry

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Slowing Truck Market Won't Hurt Cat's Growth Plans

Slowing heavy truck sales won't stifle Caterpillar's plans to double its engine sales to $13.6 billion in the next ten years and grab Cummins Engine's number one market share, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal.

Tags: Industry

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Truck Ignites: Lightning Suspected

Lightning may have sparked a fire that consumed the cab of a Horseless Carriage tractor-trailer along Interstate 20 near Arlington, TX on Friday.

Tags: Safety

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

OOIDA Urges Members to Participate in March 16 Rally

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. is encouraging its members to participate in a convoy of owner-operators amassing in Washington, DC, March 16 to protest recent fuel increases and the lack of government action.

Tags: Industry

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Intermodal Facilities Delayed in Virginia

The opening of a new $100 million berth at Norfolk International Terminals will be delayed at least four months due to community opposition.

Tags: Intermodal

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Virginia Survey Supports Retreads

A recent study by the Virginia Department of Transportation concluded that retreads were not the main cause of roadside tire debris.

Tags: Safety

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Illinois DOT Working on Chicago Bottleneck

The Illinois Department of Transportation will soon begin the two-year task of unsnarling the Hillside Bottleneck in the Chicago area

Tags: Highways

March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Better Use of Spectrum Could Help Trucking

Should trucking care about the Federal Communications Commission's new big plan? The FCC wants to allow holders of radio spectrum to resell their access to others in an open marketplace. The commission reasons that will allow more

Tags: Industry

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

NTSB To Hold Symposium On Safety Data Privacy

The National Transportation Safety Board will host a symposium next month designed to air the conflicts between the growing need for data to improve transportation safety and the industry's concern about the use of that data in regulatory actions, lawsuits and criminal prosecutions

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

FDA Issues Warning on Herbal "Speed" Pill

The FDA has issued new warning about the herbal 'speed' pill, ephedra. Sold over-the-counter, often in truckstops, as an energy pill, diet aid, and even as an herbal alternative to the street drug, Ecstasy, ephedra is "as easy to buy as aspirin, and looks safer, because no warning labels are required."

Tags: Safety

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