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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."

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

ITTM Holds Fleet Training Seminars

The Institute for Truck Transportation Management will be hosting three seminars with the theme, "Strategies to Improve the Private Fleet's Position."

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Toyota Takes Control of Hino

Toyota Motor Corp said Friday it will pay 25 billion yen ($234.7 million) to take control of Hino Motors Ltd , Japan's largest truckmaker

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Kenworth to Cut Production at Renton Plant

Kenworth has announced that it will reduce build rate at its Renton, WA, truck plant from 50 to 36 trucks a day starting April 3.

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Where is Trucking on Their Agendas?

Okay, now that John McCain is out of the race, do either of the remaining candidates know a truck from a trowel or transportation from transgression? Sen. McCain (R-AZ) is Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee and

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Port Truckers Plan March 22 Rally in D.C.

Port truckers and the Teamsters union are planning a rally in Washington, D.C. to protest fuel prices and other problems.

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

U.S. House Passes Meal Tax Deduction Increase

As part of a bill to increase the minimum wage to $6.15 by the year 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives has also passed a measure to restore to 80% the tax deduction that trucker drivers can take for food and beverages while they're on the road. But the vote late Thursday evening by a 246-179 margin has already drawn a promised veto from President Clinton, who says the legislation is loaded with $122 billion in special business tax cuts

March 10, 2000 - Industry News

PNV.com to Provide Online Banking for Truckers

PNV Inc. and National InterBank have formed a partnership to provide online banking services to truck drivers

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Celadon To Take TruckersCo-op Public

Celadon Group, Inc. plans to take its TruckersCo-op.com subsidiary public and change the name to TruckersB2B.com, Inc

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Peterbilt Banking on Dealers to Expand

Last year was "the greatest year Peterbilt ever had, and this year will be our toughest challenge since 1991," Dave Rutman, general sales manager told the company's dealers recently. "We're in an all out war."

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Meritor Opens Mexico Plant

Meritor Automotive inaugurated its first wholly-owned Mexican Heavy Vehicle Systems assembly plant, which will supply Mexico-based commercial truck OEMs with heavy-duty components and systems, initially drive axles and drivelines.

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Donaldson Receives Tech Achievement Award

The Silent Partner muffler made by Donaldson Co. has won the 10th annual Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) Technical Achievement Award for calendar-year 1999.

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March 10, 2000 - Industry News

Dealers Have Bright Future, Says Grask

There's a bright future for the independent truck dealer, according to George Grask, 1999 Truck Dealer of the Year. Speaking at the The Maintenance Council's Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN this week, Grask also shared his concern over the dire need to recruit technicians in to the trucking industry.

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Overnite, Teamsters Resume Contract Talks

Overnite and the Teamsters are talking again. Following negotiations March 7 and 8, a Teamsters negotiating team will review the carrier's Health, Welfare and Pension proposals then go back to the bargaining table March 23 and 24 and April 4-6

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Officially Launches New Safety Agency

The fledgling Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was officially pushed out of the nest yesterday, as top officials from the Department of Transportation hosted congressional and industry leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "We understand that this is

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

VehiCare Does Exclusive Deal With Castrol

VehiCare Corp., a large provider of on-site maintenance services has signed an agreement to use oils and lube products from Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants exclusively.

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Smoke Causes Big Pileup in Florida

Blinding smoke from a nearby forest fire caused a massive traffic pileup on a north Florida interstate Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 21 others, officials said.

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Western Star Completes Sale of ERF

Western Star Trucks Holdings Ltd. has completed the the sale of its UK truck subsidiary, ERF (Holdings) plc to MAN Aktiengesellschaft (MAN). It has also completed the purchase of MAN's Australian subsidiary, MAN Automotive (Australia) Pty.

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Kentucky Weight-Distance Repeal Still Alive

A bill that would have replaced Kentucky's weight-distance tax with higher fuel taxes and registration fees is dead, but the issue may come up again in a special session later this year, says Kentucky Motor Transportation Assn. President Harold Bernard.

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Georgia Bill Would Create New DMV

The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill that would create a Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. The new department would issue drivers' licenses and vehicle tags and would be responsible for truck inspections as well as truck length and weight compliance.

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

TRALA Prepares for Leadership Transition

Mike Payne, president and chief executive officer of the Truck Renting and Leasing Assn., has seen what happens when a business does not plan for management succession. So he is making sure that when it comes

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Missouri May Raise Truck License Fees

A bill has been introduced in the Missouri senate that would raise truck license fees by $10 and would transfer money from the highway trust fund to the Department of Natural Resources for hazardous waste clean-up.

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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Ohio Turnpike Plazas to Be Closed For Renovations

In the midst of a capital improvement program to reconstruct 16 service plazas, the Ohio Turnpike Commission has announced that it will close two plazas in March and another two in September.

Tags: Highways

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Tire Company Fined For Trucker's Death

The owners of a an Iowa tire plant have been fined $150,000 for safety law violations in the November 1999 explosion that killed a truck driver delivering a flammable chemical to the plant.

Tags: Safety

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Con-Way Moving Texas Service Center

Con-Way Southern Express, Ann Arbor, MI, is moving its Longview, TX, service center operations to Tyler, TX, effective May 1, 2000. The company cited increased business as the reason for the move.

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