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September 27, 2000 - Industry News

Germany Approves Fuel Relief Plan, Doesn't Help Truckers

The German government formally approved $1.5 billion in tax breaks and subsidies aimed at balancing high fuel prices yesterday, but held tight to its "ecology tax" on fossil fuels, meaning little relief for truckers

September 27, 2000 - Industry News

DaimlerChrysler Extends Detroit Diesel Offer

DaimlerChrysler has extended its $23 per share cash tender offer for Detroit Diesel until Oct. 9

Tags: Industry

September 27, 2000 - Industry News

NationaLease Honors Affiliates

The National Truck Leasing System (NationaLease) used the occasion of its 56th annual meeting in Chicago earlier this week to recognize a select group of members for outstanding performance

Tags: Industry

September 27, 2000 - Industry News

Fuel Availability, New Service Demands Increasing Pressures On Trucking

A harsh winter and fuel-availability problems would spell shortages for the trucking industry, and the government's release of oil from the nation's strategic reserves likely won't help: Oil-capacity utilization is nearing the maximum, meaning there will be problems getting the fuel to the end user. That was among predictions from Martin Labbe of Martin Labbe Associates, a transportation information consulting firm

Tags: Economy

September 27, 2000 - Industry News

Day Two at the Hours of Service Roundtable

One of the key criticisms of the plan to reform the hours-of-service rules is that by cutting back the length of the workday, it will force trucking companies to put more trucks on the road, with inexperienced drivers at the wheel — not good for safety. So far, though, the critics have failed to prove this point to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

Port Truckers Protest on West Coast

Hundreds of port truckers staged rallies yesterday at the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., as a kickoff in preparation for worldwide rallies next week

Tags: Industry

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

NPTC Signs on Eisenhart

Following its announcement that John McQuaid has resigned as president, the National Private Truck Council has made arrangements with Earl Eisenhart of Government Relations Services to help represent NPTC in the safety and regulatory arenas

Tags: Industry

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

Professional Transportation, U.S. Trucking End Merger Talks

Professional Transportation Group and U.S. Trucking Inc. announced that they have decided to terminate discussions relating to a possible merger

Tags: Fleets

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

Cummins Issues Low 3Q Estimate

Company officials say Cummins Engine’s third-quarter earnings will fall short of expectations because of a sluggish heavy-duty truck market and reduced demand for truck parts

Tags: Industry

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

TCA, Shippers Group Issue Guide

The Truckload Carriers Association and the National Industrial Transportation League have jointly issued voluntary guidelines to help improve treatment of drivers at the dock

Tags: Industry

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

Freightliner Completes Western Star Acquisition

Freightliner has officially acquired 100% of the outstanding stock of Western Star for a purchase price of $453 million

Tags: Industry

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

Ohio Claims Most Hazardous Spills Involving Trucks

Federal and state records have revealed that Ohio leads the nation in trucking accidents involving hazardous materials, and enforcement of state laws to prevent such spills is on the decline, according to Associated Press reports

Tags: Safety

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

Aussie Fuel Strikes Cool Off While Others in Europe Remain Steady

Australian truckers angered over skyrocketing fuel prices called off a blockade of fuel terminals in the eastern state of Victoria today after the state premier promised to raise their demands at a conference of state leaders. Protests in Germany and elsewhere, however, continued

September 26, 2000 - Industry News

T&M Express Implements HighwayMaster 5000

T&M Express, Washington Court House, Ohio, has implemented @Track's HighwayMaster Series 5000 mobile communications system for its 90-truck fleet

Tags: Fleets

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

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