April 19, 2000 - Industry News
The Teamsters union has filed a civil suit against ousted President Ron Carey and nine other individuals and groups.
The union alleges racketeering, embezzlement, breach of fiduciary duties and legal malpractice in what it calls "a wide-ranging plot to loot the union treasury in order to bolster the 1996 re-election campaign of disgraced former Teamster General President Ron Carey."
If successful, the union stands to recover more than $9 million
U.S. trucking companies aren't the only ones facing a severe shortage of qualified, trained truck drivers. A European trucking association says it's bad on the other side of the Atlantic, as well
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of nearly 1,000 Peterbilts for a possible engine fire problem
"Turning Problems Into Profits: Managing Your Way Through An Oversupplied Used Truck Market," is the theme for the Used Truck Association's inaugural annual convention
Heavy, wet snow has closed a section of I-90 across South Dakota
Trucking environmental policy expert Allen Schaeffer has joined the issues management firm of Rowan & Blewitt, where he will work on a campaign to promote the diesel engine as the workhorse of American industry
American Freightways Corp., Harrison, AR, has relocated 12 terminals to newly constructed facilities. The new facilities are said to double American Freightways' capacity to serve its customers in these markets
While many other truckload carriers are reporting drops in earnings, Heartland Express, Coralville, IA, has reported an increase in first quarter net income. The fleet took in more than $9.1 million, compared to nearly $7.6 million
First quarter earnings for truckload carrier Swift Transportation dropped slightly due to higher fuel costs
April 18, 2000 - Industry News
Six of the world's leading tire and rubber makers are forming an online marketplace for doing business.
Michelin of France and Continental AG of Germany, join U.S. tire giants Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Cooper
New Research May Give Feds More Power To Clean Up Diesel Engine Emissions
Teamsters Member Charged With Beating Trucker
Seven Carriers Merge To Form Intermodal, Truckload, Logistics Venture
One Of Four Charged In Murder/Truck Hijacking Ring Pleads Guilty
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. has won the right to proceed with a lawsuit over leasing after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Missouri-based trucking company Prime Inc. on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding private right of action
A Teamsters member has been charged in a Missouri attack on an independent driver hauling for Associated Wholesale Grocers which locked the union out of its Springfield, MO, and Kansas City, KS, trucking and warehouse operations April 1
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater is in the first week of a two-week, multi-modal transportation tour across America to promote the Clinton-Gore administration's transportation policies
The number of trucks crossing the U.S.-Mexican border near Laredo, TX, has risen more than 50% since last weekend's opening of a new international bridge
April 17, 2000 - Industry News
Insurer Liberty Mutual Group is now offering its Decision Driving Interactive Training Program on CD-ROM. The program is designed to improve a driver's ability to see hazards before they become dangerous and choose the best course
First quarter revenue for J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Lowell, AR, rose 13% to $534
million, but net earnings dropped over 50% to $5 million, down from $10.6 million in the first quarter of 1999.
Werner Enterprises, Omaha, NE has reported a drop in earnings for the first quarter ended March 31, 2000 due to higher fuel prices. Operating revenues increased 21% to a record $291.4 million, compared to $241 million
When there were no limos to be had for Tulsa, OK's, busiest prom night, it was no problem for 17-year-old Adam Gobbo. He took his date to the prom in a 460-horsepower, black-cherry Mack Vision.
The American Lung Assn. last week praised new research it says "vindicates" the Environmental Protection Agency's 1997 clean-air standards, which were put on hold after a legal challenge.
The new research was unveiled last week during a press conference in Atlanta sponsored by the Health Effects Institute, a nonprofit research center funded jointly by industry and the EPA
A jury verdict against Mack Trucks calls for the engine company to pay $50 million to a woman whose son died while driving a Mack five years ago
After about half of Louisiana's parishes outlawed truckstop video gambling last summer, two parishes recently took actions against truckstops related to the controversial machines
Legislation passed by Illinois lawmakers last week would make it easier for law enforcement officers to cite truck drivers for debris that could fly loose
The federal government of Australia plans to fund a study of electronic monitoring devices for truck drivers to cut down on fatigue-related accidents
Eaton Corp. first quarter truck component sales were a record $443 million, up 16% from first quarter 1999. This compares with an 8% rise in NAFTA Class 8 factory sales, a 5% rise in European commercial truck producton, and a 4% drop in South American truck output, the company noted
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