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May 27, 2000 - Industry News

Damaged Ohio Toll Booths Won't Be Rebuilt

Toll booths that were damaged in a fiery tractor-trailer crash near the Ohio border will not be rebuilt, a Turnpike Commission spokesman has told the Associated Press

Tags: Highways

May 27, 2000 - Industry News

Gaylord Container Partners With CF as Primary Carrier

LTL carrier Consolidated Freightways gained a key customer with Gaylord Container Corp., a manufacturer and distributor of packaging products, signing the fleet up as a primary carrier

Tags: Fleets

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

Roadside Inspections: They're Not Random

Have you ever wondered why one truck is selected for a roadside inspection while another is waved on without a second glance? You no doubt know that the selection process isn’t random, but you may not

Tags: Safety

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

House Committee Moves to Block Ergonomics Proposal

The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee has temporarily blocked a new ergonomics standard proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

New Truck Beauty Show Series Offers Largest Prizes Ever

The largest cash prizes ever offered in a truck beauty show will be at stake in a new nationwide series of truck beauty shows produced by Newport Communications and the National Assn. of Show Trucks

Tags: Events

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

The Slowing Economy: How It Will Impact Trucking

Motor carrier employment (seasonally adjusted) fell 5,000 jobs to 1.834 million in May, after 42 consecutive months of employment increases totaling 198,000 jobs. Is this the first sign of slower growth in the economy and in

Tags: Economy

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

Peterbilt Purges Backlog, Remains Bullish For 2000

Peterbilt expects to have a negative order intake for the month of May, but the company remains bullish about truck sales for the remainder of the year.

Tags: Industry

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

Trade Deal With China: What it Means For Trucking

The last barrier to opening the huge Chinese market - 11.5% of the world economy - to US manufacturers was cleared last week with the House of Representatives approval of permanent "most favored nation" import tariff

Tags: Economy

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

Saia Improves Texas Service

Saia Motor Freight Co., an LTL carrier based in Duluth, Ga., has introduced NexTex, a specialized product providing one-day delivery of freight to any destination within the West Texas coverage area

Tags: Fleets

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

Sterling Offers More Online Dealer Info

Sterling Truck Corporation's Web-based dealer locator has been enchanced to offer additional information on each of the company's dealerships

Tags: Industry

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Maintains Alcohol and Drug Testing Rates

Because the "violation" rate for truck driver alcohol testing stayed under 0.5% two years in a row, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says carriers can continue to random alcohol test at a reduced 10% rate. However the rate for random controlled substance testing stays at 50%.

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

NC Senator Pushing for Tolls on I-95

Trucks entering North Carolina on Interstate 95 from Virginia or South Carolina would have to come up with some spare change if a state senator has his way

Tags: Highways

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

Clean Diesel Fuel Test Results Are Promising

Clean Diesel Technologies Inc. says results of initial engine testing at San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute show the company's clean diesel formulation reduced particulate matter by 33% and NOx emissions by 10% compared with a commercial No. 2 diesel fuel.

Tags: Industry

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

Nebraska Inspections Net 490 Violations

The Nebraska State Patrol's carrier enforcement division conducted surprise inspections of commercial vehicles at two separate locations Tuesday and Wednesday

Tags: Safety

May 26, 2000 - Industry News

Oregon Road Construction Likely to Cause Delays

The Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season, and brings with it increased highway work and potential driving delays, according to Oregon Transportation Department officials

Tags: Highways

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

Iveco Shopping for Heavy Truck Maker

Iveco is ready to consider joint ventures and alliances to expand its presence in medium trucks but wants to buy a heavy truck maker, CEO Giancarlo Boschetti reportedly told the Financial Times. Iveco is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of light commercial vehicles and one of the most profitable divisions of Italy's Fiat, but it lacks sufficient scale to make much of a dent in the medium and heavy truck markets.

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

Ecommerce Impact, Part 2: Changes on Many Levels

While the scope of the ecommerce revolution is sweeping, certain transportation fundamentals remain the same. The experts say, know your market, know your customer and use Internet to add value to your service. Larger companies have an

Tags: Industry

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

Ecommerce Impact: Part 3 - How Viking Freight is Coping

At Viking Freight, the western LTL specialist, ecommerce is raising the bar on performance. "99% on-time service used to be good, but in ecommerce it's barely acceptable," said president and CEO Douglas Duncan. Like others involved in ecommerce,

Tags: Industry

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

The Impact of Ecommerce on Trucking: Part 1

The ecommerce marketplace changes practically from hour to hour, but here are three observations that help keep things in perspective. First, this internet-based technology will revolutionize the way trucking does business. Second, no one knows exactly

Tags: Industry

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

Driving Schools Become PTDI Certified

Six schools from northeastern Canada to the southwestern United States have received PTDI (Professional Truck Driver Institute) course certification. In addition, another four programs have been recertified for five years, which brings the total number of schools offering certified courses to 65.

Tags: Industry

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

Mack Creates Mexican Subsidiary

Mack Trucks Inc. recently announced the creation of a wholly owned subsidiary in Mexico. Mack Vehiculous Industriales de Mexico S.A. de C.V. will be dedicated to the marketing, sales and support of Mack vehicles in the Mexican market

Tags: Industry

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

CF Expands Network in Mexico

Consolidated Freightways (CF) has announced the continued expansion of it's Mexican-based subsidiary with the opening of a new terminal at Torreon Coahuila. The facility broadens the service area of CF Mexico, which now claims to operate the largest LTL network in Mexico

Tags: Fleets

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

Intrenet Buys Mack Tractors

Flatbed fleet Intrenet, Inc., has announced that it's upgrading its tractor fleet by acquiring 225 new Mack Vision tractors

Tags: Fleets

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

Truck Drivers Fatally Burned in Collision

The drivers of an empty tanker truck and a truck loaded with 400 live chickens were burned to death Wednesday when their vehicles collided on a highway east of Gilroy, Ca

Tags: Safety

May 25, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Denies Comment Extension, Adds Another Hearing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is digging in its heels on an extension of the comment period for its hours of service proposal. It will, however, add another public hearing on the proposal at the end of the scheduled series of seven, sources say. The new hearing is tentatively scheduled for July 10-11 in Washington, D.C

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