April 18, 2000 - Industry News
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
April 14, 2000 - Industry News
Teamsters Local 245 Business Manager Jim Kabell apologized for a "lapse of judgment" in his actions at a Monett, MO, grocery store last week that resulted in legal charges
Meritor Automotive announced Friday it will not go forward with its participation in the recently announced FleetWorks.com
A set of election rules and procedures proposed by the Teamsters union is expected to be approved this week, setting the stage for the union's first elections without government supervision since federal racketeering charges were settled in 1989.
The U.S. Attorney's office in New York has already agreed in principle to the rules, according to published reports. The agreement must still be approved by a federal court judge
Supporters of a measure that would drop Oregon's cumbersome weight-distance tax in favor of a diesel tax and a 5-cent increase in gas taxes admitted defeat last week before the issue even came to a vote
Bringing in foreign drivers to fill empty driver's seats in U.S. trucks may seem like the perfect answer to truckload carriers' driver shortage problems. But it's a controversial proposal, opposed by driver groups, and not backed
Duane Kyrish, president of Longhorn International Trucks, Austin, TX, has the distinction of being International Truck & Engine Co.'s first Dealer of the Year.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has exempted another 34 drivers from federal vision requisions and has proposed to exempt 62 more
Averitt Express, Cookeville, TN, has purchased 750 Volvo 660s and 750 Volvo VNM daycabs to be delivered over three years starting this month
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has linked up with PNV to bring safety information to truck drivers who use the communications and entertainment services of PNV at truckstops
April 13, 2000 - Industry News
Simon Transportation Services, Salt Lake City, UT, is back in the black with the announcement of its financial results for the quarter that ended March 31
Landstar System, Jacksonville, FL, reported record first quarter net income of $8.3 million, up from $7.5 million in the 1999 first quarter
USFreightways Corp., Rosemont, IL, has reported net income for the quarter ending April 1 $22.3 million, a 27% increase over the $17.5 million reported for the same period last year
Roadway Express, Akron, OH, has expanded its Mexican operations with the opening of a new service terminal in Queretaro
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised its two self-disclosure policies which encourage companies and other regulated entities to voluntarily disclose and correct violations
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