April 12, 2000 - Industry News
Skyway Freight Systems Inc., an interstate trucking company headquartered in Watsonville, CA, filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code on Friday, April 7, 2000.
Consolidated Freightways, Menlo Park, CA, has partnered with U.S.Customs to automate in-bond freight customs clearances
A lawsuit filed against United Parcel Service claims the company's policies regarding delivery deadlines contributed to a fatal accident
The Oregon Department of Transportation has reopened the Oregon Coast Hwy. (U.S. 101) Cape Cove Slide, approximately 13 miles south of Yachats
Florida will renumber exits on its interstates to correspond with the closest mileage marker, as is done in most other states, rather than numbering them sequentially as they are currently
Volvo Trucks Canada and Centennial College are officially launching an unusual modified apprenticeship program today designed to help alleviate the shortage of qualified heavy-truck technicians in Canada
April 11, 2000 - Industry News
Say goodbye to HighwayMaster. Say hello to @Track, pronounced “at-track.”
HighwayMaster Communications, Inc., of Richardson, TX, has changed its name to @Track Communications, Inc
International's Engine Group recently revealed its strategy to get over the next two emissions hurdles to analysts and press at its Melrose Park, IL, headquarters. It includes digital valve technology and camless diesels.
The first new engine will be launched in 2001, a high-speed, new technology 4.5-liter V6 diesel designed to complement the company's high-volume V8, the 7.3-liter T444E. A new 6.0-liter V8 will ultimately replace today’s 7.3 – probably in the 2004 timeframe
LTL giant Consolidated Freightways Corp., Menlo Park, CA, will deploy more than 2,000 pagers for drivers to use on the WebLink Wireless national wireless network. According to a WebLink spokeswoman, CF will deploy approximately 1,200 Motorola
The U.S. Department of Commerce has revised trailer sales data for 1998 from 344,312 units to 277,419 units. This is more in line with manufacturer surveys done by Economic Planning Associates which put 1998 total sales at 280,350
DAT Services, Portland, OR, will now help customers analyze freight lanes and contact individuals responsible for specific freight movements on the DAT system
The Department of Transportation is making plans to roll out its hours of service reform proposal
"Wrongly Accused: Contrary to popular opinion, when cars and heavy trucks collide, the passenger vehicle is usually to blame, a U-M study shows."
This is not news to the trucking industry, but it was great to see
Idaho's governor is expected to sign legislation that repeals the state's weight-distance tax and gives the American Trucking Assns. $27 million in order to settle the ATA's suit alleging that the tax is unconstitutional
Cox Petroleum will have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean-up costs after one of its tankers crashed on California's Ventura Freeway and spilled about 6,000 gallons of gasoline into the ocean
The newest border crossing in Laredo, TX, opens this weekend and will keep trucks out of the downtown area
Peterbilt's Specialized Training Service Program is getting ready to graduate its fourth class, making a total of 26 new technicians for Peterbilt dealers
The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA reports that overheight trucks are being stopped with increasing frequency. In 1999, more than 13,000 were turned away before they could get into three area tunnels - a jump of 47%
Boosters of biodiesel believe the fuel can still have a role powering future heavy duty trucks. Made from soybeans and other agricultural products, or even recycled cooking oil, the fuel has been touted by farmers and
April 10, 2000 - Industry News
ADP Dealer Services has made a number of additions and enhancements to its Elite dealer management system
Problems such as a glut of used trucks are merely speed bumps for truck dealers, who need to make sure they use technology and other springboards to be successful in the future, said Marc Gustafson, president and CEO of Volvo Trucks North America, during his keynote speech at the American Truck Dealers' annual meeting in San Antonio last weekend
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s hazardous materials program works reasonably
well, but needs improvement, according to a recently released program evaluation.
The Transportation Loss Prevention and Security Council of the American Trucking Assns. will soon have some potent new competition headed up by its own former executive director, Gail Toth, who recently resigned from the ATA.
The European press is reporting that Sweden's AB Volvo and France's Renault could announce an alliance within the next couple of weeks.
Shippers say carriers aren't satisfying their e-commerce needs and will need to improve if they are to survive in the New Economy, according to a recently released study by New York-based KPMG Consulting Inc.
The study, which
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