March 7, 2000 - Industry News
An Illinois truck driver who fell off a broken ladder while loading produce at a farm warehouse in Colorado was awarded $655,000 last week by a Denver federal jury.
Valeo is partnering with Borg-Warner Cooling System Division (BWCS) to develop cooling systems for light, medium and heavy truck engines. The companies hope to pool resources to improve the fuel economy of future vehicles by increasing the cooling system's thermal and aerodynamic efficiency.
Barjan Products, Moline, IL has acquired Francis Industries, Inc., Pataskala, OH, a manufacturer of fiberglass CB and AM/FM radio antennas.
The American Moving and Storage Assn. has dropped out of the American Trucking Assns. The decision to withdraw was not a surprise, since AMSA signaled its intentions last December.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold ten more Roadside Inspection Familiarization Seminars around the country this year.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has proposed expanding its emissions inspection program to include big trucks and buses. The state is also considering stricter standards
A computer program that can detect potentially fatal episodes of sleep apnea may soon offer
physicians an easier and cheaper way to diagnose their patients, according to a recent report in the Albany Times Union.
The Oregon Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of traffic tickets issued on the basis of photo radar. State law allows police to send a traffic ticket to the owner of a car or truck photographed in an automated speed trap using radar and a camera.
American Isuzu Motors' commercial vehicle sales through February were up 38% from the first two months of 1998.
Year-to-date sales of its Class 3-4 NPR diesel HD models were up 72% from the same period last year.
True or false: The shortage of heavy-duty mechanics is caused by high school guidance counselors who steer children away from careers in the trades?
More than a few fleet executives would reply "true" most emphatically.
Between 15,000 to 20,000 commercial trucks travel on the roads of Florida's Polk County every day. Truckers say they strive for safety, but motorists will need more education on sharing the road to prevent many accidents.
Peregrine Systems, Inc. is integrating its FleetAnywhere maintenance management software with Qualcomm's OmniTRACS mobile information management system.
New Penn Motor Express Inc., a subsidiary of Arnold Industries Inc., has made several enhancements to its web site, www.newpenn.com., including a completely interactive pickup entry system and rate quotes customized to each active customer's pricing program.
FleetPride, Deerfield, IL, has acquired Oklahoma Truck Supply Assn., located in Oklahoma City
March 6, 2000 - Industry News
A dozen Western governors are opposing a federal budget proposal that would divert more than $1 billion in state highway funds
The federal truck and bus safety program is getting a much better reception on Capitol Hill than it was this time last year, but it still has miles to go before the critics will be satisfied.
At a hearing before the House Transportation Subcommittee last week, chairman Frank Wolf, R-VA, gave notice that he is going to keep a sharp eye on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
AB Volvo will have to start over again with an entirely new proposal if it wants to change the terms of its plan to buy Swedish truck-making rival Scania, according to Agence France Presse
Rhode Island law enforcement officials are no longer worried about cleanup damage to the vehicle or cargo when a wrecked truck blocks traffic.
Eaton Corporation's Trucking Information Services, Clemmons, NC, has released FleetAdvisor 3.1, which includes several new features such as enhanced automatic log keeping, on-board computer usability and expanded reporting.
Bulknet.com, Tullytown, PA, has announced that Sunoco Chemical and Linden Bulk are now using its specialized e-commerce to construct their own load-matching services to reduce costs and increase information access.
In a move to speed up the search for leadership at the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-VA, offered to help rewrite the terms of the job
March 3, 2000 - Industry News
A recent e mail inquiry from a lady with a fond remembrance of traveling the road with a knapsack, an outstretched thumb and little else has rattled my thought process. Her idea is to hit the
AB Volvo of Sweden, which appears to be at the brink of failing to acquire all of the assets of
Scania AB for $6.93 billion in cash is said to have opened exploratory talks with Paccar Inc.
Midwest Kenworth of Kansas City, MO has won its fourth Kenworth Dealer of the Year honors and was also awarded with Kenworth's inaugural Medium Duty Dealer of the Year award.
The Research and Special Programs Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting March 28 and 29 to discuss ways to improve safety, increase customer service, and reduce costs (especially for small businesses) through its management of the hazardous materials transportation safety program.
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