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March 16, 2000 - Industry News

Peterbilt Has High Hopes For Medium Duty Business

Peterbilt intends to grow its market share this year, and is placing a particular emphasis on the medium duty truck segment. It has a number of new product initiatives and marketing programs coming, and with its new plant in Canada, it's positioned to sell over 10,000 medium duty models annually.

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March 15, 2000 - Industry News

Insurance Rates Jump: Truckers Pay the Price For Bargain Years

The long period of relatively cheap insurance seems to be over. We’re hearing a few reports of price hikes as high 25-30% -- mainly for liability and workers’ compensation -- but the general consensus leans more toward 10-15%.

Tags: Economy

March 15, 2000 - Industry News

ATA Gets Clarification of OSHA Recording Rules

In response to a letter from the American Trucking Assn., the U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Administration has issued an interpretation on how employer should record driver injuries and determine incident rates

March 15, 2000 - Industry News

Teamsters Oppose Antitrust Immunity for Ship Lines

A Teamster official will testify against antitrust immunity for ship lines at a congressional hearing March 22

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March 15, 2000 - Industry News

Local Pollution Officials Label Diesel a Major Cancer Risk

State and local pollution officials have branded diesel exhaust a major cancer risk and have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten standards on diesel emissions.

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March 15, 2000 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Extends Qualcomm Contract

J.B. Hunt, Lowell, AR, has signed a new contract with Qualcomm renewing its commitment to the OmniTRACS mobile communications system.

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March 15, 2000 - Industry News

TruckersCo-op Signs Insurance Partner

Celadon Group has announced that its TruckersCo-op.com subsidiary, has signed a supplier agreement with Arthur J.Gallagher & Co. to provide insurance products and services online. The agreement will allow TruckersCo-op to offer casualty, liability, property

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March 15, 2000 - Industry News

Maintenance Software Available OnLine

A&FM Software Inc., Las Vegas, has announced an alliance with www.netsales.net for the release of Fleet-Trac Commercial Version 3.80, Windows 95-98 compatible fleet maintenance software.

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March 15, 2000 - Industry News

Lots of Road Construction in St. Louis

As spring arrives, several construction projects will get underway in the St. Louis area. They include night and midday pavement and bridge-deck repairs on Interstate 44, between Lindbergh Blvd. in Kirkwood and Murdoch Ave. in Webster

Tags: Highways

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Sense of Urgency Drives National Private Truck Council

Things appear to be coming together for the National Private Truck Council, but president John McQuaid is worried. McQuaid says the trade group representing more than half of the nation’s trucking operations has never been better

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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Paccar Ups Medium Duty Output in Quebec

Paccar has doubled output of medium-duty trucks at its Ste. Therese, Quebec plant to 20 units a day. The plant is now producing 10 units of Class 7-type medium-duty trucks each day for its Kenworth Truck

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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Economy Will Continue to Grow

The U.S. economy is in a "golden age" of prosperity that has lasted 17 years and while there may be a recession in the next 5-10 years, the overall outlook is for steady economic growth.

Tags: Economy

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Hebe: Trucking to Become Commodity

"The process of moving freight--traditional trucking--is about to become a commodity, not a differentiator that is sustainable," Freightliner president/CEO Jim Hebe said addressing the recent annual meeting of TRALA.

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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Logistics is Oil For New Transportation World

A global alliance of all modes of transportation is evolving, and logistics will make it work, says U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue.

Tags: Intermodal

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

TCA Chairman Casts Lot Against ATA Integration

Gary Baumhover, chairman of the Truckload Carriers Assn., is urging members of TCA to vote against integration with American Trucking Assns. In a March 10 letter to TCA members, Baumhover explained that while he wants ATA to handle industry lobbying, he has a problem with ATA’s mandatory membership requirement.

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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

European Regulators Veto Volvo/Scania Merger

The European Commission rejected AB Volvo's purchase of Swedish rival truck and bus maker Scania, citing antitrust concerns. The decision, which had been widely expected, was unanimous and followed findings that the deal would give the combined companies 50-90% market shares in a number of European Union nations.

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

DOT Denies Carrier Requests to Keep Financial Data Private

Carriers that don’t want their financial and operating data made public will have to show more than “possible” harm, says the U. S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Six Big Fleets Create Internet Logistics Giant

Six of the largest truckload carriers in the U.S. have combined logistics operations into a single Internet-centered entity that could make serious waves in truck transportation markets.

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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

FedEx Launches Home Delivery Service

FedEx Corp. has launched a new home delivery service designed to compete with rival UPS in the burgeoning e-commerce-based business.

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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Dana Sells Cab Systems Group

Dana Corp. has agreed to sell its Commercial Vehicle Cab Systems Group to an affiliate of Hidden Creek Industries. Terms were not disclosed.

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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Shipper Found Liable in Crash That Took Driver's Leg

A Philadelphia jury last week awarded a shipper to pay $3.5 million to a truck driver who lost a leg when his tractor/trailer flipped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed head-on into another truck because its load of steel cables was improperly loaded by the shipper.

Tags: Safety

March 14, 2000 - Industry News

NPTC Adjusts Dues

Members of the National Private Truck Council will now pay annual dues of $650 regardless of how many trucks they operate. The new uniform pricing policy replaces a dues structure under which members paid from $350 to $1,650 depending on the number of trucks in the fleet.

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March 14, 2000 - Industry News

Trucking Execs Take Battle to the Web

Whose trucking community web venture is headed up by the biggest name in real world trucking

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March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Michigan to Vote on Allocation of Truck Fines

The Michigan Senate will soon vote on legislation, already approved by the House, that would prevent cities from receiving the revenue from fines imposed on overweight or unsafe trucks.

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March 13, 2000 - Industry News

Freight Volume Should Grow 5.5% This Year

According to our data, freight volume should expand 5.5% this year. Because last year's big 7% gain came at the end of the year, the 5.5% annual forecast will be hit if the four quarters this

Tags: Economy

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