April 14, 2000 - Industry News
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
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has discontinued a Data Verification Project with the Truck Renting and Leasing Assn.
A new ergonomics standard proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is “completely unworkable” because it is not based on sound science and it is too costly and not necessary, says the American Trucking Assns
Teamsters workers demonstrating against Associated Wholesale Grocers in Springfield, MO, have been accused of violating a restraining order they agreed to last week
In a case of strange bedfellows, Reform Party presidential hopeful Pat Buchanan Wednesday promised Teamsters he would name union president James Hoffa to his cabinet
Despite slowing North American demand for medium and heavy duty trucks, Cummins Engine Co. posted a 75% increase in first quarter profits compared to the same period last year
Class 6-8 vehicles operated at an average 83.5% capacity in first quarter 2000, up 2.1 percentage points from first quarter 1999, according to the latest survey by MacKay & Co. Researchers said this was the highest utilization rate since 1988.
The survey of 1,357 truck and bus fleets also indicated strong demand for truck transportation highlighted by an unusually small decline in utilization from fourth to first quarter
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is re-evaluating a recent decision to enforce wheel chock rules
Sales and marketing executives in the trucking industry have a new place to go for continuing education and networking. The former Sales and Marketing Council of American Trucking Associations has changed its name and location. It is now called the Transportation Sales and Marketing Assn. and is affiliated with SMC3
April 12, 2000 - Industry News
Budd Van Lines has opened a full-service, regional operation center in Kennesaw, GA
LTL carrier Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc., has purchased OptiSchedule, a strategic decision-support system from Logistics.com. The fleet worked with Logistics.com during an 18-month period to develop the OptiSchedule system, said to create efficient linehaul driver schedules
Tri-White Corp., Toronto, ON, has reached an agreement to sell its Trucking Group, comprised of both the Full-Load and Logistics Divisions of Tri-Line Expressways Ltd., and High-Tech Express & Distribution Ltd. to TCT Logistics Inc. for $44 million
Roadway Express, Akron, OH, has reported net income of nearly $10.4 million for the first quarter ended March 25, 2000, up 31% from net income of $7.9 million in the first quarter
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.
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