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March 16, 2000 - Industry News

Former Mack Workers Sue To Be Rehired

Twenty-four former Mack union workers have filed suit against the company seeking their former jobs and damages, according to an Allentown, PA, newspaper, The Morning Call.

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March 16, 2000 - Industry News

IRP Base State Question Now In Court

What's your base state? The International Registration Plan says it's the state where you maintain your principal place of business -- not the address of your licening bureau. Truckers Bookkeeping Service doesn’t agree, and has taken the issue to court.

March 16, 2000 - Industry News

New Leadership At NAST

The National Assn. of Show Trucks is making some organizational changes to help it deal with the organization's growth

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March 16, 2000 - Industry News

Truckers Boycott Houston Container Yard

A three-day boycott of a container yard at the Port of Houston’s Barbours Cut Terminal has received widespread support from the 1,000 - 1,500 truckers who serve the port

Tags: Intermodal

March 16, 2000 - Industry News

Maine Senate Approves Longer Rigs

A bill to allow longer rigs in Maine received preliminary approval in the Maine Senate this week. The bill, LD 2370, would allow tractor trailers to be up to four feet longer to accommodate trucks with larger sleepers

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March 16, 2000 - Industry News

Johnson Matthey Intros Advanced Exhaust Treatment

Johnson Matthey has introduced a diesel exhaust aftertreatment system designed to make heavy duty diesel truck and bus engines as clean as those of the latest passenger cars.

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March 16, 2000 - Industry News

Oregon Providing Free Highway Info Via Fax

Truckers can now get up-to-the-minute information on closures and traffic delays on Oregon state highways through the Oregon Department of Transportation's free QuickFax service

Tags: Highways

March 16, 2000 - Industry News

PNV Launches Wireless Network

PNV Inc. has launched "B" Connected, a national wireless network that will provide truck drivers with broadband access to the Internet.

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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.

Tags: Economy

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

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