March 10, 2000 - Industry News
As part of a bill to increase the minimum wage to $6.15 by the year 2002, the U.S. House of Representatives has also passed a measure to restore to 80% the tax deduction that trucker drivers can take for food and beverages while they're on the road.
But the vote late Thursday evening by a 246-179 margin has already drawn a promised veto from President Clinton, who says the legislation is loaded with $122 billion in special business tax cuts
PNV Inc. and National InterBank have formed a partnership to provide online banking services to truck drivers
Celadon Group, Inc. plans to take its TruckersCo-op.com subsidiary public and change the name to TruckersB2B.com, Inc
Last year was "the greatest year Peterbilt ever had, and this year will be our toughest challenge since 1991," Dave Rutman, general sales manager told the company's dealers recently. "We're in an all out war."
Meritor Automotive inaugurated its first wholly-owned Mexican Heavy Vehicle Systems assembly plant, which will supply Mexico-based commercial truck OEMs with heavy-duty components and systems, initially drive axles and drivelines.
The Silent Partner muffler made by Donaldson Co. has won the 10th annual Truck Writers of North America (TWNA) Technical Achievement Award for calendar-year 1999.
There's a bright future for the independent truck dealer, according to George Grask, 1999 Truck Dealer of the Year. Speaking at the The Maintenance Council's Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN this week, Grask also shared his concern over the dire need to recruit technicians in to the trucking industry.
March 8, 2000 - Industry News
Overnite and the Teamsters are talking again. Following negotiations March 7 and 8, a Teamsters negotiating team will review the carrier's Health, Welfare and Pension proposals then go back to the bargaining table March 23 and 24 and April 4-6
The fledgling Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was officially pushed out of the nest yesterday, as top officials from the Department of Transportation hosted congressional and industry leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
"We understand that this is
VehiCare Corp., a large provider of on-site maintenance services has signed an agreement to use oils and lube products from Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants exclusively.
Blinding smoke from a nearby forest fire caused a massive traffic pileup on a north Florida interstate Wednesday, killing three people and injuring 21 others, officials said.
Western Star Trucks Holdings Ltd. has completed the the sale of its UK truck subsidiary, ERF (Holdings) plc to MAN Aktiengesellschaft (MAN). It has also completed the purchase of MAN's Australian subsidiary, MAN Automotive (Australia) Pty.
A bill that would have replaced Kentucky's weight-distance tax with higher fuel taxes and registration fees is dead, but the issue may come up again in a special session later this year, says Kentucky Motor Transportation Assn. President Harold Bernard.
The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill that would create a Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. The new department would issue drivers' licenses and vehicle tags and would be responsible for truck inspections as well as truck length and weight compliance.
Mike Payne, president and chief executive officer of the Truck Renting and Leasing Assn., has seen what happens when a business does not plan for management succession. So he is making sure that when it comes
A bill has been introduced in the Missouri senate that would raise truck license fees by $10 and would transfer money from the highway trust fund to the Department of Natural Resources for hazardous waste clean-up.
In the midst of a capital improvement program to reconstruct 16 service plazas, the Ohio Turnpike Commission has announced that it will close two plazas in March and another two in September.
The owners of a an Iowa tire plant have been fined $150,000 for safety law violations in the November 1999 explosion that killed a truck driver delivering a flammable chemical to the plant.
Con-Way Southern Express, Ann Arbor, MI, is moving its Longview, TX, service center operations to Tyler, TX, effective May 1, 2000. The company cited increased business as the reason for the move.
Cardinal Logistics, Concord, NC, presented 17 of its top, senior drivers with their own, custom-designed 2000 International Eagle trucks. A reward for outstanding contributions to the company's success, the rigs also feature a door sticker indicating that their trucks have been custom-designed per their own specifications.
Fearing a loss of federal highway funds if it does not comply with federal guidelines, the New Mexico legislature has passed a bill that would impose stricter fines and penalties for truckers who violate safety rules.
Prime Inc. has named the recipients of its Contractor of the Year 2000 Awards. Chosen for their on-time performance, profitability and safety records, the winners received a $1,000 cash prize and will represent Prime throughout 2000 at truck shows and other promotional events.
As part of its expansion in the Baltic region, Swedish truck maker Scania has acquired its Latvian distributor Auto Skan SIA from G. Persson Gruppen AB of Uppsala, Sweden. The acquisition enhances Scania's position on the Latvian market.
Even as competitors proliferate, Qualcomm, Inc. of San Diego, CA, continues its decade-long run on the largest fleets in the U.S. The latest industry giant into the Qualcomm camp is Ryder Systems, Inc., operators of the nation’s 12th largest fleet.
March 7, 2000 - Industry News
For the past nine months, truck safety enforcement has been getting tougher, with a 96% increase in compliance reviews and a 107% increase in penalties – but it’s only the beginning.
The federal truck safety program is
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