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March 28, 1999 - Industry News

DOT Announces Trailer Reflector Retrofit

A new Federal Highway Administration requirement will make trucking companies install reflective tape or reflectors on trailers

March 28, 1999 - Industry News

Driver In Amtrak Crash Will Get License

Illinois will grant a commercial driver’s license to the driver of the truck that was struck by an Amtrak train that killed 11 people, Secretary of State Jesse White said Thursday. But White, who had been looking for ways to pull the driver’s license after the crash, is not happy about the decision

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March 28, 1999 - Industry News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Dropping Weight-Distance Tax

A proposal to replace Oregon’s weight distance tax with a combination of fuel taxes and higher registration fees is set for legislative review next week. A 4-cent gas tax increase is currently working its way through the state’s House of Representatives, but the issue of truck taxes still sits with the House Transportation Committee

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March 26, 1999 - Industry News

Renault-Nissan Deal Imminent

Mack officials confirmed at a press conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show today that parent company Renault has made a formal offer to purchase what is reported to be about a 35% stake in Japan’s Nissan, including its Nissan Diesel truck operations

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March 24, 1999 - Industry News

Mid-America Trucking Show Starts Today

The 27th annual Mid-America Trucking Show gets under way today at the Louisville Fair and Expo Center in Louisville, KY

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March 24, 1999 - Industry News

Illinois Targets Trucker License In Amtrak Crash

The Illinois secretary of state’s office was reviewing state law Tuesday to see if it could revoke the driver’s license of the trucker involved in last week’s deadly Amtrak crash, reports the Associated Press

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March 24, 1999 - Industry News

Roadway Signs Tire Management Contract With Bandag

Roadway Express and Bandag have signed a deal that will see a new Bandag subsidiary handling all Roadway’s tire management, from purchasing to mounting to maintenance to retreading. Bandag, primarily known for its retread offerings, says outsourcing

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March 22, 1999 - Industry News

TMC Members Voice Concerns On ATA Restructuring

American Trucking Assns. head Walter McCormick was the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the ATA’s Maintenance Council last week in Nashville, TN. After his speech on the benefits of ATA membership, about half a

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March 22, 1999 - Industry News

TMC Panel Addresses Emissions Technology

During a technical program at The Maintenance Council’s annual meeting in Nashville last week, a panel of representatives from engine manufacturers talked about the impact of their engine emissions settlement with the EPA and how they may meet upcoming stricter emissions regulations

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March 22, 1999 - Industry News

Judge Affirms Hoffa As Teamsters President

James P. Hoffa promised to guide the Teamsters union “back to greatness” after a federal judge affirmed his election win as president of the union once led by his father

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March 22, 1999 - Industry News

Illinois House Passes Emissions Testing Bill

Heavy trucks registered in the Chicago area would have to undergo annual pollution tests under legislation that easily passed the Illinois House on Friday

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March 22, 1999 - Industry News

Arkansas 4-Cent Diesel Tax Hits Snag

A plan by the Arkansas Senate to tax truckers more than the motoring public failed to get the three-fourths majority it needed to pass in the House Friday. However, the 71-22 vote was close enough for supporters to say they will try again to get the needed 75 votes this week

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March 22, 1999 - Industry News

Truckers Protest Tax Increase In London

Truck drivers took to the streets in London yesterday to protest increased taxation

March 21, 1999 - Industry News

Witnesses Say Driver Didn’t Go Around Gates

News reports over the weekend suggest that despite a less-than-stellar safety record, the truck driver involved in a tragic train derailment last week did not drive around the crossing gates in an attempt to beat the train

Tags: Safety

March 19, 1999 - Industry News

Higher Speeds Shorten Tire Life

A study performed for The Maintenance Council by Bridgestone/Firestone found that higher speed limits have resulted in higher tire costs

Tags: Safety

March 19, 1999 - Industry News

Truck Writers Honor Cummins

The Cummins Signature 600 engine has won the eighth annual Truck Writers of North America Technical Achievement Award, awarded for products introduced in 1998

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March 19, 1999 - Industry News

Rand McNally Introduces IntelliRoute

Rand McNally introduced IntelliRoute at the Truckload Carriers Assn. meeting last week. IntelliRoute’s advanced routing applications combine comprehensive highway data with high-speed routing and mobile communications integration to deliver the benefits of pinpoint satellite-based tracking. IntelliRoute

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March 19, 1999 - Industry News

Knight Makes Acquisition

Knight Transportation, a short- to medium-haul truckload carrier headquartered in Phoenix, has acquired Action Delivery Service and its affiliated company, Action Warehouse Services. Action is a privately held short- to medium-haul truckload carrier headquartered in Corsicana, TX.

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March 19, 1999 - Industry News

Researchers Turn Used Frying Oil Into Diesel

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy have developed a new way to turn used french fry oil into an environmentally friendly diesel fuel

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March 19, 1999 - Industry News

Trucker May Have Driven Around Warning Gates

An eyewitness has told authorities that he saw a truck loaded with steel enter a railroad crossing despite flashing warning lights just before it was struck by an Amtrak train, reports the Associated Press. However, because of language problems, there were conflicting interpretations of the Spanish-speaking witness’s account about whether the warning gates were down

Tags: Safety

March 18, 1999 - Industry News

Volvo To Acquire Stake In Petro

Volvo Trucks North America announced yesterday that it has agreed to acquire an ownership interest in Petro Stopping Centers

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March 18, 1999 - Industry News

Truck Driver Investigated In Amtrak Tragedy

The death toll in the Amtrak train derailment near Chicago has been dropped to 11, but investigators are taking a hard look at the truck driver whose flatbed trailer was across the tracks when the train slammed into it at 79 mph Monday night

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March 18, 1999 - Industry News

Arkansas Senate Raises Diesel Tax

The Arkansas Senate passed a highway bill with higher diesel taxes than the House version – a change that Gov. Mike Huckabee says could wreck the whole program

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March 18, 1999 - Industry News

Web Site Offers Free Trucker E-Mail

Layover.com has launched a free web-based e-mail service called LayoverMail

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March 17, 1999 - Industry News

More of the Same at Hill Hearings: Get Tough On Trucks

Federal officials continued to call for tougher truck safety enforcement at hearings on Capitol Hill yesterday

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