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March 1, 1999 - Industry News

TravelCenters Of America To Acquire Travel Ports

TravelCenters of America and Travel Ports of America yesterday announced a merger agreement

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March 1, 1999 - Industry News

Cardinal Increases Top Pay To $.37 A Mile

Cardinal Freight Carriers, Concord, NC, announced a 10.8% pay increase to 37 cents per mile for veteran over-the-road van drivers

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February 26, 1999 - Industry News

Congress Wraps Up Teamsters Investigation

The leadership of the Teamsters union mismanaged its financial affairs, bringing it to the brink of bankruptcy. That’s the finding of a Michigan congressman who has wrapped up his 17-month investigation of the corrupt 1996 Teamsters election.

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February 26, 1999 - Industry News

Few Show Up For PATT Conference

Turnout was quite low Friday morning for the opening of Parents Against Tired Truckers’ first symposium on driver fatigue in San Diego

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February 26, 1999 - Industry News

Oklahoma House Addresses Speed Traps

The Oklahoma House last week overwhelmingly approved a bill designed to cut down on the state’s speed traps

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February 26, 1999 - Industry News

Trucker Flips Rig To Avoid Worse Accident

A log truck driver is being credited with preventing an even worse accident by flipping his truck when a car ahead of him suddenly stopped on a Mississippi highway

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February 25, 1999 - Industry News

Blizzard Hits New England, Rain Drenches Northwest

Meteorologists were recommending against traveling in New England last night as a surprise storm, with heavy snow and winds gusting over 50 mph, created blizzard and whiteout conditions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Tags: Highways

February 25, 1999 - Industry News

New Dual Fuel System Completed

Alternative Fuel Systems says it has successfully completed the next generation dual natural gas/diesel system designed for OEM use with new electronically controlled diesel engines

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February 24, 1999 - Industry News

Montana To Get Split Speed Limits

A bill giving Montana auto drivers a daytime speed limit for the first time since 1995 is expected to be signed by the governor. The measure specifies lower limits for trucks than for other vehicles

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February 24, 1999 - Industry News

National Transportation Safety Conference Next Week

The Department of Transportation has announced a two-day national transportation safety conference to take place in Washington, D.C., beginning March 2

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February 24, 1999 - Industry News

OSHA Previews Ergonomics Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued what amounts to a test balloon for its ergonomics standards.

February 24, 1999 - Industry News

Quebec Requires Registration By April 1

The Canadian province of Quebec is requiring all truck operators and brokers to register and receive a safety rating before April 1

February 24, 1999 - Industry News

Bering Makes Deal With Ford Credit

Coinciding with the distribution of its first truck models to dealers, U.S. truck newcomer Bering Truck has formed a strategic alliance with Ford Credit

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February 23, 1999 - Industry News

Hearing Finds Office Of Motor Carriers Doing Poor Job

The Office of Motor Carriers got knocked around on Capitol Hill yesterday as Rep. Frank Wolf and others took the agency to task for shortcomings in its enforcement of truck safety rules

February 23, 1999 - Industry News

OOIDA Sues States Over Fuel Taxes

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. has filed class action lawsuits against four states, seeking refunds of fuel taxes collected for miles driven on the states’ tollroads

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February 23, 1999 - Industry News

Transportation Groups Say Highways Underfunded

A new transportation coalition called on the government Monday to keep its promise to American taxpayers to spend all transportation user taxes on transportation

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February 23, 1999 - Industry News

Volvo, Scania Break Off Negotiations

Sweden’s Volvo has broken off negotiations to buy rival Swedish truck maker Scania

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February 22, 1999 - Industry News

Training Groups Attack CDL Mills

Four North American truck driver training groups are calling for standards that would discourage “CDL mills,” which turn out licensed truck drivers in two or three days

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February 22, 1999 - Industry News

South Dakota Senate Passes Overweight Truck Bill

South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow’s plan to crack down on overweight trucks was approved by the South Dakota Senate Friday after senators removed a controversial provision that would have allowed state officials to look at weigh scale tickets from elevators and other commercial businesses

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February 22, 1999 - Industry News

FieldWorks Shifts To Service Strategy

After a difficult financial year, FieldWorks is moving to a more service-oriented approach, reports the Minneapolis/St. Paul CityBusiness journal. The company will still turn out its “ruggedized” laptop computers, focusing on a few vertical markets such

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February 19, 1999 - Industry News

Expect Construction Delays In Chicago

The construction season in the Chicago area this year is nearly guaranteed to make you miserable – and it starts this week, with lanes closed for the reconstruction of the Stevenson Expressway

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February 19, 1999 - Industry News

Arkansas Tolls On Hold, Diesel Tax Moves Ahead

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s bond issue and 3-cent diesel tax are moving forward in the state Legislature, while Highway Commission members want time to look over a draft plan to put tollbooths on existing interstates

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February 19, 1999 - Industry News

Lautenberg Plans To Step Down

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg has spent his 16 years in the Senate plugging away on transportation and other issues. The 75-year-old Democrat has announced he will not run again

February 18, 1999 - Industry News

Mineta Chairs Truck Safety Panel

Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater has enlisted a respected Washington veteran to help lower the heat in the congressional dispute over truck and bus safety enforcement

February 18, 1999 - Industry News

FHWA Looks At Intermodal Equipment Safety

Who should be responsible for the maintenance and safety of intermodal equipment – carriers or equipment owners? That’s the basic question now being asked by the Federal Highway Administration. Container chassis and intermodal trailers are often owned

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