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January 12, 1999 - Industry News

North Carolina Looking At High-Tech Brake Inspections

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is shopping for high-tech devices to detect faulty truck brakes, reports the Associated Press, but those devices are not approved for funding by the federal government

Tags: Safety

January 12, 1999 - Industry News

New Group Pushing “Shore Power” At Truckstops

A new industry group has been formed to help truckstops develop an AC power system that lets trucks power air conditioners, engine block heaters and cab equipment using power supplied through the truckstop instead of engine idling

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January 12, 1999 - Industry News

Volvo, UAW Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

Volvo Trucks North America and the United Auto Workers yesterday reached a tentative agreement on another six-year contract for production and maintenance workers and a new six-year agreement for certain salaried workers at its New River

Tags: Industry

January 12, 1999 - Industry News

Cummins Announces ISB Clean Fleet Certification

Cummins has announced the certification of four ISB diesel engine rating to the 1999 Environmental Protection Agency Clean Fuel Fleet Vehicle Low Emissions Vehicle standard

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January 12, 1999 - Industry News

South Dakota Governor Attacks Overweight Trucks

People who violate vehicle weight limits should be charged with a felony, says South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow. The governor wants to crack down on overweight trucks before increasing road funding

Tags: Industry

January 11, 1999 - Industry News

Supreme Court To Hear Driver Disability Case

Two cases related to trucking will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court as it attempts to clarify the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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January 11, 1999 - Industry News

Supreme Court To Hear Driver Vision Case

Two cases related to trucking will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court as it attempts to clarify the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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January 11, 1999 - Industry News

Celadon Offers Internet Ordering

Celadon Group, a truckload carrier based in Indianapolis, now offers load booking and rating for its customers via the Internet at http://www.celadontrucking.com. The new features will be integrated into the existing internet tracking system, Cela-Trac, which

Tags: Fleets

January 11, 1999 - Industry News

Maine Tolls To Go Up February 1

Truckers shouldn’t look for any breaks from tolls in Maine. Although there has been an outcry in the state legislature about the turnpike’s February 1 toll hikes, when the scheduled meeting of the Maine Turnpike Authority takes place tomorrow, they’ll only be looking at cutting back the increase for car drivers

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January 8, 1999 - Industry News

New Jersey Dump Truckers Protest Rates

More than a dozen dump trucks paraded into Atlantic City Wednesday, honking their horns and disrupting traffic as a protest against low rates, reports the Associated Press

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January 8, 1999 - Industry News

Weather Strands Truckers

A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain stranded more than 100 tractor-trailers in western Kentucky Friday and led to accidents in other states

Tags: Highways

January 8, 1999 - Industry News

Cummins, Scania Launch Joint Venture

Cummins Engine and Scania announced that they have formally signed a joint venture agreement to assemble and test a new fuel system for diesel engines developed by the two companies

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January 8, 1999 - Industry News

Ohio DOT Upgrades Winter Weather Site

The Ohio Department of Transportation yesterday has upgraded its computer-generated Ohio Transportation Information System to include news about the effects of winter weather on roads

Tags: Highways

January 7, 1999 - Industry News

Virginia Congressmen Hold Hearing On Trucks And I-81

Two U.S. representatives from Virginia held a hearing earlier this week on truck safety on Interstate 81 – a hearing made even more important after a crash involving eight tractor-trailers killed four people last weekend on the heavily traveled highway

Tags: Safety

January 7, 1999 - Industry News

Volvo Could Sell Car Division, Focus On Trucks

Sweden’s Volvo appears to be considering selling its car division in order to focus on its higher-profit truck and heavy equipment divisions. The London-based Financial Times reports that Volvo has appointed a U.S. investment bank to explore a possible sale or merger of its car division

Tags: Industry

January 7, 1999 - Industry News

Windsor Considers Toll On Border-Bound Trucks

Windsor, Ontario, Canada, wants to charge trucks for using one of Canada’s busiest roads – a six-lane city road linking Canadian Highway 401 with the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit and the U.S. Interstate system

January 7, 1999 - Industry News

Arkansas Interstate Opens Today

A new 42-mile section of Interstate 540 opening today in Arkansas will cut the travel time between I-40 and the state’s northwestern corridor nearly in half, reports the Associated Press

Tags: Highways

January 6, 1999 - Industry News

Ice, Fog, Speed Lead To Virginia Pileup

Jan. 7 – Four people were killed and 26 injured in an accident last weekend on Interstate 81 near Lexington, VA. Although officials have had a hard time determining the cause of the tragedy, they now say it appears a tractor-trailer traveling too fast for conditions set off the chain reaction. The driver of that rig was one of the people killed in the crash

Tags: Safety

January 6, 1999 - Industry News

I-80 Closed After Sniper Shooting

Jan. 7 – Interstate 80 was closed for five hours near Reno, NV, Monday after a sniper opened fire and hit at least five vehicles. Police arrested a suspect after a routine traffic stop in Las Vegas the next day

Tags: Industry

January 6, 1999 - Industry News

New Georgia Governor Proposes Atlanta Traffic Solutions

Jan. 7 – Georgia’s new governor, Roy Barnes, has been meeting with state House and Senate budget writers about midyear budget changes to help tackle Atlanta’s traffic and pollution problems

Tags: Industry

January 6, 1999 - Industry News

Overnite Adds Next-Day Lanes

Jan. 7 – Overnite Transportation Co. has launched its new “Northeast Advantage,” with shorter transit times on more than 800 lanes throughout the Northeast, including 518 new, next-day lanes. “We no longer are content to be just

Tags: Fleets

January 6, 1999 - Industry News

New Web Site Offers Bulk Load Postings

Jan. 7 – If you haul bulk freight, there’s a new Internet-based load-finding service designed especially for you

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January 5, 1999 - Industry News

Truck Inspections Lax At Mexican Border

Jan. 6 – Unsafe Mexican trucks are likely coming across the border without being inspected, according to a new audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation, reports the Associated Press

January 5, 1999 - Industry News

Ford Head Nixes Volvo Truck Merger Rumors

Jan. 6 – Although Ford has an open mind about acquisitions, the company is not talking to Volvo about getting back into the heavy-duty truck business, Ford CEO Jacques Nasser said Monday at the North American International Auto Show

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January 4, 1999 - Industry News

United States, Canada Agree On Driver Medical Qualifications

Jan. 5 – The United States and Canada have agreed to recognize each other’s regulations on medical qualifications for truck drivers, reports News First, the web site from the Canadian Today’s Trucking magazine

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