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November 27, 1998 - Industry News

Three-Truck Crash Kills Two In Alabama

Nov. 30 – An accident involving three tractor-trailers and two passenger cars killed two people on Interstate 65 south of Birmingham, AL, last Tuesday. And although papers report that the accident may have been caused by a passenger vehicle failing to yield the right-of-way, one local paper followed up with a report about concerns on truck safety

Tags: Safety

November 27, 1998 - Industry News

Opening of Arkansas Interstate Delayed

Nov. 30 – The final leg of Arkansas’ new $450 million Interstate 540 from Alma to Fayetteville won’t be open until after the first of the year

Tags: Highways

November 27, 1998 - Industry News

Roberts Express Offers Internet Tracking

Nov. 30 – Roberts Express now offers real-time shipment tracking via its web site at http://www.roberts.com. The company has had Internet-based tracing capability since 1997. But this is a significantly upgraded service, more extensive and easier

Tags: Fleets

November 25, 1998 - Industry News

Arkansas I-540 Nears Completion

Nov. 27 – The final leg of Arkansas’ new $450 million Interstate 540 from Alma to Fayetteville should be open before Christmas, reports the Associated Press. The 42-mile highway avoids dangerous curves on two-lane U.S. 71 through the Boston Mountains

Tags: Highways

November 25, 1998 - Industry News

Michigan Tests New Ice Remover

Nov. 27 -- Michigan will be testing a new ice remover this winter. Ice Ban, uses what's left over after agricultural products are processed with the chemical magnesium chloride

Tags: Highways

November 25, 1998 - Industry News

I-75 Now Three Lanes In Central Kentucky

Nov. 27 – Interstate 75 through central Kentucky now has three lanes on each side of the highway from Lexington to the Clays Ferry Bridge

Tags: Highways

November 25, 1998 - Industry News

Meritor To Acquire Brake Business

Nov. 27 – Meritor Automotive plans to acquire Lucas-Varity Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems

Tags: Industry

November 25, 1998 - Industry News

Ford Credit Acquires AMI Leasing

Nov. 27 – Ford Credit Wednesday announced its planned acquisition of the AMI Leasing Group. AMI, a full-service commercial leasing company for cars, trucks and equipment, will become a part of Ford Credit’s lending operations

Tags: Industry

November 25, 1998 - Industry News

LoadMaster Version 5.3

Nov. 27 – Tom McLeod Software has released Version 5.3 of its LoadMaster transportation management software. A new Container Module ties in to the latest version of the software. Enhancements of Version 5.3 include improved standard

Tags: Industry

November 24, 1998 - Industry News

Freightliner Offers Peek Into Future At SAE

Nov. 25 – Freightliner President and CEO Jim Hebe spoke about the future of trucking and of Freightliner products at the Society of Automotive Engineers annual Truck and Bus meeting last week in Indianapolis – a future that includes fuel cells, more aerodynamic trailers, voice-activated accessories, side air bags and collision avoidance technologies, among others

Tags: Industry

November 24, 1998 - Industry News

Driver Pay Leaders Increase Lead

Nov. 25 – Most of the driver pay increases in the third quarter came from trucking companies already in the top half of wage rates, reports SignPost in its Third Quarter results of The national Survey of Driver Wages

Tags: Industry

November 24, 1998 - Industry News

UAW Announces Tentative Agreement With Peterbilt

Nov. 25 – United Auto Workers officials announced yesterday that a tentative agreement has been reached between UAW Local 1832 and Peterbilt Trucks after extensive negotiations in the Nashville, TN, area.

Tags: Industry

November 23, 1998 - Industry News

Heavy Truck Sales In High Gear

Nov. 24 – October deliveries of heavy-duty trucks set another record as the industry headed toward an all-time high in annual sales

Tags: Industry

November 20, 1998 - Industry News

Snow Batters North Dakota

Nov. 21 – A snowstorm brought near-blizzard conditions to eastern North Dakota Wednesday, closing I-29 and U.S. 2 until Thursday morning, reports the Associated Press.

Tags: Highways

November 19, 1998 - Industry News

European Union Proposes New Working Time Rules For Truckers

Nov. 23 – The European Commission last week adopted a proposal that would limit truck drivers’ working time to an average of 48 hours per week. The commission hopes this move will resolve issues that have caused trucker strikes over the last few years, but some British truckers aren’t too happy about it

November 19, 1998 - Industry News

Cobra Safety Alert Now In 50 States

Nov. 23 – Cobra Electronics’ patented, FCC-approved Safety Alert Traffic Warning System is now being used by municipalities in 50 states

Tags: Industry

November 19, 1998 - Industry News

CVSA Offers Inspection Seminars

Nov. 20 – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is offering an extensive six-hour seminar on passing roadside inspections and earning a CVSA decal

Tags: Industry

November 19, 1998 - Industry News

Free Eats Until the Year 2000

Nov. 20 – Petro Stopping Centers are giving truckers the chance to eat free until the year 2000 with a month-long promotion that kicks off Jan. 4

Tags: Industry

November 18, 1998 - Industry News

Philly Pulls Surprise Inspections

Nov. 19 – Philadelphia police Tuesday staged a surprise crackdown on the Schuylkill Expressway, report the city’s newspapers. It was the first time city police have teamed up with state inspectors for a large-scale truck strike since Police Commissioner John Timoney ordered officers in July to get tough on truckers

Tags: Industry

November 18, 1998 - Industry News

Arkansas Governor to Propose Diesel Tax

Nov. 19 – Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee last week said he would propose a diesel tax increase to repair roads instead of supporting toll booths on Arkansas interstate highways, reports the Associated Press

Tags: Industry

November 18, 1998 - Industry News

PennDOT Ready for Winter

Nov. 19 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says it’s ready to battle winter weather with a nearly $144 million budget

Tags: Highways

November 18, 1998 - Industry News

Washington State Prepares for Harsh Winter

Nov. 19 – Washington state highway officials are bracing for a wetter, colder-than-normal winter. La Nina is expected to generate storms carrying 10% to 30% more precipitation than normal through Snoqualmie Pass

Tags: Highways

November 18, 1998 - Industry News

Pilot Opens Columbus Facility

Nov. 19 – Pilot Corp. has opened its newest travel center in Columbus, OH.

Tags: Industry

November 18, 1998 - Industry News

J.D. Power Reports Freightliner Tops in Medium-Duty Satisfaction

Nov. 19 – Freightliner returns to the top position as best conventional medium-duty truck in customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 1998 Medium-Duty Truck Customer Satisfaction Study – but scored below average in dealer service.

Tags: Industry

November 17, 1998 - Industry News

Dixie Truckers Home Rents Trucks

Nov. 18 – Dixie Truckers Home (http://www.dixietruckershome.com), McLean, IL, has started a new short-term truck rental program for owner-operators and fleets left stuck because of equipment breakdowns.

Tags: Industry

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