March 11, 1999 - Industry News
Transit Group has signed a contract to outfit its 13 trucking fleets with 3,000 OmniTRACS mobile satellite units. The company is in the business of acquiring and consolidating primarily truckload carriers. The company has completed 13
Philadelphia police staged their sixth truck crackdown in four months Tuesday, putting 11 trucks out of service in three hours on Girard Avenue near 38th Street.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, police pulled 40 trucks off
March 10, 1999 - Industry News
A 17-truck Pennsylvania fleet with the worst safety record in the state has been indicted for encouraging its drivers to exceed federal hours-of-service limits and keep false logbooks
Members of the Texas House Transportation Committee are in no hurry to consider a bill calling for uniform speed limits for cars and trucks on many Texas highways, according to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn
British truckers are testing a new Pay-As-You-Use leasing plan offered by Freightliner parent DaimlerChrysler. If everything goes well, the plan could come to the United States as early as this year.
HighwayMaster has signed an agreement with member companies of SBC Communications, extending a one-year contract to three years.
Under the terms of the extended agreement, HighwayMaster has taken orders to install an additional 3,140 of its intelligent
Freightliner has signed a letter of intent with Mayflower to form a new joint venture company to manufacture and distribute commercial transit buses throughout North America.
The new venture will join Freightliner subsidiary Thomas Built Buses with
March 8, 1999 - Industry News
South Carolina has joined Missouri and Arkansas in considering legislation that would target truckers with higher fines for speeding
The New Mexico Legislature is considering two bills targeting truckers. One would lower the speed limit for trucks from 75 mph to 65 mph on interstate highways. The other initially raised penalties for truckers for using
The Professional Truck Driver Institute has certified courses at another 11 truck driver training schools and recertified 10 under its revised certification standards. Forty-one schools across the United States and Canada now offer courses certified by PTDI
The International Motor Carrier Audit Commission sounds like a new government agency about to hassle carriers, but it isn’t — at least it isn’t a government agency. But that doesn’t mean it won't be hassling carriers; it’s still too early to tell
Rumors that the United States may open its border states to Mexican trucks by next year are premature, judging from reaction to the idea on Capitol Hill
Overweight trucks will be subject to higher fines in South Dakota under a bill passed last week by the state Legislature
An analysis of federal data by The Road Information Program shows Kansas City has the highest rate of traffic fatalities – but a Kansas City newspaper says the research is flawed
Just two days after the Arkansas House overwhelmingly approved a 3-cent fuel tax increase backed by Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Senate panel endorsed a plan that would tax trucks for each mile traveled – the dreaded weight-distance tax
Volvo Trucks North American (http://www.volvotrucks.volvo.com) will sponsor a series of sales training seminars in cooperation with component and body manufacturers. The two-day workshops, focusing on selling to vocational customers, will be conducted in 10 major cities
March 5, 1999 - Industry News
Bills introduced in both the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate address the issue of uniform speed limits for cars and trucks on the state’s highways
New NOx emission limits placed on truck diesels built after October 2002 have engine and truck manufacturers scrambling. One of the biggest challenges they face is how to cool them
The Arkansas House voted last week to raise state fuel taxes by 3 cents a gallon to pay for $44 million a year in improvements to non-interstate roads, as well as a bond issue that will pay for interstate repairs
TravelCenters of America has completely renovated its web site (http://www.tatravelcenters.com)
March 4, 1999 - Industry News
Driver pay continues to increase at levels above the inflation rate, according to The National Survey of Driver Wages – and it’s about time, says David Goodson, president of SignPost Inc., which published the quarterly survey
A panel created by the Louisiana state Legislature voted to recommend slower speed limits for trucks on four-lane highways – but it was far from a unanimous vote
March 3, 1999 - Industry News
Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater is going all-out to focus the nation’s attention on transportation safety
The man in the truck safety hot seat at the Department of Transportation advises patience and careful study of the facts before anything is done to the Office of Motor Carriers
A New Jersey Teamsters local, considered the most mob-riddled union in the country for decades, has direct control for the first time in nearly 12 years
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