October 6, 2000 - Industry News
ISE Research is creating a hybrid electric truck at Calstart’s Burbank, CA facility. The diesel engine, transmission and fuel tanks are being removed from the Class 8 truck and will be replaced with dual electric motors,
In Springfield, IL, campers, buses and big rigs would be allowed to cruise up to 65 mph on four-lane divided highways in rural Illinois under a bill that passed the House.The House voted 78-37 to approve
In a unanimous vote, the Senate Transportation Committee approved legislation designed to promote the use of clean fuels in heavy duty vehicles. Senate Bill 1096 creates tax incentives for trucking companies to convert their fleets to
Freightliner Corp. hit the road for a 14-city truckstop tour that will feature the company’s Security Connection program and its new Century Class and Classic XL products. The tour will travel across the United States through
Petro Stopping Centers held ribbon-cutting ceremonies to highlight its conversion of its diesel fuel to offer Mobil Diesel PowerPlus. The conversion, the result of a strategic alliance among Petro, Mobil and Chartwell Investments, will affect all
TIP (Transport International Pool) is offering trailer specifications on the Internet. National account customers can obtain the specs via the net and can have vehicle registrations faxed to them through the secured, interactive site.
Located at http://trailers.ge.com/,
Congress and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. are urging President Clinton to maintain U.S./Mexican trucking restrictions until he can “guarantee the American people that Mexican trucks can and will operate safety in the United States.”
The American Trucking Assns. and Engine Manufacturers Assn. have launched a program designed to remind drivers, mechanics, companies and regulators to further reduce truck emissions.
On The Road To Clean Air features a nationwide education and training
This year, two of the summer’s biggest truck shows will feature Makeover Magic events. First is the 18th annual Iowa 80 Truckers Jamboree in Walcott, July 10-11, to be followed by the Truckers News “Knights of
Road Watch America has unveiled a web site of interest to all motorists. Called RWA DIRECT, the free service provides road condition, construction and weather links for all states and most major cities. The site also
A group of truck driver training schools has formed the Commercial Vehicle Training Assn., a Washington DC-based organization designed to improve training for entry level commercial drivers.
The association will offer training programs at more than 30
The American Trucking Assns., in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, has launched a series of public service announcements to educate motorists about the dangers of driving drowsy.
Awake At The Wheel features public service announcements
Joe Theismann — former NFL quarterback and ESPN sports analyst - and Grammy award winner Bill Mack will appear at the Texas Motor Transportation Assn. Trucking Expo, Aug. 5-7 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
In support of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Associates Commercial Corp. plans to co-sponsor the second annual Associates/Pilot Travel Centers Professional Truck Driver Appreciation Day.
On Aug. 20, 1997, Associates will set up appreciation booths at 32
Landstar System Inc. and Navistar International are helping truckers focus on safety by awarding Landstar drivers the chance to win a new 9400 Eagle.
Robert Fields of Edmonton, KY, took the top prize in the 1997 contest,
For the eighth straight year, Cat Scale Co.’s 1938 Kenworth will compete in the MBNA Great Race XV. This year’s competition will be held from June 21-July 4, and covers 4,400-miles from Sonoma, CA, to Jacksonville,
For the 18th year, the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, IA, will show its appreciation to the hundreds of truckers that frequent the facility for food, supplies and fuel. The 1997 Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been
Chevron is joining 1-800-Drivers in its attempt to attract new drivers to the trucking industry. The company has announced it will sponsor the 24-hour jobline, which provides information on thousands of jobs for drivers.
By calling 1-800-Drivers,
Trucker’s Pride Day, scheduled for Sept. 13-14, will be held in Waupaca, WI, at the intersection of Highways 10 and 54. Though the show is designed to honor professional drivers and their families, it will also
The Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Motor Carriers is now offering motor carrier safety ratings and other safety data on the Internet. Located at http://www.safersys.org, the site provides a carrier “snapshot”-an electronic record of its identification,
Fleets can obtain state-by-state trailer height, length, width and weight restrictions through the TIP (Transport International Pool) Internet site at http://www.trailers.ge.com. The Resource Centers allows users to link to the trailer regulations section which features state
Since 1994, Celadon Trucking has grown 50%, creating 500 new trucking and 100 administrative jobs — an expansion that Michael Hodson, Celadon executive vice president, attributes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Speaking before a public
The New Jersey State Police Truck Enforcement Unit held voluntary no-penalty vehicle inspections at the Petro Stopping Center, Bordentown, NJ, during International Highway Transportation Safety Week.
Trucks passing the Level One inspections received a CVSA decal good
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delayed the Clean Fuel Fleet Program start date for one year — it will now begin in model year 1999.
CFFP requires fleets of 10 or more vehicles that are centrally
Donald Basile, a driver for R&J Poultry of Monson, MA, is organizing a Convoy for Kids in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Massachusetts.
The combination convoy and picnic will be held July 20, 1997 starting
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