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May 28, 1999 - Industry News

Volvo Names Dealers of the Year

T.J. Willings, president of Volvo and GMC Trucks of Birmingham, AL, and Gerry Wardle, president of Gerry's Truck Center in London, Ontario, have been named U.S. and Canadian dealers of the year by Volvo Trucks North America

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May 27, 1999 - Industry News

Wolf Tightens Screws on OMCHS

Rep. Frank Wolf is going to withhold funding for the Office of Motor Carrier and Highway Safety until he sees significant reforms in the federal truck safety program

May 26, 1999 - Industry News

Slater's Plan Draws Criticism

Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater's conservative approach to fixing problems of truck safety — leaving truck safety oversight where it is — drew a sharp reaction from Capitol Hill

May 26, 1999 - Industry News

Mineta Recommends Higher Status For Safety In DOT

Norman Mineta has added a new wrinkle to the debate over truck safety. The former congressman yesterday proposed yet another solution to the federal government's performance problem: Give safety and highways equal status in the same office in the Department of Transportation

May 26, 1999 - Industry News

Pay Race Still On Among Flatbed And Reefer Carriers

Driver pay increases among truckload carriers slowed some in fourth-quarter 1998, but wage hikes among flatbed and refrigerated carriers continued at a rather brisk pace, according to the National Survey of Driver Wages, conducted by SignPost Inc

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May 25, 1999 - Industry News

Slater Acts to Keep OMCHS Where It Is

Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater is committing the Department of Transportation to an ambitious safety action plan, with the objective of reducing truck-related highway fatalities by 50% over the next 10 years

May 25, 1999 - Industry News

South Dakota Task Force Addresses Overweight Trucks

South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow's pet issue of overweight trucks is causing headaches for the task force that has to find ways to enforce the new law

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May 25, 1999 - Industry News

Missouri Plans Improvements To Highway 40 In St. Louis

The Missouri Department of Transportation is planning the biggest highway reconstruction project the region has seen — a $300 million renovation of Highway 40 in St. Louis

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May 24, 1999 - Industry News

Bill Would Restore 80% Meal Tax Deduction

Truck drivers would get a bigger tax break for the meals they eat on the road, under new legislation proposed on Capitol Hill

May 24, 1999 - Industry News

Bill Would Revise Independent Contractor Status

A bill that would revise the definition of an independent contractor is worrisome to employers and owner-operators alike

May 24, 1999 - Industry News

Illinois Cracks Down On License Loopholes

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced last week several measures he is taking to tighten up the state's licensing, including studying whether minimum training standards should be required for truckers seeking a commercial driver's license

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May 24, 1999 - Industry News

Mexican Secretary Optimistic About NAFTA

Visiting Washington, DC, last week, Mexico's transportation secretary expressed confidence that cross-border trucking is close to becoming a reality

May 24, 1999 - Industry News

Peterbilt Adds Used Truck Locator To Web Site

Peterbilt had added a pre-owned truck locator to its web site at http://www.peterbilt.com

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May 23, 1999 - Industry News

National Weight-Distance Tax Proposed

There's a move in Congress to reform truck taxes by replacing three separate levies with a weight-mile tax

May 23, 1999 - Industry News

Illinois Passes Truck Emissions Bill

The fate of emissions testing in the Chicago and East St. Louis areas is in the hands of Illinois Gov. George Ryan

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May 23, 1999 - Industry News

Southwest International Dealers Attend Sales Fair

Close to 400 dealers, customers and vendors converged on Corpus Christi, TX, last week to attend the International Southwest Region sales fair. One of the trucks on display that caught dealers' eyes was the Diamond Back 9900i

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May 19, 1999 - Industry News

Mineta Wraps Up Truck Safety Analysis

Norman Mineta is wrapping up his analysis of truck safety this week, and will present his recommendations to Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater on Friday. He is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on May 26

Tags: Safety

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

Driver Wins Case After Refusing To Drive In Bad Weather

The U.S. Department of Labor recently ruled in favor of a truck driver who was fired for refusing to drive a tractor-trailer in bad weather

Tags: Safety

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

FHWA Proposes More Vision Exemptions

The Federal Highway Administration has announced its intention to exempt another 33 truck drivers from federal vision requirements

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

New Inspection Device To Be Tested In Four States

Kentucky will be the first of four states to test an infrared imaging device to inspect commercial trucks in a two-year pilot project

Tags: Safety

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

Navistar Posts Highest Second-Quarter Earnings In 25 Years

Navistar International reported its highest second-quarter earnings in more than 25 years, with diluted per share earnings up nearly 60% over the same period a year ago. Net income for the quarter ended April 30, 1999

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May 18, 1999 - Industry News

LTL Carrier Adds Online Tracking

G.I. Trucking, a less-than-truckload carrier based in La Mirada, CA, has added online tracing and tracking to its web site

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May 18, 1999 - Industry News

FHWA Sees No Hope for Hours of Service Negotiation

An attempt to negotiate reforms to the truck driver hours-of-service rules appears to have failed

May 18, 1999 - Industry News

Teamsters Vote To Strike Against Car Haulers

The Teamsters have overwhelmingly voted to strike car hauling companies if new contract negotiations aren't agreed upon before the current contract runs out May 31

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May 18, 1999 - Industry News

Illinois Looks At Higher Truck Fees For Public Works Plan

Illinois Gov. George Ryan's proposal for an ambitious $12 billion public works program would have relied heavily on money raised by doubling license plate fees for passenger cars. But opposition to the fee hike has lawmakers looking at other ways to fund the program, including raising truck license fees even further than the 15% proposed by Ryan

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