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December 11, 1998 - Industry News

New OSHA Rules Require Driver Training On Lift Trucks

Dec. 14 – New federal regulations regarding lift truck operator training also apply to truck drivers who may occasionally use the equipment for loading or unloading

December 11, 1998 - Industry News

FHWA Sets Waiver/Exemption Application Procedures

Dec. 14 – Under new authority granted by last year’s highway bill, the Federal Highway Administration has formally opened the door to waivers and exemptions from federal safety regulations

December 11, 1998 - Industry News

Snow Triggers Pileups Near Denver

Dec. 14 – In less than 24 hours, snow triggered two major pileups on congested Interstate 24 near Denver

Tags: Safety

December 11, 1998 - Industry News

New OSHA Rules Require Forklift Training

Dec. 14 – If you occasionally use forklifts, new federal regulations require you to get training

December 11, 1998 - Industry News

Freightliner Delivers 100,000th Truck Of Year

Dec. 14 – For the first time, Freightliner has built more than 100,000 trucks in one year. The 100,000th truck of the year, a Class 8 Century Class tractor, rolled off the line Nov. 19 and

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December 10, 1998 - Industry News

NHTSA Recalls Volvo Trucks

Dec. 11 – More than 95,000 WhiteGMC/Volvo trucks made since 1986 are being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The air suspension control valve supply line was not plumbed through an air pressure protection

Tags: Safety

December 10, 1998 - Industry News

Dealers Prevail On Incentive Pay Issue

Dec. 11 – The American Truck Dealers Assn. reports that the IRS is abandoning efforts to require dealers to withhold taxes from manufacturer incentive payments paid to dealer personnel. According to ATD’s “American Truck Dealer” newsletter, vehicle

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December 10, 1998 - Industry News

Nebraska Adds PrePass Station

Dec. 11 – Nebraska has added a high-tech scale bypass system at its eastbound North Platte weigh station on Interstate 80.

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December 9, 1998 - Industry News

Teamsters Strike ANR, Chicago UPS

Dec. 10 – New Teamsters President James P. Hoffa promised a more militant union, and it appears the union’s not wasting any time. After sending strike threat letters to Overnite customers Monday, the union is now striking United Parcel Service in Chicago and ANR Advance Transportation

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December 9, 1998 - Industry News

Arizona Abandons Toll-Route Proposal

Dec. 10 – Trucking industry opposition was a key factor in the Arizona Department of Transportation’s decision not to pursue the idea of building a Hoover Dam bypass as a toll route

Tags: Highways

December 9, 1998 - Industry News

Volvo Outsources Rear Axles To Meritor

Dec. 10 – Meritor Automotive is buying Volvo’s heavy truck axle manufacturing operations for approximately $135 million. Meritor will become the primary supplier of heavy-duty axles for Volvo’s global heavy truck operations – a shift in

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December 9, 1998 - Industry News

Eaton Fuller New Name For Spicer Clutches

Dec. 10 – Eaton has announced its new Eaton Fuller clutch brand name, replacing the Spicer name used by Dana for more than 50 years. (Eaton bought Dana’s clutch division in August 1997.) “Particularly in North America,

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December 8, 1998 - Industry News

Farmers Blockade Canadian Trucks Again

Dec. 9 – Hundreds of farmers protesting Canadian trade policies blocked highways and stopped Canadian trucks Sunday along the U.S.-Canada border

December 8, 1998 - Industry News

Hoffa Promises More Militant Union

Dec. 9 – James P. Hoffa, newly elected Teamsters president, promises to return the union to its glory days and urges more militancy in re-negotiating contracts. And the day after he declared victory, the union issued a strike warning to shippers using Overnite Transportatio

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December 8, 1998 - Industry News

Louisiana Offers Road Rage Hotline

Dec. 9 – Louisiana is publicizing a toll-free number for cell phone callers to reach state troopers to report bad drivers

Tags: Safety

December 8, 1998 - Industry News

Volvo, Arrow Truck Sales Make Deal

Dec. 9 – Volvo Trucks North America has finalized the purchase of 50% of Arrow Truck Sales, the Kansas City, MO-based seller of used truck and trailers

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December 8, 1998 - Industry News

Western Star To Build In U.S.

Dec. 9 – Western Star Trucks plans to start building a new truck manufacturing facility next month in North Charleston, South Carolina

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December 7, 1998 - Industry News

CRASH, Trucking Industry Debate Safety Record

Dec. 8 – Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways let loose another volley Friday in its efforts to move federal oversight of the trucking industry with a press conference announcing its annual ranking of the most dangerous states for big rig fatalities

Tags: Safety

December 7, 1998 - Industry News

Hoffa Wins Teamsters Election

Dec. 8 – Although the votes were not completely counted, James P. Hoffa declared victory Sunday in the election for Teamsters president. His opponent, Tom Leedham, conceded defeat Saturday afternoon

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December 7, 1998 - Industry News

Trucker Charged In Runaway Wheel Accident

Dec. 8 – Ohio prosecutors are charging that a trucker whose runaway wheel killed a college student three months ago was criminally negligent

Tags: Safety

December 4, 1998 - Industry News

Freightliner Of Chattanooga Holds Grand Opening

Dec. 7 – Freightliner of Chattanooga hosted an impressive grand opening celebration last Thursday at its massive new dealership in north Georgia, just south of Chattanooga, TN. Father-and-son team Buddie and Pat Carroll, who have operated

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December 4, 1998 - Industry News

Teamsters Vote Results Near

Dec. 7 – The results of the Teamsters presidential election could be announced as early as today, according to published reports

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December 2, 1998 - Industry News

FHWA Releases Truck Crash Report

Dec. 4 – Several news reports in the general media lately have quoted federal figures about the rising number of fatal truck crashes. Yet when you take into account the number of miles traveled by large trucks, the fatal crash involvement rate for large trucks has decreased by 30% in the last 10 years, according to the Federal Highway Administration

Tags: Safety

December 2, 1998 - Industry News

Michigan Bridge Owners Plan Second Span To Canada

Dec. 4 – Owners of the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, say they plan to add a second span to the busy international border crossing in anticipation of North American Free Trade Agreement traffic

December 2, 1998 - Industry News

FHWA To Issue Vision Waivers

Dec. 3 – Citing new authority granted with this year’s highway bill, the Federal Highway Administration has announced its intention to exempt 24 truck drivers from federal vision requirements

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