September 27, 2000 - Industry News
In an effort to reduce weather-related traffic accidents in the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police are instituting a chain/traction tire enforcement program aimed at commercial trucks
Sam Johnson thought he had found a great deal for a custom-built trailer. But instead, he's stuck with a $20,000 debt for a trailer he never got
Roadway Express, Akron, Ohio, has opened a new service terminal in the Mexican city of Toluca
For the 18th year in a row, UPS has been rated "America's Most Admired" mail, package and freight delivery company in a Fortune magazine survey
Total Logistics Control, a third party logistics provider based in Zeeland, Mich., recently announced the acquisition of The Pro Source Group, Aurora, Ill.
Pro Source President, Robert Koerner, has been appointed to the position of President and
Freightliner has decided to terminate a supplier agreement with Western Star Trucks made with Mexican manufacturer Dina to market its Class 7 Solar Series product line
The American Trucking Associations has named three motor carriers as winners of its 2000 National Truck Safety Contest
The German government formally approved $1.5 billion in tax breaks and subsidies aimed at balancing high fuel prices yesterday, but held tight to its "ecology tax" on fossil fuels, meaning little relief for truckers
DaimlerChrysler has extended its $23 per share cash tender offer for Detroit Diesel until Oct. 9
The National Truck Leasing System (NationaLease) used the occasion of its 56th annual meeting in Chicago earlier this week to recognize a select group of members for outstanding performance
A harsh winter and fuel-availability problems would spell shortages for the trucking industry, and the government's release of oil from the nation's strategic reserves likely won't help: Oil-capacity utilization is nearing the maximum, meaning there will be problems getting the fuel to the end user.
That was among predictions from Martin Labbe of Martin Labbe Associates, a transportation information consulting firm
One of the key criticisms of the plan to reform the hours-of-service rules is that by cutting back the length of the workday, it will force trucking companies to put more trucks on the road, with inexperienced drivers at the wheel — not good for safety.
So far, though, the critics have failed to prove this point to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
September 26, 2000 - Industry News
Hundreds of port truckers staged rallies yesterday at the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., as a kickoff in preparation for worldwide rallies next week
Following its announcement that John McQuaid has resigned as president, the National Private Truck Council has made arrangements with Earl Eisenhart of Government Relations Services to help represent NPTC in the safety and regulatory arenas
Professional Transportation Group and U.S. Trucking Inc. announced that they have decided to terminate discussions relating to a possible merger
Company officials say Cummins Engine’s third-quarter earnings will fall short of expectations because of a sluggish heavy-duty truck market and reduced demand for truck parts
The Truckload Carriers Association and the National Industrial Transportation League have jointly issued voluntary guidelines to help improve treatment of drivers at the dock
Freightliner has officially acquired 100% of the outstanding stock of Western Star for a purchase price of $453 million
Federal and state records have revealed that Ohio leads the nation in trucking accidents involving hazardous materials, and enforcement of state laws to prevent such spills is on the decline, according to Associated Press reports
Australian truckers angered over skyrocketing fuel prices called off a blockade of fuel terminals in the eastern state of Victoria today after the state premier promised to raise their demands at a conference of state leaders. Protests in Germany and elsewhere, however, continued
T&M Express, Washington Court House, Ohio, has implemented @Track's HighwayMaster Series 5000 mobile communications system for its 90-truck fleet
September 25, 2000 - Industry News
The last eight years have been "the Bull Run of Trucking," according to Volvo Trucks North America's president and CEO Marc Gustafson. But now, business has become a struggle, due in large part to increased operating expenses. For those involved in truck sales and leasing, the key challenges are shrinking demand for new trucks, excess new truck inventory, a flood of used trucks and falling used truck prices
Along with the glut of used trucks, the heavy truck industry has an excess of more than 50,000 new Class 8s, double the annual average excess of about 25,000. However, as factories reduce their build rates and increase their shutdown times, that excess is decreasing
Building membership throughout North America to protect NationaLease (National Truck Leasing System) "from the rapid consolidation currently under way in the full-service lease segment of the marketplace " has been one of the organization's major undertakings over the past year, said its chairman, Stephen Scully of Scully NationaLease, Fontana, Calif., in the opening address for NationaLease's annual meeting
The hours of service roundtables are supposed to be a forum for gathering information, but at the opening session yesterday in a Washington, D.C., suburb, the dialogue often veered into debate.
As witnesses around the table asserted their interests, it was easy to see why a negotiated rulemaking would not work: After years of fact-finding and a docket that would fill a fleet of trailers, the contesting parties still are at odds over fundamental issues
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