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March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Western Star Completes Sale of ERF

Western Star Trucks Holdings Ltd. has completed the the sale of its UK truck subsidiary, ERF (Holdings) plc to MAN Aktiengesellschaft (MAN). It has also completed the purchase of MAN's Australian subsidiary, MAN Automotive (Australia) Pty.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Kentucky Weight-Distance Repeal Still Alive

A bill that would have replaced Kentucky's weight-distance tax with higher fuel taxes and registration fees is dead, but the issue may come up again in a special session later this year, says Kentucky Motor Transportation Assn. President Harold Bernard.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Georgia Bill Would Create New DMV

The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill that would create a Department of Motor Vehicle Safety. The new department would issue drivers' licenses and vehicle tags and would be responsible for truck inspections as well as truck length and weight compliance.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

TRALA Prepares for Leadership Transition

Mike Payne, president and chief executive officer of the Truck Renting and Leasing Assn., has seen what happens when a business does not plan for management succession. So he is making sure that when it comes

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Missouri May Raise Truck License Fees

A bill has been introduced in the Missouri senate that would raise truck license fees by $10 and would transfer money from the highway trust fund to the Department of Natural Resources for hazardous waste clean-up.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Ohio Turnpike Plazas to Be Closed For Renovations

In the midst of a capital improvement program to reconstruct 16 service plazas, the Ohio Turnpike Commission has announced that it will close two plazas in March and another two in September.

Tags: Highways

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Tire Company Fined For Trucker's Death

The owners of a an Iowa tire plant have been fined $150,000 for safety law violations in the November 1999 explosion that killed a truck driver delivering a flammable chemical to the plant.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Con-Way Moving Texas Service Center

Con-Way Southern Express, Ann Arbor, MI, is moving its Longview, TX, service center operations to Tyler, TX, effective May 1, 2000. The company cited increased business as the reason for the move.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Cardinal Logistics Rewards Top Drivers

Cardinal Logistics, Concord, NC, presented 17 of its top, senior drivers with their own, custom-designed 2000 International Eagle trucks. A reward for outstanding contributions to the company's success, the rigs also feature a door sticker indicating that their trucks have been custom-designed per their own specifications.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

New Mexico Gets Tougher On Truckers

Fearing a loss of federal highway funds if it does not comply with federal guidelines, the New Mexico legislature has passed a bill that would impose stricter fines and penalties for truckers who violate safety rules.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Prime Announces Contractor Awards

Prime Inc. has named the recipients of its Contractor of the Year 2000 Awards. Chosen for their on-time performance, profitability and safety records, the winners received a $1,000 cash prize and will represent Prime throughout 2000 at truck shows and other promotional events.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Scania Expands in Baltic Region

As part of its expansion in the Baltic region, Swedish truck maker Scania has acquired its Latvian distributor Auto Skan SIA from G. Persson Gruppen AB of Uppsala, Sweden. The acquisition enhances Scania's position on the Latvian market.

March 8, 2000 - Industry News

Qualcomm Lands Ryder, Dart

Even as competitors proliferate, Qualcomm, Inc. of San Diego, CA, continues its decade-long run on the largest fleets in the U.S. The latest industry giant into the Qualcomm camp is Ryder Systems, Inc., operators of the nation’s 12th largest fleet.

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

FMCSA Sets 3-Year Action Plan

For the past nine months, truck safety enforcement has been getting tougher, with a 96% increase in compliance reviews and a 107% increase in penalties – but it’s only the beginning. The federal truck safety program is

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Volvo Says No More Concessions, Blasts EU

AB Volvo says it has rejected European Union Commission demands for further concessions in it proposed Scania acquisition and will await the final decision later this month.

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

DOE, OEMs to Drop $50 Million on Cleaner Trucks

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $30-$50 million research project between DOE and the heavy duty vehicle industry. Over the next five years the joint research effort will help develop cleaner, more energy-efficient trucks, ranging from pickups to heavy duty trucks

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Truckstop "Dean" Has a Few Passing Shots

Forest Baker, the acerbic guru of the truckstop industry, was coaxed out of retirement long enough to address the recent annual NATSO convention and share his views on the industry's future. He spared neither the

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

DOT to Field Test Intermodal ITS Systems

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater has announced two new Intelligent Transportation Systems field tests. Both, says DOT, are aimed at preparing for the expected doubling of intermodal freight transportation over the first two decades of the 21st Century

Tags: Intermodal

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

ATA: In The Eye Of A Storm

Debate, uncertainty and controversy surround the American Trucking Assns. as the federation pushes ahead in its quest to unify trucking interests in Washington. The debate: Whether the giant Truckload Carriers Assn. should integrate into ATA. It will

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Teamsters Consider Future of Morris

A panel considering whether to remove Teamsters Local Union 115 leader John Morris finished its hearings Friday, the union said.

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Sterling to Hold Ride-and-Drives at MATS

Sterling Truck Corp. plans to offer a Ride & Drive program at the 2000 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY on March 23 and 24.

Tags: Events

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Trucker Falls Off Ladder, Gets $655,000

An Illinois truck driver who fell off a broken ladder while loading produce at a farm warehouse in Colorado was awarded $655,000 last week by a Denver federal jury.

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Borg-Warner and Valeo Partner on Cooling Systems

Valeo is partnering with Borg-Warner Cooling System Division (BWCS) to develop cooling systems for light, medium and heavy truck engines. The companies hope to pool resources to improve the fuel economy of future vehicles by increasing the cooling system's thermal and aerodynamic efficiency.

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Barjan Buys CB Antenna Maker

Barjan Products, Moline, IL has acquired Francis Industries, Inc., Pataskala, OH, a manufacturer of fiberglass CB and AM/FM radio antennas.

March 7, 2000 - Industry News

Movers’ Association Drops Out of ATA

The American Moving and Storage Assn. has dropped out of the American Trucking Assns. The decision to withdraw was not a surprise, since AMSA signaled its intentions last December.


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