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September 23, 1998 - Industry News

Truck Sales Head for Record Year

Sept. 24 – Sales of heavyduty trucks in August were up 28.5% from a year earlier, reports the Journal of Commerce. Figures from the American Automobile Manufacturers Assn. show sales of 17,385 Class 8 trucks for

September 23, 1998 - Industry News

Michigan Trains Under Attack In State Legislature

Sept. 24 – “Michigan trains,” the many-axled rigs weighing up to 82 tons and unique to the state, would be a thing of the past if a bill introduced in the state Senate last week passes.

September 22, 1998 - Industry News

Farmers, Ranchers Block Trucks At Canadian Border

Sept. 23 – South Dakota’s tactic of stopping Canadian trucks to protest what it sees as unfair trade practices with Canada is spreading to other states. A week ago, South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow ordered state troopers

September 22, 1998 - Industry News

Tollroads In Texas’ Future

Texas is behind in highway expansion and construction, and an official in the governor’s office says the only way to catch up will be to build tollroads. The San Antonio Express-News reported Monday that Allan Rutter, transportation

Tags: Highways

September 21, 1998 - Industry News

Hours Of Service Gets Sneak Preview

Sept. 22 — As the Federal Highway Administration was being blasted in Senate committee hearings for failing to revise hours-of-service regulations last week, the agency was apparently sending up a trial balloon on just that subject.

September 21, 1998 - Industry News

European Trucker Talks Break Down

Sept. 22 — Talks between European trucker unions and management broke down Friday, reports the Associated Press. The 15-nation European Union hoped both sides would come to an agreement limiting average working hours for truck drivers

September 21, 1998 - Industry News

Meritor, Freightliner Expand Alliance

Sept. 22 — Meritor Automotive components, already standard on Freightliner’s Century Class line, will become standard on additional Freightliner models, including the FL106 and FL112 tractors, Argosy cabover, Business Class medium duty trucks and the new

September 21, 1998 - Industry News

New Study Says ‘Don’t Jump’!

Sept. 22 — Every day, thousands of truck drivers risk injuring their ankles, knees and lower back by jumping from their cabs or trailers without using grab rails and steps, according to a recent study

September 21, 1998 - Industry News

Navistar, Siemens To Form Joint Venture

Sept. 22 — Navistar International Corp. and Siemens Automotive Systems Group have announced their intent to form a joint venture to develop proprietary “next generation” diesel fuel injectors using digital valve technology. Under the joint venture, Siemens

September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Hours of Service

Sept. 21 — Trucker fatigue and hours-of-service regulations were the focus of a Senate committee hearing held last Wednesday. Tired truckers “are estimated to cause a growing portion of the nearly half-million large truck accidents on U.S.

September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Canadian Truckers Stopped In South Dakota

Sept. 21 — Starting at noon last Wednesday, South Dakota started stopping all trucks coming into the state to see if they carried Canadian agricultural products. Gov. Bill Janklow ordered the inspections to send a message

September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Consolidated Freightways Orders New Trucks for 1998

Sept. 21 — Consolidated Freightways, Menlo Park, CA, has ordered 561 new trucks for delivery before the end of 1998. All but 20 of the tractors are being supplied by CF’s longtime truck manufacturer, Freightliner Corp. CF

September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Ambest Locations Now Service Delco Components

Sept. 22 — Ambest Inc. has entered into an agreement with Delco Remy International that allows participating Ambest truckstops to service any make and model truck requiring warranty replacement of Delco alternators and starters, including original

September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Burlington Creates Web Site for Kids

Sept. 19 — Burlington Motor Carriers has launched a new Internet location called “Refrigerator Door.” The site is a display of artwork done by children of BMC employees, which has been scanned and posted on a

September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Peterbilt Workers Still On Strike

Sept. 21 — Paccar rejected an offer by union workers at the Madison, TN, Peterbilt plant to return to work without a signed contract. About 1,200 hourly, unionized workers walked off the job May 3 after rejecting

September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Truck Drags Benefit Kids This Weekend

Sept. 21 – The 19th annual Truckin’ For Kids Truck Drags will be held this weekend, Sept. 26-27 at the Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, CA. “This event has always attracted hundreds of owners and operators

Tags: Events

September 18, 1998 - Industry News

Sweepstakes Winners Announced At 18 Wheels Of Hope

Sept. 21 — Omar Swazo of Barstow, CA, walked away from the first 18 Wheels of Hope event with a new Ford F-150 pickup. Swazo was one of 8,000 truckers who entered the Associates/Comdata Truck Driver

Tags: Events

September 17, 1998 - Industry News

Trucking Gets Rid of the Fat

Sept. 18 — Owner-operator pay “has significantly not kept pace with inflation,” AmeriTruck CEO Mike Lawrence told attendees of a fleet fueling expo hosted by Oil Price Information Service earlier this week in Nashville, TN. As the

September 17, 1998 - Industry News

NationaLease Meeting Looks to Future

Sept. 18 — The 1990s will be remembered by those in the business community as “the good ol’ days,” said Don DeFossett, executive vice president, Navistar International, addressing the 54th annual NationaLease meeting in Chicago earlier

Tags: Events

September 17, 1998 - Industry News

Peterbilt Donates Truck For Sleep Study

Sept. 18 — The Paccar Technical Center in Mt. Vernon, WA, has given the Virginia Tech Center for Transportation Research a Model 379 sleeper-cab tractor. In exchange, Virginia Tech researchers will develop hardware and software for a

September 17, 1998 - Industry News

RODI Announces Engine Testing and Production Schedule

RODI Power Systems, which has been developing a new lightweight, 45-hp two-stroke diesel engine since 1994, recently started parts fabrication and set a tentative schedule for pilot production assembly. The company has completed design work and is

September 17, 1998 - Industry News

Technology Driving Truckstop Changes

Sept. 18 — From smart card readers to Internet kiosks, truckstops are increasingly going high-tech. That was the message of Petro’s Sue Hansen and Richard Tisdale, speaking at a fleet fueling seminar hosted by Oil Price

September 17, 1998 - Industry News

Truck Detailing Center Opens in PA

Sept. 18 — Jeff’s Large Truck Detailing has opened for business in Reading, PA, and specializes in detailing large truck interiors, buffing aluminum truck parts and buffing exterior paint. Initially targeting dealers, small fleets and owner-operators

September 17, 1998 - Industry News

PrePass Use Expands

Sept. 18 — West Virginia will join a growing network of states that have adopted PrePass, the pre-clearance system that allows carriers with proven safety records to comply electronically with weight and other operating requirements while

September 16, 1998 - Industry News

Illinois Officials Arrested For Selling CDLs

Sept. 17 — Federal authorities continue their investigation into allegations that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office sold Commercial Driver’s Licenses to unqualified drivers. Agents arrested two more people earlier this week as part of an ongoing

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