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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

September 16, 1998 - Industry News

Burlington To Buy 450 Conventionals

Sept. 17 — Burlington Motor Carriers, Daleville, IN, announced it will purchase 450 new conventional condos for use as company trucks during 1999. This is the third year Burlington has purchased new trucks as it converts

September 16, 1998 - Industry News

Fair Trade Questions On Northern Border

Sept. 17 — While most of the controversy about trade with the United States’ North American neighbors has centered around Mexico, trucking on the Canadian border has been attacked in the last week, as well. South Dakota

September 16, 1998 - Industry News

Burlington Raises Pay, Upgrades Fleet

Sept. 17 — Burlington Motor Carriers has increased pay and is continuing to change over its fleet from cabovers to conventional condos. Student drivers who have reached solo status are now paid a base rate of 26

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Daimler-Benz Offers Wares To Other Manufacturers

Sept. 14 – Daimler-Benz has established its Powertrain Business Unit as an independent entity offering engines, transmissions, axles and steering systems to other truck manufacturers worldwide. One of its first customers is Freightliner Corp., which announced earlier

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Court Upholds Verdict Against Navistar In Anti-Jackknifing Technology Case

Navistar International recently lost an appeal of a ruling ordering it to pay $5.1 million to the family of a Georgia woman who died in a 1989 accident. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Study Examines Bedbugger Revenue

Sept. 16 – Owner-operators in the moving industry made an average of $30,938 net income during the last five years, reports the American Moving and Storage Assn. AMSA’s annual survey asks owner-operators for a profit and loss

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Ticketed Driver Says Fluent English Shouldn’t Be Required

Sept. 14 – A Cuban-born truck driver who was ticketed for not speaking English well enough is fighting the charge. Rogelio Compos, 61, was driving a dump truck in Yonkers, NY, in July when he was stopped

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Umthun Changes Hands

Sept. 15 – The ownership of Umthun Trucking of Eagle Grove, IA, is no longer in the hands of the family that founded it 51 years ago. Umthun has been sold to two of the company’s executive

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Ohio Targets Road Rage

Sept. 16 – The Ohio Highway Patrol is using 12 planes and two helicopters to help fight road rage. After more than a year in operation, Operation Triad — Targeting Reckless, Intimidating and Aggressive Drivers — has

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Connecticut Raises Speed Limit

Sept. 16 – Connecticut and Hawaii are the only states to post a maximum 55-mph limit, but in a few weeks, Hawaii will stand alone. The State Traffic Commission will boost the speed limit on 330 miles

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Arkansas Gets Tough On 57-Footers

Sept. 14 – The Arkansas Highway Department has told state patrol officers to start enforcing a regulation that trailers more than 53 feet, 6 inches in length carry overdimensional “long load” markings. Up until now, the regulation

September 11, 1998 - Industry News

Rolling Strong Opens Fifth Gym In Atlanta

Sept. 14 – Rolling Strong’s fifth trucker gym opened last week at the Petro Stopping Center in Atlanta, off I-285. Along with the new gym, Rolling Strong facilities are located at a Pilot truckstop in North Little

September 10, 1998 - Industry News

Trucker Charged In School Bus Collision

Sept. 11 – A trucker who slammed into a Colorado school bus after apparently falling asleep earlier this month has been charged with careless driving. Ricky Martinez was cited for two counts of careless driving causing bodily

September 10, 1998 - Industry News

Delay Sought In Teamsters Election

Sept. 11 – A court-appointed monitor yesterday requested another postponement in the long-delayed rerun election of the Teamsters union, according to Reuters. Election officer Michael Cherkasky wants to delay mailing ballots until Nov. 2. They were

September 10, 1998 - Industry News

Trucking Events Heat Up September

The weather may be cooling down, but it’s a busy month of trucking events. Sept. 10, a convoy of trucks is scheduled to roll into Nashville with food for Feed the Children as part of the 18

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September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Qualcomm’s CabCard Popularity Growing

Qualcomm reports the number of carriers offering its CabCard driver e-mail system to drivers has doubled since it was introduced in October 1996. More than 70,000 drivers now have access to the program. Among the OmniTRACS-equipped carriers

September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Fleets Needed For Anti-Icing Test

General Ideas is looking for fleets of at least 30 trucks to test a new anti-icing/de-icing fluid this winter. The spray-on fluid, invented by NASA Ames Research Center, prevents ice and snow from sticking to surfaces

September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Kenworth Honors Dealer for Customer Support

Recognizing the increasing importance of quality service to the buying decision, Kenworth Truck Co. recently recognized its top customer service dealers. Colorado Kenworth in Denver was named Kenworth Customer Support Dealer of the Year for 1997. “Dedication

September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Hunt Truckers Speed Up

Now that its drivers have a little more experience, J.B. Hunt will let them go a little faster. J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. will let its drivers go 62 mph after Oct. 1. They had been limited to

September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Volvo Tour Highlights VN Series

Volvo Trucks North America’s “This You Gotta See” tour will visit 20 Petro Stopping Centers between Sept. 9 and Nov. 19. The tour trucks will be pulling trailers displaying a closeup of a person’s eyes looking toward

September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Deadline Nears For Safety Rating Comments

The deadline for comments on more changes to the Federal Highway Administration’s carrier safety system is Sep. 18. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, passed in June, prohibits carriers with bad safety ratings from

September 9, 1998 - Industry News

Investment Group Buys Tampa Volvo Dealership

Pritchett Investment Group has bought Tampa Volvo and GMC Trucks. The previous owners, Teresa Flowers and Keith Rucker, will continue to manage the dealership’s daily operations for Pritchett. This is Pritchett Investment’s first ownership of a

September 9, 1998 - Industry News

European Truck Drivers Strike for Shorter Work Week

Sep. 9 – European truckers, especially those in France, held up traffic yesterday as part of a protest against long working hours. According to reports from Britain’s BBC, UK truck drivers arriving at major French ferry ports

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