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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

Tags: Events

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

September 8, 1998 - Industry News

Mack Wins $29 Million Postal Order

Mack Trucks has been awarded a U.S. Postal Service contract worth approximately $29 million for 416 vehicles, with delivery expected to begin in the first quarter of 1999. The order includes 44 Mack MR 372 Mack CH

September 8, 1998 - Industry News

DOT Offers Hotline for Safety Violations

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater announced a new hotline for commercial vehicle drivers to report actual or potential violations of federal motor carrier safety violations. The toll-free line, (888) DOT-SAFT, (368-7238) will put drivers in contact

September 8, 1998 - Industry News

Oklahoma City Cracks Down on Aggressive Drivers

Tired of four-wheelers who dart in and out of traffic at high speeds, browbeating drivers to let them by? So are Oklahoma City , OK, police. On Sept. 1, the police department started a new program

September 8, 1998 - Industry News

Trucker Falls Asleep, Hits School Bus

September 8 — An owner-operator who slammed into a school bus in Colorado last week fell asleep at the wheel, according to a preliminary investigation. Ricky Martinez was driving his grain truck through Holyoke, CO, on his

September 3, 1998 - Industry News

July Heavy Truck Sales Jump

Sep. 3 — Sales of heavy trucks in July were 15% higher than a year earlier. Sales of 17,530 Class 8 trucks make for a year-to-date number of 116,079, according to figures from the Motor Vehicle

September 3, 1998 - Industry News

North Texas Transportation Summit Scheduled

Sep. 3 — The 1998 North Texas Regional Transportation Summit will be held Sept. 10-11 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, TX. Hosting the event are the city of Irving and U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice

Tags: Events

September 3, 1998 - Industry News

Satellite Tracking for Small Fleets

Sep. 3 — Qualcomm has developed a mobile communications system for small fleets of less than 100 trucks. TruckMAIL offers two-way messaging and vehicle tracking at an affordable price, according to the company. It is targeted

September 3, 1998 - Industry News

Arizona Raises Speed Limit on U.S. 89

Sep. 3 — The Arizona Department of Transportation raised the speed limit on about 130 miles of U.S. 89 from Flagstaff to the Utah border from 55 mph to 65 mph. The older, lower speed limit

September 3, 1998 - Industry News

MTL, Chemical Leaman Merge to Create Largest Tank Truck Carrier

Sep. 3 – MTL Inc. has merged with Chemical Leaman Corp., uniting two leading bulk transportation service providers under one holding company. The company’s two principal transportation subsidiaries, Montgomery Tank Lines and Chemical Leaman Tank Lines,

September 3, 1998 - Industry News

Carriers Make ‘Aggressive’ Driver Pay Increases

Sep. 3 — Many van and flatbed carriers who have resisted matching the well-publicized drive wage increases decided to raise driver pay in the second quarter, according to the latest National Survey of Driver Wages by

September 1, 1998 - Industry News

Tropical Storm Disrupts Border Traffic

Truck traffic crossing into the United States from Mexico had to be rerouted last weekend after remnants of Tropical Storm Charley flooded the Rio Grande and forced the closing of the three bridges in Laredo, TX,

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