Fuel Surcharge Axed

| June 01, 2005

Using hydrocarbon refrigerants will void the air conditioner’s warranty, Hansen said. Vehicle manufacturers have not authorized the use of the refrigerants in current-production AC systems.

Hydrocarbon refrigerants are illegal in 19 states.

For more information, call the EPA Ozone Protection Hotline at (800) 296-1996 or visit this site.
-Lance Orr

U.S. House Approves Incentives to Replace or Upgrade Older Trucks
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to its energy bill that would provide incentives to replace older trucks or add retrofits.

House members approved by voice vote April 21 the amendment to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif., sponsored the amendment that would provide $100 million for the program over two years, beginning in fiscal year 2006. Thirty-five percent of trucks on the road are more than 10 years old, Millender-McDonald said.

If the amendment is passed into law, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would award competitive grants to public agencies and entities for fleet modernization, while truck owners who participate in voluntary replacement or retrofit programs would receive tax-exempt incentive payments.

The amendment would also offer incentives to train technicians in advanced diesel technology and alternate-fuel engines.
-Jill Dunn

Mack-backed Museum Breaks Ground
Jack Curcio, former CEO of Mack Trucks, formally broke ground April 29 on the long-awaited America on Wheels museum in Allentown, Pa.

The museum at Hamilton and North Front streets will focus on bicycles, motorcycles and automobiles as well as trucks. “America on Wheels is really telling the story of over-the-road trucking and the transportation industry,” museum director Carroll Cook said.

Mack will loan several classic vehicles to the museum, including a 1918 fire truck.

The museum also will house the offices of the Mack archives, documenting 105 years of Mack history, said Mack spokesman Bob Martin.

“We get several hundred requests a month from people asking about trucks they have bought,” Martin said. “Through the archives, we are able to tell them where the truck was made, when it was first bought, and where it was purchased.”

While the museum will be open to the public, access to the archives will be indirect, via a staff of curators.

The first person to imagine such a museum was former Mack President and CEO Zenon Hansen in the 1970s, Martin said. “We have a strong interest in seeing this come about since we were the first to think about it.”

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