Fuel Surcharge Axed

| June 01, 2005

The 43,000-square-foot museum will be the first step in the redevelopment of the former Allentown industrial area known as Lehigh Landing, near the Lehigh River.

Construction of the $15 million museum is being funded by government grants and by individual, foundation and corporate donations to a $4 million capital campaign. Operating costs will be paid out of an endowment funded by a $3 million grant from the American Truck Foundation, established by Hansen years ago to help bring the museum about.

The museum has been in the works for many years – indeed, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held in 2001 – but various obstacles delayed the project until now.
-Lance Orr

Tonnage Drops
The Truck Tonnage Index fell 3.3 percent in March, the American Trucking Associations reported. The index dropped to 111.3, or 0.4 percent lower than a year earlier, the first year-over-year decrease since November 2001. This follows a revised 2.9 percent decline in February 2005.Tonnage volumes dipped because the economy was weighed down by slower consumer spending and higher energy costs, said Bob Costello, ATA chief economist.

Fuel Prices Down Slightly
The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel dipped 2 cents, to $2.262, for the week ending May 2.The average price was down in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy, the biggest drop being 3 cents in the Midwest.
On average, diesel was most expensive on the West Coast at $2.530 a gallon and least expensive in the Midwest at $2.194.

Data Control
North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven signed into law a bill that gives new vehicle owners control over information gathered by an event data recorder. The so-called “Black Box Bill,” says data recorded on any North Dakota motor vehicle manufactured after July 31 may not be retrieved over the vehicle owner’s objection without a court order.

The law allows some exceptions. For example, data could be retrieved by a vehicle dealer or technician in order to diagnose or repair it.

Toll Increase
Truckers are now paying up to 35 percent more for tolls on the New York State Thruway. The Thruway board voted April 25 to approve the increase, the first general toll adjustment in 17 years. It will fund a seven-year Thruway improvement plan.

Petro Anniversary
Petro Stopping Center celebrated its 30th anniversary April 22 by handing out free Iron Skillet birthday cake to customers at all of its locations. It also awarded 30 fueling customers with 30,000 Petro Passport points during April. The first Petro was founded off I-10 near El Paso, Texas, April 22, 1975.

Online Trucks
Users of eTrucker.com now can post photographs and information about their trucks on the new eTrucker.com Truck Gallery. To load a digital picture of your truck, simply follow directions on the Truck Gallery section. Photos posted on the site will be considered for inclusion in the Reader Rigs section of Overdrive magazine.

eTrucker.com is owned by Randall Publishing Co., publisher of Truckers News, Overdrive and CCJ.

Truckstop Operations
Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems is assuming operation of eight Pilot Truck Care Centers in five states. The centers will retain the Pilot name. Wingfoot has 171 commercial tire sales, service and retread facilities nationwide.

New Pilot
The Knoxville-based Pilot Travel Centers has acquired and begun remodeling the High Point Travel Center in Winona, Miss. The Winona travel center, which will feature a Taco Bell restaurant, is located in Montgomery County off I-55 and Highway 82 on Exit 185 at 403 SW Frontage Road.

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