Industry News

| December 11, 2008

The proposal would require drivers to complete all driving, sleeping and eating within a 16-hour window.
-JILL DUNN


SHORT HAULS
THE TOYO tire section lacks proper identification in the 2005 Overdrive Spec Guide. Toyo products begin on Page 77 with the M1430 and continue until the Yokohama section.

THE PORT OF OAKLAND has allied with a containerized logistics company and the city of Shafter, Calif., to develop a new transportation center to open this fall.

THE CALIFORNIA INTEGRATED LOGISTICS CENTER, developed by Shafter city officials, will combine an inland intermodal center with dedicated rail serving the Oakland marine terminal.

SPLIT SPEED LIMITS on Illinois rural highways are intact thanks to Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s veto of a bill that would have ended them. “Raising the speed limit for trucks,” says the governor, a Democrat, “would have meant more accidents, more injuries and more deaths on our roads.”

PHIL TARRANT of Abbotsford, British Columbia, received the 2004 Bridgestone/Firestone Canadian Truck Hero Award. The Vedder Transport company driver maneuvered his crane among live power lines to lift an overturned car out of a water-filled ditch and save the trapped driver’s life.

CITICAPITAL will sell its Transportation Financial Services Group to GE Commercial Finance in a $4.4 billion deal. A recent Overdrive poll found that 4.4 percent of owner-operators financed their trucks through CitiCapital, a unit of Citigroup.

THE FREIGHT COMPONENT of the Transportation Services Index increased 0.5 percent to 126.2 in September from the August level of 125.6, following a one-month decline in August. The September level is 6.4 percent higher than a year ago.

PILOT truck driver challenge winners are Jim Baldwin of Jefferson, N.C., and Lisa Ann Slusser of Decatur, Ala. Each wins $50,000 and a trip to New York City. For info on the 2005 contest, visit this site.

KENWORTH has extended through 2005 its $1,000 rebates to Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members who buy new trucks with 72-inch or larger sleepers.

FREIGHTLINER has a new online merchandise store at this site.

COOPER KENWORTH has a new location on I-95 in Battleboro, N.C.

THE IOWA 80 TA TRUCKSTOP started construction on the SuperTrucks Center, a 17,000-square-foot addition to its main building that will include a glass elevator and display space for full-size tractors and tractor-trailers. The addition should be finished by fall. Also, the Iowa 80 Group bought the TravelCenters of America location on I-95 in Kenly, N.C., which will be remodeled and expanded this spring.

LOVE’S TRAVEL STOPS has a new location on I-74 in Pittsboro, Ind.

PETRO STOPPING CENTERS has a new location on I-90 in Waterloo, N.Y. Petro also now accepts Wright Express cards at all locations.

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