| May 03, 2005

Built on a separate chassis with optimized front axle placement, the 386 will have the same engine options as the 387.

Available in high or low roof configurations, the 386 can be configured as a day cab or with 48-inch, 63-inch and 70-inch sleeper options. Production of the Model 386 begins in July.

Peterbilt also spotlighted models 379, 385, 378 and 357 as part of its 2006 conventional lineup, which are all available with Bendix’s next-generation ABS-6 antilock braking system.

Peterbilt’s Model 379 will include a new Platinum Oval interior package option. The package includes a stainless grille with a punched oval pattern, polished aluminum grille bars, Donaldson air cleaners with a punched oval pattern on the intake screens and a stainless steel sunvisor.
-Randy Grider

House Bill Aims to Route Worst Hazmat Loads Away from Cities
A U.S. House member has re-introduced a bill that would strengthen security requirements for shipments of the most hazardous materials.

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., introduced the Extremely Hazardous Materials Transportation Security Act on March 17. U.S. Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., will introduce a similar bill in the Senate, according to Markey’s website.

The legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security to route around densely populated areas any materials that are toxic by inhalation, highly flammable or highly explosive – if a safer route is available.

It also would:

  • Require emergency workers to be notified before toxic chemicals are transported through their region and require those workers to have response plans ready.

  • Require employee training for those who work with the shipments and whistleblower protections for those who report problems.
  • Make those who fail to comply subject to injunctions or civil penalties of up to $100,000.

If the bill passed, federal officials would be required to issue regulations for public comment within 180 days.

Markey introduced similar legislation in 2004.
-Jill Dunn

Trucker Convicted of Immigrant Smuggling
A jury convicted Tyrone Williams of smuggling illegal Mexican immigrants into Texas but decided he was not responsible for the deaths of 19 of them.

The March 23 verdict means the Schenectady, N.Y., trucker does not face the death penalty, though prosecutors said the temperature inside the trailer rose to 173 degrees and Williams did not stop when he heard the immigrants yelling. The abandoned trailer was found May 14, 2003, near a Victoria, Texas, truckstop, about 130 miles south of Williams’ Houston destination.

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