| August 01, 2005

The Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission repealed a rule that affected the eight-county Houston/Galveston region. That rule prohibited trucks weighing more than 14,000 pounds from idling more than five minutes April 1 to Oct. 31 each year.

The other bill requires tarps for commercial hauling of sand, gravel, rock or refuse and attaches a $25 to $500 fine for violators.
-Jill Dunn

International Truck Tour Kicks Off
“Taking It to the Streets,” a truck tour hosted by International Truck and Engine Company, kicked off in June. The tour encompassed eight cities in the United States and Canada.

The tour is showcasing 20 International trucks, including the International CXT, the world’s largest production pick-up truck. The tour will have an urban focus, featuring trucks like the International 4000 Series, which are often seen in cities delivering fish, auto parts, beverages and other such items. There will also be dump trucks, other work trucks and the International 8000 Series heavy truck favored for regional hauls. International will also introduce a new line of cab forward trucks called the International CF Series.

All of the trucks will be available for test drives at the show for visitors with a valid driver’s license.

There will be other entertaining events like ride-and-drive courses, remote-control courses, show-only financing and warranty specials, IRWIN tools skills competitions and sweepstakes to win an International CF Series truck and a NASCAR race package to meet NASCAR driver Kurt Busch.

As an added bonus, International will be demonstrating its Aware Vehicle Intelligence, a telematics system that enables the fleet manager to monitor truck routes, performance, maintenance, security and fuel.

Upcoming tour locations include: Washington, D.C., on Aug. 10-11 at the FedEx Field; Atlanta on Aug. 31 and Sep. 1 at Georgia International Convention Center; San Francisco on Sep. 21-22 at SBC Ballpark; Los Angeles on Oct. 5-6 at the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center; and Dallas on Oct. 19-20 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Every day of the show will run from 9a.m to 7p.m. Although admission is free, all visitors must register to attend. To register for “Taking It to the Streets” or for more information about the tour, visit or call the International Event Help Line at (866) 483-2001. The “Taking It to the Streets” Tour is supported by Irwin Industrial Tools, Road Ranger, Allison, Michelin, CAT and Cummins.
-Christine Green

Senators Introduce ’07 Engine Incentive Bill
A U.S. Senate bill would give a 5 percent tax credit to buyers of 2007 trucks with cleaner diesel engines.

U.S. Sens. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., and Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., introduced SB 1240, which would allow an investment tax credit equal to 5 percent of the cost of large truck diesel engines compliant with 2007 federal environmental standards.

The credit would apply to any purchases during calendar year 2007. The credit would be part of the general business credit that would be carried over to the next taxable year.

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