Navistar Strike Keeping Police Busy

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly is caught in the middle of a three-week-old strike at Navistar International's truck-customizing plant, and it's clear he'd rather be doing something else.

"We're just trying to keep the peace and trying to work with both sides," Mr. Kelly said.

Deputies have been called to the picket line at least 10 times since the strike began Oct. 5, although there have been no arrests. "We've had complaints about them blocking vehicles," the sheriff said. "They can't impede traffic. That's against the law."

IBM Sells Hi-Tech Logistics Stake to Tibbett & Britten

PARIS — IBM sold its 40% shareholding in Hi-Tech Logistics Ltd. to the Britain-based international transport and logistics firm Tibbett & Britten.

At the same time, IBM signed a multimillion dollar contract with T&B for the outsourcing of its distribution and logistics activities in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Hi-Tech Logistics was a joint venture between IBM and T&B, which have been working in partnership since 1986. Hi-Tech Logistics, which has handled physical distribution for IBM since 1994, will be wholly integrated into T&B.

EPA Fines Engine Makers

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OMC Stays Put

In passing the $520 billion spending bill that will keep the federal government going until next October, Congress last week left the Office of Motor Carriers sitting where it is, under the Federal Highway Administration’s wing.

President Clinton signed the 4,000-page omnibus legislation without fanfare Oct. 21, only hours after the Senate’s 65-29 vote. The House had given its approval the day before by a 333-95 margin.

Rep. Wolf Vows to Pursue Shift

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ep. Frank Wolf will not give up his campaign to move jurisdiction over trucking’s most important federal agency, the Office of Motor Carriers, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

ATA Convenes New Era

The road to the 21st century for American Trucking Associations begins this week in New Orleans.

ore than 4,250 industry executives and their spouses are expected to attend the 1998 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition and witness the beginning of a new era for the trucking federation.

Kyoto Accord Could Cost Truckers Billions, DOE Says

The proposed international accord to combat global warming could cost U.S. truckers up to $36 billion a year in added fuel costs, a 90% increase, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The agreement, which was negotiated in Kyoto, Japan, last year, could cause diesel prices to rise to between $1.33 and $2 per gallon from the current $1.04 average, and gasoline to increase to between $1.39 and $1.91, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Con-Way Moves and Expands

Con-Way Transportation Services, one of the fastest growing and most profitable freight carriers in the country, moved its corporate headquarters to Ann Arbor, Mich., and launched a new business to provide logistics services.

The move from Palo Alto, Calif., is aimed at improving communications with customers and allowing easier travel for executives and office staff, company officials said.

Con-Way already operated two companies in Ann Arbor: regional less-than-truckload carrier Con-Way Central Express and expedited carrier Con-Way NOW.

EU Drafts 48-Hr. Trucker Week

PARIS — European Union truck drivers will be limited to a 48-hour work week if a proposal now being drafted by the European Commission in Brussels becomes law.

The commission’s decision to propose legislation in this area represents a major policy shift. Transport workers originally were exempt from the so-called 48-hour “working time directive,” which went into effect for all other workers Oct. 1.

Small Safety Steps After New Orleans Freighter Mishap

NEW ORLEANS — It has been almost two years since the freighter Bright Field slammed into the wharf adjacent to the Riverwalk mall, which abuts the New Orleans Hilton hotel on the Mississippi River. But only minor changes have been made since then to improve safety and prevent a similar occurrence.

In January, the National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on the accident. In it, the NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the Bright Field’s owners to adequately maintain the ship’s main engine and automation systems.

Editorial: On Stones and Glass Houses

Rep. Frank Wolf’s angry: at American Trucking Associations, at most truckers and at his own party’s leadership.

The Virginia Republican is very unhappy because the people who run Congress these days — and who sit on the same side of the aisle as Mr. Wolf — had the audacity to reach into the 4,000-page piece of legislation that details how the government will spend more than $500 billion over the next year, and pluck out his latest brainstorm.

And they did it, in large part, at the request of ATA.

EPA Fines Diesel Engine Makers

Diesel engine manufacturers have agreed to pay record fines of $185 million and make significant design modifications to settle Environmental Protection Agency claims that they broke clean-air standards.

Engine recalls are not part of the deal. But manufacturers will have to retrofit any engines they rebuild.

The federal agency estimates the costs to manufacturers of design modifications and retrofitting will exceed $850 million.

Teamster Pension Fund Probe Looks at Returned Money

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Teamsters pension fund in Chicago was repaid more than $729,000 for questionable fees credited to a small Michigan brokerage firm.

The fees have been the subject of a federal investigation and the source of recriminations within the divided union.

The money was returned voluntarily in June by Fleet Financial Group Inc., which said a review of records kept by a bank Fleet acquired in 1996 indicated that fees paid to East West Capital Corp., in Harper Woods, Mich., may have been improper.

Hauling Heat: Louisiana Fleet Claims Hottest Cargo

CROWLEY, La.

t’s safe to say that just about everything in Louisiana is hot: the jambalaya, the weather, the jazz. It turns out some of the trucks are pretty hot, too, and we’re not talking about paint jobs and chrome.

We’re talking temperature.

Just ask John N. John III, vice president and co-owner with his brothers of John N. John Truck Line. At 500 degrees Fahrenheit, he said, “our tank trailers have the highest temperature rating in the country.”

Mr. John Goes to Washington

WASHINGTON

s a boy, when he was not breaking tires or washing trucks, Chris John canvassed the Louisiana countryside with his father, who was trying to get himself sent to Baton Rouge by the local voters.

Trucking executive John N. John Jr. ran for office three times before he secured a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1972.

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