OOIDA Sues Mayflower, Donco

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. is suing two more motor carriers, challenging the leasing practices of household goods mover Mayflower Transit and alleging workers' compensation insurance fraud by the Donco Carriers division of Oklahoma City-based Rocor International.

Truck Sales Are on Fire

Sales of heavy-duty trucks soared in June with little sign of letting up.

Manufacturers sold 18,043 trucks in the U.S. retail market last month, up 24.4% from the same month last year, according to figures supplied by the American Automo-bile Manufacturers Assn.

In the year-to-date, the industry has moved 98,549 trucks, 17.2% more than in 1997 and the second highest six-month total in the 1990s.

That Winning Feeling

LONG BEACH, Calif. There have been moments when a driver is so shaken after a run that he is unable to remove his hands from the steering wheel. Like a patient being led through a painful procedure, he must be coaxed down from the truck.

"I have seen guys gripping the wheel with white knuckles. They are so scared you have to talk 'em out of it," said Thomas Hawk, a driver with Overnite Transportation.

Qualcomm Execs Depart

Two key executives from the OmniTracs division of Qualcomm Inc. are leaving the company.

John Sarto, president, will take the top spot at Teletrac Inc., a Kansas City, Mo., provider of vehicle locating and mobile communications services. Jack Schang, OmniTracs vice president and general manager, customer service, will retire.