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Kenworth Opens New Quebec Dealership Kenworth Truck Co has opened a new dealer location in Quebec. Mac Phil Diesel in Chibougamau, Quebec, will focus on the forest and mining industries. The dealership's 12,600-sq-ft facility includes three service bays, equipped to do service work ranging from spring replacement to engine overhauls. The dealership, located on about two acres, also has 4,200 square feet of parts department and parts warehouse space.

Mac Phil Diesel offers parts and service from 8 am to 10 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am to noon Saturday. The dealership provides emergency service on Sundays and holidays. Staff includes Phillippe Girard, general manager; Marc Asselin, parts manager; and Pierre Leonard, service manager. Mac Phil Diesel is located off Highway 167 at 870, rue Perreault in Chibougamau. The phone number is 413-748-6401; fax is 418-748-4207.

Accuride Reorganizes Operating Structure Henderson KY-based Accuride Corp has reorganized its operating structure. Effective immediately, the company will be organized around two business segments: Heavy Vehicle Operations (HVO) and Light Vehicle Operations (LVO).

Including both steel and aluminum wheel production, the HVO will be based in Evansville IN. While currently only in steel, the LVO also will focus on entering the aluminum market segment and will be based in Northville MI.

Accuride will continue to operate with a corporate staff providing support services to both organizations. John Murphy, executive vice-president and chief financial officer, will handle finance, legal, information technology, and materials. Robin Hamme, senior vice-president, is responsible for human resources and continuous improvement.

Program Helps Drivers Handle Road Rage J J Keller & Associates Inc has introduced the Road Rage Training Program to help truck drivers understand what road rage is, how to deal with it, and how to protect themselves from it. The program includes a 20-minute video, discussion guide, training tips and discussion questions; 10 driver action cards to highlight key points; and two awareness posters.

This program is available for $129 by phoning 800-327-6868. Callers should reference Action Code 00794 when ordering.

GPS Project Application Deadline Extended The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is extending the deadline for motor carriers to submit applications to participate in the agency's Global Positioning System (GPS) technology pilot demonstration project.

The FHWA has received letters or telephone calls from 17 entities that have expressed their desire to participate in the pilot program. Development of the related safety management computer systems has been slow. Those motor carriers that wish to participate in the pilot demonstration project have been unable to purchase or develop requisite computer systems and software that complement the GPS technology before the extended application deadline of June 30, 1999. Therefore, to ensure the best possible results for this project, the agency is extending the application period to Dec 31, 1999.

This project allows qualified motor carriers that use GPS technology and related safety management computer systems to enter into an agreement with the FHWA to use such systems to record and monitor drivers' hours-of-service, in lieu of requiring them to prepare handwritten records of duty status. This project is intended to demonstrate that the motor carrier industry can use this technology to improve compliance with the hours-of-service requirements in a manner that promotes safety and operational efficiency while reducing paperwork.

Applications must be received on or before Dec 31, 1999. Written applications should be mailed to the Office of Motor Carrier Research and Standards (HCS'10), FHWA, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh St SW, Washington DC 20590.

For further information, phone 202-366-4009 or 202-366-1354.

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