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Ontario to regulate tow trucks, require posted rates, customer permission to tow

TORONTO - Provincial regulation of Ontario's tow truck and vehicle storage industry will better protect consumers from being ripped off by unscrupulous operators and help reduce insurance fraud, Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles said Tuesday. "Some people have reported being faced with demands for hundreds of dollars in cash at the scene of an accident before the service was even provided," said MacCharles.

Ontario to regulate tow trucks, require posted rates, customer permission to tow

TORONTO - Provincial regulation of Ontario's tow truck and vehicle storage industry will better protect consumers from being ripped off by unscrupulous operators and help reduce insurance fraud, Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles said Tuesday. "Some people have reported being faced with demands for hundreds of dollars in cash at the scene of an accident before the service was even provided," said MacCharles.

Striking truckers at Vancouver port call on Transport Minister to negotiate

VANCOUVER - Striking truckers at Vancouver's port and the federal government each appear unwilling to budge, with Transport Minister Lisa Raitt continuing to point to a recent proposal as the best way to resolve the dispute as drivers insist a negotiated settlement is the only way out.

Threat of legislation doesn't convince Vancouver port truckers to return to work

VANCOUVER - The threat of back-to-work legislation and a warning that striking truckers at Vancouver-area ports could lose their licences failed to convince them to return to the job Thursday, as a costly dispute at Canada's largest port appeared no closer to ending. More than 1,000 non-unionized workers have been off the job since late last month, while several hundred Unifor members joined them on March 10. The strike has meant only a small fraction of container truck traffic has been moving in and out of the port.

Pakistan's truck art masters fret over NATO withdrawal

Pakistan's truck artists, who transform ugly lorries into flamboyant moving works of art, fear boom times for their trade could be at an end as NATO winds down its mission in Afghanistan. The workhorses of the Pakistani haulage industry are often ageing, patched-up Bedford and Dodge models, but almost without exception they are lavishly decorated. Elaborate colourful designs, calligraphy, portraits of heroes and singers, mirrors and jingling tassels are skilfully worked onto the trucks by artists such as Haider Ali.

Pakistan's truck art masters fret over NATO withdrawal

Pakistan's truck artists, who transform ugly lorries into flamboyant moving works of art, fear boom times for their trade could be at an end as NATO winds down its mission in Afghanistan. The workhorses of the Pakistani haulage industry are often ageing, patched-up Bedford and Dodge models, but almost without exception they are lavishly decorated. Elaborate colourful designs, calligraphy, portraits of heroes and singers, mirrors and jingling tassels are skilfully worked onto the trucks by artists such as Haider Ali.

Nearly $80M judgment awarded in suffocation of New Mexico woman whose car was buried in sand

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A judge has awarded nearly $80 million to the family of a New Mexico woman who died in 2002 when a tractor-trailer struck her car and buried it in sand, suffocating the woman as teachers and students at a nearby school frantically tried to dig her out. Laura Miera of Albuquerque had just dropped off her 14-year-old daughter at Jimmy Carter Middle School and was waiting at a traffic light when the semi came barrelling down the road.

26 killed in S.Africa bus accident

A bus collision in South Africa killed 26 people and severely injured 11 others Monday night, on a road notorious for deadly accidents, a government spokesman said. "So far 26 people have been confirmed death and 11 seriously injured, and 12 slightly injured," said Mpumalanga province safety department spokesman Joseph Mabuza of the collision with a truck near the town Kwaggafontein 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the capital Pretoria. The bus was traveling from Pretoria when it collided with a truck which had swerved out of its lane, said Mabuza.

Taxing lorries in Europe

France's Socialist government has bowed to public pressure by suspending plans for an environmental tax on trucks following fierce opposition from farmers and food sector workers across the country continues. Several European countries have taken advantage of EU rules allowing them to implement "polluter pays" type fees: - AUSTRIA: On January 1, 2004, a tax was introduced in the form of a motorway toll for vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes, large caravans and buses. The price varies according to the distance travelled, the type of vehicle and number of axles.

Los Angeles jury awards $150 million to girl who saw family die in fiery freeway crash

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A jury has determined a trucking company and one of its drivers should pay $150 million in damages to a 13-year-old girl who watched her family burn to death in a fiery crash on a Southern California freeway nearly four years ago. The verdict was reached Friday after three days of deliberations that found truck driver Rudolph Ortiz was negligent for parking on the side of the freeway in the early morning darkness without leaving on any light or emergency reflector. Ortiz and his employer, Watsonville-based Bhandal Bros. Trucking, were found jointly liable.
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