NY Proposes Change
In Motor Vehicle RulesALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has proposed new regulations to identify drivers of commercial vehicles, including tractor-trailers, heavy trucks, buses and taxis, who hold multiple licenses and use them to evade the law.
Under the new regulations, any person applying for, or renewing, a New York chauffeur's license, Class 1 through 4, will have to provide a social security number on or after Jan. 1, 1987. The DMV would use the number to check the driver with federal authorities as well as to request information
from other states concerning the driver's record.
A public comment hearing will be held on the regulations in Albany on Nov. 7.
Pa. Delays Removal
Of Traffic Blockages
ST. DAVIDS, Pa. - The removal of all traffic restrictions on the Schuylkill Expressway/I-76 between Belmont Avenue and Vine Street will be approximately 1 to 2 1/2 weeks late, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
Most of the ramps also will reopen about the same time, with the remainder reopening in stages through November, Robert L. Rowland, district engineer, said.
Grocers' Group Issues
Truck Safety Manual
WASHINGTON - The National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association issued a new truck safety manual.
The 92-page book contains sections on federal and state regulation; driver selection, supervision and accident investigation; driver training programs; handling hazardous materials and guidelines for an in-house safety program.
For further information contact the association at 201 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, Va. 22206.
ICC Extends Exemption
Of Trackage Agreement
WASHINGTON - The Interstate Commerce Commission extended its exemption of a CSX Corp.-Southern Railway Co. trackage rights agreement affecting lines running between Virginia and Tennessee.
The decision exempts the agreement - originally filed by the two carriers last January - from agency regulation.
Under the agreement, Southern and its subsidiary Norfolk and Western Railway Co., received temporary trackage rights over CSX's 47-mile line between St. Paul, Va. and Frisco, Tenn. In exchange, Southern granted CSX the right to use its 46-mile line between Appalachia, Va., and Frisco.
The exemption runs out Jan. 1, 1987, the ICC said.
Taxpayers Seen Gaining
From OK'd Conrail Plans
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Hanford Dole predicted that taxpayers will benefit from Congress' approval of plans to sell Conrail.
Provisions in the final law which cleared Congress before it left town over the weekend, she said, protect the railroad from economic misfortunes such as a strike.
She cited as example requirements that the railroad keep at least $400 million in cash on hand and spend at least $500 million on capital project annually.
Other provisions bar payment of more than 45 percent of the railroads net earnings as dividends, she explained, which will prevent investors from milking the company.
Another clause in the bill permits a connecting or competing railroad to acquire Conrail only if it receives Interstate Commerce Commission approval to do so.
This provision recognizes that the railroad eventually may need a strong railroad parent in order to survive, she said.
CHICAGO - In a story published in Monday's Journal of Commerce, the net earnings of Sante Fe Southern Pacific should have read that Sante Fe Railway earned $41.5 million in the third quarter, compared to $45.6 million while Southern Pacific Transportation earned $19.7 million compared to $14.9 million.
The parent company said income pipeline operations rose to $26 million compared to $23.3 million while income from trucking operations increased to $1.3 million from a loss of $0.4 million.