TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

PANEL HEARS DEBATE

ON DIESEL FUEL PRICES

WASHINGTON - Fuel companies and truckers took turns Thursday explaining recent diesel price hikes and their effects on the industry to a Senate panel.

Petroleum industry representatives told the Surface Transportation Subcommittee of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee that a tax hike of 4.3 cents a gallon and a federal mandate for new low-sulfur diesel fuel that went into place Oct. 1 came at the same time as annual fall price increases because of home heating oil demand.

Those increases, coupled with the shutdown of a major pipeline due to flood damage, led to the higher fuel prices, which were felt unevenly around the country.

A representative for Amoco Oil Co. said truckers exacerbated the situation by delaying purchases of the fuel until the last possible day in order to avoid higher prices, putting more pressure on supply.

Thomas Donohue, president of the American Trucking Associations, warned that the same situation could happen again Jan. 1 when new diesel color-code regulations take place, if the federal government doesn't take steps to prevent it.

FORMER NMB MEMBER

JOINS ATLANTA LAW FIRM

WASHINGTON - Joshua Javits, a former member of the National Mediation Board, has joined Ford & Harrison, an Atlanta law firm that specializes in labor and employment law.

Ford & Harrison, which also has a Los Angeles office, represents management clients.

Mr. Javits served six years on the NMB, which administers the Railway Labor Act covering labor-management relations in the airline and railroad industries.

He was chairman for three of his six years on the board.

His term ended Nov. 15, when he was succeeded by Ernest DuBester.

STEVENS AIR TRANSPORT

OPENS DALLAS OFFICE

DALLAS - Stevens Air Transport has opened an office in Dallas.

George Turner, a veteran of the Texas air freight business, will manage the office for Stevens, a forwarder based in Inglewood,

Calif.

The office is the 11th for Stevens, which projects revenue this year to surpass $6 million, a 33 percent increase over last year.

FLIGHTLESS STORK

STUCK FOR THE WINTER

VIENNA, Austria - Charlie the baby stork was grounded in Romania Wednesday after Austrian Airlines said it was unable to transport the hapless bird to warmer climes.

"I'm afraid we do not have the facilities to take the stork," an Austrian Airlines spokesman said. "I'm sorry."

The stork is stuck in the western Romanian town of Timisoara because he did not learn to fly in time to join his mother and the rest of the flock to migrate for the winter.

Eugen Lorinczi, a Timisoara environmental officer, had hoped Austrian Airlines, which operates the only regular international flight to the town, could come to the rescue and fly the bird on to

Africa.

But Charlie, named and adopted by a local peasant, will either have to wrap up warm or learn to fly fast before Romania's freezing winter sets in.