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Internal Revenue Service extended until Dec. 4 the comment period on a proposal to revise the definition of a highway vehicle for excise tax purposes to include mobile machinery. Such vehicles currently are excluded from highway vehicle taxes. Comments on REG-103829-99, which was published in the June 6 Federal Register, may be submitted at

Detroit Diesel Corp’s 12.7-liter and 140-liter Series 60 on-highway engines have been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. Those engines use exhaust gas recirculation to reduce emissions to the levels that became effective Oct. 1.

Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers has formed to focus on issues of interest to trucking companies that serve international business in the port areas of New York and New Jersey.

William Fay will become president and CEO of NATSO, the national trade association representing America’s travel plazas and truck stops, effective Jan. 1. Fay currently heads the American Highway Users Alliance.

Western Star Trucks last month celebrated the inauguration of production in Portland, Ore., which is the headquarters of parent company Freightliner LLC. Over the past year, Western Star has invested $16 million to prepare the Portland plant to replace its now-closed plant in Kelowna, British Columbia.