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Research and Special Programs Administration has assumed the lead role from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for rulemaking addressing the security of hazardous material shipments. The two agencies had pursued security improvements jointly, but the Homeland Security Act of 2002 provides RSPA with enhanced authority to regulate hazardous materials transportation security.

Sixteen household goods carriers and 74 individuals have been indicted on fraud charges by the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida. The charges resulted from a two-year investigation by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General and local law enforcement agencies.

AmeriQuest, a company that arranges preferred pricing and fulfillment with leading suppliers for its fleet clients, has acquired AmtraLease, a leading truck rental and leasing association.

Sterling Truck workers are back on the job at the St. Thomas, Ontario, plant after the company reached agreement March 7 with the Canadian Auto Workers Local 1001 following a two-week strike.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has implemented a defibrillation program to assist heart attack victims at all of its 21 service plazas and three administration offices statewide.

CF Canada Acquisition Ltd. (CFCAL) has agreed to buy Canadian Freightways Ltd., a Canadian subsidiary of Consolidated Freightways, for $90 million. CFCAL, a Calgary, Canada-based group, is comprised of CFL senior management with a financial partner.