Fleet Financials magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Fleet Executive of the Year Award. Note the deadline for nominations is Friday, June 23. The Fleet Executive of the Year award is sponsored by The CEI Group. The Fleet Executive of the Year Award was created to recognize exceptional leadership by managers who have [...]

Sometimes, a Mystery is Nothing More than an Enigma

April 24, 2014

Just a few weeks ago, I was jawing with my colleague of nearly 30 years, AF Editor and Associate Publisher Mike Antich. He either knows what’s happening in our industry or knows how to find it with a phone call. His opinions are invaluable to me, since, together, we plan our major feature articles for [...]

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Trucking by the numbers

April 24, 2014

I've been seeing and hearing a lot from Jack Van Steenburg – assistant administration and chief safety officer for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – this week. Trucks at Work read more Fleet Owner

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Fleetmatics Reports Driver Productivity Gains with Telematics

April 23, 2014

Fleetmatics Group has released a five-year telematics analysis that attempts to quantify the return on investment for fleets who have adopted its telematics products. The FleetBeat report looks at productivity and utilization trends, as well as cost efficiencies and idling reduction trends. The report also cites several prior studies that have attempted to quantify the [...]

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The Curse of Running a Well-Managed Fleet

April 23, 2014

By being good at something, you invariably make the task at hand look easy. Such is the case with the in-house fleet manager. A fleet manager’s capabilities and expertise can be easily overlooked by executive management, especially when a fleet is well run. Fleet is not core to senior an executive’s responsibilities, so they tend [...]

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ECCO Group Acquires Public Safety Equipment Group

April 22, 2014

ECCO Group, with headquarters in Boise, Ida., acquired Public Safety Equipment Group (PSE). ECCO Group is primarily engaged in sales of reversing safety and amber warning products for commercial vehicles and recognizes PSE as the ideal platform to expand its global presence and its footprint to the worldwide emergency vehicles sector, allowing the group to [...]

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New Home Starts Rise, Building Permits Fall in March

April 22, 2014

New home construction rose slightly in March while building permits fell, presenting a mixed back of data for the construction industry that relies heavily on medium- and heavy-duty trucks. So-called new home starts rose 2.8 percent above February’s level, hitting an annual pace of 946,000 homes, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report. However, [...]

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Cellulosic ethanol takes a hit

April 22, 2014

Well, here’s a spark that’s already setting off an intensive debate over the future of biofuels: a report, funded by the federal government no less, that concludes “cellulosic” ethanol – fuel made from leftover “corn stover” that’s comprised of stalks, leaves and cobs in cornfields after harvest – actually generates more carbon emissions than plain-old [...]

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Calif. City Tightens Take-Home Police Vehicles

April 22, 2014

The Riverside (Calif.) Police Department’s officers will no longer be able to use their city-issued patrol cars to run errands or take their family to dinner following a change in the agency’s take-home vehicle policy. The move is expected to reduce the city’s liability for accidents, Police Chief Sergio Diaz told the Riverside Press Enterprise. [...]

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Using Service Vehicles as Employee Recruiting, Retention Tools

April 21, 2014

Traditionally, executive and sales vehicles have been used by corporations as an employee recruitment and retention tool. Could service vehicles be used the same way? For example, could the type of service vehicles you have in operation also be used to lure qualified employees or retain current employees? I believe they can, if marketed correctly. [...]

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