By Jeff Schlesinger
Themes that dominated the AFLA conference that I recently attended in San Diego were mobility, safety, driverless and Uber.
While safety has been the cornerstone for fleet managers for years, the other three are gaining popularity and how one views and manages these new entrants to the fleet manager’s portfolio will be exceptionally significant.
Mobility focuses on vehicles at the lighter end of the vehicle class spectrum, and more importantly the ability of the sales teams to engage with prospects and customers. There is no question that mobility will gain greater attention in the near future. The traditional marriage between a single driver and a single car may not be the optimal solution for every situation, and fleet managers need to assess their current policies.
There are several questions that need to addressed by every fleet manager:
Safety is something that is part of you. It’s a value. In fact, it’s an incredibly important value for both individuals and organizations.
In the past decade, fatal car crashes for teen drivers ages 18 to 20 haven't declined as much as those for younger teens, ages 15 to 17.
That's according to a study commissioned by Ford Safe Driving for Life, a program to teach teens to be safer drivers.
Jim Graham is Manager of the program. He says the problem appears to be that more teens are waiting until they are 18 or older to get their license.
"They probably didn't have any training until they went in to get their driver's license," says Graham, "because after 18, you don't have to go through graduated driver's licensing, you don't have to go through driver's ed."
ARI announced today the company will present a two-part webinar series on the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). “The ELD Mandate – What You Need to Know to Be Prepared,” will discuss the specifics of the ELD mandate and the telematics technology options available to fleets today.
In part one of the webinar series, “The Specifics,” Jason Rudinoff, regulatory compliance analyst and safety specialist, will address the specifics of the ELD mandate including who is affected and why it’s beneficial to prepare sooner rather than later. The first 30-minute webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm EDT.
Anyone who has spent more than a decade in the auto business knows the cycle will turn, and after a six-year renaissance from near death we may be approaching such a point.
But don't hit the panic button.
Yes, Ford is idling four assembly plants for two weeks in Louisville, and taking one week off at each of two plants in Mexico and a week off in Kansas City, where workers produce the F-150, the highly profitable Clydesdale of Ford's lineup.