Technology has made the repo man ruthlessly efficient finding repos they never would have uncovered a few years ago.
Relentless Recovery's spotter cars have four small cameras mounted on the trunk and a laptop bolted to the dash. The high-speed cameras captured every passing license plate and scanned 28 million license plates last year, a demonstration of its recent, heavy push into technology.
"The company’s goal is to capture every plate in Ohio and use that information to reveal patterns. A plate shot outside an apartment at 5 a.m. tells you that’s probably where the driver spends the night, no matter their listed home address. So when a repo order comes in for a car, the agent already knows where to look."
Read the article at The Washington Post.
By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics
Spring has finally sprung, bringing budding trees and flowers, the sounds and smells of nature, and with warmer weather also comes the vroom, vroom heard as motorcycle enthusiasts eagerly emerge onto roadways in growing numbers to enjoy a much anticipated riding season.
Unfortunately this carefree happy scene can quickly turn deadly: motorcyclists are 26 more times likely to die in a crash and five times more likely to be injured than drivers of other vehicles, but with conscious effort we can help reduce these statistics.
According to the International Transport Forum on safety, motorcycle related fatalities continue to rise in many countries and the problem demands urgent attention. More than 100 safety experts from 21 countries agree that responsible behavior and awareness by motorcycle riders and the drivers with whom they share the road will play a key role in reducing the risk of motorcycle crashes.
By Robert Martinez, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Police Department
Day in and day out, fleet managers are pulled in many different directions.
Some fleet managers are a one-man show, while some have a staff of more than four hundred people. There are fleets of five vehicles and fleets of 50,000 vehicles.
Government fleet managers get to see the fruits of their labor every day. Whether it’s a fire truck or a police car responding to an emergency or sanitation truck picking up garbage, the fleet manager is making it happen.
Government fleet managers should never discount the importance of the job they do. No fireman, policeman or sanitation worker could even do their job without a well-equipped and safe fleet.
By Kyle Steffens, Manager-Strategic Accounts, AmeriFleet
“Change is the only constant.” We’ve all heard it over and over, and it’s true!
Change surrounds us in all aspects of our daily lives; it challenges us as individuals and as organizations to adapt and do it quickly. The pace of change is also astonishing. The world was amazed when Twitter hit 50-million users in two years – and we were amazed by that until "Angry Birds" did it 20 times faster in just 35 days.
How do we and the organizations we manage cope with the frequency and lightning pace of change? What can we do to help lead ourselves and our peers through these stressful yet exciting times?
Much has been studied and written about leading through change. What we’d like to share are a few key components for successful change leadership.
Heidi King, a top official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was challenged at a Senate hearing by Senator Richard Blumenthal over the agency’s inaction to prevent carbon-monoxide deaths from keyless vehicles, stating that it should be treated as a design flaw and to complete the law-making process.
A regulation proposed in 2011 to address keyless-vehicle hazards would force automakers to install features that assertively alert motorists that a vehicle has not been turned off.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut and Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, sent a letter to Ms. King on Monday demanding that the agency complete action on the rule and begin to enforce it. “N.H.T.S.A.’s inaction clearly has produced fatal consequences,” the letter read. “This problem has not been solved by voluntary industry measures.”
Read the article at New York Financial News.
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
In 2015, John Dmochowsky, CAFM was named the first global fleet manager for snack-food giant Mondelez International, with sales in some 160 countries. Last year, he was named the Automotive Fleet Leasing Association’s Fleet Professional of Year after reducing Mondelez’s worldwide fleet costs by 21%. Mr. Dmochowsky was a featured speaker at last month’s NAFA Institute and Expo, at a session entitled Be Great at Global Fleet Management. Below is an edited transcript of his remarks:
Back in 2015, I was running Mondelez’s U.S. fleet when I received an email from my vice president indicating that there were six international directors of procurement who wanted to meet me in Paris to have a discussion about a shift to a global fleet RFP.
Donlen has been doing innovative work with mobility fleets, and that has resulted in some great new products to offer corporate fleets as they continue to become more mobile.
Sixt is leading the charge to find just the right mobility solutions that provide great alternatives to the traditional company car.