FleetManagementWeekly AmeriFleet
May 12, 2015


Editor's Analysis & Top Industry News

Be a Better Fleet Manager

Cost control is big on every Fleet Manager’s agenda, and repairs can certainly be one of the biggest expenses out there. In this week’s ‘On Accident Management’ column we’ve got a great article from CEI’s John Wolford on ‘Six Factors to Watch When Managing Repair Cycle Time.’ After all, time is money. And you want to save both.

We’ve also got a nicely written and insightful column from Matt Betz on ‘Helping The Modern Mobile Worker Understand IRS Commute Rules.’ Correctly categorizing mileage gives a much clearer picture of business and personal mileage patterns in your fleet. In large fleets, millions of dollars could be at stake, not to mention the risk of IRS audit.

Enjoy this issue. And make sure you check in with FleetManagementWeekly.com for daily updates.

Ted Roberts
COO & Chief Content Officer

INDEX: Find All of the Fleet News and Information You Need on Newly Redesigned FleetManagementWeekly.com

All posts from the newsletter can be found on our newly redesigned web site, FleetManagementWeekly.com,

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Association News — Find out what’s going on at associations of importance to the fleet community.
Fleet Trends & Issues – Check out articles about current fleet issues and trends
Fleet Safety – Read news about various aspects of fleet safety, including interviews of fleet safety leaders
Fleet Videos – Watch video clips of fleet newsmakers
Interviews – Read Fleet Management Weekly’s interviews with industry leaders.
Telematics — Learn about the latest in fleet telematics news

Read monthly columns: Fleet Marketing, Fleet Asset Management, The Mobile Employee, On Accident Management, The Fleet Customer Experience, Think Global Plan Local, The Fleet CX Toolbox, and Fleet Safety.


VIDEO: Why You Should Attend NAFA's EFMS

NAFA’s weeklong Essentials of Fleet Management Seminar focuses on eight different fleet disciplines, and provides a fairly well-rounded education in what is expected of you as a fleet manager.

VIDEO: Easy Fuel Cost Control
  Smart RFID Device Controls Fuel Costs

This very smart RFID technology from Orpak USA allows fleets to control fuel costs and data in an incredibility simple and foolproof manner.

VIDEO: The One-Second Advantage
  Driving in the Rain

Smart tips for driving in the rain from Driving Dynamics — a one-second advantage can make a world of difference.

The Fleet Spot

Yawning Driver 2 CEI Releases New Fleet Driver Training Module on the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) has released a new online fleet training module that educates drivers about ways to avoid the dangers of drowsy driving.

“With all the attention focused on distracted and drunk driving, the dangers of driving when you’re too tired can be overlooked,” said Brian Kinniry, senior director of strategic account services.  “We hope this module will raise awareness and help prevent accidents.”

The video notes that driving after being awake for 17 hours is like driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.05, enough to raise a driver’s chances of having an accident.


wheels-tim-ohara Wheels Welcomes O’Hara as New CIO 

Wheels, Inc. has hired e-commerce industry veteran Tim O’Hara as its new chief information officer. O’Hara joined Wheels on May 1 as the head of the company’s information technology departments.

With nearly 25 years of management experience in IT applications and enterprise systems optimization, O’Hara has the ultimate responsibility for developing and managing Wheels’ client-facing applications, systems infrastructure and security, telecommunications, internal networks, and business continuance functions.

“Tim has an aptitude for integrating complex applications and systems in high-transaction volume environments,” said Dan Frank, president of Wheels.


NAFA IE Call for Presentations: NAFA 2016 Institute & Expo

Plans are underway for our 2016 Institute and Expo scheduled for April 18-22, 2016 in Austin, Texas! ♦ I&E Is Your Place To Find Solutions! ♦ Let Us Know What Fleet Issues and Problems You Are Dealing With!

NAFA’s I&E Curriculum Committee is now working to identify key topics for this conference. This is your chance to submit program and session ideas that would benefit your fleet industry peers. All are invited to recommend ideas for topics and suggest speakers or panelists for consideration.


Sue Branston 1 Fleet Logistics Opts for Experience in New Strategic Account Management Role

Europe’s largest independent fleet management provider, Fleet Logistics, has opted for extensive fleet experience in the appointment of Sue Branston to the new role of strategic account manager.

Branston has worked in the fleet industry for the last 25 years, and was most recently sales director at Total Accident Management where she was responsible for a team of business development managers and key account executives.


On Accident Management

by John Wolford, Associate Director of Network Services, CEI

In the fleet world, time is definitely money.  The longer a fleet vehicle is out of service because of an accident, the more it’s costing your organization in lost revenue and productivity or in rental fees for a temporary replacement.  That’s why keeping your fleet’s average repair cycle time under control should be a constant priority.

Which raises two questions: how long should collision repairs take, and what can a fleet manager do to make them as short as possible?  The answer to the first is, every repair is different, but the time it should take is roughly related to the estimated cost. The answer to the second lies in identifying the most common reasons repairs can take longer than they should or could.

READ MORE to learn how to manage the repair cycle time.

The Mobile Employee

By Matthew Betz, Vice President Business Development, Fleet at Motus, LLC

“They say the universe is expanding. That should help with the traffic.” — Steven Wright

Let’s face it, very few people enjoy their daily commute to work. And I think it’s safe to say that nobody enjoys sitting in the bumper-to-bumper traffic that defines the daily commute in most of our large cities. But for the Modern Mobile Worker, there is another question; “Is my commute considered personal miles, or business miles?”

That’s a question that astute fleet professionals should be concerned about as well. Correctly categorizing mileage gives a much clearer picture of business and personal mileage patterns in your fleet. In large fleets, millions of dollars could be at stake, not to mention the risk of IRS audit.


June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month. The annual observance, led by the National Safety Council, aims to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. The theme this year is “What I Live For” and will focus on several important topics, including transportation safety, which is key for those in the fleet business, from managers and drivers to everyone in between.

In time for National Safety Month, Element Fleet Management has compiled seven tips to help reduce rear end collisions. For commercial truck fleets, one of the most frequently occurring accidents in vehicle operation is rear end collisions. In many cases these accidents are the result of tailgating where there was not enough stopping distance available. But it’s not always the fault of the fleet driver. Often times, another vehicle or motorcycle will try to slip in front of the truck without realizing the distance needed for the truck to stop.

READ MORE and get the tips.

Fleet Trends & Issues

Ford Will Add Wireless Charging To New Cars

Led by Toyota, which first offered wireless charging in the 2013 Toyota Avalon, American auto giants Fiat-Chrysler and General Motors currently include wireless charging as an option in more than a dozen vehicle models. Audi will launch its first car with wireless charging, the Q7 SUV, in Europe this summer.

In an interview with Forbes.com, Jim Buczkowski, Ford’s director of electrical and electronics research, said America’s number two automaker has decided on a wireless charging strategy as well, though he declined to provide specific details. Ford has said previously that the technology was not ready.

Ford wanted to be as “agnostic” as possible regarding competing wireless charging standards, but Buczowski indicated that the company would support a standard promoted by an industry group known as the Alliance for Wireless Power or the A4WP.


The Postal Service’s Ancient Fleet is Getting a $6 Billion Upgrade 

Electric, compressed natural gas, flex fuel and hybrid vehicles are all in contention as the US Postal Service replaces its 25-year-old fleet with 180,000 new vehicles for an estimated $5-$6 billion as it seeks to cut emissions in half and adapt the fleet to the shifting delivery market.

Earlier this month, the agency announced the 15 vehicle makers pre-qualified to bid on a prototype for testing as it plans to upgrade its fleet over three years, with the first deliveries expected in 2018.

The candidates include giant car makers like Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and Nissan as well as Humvee manufacturer AM General and heavy-duty truck maker Freightliner.


Georgia Power Rolls Out 32-electric Vehicle Fleet

Georgia Power Co. is adding 32 electric vehicles to the company’s fleet.

The Georgia Power-branded Chevrolet Volts will be driven throughout the state by the company’s energy efficiency workers as they conduct energy audits at homes and businesses, the company said in a prepared statement.

In 2014, Georgia Power launched an electric transportation initiative to advance Georgia as an exceptionally EV-friendly state. The program includes an ongoing public education campaign, EV charger rebates for business and residential customers and special rates and charging options for EV customers.

Deaths Due to GM’s Faulty Ignitions Hits 100

The number of deaths attributable to the faulty ignition switches in the 2.6 million vehicles recalled by General Motors has hit 100.

According to the latest update from Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator the $550 million victims fund established by the automaker, the number of death claims rose this week by three. There are 37 applications still to be considered after 227 have been denied. The automaker said it has repaired between 70 and 75% of the vehicles.


Clean, Cost-Effective Fleet Solutions

ARI just announced the launch of ARI SustainableWorks, a consulting service designed to help organizations configure best-in-class fleets supported by clean, efficient and cost-effective fleet solutions.

The new service is designed to help clients develop and implement forward-thinking sustainable strategies that are tailored to each fleet’s unique objectives, needs and operating characteristics. A team of industry-leading consultants is at the core of this new service, which is dedicated to helping fleets to optimize operations by reducing total cost of ownership and enhancing environmental performance.


Big Organizations Can Be Innovative Too

Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field.

It’s no secret: innovation is difficult for well-established companies. By and large, they are better executors than innovators, and most succeed less through game-changing creativity than by optimizing their existing businesses.

Yet hard as it is for such organizations to innovate, large ones as diverse as Alcoa, the Discovery Group, and NASA’s Ames Research Center are actually doing so. What can other companies learn from their approaches and attributes?

READ MORE to get the answers

Making the Right Choices

Self-driving cars are the subject of more hype than even true artificial intelligence, perhaps because they already exist and a number of big companies are committed to making them a marketable reality. So it’s worth listening when a top executive of one of these companies says self-driving vehicles are a long way off.

“The technology will be held back by the ultimate moral question on who’s responsible,” said Ian Robertson, head of sales for BMW in Munich.

Figuring this out isn’t as easy as simply changing insurance rules. Imagine you’re driving along a narrow mountain road at high speed, and a child jumps in front of your car. If you swerve to avoid hitting him, you’ll crash into a cliff or plunge into an abyss. In both cases, it means certain death for you.


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