Fundraising Initiative for Fleet Education Hits $26,000 in Just 10 Days
The NAFA Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization formed in 1976 to support the vehicle fleet industry, reached a milestone by raising more than $26,000 in just 10 days – headlined by Element Fleet Management’s $15,000 kick-off pledge.
“We are inspired by what the NAFA Foundation is going to focus on in 2018,” said Mary Sticha, CAFM®, Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence for Element. “We are particularly interested in the mobility study it has committed to. We feel this is something Element must invest in as it’s a critical component to the future of our industry.”
The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) announced today that Luann Dunkerley, its Northeast regional manager and a veteran of the trucking industry, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). She assumes the position after serving on the Board of Governors of the NPTC Institute, the organization’s continuing education and research arm, since 2012.
“This appointment is recognition of Luann’s deep knowledge of the trucking industry’s needs and priorities, and her contributions to the NPTC over the years,” said John Wysseier, CEI’s chief executive officer. “She is a valued asset to both CEI’s trucking customers and to the industry at large, and we are proud of her record of service.”
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.
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?
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.
In May, Ford announced that it was eliminating most of the sedans from its product lineup next year, leaving it to focus more on its commercial truck business, where it is the U.S. market leader.
The announcement put Fleet Management Weekly’s interview at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana in March with John Ruppert, Ford’s general manager for commercial sales and marketing, in a different perspective.
In the interview, Ruppert says, “The commercial market is a tremendously important business for us. It has been. You can go back a hundred years. In fact last year we celebrated a hundred years of being in the truck business. It was a Model TT, purpose-built truck, that we originally built in 1917, so for a hundred years, we’ve been selling trucks. Obviously, as time has gone along, it’s not just trucks. It’s trucks and vans. If you pay particular attention to the commercial segment, you’ll notice that the largest segment of the industry is actually vans. The second largest is trucks. The van products will serve a very, very important part of our portfolio as we go forward.”
By Clay Siegert, Chief Operating Officer, XL
If you were asked to rank the following green fleet vehicles in order of their net CO2 emissions savings over standard, gas-powered vehicles, from highest reducing to least reducing, how would you order them?
- Plug-in Hybrid Electric Truck (PHEV)
- Hybrid Electric Truck (HEV)
- Battery Electric Sedan (BEV)
(Hint: If you guessed the order above, you’d be right.)
Surprising? Not when you look at the full picture of relative net CO2 emissions.
[Editor’s note: Mark Boada] — A Plea from a Teen on Distracted Driving
We’ve heard for years now about the scourge of distracted driving, but it’s not often that we hear it from a teenager, as in this essay by 14-year-old Neleh Vigneau Sargeant. As you read her remarkable plea, keep in mind the following:
• Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for people 15 to 20 years old.
• According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, not teens but drivers aged 30 to 39 show the highest rate of cell phone distraction in fatal crashes.
• Parents set the example: teens whose parents drive distracted are two to four times as likely to drive distracted as teens whose parents do not.
By: Neleh Vigneau Sargeant, Grade 9, Newbridge Academy
Behavioural psychologist David Strayer claims that talking on a cell phone is as bad as drunk driving because you are four times more likely to be in a crash.
I remembered this fact as I sat on my school’s hockey team bus, watching the bus driver take a call while driving with 15 of my teammates aboard. The driver looked to be in his 30s and seemed to be very comfortable splitting his attention between the road and his phone, while the other passengers didn’t even notice the dangerous situation. I knew that I should speak up and regret that I didn’t, but this experience led me to look further into distracted driving, in particular, whether skill levels while multi-tasking behind the wheel differ by generations.