March 26, 2019

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Not Your Average Joe

Capping a stellar career, Joe LaRosa is retiring April 1st. He and Judy, his wife of 37 years, are excited about enjoying more time with their four children and two grandchildren.

I don’t recall the first time I met Joe, but I’ll never forget him. Joe personifies the kind heart of the fleet industry — always willing to counsel newcomers and to lend his time and expertise to our fleet associations.

FMW has interviewed him a number of times over the years. In our recent interview, Joe offers insight into the challenges fleet professionals are facing in a dramatically changing industry.

Elegantly describing the unique character of the fleet community, Joe says, “The fleet industry and the people involved have the utmost respect for one another and enjoyment in each other’s successes in and out of the business.”

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: The Transformation of Fleet Management: Mobility Day at NAFA I&E

Mobility Day is an exciting new initiative taking place at NAFA I&E in Louisville on Wednesday, April 17. In short, it’s an entire day of forward-looking education about the future of the fleet industry.



VIDEO: Saving Money, Burning Cleaner

 Economic and Environmental Benefits – Without Compromise

ROUSH CleanTech does powertrain engineering for a host of OEMs, and one of their key areas of focus is making class 4 through 7 vehicles able to run on propane or natural gas, with potentially significant savings – of up to $4,000 to $10,000 annually per vehicle. All while burning 90% cleaner than the EPA standard.

VIDEO: Optimizing Commercial Vehicles

 Cargo Management Solutions That Make Good Business Sense

Adrian Steel Company custom designs and manufactures cargo management solutions for commercial vehicles in a way that optimizes clients’ goals and objectives – and that makes great business sense.

The Fleet Spot

eDriving Announces Appointment of Cory Fee, VP of Customer Success, AMEA

eDrivingSM has appointed Cory Fee as Vice President (VP) of Customer Success for Asia Pacific/ Middle East and Africa (AMEA).

Cory’s appointment completes the creation of eDriving’s global customer success network that provides support to clients in over 100 countries around the world and approximately 1.2 million fleet drivers using the Virtual Risk Manager® and/or MentorSM patented closed-loop risk reduction programs.


NAFA’s CAFM U Event to Provide All-Inclusive Instruction and Certification Testing in April 2019

NAFA’s CAFM U offers fleet managers unmatched value, as well as a unique, inclusive opportunity to learn and advance their careers.

For fleet professionals seeking to earn the industry’s top designations of excellence, the Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) and Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) certifications, NAFA Fleet Management Association has developed a concept to help compress the process of obtaining these marks – while also having full access to NAFA’s vast Institute & Expo fleet event.

NAFA’s CAFM U, a fleet-focused “university-style” style event, will be held April 13 through 18, 2019, in conjunction with NAFA’s Institute & Expo, in Louisville, Ky. This concentrated opportunity lets attendees learn and take certification exams – twice – to increase chances to either start or complete the process toward earning CAFM or CAFS.


Growing Connecticut City Downsized Sedan Fleet by 80 Percent Without Skipping A Beat

A case study in optimizing vehicle utilization

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

As a webinar sponsored by NAFA last month hinted, it can be hard for government fleets to monitor and measure vehicle use, especially when they are highly decentralized.

The subject of the webinar was the fleet owned by the City of Stamford, Connecticut, a booming suburb of 130,000 people about an hour’s drive from New York City. Seven years ago, the fleet consisted of slightly more than 1,100 vehicles, of which 80 were sedans, all operated as the exclusive assets of more than 45 different city departments and agencies.

Today, the sedan fleet has been trimmed to 21 vehicles, all centrally managed as a pooled fleet, and happily shared by all the same users.


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A Fine Career: Q&A with Joe LaRosa

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

After 24 years in the fleet industry, Joe LaRosa is retiring this April, and FMW is delighted to talk with him about his notable career.

Over the course of his career, he directed global fleet operations for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck Sharp and Dohme, and Ascensia Diabetes Care, and did work as a consultant with Mercury Associates.

A long-term member and officer with the NAFA Fleet Management Association, in 2017 he was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership, one of the highest honors NAFA can bestow on an individual. In 2008, he was named Fleet Manager of the Year by the Automotive Fleet Leasing Association (AFLA).

Joe says, “I believe the greatest achievement I made in fleet management was the friendships and comradery that I made with hundreds if not thousands of persons in this industry over the past 25 years.”



Fleet Spectator

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

In light of the two recent Boeing 737 Max disasters, I’m finding it both ironic and a bit troubling that passenger airlines’ success with automating flights is so often held up as a paradigm for the advent of self-driving vehicles.

OK, so it’s been proven over and over again that we’re all safer flying in a commercial jetliner than driving our cars. I get it. But the Boeing case shows that when big companies rush to outdo the competition, errors in the long chain of events leading to production and rollout can be overlooked not just by manufacturers’ engineers, but by regulators entrusted with our safety.



Driver Monitoring Today

Minimizing the effects of or removing risky drivers from a fleet is the highest value a fleet can gain from its safety program, not only because it protects lives, but goes directly to protecting a company’s bottom line.

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Fleet Trends & Issues

Ford Explorer Owners Claim SUV Is Poisoning Them


More than 3,000 Ford Explorer owners have complained to Ford or federal regulators that they suspect exhaust fumes have seeped into their sport-utility vehicles’ cabins.

Many fear carbon monoxide gas may have made them ill as they experience migraine headaches, fatigue and dizziness.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating drivers’ claims in 2016, then expanded the probe a year later after saying it had “preliminary evidence” of elevated carbon monoxide levels in some driving scenarios. If NHTSA finds a safety defect, Ford would face the prospect of recalling more than 1 million vehicles, costing perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars.

Read the article at Bloomberg.

Driver of Fatal Crash Gets Prison, Employer Charged with Negligence

Freight Waves

A Canadian truck driver with three weeks of training has been sentenced to 8 years after he caused a crash that killed 16 people traveling on a hockey team’s bus.

Investigators inspecting his paper log found he committed 70 violations of federal and provincial trucking violations in 11 days leading up the crash.

The trucker’s former employer has been charged and accused of failing to maintain driver logs, not monitoring driver safety compliance and having more than one daily log on a given day.

Read the article at Freight Waves.

In a Risk-filled World, It’s Time to Reevaluate the Design of Your Driver Safety Training Programs

By Art Liggio, President and CEO, Driving Dynamics

According to recent reports, the annual accident rate for fleets is currently around 20 percent and each result in an average cost in excess of $24,000.

These statistics shed light on an area of opportunity to improve driver safety, which starts with adopting the proper training programs.

Researchers at leading traffic safety institutes around the world acknowledge that training can play an extremely important role in developing cultural values, beliefs, sound habits, and skills. But, that’s only if the proper instructional design methods for adult learners are incorporated into the training regimen.

Why is this important? Because properly trained fleet drivers can lower their risk of crashes using advanced driving techniques.


World’s Most Ambitious Plan for Taxi Wireless Charging Launched by Oslo

The Detroit Bureau

Oslo, Norway will be the world’s first city to mitigate the issue of recharging electric vehicles by installing wireless charging systems for taxi cabs.

“The future is electric, and it is already here, right now. Wireless charging is a potential game changer,” said Sture Portvik, Oslo’s electro mobility manager, in a statement. “From 2023 onward, all taxis in Oslo will be zero emission.”

Read the article at The Detroit Bureau.

In-Car Cameras

The Washington Post

Volvo plans to install cameras in its vehicles that will monitor drivers for signs of distracted or impaired driving and take action if it appears that a driver’s behavior becomes dangerous.

Volvo’s new technology will focus on visual alertness — such as eye movements, pupil reactions and scanning behavior — as well as overall reaction times and other control-related behavior to assess the driver’s condition.

Read the article at The Washington Post.


The Rise of Car Sharing

The New York Times

Considering how swiftly people moved from physical maps to map apps, from snail mail to email, from prime time TV to watching on demand, it is it is not hard to see the steps towards not owning a car.

The shift away from private vehicles will happen faster than we think.

You start using car-sharing services, you don’t use your car as often, you realize as these services proliferate that you actually don’t need to own a car at all. The concept of actually purchasing, maintaining, insuring and garaging an automobile will be history in the next few decades.

Read the article at The New York Times.


Talent Management

By Dr. Jan Ferri-Reed

Former NFL star quarterback and NASCAR team owner Roger Staubach once said, “I have a lot to learn about NASCAR. But I have learned that if you have the right people in the right places doing the right things, you can be successful at whatever you do.”

That philosophy certainly applies to your employee and management teams no less than it does to a NASCAR race team.

How do your supervisors and employees measure up? Do they actually function as a team? Do they encourage and support each other when the chips are down? Do they clearly understand each other’s role and function? Most importantly, do they share the goal of succeeding together?


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