By Janice Sutton
Over the years, many of us in the fleet industry have had the opportunity to work with or alongside Phil Russo, former CEO of NAFA Fleet Management Association.
Whether Phil was interacting with a committee, organizing an event, or sitting for an interview with me, I appreciated his graciousness, wit, and passion for our industry.
You may have heard that in August the NAFA Board of Directors made the decision to not renew Phil’s contract and kindly offered him the option of leaving the organization at once.
Which is where our story begins…
The fleetcompetence Group has grown significantly over the past two years, now covering 40 countries with a team of more than 55 national and international fleet and mobility experts around the globe.
In order to keep pace with the growing demand for fleet and mobility consulting services, Alain Duez has taken an International Senior Consultant role within the international team.
“Alain Duez possesses a great deal of industry expertise, which perfectly contributes to our international fleet & mobility consulting services,” says Thilo von Ulmenstein, Managing Partner, fleetcompetence Group. His deep knowledge of the fleet management industry as well as the entire supply chain of fleets, together with his international consulting experience, will bring great value to our clients.”
Autorola, a world leader in online remarketing and automotive IT solutions for professional fleet management, and Sofico, a global reference for software in the leasing and financial services industry, are going to work together to add a new dimension to the dynamic management of vehicle fleets.
Under the new agreement, Sofico will integrate INDICATA’s real-time data into its Miles solution. Miles has been specially developed to provide flexible and functional end-to-end solutions for the efficient management of vehicle fleets, and the integration of this data will contribute to real-time insights at both the individual vehicle and portfolio levels.
Donlen is pleased to announce the release of its new DonlenDriver application.
DonlenDriver is an application that gives drivers easy access to the tools they need to successfully complete their jobs. The new DonlenDriver application has been given a modern redesign in an effort to continue making the application more user friendly.
Fleet managers and drivers have access to the same rich vehicle and driver data, allowing drivers to stay in compliance with their company’s fleet policy. The new application also leverages industry-leading security authentication processes.
For more information about Donlen’s best-in-class fleet management solutions, visit www.donlen.com.
By Bruce Davisson, Director of Behind-the-Wheel Safety Training & Operations at Driving Dynamics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) revealed that there was an increase of fatalities in truck-involved crashes from 2017 to 2018.
And, another report found that more than half of passenger vehicle drivers involved in these fatal truck crashes were cited for driver-related factors—fatigue, speeding and inattention. While truck drivers are highly skilled and licensed to operate larger trucks, there are limits to how well they can see and react to other smaller vehicles nearby.
With more than two million tractor-trailers on the road drivers of light-duty vehicles must be aware of logistical challenges, such as braking distance, larger blind spots and turning space required, when controlling a large truck.
Booster Fuels Expands Coast-to-Coast: Winning New Customers, Awards and Closing a $56 Million Round of Funding
By James Solada, Marketing Director
When it comes to managing your fleet, efficiency is critical.
Fuel efficiency has long been viewed as a way to manage cost, but Booster customers have found it to be one of the most effective ways to unlock non-productive time and gain back employee efficiencies.
Booster Fuels is a gas station on wheels. Booster improves operational efficiency for hundreds of business partners by bringing fuel and routine maintenance services directly to 35,000 vehicles every week. From business shuttles and ambulance services to landscaping and delivery providers, Booster works with fleets in every industry. Learn about how Booster has improved Serpico Landscaping’s operations.
“What started as an idea of eliminating the gas station errand has turned into so much more,” noted Frank Mycroft, founder and CEO.
Campaign to launch before year-end
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety’s (NETS’) upcoming Drive Safely Work Week campaign, a recurring fleet safety program that provides employers with a toolkit to promote safe driving, will focus on the link between roadway crashes and driver health and well-being, the organization revealed last week.
NETS Executive Director Joe McKillips announced the campaign theme at the organization’s record-setting 2019 Strength in Numbers Annual Benchmark Conference, held over two days last week in Arlington, Virginia.
“Wellness on many levels is often the forgotten side in road safety, especially given all the other challenges we have on the road, whether it be distractions, speeding or failure to use vehicle restraints,” said McKillips. Under the banner of “Driven to Wellness,” McKillips said the campaign will encourage fleet safety leaders and drivers alike to take steps to reduce fatigue, stress and the risks for serious illness that extended driving causes, and which contribute to highway crashes.