December 17, 2019

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Santa Claus and His Fleet Deliver!

If, like us, you seek to keep up with the latest in mobility management, don’t miss a terrific piece Ridecell: A Key Player in Fleet Mobility Transformation. FMW interviewed Mark Thomas, VP of marketing and strategic alliances at Ridecell, and came away mighty impressed.

Trent Dressen, director of sales at SuperVision, reminds us that negligent hiring, retention and supervision can get a fleet into a whole lot of trouble. In the negligence case they cite in this month’s article, the plaintiff was awarded $1.6 million!

Santa Claus is unquestionably the world’s most popular fleet operator but show me a fleet that’s under this much pressure to deliver – globally! Thanks to Art Liggio and Driving Dynamics for the cutest column of the year!

Our FMW team is taking a vacation during the holidays and will publish our first newsletter of 2020 on January 7th. FMW’s website, of course, will be updated daily during our holidays.

Our team has so much fun together and we send to you our joy and best wishes for a most wonderful holiday season!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

VIDEO: Telematics and Problem Solving

From reducing accidents to reducing operating expenses and more, telematics is instrumental to both identifying and solving a variety of problems that fleets commonly face.

VIDEO: Vendors and Consultation

 Fleet Vendors Moving Firmly Into Consultative Resource Roles

Fleet vendors are increasingly wrestling to position themselves as consultative resources, and Signature Graphics is no exception.

VIDEO: Renewable Energy and Mobility

 Germany Moves to Integrate Renewable Energy with Mobility Infrastrucure

Germany is making huge strides when it comes to integrating renewable energy with mobility infrastructure.

The Fleet Spot

Enterprise Holdings Names Chrissy Taylor CEO

Press Release

Enterprise Holdings, Inc. announced Chrissy Taylor, the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, has been promoted to CEO effective Jan. 1.

Taylor becomes only the fourth CEO in the company’s more than 60-year history and the third generation of Taylor family CEO leadership, preceded as CEO by her father Andy Taylor and grandfather Jack Taylor.

“With her hands-on and diverse experience at all levels of the company, Chrissy is well prepared to take Enterprise into its next era of success,” said Enterprise Executive Chairman Andy Taylor.

Read more of the press release.

WEX Partners with Valero Energy

WEX today announced that it will begin managing the proprietary fleet fuel card program of Valero Energy Corp.

The agreement, which the parties anticipate will be fully implemented by April 1, 2020, will enhance the technology and service of the fleet fuel card program, including introducing the ability to make mobile payments, and will provide added benefits to Valero’s fleet customers.

“We’re excited for the addition of Valero to WEX’s commercial fuel card portfolio and look forward to deepening the brand’s value in its core markets,” said Brian Fournier, Senior Vice President of Global Fleet Partners at WEX..

Learn more at WEX.

Preparing Your Fleet for 2020

By Anthony Sasso, Head of TD Bank Equipment Finance

2019 was a year of disruption and change for fleets, which will set the tone for 2020.

According to FTR Associates’ latest Trucking Update, the Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) spent most of the year in the negatives. This will set the tone for 2020, although the TCI is projected to be closer to neutral in 2020. FTR’s loadings outlook for 2020 is weakening but still shows growth, with a forecasted growth of .6% down from .9% previously.

There are two catalysts driving change in the industry. The first is e-commerce, which was the source of industry disruption in 2019. The second one has loomed on the horizon for a while now: we continue to see signs of a slowing economy.


Are You A Victim – Or Perpetrator – Of Holiday Road Rage?


One study shows that road rage at this time of the year rises by 200 percent due to holiday-related stress and experts say the best way to respond is to not react at all.

Tailgating was found to make motorists the angriest at 44 percent, followed by distracted driving (42 percent), getting cut off (33 percent), driving too slow (30 percent), and not using turn signals (28 percent).

If you feel you’re in danger because of another driver’s actions, use a cell phone to call police or drive to a police station if there’s one within proximity to get law enforcement involved. Never exit your vehicle to confront the other person if you’re at a traffic signal or are otherwise stopped.

Read the article at Forbes.

Safety & Risk

‘Twas the night before Christmas
when panic set in,
And Driving Dynamics’ got a call from a friend.
Mrs. Claus phoned the team
about an elf that’s been bold,
And that’s where our story of helping Santa unfolds…

“Santa my darling,” said Mrs. Claus, with a calm grin,
“The elves were out earlier, joy riding again.
Now the sled’s beaten up and the reins a bit stuck,
So for this Christmas Eve, you must take the truck.”
“I’ve called Driving Dynamics to teach all you need to know.
They are eager and happy to prepare you for driving in snow.
Give the deer the night off but take an elf (or two)
And follow Driving Dynamics’ safety advice
so you’ll know what to do.”

Read more to learn how Driving Dynamics helped Santa!


Fleet Mobility

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

Want help in making your fleet part of the mobility revolution? Want to be sure your pooled fleet is operating at maximum utilization?

Then look no further than Ridecell, a San Francisco-based company that has been selected as a strategic partner by some of the biggest names in the industry, like Penske, 3M, BMW, Volkswagen, and Denso, the Japanese maker of automotive components.

Not one to be bashful about its prowess, the company bills itself as having “the world’s most intelligent mobility platform.” Here’s what the company’s website says about it:.

“The Ridecell platform provides the technology needed to run a standalone ride-hailing or carsharing operation—or a hybrid service that combines both. End-to-end automation covers onboarding new riders, checking IDs, dynamic pricing, driver-rider matching, ride scheduling, payment processing, demand-supply balancing, personalized settings, and even referral programs and promotions. And, of course, there’s a customizable app that’s easy for drivers and riders to love.”

To learn more, Fleet Management Weekly recently spoke with Mark Thomas, Ridecell’s vice president of marketing and strategic alliances. READ MORE


Avoiding Liability

Liability for a supsended License and multiple violations

By Trent Dressen, Director of Sales, SuperVison

March 1997, a 23 year-old man was driving his Chevy 4×4 pickup truck when he was hit by a semi-truck owned by a commercial trucking company.

The semi-truck crossed the centerline and hit the pickup truck head-on. The young man suffered a ruptured left anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, which required reconstructive surgery. He sued the trucking company for negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of its driver due to the truck drivers’ record. Between 1978 and 1997, the driver had been convicted of 21 traffic violations, most of which involved speeding, a DUI, and he was driving with a suspended license at the time of the accident.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Sound Safety: Automakers Are Revving UpThe Electric Vehicle


By 2020, federal mandates will require that all hybrid and electric cars make a sound at low speeds for pedestrian safety.

With the number of visually impaired and blind Americans expected to double in the next 30 years, giving these quiet rides some noise is essential.

For car makers, sound is about more than just safety. Sonic branding is on the rise, with the right auditory aesthetics triggering the brain’s amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for mood, emotion, and memory. The idea is, the right audible experience can even affect our behavior, our purchases, and our perception of flavor, scent, and texture.

Read the article at Fortune.

How Media Coverage of Car Crashes Downplays the Role of Drivers


Road safety advocates have long complained that media outlets tend to blame pedestrians and cyclists who are hit by cars, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board offers proof that they’re right.

News stories overwhelmingly (but often subtly) shift blame onto pedestrians and cyclists, by treating crashes as isolated incidents, and by failing to include input from planners, engineers, and other road safety experts.

Sentence structure and word choice matter. “A pedestrian was hit by a car” centers the victim getting hit. Reports may describe a vehicle doing something rather than a driver (‘‘a car jumped the curb’’ versus ‘‘a driver drove over the curb’’). The use of object-based language was particularly jarring in the case of hit-and-run collisions where ‘the vehicle drove away.

Read the article at CityLab.

US Automakers Were Leading Targets for Hackers in 2018: FBI

The Drive

As automakers push for connected vehicles that retain customer data, a recent FBI report claims the U.S. auto industry was one of the leading targets for malicious hackers in 2018, making cybersecurity more important than ever.

Hackers have repeatedly and successfully compromised the computer systems using “brute force” attacks, gaining access to unsuspecting email lists and even initiating fraudulent wire transfers.

Wireless connectivity features aren’t necessarily new to the automobile as they’ve been around in one way or another since the 1990s. But as cars now come with cellular network-based WiFi hotspots, satellite connections, and other wireless data infrastructure such as V2X communication, it also opens the door for malicious attacks.

Read the article at The Drive.

2020 CES – The Global Stage For Innovation

Digital Trends

As screens have replaced gauges, electric motors have supplanted engines, and computers take over for drivers, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has become the world’s go-to showcase for cutting-edge automotive technology.

Your car may not drive itself yet, but that hasn’t stopped companies from fantasizing about how you’ll use all the extra time when they can.

From TVs on the ceiling to Audi’s in-car VR, you can fully expect a whole new batch of out-there ideas this year. Workout equipment built into cars? Meditation mode? Fully stocked backseat bar? Rest assured that by the time your car can drive itself, you’ll never be bored.

Read the article at Digital Trends.

Zero Tolerance

International Fleet World

According to a new report by the European Transport Safety Council, a quarter of the 25,000 EU road deaths each year are likely to be linked to alcohol.

Currently only seven out of 28 EU countries have a standard Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit that’s effectively equivalent to zero tolerance.

Ellen Townsend, policy director of ETSC, said: “Almost 70 years since the first scientific evidence was published on the link between drink-driving and road deaths – it is impossible to accept that thousands of families are still being ripped apart every year in the EU because of it. In 2020, we want to see the EU and Member States, coming up with a vision to end drink-driving once and for all with a combination of zero-tolerance limits, a big step-up in enforcement and wider use of technology such as mandatory use of alcohol interlocks in buses, lorries and vans.”

Read the article at International Fleet World.


Disruptive Leadership

By John Wysseier, CEO and President, The CEI Group, Inc.

In today’s rapidly evolving world of business, disruption is both a universal opportunity and threat.  That’s why companies that want to survive and thrive need to practice disruptive marketing.

If there’s one overriding characteristic that distinguishes disruptive marketing from traditional marketing, it’s the extent to which disruptive marketing takes advantage of digital information technology and the Internet, to which I will add another: disruptive marketing is driven by customer needs and desires.

READ MORE for a description detailing the differing characteristics between traditional marketing and disruptive marketing.


Analyzing Data

By Kurt Thearling, Vice President, Analytics, WEX

Analyzing data is built into our brains.

The cavemen analyzed data to understand animal migration and hunting patterns to help them survive. Sailors analyzed data to make charting improvements on their ocean voyages. Astronauts use data to connect to places mankind had only dreamed of going.

In a sense, we’re still exploring and learning new things about how data can be collected and used. We often bring together new data, creating endless combinations and layers to answer a plethora of questions. By combining data in new ways, we may even answer questions that we didn’t know we had.

But, let’s start at the beginning. For a fuel payments company like WEX, that means right at the pump.


Fleet Management Resources


Offering a nationwide vehicle delivery and relocation service; serving the corporate and commercial fleet industry.

eDriving partners with its clients to engage with drivers and their managers to create a culture that supports lasting behavioral change to reduce collisions, injuries, license violations as well as a fleet’s total cost of ownership.

SuperVision is a fleet driver management solution for MVR & license monitoring, fleet management, fleet safety oversight and driver performance and retention.

The CEI Group Inc.
CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, driver safety and risk management services.

NAFA Fleet Management Association
NAFA is the association for the diverse vehicle fleet management profession regardless of organizational type, geographic location, or fleet composition.

WEX fuel cards and fleet management solutions give you powerful tools to reduce spending — for any business, any fleet, any size.

Driving Dynamics
Driving Dynamics was established to help corporate fleet drivers develop expert, safe driving skills using proven, advanced driving techniques.

PARS’ mission is to provide you with high-quality service at competitive prices for all of your transportation needs.

Wheels, Inc.
First in fleet for 80 years. Wheels helps you build tomorrow’s fleet today.

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