ARI Press Release
The strategic partnership is poised to help organizations seamlessly integrate the Lordstown Endurance into their commercial fleet operations
Holman Enterprises, a global automotive services organization, today announced a new partnership with Lordstown Motors, an Ohio-based original equipment manufacturer of all-electric, light-duty fleet vehicles. The strategic partnership will help to introduce the Lordstown Endurance™, the first all-electric commercial pickup truck, to vocational fleet operators across North America.
“For more than nine decades, Holman Enterprises has embraced innovative automotive technology and services on behalf of our customers. We believe Lordstown Motors’ commercial fleet strategy is a major step forward for the industry as a growing number of organizations look to integrate electric vehicles into their fleet operations,” said Chris Conroy, president and CEO, Holman Business Services. “The Endurance has the potential to deliver both immediate and long-term benefits to vocational fleet operators and we’re excited to help introduce the versatile pickup truck to this segment of the industry.”
Join AFLA members on August 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM CT, as we have an open discussion on Fleet Best Practices.
We welcome you to grab a cup of joe and turn your video on to participate in conversation. Discussion will begin in a main session group then break into smaller sessions, moderated by the AFLA Digital Learning Task Force. Topics and discussion questions will include: Risk mitigation, Cost Containment, Policy Changes.
Register today to join us for this round-table event! Registration is free to all current AFLA members, and Non-members are welcome to join the conversation for $30.
eDriving Press Release
eDrivingSM, today announced the availability of Mentor TSP on the Geotab Marketplace, a go-to source for organizations seeking to better manage their fleets.
Introduced at Geotab Connect 2020, Mentor TSP (Telematics Service Partner) connects a customer’s existing Geotab fleet management solution with eDriving’s patented driver risk management platform, Virtual Risk Manager®, to help reduce incidents, collisions, MVR license violations, and total cost of fleet ownership.
A derivative of Mentor by eDrivingSM, which is currently used by organizations around the world to help improve at-work driver behavior, Mentor TSP uses sensors in iOS and Android smartphones to collect and analyze data on the driving behaviors most predictive of risk.
Merchants Fleet and OneRail, a final mile delivery orchestration and fulfillment platform, announced a partnership launching a national fleet rental and leasing program for its Logistics Partners (LPs).
“We have seen significant growth in last mile over the past several months,” said Matt Schultz, VP of Logistics Partnerships at OneRail. “Merchants Fleet’s programs are robust and offer a high level of flexibility, which will help our LPs scale up their businesses to meet new demands.”
Under the partnership, Merchants will provide funding options as well as services to support the day-to-day operations of the vehicles. The service offerings will include managed programs for fuel, maintenance, telematics, and remarketing vehicles at the end of term/use.
Read more at Merchants Fleet.
By Trent Dressen, Director of Sales, SuperVision
In North America, at any given time, 7% of all drivers have a suspended license. Of those drivers, 75% of them continue to drive on a suspended license. When an employee with a suspended license continues to operate a vehicle, the risk to the company grows exponentially.
License suspensions in relation to non-driving offenses are oftentimes unknown and can be missed by employers. It is also not uncommon for a driver to be completely unaware of his or her non-driving license suspension.
Driving-related suspensions are significant red flags that can indicate a risky driver; however, non-driving suspensions do not always imply higher driver risk. Should a fleet manager act on a driver with a non-driving license suspension?
An unlicensed driver that continues to operate puts an organization at risk for a Negligent Entrustment Lawsuit, regardless of the reason for suspension. Employers have a duty to know what is in their driver’s history prior to putting the driver on the road.
Accident damage assessment, visual capture of violations, and tool tracking to cut theft and loss among them
By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
Fleets have dozens of telematics companies to choose from these days, and the competition is fierce. That’s why systems makers are adding new features to their offerings every day. But one in particular fleet managers should take a closer look at – especially those who manage service and construction fleets — is CalAmp.
CalAmp, the parent company of LoJack, the proven stolen vehicle recovery system, is a global telematics provider but not the largest player in the market, and so seeks leading-edge features to differentiate itself. And this year, the company came out with some compelling new services that add to an already attractive suite of functions.
As with most telematics systems on the market, CalAmp’s helps fleets track vehicle locations, optimize routes, monitor compliance with scheduled preventive maintenance, manage fuel consumption and expense, and enables them to detect high-risk drivers through driver behavior score cards that count the number of times a driver exceeds the speed limit, engages in jack-rabbit starts and harsh braking. The company markets its technology both directly to fleets as well as through telematics firms.
Alcohol-detection systems that stop people from drinking and driving could prevent more than a quarter of U.S. road fatalities and save upwards of 9,000 lives a year, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.
Alcohol has been a factor in 30 percent of U.S. roadway deaths every year for the past decade, and police arrest about 1 million people a year for alcohol-impaired driving. Systems that can detect the percentage of alcohol in the driver’s blood and prevent the vehicle from moving if it is higher than a predetermined limit could slash those numbers.
If systems blocked drivers with any alcohol in their blood from driving, requiring them for those with alcohol-impaired driving convictions would save 986 lives. Requiring them for fleet vehicles would save 465 lives.
Read the article at IIHS.