September 22, 2020

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Strength for the Journey

Our nation has experienced many peaceful demonstrations this year, but as Driving Dynamics’ CEO and president Art Liggio points out in Journey Management: Preparing Drivers to Safely Travel During Times of Civil Unrest, about five percent of them have turned violent. Liggio’s guide is timely; we can expect more demonstrations in this fraught election year.

We note in the Orlando Sentinel that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has proposed a law that includes a rule that would shield drivers from liability “for injury and death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.” So, theoretically, drivers could mow down protestors and face no legal consequences. We’ll have to keep an eye on Florida.

A bright spot we can point to in this difficult year is the success of NAFA’s 2020 Virtual I&E. This week, FMW executive editor Mark Boada writes about the conclusions of the leadership panel in The State of Fleet in the Time of COVID-19.

Finally, the FMW team congratulates Donlen president Tom Callahan on his well-deserved election into the AFLA Fleet Hall of Fame, and Bryan Flansburg, CAFM, for being honored by NAFA with its Distinguished Service Award!

Strength for the Journey!

Janice Sutton
Editor in Chief

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The Fleet Spot

Donlen President Tom Callahan Elected Into Fleet Hall of Fame

Bannockburn, Ill., Sept. 15, 2020 – Donlen, a fleet management leader that develops innovative fleet technology solutions and offers a proactive, hands-on approach to customer service, is proud to announce the election of president Tom Callahan into the Fleet Hall of Fame.

Presented by Automotive Fleet, the Automotive Fleet and Leasing Administration’s Fleet Hall of Fame “recognizes fleet industry leaders and pioneers who have contributed significantly to the commercial fleet management profession.”

“Thank you to everyone who played a role in helping me achieve this honor – Donlen employees, customers, mentors, colleagues, friends, family – you are the best,” said Callahan. “There are many deserving folks in this industry, and I am humbled by this recognition.”


NETS Sector Meetings Announced in Conjunction with NETS Annual Conference

Agriculture – Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) – Insurance – Utility

Are you looking for additional networking and insights from your peers? Are you seeking guidance and SOLUTIONS to some of your most pressing road safety challenges?

Look no further than NETS highly acclaimed sector meetings scheduled for October 20-22, the week following the NETS Strength In Numbers Conference. These meetings will be an opportunity to learn from industry leaders about sector-specific road safety perspectives relevant to ALL employer fleets.

Best of all, there is NO COST to attend for conference participants and NETS Members!



Wrench Acquires Lemon Squad to Expand Full-Service Automotive Offerings

Wrench, the mobile vehicle maintenance and repair solution that brings dealer-quality service directly to consumers and fleet managers across the U.S., recently announced it has agreed to acquire Lemon Squad, the premier automotive inspection company with the largest network of ASE-certified inspectors in the U.S.

Andy Dabbs, president and CEO of Lemon Squad, will join Wrench as general manager of inspections, and the company’s network of 2,800 expert inspectors will become part of Wrench’s extended team. As a result of the acquisition, Wrench now serves consumers and fleet operators across the vehicle ownership experience – from pre-purchase to repair – nationwide.


Bryan Flansburg, CAFM, Receives NAFA’s Distinguished Service Award

NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA) announces the presentation of its Distinguished Service Award for 2020 to Immediate Past President Bryan Flansburg, CAFM. Flansburg is Location Manager for First Student in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

“(Bryan) has been involved with nearly every facet of NAFA, on every level, for 25 years now,” said NAFA’s president Patti Earley, CAFM. “He has chaired many of NAFA’s committees, took the lead on converting our education to an online system, and was instrumental in this Association’s recognition that mobility was going to radically change the working lives of everyone in our industry.”


Safety & Risk

By Art Liggio, CEO and President, Driving Dynamics

September 2020

The very first amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects individual rights of free speech along with other important civil liberties.

Over the decades, Americans have cherished and embraced this right and, in many cases, this freedom has contributed to producing a better society. Free speech has often been exercised as citizens gather to protest unfair practices and decisions made by government mandates on both the federal and state levels, and to address other societal wrongs.

During 2020 we have experienced both the good and the bad, as demonstrations have surged to new levels and continue today. About 95 percent have remained peaceful but five percent of these events have resulted in civil unrest, violence, and police enforcement.



Driver Accountability

For fleet managers, having a handle on driver data is not an end in itself. Digital Document Storage is the key to making sure that drivers are in compliance with regulations and up to date with their licenses and certifications.

By Adam Danielson, Director of Sales

September 2020

For fleet managers, accountability should be a top-of-mind concern. MVR status, regulatory compliance, up-to-date licenses and certifications — all of these are underpinned by accountability — both the drivers’ and the fleets’.

Being accountable means being responsible and trusted. And with the growing availability of data monitoring and integration technology — accountability is critical to compliance and performance.



Fleet Spectator

Budgets, safety tech, telematics and sustainability

By Mark Boada, Executive Editor

September 2020

One of the highlights of last week’s virtual NAFA Institute and Expo 2020 was a wide-ranging panel discussion on the current state of the fleet industry.

The panelists were Stephen Carey, president and CEO of NTEA, the association for the work truck industry; Patti Earley, president of NAFA and fleet fuels specialist at Florida Power & Light; and Katie Keaton, president of AFLA, the Automotive Fleet and Leasing Association and fleet manager at Siemens. The panel was moderated by long-time fleet journalist Mike Antich.


Fleet Trends & Issues

Uber Robocar Safety Driver Charged With Negligent Homicide


In March of 2018, a self-driving Uber struck and killed a homeless woman walking her bicycle across an isolated road in Tempe, AZ. The collision rocked the self-driving world, but remains its only fatality.

One key factor remained, would there be criminal liability for the safety driver, the woman responsible for supervising the self-driving system and taking control if it makes a mistake?

She was charged because her job was to operate a prototype vehicle known to need interventions, yet, as police allege, she was instead watching the streaming show “The Voice” on her phone, rarely looking at the road.

Read the article at Forbes

A Car Insurance Claim Estimate Before the Tow Truck is Called


On a typical day, about 80,000 American drivers have accidents serious enough to warrant calling their insurers.

After the initial shock comes a predictable sequence of worries: Was anyone hurt? Am I at fault? The driver’s first call is often to the insurance company, which leads to the next questions: How long will it take to get an estimate, get my car into the shop and then get it back on the road?

The time it takes to settle auto insurance claims is being shortened, and the accuracy of initial estimates is improving, because U.S. insurers now use artificial intelligence to generate repair estimates.

Read the article at DNYUZ

2021 VW ID.4 Buyers Will Get 3 Years of Free Fast Charging

The Drive

It’s impossible to launch a mainstream-aimed electric vehicle like the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 without attracting comparison to EV segment leader Tesla.

Unafraid of being measured alongside the Tesla yardstick, however, VW will mirror Tesla’s early-adopter incentive scheme, and offer three years of free fast charging to everyone who buys its electric crossover.

Drivers of the ID.4 will be able to cash in on this perk at Electrify America stations; a growing network of fast-charge kiosks backed by multiple automakers. Nationwide, Electrify America has 470 operational stations with over 2,000 chargers, many of them along a recently completed route between Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

Read the article at The Drive

Plug-in Hybrids are a ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’


Carbon dioxide emissions from plug-in hybrid cars are as much as two-and-a-half times higher than official tests suggest, according to new research.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are sold as a low-carbon alternative to traditional vehicles and conventional hybrids – which cannot be recharged from an external source – and are proving increasingly popular.

But analysis from pressure groups Transport and Environment and Greenpeace suggest they emit an average of 120g of CO2 per km. That compares with the 44g per km in official “lab” tests

Read the article at BBC

Fleet Technology


How Technology is Transforming Fleet Management, the new white paper from Quotevine, acknowledges that the sector is on the brink of an unprecedented growth opportunity.

They consider the trends that are driving growth in the industry, such as the move towards Mobility as a Service (MaaS), enhanced data integration and the rise of fleet software, are also changing the way fleets are built, managed and leveraged within a business.

“In a world of changing mobility, the corporate fleet has shown remarkable resilience… By 2021, forecasts predict that only 37% of new car registrations will come from the private market, while the corporate channel drives the other 63%2. Accordingly, the fleet management business has developed into a multi-billion-euro industry in Europe,” it says, adding that “capitalizing on this moment will require a new approach from fleet providers…”.



Pedestrian Safety


The nation is grappling with a pedestrian safety crisis that has worsened in recent years: The number of pedestrians killed in the U.S. hit a 28-year high of 6,283 in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That figure was up 46% from 2010.

While the crisis stems from many factors, a new book brings it into sharper focus. Former Streetsblog USA writer Angie Schmitt’s “Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America” is an exposé drawing upon comprehensive reporting to articulate the root causes of a public health crisis.

“If we analyze these patterns, they tell us very clearly that pedestrian deaths are not just random acts of God or bad luck, nor are they the result of individual decision-making or laziness (although both bad luck and bad decisions often play a role),” Schmitt writes. ”

Read the article at USA TODAY


Global Mobility

Business will be dedicated to transparency, cost effectiveness and sustainability

Fleet Logistics Release, September 15, 2020

Fleet Logistics Group, Europe’s largest independent fleet management company, has created a new Global Mobility Solutions unit that will engage with fleet customers on the issues of cost effectiveness, sustainability and electrification, and corporate mobility alternatives.

It is led by Thibault Alleyn as the new Head of Global Mobility Solutions, who said: “Our Global Mobility Solutions unit combines the best of advisory and reporting experts in Fleet Logistics Group and will accelerate our focus on today’s and tomorrow’s hot topics in the fleet and mobility world.”


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