April 19, 2022

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Feeling Reconnected

The FMW Team has been home from Columbus for nearly a week now, but we are still feeling revived and reenergized from the event. It was great to see so many old fleet friends (and great to make a few new ones, too).

We got a bunch of great new video content in Columbus, including today’s interviews with Wheels Donlen’s Khalid Latif giving pointers on how your FMC can help minimize some of the inflationary impacts of supply chain shortages.

The next video is NoCell’s Corey Woinarowicz (also recorded in Columbus) talking about how his company’s technology can make your fleet safer as you construct an easily enforceable cell phone policy.

Updating Infrastructure

Zohar Systems’ Fred Fakkema pens a timely piece outlining how improvements in infrasture need to be considered in tandem with seeking fixes to the driver shortage and supply chain delays.

Ted Roberts

VIDEO: Time, Money and Supply Chains

Prices are going up and delays are increasing, but there are ways that your fleet management company can protect you from some of the inflationary impacts.

VIDEO: Fleet Safety

  An Easily Enforceable Cell Phone Policy

It’s easy to enforce your cell phone policy with the proactive anti distracted driving app from NoCell Technologies.

VIDEO: Transitioning to EVs

  The First Purpose-Built EV Solutions Company

Inspiration was designed from the ground up to be the world’s first purpose-built EV solutions company, and they have brought together capabilities and skills from previously disparate industries – like putting automotive and fleet with energy and infrastructure.


Vincentric Announces 2022 Best Fleet Value in America™ Awards

Ford, Toyota, and Audi Lead the Way

“The global chip shortage is impacting the fleet industry in unprecedented ways,” said David Wurster, Vincentric President. “Vehicle availability issues are forcing the fleet industry to reconsider its options and broaden its horizons. The Vincentric Best Fleet Value in America Awards can offer fleet professionals guidance if the vehicle they typically buy is delayed or unavailable. Adding our award winners to their consideration set can help guide a decision-making process that’s becoming more complex and is constantly fluctuating.”


Congratulations to the 100 Best Fleets of 2022!

One of the most exciting events at last week’s NAFA Institute & Expo was the announcement of NAFA’s 2022 100 Best Fleets in America!

This year’s winning organizations showcased outstanding levels of performance, dedication to operations improvement, and much more. This program identifies and encourages the ever-increasing levels of performance improvement and innovation within the public fleet industry.

View the full list of winners by clicking here.

U.S. Mechanics Are Warning Drivers to Park in Safe and Well-Lit Areas, Here’s Why

Mechanics are sounding the alarm. This pricing situation is prompting some people to steal gas. Thieves are smarter nowadays. They drill into the gas tank!

Replacing a fuel tank costs somewhere between $1,260 and $1,410 without taxes and fees, so it’s understandable why auto mechanics want you to park carefully overnight. Given the supply chain issues almost every industry is facing at the moment, you’d also have to wait for a spare part.

If your area is not well-lit or filled with surveillance cameras, then you should avoid filling up to the brim with fuel.

via autoevolution

Market Following More Predictable Patterns, Finding Next Normal

By Bill Bishop, SVP of Sales and Marketing at FLD Remarketing

Four times a year, the team here at FLD compiles what we call our quarterly White Metal Market Report, or WMMR for short.

And like any analyst following basically any industry on the planet, trying to get a beat on the medium duty white metal market the last two years has been nothing short of an exercise in frustration. Just when it seemed like there might be an opportunity to break from the grips of pandemic induced malaise, a new challenge would rear its ugly head.


Electric Vehicles

By Hari Nayar, Director of Electrification & Sustainability, Merchants Fleet

The electric vehicle revolution is here, and it will only grow in popularity.

Many businesses have started their fleet electrification process or are in the planning stages. Every fleet can benefit from electrification, regardless of size, industry, or location. Electric vehicle manufacturing has grown evolution exponentially in the past few years and now includes cars, cargo vans, trucks, crossovers, and more.

Fleet electrification can seem daunting since it’s such an important practice, but it doesn’t have to be.




By Fred Fakkema, Vice President of Safety & Compliance at Zonar Systems

America’s record-breaking shortage of 80,000 truck drivers isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Myriad contributing factors, including the demographic (primarily age and gender) of the current workforce, the sometimes-inflexible trucking lifestyle, and pay concerns have taken a front seat to the discussion.

Infrastructure hasn’t necessarily been at the heart of the driver shortage conversation. However, for an issue that has been around for years and has no immediate end in sight, longer-term solutions must be considered in tandem with the more immediate fixes outlined in the Trucking Action Plan. Addressing trucking’s decades-old infrastructure issue is among those long-term necessities.



NAFA I&E in Columbus

By Tod Trousdell, Fleet Marketing Consultant, RobertsTrousdell Marketing and Communications

As a marketing consultant working in the space for over a decade, NAFA I&E was my first fleet conference twelve years ago.

So, after a decidedly slow convention last year due to Covid, I was eager to see how it would fare with most travel restrictions lifted, and most fleet folks essentially back to normal after more than two years of pandemic-induced malaise.

With that in mind, here are five key takeaways from – and about – last week’s NAFA conference.



Pandemic Road Rage Is Experiencing An ‘Explosion’

April 13, 2022 For all the money we, as a nation, spend on policing, you might think we’d have things like “databases on violent and deadly crime,” but you’d be wrong!

Last month, a woman driving with her dog shot and wounded another motorist in Oklahoma City. In Miami, a man fired 11 shots from his car on Interstate 95 in what he has said was self-defense. A Los Angeles couple is set to stand trial for firing into a car during morning rush hour last year, killing a 6-year-old boy on his way to kindergarten.

Criminologists cautioned that any theory of motivation behind road rage shootings is hampered by a lack of data. Most police departments do not keep statistics on road rage episodes, in part because it is not itself a crime category. There is no federal database.

via Jalopnik

Why Are EVs So Quick?

February 1, 2022EVs are quick. Multiple mainstream EVs—including various sedans and SUVs that make no claim of being high-performance vehicles—can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds.

It’s down to the basic differences between electric motors and internal-combustion engines. When it comes to delivering their peak output, gasoline engines are surprisingly finicky things, and they tend to have far narrower horsepower and torque peaks than do electric motors.

Electric motors’ inherent advantage in their ability to quickly deliver maximum torque from rest is the major reason so many EVs are quick. A secondary reason many mainstream EVs can leap away from stoplights as if being chased by a pack of coyotes is that they have front and rear motors working through all four tires.

via Car and Driver

Snitches Get Riches: NYC’s Anti-Idling Bounty Hunters Are Cashing In

April 15, 2022Ordinary New Yorkers are effectively deputized to report idling commercial vehicles under a law called the Citizens Air Complaint Program – and those who successfully prove an offense occurred get a cut of the fines levied on the offenders.

The fines start at $250, and the citizen reporting the violation gets a quarter of the fine—at least $87.50. That’s not chump change, but the real eye opener is how some intrepid New Yorkers are making these bounties add up. $125,000 for a single guy.

You may be surprised to hear about who’s NOT paying the fines. Namely, Amazon – which has $250,000 in unpaid violations – is the biggest culprit. There are $8 million in other unpaid fines, including from UPS and FedEx. The city is apparently working on getting better about collecting unpaid fines, even floating the idea of impounding vehicles until payment is made.

via MotorTrend

Washington State to Spend $450,000 Studying ‘Gasoline Superusers’

April 16, 2022Washington state wants to study the so-called superusers to find out who these drivers are, where they live, what they drive, how much they spend on gasoline and what might induce them to switch from a gasoline vehicle to a battery-electric vehicle.

The Seattle Times investigated superusers in the city and the state, finding 7% of Washington state drivers consume roughly 25% of the state’s gasoline, and they are most commonly behind the wheel of a Ford F-150.

For these superusers, there really is no substitute for driving for most of them. Either they’re tradespeople who are driving long distances in a pickup, or they live in exurbia where there’s no transit. They don’t have other options.

via Autoblog

Crash Protection

image: IIHS

April 12, 2022 After a severe collision last summer, Adrian Lund, the retired president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute in all likelihood owes his life to the improvements he helped usher in.

Lund, who retired from IIHS-HLDI in 2017, credits his car, a 2020 BMW 540i with saving his life. The model, a 2020 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, earned good ratings in all six crashworthiness tests, including the ones most applicable to Lund’s crash, the small overlap front and roof strength.

He remembers hanging upside down after the crash and noticing that he had room to move his legs. He had just been in a frontal offset collision not all that different from the many tests he had watched in the crash hall at the IIHS Vehicle Research Center. In those tests, the structural intrusion is often worst around the legs.

via IIHS


The Fleet Success Summit

Pictured: Scott Devore, Steve Saltzgiver, Jeff Jenkins

By Fleet Management Weekly Staff

RTA is a fleet management software company that uniquely designs and delivers software to keep fleet managers in control of fleet performance metrics.

As a long-time fleet industry leader, RTA is particularly proud to be hosting the ‘Fleet Success Summit,’ a fleet-focused, educational summit from April 20-21 in the Phoenix area.

In an interview with Josh Turley, RTA’s CEO, he spoke about the company and also about the summit. He began the conversation by noting that since its founding in 1979, RTA focused on helping fleet managers keep track of maintenance operations.

Today, their innovative software solutions help track their asset life cycles, PM schedules, and more in order to things of that nature, to stay on top of all operational costs.




By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor

Making the transition from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) can be daunting for many fleet operators.

In order to electrify your fleet, you need to procure the right EVs, ensure a consistent and reliable charging infrastructure that supports your business and drivers, and learn how to operate a new class of vehicle with its own distinct rules.

While many companies offer solutions for one or some of these challenges, no company has worked with light and medium-fleet businesses to comprehensively tackle all of the requirements for electrification—until Inspiration, says Inspiration Mobility CEO Josh Green.


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