February 22, 2023

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Driver Retention

Here’s an interesting and terrifying quote: “The American Trucking Association estimates that the U.S. trucking industry is short 78,000 truck drivers, and the shortage could balloon to 160,000 by 2030.” 

The fact is that driver retention is an issue for many fleets, and in today’s issue Solera Fleet Solutions writes about some smart ways to increase your fleet’s retention. READ MORE

An Alcohol-Free Workplace

Drunk driving is one of the biggest dangers of the road, and fleets are hardly immune. In today’s issue, Ed Pierce writes about SOBRsafe’s “potentially game-changing technology allows us to instantaneously determine whether or not a person has been drinking.” READ MORE

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FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: What You Need to Know FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: What You Need to Know

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that individuals who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and their employers follow alcohol and drug testing rules.

The FMCSA Clearinghouse contains records of violations, including positive drug or alcohol test results and test refusals. It is the responsibility of employers to query the FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse database.

To help make this process easier, we’ve launched a new solution to help automate the query process. Supervision’s Clearinghouse Monitoring service is integrated with our Continuous License Monitoring program and works with your existing active driver roster.


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Whether your business has an internal marketing team, relies on an agency, or calls on multiple specialists, FMW has a new, customized, fleet-specific branding program — FMW Fleet Brand Acceleration – that can meet any marketing and sales generation need or budget.

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An Alcohol-Free Workspace

By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor

Drunk driving is one of the biggest dangers of the road. Over 30 people in the United States are killed every day in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver.

“When people drink, we exhale alcohol through the pores of our skin everywhere on our body, including our fingertips,” says Michael Watson, Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for SOBRsafe. “Our potentially game-changing technology allows us to instantaneously determine whether or not a person has been drinking.”

The company, SOBRsafe, utilizes its patent-pending SOBRcheck™ device, the first of its kind – a preventative transdermal alcohol detection device.



Recruiting Drivers

By Solera Fleet Solutions

The American Trucking Association estimates that the U.S. trucking industry is short 78,000 truck drivers, and the shortage could balloon to 160,000 by 2030.

The industry can avoid a more severe driver deficit by hiring about 1.2 million new truck drivers to replace drivers who are leaving the industry due to retirement or other reasons.

There hasn’t been a better time for you to explore the benefits Solera Fleet Solutions can provide for driver retention.

Solera Fleet Solutions applications like Omnitracs’ software can enhance driver experience and satisfaction. SuperVision Driver Performer provides managers with driver retention scorecards based on many key factors.



ADAS Repairs

Crash avoidance features have proven safety benefits, but some vehicle owners report problems with the technology following repairs.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
surveyed owners of vehicles equipped with front crash prevention, blind spot detection or rearview or other visibility-enhancing cameras.

Under normal circumstances, these features are quite resilient. But vehicle repairs can make it necessary to calibrate the cameras and sensors that the features rely on to ensure they work properly — a process that can be complicated and expensive.

“Most of the more than 3,000 owners we contacted said they had never needed to have their crash avoidance features repaired, but for the minority of owners who did, the problems weren’t always resolved easily,” said IIHS Senior Research Scientist Alexandra Mueller, who designed the survey.



In-Road Wireless EV Charging Comes to Indiana

The Indiana wireless EV charging project is apparently the first of its kind in the US. The system is based on a new form of magnetized concrete developed by the German startup Magment GmbH.

“Dynamic charging is the future solution for charging electric vehicles where devices installed in highway pavements will deliver electrical energy to battery electric vehicles on the road using a magnetic field,” Magment explained. “An antenna mounted to the vehicle bottom passes through the magnetic field generating an electrical current that charges the batteries.”

via CleanTechnica

bp Plans to Invest $1 Billion in EV Charging Across US by 2030

A cornerstone of bp’s $1 billion investment includes an intention to bring fast charging infrastructure to Hertz locations in more than a dozen major cities.  bp currently offers 22,000 EV charge points worldwide.

A number of the fast-charging installations will include gigahubs locations. These are large-scale fast charging hubs, such as one location previously announced by bp and Hertz at Los Angeles International Airport. The hubs will serve rideshare and taxi drivers, car rental customers and the general public at high-demand locations, such as airports. The buildout will be informed by telematics from Hertz’s fleet of connected cars.

via bp pulse

How Many EV Owners Run Out of Charge? The Number Might Surprise You

As electric vehicles charge headlong into the future, early adopters and auto-makers have both been learning a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of electric vehicles. Until very recently, range and range anxiety have been some of the biggest obstacles to the proliferation of electric vehicles.

According to a study by Escalent, 64% of EV owners polled have never come close to running out of charge, while 28% say they have come close. Only 8% of EV owners have run out of charge completely. Furthermore, the research noted that 73% of owners expect to charge their electric vehicles at home. While this data is encouraging for EV owners, it’s also indicative that range fear may be largely unwarranted.

via SlashGear

How to Identify and Address Driver Burnout

With truck drivers constantly on the go, it can be easy to miss the signs of stress and burnout that can quickly lead to driver turnover. Job stress has also been linked to increased workplace accidents and even health problems. What can fleet managers do to address this?

Exhaustion is the earliest warning sign of burnout that leads to turnover. It’s about feeling chronically tired, not just physically tired. “It’s important to catch people in the early stage of burnout, because their burnout at that point is only isolated to themselves,” explained Max Farrell, CEO and co-founder of WorkHound. “But, as it gets worse, that burnout impacts more people and creates greater risk.”

via Truckinginfo

Interview with Shlomo Crandus

By FMW Editorial Staff

In October 2021, Wheels and Donlen merged to become a mobility leading provider of financing and fleet management solutions.

Now, having merged with LeasePlan USA in December 2022, the company is poised for continued success with a foundation of 180 years of fleet experience and four guiding principles.

In an interview with FMW, Shlomo Crandus, CEO, shared his thoughts about the foundation for launching the newly-expanded company.

“In the short-term, there’s not going to be a lot of disruption or change for our clients because we’re taking a measured approach towards integration,” says Crandus. “Our focus is really on coming through for clients and giving them what they’re used to, but also new capabilities that they’re going to need.”



NAFA I&E in Baltimore

NAFA Fleet Management Association (NAFA), the vehicle fleet industry’s largest membership association, today unveiled its education session line-up for NAFA 2023 Institute & Expo, the industry’s largest gathering of fleet and mobility professionals. This year’s conference will take place April 17-19 in Baltimore, MD.

“There is no better place for fleet management industry education than NAFA 2023 Institute & Expo,” said Raymond Brisby, CAFM, NAFA Board President. “We are proud to announce this session line-up that will provide valuable insights and knowledge for fleet managers and industry professionals on the topics that matter most in today’s business environment.”

The education session program covers a range of industry topics from management best practices and operating your business in a recession to electric vehicles and the industry’s core challenges.



The Fleet Success Summit

The Fleet Success Summit, March 21-22, in Las Vegas, is a new and unique fleet event.

The Fleet Success Summit is focused on the Four Pillars of Fleet Success: Stakeholder Satisfaction, Intentional Culture, Resource Efficiency, and Risk Management.

“That kind of leadership training is something that I’ve never gotten in fleet management in all my career,” says Steve Saltzgiver, Fleet Success Ambassador at RTA Fleet. “We’ve mixed the old with the new.”


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