Market Trends

Are FAVR Reimbursement Programs Non-Compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley?

There are three types of payment plans utilized to reimburse employees who drive their personal vehicles for business use. They are fixed payments (a monthly allowance), variable payment (cents per mile), and fixed and variable reimbursement (FAVR). READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 6, 2005 9:17 AM | » Comments(0)

Electronic Titles are Revolutionizing Fleet Vehicle Title Processing

An electronic lien and title system, or ELT, is the technology that allows vehicle titles and lien information to be transmitted electronically, much like e-mail, to and from state motor vehicle agencies and lien holders, such as fleet management companies. An ELT is also known as a “paperless title” or e-Title. Ultimately, ELT products and services will make traditional vehicle title processing obsolete, since electronic vehicle titles can be stored, transmitted, maintained, and corrected elect READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 31, 2005 1:41 PM | » Comments(0)

Why the High Cost of Fuel Will Have Minimal Impact on 2006 Fleet Selectors

Fuel is fleet’s second highest cost, and the dramatic run-up in fuel prices has negatively impacted all fleet operations. Although the high cost of fuel has wreaked havoc on fleet budgets and has caught the attention of senior management, it will have minimal impact on vehicle selection for 2006-model fleet selectors. Why? Most fleet managers say that fuel is only one part of the overall lifecycle cost analysis. Although fuel is their second highest expense, depreciation remains the number-one c READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 24, 2005 12:39 PM | » Comments(0)

Commercial Fleet Buying Intentions for the 2006-MY

In late April, AF conducted a survey of 80 commercial fleets to gauge fleet buying inclinations for the 2006-model year. The survey revealed that new-vehicle fleet order volume is anticipated to be as good as 2005-MY or better. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, May 16, 2005 3:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Sales for 2005-06

While record-high gasoline and diesel prices are softening light-duty vehicle sales – especially large SUVs – sales of medium-duty trucks continue to surge. Demand for commercial medium-duty trucks has been on an upward trajectory since 2003. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2005 10:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Medium Truck Tire Shortage Unintended Consequence of 2007 Diesel Regulations

There is record demand for medium truck tires and a corresponding shortage of supply. Besides the cyclical upturn in truck sales, the increased demand is also being fueled by the upcoming 2007 diesel emission standards. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 3, 2005 9:08 AM | » Comments(0)

A Paradigm Shift to Driver Risk Management

A growing trend among commercial fleets has been the shift toward driver risk management versus traditional fleet accident management. “This is really a paradigm shift for the industry because it represents the next frontier where fleets can extract significant cost reductions,” said Art Liggio, national director, risk and insurance services for The CEI Group. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 26, 2005 8:57 AM | » Comments(0)

Public Sector Fleet Management Stricter Enforcement Needed of Take-Home Vehicles

Take-home vehicles have been controversial for years, but recently, they have come under even closer scrutiny at a number of jurisdictions. For instance, Rockland County in New York clamped down on the number of government employees assigned take-home county-owned vehicles. For years, department heads could determine who got to commute to work in a county vehicle. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 19, 2005 9:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Top Trends Fleet Accident & Driver Risk Management

These include increased Internet-enabled real-time communication, new technology applications, increased cost of replacement parts, and, perhaps most importantly, a growing shift toward focusing on driver risk management. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 5, 2005 12:11 PM | » Comments(0)

Top 15 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

Proliferation of Onboard Technology in Trucks The computing power contained in a truck will be tapped in increasingly creative ways. READ MORE

Posted @ Tuesday, March 29, 2005 2:33 PM | » Comments(0)

Employee Reimbursement is Counter-Productive to Corporate Green Initiatives

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 22, 2005 12:05 PM | » Comments(0)

Why Reimbursement Doesn’t Work From a Safety & Liability Perspective

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 8, 2005 8:59 AM | » Comments(0)

Why Driver Reimbursement Doesn’t Work from an HR Perspective

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 1, 2005 2:07 PM | » Comments(0)

Used-Vehicle Prices Predicted to Decline in CY-2007

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2005 11:34 AM | » Comments(-4)

Is Your Personal Use Chargeback Too Low?

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, February 7, 2005 10:18 AM | » Comments(0)

Message to Public Sector Fleets: Users or Customers? Is it Semantics or a Mindset?

In a recent letter to the editor, Chris Amos, commissioner of equipment services, for the City of St. Louis, pointed out that in the editorial in the September/October 2004 issue of Government Fleet magazine I referred to departments as “users” instead of “customers.” In his letter, Chris wrote: “Some may interpret the term ‘customer’ for internal customer groups as just semantic, but it goes to a mindset shift that public fleets need to make if they haven't already. ‘User’ almost connotes an READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 1, 2005 1:42 PM | » Comments(0)

Revising Upfitting Specs Can Decrease Workers’ Comp Claims

Avoiding potential workers’ compensation claims is becoming a greater factor in fleet upfitting decisions. For example, according to a Zurich Service Corp. study, the average workers’ comp cost for a pushing/pulling injury was $10,175, while the average cost for a lifting/bending incident is $8,989. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 11, 2005 2:39 PM | » Comments(0)

New Fleet Applications Emerge Using Wi-Fi Technology

What does Dayton, Ohio, have in common with the cities of Aurora, Colo.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Milpitas, Calif., New Orleans; San Mateo, Calif.; North Miami Beach, Fla.; Oklahoma City and Philadelphia? It will become the latest in a growing number of municipalities that have built or plan to build Wi-Fi networks that will turn their entire city into a wireless hot spot. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, December 21, 2004 11:56 AM | » Comments(0)

Managing Vehicle Depreciation Using a Seasonal Remarketing Strategy

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, December 13, 2004 3:18 PM | » Comments(0)

20 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in 2005

Without a doubt, the job of managing a public sector fleet is more complex today than it was 15 years ago, and the job promises to get tougher in the ensuing years. Here are 20 ongoing or new challenges that public sector fleet managers will face in 2005 and beyond. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 30, 2004 12:12 PM | » Comments(0)

15 Challenges Facing Utility Industry Fleet Operations in 2005

The past 10 years have been very tough for energy and utility companies since the advent of deregulation and the growing com-petition in an open marketplace. The change brought on by de-regulation has prompted many utilities to restructure their opera-tions. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, November 23, 2004 10:41 AM | » Comments(0)

It’s Time to Develop a Vehicle Condition Grading Standard

The increasing number of used vehicles sold via the Internet is making it necessary to develop a vehicle condition grading standard in the remarketing industry. Buyers and consignors alike need a way to identify the condition of vehicles sold online in some form of shorthand fashion. This is not a new concept. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Thursday, November 4, 2004 3:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Driving and Prescription Drugs Can be a Lethal RX

As a business driver, any time you use an over-the-counter or prescribed medication, you must consider the risk and the effect it might have on your ability to drive. Impairment from alcohol and illegal drugs is a leading cause of vehicle crashes, but impairment can also be caused by many common prescription and over-the-counter medications, reports the National Safety Council, which recently launched a public service campaign to educate Americans about the hazards of drug-impaired driving. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, October 27, 2004 3:02 PM | » Comments(1)

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