Market Trends

Are Women Fleet Managers Treated the Same as Men?

I recently conducted a survey of commercial fleet managers asking them to tell me their greatest challenges. One fleet manager, who I have known for a number of years, replied that her biggest challenge was dealing with “the issues of being a female fleet manager.” READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, August 28, 2007 8:15 AM | » Comments(0)

Are Woman Fleet Managers Treated the Same as Men?

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, August 21, 2007 9:10 AM | » Comments(1)

Avoid Identity Theft Risk During New-Vehicle Pickup

When your driver picks up a new vehicle, how does the delivering dealer know your employee is who they say they are? Typically, the employee receives paperwork from the leasing company (acknowledgement of order), which they bring to the dealership. While at the dealership, the driver is often required to show a driver’s license with photo to verify his or her identity. In some cases, the dealership makes a copy of the driver’s license. This has been done routinely in our industry for many years. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, August 14, 2007 11:08 AM | » Comments(0)

Not Covered by DOT? Think Again

Most companies operating vehicles under 10,001 lbs. gross vehicle weight (GVW) believe they are not covered by DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) regulations. However, this may not be the case if vehicles are towing a trailer or equipment. READ MORE

Tags: U.S. DOT, GVW, Compliance, Traffic Violations, Ford

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, August 7, 2007 12:13 PM | » Comments(11)

Fleet Car Maintenance Costs Remain Flat for 2006-CY

Maintenance expenses for fleet cars were flat during the 2006 calendar year compared to 2005. The main factors contributing to the stability of fleet maintenance costs in 2006 were longer oil drain intervals, extended tire tread wear, and increased life from ceramic brake pads. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, July 31, 2007 9:24 AM | » Comments(0)

Abbott Commits to a ‘Carbon Neutral’ Fleet

Abbott is set to become the first Fortune 500 company to go “carbon neutral” with its entire U.S. fleet of company vehicles. This is a seminal event in the history of fleet management. It is emblematic of a much larger sea change occurring today in fleet management – the proliferation of corporate green initiatives and their influence on vehicle selector decisions. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, July 23, 2007 12:08 PM | » Comments(0)

It’s Dangerous Not to Know

Industrywide, one out of three fleets does not order post-employment motor vehicle record (MVR) checks on employee drivers. When asked why, many fleet managers will tell you privately the reason for not doing so is that they would rather not know. The logic is by not knowing they distance themselves from potential negligent entrustment and negligent retention lawsuits. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, July 17, 2007 8:37 AM | » Comments(0)

Forecast of Commercial Fleet Buying Intentions for 2008-MY

Increasing fuel efficiency and corporate “green” initiatives will be a much greater factor in selector decisions than prior years, according to surveyed fleet managers. However, for most, CPA monies are the deciding factor. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, July 9, 2007 9:54 AM | » Comments(0)

The Catch-22 Paradox of Green Fleet Initiatives

Each month we are in contact with hundreds of fleet managers who manage fleets ranging from fewer than a hundred vehicles to mega-fleets of tens of thousands of units. This link provides us a strong pulse of what’s happening in the marketplace. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Wednesday, June 27, 2007 11:56 AM | » Comments(0)

The Catch-22 Paradox of Green Fleet Initiatives

Each month we are in contact with hundreds of fleet managers who manage fleets ranging from fewer than a hundred vehicles to mega-fleets of tens of thousands of units. This link provides us a strong pulse of what’s happening in the marketplace. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 18, 2007 1:29 PM | » Comments(0)

The Cancer of Higher Fuel Prices

Like a cancer, the malignant effects of the high cost of fuel have spread throughout the fleet industry. Many companies have seen fleet fuel expenses double in recent years. Especially hard hit are truck fleets as the cost of diesel has risen at a faster rate than unleaded gas. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleets Vulnerable to the Latest Crime Trend: Catalytic Converter Theft

Thieves are targeting fleet vehicles parked overnight in secluded parking lots. Their target? Catalytic converters. The theft of catalytic converters is a growing crime trend happening throughout the country. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, June 4, 2007 10:06 AM | » Comments(1)

European Union Data Privacy Laws Complicate Global Fleet Management

Web-based fleet management offered a vision of centralized global fleet management for multi-national companies. However, current (and possibly future) data privacy laws enacted by the European Union threaten to restrict the extent to which U.S. fleet managers can manage subsidiary fleets in Europe. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 29, 2007 3:41 PM | » Comments(0)

European Union Data Privacy Laws Complicate Global Fleet Management

Web-based fleet management offered a vision of centralized global fleet management for multi-national companies. However, current (and possibly future) data privacy laws enacted by the European Union threaten to restrict the extent to which U.S. fleet managers can manage subsidiary fleets in Europe. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2007 9:17 AM | » Comments(0)

High Cost of Fuel Rekindles Reimbursement Debate

For most companies, it is less expensive to provide a company vehicle than to administer a driver reimbursement program. Why would a company want to reimburse an employee $600 per month for a vehicle they can operate at $500 per month? However, after attending the annual conference of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) last month, I heard that reimbursement is re-emerging as an issue in reaction to the high cost of fuel. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, May 15, 2007 9:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Overloading is the No. 1 Cause of Unscheduled Truck Maintenance

Overloading creates an unsafe vehicle and increases liability exposure. When a vehicle is overloaded, its emergency handling capability is reduced, which can contribute to an accident. For instance, braking distance increases, which can cause drivers to misjudge stopping distances, and tire failure rates are higher because tires run hotter. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 24, 2007 8:32 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleets Restrict Driver-Paid Options to Avoid the Expense of Replacing Larger Tires

In March, Goodyear, Bridgestone-Firestone, Continental, and Yokohama, announced they will increase the prices of replacement tires by 4-7 percent. The reason for the price hike is the ongoing increases in the cost of raw materials and manufacturing and transportation costs to move product to tire dealers. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:17 AM | » Comments(0)

Top Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleet Managers in 2007

These include operating on a fixed budget in the midst of wild fluctuations in fuel prices, uncertainty about reliability of 2007 diesel engines, the dearth of technicians, and the ‘just one more year’ vehicle replacement battle. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, April 2, 2007 12:52 PM | » Comments(0)

Top Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleet Managers in 2007

These include operating on a fixed budget in the midst of wild fluctuations in fuel prices, uncertainty about reliability of 2007 diesel engines, the dearth of technicians, and the ‘just one more year’ vehicle replacement battle. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 27, 2007 12:41 PM | » Comments(0)

Top Challenges Facing Commercial Fleet Managers in 2007

Key challenges facing fleet managers are managing the high cost of fuel, implementing safety programs to reduce preventable accidents, a relentless demand by management to cut costs, and a growing pressure to go “green.” READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:16 AM | » Comments(0)

High Fuel Costs are Prompting Fleets to Tighten Employee Eligibility for Company Vehicles

If you ask fleet managers what is their greatest challenge, the overwhelming majority will tell you it is managing fuel costs and identifying ways to decrease this expense. This is especially the case with fleet managers who manage fleets with heavy concentrations of diesel equipment. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 12, 2007 1:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Transcending Day-to-Day Fleet Management

Each year, Automotive Fleet identifies the nation’s Top 300 commercial fleets. Typically, the focus is on the “hardware” – the total number of units managed. But the key to these successful fleets is the “software” – the fleet manager. Being a fleet manager of a Top 300 fleet is not an easy job. Throughout corporate America, fleet managers are under constant and ever-greater pressure to reduce expenses, make their fleet operations more efficient, and maximize driver productivity at the lo READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2007 3:14 PM | » Comments(0)

Upfit Specs Can Reduce Workers Comp Claims

Workers comp claims resulting from use of upfitted equipment is on the rise. Poor upfitting decisions often result in expensive litigation to defend against alleged negligence. The average workers’ comp cost for a pushing/pulling injury is $10,175, while the average cost for a lifting/bending incident is $8,989. Under OSHA regs, an employer must provide a workplace (which includes upfitted work vehicles) free from recognized hazards. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Fleet Hit With $4.1 Million Payment for Accident Caused by Distracted Driver Using a BlackBerry

A 71-year-old woman was awarded $4.1 million in December 2006 because a company driver ran a red light while he was looking down at his BlackBerry and crashed into her. The employee, driving a Berry Electric Contracting Co. vehicle, was lost and was using his BlackBerry’s navigation device to find his destination. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, February 13, 2007 8:13 AM | » Comments(0)

Are the Benefits of Telematics Worth the Expense?

Currently, there are more than 2.5 million telematic units in service managing fleet vehicles, mobile workers, trailers, heavy equipment and other assets. The market is expected to expand to 5.8 million units by 2009, with revenues growing to more than $2 billion. READ MORE

Author: Mike Antich | Posted @ Tuesday, January 30, 2007 3:05 PM | » Comments(0)

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