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March 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ford Gets Tougher with the 2008 Super Duty

By Cindy Brauer

The full-size pickup boasts a new 6.4L V-8 turbodiesel engine, refined chassis and suspension, industry-leading towing capacity in the F-450, improved cargo-handling flexibility, and a quiet, more functional interior.

Tags: V8 engine, Large Pickups, Ford Super Duty

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Top Truck Fleets by Vehicle Segment

ServiceMaster’s staff manages an 18,096-unit fleet, predominantly light- and medium-duty trucks.

By Lauren Colin

The fastest growing fleet segments are light- and medium-duty trucks, vans, and SUVs. Here are the top 25 fleets in each segment.

Tags: Top Fleets, PG&E, ServiceMaster, Industry Research

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

GeoFencing Adds to Your Truck Security Arsenal

By Paul Dexler

It’s 2 p.m. Do you know where your trucks are, and, more importantly, what they are doing there? New technology can help you find out. But there can be employee relations downsides.

Tags: GPS

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Re-rating GVWR: Why and How it's Done

If the GVW is rated below 26,000 lbs., the driver does not need a commercial driver’s license.

By Paul Dexler

Sometimes, it is not in a fleet’s best interests to have a vehicle at a given GVWR. Changing the GVWR to a special value can be done, but the process is complicated.

Tags: CDL

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Medium-Duty Truck Operating Costs Increase (Again)

By Mike Antich

The key reason for the increase was the cost of fuel, in particular, diesel fuel. This has also led to price increases for other oil-based products such as tires, which increased 4-7 percent in the past year. Other PM costs remained flat.

Tags: Operating Costs, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Solutions Help Fleets Improve Productivity & Trim Costs

With Vericom’s MRM solution, Paul J. Rach Co.’s fleet management  reduced overtime, fuel cost, and nonallowed vehicle use.

By Cindy Brauer

Mobile resource management (MRM) systems allow fleet managers to track fuel transactions, streamline routing, monitor driver behavior, automate maintenance alerts, and implement other efficiency-producing functions.

Tags: Maintenance, Telematics, GPS, Driver Behavior, Vericom Technologies, GPS Insight

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

The NTEA Revs Up for The Work Truck Show 2008

A record 534 exhibitors will present their products and services during The Work Show 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

By Lisajoyce Vergara

The National Truck Equipment Association’s annual convention is a ‘one-stop’ marketplace for industry professionals seeking all aspects of work truck equipment, solutions, and training.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show

March 2008, Work Truck - Feature

GM Moves to Fill the Cutaway Gap

By Paul Dexler

A new 14,200-lb. GVWR G-Van diesel cutaway chassis expands the platform’s capabilities in the commercial market. Potential uses include commercial trucks, ambulances, and shuttle buses.

Tags: Chevrolet, General Motors

January 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

Hino Trucks are Ready to Run Cleaner

Hino 338 medium-duty model with dump body.

By Cindy Brauer

Hino’s 2008-MY lineup meets EPA emissions standards with a diesel particulate reduction system based on technology proven on more than 1.2 billion miles.

Tags: Hino, Light-Duty Trucks, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Purolator Courier Goes 'Green' with New Electric Delivery Vehicle

The Quicksider EV delivery van displays its kneeling capabilities during its introduction.

By Paul Dexler

Urban package delivery routes usually include lots of stops and starts, but require relatively little long-range driving. Purolator Courier is developing the Quicksider EV, an electric green solution.

Tags: Purolator, delivery, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

What is the Safety Value of Cargo Partitions in Vans?

Safety partitions help prevent driver and passenger injury caused by shifting cargo loads during a crash or sudden stop.

By Joe Bohn

Cargo partitions add safety and security to fleet vans and can be utilized to turn the front of the cab into a work space.

Tags: Vans

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Turn-Key Ready Delivery Helps Increase Productivity and Revenue

Process Flow From Truck Manufacturer to Delivery: A new delivery process, as re-engineered by AmeriFleet, delivers vehicles direct from upfitters to the end-user, reducing delivery time from 25 days to just 12 days.

By Staff

The process shortens delivery time and helps truck fleets get vehicles on the road faster, providing real bottom-line benefits. Vehicles reach end users inspected, titled, plated, cleaned, and ready to use.

Tags: Upfitting, Amerifleet

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Hybrid Lift Truck Helps Utilities Clean the Air

Odyne partnered with utility equipment manufacturer Dueco to develop an electric-powered aerial lift truck that can operate up to eight hours on one charge.

By Staff

On the job, lift trucks often have to spend the day idling. A plug-in hybrid lift truck can cut much of that fuel use and emissions, while maintaining complete usability.

Tags: Odyne, Bucket Trucks, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Dueco

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Propane Cleans Up Medium-Duty Trucks

Medium-duty trucks such as this GMC Topkick can be ordered with the LPI fuel system.

By Paul Dexler

Not only does propane offer lower capital costs than diesel power, but tax credits are also available for the resulting low-emission vehicles.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Propane Autogas

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

What Fleet Managers Should Know About Diesel Particulate Filters

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By Sean Lyden

Developed to achieve government-mandated diesel emissions levels, DPF operation requires little driver involvement. The units are designed for long life, but must be properly maintained.

Tags: Maintenance, Diesel

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

One Year Later: 2007 Diesel Emission Standards Implications for Fleet Operators

By GE Capital Solutions Fleet Services

What are the considerations for your fleet today, when it comes to 2007 diesel emission standards?

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

GM Enhances Safety in Full-Size Vans for 2008

By Chris Brown

Head curtain side airbags and enhanced technology glass (ETG) are standard on passenger vans. ETG is a special three-layer glass designed to reduce the risk of ejection during a crash.

Tags: Vans, General Motors

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Best Practices for Asset Management Functions

By Michael Lewis

Best practices in asset management, including truck acquisition, maintenance, and other asset management services can make the difference between a productive, cost-effective fleet and a costly mistake.

Tags: Maintenance, Telematics, Asset Management, Risk Management, Mergers & Acquisitions

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

The Fleet Manager's Guide to Comparing Fuel Economy

By Sean Lyden

Vehicles 8,500-lbs. GVWR or more are exempt from federal fuel economy requirements, making it more challenging to project fuel economy for vehicles such as 3/4-and 1-ton pickups, vans, and medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Materials of Trade - Are You Sure You Know the Limits?

By Mike Butsch

Hazmat fines can cost your company tens of thousands of dollars. Familiarity with key areas of the MOT can save time, money, and confusion.

January 2008, Work Truck - Feature

How to Maximize Fuel Efficiency

High fuel prices have taken an especially hard toll on fleets, in which larger vehicles consume more gasoline. Various efforts to maximize fuel are discussed.

By Joe Bohn

Truck fleet fuel saving strategies include right-sized vehicles, alt-fuel use, and driver education.

Tags: FPL, Rightsizing, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

November 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

Mitsubishi Fuso Returns to the Class 3 Market with the 2008 FE 125

By Lisajoyce Vergara

After a two-year hiatus, Mitsubishi Fuso has reentered the Class 3 market with a new low-cab forward medium-duty work truck.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Fuel Management RFP Musts

By Editor

Fleet managers should treat the RFP as an introduction to their fleet and implement a checklist of must-haves so the basics don't fall through the cracks.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

DOT Compliance: Have You Reviewed Your Program Lately?

By Mike Butsch

Following a program compliance may be challenging, but it is doable. Key areas of focus are highlighted.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, U.S. DOT, Compliance, Alcohol Testing, Drug Testing, Medium-Duty Trucks

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

DOT Mandates May Apply When Using Trailers

By Joe Bohn

Extra weight from trailer add-ons may push otherwise underweight vehicles over the DOT-exempt weight limit.

Tags: U.S. DOT

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Converting to Biodiesel: A Green Case Study

By Daryl Lubinsky

A contractor for a major mall renovation has switched to 100-percent biodiesel in his vehicles.

Tags: Biodiesel

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Trends in Truck Electric Power Systems

If the drain becomes too severe, the RVC system automatically boosts the engine idle speed and/or reduces specific electrical loads on the vehicle in order to protect the battery.

By Joe Bohn

The increased electrical loads on new trucks from advanced engine, transmission, and brake systems have given rise to the need for new battery technology.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

One Year Later: The Impact of ULSD on Diesel Engines

Chevy’s 2008 Duramax Diesel 6.6L V8 Turbo

By Joe Bohn

It’s been a year since stricter EPA regulations aimed at reducing sulfur content in diesel fuel became effective. Most fleets surveyed report no problems, although cold weather and vehicle age may present issues.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Top 5 Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

By Staff

A PHH FirstFleet study found a ‘sweet spot’ where fuel efficiency and performance are maximized. The research highlighted other fuel-economizing steps.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Eliminating the Waste

Junk removal service, 1-800-Trash-It! used TomTom WORK Web-based fleet management system to improve operations and cut costs.

By Shelley Ernst

How an environmentally-conscious trash collection company trashed inefficiency – and collected the profits.

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

SureXpress Rents Trucks from Enterprise

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Oklahoma City-based SureXpress uses an alternative approach in providing freight services to help drive down operating costs. One alternative has been renting trucks from Enterprise Commercial Trucks to lower the fleet CPM.

Tags: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

November 2007, Work Truck - Feature

High Cost of Fuel Increases Operating Costs

By Mike Antich

Fleet operating costs have increased, but at a slower pace than 2006. Across all vehicle segments, this increase was directly attributable to increased fuel costs, with a domino effect for other oil-based products such as tires.

Tags: Operating Costs

September 2007, Work Truck - Cover Story

Isuzu Introduces Redesigned 2008 N-Series LCF

The new N-Series offers wheelbases from 109 to 212 inches, allowing a wide range of service body types and sizes.

By Tariq Kamal

The all-new 2008 N-Series features a larger, more comfortable cab, more powerful engines, and a range of wheelbases to accommodate nearly all applications.

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Good Predictive Maintenance Begins with Tracking Vehicles & Components

By Dave Williams

A system to identify vehicles and components helps fleet managers analyze performance.The VMRS code system, designed by the American Trucking Associations, is an industry-accepted tool to make the job easier.

Tags: Preventative Maintenance

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

10 Ways to Improve Fleet Safety

By Lauren Colin

Many companies use methods such as videos and behind-the-wheel training to get the safety message across to drivers. Motor vehicle record (MVR) checks and incentives are also effective.

Tags: How-to Guides, Driver Training, Online Training

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Using Telematics to Manage Truck Fleets

By Tariq Kamal

Fleet managers describe how the ability to track vehicle location, gas consumption, and preventive maintenance has benefited their fleets.

Tags: Telematics, Maintenance, Fuel Savings

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Super Size Me: 2007 Dodge Sprinter

The 2007 Dodge Sprinter is longer, wider, taller, and more spacious than its predecessor, and offers more choices and features than ever before.

By Staff

"The taller they are, the harder they grip the road." Sprinter’s all-new adaptive Electronic Stability Program (ESP) features additional sensors that now account for vehicle payload. Advanced ESP uses a self-learning algorithm to determine center of gravity of the vehicle based on acceleration, speed, accelerator pedal position and brake pressure.

Tags: Dodge, 2007-MY, Full-Size Vans, Cargo Vans

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Mistakes to Avoid When Spec’ing a Medium-Duty Chassis

By Sean Lyden

Even the most seasoned fleet managers occasionally misjudge truck specs. Following are the eight most common offenses committed and how to correct them before it’s too late.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What You Should Know About Nitrogen-Filled Tires

By Sean Lyden

According to proponents, nitrogen-inflated tires maintain tire pressure longer, resist heat buildup better, and reduce the potential of freezing in high altitudes.

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

How to Determine a Truck’s Maximum Net Payload

By Staff

With increased upfitting of trucks to specific job applications, fleet managers may have a more difficult time selecting the right chassis to handle the load. A simple formula can help avoid this difficulty.

Tags: Payload, Vehicle Spec'ing, GVW

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

What UPS Can Teach Fleets About Driver Safety

Driver safety has been a priority for UPS throughout its nearly 100-year history. In 2007, the company will invest $38 million in safety training.

By Travis Yates

The delivery company, celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year, has made safety a core value, investing $38 million dollars and 1.3 million hours on safety training in 2007 alone.

Tags: UPS, Driver Behavior, Corporate Culture

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Using Data-Centric Predictive Analytics to Improve Driver Safety

By Alex Popov and Dico Akseraylian

Current tactics to analyze driver risk are reactionary, targeting drivers with already-proven unsafe behaviors. New data sources provide more comprehensive metrics for intelligent forecasting of high-risk drivers.

September 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Getting a Lift

By Paul Dexler

When the job requires being up high or having to pick up a heavy item off the ground, lift trucks, crane trucks, and bucket trucks make it far easier and safer to get the work done without muscle strain or worse hazards.

Tags: Lift

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Could Your Next Work Truck be a Hybrid?

By Terry Parkhurst

Medium- and heavy-duty hybrid truck tests show promise in stop-and- go situations and those that require auxiliary power generation in urban environments. But will costs come down enough to make them feasible for general use?

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

40 Ways to Reduce Truck Fleet Costs

Managing and containing fleet costs is a central part of a fleet managers job. job. By taking a long and hard look at tires, driver behavior, specs, maintenance, management, and safety, truck fleet managers can find plenty of ideas for reducing fleet costs.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Truck Fleet Uses Telematics to Improve Operations

By Joe Bohn

Less-than-truckload carrier, A. Duie Pyle, invests in proactive technology as part of an ongoing strategy to compete in an industry struggling with consolidation and overcapacity.

Tags: Telematics, Qualcomm

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

20 Ways to Increase Cargo Security

Not all vehicles or fleet policies are equal when providing cargo security. Minimizing temptation for would-be thieves is the key to eliminating vehicle content theft problems.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

How to Determine Tire Load Ratings

By Mike Mavrigian

They need to be followed when selecting a custom tire and wheel package. The tire must safely support a given amount of vehicle weight. If the load rating is insufficient, the tire may become overheated and can self destruct.

July 2007, Work Truck - Feature

Understanding Tire Dimensions

By Mike Mavrigian

Information imprinted on a tire sidewall provides complete identification data, serving much like an owner’s manual for that specific tire.

July 2007, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Call of Duty

By Chris Brown

Ford’s newly redesigned F-Series Super Duty lineup gets the job done with power, style, and a host of new features.

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

By Mike Antich
I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Conduct an Efficiency Audit to Eliminate Waste in Your Fleet Budget

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
Spring Clean Your Operations

By Lauren Fletcher
When spring is in the air, we often think of spring cleaning our garages at home, but do you ever spring clean your fleet operation? From offices to maintenance bays, spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up!

Navigating Changing Regulations

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown
We asked over 750 fleet professionals questions about the prevalence of each provider in the market and their brand recognition.

How Fleet Size Dictates Telematics Needs

By Dylan Brown

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