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March 2010, Work Truck - Department

Product Highlights: Safety

Mohawk Medium-Duty Truck Lift

By Lauren Fletcher

Highlighted are products for the work truck industry. This issues focus: Safety.

Tags: Weather Guard, SnowEx, Saddle Box

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

P&H Deploys New-Generation Crane Technology

By Chad Simon

A partnership between P&H Mining Equipment, Stellar Industries, and Equipment Upfitters allows P&H crane operators to safely lift and move heavy equipment without fear of overload.

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Freightliner M2 112 Goes All-Natural

Business Class M2 112

By Ashley Willis

Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner introduces the Business Class M2 112 NG, its first natural gas-powered truck. 2010 EPA emissions-compliant, the truck is targeted for natural gas utilities, port operations, and municipalities.

Tags: Natural Gas, Freightliner

March 2010, Work Truck - Cover Story

Hino Well-Positioned to Expand Commercial Market Share

By Mike Antich

Hino expanded vocational applications for its lineup of Class 4-7 trucks. In addition, it will introduce Class 4 & Class 5 hybrid cab-over models in MY-2012. Hino increased its Class 6 market share to 15 percent, up from 5 percent in 2005.

Tags: Hino, Class 6, Class 7, Class 5, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

January 2010, Work Truck - WebXclusive

Top 10 Most Viewed Stories in 2009

By Staff

Top viewed stories included "What Fleet Managers Should Know About Diesel Particulate Filters," "Aftermarket Crew Cab Conversions Offered for Several Medium-Duty Trucks," and "Materials of Trade - Are You Sure You Know the Limits?"

January 2010, Work Truck - Cover Story

Ram Introduces 2011 Chassis Cabs

By Cindy Brauer

Ram adds a Crew Cab model to the 2011-MY 3500, 4500, and 5500 Chassis Cab series. The new models feature all-new styling, enhanced upfitting accommodations, and 2010 emissions-compliant diesel engines.

Tags: Dodge, Ram Truck

January 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Class 4-7 Truck Market 2010 Outlook: Mix of Good, Bad & Ugly

By Jonathan Starks

While small points of optimism signal the economy finally may be starting to recover, that recovery is weak. Truck sales this year will be barely better than the dismal 2009 market.

Tags: Sales, Economy, Recession

January 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Comprehensive Fuel Management: More than Controlling Margins

By David Maxsimic

Companies are seeking creative ways to blunt the impact of volatile fuel costs on fleet budgets. A hedging program can be an invaluable tool to help manage the price of fuel and offset the risk of adverse price movements.

January 2010, Work Truck - Feature

DEF: A New Variable in Managing Truck Fleets

By Mike Antich

DEF is an acronym for diesel exhaust fluid used by diesel engines incorporating selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. As of Jan.1, DEF is now required for SCR-diesels to meet 2010 EPA emission standards.

Tags: Diesel Emissions, selective catalytic reduction, EPA, Emissions

January 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Ford Introduces Super Duty First-Responder Vehicle

By Lauren Fletcher

The new 2011 Ford F-550 Super Duty includes first responder-oriented features, as well as Live Drive Power Take Off for diesel customers.

January 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Penske Truck Leasing Sells used Trucks on eBay Motors

By Cheryl Knight

Penske Truck Leasing has expanded its reach with a new eBay Motors storefront, creating buzz with an innovative and entrepreneurial sales strategy expansion.

Tags: Penske, eBay

January 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Caution: Welding Wheels Is Dangerous

By Steven Bennett

The heat build-up from welding a wheel can produce serious safety hazards to technicians and drivers and violates OSHA regulations. Heat from other sources as tire fires or sealants can also pose dangers.

Tags: Tires

January 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Isuzu Launches New Initiatives to Manage Vehicle Maintenance Costs

By Ashley Willis

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. introduces the Priority Service Maintenance Program to provide truck fleet managers guaranteed preventive maintenance with fixed parts and labor expenses.

Tags: Isuzu, Priority Service Maintenance Program, Preventive Maintenance

January 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Del-Air Sees Big Cost Reductions Through Creative Processes

By Lauren Fletcher

The Florida-based heating, air conditioning, and electrical company uses out-of-the-box thinking to increase fuel efficiency.

November 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

Fleets Deploy Kenworth T370 Hybrid as Green Work Horse

By Cindy Brauer

From Massachusetts to Hawaii and in-between, Kenworth's Class 7 hybrid provides fuel savings and subsequent emissions reductions for a variety of medium-duty truck applications.

Tags: Green, Kenworth, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

November 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Green Initiatives Flourish in Commercial Truck Fleets

By Lauren Fletcher & Grace Lauron

Several truck fleets have taken steps to make their operations more environmentally friendly by deploying alternative-fuel models.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Green, Natural Gas Vehicles

November 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Uncertainty Affects Truck Accident Management Costs

By Lauren Fletcher

Truck fleet accident management costs continue to fluctuate due to factors including a soft economy and new technologies on the market.

Tags: Accident Management, Accidents

November 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Prepare Your Drivers to Succeed

By Dwight Siewert

Something as simple as a checklist of pre-drive instructions, including a review of required documents and vehicle and equipment details, helps drivers complete their tasks safely and legally.

Tags: Driver Safety, Inspections

November 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How to Spot and Avoid Potential Ergonomic Injuries

By Richard Alaniz

Several factors hinder improving workplace ergonomics for truck fleet drivers. However, growing government enforcement efforts will hold fleet managers and their companies accountable for regulatory compliance.

Tags: Ergonomics, OSHA

November 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How Retrofitting Fits in Today’s Fleets

By Chad Simon

Manufacturing hybrid-electric chassis since 2001, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. now retrofits older medium-duty diesel trucks with new engines and hybrid systems for fleet use.

Tags: Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Retrofit

November 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Legal Liability for Add-On Equipment

By Richard Alaniz

When used correctly, add-on equipment such as liftgates, back-up cameras, and roll-up doors can save time and reduce the risk of injuries.

Tags: OSHA

September 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

What’s New in 2010 Model-Year Light- and Medium-Duty

By Cindy Brauer

Most light- and medium-duty truck manufacturers have carried over 2009-MY product lines to 2010-MY with only minor changes and enhancements. The following provides an overview of major OEM product lineups in the coming model-year.

Tags: Dodge, Freightliner, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Hino, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, UD Trucks, 2010-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Rent or Own? The Short-Term Use Dilemma

By Lauren Fletcher

Short-term truck rentals provide the ability to leverage assets, increase fleet capacity, assist with market expansion, and improve a company's business image.

September 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Are Your Company's Light-Duty Vehicles Regulated?

By Ed Emerick

Noncompliance can lead to loss of a company's vehicle operating license. Compliance failure may also be a factor in determining negligence in accident and injury incidents.

Tags: Light-Duty Vehicles, Regulations, Compliance

September 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Beware the Legal Pitfalls in Telematics Monitoring of Employee Drivers

By Richard Alaniz

Even as telematics - the marriage of wireless technology and mobile communications - becomes increasingly sophisticated and useful, fleet managers must heed the potential legal and liability risks of these new tools.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Regulations, Telematics, GPS

September 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Controlling Fleet Costs Through Metrics

By Chad Simon

Using systems that monitor maintenance, advertising, payroll, and job tracking, Joe Christenson has improved his fleet's efficiency and alleviated the need to outsource fleet management.

Tags: Plumbing Plus and Remodel Works Bath & Kitchen, Maintenance, Cost-Cutting

July 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

Coca-Cola Enterprises Invests Big in Hybrid Trucks

By Shelley Mika

With a total of 327 hybrid trucks and diesel-electric tractor trailers, the Coke products bottler deploys the largest hybrid truck fleet in North America.

Tags: Kenworth, Coca-Cola, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Diesel-Electric Hybrids

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How to Prepare for a DOT Audit

By Steve Frisch

The DOT has just informed you that your transportation operation will be audited. Are you prepared? Do you know what records will be reviewed? Do you comply with the regulations?

Tags: U.S. DOT

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Is it Time to Conduct a 'Size Audit' of Your Truck Fleet?

By Russ Cass

Reviewing payload, cargo requirements, access, mileage, and roadway requirements can be the answer to saving costs and simplifying fleet vehicle choices.

Tags: Audits

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Greening Fleets in a Down Economy

By Cindy Brauer

As companies struggle to justify the costs of environmental operations, the 2009 Green Fleet Conference, presenting all things green for fleets, will "show you where to find the money," say organizers.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Go to the Experts to Manage Cargo Effectively & Safely

By Cindy Brauer

Consulting end users - drivers, service techs, warehouse managers, etc. - is the first critical step in developing efficient, safe cargo management systems. They are the experts in how the cargo is used.

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Generator & Inverters: Addressing Mobile AC Power Needs

By Joe Bohn

Commercial vehicles need auxiliary power to operate tools, equipment, and cell phone chargers. New technology offers exciting new technological developments in auxiliary power.

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

5 Tips to Help Determine Your Fleet’s Insurance Coverage

By Sean Lyden

What should a company look for in insurance coverage for its fleet vehicles? An industry expert suggests a regular policy review and offers guidelines to obtain insurance best suited to individual company needs.

Tags: Liability, Accident Management

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Accessorize Your Truck Bed

By Lauren Fletcher

Customizing truck beds can help improve work truck driver efficiency and productivity, while keeping tools and equipment safe. The following truck bed accessories are a few of the options currently available in the market.

July 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Pros & Cons of Upfitters vs. Bailment Pools

By Stephen Bennett

Work truck fleets come in all shapes and sizes, with differing needs and requirements. While some see the benefit in utilizing bailment pools, others rely on upfitting to get the job done.

May 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

Serving Double-Duty: 2nd Win for F-Series Super Duty

By Grace Lauron

Class-leading payload capacity and towing capability make the Ford workhorse and truck series a clear favorite for the annual Work Truck award, voted on by fleet professionals.

Tags: Work Truck Show, National Truck Equipment Association, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Medium-Duty Operating Costs Increase in 2008-CY

By Mike Antich

The biggest factor behind the spike in medium-duty operating costs was the increase in diesel prices, which jumped 32 percent from the then-historical high in 2007. Other factors included increased labor rates and higher taxes.

Tags: Diesel, Medium-Duty Trucks, Emissions, CARB

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

10 Common Errors: Complying with Drug and Alcohol Testing Mandates

By Kathy Close

Mistakes in complying with federal testing regulations may result in both fines and penalties issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Every year, thousands of motor carriers are cited during FMCSA audits.

Tags: FMCSA, U.S. DOT

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Isuzu SEE Technology: Safety, Econony, Environment

Work Truck magazine participated in the Isuzu Fuel Economy Challenge at the company’s proving ground in Hokkaido. More than 10,000 drivers over the past 10 years have visited the proving ground to participate in the Fuel Economy Challenge.

By Mike Antich

SEE Technology is the basis of all of Isuzu’s product development. Isuzu’s goal is to incorporate three core areas — safety, economy, and environment — in all future products. WT recently traveled to Japan to get a first-hand look.

Tags: Environment, Economy, Isuzu

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

ROUSH Introduces Propane-Powered F-250/F-350

By Lauren Fletcher

After the successful launch of the propane-powered F-150, ROUSH is introducing a liquid-propane conversion for the F-250 and F-350.

Tags: Ford F-150, ROUSH, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, Alternative Fuels

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How to Comply with 'Reasonable Accommodations' Mandates

By Richard D. Alaniz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers accommodate an employee's disability or religion. Strategies and procedures can be developed to guide managers in complying with the regulations without creating "undue hardship" to the company.

Tags: Compliance

May 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Insurance Plans Offer Potential to Cut Fleet Costs

By Bill Kampf

In addition to encouraging greater cost-saving driver habits, fleet managers can examine company insurance arrangements to squeeze additional budget reductions.

March 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

How to Select A Medium-Duty Truck Transmission

By Cindy Brauer, Lauren Fletcher, & Sean Lyden

Determining the right transmission for work trucks is based not only on the truck application, but also the right combination of OEM product specifications, including horsepower and torque.

Tags: Transmission, OEM

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Case Studies: Truck Fleets Using Telematics to Cut Costs

By Lauren Fletcher & Grace Lauron

Telematics is more than simply GPS - it's a tool to reduce vehicle idling and expenses, ensure stolen vehicles are located in a timely manner, and increase driver safety.

Tags: GPS, Telematics, Geotab

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

EPA Names Idle Reduction Systems Eligible for Federal Excise Tax Exemptions

By Mike Antich

The worst mileage is 0 miles per gallon, which occurs when idling. Reducing unnecessary idling is the easiest way for a truck fleet to reduce fuel costs. Now you can get tax exemptions when acquiring idle reduction technologies.

Tags: EPA, Federal Excise Tax

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

2009 Regulatory Changes Affect Work Trucks

By Bob Raybuck

New federal safety standards covering tire pressure monitoring systems, door locks, occupant protection and crash test requirements, and emissions regulations will impact truck body and equipment upfits.

Tags: National Truck Equipment Association, NTEA

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Snohomish County Reduces Emissions Through Diesel Retrofits and Biodiesel

By Lauren Fletcher & Lisajoyce Vergara

Bolstered by Washington state funding, Snohomish County officials have enhanced efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fleet vehicles. The county’s green initiatives also include increased use of biodiesel.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel, Diesel Fuel Vehicles

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Taking Care of Business: How Ford Work Solutions Helps Manage Truck Fleets

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Ford Fleet and Bobit Business Media publications Automotive Fleet and Work Truck magazine joined forces to discuss the latest customer-driven innovation of Ford Work Solutions.

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Navigating California's New Ruling on Diesel Emissions

By Sean Lyden

On Dec. 11, California adopted the most stringent emission standards in the nation for on-road heavy-duty diesel trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 14,000 lbs.

Tags: CARB, Diesel Emissions

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Malfunction Indicator Mandated for 2010 Emissions Standards

By Grace Lauron

Starting in 2010, OEMs will be required to install dashboard malfunction indicator lights and diagnostic trouble codes on heavy-duty trucks to warn drivers of emission problems.

Tags: EPA, CARB

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Decrease Incidents of Unscheduled Truck Maintenance Caused by Overloading

By Mike Antich
When a truck is overloaded, its operating performance will be strained, accelerating wear-and-tear on brakes and other wear components, such as tire, which have higher failure rates because they run hotter due to the increased load. Another issue is axle overloading, which causes premature wear-and-tear on tires and suspension components.

Real-World Advice on How to Excel on a Fleet Sourcing Team

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
‘It Doesn’t Apply to Me’

By Lauren Fletcher
Have you ever had a conversation with a coworker, driver, or vendor, and replied to an inquiry with “Well, it doesn’t apply to me,” and left the conversation at that? Do you have help at fleet handling specific parts of your operation, such as fuel, compliance, or leasing?

Millennials in Truck Fleets

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Stephane Babcock
2017 Genesis G90

By Stephane Babcock
The Genesis G90 sets itself apart with the interior, drivetrain, and sleek exterior. It has a look and feel inside and out that will satisfy most luxury car cravings.

2017 Ram 2500 Tradesman

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown
Fleet managers should stay current with new developments in the auto industry but stay grounded in reality to keep their fleets efficient and prepared for the future.

Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

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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