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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.

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

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Aftermarket Crew Cab Conversions Offered for Several Medium-Duty Trucks

By Grace Lauron

New manufacturer options can help increase productivity for medium-duty truck fleets.

Tags: Kenworth, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Biodiesel: No Longer a Fringe Fuel

By Sean Lyden

The availability of biodiesel-based fuels is growing, and industry-accepted standards have begun to ensure its quality from reputable suppliers. However, fleet managers should research the alternative fuel before use in their vehicles.

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

March 2009, Work Truck - Vehicle Review

Dodge Debuts First-Ever Ram Crew Cab

2009 Dodge Ram

By Cindy Brauer

The all-new 2009 Ram is Dodge’s first entry into the largest and fastest-growing part of the market — Crew Cab. The new model offers more than 35 new or improved features, including a new 5.7L Hemi V-8.

Tags: Dodge, Ram Truck

January 2009, Work Truck - Cover Story

All About Medium-Duty Work Truck Engines

By Lauren Fletcher & Sean Lyden

Defining exactly what a truck must do is the first step in spec’ing a medium-duty truck engine.

Tags: Engine, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, International, MaxxForce, Paccar, Peterbilt, General Motors, Isuzu, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

First-Ever Biodiesel Fuel Card Offers Nationwide Discounts

By Grace Lauron

The National Biodiesel Foundation offers fleets incentives for going green. Cardholders of the new BioTrucker Fuel Card receive cash price and no transaction fee on fuel at more than 5,000 truck stops and truck-accessible locations across the country.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Biodiesel

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How First Alarm Saves with CarChip

By Paul Dexler

The CarChip vehicle monitoring system alerts the fleet manager to individual vehicle servicing needs and often explains why. Partnered with DriveCam, the system has saved First Alarm both time and money. By Paul Dexler

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Reducing Risk with Driver Assessment Programs

By Staff

Fleet drivers pose potential financial, safety, and liability risks. Managing those risks begins before an employee driver is hired and involves all stakeholders in the development of a driver assessment program.

Tags: Risk Management, Driver Safety

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Hybrid Large Trucks: the Road to Viability

By Chad Simon

Through the support of WestStart-CALSTART’s Hybrid Truck Users Forum, 13 utility fleets became early adopters of medium- and heavy-duty hybrid truck technology. Fleet managers report substantial fuel savings and few maintenance issues, though greater production is needed to drive premiums down.

Tags: Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, HTUF, FPL, PG&E, Southern California Edison

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

How to Spec Trucks to Achieve Optimal Fuel Efficiency

By Bob Johnson

With planning and training, new, more fuel-efficient work trucks and equipment can be spec’d properly. Considerations include aerodynamics, vehicle weight, tire selection, and powertrain optimization.

Tags: NTEA, Vehicle Weight - Trucks, Powertrain

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

What You Need to Know About Load Securement

By Mike Butsch

A review of federal regulations will help develop cargo/load securement policies to ensure cargo carried in company vehicles is transported safely, efficiently, and free from damage.

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Truck Accident Management Prices Pose Challenges

By Lauren Fletcher

Faced with a recession, volatile fuel prices, and more expensive repairs, truck fleets are looking for — and finding — ways to hold the line on truck accident expenses.

Tags: Accident Management, Risk Management, CEI Group, PHH

January 2009, Work Truck - Feature

Is Diesel Still a Good Deal?

By Chris Brown

Fluctuating pump prices and disparate gas and diesel fuel costs prompt a new look at diesel-powered vehicles.

Tags: Diesel, Vincentric, Diesel Fuel Vehicles, Chevrolet, Ram Truck, General Motors

November 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

Freightliner M2e Hybrid Gets Down to Business

By Grace Lauron

With improved fuel economy, lower emissions, extended brake wear, and reduced idle time, Freightliner’s Business Class M2e Hybrid offers fleets a “clean” way to get the job done.

Tags: Cummins, Eaton, Freightliner, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

ARI Hosts Fleet Management Workshop in So. Cal.

(L-R) Fleet Manager Roger Wilson, Kings County, sat alongside manufacturer representatives  from Ford, General Motors, and Freightliner.

By Grace Lauron

Thirty-five fleet professionals from 20 agencies participated in a two-day fleet management seminar event, hosted by Automotive Resources International.

Tags: Fleet Management, CALSTART, Freightliner, ARI, General Motors

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

NTEA Work Truck Show Heads to Chicago

By Cindy Brauer

For the first time, the National Truck Equipment Association will stage its annual conference in the Windy City, offering more than 40 intensive educational programs and the “world’s largest vocational truck show.”

Tags: Truck of the Year, NTEA, Work Truck Show

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

New Work Engines of Tomorrow

By Dan Kratz

From hybrids to electric vehicles, it is important to have the right fuel to drive down fuel costs.

Tags: Emissions, Biodiesel, Natural Gas, UPS, Freightliner, WorkStar, Biomethane, Work Trucks, Hydrogen Fuel, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Vehicle Graphics Do's, Dont's, and Advice

By Lauren Fletcher

Utilized as advertisements or mobile billboards, vehicle graphics can give fleet vehicles an identity. The pros advise not to make designs too busy or complicated, and communicate needs and requirements clearly.

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Pros & Cons: Aluminum vs. FRP Van Bodies

By Sean Lyden

Each material offers benefits and drawbacks. Aluminum may be less expensive, but fiberglass reinforced plywood (FRP) is sturdier. Evaluate your truck application to determine which factors matter most.

Tags: Truck Bodies

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Dodge Debuts First-Ever Ram Crew Cab

By Cindy Brauer

The all-new 2009 Ram is Dodge’s first entry into the largest and fastest-growing part of the market — Crew Cab. The new model offers more than 35 new or improved features, including a new 5.7L Hemi V-8.

Tags: Dodge, Ram Truck

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Ford & Smith Collaborate on All-Electric Vehicles

By Lisajoyce Vergara

Ford and UK-based Smith Electric Vehicles have launched two vehicles based on a Ford chassis. A zero-emissions light-duty van and medium-duty truck are expected to begin U.S. manufacturing by the end of 2008.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Cuts 200-Truck Fleet Annual Fuel Spend by Nearly $200K

Through a wireless vehicle management system, BLS Trucking can track vehicle locations, forestall vehicle theft, and reduce idling times.

By Daryl Lubinsky

The wireless system helps a lumber transport company prevent unauthorized use, decrease idling time, and avoid maintenance problems.

Tags: Telematics, Networkfleet, Wireless Services

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

New F-150: Lighter, Leaner, and Even Meaner

By Grace Lauron

The new 2009 Ford F-150 remains a strong performer in the full-size pickup market. It now has a lighter frame to boost fuel economy.

Tags: Ford F-150

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Spec'ing Box Truck Bodies to Maximize Productivity

Depending on a truck's application, the basic plywood option is the lowest-cost box interior design. The 3/8-inch plywood protects the aluminum sidewalls.

By Sean Lyden

Improving box truck body specs can boost cost savings and crew productivity. Here are some tips to create a clear plan for each truck, matching the right body specs to the application.

Tags: Spec'ing, Work Trucks

November 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Ship-To vs. Ship-Thru Ordering: What's Better for Your Fleet?

By Bob Shipp

When dealing with truck upfits, two methods are available to ensure a smooth order-to-delivery process.

Tags: Ship-Thru, Vehicle Ordering, Order to Delivery, Vehicle Modifiers

September 2008, Work Truck - Cover Story

What's New in Medium-Duty Trucks for 2009-MY

By Lauren Fletcher, Grace Lauron, Lisajoyce Vergara

Medium-duty trucks are the heart of many fleet operations. Several manufacturers share what’s new for the 2009 model-year, with lists of vocational opportunities.

Tags: Chevrolet, Dodge, Isuzu, Kenworth, Mitsubishi Fuso, Workhorse, Freightliner, Sterling, 2009-MY, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

FedEx Implements Green Fleet Initiative

By Joe Bohn

FedEx’s diverse environmental efforts range throughout its operation, with commercial hybrids dominating the company’s attention.

Tags: Green, Isuzu, Eaton, Iveco, EDF, Azure Dynamics, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

20-Point Checklist for Proper Truck Selection

By Sean Lyden

The challenge in selecting the right truck is to balance sufficient capability with a price point that fits within an ever-tightening budget. Here are 20 suggestions that can be used in proper truck selection.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Trailers

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Chrysler & Dodge 'Green' the SUV

By Lauren Fletcher

SUVs are going green, improving city fuel economy by 25 percent. The 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrid vehicles have the amenities of a luxury SUV and still mean business.

Tags: Green, Chrysler

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Avoiding the Pitfalls in Spec'ing Powertrains & Transmissions

By Joe Bohn

Fuel prices, engine advances, and more powertrain-related choices have altered the landscape of powertrain spec’ing, complicating the effort to optimize engine, transmission, and axle ratio combinations for given applications.

Tags: Spec'ing, Transmission, Powertrain

September 2008, Work Truck - Feature

Medium-Duty Chassis & Suspension Fundamentals

By Sean Lyden

WIth the myriad options available when spec'ing medium-duty truck chassis and suspensions, stakes are high, leaving fleet managers little room for error.

Tags: Spec'ing, Medium-Duty Trucks

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Spec’ing Today’s Trucks to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs

By Mike Antich
When you spec truck assets today, many of these vehicles will be in service for 10 to 15 years or longer. While these assets are adequate for today’s business, will this still be true 10 to 15 years from now? This is an important question because some fleet managers tend to focus on today’s needs and neglect the long-term considerations as to how job requirements may evolve in the future.

Human Nature Prone to Take Advantage of Docile Autonomous Vehicles

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
When a Supplier Goes Under

By Lauren Fletcher
What happens when your supplier goes out of business? How does this impact your current business operations? What happens if something breaks, needs maintenance, or you have questions?

The Benefits of an Automaker Test Drive

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown
The advantages of tracking driver spending can't be overstated, as the data provided can help fleet managers assess if drivers are efficiently purchasing fuel, as well as identify high-performing vehicles and drivers who can serve as examples to the rest of the fleet.

Does Telematics Branding Translate to Adoption?

By Dylan Brown

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