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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

EPA HD OBD Ruling Impacts Medium-Duty Fleets

By Sean Lyden

Effective Jan. 1, the heavy-duty onboard diagnostic (HD OBD) ruling requires truck manufacturers install OBD systems on trucks 14,001-lbs. GVWR or greater.

Tags: Heavy-Duty Trucks, EPA, Medium-Duty Trucks

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Trailer Tire Trends: Fuel Economy & Downtime Remain Big Concerns

By Mike Manges

Reducing trailer-tire rolling resistance is a goal for most fleets. These tires take more abuse and are more likely to experience en route failure than any other tire position.

Tags: Yokohama, Goodyear, SmartWay, Bridgestone, Cooper Tire

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Risk Management: Best Practices of a Safe Fleet Operation

By Cheryl Knight

Is your fleet safe? Minimize driver risk and lower accident rates through a safety and risk management program. Whether outsourced or run in-house, a comprehensive program is critical.

Tags: Best Practices, Risk Management

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

Telematics Use Grows in Work Truck Fleets

Photo: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM / Matt Jeacock

By Lauren Fletcher

From tracking preventive maintenance to reducing vehicle idling and fuel consumption, truck-based fleets are adding telematics devices to their fleet vehicles to improve operations.

Tags: Telematics, Nestle, Utah

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

How to 'Right Spec' Your Trucks and Vans

By Chris Brown

Downsizing to a smaller truck or van can improve your total cost — if you can afford the downgrade in capabilities.

Tags: Vincentric, Spec'ing, Rightsizing

March 2010, Work Truck - Feature

ROUSH Offers Propane-Fueled Ford E-Series Vans

Ford E-Series Propane-Fueled Van

By Lauren Fletcher

Meeting super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV) II emission standards, ROUSH’s line of propane-fueled Ford E-Series vans was prompted by fleet manager interest.

Tags: ROUSH, Propane Autogas, Ford E-Series

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 - 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, Maintenance, 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 - 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

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Market Trends

Mike Antich
Don't Underutilize the Expertise of Your Suppliers

By Mike Antich
For many managers responsible for vehicle operations, fleet management is often one of several job responsibilities. These managers acknowledge that it is difficult to stay on top of changes in vehicle design, powertrains, onboard safety technology, telematics capabilities, and regulatory changes that impact fleet operations. Despite this recognition, a common mistake made by many of these managers is underutilizing the subject-matter expertise of current and/or prospective suppliers.

The Future of Fleet is Managing the Connected Vehicle Ecosystem

By Mike Antich

Chatty Chassis

Lauren Fletcher
How to Stay Productive Over the Holidays

By Lauren Fletcher
If you are like most people, staying productive around the holidays can be very difficult with more than usual on your mind. Here are a few ideas to help you remain productive during the holidays.

How to Stay Motivated

By Lauren Fletcher

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification Is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown

Data Points

Dylan Brown
What Are the Most Valuable Services Offered by FMCs?

By Dylan Brown
What do fleet managers value in their relationships with fleet management companies? The answer may surprise you.

Demand More From Your Fuel Card Provider

By Dylan Brown

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