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Use of a Company-Owned Vehicle May Override the ‘Coming and Going’ Rule in Workers’ Comp Claims

Most state workers’ compensation systems do not provide benefits for injuries sustained while an employee is commuting to and from work. This is commonly referred to as the “coming and going” rule. Under ordinary circumstances, any injury that an employee may suffer while traveling to and from work would not be covered by workers’ compensation. READ MORE

Driving and Prescription Drugs Can be a Lethal RX

As fleet manager, any time one of your drivers uses an over-the-counter or prescribed medication, you must consider the risk and the effect it might have on their ability to drive. READ MORE

Saving Gas Can Be as Simple as Properly Inflating Tires

The easiest way to minimize fuel expenditure is to ensure that tires are inflated to the correct pressure. Statistics compiled by the American Automobile Association (AAA), show that fuel economy is compromised by 10 percent when tires are under-inflated by only 2 psi (pounds per square inch.) An under inflated tire increases rolling resistance, requiring your engine to work harder. Proper tire inflation could save several hundred dollars annually at the gas pumps. READ MORE

You May Be Violating State Law By Deducting Driver Wages to Pay for Vehicle Damage

Many nationally dispersed fleets include a provision in their fleet policy guidelines stating that drivers are financially liable for damage to their company-provided vehicle if it was caused by negligence. However, many fleet managers are unaware that this practice is illegal in some states. READ MORE

Fleet Cost Control Starts with the Company Driver

The best time to control cost is before it occurs, and the way to do this is by establishing policies and procedures that inhibit unnecessary spending. However, just because your company implements a written fleet policy doesn’t mean it is being followed. How do you increase driver compliance with fleet policy? READ MORE

Designing Tires to a Specific Model Has Consequences for Commercial Fleets

Tires are an evolving component on vehicles. One simply has to look at the trend with factory OEM wheels and tires. Only a few years ago, the norm was 15- and 16-inch wheels. Currently, these same-sized cars, are now equipped with 16- and 17-inch sizes and some even have 18-inchers for mid-size cars. READ MORE

The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Wholesale Used-Vehicle Market

An estimated 250,000 to 1.2 million vehicles were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. There were approximately 20,000 commercial fleet vehicles in the Gulf Coast at the time of the Hurricane with as many as 2,000 units destroyed or damaged. READ MORE

Fleet’s Finest Hour

Estimates vary as to the number of private and commercial vehicles destroyed or damaged by Hurricane Katrina, from a low of 250,000 vehicles to as many as 1.2 million. READ MORE

Fleet Policy is the DNA of Your Fleet

For the past several years, I have read with fascination about the human genome project, which seeks to decipher the DNA instructions that, along with environment, help to determine who we are as individuals. In the same vein, I believe that each fleet also has a DNA of sorts, which is comprised of the procedures and regulations that are codified in its corporate fleet policy. READ MORE

The Emergence of e-Plates to Track Fleet Assets

I enjoy following the fleet management industry in the UK since it is among the most sophisticated in the world. Innovative trends often first appear in the UK, which makes for interesting conjecture as to whether they may be a prelude to what might emerge in the U.S. fleet market. One recent development was a controversial decision to test radio frequency identification (RFID) chips embedded in the license plates of vehicles. The UK Ministry of Transport gave the official go-ahead in August READ MORE

Using Targeted Production Weeks to Maximize Resale Values

The majority of fleet managers place new-vehicle orders with the expectation that these units will be built and shipped based on normal lead-times. However, a growing number of fleets, especially larger fleets, are using targeted production weeks (TPW) as a fleet planning tool when placing new-vehicle orders. READ MORE

The Right Pricing Strategy is the Key to a Successful Employee Sales Program

There is a renewed emphasis on maximizing remarketing dollars following the dramatic declines in resale values that have been occurring over the past three years. Although purchasing and negotiating skills are crucial, the skill that continues to set apart exceptional fleet managers is their remarketing expertise. One remarketing channel receiving increased attention is internal remarketing or the sale of company vehicles to employees. READ MORE

Governors Fear DMV Costs Will Increase With Implementation of Real ID Act of 2005

The recently enacted Real ID Act requires states to verify that applicants for a driver’s license or renewal are who they say they are. Unless state-issued driver’s licenses meet these new federal standards by 2008, the federal government will not accept them as identification to board a plane, train, or other venue in which the federal government requires the presentation of a photo ID. READ MORE

The Tax Consequences of Driver Reimbursement

When a company adopts a driver reimbursement program, it shifts all costs to the employee. The problem, from a tax view-point, is that if not handled correctly, reimbursement payments to employees can be considered taxable income by the federal government and some states. For instance, a monthly vehicle allowance is taxable to the employee, and the company is subject to its portion of FICA tax. The net result is that the employee’s combined state and federal tax burden will increase, which, in t READ MORE

Public Sector Fleet ManagementVehicle Overloading Is Expensive & Dangerous

In public sector fleet operations, the number-one cause of overloading is when a vehicle is not used for the spec’ed application. In other situations, overloading is intentional, as is sometimes the case with garbage trucks. In these instances, drivers overload vehicles to minimize the number of runs needed to offload the collected garbage. Overloading also occurs due to operator ignorance. For example, as parks and rec-reation truck may be spec’ed to haul a certain volume of grass cuttings, but READ MORE

Are FAVR Reimbursement Programs Non-Compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley?

There are three types of payment plans utilized to reimburse employees who drive their personal vehicles for business use. They are fixed payments (a monthly allowance), variable payment (cents per mile), and fixed and variable reimbursement (FAVR). READ MORE

Electronic Titles are Revolutionizing Fleet Vehicle Title Processing

An electronic lien and title system, or ELT, is the technology that allows vehicle titles and lien information to be transmitted electronically, much like e-mail, to and from state motor vehicle agencies and lien holders, such as fleet management companies. An ELT is also known as a “paperless title” or e-Title. Ultimately, ELT products and services will make traditional vehicle title processing obsolete, since electronic vehicle titles can be stored, transmitted, maintained, and corrected elect READ MORE

Why the High Cost of Fuel Will Have Minimal Impact on 2006 Fleet Selectors

Fuel is fleet’s second highest cost, and the dramatic run-up in fuel prices has negatively impacted all fleet operations. Although the high cost of fuel has wreaked havoc on fleet budgets and has caught the attention of senior management, it will have minimal impact on vehicle selection for 2006-model fleet selectors. Why? Most fleet managers say that fuel is only one part of the overall lifecycle cost analysis. Although fuel is their second highest expense, depreciation remains the number-one c READ MORE

Commercial Fleet Buying Intentions for the 2006-MY

In late April, AF conducted a survey of 80 commercial fleets to gauge fleet buying inclinations for the 2006-model year. The survey revealed that new-vehicle fleet order volume is anticipated to be as good as 2005-MY or better. READ MORE

Trends in Medium-Duty Truck Sales for 2005-06

While record-high gasoline and diesel prices are softening light-duty vehicle sales – especially large SUVs – sales of medium-duty trucks continue to surge. Demand for commercial medium-duty trucks has been on an upward trajectory since 2003. READ MORE

Medium Truck Tire Shortage Unintended Consequence of 2007 Diesel Regulations

There is record demand for medium truck tires and a corresponding shortage of supply. Besides the cyclical upturn in truck sales, the increased demand is also being fueled by the upcoming 2007 diesel emission standards. READ MORE

A Paradigm Shift to Driver Risk Management

A growing trend among commercial fleets has been the shift toward driver risk management versus traditional fleet accident management. “This is really a paradigm shift for the industry because it represents the next frontier where fleets can extract significant cost reductions,” said Art Liggio, national director, risk and insurance services for The CEI Group. READ MORE

Public Sector Fleet Management Stricter Enforcement Needed of Take-Home Vehicles

Take-home vehicles have been controversial for years, but recently, they have come under even closer scrutiny at a number of jurisdictions. For instance, Rockland County in New York clamped down on the number of government employees assigned take-home county-owned vehicles. For years, department heads could determine who got to commute to work in a county vehicle. READ MORE

Top Trends Fleet Accident & Driver Risk Management

These include increased Internet-enabled real-time communication, new technology applications, increased cost of replacement parts, and, perhaps most importantly, a growing shift toward focusing on driver risk management. READ MORE

Top 15 Trends in Truck Fleet Management

Proliferation of Onboard Technology in Trucks The computing power contained in a truck will be tapped in increasingly creative ways. READ MORE


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Mike Antich

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Mike Antich has covered fleet management and remarketing for more than 20 years and was inducted in the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2010.

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