Truck fleet managers have a daunting job. They are responsible for selecting the right trucks for the job, ensuring the trucks are properly maintained, and selling them for the best price at the end of their fleet useful life, among hundreds of other fleet-related tasks.
When it comes to truck maintenance, not one solution will work for every fleet. Where some fleets swear by ensuring all maintenance is kept in-house, others have found the benefits of outsourcing this job, while others find a balance.
Work Truck magazine surveyed our readership, including all truck fleet sizes and vocational fleet types, to find out more about what maintenance needs are outsourced, why, and some of the challenges today’s truck fleets face.
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Carriers in the specialized category saw costs rise by 4 cents per mile to 22 cents per mile between 2016 and 2017.
As of November 1, 2019, pickup truck values have continued a slow, downward trend since a peak in June 2019.
As in 2017, for-hire and private fleets account for half of aftermarket parts demand of Class 6-8 trucks and trailers.
Dealers have increased both new and used truck sales. Equipment turns averaged 649,000 miles.
For U.S. Class 8, orders averaged 40,800 units per month in 2018, but for the first half of 2019, just 14,600 per month.
The total number of structurally deficient bridges has continued to decrease year-over-year.
As of October 1, 2019, pickup truck values have remained relatively stable compared to the drop experienced in August 2019.
U.S. business logistics costs, as calculated in CSCMP’s 2019 State of Logistics Report, sponsored by Penske and authored by A.T. Kearney, rose 11.4% in 2018 to reach $1.64 trillion, or 8% of the $20.5 trillion GDP.
In this report, we present data on vehicle age, mileage, maintenance cost, and labor hours. Data is organized by type of vehicle, including refuse trucks, sedan and SUV police vehicles, dump trucks, pickup trucks, and fire equipment.
The average marginal cost per mile for fleets rose 6% in 2017 to $1.69, thanks largely to increased fuel and driver costs.
As of September 1, 2019, pickup truck values rose from the drop experienced in August 2019, while Class 4-8 trucks all decreased on value compared to the same time last month.
The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI), based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, hit an all-time high of 138.7 in November 2018.