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3 Things to Know About Comdata’s National Account Tire Pricing

For the 100,000+ users of the Comdata MyFleet card, there are over 4,000 locations to choose from for tire buying. Comdata claims the discount can help fleets to save 65% on tires. Justin King, a senior vice president at FleetCor Technologies, says they will be soon be announcing their official partner tire manufacturers. Participating locations include trucks stops and commercial tire dealers, and there is a dedicated team of tire specialists and a web portal to help customers find a place of installation. King further explains that customers can go to a nearby dealer, tell them they are program members, and select tires from a manufacturer of choice.

Key Takeaways:

  • Limitations on how tires are purchased become moot if you’re a part of the program
  • Innovation with program rewards are a main focus of this company’s mission
  • MTD recognizes that choice is important to the customer and have added many brands to their program

“The dealer network includes over 4,000 locations, including truck stops and commercial tire resellers that participate in national account programs with the manufacturers.”

Read more: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/337939/3-things-to-know-about-comdatas-national-account-tire-pricing

Best Transportation Adds BYD Electric Tractor to Fleet

Best Transportation’s fleet has added a Class A Tractor to its arsenal; the tractor is fully electric. The tractor excelled at its first mission, going to the Maher Terminal to get a container, and bringing that container to a secondary location. Best Transportation has even received an award, as the first trucking fleet to transport a container from New Jersey and New York’s ports while utilizing only an electric vehicle. This is the first of many commercial trucks Best Transportation is testing and developing, wanting to take advantage of the new technological territory.

Key Takeaways:

  • This company works towards difficult goals that impact both their company and the environment
  • Commercial vehicles are the number one offender of environmental decomposition in the US
  • Sustainability should be a main concern for the future of transportation globally

“The BYD Zero Emissions On-Highway Tractor gave the fleet the honor of being the first trucking company to move a container from the Port of New York and New Jersey using an electric vehicle. Best Transportation called it the first step in its plan to increase the number of electric vehicles in its fleet.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/337925/best-transportation-adds-byd-electric-tractor-to-fleet

NAFA’s Certification Tests Going Fully Online

Transparency in any industry is important, especially when it comes to the results of research being done or test scores that consumers might use to make life changing decisions. In their new blog post, GF Staff outlines the NAFA announcement of their new digital test taking platform, the technology requirements a consumer might need to be successful in this venture and the potentials costs involved with choosing this more convenient option. They finish their summary by reminding us of the earnings potential gained by taking this test.

Key Takeaways:

  • Credential evaluations for automotive fleet managers and experts will be available on line.
  • Offers a more convenient way to certification as it can be done at the leisure of the test taker.
  • A quiet place, mic, headset, and appropriate internet quality is what is all that is needed now.

“To accommodate this enhancement, the remaining computer-based testing (CBT) exams through NAFA’s previous provider, PSI/Comira, cannot be scheduled beyond August 10.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/337937/nafas-certification-tests-going-fully-online

Over 1,600 Trucks Placed Out of Service in Surprise Brake Inspection Event

On 15 May, a coalition of US and Canadian law enforcement organizations operating under the auspices of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, carried out over 10,000 safety inspections aimed at identifying defective brakes. About 16 percent of the vehicles tested across the 55 participating localities turned out to have serious brake problems. As a result, 1,600 vehicles were taken out of service so their brake problems could be resolved. Common issues identified included changes, twisted or damaged brake hoses or tubing.

Key Takeaways:

  • Inspections were conducted in May 2019 by law enforcement personnel from jurisdictions in both the U.S. and Canada.
  • Approximately one in six (16.1%) of inspected vehicles were found to have brake-related critical issues.
  • The inspections were particularly focused on violations involving brake hoses and tubing, and identified nearly 1,000 units with chafed rubber hoses.

“More than 1,600 commercial vehicles were placed out of service during an unannounced brake inspection blitz in May conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s law enforcement members.”

Read more: https://www.truckinginfo.com/337806/over-1-600-trucks-placed-out-of-service-in-surprise-brake-inspection-event

Diesel technology: Myth vs. fact – Fleet Owner

While there have been plenty of predictions of diesel’s decline, the fact of the matter is that diesel isn’t going anywhere. Diesel still provides the exact same features that made it so widely used in the first place, including superior range and efficiency, and sturdier engines. Consequently, while alternative energy solutions like hydrogen and fuel cell technology have made some inroads among off-highway fleets, on-highway fleets still makes extensive use of their diesel fleets, and are continuing to invest in them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Diesel still offers many of the same features that have made it so widely-used, including high efficiency and more durable engines.
  • Although alternative fuels have become more widely used with off-highway fleets, on-highway fleets still make extensive use of diesel.
  • There are wide variations between diesel fuel blends, which have different levels of cleanliness and lubricity.

“Due to heightened environmental concerns, along with the advent of alternative fuels and the potential of all-electric vehicles, some are questioning the future of diesel.”

Read more: https://www.fleetowner.com/ideaxchange/diesel-technology-myth-vs-fact

Omnitracs, Cummins collaborate on remote calibration technology

Omnitracs and Cummins worked together to create Controlled Software Updates (CSU) technology, which provides fleets with the capability for over-the-air downloads of Engine Control Unit (ECU) software. This greatly simplifies the logistics involved in updating ECU software, and increases compliance with upgrades. CSU’s swift download speeds also reduce the amount of downtime involved in these upgrades, which can cost $1000 a day at an average of about 2.3 days of downtime. CSU will make it much more efficient for fleets to keep their ECU software up to date.

Key Takeaways:

  • Omnitracs and Cummins worked together to develop their remote calibration and ECU software update technology.
  • Being able to download and install ECU software upgrades over-the-air greatly simplifies that logistics of making sure the software is up to date.
  • Connected Software Updates also increase compliance with updates while also cutting the amount of downtime involved in downloading and installing new ECU software.

“The Cummins over-the-air programming solution, Connected Software Updates, allows drivers to receive engine-control-unit (ECU) software updates remotely, leveraging their existing Omnitracs hardware.”

Read more: https://www.fleetequipmentmag.com/omnitracs-cummins-remote-calibration/

Canadian National hauled record grain volumes in 2018-2019

Transportation and resource allocation have been a powerful topic of discussion in the last few years as scientists scramble to address the major problems facing these industries. In her new blog post, Joanna Marsh summarizes how Canadian National had a record-breaking year in freight load management. It explores the grain industry and how it is performing, the obstacles the industry faced and how they found success and explains their plans for a path forward moving into the next harvest time period.

Key Takeaways:

  • The record was set despite record cold temperatures early in the year and restrictions on Canadian Canola exports to China.
  • Over the past two years, C$7.4 billion in capital investments have been made in CNI’s western rail network.
  • CNI’s senior vice president said the railway has the capacity to carry more grain that is currently demanded.

“The railway moved over 27 million metric tonnes (mmt) of grain for the crop year, beating a previous record of 26 mmt in 2016-2017.”

Read more: https://www.freightwaves.com/news/canadian-national-hauled-record-grain-volumes-in-2018-2019

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