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Calif. County Expects to Save $2M Through Leasing

Kern County in California is expecting to save over two million dollars by leasing their fleet vehicles. By leasing they will avoid the higher cost of flee maintenance rates that they typically have to pay on a monthly basis. Since this particular country maintenance over 111 different fleet vehicles, this is sure to help save in several areas. Under this new plan, they will also be able to get their vehicles serviced in several different areas aside from their sole fleet garage.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to a report by Enterprise Fleet management, it will partner with Kern County, California, to help it save $2 million in vehicle maintenance replacement costs over five years.
  • Kern County really needed the savings because it has experience significant cuts to its fleet budget for eight consecutive years.
  • The county has been keeping fleets that are more than ten years old in its fleet thereby occasioning increased maintenance fees and longer downtime for vehicles.

“As part of the initial pilot program, Enterprise Fleet Management helped Kern County acquire and manage a fleet of 111 vehicles. The county has more than 350 10-year-old vehicles in its fleet and anticipates even greater cost savings as the program is scaled in the future.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/322235/calif-county-expects-to-save-2m-through-leasing

New technology helps truck drivers find safe places to park in Minnesota – Star Tribune

For many truck drivers, the hardest part of their day is when they’re done their on-duty shifts, and looking for a place to park to wind down for a few hours. Most conventional rest stops fill up very quickly, making additional truck drivers struggle to find a place to pull over and rest without legal ramifications. A new technology presented by MnDOT takes photographs of rest stops in Minnesota in order to provide real-time updates to truckers on which rest stops have availability.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eight Midwestern states are rolling out technology aimed at helping beleaguered truckers find parking spots.
  • The idea is to broadcast in real time where there are rest stops with available parking places.
  • The broadcasted data will include the rest stop indicated and the specific number of spots available.

“The number of parking spots available has not kept up with demand from a growing number of trucks on the road.”

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/new-technology-helps-truck-drivers-find-safe-places-to-park-in-minnesota/504018732/

NAFA Opens Fleet Excellence Awards Nominations

NAFA Fleet Management Association holds an annual award program that recognizes excellence in fleet professionals. In order to qualify, participants must be recognized members of the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager, also known as the CAFM. The voting process is one that removes all identifiable information, so individuals do not have to worry about their vote being exposed in any form. When the winner is being chosen, it is done so through a blind process that provides an unbiased result.

Key Takeaways:

  • The NAFA fleet management association has announced that it has opened nominations for its Fleet excellence awards that will take place in April.
  • According to the association all nominations for the awards to the April event have to be submitted on or before February 1.
  • When nominating a company to the award, nominees do not necessarily have to be a member of NAFA Fleet Management Association or a certified automotive fleet manager.

“The awards are given in two categories, including Excellence in Public Fleet or Mobility Management and Excellence in Corporate/Private Fleet or Mobility Management. Winners will be announced at the expo, which takes place from April 15-17 in Louisville, Ky.”

Read more: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/322161/nafa-opens-fleet-excellence-awards-nominations

Two Alabama Cities Merge Fleet Maintenance Services

The City of Pelham in Alabama will now have its fleet vehicles serviced by technicians in Hoover. Hoover has new software that specializes in fleet management and maintenance which could greatly benefit fleet vehicles in the City of Pelham. It took a total of eight months to address any flaws within the contract and finally submit it for approval. Any mechanics that have not been hired during the initial process have been promised that they will be first in line when a position opens up.

Key Takeaways:

  • The city of Hoover, Ala., and the city of Pelham have entered into a five year fleet management agreement that goes into effect in February.
  • In their agreement which was painstaking, the cities worked together for eight months to iron out the fine details.
  • The four mechanics in the city of Pelham have been encouraged to apply for openings in the Hoover fleet while subsequently, those that qualify will be employed.

“Pelham’s city manager told the Shelby County Reporter that the city will be able to benefit from the City of Hoover’s fleet resources, including a fleet manager and maintenance software. The change is expected to reduce turnaround time for Pelham’s fleet vehicles.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/322009/two-alabama-cities-merge-fleet-maintenance-services

Freightliner Introduces Advanced Driving Aids for Big Rigs at CES

Reputable auto brands such as Honda have been implementing software into their vehicles that assist drivers in a safer and hassle-free commute. Freightliner is now improving their own driving aid system, adding a pedestrian detection program to their vehicles. This innovative upgrade has high precision levels in detecting oncoming pedestrians with its built-in radar sensors, as well as a camera that can help the driver see any potential threats ahead of time, allowing them enough time to make a safe decision.

Key Takeaways:

  • To many the fact that driver assistance systems are being introduced on big rigs might come as a surprise because Honda has had it for years.
  • Driver assistance systems such as automatic headlights, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition standard are being featured into Freightliner big rigs.
  • The adaptive cruise control is programmed to stop at traffic and resume automatically if the vehicle in front resumes within 2 seconds otherwise driver intervention is needed.

“Current Cascadias have had standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking for several years, but the latest system adds pedestrian detection to improve safety in urban areas.”

Read more: https://www.motortrend.com/news/freightliner-introduces-advanced-driving-aids-big-rigs-ces/

Why Your Electrical Maintenance Program is More Important Than Ever

The electrical components within a singular fleet impact nearly every single aspect of the vehicle’s performance. Even if one electrical unit malfunctions, it has the ability to negatively effect the milliamps and jump-start a chain reaction of faulty functionality. Fleet technicians were evaluated on how much they know when it comes to fixing these mechanical issues, and only 75% were able to understand the full applications process. Even more alarming is the fact that just 57% understood advanced issues that can occur.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is a saying that when it comes to electrical maintenance, little things mean a lot.
  • There are loads of functions in a truck that tie in to the electrical system and increase its load. This includes GPS/Navigation system, collision mitigation technology, and antilock brakes.
  • The modern truck has a myriad of sensors which are involved in the monitoring of a growing number of operational parameters for peak performance.

“Truck electrical systems have become highly sophisticated, with multiple micro-processors controlling many truck systems.”

Read more: https://www.government-fleet.com/321121/why-your-electrical-maintenance-program-is-more-important-than-ever

Trucker Saves Dogs Thrown from Vehicle on New York Highway – KTXL FOX 40 Sacramento

During a snowy day in New York, someone in a moving vehicle made the heartless decision to throw beagles out from their moving vehicle onto the highway. One of the dogs ended up so critically injured that he needed to have a leg amputated. A trucker ended up coming across the pups, and made sure that the New York State Police were notified, and that the dogs were safe until authorities arrived. There are still no leads on any suspected related to the case.

Key Takeaways:

  • The police so far have no leads on suspects they say threw out some dogs out of a moving vehicle.
  • Amberly Oria, who is shelter manager for Broome county Humane society states that people have to be sympathetic to these dogs who have been through a lot.
  • According to the trucker who rescued the dogs, they were thrown out of the right window of a Dodge Durango heading towards Cortland.

“A pair of beagle mixes are on the mend after authorities say someone threw them out of a moving vehicle on a snowy New York highway.”

Read more: https://fox40.com/2018/12/15/trucker-saves-dogs-thrown-from-vehicle-on-new-york-highway/

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