Police Depts. Add Armored Vehicles

This appears to be a rundown of several instances around the United States where local police departments have been able to take advantage of discounts provided by the US military to law enforcement and purchased decommissioned military vehicles for municipal use. No conclusion is drawn in the article as to whether or not the vehicles were needed by the individual localities or the ramifications of militarizing local law enforcement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Police departments from around the country are adding armored vehicles to their fleets. Some are receiving military surplus equipment while others are purchasing new vehicles with donations or federal funds.
  • The sheriff cited the shooting at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people as a reason for wanting to add the second armored vehicle.
  • The vehicle will replace two military vehicles the Police Department already owns — one is too old and the other is too big to fit in an urban environment, its police chief said.

“Police departments from around the country are adding armored vehicles to their fleets. Some are receiving military surplus equipment while others are purchasing new vehicles with donations or federal funds.”

http://www.government-fleet.com/channel/law-enforcement/news/story/2017/02/police-depts-add-armored-vehicles.aspx

Alliance AutoGas Announces Live Propane Autogas Conversion

Alliance Autogas and the La Crosse police department are having a contest to see who can do the fastest fuel conversion. They will be converting two Jeep Wranglers to run off of propane fuel. Autogas offers ease of fueling and converting according to the assistant chief of police. This is a no-cut plug and play type off install that is easy to perform.

Key Takeaways:

  • conversion techs of Alliance AutoGas of Asheville, N.C. and the conversion techs of Clean Car Conversions of Indianapolis will battle to the finish in a “Race of the Wranglers.”
  • ease in conversion, ease in refueling, size of tanks, safety of product, performance of product, and cost savings.”
  • The Alliance AutoGas EPA and NFPA 58 compliant system can be installed on new or in-service vehicles in half the time of other products.

“At the 2016 Work Truck Show, the Alliance conversion team converted the F-150 to propane autogas in 1:32:25, becoming the fastest-ever recorded alternative-fuel conversion.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/channel/green-fleet/news/story/2017/02/alliance-autogas-announces-live-propane-autogas-conversion.aspx

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

It is important to ask yourself if you are a fleet manager, or if you are just managing a fleet. There has been some evolution as well as revolution in the fleet industry over the last few years. Less than 20 percent of automotive fleet’s readers have the title of fleet manager or fleet administrator anymore.

Key Takeaways:

  • Managing a fleet of vehicles is not a part-time job but a lot of companies treat it that way and assign the task to a currently busy employee.
  • If you manage a fleet of vehicles for your company, to do a good job, you will have to treat it seriously even if you haven’t been given the time to do it right.
  • Vehicle purchasing decisions are among the most important decisions you can make as a fleet manager. Do your research. Take your time.

“The only way you can make sure your fleet is running at peak efficiency is to act like a fleet manager, not just someone who manages the fleet when you have a few free minutes.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/blog/nobody-asked-me-but/story/2017/02/are-you-a-fleet-manager-or-are-you-just-managing-a-fleet.aspx

For-Hire Freight Movements Rise Again, Tying Record High

The December Freight TSI grew due to increases in trucking, pipe line, rail intermodal, and water while air freight and rail car loads are declined. According to the department, it was driven by economic growth from increased industrial production during the month along with gains in employment and personal income.

Key Takeaways:

  • The amount of for-hire freight moved across multiple transportation modes increased 1% in December from the month before, marking the third consecutive monthly gain, according to the Transportation Department.
  • This latest reading of the Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) also ties the all-time high level hit during July 2016 as December shipments increased 2.9 % from the same time a year ago.
  • the November index was revised upward to 123.5 from 123.2 in last month’s release. Monthly numbers for August through October were also revised up slightly while figures from January through June 2016 were revised down slightly.

“The Freight TSI measures the month-to-month changes in for-hire freight shipments by mode of transportation in tons and ton-miles, which are combined into one index and includes the output from trucking, rail, inland waterways, pipelines and air freight.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/channel/fleet-management/news/story/2017/02/for-hire-freight-movements-rise-again-tying-record-high.aspx

The Twin 33s Idea Returns. Will It Fly This Time?

FedEx has joined a new group, Americans for Modern Transportation, that’s promoting the idea. It’s composed of other LTL carriers, including UPS, plus shippers and retail companies, like Amazon. A predecessor organization, the Coalition for Efficient and Responsible Transportation, seems to have gone dormant since the twin-33s idea was shot down.

Key Takeaways:

  • Do you think the push for twin 33-foot trailers is dead? It was two years ago, when the idea was squelched by members of Congress on safety grounds.
  • But it’s been revived by some of the same interests that backed it then, primarily less-than-truckload carriers and shippers who argue that twin 33s would boost productivity over the current double 28-foot pups.
  • Revival might be riding on enthusiasm over President Trump’s pro-business beliefs and his promise to improve America’s infrastructure.

“Do you think the push for twin 33-foot trailers is dead? It was two years ago, when the idea was squelched by members of Congress on safety grounds. Revival might be riding on enthusiasm over President Trump’s pro-business beliefs and his promise to improve America’s infrastructure.”

http://www.truckinginfo.com/blog/trailer-talk/story/2017/02/the-twin-33s-idea-returns-will-it-fly.aspx

10 most common ways of fuel stealing and its prevention

There are ten common ways of fuel stealing and its prevention. The expenses of fuel are a huge cost for a company. They can amount up to 50 percent of an entire company’s spending. Gas prices are on the rise, which means fuel stealing will be an issue that needs larger attention from people.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fuel expenses can amount to up to 50 percent of a company’s spending. As gas prices rise, preventing fuel stealing is increasingly important.
  • Extra money is a big lure for fuel thieves, especially for a fuel that is easy to sell. Fuel stealing can be prevented with fuel management technology.
  • Here are the 10 most common methods of fuel stealing and what you can do to prevent them.

“Fuel expenses can amount to up to 50 percent of a company’s spending. As gas prices rise, preventing fuel stealing is increasingly important. Extra money is a big lure for fuel thieves, especially for a fuel that is easy to sell.”

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.vehicleservicepros.com/shop-operations/training-resources/case-studies-whitepapers/whitepaper/20851525/omnicomm-10-most-common-ways-of-fuel-stealing-and-its-prevention&ct=ga&cd=CAIyHGVmMDJlZjVhMWQ2YTBkNzI6Y29tOmVuOlVTOlI&usg=AFQjCNHYB78grrhlXDXwyp6vXa9Cp3kyHQ

Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Sells for Worthy Cause

Rocker Steven Tyler parted with his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder for $800,000, auctioned by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Ariz. The sale raised cash for a worthy cause, Tyler’s Janie’s Fund, a resource for girls who have faced abuse and need a place to turn to for help. Tyler paid $1.1 million for his GT Spyder in 2012, so the lucky buyer seems to have made off like a bandit in the sale.

Key Takeaways:

  • Rocker Steven Tyler parted with his 2012 Hennessy Venom GT Spyder for $800,000, auctioned by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Ariz. The sale raised cash for a worthy cause, Tyler’s Janie’s Fund, a resource for girls who have faced abuse and need a place to turn to for help.
  • Tyler paid $1.1 million for his GT Spyder in 2012, so the lucky buyer seems to have made off like a bandit in the sale.
  • Just 12 convertible Hennessy Venom GTs were built. Under the hood, the GT is powered by a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V-8 engine that can get you from 0-60 mph is less than 2.4 seconds and can hit 265.6 mph if you feel the need for some serious speed.

“Tyler paid $1.1 million for his GT Spyder in 2012, so the lucky buyer seems to have made off like a bandit in the sale.”

http://www.motortrend.com/news/2012-hennessey-venom-gt-owned-steven-tyler-sells-charity/

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