VW May Cease Sales of Diesel Models

By Team Writer / September 22, 2016

Volkswagen installed emissions software on more than a half-million diesel cars in the U.S.—and roughly 10.5 million more worldwide—that allows them to sense the unique parameters of an emissions drive cycle set by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA and the California Air Resources Board, who were tipped off by researchers in 2014, these so-called “defeat devices” detect steering, throttle, and other inputs used in the test to switch between two distinct operating modes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Volkswagen may not resume sales of diesel models in the U.S. and plans to focus on electrified powertrains and SUVs in the coming years.
  • Diesel-powered Passat mid-size sedans made up 65% of Volkswagen’s sales, while diesel-powered Golf SportWagen cars made up 90% of sales.
  • Volkswagen will launch two new SUVs, including a three-row mid-size SUV and a long wheelbase version of the Tiguan, that will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

“Volkswagen may not resume sales of diesel models in the U.S. and plans to focus on electrified powertrains and SUVs in the coming years, the company’s head of North American operations told fleet managers on Sept. 15.”

http://www.businessfleet.com/channel/vehicle-research/news/story/2016/09/vw-may-cease-sales-of-diesel-models.aspx

Audit: FBI Overspent on Premium Fuel

By Team Writer / September 22, 2016

As the US general public continues to have their doubts about its government, a new article comes out exploiting the misuse of funds by the FBI for premium fuel. Auditors checked the books of the FBI to find discrepancies of fifty seven thousand dollars. This comes as a shock and suggestions to the FBI are to ensure contracts for 87 octane fuel be put in place.

Audit: FBI Overspent on Premium Fuel

Calif. Legislators Pass Ignition Interlock Bill

By Team Writer / September 14, 2016

The California legislature has passed a bill that would require DUI offenders to install alcohol ignition interlock devices on their vehicles in order to have their drivers license reinstated. If signed by governor Jerry Brown, the law would take effect in January 2019. Four California counties already require DUI offenders to install ignition interlock devices. The new legislation requires the interlock to be installed for progressively longer periods of time based on the severity of the offense. A sliding scale fee structure would be offered to low-income offenders for the installation and maintenance costs.

Calif. Legislators Pass Ignition Interlock Bill

Personal Use Charges Rise to $132 in 2016

By Team Writer / September 14, 2016

Personal use charges have increased in 2016 up $4.00 to $132.00. The numbers point to various changes throughout the fleet. A few of these changes are assignments of company owned vehicles, and use of these vehicles when not working, safety and concerns about liability have also contributed to this increase. The personal use of company vehicles seems that it will always be a challenge of the fleet company.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fleets’ average monthly personal-use charges increased in 2016 by $4 to $132. Over the past five years, personal-use charges have increased $16 per month from $112.
  • In 2015, 70% of respondents indicated job function as the top reason employees received a vehicle. Still the top reason in 2016, the job function category jumped a whopping 13 points to 83%.
  • Of the fleet managers responding to the 2016 personal use survey, 43% no longer allow anyone other than the employee to drive a company vehicle for personal reasons, up from 28% in 2015.

“Fleets’ average monthly personal-use charges increased in 2016 by $4 to $132. Over the past five years, personal-use charges have increased $16 per month from $112.”

http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/operations/article/story/2016/09/personal-use-charges-rise-to-132-in-2016.aspx

Greening Your Fleet

By Team Writer / September 14, 2016

There are many ways to help reduce the output of harmful emissions in our environment. One that can get overlooked is fuel efficiency in commercial vehicles. With a few tips on how to make a smooth transition your company can be on the way to a cleaner and more cost efficient future.

Key Takeaways:

  • According to the ECA, transportation accounts for 26% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, meaning that over a quarter of the United States greenhouse gases come from private and commercial vehicles.
  • According to Amerit Fleet Solutions, “one of the biggest hurdles many businesses encounter when considering hybrid vehicles are the changes involved in caring for them.
  • Converting your vehicles to alternative fuels in many cases is the most cost effective option because you can keep your existing fleet

“Converting your vehicles to alternative fuels in many cases is the most cost effective option because you can keep your existing fleet.”

https://thedealerconnection.org/2016/06/30/greening-your-fleet/

Reasons To Use Preventive Maintenance Software

By Marc Ready / September 12, 2016

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The best form of maintenance is preventative maintenance.

Why wait until the system has crashed and burned to start repairing your asset? Is that the right approach to take? Let’s say you have a truck in place, and it is a core component of your business, would it be wise to let it grind into the dirt without taking a look?

Is the business going to be functional when the truck is uselessly sitting in the garage? You want to maintain it and make sure it remains on the road for as long as possible. This is where your asset become a moneymaker instead of something you are regularly wasting money on.

So, how does one go about preventative maintenance? It begins with high-grade preventive maintenance software and using it as directed. This read is going to provide an in-depth look at what this software can do and the value it brings.

What Is It?

For those who are new to this option and want to get a read, it is best to look at defining the technology. The idea begins “preventive maintenance software” is to set up a technological system that is going to keep track of all incoming data associated with your asset.

So, let’s say it is trucks.

The software will be able to generate information associated with the trucks (i.e. fuel consumption, scheduled maintenance checks) and keep things running like a well-oiled machine. This ends up helping out the business in keeping the trucks on the road earning money.

Let’s move onto the core benefits of this solution and why companies love using it all the time.

1) Prevents Extensive Repair Work

Do you like spending $50 or $5000? It is a simple answer, isn’t it? Well, why aren’t you working on setting up the right preventive maintenance software then? What is holding you back? It surely can’t be money since you will lose a lot more from extensive repairs when short-term damage is ignored.

Too many people ignore or never see the short-term damage. It is important to have software that can keep things in check for you.

This will save you from a lot of heavy expenses down the road. Pre-schedule maintenance checks are now the way to go and save a lot of money.

2) Keeps Asset Performing At Highest Levels

Is your asset working the way it should be? Do you lack in results? It happens when you are not maintaining it as required. There are too many people who don’t keep their asset performing as it should, and it hampers them in the long-term.

You don’t want the asset to get to a point where it is functioning, but not at the level you expect.

This eats away into your bottom line, and that is when you will feel a world of pain. Do not let it sink to this level.

3) Simple

The simplicity of a solution is often the biggest benefit you are going to see, and that does not change here. The software is made to be simple and can be used by those who are looking to maintain their asset and not get lost in the details.

It is complex internally, but will relay the information in a straightforward and easy way for anyone to understand and get a good read on.

Do not think you will be overwhelmed by what is being put in front of you.

4) Provides In-Depth Data

The data you are going to get will be as detailed as you want it to be. This means if you are going to want a comprehensive schedule with all of the data laid out, you will be able to access it using this software. It will provide you previous repair work, current data, and even what will be required in the future.

This information beneficial for anyone that is looking to keep the asset running as needed.

5) Increased Uptime

What is the one thing you care about? You will want the asset to remain active for as long as possible. It is just like getting a truck, but not being able to use it. What is the point of that asset? It is useless to you until it gets on the road.

The same applies to anything else.

Uptime is essential, and this software helps get things moving in the right direction for you.

6) Builds Reputation Of Brand And Company

The business is going to depend on its reputation. If you are using these assets to get things moving at a certain pace, you will want to maintain those standards or clients won’t be happy. This happens all the time and is the number one reason businesses dip in performance over time.

Your assets have to work in a manner where the reputation stays intact.

Once you do that, the business will flourish. Do not let these assets wane in quality unless you are willing to take a hit on your brand’s reputation as well.

7) Lowers Day-To-Day Expenses

Expenses are not always about what you might pay once in a while. Yes, these expenditures hurt a lot, but it is not those costs that are going to hurt the most.

It is those day-to-day expenses that will add up in a hurry and are going to come back to burn you. Too many people let expenses such as these wreck their bottom line. Just something as simple as fuel consumption and reducing costs here can save thousands of dollars.

8) Standardizes Business Processes

The software is going to make sure you are streamlining what is occuring. A business that is not able to streamline everything will be winging it half the time and that is not the way you want to run an enterprise. You want things to be standardized so it is almost automated.

You are just setting the ball rolling and then it is able to work out as needed.

You never want to be second-guessing everything along the way as that is when you make mistakes.

9) Safer For Operator In The Long-Term

The operator isn’t going to feel safe behind an asset that is inadequately repaired. This can happen when steps are being skipped, and software is not in place. When the system is in place, everyone knows how it functions and can feel comfortable about what they are getting.

This is important as there is nothing worse than having assets that are not safe.

It is not only a risk for the business but can become a legal issue as well when it comes to employees and their general safety. Do not let it descend to this as the expenses in that regard could fold the business and leave it bankrupt.

It doesn’t matter what you are hoping to maintain as long as you are setting up the software and letting it go to work for you. When the software is in place, you will know it is working overtime for you at all times. What more can a person want?

You require the asset to function at top speed and that will occur when this software is being used and can relay quality information to you and others. This will help the asset remain efficient for as long as you want without causing issues.

Be patient and remember investing into preventive maintenance software is the way to go. Most businesses are now using this method to remain efficient and on top of their game.

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