The whitepaper “Fleet Management and the Connected Vehicle” offers an overview of how and where vehicles can be compromised — through electronic control units, wireless communication, telematics, direct access to On-Board Diagnostic (OBD II) Ports — and presents a series of recommendations for fleet administrators. These recommendations also are proposed to legislators to start a conversation.
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When an organization takes a stand and states certain behaviors are unacceptable, one can tell how seriously that organization honors that position by whether they themselves abide by it. NAFA Fleet Management Association, the premier association for the fleet profession, recognizes that the life blood of the job is the driver and the act of driving, and that the use of electronic devices while driving is dangerous to everyone on the road.
In October 2015, NAFA issued the Association’s position statement regarding distracted driving, adopting a strong policy for all of its employees, contractors, and volunteers prohibiting the use of any electronic device – handheld or hands-free – while engaged in the act of driving.
“There cannot be any ambivalence about our position, no hypocrisy, no loopholes. We are the association for fleet professionals, and so the example has to begin with us,” said NAFA Chief Executive Officer Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “Our ‘no devices while driving’ policy has been in effect for two years, and now we are extending that insistence to our contractors and partners.”
THE DRIVER PLACES HIS foot on the gas in order to pass a driver in the left lane. He holds it in a comfortable 65 mph range. Suddenly the speed spikes, the motor revs harder, and the vehicle bolts forward and out of control. He takes his foot off the gas, and as he does so, the brakes slam, bringing the wheels to a screeching halt. The car immediately behind him runs headlong into the bumper. He never applied the brakes. The car “decided” to do so independently.
On December 16, 2015, FMCSA amended the Federal Motor Safety Regulations to include the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and Hours of Service Supporting Documents Rule, also known as the ELD rule.
The electronic logging device (ELD) rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data.
For fleets using AOBRDs (automatic onboard recording devices) before the rule compliance date December 18, 2017, the rule will replace AOBRDs with ELDs over a four-year implementation period.
An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. The rule applies to most fleets and drivers who are required to maintain RODS.
The crash may have been your driver’s fault. Maybe it wasn’t. In the eyes of the law, this matters. In the court of public opinion, maybe not. Success might require your organization getting in front of the crisis early, and may need honest, sincere contrition. And sometimes, you need to wait it out until all the facts are in. How will you recognize the difference between the two?
Featured contributors are Crisis Management Consultant Eric Dezenhall, Founder/CEO of Dezenhall Resources, Ltd., and Author of Glass Jaw: A Manifesto for Defending Fragile Reputations in an Age of Instant Scandal; NAFA Member J.J. Keig, CAFM®, Chair of NAFA’s Safety Advisory Council; and Montieth Illingworth, President of Montieth & Company.
If you’re going to be a manager, a supervisor, or administrator in the modern business world, you’re going to be asked to present to upper management as well as your peers. How will you articulate your ideas, your needs, and how will you get through it without blowing it? NAFA’s Professional Development Strategist Katherine Vigneau, CAFM®; NAFA Affiliate Matthew Betz, and Professional Speaker and Author Maurice DiMino take you through the do’s-and-don’t’s of this increasingly crucial aspect of your career. Click here to download!
A Vehicle Equivalency Unit (VEU) is a comparison measurement that can be used to normalize fleet size in terms of sedan equivalencies and annual maintenance hours required. Learn how VEUs affect your fleet, your budgeting, and your scheduling practices. Click here for more.
When should oil be changed? Is Premium gas really a ‘treat’ for your vehicles? Review the myths and the facts, and then use this handful of tips to help your organization save money. Click here.
Public service fleet managers routinely use grant money to help fund their project, but few realize that many nonprofit organizations and state agencies make funds available for corporate fleets as well. On October 6, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new round of funding for the National Clean Diesel Emissions Reduction Program. A total of $64 million in clean diesel funding is now available, but deadlines for applications expire before the end of 2009. Click here.
More than 400 fleet managers participated in NAFA’s 2009 Economic Survey. This link contains not only the article about the survey that ran in FLEETSolutions magazine but the complete summary graphs for each question – broken down by corporate and public service fleet managers. Click here.
NAFA has been a major presence not only in fleet but in the development of the vehicles fleets use. This has been true ever since the Association’s inception, and the development of the NAFCAR concept in the 1970s is the perfect example. Innovations that came from the project were later integrated into most major manufacturer vehicles and are seen as standard equipment and design today! Click here to learn more.
NAFA has been a major presence not only in fleet but in the development of the vehicles fleets use. Following the work done with the NAFCAR project, the Association’s best minds looked to the standard workvan, even more a staple of the fleet industry. Innovations that came from the NAFVAN project were later integrated into most major manufacturer vehicles and are seen as standard equipment and design today! Click here to learn more.