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Prestigious results-based award brings recognition to fleets that succeed through innovation and unique solutions. The nominations process for the 2020 Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXY) will close on February 7. FLEXYs are a well-respected fleet management industry award and a valuable opportunity to reward innovation and solutions that yield strong results. The submissions form is at www.nafainstitute.org
Technology implementations can strike fear in the hearts of employees, but an empathetic strategy can help them feel part of the process.
AI, machine learning — anticipating the right emerging technologies to solve your mobility problems can create some major strategic headaches.
For generations, autonomous vehicles have been the de facto mode of transportation for the future. Now, the future of travel is decidedly pointing to autonomous services, yet there is still much debate on how the future of mobility and mass transportation will evolve and in what timeframe.
In mid-January, NAFA received word that Association Past President A.J. "Al" Cavalli passed away. He served in that position from 1969 to 1971. Starting with NAFA Fleet Management Association in 1958 -- before it formally existed -- Cavalli was a member of its progenitor organization, the Round Table Group. That collective of only 20 individuals met to discuss fleet issues and concerns of the day. Responding to attitudes at the time that regulatory bodies and automakers did not respect the needs and opinions of fleet professionals, the founders of NAFA signed the articles of incorporation soon after.
- IRS Issues Guidance on How to Claim Reinstated Fuel Tax Credits
- House Committee Moves Sustainability Focused Bills Forward
- NAFA Comments on Senate Data Privacy Proposals
- Clean Economy by 2050 Legislative Framework Circulated by House Members
- EPA Announces Rulemaking on Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions
- DOT Publishes AV 4.0 Guidance
On January 9, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy Subcommittee held a markup
to pass several bills, which will now go to the full committee for consideration. Among the bills, three were of note for NAFA: the Clean Commute for Kids Act,
the New Opportunities to Expand Healthy Air Using Sustainable Transportation (NO EXHAUST) Act
, and reauthorization of the Energy Department’s Clean Cities Coalition Program.
Wholesale Prices Rebound to End the Year
by Jonathan Smoke
Wholesale used vehicle prices (on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis) increased 1.54% month-over-month in December. This brought the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index to 141.1, a 2.5% increase from a year ago.
Following a normalizing trend in weekly Manheim Market Report (MMR) prices at the end of November, December saw stability and even gains in many segments. Three-year-old vehicle values in aggregate were up 0.1% for the month. As a result of the stabilization at year-end, prices in aggregate ended 2019 at a historically more normal level of 90% relative to the value at the beginning of the year but well below the performance experienced in either of the last two years.
The federal carbon tax came into effect in Alberta earlier this month. However, the government of Alberta continues to fight the constitutionality of the policy. The tax, which comes in at $20 per ton, but will increase to $30 in April, replaces the carbon tax that had been put in place by the previous Albertan government in 2017. It was subsequently repealed in June 2019 when a new conservative government was elected. The federal Liberals vowed to impose a federal tax on provinces that do not develop their own carbon tax system and have already done so in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, and New Brunswick.
Enter NAFA’S 2020 Fleet Excellence Awards (FLEXYs) and be recognized for excellence in mobility management. Join other prestigious organizations as an industry leader. FLEXYs are peer validation for innovation and best practices supported by impressive results. Winners will be honored at NAFA’s annual Institute & Expo in Indianapolis in March. Nomination forms with complete details are available at www.nafainstitute.org
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WHY THIS REPORT MATTERS TO FLEET MANAGERS:
- A lack of ownership of or access to the data that fleet vehicles generate is viewed as directly detrimental to secure operations.
- Owners are concerned about the collection of their personal data and privacy rights.
- The "Internet of Things" opens the potential for data misappropriation without user permission.
- Automakers’ stake in controlling data has an estimated value of $750 billion by 2030.
We asked two NAFA Board of Directors Members to weigh in on the key issues affecting their work. What we found are the following game-changing advances and gradual iterations in technology that fleet managers are facing in 2020:
- Electronic logging of vehicle usage
- Data for preventive vehicle maintenance
- Autonomous vehicles
- Electrification of fleets
- Emissions standards compliance