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Predictive Analytics: Get the Most Out of Your Data and Your Vehicles

11/19/2018 - Bill Romba
When it comes time to replace certain vehicles in your fleet, many organizations use mileage and/or months in-service to determine when to cycle their assets. This method, however, doesn’t take into account the great variation in vehicle usage that can occur across a fleet or how the vehicle may have been driven. 
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Sam Graves, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

9/19/2018 - Donald Dunphy

VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED (VMT) is a funding mechanism that charges drivers according to how many miles the vehicle has been driven, as opposed to current point-of-purchase fuel taxes. The primary beneficiary of the fuel taxes, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), struggles annually to stay solvent and continue to pay for projects to build and repair the country’s roads and bridges. Additionally, alternate fuel vehicles and more efficient gas and diesel engines make fewer trips to the station to pay fuel taxes, and some vehicles don’t visit gas stations at all. Sam Graves (R), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 6th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a leading proponent for VMT as a funding source for the Highway Trust Fund.

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Is Green the New Gold?

8/19/2018 - Fiona Soltes
Investing in a new technology or initiative for the sustainability benefits alone is a noble idea with long-term benefits—but not necessarily one that upper management will gravitate toward. These days, with budgets being crunched to squeeze out every dime, those efforts might also require cost savings.    
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How Fleet Professionals Bring Recognition To Their Work

5/19/2018 - Katherine Vigneau, CAFM
Fleet managers frequently lament that their contributions to their organizations go unnoticed. At best, their work appears invisible and effortless, due to processes running smoothly and drama-free. At worst, their counsel is disregarded in deference to advice from outside consultants, only to duplicate the fleet manager’s initial findings to upper management.
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Fleets Remain Mixed On Alternative Fuels Benefits

11/19/2017 - Donald Dunphy
Few could have predicted from NAFA's previous Alternative Fuels Survey in 2014 the sudden discovery of domestic oil reserves, which increased the global supply of gasoline and, subsequently, depressed its price. The key to experimentation and adoption of alternative fuels has been, historically, that they are an alternative to high-cost gas. However, a comparison between NAFA’s 2014 and 2017 Alternative Fuels Surveys reveals a major shift in opinion on future reliance on alt-fuels types. Speculation concerning which fuel types would wind up at the head of the pack seems similarly contradictory.
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Fleet Faces Drugged Driving

10/19/2017 - Donald Dunphy
In April 2017, a report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed a shocking finding. “In 2015, 43% of drivers who died in crashes, with a known test result post-autopsy, tested positive for drugs,” said Dr. James Hedlund, an independent safety expert with Highway Safety North in Ithaca, NY. If the percentage holds firm once follow-up studies are undertaken, it would mean that drugs are present more than alcohol in drivers who died in fatal crashes. “Drugs are definitely increasing – (the percentage) is up from 28% ten years ago in 2005.”
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Out In The Storm: Fleet Prep In Dangerous Weather

8/19/2017 - Donald Dunphy
Drivers need to be aware of weather conditions all the time, not just in the winter months. Ask Bob Henson, Weather and Climate Science Writer for the Weather Channel’s website Weather Underground. “When it rains, it rains harder now. Downpours are increasing in intensity.” This build-up of storm intensity has been going on for a few decades now, according to Henson, but has exacerbated another weather phenomenon fairly recently. “A weather situation will persist for several weeks in the form of a stuck weather pattern.”
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Work Zones And The Move Over Law

8/19/2017 - Donald Dunphy
A road crew works on pipes buried in a highway. The cones are positioned around them, and signs are prominently placed in view that read, “Traffic fines are doubled in work zones.” In another town, a police officer has pulled an individual over and stands at the side of their car. In spite of the drastically different visual cues, both of these are work zones, and both can be extremely dangerous.
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Data Safety: How Do You Protect Your Fleet from Hackers?

8/19/2017 - Sandy Smith
Officers are sitting in an undercover police car, staking out a drug kingpin. Out of nowhere, the car is surrounded by armed men, because the bad guys hacked into the police network to find out vehicle locations. What about a terrorist attack response that is dramatically slowed down because police vehicles are remotely disabled, wherever they sit?
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Exposure! Data Security Inside Your Organization

7/19/2017 - Fiona Soltes and Sandy Smith
The numbers are daunting: Over a six-month period, one identity fraud expert found 5.1 million breached Internet addresses. Another found 12.7 million identity fraud victims. Behind each of those numbers is a frustrated consumer or employee and a company that is poorer for it. An average data breach costs a company $500,000, while the victim can spend up to 165 hours restoring his or her identity.
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