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DESCRIPTIONMagazine for the professional fleet manager managing 10-50 company vehicles.
A BOBIT PUBLICATION : MARCH/APRIL 2011
MANAGING 10-50 COMPANY VEHICLES : WWW.BUSINESSFLEET.COM
SCIENCERIGHTSIZINGAN ENGINEER BY TRADE, STEVE FISHER IS TAKING A SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO REBUILDING THE CII FLEET
FLEET DEALER MAKE THE GRADE?
5NEW NISSAN NV RAISES THE ROOF
TRAILERING MISTAKES TO AVOID
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12 7 Tenets of a Good Fleet DealerThe best fl eet dealers offer their customers fair pricing, dedicated staff and multiple options for selection, trade-in and upfi tting. Does your dealership make the grade?
16 The Science of RightsizingSteve Fisher uses a proactive approach to fl eet cycling and procurement to rein in fl eet costs for Communications International.
20 2012 Nissan NV Raises the RoofNissans fi rst entry into the CV segment was designed to turn heads.
22 5 Trailering Mistakes to AvoidGMs resident expert outlines fi ve common mistakes fl eet operators must avoid to ensure safe and productive trailering.
ON THE COVER
FEATURES VOL. 12, NO. 2
Like many small-fl eet operators, Steve Fisher already had a full-time job when he took on the task of right-sizing CIIs fl eet of 80 service and sales vehicles. Learn how Fishers engineering train-ing is helping him complete the project. Page 16PHOTO BY VEROLA PHOTOGRAPHY
For weekly updates, visitwww.businessfl eet.com
4 ExhaustLegislative roundup
6 Road Signs Ram Adds Tradesman Model to 1500 Lineup
Commercial Tire Prices on the Rise
DOT/NHTSA Complete Toyota Probe
24 Executive Showroom 2011 Chrysler 200 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
32 Selector Index
35 WEX Index
36 Revving UpKeys to building a healthy fl eet/dealer relationship
ON THE WEB
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New DOT Rule Seeks to Prevent Vehicle Ejections
U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood on Jan. 13 announced a new rule aimed at de-creasing the number of people partially or com-pletely ejected through side windows during rollover crashes. The rule will begin phasing in during 2013.
Under the new rule, issued by the Depart-ment of Transporta-tions National Highway Traffi c Safety Admin-istration (NHTSA), vehicle manufacturers must develop a counter-measure for light pas-senger vehicles under 10,000 pounds that prevents the equivalent of an unbelted adult from moving more than four inches past the side window opening in the event of a crash. Under the new standard, all newly manufactured vehicles will be re-quired to provide this protection by model year 2018.
The new rule is part of NHTSAs initiative to improve the overall safety for occupants in the event of a rollover crash. In recent years, the agency issued rules requiring that all new vehicles come equipped with electronic stability control and upgraded its roof crush standard to help keep occupant compartments intact in rollover crashes.
DOT Proposes EOBRs for Interstate Carriers
The DOTs Fed-eral Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a regulatory proposal that would require inter-state commercial truck and bus companies to install electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) to monitor their drivers hours-of-service (HOS) compliance.
The DOT said the rule would relieve in-terstate motor carriers from the need to keep certain HOS supporting documents, such as de-livery and toll receipts, which are currently used to verify the total number of hours driv-ers spend operating a vehicle.
Under the proposal, the rule would require interstate carriers that currently use Records of Duty Status (RODS) logbooks to document drivers HOS to switch over to EOBRs. The rule would not require EOBR use for short-haul interstate carriers that use timecards to document HOS.
Carriers that violate this EOBR require-ment would face civil penalties of up to $11,000 for each offense. Noncompliance would also negatively impact a carriers safety fitness rating and DOT operat-ing authority.
Power Window Mandate Scrapped
In another recent deci-sion, NHTSA decided to scrap the ruling that would have mandated automatic reversal of power windows, which can be raised and low-ered with the touch of a switch. This regulation was designed to prevent injuries, but automakers were concerned about greater potential for vehicle theft.
Rear-view Camera Rule Delayed
NHTSA has re-quested an exten-sion for the creation of the regulations that will mandate rear-view cameras in vehicles by 2014. The regulation is designed to help elimi-nate blind zones behind vehicles that can hide the presence of pedes-trians. NHTSA prom-ised a regulation by the end of this year.
To meet the require-ments of the proposed rule, 10 percent of each automakers new ve-hicles must comply by Sept. 2012, 40 percent by Sept. 2013 and 100 percent by Sept. 2014. NHTSA did not say if the extra time would delay the implementa-tion of backup cameras.
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Vehicle Safety Regulations Update STAFF
PublisherEdward J. Bobit
Group PublisherSherb Brown
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