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Q. How do we start the vehicle upfitting process?

A. The best source to obtain feedback is to work with customers, drivers, and field technicians. The drivers and field technicians operate the equipment and know what is required to perform their daily job functions... READ MORE

Q. How does vehicle upfitting optimize efficiency?

A. Standardizing vehicle and upfit specs can have numerous operational benefits. This can streamline initial vehicle ordering, provide consistent asset-to-asset capitalized cost, reduce new driver training, and provide flexibility when reassigning... READ MORE

Q. Can vehicle upfitting improve driver safety and reduce vehicle accidents?

A. Yes. A properly spec'd upfit design can help reduce driver injuries, and insurance and liability claims. Aftermarket equipment such as grab handles, step bumpers, side steps, and drop-down ladder racks can reduce driver strain and fatigue... READ MORE

Q. How does vehicle upfitting reduce costs?

A. In addition to reducing accidents and insurance costs, vehicle and upfit packages which have been correctly spec’d with operational and lifecycle efficiency in mind can provide the greatest return on investment... READ MORE

Q. How can windshield-mounted cameras and other devices meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (FMCSR) section 5301 safety standard while not causing an obstruction?

A. Windshield mounted devices should never obstruct a driver's view. Based on the design of the vehicle and the device itself, exact placement will shift but... READ MORE

Q. What factors need to be taken into account when calculating the lifecycle costs of a vehicle from acquisition through disposal?

A. Total cost of ownership will vary based on the type of vehicle used, application, and operating conditions. Generally speaking, cost of ownership will include... READ MORE

Q. How do we know if we need to comply with the ELD Mandate?

A. The law applies to all interstate Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) as defined by the Department of Transportation that are required to maintain logs, which would affect those currently using paper logs, logging software or automated onboard recording devices (AOBRDs). READ MORE

Q. When does the ELD Mandate take effect?

A. Effective December 18, 2017 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is requiring all commercial motor carriers over 10,001 pounds to have Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). READ MORE

Q. Are we already compliant with the ELD Mandate if we use monitoring?

A. If you are using automated onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) before December 18, 2017, you have some extra time to comply with the new mandate. READ MORE

Q. What steps should we take to become ELD compliant?

A. Motor carriers and drivers should determine if they fall under CMV regulations for HOS/RODS, and thus need to comply with the ELD law. READ MORE

Q. What are the long-term benefits of ELDs?

A. The ELD mandate was established to make it easier to keep logs and inform drivers and carriers so they can better manage fatigue. READ MORE

Q. What is the right lifecycle strategy for my fleet?

A. The best way to answer this question is to evaluate the facets of your business and the organization’s historical fleet usage. READ MORE

Q. What are the potential maintenance spend impacts of long vs. short cycling?

A. Proponents of longer cycles are quick to point out that a large maintenance spend is needed to overcome the lack of a lease payment. READ MORE

Q. What are the potential fuel impacts on different lifecycle strategies?

A. The decline in fuel prices over the past several years has provided significant cost reductions for all fleets. READ MORE

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