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Derive Systems has agreed to a $300,000 civil penalty and estimates that it will spend about $6.25 million to address a federal complaint that it sold engine control devices designed to override the emissions control systems of vehicles in violation of the Clean Air Act.

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How to Reduce Fuel Costs with Telematics

Telematics can help a fleet manager collect many useful types of data on a fleet of vehicles. Four companies share the strategies they implemented to reduce fuel spend.

Derive Efficiency Hosts Track Day

On March 3, Derive Efficiency hosted a track day for public and private fleets and the media, showing the differences in performance between a stock vehicle and one calibrated for optimum efficiency.

Learning the Lessons of Fleet Management

We reached out to a number of industry veterans to give readers some lessons that others have learned, either through successes or failures, and how these experiences have changed the way they perform their job.

5 Things You Can Do Now to Reduce Fuel Expense

Fuel costs remain “public enemy No. 1” for fleet managers. Fuel continues as the single largest, and, by far, most variable expense related to fleet vehicles. Here are five tips fleet managers can implement right away to reduce fuel costs.

Need a Lift? Remember to Spec the Right Liftgate

The primary reasons to buy a liftgate include reducing the risk of injury and the ability to increase efficiency and productivity. However, there are several points to remember when considering available options.

No Silver Bullet to Fleet Emission Reductions

Vehicle fleets are key contributors to a company’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but they do offer a way to make quick emissions reductions. Since most companies replace approximately one-third of their fleet vehicles each year, they can structure selectors to favor more fuel-efficient models; however, there is a limit to this strategy. The reality is that there is no single silver bullet to fleet emissions reduction — it requires a multi-pronged approach.

Upfitters Increase Prices 3%-8% Due to Higher Commodity Prices

The high cost of materials has caused price increases for truck bodies, trailers, van interiors, liftgates, and other upfit equipment. Prices have increased, on average, 3-8 percent. Upfitting prices have risen multiple times and some truck equipment manufacturers are guaranteeing current prices for only 90 days. Worldwide, prices have soared for commodities used in upfitting, such as steel and aluminum.