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Is the Fleet Industry Grossly Under-Estimating Personal Use Miles of Company-Provided Vehicles

If you asked fleet managers what the industry average is for personal use of company vehicles, most would say it is approximately 15-18 percent. But, is it? Most of us will agree that some drivers fudge their personal-use mileage, but no one knows by how much. There is a growing suspicion that personal-use mileage is far greater — perhaps substantially greater — than what the industry accepts as conventional wisdom.

iPhone Apps to Aid Your Fleet

Cellular phone applications, such as those offered for the iPhone, can assist with metrics tracking and vehicle monitoring.

IRS Announces 2010 Standard Mileage Rates

WASHINGTON - The new rates for business, medical, and moving purposes are slightly lower than last year's, reflecting generally lower transportation costs compared to a year ago.

EPA Names Idle-Reduction Systems Eligible for Federal Excise Tax Exemptions

Last year, the U.S. Congress granted an exemption from the 12-percent federal excise tax for truck idle reduction systems. Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of approved idle reduction systems eligible for the federal excise tax exemption. The exemption applies to sales and installation of these systems since Oct. 4, 2008.

Should Spouses be Allowed to Drive Fleet Vehicles?

In fleets that allow personal use of company vehicles, the privilege is often extended to spouses as well. Are there downsides to allowing spouses — or other family members — personal use privileges?