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Growing Truck Penetration in Light-Duty Fleets Increases Risk of DOT Violations

Many light-duty fleets do not realize DOT regulations are triggered not only by GVW, but also by gross combination vehicle weight (GCVW) – the combined weight of the vehicle and the trailer. It doesn’t matter if you have a one-truck or a 500-truck fleet, you must be compliant with DOT rules. When the GCVW is 10,001 pounds or more, a vehicle is covered under DOT regs and must display a DOT number or it will be subject to a fine if pulled over by the police.

Ram Demonstrates Heavy Hauling

Fleet managers rely on pickup trucks to deliver cargo. But, as the following photos demonstrate, today's pickups have the capability to haul tens of thousands of pounds. Ram Trucks invited media to put the company's trucks to the test. Photos: Chris Wolski

Avoid the 'If-it-Fits-it-Ships' Trap

Overloading can have serious consequences for truck fleets ranging from accidents to increased maintenance costs to DOT citations. Make sure fleet trucks are properly spec’d and that drivers avoid “pack-ratting” tools and other supplies.

Busting Work Truck Myths

Truck experts from GE Capital Fleet Services explore the myths and realities of spec’ing medium- and heavy-duty work trucks.

20-Point Checklist for Proper Truck Selection

The challenge in selecting the right truck is to balance sufficient capability with a price point that fits within an ever-tightening budget. Here are 20 suggestions that can be used in proper truck selection.

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.