Donlen CEO’s Glimpse into 2012; Telematics Survey Results

Donlen CEO Gary Rappeport takes a quick look back on 2011 and gives us sneak peek into what’s coming in 2012. You don’t want to miss this! > Read it here

Telematics Survey Results: Recently, Donlen conducted a survey of fleet managers to understand both how telematics and GPS tracking devices are currently utilized within the fleet industry and future intentions to implement a program.

> See key findings and conclusions

Industry News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule that prohibits commercial truck and bus drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving went into effect January 3. This new rule affects an estimated 4 million interstate drivers. Individual drivers face civil penalties up to $2,750, while employers can be held liable and fined up to $11,000 per infraction committed while drivers are carrying out company business or otherwise acting on the employer’s behalf. FMCSA has made it abundantly clear that employers are responsible if their employees violate the rule.

Volt Update: On Thursday, GM announced “enhancements to the vehicle structure and battery coolant system in the Chevrolet Volt that would further protect the battery from the possibility of an electrical fire occurring days or weeks after a severe crash.” They went further to say, “GM conducted four successful crash tests between Dec. 9 and 21 of Volts with the structural enhancement. The enhancement performed as intended. There was no intrusion into the battery pack and no coolant leakage in any of the tests.” > Read the full statement here

Read the 1/5/12 Statement of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration On General Motors’ Plan to Address Potential Fire Risk in Chevy Volts here.

Ford’s Early 2013 MY Commercial Fleet Incentives have been announced. You can find these and any other incentives by visiting the Manufacturer Fleet Incentives page on our website. Content is listed by specific manufacturer. And while you’re there, set up an RSS feed and have updates sent directly to your computer or handheld device. It’s quick and easy to do, and ensures you’re always getting the latest information. Programs such as Google Reader let you easily manage all your RSS feeds. Look for the orange RSS symbol on any of our pages to set an RSS feed:


Driver’s Corner

Yep, we know it’s winter, but many parts of the country are experiencing very “un-winter-like” weather. It seems that these days it’s best to be prepared for just about anything. This handy guide gives tips for driving in all kinds of bad weather conditions, including winter storms, fog, tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, rain, and floods. Better to be prepared for anything.

And Finally…

And finally, we don’t know about you, but FridayFleet can’t wait to see what’s coming at the Detroit Auto Show opening next week. There have been pictures and information on a few models leaked to the press already. Like the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 …in green! And the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel Sport Utility. But our favorite (for the moment, until we see more anyway!) is the Nissan Pathfinder Concept. Maybe it’s just because the teaser picture is so beautiful. Now whether these really will debut or not next week, we’re not sure. We’ll all just have to wait and see.

Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on January 6, 2012

About Donlen
A wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), Donlen (, with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, is the fleet industry’s most comprehensive and integrated provider of financing and asset management solutions. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service, and their workplace excellence has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago” each year from 2009-2011, a Leader on “The Global Outsourcing 100®” list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for six of the last seven years, and a National Association for Business Resources “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” each year from 2007-2012. Donlen’s innovation has been awarded with the Computerworld “2012 Honors Laureate for Economic Opportunity,” named to “2012 InformationWeek 500” for innovative technology; the Stevie® “2012 Gold Award for Business Intelligence Solution,” the Silver Award for “2012 Front Line Customer Service Team of the Year,” and the “2011 Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year.”