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Three Ways to Succeed in Fleet

Fleet data is all around us, and managing the right data is key to reducing costs and running an efficient fleet. In addition, fleet professionals have to understand the different components that make up a fleet program. If you are looking to take charge of your fleet program, you are in luck. Here are three ways to take control:

  1. Fleet Management: NAFA Fleet Management Association provides Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) certification. CAFM is the only college-accredited professional designation in the fleet industry. The program covers eight disciplines:
    • Asset Management
    • Business Management
    • Financial Management
    • Information Management
    • Maintenance Management
    • Professional Development
    • Risk Management
    • Vehicle Fuel Management

    Taking advantage of these disciplines allows you to understand and control all components of fleet. To learn more about CAFM certification, visit

  2. Better Informed Decisions through Data: When data is properly harnessed, it should lead to increased insight, more informed decision-making and improved efficiency. With fleet technology rapidly expanding what you can measure, many organizations are becoming overwhelmed. If you are attending the Fleet Technology Expo in Long Beach California on Tuesday, August 25, join Donlen’s Tom Sloan, manager, telematics products, during “Big Data vs. Actionable Data: Putting Information to Work.” This session will arm you with the knowledge needed to prioritize your data and put the processes in place to make it work for you.
  3. Alternative Fuels: The alternative fuel market is diverse and still developing, so understanding the various alternative fuel options that would work for your fleet might seem like a daunting task. The key for success is:
    • understanding key differentiators
    • recognizing what changing fuel prices mean in the long run
    • relating your alternative fuel plan to your company’s objectives.

    Donlen’s Amy Blaine, vice president – strategic consulting, analytics and sustainability will be hosting a NAFA webinar called “Alternative Fuels” on Wednesday, September 2. Register for the webinar here.

Taking advantage of these three opportunities allows you to master these different fleet components which will lead to lower fleet spend. Have additional questions?

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ADOT Unveils New Technology

Donlen is not the only one increasing their use of technology to make life easier for fleets, theArizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is using technology to improve safety during the inspection process. ADOT Enforcement and Compliance Division officers are utilizing Truck Screening Systems Technology to check for weight, permits and registration compliance at some rest stops along the highway.

Sensors built into the road will notify non-compliant commercial vehicle drivers to pull into the designated area for further inspection. Compliant drivers will be able to by-pass the area creating less traffic jams, and saving the driver and company time and money.

Download ADOT’s Truck Screening brochure.

Contact us to ensure your commercial vehicles remain in compliance with state and federal regulations.

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Tax Season For Heavy Vehicles

Tax-Form-Side-ImageIf you are on Donlen’s AutoTag program and file a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT), please provide your account manager with a copy of your 2016 2290 filing. Donlen will then have it ready to submit to the jurisdiction at time of renewal.

HVUT is required to be paid on motor vehicles with a registered weight of 55,000lbs or more. For additional information on HVUT, click here.

Contact us if you need assistance filing your HVUT or have questions about our Regulatory Compliance services.

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Brake Safety Week

Brake-Inspection-Side-ImageBrake Safety Week will take place September 6-12 throughout North America. Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) perform this annual inspection to improve commercial vehicle brake safety.

During this week-long brake safety campaign, inspectors will be performing inspections to identify out-of adjustment brakes and other brake system violations.

Contact Donlen for more information about Brake Safety Week or other Federal safety inspections.

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Norandex DriverPoint® Telematics Case Study

Norandex-ImageNorandex Building Materials Distribution, Inc, came to Donlen looking for a better telematics program. Norandex needed an innovative, integrated, one-stop shop for all of the company’s fleet management needs. Donlen’s DriverPoint Telematics solution easily qualified, and Donlen ensured that all of Norandex’s needs were met.



Donlen Experts in the Media

Donlen shares opinions and advice with members of the fleet industry regularly. Today we feature a few of the many stories that we were involved in. Enjoy!

How to Leverage Constantly Evolving Fleet Analytics

  • Amy Blaine, vice president consulting, analytics and sustainability

Driver’s Corner


Summer is coming to an end and parents across America are jumping for joy as their kids go back to school. For drivers, this means sharing the road with buses full of children going to school as well as keeping an eye out for kids that are running to catch the school bus. The National Safety Council provides some roadside tips to ensure the safety of children and drivers during the school year.

Click here to see these tips.


And Finally

And finally…Are you looking to buy a car for yourself in the near future?  Maybe you are looking for an upgrade or are just tired of driving the same car for the last five years.

Whatever your reason may be, make sure you avoid these 10 Buying Mistakes according to Car and Driver.

Have a great weekend and safe travels.

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on August 21, 2015