Fleet Managers Need Solid Grasp of Technology as Well as Knowing How to Fix Trucks, Exec Says

Darry Stuart, CEO of DWS Fleet Management Services (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Whether part of the older or younger crowd, today’s fleet maintenance managers and executives must have skills that blend the essential, basic knowledge of fixing trucks with a solid grasp of technology and data in order to survive and thrive, an industry executive said. 

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
March 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Career Pathways Are Evolving

In today’s data-driven world, where much of fleet management strives to solve all of its problems strictly by the numbers, consider the following truth: Data does not fix anything.

Darry Stuart | Past General Chairman and Treasurer, Technology & Maintenance Council
March 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Maintenance Shop Management

Venezia Bulk Transport maintenance shop Rich Bohannon (right), fleet maintenance manager at Venezia Bulk Transport, checks on the progress of a technician inspecting a truck. (Venezia Bulk Transport)

With the increasing complexity of modern trucks and an even higher premium placed on drivers’ time, Glen McDonald, maintenance director at Ozark Motor Lines, knew he needed to maximize shop labor and move trucks through his fleet’s maintenance shops more ­quickly, all of which required an updated approach.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
March 9, 2018

Noregon Adds Simulation, Education Modules to JPRO Maintenance Platform

Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

ATLANTA –Noregon announced updates to its suite of maintenance technology products during a press conference here at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
March 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Tips on Truck Electrical System Maintenance

Battery Box Purkey's Electrical Consulting

Troubleshooting problems with a truck’s electrical system takes knowledge and experience.“Always take a systems approach when you are spec’ing and maintaining your vehicles’ electrical systems,” said Bruce Purkey, CEO of Purkey’s Electrical Consulting, which helps fleets solve their electrical system problems.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
January 19, 2018
Business, Equipment, Logistics

Ryder Adds Maintenance Options at Texas Facility

Ryder System

Ryder System Inc. upgraded its maintenance facility in Grapevine, Texas, to service both diesel and advanced fuel vehicles.

Transport Topics
October 6, 2017
Business, Equipment, Fuel

TA Opens Expanded Call Center for Roadside Assistance

TA sign Hillary Hartley/Flickr

TA Truck Service, a unit of TravelCenters of America, moved its national call center to a 32,000-square-foot facility so its RoadSquad unit can expand its customer base to provide services for additional fleets nationwide.

Transport Topics
September 11, 2017

Ohio EPA to Lower Nitrogen Oxide Output; Effort to Be Funded by $71.4 Million from VW

Ohio traffic Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Ohio expects to receive $71.4 million from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Agreement between 2017 and 2027 to fund projects to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from commercial trucks and other sources in the transportation sector, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 26, 2017

Oregon Highway Funding Bill Thrown Into Peril as Deadline Looms

Oregon welcome sign Oregon DOT/Flickr

SALEM — State lawmakers drafting a multibillion-dollar package of infrastructure upgrades say the plan is in jeopardy and may not pass this year.

Gordon R. Friedman | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
June 21, 2017
Equipment, Business

Reining in Rising Maintenance Costs


Fleet managers are relying more on high-tech shop equipment, technology-savvy technicians, efficient shop practices and flexible preventive maintenance scheduling in efforts to rein in the rising maintenance costs inherent with the complexity of today's trucks.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
March 17, 2017