Jon LeSage, Editor

Well, Hel­lo There!

I’ve been for­tu­nate to have met a few of you years ago at NAFA meet­ings and oth­er auto­mo­tive trans­porta­tion events. It’s been an hon­or work­ing with Jan­ice Sut­ton, and I’m thrilled that she’ll still be around. We look for­ward to see­ing, and inter­view­ing, sev­er­al of you at the upcom­ing 2013 NAFA Insti­tute and Expo.

We’re mak­ing a few changes to Fleet Man­age­ment Week­ly that start­ed being imple­ment­ed in the past cou­ple of months. Jan­ice is focus­ing on indus­try asso­ci­a­tion and inter­na­tion­al trends. I’m dig­ging into alter­na­tive fuel vehi­cles and advanced tech­nolo­gies, sus­tain­abil­i­ty, telem­at­ics, and intel­li­gent vehi­cles. We’ll con­tin­ue pre­sent­ing, and expand­ing upon, impor­tant fleet man­age­ment issues like dri­ver safe­ty, reg­u­la­to­ry issues, fuel man­age­ment, insur­ance and risk man­age­ment, new vehi­cles, life­cy­cle costs, remar­ket­ing, and exec­u­tive lead­er­ship.

As for this week… we expect to see grow­ing atten­tion and impor­tance, from gov­ern­ments and cor­po­rate exec­u­tives, on car­bon and green­house gas emis­sions, in the years to come. Weath­er dis­as­ters like Hur­ri­cane Sandy height­en the issue. This arti­cle focus­es on Cal­i­for­nia and Que­bec start­ing up cap and trade pro­grams on the first day of this year. Some of you may have seen news cov­er­age of Avis pur­chas­ing Zip­car, the largest car shar­ing com­pa­ny, and which puts them in direct com­pe­ti­tion with Enter­prise and Hertz and their car shar­ing oper­a­tions. Con­sumers and fleets want to have a lot of trans­porta­tion options these days – this is a good one to watch.

Any thoughts or ideas on what we should be cov­er­ing? Let me know!

Jon LeSage



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