Miles to Go

Medium- and heavy-duty trucks have increased significantly in price over the past year. This article discusses the reasons for the price jump, and how city and county fleet managers are reacting. Much of the increase can be attributed to the steady increase in steel and oil prices. New Environmental Protection Agency emission rules that went into effect in January 2007 also affected prices, since engine manufacturers had to add a diesel particulate filter and monitor the performance of the engine's emission system. In response to the increased prices, some fleet managers are attempting to expand the life cycle of their current trucks. A careful review of operational costs can help determine whether it is better to repair, refurbish or retire an older vehicle. Other fleet managers are eliminating unnecessary features in their specifications for new vehicles, or redeploying current vehicles that are underused.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 32-35
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01091382
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 9 2008 11:45PM