Fleet Complete introduces 'inspect' app for drivers fitted with safety tool


Fleet Complete has launched a fully integrated stand-alone Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting (DVIR) app that provides fleet operators with a new safety tool called Inspect by Fleet Complete.

The new app is an independent product for DVIR created by popular demand, according to Fleet Complete.

In regards to vehicle safety and health, Inspect by Fleet Complete addresses a broad range of benefits for both fleet drivers and managers.

“Inspect by Fleet Complete is a unique DVIR app on the market today,” Fleet Complete chief technology officer Alan Fong said in a news release. “What started as a standard vehicle safety procedure for a specific industry is now wanted by other sectors, seeing its benefits in operational assurance for fleets. Our customers want their vehicles on the road and not in the mechanic's garage; hence, we decided to address this need with a cost-effective solution that is today the Inspect app. As a bonus, we made it even better than the standard DVIRs.”

The app is a progeny of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution and comprises DVIR in accordance with the government mandate, Fleet Complete said.

To ensure proper vehicle maintenance and comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, drivers must complete a compulsory vehicle inspection before and after every long-haul trip, logging any minor or major defects, according to the company.

Ford tops Vincentric Canadian fleet value awards


Vincentric recently announced the winners of its the sixth annual Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada awards, where Ford Motor Co. took home 10 winning awards.

Mercedes-Benz and Toyota each had four winning vehicles in this year's awards.

The winning Ford roster included the six-time champion F-150 and four-time winner F-250 pickup trucks, as well as the Transit Connect and Transit 150 in the van segments, with both vans earning the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada award for the third year in a row.

Among other winners, Mercedes-Benz’s Metris and Sprinter models won for the second and sixth year in a row, respectively.

Toyota’s Sienna model received an award in the minivan segment, the Tacoma in the small pickup segment, and the Prius C in the hybrid segment.

This year, Vincentric said it performed a detailed cost of ownership analysis on more than 2,000 vehicle configurations based on ordinary use within a commercial fleet.

Each car was graded in all 10 provinces using 24 various lifecycle cost scenarios and eight different cost factors, according to Vincentric.

Vincentric’s list of cost factors includes:

  1. Depreciation
  2. Fees & taxes
  3. Financing
  4. Fuel
  5. Insurance
  6. Maintenance
  7. Opportunity cost
  8. Repairs

To determine award winners, Vincentric identified which vehicles had the lowest fleet lifecycle cost in the most scenarios for its segment.

For additional information regarding Vincentric’s methodology and each 2017 Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada award winner, visit vincentric.com.

Donlen expands toll management to include Canada


Experts say toll violations represent the largest portion of violation spend for fleets. For fleets with vehicles in Canada, managing tolls and violations can be a large administrative undertaking.

Donlen recently expanded its comprehensive toll management solution, DonlenPass, to include coverage in Canada on the 407 ETR in Ontario.

DonlenPass can give fleet professionals control and visibility over their fleet’s tolls. The program can allow fleets to easily enroll with flexible self-manage options, control costs through detailed vehicle-level transaction visibility, and manage one program that consolidates multiple toll accounts.

“DonlenPass has been a valuable program helping our customers manage toll spend while eliminating the administrative burden of establishing and maintaining toll accounts. We are very happy to be expanding our toll coverage with the addition of the 407 ETR in Ontario,” said Kimberly Howard, licensing services manager at Donlen.

Canada’s 407 ETR is an all-electronic tollway with no option for drivers to manually pay for tolls. Fleet drivers without transponders are invoiced for video tolling at a higher rate.

For fleet professionals, managing tolls in Canada can mean waiting for a paper invoice to arrive in the mail. For many fleets looking for proactive toll management in Canada, account setup with the 407 ETR has been a time-consuming administrative process.

“The 407 ETR invoicing and account setup processes have been a challenge for fleets operating on these all-electronic toll roads. With DonlenPass, we can easily enroll fleet vehicles and issue 407 ETR transponders,” Howard said in a news release. “This is an opportunity for U.S. and Canadian fleets alike to simplify the toll process and take advantage of our expanded coverage area and expanded savings opportunities.”

DonlenPass with coverage in Canada is currently available for the all-electronic 407 ETR in Ontario.

In addition to coverage in Canada, fleet drivers can also request transponders for use in the U.S. Program coverage includes plate-based coverage through a majority of U.S. toll authorities, simplifying and streamlining toll management for fleet professionals.

To learn more about DonlenPass, visit .

GM Canada to build fleet of self-driving Chevy Volts

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General Motors Canada announced this week that it has been awarded a mandate to build a fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volts at its Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.

This was confirmed by Steve Carlisle, the president and managing director of GM Canada, while speaking to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa on Tuesday, specifying that the vehicles will be a part of a test fleet based at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Mich.

"Our Engineering Centre in Oshawa was a logical place to locate this important work and it is the next step in growing the new mandate of the Centre to focus on work related to the Connected Car," Carlisle said. "The Province of Ontario's leadership in allowing autonomous vehicle testing was a helpful support in securing this advanced technology work for our Canadian facility."

This announcement follows GM Canada’s recent address to the Canadian government, urging it to “act quickly” to ensure they have a “purposeful role” in the evolution of the automotive industry.

According to GM Canada, when the fleet of self-driving Volts are first deployed as part of a broader test at the GM Technical Center in Michigan, GM employees will reserve a Volt using a car-sharing application and select a destination. The GM technology will bring the vehicle to its destination and park it, serving as a rapid development laboratory to provide data and lessons to speed up GM’s technical capabilities for these autonomous vehicles.

In the statement from GM, the company said that the Conference Board of Canada has suggested that autonomous cars could save Canadians $65 billion per year by reducing congestion, consuming less fuel and producing fewer collisions and fatalities. 

ARI Reveals 2 New Exec Appointments in Canada


Fleet services provider ARI announced two new executive appointments this week.

Rick Tousaw has been promoted to senior vice president and general manager of ARI Canada.

And Craig Balfour has been promoted to vice president of sales for ARI Canada.

Commenting on the new appointments, executive vice president of global operations Chris Conroy said, “We’re incredibly pleased to have Rick and Craig stepping into these new roles.

“I think both have already demonstrated that they will bring exceptional expertise and an experienced perspective to bear on behalf of ARI Canada, and I am looking forward to working with them and continuing to deliver unique, customized fleet solutions to all of our customers,” he added.

Tousaw, who most recently served as VP of sales and marketing for ARI Canada, is now responsible for all of ARI Canada’s operations, which included director oversight and support for the new North American operational team, ARI explained.

Tousaw, who joined ARI Canada in 2010 as the VP of operations, will report to Conroy.

In his first role, he was responsible for managing ARI Canada’s center and for supporting client retention initiatives and sales efforts.

“He also successfully developed and established industry leading strategies in a variety of areas including vendor relations, systems development and reporting, vehicle remarketing and new product development,” ARI officials reported.

Prior to joining ARI, Tousaw held key positions with several leading corporations, including Unilever, Ocean Spray and Molson Coors, where he served as area vice president.

Balfour, the new VP of sales for ARI Canada is responsible for the sales team and all sales related activities in Canada and will report to Tousaw.

Balfour joined ARI Canada in December 2012 as the director of sales development.

Balfour has extensive sales and operations experience, working first with Quaker Oats and then with Molson Coors for a decade in a variety of strategic business roles, including director of customer marketing strategy and revenue and vice president of logistics.