7/22/24

The Rise of Catalytic Converter Thefts from Work Trucks / Premier Truck Center Finds Solution for Isuzu's

A concerning trend has emerged that has left many work truck owners scratching their heads in disbelief - the surge in catalytic converter theft from these vehicles. It seems that no work truck is safe from these brazen criminal acts, leaving professionals perplexed and frustrated. 

 

Why are catalytic converters becoming the prime target of thieves, specifically from work trucks?

 

               Read: The Rise of Catalytic Converter Thefts from Work Trucks HERE: 


  

                             Stolen Catalytic Converter Picture:


 



                                    Premier Cat Guard Installed:


 


 

ISUZU CAT GUARDS AVAILABLE  FROM PREMIER TRUCK CENTER

 

The Cat Guards from Premier Truck Center can be easily installed on your Isuzu protecting it from Catalytic Converter Theft.

 

These guards come packaged as a kit and can be easily installed in about one hour. They will be assembled around the Converter and provide a barrier that will make it virtually impossible to remove your Catalytic Converters!

 

Call 941-729-8196 and ask for Dylan

 

or email at sales@premiertrucksfl.com   

7/20/24

Catalytic Converter: How It Works | Science Garage


Exhaust has a lot to do with performance. Catbacks, Mufflers and resonators get all the attention, but the Catalytic Converter is super cool too! It’s an amazing design that changed the way we think about driving. Catalytic Converters have helped gas engines a viable means of transport while drastically reducing emissions. Bart cuts one open to see what's inside, and he explains the reactions they facilitate to turn exhaust from nasty to nice. Bart teaches us how cars work by blowing stuff up and cutting things in half. It’s a science show for the car lover who’s easily bored. Join Bart as he explains the science behind everything automotive. This is cars down to the atom. This is Science Garage. Some of our best videos ever are coming out soon, stay tuned so you won't miss a thing!








7/18/24

Addressing the Commercial Truck Insurance Crisis


The insurance landscape for commercial transportation finds itself navigating treacherous terrain. With the specter of truck accidents, theft, loss, and driver-related issues looming large, the economic backdrop has spawned a crisis in insurance, sending rates soaring and sending shockwaves through fleet management circles.

Nuclear verdicts and litigation awards further compound the challenges, leaving private fleets grappling with the daunting task of mitigating these escalating costs to safeguard their businesses.

In this article, we delve into the depths of this insurance crisis, exploring its multifaceted impacts on the commercial trucking industry and offering strategic solutions to help businesses steer clear of financial peril. From dissecting the trends driving insurance premiums skyward to advocating for safe fleet management practices and innovative leasing options, we aim to equip fleet managers with the insights and tools necessary to navigate these turbulent waters and emerge stronger on the other side.


Trucking Insurance Trends

Shopping for standard car insurance with the lowest monthly payment can be an overwhelming task, especially when searching for a rate that falls within a planned budget. For private fleet managers, however, this is especially difficult. General liability, truck liability, bobtail coverage, non-truck liability, cargo, and physical damage insurance is covered in commercial truck insurance that ranges in price depending on your business location’s state. And, when looking at the bigger picture, the high rate for commercial truck insurance impacts many areas of transportation outside of a larger bill. For example, some companies may be required to scale back their operations to accommodate a hefty insurance expense. This includes:

  • Reducing the number of commercial vehicles in their fleet
  • Laying off employees or instituting a hiring freeze
  • Limiting the number or types of jobs taken to minimize miles driven

Did you know that nearly 90% of carriers with smaller fleets paid more on insurance premiums per mile in 2022? This is a common occurrence in the trucking industry, and this extra expense can be a roadblock for many new local businesses starting out. But this isn’t the only alarming statistic. In fact, according to data from the 2023 American Trucking Research Institute's (ATRI) Operational Costs of Trucking Update, large fleets paid 7.7 cents less per mile than small fleets in 2022.

So why do fleet managers typically pay more on insurance for 10 commercial vehicles as opposed to 100 commercial trucks or vans? This boils down to unsafe hiring and safety practices. Compared to established, larger businesses, smaller organizations face an uphill obstacle creating and fostering the growth of strong working relationships with clients. Unless there is a conflict that can impact scheduling and delay deliveries, vendors typically partner with specific parties, such as one dedicated third-party logistics (3PL) provider.

When a new business begins looking for leads to fulfill a company’s transportation needs, it’s crucial for fleet managers, drivers, and other staff to make a strong first impression. Unfortunately, this can create a situation of overpromising and under-delivering the quality of work performed, or vice versa. And, because private fleets are under pressure to quickly break even and eventually turn a profit to stay in business, human resources and hiring managers are determined to minimize costs where possible. In turn, proper training and policies programs can become neglected or cancelled altogether, and this can drastically increase driving infractions. For example,from 2021 to 2022, violations grew by 338,311 for fleets with one to 20 power units, as opposed to 91,737 violations for fleets with 21 to 100 units.


The Impact of Nuclear Verdicts and Litigation Awards on Trucking Insurance

Along with violations, nuclear verdicts are also on the rise adding to the insurance crisis. Nuclear verdicts are settlements or court awards paid to the plaintiff in an amount that exceeds $10 million. These can be catastrophic to a business. According to the ATRI, the average award for plaintiffs’ verdicts from June 2020 to April 2023 was $31,862,776. This staggering amount is particularly concerning because the average verdict awards were already increasing 51.7% per year from 2010 to 2018. With this in mind, there is a direct correlation between litigation awards and rising insurance premiums because trucking companies are in a position of high risk for large payouts when held liable for an accident. And, this created rising annual rates of 35 to 40 percent for smaller fleets from 2016 to 2019.


The Importance of Developing Safe Fleet Management Practices

Whether you’re a fleet manager for a startup or established business, having a solid strategy in place for safe fleet management practices is crucial to maintaining a great reputation among the trucking community. By continuously upholding and following safety protocols, your drivers will be empowered to handle their commercial vehicle with more caution. Here are some steps your company can take:

  • Build an employee culture around safety
  • Invest in the right equipment and safety technologies
  • Clearly define safety standards for all employees
  • Provide continued education and training on best safety practices

The insurance crisis on rising premium costs may be difficult to navigate when searching for the right provider for your company. However, these steps can reduce accidents in the workplace or on the road, increase the company’s overall safety rating, and influence more experienced drivers to apply for employment. Ultimately, these factors can prevent nuclear verdicts, gain the respect of insurance providers and give you more bargaining power when negotiating rates.


Leasing Trucks with Vehicle Protection

One thing to consider with your business’s fleet is researching leasing options as an alternative to owning your commercial vehicles. Leasing trucks with vehicle protection sets costs at a fixed rate and helps companies have a stronger overview on their budget predictability. Leasing also outsources maintenance to a 3PL provider that can mitigate insurance risks. For example, Ryder offers preventive, full-service, or on-demand maintenance packages built-in to the lease which cover vehicles with 24/7 roadside assistance, warranty management, tire repairs, and other safety services.

A third-party logistics provider such as Ryder may also offer flexible financing and lease terms with excellent benefits. Ryder offers:

  • 100% financing with no down payment or residual risk under a Fair Market Value Lease
  • A Tax Advantage Solution that provides a reduction in interest and maintenance costs with tax benefits
  • A pre-set price on equipment through the FlexTrac program that can improve cash flow


Why You Should Consider Dedicated Transportation Solutions

Sometimes, the flow of business operations can exceed the realistic amount of labor that can be provided by staff. In these cases, executives may need to hone in on specific areas to maintain balance within their organization, and this can, unintentionally, neglect fleet management. This leaves room for the business to fully outsource their fleet to dedicated transportation solutions from a third-party logistics provider.

Dedicated transportation, also known as dedicated contract carriage, optimizes traditional fleet management by providing tailored services and customized solutions, which pass the risk to the provider. In other words, the dedicated provider assumes the liability in the case of an accident, theft/loss, or nuclear verdict. Here’s how it works:

1. Trucks are fully customized to your brand which can include logo wraps.

2. Drivers are hired to represent your business behind-the-wheel.

3. Drivers are trained to reflect your company’s policies.

4. The 3PL provider utilizes transportation management system (TMS) technology to provide real-time visibility, routing, scheduling, and administrative support.

Once a dedicated transportation solution is set in place, you can spend more time focusing on core business functions and place all fleet management on a reliable team to keep operations cost-effective and efficient.


Overcoming the Insurance Crisis for Commercial Trucks

With rising premiums, costs per mile, and nuclear verdicts, it’s more important than ever for private businesses with smaller fleets to overcome the insurance crisis for commercial trucks. Proactive measures must be taken today to begin fostering a culture around company safety, such as refreshing staff on policies and best practices. But, it may be in the best interest of your business to explore leasing with vehicle protection or a dedicated transportation solution.



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Written by Justin Dunwiddie. First published at Ryder.com

7/15/24

What is Work Truck Week?


What is Work Truck Week? Hear from these industry professionals. WTW25 will be held March 4-7, 2025, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sign up for updates at https://www.worktruckweek.com/wtw25si....

7/07/24

The NXT18 Hooklift, Work Truck Week 2024


The NXT18 Hooklift, featuring innovative design and boasting a remarkable 7.5″ lost load height, offers the ultimate in efficiency. With a robust 18,000-lb capacity, it effortlessly accommodates bodies ranging from 8′ to 14′ on 84″ to 120″ CA chassis. Enhancing versatility, its bolt-on body lock system allows for universal adjustment, catering to both inside and outside locks.


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7/04/24

Imagine Arriving at Your Workplace to Find the Catalytic Converters Missing from Your Trucks!

A concerning trend has emerged that has left many work truck owners scratching their heads in disbelief - the surge in catalytic converter theft from these vehicles. It seems that no work truck is safe from these brazen criminal acts, leaving professionals perplexed and frustrated. 

Why are catalytic converters becoming the prime target of thieves, specifically from work trucks?

               Read: The Rise of Catalytic Converter Thefts from Work Trucks = HERE


 
ISUZU CAT GUARDS AVAILABLE  FROM 

PREMIER TRUCK CENTER

The Cat Guards from Premier Truck Center can be easily installed on your Isuzu Truck Chassis protecting it from Catalytic Converter Theft.

These guards come packaged as a kit and can be easily installed in about one hour. They will be assembled around the Converter and provide a barrier that will make it virtually impossible to remove your Isuzu Catalytic Converters!

Call 

941-729-8196

(For Isuzu Truck Chassis' Only!!)





7/01/24

Top 3 Reasons to Apply for #WorkTruck Exchange


At Work Truck Exchange, held September 25-27, 2024 in Scottsdale, Arizona, fleet managers don't just walk away with abstract theories — you leave armed with practical strategies and actionable insights ready to be implemented today. Collaboration is critical in the fast-paced world of fleet management. Work Truck Exchange provides a unique platform for fleet managers to interact, share experiences, and exchange ideas with like-minded professionals facing similar challenges. Work Truck Exchange provides a comprehensive learning experience tailored to the needs of fleet managers, offering access to industry experts and cutting-edge solutions for light- and medium-duty truck and van fleets. Don't miss out on the opportunity to accelerate your fleet's performance. Apply today and experience the WTX Effect for yourself. Ready to learn more? Apply today at https://www.worktruckex.com/ 🚚 Visit Work Truck for all the latest industry news and information ➡ https://www.worktruckonline.com

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6/28/24

Driving Toyota's $12,000 Turbo Diesel Truck in Thailand!


Excitement abounds as Isuzu unveils its Electric Vehicle - the 19500 GVW Isuzu NRR with 230 prject operating miles and a target market bundle of 70, 140, and 210 mile pack system. 153 kw motor with 253 foot pounds of torque. For more above the Electric Vehicle contact Michael Olden at 423-618-3323 or email molden@lee-smith.com #isuzutrucks #leesmithtrucks #electricvehicle #electricNPR #michaelolden

6/27/24

Flat Deck Upfit - Creating a Safe and Efficient Layout that Respects the Realities of the Jobsite


Expertec's approach to customization is deeply collaborative. Recognizing that the users of the flatbed truck often have the best insight into their needs, Expertec ensures they are integral to the design process. This dialogue is not just about preferences; it's about creating a safe and efficient layout that respects the realities of the job site. https://expertec.ca/shop/truck-deck-f...

6/26/24

How Work Truck Fleets Could Benefit from Lean Six Sigma practices:


Often fleets assume that work trucks are outfitted with equipment that meet the standards of the Chassis Manufacturer.  In the case of the truck mounted equipment this may not be totally correct. Although there are some federal standards for lights, brakes, crash worthiness, etc. that the vehicle alterer or final body manufacturer must comply with, often there are little or no standards for equipment that is mounted to the chassis at the final manufacturer. Aftermarket manufacturers and installers vary in sophistication and the depth of their attention to the design, the production, and variation control.

Vehicle specifications should reflect the needs of the user department, fitness for use, conformance to laws, and maintainability. Often vehicles develop breakdowns caused by defects or variations in the manufacturing process effecting reliability of the unit over time. 


If fleets are interested in buying products with high reliability, best quality and are as safe as possible to operate, they should review their purchasing process and the specifications for the mounted equipment. 

Here are two suggestions - using Six Sigma Methodology: 

1) Add DFSS and Lean Six Sigma to the bid specifications:

Choose vendors that use DFSS (Design for Six Sigma) in their product development.  Add DFSS into the equipment specs, the vendor will acknowledge that they either have or have not complied with the process in their design stage.

In other words, give preference to vendors that practice DFSS. It shows that the vendor / equipment manufacturer has approached the design of their product using DFSS methodology.

DFSS enables the manufacturer to prevent defects from occurring. The manufacturer can then produce superior products and offer services that are more stable and should not allow occurrences of “special cause” variation. It’s been described as a “vaccination against variation”.

Design for Six Sigma, DFSS, is a business procedure utilizing Six Sigma methodology. There are several tools and methods to utilize within Six Sigma to assure the process will be running in the correct direction. These DFSS techniques include tools and processes to predict, model and simulate the product delivery system (the processes, the personnel and organization, the training, the facilities, and logistics used to produce the product/service). Many of the tools used by DFSS are often used in the classic DMAIC Six Sigma process to analyze new products and processes.

Remember, all business processes present an opportunity for a variation to occur. These deviations are often associated with human controlled process operations. Each deviation can potentially become a defect; some of these defects may not show up immediately and could potentially cause safety related accidents. It is because of this that the Design for Six Sigma, DFSS is important for every manufacturing business.

2) Use of DMAIC for the manufacturing process:

It would follow that the manufacturing process be designed and controlled by Lean Six Sigma methodology. Lean Six Sigma is a methodology that relies on team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing defects. The process is a collaborative effort using a team made up of a Champion, process owners and others chosen within and often consultants from outside the  organization as well. The LSS methodology follows steps within DMAIC – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control and relies heavily on data to assure that a correct path is followed and the goals are met.

If six sigma methodologies are followed, the end result will be a higher quality, more reliable product. Defects will be reduced to 3.4 per one million opportunities or less. Therefore, there should be a maximum of 3.4 defects for each one million products produced or service opportunities. Most manufacturers and service providers do not come close to this. 

But as an example, one industry has a mixed record, one to brag about, and yet another that does not come close to meeting Six Sigma. It’s the airline industry, far fewer than 3.4 passengers per million end up not making their destinations because of crashes. However 6200 pieces of luggage do not make it to their destination for every 1 million pieces carried!

Although the manufacturer is not required to have a Lean Six Sigma Black or Green Belt on staff, they should be able to demonstrate that they routinely practice continuous improvement initiatives. These initiatives may also be facilitated by an outside consultant. Lean Six Sigma consultants should have obtained their certification from a credible organization such as the ASQ or Public or Private Universities.

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By Steve Taylor: Steve is a certified lean six sigma consultant specializing in process improvement. He may be reached at steve@truckarchitect.com His LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevectaylor  Steve has vast experience in the work truck manufacturing field and is an expert author specializing in writing and blogging about work trucks.

 You may find interesting posts on work truck news and truck safety, including NHTSA Recall Notices at http://truckarchitect.blogspot.com/



Understanding the Total (and Hidden) Costs of Catalytic Converter Theft on Your Work Truck Fleet


In recent times, a concerning trend has emerged that has left many work truck owners scratching their heads in disbelief - the surge in catalytic converter theft from these vehicles. It seems that no work truck is safe from these brazen criminal acts, leaving professionals perplexed and frustrated. But why are catalytic converters becoming the prime target of thieves, specifically from work trucks?

Understanding Catalytic Converters and Why They Are Targeted

Catalytic converters play a crucial role in reducing harmful emissions from vehicles, converting toxic pollutants into less harmful substances before they exit the exhaust system. These devices contain precious metals such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium, making them a valuable commodity in the black market. The soaring prices of these metals have made catalytic converters an attractive target for thieves looking to make a quick profit.

Work trucks, often left unattended for long periods in poorly lit areas, present an ideal opportunity for criminals to swoop in and remove the catalytic converter swiftly. The relatively simple accessibility of these vital components in work trucks has only exacerbated the issue, making them an easy and lucrative target for thieves.

The Impact on Professionals and Businesses

The repercussions of catalytic converter theft from work trucks extend far beyond the immediate financial loss incurred by the owners. Professionals who depend on their work trucks to carry out their daily tasks are left stranded and unable to fulfill their commitments, leading to potential loss of income and tarnished reputation. The cost of replacing a stolen catalytic converter, coupled with the downtime and inconvenience caused, can significantly impact the livelihoods of these hard-working individuals.

Moreover, businesses that rely on a fleet of work trucks face the added challenge of securing multiple vehicles against such thefts. The cumulative financial strain of protecting each truck or replacing stolen converters can take a toll on the operations and profitability of these businesses.

Preventive Measures and Solutions

To safeguard their work trucks from falling victim to catalytic converter theft, professionals can consider various preventive measures. Installing security devices such as catalytic converter locks or shields can act as deterrents to potential thieves. Parking in well-lit areas or secure compounds can also reduce the risk of theft. Additionally, engraving unique identification numbers on catalytic converters can aid in their recovery if stolen.

Business owners can implement fleet-wide security protocols, conduct regular checks on work trucks, and consider investing in comprehensive insurance policies that cover theft of catalytic converters. Collaborating with local law enforcement agencies and sharing information on theft incidents can help create awareness and deter criminals from targeting work trucks in the area.

Conclusion

The epidemic of catalytic converter theft from work trucks is a growing concern. Not only can the theft cause a financial loss by requiring replacement of the catalytic converter and other exhaust components, it will likely cause business disruption because your truck (and crew) will likely be out of service for at least a few days. Stay vigilant, secure your work truck, and together, we can combat the rising trend of catalytic converter theft.

Remember, safeguarding your work truck not only protects your investment but also ensures your ability to carry out your professional duties seamlessly.

By Steve Taylor

Truck Architect

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6/23/24

Inside Billion $ Factories Producing Massive Trucks From Scratch - Production Line


With this feature on FRAME, we explore the production process of the Ford Super Duty trucks. Check out how this American manufacturer designs and builds heavy-duty trucks in its state-of-the-art facility in the United States!

6/21/24

How Far Can a Tesla Cybertruck ACTUALLY Tow? We Compare It To a Diesel Truck!


Check out our new spot to find ALL our TFLstudios content, from news to videos and our podcasts! Now that we finally have our hands on the Tesla Cybertruck, we can put it to one of the ultimate truck tests: a full-on towing range test! Here's how the fully electric Tesla compares to a modified diesel truck. ( https://www.completetrailers.com ) Huge selection of high quality trailers.


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