Cristina Commendatore

Digital Editor,
Fleet Owner

Cristina Commendatore joined Fleet Owner in April 2015. She has many years of experience as a journalist covering a variety of news. She has a master's degree from Quinnipiac University.


ELDs and the short-haul exemption: Two fleets’ perspectives

Even before the ELD mandate came down the pike, Lindenmeyr Munroe, an independent paper and packaging distributor in the U.S., was constantly on the hunt for ways to improve its fleet operations and to track driving behaviors for better fuel efficiency.

FMCSA proceeds with December ELD enforcement plan 1

ATLANTA. Despite recent speculation regarding potential delays for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proceeding with its plan to begin enforcing the rule on Dec. 18.

ELDs, safety technology and the effect on fleet insurance costs

ATLANTA. As a fleet owner, you’ve installed electronic logging devices (ELDs) and other safety technologies throughout your entire fleet. Now your insurance premiums will automatically decrease, right?

Not necessarily, explained Harry Storck, global fleet technical specialist at AIG.

Storck, speaking to attendees at TU-Automotive’s Connected Fleets conference here in Atlanta, discussed the insurance carrier’s perspective on how connectivity is changing the landscape of commercial fleets.

Automated trucks and the role of the commercial driver 1

ATLANTA. In a world where trucks are able to fully drive themselves, there still will be a role for the commercial driver. But that role is going to change.

Michael Cammisa, vice president of safety policy, connectivity and technology, for the American Trucking Assns., discussed technology, policy and businesses perspectives as they relate to driving change in automated trucking during TU-Automotive’s Connected Fleets conference here in Atlanta.

Fleets wait as long as possible to deploy ELDs, study finds
ATLANTA. Though the ELD mandate is just three months away, 60% of commercial fleets are still monitoring their drivers’ hours of service (HOS) with paper logs. That's according to a recent study conducted by C.J. Driscoll & Associates that surveyed 529 U.S. fleet operators.
Gayle Robertson: President of BOLT System

Gayle Robertson began her career in the high-tech world of Silicon Valley. She worked for IBM, with a consulting firm, and eventually ended up in sales management. She initially didn’t know anything about trucking or the transportation industry, but that didn’t stop her from jumping right in.

Lisa Quinn Pate: President & Chief Administrative Officer at U.S. Xpress

Lisa Quinn Pate remembers growing up in the trucking business. Her late father, Patrick Quinn, was one of the co-founders of U.S. Xpress along with his business partner Max Fuller. Now, Pate is the president and chief administrative officer of the company, which is one of the largest private truckload carriers in the country.

Jecka Glasman: President & CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America

When Jecka Glasman transitioned from a 12-year career in telecommunications to Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, she found the most important thing was to listen and talk to as many people as she could. But she didn’t just talk to the senior executives of the organization; she made it a point to reach out across Fuso’s entire ecosystem.

Kimberly Brooks: Truck Driver for Ryder

Kimberly Brooks has been driving a truck since 1999. She’s seen a lot throughout her career, so she thought she was prepared for anything. That was until she drove as a contractor in Iraq for three years while serving as a logistics specialist in the Army.

“That was totally a culture shock,” Brooks told Fleet Owner. “I thought I could prepare for anything, but that was a whole different world.”

Fuso’s electric truck now available to commercial fleets

NEW YORK, NY. Construction clanking, sirens from emergency vehicles, and other typical city traffic noise served as the backdrop for Thursday’s global launch of Mitsubishi Fuso’s medium-duty electric delivery truck here in New York City’s East Village.

Preparing for roadside inspections in the digital age

Carriers, add it to your list. Coming down the pike is a new roadside inspection category that you and your drivers need to get to know: electronic inspection.

Currently, trucking companies and drivers are concerned with the following seven roadside inspection categories:

Ram: 2018 pickups built for commercial upfit needs

CHELSEA, MI. Touting its payload, torque and towing power, Ram Truck today officially unveiled its new heavy-duty and commercial pickup truck lineup for 2018. Back in June, Ram gave industry journalists a sneak peek at the new models during Fiat Chrysler’s What’s New ride-and-drive event at the Chelsea Proving Grounds.

Ram’s 2018 full-size, compact commercial vans enter the market

CHELSEA, MI. Ram Commercial Truck officially introduced its 2018 Class 2 full-size van segment and Class 1 compact van offering to the market today.

ZF brings electrically-assisted hydraulic steering to trucking 1

LAFAYETTE, IN. Though fully autonomous trucks still have a long way to go, driver-assistive and autonomous technologies remain hot topics throughout the industry. How can fleets and owner operators leverage some of the existing and upcoming technologies to improve safety and their overall business operations? ZF Commercial Vehicle believes it has a solution.

Driver pay, trucking’s image, and the worsening driver shortage 6

The average age of the truck driver is 52 and each year that number continues to increase, according to Leah Shaver, COO at the National Transportation Institute. But as fleets are finding it more and more difficult to attract a younger driver base, partly because of an industry-wide image problem, what can they do to soften the blow of a deepening driver shortage?