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October 2005



Well, the September 2005 meeting is now one for the history books, and what a meeting it was. The number of Members who attended was not a record but was well above average. One of the Society's favorite problems is where to squeeze in the next table and we had to squeeze in a few extra that night.

The generosity of our Members was the highlight of the evening. It never ceases to amaze and humble me. How often do you see individuals try to out bid each other to donate money for some else's benefit? It was as if we were having an auction to see who could donate the most and everyone wanted to win. More than one Member came to me that night and said that was how the meetings used to be, with a good program, good causes, and engaging conversation.

I want to thank Leece-Neville and Mondial Automotive for the very informative program they provided. When our Members actively engage the presenter, you know the program is informative.

Once again, on behalf of the Society of Fleet Supervisors, the Executive Board and the students of our Members' families, our thanks go out to you for your boundless generosity. I look forward to October and hope to see everyone there again.


I hope you all enjoyed the new look and great food at the New Hyde Park Inn for our first meeting of the year. We will continue to hold our monthly meetings there.

Take advantage of the $25.00 discount for early registration for our EXPO, which will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at the New Hyde Park Inn. This discount is only available up until January 1, 2006 after which regular prices will go back into effect. Table arrangements will come on a first come, first served basis.


We are accepting Bylaw Change Proposals in writing up to and including the March 2006 meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

Article III

1. The Membership of the Society shall be composed of (8) eight grades; Member, Associate, Editorial, Honorary, Life, Apprentice Fleet Supervisor, Student Fleet Supervisor and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). (Amended 5/19/04)

1A. Member grade: for purpose of eligibility to run for President, vote, determine percentage of Associate/Member ratio, Member grade will include; Member, Editorial and Life Members. (Added 5/20/92)

2. Member : those actively engaged in the direction, supervision, control, operation, maintenance, of a fleet of motor vehicles; such as a Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, Director of Operations, Director of Fleet Safety or Fleet Safety Engineer and/or Specialists, Consultant (service only) or those solely responsible for service of vehicles within a factory branch or a bonafide factory distributor not actively participating in sales. Any person who is an owner of vehicles in a fleet operation cannot qualify as a Member.

2A. Associate : shall include those who offer and contribute either service, information, materials or parts through sales to the transportation industry and related industries. It shall be noted that the company is the Member, not the individual. (Amended 5/17/95)

2B. Editorial : those Associated with trade periodicals, papers, and magazines.

2C. Honorary : Associate Members with at least (15) fifteen years Membership who have completely retired from active participation in business.

2D. Life : Members who have completed over (20) twenty years active participation in the Society and retired may be voted to Life Membership in the Society.


The 2005 Constitution and Bylaws will be available for distribution at the October meeting. If you would like your copy mailed, please send me a note. An electronic version of our Constitution and Bylaws is available upon request.

Our Associate Member from Drive Train Truck Parts informs us of a change in their web site to

Our newest OEM Member from Knapheide Mfg. Co. invites you to visit their web site at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 117
Life Members 15
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 42
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 2
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 13
Total Membership 193

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 68, 1/97 -
Carl Orza, Delta Transmissions – 66, 3/97 -
Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 - 1/97
John Cigna, Retired – 50, 2/94 - 3/00
Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 - 2/96
John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 - 5/00
Nuno Tardo, Retired – 36, 3/97 – 10/01
Bill Ross, Sprague Energy – 33, 11/95 - 1/00

Attendance at the September meeting:
Members 63
Guests 15
Total 78


The Journal Committee needs your HELP! The clock is ticking and time is swiftly running out to place an ad in the 2005 Society of Fleet Supervisors Annual Journal. Once again, please let me reiterate that we are far behind the total ad dollars that we had at this time last year.

The Journal Committee is counting on our Members’ generosity and is expecting that they will rise to the occasion of celebrating our Member of the Year, Bill McVeigh, and bestow upon him and the Society a 2005 Journal to rival last year’s edition.

Email me your commitments to [email protected], call in your commitments to (917) 734-4692 or fill out the Journal Ad form contained in this Newsletter and send it to me along with your check.

I know our Members will not let us down. Thanks for your anticipated support.



On August 19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a new Hours-of-Service rule that spells out the length of time commercial drivers can operate trucks before they are required to take a break.

The new rule replaces Hours-of-Service regulations that were last updated in 2003. Parts of the rule, including the maximum driving time and minimum rest limits remain the same. However, the rule includes a change affecting short-haul operators that may benefit many NAFA members.

As in the 2003 regulations, the new rule prohibits truckers from driving more than eleven hours in a row, working longer than 14 hours in a shift and driving more than 60 hours over a seven-day period or 70 hours over an eight day period. The new rule requires truckers to rest for at least ten hours between shifts and provides a 34-hour period to recover from cumulative fatigue.

The most important change under the new rule now allows short-haul operators not required to hold a commercial drivers license, like delivery drivers, who work within a 150-mile radius of their starting point, to extend their workday twice a week. They also will no longer have to maintain logbooks.

The new rule is becomes effective on October 1, 2005.


The recently signed federal highway bill exempts the driver of a "utility service vehicle" from the federal Hours-of-Service regulations. The exemption applies to a commercial vehicle used in the furtherance of repairing, maintaining, or operating any structures or any other physical facilities necessary for the delivery of public utility services, including the furnishing of electric, gas, water, sanitary sewer, telephone, and television cable or community antenna service.


The Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) was included as part of the final energy bill. The legislation authorizes $1 billion in federal funds over five years to help finance voluntary retrofit incentive programs at both the national and state levels. Now lawmakers must take the next step by appropriating the money necessary to fund this vital clean air initiative.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will distribute 70 percent of the funds through a competitive grant program. Not less than 50 percent of the funds are to go to public fleets. The remaining 30 percent of the funds will go to the states to create their own retrofit programs similar to what's been done in California and Texas.


The U.S. Department of Transportation has unveiled a plan to reform the government’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program for light trucks, including SUVs and minivans.

According to the plan announced on August 23, by 2011, all manufacturers will be required to produce more fuel-efficient light trucks, including those who currently build smaller vehicles. There will be six size categories, each with its own improved fuel economy target, according to a DOT spokesperson. Targets will be used to determine a required average fuel economy level for each manufacturer according to the trucks it sells.

The complete CAFE reform proposal can be seen at


Federal transportation officials joined New York City metropolitan area traffic safety officials recently to kick off the largest ever You Drink & Drive. You Lose. national enforcement crackdown. Nationwide, a record number of 11,500 law enforcement agencies are participating in the coast-to-coast crackdown.

Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report, more than 1.4 million people nationwide were arrested in 2003 for driving under the influence.

NHTSA released the 2004 state alcohol-related fatalities statistics. Nationally, nearly 13,000 people died in highway crashes involving at least a driver or motorcycle rider with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 or higher.


Across the country, there is a growing concern about pollution from diesel engines. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a plan to significantly reduce pollution from new diesel engines. It is a two-step approach that first set new emission standards for diesel engines that took effect in 2004. In the second step mentioned in the arterial, the EPA will establish even more stringent emission standards for these engines beginning in 2007 in combination with ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. The EPA has developed the Voluntary Diesel Retrofit Program. This program will address pollution from diesel construction equipment and heavy-duty vehicles. You can find more information on the EPA web site [] about the retrofit program. The EPA has also created the National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC). The Campaign will work aggressively to reduce the pollution emitted from diesel engines across the country through the implementation of varied control strategies and the aggressive involvement of national, state and local partners.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced there 2005 tire ratings covering more than 2,400 lines of the most popular tires sold in the US. The agency rates tires based on traction, tread wear and their ability to resist heat. This year, nearly 90 tire lines received the highest possible rating for traction. Also, five tire brands (Big-O, Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone and Cordovan) produced tire lines that received exceptional ratings for tread durability. Nearly 700 tire lines were given the highest grade (“A”) for heat resistance. NHTSA Administrator Jeffery W. Runge, M.D. stated “higher quality tires, along with good maintenance will provide consumers a greater margin of safety. The tire grading system is a big help in the often-confusing process of selecting tires”. It is well known that heat can increase the risk of blowout, temperature ratings are important. Tires with the highest heat resistance are graded “A” followed by “B”, or “C”(lowest). A “C” grade represents the minimum performance required in a high-speed test set by the federal government. Traction ratings are expressed in grades “AA” the highest to “C” the lowest. Tires with a higher grade allow a vehicle to stop in a shorter distance on a wet road. Tires with a higher tread wear rating should last longer, the higher the number the more durable the tire. Tire ratings can be found at the NHTSA’s web site []


This ruling is in the final stage. The previous stage by the NPRM was published on date on 09/12/2005 and the end of the Comment Period is 11/14/2005.

The ruling states the need for the upgrading of the rearward visibility of commercial straight trucks. The agency believes that requiring a rear detection system will reduce fatalities, injuries and property damage by giving the operator the ability to detect objects behind the vehicle. The two possible counter-measures are being considered: Cross-view mirror system or a camera system.

Rule publication date is scheduled for 07/10/2006


Frank Byrd, Eastern Regional Manager, National Accounts Technical Services, for Leece-Neville Heavy-Duty Systems presented an information packed program on charging systems, the effects of increasing under hood temperatures and warranty for Leece-Neville alternators. We thank Mondial Automotive for sponsoring the cocktail hour.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Associate Member Mike Cafiero who donated his proceeds to the Scholarship Fund.


Inducted at the September meeting:

Loucas Mastros, Shop Supervisor for Advanced Fleet Maintenance of Brooklyn , NY as a Member. Loucas oversees the repairs and maintenance of all vehicles, 14 mechanics and helpers. He has over 33 years experience on Allison Transmissions.

Tara Gilroy, Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Knapheide Mfg. Co. of Quincy, IL as an OEM Member. Tara represents the largest steel service body manufacturer in the country and her territory covers Virginia to Maine . Tara was a former Associate Member of the Society representing Dueco, Inc.

Matthew Calvento of North Babylon , NY as a Student Member attending Farmingdale University .


Peter Plate is now heading the committee and is seeking OEM participation in the Society focused around two parameters:

•  Equipment manufacturers "Suppliers" to OEMs

•  OEMs "vehicle manufacturers" themselves


Our program for October is presented by The Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition (GLICCC).  Member Ron Gulmi is the Chairman of the Board and they are a 501 c3 not for profit organization.  He will be presenting us with information on the new Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Energy Bill) and the Highway bill.  This will include a variety of funding and incentives for alternative fueled vehicles (Trucks).  He will also provide pertinent information on how the Clean Cities Organization can help fleets save money through more economical alternative fueled vehicles.

The November program will be presented by Rosco Mirrors, Inc.


Please join us at the October meeting as we present our Hank Hasiwar Scholarship to two highly recommended and well deserving students from Farmingdale University. These two students were interviewed by the Scholarship committee in June and were selected from six candidates based on their grade point average, career objectives and long-range plans, their demonstration of need, extra curricular activities and faculty recommendation.

There is still time to submit your Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship applications. The deadline is the November meeting and you must have attained the attendance requirement of 15 meetings in the past three years to qualify for one of the six scholarships that are available.

We are grateful to the following generous personal and company donation pledges of a total of $4,225.00 to the Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship Fund:
Frank Almona $200.00
Mike Cafiero $50.00
Frank Carpenter $100.00
Richard Chan $100.00
Mike Cordiello $100.00
John Dozis $200.00
George Ferraro $100.00
Michael Iannizzi $100.00
Robert Logan $200.00
William McVeigh $100.00
Carl Orza $100.00
Advanced Fleet Maintenance $500.00
Allboro Engine Exchange $200.00
Delta Transmissions $75.00
Double Check Auto Electric $200.00
Drive Train Truck Parts $500.00
Laban Diesel Equipment $100.00
Mike’s Heavy Duty Towing $400.00
Nesco Bus Maintenance $500.00
Petro, Inc. $200.00
Spring Tech $100.00
Taurus Supply $100.00


I hope you all enjoyed the first meeting of our year! The next event we have planned is our famous Scholarships Awards Dinner, which is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2006 at Leonard's of Great Neck. For those of you who have attended in the past, you know it is a great night. This year our Member of the Year is our President, William McVeigh, so I would like to make it one of the best parties ever. We have some new ideas in the works that I am sure you will enjoy. Also, don't forget to buy your brick tickets before they are sold out!


Belated get well and speedy recovery wishes go out to Associate Member Nick Markatos and wife Christine who are both recovering from a hospitalized stay due to an auto accident at the end of August.

Our deepest sympathy and heart felt condolences go out to former Member Jody Ravner and family on the loss of his son in a tragic motor vehicle accident on September 9.

Congratulations to Member William Schneider on the marriage of his daughter, Meredith. In addition, God’s speed and safe return wishes go out to his son, Capt. William Schneider, who deployed for a tour of duty in Iraq on 9/19/05.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

11/3 Stephanie Moustakas (Teddy)
11/4 Louise Chan (Richard)
11/4 Peter Glasser
11/5 Ismael Acevedo
11/8 George Ferraro
11/8 Edna Williams (Edward)
1/15 Thomas Munno
11/20 Joseph Meade
11/22 James Atkins
11/22 Peter Plate
11/24 Ralph Provisiero
11/26 Nancy Misita (William)
11/26 Fred Provenzano
11/29 James Dejana

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