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March 2006


I find the older I get the faster the time goes by. Here we are in getting ready for the March meeting already. Before you know it, the April EXPO will be here.

In February, Member Bill Franzone and Bob Martin from Caterpillar presented our program. It dealt with the upcoming engine technology and it was very informative. Thanks to Member Jack Lawson for providing important material on the possible dangers involved in servicing the new hybrid vehicles.

March's program will deal with the coolant requirements for the new technology diesel engines.

I hope to see you there.


Our EXPO is right around the corner so what are you waiting for? April 26 will be here faster than you think. Get your table reservations in now to get choice table locations. We are filling up the room rapidly so call me and fill out a sponsor/table/vehicle application and send it to me. Applications are available on our web site at anytime.


This is the last call to submit any Bylaw change proposals. The deadline for Bylaw change proposals is the March meeting.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:

Bylaw I Membership

1. This Committee consisting of a Chairperson and (4) four Members determine the qualifications of the applicant for Membership in the Society.

This Committee shall meet to consider all new applicants and reclassification of present Members. A minimum of (3) three Members shall be in attendance at such meeting before action can be taken.

The Chairperson of this Committee shall obtain information pertinent to the qualifications of all applicants from (3) three references, (1) one of whom shall be the sponsor. Any Member who shall be subject to review for reclassification shall be notified in writing by the Chairperson of the Membership Committee prior to any presentation to the full Membership. He shall have the right to present his/her facts before the Membership Committee as well as the Executive Committee. When all information is obtained and considered, the recommendation of this Committee shall then be submitted to the Executive Committee for action. Following this, acceptance and grade of Membership shall be presented at a regular meeting for action by Members.

2. Any delinquent Member may be dropped. Any Member may be dropped for unbecoming conduct, upon vote of (2/3) two thirds of the entire Executive Committee, but only after the charges against said Member have been formally preferred, sent to him in writing, and an opportunity to be heard thereon has been granted.

3. Effective January 1, 1977, any Member who changes job classification shall be subject to review by the Membership Committee. A Member who has worked in a Fleet Supervisors capacity for at least (20) twenty or more years shall not be subject to re-classification. Any change in Membership will become effective the following fiscal year and said Member will be subject to the dues as solicited in bylaw ix dues for that classification.

4. The Associate Member has the right to have a substitute represent him/her at a maximum of (3) three regular meetings per year. The substitute must be employed by the same company as the Associate.

5. When an Associate Member resigns from the Society, the company for which that person works is likewise removed from the roster. The Executive Board, may, however, extend the courtesy to the company to suggest a replacement for the former Member. The new candidate must fill out an application and meet all requirements for Membership. In the event that the Executive Board approves the new Member, that person will be admitted to the Society immediately, avoiding being placed on a waiting list for Membership. This will not affect the ration of our Membership.

6. The Associate Members’ dues will include a monthly Newsletter advertisement, a full page ad in the Journal and a Golf Outing hole sponsorship. (Added 5/17/95)

6A. For those Associate Members joining after June, their dues shall include a full-page ad in the Journal and (1/2) one half year (5 issues) of monthly Newsletter advertisements. (Added 5/15/96)

7. The OEM Members’ dues will include a monthly Newsletter advertisement, a full-page ad in the Journal and a Golf Outing hole sponsorship (Amended 5/17/00)

7A. For those OEM Members joining after June, their dues shall include a full-page ad in the Journal and (1/2) one half year (5 issues) of monthly Newsletter advertisements.

8. Life Members will be able to attend the regular monthly meetings at no charge. (Added 5/21/97)


Please visit the web site from our newest Member Peter Kearney of Axel Protection Systems, Inc. at

Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 120
Life Members 16
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 44
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 1
Student Members 14
Total Membership 201

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 72, 1/97 -
George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 70, 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
Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 35, 11/01 -

Attendance at the February meeting:
Members 45
Guests 17
Total 62


PHMSA Revises Hazmat Penalties:
The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a final rule Feb. 17 revising the civil and criminal penalties as required by the Hazardous Materials Safety and Security Reauthorization Act, enacted on August 10, 2005, as part of the highway reauthorization bill (SAFETEA-LU). The final rule implements the following statutory changes: (1) The maximum civil penalty was increased to $50,000 from $32,500 for a knowing violation and to $100,000 if the violation results in death, serious illness or severe injury to any person, or substantial destruction of property; (2) The minimum civil penalty has been reduced to $250 from $275, except a minimum civil penalty of $450 applies to a violation related to training; (3) Criminal penalties now apply to both reckless and willful violations (as well as to a knowing violation of the prohibition in 49 U.S.C. 5104(b) against tampering with a marking, label, placard, or description on a shipping document) of Federal hazardous material transportation law or the regulations, orders, special permits, and approvals issued thereunder; (4) The maximum criminal penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine in accordance with Title 18 of the United States Code ($250,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a corporation) was retained, except the maximum time of imprisonment has been increased to 10 years in any case in which the violation involves the release of a hazardous material that results in death or bodily injury to a person. The rule also revises PHMSA's hazmat transportation civil penalty guidelines (Appendix A to 49 CFR part 107). The final rule is effective immediately. A copy of the Federal Register notice may be accessed through the following link:

Dubai Firm May Delay Ports Takeover Deal
Administration, Under Criticism, Scrambles to Gain Support
The United Arab Emirates company seeking to take over management of six U.S. ports offered late Thursday to delay part of its $6.8 billion deal as the Bush administration said it would agree to a delay for the deal, which is facing intense political opposition, the Washington Post reported Friday.

The move by international ports-management firm Dubai Ports World may give the administration to try to sway the takeover plan’s many critics — who range from local to state to federal lawmakers of both major political parties — that the planned deal does not present an avenue for terrorists, the Post reported.

Administration officials faced intense questioning from the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday as they defended their decision to forgo a national security review of the deal, the Post said.

Republican and Democratic senators questioned whether the administration followed federal law when it approved DPW’s purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.

Diesel Declines for the First Time in Four Weeks:
The national average price of retail on-highway diesel fell 2.3 cents to $2.476 per gallon, the Energy Information Administration reported. The national average, which contracted for the first time in four weeks, is 49.0 cents higher compared with the same time last year. Year-to-date through mid-February, the price of diesel averaged $2.473 per gallon nationwide. On Monday, the price of West Texas Intermediate oil closed at a 7-week low of $61.24 per barrel, but was still 29.1 percent higher than one year ago. Based on EIA's energy price predictions (see the February 13, 2006 issue of Fuel Line) and the implementation of ultra-low sulfur diesel later this year, ATA estimates the trucking industry will spend $93.0 billion on diesel in 2006, $5.3 billion more than was spent in 2005.

Soot-Filter Performance Is Key to Success of 2007 Engines
With 2007-model year trucks set to use newly developed diesel particulate filters to control soot, questions still remain over how the new devices will affect truck performance, according to industry experts.

The most pressing question is how well DPFs will work, especially in cold weather, as only a limited number of trucks have been made available to fleets for testing. Clogged filters could lead to turbocharger malfunctions that might cause an engine to stall or operate improperly, trucking experts said.

“Clearly, what is significant about 2007 is the diesel particulate filter and the particulate matter,” said Landon Sproull, chief engineer at truck maker Peterbilt, a subsidiary of Paccar Inc. Peterbilt trucks use engines from either Caterpillar Inc. or Cummins Inc.

ATRI Reports on Idle Reduction Technology Trends
Tampa, FL - The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today released the results of a national survey characterizing the extent of idling and use of idle reduction technologies among trucking companies. The results were unveiled in Tampa, Florida at the 2006 Winter Leadership Meeting of the American Trucking Associations.

In the report, “Idle Reduction Technology Fleet Preferences Survey,” trucking company views on several idling-related topics are explored including impacts of idling regulations, and current and future planned use of idle reduction technologies. The survey participants provided data on more than 55,000 trucks.

Participants have already spent more than $8.8 million equipping sleeper cabs with on-board idle reduction technologies. These technologies, which include direct-fired heaters, auxiliary power units/generator sets, and battery-powered air conditioners, conserve fuel and reduce pollution by powering heaters, air conditioners, and/or in-cab appliances while eliminating main engine idling. Over the next five years, participants are expected to spend an additional $56 million to further deploy these technologies.

“This report provides a timely snap-shot of the use of idle reduction technologies among trucking companies. With the trucking industry having spent an unprecedented $87.7 billion on fuel last year, companies are taking a closer look at technologies which can reduce fuel consumption,” said ATRI Chairman Doug Duncan, President and CEO of FedEx Freight.

According to the report, trucking companies appear to be investing more in idle reduction technologies. In general, users seem to be satisfied with the performance of these technologies, although costs appear to be higher than most are willing to pay. Nonetheless, the use of idle reduction technologies is expected to expand. When growth projections associated with the U.S. trucking industry are considered, a 70% increase in the volume of goods moved from 1998 to 2020, the demand for idle reduction technologies should continue to increase well into the future.


Member William Franzone of H. O. Penn Machinery Co., Inc. and Robert Martin of Caterpllar Inc. presented the February program on the pending laws concerning diesel engine emissions. Bill’s interesting presentation centered on the methods Caterpillar is utilizing to address these critical new diesel emission laws.

The winner of the Big Draw of $50.00 was Tom Denicker, student at Farmingdale University. Tom was one of our 2005 Hank Hasiwar Scholarship recipients.


Membership is going well! We have 12 new Members since September this year and hopefully will reach 20 by the May meeting. Our attendance at the last two meetings seems to be falling and we need to turn that around. New Members are joining so that they can meet with the existing Members and “network”! We all appreciate your support throughout the year with dues, contributions, and events but it is extremely important as a Member to show up for the meetings. Hopefully, we will see all of you at the March meeting!

Congratulations to Member Dennis Meehan who has been elected to Life Member grade.

Inducted at the February meeting:
• Peter Kearney, Business Manager for Axel Protection Systems Inc. of Jamaica, NY, which supplies security guard service within the New York metropolitan area as a Member. He is responsible for 14 vehicles and personnel in addition to handling customer service and developing new accounts. His past experience included working in airline management and the transportation industry.


On March 15, 2006 Rich Armstrong, Senior Coolant Engineer of the Chevron/Texaco Company, will fly in from his hometown of Portland, Oregon, to make a presentation on coolant requirements of all major diesel manufacturers.

Rich Armstrong has very special credentials in the lubricants and coolant industry. Rich is a co-inventor of Texaco DEXCOOL extended life antifreeze. DEXCOOL is the factory fill coolant in ALL GM Passenger car and Light Truck vehicles. Rich is also on the team that formulated the Extended Life Heavy Duty coolants addressing the ever changing needs of HD Diesel designs and works close with the major engine builders.

This presentation will focus on maintaining diesel manufacturer requirements using one coolant. Rich will also concentrate on proper procedures of changing and recharging coolant systems, recycling coolants, and monitoring coolant systems, using a coolant analysis program suited for your individual company.

Also present will be Walt Huysman of Polaris Laboratories. Polaris Laboratories have been selected to do coolant testing for Chevron/Texaco nationwide for extended life coolants.

Rich and Walt are looking forward to answering all questions that our members may have.


We have 10 $1,000.00 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarships to award for 2006. Anyone with a family member going to college should take advantage of this great opportunity that is available to any Society Member. Just remember to fulfill your attendance obligation of attending 15 meetings during the three years prior to the November 2006 meeting to be qualified. Scholarship applications are available on our web site.

We have also three Hank Hasiwar Scholarships of $1,000.00 each to be awarded at the October 2006 meeting. Interviews for the Hank Hasiwar Scholarships will be held during June 2006 at Farmingdale University.


No news is good news on the welfare of our Members.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:

4/2 Phyllis Kodner (Mark)
4/4 Anna Provisiero (Ralph)
4/6 Josephine Logan (Robert)
4/7 Ivan Crandon
4/10 Kuen-Ah Polanco (James)
4/11 John Donato
4/12 Richard Fevang
4/12 Michael Schuler
4/14 Ruth Dutot (Phil)
4/14 Marion Taub (Alan)
4/20 Gino Arbasetti
4/22 Steve Dardzinski
4/23 Nuno Tardo
4/25 Mortimer O’Sulivan
4/25 Cynthia Ottesen (William)
4/26 Jennifer Mucciacciaro (Mario)
4/27 Tom Mitrakos
4/30 Robert Johanson

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