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January 2008


As we leap into the New Year, there is much to do. There are some exciting events on the schedule. On the calendar in April is the Annual Society of Fleet Supervisor’s Expo and as a reminder there are tables still available. The Kiddy Picnic at the beginning of June and the annual Society Golf Outing in the middle of June follow the Expo. Jot them on your calendar. You won’t want to miss them.

The Society is still looking for help so if you can spare the time we can use the extra hands.

I am looking forward to seeing you at the next general meeting.


Welcome back from the Holidays! We are at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston for the January meeting.

Mark your calendar for the 2008 EXPO which is scheduled for the third Wednesday, April 23, 2008. Contact me at 718.388.0426 for your exhibit table reservation or use the application in this Newsletter.


We are accepting Bylaw change proposals and have received three Bylaw change proposals to date.

Excerpts from our Constitution and Bylaws:
Article IV Officers
1. The Officers of the Society of Fleet Supervisors shall be: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

2. The above Officers shall be elected at the May meeting.

3. The Executive Committee shall consist of the "Officers" and Chairpersons of the Standing Committees and (2) "two" Past "Presidents" in attendance. (Amended 5/17/95)

4. At all Executive Committee meetings, the "Officers" shall have (1) one vote each. The Chairpersons of the standing committees shall have (1) one vote each. The "President" shall have the "deciding" vote in case of a tie. (Amended 5/17/95)

Article V Meetings
1. Business meetings of the Society and Executive Committee, and other committees shall be held as advised by the Bylaws. There shall be no attempt at Executive Board or regular meetings to solicit, sell or advertise products or services.

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Our present Membership is comprised of:
Members 112
Life Members 17
Editorial Members 0
Associate Members 43
Honorary Members 3
Original Equipment Manufacturer 3
Apprentice Fleet Supervisors 0
Student Members 18
Total Membership 195

Current CONSECUTIVE attendance records are:
Honorary Member Bill Misita, Retired – 99, 9/92 – 2/05
Member Robert Lagnese, Farmingdale University – 86, 1/97 –
Member George Pastor, H. John Davis, Inc. – 70, 5/94 – 5/03
Member Carl Orza, Advanced Fleet Maintenance – 70, 3/97 – 2/06
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Universal Ford – 63, 3/89 – 1/97
Member John Cigna, Retired – 50, 2/94 – 3/00
Member Robert Spiotto, Frank Siviglia & Co., Inc. – 47, 11/01 –9/07
Life Member Nuno Tardo, Retired – 47, 3/97 –
Member Pat De Martino, Con Edison – 44, 10/90 – 2/96
Member John Dozis, Fink Baking Co. – 37, 1/96 – 5/00



We are all familiar with the Otto Cycle engine (intake, compression, power and exhaust) that is used on most gasoline engines. Hybrids vehicles like the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic and Ford Escape use a modified Attikinson Cycle to achieve increased fuel and power.

Let’s look back in history for a moment. The Atkinson Cycle engine was produced in limited quantity in the 1890’s and went out of business in 1893. However, the one key feature remains in use today is that the intake valve in held open longer to allow a reverse flow into the intake manifold. This reduces the effective compression ratio and engine displacement and allows the expansion to exceed the compression ratio while retaining a normal compression pressure.

With that being said, the compression ratio of the Toyota Prius engine is 13:1 and with holding the valve open for reverse flow of the intake charge back into the intake manifold, this reduces the compression ratio to 8:1. In order to accomplish the change in compression ratio, Variable Valve Timing Intelligence (VVT-i) is used and managed by the engine’s computer.

This is extremely desirable for good fuel economy because the compression ratio in a spark ignition engine is limited by the octane rating of the fuel used, while a high expansion delivers a longer power stroke and reduces the heat wasted by the exhaust. This increases the efficiency of the engine because more work is being achieved.



The Journal Ad Committee would like to thank one and all who have contributed to the 2007 Society of Fleet Supervisors Journal honoring our Member of the Year, John Costantin.

Through your generosity you have once again helped to make this years Journal a solid testament to your support of our great Society and equally to our most worthy honoree.

This year’s Journal (as always) will be distributed at our annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at Leonard's of Great Neck on January 12, 2008. We hope to see you there!

Thanks again for your continued support and wishing you all a very Happy New Year!


House Passes Bill Seeking $2.5 Billion Increase in Federal Highway Funding
Despite threats of a presidential veto, the House approved a $105.8 billion transportation and housing budget whose goals include investing more in the nation's infrastructure in the wake of the highway bridge collapse in Minneapolis.
The budget includes a $2.5 billion increase in federal highway funding, the Wall Street Journal reported. However, the 270-147 vote falls well short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a White House veto. Congressional leadership is already making plans for a compromise that would scale back funding levels on a variety of programs.

Insurance Crime Bureau Launches Database of Stolen VIN Numbers
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has launched a database of unrecovered stolen vehicles as a free service to the public. Over 1 million vehicles have been stolen annually in the United States since 1986. With an annual average recovery rate of just 63 percent, several million vehicles remain unaccounted for and could possibly end up being purchased by unsuspecting consumers.

Anyone can now run a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) through this database and determine if it has been reported stolen by one of NICB's over 1,000 member insurance companies.

To check a vehicle, visit the NICB website ( and follow the on-screen directions.

In recent months, NICB special agents have identified numerous stolen vehicles that were in the process of being sold by auto dealers or restored by collectors.

Penske Expects To Sell 25,000 Smart Cars in U.S.
Penske Automotive Group expects to sell up to 25,000 two-seat Smart cars in the United States next year, as the dealership chain remains on track to launch the car in the first quarter of 2008, Reuters reports.

Penske Automotive Chairman and Chief Executive Roger Penske recently said the retailer had 35,400 reservations for the Smart car, produced by the Mercedes division of German automaker Daimler AG.

Penske currently expects to sell between 20,000 and 25,000 vehicles in 2008.

There is capacity to make 130,000 to 140,000 cars annually, but Penske reports it is only making cars after taking orders for them.

The basic Smart car will start at $11,590, while the convertible's base price would be $16,590, Penske said. The first cars will be in U.S. showrooms in December.

According to Reuters, the company said target customers for the Smart car include: first-time car buyers, urban sophisticates, baby boomers looking for a second car, and "empty-nest" parents.

Appeals Court Ruling May Lead to Tighter Fuel Standards for Light Trucks
A federal court last Thursday ruled that the Bush administration must write tougher fuel economy standards for SUVs, minivans and pickup trucks in order to address greenhouse gas emissions.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the judges of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals took issue with a federal loophole that lets such vehicles get fewer miles per gallon than passenger cars. This was the third time this year that a federal court has ruled in favor of state governments and environmental groups challenging the Bush administration's fuel efficiency regulations.

The lawsuit was filed by California, 10 other states and the cities of New York and Washington against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA is responsible for setting vehicle mileage requirements.

The lawsuit argued that the new federal mpg standards announced in March 2006, which seek to raise average mileage for light trucks to 23.5 mpg by 2010, were far too lax. The change was called "trivial." Automakers are now required to achieve an average fuel economy of 22.2 mpg for these popular vehicles.

The court ruled that the NHTSA set standards that were "arbitrary and capricious" because they failed to address the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment and economy. The court also ruled that it was unfair to hold light trucks to less strict standards than passenger cars.

The Bush administration said it is reviewing options and hasn't decided yet to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. If the appeals court decision isn't stayed, the U.S. Department of Transportation will be required to write new fuel economy rules, the Times reported.

Auto Glass Group Adopts Certification Program, Stresses Importance of Proper Installation
The Independent Glass Association (IGA) has introduced a new registered training and certification program for professionals in the auto glass field. The program is based on Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards and American National Standards Institute standards.

According to the IGA, many drivers are unaware how important vehicle glass is to ensure that other safety features work properly.

For example, the windshield is a critical determinant of proper airbag timing. "In a crash, an improperly installed windshield may cause an airbag to deploy too early or too late," the IGA said. "In either case, the safety of the occupants may be compromised."

Upon impact, the windshield acts as a brace to support the passenger side airbag. If the windshield separates, the airbag doesn't have a constrained space and isn't effective in protecting the occupant.

The windshield also helps keep unrestrained occupants inside the vehicle. "In a crash, an improperly installed windshield may fail to hold and detach from its frame, allowing any passengers in the vehicle to be ejected, which increases each occupant's chances for serious or even fatal injuries," the IGA explained.

The windshield is also an important part of a vehicle's energy management systems, which direct crash energy around the occupant compartment. "If the windshield is improperly installed, the vehicle may crumple differently than the manufacturer intended, which may jeopardize occupants," the IGA said.

In a rollover accident, the windshield provides strength by helping to keep the roof from crushing in on any vehicle occupants. In some model designs, the windshield supplies up to 50 percent of the vehicle's rollover strength.

Bush Administration's Redrafted Truck Rule Keeps Driving Hour Limits Intact
In response to an earlier appeals court ruling, the Bush administration redrafted a commercial truck safety rule this week in hopes the changes will answer legal concerns. However, the redrafted rule still includes the same driving provisions that have been at the center of controversy --- the daily driving maximum of 11 hours at a stretch and up to 88 hours in an eight-day period.

In July, a federal appeals court struck down the administration rule that loosened limits on the work hours of truck drivers. The three-judge panel's ruling concluded that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had failed to offer enough justification for a 2005 decision to increase the maximum driving hours of truck drivers. The hours were increased from 60 to 77 over seven consecutive days, and from 70 to 88 hours over eight days.

In its new rewrite of the rule, the FMCSA added data on driver fatigue and accidents, along with other procedural information, but left intact key provisions on allowable driving time, Reuters reported. In a conference call, FMCSA Administrator John Hill said the agency was prepared to go to court to defend the rule.

The rewrite will not be finalized until the agency completes a 60-day comment and analysis period.

Companies affected by the rule include FedEx Corp., UPS Inc. and YRC Worldwide.

Consumer, labor and safety groups have successfully sued the Transportation Department's FMCSA twice since it adopted a new trucker rule in 2003. A 2004 appeals court ruled the government failed on procedural grounds and didn't demonstrate the role of fatigue and how the rule would affect driver health.

This week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a statement criticizing FMCSA's latest actions.

Institute President Adrian Lund said the agency "still believes the way to address the problem of fatigued drivers behind the wheels of big truck rigs is to allow them to drive even more hours than past rules allowed. This is contrary to what the appeals court told the agency, not once but twice, and it's contrary to what's rational."

The FMCSA released a statement of its own: "This proposal keeps in place hours-of-service limits that improve highway safety by ensuring that drivers are rested and ready to work," Hill said. "The data makes clear that these rules continue to protect drivers, make our roads safer and keep our economy moving."

The agency also said that in 2006, the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled was 1.94 --- the lowest rate ever recorded. Also, the agency said, since 2003 the percentage of large trucks involved in fatigue-related fatal crashes in the 11th hour of driving has remained below the average of the years 1991-2002.

Critics, however, have disputed the accuracy of these statistics.


On behalf of our Membership Committee I hoped all our Members had a very Happy New Year.

I encourage all Members to speak to their co-workers, friends, customers and anyone in the industry who may benefit from joining the Society. If anyone is interested they can contact me for a membership application.

Also, we are looking for recommendations for Member of the Month. If you know of anyone who has showed outstanding performance in the Industry you should send their name to me or Richard Chan.

Remember being a Member is important, but we must attend meetings to support the Society.

Thank you very much


I hope everyone likes the new look of our Newsletter! We have room for just a couple of ads if Member wants to advertise in the Newsletter. If any of our Members wish to replace their existing ad with a new color ad, please email me your ad copy to [email protected]


The January program will be given by Patrick Glennon, the President of Ethos Environmental East, LLC, who will also be sponsoring the cocktail hour. The program will be on their fuel reformulator which will help your vehicles run cleaner, get better fuel mileage, and help the environment.

The February program was scheduled to be given by Amsoil but they had to back out and have rescheduled to present at the May program. This means that after February we are booked until we take our summer break. We are now looking for someone to present the February program which just opened up. If anyone knows anyone that is interested in presenting a program, please contact me as this is the last opening until September.


I hope you are able to attend the Scholarships Awards Dinner this year. We will be awarding five $1000.00 scholarships to family members from our membership. We had 13 scholarships available but did not receive the applications to fill this year’s allocation. We are now accepting applications for the 2008 Society of Fleet Supervisors, Inc. Scholarship.


I hope everyone had a Happy New Year. I’m writing this in advance of the Annual Scholarships Awards Dinner and hope you were able to attend. I know everyone would have had a great time as always and I will post the winner of the 10,000 Bricks Ticket in the February Newsletter.

I am looking forward to and planning our next event which is the Annual Kiddy Picnic in June. If there is anyone interested in joining the Special Activities Committee to lend a hand, please call me.


No news is good news. I hope everyone had a great and safe Holiday Season.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes for our following Members and their spouses:
02/02 Marty Vavrinec
02/03 Sue Felicetta (Frank)
02/03 Joseph White
02/04 Lorraine Ferraro (George)
02/07 Patricia Harte (Tim)
02/07 Mario Mucciacciaro
02/10 Phil Dutot
02/10 Cynthia Huffmire (Leonard)
02/11 Dennis Roskop
02/13 Alan Klebanoff
02/14 Mariusz Czapicki
02/17 Lee Balazs (Louis)
02/17 Cathy Wyman (Kenneth)
02/18 Lyn Donato (John)
02/18 Emma Colageo (Joseph Milea)
02/19 Raymond Kearney
02/21 Joseph Valenti
02/22 Anthony Falconiere
02/23 William Misita
02/23 Rosalie Pepe (Peter)
02/24 Loucas Mastros
02/27 John Kantor


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