Diversified Labeling Solutions Now Offers Citation and Parking Supplies

July 30, 2020

Diversified Labeling Solutions Now Offers Citation and Parking Supplies


DLS Expands National Product Offering



These new products will leverage recent equipment acquisitions that allow for more efficient manufacturing of small label rolls and thermal print media. Products will include thermal print media such as custom citation rolls for mobile printers as well as pay-and-display/pay station rolls. DLS is also offering custom printed citation books and remittance envelopes.

Utilizing DLS’ extensive printing capabilities, citations and ticketing materials can be pre-printed with up to 10 colors to include branding such as logos or seals as well as remittance information, sequential numbering or security features.

Citation and pay station supplies will be distributed nationally from all five of DLS’ distribution centers, providing affordable and timely shipping options.

DLS’ OEM products will meet or exceed the specifications of the original equipment manufacturer, and custom citation and parking media will work with most makes and models of mobile printers and pay stations.

DLS are experts in thermal printing. They understand the unique environmental considerations of parking supplies and these products are designed to withstand exposure to direct sunlight, heat and moisture.

“We are very excited about the opportunities these new law enforcement and parking supplies offer our distributors,” says DLS CEO Jim Kersten. “These products also provide an opportunity for DLS to showcase our custom printing and small roll capabilities, while leveraging the thermal printing expertise of TSC.”

Potential markets for the new parking and citation product line include cities/municipalities, colleges/universities, hospitals and parking authorities.

A wholly owned subsidiary of TSC Auto ID Technology Co. Ltd., DLS has been a preferred B2B supplier of high-quality, custom-printed pressure sensitive labels since 1985. All products, from blank labels to full color high-definition labels, are produced utilizing the latest in flexographic and digital printing technologies. Exemplar of their motto “We only succeed when you do,” DLS’s dedicated team is passionate about labels and is willing to share their expertise with partnered distributors to help them grow their business. Located in five states and headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, DLS is well-situated to offer products to customers nationwide. To learn more about the dedicated team at DLS, its exceptional offerings and services, or to receive a quote in 3 hours or less, please visit teamdls.com or call 800.397.3013.


July 29, 2020







Miami, FL – March 4, 2020 –  In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the Miami Parking Authority (MPA) appointed Alejandra “Alex” Argudin as its next chief executive officer.

Alex becomes the first woman CEO of the MPA in more than six decades of its existence, Alex brings over 13 years of experience at the Authority, nine of which have been as Chief Operations Officer. In that capacity, she has led a number of forward-thinking initiatives that have positioned the Authority as a leader in the parking industry. One of the many initiatives that she shepherded includes the increase in the utilization of PayByPhone in Miami from about 23 percent five years ago to an impressive 93 percent adoption rate. This success story has placed the MPA as the leading parking organization in volume of PayByPhone transactions in all of North America.

“Alex’s unique vision, experience and transformational leadership style make her an excellent candidate to take the reins of the MPA at a time when advances in the industry are dramatically changing its operations,” said Dr. Thomas Jelke, Chairman of the Board.  “She is prepared and uniquely qualified to step seamlessly into the role as CEO after successfully managing the operations of the MPA for the past nine years.”

As COO of Operations, the department that fulfills the mission of the Authority, Alex has managed a staff of 150 and a budget of over $40 million.  More recently, she led the complex task of applying for, and winning, the prestigious Accredited Parking Organization (APO) Award and, subsequently, the APO with Distinction.  These awards, led by the IPMI, are presented solely to organizations that have excelled in all of the categories of parking operations.

“I am deeply honored by the trust the board has placed in my abilities to lead the MPA in very exciting times in our industry,” said Alex Argudin. “I will lead this organization, with the support of the board and our committed staff, with strength, transparency and conviction.”

She takes over the position as CEO immediately, following Art Noriega’s appointment as City of Miami Manager, who served as CEO for the past 20 years.

“I wholeheartedly applaud the board’s decision to select Alex as the next CEO of MPA,” said Art Noriega, former CEO and current Miami City Manager. “She is an extraordinary leader who will use her experience, knowledge and passion to successfully see the organization through the leading-edge changes that lie ahead.”

Alex is a graduate of Florida International University with both a B.A. and Master’s degrees in Business Administration. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Parking and Mobility Institute, where she serves as Treasurer. Additionally, she earned the Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) designation through IPMI as well as acquired her LEED AP designation from the Green Building Council.  Alex currently serves on the executive board of the WOW Center as their Treasurer.


About Miami Parking Authority
Miami Parking Authority, officially known as the Department of Off-Street Parking of the City of Miami, was created in 1955 by a Special Act of the Florida State Legislature and incorporated into the City of Miami’s Charter in 1968. MPA manages and develops on- and off-street parking in the City of Miami. It shares responsibility with the City of Miami Police Department and Miami-Dade County for enforcement of parking regulations. For more information, visit www.miamiparking.com.

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Honk and London International Airport Team Up to Offer Cashless Parking Experience

July 29, 2020


Honk and London International Airport Team Up to Offer Cashless Parking Experience




Drivers flying out of London International Airport can safely reserve and pay for parking from the palm of their hand




LONDON, ON, July 29, 2020 – Honk, North America’s leading provider of safe, contactless payments for parking, and London International Airport announced today a joint partnership to bring airport parking completely cashless. The cashless initiative demonstrates the strong commitment from both parties to create the safest and cleanest airport parking experience for travellers and airport staff. When paying with Honk, drivers have two ways to safely reserve and pay for airport parking via Honk’s touch-free payments: 1) Download the free HonkMobile app from the AppStore or Google Play, or 2) Access the eCommerce site at: www.honkmobile.com.

Strong parking safety measures have never been more important amidst COVID-19. The need to eliminate high-touch payment areas and create a healthier and more hygienic payment environment is at the core of this joint initiative. Travellers who drive to the airport now have the safest and easiest parking options available to them. Drivers can plan ahead and pay for parking right from their phone by downloading the HonkAPP from the AppStore or Google Play. Alternatively, they can easily reserve and pay by accessing www.honkmobile.com.

The HonkAPP has a large and active user base in Southern Ontario – and is the City of London’s official mobile parking app. Travellers can book up to 60 days in advance of travel. Once booked, Honk users will receive a barcode to scan upon entering and exiting the parking facility. Unforeseen flight delays or extended trips? Honk gives travellers the freedom and flexibility to extend their parking session from anywhere. Complete peace of mind.

“Being an easy and comfortable airport while maintaining the highest safety standards has always been important to us, which is why we’re excited to roll out cashless parking at London International Airport,” said Gerry Vanderhoek, Manager of Terminal Services and Passenger Experience, London International Airport. “Going cashless will make paying for parking easier, safer and quicker at London International, especially when using the Honk app!”

“Safe airport parking is now top of mind for every traveller,” said Michael Back, Honk President and CEO. “The first part of air travel is getting to the airport – we’re proud to equip London International Airport with a safe, clean, and accessible way for their travellers to start their journey.”

About London International Airport

London International Airport is located on the east boundary of London, ON; they currently offer flights to almost every major hub in Canada in addition to seasonal international flights to popular southern vacation destinations. London International’s easy and comfortable terminal is equipped with ACEs (Airport Comfort Enhancers) and low parking rates, offering passengers a convenient and stress free travel experience.

About HonkMobile

Honk is North America’s leading provider of safe, contactless payments for the parking industry. Since 2013, Honk has been creating touchless solutions to make paying for parking easier, faster and safer for drivers. Motorists can download the HonkAPP to search, find, pay for, and extend parking right from their phone or use HonkTAP contactless smart stations to safely pay for parking with a simple tap or scan of a mobile phone – no app download or pay station required. Honk is trusted by millions of drivers and is accepted at over 2,500 locations across Canada and the United States.

For information, interview and images, please contact:


Rachel Lemkow
Director, Marketing

Delta Scientific Hits Job # 10,000 

July 29, 2020

Delta Scientific Hits Job # 10,000

Over 40,000 Vehicle Barrier Systems Manufactured Since 1974

PALMDALE, CALIF. — Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that they have reached a milestone in achieving job number 10,000. That translates to over 9,800 wedge barricades, 1,100 gates, 5,300 beam barriers, 23,000 bollards and thousands of traffic spikes and gate arms. The first order was entered into the system in 1974 for what is now the Sabre Tooth Traffic Control with Tire Spikes that enforces “One Way” traffic flow for parking facilities or other single direction vehicle lanes.

Delta has been fortunate to be on the receiving end of several large contracts throughout their history. In August of 1998, Delta Scientific announced an $8 million order to produce barrier systems for United States embassies around the world. In June of 2004, it received a $25 million order from the U.S. Air Force and, in August of 2010, garnered a $19 million order to supply counter-terrorist vehicle barricades for the Forward Operating bases in Afghanistan.

“From our first days, it has always been the goal of Delta Scientific to help supply our clients with the best possible product solutions that meet their vehicle access control application needs,” affirms David Dickinson, president of Delta Scientific. “For instance, if one of our products doesn’t match the exacting security needs of the client, we will create a new product that does and produce it on budget and on time. We will then add it to our inventory of available products for all.”

As a result, Delta Scientific Corporation has become the world’s leading manufacturer of vehicle access control equipment with over 260,000 square feet of production facilities. Recognized as the industry innovator, with a bounty of patents, more than 40,000 Delta systems protect people and property in over 130 countries around the globe. Delta Scientific has now proudly conducted 65 live full-scale crash tests.

“Delta Scientific is the de-facto solution for perimeter security applications. We are the trusted brand in the industry,” states Greg Hamm, vice president of sales and marketing. With spare parts stocked and ready to ship daily, you can be assured that your Delta systems will always be operational. Delta’s technicians are available for installation and maintenance services as well as email and phone consultation. Product reliability, customer service and innovation are the standards that set Delta apart from the competition.”

About Delta Scientific

Delta Scientific Corporation is the leading manufacturer of vehicle access control equipment with over 260,000 square feet of production facilities in Palmdale, Calif.  Delta’s three product lines consist of high-security vehicle barricade systems, parking control equipment and guard booths.  Delta Scientific has been engineering and manufacturing vehicle access control equipment since 1974 and sells its products worldwide.
Corporate headquarters, equipment sales, systems engineering and technical service are located at 40355 Delta Lane, Palmdale, Calif. 93551. Phone is (661) 575-1100. Website is www.deltascientific.com.  Product installation and maintenance services are provided through Delta’s Tampa, Fla. office.

Village of Pelham, NY adds Passport Parking 

July 29, 2020

Village of Pelham, NY adds Passport Parking

Drivers use cashless payment option to pay on the go and easily manage parking sessions


Village of Pelham, N.Y. (July 29, 2020) — The Village of Pelham announces the launch of Passport Parking, a digital application that allows parkers the option of paying with their smartphones as an additional option to the traditional “coin-only” choice. With Passport Parking, the Village will manage all aspects of parking management, including digital permits and enforcement, under one operating system.


By providing a cashless, contactless payment option parkers can manage sessions safely and without the hassle of digging for quarters.


“The combination of Passport’s mobile app, citation management and digital permitting software has simplified the way parking is managed in our community.” said Cara Farrell, Village of Pelham Assistant to the Village Administrator. “We are excited for the future we share with Passport.”


Passport delivers the operating system that enables over 1,000 cities and universities to manage vehicle interactions on streets and sidewalks. Passport mobile pay apps are also available in other New York locations, such as the Cities of Albany, Rye, White Plains and Buffalo.


“We equip city leaders with the software they need to create more sustainable and equitable communities,” said Mollie Bolin, Passport sales executive. “With mobile pay for parking added to its operations, Village of Pelham can digitally coordinate its streetspace and offer a convenient payment option to its citizens.”


The Passport Parking app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at passportparking.com.

About Passport

Passport sets cities in motion, helping to create more livable, equitable communities. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport is a transportation software company, delivering the operating system that enables cities to manage vehicle interactions with streets and sidewalks. With Passport, city leaders increase convenience, efficiency and compliance today and tomorrow. Trusted by more than 1,000 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, and Miami, Passport is one of the fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists, and was named to Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2020. Passport is backed by Rho Capital Partners, H.I.G. Growth Partners, ThornTree Capital Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital, and Relevance Capital.

Yamaha Reveals All-New YDX-MORO All-Mountain e-Bikes

July 29, 2020

Yamaha Reveals All-New YDX-MORO All-Mountain e-Bikes




Yamaha’s First Full Suspension e-MTB will Feature New Motor, New Quad Sensor System, New Auto and Walk Modes, and Patent Pending Dual Twin™ Frame




CYPRESS, Calif., July 29, 2020  — Yamaha Bicycles is taking a massive leap into the all-mountain e-Bike segment today, announcing the coming of two new models. The YDX-MORO and YDX-MORO Pro models promise to deliver a new level of balanced power, performance and handling for riders on all types of e-mountain bike (e-MTB) trails.

With a full list of specs, components, pricing and availability to be announced in August, Yamaha is revealing select images and several key features of the all-new e-MTB models today, while also promoting an online giveaway at https://www.yamahabicycles.com/future-ebikes/.

Influenced by Yamaha’s unmatched experience in racing technology and e-Bike design, the all-new YDX-MORO and YDX-MORO Pro look and ride like no other e-MTB. Boasting an all-new PW-X2 drive unit, the bikes deliver the most natural feeling assist and ride experience thanks to a new proprietary Quad Sensor System, and include new Automatic, MTB and Walk Assist modes. The PW-X2 drive unit and new 500 watt-hour lithium-ion battery are secured in an all-new patent pending Dual Twin Frame™ design that delivers a superior combination of handling performance and durability, along with a new Horst link suspension design.

“This is the bike that Yamaha fans have been asking for, a full-suspension e-Bike crafted through a collaboration of Yamaha designers and engineers to create the best handling, best assist-feeling all-mountain e-Bike on the market, hands down,” said Drew Engelmann, Yamaha’s Power Assist Bicycle group sales and marketing manager. “Yamaha has designed a frame like no one else before, developed a new drive unit with all-new features, and, true to Yamaha’s engineering legacy, put together a total package that works so well together, it’s going to raise the bar for the all-mountain e-Bike segment from here forward. Yamaha just redefined the ‘all-mountain’ category – to ‘every mountain.’”

New PW-X2 Drive Unit; Natural Assist with New Modes and Power
Yamaha’s new PW-X2 drive unit is a compact and lightweight drive unit that delivers powerful, responsive and natural-feeling pedal assist. The smooth and natural assist is critical for MTB enthusiasts who demand a pure ride experience, and also appreciate the benefits of a pedal assist bike that allows them to ride farther and longer than other bikes.

The YDX-MORO models are Class 1 e-Bikes, delivering pedal assist up to 20 mph. They have five assist modes including Eco, Standard, High, new MTB mode, and EXPW. The new PW-X2 provides assist up to 120 rpm in Eco, Standard, High and MTB modes and 170 rpm in EXPW mode. The motor also adopts a new helical gear design, reducing noise output.

Key features connected to the PW-X2 motor on the YDX-MORO and YDX-MORO Pro include:

  • Quad Sensor System: The new Quad Sensor System adds an angle sensor to Yamaha’s existing Triple Sensor System, which measures pedaling torque, cadence and rolling speed of the bicycle.
  • Automatic mode: The new Quad Sensor System allowed Yamaha to develop a new Automatic mode for the YDX-MORO which, when engaged, seamlessly and automatically switches the support modes between Eco, Standard and High allowing the rider to focus on the trail and not their power assist levels.
  • Walk Assist: Also new on a Yamaha Power Assist Bicycle, Walk Assist provides a slight power assist for riders to walk their bike through difficult terrain or challenging sections.
  • New MTB Mode: Created to provide a direct response feeling according to the rider’s pedaling force. MTB mode is especially suited for off-road riding such as tight corners and when riding tight-line trails.
  • New EXPW Mode: now provides assist up to 170 rpm, which is especially helpful in technical sections and on steep climbs when beginning from a stop and a fast movement pedal rotation is often needed to get started again.

Patent Pending Dual Twin Frame; Combining Performance and Durability
The YDX-MORO’s Dual Twin Frame is the first ever bike frame to feature a split design on both the top and down tubes. Allowing for a reduced saddle height and stand over height, the unique design ensures frame rigidity while optimizing weight balance.

This new design elevates the MORO’s handling characteristics while also increasing durability by cradling the battery and rear shock in a cage-like configuration. Placed in a floating docking station, the battery is more easily changed (compared to being captured inside the frame) and is protected from vertical twisting. Yamaha’s design employs a steep angle downtube design which moves the battery rearward to keep weight centered under the rider improving the handling of the bike.

By tucking the rear shock into the twin tube frame construct, riders gain the benefit of more clearance when standing over the bike, while also keeping the bike’s center of gravity low to help with cornering and maneuverability.

Within this exclusive frame design, the drive unit is rotated in alignment with the downtube angle – better aligned with the axel path and the ground. The drive unit simply fits better within the frame than competing models. Placed more vertically in the frame, flex is decreased, clearance is increased, and the rear center measurement is shortened, keeping the chain stay short. Because the drive unit is in a fixed position in the frame, it is tucked in and tracks with the frame while cornering.

Yamaha’s First Ever Dual Suspension e-MTB; Balanced Ride and Handling
The YDX-MORO’s geometry was designed to deliver big hit capability with short travel feel and improve rider control when tackling obstacles on the trail. With a neutral rider position and low center of gravity, the bike’s new Horst link suspension is fully active regardless of the rider’s input. Whether pedaling or braking, the horizontally positioned rear suspension provides traction to the trail, predictable feeling in corners, and a connected feeling to the ground even over rough terrain, allowing for aggressive riding with predictably fun handling. The long and low geometry also allows the rider to navigate down steeper trails without losing traction on the front end of the bike.

The horizontal positioning of the rear shock results in a reduced saddle height, lower stand-over height, and makes it easier to put a foot down (similar to MX-style riding) while navigating obstacles.

“The all-new YDX-MORO models represent the forward thinking, design capability, legendary performance, and manufacturing quality the Yamaha brand is known for delivering across multiple outdoor recreation segments in the U.S. and around the world,” said Rob Trester, who leads the Yamaha Power Assist Bicycle group in the U.S. “The all-mountain category is one of the fastest growing segments in e-Bikes, and the YDX-MORO and YDX-MORO Pro are ready to capture the excitement and passion of riders and Yamaha’s bicycle retail partners.”

The all-new YDX-MORO will be available in Desert Yellow and the YDX-MORO Pro will be available in Podium Blue/Nickel.

Yamaha is the pioneering leader in e-Bikes, and the YDX-MORO models represent the latest innovations in the brand’s ever expanding e-Bike lineup. Yamaha launched the world’s first electrically power assisted bicycle in 1993, and is the only manufacturer with 27-years of experience designing complete e-Bikes from frame to motor. Recently, the brand also launched the new Civante road bike, which is Yamaha’s first U.S. model offered in the Class 3 category.

Yamaha Power Assist Bicycles is part of the Smart Power Vehicle Division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. The Yamaha Bicycles lineup includes a variety of power assist bicycles for fitness, fun, commuting and serious recreation. View Yamaha’s full line of Power Assist Bicycles at www.YamahaBicycles.com and find a local retailer at Yamaha’s dealer locator.

To receive future updates on Yamaha’s YDX-MORO models, along with its full power assist bicycles lineup, follow Yamaha Bicycles on social media at www.instagram.com/YamahaBicycles, www.facebook.com/YamahaBicycles, www.twitter.com/YamahaBicycles. #YDXMORO and #YamahaBicycles

About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.

YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida) and Kracor Systems (Wisconsin), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).

For more information about Yamaha, visit Yamaha-Motor.com.

Greg Sellick joins TEZ as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

July 28, 2020



Greg Sellick joins TEZ as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO)



Greg brings to TEZ tremendous experience of the parking sector and client organizations. Most recently, Greg was the VP of Finance at Lanier Parking & AmeriPark, LLC of Citizens Lanier Holdings, the premier parking operator in the South Eastern US. Greg led the finance organization and performed a key role in the merger between HPS and SoftBank in 2018. He has also held senior financial leadership roles with Red Book Connect, LLC and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Ken Lovegreen, CEO, commented: “We’re excited that Greg joined our leadership team at TEZ. His appointment further strengthens our senior management team while we focus on financial disruption due to COVID-19 challenges now but look forward to the future, advancing our ambitious growth plans for the business over the coming years.”

“TEZ is an established innovator at the forefront of the most critical innovations and initiatives in the parking and hospitality industries,” said Sellick. “At this time of unprecedented change and opportunity, I am honored to be joining TEZ and look forward to creating a more connected, contactless future.”

In his role as CFO (Master of Coin) at TEZ, Greg will oversee the company’s financial functions, strategic planning, and accounting staff.

“With his strong financial acumen, strategic business sense and industry-specific business experience, Greg is a perfect fit for our agile, mobile focused culture. Through his leadership, we expect to achieve our long-term corporate financial goals and grow into a global brand,” Lovegreen continued.

About TEZ:

TEZ is a pioneering software developer that creates cloud-based, app-free mobile solutions to enhance end-user customer experiences in the parking and hospitality industries. By digitizing service, operators and owners speed up service and streamline operations, generating more revenue.  Founded in 2011 by the team that created and patented market-disrupting restaurant paging systems in 1993, TEZ develops innovative and simple mobile technology solutions that offer operators real-time reporting, enforcement tools and a comprehensive audit trail to maximize accountability and profitability in a simple SaaS interface. TEZ platforms facilitated more than 18,000,000 transactions throughout the US and Latin America last year. For more information, follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook or visit tezhq.com.

Latest Fleet Advantage Industry Benchmark Survey Shows the Impact Older Trucks Have on Safety, Repair Costs and Fuel Economy

July 28, 2020





Latest Fleet Advantage Industry Benchmark Survey Shows the Impact Older Trucks Have on Safety, Repair Costs and Fuel Economy




Only 8 Percent of Fleets Leveraging Full-Service Lease Agreements




FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (July 28, 2020) – Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and lifecycle cost management today announced results of its latest fleet industry benchmarking survey showing the impact new safety technologies have had on transportation fleets, how many fleets are still driving older-model trucks, and the leading reasons motivating upgrade decisions. The survey also shows the continued low demand for electric and autonomous trucks. Click here to see the full infographic.

Fleets with Newer Trucks Benefit from More Advanced Safety Features

According to the benchmark survey, 71% of transportation fleets have implemented blind spot mirrors as advanced safety features, while 66% have implemented front and rear disc brakes. The survey also showed that 11% of transportation fleets estimate they have saved more than $1 million in crash avoidance by upgrading to newer trucks with advanced safety features. These types of safety technologies have led to safer roads for drivers, passengers and other motorists, and have lowered accident costs. This is especially important since trucking fatalities recently reached the highest level in the past 30 years, with the average cost of each heavy-duty truck crash reaching $17.5 million (1).

As fleets begin to realize these benefits, additional statistics prove new safety technology aided in roadway safety, reduced accidents and improved Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) scores(2). Sixty-one percent have implemented forward-facing cameras, and 53% implemented lane departure warning systems. While forward-facing cameras may not specifically prevent an accident from happening, this technology is helping to lower the overall costs involved in accidents and litigation. A University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study(3) found that car drivers were assigned contributing factors in 81% of crashes involving large trucks, versus only 27% for professional drivers. Forward-facing cameras help offer critical evidence that protects truck drivers in these instances.

Maintenance & Repair Is a Another Significant Reason for Truck Replacement

The bottom line continues to drive many upgrade decisions, and fleet executives are paying closer attention to the costs associated with servicing an aging vehicle. Fifty-five percent of fleets said escalating maintenance and repair costs (M&R), and 47.3% of fleets said improved fuel economy are leading motivating factors for upgrading to newer trucks. This is consistent with the last few years when M&R (40%) and fuel (36.7%) were also top motivating factors. Other factors included driver retention and improved corporate image.

“There remains a distinct correlation between aging trucks resulting in higher service and repair costs, as well as reduced fuel economy,” Said John Flynn, CEO of Fleet Advantage. “This survey tells us that many fleets see these as critical areas in not only operating their fleets, but also the impact they have on an organization’s bottom line.”

Full-Service Leasing Remains Unpopular

Fleets continue to procure trucks in a variety of ways including unbundled leasing, financing of new equipment as well as used vehicles, but only 8% are entering into a full-service lease agreement for their trucks.

Electric & Autonomous Trucks Remain on the Sidelines

While there have been more news headlines discussing electric and hydrogen fuel cell Class-8 trucks, 30% said they do not see these widely in service for another 10 years (a year ago, 36% said they would not be widely used for another 10 years). Another 62% pointed to the same time frame for autonomous trucks. In fact, only 3% of survey respondents believe autonomous trucks will be widely used by fleets within the next three years.

Helping Companies Replace Older Trucks In a Financially Responsible Manner

Despite all the advanced technology included in new trucks, the survey showed that roughly 50% of fleets utilize 2017 and older models (some fleets have as many as 3,000 trucks older than 2017 models). To help fleets upgrade while also preserving their current financial situation, Fleet Advantage recently launched a new Sale-Leaseback program designed to infuse cash and flexibility into transportation fleets. The company developed this program to help fleet organizations substitute for lost revenues during the current COVID-19 pandemic while giving them an opportunity to upgrade into newer trucks.

“These latest trends are an indication that more fleets are in need of innovative, flexible, and reliable programs that can help them replace their aging trucks with newer units,” added Flynn.

Click here to see the complete infographic of the survey.

About Fleet Advantage

Fleet Advantage has over $1 Billion of assets under management and serves America’s top truck fleets and guarantees the absolute lowest cost of operation by providing truck and trailer financing with matching proprietary data driven IT processes and fleet analytics, using the latest equipment technology to achieve optimum vehicle productivity and maximum safety. Fleet Advantage is ranked as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in the state of Florida and the fastest growing independent truck lessor in the U.S.  In 2018, Fleet Advantage was ranked the 9th Top Private Independent from Monitor Daily; and in 2015 and 2013, the company was named to Inc. magazines’ 500|5000 list of fastest growing companies in the nation.  In 2011, CEO John Flynn received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2011 Florida – Emerging Category award.


The Ocean Discovery Institute in San Diego, California Deploys Solar Tree® Products From Envision Solar as Part of its Net Zero Sustainability Program

July 28, 2020



The Ocean Discovery Institute in San Diego, California Deploys Solar Tree® Products From Envision Solar as Part of its Net Zero Sustainability Program


SAN DIEGO, July 28, 2020  — Envision Solar International, Inc., (Nasdaq: EVSI, EVSIW) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading producer of unique and sustainable infrastructure products for electric vehicle charging, energy security and outdoor media announced today that Baker Electric deployed two of the company’s Solar Tree® solar-powered sustainable infrastructure products for the Ocean Discovery Institute (“ODI”) in San Diego. ODI empowers young people from underserved urban communities to transform their lives, their community and our world as science and conservation leaders.

Envision Solar has been installing Solar Tree® products since 2008 for organizations like McDonalds, Dell, Kohl’s and San Diego Gas and Electric. Envision’s new generation of Solar Tree® products with on-board battery storage and the same ARC Technology used in the Company’s EV ARC™ products, are designed to provide charging for electric buses, electric heavy-duty vehicles, electric agricultural equipment, public transportation and growing electric vehicle options in the construction industry. Solar Tree® DCFC products do not require a connection to the utility grid and will continue to fuel vital vehicles during grid failures and provide an emergency source of power to first responders or others.

“With companies like Tesla, Daimler/Freightliner and Cummins bringing all-electric heavy-duty semi-trucks to market and with laws being passed in California and Europe, we believe the demand for sustainable heavy-duty EV charging infrastructure products will increase dramatically in the coming years,” said Envision Solar CEO Desmond Wheatley. “This new generation Solar Tree product will serve electric vehicles in the shipping, transportation, construction and agriculture industries.”

In a move to tackle climate change, California will require manufacturers to sell more electric trucks starting in 2024. The measure, approved unanimously in June by the California Air Resources Board, says that by 2045 all new trucks sold in the state should be zero-emissions. Electrification of heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) can provide simultaneous gains in freight efficiency, emissions reductions and performance improvements. Class 3-8 trucks represent a disproportionate contribution to emissions; they are 5% of vehicles on US roads yet produce 28% of vehicle emissions. Government regulations from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) are mandating GHG (greenhouse gas) reductions further spurring future growth in the electrification of HDVs.


About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, produces and sells unique and patented sustainable infrastructure products for electric vehicle charging, energy security and outdoor media, including the EV ARC™ and the Solar Tree® with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ solar Electric Vehicle Charging, ARC™ technology energy storage, and EnvisionMedia™ solar advertising displays.

Based in San Diego, the company produces Made in America products. Envision Solar is listed on the Nasdaq CM under the symbols EVSI and EVSIW. For more information visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (858) 799-4583. Follow us on social media to keep up with the latest news: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Not Mission Statements, but Mission Questions

July 27, 2020





Not Mission Statements, but Mission Questions 




“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” – Louis D. Brandeis



Parking Industry never gives up!  As ParkNews.biz press releases and news show, we are moving forward.  We don’t do mission statements but mission questions: How can we serve better, create jobs, get people parking and making parking non event?  And how can we use the wins of others to motivate ourselves and be the change we want to see?


Here are some successes from this past week:


Smarking and Wen Sang hosted a fantastic panel Webinar on July 21st, 2020.  Wen Sang rocks as a host of zoom panels.  He is a master or of questions and there is art to asking questions.  Have you tried lately creating a culture of inquiry in your company?  Wen does that in Parking Industry.  Thank you Wen.  The panelists of the Webinar were : • PaybyPhone: Adam Kriegel VP of Sales, East • Parkmobile: Jeff Perkins, CMO and Head of Product • HonkMobile: Kacey Siskind, Senior Vice President • Parkonect: Harlan Karp, Founding Partner • JustPark: Hannah Fuller, Head of Parking Partnerships • ParkHub: Geoffrey Byers, Chief Product Officer • GetmyParking: Chirag Jain, Founder & CEO • ZipBy: Brooks Ellis, President • TEZ: Geremy Rodamer, Director of Concepts • Smarking: Cassius Jones, Head of National Accounts.  From all of them the one who valued the manner of questioning most was Harlan Karp.  He asked albeit all the technology is great and necessary, how do we get occupancy levels up and people parking?



JuiceBar is thriving.  More and more people are interested in buying EVs.  The infrastructure of EVs in parking structures, parking lots and on street, make the ownership of an electric car even more appealing.  And yes, we are going to be driving more I see it in my crystal ball.  Thus, JuiceBar has launched an innovative line of chargers that deliver the safest and fastest electric vehicle charging experience and which do not require network servicing agreements.  Now is the time for cities and municipalities, universities, shopping venues and other to gear up with these chargers.


QR codes are going bananas!  Yes, you can pay for parking with a QR code via Flowbird Strada Pay Stations as well as their app in Las Vegas.  You can also find and reserve parking and EV charging.  Once again Brandy Stanley refuses to be complacent and is determined to create the best parking experience for Las Vegas visitors and locals alike.


We are better together than alone unequivocally.  Thus partnerships thrive, as shown on ParkNews.biz by APS and EnSight Technologies in installing EnSight’s camera-based parking guidance solutions for the US Navy Headquarters in San Diego.


Since contactless and touchless is the MO these days, PayByPhone and ParkMobile apps are becoming the way to pay for parking.  PayByPhone launched in Fort Lee, NJ, Cleveland, OH and Wellesley, MA.  ParkMobile entered partnership with EasyPark throughout Canada.  Passport is now in Hamilton, Ontario.


However, apps or not, dig out your spare change from your pockets and feed those meters.  We need circulations of these coins since it is reaching into our own “clay jars” for our treasures and spending them freely, gets this parking business and economy going.   Drive, spend, create or at least ride your bike.  Yes, the sales of the latter are through the roof!


See you next week,

Astrid Ambroziak


Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director PT













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