Aaron Marsh

Senior Editor,
Fleet Owner

Growing up in upstate New York, Aaron loved to tinker with automobiles and their engines, gaining a base of mechanical understanding. He spent a decade working in Washington, D.C., around Congress and regulatory activity, writing for businesses and others trying to navigate those waters, and later covered Connecticut communities. He has been recognized both for his pen and camera covering issues ranging from transportation to health care to courts. He joined the Fleet Owner staff in July 2015.

EPA's emissions 'cheating' allegations untrue, FCA says
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has denied that certain of its model year 2014-2016 Ram 1500 pickups and Jeep Cherokee SUVs with diesel engines violate emissions requirements. The automaker's response came promptly yesterday after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the violation notice it sent FCA.
Old Man Winter and eight more reasons to consider TPMS in your trucks
Winter is a perfect time to think about a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) for your trucks—that c-c-cold isn't very conducive to d-d-drivers wanting to check tire pressures. And here are eight more reasons to consider a TPMS now.
Balancing privacy and safety  1

With regulations as the catalyst, changes are on the way for the records trucking companies keep, including a new national information data­base and electronic logging devices, or ELDs, and related files and documentation. Regulations are also bringing new filing processes and already allow for digital record changeovers instead of controlled-access file cabinets holding papers for various lengths of time.

What makes for a top truck technician
Fleets and trucking companies today compete just as much for good technicians as they do in the constant search for drivers. Fleet Owner spoke with some of the best techs around for insight on what makes them tick: why'd they become a truck technician, what's good, what isn't?
Proposed rule would mandate, standardize 'V2V' vehicle-speak
Vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V, technology — one of the promising new possibilities taking shape as part of "smart cities" or "smart infrastructure" — took a step today toward becoming not an if but a when under an NHTSA proposed rule.
A day at Flying J

Truck stops are constantly trying to add more amenities while tweaking the ones they already have to win more business from drivers and fleets alike. That includes everything from adding more fresh food items to natural gas refueling spots plus tire and light maintenance services. Fleet Owner recently visited Flying J's San Antonio, TX, facility to see how such efforts translate into reality. (All photos by Aaron Marsh for Fleet Owner)

Love's picks up the expansion pace

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores had a big year in 2016, opening 47 new locations in 20 states, which added more than 3,000 new truck-parking spaces and 220 showers to its network, and as of now, Love’s hopes to add 3,100 more parking spaces in 2017.

Get toys to all the kids on Earth (or get through a truck driver's day)
Urgh, now there's a logistics challenge: zip around bringing presents to all the children on the planet in a single night. But is that really any more daunting than the job truck drivers face every day?
Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner
Tech Rodeo 2016: This year's best of the best
Capping off the Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo last week was an awards gala featuring famed NASCAR driver Tony Stewart that showcased 38 winning technicians from around the country. This year's all-around champ was Lucas Manlief of Rush Truck Center - Indianapolis.
Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner
Going green: Finalist techs troubleshoot trucks
SAN ANTONIO. This is the money round: the herd thins and not everyone gets a finalist shirt — which was green this year — for the last round of the Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo. Technicians gave it their best once again before winners were announced later Tuesday.
Competition floor: Techs compete to see who's best
SAN ANTONI. Top technicians from Rush Truck Centers hit the competition floor for the initial rounds of the company's 11th Tech Skills Rodeo.
Fixing dents, painting parts at Tech Rodeo body shop competition
SAN ANTONIO. Body shop technicians tested their skills hammering out dents, prepping and painting truck body parts and more yesterday in the start of the annual Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo.
Aaron Marsh/ Fleet Owner
Return to the Alamo: Which techs come out on top?
Fleet Owner returns to San Antonio, TX this weekend for the Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo. Which techs will come out on top in 2016? It's the annual shootout as the competition gets more and more technical. Watch the guys get into and under trucks to find what needs fixing.
Spec'ing trucks for young and old 

For some years now, the concern that’s topped the list for many fleets and trucking companies has been getting and keeping the best drivers—sometimes even just having enough of them. High turnover rates are disruptive and costly. As fleets look for whatever gives them an advantage, it makes perfect sense to consider the truck itself: It’s the other part of the driver job title. If there’s one piece of equipment a truck driver relies on and deals with most—even forms a bond with—is there any question as to what that is?

Who’s driving the limit? 

Listening to truck drivers’ responses and concerns since the U.S. Dept. of Transportation proposed mandatory speed limiters on all new heavy trucks, something pretty obvious occurred to me: None of us is driving the speed limit.

Even the cool-minded, sensible ones know you can do a good 5 to 7, maybe 10 mph over and not worry about getting a ticket. And that’s pretty tame. When someone jokes that they’ve “got a bit of a lead foot,” we smirk. We brag about this and openly flout speed limits, which you can argue are often set very conservatively.

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