Jim Mele


Nationally recognized journalist, author and editor, Jim Mele joined Fleet Owner in 1986 with over a dozen years’ experience covering transportation as a newspaper reporter and magazine staff writer. Fleet Owner Magazine has won over 45 national editorial awards since his appointment as editor-in-chief in 1999.

Both publicly and privately, large truckload carriers are saying that the only way they can continue to profit from tight freight capacity is to find
Hino Hybrid Coming to North America 10
Two Hino 165 conventional Class 4 trucks powered by a diesel/electric hybrid system will be arriving in the U.S. next month
Drivers bottleneck on growth
High diesel prices and the uncertain costs of meeting 2007 diesel emissions requirements shouldn't derail the trucking industry's current robust economic
Qualcomm launches new trailer tracking
The long awaited untethered trailer tracking system from Qualcomm Inc. has been officially introduced with the announcement that Schneider National has
Get it right
Like most people who have some experience with trucking, I thought the revised hours-of-service (HOS) rules that went into effect in January were a solid
GE Launches Telematics Group
LAS VEGAS— A new telematics technology center of excellence at the GE Global Research Center will lead "an enormous initiative across the entire company," according to Dr. Joseph Salvo, manager of the pervasive decisioning laboratory at the Niskayuna, NY, R&D facility
First reactions
Just when the economy has loosened its chokehold on business, it looks like trucking has been hit with a triple whammy a severe driver shortage, chaos
what's new in: Fifth wheels
Value in a fifth wheel is directly related to application - find the right fifth wheel for your specific application, and you'll get the best performance
Driver Shortage Bottlenecks Growth
Anaheim, CA.— High diesel prices and the uncertain costs of meeting 2007 diesel emissions requirements shouldn’t derail the trucking industry’s current robust economic growth, but a shortage of drivers could, according to a panelist speaking at the International Trucking Show
Because we can
Everyone recognizes the major issues facing trucking today the 2007 emissions deadline, the hours-of-service uncertainty and the persistent driver shortage.
VOIP: A Fad or the Future?
Open any general interest magazine, newspaper or web site and chances are there's another story about the wonders of Voice Over Internet Protocol, or
State association offers toll/bypass tag
While it's technically feasible to use just one RFID transponder tag for the major automated toll collection and weigh-station bypass systems, registering
Here we go again
Just as we were sending the final pages of this issue to the printer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court dropped a bombshell
fleets online
COMPANY: Ace Relocation Systems San Diego, CA OPERATION: Household Goods Carrier Stan Aikman, director of operations Problem: As an agent for Atlas Van
Kit Converts Trucks to Extended-Life Coolant
Heavy-duty diesels can be switched from standard coolant to organic-based extended life coolant without completely draining and refilling the cooling
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