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.

Lost cause
Opposition to black box recorders for commercial trucks just won't go away. The problem is much of that opposition is based on misinformation, outmoded
ArvinMeritor says patent ruling won’t stop transmission
Pointing out that a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled against 75 of 76 claims of patent infringement involving the ZF FreedomLine transmission, ArvinMeritor Inc. and its partner in the transmission model, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, say they fully expect to continue offering their automated heavy-duty transmission in North America
Clemson to hold tire conference
The 21st annual tire industry conference sponsored by Clemson University will include sessions on new truck tire design and technology, as well as updates on retreading and tire recycling
Drivers the brake
Business seems to be okay, says Randy Marten, president of the Mondovi, WI, truckload carrier Marten Transport Ltd. Outsiders might characterize that
And they're off
The starting bell has rung, and the race for more drivers is on. The year's first major pay increase for drivers has been announced by Schneider National,
WIRELESS: The New Generation
EV-DO, EDGE, GPRS, 1XRTT, UMTS, 3G, 4G, CDMA, GSM, iDEN it's called wireless communications, but sometimes it seems more like a Tower of Babel than a
U.S. Xpress, FP&L, Nestle Waters named Fleets of the Year
Created and presented by the editors of Fleet Owner to recognize innovative management and outstanding business achievements in the trucking industry, the 2004 Fleet of the Year Awards have been presented to U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc., Nestle Waters North America Inc., and Florida Power & Light
Hino hybrid headed here
Two Hino 165 conventional Class 4 trucks powered by a diesel/electric hybrid system will be arriving in the U.S. next month. The trucks will be used to
Emissions, safety headline Tokyo show
Hybrids, diesel emissions technology and active safety systems were the common theme for truck manufacturers at the 38th Tokyo Motor Show last month.
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
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