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.

ATA floats anti-terror plan
Attempting to stay out ahead of Federal regulators charged with securing U.S. transportation networks from terror attacks, the American Truck Assns. has
Numbers tell the story
There are many things in this life that we intuitively know to be true even though we can't offer any verifiable proof. Since FLEET OWNER is a business
Taming fuel costs
Fuel prices never seem to stay low for long, and the latest downward price cycle is clearly over. Political instability in the Middle East, combined with
First Fleet adopts telematics system
Full-service leasing company First Fleet Corp. says it will begin fitting its trucks and tractors with the eTechnician diagnostic and telematics system
Managing IT Choices
The point of creating budgets is to help focus spending priorities so limited capital and manpower can be used to best advantage. When it comes to information
Oct. '02, Part Two
If you're basing new equipment plans on the hope that the Federal government will deliver a last-minute reprieve from the October deadline for new engine
Cat will have engines in October
LOUISVILLE, KY – Caterpillar will “absolutely” continue supplying truck makers with diesel engines after the October 2002 deadline for stricter Federal
Aether takes over Highway Master service
Tripling the size of its truck fleet customer base, Aether Systems Inc. will assume responsibility for the Highway Master Series 5000 wireless data communications
EPA says Cummins ’02 diesel meets standards
The Cummins ISX diesel engine “meets all applicable standards and requirements” for Oct., 2002 emissions standards, according to the EPA. In a letter
Diagnostic suite for the service bay
Integrating diagnostic software from major heavy-duty truck and component manufacturers in a single platform, the PC Integrated Diagnostics suite from
Hand-held diagnostic tool for trailer brakes
Designed to troubleshoot trailer ABS, including new systems using multiplexing power line carrier (PLC) technology, Brake-Link is a handheld diagnostic
Air dryer integrates valves
The Bendix AD-IS air dryer lowers weight, reduces leak potential and eases installation with a modular design that incorporates a variety of charging
Volvo launches wireless service
The first integrated two-way communications system offered by a heavy-truck manufacturer was announced by Volvo Trucks North America at the annual meeting
Eaton commits to hybrid electric for trucks
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Eaton Corp. says it intends to become a major supplier of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technology for commercial truck applications.
Denso adds HD starter
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL – Denso will begin offering a compact, lightweight planetary gear reduction starter for Class 8 trucks this summer. The company is
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