Automotive Fleet

DEC 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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STRATEGIES TO MANAGE While it's almost impossible to completely eliminate parking tickets, toll violations, and red-light-camera infractions, it is possible to limit the negative effect they have on feets and the companies they serve. BY CHRIS WOLSKI P arking tickets, toll violations, and red-light camera infractions are often seen as the cost of doing business. And, these costs are on the rise. According to data from American Trafc Solutions (ATS), between 2007 and 2012 there was a roughly 50-percent increase in feet violation volumes. In fact, according to ATS, tolls, parking, and photo enforcement account for more than 95 percent of the vehicle-issued violation volume impacting feets. For feets, the majority (56 percent) of these infractions come in the form of tolls, AT A GLANCE Effectively managing vehicle violations have several benefts for feets and drivers alike, including: ● Reducing feet liability. ● Saving money. ● Adding operational transparency. ● Increasing driver accountability. ● Returning due process to the driver by allowing him or her to pursue legal remediation. 48 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I DECEMBER 2013 22 percent in parking violations, 12 percent from red-light cameras, and 8 percent from speeding cameras. Te potential bottom-line costs are staggering. In 2011 alone, for instance, Washington, D.C., collected $92.6 million in parking fnes; an increase of $12 million from 2010, according to a report in the Washington Post. Te increase in costs is related to an increase in fne amounts. ATS estimated the average feet violation fne is $74 per violation. Spread that across several hundred or thousand vehicles and the costs will add up quickly. What complicates the issue with violations, and makes enforcement for a feet and/ or its feet management company trickier is that these violations are issued not to the driver, but to the vehicle, according to Adam Draizin, president of feet services for ATS. Tis causes certain complications for feets. "When it comes to vehicle-issued tickets, the owner of the vehicle – either the feet or feet management company – is liable for the violation. Many times, the feet or FMC will pay the violation right away to avoid penalties or registrations holds. It is then up to FLEET VIOLATION BREAKDOWN The Impact of Technology Other 2% Red-Light (camera) 12% Speeding (camera) 8% Tolls 56% Parking 22% SOURCE: ATS Between 2007 and 2012, feet violations increased roughly 50 percent, according to ATS. Most of the violations came from tolls, which can be relatively easy to contain with automated technology. the feet to determine which driver was responsible for the ticket and then fgure out how to get the fne and any other fees from the driver – a time-consuming process that is ofen unsuccessful," he said.

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