FLEETS FLASH II: Drama Notes

Posted on August 24, 2009 by - Also by this author

AN ERROR, A FALSE ACCUSATION, AND AN EXPLANATION: Dish of the day on LCT's Black Book: 100 LARGEST FLEETS:

Cooper Atlanta Transportation Inc. owns all 52 of its vehicles and employs all chauffeurs; the company was incorrectly listed on the Independent Operator section of the 100 LARGEST FLEETS LIST in the August 2009 issue. LCT received bad information from trusted sources. A correction will run in the October print edition of LCT Magazine. . . .

The first complainer to accuse a company on the 2009 list of falsely reporting fleet numbers turned out to be a bit hasty and has had to admit to the listed company it was wrong. Once again, someone did not look at the entire public record, and only counted the owned vehicles that the company has registered -- not the I.O. portion of the fleet registered under other names/companies. Just to reiternate, the owned/leased portion of the 100 Largest Fleets List means the companies must own and/or lease ALL vehicles; the I.O. portion of the list includes companies that are either all I.O.s or hybrids, meaning they own some vehicles and exclusively contract for others in their fleets. . . .

Finally, this is the first year that LCT has split the list between owned/leased and IO. This was in response to repeated, sustained outrage among operators who owned their vehicles being lumped together with those that contract for them. We even had operators with a handful of owned vehicles asserting they were more legitimate than operators who contract for and manage hundreds of vehicles under their company names. This debate can be argued every which way, but LCT asserts a divided list brings more clarity and fairness to categorizing fleets -- Martin Romjue, LCT editor

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