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Truck Fleets Missing Opportunities to Cut Accident Costs, CEI’s Luann Dunkerley Tells Executives

Trevose, PA, January 27, 2012 – The trucking industry may be missing opportunities to reduce the cost of accidents by millions of dollars.  That’s the message Luann Dunkerley, CEI’s manager of business development for truck fleet services, told a gathering of private truck fleet executives in Jacksonville, Florida last week.

 Ms. Dunkerley made the remarks at a meeting of the National Private Truck Council Institute’s safety committee on Friday, January 20. A veteran of the trucking industry, including a career of more than 20 years at Ryder System, Inc, Ms. Dunkerley was named to the Institute’s board of governors last year.

 Ms. Dunkerley said that even among the most advanced truck fleets, a significant percentage of collision repair expenses aren’t traced to documented accidents.  “A number of fleets don’t track incidents for small damages, but they can add up to a big number,” she said, citing the example of one major fleet that doesn’t track damages below $325.


According to figures released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in 2009 property damage-only collisions cost commercial vehicle operators $5 billion, or about $15,000 per accident. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” she said.

 Dunkerley said that keeping cumulative records of minor damage, like broken mirrors or cracked bumpers, could alert fleet managers to change to equipment more resistant to damage.… Read more

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CEI Employees Gave $1,500 for Children’s Holiday Gifts

Trevose, PA, January 20, 2012 – Employees of the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) raised more than $1,500 in cash and gifts to make the recent winter holidays brighter for disadvantaged area children.

The donations included $835 in cash and more than $700 in new toys, dolls, games and electronics to Bethanna, a children’s charitable organization based in Southampton, PA. It was the fifth year that CEI employees played Santa Claus for children supported by Bethanna, including orphans, adopted and foster children. For more information about the charity, visit

CEI employs some 200 people at its Bucks County, PA headquarters. CEI’s “Fish Team,” a volunteer employee activity committee, collected the gifts through its annual “Project Good Cheer,” featuring raffles, a 50/50 drawing and a grab-bag of holiday wish lists from Bethanna children themselves.

About The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI)

CEI is a leading provider of technology-enhanced vehicle accident, driver safety and fleet risk management services. Its provider network consists of some 4,000 collision repair shops in North America, and includes nearly 900 truck collision repair centers. Its customers include self-insured, commercial, institutional and government fleets, directly and through alliances with fleet leasing companies. CEI also provides vehicle direct repair program outsourcing to leading property and casualty insurance companies.… Read more

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CEI’s Luann Dunkerley to Address Trucking Executives on Controlling Accident Costs

TREVOSE, PA, January 16, 2012 – Luann Dunkerley, CEI manager of corporate business development for truck and service fleets, will deliver a presentation to the safety committee of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) later this week titled, “Mitigating Truck Crash Expenses”.

Ms. Dunkerley will speak at the committee’s January 20 meeting at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville Florida after attending the National Private Truck Council Institute’s board of governors meeting the previous day.

CEI provides collision management support services to heavy- and medium-duty truck fleets through a managed network of some 900 truck body repair shops across the United States and Canada. Ms. Dunkerley, a veteran of the truck fleet industry, was elected to the NPTC Institute board of governors last year.

About NPTC

The National Private Truck Council is the trade organization of private motor carrier fleets, which account for more than 2 million, or 82 percent of the medium- and heavy-duty trucks registered in the United Sates. Its members include a broad cross-section of America’s Fortune 500 companies, including Wal-Mart, ConAgra, Kraft, General Mills, Nestle, Pepsi, Bridgestone, Frito-Lay, and hundreds of other manufacturers, distributors, retailers and public service agencies.

The NPTC Institute sponsors the Private Fleet Management Institute, which offers a curriculum that leads to the Certified Transportation designation.… Read more

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