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Personal Safety Training Module Now Available in DriverCare

Trevose, PA, November 17, 2015 – The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI), a fleet driver management company, has added a new online fleet driver safety training lesson, “Maintaining Your Personal Safety,” to its DriverCare™ application. Its focus is on how drivers can avoid and protect themselves from criminal attacks both on the road and as pedestrians after they arrive at their destinations outside the office.

“We’ve created this module because we recognize that fleet drivers’ safety involves more than just traffic hazards,” says Brian Kinniry, CEI’s Senior Director of DriverCare Safety Services. “It involves all the conditions they face in their extended workplace.

The module covers four safety topics:
• Awareness of the driver’s surroundings when out of the vehicle;
• Keeping valuables out of sight
• How to avoid being a victim
• How to respond to a confrontation.

Among the tips the lesson offers are:
• If you’re visiting a potentially unsafe area, program your phone with the local police number , let co-workers know where you’re going and when you’re scheduled to leave.
• Plan to visit risky areas in daylight, and park as close as possible to the building.
• On foot, avoid distractions like talking on your phone or listening to music.… Read more

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CEI to Show Work Truck Fleets How to Save Millions at ATA Management Conference

Trevose, PA, October 15, 2015 – The CEI Group, Inc. can save vocational truck fleets millions of dollars a year by preventing and managing accidents. That’s the message the fleet driver management company is bringing to the American Transport Association’s Management Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, being held in the city’s Convention Center October 17 -20.

“Fleets are under constant pressure to cut expenses and save money, and it’s often a surprise to them how much they can save with new approaches to fleet accidents,” said Luann Dunkerley, CEI regional sales manager. Ms. Dunkerley, who is also a member of the board of governors of the National Private Truck Council and on its safety committee, will be joined in Booth # 543 at the trade show by Chris Villella, CEI’s director of account management for special markets, and Paul Duffin, the company’s truck fleet relationship specialist.

Ms. Dunkerley noted that CEI saved its fleet customers hundreds of millions of dollars in 2014 in five ways:
• Preventing more than 1,000 accidents through its online DriverCare fleet safety and risk management services;
• Reviewing every repair estimate for an average savings of more than 12% on parts and labor;
• Minimizing vehicle repair downtime and rental replacement vehicle expenses;
• Recovering losses from at-fault third party drivers in one out of every four accidents; and
• Nationwide vehicle remarketing and salvage services.… Read more

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CEI: 2014 Fleet Driver Fatalities Highest in Six Years, Showing Need for More Effective Safety Programs

Trevose, PA , Oct. 8, 2015 – The highest number of fleet driver traffic fatalities in six years last year demonstrates the urgent need for accident prevention programs that focus on changing driver behavior, Wayne Smolda, CEO and founder of the CEI Group, Inc. said today.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014, released earlier this month, shows that 835 fleet sales and truck drivers died in traffic accidents last year, the highest number since 2008, which saw 815 fatalities for the same occupation. The bureau’s archives also reveal that the 2014 figure represents a 42% increase over the 586 fleet drivers killed in 2009, an increase Mr. Smolda called “shocking”.

“Just as disturbing was the increase in the rate of fleet driver fatalities, which shows that the increase isn’t only because there are more drivers on the road,” said Mr. Smolda. The 2014 traffic fatality rate was 23.4 per 100,000 sales and truck drivers, compared to 22.6 per 100,000 in 2008, an increase of 2.6%.

Mr. Smolda noted that the higher fatality rate may be attributed to three factors that bode poorly for future fleet accident rates and fatalities: traffic congestion, deteriorating road quality and increasing levels of driver distraction, conditions he said are likely to get worse in coming years.… Read more

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CEI Integrates with CCC One Estimating System

Trevose, PA, September 25, 2015 – The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI), a provider of accident management and direct repair services, has integrated its data system with CCC Information Services’ CCC One estimating platform, CEI announced today.

The action makes it possible for repair assignments to be handled directly in the estimating system of CEI’s managed network of independently owned collision repair shops. CCE One, the industry’s leading estimating software system, is used by more than 17,000 repair shops in North America, and enables them to write collision repair estimates easier, faster and with more accuracy.

“Integration with CCC has increased the efficiency of both our repair shop partners and CEI’s estimate auditing procedure,” said Robert Glose, CEI’s senior director of operations. “For us, a key benefit is access to CCC’s EMS advanced analytics, which has enhanced our ability to document the savings we achieve for our customers.”

CEI’s quality control department scrubs every repair estimate it receives for potential savings on parts and labor for repairs on vehicles operated by automotive fleets and property and casualty customers. CCC One’s data base includes prices for parts on more than 1,000 vehicles, including prices for OEM, aftermarket and used parts.

In 2014, CEI’s quality control department saved its fleet customers more than 10% on their collision repair bills.… Read more

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CEI Urges Fleets to Participate in NETS’ Drive Safely Work Week

Trevose, PA, September 22, 2015 – The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) urged fleets nationwide today to participate in the Drive Safely Work Week campaign next month. Sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), the annual campaign is being conducted October 5 – 9 this year. CEI is one of seven members of NETS’ Fleet Safety Sponsor Program.

The theme for the campaign, the organization’s 19th, is “#Plan Ahead: Your Key to Driving Safely.” NETS has created an online toolkit to help fleets drive home the safety message each day of the week. The toolkit is available free, online at NETS’ website (www.taffficsafety.org). It consists of such items as a campaign planner with suggested activities, a campaign launch letter, ready-made daily email blasts to drivers, posters, web banners, and handouts.

“Highway fatalities are higher for this first half the year, for the first time since 2008, so it’s critical for drivers not to become complacent about their own safety,” said Brian Kinniry, CEI’s senior director of strategic services and safety. “Studies show driver error is responsible for more than 90% of all traffic accidents. This year’s disturbing trend in traffic fatalities underscores the need for fleets to step up their safety communications.”

The campaign launch letter addresses drivers with these words of advice:

“This year’s campaign, #PlanAhead: Your Key to Driving Safely, underscores the fact that planning may be the most critical leg of any journey, whether that journey takes place on the job or off.… Read more

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