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Are Smaller Trucking Companies in Danger?

Posted on 10/28/2015 by Sommer Stein

Small fleets continue to face many challenges, including tougher and more complex regulations, higher truck prices and driver shortages to name a few. Hundreds of small fleets are going out of business or being sold off to larger companies, but smaller fleets continue to make up the vast majority of fleets. According to TruckInfo.net statistics, of the 1.2 million trucking companies in the U.S., 97% operate 20 or fewer trucks, while 90% operate 6 or fewer trucks. FTS Plus+ wants to continue to see that we are doing our part to help smaller fleets survive and thrive.

Staying on top of regulations and being compliant are important, no matter what your size. Whether you are looking to outsource tasks or bring in new technologies for safety and compliance, FTS Plus+ can help. Our growing list of vendor partners are specialized in providing solutions to the small fleet market, and they can help guide you through the ever-changing regulations. Your FTS Plus+ membership will provide you with additional savings. Learn more at ftsplus.com/savings/technology.

Higher equipment prices can be stifling for a small fleet, but investing in quality equipment can be the success or failure of a fleet. Not only can it mean less downtime and maintenance costs, but it can also mean attracting better quality drivers and giving your customers a good impression. Whether you are looking for new equipment or quality pre-owned equipment, FTS Plus+ offers savings of up to $1,000 per truck. Learn more at ftsplus.com/savings/equipment.

The American Trucking Associations has projected the driver shortage to reach nearly 48,000 by the end of 2015. This number is astounding and a real concern to all fleets. But small fleets can win. One advantage of being a smaller fleet is that you probably know each and every one of your drivers and have developed relationships with them. You can ask your drivers firsthand for suggestions, and you can make faster business decisions and implement changes more quickly than larger fleets. You can also provide your drivers with perks and discounts, courtesy of FTS Plus+, from discounts on wireless services, legal services, and hotels to fuel rewards and more.

FTS Plus+ has always said size doesn't matter, especially when it comes to fleet savings, and the same holds true for a fleet's success. Size doesn't determine a fleet's success, but more importantly how smartly that fleet is run. Be smart. Stay safe and compliant, embrace technology, invest in quality goods, and treat your drivers right. Let FTS Plus+ and our leading vendor network help. We've got years and years of experience helping fleets just like yours, and the fleet savings to back it up. Call us at 800-749-1724, Opt. 2 to learn more or email info@ftsplus.com.