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October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Shield Your Eyes (and Headlights): Phoenix’s Fleet Weathers the Dust Storms

Phoenix is prone to dust storms, the most intense of which are known as “haboobs,” one of which struck the city on July 31, 2011. Photo: Alan Stark

By Tariq Kamal

Dust storms are a frequent nuisance and an occasional threat in Phoenix, where officials keep an eye on the weather for the benefit of the city’s fleet drivers and vehicles.

Tags: Natural Disaster, Phoenix

October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

A Smarter, Semi- Automatic Excavator

The PC210LCi-11’s Intelligent Machine Control is based on Komatsu’s own sensor package, which includes stroke sensing hydraulic cylinders, an inertial measurement unit sensor, and global navigation satellite system antennas. Photo courtesy of Komatsu

By Staff

Komatsu’s second-generation PC210LCi excavator features Intelligent Machine Control for greater efficiency and ease of use.

Tags: Excavators, Komatsu

October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Telematics Implementation in the Federal Fleet

By Thi Dao

A 2015 executive order mandated that by March 2017, new federal fleet vehicle purchases would include telematics. Have federal agencies complied?

Tags: Telematics, AT&T, GPS Insight, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Fleet, Department of the Interior, Department of Veterans Affairs, WEX, BSM Technologies

October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Harvey & Irma: The Fleet Impact

Photo: Getty Images

By Thi Dao & Roselynne Reyes

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the U.S. in late August and early September, wreaking havoc in Texas and Florida. Here’s the fleet impact from public agencies caught in the hurricanes’ paths.

Tags: Palm Beach County, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, City of Tampa, Miami-Dade County, Houston, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleets Prepare for and Respond to Severe Weather

Photo: Getty Images

By Tariq Kamal

Municipal fleet managers prevail through harsh conditions by creating and faithfully executing plans to keep their drivers and vehicles safe and ready for action.

Tags: New Orleans, Natural Disaster, Weather

October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Lighter, Safer, More Efficient: What’s New in Upfitting?

When choosing the right upfitter, fleets should consider parts and service availability and local support from the vendor. Photo courtesy of Auto Truck Group

By Roselynne Reyes

As fleets get leaner and more versatile, their upfitting choices are evolving to meet new needs and keep up with the industry. We spoke to upfitting experts about what fleets should know.

Tags: Upfitting, Auto Truck Group, Snow Plow, Service Bodies, Aluminum, Ranger Design, Merchants Fleet Management, Van Shelving, Dump Bodies

October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

How Effective Are Your Trucks’ Backup Cameras?

The Eugene Water & Electric Board tested the visibility of two dozen of its work trucks with backup cameras. Photo courtesy of EWEB

By Thi Dao

Fleets are already installing backup cameras on work trucks to improve safety. But with no guidelines to follow, do they actually provide the optimal field of view? One Oregon utility set out to fix this problem.

Tags: NTEA, Safety, EWEB, Backup Cameras

October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Ford's F-150 Police Responder Offers Pursuit Performance

The F-150 Police Responder features best-in-class payload capacity and towing capacity. Photo courtesy of Ford

By Shelley Ernst

In July, Ford introduced the next model in its line of law enforcement vehicles, the F-150 Police Responder. The industry’s first police pursuit-rated pickup truck is built to provide law enforcement fleets improved performance in off-road and rural environments.

Tags: Pickup Trucks, Ford, Police, Ford F-150 Responder

October 2017, Government Fleet - Cover Story

DOTs Keep States Moving Through Snow & Ice

A fleet consultant determined that the ideal replacement time for the Utah DOT’s Class 8 snow removal trucks is nine years, down from 10.25 years. Photo courtesy of Utah DOT

By Barbara Bonansinga

Limited vehicle replacement budgets challenge state Departments of Transportation in their goal to keep their snow removal fleets in top shape.

Tags: Snow Removal, Snow Plow, Utah DOT, New Hampshire DOT, Missouri DOT

October 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Flailbot Mower Handles Steep Grades with Ease

The remote-controlled Flailbot from Bomford Turner is equally adept at mowing on steep and flat terrain. Photo courtesy of Bomford Turner

By Staff

The wirelessly operated track mower from Bomford Turner can take on the most difficult jobs on hilly terrain without compromising safety.

Tags: Mowers

September 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

‘Ghost’ Cars Lower Crash Rates

Photo courtesy of Salisbury Township Police Department

By Clayton Wong

Salisbury Township Police Department in Lehigh County, Pa., saw crash rates drop 30% after its first year of deploying ghost vehicles, which feature reflective graphics that are less visible in the daytime.

Tags: Vehicle Graphics, Police

September 2017, Government Fleet - Cover Story

2017 Benchmarking Statistics: Fleet Sizes, Budgets & Outsourcing

By Staff

Data from Government Fleet’s annual survey shows a continuing rise in the size of public fleets, and that fleets are working on catch-up replacements from the recession.

Tags: Government Fleet Magazine, Industry Research, Trends

September 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas to Improve Your Fleet

Photo: Getty Images

By Roselynne Reyes

Fleet managers from 11 fleets across the country share the ways they have increased efficiency, productivity, and customer satisfaction through small changes to their operation.

Tags: Bright Ideas

September 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

2017 Salary Statistics: Average Pay, Retirement, Succession Plans

By Staff

The average fleet salary has increased to $93,660, with most fleet managers reporting salaries between $70,001 and $120,000. Baby boomers make up nearly 60% of the fleet professionals surveyed.

Tags: Government Fleets, Industry Research, Salary Surveys

August 2017, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

A Curb-and-Gutter Machine for the Tightest Corners

Gomaco’s Commander IIIx slipform paver boasts extreme turning capabilities, making the machine suitable for a wide range of curb and gutter projects. Photo courtesy of Gomaco.

By Staff

Gomaco’s Commander III slipform paver now offers an Xtreme Package for tackling the most challenging parking lot projects.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Paver, Gomaco

July 2017, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

John Deere Backhoe Updates Simplify Operations

John Deere L-Series backhoes now offer precision mode, enhanced pilot controllers, two new rear quick coupler offerings, and a redesigned hydraulic thumb. Pictured is the 410L. Photo courtesy of John Deere.

By Staff

The John Deere L-Series backhoe lineup has received some valuable updates, including the introduction of precision mode, improved pilot controllers, two new rear coupler offerings, and a redesigned hydraulic thumb.

Tags: Caterpillar, Off-Road Vehicles, Loaders

July 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

A Closer Look at San Bernardino County’s Leading Fleet

San Bernardino County, Calif., fleet’s No. 1 Leading Fleet award represents the hard work of its entire operation. Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County

By Tariq Kamal

America’s largest county is the home of 2017’s No. 1 Leading Fleet. Learn more about the planning, technology, and training initiatives that pushed this fleet to the top spot.

Tags: Recognition, County of San Bernardino, Leading Fleets, Emergency Response

July 2017, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Powered by the People: Ivers' Fleet Manager of the Year Win

Mary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, credits her fleet team and industry mentors for her success. Photo: Natalia King

By Shelley Ernst

The City of Ventura’s Mary Joyce Ivers was named the 2017 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year.

Tags: Recognition, Fleet Manager of the Year, The Honors Celebration

July 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

4 Hall of Fame Inductees Recognized

By Staff

Government Fleet magazine named its fourth class of Public Fleet Hall of Fame inductees this year, with four fleet professionals added. The award recognizes those who have made a lasting contribution to the industry.

Tags: Recognition, Public Fleet Hall of Fame, The Honors Celebration

July 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Saltzgiver's Career of Fixing Fleets

Steven Saltzgiver has served in a variety of roles in his 40 years in fleet, from mechanic to fleet manager to his current role as a consultant. Photo: Natalia King

By Roselynne Reyes

Steven Saltzgiver received the 2017 Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award. He has worked with fleets as an operator, mechanic, and manager, and has used this expertise to help fleets all over the country.

Tags: Recognition, Public Fleet Hall of Fame, Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award, The Honors Celebration

July 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Elite Fleets Continue to Lead the Industry

By Roselynne Reyes

This year’s Elite Fleets — composed of former No. 1 fleets — share the initiatives that keep them performing at a high level.

Tags: Recognition, Leading Fleets, The Honors Celebration, Elite Fleets

July 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Get to Know the 2017 Leading Fleets

The Leading Fleets and Notable Fleets awards recipients gathered for a photo at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) on June 13. Photo: Natalia King

By Staff

The Leading Fleets program recognizes public sector fleet organizations for their leadership, efficiency, ability to overcome challenges, and vision for the future. Learn about the winning fleets and how they overcame their biggest challenges.

Tags: Recognition, Leading Fleets, The Honors Celebration

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Wash. State Expects BEVs to Reduce Fleet Costs

Photo courtesy of Washington DES

By Thi Dao

Do electric vehicles really cost less to own than gasoline and hybrid vehicles? The State of Washington thinks so — it spent nearly $4,000 less for a Chevrolet Bolt EV in comparison to a hybrid sedan.

Tags: Lifecycle Costs, Washington, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EV Charging Stations, Chevrolet Bolt EV

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Mass. State Police Boost Vehicle Visibility

Photo courtesy of Massachusetts State Police

By Roselynne Reyes

In an effort to improve officer safety, Massachusetts State Police adopted reflective vehicle graphics and more effective lighting.

Tags: Massachusetts, Light Bar, Vehicle Graphics, Safety, Police

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX Exclusive: Get Answers to Your Fleet Questions with Paul Lauria

By Roselynne Reyes

Have a fleet question? Mercury Associates President Paul Lauria is answering them at GFX.

Tags: GFX, Mercury Associates

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Case's SV208D Single-Drum Vibratory Compactor

Superior centrifugal forces allow for higher lifts and deeper compaction depths completed in fewer passes, according to Case. Photo courtesy of Case

By Staff

The new Case SV208D single-drum vibratory compactor is designed for efficiency and superior climbing power.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Case Construction Equipment, Compactor

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Citation Solutions

Photo courtesy of Saltus Technologies

By Nancy Kirk

These products improve the ticketing experience through enhanced safety, comfort, and convenience.

Tags: Police Vehicle Accessories, Printer, Police

June 2017, Government Fleet - Cover Story

How to Create an Effective Succession Plan

Photo: Getty Images

By Roselynne Reyes

As more baby boomers reach retirement, fleets must prepare the next generation of leaders. Fleet managers share initiatives that have worked for their teams and which have not.

Tags: Technician Training, Management Training Program, Succession Planning, Staff Training

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Storing, Dispensing & Using Ethanol-Gasoline Blends

Ethanol is a renewable, domestically produced biofuel that is commonly added to the nation’s gasoline supply in varying ratios. Photo: Getty Images

By James Dunst

Ethanol-gasoline blends are prevalent in the United States, and fleet managers should know ethanol's effects on engines and how to use and store this fuel effectively.

Tags: Ethanol, Alternative Fuels, Biofuels

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles

Photo: Getty Images

By Barbara Bonansinga

Technology available on vehicles today is pushing us closer to self-driving vehicles. But there’s still a lot of work to be done before we get there, as public agencies research and test autonomous vehicles and determine how to prepare for them.

Tags: Las Vegas, Autonomous Vehicles, Beverly Hills

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Get to Know the Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists

By Thi Dao

This year’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year finalists talk about how they started in fleet, the most challenging aspects of their jobs, and their proudest accomplishments.

Tags: GFX, Fleet Manager of the Year, The Honors Celebration

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Texas DOT’s Fleet Excellence Program

In the past few years, the Texas DOT has restructured its fleet program, right-sized inventory to about 12,500 vehicles, and launched programs for continuous improvement. Photo courtesy of Texas DOT

By Shelley Ernst

With a smaller fleet and limited financial resources, TxDOT created the Fleet Excellence (FLEX) program — a continuous improvement initiative intended to elevate fleet practices and expectations.

Tags: Fleet Improvement, Cost Savings, Texas DOT

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleets Make Streets Safer with Vision Zero Initiative

The City of Chicago requires that side guards be installed on every large fleet vehicle owned by the city and its contractors. Photo courtesy of City Of Chicago

By Tariq Kamal

Officials in cities that have adopted the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative are changing the way they equip and operate municipal fleet vehicles to support it.

June 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Volvo’s PT125C Pneumatic Tire Roller

The PT125C’s two-speed hydrostatic transmission permits smooth directional changes between forward and reverse. Photo courtesy of Volvo Construction Equipment

By Staff

Volvo’s PT125C pneumatic tire roller delivers high-performance compaction and uniform smoothness for road projects.

Tags: Volvo, Off-Road Equipment, Equipment, Asphalt Roller

May 2017, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Leasing: A Budget & Maintenance Solution

Photo courtesy of Enterprise

By Thi Dao

Leasing allows fleets to modernize their equipment faster, and for some fleets, can also solve maintenance problems — including easing technician workload and reducing maintenance needs.

May 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

How Pennsylvania Reduced Its Fleet by 24%

By Shelly Ernst

In 2011, a mandated 20% fleet reduction seemed daunting. But more than five years later, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has not only accomplished its goal, it has saved millions — and without sacrificing service.

Tags: Fleet Reduction, Pennsylvania

May 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Optimize On-Site Fueling Operations

File Photo

By Bob Stanton

On-site fueling stations can be challenging to manage. But with the right resources, fleets can maximize their service level while keeping costs manageable.

Tags: Fuel Cards, Fuel, On-Site Fueling

May 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Ford's New Hybrid Police Sedan Doubles Fuel Efficiency

Photo: Thi Dao

By Thi Dao

Ford’s all-new Police Responder Hybrid Sedan will get an EPA-estimated 38 mpg combined and is designed for urban or local patrol.

May 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Increased Computerization Improves Battery Operation

Photo: PointImages/Getty Images

By Daryl Lubinsky

Computers in newer vehicles can monitor the degradation of the battery and other components. The more you keep the battery fully charged, the more life you can get out of it.

Tags: Maintenance, Bosch, Battery

May 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Learn Something New at GFX 2017

Photo: Events Coverage Nashville

By Staff

Now in its 10th year, the Government Fleet Expo & Conference will explore innovative ideas and the latest in fleet technology.

Tags: GFX

May 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Flail Mowers That Simplify Groundskeeping

The FM25 is driven by a three-section power band belt. Photo courtesy of Land Pride

By Staff

Land Pride’s FM25 Series features three different blade options, a rear access door for easy knife changes, and dual hitches for offsetting.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Kubota, Mower, Land Pride

May 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Speedy Pothole Repairs That Last

One RA-400 Spray Patcher is capable of repairing more than 200 potholes in a single day, according to LeeBoy. Photo courtesy of LeeBoy

By Staff

The City of Lincoln, Neb., is using four Rosco RA-400 Patcher trucks to dramatically improve pothole repair efficiency.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Pothole Patcher, LeeBoy

April 2017, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

GFX Exclusive: All About Purchasing Contracts, with Tammy Rimes

By Staff

Most attention gets spent on putting a contract in place — with the development of a bid, evaluation of proposals, and final contract negotiation. But what about contract management? Learn from Tammy Rimes about this topic at GFX.

Tags: Procurement, GFX, Industry Event, GFX 2017

April 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Traffic Safety Initiative Reduces Officer Crashes

Photo courtesy of OCSD

By Thi Dao

To combat injuries and fatalities from auto collisions, Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) in California set out to change its safety culture through a traffic safety initiative.

Tags: Driver Safety, Police Vehicles, Sheriff's Office

March 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Managing Rural Police Fleets

Photo courtesy of Town of Jonesborough

By Roselynne Reyes

Managing a fleet in a small town or rural area can lead to challenges from a variety of environmental factors, including animals, weather, and rough terrain.

Tags: Push Bumper, Vermont, Police

March 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Boom Truck Series Offers Two-in-One Versatility

The National Crane NBT40-1 Series is designed to improve fleet utilization and provide more versatility in utility work, according to manufacturer Manitowoc. Photo courtesy of Manitowoc

By Staff

National Crane’s dual-rated NBT40-1 Series boom trucks provide a full-capacity crane that can be reconfigured into an aerial lift.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Aerial Lifts, National Crane

March 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Putting Cop Cars Up for Sale

Photo courtesy of City of Dublin

By Thi Dao

When it comes time to decommission patrol cars, there’s more work to be done than just turning the vehicles over to the auctioneer. And how does the phase-out of the Crown Vic and loss of interest from taxi companies affect resale value?

Tags: Remarketing, Police Vehicles, Ford Crown Victoria

March 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

A Digger Derrick That Delivers Smooth Functionality

The DT65H Transmission Digger Derrick from Altec is a fully hydraulic derrick that incorporates a high-flow piston pump into the hydraulic system. Maximum flow is available to any function. Photo courtesy of Altec

By Staff

The Altec DT65H Transmission Digger Derrick is a fully hydraulic, pilot-operated derrick that incorporates a high-flow piston pump into the hydraulic system. Because a single variable displacement piston pump provides flow, the maximum flow is available to any function.

Tags: Digger Derricks, Altec, Off-Road Equipment

March 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Diligent Maintenance Keeps City of Napa on the Road

In late January and early February, more than 20 inches of rainfall contributed to flooding in the City of Napa, Calif. Photo courtesy of City of Napa

By Shelley Ernst

Severe droughts in much of California have finally abated — through heavy rain and flooding. Here's how the City of Napa fleet prepared for and responded to California's rare record rainfall.

Tags: Storm Response

March 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Chevrolet Bolt EV Electrifies Public Fleets

Chevrolet is rolling out the Bolt EV in waves, starting with California and Oregon. Photo: Paul Clinton

By Paul Clinton

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s biggest advantages are its 238-mile range and more affordable price point.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Chevrolet Bolt EV

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