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January 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Surviving Politics in Public Fleet

By Jon White

Common risks emerge for fleet management from politics, both internal and external, and the impact can be subtle or not so subtle. How do successful fleet managers deal with these risks?

Tags: Politics, Storm Response

January 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

Lessons Learned After Hurricane Matthew

Even with preparation, not all buildings are disaster-proof. The Volusia County (Fla.) marine science center’s bird aviary was completely destroyed from the storm surge. Photo courtesy of Volusia County

By Roselynne Reyes

Months after Hurricane Matthew hit parts of the Southeast United States, fleet managers reflect on what they did successfully, what to change in the future, and how other fleets can learn from their experience.

Tags: Storm Response, Hurricanes

January 2017, Government Fleet - Feature

A Remote-Controlled Slope Mower

The RidgeRunner from Alamo Industrial features a lightweight design that combines steel-belted rubber tracks and a low center of gravity for efficient operation on slopes up to 50 degrees. Photo courtesy of Alamo Industrial

By Staff

The Alamo RidgeRunner can tackle roadside mowing projects on steep slopes without placing workers in harm’s way.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Mowers, Alamo

January 2017, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Police Upfitting: In-House or Outsource?

The Florida Highway Patrol’s central installation facility can prep and deliver about 12 vehicles a week. Photo courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol

By Thi Dao

Whether a public agency upfits its own police vehicles or sends them out depends on a variety of factors. Here’s why agencies choose their methods and some best practices they’ve learned from years of experience.

Tags: Upfitting, Florida, Police Vehicles, Outsourcing, County Fleets

November 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

A More Durable, Fuel-Efficient Landfill Compactor

The 816K is designed for multiple machine lives and component rebuilds using Caterpillar sustainable options such as the Reman and Certified Rebuild programs. Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

By Staff

Powered by a Tier 4 Final-compliant engine, the Cat 816K landfill compactor features cab upgrades and advanced technology options.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Caterpillar, Compactor

November 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Overcoming Delayed Vehicle Deliveries

Late vehicle deliveries can throw off a government agency’s operations and leave fleet managers scrambling to keep older vehicles running. We spoke to a few fleets about how they have dealt with delivery delays. Photo: istockphoto.com

By Roselynne Reyes

Late vehicle deliveries can throw off a government agency’s operations and leave fleet managers scrambling to keep older vehicles running. We spoke to a few fleets about how they have dealt with delivery delays.

Tags: Order to Delivery, Colleges and Universities, Delivery Delays

November 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

More Opportunities Than Challenges at Tampa

The City of Tampa fleet management “dream team” consists of (l-r): Arturo Betty, John Daff, Earl Gant, Dick Guerra, Connie White-Arnold, Jeff Hajdu, Kevin Koudela, and Gary Stewart. Photo courtesy of City of Tampa

By Thi Dao

The City of Tampa, Fla., fleet has hit its stride, with a staff consisting of a dream team, support from department heads, and an interim fleet manager keen on networking with neighboring fleets.

Tags: City of Tampa

November 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

2017 Police Vehicles

The Charger is used by agencies around the country, including California Highway Patrol. Photo courtesy of FCA

By Roselynne Reyes

Fleet managers in law enforcement have a variety of options to choose from. The latest offerings from Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford deliver a number of features for increased power, safety, and efficiency.

Tags: Dodge, Chevrolet Caprice, Ford Police Interceptor, Ford, General Motors, Dodge Charger, Patrol Cars, FCA, Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, Ford Police Interceptor Utility

November 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Maintain Stored Diesel Fuel

Backup generators, which may be refueled only once or twice a year, need diesel fuel maintenance to ensure they function when needed. Photo: Shutterstock

By James Dunst

Diesel fuel stored for long periods of time — such as in backup generators — is prone to degradation. This can lead to equipment failure when the time comes to use it. Here’s what fleet managers can do to maintain their stored diesel fuel.

Tags: Diesel, Fuel Tanks, Diesel Generator

November 2016, Government Fleet - Cover Story

When Should You Change Oil?

Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has extended its oil change intervals to 30,000 miles and filter change intervals to 10,000 miles. Photo courtesy of Polk County Sheriff's Office

By Thi Dao

Fleets analyzing oil samples can determine if their maintenance cycles are done at the right time and also identify maintenance issues before they become bigger problems.

Tags: Oil Analysis, City of Phoenix, Polk County Sheriff's Office, OIl Analyzers, Spectro Scientific

November 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

A Fuel-Saving Wheel Loader for All Four Seasons

The Komatsu WA270-8 wheel loader is compact enough to operate in tight quarters, such as residential streets, but powerful enough to handle jobs often planned for bigger machines, according to the manufacturer. Photo courtesy of Komatsu

By Staff

The new Komatsu WA270-8 wheel loader boasts several advantages, including an engine that uses up to 3% less fuel than its predecessor.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Wheel Loader, Komatsu

October 2016, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Analysts in Demand at Public Fleets

Photo: istockphoto.com

By Thi Dao

The amount of data a fleet has can be overwhelming — that’s why agencies are hiring analysts to make sense of the data and help their fleet operations make sound business decisions.

Tags: City of Long Beach, Sacramento County, Data Analysis

October 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Law Enforcement for the Lone Star State

About 2,800 vehicles serve the Texas Highway Patrol, including Dodge Chargers, Ford Crown Victorias, and approximately 900 Chevrolet Tahoes. Photo courtesy of Texas DPS

By Daryl Lubinsky

The Texas Department of Public Safety Fleet Operations is committed to ensuring its drivers have the safest and most reliable vehicles to perform their duties.

Tags: Police Fleets, Safety, Law Enforcement

October 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Implement a Telematics Solution

The City of Mobile, Ala., installed Lytx’s DriveCam event recorder in many of its vehicles, including refuse trucks. Photo courtesy of Lytx

By Roselynne Reyes

Telematics providers offer tips for public fleets on finding and implementing the right solution.

Tags: Telematics, GPS Insight, Geotab, WEX, Lytx

October 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Hyundai’s New Offerings Go Green

By Roselynne Reyes

The automaker has ventured into alternative powertrain vehicles with its latest collection of hybrid, electric, and fuel cell models.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, Hyundai Sonata, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

October 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Best Practices in Remarketing Partnerships

Clark County, Nev., auctions off its own vehicles as well as those of other local and state agencies. Photo courtesy of Clark County

By Shelley Ernst

Fleets teaming up on vehicle remarketing, whether with another public agency or a private auctioneer, talk about how they do it and what they’ve learned.

Tags: Remarketing, Colleges and Universities, County Fleets

October 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Making 3D Grade Control a More Powerful Tool

The John Deere 750K and 850K SmartGrade crawler dozers are each equipped with a 6.8L Tier 4 Final-certified engine and fully integrated grade control system. Photo courtesy of John Deere

By Staff

John Deere 750K and 850K SmartGrade crawler dozers feature an integrated grade control system based on the Topcon 3D-MC2.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, John Deere, Crawler Dozer, Grade Control

October 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

A Chip Spreader Designed for Paving Precision

The LeeBoy CSV816 is the market’s first Tier 4 Final variable width chip spreader, according to VT LeeBoy. The company brands its equipment under the LeeBoy and Rosco names. Photo courtesy of VT LeeBoy

By Staff

The LeeBoy CSV816 provides a wide range of chipping options and allows for permit-free transport.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, LeeBoy, Chip Spreader

September 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Federal Fleet Statistics

By Staff

Data from the U.S. General Services Administration's FY-2015 Federal Fleet Report is gathered from federal agencies reporting motor vehicle fleet data.

Tags: GSA, Federal Fleet

September 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Age and Utilization Data 2016

By Staff

Utilimarc, a fleet analytics and business intelligence company, provided data about average fleet vehicle age, mileage, maintenance costs, labor hours, and fuel efficiency.

Tags: Industry Research, Trends, Utilimarc

September 2016, Government Fleet - Cover Story

2016 Benchmarking Statistics

This chart shows a profile of survey respondents and the public entities for which they work. The “City” category includes villages and towns. “Other” includes port authorities, transit, and fire districts.

By Staff

How does your public fleet compare to others? Data from the 2016 Government Fleet survey shows that overall fleet operating budgets continue to rise slightly and there is a small increase in average fleet size in comparison to the prior year.

Tags: Industry Research, Government Fleet Magazine, Trends

September 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

13 Bright Ideas for Fleet Improvement

Since Lee County adopted a strict PM program, the life cycle of many of its vehicles has doubled. Photo courtesy of Lee County

By Roselynne Reyes

Fleet professionals share some improvements they’ve made to their fleets, how they did it, and how others can do the same.

Tags: Fleet Optimization, Fleet Improvement, Lee County, City of Bellevue, ASE, ASE Blue Seal, Preventive Maintenance, Employee Incentives, Driver Dispatch, Idle Reduction, Managing the Shop, Distracted Driving, Sonoma County, County Fleets, Fuel Management

September 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

9 Trends in Public Fleet Management

By Thi Dao

Alternative-fuel mandates are driven by political pressure, and too much data is leading to more work, according to fleet professionals around the country.

Tags: technology, Vehicle Replacement, Recruiting, Alternative Fuels, Trends

August 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Masterack’s Steel Interiors Boost Productivity

Masterack products include customized shelving, drawers, parts bins, partitions, wire spool racks, literature racks, lockable doors and cabinets, and more. The company previously operated under the name of Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products, but recently rebranded under the product line name -- Masterack. Photo courtesy of Masterack

By Staff

The Atlanta-based upfitter specializes in designing bins, shelves, partitions, workstations, and more for a wide range of fleet vehicles.

Tags: Upfitting, Masterack, Vehicle Interiors, Van Equipment

August 2016, Government Fleet - Test Drives

Test Drive: Is International's HX620 the Driver's Vocational Truck?

The HX620 has a setback steer axle and 120-inch BBC, and comes only with a Cummins ISX15. Shorter models use Navistar’s own N13 diesel. Note external air cleaners and many other items in chrome or bright metal. Photos: Tom Berg

By Tom Berg

Navistar has declared that it wants to build trucks that drivers want to drive. That includes the new HX vocational series, unveiled early this year at an extravaganza in Las Vegas.

Tags: Navistar, International Trucks, Vocational Trucks

July 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Bonansinga's Lifetime Achievement Award

“We never stop learning when we surround ourselves with great people,” Barb Bonansinga said during her acceptance speech for the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award on June 21. Photo by Nashville Events Coverage.

By Roselynne Reyes

Barb Bonansinga was presented with the 2016 Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference. Her contributions to the industry through associations have helped shape industry standards and best practices.

Tags: Awards, Public Fleet Hall of Fame, Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award, Recognition, Illinois, GFX 2016

July 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Mohawk TP-20 Lift Raises Shop Versatility

By consuming minimal bay space, the Mohawk TP-20 two-post lift simplifies the task of servicing a varied fleet and provides full under-vehicle access for all repairs. Photo courtesy of Mohawk

By Staff

The 20,000-lb.-rated two-post lift provides fleet maintenance shops more flexibility to service a wider range of vehicles.

Tags: Vehicle Lifts, Mohawk Lifts, Shop Equipment

July 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Highlights from GFX 2016

Photo by Events Coverage Nashville

By Staff

This year’s GFX featured new vehicles and technologies, numerous networking opportunities, informative educational sessions, and a celebration of the industry’s top fleets.

Tags: GFX 2016, Industry Events

July 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Recognizing the 2016 Leading Fleets

Many of  the Leading Fleets awards recipients are pictured here after The Honors Celebration at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference on June 21.

By Staff

The Leading Fleets program recognizes public sector fleet organizations for their leadership, efficiency, and vision for the future. The award encourages fleets to strive for excellence.

Tags: Recognition, GFX, Leading Fleets

July 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

6 Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Photo by Kimberly Pham

By Staff

Government Fleet magazine named its third class of Public Fleet Hall of Fame inductees this year, with six 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 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Elite Fleets Tackle New Initiatives

By Staff

The 2016 Elite Fleets — former No. 1 operations — have implemented new projects in the past year as they work on continuous improvement.

Tags: Recognition, City of Portland, City of Culver City, Leading Fleets, Elite Fleets, City Fleets

July 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

A Closer Look at Columbus' Leading Fleet

The City of Columbus fleet division staff of 121 employees will celebrate the No. 1 fleet award in September. Photo courtesy of City of Columbus

By Thi Dao

The City of Columbus, Ohio, earned the No. 1 Fleet title among the Leading Fleets by being a leader in alternative fuels and ensuring efficiency.

Tags: City of Columbus, Idle Reduction, Leading Fleets, CNG Fueling Stations, petroleum reduction

July 2016, Government Fleet - Cover Story

How Reagan Earned Fleet Manager of the Year

Kelly Reagan, fleet administrator for the City of Columbus, Ohio, said he was “shocked and humbled” to be named the 2016 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. Photo by Events Coverage Nashville

By Daryl Lubinsky

Comparing key metrics with other fleets helped Kelly Reagan, fleet administrator for the City of Columbus, Ohio, win the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

Tags: Benchmarking, Recognition, Certification, City of Columbus, Fleet Manager of the Year

June 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Terramac's Crawler Carrier Provides 360-Degree Rotation

The Terramac RT14R features a 360-degree rotatable frame along with a 28,000-lb. carrying capacity bed that can dump at any position. Photo courtesy of Terramac

By Staff

The new Terramac RT14R crawler carrier uses its spinning ability and rubber track technology to make offloading materials more efficient and safe.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Terramac, Crawler Carrier

June 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

What to Do About Mass Technician Retirements

At the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) in Oregon, 80% of employees in the fleet department have retired in the past five years, and another 10% took other higher paying positions within EWEB. Photo courtesy of EWEB

By Shelley Ernst

Technicians are retiring, and sometimes en masse. With the loss of manpower — and knowledge — how can fleets recover? Fleet managers who have survived technician shortages share their creative strategies.

Tags: Technician Shortage, City of Orlando, County Fleets, City Fleets

June 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Unique Fleet Vehicles

By Thi Dao

You won’t find these vehicles at many fleets! We asked fleets about the unusual vehicles their agencies own and operate. Here are a few of their unique fleet units.

Tags: Dodge Challenger, Snow Plow, Digger Derricks, CNG Conversions, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Military Surplus, Sewer Cleaning Truck, Service Fleets, Fabrication

June 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Police Interceptor Utility vs. Ford Explorer

Photos of 2016 Explorer (l.) and 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

By Paul Clinton

Ford's P.I. Utility and Explorer mid-size SUV may be built at the same Chicago assembly plant, but a closer look at the vehicles reveals plenty of differences.

Tags: Ford Explorer, Ford Police Interceptor, Ford, Mid-Size SUVs, Police Vehicles

June 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Toro Refreshes Groundsmaster 5900/5910 Mower

The redesigned Toro Groundsmaster 5900/5910 large-area mower boasts a 16-foot cutting width, allowing the operator to mow more than 100 acres per day. Photo courtesy of Toro

By Staff

The new Tier 4 Final-compliant model is more fuel efficient and promotes greater productivity for operators of all skill levels.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Toro, Mower

June 2016, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Should Fleets Worry About Vehicle Hacking?

Photo via iStockPhoto

By Thi Dao

Is vehicle hacking a real threat? Here’s a look at what the industry is doing to protect vehicles from hackers.

Tags: Virginia, Vehicle Hacking, Connected Vehicle Technology, Cybersecurity

June 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Q&A with the Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists

By Thi Dao

This year’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year finalists discuss the most challenging aspects of their jobs, their biggest accomplishments, and what they’re most excited about this year.

Tags: Recognition, Hillsborough County, City of Columbus, Fleet Manager of the Year

June 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Calif. Fleets Add Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Sedans

The City of Long Beach, Calif., is testing out a Mirai to determine practicality and operating cost. Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach

By Thi Dao

Think fuel cell vehicles are too expensive for government fleets? That’s not the case for some California agencies.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, City of Long Beach, Sacramento County, Toyota Mirai

May 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

How to Choose a Helicopter for Your Agency

Photo courtesy of Amaury Murgado.

By Amaury Murgado

Focus on the missions you need accomplished before picking a model.

Tags: How-to Guides, Helicopter

May 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX 2016: Join the Best & Brightest

Photo by Gene Tewksbury.

By Staff

The annual Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) tackles big industry issues, celebrates innovative fleets, and explores the latest ideas and technologies.

Tags: GFX, Fleet Events, City of Tulsa, Mercury Associates

May 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Conquer Your Fuel System Implementation

Photo courtesy of City of Toronto.

By Shelley Ernst

Implementing a fuel management system takes work. But with the ability to reduce fuel theft and yield valuable data for preventive maintenance, working to overcome those challenges can pay off.

Tags: Fuel Management, Fleet Management Software, FuelMaster, Driver Training, Mileage Reports

May 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Unmanned Aircraft Improve Agencies’ Operations

Northeast Region UAS Unit members of the Grand Forks County (N.D.) Sheriff’s Department operates this AeroVironment Qube. Photo courtesy of Alan Frazier

By Daryl Lubinsky

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have become more common, and public agencies are using them to document traffic accidents and crime scenes as well as help with fires, hazmat calls, and urban search and rescue.

Tags: Ventura County, First Responders, City of Anaheim, Drones

May 2016, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Evaluating Parts Outsourcing by the Numbers

Using NAPA IBS, Sarasota County, Fla., has a higher parts stock rate, allowing technicians to perform services faster. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County

By Shelley Ernst

Do fleets that have outsourced their parts management really get the savings they estimated? A few years after their decision to outsource, three fleets share their experiences — and their results.

Tags: Outsourcing, Parts Management, NAPA IBS

May 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

John Deere Backhoe Loader Ready for Heavy Lifting

The 310SL HL backhoe loader can be used to load trucks, break blacktop, place pipes, dig trenches, and move materials. Photo courtesy of Deere

By Staff

The John Deere 310SL HL backhoe loader is designed to help manage an expanding workload with multiple tasks, without moving up to a larger backhoe.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, John Deere, Backhoe Loader

May 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Kubota's Compact Track Loader Provides Multitasking Muscle

The Kubota SVL95-2s, with a 3,200-lb. rated operating capacity, has the versatility to handle such jobs as plowing, snow-blowing, drilling, and trenching. Photo courtesy of Kubota

By Staff

Kubota’s SVL95-2s offers more versatility, allowing operators to use up to three hydraulic circuits in parallel.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Kubota, Compact Track Loader

March 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

2016 Law Enforcement Vehicles

Photo of Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford.

By Melanie Basich

Whether your assignment requires travel by land, water, or air there are numerous options for transportation on duty.

Tags: Dodge Charger, Ford Police Interceptor, Chevrolet Tahoe, Patrol Cars, Aircraft, Motorcycles

March 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Benefits of Telematics to Law Enforcement

Screenshot of Telogis Ford Telematics courtesy of Telogis.

By David Griffith

By providing real-time information about law enforcement vehicles, telematics can save officers' lives.

Tags: Telogis, OnStar, Geotab, Driver Safety

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Thi Dao
The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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