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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, Leading Fleets, CNG Fueling Stations, GRIP Idle Management System, 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

March 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

5 Ways to Improve Efficiency

The Port St. Lucie Police Department plans to have Derive Efficiency calibrate its current vehicles that are MY-2013 and newer. Photo courtesy of City of Port St. Lucie

By Thi Dao

From adding in-vehicle technologies to incentives in the shop, here are five ways fleets can improve driver, vehicle, and operational efficiency.

Tags: Driver Safety, GPS Insight, Propane Autogas, Anti-Idling, Lytx, Worthington Industries, Derive Efficiency

March 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Management Software Increases Customization

Chevin provides a platform that allows fleets to pull together data in a way so they can attack the low hanging fruit to improve efficiency. Image courtesy of Chevin

By Daryl Lubinsky

Government fleets continue to look for fleet management information systems to perform tasks geared toward the fleet’s specific needs, which has led to additional trends such as predictive analysis.

Tags: AssetWorks, Collective Data Inc., Agile Access Control Inc., FASTER Fleet Management System, Chevin, Fleet Management Software, Big Data

March 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Turning Around the West Palm Beach City Fleet

In 2015, fleet staff received the City of West Palm Beach’s Team of the Year award. Photo courtesy of City of West Palm Beach

By Thi Dao

The City of West Palm Beach, Fla., has made a significant fleet turnaround with the help of a new fleet manager, new fleet management system, and a newly created replacement fund.

Tags: Fleet Improvement

March 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

What You Need to Know About Renewable Diesel

(L-R) Richard Battersby, City of Oakland, Calif.; Pat O’Keefe, Golden Gate Petroleum; and Neville Fernandes from Neste are pictured after the City of Oakland announced its switch to renewable diesel. Photo courtesy of City of Oakland

By Shelley Ernst

Renewable diesel is sustainable, and many West Coast fleets have been making the switch. But what is it exactly, and where can you get it?

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Renewable Diesel, City of Oakland

March 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Idle Efficiency Keeps State and Federal Funds Coming

Photo courtesy of Derive Efficiency

By Tom Kanewske

With increased competition and a growing number of carbon-reduction options, how can a fleet manager make the case that theirs is a cost-effective program, deserving of state or federal support?

Tags: Grant Funding, anti idling, Emissions Reduction, Fuel Reduction, Derive Efficiency

March 2016, Government Fleet - Cover Story

How Fleets Can Manage Recalls

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.

By Shelley Ernst

With recalls on the rise, it’s hard for fleets to avoid them. But understanding the risk — and creating a process for when they arise — can make handling them manageable.

Tags: Recalls, Colorado, Missouri, How-to Guides

March 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Caterpillar Rolls Toward Smarter Asphalt Compaction

Caterpillar’s B-Series roller uses global navigation satellite system positioning to correlate compaction, frequency, and pass-count data to specific locations. Photo courtesy of Caterpillar

By Staff

The manufacturer’s latest B-Series tandem vibratory roller models boast improvements in auto-adjustable compaction and mapping for pass count and temperature.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Caterpillar, Asphalt Roller

January 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Elgin Pelican Delivers Cleaner Curb Appeal

The Elgin Pelican’s high steering angle and tight turning radius allow for quick turns so the sweeper can clean extremely close to obstacles. Photo courtesy of Elgin Street Sweeper Co.

By Staff

The three-wheel street sweeper, which features exceptional maneuverability, is also available as a waterless or an alternative-fuel sweeper.

Tags: Street Sweepers, Elgin Sweeper Co.

January 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Justifying Your Agency's Acquisition of Armored Vehicles

Photo of Rook vehicle courtesy of Ring Power.

By Leigh Hunt

Law enforcement critics say armored vehicles are the symbol of police "militarization" and no police agency needs them, but their sole purpose is to protect officers responding to protect the public during critical incidents.

Tags: Military Surplus, Special Service Vehicles, Armored Vehicles, Police Fleets, Community Relations

January 2016, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Choosing the Right Lightbar

Photo via Police Magazine.

By Ryan Mason

Selecting the right LED lighting solution for your agency's vehicles can be a daunting task for the uninitiated. There are multiple factors to consider, including lumen output levels, the lightbar's shape, its interoperability with existing LED equipment in the squad cars, and even which sirens and other accessories may or may not function with new control boxes to drive the new lightbar.

Tags: Light Bar, Emergency Lighting, Police Vehicle Accessories

January 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

8 Steps for Collaborative Training Programs

The Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators has organized various training sessions on topics ranging from emergency vehicle training to diesel engine maintenance. Photo courtesy of FLAGFA

By Shelley Ernst

Is your agency too small to host its own technician trainings? Here’s a tip: partner up. Interagency collaboration can help you pull together the resources needed for quality training programs.

Tags: Training, Technician Training, Collaboration, Professional Development

January 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Lease-Purchase Strategy Fueling Fleet Acquisition

Palm Beach County, Fla., uses one of the more common vehicle purchase methods: using a replacement fund. Photo courtesy of Palm Beach County.

By Paul Clinton

Government fleets spurred by historically low interest rates have been turning to a wider range of leasing and financing instruments to replace aging vehicles.

Tags: Fleet Replacement Fund, Fleet Budgets, Open-End Leases, Closed-End Leases, Lease-Purchase, City of Baltimore, Merchants Fleet Management, Acme Auto Leasing

January 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Are Electric Vehicles Here to Stay?

Sonoma County, Calif., has 58 plug-in electric vehicles, 29 of which are battery-electric sedans. Photo courtesy of City of Sonoma County

By Shelley Ernst

Early adopters of electric vehicles took a risk on new technology. Years later, fleets share whether the risk has paid off.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, Seattle, Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 2016, Government Fleet - Cover Story

20 Under 40: Fleet's Future Leaders

By Thi Dao

Many of those in fleet management are baby boomers and are getting ready to retire, but a new generation of fleet professionals is ready to step into their shoes. These fleet professionals under 40 have already made an impression at their own operations or within the industry.

Tags: Leadership, Education, Technician Training, Baby Boomers

January 2016, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Budgets Continue to Rise

Photo via iStockphoto.com

By Thi Dao

Nearly three of four respondents to Government Fleet’s 2016 financial survey said budgets have returned to 2010 levels, and low fuel cost was one of the biggest contributors to operating budget reductions.

Tags: Operating Costs, Economy, Vehicle Replacement, Vehicle Purchasing, Fleet Budget, Grant Funding, Personnel, Budget, Donations

December 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Carryall UTVs a Cost-Cutting Fleet Alternative

Club Car offers a broad range of utility vehicle models, including the Carryall 700 that’s available in either a zero-emission electric version or a gasoline version. Photo courtesy of Club Car

By Staff

At sprawling facilities, these dependable Club Car vehicles can simplify fleet operations while also saving time and money. Replacing small trucks with utility vehicles can dramatically reduce costs.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Utility Vehicle, Club Car

November 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Large Shop Equipment Leads to Big Improvements

Having the right shop equipment can improve productivity and safety. Photo via istockphoto.com

By Shelley Mika

Small tools, step aside: It’s time for the big equipment to shine. Lifts, cranes, and exhaust systems demonstrate their impact on safety, productivity, and downtime.

Tags: Shop Equipment, Vehicle Lifts, Productivity, Fleet Facility

November 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

2017 Ford Super Duty: More Capability, Less Weight

The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty features an all-new, high-strength steel fully-boxed frame, aluminum-alloy body and stronger axles, springs, and suspension. Pictured is the F-250 XLT Super Duty. Photo courtesy of Ford

By Staff

An aluminum-alloy body helps reduce the weight of Ford’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty by up to 350 lbs.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-Series, 2017-MY, Ford F-250, Aluminum, LED Lighting

November 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Toolboxes vs. Spreadsheets: Stepping into the Fleet Manager Role

Randy Paschal worked on school buses for years before becoming the fleet maintenance superintendent of the City of Sanford, N.C. Photo courtesy of City of Stanford

By Thi Dao

Fleet managers discuss the challenges of stepping into a management role from the shop floor and the increase of non-technical fleet managers entering the industry.

Tags: Training, Continuing Education, City of Culver City, Fleet Associations, PFMA

November 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

When to Prepare for Snow Season? All Year

The City of Boston’s snow fighting fleet includes this loader with a snow blower attachment. Photo courtesy of City of Boston

By Daryl Lubinsky

Fleet managers with experience in snowy weather say preparation starts almost immediately after the previous snow season ends.

Tags: Snow Removal, Snow Plow, Preventive Maintenance, Winter Equipment, Managing the Shop

November 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Epoke Spreaders Simplify Anti-Icing Efforts

Pictured is a bulk spreader used by the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Epoke

By Staff

An Epoke spreader can be used to distribute seven different kinds of materials: salt, sand, split-stone, pre-wetted dry material, liquid, liquid combined with dry material, and pre-wetted dry material and liquid.

Tags: Road Salt, Salt Spreader, Epoke, Winter Equipment

November 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Alamo TRAXX RF Tackles Trickiest Jobs Year-Round

A snow blade can help operators clear snow on hilly terrain. Photo courtesy of Alamo

By Staff

The remotely controlled machine is both a slope mower and a hydraulic tool carrier capable of operating in difficult terrain.

Tags: Alamo, Remote Controls, Snow Removal, Snow Blade Attachments, Mower

November 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Paying Your Technicians Incentives for Certifications

Pierce County, Wash., began its incentive pay program nine years ago, after which employees started requesting specific training to keep up their certifications. Photo courtesy of Pierce County

By Thi Dao

Incentive pay can motivate employees to continue their training and help retain experienced technicians. From lump sum payments to higher wages, fleets explain how they implemented their incentive pay programs.

Tags: Technician Training, Employee Morale, County Fleets, City Fleets, Salary

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Thi Dao
Second-Gen Fleet Professionals

By Thi Dao
I’ve often wondered how much of an influence the parents of second-­generation fleet professionals had on their careers.

Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton
In law enforcement, police chiefs, sheriffs, and other top brass have been known to request higher trim grades and other vehicle upgrades, which can present challenges to the public fleet manager who must repurpose the vehicle after the chief switches into a new vehicle.

How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

By Paul Clinton

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Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

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