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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: Leading Fleets, CNG Fueling Stations, GRIP Idle Management System, petroleum reduction, City of Columbus

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

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

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