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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, Eugene Water & Electric Board, 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, City of 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, Anti-Icing, 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

November 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

How Detroit's Fleet Survived City Bankruptcy

Detroit Executive Fleet Manager Craig Rice is pictured here with one of the new 2015 Ford Fusion hybrids, which get twice the fuel economy of the vehicles they replace. Photo courtesy of City of Detroit

By Jon White

Two years after Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, the city fleet has come out stronger, with a fleet that’s leaner, more data-driven, and striving for further improvements.

Tags: Bankruptcy, City of Detroit, Fleet Budget

October 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Effectively Manage Salt Use

Current technology allows fleet and public works personnel to see how much salt is being used.

By Wilfrid Nixon

There is a powerful new suite of tools allowing government agencies to bring their “A” game to every snowstorm.

Tags: Webtech Wireless, Road Salt

October 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Gas vs. Diesel: The Bad Investment Only Fleet Managers Know About

File photo

By Bob Stanton

Choosing to purchase gasoline engines instead of diesel ones for Class 3-6 trucks may be an unpopular decision, but it’s the right one.

Tags: Diesel, Gasoline, Fuel Costs, Medium-Duty Trucks

October 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Minnesota PFS Draws Regional Fleets

Attendees of the Minnesota Public Fleet Summit were able to learn from leading fleet professionals as well as local ones.

By Staff

A sold-out Public Fleet Summit in Minnesota gave fleet and public works professionals an opportunity to connect with nearby agencies and learn from nationally recognized fleet professionals.

Tags: Public Fleet Summit, Staff Training, Industry Event, Continuing Education

October 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

What's New in Motor Pool Technology?

A keyless solution, such as one offered by INVERS, allows drivers to use a card to unlock the vehicle and access the keys inside. Photo courtesy of INVERS

By Thi Dao

Mobile apps, more integration, better reporting, and heavy equipment sharing are some of the new and upcoming features of fleet car sharing solutions.

Tags: AssetWorks, INVERS, Agile Access Control Inc., FleetCommander, Zipcar, Carsharing, Motor Pools

October 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Overcoming the Challenges of Green Fleet Procurement

As part of its greener fleet purchases, the City of Glendale, Calif., replaced a larger diesel chassis with a smaller, gasoline-powered Ford F-550. The fleet plans to equip its next aerial trucks with a battery pack for the boom so operators won’t need to run the truck’s engine while the boom is in use.

By Shelley Mika

When fleets put a green fleet policy in place, there’s a ripple effect. Procurement is one area to feel the effects. How do fleets face these challenges — and come out on top in the long run?

Tags: County Fleets, City of Minneapolis, District of Columbia, Green Fleet Policy

September 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

14 New Ideas For Fleet Improvement

An earlier shift allows technicians to finish preventive maintenance (PM) services before drivers start their shifts in the morning.

By Thi Dao

Small changes can sometimes make a big difference within fleet operations. Fleet professionals share the improvements they’ve made to their own fleets, the results, and how others can do the same.

Tags: Bright Ideas, Fleet Efficiency, Managing the Shop, preventive maintenance, SCR

September 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

2015 Salaries & Retirement Plans

Respondents to this year’s survey on average earn $84,694, which is 2.4% higher than last year’s reported average of $82,732.

By Staff

This year, 79% of respondents said they had received a salary increase, which is more than those who reported increases last year — this number has been rising since GF first began collecting this data in 2012.

Tags: Retirement, Fleet Manager, Salary

September 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

2015 Fleet Inventory and Age

Fleet professionals were asked how their fleet size had changed in the past year — more respondents reported an increase this year and slightly less reported a decrease; last year, 36% reported an increase, 14% a decrease, and 50% the same. The majority of those with decreased fleet sizes who stated the reason for the decrease said this was due to optimization or right-sizing initiatives.

By Staff

More fleets reported an increase in their total inventory than decreases, mostly due to added agency responsibilities. Refuse vehicles have the highest annual maintenance costs despite being relatively new vehicles.

Tags: Utilization, Trends, Industry Research

September 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

2015 Public Fleet Overview

This chart shows a profile of survey respondents and the public entities for which they work. The “other” category consists of special districts, transit agencies, fire divisions, and other uncategorized agencies.

By Staff

This overview delves into the operations of more than 200 fleets that responded to Government Fleet’s annual industry trends survey. Data includes outsourced services, budget changes, remarketing methods, and tool allowances.

Tags: Industry Research

August 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Cranes Help Lifeguards Reduce Rescue Times

Photo courtesy of Two Rivers Marketing.

By Eric Gandarilla

Workers in the trauma world operate in what they call the “golden hour.” If they can get a patient to a trauma center in an hour from the moment of the accident, then there is an 89% chance that patient will live.

Tags: Fire Equipment, Pierce Manufacturing, San Diego, Knuckle Boom, Cranes

August 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Making a Case for EVs in Fleets

Photo via Toyota

By Steven Martinez

Dave Head was the Sonoma County Fleet manager for 26 years but as an advocate for electric vehicles in fleets, he sees the new technology as a potential game changer, both for the environment and the bottom line.

Tags: Sonoma County, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Public Fleet Hall of Fame, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Fleet Technology Expo

July 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Highlights from GFX 2015

Photo by Gene Tewksbury

By Staff

In early June, more than 700 fleet professionals convened at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver for the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX). Find out more about the sessions and view photos here.

Tags: GFX

July 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

8 Hall of Fame Inductees Honored for 2015

Photo by Kimberly Pham

By Staff

Government Fleet magazine named its second class of Public Fleet Hall of Fame inductees this year, with eight fleet professionals added. The award recognizes fleet leaders who have significantly contributed to the profession.

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

July 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Martinez’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Martinez received the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) on June 10. Photo by Gene Tewksbury

By Thi Dao

Robert Martinez was named 2015 Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Determination, a vision for a better work environment, and advanced calculus allowed the former NYPD auto service worker surpass his career goals.

Tags: Recognition, NYPD, Public Fleet Hall of Fame, Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award

July 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Capabilities of In-Car Video for Police Vehicles

Photo courtesy of PoliceMag.com.

By David Griffith

The features and capabilities of in-car video systems make them ideal for recording evidence of traffic stops and vehicle pursuits.

Tags: In-Car Video, Digital Ally, Safety

July 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Elite Fleets Strengthen Their Operations

By Thi Dao

The Elite Fleets, industry-leading former No. 1 fleets, are working on various projects to improve their operations.

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

July 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Recognizing the 2015 Leading Fleets

Many of the Leading Fleets award recipients are pictured here after The Honors Celebration at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) on June 10. Photo by Gene Tewksbury.

By Staff

The Leading Fleets program recognizes 50 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 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Boise’s Restructuring & Rise to Become the No. 1 Fleet

The City of Boise takes pride in its education efforts; it is an ASE Blue Seal shop with 100% of technicians certified. Dennis Falconer, CPFP, vehicle maintenance division manager (far left) and Craig Croner, CPFP, administrative services manager (far right) oversee the fleet. Photo courtesy of City of Boise

By Brittni Rubin

The City of Boise, Idaho, took home the trophy for the No. 1 overall fleet among the Leading Fleets. Embracing education and innovative ideas, and measuring performance, helped the city fleet achieve this award.

Tags: No. 1 Fleet, Fleet Consolidation, Leading Fleets, City Fleets

July 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

How Griffiths Became the 2015 Fleet Manager of the Year

Photo by Gene Tewksbury

By Shelley Mika

Careful planning, teamwork, and a focus on quantifiable fleet improvements helped Bill Griffiths from Montgomery County, Md., obtain the 2015 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award.

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

June 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Off-Road Telematics Systems Offer Increased Value to Fleets

Image courtesy of Case.

By Daryl Lubinsky

Geo-fences and curfews are becoming more standard, but telematics systems on off-road equipment now show detail on what needs to be done before a technician arrives on the scene.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Off-Road Vehicles

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