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<p>One theory for calculating labor rateis to separate rates by vehicle type&nbsp;to get a more accurate comparison.<em> Photo via iStock</em></p> Inside the Labor Rate Debate
Is your labor rate close to $50, or is it more than $100 an hour? Take a look at how fleets calculate their labor rates, why the range is so wide, and what to consider when comparing your labor rate.
<p>The Camden County fleet facility is used to maintain 123 vehicles and equipment, but this could change if the county administrator&rsquo;s plan to consolidate with neighboring public fleets goes through. <em>Photo courtesy of Camden County</em></p> Sharing Fleet Services with a Nearby Agency
The City of Kingsland (Ga.) assumed oversight of the Camden County fleet and its fleet employees — and that’s just the first stage of a plan to consolidate fleet services between the two agencies.
Ideas for Solving Common Problems in Fleet
If another fleet manager or a consultant reviewed your operation today, what would he or she say? Fleet professionals discuss common fleet deficiencies and how to fix them.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Terex</em></p> Working in a Winter Wonderland
Working in winter weather may not be pleasant, but if your off-road equipment is ready to handle the situation, you’re a step ahead in the game.
<p>During the November 2014 snowstorm, the city enacted a driving ban so plows could get through<em>. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo</em></p> Battling the Snowstorm in Buffalo
When Western New York saw six feet of snow dumped on the ground the week before Thanksgiving 2014, the City of Buffalo was ready to handle the mess with a fleet that was prepped and ready.

Maintenance News

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<p><strong><em>Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of General Motors.</em></strong></p> Chevrolet Silverado Design Simplifies Collision Repair
General Motors engineers incorporated several features that allow technicians to more efficiently repair collision damage.
<p><em>Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.</em></p> Recall Customer Satisfaction Increases
The percentage of dealer service visits relating to recalls reached 16 percent in 2015 for at least a six-year high, yet satisfaction among those customers is also rising, according to a J.D. Power study.
<p><strong>The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire named one of top Ultra-High Performance Tires. <em>Photo courtesy of Michelin</em></strong></p> Consumer Reports Names Top Tire Brands
Consumer Reports has named Michelin as the Best Tire Brand by its tire-testing team. The brands that performed the best after Michelin were Continental, Goodyear and Pirelli.
Refurbishing Fire Trucks Could Save City $2M
The City of Montgomery, Ala., Fire/Rescue Department expects to save more than $2 million by refurbishing two ladder trucks and three pumper trucks.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of GM.</em></p> Fleets Mostly Exempted From GM Powertrain Warranty Roll-Back
General Motors is rolling back the number of visits under its free maintenance program across the board for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for fleets amid a change to its powertrain warranty that mostly affects retail buyers.
Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Potholes
This winter's extreme freeze-and-thaw cycles have created conditions for a nightmarish pothole season, but AAA offers some valuable advice on how to prevent pothole damage.
Ill. Villages Can't Obtain Insurance for Fleet
Two Illinois villages have been unable to obtain insurance for their fleet vehicles due to their trouble financial history and debts from civil judgments.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Louisville Metro.</em></p> Toyota Helps Ky. Fleet Reduce Repair Time by 75%
Following a fleet improvement project with Toyota’s Production System Support Center, the Louisville Metro (Ky.) fleet has reduced its repair backlog by 37% within two months and repair time by 75%.
Tenn. City Creates New Position to Improve Fleet
The City of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is hiring a new streets and fleet maintenance manager in its Public Works Department to improve its fleet operations by focusing on broader fleet initiatives.
<p><em>File photo</em></p> Audit: Va. Fleet Should Take Back Outsourced Work
The City of Richmond, Va., should work on improving its fleet operations and take back its partially outsourced fleet maintenance, the city auditor wrote in a January report.

Products

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Portable LED String Lights Larson Electronics 300 watt LED lighting system a cart mounted temporary LED work area light with thirty high output LED lamps producing a combined 31,500 lumens of light. View more info
B400L Wheel Balancer John Bean's B400L wheel balancer features short balancing cycles, fast data entry and innovative functions such as easyWEIGHT and SMART SONAR, according to the company. View more info
BlueTork CP7600 Nutrunner Chicago Pneumatic's BlueTork CP7600 nutrunner is a tool designed to tighten wheel nuts to a precise specification without using impact force. The tool is designed for vehicles with frequent start-stop journeys such as buses and refuse trucks. View more info
TruckSeries Software Suite Mitchell 1's TruckSeries upgrades existing software that provides labor estimating, diagnostic trouble code procedures and repair information for Class 4-8 trucks. View more info
Striker Spreader Western Products' Striker stainless steel hopper spreader is engineered to minimize waste and enhance spreading capabilities. View more info

Research and Best Practices

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Fleet Maintenance Management System Best Practices

See how one fleet implemented a universal system to reduce operating costs, instill accountability, save time and increase efficiency.

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Managing Government Fleet Mandates: How Verizon Networkfleet Can Help to Exceed Your Fleet Optimization Goals
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