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Ideas for Solving Common Problems in Fleet
If another fleet manager or a consultant reviewed your operation today, what would he or she say?
<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.
<p>The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV comes standard with rearview camera, rear park assist, Bluetooth, OnStar, and Wi-Fi. <em>Photo courtesy of GM</em></p> Fleet Vehicles Go Higher Tech
As new in-car technologies trickle into public fleets, they’re changing the way fleet managers handle purchasing, maintenance, and driver training.
<p>The City of Dublin, Ohio, upgraded its maintenance facility to allow technicians to safely work on CNG vehicles. <em>Photo courtesy of Marathon Corporation</em></p> Upgrading a Maintenance Facility for CNG
An often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of a compressed natural gas (CNG) project is the garage upgrade. When upgrading a facility, various codes and best practices need to be considered.

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<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.
Pa. County Auditing Fleet Maintenance Provider
The Allegheny County (Pa.) Controller’s Office will audit First Vehicle Services (FVS), the maintenance provider for county vehicles, beginning this week.
<p><em>Map showing proposed locations of new fleet facilities courtesy of Sonoma County.</em></p> Calif. County Approves $10M Fleet Facility
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved a new $9.95 million maintenance facility for the fleet operation that's being displaced by a new state courthouse, according to county records.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Goodyear.</em></p> Goodyear's Kelly Edge Tires Suited for Cars, SUVs
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT tires for passenger cars, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and all-terrain vehicles.
<p><em>Photo of leased vehicles courtesy of Webb County.</em></p> Texas County Hires Enterprise Fleet Management
Webb County, Texas, has entered into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management for the lease and management of 30 vehicles. If expanded to its entire fleet of 500 light-duty vehicles, the county could save $170,000 each year.
<p><em>Photo courtesy of Toyo.</em></p> Toyo Expands Open Country R/T Tire Sizes
Toyo Tire U.S.A. has added seven new sizes to its Open Country R/T tire line for light-duty trucks and other off-road vehicles, the company has announced.
Ala. PD Replaces Fleet Via Grant, Federal Loan
The Roanoke (Ala.) Police Department is replacing 11 of its vehicles using a federal grant and loan, as well as simplifying the design scheme to improve maintenance efficiency.
Fleet Supervisor Fired for Taking Home City Equipment
A veteran fleet supervisor for the City of Knoxville, Tenn., has been fired after equipment from the fleet garage was found at his home.

Products

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Geoliner 790 Imaging Wheel Alignment System Hofmann's Geoliner 790 Imaging wheel alignment system is a precision measurement system that improves shop efficiency and productivity. View more info
RS4 Supplementary Tripod Jack Stand Rotary Lift's RS4 supplementary tripod jack stand helps stabilize vehicles loaded on two-post surface and inground lifts. View more info
60 Watt LED Handheld Spotlight The Larson Electronics HUL-LEDP5W-12E Spotlight is a LED spotlight has a 60 watt LED assembly which produces a 5,556 lumen spot beam. View more info
Dodge Ram Diesel Valve Cover Gasket Magnum’s Dodge Ram Diesel Valve Cover Gasket Set works with 2006-2011 Dodge Ram 5.9L and 6.7L trucks. View more info
Ethos Plus Scan Tool Snap-on’s Ethos Plus Scan Tool helps technicians access OEM-specific codes and live data for more than 70 vehicle systems, including newer technologies such as TPMS, hybrid power systems, body controls, suspension and steering angle. 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
Today’s government fleet managers face a wide array of fleet management challenges. This eBook will show you how to optimize fleet performance and productivity in order to contend with shrinking budgets and meet or exceed government regulations on fleet size and emissions.