Government Fleet – Issue

March 2008

Cover Story By Grace Lauron
Proven Strategies Reduce Fuel Spend

Volatile fuel prices have made this second-largest fleet expense quite a challenge, but a number of fleets have managed to cope using various strategies.

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The Manhattan Beach, Calif., Fire Department utilizes a 4-inch supply and 13/4-inch handlines pump for large water delivery when indicated. One Pump Size Doesn't Fit All

By Lauren Colin

Selecting the right-size fire pump for a fire apparatus is an important task. Fire departments can exceed the minimum gpm based on their own preferences or expected future growth.

The 2008 GFX Expo and conference will be held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego. Public Sector Fleet Expo & Conference To Be Held In San Diego

By Cheryl Knight

Government Fleet magazine’s Expo & Conference will feature training sessions, fleet certification, roundtable discussions, networking, and more.

Ames For A Greener Fleet

By Shelley Mika

The City of Ames, Iowa, hits the target on creating a fuel-efficient fleet by experimenting with a wide array of makes and models.

How King County Beat the High Cost of Off-Road Equipment

By Windell Mitchell

Rather than sacrifice quality by opting for low-cost equipment or balance its budget by keeping old, worn-out equipment, King County implemented a buy-back strategy.

A Grant From British Petroleum allowed the Parks department to add solar-powered
utility vehicles in its fleet. Greening The New York City Parks Department

By Shelley Mika

Following a three-month pilot test utilizing B-100 in select city equipment, the City’s Parks Department now fuels all 800 diesel units in its fleet with B-20.

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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara
I would argue we have all faced this at some point in our careers: We get stuck, and the underlying problem is that we take the same approach and expect different results.

Recognizing Your Success

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao
The 2017 Passat comes with more features offered on lower trims. Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard across all trims, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is now standard on both R-Line and SE trims.

2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown


Thi Dao
Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao
Is something done a certain way because it was always done this way? Was a policy created due to one negative event, and is it still necessary or has it become too restrictive?

Cheering the Industry On

By Thi Dao