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2010 Diesel Standards on Street Sweepers

By Shelley Mika

New 2010 diesel emission standards will require a 90-percent cut in NOx emissions. Elgin Sweeper discusses how it is meeting and overcoming this challenge.

Biodiesel Powers More Fleets Than Ever

By Brendan Prebo

Biodiesel use has dramatically increased the last few years, with production at a high of 450 million gallons in 2007. A number of private and public sector fleets have already discovered its benefits.

How to Develop a Strategic Business Plan

By Maggie Laird

A business plan is a written description of your organization’s future. It should document vision and strategies.

Tapping A Ready Source of Trained Workers

By Paul Dexler

“Hire the handicapped” is not just a slogan. A huge pool of qualified workers is ready to assist fleets through a federal program, AbilityOne. Employing them can make an important contribution to the community.

Best Practices in Hazardous Waste Disposal

By Mike Scott

San Diego County, City of Portland, Ore., and Lee County, Fla., promote and share best practices in eliminating toxic and unsafe waste.

How City Fleets Handle Tool Allowances

By Steve Bennett

A survey of various-sized municipal fleets across the country reveals a range of tool allowance figures and methods from flat per month or annual stipends to a per- hour allotment. Some cities furnish the tools directly.

What Do Municipal Fleets Charge For Parts Markup?

By Steve Bennett

In the cities of South Bend, Ind.; Orlando, Fla., and Littleton, Colo., markups range from 15 to 25 percent. Most want to help cover costs with markups, but one fleet manager is investigating building a revenue-generation operation.

Keeping Government Vehicles Clean

By Mike Scott

Keeping public sector fleet vehicles clean can be costly. However, strategies are available to help reduce costs and promote individual responsibility.

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Thi Dao
Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao
Fleet managers are taking steps to combat the technician recruiting problem, and these steps are adding up to results.

Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
A Sure Bet for Reducing Distracted Police Driving

By Paul Clinton
While shootouts and ambush killings of police officers provide high-profile examples of the hazards of police work, more often than not officers lose their lives while driving patrol vehicles.

A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

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