Government Fleet – Issue

March 2011

Cover Story By Grace Suizo
Boosting Morale Can Help Improve Operations

Strong leadership and understanding, combined with a little creativity, can help keep productivity and employee morale high when resources are low.

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Features

Leveraging Procurement Dollars in a Zero-Growth Budget Environment

By Stephen Bennett

Public sector fleet manager creativity is one key to “getting the most bang for the buck” in a time of tightening purse strings and unpredictable fuel prices.

Be Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem

By Mike Antich

As public sector fleets face increasing scrutiny, fleet management must keep the public and officials informed, ensure competitive service costs, and maintain customer service levels while reducing costs.

A ‘State of the Fleet’ Report Can Enhance Fleet Image

By Gary Hatfield

Fleet managers can use an annual fleet report to inform decision-makers who impact funding, user departments, and fleet employees about both fleet management accomplishments and challenges.

The BearCat G3 provides 0.50 caliber armor protection with high ground clearance for aggressive off-road performance and maneuverability. It is used by SWAT and Special Ops teams at high security facilities for perimeter patrol and security. Beyond the Patrol Car

By Melanie Basich and Lauren Fletcher

Law enforcement vehicles come in all shapes in sizes. In addition to the traditional patrol vehicle or motorcycle, the following are other vehicles law enforcement officers use to keep the peace.

The Terex TC 20 Compact Crawler Excavator has max dig depth of 8 feet 2 inches and max reach of 14 feet 4 inches. What to Consider When Spec’ing Excavators

By Stephen Bennett

Whether renting or buying, fleets must ensure excavator specs meet the needs of the application. Fleet managers and equipment manufacturers weigh in on factors to consider.

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Select states prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. Eight states have made talking on a cell phone a primary offense and the driver can be pulled over by a police office without another traffic violation occurring.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

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

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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