Government Fleet – Issue

May 2011

Cover Story By Shelley Mika
Parts Operation: In-House or Outsource

A fleet’s parts inventory is critical to keeping its maintenance and repair process moving forward — and keeping units on the road. Several critical elements to consider are discussed from both the in-house and outsourced perspectives.

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Features

The City of Davenport, Iowa's Public Works fleet facility was programmed and designed by Roger Thompson and Jon Wallenkamp. Planning Facilities for Modern and Future Use

By Thi Dao

When planning a fleet facility, consider site location, prepare it for new or future technologies, and review commonly overlooked issues.

14 Compete for 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

The 2011 award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in San Diego.

 
According to Joseph Shupe, president of CAP Oil Change Systems, the company has designed oil dispensers to reduce the time it takes to change engine oil and also help keep oils clean and safe. Oil Initiatives Government Fleets Should Consider

By Cheryl Knight

Conducting periodic oil analysis, using re-refined or recycled oil, and revisiting oil filter usage will lessen an operation’s impact on the environment, extend maintenance cycles, and reduce reliance on foreign oil.

GFX 2011 to Focus on Fleet Efficiency

By Staff

Educational presentations, brainstorming sessions, and networking events provide fleet managers the opportunity to learn from industry professionals ways to improve fleet efficiency.

 
A power lift on Grasshopper front mount mowers facilitates accessibility to the underside of the deck for simplified maintenance, as well as space-saving portability and storage. Maximize the Life of Grounds Maintenance Equipment

By Stephen Bennett

Manufacturers recommend maintenance schedules and key maintenance procedures for the pieces they sell to government fleets. Some also offer software programs or online support to help monitor usage, track costs, and budget for replacement.

Model 430D features a 30 hp fuel-efficient, high-torque, liquid-cooled three-cylinder MaxTorque diesel engine. Grounds Maintenance Equipment Roundup

By Staff

View four grounds maintenance equipment models from The Grasshopper Co., John Deere, and Kubota.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

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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