Government Fleet – Issue

October 2012

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Are Your Technicians Happy? What They're Saying About Their Workplaces and What They Want You to Do About It

Government Fleet's exclusive survey reveals how fleet technicians feel about their jobs and what makes them stay. Find out what they're proud of and what they want you to change.

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Features

At King County, Wash., Department of Transportation, the in-house warranty program resulted in more productive technicians and decreased transportation costs. Photo courtesy of King County, Wash. The Pros & Cons of Warranty Work

By Shelley Mika

Every warranty program comes with its own set of pros and cons. To reveal the true picture of warranty work, two fleets and a software expert share their experiences.

Fleets can maximize "green," both in terms of fuel economy and cost savings. The Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator helps fleets compare vehicle fuel efficiency and consumption so they can make the most informed purchase decision possible. Ford Debuts Fleet Vehicle Emissions & Fuel Cost Calculator

By Staff

The new tool helps customers compare vehicle fuel efficiency and sustainability based on customer-specific information and geographic region.

This chart from John Deere shows how EPA regulations have significantly reduced the amount of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions. The European Union (EU) has similar emissions standards, named stages, that approximately correspond to the EPA's tiers. Hence, Final Tier 4 regulations in the United States are very similar to Stave IV regulations in the EU. Graphic courtesy of John Deere. Equipment Manufacturers Weigh in on Final Tier 4 Emissions Regulations

By Stephen Bennett

Manufacturers are progressive toward the deadlines for Final Tier 4 emissions requirements for off-highway vehicles. Here, they talk about their plans for compliance and how it will affect fleets.

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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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