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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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.


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Thi Dao
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Nissan NV Cargo

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 NV adds interior upgrades that make it more competitive with other full-size vans.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown