Government Fleet – Issue

November 2012

Cover Story By Steve Riley
Fleet Project Management: Maintenance Facility Construction

Building a new fleet facility may be the most complex project a fleet manager can undertake. Careful pre-planning and knowing exactly what is required, rather than solely relying on an architect’s designs, will result in a facility custom-designed to the fleet’s needs.

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Features

The show floor was packed with alternative-fuel vehicles and solutions, allowing fleet managers to discover new products and network with suppliers. 2012 Green Fleet Conference

By Staff

A record-setting number of attendees gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., to learn about sustainable solutions for their fleets and have a little bit of fun, too, during the event's ride and drive.

To construct and maintain a covered and protected parking area can cost one-third as much as it costs to store vehicles outdoors in a 50-year facility life span.
 Alternative Fleet Storage Options: A Case for Covered Storage

By Roger Thompson

Indoor, protected storage is a safe and cost-effective solution for fleet vehicles. However, less expensive short-term solutions can also provide vehicle protection.

The City of Edmonton's fleet staff is what makes its Fleet Services Branch one of the best in North America. Photo courtesy of the City of Edmonton. Edmonton's Program for Transformation: Working Together for Positive Changes

By Shelley Mika

Provincial capital city Edmonton, Alberta, has the largest integrated municipal fleet operation in Canada and has earned numerous accolades for major improvements made over the last few years. However, focus on workplace culture may be its most significant achievement to date.

AFTER. Through refurbishment of a John Deere wheel loader, the City of Ventura, Calif., was able to extend equipment life by 10 years. Refurbishing Off-Road Equipment

By Shelley Mika

When off-road equipment doesn't measure up in terms of performance or emissions requirements, fleets don't have to make the investment in brand-new units. For the City of Venture, Calif., refurbishing turned out to be an affordable and environmentally beneficial choice.

Departments

Guest Editorial: How to Be a Top Public Sector Fleet Manager

By Steve Kibler

Each year, Government Fleet magazine conducts a competition for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. In reading this year's applications, As a judge, Steve Kibler found a wealth of information regarding best practices that should be shared with every fleet manager.

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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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