Government Fleet – Issue

May 2013

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Making the Transition to Management

As many experienced public sector fleet managers head toward retirement, public agencies need to consider how to recruit, transition in, and train incoming fleet managers.

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Features

Remembering Years Past

By Thi Dao

To mark Government Fleet’s 10-year anniversary, we asked fleet managers to tell us their memories and what they miss most about their early fleet days.

Photo courtesy of City of Akron, Ohio Police Vehicles: A Look Back

By Thi Dao

As police fleets search for their next patrol car, Government Fleet provides a brief review of popular police vehicles from the past, as well as current offerings from automakers.

Four Ways to Work Better with Procurement

By Shelley Mika

There are powerful benefits to having a procurement partner in getting the vehicles and equipment a fleet needs. Any fleet seeking a smooth partnership with its procurement department will find these four tips worth their while.

16 Nominated for Fleet Manager of the Year

By Thi Dao

The Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award recognizes the best in the industry. Sixteen candidates were nominated for the award.

Network & Learn at GFX

By Editorial Staff

The 2013 Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX), to take place in San Antonio, gives public fleet managers an opportunity to connect with their peers and attend educational sessions designed to help them excel at their jobs.

Centralized Procurement — Autonomy or Savings?

By Katherine Vigneau, CAFM

While centralized procurement has its disadvantages, the benefits far outweigh the costs, especially for state fleets.

Grasshopper’s turbine blower attachment helped several agencies eliminate the need for backpack blower units and helped curb unnecessary labor expenses.
 
Photo courtesy of Grasshopper Attachments Give Dedicated Mowers Year-Round Use

By Brittni Rubin

Implements that attach to a dedicated mower in place of its mowing deck give the unit multifunctional capability, which can help fleets eliminate under-used vehicles and cut costs without sacrificing productivity.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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