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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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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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara
I would argue we have all faced this at some point in our careers: We get stuck, and the underlying problem is that we take the same approach and expect different results.

Recognizing Your Success

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao
The 2017 Passat comes with more features offered on lower trims. Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard across all trims, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is now standard on both R-Line and SE trims.

2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown


Thi Dao
Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao
Is something done a certain way because it was always done this way? Was a policy created due to one negative event, and is it still necessary or has it become too restrictive?

Cheering the Industry On

By Thi Dao