Government Fleet – Issue

March 2014

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Can Green Fleets Survive Without Government Funding?

Federal funding for alternative fuels may be slowing down. How will this affect government fleet adoption of alternative fuels?

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Features

According to Club Car’s Mike Cotter, the manufacturer’s aircraft-grade aluminum frames are rustproof and corrosion-resistant. Pictured is the Carryall 500. Photo courtesy of Club Car. The Utility Vehicle Buyer’s Checklist

By Shelley Mika

Utility vehicles fill a unique niche in a government's fleet — they can operate on rugged terrain, transport people while also performing work, and navigate tighter spaces than a traditional vehicle, whether inside a facility or out in the woods.

Indirect vs. Direct Labor: How to Hit the Magic 70%

By Daryl Lubinsky

Direct labor can be summed up as time on task, or any time spent doing a specific task or repair. The work order is open, and as soon as the technician clocks in to perform preventive maintenance, for example, that counts as direct labor. The issue of monitoring and managing indirect labor costs is important because time is so important to fleet management.

Photo courtesy of Ford
 6 Questions About the 2015 Ford F-150

By Thi Dao

The truck's body is made of high-strength, military-­grade aluminum alloy, which Ford says will not only reduce weight but also improve payload, towing, and fuel efficiency.

NGVi’s Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Diagnostics training class is a three-day intensive course for experienced diesel technicians who will be diagnosing and maintaining heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. Photo courtesy of NGVi. Technician Training Solutions for Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

By Barbara Bonansinga

Fleet managers must consider how the addition of alternative-fuel vehicles changes fleet maintenance and repair. For those deciding to keep this in-house, there are various options available for technician training.

Law enforcement agencies seize a wide variety of vehicles including trucks, SUVs, and classic muscle cars. Photo courtesy of DEA Driving a Drug Dealer’s Car

By Paul Clinton

Law enforcement agencies can use asset forfeiture to snare unmarked narcotics cars.

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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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