Government Fleet – Issue

June 2014

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Words of Wisdom From Public Sector Fleet Managers

Fleet veterans share funny stories, personal experiences, mistakes, advice, and what they wish they had known in their early fleet years.

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Features

Fleet managers have not yet felt the full effects of the Tier 4 technology for off-road equipment but are preparing for them. ISTOCK Photo. Tier 4 Vehicles to Trickle Into Off-Road Fleets

By Grace Suizo

While Tier 4 equipment is still new, fleets can get ready to incorporate them by training technicians for the new technology and budgeting for the higher cost.

All four fleet technicians at the Town of Castle Rock, Colo., are ASE-certified, helping the fleet earn the Blue Seal of Excellence. Photo courtesy of town of Castle Rock. How to Achieve ASE's Blue Seal of Excellence

By Shelley Mika

The ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition is granted to repair shops that meet specific certification requirements. Learn how three fleets earned their Seal — and how your shop can, too.

Pictured is a typical Marathon Corporation-­designed time-fill barricade. Photo courtesy of Marathon Corporation. Designing a CNG Fueling Station

By Rob Adams

You’ve made the decision to transition to compressed natural gas (CNG) for your vehicle fleet — here’s your next step.

3 Finalists Chosen for Fleet Manager of the Year Award

By Thi Dao

The Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award recognizes accomplishments and efficient operations.

Figuring Out Fuel Contracts

By Shelley Mika

Fuel contracts give fleets a guaranteed price over the duration of the contract. The result: easier budgeting, potential cost savings, reduced administrative time, and guaranteed supply. With careful consideration on the front end, fleets of all sizes can make fuel contracts work in their favor.

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Debbie Mize is the winner of the 1995 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year Award and is a 2012 Hall of Fame inductee.

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Blog

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton
Adding a fleet of battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to your motor pool is one thing. But giving an electrified sedan to a police officer seems like a trickier proposition.

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara
Goals don’t need to happen next month or right now. I recommend they don’t. In fleet management, things rarely happen overnight. So creating that list of goals might help you keep your eye on the prize.

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao
Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s.

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

By Thi Dao

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