Government Fleet – Issue

November 2014

Cover Story By Thi Dao
10 Features of Modern Fleet Facilities

From Wi-Fi to smart vehicle lifts and fluid distribution systems, modern fleet facilities have features that improve technicians’ work environments.

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Features

Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president, agriculture and turf division, said the company added three product marketing directors to guide product development and support. Photo courtesy of Kubota Kubota: Not Just a Tractor Company

By Thi Dao

Ninety-two new products, the expansion of its construction equipment lineup, and organizational changes to improve product support are just some of the changes Kubota Tractor Corporation is making in an effort to expand its market share.

The City of Dublin, Ohio, upgraded its maintenance facility to allow technicians to safely work on CNG vehicles. Photo courtesy of Marathon Corporation Upgrading a Maintenance Facility for CNG

By Rob Adams

An often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of a compressed natural gas (CNG) project is the garage upgrade. When upgrading a facility, various codes and best practices need to be considered.

Photo courtesy of iStock. Saving Money by Taking Back Outsourced Work

By Stephane Babcock

The State of Utah’s Division of Fleet Operations has been able to cut costs by more than 19% by taking back what it once outsourced — maintenance management.

The 2014 Hino 195H hybrid service truck utilizes hybrid electric drive technology to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30% over that of a conventionally powered truck. Photo courtesy of Sonoma County Hybrid Service Truck Reduces Fuel Costs

By Staff

The addition of a hybrid-electric field service truck helps the Sonoma County, Calif., fleet increase the number of field services while minimizing fuel consumption.

A Draft Commander mobile pump testing trailer helps the San Bernardino Fire Department stay in compliance with its pump testing schedule. Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County How Is Your Fire Truck Pump Testing Program?

By Brent Wahl, CAFM

San Bernardino County, Calif., Fire Vehicle Services thought it was in compliance with fire pump testing guidelines. After an audit, the department realized it wasn’t — here’s what it did to correct the problem.

Photo courtesy of iStock Do Anti-Idling Technologies Work?

By Shelley Mika

Four fleets share their experiences with anti-idling devices on patrol cars and trucks — and their plans for the future.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

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