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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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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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

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

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
A Reminder about Fleet Liability

By Thi Dao
Technicians, who are last to see a vehicle and who decide if and when it’s ready to go, should be aware of fleet liability.

Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao