Government Fleet – Issue

January 2015

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Fleet Vehicles Go Higher Tech

As new in-car technologies trickle into public fleets, they’re changing the way fleet managers handle purchasing, maintenance, and driver training.

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Photo courtesy of Terex Working in a Winter Wonderland

By Stephane Babcock

Working in winter weather may not be pleasant, but if your off-road equipment is ready to handle the situation, you’re a step ahead in the game.

Photo courtesy of City of Moline Public Fleets Become Cooperative to Save on Parts

By Daryl Lubinsky

Fleets are obtaining substantial discounts on tires, filters, wiper blades, and various additional parts through cooperative purchasing.

Palm Beach County (Fla.) Apparatus Committee members stand in front of two of the Fire Department’s rescue trucks. Photo courtesy of PBCFR. Refurbishing Equipment: The Ultimate Recycling Program

By Tim Calhoun, CAFM

By remounting a refurbished rescue truck body to a new chassis, Palm Beach County (Fla.) Fire and Rescue Department saved about $75,000 over purchasing a new truck.

Photo courtesy of Ford Going Big: SUVs for Patrol

By David Griffith

Because police operations now require much more equipment, many law enforcement agencies have decided the pursuit SUV is the ideal patrol vehicle.

During the November 2014 snowstorm, the city enacted a driving ban so plows could get through. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo Battling the Snowstorm in Buffalo

By Stephane Babcock

When Western New York saw six feet of snow dumped on the ground the week before Thanksgiving 2014, the City of Buffalo was ready to handle the mess with a fleet that was prepped and ready.

Photo via Flickr/Seattle Municipal Archives. Is Technical Experience Necessary for Fleet Managers?

By Thi Dao

Despite not having technical backgrounds, fleet managers with administrative experience bring a variety of advantages to their departments.

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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
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