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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Features

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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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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