Government Fleet – Issue

March 2015

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Ideas for Solving Common Problems in Fleet

If another fleet manager or a consultant reviewed your operation today, what would he or she say? Fleet professionals discuss common fleet deficiencies and how to fix them.

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One theory for calculating labor rateis to separate rates by vehicle type to get a more accurate comparison. Photo via iStock Inside the Labor Rate Debate

By Thi Dao

Is your labor rate close to $50, or is it more than $100 an hour? Take a look at how fleets calculate their labor rates, why the range is so wide, and what to consider when comparing your labor rate.

The Camden County fleet facility is used to maintain 123 vehicles and equipment, but this could change if the county administrator’s plan to consolidate with neighboring public fleets goes through. Photo courtesy of Camden County Sharing Fleet Services with a Nearby Agency

By Thi Dao

The City of Kingsland (Ga.) assumed oversight of the Camden County fleet and its fleet employees — and that’s just the first stage of a plan to consolidate fleet services between the two agencies.

Photo courtesy of PERC Answer These 9 Questions Before Implementing Propane Autogas

By Shelley Mika

Taking time to learn the ins and outs of propane autogas up front can boost your odds for a successful program later.

The Heil Odyssey Freedom front loader has a low body weight, which allows it to haul more trash, according to the company. Photo courtesy of Heil Trends in Refuse Truck Technology

By Shelley Mika

Between lighter, quieter trucks, front-loading models, and cutting-edge fuel choices, refuse trucks are better than ever.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Second-Gen Fleet Professionals

By Thi Dao
I’ve often wondered how much of an influence the parents of second-­generation fleet professionals had on their careers.

Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton
In law enforcement, police chiefs, sheriffs, and other top brass have been known to request higher trim grades and other vehicle upgrades, which can present challenges to the public fleet manager who must repurpose the vehicle after the chief switches into a new vehicle.

How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

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

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

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