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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Features

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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FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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