Government Fleet – Issue

June 2015

Cover Story By Thi Dao
The Struggle to Find Good Technicians

Finding qualified technicians is a challenge that’s only going to get worse. Here’s how to recruit the next generation of technicians and make sure your current employees stay happy.

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Features

Image courtesy of Case. Off-Road Telematics Systems Offer Increased Value to Fleets

By Daryl Lubinsky

Geo-fences and curfews are becoming more standard, but telematics systems on off-road equipment now show detail on what needs to be done before a technician arrives on the scene.

As part of the City of Dublin’s (Ohio) Citizens University, 20 residents were given a peek at city operations, including fleet services. Photo courtesy of City of Dublin. 10 Tips for a Successful Open House

By Thi Dao

A fleet open house is a great public relations tool not just with the public, but also with user departments. Here's how to make sure your open house is successful.

The City of Tulsa (Okla.) encourages its employees to pull over before using a cell phone. Photo courtesy of City of Tulsa Policies & Programs to Reduce Distracted Driving

By Brittni Rubin

Driver safety policies and programs can help reduce collisions, saving lives and public funds. Here’s how public agencies have created, implemented, and spread the word about driver safety policies.

The City of Norfolk, Va., owns two fueling stations and supplements fuel purchases at retail sites using a fuel card. Photo courtesy of City of Norfolk Fleets Find Savings in Fuel Price Fluctuations

By Grace Suizo

A drop in fuel prices beginning in July 2014 allowed some fleets to save money on fuel costs. Whether locking in lower prices or putting money back into the general fund, fleets were relieved about the short-term savings.

(L-R) Brennan, Griffiths, Reagan 5 Questions with the Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists

By Thi Dao

This year’s three finalists for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award discuss their beginnings in fleet, what makes a good fleet manager, and the industry’s biggest challenges.

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Automotive fleet manger in the corporate services department of Texaco, Inc. in New York, during the 1980s.

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Blog

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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