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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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

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
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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