Government Fleet – Issue

September 2015

Cover Story By Staff
2015 Public Fleet Overview

This overview delves into the operations of more than 200 fleets that responded to Government Fleet’s annual industry trends survey. Data includes outsourced services, budget changes, remarketing methods, and tool allowances.

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Features

An earlier shift allows technicians to finish preventive maintenance (PM) services before drivers start their shifts in the morning. 14 New Ideas For Fleet Improvement

By Thi Dao

Small changes can sometimes make a big difference within fleet operations. Fleet professionals share the improvements they’ve made to their own fleets, the results, and how others can do the same.

Respondents to this year’s survey on average earn $84,694, which is 2.4% higher than last year’s reported average of $82,732. 2015 Salaries & Retirement Plans

By Staff

This year, 79% of respondents said they had received a salary increase, which is more than those who reported increases last year — this number has been rising since GF first began collecting this data in 2012.

Fleet professionals were asked how their fleet size had changed in the past year — more respondents reported an increase this year and slightly less reported a decrease; last year, 36% reported an increase, 14% a decrease, and 50% the same. The majority of those with decreased fleet sizes who stated the reason for the decrease said this was due to optimization or right-sizing initiatives. 2015 Fleet Inventory and Age

By Staff

More fleets reported an increase in their total inventory than decreases, mostly due to added agency responsibilities. Refuse vehicles have the highest annual maintenance costs despite being relatively new vehicles.

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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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