Government Fleet – Issue

November 2015

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Paying Your Technicians Incentives for Certifications

Incentive pay can motivate employees to continue their training and help retain experienced technicians. From lump sum payments to higher wages, fleets explain how they implemented their incentive pay programs.

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Features

Having the right shop equipment can improve productivity and safety. Photo via istockphoto.com Large Shop Equipment Leads to Big Improvements

By Shelley Mika

Small tools, step aside: It’s time for the big equipment to shine. Lifts, cranes, and exhaust systems demonstrate their impact on safety, productivity, and downtime.

The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty features an all-new, high-strength steel fully-boxed frame, aluminum-alloy body and stronger axles, springs, and suspension. Pictured is the F-250 XLT Super Duty. Photo courtesy of Ford 2017 Ford Super Duty: More Capability, Less Weight

By Staff

An aluminum-alloy body helps reduce the weight of Ford’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty by up to 350 lbs.

Randy Paschal worked on school buses for years before becoming the fleet maintenance superintendent of the City of Sanford, N.C. Photo courtesy of City of Stanford Toolboxes vs. Spreadsheets: Stepping into the Fleet Manager Role

By Thi Dao

Fleet managers discuss the challenges of stepping into a management role from the shop floor and the increase of non-technical fleet managers entering the industry.

The City of Boston’s snow fighting fleet includes this loader with a snow blower attachment. Photo courtesy of City of Boston When to Prepare for Snow Season? All Year

By Daryl Lubinsky

Fleet managers with experience in snowy weather say preparation starts almost immediately after the previous snow season ends.

Pictured is a bulk spreader used by the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Photo courtesy of Epoke Epoke Spreaders Simplify Anti-Icing Efforts

By Staff

An Epoke spreader can be used to distribute seven different kinds of materials: salt, sand, split-stone, pre-wetted dry material, liquid, liquid combined with dry material, and pre-wetted dry material and liquid.

A snow blade can help operators clear snow on hilly terrain. Photo courtesy of Alamo Alamo TRAXX RF Tackles Trickiest Jobs Year-Round

By Staff

The remotely controlled machine is both a slope mower and a hydraulic tool carrier capable of operating in difficult terrain.

Detroit Executive Fleet Manager Craig Rice is pictured here with one of the new 2015 Ford Fusion hybrids, which get twice the fuel economy of the vehicles they replace. Photo courtesy of City of Detroit How Detroit's Fleet Survived City Bankruptcy

By Jon White

Two years after Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, the city fleet has come out stronger, with a fleet that’s leaner, more data-driven, and striving for further improvements.

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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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