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

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton
Adding a fleet of battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to your motor pool is one thing. But giving an electrified sedan to a police officer seems like a trickier proposition.

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara
Goals don’t need to happen next month or right now. I recommend they don’t. In fleet management, things rarely happen overnight. So creating that list of goals might help you keep your eye on the prize.

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao
Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s.

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

By Thi Dao

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