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
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich
The EcoSport is Ford’s first-ever subcompact SUV sold in North America, one of the region’s fastest growing vehicle segments. The EcoSport is sold globally by Ford and the updated U.S. model is imported from Ford India.

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

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