Government Fleet – Issue

January 2016

Cover Story By Thi Dao
20 Under 40: Fleet's Future Leaders

Many of those in fleet management are baby boomers and are getting ready to retire, but a new generation of fleet professionals is ready to step into their shoes. These fleet professionals under 40 have already made an impression at their own operations or within the industry.

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Features

The Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators has organized various training sessions on topics ranging from emergency vehicle training to diesel engine maintenance. Photo courtesy of FLAGFA 8 Steps for Collaborative Training Programs

By Shelley Ernst

Is your agency too small to host its own technician trainings? Here’s a tip: partner up. Interagency collaboration can help you pull together the resources needed for quality training programs.

Palm Beach County, Fla., uses one of the more common vehicle purchase methods: using a replacement fund. Photo courtesy of Palm Beach County. Lease-Purchase Strategy Fueling Fleet Acquisition

By Paul Clinton

Government fleets spurred by historically low interest rates have been turning to a wider range of leasing and financing instruments to replace aging vehicles.

Sonoma County, Calif., has 58 plug-in electric vehicles, 29 of which are battery-electric sedans. Photo courtesy of City of Sonoma County Are Electric Vehicles Here to Stay?

By Shelley Ernst

Early adopters of electric vehicles took a risk on new technology. Years later, fleets share whether the risk has paid off.

Photo via iStockphoto.com Fleet Budgets Continue to Rise

By Thi Dao

Nearly three of four respondents to Government Fleet’s 2016 financial survey said budgets have returned to 2010 levels, and low fuel cost was one of the biggest contributors to operating budget reductions.

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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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