Government Fleet – Issue

March 2016

Cover Story By Shelley Ernst
How Fleets Can Manage Recalls

With recalls on the rise, it’s hard for fleets to avoid them. But understanding the risk — and creating a process for when they arise — can make handling them manageable.

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Features

The Port St. Lucie Police Department plans to have Derive Efficiency calibrate its current vehicles that are MY-2013 and newer. Photo courtesy of City of Port St. Lucie 5 Ways to Improve Efficiency

By Thi Dao

From adding in-vehicle technologies to incentives in the shop, here are five ways fleets can improve driver, vehicle, and operational efficiency.

Chevin provides a platform that allows fleets to pull together data in a way so they can attack the low hanging fruit to improve efficiency. Image courtesy of Chevin Fleet Management Software Increases Customization

By Daryl Lubinsky

Government fleets continue to look for fleet management information systems to perform tasks geared toward the fleet’s specific needs, which has led to additional trends such as predictive analysis.

In 2015, fleet staff received the City of West Palm Beach’s Team of the Year award. Photo courtesy of City of West Palm Beach Turning Around the West Palm Beach City Fleet

By Thi Dao

The City of West Palm Beach, Fla., has made a significant fleet turnaround with the help of a new fleet manager, new fleet management system, and a newly created replacement fund.

(L-R) Richard Battersby, City of Oakland, Calif.; Pat O’Keefe, Golden Gate Petroleum; and Neville Fernandes from Neste are pictured after the City of Oakland announced its switch to renewable diesel. Photo courtesy of City of Oakland What You Need to Know About Renewable Diesel

By Shelley Ernst

Renewable diesel is sustainable, and many West Coast fleets have been making the switch. But what is it exactly, and where can you get it?

Caterpillar’s B-Series roller uses global navigation satellite system positioning to correlate compaction, frequency, and pass-count data to specific locations. Photo courtesy of Caterpillar Caterpillar Rolls Toward Smarter Asphalt Compaction

By Staff

The manufacturer’s latest B-Series tandem vibratory roller models boast improvements in auto-adjustable compaction and mapping for pass count and temperature.

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Fleet Management And Leasing

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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Fuel Management

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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

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

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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