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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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Second-Gen Fleet Professionals

By Thi Dao
I’ve often wondered how much of an influence the parents of second-­generation fleet professionals had on their careers.

Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton
In law enforcement, police chiefs, sheriffs, and other top brass have been known to request higher trim grades and other vehicle upgrades, which can present challenges to the public fleet manager who must repurpose the vehicle after the chief switches into a new vehicle.

How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

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

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

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