Government Fleet – Issue

May 2016

Cover Story By Shelley Ernst
Evaluating Parts Outsourcing by the Numbers

Do fleets that have outsourced their parts management really get the savings they estimated? A few years after their decision to outsource, three fleets share their experiences — and their results.

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Photo by Gene Tewksbury. GFX 2016: Join the Best & Brightest

By Staff

The annual Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) tackles big industry issues, celebrates innovative fleets, and explores the latest ideas and technologies.

Photo courtesy of City of Toronto. Conquer Your Fuel System Implementation

By Shelley Ernst

Implementing a fuel management system takes work. But with the ability to reduce fuel theft and yield valuable data for preventive maintenance, working to overcome those challenges can pay off.

Northeast Region UAS Unit members of the Grand Forks County (N.D.) Sheriff’s Department operates this AeroVironment Qube. Photo courtesy of Alan Frazier Unmanned Aircraft Improve Agencies’ Operations

By Daryl Lubinsky

Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, have become more common, and public agencies are using them to document traffic accidents and crime scenes as well as help with fires, hazmat calls, and urban search and rescue.

The 310SL HL backhoe loader can be used to load trucks, break blacktop, place pipes, dig trenches, and move materials. Photo courtesy of Deere John Deere Backhoe Loader Ready for Heavy Lifting

By Staff

The John Deere 310SL HL backhoe loader is designed to help manage an expanding workload with multiple tasks, without moving up to a larger backhoe.

The Kubota SVL95-2s, with a 3,200-lb. rated operating capacity, has the versatility to handle such jobs as plowing, snow-blowing, drilling, and trenching. Photo courtesy of Kubota Kubota's Compact Track Loader Provides Multitasking Muscle

By Staff

Kubota’s SVL95-2s offers more versatility, allowing operators to use up to three hydraulic circuits in parallel.

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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara
I would argue we have all faced this at some point in our careers: We get stuck, and the underlying problem is that we take the same approach and expect different results.

Recognizing Your Success

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao
The 2017 Passat comes with more features offered on lower trims. Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard across all trims, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is now standard on both R-Line and SE trims.

2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown


Thi Dao
Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao
Is something done a certain way because it was always done this way? Was a policy created due to one negative event, and is it still necessary or has it become too restrictive?

Cheering the Industry On

By Thi Dao