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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Features

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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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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