Government Fleet – Issue

November 2016

Cover Story By Thi Dao
When Should You Change Oil?

Fleets analyzing oil samples can determine if their maintenance cycles are done at the right time and also identify maintenance issues before they become bigger problems.

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The 816K is designed for multiple machine lives and component rebuilds using Caterpillar sustainable options such as the Reman and Certified Rebuild programs. Photo courtesy of Caterpillar A More Durable, Fuel-Efficient Landfill Compactor

By Staff

Powered by a Tier 4 Final-compliant engine, the Cat 816K landfill compactor features cab upgrades and advanced technology options.

Late vehicle deliveries can throw off a government agency’s operations and leave fleet managers scrambling to keep older vehicles running. Photo: Overcoming Delayed Vehicle Deliveries

By Roselynne Reyes

Late vehicle deliveries can throw off a government agency’s operations and leave fleet managers scrambling to keep older vehicles running. What can fleets do about delivery delays?

The City of Tampa fleet management “dream team” consists of (l-r): Arturo Betty, John Daff, Earl Gant, Dick Guerra, Connie White-Arnold, Jeff Hajdu, Kevin Koudela, and Gary Stewart. Photo courtesy of City of Tampa More Opportunities Than Challenges at Tampa

By Thi Dao

The City of Tampa, Fla., fleet has hit its stride, with a staff consisting of a dream team, support from department heads, and an interim fleet manager keen on networking with neighboring fleets.

The Dodge Charger Pursuit is used by agencies around the country, including California Highway Patrol. Photo courtesy of FCA 2017 Police Vehicles

By Roselynne Reyes

Fleet managers in law enforcement have a variety of vehicles to choose from. The latest offerings from Chevrolet, Dodge, and Ford deliver a number of features for increased power, safety, and efficiency.

Backup generators, which may be refueled only once or twice a year, need diesel fuel maintenance to ensure they function when needed. Photo: Shutterstock How to Maintain Stored Diesel Fuel

By James Dunst

Diesel fuel stored for long periods of time — such as in backup generators — is prone to degradation. This can lead to equipment failure when the time comes to use it. Here’s what fleet managers can do to maintain their stored diesel fuel.

The Komatsu WA270-8 wheel loader is compact enough to operate in tight quarters, such as residential streets, but powerful enough to handle jobs often planned for bigger machines, according to the manufacturer. Photo courtesy of Komatsu A Fuel-Saving Wheel Loader for All Four Seasons

By Staff

The Komatsu WA270-8 wheel loader boasts several advantages, including an engine that uses up to 3% less fuel than its predecessor.


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Robert Whitfield was the corporate fleet administrator for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. (Louisville, KY) during the 1980s.

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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
Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara
WheelRight allows vehicles to drive through a specialized lane and captures tire pressure readings on all four tires while also providing tire tread depth within a few seconds and printed receipt.

Improved Communication (There's an App for That)

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich
The Chevrolet Equinox adds a 1.6L four-cylinder turbo diesel to its lineup of engine choices for 2018. The fuel-efficient turbo diesel generates 137 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown