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. We spoke to a few fleets about how they have dealt with delivery delays. Photo: istockphoto.com 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. We spoke to a few fleets about how they have dealt with 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 Charger 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 options 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 new Komatsu WA270-8 wheel loader boasts several advantages, including an engine that uses up to 3% less fuel than its predecessor.

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FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

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
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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