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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Features

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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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
How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

By Paul Clinton
Ford's Police Responder Hybrid Sedan offers several important differences from other retail hybrid cars that should make it well suited for the demands of a police duty cycle, while also providing lower costs to operate.

A Sure Bet for Reducing Distracted Police Driving

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

Stephane Babcock
2017 Genesis G90

By Stephane Babcock
The Genesis G90 sets itself apart with the interior, drivetrain, and sleek exterior. It has a look and feel inside and out that will satisfy most luxury car cravings.

2017 Ram 2500 Tradesman

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown
Fleet managers should stay current with new developments in the auto industry but stay grounded in reality to keep their fleets efficient and prepared for the future.

Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown

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