Government Fleet – Issue

June 2017

Cover Story By Roselynne Reyes
How to Create an Effective Succession Plan

As more baby boomers reach retirement, fleets must prepare the next generation of leaders. Fleet managers share initiatives that have worked for their teams and which have not.

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Superior centrifugal forces allow for higher lifts and deeper compaction depths completed in fewer passes, according to Case. Photo courtesy of Case Case's SV208D Single-Drum Vibratory Compactor

By Staff

The new Case SV208D single-drum vibratory compactor is designed for efficiency and superior climbing power.

Ethanol is a renewable, domestically produced biofuel that is commonly added to the nation’s gasoline supply in varying ratios. Photo: Getty Images Storing, Dispensing & Using Ethanol-Gasoline Blends

By James Dunst

Ethanol-gasoline blends are prevalent in the United States, and fleet managers should know ethanol's effects on engines and how to use and store this fuel effectively.

Technology available on vehicles today is pushing us closer to self-driving vehicles. But there’s still a lot of work to be done before we get there. Photo: Getty Images Preparing Your Fleet for Autonomous Vehicles

By Barbara Bonansinga

Technology available on vehicles today is pushing us closer to self-driving vehicles. But there’s still a lot of work to be done before we get there, as public agencies research and test autonomous vehicles and determine how to prepare for them.

Get to Know 2017's Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists

By Thi Dao

This year’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year finalists talk about how they started in fleet, the most challenging aspects of their jobs, and their proudest accomplishments.

In the past few years, the Texas DOT has restructured its fleet program, right-sized inventory to about 12,500 vehicles, and launched programs for continuous improvement. Photo courtesy of Texas DOT Texas DOT’s Fleet Excellence Program

By Shelley Ernst

With a smaller fleet and limited financial resources, TxDOT created the Fleet Excellence (FLEX) program — a continuous improvement initiative intended to elevate fleet practices and expectations.

The City of Chicago requires that side guards be installed on every large fleet vehicle owned by the city and its contractors. Photo courtesy of City Of Chicago Fleets Make Streets Safer with Vision Zero Initiative

By Tariq Kamal

Officials in cities that have adopted the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative are changing the way they equip and operate municipal fleet vehicles to support it.

The PT125C’s two-speed hydrostatic transmission permits smooth directional changes between forward and reverse. Photo courtesy of Volvo Construction Equipment Volvo’s PT125C Pneumatic Tire Roller

By Staff

Volvo’s PT125C pneumatic tire roller delivers high-performance compaction and uniform smoothness for road projects.


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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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
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

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