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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Features

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.

Photo: Getty Images Preparing 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 the 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.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Are Your Drivers Safe?

By Thi Dao
It is probable that distracted drivers will not get caught and will not learn anything until something terrible happens. We know it, and they do too, so it continues happening.

Who Tells Your Story?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department conducted its annual evaluation of 2018-model-year police vehicles from Oct. 10 to 13. Agency deputies got behind the wheel of 13 four-wheel vehicles and five motorcycles for the testing.

2018 Police Motorcycles Tested in Michigan

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Improved Communication (There's an App for That)

By Facundo Tassara
Slack brings all of your communication together in a way that you can sort. Conversations, PDFs, and documents are all be archived and searchable.

Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification Is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown

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