Government Fleet – Issue

October 2017

Cover Story By Barbara Bonansinga
DOTs Keep States Moving Through Snow & Ice

Limited vehicle replacement budgets challenge state Departments of Transportation in their goal to keep their snow removal fleets in top shape.

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Features

The PC210LCi-11’s Intelligent Machine Control is based on Komatsu’s own sensor package, which includes stroke sensing hydraulic cylinders, an inertial measurement unit sensor, and global navigation satellite system antennas. Photo courtesy of Komatsu A Smarter, Semi- Automatic Excavator

By Staff

Komatsu’s second-generation PC210LCi excavator features Intelligent Machine Control for greater efficiency and ease of use.

Telematics Implementation in the Federal Fleet

By Thi Dao

A 2015 executive order mandated that by March 2017, new federal fleet vehicle purchases would include telematics. Have federal agencies complied?

Photo: Getty Images Harvey & Irma: The Fleet Impact

By Thi Dao & Roselynne Reyes

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the U.S. in late August and early September, wreaking havoc in Texas and Florida. Here’s the fleet impact from public agencies caught in the hurricanes’ paths.

Photo: Getty Images Fleets Prepare for and Respond to Severe Weather

By Tariq Kamal

Municipal fleet managers prevail through harsh conditions by creating and faithfully executing plans to keep their drivers and vehicles safe and ready for action.

When choosing the right upfitter, fleets should consider parts and service availability and local support from the vendor. Photo courtesy of Auto Truck Group Lighter, Safer, More Efficient: What’s New in Upfitting?

By Roselynne Reyes

As fleets get leaner and more versatile, their upfitting choices are evolving to meet new needs and keep up with the industry. We spoke to upfitting experts about what fleets should know.

The Eugene Water & Electric Board tested the visibility of two dozen of its work trucks with backup cameras. Photo courtesy of EWEB How Effective Are Your Trucks’ Backup Cameras?

By Thi Dao

Fleets are already installing backup cameras on work trucks to improve safety. But with no guidelines to follow, do they actually provide the optimal field of view? One Oregon utility set out to fix this problem.

The F-150 Police Responder features best-in-class payload capacity and towing capacity. Photo courtesy of Ford Ford's F-150 Police Responder Offers Pursuit Performance

By Shelley Ernst

In July, Ford introduced the next model in its line of law enforcement vehicles, the F-150 Police Responder. The industry’s first police pursuit-rated pickup truck is built to provide law enforcement fleets improved performance in off-road and rural environments.

The remote-controlled Flailbot from Bomford Turner is equally adept at mowing on steep and flat terrain. Photo courtesy of Bomford Turner Flailbot Mower Handles Steep Grades with Ease

By Staff

The wirelessly operated track mower from Bomford Turner can take on the most difficult jobs on hilly terrain without compromising safety.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Who Tells Your Story?

By Thi Dao
With so many baby boomers in the fleet management profession, I think about what this generation leaves behind when they retire.

The Data on Data

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
2018 Police Motorcycles Tested in Michigan

By Paul Clinton
Harley-Davidson adds performance-oriented stage kits to its pair of bikes, while Yamaha offers a police version of its FJR1300 sport touring model.

2018 Police Vehicles 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 Toyota Camry XSE V-6

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 Camry has been lowered, widened, and lengthened. A trio of new powertrains also improve fuel economy for America's top-selling sedan.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
New Faces in Safe Places

By Sherb Brown
Conferences like AFLA can provide a space for new faces in the industry to meet and network with experienced peers and suppliers, without being crowded by salespeople.

Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown

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