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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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 How 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 Vehicle 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.


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