Government Fleet – Issue

November 2017

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Should You Be Doing Warranty Repairs?

Fleets with warranty repair programs say they can reduce downtime, provide better customer service, and improve operational efficiency. Others say it’s not a good fit for their fleets. Where does your fleet fall?

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Features

Due to the variety of public sector fleets, it can be difficult to set standards for replacements. Heavy-duty equipment, for example, cannot be measured against the same standard as sedans. Photo: Getty Images Catching Up on Vehicle Replacements

By Roselynne Reyes

Eight years after the Great Recession, fleets across the country are still recovering. Fleet managers share how their teams got through it and obtained the necessary funding for replacements.

In Lakeland, Fla., east of Tampa, an agreement with a local fuel vendor ensures the city’s equipment, including this split gasoline/diesel tanker, get first priority during an emergency.Photo courtesy of City of Lakeland Fleets Fuel Through Emergencies

By Tariq Kamal

When severe weather strikes, public sector fleet managers take a leading role in ensuring a continuous fuel supply for emergency vehicles.

Fleet maintenance is managed across five shops and two parts rooms in two locations. Photo: Thi Dao Oakland's Fleet Looks to the Future

By Roselynne Reyes

The City of Oakland, Calif., Equipment Services Division is planning for the next big thing, embracing sustainability and building up its team despite limited resources.

Public agencies can use cooperative contracts to purchase their fleet vehicles. Photo: Getty Images Procurement & Fleet: Working Collaboratively Through Cooperative Contracting

By Tammy Rimes

Cooperative procurement can help fleets acquire vehicles quicker, for less money, and for situations such as after natural disasters.

The Collier County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office has found that standardizing boat engines with those of on-road vehicles makes maintenance easier. Photo courtesy of Collier County Sheriff A Shopper's Guide to Emergency Response Boats

By Shelley Ernst

Marine units allow coastal emergency responders to extend their services to the water. Here’s what they look for when adding boats to their fleets.

Bandit Industries’ Model ZT1844 track-mounted stump grinder is available with two Kohler engine options: 26 hp and 38 hp. Photo courtesy of Bandit A Compact Stump Grinder With Extra Bite

By Staff

Bandit’s Model ZT1844 delivers powerful stump grinding in a smaller package with easy-to-use controls.

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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
Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown
The mainstream media may have sold out lock stock and barrel to the fringe elements but as a fleet decision maker you still have some tremendous resources that you can rely on.

New Faces in Safe Places

By Sherb Brown

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