Government Fleet – Issue

November 2017

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Should Your Fleet Do 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

The Vactor HXX Paradigm vacuum excavator is now available in an air-only version. Photo courtesy of Vactor A Vacuum Excavator With Multiple Options

By Staff

Vactor offers more configuration choices for its HXX Paradigm vacuum excavator, which is designed for safer digging around utilities.

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 Fleet 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 How Fleets Manage Fuel During 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 Emergency Response Boats: What to Know Before You Buy

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.

FleetFAQ

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 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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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao
Your vehicles may paint a certain picture of the fleet and even the public agency. Is the picture a positive or a negative one?

Are Your Drivers Safe?

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
Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara
WheelRight allows vehicles to drive through a specialized lane and captures tire pressure readings on all four tires while also providing tire tread depth within a few seconds and printed receipt.

Improved Communication (There's an App for That)

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

By Chris Brown
The Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is the least expensive model on the market to offer electric-only range, while offering spirited driving performance and plenty of standard features.

2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown
If you don’t stay on top of the latest developments in mobility, battery technology, autonomous vehicles, and telematics, you are subjecting yourself to the whims of senior management who may be making decisions based on the latest trendy news.

Fleet Management 2.0

By Sherb Brown

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