Other stories by Daniel C. Brown

  • Asphalt recycling gains momentum

  • Keeping your equipment shop updated

    Darryl Syler, fleet operations manager for Little Rock, Ark., and 38 technicians operate four shops in which they maintain some 1200 vehicles and machines for the city. “Our biggest challenge is to stay up-to-date with the ability to diagnose and repair our fleet and equipment,” he said.

  • Compensation packages ease hiring problems

    Benefits packages help public works departments attract and retain qualified fleet mechanics, even if public-sector wages run somewhat below the private sector, say fleet managers. Shortages of qualified mechanics appear to be a regional problem.

  • Training: put it in the purchase contract

    Providing training for mechanics these days—especially for new heavy equipment—can be a challenge, especially for smaller cities and counties. The solution, most fleet managers have found, is to write training into the purchase contracts for the equipment. Then it becomes the vendor's...

  • The fine art of foiling flats

    Should you do tire maintenance in-house or contract for it? With your own people, you may have more control, but a contracted shop often can do it for less money.

  • The budget face-off

    It's a plight shared by many. Fuel costs have shot up, but tax revenues are the same or down. You're asked to “hold the line” on costs.

  • Facing the challenges of equipment replacement

    If you're a fleet manager, correctly funding your equipment replacement needs is a task that presents a number of challenges. For one, you've got to peer into the future and estimate when you'll need new equipment. And if you “rent” equipment to user departments, then you want to charge them...

  • A ship-shape shop

    In these days of rising costs for everything from fuel to new vehicles, fleet managers are looking high and low for new ways to meet their budgets.

  • A ship-shape shop

    In these days of rising costs for everything from fuel to new vehicles, fleet managers are looking high and low for new ways to meet their budgets.