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You Ask, We Answer: Your Research Team for Navigating These Uncharted Waters

One of the challenges of providing you with content that offers timely and interesting insights is that so much is changing so quickly in the world and in our industry.

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed utility fleets to re-evaluate how they operate, spec vehicles and manage their shops.

For example, in cases where vehicles are no longer centrally garaged because they’re being driven home, how do you ensure that all PMs get done on time? (In this month’s “Shop Talk,” we spoke with Herb Pruitt at Verizon Communications, who offers lessons learned and best practices on this topic.)

When crews hand off vehicles to garage staff for maintenance and repairs, what should be the process to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus? What PPE should be worn and when? What types of disinfectants should be used?

And what will be the impact on vehicle and equipment manufacturers regarding their production and delivery timelines over the next 12 to 18 months? In what ways will you need to adjust to ensure all business units and their crews have the equipment they need when they need it?

The bottom line: You’re dealing with a lot of uncertainty right now that none of us could have foreseen in January. And it looks like COVID-19 will continue to be a factor through the remainder of 2020.

So, how can you gather the information you need to effectively navigate the uncharted waters ahead?

Use Utility Fleet Professional as your on-demand research team to talk with the experts and your peers to dig up the best answers for you.

Chances are, there are thousands of other fleet professionals in our community who have the same questions and are dealing with similar issues.

So, lean on us to help uncover the solutions and best practices to help you succeed – and keep your team safe – in these uncertain times.

Email me at [email protected] with your fleet management questions, concerns and challenges in this COVID-19 era, and our team will get to work for you.

Sean M. Lyden

Sean M. Lyden

Sean M. Lyden is the editor of Utility Fleet Professional magazine.