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January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Budgets Squeezed by Decreasing Tax Revenues

By Cindy Brauer

As the 2008 holiday season began last November, Government Fleet contacted public sector fleet managers to explore the impact of plummeting economic conditions on their professional responsibilities.

Tags: Operating Costs, taxes, Fleet Budget

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

A New Facility & Outlook for City of Columbus Fleet

By Shelley Mika

The City of Columbus, Ohio, demonstrates how updating facilities results in more than a new appearance.

Tags: Municipal Fleets, fleet operations

November 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

2010 Diesel Standards on Street Sweepers

By Shelley Mika

New 2010 diesel emission standards will require a 90-percent cut in NOx emissions. Elgin Sweeper discusses how it is meeting and overcoming this challenge.

Tags: EPA, Elgin Industries, Street Sweepers

November 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Biodiesel Powers More Fleets Than Ever

By Brendan Prebo

Biodiesel use has dramatically increased the last few years, with production at a high of 450 million gallons in 2007. A number of private and public sector fleets have already discovered its benefits.

Tags: Biodiesel, B-20

November 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Develop a Strategic Business Plan

By Maggie Laird

A business plan is a written description of your organization’s future. It should document vision and strategies.

November 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Tapping A Ready Source of Trained Workers

By Paul Dexler

“Hire the handicapped” is not just a slogan. A huge pool of qualified workers is ready to assist fleets through a federal program, AbilityOne. Employing them can make an important contribution to the community.

November 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Best Practices in Hazardous Waste Disposal

By Mike Scott

San Diego County, City of Portland, Ore., and Lee County, Fla., promote and share best practices in eliminating toxic and unsafe waste.

November 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

How City Fleets Handle Tool Allowances

By Steve Bennett

A survey of various-sized municipal fleets across the country reveals a range of tool allowance figures and methods from flat per month or annual stipends to a per- hour allotment. Some cities furnish the tools directly.

Tags: Budget Rent A Car

November 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

What Do Municipal Fleets Charge For Parts Markup?

By Steve Bennett

In the cities of South Bend, Ind.; Orlando, Fla., and Littleton, Colo., markups range from 15 to 25 percent. Most want to help cover costs with markups, but one fleet manager is investigating building a revenue-generation operation.

Tags: Maintenance

November 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Keeping Government Vehicles Clean

By Mike Scott

Keeping public sector fleet vehicles clean can be costly. However, strategies are available to help reduce costs and promote individual responsibility.

Tags: Maintenance

November 2008, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Cedar Rapids Fleet Tested by Flood of 2008

Cedar Rapids City Hall faces rising waters during the Flood of 2008 in June.

By Chad Simon

Despite losing 91 units, four out of five garages, all but one fuel island, and an entire data network, the City of Cedar Rapids fleet staff came together to overcome these challenges and forge a “new normal.”

September 2008, Government Fleet - Cover Story

City of Las Vegas Wins International Awards

As part of the City’s overall sustainability project, the Las Vegas fleet has<br /><br />incorporated alternative fuels in 90 percent of the 1,500 city-owned vehicles and equipment.

By Lauren Fletcher

The City of Las Vegas fleet encourages employees to think innovatively. Winning three 2007 World Leadership awards indicates the City’s on the right track.

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Government Fleet Expo Exceeds Expectations

A diverse range of seminars drew crowded audiences of fleet professionals.<br /><br />

By Lisajoyce Vergara

The first-ever Government Fleet Expo & Conference drew more than 350 fleet professionals, featured 25 presentations by experienced fleet managers, 61 vendor exhibits, and plenty of networking opportunities.

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

10 Tips for Warranty Recovery Managers

By Peter Bednar & Tom Wall

A warranty recovery program can be a source of savings from monetary reimbursements, credits, reallocation of shop resources, and shop efficiency improvements.

Tags: Warranty

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Drivers' License Checks Are Crucial For State of Utah Fleet

Scott Bingham, research analyst, division of fleet operations, works diligently to provide the state’s fleet needs.

By Cheryl Knight

The State’s fleet department continues to work toward a safe and cost-efficient fleet. Weekly license checks help the State assess driver risk, increasing driver safety, minimizing liability, and reducing accident costs.

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Charlotte Takes Over Fleet Reins from Mecklenburg County

Charlotte’s fleet team displays a sign describing the partnership between the<br /><br />two government agencies.

By Lauren Fletcher

Mecklenburg County needed some assistance with its light-duty fleet vehicles, and the City of Charlotte proved it was right for the job.

Tags: Partnership

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

City of Santa Monica Adapts Early to Alt-Fuel Use

By Mike Scott

In 1993, the City of Santa Monica was one of the first agencies to set a vehicle reduction policy. Today, 84 percent of the 450 unit fleet represent a diverse mix of fuels and technologies.

Tags: Green Fleets, Alternative Fuels

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleets Share Fuel Management Best Practices

By Chad Simon

Now more than ever, stressed-out fleet managers are turning to fuel management programs to maximize efficiency and keep expenditures down.

Tags: Best Practices, Fleet Management

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Mistakes in Fuel Management RFPs Can Muddy The Process

By Staff

Public sector fleets feel the pain of soaring fuel costs even more than the private sector, and fuel management RFPs are more common than ever. Avoiding these mistakes will help make the process more successful.

Tags: RFPs

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

5 Tips To Stage A Successful Pre-Bid Meeting

By Steve Bennett

The responsibility for a productive pre-bid meeting falls to the fleet manager. The process begins with researched and well-written specifications.

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Street Sweepers: 10 Mistakes Fleets Make When Spec’ing – And How to Avoid Them

By Shelley Mika

A wide variety of options can make spec’ing a street sweeper a daunting task. Failing to identify a fleet’s individual needs and neglecting to research sweeper functions are two common errors.

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Fuel Quality a Top Priority When Switching to Biodiesel

By Daryl Lubinsky

The City and County of San Francisco converted all of their diesel-powered vehicles to B-20, testing the quality of the fuel at each stage of transport.

Tags: Biodiesel, B-20

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Automated Pool System Saves Soft Costs

By Grace Lauron

Using an automated pool system has proven helpful to several fleets, reducing downtime, improving efficiency, and increasing convenience.

Tags: Municipal Fleets

July 2008, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Windell Mitchell Set A Clear Vision For The Future

By Cheryl Knight

2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Windell Mitchell of King County, Wash., successfully led the County for 31 years, guided by a vision for the future while implementing innovative policies and practices.

Tags: King County, Fleet Manager of the Year

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

5 Steps to Creating A Fuel Consortium

By Shelley Mika

In 2003, the City of Fort Worth’s fuel consortium started between its agency and Tarrant County. Since then, the consortium has grown from two government entities to 27 north Texas governmental entities today.

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Successfully Implement A Fleet Consolidation

Award winning San Diego CIty Fleet team, directed by John Alley, CAFM, (back, third from right) poses with city officials Mayor Jerry  Sanders (front center), COO Jay Goldstone (front, third from right), and General Services Director Mario Sierra (back, fourth from right.)

By Cheryl Knight

The City of San Diego’s Fleet Services Division successfully combined all services into a single organization. As a result, the City saved more than $3.5 million in its first year.

Tags: Municipal Fleets

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

City of Fayetteville Builds A Biodiesel Dispenser

Larry Goill Award Winner David Bragg, fleet operations superintendent for the City of Fayetteville, Ark., helped developed what may be the nation’s first biodiesel dispenser capable of blending at the dispenser.

By Cheryl Knight

In 2007, the City of Fayetteville, Ark., converted 52 percent of its 545 fleet vehicles to biodiesel. It currently saves 2.4 cents per gallon using B-20 versus petroleum diesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, B-20, David Bragg

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

The Greening of GWP Fleet Services

By Robert LaRoche

An early proponent of environmentally responsible operations, Glendale Water & Power (GWP) Fleet Services incorporated alternative-fueled vehicles in 2001, and even earlier began waste reduction recycling programs.

Tags: Emissions, Fleet Services, Alternative Fuels

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Kern County Outsources Collision Management

By Mike Scott

Extracting subrogation funds is no longer a daunting task for Kern County, Calif., which has discovered the advantages of sending accident reporting and management to an outside firm.

Tags: Outsourcing, CEI Group

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

More Equipment, Less Space In Police Vehicles

By Mike Scott

The increasing amount of technology hardware installed in law enforcement vehicles presents ergonomic and safety risks. Designers and engineers are developing strategies and products to address both issues.

Tags: GPS, Police Vehicles

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

New Green Fleet Conference Debuts in Chicago Sept. 15-16

Connected to Illinois Center, the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel is ideally situated within the Magnificent Mile, an American version of the Champs-Elys&#233;es.

By Grace Lauron

Sponsored by three Bobit Business Media publications, the Green Fleet Conference 2008 will provide for the first time a forum for fleet professionals to learn and discuss real green technologies.

Tags: Fleet Management, Bobit Business Media, Green Fleet Conference

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Changing Cultures in Philadelphia

To lower costs and produce operational savings, Fleet Manager Jim Muller cut the City of Philadelphia’s fleet size.

By Staff

Facing serious budget cuts in 2004, the City's fleet department began reducing the fleet vehicle total, a process that had to overcome long-established practices and oppostion.

Tags: PhillyCarShare, Budget Rent A Car

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Lifecycle Costing VS. Low Bid For Equipment Acquisition

Dennis Hogan stands by a 2001 Freightliner FL 80 mechanic service truck.

By Steve Bennett

Improved quality and savings make lifecycle costing — a modeling technique that considers all fixed and operating expenses of a vehicle or fleet function from acquisition to disposal — worth the effort for public sector fleets.

Tags: Operating Costs, Lifecycle Costs

July 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

6 Secrets To Extending Street Sweeper Brush Life

Regularly checking broom linkages is a small time investment that can yield big savings on replacement brushes.

By Shelley Mika

Since street sweepers are an important part of many public sector fleets, extending the brush life is part and parcel to street maintenance. An industry expert offers his views on how to properly care for them.

Tags: Elgin Industries

May 2008, Government Fleet - Cover Story

28 Vie For 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager Of The Year

By Staff

Government Fleet’s 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager Award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management. The winner will be announced May 4 in Salt Lake City.

Tags: Public Sector, Government Fleets, Fleet Manager of the Year

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Chicago DOT Finds Value in GPS System

By Steve Bennett

With a workforce management system installed on foremen’s cell phones, the CDOT field staff is more accountable,efficient, and productive, and managers are making decisions faster and more accurately.

Tags: GPS, Fleet Management

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Why The City of Victorville Switched To Leasing Vehicles

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Victorville, Calif., had to think outside of the box when budgetary constraints didn’t allow new vehicle purchases. Now, it is leasing vehicles to keep service up to par and maintain driver safety.

Tags: Leasing, Outsourcing, Vehicle Replacement

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

University of Minnesota Reduces Insurance Costs and Accidents

Bill Roberts (left), associate director of parking and transportation for the University of Minnesota poses with University President Bob Bruininks. Since 2002, the university has trained 4,000 drivers of its 15-passenger vans via a two-hour mandatory training class.

By Shelley Mika

Mandatory driver training and license checks led to dramatically lower insurance costs, reducing the annual liability premium by $240,000. Fleets of all kinds may take a cue from the U of M.

Tags: Insurance, Driver Training, University Fleets

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

City of Marietta Partners With Vocational School

By Stephen Bennett

The City of Marietta is dealing with a shortage of qualified technicians by working with the local technical college to obtain new recruits.

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Pure Electric Vehicles Go to Work in Government Fleets

EVs, such as this Miles ZX40S,  have gained considerable use in areas where restricted  speeds and limited range are not a problem.

By Paul Dexler

Although they are not yet heavy haulers or rapid movers, pure electric vehicles have numerous capabilities that can be an advantage for government fleet operators.

Tags: Nevs, Government Fleets, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Handle Accidents, Vibrations, Corrosion, Moisture, and Abuse Damage

The decision is to fix a vehicle if it is of suitable use with repairs at 30 percent of residual value. A fleet inspection determines whether it can be safely and reliably put back into the duty cycle.

By John Dolce

A good shop team can help to effectively combat the enemies of vehicle maintenance.

Tags: Maintenance, Inspections, Repair Shops

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

The Greening of Madison

By Staff

In eco-friendly and budget-conscious Madison, Wis., the fleet superintendent finds innovative solutions to effectively manage the fleet, while remaining environmentally conscious.

Tags: Green Fleets

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX Offers Roadmap Through Public Sector Fleet Challenges

By Staff

The Government Fleet-presented Expo provides a full agenda of fleet-expert speakers, training sessions, practical how-to seminars, and presentations on a wide-range of current topics.

Tags: Conference, fleet challenges, Fleet Manager, GFX

May 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Portrait Of A Public Sector Fleet: Complexity & Diversity

By Lisajoyce Vergara

The 20-member fleet operations staff at the City of Cape Coral, Fla., service and repair a diverse array of vehicles and pieces of equipment. This photo essay depicts the range and complexity of the nearly 1,800-unit fleet and illustrates the complexity of many public sector fleets.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment

March 2008, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Proven Strategies Reduce Fuel Spend

By Grace Lauron

Volatile fuel prices have made this second-largest fleet expense quite a challenge, but a number of fleets have managed to cope using various strategies.

Tags: Maintenance, Best Practices, Idling, Green Fleets

March 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

One Pump Size Doesn't Fit All

The Manhattan Beach, Calif., Fire Department utilizes a 4-inch supply and 13/4-inch handlines pump for large water delivery when indicated.

By Lauren Colin

Selecting the right-size fire pump for a fire apparatus is an important task. Fire departments can exceed the minimum gpm based on their own preferences or expected future growth.

Tags: fire apparatus

March 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Public Sector Fleet Expo & Conference To Be Held In San Diego

The 2008 GFX Expo and conference will be held at the Town and Country Resort &amp;amp; Convention Center in San Diego.

By Cheryl Knight

Government Fleet magazine’s Expo & Conference will feature training sessions, fleet certification, roundtable discussions, networking, and more.

Tags: Conference, Government Fleet Magazine, GFX

March 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Ames For A Greener Fleet

By Shelley Mika

The City of Ames, Iowa, hits the target on creating a fuel-efficient fleet by experimenting with a wide array of makes and models.

Tags: Green Fleets

March 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

How King County Beat the High Cost of Off-Road Equipment

By Windell Mitchell

Rather than sacrifice quality by opting for low-cost equipment or balance its budget by keeping old, worn-out equipment, King County implemented a buy-back strategy.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Budget Rent A Car

March 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Greening The New York City Parks Department

A Grant From British Petroleum allowed the Parks department to add solar-powered<br /><br />utility vehicles in its fleet.

By Shelley Mika

Following a three-month pilot test utilizing B-100 in select city equipment, the City’s Parks Department now fuels all 800 diesel units in its fleet with B-20.

Tags: B-100, Off-Road Equipment

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