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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: City 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-Elysées.

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 & 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

January 2008, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Green Fleet Initiatives Mushroom

By Lauren Colin

Public fleets have been steadily increasing the use of alt fuels through “greening” initiatives. Together, these cities, counties, federal departments, and states are working to help keep the air clean for years and generations to come.

Tags: Green, Public Sector, Alternative Fuels

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Mike Albert Celebrates Golden Anniversary

By Cindy Brauer

Marking 50 years of business, Mike Albert Leasing hosted an open house that paid homage to the past while looking to the future.

Tags: Company Anniversaries, Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, Fleet Management Companies

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Are Your Surplused Vehicles Safe from Theft?

Fleet managers must evaluate parking areas and provide proper security for vehicles.

By Bill DeRousse

In addition to common-sense security measures, fleet managers must consider vehicle value, crime risk, and the cost and type of anti-theft systems in thwarting would-be thieves.

Tags: Surplus Vehicles, Security, Vehicle Theft

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Florida's Sheriffs Partner in Vehicle Bid Program

Wyatt Earp fleet management director for the Marion County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office, co-founded a cooperative vehicle bid program that now includes county, municipal, and fire agencies throughout the state.

By Mike Scott

The Florida Cooperative Bid Program is a success story built on patience and organization. It is proof that generating an effective vehicle bid process does not have to be managed by state agencies.

Tags: Florida

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Charlottesville Goes 'Green'

Fleet Manager Jim McClung shows off the City&#39;s Toyota Prius.

By Lauren Colin

A city initiative to become more environmentally responsible prompted the Charlottesville Fire Department to pilot-test a Ford Escape Hybrid as an emergency response vehicle.

Tags: Green Initiatives, Biodiesel, B-20

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Overtime: A Cost-Effective Solution to Improve In-House Productivity

File photo

By John Dolce

If heavy workloads exceed a typical eight-hour workday, offer your employees overtime rather than hire a new person. It may be more cost-effective.

Tags: Overtime, Productivity, Benchmarking

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Fueling Florida's Fiscal Fitness

By Shelley Mika

How a fuel card program helped the State of Florida balance its budget — and prepare for the future.

Tags: Florida, Comdata

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Two NYC Agencies Invest in CNG and Hybrid Power Alternatives

New York City’s Department of Sanitation invested $2.9 million to build a state-of-the-art CNG station on its own property.

By Art Vatsky, PE

CNG-powered street sweepers and hybrid buses help New York City’s Department of Sanitation and the NYC Transit tackle cost and environment issues.

Tags: New York City, Natural Gas Vehicles, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

Strategic Actions: Simultaneous Fleet Reduction and Greening

Determining fleet reductions seems simple enough, but &quot;the devil is in the details.&quot; A key factor to be considered is whether the vehicle is essential to operations.

By David Mills

More fuel-efficient methods can be used to power fleet vehicles. However, fleet reductions can be a confusing process, and requires careful thought and calculation.

Tags: Green, Recycling, Alternative Fuels

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

The City of Fayetteville Converts to Biodiesel

B-100 biodiesel is received via tanker, into heated and insulated storage tanks, direct from the producer.

By Lisajoyce Vergara

After several years in the making, the City of Fayetteville, Ark.’s attempts to convert its diesel-powered vehicles to biodiesel have become a reality. Last June, out of 545 fleet vehicles, 52 percent were converted to biodiesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, B-20, B-100

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

All-New Government Fleet Expo & Conference Set for June

By Cheryl Knight

Government Fleet magazine’s Expo & Conference, scheduled June 8-11 in San Diego, will feature training sessions, roundtable discussions, panels, and a ride & drive. For more info, visit www.governmentfleetexpo.com.

Tags: Conference, GFX

January 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

San Diego County 'Sold' on Reverse Auctions

San Diego County fleet and purchasing track downward-trending bids from three particpating suppliers over the duration of a reverse auction.

By Cindy Brauer

The Web-enabled competitive pricing tool has saved the County more than $25 million in four years. For fleet, the technology saves time and results in better vehicle pricing.

Tags: Auction

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Open vs Closed End Leasing: Which Is Right For You?

By Chris Brown

Choosing between the two types of commercial leases involves understanding your fleet driving patterns, your internal fleet management capabilities and your appetite for risk.

Tags: Open-End Leases, Closed-End Leases, Mileage, Driver Behavior, Risk Management

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Coordination is Key to Responding to Snow Emergencies

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Westminster, Colo., learned valuable lessons during a December 2006 storm event that severely tested the City’s emergency response and fleet maintenance teams. Teamwork and training were critical to a successful response.

Tags: emergency vehicles

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Focusing on Fleet Management

By Chad Simon

Using FuelFocus and FleetFocus, three public sector fleets have managed to control fleet costs, monitor all fuel transactions online and in real-time, and improve overall efficiency.

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

A Long and Useful Life

By Paul Dexler

Through careful use and regular PM maintenance, Los Angeles County Fire Station 92 has gotten 337,000 miles of service out of Squad Truck 592, which was still running strong when the F-350 crew cab was retired.

Tags: Maintenance

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

State Fleet Administrators Find a Sweet Spot in Hershey

By Cindy Brauer

The iconic chocolate company’s community was the setting for the week-long 2007 National Conference of State Fleet Administrators, which drew representatives from nearly 40 state and university fleet organizations.

Tags: National Conference of State Fleet Administrators, Conference

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Gwinnett County's Surplus Becomes Treasure on eBay

By Grace Lauron

Gwinnett County Fleet Management has saved countless man-hours, tens of thousands of dollars, and sold more than 235 of the county’s surplus vehicles by using eBay.com.

Tags: eBay

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Should Civilian or Uniformed Staff Manage Public Safety Fleets

By Mike Scott

The decision to hire a uniformed or civilian fleet manager in a law enforcement agency shouldn’t be based on politics, but on experience and the ability to run the fleet cost efficiently while simultaneously. improving quality.

Tags: L.D. Bailey & Associates, Outsourcing

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Strategies for Hybird Vehicle Purchase Tax Incentives

By Mike Scott

Public sector fleets are not aware of potential tax credits and how to work with dealers to negotiate lower prices. Tax credits are available, and here’s how fleets can utilize them.

Tags: Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Public Sector

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Daimler Truck Financial Unveils New Truck Leasing Program

By Lisajoyce Vergara

CompleteLease offers full-service truck leasing providing the convenience of a single-source transportation package for small and medium businesses.Currently, it is being offered by a select group of Sterling Trucks dealers.

Tags: Daimler, Full-Service Leasing, Preventive Maintenance

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Kansas City Municipal Fleet Serious About Going Green

Kansas City Fleet Administrator Gerry Calk believes paying more for biodiesel is worth it in the long run.

By Matt LeGrande

Making a difference by using alternative fuels is a priority for the city and it has hopes that other major cities will follow its example.

November 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Fuel + Technician Shortage = The Big Squeeze

By Mike Antich

The number one challenge facing fl eets is the high cost of fuel. A close second is the technician shortage. Both problems are beyond the control of fleet managers and are putting a squeeze on cost-effective fleet management.

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