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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'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 "the devil is in the details." 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 AG, Full-Service Leasing, Preventative 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.

November 2007, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Preparation and Cooperation are Key in Emergencies

By Lauren Fletcher

Preparing for emergency situations helps a business or agency recover quickly to resume normal activities. John Clements, fleet manager, San Diego County, Calif., discusses how lessons learned in the past helped shape the county’s response to last fall’s devastating wild fires.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Keeping the Grass and Your Budgets Greener

By Paul Dexler

Caring for large landscaped grounds, be they lawns, golf courses, parks, or cemeteries, requires sophisticated equipment and techniques.Here’s a look at some ideas for maximizing the use of your equipment.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Coppell Creates Safety Culture

By Fiona Soltes

The city of Coppell, Texas takes a proactive approach to fleet safety that includes hands-on driver training, annual MVR checks, safety-related employee performance reviews and an accident review committee.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Can the Public Sector Learn from Private Enterprise?

By Tom Johnson

Collaborating with the private sector, public agencies can develop creative ways to achieve cost-effective efficiencies. The City of Atlanta improved its fleet acquisition, maintenance, and customer service with help from UPS.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

The Oil That Fries Food Can Also Fuel Fleets

By Matt LeGrande

People in the Village of Algonquin aren't simply cleaning kitchen pipes; they're contributing to a community effort. Collecting used vegetable oil has enabled them to safely fuel fleet vehicles that help keep their city skies clean.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Public Auctions Offer Benefit for Police Vehicle Resale

By Mike Scott

With public auctions, agencies can sell used law enforcement units to a targeted, knowledgeable market, without the hassle of organizing a mass sale of outdated vehicles.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

LEDs Light the Way for Fleets

By Joe Bohn

LEDs offer numerous benefits over halogen and incandescent lights, including a low-amperage electrical draw and less required maintenance.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

City of Inglewood Implements Programs to Cut Accident Costs

Fleet accidents cost the City of Inglewood millions of dollars each year, but new programs that monitor driving behaviors are expected to save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

King County Leads Hybrid Truck Buying Consortium

Windell Mitchell, Fleet Director, King County, Wash.

By Joe Bohn

Banding together in the Northwest Hybrid Truck Consortium, several Washington public sector agencies secured grant funding and negotiated pricing with manufacturers.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Irvine Selects Sprinter to Meet Handicapped Transport Needs

By Cheryl Knight

City of Irvine utilizes Dodge Sprinter vans for its TRIPS program, saving more than $10,000 per vehicle.

September 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

First-Ever Public Sector Survey: Fleet Manager Salaries Average $70,481

By Lauren Colin

On average, the majority of public sector fleet managers experienced a salary increase of up to 3 percent from 2005 to 2006, with fleet managers in the West pulling in the highest salaries. How do you stack up?

August 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Recalculation Adds Flexibility to Closed-End

By Christine Erice

For many fleet managers, the closed-end lease means everything is “fixed.” However, this isn’t always the case. By offering customers more options and mid-term lease recalculation, LeasePlan USA, a vehicle leasing and fleet management company, has made the closed-end lease a more flexible option.

Tags: LeasePlan, Closed-End Leases, Recalculation

July 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Replace or Recondition Emergency Vehicles?

By Alan Binstein

To control costs, the University ofMedicine and Dentistry of New Jersey attempts to establish a vehicle replacement cycle program for its emergency vehicles.

July 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Are You Overmaintaining Your Fleet Vehicles?

By Mike Scott

Overmaintaining fleet vehicles strains costs.Using a conditionbased strategy, right-sizing vehicles, and reviewing the repair vs. purchase decision are steps that can help strike the right balance.

July 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Wake County's Diverse Approach to a Greener Fleet

By Shelley Mika

Wake County,North Carolina, makes its fleet more environmentally friendly in some surprising ways.

July 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Biodiesel Use Helps Port of Seattle Exceed Government Standards

By Shelley Mika

The state ofWashington agency pumps alternative fuel into a diverse fleet of vehicles and equipment. Switching between B-75 and B-99 helps alleviate lack of supply and weather-related drawbacks to its use.

July 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Maximizing Vehicle & Equipment Resale at Auction

By Fiona Soltes

Here are some tips for bringing in top resale dollar for those “unusual” pieces of equipment.

July 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Automated Motor Pools Cut More than Just Frustration

By Paul Dexler

Fully automatic systems put vehicles and the people who need them together without frustrating paper work, missed connections, and underused vehicles.

Tags: Verizon Networkfleet, Motor Pools, Carsharing

July 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Virginia Expands E-85 Network with Award-Winning Initiative

Virginia government officials (l-r): Viola Baskerville, Richard Sliwoski, Gov. Tim Kaine, and Don Unmussig.

By Phil Bolsta

The Commonwealth of Virginia partners with both the public and private sectors to build E-85 fueling stations and promote the use of this clean-burning ethanol and gasoline blend.

July 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Gas vs. Hybrid: A Fleet Analysis

By Chris Brown

The lifecycle cost experts at Vincentric help put a price tag on greening your fleet.

May 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Las Vegas Top Alternative-Fueled City Fleet in the U.S.

By Cheryl Knight

With 63 percent of its fleet dedicated to alt-fuels, the City of Las Vegas utilizes B-20 biodiesel, compressed natural gas, hybrid-electric, and several zero-emission hydrogen-powered vehicles.

May 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Lifecycle Management Strategies: Art or Science

By David Schiller, CAFM

Key to successfully managing lifecycle components is replacing a vehicle at the optimal time. One of three basic replacement strategies can be used to fit a particular fleet’s organization.

May 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

29 Vie for 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine announces the nominees for the 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The award's lead sponsor is Automotive Resources International (ARI) and the co-sponsor is Fleet Counselor Services. The award recognizes the best in fleet management. The winner was announced May 6 in Houston.

May 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

How Fleets Will Cope with Loss of Safety Net Funding

By Fiona Soltes

Budget cuts of 50 percent anyone? The loss of federal “safety net” funding means literally millions of dollars taken from county budgets. Is there an answer in sight?

May 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleets Find Benefits in Take-Home Programs

In addition to improved response rates, maintenance costs are reduced as part of a take-home vehicle program said Daytona Beach, Fla., Police Department Fleet Manager Jon Crull (right).

By Mike Scott

While some vehicle take-home programs are falling victim to cost-cutting measures, other law enforcement agencies find the practice offers valuable benefits, including greater public police presence and faster response times.

May 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

4 Ways to Boost Fleet Operations Accountability

By Sal Bibona

The call for accountability in government means heightened scrutiny of how things are done at all levels. Public sector fleet managers have several tools to establish and maintain operational and performance standards.

May 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Maintenance Monitoring Systems Help Eliminate Excessive Idling

By Staff

Automakers recognize 100 hours of engine run time is the same as driving a vehicle 3,300 miles. A maintenance monitoring system maximizes fuel efficiency and eliminates premature engine damage.

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