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May 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

D.C. Slims Down and Shapes Up

Zipcar provides the online management and reservation system for DCFleetShare, the District’s motor pool, expected to grow to 100 passengers in 2009.

By Stephen Bennet

The District of Columbia reduced its fleet size without sacrificing needed vehicles. Determining a reduction target was the first step.

Tags: Zipcar, Verizon

April 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

When Hybrid Batteries Die

Art by Henry Olivas

By Paul Dexler

The batteries in hybrid vehicles today are based on nickel-metal hydride technology. They last a long time, but not forever. Here is what to do when the battery in a hybrid dies.

Tags: Recycling, Batteries

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX: Presenting Solutions for Today's Fleet Challenges

Denver Skyline, home to the Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2009 .

By Staff

Scheduled June 8-10 in Denver, the GFX agenda includes keynote addresses on fuel pricing and customer service, subject-matter expert presentations, roundtable discussions, certification testing, and networking opportunities.

Tags: Conference, GFX

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Alt-Fuels Work for Several Texas Fleets

Demand for propane dispensers at fueling sites across the country is increasing as fleets choose to operate vehicles on more cost-effective and clean fuel options.

By Wayne Moore

Capital Area Rural Transportation and the City of Port Arthur, Texas, have benefited from using propane in their fleets.

Tags: CleanFUEL USA, Propane Autogas

March 2009, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Standardization Offers Servicing & Budgeting Benefits

By Staff

Standardizing fleet vehicle platforms leads to more efficient servicing, simplifies parts operations, and promotes a consistent organizational image. However, the process presents a few challenges and limitations.

Tags: City Fleets

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

First Privatized Fleet Achieves World-Class Certification

a utilization study prompted Ft. Lauderdale’s fleet operation to reassign this underutilized truck to another department in lieu of ordering another similar unit.

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., achieved Fleet Sentinel World-Class certification after 18 months of preparation. Its monthly PM completion rate now averages more than 99 percent, allowing the fleet to double its lifecycle.

Tags: Certification

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Spec'ing the Right Fire Apparatus for the Job

By Lauren Fletcher

Writing specifications for a new fire apparatus can be daunting. Determining the intended purpose is the first step, but there are many paths to take from there.

Tags: Spec'ing

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Long Beach Garners #1 Government Green Fleet Title

By Shelley Mika

An early adopter of responsible green initiatives, the City of Long Beach, Calif., earned the top spot among environmentally friendly government fleets: the 2008 “No. 1 Government Green Fleet.”

Tags: Green, Long Beach, Awards

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

31 Compete for 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

A record field of 31 nominees are competing for the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The award, in its 5th year, is sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services. The winner will be announced April 26 at the NAFA Institute & Expo in New Orleans.

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

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Calculate Construction Equipment Lifecycle Costs

By Staff

The process involves five steps. Three municipal fleet case studies examine lifecycle costing measures for construction equipment to budget, purchase, and bill customers more effectively.

Tags: Lifecycle Costs, Off-Road Equipment

March 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Budgeting for Today's Fuel Costs

By Mike Scott

Volatility in gas prices has made creating fuel budgets a tough job. Fleets share their ideas and best practices.

Tags: fuel budget, Palm Beach County

February 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Stimulus Bill to Funnel More than $1 Billion to Public Fleets

President Barack Obama / Photo Source: Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project

By Mike Scott

What this means for fleet managers and directors today.

Tags: stimulus bill, Clean Cities

February 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Best Practices in Disaster Recovery Planning

Hurricane Ike destroyed much of what was in its path.

By Stephen Bennett

Lessons learned from the past helped fleet managers in southern Texas cope with the devastating Hurricane Ike, which made landfall at Galveston. Three Texas fleets that felt the hurricane’s impact share best practices.

Tags: County Fleets

January 2009, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Denver 'Trashes' Emissions With the 'Green Machine'

By Grace Lauron

With a new hybrid-hydraulic trash truck, the City of Denver fleet achieves 25-percent better fuel economy and anticipates an annual reduction of 1,600 gallons of fuel.

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

John Deere Introduces New Utility Tractor Product Lines

By Cindy Brauer

The tractor and utility vehicle manufacturer’s two new product series — the 5 Series and 6D Series — offer work tools to fit government maintenance fleet needs.

Tags: Tractor, BMW

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: New Facility, City Fleets

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: Fleet Operations, City Fleets

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Polk County Incentivizes Employees to Reduce Fuel Costs

By Mike Scott

Polk County, Fla. is implementing a broad strategy to ensure employees who adhere to fuel-efficient guidelines share in the rewards.

Tags: Polk County, Cost-Cutting, Fleet Incentives

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Northwest Agencies Partner to Purchase Hybrid Trucks

By Joe Bohn

A consortium of 14 local and state government agencies uses its combined purchasing power to negotiate favorable pricing for medium-duty hybrid trucks. The group also aims to promote the availability of the new technology.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award Nominations

By Lauren Fletcher

In its 5th year, GF’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award, sponsored by ARI, recognizes outstanding achievements by government fleet professionals.

Tags: Public Sector

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

State Fleets Adopt Fuel Cards to Reduce Cost

By Staff

The States of Indiana and Illinois fleets improve fleet operations and their carbon footprint, all with the swipe of a card.

Tags: Green, Carbon Footprint, Fleet Operations, solution, Cost-Cutting, Payment Cards

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Constable Fleet Saves Through Alternative Fuel

By Mike Scott

The Clark County Constable owns its fleet of 21 hybrids and plans to invest in other alternative-fuel options. The unit’s success can be duplicated by other public fleets.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Cedar Rapids Fleet Tested by Floods of 2008

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, Iowa, fleet staff came together to overcome these challenges and forge a “new normal.”

Tags: solution, emergency vehicles

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: City Fleets

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

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Thi Dao
Are Your Drivers Safe?

By Thi Dao
It is probable that distracted drivers will not get caught and will not learn anything until something terrible happens. We know it, and they do too, so it continues happening.

Who Tells Your Story?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department conducted its annual evaluation of 2018-model-year police vehicles from Oct. 10 to 13. Agency deputies got behind the wheel of 13 four-wheel vehicles and five motorcycles for the testing.

2018 Police Motorcycles Tested in Michigan

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Improved Communication (There's an App for That)

By Facundo Tassara
Slack brings all of your communication together in a way that you can sort. Conversations, PDFs, and documents are all be archived and searchable.

Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

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