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January 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Challenges of Building a Temporary Fleet Maintenance Facility

By Christine Erice

Walter Burnett, former fleet maintenance manager for the city of Beverly Hills Calif., knows about the challenges of building a temporary fleet maintenance facility. They include space limitations, structural difficulties, budget concerns, and time management.

January 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

The Low-Down on Lifts

By Paul Dexler

Many maintenance and repair jobs must be performed from under a vehicle. But how the technician gets underneath it can make the job either a snap or a chore.

January 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Virginia's TRUCKS Program Zeroes In on Technician Training

By Cindy Brauer

Facing operations downsizing and increasingly complex vehicle technologies, State Equipment Manager Erle Potter developed an award-winning program that has helped Virginia sustain fleet maintenance performance.

January 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Five Steps to Developing a Balanced Scorecard

By Cheryl Knight

The state of Utah’s fleet and surplus property department recently implemented its own “balanced scorecard,” leading to significantly lower overhead costs and higher resale value.

January 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

City of Boston Switches to Biodiesel

As part of a clean-fleet initiative, Boston’s fleet converted to a biodiesel fuel blend. City officials believe the environmental and fuel independence benefits are worth the increase in cost.

January 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Utility Vehicles Prove Well Suited for Prison Work

By Dawn Bernatz

The state ofMichigan employs Club Car Utility Vehicles for use at correctional facilities. The smaller electric- and gasoline-powered utility vehicles have replaced many of the larger trucks and vans now used by the Department of Corrections.

January 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Ft. Wayne Captures Most Efficient Fleet Award

The city fleet department is recognized for leadership in raising operations standards, ‘greening’ the fleet, streamlining purchasing, and fostering staff initiative and teamwork.

January 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Navigating the Lease vs. Buy Maze

By Staff

Deciding whether to lease or own company-provided vehicles can seem a daunting task. Knowing the basic concepts helps.

Tags: Closed-End Leases, Open-End Leases, Accounting, Financing

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

6 Steps to Selecting the Right Medium-Duty Trucks for Your Fleet

By Sean Lyden

There are several options to consider when choosing the right truck. Eliminating unwanted costs, targeting specific needs, and calculating mpg are all ways you can help determine the right truck for your fleet needs.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

2007 Diesel Regulation Technologies Evolve

By John Dolce

Over the next four years, increasingly stringent diesel fuel regulations will fall into place. The government has targeted December 2010 for 100-percent availability of 15-ppm ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Public Forum:Develop Service Level Agreements

By Mike Antich

The majority of public sector fleets do not employ service level agreements between the fleet department and internal customer departments. Although these types of agreements are relatively commonplace between commercial fleets and fleet service providers, only in the past 10 years have they begun to emerge in the public sector.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Let Our Lights Shine

By Pam Nelson

This is an exciting time to be a part of the fleet industry. Hallmarks of today’s vital fleet services arena include excellence and awareness of the need to change “the way we’ve always done it.”

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Miami's Fleet Gets Greener

Citing public health, energy efficiency, and reduced fuel consumption, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz commits to adding 1,000 hybrid and alternative-fuel vehicles to fleet over the next six years.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Can the Business of Government Be Run As a Business?

By Tom Johnson

Under an executive order, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services reconfigured its fleet operations, saving $17 million over two years.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Hybrid Vehicles Serve as Workhorses for Northern Illinois University

The Department of Public Safety at Northern Illinois University (NIU) thinks it has found the answer to decreasing fleet fuel budgets while maximizing the department’s need for high-performance police vehicles.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Contra Costa County Fleet Uses B-20 to Replace ULSD Fuel

By Shelley Mika

The county fleet chose B-20 biodiesel to replace ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) for biodiesel’s improved lubricity and environmental benefits. The switch was ‘simple’ with no vehicle modifications required.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Oklahoma Certifies Technicians to Repair Alt-Fuel Vehicles

By Fiona Soltes

In the State of Oklahoma, the Committee of Alternative Fuel Technician Examiners certifies technicians to repair alt-fuel vehicles powered by natural gas, propane, electricity, and ethanol.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Houston Airport System Shifts from CNG to Hybrid Vehicles

By Matthew Le Grande

Greater fuel economy, reduced emissions, and fueling convenience prompted the Houston Airport System to convert its alt-fuel fleet from natural gas to hybrid vehicles.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Replace vs. Refurbish Fire Apparatus

By Dave Robertson

The fleet manager’s challenge is to provide compelling justification for replacement-unit funding. Refurbishing can be costly, while purchasing cooperatives can alleviate the time-consuming process of purchasing.

November 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Tricks for Maximizing Diesel Retrofits

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

Cleaner fuels and engines in 2007 will move U.S. fleets toward better air and fuel efficiency. But what about older vehicles? Here are some things fleets can do with older vehicles to improve air quality.

September 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Implement a Fleet Preventive Maintenance Program

By Patrick Bartole, CAFM

Incorporating a regular PM program is essential for today’s fleet managers. Be proactive in scheduling vehicle service before a breakdown occurs and keep good records to avoid negligent entrustment issues.

September 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Is Nitrogen a Better Tire Fill?

By Paul Dexler

The air in tires is 78-percent nitrogen. There appear to be many advantages to filling tires with 99-percent pure nitrogen. Equipment is available for centrally managed fleets to do the job.

September 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Idling Reduction Program - Anything But Idle

By Shelley Mika

Florida county fleet uses GPS tracking to reduce idling and fuel costs, saving taxpayers money.

September 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Are Hybrid-Electric Vehicles a Good Buy for Fleet?

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

Buying vehicles based on lowest initial cost alone can be a breach of public trust. Bid specifications and awards should be based on lifecycle cost to obtain the best deal.

May 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

The Effects of the 2005 Energy Policy Act on Government Fleets

By Doug Weichman

New 2005 EPACT legislation aims to reduce petroleum use and vehicle emissions, offering tax credits to fleets that adopt alternative-fuel vehicles. Learn how the new legislation will affect your fleet.

May 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Acme Auto Leasing Adapts Upstream Remarketing Program

Through Driveitaway’s upstream remarketing platform, Acme Auto Leasing can offer low-mileage government vehicles to a greater pool of buyers.

May 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Hoover Police Department Runs 100% E-85 Fleet

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Hoover, Ala., Police Department now runs 100 percent of its fleet vehicles on E-85. Feedback from police officers on the E-85 Chevrolet Tahoe’s performance has been overwhelmingly positive.

May 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Nominees for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager Awards

By Staff

Government Fleet is proud to announce nominees for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. Co-sponsored by Automotive Resources International and Fleet Counselor Services, the award seeks to recognize the best in fleet management. The winner will be announced May 7 in Orlando, Fla.

May 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Metrics – Your Golden Nugget

By Shelley Mika

Metrics can be used to help right-size fleets and determine accurate utilization statistics. These quantified measurements also enhance a fleet manager’s credibility to managers, colleagues, and customers.

May 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Selecting Fleet Management Software

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

About the only thing more aggravating than the fleet management software you have is not having any.

March 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Springfield Co-ops with Tech School to Train Mechanics

By Cheryl Knight

The city’s Utilities Fleet Management Department formed a diesel technology co-op and internship program with Ozarks Technical Community College in 2004 to train mechanics. To date, five students have completed the program.

March 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Writing and Updating Fleet Policies and Procedures

By Patrick Bartole, CAFM

Implementing a fleet policy can be a challenge for public sector fleet managers. It requires a culture change, which may be difficult because people resist change. To avoid this pitfall, fleet policy should be written with safety as the premise.

March 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

How the City & County of Denver Cut $10 Million in Fleet Costs

The Department of Public Works implemented a three-phase process through Fleet Counselor Services’ Utilization Management Program to cut or redeploy unnecessary vehicles.

March 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Five Steps to Database Integration

By Shelley Mika

With the versatile utility of a Swiss Army knife, database integration can connect the “best of the best” in fleet management tools. When done properly, data integration eliminates duplicate data entry and generates valuable, up-to-date reports.

March 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Improve Technician Recruitment and Retention

By Fred DeBono

As vehicles and equipment grow increasingly high-tech, the skilled technician shortage in public sector fleets promises to worsen. Operational changes can help recruitment and retention.

March 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Polk County Develop First-Ever SUV Acquisition Policy

By Bob Stanton

The use of sport/utility vehicles in the public sector often sparks concern over issues of initial price, fuel and maintenance costs, and environmental impact. A carefully developed policy helps match function to the appropriate vehicle.

January 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Why Fleet Resale Proceeds Should Not be Returned to the General Fund

A fleet with a vehicle replacement fund to which resale proceeds are returned makes the fleet manager more accountable for the disposal of surplus vehicles and equipment. It is in the fleet manager’s best interest to maximize resale proceeds to offset the cost of new vehicles. However, when resale dollars are returned to the general fund, it can make the fleet manager ambivalent to the resale process. Here are five reasons why it is not a good idea to return resale proceeds to the general fund.

January 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Right-Size Your Motor Pool

By Shelley Mika

Too many vehicles mean an underutilized fleet and unnecessary cost. Too few vehicles or the wrong type of vehicle leads to unhappy customers. Right-sizing a motor pool requires more than simply guessing a ballpark figure.

January 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Principles and Practices for Using Airport Ground Equipment

By John Dolce

The key to operating an efficient airport fleet is making sure everything is in place, including ground emergency equipment and services and proper maintenance and technical support.

January 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Feds Lead the Way with Retread Tires

By Shelley Mika

Retreaded tires offer management a cheaper, environmentally friendly alternative to purchasing brand-new tires for fleets.

January 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Placer County Uses Leasing Program to Control Fleet Purchasing & Remarketing

A fixed-rate lease program offers lower cap costs upfront and a hedge against increasing interest rates. The open-end program allows Placer County to retain the off-lease vehicle or remarket it for potential back-end gain.

January 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Customer Service –Fleet Style

By Doug Keene

Providing the best customer service possible should be your fleet’s No. 1 priority. Best practices include showing respect for others, demonstrating integrity, and working as a team to achieve common goals.

January 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Portland Outsources Motor Pool without Sacrificing Mobility

By Cheryl Knight

Outsourcing the motor pool fleet is expected to save the city of Portland $30,000 each year in operating costs, maintenance, and fuel costs. Hybrids comprise half the carsharing vehicles being utilized.

January 2006, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Standardization: Pros and Cons

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

Standardizing a given make of vehicle, equipment, or components is a two-edged sword. What is gained in simplified fleet operation and maintenance can be lost from decreased competition, unless you’re careful.

November 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Alternative Remarketing Channels for Government Fleets

By Janis Day Christensen, CAFM

Fleets are exploring non-traditional remarketing channels, such as online auctions, as they try to squeeze higher residual values while operating under the strains of reduced budget dollars and declining internal resources.

Tags: Auction, salvage

November 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Gainesville Fleet Manager ‘Out-Tasks’ Accident Management

Running your department like a business means always looking for efficiencies. To operate more efficiently, Milton Reid, director of fleet management for the city of Gainesville, Fla., outsourced accident management.

November 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Palm Beach County Uses Co-Op Purchase Agreement to Reduce Fuel Costs

By Doug Weichman, CAFM

Fuel-pricing contracts and site services offer creative ways to conserve resources and cash for the Florida county’s Fleet Management Division and its customers. A fuel co-op purchase agreement with weekly pricing offers substantial savings.

November 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Prevent Total Fleet Privatization

By Fred DeBono

An in-house fleet management presence is required to run an efficient, cost-effective fleet that also meets the needs of drivers and customers. It is invaluable to have someone on the inside who “really knows the business.”

November 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Tire Service

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

Fleet managers often face difficult choices in their efforts to provide quality customer services cost-effectively. Paraphrasing Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this choice often takes the form of “To outsource or not to outsource, that is the question.”

November 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

7 Guidelines to Determining Emergency Vehicle Reserves

By Dave Robertson

A fleet manager must ensure the assets deployed make budgetary sense. The manager must consider factors such as coverage area, usage of front-line fleet, and the age and condition of the overall fleet.

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What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao
Often, innovation is driven by the private sector. But public sector agencies are also leading the way in designing transportation systems for the future.

Second-Gen Fleet Professionals

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton
In law enforcement, police chiefs, sheriffs, and other top brass have been known to request higher trim grades and other vehicle upgrades, which can present challenges to the public fleet manager who must repurpose the vehicle after the chief switches into a new vehicle.

How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

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Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

By Paul Clinton
The 2017 Kia Niro is a gasoline-electric hybrid that seemingly appeals to buyers of subcompact SUVs, as well as those hearts and minds with a greener hue.

2017 Jeep Compass 4x4

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown
It’s becoming clear that there are some real changes brewing in our industry: everything from powertrains to new vehicle classes, to autonomous vehicles, and new safety technology.

Who’s Up Next?

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