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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.

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

Doing More for Less: Increasing Fleet Efficiency

By Paul Dexler

Midwest City, Okla., shares a problem with many government fleet operations. Management wants fleet to do more, but provides fewer resources. Fleet Services Manager Craig Davis has accomplished both goals.

November 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

King County Works with Fleets to Remove Mercury Danger

Washington state’s King County has created a reclamation program to remove mercury switches from out-of-service fleet vehicles. Removal is fairly easy to accomplish and takes between 30 seconds and five minutes to complete.

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.

September 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Vehicle Maintenance: Then and Now

Vehicle technologies have advanced considerably since the 1960s, now including onboard diagnostics and the emergence of alternative-fuel vehicles. Throughout this time, the mechanic’s job has grown more difficult in keeping up with ever-developing technology.

September 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

UC Davis Reduces the No. 1 Injury to Fleet Technicians

By Tom Johnson

To counter the high frequency of technician workers’ comp claims and sick-leave time due to back injuries while on the job, University of California, Davis, Fleet Services, implemented an optional incentive-based exercise and stretching program.

September 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Maintain Snow-Removal Equipment Before it Snows

Trucks, spreaders, plows, and other snow-removal equipment will be called upon to perform hard work under harsh conditions throughout the winter - waiting too long could be

September 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Winter Strategies to Keep Snow-Removal Equipment Running

By John Dolce

Don’t be left out in the cold this winter. Practice preventive maintenance on your fleet before the season, choose the right vendors, and make sure you have the proper equipment to keep traffic flowing safely.

September 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Sarasota County Fights Outsourcing With Managed Competition & Wins

Outsourcing is the big ogre that hangs over many government fleet operations all around the country. As governments scramble for larger segments of a static or even declining tax dollar pie, they are increasingly looking at outsourcing, hiring an outside private operator, to handle their work.

September 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Impact of Tighter Diesel Emissions Standards in 2007

By Richard Ries

The history of U.S. diesel emission regulations began with the 1970 Clean Air Act. OEMs responded with technological innovations, but are being forced to consider other compliance options to meet the upcoming more stringent standards.

July 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

IT for Fleet Managers: Part 5 Gathering Reliable

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

“Garbage in, garbage out” describes the danger in not paying due attention to the reliability of data gathering and screening procedures. Technology provides many solutions but some aspects of the problem require good, old-fashioned leadership to overcome.

July 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Reduction and Culture Change in Philadelphia: 10 Steps to Success

By Jeffrey Friedman and Robert Fox

Clearing out 330 vehicles from its fleet, the city of Philadelphia will avoid $9 million in spending over the next five years. With the fleet reduction, and a groundbreaking, automated vehicle-sharing program, the city’s 10-step program looks to be a success.

July 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Teamwork + Proactivity = Success for the city of Fresno

By Cheryl Knight

2005 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year John Hunt manages with a “run it like you own it” philosophy, resulting in high customer satisfaction, leading-edge environmental compliance, and substantial cost efficiencies.

May 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

6 Ways Fleets Can Succeed in Managed Competition

By Paul Lauria and Randy Owen

Benchmarking fleet costs against peer organizations and ensuring that customers’ operations become more productive are two of the key factors for fleet managers to enhance their fleets’ success in a managed competition.

May 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

City of Keene First City in NH to Use Biodiesel in Fleet

By Cheryl Knight

Since integrating biodiesel into its fleet, the city of Keene has seen a 30 percent carbon exhaust reduction, extended equipment service life, and fewer headaches for equipment operators and mechanics.

May 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Grand Theft Cop Car

Police vehicles are more vulnerable to thieves than you might think.

May 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Cut Loose: City of Corpus Christi Goes Wireless

By Fiona Soltes

With the surge of Wi-Fi technology, Corpus Christi is taking advantage of a wireless system that can eliminate human intervention in meter reading and allow the city to run at a more efficient level.

March 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Develop an Accurate Shop Rate

By Bill DeRousse

Setting shop rates can be a delicate balancing act between charging prices adequate enough to cover shop expenses while remaining competative with local competition. The process requires careful data analysis and computation.

March 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Establishing Fleet Performance Measures

By Gary R. Hatfield

The first step in making others aware of your hard work and good records is developing quantitative tests to determine how well your fleet is operating. Then, emphasize your strengths and set goals for improvement in weaker areas.

March 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Decreased Petroleum Use Lands USMC Energy Award

Lt. Gen. Richard Kelly helped lead the charge for the use of alternative fuels in the USMC.

Since 2002, the U.S. Marine Corps has reduced its petroleum consumption to more than 24 percent and has achieved an 82 percent alternative-fuel vehicle acquisition for its fleet.

March 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

How Lee County Increased Fleet Department Morale

By Cheryl Knight

Switching from in-house fleet management to privatization and back again created serious morale problems for this Florida county fleet department. Today, a "creative" morale program keeps everyone smiling.

March 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Part 4: Creating Codes to Measure Productivity

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

Getting the most decision-support benefit from your fleet information management system is predicated on establishing coding systems that work.

March 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Mowing Down Ground Maintenance Projects

By John Vasquez

Cutting acres and acres of grass may seem like a daunting task, but with the right equipment municipalities can slice through the workload.

January 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

20 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in 2005

By Mike Antich

Fleets have been buffeted for the past few years with budgetary constraints brought on by declines in tax revenues. Compounding this has been a 30% increase in the price of fuel. Here's an assessment of the challenges ahead.

January 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Outsourcing Generates Savings for Utility Agency

By Kristen Force

Eliminating in-house vehicle maintenance saves the Tennessee Valley Authority millions of dollars each year. This provides better service to residents and sets an example for private companies.

January 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Hurricanes Show Resiliency of Florida Fleet Departments

By Kristen Force

The lessons learned by Florida fleet managers are valuable during any natural disaster or emergency. These include giving fuel priority to first responders and securing alternative power supplies.

January 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Using a 'Dashboard' to Measure Fleet Performance

By Tom Johnson

Similar to a vehicle's dashboard, this monitoring system helps managers oversee all aspects of the fleet operation to ensure efficiency and track productivity.

January 2005, Government Fleet - Feature

Paving the Way to Asphalt Equipment Management

By Kristen Force

In-house asphalt projects can save considerable time and money if the equipment is used appropriately and is carefully maintained to ensure optimal performance.

November 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Part 3: Protecting a Fleet´s Priceless Data

By Chistopher D. Amos, CAFM

Malicious cyber attacks, equipment failures, and natural disasters can destroy data protected by even the best security systems. Precautions must be taken to keep data safe in any situation.

November 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Chicago Uses GPS to Track Snow Removal

By Paul Dexler

Combine a large, densely-populated city with abysmal winter weather, and you have a recipe for disorganization and chaos. Chicago deployed a wireless solution from WebTech Wireless to track its snow-removal fleet.

November 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

The Benefits of Installing a Fleet Fuel Management Program

By Chad Simon

Let’s face it. Fluctuating fuel prices averaging just below the $2 per gallon mark are forcing some fleet managers to rethink their budgets. Adopting a tax-exempt fuel management program can help your operation save money.

Tags: Wright Express, Montana, Comdata

November 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Accounting for Liquidated Damages and Latent Defects

By John Dolce

Including the penalties associated with liquidation damages and latent defects in a vehicle spec during the bid process can protect against unexpected costs.

September 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Part 2: Where Does Your Data Live, and How Does It Travel

Choosing the appropriate system architecture is a key decision in fleet data system planning. Three different configurations are used to set up user data access.

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

Where fleet data is stored and how it is accessed and transmitted can be as important a decision as what fleet software you buy.

September 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Garden State Parkway Reduces Operating Costs Utilizing Diesel

New Jersey Garden State Parkway uses diesel engines in 90 percent of its maintenance vehicles, reducing service intervals and operating costs.

Diesel fuel provides Garden State Parkway's vehicles with increased horsepower and torque, better fuel economy, engine longevity, and longer vehicle service intervals.

September 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

State of Oregon Pioneers eBay Use to Sell Surplus Property

By Cheryl Knight

The Oregon State Agency for Surplus Property uses eBay online technology to widen its market base, increase surplus property sales, shorten resale time, and reduce customer complaints.

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Thi Dao
Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao
Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s.

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

By Paul Clinton
Starting this spring, law enforcement agencies will no longer be able to order a pursuit-rated sedan from General Motors.

Does Police Vehicle Testing Still Matter?

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara
Goals don’t need to happen next month or right now. I recommend they don’t. In fleet management, things rarely happen overnight. So creating that list of goals might help you keep your eye on the prize.

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

By Paul Clinton
General Motors may just have a game-changer on its hands with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, a lithium-ion-powered hatchback that's fun to drive and provides enough charge to meet most commutes.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown
Every fleet is different. Most of the service providers in our market realize this and do their best to tailor their solutions to meet the needs of today’s fleet and purchasing managers. But no one can really understand your organization’s goals better than you.

Five Unpredictions for 2017

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