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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, 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.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Top Challenges Facing Fleet Managers in 2007

By Mike Antich

These include operating on a fixed budget in the midst of wild fluctuations in fuel prices, uncertainty about reliability of 2007 diesel engines, the dearth of technicians, and the ‘just one more year’ vehicle replacement battle.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

APWA Launches Fleet Manager Certification Program

By Sam Lamerato

Designed for seasoned public fleet managers and those with field experience, the Certified Public Fleet Professional program offers recognition of industry competency and expertise.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Replacement Mileage Creeping Up for Public Safety Agencies

By Mike Scott

Today’s law enforcement agency fleet managers are forced to keep vehicles to the 100,000-mile range and beyond, a figure many industry experts agree is an appropriate mileage level. However, it was a figure unheard of a decade ago.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Why Cooperative Procurement Can Pay Off for Public Fleets

By Chad Simon

Cooperative buying programs, such as HGACBuy, enable public sector fleets to save on vehicle and equipment purchases.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Retreads Help Put Out the Fire

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

2007 Chevrolet Police Tahoe Safely Built for Speed & Utility

By Chad Simon

Compared to its retail counterpart, the 2007 Police Tahoe is standard-equipped with a 5.3L V-8 and built lower to the ground for improved handling. Safety features provide 360-degree occupant protection.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

NYC and State of New Jersey Expand Alt-Fuel Fleets

By Art Vatsky

NYC’s fleet alone includes 1,700 Toyota Prius and Ford Escape hybrids and 500-plus E-85 Ford Tauruses and Explorers supported by six refueling stations.New Jersey’s fleet has 1,300 bifuel CNG vehicles and 135 Prius and Escape hybrids. It also uses biodiesel.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

York County Manages its Fleets Into Savings

Tom Brant found chaos in York County, Pa. Each department acquired, maintained, and disposed of its own vehicles. The new county-wide fleet management system he set up saves time, money, and aggravation. Here’s how he did it.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

King County Outsources Repair Management to Eliminate Downtime

By Christine Erice

Increased vehicle downtime, too much paper work, and shady repair shops were all reasons King County switched from an in-house vehicle-repair process to a vendor’s product tailored to its specific fleet needs.

March 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleets Cook Up a Recipe for Fuel Economy

By Fiona Soltes

Responding to high oil prices, two Florida fleets began their own fuel production operations, creating environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel from local sources of cooking oil.

February 2007, Government Fleet - Feature

Forecasting the Future of the Closed-End Lease

By Bryan Calloway

Not only will the market share for the closed-end lease grow, but so will its impact on fleet. A desire for predictable budgeted payments and fewer surprises at resale has prompted a renewed interest in the closed-end lease.

Tags: Closed-End Leases, Open-End Leases, Fleet Management Companies, TCO

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.

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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

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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

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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

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Chris Brown
2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown
The Mercedes-Benz GLS450 is the S class of SUVs. That’s expressed through Mercedes’ new nomenclature, which as of the 2017 model year carries the same levels across SUVs, sedans, coupes, and roadsters.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Chief

By Stephane Babcock

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Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown
The mainstream media may have sold out lock stock and barrel to the fringe elements but as a fleet decision maker you still have some tremendous resources that you can rely on.

New Faces in Safe Places

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