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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.

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.

July 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Part 1: Fleet Information Management - System Data Architecture

By Christopher D. Amos, CAFM

Understanding how the data elements relate to each other makes using fleet management information easier and more productive.

July 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

State of Utah Saves More Than $1M by Centralizing Fleet Services

In 2001, the State of Utah outsourced maintenance management to ARI, leading to substantial annual operational savings. Over the past four years, the state saved more than $1 million in maintenance costs.

July 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Scooting to the Future on Segways

By Cindy Brauer

Impressed by environmental advantages, potential productivity benefits, and low operating costs, public sector fleets across the country are testing the novel 'human transporters' for a variety of functions.

July 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Neighboring Cities Outsource Fleet Service to King County

By Cheryl Knight

Through the Win-Win Program, other governmental entities use the King County fleet administration division to lease vehicles or buy automotive parts or construction materials at rates cheaper than the private sector.

July 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Miami-Dade County Gets First GM Hybrid Pickup

By Paul Dexler

In a ceremony at the Clean Cities conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Miami-Dade County took delivery of the first of 50 GM hybrid pickups. The order came in response to a county mandate to decrease fuel consumption.

July 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Clearing the Air

By Tom Johnson

When Jerry Nabhan took over as fleet manager for the City of Sunnyvale, Calif. — with 136,000 residents and 3,000 businesses in the heart of the Silicon Valley — he located his garbage trucks by looking for black smoke in the air.

May 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Two Musts in Fleet Management: Training and Certification

By Doug Keene

Fleets profit from training by using technology to increase productivity and efficiency, which in turn, lower costs. Training employees to use new technology effectively is as important as the investment in the technology itself.

May 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Using Telematics for Predictive Maintenance

By Chad Simon

Vetronix Corp.'s latest Mastertrak "next-generation" telematics and remote diagnostics function enables management to keep better tabs on the fleet by predicting mechanical failures before it's too late.

May 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Outsourcing for Positive Results

By Elizabeth Linck, CFM

With a disciplined approach and careful planning and implementation, outsourcing non-core functions can provide a positive impact on the entire fleet operation.

May 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Finding the Right Fuel Management Program

Supplementing fleet card services, fuel management programs are proven methods to reduce costs and improve fuel efficiency. Online data transmission provides timely tracking and reporting.

May 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Beats Firestorm

By Tom Johnson

Preventive maintenance and vehicle replacement programs helped San Diego County's fleet successfully battle the Southern California region's disastrous fire storm.

May 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

GSA Markets Auction Vehicles to the Public

By Cheryl Knight

Public auctions are well suited for the U.S. General Services Administration's low-mileage, well-maintained vehicles. About 40,000 GSA vehicles were sold at public auctions around the United States in 2003.

May 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Accurate Mileage: The Lifeblood of Good Fleet Management

By Steve Saltzgiver

Nearly every function of fleet vehicle management requires a decision dependent upon accurate odometer reporting. Utah's Division of Fleet Operations employs a proactive approach to ensuring correct mileage data.

March 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Vehicle Replacement Policy: The Lifeline of Government Fleet Management

By Doug Weichman

A formal, funded vehicle replacement program is one of the best available tools to achieve high standards, allowing fleet managers to incorporate lifecycle costing for vehicle replacement and to control maintenance cost.

March 2004, Government Fleet - Feature

Developing a Fleet Business Plan to Drive Organizational Change

By Tom Johnson

A fleet business plan forces change when the company has 2,100 vehicles providing electric power to nearly 800,000 customers and delivers nearly 1 million acre-feet of water to a service area in central Arizona.

March 1980, Government Fleet - Feature

Smaller, Lighter Vehicles Compete For Front-Line Police Work

By Staff

LAPD Transportation Director outlines performance parameters.

Tags: Chevrolet, NAFA, Police Vehicles, California Highway Patrol, Chrysler, Plymouth

July 1977, Government Fleet - Feature

Chrysler After Police Market

By Staff

Chrysler is in hot pursuit of the police car market with current models.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Chrysler, Police Fleets

July 1977, Government Fleet - Feature

Compact Nova "Big" For Police

Similar in appearance to its civilian sister, the Nova with police package delivers economy and performance at a savings to tax payers, law officers assert.

By Staff

Documentation in several applications show that a compact can deliver economy.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Police Fleets, Chevrolet

June 1963, Government Fleet - Feature

L.A. Police Use Model Test Program

Close-up interior view of a 1963 Oldsmobile Highway Patrol Apprehender shows the special equipment installed by the LAPD in its freeway patrol cruisers.

By Staff

Medium-price cars are receiving more attention from the nation's police departments.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Police Fleets

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Second-Gen Fleet Professionals

By Thi Dao
I’ve often wondered how much of an influence the parents of second-­generation fleet professionals had on their careers.

Addressing the Recruiting Problem

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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

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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

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BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

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