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July 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

How Griffiths Became the 2015 Fleet Manager of the Year

Photo by Gene Tewksbury

By Shelley Mika

Careful planning, teamwork, and a focus on quantifiable fleet improvements helped Bill Griffiths from Montgomery County, Md., obtain the 2015 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award.

Tags: Montgomery County, GFX, Fleet Manager of the Year, The Honors Celebration

June 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Off-Road Telematics Systems Offer Increased Value to Fleets

Image courtesy of Case.

By Daryl Lubinsky

Geo-fences and curfews are becoming more standard, but telematics systems on off-road equipment now show detail on what needs to be done before a technician arrives on the scene.

Tags: Vehicle Tracking, Off-Road Vehicles

June 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

10 Tips for a Successful Open House

As part of the City of Dublin’s (Ohio) Citizens University, 20 residents were given a peek at city operations, including fleet services. Photo courtesy of City of Dublin.

By Thi Dao

A fleet open house is a great public relations tool not just with the public, but also with user departments. Here's how to make sure your open house is successful.

Tags: City of Dublin, City of Culver City, City of Troy, Open House, Customer Service

June 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Policies & Programs to Reduce Distracted Driving

The City of Tulsa (Okla.) encourages its employees to pull over before using a cell phone. Photo courtesy of City of Tulsa

By Brittni Rubin

Driver safety policies and programs can help reduce collisions, saving lives and public funds. Here’s how public agencies have created, implemented, and spread the word about driver safety policies.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Sonoma County, City of Tulsa, Mobile Awareness, Fleet Safety Program

June 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleets Find Savings in Fuel Price Fluctuations

The City of Norfolk, Va., owns two fueling stations and supplements fuel purchases at retail sites using a fuel card. Photo courtesy of City of Norfolk

By Grace Suizo

A drop in fuel prices beginning in July 2014 allowed some fleets to save money on fuel costs. Whether locking in lower prices or putting money back into the general fund, fleets were relieved about the short-term savings.

Tags: Fuel Prices, City Fleets

June 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

5 Questions with the Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists

(L-R) Brennan, Griffiths, Reagan

By Thi Dao

This year’s three finalists for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award discuss their beginnings in fleet, what makes a good fleet manager, and the industry’s biggest challenges.

Tags: Recognition, Montgomery County, City of Columbus, Fleet Manager of the Year, The Honors Celebration, County Fleets

June 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

The Struggle to Find Good Technicians

Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Thi Dao

Finding qualified technicians is a challenge that’s only going to get worse. Here’s how to recruit the next generation of technicians and make sure your current employees stay happy.

Tags: Technician Training, Technicians, Staffing, Recruiting

May 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Mowers: More Comfortable, Efficient, Versatile — And Bigger

A flail deck attached to Jacobsen’s TurfCat discharges grass and debris down into the turf with double-edged blades. Photo courtesy of Jacobsen

By Daryl Lubnisky

Trends such as cooperative purchasing options and improved diagnostics are helping government fleet managers lower costs and improve operator safety.

Tags: Mower Attachment, Cooperative Procurement, Mowers

May 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

5 Steps for Staff Development

Staff development can include training for technical skills as well as management and supervisory skills. Photo via iStock.

By Steve Riley

A well-defined staff development plan can boost employee productivity and allows fleet managers to plan for retirements of seasoned employees and even to train their own replacements.

Tags: Staff Training, Technician Training

May 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

What to Expect at GFX 2015

Photo by Scott Dressler-Martin for Visit Denver

By Staff

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) is setting record-breaking attendance and provides unparalleled value for attendees.

Tags: GFX, GFX Road Show

May 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Utilization Studies Do More Than Right-Size Fleets

The Denver International Airport recently conducted a utilization study of its fleet, which consists of 1,700 units, including the one of the largest snow removal fleets in the nation. Photo for Ron Anderson for DIA

By Shelley Mika

Two approaches to utilization studies reveal surprising outcomes beyond cost savings.

Tags: Fleet Reduction, Utilization, County Fleets, Airports

May 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

8 Ways to Save Time in the Office

By Thi Dao

Better time management and job organization can help fleet managers work more effectively, which may get them home on time.

Tags: Time Management, Customer Service, Project Management, Delegating

May 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Remarketing ‘Green’ Vehicles

The City of Kansas City has had CNG vehicles in its fleet since 1996, and CNG units include light- and heavy-duty vehicles. Photo courtesy of City of Kansas City

By Thi Dao

While some types of “green” vehicles have been around for a while, newer technologies on vehicles make resale value difficult to estimate.

Tags: GovDeals, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, CNG, Battery-Electric Vehicles, CNG refuse trucks, GSA, Flexco Fleet Services

April 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

How to Work with Unions to Get GPS Fleet Tracking

Image courtesy of GPS Insight

By Ryan Driscoll

As government fleet managers are certainly aware, some unions are against the implementation of GPS fleet tracking software. Here's how you can position the technology to gain acceptance.

Tags: Driver Safety, GPS Insight, Labor Unions

March 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Inside the Labor Rate Debate

One theory for calculating labor rateis to separate rates by vehicle type to get a more accurate comparison. Photo via iStock

By Thi Dao

Is your labor rate close to $50, or is it more than $100 an hour? Take a look at how fleets calculate their labor rates, why the range is so wide, and what to consider when comparing your labor rate.

Tags: Outsourcing, Competition, Labor Rates

March 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Sharing Fleet Services with a Nearby Agency

The Camden County fleet facility is used to maintain 123 vehicles and equipment, but this could change if the county administrator’s plan to consolidate with neighboring public fleets goes through. Photo courtesy of Camden County

By Thi Dao

The City of Kingsland (Ga.) assumed oversight of the Camden County fleet and its fleet employees — and that’s just the first stage of a plan to consolidate fleet services between the two agencies.

Tags: Outsourcing, Cooperative Agreement, Parts and Service

March 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Answer These 9 Questions Before Implementing Propane Autogas

Photo courtesy of PERC

By Shelley Mika

Taking time to learn the ins and outs of propane autogas up front can boost your odds for a successful program later.

Tags: PERC, Propane Autogas, Propane Autogas Fuel Station, Propane Conversion

March 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Trends in Refuse Truck Technology

The Heil Odyssey Freedom front loader has a low body weight, which allows it to haul more trash, according to the company. Photo courtesy of Heil

By Shelley Mika

Between lighter, quieter trucks, front-loading models, and cutting-edge fuel choices, refuse trucks are better than ever.

Tags: Hydraulic Hybrid, Refuse Trucks, Parker Hannifin, Renewable Natural Gas, Battery-Electric Vehicles, CNG refuse trucks

March 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Ideas for Solving Common Problems in Fleet

By Thi Dao

If another fleet manager or a consultant reviewed your operation today, what would he or she say? Fleet professionals discuss common fleet deficiencies and how to fix them.

Tags: preventive maintenance, Vehicle Replacement, Fleet Management Software, Fleet Facility, Competition, Fleet Improvement, Consultants

February 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

How to Deploy Planes for Law Enforcement

Photo of Beechcraft Baron ISR-A2A courtesy of Beechcraft.

By Melanie Basich

Fixed-wing aircraft don't get as much attention as helicopters, but they're the preferred aerial vehicles for many law enforcement missions.

Tags: Police Fleets, Aircraft

February 2015, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Bullet-Proofing an Officer's Rolling Office

Photo courtesy of International Armoring.

By David Griffith

A Utah police survivor is leading a campaign to make sure no other officer is killed in the same manner as her husband.

Tags: Police Fleets, Utah, Armored Vehicles

January 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Working in a Winter Wonderland

Photo courtesy of Terex

By Stephane Babcock

Working in winter weather may not be pleasant, but if your off-road equipment is ready to handle the situation, you’re a step ahead in the game.

January 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Public Fleets Become Cooperative to Save on Parts

Photo courtesy of City of Moline

By Daryl Lubinsky

Fleets are obtaining substantial discounts on tires, filters, wiper blades, and various additional parts through cooperative purchasing.

Tags: City of Little Rock, Parts Management, Cooperative Procurement

January 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Refurbishing Equipment: The Ultimate Recycling Program

Palm Beach County (Fla.) Apparatus Committee members stand in front of two of the Fire Department’s rescue trucks. Photo courtesy of PBCFR.

By Tim Calhoun, CAFM

By remounting a refurbished rescue truck body to a new chassis, Palm Beach County (Fla.) Fire and Rescue Department saved about $75,000 over purchasing a new truck.

Tags: Ambulances, First Responders, Refurbished Vehicles, County Fleets

January 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Going Big: SUVs for Patrol

Photo courtesy of Ford

By David Griffith

Because police operations now require much more equipment, many law enforcement agencies have decided the pursuit SUV is the ideal patrol vehicle.

Tags: Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Police Interceptor

January 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Battling the Snowstorm in Buffalo

During the November 2014 snowstorm, the city enacted a driving ban so plows could get through. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo

By Stephane Babcock

When Western New York saw six feet of snow dumped on the ground the week before Thanksgiving 2014, the City of Buffalo was ready to handle the mess with a fleet that was prepped and ready.

Tags: Snow Removal, Snow Plow, City Fleets

January 2015, Government Fleet - Feature

Is Technical Experience Necessary for Fleet Managers?

Photo via Flickr/Seattle Municipal Archives.

By Thi Dao

Despite not having technical backgrounds, fleet managers with administrative experience bring a variety of advantages to their departments.

Tags: Training, Continuing Education, Port of Seattle, Colleges and Universities

January 2015, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Fleet Vehicles Go Higher Tech

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV comes standard with rearview camera, rear park assist, Bluetooth, OnStar, and Wi-Fi. Photo courtesy of GM

By Thi Dao

As new in-car technologies trickle into public fleets, they’re changing the way fleet managers handle purchasing, maintenance, and driver training.

Tags: Technology, Chrysler, Oregon, City of Beverly Hills, Ford, General Motors, County Fleets

November 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Kubota: Not Just a Tractor Company

Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president, agriculture and turf division, said the company added three product marketing directors to guide product development and support. Photo courtesy of Kubota

By Thi Dao

Ninety-two new products, the expansion of its construction equipment lineup, and organizational changes to improve product support are just some of the changes Kubota Tractor Corporation is making in an effort to expand its market share.

Tags: Kubota, Construction Equipment, Mowers

November 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Upgrading a Maintenance Facility for CNG

The City of Dublin, Ohio, upgraded its maintenance facility to allow technicians to safely work on CNG vehicles. Photo courtesy of Marathon Corporation

By Rob Adams

An often overlooked or misunderstood aspect of a compressed natural gas (CNG) project is the garage upgrade. When upgrading a facility, various codes and best practices need to be considered.

Tags: Fleet Facility, CNG Conversions, Technicians

November 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Saving Money by Taking Back Outsourced Work

Photo courtesy of iStock.

By Stephane Babcock

The State of Utah’s Division of Fleet Operations has been able to cut costs by more than 19% by taking back what it once outsourced — maintenance management.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Outsourcing, Utah

November 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Hybrid Service Truck Reduces Fuel Costs

The 2014 Hino 195H hybrid service truck utilizes hybrid electric drive technology to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30% over that of a conventionally powered truck. Photo courtesy of Sonoma County

By Staff

The addition of a hybrid-electric field service truck helps the Sonoma County, Calif., fleet increase the number of field services while minimizing fuel consumption.

Tags: Sonoma County, Hybrid Trucks, Service Fleets

November 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

How Is Your Fire Truck Pump Testing Program?

A Draft Commander mobile pump testing trailer helps the San Bernardino Fire Department stay in compliance with its pump testing schedule. Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County

By Brent Wahl, CAFM

San Bernardino County, Calif., Fire Vehicle Services thought it was in compliance with fire pump testing guidelines. After an audit, the department realized it wasn’t — here’s what it did to correct the problem.

Tags: Fire Equipment, County of San Bernardino, Fire Pump Testing

November 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Do Anti-Idling Technologies Work?

Photo courtesy of iStock

By Shelley Mika

Four fleets share their experiences with anti-idling devices on patrol cars and trucks — and their plans for the future.

Tags: City of Columbus, anti idling, Reducing Fuel Costs, Clark Public Utilities, North Carolina DOT

November 2014, Government Fleet - Cover Story

10 Features of Modern Fleet Facilities

Natural lighting sources and light-reflective floor and wall surfaces are some sustainable design features that help improve lighting at a maintenance facility. Photo courtesy of MDG

By Thi Dao

From Wi-Fi to smart vehicle lifts and fluid distribution systems, modern fleet facilities have features that improve technicians’ work environments.

Tags: Montgomery County, Fleet Facility, Technician

October 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Keeping Up With Off-Road Training

While online training has its benefits for experienced technicians that need either a refresher or a look at a manufacturer's updated products, it will never replace the need for hands-on training both in the classroom and at the shop. Photo via istock.com.

By Stephane Babcock

While the basics are as fundamental of the tools they use, technicians need to continuously train to keep ahead of the technological curve, at work, at home and anywhere they can connect.

Tags: Technician Training, Continuing Education, Online Training, ASE, Heavy Equipment

October 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Report Your Way to Improved Productivity

Photo courtesy of  iStockphoto.com.

By Shelley Mika

Whether you're managing the shop, equipment, or the budget, fleet reports can help identify efficiencies and make your job easier in the meantime.

Tags: Fleet Budget, Operating Costs, Managing the Shop, How-to Guides, City Fleets, Productivity

October 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Portland Fleet Certification Makes it the Service Provider of Choice

At a fleet meeting, John Hunt, CPFP, the city’s fleet manager, awards Dan Adamson, a vehicle and equipment technician, with a Safety Recognition Award. Photo courtesy of the City of Portland.

By Kelsey Nolan

By making several adjustments over eight years, the City of Portland, Ore., was able to become a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO), improve efficiency, and make the organization shine.

Tags: CFMO, Fleet Certification, City of Portland, GFMA

October 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Anaheim’s CFMO Certification Saves Taxpayer Money

The City of Anaheim, Calif., fleet became certified in June, becoming more efficient and reducing costs for taxpayers. Photo courtesy of the City of Anaheim.

By Kelsey Nolan

By becoming a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO), the City of Anaheim, Calif., was able to create a motor pool and save $300,000 annually.

Tags: CFMO, City of Anaheim, GFMA, Fleet Certification

October 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Ram ProMaster City: An Option for Right-sizing

Photo by Vince Taroc.

By Staff

With eight different configurations for the newest and smallest Ram van offering, the 2015 ProMaster city can be used by agencies looking to right-size and reduce costs.

Tags: Ram ProMaster City, Compact Vans, 2015-MY, Class 1

October 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

A Case Study in CNG: What Not to Do

Taking the right steps when embarking on a CNG fleet project can lead to success and a return on investment. The site pictured here shows a well-designed fueling station.

By Anonymous Author

While CNG can be a cost-efficient alternative fuel, it's also an expensive investment that needs to be implemented correctly. Here, a fleet manager discusses lessons learned from mistakes made with a real CNG fleet implementation and the expensive results of the these mistakes.

Tags: Compressed Natural Gas, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG trucks, Refuse Trucks

October 2014, Government Fleet - Cover Story

How to Streamline the Procurement Process

Arapahoe County has specific equipment needs for its sheriff’s vehicles, making it costly to buy patrol vehicles off the state contract. These vehicles were purchased off the country’s own contracts. Photo courtesy of Arapahoe County.

By Thi Dao

New tools and technologies have made fleet procurement faster and more streamlined. Fleet and procurement professionals discuss how their organizations have worked to improve fleet purchasing.

Tags: Procurement, National Joint Powers Alliance, National IPA, Outsourcing

September 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

2014 Vehicle and Equipment Inventory

More respondents siad their fleet size increased than those who said it decreased.

By Staff

More fleets reported an increase in their fleet sizes this year in comparison to 2013 survey results. Increases in service areas or programs have resulted in larger fleets for some, while right-sizing and selling off underutilized vehicles have resulted in fleet reduction for others.

Tags: Utilization, Trends, County Fleets

September 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

2014 Public Fleet Overview

More than half of all fleets responding to the survey are municipal fleets. The "other" category mainly consists of special districts.

By Staff

This overview provides information for nearly 200 public fleet survey respondents, including data about their customer departments, supervisors, outsourced services, and budget changes in the past year.

Tags: Fleet Profile

September 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

2014 Fleet Salaries and Retirement Plans

Thirty-five percent of repsondents reported no change to their salary from the prior year.

By Staff

The average fleet salary has increased from last year to $82,732. About one-third of survey respondents said they plan to retire in the next five years.

Tags: Retirement, Salary, Trends

September 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

13 Bright Ideas to Improve Your Fleet

A technician presents a class to his peers, solidifying his knowledge of the subject while teaching others the skills he learned during his training class. Photo courtesy of Tucson Fire Maintenance

By Thi Dao

This compilation of “bright ideas” focuses on single, simple ideas aimed to reduce costs, improve operations, improve customer service, and more. Fleet professionals explain how they executed their plan, the challenges they faced, and the results they’ve seen or expect to achieve.

Tags: Operating Costs, fleet procurement, Fleet Optimization, Fleet Improvement

July 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

10 Inducted Into Public Fleet Hall of Fame

By Staff

Government Fleet magazine's Public Fleet Hall of Fame award recognizes fleet leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the profession.

Tags: Public Fleet Hall of Fame

July 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Lamerato's Rise to the Lifetime Achievement Award

By Thi Dao

Sam Lamerato was presented the 2014 Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the industry. Learn how the former fleet intern became one of the industry’s most respected fleet professionals.

Tags: City of Troy, Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award

July 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Elite Fleets Work on Continuous Improvement

By Thi Dao

The Elite Fleets, No. 1 fleets from 2010-2013, continue to work on improving their operations and contributing to the industry.

Tags: City of Portland, City of Seattle, City of Culver City, City of Troy, Elite Fleets

July 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX: The Public Fleet Manager's Conference in Review

Photo by Vince Taroc

By Staff

Taking place June 2-4 at the San Diego Convention Center June 2-4, the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) included plenty of networking opportunities, a choice of 15 breakout educational sessions, and an expo floor packed with new technologies, vehicles, and products.

Tags: GFX, Industry Event

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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.

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