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May 2014, Government Fleet - Cover Story

A United Fleet: How NYC is Saving $415M in Fleet Costs

A Parks Department forestry log loader is pictured here in front of the Unisphere in Queens, New York. Photo courtesy of New York City.

By Thi Dao

The Fleet Federation, a group formed by New York City’s 10 departments with the largest fleets, banded together to implement shared services and other cost-savings measures under the direction of a new fleet chief.

Tags: New York City, fleet savings, Fuel Management System, Biodiesel, Fleet Consolidation, shared services agreement

May 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Keep the Lines of Communication Open When Reducing Fleet Size

When it began its Fleet Forward program, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) had 16,000 vehicles and pieces of equipment. It has identified 4,000 vehicles to sell. Photo courtesy of Michael Amador/TXDOT

By Daryl Lubinsky

Fleets are conducting utilization studies to determine the right number of vehicles to use. To get buy-in from affected departments, they’re working to get employees and drivers to take ownership of the fleet reduction policy.

Tags: Fleet Reduction, Monterey County, Utilization, City of Bellevue, Texas Department of Transportation

March 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

The Utility Vehicle Buyer’s Checklist

According to Club Car’s Mike Cotter, the manufacturer’s aircraft-grade aluminum frames are rustproof and corrosion-resistant. Pictured is the Carryall 500. Photo courtesy of Club Car.

By Shelley Mika

Utility vehicles fill a unique niche in a government's fleet — they can operate on rugged terrain, transport people while also performing work, and navigate tighter spaces than a traditional vehicle, whether inside a facility or out in the woods.

Tags: Utility Vehicle, Kubota, Club Car, Johnn Deere, Polaris

March 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Indirect vs. Direct Labor: How to Hit the Magic 70%

By Daryl Lubinsky

Direct labor can be summed up as time on task, or any time spent doing a specific task or repair. The work order is open, and as soon as the technician clocks in to perform preventive maintenance, for example, that counts as direct labor. The issue of monitoring and managing indirect labor costs is important because time is so important to fleet management.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Vehicle Maintenance Facility, City of Portland, Labor Rates, Preventative Maintenance, Palm Beach County

March 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

6 Questions About the 2015 Ford F-150

Photo courtesy of Ford<br />

By Thi Dao

The truck's body is made of high-strength, military-­grade aluminum alloy, which Ford says will not only reduce weight but also improve payload, towing, and fuel efficiency.

Tags: Ford F-150, Ford, Pickup Trucks, Aluminum

March 2014, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Sacramento Takes the Green Leap

The City of Sacramento&#39;s fleet department has reduced gasoline consumption by 10% since 2011 and increased the use of compressed natural gas. Photo courtesy of City of Sacramento.

By Stephane Babcock

Over the past few years, the City of Sacramento has pioneered a number of alternative-fuel programs, including the use of renewable natural gas produced by food waste.

Tags: City of Sacramento, Refuse Trucks, Sustainability, Clean Energy Fuels, Alternative Fuels

March 2014, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

The New Recruits: In-Service Cop Cars

Photo courtesy of Ohio State Highway Patrol.

By Paul Clinton

Agencies with fleet-replacement budgets have begun selecting the Chevrolet Caprice PPV, Dodge Charger Pursuit, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and Ford P.I. Utility to patrol their jurisdictions.

Tags: Ford Police Interceptor, Police Vehicles, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Caprice

March 2014, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Can Green Fleets Survive Without Government Funding?

By Thi Dao

Federal funding for alternative fuels may be slowing down. How will this affect government fleet adoption of alternative fuels?

Tags: Biodiesel, Grant Funding, Federal Incentives, City of Sacramento, City of Columbus, University of California-Davis, CNG, LNG, Battery-Electric Vehicles

March 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Technician Training Solutions for Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

NGVi&amp;rsquo;s Heavy-Duty Maintenance and Diagnostics training class is a three-day intensive course for experienced diesel technicians who will be diagnosing and maintaining heavy-duty natural gas vehicles. Photo courtesy of NGVi.

By Barbara Bonansinga

Fleet managers must consider how the addition of alternative-fuel vehicles changes fleet maintenance and repair. For those deciding to keep this in-house, there are various options available for technician training.

Tags: Staff Training, Technician Training, NGVi, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids

March 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Driving a Drug Dealer’s Car

Law enforcement agencies seize a wide variety of vehicles including trucks, SUVs, and classic muscle cars. Photo courtesy of DEA

By Paul Clinton

Law enforcement agencies can use asset forfeiture to snare unmarked narcotics cars.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Asset Forfeiture

January 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Off-Road Hybrids: Technology & ROI

John Deere&amp;rsquo;s 644K electric-hybrid wheel loader utilizes two sources of energy, diesel and electric, capturing regenerated energy as it is being created and using it to power the machine. Photo courtesy of John Deere.

By Thi Dao

New hybrid off-road equipment promises to reduce fuel consumption, but how long will it take to pay back the added cost?

Tags: Hydraulic Hybrid, Caterpillar, John Deere, Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Loaders, Excavators

January 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Chevrolet Colorado An 'Appealing Option' for Government Fleets

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will be on sale in 2014. The Colorado is pictured upfitted as a beach patrol vehicle, one of its possible uses. Photos courtesy of GM

By Thi Dao

Public fleet managers are awaiting the return of the mid-size truck, hoping for a lower capital cost and improved fuel efficiency over larger models.

Tags: Chevrolet Colorado

January 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Handle Extreme Weather

Members of the 354th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance shop work to repair a broken bulldozer in November 2013. They use a portable heater to warm the frozen bulldozer underneath a giant parachute, which traps in heat and helps thaw the vehicle. Jump-starting a frozen battery without first thawing it can cause it to explode, and technicians have to be careful to avoid frostbite while working on vehicles. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Nicole Taylor

By Daryl Lubinsky

Use of heat pads on oil pans and transmission fans, and installation of trickle chargers for battery heat blankets, are a normal part of operations for two Air Force bases in Alaska that routinely confront below-zero temperatures in the winter.

Tags: Snow Removal, U.S. Air Force, National Park Service

January 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Maximizing Your Recovered Costs After a Natural Disaster

The Big Thompson River, located 80 yards from the City of Loveland, Colo., fleet facility, normally flows at 100 cubic feet per second (cfs) &amp;mdash; during the September 2013 floods, this increased to 12,000 cfs. Photo courtesy of City of Loveland

By Shelley Mika

When a disaster strikes, there is no controlling Mother Nature. However, with the help of a fleet management information system, fleets can better control how they recover from these events.

Tags: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Natural Disaster, City of Loveland, Emergency Planning

January 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Public Fleet Summits Connect Regional Fleets

By Staff

Public Fleet Summits, a partnership between Government Fleet magazine and the Government Solutions Team, are educational events that take place around the country.

Tags: Industry Event, Public Fleet Summit

January 2014, Government Fleet - Cover Story

How the Improving Economy Is Affecting Fleet Budgets

By Thi Dao

The economy is undoubtedly improving, and oftentimes, public fleet finances are improving along with it. In a Government Fleet survey, 59% of respondents said their fleet finances are back to pre-recession levels and 80% said they’re optimistic about the future, but others still face challenging times and fear their budgets will never get back to “normal.”

Tags: Economy, Fleet Budget, City Budget

January 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Telematics by the Numbers

Photo courtesy of Verizon Networkfleet

By Shelley Mika

Telematics devices are increasingly used by government fleets. But with budgets under close scrutiny, are they a wise investment? Four fleets discuss the savings and return on investment associated with their telematics solutions.

Tags: Washington County, Baltimore County

November 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Accounting for VEU Variations

By Katherine Vigneau, CAFM

Determining vehicle equivalency units (VEUs) allows fleets to decide appropriate staffing levels and budgets. However, for comparison purposes, fleet managers should know how VEUs differ across organizations.

Tags: NAFA, Staffing

November 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

6 Steps to Transitioning to Alternative Fuels

By Paul Condran

A well-thought-out and planned methodology is essential for alternative-fuel implementation success. Here are six steps that can help fleets achieve their alt-fuel goals.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, City of Culver City, CNG Fueling Stations

November 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

A Certification for Heavy Equipment Fleet Managers

By Thi Dao

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) provides a Certified Equipment Manager (CEM) certification that it says addresses the needs of fleets with diverse assets, with a focus on heavy equipment.

Tags: Continuing Education, Heavy Equipment, Certification Program

November 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

2013 Green Fleet Conference is a Hit with Attendees

By Chris Wolski

Fleet managers from around the country converged on Phoenix to learn about sustainability, network, and test drive alt-fuel vehicles.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference

November 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Government Fleet Announces New Awards Programs

By Staff

Designed for public fleets, the three new awards will recognize fleet operations as well as individual fleet managers who have contributed significantly to the industry.

Tags: Recognition, Leading Fleets, Fleet Manager of the Year

November 2013, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Shaping the Future Fleet Workforce

By Shelley Mika

With demand for qualified technicians exceeding those available in the workforce, mentoring programs give fleets the opportunity to train their future workers — and even hire from the qualified pool of candidates they’ve helped create.

Tags: Snohomish County, City of Santa Ana, DeKalb County, Technician Training, Internship Program

November 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Storage Solutions for Maintenance Facilities

The vertical lift module Montgomery County, Md., recently purchased stores about 3,200 parts numbers for the County fleet. An operator inputs a parts number, and the machine fetches it, depositing the tray in the access opening. Photo courtesy of Montgomery County.

By Thi Dao

Whether renovating or constructing a new fleet maintenance facility, or just outgrowing space due to fleet growth, there are storage solutions available that will help with space constraints — and they come with other benefits as well.

Tags: Montgomery County, Fleet Facility, City of Beverly Hills, Parts Management, Stanley Vidmar, City of Scottsdale

November 2013, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Electric Motorcycles on Patrol

Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.

By David Griffith

While it's unlikely that all-electric cars will replace their gasoline-powered counterparts for law enforcement patrol duty, smaller electric vehicles have made inroads into police fleets.

Tags: LAPD, Zero Motorcycles, Battery-Electric Vehicles

November 2013, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

How to Use Police Vehicle Tests

Photo by Raymond Holt/MSP.

By Paul Clinton

The agencies that test new model-year, pursuit-rated vehicles offer complementary evaluations and differing methodologies that give them equal weight among vehicle purchasers.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Michigan State Police, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

November 2013, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

AWD Police Vehicles Gain Traction

Photo courtesy of Raymond Holt/MSP.

By Paul Clinton

Traditionally, police vehicles have arrived for duty with rear-wheel or front-wheel drive. Starting with the 2015 model year, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors will offer at least one police vehicle in an all-wheel or four-wheel-drive configuration.

Tags: Dodge Charger, Ford Police Interceptor, Chevrolet Tahoe, Driving Dynamics, Drivetrains

October 2013, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Fleet Consolidation: When 1 Operation is Better than 2 — or More

The City of Springfield, Ill., is in the process of consolidating the Police, Public Works, Fire, and City Water, Light &amp;amp; Power fleets to one facility.

By Barbara Bonansinga

Separate departments, and even separate government agencies, can join forces for operational and cost efficiency. In one case, a fleet consolidation plan is expected to save up to $5 million over five to six years.

Tags: Fleet Consolidation, Fleet Facility

October 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

15 Ways to Improve Your In-House Parts Room

As part of its managed competition, this City of San Diego parts room will be &amp;ldquo;double decked&amp;rdquo; to accommodate fire apparatus maintenance parts. Photo courtesy of City of San Diego

By Thi Dao

Looking to improve your in-house parts room? From re-evaluating your parts purchasing methods to reviewing inventory management, here are some best practices and new initiatives for parts room management.

Tags: Oklahoma State University, City of San Diego, Parts Management, City of Troy

October 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping: Major Challenges, Big Benefits

By Travis Rhoden

In addition to compliance, there are many benefits to a good injury and illness recordkeeping system. Agencies can see how they are doing in efforts to keep workers safe, pinpoint weaknesses in safety-related issues, and prevent problems in the future.

Tags: OSHA, Recordkeeping, safety policy

October 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

San Bernardino County Attains CFMO Certification

Roger Weaver (front row, in white shirt and tie), fleet management director for San Bernardino County, Calif., said the County fleet staff has grown to become a great team. Not all staff are pictured. Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County.

By Thi Dao

San Bernardino County in California joins a growing list of fleets that have obtained the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification.

Tags: County of San Bernardino, CFMO

October 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Parish’s Technology Use Ascends to New Heights

Ascension Parish&amp;rsquo;s fleet staff members are pictured here with Department of Public Works employees. Fleet manager Bill Depew is in yellow. Photo courtesy of Ascension Parish.

By Grace Suizo

Ascension Parish in Louisiana has made great strides in improving its fleet operations by maximizing all available resources and technology.

Tags: Fleet Improvement, Fleet Management Software

October 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Survey Shows The Industry’s Parts Management Practices

By Donald Dunphy and Dr. A. Patricia Murrin, D.B.A.

By surveying working fleet managers about their practices, NAFA can obtain information that reflects the industry. NAFA’s parts survey defined how fleets are managing parts and concluded that simple and uncluttered management processes yield the best results.

Tags: NAFA, Parts Management

October 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Roadmap for Renting Off-Road Equipment

At the City of Glendale, Calif., Fleet Manager Karl Vogeley said equipment rentals have helped the City fleet eliminate underutilized equipment. Pictured are some of the City&amp;rsquo;s off-road assets. Photo courtesy of City of Glendale.

By Shelley Mika

For fleets with infrequent, specialized jobs, renting off-road equipment can make for a wise investment. To benefit from renting, fleet managers need to make strategic choices about what to rent, when to rent, and from whom to rent.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, City of Burbank

September 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Profiles

By Thi Dao

This overview provides information about more than 200 public fleet survey respondents, including data about outsourced services, budget changes, and remarketing methods.

September 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Equipment and Inventory

By Thi Dao

The number of fleet vehicles in an agency directly corresponds with the population size of the area the fleet serves. A significant number of fleets are right-sizing and selling off underutilized vehicles, resulting in fleet reduction. However, increases in service areas or programs have resulted in larger fleets for others.

September 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Professional Salaries

By Thi Dao

The average fleet salary has increased slightly from last year, to $78,210. In addition to salaries, this section delves into retirements and succession planning.

Tags: Retirement, Salary Surveys

September 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas to Improve Your Fleet

All fleet drivers at the Eugene Water and Electric Board in Oregon now perform a pre-trip vehicle inspection and turn in a report. These frequent inspections have improved safety and vehicle maintenance.<br />Photo courtesy of Eugene Water and Electric Board, Ore.

By Thi Dao

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

Tags: Snohomish County, City of Bellevue, City of Columbus, City of Fort Worth, State of Oregon, City of Phoenix, Fleet Improvement, Eugene Water & Electric Board, State of Delaware

July 2013, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Battersby, Fleet Manager of the Year, Gets the Job Done

Richard Battersby, CAFM, CPFP, director of Fleet Services for the University of California, Davis is this year&amp;rsquo;s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year.

By Grace Suizo

Richard Battersby, CAFM, CPFP, director of Fleet Services for the University of California, Davis is this year’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. Battersby’s accomplishments include improving operation efficiency, encouraging employees to implement great ideas, and correcting an operating deficit of $800,000 annually over three years.

Tags: Universty of California Davis, Fleet Manager of the Year

July 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX 2013: Our Biggest Conference Yet

By Thi Dao

GFX took place June 10-12 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and had approximately 700 registered attendees. The next GFX will take place in San Diego June 2-4, 2014.

Tags: GFX, City of San Antonio

July 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Elite Fleets Continue Tradition of Excellence

By Thi Dao

The Elite Fleets continue to come up with ways to improve their fleets and contribute to the industry,such as focusing on efficiency improvements and technological advancements.

Tags: Hillsborough County, City of Portland, City of Seattle, City of Troy

June 2013, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Fuel Management on Any Budget

The City of Chico purchased the Fuel&amp;shy;Master fuel management system in 2011. In addition, it uses AIM2 devices to automatically capture odometer and diagnostic information on 25 patrol cars. Photo courtesy of City of Chico

By Thi Dao

There are various levels of automation when it comes to fuel management systems, and there’s a system for any reasonable budget. When purchasing a fuel management system, consider the various roll-out methods that work with tight finances, as well as benefits and return on investment.

Tags: Fuel Management System, Palm Beach County, AssetWorks, Gilbarco Veeder-Root

June 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Female Faces in Fleet

By Thi Dao

While more women join public fleets on the management side, the number of female technicians remains low. The challenge comes in finding females who have an interest in automotive technology but are just not aware of fleet — and letting them know that whether it’s on the shop floor or in management, there’s a place in the industry for them.

Tags: City of Seattle, City of Austin, Illinois, Penn State University, Women in Fleet, Women in Fleet Management, Recruiting, ASE

June 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

3 Finalists Chosen for 2013 Fleet Manager of the Year Award

By Thi Dao

Government Fleet named three finalists for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award, which honors fleet managers for accomplishments in the prior year.

Tags: Fleet Manager of the Year, Montgomery County, University of California-Davis, City of Culver City, Recognition

June 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

10 Factors Affecting Fleet Availability Benchmarks

By Steve Riley

If your benchmark numbers for fleet availability don’t seem quite right, consider the following 10 often-overlooked factors that may affect those numbers. While they may seem insignificant, their combined effects can have a dramatic impact on your overall stats.

Tags: Benchmarking

June 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Shutting Off Idling Engines

The Omaha Public Power District fleet consists of 1,441 vehicles and equipment. Mike Donahue, manager of transportation and construction, uses various methods to reduce fuel use. Photo courtesy of OPPD

By Cindy Brauer

In the pursuit of fuel-cost reduction, engine idling is a bulls-eye target. An Omaha utility employs a number of measures to hit that target, including mobile power units and hybrid-electric technology.

Tags: Energy Xtreme, Omaha Public Power District, Idle Reduction

June 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Collaboration is Key for the Future of Sustainable Fuels

The ideal solution for alternative fuels is a mixture that invests in domestic energy resources, increases electric vehicles on the road, and encourages use of alternative fuels. Photo courtesy of Shuttershock

By Katherine Vigneau, CAFM

Education about the various available fuels and collaboration among research institutions can help advance alternative-fuel vehicle adoption. In the meantime, altering driver behavior can help reduce fuel use.

Tags: NAFA, Alternative-fuel vehicles

June 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Fueling Options for Mowers

The Kubota ZP330 liquid-cooled propane-powered engine delivers eco-friendly performance with reduced CO2 emissions compared to gasoline and diesel. Photo courtesy of Kubota

By Shelley Mika

Today, mowers come with various fueling options. Find out the benefits and drawbacks of each — and which is right for your organization.

Tags: Mower, Toro, Kubota, Jacobsen, Grasshopper

May 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Remembering Years Past

By Thi Dao

To mark Government Fleet’s 10-year anniversary, we asked fleet managers to tell us their memories and what they miss most about their early fleet days.

Tags: Dakota County, City of San Diego, City of Loveland, Town of Fishers, County of San Bernardino, Chesterfield County

May 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Police Vehicles: A Look Back

Photo courtesy of City of Akron, Ohio

By Thi Dao

As police fleets search for their next patrol car, Government Fleet provides a brief review of popular police vehicles from the past, as well as current offerings from automakers.

Tags: Chevrolet, Dodge, Police Vehicles, Anniversary, Ford

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