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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, Refuse Trucks, Natural Gas Vehicles

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

July 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Recognizing the 2014 Leading Fleets

The Leading Fleets awards recipients are pictured here at GFX. Photo by Vince Taroc

By Staff

The Leading Fleets awards program recognizes 50 public sector fleet organizations for their leadership, efficiency, and vision for the future. The award, open to public fleets, encourages fleets to strive for excellence.

Tags: City of Santa Ana, Leading Fleets, Recognition

July 2014, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Calif. County Embraces Hybrids for Higher MPG

In addition to greening its vehicles, the county installed solar panels covering a portion of its lot, which was entirely paid for with a federal energy efficiency grant. Completed in 2011, the solar panels supply one-third of the fleet facility's electricity use.

By Thi Dao

In addition to a growing hybrid vehicle fleet, Riverside County's greening efforts in the past few years include a minimum average MPG threshold for vehicle purchases, a pilot of electric vehicles, and a proposal to use propane autogas as its next alternative fuel.

Tags: Riverside County, Nissan Leaf, Propane Autogas

July 2014, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Winning the 2014 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

Photo of Paul Condron by Vince Taroc.

By Grace Suizo

Paul Condran, fleet services manager for the City of Culver City, Calif., has had plenty to be proud of over his near 30-year career — including being named 2014 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year.

Tags: Fleet Manager of the Year, GFX, Awards, City of Culver City

July 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Inside the City of Mesa, Winner of the Leading Fleets Award

Photo courtesy of City of Mesa.

By Shelley Mika

The City of Mesa, Ariz., won the top spot in the 2014 Leading Fleets awards program. The award recognizes operations in the areas of fleet leadership, competitiveness and efficiency, planning for the future, and overcoming challenges.

Tags: GFX, Leading Fleets, Awards

June 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Tier 4 Vehicles to Trickle Into Off-Road Fleets

Fleet managers have not yet felt the full effects of the Tier 4 technology for off-road equipment but are preparing for them. ISTOCK Photo.

By Grace Suizo

While Tier 4 equipment is still new, fleets can get ready to incorporate them by training technicians for the new technology and budgeting for the higher cost.

Tags: Regulations, Fleet Budget, Replacement Cycles, Off-Road Vehicles, EPA, Diesel Engines, Emissions Reduction

June 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Achieve ASE's Blue Seal of Excellence

All four fleet technicians at the Town of Castle Rock, Colo., are ASE-certified, helping the fleet earn the Blue Seal of Excellence. Photo courtesy of town of Castle Rock.

By Shelley Mika

The ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition is granted to repair shops that meet specific certification requirements. Learn how three fleets earned their Seal — and how your shop can, too.

Tags: ASE Blue Seal, Career Advancement, Technician Training, How-to Guides

June 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Designing a CNG Fueling Station

Pictured is a typical Marathon Corporation-­designed time-fill barricade. Photo courtesy of Marathon Corporation.

By Rob Adams

You’ve made the decision to transition to compressed natural gas (CNG) for your vehicle fleet — here’s your next step.

Tags: CNG Conversions, CNG Fueling Stations, CNG

June 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

3 Finalists Chosen for Fleet Manager of the Year Award

By Thi Dao

The Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award recognizes accomplishments and efficient operations.

Tags: County of San Bernardino, City of Culver City, Fleet Manager of the Year

June 2014, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Words of Wisdom From Public Sector Fleet Managers

Photo courtesy of iStockPhoto.com.

By Thi Dao

Fleet veterans share funny stories, personal experiences, mistakes, advice, and what they wish they had known in their early fleet years.

Tags: Retirement, Career Advancement, How-to Guides, City Fleets, New York City

June 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Figuring Out Fuel Contracts

By Shelley Mika

Fuel contracts give fleets a guaranteed price over the duration of the contract. The result: easier budgeting, potential cost savings, reduced administrative time, and guaranteed supply. With careful consideration on the front end, fleets of all sizes can make fuel contracts work in their favor.

Tags: Fuel Contract, Cooperative Procurement, Fuel Costs

May 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

The State of Street Sweepers

Regenerative air sweepers, such as this Elgin Crosswind sweeper, are typically used in municipal applications on streets, parking lots, and alleyways. Photo courtesy of Elgin

By Shelley Mika

Street sweepers are evolving to meet user demand. From brooms to vacuums to air sweepers, fleet managers have more purchasing choices than ever before.

Tags: Street Sweepers, Elgin Industries, Public Works, Medium-Duty Trucks

May 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Staying on Track with Off-Road Regulations

OC Waste & Recycling in California held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Caterpillar D7E diesel-electric hybrid dozer. The machine helps the agency get ahead of state emissions regulations. Photos Courtesy of OC Waste & Recycling

By Shelley Mika

Off-road regulations can be difficult to navigate. Typically, compliance dates for federal standards vary by engine horsepower, but on the state level they can vary by fleet size, too.

Tags: CARB, Emissions Reduction, Heavy Equipment, Regulations, Diesel Engines, EPA, Grant Funding

May 2014, Government Fleet - Feature

Success Stories in Online Vehicle Remarketing

Photos Courtesy of Ironplanet, Dakota County, Clermont County, and City of Statesville

By Thi Dao

More and more fleets are trying out new ways to remarket vehicles, seeking to reduce staff time and increase returns. Find out their success stories and why they chose to make the switch.

Tags: Online Auctions, City of Sacramento, County Fleets, Boston

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, County Fleets, Utilization, City of Bellevue, Texas DOT

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, Colleges and Universities, 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, National Parks, U.S. Air Force

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

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: County Fleets

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, AEMP

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, Technician Training, Internship Program, County Fleets

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 Fleets

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, Los Angeles County, Ford, General Motors

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Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao
Fleet managers are taking steps to combat the technician recruiting problem, and these steps are adding up to results.

Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

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How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

By Paul Clinton
Ford's Police Responder Hybrid Sedan offers several important differences from other retail hybrid cars that should make it well suited for the demands of a police duty cycle, while also providing lower costs to operate.

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Next-Gen Fleet

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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

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2017 Genesis G90

By Stephane Babcock
The Genesis G90 sets itself apart with the interior, drivetrain, and sleek exterior. It has a look and feel inside and out that will satisfy most luxury car cravings.

2017 Ram 2500 Tradesman

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Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown
Fleet managers should stay current with new developments in the auto industry but stay grounded in reality to keep their fleets efficient and prepared for the future.

Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown

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