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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 & 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 “double decked” 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: City of San Diego, Parts Management, City of Troy, Colleges and Universities

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, Fleet Safety Program

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’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

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, Oregon, City of Columbus, Delaware, City of Phoenix, Fleet Improvement, Eugene Water & Electric Board

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: Colleges and Universities, 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 Fleets

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, Colleges and Universities, 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, Colleges and Universities, 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 - Cover Story

Making the Transition to Management

By Thi Dao

As many experienced public sector fleet managers head toward retirement, public agencies need to consider how to recruit, transition in, and train incoming fleet managers.

Tags: Recruiting, Training, Retirement, City of Troy, City of Anaheim, Sonoma County, City of Beverly Hills

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: City of San Diego, City of Loveland, Town of Fishers, County of San Bernardino, County Fleets

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

May 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Four Ways to Work Better with Procurement

By Shelley Mika

There are powerful benefits to having a procurement partner in getting the vehicles and equipment a fleet needs. Any fleet seeking a smooth partnership with its procurement department will find these four tips worth their while.

Tags: Procurement, business relationships, Sheriff's Office, City of Tempe, South Dakota, Connecticut

May 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

16 Nominated for Fleet Manager of the Year

By Thi Dao

The Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award recognizes the best in the industry. Sixteen candidates were nominated for the award.

Tags: Fleet Counselor Services, Fleet Manager of the Year, Colleges and Universities, Salt Lake City, City of Culver City, Montgomery County, City of Santa Ana, County of San Bernardino, U.S. Marine Corps, Ventura County, County Fleets, Town of Jonesborough

May 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Network & Learn at GFX

By Editorial Staff

The 2013 Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX), to take place in San Antonio, gives public fleet managers an opportunity to connect with their peers and attend educational sessions designed to help them excel at their jobs.

Tags: GFX, Industry Event

May 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Centralized Procurement — Autonomy or Savings?

By Katherine Vigneau, CAFM

While centralized procurement has its disadvantages, the benefits far outweigh the costs, especially for state fleets.

Tags: Procurement, NAFA

May 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Attachments Give Dedicated Mowers Year-Round Use

Grasshopper&amp;rsquo;s turbine blower attachment helped several agencies eliminate the need for backpack blower units and helped curb unnecessary labor expenses.<br /><br />Photo courtesy of Grasshopper

By Brittni Rubin

Implements that attach to a dedicated mower in place of its mowing deck give the unit multifunctional capability, which can help fleets eliminate under-used vehicles and cut costs without sacrificing productivity.

Tags: Mower, Mower Attachment, City and County of Denver

March 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

CNG Use Expands Among Government Agencies

The City crew stands next to a new solid waste CNG vehicle with Tampa&amp;rsquo;s Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

By Greg Basich & Thi Dao

The high cost of gasoline and diesel and a desire to reduce vehicle emissions have led many government agencies to purchase vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). From fleets just starting their investment in the alternative fuel to long-time users looking to expand their CNG fleet, these agencies explain how and why natural gas works for them.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, CNG Fueling Stations, City of Tampa

March 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

A Hydrogen-Fueled Future? UCLA's Hydrogen Vehicle Testing

By testing the Toyota FCHV-adv fuel-cell cars, UCLA helps boost awareness for the technology.

By Thi Dao

In having staff test hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in commuting applications and planning the installation of a publicly available fueling station, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is helping in the development of an emerging alternative-fuel vehicle.

Tags: Toyota, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

March 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Illinois Expects Fuel Cost Savings with Electric Vehicles

The State of Illinois distributed its Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles to agencies with large campuses.<br />Photo courtesy of State of Illinois

By Thi Dao

The State of Illinois took delivery of 15 battery-electric vehicles last year as part of efforts to “green” state fleet operations.

Tags: Green Fleets, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Battery-Electric Vehicles, EV Charging Stations

March 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Developing Fueling Infrastructure for Propane Autogas

KCDOT has 20 fleet vehicles that run on propane autogas. These include Ford F-250 and F-350 work trucks and E-Series vans.

By Mike Taylor

The State of Indiana and King County, Wash., transportation departments leverage diverse on-site refueling methods for their propane-autogas vehicles. From a centralized fueling facility to a network of more than 100 stations statewide, these fleets have invested in fueling infrastructure and are seeing significant fuel savings.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Indiana DOT, Bi-Fuel Propane, Fuel Cards

March 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Distracted Driving Trends and Prevention

SmartDrive&amp;rsquo;s 2012 driver behavior study showed the top five distractions drivers new to the study were most likely to engage in while on the road.<br />Data courtesy of SmartDrive.

By Brittni Rubin

While many laws are in place to prevent on-road collisions, driver distraction — caused by everything from eating to mobile device usage — still remains a weighty Concern within fleets. However, reviewing current trends and tips can help fleets gain a better understanding in order to help mitigate the problem.

Tags: Distracted Driving, Driver Safety Tips

March 2013, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Exploring the Total Cost of CNG

Pictured are Weld County, Colo., natural gas vehicles in front of its CNG fueling station. Photo courtesy of Weld County.

By Shelley Mika

Vehicle retrofits and fueling station construction aren’t the only expenses when switching to compressed natural gas (CNG). However, even when considering the total cost of CNG, the payback period can be as short as three years.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, CNG Fueling Stations, City Fleets

January 2013, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Remarketing: From Local Auctions to an International Marketplace

By Thi Dao

From the full service with a local auction company to online remarketers, fleet managers have multiple options when it comes to selling their used vehicles. Here, fleets and suppliers discuss the benefits of various remarketing solutions.

Tags: public vehicle auction, Online Auctions, Resale Value, Surplus Vehicles, Surplus Equipment

January 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

9 Steps to Online Remarketing Success

By Thi Dao

When posting a vehicle for resale online, consider these tips, courtesy of various remarketing professionals.

Tags: Remarketing, Surplus Vehicles, Surplus Equipment

January 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Spend: The Expansion of Fleet Procurement Options

By Barbara Bonansinga

From conventional, competitive selection processes to cooperative contracts and strategic sourcing, fleets employ a variety of approaches to meet today's demand for goods and services.

Tags: Procurement, RFP, Vehicle Purchasing, Piggybacking, strategic sourcing

January 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Spend Case Study: State of Utah

Utah replaces about 500 fleet vehicles annually. Pictured are some of its sedans.Photo courtesy of State of Utah.

By Barbara Bonansinga

The State uses RFPs, outsourcing, and cooperative contracts to purchase vehicles, maintenance, and car rental.

Tags: Maintenance, RFPs, Outsourcing, Car Rental, Utah

January 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Spend Case Study: City of Springfield, Ill.

Bill McCarty, director, Office of Budget and Management (left) is pictured with Fleet Director Mike Palazzolo, newly hired to run the consolidated fleet. Photo courtesy of City of Springfield.

By Barbara Bonansinga

The City is looking to expand use of cooperative procurement as well as combining purchasing power internally.

Tags: Procurement, fuel cooperative

January 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Boston: Reviving a Faltering Fleet Operation

Pictured here are some of the City of Boston&#39;s 38 fleet staff members. Technicians at the City&#39;s fleet now collectively hold 70 ASE certifications, including six Master technician designations.

By Cindy Brauer

Two years ago, the City of Boston's central fleet management was in dire shape. With strong management backing, director Jim McGonagle and his team have executed an astounding fleet operation turnaround.

Tags: City of Boston, ASE certification, Fleet Improvement

January 2013, Government Fleet - Feature

Preventing Equipment Theft

National Insurance Crime Bureau investigators discovered a hoard of heavy equipment in which PIN plates had been altered or removed. Photo courtesy of National Insurance Crime Bureau.

By Shelley Mika

With the cost of equipment theft reaching between $300 million and $1 billion every year, fleet managers must take theft prevention seriously. Fortunately, crime trends can help fleets gain a greater understanding of the problem — and these simple tips can help fight it.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Equipment, Security

November 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Fleet Project Management: Maintenance Facility Construction

Pictured is a rendering of the City of Coral Gables, Fla., transit maintenance facility, currently in construction. Image courtesy of the City of Coral Gables, Fla.

By Steve Riley

Building a new fleet facility may be the most complex project a fleet manager can undertake. Careful pre-planning and knowing exactly what is required, rather than solely relying on an architect’s designs, will result in a facility custom-designed to the fleet’s needs.

Tags: Fleet Facility

November 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

2012 Green Fleet Conference

The show floor was packed with alternative-fuel vehicles and solutions, allowing fleet managers to discover new products and network with suppliers.

By Staff

A record-setting number of attendees gathered in Schaumburg, Ill., to learn about sustainable solutions for their fleets and have a little bit of fun, too, during the event's ride and drive.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Industry Event

November 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Alternative Fleet Storage Options: A Case for Covered Storage

To construct and maintain a covered and protected parking area can cost one-third as much as it costs to store vehicles outdoors in a 50-year facility life span.<br />

By Roger Thompson

Indoor, protected storage is a safe and cost-effective solution for fleet vehicles. However, less expensive short-term solutions can also provide vehicle protection.

Tags: Parking, Vehicle Storage, Fleet Facility

November 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Edmonton's Program for Transformation: Working Together for Positive Changes

The City of Edmonton&#39;s fleet staff is what makes its Fleet Services Branch one of the best in North America. Photo courtesy of the City of Edmonton.

By Shelley Mika

Provincial capital city Edmonton, Alberta, has the largest integrated municipal fleet operation in Canada and has earned numerous accolades for major improvements made over the last few years. However, focus on workplace culture may be its most significant achievement to date.

Tags: Canada, Fleet Services, Leadership, Training, Staff Training

November 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Refurbishing Off-Road Equipment

AFTER. Through refurbishment of a John Deere wheel loader, the City of Ventura, Calif., was able to extend equipment life by 10 years.

By Shelley Mika

When off-road equipment doesn't measure up in terms of performance or emissions requirements, fleets don't have to make the investment in brand-new units. For the City of Venture, Calif., refurbishing turned out to be an affordable and environmentally beneficial choice.

Tags: Refurbished vehicle, interim Tier 4, CARB, INVERS, Motor Pools

November 2012, Government Fleet - Department

Guest Editorial: How to Be a Top Public Sector Fleet Manager

By Steve Kibler

Each year, Government Fleet magazine conducts a competition for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year. In reading this year's applications, As a judge, Steve Kibler found a wealth of information regarding best practices that should be shared with every fleet manager.

Tags: Productivity, Technology, Fleet Policies, Utilization, Fleet Replacement, Customer Service, Fleet Manager of the Year

October 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Are Your Technicians Happy? What They're Saying About Their Workplaces and What They Want You to Do About It

By Thi Dao

Government Fleet's exclusive survey reveals how fleet technicians feel about their jobs and what makes them stay. Find out what they're proud of and what they want you to change.

October 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Ford Debuts Fleet Vehicle Emissions & Fuel Cost Calculator

Fleets can maximize &quot;green,&quot; both in terms of fuel economy and cost savings. The Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator helps fleets compare vehicle fuel efficiency and consumption so they can make the most informed purchase decision possible.

By Staff

The new tool helps customers compare vehicle fuel efficiency and sustainability based on customer-specific information and geographic region.

Tags: Ford, GHG emissions

October 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Equipment Manufacturers Weigh in on Final Tier 4 Emissions Regulations

This chart from John Deere shows how EPA regulations have significantly reduced the amount of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions. The European Union (EU) has similar emissions standards, named stages, that approximately correspond to the EPA&#39;s tiers. Hence, Final Tier 4 regulations in the United States are very similar to Stave IV regulations in the EU. Graphic courtesy of John Deere.

By Stephen Bennett

Manufacturers are progressive toward the deadlines for Final Tier 4 emissions requirements for off-highway vehicles. Here, they talk about their plans for compliance and how it will affect fleets.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Regulations, Diesel Emissions, Kubota, John Deere, Bobcat, Terex Construction

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