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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, City of Boynton Beach

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 Durham, City of Tempe, State of South Dakota, State of 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, University of California-Davis, City of Riverside, Salt Lake City, City of Culver City, Montgomery County, City of Cedar Rapids, City of Santa Ana, County of San Bernardino, U.S. Marines, Ventura County, Arlington County, 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 Riverside, 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, INDOT, 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, City of Asheville, CNG Fueling Stations

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: City of Edmonton, 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

The Pros & Cons of Warranty Work

At King County, Wash., Department of Transportation, the in-house warranty program resulted in more productive technicians and decreased transportation costs. Photo courtesy of King County, Wash.

By Shelley Mika

Every warranty program comes with its own set of pros and cons. To reveal the true picture of warranty work, two fleets and a software expert share their experiences.

Tags: King County, City of Mesa, Warranty recovery

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, Tier 4 regulations, Diesel Emissions, Kubota, John Deere, Bobcat, Terex Construction

September 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Research Profile

Seventeen percent of respondents reported an increase in budget, while 67% reported a decreased budget. Fleet managers cited rising fuel costs more than any other factor as the reason for their increased budgets. Other factors identified include higher maintenance costs due to aging vehicles, increased labor costs, and additional work through insourcing. One reason cited for reduced costs is improved efficiencies.<br />

By Staff

What does an average fleet consist of? What are commonly outsourced services, and how do fleets remarket their vehicles? Explore this and other statistics in this fleet overview section, which includes responses from more than 200 surveyed fleets.

Tags: Fact Book

September 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Manager Salaries Average $78,187

While more than half of fleet managers reported no change in their salaries, far more have had minor  salary increases than decreases.

By Staff

The average fleet salary has increased slightly since the prior year, despite salary freezes for many. Overall, most fleet managers are satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their pay.

Tags: Salary Surveys, Fact Book

September 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Support Staff Salaries

By Staff

Fleet support staff salaries have also been challenged by budget restrictions, leading fleet managers to worry about employee morale and retention.

Tags: Salary Surveys, Employee Retention, Fact Book

September 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Vehicle and Equipment Inventory

More than half of fleet managers surveyed managed a fleet of 500 units or less (median).

By Staff

This section delves into average fleet age and replacement cycles, as well as total units for various agencies.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, Fact Book

September 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Fuel Use & Parts Inventory

By Staff

Large and small, many government fleets manage their own in-house parts rooms. Find out about parts room inventory as well as fuel use and alternative fueling stations.

Tags: Fact Book

July 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Campbell Named Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Larry Campbell, CPFP<br />

By Thi Dao

Larry Campbell, CPFP, fleet manager director for the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., was named the 2012 public sector fleet manager of the year. Campbell talks to GF about greening the City's fleet, running equipment operator competitions, and learning from management.

Tags: fleet procurement, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Manager of the Year, Green Fleets, managed competition, management

July 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX 2012: The Fleet Manager's Conference in Review

By Staff

More than 600 fleet professionals convened in Denver for the 5th annual Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) on June 18-20.

Tags: GFX, Boulder EV, Industry Event, Technician Training

July 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Elite Fleets Proactively Contend with Industry Challenges

By Cindy Brauer

Accolades aside, managers of three elite fleets, share their proactive approaches in tackling today's vexing fleet challenges.

Tags: City of Portland, ASE, City of Troy, Michigan, Hillsborough County, Florida, Insourcing, Vehicle Performance

June 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

How Local Associations are Bringing Fleets Together

The PFSA group at a meeting at the USS Hornet.

By Thi Dao

Information and networking are two main reasons why public fleet managers find local and government-specific associations valuable. Board members from various associations talk to GF about cost savings, training opportunities, and the face-to-face interaction their organizations provide.

Tags: Networking, Training, GFMA, MEMA, Industry Event, RMFMA, FLAGFA

June 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Northwest Utilities Band Together for Benchmarking Initiative

Idaho Power Company, one of the members of the Northwest Utility Fleet Managers Association, operates a fleet of 900 units that include this bucket truck.

By Thi Dao

The Pacific Northwest Utility Fleet Managers Association is open to both public and private fleets. The Association's biggest project is a benchmarking study that will allow members to effectively compare their operations.

Tags: Benchmarking, vehicle comparison, Public Sector, Private Sector, Fleet Management, Spec'ing

June 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

3 Finalists Compete For the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

By Staff

Government Fleet named three finalists for the public sector fleet manager of the year award, sponsored by fleet counselor services. The winner will be announced at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) in Denver.

Tags: Fleet Manager of the Year, Sonoma County, Dakota County, Recognition, PSFMOY

June 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Maintaining Fleet Service Levels in a Shrinking Budget Environment

Vehicle return lanes have color-coded flags, pictured here during a &quot;lean event.&quot; Vehicle dispatch packets are color coded so customers know in which lane to return the vehicle, which speeds vehicle return and detailing. Photo courtesy of the State of Oregon.

By Cindy Brauer

How does a public sector fleet organization balance the mandates of severe budget cuts with maintaining viable, responsive, and professional services? Oregon's state fleet looks to new approaches, analysis, and relationships.

Tags: budget cuts, State of Oregon, Customer Service

June 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Project Management: Constructing a Fueling Facility

Analyze whether an above-ground or underground storage tank is best. Pictured is an OPW FlexWorks Loop System underground fuel delivery system.

By Steve Riley

From location, to environmental considerations, to the type of fuel to dispense, this article addresses key considerations fleet mangers must take into account when planning the construction of a fueling facility.

Tags: Fuel Management, Alternative Fuels, Fueling Facility

June 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Equipment Pools Aid Cost-Cutting and Utilization

An equipment motor pool at the City of Chesapeake, Va., consists of 29 units.

By Cindy Brauer

Increasingly, Intra- and Interagency government jurisdictions are collaborating to share pooled equipment and vehicles. The practice not only helps procure expensive specialty equipment, but also helps right-size fleets.

Tags: Motor Pools, Cost-Cutting, Utilization

May 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Advancements in Fleet Maintenance Technologies

By training operations to use an electronic device for pre- and post-trip inspection, the Arapahoe County, Colo., fleet ensures vehicles are inspected properly and maintenance issues are addressed promptly.

By Thi Dao

New fleet technologies are resulting in improved technician productivity and vehicle health. Find out the technologies and updates changing the way technicians work.

Tags: Technology, Inspections, vehicle manual, Tires, Technician Training, Parts Management, Diagnostics, telematics

May 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX Provides Targeted Fleet Information

Pictured is a view of the Denver skyline from City Park, with the Rocky Mountains in the background.

By Staff

The 2012 Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) is designed with the public fleet manager in mind. Learn, network, compare, and take home valuable information to improve your fleet.

Tags: GFX, City and County of Denver

May 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

15 Nominees Vie for Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Staff

The award, sponsored by Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented at the government fleet expo and conference (GFX) in Denver.

Tags: Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

May 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Write & Analyze a Customer Satisfaction Survey

Customer service surveys come in a variety of forms and can be placed in different locations: from online, to in-office, to in-vehicle. Match the format with the type the driver will most likely fill out.

By Shelley Mika

A customer satisfaction survey can allow a fleet to improve problem areas and establish benchmarks for customer service. Do some research before starting.

Tags: Customer Service, City of Phoenix, City of Chesapeake

May 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Project Management: Take it Step by Step

By Steve Riley

Whether constructing a new facility, retrofitting a parts department, or initiating a vehicle replacement cycle, completing major, capital-intensive ventures involves three critical phases: planning, execution, and evaluation.

Tags: Fleet Management, Funding, Project Management, Tracking, Risk Management

May 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Utility Vehicle Maintenance Best Practices

The Bobcat 3400 4x4 utility vehicle (UTV) is available in both gas and diesel options. A Bobcat representative said fleet managers should choose the fuel type that matches their fleet.

By Stephen Bennett

While utility vehicle maintenance may be similar to that of small on-road vehicles, the fact that utility vehicles go off-road leads to some differences. Manufacturers weigh in on maintenance best practices.

Tags: Best Practices, Utility Vehicle, Maintenance

March 2012, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Oregon Focuses on Vehicle Evacuation Following January Flood

A January 19 flood damaged 160 state vehicles in Salem. Click on this image to see more photos of the flood. Photo courtesy of the State of Oregon DAS.

By Thi Dao

A mid-January flood damaged about 160 State of Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) vehicles in Salem. DAS Fleet Manager Brian King talks about staff attempts to save newer vehicles during the flood and efforts to improve asset protection in the case of future catastrophes.

Tags: Natural Disaster, State of Oregon

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