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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, Warranty recovery

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, County Fleets, 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, 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

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: Oregon, Natural Disaster

March 2012, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

10 Questions to Ask When Considering a Driver Risk Management Program

By Rush Akin

When the time comes to put a safety program in place or enforce the one you currently have, start with drivers -- they can have a huge impact on fleet cost.

Tags: Safety

March 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Staying Competitive: San Diego Right-Sources Its Fleet

By Thi Dao

Right-sourcing, or finding the right balance of in-house maintenance services, outsourced services, and even insourcing, is the best way to stay competitive and cost-effective. Find out how the City of San Diego right-sourced for a cost-effective fleet.

Tags: Insourcing, Outsourcing, managed competition, City of San Diego

March 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

In-House or Outsource: State Fleets Take Different Maintenance Paths

The State of West Virginia&#39;s light-duty fleet of 6,509 vehicles will be maintained by a fleet management company in the near future.

By Thi Dao

Managing vehicles and maintenance shops across an entire state by require different methods than those of a localized fleet. Two state fleet managers discuss right-sourcing and outsourcing.

Tags: Outsourcing, Nevada, West Virginia, right-sourcing, NCSFA

March 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

How Washtenaw County's Outsourced Maintenance Turned its Light Fleet Around

Photo by Thomas Lestrup for LeasePlan USA.

By Thi Dao and Greg Basich

After analyzing various options, Washtenaw County decided to outsource maintenance of its light-duty fleet. Not only was it the best projected option, but actual costs are coming in at lower than estimated costs.

Tags: Outsourcing, Michigan, Light-Duty Trucks, Fleet Efficiency, Ohio

March 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Finding the Right Maintenance Balance: Small Fleets Speak Out

The City of La Verne, Calif. handles most of its own maintannce work.

By Thi Dao

Small fleets, often with a wide range of vehicles and equipment and a small staff, have their own considerations for maintenance. Four small fleets discuss their right-sourcing techniques.

Tags: right-sourcing

March 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

New Ways to Bolster Fleet Safety

A City of Mobile, Ala. driver goes through driver training as part of the City&#39;s safety program.

By Shelley Mika

Driver safety programs are integral to a well-run fleet, but sometimes the traditional means only go so far. From driver training to incident recording, fleets discuss the successes and challenges of their safety programs.

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Training, Cell Phone Use

March 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Sold: A Word Alabama's DOT Uses to Save Big Bucks

All types of vehicles and equipment are sold during ALDOT&#39;s semi-annual auctions, which feature both live and online bidding.

By Ron Pruitt

Favorable legislation, an efficient operation, and on-site and online auctions by an outside company have allowed the Alabama Department of Transportation to get 40 percent of its equipment procurement costs back in resale.

Tags: Alabama DOT

March 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

New Contracting Process in Oregon Drives Down Vehicle Prices

Pictured are &quot;best value&quot; vehicles purchase by Oregon state agencies: Honda Civic Hybird, Honda Civic CNG, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, and a Dodge Grand Caravan flex-fuel vehicle. Photo courtesy State of Oregon.

By Greg Hopkins

The Oregon State Procurement Office used smart price and cost analyses to establish a list of dealerships offering the lowest net prices. As a result, net-to-buyer prices have rolled back to 2009 levels.

Tags: Pricing, Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt

March 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Spec the Right Forklift for Your Operation

Crown said customers need to spec forklifts based on the facility where they will be used. The Crown FC 4500 Series sit-down rider electric lift truck features three selectable performance levels for different needs.

By Stephen Bennett

When it comes to spec'ing forklifts there's more to the task than meets the eye, manufacturers and dealers say.

Tags: Toyota, Nissan, Forklift, Crown Equipment, Hyster

January 2012, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Alternative Strategies to Reduce Fuel Costs

By Thi Dao

A quarter of fleets surveyed report a fuel budget increase of more than 25 percent in the past five years. In addition to more traditional cost-reduction strategies, fleet managers discuss new methods they’re using to reduce fuel expenses.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Aftermarket Parts, fuel survey, Fuel Hedging, Fuel purchasing, Reverse Auction, Motor Pools

January 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

15 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Fuel Management System

When purchasing a fuel management system, ask the right questions up front. Photo by Erik Gustafson.

By Russ Whelan

Are you in the market for a fuel management system? Ask the right questions to avoid costly mistakes.

Tags: City of Santa Ana, Fuel Management System, County Fleets

January 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

North Dakota Finds Purchasing Solution for Complex Snow Plow Truck Delivery

By Paul Hanson, CAFM

In an effort to improve its procurement process for complex equipment, the North Dakota Department of Transportation tried a method used by another division, refining it until it became a simple and effective procurement solution.

Tags: Procurement, Snow Plow, North Dakota DOT

January 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Saving Money & the Environment through Oil Initiatives

Oil analysis allows fleets to determine the best time for oil changes. Photo courtesy Universal Lubricants.

By Shelley Mika

As technology continues to develop, fleets have more opportunities to improve their use of and reliance on oil. Five fleet professionals weigh in on the strategy, challenges, and benefits of their oil initiatives.

Tags: Re-refined oil, Town of Buckeye, Sioux Area Metro, Oil Analysis, City Fleets, Oil Change, Los Angeles

January 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Facility Programming for a New Fleet Maintenance Facility

By Tony Yankovich

After years of submitting capital improvement program requests for a new fleet maintenance facility, the project is finally approved. Now what?

Tags: New Facility

January 2012, Government Fleet - Feature

Tips for Ensuring Proper Equipment Maintenance

Design improvements are making it easier for technicians to service equipment. The Bobcat T750 compact track loader has an oil cooler that swings up, allowing operators better access for cleaning.

By Stephen Bennett

Fleet managers and off-road equipment manufacturers say technological advances and design improvements are helping raise the standard for maintenance. These fleet professionals offer their equipment maintenance tips.

Tags: Bobcat, Off-Road Equipment, Caterpillar, County Fleets

January 2012, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Living up to ‘Beverly Hills’ Standards: Beverly Hills Fleet on Staff Training and ‘Green’ Operations

Beverly Hills Fleet Services, under the Public Works &amp;amp; Transportation Department, maintains 360 City units.

By Thi Dao

Beverly Hills, Calif., Fleet Services operates in a new facility constructed in 2008 -- a LEED Silver certified building -- and is constructing a compressed natural gas (CNG) station expected to be completed in April.

Tags: Staff Training, City of Beverly Hills, Fleet Facility Tour, CNG Fueling Stations

December 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Burbank Public Works Fleet Technicians Pitch in to Attain Blue Seal of Excellence

Fleet employees at the City of Burbank are: (front row, l-r) Raul Martinez, Art Derzakharian; (second row, l-r) David Rodriguez, John Leil, Rex Richardson, Chris Whitney, Ron Martin, Johnny Stein, Craig Van Item; (third row, l-r) Rich Benson, Richard Powell, and Mike Muravez.

By Brittni Rubin

Fleet technicians at the City of Burbank, Calif., divvied up outstanding certifications for the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence and started studying – Fleet Services obtained its Blue Seal in October.

Tags: Blue Seal of Excellence, ASE certification

December 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Motorcycles

The Kawasaki Concourse 14P was one of six police bikes tested in Michigan. Photo: Michigan State Police

By Paul Clinton

Michigan State Police tested new cruisers from Victory Motorcycles -- the Commander I and Vision -- among the six police motorcycles to be offered in the 2012 model year.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Michigan State Police, Motorcycles

November 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

2012 Michigan Vehicle Tests: Patrol Cars

Ford Police Interceptor. Photo: Michigan State Police

By Paul Clinton

Fleet managers are attending evaluation runs and crunching the numbers to see which of three outstanding new patrol vehicles best suit their needs.

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

November 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Using Data as a Tool: How the Smithsonian's FMIS Helped Streamline Operations

By Thi Dao

The Smithsonian Institution's fleet department has utilized the data harvested by its fleet management system to reduce fleet size, reduce administrative time, hire more technicians, and improve overall operations.

Tags: Fleet Reduction, Fleet Management Software, Smithsonian, Federal Fleet

November 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Outsourcing the Parts Room: When to Do it and How to Begin

By Elizabeth Linck, CFM

When parts rooms become more costly and time-consuming than they should be, it may be time to consider outsourcing. When doing so, identify the issues, define objectives, implement a process, and measure results.

Tags: Outsourcing, Parts Management

November 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Fleets Find Savings with Motor Pool Technology

By Thi Dao

Five fleets share their success stories in motor pool management; improvements range from reduced fleet size to enhanced customer service.

Tags: Ventura County, Michigan, Colorado, City of Chicago, Colleges and Universities, Motor Pools, Carsharing

November 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

San Bernardino County Maximizes Equipment Utilization

By Mike Scott

Careful maintenance, effective staff training, strategic equipment placement, and use of GPS tracking help the nation's largest county maximize its equipment utilization.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Utilization, County of San Bernardino

October 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Five Key Questions of Green Fleet Management

Properly defining goals will lead to a better understanding of what kind of alt-fuel vehicle will be better for the fleet. If the goal is to reduce dependence on foreign oil, vehicles such as this hybrid electric bucket truck may be a good solution.

By Elisa Durand

To help managers make the right moves, they must first consider carefully the larger issues that will ultimately drive green success. This article discusses five key questions that fleet managers should ask and answer before adopting any sustainability strategies.

Tags: Green Fleets, Green policy

October 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Certification Success Helps Rochester Fleet ‘Tell Its Story’

The Equipment Services team consists of: (standing left to right) Michael Quattrone, James Billitier, Jenelle Dunn, Marlene Davidson, Frank O&#39;Hare, Gary  O&#39;Donnell Jr., and Scott Corser, (sitting left to right) Lakshmi Kasturi Rangan, Lynne Kita, Lisa Smith, and Amanda Smith. Not pictured are Richard Haynes and John Pecora.

By Cindy Brauer

The City of Rochester, N.Y., Equipment Services team earned Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) status with a nearly perfect score — 97 percent. The achievement validates the fleet’s industry competitiveness.

Tags: Certification, GFMA

October 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

State of Utah Vehicle Utilization Study Optimizes Fleet

The State of Utah&#39;s fleet is comprised of 63 agency fleets operating nearly 7,300 vehicles. A vehicle utilization study sought to classify and reduce the number of underutilized vehicles.

By Brian Fay

Through its vehicle utilization study, the State of Utah was able to reduce fleet size by 46 vehicles and save on depreciation, maintenance, and repair costs.

Tags: Utilization, Utah

October 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Good Fleet Management Leads to Good Remarketing

The Minnesota DNR&#39;s auction in New Ulm drew 600 bidders.

By Daryl Lubinsky

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ revised remarketing plan has already led to positive results — an auction at a new location this year drew 600 bidders and brought in $715,000 in sales.

Tags: Auction, Minnesota, remarketing vehicles

October 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Cultivating Next-Generation Off-Road Equipment Experts

Students in the Oklahoma State University Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) receive grader training as part of the curriculum.

By Barbara Bonansinga

With the current rate of technological change, training and developing a network of skilled off-road equipment technicians and operators are no small tasks. Universities, technical schools, and industry manufacturers are teaming up to train the equipment experts of tomorrow.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Operator Training, Technician Training

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Thi Dao
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

Paul Clinton
A Sure Bet for Reducing Distracted Police Driving

By Paul Clinton
While shootouts and ambush killings of police officers provide high-profile examples of the hazards of police work, more often than not officers lose their lives while driving patrol vehicles.

A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
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

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

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