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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 - WebXclusive

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

Beverly Hills Fleet Services, under the Public Works & 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, Fleet Policies

October 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

City of Fort Worth Establishes First-Ever National Fuel Contract

According to Wayne Corum of Fort Worth, Texas, freight is an important factor in many fleet agencies' fuel purchasing decisions. The freight on the Fort Worth/­National IPA contract benefits large agencies.

By Mike Scott & Thi Dao

By creating and using a national fuel contract, the City of Fort Worth, Texas, saved $40,000 in its first year alone. The City expects savings to increase as more agencies join the cooperative contract.

Tags: fuel cooperative, National IPA, Piggybacking

October 2011, Government Fleet - Department

Preserving Underutilized Hybrid Batteries

A compact trickle charger can be installed in the window corner of a hybrid vehicle, keeping the vehicle's battery from draining completely. Pictured is a 12V, 1.8W charger.

By Levente Fulop

Aftermarket devices and underutilization can lead to a completely drained hybrid vehicle battery, but trickle chargers can prevent this scenario.

Tags: Technology, Trickle Charger, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

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'Hare, Gary  O'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'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'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: Remarketing, Minnesota, Auctions

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

September 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Industry Profile

By Staff

What does an average fleet consist of? How many vehicles does it maintain and how much in annual budget does it control? Explore these and other statistics of the average fleet broken down across region, agency type, and other segments.

Tags: Statistics, Fact Book

September 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Manager Salaries Average $75,510

By Staff

Tight budgets have frozen many fleet manager salaries across the board. Data shows only a 1 percent increase in average salary in the past two years, to $75,510. Find out how fleet managers are compensated based on region, education, fleet size, and more.

Tags: Fact Book, Salary

September 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Support Staff Salaries

By Staff

Fleet support staff salaries have not seen increases in a few years. GF presents average salaries for key titles as well as the number of filled positions in a fleet.

Tags: Fact Book, Salary, Statistics

September 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet and Fuel Management Systems

By Staff

Find out which fleet and fuel management companies are most used by public sector fleets, how much they cost, and fleet manager satisfaction level with the systems purchased.

Tags: Software, Fact Book, Statistics

September 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Vehicle & Equipment Inventory

By Staff

In a time of rightsized vehicle inventory and extended replacement cycles, what does the average fleet consist of and how long is it keeping its vehicles and equipment? GF examines fleet unit breakdown, unit age, replacement cycles, and federal and state unit totals.

Tags: Fact Book, inventory, vehicles

September 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Customer Departments

By Staff

Fleets report servicing between one to 22 different customer departments, with Public Works being the most reported fleet customer. GF explores and analyzes fleet's most common clients.

Tags: Fact Book, Customer Service, Statistics

September 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Fuel, Lube, and Parts Inventory

By Staff

About 85 percent of fleets store diesel and gasoline inventory. Find out more inventory statistics about alternative fuel, lube, parts, and tires.

Tags: Fact Book, inventory

July 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

UC Davis' Web-Based Driver Training Increases Course Enrollment

More campus employees have been taking the Web-based version of UC Davis' driver safety training program than the previous classroom-based course.

By Greg Basich

The Web-based driver training program features three modules, Safe Driver Awareness, Green Driving Techniques, and Introduction to Fleet Services.

Tags: Training, Eco-Driving, University Fleets, Colleges and Universities

July 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX Government Fleet Expo & Conference

By Government Fleet

The 4th annual Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX), held at the San Diego Convention Center in Southern California, June 6-8, brought together more than 550 public sector fleet professionals and industry suppliers.

Tags: Conference, GFX, Fleet Manager of the Year

July 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Sam Lamerato Named 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Sam Lamerato

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Troy’s Sam Lamerato was awarded Government Fleet magazine’s 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year honor. Lamerato helped implement a successful insourcing program, and led to the City’s No. 1 spot in the “100 Best Fleets” in 2010.

Tags: Fleet Manager of the Year, Insourcing, Fleet Management, Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association, APWA, City Budget

June 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Effective Communication Enhances Fleet Image

By Thi Dao

Increasing professionalism is helping drive fleet management out of the “dirty garage” stereotype. Effective communication with public officials, citizens, supervisors, and customers can further improve the image of fleet operations.

Tags: Fleet Operations, management, Communications

June 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Liability Risk for Government Fleet Organizations Under Current Law

By Janis Christensen, CAFM

Most people no longer bat an eye when hearing about multimillion dollar damage awards to punish companies for an employee’s negligent acts. However, what are the liability concerns for a public sector fleet manager?

Tags: Liability, Public Sector, Lawsuits, Claims Management

June 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Low Cost or No-Cost Green Fleet Strategies

By Barbara Bonansinga

A variety of easy approaches can yield quantifiable results in greening a fleet, including avoiding unnecessary travel and using alternative-fuel vehicles. Tactics used by the states of West Virginia and Oklahoma are shared, including leveraging existing state natural resources.

Tags: Green, Green Fleets, Strategies, Alternative-fuel vehicles, Fleet Policies

June 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Seattle Maximizes Technology to Improve Operations

The City of Seattle retrained employees on the existing technology systems to ensure the resources were being used to their full potential.

By Stephen Bennett

Today’s technology can provide a number of advantages, but only when used as intended and to maximum potential. By identifying how to fully utilize its information technology system, the City of Seattle was able to increase efficiency in its operations and achieve savings.

Tags: Technology, Fuel Management, Information Technology, Public Sector, Equipment

June 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Best Practices in Remarketing Off-Road Equipment

Appealing photos and accurate video of a new Holland 555 backhoe helped the Town of Jonesborough, Tenn., see major remarketing success.

By Shelley Mika

Remarketing can yield major resale dollars for “yellow metal” and other off-road equipment. Five fleet experts weigh in on some of the best ways to maximize resale value for off-road equipment.

Tags: Equipment, Off-Road Equipment, Remarketing

June 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Subadan and Stanton Reflect on Position Changes

Subadan & Stanton

By Thi Dao & Greg Basich

Bob Stanton, previously of Polk County, Fla., started his new position at Hillsborough County, Fla., on May 16, replacing Sharon Subadan, now deputy county administrator.

Tags: 100 Best Fleets, Polk County, Hillsborough County, Appointments

May 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Parts Operation: In-House or Outsource

The City of Denton, Texas, is able to get parts on demand without investing up front.

By Shelley Mika

A fleet’s parts inventory is critical to keeping its maintenance and repair process moving forward — and keeping units on the road. Several critical elements to consider are discussed from both the in-house and outsourced perspectives.

Tags: Maintenance, repair, Outsourcing, Parts Inventory

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Planning Facilities for Modern and Future Use

The City of Davenport, Iowa's Public Works fleet facility was programmed and designed by Roger Thompson and Jon Wallenkamp.

By Thi Dao

When planning a fleet facility, consider site location, prepare it for new or future technologies, and review commonly overlooked issues.

Tags: New Facility, Fleet Facility, Maintenance Facilities

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

14 Compete for 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

The 2011 award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in San Diego.

Tags: Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Oil Initiatives Government Fleets Should Consider

<br />According to Joseph Shupe, president of CAP Oil Change Systems, the company has designed oil dispensers to reduce the time it takes to change engine oil and also help keep oils clean and safe.

By Cheryl Knight

Conducting periodic oil analysis, using re-refined or recycled oil, and revisiting oil filter usage will lessen an operation’s impact on the environment, extend maintenance cycles, and reduce reliance on foreign oil.

Tags: Green Initiatives, Recycling, Oil, crude oil, portable oil change system, oil change system

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX 2011 to Focus on Fleet Efficiency

By Staff

Educational presentations, brainstorming sessions, and networking events provide fleet managers the opportunity to learn from industry professionals ways to improve fleet efficiency.

Tags: Conference, GFX

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Maximize the Life of Grounds Maintenance Equipment

<br />A power lift on Grasshopper front mount mowers facilitates accessibility to the underside of the deck for simplified maintenance, as well as space-saving portability and storage.

By Stephen Bennett

Manufacturers recommend maintenance schedules and key maintenance procedures for the pieces they sell to government fleets. Some also offer software programs or online support to help monitor usage, track costs, and budget for replacement.

Tags: Equipment, Toro, John Deere, Grasshopper

May 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Grounds Maintenance Equipment Roundup

Model 430D features a 30 hp fuel-efficient, high-torque, liquid-cooled three-cylinder MaxTorque diesel engine.

By Staff

View four grounds maintenance equipment models from The Grasshopper Co., John Deere, and Kubota.

Tags: Equipment, Kubota, Toro, Grasshopper, John Deere

April 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Fueling Public Sector Fleets

By Ryan Mossman

Fuel strategies used by private sector fleets may prove useful for public sector fleets as well.

March 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Sporty Police Cars

By Mike Scott

Crown Victorias and Dodge Chargers and may be among the most typical makes and models of police cars used in the United States today. Some departments have a handful of “sportier” cars, many of which are used in special ways.

Tags: Porsche, Police Vehicles, Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette

March 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

How Minneapolis Implemented its Green Fleet Policy

The City of Minneapolis Fleet Services division green team includes, l-r, Gary Dahl, Bill Gauthier, Al Thunberg, and Director of FSD John Scharffbillig. Photo courtesy John Scharffbillig.

By Thi Dao

Fleet veteran John Scharffbillig, director of Fleet Services for the City of Minneapolis, discusses how the Fleet Services division brainstormed, wrote, edited, and is implementing the City's new green fleet policy.

Tags: Green Fleet, City of Minneapolis

March 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Boosting Morale Can Help Improve Operations

By Grace Suizo

Strong leadership and understanding, combined with a little creativity, can help keep productivity and employee morale high when resources are low.

Tags: Fleet Manager, Leadership, business tools, Employee Incentives, morale

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Leveraging Procurement Dollars in a Zero-Growth Budget Environment

By Stephen Bennett

Public sector fleet manager creativity is one key to “getting the most bang for the buck” in a time of tightening purse strings and unpredictable fuel prices.

Tags: Lifecycle Costs, Downsizing, Cost-Cutting, Procurement

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Be Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem

By Mike Antich

As public sector fleets face increasing scrutiny, fleet management must keep the public and officials informed, ensure competitive service costs, and maintain customer service levels while reducing costs.

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

A ‘State of the Fleet’ Report Can Enhance Fleet Image

By Gary Hatfield

Fleet managers can use an annual fleet report to inform decision-makers who impact funding, user departments, and fleet employees about both fleet management accomplishments and challenges.

Tags: Fleet Management, Fleet Operations

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Beyond the Patrol Car

The BearCat G3 provides 0.50 caliber armor protection with high ground clearance for aggressive off-road performance and maneuverability. It is used by SWAT and Special Ops teams at high security facilities for perimeter patrol and security.

By Melanie Basich and Lauren Fletcher

Law enforcement vehicles come in all shapes in sizes. In addition to the traditional patrol vehicle or motorcycle, the following are other vehicles law enforcement officers use to keep the peace.

Tags: Police Vehicles

March 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

What to Consider When Spec’ing Excavators

The Terex TC 20 Compact Crawler Excavator has max dig depth of 8 feet 2 inches and max reach of 14 feet 4 inches.

By Stephen Bennett

Whether renting or buying, fleets must ensure excavator specs meet the needs of the application. Fleet managers and equipment manufacturers weigh in on factors to consider.

Tags: Spec'ing, Off-Road Equipment, Equipment, Excavators

February 2011, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Snowstorms Have City Fleets Working Overtime

Fleet maintenance employees at the City of Huntsville, Ala.,were on 24-hour duty during a mid-January snowstorm. (Photo courtesy Mike Blankenship, City of Huntsville)

By Thi Dao

The cities of Chicago, Dallas, and Huntsville, Ala., fleet departments discuss how they prepared for and handled with this season’s snowstorms.

Tags: Snow Removal

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