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January 2011, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Elements of a Comprehensive Fuel Management Program

Operating one or more on-site fuel stations has pros and cons. While purchasing fuel in bulk takes advantage of volume price discounts, operating fuel site stations also comes with environmental liabilities.

By Randy Owen

A well-designed fuel management program controls costs, improves driver productivity, meets regulatory requirements and organizational policy goals, and provides for the collection of essential data and production of management information.

Tags: Fuel Economy

January 2011, Government Fleet - Department

Asphalt Equipment

The LeeBoy 8816B features a Tier 3 130 hp Cummins turbodiesel engine.

By Staff

View our asphalt equipment roundup featuring three different models from LeeBoy, Caterpillar, and Asphalt Zipper.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Town of Castle Rock Fleet Excels in Customer Service

The Town of Castle Rock, Colo., provides everything from base preventive maintenance to complex repairs, new installs, parts, and more.

By Staff

Through use of its fleet software program, fleet advisory committee, and support of qualified staff members, the Town of Castle Rock, Colo., has maintained a 95-percent customer satisfaction rating.

Tags: Technology, Customer Service, Recognition

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Ventura Uses Telematics & GPS to Improve Fleet Efficiency

Mary Joyce Ivers (right), CPFP, fleet and facilities manager in the City of Ventura's Public Works department.

By Cheryl Knight

After implementing GPS and vehicle diagnostic technology on several fleet vehicles, the California city improved fuel economy by 10 percent, reduced idling time, and improved productivity and routing for customer service.

Tags: Telematics, GPS, Technology

January 2011, Government Fleet - Feature

Maintaining Pavement and Asphalt Equipment

By Stephen Bennett

Proper maintenance, training, and planned service intervals are necessary to ensure proper care for pavement and asphalt equipment.

Tags: Maintenance, Off-Road Equipment

November 2010, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

By Mike Antich

Budget is the No.1 challenge facing public sector fleets. Everything a fleet does revolves around money — equipment, facilities, staff, vehicles, parts, tools, fuel, etc. Other challenges include extended cycling, resources to maintain aging assets, and staff burn-out.

Tags: Green, Operating Costs, Outsourcing, Vehicle Replacement, Fleet Budget, Vehicle Purchase, Staffing, Fuel Management

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

‘Business as Usual’ No Longer an Option for Local Government

By David Mills

The poor economy has led to public outcry for more accountability in government agencies. This should serve as ample warning for fleets to increase efficiency, improve accountability, and add visibility to the fleet department for the upcoming year.

Tags: Fleet Budget, Fueling Station, policies, Fleet Facility, Staff Training

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Training & Testing Pay Big Returns

By Kelly Reagan

Facing an aging fleet with little to no funds for vehicle replacement, the City of Columbus, Ohio, decreased fleet expenses by finding savings in parts and supplier services.

Tags: Recognition, Fleet Budget, Staffing, Staff Training, City Fleets

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Google Helps D.C. Improve Operations

By Mike Scott

For nearly two years, the Washington D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has used a Google-centric program to become more efficient, and even boost response time.

Tags: Telematics, Google Maps

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Government Fleet Managers Recognized for Leading ‘Green’ Efforts

By Staff

Government Fleet announced 14 public sector fleet leaders as the recipients of this year’s 2010 Environmental Leadership Awards at the Green Fleet Conference in October.

Tags: Green Fleet Conference, Environmental Leadership Award, Awards, City Fleets

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Minimize Workplace Injuries

By Stephen Bennett

Safeguarding maintenance and garage facilities against work-related injuries involves securing management commitment, increasing safety awareness among staff members, and establishing a certified in-house safety committee.

Tags: Fleet Facility, Staffing, Staff Training

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Mythbusters: Fleet Edition

Tires filled with nitrogen retain their pressure better, keeping moisture out and ultimately extending tire life. But for small fleets, Hunt’s team couldn’t justify the cost of adding a proprietary fill station.

By Tariq Kamal

A veteran fleet manager and his team of experts identify several common myths that may be costing your fleet.

Tags: Maintenance, Engine Oil, Fuel Management, Tires

November 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Maintaining Loaders and Backhoes

Loaders and backhoes at the City of San Antonio have an eight-year lifecycle. Preventive maintenance is based on the calendar year, with different PM levels performed monthly. Pictured is the City’s equipment from Samsung.

By Thi Dao

Fleet professionals from three public agencies discuss best practices for maintaining loaders and backhoes, used for numerous projects that range from waste disposal to beach upkeep to road maintenance.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Off-Road Equipment, Snohomish County

September 2010, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Insourcing Provides Mutual Benefits

Through the City of Moline, Rock Island Arsenal is able to get reliable maintenance service for vehicles, that meets National Fire Protection Association standards.

By Shelley Mika

The City of Moline, Ill., demonstrates the benefits of insourcing by providing maintenance services for its neighbor, the Rock Island Arsenal. The partnership has proven successful for both the city and federal fleets.

Tags: Preventive Maintenance, Vehicle Remarketing, fleet acquisition, Insourcing

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Managing Refuse Fleet Maintenance

By Shelley Mika

Trash trucks require special maintenance. Multiple moving parts and typical start-and-stop operations present the biggest concerns. Automated lubrication systems and particular care of brakes and tires help mitigate the issues.

Tags: Refuse Fleets

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Industry’s Best Gather at GFX

By Grace Suizo

With a record number of attendees and exhibitors, the 2010 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) brought together some of the greatest fleet minds from the public sector during the three-day event.

Tags: GFX

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Get the Most from Remarketing Government Fleet Vehicles

By Shelley Mika

Remarketing fleet vehicles can be a time-intensive process. The State of Utah offers several tips to help remarket vehicles profitably.

Tags: Remarketing, Auction, Utilization

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Improving Federal Fleet Management

By Adlore Chaudier

Efforts to improve federal fleet management on all levels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum consumption have increased since President Obama signed EO 13514 in 2009.

Tags: Government Fleets, Greenhouse Gases, Barack Obama

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Certifications Promote Industry Professionalism

With a 500-unit fleet, Pierce County’s 25-member fleet team serves several county agencies, including public works & utilities, emergency management, and facilities management.

By Cindy Brauer

Fleet industry credentials, such as NAFA’s CAFM and the American Public Works Association’s CPFP, showcase the specialized skill sets required of technicians who work on today’s complex automobiles and equipment.

Tags: CAFM, CPFP

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

New Anti-Graffiti Trucks Added to City of Oxnard Fleet

By Staff

Used to help clean up graffiti in public areas, the City of Oxnard, Calif.’s two new anti-graffiti trucks will help work crews continue to clean up the city.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, City Fleets

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

GPS Cuts Washington County Vehicle Misuse & Boosts Productivity

By Shelley Mika

The Tennessee county uses GPS tracking devices to make big improvements, monitor employee behavior and productivity, and reduce unauthorized vehicle use.

Tags: GPS, emergency vehicles, Vehicle Misuse

September 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Keeping Grounds Maintenance Equipment in Top Shape

By Thi Dao

The City of Torrance, Calif., Fleet Services division discusses grounds maintenance equipment and emphasizes the importance of having close relationships with the user department.

August 2010, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

How to Recondition a K-9 Police Vehicle

By Mike Scott

A K-9 companion in a police vehicle introduces additional areas of concern to overall vehicle cleanliness and resale.

Tags: Remarketing, Police Vehicles

July 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Utah Extends Vehicle Cycling to Lower Fleet Costs

While cautious fleet managers may fear increased costs associated with higher mileage thresholds, Scott Bingham, interim fleet manager, State of Utah Fleet Operations, said the key is keeping up with vehicle maintenance.

By Shelley Mika

Relying on hard data, Utah increased replacement limits to 105,000 miles, a move that resulted in significant savings for the fleet.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, Cost-Cutting

July 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Getting the Most from Your Fleet System

By Bradley Kelley

When implementing a fleet system, fleets commonly focus on basic features to meet core needs, missing such valuable tools as warranty management, shop scheduling, flat-rate labor times, parts inventory stocking, and reporting.

Tags: Training, Parts Inventory

July 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Perform a Fuel Reconciliation

This formula can be used when conducting a bulk fuel reconciliation summary.

By Cheryl Knight

Managing fuel inventory remains top of mind for government fleets around the globe. Performing regular fuel reconciliations will help managers fully account for what they’ve paid for.

Tags: Fuel Theft, Fuel Management

July 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

How Do Fleets Dispose of ‘Yellow Metal’?

By Stephen Bennett

Fleets share best practices in disposing of off-road equipment — the backhoes, graders, rollers, etc., commonly known as “yellow metal.”

Tags: Remarketing, Auction, Equipment

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Leadership

By McCorkhill, Alley, Weichman, and Hunt

Government Fleet’s Public Sector Fleet Managers of the Year represent a valuable resource of industry expertise, best practices, and front-line skills. Four recognized leaders share recommendations and advice in meeting the challenges government fleet managers face today.

Tags: Bright Ideas, Leadership, Fleet Manager of the Year

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Procurement/Grant Funding

By Staff

A fleet manager offers his seven tips for grant applications. Other fleets allow short-term equipment rental, started equipment rebuilding programs, and devised a fleet standardization policy.

Tags: Grant Funding, Bright Ideas, Procurement

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Business Plan

By Staff

A successful business plan may be a ‘living document’ adaptable to changing or unexpected circumstances, define operating philosophies, and address current and future business challenges.

Tags: Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Fuel Management

By Staff

Applying basic best practices such as right-sizing and idling reduction are effective approaches to trimming fuel costs. Using a web-based data management system, purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles, and relocating a key fueling station are other ways to reduce fuel consumption and man-hours.

Tags: Fueling Station, Bright Ideas, Fuel Management, Alternative Fuels

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Communication

By Staff

Monthly e-mail reminders, a communications team, and providing an internal Fleet Web page are just some ways these fleets are improving communication.

Tags: Utilization, Communications, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Customer Service

By Staff

Conducting customer service surveys and using the results to address customer concerns is just one way to improve user satisfaction.

Tags: Customer Service, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Going Green

By Staff

Successful green efforts include switching to alternative fuel vehicles, reducing petroleum consumption, running on re-refined oil, and implementing policies on idling, purchasing, right-sizing, and downsizing.

Tags: Sustainability, Motor Oil, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Policy

By Staff

Detailed and comprehensive business plan and policy documents foster a proactive approach to fleet management. When writing policies and procedures, safety can be used as the motivating issue to facilitate support by all stakeholders.

Tags: Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Maintenance

By Staff

Fleets can utilize automated preventative maintenance systems, take on maintenance for other fleet operations, brand tires to prevent theft, and implement a multi-work shift schedule to maximize productivity.

Tags: Vehicle Theft, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Replacement

By Staff

Some bright ideas include a replacement plan based on priority, annual calculations of replacement points, and a cash-only plan.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, Lifecycle Costs, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Safety

Bumper stickers helped boost Kentucky's driver safety, resulting in a savings of over $150,000 in the first year.

By Staff

Disaster preparation, quality inspection, bumper stickers, and cutting lead from operations are just some ways these fleets ensure safety.

Tags: Recycling, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Shop/Facilities/Parts

Michael DePaulo (left) received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Arizona Chapter Award of Merit for keeping the Town of Buckeye's fleet well-maintained.

By Staff

In-house emissions testing can cut vehicle downtime, while recycling scrap metal and used oil can help cover shop expenses.

Tags: Maintenance, Recycling, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Productivity/Staffing

By Staff

San Antonio Water Systems completed quality of life initiatives to increase staff productivity. Other government fleets used a training matrix, created learning and networking opportunities, installed internet in shop waiting areas, and started a youth internship program.

Tags: Productivity, Training, Networking, Bright Ideas, Staffing

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Technology

By Staff

Effective uses of technology include a keyless internal work order system, online auctions, and walkie-talkies to replace traditional radio systems.

Tags: Auction, Technology, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Fleet Manager Creates Innovative Vehicle Justification Model

Dave Vasquez (right), manager of fleet operations for SECO Energy, accepts the 2010 Larry Goill award from Marvin Fletcher, director of fleet services for Hanover County, Va. Vasquez was recognized for developing a solution to reduce the use of take-home vehicles when he served as director of fleet maintenance for Lake County, Fla.

By Cheryl Knight

When David Vasquez created a vehicle justification model to better assess take-home vehicle need, he not only lowered costs by avoiding excess commuter miles, but also gained a better handle on costs of ownership.

Tags: Take-Home Vehicles, Utilization, Bright Ideas

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Green Fleet Conference Heads to San Diego

By Cindy Brauer

Scheduled Oct. 18-19, the 2010 conference offers focused resources to build cost-effective, sustainable fleets. The event features education sessions, a first-time ride & drive, exhibits, and networking components.

Tags: Sustainability, Green Fleet Conference, Networking

June 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Pinpointing Solutions to Off-Road Equipment Management

By Staff

Government fleets reveal how they saved money and improved management of off-road equipment, including leasing, preventing user mismanagement, correctly analyzing street sweeper lifecycle costs, and incorporating telematics.

Tags: Street Sweepers, Municipal Leasing, Heavy Equipment, Spec'ing

June 2010, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Turning Over a New Leaf

Nissan LEAF

By Lauren Fletcher

The Nissan LEAF is the first in Nissan’s forthcoming lineup of electric vehicles and is expected to assist public sector fleets in tasks such as meter reading and inspection, general administration, and rental pools.

Tags: Nissan, Nissan Leaf, Battery-Electric Vehicles

May 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Leasing: Not Just for Private Sector Fleets

By Janis Christensen, CAFM

Current economic conditions require government fleet managers to seek alternatives to funding their fleet through different finance methodologies. Leasing is a practical solution, which in the past, was primarily utilized only by the private sector.

Tags: Vehicle Financing, Municipal Leasing

May 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Manufacturers Debut Next Generation of Police Cars

The Ford Police Interceptor will replace the Crown Victoria as the automakers standard police cruiser in 2011.

By Mike Scott

Increased comfort and convenience, improved vehicle ingress and egress, advanced technology, and improved officer safety mark the next generation of police cars.

Tags: Chevrolet, Dodge, Police Vehicles, Carbon Motors

May 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

What Happens When Your CNG Tanks Expire?

By Cheryl Knight

Industry experts continue to explore options for possible CNG tank recertification, as well as safer tank disposal, a federal CNG vehicle registration system, and government grant help.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles

May 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

State of Georgia Reduces Accident Costs by 14%

By Cheryl Knight

After implementing the Driver’s Alert SMART RISK program and other loss control measures, the State of Georgia reduced preventable vehicular accidents, resulting in a savings of $800,000 to taxpayers.

Tags: Accidents, Risk Management

May 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

13 Factors in Selecting a Police Unit Upfitter

By Steve Contarino

Preparing a service-ready police unit may require more work than a small garage staff can handle, even with preplanning and experience. If a fleet staff is too busy maintaining in-service vehicles, outsourcing may be the solution.

Tags: Police Vehicles

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