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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, Equipment, Auctions

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: technology, Bright Ideas, Auctions

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 - Cover Story

Alley Leads a Team Effort

By Cindy Brauer

Deputy director of the City of San Diego’s Fleet Services Division and Government Fleet’s 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year, John Alley credits his employee and leadership teams with the success of a three-year effort that dramatically restructured the City’s fleet operations.

Tags: City Fleets, Fleet Manager of the Year, Customer Service

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

May 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Best Practices: Using Telematics to Manage Off-Road Equipment

By Shelley Mika

Telematics use can increase efficiency of all fleet units and prevent accidents. Industry experts share best practices in purchasing and using telematics with off-road equipment.

Tags: Telematics, Off-Road Equipment

March 2010, Government Fleet - Cover Story

The Recession Need Not Cripple Fleet Replacement Programs

By Paul Lauria

Rather than simply defer replacement purchases to meet short-term budget-balancing goals, fleet managers should use today’s fiscal challenges to reappraise their organization’s approach to fleet replacement.

Tags: Financing, Fleet Replacement, Municipal Leasing

March 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Six Sigma Improves Fleet Operations

By Lauren Fletcher

Through Six Sigma use, several public sector fleets instituted new processes and roadmaps to reduce operating costs and increase staff productivity.

March 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

24 Vie for 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

The 2010 award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented April 25 in Detroit.

Tags: Fleet Manager of the Year

March 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Are Pre-Bid Conferences Necessary?

By Stephen Bennett

Many public sector fleet managers have eliminated the pre-bid conference in purchasing vehicles and equipment, citing the practices of piggybacking on state contracts or joining purchasing cooperatives.

March 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

It's Not Just ‘Black & White’

By Mike Scott

By varying police vehicles’ traditional black and white exterior colors, fleets can significantly impact a unit’s overall look, demonstrating it’s not all “black and white.”

Tags: Police Vehicles

March 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Cooperative Procurement: Group Buying Power Saves Time & Money

By Shelley Mika

Cooperative procurement allows government agencies to purchase equipment and vehicles under another government entity’s contract.

Tags: Fleet Replacement

March 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX 2010 ‘Takes the Reins’ in Austin

By Cindy Brauer

Pledging to “take your fleet to the next level,” the annual conference targeting public sector fleet managers is scheduled June 21-23 in Austin, Texas.

Tags: Texas, GFX

March 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

6 Steps to Analyze Street Sweeper Lifecycle Costs

By Shelley Mika

A lifecycle cost analysis will help fleet managers present a solid case for sweeper purchases. The task includes gathering the right data, researching the equipment application, and consulting the experts.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Lifecycle Costs, Street Sweepers

January 2010, Government Fleet - Cover Story

CNG Fuels 'Green' Victory for Culver City

Led by Equipment Maintenance Manager Paul Condran (center), the Culver City Equipment Maintenance & Fleet Services Division operates as a full-service fleet organization, providing services such as equipment maintenance, repair, welding, and asset replacement.

By Grace Lauron

The City of Culver City, Calif.’s use of compressed natural gas (CNG) helped the fleet gain national recognition as a green leader, most recently the title of #1 Government Green Fleet in North America in 2009.

Tags: Natural Gas Vehicles, Green

January 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Best Practices in Fleet Fuel Management

By Lauren Fletcher

Second only to depreciation, fuel is the second-largest public sector fleet expense. Municipal, county, and state fleets share best practices in reducing fuel expenses.

Tags: Fuel Contract, Rightsizing

January 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Centralizing Fleet

By Kelly Reagan

The City of Columbus, Ohio, fleet organization centralized operations in 2008. The fleet manager’s first-person account relates challenges, pitfalls, and rewards experienced in the process.

Tags: centralization, City Fleets

January 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Tacoma Overhauls its Accident Management Program

Harley Davidson motorcycles were deployed by the Tacoma Police Department in 2006.

By Cheryl Knight

After reinventing its accident management program and moving to automated reporting, the City of Tacoma, Wash., dramatically improved customer service ratings and lowered fleet operating costs.

Tags: Accident Management

January 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Plane & Simple: Do’s & Don’ts of Surface Planers

Pulling the planer, rather than pushing it, will generally produce a smoother finish and minimize ghosting.

By Dennis Von Ruden

Surface planer operation requires multiple considerations, such as choosing the right equipment, using the correct flail, and plugging into the right power source.

Tags: Equipment

January 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

City of Seattle Moves to an All-Green Fleet

By Cheryl Knight

Seattle moves full-force toward a 100-percent advanced technology and alt-fuels fleet. The initiative has resulted in better gas mileage, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and a reduction in annual petroleum fuel use.

Tags: Green, Alternative Fuels, City Fleets

January 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Homeland Security Tracks Fleet via Satellite

By Staff

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Detention and Removal Operations employs a “smart GPS” system to track and monitor its far-flung 4,500-unit fleet.

Tags: Department of Homeland Security

January 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

City of Burbank Refuse Fleet Goes 100% CNG

The City of Burbank, Calif., fleet team includes (back row, l-r) Craig Van Item, Rex Richardson, Richard Benson, Richard Powell, Brian Orlowski, Jim Lawson, Johnny Stein, Alfred Johnson, Gary Rand, and Tim Smith; (front row) John Leai, Mike Muravez, Alex Healey, and Art Derakharian.

By Shelley Mika

The Southern California city’s solid refuse fleet is now 100-percent CNG-fueled. While the move to CNG required an infrastructure capital investment, the benefits include lower fuel and maintenance costs, and reduced emissions.

Tags: Green, Natural Gas Vehicles

January 2010, Government Fleet - Feature

Leasing Equipment Can Extend Tight Budgets

By Steve Bennett

With many public sector fleet budgets straining in difficult economic times, leasing construction equipment can provide a financially viable option to purchasing for short-term needs.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment

January 2010, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Top 10 Most Viewed Stories in 2009

By Staff

Top viewed stories included "Budgeting for Today's Fuel Costs," " Best Practices in Disaster Recovery Planning," and " Hillsborough County Named No. 1 Again in 2009."

November 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

11 Approaches to Right-Sizing Your Fleet

By Gary Hatfield

Traditional methods of determining the most cost-effective fleet size can be inefficient and inaccurate. Several alternative methods can be used individually or in combination.

Tags: Fleet Reduction, Utilization, Rightsizing

November 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Chevrolet Debuts All-New 2011 Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle

By Mike Scott

Available in two configurations with an available unmarked version, the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV is rear-wheel driven, offering six- and eight-cylinder engines.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Chevrolet Caprice

November 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

10 Tips for Spec'ing & Maintaining Sewer Cleaners

By Jack Doheny & Jim Schwaller

Sewer cleaning trucks help ensure a clean city, free from clogged drainage systems. Properly spec’ing and maintaining this equipment requires careful planning and a clear strategy.

Tags: Maintenance, Spec'ing

November 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Calculating Mechanic Staffing Requirements

By Randy Owen

Public sector fleet managers often struggle with determining appropriate mechanic staffing levels. Quantifying labor demand and supply and accounting for individual fleet operations can provide the answers.

Tags: Productivity

November 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Spares Work Best in Motor Pools

By John Dolce

Central motor pools offer cost-effective utilization of extra fleet units. Rotated use and preventive maintenance can extend vehicle lifecycles, while units flexibly serve the collective needs of end-user departments.

Tags: Maintenance, Utilization, Motor Pools

November 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

NJPA Helps Fleets Cut Costs (And Purchasing Time!)

By Grace Lauron

Offering an alternative procurement method to help fleets save money, the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) “creates an alliance between buyers and suppliers” to streamline the fleet purchasing process.

Tags: National Joint Powers Alliance, Procurement

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The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

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Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

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2018 Toyota C-HR

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The all-new Toyota C-HR enters the competitive compact SUV market with an eye-catching exterior. Toyota’s Safety Sense System comes standard; it includes safety features like pre-collision and lane-departure alerts and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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