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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 - Cover Story

City of Oxnard Embraces Technology to Streamline Operations

The City of Oxnard became a “paperless shop” in 2005.

By Cheryl Knight

The City’s Fleet Services Division recently implemented a state-of-the-art technology system, resulting in significant productivity gains for all technicians.

Tags: Technology, fleet operations

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

November 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Prevent User Departments from Mismanaging Heavy Construction Equipment

By Steve Bennet

A good working relationship between fleet and user departments begins with the spec’ing process and extends through the equipment service to its eventual resale or trade-in and can help avoid error.

Tags: Spec'ing

November 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Carbon Motors Introduces E7 Concept Vehicle

Carbon Motors E7 Concept Vehicle

By Mike Scott

Targeted specifically to law enforcement agencies of all sizes, the E7 Concept will be marketed as a custom-made police vehicle.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Carbon Motors, E7

September 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Do’s and Don’ts in Spreader Preseason Prep

By Mark Hall

While spreaders vary widely, all require special servicing to maintain good operating health and avoid extra costs. Here are tips to prepare your winter-maintenance spreaders before the season begins.

Tags: Winter Driving

September 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

‘Green is Good’ for Evergreen Fleet Initiative

By Mike Scott

Several Puget Sound, Wash., public sector fleet departments have established the Evergreen Fleet Initiative, which they hope will serve as a standard in the Northwest region.

Tags: Green

September 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Savings Dug Up with D7E Dozer

By Grace Lauron

Reduced fuel consumption and lower service costs are just a few ways fleets can save with the Caterpillar D7E Track-Type Tractor, a hybrid system that combines diesel and electric power.

Tags: Off-Road Equipment, Tractor, Caterpillar, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

August 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

How to Maximize Lift Safety

This truck is properly positioned on the lift, with the arms set against the lifting points.

By Paul Dexler

Safety is a major consideration when lifting and working under an object weighing several tons. Resources are available to shop managers on lift inspection, proper operation, lifting procedures, and mechanic training.

Tags: Lift

August 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Vehicle Committees Help City Improve Driver Satisfaction

By Cheryl Knight

Through implementing vehicle committees, the City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., increased communication with its field crew and improved driver satisfaction, leading to a higher level of trust and crew engagement.

Tags: Utility Vehicle

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Fleet Management Policies

By Staff

Written procedures are critical for liability purposes, providing support to the governmental agency in lawsuit-related issues. Fleets identify best practices and steps in creating fleet policy.

Tags: policies, management, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Fuel Management

By Staff

Discover best practices and bright ideas for fuel management.

Tags: Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Utilization Management

By Staff

Underutilization can result in wasteful fleet spending. Fleets must ensure all vehicles are being properly utilized to save on costs.

Tags: Utilization, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Customer Service

By Staff

One of the best practices fleets have found useful in improving operations and customer satisfaction is regular customer feedback, which can be as simple as informal conversations or observations.

Tags: Customer Service, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Metrics/Reporting

By Staff

By capturing and benchmarking metrics, a fleet manager can demonstrate the fleet’s improved performance.

Tags: metrics, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Leadership/Management

By Staff

Leadership and management strategies include maintaining open communication with staff and staying up-to-date in the industry.

Tags: Leadership, management, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Communication

By Staff

Communication is a vital aspect of fleet operations. Regularly scheduled meetings and newsletters are just a few ways to keep staff in the loop.

Tags: Bright Ideas, Communications

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Maintenance

By Staff

Be proactive—make preventive maintenance (PM) a priority and budget for it accordingly to prevent more expensive repairs down the line.

Tags: maintenance, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Shop/Facility/Parts

By Staff

Privatizing the auto parts operation and offering technicians a salary increase based on ASE certifications are a few ways fleets can improve shop operations.

Tags: Bright Ideas, ASE

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Budgeting, Procurement, and Financing

By Staff

Collaborating with other departments or fleets and conducting reverse auctions are some strategies that may be helpful during budgeting, procurement, and financing.

Tags: Bright Ideas, Procurement, Budget Rent A Car

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Programs

By Staff

Prioritizing replacements based on age, miles, emissions test results, and oil sample analysis can ensure vehicles are properly replaced.

Tags: Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Safety

By Staff

Driver assessment programs, monthly safety meetings, and advanced vehicle safety technologies are a few ways fleets can minimize safety risks.

Tags: Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Going Green

By Staff

Sharing green practices with other fleets, selecting more fuel-efficient vehicles, and replacing lead wheel weights in tires have proven helpful for several fleets.

Tags: Green, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Off-Road Equipment Maintenance 101

By Ashley Willis

Maintaining off-road equipment is not an easy feat, but with these tips, managing the equipment can be a much easier, not to mention cost effective, task.

Tags: maintenance, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Bright Ideas: Technology

By Staff

Technology is available to help streamline fleet operations and reduce costs.

Tags: Technology, Bright Ideas

July 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Greening Fleets in a Down Economy

Fred Turco, senior director, global fleet services for Pfizer, participated in a 2008 conference panel on green fleet metrics.

By Cindy Brauer

As public sector fleets struggle to pursue environmental goals during the current tight financial times, the 2009 Green Fleet Conference, presenting all things green, will show fleets “where to find the money.”

Tags: Green, Conference

May 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Exclusive Industry Survey: Public Sector Fleet Manager Salaries Average $74,693 in 2008

By Lauren Fletcher

Are you paid enough? In 2008, public sector fleet manager salaries increased more than $4,200 over 2007 figures. By region, fleet managers in the West continue to pull in the highest salaries.

Tags: Industry Research, Salary Surveys

May 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Can’t Find Good Technicians? Here’s One Solution

Dave Cole (r) with intern Luis Rodriguez, says the program prepares students to work for any city or public sector fleet.

By Paul Dexler

When Dave Cole at the City of Glendale, Calif. could not find qualified technicians for his shop, he partnered with a local college to set up an internship program.

May 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Las Vegas Fleet is 90 Percent Green

Biodiesel-powered street sweepers are among the 1,350 alt-fuel vehicles in the 1,500-unit Las Vegas fleet.

By Lauren Fletcher

Operating a 90-percent alternative-fuel fleet brings the City of Las Vegas to the forefront of the “going green” movement. The City utilizes its green fleet to prove alt-fuel viability.

Tags: Biodiesel, Alternative Fuels

May 2009, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Fleet Manager Saves Millions with Business Approach

By Cheryl Knight

The winner of the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award, Doug Weichman of Palm Beach County, Fla., has saved millions by expanding fuel contracts and right-sizing the County’s fleet.

Tags: fleet management, Awards, Fleet Manager of the Year

May 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

D.C. Slims Down and Shapes Up

Zipcar provides the online management and reservation system for DCFleetShare, the District’s motor pool, expected to grow to 100 passengers in 2009.

By Stephen Bennet

The District of Columbia reduced its fleet size without sacrificing needed vehicles. Determining a reduction target was the first step.

Tags: Zipcar, Verizon Networkfleet

May 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Fleet Manager Promotes Outreach to Vets

Frank Morgan and his neighbors promote the “What a Country” veterans’ support project, initiated at a party to celebrate Morgan’s earning an MBA degree. Front row (l-r) LaDonna Whitaker, Michelle Campos, Karen Henrickson, and Melinda Lamb with “Sugar”; back row (l-r) Ken Whitaker, Rick Campos, Marc Beeson, Rick Nelson, Jim Faith, Dave Simpkins, and Morgan.

By Staff

Fleet professional Frank Morgan invited friends and neighbors to celebrate his MBA achievement. The party sparked a grassroots project to support U.S. military veterans and their families.

April 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

When Hybrid Batteries Die

Art by Henry Olivas

By Paul Dexler

The batteries in hybrid vehicles today are based on nickel-metal hydride technology. They last a long time, but not forever. Here is what to do when the battery in a hybrid dies.

Tags: Recycling, Batteries

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

GFX: Presenting Solutions for Today's Fleet Challenges

Denver Skyline, home to the Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2009 .

By Staff

Scheduled June 8-10 in Denver, the GFX agenda includes keynote addresses on fuel pricing and customer service, subject-matter expert presentations, roundtable discussions, certification testing, and networking opportunities.

Tags: Conference, GFX

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Alt-Fuels Work for Several Texas Fleets

Demand for propane dispensers at fueling sites across the country is increasing as fleets choose to operate vehicles on more cost-effective and clean fuel options.

By Wayne Moore

Capital Area Rural Transportation and the City of Port Arthur, Texas, have benefited from using propane in their fleets.

Tags: CleanFUEL USA, Propane Autogas

March 2009, Government Fleet - Cover Story

Standardization Offers Servicing & Budgeting Benefits

By Staff

Standardizing fleet vehicle platforms leads to more efficient servicing, simplifies parts operations, and promotes a consistent organizational image. However, the process presents a few challenges and limitations.

Tags: City Fleets

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

First Privatized Fleet Achieves World-Class Certification

a utilization study prompted Ft. Lauderdale’s fleet operation to reassign this underutilized truck to another department in lieu of ordering another similar unit.

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., achieved Fleet Sentinel World-Class certification after 18 months of preparation. Its monthly PM completion rate now averages more than 99 percent, allowing the fleet to double its lifecycle.

Tags: Certification

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Spec'ing the Right Fire Apparatus for the Job

By Lauren Fletcher

Writing specifications for a new fire apparatus can be daunting. Determining the intended purpose is the first step, but there are many paths to take from there.

Tags: Spec'ing

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

Long Beach Garners #1 Government Green Fleet Title

By Shelley Mika

An early adopter of responsible green initiatives, the City of Long Beach, Calif., earned the top spot among environmentally friendly government fleets: the 2008 “No. 1 Government Green Fleet.”

Tags: Green, Long Beach, Awards

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

31 Compete for 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

A record field of 31 nominees are competing for the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The award, in its 5th year, is sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services. The winner will be announced April 26 at the NAFA Institute & Expo in New Orleans.

Tags: Public Sector, Government Fleets, Fleet Manager of the Year

March 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

How to Calculate Construction Equipment Lifecycle Costs

By Staff

The process involves five steps. Three municipal fleet case studies examine lifecycle costing measures for construction equipment to budget, purchase, and bill customers more effectively.

Tags: Lifecycle Costs, Off-Road Equipment

March 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Budgeting for Today's Fuel Costs

By Mike Scott

Volatility in gas prices has made creating fuel budgets a tough job. Fleets share their ideas and best practices.

Tags: fuel budget, Palm Beach County

February 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Stimulus Bill to Funnel More than $1 Billion to Public Fleets

President Barack Obama / Photo Source: Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project

By Mike Scott

What this means for fleet managers and directors today.

Tags: stimulus bill, Clean Cities

February 2009, Government Fleet - WebXclusive

Best Practices in Disaster Recovery Planning

Hurricane Ike destroyed much of what was in its path.

By Stephen Bennett

Lessons learned from the past helped fleet managers in southern Texas cope with the devastating Hurricane Ike, which made landfall at Galveston. Three Texas fleets that felt the hurricane’s impact share best practices.

Tags: County Fleets

January 2009, Government Fleet - Feature

A New Facility & Outlook For City of Columbus Fleet

By Shelley Mika

The City of Columbus, Ohio, demonstrates how updating facilities results in more than a new appearance.

Tags: New Facility, City Fleets

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By Sherb Brown
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