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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

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 - 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

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

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Addressing the Recruiting Problem

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Fleet managers are taking steps to combat the technician recruiting problem, and these steps are adding up to results.

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How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

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Ford's Police Responder Hybrid Sedan offers several important differences from other retail hybrid cars that should make it well suited for the demands of a police duty cycle, while also providing lower costs to operate.

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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

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Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown
Fleet managers should stay current with new developments in the auto industry but stay grounded in reality to keep their fleets efficient and prepared for the future.

Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

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