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Drivers' License Checks Are Crucial For State of Utah Fleet

September 2008, Government Fleet - Feature

by Cheryl Knight - Also by this author

Scott Bingham, research analyst, division of fleet operations, works diligently to provide the state’s fleet needs.

The State of Utah’s Division of Fleet and Surplus Services works proactively to ensure a smooth and cost-effective fleet organization. From fueling infrastructure to vehicle surplus to risk management, the division staff is on top of fleet policy at every turn.

According to Scott Bingham, research analyst, division of fleet operations, the State prides itself on being proactive and conscientious of each fleet segment.

"We are constantly trying to ensure that our state will become more efficient and effective with state dollars by becoming more cost efficient through such initiatives as lowering our drivers’ risk, contributing to a greener environment, and implementing energy-efficient measures," Bingham said.

As a research analyst, Bingham analyzes information from the State’s databases, its FleetFocus fleet management system, and trade magazines. His goal is to come up with the best way for the fleet to operate most efficiently using state funds and taxes.

The State’s 4,528 vehicles — typically replaced at 90,000 miles or six years — are driven across the state by police, health officials, human services, the department of transportation, and many more agencies.

Day-to-day vehicle management is handled by 14 of the 38 fleet and surplus services employees. State-owned vehicles include various models, such as the Impala, Cavalier, Caravan, Taurus, Focus, Crown Victoria, and half-ton pickups.

The State also operates 40 Toyota Prius hybrids — with 70 more on order — as well as 15 Honda Civic hybrids.

"Our legislative subcommittee has given us the go-ahead to order more hybrids so that our fleet can become more fuel efficient," Bingham said, who has been with the State for five years.

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