Washington County, Minn., Wants to Shift Fleet Focus to Preventive Maintenance

August 22, 2013

The Washington County, Minn., Public Works Department wants to shift its fleet from a “bust-n-fix” operation to a preventive maintenance (PM) operation in 2014.

In its 2014 budget proposal, Public Works officials state that fleet management currently has a minimum level of PM, it’s difficult to calculate lifecycle costs per vehicle, and there is limited ability to invoice for performed work. Public Works’ 2014 goals are to implement a fleet management system and shift to a PM operation where the majority of work is planned in advance. Officials also hope to determine true lifecycle costs of vehicle ownership and optimize vehicle lifecycles.

The County fleet is valued at more than $12 million.

The County Board will make final decisions on the budget in December.

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