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Fleets with a lot of vehicles but low utilization can set up motor pools reduce costs. Illustration: Getty Images

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How to Start a Motor Pool

One way fleets can reduce their vehicle count and expenses is to pool their vehicles for employees from multiple departments to use. But where do you start? Fleets share some tips to help get the ball rolling.

At the City of La Verne, Calif., three mechanics are responsible for maintaining 160 pieces of equipment. Photo courtesy of City of La Verne

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Small Fleets' Biggest Challenges

Small and large government fleets suffer many of the same headaches. But staffing issues are just one of several unique challenges that managers of small fleets face.

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Lowering Fleet Costs with Ride Hailing

For Washington D.C., limited space and high parking fees contribute to increasing fleet costs. A new ride-hailing program aims to solve these problems, help the environment, and even boost a struggling taxi industry.

Fleet managers must answer to elected officials and organization leaders - those who've had those seats explain just what fleet employees should know. Photo: Getty Images

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What Elected Officials and City Managers Want Fleets to Know

Experts in fleet management and municipal governance share advice for public-sector fleet managers who wish to build stronger and more mutually beneficial relationships with their administrators.

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How to Spec a Truck Chassis and Suspension

Once you clearly understand the requirements of your truck fleet, properly spec’ing chassis and suspension needs isn’t difficult and can result in increased productivity and cost savings.

In Lakeland, Fla., east of Tampa, an agreement with a local fuel vendor ensures the city’s equipment, including this split gasoline/diesel tanker, get first priority during an emergency.Photo courtesy of City of Lakeland

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How Fleets Manage Fuel During Emergencies

When severe weather strikes, public sector fleet managers take a leading role in ensuring a continuous fuel supply for emergency vehicles.

Fleet maintenance is managed across five shops and two parts rooms in two locations. Photo: Thi Dao

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Oakland's Fleet Looks to the Future

The City of Oakland, Calif., Equipment Services Division is planning for the next big thing, embracing sustainability and building up its team despite limited resources.

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Can Fleets Subscribe to a Vehicle?

For fleets, technology is enabling a more efficient way to use vehicles, increase utilization, and more precisely match the type of vehicle to usage.

Phoenix is prone to dust storms, the most intense of which are known as “haboobs,” one of which struck the city on July 31, 2011. Photo: Alan Stark

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Shield Your Eyes (and Headlights): Phoenix’s Fleet Weathers the Dust Storms

Dust storms are a frequent nuisance and an occasional threat in Phoenix, where officials keep an eye on the weather for the city’s fleet drivers and vehicles.

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Harvey & Irma: The Fleet Impact

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the U.S. in late August and early September, wreaking havoc in Texas and Florida. Here’s the fleet impact from public agencies caught in the hurricanes’ paths.

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