Government Fleet – Issue

January 2008

Cover Story By Lauren Colin
Green Fleet Initiatives Mushroom

Public fleets have been steadily increasing the use of alt fuels through “greening” initiatives. Together, these cities, counties, federal departments, and states are working to help keep the air clean for years and generations to come.

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Features

Fleet managers must evaluate parking areas and provide proper security for vehicles. Are Your Surplused Vehicles Safe from Theft?

By Bill DeRousse

In addition to common-sense security measures, fleet managers must consider vehicle value, crime risk, and the cost and type of anti-theft systems in thwarting would-be thieves.

Wyatt Earp fleet management director for the Marion County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office, co-founded a cooperative vehicle bid program that now includes county, municipal, and fire agencies throughout the state. Florida's Sheriffs Partner in Vehicle Bid Program

By Mike Scott

The Florida Cooperative Bid Program is a success story built on patience and organization. It is proof that generating an effective vehicle bid process does not have to be managed by state agencies.

Fleet Manager Jim McClung shows off the City's Toyota Prius. Charlottesville Goes 'Green'

By Lauren Colin

A city initiative to become more environmentally responsible prompted the Charlottesville Fire Department to pilot-test a Ford Escape Hybrid as an emergency response vehicle.

File photo Overtime: A Cost-Effective Solution to Improve In-House Productivity

By John Dolce

If heavy workloads exceed a typical eight-hour workday, offer your employees overtime rather than hire a new person. It may be more cost-effective.

Fueling Florida's Fiscal Fitness

By Shelley Mika

How a fuel card program helped the State of Florida balance its budget — and prepare for the future.

New York City’s Department of Sanitation invested $2.9 million to build a state-of-the-art CNG station on its own property. Two NYC Agencies Invest in CNG and Hybrid Power Alternatives

By Art Vatsky, PE

CNG-powered street sweepers and hybrid buses help New York City’s Department of Sanitation and the NYC Transit tackle cost and environment issues.

Determining fleet reductions seems simple enough, but "the devil is in the details." A key factor to be considered is whether the vehicle is essential to operations. Strategic Actions: Simultaneous Fleet Reduction and Greening

By David Mills

More fuel-efficient methods can be used to power fleet vehicles. However, fleet reductions can be a confusing process, and requires careful thought and calculation.

B-100 biodiesel is received via tanker, into heated and insulated storage tanks, direct from the producer. The City of Fayetteville Converts to Biodiesel

By Lisajoyce Vergara

After several years in the making, the City of Fayetteville, Ark.’s attempts to convert its diesel-powered vehicles to biodiesel have become a reality. Last June, out of 545 fleet vehicles, 52 percent were converted to biodiesel.

All-New Government Fleet Expo & Conference Set for June

By Cheryl Knight

Government Fleet magazine’s Expo & Conference, scheduled June 8-11 in San Diego, will feature training sessions, roundtable discussions, panels, and a ride & drive. For more info, visit www.governmentfleetexpo.com.

San Diego County fleet and purchasing track downward-trending bids from three particpating suppliers over the duration of a reverse auction. San Diego County 'Sold' on Reverse Auctions

By Cindy Brauer

The Web-enabled competitive pricing tool has saved the County more than $25 million in four years. For fleet, the technology saves time and results in better vehicle pricing.

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FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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