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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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Addressing the Recruiting Problem

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

Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
A Sure Bet for Reducing Distracted Police Driving

By Paul Clinton
While shootouts and ambush killings of police officers provide high-profile examples of the hazards of police work, more often than not officers lose their lives while driving patrol vehicles.

A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
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

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

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