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
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

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

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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