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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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

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.


Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Thi Dao
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Nissan NV Cargo

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 NV adds interior upgrades that make it more competitive with other full-size vans.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown
Fleets are often the beta testers of the vehicle market. That shift away from compact sedans we saw in the fleet market a few years ago is playing out in real time in the retail market right now.

Keep Realistic Fleet Expectations

By Sherb Brown