Government Fleet – Issue

May 2008

Cover Story By Staff
28 Vie For 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager Of The Year

Government Fleet’s 2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager Award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management. The winner will be announced May 4 in Salt Lake City.

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Features

Chicago DOT Finds Value in GPS System

By Steve Bennett

With a workforce management system installed on foremen’s cell phones, the CDOT field staff is more accountable,efficient, and productive, and managers are making decisions faster and more accurately.

Why The City of Victorville Switched To Leasing Vehicles

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Victorville, Calif., had to think outside of the box when budgetary constraints didn’t allow new vehicle purchases. Now, it is leasing vehicles to keep service up to par and maintain driver safety.

Bill Roberts (left), associate director of parking and transportation for the University of Minnesota poses with University President Bob Bruininks. Since 2002, the university has trained 4,000 drivers of its 15-passenger vans via a two-hour mandatory training class. University of Minnesota Reduces Insurance Costs and Accidents

By Shelley Mika

Mandatory driver training and license checks led to dramatically lower insurance costs, reducing the annual liability premium by $240,000. Fleets of all kinds may take a cue from the U of M.

City of Marietta Partners With Vocational School

By Stephen Bennett

The City of Marietta is dealing with a shortage of qualified technicians by working with the local technical college to obtain new recruits.

EVs, such as this Miles ZX40S,  have gained considerable use in areas where restricted  speeds and limited range are not a problem. Pure Electric Vehicles Go to Work in Government Fleets

By Paul Dexler

Although they are not yet heavy haulers or rapid movers, pure electric vehicles have numerous capabilities that can be an advantage for government fleet operators.

The decision is to fix a vehicle if it is of suitable use with repairs at 30 percent of residual value. A fleet inspection determines whether it can be safely and reliably put back into the duty cycle. How to Handle Accidents, Vibrations, Corrosion, Moisture, and Abuse Damage

By John Dolce

A good shop team can help to effectively combat the enemies of vehicle maintenance.

The Greening of Madison

By Staff

In eco-friendly and budget-conscious Madison, Wis., the fleet superintendent finds innovative solutions to effectively manage the fleet, while remaining environmentally conscious.

GFX Offers Roadmap Through Public Sector Fleet Challenges

By Staff

The Government Fleet-presented Expo provides a full agenda of fleet-expert speakers, training sessions, practical how-to seminars, and presentations on a wide-range of current topics.

Portrait Of A Public Sector Fleet: Complexity & Diversity

By Lisajoyce Vergara

The 20-member fleet operations staff at the City of Cape Coral, Fla., service and repair a diverse array of vehicles and pieces of equipment. This photo essay depicts the range and complexity of the nearly 1,800-unit fleet and illustrates the complexity of many public sector fleets.

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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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