Government Fleet – Issue

July 2008

Cover Story By Cheryl Knight
Windell Mitchell Set A Clear Vision For The Future

2008 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Windell Mitchell of King County, Wash., successfully led the County for 31 years, guided by a vision for the future while implementing innovative policies and practices.

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Features

5 Steps to Creating A Fuel Consortium

By Shelley Mika

In 2003, the City of Fort Worth’s fuel consortium started between its agency and Tarrant County. Since then, the consortium has grown from two government entities to 27 north Texas governmental entities today.

Award winning San Diego CIty Fleet team, directed by John Alley, CAFM, (back, third from right) poses with city officials Mayor Jerry  Sanders (front center), COO Jay Goldstone (front, third from right), and General Services Director Mario Sierra (back, fourth from right.) How to Successfully Implement A Fleet Consolidation

By Cheryl Knight

The City of San Diego’s Fleet Services Division successfully combined all services into a single organization. As a result, the City saved more than $3.5 million in its first year.

Larry Goill Award Winner David Bragg, fleet operations superintendent for the City of Fayetteville, Ark., helped developed what may be the nation’s first biodiesel dispenser capable of blending at the dispenser. City of Fayetteville Builds A Biodiesel Dispenser

By Cheryl Knight

In 2007, the City of Fayetteville, Ark., converted 52 percent of its 545 fleet vehicles to biodiesel. It currently saves 2.4 cents per gallon using B-20 versus petroleum diesel.

The Greening of GWP Fleet Services

By Robert LaRoche

An early proponent of environmentally responsible operations, Glendale Water & Power (GWP) Fleet Services incorporated alternative-fueled vehicles in 2001, and even earlier began waste reduction recycling programs.

Kern County Outsources Collision Management

By Mike Scott

Extracting subrogation funds is no longer a daunting task for Kern County, Calif., which has discovered the advantages of sending accident reporting and management to an outside firm.

More Equipment, Less Space In Police Vehicles

By Mike Scott

The increasing amount of technology hardware installed in law enforcement vehicles presents ergonomic and safety risks. Designers and engineers are developing strategies and products to address both issues.

Connected to Illinois Center, the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel is ideally situated within the Magnificent Mile, an American version of the Champs-Elysées. New Green Fleet Conference Debuts in Chicago Sept. 15-16

By Grace Lauron

Sponsored by three Bobit Business Media publications, the Green Fleet Conference 2008 will provide for the first time a forum for fleet professionals to learn and discuss real green technologies.

To lower costs and produce operational savings, Fleet Manager Jim Muller cut the City of Philadelphia’s fleet size. Changing Cultures in Philadelphia

By Staff

Facing serious budget cuts in 2004, the City's fleet department began reducing the fleet vehicle total, a process that had to overcome long-established practices and oppostion.

Dennis Hogan stands by a 2001 Freightliner FL 80 mechanic service truck. Lifecycle Costing VS. Low Bid For Equipment Acquisition

By Steve Bennett

Improved quality and savings make lifecycle costing — a modeling technique that considers all fixed and operating expenses of a vehicle or fleet function from acquisition to disposal — worth the effort for public sector fleets.

Regularly checking broom linkages is a small time investment that can yield big savings on replacement brushes. 6 Secrets To Extending Street Sweeper Brush Life

By Shelley Mika

Since street sweepers are an important part of many public sector fleets, extending the brush life is part and parcel to street maintenance. An industry expert offers his views on how to properly care for them.

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Bluetec is an emission-control technology from Mercedes-Benz that enables a diesel to be as clean as a gas engine.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Are Your Drivers Safe?

By Thi Dao
It is probable that distracted drivers will not get caught and will not learn anything until something terrible happens. We know it, and they do too, so it continues happening.

Who Tells Your Story?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department conducted its annual evaluation of 2018-model-year police vehicles from Oct. 10 to 13. Agency deputies got behind the wheel of 13 four-wheel vehicles and five motorcycles for the testing.

2018 Police Motorcycles Tested in Michigan

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Improved Communication (There's an App for That)

By Facundo Tassara
Slack brings all of your communication together in a way that you can sort. Conversations, PDFs, and documents are all be archived and searchable.

Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2018 Volvo XC60

By Paul Clinton
The 2018 XC60 arrives as the mid-size sibling of the XC90 in a stylish update that includes a bevy of new safety features, infotainment tech, and a well laid-out cabin.

2018 Mercedes Benz GLS450 4MATIC

By Chris Brown

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Ready or Not, Electrification is Coming

By Sherb Brown
We’re not where we need to be with battery technology and the whole herd seems to be betting that a magical new solution will appear in time to save us all. I sure hope they are right.

Fair and Balanced

By Sherb Brown

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