Government Fleet – Issue

September 2008

Cover Story By Lauren Fletcher
City of Las Vegas Wins International Awards

The City of Las Vegas fleet encourages employees to think innovatively. Winning three 2007 World Leadership awards indicates the City’s on the right track.

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Features

A diverse range of seminars drew crowded audiences of fleet professionals.
Government Fleet Expo Exceeds Expectations

By Lisajoyce Vergara

The first-ever Government Fleet Expo & Conference drew more than 350 fleet professionals, featured 25 presentations by experienced fleet managers, 61 vendor exhibits, and plenty of networking opportunities.

10 Tips for Warranty Recovery Managers

By Peter Bednar & Tom Wall

A warranty recovery program can be a source of savings from monetary reimbursements, credits, reallocation of shop resources, and shop efficiency improvements.

Scott Bingham, research analyst, division of fleet operations, works diligently to provide the state’s fleet needs. Drivers' License Checks Are Crucial For State of Utah Fleet

By Cheryl Knight

The State’s fleet department continues to work toward a safe and cost-efficient fleet. Weekly license checks help the State assess driver risk, increasing driver safety, minimizing liability, and reducing accident costs.

Charlotte’s fleet team displays a sign describing the partnership between the
two government agencies. Charlotte Takes Over Fleet Reins from Mecklenburg County

By Lauren Fletcher

Mecklenburg County needed some assistance with its light-duty fleet vehicles, and the City of Charlotte proved it was right for the job.

City of Santa Monica Adapts Early to Alt-Fuel Use

By Mike Scott

In 1993, the City of Santa Monica was one of the first agencies to set a vehicle reduction policy. Today, 84 percent of the 450 unit fleet represent a diverse mix of fuels and technologies.

Fleets Share Fuel Management Best Practices

By Chad Simon

Now more than ever, stressed-out fleet managers are turning to fuel management programs to maximize efficiency and keep expenditures down.

Mistakes in Fuel Management RFPs Can Muddy The Process

By Staff

Public sector fleets feel the pain of soaring fuel costs even more than the private sector, and fuel management RFPs are more common than ever. Avoiding these mistakes will help make the process more successful.

5 Tips To Stage A Successful Pre-Bid Meeting

By Steve Bennett

The responsibility for a productive pre-bid meeting falls to the fleet manager. The process begins with researched and well-written specifications.

Street Sweepers: 10 Mistakes Fleets Make When Spec’ing – And How to Avoid Them

By Shelley Mika

A wide variety of options can make spec’ing a street sweeper a daunting task. Failing to identify a fleet’s individual needs and neglecting to research sweeper functions are two common errors.

Fuel Quality a Top Priority When Switching to Biodiesel

By Daryl Lubinsky

The City and County of San Francisco converted all of their diesel-powered vehicles to B-20, testing the quality of the fuel at each stage of transport.

Automated Pool System Saves Soft Costs

By Grace Lauron

Using an automated pool system has proven helpful to several fleets, reducing downtime, improving efficiency, and increasing convenience.

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Fleet Management And Leasing

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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Fuel Management

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Blog

FleetSpeak

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
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

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