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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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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