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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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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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara
I would argue we have all faced this at some point in our careers: We get stuck, and the underlying problem is that we take the same approach and expect different results.

Recognizing Your Success

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown


Thi Dao
Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao
Is something done a certain way because it was always done this way? Was a policy created due to one negative event, and is it still necessary or has it become too restrictive?

Cheering the Industry On

By Thi Dao