Government Fleet – Issue

March 2009

Cover Story By Staff
Standardization Offers Servicing & Budgeting Benefits

Standardizing fleet vehicle platforms leads to more efficient servicing, simplifies parts operations, and promotes a consistent organizational image. However, the process presents a few challenges and limitations.

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Features

Denver Skyline, home to the Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2009 . GFX: Presenting Solutions for Today's Fleet Challenges

By Staff

Scheduled June 8-10 in Denver, the GFX agenda includes keynote addresses on fuel pricing and customer service, subject-matter expert presentations, roundtable discussions, certification testing, and networking opportunities.

Demand for propane dispensers at fueling sites across the country is increasing as fleets choose to operate vehicles on more cost-effective and clean fuel options. Alt-Fuels Work for Several Texas Fleets

By Wayne Moore

Capital Area Rural Transportation and the City of Port Arthur, Texas, have benefited from using propane in their fleets.

a utilization study prompted Ft. Lauderdale’s fleet operation to reassign this underutilized truck to another department in lieu of ordering another similar unit. First Privatized Fleet Achieves World-Class Certification

By Cheryl Knight

The City of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., achieved Fleet Sentinel World-Class certification after 18 months of preparation. Its monthly PM completion rate now averages more than 99 percent, allowing the fleet to double its lifecycle.

Spec'ing the Right Fire Apparatus for the Job

By Lauren Fletcher

Writing specifications for a new fire apparatus can be daunting. Determining the intended purpose is the first step, but there are many paths to take from there.

Long Beach Garners #1 Government Green Fleet Title

By Shelley Mika

An early adopter of responsible green initiatives, the City of Long Beach, Calif., earned the top spot among environmentally friendly government fleets: the 2008 “No. 1 Government Green Fleet.”

31 Compete for 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

By Lauren Fletcher

A record field of 31 nominees are competing for the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The award, in its 5th year, is sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services. The winner will be announced April 26 at the NAFA Institute & Expo in New Orleans.

How to Calculate Construction Equipment Lifecycle Costs

By Staff

The process involves five steps. Three municipal fleet case studies examine lifecycle costing measures for construction equipment to budget, purchase, and bill customers more effectively.

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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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