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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Eddie Dame worked for Avis Rent-A-Car as the senior vice president and general manager of the worldwide car leasing division, retiring in 1986 after 40 years with the company.

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Blog

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Does Police Vehicle Testing Still Matter?

By Paul Clinton
Each fall, the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evaluate the current crop of police vehicles with a battery of road tests and provide a mountain of data about their performance, braking, and vehicle dynamics.

Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara
Goals don’t need to happen next month or right now. I recommend they don’t. In fleet management, things rarely happen overnight. So creating that list of goals might help you keep your eye on the prize.

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao
Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s.

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

By Thi Dao

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