Government Fleet – Issue

May 2009

Cover Story By Cheryl Knight
Fleet Manager Saves Millions with Business Approach

The winner of the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award, Doug Weichman of Palm Beach County, Fla., has saved millions by expanding fuel contracts and right-sizing the County’s fleet.

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Features

Exclusive Industry Survey: Public Sector Fleet Manager Salaries Average $74,693 in 2008

By Lauren Fletcher

Are you paid enough? In 2008, public sector fleet manager salaries increased more than $4,200 over 2007 figures. By region, fleet managers in the West continue to pull in the highest salaries.

Dave Cole (r) with intern Luis Rodriguez, says the program prepares students to work for any city or public sector fleet. Can’t Find Good Technicians? Here’s One Solution

By Paul Dexler

When Dave Cole at the City of Glendale, Calif. could not find qualified technicians for his shop, he partnered with a local college to set up an internship program.

Biodiesel-powered street sweepers are among the 1,350 alt-fuel vehicles in the 1,500-unit Las Vegas fleet. Las Vegas Fleet is 90 Percent Green

By Lauren Fletcher

Operating a 90-percent alternative-fuel fleet brings the City of Las Vegas to the forefront of the “going green” movement. The City utilizes its green fleet to prove alt-fuel viability.

Zipcar provides the online management and reservation system for DCFleetShare, the District’s motor pool, expected to grow to 100 passengers in 2009. D.C. Slims Down and Shapes Up

By Stephen Bennet

The District of Columbia reduced its fleet size without sacrificing needed vehicles. Determining a reduction target was the first step.

Frank Morgan and his neighbors promote the “What a Country” veterans’ support project, initiated at a party to celebrate Morgan’s earning an MBA degree. Front row (l-r) LaDonna Whitaker, Michelle Campos, Karen Henrickson, and Melinda Lamb with “Sugar”; back row (l-r) Ken Whitaker, Rick Campos, Marc Beeson, Rick Nelson, Jim Faith, Dave Simpkins, and Morgan. Fleet Manager Promotes Outreach to Vets

By Staff

Fleet professional Frank Morgan invited friends and neighbors to celebrate his MBA achievement. The party sparked a grassroots project to support U.S. military veterans and their families.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
The Data on Data

By Thi Dao
With fleet management becoming more technology-­driven and automated, there is an increasing amount of data available.

How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
The Efficiency of the CHP's Vehicle Assembly Line

By Paul Clinton
The California Highway Patrol uses an assembly line similar to one found in an automaker's factory to add auxiliary equipment to about 1,000 vehicles per year.

How FCA Views the Police Market

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels: Bringing the Gas Station to You

By Facundo Tassara
Booster Fuels brings the gas station to your vehicles for the same price as a gas station. Its team members will fill up vehicles overnight or at a requested time and bill weekly. This could be a solution for fleets with old, expensive fueling infrastructure.

Rethinking Utilization: Using the Energy in Parked EVs

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

By Paul Clinton
Chevrolet rebooted its gasoline-powered Cruze compact sedan in 2016, and followed that up with a new diesel model and hatchback body style for each in 2017. What worked well then works even better now.

2017 Ford Focus Hatchback

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Fleet Is a Full-Time Job

By Sherb Brown
The fleet management companies, the telematics providers, the upfitters, and the general service providers in our market can offer you some wonderful advice, but the only person who can really tie it all together is a fleet manager.

Size Matters

By Sherb Brown

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