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Bright Ideas: Fleet Management Policies

By Staff

Written procedures are critical for liability purposes, providing support to the governmental agency in lawsuit-related issues. Fleets identify best practices and steps in creating fleet policy.

Bright Ideas: Fuel Management

By Staff

Discover best practices and bright ideas for fuel management.

Bright Ideas: Utilization Management

By Staff

Underutilization can result in wasteful fleet spending. Fleets must ensure all vehicles are being properly utilized to save on costs.

Bright Ideas: Customer Service

By Staff

One of the best practices fleets have found useful in improving operations and customer satisfaction is regular customer feedback, which can be as simple as informal conversations or observations.

Bright Ideas: Metrics/Reporting

By Staff

By capturing and benchmarking metrics, a fleet manager can demonstrate the fleet’s improved performance.

Bright Ideas: Leadership/Management

By Staff

Leadership and management strategies include maintaining open communication with staff and staying up-to-date in the industry.

Bright Ideas: Communication

By Staff

Communication is a vital aspect of fleet operations. Regularly scheduled meetings and newsletters are just a few ways to keep staff in the loop.

Bright Ideas: Maintenance

By Staff

Be proactive—make preventive maintenance (PM) a priority and budget for it accordingly to prevent more expensive repairs down the line.

Bright Ideas: Shop/Facility/Parts

By Staff

Privatizing the auto parts operation and offering technicians a salary increase based on ASE certifications are a few ways fleets can improve shop operations.

Bright Ideas: Budgeting, Procurement, and Financing

By Staff

Collaborating with other departments or fleets and conducting reverse auctions are some strategies that may be helpful during budgeting, procurement, and financing.

Bright Ideas: Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Programs

By Staff

Prioritizing replacements based on age, miles, emissions test results, and oil sample analysis can ensure vehicles are properly replaced.

Bright Ideas: Safety

By Staff

Driver assessment programs, monthly safety meetings, and advanced vehicle safety technologies are a few ways fleets can minimize safety risks.

Bright Ideas: Going Green

By Staff

Sharing green practices with other fleets, selecting more fuel-efficient vehicles, and replacing lead wheel weights in tires have proven helpful for several fleets.

Bright Ideas: Off-Road Equipment Maintenance 101

By Ashley Willis

Maintaining off-road equipment is not an easy feat, but with these tips, managing the equipment can be a much easier, not to mention cost effective, task.

Bright Ideas: Technology

By Staff

Technology is available to help streamline fleet operations and reduce costs.

Fred Turco, senior director, global fleet services for Pfizer, participated in a 2008 conference panel on green fleet metrics. Greening Fleets in a Down Economy

By Cindy Brauer

As public sector fleets struggle to pursue environmental goals during the current tight financial times, the 2009 Green Fleet Conference, presenting all things green, will show fleets “where to find the money.”

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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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