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Bright Ideas: Leadership

By McCorkhill, Alley, Weichman, and Hunt

Government Fleet’s Public Sector Fleet Managers of the Year represent a valuable resource of industry expertise, best practices, and front-line skills. Four recognized leaders share recommendations and advice in meeting the challenges government fleet managers face today.

Bright Ideas: Procurement/Grant Funding

By Staff

A fleet manager offers his seven tips for grant applications. Other fleets allow short-term equipment rental, started equipment rebuilding programs, and devised a fleet standardization policy.

Bright Ideas: Business Plan

By Staff

A successful business plan may be a ‘living document’ adaptable to changing or unexpected circumstances, define operating philosophies, and address current and future business challenges.

Bright Ideas: Fuel Management

By Staff

Applying basic best practices such as right-sizing and idling reduction are effective approaches to trimming fuel costs. Using a web-based data management system, purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles, and relocating a key fueling station are other ways to reduce fuel consumption and man-hours.

Bright Ideas: Communication

By Staff

Monthly e-mail reminders, a communications team, and providing an internal Fleet Web page are just some ways these fleets are improving communication.

Bright Ideas: Customer Service

By Staff

Conducting customer service surveys and using the results to address customer concerns is just one way to improve user satisfaction.

Bright Ideas: Going Green

By Staff

Successful green efforts include switching to alternative fuel vehicles, reducing petroleum consumption, running on re-refined oil, and implementing policies on idling, purchasing, right-sizing, and downsizing.

Bright Ideas: Policy

By Staff

Detailed and comprehensive business plan and policy documents foster a proactive approach to fleet management. When writing policies and procedures, safety can be used as the motivating issue to facilitate support by all stakeholders.

Bright Ideas: Maintenance

By Staff

Fleets can utilize automated preventative maintenance systems, take on maintenance for other fleet operations, brand tires to prevent theft, and implement a multi-work shift schedule to maximize productivity.

Bright Ideas: Replacement

By Staff

Some bright ideas include a replacement plan based on priority, annual calculations of replacement points, and a cash-only plan.

Bumper stickers helped boost Kentucky's driver safety, resulting in a savings of over $150,000 in the first year. Bright Ideas: Safety

By Staff

Disaster preparation, quality inspection, bumper stickers, and cutting lead from operations are just some ways these fleets ensure safety.

Michael DePaulo (left) received the American Public Works Association (APWA) Arizona Chapter Award of Merit for keeping the Town of Buckeye's fleet well-maintained. Bright Ideas: Shop/Facilities/Parts

By Staff

In-house emissions testing can cut vehicle downtime, while recycling scrap metal and used oil can help cover shop expenses.

Bright Ideas: Productivity/Staffing

By Staff

San Antonio Water Systems completed quality of life initiatives to increase staff productivity. Other government fleets used a training matrix, created learning and networking opportunities, installed internet in shop waiting areas, and started a youth internship program.

Bright Ideas: Technology

By Staff

Effective uses of technology include a keyless internal work order system, online auctions, and walkie-talkies to replace traditional radio systems.

Dave Vasquez (right), manager of fleet operations for SECO Energy, accepts the 2010 Larry Goill award from Marvin Fletcher, director of fleet services for Hanover County, Va. Vasquez was recognized for developing a solution to reduce the use of take-home vehicles when he served as director of fleet maintenance for Lake County, Fla. Bright Ideas: Fleet Manager Creates Innovative Vehicle Justification Model

By Cheryl Knight

When David Vasquez created a vehicle justification model to better assess take-home vehicle need, he not only lowered costs by avoiding excess commuter miles, but also gained a better handle on costs of ownership.

Green Fleet Conference Heads to San Diego

By Cindy Brauer

Scheduled Oct. 18-19, the 2010 conference offers focused resources to build cost-effective, sustainable fleets. The event features education sessions, a first-time ride & drive, exhibits, and networking components.

Pinpointing Solutions to Off-Road Equipment Management

By Staff

Government fleets reveal how they saved money and improved management of off-road equipment, including leasing, preventing user mismanagement, correctly analyzing street sweeper lifecycle costs, and incorporating telematics.

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Blog

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Paul Clinton
Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton
Adding a fleet of battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to your motor pool is one thing. But giving an electrified sedan to a police officer seems like a trickier proposition.

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
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

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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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