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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.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Management And Leasing

Jack Firriolo from Merchants will answer your questions and challenges

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon Connect will answer your questions and challenges

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Fuel Management

Bernie Kanavagh from WEX will answer your questions and challenges

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Thi Dao
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Mike Antich
2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich
The EcoSport is Ford’s first-ever subcompact SUV sold in North America, one of the region’s fastest growing vehicle segments. The EcoSport is sold globally by Ford and the updated U.S. model is imported from Ford India.

2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

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