Government Fleet – Issue

November 2010

Cover Story By Mike Antich
Top 10 Challenges Facing Public Sector Fleets in CY-2011

Budget is the No.1 challenge facing public sector fleets. Everything a fleet does revolves around money — equipment, facilities, staff, vehicles, parts, tools, fuel, etc. Other challenges include extended cycling, resources to maintain aging assets, and staff burn-out.

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Features

‘Business as Usual’ No Longer an Option for Local Government

By David Mills

The poor economy has led to public outcry for more accountability in government agencies. This should serve as ample warning for fleets to increase efficiency, improve accountability, and add visibility to the fleet department for the upcoming year.

Training & Testing Pay Big Returns

By Kelly Reagan

Facing an aging fleet with little to no funds for vehicle replacement, the City of Columbus, Ohio, decreased fleet expenses by finding savings in parts and supplier services.

Google Helps D.C. Improve Operations

By Mike Scott

For nearly two years, the Washington D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has used a Google-centric program to become more efficient, and even boost response time.

Government Fleet Managers Recognized for Leading ‘Green’ Efforts

By Staff

Government Fleet announced 14 public sector fleet leaders as the recipients of this year’s 2010 Environmental Leadership Awards at the Green Fleet Conference in October.

How to Minimize Workplace Injuries

By Stephen Bennett

Safeguarding maintenance and garage facilities against work-related injuries involves securing management commitment, increasing safety awareness among staff members, and establishing a certified in-house safety committee.

Tires filled with nitrogen retain their pressure better, keeping moisture out and ultimately extending tire life. But for small fleets, Hunt’s team couldn’t justify the cost of adding a proprietary fill station. Mythbusters: Fleet Edition

By Tariq Kamal

A veteran fleet manager and his team of experts identify several common myths that may be costing your fleet.

Loaders and backhoes at the City of San Antonio have an eight-year lifecycle. Preventive maintenance is based on the calendar year, with different PM levels performed monthly. Pictured is the City’s equipment from Samsung. Maintaining Loaders and Backhoes

By Thi Dao

Fleet professionals from three public agencies discuss best practices for maintaining loaders and backhoes, used for numerous projects that range from waste disposal to beach upkeep to road maintenance.

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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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