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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‘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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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara
I would argue we have all faced this at some point in our careers: We get stuck, and the underlying problem is that we take the same approach and expect different results.

Recognizing Your Success

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown


Thi Dao
A Reminder about Fleet Liability

By Thi Dao
Technicians, who are last to see a vehicle and who decide if and when it’s ready to go, should be aware of fleet liability.

Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao