Government Fleet – Issue

January 2011

Cover Story By Randy Owen
Elements of a Comprehensive Fuel Management Program

A well-designed fuel management program controls costs, improves driver productivity, meets regulatory requirements and organizational policy goals, and provides for the collection of essential data and production of management information.

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Features

Polk County, Fla., affixed decals to the rear of its vehicles to alert fellow motorists that County drivers observe 55 mph speed limits. Incentivizing Drivers to Conserve Fuel

By Bob Stanton

Fuel is the No. 1 fleet operating expense. Polk County, Fla., achieved favorable results by addressing one of the main, yet overlooked sources of rising fuel consumption — the driver.

How to Calculate Technician-to-Vehicle Ratios

By Sal Bibona

To properly maintain and manage a public sector fleet operation, determining the necessary ratio of technicians to vehicles is key to keeping vehicles on the road and operations running smoothly.

Pros and Cons of ‘Right-Sizing’ Vehicles to Increase Fuel Economy

By Joe Bohn

Reducing vehicle fuel consumption and increasing fuel economy is one of the top challenges for fleet. However, some veteran fleet managers caution to research before buying.

Seattle’s fleet team includes (l-r) Nanci Lien, fleet administration manager; Ken Bailey, vehicle maintenance director; Chris Wiley, Green Fleet coordinator; and Dave Seavey, Fleet Services director. Seattle Named No. 1 Government Green Fleet

By Chris Wiley

Use of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, as well as fuel reduction strategies and a Green Fleet coordinator, are some reasons the City of Seattle was recognized as the No. 1 Government Green Fleet in North America.

State of Georgia Saves More Than $500K by Reducing Fleet Expenses

By Cheryl Knight

After moving one-third of its 21,000-vehicle fleet to a statewide contract with Automotive Resources International (ARI), the State of Georgia has seen its administrative, repair, and maintenance costs decrease.

The Town of Castle Rock, Colo., provides everything from base preventive maintenance to complex repairs, new installs, parts, and more. Town of Castle Rock Fleet Excels in Customer Service

By Staff

Through use of its fleet software program, fleet advisory committee, and support of qualified staff members, the Town of Castle Rock, Colo., has maintained a 95-percent customer satisfaction rating.

Mary Joyce Ivers (right), CPFP, fleet and facilities manager in the City of Ventura's Public Works department. Ventura Uses Telematics & GPS to Improve Fleet Efficiency

By Cheryl Knight

After implementing GPS and vehicle diagnostic technology on several fleet vehicles, the California city improved fuel economy by 10 percent, reduced idling time, and improved productivity and routing for customer service.

Maintaining Pavement and Asphalt Equipment

By Stephen Bennett

Proper maintenance, training, and planned service intervals are necessary to ensure proper care for pavement and asphalt equipment.

Departments

The LeeBoy 8816B features a Tier 3 130 hp Cummins turbodiesel engine. Asphalt Equipment

By Staff

View our asphalt equipment roundup featuring three different models from LeeBoy, Caterpillar, and Asphalt Zipper.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao
Fleet managers are taking steps to combat the technician recruiting problem, and these steps are adding up to results.

Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
A Sure Bet for Reducing Distracted Police Driving

By Paul Clinton
While shootouts and ambush killings of police officers provide high-profile examples of the hazards of police work, more often than not officers lose their lives while driving patrol vehicles.

A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

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