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
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

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

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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