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

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton
Adding a fleet of battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to your motor pool is one thing. But giving an electrified sedan to a police officer seems like a trickier proposition.

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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