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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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.


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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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

Thi Dao
2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao
The 2017 Passat comes with more features offered on lower trims. Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard across all trims, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is now standard on both R-Line and SE trims.

2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

By Paul Clinton

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
Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao
Is something done a certain way because it was always done this way? Was a policy created due to one negative event, and is it still necessary or has it become too restrictive?

Cheering the Industry On

By Thi Dao