Government Fleet – Issue

October 2011

Cover Story By Mike Scott & Thi Dao
City of Fort Worth Establishes First-Ever National Fuel Contract

By creating and using a national fuel contract, the City of Fort Worth, Texas, saved $40,000 in its first year alone. The City expects savings to increase as more agencies join the cooperative contract.

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The Equipment Services team consists of: (standing left to right) Michael Quattrone, James Billitier, Jenelle Dunn, Marlene Davidson, Frank O'Hare, Gary  O'Donnell Jr., and Scott Corser, (sitting left to right) Lakshmi Kasturi Rangan, Lynne Kita, Lisa Smith, and Amanda Smith. Not pictured are Richard Haynes and John Pecora. Certification Success Helps Rochester Fleet ‘Tell Its Story’

By Cindy Brauer

The City of Rochester, N.Y., Equipment Services team earned Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) status with a nearly perfect score — 97 percent. The achievement validates the fleet’s industry competitiveness.

The State of Utah's fleet is comprised of 63 agency fleets operating nearly 7,300 vehicles. A vehicle utilization study sought to classify and reduce the number of underutilized vehicles. State of Utah Vehicle Utilization Study Optimizes Fleet

By Brian Fay

Through its vehicle utilization study, the State of Utah was able to reduce fleet size by 46 vehicles and save on depreciation, maintenance, and repair costs.

The Minnesota DNR's auction in New Ulm drew 600 bidders. Good Fleet Management Leads to Good Remarketing

By Daryl Lubinsky

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ revised remarketing plan has already led to positive results — an auction at a new location this year drew 600 bidders and brought in $715,000 in sales.

Students in the Oklahoma State University Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) receive grader training as part of the curriculum. Cultivating Next-Generation Off-Road Equipment Experts

By Barbara Bonansinga

With the current rate of technological change, training and developing a network of skilled off-road equipment technicians and operators are no small tasks. Universities, technical schools, and industry manufacturers are teaming up to train the equipment experts of tomorrow.


A compact trickle charger can be installed in the window corner of a hybrid vehicle, keeping the vehicle's battery from draining completely. Pictured is a 12V, 1.8W charger. Preserving Underutilized Hybrid Batteries

By Levente Fulop

Aftermarket devices and underutilization can lead to a completely drained hybrid vehicle battery, but trickle chargers can prevent this scenario.

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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