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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Features

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.

Departments

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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Fleet Management And Leasing

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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Fuel Management

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
When Are Policies Too Strict?

By Thi Dao
Before writing a policy that will last for years, determine whether it’s the best one. Would a typical employee follow the policy?

What Your Vehicles Say About Your Fleet

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

How Chevrolet's Tahoe PPV Differs From its Retail Relative

By Michaela Kwoka-Coleman
For the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, tires are added to the vehicles that are capable of handling speeds of up to 134 mph and the brakes are adjusted to handle frequent stopping at high speeds.

Police Vehicles Pushed to the Limit in California

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Vehicle-to-What? — Evolving Vehicle Communication Technologies

By Facundo Tassara
Can vehicle collisions be avoided with vehicle-to-infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle technology? Several of the major OEMs think so and are spending billions of dollars a year working on the technology.

Streets of the Future Could Take Automatic Tire Readings

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

By Paul Clinton
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a significantly upgraded van that offers a dizzying array of configurations and meaningful improvements designed to improve productivity for delivering packages or hauling passengers.

2018 Ford EcoSport

By Mike Antich

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering Sundays in St. Louis, Detroit, and Atlantic City

By Sherb Brown
There is just no better opportunity to network, to learn, and to mingle with the best and the brightest than an in-person fleet event.

Adapting to a Changing Tide

By Sherb Brown

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