Government Fleet – Issue

March 2012

Cover Story By Thi Dao
Staying Competitive: San Diego Right-Sources Its Fleet

Right-sourcing, or finding the right balance of in-house maintenance services, outsourced services, and even insourcing, is the best way to stay competitive and cost-effective. Find out how the City of San Diego right-sourced for a cost-effective fleet.

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The State of West Virginia's light-duty fleet of 6,509 vehicles will be maintained by a fleet management company in the near future. In-House or Outsource: State Fleets Take Different Maintenance Paths

By Thi Dao

Managing vehicles and maintenance shops across an entire state by require different methods than those of a localized fleet. Two state fleet managers discuss right-sourcing and outsourcing.

Photo by Thomas Lestrup for LeasePlan USA. How Washtenaw County's Outsourced Maintenance Turned its Light Fleet Around

By Thi Dao and Greg Basich

After analyzing various options, Washtenaw County decided to outsource maintenance of its light-duty fleet. Not only was it the best projected option, but actual costs are coming in at lower than estimated costs.

The City of La Verne, Calif. handles most of its own maintannce work. Finding the Right Maintenance Balance: Small Fleets Speak Out

By Thi Dao

Small fleets, often with a wide range of vehicles and equipment and a small staff, have their own considerations for maintenance. Four small fleets discuss their right-sourcing techniques.

A City of Mobile, Ala. driver goes through driver training as part of the City's safety program. New Ways to Bolster Fleet Safety

By Shelley Mika

Driver safety programs are integral to a well-run fleet, but sometimes the traditional means only go so far. From driver training to incident recording, fleets discuss the successes and challenges of their safety programs.

All types of vehicles and equipment are sold during ALDOT's semi-annual auctions, which feature both live and online bidding. Sold: A Word Alabama's DOT Uses to Save Big Bucks

By Ron Pruitt

Favorable legislation, an efficient operation, and on-site and online auctions by an outside company have allowed the Alabama Department of Transportation to get 40 percent of its equipment procurement costs back in resale.

Pictured are "best value" vehicles purchase by Oregon state agencies: Honda Civic Hybird, Honda Civic CNG, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, and a Dodge Grand Caravan flex-fuel vehicle. Photo courtesy State of Oregon. New Contracting Process in Oregon Drives Down Vehicle Prices

By Greg Hopkins

The Oregon State Procurement Office used smart price and cost analyses to establish a list of dealerships offering the lowest net prices. As a result, net-to-buyer prices have rolled back to 2009 levels.

Crown said customers need to spec forklifts based on the facility where they will be used. The Crown FC 4500 Series sit-down rider electric lift truck features three selectable performance levels for different needs. How to Spec the Right Forklift for Your Operation

By Stephen Bennett

When it comes to spec'ing forklifts there's more to the task than meets the eye, manufacturers and dealers say.

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Next-Gen Fleet

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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

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Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao
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2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

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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

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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