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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Features

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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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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