Government Fleet – Issue

June 2012

Cover Story By Thi Dao
How Local Associations are Bringing Fleets Together

Information and networking are two main reasons why public fleet managers find local and government-specific associations valuable. Board members from various associations talk to GF about cost savings, training opportunities, and the face-to-face interaction their organizations provide.

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Features

Idaho Power Company, one of the members of the Northwest Utility Fleet Managers Association, operates a fleet of 900 units that include this bucket truck. Northwest Utilities Band Together for Benchmarking Initiative

By Thi Dao

The Pacific Northwest Utility Fleet Managers Association is open to both public and private fleets. The Association's biggest project is a benchmarking study that will allow members to effectively compare their operations.

3 Finalists Compete For the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

By Staff

Government Fleet named three finalists for the public sector fleet manager of the year award, sponsored by fleet counselor services. The winner will be announced at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) in Denver.

Vehicle return lanes have color-coded flags, pictured here during a "lean event." Vehicle dispatch packets are color coded so customers know in which lane to return the vehicle, which speeds vehicle return and detailing. Photo courtesy of the State of Oregon. Maintaining Fleet Service Levels in a Shrinking Budget Environment

By Cindy Brauer

How does a public sector fleet organization balance the mandates of severe budget cuts with maintaining viable, responsive, and professional services? Oregon's state fleet looks to new approaches, analysis, and relationships.

Analyze whether an above-ground or underground storage tank is best. Pictured is an OPW FlexWorks Loop System underground fuel delivery system. Fleet Project Management: Constructing a Fueling Facility

By Steve Riley

From location, to environmental considerations, to the type of fuel to dispense, this article addresses key considerations fleet mangers must take into account when planning the construction of a fueling facility.

An equipment motor pool at the City of Chesapeake, Va., consists of 29 units. Equipment Pools Aid Cost-Cutting and Utilization

By Cindy Brauer

Increasingly, Intra- and Interagency government jurisdictions are collaborating to share pooled equipment and vehicles. The practice not only helps procure expensive specialty equipment, but also helps right-size fleets.

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Select states prohibit drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. Eight states have made talking on a cell phone a primary offense and the driver can be pulled over by a police office without another traffic violation occurring.

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
How Many Degrees of Separation?

By Thi Dao
The degrees of connection within any industry are less than six or four. Choose a handful of random fleet professionals, and I’d bet one of them knows someone you know or have worked with.

What's the Future of Transportation?

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

By Patrick Oliver and Samuel Kirchhoff
Pursuits can be deadly for everyone involved, but they can't be prohibited in all cases. So agencies need to have policies and procedures in place to reduce the danger.

How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
2017 Ford F-150 with 10-Speed

By Paul Clinton
While higher-gear transmission have traditionally been reserved for European luxury sedans, Ford's application of the gearbox to its leading seller is so inspired a choice that it almost feels inevitable.

2017 BMW 540i

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Remembering the Coach

By Sherb Brown
Three years have gone by since our founder Ed Bobit passed away. In many ways it feels like an eternity but in other ways it feels like he was just here yesterday. He was a larger-than-life force and left quite an impact on me, and on the fleet industry.

The House of Electric Vehicles

By Sherb Brown

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