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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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao
Fleet managers are taking steps to combat the technician recruiting problem, and these steps are adding up to results.

Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
A Sure Bet for Reducing Distracted Police Driving

By Paul Clinton
While shootouts and ambush killings of police officers provide high-profile examples of the hazards of police work, more often than not officers lose their lives while driving patrol vehicles.

A Closer Look at GM's Police Strategy

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

Amy Winter-Hercher
2017 Subaru Impreza

By Amy Winter-Hercher
The redesigned 2017 Impreza has been built on Subaru’s new platform that improves stability and reduces road noise and vibration. The fuel-efficient, all-wheel-drive Impreza makes for a good commuter vehicle — available in either a sedan or hatchback.

2017 Mazda CX-5

By Eric Gandarilla

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Yes Virginia, There is Depreciation

By Sherb Brown
Depreciation is a necessary evil in our industry. Knowing your risks and knowing your OEM partners won’t make depreciation go away but it can make it more manageable.

Are You a Fleet Manager or Are You Just Managing a Fleet

By Sherb Brown

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