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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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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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
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

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Wolski
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD

By Chris Wolski
During the lead up to the September opening of the State Fair of Texas, I was given the chance to take a preview spin in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD. It whet my appetite for more.

2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao

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

By Sherb Brown


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